Charitable Organizations to care for our veterans …. Anyone else wonder?

~~January 3, 2015~~ 

Veterans, Inc.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working diligently to take care of homeless veterans, but the scope of the problem is so vast that no one agency can do it alone. Eradicating homelessness among veterans requires partnerships between a myriad of government and private entities. Think of it like the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. While the government funds a considerable amount of medical research, those organizations have existed for years because of the general public’s desire to see even more done in the fight against killer diseases.

In our case, the fight is against homelessness and the despair, PTSD, substance abuse and other factors that contribute to homelessness. If you agree that veterans facing these life-threatening challenges, many the result of serving in combat, deserve more help than the government can provide, we ask you to contribute.

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New Report Reveals Nation Still Not Fully Equipped to Support Women Veterans

While the federal government has raced to establish programs to serve combat veterans, the current system that awaits women transitioning from military service is a disjointed patchwork of programs marked by serious gaps in health care, housing, other community support services, employment and efforts to eradicate sexual assault, according to a landmark report released today by Disabled American Veterans.

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Wounded Warrior Project


A veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. It operates as a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization with a mission to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors” of the c, as well as provide services and programs for the family members of its registered “alumni,” as its registered veterans are called.

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GoPro …. Amazing!!

~~September 24, 2014~~ 

GoPro, Inc. (formerly Woodman Labs, Inc) is an American corporation that develops, manufactures and markets high-definition personal cameras, often used in extreme action video photography.

They are known for being compact, lightweight, rugged, wearable or mountable in unusual places such as outside a quadcopter, planes, cars, boats, bicycle and motorcycle helmets or army tanks. The cameras capture still photos and/or video in HD through a wide-angle lens and can be configured to work automatically with minimum intervention and/or remotely.

The company is based in San Mateo, California.

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~~Waltz On The Walls Of City Hall~~


~~Published on Sep 19, 2014~~

Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber take vertical choreography to new heights on Oakland’s City Hall during the Art + Soul Festival.



We ALL are ONE!! 


At the end of the day …. “Dancing with the Wind”!!


~~September 3, 2014~~ 


These are difficult times, which we are living, in our world. They are baffling as we see human nature change, going towards a precipice from which there is no turning back.

In our own micro-cosmos we see the inexorable journey to the edge.

Extrapolate that to our immediate community, our county, our state, our country and the world, our planet.

We need to remember that this is the only place where the human race can live.

There is no “planet B”.

In addition to that, we see many established “institutions” also changing and not for the better.

The mesh that holds up together is almost totally torn.

We are confused and don’t know how to tackle this, where to start.

We feel alone …. yet, through the expression of these feelings and through the connection that we have through technology, we see that many feel the same.



Remembering these lyrics: 

People movin’ out
People movin’ in
Why, because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run, but you sho’ can’t hide
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Vote for me, and I’ll set you free 

Air pollution, revolution, gun control,
Sound of soul
Shootin’ rockets to the moon
Kids growin’ up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will
Solve everything
And the band played on …. 

Fear in the air, tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast,
The Beatles’ new record’s a gas
And the only safe place to live is
On an Indian reservation ….

And the band played on
Eve of destruction, tax deduction
City inspectors, bill collectors
Mod clothes in demand,
Population out of hand
Suicide, too many bills, hippies movin’
To the hills
People all over the world, are shoutin’
End the war
And the band played on.

Copyright 1970 Jobete Music Company, Inc.


This was the general feeling in 1970 …. where did take the fork in the road which brought us here?


At the end of the day, we need a “time out”. As we feel the pressure of our reality, we need to recharge. We need the energy to go at it again tomorrow and many tomorrows to come. In the meantime, we need soothing inner peace. 

I don’t mean to say forget, hide and remain inactive. I don’t propose to ignore what lies ahead of all of us. I mean that we can’t give what we don’t have. To be able to tackle what awaits us, we need to gather ourselves, to gain momentum and fuel our spirits for this daunting task. There’s a lot to unravel, a lot to undo, a lot to rebuild. 

I do not believe that we can continue along this pathway much longer.

We need to retreat, recharge and act. We need soothing for our weary, confused and tired souls. 


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~~Dancing with the Wind~~

~~Uploaded on Jul 2, 2009~~

From the album “Free as a Bird” …. Omar Akram



We ALL are ONE!!


At the end of the day …. a great discovery!!



~~August 14, 2014~~ 


I was browsing through the net, looking for something new (to me), interesting, creative, inspirational and soothing to post “at the end of the day”. This is what I crave for after these recent days. Something where my soul can feel comfort, peace and tranquility. 

I think I found it. I would like to share it with you.

Hope that you enjoy it as much as I have. 


Tom Barabas is an American-Hungarian pianist/keyboardist. He studied classical music at the Caracas Conservatory in Venezuela before developing a taste for rock, jazz, and New Age.


Barabas spent his childhood in Hungary, and emigrated to the US in the 1960s, living and composing in San Diego, California. In the classic style of great, onstage performers, Tom Barabas delivers a musically eloquent experience that builds rapport with his audience and invites them to fall in love with his graceful streams of sound.

An Early Start – Tom began playing music at the age of four in Budapest, Hungary. By age 12, he had attracted the interest and praise of his piano instructors and he made his public debut at the Liszt Conservatory of Music.

In 1949 his family emigrated to Venezuela where he studied classical piano and composition at the Venezuela Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Venezuela’s “Juilliard”. He earned his Master’s Degree in 1957.



“Tom’s performance was sensational. The artistry of his music and his personal charm enriched the evening for everyone. We thank him for sharing his exceptional talents with us.”

Nancy Mulligan, ASPEN Productions, Inc.

National reviewer, P.J. Birosik’s response to Tom’s music echoes the sentiments of his fans across the country – ”Barabas composes richly harmonic and well-articulated pieces that satisfy the soul and stir the imagination.” He performs with an intimacy, spontaneity and living warmth that sets him apart from other instrumentalists. His technique combines classical, Latin and jazz traditions in an unmistakably personal and joyful style.




~~Free Spirit~~

~Tom Barabas~

Sergio Montanari

~Uploaded on Jan 22, 2012~

From the album “Sedona Suite” (1992)


We ALL are ONE!! 


Hobby Lobby …. see what you have started??


~~July 3, 2014~~


Those of us in America are very much aware of the stir this “store” has created and the decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Some of our readers and followers in other countries and the other side of the world have no idea what this is all about. 



Hobby Lobby is a chain of retail arts and crafts stores based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, formerly called Hobby Lobby Creative CentersThe stores are wholly owned by the corporation and not a franchise chain.


David Green opened the first Hobby Lobby store, in a 600-square-foot (56 m2) in northwest Oklahoma City, in 1972. Netting sales of $3,200 by the end of the year, he moved to a larger 1,000 square foot space in January 1973. A second store in Oklahoma City opened in 1975, and a store opened in Tulsa the next year. It grew to seven stores by mid 1982, and the first store outside Oklahoma opened in 1984.

By the start of 1989, the chain had slowly grown to about 15 stores. By late 1992, it had grown to 50 locations in seven states, and its growth continued to accelerate. Its 100th store opened in August 1995, and its 200th in August 1999. By March 2002, that number had grown to 281 stores in 24 states, and 310 by October 2003.

As of June 2014, the chain has 561 stores nationwide. Hobby Lobby headquarters are now located in a 3,400,000-square-foot (320,000 m2) manufacturing, distribution, and office complex.


~~Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc~~

Holding: As applied to closely held corporations, the regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employers to provide their female employees with no-cost access to contraception violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

JudgmentAffirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 30, 2014. Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Sotomayor joined, and which Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan joined to all but Part III-C-1. Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion.


The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

The ruling deals directly with only a small provision of Obamacare and will not take down the entire law but it amounts to a huge black eye for Obamacare, the administration and its backers. The justices have given Obamacare opponents their most significant political victory against the health care law, reinforcing their argument that the law and President Barack Obama are encroaching on Americans’ freedoms.

The court’s four liberal justices called it a decision of “startling breadth” and said that it allows companies to “opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”


The court’s majority also rejected the Obama administration’s argument that for-profit companies cannot assert religious rights under RFRA. However, only Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined the portion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent that argues companies do not have such rights.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan did not join that section of Gingsburg’s opinion and said in a one-paragraph dissent of their own that they would have left for another day the issue of the rights of for-profit companies and their owners.

(Also on POLITICO: Left on Twitter: ‘War on women’ continues)


The majority decision could open the door to other closely held corporations seeking to withhold coverage for other medical procedures at odds with firm religious beliefs. It marks the first time that the Supreme Court has allowed companies the ability to declare a religious belief — a decision that could reverberate far past the Affordable Care Act to other laws and issues.

In the short term, the ruling appears to allow the owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to opt out of the health care law’s requirement that they provide all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of birth control in their health plans.

The court’s latest decision promises to reignite a national debate over women’s health and access to contraception ahead of this fall’s midterm elections. It is likely to force House and Senate candidates to answer for whether they supported the contraception coverage, a provision that’s more politically popular than the law itself. Advocates have promised to make it an election issue.




~~Keep Your Hobby Lobby~~

(Away From My Va-jayjay)

~~Published on Mar 30, 2014~~

Why can’t conservative misogynists leave our sex lives alone?


We ALL fight the FIGHT!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 


Who is Melanie Nathan? …. You may wonder!

~~February 26, 2014~~

Melanie Nathan, Publisher & Editor

The time is now to end prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI people around the world!

Melanie Nathan, the publisher of this BLOG, is a lawyer, mediator, equality activist, and human rights advocate who speaks and writes on issues impacting LGBTI communities around the world, with a focus on the U.S.A. and Africa.

In addition to reporting related news and stories, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da, serves as a platform for Nathan and her guests to highlight their work in a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and gender-free people are the subjects of persecution and discrimination.

O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da started out as a platform to showcase the equality and human rights advocacy work of Melanie.


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Over time it has developed into a renowned BLOG , consisting mostly of unique content, on subjects ranging from U.S. politics and equality to the decriminalization of homosexuality, LGBTQI asylum, sexuality violence and all human rights issues around the globe, with a special focus on Africa.

Melanie, a lawyer, is the founder of Private Courts, Inc.,  an advocacy and conflict resolution practice headquartered in the Bay Area, California.

Nathan, who has been writing her BLOG since 2009, is a commentator and speaker.


She is an OP-ED contributor to The Advocate, SDGLN, MS Magazine, LGBTQ Nation and other BLOGS;  her work has been picked up by blogs and press around the world.

Melanie is also co-producing GAY U.S.A. the Film, a documentary about the political and religious attacks on gays since the 50′s and LGBT rights in America. See

More details See CV at

Melanie was born in South Africa where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era.

Ugandan asylum seeker

~~Links to Melanie Nathan’s Work~~

Melanie’s work: Editor/ Writer / Journalist / Blogger / Social Media Strategy 

Advocacy – strategy, orchestrating and representing select private advocacy clients for domestic equality and international human rights cases; legislative reform consulting

Conflict resolution – mediation, settlement consulting, multiparty consensus building

Politics – strategy, communications, writing, speaking, consulting

Co-Producer & Publisher for GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog

Speaker –  see

Expertise in LGBT issues  in  United States of America and Africa; well sourced globally to include European Union, United Kingdom,  and Middle East



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twitter @melanienathan1




“I just found out that Red Pepper Tabloid named me, Melanie Nathan, as one of Uganda’s 200 top Homos, in their article which was designed to OUT and persecute gays, – their intent being to promote the lynching of gays. This is not the first time that Red Pepper staff have threatened my life.

This current article was done after Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. I feel privileged to be amongst my Kuchu friends – though easy for me because I live openly and safely, while they have all now been forced to hide and starve . If anyone has a photo of the Tabloid with my name and picture – please send it to me – I have yet to see it and the context.”



~~Two ends of the World, stark contrast: Oppression vs Freedom~~
“This is beyond weird. Virtually on the same day that I find my name on an invitation to kill the gays list in Uganda, outing “Uganda’s top 200 Homos” I also find myself on a list of Gays where I can celebrate my freedom of sexuality, in San Francisco. Within 24 hours of my name appearing in Red Pepper magazine, a tacit invitation to lynch and kill, my name is on a nomination for San Francisco Pride Community Marshall.
Go figure the timing!”

~~Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa~~

Rescue Fund for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people persecuted and trapped in African countries that criminalize their sexuality



“I have established a Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans escape from their countries, as well as supporting safe housing, and quests for asylum.

I was born in South Africa and became an attorney during the Apartheid era, before immigrating to the U.S.A. in 1985. I am a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner, and founder of Private Courts, a conflict resolution and global human rights advocacy firm based in the Bay Area. All my advocacy work has been pro bono. I blog at, and use my writing as a platform for my advocacy work.

I learned at a young age about the Holocaust and scapegoating and the importance of Jews in the Diaspora to help others escape persecution. As a member of the global LGBT community I could not sit back and ignore the plea for help generated by my writing, from Africa’s LGBTI community.The letters I have received will break your heart and they are numerous.


While the US has made strides in equality for LGBT people, African countries such as Uganda and Nigeria have passed Draconian legislation, that has served to increase persecution against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Currently LGBTI people are being arrested, taunted, paraded in front of press, outed in tabloids, seized and assaulted in incidence of mob justice, and all this after being rejected, ostracized by family, friends and Government alike. They are terified and have nowhere to turn, as President Museveni is poised to sign a Bill that will put many of them in prison for life. This is URGENT!


Most of the persecuted are from Uganda where the President is about to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which mandates Life in prison for gays.

The stories of rejection by parents, family and friends, the arrests under these laws and resulting assaults, insidious mob justice are horrendous.

~~Many fear for their lives~~

By contributing to this Rescue Fund you will help me to save more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Africa escape terrifying persecution. For some this is a matter of life or death. I have been doing this since 2010 and can no longer do it alone. The need is far too great.”

Full information here:




We ALL fight the fight!! 

~~SF Sheriff Officer Saenz and Mel Nathan at SF City Hall Sit in~~


This is part of her work. To see more videos go to:

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