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May 19, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe says he’s not…….gay?

Daniel Radcliffe (not exactly Harry Potter here!)

Daniel Radcliffe (not exactly Harry Potter here!)

aww…you got to love Hollywood rumors. If there is one thing in Hollywood that is sure to sell newspapers, create internet sensation and be the topic of conversation around the water cooler – is if a certain actor or actress is gay or not. Harry Potter fans have been in a tizzy (well maybe not all of the fans – just the gays ones) over whether the actor is gay or not. His participation in the Trevor Project ads in early 2010 gave gay fans hope that the popular actor was actually one of us. Alas, according to Radcliffe, is not true. In an interview he had with MTV news as he was working on the Trevor Project, he categorically denied being gay. “If people want to say that, they can,” he […Daniel Radcliffe…] said. “But I’m not. I’m straight.” He is passionate about the Trevor Project and its goals for all LGBT yourth. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization that offers suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and Daniel Radcliffe has spoken passionately about the importance of helping these at-risk kids and removing the stigma of coming out. The 20 year old actor has never shied away from the rumors of him being gay and feels it would not have hurt his career in anyway – but alas he says no to the whole gay thing. One can only hope!! But kudos to Radcliffe for being a positive face in the gay and lesbian community – that is why he will always have our continued support.

A little background on our actor:  Radcliffe was born July 23, 1989 in West London, England and began his first experience at acting at age 5.  At age 10 (1999), he made his first acting debut in the BBC’s televised two-part adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel David

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Copperfield, portraying the title character as a young boy. Radcliffe auditioned for Harry Potter in 2000 and appeared in his first Harry Potter film in 2001. J.K. Rowling approved of Radcliffe’s portrayal calling him the best choice to play Harry Potter. He has made 6 Harry Potter films with the last two coming out in 2010 and 2011.

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May 18, 2010

Singer Songwriter Moby is at it again (and that’s a good thing)

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American DJ, singer songwriter & musician Moby

American DJ, singer songwriter & musician Moby

Fans of the American DJ, singer songwriter & musician Moby (AKA Richard Melville Hall) will be happy that he hasn’t lost any of the style and flair that has propelled him to the top of the ambient electronica music scene.  Moby has released today his new album “Wait For Me. Remixes!”  It is an  album of reconceived tracks from last year’s critically acclaimed “Wait For Me”  album but as an added twist – he gets some help from some of the top names in the dance music scene like Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Gui Boratto and Carl Cox.   His album release includes a second disc that contains all of the new mixes of his original album tracks.  Of course half of the fun of listening to music is hearing a good take on a remix and Moby does not disappoint.   And don’t forget, he just recently put out a video as well  to the title song “Wait For Me” playing a video game character with Kelly Scarr on vocals.  We have the link to both the new video with the video game theme and I found the original video shot in 2009.  You can watch both videos on Planet Q TV.  Here are the links:

http://www.planetq.tv/video/1177/Wait-For-Me-official-video and http://www.planetq.tv/video/1178/Wait-For-Me-Animated-Version. Be sure to support his album, by visiting the Amazon link here.

Moby has been a jack of trades his entire career.  He sings and play guitar, keyboard, bass guitar and drums.  He achieved 8 Top 40

Moby in Denmark (2009)

Moby in Denmark (2009)

singles in the UK in the 1990s.    His 1999 album Play brought him worldwide attention with 8 hit singles (remember “Porcelain” and “Natural Blues”) selling more than 10 million copies.  His follow up albums included 18 (2002), Hotel (2005), Last N ight (2008) and now Wait For Me.  While the mid 2000’s have not been kind to the king of electronica (his success came mainly in the 1990’s),  his last two albums have reminded fans why they love listening to his music.  The “Wait For Me. Remixes!” is a worthy addition to your collection – we will definitely be adding it to our DJ collection!!

Thomas (Click Click Expose)

May 17, 2010

Elton John and a stage full of hotties at a charity event

Rain forest charity event at Carnegie Hall

Rain forest charity event at Carnegie Hall

Okay so you may not be a fan of Elton John but you have to admit he doesn’t do anything small.  His entire career has been built around his over the top fashion sense and wildly impassioned concert performances (not to mention those signature glasses of his – donned when he was a kid as a tribute to his idle Buddy Holly).  So it should come as no surprise that his latest venture onto the stage is just as elaborate and just as entertaining as the past.

Elton John at Carnegie Hall

Elton John at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall held a charity event featuring Madonna, Lady Gaga and Sting dressed up in drag and Elton took the stage supported by a cast of hunky underwear clad male back up dancers.  I am sure he was enjoying every minute of it.  The Rainforest Fund along with Sting’s wife Trudie Styler produced the event to support the preservation of rain forests across the world.  I thought you would enjoy these pictures from the event.

I will give it to Elton, at 63 he is still commanding the stage with his electrifying performances.  In his four decade career, Elton John has sold more than 250 million records making him one of the most successful artist of all time.  The single “Candle In The Wind” produced in 1997 single handedly sold more than 37 million copies becoming one of the best selling singles of all time.  He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S.

Don't you wish Elton...don't you wish!!

Don't you wish Elton...don't you wish!!

albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.  Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, was knighted Sir Elton John in 1998 and entered into a civil partnership with his partner David Furnish in 2005.  He continues to this day to be a staunch advocate on the worldwide fight to combat AIDS.

Way to go Sir Elton!!

May 16, 2010

The first openly female gay bishop is announced

Rev Canon Mary Glasspool is ordained

Rev Canon Mary Glasspool is ordained

In a country where talks of “first” is still high on the social ladder, we have another “first” to talk about for the gay and lesbian community.  First, a little back story.  It has been seven years since the Episcopal Church created a firestorm of controversy when it decided that indeed a gay man could be a bishop.  Fast forward to today and we find that yes a lesbian woman can be a bishop as well.  The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in Episcopal church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles’ 114-year history.  The fact that it has taken 114 years for a woman to become a bishop is amazing – the fact that it is a lesbian women is nothing short of amazing.

While I will never understand the politics and angst that comes with the Church and their politics, many are happy to see Rev Glasspool take her position in history.  She was installed at Long Beach Arena before 3,000 people and according to a church spokesman, the arena erupted in applause after the installation ceremony.  The Rev was quoted as saying to the media: “the church’s willingness to ordain women and gays shows a commitment that goes beyond mere inclusive language.”

Let’s here it for the Episcopal church that continues to show that their is a place for everyone in God’s world. – Thomas (Click Click Expose)

January 3, 2010

The Top 10 LGBT stories of 2009

Now that 2010 is officially here, I thought it would be interesting to look back at 2009 to see how far we have come as an community.  For a lot of us (me included) 2009 was a horrible year; however, there were some positives that we can embrace.  This top 10 listing was culled from research done at the Bilerico Project blog and writer Bil Browning:

Number 10: Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga & Chaz Bono reveal themselves to the world!

Lambert, Lady Gaga and Bono

Lambert, Lady Gaga and Bono

So what happens when you don’t tuck properly – you get embarrassed (or at the least) you shock your adoring audience.  Thus the country’s revelation that Lady Gaga is bisexual or transgendered.  Did it hurt her career?  Not in the least, as she continues to sell records by the thousands.  Adam Lambert of American Idol fame came out of the closet and also caused quite a stir by simulating a sex act at the American Music Awards – thus confirming the double standard that its okay for straight folks to do it in public but gay folks can’t.  Finally, Chaz Bono came out stating he was beginning his “transition” thus helping to bring the issues of transgendered people to the forefront.
Number 9:  Stonewall Riots – history repeat itself once again.

The police are at it again

The police are at it again

The Stonewall Riots may have occurred in 1969 but that hasn’t stopped history from repeating itself again.  Texas ABC agents and Ft. Worth Police stormed the opening of a gay bar sending one man with brain injuries to the hospital.  Texas ABC ended up firing two of its agents for the incident while the Ft. Worth Police maintained the patron brought the injuries onto himself.  Is police brutality on the rise?  Is police brutality against gay folks on the rise?  Ask many people and they will tell you yes.

Number 8: Can California overturn Prop 8?

It was originally a 2008 story- California voters denying same-sex marriage.  In 2009, attempts were made and failed to overturn Prop 8 with the right hiring top gun lawyers and forming all kinds of new political action groups.   Will a new measure hit the ballots in 2010 or 2012?  Only time will tell.  The most important question to ask is “will the people of California finally realize that gay marriage is not something to be scarred of.”

Is Obama for Gay Rights?

Is Obama for Gay Rights?

Number 7: The Justice Department says DOMA is okay?

Although this created a stir in the gay community and a backlash against President Obama, it’s result comes as no surprise.  DOMA is legal and on the books; so when the Justice Department had to make a statement because of a legal challenge – surprise- they had to defend the current law.  Who would have thunk it!!  Somehow (of course) that defense was translated to Obama doesn’t want to help the LGBT community and all of a sudden, the community is up in arms.  Will DOMA get overturn on Obama’s watch?  Hopefully.  Will don’t ask, don’t tell get repealed?  Probably.  But 2009 was a nightmare for the country and you can only do so much.  I think our community needs to have just a little patience – after all – if McCain was in office – we would never get what we want.

Number 6:  The LGBT print media doesn’t recognize changing times.

The LGBT print media suffered from the same fate as its hetero counterparts.  Not recognizing that the public has steadily moved away (for years) from print media in favor of the more convenient online services.  It is surprising considering that many LGBT folks get their information exclusively online, you would think that publications like “The Washington Blade,” TWIT,” David’s Magazine,” “Southern Voice,” – would realize this and change their strategy.  Nope, didn’t happen and as a result many respected and important voices in the gay community were silenced.  11 papers and counting – not to mention that the advent of the gay book store is suffering as well (my partner and I have always wanted to run our own book store and cafe).  It’s all about the internet now!!

Number 5:  Congress says “yes” to HIV travelers.

When it comes to basic civil liberties for LGBT folks, it seems that the world gets it right before the U.S. does.  It took a while, but Congress this year finally repealed the ban on HIV + travelers to this country.  The ban represented one of the darkest moments for this country as we systemically discriminated against people with HIV while there was no scientific basis for the ban.  The rest of the world admonished us for it – Obama recognized it was wrong and ended it.

Number 4:  A March on Washington Returns!

I remember when I was a field producer in 1993 helping to produce a video for the  March on Washington in ’93.  It was an amazing experience considering I was struggling with coming out to myself.  I wanted to be in Washington in 2009 for this historic march – the National Equality March that brought over 250,000 people to the nation’s capital.  What was extraordinary about this march?  It was originally shunned by many, fearing cost and support.  But a grass-roots campaign and national support from celebrities got the ball running and in 6 short months, the march was put together at a cost south of $200,000.  Far cheaper and faster than any major march for LGBT rights on record.

Number 3:  Activist win the fight in Washington and Kalamazoo – but lose in Maine.

Of course, if you listen to the right – gay folks are out to ruin the nation and convert our children and their was not shortness of rhetoric in the 2009 year.  But a few victories were achieved.  Kalamazoo upheld their law outlawing discrimination against LGBT people.  Washington “upgrades” its domestic partnership law which includes many (if not all) of the benefits and protections afforded heterosexual couples.  Maine on the other hand, overturned the same-sex marriage law – leaving only Civil Unions in place.

Number 2:  And then there was 6?

So you are a gay couple and you want to get married.  A few years ago, you had to travel to Canada or take a trip to the Netherlands.  Not anymore. 6 states have allowed same-sex marriages: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont (despite the Republican Governor’s veto), New Hampshire and Washington DC.  Progress is slow but it’s coming.

Number 1:  Pro Gay Legislation makes history!

President Obama signed into law the first pro-LGBT piece of legislation in United States history when he put his signature on the

A Victory for the Shepard Family

A Victory for the Shepard Family

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The legislation was first proposed a decade before after Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming, was beaten and tied to a fence to die. Contributor Cathy Renna was one of the first LGBT activists to reach Matthew’s hospital bedside and worked with his mother, Judy Shepard to ensure passage of the legislation. The new law has already been instrumental in forcing an investigation into the death of Puerto Rican teenager Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado.

So there you have it – 10 issues that have made a difference in the live of gay and lesbian people all over the country.  Here’s hoping for bigger and better things in 2010.

Thomas

December 4, 2009

Gay News update for December 4th

Obama White House supports World AIDS Day

Obama White House supports World AIDS Day

December 2nd – In conjunction with World AIDS Day, a two-story Red Ribbon was hung in front of the white house.  While it would be nice to say this reflects the change in administration at the White House, this is not without precedent.  Former President Bush is credited with the first red ribbon appearance in 2007.  While some say that Bush’s ribbon was more militaristic and clear-cut, other say Obama’s is more flowing and encompassing.  No matter what side of the ideological debate you fall, one thing is for certain – the White House is sending a clear message in its support of World AIDS Day.

December 3rd – Remember Actress Meredith Baxter from TV fame “Family Ties?”  Well she came out of the closet yesterday when news leaked that she was attending a gay cruise for women.  The choice to come out was not voluntary as she was outed by the paparazzi when candid pictures of her partner Nancy Locke appeared on Perez Hilton’s blog.  Baxter appeared on an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer to confirm the story and to state that she wished she had come out sooner stating that is was a personal as much as a political statement to come out.  Way to go Meredith!!

December 3rd – Gay marriage advocates were disappointed yet again when the New York Senate voted 24-38 to deny a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.  The vote was delayed by 2 hours as a passionate debate hit the floor.  As always is the case when same-sex marriage comes up for debate, members of the religious right and the Catholic and Orthodox Jewish population petitioned to have the bill fail.

December 4th – Watch what internet video blogger Philip Defranco (better known as Sexy Phil) has to say about the New York Senate’s recent vote against same-sex marriage.  Why can’t all hetero guys be like him? Open minded, smart, outspoken, a little geeky and always ready to poke fun at both gays and straights.

October 28, 2009

Stop Murder Music In Miami

Protest against Buju Banton

Protest against Buju Banton

It’s been just one month since five Florida performances were announced for Buju Banton. Since then, three venues have canceled the notorious singer whose lyrics call for the torture and murder of gay people.

His song “Boom Bye Bye” is advocates pouring acid on LGBT people, “burning them up bad like an old tire wheel”, and shooting them in the head with an AK-47. He also sings “Anytime Buju Banton come, f–gots get up and run … they have to die”.

Do your part to stand up to anti-gay incitements to violence. Sign the letter to venue owners and elected officials.

Buju Banton is still scheduled to perform in three Florida cities this week. Thursday, Oct. 29th, in Jacksonville, Friday. Saturday, Oct. 31st, in Miami; and a new date was added for Friday, Oct. 30th, in St. Petersburg.

While other cities in Florida and across the country have canceled Bantons concerts, the venues in Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, and Miami have not yet responded.   Join Equality Florida by calling upon the venue owners and elected officials to take a stand against hate.

“Boom Bye Bye” has become an international gay bashing anthem. In 2004, Brian Williamson, Jamaica’s leading gay activist, was violently chopped to death with a machete in his apartment in Kingston. A reporter walked to his street shortly after the murder and found a crowd of people gathered outside Williamson’s apartment singing and celebrating his murder and shouting the chorus of “Boom Bye Bye”.

The staff at Equality Florida has received an unprecedented flood of hate mail and threats in response to our public opposition to Banton’s hateful lyrics. One Equality Florida staff member received a letter stating: “YOU ARE STARTING A WAR IN WHICH YOU WILL BE KILLED” And another says “YOU’LL BE 6 FEET UNDER PERMANENTLY.”

WE MUST STAND UP TO THESE HATEFUL ATTACKS

So far, due to an outpouring of opposition from Equality Florida members and community allies, management at the venues in Tampa and Orlando have canceled Banton’s performances; the Tallahassee event in now listed as withdrawn on the Eventful.com website; and Toyota has dropped it’s sponsorship of the Miami event. Jacksonville management has not responded.

Join Equality Florida along with elected officials, community leaders, and partner organizations including Save Dade, Unity Coalition, and Pride Lines for a community response to performers who incite violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Friday, October 30th 4:00pm
at the James L. Knight Center
400 SE 2nd Ave

GET INVOLVED – ITS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT OUR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

October 13, 2009

Equality march proves that viral marketing is for real!

National Equality March 2009 - Washington DC

National Equality March 2009 - Washington DC

5 years ago if you told me that you could use the internet, a social networking site and a couple of internet videos to bring together thousands of individuals across the country to demand social justice and equality, I would have said you were crazy.  But in this new and crazy world we live in, it appears that viral marketing (for lack of a better word) can be the right ticket if used properly.

Enter the 2009 National Equality March on Washington DC.  While I can find no public information on the advertising budget for the National Equality March organization – it appears that the budget for advertising (that’s traditional advertising) was very little.  I saw no ads in the majority of the popular gay magazines, there was no ad in the online gay advertising network BUT WHAT I DID SEE was Facebook and twitter used relentlessly to promote the event.  And the result, over 200,000 people showed up for the event.

I think that speaks volumes on how businesses and organizations can speak and influence the LGBT community.  While traditional marketing still has a place in advertising – the power of the internet as a vehicle to promote and inspire change is in a word – breath taking.  Lord, I would have love to have known how much the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spent on advertising when I went to the March on Washing in 1993.  It’s a new world – and viral marketing is the way to go.

If you went to the march and you took any video of the march or did a video blog, please share your gay and lesbian video stories of the National Equality march on our website: planetq.tv.  It will be a great way for many of us who could not attend this year to really see what it’s like.  Trust me folks, its inspiring and truly amazing.  So share your videos with us on Planet Q TV and let us hear your stories about this year’s march.  And the real question is: will it make a different for LGBT folks across our country?  I think it will.

Thomas (Click Click Expose – Gay Entertainment Media)

September 17, 2009

What can the gay community do about climate change?

You can control climate change!

You can control climate change!

If gay people represent 1 out of every 10 people in the population, then it stands to reason that we can make a huge impact in our world’s climate.  Human rights campaigners in London have stressed this week the importance of the gay community to help fight climate change. Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Activist and Campaginer in London told reporters: “There is not much point campaigning for LGBT human rights unless we have a habitable planet on which to enjoy these rights. If global warming results in climate destruction and economic downturn, our quality of queer life will be seriously diminished. In the worst case scenario, human survival might be threatened.”

So if climate change has such a huge impact what can we do about it?  Tatchell has decided to start a campaign in his home country to combat climate change by starting the 10:10 initiative.  In a nutshell, he wants London’s gay population to cut its carbon footprint by 10% – Following the theory that if we are 1 out of every 10 people in the world, then lets cut our consumption by 10%.  It is definitely an achievable goal and one that all gay people can get behind.

Tatchell told reporters when he launched this program …”Cutting our personal carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010 is a realistic, achievable target that will make an impact.  It isn’t hugely difficult. I found it a fun challenge and quite easy. It has reduced my energy bills and saved me money. Walking, cycling and not eating meat has also made me fitter and healthier.  We don’t have to wait for the government and business to give us a lead. We can take the initiative ourselves by eliminating energy wastage in our homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods. By our personal example, we can pressure government and business to do the same….”

An example of climate flooding in London

An example of climate flooding in London

Just because this is a London inititiave doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to do this in our own home towns and cities.  What can you do to help reduce climate change:

1)  Change 10.  That’s right – Change a light, and you help change the world. Replace the conventional bulbs in your 10 most frequently used light fixtures with bulbs that have the ENERGY STAR label and you will help the environment while saving money on energy bills. If every household in the U.S. took this one simple action we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from nearly 20 million cars.

2)  If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. Use products in containers that can be recycled and items that can be repaired or reused. In addition, support recycling markets by buying products made from recycled materials.

3)  Check your tire pressure regularly. Under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces your fuel economy by up to 3 percent, and leads to increased emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. If you don’t know the correct tire pressure for your vehicle, you can find it listed on the door to the glove compartment or on the driver’s-side door pillar.

4)  Use public transportation, carpool or walk or bike whenever possible to avoid using your car. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. Whenever possible, combine activities and errands into one trip.

5)  Use less hot water. It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Reducing the amount used means big savings in not only your energy bills, but also in carbon dioxide emissions. Using cold water for your wash saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and using a low-flow shower head reduces 350 pounds of carbon dioxide. Make the most of your hot water by insulating your tank and keeping the temperature at or below 120°.

This by means isn’t everythign you can do but its a start.  If the gay community can get behind this and take the lead, we can defintely do our part.  Way to go Mr. Peter Tatchell for starting this in London, what a great idea for all of us to follow.

Thomas

January 6, 2009

Apple finally gets it….DRM has got to go

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Now I am going to be called a hypocrite on this one but let me explain first.  I am not a fan of DRM – I have never been – it is difficult to work with, annoying at best, assumes you will be a criminal and cause problems if your computer and/or software is not set up right.  Now the flip side is we use it on our pay per view rentals (yes I know I know) but we have to – I know for a fact that if I didn’t – my pageant pay per view rentals would be all over the pageant community – so in order to protect our revenue stream – we had to put it on our videos.

However, if you have been keeping an eye on the MacWorld Tradeshow, you will know that they will soon be offering DRM free downloads from their ITunes store.  So if you buy a song from the ITunes library, not only will you get to play it on your iPod, but now you can play it on any mp3 player you have.  And that’s what I like best about Apple’s decision.  If I own a Zune, I should have the option to buy something from the iTunes store and play it on my player – after all it’s my purchase.  If I want to stick it on every computer in my house – I should be able to – it’s my purchase.  Will some people abuse this (of course they will), will people make copies and give it away (of course they might) – can Apple absorb that dishonesty ( I think they can).  They may raise their prices a few pennies to cover the potential theft loss, but I think it is a good thing.  If you buy it, you should be able to do what you want with it.

Now if Apple really wants to impress me, how about exchanging all of my DRM encoded songs for the same ones without DRM.  8 million songs available DRM free starts today.  Expect around another 2 million in March.

Thomas

November 10, 2008

The question is: Why Do You Care?

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Keith Olbermann of MSNBC late night talk news gave an impassioned plea about Prop 8 that passed in California (similar to prop 2 that passed in my crappy home state of Florida).  You know the proposition that says love and marriage can only be between a man and a woman.  So Keith asked “Why Do You Care?” of the straight community who voted in favor of this measure.  I was quite impressed with his comments, his passion and his honesty.    I hope more people get to see it.  Tell me what you think.

Thomas

Planet Q TV is offline

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I have taken Planet Q TV offline until I work out some issues with the site.  It appears the hackers are at it again and more security measures are needed.  I apologize for the inconvenience and will have the site back up soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Thomas

November 5, 2008

Congratulations Barack Obama

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President Elect Obama

President Elect Obama

 

I am proud of this nation and I am proud of our new President.  Today we elected a man not based on his race, his color, his ethnicity but because he inspired a country.  He inspired me and frankly I can’t stand politics and politicians but I can’t wait to see what he does and I can’t wait for the U.S. to regain its prominence and respect in the world.  You have probably seen his speech at Grant Park a thousand times today but I wouldn’t be a proud supporter if I didn’t put in our our blog.  Here’s to the future!!

 

November 4, 2008

So why are elections on Tuesday?

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So someone madea comment that they wondered why elections are always on Tuesday and only on Tuesday – which I thought was kind of interesting.  It turns out that back in the 1800s when our nation was predominately an agricultural society – the idea was to have elections at a time when the harvest was done and the work of the harvest was done.  So it was thought that the first Tuesday of November would be a good time.  Go to church on Sunday, travel on Monday to the voting location, vote on Tuesday and come back home on Wednesday.

While one day has been traditional, why can’t we have elections on let’s say over the course of 2 days.  So many employers are being jerks about letting people go out and vote and everyone knows that today there are going to be long lines.  Why not let voting happen over 2 days.  Adrian right now was told by his district manager in a conference call to all store managers and assistants that she didn’t want to hear any excuses, people weren’t allow to be late because they voted.  That tells me no support for this very important day. So voting over 2 days – Now that would be interesting? 

Would you support having elections for 2 days instead of 1?  Tell me what you think?

Thomas

October 29, 2008

Why society is dumb??

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Okay…I didn’t come up with that title, it actually was a part of a cable TV show but it got me thinking about the presidential campaign.  It got me thinking about all of the “controversial topics” that have been thrown out there like “terrorist,” “socialist,” “Marxism,” “Arab,” etc.  It also got me reading on various forums and blogs from both the left, right and middle – and I have come to the conclusion that America is in trouble?  Unless one of these candidates can figure out away to bring this country together as Americans, we are headed to a very nasty and extreme divide in this country.  Arab = bad, rich = unfair, terrorist=Islam, black=lazy, white=discriminate, gay=sinner – I mean we have all of these conclusions and attitudes being drawn by people and its exacerbated by the media and its focus on the 30 second soundbite.  Things have gotten ugly, opinions have gotten nasty and people’s views have skewed to dangerous proportions.

Now being in this industry, I understand how the power of video can shape people’s opinion and belief but if the way we surf the Internet, the way we read the newspaper, the way we watch TV is any indication – most people will not take the time out to fine out the “whole” story and therefore we end up shaping our opinions based on incomplete information, based on a 30 second soundbite or something “they heard” from a friend.  Or better yet, we shape our opinion based on something we think we know or we think we remember from high school history class.  I love to read, I love to gather everyone’s opinion on a topic and then I love to throw in my two cents – I have no shortage of opinions but I try my best not to jump onto a bandwagon of thoughts and ideas that are not grounded in a little fact or do not take the “whole” picture into consideration.  I hope our society starts to understand that and do a little bit more to educate themselves on issues instead of letting their feelings dictate their opinion.  I think we would be much better off.

One rather small example of this is when I ran across this clip from the show “Realtime with Bill Maher (HBO, 2008)” that talks about how the word “socialism=bad” concept is the wrong approach to this stigmatized word.  It turns out the concept of “socialism” is grounded in some of the basic things we take for granted in this country like public education, social security, taxes, etc.  It was an interesting argument that I wanted to share with you all.  I am not saying its good or bad – just take a look at a bigger picture before passing judgment. Media outlets and the way they are designed are just not in a position to take hard in-depth looks into a topic that will hold people’s attention – but at least I give some folks credit for trying.

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