“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 - - - - - - - - - - -

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cyanide and Happiness: Piece of Ass

Isn't This The Truth? Spiders

Blade's Box of Jams: Track #15 - None of This

Currently listening to

Isaiah Robert Grass

Being that I've posted 14 previous tracks you're well aware that my usual pic of choice is a guy with headphones.  Ironically enough, the song I'm listening to belongs to the artist in the photo here, Isaiah Grass.

He's an up and coming pop singer who writes his own music and has garnered quite a bit of attention lately.  Apart from being an awe-inspiring artist, he's also taken the modeling world by storm, having been scouted by several scouts in New York and eventually working for LEDOM Management Group.

His passion for writing and singing his own music speaks volumes.  I've had the pleasure of becoming his friend on Facebook, where I accessed his website, IsaiahGrass.com, and enjoyed listening to several of his singles.  Regardless if he wrote them based on his past relationships or own experiences, the music is fantastic.

At the moment I'm currently listening to "None of This", but you can also check out his other singles on his website or YouTube page.  Feel free to purchase this and his other singles on iTunes as well.

I Quote That - Don't Grow Old

Disney Prince of the Week 005

In today's issue, and for the next 15 weeks I'll be posting a Disney Prince of the Week.  Can you guess the movie and the name of the character who played this week's Prince? 

Grandma, I'm Gay


The Hard Task of Being a Loving Parent: Father Scolds Daugther and Destroys Her Laptop for Facebook Status

Videos are going crazy-viral these days, and since this is going around I had to blog about it.
I honestly didn't know what to post this under, because I have two series that are currently running on my blog, "The Joys of being a Parent," and "The Woes of being a Bad Parent."  

Obviously the parent isn't being bad, he's just trying teach his daughter a lesson after she wrote a harsh status update on Facebook about him, her mother, step-mother, and the "cleaning lady" he refers to as Linda.

So because there's no joy in having to punish or ground our kids, and the father was not being a bad parent, I will post this under, "The Hard Task of Being a Loving Parent."  It is a hard task.  What would you have done differently?  I respect my parents so much more today than I ever did for the scolding, grounding, spanking I received growing up, and there was no Facebook.  So just imagine. LOL.

Warning: Since this video seems to have gone crazy, I figure I'll post this notice. I'm going to read a letter my 15 year old daughter wrote. There ARE some curse words in it. None of them are incredibly bad, but they are definitely things a little kid shouldn't hear... not to mention things MY KID shouldn't say! If you want to see the original Facebook thread, it's located at: http://www.facebook.com/tommyjordaniii/posts/299559803434210

What if Condoms Had Sponsors?

These are an absolute hoot! These are my kinda condoms and "I'm Lovin' It" LOL.

The Adventures of Blue Tooth Man

"Do you think this Smart Balance tastes as good as butter?"
We've all been there; walking around the mall, the grocery store, or in the office.  With a Bluetooth.  LoL.

I can't mention the number of times I've been talking on my Bluetooth and people near me or in the grocery aisle respond to my conversation I'm having with Ryan or my Mom.  It's an awkward feeling, but funny nonetheless.

Check out the Bluetooth man, as he pranks people in several business establishments - it's pretty darn funny.

Post Secret Fridays - Issue 094

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Movies to Watch - The Amazing Spider-Man

It was released last week, but in the event you haven't seen it, you can see it here.  The official trailer to The Amazing Spider-man which hits theaters on July 3, 2012.

It's a re-boot, yes, but it also takes us on a different path...  Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Will we be watching?  Ryan and I say, yes.  Even though I'm not a fan of all these superhero re-boots, I am looking forward to seeing this and The Man of Steel.  I'm sure Andrew Garfield and Henry Cavill has something to do with it. :-)

WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 012 - Conservation

I'll be straightforward with you.  If Republicans had their way, our entire country would be a vast, empty and dry desert.  We'd probably go through famine, and our beautiful precious landscape gone within a matter of years.  Thank you God for our democracy!  We live in the land of the free, but it doesn't mean we can take advantage of it and let it die.  

All the Repubs want to do is "drill baby drill" when the oil we drill doesn't even stay in this country.  Did you know that the oil we drill and natural gas we produce in this country are sent to other nations?  Probably not, because most Americans are gullible or watch Fox News - one or the two.  But I'm not here to talk about Oil, I'm here to talk about conservation.

President Barack Obama has not only  managed to achieve 6 broad policies, 3 sources of funding and 8 targeted areas for a total of 17 achievements in regard to Conservation in 3 short years, he has managed to protect our water, landscape, refuges, and our national parks greater than any president has to date.  Today I shall cover 1 from each area.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act of 2009.
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is an Executive Branch office of the United States Government. The Foundation was established by the Congress in 1992 to honor Morris Udall’s thirty years of service in the House of Representatives. Congress amended the name in 2009 to include Stewart Udall, in recognition of his public service. The full official name of the Foundation is Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation. The President of the United States appoints its board of trustees with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  • Annual scholarships and fellowships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers related to the natural environment. A student who receives such a scholarship may be known as Udall Scholar.
  • Annual scholarships and internships to outstanding Native American and Alaska Native college students who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.
  • Parks in Focus, which takes young people into national and state parks to expose them to the grandeur of the nation's natural resources and instill a sustainable appreciation for the environment.
  • Host an annual conference or discussion of contemporary environmental or Native American issues.
  • A program for environmental policy research and a program for environmental conflict resolution at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. [Reference-1, Reference-2]
Increased funding for national parks and forests.
President Barack Obama promised to boost funding for national parks and forests, and a bill he signed on Oct. 30, 2009, has done just that. "Will repair the damage done to our national parks by inadequate funding and emphasize the protection and restoration of our National Forests."

In the latest appropriations bill for the Interior Department, which oversees national parks and forests, Congress approved about $2.7 billion to preserve and improve the tracts of land. That's a $218 million increase over the last National Park Service budget, or about 10 percent, according to the House Appropriations Committee.
About $2.2 billion will go to operating the national park system, and about $15 million will support a new grant program for park preservation, among other things.

"This bill demonstrates a concerted effort by Congress and the Administration to restore our national treasures in time for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service," said Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association.  [Reference-1, Reference-2]

Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic.
In 1959, representatives from 12 countries came together in Washington to sign the Antarctic Treaty, which is sometimes referred to as the first arms control agreement of the Cold War. Today, 47 nations have signed it. And as a result, Antarctica is one of the few places on earth where there has never been war. Other than occasional arguments among scientists and those stationed there over weighty matters having to do with sports, entertainment, and science, there has been very little conflict.

It is a land where science is the universal language and the highest priority and where people from different regions, races, and religions live and work together in one of the planet’s most remote, beautiful, and dangerous places.

The genius of the Antarctic Treaty lies in its relevance today. It was written to meet the challenges of an earlier time, but it and its related instruments remain a key tool in our efforts to address an urgent threat of this time, climate change, which has already destabilized communities on every continent, endangered plant and animal species, and jeopardized critical food and water sources. - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks at the Joint Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council, 50th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty [Reference-1, Reference-2]

As promised, I will come back to this topic in another issue.  Please make sure to read the next issue, Issue No. 013 - Employment: Jobs as I continue with
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