“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 - - - - - - - - - - -

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Quote That - Scared

To the one person I love most in this world, Ryan Joseph Lopez

Must Watch: Extended Dallas Trailer

"There is oil beneath this land... 

worth countless billions... 

every drop has a secret buried with it... 

and it all belongs to the Ewings."

Dammit, I'm excited! You can actually go to my blog and do a search of "Dallas" and you will find every blog I've written on this television series.  Ryan and I sat with me and watched all 14 seasons (14 years worth) over the last 2 years - we finished watching all 357 episodes last April.
If you're a true Dallas fan like I am; And Ryan is now.  You will not want to miss this extended trailer TNT released in December.  It is absolutely amazing and we cannot wait for the show to air this coming summer.  Word on the street is they will be releasing it in June.*crosses fingers*

Isn't This The Truth? Duck Face

Uh-huh, bitch don't lie, you know it's true!  My black girlfriends will tell you so. LOL.

Family Research Council vs. Family Equality Council

Absolutely awesome chart on what really constitutes Family Values for the two conservative and gay rights councils courtesy of Lapham's Quarterly.  Look at the striking difference between these two.  One council truly shows you the true meaning of love and family, while the other dictates what it should be.
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Just how different are the conservative Family Research Council and the liberal Family Equality Council? Let’s go to the chart. - From our current issue “The Family”

Glove and Boots: Nine Movies That Make Men Cry

Too funny, but oh so true.  Mario and Fafa are back, and this time they're letting us know that "there's a team of jerks in Hollywood who dream up ways to make men cry.  They use special formulas to target your 'man' strings." LOL.  

These puppets are simply hilarious.  I've blogged about them before and they're great.  For example, they start with number nine (Braveheart) where they proceed to tell you that "really bad stuff keeps happening to Mel Gibson in this film.  He's Scottish so he has train with rocks."  LOL.  "It keeps raining on him, they kill his dad, they kill his lady friend, they kill most of his other friends. Friends they don't kill, betray him, then they torture him, then they kill him." LMAO.  

You have to watch the remaining 8 reviews. Too funny.

The Neverending Story in Real Life!!!

I don't know why, but this image is stuck in my head.  I wanted to post it earlier this morning, as it reminded me so much of one of my favorite childhood movies, The Neverending Story.
There's a point in the movie where the character, Atreyu heads to the Swamps of Sadness to see the ancient Morla, the wisest being in all of Fantasia.  Well, his horse Artax is overcome by the sadness of the swamps and ends up sinking into the mud.  Artax doesn't make it :-( - I cried.

But in this awesome true story... the horse lives!!!!

After being stuck in the mud for three hours, Astro was freed from the mud yesterday!  According the guardian, Nicole Graham was enjoying an afternoon ride on the beach when all of a sudden the ground gave way and down went Astro.  He was freed with the help of a tractor and harness.  Check out the amazing rescue here.

Katy Perry Covers Interview Magazine

Katy Perry is on the cover of Interview Magazine next month, and who knew she could look so amazing!  Ironically enough she kinda reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor in this spread.
If you haven't already heard, Katy Perry is our March covergirl. We're pretty excited (!), especially as she's interviewed by one of our favorite comedians, Kristen Wiig. Above is a sneak peek of Katy's cover, shot by Mikael Jansson and styled by Karl Templer.via Interview Magazine

Cyanide and Happiness: Spike

Obama is back! Thank you Mr. President - We've Missed You!

Now, this is what I'm talking about.  I was watching Rachel Maddow last night and I saw this clip of President Obama speaking to the same auto workers the REDs ignored and wanted to fail.   And he let them REDs have it.  What an excellent, excellent video.  A definite must watch for those who don't believe in this man.  OMG, this video was excellent!!!

As I'm sure most of you know, The REDs have been having a field day bringing up social issues because the economy is getting better.  They're hating on us Gays, hating on women's rights, and saying the President is a "Snob" for promoting higher education (college) for our kids.  And as you know, they were not in support of saving thousands of jobs (people's jobs) in the Auto Industry, they wanted them to fail.  Well, the president made a mockery of it.  And rightly so, because everything he said in this video is absolutely true!

Obama is back!  Thank you Mr. President - We've Missed You!

That Awesome Moment...






WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 021 - Transparency & Accountability

Every day individual frustration grows as concerns for our, our children and our grand-children's futures lie with the decisions of our elected representatives. We have a responsibility to let Washington know how their actions, or lack thereof, affect us before legislation is passed. We must be assured the legislation that has passed is meeting its' intended purpose. My only cause is that the voices of the people be heard.  And President Obama has done so, more than any other President in our lifetime. Imagine if George W. Bush's administration had been more transparent and accountable for their actions.

President Obama has not only released presidential records when requested, he's instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible, imposed limits on lobbyists' access to the White House, the Department of Defense has opened access to social media sites (Air Force News) and the DOD will also film all interrogations.  There are countless of other achievements President Obama has achieved in the last 3 years in regard to transparency and accountability.  Today, I'm sharing three.

Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible.
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent.  Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. 

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.

Government should be collaborative.  Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperateamong themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector.  [Read More]

Released presidential records.
During the campaign of 2008 President Obama said this... "I will nullify the Bush attempts to make the timely release of presidential records more difficult."

On his first day in office, Obama fulfilled a promise to roll back some Bush administration restrictions on presidential records. He signed an executive order that restored a 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records before they are released. It also eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews.

If this sounds familiar, it may be because we covered this issue during the Democratic primary. It became a controversy because restrictions put into place under Bush potentially delayed the release of records from Hillary Clinton's time as first lady. 

Here's how the release of presidential papers generally works: When a president leaves office, the records of his administration go to the National Archives. After five years, the records are subject to public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Professional archivists determine which records should be publicly available, and the current and former presidents have the right to review them as well. The former president is given seven years to claim exemptions for his entire White House archive under the Presidential Records Act of 1978.

There is federal legislation that has passed the House that would codify the changes Obama made through executive order, she said, and Obama said he would support it. As of this writing, it still needed to pass in the Senate. 

"The truth is, every government bureaucracy has the potential to become secretive and cover up what it"s doing," Fuchs said. "That could happen with this administration or any other administration.

In the meantime, Obama signed the executive order as promised. Promise Kept. [Read More]

Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliations or contributions.
In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama kept a campaign promise to reduce political influence in his administration by signing an executive order on Jan. 21, 2009. 

The "Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel" requires that appointees sign forms saying that they were not hired because of political affiliations or contributions. 

Obama "requires that government hiring be based upon qualifications, competence and experience, not political connections," according to a statement issued by his press secretary. " He has ordered every one of his appointees to sign a pledge abiding by these tough new rules as a downpayment on the change he has promised to bring to Washington.

We rate this promise as Promise Kept. [Read More-1, Read More-2]

I promise to come back to this topic in another issue, until then, please feel free to read my previous issues by clicking here.

Make sure to read the next issue
Issue No. 022 - Commerce, Trade & Technology

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