Short Random Blogging
I'm not going to waste time giving you my opinions on the election outcome, because you can just skim over my posts below and know how I feel. Within five seconds. So let's talk about other things, like what others are saying and like what else is going on in the world. Pull up a chair. We'll chat.
First, there's a lot of "lists" out there right now, and they're fairly good if you need a quick pick-me-up. Michael Moore has, on his front page, 17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists. Since I'm sick of hearing about Bush's "mandate", I'm posting my favorite reason below:
16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!
Michael Moore did not include the most important reason not to slit your wrists: Bush isn't fucking worth it. And that's all I'll say on that. Anyway, onto the always wonderful Guerilla Girls! They actually have a list of The Advantages of Another Bush Presidency. Ahhh, always looking on the bright side... And last but not least, as far as I know at least, is Ten Reasons Not to Move to Canada (though it doesn't mention mention moving to a blue state).
Huh. Don't we all feel better now...
If you are like me and are now firmly decided to leave your red state in the dust and move to a blue one (that way oversimplifies it, there IS more to it than that), then these fun maps will help.
Anyway, for more election and political blogging, be sure to keep up with the DailyKos blog. There's a lot of suspicious stuff surrounding this last election, and you know what? I don't feel like writing about it. Too tired. Too much wanting to move forward and fight like hell in the future. It's very valuable for people to go ahead and discuss it, since knowing the past helps make sure the future doesn't contain the same fuck-ups and frauds, but I'm going to be selfish and let other people take on that task...
Okay, second to last on the docket, though probably most important on the docket, is this post at feministing.com and this one at echidne's blog. It's the shit we have to look forward to if Roe v. Wade is either reversed or made even more impotent. Abortion is a high crime in Portugal, and because criminalizing abortion does not STOP abortions (please, PLEASE listen for once, right wingers!!!) then women are suffering tremendously-- 1,000 women last year alone had to be hospitalized from complications from illegal abortions. This in a country of 10 million people. Imagine the number in a country of 300 million. Let's imagine it only, and fight to keep it from being a reality.
Finally, there's a lot of people distraught and whining about what to do. That's fine. Take some time off to mourn if you need to, go and do something fun for yourself, like splurging on a new shirt or a new CD you've been wanting, or watching your favorite movie Pride and Prejudice 5,000 times in a week (oops, did I just say that out loud??).
But come back soon and re-join the fight. Mourning for the next four years will not help our cause. In my opinion, on of our biggest areas of concern in the fight is the media, particularly the television news. We have to fight its bias, we have to fight its bad habit of conveniently leaving out important items of news while telling us every minute detail about Jessica Simpson's marriage and Scott Peterson's murder trial. So every time you see something obviously biased, write them. Tell them. Look what we managed to do with Sinclair-- we brought them close to their fucking knees. (A side note: if you're in school or have a family or whatever, this form of activism may not work with Fox"News." If you wrote them for every biased piece of quote-unquote journalism, you'd probably end up neglecting your grades or your spouse and/or children. Focus on the other channels for now.)
Click on the websites to your right, the ones under "Organizations and Charities." Most of them have "Action Alert" email sign-ups. Do that. Set up some random Hotmail account just for activism stuff, so that it doesn't clog up your other inboxes. But when they ask you to take action, do it. It takes between 5 seconds and 2 minutes apiece, and if enough of us do it, it'll make a difference.
Finally, for your stress level, try to avoid having a work environment like mine, where all your coworkers are avid Bush supporters who actually say, with a straight face, some of the following:
1. Saddam Hussein financed and helped orchestrate the Sept. 11 attacks.
2. Terrorists attack us because they hate the fact that we have freedom and we're a rich country.
3. We're totally rebuilding everything in Iraq.
4. Freedom comes at a heavy cost, and the Iraqis should understand that and be happy about what we're doing.
5. The media is so hopelessly liberal, I can't trust the news or statistics. Even Fox News has a liberal bias to it.
6. You can say what you want, but Bush has convictions. He is NOT a flip-flopper. He stands by what he says. And it's important for a president to appeal to the common people. I can see that he's not very smart, and he's not very articulate, but I believe that those would not affect his decision making regarding our country.
7. What's NOT to like about Bush????
Yes, that is my daily life. You may pity me now...
Okay, let's all regroup, let's all get inspired, let's all fight our asses off. Because we're right, and we will win. It's as simple as that.