A friend sent me a cool video, and I really liked the song. Turns out it's the same group that's done some DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) songs, and one of their remix songs (Moonlight Shadow) is probably my favorite DDR song. They're called Groove Coverage, and they're a German Euro-trance band. Lately my music interests have tended to techno, ambient music and oldies, so I definitely recommend a listen. (The first video is an AMV from Fullmetal Alchemist, which is a pretty awesome anime if you're into that.)
Far Away From Home - Groove Coverage
Moonlight Shadows - Groove Coverage
In other news, Maine voted to repeal its recent gay marriage law, becoming the 31st state to deny equal marriage rights. Many in the LGBT movement are angry at President Obama for "not doing enough". This blog can be and is my personal soapbox, so here's my opinion:
Bigotry and ignorance are NOT Obama's fault. He is the President of a very sick and strained country, not your personal bully pulpit. His most pressing matters are getting our economy back on track so that you can have your jobs, your homes and your livelihoods, and live your lives without fear of homelessness. He's focused on not getting more Americans killed in wars we shouldn't be in. He's worried about pressing international affairs, including nuclear tension with Iran.
If you want equality, you need to fight for it. Don't expect the President, or the Vice-President, or Speaker Pelosi or Sen. Reid to do it for you. Educate people. Spread truth instead of the red herrings and lies that the bigots spread. Show people that above all, you want to be treated as equals, not given rights above and beyond what others have.
And to those that oppose equality: Read some history, please. You are denying civil rights and creating a second-class populace based on who they love. This happens to be a gross violation of the Constitution and something that the Founding Fathers strained to prevent. The rights of people should not be put to a simple vote, as you have done.
"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases
to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."