Pray if you want, no one is asking you to stop. No one is judging you because you do. We are imploring you to see your prayer is SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH! Take action where you can and demand action where u cannot. If you cannot start doing that here and now, then you have rejected the first gift given to you by the God you claim to live for. Unless you act, as empowered by the God you follow – your faith is worthless here. In fact, the responsibility for all living things is the ONLY thing your faith has that is valuable to this earth. on some level you know being responsible here is the true test of your faith. Yet, you have so eloquently squandered it all.Read More
This blog are the musings and rambling of author Leslie L. Smith.
Two decades of politically correct polarization, fed by the POV’s of Fox News and MSNBC have dulled most of us to the most basic of human truths. At our cores, we are all the same. We all love, we all fear, we all desire. And we all face that struggle through our own lenses, whatever they may be. It is our job in life to balance the needs of those three basic drives. The truth about this is that we all fear individually, but what society fears most is complexity. Collectively we fear complexity in all its forms, until the moment it frees us as individuals to be human and to make our own mistakes.Read More
Lest we fall into an argument of unfounded ideologies and nationalist mythologies, it is important to point out a few facts. The National Anthem is "The Star Spangled Banner." It was written in response to a scene in the War of 1812, and was not a direct result of the Revolutionary War. It is not a product of our original government and was not made the official anthem until the 1930’s when a group of vets collected over five million signatures to make it the Nation's first National Anthem. Most football games only use the first stanza of the song which ends with a question, not a statement:
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
But here it is… Today’s healthcare vote in the house is as much about America’s racism as it is about capitalism. And I don’t mean in a general sense, I don’t think the bill is specifically formulated to effect people of color disproportionately (it might be, I don’t know). I mean that it is an active, racist attack on the legacy of the first black president.Read More
January 29, 2017
Today at PHX Skyharbor
I stood hand-in-hand with Malcolm X,
Ceaser Chavez, Harvey Milk and Maya Angelou.
Today at PHX Skyharbor
I stood hand-in-hand with Africans,
Mexicans, Mid-Easterners, and all those you dislike.
Shortly after the election, a friend posted this image on Facebook, with the caption "Now the great work begins..."Read More
I have spent most of my life fascinated with heroes - because as an adolescent the only heroes I had were fictional ones. Most were pulled from the pages of DC and Marvel comics, well drawn dreams of super strong men & women with an almost inhuman code of ethics, gifted ones who valued all life equally, and in many cases whose very existence was a metaphor for my sexuality, a metaphor I understood long before I could articulate it. This gave me hope where the rest of the world had failed me.Read More
It has become painfully obvious that the title of my book, Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual, or I Was Cursed By Polly Holliday has prevented many potential readers from exploring the book’s subject.Read More
the past few years the observation of the day has been experienced a kind of renaissance. As the AIDS Free Generation movement has taken hold, and the Berlin Patient, PrEP and other scientific advances in the field of AIDS treatment and prevention, a new hope seems to be inspiring us to rediscover our passion to fight, or at least to make the discussion of AIDS and HIV to return to a place of relevance.Read More