Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you, the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates:
Michelle Bachmann:"Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)
Ron Paul:"The rate of AIDS infection is on the increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite sensible. First, these men don't really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners... because sex is the center of their lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes with being sick." (1995 in a newsletter)
Rick Perry:"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. " (2011 in a campaign ad)
Mitt Romney:"I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.)
Newt Gingrich:"She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." (1994, about his first wife)
Rick Santorum:"Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?" (2008)
Michelle Bachmann:"Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." (2009 during a debate)
Mitt Romney:"PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car)
One of our uncles who’s dad fainted yesterday during our annual holiday gathering at Rohr Park wrote this is his email to all of us.
"My dad is generally okay. He is still in Paradise Valley Hosp undergoing several tests. Might go home tonight. So far the EKG’s, labs, brain (CT) scans are negative. They did a brain MRI earlier this morning and currently a lung scan. At least two more procedures are in line. I personally think it was one single fainting event but I guess his case can warrant all these procedures. After all, hospitals are a business. But thank you all. (The ambulance driver asked me if we were all family. I said yes. And he said it’s quite a big family. I said I KNOW)."
NO MATTER WHAT…this “family/tribe” of ours is strong. Can’t break these bonds, not all of us are bounded by blood to one another…but our LOVE is strong. Sometimes, that’s all you really need.
Ends this morning! Still have to finish up the group stuff on Mondays, but I’m just glad another piece of this experience is coming to an end! One day at a time. Thanks Diane, Bryan, Matt, and Maryanne for the rides on Tuesdays!
It is impossible for my mind and my body to be still at the same time. The best way for me to clear my head is to move my body. That’s a big reason I enjoy exercising—besides the sheer fact it just feels good to know my body functions—it helps me clear my head.
Just caught this on his recent podcast, they plugged one of their new gigs. They straight up said what I tell everyone about the music and scene. At it’s core, the core fans are all about love and empathy for each other.