Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Via Liberal Dragon / FB:

Via JMG: RE-ELECTED: All LGBT House Members

The 2014 midterms were not a total disaster, at least for the six openly LGBT members of the US House. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis* (D-CO), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep David Cicilline (D-RI), and Rep. Kysten Sinema (D-AZ) all retained their seats today. 

Openly gay US House candidates who lost their bids today include Oklahoma state Sen. Al McCaffrey, Texas military veteran Louie Minor, North Carolina American Idol finalist Clay Aiken, former Massachusetts GOP legislator Richard Tisei, and New York investment banker Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

The House bid of scandal-plagued homocon Carl DeMaio is too close to call at this writing.

*Not pictured.

Reposted from  Joe Jervis

Via JMG: Headline Of The Day

From the Huffington Post.

Reposted from  Joe Jervis

Via Boing Boing / FB:

Flower of the Day: 11/05/14

“What makes us repeat a negative pattern is our enchantment with our own story. This enchantment is sustained by negatively oriented pleasure, which is the connection between pleasure and destructiveness. This connection takes place when our spontaneity was first repressed, causing pain that had to be numbed up. At this moment, pleasure got connected with the mask, as well as all the games that today sustain the status quo.”

Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma

Surrender and Engagement | November 5, 2014

We must walk a fine line between surrender and engagement. As we individuate, we learn to remain open to the nature of uncertainty in the journey, allowing ourselves to fearlessly unfold. At the same time, our active participation in the process functions as a kind of dialogue between the ego and our Buddha-nature. We still pay the bills, do the washing up, and take the kids to school.

- Rob Preece, "The Solace of Surrender"