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Democrats Abroad …

The Presidential Campaign is coming to an end. It is all up to you. We’ve heard all the speeches. Listened to all the debates. Hopefully, we have all thought about what it is that we need from our candidate. And which candidate will take us into the future and not send us backwards.

That Candidate is Barack Obama …

I am a Democrat Abroad, and I vote in my home state by absentee ballot. Since I am dual citizen I still have the right to vote. And I encourage you all to get out and vote next week.

The stakes could not be higher. I am a Pro-Choice voter. I believe in a woman’s right to choose her own fate. I DO NOT agree with pro-lifers who want to take a woman’s right to decide her own fate away from her. It is not up to the government to regulate a woman’s body or her uterus. I know I am only inviting a shit storm, but it must be said.

If you vote Republican, you are voting to take away a woman’s right to choose.

If you vote Republican, the United States will be turned upside down by a man who cares not for your welfare, but for the welfare of those who sit in the 1% club and who call the shots for the rest of America. A man who will, with his Republican minions, strip women of their rights.

Mitt Romney cannot be trusted to the presidency. He has proven countless times over the past few months, just how OUT OF TOUCH he is with the common man and woman. He does not have your best interests in mind. Only for those he can hire and fire, those who can add to his pot of millions. He is NOT concerned with the 47% of Americans who won’t vote for him. That message was spoken loud and clear. He doesn’t care about you. We cannot allow this man to reach elected office. There is too much on the line to gamble with.

For my LGBTQ readers, we have come a long way in just a few years. And we MUST keep up that momentum to make sure that the Entire United States gets on board with Gay Rights across the board. Gay marriage is a right. Not just for some but for all of our LGBTQ fellows and ladies.

Republicans CANNOT be trusted with our fates either. They would want to strip away the rights that we so carefully worked, lobbied and petitioned and voted for. If you care for LGBTQ people, you will vote for the candidate who will guarantee that those rights will not be repealed or halted.

Barack Obama came into office with a huge target on his back dealing with a depression that NO president ever had to deal with before. I have shared the words spoken by former President Bill Clinton. And he made the case for WHY we need to RE-ELECT Barack Obama to a second term in office.

With all that is going on in the U.S. right now, post-Sandy, it is more important than any other time in history to make sure YOU and your NEIGHBORS get out to the polling stations next week.

This is a do or die situation.

Vote for the man who can lead us out of this disaster. The man who has shown that  he is capable of doing the right thing for our people around the nation. He stepped up and showed us just how much he cares about the nation and those who are suffering right now.

If you care about your life, Your community and Your Country, YOU WILL VOTE.

You MUST vote or you allow someone else’s desire to come to pass.

You Must Vote for President Barack Obama to be our commander in Chief once again, and keep us on the path to better things. The North East will survive. We will rebuild. Get out there and help your neighbors. Make sure they get out and cast their ballots next Tuesday Night, and let us make history once again.


Obama Backs Gay Marriage

Courtesy: HuffingtonPost-Sam Stein

WASHINGTON — In a nod to a dramatic shift in public opinion, Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.

In a sit-down interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a markedly long and oft-mocked evolution on the matter.

“I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview that will air in full on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” he said.

The statement constitutes an act of political bravery on the president’s behalf, as well as a major victory for the gay rights community, which has been pushing him to declare his support for marriage equality for several years. With the issue back in the news this week, the pressure intensified.

On Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that he was personally comfortable with same-sex marriage, which was followed the next day by Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying the same.

The White House insisted that there was no daylight between the vice president’s position and the president’s, noting that Biden clarified his statement as being in reference to civil rights for gay couples. But the explanation was largely dismissed by both supporters and critics as a convenient way for the president to signal support for marriage equality without having to declare it himself.

On Tuesday evening, the state of North Carolina passed an amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The president expressed his disappointment with the measure, but it remained difficult to square his opposition to a measure outlawing same-sex marriage with his opposition to same-sex marriage itself.

As the political pressure continued to mount, the president finally chose to speak out Wednesday, with the White House hastily scheduling a sit-down interview.

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president said. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

The president’s support of same-sex marriage will have little political impact, from a practical standpoint, as much of the activity on the issue is currently occurring in the states and the courts. Already the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has stopped defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. Legislation to overturn DOMA outright would likely be blocked by congressional Republicans.

The more promising path for same-sex marriage advocates remains a friendly hearing by the United States Supreme Court.

Still, the symbolism of Obama’s remarks is hard to ignore. In becoming the first president to publicly support marriage equality, he sets the bar for its political acceptance. He also has the ability to shape public opinion further on the matter.

Of course, there may be drawbacks to such a strong expression of support. While recent polls show that popular support for marriage equality is gaining widespread acceptance, some pivotal swing states remain largely opposed to the concept. And one of them, North Carolina, remains a major target for the president’s reelection campaign.

“The question is, is there a risk?” a prominent Democratic Party official who requested anonymity told The Huffington Post after Biden’s remarks. “It is not nationwide [polling] we are talking about. We are talking about Virginia, North Carolina and other swing states. And we are talking about, would Karl Rove and his team stoop to using horribly grotesque and hateful tactics … and would that peel off 10,000 votes?”

As of Wednesday, that question was hypothetical. Now, it’s a critical component of the 2012 election.


Rainy Days and Tuesdays …

Courtesy: Mind-State

They say that it is supposed to rain and rain and rain some more. But they haven’t been very good at forecasting in recent days. The city was supposed to get a deluge of rain, but that didn’t happen. It’s just a little drizzly out, enough to make it dark and gloomy.

There is a hockey game tonight, so that affected tonight’s numbers. But still, we had a good turn out nonetheless. In the end the night turned out good. The new format is flourishing and there is money in the kitty to cover prudent reserve.

This is an odd month, because I have back to back shifts at the phones on Thursday (my 4th Thursday) and on Friday (my 5th Friday). I got a call from the DLP the other night for my Friday, before I got a call for my Thursday, and for a moment I thought I missed a shift, but I didn’t.

We are coming to the end of term at Dawson. Two more weeks and everything will be finished. I don’t have the term book for summer studies yet. I have a few things that have to get done in the next few days and a final project that I have yet to work on for French. (let us pray…)

The 2011 election campaign is in its final days and the push is on for all parties to get out the message. Facebook has been a crucial tool in getting the vote out and we are hoping that we get a good turnout at the polls this coming Monday.

If you’re a citizen and you can vote – there is no excuse for you not to vote. The very future of Canada hangs in the balance. People we have to vote. Voting is a privilege, exercise your right and get out there and vote. There are several mass media campaigns out there on Facebook, Twitter and online to get people to the polls next week. You Tube is active with all parties posting ads on the Tube.

That’s about it from here tonight.

I need to eat dinner and do some homework. Yay Homework …

More to come, stay tuned.


Keith Olbermann on Prop 8

MSNBC Keith Olbermann on Prop 8, Marriage and more!


Sign the Petition…

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Originally found on RobGuy

I signed the petition “Review the 501(c)(3) status of The Church of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons)”. I’m asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.


The struggle continues…

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From Father Geoff Farrow

On Wednesday 5 November, there was a protest march which ran through West Hollywood, CA. On Thursday 6 November there was another protest march on the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles. Today, 7 November there will be a protest rally in front of City Hall in Palm Springs, CA. On Sunday 9 November there will be a protest march on the State’s Capitol in Sacramento at 1 PM. Other protest marches are occurring in San Francisco and throughout the state. This is reminiscent of the tumultuous times of 1968.

On the evening of 4 April 1968, while he was standing on a balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. That it turn prompted mass civil disobedience by African Americans throughout America. The assassination of Dr. King was not simply the assassination of one person, it was an attempted assassination of hope. Hope that America could fulfill her mission and be an inclusive society with liberty and justice for ALL.

The decision by 52% of the electorate of California to deny equality for ALL this past week, was also an attempted assassination of hope. Hope that our State was somehow, better than that. That we would not vote for discrimination. That we would stand with minorities in our society and protect their rights. That did not happen. As in 1968, the forces of bigotry, hatred and smug supremacy prevailed. Then, this prompted an out pouring onto the nation’s streets of those who were oppressed by an unjust majority. That is happening now again. Dr. King once observed that: “A riot is the voice of the unheard.” Unlike then, violence has thus far thankfully been averted.

Many in society in 1968 hoped that African Americans would simply calm down and that society would return to “business as usual” once the blacks were put back in their place. I’m sure that many of those who voted “yes” on Prop 8, as well as the Architects and chief patrons of Prop 8, hope that once the “fags” calm down, it will also be “business as usual”. Well, it wasn’t the case in 1968 and it is not the case now.

So, where do we go now? Now, is a time for those who voted NO on Prop. 8 to do several things.

Here’s a starter list:

1) Find out what business gave money to “yes” on Prop 8 and cease doing business with them. Ask your friends and families to boycott those businesses. This includes not only corporations but, Realtors, contractors, lawn services, any business, no matter how small. Send them an economic NO when you use one of their competitors, send them a copy of the receipt and let them know this is business you would have given to them if not for their bigotry.

2) If you are a Catholic who’s parish actively supported “yes” on Prop 8, here are some things you can do. Do not put your contribution into the collection basket at Mass. The collection is assessed (taxed) by the bishop. In my Diocese, the tax amounts to 17%. That means that 17 cents of every dollar you put into the basket goes to the bishop. Instead, make out a check to your parish and drop it by the church office as a “special gift.” If the bishop starts taxing “special gifts” then, offer the parish to pay for part of the utilities bill, etc. with your check made payable directly to the appropriate company. Thus by passing church hands altogether. In this way, you help your parish and send the bishops a message. Oh, don’t forget to write your bishop a letter and let him know that a) you are doing this, b) why and c) that this will continue until a public apology is issued for having supported “yes” on Prop 8.

3) Press your bishop continually and publicly about equal employment protection and domestic partnership health benefits for gay/lesbian church employees.

4) Do not donate to Diocesan Appeal campaigns but, only to funds with restricted application. For example, a hospital, an orphanage, a school, etc.

Any other suggestions? Let me know and I’ll be happy to pass them along. As one reader said, this is not over. It won’t be over until we have liberty and justice for ALL.


Utah faces boycott after Mormon work for Prop 8: You Play – You PAY BOYCOTT !!!

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Associated Press Article

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California’s ban on gay marriage.

It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, a spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford, among other popular tourist draws.

“At a fundamental level, the Utah Mormons crossed the line on this one,” said gay rights activist John Aravosis, an influential blogger in Washington, D.C.

“They just took marriage away from 20,000 couples and made their children bastards,” he said. “You don’t do that and get away with it.”

Salt Lake City is the world headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which counts about 62 percent of Utah residents as members.

The church encouraged its members to work to pass California’s Proposition 8 by volunteering their time and money for the campaign. Thousands of Mormons worked as grassroots volunteers and gave tens of millions of dollars to the campaign.

The ballot measure passed Tuesday. It amends the California Constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual act, overriding a state Supreme Court ruling that briefly gave same-sex couples the right to wed.

The backlash against the church — and by extension Utah — has been immediate. Protests erupted outside Mormon temples, Facebook groups formed telling people to boycott Utah, and Web sites such as mormonsstoleourrights.com began popping up, calling for an end to the church’s tax-exempt status.

Church spokeswoman Kim Farah said in a statement about the temple protests Friday that it is “disturbing” that the church is being singled out for exercising its right to speak up in a free election.

“While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process,” Farah said.

The church had said in a statement after Tuesday’s vote that “no one on any side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.”

Aravosis is the editor of the popular americablog.com, which has about 900,000 unique monthly visitors.

He is calling for skiers to choose any state but Utah and for Hollywood actors and directors to pull out of the Sundance Film Festival. Other bloggers and readers have responded to his call.

“There’s a movement afoot and large donors are involved who are very interested in organizing a campaign, because I do not believe in frivolous boycotts,” said Aravosis, who has helped organize boycotts against “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger’s television show, Microsoft and Ford over gay rights issues.

“The main focus is going to be going after the Utah brand,” he said. “At this point, honestly, we’re going to destroy the Utah brand. It is a hate state.”

Gay rights groups did not immediately weigh in on calls for a boycott. Jim Key, spokesman for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, said he had heard little about such an effort.

“It’s not something that we have called for, but we do think it is important to send a message to the Mormon church,” Key said. He noted an effort run by the center to overturn Proposition 8 that sends a postcard to the Mormon church president with each contribution made.

A Sundance spokeswoman didn’t return messages. Leigh von der Esch, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, said that she’s aware there’s been discussion of a boycott, but that her office hadn’t received any calls about it Thursday. State offices are closed Friday.

“We’re respectful of both sides of the equation and realize it’s an emotional issue, but we are here promoting what we think is the best state in the country,” she said.

What kind of economic, religious or political impact, if any, a boycott might have is unclear. The Mormon church has members all over the world and no plans to change its stance on gay marriage.

Aravosis is not calling for a boycott of California, though that state’s voters actually approved the ban.

“At this point, the Californians are the victims and the Mormons are the persecutors,” he said. “We had won this until they swept in. … We need to send a message to Utah that they need to stop trying to inflict their way of life on every other state.”

Bob Malone, CEO and president of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, said it is unfair to try to punish certain industries or parts of the state over an issue it had nothing to do with.

“It’s really not a Park City thing, and I don’t see it as a state thing. That was more of a religious issue,” he said. “To sweep people in who really have nothing to do with that issue and have no influence over religious issues — it’s sad that people kind of think that and say, ‘We’re going to bury you.’ It’s sad to hear people talk like that.”


Get Out and VOTE !!!

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The Time has come

The Hour is almost upon us

WE the PEOPLE

Need to Get out


and VOTE !!!

It is time for CHANGE

It all comes down to YOU


SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE

Elect Barack Obama

AS the Next U.S. President


The first order of business

On Tuesday will be to VOTE!!!


OBAMA – YES WE CAN !!!

I got this image of Barack Obama from a friend who lives in San Francisco.

If you don’t VOTE on Tuesday, then you can’t participate in your Democratic right to be heard. Please, for the Love of God and the hope of the United States of America, GO VOTE …

VOTE !!!

VOTE for BARACK OBAMA …