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Originally published at Michael Merriam. You can comment here or there.

At the end of this last election, I found myself feeling like King Theoden watching the Orc army laying siege at Helmsdeep.  There he is, tired, shocked, his squire strapping him into his armor, and all he can think is, “How did it come to this?”

How did it come to this? Well, there are many reasons. Some are understandable. Some are beyond comprehension. Some are too terrible to contemplate. But we don’t need to – and frankly I don’t want to — rehash and gnash and clash. Done is done.

The question now is: What do we do? What can we do?

I have decided that shouting into the eternal echo chamber of social media is useless. It just burns energy, starts useless fights among supposed allies about what is The Perfect Way or The Right Way or even The One True Way to support each other and to fight back. We are screaming to the choir. We are screaming at the choir. We always seem to end up screaming at each other. I’m done with that.

Here is what I will do:

I will be more alert to overt bullying, racism, and misogyny in the wild, and I will intervene. 

I will continue to make art because in times of darkness art can be a light and art can give hope.

I will fight for these three issues that are dearest to me: Healthcare. Disability Issues and Rights. Public Transit.

I am giving serious thought to joining the City of Hopkins Civil Rights Council and I may revisit the idea of becoming a disability rights advocate and lobbyist at the state level. A lot of that will hinge on how much energy I have. 

Because the thing is, standing there in Helmsdeep, Theoden might have been wondering how it had come to this, but he still put on his armor and fought for what he believed in, defend those he loved. I can do no less.

I can do no less.

Say No!

Jan. 18th, 2012 10:49 am
mmerriam: (Blind)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne at post


You want more information? Look here.

Say No!

Jan. 18th, 2012 10:49 am
mmerriam: (Blind)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne at post


You want more information? Look here.
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In light of the Minnesota State Government shutdown (because all the rich boys and girls on Capital Hill can't do their job and, you know, govern) and it being Canada Day, I think my icon says it all.
mmerriam: (Annex)
In light of the Minnesota State Government shutdown (because all the rich boys and girls on Capital Hill can't do their job and, you know, govern) and it being Canada Day, I think my icon says it all.

Politics

Jun. 18th, 2011 11:51 am
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So, what do we the people need to do to get a State Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that stops the salary of state Reps, Senators, and the Governor in the event of a state government shutdown? Because I think most Minnesotans would vote for that. If they can't get The People's business done, then they don't need The People's money.

Politics

Jun. 18th, 2011 11:51 am
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So, what do we the people need to do to get a State Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that stops the salary of state Reps, Senators, and the Governor in the event of a state government shutdown? Because I think most Minnesotans would vote for that. If they can't get The People's business done, then they don't need The People's money.
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[livejournal.com profile] dragonmyst posted this link to a news article today:

If approved by voters, state legislation passed Wednesday would amend Oklahoma’s constitution. Under the amendment, no law or rule could force any citizen, employer or health care provider, to participate in any federal health care system. The amendment would also prevent Oklahomans from being financially penalized if they choose not to purchase insurance mandated by the federal health care plan, and doctors would still be allowed to accept direct payment for services without fear of financial penalty.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind the people of my former home state (just in case you were all sleeping in that civics class) that State law cannot supersede Federal law.

Article VI Clause 2 of the Constitution (aka The Supremacy Clause):
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Law of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
mmerriam: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] dragonmyst posted this link to a news article today:

If approved by voters, state legislation passed Wednesday would amend Oklahoma’s constitution. Under the amendment, no law or rule could force any citizen, employer or health care provider, to participate in any federal health care system. The amendment would also prevent Oklahomans from being financially penalized if they choose not to purchase insurance mandated by the federal health care plan, and doctors would still be allowed to accept direct payment for services without fear of financial penalty.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind the people of my former home state (just in case you were all sleeping in that civics class) that State law cannot supersede Federal law.

Article VI Clause 2 of the Constitution (aka The Supremacy Clause):
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Law of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Vote

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:40 am
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I did.  It's so easy, a blind man can do it.   Now you have no excuse.    Go vote.

We got there at 6:50 am.   I walked out at 7:50 am, and it only took that long because I wasn't listed as registered (though [livejournal.com profile] careswen was) and I had to stand in a third line to re-reg.  The line at the Hopkins Fire Station was two blocks long when we got there, and it was too blocks long when I left.  I was voter number 127 in my precinct.

Go Vote. 

Vote

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:40 am
mmerriam: (Look)
I did.  It's so easy, a blind man can do it.   Now you have no excuse.    Go vote.

We got there at 6:50 am.   I walked out at 7:50 am, and it only took that long because I wasn't listed as registered (though [livejournal.com profile] careswen was) and I had to stand in a third line to re-reg.  The line at the Hopkins Fire Station was two blocks long when we got there, and it was too blocks long when I left.  I was voter number 127 in my precinct.

Go Vote. 
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Yesterday, Oldest Son turned 25 years old. I don't feel like I should be old enough to have a 25-year old son, but I do.

Last night I successfully defended my Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship at Walking Shadows' Game Night, defeating Sir Francis Bacon 3-1 to retain the title. No, seriously, Sir Frances Bacon. We also played a game called "Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel" which was about creating the worst monster movie possible. Cool title, meh game.

It appears my last post was too much for some of my more conservative flisties. I've been unfriended by a couple of them. Well, okay. I think it's a shame they decided not to stay and talk, but that's their choice. Normally I don't wax political on my blog, but I think this year's election is too important to be silent.

I finally figured out how "Steadfast" is going to end. Now I have to finish it. I'm guessing it will be about 6000 words once it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to the Hopkins High School football homecoming game tonight, as has become our yearly tradition.

One Sunday, we will have lived in Minnesota for 9 years. Moving here is one of the best decisions we ever made.
mmerriam: (Born)
Yesterday, Oldest Son turned 25 years old. I don't feel like I should be old enough to have a 25-year old son, but I do.

Last night I successfully defended my Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship at Walking Shadows' Game Night, defeating Sir Francis Bacon 3-1 to retain the title. No, seriously, Sir Frances Bacon. We also played a game called "Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel" which was about creating the worst monster movie possible. Cool title, meh game.

It appears my last post was too much for some of my more conservative flisties. I've been unfriended by a couple of them. Well, okay. I think it's a shame they decided not to stay and talk, but that's their choice. Normally I don't wax political on my blog, but I think this year's election is too important to be silent.

I finally figured out how "Steadfast" is going to end. Now I have to finish it. I'm guessing it will be about 6000 words once it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are going to the Hopkins High School football homecoming game tonight, as has become our yearly tradition.

One Sunday, we will have lived in Minnesota for 9 years. Moving here is one of the best decisions we ever made.
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http://www.redroom.com/blog/tim-wise/this-your-nation-white-privilege-updated

This is Your Nation on White Privilege (Updated)

September 13, 2008, 2:01 pm

By Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

Read more )
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http://www.redroom.com/blog/tim-wise/this-your-nation-white-privilege-updated

This is Your Nation on White Privilege (Updated)

September 13, 2008, 2:01 pm

By Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

Read more )
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http://twitter.com/tcdailyplanet

And because there is more than one side to every story: Here is some perspective on some of the violence and real rioting that went down.

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2008/09/01/3272/police_blame_rogue_groups_of_protesters_for_marring_peaceful_anti-war_protest

http://www.birdchick.com/2008/09/swept-up-in-rnc-riot.html

http://fsf-rapier.livejournal.com/101874.html

I have another LJ friend who made it clear that right now her big concern is for her family and people who have to work in the path of the rioting and rubber bullets responses. Yeah, I'd be afraid too if I or my loved one had to go to work in a zone where people are being stupid by breaking windows and trashing buildings.

You have a right to protest, and while I believe those rights have been gravely impinged on by the local authorities, those same local authorities have a duty and obligation to haul your ass to jail to if you are destroying private property and endangering the lives of people going about their day-to-day business.
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http://twitter.com/tcdailyplanet

And because there is more than one side to every story: Here is some perspective on some of the violence and real rioting that went down.

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2008/09/01/3272/police_blame_rogue_groups_of_protesters_for_marring_peaceful_anti-war_protest

http://www.birdchick.com/2008/09/swept-up-in-rnc-riot.html

http://fsf-rapier.livejournal.com/101874.html

I have another LJ friend who made it clear that right now her big concern is for her family and people who have to work in the path of the rioting and rubber bullets responses. Yeah, I'd be afraid too if I or my loved one had to go to work in a zone where people are being stupid by breaking windows and trashing buildings.

You have a right to protest, and while I believe those rights have been gravely impinged on by the local authorities, those same local authorities have a duty and obligation to haul your ass to jail to if you are destroying private property and endangering the lives of people going about their day-to-day business.
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[livejournal.com profile] fengi has collected a series of good links and information about raids and other harassment here.

http://fengi.livejournal.com/797565.html

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