Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Never get caught with a dead girl or a live boy – A tribute to a Massachusetts Senator

How could he be one of the most trusted members of Society -- and be an out of control frat boy most of his life? No the questioner is not talking about George Bush but rather Senator Ted Kennedy.

The answer is our lives are full of challenges and as human beings we just don’t fit into one box our whole lives. This is the biggest lesson I have learned from Mr. Kennedy in life is - Don’t ever let others successfully define you or limit you in any manner.

Mr. Kennedy passed from this earth today leaving his mark over the United States and the US Senate where he served in for over 45 years. Mr. Kennedy defied the politic odds several times in his life and for that I do respect him. Being a conservative Mr. Kennedy has drawn my ire several times but how he lived his whole life is why I respect him. Like a phoenix he rose from the political ashes to become one of America’s greatest liberal stalwarts.

To many Americans, America lost a hero today. People far beyond our shores felt this way also and I believe it right to acknowledge his life even though; Mr. Kennedy was not a political hero of mine and to be honest I never voted for him once. He has to be recognized as one of America’s leading politicians over the last forty years.

Mr. Kennedy taught me a couple of things in his political work one; is be happy with getting a little of your program started because once begun a popular government program never goes away. So I try to be happy for the little victories in my life and not dwell on the negatives for I know those can be overcome too. Secondly, never let any single event in your life define you. To be truthful this is one I am working on as I am in closet still but I guess what I can see is he lived through the worse and came out it of stronger.

I enjoyed a few things in life that Mr. Kennedy did like sailing in Cape Cod sound, and being with family but Mr. Kennedy and his family were like the American Dream itself. Poor Irish immigrants the Kennedy’s once were who rose to the highest powers of government and wealth. The Kennedy’s are for many Americans, America’s dream family and part of the lure of the American dream – it happen to them it could happen to me too – in America.

Mr. Kennedy taught me that: I have the power to make it a better life; I have the power to overcome what ails you and if some is important to me to never stop working to achieve it. Don’t seek excuses in life seek results even if you have to deal with people opposed to you and your efforts. You can’t do it alone and that is where friends come in and I thank you my friends I have met here and continue to make.

Mr. Kennedy arguably is responsible for the passage of more laws affecting the social fabric of this nation and yet in 1969 he faced one of the greatest challenges to anyone in politics and survived. Mr. Kennedy in 1969, less than a year after his second brother’s passing was at the wheel of a car in which a young girl died.

Many know the story or lack there of as Kennedy failed to report the accident for the better part of a day while a team of supporters arraigned a story. It was reported that after a sailing regatta and a heavy day of drinking Mr. Kennedy crashed his car into the ocean off a small bridge on a small island connected to Martha’s Vineyard. Ms. Kopechne, a political aide, was trapped in Kennedy’s car and did not survive. Mr. Kennedy could have faded away but he did not. No charges were ever brought against the young Senator, the Kopechne family I have read, believed this was due to heavy political pressure the Kennedy family exerted in National and Massachusetts’s politics.

It’s that part of his story I find most interesting; that at a time when most wouldn’t have had the strength to continue he did. And he not only continued he worked harder than most of his contemporaries and became maybe the most effective Kennedy of his clan. Many of us could allow the problems and challenges in our lives to over whelm us but step back and reexamine your life.

Each and every problem can be overcome, yes it takes effort and it's not going to be easy but with planning, forethought and support I believe that all problems can be overcome, I mean look at what Kennedy overcame is anything you or I will face in our lives more challenging or so greater a hill to climb, yet the man did it you have to give him his due.

The picture above is of the JFK Library (the black building) in Boston, Massachusetts.

I would like to mention two new followers and thank them for reading Jose A. who appears to be from Brussels, Belgium writes Llaves Rojas which maybe in Spanish and Octavius who writes The Life of a Commodore and claims to be from New Zealand. I have become real partial to Kiwi's as I have never met one who isn't a great guy (Judie feel free to MSN me :)) and gay for that matter :P

If you have time take a look at their blogs and leave a comment or two. As always I would like to thank you for stopping by reading and saying hello. Take care and be safe my friends


Monday, August 24, 2009

Court, Goodbyes and Hellos

Today a federal judge set a Jan. 11, 2009 court date for the first legal challenge to Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage. Why does this matter because it could lead to the United States Supreme Court declaring gay marriage a right in every state making us just a bit closer to becoming first class citizens of this country.

What is real good about this case is the lawyers who are bringing it forth and they are the two lawyers who were on opposites sides of the Bush v Gore fight of 2000. In, David Boies and maybe more importantly Theodore Olsen the gentlemen representing two California couples denied a marriage certificate by the Proposition * ballot initiative.

For those of you not familiar with the Prop 8 the case and why it’s important lets take a minute. A few years ago the California Supreme Court granted all California’s the right to be married, including gays and lesbians to each other. This of course upset some of our countrymen and a ballot initiative was placed on the California election ballot which asked that the voters approve a change to the Californian Constitution disallowing marriage for a select class of individuals ( ie same sex persons) The ballot initiative passed by a 52 – 48 % vote.

Not accepting this ballot imitative as fair to sex same couples, Messer Boies and Olsen filed suit in Federal Court. A Federal Court can over rule a State Court or a state’s constitution if it is found to violate our federal constitution. Messer Boies and Olsen are arguing that Prop. 8 denies their clients "the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Unites States Constitution." I agree completely.

Now I have to say good-bye to my friends Ryan, of behindcloseddoors, Wolf, of Curious Wolf and Courage of A Beautiful addiction for they have all stopped blogging. Thanks for your time and efforts and I hope see you all on MSN :)

As sad as it to say good-bye to old blogs it is a pleasure to say hello to some new ones;

I would like to start with Teendl whose blog is he My search for love is a young man who has had some issue in life. He is not the happiest person and like many of you is in need of a few friends and some friendly people to talk too on MSN. His email and MSN is on his profile. You should know he is quite depressed so cheer him up if you can or have a few minutes for him.

Nick is back with Simply Nick and I for one are happy to see him back blogging. Nick is a another young man who has some unique challenges in life but he is a good guy and worth reading

WhiteGoods who writes Krisis Point is another young guy who like Nick has recently returned to blogging. He has a few new psots to read but is limited in his posting because he can only blog from the public library. I know he likes to get emails and comments but hey who doesn’t.

I would also like to say to Dodger who has started a new blog called Nexus, Dodger been around for awhile and has been making comments on several blogs.

I hope you all might have some time to visit any of these new bloggers. Also my new followers Judie, my second female follower :), whose blog is Change the Times, is from New Zealand, Fer who hails from Mexico City and his blog is The maudlin story of a bisexual boy, Dave 83201 is 21 and is also is a fairly new blogger who writes Daze Gone Bi. Thanks for taking the time to follow, comment and read.

I appreciate your time today and hope all is well where ever you are. I do believe in gay marriage and that it is close at hand in this country. Its just a matter of time before the courts grant us our rights

Take care and be safe my friends


Monday, August 10, 2009

AEK you want to put your finger where?

AEK Good Luck and I hope this is the start of the best part of your life leading to a great career. Entering Medical School is a great accomplishment, I’m very proud of your efforts to date and you should be also. I know there is a lot of work ahead of you but I have every confidence that you will achieve all your goals.

Really though how many people do get to put their finger up some ones butt on a regular basis and get paid for it? And hey by the time you finish school and residency the government will have health care firmly under control and hey you didn’t want to get rich doing this did you :P

I really hope all you bloggers, follwers and readers reach your educational goals. The time you spend now will be paid back many times over and hey if you dont spend time now you may never find the time inthe future to do it. So really AEK keep up the good work.

Update on my trial the little old lady did not come to court it seems she had a note from her doctor. So we have rescheduled but her attorney has signaled she might step down as executor. Otherwise work is steady.

Mr. Carwin and FMS, I owe you both an email, sorry about that but I will try and get it out soon. I’m still trying to exchange some sox tickets for September trying to accommodate some schedules of people I would like to go to a game with so I hope to have that done soon. Got to go to Cambridge Court today never a fun time to go there it's just that Boston traffic always sucks.

I have a couple of new followers who I will address in my next post but thank you so much for reading me. I couldn’t load pictures this morning so I have some shots of Boston and the Cape as I have finally gotten out a couple of days onto the Ocean, so I will make another post this week.

I hit one of those Orange barrels on the highway with my car by luckily just the side view mirror was broken. So I need to get that fixed, its like your blind of the highway on the driver’s side without it. And ok so I shouldn’t have been on the phone and is I wasn’t I might have noticed the highway was dropping a lane for construction.

I think I need a vacation is what I’m thinking also. But AEK Good Luck
Take care and be safe, thanks for reading