Friday, December 31, 2010

2K!! Happy New Year

This New Year, I raise a glass to bid adieu to 2010 and welcome 2011. I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy year ahead.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Souls for Sale

I guess if you have been living a rather dubious life having a spare soul would be a good thing. If that isn't the case then I guess you could start a minion army. But at the price this schmuck is asking I hope he has been living true life.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Boxing Day

Shit I almost forgot. I know it's pretty much over at this point. But, Happy Boxing day or as I like to refer to it as Boxer Day ;-)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Season Greetings to All!!!

    • I just want to wish all of my friends and family a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Be Safe. Be Happy, Peace.
    • Ich möchte nur an alle meine Freunde und Familie wünschen ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und frohe Feiertage. Sicher sein. Be Happy, Weltfrieden.
    • Je veux juste souhaiter à tous mes amis et la famille d'un très Joyeux Noël et bonnes fêtes. Be Safe. Soyez heureuse, Tranquillité.
    • Fi jyst angen at ddymuno fy holl ffrindiau a theulu yn iawn Nadolig Llawen a Gwyliau Hapus. Byddwch yn Ddiogel. Bod yn Heddwch Hapus.
    • Θέλω μόνο να ευχηθώ σε όλους τους φίλους και την οικογένειά μου ένα πολύ Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Καλές Γιορτές. Να είναι ασφαλή. Be Happy, Ειρήνη.

    Norad Tracks Santa

    Watch Sergent: General!! We have a boggie moving in fast from the north over Canada! What shall we do?
    General: Wish him a Merry Christmas and offer a fighter escort.

    Why we track Santa

    SantaFor more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.
    The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
    In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
    Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.
    Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
    Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa. All the preparations for this year are in place!
    This Christmas eve, join NORAD to track Santa's flight from your phone. On December 24th, open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for "Santa" to see his latest location.

    Santa Claus and Christmas at the Northpole

    Don't forget to leave out some yummy cookies, a tall glass of milk and some carrots for the reindeer. :-)

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Only 3 Shopping Days Left

    Actually it's more like 2 shopping days left, but it's three if you plan on doing some shopping at 7-11, but then again I bet Walmart(It's about the $, fuck our employees) is open. Either way just remember that because you are rushing around and running out time does not give you the right to be a jerk to people and drive like an Asshole. Santa is watching and he will shit in your stocking. (its more environmentally friendly than coal). But to calm you down here are two of the said mentioned carols. Enjoy :-)

    Christmas Song by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

    Soul Cake by Sting

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Cool Carols

    Here are the carols and the versions of, that I like the most...
    1. Soul Cake -- Sting
    2. Your a Mean One Mr.Grinch-- The Brian Setzer Orchestra 
    3. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy -- Bing Crosby and David Bowie
    4. Christmas Song -- Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
    5. Linus and Lucy -- Vince Gauraldi
    6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman -- Ashley MacIssac
    7. When I Get Home For Christmas -- Snow Patrol
    8. Christmastime -- Smashing Pumpkins
    9. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers -- Arthur Fiedler and the BSO
    10. I Saw Three Ships -- Sting
    (bonus) White Christmas -- Garth Brooks

    I hope that everyone enjoyed the Winter Solstice. I raise a glass with Glögg and I wish you a Happy Yule! 

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    This should be cool if you can stay up that late

    I read somewhere that the last time these two event co-inside was back in 1554. I don't think any of us remember that.

    Your Guide to the Darkest Day in 372 Years

    Your Guide to the Darkest Day in 372 YearsLate Monday night—well, actually, early Tuesday morning—the moon will move into the earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse visible to anyone in North America. Even better, it's happening on the Winter Solstice, for the first time since 1638.
    Now, obviously, you already have your Winter Solstice party/pansexual orgy/potluck planned out to perfection. (Right?) But can you properly include a showing of the first full lunar eclipse in three years? Here's what you need to know.
    • Locate the moon. (Hint: It's in the sky.) The earth's shadow should start showing on the moon's lower left around 1:33 a.m. Eastern time, which is when Fallon ends, if you're on the east coast, or halfway through Hawaii Five-0, if you're on the west coast.
    • The shadow moves slowly, but by 2:41 a.m., the entire moon will be covered, and will stay that way for an hour. The is the optimal time for consuming your peyote, playing your war drums, murdering people, etc.
    • The shadow will start moving again at 3:53 a.m., and the moon will be back to normal by 5:00 a.m. At this point it's appropriate to do your winter solstice folk dances and poetry recitals.
    So, you see: It's pretty simple. But you might be wondering: What, exactly, is the point of watching a lunar eclipse? Why can't I just close my eyes? Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait explains what's so cool:
    Sometimes, atmospheric conditions on Earth will cast an eerie, blood-red shadow on the Moon... it's really quite stunning, and worth staying up (or getting up early) to see. Also, the Moon does not pass directly through the center of the Earth's umbral shadow, so the top and bottom halves of the Moon may be dramatically different in appearance and color. There's no way to predict this, so you'll just have to go out and see for yourself.
    So, something like this:
    Your Guide to the Darkest Day in 372 Years
    See! Science can be cool, even on the winter solstice.

    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    DADT Is History ( It's About Damn Time!!! )

    There really is a Santa Claus!!! I really had lost hope that DADT policy would be repealed during the lame-duck session. I had figured by now that most of the Senate would be waiting in TSA Security lines for their flights back home. It's nice to know that they were able to finally rid the military of this bad policy. However it is a bit to late for all of the Airman, Sailors and Soldiers that had already been discharged. I hope that some where in the repeal there is a disputation that all of those Dishonorable and "Other Than Honorable" Discharges be changed to honorable. If they are not changed then there should be a prevision for those people to be able to appeal to have it changed to an Honorable Discharge.
    Senate votes to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    Posted by Zeninjor Enwemeka December 18, 2010 03:49 PM

    By Mark Arsenault

    WASHINGTON — Gays and lesbians will soon be able to serve openly in the United States military, after a US Senate vote today to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that has led to the discharge of some 14,000 gay service members since its establishment during the Clinton administration.

    US Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts was among six Republicans who broke ranks to help Democrats overcome a procedural hurdle put up by the GOP. The vote this morning against the Republican filibuster was 63-33; at least 60 votes were needed to move the measure ahead. Final passage came in a second vote this afternoon, which passed 65-31, with eight Republicans in favor.

    “It is time to close this chapter in our history,” President Obama said in a statement. “It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.”

    But the vote also outraged some Christian conservatives. "Today is a tragic day for our armed forces,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group, in a statement. “The American military exists for only one purpose—to fight and win wars. Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda.”

    And to all of the those fore-mentioned Hatefilled Prejudice Homophobic & Bigoted Religous FUCKS, take this and run it up your Christmas Tree. Damn SOB's! Merry Christmas!

    Crappy Carols

    I think we all have a few Christmas carols that we can stand. I mean they are just annoying and most of these are really depressing. It's bad enough the holidays bring people to a low spot in life but do we really to be reminded by these songs?  Here are my top detested ones...

    1. Any thing with animals that include dogs barking, crazy frogs and chipmunks
    2. "Blue Christmas"--Elvis Presley
    3."Last Christmas"--Wham
    4. "Do They Know it’s Christmas?--BandAid
    5. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" -- Elmo & Patsy
    6. "Mary Did You Know?"-- Clay Aiken
    7. "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" -- Spike Jones
    8. "Santa Baby" -- Madonna
    9. "My Only Wish This Year (Is You)" -- Britney Spears
    10. "Baby It's Cold Outside"-- Dean Martin

      Tomorrow I'll give you a list of my favorites.

    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    Santa Please Take Note

    Hey Santa... Just in case there were any doubts here is some proof. This data was created using a scientific piece of equipment that was calibrated at Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL).

    I hope this is what Santa looks likes, I heard he has been hitting the Gym. ;-)

    Friday, December 03, 2010

    Benyj Davis Project

    I was searching through Amazon looking for some new music and along with doing some Christmas shopping, when I came across this album  Paper Trails by The Benjy Davis Project . I like giving a new artist a listen and couldn't really beat the price it's "Free".

    The music is pretty good with some nice riffs and catchy lyrics that challenge societal norms and reveal the dark side. I think it's some between Jason Mraz or John Mayer either way the duo does a pretty good job. Its nice to find something that is not heard on the radio every other hour. So why not take chance with this album you have nothing to lose but maybe a few bytes of disc space. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Here is the link to the album...

     What else has been playing on the iPod...
    1. How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead
    2. Yeah Yeah Yeah - New Politics
    3. Fiery Crash - Andrew Bird
    4. Blaze of Glory - The Kottonmouth Kings
    5. Break Free - The Dave Matthews Band
    6. Warm Machine - Bush
    7. Sailing Into the Sun - Funky Lowlives
    8. Adagio for Strings - DJ Tiesto
    9. Isaac - Madonna
    10. Route 66 [Beastmaster Mix] - Depeche Mode
    11. Black Birdies Come - The Real Tuesday Weld
    12. Rebel Prince - Rufus Wainwright
    13. On The Edge of The Cliff - Streets
    14. The Dance Floor - The Apples in stereo
    15. Devil's Got Your Boyfriend - Tracy Bonham

    Wednesday, December 01, 2010

    One Step Closer

    Yesterday the US Military cleared the way for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The Department of Defense's report on impact of repealing US military's the failed policy was released. As many had already expected a majority of the troops are fine with it, by 70 percent . The only major opposition has come from the USMC (the USN's legions of bottoms) and John McCain.
    Sec. Gates Stated Gates recommended the Senate support legislation to end the existing policy. "It can be done and should be done,"
    and then goes on to say that...
    "Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year. I believe this is a matter of some urgency because, as we have seen this past year, the federal courts are increasingly becoming involved in this issue."
    Now Sec. Gates does have a point there, if the administration's appeals fail then the military will be left to the who the  US Courts issue a ruling if they strike it down for being unconstitutional. Where if the policy was repealed in legislation the Military and the DoD would have more control over the situation. They would not have to answer to the courts. This would set a bad precedence if  US Courts are able to manage military policy. This should be left to the President, DoD and rest of the Military chain of command.

    Presidents Stated As Commander in Chief,

    I have pledged to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law because it weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness and equality by preventing patriotic Americans who are gay from serving openly in our armed forces. At the same time, as Commander in Chief, I am committed to ensuring that we understand the implications of this transition, and maintain good order and discipline within our military ranks. That is why I directed the Department of Defense earlier this year to begin preparing for a transition to a new policy. 
    It took him long enough to say this, he should have said it back in January. Personally I don't think President Obama gives a shit about our community. One reason he had seen support fading at least mine. I don't care who he has appointed and I know he did an anti-bullying message, but only after Hillary had hers out on the airwaves. Then we have John McCain....

    Who said in the past...
    "That passing repeal now would undermine the Defense Department's review of the policy, which won't be completed until December"
    "that he would be open to repeal if it was OK'd by the military's top brass"

    but now that it's been OK'd he has stated

    “I’m doing everything I can to defeat it.”
    I guess John is having a case of hypocrite syndrom. But, Damn! His family has even been on the record supporting the repeal.
    Cindy McCain "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future,"  "They can’t serve our country openly."
    I just don't understand how she can do anti-bully video message for NOH8, but she is married to one of the big bully. He's such a big bully that sh is now reversing what she had originally said on tape.
    Meghan McCain "I am a supporter of LGBT rights and am against DADT"

     Let's face it John McCain's world view is different from mine. Homosexuality was not as accept and he had less exposure when he was in the military. Or It's my guess that  John is just trying to rattle some saber and score some points with the Religious and the rest of prejudice Right. Maybe it was a promise he made to the devil when he begged for their support in 2008.

    Yes, there are better ways that the policy's repeal could have been presented to congress other than on a defense spending bill. And yes at the moment there are more pressing matters before congress like North and South Korea, Extension of Unemployment benefits and The START Treaty. But I feel that some of the blame is on the Obama's Administration, they should have been pushing for this back in the spring of 2009 not at the tail end or 2010.

    World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Campaign
     Veterans Affairs HIV - 
    Center for Disease Control and prevention -
    Who's Positive -
    AIDs Atlanta -

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    People are Weird

    I came across this today on couple of various sites and I really could not resist posting it.

    Man arrested after ejaculating during TSA pat-down

    A 47 year old gay man was arrested at San Francisco International Airport after ejaculating while being patted down by a male TSA agent.  Percy Cummings, an interior designer from San Francisco, is being held without bail after the alleged incident, charged with sexually assaulting a Federal agent. According to Cummings’ partner, Sergio Armani, Cummings has “multiple piercings on his manhood” which were detected during a full body scan.  As a result, Cummings was pulled aside for a pat-down.  Armani stated that the unidentified TSA agent spent “an inordinate amount of time groping” Cummings, who had apparently become sexually aroused.  Cummings, who has a history of sexual dysfunction, ejaculated while the TSA agent’s hand was feeling the piercings.  The TSA agent, according to several witnesses, promptly called for back up.  Cummings was thrown to the ground and handcuffed.
    A TSA spokesperson declined to comment on this specifc case, but said that anyone ejaculating during a pat-down would be subject to arrest.

    So if the TSA Jerks you around, you will be arrested. Shit I don't know what kind of treatment this is but I'm guessing this guy must certainly have been aroused by the agent conducting the search. Though, out of all of the times that I have flown I can't think of one TSA agent male or female that I said "Damn He/She is hot!" They have all been kind of plain jane to me, and nothing that I would have popped a boner over. I guess this will teach the guy not to opt for pat down.

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    I hope that you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    I've already started cooking and have the cranberry sauce cooling on the stove as I type away. Tomorrow plan on making some of my usual...

    On the Menu
    • Turkey breast
    • Stuffing and gravy
    • Mashed potatoes (for me)
    • Baked Potato (for Ryan)
    • Turnip
    • Carrots
    • French Bread
    • I also have some winter squash on standby. 
    • To wash it all down New Belgium's 2 Below Winter Ale

    Beside all of that I'm going to have to do some baking for Saturday at work, we are having a pot luck. Something to help relieve some of the stress of the crazy "Black Friday" retail weekend. I'm planning on making some shortbread cookies and cranberry bread.

    Just remember none of those holiday bargains are worth taking someones life or being a general all around Asshole.

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010



    Crunch, crunch, crunch as I walk through the leaves.
    Click, clack, swoosh as the leaves fall to the ground.
    The musky smell of the decay. The squirrels scurrying around.
    Mother nature is falling asleep.

    Crunch, crunch crunch as I walk through the leaves.
    Click. clack, swoosh down come the leaves.
    The birds fly with the precision of fighter squadron
    The wind blows with a chill in the breeze. 

    Crunch, crunch, crunch as I walk through the leaves.
    Click, clack, swoosh down come the leaves.
    The air crisp, it bites.
    The morning frost shimmers in the light.
    Mother nature is  falling asleep as autumn gives way to winter. 

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Music in my Head

    I hope everyone has been having a good week and weekend. Not to much has been going on, it's been down right quiet. I just thought id share some of the music that has been running through my head this week.

    Last 10 Songs Played...
    1. Blue Water (Dave Matthews Band)
    2. Demon Host (Timber Timbre)
    3. Wordplay (Jason Mraz)
    4. The Good Life (Five Times August)
    5. Tears From The Moon (DJ Tiësto)
    6. Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love (Coldplay)
    7. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing (Jack Johnson)
    8. Bosha Nova (Mark Farina/Mr. Electric Triangle)
    9. Zombie (The Cranberries)
    10. Swallowed (Bush)
     and a couple pieces of candy...

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Happy Veterans Day

    But what is the mean? Did you know that one-third of adult homeless men and nearly one-quarter of all homeless adults have served in the armed forces. While there is no true measure of the number of homeless veterans, it has been estimated that more than 200,000 veterans may be homeless on any given night and that twice as many veterans experience homelessness during a year (US Department of Veterans Affairs).

    There are more than 1 Million GLBT veterans in the US and I'm one.

    So have you honored the Veterans in your community? We made the sacrifice so you didn't have too. I'm not judging anyone but just hoping to make some of you think just a little bit. Next time you see that homeless person don't cross the street to avoid him/her, just think for a second. When you walk or drive by the local veterans cemetery or war memorial how about stopping for a second and have a look around.

    Veterans Day is not just a day to run to the mall for a Sale. A lot of people gave a lot more than so many of us ever will. Just remember "Freedom isn't Free."

    I just want to wish all of my fellow veterans a Happy Veterans day, It was an honor to serve alongside you. To those of you that are still serving you have my gratitude for your continued sacrifices that you and your family are making. Make sure that you thank a veteran today.

    National Alliance to End Homelessness:

    New Directions:

    Project Home:

    Veterans Affairs Department:

    American Veterans for Equal Rights

    U.S. Vets:

    Boston Globe Veterans Series:

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Leaf Peeping

    Ryan and I took a drive about a month ago to the Blue Ridge Mountian Parkway in NC. Our orginal intent was to make up to the Linn Cove Viaduct, but we only made as far as Asheville NC. Once you are on the parkway you really can on go along at about 45MPH and with the stop at the overlooks your average speed probably drops to 30MPH. I guess if you want you could drive and not stop but you would really miss out on the true beauty of the area. But here are some the pics from our trip, I still have 6 more rolls of film to have developed and I'll drop off the second batch tomorrow.

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    A Douchebag

    I saw it the other day and meant to post it then but forgot. Then my friend Tim posted it on Facebook today. You have to watch this video; George Takei's hilarious response to anti-gay bully Clint McCance, former Arkansas school board member who called for more gays teens to kill themselves. I haven't heard the term "Douchebag" used very often anymore but it really seems to be fitting.

    It does get better.

    If you are worried about a friend or family member

    Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Often times, a suicidal person may indicate in some way that they plan to attempt suicide. Here are some warning signs you should know about.
    Warning Signs:

    * Increased Isolation – From family and friends
    * Alcohol or Drug Use Increases
    * Expression of negative attitude toward self
    * Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
    * Change in Regular Behavior
    * Loss of interest in usual activities
    * Giving away valued possessions
    * Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. "It won't matter soon anyway")
    * Expressing Suicidal Feelings
    * Signs of Depression
    * Describes a Specific Plan for Suicide
    * History of Suicide in the Family
    * A person who has been extremely depressed in the past may be at an increased risk for suicide if the depression begins to cease, as they may now have the psychological energy to follow through on a suicidal ideation.

    If you or someone you care about displays any of these warning signs, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.


    I'm kind of a shoe guy I like cool shoes. I have to admit I do check out the shoes a guy may be wearing especially if he's hot ;-) But, it's not like I have a closet full, I'm very frugal in my buying. So if I don't need them I'm probably not going to buy them unless its a deal that I can't pass up.

     About a month ago I picked up my 4th pair of Merrell's this time I went with Chameleon3 Stretch (pictured). I've always kind of admired them but this is my first pair of these. I have to say compared to other Merrell's that I have purchased they are by far the best. They are mighty comfortable and very light. They have pretty good arch support and cushioning. I  found the ran a bit small and went a half size large than I usually wear. These retail for around $105, I'm sure if you look around you might get lucky and find a deal. I picked up mine at REI when they had there member 20 percent off sale and used my points.  My only concern is that I  didn't get the Gore-tex model, which would probably be better for the approaching winter months. If you live in an area that is cooler climate than Georgia, you may want to go with those. So far I am very pleased with these and I will definitely be getting another pair in the future.

    Now for some Eye Candy...

    Wednesday, November 03, 2010

    Fair and Balanced, Maybe

     Our political structure shift to the right yesterday and boy did US House go way right. The US Senate looks like it will remains slight left of center. Am I happy with the result? Not particularly. Turn out was lousy for the Democratic base, they just did not turn out. I voted and you had your chance, if you didn't vote shut the F*&K Up!

    Historically when one party takes the Presidency then they tend to loose seats in the Congress, it happened to Clinton and it happened to Bush. Granted not to the level that we saw yesterday, but the economy wasn't as bad back then as it is now. Unemployment nationwide is around 9%, that is a lot of  people that are hurting and maybe they felt let me give the other guy a try.

    But if we look at this way, the US Government is now a bit more balanced with Dems controlling the Executive Branch and the Senate and the Repubs controlling the House. What I hope is that it does not grid lock our government. The two side must to work together and get things done. Because it really does not benefit the people that elected these men and women if they sit in the corner and pout. Yes I'm probably being way to optimistic but it's the truth. Both side need to focus on the economy, getting people back to work and strengthening the country. If nothing gets done then we loose. But these newly elected candidates need to remember that  they work for us (House two years and Senate Six years) until we vote again and we will hold you accountable. And whether you are ready for it or not the 2012 Presidential race starts today. 

    Monday, November 01, 2010

    Go Vote!

    Tomorrow is election day and there to many heated races to comment on. I'm sure you know by now where my allegiance lies, if you don't just ask.

    But have you seen the figures on how much money is being spent nation-wide on the mid term elections? The estimate is around $3.9 BILLION That is fucking outrageous! Do you know what you can buy for that kind of money? How about your own Virginia Class Nuclear Sub (please allow 3-4 years for delivery). I'm not going to complain about which party is spending more on what race, I don't care about that. But seriously our elections are being bought by corporations, Specials and foreign interests. That is what scares the shit out of me. Because lets face it money buys power.

    Despite that I challenge you to say No to these groups and Vote. The one thing that these groups are hoping is that you won't. Voting is still free no matter what you may have heard. So if you haven't done so make sure you head to the polls tomorrow and Vote. Don't assume your candidate has lost or won, until after your vote has been cast.

    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Happy Halloween!!!

     I hope that everyone has a Fun and Safe Halloween!!!  Please remember this Halloween ...if you run out of candy you can't hand out condoms and pills. ;-)

    Friday, October 29, 2010

    What iListen to

    I Thought I'd post some info on what I have been listening to. In my musical library there are 4398 songs adding up to 28.71G. In that Library there is almost every genre, the top are: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Ska, Country, Electonic (Trance and Dance), Indie, and even some Classical, Jazz, R&B and hip hop but not much of those.
    I find it funny though, how iTunes sometimes classifies an artist from one album to another. What I may consider to be say Ska they call it Reggae or I call it indie and they call it folk. I guess it just a useless label that is in the ear of the listener.
    But, I know in the past I had ranked on Rianna and a couple other musicians because of a song I can't stand. I know some of you probably took offense to that because you liked that song, Wah. So here is your chance to rank on me, hehehe

    The Tops on my iPod, you will find...

    Podcasts I like...
    1. ESPN: Baseball Today
    2. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me
    3.The Splendid Table
    4. Real Time w/ Bill Maher
    5. MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show (audio)

    Recently Played Tracks
    1. The Separation of Church and Slate (NOFX)
    2. Nyana (DJ Tiesto)
    3. Inca (DJ Tiesto)
    4. Oh,What a Dream (Johnny Cash)
    5. The Escapist (The Streets)
    6.Banana Pancakes (Jack Johnson)
    7. I Coulda Been a Contender (The Gaslight Anthem)
    8. You Might Die Trying (Dave Matthews Band)
    9. Angel (James McCartney)
    10. Policy of Truth ( Depeche Mode)

    Most Played Tracks
    1. The Unknown (Andrea Parker)
    2. It's All Good (Andrew Ripp)
    3. Life Magazine (Cold Cave)
    4. If I Had it All (Dave Matthews Band)
    5.Yes, I Would (Frightened Rabbit)
    6. Angel (Jack Johnson)
    7. Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over) (Radiohead)
    8. Come Round Soon (Sara Bareilles)
    9. Let's get Lost (Feat. Jason Mraz) (Two Spot Gobi)
    10. When The World Ends (Dave Matthews Band)

    So this is what I have been listening to, let me know what you think. Feel free if you want to suggest some tracks or artist that I should check out. As you can see there is some diversity in my musical tastes and I'm always open to checking someone new. So leave me a comment. I think this will be a regular post in some way maybe monthly or weekly, I haven't decided yet.

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    Thank You Ladies

    Did you ever have one of those days that seemed like it was going to be SHIT? Then one thing or action changes things for the better.
    Well today was one of those day for me. I forgot to set my alarm,which made me late for work. I called, then jump in the shower and rush out the door. With no coffee in my blood stream I'm already feeling doomed. I hit the road. I figure I'm already late and stop at Dunkin Dounuts for some joe. Of course I pick the wrong one that doesn't have a squack box so you have to order at the window and they are slow as shit. Next I get a call from work and I'm think Shit now what. They ask me to run and pick something up and I was able to breath. Finally I get into Buckhead and I'm stuck at a light try to get to Phipps Plaza. I'm thinking come on lets get this thing moving and it wasn't. Then I realized why they had APD directing traffic and notice it's for the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk for the cure. I watched as friends and generations of ladies crossed the street. I really have to say I need that. It really turned my frown upside down and really set me in a better place. It just amazed me that these actions of people I didn't know could affect me in this way. So to all of ladies that participated in Atlanta's Walk... Thank you Ladies!

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Stop Hate

    Tomorrow Will Be Better

    In the wake of recent tragedies among LGBT youth: RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are Missed. ♥ message to the LGBT community.

    I'm not a motivational speaker and but here is my best effort. Here is my message to all of the GLBT youth out there.

    I know you may think suicide is a solution to all of your problems, It's Not. Shit happens. People Suck, but that's their problem. Trust me Karma will get them back ten fold. There have been hundreds of people in same place you are now, I've been there. Life gets better, you move on you make new friends. You do matter, your life is not a small cog in this world. What you do right now it effects the rest of us. It effects your friends, family and community. You are potential energy and we want to see what you can do.

    If you don't think what I have say is worth a damn then please listen to the former 1st lady and current Secretary of State has to say..

    Tomorrow Will Be Better

    Secretary Clinton: October 2010 » Message to LGBT Youth
    Message to LGBT Youth

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    Washington, DC
    October 19, 2010

    [Video is available here:]

    Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our country after being bullied because they were gay or because people thought they were gay. Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.

    I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: First of all, hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important—to your family, your friends, and to your country. And there is so much waiting for you, both personally and professionally— there are so many opportunities for you to develop your talents and make your contributions.

    And these opportunities will only increase. Because the story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights, and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people. And in the process, they create a community of support and solidarity that endures. Just think of the progress made by women just during my lifetime by women, or ethnic, racial and religious minorities over the course of our history —and by gays and lesbians, many of whom are now free to live their lives openly and proudly. Here at the State Department, I am grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as foreign service officers and civil servants here and around the world. It wasn’t long ago that these men and women would not have been able to serve openly, but today they can—because it has gotten better. And it will get better for you.

    So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength. Count me among them.

    Take care of yourself.

    Thanks to my friend Riah posted this on his FB page and I wanted to share it with the rest of you.

    If you are worried about a friend or family member

    Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Often times, a suicidal person may indicate in some way that they plan to attempt suicide. Here are some warning signs you should know about.
    Warning Signs:

    * Increased Isolation – From family and friends
    * Alcohol or Drug Use Increases
    * Expression of negative attitude toward self
    * Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
    * Change in Regular Behavior
    * Loss of interest in usual activities
    * Giving away valued possessions
    * Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. "It won't matter soon anyway")
    * Expressing Suicidal Feelings
    * Signs of Depression
    * Describes a Specific Plan for Suicide
    * History of Suicide in the Family
    * A person who has been extremely depressed in the past may be at an increased risk for suicide if the depression begins to cease, as they may now have the psychological energy to follow through on a suicidal ideation.

    If you or someone you care about displays any of these warning signs, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    To Office of the President... Subject DADT

    Tonight I penned a letter to the President that I will mail tomorrow. I just couldn't take all of the bullshit regarding DADT that has been going on. This has been an insult to our troops gay and straight that have had to deal with this. I urge you to write your own. I hope that my letter inspires you to let him know how you feel. I know I could have sent an email but I don't think that is personal enough to relay the feeling that I have.
    President Barack H. Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Mr. President;
    I am writing you today in regards to the recent news about the US Military’s policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. I am very disappointed with your leadership in seeking the repeal of this policy and your administrations’ decision to appeal Judge Phillips ruling. As a US Navy veteran and a gay man I have seen firsthand during my time of service how this policy can adversely affected a unit’s morale and the careers of young men and women. While stationed at Pearl Harbor I saw how a witch hunt works and the result. I watched 18 friends and fellow service members from all different branches discharged.

    These were all fine Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers, they were Officers, Non-Commissioned officers and Enlisted. They were pilots, translators, yeoman, technicians, and Chief of the Boat on a submarine. These were people that as a held positions that required years of training and that the Military had spent millions of dollars on training. These were people that went to work each day risking their lives to defend their country. These were people that were proud to wear the uniform and served honorably. These were people that had their dreams shattered because of a bad policy and prejudices.

    During that time period and through the rest of my careers I had to wonder “If I was next?” I had to look over my shoulder and sometimes wondered if I was being pursued. Had to worry if one of these men turned me in to try and find favor with the prosecuting command. This was a mental burden that I had to contend with because of something beyond my control.

    After World War II, desegregation of all U.S. Armed Forces was done by order of President Harry S. Truman in July 1948 via Executive Order 9981. Mr. President your administration could have acted similarly by choosing not to appeal the court ruling. When President Truman order desegregation he did not ask for the opinion of military, He did it and faced a lot of criticism because of it. But he didn’t care, he did it because it was the right thing to do. Instead you worry about how the Generals and Admirals’ will handle the situation. You waste time and taxpayers money conducting fact finding missions when all you have to do is consult our allies.

    It’s a fact that our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have or are probably already serving with integrated force if they were with a joint strike command. They have already had gay or lesbians serving alongside them only in a different uniform. But the fight regardless and do their duty honorable and heroically.

    What it comes down to Mr. President is leadership and doing what is right. These Soldiers, Airman, Marines and Sailors on active duty or in reserves should not have to hide who they are. Their loved ones should be allowed to have the support of the command when they are deployed. They should know that if something dreadful should happen to them that these loved ones will be taken care of just like any other military personnel’s’ dependent would.

    What I ask Mr. President is that you have the appeal with drawn and work with the court. This policy should not be allowed to persist any longer. Let these people serve with dignity and not duress and should not have to look over their shoulders.

    Thank you, Mr. President for your time.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Immediately Stop Enforcing DADT... NOT

    I'm sure you all have heard this by now. I wanted to post it two days ago but we had just gotten back from our fall leaf peeping trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was tired from the driving and just kind of drained.  So what does this all mean?  The Obama Administration has already asked for a stay on the injunction pending an appeal. So I hope none our GLBT troops called in gay to their command, if you did you are SCREWED.  You can see some quotes from them below along with more of my response. 

    Judge: Stop 'don't ask, don't tell' immediately

    By Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer  |  October 12, 2010
    SAN DIEGO —A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished.

    Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction but did not say what their next step would be.

    President Barack Obama has backed a Democratic effort in Congress to repeal the law, rather than in an executive order or in court.

    But U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ injunction leaves the administration with a choice: Continue defending a law it opposes with an appeal, or do nothing, let the policy be overturned, and add an explosive issue to a midterm election with Republicans poised to make major gains.

    Department of Justice and Pentagon officials were reviewing the judge’s decision and said they had no immediate comment.

    “The whole thing has become a giant game of hot potato,” said Diane H. Mazur, a legal expert at the Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California at Santa Barbara that supports a repeal. “There isn’t anyone who wants to be responsible, it seems, for actually ending this policy.

    “The potato has been passed around so many times that I think the grown-up in the room is going to be the federal courts.”

    From the Justice Department and the Obama Administration
    "As the President has stated previously, the Administration does not support the DADT statute as a matter of policy and strongly supports its repeal. However, the Department of Justice has long followed the practice of defending federal statutes as long as reasonable arguments can be made in support of their constitutionality, even if the Administration disagrees with a particular statute as a policy matter, as it does here," it says. 

    "The immediate implementation of the injunction would disrupt this review and frustrate the Secretary's ability to recommend and implement policies that would ensure that any repeal of DADT does not irreparably harm the government's critical interests in military readiness, combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, morale, good order, discipline, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces," the request reads. "Accordingly, a stay should be entered while defendants appeal the Court's entry of a worldwide injunction."

    "The precipitous changes to military policy required by the Court's injunction would result in a host of significant and immediate harms to the recognized public interest in ensuring that the Nation has strong and effective military operations," the government argues.

    What a bunch of BS! No matter what I really don't think the Obama's adminstration has their heart behind a repeal of this bad policy. They just spent 6 months doing a fact find mission to see how it would impact forces. Lets face it whether you want to admit or not our troops that are serving in Afghanistan with NATO units are already working along side GLBT troops within our allies forces. So if they are in a joint command then they are sleep, eating, showering and fight alongside them already. How do US commanders keep those troops separate?

    Harry Reid has already let the bill die (voting against it himself) and caved in to the "old fuck" John MCCain. I have really had it up to here with the party and the adminstration and have really contemplated joining the gay blogger boycot of the Democratic party and registering as Independent after the November election. At least as an Idependent maybe then the GA Republicans and the Democrats will listen to what I have to say.

    So do you want to know how this bad policy affects our troops? Well I recommend you watch these two videos by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

    Friday, October 08, 2010

    Happy Pride Atlanta

    This weekend is Pride for city of Atlanta and the surrounding GBLT communities. Though in the larger picture this also coincides with National Coming Out Day which is on 11th of October, I think that is Monday. The weather is supposed to be great; sunny and with highs in the mid 80's, the evenings will cool off to the 50's so you will want a sweatshirt or maybe sweater to cut the chill.

    Most of the festival will take place around Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, parking will be fairly scarce so I recommend taking Marta. We'll probably walk around on Saturday, since I have to work on Sunday so I will miss the parade :-(  Which is the best part in my opinion. This is a family event and a lot of fun no matter if you are Gay or Straight. I do recommend getting there early to get a really good spot.

    On greater scheme of things lets not forget that we have a lot to cerebrate and a lot of goals to work towards to over come HATE. Yesterday was the  anniversary of the horrid event that took place in Laramie, WY where a young man named Matthew Shepard's life was taken because of HATE. Hate is a black spot in our comminties and can not be tolerated. So to all of the hate filled religious wingnuts that like to show up at our events, STAY HOME!

    But if you have an open mind and heart please come, celebrate with us and have some fun.I hope to see you there.
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