7 Quick Takes Friday - September 26, 2014
Apologies in advance, but this is going to be an exasperated quick takes; I have a few things to get off my chest.
Russell Pearce is an idiot. According to him, I should be forcibly sterilized because my family qualifies for Medicaid. Hello, Mr. Pearce, I work full-time but my salary alone is not such that our family can easily get by. And believe me, my husband is diligently searching for a job so we can get off Medicaid as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is a crappy economy. Want to loan us $50,000 so we can manage for a year without public assistance? No? Then shut your piehole. (And yes, I did write him a letter saying this, although in slightly more tactful terms.)
I adore the blog at SecularProLife.org, but the combox has been overrun with pro-abort trolls. I think that most people have simply stopped commenting because it is just so wearying to deal with the constant attacks and slurs. For example, take a look at the following exchange I had today (it's long, so feel free to scroll past -- and apologies if, after seeing this, you sustain a head injury due to the force of your facepalm):
Why do I even try? Oh, I know... it's for the lurkers. I was converted to the pro-life cause in large part because I read tons of blog articles, and their subsequent comboxes, debating the different issues. I never participated, though. I'm hoping that other silent lurkers may be similarly convinced.
this idiocy, in which Obama et al are encouraging businesses to refuse to serve other businesses that buy and sell firearms. So.... let me get this straight. I can refuse to serve a gun owner, or a business owner that buys/sells guns, but I can't refuse to participate in a gay wedding? How does that work, exactly?
I don't really mind the assignment itself -- yes, it's obnoxious to have projects that require direct parental assistance given that I have already gone through first grade and certainly don't need to repeat the process by working on an assignment, but whatever. The pennies requirement made me raise my eyebrows. And penalizing kids who can't find pennies from 2007-8 to present? Whaaaa? That is so dependent on dumb luck that it's baffling to me. We very rarely carry cash anymore, and I don't really want to go to the bank and get rolls of pennies in hopes that we'll get the right ones.
Thankfully my awesome friend Rose dug through her change jar and found all the pennies we need, but still. I could see making it an extra-credit aspect of the assignment, but it just seems grossly unfair to make it a requirement that you're penalized for not fulfilling.
Anyway. In happier news, we've scheduled Peter's first birthday party for October 4! How is it possible that my baby is turning one already??? *sob*
Please, please continue praying for our family. Collin still has had no luck on the job front as of yet... he's had a few interviews, but no offers. It's discouraging to say the least. Thank you!
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