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On Independence Day


As America celebrates her 237th Independence Day, we live in a land that’s a little more free.  Today, there is a little bit more to celebrate.  We’re not completely there yet, but we have and we will continue to persevere.

Last week, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which takes us one step closer to full equality for the LGBT.  That section had barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where it was legal.

There are still questions and issues to sort out, but today, we can clearly say that we are moving in the right direction.

And in the words of former Vice President Dick Cheney, “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”

 

Movie Review: White House Down


Enjoyed White House Down.  It was a good action-packed movie.  Didn’t have high expectations with the series of sub par movies lately. And it’s good to see a movie where the ending is not set up to lead to a sequel.
There are some scenes that are a bit cheesy, but the story more than makes up for it.  Channing Tatum (still hot!) is a very believable hero who has made mistakes in the past and is trying to better himself.
I give it 7 out of 10 stars

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Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Classic


I’ve never really taken the time to try a 5 Vegas Classic, until now. Boy, have I been missing out!  This is a great middle of day-let’s take a break-cigar that won’t leave you on your ass when you done.  This allows one to head back to the office to continue plotting world domination.

The 5 Vegas website says that the tobacco comes from five different plantations.  And it comes in seven sizes.  Today, I had the corona.

A very nice medium bodied cigar.

7/10

Quotes from the Pride Parade


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“But if my being seen in the parade is a visible sign that God loves and accepts people across the full spectrum of human sexuality, it will have achieved its purpose.”
- The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Washington National Cathedral

But he didn’t stop there.

“I’m sure I’ll get some angry letters for participating in something this flamboyant. But you know, I think the flamboyance might actually loosen up some uptight people.”

- The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Washington National Cathedral

American Idol’s Declining Viewership


 

American Idol Viewership Ratings Season Winner Runner Up
Season 1   2002 23.021M 10.8/30 Kelly Clarkson Justin Guarini
Season 2   2003 38.060M 16.8/37 Ruben Studdard Clay Aiken
Season 3   2004 28.839M 12.0/32 Fantasia Barrino Diana DeGarmo
Season 4   2005 30.269M 12.5/31 Carrie Underwood Bo Bice
Season 5   2006 36.383M 14.2/36 Taylor Hicks Katherine McGee
Season 6   2007 30.755M 11.5/31 Jordin Sparks Blake Lewis
Season 7   2008 31.688M 11.4/30 David Cook David Archuleta
Season 8   2009 28.838M 10.0/28 Kris Allen Adam Lambert
Season 9   2010 24.215M 8.2/24 Lee DeWyze Crystal Bowersox
Season 10  2011 29.288M 9.2/26 Scotty McCreery Lauren Alaina
Season 11  2012 21.5M 6.4/18 Phillip Phillips Jessica Sanchez
Season 12  2013 13.6M 3.4/11 Candice Glover Kree Harrison

New LCR Ad in The Hill


Funny, I don’t hear the gay left demanding to know where Log Cabin got the money for this add in the The Hill newspaper. LCR_THE_HILL

LCR Issues Statement on House Republicans Defense of DOMA


For Immediate Release Contact: Press Secretary
(202) 420.7873

Log Cabin Republicans Issues Statement on House Republicans Defense of DOMA

(Washington, DC) – Today, Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) Interim Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo, released a statement criticizing House Republicans for their decision to incorporate ongoing counsel to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into the new Congressional Rules.

The following is a response from the LCR Interim Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo:

At a time when sound fiscal policy should be front-and-center, diverting taxpayer funds to defend the Federal Defense of Marriage Act should not be a priority, period. But the beltway buzz about Congressional Rules ignores the big picture: this debate would be nonexistent if DOMA was repealed. Following a week in which Republican Congressmen Richard Hanna and Charlie Bass joined Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in support of the Respect for Marriage Act and DOMA repeal, we urge the Republican Congress to focus on our core tenets of small government and avoid engaging in distracting social issues that do nothing more than provide political fodder to the left.

Date: 1/3/2013
Copyright 2013 Log Cabin Republicans

Goodbye General Schwarzkopf


Thank you for your service to our country.  You did her proud.  We are a nation grateful for you and all who serve.

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Christmas Music


I used to love Christmas music!  I looked forward to it every year.  I knew all of the songs, religious and secular.  They were fun, heartfelt and joyous.   But that was then.

Today, shopping malls start pumping in the “Christmas cheer” as early as October.  And the artists of today produce seasonal songs that, to be kind, is extremely lacking.

Much like the holiday itself, Christmas music — err, holiday songs have become so commercial.  These singers are churning out songs simply to make a buck.  Hey, that is the American way.  And as long as there’s a market for it, they will continue to do so.

To be fair, there have been a few songs here and there in recent years that will stand the test of time for the holidays.  Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and Bryan Adams’ “Something About Christmas Time” comes to mind.  But in my opinion, there hasn’t been a great release of a Christmas song, or songs since 1987’s A Very Special Christmas.

As a fundraising avenue for the Special Olypmics, A Very Special Christmas compiled songs from 15 of the biggest acts of the time.  Listening to this CD still holds up through the years.  Take a look at the amazing tracks below.

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Dallas Morning News Endorses Marriage Equality


EDITORIAL

the_dallas_morning_news_logoThis newspaper applauds the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear arguments in two same-sex marriage cases — one on California’s Proposition 8, which bans such marriages, and one regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Same-sex marriage has been percolating at the state level for several years, leading to a patchwork of laws that create more confusion than clarity. The court can undo that confusion by determining the constitutional parameters of this issue.

We urge the Supreme Court to affirm the right of gay couples to marry based upon the fundamental American ideal of equality before the law. It is critical that the court also make clear that such a ruling won’t require churches whose doctrines oppose same-sex marriage to perform such ceremonies.

Debating the reversal of centuries of views about the institution of marriage cannot be considered without upheaval, and we recognize that the notion of gays and lesbians marrying can divide families, friends and, especially, generations. But the growing support for same-sex marriage, including within families whose gay members have changed the way these unions are seen, makes the embrace of gay marriage less of a radical shift.

Polls show that American attitudes have shifted dramatically on the subject. Surveys by organizations such as Gallup reveal that half or more of Americans support the concept of gay marriage. Equality in marriage laws is particularly embraced by younger Americans, including some younger evangelicals.

Even leading conservatives favor gay marriage. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is among the most notable. So, too, is former Bush solicitor general Ted Olson, who will lead the team arguing in favor of the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Olson contends that the federal government lacks the right to deny gay couples the opportunity to marry. He also will argue that the ban denies gay couples the right to due process. As the Republican wrote in Newsweek, “This bedrock principle of equality is central to the political and legal convictions of Republicans, Democrats, liberals and conservatives alike.”

We respect that some religious traditions see same-sex unions as an affront to their canons, scriptures and traditions. The First Amendment protects such places of worship from being compelled to conduct same-sex marriages. Additionally, the justices should take care to carve out strong and significant protections so that the institutions’ religious liberties, for instance their tax-exempt status, are not circumscribed.

In 2004, this newspaper opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. We have backed efforts to outlaw discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. Now, we believe that the Supreme Court should conclude that equality under the law includes the right of gay couples to wed.

What’s at stake before the Supreme Court is how a secular society should respond to the growing demand for same-sex marriage. That is where Olson’s arguments seem so persuasive. How can a secular government grant marriage rights to some but not others?

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