Everyone Who Should Have Healthcare

First, me and my family, because we’re awesome. Seriously, awesome sauce has only one ingredient: Clarke.

You. I want you to have healthcare. Anyone reading this. Because you’re pretty fucking awesome too.

The Koch brothers. They are fucks who are actively working to make this country worse. They should have healthcare.

Charles Manson. Crazy ass Charlie should have healthcare.

Robert Palmer, the TA who teaches half my Principles of Literary Study class.

Robert Palmer, the dude who sang that song with those chicks in that video.

Every single member of Congress, their aids, their families, the President, and his family.

The guy who asked me to buy him a hot chocolate at Starbucks the other day (I did, because we should all probably have hot chocolate as well) because he was going back into the mental hospital because living on the streets was to dangerous for him, and for the people around him. he needs healthcare

That MOTHERFUCKING pedestrian who I almost watched get smeared across the highway because she was dressed all in black, crossing in the middle of the road, and on a section of highway with no lights.

Everyone who works at Starbucks and doesn’t write a snarky blog about their customers. And all the ones who do.

That loud guy at the gym.

Taekwondo instructors.

Guys who draw pictures of trains.

Prisoners.

Criminals

Teachers. Even the bad ones. Even the one I had in high school who expected you to just grab a handout as you walked in and turn it back in as you walked out and never did a damned thing but read his paper the whole class so that I never learned a lick of history and in fact hated it up until now.

Dolphin trainers.

Old ladies at the grocery store who look at me funny when I’m sporting my beard but then smile at me when I help them get that item off the top of the shelf.

People who just suck. I wish they’d stop, but I still want them to have healthcare.

Bloggers who write entertaining things for me to read.

Cancer survivors.

The cast of Modern Family.

A 35 year old underachiever who lives in his parents basement and works a part time job just so he doesn’t get kicked out. He smokes way too much pot and has a truly shitty taste in music.

Fox News talking heads.

Minimum wage fast food workers.

Below minimum wage restaurant wait staff.

And everyone else.

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I Might Not Be Voting For Obama

It’s not as bad as you think. I wont be voting for Romney under any circumstances.

I’ve been thinking about one thing in particular that bothers me. No, it frightens me. And disgusts me. The killing of US citizens without due process. This president has decided that he has the authority to order drone strikes against US citizens who are deemed to be an enemy of the state. But no one gets to question that designation before or after the fact.

I’m not going to try to convince anyone about whether it’s good or bad, but I do want to lay out why it has me troubled. Primarily it’s this: there is nothing keeping this or future presidents from doing this same thing on US soil.  People can scoff at the idea, but what’s to stop it?  The public wont object because the first time it happens the US citizen targeted will be a clearly evil bad guy with absolute proof of his involvement in plans to attack US targets. And after that, it’s just how “The War On Terror” is fought.

So yeah, I know it sounds like I’m falling into boogieman conspiracy land here. But isn’t the whole point of the Second Amendment to the Constitution to make sure we have the means to fight back if the government turns against us? And I’m not so egotistical to think that we could never elect a madman to office. It happens in other countries all the time. So, if that happens, how do we fight back against silent long range targeted drone strikes? The President has given himself, and those who come after him, the right to use military force on US citizens. We can’t fight that.

So I’m thinking I can’t vote for Obama. But I sure as hell don’t want Mitt Romney to be my president either. So, one election day if I think NJ will go for Obama (as it likely will) then I’m going to vote for the green party candidate, Jill Stein. No, she has no chance, but at least my conscience will be clear. and if NJ looks to be up for grabs? Then I don’t know what I’ll do.

As for Obama, he’s not been a bad President. Other than this one thing, I’m pretty satisfied. I’ve even donated to his campaign, and may do so again. I’m aware of the realities, I want to make sure Mitt Romney doesn’t win, despite my misgivings about Obama.
Also, I think this will be my last post on the subject of politics. It depresses me.

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG

I just read that Abby Mann, Screenwriter of JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG has died. I’m not a huge movie buff, and in fact I don’t recognize his name. I rarely remember directors, producers, or writers of movies and TV.

But I was reading some of his dialog from the movie and it’s clear that I need to see this movie. This is the relevant bit:

JUDGE DAN HAYWOOD: “Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he
loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul
must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government
of which he was a part. Janning’s record and his fate illuminate the most shattering
truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were
all depraved perverts – if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters
and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake
or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress
of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves
into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger
the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The
sterilization of men because of their political beliefs… The murder of children…
How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak
of the “protection” of the country. Of “survival”. The answer to that is: survival
as what? A country isn’t a rock. And it isn’t an extension of one’s self. *It’s
what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult!* Before
the people of the world – let it now be noted in our decision here that this
is what we stand for: *justice, truth… and the value of a single human being!”

I think I’m going to print that and frame it. And then maybe send a copy to every congressman and woman. Twice.

via Adam-Troy Castro

Posthumous Post From a U.S. Soldier in Iraq

Andrew Olmsted was a blogger, and more importantly, a soldier. This is his last post ever, as he was killed.

Read it.

Torture

Malcolm Nance wrote a post about torture. He’s a guy who knows about it.

Here’s the quote that makes my guts churn:

Most people can not stand to watch a high intensity kinetic interrogation. One has to overcome basic human decency to endure watching or causing the effects. The brutality would force you into a personal moral dilemma between humanity and hatred. It would leave you to question the meaning of what it is to be an American.

Read the post, if you haven’t already. It’s been widely distributed.

Veterans Day

Sunday was Veteran’s Day.  I’m a veteran of the first Gulf War.

3169 US combat deaths in Iraq as of 11/10/07.

28451 US wounded in Iraq as of 11/20/07.

Happy Veteran’s Day.

Philly Boy Scouts Have To Pay

This story tells how the Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts has lost it’s sweetheart rent deal on city owned property. Long short is that if the Boy Scouts are going to discriminate, Philly isn’t going to rent them space for $1 a year. And the Boy Scouts do discriminate, they even went to the Supreme Court to insure they were able to keep doing so. The BSA (Boy Scouts of America) does not allow openly gay members.

Bravo to Philadelphia to for doing the right thing. It’s sad that they had to, though. The BSA is a good organization. They teach kids lots of things that it’s nearly impossible for them to get other places. There are plenty of kids who would never have spent a day under the open sky if not for the Boy Scouts. Or who might never had tried to do something positive for their community, or tried to make something with just their hands. And while all those good points aren’t washed away by their choice to discriminate, it does mean that I can’t support them.

If enough local chapters start losing their meeting places, and finding they don’t have local support anymore maybe the national leadership of the BSA will come to see it’s time to practice acceptance. I just hope they aren’t the sort who would rather see the BSA destroyed than allow gays into their ranks. That would be a sad day.

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