Mar 26, 2009 at 11:14:12
“Adam redeemed himself last night. The rocker thing just isn't him, in my opinion. He cleans up well, he's very handsome, and his vocals last night were excellent. I loved his "new" look. I have been a fan of Scott all along, but I have to say that last night he disappointed. And whoever dressed him up in pink pants should be chastised. That was cruel. I think maybe he's gotten this far because of his blindness. That's too bad. I had hoped I was seeing this generation's Ray Charles! Gokey wasn't his usual great self last night - maybe the wrong song. This year is a tough call for me. I don't think it matches up with previous years at all.”
Dec 16, 2008 at 21:35:43
"Projection -- Projection is something we all do. It is the act of taking something of ourselves and placing it outside of us, onto others; sometimes we project positive and sometimes negative aspects of ourselves. Sometimes we project things we don't want to acknowledge about ourselves, and so we turn it around and put it on others (i.e., "It's not that I made a stupid mistake, it's that you are critical of everything I do!"). Sometimes it is simply our experiences (i.e., "My father was a reasonable man when we disagreed, so if I use reason with my boss we can work out our disagreement").
The problem with projecting negative aspects of ourselves is that we still suffer under them. In the above example, instead of feeling inadequate (our true feeling) we suffer with the feeling that everyone is critical of us. While we escape feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability, we nonetheless still suffer and feel uneasy. The more energy you put into avoiding the realization that you have weaknesses, the more difficult it eventually is to face them. This is the main defense mechanism of paranoid and anti-social personalities." Richard Niolon, PhD. 1999”
“It is my hope that this endorsement will not only give some support to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", but also that it might renew interest and support for the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act, which has languished in committee in both houses of Congress. Passage of this Act would bring the Federal Government into the 21st century, and in line with private sector employers, including a majority of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies. Federal agencies must now compete with these companies for highly skilled and experienced workers. Benefits granted to employee spouses are an integral part of the benefit package. These benefits should no longer be denied to domestic partners in a committed relationship. The time to pass this Act is now!”