Sorry for dropping this in here, but I felt like I ought to–despite the fact that it belongs in my diary and is sort of doing exactly what I despair.
I wish I could believe that the world is not going to end, but I cannot convince myself of that. The media and the backlash are so loud that I repeatedly forget that Barack Obama is still our president until approximately 11:59a on January 20¹. And that’s an incredible disservice to him, you know, for all the things he’s done for us and the love he’s shown us. It's a shame, really.
Would I still leave if I had the means to do so? Absolutely. Past Republican victories have been disappointing; this is on the order of signing a four-year lease to hell. More than that, I could hear myself think. After all, once I hear the latest decisions of the Dáil (or the Seanad)² and learn that it’s going to be a blissful 18°C tomorrow, what need have I for the international news?
Also, for those who missed it the other day, I said the following on Twitter:
I cried this morning because I'm afraid of losing Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. My disability victory is now in the trash. #NotMyPresident
And–although I loathe to give this loser space–some asshole had the audacity to retweet/reply:
I cheered this morning because now maybe the freeloaders abusing programs like Medicare and Social Security will be sent beyond The Wall.
Since I couldn't help but feel like that was directed specifically at me (and not necessarily entirely at illegal immigrants), I said the following just before I blocked him:
I wish you every bit of the abuse, depression, panic disorder and bullshit I have suffered since the age of twelve. You deserve it.
Then, to emphasize my point, I pinned the following to my feed (this is the Facebook version):
Somebody said earlier that he hopes Medicare and Social Security will be eliminated, so that "freeloaders" (like me) will be "sent over the wall".
Really? We're deporting seventh generation WHITE GIRLS now? That's news
But hey, I'll leave quietly…just pay for my plane ticket, hand me €5,000 and please ask PM Kenny to have my citizenship ready? Thanks, luv! •sarcastic kisses•
"PM Kenny" being Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny of Ireland, of course.
Do I really think I'm in danger of being deported? About as much as I think €5,000 is sufficient to start my new life! But you know me when I get angry…
¹ I have no idea when the oath is administered during the inauguration ceremony–I just put that in there because it's my diary and I didn't care to look it up!
² The Seanad is the Irish Senate and the Dáil Eireann is the Irish House.
For Immediate Release
July 26, 2011
Contact: Sen. Rick Jones
Sens. Schuitmaker and Jones work to help prevent cases like Caylee Anthony in Michigan
LANSING — State Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rick Jones announced Wednesday that they are working together to prevent a tragedy similar to what occurred in Florida from happening in Michigan. They also called on lawmakers to approve legislation that makes it illegal to not report the discovery of a dead body in Michigan.
The measure, Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Schuitmaker, would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. It would also make it a felony of up to five years and a $5,000 fine for not reporting a dead body with the intent to hide or conceal that death or cause of death.
“The case of little Caylee Anthony’s death breaks my heart,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “That she was left missing, dead and unreported for a month before being discovered is a horrible tragedy. While we can’t prevent bad parenting, we certainly can help bring justice to those that deserve it, and we are working together to ensure something like this doesn’t happen here in Michigan.”
Jones chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the bill in May.
“I am shocked by the outcome of Florida’s trial of the Casey Anthony case,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Not simply because of the verdict, but because it brings to light that there are no safeguards in place to ensure a little missing child has to be reported to law enforcement. Which is why I requested a bill be drafted to make it a felony to not report a known missing child within 24 hours of them going missing.”
Jones requested legislation to require that law enforcement be notified within 24 hours of when a child goes missing.
“It is important that we try to ensure a travesty like what happened to little Caylee doesn’t happen here,” Jones said. “It is unthinkable that a person, especially a parent, could go as long as they want without reporting a missing child with virtually no consequences. That’s just plain wrong.”
The Senate unanimously passed SB 231 in June, and it awaits action by the state House of Representatives.
Update: August 31, 2013
I’m glad to say “Caylee’s Law”, as you might call it, did actually pass the Michigan Legislature.
2011’s Senate Bill 231 became Public Act 538 in 2012 and joined Michigan’s Compiled Laws in 2013 under the number 333.2841. Voting information can be found here and the completed law is now listed under number two on this page.
I’m sitting in Sondra’s camp chair in her bedroom, my laptop on my lap. I pull up a pic of a star I dislike and turn my computer around to show Sondra.
Me: My friend is trying to get me to like this guy, but it’s never going to happen. I’d rather crush him–
I stamp my foot on the floor for emphasis.
Me: Oww! Fuck! –under my boot heel. Laughing. Next time I should try actually wearing boots!
Sondra and I die of laughter.
I know I’m not even halfway to the big quarter century (seven months!); but a recent status update from a friend reminded me of some of the stuff I’ve done in the last 25 years, so I thought I’d share…
- Read at (at least) a fifth grade level by age 5 (I read a poem at my Kindergarten graduation!)
- Ate escargot (when I was really, really young…EW!)
- Conquered stage fright before the third grade (dancing for thirteen years does that to you!)
- Attended the skiing world cup (Vail, 1999)
- Played a National Adjudicators’ Invitational event (2002 Dixie Classic)
- Saw Pope John Paul II while packed onto a Canadian Air Force base with several hundred thousand other people (2002)
- Went to Ireland as an exchange student (2003)
- Auditioned for the dance program at Western Michigan University without having taken a single ballet class (dumb, but I’m still proud of myself!)
- Participated in Harvard Model Congress (San Francisco 2004)
- Called my best friend from Alcatraz (same trip!)
- Survived Advanced Placement English (LOL)
- Made a Macbeth mini movie in 17 hours (for AP English…legendary!)
- Participated in six beauty pageants (did two twice…I’m not the pageant sort!)
- Spent five days in Las Vegas by myself (2008…and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!)
I’m not going to get too deep into the debate over vaccines…I’m just going to point out a few of the more obvious things.
First, if the “vaccination experts” are swearing up and down that they removed thimerosal and other mercury products years ago, then why are people still lobbying to have it removed?
Second, if vaccinations really are to blame for autism, then why does the disease mostly affect males? Shouldn’t it hit both genders equally? And if the chemicals in these vaccinations are actually the problem, then shouldn’t the effects be irreversible, like with asbestos causing mesothelioma? Why then are people like Jenny McCarthy able to get their children “out” of autism?
As for vaccines being a necessity for a safe and healthy existence, I believe that most are necessary, but some are pointless. Why on earth did they develop a vaccine for chickenpox?! It’s as common as a cold and except for the rare possibility of developing it twice or the occasional possibility of getting shingles later on, what harm does it do? The (standard) flu vaccine is even worse…scientists have to GUESS which four strains will be prominent each year! You’d be further off trying to guess what color a leaf will turn come autumn! I’m not sure Gardasil is all its cracked up to be, either…personally, I’m doing without because it only protects you from four types of HPV–I’d rather “be hung for a sheep as for a lamb” as the old saying goes.
Just because I’m getting my B.Sc. in alternative medicine and want go to (alternative) medical school doesn’t mean I have any intention of sticking my nose up at vaccines–or at least not all of them. No amount of herbs or other “Naturopathic stuff” is ever going to convince me that I’m safe from getting lockjaw (or something worse) if I get tetanus. No “magic tricks” I learn at Everglades or University of Bridgeport (or wherever I go next) will keep me safe if I’m too dumb to get vaccinated for meningitis before I move into graduate housing.
Just because we’re learning natural ways of treating disease doesn’t mean we have to completely turn our backs on “the establishment”–that would be harmful to both us and our patients. If one of my future patients wants an epidural, do you think I’m going to deny her just because I’m a Naturopath? Fuck no! I am a physician first and a Naturopath second–and I think many of my future (and current) colleagues would do well to remember that for themselves.