What would you die for?
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down last Friday as the largest pro-democracy protest in the country's 18-day uprising threatened to take place. Tunisia's former president is also in exile. The situation in Egypt, however, is far from over as many workers have gone on strike with their demands and the future of the country's leadership remains unclear. But several other nations, such as Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Jordan and Lebanon are following in Egypt's and Tunisia's footsteps by taking to their own streets, decrying their governments and demanding change, even at the cost of their lives.
Thousands of protesters in Bahrain attended the funerals of the first martyrs for their cause on Friday. Rather than deterring the protesters, some are saying they are willing to be martyrs themselves. To them, the rights and freedoms of their people are worth the price of their lives.
WakeUpWorld! wants to know: What would you die for?
Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said during a debate on Meet The Press on Sunday that he believes being gay is a choice, but that there are predisposing factors, just as there are for other things like alcoholism. He did clarify that he was not saying homosexuality is a disease or even a problem, just that one ultimately can choose their partner. WakeUpWorld! is not so much interested in the typical debate over homosexuality here. What we want to know is whether you think it matters. Who cares whether homosexuality is a choice or not? What kinds of implications are there if homosexuality is or is not a choice? We're dealing with peoples' lives and identities here, so please be sensitive. :)
Read the short story from NBC News below...
Buck on homosexuality: 'You have a choice'
During a debate on 'Meet the Press' Sunday, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said he believes that being gay is a choice but that, "like alcoholism," there are also biological factors that contribute to homosexuality.
Asked by host David Gregory if he thinks being gay is a choice, Buck replied, "I do."
"You can choose who your partner is," Buck added. "I think that birth has an influence, like alcoholism and some other things ... But I think that, basically, you have a choice."
After the debate, Buck clarified that he thinks there is "some element of predisposition" in homosexuality. He noted that he mentioned alcoholism as an example of another behavior that can be influenced by genetic factors.
"I wasn't talking about being gay as a disease," Buck said. "I don't think that at all."
Speaking to reporters after the debate, Buck's Democratic opponent, Michael Bennet, called Buck's characterization of homosexuality "deeply troubling."
It's a real rags to riches story. $40,000 in debt and after several arrests, Times Square's "Naked Cowboy" Robert Burck is now making $1000/day and is quite wealthy. Now, he has cut his hair, put on a suit, and is running for U.S. President in 2012. WakeUpWorld! admires any private citizen who steps up and gets involved in our world. But would YOU vote for this guy?
Naked Cowboy's next gig: Run for president
New York's main attraction proclaims he's running as a member of the Tea Party and "in defense of individual liberty." Full Article here