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I’m Counting The Days….

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:06 pm - November 4, 2005.
Filed under: Travel

The house in Chantilly finally sold yesterday! Well, I got a contract on it. But all looks good. So the move to Charlotte is now less than 30 days away!

And flying back from Kingsport, TN today made me realize one of the things I’m looking forward to.

I get to ditch Dulles Airport and its stupid “Mobile Lounges”

and being forced to fly United Airlines since Dulles is its hub….

And I get to say hello to Charlotte Douglas Airport and the new US Airways/America West.

For the first time nearly all year, I had flawless and non-stressful flights this week thanks to US Airways. When I lived in Philadelphia, I dreaded flying US Airways. But United has gotten so bad, their customer service so terrible, and their employees so rude… I’m counting the days to flying on US Airways!! I actually had a flight attendant today that liked her job!!!

Oh yeah, and I can’t wait to move to my our hometown of Charlotte! PatriotPooch is longing for some new butts to sniff!!

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-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Iraqis Say…”Thank You, America”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:52 pm - November 4, 2005.
Filed under: War On Terror

See the video at The Other Iraq.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Taking Gay Marriage Seriously in Texas

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:24 pm - November 4, 2005.
Filed under: Gay Marriage

Next Tuesday, Texas is likely to become the eighteenth state to pass a constitutional amendment barring the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. The proposed amendment, appearing on next Tuesday’s ballot, would also prevent the Lone Star State from recognizing domestic partnerships as well. Last year, voters in thirteen states (eleven in November, Missouri and Louisiana earlier in the year) approved ballot initiatives defining marriage the union of one man and one woman. Since then, voters in Kansas followed suit.

Although every such referendum that appears on state ballots has passed, usually by a comfortable margin, advocates of same-sex marriage continue to offer the same strategy to defeat these measures. And they continue to lose. Given their repeated defeats, one would expect gay rights’ leaders to assess the damage and develop a new strategy. Perhaps a few leaders should take responsibility for their failure (to defeat a single one of these initiatives) and step down as did British Foreign Minister Lord Carrington when, a week after he refused to grant the Royal Navy permission to send a fleet to defend the Falkland Islands, Argentina invaded that British territory.

Lord Carrington acknowledged his mistakes. Those spearheading the opposition to the Texas Amendment are repeating those made by gay marriage advocates in other states. Under the leadership of a liberal former state representative, Austin’s Glen Maxey, opponents have put together “No Nonsense In November,” a coalition of left-wing groups. Law professor Dale Carpenter, one of the few who understands what’s at stake in the marriage debate, calls this “a losing coalition” in “a conservative Republican state.

It’s not just the coalition that’s the problem, it’s the message as well. On the No Nonsense website, Dale finds that:

the very first argument against the marriage amendment is one that practically cribs from press releases of the state Democratic party. No Nonsense argues that instead of passing a marriage amendment, the Republican-dominated state legislature should have concentrated on “real solutions” like child healthcare and equalization of public-school financing.

Seems these activists are more interested in attacking Republicans than in defeating this pernicious proposal. Not a good idea in a state that voted to re-elect the president with 61% of the vote.

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The Gipper’s Quarter-Century

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:27 pm - November 4, 2005.
Filed under: American History,Ronald Reagan

Jayson at Polipundit reminds us that today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s landslide defeat of Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election.

No wonder that Democrat has been so crabby and classless lately.

But, today we should not dwell on that defeated Democrat’s venom, but instead remember the vision and optimism of the greatest president of the second half of the twentieth century. Thank you, Ronald Reagan.

And we’ll remember you just as you wanted:

Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.”

Today, not only do we thank Ronald Reagan, but also the American people for having the good sense to vote him into office two times with a majority of the popular vote.

UPDATE: Over at Best of the Web, James Taranto reminds us that twenty-five years ago today, “on Nov. 4, 1980, America began to reverse its decline by electing a man who shared the country’s faith in itself.” I agree.

I Miss These Guys…..

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:19 am - November 4, 2005.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Happy Friday everyone!

-Bruce (GayPatriot …. returning from Eastern Tennessee)