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obstruuuuctionism! (rant)

Posted in politics with tags , , on Monday 2 August 2010 by amanda

Nan Hunter has a great breakdown of judicial nominations gone through here.  And please don’t bullshit me about how “the dems do it too, so it’s only fair!”  As indicated by the numbers, it was fairly evenly split b/t R & D when twice as many nominations were going through under Bush.  They’re just being jackasses and the problem is getting progressively worse.  We can revisit this issue of obstructionism if the R’s retake the houses and the Dem’s start obstructing.  However, let’s also remember that when the R’s are obstructing and the Dem’s make concessions, the R’s are just coming back with a big “fuck you, no.  we will not compromise, we will tell you to fuck off until we get exactly what we want.”

Everything being passed is so watered down that even though the Republicans won’t stop bitching about it, it’s certainly not worthy of being called a liberal agenda.

Horrified at Northern Iowa right now

Posted in racism with tags , , , , on Wednesday 14 July 2010 by amanda

mason city is comparing Obama to Hitler – on a billboard.  See here for the local story, and here for the coverage in the Atlantic.

This is devastating to me on two levels:

1) That this would happen at all – you’d think that somewhere along the process of making a billboard somebody would have realized that this is an inappropriate comparison (to say the least).

2) Deep disappointment that there are apparently enough people in the area that feel this way to support such an awful thing.

Update: the sign was taken down today.  I remain angry, however.

Iowa allows same-sex marriage!!!

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Friday 3 April 2009 by amanda

Yaaay!  Of course it’s being challenged, but hurrah for the Iowa Supreme Court – I’m not done reading the opinion, but so far, I LIKE.

Here is the opinion.

Here is the Des Moines Register Article.

Here is an awesome list of why gay marriage is totally wrong (not written by me).

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a ferret has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

could it be?

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Monday 23 February 2009 by amanda

Could it be that our country’s biggest problem with this financial crisis is that we’re holding on far too tightly to all of the entrenched interests and powers?  We seem unable to accept that sometimes, things need to change.  We think we’re too invested in coal, in oil, in GM, in Chrysler, in the banking and financial system “the way it is” to have the guts to change it.  And there’s tons of people across the country with GREAT ideas how to change things…and they are not getting funding or help to start up these new ideas.  They didn’t before the crisis, they aren’t now, and there’s no plan I know of to help them in the near future (with the exception of a few green job development plans in the stimulus package).  

I think that in some ways, the US has just become too laden down, too stodgy, too unwilling to change, too much acquiescing to entrenched and powerful interests, and therefore stuck.

defending blatant racism…

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 18 February 2009 by amanda

would anyone like to try to explain to me how this is not racist?  how is a chimp shot in CT connected to the stimulus package?  can you somehow explain that this is not a racist reference to Obama’s personal project of the stimulus package?  i doubt it, but try me.

New York Post cartoon

Yay Vilsack!

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Wednesday 17 December 2008 by amanda

He’s the former guv of my homestate (iowa, of course!) and he’s not at all skeazy 🙂  Seriously, it does give me some hope for agriculture…I will personally be lobbying for help for small family farms that actually grow things that people eat.  (read, not big farms that grow corn and soybeans).  Wahoo!

In totally unrelated news, today Kieran has his 1-year check up and we find out if he gets a brother or sister.  It’s a big day at our house (apartment).  I’ll update later today on how that all goes…I’m nervous about him getting his shots.

arkansas ban on unmarried foster care and adoption

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 12 November 2008 by amanda

so…arkansas won’t let gay couples be married.  now they are forbidding anybody in a non-state-recognized marriage who is cohabiting from adopting or providing foster care.  of course, this will inhibit straight couples, but the reason that this was put together is to stop gay couples from adopting or providing foster care.

this is just such a bad idea for two reasons:

1.  yet another rights violation against the LGBT community (and also any other couple unmarried for any reason that wants to expand their family through adoption or foster care)

2.  cutting out even more families from adopting and providing foster care for kids that desperately need it.  

Here’s a NYT article that brought my attention to the issue, which I really didn’t realize was going on at all, sadly.

Anti-Gay, Anti-Family
Published: November 12, 2008
The potential implications of a proposed Arkansas law that bans people who are “cohabitating outside a valid marriage” from serving as foster parents or adopting children are terrifying.