Monday, 26 January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Senior Saturday... Col. Ret. USAR Margarethe Cammermeyer...

Text reprinted from Col. Cammermeyer's Wiki Entry.....

Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer (born March 24, 1942) served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. Born in Oslo, Norway, she became a United States citizen in 1960. In 1961 she joined the Army Nurse Corps as a student. She received a B.S. in Nursing in 1963 from the University of Maryland. At the University of Washington School of Nursing, she earned a master's degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1991.


She had a 15-year marriage to a man and they had four sons. In 1988, when she was 46, she met her partner, Diane Divelbess.

In 1989, responding to a question during a routine security clearance interview, she disclosed that she is a lesbian. The National Guard began military discharge proceedings against her. On June 11, 1992, she was honorably discharged. Cammermeyer filed a lawsuit against the decision in civil court. In June 1994, Judge Thomas Zilly of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that her discharge and the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military were unconstitutional. She returned to the National Guard and served as one of the few openly gay or lesbian people in the U.S. military while the "don't ask don't tell" policy was in effect, until her retirement in 1997.

A television movie about Cammermeyer's story, Serving in Silence, was made in 1995, with Glenn Close starring as Cammermeyer. Its content was largely taken from Cammermeyer's autobiography of the same name.

After retirement, Cammermeyer ran for the United States Congress in Washington's 2nd congressional district in 1998. She won the Democratic primary, but lost in the general election to Republican incumbent Jack Metcalf.

In June 2010, she was appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a committee which is appointed by the United States Secretary of Defense and which reports to the United States Department of Defense.[1]  The Point Foundation announced plans to honor Cammermeyer with its Point Legend Award in April 2011.[2]

In 2012, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state, Cammermeyer and her partner Diane Divelbess became the first same-sex couple to get a license in Island County.[3]

Friday, 23 January 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

2 Overdue.... I LOVE OLIVIA POPE!!!!......

We JUST had the season opener (season 1) of Scandal here in Australia.


Aside from brilliant writing and amazing casting - Kerry Washington KILLS it as Olive Pope, the Mistress of the Machinations of Handled.

Seriously - there has not been such a well written drama on television since the West Wing in my opinion.  And all the cast members totally own their characters.

I love it.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Republican Response to SOTU....


State Of The Union ...

America would have been so much worse off without the current occupant of the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America.

This is a man of integrity, purpose, and vision.

2 Hot ... When A Top Goes In Right......

Shamelessly stolen from Jules Vivier Tumblr.  link in sidebar.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Musical Interlude ... My First Disco Tune ....

"Mighty Real" by Sylvester is the earliest memory I have of disco.
He seemed like something otherworldly to me as a 6 yr old.  And I don't mind admitting that once I saw that turban I wanted it SO bad that I started wrapping tea towels around my head. :)  If that wasn't a clear indication to my mother then she was obviously looking in another direction.

Enjoy.  For you youngens who weren't born, boy did YOU miss out :)


My 2 Cents Worth....Porn Is Not Evil ......

We do a lot of shaming in this community;
  • Fat-shaming
  • Slut-shaming
  • Truvada-shaming
  • Race-shaming
  • Trans-shaming
  • Age-shaming
Let's talk Porn shaming. 

Really Rose?!  Really?????

OK, so we're all grown ups here so here is how it goes.......

Stop it.  Just stop it.

I am not going to even go into the BILLIONS of dollars a year spent on the consumption of porn.
I am not going to even go into the THOUSANDS of blogs dedicated to porn; porn performers, and/or nudes.
I am not going to even go into the HUNDREDS of professional adult actors who routinely turn up for work and do the job that allows us to spank our monkeys on a regular basis.

And here is what we really are not going to do.

We are not going to shame people who do porn.
We are not going to shame people for the type of porn they do.
We are not going to shame the use of the word porn and instead use the pasteurised version "adult entertainment".  We can use either, or both.  Neither is a "dirty word".

We are not going to shame people who like or do porn.

Porn - made with consenting adults - is an industry that is not "dirty".
Porn is an industry that supplies jobs.  Many jobs.
Porn is an industry that values safety.  In spite of the small number of high profile HIV infections, the Porn/Adult Industry has a better safety record than Construction, Nursing, Public Transportation and even Teaching.  It makes news because it is fundamentally about sex.  And sex sells.

Porn is porn.  It is an Industry.  It is the Supply that meets Demand.  It is a culture in and of itself that sits within our own culture.

Porn - and those who do it and/or watch it - are not evil.

Stop demonising those in it, and those who like it.

We can and must do better as a community.

And that's my 2 Cents Worth.