American Highlander

The many musings of an American Celt

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Posted by Reid on March 26, 2009

As usual a great post at Gay Patriot (I admit I am a total groupie)  I agree with this, ok fine, I LOVE this part:

My response is simple, you don’t go to conservatives begging for equality, not for gays, not for anyone. When conservatives are true to their principles, we speak out for freedom. Indeed, freedom, until all too recently, has been the watchword of the American political tradition. Thomas Jefferson did indeed write in the Declaration of Independence that we are “created equal,” but the rights with which we are “endowed” included “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Equality didn’t make the list.

As with anything at GP read the whole thing

Sometimes simple is best… I think the “gay movement” has convinced itself and the community at large that somehow it is not equal–instead of figuring out how best to get legal recognition of our relationships, we like to be dramatic about it.

I think the penchant for the stereotype of drama queens fits this nicely (and unfortunately), since many in the movement liken their lives (consciously or unconsciously) to feel like a reality television show. All of a sudden a made up victimization of not being equal emerges… and everyone goes with it. In the mean time they alienate those “moderate” conservatives and others that may have helped achieve the goal.


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Daniel Hannan, MEP… Gets it

Posted by Reid on March 26, 2009

Why are comments like this not on the main stream media? Because they are more common than those in power would have you beleive. Obama should hear this one too. Listen to the speech, it is pretty good.


Subscribe to Daniel Hannan’s YouTube Channel HERE since you may not get to see him on the MSM or BBC much 🙂

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Denver Tea Party

Posted by Reid on March 25, 2009

teaparty For those of you who will be in Colorado on Tax Day it would be brilliant to gather a group together and add our collective presence to this worthy protest. Funny part is that not much MSM coverage for these events and they are gaining much popularity. If you are interested in coming with me let me know 🙂

Here is the Denver specific information from the website. If you are not in Denver there are many other locations planned just click on the picture above to go to the website.

City: Denver
When: April 15, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Where: West steps of the Capitol, 200 East Colfax
Contact: EMAIL
Facebook Group: CLICK HERE

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Posted by Reid on March 24, 2009

It is fun satire on tweeters and tweeting  🙂

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Must Read: Mark Steyn’s “Outrage Kabuki” at NRO

Posted by Reid on March 23, 2009


The Outrage Kabuki

As usual he is amazing… head over to NRO and read the article, I would be happy to talk about it here though. Here is just a highlight that I quite enjoyed.

The investor class invests in jurisdictions where the rules are clear and stable. Right now, Washington is telling the planet: In our America, there are no rules. Got a legally binding contract? We’ll tear it up. Refuse to surrender the dough? We’ll pass a law targeted at you, yes, you, Mr. Beau Nuss of 27 Plutocrat Gardens, Fatcatville. If you want a banana republic on steroids, this is great news. So cheer on thuggish grandstanding by incompetent legislators-for-life like Barney Frank if you wish. But, in any battle between the political class and the business class, you’re only fooling yourself if you think it’s in your interest for the latter to lose.

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Um, yep Obama is out of touch

Posted by Reid on March 23, 2009

The picture introduces this interesting article in the New York Times that this left leaning Obama supporter (Frank Rich) headlining his piece Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived? I suppose that is what happens when the actions do not match the rhetoric. Most people can tell when the talk becomes cheap no matter what your political leanings … My hope would have been his actions against what he promised to be a bit more conservative, because TRUE conservatism is best for everyone, but alas no he is letting others really run the “show”. The interesting part of all this is he is starting to alienate his own supporters.

In addition to Rich’s article, you can see hints of this in a recent Camille Paglia Salon piece (page one mostly) Heads should roll. These are a few people on the left who are waking up, I doubt they will get through to our president.

Here is an awesome article from Andrew Breitbart:Dreaming of President Petraeus and an American surge It is an excellent summary of what is going on with Obama. I just found this quote below an interesting irony  to which I wholeheartedly agree.

What is scaring us – even though many of us won’t admit it – is that we elected a president who wants more than anything to be liked.

I agree with the growing premise that Obama is worried about his image more than he is ready to get to work. the media made the mistake in the campaign to treat him softly so he does not know how to deal with the hard stuff, which is sad really because the media did a much better job of that with Palin… now that Obama is less and less coddled he is not sure what to do.

Why else would he be eager to get to Hollywood to give us some more campaign rhetoric? Why else would he call the NYT to explain he is not a Socialist (Article : Obama makes Oval Office call to reporters –h/t Michelle Malkin)  These kind of actions remind me of Meghan McCain recently in her quest to get back into the limelight… to Meghan, move on. Obama, suck it up cupcake, get to work and realize you need to be true to your word. This leaves us with this current administration’s goals…(from the Breitbart article)

Let’s create more government dependency, reward the incompetent and print more money.
That’s doubling down on stupidity.

We “little” people are smarter than you give us credit for and this type of direction will never do. Obama it is time to really get in touch.

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Yes, we men are visual…when you’re Gay it is double trouble

Posted by Reid on March 20, 2009


There is an excellent post over at GayPatriot On gender difference & sexual attraction that got me thinking about how gay men work.  The premise presented in the post makes me also think that even though we men are “visual” that we still have the need to “connect” and while we like to look at the two dimensional “cute together” picture as the ideal we (men) forget the need we have for the depth of all aspects (emotional, spiritual physical) in our companions and relationships- conversely they in us.

Being visual we place expectations of what we hope is inside the vessel (the companion) in regards to the emotional and spiritual. .. But because we do not focus on these long term attributes first (come on folks the pretty does go away) we find out the incompatibility later, after “several”  intimate experiences. Then we move on to the next “hunt” that we think ” looks” like what we are really after. We are left with a pattern of “serial monogamy” rather than a formula for the true long term monogamous ideal.

If you like to rebel against this ideal of long term commitment or like to embrace negotiated “open” relationships do what you must. But I maintain that there is danger emotionally (even if you learn to make yourself numb to it) in not learning the discipline of getting to actually know the person first before focusing on the aesthetic/physical. Yes, this means learning to keep your zipper closed for “the one”. One of the best books I have read on the subject is Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell… they of course do focus on “straight couples”  in a way but the premise of what sex really means to humans and the connection element are quite remarkable, it is very easy to apply it to gay relationships.

Think of the people that you know you want in your life when you are old the people you could not imagine your life without. Your intimate relationship should have these aspects in it too, there is just the added benefit of them being even closer than these other people. It takes getting to know the person REALLY learning about who they are rather than placing expectations on them because you find them attractive.

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LOL… I am EXTREMELY Conservative

Posted by Reid on March 15, 2009

Here is a fun test at the Center for American Progress, looks like I am extremely conservative…Where are you in the test? The questions are not very solid, as they are quite general and leave too much to imagination to really rate people correctly.

Interactive Quiz: How Progressive Are You?

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The “who” should be cutting back hippocracy”

Posted by Reid on March 9, 2009

“The biggest ongoing threat to fiscal sanity in this country, I believe, is an open-ended, ever expanding military budget that goes far beyond what
is necessary.” (Rep. Barney Frank)

There is no introspection on his part…the only open ended ever expanding wast of time is congress spending. They continue to point fingers at others when they should be walking the walk themselves.

Take a look at this Heritage Foundation Morning Bell Post
Morning Bell: Cutting Defense is No Solution to Economic Woes

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How free is your State?

Posted by Reid on March 6, 2009

Wahoo… Colorado ranks #2 for Overall Freedom … I hope the liberals in office here now do not mess that up! I like our pioneer ways. Where does your state stand?

Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

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