Confession: the past several months have been…challenging.
Longtime readers know that my older brother is autistic and
that I’m co-guardian along with my sister. Well, my brother has had a rough couple of months. I can’t
get into the details.
The specifics don’t apply.
Suffice it to say he’s frustrated and letting the whole
And I’m a mess.
Because I can’t cast rainbows across the sky.
I can’t fix it with a snap of my fingers.
Even though I know that this isn’t my fault…that he’s his
own person dealing with his own shit and the whole world doesn’t revolve around
me…even though I know that shit, I can’t stop questioning each and every
decision I’ve made and what role it may or may not have…ugh.
I get that a good day won’t guarantee that all the days that
follow are good...just like a bad day doesn’t forecast never-ending drama.
A good day with my brother is the greatest joy…and the bad
days wrench my heart to pieces.
So, I’m a mess.
I learned long ago to let myself be a mess…to not fight it
or try to put on a brave face.
There’s a strange comfort from acknowledging that sometimes shit
is just hard as hell with a dash of emotionally taxing, and that’s just the way
And I remember the not too bad days…the so-so, that wasn’t
so bad days…and those gloriously fantabulous good days.
Yep, this bill would prevent local government from passing ordinances
dealing with how folk protest.
Oh, no…not just how anyone protests!
The people Rep. Gatschenberger feels need extra special extended
and enhanced protection from local ordinances, drafted by local government
officials who live in the community, are those folk who protest in front of
health care facilities providing access to the full range of reproductive
health care including abortion services.
HB31 isn’t even trying to be slick.
I mean, you’ve just gotta love the description of HB31!
“Specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an
alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities
Freely engage in activities without interference?!?
Oh, that’s rich!
How about “freely engage in activities, sans interference, that
interfere with other people’s ability to freely engage in activities without
Cause you know and I know that you know and Rep. Gatschenberger
knows that the goal of these “alternatives-to-abortion” agencies is to disrupt or
better yet deny people’s ability to access health care.
I noticed that members of the Missouri Senate have been busy
Just in case you didn’t know, the same gaggle of legislators
who like to go on and on about the “good” done by anti-abortion groups camped
outside of health care centers are also card carrying members of the We Hate
Poor Pregnant Women club.
Behold, Senator Schaaf!
Senator Schaaf pre-filed SB14, which would raise Medicaid
eligibility for some folks (elderly, blind, and otherwise disabled) but lower
it for…wait for it…pregnant women and children.
SB14’s trigger for lowering eligibility for pregnant women
and children would be if tax credits are available in a federal exchange.
So, the Missouri House is trying to take rights away from
local government under the guise of protecting anti-abortion protesters with
the hope that relentless harassment will lead to women being forced to continue
…so that they can then be told that their pregnant ass is no
longer eligible for Medicaid because the Missouri Senate lowered eligibility in
some legislative tantrum over tax credits in the yet to be created federal
health care exchange.
2013 is shaping up to be another five
month revival of How Not To Govern financed on the people’s dime.