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Lost Weekend

Wow, I have been so out of it today. I know part of it is not have eaten for over 24 hours before I was able to have some chicken and noodles. Not much, but it did keep me going. I’m going to have some scrambled eggs for supper, again not much, but as I found out with the soup, it does aggravate my gums to eat anything which isn’t apple sauce… but I am getting better, it’s just going to take some time.

I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading, though I’m sure there is a lot a missed. I also noticed I can’t “Like” post from the dashboard at the moment, though I probably need to restart my browser. I’m just too lazy to do it yet. 

I’m also going through yet again and trying to straighten out my iTunes library. I didn’t realize just how many songs I had never bothered to rate and those I did, I’m not happy with the way I have them marked, so it’s start at the beginning and listen to each song and make adjustments as needed. It’s time consuming to say the least. Add to this I am looking to see what songs I will put together for my NaNoWriMo playlist. Then it will be time to straighten out the music on my phone… I use it as my iPod for work and I know there is a bunch of stuff I want to remove when I have the chance.

The bad thing is this has pretty much wiped out my weekend, but I was expecting it to. I really wanted these two days to recover so I won’t miss any more work. 

Okay, I hink I’ve rambled long enough, I’m going to get off here now and let everyone get back to your normally scheduled programming. 🙂

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A Better Day

This is just a small update. 

I woke this morning with much less pain and my near migraine was gone as well. I am still sore, especially in my jaw, but as long as I don’t yawn it isn’t too bad. 

The most difficult thing is being restricted in what I can eat for these fist few days, only soft foods and liquids, which really sucks when your the one fixing the meals for everyone else and all you can do is smell it cooking… and be told how good the food was, which makes me feel a little better.

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Taking The Night Off

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I’m basically taking the night off. I have this set to post up for tomorrow, (by WP time).

 I had two more teeth extracted today and I feel as if I was hit in the face with a bat, so it’s pain meds and sleep for me.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow.

 

Hope everyone has a great night,

Kira

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Marriage Equality: Some Thoughts

In the Untied States, marriage equality continues to be an issue of debate. With the rulings of the Supreme Court and the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages, the fight has moved to individual states. 

Despite what is seen as sever setbacks to the anti-equality groups on the federal level, they see a chance for gains in individual states which will allow them circumvent those rulings with which they so strongly disagree. Several states have already passed laws for equality, some have passed them against and there is still a long way to go before this issue is settled.

There is a continuing stream of propaganda coming from pro religious right groups giving their reasoning for why states and communities should continue discriminatory practices with regards to who is and is not allowed to be protected by the laws and regulations as set forth under marital relationships.

There is just one small problem.

They have and continue to miss an important point. Marriage in the U.S. is as much a secular institution as it a religious one. Therein lies the heart of the debate we are currently seeing.

Despite what many of these groups would have you believe, America is not a Christian nation. Though it is the dominate religion practiced, the founding fathers saw fit to make provisions for keeping the government sectarian. 

If marriage had remained a religious ceremony free from any recognition by the government, then these groups would be well within their rights to refuse to recognize any union which goes again their beliefs. However, once the government began to grant special consideration to couples who marry, it then moved beyond such simple considerations. 

It becomes the responsibility of governments, state and federal, to apply these considerations to all unions which meet the requirements of a marriage equally regardless of religious affiliations. 

This should have become clear when government officials were granted the power to join two people in marriage outside of a religious setting. Judges have the power to recognize marriages and make them legally binding. In such cases the institution of marriage has clearly moved from a religious rite to a sectarian institution as described in law. 

It is this fact which must stand above those who have religious objections.

The law is intended to apply to everyone equally regardless of any other consideration. This fact is the basis of anti-discrimation legislation and mandates. Everyone is bound by the same restrictions and protections no matter what their race, ethnicity, religion, or social status. When it is decided to exclude one group, equality is lost and the letter and the intent of the law is rendered moot.

If today we say a law protects everyone except group A, then tomorrow it can be changed to group B, C, or all of them. All it requires is a rewording of who is to be excluded. This is not equality and in the end we all lose.

When this exclusion is based on a religious belief, it immediately violates the rights of everyone who does not follow the same belief system and is therefore unconstitutional. Government must remain neutral in regards to how it interacts with every citizen irregardless of the views and opinions of individual officials. This is equality.

It behooves us all to look beyond our immediate surroundings and situations and see the broader picture as it relates to every member of society not just today but into the future. If the religious right has its way and they are allowed to impose their views on everyone as regards this single issue, then what is to stop them from doing so in other issues with which they do not agree? It may be marriage today, but it may be who can receive aid tomorrow. Financial, housing, food… all of these things could be regulated based on which religion a person adheres to. If you don’t meet the requirements, then you can be turned away. Is this what they want for the country? Christianity may be the most vocal and reactionary religious group at the moment, but what happens if that should change? Think about what this would mean if another religion were to rise up and in so doing decide these same groups should now be excluded from benefiting from government recognition? The loss of tax exemptions, loss of freedom of religion, of speech. It is not impossible being a Christian could become illegal, much as these same groups have sought to outlaw homosexuality.

If you are saying to yourself; “That could never happen in America,” I suggest you go and take a long, hard look at the Patriot Act, then come back and tell me again.

There is an old, old saying which seems to apply now, more than ever.

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. 

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