TLCs (Scattered) Thoughts

Location: Gilbert, AZ

I am a writer, a photographer, and a Dork Chop FO-tog. I can be found on FB at and also on Flickr at Mostly I capture what I see from my perspective.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Is righting social wrongs equal to 'revenge'?

My last brilliantly titled post ruffled feathers. I stated right off the bat that the taunt 'neener neener' was immature, and I will state again: It was not Shakespearean in quality. But is it revenge?

I am thin skinned when it comes to criticism. Funny that I write publicly for a living and I cringe when I have a reader who does not love me. ;) The likelihood of all people loving what I say combined with a delicate set of 'feelers' (my son's word for 'feelings'), does not make for complete bliss...

So, when my friend 'cyco' said I was being vengeful and it was wrong to be that way...I did some fish watching, (they are lovely). I also considered what my friend ms15 said about publicly supporting the less fortunate.

I don't believe that being happy about Jan Brewer being told she can't cut medical insurance for disadvantaged children is/was revenge. I am not a vengeful person. I don't wish for anyone to suffer or hurt, or be unhappy. I do believe in the adage: 'What goes around, comes around'...and that is what happened to Jan Brewer. She did something crappy, and crappy came back and nibbled her behind. Is that revenge? I dunno...I've even done research on revenge. Apparently Justin Timberlake has a very successful song with that title....then I tried my 'goes around comes around' saying....which took me to Karma. Not a Buddhist...but I do believe in the concept of Karma.

So then I started thinking about the social aspect of the KidsCare...protecting the poorest from unnecessary illness due to lack of medical care. Here is what I came up with:

If your house catches on fire, the fire department comes, and puts it out. Heyyy...did I pay for that?!? Well, yeah...I kinda did. If your house is robbed, and the police come...did I pay for that? Yup...I kinda did. If your horse becomes stuck in the middle of a river...and your best efforts to rescue the animal fail...and in order to save the life of the horse-assistance is offered. Did I pay for that? I actually don't know who would have paid for that...but I suspect it was public funds.

I have been lucky enough to have never been the victim of a crime or a house fire, OR a stranded horse. So... I have never used those services before-but I have paid for them- because it is the right thing to do for our society. I would not begrudge someone help with a house fire, or a crime victim access to police. So why kids? How is it not a priority to keep them from harm? ms15-the only way your anti social program take on insurance for kids without health care (no matter the how or why they need one asks the person whose house is on fire 'why is your house on fire?' It doesn't matter!!)...would be to say that there is NOT a social responsibility to other humans.

No one except someone who has been there, can know the suffering a parent feels when they are helpless to ease the suffering of their child. To see your child in pain, and either not have access, or there just simply isn't a cure, is horrific. If you don't understand what I am talking about, I would say to you that I'm glad. It is something that changes who you are inside in good ways and bad. To say that children should be left to suffer because their parents can't or even won't provide for them, would be to say that those kids deserve to suffer. It would also be saying the parents deserve to watch-which I simply cannot object to that notion loudly enough.

So...the happiness I felt when I heard that the insurance funding for children's healthcare was being forced back into Jan's budget...Revenge? Really? I don't think so.

The fish agree...


Tracy Lynn Cook

Neener Neener

Neener Neener

Immature...I know...but it is the only thing I kept coming back to...a GIANT neener neener to Jan Brewer, and the AZ Legislature. I even did a neener neener dance...

heh heh... it would seem (hee hee) that under our new healthcare law (big smile on my face...with a nose crinkle) they wont letcha yank healthcare out from under the most vulnerable citizens (children).

Oooopsi daisies...

So, Jan Brewer has to write KidsCare back in to the budget and scratch something else out...or risk losing 7 billion dollars in federal medicare funds.

Can we not, as AZ residents-SEE the budget?!? I could help her decide what to cut. Wouldn't it be the intelligent thing to do? If she has nothing to hide, why not open it up to public debate. SHOW us why there is a need for the measures she has taken. Wouldn't that just make sense? IF there have been cuts to programs other than the poorest and weakest, what on earth is preventing her from showing us? I would support additional taxes if I SAW an honest, decent effort had been made...which they have yet to actually try (insofar as I can tell...)


In my fair city where the town budget is looking at a short-fall of 14 million...we are lighting $15,000 on fire and blowing it to smitherines on July 4th. I just wrote an article a few minutes ago. Really...they crack me up. They stated that Gilbert needed the celebration to reaffirm our patriatism, and that people would be disappointed.

They are going in the opposite direction than they should be. To be fair, Linda Abbott, Jenn Daniels and John Sentz did vote against it, and expressed their unhappiness at the idea of taxpayer funded celebrations. But the elders on the town council decided otherwise. These are the same fellas who are still enjoying the tax payer vehicle allowance on my dime...(I wrote an article about that too)

Alright...I feel better ;)

Now I've gotta brace for the comments from my conservative readers who won't appreciate my neener neener to Brewer peeps...wait...does she HAVE Brewer peeps?!?

Tracy Lynn Cook

I've been people watching...

I've been reading posts and comments from people tonight. I have been impressed with the depth of thought, and the extreme attention to detail people put into making their point. It is awesome. For me, this is better than people watching at the airport.

Better because:

a) I can be in my PJs

b) Don't have to worry about TSA wanting to back scatter, front scatter, xray, feel me up, pat me down, or stand barefooted in what must be the Mecca of all foot cooties both foreign and domestic!

With the health care bill squabbles, and the tax squabbles, partisan bickering, and overall unhappiness, I've grown uneasy with it all.

It feels like hatred is ratcheting up from everybody.

Republicans are steamed because they didn't have input. I get it-

Democrats aren't happy because how could they be? I think it is a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation. They are going to pass it whether they want to or not. NO one wants to go down in history as the one who held it up. Even if History would be kind to them in 100 years. In our 'gotta-have-it-RIGHT-NOW' mentality...who has a decade, or two...or ten(!) to have a positive public poll rating?!?

So decide?!?

Edmund Ross? Ring any bells? He was the lone vote that prevented Andrew Johnson from impeachment when it would have meant extreme disorganization for our young country. He died a shunned unpopular, man who did what he thought was right-even if no one agreed with him. History was much kinder to him in death-having the benefit of decades of hindsight-and can objectively say he probably saved our country with that 'no' vote.

Who is right? Who is wrong? There is SOOO much information, and MIS information-on BOTH sides, that I don't know how anyone can say for sure which is which.

I just know that I am ready to move on. I'm ready to not hear Dennis Kucinich complaining anymore...or Nancy Pelosi either-for that matter. I think she has been a very big turn off for conservative democrats. I, myself, came out from under the shield of 'Independent party protection' to register as a democrat during the last election season. With Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid in the front of the party-I went back to my 'Independent' status.

I don't want to hear Glen Beck whimpering, or even KNOW where Rush Limbaugh is going to move to if health care passes...I'm sick of everybody on both sides (and even the ones in between!!)

So...aren't we just glad to be moving on-one way or another?!?

I'm ready for a new juicy debate topic...or a trip out of the country (but NOT with Rush...)