This is my tux cat, Sheldon, after being rudely awoken from a cat nap on top of my car.
This is my tux cat, Sheldon, after being rudely awoken from a cat nap on top of my car.
Every day, the Trump administration’s actions get more outrageous, more boneheaded, and meaner. They seem to have no shame in how low they will go to destroy an entire nation. They care nothing about the American people or what they want or need; they have no respect for the Constitution, are contemptuous of basic human or civil rights, they are without a shred of empathy or kindness, and seem intent on bringing what’s left of our system crashing down and leaving everyone who isn’t part of the 1% (or white) without a voice, without freedom, without healthcare, without education, without clean air or water, but heavily controlled, deceived, and policed instead. They seem to be fostering ignorance, intolerance, divisiveness, and hatred. Every day it seems to get worse. This administration has not done one thing that benefits the vast majority of Americans, and every decision they have made has been stupid, or evil, and usually both.
According to experts, we no longer even qualify as a democracy; in fact, the other day I read an article saying that we have dropped to 21st in the Democracy Index, between Italy and Japan. As of 2016, we are categorized now as a “flawed democracy” but I’d say even that’s way too generous. Since Trump took office, I would say by now we have sunk even lower that that. The next category down is “hybrid regime” (common in much of Eastern Europe, and some African and South American countries), and then “authoritarian” (Russia, China, North Korea, much of Africa, and most of the Middle East). We seem to be emulating Russia, one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world — and we have a president who may well have committed treason by involving Russia in the election. We are becoming one of the most hated countries in the world, if not the most hated. Trump’s actions against immigration are not making us safer; they are actually making us far more vulnerable to attack, not only by angering other countries, but by alienating us from our allies (such as Mexico) so they may refuse to step in and help if we need them.
I know lately I’ve been writing a lot about the political situation because it’s everywhere — and has taken over my mind. The other day, TIME Magazine had an article about a PTSD-like condition that has become epidemic ever since Trump was elected. Here is another article I found (there are many others):
I remember asking my therapist if there was something wrong with me because I was getting so depressed and obsessing so much over the political situation. In fact, he said that most of his clients are very upset and some are finding it difficult to function. Our mental health really is is suffering, especially those of us already suffering from PTSD, C-PTSD and other trauma based conditions.
Rather than just writing about it all the time, I’m finally getting involved. Besides attending the March for Science on Earth Day (April 22), I’m attending an ACA (Obamacare) Rally here in my city on February 25th. I’ve become a member of the Indivisible Movement, a movement that is growing as fast or faster than the Tea Party did. It seems better organized and more focused than Occupy and doesn’t seem like it will fizzle out or be silenced anytime soon, or at all. Joining the Resistance makes me feel better; it makes me feel like I’m making a difference and my voice is being heard.
I urge everyone who agrees that this administration is evil and cares nothing about anything but stripping away everything good this country once stood for to join the Indivisible movement and attend any rallies or Town Hall Meetings in your area. It costs nothing to get involved.
Here is their website, where you can download their guide or ask questions.
Someone made this unicorn out of musical notes.
I wanted to give this article I wrote on May 1 last year a second chance, so I’ve bumped it. I hope it inspires you to write honestly about what you really feel, trolls and critics be darned.
I don’t write to people-please. I did enough people-pleasing as a scared, awkward child and a codependent wife to a sociopath. Those days, for me, are numbered. I blog to be honest about myself and the way I see the world. Being completely honest isn’t always easy, and there have been many times I haven’t posted something I really wanted to because I was afraid of how people might react. But my track record is pretty good, and usually my desire to post an opinion or viewpoint that may not be “popular” overrides my fear of angering or upsetting someone. Even if I hesitate before posting an unpopular or controversial opinion, more often than not, I’ll eventually post it anyway and worry about the fallout (if any) later.
Most of the time, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’ve had people actually thank me for posting a controversial or unpopular opinion, because…
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I haven’t posted a new article about blogging in awhile, but I saw this and it made my day. So I’m reblogging it here. I hope it makes your day too!
By Max Booth, for Litreactor.com
01. You couldn’t think of an interesting or humorous introduction to your latest article.
02. You stared at a blank screen for more than ten minutes without writing a single word.
03. You tried writing longhand and the tip of your pencil broke.
04. You tried with a pen and became frustrated with the constant scratch-outs.
05. You tried erasing the scratch-outs with white-out and accidentally spilled it over the entire page.
06. You tried writing on a typewriter and your brother laughed and asked what happened to your fedora.
07. You went to a coffee house.
08. You went to a coffee house and spent more time trying to decide what to order than you did actually writing.
09. You went to a coffee house and couldn’t write due to a massive brain freeze from your caramel Frappuccino.
10. You went to a coffee house and they played your least favorite Mumford & Sons song, so you didn’t feel inspired.
11. You couldn’t find your muse.
12. You never had a muse.
13. You don’t know what the word “muse’ means, so you are not amused.
14. People keep asking why they can’t find your novel in their local bookstores.
15. Someone asked how much you make being a writer.
16. Someone asked why you don’t quit your day job.
17. You stared at your computer screen so long your eyes began to bleed and maggots burst from your brain and still you did not write anything all day.
18. You spend more time looking at porn than you do a Word document.
19. You thought you’d write better if you got drunk so you drank until you fell asleep on your couch.
20. You turned on Netflix as “background noise” and ended up binging through all five seasons of Breaking Bad for the seventh time. Meanwhile, your laptop fell into hibernation back in episode one.
21. You haven’t taken a shower in over a week, so you smell like garbage and feel too dirty to sit in front of your computer.
22. You just took a shower and you are too clean. Bukowski was never clean. You are a phony and soon everybody is going to realize it.
23. You are not currently suffering from a mental disorder.
24. You had a decent childhood. Your parents never hit you. There was always food on the table. You’ve never had to stand awkwardly outside a pawnshop. Fuck you, you well-off bastard. Go put on a suit and work in some corporate office.
25. You couldn’t decide what genre you were writing.
26. You couldn’t think of the perfect title despite not having written a single word of the story.
27. You’re too distracted wondering what a side character will order on his pizza in book seven of the series to focus on chapter one of book one.
28. You still haven’t decided on a marketing tagline for the unwritten book series, so why bother living?
29. You have never become literally possessed by one of your characters. That’s what happens to all the other writers. In interviews, they always say the characters had a life of their own. The characters wrote the book for them. But nobody’s writing shit for you. You suck.
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When 8 year old Cayden Taipalus saw that a fellow student couldn’t pay for school lunch, he took matters into his own hands. With the help of his Mom, Cayden began to return bottles…
If you doubted climate change is real, the past two winters are enough proof to me that it is. The past two winters are the two warmest winters on record (for this region, anyway), and I have never seen anything like this:
Yes, those are cherry blossoms on those trees. Other trees are blooming too. The grass in my yard is ready to be mowed and flowers are starting to bloom everywhere. The temperatures in the daytime have been in the 70s.
This is in the mountains of North Carolina, not northern Florida. In normal years, our highland climate isn’t very different than that of southern New Jersey or the Mid-Atlantic states. Winters here tend to be of fairly short duration, but they are normally quite cold and we do get some snow.
I love spring (it’s my favorite season), but this isn’t normal. These trees should not be blooming for another month.
The weather in other places has been very strange too. Freezing cold temperatures in the Pacific Northwest (where it’s usually fairly mild in the winter), and days of flooding rains and tropical storm force winds in coastal California.
What a perfect time for the president to silence and attempt to shut down the EPA.
I’m attending a March for Science here in my city on Earth day — April 22nd. It will be my first protest activity against this administration (besides my incessant rants in this blog and on Facebook and Twitter). I’m fed up with the science deniers who act like global warming isn’t real, and now we have a woman under Trump (Betsy DeVos) who has plans to remove the teaching of science in schools (and defund the public schools while she’s at it).
If you want to help save science education, there are Marches for Science in many US cities. Their website is here, and by scrolling to the bottom, you can find out where there will be one near you:
This 2005 song couldn’t be more timely.