Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gay Marriage.....

More great information from the folks at Fivethirtyeight.
Right now, it's possible to marry your same-sex partner in Buenos Aires, in Mexico City, in Ames, Iowa, and in Pretoria, South Africa, but not in San Francisco. With countries like Argentina and Portugal now recognizing same-sex marriages, however, the global trajectory has returned to its slow-but-steady upward pace.

I have posted about this guy before. This guy has served his Country with distinction for years. He should be given a medal and a big thank you. Not be kicked out because he is gay! The American tax paying public should be outraged over this.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Will the Gov or anyone else Listen?

This week candidate Audrey Britton (Minnesota House 43A) Sent a letter to the Governor. The state of MN is facing very serious budget problems and someone needs to be talking about a solution now.

Britton writes to Governor requesting mandated budget submittal
July 9, 2010

Governor Tim Pawlenty
Office of the Governor 130 State Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155

Dear Governor Pawlenty,

According to Chapter 5 of HF 886 that you signed into law March 2, 2009, you are required to submit a balanced budget for 2010 and 2011, and to provide for a balanced general fund budget in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. My understanding is that the budget, due Jan. 28, 2010, left a structural deficit of $2.5 billion. The session ended with a $3 billion deficit and a $5-7 billion deficit is forecasted by November.

It now appears that the state may not be able to meet its financial obligations without short-term borrowing. This is a fiscal crisis for our state, a concern that rises above partisanship and concerns for political careers.

Since launching my campaign in May 2010, I have knocked on 2000 doors and have heard from hundreds of voters who say that fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget ranks among their top concerns. I am confident that this concern extends beyond Medicine Lake and Plymouth, to voters all across Minnesota.

It is time to move beyond partisanship. We need a willingness to take a long-range, strategic and comprehensive approach to budgeting. One-prong, simplistic approaches make for good sound bites but are having a devastating effect on our State. We cannot cut our way, tax our way—or borrow our way—out of this predicament.

I ask that there be no more postponing in addressing this matter. As a candidate, I do not have the resources and staff afforded to you as governor to develop a comprehensive and fiscally responsible budget. Please use the resources given to your office by the citizens of Minnesota to provide some real, long-term solutions to this fiscal crisis.


Audrey Britton
Candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives (43A), Plymouth and Medicine Lake
(612) 807-0311

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Life, liberty ....

I love this Country as much, maybe more than most. I fully understand the struggle that so many have gone through to make this the best place on the planet! But, I will also admit that We still have some work to do. Only when there is true Equality Under the Law, only when all men truly are created EQUAL will we live up to our true potential.

Friday, July 2, 2010


This is a story that has been on my mind for three months now. I grew up in this small town. I will be the first to admit that my memories of my time there are mixed. It was a very small, comfortable, cozy place to grow up - at least until I was grown up enough to pay attention to what was going on around me and form my own opinion. As a small kid there was a big sense of community and trust. You really were not in fear of anything. You never worried about things that those in the "big city" did. As I grew older it was apparent that because my last name was not one of "those" last names or because my family was not in the right income bracket or the fact that I was being raised by a single mother -I would have to work a little harder to be a part of the "in" crowd. Please don't get me wrong, for a time I felt like there was no better place on the planet and the town was filled with the most caring, loving people in the world. Even after I was treated horribly by people I thought I could trust I still felt like there was no place I would have rather grown up. I won't go into the situation that caused me to move away from this town, get my own apartment and finish school (when I was in the 10th grade). It was one of the most heart wrenching experiences of my life. But it taught me many valuable lessons about honesty, trust, friendship and standing up for what you know is right- even if it means standing alone!

I learned a long time ago that people in this small can be some of the most caring people but also they are very judgemental of those that are not in there little "click" Di spite this and my experience the town of Malvern and it's people still held a very special place in my heart. My grandmother con tinted to live there after I moved and I visited her often. I also kept up on what was going on in town by getting the Malvern Leader! I had long ago gotten over my feelings of anger and bitterness toward the town and it's people. I had "reconnected" with a few former classmates, friends and all my "bad" times seemed to be replaced with fondness for the small town values and sense of community that I thought we all learned growing up in Malvern.

But then....

I got the news about this "sex abuse" case came out. I can not begin to explain the pure shock and disbelief I felt when I was first told about it. I had a lot of respect for Karl Hertz. He had buried the grandparents I loved and many, many relatives. I work in the area of Criminal Law, so hearing things like this this case do not shock me. What shocked me was that a person like Karl could be responsible for doing such a thing. That my little safe, loving, cozy hometown could have someone so evil. And not just ONE person but at least another. Then after the story broke there were people commenting that Karl was such a great guy, that he did so much for the community. To read those comments was to take me back to my time in Malvern when I did nothing wrong but was accused of crap and not many were willing to stand with me. I knew I had done nothing wrong despite all the false accusations against me. I suffered for months with name calling, stupid pranks and things being thrown at my house. I also quickly learned how rumors can take on a life of their own and how some with a "name" could get away with just about anything. So, when I first heard the news of this case I was not one to rush to judgment. But as I heard more it was clear to me that something was seriously wrong in the little "Norman Rockwell" town I grew up in. For people to simply dismiss the accusations by the young men simply because Karl "did so many good things for the community" Made me sick. Then I learned that apparently several people have known about this behavior for years but did nothing! To me, that was the most shocking. That people could simply look the other way and let there be other victims because it was "Karl Hertz" was just plain disgusting to me! Some even wanted to blame the victims saying they were just looking for money. Well, if you look at how some reacted even AFTER Karl killed himself, is it any wonder they did not come forward sooner??

I wrote the above a few nights ago. My intent was to continue with my thoughts about this story. But I am really just very conflicted to be able to put into words how I feel not just about this story but the small town that it seems allowed this to happen. The small town that taught me so much about people. I really have some very strong feelings -good and bad about this story and the people in Malvern. But, On Friday night I met a young man at a bar. He was 25 years old. He works for an organization that helps feed starving kids around the world. Talking to him really made me think about just what is important in life. Talking with him also reminded me of the guy I met in DC a few weeks ago. He told me the story of how he needed kidney and his partner was a match. So, his partner gave him a kidney. He told me how much "red tape" they had to go through. Because they can not be married and such they had to do all kinds of paper work just to be sure that if something happened during the operation the other would be able to visit etc. He told me that going through that experience prompted him to go work for a US Congressman and his partner to go to law school - all to work toward changing the law so that other do not have to experience the same thing. On that same trip I met two young men that were serving in the Military. They had been together for 4 years. They met while on duty in Iraq. Two men who answered the call to service in the name of our country, yet they had to hide their relationship. To them Don't Ask Don't tell is not some abstract policy that is debated by both political parities for political gain but a policy that means that if one of them is killed in action, the will not notify the other, a policy that means if the military finds out they are gay could discharge them, a policy that does not provide housing and a dozen other benefits for the "spouse" of the other. I also met two women who were living in South Carolina that were raising two of the most adorable kids. You might be asking what the hell does any of this have to do with the "sex scandal" in Malvern. Well, meeting these people and hearing their stories has helped serve as a reminder to me that there really are much more important things in the world than the opinion of small mined people in my hometown. I am not in any way trying to down play the seriousness of the charges in this case. Nor am I trying to say that what the victims suffered is not horrible. I am simply saying that I am not going to let the attitude of some people in that small town consume me with anger or hate. I learned a long time ago that most in that small town are more concerned about "appearance" than anything else. They will say one thing to your face and another behind your back. They will pretend to be your friend until it no longer will help them advance their agenda etc. I have experienced this first hand. My experience with the people in Malvern helped shape the rest of my life and I can truly say I am better for it.