Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Red fish, blue fish, vote as you wish


Republicans have been running a scam for 60 years. They bitch about everything, but they don't/won't DO anything. They are do-nothings. They go into politics to do nothing. Their solution for everything is to cut taxes for the rich and to take away your rights and benefits. If you are looking for profound ideas on healthcare, education, the economy, climate change, or social issues, forget it. You won't get any solutions from Republicans. Period.
Do you really think crime is up? It is bad, but it isn't nearly as bad as it used to be. There were 2200 murders in New York City in 1990; there were less than 300 murders in NYC pre-COVID. There were over 1800 murders in Los angles in 1992; there were 371 murders in 2021. Chicago recorded 970 murders way back in 1974; there were half as many murders pre-COVID. And though homicides in Chicago were up over the last couple of years, they are down 20% this year. However, cable news, social media, and Republican candidates would have you believe that crime is worse than ever. They need you to believe that so you will tune in to their daily exercise in doom and gloom. When a prominent Republican was asked if he had any solutions for crime, he pondered for a while and then said he'd cut taxes for the rich. SMH.
I hope you all get out and vote. If your favorite politician doesn't win, or if the politician you hate the most wins by a landslide, you just got to suck it up and come out swinging in 2024. I have come to realize that no matter who is in office, things don't really change that much for me. My life is mostly determined by what I do. If you are waiting for politicians in City Hall, the State House, or Washington DC. to decide what is best for you and your community, you will be vastly disappointed.
I'm voting Democrat, not because I like Democrats. I don't. But because Republicans have proven themselves to be lying, mean-spirited, scheming, scamming, nonsensical mofos, who are teetering toward fascism, and who will do nothing at every opportunity.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Women at any age

 “Thank you to the woman who wrote this:

I’m 14 and I’m struggling in Algebra class. When I ask for help, the male teacher says ‘I’m not surprised, girls aren’t that good at Algebra.’

I’m 18 and go to my first fraternity parties with girlfriends. We don’t ever say it out loud but it’s understood that we need to stick together at these parties and not get separated, for our own safety.

I’m 20 and I’m working as a hostess at the Red Lion Inn in San Jose, near the airport. Men in suits come in to eat after their meetings during the day and I see them take off their wedding rings before heading into the bar next to the restaurant. Every girl who works there learns quickly not to bend too far over because of the short skirts of our uniforms.

I’m 22 and it’s my first day on a new job. My male supervisor gets me into a room alone and I think he’s going to tell me about the job but instead he tells me about how much he likes sex and how he needs to have it every day. I get up and walk out of the room and avoid him after that, but I don’t tell anyone because I’m one of the only women there and I don’t know what to do.

I’m 24 and I’m watching Anita Hill on TV, testifying about a man who wants to be on the Supreme Court. I don’t understand everything I’m watching but I understand that she’s a black woman facing down a panel of white men and she is going to lose because, at 24, I do understand who has power and who does not.

I’m any age in my 20s and I’m walking on the street, in a park, in a city, in a suburb, anywhere. Men tell me to smile, to wait a minute, to slow down what’s my hurry, can I ask you a question, can I stand too close to you, can I demand your space, your time, your attention, hey where you going bitch?

I’m 25. I’m buying my first car and the salesman offers a price I know is way too high. I bring my stepdad to the showroom and the same car is now $3000 less. I smile and buy the car but inside, I’m seething.

I’m any age in my 30’s and I think about where I park, where I go, whether I should get in that elevator that only has one man in it and how I should make sure not to make eye contact with men in the streets. All of this is normal to me and I don’t question any of it.

I’m 35. I’m buying my second car and the salesman says we should wait for my husband to get there before talking about the price but would I like to see the makeup mirror? I tell him I’m a lesbian and, if he’s waiting for my husband, he’s going to be waiting a long time. I leave because I’m learning.

I’m 40 and a woman, Hillary Clinton, is taking a serious run at the Democratic presidential nomination. She’s smart, tough and qualified but she endures endless anger, viciousness, and misogyny and she eventually loses in the primary. Male friends tell me it’s probably for the best because there’s just something they don’t like about her, you know?

I’m 49 and a man who said he grabs women by the pussy is elected as the 45th President of the United States. The night of the election, I feel physically ill and my first conscious thought is ‘my God, the Supreme Court.’ The next morning, I overhear two men laughing and congratulating each other about the election and I feel unsafe in my own country.

I’m 51 and another man who stands credibly accused of sexual assault has just been confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court. I see women on television sobbing, screaming, protesting, crying out in their anguish and their fear. I am so angry. I think of every woman I know and I am so angry.

I am any age, every age. I am a woman. I am a daughter. I am discounted. I am underrepresented. I am underestimated. But I am a voter. Today, that has to be enough.”
~ Author Unknown