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Scott Fudala
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I feel soooo LOVED!
An old high school friend sent me this and I was floored I was laughing so hard. I had to share...
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Sometimes, you do it just because its FUN!
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OMG!  I just added President Obama to my Friends Circle!  OK, I know, simple things for simple minds - indulge me :o)

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Artist: Albert Seveso
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When my Ultra Conservative, Wicken, Racist Sister-In-Law sent me the ridiculous chain mail from some guy claiming to be an Obama classmate from college, Wayne Allyn Root with all kinds of asshole racist undertones and conspiracy theorist dribble, I responded that Mr Root and anyone following that chain mail should grow up. She responded with "Uh Oh...Look Out...Liberal Obama Supporter Alert"

My Response:
Well, I wouldn't say Liberal, but Moderate who doesn't think mud slinging and trash talk actual solves issues.

If every other developed country in the WORLD has a social healthcare system that meets the needs of most of their people in a time of economic crisis, why are there working American women dying from breast cancer in Nevada who can't get insurance and can't get treatment? Has anyone looked at Germany's model? Or Sweden? Or how about Chile? Interesting how they have some of the highest GDPs per capita, lowest unemployment rates AND you can go to college for FREE in these countries - and if you get sick or injured, you can go to the doctor and not get sent to collection!

Ronald Reagan did make sweeping and impactful tax cuts, this is one of the legacies of one of the greatest Republican presidents of our time -

I would also like to remind everyone, Reagan also granted AMNESTY to millions of illegal immigrants in the 1980s - Reagan said, "The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans"

The Reagan administration also took us to a soaring 2.85 trillion dollar national debt and unemployment rates during his first term were the highest since the Great Depression up to that date.

And I think every president since the 1960s has talked about making Puerto Rico a state...not an issue, nothing more to be said

My point is, Obama is not the first president in his first term to shake things up during what appears to be a grim future...And I would also like to remind everyone too, that it was the George W Bush administration that created and even allowed the economic crisis that our current president inhereted. Obama didn't start the bailout, Bush did!

All I am saying is, yes, we have issue, big ones...I just don't hear anyone stepping up to the plate to actually DO anything about them! Enough trash talk and underlying racist, anti-muslim sentiment - its time to get to work America!

The best innovators are learners, not knowers. The same can be said about innovative cultures; they are learning cultures. The leaders who have built these cultures, either through intuition or experience, know that in order to discover, they must eagerly seek out things they don’t understand and jump right into the deep end of the pool. They must fail fearlessly and quickly and then learn and share their lessons with the team. When they behave this way, they empower others around them to follow suit—and presto, a culture of discovery is born and nurtured.

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Thank You Darwin Hawke for the article on Mother Jones:

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/01/rick-santorum-new-hampshire-gay-marriage

Rick Santorum's inability to articulate an intelligent and fact-based argument around his opposition to Gay Marriage is STUNNING! I hope his Republican and Conservative supporters can see he truly is a Man of Many Really Dumb Words.

OK, so while I am infuriated by the unbeleivable display of proud ignorance and prejudice of Mr. Santorum, I'm not actually suprized. What I think needs to happen is we need to help the Republican voters understand that not only is his position (and Conservatives at large) completely out of touch with reality, but also that he plainly twisted the questions that were being asked because he could not articulate a viable argument to defend his position.

The fact is that marriage in this country is a legally binding contract between two people who are the age of majority, and has no place in the hands of politicians, religious institutions or the voters ballots...its a matter of fair and equal treatment under existing law. That is where people like Santorum are able to twist it into things like gay marriage leads to poligamy, which are two different subjects.

So, with that said, how do we reach the conservative voters, help them understand and accept that this is not a matter for the voters, not a matter of religious beliefs nor the destruction of the sanctity of marriage, but a matter for the judicial branch of government who is responsible for the interpretation of contract law? The Federal Supreme Court has the responsibility to interpret and apply the laws of the land in a manner that is fair and consistently applied to all citizens (yes, all of us, not just the straight people).

I think one of the shortcomings of the gay community and the supporters of same gendered marriage has been the lack of message that this is not about who I have the right to marry...its about fair and equal treatment for all U S citizens.

Marriages performed in religious institutions are not recognized by any state...that is why states require a marriage license to recognize a couple as "married". In order to get a marriage license, two individuals who are of the state-sanctioned age of majority must enter into a legally binding contract with certain rights and responsibilities, that is the way it is done in this country. That is where the battle should be fought...its about interpretation of the legal rights and responsibilities of the contract.
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