Category Archives: Election Politics and Voting
One of the issues with depression like I have, is how many people do NOT think it is as real as something like asthma. Yelling at a person with depression is like blowing air in the face of someone with asthma. At first people are silly with their urge to bully people with depression, but then it gets REALLY mean. I did not make this Internet joke, but I am glad I found it. It was nice to know that OTHER people noticed how bad people with depression are treated by society some days in a “quit your crying” sort of a way. Had to go to a doctor today, and got sick of the long lines. It really sucks living in the ONE western culture that thinks giving people no healthcare money is some fun game. Like the ultra wealthy pointing and laughing at people when they drop dead from things that could have been fixed is some good way for a country to live. And with Trump around it is going to be worse.
My local Facebook feed in the Virginia and DC area is a long list of people who got taken to jail in the DC protests. I’m sort of shocked at how much the main stream media is not reporting the fires, mace in the face of women, small children, and mass arrests of people. People marching are not “a little angry at Trump” they are in full anger mode. The police are not “simply watching” the protest in an objective way. Workers for Trump are doing a mass shut down of programs to help stop violence against women.
Funny Facebook post of the week.
I wanted to go to more protest this week. A few women’s groups at my night school college were getting together for a protest march. Unfortunately, inauguration is outside with rain in January in the Virginia cold. Who made it normal for the inauguration be outside in the coldest month? This is so not the Texas weather I am used to seeing. A famous quote is “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” the name sake of Virginia’s Tyler college. (http://study.com/academy/lesson/tippecanoe-and-tyler-too-meaning-history-significance.html) “William Henry Harrison became the ninth president of the United States, and he did so with a winning campaign slogan: ‘Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.'” Yet William Harrison “died 31 days into his term of complications from pneumonia, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison) due to not wearing a jacket in freezing inauguration weather. People should fear inaugration weather for it can kill.
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Well, the protests will be huge this year.
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Andrea E. Menzies All the out-of-town protest people are making Virginia rich at this point.
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At doctor’s today as I am sick with the flu. No going to DC for the inauguration for me this weekend.
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Andrea E. Menzies A few women’s groups wanted me to help protest this week, but I got sick and DC has cold rain up there.
Watching on Netflix the Frida Kahlo movie with Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas this week. The cover talks about her controversial political and sexual reputation in that she was a communist and openly bisexual. Yet museums don’t avoid her artwork at all, and Netflix has about 12 full PBS specials on her. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said the popular phrase “Well behaved women seldom make history.” Kahlo was high on the list of examples to that rule.
A funny Facebook post of the week.
I love my new Monday-Wednesday Tyler college night school classes, but getting the books will be hard to do this week. In state residency for college in Virginia was not easy to get this year. Now I have it and am at long last able to go to more classes. In theory school is about a smart brain, hard work, and focus. Sadly in the USA it is often about having money for fees, books, and gas back and fourth from campus.
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It is pretty hard not to notice that massive expense in healthcare and education in America is crippling normal people’s lives. If the United States had even a tiny amount more sympathy for a socialized view of politics quality of life could improve . I myself in the last ten years of my life have been tortured due to lack of healthcare and education funding, and I don’t come from one of the least educated families in the nation. In the United States the words “Communism” “Socialism” have gained dirty word status. Saying them sometimes holds a feel in it’s social norm like shouting the “F” word in a library. However, this has been a recent invention of very wealthy corporate advertising agencies. As college students are feeling the burn of very expensive college classes this week the fight has become more real to my life. The shadow of the Lavender Scare and the legacy of McCarthy Era trials has caused the United States to allow itself to become brain washed against understanding even modest communist or socialist views.
Once Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment benefits, female voting, 40 hour weeks, union employment, and Social Security were all considered forms of “radical communism” by the government. Now they are part of politics as usual. The benefits are under attack by right wing advocates more than ever before this year. What is at risk now? This is from Webster dictionary online definition of Socialism: extensive state regulation, with limited state ownership, has been employed by democratically elected governments (as in Sweden and Denmark) in the belief that it produces a fair distribution of income without impairing “economic growth.”– https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism
The United States would have free healthcare and higher education if it allowed for limited state ownership seen in elected governments like Sweden and Denmark. A percent of people with top income in the United States would have a few less dollars if taxed, people without healthcare suffer death. Arguments that long waits accompany healthcare under socialism do not stand, but are shot down with the reality that without a list to be on death is the only other alternative. Many other countries with a far lower income in comparison to the United States already have socialized medicine and education. “The fact that the US isn’t among the countries with universal healthcare and free college has been a topic of many heated political debates and complaints, especially among the Millennials faced with the prospect of repaying their student loans well into their adulthood. If they have a misfortune of getting hit with a major hospital bill as well, declaring a bankruptcy is often the only solution.” Insidermonkey.com states in it’s blog entry “11 countries with universal healthcare and free college” listing the countries as Sri Lanka, Brazil, Argentina, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway declaring much of Europe a bastion of Universal Healthcare. I have visited France, Spain, and Germany in my youth. I have noticed people are not starving to death and miserable in the regions. Yet the United States has the widespread public opinion that communist or socialist thought regarding healthcare or education must cause pain and sorrow. When did this start?
On February 9, 1950 the US Senator Joseph McCarthy asserted that he had a list of over 50 communist party spy ring members who had infiltrated the State Department. Wealthy elite corporations gave massive advertising funding to foster mass media obsession with communist witch hunts. Heavy coverage in Television and the newspapers followed this act. The phrase “fag” “fairy” and many other homosexual derogatory terms were heavily recorded in audio of his cross examination of suspected communists. In the groundbreaking novel The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. By David K. Johnson the depth of the anti-heterosexual oppression clearly represented in the McCarthy hearings is fully explored. McCarthy asserts that gays and bisexuals, fearing exposure for their personal preferences could be blackmailed into revealing national secrets. Therefore everyone even suspected of communism or homosexuality should be purged from all government jobs and blacklisted from most normal work. All people not living a heterosexual love life exclusively for breeding purposes were considered criminal. The corporate funded mass media supported him and this theory. After this point the suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester C. Hunt made the McCarthy’s support and popularity fade. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to censure Senator McCarthy by a vote of 67–22, making him one of the few senators ever to be disciplined by censure. Unfortunately the damage was done, and his media frenzied with countless corporate sponsored movies demonizing cartoonish communist supervillians, ironed a negative view of communist and socialist thought into public opinion.
We have The Lavender Scare and McCarthy era to thank for social injustice. Blind prejudice has convinced people to leave their views analyzed. Much like 80 hour work weeks, and lack of Social Security, unfunded healthcare and education allows wealthy corporations to profit. The victimization should not continue.
Anne and I worked a great deal going door to door for the Hillary vote in Richmond, VA. Sad day.
As a sexual assault survivor from when I was stationed at Fort Lee in 2005, a person ignoring Trump’s rapes really ticks me off. People keep saying the vote had nothing to do with sexism, but let’s face it the vote had to do with sexism.
I donated blood all this month, negative blood types are getting 50 bucks a pop due to a blood shortage in Richmond. There is a dangerous lack of negative blood in Richmond. If you have a negative blood type, donate! After my latest yearly trip to Planned Parenthood showed my blood as clean in testing, I decided to be a donor again a little while ago. The lab workers may poke you, prod you, drug test you, and ask you a million weird questions. However donating blood and plasma does save the lives of people who need it badly.
Here is my review of the fireworks in DC for the 4th of July. The fireworks were beautiful and long lasting. The area is filled with special food, 1776 actors dressed in costume, and free music events. Yet be careful to expect a crazed police state in DC if you go. I went to Washington DC to see the fireworks this year with Anne and Alexandria. However the blisters on my feet have their own baby blisters at this point. Plus I put on SPF 100 sunscreen, and STILL got purple sunburn. Pale Freckled Goth Girl problems with going out on July 4th.
It is a big deal in the United States to see fireworks on the 4th in DC because the 4th of July 1776 is when the Declaration of Independence was signed in DC, and the Declaration of Independence is stored at the National Archives in DC. So it is the focus of the source of the holiday. At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Washington DC we ate Flag Cakes with USA flags for the holiday. My most loved part was the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space had real space capsules to climb on. Also they had an authentic model of the real Startrek Enterprise used in the original Startrek TV show. It had newly been renovated and put on display which I was very happy about seeing it. At one point many of the science objects we love today were all once science fiction in the imagination of a dreaming inventor.
My most hated part was when they had airport style security gates surrounding every 50 feet of downtown DC due to terrorist threats. I understand sometimes we need extra security, but it was by FAR overkill on the need for security with what they had going on. They not only checked people, but re-checked them in nightmarish ways. For every person who was checking bags, eight were sitting around watching them with nothing to do. Military men in full cold weather uniform dress were loaded with guns watching every person. As there was 90 degree heat occurring that day soldiers were very irritable as they screened the public. By the 19th security station I had to go to on the way to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History a stoner guy with dreadlocks who was an African American who was clearly stoned was put in charge by the soldiers to check bags. He randomly took expensive camera supplies out of my bag, and put them in his personal pockets. Then he took a bottle opener keychain out of my bag and said “You are not allowed to have sharped objects” and pocketed that into his personal pockets as well. I was so angry that if I had possessed a gun I would have shot his very stoned face. Every purse or wallet contains keys which are shiny and sharp, and so it is now illegal to have keys?
When they create busywork to employ people with searches, pretty soon very bored workers are going to MAKE problems to say people have. Shortly afterward tiny shampoo items and nail clippers are called deadly weapons by bored security workers. It was nightmarish and horrible. This celebration of American “freedom” was sadly demonstrating that our freedoms are being destroyed by a police state mentality. If you try to go to the events, be warned that Big Brother will be watching you.
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Andrea E. Menzies We ate July 4th flag cakes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History when waiting for the Fourth of July Fireworks in DC. Andrea E. Menzies in Washington, District of Columbia.
Saw the Fireworks for July 4th at the Jefferson Monument, even if it almost killed us with nightmare crowds, heat, and rain. But yes, it was amazing and super pretty.
Then we went to Don Pablo’s for tacos goodness.
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Andrea E. Menzies Yummy food for Anne, Alexandria, and me on the way home from D.C.