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Aug. 1st, 2012 09:42 pm
zfreelance: (Watch the World Burn)
Sweet Christ, I would love it if everyone shut the hell up about Chick-Fla. The CEO's are assholes. I think this is a pre-requisite to becoming a CEO in the first place. But that doesn't make the sandwiches any less tasty.

I mean, fuck, you want to boycott? Have a blast! That'll show 'em. But hell, I think it would be a lot more effective to eat that shit wearing the biggest, most flamboyant getup you can get through the doorway, because that? Sends a message.

I support gay rights, etc etc. But I also support freedom of speech and fast food. So quit blowing up my god damn social media.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Coffee)
Battle over same-sex marriage intensifies after court ruling by Judge Tauro in Massachusetts

If the Obama admin appeals, then we have a chance to make this FUCKING REAL.
FUCK YEAH, AMERICA.

Also, RAINBOWS ALL UP IN CANADA!
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Coffee)
House approves repeal of gay ban in military

Slowly, yet surely, ladies and gents, we are getting there.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Not Today!)
Let me tell you something about the health care reform.

I wrote a minor celebration post, not really knowing how immediately the change would affect me.

I also wrote about how I contracted strep throat without really realizing it.

I even wrote about how well the medication works.

But I didn't mention how I would have never been able to afford that medication, were I not on health insurance. Even with my parent's plan, I paid $30 someodd bucks for six days of meds. My ticket said that, without insurance, I would have paid $50 plus for that same medication.
That is a huge difference. And were it not for the health care reform, I would soon be facing bills like that, on my own, until I got a job that could provide health insurance or that paid well enough that I could buy it for myself. I plan on going to graduate school and getting my doctorate in physical therapy. That's a good four to six years after I graduate college, where I would be unable to hold a full-time job. Not to mention student loans.
That's a long time to hope and pray that I never again catch strep throat, or the flu, or stub my freaking toe.

In short, kiss my ass, Republicans. I ain't dying for your Medicare.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Coffee)
The Health Care Reform Bill passed, and I kind of want to put my head down and cry with gratitude.

I will freely admit to not knowing every little detail about this bill, and I am realistic in my expectations of hiccups and issues.

But its hard to be upset about high-income people being taxed and Medicare being cut when I now know that I am going to have health insurance until I am stable enough to buy it for myself.
I'm a poor college student, desperately waiting for pay day so I can buy tampons. This is big news, for me. It's a fact of life for my age group that, if you get sick, you're fucked. You're going to have to pay for a doctor's visit, possible medications, and god forbid if you get injured and need therapy of any kind. Most of us are uninsured because, hell, our parents' coverage stopped when we turned 23 and we sure as hell can't afford to buy our own, yet.

Now I know that I will have health coverage until I am 26. This will give me ample time to get on my own two feet, financially, as opposed to living hand-to-mouth.
I now know that I can't be dropped from my coverage because I get sick.
I now know that my children will be able to get affordable coverage, even if they have preexisting conditions.

Man. This is kind of awesome.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Not in Wonderland)
First Haiti, now Chile, Okinawa, and Hawaii.

Damn, kids. If this hurricane season is as fucked up as people are predicting, I may actually buy into the whole world-ending-in-2012 crap.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Fuck That)
Didn't go to class this morning. Couldn't be bothered.

Last night, while I was on duty, I watched an interview on the O'Reilly Factor. The interviewee? Jon Stewart.

I love Jon Stewart. He is satirical and if you are an idiot, he is going to point it out. But what most people don't get is how god damned intelligent he is.

When he was brought on the set of the O'Reilly Factor, he listened to his opponent, but when Bill O'Reilly was bringing out his conservative marching band, Stewart was saying, "Oh please. You and I both know that's bullshit."

He got in O'Reilly's face, he controlled the arguments, and he didn't let O'Reilly spin off on wild, indefensible tangents.

It is fascinating to watch.

I recommend the entire, unedited interview for the simple reason that it is an intellectual clash of the titans, and Jon Stewart will not be bowed.




But I most especially recommend the fourth video of the five, because of one simple thing:

When told that the Tea Party movement had been notarized by FOX News, O'Reilly denied it, saying that they only covered the phenomenon. Jon comes back with, "Yeah, where were you in October, when people came from all over the United States to march on the Capitol for gay rights? You didn't cover it." O'Reilly says, and I quote:

"I don't know if that's true, but I don't think it is."



...

He doesn't think. That the National Equality March happened. He doesn't think. That FOX News didn't so much as shoot a minute of footage of it.

GOD FORBID THIS COUNTRY PAY YOU TO THINK, BILL O'REILLY. You do not think. You report the news. So let's all stick to what we know, hmm?

I rode on a bus for over 24 hours, to Washington, D.C., in order to take part in that very same march. I can tell you, it happened. And there was no coverage.


It's at minute 7:25, in case you're interested.

zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Viper)
Walmart kicks out a gay couple for NOT shoplifting.

Oh HELL NO. This goes so far out of bounds, I cannot even express. Walmart, come over here and I will SHOW you 'uncooperative'.

Motherfuckers.
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Total Fucking Badasses)
Gay Partnership Measure Approved By Voters

Washington state's people have spoken, approving their 'everything but marriage' law! Domestic partners now get every right afforded to married couples. They just can't call if 'marriage'.

I, for one, do not give a damn about semantics. While we lost Maine, we got Washington! Gay, sparkly vampires rejoice!

This is great news for the equality fight. We lost Maine by such a minute margin. The scales are starting to tip.

And, in other good news, I'm goin' home for the weekend! Yay family, free food, and laundry! Yay!

Fort Hood

Nov. 5th, 2009 08:07 pm
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Soup of the Day: Whiskey!)
Shooting at Fort Hood, Texas

This kind of shit should not happen, you guys. I was terrified when I first read about it, wondering if someone I knew was now dead, shot down on American soil.
Men go to war, survive, and come back home, only to be shot on base by an officer.

I come from a long line of military families, and I plan on serving myself. So this hits home in a really bad way.

God DAMMIT

Nov. 4th, 2009 09:18 am
zfreelance: (<lj site="livejournal.com"  user="timepunching">) (Viper)
We lost Maine.

Yesterday, Maine voters put equality to the test, voting on whether or not they should permit gay marriage. The winning side received 53% of the votes. 53%.

Washington state voted on a similar principle, yesterday. So far, the vote has been too close to call.
Washington is not voting on marriage. They're voting on rights. R-71 is a fight for everything BUT marriage, affording domestic partnerships the same legal rights as married couples, such as child support, social security, and the rights to visit your partner's fucking death bed.

I am angry, but cautiously hopeful for Washington. This is a bitter blow to people who just want equality, but the silver lining is, we're not going away. We haven't died off in the years that the US has ignored us.

Pray for Washington, if that's your thing. Hopefully, we'll have some victory.

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