Love Is…

… letting your kitty outside – even though you worry about cars and dogs and fisher cats – because you know it makes her happy.

We’ve been letting Kes venture outside the last few days.  So far, her trips have been short – an hour or so at a time – and she’s always come bounding back when we call for her.  That doesn’t mean I don’t worry like a mother when she’s out, though, and it doesn’t mean I don’t wish we had GPS for cats (I’d buy that shit in a HEARTBEAT).

The kittens have been out once or twice, too, but only under the close supervision of humans.  None of us is ready to let the kittens out on their own, and while they’ll stand at the window watching Kes walk into the yard, they don’t spend their time pining by the doors, so I’m not as motivated to let them wander as I am to give Kes some freedom; she clearly wants it.

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Election Day, 2014

I voted today.

In fact, I was the first person in line at my polling place.

What’s more, I made such a big deal about how excited I was about being there and voting that when I put my ballot into the machine, the man who was monitoring the thing pointed to the little “1” on the screen, smiled at me, and said, “See that? That’s YOU!”

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Quick Hit: My Job Description

So, yesterday, my friend Eric asked his facebook friends to tell him what they’re fighting for. I wrote a quick list in answer to that question here, then cut-and-pasted it on to his post.

What ensued was a brief back-and-forth about being engaged and about caring. It was then that Eric came up with my perfect job description, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since;

I want to give a shit full time.

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Challenge Accepted

A facebook friend posted this today:

Who or what are you fighting for?

I asked him if he wanted a list.

I thought about turning this into a Ten Things Tuesday – and I’m already working on my own personal platform after having investigated the Republicans’ and Democrats’ political platforms last week – but I kind of want to do a quick write on this and see what I get.

So, who or what am I fighting for?  Let me tell you:

• I’m fighting for women and girls.  Equality – or, rather, the lack of equality – hurts EVERYONE, and I find that a number of the causes that I think are most important – access to healthcare (including abortion services), social safety net programs, education, pay equity, and programs that address violence – are important to all of us, but are important to women in particular.

•  I’m fighting for workers.  I love the idea of unions and think that, ethically administrated, unions are desperately necessary, particularly in the business environment as we currently practice it.

•  I’m fighting for immigrants.  I’m sick to death of the scapegoating and defamation of people who come here looking for a better life.  If we’re going to claim to be Americans, we had better fucking step up and start living our political creed.

•  I’m fighting for poor people.  Poverty is, as Gandhi told us, is the worst form of violence.  Demeaning and undercutting poor people has become a national pastime, and I’m beyond disgusted by it.

•  I’m fighting for gun safety and a rational expression of our Second Amendment rights.  If we can’t admit that we’re WAY past crazy about the way we (don’t) deal with our gun problem, then we’re already doomed.

•  I’m fighting for education.  We do education completely fucking WRONG in this country.  We take exactly ZERO heed to children’s developmental stages; if we did, elementary kids wouldn’t sit in desks, high schools wouldn’t start until 10 am, and everyone would still be learning art and music and having recess.  We’re far more interested in tests and data than is even remotely useful (or sane).  We disrespect teachers in more ways than I care to articulate here, we let our schools literally crumble around our students, and we saddle our college graduates with crushing debt.  Completely.  Fucking.  WRONG.

•  I’m fighting for equal rights for my GLBTQ brothers and sisters.

•  I’m fighting for justice and equality for my African American brothers and sisters (and for my Hispanic, Native American, and differently-abled brothers and sisters).

•  I’m fighting for basic human dignity, ethics, and transparency in our politics and policies, both local and national.  I’m fighting to make our police forces more about service and less about suspicion and aggression.  I’m fighting to keep us out of the warmongering business and to push us into the humanitarian business.

•  I’m fighting against the patriarchy everywhere I see it – I challenge advertising, stereotypes, bigotry and misogyny every chance I get.

• I’m fighting for the environment; for clean air, water, and land and safer food for everyone.

• I’m fighting for our individual right to make decisions about our end-of-life journey.

•  I’m fighting for a better life – safer, more prosperous, more compassionate – for every human on earth.

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Quick Hit: We Can Hardly Stand the Cute

Seriously.

These are pictures Mr. Chili took this morning.  First, Jordi and Sisko in a cuddle puddle on the bed (Sisko is in front).

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Then, he says, not three minutes later, everyone’s WIDE awake and ready to raise a ruckus.

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And here we have Nala, Mistress of Darkness (“FEAR ME!”)

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Seriously.

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Republicans Piss Me Off

Republicans piss me off.

This is the second day in a row I’ve gotten a mailer from nhgop.org telling me that “Obamacare is forcing 22,000 New Hampshire families to lose their health insurance and making families drive further to get health care.”

Really? Prove it, and don’t leave out the part about the NH legislature not working with the federal government to make Obamacare work, either; you don’t get to make things harder at the outset and then bitch when your efforts to be pricks about it actually work. (also? It should be “farther,” not “further,” but whatever.)

It goes on to claim that Carol Shea-Porter “voted to allow Members of Congress like her to get taxpayer-funded healthcare for life” and cites that she voted “no” on H Con Res. 96, which is actually Paul Ryan’s budget. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/96). The way the flier is worded, it sounds as though her ‘no’ vote against a patently terrible budget plan was actually a ‘yes’ vote for congressional perks. It’s intellectually dishonest, and kind of despicable (and I’m not going to go into the pathetic looking family that’s featured on the front with the words “We pay more, Carol Shea-Porter gets more,” intended, no doubt, to make us feel sorry for their plight. Yeah. No.)

It then says that “[s]he voted against a bipartisan bill that would require Congress to pass a budget before members like her collected their $174,000 paycheck” and cited a ‘no’ vote on HR 325 as damning evidence.

For starters, HR325 was NOT a “bipartisan bill;” it had a single sponsor – republican Dave Camp of Michigan. It was later cosponsored by Candace Miller, ALSO a republican from Michigan, and the initial vote on the bill garnered exactly 6 democratic votes (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h27). Further (there’s the CORRECT use of the word, Republicans; take note), the bill is pointless; it just says that it will withhold pay to congressional delegates until either a) they pass a budget or b) the end of their congressional year, whichever comes first.

This whole bill was a publicity stunt on the part of the Republicans to make it LOOK like they were serious about getting a budget passed – it has no real teeth, and anyone who bothered to read the bill would know that. The frickin’ 27th Amendment says “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” THAT’S why she – and, not for nothing, 33 Republicans – voted against it in the final tally.

The problem I have with this is that I am probably the ONLY person who’s going to bother to look this shit up. Everyone else is going to read it and believe the spin. This kind of bullshit pisses me off; it’s dishonest and immoral, and it’s nothing less than I’ve come to expect from the Republican party lately.

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Quick Hit: I Love Louis Black

“ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULDN’T GET TO CHOOSE WHO GETS TO CHOOSE ELECTED OFFICIALS!!”

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