The general election is off to an inauspicious start.
We are already lost in the weeds of the inconsequential.
kittens chasing a spot of light on the floor, the public and the press
are jumping about with excitement and outrage over ancillary issues.
Even there we are doing so by creating false equivalencies.
instance, an Obama supporter, Hilary Rosen, made an unfortunate remark
about Ann Romney’s being a stay-at-home mom, and the president quickly distanced himself even though Rosen apologized.
the other hand, one of Mitt Romney’s supporters, the inflammatory Ted
Nugent, made despicable and threatening comments about the president’s
re-election, and Romney only soft-pedaled away from him, even though
Nugent never apologized.
This is what we’re discussing — a manufactured mommy war and a rhetorical warmonger.
And while we’re distracted, recent polling suggests that the race is tightening.
This all makes me want to grab every American by the shoulder and say, “Focus, people!”
will be a long election fought with hundreds of millions of dollars
over relatively few voters in the middle. There is unlikely to be a
knockout punch or a trump-card issue. There will be many ups and downs,
faux pas and faux issues. But we shouldn’t lose sight of what really
matters — what this and every presidential election is really about.
It is about the size and function of government in our lives — whether we value social safety nets or social Darwinism.
is about how the government collects and spends money and whether those
activities are ruled by a spirit of fairness or disproportionately
favor the most well off.
It is about whether rhetoric criticizing
the size and influence of government ends where individuals’ bodies
begin. Whether you believe, as I do, that all liberty begins with
personal liberty. That none of us has the right to impose our beliefs
and values on others. That each of our bodies is sovereign, to be
governed as we so choose, without the interference of government, so
long as our individual choices don’t impede or encumber the liberty of
This is about each of us being able to love, and marry, whomever we chose.
is about women having unfettered and unfiltered access to a full range
of reproductive options, which is most fundamentally about the physical
and economic well-being of both them and their families.
about how we prioritize and provide direction and incentives for our
educational system so that we produce citizens who are well equipped to
compete in a tightening global job market.
When you consider the gravity of the real issues, the minor ones drift away like the seeds of a dandelion.
is about the judges the winner of the election would nominate,
particularly to the Supreme Court, and how those nominations might
balance or further skew the justice system.
This is about war
philosophies: how easily a president is willing to commit troops to war,
how he might execute a war once it commences and how willing he is to
It is also about whether we will deal humanely with people
who are in this country illegally, many of whom have been here for
decades, many of whom work and are otherwise law abiding, many of whom
have been raised and educated here.
When you consider the gravity of the real issues, the minor ones drift away like the seeds of a dandelion.
candidate is perfect on every point, but they are not equal. Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney, the Democrats and Republicans, have radically
divergent views about the direction of the country. One is progressive;
the other is regressive.
Romney and the Republicans are running a
campaign of opposition and retrenchment. They want to repeal, restrict,
restructure, reclaim and restore. They want to take the country back to a
reality that exists only in their imaginations — and to a world that
will never exist again — and freeze us there.
But that’s utterly
unrealistic. There are no cryogenic chambers for countries. The world is
dynamic, and as a country we must be dynamic in it. There is no going
backward to get ahead. This is not a board game.
Social mores are
changing. The global economy is changing. World security is changing. We
need a president who understands and appreciates those changes and can
articulate a core conviction about how to guide us forward through them.
That man simply isn’t Mitt Romney.
have no personal gripe with Romney. I don’t believe him to be an evil
man. Quite the opposite: he appears to be a loving husband and father.
Besides, evil requires conviction, which Romney lacks. But he is a
dangerous man. Unprincipled ambition always is. Infinite malleability is
its own vice because it’s infinitely corruptible by others of ignoble
Not only has he at some point in his political life
been on both sides of more issues than I have energy to list here, he
has made clear during the primaries that he is willing to shift to the
far right on far too many issues to be the right president for modern
He has signaled that war with Iran would be on the table.
He has said that he would seek to take financing away from Planned
Parenthood. He embraced the Paul Ryan budget. He has called Arizona’s
draconian immigration law a “model” for the country. He has said that he
would “propose and promote” a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
He said this week that he might eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development and trim down the Department of Education.
I have too much time to read every article in the newspaper lately. Boy is this country a mess. Instead of working together or helping the little guy we fuck 'em over. This cartoon does a good job showing what I mean. Enjoy!
Not much has changed for me here. Surprise! I guess the only good thing is my car insurance will be a little cheaper . . . $1,983 instead of $2,200. Still absolutely ridiculous.
Spent most of the week down in Connecticut with my family and baby sitting my nieces. Love those two little girls. They kept me on my toes and provided endless entertainment.
Nothing new on the job front. In this situation, no news is bad news right? lol. Financially I've prepared myself to be unemployed until summer 2013. Mentally, I'll be spent by August of this year. No one is hiring . . . and if they are I'm not hearing back. It's not like I'm a bum either. I have a great background, resume and education. Some people tell me I should settle for anything . . . I'm not that desperate yet ( I don't think . . .) but not to mention, the field of higher education pays shit to begin with (educators get paid shit!) so taking an even bigger cut is really out of the question. I'd rather go on welfare and collect food stamps.
Still waiting on approval for medical insurance.
Life sucks, then you die . . . isn't that how the saying goes? Maybe I should just prepare myself mentally for it to continue to suck until I kick the bucket decades from now. I just feel absolutely hopeless on all fronts in my life. All attempts to dig myself out are just not working. UGH!
As I drank my way into 2012 on NYE, I had a lot of optimism for the new year. This was going to be my year! It was going to be my year after I spent all of 2011 re-building several areas of my life. As of March 8, 2012 - it's hardly been my year.
After two weeks of feeling very hopeless, unhappy, sad, (you name it), I realized that yes, I'm depressed again. Hate dealing with depression. Have been treated for it in the past and achieved positive results. This time just seems more awful than ever.
Everything is weighing me down all at once. My car needs to be registered in Massachusetts now (was in CT, long story, issue with grandparents estate etc.). Since I live in a "high risk" neighborhood as the insurance agent said, my yearly car insurance will be $2,200! No that is not a typo . . . $2,200! I'm fucking unemployed! That's $183 a month!
Found out on Tuesday night that I cannot extend my lease past July 1, 2012 because my landlord is going to gut and renovate the apartment for two months. So I need to move. Who the fuck is going to rent to an unemployed guy with a dog and no job? The only good out of this is hopefully my new neighborhood will result in cheaper car insurance. If this doesn't work out I'll be moving back to CT to live with my parents . . . at age 32. FUCK MY LIFE!
And to top if off again . . . I have no health insurance. COBRA is wicked expensive ($6,800!). I'm waiting to see if I qualify for this subsidized insurance for unemployed people in Mass. According to my calculations I don't (getting paid commission messed up a lot of things! another blog post!) but I'm crossing my fingers that I do. Last night I walked into CVS to pick up my prescription. It is necessary for me to live. . . seriously. Knew it would be expensive, was willing to fork over $200 for it just for this month until I'm insured again. Prescription gets rung up . . . $667! I politely told the woman to keep it and walked out the door.
Thank god I have a few pills left over from a lower dose a few months ago. My doctor is writing me a 10 day prescription that I will pay for and hope it gets me through until insurance begins.
Moral of the story to those who think unemployment programs are lucrative and generous - They're NOT. And if you're a middle class guy like me you get stuck in the middle between programs using federal poverty guidelines and what the government thinks is a lucrative salary. (High $50k in Boston isn't anything but lucrative).
Some reading may say - get a job! Gladly take one! But their aren't any . . . the politicians and Wall St. will have you think the economy is on the rebound. It's not rebounding on main st. 30 resumes sent out so far, no bites or call backs. No response to follow up calls.
"God doesn't give you more than you can't handle. I just wish God didn't trust me so much" - My grandmother. Memere, send help. I need it!
It's been a while since I've objectified any men on this blog. No more! Enjoy! Our two men here are: "Chet Haze", aspiring rapper and son of Tom Hanks. Heterosexual (shame!). And Glee cast member Daren Criss also heterosexual (shame!)
Btw, love men who aren't afraid to show they have some chest hair!!
Has anyone picked up on this? Not one, not two, but THREE Catholic governors have signed the last three same-sex marriage bills in the last 8 months. New York Governor Cuomo, Washington State Governor Christine Gregorie and this week Maryland Governor Martin O'Mally.
Proof positive, the real meat and potatoes in the Catholic Church rests not with the clergy or Vatican but with those in the pews.
Catholics aren't afraid to speak out against the hierarchy anymore. Why should we be? They lost all crediability with the sex abuse scandal. 10 years later and we're still dealing with it.
Same-sex marriage is no threat to the Church . . . two loving men or women should be allowed to publicly proclaim their love for one another in front of family and friends. . . and get the legal benefits too!
Just got back from an extended family visit to Connecticut. I was happy to spend some time with my bro and my two beautiful nieces who recently turned 1 and 3 years old. Seriously, where has the time gone? I'm pretty tired . . . didn't sleep much. The kids wake up early and I'd hear "Uncleeeeee . . . ." around 6:30am each day. Uncle is not a morning person or an early riser.
Some good news for once - I have a job interview on Thursday. I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck ok? :-)
and I'm so tired I can't even continue to type this! More to come tomorrow, night all.
Ladies and gentlemen . . . here's the real winner of the Westminster Dog Show for 2012 - Mr. Cooper of Boston!! You can keep the trophy, just mail me the check. He needs to continue eating his high quality organic dog food.
Queer Dirty Laundry's post on "What is L.O.V.E. got me thinking about Single Awareness Day tomorrow. (Sorry, for those of you in relationships it's Valentine's Day)
Readers of my blog have read plenty about my trials and tribulations in the love department. Finding love seems like a monumental task at times . . . keeping it seems impossible!
I do believe in love and certainly hope I fall in love again (and fucking keep him! Bitch is getting tied to the bed, sorry, I digress) We all know it can be great one day and shitty the next.
I get frustrated when people confuse love with lust, desire and sex. Love is more than sex. Sex is one of the instruments to help keep your loving moving a long. And when in love you've got to be willing to put up with the good, bad and the ugly. Guess that's why I haven't been Love's champion over the past 14 months . . . I don't have the patience for dealing with the bad and the ugly.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie Juno sums it up perfectly:
"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to find a person who loves
you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty,
handsome, what have you. The right person will still think that the sun
shines out of your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking
Your homework for tomorrow if you're in love - remember why it is you fell in love with him/her, why you want to stay with them, and what you're going to do between now and February 14, 2013 not to fuck it up! After all, us single folk need someone to vicariously live through. :-)
Controversy, sure . . . but that is life. Very talented. By far, the best National Anthem ever sung at the Super Bowl or any event. It's very sad when a life is cut short by tragedy. RIP Whitney. You're talent and music has already immortalized you.