Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thank You Sarah Palin

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Thank you Sarah Palin for sucking so much.

Thank you Sarah Palin for living in Alaska... as far from me in this country that you can get.

Thank you Sarah Palin for absolutely destroying the GOP.

Thank you Sarah Palin for being incompetent, oblivious, unintelligent and clueless.

Thank you Sarah Palin for sinking McCain's campaign.

Thank you Sarah Palin for your thoughts on running in 2012... another Democratic landslide will be fun to watch.

Now I'd like to ask you a favor Sarah... can you stay in Alaska until 2012 when you come back down to run for president?

I have no problem with you running... I actually encourage you to run... you will ensure another 4 years of a Democrat in office.

Thank you Sarah Palin.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Marley: My New Baby

I would like to apologize for the inconsistency in my posts lately.

My girlfriend and I adopted an eight week old puppy last Friday and as you could imagine, she has taken up a majority of my time.

I will start posting again Friday and I will post new picture of Marley as well!

Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bye Bye Bush... Good Riddance

It appears that I'm not the only one ecstatic about the Bush Administration coming to an end.

Here Bush walks onto stage to be rejected by every world leader he passes. He looks pathetic. What in the world is he going to do after he is out of office. He has become one of the biggest jokes on the planet.

It's hard to imagine him saving any face once out of the office. Who knows, maybe he'll surprise all of us and go down the road of other former presidents and become a philanthropist. My guess is he will start drinking again and we won't see very much of him.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama On 60 Minutes

What a breath of fresh air. Welcome to a new America with a calm and chilled out president who's not afraid to have a little fun.

Por fin!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's About Love

It is hard for me to understand why so many people are against same-sex marriage.
Changes have been made to the 'traditional' sense of marriage before. Interracial marriage is allowed now and it wasn't back in the day. So why can't there be another adjustment in the world of marriage? People are too scared of this god who may or may no exist. Sure, faith is a nice thing to have in life but I would much rather have love.

The idea that some people won't let others be together because of their god is pure nonsense. First off, god may not exist. Some people have different gods than others. Some just don't believe. So why does the entire country have to follow the same set of ideas from a higher being that may in fact be made-up completely!

When the Old Testament and Bible were written, people had no idea what the hell was going on in the world. They didn't know what got their women pregnant. They thought the world was flat.
They had their imaginations though. Couldn't it be possible that some of that stuff you take so literally might be fiction!? Oh no, he said it!

Life is about love. People want that love, affection, security and the comfort of laying down next to the person they love and waking up with them still by their side. Who cares if they have the same chromosomes? What matters is what they have in their hearts. Love.

The people who are fighting this uphill battle against the hate that is brewing thick in America, are people like you and me. They are teachers, construction workers, soldiers, doctors, and more. They are Americans. They are human beings. They deserve the exact same rights as everyone else.

If John and Charles in Oregon got married, how does that play out in your life? It doesn't. If Sally and Susie in Connecticut get hitched, how will your life be different? It won't. But their lives will change drastically. They will be married to the person they love and that is a beautiful thing.

We are human beings first and foremost. We all start as that same little tadpole searchig for that egg. So what scares people into thinking same-sex marriage is a sin? Why should it matter?
I am a heterosexual, Jewish-American from New York City. Do you think my life is any different because a happy male couple is married two thousand miles away from me? Of course not.

Some people say, 'I don't want to see that kind of thing.' Well no one is asking you to watch! No one is forcing you to go and sit front and center at every same-sex marriage across the country.
All these people want is the chance to love and be loved. They don't want to feel like second class citizens who almost have the same rights as others, but don't. We all deserve the same rights. Whatever happened to, 'All men are created equal?'

I don't hate on religion. I don't hate on god. I don't even know if I believe in god. But what I do believe in is life, love and happiness. I believe in letting anyone share their life with anyone else so long as it makes the two of them happy.

Stop being so scared America. Stop hating what's different. Open your eyes and learn to embrace that love between two people (no matter what is between their legs) is a beautiful thing that should be cherished, not feared.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Election Withdrawal? Hardly.

This past election seemed at times as if it would never end. Month after month ticked by and the fight continued on televisions in living rooms across the nation and world.

Now there are no more robocalls. No more, 'and I approve this message' commericals. No more debates and no more polls. It couldn't make me happier that this election has come to an end and that we made the right choice by electing Barack Obama.

The election may be over but Bush is still in the White House and Sarah Palin is still on my television. I will be unable to fully relax and enjoy the Obama victory until January 20th when he is sworn in as our 44th president. Until that day we still have a Dick and a Bush in charge.
This past election was more of a circus than anything. The McCain campaign stooped to every low possible in order to make up lost ground. Never happened. McCain's selfish ways completely derailed the GOP. They don't know what to do now and some are speculating that Palin will be on top of their ticket in four years. Ha!

Putting Sarah Palin on top of the ticket in 2012 would be like driving that final nail into a coffin. If the GOP thinks they are in bad shape now, wait until Palin is in charge. Who the hell knows who she'd run with. Elisabeth Hasselbeck? Joe the Plumber?

This election won't be over in my mind until President-Elect Obama drops the elect and moves into the White House.

Obama Celebration: Harlem Style

Election Night recap.

Some More CNN Love


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sarah Palin's Future

Once the dust settles from the Palin twister that ripped through America, I could only imagine and hope that Sarah Palin will realize that her time in the lower 48 did nothing but hurt her party and make herself look ridiculous on an international stage.

That probably won't be the case and it's very unfortunate. Yeah, I'm sure there are people ignorant and gullible enough to fall for her cheap appeal, but the majority has spoken. A lot of McCain supporters even jumped ship after a couple weeks of absolutely embarrassing interviews with the Alaskan Governor.

I'm not here to say she is pure evil, though the thought has crossed my mind numerous times. I am here to say that whatever she does, let's hope she keeps it up in Alaska. I was much happier before I knew anything about Sarah Palin.

Personally, I am sick of her being on television and in the news so regularly. The McCain campaign was a failure yet we see Palin in the news more than Joe Biden, our VP-elect. It's an abomination.

Yes there is talk about her running in 2012 as the head of the GOP ticket. First of all, Bush is still in office, can we stop talking about 2012!? Come on! I think we should let Obama be president for at least a little while before jumping to conclusions about something that may or may not happen four years in the future! The very idea of Sarah Palin running for president makes my head hurt and my stomach spin in circles. If she is qualified to be president we should just put a Playboy bunny in office instead. . . there wouldn't be much difference.

She has yet to prove herself as someone capable to field questions from the media. She thinks regular questions are 'gotcha' journalism and that her constitutional rights are in jeopardy because of the criticism she has taken. Give me a break. Someone running for the highest office in the land should expect criticism and tough questions. They should be able to handle them professionally and answer said questions accordingly . . . like Barack Obama.

Hopefully she'll stay in Alaska. That's all I have to say. The minute I turn on the television to be greeted by The Sarah Palin Show will be the day I smash my television and lose all hope. Take it from us Sarah, you're much better off where we can't hear or see you.

Children's Movies are for Children!

This is in response to the November 10th, 2008 posting on The Marquee Blog on CNN run by Entertainment Producer Todd Leopold.

Am I getting something wrong here? Is this guy complaining that children's movies have lousy scripts? Is he saying Pixar and Disney are just pumping movies out as quickly as possible to make a buck?

Well, to simply answer your question about why scripts for kid's movies are sub-par . . . they are for kids! Are you really that influenced by what a few critics say? Some of the greatest films of all time were destroyed by critics. And again, we are talking family/children films. You get a group of children to be critics for something like Madagascar and there will be thumbs up all over the place.

Put a child in front of a television playing a movie like The Usual Suspects or Shawshank Redemption and they'll have no idea what the hell is going on.

Children's movies are unique. They are special and create worlds that inspire young children to dream and think and be creative. I remember with only the fondest of memories my childhood and my obsession with great films like Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.

These films aren't meant to be enjoyed by all adults. Clearly, some will absolutely have a great time at the cinema with their children watching something silly like Ice Age and others won't. It doesn't mean that it is a bad film.

But the question here is why does it matter if the scripts aren't Oscar worthy? Who cares? Definitely not the children because they'll drag you back to the same silly film a dozen times before having you buy them a copy on DVD.

People are thinking too much these days. Let the kid movies be for the kids and if you're unhappy with the scripts and the dialogue of a movie made for children, go see something more suitable for your age. Don't complain and rain all over millions of childrens parades by saying their movies are lame. That my friend is lame.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Tribute to Sarah Palin

Don't ever come back. Just stay in Alaska forever please. We would all really appreciate it.

The Struggling Economy

It's no secret. The economy is in the toilet.

The last eight years has almost sunk a once thriving ship of productivity and efficiency.

We have an astronomical debt, banks closing around the country and people losing their homes at unprecedented rates. Things may seem bleak but one must know that every cloud has a silver lining.

Barack Obama is a man that has always seen that silver lining. He has overcome the greatest of odds in his short life and has landed himself in the most prestigious of offices, or what once used to be the most prestigious of offices.

It will take a lot of work to undo the damage that has been done in Washington and around the country. It won't be an overnight thing. This country has a broken leg and it will take time before we can walk the way we used to. Barack Obama will do what is necessary to mend this great nation. He won't simply put a band-aid on things as a quick escape.

The greedy ways of America must be changed. Those on top must realize that without those towards the bottom, there is no way forward. Think about being a child in gym tied to the rest of your class. If all the legs don't work and move together in the right direction, there is really nowhere to go but down.

That's what has happened to the USA. Things seemed to be going great for a while. My baby-boomer generation parents never struggled to buy a car or a house in the past but in recent years have had some troubles. Sound familiar?

When I was a child growing up in the 80s and 90s, there were never any worries about filling up the gas tank to go on a family roadtrip. A majority of Americans, the middle class especially never struggled to put food on the table until recent years.

It is quite troubling. The greed and narrow-mindedness of the vast majority blinded us from the imminent crash from wreckless behavior that was waiting patiently for our collide.

The country is divided. A lot of Republicans are reluctant to welcome Obama into the White House. The a lot of Democrats are angry at the GOP for their dishonest campaign. In order for things to go the way Obama envisions for us, we must work together. We must put our petty differences aside and embrace the similarity that binds all of us together . . . we are Americans.

Like the children in gym class, we must keep our strides in sync or we'll never move forward. We must use these past years as a constant reminder of why we should work together as one. Unity is the one thing that will set us free.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dancing Around the World

What an amazing project. I can't say that I'm not horribly jealous. To see the world dancing together with smiles galore is a wonderful thing.

What Happened to Freedom?

How dare they approve Proposition 8. How dare anyone say that marriage should be between a man and a woman and nothing more.

The beauty of this country is our capability to grow and change and progress.

This country was formed around the idea that people can do anything and follow their dreams.

Who cares if two men love each other? Who cares if two women want to stand at the alter? Who the hell are we to say two people in love can't unite together?

It is absolutely despicable that this is an issue. It is an atrocity that the world is in shambles, the economy is in the toilet, we are at war in two countries, the ozone is depleting and the global temperature and sea levels are rising . . . and what are we arguing about? Whether or not two people in love should have the same rights as others based on their sex!? It is absolutey absurd and Un-American to deny them that right.

Shame on us for even having this argument. We have come so far and this is one of the last chains still holding us down . . . we must break free.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Back on Monday

Hey there. I am upstate in the mountains camping for the weekend.

I will be back Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

CNN Shows Me Love

It was an amazing night. November 4, 2008, the day America came together in celebration of a new era.

Props to CNN for putting this beautiful video together.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Happiest 24 Hours On Earth

Last night something amazing happened. The world stood together as one and celebrated something special and historical beyond any of our understanding. You couldn't help but tear up listening to his beautiful victory speech, something our grandchildren will be learning about in grammar school.

Hopeful and inspired eyes from all around the globe, countries near and far, were glued to the television all night before taking to the streets in celebration. Pictures are flooding the papers and Internet of excited and merry citizens of earth, watching and rejoicing together in the most united you've seen the world in a long time, if ever.

It was an election that not only captivated Americans, but all nations. Last night the world witnessed together a major step in the direction necessary to make this planet a happy one.

Sure, you are going to hear some people spewing hate and spreading fear as a result of their inability to cope with defeat, but what we must do now is try to reason with them. Fighting is not the answer. Unity is the glue necessary to patch up a country divided.

People from all over the world came together last night as they watched Barack Obama win the presidential election. We must do the same. We can't fuss. We must stick together and move forward or we'll never go anywhere.

I honestly believe that Barack Obama is exactly what we need right now. But what skeptics need to understand, and I think this is something all Obama supporters believe, is that change is not going to happen overnight. Never has Barack Obama said this was going to be quick and easy. It is going to take a while. It is going to take all Americans working together in harmony under the leadership of a man who is competent, capable and caring.

Last night was arguably the most important night in American history. The election is over but the time for change is now. We must get to work as a whole. We must work together in America as well as abroad. This is more than a domestic issue. It is global and if we work together there is no telling what we can achieve. Look how far we've come. Just think of what we can do as one.

24 hours have passed since the day the world shed a happy tear and smiled together. We must harness this positive energy we're feeling now and use it to start the healing. We can do it.

Yes we can.

A Harlem Celebration

Andrea and I take in history as tens of thousands take to the streets in Harlem.

People cheer during Obama's acceptance speech.

Once this flashed on the screen the streets of Harlem went absolutely wild. I have never seen anything like it and I will never forget it for the rest of my life.

President Barack Obama.

People flooded 125th Street as the night pushed on. There were tens of thousands of people dancing, singing, crying and smiling, showing the world that we can do anything.

A man sells Obama buttons.

Looking west down 125th Street. The intersection at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd was overflowing with happy Obama supporters.

Looking east down 125th looked the same. Smiles galore.

Cheering for our new president of the United States of America... Barack Obama!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jay-Z on Obama

One of the most inspirational quotes of the presidential race came from Jay-Z yesterday.

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly."

Poetic and beautiful.

Thanks Jay.

Rocking The Vote In Harlem

A view from my apartment. A line wrapping around Frederick Douglass Blvd and down W. 117th Street.
A line of eager voters stretch down Frederick Douglass Blvd to Central Park at 110th Street. Across the street you can see another line of people waiting to vote at another polling station.

A woman sits while waiting on W. 112th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Still waiting.

Finally, after 2 long years of waiting, I cast my vote for Barack Obama, the future of America.

Sunday, November 2, 2008