Motivation

October 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

UnknownWhy do you do what you do? We are all motivated into action at different times by different things. We all also have an overriding general motivation that guides almost everything we do in our lives.

I know a lot of people who are nurturers and they take care of others in some way in almost everything they do. Others I know are 100% motivated by money. It’s that desire to want to do things that is our motivation.

I have always been motivated to change the world, and make an impact that contributes to the greater good. It’s not money, it’s not fame, it’s creating positive change that motivates me in almost everything I do.

Today, my friend Jonathan Capehart, with the Washington Post, has this story about how the actions that President Bush took in his desire to be re-elected motivated a whole lot of people, including me, to take action. The 2004 effort by Bush to place anti-gay marriage amendments on the ballots in 11 states and his advocacy of the Federal Marriage Amendment is what motivated me to the work I did for a decade after that. Jonathan writes –  Continue Reading…

The AIDS Activist Project

October 2, 2014

Several months ago, I was clicking around online and I stumbled upon a photograph taken in 1989 of my uncle Hal Haner. Hal was my mother’s younger brother, and he was an artist who lived in New York City. Hal died in 1990 at the age of 32. He had AIDS.

Hal Haner (photo by Bill Bytsura)

Hal Haner (photo by Bill Bytsura)

I’ve come to learn that the photo of Hal is part of the important work of photographer Bill Bytsura. Bytsura set out in 1989 to document the activism that was happening around the country and around the word in those days to help combat the AIDS epidemic. He photographed activists, starting with Hal, from 1989 to 1998. The 225 photographs have been in storage, along with statements and negatives, in New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections Downtown Collection since 2011.

Now Bill wants the world to see these important images. He is raising funds to publish The AIDS Activist Project as a limited edition coffee-table style book. You can read all about the project hereContinue Reading…

Premiering on October 6th on HBO.

The Independents – A Movement

September 16, 2014

Many of my blog posts this year have been about my political evolution from Republican activist to liberated (and pissed off) independent. Like most Americans, I just don’t think that any major political party reflects my beliefs and values. So, I joined the New Majority of voters who are not affiliated with a party.

US Senate Candidate Greg Orman (I-KS)

US Senate Candidate Greg Orman (I-KS)

More and more candidates are joining this New Majority, too. This year there are two US Senate races with credible independent candidates. News out of Kansas today shows that independent Greg Orman is leading incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in the polls! In South Dakota, former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler is making an independent run for his old seat and is in a tight three-way race.  Continue Reading…

President’s Address on ISIL

September 10, 2014

Earlier this evening President Obama addressed the nation about the threat of terrorism, and specifically, the radical group know as ISIL (aka The Islamic State). Much of the content of the President’s remarks was largely known ahead of the speech, where he talked about his plan for dealing with ISIL. Business Insider reported

Ahead of Obama’s speech, officials outlined elements of his plan to confront the group, involving a coalition of the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere. It will include an expansion of American airstrikes on ISIS targets in both Iraq and in Syria, combined with an effort to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq as well as moderate opposition forces in Syria.

In his remarks, Obama broke his plan down into four key parts: “a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists,” providing “support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground,” stepped up counterterrorism efforts to “prevent ISIL attacks,” and continued “humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization.”

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Sheeple

September 7, 2014

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For those of us who have always felt like the black sheep among the flocks of sheeple it’s sometimes hard to find a way to fit in. I know that was certainly the case for me when it came to politics and religion. Wearing the Republican and Christian labels I chose wasn’t always comfortable for me. It just didn’t feel right all the time.

Like most people, I didn’t always subscribe to the doctrine and orthodoxy of those groups, sometimes hiding my true feelings of disagreement while just focusing on the stuff I agreed on. (I know I’m no the only one who does that.)

Too many times we keep our unpopular views to ourselves so as not to upset the other sheeple in our pen. Of course when we have a point of view that we think the other sheeple will respond well too, we go, “BAAAAAH BAAAAH BAAAAAH” at the top of our lungs! That way the others will know that we belong with that flock.  Continue Reading…

One America News

September 5, 2014

I appeared on the new show On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the fact that most Americans are fed up with government and the political parties. I think we need real reforms to the system in order for us to take our country back.

Here’s the video of my conversation with Tomi –

Distraction

September 1, 2014
Michael Sam

Michael Sam

Whenever cultural standards and norms change and evolve, there are some who feel uncomfortable about it – sometimes there’s even backlash. Every time a societal barrier has been broken there have been some who have had problems with it. We have certainly seen examples of that throughout history around issues relating to gender and race, and in recent years, sexual orientation.

Too often, those who may not be uncomfortable with the change fail to recognize the reality of the significance, or they choose not to recognize the significance. We’ve heard over and over again from some – “I don’t have a problem with it, but why does it have to be all about that?” A more specific example, “I don’t care if he’s black, but it should be about the baseball, not his race.”

Such is the recent case with football player Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL.  Continue Reading…