We are the world’s ONLY superpower. We are rich beyond the imagination of half of the globe. We have a moral responsibility to take in these people, 50% of whom are children. Don’t give me your bullshit about safety, these are the most screened refugees we have entering our country.
Omran Daqneesh, Aleppo, Syria
There is no fully-informed, fact-based argument against allowing them in that is not rooted in selfishness and/or racism.
I’ve been listening to the Throwing Shade podcast with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi for a few years now after falling in love with Bryan’s “That’s Gay” segments on the show infoMania on the former Current TV. The show summarizes itself as “taking a weekly look at all the issues important to ladies and gays… and treating them with much less respect than they deserve.” It’s hilarious while also focusing attention on important issues in our culture.
The great news is now they’re branching out into late-night TV! The show will be on TV Land, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until early 2017 to see it. I’m greatly looking forward to it, and I really hope they keep the same incredibly inappropriate edge they have in the podcast.
Well, it’s that time again. Election time! I think that the excitement I feel for major elections is very close to what I felt as a kid for Christmas. Yeah, seriously.
So, in my past life I gave lots of money to causes that I now detest (Focus on the Family, American Family Association, etc.) and over the last 4 or 5 years I’ve tried to make up for my previous mistakes. I had my misguided Ron Paul phase back in 2007 and inexplicably gave enough money to his campaign to actually show up in donor searches.
Now that I’m on the right (Left) side of the issues for good, and after giving everything I had to the Obama campaign back in 2008, I’m supporting our 2010 candidates where I can. I’ve been wanting to see exactly how my giving breaks down so I created this pie chart. It’s probably only interesting to me, but since I worked on it for so long I thought I’d post it anyway. I recommend clicking on the image to see a sharper, easier to read full size version.
As for who I’ve chosen to support (and there are so many more I wish I could support), here’s a bit about them and why I support them. Clicking on their name will take you to their campaign web site.
John Flerlage – John is running for Congress in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. I have worked with John since the early days of his campaign serving primarily as his Internet social networking guy. John is an incredible man, a proven leader, and has the sort of character we all wish our elected officials had. If you have the means, please support John.
Betsy Markey – This is an easy one. Betsy defeated the awful, despicable, hate-filled Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District back in 2008 in what I considered to be one of Colorado’s and the country’s gay community’s greatest victories. Marilyn Musgrave was known for such discriminatory legislation as the Federal Marriage Amendment which she repeatedly introduced. I also have a special place in my heart for CD4, since I spent my first year and a half in CO in the city of Fort Collins. Would really hate to see this seat fall back into Republican hands.
Tarryl Clark – Two terrifying words: Michelle Bachmann. I don’t think I need to say anymore, but Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District really, really needs to do the right thing and stop subjecting the nation to Bachmann’s special brand of crazy. Oh, and just for fun check out michelebachmannsaidwhat.com.
Joe Sestak – I started donating to Joe Sestak back when he jumped into the race to challenge fake Democrat Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary. Thankfully he defeated Specter and now he’s got a tough fight to beat tea bagger Pat Toomey. Really hoping he pulls this one out.
DCCC – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, committed to electing and keeping a Democratic house. I trust them to put my money where it will be useful.
Rob Miller – Remember that jerk Joe Wilson yelling “You lie!” at the president during his speech to a joint session of Congress? Well, Rob Miller is the guy who is going to take his job and the first candidate I signed up for monthly contributions to. Joe Wilson is bad for South Carolina’s 2nd District and he’s bad for America.
Charlie Melancon – Charlie Melancon is a pretty moderate Democrat, but compared to the destructive right winger he’s running against, he’s beautiful! David Vitter represents my home state of Louisiana in the U.S. Senate and does an extremely poor job at it. Does an affair with a prostitute make an individual unfit for office? No. If that individual gets elected on a hypocritical “family values” platform, should he be re-elected? No.
Stan Garnett – Back when Congress passed and the President signed historic legislation to prevent insurance companies from dropping your coverage because you got sick, or from making being a woman a pre-existing condition, etc. our Attorney General here in Colorado decided to sign us all on to a wasteful, misguided lawsuit against the federal government in opposition to the healthcare legislation. Immediately Democrats started looking for a candidate to take him out in what would have otherwise been an easily re-election. Buzz started that Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett would make a great candidate and I actually started a “Draft Stan Garnett” Facebook group. A week or so later he was in the race. Can’t wait for him to win this one!
Mary Jo Kilroy – Mary Jo Kilroy won Ohio’s 15th District narrowly back in 2008 and is a major target for Republicans this year in a rematch with her 2008 polling. This is one where the Republicans see a real opportunity and losing Representative Kilroy would be a real blow.
Paul Hodes – Representative Paul Hodes is running against anti-gay, pro-life, tea bagger Kelly Ayotte for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in what is considered a toss-up race. I love the state of New Hampshire’s independence, but there really is no question as to what the right thing to do is here.
Jerry Brown – California is the country’s most populated state and is currently in financial crisis after 8 years of being represented by a celebrity Republican Governor. Now Californians are given the choice between Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Aside from being a hypocrite on illegal immigration and employment, Whitman is now nearing the $150 million mark of dollars she has spent on her own campaign. She bought the primary and now she’s trying to buy the Governorship. Jerry Brown, while sometimes eccentric, is a good ol’ liberal and I have no doubt would lead California in the right direction. During his first stint as Governor he appointed more women and minorities to office than any other previous California governor. That’s someone I can get behind.
Jack Conway – This is a very clear example of me trying to make up for past mistakes. Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, is running against Jack Conway for U.S. Senate in Kentucky and I fear the havoc would attempt to wreak if he were let loose in the Senate with his tea bagger ways. Jack Conway supports the health care overhaul and is pro-labor. He’s exactly what Kentucky needs after being stuck with Jim Bunning.
Bill White – Let’s be honest here, politically Texas is an embarrassment to the nation. After screwing us with 8 years of George W. Bush, I’m hoping that the time has come to turn the state around. Rick Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history and has done everything in his power to keep it closed-minded, gay-hating and very, very red. Bill White is the former mayor of Houston and has the opportunity to take Texas in the right direction.
Bernie Buescher – I donated to Bernie Buescher’s campaign for re-election as Colorado’s Secretary of State because for a while there he looked like he might be in trouble. Things seemed to have evened out now and it’s looking like Bernie will be re-elected.
ActBlue PAC – ActBlue is an organization that raises money for Democratic candidates. Through it’s website it has raised over 150 million dollars for many Democratic candidates who would otherwise not have a Web fundraising presence. My donations to ActBlue come from a percentage tip for the site that I agreed to add on to other donations.