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I'm always on the lookout to connect with like-minded people, learn new things and debate the issues. I enjoy indoor gardening, traveling, going to the theater, reading and cooking. My great grandmother instilled in me a love for democratic politics. She lived through the great depression and talked about how essential FDR was in rescuing our country from the brink. My pronouns are he and his; I use they, them and their in posts when I refer to others when I do not know their gender.

Journal Archives

Fuck the GOP over this pro forma bullshit

Does everyone need to be reminded that the GOP stole the election in 2000?

Our country was set on a collision course from which we may never fully recover.

So cry me a river over this perfectly legal recess appointment. There is no crisis. Don't fall for the sensationalist claptrap that repukes are peddling.

Stiffen your upper lip, shut down the concern trolls, and defend our president instead of handwringing.

Appreciation thread for the men and women at Stonewall who said "Enough."

Today millions of Americans are hearing about the Stonewall riots for the first time, and every mainstream media outlet in the country is covering it.

A grateful THANK YOU to all of the people who fought back in Greenwich Village in 1969. And also a solemn regret that many of them aren't alive today to see how they changed the world.

The most important political speech of my generation

I've been reading editorials about the inauguration all day. It's what I do after each of Obama's big speeches or when something is going on in the news that grips the nation.

I couldn't have realized it at the time, but Obama, perhaps more articulately and succinctly than anyone I've ever heard, connected our tradition of progressive liberalism to the politics of our time. He talked about an active, modern liberalism suited to solve the greatest problems our country faces.

And as a gay man, words can not capture the emotion that I felt when he included Stonewall as the flash point for the modern gay rights movement. To have our national leader mention it in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma takes away any doubt about his commitment to freedom and equality for all people.

Not only did the speech make history today, it set the tone for how the administration is going to pursue its agenda over the next four years.

While the congress will continue to have gridlock, it won't stop the executive from going about the job of governing. Setting policies that take into account our common struggle. Leaving no question that GLBT Americans deserve their full measure of equality as our birthright.

And sentiments about the importance of the speech and how it didn't mince words dominate the coverage. America is getting to hear about Stonewall. It may pique the curiosity of schoolchildren to read more about the GLBT liberation movement. Over time, textbooks will begin to include our story.

And don't forget - today is the first day of his second term. We're just getting started. And the transformation of his political operation to Organizing for Action is being led by steady hands and will be as important, or more important, than legislation for bringing about change to our country.

I'm optimistic about the next four years. I think about my nieces and nephews and how they are the Obama generation.

We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, and we continue the struggle, but now with the wind behind our back.

Is there a live stream from MSNBC available for the inauguration?

I cut the cable cord last month, but would like to see how MSNBC covers the event - Rachael, Chris, Ed, Al.

Since I cut my cable, MSNBC is really the only channel I miss.

What do you think people are doing with all of the assault weapons and ammunition

that people are buying now or have on layaway at Walmart?

Do you mount your pretty guns on the wall and invite the neighbors over to have a gun christening party?

Do you throw them in a closet or under the bed and feel somehow better with yourself? Talk to it at night if you're feeling lonely.

Maybe people cuddle up to their gun in bed like it's a body pillow. Mmmmmmm that's nice.

Do multiple assault weapons owners take them out sometimes, line them up against the wall and give each one a name like a cold steel Von Trapp family? Friederich, Louisa and Gretl?

Sit in a corner surrounded by a fort made of high capacity magazines and wait for a black helicopter to appear?

And all of that ammo. Mercy. Must take up a lot of space. Just don't smoke around it.

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