I might have just hyperventilated at dropping a small fortune on a new catalytic converter, spark plugs, oil change, and four new, *correctly-sized*, all-season tires, but hot damn did it make the Jeep a much smoother, quieter ride. :)
Earlier today: Bike ride with the dog.
Currently: Making chicken stock with the remains of Thursday’s chicken de-boning adventure and today’s Farmers Market haul.
Later: Dinner and The Bourne Ultimatum with the boy. Also cookies.
Todd Akin “misspoke”. I want to believe that; I really do. But I can’t. Because I know there are people that actually believe that when a woman is “legitimately” raped, she can’t get pregnant, because of a magical defense mechanism that, quite frankly, I’m surprised hasn’t been researched more so that it can be removed (legitimately), since it prevents the miracle of life.
I wonder if Todd Akin “misspoke” when he co-sponsored a bill to redefine the meaning of “rape” to include the modifier “forcible”.
So, no. I don’t buy into Todd Akin’s desperate attempt to cover up his backwards, dangerous opinions, by making up some bullshit pseudo-apology for his comments earlier. Especially since he didn’t “misspeak”. This wasn’t an “Oops! That came out wrong” statement. He wrote down words, read them over, and posted them on the internet.
And there are people who still support him. Gross.
I will be voting for a third party Presidential candidate this November.
"Sarah, you’re wasting your vote!"
No, I’m not. What I’m doing is not wasting my right to vote. What I’m doing is not wasting an opportunity to actually change things.
You want to know what a wasted vote looks like? Voting for the “lesser of two evils” because you don’t actually think either of the two “viable” candidates are the right leader for These United States, but you’ve gone and convinced yourself that voting for someone you believe in is “a wasted vote”. Because you believe the lie that a third party vote is a vote for the wrong candidate.
We live in a country where two Political Parties established a non-profit organization specifically to control elections by making up absurd rules about needing to show a 15% support rating in 5 major polls to be included in the Presidential Debates, which are funded by private contributions from corporations.
Let’s take a look at which major polls even mention more than 2 candidates:
Rasmussen Reports. No.
Fox News. No.
Real Clear Politics. No.
Ipsos. Includes “Independent”, and “Other”.
Democracy Corps. Includes “Other”.
Huh. I wasn’t aware “Other” was a Party. Maybe that’s the Party my childhood sibling “I Don’t Know” joined when he grew up.
It’s hard to get a rating when polls don’t even include your name. It’s hard to have a chance at winning an election when you’re not allowed to participate in the Presidential Debates.
The only wasted votes I see are the ones cast thinking that voting for a viable party is going to change anything at all.
My hopes for the future expand beyond the status quo. If you feel similar feelings, go ahead and take this quiz. Select “other” on the options to see a list of opinions on all the issues. Rate how important each issue is to you. At the end, you’ll be presented with a list of candidates. All the candidates. And you’ll be told who would best represent you.
I’ll bet you a dollar it’s not the lesser of two evils.
Someone on Facebook has let me know that Chick-Fil-A’s comments are not unconstitutional, and that people need to stop vilifying people because their opinions are not “politically correct”.
While you might not see CFA’s expressing their opinions on marriage equality, or their financial support to hate groups and groups that promote the idea that gay people are pedophiles, or organizations that actively work to “pray away the gay”, as an abuse of a constitutional right, the people that are actually living with the consequences of these actions may feel differently.
It’s a convenient, comfortable life, sitting on a couch and defending an opinion because, at the end of the day, your only real consequence is people on the internet disagreeing with you. For people who have to actually work at having a life where they’re treated fairly, and feel the failure of that hard work every day, knowing that a major, financially influential business is actively working against their equality is insulting. And disgusting.
I hate bigots. Especially bigots who refuse to admit they are bigots. So, you know, all bigots. Fuck ‘em.
The thing about the Right to Free Speech that everyone conveniently forgets, is that it has limits. Freedom of Speech does not extend to words that create a dangerous situation, fighting words, libel and slander, obscenities, etc.
I support Freedom of Speech, until it interferes with the rights of myself or others, at which point such freedoms become abused, which is a great way to shit all over the Constitution people are claiming to love.
Chick-Fil-A certainly has a right to make a statement about their views on certain American citizens. But expressing those views publicly comes with consequences. Like a loss of business from people who choose to spend their dollars on companies who don’t shamelessly announce to the world that they value some people over others. And, based on established limits to Freedom of Speech, I think some people or organizations would be within their rights to take Chick-Fil-A to court and let a judge decide if their statements are in violation of the document our country was founded on.
I’m intolerant of bigotry. Which is fine by me, because intolerance isn’t always a bad thing.