Part 1.5: The Day After…

•January 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Nothing on my end; just pure brilliance from Jay Smooth.

“As long as we are human, we will never be perfect in how we treat each other. As long as we are human our imperfections will always be embedded in the institutions we maintain. As long as we’re human, our present reality will always be based on an imperfect history. As long as we’re human — there will always be more work to do.”

(Quote transcribed by Awearness blogger, Andrew Huff)

Tuesday, January 20th: And My New Year Officially Begins…*

•January 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

About three weeks behind schedule. I’ve been pretty much walking in a daze for the past couple of weeks, pretty much just walking, blending in with the New York City landscape. I’ve been waiting for that big bang, for that monumental moment…I should say positive big bang, for that positive monumental moment, that would lead me to say “is it 2009 yet? Well fuck, yes it is 2009! About damn time!”

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To the average person with a lukewarm grasp of politics, it might seem a little silly to be emotional and overwhelmed by this change in administration. However, as one who has been involved in social and political causes since the start of the 2000 presidential campaign in 1999 (particularly centering on issues that Bush and like-minded folks just love to zoom in on), it has somewhat been…umm, what’s the word that I’m looking for here? Oh, yes, HELL:

Comprehensive sexuality education vs. abstinence only education, unwillingness to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, the DREAM Act failing in the Senate, the Department of Homeland Security and ICE raids, the five-year bar on public assistance programs for recent immigrants, the lack of serious discussion around healthcare reform, Bush’s first executive order: the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, the attempt to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment and federal-funded marriage promotion programs targeting low-income women, the delay on expanding access to emergency contraception, cuts to Medicaid, the “Partial Abortion” (which is not at all a medical term) Ban, Alito and Roberts, refusal to release yearly funds to UNFPA since 2001, the recent midnight regulation expanding health personnel’s (in pretty much in all capacities, from administrative to direct service providers) ability to deny healthcare services to patients (particularly reproductive healthcare service, surprise, surprise) on the basis of “conscience.” **

And this is just the shit that I personally have some connection to only at the federal level, I’m definitely missing many things, and it’s not, by any means, all the things that has pissed me off. I really don’t think I have the time to list everything out. All I can say really is that it’s been an exhaustive eight years.

Part 2: What I Realistically Expect

Coming up next!

*I will edit/add on to this throughout the day.
**At the moment, I have not linked the listed items to appropriate sources, but I will later on today and tomorrow.”

From the New York Times Magazine: Obama’s People

•January 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the 1/18 edition of New York Times Magazine:

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[…] 52 full-page color portraits of the vice president-elect and the incoming president’s advisers, aides and cabinet secretaries-designate (some of whom may have been confirmed or may have withdrawn by the time you read this), along with those legislators who are likely to prove influential in helping to usher into law what the new administration sets out to do. (President-elect Obama declined to pose for a formal picture.) The portraits were taken in mid-December and earlier this month in Chicago and Washington.

Click here to continue reading “Behind ‘Obama’s People.”

KHAAANNN! :(

•January 14, 2009 • 1 Comment

Legendary actor Ricardo Montalban passed away today at the age of 88.

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And This is Why Rep. Pelosi is Speaker of the House…

•January 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“Speaker Pelosi Presents Capitol Cat Cam”

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – Don’t Show Your Bigoted Ass In Here Again!

•January 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From The New Republic, in regards to today’s new Change.gov video, featuring incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

At the very end, he addressed this one: “Is the new administration going to get rid of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy?” He responded, “You don’t hear a politician give a one-word answer much, but it’s yes.”

About damn time!

What a Day, Oh What a Day

•January 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I woke up, slept perhaps three hours. Before I went to bed, I drank a glass of wine. I repeat, one glass of wine. I feel as though I had five. So, I feel and look like crap. Due to my persisting emo state (please see the previous two posts), I really don’t care that I feel and look like crap.

However, I realize now that I should really change that outlook, just a bit.

As I type this, there’s a major TV station/network affiliate, whatever, in the office. A totally short notice thing (seriously, I never even heard the doorbell ring), my supervisors come to the back and say to us three that the cameraman is going to just film us working, so act natural. In my silly little head, I thought that he was just going to do a quick observation of the back office, swing the camera around for a millisecond and leave. Ohhh, how wrong I was.

The cameraman focused on each of us, and I do mean focused. He focused, viewed and highlighted. Of course, I look like crap: hair’s dirty, my face is peeling due to a glycolic acid peel that was left on too long and excessive crying, I have minimum makeup on, and my eyes are puffy and dry.

I’m pretty sure he also zoomed in on my vinyl toys, corkboard with I Can Has Cheezburger printouts, political cartoons, and silly Obama buttons, a Powerpuff Girls poster on the wall, and BOB the Rat (a plastic black rat from Halloween 2007) chilling on my bookcase. So, my hot mess ass could air at 6 or 11pm, or both, on Channel (incoherent blabber).

Yeahhhh, fan-bloody-tastic day we are having, fan-bloody-tastic! Can ah has drink nao?

 
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