loracs: (Carol Dancing)
2009-04-03 04:39 pm
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A Push in the Right (I mean Left) Direction

I'm sure there will be more lawsuits and it will most likely go to the voters, but at least another court has said you can't make laws banning same-sex marriage.  Baby steps, baby steps until we're running full out. 

The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters.



loracs: (Girl with Pearl Earring)
2009-03-28 10:11 am
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Preaching to the Choir

I'm watching Michael Moore's Sicko.  I know I am being manipulated, it's a documentary with an very open agenda.  Pictures of children, sick 911 rescue workers, Cuba's free medical system, the voice over, the music - it's all well designed to pull your heart strings.  I see all this and yet I sit here crying, knowing that the heart of this issue is right.  The U.S. has had its head up its butt on so many social issues for so many years, and universal health care is certainly in the top three as far as I'm concerned - education & economic security/justice are the other two.  Regardless of how you see this country's diversity (a blessing or a curse), there is no diversity when it comes to our humanness.  We all have the same basic structure and the need to keep it healthy and in repair.  Illness and injury can happen to rich or poor, it's only in the diagnose, treatment and impact on the economy of our family that it differs.   

My brain can argue all the sides of this issue, but my eyes are wet and my heart is hurting.  And I want it to change.  Can it happen in my life time?  Will it?  Ever?  
loracs: (If Looks Could Kill)
2008-09-24 12:58 pm
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Among All the Smoke and Mirrors

Headlines are full of the pending doom of the US and possibly the world economy.  McCain wants to suspend the campaigning so he and Obama can rush back to DC to forge an agreement across the isle.  This includes canceling the debate on Friday.  I'm asking, "what's the rush?"  Will the world really end as we know it if there isn't a plan in place by COB on Friday?  And we do have a sitting President (hard to type that without laughing) and Congress working on this issue.  I know many of the politicos are trying to get out of town to go campaign next week, but if this is such an emergency, they need to stay in DC and work on it.  Having two more Senators (2%) of the governing body, on site, will not make a big difference.  Having the debate on Friday, a debate that might tip the scales one way or another for determining the next Prez; this is important, this is critical.  Which way will the country go in the future - more regulations or less, more privatizing profits and socializing losses in these bailouts, more investment in oil or more investment in alternative, renewal, cleaner fuels. These are the issues I want to know about, these are the issues I want to hear the candidates talk about.  Sending up this smoke screen by the McCain camp makes me sick.

And just so you don't think that's the only thing hiding among the strum and drum of the crisis, see the link below about new reports on Cheney's role in starting the war.  I'm disgusted with this level of evilness.
loracs: (Default)
2008-09-16 09:39 am
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Just What I Always Wanted


Fresh off the plastic extruder, get them while they're hot!  Sarah, Barack and John action figures. 
da mind boggles.
loracs: (If Looks Could Kill)
2008-09-08 11:36 am
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I’m currently spitting nails, because I just heard a Republican Head on NPR actually say Palin has more International experience than Obama & Biden combined because Alaska shares a boarder with Canada and Russia. “She has hosted dozens of international delegations.” I’m betting hosting in these circumstances meant she did a “meet & greet” of the delegates complete with photo ops. That is like saying Chinese President Hu Jintao is a qualified Olympian because China hosted the games. 
loracs: (If Looks Could Kill)
2008-08-29 09:35 am
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McCain Picks a Woman VP Running Mate

Grrrrr.  Going after the Hillary fans.  Damn, do we need Hillary out there stumping hard for Obama; she needs to make clear that voting for a Republican woman is NOT in their best interests.  But then when has that stopped people from voting for Republican. 

Sarah Palin is the governor from Alaska.  She's only 44 and has only been governor for 2 years.  She married her high school sweetheart and they have 5 kids, the oldest joined the military last year on SEPT. 11 and will be deployed to Iraq this SEPT. 11.  When she was introducing her other children I was waiting for her to say and "and our littlest was born last year on SEPT. 11"  I'm sure they were trying to figure out how many more times she could say "SEPT. 11".  She's anti-choice (decided to have her last child even though he was born with Downs Syndrome), pro-drilling in Alaska, her husband is a fisherman, she's a life-long NRA supporter and a former Miss Alaska beauty queen runner up. 

Chatty Alert: And she does all this in pearls, heels and a dress (no pantsuits for this lady), comes home every night, makes dinner (her favorite meal is moose stew), helps the kids with homework, tucks them in bed, spends the last few hours with her husband before they both turn in for the night.  Perfect Mom, Perfect Wife, Perfect Republican, Perfect Running Mate for McCain.  Perfect person to be a vice president - I don't think so. 
loracs: (devil dobie)
2007-08-11 05:33 pm
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What I did today.

[personal profile] stonebenderand I attended this event (http://californiaspeaks.org/).  It was fun, tiring and strange.  And what's the odds that we would go to a forum of 800 people, picked randomly from the entire Bay Area and meet 5 people we knew?  And to add to the fun, arriving late and seated right next to me a person (L), who we've known for years and years and he has no editor between what he things and what he says.  Plus, he manages to,say with one hand "oh, no I'm okay" and with the other "help me, this isn't right, fix it".  The pattern of wave one hand, wave the other and then both ,often distracted me from the conversation at the table.

Did I say we were at tables of 10 people, including one facilitator,  There was video and live feeds from the other sites, as we all went through a series of health care insurance issues.  Our table was very cool.  Everyone wanted single payer.  Even though it was stated quite plainly that the Single Payer bill, now working its way through the California political system, did not have a chance because the Governor said he would Veto it if it came to his desk.  Did we let that stop us?  Nope.  Each table had a computer to connect every site together.  We expressed our "likes, dislikes, and concerns" for each issue in this manner.  On every issue we made reference to why that particular issue would be better under a single payer system.  And we weren't the only ones, in the room or around the state, because towards the end they put in a vote on the Single Payer option.  In addition to a computer at each table, everyone had a keypad to vote on the issues.  They tried really hard to keep insurance companies in the mix, but it was pretty obvious that there is a lot of energy for really changing the system.  We'll see what, if anything, comes of it.  Was this real democracy at work or a PR event/collection of statistical data to serve their predetermined purpose.  I really hope it was the first, because the second will piss me off and depress me - not my favorite combo of emotions.