Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trending Tuesday

As Summer 2011 takes it final bow this week, this forum continues to go in search of updates, observations, breaking news and all things LGBTQ.  If its happening, most likely we're checking it out or throwing it down here. We're always on the move and then some...

The Bouncing O

3 years and counting. The Obama administration has been a battleship dealing with high seas and turbulent storms that have battered the hatches while making some of us sea sick. Through it all, Mr. Obama has been steadfast in trying to bridge both the political and social gaps that have caused his administration to become embattled to no ends. At every turn the opposition has placed road blocks, been uncooperative, obtrusive, overbearing and outrageous to boot. This week as Mr. Obama followed up on his recent jobs plan there were catcalls of "class warfare"and "revisions of wealth" uttering, all in an attempt to deride the legislation. Meanwhile stifling the President and any of his proposed policies to work on national issues.  What do we not know about how to fix our nations problem is not the problem but rather the "will" to do what really needs to be done. It obvious that our infrastructure needs attention across the land. We know that our tax laws need an overhaul including closing loop holes, securing unpaid taxes, discovering and spotlighting those using Off Shore Tax havens, confirming tax returns to avoid fraud and reviewing the corporate tax guidelines that needs a severe overhaul. Nothing should be off the table including all programs from defense spending to the Medicare/Social Security mash up. In my household when there needs to be a realignment of spending versus revenues, all elements are reviewed and the best course of action taken. Surely if we have the best economist, academics, financiers, actuaries, mathematicians and all those claiming to be the smartest folks in the room to get busy with determining what's working and what's not. Of course I realize that its not as simple as outlined here, but for goodness sake surely there's got to be someone who can make it as plain as Elizabeth Warren did during her turn at bat. Can we really afford to continue to be in the grips of a do nothing congress hell bent on ham stringing the Commander and Chief. Just as New York Mayor Bloomberg warned that people may be taking to the streets, it may time to do just that. Bring on the torches and pitch forks! 

Georgia Board of Pardons Rejects Clemency for Troy Davis
Troy Davis, whose death-row case ignited an international campaign to save his life, has lost what appeared to be his last attempt to avoid death by lethal injection on Wednesday.

Rejecting pleas by Mr. Davis’s lawyers that shaky witness testimony and a lack of physical evidence presented enough doubt about his guilt to spare him death, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled on Tuesday morning that Mr. Davis, 42, should die for killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer, in a Savannah parking lot in 1989. His case has gained global exposure including 36 Congressional Representatives, Former President Jimmy Carter, MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton and The Vatican.

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correction:KTHV - Channel 11 will be doing a segment on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Please bring signs and your smiling faces and let your fellow Arkansans see that EQUALITY matters to our lives.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:45am - 6:45am
**Little Rock Air Force Base Main Gate
Jacksonville, Arkansas**

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