3 Things- Giffords' Senate Shaming, Lawn Decor, and Sushi Fever

by - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

1. Gabrielle Giffords' response to Congress's disgustingly cowardly day- Wow, the whole thing is infuriating, but her op-ed piece printed in the New York Times, perfectly sums up how many feel. Take it away, you glorious badass:

"I watch TV and read the papers like everyone else. We know what we’re going to hear: vague platitudes like “tough vote” and “complicated issue.” I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona, in the State Legislature and then in Congress. I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending.
Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on."

Eat that, you stinky wimps.  But this is the part I love most:

"They looked at these most benign and practical of solutions, offered by moderates from each party, and then they looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing. 

They will try to hide their decision behind grand talk, behind willfully false accounts of what the bill might have done — trust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest. I say misplaced, because to preserve their dignity and their legacy, they should have heeded the voices of their constituents. They should have honored the legacy of the thousands of victims of gun violence and their families, who have begged for action, not because it would bring their loved ones back, but so that others might be spared their agony." 

Blamo. She goes on to say she knows this is just a step in a longer fight, and it is hard not to agree with that kind of optimism. She also encourages everyone to write their senators angry letters, and I will probably do that tomorrow (the PA ones, not the CA ones). Senators can only behave like this if we let them, and our silence as a community only condones this cowardly monetarily-motivated inaction. Blech. 

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2. This as garden decoration. Ok, it makes no sense now, because we don't have a yard, but this would be super cute in an actual grassy space for a family, especially displaced ones like ours!
3. Sushi- It seems to have taken over the Boy's consciousness, because it has replaced Subway as the place we go when he doesn't want to cook. Hamchi is my favorite, but I am shameless enough to like the california roll too. I am proud of myself for trying lots of new things, but every time they have roe on top, I think I have pushed my limit far enough!

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