Saturday, November 03, 2012

From Louis C.K.:

"Hello. Its louis here. I'm clacking this to you on my phone in my dressing room here at studio 8H, right in 30 rockefeller center, in Manhattan, new york city, new york, america, world, current snapshot of all existence everywhere.

Tonight I'm hosting Saturday Night Live, something I zero ever in my life saw happening to me. And yet here it is completely most probably happening (I mean, ANYTHING could NOT happen. So we'll see).

I've been working here all week with the cast, crew, producers and writers of SNL, and with Lorne Michaels. Such a great and talented group of people.

And here we are in the middle of New York City, which was just slammed by a hurricane, leaving behind so much trouble, so much difficulty and trauma, which everyone here is still dealing with every day.

Last night we shot some pre-tape segments in greenwich Village, which was pitch black dark for blocks and blocks, as it has been for a week now.

Its pretty impossible to describe walking through these city streets in total darkness. It can't even be called a trip through time, because as long as new york has lived, its been lit. By electricity, gas lamps, candlelight, kerosene. But this was pitch black, street after street, corner round corner. And for me, the village being the very place that made me into a comedian and a man, to walk through the heart of it and feel like, in a way, it was dead. I can't tell you how that felt. And you also had a palpable sense that inside each dark window was a family or a student or an artist or an old woman living alone, just being int he dark and waiting for the day to come back. Like we were all having one big sleep over, but not so much fun as that.

This is how a lot of the city is still. I know people in queens, brooklyn, Staten Island, new jersey, all over, are not normal yet. And not normal is hard.

And here at 30 rock, these folks are working so hard this week. There are kids in the studio every day, because members of the crew and staff had to bring them to work. Many people are sharing lodging. Everyone is tired. But there's this feeling here that we've got to put on a great show. I'm sure it feels like that here every week. But wow. I feel really lucky to be sharing this time with these particular good folks here at SNL.

In about 5 hours we'll be going on the air. I'll do a monologue. And we'll show you some sketches that we wrote and try to make you laugh. I'm gonna look really dumb in some of this stuff. But I don't care. Its awfully worth it. And I'm really excited.

Anyway. I just wanted to let you know. If you watch the show tonight, when Don Pardo says my name and you see me walking out, all the shit in this email is what ill be thinking. I'm a pretty lucky guy. I hope you enjoy the show.


Louis C.K.

Live. From new york. Its saturday night."

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Verizon Service Representative will be with you shortly. Thank you.

A Verizon Service Representative will be with you shortly. Thank you.

Agent Leo has joined. (15:15:37)

Leo : Chat ID for this session is 12201121779. (15:15:37)

Leo(15:15:37)Welcome to Verizon Online Sales Support! Thank you for choosing Verizon. What services may I help you learn more about today?

Leo(15:16:17)Hello, how may I assist you today?

You(15:16:17): xxxxx - can I get FiOS at my new home (I'm a current customer nearby)

Leo(15:17:22)Thank you for sharing the address information. Please allow me few moments to check and revert back to you.

Leo(15:19:42)Could you please share if your address has a Street address?

You(15:20:16): xxxxx is the address - single family home

Leo(15:21:07)Thank you for clarifying. I will try and get back to you in few moments. Thank you for your valued time.

Leo(15:21:32)I have concluded my research and let me share the details with you.

Leo(15:23:27)It seems our online address tool is unable to identify your home location, I would recommend you to call our Local Verizon Business office and request them to update your address on the online database. Once its done, you may come back online and order with us to avail the great online promotions.

Leo(15:23:42)You may please call The Local Verizon Business Office at 1-800 VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM EST from Monday to Friday.

You(15:23:59): the 800 number won't pick up, it keeps hanging up on me.

You(15:24:03): typical

Leo(15:24:49)I certainly understand, in that let me share one more number which is for our Technical Support team.

Leo(15:25:19)Technical support :1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
We are here to address your technical needs 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your convenience.

You(15:25:25): I don't need tech support. I need a ^%%^#$% sales person to pick up the phone.

You(15:26:01): Have somebody call me. Now. xxx xxx xxxx. THIS is how business works.

Leo(15:28:41)I certainly understand your concern and thank you for sharing your phone number. However, being a Online Sales department, we do not have privileges to arrange a call for you. I would request you to kindly call any of our number provided to you. I am sure, you would get complete assistance from them.

Leo(15:29:31)However, if you have questions related to order or details of services we offer, you can come back online anytime to chat with us, we are here 24x7.

You(15:30:27): They won't pick up. You guys are incompetent fools. I hope someone is reading this.

Leo(15:33:42)I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. However to bring a lasting solution for availability of service at your home, we request you to call the numbers of Local Verizon Business office or Technical Support Team.

You(15:34:23): Can you read?

You(15:34:28): They won't pick up.

You(15:34:40): May I speak to your supervisor, please?

Leo(15:34:55)One moment please.

You(15:35:12): I want to give you large sums of money each month and you won't even give me the time of day?

You(15:35:27): Do you even understand what I am writing?

Leo(15:36:37)Please allow me a moment while I transfer your chat to my supervisor.

Agent Sandrino has joined. (15:37:48)

Sandrino(15:37:48)Hello! This is the Floor Manager. Please give me few moments while I review the conversation.

You(15:39:53): I'm frustrated because all I want is a straight answer as to whether I will be able to have FiOS at my new home, 1/2 mile from my current home. I can wait here until I get an answer. I can not get an answer from an 800 number that will not pick up.

Sandrino(15:40:38)Please give me few moments while I try check the availability for your new address from my end. I appreciate your patience.

You(15:41:12): I am asking for nothing but the confirmation that I will be able to give a lot of money to Verizon - do you understand this?

Sandrino(15:42:18)I do understand this, however being in online chat department we would not be able to place the order on behalf of customers, please give me few moments.


You(15:44:01): You're not reading this, are you?

You(15:44:26): You don't really get the concept that I'm the customer and that I pay your salary.

Sandrino(15:44:51)I am reading what you just mentioned and I am checking whether you would be able to get FiOS services for new location or not.

You(15:47:00): Time Warner just picked up on the second ring!

Sandrino(15:47:15)The address you have mentioned doesn't match with the online database, you would need to contact our local Verizon office tomorrow to update the address. If you would call our local Verizon office during business hours you would be able to speak to our representatives who would update the address.

You(15:47:25): DirecTV, ATT, next...

You(15:47:41): THE 800 NUMBER WILL NOT PICK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Leo has left the conversation. (15:47:46)

You(15:47:59): How can someone call a number that won't be answered...

Sandrino(15:48:14)If you would call them during the business hours and follow the right prompts you would be able to reach our customer service representative.

Sandrino(15:48:54)If you do not wanto call that number, I would request you to come online tomorrow during the business hours and we would transfer the chat to our account specialist who can assist you further.

You(15:49:23): THEY WON'T ANSWER!!!! HOW CAN I FOLLOW PROMPTS???????? If 3:48 isn't business hours, I wonder what is. This might explain something.

You(15:50:07): you're not even reading this, are you?

You(15:50:40): call 800 837 4966 yourself. See if they answer.

Sandrino(15:51:55)In this case I would request you to come online tomorrow and we would transfer the chat to our account specialist who would be able to assist you further. When I tried entering your address it says website could not find the address you have entered.

Sandrino(15:54:56)Could you please confirm if we are still connected?

You(15:55:21): I'm connected. I'm not quite sure you have been. What the heck is VZ's problem?

You(15:55:47): I'm talking with a TW rep, getting a very good quote for their service.

You(15:55:58): Why won't your reps pick up their phone?

Sandrino(15:56:23)Verizon would not wish to lose a valued and potential customer like you, I would request you to try tomorrow once again.

Sandrino(15:56:39)Verizon provides best deals online and I am sure you would get even better deal with Verizon.

You(15:56:46): Why's still business hours for the rest of us.....................

You(15:57:03): Please answer my question.........................................................................................................................................................


Sandrino(15:57:23)1-800 VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM EST from Monday to Friday.

Sandrino(15:57:53)The timings are in EST.

You(15:58:08): 6pm est? No reasonable PST hours?? This is supposed to be good customer service how?

You(15:58:35): This is supposed to inspire confidence in VZ?

Sandrino(15:59:15)I apologize, however we have our representatives available only during these hours.

Sandrino(16:02:10)Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any more questions for me.

Friday, September 14, 2012

#AreYouBetterOff - Why, Yes!

#AreYouBetterOff  Since '09: I have 2x in savings and investments, I started a small biz, got married, bought a house..WTF more do I want?

I tweeted this on September 1, 2012 to do my part to help...correct...the #GOP's mistaken, hateful, purchased hashtag #areyoubetteroff. It has been retweeted and favorited on Twitter dozens of times. It has also received many many Mentions and Direct Message responses. Many have been favorable, and with many...hilarity has ensued.

Listen, I was born the son of a union working man and a farmgirl. We never wanted for food, shelter, or healthcare. We never had the nicest car or the biggest TV, but my folks were able to buy me a guitar, save for my college education, and give me a comfortable life.

Nothing in this tweet is a lie. I've been through careers, jobs, and just-getting-by in my life. I have two sons and I have tried to make sure they have had the opportunity I had. I've been divorced, but I never gave up on the work it takes to build a good relationship.

About half of us Americans own stocks - much in 401(k)s or other individual investments. A generation (or two) ago, our employer took care of this as a pension, and anything extra the average person had earned us 5% or-so in savings interest. Now, it's stocks, which are essentially a losing proposition for a buy-and-hold family investor, whether in mutual funds or individual stocks. Investments I got when my marriage ended in '97 halved, and now are valued at a little more than then (not accounting for inflation...). I have continued to nickel and dime my investments, even through the recession, and my employer finally saw the light, started a 401(k) a few years ago, and I have been both aggressively funding this from my paycheck and lucky in what I choose, so my total investments, and what I've been able to put away for emergencies (earning 0.00001% or whatever) is now double what I had four years ago.

Starting 5 years ago or-so, I started making plans to get back into music and to start a small product distribution company. My needs were light and my sons would soon be leaving the nest. That time, of course was 2008, so my plans to make money from these pursuits had to be re-evaluated (but not dashed). I did start the small business, with plans to grow it over time instead of a big launch that wouldn't have been possible as the economy tanked. The biz provides slow and steady monthly income while my day job gives me less and less opportunity.

I met a wonderful woman, a single mom of a boy with high-functioning Autism, and finally last year we tied the knot. We pooled our resources, and figured out a way to buy a small house in a good neighborhood, walking distance to my step-son's school. It's cheaper than renting, even without the mortgage deduction and other benefits. Home values have already been inching up, so we actually have some equity.

Some have noted that my response is selfish. Yes. And the question is selfish. As the dust settles on my new life and house, we are starting to give back what we can, a pittance, really, to help those who do not have what we have.

#WeBuiltThis Well, yes. My late father didn't have money (what he did, my mother is living very comfortably on), and all my life, I have worked in society, not against it, to grow my life. My college education was a combination of taxpayer-guaranteed loans, scholarships, work, and my parents' savings. The stability a Union job gave my Dad gave me Hope. I saw that work, and working together, is a way to take you where you want to go in life, with luck.

If you say that you have built a job, business, life, or family solely by your hard work and ingenuity, you are just wrong and clueless. Hubris is not an attractive characteristic. We band together. We humans always have. Subsistence hunter-gatherers in the bush unite in tribes to survive, and to prosper in some cases. We united to defeat the British a few centuries ago. They would have eventually tossed us, but we banded together to fight for our independence. It wasn't just a musket, but our muskets in a militia. It wasn't just rogue revolutionaries, it was the people who stayed behind to farm, and tend to houses and families, working with their neighbors to build the nation.

Am I better off? Yes, and even if you are a billionaire, so are you. 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Wow, Republicans...

Your parents sure were pathetic losers. No wonder their children grew up to be what they are.

I'll tell you mother grew up on a farm in a small midwestern state. She worked every day, didn't have much, but never wanted for the basics. As a teenager, she worked in a small restaurant started by her older sister, saving for college. She met my father as she worked there slingin' hash.

My Dad was a Navy vet, back from WWII, serving on Guam in the waning days. He got electronics training through the GI Bill, a job at the Phone Company, and set his sights on this cute young brunette.

They married. Had a son (my brother), then another (me). Bought a little old house, within walking distance of work and schools. Had no problem paying for medical care. Saved for a modest vacation every year, usually driving to beautiful places around the Midwest and Eastern part of our great country, staying in cheap motels, eating affordable food. Put aside money so the kids could go to college. Put aside money and worked second jobs, planned for retirement.

Do you think a heroic, to this crop of Republicans, life like this would have made them choose the Republican Party of clawing your way to the top? My dad probably voted for Nixon, but changed his allegiance Eugene McCarthy subsequently. Why? My dad was a Union man. Working for Ma Bell, how else was one family man to have a voice against this monopoly? How else would he have been able to retire on a pension (that is still supporting my mother, by the way)? How else could he have medical and dental care for this little family? Was he going to entrepreneur his way to start a competing phone company? My mother's family had always been members of the Democratic Party, even though her parents were conservative, church going farm folk (I never heard Grandpa or Grandma say anything but a loving word about anyone - they walked the walk).

Watch this video montage: video: Montage: RNC speakers talk about money struggles:

Do you believe these stories? Do you think that everyone but them got where they are through handouts, the government, and the work of others? Do you think Barack Obama personally had destroyed centuries of self-determination in the US and replaced it with a Marxist/Socialist/Communist redistributive regime?

Instead of choosing a life of lobbyist and taxpayer largess, my parents chose to live a life of work and giving. Instead of being able to sell stocks to pay for Harvard, they were able to use arguably the most beneficial government program ever enacted, the GI Bill, to set the stage for generations to come. Instead of relying on decades-old stories of your parents' self reliance to prop up your decades-long career of leeching off taxpayers and the corporate teat, my family lived their version of the American dream.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

wedge issues, and the evil that is the tax-free pulpit


Wedge issues are nothing new. BOTH SIDES ARE NOT EQUAL (sorry I shouted) and the #GOP has become especially adept at engaging low-information voters to vote against their own interests, mostly for things that will never become law. Starting with the Southern Strategy to capture rural, Southern Democrats, Republicans have been wanting to keep Jim Crow alive, women subjugated, and African Americans as second class citizens.

We are one nation. When we eliminate the social wedges, we mostly want the same things. There will always be a rabid right wing that flares up or is inflated by Koch-sized money, but we can mostly just get along and work on the day-to-day issues of running a government. The GOP is making it particularly hard these days...

At their 2012 convention, they are proposing a platform that is surely designed to take our country back - to 1850.

-They propose to repeal #PPACA. This would immediately put us on track to trillions more in national debt, unless we make it up in taxes or decimate our military and social investment programs.
-They would deny a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, no matter whether it would save her life, or she was raped. This is slavery, pure and simple. I do respect their consistency - if they believe a zygote is a baby, then it still is a baby no matter how the pregnancy started and no matter what it's outcome will be - but their hatred is vile.
-They would deny contraception, in-vitro fertilization, and other common practices that don't even terminate a pregnancy. Outlawing abortion doesn't end abortion, it only denies abortion to those who don't have the money, and makes them dangerous to all. With more pregnancies, because women don't know about contraception and can't get it if they do know, we will have more abortions.
-They would voucherize Medicare, causing an immediate increase of appx. $7,000 a year to seniors, and trust me, this is the difference between security and poverty. To throw the health care of Medicare recipients to the corporate market is simply murder.
-GOP will send Social Security to Wall Street. Good luck if you plan to retire in a down period, when your Social Security is upside down.
-They will destroy Welfare as we know it. More single mothers have to work - family values at its best! Clinton folded in the face of strong opposition, he didn't need to do this, and they still impeached him. The same will happen to Barack Obama during his second term, mark my words, and it won't necessarily be about welfare, but it will be about race.
-"We don't need more fire fighters" - Mitt Romney. We don't need more teachers. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, educate your self, 2nd graders. Save your own homes - buy more hoses!


-"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." —Matthew 7:15

I have been preached at. "There is evil in Washington" "We need to take our country back" "The president hopes to change our country to a communal, European nation"

Every week, from the pulpit, tax-free, preachers are telling their congregations how to vote, how to hate.

"I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?-Barry Goldwater knew the truth, and he lost, in part, because he didn't embrace the fringe elements of his party. There were many things I didn't like about his policies, but he seems like a moderate compared to today's GOP.

Insurrectionists like have events like Pulpit Freedom Sunday. They have convinced congregations that they are under assault, that some government entity wants to take away their freedoms and tax the church into submission. A big danger is that these seditionists spread hate, fear, and malaise to their congregations so their people can be controlled. This is so their vote can be controlled, not that their souls can be saved. Their votes can be channeled toward hate and repression. It's the people of these congregations that must stand up to the dangerous moneyed interests that control their church. Alliance Defense Fund, a nonprofit legal defense group whose founders include James Dobson, the founder of hate group Focus on the Family, collects money by passing the plate in church and funnels it toward policies that subjugate women, blacks, gays, etc.

Rev. James Garlow, senior pastor at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., who led preachers in the battle to pass California’s Proposition 8, has subjugated our democracy. Out of state, mostly Morman money, was used to puff up hate legislation. They lied to make people believe that P8 would take away their rights, when it was only extending rights to those who have been disenfranchised.

There is some hope. Rev. Greg Boyd gets it In his book Myth of a Christian Nation, he defends the strong right for religious institutions to stand outside the reach of government influence.

The GOP platform wedges sane Americans from fringe Americans. We just need more people to see clearly the importance of keeping our government outside the reach of extremist, seditious Religious Industrial Complex influence.

Monday, August 27, 2012

One Delusion to Top Them All

Of course, Cassidy's ten delusions are shared by half of America, and many of them vote.

America’s Twin Delusions and a Proposed Constitutional Amendment | TPJmagazine:

He's missing the one that unites them as one-issue voters: the delusion that life begins at or before the sperm fertilizes the egg.

There is no evidence from or agreement among scientists that this is so. Life exists just as much in the sperm or the egg, or the cells that the sperm was made from, as it does in the fertilized egg. There is no statement or agreement among religious texts that state anything other than life begins with the Breath of Life.

We are born with rights, and one of the greatest things about our country is that it was formed largely to protect these rights. We recognized that no king or country or incorporation had rights superseding those of the People. Much of the Constitution, and certainly the Bill of Rights, was to specify some of these rights we were born with, and how the Federal Government was built to protect them.

Each of these are exclusive rights. We each have a right to our thoughts, and to express them, but we can exclude expression such as shouting fire in a theater. We have a right to bear a musket in a militia (the British had outlawed that so the Colonists couldn't defend themselves), but luckily there are some modern weapons that are limited to law enforcement and military. Each of us is born with the right to our private medical decisions with our physician, including the right, as settled law with Roe v. Wade, to choose to carry a pregnancy to term or not.

This doesn't mean that we can't regulate it reasonably. I, too, think that unless it is absolutely necessary to save a woman's life that there is a stage late in a pregnancy where it is too late to terminate, for example, and we have to make sure every patient is making an informed decisions. To do less, especially with the case of a pregnant woman, is to make her a slave, a soul-less incubator, subjugated to the will of a government.

This subjugation, if carried to an extreme like outlawing abortion in any case, is an example of the Biggest of Big Government. The Tea Party types who rail against Big Government need look no further that how their government regulates what people do in their bedrooms and with their physicians as the first example of what we really need to do with government and its increasing reach into our rights.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rape Victims' Bill of Rights - Constitutional Amendment

1. If a rape results in pregnancy, no Local, State, or Federal government will restrict the woman's right to a safe and affordable abortion.

2. If a rape results in the birth of a baby, the Rapist and his family will relinquish all visitation rights in perpetuity.

3. If a rape results in the birth of a baby, the Rapist will pay child support in the amount of $6,945/year, adjusted for inflation, until the child turns 18.

4. No state law shall undermine federal minimum standards of punishment for rape.

5. Rape is defined as a sexualized attack on any person by one or more others. Gender of the rapist or victim is irrelevant.

Rape is a crime of sexual domination. I see this in dogs all the time. We are not dogs! Humans live our lives a step above our instincts.

No female is a slave, required to incubate a fetus, give birth to, and nurture a child if she did not consent to its conception. Our nation was founded on one principle: we are born with rights, and the nation exists to ensure those rights. One of the rights is the Right to Bear Children (and not in a militia with a musket). To deny the choice to bear the child or not is subjugation, and in the United States of America, we are all equal.

No person in power is a master, decreeing what contraception can or can not be used, or whether a woman is required to carry a child to term. This is not to say that we can not agree, through our representative government, on reasonable regulation of procedures. All of our rights, including and especially ones involving weapons, are and can be regulated.

It's time to go enforce a Constitutional government and enforce the rights of women.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Love Boss, but Kelsey Grammer, you are not entitled to an Emmy

Kelsey Grammer: I was snubbed for an Emmy because I'm a Republican

Oh, come on.

Boss is one of the best shows on TV. Fearless in its storytelling, takes no political prisoners, draining each actor of the truth, in every scene. The details are as astounding as the scenery-chewing.

Grammer's acting is not a revelation. You could always see this in him - the stone professionalism, the ability to inhabit a character, the tools to show an ego without (reportedly) being consumed by one. The combination of confidence and resignation he showed in his first appearance as Frasier Crane, wooing Diane in Cheers, embodied every entitled over-educated guy-who-had-more-money-than-you who was stealing your girlfriend.

Grammer's Republicanism is no surprise. He has drifted toward patrician roles, even laughably military (was the movie Periscope Down?), and he has made sure we knew that he was one of the few conservatives in Hollywood. This is not technically true - the entertainment business is one of the most divided in the world between haves and have-nots. Many of the wealthy and powerful in this world will pay lip service to socially liberal causes while paying actual money to the Republican party - they'd like to hang on to some of their largess, and they hang around a potent world of Big Money.

Kelsey, drop the drug abuse, drive like you're one of us instead of one of them, respect your spouse and love yourself enough to be a willing participant in a marriage, hold on to whatever political views you want as long as they're based in fact, and embrace the work you are able to do and the accolades you have already received.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

NPR, why do you interview idiots in your First and Main Series?

Wis. Business Owner Relates To Romney's Resume : NPR:

NPR, why do you interview idiots in your First and Main series?

This woman, running a restaurant with 46 employees, can't possibly identify with Mitt Romney if she has the slightest bit of knowledge about his resume. He wouldn't have patronized a restaurant like yours, let alone known how to run or turn a profit from it. If you would have been 10 times bigger and part of a chain of restaurants, you might have been on his radar - Bain Capital could have bought the chain, fired you and many of your employees, cut full time employees to part time, shown an improved quarterly profit, and sold their interest in the company at a profit - THIS IS HIS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE!

Come to think of it, how do you run your business? I'd assume you pay most of your employees well below minimum wage, split their tips, expect them to be taxed as if they were working for a full wage full-time, offer them no benefits...

You think Mitt Romney, who never had to run a business or work for a boss in his life, understands you better than Barack Obama, who started with nothing, worked his way through some of the best schools, worked for the common good as a Community Organizer, worked as a lawyer and a law professor in the private sector, etc?

Obama doesn't understand business? He has lowered your taxes! If Mitt Romney is elected, your taxes will go up by at least $6,000 (unless you earn more than $250,000 from your restaurant, in which case you are just a lying idiot).

Don't know what #PPACA will do for you? READ!!! and hundreds of other legitimate references. By 2014, all of your employees might have full medical coverage, as opposed to the un-covered employees (I assume) you have now, at no extra expense to you!

Don't feel a "connection" to Barack Obama that you did to Bill Clinton? Sucks to be you, trying to survive with a Black Man in the White House.

Religion in government? Birth Control has a place in government only if religion has taken over government. Fortunately, it's only taken over a good political environment, people will let their beliefs inform their vote, or their leadership if they are in government, but instead, we've let the most extreme of religious influences infiltrate many layers of government, and we are all suffering for this. Do you actually want more unwanted babies, venereal disease, and abortion? If not, you should be fighting for equal access to birth control for all women, not fighting to demonize birth control and those who use it.

And yes, your pitiful, limited world view comes down to one issue, and one issue alone to determine your vote: abortion. Why do you  want the biggest of Big Governments? Why do you want a government so big it can regulate the most personal and private medical decision you, as a woman can make? What is missing in you that you want to control the lives of other women? How many unwanted children have you adopted, sick children have you healed, or hungry children have you fed?

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The truth is, you don't need a gun.

I grew up in a safe little neighborhood in a safe little Midwestern town.

When I was young, I shot a few small-caliber bullets at a few innocent woodland creatures, and thankfully they lived to see another day or a more worthy predator.

My immediate family didn't, but neighbors and friends hunted (and fished - Lake Michigan perch was much more tasty than pickup-truck venison). They had guns, and I had no particular fear or curiosity about them. When I was around 7 new neighbors moved in, the woman of the house was pregnant and gave birth to twins.

One of the twins was a blonde kid, the other was a slightly developmentally delayed brown haired kid. The blonde was given my name, with the parents always saying "you're such a good kid, and I hope our son turns out like you."

I grew and the kids grew, of course separated by years but united as neighbors. As I went through high school, and then went off to college, the neighbors bought a newer, nicer home at the outskirts of town in a new development.

Their dad had a nice well-locked gun cabinet. He took his sons out hunting and taught them age-appropriate gun rules. He loved them.

I got a call one day at college that the boys had somehow gotten in the cabinet and were playing with a rifle. They loaded it, and the blonde twin's life was ended with one errant pull of a trigger. The family is, by all reports, to this day decades later, devastated.

The only notable fact is they this family had a gun. Had the gun not been there, this child would have probably lived to see another day.

This family had no need to have a gun. They wanted a gun, for hunting, which was not necessary or efficient for putting food on their table, possibly for protection, even in the unlikely event of some imagined home invasion in this relatively safe community. I don't see any likelihood that this family would take one of their muskets and join a militia to take down a tyrant.

The facts in this story are just that, facts. The truth? I get from this incident that their family, and mine, were not safer with the addition of a gun.

Friday, January 20, 2012

#KXL: A Pipeline to Nowhere

-Tar sands oil is the dirtiest of a dirty industry. Extracting oil from the earth in this fashion is an environmental catastrophe for all of us.
-A foreign country taking our land by Eminent Domain to enrich a few billionaires is beyond contempt.
-If TransCanada could indemnify themselves and us from inevitable leaks, they would - but they haven't.
-TransCanada couldn't possibly indemnify themselves from the destruction a good sized earthquake on the New Madrid fault would cause to this project.
-KXL is now the poster child for a project that would privatize profits and socialize losses.
-This oil is destined for existing US refineries that will sell their product overseas. We are currently exporting more refined oil products than we import (take that, Drill Baby Drill idiots) and flooding the global will, guess what, increase domestic gasoline cost.
-Not 200,000 permanent jobs! Construction will involve a few thousand temporary construction jobs, and a few hundred permanent operational jobs. Are these worth it for a dirty business that will only enrich a few already wealthy people?

Say no the this pipe.