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Deb’s House Concerts

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I am SO glad that the comedy shows are making use of the current flood of material. This week, Saturday Night Live had ‘Part IV’ of the Katie Couric Interview With Sarah Palin. (Watch them both, the real interview, the SNL interview.) The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and SNL all bring us a fresh view of the news, a caricature of the candidates.

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When I watch the interviews and the debates, it’s clear to me which of the candidates is more qualified to be in the highest office(s) in the land. But, those of us who believe intelligence and knowledge of current events and world affairs should be basic requirements for holding office are not the only ones who will be voting in this election.

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It concerns me greatly that the same anti-women, anti-equality ‘base’ who (along with the vote tampering in Ohio and Florida, and the Supreme Court appointing) helped put the current nightmare in office is just as eager to push Sarah Palin into the role of President of the United States of America.

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They don’t care that she is clearly UNQUALIFIED to be President of the United States of America. They care that she is against Roe-v-Wade and equal rights and protections under the law for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons. They are excited about those facts. They want Sarah Palin to be the President of the United States of America.

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They never really liked John McCain. He was not far enough into their anti-women,anti-science, anti-health, anti-earth, anti-equality stance. Sarah Palin is their girl. It matters not that she knows next to nothing about anything she needs to know in order to be President of the United States of America. What they care about is that she will be sure to get them the Supreme Court Justices they need to undo all legal protection for women to make their own choices about their bodies, birth control and their lives, and all progress lgbt persons have made towards being able to live and love with equal protection under the law.

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The relative who sends the political garbage I don’t want to read also sends religious superstious spam. It offends me that these people who call themselves Christians choose to live by superstition and fear and want to make their definition of Christianity the law of the land. (My understanding of Christ and Christianity involves love, service and caring for others, not trying to destroy the lives of others by imposing their particular not-Christian-at-all-but-calling-themselves-Christian-views on the rest of the world.)

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They WANT John McCain to be elected President of the United States of America, because they believe (like the rest of us who DO NOT WANT John McCain to be elected President of the United States of America) that he will very likely die in office leaving Sarah Palin to become President of the United States of America.

They want Sarah Palin to become President of the United States of America, because they know she is every bit as extreme as they are. They know she can further their extremist religious agenda for this country. They want her in power as the President of the United States of America in order to move this country further towards being a theocracy (ruled by THEIR particular beliefs and prejudices, ones they want to make the law of the land by their own appointing of Supreme Court Justices).

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This is all to introduce the unsolicied spammy superstitious fwd’d email that landed in my inbox today. Notice especially how it says God foretold that this woman will become President of the United States of America in order to further their religious takeover of the government of this country.

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> September 4, 2008
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> Intercessors
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> Prophecy about McCain & Palin
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> XXX and I have just returned from our Sunday AM service. As you > know, we have been involved in 90 days of Hosting the Lord’s > Presence and it has been powerful…in a personal way. We knew > there has been lots of warfare, because when we get home we are > tired and need a nap. The Sunday AM celebrations have been just > worship, with some intercessory prayer, but no preaching or > teaching. This morning after an extended time of worship, XXXXX XXXXX, our pastor, shared an exhortation, as he called it. During > this, XXX and I both were about to explode in our spirits.
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> I believe you are aware that XXXXX was used by the Lord to call > prayer before the 2000 Bush election that was so close. He said > this morning that this election is perhaps even more critical than > 2000, because of the Supreme Court. If the right political posture > is not elected, we stand to lose decades of progress and the > repurcussions are enormous.
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> Last year XXXXX XXXXXX and XXXX XXXX prophesied that in 2008 we > are not electing a president, but the vice president. XXXXX said > he could get no release in his heart to back Huckaby. even though > pressured by many in the body of Christ. Huckaby is a good man and > a strong believer, but he was not God’s choice at this time.
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> XXXXX also told us that he knows a man who gave McCain a prophetic > word, that McCain had made a vow to God when he was at the bottom > during his POW days, and now God was calling in that vow. McCain > was visibly moved by this word.
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> XXXXX was traveling to Texas on Friday, and when he landed in the > airport, his wife called and told him to get to the TV asap. He > watched McCain introduce Governor Palin, and said he began to weep, > even though he knew nothing about her. (I experienced the very > same thing and we have had reports of many others including Newt > Gingrich).
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> He asked what the significance of this 44-year-old woman was, and > he saw the clock said 4:44. He asked the Lord what that was, and > the Lord said, ‘Ezekiel 44:4.’ ‘He brought me by way of the north > gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory > of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face. > NKJV North gate representing Alaska.
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> A few years ago XXXXX and XXXXX XXXXXX went on a 50-state tour > prophesying over the state their part in God’s purposes for the U.S.
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> At the meeting in Texas that evening XXXXX was relaying his > experience about the Governor to XXXXX, who said, ‘Do you remember > what the word was the Lord gave us for Alaska ?’ The Lord had shown > them that Alaska is the alpha and omega state. It is the place > where things begin and end.
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> You may realize that some of the Alaskan islands are on the other > side of the Dateline, meaning that the day begins and ends in > Alaska. The Lord said that Alaska is a gateway for the Ancient of > Days to come into the nation. The Lord told XXXXX (back in Alaska ) > to tell the people of Alaska to look forward into their destiny. > Alaska has an assignment to open doors and a place where prophets > and intercessors were trained. It turns out that the Governor, who > was raised in a Pentecostal Church, according to our newspaper, > founded the prayer movement in Alaska .
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> We will be having the last of our 90 days beginning in a major > gathering Sept 11th. The significance of this is that XXXXX XXXXXX> had prophesied that there would be 7 years of war and Sept 11 marks > the end of that time and the entering of the 8th year. Someone > said that 44 = 4+4 or 8.
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> XXXXX asked why he and XXXXX were in Texas for this announcement, > and the Lord reminded him that the word for Texas was that it is a > prophetic state – that the Lord’s purpose for Texas is this > prophetic function.
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> XXXXX then decreed that she will enter the White House. Now, if > you don’t know him, he is cautious, has his feet on the ground, and > never goes off ‘half cocked’ when it comes to prophecy. He said > that he believes, as of Friday, the U.S. has come into a new level > of alignment with the Lord and His purposes.
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> By the way, the Governor will be the 44th Vice President. He > continued to declare that she will be the Margaret Thatcher of > America, including that she would be President one day. Many other > things came forth. I literally thought I would explode because the > Lord had shown me many of these same things yesterday.
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> I believe we especially need to rally prayer for the family and > children of the Governor. They will be targeted by the enemy and I > believe we need special prayer for the oldest daughter. Please take > this seriously in your prayers.
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A final comment:

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I feel for Sarah Palin in these awkward interviews where she clearly has no idea what she’s talking about. She has no business being anywhere near the office of President of the United States.

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I wish Sarah Palin no harm. I wish her no humiliation or embarrassment. I only wish she could find a way to bow out gracefully. This 23/6 post suggests the RNC will get rid of her soon, but won’t allow her to slip away so easily: Say Goodnight, Gracie. (With Apologies to Gracie Allen.) (23/6 generally puts a comedic spin on the news, but they make an interesting prediction in this post.)

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My wish for Sarah Palin is that she be offered a safe way to return to her former life, saving face, avoiding humliation. This is unlikely, since the people who have the power to dump her as John McCain’s VP running mate were clearly not concerned with her (or her family’s) welfare when they lured her into the spotlight.

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You know about FAIL Blog? It’s worth a look sometime. It’s along the lines of badly written headlines that late night comics use to get a laugh, except on this website, it’s in the form of photos and videos.

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In this case, I wonder if we’re already numbed to the horror of the result of this bad choice (and, we hardly even flinch as the inevitable occurs). What we don’t see is the inferno, the melted flesh, the massive doses of pain killers that can’t stop the pain, the body wrapped like a mummy, the multiple surgeries, the months of scrubbing and cutting away dead tissue, the grieving family hoping beyond hope, the merciful moment of death or the lifetime of pain from this moment on.

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No. You won’t win. Don’t even think about it.

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Note: The categories “Visual Humor” and “I Wish I’d Thought of That” apply to other items on this site, NOT to this one.

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Check out GraphJam. It looks like fun.

Funny Graphs

You can make a graph to illustrate just about anything.


song chart memes

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A man who uses the name SnakeTat in his blog, is doing his part to advance the efforts for equality for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. He happens to be a friend of mine.

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I’d like to direct you his most recent posts (and other articles he’s linked to):

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FBI Does Not Track Gay Murders As Hate Crimes?

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Politics At the Front of NC PRIDE Celebration

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Gay Life in the Middle East

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Pat Boone’s Recent Anti-Gay Rant

REALLY, NO MORE MR NICE GUY---HE HATES QUEERS

REALLY, NO MORE MR NICE GUY—HE HATES QUEERS

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DO GOOD. JOIN KIVA. SUPPORT POVERTY ELIMINATION. REINFORCE POSITIVE GAY IMAGES

KIVA

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Nepal shows some progressive moves to benefit GLBT population

Flag of NEPAL

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Another Gay Hero Passes-John Burnside Dies at 91

Iraqi Gay Leader Shot Dead

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Fifty Four Thousand Two Hundred Thirty

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Time to Get Back to Work

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Goodbye historical context, hello ignorance and lies


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Gay Middle East

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This is an article I wrote in April of this year, 2008:

Hate Crimes and “Special Rights”

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I read today that Paul Newman died Friday, September 26, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. His life on this earth has ended. He was 83.

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I have long been impressed by this man who chose family and helping others over the self-indulgence that is possible with fame and wealth.

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Thank you, Paul Newman, for what you added to our lives and for the good you did in this world.

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With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favorite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. “I was always a character actor,” he once said. “I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”
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Remembering a Hollywood Legend

‘Hudsucker Proxy’
‘Cool Hand Luke
‘The Color of Money’
‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’

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Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on President Nixon’s “enemies list,” one of the actor’s proudest achievements, he liked to say.
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I appreciated his devotion to his wife, Joanne Woodward.

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He sometimes teamed with his wife and fellow Oscar winner, Joanne Woodward, with whom he had one of Hollywood’s rare long-term marriages. “I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?” Newman told Playboy magazine when asked if he was tempted to stray. They wed in 1958, around the same time they both appeared in “The Long Hot Summer,” and Newman directed her in several films, including “Rachel, Rachel” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

He knew not to believe all that was said about him, and not to believe he was better than others.

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Newman, who shunned Hollywood life, was reluctant to give interviews and usually refused to sign autographs because he found the majesty of the act offensive, according to one friend.
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He also claimed that he never read reviews of his movies.”If they’re good you get a fat head and if they’re bad you’re depressed for three weeks,” he said.

And, he knew when to defer to the limitations of this physical life.

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But in May 2007, he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he had given up acting, though he intended to remain active in charity projects. “I’m not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to,” he said. “You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that’s pretty much a closed book for me.”
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I read that he died at home, surrounded by family and close friends. After a long life, filled with love, good work and good deeds, what better way to say goodbye? Goodnight, Paul Newman.

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Quotes are from an AP story as reported on popeater.com.
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Links:
Quotes about Paul Newman
Friends, Family, Colleagues Remember Paul Newman
The films of actor Paul Newman
Paul Newman, actor who personified cool, dies
Paul Newman Dies At 83
A Tribute to the Life and Work of Paul Newman
A Few Movies to Remember Paul Newman By
Screen and Real-Life Hero Paul Newman Dies at 83
Dad Paul Newman Was a ‘Rare Symbol of Selfless Humility’
Robert Redford ‘Beyond Words’ over Newman’s Death

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Don’t let John McCain and Sarah Palin avoid the debates!

Sign the petition.

You can even leave a personal note.

John McCain, do you realize how ridiculous it looks for you to (pretend to) “suspend the campaign”. It looks like you’re just trying to get out of debating Obama. Do you really intend to hide all the way to election day? Mr. McCain, meet your opponent in the public forum. Show us what you’ve got. Make your followers proud, and show the rest of us how wrong we are.

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You can order directly from Jordan Essentials and have the products delivered to your door.

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