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Bush: The Peace President?

I just read a Rueters news article in which daft President Bush protrayed himself to be a reluctant warrior:

For a while we were marching to war. Now we’re marching to peace. … America is a safer place. Four more years and America will be safe and the world will be more peaceful,” Bush said.

Is it just me, or is this a promise that, if Bush is re-elected, America will be completely safe? Notice he didn’t use “safer.”

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Written by Jeff

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 3:16 pm

Posted in News Tidbits, Politics

Financial Problems Plague Anti-Gay Arkansas Group

From The Advocate:

The Arkansas Marriage Amendment Committee, which spearheaded the effort to collect signatures to place a marriage ban on the Arkansas ballot in November, has apparently hit upon some hard times. The group sent out around 2,500 emails on Tuesday begging for money. They are asking for contributions because an “accounting error” that has left the group short of cash. They must raise $5,106.24 by close of business Thursday so that they can pay their employees and their federal payroll tax. The last financial report made to the Arkansas Ethics Commission showed contributions of $51,606 and expenses of $57,503, leaving a nearly $6,000 deficit.

Let me say that this news makes me very happy. And I am hoping, of course, that they do not meet their goals. Ahh, the joys of poor bookkeeping—especially when it happens to a group that you despise.

Here is a link:

http://tinyurl.com/4d9nf

Written by Jeff

Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 12:28 am

Cheryl Jacques at the DNC

Cheryl Jacques, the president of Human Rights Campaign, spoke at the Democratic National Convention tonight. Her main point was that gay and lesbian families are no different than other families and that gays and lesbians only want equal rights and the same protections under the law that heterosexual persons receive. Here is the full text of her speech:

I’m Cheryl Jacques, and on behalf of my partner Jennifer, and our beautiful twin boys Timmy and Tommy, I’d like to say how proud I am to be back in my home state of Massachusetts – where I had the privilege of serving in the State Senate for more than a decade.

America has often been called a great experiment.

What began with a revolution against tyranny right here in Massachusetts has transformed into an evolution of progress.

Progress is not a ceiling to reach. It is an infinite frontier.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans share the dream – the dream of a better, stronger and more united America.

We protect our country. We die for our country.

That’s why we seek the right to serve openly and honestly in our armed forces – to defend our freedoms and the rights of all American families.

We see a health care crisis that can be alleviated through more personal responsibility.

That in part is why we’re working for marriage equality – so we can do what families do best – care for each other in sickness and in health.

We want a fully fortified battle against HIV and AIDS that spares this generation the ravages of the last.

We want to ensure that violent hate crimes are aggressively prosecuted.

We are optimistic.

We are innovators.

We envision new technologies, cures for diseases, and better products to enrich people’s lives.

We work hard.

We contribute to our communities.

We pay our fair share of taxes.

We simply ask that we’re never fired because of who we are.

Today in 36 states in this country – in 36 states – it is legal to fire the star employee simply because the boss thinks he or she is gay.

That is wrong. That is wrong!

There are some who criticize our American dream and that is their right.

This flag on my lapel shields me from neither criticism nor dissent.

This flag is a clarion call to every human being that equality and freedom always triumph over oppression and discrimination.

John Kerry and John Edwards share the dream of a better America with schools that inspire, an economy that roars, homeland security that comes first and equal rights for all Americans.

They know that the Constitution is a vessel of freedom, not a tool for discrimination.

Together we will send a message for all Americans to hear, that the light of inclusion will once again wipe away the darkness of division.

Thank you and God bless America.

Written by Jeff

Friday, July 9, 2004 at 1:57 am

Posted in Equality, Politics

Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose

Loretta Lynn is back and better than ever. Her latest release, Van Lear Rose is just a hair shy of perfect. Produced by Jack White, of the White Stripes, one would think it wouldn’t have much of a “country” flavor to it, but they’d be wrong. Completely wrong. She herself has described the album as being her “most country” album in a while. A lot of the tracks have a rock edge, but are still “pure” country.

I enjoyed almost every track, save one. I just couldn’t get into Track 7, “Little Red Shoes.” It’s more of a spoken-word track set to music. The other twelve tracks are absolutely wonderful. My favorite is “Miss Being Mrs.” which is a lament for her deceased husband, Oliver. It is a simple song, nothing but her wonderful voice with a single acoustic guitar accompaniment.

A lot of the faster, yet still sad in their own way, tracks had me dancing in my chair as I listened. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the album, and can do so repeatedly. If you are only going to purchase one more CD, ever, then it should be this one. Real music, performed to perfection, coupled with the wonderfully unique voice of Mrs. Loretta Lynn. How can you go wrong?

Written by Jeff

Friday, July 2, 2004 at 7:22 pm

Posted in Music