Tag Archives: Politics

Bienvenida Cuba

CubaAfter more than 50 years, the United States officially reopened its embassy in Cuba today.  I hope that this is a sign that travel bans and our embargo will be lifted. Although the repressive Cuban government bans access to the Internet, I still would like to say to all my amigos in Cuba, “Bienvenida. Que pasa?”

Tweet of the day: John Dingell’s Tweet to Trump

John Dingell, Donald Trump, Twitter, John McCain, PoliticsJohn Dingell was a congressman for 59 years before he retired earlier this year. Yesterday Dingell responded to Donald Trump on Twitter after the annoying Republican Presidential candidate accused Senator McCain of being a dummy. Trump’s Tweet was in response to Senator McCain’s comment that Donald has “fired up the crazies” on immigration.  What a pity that it took Dingell to put Trump in his place. What does it say about the character of the other Republican Presidential Primary candidates?

Am I really suppose to believe Republican’s tough talk on foreign policy with Russia’s Putin, Syria’s Assad, and Iran’s Ayatollah, when they run scared from a loud mouthed bully like Trump? 

Thanks to Brian Moynihan for the tip on Twittah.

ReTRUMPlican Party on Immigration

Democrats certainly are enjoying themselves, watching what I can only describe as the Donald Trump hour.

While most Republicans do not agree with Trump’s views on Immigration and Immigration Reform, the candidates running for President haven’t exactly worked to create a more welcoming party and have often stoked those same flames.  This might be a classic example of reaping what you sow.

What has been won in the courts can be taken away: LGBT rights

Becky Wegner RommelWith the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, many feel elated but the fact remains a lot of Americans remain sympathetic to Becky Wegner Rommel who appears in the video below and while her rant is probably the very definition of manic and easy to giggle at while watching – let’s remember this woman votes.

Becky’s bat-shit crazy rant should serve as a reminder that the 2016 Presidential election remains even more important to our community.

What has been won in the courts can be undone, and if Becky and those sympathetic to her get their way that is what will happen.  That’s why I don’t find this video funny.  I find it frightening.

Tweet of the day: @LargeTony

Tweet of the Day

Although the day isn’t over, I couldn’t resist sharing @largetony‘s tweet.  Earlier today he tweeted, “So the unemployment rate in US has dropped to 5.3%. There is national healthcare. And marriage equality. I blame Obama.

I blame him too Tony. I remember all too well what our country was like after 8 years of “leadership” from a Republican President before Obama won in 2008.

Every Republican running for President denounces marriage equality ruling

Republican Primary Clown ShowAs the euphoria of last week’s US Supreme Court ruling on marriage fades, a sobering (but not surprising) realization should come to everyone who both supports marriage equality and LGBT rights – every Republican Presidential candidate has denounced the marriage equality ruling.

The NY Times has an interesting article on this which you can read here. One would expect Republican hopefuls like Gov. Mike Huckabee to denounce the ruling but the campaign to convince America that the Republican party has “moderates” running (e.g. Jeb Bush) starts to ring hollow when they too start sounding more like Gov. Huckabee or Sen. Santorum and immediately decry a verdict that by most polls now show more than 60% of Americans support.

Mark my words.  With resounding defeats and a growing acceptance of the LGBT community, those who oppose such equality will now change their tone, using language like “Religious Freedom” as part of their campaign to rollback whatever rights have been earned.  Listen carefully for this coded language esp. from the supposed ‘moderates’ who are anything but moderate but are in a campaign to convince America otherwise.  Language will change tone but not intent as they attempt to appeal to both swing voters and those longing for “the good ol’ days”, A.K.A. when being gay was criminalized, the Confederate Flag was described as a symbol of “Southern Pride” and minorities didn’t account for an increasing majority of America’s voting population.

Stephen Colbert mocks Justices Roberts and Scalia

Yesterday Stephen Colbert released a video mocking US Supreme  Court Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia who both dissented on the Marriage Equality ruling.  Pity he didn’t take on homophobe Justice Clarence Thomas who’s absurd dissent invoked images of slavery.

“The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”