Angry at 4am

Woke up at about 4am, partially because the cat decided that sleeping on me seemed like a good idea, but mostly because I’m angry.

Angry. Angry at people who think that George W. “kept us safe” for the past 7 1/2 years, and at the same time try to blame the 9/11 attacks on Clinton. Because I’ll tell you, I don’t really feel all that “safe”. “But there haven’t been any more terrorist attacks,” is the typical response. And yet all experts keep saying that there will be another attack, probably in the next five years. Even the Bush administration have admitted that if terrorists want to strike at the U.S. they will. Why? Because terrorists don’t need a whole lot to succeed. It doesn’t take a whole lot of work to get a gun and start randomly shooting people on the street, or to make a homemade bomb and drive a van into a building.

Angry. Angry that just by writing these words against W. I could technically be apprehended for “National Security reasons” and held without trial. Angry that my phones can be tapped without a court order. Angry that under the Bush administration we have given up civil liberties and that people are ok with that. Angry that people are ok with our government having secret courts and secret trials and secret prisons. Angry that people are ok with the use of government-sponsored torture because someone is “suspected” of doing something.. but it’s ok because it’s happening to “one of them”.

Angry. angry at the Anti-Choice movement, for putting the value of a pregnant woman’s life below that of an unborn child. “Generally speaking, the central nervous system (which is composed of the brain and the spinal cord) matures in a sequence from “tail” to head. In just the fifth week after conception, the first synapses begin forming in a fetus’s spinal cord.” Which means that up until approximately the fifth week, the fetus has no real brain function to speak of… and yet these Anti-Choice people think that this is more valuable than the life of the mother, and that the mother should have no choice in the decision of whether or not to keep the fetus. “Well what about the babies” choice is usually the outraged cry of the Anti-Choice movement. Tell you what… you ask the fetus if it wants to be born or not, and in the cases where it answers back I’ll agree the mother needs to honor that decision.

Angry. Angry with the people who are out there scooping up guns because they’re “afraid Obama will take away the second amendment”. Yeah, yeah, I know… it’s in the Constitution that we are guaranteed a right to bare arms. It’s easy to ignore the fact that it was written at a time when the Founding Fathers never imagined that people would be out there buying semi-automatic weapons with bullets that can piece body armor. I’m not saying the right to own a gun should be taken away, but it pisses me off that the gun-rights lobbyists and activists are so unwilling to admit that there should be strict limitations on what kinds of weapons should be made available.

Angry. At that the jackass, Joe the Dipshit, is able to become a centerpoint of the political debates, a fixture on FOX News, and then becomes some kind of half-ass “war correspondent” who then goes on to blame the media for covering the war in Gaza. Yeah, we’d be much better off if we didn’t have actual footage of the horrors going on around the world. Ignorance is clearly better than fact.

A friend on facebook and I were having a discussion the other day, and he said something along the lines of “whatever helps you sleep at night” and I said I don’t have trouble sleeping. Well today I did, and these are things that kept me up at night.

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