Sunday, August 30, 2009


My father died about 18 years ago. He hated the Kennedys, thought they were taking the country in the wrong direction, etc. etc. I was caught up in "Camelot", and was a little worshipful as a child. I remember him giving one of my brothers a haircut, and remarking that my brother looked just like John Kennedy now. My father was really mad. The irony is that my father is in Arlington National Cemetery. As apparently are the Kennedy brothers. Perhaps his spirit can wander over and argue with them about health care, or politics. He would like that.

Other than that, today's issues of health care are really so difficult. Charles went to a rally downtown yesterday. There were many people there, wanting to discuss and argue about how to reform health care. There were also some crazies, who just wanted to be disruptive and scream. If only the people who disagreed could be coherent. Without all the hysteria and lies about killing grandma. I couldn't believe that Huckabee made a statement that Senator Kennedy would have been encouraged to die with health care reform. It seemed almost shameful for him to say that. A. he is supposedly a minister, and B. it is a lie, over and above the fact that Kennedy was barely cold before he was being used by a liar. I have no patience for lies and hypocrisy. I am not always right, but I am honest.

I also saw something on TV about the Chinese, and how they were in kind of the same shape the US was in, economically speaking. That is disturbing, that another very large nation is going through the same thing we are, even though they profess to a different type of government. I don't think the government is the best answer to everything. But I do think it is the right answer for health care. I have always said I would never work for an insurance company. That would be the ultimate in hypocrisy for me. I have medical insurance through my work, but rarely use it. Why? Because I think Americans are too willing to give their health over to "A Doctor". And that for whatever reason, possibly because doctors are schooled in saving lives, we go through all kinds of treatments when the obvious answer is lose some weight and make better food choices. Ever notice how many viagra and cialis commercials there are? And how many ads for making your children behave in school? Or for depression? There are better ways to treat these things, but we Americans don't seem to want to hear them. We want the silver bullet. And I think that is a bad path to be going down. Besides, do you know where a lot of the medications end up, for better or worse? In our water supply. So, really, we are probably all taking some of these medications.

Sometimes I think we need to just stop everything for a minute, and regroup. But, whaaatever.
Christine Amaryllis

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More positive

Another day. 
Positive things today...

- Charity quilting. Making fleece blankies, hats, scarves for the homeless. (well, the homeless in the northern states anyway.)
- Giving toys to children in foster care and via Brown and Blue Santa
- Do 1 Nice
- Setting up the Food Bank on your bill pay for a set amount each month
- Doing a small kindness in honor of Mother Teresa's birthday (today)

or Whaaaatever! you can do!
Christine Amaryllis

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Rant

What is going on in the world right now?
I feel nervous, every day. Things I blame are:
- 24/7 news overload, between the internet and TV and radio. Everyone's opinions on what might happen. Constantly. Sometimes broadcast several times a night. It makes me anxious. A little good news please! The economy is stabilizing a tiny bit, why not talk about that instead of what might happen with health care? Congress is not in session, nothing happening right now. We won't know till they get back. Why discuss it endlessly? And why give air time and brain time to the idiotic mouthings of the liars that are trying to scare people?
- People worrying out loud over every little thing... What if??? I say Whaaatever!
- Terrorists. Right here in River City. People walking around with semi automatic weapons in plain sight. At public events where there are crowds of people, presidents, things like that. Sure, it is everyone's right, I guess, according to the laws of our land. But why would someone do that? I say it is terrorism, given the way things are lately. And, if I ever see anyone with an assault rifle out in public, I am going to point at them and start SCREAMING at the top of my lungs. And that is MY right. 
-Texas education. Other places too. Teachers shoving their thin version of religion down the student's throat, paid for by my tax dollars. Separation of church and state is also guaranteed by the laws of our land. No. My son had to dance through this at his public school. And, even though I tried to contact the principal to complain, he would not respond. So, no accountability either.
-Lack of competence. What is up with our lawmakers? The Democrats take the high road, and use rational, logical arguments. The Republicans sound like crazy people. And Rush Limbaugh is telling them what to do next. But Rational versus Feelings is not the answer. In my relationship there is a balance of rational and feelings. How hard is it?
-Liars. OK, it is a known stereotype that politicians lie, and will sell their souls for votes. But, there used to be some competence in public office. Didn't there? Or am I just remembering it wrong? Governors quitting because they are being made fun of for trotting out their "model families" who turn out to be not so model. Governors playing hooky to have affairs in other countries. "The Family" coverups of all sorts of sordid stories. The "Party of No" who obstructs what the majority of the country wants, and tells lies about why. The seemingly wishy washy approach of the White House, although I do hope that some kind of bipartisan agreement is possible, somehow somewhere someday. 

OK. This is the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to join in. Maybe tomorrow's post will be "good things" instead of irritating ones.

Christine Amaryllis