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Garden State

—Blue Eyes

Wish enough, wise man’ll tell you a lie
Window broke, torn up screens
Who’d have thought that you’d dream
Of a single tragic scene
I just wanna sing a song with you
I just want to take it off of you

Cause Blue Eyes
You are all that I need
You’re the sweet to my mean

Fess it up, dot on the palm of your hand
I can help you to stand
Saved it up for this dance
Tell me all the things you can

I just wanna sing a song with you
I just wanna be the one that’s true

Cause Blue Eyes
You’re the secret I keep
Cause Blue Eyes

All the lights on and you are alive
But you can’t point the way to your heart
So sublime, when the stars are aligned
But you don’t know
You don’t know the greatness you are

Cause Blue Eyes
You are destiny’s scene
Cause Blue Eyes
I just wanna be the one
I just wanna sing a song with you
I just wanna get it on with you

Cause Blue Eyes
You’re the secret I keep
Cause Blue Eyes
I just wanna sing a song with you…

(Source: electricraspberry)

<3 Days

Happy is just around the corner…
:-D

Love Letter to Arlen Specter

Been thinking about Arlen lately.

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As a political junkie, growing up, I really admired and identified with Arlen Specter. I didn’t agree with him on everything, but as a Jewish Republican and someone who was insanely keen on the law and the judiciary, he was my man.

I don’t know when it was that I became completely disillusioned with the Republican Party, or when it was that Arlen really thought he needed a change, but I feel like when I look at his career — I see a lot of myself and my disposition in his votes and decisions.

Specter was always a more moderate Republican, though he obviously voted with his party out of necessity many times. But, the degree to which he was outspoken, especially against the Bush administration in its final years, was so inspiring.

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I always identified (and still do) as a conservative. But, I try to explain that what I consider “conservative” is actually conservative and not what it has come to mean. I mean, I’m pro-Roe v. Wade, because the government has no business telling my physician what he can and cannot advise me. I’m pro-marriage equality, because the government has no business telling two consenting adults that they can or cannot marry. I’m also in favor of sensible gun control, but that should be decided by the legislature. That reverence for personal liberty and the legal process is what is truly conservative. And, while I cannot speak for Arlen Specter, I feel like today he would agree. In his day, he was opposed to same-sex marriage, but he supported a number of LGBT initiatives and I’m confident that if he were still in the Senate today, he would have become a supporter, very much in the same way President Obama changed his position on the issue over time.

In 2009, when Arlen Specter made the switch to the Democratic Party, giving the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate, that was the day I realized I would likely be voting D for a long time to come.

One of my favorite moments while interning in DC was having the opportunity to attend a Judiciary Committee hearing, where Specter grilled the then Attorney General Michael Mukasey. I don’t recall exactly what was said during that hearing, but I definitely remember Specter, then-Senator Biden, and Senator Schumer all losing their shit at the AG’s dodging of questions. It was almost like the energy in the room was enough to inspire. The depth of concern and the aggressiveness for the search for answers were what truly defined the hearing.

For my birthday, that year, my Rabbi had Specter’s office send me an autographed photo of the Senator. It was a dated picture — when he still had his Jew-fro, likely a headshot from the 90s. But, it remains one of my most prized possessions.

(Fun fact: When I made it back to DC and actually had the opportunity to intern on the Hill, I ended up having an argument with my Congressman (who will remain nameless, but you would all know him from Jon Stewart poking fun at his extreme views on The Daily Show). He tried to tell me something about how Specter betrayed the party and I quickly countered insinuating that the Party had betrayed him and that Specter did the most honest thing he could do for his constituents and himself. My Congressman agreed and was like “well, that’s a good point.” It was one of the highlights of that summer.)

I was saddened to learn of Specter’s defeat for his Senate seat in 2010, but continued to follow his goings-on over the course of the next two years.

In September-October 2012, I lost three very important people in my life — all within a span of a few weeks. The doctor who delivered me, who was a close family friend, and took me to my first NFL football game died on my birthday. My favorite high school teacher passed not long after. And, then my father passed away on October 3. People say things often come in “threes” — but less than two weeks after my father’s passing, I learned that the former-Senator from Pennsylvania passed after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

I had come to love that old Jewish man from PA. And, when he lost his hair, I used one of my favorite pictures of him as my desktop background. He looked like such a badass with that bald head. Love that man.

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Even though I never had the chance to meet him, I’m so glad I was able to see him in the zone, doing what he loved — representing the people and searching for truth. I always remember him as one of those pillars in my life who fell that Fall. He was the fourth.

Consider this a rant, consider if me bearing part of my soul and life to you. Whatever it is, look Arlen Specter up. Search his grilling of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on YouTube — and keep in mind, this is a Republican Senator grilling a Republican AG. Read about his political transformation. I’m not asking you to love him. But, just know who he is and know what he represented.

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Bucket list

Bucket list

When the moon heads west,
before the sun rises high,
my heart beats to the east,
toward the Northern sky.

And when my eyes slowly open
and dreams fade until night,
I see a picture frame, so blurry,
and then I regain my sight.

The memories rush back,
to a time when she was near.
I smile and wipe the sleep from my eyes;
how I wish she was here.

God, I love that photo.
And, how the sun shines so bright!
How it shines on her and it shines on me!
We are together, beneath the sunlight.

My girlfriend is the most incredible person I’ve ever met. &lt;3 I am so lucky.

My girlfriend is the most incredible person I’ve ever met. <3 I am so lucky.