Thursday, July 27, 2006


Gotta love the idiots in this world, and the jerks. Definitely the jerks. This was going to be only about the guy across the street who woke me up at 7 am this morning, running his big old deisel truck for a good 15 minutes or so (probably more, but after 15 minutes I woke up enough to shut my window). The temp did not get below 50 deg. F. last night, and here this guy is at 7 am this morning, wasting fuel by letting his big old, company vehical, deisel truck run for what felt like forever. Can you say FUEL WASTAGE?!?!?! I mean, I know it's a company vehical and HE doesn't have to pay for the fuel, but for crying out loud, the rest of us have to lay there listening to the thing run, or shut our windows and try to sleep in a sweltering room. Then again, he doesn't care about that, either.... They keep their windows shut and turn on the air conditioner in their house. The only time I have EVER run my air conditioner (except for a yearly 10 minute check to be sure it works), is one day this summer when the smoke was so thick it was making us choke. Tay's got asthma, and Puck looked miserable when I went to check on him first thing, so I brought him inside, closed all the windows, turned on the air conditioner (it was about 75 deg. outside, which is HOT for those of us in the Fairbanks area), and let the air purifier in the living room clear out the house for the 2+ hours till we had to leave for work & daycare. That is the ONLY time I've used my air conditioner for it's intended purpose. It uses too much electricity/fuel to be using it otherwise.

Anyway, don't get me wrong, the guy across the street is actually a pretty nice guy, but he evidently has NO clue, or doesn't give a rat's ass, about how his fuel usage affects the rest of us. Not just on an auditory level, but on an environmental level as well. Even my husband, who normally just gripes that he doesn't have a co. vehical that he can use, instead of paying for his own fuel, was saying that he couldn't believe neighbour-guy could be so stupid as to be running that thing in this temp.

Anyway, onto my other gripe for the day. My baby-sister's fiancee was due back from "over there" in 6 or 7 days. They were going to get married, and he was going to move her bragart, whiny self, and her daughter with him out to Michigan this winter. They were evidently going to arrive out there to promptly take over the family business, build my sis her Dream House, fill it with all brand new furniture so that she wouldn't have to suffer used furniture like the rest of us pathetic folks, and enroll my niece in ONLY the best of the best of Michigonian pre-schools where my niece's obvious genious would smoke that of her class-mates. *rolling eyes* Sorry, I've only had to suffer my sister's diva-like ideas and opinions every Sunday for the last couple of years. And, love her like I do, my niece is turning into as much of a spoiled, snotty, diva as my sister is. It REALLY is intolerable in a 4 year old. I'm sorry, Sis, it's NOT cute when your daughter first refuses to give her aunt a kiss, then cries when I decide that's fine and have to head home, only to be told that I MUST wait for the little diva to deign to give me a kiss. I don't need a kiss that bad. It's NOT funny when she sits there trying to color on Tay's pictures. It's NOT hilarious when she decides to ride her tricycle on Dad's new laminate floor. And I'm NOT horribly mean simply because I step in and force her to stop being a destructive brat. She's cute, but she's a brat! Get a clue and discipline her!!!

Ok.... So, this isn't ACTUALLY to my sis, as I doubt (hope!) she'll never read this. Instead.... It's about how my Sis's fiancee won't be back in 7 days to marry her and carry her off to her "Custom Built Dream Home in Michigan". Instead, it's about the fact that the military decided, after telling everybody for weeks that his Brigade would be home on Aug. 2nd or 3rd, that they want to keep these guys over there for another 2 months, definitely. Possibly up to 4 more months. Nevermind the fact that this means my sis WON'T be getting married and moving quite as soon as I'd hoped, it also means that my Potential-Future-Bro-in-Law, and MANY, MANY MORE husbands/fathers/sons/fiancees/wives/daughters/mothers face at least 2 more, and up to 4 more months of physical endangerment in a part of the world that is increasingly anti-American. Not that they don't have some reasons for their anti-american sentiment. There have definitely been things that have been done wrong. But, for those who are just over there doing their jobs, who'd wanted to come back to their fiancees, to their sons and wives (the father of one of my daughter's teammates was due back at the same time as my sis's fiancee), to their fathers & mothers..... These folks just want to come home. That's all my sis's fiancee can talk about, is coming home to his girls, and getting out, and going home to HIS family and helping out with the family biz. So many of them signed up for a typical 4 year tour, and are being stretched to 5, 6, 7 years, or more. So many of them signed up to defend their country, and are being sent off under that assumption, while here at home we're losing rights every day, while our troops are losing their lives in another country who doesn't seem to care about those rights that much, either. I'm sure there are are citizens "over there" who want what they see in America, but want it in their own country. I'm sorry. That's not something OUR soldiers really can do much about. It's not a foreign fighting force coming in and giving it to you, that is going to make your country like America. It's a mindset. It's a being willing to die for YOUR rights, being willing to fight for YOUR rights. The American Revolution didn't happen because we waited around for France to come help us out. We got out there and we kicked ass ourselves. We WERE THE CHANGE WE WANTED TO SEE!

And honestly, it's that lack of mindset that's causing so many Americans to lose OUR OWN rights here at home. Women's rights, voting rights, privacy rights, parenting rights, religious rights...... They're all being infringed upon EVERY DARN DAY, here in America. And, as OUR troops are over there trying to give THOSE citizens rights, we're losing the same rights here at home at an astonishing rate. Because Americans don't give a RAT'S ASS! Most Americans seem to sit back and say "well, it doesn't hurt ME" so why should I care?!?! Or, others, like my Dad, say "GOOD, I'm GLAD that right is being revoked because THAT kind of person doesn't deserve rights anyway, or at least not ALL rights." My husband is one of the first kind. It doesn't phase my husband in the least that if I were to get accidentally pregnant, before long I won't have the option to choose whether or not to keep that child. It'd be forced upon me because I'm "just a woman" and I don't have the right to control my own body and make my own decisions. My husband is a homophobe who doesn't believe that everybody has the right to love who they wish. He likes seeing that right denied those citizens. And, Ironically, when I pointed out that it's a quick step from denying gay citizens of the right to love each other, to the RR denying hetero citizens the right to view legal (ie: not child) porn...... DH made the comment "that's fine, if they outlaw it, I'll just stop looking". It's not about "just stop looking" its about "if you WANT to look, you shouldn't have to worry about somebody else's moral compass". Well, except MINE, maybe, but he married me, after all. But, there's that mindset again of "what do I care, they're not after me." Pretty soon it becomes "well, it's just this one little 'right' and it wasn't even that important to me." GRRRRRRRRRR Some of us damn well appreciate ALL our rights, and don't want to see ANY of them infringed upon, esp. by those we call PUBLIC servants!!!!

Oh, and FYI, for ALL Alaskans. Sen. Murkowski may claim to be pro-choice, but her vote in the recent bill proposed by Sen. Frist was FOR the injunction against non-guardian help of minors seeking abortions. IE: SHE helped pass a bill to say that if any adult (other than a legal guardian) helps a minor seek an abortion, they can and will be prosecuted to the full of the law. That means ALL adults, even grandparents, older siblings, school councelors, Dr's, etc. That's NOT pro-choice. And FWIW, Sen. Stevens made the same vote. They are BOTH anti-choice, when it really comes down to it. Don't be fooled.

Anyway, I've been on here ranting for nearly an hour now. I've gotta get off and get something to eat before I head to work.

Have a Blessed Day!


Michelle said...

You describe K. awesomely. Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder, I think! *grin*

I agree that it's frightening about the loss of rights, and that people just don't seem to care. As long as people are able to watch their TV, buy their Doritos, and drive their truck, it seems they don't care what else is going on/what the government is doing. And that's rather scary.

Kati said...

"K" Older or "K" younger?!?!?! LOL And if "abscence makes the heart grow fonder, does that mean I'll finally be fond of "K" older when she's living 1000+- miles away from me??? 'Cause that's what it'll take, sometimes, I think.

Connie Peterson said...

You said it, sister!! America is falling apart faster than you can blink an eye and no one cares if it doesn't infringe on their rights - but their rights will be ther next to go and then where will they be?

I have said it often - America is in danger and the mass majority doesn't care. And the boys (and girls) that are losing their lives in another country are doing so for nothing, I feel. They shouldn't be fighting another country's fight!!

Please send me your email so I can write to you directly - when you comment on my blog, I get a 'no-reply' address for some reason.

I have a daughter that does all kinds of fiber crafts and another one who won't even sew on a button unless forced to!!!

Blessings ... keep up the good fight!

Gina said...

Like John Lennon said in "Working Class Hero": "Keep you doped with religion and sex and tv
And you think you're so clever and classless and free"...I so agree with the mentality of most of (us) Americans. If it's not in our back yard-it's too remote to matter. And, you make a good point about the "quick Step" to losing other rights when one right is denied to some. Good post.