Archive for the ‘vox politic’ Category

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gay marriage psa

June 4, 2009

with props to voenix rising for posting this first.  gotta say well done:

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please don’t divorce my friends

February 7, 2009

simple.

undeniable.

after watching the video please go to the website and sign the petition.

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so right

January 20, 2009
damon winter / the new york times

damon winter / the new york times

stephen crowley / the new york times

stephen crowley / the new york times

no words.

just hope.

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says it all

January 20, 2009

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(stolen from jason in paris)

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what a difference 8 years can make.

January 20, 2009

so, as most of the free world is anxiously awaiting 12:00pm est today for the changing of the us guard – my memories are turning to 2000 & 01. 

exactly 8 years ago this morning, i was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a splenectomy watching king george the worst assume power. 

as if being in physical pain from a 6 hour surgery, the 8″ incision in your gut, catheter in your dick and having a parade of really hot interns come in and check me out in such a state every few hours was bad enough, it wasn’t nearly as excruciating as watching georgie assume the mantle of ultimate power.  i remember laying in bed, my surgeon sitting next to me, both aghastat what we were watching on the tv bolted to the wall.

that last year, i had been in and out of the hospital(at a rate of about 4 days every 3 weeks) being treated for a rare blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (say that fast!).    to say that going through treatment sucked, would be an understatement.  to say that watching georgie on the dias that day, made having itp feel like a walk in the rose garden, well, would have been an even greater understatement.

some background, itp is a fairly rare blood disorder where your body destroys your platelets (sounds fun right?).  now, if you’ve forgotten high school science, we kinda need our platelets to survive.  when I was diagnosed with itpthe summer of 2000, my platelet count was under 1,000 (average is 150,000–400,000).  upon diagnoses, i was immediately admitted to the hospital (a place that would become a second home for me).  through mega-doses of steroids (and the iron pills i would take to counter the side effects of the steroids), platelet infusions, bone marrow biopsy (to rule out leukemia) and the oh-so-fun intraveneous IVIg – to the ultimate splenectomy… what i remember most is sitting in that hospital room watching the inauguration of king george.

so then, onto the present – while more or less in remission now – my thoughts go back to that january day 8 years ago.  in that hospital bed, i had many fears, would the itp rear its head again in the future?  would my rights as an american citizen and a gay man wilt?  did george really steal the election? 

what a difference 8 years can make.

due to work (devil!) i won’t be able to be in washington dc today (nor will i be able to watch the ceremony live on tv) – but my thoughts and prayers are with our soon-to-be-President and i am full of hope.  hope that the future will indeed be bright (tho’ the road will no doubt be hard).  hope that we will learn to celebrate our differences, for they are what really make America unique.  and hope that our new President will lead us with grace, eloquence and the understanding that he is just a man, given a job for 4 years and that its in his  best interest to remember we are but one country 0ut of many and that we need to lead and show an example to the power of democracy. 

indeed, what a difference 8 years have made.  i can’t help but think that the sun was a little bit brighter today.