Are we doing this again?

I remember, as a young child, feeling very put out because I couldn’t watch my after school specials in the afternoon. I was quite upset. You see, my Gran was keeping up with something far more important. President Nixon was drowning in the Watergate scandal and the Senate Intelligence Committee was thoroughly investigating the issue.

Gran watched daily to see testimony and to find out what else the President was lying about. The rest is history, as we all know.

At the time, I didn’t understand. I found it boring. I much preferred watching sci-fi movies about alien invasions and Godzilla.

This morning, I’m watching Former Director of the FBI, James Comey, give the long awaited testimony regarding the Russia investigation, his conversations with President Trump, and how things were handled.

I don’t know if this will answer questions or just create more. But I do know there will be more to come. That’s how these things work.

And now, I do understand why my Gran watched so closely back in 1973. It’s just the need to know the truth, regardless of what side of the political fence you’re on. If you don’t support the current Administration, you watch because, hopefully, this is the beginning of the end. If you do support them, you watch because you know your candidate is right and there’s nothing to fear from the investigation.

Regardless, we’re all watching.

We Marched!

Last week, on January 21st, over 50,000 women, men, and children, gathered in Austin, TX to march for their human rights. It was a beautiful day in Austin. It was HOT, but that didn’t stop any of us.

Just to get a perspective of the crowd, here’s a few people at the Texas Capitol building:

at-the-capitol

This was my first march, and it won’t be my last. I found it … inspirational. Joyous. I reveled in the togetherness of the crowd. And I finally felt like I’d taken a step towards doing something and making a stand!

When I got back home last week, I wrote a poem, as I’m prone to do…

Cities, worldwide, took one day to come together
One day to make a stand

One day…
To march

In a world of division
Over 50,000 people gathered that Saturday
In Austin, TX
Women, men, children…
Ages, races, religions, genders
People from all walks of life
All came together with one purpose…
To march

We all had so many causes to march for:
Women’s Rights
Healthcare
Planned Parenthood
Roe v. Wade

Just to name a few…

Someone asked me why I wanted to march…
Why on earth wouldn’t I?

This is why I march.
I march for you, little sister!
I don’t know if it’s your choice, but you HAVE that choice
and no Politician
or Preacher in his pocket
should ever take it away from you.

I march for you…
Too traumatized to speak of what happened.
You shouldn’t be punished
by being forced to carry
one more reminder
for nine months.
Sister … it wasn’t your fault.

I march for the parents
Who found out in those last few weeks
something went terribly wrong!
They should not be forced into someone else’s decision.
They, too, have a choice!

We march for all of us!
We march for our rights!

And those who marched with me cried
TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

WE are what democracy looks like.

(Original work, written 1/23/2017. Do not distribute without permission or credit to the author [me])

womens-march-austin

 

Today is the big day

Today is the big day. I leave this morning for Austin, TX, to take part in my first protest march tomorrow.

Yes, I’m 50 years old and I’ve never done this before. I’ve bitched, I’ve ranted, I’ve donated, But I’ve never stood up with anyone for a cause I believed in so passionately. Tomorrow, with my best friend and so many other women, I will do just that.

Today, many Americans will see a dangerous narcissist sworn into office. A bully. A bad example for our children. Someone who has disparaged and insulted minorities, the disabled, and women.

Someone who has already begun to strip away our rights, bit by bit.

Someone who wants to take us back to those “good old days”, when women stayed home and everyone “knew their place” in society.

We stand tomorrow. We’re having a peaceful protest tomorrow in Austin. We march for our rights… for your rights.

WE MARCH!!

womens-march-atx

 

The Ongoing Saga for Healthcare Coverage

I have been trying to compose a blog post on this topic since November 19. This is currently my 5th draft. I’m hoping to write a composed entry, rather than an unbiased ranting of a raving lunatic, because really, I’m so frustrated I just want to throw things.

I have epilepsy, which left me no choice for insurance but the Federal PCIP program when my COBRA ran out. When I had to wait 6 months without insurance to apply for PCIP, we felt that financial pain on our budget just on my meds alone, which cost an average of $1000/month. I have not calculated or included the cost of my husband’s medications at this point.

Now, we’re facing the same situation again. PCIP is going away at the end of the year. If I’m unable to find affordable coverage by December 15, I will not have insurance at all on January 1, 2014, and I’ll get to pay a penalty for that privilege. Continue reading “The Ongoing Saga for Healthcare Coverage”

Enough!

Day three (3) of our government shutdown, with no compromise in sight, no signs of either party giving in. Social media outlets are on fire with posts and comments. People expressing their opinions, their frustration and their anger. Anger at the politicians and anger at the general public on the other side of the political fence.

We live in a divided nation and we’ve been bickering back and forth for three days straight now. People — we’re angry with each other when we need to be angry with the politicians who aren’t even feeling the effects of this shutdown.

Here. Look at the cute kitty for a moment and calm down.

MissyIsTiredOfPolitics

I’m not saying we should ignore current events. We need to be aware and fully informed on both sides of the story. I’m not saying we should close our eyes like children and pretend nothing is going on, thinking maybe this will all just go away. It won’t. These issues affect you and me, regardless of what side of the political fence we stand.

I am saying we need to take a moment and breathe. Many people have been wound up over the past three days and tensions are high.

Now go hug someone.

A Lesson Washington Would Do Well To Remember

My political rants have always been bi-partisan. Today is no different.

Our government is currently shut down because members of our House and our Senate are at a battle of wills. Some view the government shutdown as “no big deal”, and it will be over soon. Others view it as a huge matter, even if it is for just one day, because those who are impacted are losing their salaries during this time. Whether or not you agree on this matter is not the focus of my rant. The Affordable Care Act is not the focus of my rant, either. Please withhold comments that either support abolishing this act or support keeping it. We’ve seen enough division amongst ourselves.

My rant is about the overall attitude Washington has on the important issues that affect you and me. Rather than doing something that will resolve the issue – rather than communicating with each other and “reaching across the isle” (as they promise to do every election season), they stubbornly stick to one point of view or another, wasting our tax dollars while they pass legislation back and forth between the House and the Senate as though it were a tennis ball.

“I’m not going to change my mind, I’m taking your idea out. Here. The ball is in your court.”

“No, we’re putting this version back in.” And they serve the ball back, while we watch the match.

The media went on about Ted Cruz reading “Green Eggs and Ham” recently, and made something big about the story he read to his child.  Dr. Seuss taught us some valuable lessons when we were children. These are lessons we still remember and apply as adults. I think they’ve forgotten them up in Washington.

Today, I give a story from Dr. Seuss for all of our politicians. It’s one of my favorites from early childhood. May they take this to heart and remember their headstrong decisions affect We, the People.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

The tragedy in Connecticut was devastating, and my heart goes out to those families. That being said, I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to say regarding the topic of gun control. This is a sensitive issue right now, and a very important one.

Throughout the history of mankind, we’ve found a way to hunt, to harm, to wage war. Cane slew Abel because, in his eyes, his brother was “favored” (no motive is ever really given, it’s always assumed the motive was jealousy). But Cane did not have a firearm when he committed this act.

We are in the midst of another debate of gun control because of a terrible event that occurred – something that should never have happened. We cannot ever replace those lives. However, we cannot change the fact that the perpetrator would have found a method to harm these people if he did not have access to guns.

My friend, Stephen Pope, has a far more eloquent post on this topic. After reading it I got his permission to incorporate it into my own post over here:

http://stephenbpope.blogspot.com/2012/12/reacting-and-preventing.html

Whenever we encounter a tragedy, it’s human nature to have that “knee jerk reaction” and want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum, whatever the issue may be. But knee jerk reactions are never long-term solutions. If someone had listened to Cane, or maybe stopped and asked him how he was doing, maybe he would have had a chance to vent about his asshole brother Abel and that whole story would have had a different ending.

Politics, Voting, and my Jaded Outlook

Early Voting begins in our country this week. We have one more Presidential debate tonight; this one on foreign policy. Many people have already made their decision. I think the only people who watch the debates are the small segment of undecided voters (and at this point there aren’t that many, IMO), and those who just want to watch “the other guy” make some sort of political gaffe. Then there are people like me, who watch both candidates and heckle when they dodge the question. I like to throw popcorn. I snagged that tradition from a good friend of mine. It’s far safer for everyone and everything around than throwing other objects, and the dogs enjoy a good snack. 😉

Today, I write about my observation of the average person on the street. This is a longstanding problem in our political system, you see… for years, voters have complained the final choice comes down to two candidates they don’t like, and rather than voting for someone they feel like they’re voting against the other guy. It’s as if they’re saying

Please note, this is not a slam against one particular candidate. This logo was just particularly easy to manipulate and make the point.
But is that really a reason to vote for anyone? Seriously? Most people have stopped paying attention to third party candidates. If you asked, they probably couldn’t even tell you who was on the ballot, or what that person stood for. We have a society of sheeple, just because they believe their vote won’t count if they don’t vote for one of the two major parties.

I hear so many jaded people say, “Oh, I’d vote for ‘so-and-so’, but I’d just be throwing my vote away. I’m going to vote for ‘X’, even though I don’t agree with him, just because I can’t stand ‘Y’.” You know, if enough of these people actually true to themselves, their vote might actually make a difference.

Whichever candidate you’re voting for, just make sure you’re voting for that person for the right reasons. The media doesn’t tell us everything. Go to the websites and read about the candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to you.

That’s my rant for the day. Time for coffee. Good morning, everyone!

I couldn’t have said it better, myself.

Continuing from my previous post

Today I read a post from The LawDog Files. I’m not sure who the author is on this blog. I read it every now and then, when I see a link on a friend’s page that catches my eye. LawDog made a post on September 12, after the violent protest in Libya, that did a far better job of stating what I tried to state in my last post where “I State the Obvious”.

Here’s a direct link, where LawDog says “And damned-all we’ll do about it.”

I State the Obvious

Things in the Middle East are getting out of hand.  Ok, not only do I state the obvious; I grossly understate the facts. As I hear the news and read the headlines, I have a mixture of emotions. I’m appalled that anyone would go to such radical extremes for any religion – especially a religion that claims to promote peace. At the same time, a part of me is darkly amused, because I know that this group of extremists does not represent the entire Muslim faith. While I do not claim to know much about their religion, I do recognize radical behavior. When insulted by the way a film portrays your religion, one does not want to go attacking embassies and promoting chaos in the streets. It only serves to decrease one’s credibility.

In case you aren’t up to speed on current events, let me give you a brief summary:

On the 11thanniversary of 9/11, Islamic demonstrators staged violent protests at U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya. The attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The last time an American ambassador died in a violent assault was 33 years ago, when Ambassador Adolph Dubs was kidnapped and assassinated in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201780/Christopher-Stevens-death-US-ambassador-killed-attack-Libya.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/us-envoy-to-libya-is-reported-killed.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/adubs.htm

Demonstrators attack the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on 9/13. Protesters were throwing stones and there were reports of gunfire. People were injured before the government got troops on the scene.

That same day, about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Kuwait. This demonstration was peaceful, but the signs of “USA stop the bullshit” (in English) … well, that’s something we’ve always seen in the Middle East.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/13/us-protests-idUSBRE88C0J320120913

Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan were attacked. In Tunisia, two people were killed after crowds breached the embassy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19602177

While the U.S. embassy was the common target, protesters also hit the UK and German embassies. I could keep on listing, but why don’t you look at this article that shows a map of all the protests going on instead. Just scroll to the bottom:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201291482159758224.html

Two U.S. Marines were killed early Saturday during a sustained attack on an Afghanistan base. Three or four more troops were wounded. While there were no organized demonstrations outside its gates, the timing is just impeccable…

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/14/world/asia/afghanistan-fatal-attack/

I’ll be honest; I don’t know how this is going to play out. I know they need to calm-the-fuck-down, and I don’t see it happening any time soon. :/