COVID Diaries Pt. 28
The End of Roe v. Wade
It’s been a couple months again, but I had to post today with the news that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. The right to safe abortions will disappear in 13 states within a month and will leave many more shortly thereafter. Never mind that this has been settled law for nearly five decades. Never mind that all the recent conservative Justices that were pushed onto the Supreme Court said in interviews that it was settled precedent. They just changed their minds, or outright lied during their interviews. And now here we are.
Clarence Thomas also signaled that this could pave the way for removing access to contraception, as well as same-sex marriage. And his wife Ginni tried to help overturn the election, and that’s just somehow fine. Things are very bad now, and I fear that they will get worse.
Something else that DID get worse were mass shootings. Many happened since we last spoke, and the two most prominent ones were a racist hate crime in a black community grocery store in Buffalo, and the school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and several teachers in second to fourth grade classrooms in Texas. The police waited and didn’t storm the shooter either, preventing possible life saving medical attention to the wounded children. So MANY good guys with guns were too damn afraid to storm ONE bad guy with an AR-15. Kind of ruins their whole narrative, doesn’t it?
In at least a slight, bare minimum glimmer of hope, today it looks like a very basic gun control bill was passed. It’s something, but it’s been so infuriating to see nothing done about this year after year, tragedy after tragedy, death after death.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is still going on, and people here don’t pay much attention, and it’s just so weird that there is that much pain and suffering going on and it’s not really spoken about. People bitch about gas prices instead.
Yes, gas is near $6 a gallon which is the highest it’s ever been in my lifetime. But we’re not getting blown up, or our land taken, or our people raped and murdered. I’ll pay $6 and place the blame where it belongs, greedy oil companies that are making record profits, and Russia for fucking up the international oil supply with their bullshit war.
Oh, I’m still keeping these blog posts titled the COVID Diaries, because COVID *IS* still a thing. We had a scare with exposure this past week, my nephew and niece contracted it, and it’s at high levels in many parts of the country including our own county. During these past months, we surpassed ONE MILLION deaths due to COVID as well. Just a staggering number.
The good thing is that symptoms still tend to be very mild in those that are vaccinated and vaccines were finally approved for young children under 6. Now everyone can get vaccinated, and soon there will be new vaccines that give even better protection from the Omicron variants. So at least there is some good news there, even though no one is talking about it or acts like it exists.
What else happened? Well Naomi Judd committed suicide. Ray Liotta died in his sleep. The January 6thcommittee has had hearings that have released a ton of insanely damning evidence. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence against the former regime, there are still people going to the rallies of the troglodyte that tried to overthrow the government. So THAT is still a thing. And lastly, the fed hiked interest rates to try to stop rampant inflation.
So not a lot of feel good in the headlines the last couple of months. Keep hanging in there, keep fighting for what you believe in, and keep fucking going.
After today’s horrible Supreme Court ruling, just know that if any of you need to visit my state, and might need a supportive place to stay, just let me know.