korafox: wheat field with cypresses (Default)
There is really something wrong with our country when you have to go to ESPN for meaningful, respectful conversation about a political issue.

But I am really, really impressed by the participants of this round table.  They are listening to one another, explaining how their viewpoints have changed, and not shying away from saying they were wrong in the past.  Beyond that, everyone on the panel is an eloquent  and passionate speaker, which in and of itself is a refreshing thing when it comes to politics.

So yeah, a certain someone should probably stop trying to piss off football players.  They are smart, politically active, and aren't accountable to an electorate.  Shockingly enough, this is good for free speech.
korafox: wheat field with cypresses (Default)
On reflection, a bout of acute social anxiety/awkward is probably not the best time to go try to in-person talk to my House rep, but it can't be helped.  Like a unicorn, he appears out of the mists for a full hour and fifteen minutes of talking to his constituents tomorrow, and I can't in good conscience not show up at his office.  He almost certainly scheduled it for mid-afternoon so that people with full-time jobs couldn't go, so I need to take advantage of being part-time while I can and stick up for everyone.

Who knows, maybe I will get in to see him because I won't be shaking a placard (no time/energy/ability to come up with pithy sayings).  Maybe I will roll a 20 on my persuasion check and he will roll a 1 to oppose.  Maybe he will fall to his knees and weep for the betrayal of the public trust and simple decent morality that has been his continued support of the AHCA.

No, it will probably not happen,  But I have to carry myself like it is possible.



korafox: (melancholia)
Today was (local) election day for us, and with about 85% of the precincts in, there are definitely a few results I want to *facepalm* at.  The good news is that we got a competent mayor.  Overall, though, local politics feels somewhat like crawling forward hands and knees on a treadmill.  I am...disheartened.  And having difficulty soothing myself so that I can get up again tomorrow and keep trying to make things better in my sphere of influence.

I don't have any kind of leftover energy to deal with national politics right now.  Supreme Court and a zombie health care bill and North Korea and ugh.  And there is pretty much nothing I can do about this anyways, having two firmly Dem senators and a jackass of a Republican rep who was completely in favor of the original AHCA.  (I will keep flinging phone messages into the void of his DC office once there is something concrete to complain about again, though.)

Work on art continues.  The lineart for the Visionary is nearly done, for a certain value of "nearly".   I will try to keep telling myself that this is a worthwhile pursuit that adds something to the world.
korafox: (melancholia)
I'm trying a new thing where I keep my netbook in my studio as much as I can.  It's a good incentive to 1) spend more time in here, and 2) not putz around on the internet all night while flopped on the couch.  It's yet to be determined whether this is successful or not, although I did manage to spend almost three hours arting yesterday.

The problem is that I've definitely reached the point where I am just slogging forward with the Visionary without feeling like it's coming together, and I'm afraid I'm going to get ten more hours into it and it's going to become painfully clear that I've screwed it up beyond fixing.  It requires a measure of trust, and trust in myself, and I absolutely do not have that right now. 

...okay, so I've unplugged the netbook and am camping on the couch right now, but it's for a good cause.  I'm being a good citizen and watching the mayoral primary debate for our city.  The good news is that two of the three candidates seem to be highly qualified and it's going to be difficult to choose between them.  I like having good choices.



Fight on.

Jan. 20th, 2017 10:09 pm
korafox: Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite (elizabeth)
I took some good advice and avoided all the news sites and articles related to That.  It was...surprisingly liberating.  And I do not think I could have handled doing otherwise today.

I'm not counting this as an act of shoving my head in the sand, because today was not a day of substance.  It was a day of spectacle, and I will not reward that man's spectacle with my attention.  

Tomorrow is soon enough to keep working.  Good luck and safe travels to all the protestors heading out to the streets in DC. 

The Tower

Nov. 13th, 2016 08:57 pm
korafox: (moongazing)
Large image beneath the cut )
The card of tumultuous change and loss, the Tower describes challenges strong enough to crack the very foundations of identity. Anything we build is fragile; there are forces beyond our control which can take away anything we hold dear. Such destruction is always painful but not necessarily final-- the Ikon calls change down upon us, but we can survive it if we also change.


The random number generator that made me start this card during October must have known something I didn't, because I can't think of a more appropriate theme for the foreseeable future.  I'm so very afraid that everything is coming to a shatter point--if it already hasn't--and I admit that I am a coward who doesn't want to live through that.  I want, most of all, humans to survive the next century without either blowing ourselves up or making the atmosphere entirely uninhabitable. 

It's been very difficult to set those fears aside and get to work.  I think if my religion didn't now viscerally repel me, I would be taking solace there.  In the absence of that, I have to turn to my more fundamental belief in Beauty and Creation, and it's hard to see the point of making things right now.  It also feels like a cop-out, that I should be out in the streets protesting or being a clinic escort or donating my time to some cause, somewhere, that might actually make a difference.  Otherwise how could I possibly be adding to the world instead of taking away?



Solidarity

Nov. 11th, 2016 09:31 am
korafox: (lilacs)
My mom sent me an email linking to this article about a way to show visual solidarity in the wake of the election.  People in the UK came up with the idea after Brexit to pin a safety pin in a visible place on their clothing--as a lapel pin, for example--to show that they are a safe ally for those who might need.  It sounds like there's a movement to adopt this in the US as well. 

Pass along if you like.

korafox: (moongazing)
Large image beneath the cut )
The Empress is our drive for control, both of ourselves and the world around us. She is the ego, representing our identity as it reflects our desires and the way in which we express them. The Empress sets the rules and does what is necessary to ensure they are followed. The Ikon is most often associated with direct and obvious manifestations of power, but she also encompasses the subtler forces we use to influence the world around us.


I said I was going to keep making beautiful things, so I am.

This card was really difficult to finish given the events of election night.  I am afraid that the negative aspects of it are everything we're going to have to be fighting for the next years.  But naming a thing is the first step in fighting it, so here.  I reject despots and authoritarianism, and inasmuch as I obey a higher force, it is the Constitution--which is the highest law of our land, and let's not forget it.
korafox: wheat field with cypresses (Default)
I have voted!  Yesterday after Husband got home from work we walked down to the county clerk's office and did early voting.  There were two people in line ahead of us, and a handful more showed up while we were voting, so I'm happy both that 1) we don't have ridiculous hours-long waits like my uncle in NC apparently experienced, and 2) people are taking advantage of early voting which might mean less crowds on election day.

Digression about uncle in NC's voting experience:  seems that, despite court cases striking down their photo ID law and clearly posted signs outside the polling place that IDs were not required, some Trump supporters showed up and were (outside the no-campaign zone, that's how long lines were) telling POC voters in line that they needed to go home and get their ID.  Uncle countered those statements and got some verbal harassment, but it sounds like everyone stayed in line and was able to vote.  Know your local election laws, folks!

Speaking of elections, I'm definitely in the freaking-out stage about being an election judge.  Sooooo many things to worry about, even if it wasn't the most divisive and aggression-causing election in my lifetime!  Augh.  I swear I'm going to spend all weekend reading my manual cover-to-cover.  Also not looking forward to getting up at probably 4 in the frickin' morning, but that's the sacrifices we make for democracy.  : P

korafox: What the hell is going on? (phoenix wright)
Do they really think we voters will see this doom-and-gloom ad saying "Candidate X is a CAREER POLITICIAN who received ONE MILLION DOLLARS of TAXPAYER MONEY over a 32-year career" and not be able to work out that this amounts to a salary of just slightly over $30k a year?  Are public servants and their families supposed to wear sackcloth and ashes and abandon their vocation after some arbitrary number of years, now?

...Don't answer that question omigods I just want this election to be over already.

korafox: (RAWR)
So I'm snuggled up on the couch with my kitty, taking advantage of the extra patience cold weather gives her to head-bomp and snuzzle her, when I hear a commercial come on the TV.  The first line of dialogue: "The most important job a woman can have is to be a mother."

Zero to nope in 1.5 seconds, right there. 

I look up and, fittingly, it's a Trump campaign ad by his daughter.  Clearly they're trying to appeal to women by following it up with a lot of bullshit about how he's planning on passing equal pay reforms and maternity leave (not bloody likely). 

I mean, if she had said "The most important job for me is being a mother," that would have been halfway reasonable.  But thanks for just throwing that out as a universal statement of what I should be doing with my life.  See icon.

(11 more days c'mon people we can do it.  Landslide defeat for that jackass.)

korafox: (kilian)
Tomorrow I am going for step 1 of Doing My Part for the country, and attending my election judge class.  I am oddly both quite nervous about it and also resigned to it (or perhaps, resigned to the nervousness).  Quite out of practice at putting on that particular people face, but hopefully it'll be mostly or entirely lecture rather than any roleplaying or such.  I can spend four hours learning interesting rules of election play.

In book news, I've picked Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust and Emma Bull up again.  I bounced off this one twice but am enjoying it a lot better this time.  The big difference is that I've read some annotated Jane Austen novels in the meantime, so I have a much better appreciation for the genre as well as the background to understand the context and particular vocabulary associated with the British aristocracy of the 19th century.  Alas, I am not going to finish it in time for this year's tally.  Oh, well.

Inktober proceeds, though I am behind.  I should be getting more work in on it.  I'm fairly certain I can finish the Empress before the end of the month, but I may not get a third card done unless it ends up being a reeeeally sparse one. 

korafox: (RAWR)
Even I, who regularly argue more from emotion than logic, can no longer stand the sheer quantity of logical fallacies I continue to see in this whole debate about women being allowed into combat roles.  The idea that women are generally less athletically capable than men does not invalidate the desires of superior women who want to go into the infantry.  That is all.

Hilarious postscript: a commenter on one of these threads stated that they had a six-year-old daughter who was such a challenge that she would either be President or dead by the time she was 30.  Husband and I had a good guffaw over that one.
korafox: wheat field with cypresses (wheat field)
Definitely did not sleep well last night.  Spent about half the night waking up every twenty minutes, and when I did fall asleep it was nothing but bad dreams.  First I dreamed that Romney had found some way of rigging all the voting machines and was going to steal the election.  Then I dreamed I was turning into a Dalek.  It's either a sign of my optimism going into today or my absolute geekiness that the latter was by far more terrifying.  In any case, everyone should go vote because if my dreams start coming true, we're going to be in for some serious weirdness.
korafox: (RAWR)
Had a great realization the other day while checking into some things: husband and I are not, as we had previously thought, in the congressional district of a Republican who's going to win solidly.  We are in fact in the district of an extremely neck-and-neck race where the (female!) Dem candidate has something like a .1% lead in the polling over the Republican incumbent.  Apparently the redistricting two years ago was a lot more massive than I had realized (my dad says that either side of their street is the split between districts...craziness).  In any case, I'm looking even more forward to Tuesday's election because this means I have the chance to affect something on the national level as well as just local.  

And of course, I'm looking forward to the election because that means it'll, you know, be over.  It's not nearly as bad as the slog we went through to get to the 2008 election (and I even missed the last couple months of that by being overseas), but I'm definitely ready for it to be done.
korafox: What the hell is going on? (phoenix wright)
I'm amazingly pleased and frankly surprised that the individual mandate (and the whole ACA) were upheld by the Supreme Court this morning.  Was not expecting Roberts to side as he did...perhaps a make-up call for Citizens United?  But no, I kid.  And this ruling is going to keep a lot of mayhem from happening in the short term, because I'm sure we all know what would have happened were the insurance companies required to extend coverage to everybody without having the mandate in place.  My premiums are already inflated enough, thank you (and I'm one of those healthy twentysomethings who doesn't "need" insurance...but I'm doing my part and carrying it anyway).  And if the whole ACA had gone kersplooie over this, we'd have millions of people gone uninsured again.  It's not perfect, but I think this is the best the country's going to do for the time being.

What I'm honestly confused about is why the Court upheld this under Congress' taxing powers instead of under the Commerce Clause.  Hasn't there been enough wailing and gnashing of teeth on the pro-mandate side about how yes, the individual mandate does affect the entire bloody system, in the aggregate?  As I understand it, Scalia at least is starting to back off of the expansive power the Court has afforded to Congress under the Commerce Clause in the past, so this may be the Court trying to rein that in a little.  Though frankly, this is a different world from two hundred years ago, and I personally think it's appropriate to allow the federal government more power considering how easy it is for Region A to affect Region B these days.  

I'm worried about what this ruling may do to progressive legislation in the future, quite honestly.  I wouldn't even begin to call myself knowledgable about the Commerce Clause (will ask the law-school-grad fiance about all this later), but I'm leery at the line they appear to have drawn in the sand.  I just hope this doesn't scuttle further attempts to fix this country, because boy howdy do we need it.

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