Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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my observation

October 16, 2008

Stupid people really get off on seeing someone everyday and ordinary like themselves running for presidential offices.

Smart people realize that there are people smarter than them who can do the job much much better.

Just sayin.

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i must remember to breathe

September 2, 2008

It’s not the right wingedness of her, or the abstinence only education, or the no safer sex, or the leaving of “her” special needs infant 3 days after delivery to go back to work, or the pregnant 17 year old, or the no abortion rule that makes me hate Sarah Palin so much, it’s the mothering.

I know I’m not one and my thoughts could change later once I am one but I doubt it will – my thoughts are that as a mother I will do anything I possibly can to protect my children no matter what kind of stupid dumbfuck shit they get themselves in to. I will walk to to the end of the earth to make sure that my child is protected from as much bad shit as I possibly can.

So if the reports are true, and McCain knew that Palin’s daughter was pregnant before announcing her VP nod then fuck her for knowingly allowing what is perhaps the harshest spotlight in the WORLD to shine on her daughter at her lowest moment, when she needs the help and support of her family most. Palin knew that her daughter’s name, and reputation would be reported on and smeared and could have protected her from it. For the REST of her life the entire world is going to know what this little dumb girl did when she was 17 years old. She’s never going to be forgiven or forgotten for being the unwed mother in the white house.

I can’t imagine anyone wanting a mother who would cause that kind of pain in their own child to be second in command of a country in which they reside. I just can’t.

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A Maine Event

June 20, 2008

Bleu wanted a post about Maine and being a Mainer. As I’ve been crazy working but loving having some things to write about I’m going to talk about the BIG GAY NEWS that happened in Maine today.

Backstory: In 2005 Mainer’s voted to include sexual orientation (perceived or otherwise) and gender expression into the state’s human rights bill because Michael Heath and his Christian Civic League managed to scrap up enough signatures to force a voters referendum on the issue. He lost. After oh, say 20 or so years and three similar battles fought hard and lost, it was incredible to actually win.

This year, the CCL wanted to introduce another voters referendum that would not only strip these rights away, but would prevent gay adoptions, as well as civil unions and marriage AND take away funding for schools civil rights teams.

Today, the CCL announced that they were ending their repeal effort due to lack of volunteers and funds. I think they thought they would have a LOT more signatures than the paltry 5000 they’ve collected so far – they needed well over 50,000 to get it on the ballot – and well…they’ve thrown in the towel.

Thanks to the very hard work of some people I think are awesome (notably D, who if she reads this should know that we’re thinking about her and praying for her and her mom) there won’t even be a fight over this silly silly legislation. And the people of Maine have once again shown how wonderful they are – and I’m really happy to live here.

More on what it is to be a Mainer (I’m not it) after what is certain to be a most joyous PRIDE weekend.

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money changes everything

June 18, 2008

As much as I could probably write for hours on class  and race and wealth and the socioeconomic gap between the wealthy and the not so wealthy in this country, I’m going to go with the $130 barrel (more now) of oil forcing Americans to change their spending habits question posed by Dawn on MDI.

In a nutshell….for some it isn’t, or hasn’t…yet.  I have to admit my privilege here: I’m white and educated, and my mother and all of my siblings have college degrees. I’m married to a woman who is also white and educated and who has two parents with college degrees.  This allows us to have fairly stable jobs (in fact, the rising gas price actually is helping the particular niche of the industry I work in,) live in a nice apartment in a nice part of town, and own a new enough vehicle so that if anything happened to it mechanically it would be covered by warranty. We can afford the gas to put in the automobile to get us to work and the store and anywhere else we wish to go.

We are damn lucky, and very very grateful. My guess is that the rising costs of gasoline are going to affect people “like us” in similar ways. We won’t be going out to eat as much, or going on big vacations, or buying more landfill filling crap like huge tv’s or new appliances or things that are not necessities. We’ll continue to have the luxury of affording our rent, paying down our debt, and still putting a little something away for retirement at the end of the month.

I suspect that the cost of gasoline is going to blast the already downtrodden “American poor” who will face insurmountable challenges in filling their gas tanks with $5 a gallon gas to get to their $5 an hour jobs that don’t provide health care.  And because in the infinite wisdom of…..yeah, we’ve been using our corn crops to make fuel instead of food and now that the plains are under water the rising cost of gas is going to perhaps seem petty when compared with the rising cost of food as the nations food supply is dwindling. Which will lead to import questionable food items from other countries some of which have already shown their inability to have any sort of quality control, but will be an affordable source of food for the poor who may get sick but not have health coverage to get well…..and the cycle continues.

And the truth of it is that as lucky and privileged as we are we’re likely STILL 3 paychecks away from being homeless – just like the majority of middle class America.

Pretty frightening times. And as much as I like to think I can figure out a lot of hard stuff….this problem is totally beyond me.

Your thoughts?

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interesting timing

May 8, 2008

Dear President Bush,

I’m so happy for your daughter Jenna. It appears that she’ll be getting married this weekend at your ranch in Texas. I’m glad she’ll be able to get all the protections that marriage will afford her. I’m glad that by signing one piece of paper, she’ll never have to worry that she won’t be able to visit her husband in a hospital room. Or worry that she might not get to make medical decisions on his behalf. She won’t have to fight to be covered under his health insurance (or vice versa.)

She will be able to decide where and how he’s buried if she outlives him. She’ll be able to collect his pensions and annuities and social security. She will inherit his stuff if by chance something bad happens and they don’t have a will. She won’t ever have to fight to prove that her marriage to him is real. They will have rights to joint parenting and joint adoption automatically.

And I know you like money so lets just briefly touch upon the financial aspects – she’ll be able to avoid taxes due to exemptions made when one partner of a married couple dies. She’ll be able to jointly file income tax returns and perhaps be able to save tons of money on items that she and her husband own together.

Also important for families like yours should they find themselves in the legal hot seat, just by marrying him she’ll be afforded judicial protections and evidentiary immunity.

I guess I’m wondering why you think that your daughter deserves all of this…and my mom’s daughters don’t. I fail to see the logic in any of the arguments limiting the rights of marriage to one man and one woman. I just don’t get it. I really wish that you could explain it to me in a way that makes sense, rather than using religion (something which our founding fathers would have hated) to keep me from having the same rights and protections that your daughter has, or will have as of Saturday.

Really though, I hope that Saturday is a beautiful day for you and your family. I know you won’t give a second thought to the millions of Americans who are denied these basic protections of marriage (and really, what is such a big deal about marriage? Why does the government think that people can’t decide who their hard earned social security dollars should go to even if they DON’T ever choose to marry – but this is for another time) and will just enjoy the day, blind to the discrimination that you and your administration, and your constituency dose out to the GLBT public on a daily basis.

Though, I am happy that she is getting married in Texas, because it will likely be raining here in Maine. And besides, I’ve way too much to do this weekend and it would be inconvenient for me and in poor taste to protest your daughters happy day.

Thanks for reading,

The littlest pea

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Economic stimuwha?

May 1, 2008

A short and unplanned conversation with my favorite Amazonian Politico has led to a couple of sleepless nights for me.  Let me go to the beginning though, so this tale doesn’t seem so disjointed….

As we’re not “really” married, we don’t have all of those zillion protections that come with the “real” piece of paper. And when we started the babymaking experiment we knew that eventually, we were going to have to cough up some serious shekels to get paperwork like wills, health care proxies, power of attorney stuff, and eventually, adoption papers in order. But we also knew that the goal was making a kid, and that was expensive too so we threw all our resources there, and figured that when a kid showed up we’d find a way to pay for all of the legalities.  Which we know is really flawed logic, but, whatever.

Now, I’m really kind of happy that I live in a state where the option to do these things is here, like the adoption stuff, etc, but for reals? It costs a LOT of money to have a lawyer draw up all this paperwork. It’s not like we can go to the local poor kids legal council (and the thing is, we’re not terrifically poor, its just that you know, a grand or so to work out all this paper is not something we can come up with out of thin air – I really don’t think we’re alone in this) and get their staff to help us out – the attorney has to be very familiar with this kind of stuff, so that nothing gets missed, and that the paperwork is water tight.

I really don’t think that either of our families would question the commitment we made in front of them and the rest of our friends over 2 years ago. I don’t think that anyone thinks that the 5 years that we’ve been together have not ‘counted’ as committed or real or whatever. But in grief? Who knows. My father’s girlfriend locked us out of his house and didn’t let us have anything except what we already had on us from the hospital when he died.

I guess this wouldn’t be weighing so heavily on my mind, but, if you haven’t had access to the private posts, S is having a hysterectomy late next month.  There is a softball sized fibroid located in the middle of the lining of her uterus. Because of it’s size it can not be removed laproscopically, and because of it’s location in the lining of the uterus, they’ve decided that to save her uterus would make a particularly risky and bloody surgery very likely. But, again, because of it’s size it will likely have to be removed abdominally, which makes it slightly more risky surgery, and definitely has a longer recovery time. S will be out of commission for the month of July.

Now, S has complete faith in her medical team and because of her confidence, I do too. And everything will probably be just fine. But still. There’s always a ‘what if.’

And that’s what’s kept me up at night recently.

And instead of paying off debt, or putting it into savings, or fuck, even blowing it all on a gigantor television set…our economic stimulus package (should we actually get it – not that we don’t trust the administration) is going to go to trying to amass as many of the zillion rights that “real” marriage would have afforded us.

I wonder if Mr. Bush would see the irony in that.

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hate is a really strong word

April 11, 2008

But man, do I get really really really close to it when it comes to this guy and these people.

Part of me thinks that they are only doing this because they can’t fathom having a black man woman democrat in the white house this election so they need a reason for their constituency to come out and put their names down for SOMETHING, anything that can be seen as a divisive issue that will draw their three celled followers to the polls to vote for John McCain – who of course, I’m sure is WAYYYY too liberal even for the CCL to handle, but better than gasp, a fucking democrat.

In the 5 years that I’ve lived here in Maine I have never, ever heard of this group of people doing something good for the greater population of the state. I’ve only seen them be evil, and cruel, and rude, not only to “the gays” but making direct assaults on people whose work I admire and respect, and in some cases love with all of my being.

Continuing on with the theme of hate, this is the most vile, hateful, homophobic, transphobic, anger inducing clip I have ever seen. Fuck you Fox, I dare you to say things like that about any other oppressed group. But no. The homos are what’s left for you. Fucking asshats.  Please, please click here to read one of the most respectful and loving and wonderful posts I’ve read on the entire subject.  I mean, I’d like you to click on a couple of the links (yes, a few. You know you have time) that I’ve put up here today, but if you can only do one…the last one, please.

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