“Our troops are the steel in our ship of state. And though our nation may be travelling through rough waters, they give us confidence that our course is true, and that beyond the pre-dawn darkness, better days lie ahead.”—
Hearing those words: Operation Iraqi Freedom is over. I’m overcome with emotion. So many troops. So many lives. So much destruction. So many sacrifices and resources wasted. Families hoping and praying for the return of their soldier. To experience that heartbreaking uncertainty is to hate war. No matter the cause. I’m so happy thinking about the collective sigh of relief and tears of joy from our military families. To see your brother or sister, mom or dad, aunt or uncle, walking through a terminal or bus station after what seemed like an endless tour in Iraq, it will restore your faith in what’s left of humanity. This is why I voted for you, Barry. So families like mine can reunite and rebuild. And live for the better days ahead. This day means so much.
It’s funny because I only feel numb about it. I feel like, because of that war, America lost it’s way. Even President Obama, with all of his good intentions, has been unable to set us back on-course. In fact, I fear that rather than continuing to at least make anemic progress, we’ve on the verge of a massive backswing; I’ve never been so afraid in my life. The political process in this country is broken and yet another progressive coalition has proven that, when money and special interests get involved, they are incapable of leadership. What is it going to take to get a left-wing with some backbone in this country? What is it going to take for people to realize that we can be wrong and, rather than overcorrecting and overreacting we must think critically and logically about our next moves. I fear the days ahead for America, and not because of President Obama. I feel like he is powerless in the face of the obstacles he faces. Not only that, but the vast right-wing conspiracy is proving, more and more, that it is a reality…that it has true power. America has indeed been hijack by extremists, but most definitely not the left-wing sort. How can I tell? Because if it had been, we wouldn’t see a resurgent libertarian wing (a theory of economic policy which has been disproven as thoroughly as communism has been), we would have truly universal health coverage, we would have tamed Wall Street, and the progressive coalition would have a truly permanent majority. No…America has retreated back into conservatism which has proven, time and time again, to be bad for everyone but the super-rich. Lower taxes all you want, people—they’re not being lowered for you unless you get paid in stock dividends and bonus checks. America’s middle class is dying, if it isn’t already dead.
I’m headed out for a run, then possibly lifting weights with the giant muscles that go to this school (doubtful). If not, I’ll just run some more and do pushups or something. Leave me love/ask me things!
I talked to my Gastrointestinal doctor today and found out that I do, indeed, have digestion problems. “What’s wrong?” you ask? Well…
My stomach doesn’t digest food at the rate that it should.
This causes food to sit in my stomach for a longer period of time.
Sitting food causes my acid reflux to act up, and occasionally makes it worse (including occasional spasms in my lower esophagus).
Sometimes, when a lot of food piles up, it actually puts pressure on my chest and—in the worst case scenario—my heart (which explains all of the hospital visits this past summer).
Anyway, I’m doing fine but now there’s the matter of whether I want to take medication for it or not. The side-effects scare me a lot, but my doc says that none of her patients has ever had them. She likes another drug better, but it’s not available in the U.S. (Canada has it…) so it’s not really an option if I want insurance to cover it.
Either way, I’m glad to at least know what’s going on now.
Fuck, I hate it when I try to sound smart but really have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about. Am I the only person alive who has more respect for someone who knows what they’re talking about, even if their conclusions are wrong, than for someone who talks out their ass like they have a PhD, when really have a high school diplomacy from Mississippi?
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“A Western security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said Israeli interventions and troop numbers could and hooks be cut further. But he thought that the Palestinian forces, while making progress, were not yet able to take control.”—"Outline of State Begins to Emerge in West Bank" (via The New York Times)
You are so LAZY! lol. Kidding.
When, if ever, do you think it is okay to tell a lie?
Anon questions intrigue me. Why so anonymous, Anon?!
Anyway, I think that telling lies is generally a bad thing. I don’t want to make a distinction (as your question asks me to) because it sets a bad precedent. Sure, I’ve been caught in a lie a couple times myself, but I don’t like lying and I don’t like liars.
“Though the rally was a mostly peaceful gathering, two rally attendees got into a heated argument with an employee at the GW Deli over the D.C. bag tax, which ultimately resulted in the tea party member throwing a sandwich in the deli employee’s face. The GW Deli declined to comment on the issue.”—The GW Hatchet (via The Huffington Post)