Posts Tagged “Rant”

My work is doing a blood drive today, something they’ve done one other time since I’ve worked here in the past year.  Last time they did the drive, I didn’t bother signing up or even asking if I could try and donate because I knew the answer would be no.  This time I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.  Maybe the rules have changed.  Maybe things aren’t as strict as they were before.  Maybe the medical world has removed its head from its ass.  Maybe?  And yet…no.  Everything is as it was before, nothing has changed.  Because I am homosexual I am forbidden from giving blood.

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It’s funny how social media websites like Facebook and Twitter work.  When someone posts a genuine dilemma in their life, crying out for help or advice, they are overlooked and largely ignored.  Perhaps one or two people will eventually chime in, oftentimes to offer hollow platitudes and rarely to actually offer assurance or encouragement.

However, should someone post a picture of their sleeping cat, hundreds of comments will ensue praising the cat and it’s maximum cuteness level.  Emoticons will abound, and the original poster will know that their cat is loved.  How sweet and genuine.

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I tend to consider myself a moderately visible person.  I’m pretty talkative, not at all aware of how to control my volume, and I’m not a tiny person that could be easily overlooked.  Yet somehow, I’m often looked through by others, treated as though I’m not even there.  So either I’m finally invisible and people can’t see me, or people just assume I’m stupid.  Or more likely – people at large are stupid themselves.  I’m going with that one.

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More and more over the past few weeks, the topic of the economic bailout has been at the forefront of the news.  The more the government promises, the more companies hold out their hands saying “gimme”.  And during this whole game, homeowners who can’t pay their mortgages are crying out that it’s not their fault and they need help and it’s the lenders who caused their problems – and what’s worse is that the government is saying “okay” and granting the ability to refinance at lower interest rates and bailing out mortgage companies.  When will people and businesses accept responsibility for their own actions and bad choices, and take the blame for the consequences onto themselves where it belongs?

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I was very disappointed to wake up yesterday morning to find that Proposition 8 had passed in California the previous night.  And not only that, but Arizona and Florida passed similar movements as well.  Proposition 8 having been passed, now has amended the California state constitution to effectively ban same-sex marriage and define a marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Though I don’t know the details of the similar constitutional bans that were passed in Arizona and Florida, they’re just as frustrating to think about.  I just don’t see how people can be so hateful.

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