Short Notes ~ 5.31.13

Heroes for Heroes

Skynrd is on the Playlist today, but maybe not the Skynrd song you would have thought.

Sad, Disappointing, Puzzling, Why?

Kato Kaelin once again extending his 15 minutes.

Anderson Cooper highlights the best of Michele Bachmann.  Comics are sad that she is not running for reelection.

Mission Accomplished

Remember when Wheel of Fortune gave away refrigerators?  SHOCKER!

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Friday’s Hero 3.15.13

FRIDAY’SYesterday, Ohio’s Junior Senator, Rob Portman spoke out in support of gay marriage.

The senator’s comments were a reversal of his previous position dating back to 1996 when he voted in favor of DOMA as a member of the House.

Senator Portman, a Republican, has publicly been an ardent opponent of gay marriage until yesterday.

His shift in ideology began two years ago when his son, a college Freshman at Yale University came out as a gay man.

This week’s Hero could be Senator Rob Portman, but it isn’t, no, the REAL hero of this story is Will Portman the young son of Sen. Portman who spoke out.

Will Portman and many other young Americans like him are changing the face of our nation.  By simply living their lives as productive citizens, honoring who they are,  their legacies and their futures they are forging a path that will eventually bring equality to all.

This young generation of gay Americans is proving that their lives are no different from their heterosexual brothers and sisters and they deserve the same rights and recognition.

For their convictions, for their dignity and for changing hearts and minds one life at a time, I choose Young Gay America represented by Will Portman as the Friday’s Hero for March 15, 2013.

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Short Notes ~ Sequestration

BD9oji-CEAAFBa3I haven’t said much about this because whenever I think about it I get so angry that once again the people we pay to LEAD our nation act like jackasses and don’t do anything…… ok, anyway.

Sequestration.  When sequestration goes into effect it accounts for 2.4% of our nation’s total federal spending…..2.4%

If Congress, the President of the United States, the Armed Forces and every other department represented in our nation’s budget can’t find 2.4% to cut, we REALLY are in worse shape than it appears!

The President and Congress are going to roll out the “oh your grandmother isn’t going tot get her Social Security check” fear tactics.  Or the “our soldiers are not going to have ammunition to fight with” bogus games… here’s the deal WE need to demand that the people we elected FIND the cuts and make them.

NO ONE will ever convince me that we can’t find 2.4% excessive, wasteful spending in the bloated budgets of our Government!

Short Notes – Lunch with Congressman Patrick Murphy

s-PATRICK-MURPHY-ALLEN-WEST-largeI had lunch with Congressman Patrick Murphy today… ok, not just the two of us, but us and 148 others.

Today was the Annual Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club External Affairs Luncheon, and Murphy was one of the guest speakers.

At 29 years old, the Democrat is the youngest in the U.S House or Senate.  His recent election was against one of the most divisive members of any recent Congress, Alan West.

I came away from today’s luncheon very impressed with Murphy.

His comments were off the cuff, he made no excuses for why things are not getting done in Washington and he spoke about what he thinks is wrong with our present day politic.  He did not back away from any topic and criticized both Democrats and Republicans equally, including the President.

Congressman Murphy told us about a meeting he coordinated last week with 31 other freshman Congressmen and women, both Democratic and Republican, where they drafted a letter to the leaders on both sides of the aisle and the President of the United States.  (Freshman Congresswoman Lois Frankel did not attend the meeting.)

In the letter, as Murphy described it, they informed leadership that they were elected to work together and that they would NOT be participating in the politics of the past of party rule and party line votes.

I was very happy to hear this.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/murphy-leads-bipartisan-group-of-us-house-freshmen/nWPfL/

Murphy also expressed his support and has the vote to back it up, where he crossed over the aisle and supported a Republican initiative that stated if Congress and the President have not adopted a budget by April 15th they do not get paid.

http://www.rpc.senate.gov/legislative-notices/legislative-notice-hr-325_no-budget-no-pay-act-of-2013

Murphy voted on the prevailing side with only a few other Democrats in support of the initiative.  Sadly, Congresswoman Frankel towed the party line and voted against the initiative standing with Nancy Pelosi and the majority of the other Democrats.

Murphy appears to be a breath of fresh air in Washington, I hope that he and the other members of his Freshman class who are committed to making a difference for America can make a dent in the politics of destruction and party rule.

It was a pleasure to see the Congressman and I look forward to his tenure representing ALL of the people of his district.

 

Short Notes…. What Happened?

DId the world stop on its axis and realign or something?

Mark this day in history, the US Senate began a process of BI-PARTISAN work to reform our immigration policies.  Many of the same ideas that the President of the United States will recommend.

AND……

The Boys Scouts began the process of moving into the 21st Century.

What will tomorrow bring?