diandrahollman: (scream)
The right wing extremists who call themselves Republicans have officially threatened to take my job away. I got a layoff notice in the mail.

I can now consider myself unemployed starting next month unless our governor caves to their shitty demands to fuck up health insurance, destroy worker's unions, cut funding for education/schools (like that hasn't been done enough already), cut funding to an organization that provides health services to poor women (and some men) and deny rights to homosexual couples.

And the news is reporting that they are patting themselves on the back over the thousands of these layoff notices that have gone out across the state. Fuckers.

The worst part is that we can't vote these assholes out of office until the end of 2012 and there's a disturbingly large percentage of the American population who actually WANTS these people in office!

diandrahollman: (Default)

It may be useless to post this here, since I don't really post stories to the website until after they have been completed (all parts having been posted to this journal as a WIP already). But I am experimenting with different notification systems for anyone who wants update notices. Anyway. If you didn't already know, I have a website @  http://diandrahollman.tripod.com, where I post fic and movie recaps/reviews. I've been REALLY bad about updating it since I got this livejournal account. :) The following is a copy and paste of the message on my update page:


I seem to have forgotten to update three “Lost” stories. Sorry about that. I’m still writing, don’t worry! Updates to new stories (still “Lost”), can be found on my livejournal. As can the increasingly frequent rants that will explain why I haven’t been updating more frequently. Long story short: everyone I know, myself included, is a member of a union, a group that certain politicians in this country seem to have decided to declare war on. It’s hard to think about writing fanfic when people are writing nasty messages on your car and screaming obscenities at you because some idiot on Fox News told them you were somehow responsible for the recession.

Also, as you may have noticed, I changed my e-mail address. For a full explanation of why I am washing my hands of Yahoo, you can read my letter (which they ignored until they couldn’t ignore it anymore, at which point they proceeded to censor ME) here. The Yahoo group is still up, however I will not be using it. I hope to have the Google group - or something similar - up and running once I get the kinks ironed out (I tried adding all the e-mails the Yahoo group was sending to…no dice).

diandrahollman: (wisconsin)
Okay, so that's not entirely true. I just hate the bigotted assholes who think they can do whatever they want with the country and take it all the way back to the 18th century. We're somewhat protected here in Minnesota, but for how long? Unions are under attack (and workers rights are actually being taken away with GLEE), the middle class is being destroyed and Republican extremists are busily making sure that every woman is prevented from having an abortion even if the pregnancy endangers her life (and they will redefine rape in the process just to add insult to injury).
The Middle East is taking steps toward Democracy and we are moving in EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION and the idiots on Fox News are encouraging this! They have totally poisoned people into thinking that Democracy is a BAD thing that leads to Commie Socialist Nazi-ism (yeah, you try to figure THAT one out).

If this keeps up, I may have to move to Canada after all. Does anybody know how I could go about doing that?

diandrahollman: (scream)

This is why we can't have nice things.

For those of you not from Minnesota, allow me to explain. In the rush to vote for anything and everything Republican, the people of Minnesota voted down just about every school district levy in the state. This is my closest district, and the one that was most desperately in need of that money to avoid massive layoffs. This jerk has decided to hide behind a pile of LIES that he clearly pulled directly from his ass to excuse the fact that he thinks...actually, I don't even know WHAT he thinks, if anything at all. His ridiculous claims would be funny if peoples' livelihoods weren't tied to that vote. A lot of people I know could lose their jobs, because a LOT of people I know are teachers, or at least K-12 employees.

The schools went into debt because Governor Pawlenty took away the funding they were supposed to get from the state (taxes). The schools had to resort to begging the voters to help dig them up out of the hole Pawlenty got them into and jerks like this guy - who probably gets all his news from the network of misinformation that is Fox News - shot them down.

Why do I live here? Seriously, I'm surrounded by assholes who live in some fantasy world where teachers are just ROLLING in money, firefighters don't need "training" money, and bridges don't need to be inspected until AFTER they fall into the Mississippi. And it's not even Thanksgiving yet and several trees in my neighboorhood have been knocked over by a blizzard. And it snowed again today. Grrr...

In conclusion, say it with me everyone: 
diandrahollman: (scream)
I'm not sure I want to live in this state anymore. Hell, I'm not sure I want to live in this COUNTRY anymore. Did everyone lose their collective MINDS? I haven't been able to read a newspaper in the past few days without wanting to throw up. And this doesn't really have anything to do with what happened to the US congress, although their determination to act like disagreeable CHILDREN until such time as they can get their own guy in the white house and ram through their own agenda makes me want to destroy something beautiful. This is about Minnesota and the fact that the local GOP seems to think they can declare voter fraud where there was none and try to skew the results in their guy's favor. And if it turns out the Democrat still won and the Republican has no hope of coming out ahead, which is what ALL of the COMPLETELY LEGITIMATE results are saying, they will contest it in court just so that Tim Pawlenty has enough time to ruin yet another year's budget before he begins his presidential campaign (for the love of all that is still good in this world DON"T VOTE FOR HIM IF HE RUNS).

My mother is already clinging precariously to her job. If she loses it, I could end up making her mortgage payments along with my student loan payments. If the GOP gets their way, I could lose MY job as well in the resulting funding cuts to education. If that happens, we may have no choice but to move to Canada, where we will pay higher taxes, but at least we will have JOBS and decent HEALTHCARE.

Is it really so wrong to want to keep my job? The job I FINALLY got after two years of rejection letters? The job I WANTED so badly and love doing? Is it so wrong to want the option to get healthcare if I do lose it and not be rejected because I had this one minor ailment once that big insurance has decided to declare a "pre-existing condition" (hasn't happened yet, but I wouldn't rule it out)?

PS - A brief word about healthcare: I spent a day at a hospital recently with my mother. We watched some poor woman scream in pain for nearly an hour while the staff basically ignored her. Why? Because her husband hadn't finished checking her in and filling out all the paperwork patients are handed when they come through the door that is more concerned with whether the patient is insured and therefore able to pay for healthcare than actually helping someone who is clearly in agony. And no one seemed in any hurry to help speed this process along. Thankfully her injury was not life threatening. She could have died waiting for someone to help her.

I'm trying desperately to find a reason to love this country in spite of everything, but so far I'm coming up blank. HELP!

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