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Car at the shop. Quote is for $3300.00. Ugh. Seriously? What to do…what to do…

The three day weekend was sooo needed. Helped me decompress from the shitty week I had last week. Today my boss talked to me. She said everything I needed her to say in order to feel better about the ‘situation.’ So that’s good, at least.

Meadow and I had a fun play date yesterday and 3 of her friends came over and our neighbor’s kid played all afternoon. That was cute.

I’m dreaming of a vacation and winning the lottery. But hey, who isn’t.

Oh, yeah. One more thing. Some really cool optimistic and pragmatic guy took some kind of oath in front of a bunch of people today. We got to watch it in the Big Room at work on projection screens. I thought that was pretty rad. I think this guy has some pretty neato ideas and stuff.

/end understatement mode.

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It’s so exciting that we get to do this! Yay America! Women, especially…please vote. It was less than 100 years ago that we were PROHIBITED from voting! Can you believe it? Black folk…please vote! It was only 50ish years ago that Jim Crow laws tried to prevent you from voting!!!

What an exciting election. This is why our country is awesome, despite all the crappy stuff in our collective politics. Thanks, forefathers, for thinking the population was mostly not too stupid and able to be somewhat self-governing (even if at first you had to be a white, land-owning male. Bah.). Thanks too, to all the suffragists who fought for MY right to vote. I sure enjoy thinking that I have a voice in how I’m governed.

I can’t thank them enough.

Please don’t take this for granted.

So my company’s stock is below $5. The worldwide markets are panicking. I feel like throwing up. I’m scared about one of us losing our jobs. HR and Finance have been having meetings. Does that mean adjustments to our benefits? More than likely. I should follow the Dooce rule of not blogging about work, so here I’ll stop on that sort of detail. Anyway, I’m nervous. I’m angry. I’m not hopeful about politics. It should have been Hilary. Obama is alright, I suppose, because his platform is really close to my opinions. But….I don’t have the same excitement for him. He seems like maybe a lot of hype. I don’t know how much change he’ll be able to exert. At least he will be trying to change things in the direction I want, which can’t hurt. Hopefully.
Gloom doom gloom doom.
I want to think it will get better. That we are the great US of A. We can’t possibly fail. But countries much younger than ours have failed. And yes, the ever referenced Rome failed as well. You know why? Primarily it was due to the disparity between the rich and the poor. Yes, Rome had some sackings. But lacked the resilience to overcome its attacks because the poor plebes and aristocrats were so far removed both socially and economically. Then I consider my peers, our middle class, and in comparison the golden parachutes and million dollar salaries of CEOs and other wall street crooks.

Anything is possible.

Bush must be trying to end his presidency with a bang, namely by screwing everything up.

We all know the religious right is against abortion and against the decision rendered in Roe v. Wade. I am pro-choice. I can understand their argument from a philosophical level, but don’t agree with outlawing the procedure. That would be idiocy. I don’t think I could have an abortion; but I respect the women who have needed to, and I defend their right to choose to do so. Vehemently.

Now Bush is drafting a regulation that would define birth control pills and the IUD as abortion.

I’m not kidding.

It sounds like a joke, right? I can’t even really wrap my head around it. How does the potential restriction of these methods of contraception? Do they realize this could be counterproductive even to the anti-choice platform, by potentially creating more unwanted babies? If passed, this regulation could seriously limit the access and insurance coverage of these methods of birth control.

And of course, we all know about abstinence education. It totally works. *snort*

I know the Catholic stance on birth control – that any birth control is devilish. Every sperm is sacred, remember? But Rome doesn’t legislate in the USA, and millions of Catholics DO use birth control.

Would this classification make them feel too guilty to continue using birth control? Once their form of birth control is labeled as ABORTION, will they quit using it? How many more unwanted pregnancies do we need in this country?

Not to mention the fact that along with this reg, they better decide to better fund welfare programs to help support the millions of extra children this has the potential to create.

I don’t even know what else to say. My mind is just sputtering at this point.

Here is the link to the Wall Street Journal article. Read it, make your own decisions. I bet you’ll be angry.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121745387879898315.html?mod=googlenews_wsj