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Deb’s House Concerts

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I have a relative who seems to get all of her news from The Flat Earth Society and The End of the World Club. I asked her to stop sending me Swift Boat types of emails before the last election, and she did for awhile. But now, she seems to either think I believe as she does, or she is out to convert me. Her talking points come straight out of the inflammatory rhetoric of the right-wing-talk-radio/tv shouters and the sky-is-falling-the-end-is-near ‘religious’ groups who call themselves Christian (but, whose behavior in no way exemplifies the teachings or life of Christ).

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Today she sent yet another high-blood-pressure, red-faced-ranting “save America” email. I finally took the bait and responded. I’ll quote my reply to her. This is what I wrote:

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you say: “If Obama is elected president of the United States we are in trouble.”

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my reply:
No matter who is elected president, our country is in trouble after the damage that has been done by the current administration over the past eight years. No Republican or Democrat will be able to clean up the mess in the next four years. Our reputation, our economy and our personal freedoms have all been diminished by the corrupt and unethical actions of the current administration. No one, no matter how good or competent, will be able to undo the damage that has been done. Our nation is now in so far in debt, due to a war that was started based on lies and for the purpose of enriching the cronies of the current administration, that even your great great grandchildren will still be paying the debt. (And, if McCain is elected and continues this war, your grandsons may very well be drafted to go over there and fight.) Some economists believe our economy is on the verge of collapse due to the actions of this admin. over the past 8 years. If it happens in the next four years, you should hope there is a Democrat in office, so that you can blame them for the damage that has been done by the ones currently in power.

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I wonder how many hearts or brains die because of politics (when the blood pressure goes too high and stays too high in people who are already at risk for heart attack and stroke). I’ve already lost one long-time friend this year, because I answered the question, “Who are you going to vote for?” and then gave my opinion about the corruption of the current administration. I had no idea this friend was a die-hard supporter of said administration.

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I believe we in this country are in grave danger no matter who is elected. Our economy is in trouble. Our military is over-extended. Our basic freedoms have been compromised. I don’t know what, or who, it will take to turn this country around. It is true that Obama does not have much experience. What he offers is hope and a vision. I hope he is surrounded by good people. McCain is scary, because he looks like he’ll continue the destruction of our country by continuing business as usual.

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Is there a way to repair the damage that has been done over the past two terms? What do you think?

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After all these years, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were finally able to marry.

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Here are photos from their wedding. They were the 1st same-sex couple to legally marry after the recent court order in California.

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The photos and article are from AOL news.

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Lesbian Activist Dies 2 Months After Wedding

Mayor Gavin Newsom marries Del Martin, right, and Phyllis Lyon, June 16 (martin died Aug. 27)Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP / Getty Images

When gay marriage became legal in California on June 16, the very first same-sex couple married in San Francisco were longtime partners Del Martin, right, and Phyllis Lyon, left. Martin died Wednesday, two weeks after a broken arm exacerbated existing health problems. She was 87.

Lyon pushes Martin in wheelchair, June 16 Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP / Getty Images

Mayor Gavin Newsom made Martin and Lyon the first couple he married in recognition of their long history of working for lesbian rights. Here, Newsom, right, introduces the newlywed couple to the media after they exchanged vows in a private ceremony in San Francisco City Hall. Martin is shown using a wheelchair, which her new wife is pushing.

Martin and Lyon exchange a kiss, June 16 Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP / Getty Images

Martin, left, and Lyon exchange a kiss to seal their marriage vows. They were among the two dozen couples who served as plaintiffs in the lawsuits that led the state Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage.

Martin and Lyon cut the wedding cake, June 16 Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP / Getty Images

Martin, left, and Lyon cut their wedding cake. In 1955, the couple and six other women founded a San Francisco social club for lesbians in 1955 called the Daughters of Bilitis. It evolved into the nation’s first lesbian advocacy organization. Source: AP

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Don’t forget you have a seat at the table. The bloggers at Pam’s House Blend are in Denver, CO at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. They’re covering the activity inside the stadium and out in the street. Pick up that cup fresh brewed coffee and read all about it!

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More links to bloggers at 2008 DNC.

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Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention 2008

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Madame Zipdrive has a way with words, so I’ll just post a few of her comments about Michelle Obama‘s Speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention:


I didn’t used to like Michelle Obama.
I thought her outspokenness and innate scowl would ruin Barack Obama’s election chances.
I was wrong.
She’s dynamic, strong, poised, and doggone it, people like her.

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The Obama family is about as Leave it to Beaver as we can get. They are young, vibrant, loving and smart.
They would bring life back into the White House, and I somehow trust that each morning when Barack leaves the White House residence to walk over to the West Wing, he’s got something to energize him and keep him on the right track.
I think it’s time we get a smart, happy guy in the White House.

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We’re still the most powerful country on Earth, and although our might has been diminished by mishandling, we still have nothing to fear. We can still afford to behave less like terrorized victims and more like self assured, benevolent giants.
I want a diplomatic president who understands that war is a last option. I want a president who lives in the present and looks forward to the future

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You don’t have watch TV to see the “Don’t Know Much” television ad when you can see it on YouTube on the BarackObamadotcom YouTube site.

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Related: Seven Kitchen Tables (video)

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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes did was not impressed by the MSM’s coverage of the speech made Monday night by the future First Lady. She had a few choice words. I’ll quote her closing comments:

You know, in a way, these comments, many of them by black commentators as well as people of other RGB certified skin colors, do to Michelle, what some evangelicals do to God: reduce the incandescent to what is more easily ‘handle-able’… just life-sized filament, manageable low wattage, well-behaved, no surprises, therefore no creative fire. Like themselves. More or less.

Leaderly women ought not have to be held under a microscope to be seen in all their actual magnitude, ought they? I wonder what strange rite we have in our culture that insists accomplished women must diminutize themselves in order to fit the mold/casket already custom-made for them… by minds smaller than their own?

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Twenty Minutes Well Spent:

Michelle Obama at 2008 Democratic National Convention

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