The Anti-Nice

I watched a horrifying documentary on HBO last night, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, It was split up into 2 two-hour segments. I watched all 4 hours in one sitting. It was a Spike Lee joint and I think he did an incredible job on documenting the post Katrina/BP Disasters. It is a mess down there. I knew that before seeing the documentary but I was so shielded to the absolute carnage that took place there. (this is not a documentary to let your children watch…or maybe it is….just know that there are graphic photos of dead bodies). The corruption of government/private interests killed these people. They CONTINUE to kill these people. Not to mention the unimaginable ecological disaster. In Louisiana, right now, every 30 minutes a football field sized area of wetlands is destroyed. Every 30 minutes.

It is as if the government is actively waging war on the underprivileged black people in the South who don’t have (as Paul Mooney would say) the Complexion for Protection. Systematically, the government came in and destroyed structurally sound affordable housing, shut down the main hospital, did not reopen schools, allowed the schools that did reopen to become charter schools. Also, as a side-note, did the woman governor of Louisiana get the money Louisiana deserved and so desperately needed? No. Guess who did? Oh the fat and happy Mississippi governor who was in the pocket of the Republicans. It shouldn’t surprise me but I just keep thinking “but this isn’t a time for politics…its time to help humanity!” Politics is a beast and the beast doesn’t sleep.

EVERY SINGLE THING they did was for maximum profit. For the love of God, they even gave these people poisoned FEMA trailers! They are playing a game of chess without the slightest regard for life. Human or otherwise. As an empathic person I just cannot fathom how the men (can you call them that?) in this good ol’ boys club can sleep at night. It might be an ignorant and foolishly bold statement but it seems to me that we are literally watching the destruction of a culture…of a race! Listening to everything that took place…it reminded me of our founders who handed out smallpox invested blankets to the Native Americans. It’s a tragedy…and right now I don’t know what I can do to help. While I try and discover ways to actually help those in the gulf region I am looking into volunteering in my own community. I am not going to change the world. I can try and make it better. On whatever scale I can.

Here is what is on my list of things to do this week:

Common Table in Bend. Kind of Like Sisters of the Road in Portland. Kind of. We’ll see…I’d love to get in the kitchen and learn to prep cook. So I will be volunteering….pretty excited…and nervous!

CASA of Central Oregon I first heard about CASA about a year ago. I didn’t want to get bogged down in Portland when I was trying to relocate so I put off volunteering. Now I am ready. I still have to be accepted and take 30 hours of training time but I feel confident. I think it is an amazing program and I have strengths that could really help this organization and I also have weaknesses that I hope this opportunity will be able to strengthen. Excited.

Friends With Flowers is an awesome idea that I wish I would have come up with! Flower design from re-purposed flowers (grocery store donations) and delivery to people in the care of hospice. My dad died 9 months ago and while I don’t think he’d have cared about  delivered flowers (he didn’t even want the quilt given to him by the VA in the last hours of his life) but I know that I would love flower delivery! I love love love flowers and have always wanted to get into floral design so what a fun way to help. You guessed it….I’m also excited about this opportunity as well.

Now for something completely different! I signed up for the Colbert Super Pac (because its funny folks…it just is) and this was the hilarious welcome email I received:

Colbert Super PAC


Dear {VALUE=FIRSTNAME} {VALUE=LASTNAME},
I wanted to take a moment to personally express my {VALUE=ADJECTIVE} thanks for signing up for Colbert Super PAC. With your help, we’ll make sure that America steers a course into a more American future.A lot of people have been asking me why I started Colbert Super PAC. A lot of those people are lawyers. I’ll tell you what I tell them: “I’m doing this for my country. And if you’re going to bill me for the full hour, you may as well make yourself useful and stuff some envelopes.”A few months ago I looked up and saw our country at a crossroads. Down one road lay moral and financial ruin. Down another road lay the fulfillment of the American dream. Down a third lay Cincinnati. There was another one, but I think it was some sort of service road, it had a big locked gate on it. The point is: We must steer America down the right road (the second one).Of course, I cannot do this alone. Actually, I probably could, but it would seem a little flashy. By signing up at Colbert Super PAC, you’ve shown you have just what it takes to make a difference – an email address and a willingness to receive lots of spam.

In the coming months Colbert Super PAC will shape the political debate by forcing candidates to focus on issues that matter to you – probably by attaching those issues to something shiny and dangling near the candidates’ face. We’ll produce and air ads in support of key players in important races, whether they want us to or not. And we’ll do all this while enjoying the tax-free status afforded to us by the federal government.

So, once again, {VALUE=FIRSTNAME} I want to thank you for joining Colbert Super PAC. Together, we will speak with one voice – mine. Together, we will stand against those who wish to unite us. Together, we will rent a private jet to take me to rallies, where together we will cheer me on.

Together, we’ll Be Making A Better Tomorrow – Tomorrow.

Sincerely Yours,

Stephen Colbert
SuperFounder, Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow

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