The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

Killing Puppies and Kicking Babies

In a political system upended by Trump do politicians think it is beneficial to brag about murdering their pets?

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Celebrating Second Chances

Nicole and I met as I crawled out of one of the darkest times in my life. Today we celebrate 16 years of a second chance at wedded bliss.

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Putting Party Above Country

Republican Mike Garcia represents an area that voted for Biden, but his actions as a Congressman show loyalty to one person: Trump.

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The Hate and Violence Will Not Be Whitewashed

At the Northridge East Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee meeting last month, anti-LGBTQ activists tried to whitewash the hate and violence that occurred at the protest at Saticoy Elementary School last June. The truth of what happened at that event will not be denied.

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Hate Did Not Win (So Far)

The results are finalized for the March 5th primary election and many candidates who ran on platforms based on their hatred of the LGBTQ+ community lost their races. Some others are still in the running.

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Hate On A Saturday Morning

A group of “loving” and “kind” activists clutch their pearls over the label of “bigots” while they angrily denounce the LGBTQ community at a meeting of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council Education Committee.

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Will Voters Reject Corruption, Bigotry, and Scandal?

Corporate funding of campaigns has created an entitled political class that continues to seek seats on the Los Angeles City Council even after getting caught red-handed.

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Fathers and Christmas

As I spend the holidays with my daughter's newly expanded family, I admire how fatherhood has changed.

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Thanks?

You can’t be truly thankful without appreciating the path you’ve taken. This Thanksgiving article was written at the beginning of the COVID crisis in the midst of the shutdown.

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A Night At the Opera

Watching Adam Lambert join the two remaining members of Queen last week I could not help but think about how much his performance represented the advances that have been made in LGBTQ+ rights. Freddie Mercury hid his HIV status until the night before his death, Lambert actually changed lyrics so that a he/him was the object of his attention in the song. While the hate of bigots was on full display last June in front of Saticoy Elementary School, we are making progress as a society.

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