Monthly Archives: June 2015

Gay Marriage

We are not “forcing” any gayness, agenda, or gay machine on anyone, just a final win that states that two people in love, who are committed in sharing their lives together, should be afforded the same entitlements, respect, and courtesies as anyone else. Some would argue that this is not equality and is a forceful forcing of an agenda but seriously, the other side wins too, because now you all won’t have to hear about it anymore. And I’m sure in 2 years the divorce rate will be just as high as our counterparts. And remember this is marriage in the eyes of the state, marriage in the church is an observed religious contract.

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The Complicated Political History Of The Confederate Flag

Commentary of: The Complicated Political History Of The Confederate Flag – [source: JUNE 22, 2015 6:19 PM ET, Jessica Taylor]

The confederate flag has a different meaning down South than up North.

“…in 2000, a compromise was reached — the battle flag would be removed from atop the dome and a smaller, square version would be placed at a less-prominent place on the Statehouse grounds — on a 20-foot pole next to the 30-foot Confederate monument. But that didn’t end the controversy, and many years of protests, criticism and boycotts followed.”

– [Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/06/22/416548613/the-complicated-political-history-of-the-confederate-flag%5D

So next let’s remove the confederate monument in Columbia, SC and oh also Camp Chase on Sullivant Ave that is celebrated yearly locally. We can’t have confederate anything – let’s ban the selling of it all and let’s remove it from the history books. Sort of like Germany banning the swastika and anything associated with it after the new government. Heck let’s burn those books as well. And while we are at it, that rainbow flag is not accepted by most of the American population, let’s get rid of that as well.

Yep that’s it, erase it and we will eradicate racism and prejudice in our country. Yeah, let’s get back to reality. Don’t hide what we’ve done, let’s just educate not to do it again.

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/06/22/416548613/the-complicated-political-history-of-the-confederate-flag

Pride 2015

Today is the Pride March and many will be marching rain or shine.

Columbus [Ohio] Pride Festival and Parade​ has come a long way! Originally being to bring awareness of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Community, then to tolerance then to acceptance and now to embrace that all should be proud of who they are.

A thought and something that I’ve had to rethink and understand better and that is of the interchanging of the word tolerance and acceptance.

“Acceptance goes a step beyond tolerance. If a sign of tolerance is a feeling of “I can live with X (behavior, religion, race, culture, etc.)” acceptance moves beyond that in the direction of “X is OK.” You can tolerate something without accepting it, but you cannot accept something without tolerating it. For example, when a son or daughter tells a parent about an unwelcome career choice, marital partner, or sexual identity, he or she wants that information not just to be tolerated, but to be accepted.” – [Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/looking-in-the-cultural-mirror/201402/tolerance-acceptance-understanding]

The above paragraph summarizes perfectly the struggles that one who identifies as a GLBT person has to go thru. If you have the chance to attend the pride festivities including the parade and show or watch on TV (I’m sure the “showiest”) snippets of the event; remember this, GLBT’s are individuals who are contributing members of our society. We just want acceptance (refer back to definition). Not all put on a “show” or will be contributing to the “show” in it’s extreme of fashion, but rather are just everyday day people who are doctors, lawyers, grocery clerks, school teachers, insurance, real estate, police, and firefighters. We contribute in making better communities, funding our schools, volunteering, and just overall living the life just like anyone else.

Pride is for everyone…..A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value; self-respect. At the end of the day we ALL want that ACCEPTANCE. Enjoy the day, mingle, learn, accept, and have fun!

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PALEO ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE

PALEO ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE
Ingredients:

  1. One Zucchini (The larger the better, to counter shrinkage)
  2. Paleo friendly cooking spray
  3. Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Slice your Zucchini thin. I would say 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch. You can use a food processor, but depending on your slicer, it can end up a little too thin.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. That is around 100-105 degrees centigrade.
  3. Spray your baking sheet with your paleo friendly cooking spray.
  4. Lay out all the chips and spray cooking sprat lightly on the chips. Alternatively you could just toss it in some Coconut oil
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes to two hours, or until they get to the right level of crispiness for you.
  6. Eat within two to three hours.

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Police rudeness

Thought I’d share from Nextdoor.com regarding our police officers being rude, there is no excuse for not being polite. Yes situations can be tense and everyone can get excited but in order for respect to be given it must be earned and that starts with politeness in all of our public servants. Rudeness is indeed interpretive especially with a professional that has been trained to be direct and to the point but nonetheless all police encounters that are disfavorable should be reported to the the 645-4880 Internal Affairs Bureau-Complaint line. Additionally if an officer is an utmost professional and did a great job, call the same line and report the excellent customer service. Remember though being direct and authoritative is not being rude, it is a personality trait that is taught in our police officers and is often considered offensive to most Americans. Please be cognitive of this as you would with anyone you have an interaction with.

Additionally, with any interaction with a police officers, get their badge number or name. I find it easier most times to remember the badge number.

Hope this all helps and understand I am a strong advocate of our police, I thank them often especially at community events, but I will also report bad conduct or inferior service that is not characteristic as to what the CPD strives to be. But I understand; as being a person that is also direct and to the point, I have been called rude on many of an occasion.

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Sun Tea

Who doesn’t like sun tea!

Natural, no artificial ingredients and pennies per glass.

I like to use small jars that I clean in the dishwasher and then put parchment or wax paper in the lid (to prevent any lingering odors from the product that was in them). I use filtered water and your favorite tea bags ( I make the tea strong because it is poured over lots of ice later) and one or two fresh mint or lemon balm crushed or torn leaves placed in the water as well. Place outside and let the sun do it’s job. I use the small jars and date them so I know the tea doesn’t get old. Easier to put in the dishwasher as well since individual serving!

Once ready, fill a large tall glass with ice to the top, place another crushed or torn mint or lemon balm leaf on top of the ice, add sugar, dash of lemon or lime juice (and if appropriate your favorite alcoholic beverage) and pour the tea over a mesh strainer!

Enjoy.

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