tsukinofaerii: All I want for Christmas is a stiff drink (Christmas: A stiff drink)
Today, the Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. For the first time in what feels like forever, my country did something right. Of course, there's still a few hurdles, and gay service members aren't immediately free to come out, but it was repealed. Happy day. :D

While contemplating this, and how hard it was to make it happen, it occurred to me that the USA is essentially a nation founded on taking our toys and going home. oO Which explains a lot. Most of our government is arranged to make things as difficult as possible. On one hand, it means that really bad laws are hard to push through. On the other, really good laws are too. :\ But what else can you expect from a country that started out with "I don't like the rules in your club, so I'm gonna make my own! And it'll be BETTER than yours :P".

One of these days, I'm going to put down my thoughts on how US Americans strangely manage to combine founder worship with a near complete distrust of what our founders created.

More personally, today I ran around doing Holiday Stuff. Picked up gifts for people who have finally been confirmed as visiting, shipped things, sent off cards, etc. Busy day. I have such a gigantic headache from it. :( Holiday shopping blows, lemme tell you. The perfumes/lights/noise/cold... About the only sense that wasn't thrown through loops was taste. As a result, I rewarded my tongue with a Cinnabun. Omnomnom. Fattening, but so worth it. Cinnabun, you keep me from going postal. Also chatted comics with the cute guy at Hot Topic. He's a Cap fan, whee!

Stopped by Borders to spend a little of the gift card my boss gave me. Got a book & Josh Groban single (on the gift card) and a few more gifts (paid cash). Hidden Away is so gorgeous. I love his music. ♥ While at Borders I managed to lock my keys in the car, but fear not! I keep a spare set in my purse for exactly that reason.

Fic Exchange story will be polished and turned in by tomorrow. Then it's time for NaNo to be edited. Oi. I may console myself tonight with a couple of drinks to drive away the memory of Jingle Bells being played from five different stores at once.
tsukinofaerii: Iron Man holding  a blood-stained USA flag (Steve/Tony: Bloody Flag)
Warning: I am about to bitch loudly and in detail about taxes, human nature, economics, and why the Token Conservative in my household last night makes me headdesk. I have also not had breakfast (my bagel fell on the ground in the parking lot) and am feeling generally crabby because of my Bang, my NaNo and my hair still being wet this morning. So.

Here's the deal. I am Liberal. Super-Liberal, Progressive, Etc. Most of my family is. Even Papa, who is technically Republican, has not voted that way since Clinton. In my household, there is only one Conservative, my cousin Devon. She does not much like politics, and so I do not much discuss them with her. But on Election night, it's essentially unavoidable. As these things do, the subject of Taxation arose.

Her stance is that raising taxes on the rich means lower profits means fewer jobs. She is a hair stylist, and her boyfriend was a small business owner who fixed gutters for a living. (He is now a manager with a national company.) For some reason, she seemed to think that raising taxes on the wealthy will hurt them both. Besides that, it's not faaaaaair.

This is an extended version of how I replied.
... and Taxes. )

NaNo: Day 2

Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:46 pm
tsukinofaerii: Roxas "imasen deshita" (I was not)
I VOTED! IN A FIELD! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!

Or, perhaps, a Scantron. I have been informed that I should post it, so here it is, the Slightly More Dramatic Than GTalk Version.

Okay, see. In 2008, I voted at a public library. Things went smoothly enough, othr than the raging butterflies. I get them every time I vote. I do not know why.

This year, I did all my research. I looked up people I did not recognize. I made notes on my example ballot. I looked up my voting place to be sure it had not changed. I was a good girl. Then, after work, I went, full of butterflies and determination to do my civic duty. (For the record, determination is not all that unlike butterflies.)

I got there. I waited. Oh, how I waited. Five minutes is an eternity when Butterflies Attacl. I was surrounded by people who were amused but not awkward at my hair. Someone's little girl asked to pet it. This is actually not unusual while I wait in lines. Mine is a mostly minority area, so I stood out even more than just the purple hair accounted for. And then, it was my turn for them to check my ID and make sure I was not an illegal alien sneaking into America to bring Democracy. My name is hard. I have more vowels in it than most people know what to do with. So it took a while, but I waited more, because I have lived a lifetime with a name that looks ike alphabet soup and am used to the effects.

Except this time, they did not find me.
Cue Horror )
tsukinofaerii: headdesk (Headdesk)
(headdesk headdesk headdesk)

Someone tell me when my country was dropped in the Twilight Zone. Please. Because this is just too dumb even for me to swallow.

This is the article that just made me choke. You probably don't want to read it if you value your braincells, so I'll give a quick summary.

Former State Senator Rod Beck is a bitter super conservative who's failed three times to get through his party's (Republican) primary elections. He blames this on his rivals, who "don't support party ideals".

At a state convention last month, Rod Beck staged a revolt with the Tea Party and old school conservatives (I suspect that "old school" here means "Civil War Era"). With their powers combined, Beck managed to drag the Idaho Republican party into a big spiral that is best described as a Magic Eye Picture (it only makes sense if you look at it out of focus and squint). From this, according to the article, arose a platform based on, "a spasm of anti-fed outrage — and anger at Republicans who Beck thinks have strayed from the fold". Included in this platform are the following goals:
  • The seizing of federal lands located in Idaho.
  • The repeal of the 17th Amendment.
  • A return to the gold/silver standard.

Fortunately, they (barely) stopped short of supporting an unregulated State Militia. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it's all in the name of "States' Rights" and "State Supremacy"? Also given a nod is a return to hard labor in exchange for meals for inmates (and I thought I wanted to kick Joe Arpaio in the nads — just let me in kicking range of Beck). Of course, there's the usual social conservative splattering of anti-abortion, pro-gun, pro-war, etc etc bullshit. One remarkably hammer-headed ass would like to get rid of the federal income tax (you know, that thing that pays for our government).

For my non-USA people, the 17th Amendment is the one that covers the election of the Senate. It goes thusly:
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures. It's so much easier to bribe a small group.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
So, TL;DR, they want to end popular elections of Senators. WTF. How fucking out of touch do you have to be to think that re-writing the US democracy is a good thing? Of course, it makes sense if you're Rod Beck, who kept losing in the (popular election) primaries for some unknown reason. No word on what they want to replace it — probably back to being elected by the state legislators.

Remember kiddies: voting directly on the people who represent you is bad. Real Americans vote on the people who vote on the people who represent you. That's how Great-Great-Grandpa did it! It's not like the 17th Amendment was passed in part to prevent corporate interests from putting Senators in their pockets like certain people are accused of now or any...

Oh.
tsukinofaerii: Can't Think Without Coffee (Coffee)
Papa is doing pretty well. He rested a lot yesterday, and today he's probably going to be moved to a therapy center for his recovery. Moving him on the Friday before a three-day weekend seems iffy to me, but maybe there's a secondary reason for it. I'll find out later, I'm sure. I didn't even know he was going to be moved until I got home last night and my Aunt asked when it would be. o.O Way to keep me informed, guys.

DW layout is coming. Slowly. The coding makes me twitch There does not need to be fifty bazillion renditions of DIV CLASS INNER, damn it. I may end up switching the sidebar to the left, IDK. I do not like the way it squishes, and the random things with background colors where background colors do not need to be make me RAWR. *huffle* So if you look at my DW, and it looks strange, that is because it's a WiP.

Portal, I am on Level 17, thanks to Papa's Very Long Naps yesterday. I ♥ my Companion Cube.

This is a long weekend, and I have monies! I intend to celebrate by retiring myself to my bed, occasionally with my laptop, and not coming out again until Tuesday rears its ugly head. Well, that and Papa-visits, but those are a given.

For lols from a very old post, I recommend reading this. It is from 2004, and deals with the Bleeding Times. (Which is to say, she says what many of us are thinking about our periods, and says it hilariously. My favorite quote is, "For Fuck's Sake! I am bleeding from my vagina, not HANG-GLIDING!")

There is more good news! The best news, really. I would like to direct all of your attention to a this. I'll just be over here, breaking out party poppers. Join in my glee!

Finally, a meme! Why? IDK. It looked fun? Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sinnerforhire
First line of last 25 fics you wrote and try to find a pattern.
Done as best I can, since my posting times are somewhat wonky.
Meme-age )
What I have learned from this... I vacillate between short, snappy openers (often dialogue) and setting the scene. I really like my descriptions. Also, [personal profile] valtyr has had a noticeable effect on my writing; most of these are prompts from her.
tsukinofaerii: I am so going to Hell (Going to hell)
Hold me. I'm frightened. D:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-alan-grayson/hr-4789-the-public-option_b_496977.html

In a more serious take on this, I can't say I fully approve, but I think that might be because I'm in shock and keep re-reading looking for the catch. Not rereading the article, but rereading the bill itself, which is linked. Not being a lawyer, I can't say for certain, but it looks clean.

I'm just... sitting here, feeling stumped. I'd honestly sort of given up on a public option. Just yesterday, I told someone that our best hope was that a few states would pass it, and in a few decades the federal ball would be rolling again. I hope that this isn't another disappointment.

(In case anyone can't tell, I'm a US version of a liberal. If you disagree, you disagree and I'll be happy to chat about it sanely. Please, no one make me test the shiny new Close Commenting feature on LJ.)

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