Orlando Pride 2010

WHAT a beautiful, glorious day. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…



O'er the home of the brave and the land of the free... soon, I promise!



Martha Reeves and the Vandellas



Scotty Campbell ala Romanesca



Patty Sheehan and I go back thirty years... thanks, Patty !!



PFlag Mom!






Billy, respectably.




Miss Sammy



Doin' the Locomotion




Requiescat in pace


… and, lest we forget, here’s a link to a related item I have published on Suite 101:




13 responses

  1. Well, I must admit, I bat for the hetero team, but boy, what great pictures!! Great day weather wise we all had Sunday, and I’m sure it was a great day for a parade!!

  2. Hey Jim, check the City website for open positions…cityoforlando.net, and there’s a job tab on the left hand side of the page…I don’t recall what’s on there this week.

  3. Go Orlando Pride.

    Speaking of pride, how can we improve airport security while having a little more fun with this annoying process? A recent article by A. Etzioni of GWU re resistance to body scanners for modesty reasons set me off and led to my writing this. Hope you enjoy it. Don

    Wellness in the Headlines 

    The Pledge of Allegiance Sucks; Patriotic Citizens Should Refuse to Recite or Recognize It

    Release date: Friday October 15, 2010

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    The Pledge of Allegiance is a dreadful, nonsensical ritual that professes falsehoods. Furthermore, it is offensive to many Americans. The divisive pledge, ill-conceived when created by a Baptist minister in 1892, was rendered odious in 1954 when a campaign by the Knights of Columbus led Congress to add “under God” to the Pledge. President Eisenhower signed this change into law and the Pledge has since been a religious profession.¬†

    Until the Pledge is reformed or eliminated by a Supreme Court or Congress that respects the establishment clause of our constitution separating church and state, those who take offense at the Pledge might consider simply refusing to recite it. 

    I’ll review the history of the Pledge, why I consider it to be a dreadful, nonsensical ritual professing falsehoods and then offer my idea of an improved version. The proposed pledge will not be dreadful, nonsensical or offensive to anyone and will have the extra benefit of advancing a REAL wellness message. The alternative, of course, is no pledge at all. We might consider that a nation is not likely to earn or maintain the loyalty of its people with an oath of allegiance. Likewise, no scoundrel will hesitate to recite a pledge in order to disguise an absence of loyalty.


    As noted, the Pledge was written in 1892. It resulted from a promotion by the editors of a national magazine, the “Youth’s Companion,” that was designed to encourage patriotism, especially in public schools. The display of the flag was part of this promotion.¬† Initially, the Pledge was called a “Salute to the Flag.” The author was a magazine employee named Francis Bellamy. Over the years, numerous modest changes were made to the Pledge, as it grew from 22 to 31 words. The Pledge was usually recited with the Bellamy salute, a raised-arm pointed toward the flag. This feature of the Pledge was eliminated in favor of hand over heart in the early 40’s. It would not do to confuse our Pledge with the infamous “Heil, mein F√ľhrer (Hail, my leader!) or “Sieg Heil!” (Hail victory!) pledge of the German enemy.¬†
    On three occasions the U.S. Supreme Court has had to rule on pledge controversies. The Pledge clearly has not always been a uniter. Often,¬†parents or religious groups (e.g., Mennonites, Jehovah’s Witnesses) objected to state laws mandating the Pledge in schools. Most objections were ignored. However, in 1942, the Supreme Court ruled that every American has a First Amendment right to refuse to say the Pledge and cannot be compelled to stand for it.
    And then there was the addition of “under God” in 1954. Michael Newdow has twice brought cases to the Supreme Court arguing that the inclusion of these words is unconstitutional. Of course, the words are also unprovable. We can’t be sure there is a god, and those who think there is have markedly different ideas about the nature of such a character or force or whatever, and there is certainly no reason to believe that the United States is any more or less “under” him, her or it than, say, Australia or Iran, for that matter.¬†
    Not surprisingly, the present Court has ruled that Newdow either lacked standing or (second time around) that “under God” was just fine.
    How about a simple, non bombastic and non-religious affirmation of sorts that might remind us what matters most about our form of government and the kind of nation we want to create consistent with our ideals? How about a pledge that unites more than it divides, as is the case with the current religious statement? How about one with an element of REAL wellness? How about this, or something along these lines?
    I pledge allegiance to the ideals of the United States of America Рto life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and justice for all, to freedom of speech and freedom of as well as from religion. I pledge to work for a more per­fect Union to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the com­mon defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

    That’s 70 words – a bit of an expansion but I think the proposed pledge language would reinforce what we want this country to represent. It is a mission and values statement that honors the Constitution’s Preamble.

    What do you think? Are there words you would add or eliminate? Let me know РI may quote you in a follow-up story. awr.realwellness@gmail.com

    All good wishes.

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