Delusional Angel
08 August 2014 @ 01:48 pm
I don't know why I don't just leave LJ as little as I check in here, but still here is kinda my first online place to rant -- I just don't have much to rant about good or bad.

I've started to teach myself tatting and posted pics here and here. Just playing with stuff, no real finished projects yet because, you know, I'm a newbie and want to be closer to expert before I use that much thread/yarn.

Been reading a fair amount - according to GoodReads, I'm at 43 of my 36 yearly goal but since a few are comics or craft books, I'd put that at more like 30-35 read. I'm currently reading reading two that aren't yet out: Gracefully Grayson and Slimy Underbelly (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI #4) and owe about three others a read / review.

Really not much else to say. Neuro appointment next month, when I will have reached my no meds limit and will be getting back on drugs. I've enjoyed the time without them, but you know health is health and too long off of them is not a good thing.
 
 
Delusional Angel
01 July 2014 @ 02:48 pm
If you haven't read Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, you should (Huffington Post has it available here). Even if you agree with Hobby Lobby, it's kind of scary. She starts her dissent with:

"In a decision of startling breadth the Court holds that commercial enterprises including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs. "

Sorry but even if you are religious, even if you agree with Hobby Lobby, that should scare you. What if some nuts decide that their religion says it is okay to bomb anyone that goes against their God. Oh but the Supreme Court said it only applies to these specific beliefs. None others will be exempt from other laws. Really? Precedent doesn't work that way. Either a truly held religious belief exempts you from laws or it doesn't.

Also I am getting less and less fond of churches. Not that I was a big fan before, but I didn't cringe anytime it got brought up. Certain people keep saying there's a war on religion. Really? You're the ones saying that gays wanting the same rights as straights is "special rights" but then you go to the Supreme Court to say you want to be exempt from laws because you're special.

And saying it's just certain drugs (because you cannot exempt Viagra and vasectomies) probably makes it even worse - talk about special treatment. Only drugs for women that you say kill babies. Abortion pills. Umm, right. Take a pregnancy test the day you have sex. You're not pregnant. Take a test the day after. Still not pregnant. It takes days to actually implant then several more days to really detect that you're pregnant because stuff often goes wrong early, before the pregnancy hormone is even in your body. You could have implantation but before your body could detect it you have an early miscarriage -- so early you never realize it happened unless you happened to check for pregnancy every day, detected hCG (pregnancy hormone), checked the next day or two and suddenly not pregnant anymore (it's called a chemical pregnancy). Plan B prevents pregnancies, it doesn't cause abortion. If you were never pregnant, you could not have had an abortion.

I guarantee it's only a matter of time before some nut does something violent and says "But I believed it, I'm exempt". Just saying no no we said only these beliefs and these pills will not mean anything. You already set a precedent that so long as you truly believe it, go for it, no laws apply. That's scary. And yeah, I know they said it's corporations but I'd think it's easier to prove that PEOPLE have sincerely held beliefs than it is a corporation.
 
 
Delusional Angel
30 June 2014 @ 02:32 pm
Barbara Walters interviewed Peter Rodger, the father of the Santa Barbara shooter.

One aspect of it stood out to me. His son had sent him his manifesto. He jumped in his car to rush to Santa Barbara. He knew his son had problems, though it seems no one knew what kind of problems or the extent of them. He's hearing on the radio there is a mass shooting where his son is. He's hearing his son's car described. Still when the cops tell him we found a body inside of your son's car, the ID matches your son, he's still thinking his son must have been shot by the rampager -- not that his son was involved.

Even in people trying to get loved ones help, denial is that strong.
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Delusional Angel
31 May 2014 @ 07:30 pm
There is a difference between being anti-gun and being pro-regulations. Technically I am probably both. I want NOTHING to do with a gun -- all of the BS about everyone needing a gun can just skip right on by me. Never want to see one, touch one, etc. Don't have it in me. As a kid, squirt guns in the hot California summers were probably the closest I ever got to caring about guns, and even then I preferred the sprinkler. Still, realistically I know we're not getting rid of guns.

So since we cannot get rid of them, I do feel that there should be laws and checks in place. You should have to go through a background check no matter where you buy a gun. Ideally you should have to go through safety courses. If you do not secure your gun, you should be at least partially responsible for whatever damage that carelessness causes. If your crazy kid has access to your gun and kills, you're just as much to blame as your kid is. If you are a seen as a danger with a gun (serious crime record, mental health issues, etc) then you should not be able to buy one. If you personally sell your gun you should be just as responsible as a store in who you sell it to - the same checks should apply.

I know, some think that makes me some Anti-American crazy person who is trying to come for their guns. In other words, they don't think they'd pass such checks and balances and that is MY fault. Whatever.

I the last week or two we've had stories about a young adult who went crazy and shot up a town (a town close to my heart having grown up in that county). We've seen a 3 year old easily gain access to an unsecured gun and kill his even younger brother. There were two accidental shootings in two separate Walmarts because people who are too stupid to have guns do have them.

And then there's the guys who get together with their biggest guns (I am sure that doesn't say anything about them) to visit restaurants together to see what happens as a "protest". Then when groups of concerned moms speak out about such things they post their home addresses, call them names they'd only call women, threaten them, etc. Way to prove you can be trusted with a gun, you cannot even be trusted to act civil to mothers who have a different view on guns than you do.

Same with some NRA members -- they recognized the daughter of a Newtown victim at one of their events and spat on her. Really? You're responsible enough to own a gun when you're spitting on someone who has an opposing opinion on gun laws due to personal experiences? That's assault in most, if not all, states. No one wants your germ laden spit on them. You cannot even act civilly with your spit but you are totally responsible with a gun? The same young woman got home from that event to find a guy at her home, sticking a squirt gun in her face, calling her a bitch, and telling her she probably wished she had a gun now. WTF? Yes threatening people who lost parents to guns, with a gun (toy or otherwise) is a very mature and responsible way to handle differences of opinion. I'm sure you'll be a-okay with a gun.

All of these people talking about how responsible they are as gun owners. I am sure plenty of gun owners are, I know some. But when you're bullying people with your guns, posting their addresses and siccing your buddies after clearly non-violent moms, et cetera? Well, you're simply not someone I trust to handle a gun responsibly. Still, we cannot block stupid people from owning guns. We can say that you need to have a license to carry. We can say that if you are a known threat, you cannot own. We can say you cannot carry your guns in our homes or businesses. And we can say if you do screw up when it comes to securing your gun, then we can hold you partially responsible and perhaps in certain cases like those were you were in charge of a gun and a very young children then fully responsible. And yes, if you sell a gun illegally no matter if the person could buy legally or not, you should face some sort of penalty.

Sorry if saying we should deal with guns responsibly is somehow shocking.
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Delusional Angel
15 May 2014 @ 07:23 pm
Don't confuse me with such a big change again for awhile, please.
 
 
Delusional Angel
09 May 2014 @ 06:56 pm
As per usual, not much to report beyond my sliding glass door spontaneously shattering yesterday. Scared the hell outta me. There was a loud BANG then me and the cat jumped up to find the door shattered into tons of pieces and was still cracking and popping and the breaks getting to be more and more. Luckily I have a good complex who only left me freaking out for about 20 minutes before coming to figure out how to tape it up, get it out, get a new door in. No signs of anything hitting it in any way, so just some weird fluke (apparently, according to the Google, it can happen if there were uncorrected defects in the glass, hits from weeks or months earlier that leave a tiny unnoticed crack, or frame issues). It was just one of those weeks for me, so here's hoping the weekend is better (Rose Bowl Swap meet!).

Oh, we get to see a screening of Maleficent a few days before it comes out -- at Walt Disney Studios! So excited.

I hope you're all well, been ignoring here and most places even more than usual, oops.
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Delusional Angel
14 March 2014 @ 02:55 pm
As usual, not much is going on, which is exactly how we like life to be anymore.

Still need to re-schedule my neuro appointment I was supposed to have in January (the flu told me stay in bed and don't go puke all over neurology patients). Been enjoying virtually no meds and doctors though. Soon enough I'll get around to that and take the lecture. First taking care of some dental stuff -- fillings then a few extractions. One can only let doctors and the like take up so much of their lives. I think I reached my limit. I'll try not to extend the break tooooooo long.

I wonder if I could keep my LJ more active if I did old fashioned rants about news and politics and stuff. I think I am too lazy for that now though. I will say that I am reading another classic that seems to be overrated. Catch-22. I do appreciate that the title has long been a pop culture reference, but the book itself is dull. Can't wait to finish so I can go onto something more fun and less classic.
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Delusional Angel
Usually I go a few weeks between LJ posts, unlike the good old days where I ranted ten times a day ;)

When I noticed that I haven't been here since September I was actually shocked. I wondered if maybe that means I'm not really a LJ user anymore. Thing is, I am. I just tend to use it when I have personal stuff to rant / rave about vs LJ/G+/Twitter which are mostly links, news / politics rants, etc. Right now, life is not very LJ worthy -- which is not a bad thing. There's no real drama to speak of but also nothing spectacular either. It's just nice and steady.

I should try to read my friends list more though. For awhile there I could go weeks without reading here and still catch up. Now, never fails, if I do that then all of a sudden LJ is going through another popular spree and I never catch up. Like now. I am not trying to catch up on two months, sorry if I missed anything big! Bad bad me. Bad me on a steady course at the moment though, so the infrequent posts will likely continue. Knowing me, I won't post again this year so Happy Holidays, Happy New Year. See you in 2014 unless some unexpected need to rant comes over me, not expecting that though.