Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin facebook page is reporting that Paul's Pantry of Green Bay, WI refused to accept donated food from it's office. Apparently, Paul's Pantry's current needy guests would refuse food from abortion providers for fear that the food may contain fetuses. The world has gone insane, but methinks I know why this topic is coming up now. It's 'squirrel' politics time again.
I have put off writing about this experience for nearly ten years. I declined an interview with a Madison WI Cap Times writer at the time, rejected an author's solicitations, and have stopped talking about my experience altogether for the past 9 years. I put it down to the Big Fish syndrome...you know, the Tim Burton movie where the stories are so far fetched they can't be believed? Yet, I feel the need to put these events into the record, so here goes...
I work in a utility call center. I'd like to share a few painful stories of calls that I have taken over the past few months. They are ordinary Americans fighting to keep their lights on and their furnaces hot in some incredibly difficult times. I need to share these stories so that maybe they can free my waking thoughts and night time dreams. To all of those struggling souls that I mention and to those whom I haven't, may the wind take up your sails and bring you fortune. But I fear this not to be the case with most. All the names are made up and the utility company will remain nameless, but the stories are sadly true.
As I was driving back from work today, our local radio was reporting that a Baldwin WI fireworks dealer had pulled a racist fireworks depicting and caricaturizing Muslims as primitive terrorists. I found the offensive firework image and report from the Minneapolis Tribune-follows after the fold.
It has been an exhausting past 6 months, both career wise and my passion for politics. As I was making my most favorite curry tonight, I thought of how much effect the election has really had on my soul and consiousness. I feel pleased and allow my thoughts to free range on a number of items both past and present. But first, my recipe...
People can be good and yet do and say some awful stupid and weird things. I have known many people that show a soft and warm side, yet be as fundamentally and morally opposite to my core beliefs as day is to night. I used to argue environmental issues with a older gentleman while I worked the counter of my restaurant. I would always pour him a free cup of coffee while trying to argue the existence of global warming. I respected his right of mind, and loved it when he introduced me to his grandchildren, as they were my children's age. He really was a political bastard, arguing for torture and loved his Bush, but also loved to try out his skills with me every morning while I set up shop. He was gracious and polite, as I was and we kudoed each other on well constructed points, as hard as that was at times. He died last year, and I visited his family at his funeral home. We had a warm talk and his family told me how much my talks had meant to him, he called me his renegade buddy. Apparently our talks are what energized him in the mornings.
But reading some diaries here yesterday, maybe he was evil. Or so I have been led to believe after reading some diaries about Bob Novak. Let me explain.
I, like most regular readers of the New Yorker, love the depth and analysis that is the New Yorker. At my previous job, my cubicle was adorned by the cartoons that are signature New Yorker with their dry and ironic outlook on life. So I was truly shocked and puzzled when a magazine of such stature should so carelessly bin it's reputation with a cover that is so remarkably outrageous. Why and what for were my immediate questions? And here are some of the answers, below the fold.
A few weeks ago I wrote a diary based on my actions involving the channel switch from Fox News to the Weather channel in my breakroom at work. I'm sorry to say, but the change only lasted a mere 4 days and the ugly Faux News has been restored uninterrupted and unitelligible as before. I wrote the diary on a Friday and had rethug trolls on it within hours fishing for info. I put too many obvious details about what company I worked for,and did not hide my email which was my name in reverse. Although I did not get fired, a strange thing happened on the following Tuesday and stranger things since that Daily Kos post which I deleted out of fear for my job.
I am commenting on an article that appears in todays cnn.com link http://www.cnn.com/... if John Edwards' only price for his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Obama was to arrange a tour of poor areas for his campaign, then I believe Obama should be thanking him. I present this issue for discussion, and the homeless women in this article and in their cars tonight for everyone to burn into their souls.
Wow, you don't have to say the primary is over anymore. Just trying to look for a superdelegate list is impossible today. That's a good thing, because the official day of the Pivot to the general election i believe was yesterday, thanking the idiot-in-chief for that one. Also, where are any Hillary Clinton diaries? Thankfully none to be found. What a difference a cheapshot comment from the Knesset can make.
I know this isn't much of a diary, but can anyone update this diary on a delegate count for today? I know Obama is up one today, any more?
I have been one of those Kossacks that have been very frustrated over the timidity of the superdelegates not coming out for our presumptive nominee, Barack Obama. I have commented to death about this, and fretted at work and in my solitude. What the hell are they waiting for? And then, it occurred to me. If they committed now in a huge tidal wave, Hillary would have her revenge. Here's my premise.
I lived in the UK for 7 years and used their National Health Care system many times. It was great. My wife and I had 2 of our children there, and after the kid's births, a nurse would stop by our house every 2 weeks to check up, have a chat, and give our babies well check ups. They would offer advise and tips to my wife and i, and were so awesome. I was working part-time but no worries about bills of course.
Meanwhile, my brother was in the States and was knocked out of his job, he was a cop. Lost his health care. And thus began my education of what my brother's life was like to have no health insurance.
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