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This is not a rant because I haven't got enough energy for that. I'm working from a state of exhaustion, which is the genesis of the title.
Over Thanksgiving Debbie and I drove over 1000 miles to North Carolina and back to visit my daughter and her husband and their two children (Rachel (to the left), who is 2 and mighty large for her age, and Zack (to the right, with his father), who just turned two months old). I'll sprinkle some photos taken during the visit in during my screed...which was generated by commentary left in a recent diary posted at Voices on the Square and Tuesday evening's diary at Daily Kos.
Upon arriving back home, I was faced with the last week of classes before Finals Week. So on Wednesday I gave exams in all of my classes, which I spent all day Wednesday and Thursday grading so that I could return them today. It turned out that I was able to avoid the all-nighter that was a distinct possibility, but the stress generated still made for less than restful sleep.
That's a major reason why I do not have something different prepared for this evening.
Let's just face it. I hate cell phones because I hate the concept that I'm instantly available to any one.
If you don't get me, you don't. Call again. I hate answering machines too, they give you the impression you've communicated when you really haven't.
So why be optimistic? This theme came up in a previous diary, and I'd like to revisit it, because I rather doubt that my previous answer satisfied my reading audience.
Why would anyone want to be an optimist in this era? One can easily pick from news items to find a good number of reasons why one shouldn't be optimistic, and so for instance from vice.com we have this:
Every once in awhile an occasion arises that I feel requires me to re-introduce myself to some people, so that I can introduce myself to a few new readers.
In this case, I sense that introducing myself to my FISA reader is warranted. I'm going to refer to you as Paul. I know that is unlikely to be your name, but I like the name Paul, and it was the name of one of my more subversive friends back in my hippie days. I think that it was likely also not his real name, times being what they were.
This diary can also be viewed as me taking a break from reporting on news stories from the transgender community and being a lot more personal.
So what you will find on the inside was compiled 17 years ago...and contains writings from before that. It also may be viewed as the introduction to the book I may write after I retire. But then, by now I've probably written a good half dozen introductions to that non-existent book, so who knows? We'll have to see if I ever really finish writing my life.
This week, Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal. Among the lowlights is a proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare in exchange for a few very modest tax increases on the wealthy. And that's just his opening bargaining position.
I decided to conduct a little experiment. I'd watch or listen to some mainstream news, such as CBS or NPR during prime news time(early morning and late afternoon), and see how many times the media mentioned this very important news. For the most part...(crickets).
Gary Bauer Threatens GOP: ‘Bail Out’ On Marriage And I’ll Form Third Party
Would you, Gary? Bring Huck along with you while you're at it? Because if you take today's GOP and subtract the fundies, you have today's Democratic Party. Gary taking his ball and going home could be the start for a much-needed political realignment.
Three years ago, the Supreme Court, in what Keith Olbermann correctly called "Our Dred Scott," ruled that corporations had all of the rights of human beings and, more importantly, that any attempt to limit their campaign contributions violated their First Amendment right to free speech in the infamous 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC decision.
Since then, there has been a growing movement to overturn that decision. Today, on Democracy Now!, thanks to a college NPR station on my way home from work, I heard the following exchange:
Researchers from Duke Uninversity have released a new study on the life long effects of bullying. The research shows that both the bully as well as the victim have a higher incidence of psychological disorders as adults.
Elections are supposed to have consequences. The vote of the people is supposed to translate into policies being enacted by the politicians they have elected. The Republican use of the filibuster has made the last two elections virtually inconsequential. During the 2012 campaign, Harry Reid vowed to enact filibuster reform that would prevent the Senate minority from blocking legislation or presidential nominees to positions ranging from federal judges to cabinet positions. Now, the Republicans are threatening to filibuster the nomination of Chuck Hagel and Harry Reid is shocked.
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