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What is the answer to gun control?

In light of every mass shooting the United States has had in the modern era, I got to wondering what can actually be done about this type of horror we keep seeing.

I know people will never give up their right to own guns. Why should they when a great number of them are gun intelligent? In other words, you give them a gun and they won’t shoot themselves or others on accident.

What’s left to do then?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer lies in the lives that we lose.

Upon some poking around and doing some research I discovered that the people who are dying from gun-related incidents are not from mass murders. Don’t get me wrong, 58 dead with more than 500 injured is no small thing.

Neither is the 49 killed and more than 50 injured on June 12, 2016, at Pulse nightclub.

Certainly not the 32 killed with an undetermined number of others injured on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech Blacksburg.

The senseless killing of 20 little ones, and 6 adults on December 17, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The 23 killed on October 16, 1991, at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.

21 adults and children dead in a San Ysidro California McDonalds on July 18, 1984, because of some old white guy.

16 were killed and 30 others wounded at the University of Texas in Austin Texas on August 1, 1966, where it was later discovered that two more were killed earlier that same day.

San Bernardino: 14 killed on December 2, 2015

Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 postal workers killed on August 20, 1986, with handguns.

Fort Hood: 13 are killed and 32 injured at Fort Hood, Texas military base.

There are five other instances where 13 people lost their lives because someone has been pushed to the edge of tolerance.

Here are some other numbers for you:

33,000* – the approximate number of lives ended by guns in the United States every year.

Two thirds – how many of those gun deaths in the United States that were suicides.

1 in 5 young men (15 to 34) killed in homicides often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.

1,700 – the number of women murdered every year generally as the result of domestic violence (quick note: I am more than aware that domestic violence goes both ways. I feel that the laws against domestic violence need to be enforced onto both sexes. Here the focus is on women deaths due to domestic violence as women are more often killed then men).

333 – the number of people who have lost their lives in mass shootings.

All these numbers are horrifying. But please explain to me how a blanket law for gun control is going to help?

Australia. Yes, they have a nice ban on guns but look at the number of mass shootings they have had. Not enough to actually make the ban show any difference in overall numbers.

In both Britain and Australia, bans have not reduced the number of mass shootings or gun related-crimes. And gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.

Now let us look at some of the blanket ideals for gun control:

Assault weapons*: You do not go in and buy an assault weapon. This is a classification that includes any semi-automatic with two or more features. A bayonet mount, rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, folding stock or pistol grips. Anyone who is gun intelligent can tell you that these features can easily be added or removed to a gun like Lego sets.

Silencers: Not so silent. Or rather forget movie silencers. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer*. These are more for the shooters then quietly ending lives.

Magazine limits: A bit better, if you ignore the practiced shooters* who can change magazines so fast the limits are quite meaningless.

There has been no proposed restriction that would make it harder for people with guns on hand to actually use them.

A blanket gun control law is not going to help. What possibly will help is narrowly tailored interventions. All the deaths listed above need different protections.

People who think about committing suicide need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. These are usually older men!

Women who are endangered by specific men need police to get off their asses and enforce restraining orders that prohibit these men from buying and owning guns.

Mentors are needed who can help de-escalate conflicts and keep young people at risk of being violent from becoming so.

New Orleans has the right idea with their gang member identification practice*. The numbers are there, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally.

When we can make the small individual changes then we can see a large scale difference in not only the not often seen numbers but in those publicized mass shootings ones as well. Most of those shootings are caused by someone, usually a white male that has problems that we know how to begin treating that just isn’t given the chance to be treated.

*33,000 gun deaths a year in the United States

Data of Mass Shootings (suicides, gang/street related, domestic violence)

Mass Shooting Analysis

Suicides in the US

Domestic Abuse towards Women

*Assault Weapons

*Loud as a jackhammer

*World’s Fastest Reload

*New Orleans gun control

This was spurred by an article with many of these points laid out, but it’s a Washington Post article and they really limit the amount you can read on their site without a subscription. Here is a 30 day pass for The Washington Post. As a subscriber I do not know if the Washington Post will hassle you into buying a subscription or not. Only you can choose if this is something you wish to do or not. Do not come at me because of anything the Washington Post may do to or for you.

Until next time, we as a nation need to look closely to laws that help the ones that need it the most. There has never been a successful blanket solution that works for all.

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The most famous adult day care center in the US.

Corker made headlines last week when he starkly suggested that the national security team provides the president with badly needed adult supervision.

And of course, you are aware of the tweet storm the dotard did this lovely Sunday morning (October 8, 2017) raging against the Senator when Corker decided not to run in 2018. When I saw the headline “Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in response to Trump’s latest Twitter tirade” I knew this was going to be an article I just HAD to read.

Although I cannot find where Corker suggested that the national security team provide the president with badly needed adult supervision. It’s probably buried in an article or tweet somewhere. But not in any of Corker’s tweets it appears.

I with millions of Americans (not just in the US) agree with the Senator on this topic greatly. The dotard has made it his “signature” to tweet storm like an angst-filled teenager about anything or person who dares stand in his way or suggest he is anything but awesome.

As if the tweet storms themselves were not bad enough, his spelling and usage of American English are appalling. He has no grasp on how to use simple things as quotation marks; which he displayed prominently in his latest tweets this morning.

If nothing else what his tweet storms actually do is provide great fodder for comedians and people worldwide to mock and ridicule him. And he also uses them to distract the public from certain agendas and missteps his administration are continuously making.

I suppose these storms wouldn’t be as bad if they were thoughtfully and inspiringly done. Hell, Kim Jong-un brought back an old English word that had been long forgotten in these modern times and made it popular again. If that wasn’t enough, it’s a word whose definition speaks the truth on how many US citizens (here and abroad) and the rest of the world think of and feel for the adult toddler in the White House. Who knew such a word existed that fully in all totality conveyed how we think of him?

What other forgotten words are missing from our vocabularies that should be brought back? We could have a whole lexicon of wonderful words that people are clueless about, almost as if we’re speaking a whole new (old?) language! Should there be classes on this old forgotten language, and what words should we bring back.

Perhaps most importantly who is going to unearth those ancient dictionaries, brush the dust from their covers and read those fragile pages that hold a wealth of information and possible verbal ammunition?

Where do these tombs hide I wonder, besides long forgotten places known as libraries?

The dotard has successfully embarrassed an entire nation of her citizens and made the other nations push us to the side as if we’re that annoying relative that has lost most of their minds and only on rare occasions actually brings something useful to the table.

We went from an awesome nation who was proud of their first African-American president to almost making another first but failing with such brilliance as to leave many absolutely baffled at the turn of events.

It’s understandably ironic to think that we went from 8 years of having an African-American President whose racist oppositionist’s voices were smothered by all those who had open minds to a White Supremacist whose close-minded supporters gleefully and violently stomp on all those whose beliefs differ in any way from theirs.

Because darlings, the type of person we choose to sit at the head of the table greatly influences the type people our nation becomes. While the beliefs of the people may never change, the voices that are heard above all others does.

Until next time, it may actually do us all some good to expand our vocabularies and minds. Find yourself an old dictionary and get to reading!

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Twitter Diarrhea.

I’m sure many have heard of verbal diarrhea or diarrhea of the mouth; both meaning someone who either:

A) hogs the conversation and just won’t shut up, babbles on forever taking over the conversation and really has nothing important or interesting to say (rather like a filibuster).

B) Someone who talks continuously while having no point to the conversation.

And lastly

C) Just someone who talks to damn much.

That last one apparently is often pared with the phrase “and intellectual constipation” Oh man do I love that one. Intellectual constipation. Sadly a quick search through Google didn’t give much in the way of intellectual constipation that was in anyway satisfying. I really hate how that happens.

Anyway, despite finding a new way to describe trump supporters– and I am ALWAYS looking for ways to insult them while it goes soaring above their brainless heads, which isn’t hard to do at all– I was just wondering if anyone else who was born in the US (or even those who weren’t) has started to get a sickening feeling anytime they see a newscast or wander over to the Washington Post or New York Times or just about any form of intellectual news presentation? And not because you know you will see some heartbreaking story about people shooting others for whatever stupid reason they desire, or how weather has ravaged some remote place on the map you weren’t even aware existed, or the fact some channels still play that damn Sarah McLaughlin commercial with all those sad looking dogs and cats. *sniffle*

*tear*

Ahem. I mean because you are more often than not going to see what sort of unintelligent bullshit the Pretender in Charge has tweeted the day, night before or that very damn morning. And it’s not that what he says is just stupid and horrible, it’s the fact that he’s a damn fucking idiot.

“You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons, and other things, like lots of things are done with uranium, including bad things.”

Excuse me as I go and find a proper meme/image/gif…..

WTAFAlso, as a side note real quick, I really should know better than to type “What the Actual Fuck” into google then click on images.

And we all know this is just one of many things he has tweeted or even said that is mind boggling bewilderment causing things. THAT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET CAN SEE, READ OR HEAR. I have never been more embarrassed then to hear or read what load of twitter diarrhea trump has churned out.

Here is an example of a rather recent trump’s full tweetstorm:

“The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain.They own ObamaCare! The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good. The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!”

I am deeply sorry that anyone voted for you trump. Truly.

And if it’s not twitter it’s somewhere else. Last week Obama said the Senate health care bill “will do you harm.”, adding that there is a “fundamental meanness” to the Republican health care bill. In a Fox and Friends interview, Trump took credit. “Well he actually used my term, ‘mean.’ That was my term,” he said. “Because I want to see – and I speak from the heart – that’s what I want to see, I want to see a bill with heart.”

“That was my term.” How bleeding toddlerific is that shit?? And yes, we know Republicans what to see a bill with fundamental meanness. After all, it is what trump wants to see…before interrupting his self and saying a bill with heart.

And if it’s not him, it’s someone he’s put in office. He has shown that every decision he has made is so horrifically wrong that I am saddened that the people of the US is allowing this creature to remain in power! He has put unqualified people in positions of power that they do not deserve or even are educated to properly to perform.

And still, the people of the US seem to do nothing.

I am quite aware that some people, some where are trying to do something about this, but we really do need bigger people who have the power to make things happen take these things up.

Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to the president: “I try to stay out of politics,” gives him “an A, of course” for his performance. She’s met with senators to discuss paid family leave, delivered the keynote at the Republican National Convention, and has met with world leaders. She added that her father has “phenomenal” political instincts.

Let’s ignore the fact that trump has “phenomenal” political instincts and focus on the fact that Ivanka has absolutely no business being a senior adviser much less to the pretender. What the hell is she going to advise him on? When to get out of the tanning booth? We can all see how well she has handled that…

Now we can focus on those phenomenal political instincts. I like all of the US and the world are waiting to see these phenomenal political instincts she speaks of. I have this little feeling that we shouldn’t hold our breath to see these instincts and should probably move on.

How inept is this man? He proposed a bill THAT ALREADY EXISTS and has since 1996. CNN has a video of Trump breaking the cardinal rule of golfing: Don’t drive on the green. And apparently always does. Granted I couldn’t give two shits to the game (sorry golfers!) but to disregard a game’s rules? That’s quite telling of a person’s personality and who they are.

And if that doesn’t mean a thing to you, how about Trump at Iowa rally: “All we do is win, win, win.” He then blamed Democrats for his problems, boasted about his “amazing progress,” and called the Russia investigation a “phony witch hunt” at his campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids on June 21. During the 70-minute speech, Trump promised to lay out the next steps in “our incredible movement to make America great again,” but continually veered off on tangents, reflected on the past, and contradicted himself. He knocked trade deals the Iowa economy relies on, dismissed wind energy in a state filled with thousands of turbines, and denounced the war in the Middle East despite reauthorizing troops in Afghanistan. Trump also revealed his plan for putting solar panels on his proposed border wall “so it creates energy and pays for itself.”

And this is the creature allowed to sit in the US’s most powerful office.

Queen Elizabeth didn’t mention Trump’s planned visit to the UK during her speech at the opening of Parliament. Trump’s visit was already in doubt after he insisted on a gold‑plated welcome in the Queen’s royal carriage and started a feud with London’s mayor on Twitter after the terrorist attack. The London mayor previously said Trump should be denied a state visit because of his “cruel” policies on immigration. The Queen’s speech is used to set the government’s legislative agenda for the next two years and announce planned state visits.

The Queen also uses the speech to set out her official plans for the year. She said she looked forward to welcoming King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain for their state visit in July, and hosting the Commonwealth summit in April next year. But there was no word about Mr Trump’s state visit. October had been suggested as a possible date.

Something tells me Britain isn’t exactly jumping at the possibility of a trump visit. Can’t say I blame them.

Side note: Pentagon did what now? 

I am utterly baffled how he has been allowed to stay as the US president. He is clearly a very uneducated man who was voted in office by likewise uneducated US citizens. Which clearly states just how many more uneducated people are in the US than the educated or intelligent. Which probably should put a big old shining light on the US education system. But instead we get an equally uneducated person in charge of the future’s education, or rather the lack of it.

We are creating better idiots then nature can eliminate.

Until next time (as I really cannot stand writing about this pathetic embarrassment any longer today and I have better things to do….like play Sims 4 or something on my Xbox One), we all have that one embarrassing member of the family that no matter what we try to do, ALWAYS embarrasses us at the worse possible time. And now we have a pretender in charge that does that for us all on a daily basis. Wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t fully aware that the ENTIRE WORLD IS WATCHING.

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Because religion is in my face.

I miss the days where I didn’t get annoyed with stupid people due to the fact I didn’t know just how many of them there was on this poor planet. This time is also known as BIA. Before Internet Access.

The last couple of days I have been annoyed once again with Christians. Because they are truly stupid and probably should have been exterminated a long ass time ago. And yes, as usual I am quite aware not everyone of any group is the same, feel the same and certainly don’t act the same. But if we’re completely honest with ourselves, we’d realize that it doesn’t fucking matter. One. Little. Bit.

Perhaps we should point the finger at a subtype of the Christian faith, the Conservatives. These idiots come out of the woodwork of their pews to make a big stink about something completely utterly mind-blowingly stupid. And I am more then sure you know what I am talking about for I am also sure that it’s been blown up in your face, especially if you have a Facebook account.

Conservative Christians have crawled out of the church pew woodwork to rend their garments and beat their breasts, at word that Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will feature an openly gay character. They’ve loudly promised to boycott the film and Disney itself in spiritual protest.

OMD WHO CARES??? Seriously. Who the fuck cares? These idiots have been promising to boycott everything. I’m sorry, did anyone see them bitching about Fifty Shades of Grey or even the second movie whose title I can’t even remember, not that it’s important. I honestly don’t remember hearing shit. There could be many reasons behind this.. may hap I was ignoring everything that had to do with that disgusting display of lies as I am certainly no fan of the books that spawned such crap. But I’m not talented enough to be able to avoid hearing everything there was about it… with exception of it’s second movie, which I didn’t even know was created much less hit theaters. Perhaps because I’m out of the US?

This news alone is of little surprise, as it’s been the M.O. for these opportunistic, self-righteous Bible-thumpers who never waste an opportunity when there’s publicity to be had, damnation to be dispensed, and joy to be squashed. Such unprovoked jerkery is what we now expect from the American Religious Right, who have long since jettisoned the loving, compassionate, redemptive justice work of a poor-loving Jesus—and gone all in with the glossy, homophobic pulpit bullies who arouse their passions. Their continued persecution of the LGBTQ community and anyone who supports them, is a sad song we’ve all gotten used to them singing.

This is true. These asshats come out whenever there is joy to be had. Perhaps the reason we (or I) didn’t hear them screaming about Fifty Shades is because it started life as a fanfiction of the god awful Twilight series and that was presumed written by a religious idiot.

But right now their sanctimonious diatribes and their public castigation ring more hollow than usual, because to offer these things they’ve had to take a break from the work of breathlessly and violently defending the three-time married, adultering, vile, misogynistic, professed pussy grabber that many of them voted into office. To ratchet up the energy to launch a witch hunt about a fictional gay character, they’ve had to pause from doubling down on supporting a flesh and blood President guilty of Olympic levels of lying, vulgarity, and a seemingly endless stream of decisions targeting the poorest, sickest, most vulnerable—not to mention the water we drink, the air we breath, and the planet we stand on. (Thank God there aren’t any Bible verses addressing any of that stuff, or these folks would be looking pretty darn ridiculous right about now.)

Yes. Actually where the FUCK have these asshats been since the beginning of the year? Why of all things they have chosen they’re making a fucking stink about a FICTIONAL CHARACTER when there is a most deserving clusterfuck of a appalling creature in the flesh??? Perhaps they would be better turning this energy inwards to themselves to ask why the holy fuck would they ever stand behind a man like trump?

It turns out that when the rubber meets the road (or the campaign trail), “Biblical morality” is far less of a concern when it’s the guy who claims he’s against abortion, the one who promises you a Supreme Court Seat, the one who can keep your state Red. Then, the selectively parsed out words of the Scriptures become far less pressing, the life of Jesus much less critical—and a stranger’s sexual activity no longer a priority. In that case, they can in one breath lament the corruptible influence of LGBTQ people simply trying to live quiet, undisturbed lives—and in the next breath they can pledge allegiance to a foul-mouthed predator who’s repeatedly treated woman as utilitarian sex objects.

Ah yes, when the person can throw money or power your way, you’re going to ignore their horrible ways and just pretend they are just and godly. I am not sorry to say that I have never once seen anyone from the LGBTQ community standing on a corner telling people they’re going to hell because they are not a person of LGBTQ persuasion. They don’t get in your face and demand you change your sexual preference because they believe they of all people are more deserving of whatever it is people want most I suppose. They certainly don’t go knocking door to door asking you if you have found sex with another *insert your sex here*. I got physically assaulted by a Christian when I walked into Hastings to return a movie because they were holding a Harry Potter book party. I wasn’t even there for the party. I just wanted to return a movie and find another one. But I got HIT IN THE FACE with a fucking Bible. I did get the woman hauled off to jail, the whole while she screamed that I was going to hell.

And this is the pathetic, hypocritical corner the Evangelical Church has now painted itself into. By throwing its muscle, money, and manpower behind such an unapologetic, reprehensible, amoral human being like Donald Trump—it has lost the very small patch of moral ground it had left on which to stand to point the finger at any professed sinful behavior. They now haven’t a pulpit to pound on. And this is why their decision to once again go back to draw from the well of making the LGBTQ community the target of attack is so reprehensible. That they insist on inflicting damage on an already marginalized community to rally their base, is opportunistic bullying and hypocrisy of the highest order.

This is the only reason I even bring this stupidness up. These people helped trump get into the white house. They if not financially supported him, they spiritually supported him and now they wish to damn Disney for having an openly gay character? Who the fuck do you people think you are? Jesus himself will turn his back on you if he actually exists and you honestly believe we are going to pay you any mind?

More and more, younger generations view gender identity and sexual orientation as non-issues, which is making these religious folk’s righteous indignation look more and more like the unhinged ramblings of an old man who has lost his faculties. The Christians who are weeping and gnashing their teeth right now aren’t winning any converts, they’re doing nothing to damage Disney, and everything to damage the image of the Church in the eyes of the world, as an out-of-touch, hateful, inconsistent horde—who apparently find gay people “icky” but misogyny perfectly Presidential.

Do I really need to say anything right now? Are we really expecting them to be able to convince people that they should have any say in anything ever?

I’m sure these folks will do some wild theological gymnastics to make a gay character in a fictional story somehow more of a threat to our children than a confessed predatory President who brags about forcing himself physically upon strangers. They will work overtime to try and get God to consent to their inconsistency—but God will not. They can conjure up all sorts of Biblical slight-of-hand to try and justify themselves, but it will all be fruitless.

There may have been a day in the now distant past, where the preachers and Evangelists would have gotten a nice bump from such histrionics; a time when they may have even convinced some Biblically illiterate, easily suggestible bystanders to go along with them. It may have been sound Church business at one time. But these self-righteous reservoirs are drying up, as the old folks in these communities die out and the building themselves grow dormant, with no new converts to fill them. They are quickly become dusty museums of a religious bigotry that thankfully fewer and fewer people feel like practicing.

Today these protests are falling on deaf ears, by an educated, technologically connected generation, who see such obsessions with people’s personal plumbing all as much ado about nothing. They have no interest in a Church who doesn’t seem at all burdened to attend to the real suffering in the world, preferring to protest musicals, out terrified teenagers, and police public bathrooms for nonexistent boogeymen. 

Disney’s primary business is in the telling of stories and the dreaming of dreams and the singing of songs. And in days when the world has become so dark and so starved of simple joy—we need their brand of beautiful magic more than ever. The majority of us who affirm the inherent value of all people will pack the theaters and escape from that dim existence for a couple of hours, celebrating the diversity of this life with our children in stories and songs. Meanwhile “the Church” will stand outside with signs, sneering and scowling and being miserable in the name of Jesus—before returning to social media to troll some folks online who believe Donald Trump isn’t a great model of morality for our nation’s children.

And those of us who believe that we’re all equally welcome at the table despite who or how we love (many of us committed Christians), will stand at the door smiling, and with our hands pointed toward the dining room, simply sing to all who gather:

Be our guest, be our guest…

I am so glad the younger generation are looking at the older ones wondering just what the fuck is their deal. As they should, as we all have and should. Sometimes things need to be called out on. Things need to be looked at and then weighed to determine their priority in each and every one of our lives. Weights come out differently for us all. For some, like myself the fact that there is an openly gay character in a Disney movie, live action or animated weighs absolutely NOTHING compared to the Tangerine Tyrant many of religious community put in charge.

Quoted article can be found in it’s entirety without my comments. If you want to read it that way. Also to give the original author props. Please like it, especially if you liked mine!

Any community who supports the Tyrant will not get any support from me. In fact, I’ll be more likely to gladly support whatever they’re against. But I tend to do that anyway.

Until next time, do yourself a favor and just pick your battles. Have the sense to know when to give up on something and when to really dig in and fight.

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Too damn much.

Between Oscars, and what the fuck ever is going on in the White House there has been no lack of material for our comedians everywhere. Or those who aren’t comedians. Or who have had only two cups of coffee this morning. Which it isn’t even morning any more. I did make a meme this morning cause I read the Daily Skimm this morning and it just hit me.

america-great-again

ON EDGE

 

THE STORY

Yesterday, Jewish community centers and schools in several states received more bomb threats.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

This is the fifth time this year that multiple JCCs have been targeted with these kinds of threats. Authorities have not found any actual bombs. It comes a few days after dozens of headstones were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. A similar incident happened at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri earlier this month. Meanwhile, last week, a gunman opened fire on two Indian men at a Kansas bar. One of the men died. The gunman left the scene and later showed up at a Missouri restaurant, where he reportedly told the bartender that he’d shot “two Iranian people.”

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Last week, President Trump said these threats show that there’s more work to do to “root out hate.” Yesterday, Press Sec. Sean Spicer said Trump “continues to condemn” anti-Semitism. Jewish leaders say they want to see “swift and concerted action” from law enforcement and the White House. The FBI and the Justice Dept’s Civil Rights Division are looking into the threats.

theSKIMM

These latest incidents follow a spike in hate crimes over the past year. While officials sort out the motives, many religious and immigrant communities are on edge.

This is the America that Mr. Trump has created. Yes, this has always been a problem in the country, but not to this extent. Trump, who has said that we need to ‘root out hate’ and these are only proof of the work the country still has yet to do doesn’t seem to realize that the recent happenings are HIS fault. And the ONLY reason he said anything at all is because he was “pressured” by celebrities and other high profile people to break his silence. Hey asshat, it shouldn’t have taken ANYONE to pressure your orange fake ass to stand up and say anything. President Obama never had to be pressured or pushed to say anything about any tragedy that happened during his Presidency.

The hate that we must root out is sitting in the Oval Office pretending he knows what is best for this country. To ‘make it great again’. I guess he is getting that part, except that America wasn’t great for everyone in the past. Like Jews and Muslims. African Americans and Women of all ages/races.

Now we’re being told that Mr. Trump thinks ACA is so complicated and apparently no one knew. President Trump also bizarrely lamented about how he wasn’t able to play political games with the ACA, saying he told Republicans that even though it wouldn’t be fair to the American people, they should ideally do nothing in order to win more votes in future elections.

“I say to the Republicans, ‘if you really want to do politically something good, don’t do anything. Sit back for a period of two years, because ’17 is going to be a disaster, a disaster for Obamacare if we don’t do something,” Trump said. “Let [Obamacare] be a disaster. We can blame that on the Dems in the room and we can blame that on Democrats and President Obama.”

“If we do the most meinie, minute thing, a tiny little change, what’s gonna happen? They’re gonna say, ‘it’s the Republicans’ problem. That’s the way it is,” he added.

There’s a video of him saying this. That I am sure all of his supporters are going to exclaim is fake. Just like any news source that makes Trump look stupid or foolish or anything less that stellar. Sorry IoA, he’s everything less than stellar.

This morning, Trump argued that the January raid he authorized that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, more than two dozen civilians, and the loss of a $70 million aircraft was the fault of former President Barack Obama. I’m sorry, WHAT?

“Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump argued. “This was something that was, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do — the generals, who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe.”

“And they lost Ryan, and I was at the airport when the casket came in, the body came in, and it was a very sad — with his family and it’s a great family, incredible wife and children, I met most of the family, and I can understand people saying that,” he added. “What’s worse? There’s nothing worse. But again this was something that they were looking at for a long time, and according to General [James] Mattis, it was a very successful mission, they got tremendous amounts of information.”

While Trump is half-right in that plans for the raid began during the waning days of the Obama administration, although President Obama never signed off on any boots-on-the-ground mission in Yemen during his presidency. Retired Admiral James Stavridis told NBC that Trump’s decision to authorize the raid, which he did over the dinner table, was likely due to a need for his new administration to flex its muscles.

But wait. Didn’t White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted the mission “gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil” and that the raid was “successful in helping prevent a future attack or attacks on this nation,”? But senior Pentagon officials confided to NBC News that no useful intelligence was gained as a result of the raid. NBC reported that the only intelligence the military acknowledged was gained from the raid was an old bomb-making video that no longer served any purpose for counterterrorism operations.

And if that isn’t bad enough….

His Attorney General is saying that “…current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

What experts is he talking to? The ones in his head? In 2014, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas concluded that there is no link between marijuana use and an increase in crime rates. He promised a no-holds-barred war with states that have legal marijuana laws during a Monday evening press gaggle at the DOJ building in Washington, citing those same experts he talked to. A WAR WITH OUR OWN STATES.

WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK?

“States they can pass the laws they choose,” Sessions told reporters. “I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

Recreational cannabis use has proven to be an economic boon for states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, which have all legalized the sale of cannabis through ballot initiatives in the last five years. All three of those states are ranked among the top 10 best state economies in the country, according to Wallethub. In Colorado alone, the state’s pot shops sold over $1 billion worth of recreational cannabis in 2016, amounting to more than $150 million in tax revenue.

I really think it’s that last thing that is rubbing these guys the wrong way. Who knew legalizing pot would bring in so much money? Um. Apparently everyone in those three states or enough people that they voted yes to legalizing it.

So damn tired of this administration I am actually wishing George W. Bush would come back.

And if you hear trump saying Believe me, do the opposite.

 

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Childish of course. But it’s amazing how well a childish act like this is therapeutic. You can call it hate speak but what his followers have done is much worse. May not make it right, but I rather people do this then attack actual people physically. Also trump needs to man up. He’ll be skipping the 2017 White Hour Correspondents’ Dinner because he can’t deal with a little roasting. Remember how he acted the last time he was roasted.

 

 

Until next time, don’t let hate rule. At home, at work in your community. Trump created this hate and we must not allow it to take over. Stand up to the haters, show them that their hate is not welcomed in OUR America and they are not going to spread it nor are we going to tolerate it.

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Americans just don’t know.

I found this article today and although it is a few years old (2012), it completely resonates and expresses how I actually feel about America. I haven’t lived in America since August 2015. To be honest, we left because of money, but I had no problem doing so because I could see how horrible things were becoming for women. And then trump was elected and there is no way I’m moving back. My thoughts on each section follow directly below it. You can tell because the text will reach out further than the block quoted article.

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him. This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socioeconomic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? As it turns out, stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

And so even though this article is going to come across as fairly scathing, I want my American readers to know this: some of the stuff we do, some of the stuff that we always assumed was normal, it’s kind of screwed up. And that’s OK. Because that’s true with every culture. It’s just easier to spot it in others (e.g., the French) so we don’t always notice it in ourselves.

So as you read this article, know that I’m saying everything with tough love, the same tough love with which I’d sit down and lecture an alcoholic family member. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome things about you (BRO, THAT’S AWESOME!!!). And it doesn’t mean I’m some saint either, because god knows I’m pretty screwed up (I’m American, after all). There are just a few things you need to hear. And as a friend, I’m going to tell them to you.

And to my foreign readers, get your necks ready, because this is going to be a nod-a-thon.

A Little “What The Hell Does This Guy Know?” Background: I’ve lived in different parts of the US, both the deep south and the northeast. I have visited most of the US’s 50 states. I’ve spent the past three years living almost entirely outside of the United States. I’ve lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve visited over 40 countries in all and have spent far more time with non-Americans than with Americans during this period. I speak multiple languages. I’m not a tourist. I don’t stay in resorts and rarely stay in hostels. I rent apartments and try to integrate myself into each country I visit as much as possible. So there.

(Note: I realize these are generalizations and I realize there are always exceptions. I get it. You don’t have to send 55 emails telling me that you and your best friend are exceptions. If you really get that offended from some guy’s blog post, you may want to double-check your life priorities.)

OK, we’re ready now. 10 things Americans don’t know about America.

1. Few People Are Impressed By Us

Unless you’re speaking with a real estate agent or a prostitute, chances are they’re not going to be excited that you’re American. It’s not some badge of honor we get to parade around. Yes, we had Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, but unless you actually are Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison (which is unlikely), then most people around the world are simply not going to care. There are exceptions of course. And those exceptions are called English and Australian people. Whoopdie-fucking-doo.

As Americans, we’re brought up our entire lives being taught that we’re the best, we did everything first and that the rest of the world follows our lead. Not only is this not true, but people get irritated when you bring it to their country with you. So don’t.

THIS is so damn true!!! I don’t even tell people we’re American. Although everyone assumes (this is GOT to be annoying for those who actually are NOT American; hopefully the assumption changes once they open their mouths. You can TELL an American when they talk!) this I imagine. I have yet to see anyone get hurt physically or picked on (in whatever way) because they are American.

2. Few People Hate Us

Despite the occasional eye-rolling, and complete inability to understand why anyone would vote for George W. Bush (twice), people from other countries don’t hate us either. In fact — and I know this is a really sobering realization for us — most people in the world don’t really think about us or care about us. I know, that sounds absurd, especially with CNN and Fox News showing the same 20 angry Arab men on repeat for ten years straight. But unless we’re invading someone’s country or threatening to invade someone’s country (which is likely), then there’s a 99.99% chance they don’t care about us. Just like we rarely think about the people in Bolivia or Mongolia, most people don’t think about us much. They have jobs, kids, house payments — you know, those things called lives — to worry about. Kind of like us.

Americans tend to assume that the rest of the world either loves us or hates us (this is actually a good litmus test to tell if someone is conservative or liberal). The fact is, most people feel neither. Most people don’t think much about us.

Remember that immature girl in high school, how every little thing that happened to her meant that someone either hated her or was obsessed with her; who thought every teacher who ever gave her a bad grade was being totally unfair and everything good that happened to her was because of how amazing she was? Yeah, we’re that immature high school girl.

How often do you think about the people in other countries outside of just seeing one of those “Save the Children” commercials? Do you know why those work so well? Because we have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of our own country. The only time we care is when something horrible happens. The tragedies of the world is the only time anyone anywhere knows that something is going on somewhere else.

3. We Know Nothing About The Rest Of The World

For all of our talk about being global leaders and how everyone follows us, we don’t seem to know much about our supposed “followers.” They often have completely different takes on history than we do. Here were some brain-stumpers for me: the Vietnamese were more concerned with independence (not us), Hitler was primarily defeated by the Soviet Union (not us), there is evidence that Native Americans were wiped out largely by disease and plague BEFORE Europeans arrived and not just after, and the American Revolution was partly “won” because the British invested more of their resources in fighting France (not us). Notice a running theme here?

(Hint: It’s not all about us. The world is more complicated.)

We did not invent democracy. We didn’t even invent modern democracy. There were parliamentary systems in England and other parts of Europe over a hundred years before we created a government. In a recent survey of young Americans, 63% could not find Iraq on a map (despite being at war with them), and 54% did not know Sudan was a country in Africa. Yet, somehow we’re positive that everyone else looks up to us.

Condescending Wonka

I think the reason we always think it’s all about us is that is exactly how our large tomb history textbooks tell it to us. Because, as well all learn in college history classes (should you have the desire to actually KNOW REAL history) the history given to us throughout our entire lives up to that point is bullshit. Tell me it’s not! Christopher Columbus? A royal fucking asshole!! It’s not really the young’s fault not knowing these things, we’re not teaching them these things so outside of college how the bleeding hell are we suppose to know shit? And truthfully how many are actually going to go TO college?

4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection

There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say “Go fuck yourself,” when we really mean “I like you,” and we say “I like you,” when we really mean “Go fuck yourself.”

Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming “I LOVE YOU, MAN!”, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as “cold” and “passionless” and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.

In our culture, appreciation and affection are implied rather than spoken outright. Two guy friends call each other names to reinforce their friendship; men and women tease and make fun of each other to imply interest. Feelings are almost never shared openly and freely. Consumer culture has cheapened our language of gratitude. Something like, “It’s so good to see you” is empty now because it’s expected and heard from everybody.

In dating, when I find a woman attractive, I almost always walk right up to her and tell her that a) I wanted to meet her, and b) she’s beautiful. In America, women usually get incredibly nervous and confused when I do this. They’ll make jokes to defuse the situation or sometimes ask me if I’m part of a TV show or something playing a prank. Even when they’re interested and go on dates with me, they get a bit disoriented when I’m so blunt with my interest. Whereas, in almost every other culture approaching women this way is met with a confident smile and a “Thank you.”

Fake, fake, fake, fake. We have mastered the art of fakery, which is probably why we are soooo good in the movie/television business! We over use phrases and actually saying “I love you.” to someone whom you truly deeply love is hollow. And you can’t make it not hollow no matter what you do. My generation didn’t start this, I have no idea which one did but damn! We fucked up! Obviously it wasn’t the last time…

5. The Quality of Life For The Average American Is Not That Great

If you’re extremely talented or intelligent, the US is probably the best place in the world to live. The system is stacked heavily to allow people of talent and advantage to rise to the top quickly.

The problem with the US is that everyone thinks they are of talent and advantage. As John Steinbeck famously said, the problem with poor Americans is that “they don’t believe they’re poor, but rather temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” It’s this culture of self-delusion that allows America to continue to innovate and churn out new industry more than anyone else in the world. But this shared delusion also unfortunately keeps perpetuating large social inequalities and the quality of life for the average citizen lower than most other developed countries. It’s the price we pay to maintain our growth and economic dominance.

To me, being wealthy is having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences. In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.

I love living in Mexico. Not only can I afford health and car insurance, but prescriptions, rent and OMG FOOD. Not that I really need to eat more…ha. Here the point of life isn’t money. It’s people. I rarely see any homeless people on the streets. There are a few, do not get me wrong, but Mexico seems to actually try to do something for those people. When we told our housekeeper that we were moving and may not be able to ‘take her with us’ she cried. We don’t speak the same language and don’t have much of a connection – she cleaned the house once a week and sometimes we weren’t even there the whole time but she was genuinely sad that we were leaving. Now one could argue she was sad to loose a job, but it really did  not feel like that at all. Our tailless Bombay (that’s a black cat btw) came over and started to give her love as he is the first to come to your side when you’re hurting, which he only does when you are really hurting (this is fairly a bad thing when you have an injury). So when we informed her that yes, we do in fact still need her she was beyond delighted. And since then we have learned she is a damn good cook as well!

6. The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us

In 2010, I got into a taxi in Bangkok to take me to a new six-story cineplex. It was accessible by metro, but I chose a taxi instead. On the seat in front of me was a sign with a wifi password. Wait, what? I asked the driver if he had wifi in his taxi. He flashed a huge smile. The squat Thai man, with his pidgin English, explained that he had installed it himself. He then turned on his new sound system and disco lights. His taxi instantly became a cheesy nightclub on wheels… with free wifi.

If there’s one constant in my travels over the past three years, it has been that almost every place I’ve visited (especially in Asia and South America) is much nicer and safer than I expected it to be. Singapore is pristine. Hong Kong makes Manhattan look like a suburb. My neighborhood in Colombia is nicer than the one I lived in Boston (and cheaper).

Bangkok City at night time, Hotel and resident area in the capital of Thailand

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians — along with Swedes, Luxembourgers, the Dutch and Finns — make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai (and soon to be Saudi Arabia). Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

What’s so surprising about the world is how unsurprising most of it is. I spent a week with some local guys in Cambodia. You know what their biggest concerns were? Paying for school, getting to work on time, and what their friends were saying about them. In Brazil, people have debt problems, hate getting stuck in traffic and complain about their overbearing mothers. Every country thinks they have the worst drivers. Every country thinks their weather is unpredictable. The world becomes, err… predictable.

Oh my god how I love going to the movies. I have adored this luxury for as long as I can remember and have in the past 10 years become saddened as the prices of tickets and snacks kept going higher and higher. First it was tickets and a popcorn, drink OR just a candy. Then it was tickets, popcorn OR drink. Then it was just tickets and popcorn. Then just tickets, better sneak everything else in if you can (and boy could I! Bought a ‘movie purse’ just for the occasion I shit you not!). Movies here in Mexico is not only cheap, but it’s fucking AWESOME. Read that again people: IT IS AWESOME. There are two levels of tickets you can get; normal and VIP. Normal is awesome, you pick your seats so you don’t have to worry about getting to the theater early in order to get good seats. The seats recline. They are nice, comfy large recliners. Electric. Some people don’t even have this at home. The popcorn and snacks are great as well. There are many different types of popcorn; you’ve got your butter, your extra butter, your caramel, your chili powdered, your chocolate drizzle…you can get candy not from a box (well, yeah they have that) but like a gourmet candy shop where you pay by the pound (or rather kilo) and the drinks are pretty normal, except and this is for ALL of Mexico, ice tea has lime in it instead of lemon. Seriously in love with their ice teas. Try it. You’ll love it. And that is just the NORMAL every day movie experience. VIP is waiter at your seat, lasagna or pizza or sushi dinners, gourmet popcorn, candy, beer, whine, mixed drinks I shit you not people!! And all of this, including the price of a ticket is only, give or take $20 (this is without alcohol drinks). PER COUPLE. Oh yes, that’s the VIP. That’s the dinner, the popcorn the movie the non alcoholic drinks and even the damn gummy worms! Delivered to your damn seat! YOUR SEAT! Now when we went and saw Rouge One, we also got collector glasses AND popcorn tubs. And we also bought the three collector drink cups, and the collector key chains. This is stuff that even on opening weekend is not offered in the US. Serious collector items. And it only cost us about $20-$25 USD extra for the swag. Don’t get me started on the Internet. I have never had speeds this fast ever in America. We pay for 200gbs and we freaking get it. Check the image if you don’t believe me!

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Collector glass and popcorn tub, three collector cups and four collector keychains for Rouge One.

 

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A speed test I did just for this post.

 

 

7. We’re Paranoid

Not only are we emotionally insecure as a culture, but I’ve come to realize how paranoid we are about our physical security. You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10 minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us, or some virus from a bird is going to kill us. There’s a reason we have nearly as many guns as people.

In the US, security trumps everything, even liberty. We’re paranoid.

I’ve probably been to 10 countries now that friends and family back home told me explicitly not to go because someone was going to kill me, kidnap me, stab me, rob me, rape me, sell me into sex trade, give me HIV, or whatever else. None of that has happened. I’ve never been robbed and I’ve walked through some of the shittiest parts of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In fact, the experience has been the opposite. In countries like Russia, Colombia or Guatemala, people were so honest and open with me, it actually scared me. Some stranger in a bar would invite me to his house for a barbeque with his family, a random person on the street would offer to show me around and give me directions to a store I was trying to find. My American instincts were always that, “Wait, this guy is going to try to rob me or kill me,” but they never did. They were just insanely friendly.

Yep. This one too. How many times were we told that we were absolutely fucking insane to move to Mexico? I’d be a damn upper class citizen of the US if I got money every time people who we didn’t even know who happened to over hear our plans told us we really shouldn’t, it’s dangerous and we’re stupid. It’s been a year. We have not been killed (sorry, not the first ghost blogger..of the spiritual nature at least), have not been raped, have not be stabbed, beaten, roughed up or even threatened. We were robbed once because we were showcasing a piece of electronic we had on our person in a bad area of town (waving around a digital camera), which you can’t do even in America if you are honest with yourself. We have been in a protest where the worst that happened is that I ended up having a ginormous migraine and I was tired. We had gone to Teotihuacan (look it up!) on Jan 2 of this year with a group of people (American college students) and afterwards were trying to get home. There were protests about the price of gas being raised here in Mexico on the first of the year so it ended up taking us 7 hours to get home instead of the normal 1 hour. We never heard any shouting, the people were nice as they could be, we just couldn’t talk any of them to let us past the blockades as we were having bad luck finding the leader. We ended up in a small town, asking the bakery there if we could us the bathroom which they opened up the store so we could and of course we bought a lot of their end of day baked goods and were happy to pay full price for them. Groups of people pull over to help one person change a tire. When we had a low tire, people kept coming up along side us to let us know. When we stopped at a tire shop the guy straightened the rim (we hit a pothole that would swallow a VW Bug. Our one big complaint about Mexico are the roads that aren’t quotas [paid] roads.) and put air in the tire and instead of charging us, we bought him a coke. Which was cheap. Like less than a dollar cheap.

8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention

I’ve noticed that the way we Americans communicate is usually designed to create a lot of attention and hype. Again, I think this is a product of our consumer culture: the belief that something isn’t worthwhile or important unless it’s perceived to be the best (BEST EVER!!!) or unless it gets a lot of attention (see: every reality-television show ever made).

This is why Americans have a peculiar habit of thinking everything is “totally awesome,” and even the most mundane activities were “the best thing ever!” It’s the unconscious drive we share for importance and significance, this unmentioned belief, socially beaten into us since birth that if we’re not the best at something, then we don’t matter.

We’re status-obsessed. Our culture is built around achievement, production and being exceptional. Therefore comparing ourselves and attempting to out-do one another has infiltrated our social relationships as well. Who can slam the most beers first? Who can get reservations at the best restaurant? Who knows the promoter to the club? Who dated a girl on the cheerleading squad? Socializing becomes objectified and turned into a competition. And if you’re not winning, the implication is that you are not important and no one will like you.

This makes me want to go back and remove every awesome I wrote about the movie theaters. Except they really are. Another thing Americans do that no one in Mexico does is say hi when we pass other people walking or smile at random people if we meet their eye. Now people selling things or in customer service type jobs will always greet you, but the student walking along the street that you pass more in likely won’t return your Hola or Buenos días. It’s weird at first, but unless you’re my hubby you get used to it and stop greeting people. Of course he’s the more social of the two of us so he’s not going to stop anytime soon and that’s perfectly okay!

9. We Are Very Unhealthy

Unless you have cancer or something equally dire, the health care system in the US sucks. The World Health Organization ranked the US 37th in the world for health care, despite the fact that we spend the most per capita by a large margin.

The hospitals are nicer in Asia (with European-educated doctors and nurses) and cost a tenth as much. Something as routine as a vaccination costs multiple hundreds of dollars in the US and less than $10 in Colombia. And before you make fun of Colombian hospitals, Colombia is 28th in the world on that WHO list, nine spots higher than us.

A routine STD test that can run you over $200 in the US is free in many countries to anyone, citizen or not. My health insurance the past year? $65 a month. Why? Because I live outside of the US. An American guy I met living in Buenos Aires got knee surgery on his ACL that would have cost $10,000 in the US… for free.

But this isn’t really getting into the real problems of our health. Our food is killing us. I’m not going to go crazy with the details, but we eat chemically-laced crap because it’s cheaper and tastes better (profit, profit). Our portion sizes are absurd (more profit). And we’re by far the most prescribed nation in the world AND our drugs cost five to ten times more than they do even in Canada (ohhhhhhh, profit, you sexy bitch).

Fast food: the American cuisine

In terms of life expectancy, despite being the richest country in the world, we come in a paltry 35th — tied with Costa Rica and right behind Slovenia, and slightly ahead of Chile, Denmark, and Cuba. Enjoy your Big Mac.

OMD! Hubby recently broke his elbows and some bones in his wrist. I may or may not have blogged about this (so can’t remember who the hell knows and who doesn’t!) but for everything he had done would have cost us thousands upon thousands of dollars. We paid a total of $250. USD. And he got the best care at a top rated hospital. And the doctor spoke some English. We also got to keep the x-rays and copies of the doctor notes and reports. I actually like the selection of hamburgers found in the McDonald’s here in Mexico. I always get a McNifica. They don’t have meals either, you pick a main dish (hamburger) you can choose to have fries (papas is what it is in Spanish) you choose a drink and that’s it. Costs less then a normal non larger size meal at a McDonald’s in the US. Back to my McNifica if you check the link, what you see in the picture IS ACTUALLY WHAT YOU GET. There is lettus and tomatoes (although I’m not a fan of them) and it tastes fantastic! Just look at it! I did an English screenshot for you!mcnifica

10. We Mistake Comfort For Happiness

The United States is a country built on the exaltation of economic growth and personal ingenuity. Small businesses and constant growth are celebrated and supported above all else — above affordable health care, above respectable education, above everything. Americans believe it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and make something of yourself, not the state’s, not your community’s, not even your friend’s or family’s in some instances.

Comfort sells easier than happiness. Comfort is easy. It requires no effort and no work. Happiness takes effort. It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations.

Comfort equals sales. We’ve been sold comfort for generations, and for generations we bought bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs, along with bigger TV’s, more movies, and take-out. The American public is becoming docile and complacent. We’re obese and entitled. When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

Depression and anxiety disorders are soaring within the US. Our inability to confront anything unpleasant around us has not only created a national sense of entitlement, but it’s disconnected us from what actually drives happiness: relationships, unique experiences, feeling self-validated, achieving personal goals. It’s easier to watch a NASCAR race on television and tweet about it than to actually get out and try something new with a friend.

Unfortunately, a by-product of our massive commercial success is that we’re able to avoid the necessary emotional struggles of life and instead indulge in easy, superficial pleasures.

Throughout history, every dominant civilization eventually collapsed because it became TOO successful. What made it powerful and unique grows out of proportion and consumes its society. I think this is true for American society. We’re complacent, entitled and unhealthy. My generation is the first generation of Americans who will be worse off than their parents, economically, physically and emotionally. And this is not due to a lack of resources, to a lack of education or to a lack of ingenuity. It’s corruption and complacency. The corruption from the massive industries that control our government’s policies, and the fat complacency of the people to sit around and let it happen.

There are things I love about my country. I don’t hate the US and I still return to it a few times a year. But I think the greatest flaw of American culture is our blind self-absorption. In the past it only hurt other countries. But now it’s starting to hurt ourselves.

So this is my lecture to my alcoholic brother — my own flavor of arrogance and self-absorption, even if slightly more informed — in hopes he’ll give up his wayward ways. I imagine it’ll fall on deaf ears, but it’s the most I can do for now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funny cat pictures to look at.

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I am uncomfortable a lot of the time here because I do not know a lot of Spanish. BUT I AM SO VERY HAPPY HERE. I am. I am safer, get to see more things that many Americans don’t have the balls to try and I’ve met new people. I’ve found my KoKo and Yum-Yum (and even got to see KoKo today and feed him, which of course he ate like he hasn’t eaten in months which breaks my heart, but he came running when he heard my voice, didn’t even have to shake the container of cat food.), I’m learning about culture and how others act that’s outside of American. I see what’s important to people and what is a luxury.  Mexico is not perfect. There are corrupt cops, we get nailed by them every damn time we try driving home through Mexico City. The roads seriously need work, but the highways are nicely kept and they charge for people to travel on those roads. Not as much as Texas charges us when we take their one road. $5.00 plus $1.00 to mail us a bill. I tried to create an account and get an actual tag, but I am not sure what the hell happened, never got a tag and can’t create a new account as some other account already has my vehicles on it, but the statements I get apparently do not have the correct account number??? The biggest problem I face is the fact that it’s hard to contact US business’ outside of the US. Specially those with 1800 numbers only. Funny how those numbers only work when you are in the US. Mailing stuff between Mexico and the US is a risk unless you go through DHL which can be pricey. The child support system in NM sucks so badly that I am behind although I am trying not to be but they DO NOT MAKE IT FUCKING EASY! Can’t mail a payment, can’t get them to direct withdraw (I’ve sent in the form twice by mail and once by walking in. Still not coming out of my American bank account every month) and of course there’s no online pay system. Which fucking baffles me. OH! And all of their numbers are 1800. I can’t talk directly with my case worker, they always have to call me back. To a message number which if I do not have my name on the outgoing message they’re not going to tell me shit about what I called about, just that they called. It’s 2017 NM, get with the fucking program!

*cough*

Something else I like to point out is that I have not been interested in apples since leaving Washington State. I eat apples and apple based products regularly here. Apple strudel (OMFG YUM) and dehydrated apple chips. The local grocery store started stocking the apple chips more often since we discovered them. Costco just started the apple strudels in the café and it’s a challenge not to go every day to get a couple. Them raising their prices by 5 pesos a item helps a little with that, but not by much. Food seriously tastes better here. Whether it’s a McDonald’s, Burger King or Little Caesar’s (pan pizza is fantastic) even just a damn pizza! Dominos here has cheese in the crust, but it’s CREAM CHEESE. This is heavenly like you have never experienced before! There are little pizza places around that are great too. Pizza Real has awesome (YES AWESOME) thin crust pizza. Costco, the warehouse store has the most delicious Hawaiian pizza ever. Cheese all melty and gooey and the slices are huge! And that’s of course if you manage to grab one while they are still pretty fresh from the pizza oven which they almost always are.

Thank you to Mark Manson who wrote the block quoted article. It’s been republished in many different places over the years and I am glad I found it.

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Day Four…….

I know I didn’t post yesterday. It was a combination of forgetfulness, being busy, and my mind being overwhelmingly shocked.

It’s only been four days since the Tangerine Tyrant has been sworn in and he’s already making the country a mess. Every time I see his name come up I feel sick (and I still want to punch that horrible face) and I am scared to read the headlines.

Okay, does anyone remember that scene in Avengers Age of Ultron when Tony Stark as Iron Man/Hulkbuster had to go after the Hulk after the Scarlet Witch did her thing on him? There is one part where Tony is punching Hulk in the face quickly multiple times while saying “Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Go to sleep!” THAT is what I would love to do to the Tangerine Tyrant’s face. But not saying “Go to sleep!” That is how I feel EVERY TIME I see his horrible smug face. And I have felt this way for YEARS. Since the first time I saw him in a commercial for the reality show he was in, whatever it was where he yelled “You’re fired” a lot. Gah.

He has done NOTHING to improve the country if you are not part of the 1% and can benefit. He is already dismantling the ACA, he put the gag order back into place, he has banned EPA Arigcultrual research team from releasing information to the public, he’s trying to order media blackouts, reopen Keystone XL and the Dakota Pipeline negotiations. There is so much that is wrong but no one is doing anything about it. I am just struck dumb thinking, or trying to think about all of it. And to top it off, the tyrant can’t even handle embarrassment!

I just want America to stand together, look at him and scream in unison loudly

“You’re fired!”

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I am so very proud of women everywhere.

It makes me incredibly proud that we are standing up for each other and showing the world that no, we did not in fact elect Drumph into OUR White House. He only got there with deceit and corruption.

There were more women marching in DC on Saturday then there was PEOPLE at the event on Friday! EVERY WHERE had women and their supporters in the streets, PEACEFULLY saying to all who took notice “NO! You are NOT going to take my own body from me or decide what I am going to do with it. MY body, MY rules.” And of course other things.

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London – Classy as always! ❤ (Link could also be a potential spoiler for Doctor Who fans!)

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The Ladies in London went Old School for the Protest.

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Also in London

Thousands marched through the British capital Saturday in what was billed as a women’s march, but was ostensibly an anti-Trump rally.

Marchers walked about 2 miles from the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square, within eyesight of Big Ben. The event ran for more than three hours and the size of the crowds easily dwarfed political rallies in the lead-up to last summer’s Brexit vote here.

As in other cities around the world, protesters carried signs criticizing America’s 45th president. Many signs read “We Shall Overcomb,” referring to the U.S. president’s signature hair-style. “Trump Special Relationship? Just Say No,” read others, referring to the historically close diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Many in this cosmopolitan, multicultural city — which voted heavily against the U.K. leaving the European Union — were already upset by Trump’s election in November. The president’s “America first” inaugural speech only fueled alarm here.

A British software engineer named David said he watched the speech with officemates yesterday in stunned silence.

“It was a harrowing, chilling experience,” David said, as he stood in front of London’s National Gallery overlooking the rally in Trafalgar Square. “The sense of nationalism and protectionism was there and there was quite a sinister undercurrent.”

David, who did not offer his last name, said he was disturbed by the insularity of the Trump’s address, elements of which reminded him of the positions espoused by the political far-right here in the U.K.

“There is a movement in Britain called ‘Britain first,’ ” he said, “which is a terrifying, horrible right-wing group.”

The march in London was among a number of anti-Trump rallies across Western Europe on Saturday, including cities such as Berlin, Paris, Belfast and Copenhagen.

Video from London.

Los Angeles – The City of Angels indeed!

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Los Angeles

“I’ve never seen so many people standing in one place in Los Angeles in my life, and that includes sold-out Dodger Stadium,” NPR’s Ina Jaffe tells Michel Martin on Weekend All Things Considered.

As the demonstrators marched from one rally in Pershing Square to another rally outside City Hall, Ina says a single street could not contain all of them. Instead, marchers had to proceed down three parallel streets.

Supporters there brought up LGBTQ rights, religious freedom and women’s rights, Ina reports — including one marcher who held up a sign with a picture of Carrie Fisher, which read: “A woman’s place is in the resistance.”

Largest protest in US History – Because well behaved women RARELY make history!

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San Francisco lit up the streets!

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Pretty sure I don’t have to tell you that our Northern Neighbors are awesome.

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Athens Greece

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Barcelona Spain

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Belgrade Serbia. Sign says “Women’s March Against Fascism”

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Berlin Germany

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Ten of thousands participated in the Boston Women’s March, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Marty Walsh (bottom right) -Meredith Nierman/WGBH

“It is shoulder to shoulder” in Boston Common, WBUR’s Deborah Becker tells Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday. She describes the rally there as a “sea of pink,” referring to the pink knit caps that have become distinctive of the Women’s March on Washington.

The caps have come to be known as “pussyhats,” in reference to a tape in which Trump bragged about assaulting women by grabbing their genitals.

Deborah reports that the message of the Boston protesters is one of solidarity with the primary march in Washington. They bear signs not only protesting Trump, but supporting a range of issues — from climate science to women’s access to abortion and birth control.

Both Massachusetts senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, addressed the rally in Boston.

“I’m here to fight back!” Warren told the crowd. “We are in marches to say we are fighting back. That’s who we are.”

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Chicago, Illinois

In what the Chicago Tribune is reporting to be the largest crowd outside of Washington, Chicagoans gathered at Grant Park on Saturday morning with plans for a rally, followed by a march. In the end, the march portion of the event was cancelled by the organizers when they determined there were too many people to march safely.

“Our march route is flooded. There is no safe way to march. We are just going to sing and dance and make our voices heard here,” march co-chairwoman Ann Scholhmer told the crowd, according to the Tribune.

If participants were disappointed, they didn’t show it. Organizer Liz Radford told the crowd, “We called, and you came. We have flooded the march route. We have flooded Chicago.”

Chicago Women could not be stopped!

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Denver, Colorado

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Park City, Utah

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Dolores Huerta in Park City, Utah

The Sundance film festival is underway in the city, but women, men and children still stepped away to trudge down Main Street in the blustery snow. Many of the filmmakers and movie-lovers in Park City for the annual event came to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and to defend women’s rights.

They chanted slogans such as “Love Not Hate, Make America Great” and “We live in Trumpled Times.” Then they rallied as the snow flurried around them, with comedian Chelsea Handler and actress Maria Bello among the speakers.

Longtime activist Dolores Huerta, who’s the subject of a documentary that premiered at the festival, led the crowd in chanting, “Si se puede, Yes, we can.”

Jessica Williams, who stars in one of the feature films premiering at the festival, told the crowd that her ancestors fought for her to be where she is — to “stand in the snow in front of a bunch of white people in Uggs.”

“I grew up thinking (the) civil rights movement already happened,” said Williams. “This election is a wake up call. The silver lining is, we are here … in literally 21 degrees supporting each other.”

And all the way from Baltimore, the Lethal Ladies of Bliss step team, featured in a new documentary premiering Saturday, roused the crowd with foot-stomping chants of resistance.

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Mexico City, Mexico

The march in Mexico City began at the U.S. Embassy and proceeded to the Angel of Independence monument. But, as NPR’s Carrie Kahn reports, the march was so large, the crowd of demonstrators stretched from one landmark to the other.

Carrie says the march comprised a mix of Americans and Mexicans, who appeared to be protesting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as much as President Trump.

Peña Nieto has dismal approval ratings in his own country; a recent poll showed only 12 percent of Mexicans approve of the job he’s doing.

The chants — shouted in both Spanish and English — focused not only on the two leaders, but women’s rights and gender equality, as well.

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New Delhi, India

Indian women in New Delhi participate in a nationwide “I Will Go Out” march to raise questions about safe access for women and marginalized communities in public spaces across India. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

While some protests are principally marching to express solidarity with the demonstrators in the U.S., others are directly raising issues of misogyny on a more local level.

In New Delhi, protesters carried signs reading “I will go out,” to protest sexual harassment in public spaces.

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New York, New York

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Thousands of participants converge on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and Second Avenue during the women’s march in New York City. -NY Daily News via Getty Images

 

For a march fueled in part by dissatisfaction with President Trump, it seems only natural that the protesters finished their procession nearby Trump Tower on Saturday.

WNYC reporter Sarah Hayley Barrett tweeted that marchers shut down whole stretches of Madison Avenue, as they spilled off the planned route and took alternate paths to Trump Tower.

Shumita Basu, a producer with WNYC, noted that in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, where many of the protesters converged, the march was a “sea of pink hats, signs.”

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Paris, France

 

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Seattle, Washington

 

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More from Seattle- my hometown.

From coast to coast and around the world, more than 1 million people gathered Saturday in support of women’s rights. What you need to know.

 

 

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Sioux Falls, S.D.

In Sioux Falls, the women’s march has focused partly on American Indian rights, reports Kealey Bultena of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Chants of “Native lives matter” rippled throughout the march.

“We want to protect Mother Earth, first of all, for the future generations and also we have our human rights as women,” marcher Julia Brown Wolf told Kealey. Brown Wolf had traveled from the Crow Creek Indian Reservation for the demonstration. “You know, we have to think in seven generations ahead.”

Kealey reports Brown Wolf marched with her granddaughters. “She does not want them to face discrimination for being a woman or a Native American,” Kealey says.

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Sydney, Australia

Demonstrators gathered in the city’s Hyde Park carrying signs with slogans like “Bridges not walls,” and “A woman’s place is in the revolution.”

As protester Stef Vogt told The Sydney Morning Herald, “We want to send a sign to the women in the U.S. that we’re all in this together.”

But participants also say this isn’t just about Trump.

“Women’s rights are not about women,” musician Amanda Palmer told a the marchers. “They’re about everyone. My son and husband are feminists.”

Raleigh, N.C.

“There’s been a steady stream of marchers” in the streets of downtown Raleigh, reports Jess Clark of member station WUNC. “It spans the spectrum — protesters represent diverse issues, diverse backgrounds.”

She notes that she has seen men in baseball caps, women in hijabs and several people in those distinctive pink caps.

“The massive crowd has taken over the downtown area, shutting down several streets in the process,” The Associated Press reports from Raleigh.

The news service notes marches and rallies are taking place in cities across the state, including Charlotte and Asheville.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Buenos Aires, American expats and locals held signs and wrote messages across their bodies as they gathered for a rally in support of the women’s march.

Local organizers echoed the guiding principle behind the march in Washington, D.C. — that “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.”

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There were even “marchers” in Antarctica. Linda Zunas, a reseacher in a remote corner of the continent called Paradise Bay, told The Independent that she organized a group of 30 people with banners reading “Penguins for peace” and “love from seven continents.”

There were some badass signs being shown around the world. And someone decided there were at LEAST 89 badass ones in DC alone!

Thank you Teresa Shook!

And after all that, there wasn’t a SINGLE arrest arrest at the protest in DC.

To check out how many people attended and where, check out the Wiki Page. For more pictures and videos, check out the Sister’s March page on the Women’s March page.

And in other news.

I thought this was something that really needed to be shared. Feel free to copy and paste and share! In fact, please do!

“If you are puzzled by the bizarre ‘press conference’ put on by the White House press secretary this evening (angrily claiming that Trump’s inauguration had the largest audience in history, accusing them of faking photos and lying about attendance), let me help explain it. This spectacle served three purposes:

“1. Establishing a norm with the press: they will be told things that are obviously wrong and they will have no opportunity to ask questions. That way, they will be grateful if they get anything more at any press conference. This is the PR equivalent of “negging,” the odious pick-up practice of a particular kind of horrible man (e.g., Donald Trump).

“2. Increasing the separation between Trump’s base (1/3 of the population) from everybody else (the remaining 2/3). By being told something that is obviously wrong—that there is no evidence for and all evidence against, that anybody with eyes can see is wrong—they are forced to pick whether they are going to believe Trump or their lying eyes. The gamble here—likely to pay off—is that they will believe Trump. This means that they will regard media outlets that report the truth as “fake news” (because otherwise they’d be forced to confront their cognitive dissonance.)

“3. Creating a sense of uncertainty about whether facts are knowable, among a certain chunk of the population (which is a taking a page from the Kremlin, for whom this is their preferred disinformation tactic). A third of the population will say ‘clearly the White House is lying,’ a third will say ‘if Trump says it, it must be true,’ and the remaining third will say ‘gosh, I guess this is unknowable.’ The idea isn’t to convince these people of untrue things, it’s to fatigue them, so that they will stay out of the political process entirely, regarding the truth as just too difficult to determine.

This is laying important groundwork for the months ahead. If Trump’s White House is willing to lie about something as obviously, unquestionably fake as this, just imagine what else they’ll lie about. In particular, things that the public cannot possibly verify the truth of. It’s gonna get real bad.”

Until next time, let’s hope that yesterday’s momentum for women’s rights just keep rolling forward down this high and long hill. Keep having a strong and loud voice; fight for your, your wife’s, your sister’s, your daughter’s, your nieces’, your mother’s, your aunt’s, your girlfriend’s, grand-daughter’s rights!

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Saddest day in American History?

Would you classify this day, January 20, 2017 to be the saddest in American History? Now do NOT get me wrong; there have been MANY terrible and sad days that have happened in America.

But I cannot remember a time in my adult life where I have looked at a person and said “You are not my President. You do not deserve the title of President. You can torture me, hurt me in all the ways a person can be hurt and I will not call you President.” Of course I’m a youngling and I haven’t had the pleasure of voting in many elections. I do believe my first election was the 2000 elections and I voted for Gore. I don’t believe I have voted anything but Democrat since that election and not because that is *MY* party, but because I felt the people most suited for the job that I could choose from have ALWAYS been Democrats.

I am also more knowledgeable to the fact that more then half of the people in this country are absolutely clueless about the history of this country. Political history as well, since all those heavy history textbooks we had to carry around in high school are filled with only the best of the best of American history. How long did it take you to learn that Christopher Columbus was really a rat bastard? What’s even more sad is the fact that the very classes one could take to learn all these lovely truths are college courses that most of the American public (those who actually count, sorry 1%) cannot afford to take. So the truth remains hidden.

So many things are terribly wrong with this county, not just politically but every-way-possible. When ever a good, right move is made, someone nasty comes along and undoes all the good, helpful work. I know opinions differ greatly on what is good for a country and what is not, but take a moment to look around at countries older than America and for a bleeding moment actually learn about what is going on in the country. Canada has universal healthcare. Learn about it because one cannot say America does not need, couldn’t use universal healthcare. Unless you’re a Republican–and by more than just a name, with the money to back up the label.

ACA is Obamacare. Obamacare IS ACA.

Until next time, I’m hiding under the covers until this is all over. Which might be forever. Take care of yourself. Not much else I say on this day.

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War against Women.

For the first time in my life, I am afraid to live in the United States. I am afraid that as a woman I won’t be able to walk down the street without my husband there to protect me, drive without my husband’s okay or even choose what I do with my own body. A body I own, no one else.

If you think I’m being dramatic, then you are more in likely a man. Or you’ve been hidden in the house with no outside contact by a man.

In my oh so humble and bias (because I am in fact a biological woman–not that biology has everything to do with it) opinion abortion is no one’s business. Not the town’s, not the city’s, not the state’s and especially not the country’s. The ONLY law on it should be this: No person of any rank, of any office, of any sex may involve themselves in an abortion without permission from the body in which the fetus is in. There will be no additional restrictions placed on any clinic or hospital that ops to do abortions. No man will have a final say in the abortion process, even if he is believed to be the father. It will be illegal for anyone to stand outside any clinic or hospital to harass any woman who has chosen to get an abortion. No woman will be shamed for the choices they deem right for their own body. Federal funding will be available for any clinic or hospital in need of the funding and cannot be revoked for any type of procedure that the clinic/hospital performs. No employer has the right to decide for it’s employees what type of healthcare is right for them. This includes what types of contraceptives or vitamins an employee chooses to use. Once a woman has chosen to have a procedure done she then does not need to do anything else, but set up a time and date with her doctor of choice. Should she change her mind, she will not be penalized for doing so in any way. No cancellation fees, no hoops, no regrets. Support will be freely given to a woman if she so desires to have it and it will be given in support of any decision she makes about her own body. No one has any right to order or restrict any care that a woman or man is entitled to. The woman may choose what will happen to any part of her body that is removed; if she desires she will have all her options explained to her to her contentment and understanding. No religion shall be forced upon another, nor shall the religious views and beliefs of one be forced on another. Whether it be the nurse, doctor, assistant, receptionist, or anesthesiologist, the only religion that matters is that of the person getting a procedure alone. Clinics and hospitals will not be treated as a secondary church in of itself.

Of course I’m not an attorney or law writer so the lingo is probably on the low side (meaning any idiot can understand it) but something as close as that works. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my body, if I am allowed to remove a cancerous mass (believe it or not, most women do not want kids) or what types of birth control I am allowed to take. If you make birth control affordable and easy to acquire, the rate of abortions go down. I’m told this is a proven fact. And using common sense alone I know this is true. But there are studies out there that actually support that.

What prompted me actually writing about this is this article, which I highly recommend you read:

Pro-Choice Leaders Warn That the Election Could Take Women Back to the 1950s

Yes, I made the link large so you can see it and perhaps it’ll slap you in the face. Going back to the 1950s is not a win in a woman’s book. Just ask your grandmothers about that time and what it was like compared to now for women. Some of you may already know because your grandmothers are always saying how amazing it is that women today have such freedoms and what type of shenanigans they would have gotten into if they had the same freedoms growing up. Some of those I rather not have running around in my imagination, but thank you grandma for the insight. This is important. Many don’t think it is, but they tend not to have a uterus or they hold to their religious beliefs. That is perfectly fine. The whole point of religious freedom is that a certain religion or any religion is not forced upon you by another. I will not sit here and tell you your religion does not matter because for you it does. Just like I hope you will not sit there and tell me only your religion matters because for me, it really doesn’t.

Until America is done with it’s war on women, I won’t be coming home to stay. I may never live in the States again, and for a citizen, that is horrific and sad.

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