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Thanks to Todd Young and the other Republicans… I could not visit the Anasazi Heritage Center

The door was locked — no way to see the treasures of the Native Americans who lived in the region.

After loading up on cliff dwellings at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park and Mesa Verde National Park, today’s plan to visit the Anasazi Heritage Center was a bust.

All thanks to Todd Young, my […]

Personal Blogging Ethics at TQE | That Queer Expatriate | elmada.com

I’ve been meaning to do this for a few years – but have been too lazy to actually do it. However, some external events have prompted me to lay out a few things so that in the event anybody has any questions, I can point them to this blog post.

First, should I ever blog […]

Doing the Berlin Stadtrundfahrt Again: This time as if I were blind.

One of the constants around my office are the groups of people going on walking tours of Berlin – wandering from Brandenburger Tor, through the Holocaust Memorial, past Hitler’s Bunker, and to a number of other historic sites in the area.

Occasionally, when I have a guest in town, I find myself in the tour […]

Is the Republican Party in the US ever right about anything?

For about as long as I can remember, going back to Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, the Republican Party in the United States has tended to espouse three core beliefs:

First, the United States has high taxes and these high taxes hurt the economy because they discourage rich people from investing in […]

Where we are, 12 years after Matthew Shepard.

University of Wyoming

It seems like the briefest of brief moments.

In reality, 12 long years since Matthew Shepard was murdered on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, have passed.

It’s reached the point where young gay men might never have heard his name, or if they have heard his name, they lack the context […]

Lugar’s Response

Here is the response to my letter to Senator Lugar about S. 1023. Lugar, unlike Bayh, understood my concerns, even if we disagree.

Dear Mr. TQE:

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns related to the revenue raising provisions in S. 1023, the Travel Promotion Act. I appreciate having the benefit […]

Bayh’s Response

Here is the response to my letter to Senator Bayh about S. 1023. I’m under the impression my letter was not read.

Dear Mr. TQE:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the fiscal condition of our country. I appreciate your thoughts and understand your concern on this important issue.

I am a longtime […]

S. 1023 is a bad idea.

Dear Senators Lugar and Bayh,

I am an American living in Weimar, Germany, and as my last residence was in Bloomington, Indiana, I am an Indiana voter.

As an American living in Germany I am acutely aware of how the United States is perceived by non-citizens. Actions by the US Congress that citizens resident in […]

Silly German Politics

I’m in Regensburg for the Regensbloggers‘ Apartment Warming Party.

While my hosts are busy setting up, I am exploring Regensburg—I’ve never been here before and I have to confess, it’s a charming city. I can immediately see why its popular with tourists from both abroad and Germany.

The Regensburg Dom is a beautiful structure that […]

(Non-) Response

Dear Mr. Lederer:

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate your kind words of support regarding my service in the United States Senate. It is a tremendous honor to represent our state in the Senate, and I have greatly enjoyed this opportunity to serve.

I take my responsibilities as a Senator very seriously and […]