Opinion piece

I have an opinion. So does the maker of this New York Times video.

We both have the right to express our opinions. We also have the right to agree or disagree or even maybe find a grey area or common ground, or at least we do right now.

If we wish to be able to freely have our opinions, express our opinions, debate our opinions and work toward common good we all must vote in the November midterms. That is vote before it’s too late.

Oh and the video? It’s worth the watch.

Snatching smut

According to the Washington Post a certain administration in Washington DC has commanded that the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, must refrain from using certain words in their reporting. These words include science-based and evidence-based.

No freakin’ kidding.

As reported by the Washington Post please read for yourself:

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights — all of which received significant visibility under the Obama administration  – has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since President Trump took office.

Vera Carp from our favorite fictional town of Tuna Texas seems to have infiltrated the current administration.

 

Arrest the disabled!

“Take them to jail. How dare they try to save their own healthcare. Why don’t they just get a job?”

Apparently senator Mitch McGreed and his staff have no use for free speech, differing opinions and for those pesky disabled people who stand to lose their healthcare.

“Off with them ” The Senator and his staff say …

If you aren’t rich Mitch McGreed, nor his staff, wants to see or hear from you. In fact if you aren’t rich they don’t give a damn about you, except for taking away your safety net so they can give it to the rich.

If you give a Fuck about yourself, your fellow humans, your children, or even the Fucking planet we live on…

Contact  your senator by clicking HERE

and then click THIS to contact your congress representative

and don’t forget your governor by clicking this BUTTON

This country is no longer the leader of the free world, but just another place for the rich to park their money and look down their noses at the poor … pity.

Where does chocolate milk come from?

Milk

Cocoa

and Sugar…

But 16 million, yes 16,000,000, American adults believe it comes from brown cows. Seriously…BROWN COWS. You can read more about that in The Washington Post by simply clicking right HERE.

Also of note in that same enlightening article about the state of American intelligence, is the statistic that 1 in 5 American adults is blissfully unaware that hamburger is actually made from cows as well.

Wow. Just WOW.

Travelous interrupterous

So I land in Dulles for a short layover on way to Ft. Lauderdale. When I turn my phone on it explodes with texts asking if I am ok. It seems that this happened…

5 dead and 8 injured at Delta baggage claim in Ft. Lauderdale airport.

5 dead and 8 injured at Delta baggage claim in Ft. Lauderdale airport.

I should have already boarded my plane to fly there. However the plane that I fly there on is sitting on the tarmac there, full of passengers coming here, waiting to take off. The FTL airport is still closed so who knows when it will take off and when I will get to board it to head there.

While I am having the minor inconvenience of travelous interrupertous (my how spell check hates me when I make up my own words) there are families and friends grieving the loss of the five Delta passengers who died at the hands of a crazy man and eight others injured in the hospital. I pray for them. Yes I do pray.

It seems that the gunman had just flown in on a Delta flight, picked up his bag from the luggage carousel, retrieved the gun from his checked bag and opened fire. Seriously. Crazy lives amoung us. Sorry folks but that is horrible. Innocent travelers possibly on their way to a vacation of their dreams, coming home, visiting friends & family, working on a business trip, returning from a deployment overseas or maybe even going on a honeymoon …dead at the luggage carousel because some crazy asshole fucker had a gun in his checked bag.

A fucking gun in a fucking checked bag on a fucking airplane.

Soapbox. Yep I stepped on it.

Now I’ll get back off of it.

So several hours late or maybe tomorrow morning I will finally arrive at my destination of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, my second home. I will stand at a luggage carousel waiting for my bag. I will shed tears. I will remember poor souls I never met. I’ll pray for the loved ones in mourning. I’ll feel gratitude that I was not there at that moment. I will be grateful I was spared and had the minor inconvenience of having to wait here at the United Club outside of Washington DC at the Dulles airport.

Tell your loved ones you love them. Tell them now, and tell them often. Stop smell the roses, take time, value the important things and never ever forget the blessing that is this very moment.

Supreme Court decides to let lower court rulings stand

I’ve been legally married to my husband since 2008 here in California. After we were married proposition 8 passed thus barring any more same sex couples from marrying here. We remained legally married in the state along with some 14,000 other couples during the years until prop 8 fell under last years SCOTUS ruling. Also falling last year was DOMA so for the first time our marriage was recognized by the federal government.

There were 7 cases from 5 states on appeal to SCOTUS, today SCOTUS denied review on all seven of those cases thus letting the lower court rulings stand. So 5 more states, including my home state of Virginia, now have marriage equality. Those lower court rulings will also affect 6 other states that did not have an appeal in front of SCOTUS today, so look for marriage equality in six more states in the days ahead.

Congratulations to all the couples who live in those states and who wish to be married. Your day is either here or coming very shortly.

Some are disappointed that SCOTUS did not take the cases on and make a sweeping ruling legalizing marriage nation wide.

I’m a glass half full optimistic kind of guy. I am happy that they did what they did today.

First; to take it on would have meant that all of those couples would have to wait for a final ruling which would not come until probably June,  many could and some did marry today. They have waited long enough. Second, the other federal courts that have yet to rule now have an even stronger precedent than was set by DOMA’s fall. The highest court, by not taking the appeals, validated the lower courts ruling letting their decisions to strike down bans set precedent thus making it more likely other federal courts will rule for equality and any appeals weaker. Third, we really do not know how SCOTUS would have ruled next June, most likely for…but no one really ever knows the outcome until it happens. Fourth, with this 60% of Americans will now live in states where marriage equality is the law… who would have ever dreamed this to be this soon, even last summer.

The glass is half full,  it’s more than half full…it’s 60% full. And it will get even fuller even faster now. We are blessed to live today. I grew up in the days where marrying my partner was not an option that we ever would dream would happen in our lifetime and my life ain’t even half over. I’m still young!

So to all who can now marry, congratulations! And may your marriage bless you as much as mine has.

And to those who are disappointed; be happy for those who can now marry, count the blessings we have received thus far and let’s just keep marching toward eqaulity for all. We will get it, it’s coming closer day by day.