Just wanted to start out by saying I am so sorry to the families of those murdered in KCK yesterday, as well as the victim in Montgomery county MO. I can’t imagine what it is like to have your family destroyed by someone like that. The police have caught the suspect, Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, in Missouri.
What is going on in KCK? It has been named one of the murder capitals of the US now, based on the number of murders that have happened recently. It’s getting worse all the time. And the thing is, I’ve never felt unsafe in the Kansas City metro really, but before we bought our condo on the Missouri side we did look in the KCK area, and there were a couple of areas there that we drove in and immediately drove out of because they just seemed very creepy and kind of scared us. They need to get this under control. I don’t know if this is caused by a specific thing, such as maybe higher rate of gangs or crime groups moving into the area, or what, but there has to be some kind of answer to this. There just has to.
On to things that are slightly less disturbing
I’m almost back in swing on the writing. My daily patterns have started to fall back into where they were before we bought the condo and before we moved, and I’m spending more time working on the story. So yay! Maybe I’ll be able to really get some solid work done on it now.
I really liked how the last Goodreads giveaway went, so I’m running another for Faerie Queen. If you’re interested, click below to go sign up for a chance to win a copy.
This was great news! Originally, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the adoption, performed in Georgia, had no bearing in Alabama because they didn’t recognize adoption by a partner in a same-sex relationship. This completely ignores the fact that the US constitution says a court in one state must recognize what courts in other states rule, which is basically what the US Supreme Court said unanimously. That’s right, all eight justices told them to shut up and stop being stupid jerks. Way to go!
This next story upsets me, and I almost didn’t want to write about it.
Director of the Matrix, Lilly Wachowski (formerly known as Andy) has publicly come out as transgender. The really disturbing part of this story is that she wasn’t allowed to do so on her own timeline. Basically, she made the public announcement because the tabloids in the UK were going to out her.
So not cool.
A person should never have the fear of being outed like that. Look, if a politician is fervently and publicly anti-LGBT I can understand that people want to know if they themselves are LGBT, because it shows that they are being hypocritical. I’m not quite sure how to feel in that case, it still gives me an icky feeling, but I can understand it. This is different. This is a person who had to publicly declare a very private and very personal thing; something she was not making public yet in any way. That’s wrong. Very wrong.
Having said all that, I’m very happy for Lilly. Congratulations on finally being able to be a true and authentic you!
Yet another disturbing news tidbit:
I want to first say that I think this was an idiotic and stupid accident by a staffer who was trying to attack a politician during a campaign. Or I hope it was. Surely nobody is this stupid.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a tweet yesterday that said Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth, who is running for a senate seat against a Republican, “…has a sad record of not standing up for our veterans”. The problem with that (a standard line that politicians throw at each other all the time) is that Representative Duckworth is a war veteran who tragically lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq.
Like I said, I can’t imagine someone being stupid enough to intentionally say something like this about someone who lost her legs while serving our country. I’m not brushing it off as nothing, because they clearly should have been more careful about who they were attacking and how. But I do think sometimes people say dumb things without thinking. Of course the NRSC didn’t just apologize and let it drop, as they should have. Instead they basically said that the reporters should be giving as much attention to Representative Duckworth’s record as they are to this tweet. Um, you’re in a hole, so maybe you should stop digging, NRSC. Really.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Everyone have a wonderful week!