#MarriageEquality and #GunRights Show Us How To “Do the Impossible”

In 2008, Barack Obama met with a fundamentalist preacher during his presidential campaign, to state his opposition to same sex marriage.  The most liberal candidate in recent history felt supporting same sex marriage was politically dangerous just 7 years ago.  This week when the Supreme Court affirmed the right to same sex marriage was protected in the Constitution, it was the expected outcome.  And the vast majority of businesses, politicians and citizens saluted the decision.  The White House was lit in rainbow colors.  From Impossible to Inevitable in 7 years.

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I grew up in the country hunting, fishing and shooting guns.  Even in our conservative region in “the good old days” we still never imagined that all citizens would someday have the right to carry loaded weapons, concealed or open in holsters, in nearly every public setting.  Yet today every state is required by Supreme Court ruling to allow public possession of firearms, including concealed carry.  From Unthinkable to Unstoppable.

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What these two remarkable developments have in common is an organized, passionate group taking sustained political action.  In both cases, citizens mobilized into a political force over decades, raising money and more importantly wielding the votes to threaten candidates’ and politicians’ careers if they didn’t support and advance their issues.  Gay Rights and Gun Rights activists didn’t get discouraged or give up until they achieved their goals.  It’s impossible to deny the effectiveness of their determination.

American Citizens are almost universally disgusted with American Government.  This is one sentiment where the left, right and center actually agree!  But we typically say we can’t do anything about government waste of taxpayers money, inefficiency, bloat, bullying citizens, corruption, unethical behavior and other problems.  We say “that’s just the way it is” and it will never change.  Or we feel we can just vote in “our guys” without changing the rules of the system.  History shows that tactic does not solve the dysfunction.

Whether we agree or disagree with the hard fought triumphs of the Gay Rights and Gun Rights movements, their victories show this fatalistic attitude about improving our society is simply a cop out.  What’s more important than wise use of taxpayer dollars and the integrity of our leaders?  Citizens can clearly seize power if enough people care and put in a sustained effort.  We have the power to step up and make things better.

Do we just like to complain, or do we actually want to change our nation and world for the better?  Whatever you care about, don’t cop out and say it can’t be done.   This week’s Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage is just one example proving that’s not true!

As dysfunctional as our politics have become, Citizens in our Republic are still in control of our own destiny.  But in politics as in business, success takes hard work and persistence.

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Read more about how same sex marriage triumphed in Slate.

And check out just a couple of examples of how the open carry and concealed carry movement succeeded in legalizing widespread carrying of loaded firearms.

Amazing things can be done when people care.

— TTBG

 

 

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About This Letter to #AppleMusic from #TaylorSwift

It’s the perfect response.  Her message is polite, intelligent, rational and insistent.
I have had my serious falling out with Apple over music and equipment quality issues as detailed on this blog and my other pages. My issues are on the customer side.
Read Taylor’s Blog Post here.  It’s a spot on take regarding the artist side of the Apple Music controversies.

Read more in Rolling Stone.  I think AppleMusic is likely to succeed, but the Apple we all loved under Steve Jobs seems to be degenerating fast.

Here’s a ticketing idea that’s more fair to fans, #BlackhawksRally

Facebook or Twitter should develop ticket purchase validation technology that could be used for events like the Hawks rally tomorrow in Chicago, where scalpers scooped up so many of the free tickets and are selling them online for $100 or more.

There must be a way to help real fans get most of the tickets by authorizing purchases through matching with Facebook profiles and activity.

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#Blackhawks Rally #ChicagoBlackhawks #StanleyCup #SoldierField #Scalpers #Chicago

 

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Outdoor dining in Chicago: What hot spots you should hit

Thanks to Audarshia Townshend of WGN (312 Dining Diva) for giving me a call looking for the best gardens in the Chicago Suburbs. Glad to recommend my client’s giant dining and drinking garden at Drink in Schaumburg. Enjoy your Summer and stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

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Chicago travel expert Audarshia Townsend told WGN Morning News where to find the five best rooftops and outdoor patio dining experiences in both the city and the suburbs. The city list can be found in the video above, and the suburbs in the video below.

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Apple’s Spotify rival revealed: Meet Apple Music

Been following the Apple Music news all day. This past January in a routine iPod sync, iTunes wiped out all my playlists and purchased music from any service other than iTunes. A musical apocalypse in my case as I have over 15,000 tracks, all purchased or ripped from CDs or Vinyl, and hundreds of carefully constructed playlists. All in shambles now, with no notice. And Apple Store guys and online support don’t even want to talk about it. I have backups of all my tracks of course, and playlists that can be salvaged (I hope).  Put the rescue on hold to see how the new Apple Music will handle things. After June 30 I will give Apple 1 more try for music management, and if the company continues the disrespect for the iPod early adoptors such as myself, who saved the company 15 years ago, then it’s off to Google Music for good and just rebuild what I can. We’ll see. Regardless Apple blew a long relationship where I was a reliable evangelist.

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As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled its major rival to Spotify called Apple Music. In unveiling the new streaming service, Apple is trying to regain its power over the music industry that it first seized with the release of the iPod and the iTunes Store. The service will be available through the iTunes app. Apple says Apple Music is three things: First, a “revolutionary” music service featuring playlists curated by professional DJs; a worldwide radio station that will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and a way for artists to connect with their fans.

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