Manners: Social Justice Warrior, Christian, or other…?

This is at least attempt #3 to write this post over the past 12 months. I keep starting it, writing a few hundred words, and deleting it all again. Because this is a tough topic – how to live a socially conscious life. And I am going to start by saying, we all probably doing it wrong. That is really the conclusion on the manners of it that I’ve come to. It might be possible to live a truly “socially conscious” life, but not everyone can manage it. Because it isn’t easy. Beginning: Defining the Problem Let me begin by defining “socially conscious life.”  This entire post was inspired about a year ago when my LBGTQ friends began (again) to boycott Chick-fil-A. Hell, SCOTUS just heard oral arguments to determine whether LBGTQ employment will be protected or not. It’s not like we got marriage equality and suddenly all the issues LBGTQ people face were magically solved. As a straight person,

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Politics: Quid Pro Quo

There is something interesting in all the discussions of “Quid Pro Quo” I haven’t really seen addressed, something which I think has people confused. It isn’t excessively subtle, but it’s a stupid point. So quid pro quo means (Google defines it) as “a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.” And yes, Mulvaney was technically not wrong that the United States used quid pro quo “all the time.” It isn’t all the time, but it is really frequent. Here are some examples (both good and bad) that I know of: We will not give aid to Nepal if their doctors talk to women about abortions We will lift sanctions on Iran if they allow nuclear inspectors in Remove a corrupt pro-Russian prosecutor from office and we’ll give you military aid. I didn’t want to make a massive list, we do use quid pro quo regularly in our foreign affairs. Hell, Congress (well, they used to) trade votes.

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Politics: the impeachment hearings

I have been trying NOT to just listen to the hearings… it’s awful. For so many reasons, I don’t really want to listen. I feel like it’s important to at least get some recaps each day (this is too important an issue). But if you DO listen and you need something for sanity – I came up with an Impeachment Hearings Drinking Game 1 chug “can the president appoint anyone he wants as an ambassador” 1 chug “Russian collusion delusion” references 1 chug “let her answer the full question” 1 shot “no one is above the law” 1 shot “we should know who the whistleblower is/whistleblower is a coward.” 1 shot “Hunter Biden” 1 water “thank you for your service” (you need it!) 1 water every time an aide gives the representative a correction After I wrote up my thoughts I went to the internet and found Gizmodo had a more thorough list (I still like mine, but theirs is

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Politics: Returning to Gun Control

I haven’t revisited my stance on gun control since 2015. I still stand by my stance that I want responsible gun owners to be able to keep their guns, but my post from 2014 is now inaccurate. At the time, the latest data was from 2012. Well, the data has updated and I feel it is only appropriate for me to revisit this conversation at least to acknowledge this. In this article, the data from 2017 is out and…. well now guns kill more people than cars. The latest data available for free (you can buy the 2017 report right now) is 2016. And in 2016 the numbers were not good. Just to compare:   2012 2016 PercentileChange: Total firearms (not suicides): 8,855 14,415 163% Total homicide (all weapons): 12,765 19,362 152% Total motor vehicle: 30,800 40,327 131% Now, I’m not happy that all these numbers are rising. That is NOT a good trend line. But the trend line on

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Manners: Sidewalks & bicycles

GA law is clear (and this is apparently true in more places than not): Bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks. I disagree strongly with this law. For several reasons, but not the least is manners. Manner FOR cyclists, and manners FROM cyclists. I object because I think most people riding bikes (at least that I’ve ever dealt with) have a few problems: 1. They don’t know the rules. I’m big on following the rules. The number of people who don’t know how to signal while riding a bicycle is upsetting. The number of times a pack of cyclists will be 3-4 abreast (the law says no more than TWO). The number of times people have been riding against traffic…. Seriously, I need to start a YouTube channel and call it “illegal shit I see on the road every day” – I could do a monthly bicycle video (at approximately 5-15 seconds per sighting, I’d need to collect a few to

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Politics: Why aren’t we doing more?

I can’t watch the news right now without being angry. I can’t watch comedic sketches about the news without being angry. It is too exhausting to be angry all the time, but there is a part of my brain always ready to turn on that juice – it’s just waiting for an outlet at all moments. I studied history and I can’t see what’s happening along the Mexico-US border without hearing ringing cries of “concentration camps” in my head. I can’t head stories of ICE raids without hearing “ghettos.” I basically can’t hear “Mexican” without hearing “Jap.” And I cringe even writing it. Even thinking it. I have written my representatives. I am going to begin calling them every week. I would like a march on D.C. – I would like millions (not thousands, millions) of us to march on our representatives. Not in the streets. I would like us all to pick a week and start standing in lines

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Happy 4th of July!!

I’ve gone through and highlighted some items I think are important to the current political conversation. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America. When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That

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Politics: the GOP is an asshole boyfriend

Fair warning, I am going to use some foul language in this post. I have tried to take it out and I keep putting it back. It needs to be there. The language BELONGS in this post. When I was in college I dated a guy who did one thing consistently that drove me utterly batty. We had this conversation regularly (and most people have had a similar version of this with someone): Me: I’m hungry. Let’s get some food.Him: Sure.Me: Where do you want to go? Him: Oh, I don’t care.Me: Ok, [restaurant #1] then?Him: Uh. I don’t want that.Me: Then where do you want to go?Him: Oh, I don’t care. Yes you do. Yes, you FUCKING DO. I remember the day I lost it on him. And by lost it, I meant I wasn’t putting up with the bullshit anymore. Me: I’m hungry. Let’s get some food.Him: Sure.Me: Where do you want to go? Him: Oh, I don’t

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SCOTUS: Windbag

I haven’t done a breakdown of a SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) in a while (they were poorly read so I haven’t bothered with the research needed). BUT, I do still sometimes read opinions. And I just have to say Clarence Thomas is a windbag. He isn’t stupid or anything, but I feel like he writes his “concurrent opinions” just too often. And they are too long. This comes up because of the Court Opinion on Quarles v. United States. I mean, in this case Thomas manages to keep his opinion to only two pages – but it is literally 2 pages of “I agree with everyone else.” And since it was (unusually enough) an unanimous opinion – it’s not like he was getting to spar with Ginsburg or something. I just had to say it – it was irksome and I felt the need to vent to the entire internet that Thomas annoys me with his “I

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Politics: GA “Heartbeat” bill

I almost didn’t publish this post. I’m nervous to post anything about this. But if I can’t post this when I am on maternity leave – when can I? I am so ashamed of my state. I am ashamed of every representative who voted for this bill. I am ashamed of every voter who voted for those representatives who voted for this bill. I am embarrassed that someone in my state even mentioned this kind of bill. This has sparked a variety of debates on social media – and I am ashamed how many of my fellow Christians think that imposing their faith on others is somehow appropriate. I have two primary arguments against this bill. The First Argument – Science The first is simple science – medical science does not recognize the heartbeat as the defining element of “alive.” We declare people dead with beating hearts every day. Doctors use a combination of heart, all the other organs, and

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