Category Archives: Political

Holy CrAp Have I Been Busy!

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My blog notifications told me that someone “liked” one of my posts yesterday, which made me check my stats.  I found that there have been days when NO ONE VISITED ME!  This is horrible, just horrible!  Then I realized that I have been so stinking busy that I haven’t had time (or inclination) to blog in a while.  So, here’s an update on what’s been going on:

Diet Week 10 (or whatever the hell it is) – I’ve lost 15 lbs!  It is really hard, particularly when I’m doing fun stuff like baking apple pies (which I managed not to eat whole, thankyouverymuch…I left that to the Hubster.  He didn’t mind.)  It’s really awesome to have to wear a belt to hold up my pants. Pretty soon, I’ll have to go shopping!  Woot!

Death and Illness – Keeping up with tracking WW points has been rough this past week.  Sadly, the kids’ grandmother passed away on Wednesday, which led to a quickie visit to PA for the funeral on Friday.  This is just six months after their dad died, so it’s been a rough year for the kiddos.  On top of that, my uncle has not been well and it’s been touch and go for a couple of weeks.  I said at one point that it seems everyone I know is either unemployed or sick.  Your odds are not good if you know me.  If you just read my blog, you’ll probably escape with a mild cold and missing a day of work.  Lucky you.

Employment – Speaking of unemployment, after quitting my job in a very dramatic fashion, last week I started temping  for an agency while I keep looking for regular work.  My first temp job is sorting and tracking campaign contributions for the Romney campaign!  I think my mother summed this up really well when she simply said “karma”.  I’m so anti-Romney, I think I’d rather see Mickey Mouse in the White House than elect Romney.  Wait, that’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it? (Which reminds me…I haven’t posted a political rant in a while.  Keep your eyes peeled for one soon.  I’ve got one simmering and if I don’t get it out soon, it’s going to stink like rotten eggs.)

Squirrels – And on a completely random and unrelated note, THEY’RE BACK!  It seems that the dry summer has seriously put a dent in the squirrel population and there have been far too few of the little critters to keep me sufficiently amused for quite a while.  However, the cooler weather has brought them out, looking for their winter nutty goodness, to my unconcealable delight.  Yesterday, I sat for MINUTES watching one sneak attack a group of band students, darting between trees and running up the backside as to remain virtually invisible.  (They are sneaky little critters, those squirrels).  I was utterly entertained and I’m sure I appeared quite mad as I sat giggling to myself for no apparent reason.  I guess the squirrels aren’t’ the only ones who are a little nuts.  😀

Thank you Dan Cathy and Freedom of Speech

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Thank you, Dan Cathy for opening your mouth and bringing light to your bigoted views.  Without freedom of speech, Americans who believe in that other, obviously less important freedom called EQUAL RIGHTS would never have known to direct their business elsewhere.

And now I’ve said my peace and consider the topic closed.

Chick-Fil-A-OK… Unless You’re Gay?

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Thought for the day:

In light of the recent Chick-Fil-A brouhaha, and with several prominent cities threatening to block construction of new restaurant locations in their neighborhoods, the question of civil rights has once again come into question.

I don’t pretend to have the answer to that question, though I definitely have an opinion.  We have the Supreme Court to rule on the matter of what is a “right” and what is a “privilege” and maybe this particular discussion will go before them at some point.  However, I doubt it, as Chick-Fil-A has already sustained enough bad press and are backing off of the issue as fast as they can.

So, here’s my challenge to you:  whenever you read an article about the Chick-Fil-A issue, substitute another company of your choice, but make it good… say Citibank, or BP.  Then substitute “gay marriage” with a different cause or group of people near and dear to your heart.  And then finally, change “Christian” to any other religion or organization you choose.

Here are what excerpts from some articles might look like:

In early 2011, a Publix grocery store in California donated food to an event conducted by the Council of Conservative Citizens,  one of that state’s most outspoken groups against blacks and interracial marriage.  Advocates on both sides weighed in, and students at some universities began trying to get the chain removed from campuses.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/gay-rights-uproar-over-chick-fil-a-widens.html)

My question is, how does that make you feel?  Do you want to patronize Publix?  Even if they don’t discriminate in their employment practices, do you feel differently about their attitude toward their employees and perhaps even customers?  Would you feel comfortable/be willing to shop there if you are black?  If you were an official in a town where a Publix was to open, would you want it there?

Again, I have no answer.  It’s just something to consider on both sides.

(For the record, I LOVE Chick-Fil-A.  I think their service is exemplary and I have had nothing but pleasant experiences whenever I’ve been there.  It would/will be really hard to give it up.  I just feel like I can’t put money into a coffer from which it might be directed toward something I feel so strongly about.  Sorry, CFA.)

Don’t Know Much About History….

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This is “part 2” of my “I’ve got mine. Where’s yours.” soapbox lecture.  Overall, I received very positive feedback and hopefully it inspired some people to get out there and give back.

However, a couple folks pointed out that I was apparently wearing rose-colored glasses while sitting at my computer.  The early 20th century wasn’t all that great.  And they’re right.  It wasn’t.  There was plenty wrong during that time.  I was trying to make a point, which I did for the most part.  I hope I didn’t come across as too naive.  (Besides, it was pretty dark, so maybe I was just hitting the wrong keys.  Stupid liberal-biased keyboard.)  😉

Even if you take my little history summary with a generous grain of salt, “I’ve got mine. Where’s yours?” is still a valid observation. Once you commit that phrase to memory, you’ll be surprised at how often you recognize it out there in the real world. I hope everyone starts recognizing “I’ve got mine. Where’s yours?”  and I hope that when you do, it makes you think. I agree 100% with  a comment by one reader who called himself, “Ronald Reagan”, about how each individual should look inward and ask what they can do for “SOCIETY”. That was exactly the objective I was shooting for.  Thank you for emphasizing that point.  Government sure as hell doesn’t need our help.  They’re screwed up enough on their own.  (joke)

I’ve done a few things in life of which I am particularly satisfied (other than my kids…which goes without saying). I have always given to charity regularly, in money, goods and service. I have mentored an inner city child through Big Brothers & Big Sisters.  I volunteer for my kids’ activities…probably too much.

Mostly, I strive to teach my children that no matter what they have, they can afford a little bite to give someone else, whether it’s sharing an ice cream cone with their brother/sister or tossing some change into a collection cup. Doing so is something that gets harder as we grow up and realize how hard we have to work for everything we have.  However, time doesn’t cost a thing and it’s something we all have at least a little to spare. The amazing thing is when you start to give, you get back in dividends.

“Ronald Reagan’s” last comment was, “many, many friends/families donate time and money to charity”, and he is right, many do. But not all and not nearly enough. We can do better.

What a wonderful world this would be.