Nothing to report really. On Sun's day I closed out the evening with some absinthe, which along with my blood & chocolate papercut means I've had a super gothed up week so far. Otherwise, though, nothing much doing. Moon's day I came home from work & read my book. I also watched How I Met Your Mother & drank a little Ransom's Old Tom Gin, which is brown gin. How weird is that? It is very, very floral. So that is is. Leisure, a life of leisure! I guess I've been keeping up shop at other place on the internet, too, like-- I mean, if you live in Metropolis you probably already heard that my neighborhood was ranked number one by the FiveThirtyEight statistician. So that is funny. Tonight the UPS guy is supposed to come drop off this card catalogue that has been refurbished to store cds in it; if he comes early enough I'll try to hit the gym. See? Excitement, adventure, a Jedi craves not these things. I'm a Sith though, so I actually kind of do crave them. I can't really complain though; I'm fairly content with my lot! I just want to be careful not to let the whole week slide by without going to the gym.
I guess I wrote some letters, too.
Mailed Governor Pawlenty about "Abortion Recovery Month" in Minnesota.
Really, sir? Passive aggression, again? I suppose I should look on the bright side; devoting an entire month to celebrating abortion is a positive start. So thank you for that. Less thanks for the underhanded & backhanded commentary. So this is your second year of pandering to those who wish to take away women's rights. That's rather repugnant; sir I hope you are ashamed of yourself. I realize that you may feel you are doing the "right thing," but contributing to an aura of terror surrounding a safe medical procedure doesn't actually help anyone. If making your financial supporters feel smug & superior is your goal, you may have succeeded, but at the cost of schoolyard bully tactics. Embarrassing for you & for your state.
Wrote CNN people for doing a "Should Homosexuality be Cured?" puff piece.
"Fair & Balanced" reporting from CNN on Gay Rights.
"Homosexuality -- is it a problem in need of a cure?"
I can't begin to tell you what a disappointing sentence that is to hear. Beyond the very insulting question, your recent segment on repealing bigoted laws in California went on to cite & interview Richard Cohen-- a disgraced counselor removed for ethics violation. While I respect Mister Cohen's right to hateful & prejudiced opinions, that is what they are-- foundless opinions repudiated by the actual credible evidence. Presenting both sides of an issue doesn't obligate you to bring kooks out of the woodwork-- the anniversary of the moon landing need not give equal time to those who insist Neil Armstrong walked in a sound stage. Promoting unsafe arguments in the guise of expertise is not unbiased journalism-- it simply embraces bias & irresponsibility. I'm sad to see more news organizations sliding towards pandering to witch hunts & delusions.
Thanks for your time,
I also wrote Governor McDonnell about his proclimation of "Confederate History Month" in Virginia:
I'm unhappily here to write you about your recent proclamation of a Confederate History Month. There are some moments in your statement where we agree-- such as that the Civil War (which you so drolly call "The Second American Revolution") should be
"...studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live..."
I whole heatedly agree with that statement, but wonder how you can glorify an attempt to destroy America & keep human beings enslaved. The lack of patriotism & UnAmerican sentiment in your proclamation is sadly staggering. As a Republican I would hope you would be cut more from the cloth of a Lincoln.
Thank you for your time,
& I wrote a not-mean email to Velmanette Montgomery, my State Senator about Letting the OTB close:
Hello Senator Montgomery; I'm one of your constituents in Brooklyn, NY. I want to take a moment to share my thoughts regarding the continually proposed "bail-out" of the Off-Track Betting Corp. My point is short & sweet-- please don't. Off-Track Betting is a drain on communities, ranking up with check cashing in terms of degrading communities. I don't want to see the places I live & work go any further down the road of urban decay. In fact, I'm stunned that anyone is taking the proposal seriously-- not only does OTB contribute to the ruin of neighborhoods but they can't even manage to stay liquid? The entire situation is a debacle, & the OTB is certainly not "too big to fail." Please don't contribute to any more state budget woes by tossing money down the circling drain that is OTB Corp. You've in general represented me, & I am happy to have voted for you, & I trust that I'm not saying anything you don't already know.