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Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 01:39 AM PDT

Tell Me Again

by Isaacsdad

Tell me again.  

Tell me again why your right to own a fucking gun trumps my right, and my children's right, to live in a world where we don't have to worry about getting gunned down.

Tell me again why the killing of innocent children by other children isn't really that big a deal, and that this all could have been avoided if we had other, "better" people there with even more guns.

Tell me again, NRA, that guns don't kill people.  Actually, tell that to the parents of two dead teenagers in Marysville, Washington, thirty miles away from where I'm sitting right now.  I'm sure that the parents of the shooter and his victim would love some words of wisdom from a terrorist organization like yours about now.  

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Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM PST

Incomprehensible

by Isaacsdad

I just read a post on a friends Facebook page, and it took all I had not to go completely insane.  You see, this woman is a friend of my wife's, and they've been very good friends for a long, long time.  A lot longer than I've been in the picture, and I think that counts for quite a bit.  Also, I really like this woman, and I've spent time with her family, and I know she's usually a proud and loud liberal.  She was at my wedding and held my son while I spoke my vows.  But it took everything I had not to tell her to fuck right the hell off.

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So, let me start by saying that I do have a job, and it's a pretty decent one.  The only problem is that I only work about 20 hours a week.  I have insurance, and vacation time, and sick time, and holiday pay.  So, yeah, I really actually like my job.  It just...isn't enough.  I guess that makes me one of the "underemployed".  But, to tell the truth, it's not that bad.  Let me explain.

My wife works forty hours a week at a job making quite a decent amount of money, and her job covers insurance for our son and pays the bills and the rent.  My paycheck pays my bills and my child support for my other son.  I could, technically, pick up more shifts at work, working at night since I work early in the morning.  The only thing is, any extra money I made would have to go to child care.  So, I would be working twice as hard so I could have someone else raise my Judah.  Doesn't seem right, somehow.

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM PDT

Guess what, Mitt?

by Isaacsdad

Guess what, Mitt?  I pay taxes.  I may not pay federal taxes every year, but I sure as hell pay taxes.  

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Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM PDT

Quitting smoking, second try

by Isaacsdad

So, I wasn't sure if this counted as a GUS (giving up smoking) diary or not, but I felt the need to put it down here.  I'm on my last pack right now.  Ten cigarettes left.  Those will be gone, between my wife and I, by tomorrow morning, and I'll start the day smoke-free.  It's rough even thinking about, since I work at three in the morning and my morning smoke helped me get going, but I know that's just an excuse.  The truth is, I'm scared.

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So, this is just a really short diary, more of a comment, actually.  I just read an article saying that my state, Washington, is set to vote on same-sex marriage tomorrow afternoon or evening.  They expect it to pass easily, since they know for a fact that they have the votes.  The only thing that sucks is, the National Organization for Marriage has already said they'll petition to get a repeal put on the ballot in November.  But, we did pass the "Everything but Marriage Act"  a few years ago, and, to the best of my knowledge, the world did not come to an end.  So, with luck, the bigots will lose in November.  We just need to keep an eye on this - I know I plan to.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 04:34 PM PST

Sometimes, it's just not fair

by Isaacsdad

First off, this is a personal story I've decided to share.  It doesn't have anything to do with politics, I just thought that, of all the places I can think of, this community is the one place I could share this.  If you're not interested in a non-political diary, this isn't for you.  For those of you that care, follow me below the squiggle...

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Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 08:32 PM PDT

Seriously, CNN?

by Isaacsdad

I don't know if this is really considered a diary, but I just had to comment.  Forgive me if I interrupt any pie fights in progress, but I just had to rant.  Meet me below the squiggly thingy.

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Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM PDT

Probably a silly question, but...

by Isaacsdad

So, I'm about halfway through reading Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, by Frank Bailey - which, so far, I wholeheartedly recommend.  I also recently read Game Change.  Both books paint a fairly scathing picture of Caribou Barbie, but this one, by former Palin insider Bailey, is actually kind of heartbreaking.  I disagree with everything the man stood - and, by his own admission, still stands for, but seeing the disillusionment grow page by page is painful on a human level.  He was with her from her campaign through governor, through the '08 presidential race, up until she decided to quit to - um, ride around on a bus and make a butt-load of money, apparently.

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So, what do you think?

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Thu May 12, 2011 at 09:56 PM PDT

Sorry, John, Too Little, Too Late

by Isaacsdad

First off, let me say that I applaud John McCain for standing up to the Bush apologists and telling the truth - that torture did not help us find and kill Osama Bin Laden.  That torture - or "enhanced interrogation", if you're a moron - does more harm than good, more often than not.  I thank him, and think that he's a brave man for going against the snarling-dog right wingers.  

Unfortunately, it's not enough.

It's not enough too make up for Sarah Palin, who you clearly did not vett before you chose her as your running mate.  Perhaps if you had chosen someone else, we wouldn't be burdened with this imbecilic, empty-headed moron.  And maybe she never would have left Alaska, and never would have been a national figure at all.  And, dare I say it, maybe Gabby Giffords would never have been shot in the head because of a target on her back - all thanks to Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin.

And it's not enough to make up for all the sly racist innuendo during the campaign against Obama, up to and including "That one!"  We all knew what you meant, Mr. McCain - don't vote for that guy!  He's black!  He's got a scary name!  Vote for me!

And it doesn't make up for saying "Today is a very sad day" when Don't ask, Don't tell was repealed.  It's been a while now, John, and, as far as I can tell, the world hasn't ended, no one's been raped in the showers, and unit cohesion hasn't crumbled due to all the gayness floating around.  In fact, I hear it's pretty much the same as it's always been.  Weird.

So, thank you, John McCain, for standing up to those in your party who want to do anything except thank a black man for anything.  It was a noble gesture, and it harkens back to the John McCain who used to know what bipartisanship was all about, who could reach across the aisle when it was warranted.  Unfortunately, I don't think it'll stick.  Which is too bad, because we could use more of that John McCain.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 08:06 PM PDT

Why I Love Being a Liberal

by Isaacsdad

I am, as all my friends and family know, an unrepentant liberal, a progressive, and a Democrat.  I am a supporter of the president, I love that there are two Democratic senators from my state and that same state is strongly Blue.  

But I'd be the first to admit that I have some conservative values, as well.  I think most Americans do, to a greater or lesser degree.  I think that the death penalty is a good idea, for the most part, though I agree that it has more than its share of problems.  I think that, within reason, we do have the right to own guns - just not, you know, machine guns and grenade launchers.  

And that's what I love about being a liberal - that I can have a different opinion than you without being labeled a traitor, or an idiot, or a kool-aid drinker.  I like that there can be such a wide range of ideas and opinions within the progressive/liberal ideology.  

I've been watching both sides of this silly pro-Obama/anti-Obama pie fight here for quite a while now, and I have to say that I enjoy it.  I enjoy the fact that, unlike the conservatives, we have healthy debate within our own party.  I enjoy knowing that at the end of the day, we're all one big family - and not all members of a family get along all the time.  

That's why I love being a liberal - because our tent is big enough for everyone, and no one is excluded.  

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Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 06:12 PM PST

A letter to my boys

by Isaacsdad

I was trying to decide what to write about with this, my very first post on Kos.  I felt a bit intimidated, after reading some of my favorites, and not thinking I was smart enough or informed enough to say anything of value.  I mean, I'm probably the wonkiest person I know (with the exception of my lovely fiancee), but some of the people on this site put us to shame.  But then, after the events of this weekend, I felt compelled to sink or swim.

I am, as evidenced by my username, a father, and within a few days I'll be a father again.  I can't wait to meet my son, and teach him, and give him as much as I can, both materially and value-wise.  

So I decided, since this is my first post, I would write my son a list - actually a list for both my boys, my Isaac and Judah.  I want them to know who their father is, what he believes, what he stands for.  So bear with me.

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