Thanks for Speaking up!

"I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They're athletes, they're there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it."

How We Can Help:
  • Please tell the President that what he said is a great start, but ask him to keep making public statements to Putin in order to start a global conversation about LGBT rights as Human Rights, and to make Sochi safe for everyone.

Oh No! He Didn’t Say That!

Oh yes they did! 
I hope Santa skipped these guys.

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston actually said the following: “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria–and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people–getting the myth out of their head–that there is such a thing as a free lunch." 

When now-private citizen Michael Bloomberg was asked about an article about Dasani, an 11-year-old-girl who, by virtue of His Honor’s homeless policy, found herself living in one of New York’s homeless shelters, he replied, “She’s growing up in very challenging circumstances and fighting some difficult odds. This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don’t know quite why, that’s just the way God works sometimes. Some of us are lucky and some of us are not.” 

For misinformation call this guy! For a moment during his filibuster he actually used these words, “Block Obama Care ‘cause if it works we won’t be able to get rid of it….people will get addicted to the sugar…. It’s just like the Nazis….” 

In an interview with Duck Dynasty’s Bible-thumping Phil Robertson, Drew Magary asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?” Robertson’s answer justified my repulsion at the ads for the show. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…. Don’t be deceived…the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers–they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Ian Bayne, congressional candidate from Illinois, actually went lower in defense of the duck dude than Robertson himself, "In December, 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December, 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians."

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"We Must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle to feather their own nests." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

It occurred to me, as I sat with a wonderful group around the Thanksgiving diner table of a dear friend, how blessed I was to be able to enjoy such a delicious meal in such good company. Our conversation roamed from good stories to what’s happenings in the arts and in Washington DC to talk of our travels. After we’d enjoyed all we could eat and before the tryptophan kicked in, our hostess asked that we each state what we were most thankful for since last Thanksgiving. On the taxi ride home, I began to wonder how those fat cat House Republicans could enjoy their Thanksgiving meals while voting to cut $40 billion from the Food Stamp budget, thus taking food out of the mouths of recipients. Do they think the children of the poor don’t deserve nutrition, or do they just not care about the well-being of anyone unlike themselves? But then I thought, hell, they too are probably sitting down with friends and loved ones in the manner of the Pilgrims who gave thanks for their bounty in this new land (the land they had taken from its First People). Perhaps if those who oppose Food Stamps were asked to say what they were grateful for at their Thanksgiving, they might express appreciation for having no conscience to plague them, or for forgetting that America is supposed to be a country “…of the people, by the people, and for the people.“ In retrospect I’m adding to my own wealth of things to be grateful for the fact that the Republicans are finally showing the world how small-minded and unfit to serve they really are. And so I say, “Let ‘em eat crow!”