Chariot's Rant

Was this custom made for me?

Those of you who know me, understand.

When my friend was first deployed I wore my boots every day: to work, every where.

When a friend's son joined up, I bought him a pair of boots.

Get your boots on.

Historic, but still work to be done.

I think this is fantastic and its about time. We have served, want to serve, will serve; but somehow its not ok.  That's bullshit. This site is dedicated, in part, to the Theban Sacred Band, one of the most renowned fighting forces of the world.  And they were paired fighters, lovers.... Tell me that it somehow doesn't work.  Really?

I know its not going to be easy.  Fighting intolerance and stupidity, especially institutionalized intolerance and stupidity is never easy. But "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was a slap in the face of those brave enough to serve.  It is rightfully ended.

On to DOMA, next, please.

The next time I see one of those stupid stick figure bumper stickers, I am going to run the driver off the road. Saw one this morning, then noticed the guy was a Veteran and a Marine.  Those things will usually get me to overlook a lot... especially in traffic. But I will not overlook this. Shame the guy wouldn't look over at me no matter how hard I stared at him as I passed him or he passed me as we went down the highway.  I was so primed to give him the finger.  Eloquent, I know... but that's the response he deserved, Veteran or not.

I don't know what it is going to take to get these people to wake up. Its not even a matter of changing times or values, or what have you. Just because the man-woman-2 children model was the DOMINANT one for a long time, does not me it was the only one.  Its NOT the only one, and it has NEVER been the only one.

Those who preach about Family Values don't seem to have a clue as to what really makes a family. Frankly, if they spoke to me and got even a hint of who I consider my family to be, they'd probably need an exorcist and damn quick.

But times are changing. And the alternate family models are becoming more and more mainstream. This is not a bad thing. Family is and should be defined by the loving bonds we form. A family without love, no matter who it is comprised of, is no family at all.

Have not the strongest
And closest ties been bound so long
I've called upon them
They remind me where I'm from
With deep conviction
I am connected cross the miles
With out them nothing worth relying on

- "Chiron", All That Remains