Race (Again)

January 29, 2015 — Leave a comment

I’m speechless. Honestly, I don’t really have any comments about this heartbreaking story from my old hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. (That’s the part of the world where I went to high school and college.)

Read this Associated Press story about an incident of ugly racial slurs and taunts directed at a group of school children from the Pine Ridge Reservation who were at a hockey game. The outing to the game was a reward for the students’ academic achievement.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department has identified at least one person who is accused of harassing grade-school students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at a minor league hockey game.

Authorities are considering filing charges in the alleged incident during a Rapid City Rush game last Saturday, according to Police Chief Karl Jegeris.

“We’re going to be looking at assault. We’re going to look at the hate crimes statutes. We will look at the child abuse statutes. And, we will look at any other relevant statutes,” Jegeris said. He did not reveal the name of the person identified.

Chaperones for the students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen said students were subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer. Fifty-seven students and eight chaperones attended the game. Some parents complained to Rapid City police, and the department opened an investigation Tuesday.

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Kansas

January 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

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I am very pleased to announce that I am going to be a Dole Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas this semester. I going to be leading a once-a-week afternoon study group entitled, “All Politics is Personal: 
A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars.”

The program is not for academic credit and it’s free and open to anyone to attend. I’ll have a special guest joining the group most weeks. We’ll announce who they’ll be once I get them confirmed.

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All Politics is Personal:
A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars

All politics is personal, but not all political issues are equal. Some issues, and the political dynamics around them, deal with who we are and how we live. These cultural issues are more personal and emotional than other issues in the public square. This study group will take a look at a few of the most contentious cultural issues of our time, and how the evolution of societal standards and norms can divide us politically.

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Holding Hands

January 9, 2015

Panti Bliss (aka Rory O’Neill) absolutely brings it during this recent TEDx Talk -“All the Little Things.” Panti is 45 and fed up!

Please, please watch it. It’s important.

 

Nature Walk

January 5, 2015

My brother and I started our New Year right this year. Yesterday, we hiked around in the woods on a property our dad recently bought in Kentucky. It’s just beautiful.

Here is a little bit of it to help start your week off with some calm –

Happy New Year

December 26, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that 2015 brings you prosperity and that all your dreams are realized.

See you next year!

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Dinosaur 13

December 14, 2014

SueCNN Films’ “Dinosaur 13” is a great documentary about the federal government’s seizure of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus discovered by a team of paleontologists from The Black Hills Institute. It is one of the most outrageous stories of government overreach you have heard. CNN premiered it on Thursday night and will air it again this evening, December 14, at 9 pm and 11 pm Eastern Time.

I watched it the other night, and it brought back a ton of memories for me. I lived in the Black Hills in South Dakota back when the controversy around Sue took place. I was a student at Black Hills State University then. The story of Sue was a big story in the local news for most of the 1990s there. Continue Reading…

DC 2024

December 9, 2014

Washington, DC has kicked off its bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Watch this great video, and join the effort to host the Olympic Games in our nation’s capital city!

 

God Bless Ronin Shimizu

December 5, 2014
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Ronin Shimizu

A couple of nights ago Ronin Shimizu passed away. He took his own life.

Ronin was a junior high-school cheerleader who was bullied because of it. In fact, the bullying situation was so bad that his parents eventually decided to home-school Ronin, since school officials weren’t able to protect him from the taunts.

My hear breaks for Ronin. I feel a tremendous amount of empathy in this situation, because Ronin’s story hits very close to home for me. I was a high-school cheerleader back in the 1980’s, and it wasn’t easy, especially back then. I wasn’t the only boy on our cheer team, like Ronin was, but I was subject to bullying because I was a male cheerleader.  Continue Reading…