29 September 2011
GF and I walked home in the crisp, fall air today. We went to a farmer’s market and GF used her own money to purchase me a barbecue sandwich. I ate it and she had one, big bite.
GF purchased our first pumpkin of the season. She also purchased bread and pulled off a piece to eat as we descended via escalator into the underground Metrorail station.
We popped out on the other side in Virginia and continued a conversation about how depressing humanity is sometimes.
World-class idiots continue to try to undermine healthcare and pursue some ridiculous personal world view at the expense of humans.
I believe religion has no role in politics and government. Politics, government and leading are about listening to the people you serve. Politics is not about a higher power outside of ourselves. It is not about judgement. It is about serving. Doing the best you can for people on this planet now.
Too many religions denigrate and devalue women and many, many other groups of individuals. To have persons ascribing to these beliefs as policymakers is part of the explanation for policies that undermine women and punish anyone different from well-off heterosexual White men.
6 August 2011
I am reading a story detailing Standard & Poor’s downgrading the US credit rating from AAA to AA plus. I don’t claim to understand economics or credit ratings, but if I can use my amateur knowledge of batteries, I don’t really see the big deal. I think the AA battery is more useful and even seems to last longer (based on an entire lack of evidence on my part). So, the rating should be a good thing, right? I look forward to our country eventually having the rating of the mighty D, my second-favorite battery. What battery do you put in a flashlight (torch for our UK readers) when you want to go into an old cave by the river and read poetry until one of you commits suicide due to feeling trapped by the professional pressures of his paternal guardian? D, dammit!
The article regarding the credit rating reiterated the extreme opposition of Congressional Republicans toward even the discussion of increasing taxes.
As you can tell from my battery musings, I am far from genius. Which is why I am sure that it is my mere stupidity holding me back from seeing the brilliant rationale we, as humans in the US, have for not all (or at least tens of thousands of us) descending on the US Capitol in DC and demanding that each member of Congress:
A. Foregoes health and dental insurance until everyone in the US also has affordable access to the same quality of care.
B. Agrees to accept no more than $75,000/year as salary at least until ALL people living in the US are able to make a living wage.
C. Lobbies for the Equal Rights Amendment, works to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and Hyde Amendment and drafts and passes a bill requiring Congress be made up equally of male-identified and female-identified persons (which would include trans individuals).
I apologize for even sharing such a foolish notion. I know there are an incredible number of reasons we as humans in the US are not angrier with Congress, are not constantly out of our homes and on the streets demanding Congress stop fucking with us.
Pardon the delusions of a simpleton.