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Hooray, the Oscars are coming up.  Yeah, whatever.  So what if I’m a nerd for watching the Oscars?  I just happen to be a fan a film and Hugh Jackman is hosting.  So, of course I’m going to be glued to the television set.  Hugh in High Definition–Glorious.

Anyway, I recently saw Milk and I just had to write about it.  I’m not sure how everyone else felt (I’m sure not like this), but I was an emotional wreck during this film.  Already from the start of the film, I got so emotional.  Watching the archival footage of police raiding gay bars set to a beautiful weeping saxophone solo was so moving to me.  The score and the saxophone solo piece was the perfect tone for the opening sequence.  A really sad but fitting opening for the film.

It was great to see gay characters in their element portrayed on screen.  Although, I think it would have been interesting to see the earlier stages of Milk’s life.  The closeted Milk, working in New York, like many other gay men afraid to disclose their sexual orientation out of fear of losing their job.  The film also seemed to avoid Milk’s personal past.  He had more than one ex-lover who suffered from depression and attempted suicide.

The film covers Milk’s effort to defeat Proposition 6 or the Briggs Initiative, proposed by the then state legislator John Briggs, that would have banned all gay and lesbians, and anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California’s public school.  Proposition 6 was also a part of a larger movement to strip rights away from all gay and lesbians.  Watching Anita Bryant and her ‘Save Our Children’ organization repeal local gay rights ordinances was so disheartening and frustrating.  It was sad to see these unfortunate events, after having recently watched the passage of Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban, pass in my home state of California.  Watching the film, I couldn’t help but remember how I felt the night before the election.  Just like the film, we were all so nervous and agitated and hoped for the best, while watching the results unveil.  Unfortunately, Proposition 8 didn’t have the same outcome as Proposition 6.  So, watching Proposition 6 get defeated on film, was a bit of a blow for me.

Overall, I’m happy to see these moments in history relive onscreen for today’s generation.  Sean Penn gave an amazing performance.  I thought his speeches were so believable and moving. He just seemed so natural leading the gay movement.  I thought the film’s score was beautiful and serene, but a bit haunting, which fit the political stage and struggles of the film.  All 8 Academy Award nominations are well deserved.  We’ll see if the film takes home any on Sunday night.

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So, what is going on with the $700 billion taxpayer money?  Honestly, I’ve given up trying to understand how the Treasury is using taxpayer money to stabilize the economy.  Well, because no one really knows what is going on.

That’s where the Congressional Oversight Panel comes in.  What I find unsettling is the amount of information the panel doesn’t know.  Elizabeth Warren, the panel’s chair, explains the COP’s first report.  Ten questions to the Treasury about the use of these funds.

  1. What is the Treasury’s strategy?
  2. Is the strategy working to stabilize markets?
  3. Is the strategy helping to reduce foreclosures?
  4. What have financial institutions done with the taxpayers’ money received so far?
  5. Is the public receiving a fair deal?
  6. What is Treasury doing to help the American family?
  7. Is Treasury imposing reforms on financial institutions that are taking taxpayer money?
  8. How is Treasury deciding which institutions receive the money?
  9. What is the scope of Treasury’s Statutory Authority?
  10. Is Treasury looking ahead?

Don’t you think the American public should know the Treasury’s strategy?  We should at least know the  Treasury wants to help the American family.  I hope they do.

Elizabeth Warren talked more on the report on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  Warren told Terry Gross the frame of the report was important and needed to be fast and tough, which is why the report is basically a set of questions.  The biggest concern Warren raised was the foreclosure crisis.  She says 1 in 7 families will lose a home has hit and will continue to hurt investors.  She insisted the Treasury has to deal with the mortgage foreclosures crisis, saying America can’t be saved by just stuffing dollars into vaults.  Listen to the interview.  It’s a bit grim, but so informative.

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This is so moving.  A year ago, San Diego mayor, Jerry Sanders, made a statement reversing his stance on gay marriage.  He revealed his plan to support a city measure that guaranteed equal rights to gays and lesbians.

I can’t beleive, I didn’t see this earlier.  This is what we all need to hear, discuss, and show to all Americans right now.

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Way to go,  for showing ignorance.

In a radio interview, Mike Huckabee claims voters did not ban same-sex marriage.  However, the proposition was clearly meant to do just that.  It said, “eliminate rights of same-sex couples to marry.”  Voters, in other words, banned same-sex marriage!

Oh, that’s not all.

Apparently gay rights shouldn’t be compared to civil rights because gay Americans haven’t been subjected to violence.

And this guy won’t rule out a 2012 bid for presidency?

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Antonio Villaraigosa spoke during the national protest against proposition 8 today.  When asked about why he supports same-sex marriage, Villaraigosa says, he got elected to stand up for the Constitution and to stand up against discrimination.

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The best part about this clip was Cindy McCain.  Doing what she does best.  Just standing there, nodding and smiling like a Stepford Wife.

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A friend sent my this very funny election forecast.

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Fortunately, I already voted.

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