I really did have a crazy productive day– look at the progress bar for Tales over there!– but the internet has been an unreconstructed horrorshow since I got home from dinner so it’s probably time to go to bed and read.
Pure anecdata, and I just said this on Twitter but sometimes I like to say things in more than one place: I just called both of my Senators, one a Democrat and one a Republican, and told their staffers that I needed them both to vote against the Senate healthcare bill. Also said to the Democrat’s staffer (who sounded exhausted) that I expected him to do literally everything in his power to oppose it.
I got through to the Democrat’s office on the first try. It took four to get through to the Republican’s office. And damn near every single response to this tweet by Todd Young is anti-AHCA. It’s amazing:
My statement on the Senate discussion draft: pic.twitter.com/ktXqwAH3LI
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) June 22, 2017
There’s a lot of weasel words in there, but I’m choosing to take a bit of solace in the fact that it’s not a full-throated endorsement of the bill.
This bill will hurt literally every person living in this country. Every single one. Get on the phones, folks, and make your voices heard. The DC Senate switchboard is (202) 224-3121, but I find more luck getting ahold of actual people by calling the local offices.
I just finished the first draft of the final story of Tales from the Benevolence Archives, guys. That doesn’t mean the book is done– there’s several of them unfinished– but I know how everything ends, now, and the rest of it will be cake.
Go grab the first volume, if you haven’t already, and start getting ready.
I’m pretty much only posting because the thought of going three days without putting anything on the site gives me hives. I don’t really have a ton to talk about, or at least I don’t have a ton of stuff I want to talk about. I’ve spent most of the last couple of days wanting to punch the internet in the face because the internet is stupid and the people on the internet are stupid. I’ve been protecting my sanity by unfollowing a ton of both-sidesers lately regardless of whether I think they’re generally entertaining when they’re not being both-sidesers. I don’t have the patience for it any fucking longer, sorry.
On TV just now, Gordon Ramsay pronounced “guacamole” as “wocka-moll,” and now I want to punch him too because British or not that’s just not right.
Anyway. An example: The world’s gotten stupid enough that I came very close to wading into a parenting argument on Twitter earlier today. I won’t link to anything because I was too disgusted to make it through the video, but there’s a video floating around of a little kid cutting up in a restaurant. He’s, I dunno, five, and he’s telling everyone to go fuck themselves and calling his mother and grandmother bitches and apparently at a few points he’s actually yelling Crip slogans. There are motherfuckers who are sincerely suggesting that what this kid needs is more violence in his life because apparently Mom and Grandma don’t beat him enough. How fucked up do you have to be to watch a kid that obviously damaged by violence and suggest that beatings are the way to help him?
I just can’t with any of it right now, sorry.
I haven’t been getting a ton of comments lately, so I’m kinda hoping everybody pitches in for this one, since as an atheist I’m not really qualified to comment on it. Help me out, I’m confused.
A spot of context, in case you don’t recall: the local AAA baseball team is the South Bend Cubs. I have been to a couple of games but I can’t name a single player. (Actually, I can’t name a single active baseball player at any level, but that’s not entirely relevant.)
There is a church near my home that I drive by every day on my way to and from work. Hell, it’s on a main thoroughfare, so I probably drive past it something like 70% of the time I leave my house. And there’s a big sign out in front of the church– wood, attached to what appear to be 12 x 12 beams, so they intend for it to be at least semi permanent– that declares the place the “church home” of the South Bend Cubs, including using their logo, which something makes me doubt they got permission for. The sign specifically names two players and their numbers; I don’t know if any more than those two attend that church and I’m not sure that two players really constitute an official team endorsement either.
So here’s the question: there have to be some at least moderately religious people who read this blog. Assuming you were already Catholic, is there any universe where this sort of “rub elbows with very minor local celebrities” advertisement might entice you to check a church out? And, as a secondary question, am I right in feeling that calling these two players out and yelling HEY THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THESE GUYS ON SUNDAY MORNING to literally everyone who drives by is kind of rude?