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- 02/12/15--08:59: _#wvlegislature
- 02/12/15--23:11: _Teach for America: ...
- 02/14/15--14:38: _Now this is good. C...
- 02/22/15--14:10: _get your head out o...
- 02/24/15--21:44: _slam that closet do...
- 02/26/15--21:02: _don't piss off the ...
- 03/04/15--21:43: _mean people suck
- 12/05/15--09:38: _Dear Senator Shelle...
- 01/21/16--20:15: _Bernie and ONLY Ber...
- 02/03/16--21:37: _actually, it's prob...
- 02/05/16--15:58: _Why Right to Work i...
- 02/15/16--11:31: _We will remember in...
- 02/28/16--21:20: _This has been a tou...
- 02/12/15--08:59: #wvlegislature
- 02/12/15--23:11: Teach for America: Bad for West Virginia
- 02/14/15--14:38: Now this is good. Craft beer in WV
- 02/22/15--14:10: get your head out of the clouds. please*.
- 02/24/15--21:44: slam that closet door HARD
- 02/26/15--21:02: don't piss off the fairies
- 03/04/15--21:43: mean people suck
- 12/05/15--09:38: Dear Senator Shelley Keep Us Poor Capito
- 01/21/16--20:15: Bernie and ONLY Bernie!
- 02/05/16--15:58: Why Right to Work is WRONG for West Virginia
- 02/15/16--11:31: We will remember in November in West Virginia
- 02/28/16--21:20: This has been a tough week
Waste Virginia. Open for Business.
I'd only heard of Teach for America, but didn't know anything about them. But as soon as I heard the WV legislature was writing a bill just for them, I knew it had to be bad.
Can we have cider too? I like cider.
Clouds. Climate change is because of clouds!
Thurmond, a town of FIVE, recently passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against LGBTs. This sent our WV legislators into a tailspin right into the closet.
i just wanted to enjoy this rare sunny winter day.
Daily Kos wrote me an email and asked me if I’ve ever changed my mind about a candidate. I had to think about that. And I realized, that in my 40 years of voting, no, I have not. When I was a teenager, my family was all about Eugene McCarthy and spent evenings stuffing envelopes. Later, I supported Bill Clinton from the very beginning. I was a loyal supporter of Ralph Nader in 2000, not an easy task. Then I supported Kerry, and then it was Obama. I wasn’t always wildly enthusiastic about my candidate, but once I decided, I stayed committed, my level of commitment commensurate with my enthusiasm. That is, if I loved someone, I volunteered for them, talked to my friends about them, etc. If I didn’t, not so much (ie, John Kerry. I liked the guy, just wasn’t crazy about him like I was about Obama.) I am crazy about Bernie. I’m currently phone banking, working as a telephone monitor, and organizing sign waves and debate parties. I will be fairly devastated if Hillary walks away with the nomination, mostly because I don’t really think she deserves it. She’s gotten where she is on the coattails of her husband, and her flip-flopping is enough to make me dizzy. I don’t admire her tactics. Because of all the money she’s taken from the banks and other corporate entities, I can’t trust her to make good decisions. And then there’s the email thing. Anyone who’s ever worked for the government, no matter what their grade, knows you never use personal email for work correspondence, especially when shuttling around work files. It shows poor judgment and possible laziness. Bernie has worked long and hard, and has been consistent with his opinions and causes. I love that he’s for single payer, and the way he’s brought the idea of income inequality out of the shadows. I admire that he walks the walk and not just talk the talk. Rather than accept millions in speaking fees from industries, he does things like donate proceeds from his books to charity. He’s the Real Deal. If Hillary takes the nomination, I will vote for her begrudgingly. But you won’t see me waving Hillary signs on Main St.
People prejudiced against anyone because they’re from a different background make me physically ill. Ever since I was a child listening to my dad rail about the "Negro" (as they were called then) children being killed in the South during the civil rights era of the mid-60’s, I feel sick when I experience this kind of ignorance. People around here still think nothing of calling African Americans “the colored” and worse. I do realize that some of their prejudice is simple ignorance and fear of the unknown and the different. Living in West Virginia, I’ve met people who have never been outside the state. In our medical practice, patients get upset if we send them to a specialist who speaks with an accent because they’re so unused to hearing anything but an American accent. It’s just too much for them. There are pockets of West Virginia where all you see are white people. In fact, according to one study, Tucker County in West Virginia is the least diverse in the nation, with a 100% white, non-Latino population. But is there really any excuse for being ignorant in this day and age? We have TV, movies, the internet, music -- many many ways to connect to people of different cultures and beliefs — if we want to.
The recent suspicion that refugees and migrants might be terrorists, or come over here and sponge all our wonderful entitlements, is rooted in this ignorance and augmented by the hateful puke spewed by Infowars, Fox "News," Sean Hannity and their like. In reality (something those folks know too little about), this threat is magnified out of proportion from the minuscule chance that a Syrian refugee, some of whom have walked more miles than certain West Virginians travel in their whole lifetime, might come over here and put some American out of job….Or that a terrorist will disguise him or herself as a Syrian refugee and come here to wreak havoc. Remember, most of the terrorist attacks on American soil were committed by WHITE AMERICAN MEN.
The argument that migrants are going to sap our resources? First of all, I will ask these unevolved, callous hacks how they think the Native Americans felt about us coming and killing all their buffalo and cutting down all their trees. And then I'd ask them what Jesus would've done with the refugees. You know, just to be the smart ass that I am. I'm talking about Syrian refugees, running, swimming, boating, crawling, from a country where, among other atrocities, 12000 children have been killed. That is, more children killed than people living in my county. I'd love to drop the haters into Syria so they can see what these people are running from. They wouldn't last an hour.
The fact is, migrants might actually be GOOD for the economy. I'm thinking of all the little bodegas, nail salons, and other small businesses started by immigrants. Those businesses are paying taxes and hiring people, which is more than I can say about the top 1% in this country. And listen to this statistic from Time magazine: if rich nations around the world were to admit enough migrants to expand their labor force by a mere 3%, the world would be $356 billion richer.
Considering our leading role in the tragedy that was the Iraq war, the one that caused much of the unrest in the Middle East, we should bear at least part of the responsibility of resettling these innocent refugees whether or not it stretches our vast resources.
There. I'm done.
This is not a bill that will attract smart people to our state, or keep our young people here once they’ve finished college. Given a choice of working for $19 an hour with few benefits or working for $24.25 an hour with good benefits is a no-brainer. We'll see our good workers fleeing the state for better paying jobs. And think about this: Do you want your car fixed by someone making $19 an hour or $25 an hour? I want the better paid worker, because, honestly, they'll work harder because they know they're respected and valued. Do you want someone taking care of your mother who has good health benefits, or someone who has to scrape together the money for a doctor's visit? I want the happy, healthy worker taking care of mom.
So. Our legislative priorities here in West By God Virginia so far have been 1) pay people less, in fact, pay them as little as possible (Repealing the Prevailing Wage) 2) break up whatever power the unions have left (“Right to Work”) 3) Give any wingnut an excuse to do something, or not do something, in the name of the Lord. (WV Freedom of Conscience Protection Act). In fact, the first two bills were vetoed by Governor Tomblin, only to be overturned by the bullies in the WV legislature.
Good going, guys. You just keep it up.
Ask Wisconsin, which has lost 10,000 jobs since implementing “Right To Work” just a year ago. As far as repealing the prevailing wage, I’m wondering why any talented, hard working person would stay in, much less move to, a state where wages are already low, and not at least be guaranteed a fair wage? The argument that West Virginia’s cost of living is lower than surrounding states is bogus. We have the 47th lowest wages in the nation, but we are in the top 20 when it comes to cost of living.
And why on earth would a major or emerging company want to come here once West Virginia is lumped in with all the other states that have legislated their bigotry? Sorry folks, but that attitude is just not identified with intelligence out there in the world that you are supposedly trying to attract to our state! Well, we can only hope our voters will “remember in November.” They have in other states. For example, in Indiana, which passed such a law recently, 75% of all likely voters think that the law has hurt their state’s economy; and the governor’s popularity has sunk by 20 points. The state has had to spend $2 million to repair the state’s image.
So, Charleston. What’s next? A voter ID bill? That’s great for jobs, too!
I have to confess, lately instead of day-dreaming about Bernie winning, I allow myself to day-dream about moving to Vancouver. Start a whole new chapter in our lives. Maybe see how medicine really works up there, at least until this madness is over. It might give Matt some interesting perspective for a new book, who knows. But not everyone has that option, so is that fair? I believe Donald Trump will win. He’ll make sure of it, the guy’s a thug! And he gives validation to every mean redneck (I happen to also know nice rednecks too) out there to do whatever the hell he/she wants. Carry a gun into school. Make fun of the Jewish girl in your class and make all the other kids do it, too. Mean girl Extreme.
If they want to accuse us “libtards” of being extreme, it’s nothing they don’t do in their wild-eyed descriptions of Socialist. As they drive their RVs on the public highway to the state park to camp. Whatever.
And now this shitstorm of a legislative session here in dear old West Virginia. Hatin’ on the gays. Making it ever harder for our girls and women to get a safe, legal abortion. You know what both those things have in common? They’re both about sex. What is it about the mostly Southern states that they’ve all wasted time on these useless, ludicrous, issues? Especially considering so many of them are having other huge problems. Like us, threatened with yet another assault on the budget that will lay off 350 professors at state-owned colleges and universities, give $71.5 million less to schools — forcing layoffs…. don’t make me go on. It’s so depressing.
A Remember in November rally is convening on the last day of this sad, sad legislative session. March 12. Come to Charleston. Spread the word, because I can’t find anything else about it except the Facebook page. I’m sure we will as time gets closer.
I’ve got to read this tutorial to position these maps but I so tired….