Pensive: Bathrooms, Winners and Losers
A person: General David Petraeus
A top official having an extra-marital affair? Tell me something new. Retired General David Petraeus, who spent 37 years in the military and then became director of the CIA in 2011, has resigned from one of the most arguably important posts in the world because of some revealing emails that a) proved he was having an affair and b) were also of a harassing nature. Although I don’t condone it, affairs happen all the time in marriages and I therefore don’t feel that his lack of poor judgement in that sense should have forced him to resign (I regard Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal in the same light, although why you’d want to cheat on the smartest woman in the world is beyond me). But harassing a woman-or whatever else he did-shows that even those we trust with our lives (ahem, I’m looking at you, Mr. Queens policeman who planned to cook and eat women alive) can make gross errors of judgement.
A place: Colorado
In the midst of all the political hoopla came some unprecedented news: voters in Colorado and Washington states voted to legalize marijuana. Not just for people with medical problems, but everyone, as long as you’re over the age of 21. This makes sense, given that marijuana is no more harmful (and in fact less, given that it doesn’t cause violence) than alcohol, but nevertheless in order for the voters’ wishes to go into effect there’s going to be a bit of a court fight between the state governments and the Federal government, which still insists that marijuana should be illegal. If the law does pass, Colorado and Washington are going to become the new Spring Break destinations for a lot of college kids…
A thing: Romney’s Victory Website
To the relief of women and poor people everywhere, Barack Obama was reelected (see below). Romney,either so arrogant or so delusional, supposedly did not prepare a loser speech (this sounds a bit mythical to me) and, to further prove his overconfidence and/or craziness, had prepared his website to reflect his impending win just shortly after said win would be announced. Alas, he didn’t win, but somehow the updated website appeared for a brief moment in time, and kudos to Taegan Goddard of Political Wire.com who snapped some screen shots. Ah, bye-bye Mittens…
An event: The Reelection of Barack Obama
….Hello, Obama! I am certainly one of the women (as mentioned above) who is relieved that Obama’s back in the hot seat and not Mittens (after all, who wants to turn their clocks back 50 years, as one internet meme suggested?) What advice would I give Obama on his second term in office? “End our foreign invasions abroad, earmark some of that foreign aid money to use on our own poor and struggling citizens, initiate healthcare for all members of society and for God’s sake stop bashing the Republican party and start a meaningful dialogue with them, since I feel that a Civil War is about to break out and it’s going to be down a Republican/White and Democratic/minority political-ethnic fault line!
An idea: Should or shouldn’t you marry if your husband doesn’t have his own bathroom?
In India, having your own bathroom is apparently as prestigious as driving a Lamborghini or a Rolls Royce, which is just one of a dozen ironies in a country where the gap between the rich and poor is stunning. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is spearheading the “no lavatory, no bride” campaign, insisting that brides not marry unless their husband has a toilet in his home. It might sound ridiculously silly and quaint, but the facts are more sobering: according to the New York Daily News article, half of India’s billion-plus population has access to their own bathroom, and only 11% of these are connected to actual sewage pipes. Hmm, didn’t Indians build one of the first sewage systems in the world?!