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Can I Depend on Your Vote?

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Johanna Sigurdardottir; Prime Minister of Iceland

Many people have told me that their vote doesn’t see color, but does your vote see sexuality?

I’ve always found it interesting when people who I don’t know if they were seeking acceptance or approval by telling me they didn’t vote for President Obama because of race. I find it even more interesting of those who said they didn’t vote for President Obama, but it wasn’t because of race. I always think, if it wasn’t about race, why are you telling me that it wasn’t? Also, why is it that race isn’t attributed to White candidates as it is to everyone who isn’t? I’m not convinced by your words, but by your behavior and actions. It’s what you do and what you don’t do that is telling.

Beyond race is the question of gender and sexuality in politics. This is where I want to rest my thoughts today. I use the story of Iceland’s Prime Minister as example in asking what matters to you.

The honorable Johanna Sigurdardottir became the Prime Minister of Iceland in 2009. Prime Minister Sigurdardottir who has children from her previous (heterosexual) marriage is the only openly gay head of state.

What I found interesting about this story is the proof of Iceland’s lack of anti-discrimination hypocrisy by never publicly making an issue of Johanna Sigurdardottir’s sexuality. I say anti-discrimination hypocrisy not insinuating to practice of anti-discrimination is hypocritical, because it isn’t. I fully support anti-discriminatory practices and policies, both public and private. What makes anti-discrimination hypocritical is when those who preach it do not practice it. For any anti-discrimination practice to be true, the philosophy must be applied to all, not some.

Perhaps American in addition to the rest of the world can learn a valuable lesson from our Nordic friends in terms of tolerance and acceptance. When our consideration is allowed to roam beyond the narrow confines we apply it in our political and religious applications, then we get to see the person for who they are above what they are.

For those who have said to me that they don’t see color, but the content of a person’s character, then this is an excellent measure of your sincerity or commitment to that by considering the possibility of a future President or Prime Minister of your country being elected by the content of his/her character and not the color of their skin, religious practice or sexual orientation.

It is only my opinion, but I would expect that if a future US Presidential Candidate was honest enough to admit they were gay, I believe the powers that be would demonstrate the truth of the American dream. Their hopes of freedom and equality will essentially be publicly voted upon by those who say they are.

What if a future President or Prime Minister was openly gay, would you vote for him/her?

Do not concern yourself with the social perceptions of others. I just want you to be true. Be willing to defend your response if challenged, but only challenge with respect and consideration. It’s not about your religious beliefs or political affiliation, but your position on the boundaries of discrimination.

Work Cited
AAP, “Iceland’s gay PM weds partner “. The Age. June 28, 2010 <http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/icelands-gay-pm-weds-partner-20100628-zfbd.html>.

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Just Give It Up

I simply can’t believe this one. Seriously, have we come so far that Senators don’t care whatever it is, if one side is for it they’re automatically against it? Read what it has to say, before you say Yea or Nay. It’s that easy.

Rape in any form is violent, to prevent the victim from sueing the attacker if they work for the same company shouldn’t matter. Rape is rape.

Jon Stewart lays this one out in comedic form, but makes valid points. This shouldn’t be a political partisan issue. There’s not a reason to even be partisan on this one. Republicans are raped, just as Democrats. If we consider healthcare insurance companies we’re all having to just give it up whether we want to or not.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-14-2009/rape-nuts

I’ll make this one easy. If you are against abortions, against rape and against violence and you live in the state of where one of the Senators who voted Nay were elected, then I ask you to ask your Senator why? Believe me I have.

  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Bond (R-MO)
  • Sam Brownback (R-KS)
  • Jim Bunning (R-KY)
  • Burr (R-NC)
  • Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Coburn (R-OK)
  • Cochran (R-MS)
  • Bob Corker (R-TN)
  • Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • John Ensign (R-NV) Should you really be voting against this John?
  • Enzi (R-WY)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Gregg (R-NH)
  • Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • Johanns (R-NE)
  • John Kyle (R-AZ)
  • John McCain (R-AZ) I’m honestly surprise that even you would vote this way.
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Risch (R-ID)
  • Roberts (R-KS)
  • Sessions (R-AL)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Thune (R-SD)
  • David Vitter (R-LA)
  • Wicker (R-MS)
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Justice is Color Blind

Didn’t we just discuss this for two weeks?

http://timvalentine.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/racistconversation5/
http://timvalentine.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/racistconversation6/

Oh I forgot, “I’m not a racist because I have Black friends” defense.

Can someone say it with me? UNCONSCIOUS RACISM

You should always be aware of the person who says, “I’m not a racist”. If you’re not a racist you don’t have to say it. Your actions will speak for you.

Summary

OK, so this is the story. A few days ago a Judge in New Orleans denied an interracial couple a marriage license on the grounds of his belief the marriage would not work, he does not believe in “the mixing of the races” and his lack of self-acknowledgement that he would be one of the people who would discriminate against any children they may have.

Details

In New Orleans, Louisiana a justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.

My Comment: It’s always about sex isn’t it.

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday.

My Comment: Of course not, you just have issues with race.

“I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

My Comment: WHAT! You’re kidding me, right?

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

My Comment: Oh, well then. That’s not racist. Just because you refuse to do your job, because of race doesn’t mean you’re racist. Come on now.
Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

My Comment: Oh, so you talked about with Black people. So that doesn’t make you racist. Seriously, don’t validate your argument on the myth that Black people can’t be racist, because they can. Racism isn’t racist, because anyone can be one.

“There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage,” Bardwell said. “I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.”

My Comment: This is a lie. It’s only a problem among racist.

If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

“I try to treat everyone equally.”

My Comment: OK, I’m trying not to laugh at this one. How in the Hell do you say that with a straight face? As my sister would say, For Real Dude? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m being Punk’d right now, right? OK. You try to treat everyone equally, so you demonstrate your non-racist attitude by marrying people who are of the same race, but not marrying people who are not. I bet you do this on a Bible too. Besides disobeying the law, you’re going against the word of God. Unless your Bible reads “God is a respecter of persons”.

You’ve got to read the rest of this story for yourself. No one is forcing you to get married to someone because of social perceptions, but you shouldn’t be denied the right to get married to someone because of social perceptions.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_state_of_black_america_news/13496
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html
*An eyebrow should be raised, but I’ll let you think about this before I get into it any further. But it’s coming. So don’t asking me, because I’m not telling.  Just keep reading. :)

The sad thing is that I have run across people just like this on this very blog. No matter how much you try to explain it to them, they still don’t get it.

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Momma, Daddy is the Papa

Meredith Vieira talks to actress Mackenzie Phillips about her long-standing incestuous relationship with her father, her struggle with drug addiction and other details revealed in her new memoir, “High on Arrival.”

After watching this interview with Meredith I want ask a question which you will see below, but this interview may put the question in better context.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32999699#32999699

I’ve included a clip from her interview on Oprah, but urge you to watch the interview with Meredith Vieira.

Incest; could this be an acceptable reason for getting an abortion?

Now don’t get upset with me for asking the question, I’m just pointing out one of the 800 lbs Gorilla’s in the room of this story. I’m not suggesting or advocating my morals onto anyone by asking, but I am interesting in knowing what you think now that you’ve listened to the interview.

Unfortunately I’ve had the opportunity to have conversations with victims of rape and incest. The over arching affects that sexual abuse has on the mind of the one being abuse can make a long lasting impression in so many areas of a persons life. I raise the question about abortion to make a point, but as I’ve said in previous conversations on this blog is that you have to consider others, because you never know what or why someone decides to do what they do. Sometimes its not so clear cut as right or wrong as we can conclude in this case. This is why I will continue to advocate the simple strategy of Considering Others. Even if I am criticized in the process and/or misunderstood. The meaning is within the message.

Share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions about this.

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Do Something Before It’s Too Late

One of the most scariest images is an ideologically confused, unsocialized person with a gun in one hand and the Bible and Constitution in the other. What is more scary are the people who enables them.

For weeks I’ve been writing about race, rage, religion and the right. Some has attributed all of this to one bloggers obsession with race and republicans. And your assumption would be wrong. Many people who are silent on these issues are so because they either sees the truth in what has been illustrated and/or they’re simply uncomfortable speaking with authority about any of these subjects.

As I’ve illustrated last week is that it’s not always about race, it’s not always republicans, but it is about race and the role republicans are playing in the rage against this President. Many choose not to accept the reality of that truth, but what other logical conclusion can you draw if it isn’t about race? Politics is just the proxy, not the problem.

I give up on the realistic relevance of the Republican Party these days. It doesn’t want anyone who will question its authority. It doesn’t want anyone who will demand discussion. It doesn’t want anyone who is progressive, moderate, Black, Latino, Muslim, Young or even female. If you’re White, Male and Southern you’re welcomed. As a southerner I know that’s not a fair assessment, but many polls are trending in that direction when it comes to the GOP. It’s trending higher to those groups. The Democratic Party is not infallible, but at least I’m welcomed.

The fringes of society, whether it is the Birthers, the Deathers, the outrageous 2nd Amendment folks and the Racists they are not ruining the GOP, they have ruined the GOP. Who’s talking about bringing guns, Hitler, Nazis and the socialists. It’s not all Republicans, but it is a Republican problem and an American issue.

I’m surprised about the silence of those Republicans who has previous criticized me on various issues. What is worse is the timid tendencies of Democrats confronting them. It’s not all Republicans, it’s not all Democrats, but when will we finally have a Conservative who will talk down the paranoia of Republicans to Republicans? When will we finally have Democrats speak critically towards the timidness of the Democrats to Democrats?

I have restrained myself from saying this for many months, but I simply give up any possibility of having a reasonable conversation with most Republicans on many of these issues. I will continue to push Democrats to speak up, but their time is coming too if they don’t start doing what needs to be done.

Comment, criticize if you please. I give up. Let the M.F. Burn. (Reference to a previous post)

If what happened in November of 1963, February of 1965 or April of 1968 happens in today I will be sad, but I would feel sorry for those who helped caused it, because the blood would be on their hands. The outrage of the right could not match the rage that would come from the left and in the unexpected corners of society. I don’t want any of this to happen and urge people to do something more than nod in agreement or disagreement, do something before something happens. Before it’s too late.

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How Long Will It Take

I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal– Associated Press, 06/07/09 – Scott Roeder

After I read this statement by the murderer of Dr. Tiller, Scott Roeder I was reminded of the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in 1965. How long will it take?

Scott Roeder walked into a church with a gun and without any regards towards the LIFE of the children he and many others proclaim to value, without any respect for a place of worship, without any concern towards the implications of the hypocrisy. He acts as what he accused his victim of being, a murderer.

So as I patiently await a response from those who were so upset and outraged over some of my previous posts regarding abortion and the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice debates, I’m amazed by their silence. You were so quick and sure of yourself when you attacked me from my position of considering the positions of those we disagree with, I’m just wondering where you are on this one.

Would you rather engage your guns and religious hypocrisy instead of engaging in an honest and respectable conversation?

I’ve said all I have to say on the subject when I wrote, “The Pro-Truth Agenda” and “Promote Life, Not Death”. I seriously doubt those who generally disagree with most of the things written on this blog will even get the point I’m making in these two posts, but it’s alright. Someone has to disagreeable I guess, why not you. That’s fair.

What isn’t fair is the reconciliation many who do tend to disagree are wrestling with in terms of the trend of radical extremist who commit these crimes in the name of life and sometimes Christ. I think it should be a debate, because there’s not much too truly reconcile when you strive to consider the experiences of others before concluding they are evil or wrong. Fortunately that’s not for me to reconcile. Just like those who somehow can find a way to support torture will continue to support the hypocrisy of those who promote life while advocating death to those who believe you have a choice.

You can disagree with me, curse at me or even refuse to acknowledge me, that’s your choice (no pun intended). I just am amazed at the silence. Silence truly is betrayal. The disconnect between both Pro-Life supporters and Pro-Choice supporters can not be solved until BOTH begin to CONSIDER EACH OTHER. Nothing I can say or do will change the minds of anyone who chooses to remain silent, upset or disconnected towards those they disagree with. I don’t know how anyone can disagree with that.

So I’m finished with my discussion on the subject of abortion. I believe I have clearly stated my position on multiple occasions. I would personally pay for the day to arrive that what divides us will be no more. That day will arrive, and when it does how will you be paying?

*You must visit the 3rd reference below KFOR NewsChannel 4 – Oklahoma City, simply amazing.*

References & Inspirations
TI&S – 05/03/09 “The Pro-Truth Agenda
TI&S – 06/03/09 “Promote Life, Not Death
KFOR: Oklahoma City – 05/31/09 “Anti-Abortion Protesters Show Up at Tiller Vigil to faceoff with supporters
Yahoo News/Associated Press – 06/07/09 “Suspect in Abortion Doctor Death Warns of Violence
National Organization of Women – 1998 “Doctor Murdered as Anti-Abortion Violence & Terrorism Continue
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Empathy Is Not Sympathy

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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  - John Donne “For Whom the Bell Tolls

As cool it would be if it was true, I know that the world doesn’t revolve around me. I would like to believe that we would be in a better place in terms of human conditions if I ruled the world. Unfortunately this is just a fascination of my utopian dream to making the world what I believe it ought to be; Heaven.

Although this dream may not become a reality in my life time I can at least try. You can’t take it for granted or rely on the fact that you’ve never been told any differently that people will change. One can change the world if there’s one willing to try.

I’m still amazed by how so many of us have become comfortable with the lack of empathy we demonstrate towards each other. Perhaps it’s due to the busy lives we employ. Maybe it’s due to a lack of socialization or understanding. Maybe you just don’t want any trouble, so you just go along to get along. Whatever the case may be, there comes a time where your silence becomes betrayal.

When some are more eager to protest against a proposition in California than rally to end discrimination and homophobia then there’s a problem. When Christians are more concern with preventing Same-Sex Marriage than divorce, then there’s a problem.

When a woman who graduates 2nd in her class at an Ivy-League school while overcoming economic, social and medical issues is intelligence is questioned and whether she is suitable for a position because of her life experiences, then something is wrong.

When your words are taken out of context, chopped and screwed to blend into a malicious and hateful mix promoted by culturally unaware, socially uninformed exclusionists for political purposes, then something is wrong.

The law of the life is not logic, but experience. Experience that’s been tested by obstacles and barriers, hardship and misfortune. The insistence of persistence is what ultimately overcomes those barriers. It is these experiences that allow a person to consider others and be able to relate to them on a personal level despite our apparent differences and/or opposing interests?

What is your standard?

We are here because of the aspirations, works and sacrifices of someone else. The dream that one day we can live with love, respect and concern for each other in what Dr. Martin Luther King called the Beloved Community is being foreclosed on by the unethical practices of propagandist who only seek to profit off of fear and hate.

Far too often have we found ourselves bound by the narrow confines of foolish perceptions? Whether trapped by boundless liberalism or arrested by static conservatism the results are the same; progressive stagnation.

To become what you ought to be you need to consider others. The standard for which you judge others you judge yourself, but more harshly. When you continue to put up borders in your life, the community becomes less beloved and more despised. The standard of your arguments are no longer freedom or emancipation, but obstruction and restriction.

When you reach the point that you can recognize life as just an ordinary person, blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Perhaps you will understand what empathy means. Empathy does not mean adjusting the circumstances in such a way that the “little guy/minority” wins, but to place yourself in their position. Become the little guy, experience life as he or she experiences it, before casting judgment that is tainted with bias observations and experiences.

Take the time to become friends with someone different than you. Strive to sincerely learn about someone who is not like you. Example: I’m a Black Male, so I would want to try to befriend and learn more about someone who is not Black or a male. (I can personally say with confidence that I only have one friend who is a Black male, the rest are women of various races including Black.)

You are not an island, entire of yourself. The world doesn’t revolve around you. Any man’s death whether it be physical, moral or spiritual diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. Empathy is what I believe John Donne is saying in my 21st Century remix of a 17th Century poem. There are no them, but only us. We should not build fences or walls, but bridges. We are the community and to make it beloved, we have to learn how to love it and each other.

References & Inspirations
John Donne – 1624 “Devotions upon emergent occasions and several steps in my sickness – Meditation XVII
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 12/18/1963 “Social Justice (Speech at Western Michigan University)
Christian Century – 04/03/1974 “Search for the Beloved Community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
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The Pro-Truth Agenda

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How hypocritical is it for SOME Catholics to oppose or protest the invitation of President Obama at Notre Dame’s commencement, because of a single issue. Where was the same passion when young boys were being preyed upon by Catholic Priest and Bishops?

It’s perfectly acceptable to passionately express ones disapproval of a president or any politician’s position of a single-issue, but how can you reconcile the expression on one issue and not another that should go against ones religious beliefs? It makes your argument suspect or bordering on disingenuous.

The Catholic Church is not along in their hypocrisy, because many within other Christian churches fracture themselves with boisterous support against many issues made to be controversial that should be fairly easy to embrace or resolve. Many churches are divided along racial, political ideological and even economic class lines in some instances. Forever blaming the Devil with the devil’s work is performed by them.

Those who may only half read this and instantly assume that I am attacking the Christian Church, Christians or just Catholics, I ask you to read again. Then consider what I’m saying and challenge yourself. Exercise your faith and question what you believe with honesty. I am not coming against the Church or Christians, but challenging you to consider the true character of Christ instead of relying on self-righteous indignations and provocations usually motivated by malicious motives.

You may disagree with President Obama for his position on abortion, but does that mean he has no value or lack beneficial insight? Where was your opposition to war promoted by President Bush?

More importantly, where is the “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” I believe you can find Matthew 7:3-5 in the Catholic and Protestant Holy Bibles.

You may get mad, verbally assault or damn me if you wish, but I challenge you to answer the underlying question presented here. Concern yourself not on whether a person is Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, but on if they are Pro-Truth, Pro-Reconciliation, Pro-Mercy or Pro-Love. Quit all of this non-sense and think. Whether a person had an abortion or not, whether you are Pro-Life or Pro-Choice does not matter if you proclaim to be a Christian. God Damning anyone who doesn’t believe what you believe or who makes a decision to have an abortion is not a fair or even loving representation of the examples of Christ.

Pro-Choice does not mean Pro-Abortion and those who continue to promote the misconception that it is should bear the same measure of contempt as they do for those who perform abortions. Don’t masquerade dissension of a political figure or position in the garment of religion, thus you allow yourself to confuse God and the Government. (Hmm, that sounds familiar) Look for what’s true in a person or a position instead of always seeing what’s wrong with them or their position.

I’m going to stop here, but I’m sure this conversation will continue.

References & Inspiration
The Holy Bible (NIV) – Matthew 7:3-5
NPR: Tell Me More – 05/01/09 “Presidential Address Sparks Anger
Catholic Online – 05/01/09 “Montana Bishop Joins Outcry against Notre Dame
Google Search – “President Obama & Norte Dame
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What Can Brown Do For You?

This is the new catchy slogan that’s currently being advertised by shipping giant UPS. I want to use the slogan as a political diversity campaign, but I’ll save that one for another day if someone doesn’t still it first. I’m sure the UPS lawyers may ensure that does not happen, even from me.

What brown has done for Bill O’Reilly is dropped its advertising on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor”. In an email statement to Think Progress UPS said, “Thank you for sending an email expressing concern about UPS advertising during the Bill O’Reilly Show on FOX News. We do consider such comments as we review ad placement decisions which involve a variety of news, entertainment and sports programming. At this time, we have no plans to continue advertising during this show.

Although I understand ThinkProgress email campaign in protest to the sponsors I agree with what the Ford spokesman suggest when speaking for him. Although this is a legal method it opens the door of criticism to come in towards you too. To best get rid of the O’Reilly Factor is to make it not a factor by changing the channel. There will always be someone who will want to watch and listen to what Bill O’Reilly has to say.

References & Inspirations
ThinkProgress – “Stop Supporting the O’Reilly Harassment Machine
ThinkProgress – 03/27/09 “Corporate Responses to O’Reilly Campaign

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Madam Secretary

Um, Excuse me Madam Secretary I know you’re busy, but I just wanted to… Oh well… I guess I should have thought twice before saying a loud ‘Madam Secretary’ in the White House these days.

I’m sorry to have interrupted you Secretary Hillary Clinton (State Department), Secretary Hilda Solis  (Labor Department) and Secretary Janet Napolitano (Homeland Security), but I was referencing your newly nominated cabinet sister, Secretary-Designate Kathleen Seblius.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius accepted the nomination and once approved she will become the fourth woman to serve as Secretary of Health & Human Services.
Governor Sebelius is a veteran politician who learned the craft from her father, John J. Gilligan, and later her father-in-law, Keith Sebelius, a Kansas Republican who spent more than a decade in Congress. The Governor is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, served eight years in the state legislature and was once a lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
She is known for reaching across the aisle in her Republican-dominated state, and in her first gubernatorial bid she chose a former Republican businessman as her running mate.

As governor served as state insurance commissioner for eight years and has overseen the Medicaid program for the poor during her tenure as governor. Sebelius tried unsuccessfully to expand health coverage in the state through higher cigarette taxes. Still, under her watch, Kansas has added tens of thousands of low-income children to state health programs.
This appointment would mean that within 30 years after the first Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris took the position during the Carter Administration so will Mrs. Sebelius’ appointment to the office by the Obama Administration.
Which lends me to add this minor historical tidbit that makes this connection significant.
Since we have just ended February (Black History Month) and entering March (Women’s History Month) I must mention the significance of Former Secretary Patricia Harris at this time.
Secretary Harris was the first Secretary of Health and Human Services, but to add to that accomplishment she was the first Black Woman to hold a cabinet position. Being first was not unusual for Secretary Harris, because she had been the first Black woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador in Luxembourg under the Johnson Administration, in addition to serving as co-chair of the National Women’s Committee for Civil Rights under the Kennedy Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude from Howard University in 1945.
I congratulate the Governor and am confident that we all will benefit for her appointment to this cabinet position. I don’t think anyone has to say, “I AM WOMAN HERE ME ROAR” because they only have to send you a memo, text, email or even a message on Twitter to get let you know what they’re thinking.

References & Inspirations
Washington Post – 03/01/09 “Governor of Kansas Tapped to Lead HHS
Wikipedia “Secretary of Health and Human Services
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (website)
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State Senator Schultheis: How Can You Suggest AIDS on a Baby?

I’m not a person to want to just curse or fight for no reason, but this guy needs to be cursed out then hit upside his head.

This is one of those you must hear to believe it for yourself. >> Click Here To Listen For Yourself

How is this a difficult bill for you to vote on?

This is absolutely an unbelievable assertion for anyone with a conscience to make such an outrageous statements as State Senator Dave Schultheis (R-CO).

He voted Yes in committee, but when it came up to an official vote on the measure he votes against a bill requiring HIV tests for pregnant women.

Now for those who will immediately say, ‘he has a right to do so’, let me caution you before you start picking sides based on political ideology. I agree he does have the right to vote against it, but this is his reasoning behind it.

Since the disease stems from sexual promiscuity he doesn’t want to see the state doing anything to remove the negative consequences that takes place because poor and unacceptable behavior.” – STATE SENATOR DAVE SCHULTHEIS

Although I think Sen. Schultheis has a narrow-minded view of HIV/Aids similar to what we saw between Former Vice-President Dick Cheney & Former Sen. John Edwards during the 2004 Vice-Presidential Debates when the question was raised in regards of the rise in cases of AIDS among heterosexual Black women. AIDS & HIV is not bound to a single community or specific orientation. There are both cases of Republicans & Democrats, Black, Latino, Native, Asian & White, Women & Men, and yes Gay and Straight people who contract AIDS/HIV. It’s not bound to any one… Never mind. Why am I even trying to explain this to you?

I swear you just give me more reasons each day why I should consider running for a political office, because this sort of ignorance towards readily available information is amazing. This is not a political or ideological question, but health and wellness one that can be answered with a simple YES. But it’s idiots like this on both sides of the political persuasion that irritates me to the point where I don’t need or deserve the constant headache that it would cause.

Let me finish my thought, because it gets worse.

This idiot actually is defending his original outrageous statement with another despicable statement.

What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that. The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.” Source: Rocky Mountain News – 02/25/09

Now before I start cursing I must say that there were some of his state senate colleagues who were equally outraged over his reasoning. Here’s a few of them.

Sen. Schultheis drew the conclusion that anyone who may have HIV is sexually promiscuous. I find that offensive in the context of this bill and I find it offensive in the context of the gay community.” – State Sen. Jennifer Veiga

What this bill will do and why it’s so important to test the woman when she is pregnant — if she is HIV-positive, treatment is started immediately to protect the baby, the unborn baby.” – State Sen. Thornton, who is also a nurse.

HIV does not just come from sexual promiscuity, it comes from many other things — contaminated blood, for one.” – Sen. Lois Tochtrop

I challenge anyone out there that believes they can defend the State Senator’s statement. I would love to hear it. I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat why is he still in office? If it was me there would have been repeated calls for my resignation.

What a way to start Women’s History Month.

References & Inspirations
Colorado Independent – 02/25/09 “HIV babies are punishment for promiscuous moms
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Buttars Wait There’s More

Right before I was going to talk about the outrageous comments of another Senator Michelle Bachman (R-MN), State Senator Chris Buttars (R-UT) clips her with this little dozy. This time he tops himself and offenses once again.

Why are the people of Utah allowing him to represent them? Better question is does he speak for them?

WOW!

So I should be afraid of gays and lesbians now? I want to make sure I understand what you’re saying Senator. The biggest threat to America are not racism, bigotry, hate groups or even an economic collapse, but gays and lesbians. WOW! I guess President Obama needs to bring the troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan to help fight these insurgents.

Come On Now Dude, are you for real?

Before I start, you wouldn’t happen to be related to any political cartoonist would you or know anyone at the NY Post?

Really? OK, just a question.

Now let’s explore the era of thinking Mr. Buttars appears to come from by looking at the questions and statements he posed in this interview.

Sen. Chris Buttars’ Statement:

“Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don’t care.”

My Response:

So it appears that you have a distain for homosexuality. Your use of the phrase ‘sexual perversion’ is synonymous with Christianity. As a Christian myself I’ve read the same thing, and it raises another question that seems to get overlooked or ignored. Does it mean that someone who is gay or is a lesbian is not worthy to be loved? I thought that was the greatest commandment. I can go further into that one, but let’s stick to the comments for now.

Sen. Chris Buttars’ Statement:

“They’re mean. They want to talk about being nice. They’re the meanest buggers I have ever seen”.

My Response:

Really? I’m a straight guy who has had the opportunity to be friends with people who are gay or lesbian and I haven’t had any issues with them. Even when we may disagree on a point, it’s still respectable. The meanest people I’ve come into contact with are those who hold bigoted or backwards thinking views. They tend to make generalizations like… well I think you are well acquainted with the type of people I’m talking about.

Sen. Chris Buttars’ Statement:

“It’s just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side.”

My Response:

That’s an interesting statement. I personally know Muslims too and all except for one has been very nice towards me. What’s interesting about your statement is that you speak about something being taken over by radicalism. I can think of a political party that seems to have an issue with that today. (Notice: I didn’t mention which political party.)

Sen. Chris Buttars’ Statement:

“What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.”

My Response:

Although I can only take into account my interactions with someone who tells me that they are gay or lesbian, but I would think many would have the same issues that any straight person would have. It’s a difference in sexual preference not existence.

Sen. Chris Buttars’ Statement:

“They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”

My Response:

Well I can think of a few others that are more of a threat than the sexual preferences of a person. Let’s see… The Economy, Cancer, Aids, Hate, violence, just to name a few.

Well State Senator Chris Buttars (R-UT), I wonder what you and those who agree with you response would be by these wise words of Mrs. Coretta Scott King. “Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.”

Was she any less of a person because of her views on this same subject?

References & Inspirations:
ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, UT – 02/18/09 “Buttars Responds to His Comments on Gays

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Humble Yourself

A few days ago I almost publish this post, but decided to wait and see how this one played out, because I had a feeling that someone was going to happen in regards to Henrietta Hughes.

Tuesday, President Obama was having a Town Hall Meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida in efforts to discuss the Stimulus Package with everyday people. A woman by the name of Henrietta Hughes was asked The President for help with an urgent issue. She told The President that she was homeless for more than a year and now was living in a pickup truck as she broke down in front of thousands.

After President Obama hugged and kissed her his told her that a member of his staff would help. Apparently they kept their word, because the next day she was offered a home by Mrs. Chene Thompson, the wife of State Representative Nick Thompson (R-FL).

I don’t know what the inner dealings that made this happen, but does it really matter. It’s good to see what happens when people are willing to step beyond themselves and their own political interests to offer their own rescue package to who they can help. It didn’t matter if Ms. Hughes was a Republican or Democrat she was a citizen in urgent need. Ms. Hughes wasn’t able to vote November 4th, because she didn’t have an address. So regardless of her party affiliation she asked this Democrat for his help and the wife of a Republican was able to assist.

Ms. Hughes told a reporter that she wanted to talk to the president to tell him about their problems. That was my desire; I said I just pray to the Lord.

Now as I read all of the divisive comments from supporters on both sides pointing the finger of blame at each other I simply have to give you both “the hand”. While you’re bickering over whose at fault we continue to see people every single day loosing their home, losing their job and forced to make the same difficult decisions like Ms. Hughes was forced to make. She still had the courage to stand before thousands and ask for help.

Would your foolish pride allow you to do the same?

When your back is against the wall and you have no strings in those boots and the straps are falling off it doesn’t matter where the help comes from a Democrat or Republican or if the person is Black, Hispanic, Asian or White, male or female. Humble yourself. We all have the opportunity to help. This is what is meant by open your clinched fist.

References & Inspirations
The Huffington Post – 02/11/09 “Henrietta Hughes Given Home After Telling Obama She Was Homeless
The News-Press – 02/12/09 “homeless Fort Myers Woman Offered Help After Town Hall
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Eight Is Enough

There was a young lady that lived in Southern Cali, she already had six children and since she lost her job she didn’t have much to do, so she had 8 more.

Now I’m being a little silly there, but this isn’t a nursery rhyme but a real story. Just think about how you would raise 14 children with no job and you’re not married. Well 33 year old Nadya Suleman now has to figure this out. But to top it off, she isn’t married by her own choice and she just got laid-off from her job.

Does this qualify for public assistance or should she be subject to the same scrutiny that those with 2 or 3 children have to contend with?

You would have to put me on suicide watch 24/7 because this would be my last thought, idea and suggestion.

E’erybody in my Fav 5 would be getting a child for Christmas. This is my special gift to you. You know you’re my favorite Cousin, right? Hey, Uncle Charles how are you doing? I got a special gift for you. J Hold up for a minute, Um where are you going Daddy? Hold up you can’t go yet.

Hmmm who else… Oh yeah… What’s up Mary, Donna, Melissa and Al how are y’all doing? I have a special gift for ya? :)

(Yes I’m only joking. I wouldn’t hand my kids out like Christmas gifts.)

You can’t breast feed that many children, come on ‘you’ would end up looking like a balloon that’s been sitting out in the cold for way too long. The formula bill would be a mortgage payment by itself, not to mention the diapers. How in the world can she possible afford to take care of 14 kids?

Her mother said, “It can’t go on any longer, she’s got six children and no husband. I was brought up the traditional way. I firmly believe in marriage. But she didn’t want to get married.”

There were frozen embryos left over after her previous pregnancies and she (Nadya Suleman) didn’t want them destroyed, so she decided to have more children.

I only have a 4 year old, and I know how much it cost for diapers, formula for him and still food, clothes and child care now. I could not image what it would cost if I had to multiple that 8 times, not to mention 6 other children all under the age of 7. I would have gone into cardiac arrest at the ultrasound screening when I heard 8 heartbeats. That would have been the Florida recount all over again, because I would have said “um you gotta recount that ‘cause I ain’t having more 8 kids.” (Yes, I said Ain’t. This is where it’s acceptable to use ain’t in a sentence.)

I would have sounded like President Obama during his acceptance speech at the DNC last August, ENOUGH! (with the echo behind it)

Now I gotta go in front of Congress and ask for a Bailout or something. I’ll be crying like a… You would see my face plastered on every paper with an expression like this.

Enjoy. :)

References & Inspirations:
Yahoo! News – 01/27/09 “Woman gives birth to octuplets in So. California Hospital
Associated Press – 01/31/09 “Grandma: Octuplets Mom Obsessed with Having Kids

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Campaign Promise Kept: Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act

During President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention he said that “now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal days work, because I want my daughters to have the exact same opportunities as your sons.”

Ms. Ledbetter discovered the pay inequity when she was nearing retirement. Her male colleagues were earning much more than she was. (Boy does this sound familiar, but I’m not a woman) A jury found her employer, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company guilty of pay discrimination. But in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the case, ruling that she should have filed her suit within 180 days of the date that Goodyear first paid her less than her peers.

While Former President George W. Bush was still in office the Congress tried to pass a law that would have effectively overturned the decision, but the Bush White House opposed the bill. (Isn’t that a fine example of compassionate conservatism, but I digress)

The opponents contended that it would encourage lawsuits and argued that employees could delay filing their claims in the hope of reaping bigger rewards.

Well the New Congress passed the bill, which restarts the six-month clock every time the worker receives a paycheck. (Now what was that thing we heard during the campaign about Obama was a socialist or redistributionalist, whatever that means.)

Ms. Ledbetter will not see any money as a result of the legislation, but what she has received is sweet personal satisfaction and vindication.

“Goodyear will never have to pay me what it cheated me out of. In fact, I will never see a cent. But with the president’s signature today I have an even richer reward.” – LILLY LEDBETTER

Now I clearly understand that the President will not be able to keep each of the promises made during the campaign, no President ever has. But let’s give him the opportunity to try before criticizing his policies and character. Just like all Presidents before him, they must deal with Congress. That’s not an easy task regardless if you’re dealing with Republicans or Democrats. The refereeing of political egos and posturing can be treacherous at times if not down right dangerous. It’s like swimming naked with piranhas; you’re going to get…

References & Inspirations:
Washington Post – 01/29/09 “Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act
New York Times – 01/29/09 “Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation
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