Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

It Was Bound To Happen: Video from EQUUS

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It was bound to happen. Someone on the front row at EQUUS got video on their camera phone.
Thanks to OMG Blog

Friday, November 21, 2008

Obama's Pledge on LGBT Rights

President-elect Barack Obama has laid out his commitment to LGBT rights in an eight-point plan posted on his transition Web site. Although his regrettable (and unlawful) injection of religion into his campaign argument against same-sex marriage (can't we have ONE president who is familiar with the separation of church and state? Please?????) still leaves a very bad taste in my mouth (yet he wants to repeal DOMA!), the rest of the plan is indeed encouraging:

The Obama-Biden Plan

Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. Barack Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.

 Fight Workplace Discrimination: Barack Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. Obama also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: Barack Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

 Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell: Barack Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. Obama will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.

Expand Adoption Rights: Barack Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.

Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, Barack Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. Obama will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. Obama also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma -- too often tied to homophobia -- that continues to surround HIV/AIDS. He will continue to speak out on this issue as president.

Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Barack Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's SUNDAY again...and you know what that means...

True Blood @ 9pm on HBO
Brothers & Sisters @ 10pm on ABC
and other things recording on the DVR for Monday viewing.

Only 2 more episodes this season of True Blood, but it has been picked up for next year.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The McCain Mutiny

I wish Sarah Palin would fade away into (punchline-only) obscurity as much as the next guy. But with John McCain's through-with-her aides leaking all of these wonderful tidbits about everyone's favorite first runner-up, I don't see it happening anytime soon. Did she really not know which countries make up the NORTH AMERICAN Free Trade Agreement, or that Africa was a continent? (!!!) (God, this gift just keeps giving.) And don't believe for a minute that the $150,000 luxe shopping sprees weren't ENTIRELY her idea -- not that you did. And what did you think of her concession speech on Tuesday night? (Yeah, I know.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cute Political Blog Response

I was reading some of my favorite blogs this evening, checking on some of the senate races that
are still to close to call when I came across this comment:

McCain lost for 3 simple reasons
#1 He's a Republican
#2 Americans are afraid of PitBulls
#3 Americans feel that the plumber is always ripping them off

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New CNN Poll of Polls Results

The latest CNN Poll of Polls color coded map of the US.  I can only keep my fingers crossed and hope the polling results come true.

Tina Fey, John McCain on SNL

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Can Tuesday get here quick enough?????

Although I watch the coverage on TV the newspaper the internet looking for polls, articles and any information I can find on who is and isn't going to win the Presidential election, various Senate races and the Governor's race here in NC, Even I am getting tired of it all and want Tuesday to get here and get it over with. And judging by the sign here, I'm not the only one!

Courting Condi

As disturbing as it is, I find myself tranfixed....maybe with horror!
Watch the trailer: