When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!” So I suppose I now have a “blog.” What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide. I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!
It’s no surprise that I’m a Democrat. I’m a gay man, I got married to my husband Brad, and I don’t particularly like being told my marriage should be invalidated because I don’t have the same rights as other people. But mind you, I don’t forget that it was a Democratic President (FDR) who abused his power 70 years ago and put my family and me in an internment camp without charge, trial or cause. Now that was Big Government at its very worst. So I am leery of excessive government power or control of any kind.
To celebrate my 2,500,000th fan on Facebook, I’m holding another contest. As a fan of the English language, I thought: wouldn’t it be fun to have fans make up some brand new words? As before, I’ve asked our webmaster to set up a special app so that I don’t have to scroll through thousands of Facebook comments, and so I have a way of reaching the finalists and winners.
So here’s the deal: Submit a new word, with its definition, and use it in a sentence. For example, my word submission is this:
Terror and tragedy struck a Milwaukee suburb on Sunday as a white supremacist opened fired in a Sikh temple, killing six and critically injuring three. Worshippers reportedly hid inside closets while the killer walked through the temple, firing coldly and repeatedly. After responding to multiple 911 calls, Oak Creek police shot and killed the gunman. Thousands of Sikh temples across the world are holding vigils this week for the deceased and injured, who range in age from 39 to 84.
The words that comprise the motto of the Boy Scouts of America are words I revered as a teenager. I was a member of Troop 379 and treasure my memories of being part of that institution. But an ugly blemish remains on the BSA which I and others are determined to see removed.
To celebrate my 2,000,000th fan on Facebook, I’m holding another “Caption This” contest. I’ve asked our webmaster to set up a special application so that I don’t have to scroll through tens of thousands of Facebook comments, and so I have a better way of reaching out to the finalists and winners!
As before, I’ll pick a few of my favorites, and the fans will decide the winner. Happy captioning!
Today marks the first time in history a President of the United States has stated his support for marriage equality. I am thrilled by this news, and I commend the President for taking what many pundits inevitably will say was an “unnecessary” risk in an election year. Such an assessment, however, sadly only underscores the second-class status many LGBT Americans experience daily, knowing that their rights and lives are nothing more than a political tool to be hauled out to rally the base, for or against.