ELECTION 2012: Merry Christmas! Drinks all around!

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren won her Senate seat in Massachusetts. (Photo: qwrrty)

Oh, what a glorious day! I feel like an eight-year-old kid on Christmas morning, tumbling down the stairs in a bright red onesie that was a gift from grandma last year (and that’s almost too small for me) to see all the gifts Santa left me under the tree. In this case, the morning was last night, the tree was the 2012 elections, Santa was the voters, and the gifts, well, I’ll get to those in a moment. On a side note, let me say the only real lump of coal I’ve found so far in my stocking is Michele Bachmann being narrowly reelected to her congressional seat. Screw you too, Santa. I was really hoping my ORU diploma would automatically increase in credibility with her defeat. Oh, well. Anyway, look at the bright side: at least she won’t be getting a show on Fox News!

One of the things every kid has to learn is that, for whatever reason, Santa is a stickIer about giving you everything you write down on your list. Even so, all things considered, things are pretty good (and they could have been a lot worse). So, I invite you to join me as I open my presents–even though they’re really everyone’s presents, not just mine. And we’ll open them together. Continue reading

Communique No. 2: Unfair Elections, “Haughty” Cuisine, and Much More

Egyptian Unity

Communique Number 1 from Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces signalled the beginning of the end for Hosni Mubarak. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

I think I might actually enjoy blogging this way–you know, the whole bi-weekly thing. I just never thought I’d swing that way. I’m a firm believer in the idea that free creativity ought to be counter-balanced with a healthy dose of structure and I’m already seeing the benefits of applying that concept to my blog. Of course, I don’t know how “creative” any of the things I have to say in this post are, but you get my drift.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve changed the name for these posts. They will now be numbered communiques. It’s a meme typically associated with coups: when a military junta comes to power, they will often initiate communication with the population through numbered communiques, such as what Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces did on February 10, 2011. Even so, I wouldn’t read too much into the change. More specifically, I’m not suggesting I’m the leader of a coup–I just like the theme.

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Two Pennies from My Pocket on Health Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature achievement, was upheld by the Supreme Court. (Photo: Matt Michrina, Wikimedia Commons)

I don’t like to talk about things that I don’t fully understand and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is one of them. I haven’t read the entire law, nor do I intend to; I don’t know all of the things that are in it, though I know quite a few; I also don’t know every single implication it will have, but neither do the smartest constitutional law scholars. Having to make decisions and judgments with just a little information is a function of living in a fast-paced and expansive modern republic–too much happens on any one day for any one person to know it all.

What I do know is that I was proud of my President and happy for my country when I first heard this morning that the Supreme Court had upheld his signature legislative achievement, which was intended to reform the abysmal healthcare system in the United States. I think that took Republicans and conservatives by surprise; I’ll even admit that it took me a little by surprise. Given the venomous and rancorous cacophony that’s been emanating from conservative and tea party camps over the past two years over health care, I didn’t think it possible that virtually the entire law would be affirmed by the nation’s highest court. I now have just a few things to say and they’ll be brief. Continue reading