The Daily Daily: Discrimination Edition

It’s the Holidays, so my posting schedule is shot to shit, just like my waste line. I’ve eaten more in a week than I  usually eat in a month.  God help us.

CNN Money is reporting that Same-Sex married couples pay way, way more in taxes than Married Straight couples because Straight couples get tax breaks.  I sort of want to take my computer and toss it out a window after reading this.  As a single man, I pay plenty in taxes.  If I got married to someone I didn’t love, I’d get a tax break because I’m straight. But if a gay couple gets married, sorry.  It’s prejudice and we should all be offended.

We should also be offended by this horrible trend in our society to make it harder and harder to vote.  Specifically college students, because college students tend to be liberal (I would love to write a longer piece about how and why “Educated” people tend to be more liberal, but I don’t have time). The New York Times has this story.  We should pay attention.  In order to vote, all you should have to do is registrar, show up, say your name, and vote. Once you add extra requirements, such as a Driver’s license, it is impending on your rights.  But, you say, everyone has a driver’s license.  Not blind people. Not some old people, and not some young people.  This is a story I’ll be watching very, very closely.

There are also two stories from the Washington Post that are interesting. One is about the Individual Mandate and how Republicans liked it until Obama liked it and now they hate it. The other is this “Retail Clinic” thing that is becoming more and more prevalent.  The idea with Retail Clinics is that you’ll be able to go to Wal-mart and see a doctor, buy some orange juice and head home.  The writer of this article doesn’t have a problem with this, the ease at which it would be to go to a doctor.  I do.  Poor people would be going to these clinics, not rich people. And our health should not be more of a way for big-box retailers to earn money off of poor people.  Health care should be free from the tyranny of capitalism, so health care providers do what they do for us because they love people and want to see them healthy, not because they want to make a profit.  Sadly, this won’t happen any time soon.  Anyway, Happy Tuesday.


The Daily Daily: Face Veils, Be-headings, other stuff like that.

The Iraq war is over and, to be honest, that shit never should have started in the first damn place. The Washington Post has some pictures if you want to look at them and get depressed.  Over on the Republican side of the election of 2012, Mitt Romney thought a Vietnam Vet wasn’t gay, told the Vet that Gay marriage was wrong, turned out the Vet was gay and married and Mitt Romney looked really stupid.   Why do social issues matter in an election? When we live in a society where we are supposed to be free to do whatever the hell we want? Speaking of Freedom and lack there of, Canada, a place you thought wouldn’t be like this, bans the use of the Islamic face veil for Citizenship ceremonies because the Immigration Minister, Kenny, “had received complaints from politicians and citizenship judges who said it was difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces were covered were actually reciting the oath.” Before you start saying that Canada is bad, let’s go to Saudi Arabia, where a woman was beheaded, BEHEADED, for practicing sorcery. In 2011. In a country that is a U.S. ally.  So, yeah, way to go Canada for being horrible on Human rights! And way to go Saudi Arabia for being horrible on Human rights!  There is no Red state or Blue state. We’re one State. And we all suck.  Sorry. I haven’t finished my coffee this morning. What day is it? Wednesday? Ugh. I thought it was at least Thursday.

The Daily Daily: Renew your subscription to the Fire Department today! Or we will watch your house burn down and not do anything.

I’m just gonna slam you with the news hammer until your brain bleeds.

Michelle Bachmann, that weird thing running for President, said in an interview that her daughters can’t ask out boys.  Boys have to ask them out. And if boys don’t ask them out, then it is positive proof that they are ugly.  Thanks, Michelle Bachmann, for helping to push gender equality back another 2o years.

The Obama Administration rolled out new initivies to help Gay and Lesbian people in other countries, putting forth an obvious phrase: “Gay rights are Human right and Human rights are Gay rights.” The LGBT community cheered.  The other people that hate gays did not cheer.  And we all know what Governor Perry thinks of “the gay.” He doesn’t like it.  No, not at all.

The Health Department has decided that “Plan B”, or as we call it on the streets, The Morning After I slept with that dude but he didn’t use a condom and I might be pregnant Pill, can not or should not but it will not unless something changes, be sold over the counter. I mean, is that weird? Plan B over the counter, so anybody can just grab it? I don’t know how I feel about that, and I would love some insights.  If you’re over 17, you can get it without a script anyway, so maybe all of this is just a mute point.

And, finally, in Tennessee, Fire Fighters watched a house burn to the ground and refused to put it out because the homeowners didn’t “subscribe” to the Firefighter service.  No, I’m not making this up.

It’s a controversial policy that we’ve dealt with before. If you live in the city, you get fire protection but if not, you have to pay the $75 fire protection fee each year. With this policy, the city makes no exceptions. “There’s no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department,” Mayor David Crocker said. And Crocker said by now, everyone should know about the city’s fire policy. “After the last situation, I would hope that everybody would be well aware of the rural fire fees, this time,” Crocker said.

This is the sort of world that many, many people believe we should have. If you want birth control, pay for it.  If you want trash pick up, pay for it. You want health care, pay for it. You get a flat tire, pay for it. You want an education, pay for it.  You want a fire put out? Pay for it.  You can’t afford it? Too bad. Capitalism works! Unless it doesn’t. Which it doesn’t. Happy Thursday.

Occupying the White House

“It’s not a view that we should somehow turn back technology or put up walls around America. It’s not a view that says we should punish profit or success or pretend that government knows how to fix all of society’s problems. It is a view that says in America we are greater together — when everyone engages in fair play and everybody gets a fair shot and everybody does their fair share.” Continue reading

The Daily Daily for Dec. 6: Sext my Occupied Kidney

The Occupy movement is shifting to “Days of Action.”  You’ll be hearing that term more and more. Without a place like Zuccitti park to claim and use as a focal point, Occupy Wall street will probably do bi-weekly events that draw attention to the plight of the 99%. Expect grassroots groups to work with them and expect this to happen more and more once it proves to be successful. Today the Movement will focus on foreclosures and evictions, which you can read about here.  Also on the reading list, an article about how we should legalize the sell of kidneys.  Yeah, I got sort of sick when I read that, too. But the article actually makes some very valid points. Worth a read.  And, finally, “Sexting” among teens is a problem, right?  Right?  Yeah, so big a problem that only 1% of teens actually do it.  Read all about it.  Once again, this is proof that teenagers are more worried about actually having sex than texting about having sex. Wait, what?  Happy Tuesday.