This has been a great week for middle-aged white men and I’ve never been more ashamed to be one.
In Texas, a bill was passed that will essentially outlaw abortion and limit the resources available to women and decisions women can make to their own bodies. For a father of three daughters and a husband of one wife, this saddens me for the now, and frightens me for the future. What are women, especially ones married to male right-wing politicians and supporters of this bill, thinking? Do they like asking their significant male others permission to go to the bathroom and or get pregnant?
In Florida, a soft, wannabe but couldn’t be police officer, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of killing a black teenager named Travon Martin. The incident happened a year ago, but the verdict was announced late Saturday night. The facts of the case, the law that allowed Zimmerman to plea self-defense – called Stand Your Ground – supported the arguments, but he killed a kid, one that he profiled, instead of being a man and either letting police handle the situation or fighting him off.
We are going backward as a country, not forward. Forty-four years after putting a man on the moon and in Texas they’re legislating hate against women, and in Florida they’re rendering verdicts through a loose languaged law that allows racism.
I need to lose fifteen to twenty pounds. The kids need to go back to school sooner rather than later.
My wife and I are going to bed earlier and talking more.
I’m almost done editing Soul To Body but have a lot more to go on Italian Radio. Expect the former before the latter to be published in July.
My five minutes are up but here’s twenty more seconds of me telling you what I’m listening to right now. I saw Jim Carroll on a Lou Reed’s documentary. I used to play Carroll in my early twenties, almost every day.
Punk rock forever. Hang in there. America.
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This was a five-minute thirty-five second stream of consciousness post for Jana over at http://janasthinkingplace.com/2013/07/stream-of-consciousness-sunday-starting-over/