“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Quoted - Ellen DeGeneres on God and Christianity

Prologue by Blade 7184...I wasn't able to blog about the whole Ellen/JC Penny/100 Million Mom Fiasco, but I can quote her in my "Quoted" series.,

I was raised very, very strictly with Christianity. I didn't have a shot or an aspirin or anything until I was 13 years old. We had to go to church, do testimonies every Wednesday night. I think all religion is based on what happens after this life. You live a certain way so that when you die, things can be good. But why can't things be good now? Why can't you understand that you're in heaven now? That's how I live. I believe in God. I think that God is everywhere. Every morning I look outside, and I say, "Hi, God." Because I think that the trees are God. I think that our whole experience is God.     - Ellen DeGeneres

Thank You For Helping Me, Mr. President

You can read up on what achievements Obama has accomplished in regard to Healthcare in my new series, WTF Has Obama Done.

Hey Bro! "We Found Love"

What does a bro do when his buddy tells him to not turn off the radio too quickly, because he really likes the song that's playing? He lets it play, and what happens next is unbelievably hilarious! LOL.

Watch as Dave Lingwood and Duncan Penn from MTVs The Buried Life recreate Rihanna's “We Found Love” video.

Cyanide and Happiness: Trumpet

As The World Turns

You just can't debate with crazy, or practically anyone anymore. The world is changing for the better, but some people just can't accept that. All they have left to hold on to are their beliefs.  When those once common ideas are now considered out-dated, irrational and even hateful, and can be proven justly so, people get angry, desperate, and will fight to the very end to protect an ideology that they hold sacred. 

It's an unfortunate sign of the most conservative parts of the Republican party. Never give up, never surrender, never admit you're wrong, just keep screaming nonsense until you drown out your opponent and every last one of his facts.

Well I have a few facts to share myself - Gay people can get married without the sky falling or your family being affected in anyway, shape or form aside from the possibility of them not sharing your homophobic hate. Black people can be in charge of a country that once considered them property. 

conservative poster hating liberals
Being a Liberal is not the same thing as being weak. Trust me. We fight against income inequality in the Occupy Movement. We fight for the right to unionize in Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and any other states controlled by a Republican majority that wishes for it to be a "right to work" state. We fight for the health of our women when conservative wolves in pink sheep's clothing attempt to break down Planned Parenthood. And we fight for our right to marry the person we love to not only receive the same benefits that everyone else gets, but to also simply show that we are no different from any straight couple and hence should not be treated differently as such. 

California is another footstep in the marathon that is the fight for marriage equality and gay rights everywhere. We will continue fighting. We are not weak. We are stronger than ever and we will fight for Obama this year and we will win. We must. This country needs to show the world that we stand for common sense, compassion and an ability to inspire hope in others by getting back up after being knocked down hard. Screaming at the top of your lungs until you can't hear the facts just won't do for this country of ours, and neither will defeat, hatred, or the desire to divide.
We can come together to make sure our country continues to succeed and head in its' current, correct direction. We can vote for Obama 2012, because hope is nothing without people to believe in it and change is impossible without people to fight for it. 

- Ryan Joseph Lopez (Blade 7184 blogger) in reference to Miley Cyrus' marriage equality tattoo

I Quote That - Drunk

Famous Photographers With Their Famous Photographs

You may recognize them or you may not, but all these photographers share something in common.  They were all famous for taking that one photo that became synonymous with remarkable events in our world's history.  

Tim Mantoani's new book, Behind Photographs has reached out to these photographers and given them the notoriety they so highly, and rightly deserve.

Steve McCurry and his photo of a young Afghan refugee in Pakistan in 1984
Jeff Widener, responsible for the Tiananmen Square Tank Man photo in 1989
Mark Seliger with his shot of Kurt Cobain
Neil Leifer, with his shot of Ali posing over Sonny Liston in 1965

The Death and Return of Superman

I swear I don't know how I come across some of these videos, but OMG if you're a comic book, superhero fan, Superman fan, whatever, I don't care, just watch this hilarious re-telling of the infamous comic book, The Death and Return of Superman. The short film is narrated by Max Landis, the screenwriter to the movie, Chronicle.

It also stars Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Morgan Krantz, Matt Bennett, and many more.  Trust me, you are going to love this.

WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 011 - Arts and Culture

What a great week so far, but we've only touched the tip of the iceberg.  The achievements are far greater than you could've imagined and I'm about to share this with you.

I'm on my 11th issue of this new series and have already posted 28 WTFs (achievements) President Barack Obama has accomplished in merely three years of holding office.  But just to give  you an idea of what you can expect over the next 38 weeks, I have yet to cover Banking and Financial Reform, Commerce Trade and Technology, Conservation, Housing, Humanitarianism, Infrastructure, Labor, Law and Justice, Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security, Space Exploration, Green Energy, Old Energy, Oil Energy, the list goes on.  And in-between those issues I have to go back to each and every one, because there's hundreds of achievements under each category.

Today, we'll focus on Arts & Culture.  Often times we tend to overlook our great history, how we got here and the inventions and the technologies that brought us into the 21st century.  I grew up in the 80s, so having a cell phone for the first time was the most amazing thing ever.  Knowing that we could talk and our voice somehow manage to soar through the air was incomprehensible to me.  We take this kind of stuff for granted, especially those born in the mid to late 1990s, and we shouldn't.  We need to remember how we got here - value life in the best possible way.  Visit museums and libraries - discover our rich history.  Explore the arts and the amazing architecture of our nation.  Discover how each steel was raised, brick was laid or how a log was milled.  There are only 4 achievements for this category, so without further ado...

Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the highest level since 1992.
Over the last 15 years, government funding for the National Endowment for the Arts has been slashed from $175 million annually in 1992 to $125 million today. Barack Obama and Joe Biden support increased funding for the NEA, the support of which enriches schools and neighborhoods all across the nation and helps to promote the economic development of countless communities. [Reference-1]

When President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he restored the National Endowment for the Arts' funding to its highest level since 1992. Under the bill, $50 million will be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities. According to the text of the bill, the allocation will be used to "preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector" and compensate for diminished philanthropic support caused by the economic downturn. [Reference-2]

On Friday, October 30th, President Obama signed the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The bill provides $167.5 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, which is a $12.5 million increase over last year’s funding and their highest funding level in sixteen years. [Reference-3, Reference-4]

Created an artist corps for public schools.
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to "support the creation of an 'Artists Corps' of young artists trained to work in low-income schools and their communities."

President Obama can cross this promise off his to-do list. On April 21, 2009, he signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, named after the Massachusetts senator. Among other things, the act increases the number of positions within the AmeriCorps program from 75,000 to 250,000 by 2017, establishes a nationwide Call to Service campaign, and expands age and income eligibility for foster grandparents and senior companions.

Buried deep inside the bill, in Section 1302, is a list of programs that are eligible for federal funding. One of these programs is the Education Corps, which the bill calls on to provide--and this is key--"skilled musicians and artists to promote greater community unity through the use of music and arts education and engagement through work in low-income communities, and education, health care, and therapeutic settings, and other work in the public domain with citizens of all ages." That sounds like the Artist Corps to us.  [Reference]

Championed the importance of arts education.
During the campaign, Barack Obama pledged to "promote the importance of arts and arts education in America." Advocates of the promise say an arts education can help students raise their scores in writing and math, and that understanding of the arts is helpful for success in the modern, globally competitive economy.

Since taking office in January 2009, the Obama administration has made several public statements promoting arts education.

In May, at the opening night of the American Ballet Theater in New York, first lady Michelle Obama said, "Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math, and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems. My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation's leaders for tomorrow." [Reference]

Promoted cultural diplomacy.
Back in December 2009 we reported on President Barack Obama's efforts to promote cultural diplomacy by increasing the number of cultural and arts exchanges throughout the world.

At the time, we noted that the House passed legislation earlier in the year that included $600 million -- $62 million more than in 2009 -- for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for overseeing Department of State cultural initiatives. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee provided $635.2 million.

Obama increased the budget for international cultural exchange programs in his 2010 budget. The proposed 2011 budget would lower the amount slightly, but it is still above the 2009 level by tens of millions.  [Reference]

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