Wednesday, July 27, 2011

GI Joe and the MoHo

A recent post by another blogger (read it here) reminded me of a toy I had as a child. This was the original action figure - a GI Joe doll. They came out in 1964, and if you were a boy and did not have one - well then you were a nobody! Mine was the rather plain version, but my friend got one that also had the toy Jeep. We were all envious of that boy.

The main thing I remember about my GI Joe, however, was taking off his pants. Yes, folks, I was a perv even at the tender age of 7. It bothered me a bit that Joe was not "anatomically correct". Some things are better left to the imagination of a child, I suppose.

Anyway, I mention this as confirmation that gayness seems inherant at the earliest of ages if one cares to examine the situation with an open mind. Invictus described this so eloquently in his post. Sadly, much of the world chooses to ignore the evidence...


P.S. Channing Tatum was a much more compelling GI Joe, don't ya think?!

Friday, July 22, 2011

'Bout Time!

Obama ends gays in US military ban

Well it's about time! Bravo, Mr. President.
 
 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday formally signed off on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military, doing away with a policy that has been controversial from the day it was enacted and making good on his 2008 election campaign promise to the gay community.
That means that 60 days from now the ban will be lifted.

"As commander in chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness," Obama said in a statement.
"Today's action follows extensive training of our military personnel and certification by Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen that our military is ready for repeal. As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Gender Confusion...Confusion!

I almost walked out of Sacrament Meeting today. Normally I'm not overly sensitive when people bring up gay topics in meetings, but today was different. The whole theme of the meeting was centered on "The Proclamation On The Family", and we had a particularly annoying and ignorant woman give a talk that caused my blood pressure to spike. The first offense was her declaration that basically gay people were "tools of Satan" and that "Satan was clapping his hands with glee" over us. Oh brother!

Then she launched into a diatribe about how gay people are spreading "gender confusion" and causing young people to doubt or to question their gender. What the HELL is "gender confusion" anyway? Where did this idiotic idea come from and why is it being used in the Church? Straight people can be SO CLUELESS!!! Ugh! I don't know of anyone who doesn't know what gender they are, (unless they are intersexed, and even then I think they know which side of the coin they belong to). Transgendered people know what gender they AREN'T but feel they should be. Homosexuality isn't being confused about your gender, its about being attracted to your same gender. I'm not confused at all about either my gender or which gender I'm attracted to (reference picture below).



Anyway, I'm so pissed by this nonsense that I'm seriously thinking of going to Church next week in drag and blaming it all on those satanic gay people who zapped me with the Gender Confusion Ray-gun of Fagginess. Rachael Zoe, I need a look darling... 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cheeky

Once upon a time I worked with a lady from England who used to call me a "cheeky monkey". I always loved the way she said it - so Brit!

So here's my "Cheeky Monkey Collection" of spoofy Mormon graphics.  Enjoy!



















(photos originally posted on bycommonconsent.com.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Surrender Dorothy

The Washington, DC Temple has a special place in my heart. It was completed just before I went on my mission, and was the Temple I went to for my own endowments. For many years it was the only Temple east of the Mississippi, and eastern Mormons from all over would make the trek there. For us, it was a 15 hour drive.

One of the exciting things about those temple trips was the dramatic view of the Temple you get when you approach it from the interstate. The Capital Beltway loops around the suburbs that skirt DC proper, and the Temple sits on a hill in Chevy Chase, Maryland with a commanding view of the Beltway. As you approach the Temple from the east, you start up a gradual rise when suddenly the Angel Moroni begins to rise from the road in front of you! Mornoi rises higher and higer on golden spires until the full splendor of the Temple is in view. There's a wooded park at the bottom of the hill below the Temple, so it appears that this enormous (288 feet tall) building of white marble with golden spires is "floating" on a cloud of trees. This dramatic "reveal" of the Temple is a serendipitous effect of the lay of the land. Its so dramatic, in fact, that they have to keep most of the lights off on the Temple at night because startled drivers tend to end up in traffic accidents due to gawking.

Anyway, the Temple is a beloved symbol and landmark in DC, and almost everyone is familiar with it. Because of its striking, other-worldly looks and the dramatic setting and position it commands - floating there above its emerald forest - it immediately was associated by locals with the Emerald City in the Land of Oz. One enterprising graffiti artist recorded the sentiment in a humorous way on a railroad bridge that motorists coming down the Beltway would appreciate. I about busted a gut laughing over this one! I love it!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Golden Door

Generations ago, my ancestors came here from distant lands looking for a better life. Some came from Ireland, others from England and France. The faith that must have taken  - to leave behind relatives, friends, and homelands upon whose shores they had lived for centuries. Yet, they did come! How blessed I am that they had the courage to be pioneers, for their act of faith has blessed all the generations of their families since.


All of us in America are immigrants - pioneers if you like - if not directly, then indirectly. I think its important to remember that fact. Its part of what makes America great, what makes us strong. Our diversity is our National Treasure. There is no place on earth that can compare. Like it says in the Book of Mormon, it is a land "choice above all other lands". I firmly believe that.

Although there is probably small chance to know for sure, I like to think at least a few of my ancestors had the opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty as they made their way here. There is a poem inscribed on the pedestal of that statue that some may not have read before. I leave it with you as my Independence Day salute to this wonderful country we live in:
"The New Colossus" by Emma Lezarus:


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"