Obama Adds Hospital Visitation to the Short List of Gay Rights

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Obama spots a distant rainbow over the horizon

Though president Obama may be creeping toward victory in a tortoise fashion, his recent decision to grant same-sex couples hospital visitation rights proves that those steps are firm, and consistently progressing toward equality for  homosexuals, without the ignition of widespread cultural tumult. As it stands, some of the fiercest supporters for dramatic change are enraged with this decision, while other political activists encourage the baby-step style approach to reshaping government rules and regulations on behalf of the homosexual population of America.

This victory leads to one common goal.

The blitz began soon after the president’s election, when members of the Human Rights Campaign presented the transition team with a lengthy checklist, documenting 70 actions that the president could carry out without permission from congress. Over the next few months, activists remained in the transition’s headquarters, as not-yet appointed officials (in the departments of State,Human Services, Health, Labor and Justice)  rotated for discussions; gradually, the administration began incorporating the group’s recommendations, including: State-issued embassy ID cards for same-sex partners of diplomats; stopping the discrimination in housing-assistance programs; and an HHS pledge to change their policies regarding HIV-positive visitors and immigrants. However, the hardest task came to the surface when a phone call arrived from the White House; charged for change by a heart-wrenching story, top White House officials spoke to HRC about the best legal approach for HHS to address the issue of hospital rights for married homosexuals. And, though it will take six months for the Department of Health and Human Services to implement Obama’s order, this Thursday marks a small step for Obama, and a giant leap for American homosexuals.

Divorce Agreement by John J. Wall

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Got this email and thought i should share it. Here is a young student’s take on Americas divided parties.

Democrats and Republicans Divorce Agreement

Democrats and Republicans head to head

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s or the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce…. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.  We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.  You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).

We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.  We’ll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute Imagine, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.

We’ll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this?  If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you Answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,
John J. Wall
Law Student and an American

P. S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, & Jane Fonda with you.

P. S. S. And you won’t have to press 1 for English when you call our country.

What’s in store for the GOP?

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With the Republican Party’s generally vehement opposing Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plans, many think it is an inevitable downslide for the party, caused by the party’s unwillingness to come to agreement with the a much needed plan.

All are well aware of the likelihood of the bill passing with Republican consent. If it does pass, it will be totally without any support.

Professor Julian E. Zelizer

But is there really so much at stake for the Republicans if they continue to actively fight this reform bill?

In an article on CNN addressing this very point, Professor Julian E. Zelizer says that it could be a long term benefit for the party.

Firstly, if the bill does prove to be a failure, there will be decisive statement made by the Republican Party saying they knew it all along and that the Democrats are at fault.Even now, it has successfully inspired the creation of the Tea Party movement which has definitely proved to have a political and social voice.

Meanwhile, a more tangible result benefiting the GOP side is that the whole campaign waged by the Democrats has totally wound up the rest of the Democratic agenda.

However, if the legislation proves to have been a correct move, the Republicans are once again going to be judged harshly. Various Republican presidents in the past century have needed to defend their position after they cameout against certain proposals which later proved to be useful

The United States Congress with a current Democratic majority

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But even without that worry, Professor Zelizer warns that other issues seem to be crippling the party’s favor in the public’s eye.

He says that the Republican Party has lost its unity from within, caused (and causing more) ideological gaps.  It seems as though the party has lost a lot of its unique principles which made it stand out and which made all its members a part of a bigger group of conformers to that belief.

The Republican party, argues the professor, is in urgent need to regroup during these years of Obama’s term to rethink and rewrite their opinions and philosophies that will comply and assist with the modern day challenges.

The Goldstone Report: True or False?

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South African judge, Richard Goldstone

Last September the head of the UN Fact Finding Mission, Justice Richard Goldstone presented a report of more than 500 pages to the Human Rights Council about the Gaza war in the winter of 2008-2009. Although the substance of the report was shocking and questionable, it was well received by the Human Right Council. This should not come as a surprise to most people considering its past track record and that a large segment of its members are Islamic regimes, most of which display open hostility to Israel.

Backers of the report claim that those who mock or seek to undermine the report are simply trying to cover for Israel war crimes and for the most part haven’t read the content in the report. At a debate held in congress concerning the passing of a bill to reject the contention of the report, some senators claimed that many opposing the report simply had not taken the time to read it.

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said he did take the time to read the report in its entirety within days of its release and rejected the report at its core. He argues that one not need read every detail of the report to know it’s a farce. Moreover, he doubts whether Justice Goldstone himself has been through the whole document which bears his signature.

The opposition to the report stems from some basic points and really doesn’t require one to be a Mideast analyst to work it out. The report is much harsher on Israel than it is on Hamas. Israel is a free society, especially to dissent. Israel has a transparent judicial system which can and does conduct investigations into misdemeanors during wartime. Israel was under attack for years prior to its offensive (or defensive, depends how you look at it). Hamas on the other hand, has been attacking Israel for years, has no free society, uses human shields to make Israel appear murderous in front of international audiences and does not conduct any investigations into possible war crimes. If it did conduct such investigations one would be forced to ask how the relentless firing of rockets slipped through their fingers.

Goldstone suggests in his report that the IDF adopted a policy of deliberate persecution of the Palestinian people to cause harm, destruction and death, ultimately to instill fear of the Israeli empire.

Any thinking person, liberal or conservative realizes alone how untrue this is. Israel, a nation which seeks justice fights a war against an outlawed terrorist organization which follows its charter of the annihilation of the State of Israel, and Israel comes out as the tyrant?

The Goldstone Report shouldn’t have been brought to the table to necessitate its rebuttal, it should have just been ignored on the outset for its perversion of justice and facts.

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