That being said, let's discuss a few things.
- Christmas charities can just suck on it. Ok... Not all the charities. But, have you heard about charities or businesses that say something like, "For every item you send in/purchase, we will donate [X amount of money] to [this charity] up to 1 million dollars." What I want to know is if the spirit of giving is so damn important to these charities, and they're already prepared to spend $1 million on a charity, THEN WHY DON'T THEY JUST DONATE THAT AMOUNT TO THE CHARITY AND BE DONE WITH IT!? Doesn't it sort of make businesses look like a big bunch of greedy douchebags? The one that pisses me off the most is that Yoplait yogurt Lids for the Cure crap. They say they're prepared to donate up to $1 million to Susan G. Koman for the Cure, and all you have to do to help is mail in all the pink lids to the yogurt you eat. But...what if not enough lids are donated? Say only $250,000 worth of lids are sent in? Is Yoplait really going to deny a reputable cancer charity $750,000 because not enough lids were sent in? I mean... I just don't understand it. It's a little too 'Look at us! We want to give huge sums of money to nice sounding charities so you'll buy our crap. But, also, please ignore if we don't actually give that full amount, because we like our money and want to keep it,' for me.
- As of today the House voted 250-175 to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. However, this means the Senate must also vote for repeal. Incidentally, Harry Reid - Senate Majority Leader - forced a vote on DADT earlier this month to no avail. Also, this is the second time this year that the House has voted for repeal with the Senate not following suit. You know how I hate reporting news that's not resolved yet, but there it is. So, basically we're back to waiting to see what's going to happen in the Senate. It should go without saying that I encourage every Rioter out there to write, call, tweet, email, or otherwise contact your Senator and plead with them to vote for equality.
- Don't hate me, but I got all of my Christmas presents purchased last Friday and everything was shipped out yesterday. Well, go ahead and hate me. I'm now done with the Christmas stress.
- Another minor gripe: I'm unbelievably tired of listening to pagan podcasts that have basically devolved from coherent discussion on life, paganism, and all things in between into paranoid rants about 'the majority.' Whatever the majority is doing - shopping, voting, listening to a certain kind of music, still not having a clue what paganism is, etc. - MUST be evil. It's all a conspiracy. They ARE all out to get you. Pardon my non-French, but JEEZUS H. CHRIST! Cut it the fuck out! I listen to your show, because I like your point of view on life, paganism, and everything in between. NOT because you're waxing incessantly about this week's topic of how the government, big business, insurance companies, or the music industry is all out to get us. Being pagan does not automatically make you paranoid. If you're going to complain, please back up your gripes with real evidence and a possible solution to said issue. Not just, "Oh, well I pontificated this BS this morning while I was on the toilet and thought I'd share it with all of you." So, just a note to some of you podkin out there...I've unsubscribed.
And that about covers this mini edition of updates in pretty much every category of the Riot. We've touched on the news, sociology, the gripe department, and I mentioned the word Buddhism so that takes care of spirituality. Yep, all wrapped up in a neat little package.
Love and Lyte,