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No Words

Today, I mourn.

Tomorrow, I fight.

Three Things Thursday: We’re All Going to Die

It’s been a while since I’ve graced you all with three things on a Thursday. I know you’re feeling the pain of that specific abandonment. (Not as much as you feel the pain of my now defunct “Shoesday” series, though, I’m sure…)

Today is a bittersweet day, and I’m feeling a wee bit political, so welcome to the “Oh My God, We’re All Going to Die” (political commentary) edition of Three Things Thursday.

  1. Today is the last full day that Barack Obama will be president. I have very much enjoyed having him as my president. I didn’t always agree with everything he did, but overall, his policies matched my beliefs. We’ve come a long way in eight years. Healthcare reform (although it was gutted by the GOP and wasn’t as good as it could be), marriage rights, increased funding to prevent violence against women, and on and on… Today, I read an article about all the things that our incoming PEOTUS has planned. Beyond gutting funding for arts and humanities, he is also planning on gutting funding for 25 DOJ programs that administer grants to prevent violence against women. Don’t even get me started on Planned Parenthood. (Did you know we’re at a 30 year low rate for unplanned pregnancy? Do you know what makes preventing unplanned pregnancy possible? Places like Planned Parenthood. Do you know what else goes down when unplanned pregnancies go down? Abortion rates! So, if you really are pro-life, why wouldn’t you support access to birth control and health care? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!)
  2. Intersectional feminism shouldn’t be that hard for white women to grasp. I’ve given up on arguing with cis/het/white men on the internet (hahahahaha…we’ll see how long that lasts), and I know some amazingly feminist men who don’t seem to believe their masculinity is diminished by a woman’s strength. One of the most disturbing conversational trends I’ve seen in the past few days, though, is the number of white women who call themselves feminists but don’t understand why they (cis/het/white) also have more privilege than WOC and those who are LGBTQ. The number of arguments I’ve seen that start with “identifying differences is divisive/let’s not talk about race or color or orientation/we’re all women together” is so incredibly tone deaf. For all that we as women lack the male privilege, those of us who are white (and cis/het) do not get to diminish the voices of those who have to work even harder than we do to achieve the same things. That whole $0.77 on the dollar that is publicized as the income inequality? That’s only white women. There is nothing wrong with shutting up to hear others’ experiences and interpretations of the world. The more I learn about someone else’s struggles, the more I can rebuild my narrative to include everyone and fight for everyone. Sometimes that means I have to take a backseat, and you know what? That’s okay. Shutting up to let someone else talk is not the same as being silenced. We tell that to men who talk over us – let’s make sure we’re not talking over anyone else.
  3. Ugh. You guys. The cabinet nominees. I’ve never paid too much attention to confirmation hearings before because I’ve generally done some reading about the candidates, either agreed or disagreed with their nominations, and sent off a quick email to the appropriate parties regarding my opinions. This is the first time I’ve actively watched multiple hearings. Every time I think there can’t be a more ill-prepared and vastly unqualified candidate, I am surprised. Current record holder for me: Betsy DeVos. DUDES! If confirmed, she is going to gut our public education system. She is not interested in making public education better. She doesn’t care about making sure that students with disabilities receive quality education. She wants federal funds to go to unregulated charter schools. She knows nothing about education. Or running large financial systems. Or anything useful at all as far as I can tell. (She does, however, know that there are bears in Wyoming and those bears are apparently a larger threat to our school children than guns. The facts do not support that, but we are moving away from things likes “facts” and “information” and “knowledge” in our educational systems.) As someone who is attending kindergarten open house next week (which is full of crazy anyway), this is disheartening. I can’t afford private school (unlike Ms. DeVos) for my kid and can’t home school (because I don’t hate myself or my child and would like to keep it that way), so I need a good public school system with good teachers.

This was not the Harry Potter education professional I would’ve chosen. (Although with Lockhart as president, I guess it’s not that surprising…)

 

I’m trying hard to stay positive. I don’t have money to donate right now, but you can bet your ass that once I’m reemployed, I’ll be sending my $$ to all the places that are going to need it most.

Provided I can breathe and walk without trying to hack up a lung, I’ll be marching on Saturday.

I will continue to support my congress people in their fight for ALL American people.

Tomorrow

Four Things Friday – Regrets, I’ve had a few

Because I missed yesterday.

1. I really regret getting my annual flu shot the day before my first tennis lesson. I was hopeful that we wouldn’t be learning backhands last night, but alas! We were all so good with the forehand that we transitioned right into the backhand, too. I’m not sure my arms will go above shoulder level at this point. Ow.

2. I am working from home today, but without the constant chatter/trouble-making from the Bean, it’s all weird. Weirdly productive! I miss him, though. He cried today when I dropped him off. Not really a regret, and I only kinda wish he’d stayed small enough to stay put.

3. I do totally regret that I haven’t yet become independently wealthy. I would love to be NOT working right now and be haring off in the woods or something. It’s a gray, misty day, and I love it.

4. I regret a little bit that I work in a position that is almost entirely funded by the indirects received from NIH grants. Because apparently, not only can Americans not have affordable healthcare (I’ve worked jobs that didn’t offer health insurance and was unable to get insured affordably due to a pre-existing condition; healthcare shouldn’t be the privilege of the wealthy and/or lucky), they can’t have research to make health care better and more effective. GROW UP, Congress. The law passed, was upheld by the Supreme Court, Obama was re-elected AFTER the Affordable Care Act was passed, and 40+ attempts to repeal it have failed. Stop pissing in the sandbox and put the government back together.

Ahem…POLITICS! (I do not regret voting for Obama, beeteedubs… Also, am curious as to how a group of people who want to outlaw what women can do with their reproductive systems but want the government to NOT be involved with helping people get access to affordable care? Yeah. Whatever. Consistency not the strong suit there.)

 

ANYWAYS – I am sore. I am productive, but missing my little guy. I am not rich. And I’m a little upset about the whole gov’t shut-down thing.

 

Darwin regrets skipping his 10 am nap. Politics is exhausting.

Darwin regrets skipping his 10 am nap. Politics is exhausting.

A Day of Some Significance

I know that not everyone in the country is thrilled about today. I have heard people say (snarkily) that this is a coronation, not an inauguration. Which is silly, I think – just because some people are excited about the new president doesn’t make us want a king (any more than George W. supporters really wanted him to be king, I’m assuming)! I am only really excited about royalty from other countries.

I am excited about today, though. I honestly thought the last 8 years took the country in a completely wrong direction – between the unwarranted wiretapping & the “interrogation techniques” – things really got scary bad. I don’t know how much of the current economy I can blame on the last president, but I do feel that the wars that we’re in right now might have something to do with the administration of Ex-President Bush.

I don’t think he’s evil, but I think he is petty & that he surrounded himself with a lot of people with questionable moral character.

I think that President Obama will have a hard time living up to the almost unrealistic expectations that many people have – but I think that the one thing he gave a lot of people was the hope that he talked about so much on the campaign trail.

Even if President Obama is never anything more than a mediocre leader, I think that his influence will go further – he’s made a lot of people excited & he got a lot of people to vote FOR someone, rather than against someone else. He is a charismatic man who can speak in complete articulate sentences, and maybe this makes me a bit of an elitist (I also like arugula and won’t drink macrobrews), but I like that he seems smart. I think it will take a smart man to get this country back on the right track.

And I, for one, am excited to see what happens over the next few years.

Congratulations, President Obama! I hope to toast your presidency tonight, if I ever get home from work.

And you thought there was no such thing as karma….

Ann Coulter breaks jaw, has it wired shut.

I just can’t stop smiling about that one. It’s so delicious!