So then I went to buy some groceries. I was looking for powdered Gatorade mix when the middle-aged woman in the same aisle asked if I was looking for a good fruit juice. I told her what I was looking for and she ignored what I said and suggested Fuze juice because "it has lots of vitamins and minerals." I so regret not shattering her sense of self-righteousness by telling her Fuze only contains 5% actual fruit juice. I guess I'm getting soft. I'm sick of being told what I should and should not eat. I have every right to weigh 700 pounds if I want to. And do your goddamned homework before you go making suggestions to people as to what to eat and drink. By which I mean read more than a few words on the label.
So then I went home. I checked the websites I usually check and found an article on yahoo! that caught my eye. A man in Indiana was denied the opportunity to donate blood because he seemed gay. And that is entirely legal! The ban on allowing homosexuals to donate blood dates back to 1983, a time when there were no reliable ways to test blood for HIV and AIDS was believed to only affect gay people. Despite every single blood donation being tested for HIV, just last year the decision to ban gays from donating blood was upheld by the Department of Health and Human Services. And again, this guy, while "admittedly and noticeably effeminate", is straight.
And then the icing on the cake. Another yahoo! article about some guy Herman Cain, apparently a "Presidential hopeful", who supports the attempt by some Murfreesboro, Tennessee residents to ban the building of a mosque in their town. Not only does he believe this is legal, he actually said that building the mosque is an "infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion". It's hard to explain how ass-backwards that statement is. It's like trying to explain why blue is not yellow. George Orwell himself could not come up with a better example of doublespeak. He went on to say, "Our Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state. [We're] objecting to the fact that Islam is both a religion and a set of laws." He is such a satire of himself that I almost suspect this to be some kind of Stephen Colbert prank. How does someone whose reasoning power is so flawed even make it to adulthood? Does he not see the influence Christianity has on almost every law that this country has made? And what would he say about the poll that shows 2/3 of Americans consider this nation a Christian country? I'd be willing to bet his stance on separation of church and state would soften a bit. I also wonder how he would feel if a largely atheist town wanted to ban the building of a church? By the way, this guy used to run a pizza franchise. Quite a resume for a Presidential hopeful.
This is why I want to live on a mountain. The problem isn't America. It's people.