Next Wednesday I shall have made it to yet another successful year around the sun. My 35th trip.
I got myself a gal who seems serious enough to want to actually move to me (now to just convince her mother I'm not a kidnapping murderer), Finished art on another comic, after taking a painstaking year to do (my enthusiasm for doing comic work for 'free' is quickly starting to fade away when I'm discovering I can actually make money doing far less work), I finally have a family doctor after 3 years of searching and being turned away (even with good medical insurance), and I managed to keep my job this year while other's got the chopping block.
Overall, a year of ups and downs, but at least some growth (even a 10lbs reduction in my gut, but got 17 more to go until I"m happy).
This week Cornillius Dupree was freed from 30 years in prison after DNA testing proves he was innocent of rape charges. During his lock up time he lost both parents. I suppose the state of Texas will give him restitution for the wrongful imprisonment. The state currently permits restitution for wrongful imprisonment of $25,000 for every year of time served, with a maximum cap of $500,000. Texas offers the highest restitution than any other state in the Union. (Of course, on the flip side, they seem to be the highest state for wrongfully imprisoning people and then letting them go free years later). Taking all that into consideration and then add the thought that of all the states who have capital punishment, they are #1 when it comes to pulling the trigger and black minorities have a higher arrest rate than any other group there, I think Texas (personally) would be a great place to visit, but not a state I would particularly want to live in.
Nothing against the people who live there, but their government and law enforcement would not be of my particularly cup of Tea.
Today, my home room student T.J. Johnson died from an asthma attack either at some point early this morning or late into the night prior. It was the most shocking thing to find out upon arriving at work.
Braggadocious! Just hit the $38,000 point on my house, Got my monthly payments under $325 a month, AND don't techincally have to pay the next bill until January 2012. Kicking ass, on the only debt I have. WHOOT! This week marks 4 years living here (and still don't have everything unpacked, I mean seriously) and it feels good everytime I go in to the office to pay, they are constantly trying to get me to get a new loan for home repairs. Sorry bank, I just save up to do those things (brand new roof last year).
The house still needs a 'woman's touch' because interior looks SO single guy. For all the art ability I have, I suck as an interior decorator (some may think it looks like a darn toy museum in some cases). But hard work, good budgeting, and common sense to live within your means shows that you can make it in this economy comfortably even when you're just one person.
But man, do I HATE yard work. :P
Now, if only I can put that level of focus back into my comic work....
What will they do? What is their agenda? What is their goal? Do you know? Do you really know because we haven't been told. We know what they are against, but we don't actually know what they are for. Just what do will they cut. They want to reduce government spending, but does anyone, anyone at all actually know what that means? What exactly will they cut, and what exactly is actually being spent now that didn't HAVE to be spent? What's their end game?
How? How will they do what they want to do. How will the govern. How will the achieve what they want to achieve now that they can't sit on the side lines in the most brilliant political scheme ever pulled of? How will they reduce the deficit while at the same time not collect revenue to pay off the debt. How will they repeal health care and what will the replace it with? Is it better to not require everyone to chip in something for the medical services they use or do we ironically just allow uncovered people to use the medical system, never to pay, and shift the price/cost off on those who do? (I'd think that would be more socialist sounding).
Why? Why is it a party that wants the reduction of government involvement in people's lives also at the same time want to attempt to subject those same people with their overall 'moral' views? Why would a party what loves the use of military force at the same time reduce the overall number of potential volunteers to the military because of who they choose to have relations with (Didn't know a bullet knew preference). Why does this country allow the less informed and easily influenced by slogans and attack ads be the deciding factor of how we all live? Why have we let those who are so far right they make the far right look moderate potentially now guild the social move of the country. Why don't more people vote, even when they clearly see by not doing so will net result in things happening that are against their basic self interest?
When will this country realize that we can not be United when we allow politics that intentionally target minority groups (Hispanics, homosexuals, Muslims)to be strawmen to stoke up fears in order to win elections and gain power? When? (In this country, I wouldn't hold your breath).
I love politics I find it fascinating, but I also think people in general regards of what they party affiliation need to be come informed and learn that repeating talking points do not actually offer up real solutions to real problems. Saying you want to lower taxes is all well and good. But actually saying HOW you're going to do that and WHAT the ramifications of doing so with a thought out plan and explanation wouldn't hurt at all. But you can't expect any politician to be that honest, because too many people have an attention span for facts no greater than 30 seconds. (No wonder we all were bombarded and now thankfully free of annoying attack ads that told us nothing, but given us new leaders who we have absolutely no idea what they are going to do and how they are going to do it.)
Good Job America. Land of the Brave? Yes. Home of he Free. Most definitely, Country of the most informed.....