Okay, it is that time again where everyone is jumping into the political arena and we are all made to watch by some cruel ringmaster bent on making our minds implode. Over-reacting you say? Well, just reading a few of these items at random made me want to go to Vancouver and pick up my free mood elevator.
For your consideration:
#1) Front-runner Mitt Romney seems to think that maybe the planet is getting warmer, and if it is he has no idea what is causing it. Rick Perry came out against climate science, stating the data had been “manipulated” by scientists in exchange for funding money. Former senator Rick Santorum claims that fundamental theories of man-made climate change is “patently absurd,” and Representative Ron Paul has labeled the science “the greatest hoax.” So it seems that the Republican candidates are shunning science for a strong religious base. What they don’t understand is one does not necessarily contradict the other.
#2) I read this just before I went to the pumps and cried yet again….This year for the first time, the top export of the United States is fuel. Yes, you read that right. We bitch about our gasoline prices, we are the largest consumer of gas and we are exporting the damn stuff! Excuse my expletives, but I did say your brain might implode. Measured in dollars, our nation is going to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other export. Just ten years ago (do you remember gas prices then?) fuel wasn’t even in the top 25. For the last five years our top export was aircraft, and now we are shipping out the fuel to gas them up!
#3) It just keeps on getting better, apparently the “no child left behind” legacy continues. Just because they are not left behind is no reason for us to educate them. In a letter to employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warned them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Well, clearly it is no criteria for being in politics (see #1). Lawyer Mary Metzler is quoted as saying “There will be less incentive for the general public to obtain a high school diploma if many employers eliminate that requirement for job applicants in their workplace.” Gee, yah think?!
So, um yeah…what do we have to counter all this insanity? Well, an astute professor has decided that education is the answer and this is what she wants to teach. Occupy 101…no really, you read that correctly….Occupy 101! The class will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who apparently spends her nights camped out in Zuccotti Park. She expects that as many as 30 students will be involved in ongoing OWS projects outside the classroom. However, it doesn’t state whether a high school diploma is a pre-requisite to the class. But if I remember college correctly my next item may mellow our perception of the insanities abounding in our country.
Yet again some state governments are asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use.
Colorado became the fourth state asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana as a narcotic in a class with oxycodone. Washington and Rhode Island governors filed a formal petition with the agency in November, and Vermont signed onto that request shortly afterward.
Sixteen states (plus the District of Columbia) that have laws on the books that allow the medical use of marijuana. But its use is still illegal under federal law; federal authorities have asserted their power by raiding dispensaries in states including California and Washington. Public sympathy is on the side of the bill supporters, however the states face an uphill battle against the feds. Now that’s not really new; this battle has been going on since I was a free-spirited hippie lass, um…years ago. But in a time when the cry is “less federal government interference” it behooves politicians to listen to what the states (and the people of that state) want from the leaders.
And now with a little help from our Canadian neighbors we have my last item.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority announced a $60,000 trial project in August; a strategy aimed at curbing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The Health Authority is handing out free crack pipes, just one piece of drug paraphernalia found inside kits that have been distributed to users. Apparently the kits are complete with mouthpieces, push sticks and anything needed in your basic crack survival kits. According to authorities the area is experiencing an up swing in crack use and the kits will help identify the users and provide insight into crack addiction. The president of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users estimates that his organization hands out an average of 70 to 90 kits a day.
So I’m thinking that maybe if the states can’t legalize mary jane, the Republicans can’t think straight, the schools can’t educate ; then we can all move in with our neighbors to the north. It seems like they at least have their health care issues well in hand!