They do exist

I would rather have Putin as President than Obama.

I never voted for Obama, and I certainly wasn’t going to vote for Hillary.

Donald Trump says the things we all wish we could say.

Gay marriage doesn’t make sense, because two men or two women can’t reproduce. If we only had gay marriage the human race would die off.

These things were said to my face earlier this week by a Trump voter – a man who used to identify as a Democrat.

The people in my area are so happy a white man is going to be President again they don’t care if he destroys their healthcare, embodies the seven deadly sins, or grabs women by the pussy.

#MindBlown

Two steps back?

The thing that bothers me the most about the possibility of Romney winning is that social conservatives are sure to point out that the first president in our history to publicly support same-sex marriage lost the election – even though it will probably have little or nothing to do with it, since this election is apparently more about style than substance.

It seems in the LGBT community that we must continually take one step forward and two steps backward. It’s disheartening, especially when the years of our lives seem to slip away much faster than the progression of our cause. I remember telling Honey when we met that we would probably have the federal right to same-sex marriage within five years. That was almost 8 years ago.

UK’s The Guardian posts scathing analysis of NDAA

Jonathan Turley has published a rather troubling article about the NDAA bill Obama signed into law on New Year’s Eve.

President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year.

Read the full article here.

Obama signs NDAA into law

Well, Pres. Obama waited until yesterday to sign NDAA into law. He knew the news outlets would be focused on New Year’s celebrations instead of the fact that he just put his stamp-of-approval on a bill that effectively destroys the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Oh, and did I mention that it also violates international law? America is supposed to set the example for the rest of the world, and we have just drastically lowered the bar.

Also, when you read headlines on the web to the effect of “Obama signs NDAA bill with reservations” make sure you read the fine print. He didn’t have reservations about holding you indefinitely or not respecting the Bill of Rights. Obama is upset because he feels the bill doesn’t give him enough power. Yeah, he wants to be personally able to determine who gets held indefinitely and where.

He did issue a meaningless statement yesterday to appease everyone saying “my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens,” but what about future administrations? What if, God forbid, someone like Newt Gingrich were to become president? Can you imagine a certified crazy ass like that having virtually unlimited power to arrest American citizens and hold them without trial?

This might be a bit melodramatic, but I think we just doomed ourselves. Barack Obama is an extremely intelligent guy and he knows exactly what he is doing.

Lowered expectations

I hold Christians to a very high standard, mainly because everything they do is a direct reflection on Christ and other people of faith. While it is tempting to lump all of them into one big category, I realize that Christians can be as varied as as the colors in a box of crayons. Some are as conservative as Rush Limbaugh, some are as liberal as Keith Olbermann, and most are somewhere in the middle.

It probably speaks to my own theological leanings that the more conservative members of faith are the ones that irk me the most, but it also seems that they are the least likely to think for themselves – or even think at all.

Honey started substitute teaching this week, so we celebrated his job change by visiting an amazing restaurant to celebrate. The nearby tables were host to a lively bunch that talked rather loudly and didn’t think twice about mixing two topics that are often considered off-limits at the dinner table – politics and religion.

Over and over I heard “Obama this” and “Obama that” and it was always negative. It seems like he is being blamed for everything that is wrong with this country, even though he hasn’t even been in office a full year. The political banter went on for quite some time, but the most ridiculous statement I heard came from an older gentleman who exclaimed that he was racist and becoming more so all the time. He seemed to take real pride in the fact.

Their racist conversation continued unabated for several minutes before the waitress arrived to box up their leftovers. She inquired about where they were from and they announced they were a church group from Tennessee. And for a brief moment, I was actually ashamed to share the same religion as these pathetic excuses for Christians.

The absurdity of it all reminded me of a conversation I read on Facebook recently. One of my friends posted a status update about Obama trying to convince lawmakers to include funding for abortion in his healthcare plan. “What if his mother had aborted him?” she asked. “She’d have done the world a favor” was the tasteless response that preceded a heated discussion that included such pearls of wisdom as “This will give sluts an excuse” and “Christians should stop paying taxes.”

When I explained that abortion is normally covered by health insurance plans, that Obama is pro-choice (not pro-abortion), and that our tax dollars have killed at least 750,000 people worldwide since 2002, I was assured that while abortion qualifies as murder, killing those we are at war with doesn’t. Interesting logic.

Sometimes I wonder if these people even read the Bible. How did they overlook the core tenets of Christianity like loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you?

Jesus said the two most important commandments are to love God and love your neighbor. If we do those two things, everything else will fall into place. When someone takes pride in doing the opposite, they insult the One they claim to follow and they don’t deserve the title “Christian.”

Live blogging the election

I’ve always wanted to do this, so here goes. I’m going to keep at it until we have a result or I have to go to bed – whichever comes first. Hit your refresh button for the latest.

5:20 – I’ve had a shower, put on my pajamas, and I’m fixing a gallon of iced tea while watching election coverage on MSNBC. This is better than reality television. Let the games begin!

5:25 – Just wanted to share one of the most compelling and moving political photos that I’ve seen today, which was taken during a campaign event that Barack Obama held yesterday in Charlotte, NC. This was as he shared comments about his grandmother, who had just passed away hours earlier. So sad, but it’s refreshing to see the human side of a candidate every once in a while.

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5:30Drudge says Obama is winning big; up +15 in Pennsylvania. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a stellar evening!

5:40 – It gave me a great sense of satisfaction to watch Obama cast his vote early this morning. My coworkers and I gathered around the set to watch as he calmly interacted with his family and then received applause before leaving the polling place. As a Caucasian, it’s hard for me to comprehend what an overwhelming sense of pride he must have felt to be able to cast a presidential vote for a person of color, but I could almost feel it in my bones. I certainly felt a sense of excitement all day that this election will not only change history, but also how the different races in this country interact with one another.

5:45 – Some of Kentucky’s polls closed a few minutes ago and with 1% of the vote in, JM is ahead 68-31%. Ugh. I knew this state would go red, but I hope it turns out a little closer than this.

5:50 – I received a joke text message from someone today that said due to long lines at the polls, Democrats should wait until tomorrow to vote. I replied with “Dems aren’t as gullible as retardicans!” Snicker, snicker.

5:56 – Looks like Elizabeth Dole is going to bite the dust, which means it’s the first time since 1952 that neither a Bush or a Dole is holding elected office. Do you hear that collective “Whew!” reverberating across the country?

6:00 – They just projected KY for McCain and Vermont for Obama.

6:01 – I’m very curious about the results of anti-gay measures like Proposition 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida.

6:06 – Still too close to call the race between Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford. I hope after 24 years, we can get rid of Mitch.

6:12 – Here’s raw video of Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadephia. Police were soon called to remove them from the entrance of the polling place. Idiots.

6:20 – I’ve switched to CNN. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews get on my nerves.

6:23 – Read what one of the coolest people on the planet did with their vote today.

6:25 – These early election results are killing me! My fingernails aren’t going to last long at this rate.

6:30 – It’s ironic that I upgraded my satellite programming last night so that I’d have more news channels to watch, but I’m still watching CNN.

6:34 – Have I seriously already been doing this over an hour?

6:37 – These pundits are scaring me. Apparently Obama isn’t performing as strongly as previously expected, but it’s still really early.

6:41 – Let’s check out the enemy… Fox News Channel. This should be interesting.

6:42 – FNC just called West Virginia for JM. Argh.

6:49 – Back to MSNBC. FNC wasn’t nearly as enraging as I’d imagined.

7:00 – Via MSNBC: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, District of Columbia for Obama!!!

7:13 – Howard Dean makes my eyes and head hurt.

7:28 – Seventy percent of WordPress users would choose Barack Obama as president in an ongoing poll, which includes participants from all over the world.

7:33 – Shocking news… Alabama for JM. Whodathunkit?

7:39 – I can’t help but wonder how this night might be going if Hillary had been the Democratic nominee. Would she be doing better or worse than Obama against John McCain?

7:45 – I keep seeing footage of the thousands of BO supporters gathered in Chicago for the victory rally. I sooooo wish I were there.

7:54 – Why does any news channel (cough*MSNBC*cough) care what that evil, scheming Tom Delay thinks?

8:01 – Via MSNBC: New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island for Obama!!

8:20 – McConnell is projected to squeak out a win in KY.

8:22 – Ohio for Obama!!!

8:32 – New Mexico for Obama. He just hit 200 electoral votes. Only 70 to go!

8:45 – According to MSNBC, there is no way for McCain to win at this point. Barack will exceed 270 electoral votes with the remaining blue states alone!

9:02 – I wish they would call Florida already!

9:09 – John Rich is performing at McCain headquarters. LMAO.

9:26 – I’ve gotten so used to being disappointed on election night that I’m a little scared to let myself go and enjoy the moment. The networks still haven’t officially called the election for BO, but you can tell that they know it’s over. They keep showing the growing celebratory crowds in NY and Chicago and talking about the implications of Obama’s win.

9:53 – FNC just called Virginia for Obama, only the second time the state has went blue in 50 years.

10:00 – MSNBC just projected Barack Obama as president of the United States!! We made history, boys and girls! I started this evening with a picture of a tearful BO, so I want to end with one of him smiling. Good night, everybody!!

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