Archive for October, 2010

31
Oct
10

politics and the “truth,” ii

Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there who’s fed up with the lack of true, meaningful political/societal discourse? Billions of dollars are spent every political season, but nothing actually gets said, and too many of MFA are too easily taken in by vague, deliberately-misleading-ads bullshit.

Case in point: postcard flyer comes in the mail comparing the “career politician” (CP) with the “successful businessman” (SB) running for the Senate.

CP: raised taxes

SB: has never raised taxes

Am I the only person who realizes that SB has never raised taxes because he’s never had the opportunity, as he has never held office? And is American politics the only “profession” where having actual experience is considered a deficit? Yeah, I’m sure we’re all automatically so much better off if we have people in government, representing us and our interests, who don’t have a clue what they’re doing. In case you’ve forgotten, we did that, from 2000-2008 — (how short are the attention spans of MFA anyway? don’t answer that) —  how many of you are better off now than you were in 2000?

CP has “voted for cuts on education” and SB opposes cuts.

Am I the only person who realizes that CP may have opposed cuts as well, but was given no choice since we live in a state that legally requires a balanced budget and whose economy has been in the toilet for the last 7 years? And should we take this to mean that SB has never had to make a decision contrary to his wishes out of necessity? Sounds like a pretty cushy life.

Oh, but CP has “no business experience” and the “unemployment rate jumped from 7.5% to 13.0% while he was in the house” while SB is a “proven job creator.”

Well, duh. First of all, CP is a “career politician” so obviously he can’t have “business experience;” and the unemployment rate jumped that high in many many other states while our greed for inflated real estate prices, home-equity loans and the easy-win through stock market manipulations caused the countrywide economy to tank.

Meanwhile, SB is a “Succesful Business Owner.” What does that mean exactly? How many people does he employ? Does he pay their health insurance? Do they get parental leave when they have a baby? Does he contribute to their retirement plan? Nobody knows. And is he saying that government is a business, which makes him ideally suited? Please.

Ah, but he’s Pro Life. Never mind that a) so is CP, and b) “pro life” means the government gets to make your personal decisions for you but won’t guarantee that your child will get a decent education, health care, or be treated fairly in the workplace or upon retirement.

Oh, but look — SB has a picture on the front of him holding his baby. That must mean he’s a good person. And then there’s picture of a whole lot of people, including someone of a different race. Is he the parent? sibling? did he just come in and sit down on their front yard while they had their picture taken? Who knows, who cares, look — he’s smiling! I guess I’ll vote for him!

Sheesh. Gag.

In a related story — Why is it there are so many millionaire-billionaire-gazillionaires out there willing to spend their personal fortune getting elected to office? What’s in it for them, exactly? Doesn’t seem like a good return on their investment, unless they’re just in it for the power and prestige, which makes me wonder what they’re going to do for ME and MFA.  And why aren’t there laws about political truth-in-advertising, or restricting how much money can be spent in a race? We’re being bought and sold like so many Monopoly houses.

And then there are the robo-calls. You’re not telling me anything, you’re filling up my voice mail box, you’re shouting or pandering or obfuscating. Shouldn’t there be a do-not-call list for political ads? STOP CALLING ME!

Get informed, get smart, and vote. And no, if you’re not going to do the first two, do us all a favor, and don’t do the last.

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31
Oct
10

(One of) the problem(s) with religion

Seen on a billboard:

 

__________ Church

Liars Welcome

 

That’s just terrific. In other words, you suck, your soul is black as dirt, but God loves you anyway.

What an uplifting message.

I wonder what the world would look like if instead of being told what miserable, sinning, waste-of-space creatures we all are we were told instead that we each held within us the power to change the world for the better.

 

27
Oct
10

just don’t mess with “my” Spanish coffee

Apparently there is a new beverage market out there among twenty-somethings for a drink that mixes alcohol and caffeine and is sold in brightly-colored cans reminiscent of Red Bull.

This is considered to be particularly dangerous because a) it is targeted towards young (barely-of-age) drinkers and b) the effects of the caffeine mask the effects of the alcohol, causing those partaking to be unable to recognize how “drunk” they actually are.

According to the story, one twenty-something was admitted to the hospital and found to have a blood alcohol level of .40.

Yikes. That can’t be good.

This does bring to mind a persistent question I have: why is it that it is legal in this country to get married (that is, decide you are ready to decide who you want to spend the rest of your life with, raise children with, etc., etc.) and join the Army (kill! kill! blood and guts and veins in your teeth [blame Arlo Guthrie, not me]) at the age of 18, but aren’t considered responsible enough to consume alcohol until you’re 21.

Just wondering. Maybe it’s just me.

26
Oct
10

windy weather

So, it’s a rather blustery day out there, and it’s apparently going to get even blusterier.

(I know, it’s not a word; work with me.)

I live in a house that’s surrounded by 80-90′ trees; I don’t really like strong winds all that much. A few weeks ago during a particularly windy day one of the trees in my front yard fell across the road. Luckily no one was driving, or biking, or walking, past at the time.

Read this report today of a woman impaled by a branch when a tree fell onto her Smart Car. I’m sorry if I seem to be lacking in sympathy, but how smart is it really to be out driving in a matchbox toy pretend Smart Car on what every weathercaster has been predicting will be one of the windiest days on record? The Edmund Fitzgerald couldn’t stand up to it, but gosh darn it, me and my matchbox toy pretend Smart Car will!

Wonder if she’s the same woman who was concerned about driving an electric car and forgetting to plug it in. . .

26
Oct
10

too busy

Too busy to think, too busy to read, too busy to write.

I love most of the things that I’m doing, but there are just too many of them, and I keep finding myself thinking “yeah it’s Wednesday!/why am I wishing my life away week by week?”

There has to be a better way.

Any ideas?

 

22
Oct
10

loss in two sentences

Separation, by W. S. Merwin

Your absence has gone through me

like thread through a needle.

Everything I do is stitched with its color.

22
Oct
10

golden grace

There are days when I am almost overcome by the beauty of my life and the world around me.

This is one of them.

I’ve been reminded over the past few days, as I had been dreading the falling of the leaves which signals the soon-to-be onset of winter, that there is a flip side. As the foliage falls away more sun, light ! , can find its way into my house. The soft green light so welcome in the spring, which becomes darkly verdant green shade throughout the summer now turns golden and bright.




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