I really can’t wrap my head around the vote on repealing the ACA today. I can get it from a politician standpoint, but not a realistic perspective unless the anticipation is that it’ll fail in the Senate and all these House Republicans will be able to say: “well, we tried.”
Even my Rep, Rep. Tenney, who has prepared statements in support of repealing the ACA had this qualifying statement:
“Although the American Health Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation…”
She also says the same thing about the ACA, but instead of fixing that one, she wants to replace it with an equally broken model that they can then fix?
The wasted expense of all of this is insane…
Anyway, here’s the thing I wrote about all of this.
This may surprise you, but I tend to be pretty vocal on social media and such. I really enjoy digging into some of the more nuanced pieces of healthcare (specifically mental health), public education, and broad stroke foreign policy.
You know. Normal stuff.
The problem there is that everyone is so polarized nowadays that you can rarely have a conversation without someone just repeating themselves and their stance/insult over and over again. Gone seem to be the days of civil debate and mutual respect.
Anyway, this post is being put out for one specific reason: to see if you, the few folks who read this site, would want to get more content from me that probably will include the topics mentioned above. If you don’t and you’d prefer I keep it abstracted into fiction, I totally understand. Just keep in mind that my fiction still addresses these items, it’s just in a safe environment.
I made a poll. Click away and let me know.
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You also get periodic mental health tips and tricks and my unique brand of ranting and raving, all for as much (or as little) as you want to send me a month.
It’s a vicious, delicious cycle. Click below to throw a few bucks at me. I’ll let you draw me like one of your French girls.
Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, there weren’t a whole lot of strong female characters in popular television or movies. Women were prevalent, but a true “strong” woman character who could sit at the same table with their male counterparts seemed in short supply.
The main outlier to this, for me, was Leia Organa. The first time we see her, she’s in the face of one of the most powerful Sith Lords to have walked the Star Wars galaxy. We don’t know this at the time, of course, but as the movies progress and the scope of his atrocities become apparent, you start to really “get” just how much courage it took for her to look into that mask and essentially tell him to “fuck off”.
For me, the loss of that character hits harder than the death of the actor, though the more I read up on her, the more I realize that I missed an opportunity to learn from someone great while I still had a chance to meet her. I have a lot of reading to do now that I’ve been exposed Carrie Fisher’s actual wit and intelligence. I’m looking forward to it, though it’ll be tinged with sadness.
Anyway… to wherever death by bra takes you, I wish you fair travels Ms. Fisher.
A couple years ago, I wrote a short story named “Soundless” and submitted it to the Writers of the Future contest. The first time, I received an Honorable Mention, so I edited it a little and threw it back into the ring, only to come out with another Honorable Mention.
Since then, I’ve set this story on the back burner and moved on to other stories and work, but I keep coming back to it.
So, in the spirit of the holidays, I’m going to release it as a serial. It’ll come twice weekly, but only be a few pages long. If all goes well, you’ll all become ravenous with the need to finish the story. 😉