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First things first.  After my last diary was placed in 'Trolls", I vowed to never diary again.  I'm watching the polls and the other outward signs here in Florida that the POTUS is slipping here.  Folks are placing blame on the debate, Romney's lies, etc, etc.  I'm going to tell you what's happening as I see it.

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Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 01:11 PM PDT

Is this really progress for LGBTs?

by emsprater

Today begins a first in Volusia County, FL.   LGBT couples can 'register' their domestic partnerships with the County government. Folks are already lining up and getting their names on 'the list'.  This is a big deal for LGBT people, isn't it?  I mean, look how far LGBT folks have come, what has been accomplished for them by this.

So what's my beef?

Why do I have 'reservations' about this?

Join me over the decorative emblem.


What's the most likely outcome for a couple that takes part in this new 'registry'?

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Thanks for looking in.  I am a fairly 'old' Kossack, and I rarely diary.  Other folks have much more to say and say it better than I ever could.  Today something struck me as odd in regards to the current blather about the sex scandals or Herman Cain.  Everyone (all the big time talking heads) is talking about it, but they leave one question unasked:

Why were the women who were harassed the ones who had to leave their jobs?

I thought about how the 'settlements' are being reported, and how both of the known two settlement females were displaced from their employment.  I've noted this has happened in other cases that come to the public forefront.

Why are the harassers not the ones to loose their jobs?  Why does any company 'pay off' the victim and harbor the guilty party?

Why isn't the news media asking these questions instead of trying to track down 'who leaked'  factual information?

I'm a man, but I have to tell you, women everywhere should be outraged.


Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 03:21 PM PDT

Where are Obama's religious backers?

by emsprater

First things first:  This is not about Obama.  This is about the religious figures and personalities that he reached out to during his rise to the Presidency. I am far from any kossack who would be accused of dairying to 'defend' the President. I rarely diary at all.  Sometimes, a question that no one else has posed pops into my head, and this is how it comes out.

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We've all been a twitter about POTUS Obama's shout out to GLBT Americans when he stated he wanted to end DADT in his SOTU speech.  It was a welcome stance to be taken in such a public venue, as opposed to the usual only in front of GLBT friendly audiences.  If ended, and GLBT Americans actually become 'allowed' (in other words, have the same civil rights as everyone else, even some felons and non citizens) to serve in the military, it would indeed be a great achievement for this POTUS.

So what's the plan?  We've often been told that there have been 'behind the scenes' steps being taken to get the 'fix' for the repeal on that full 'plate'.  Groundwork.  Today's hearings, as reported on MSNBC's web site, show how that 'groundwork' is playing out.

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Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 05:55 PM PST

Thank you Dan Savage!

by emsprater

Tonight on Countdown, Dan Savage appeared to critique the vote in Maine on Tuesday that stripped away the marriage rights of gays that had been provided to them by the State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.

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