Romney On Women, Point By Point, With Absolutely No Commentary, But A Lot Of Presumptions
Wednesday October 17th 2012, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Friends, Liberty!

During Tuesday night’s second presidential debate, my longtime friend David Reiman posted the following on Facebook:

It needs to be said one more time, and very clearly. Mitt Romney, when asked about equality in hiring and in pay, implied that he and his advisors had to dig to find qualified female applicants – and he had to make accommodations for them so that they could get home in time to make dinner.

HOW DARE YOU, DAVID REIMAN! You know damn well exactly what Mitt Romney meant about pay equity for women! READ THE TRANSCRIPT! FACTS were laid out–there was no implying going on, whatsoever! Read the points below, in which I set the record straight by presenting each of Romney’s facts at face value–absolutely nothing more, absolutely nothing less–also, I’m rather presumptuous.

1) Romney only learned about pay inequity for women upon becoming governor, after a measly 27 years of being a businessman.

2) Romney chose to surround himself with gubernatorial advisors that did not believe women were qualified for jobs in the executive branch of state government, and/or feared girls for the part they played in the great cooties epidemic.

3) Romney’s team, considering women utterly and completely inept, asked a bunch of women’s groups for proof that “qualified women” actually existed. It took the concerted effort of the entire team going through whole binders full of women to convince them that these creatures were more than mere myth.

4) Romney knew he had to be flexible with the women that ended up in his cabinet because they are always so wishy-washy. He made accommodations for women’s traditional gender roles, like taking care of the kids and cooking dinner. Although he did not mention wives setting out a pipe, slippers, and snifter of brandy by the fire for their husbands, so they could relax upon arriving home from actual business work, it is clear he would have said this if that liberal Candy Crowley hadn’t kept interrupting him.

5) In the bright future Mitt Romney will deliver, businessmen will be so desperate for employees that they might even be willing to think about possibly looking into the option of hiring some women, maybe. If they feel like it.

–Reid.

Below is a transcript of the specific portion of the second presidential debate to which I’ve referred, as retrieved from CNN.com.

CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

And I – and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are – are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we – can’t we find some – some women that are also
qualified?”

And – and so we – we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.

I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.

Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort. But number two, because I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school.

She said, I can’t be here until 7 or 8 o’clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making
dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said fine. Let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.

We’re going to have to have employers in the new economy, in the economy I’m going to bring to play, that are going to be so anxious to get good workers they’re going to be anxious to hire women.



Honoring The Victims of 9/11 In The Wake Of More Violence
Wednesday September 12th 2012, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Liberty!, NYC

Reider’s Note: For this year’s anniversary of 9/11, I didn’t want to link to the account I wrote eleven years ago about that day, as I’ve done many times over the past ten years. I wrote and rewrote this entry several times yesterday, but I felt it was just too lofty. So I decided to scrap it.

I woke up this morning to news of attacks on the American embassies in Egypt and Libya, in which four envoys were slaughtered. In several accounts today, it was said that Chris Stevens, the murdered American Ambassador to Libya, genuinely loved the Middle East, and sought to find common ground with those who detest America.

Loftiness be damned. This is really how I feel.

Eleven years ago, I experienced the worst day of my life. In the days and weeks that followed, I witnessed and felt grief unlike any I had known before. But I also witnessed the greatest of human compassion. For a brief, beautiful blink of an eye, the day-to-day pettiness of division that creeps into so many of our lives was nowhere to be seen nor heard. In the cold, miserable shadow of the loss of thousands of lives, of innocents and of heroes, of ordinary human beings just like you and me, we momentarily achieved something remarkable: we put ourselves aside and joined together.

We have a duty to continue honoring all the victims of that day, from those who perished as a result of a hijacked airplane to those who still suffer terribly from that day’s previously implausible carnage to those who have given their lives in its memory over the intervening years. To do so, we must honor the living. At first glance, differences that serve to alienate us from one another are much easier to see and to accept as the whole picture. By committing ourselves to the much more difficult task of actively seeking out those things we share in common, those things that bind us together as members of the same human race, we prove that we, the survivors, are capable of learning and growing and making ours into a better world.

As long as we exist, there will be unexpected terrors and tragedies. We should not look to define ourselves by how we try to circumvent these inevitable pains and sorrows. Rather, we should work on defining ourselves by how we choose to react to these things. We must fight the many impulses to surrender to cynicism, fear, anger, and contentedness with the world as it is. We must each, individually, grow beyond these seductive primal instincts, and come together in respect and mutual understanding and, yes, even in love–for more than just the fleeting blink of an eye. In doing so, we will prove that the cruel and violent hatred that so often accompanies intolerance, that obscene brutal force that destroyed so many lives on September 11, 2001, and continues to destroy so many lives today, does not control us.

That is how we truly honor the fallen.

–Reid.



Tweet: Candidate Joe Miklosi Talks To Colorado, Laure Levin In New Commercial
Friday August 24th 2012, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Liberty!, Tweet Tweet

Mom and I just wrapped filming a commercial for Democrat Joe Miklosi’s run for US Representative. Mom is a star! I’m more of a comet.



The Twisted Murder Of Civil Unions
Monday May 14th 2012, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Denver, Liberty!

Last week, Colorado’s civil unions bill was put into a legislatively-induced coma. Today, it was flat out murdered.

Civil unions are supported by a majority of Coloradans. The civil unions bill passed through three different Republican-controlled committees. It passed through the Democratically-controlled Senate. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper enthusiastically promised to sign it. It had enough bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass. The bill seemed well on its way to becoming a law. Except the House didn’t pass it–they were never even allowed to vote on it.

Last week, a group of Republicans ensured the bill would not be put up for a vote, running down the clock on their legislative session before it could be voted upon. Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty explained, “the timing is such that we’re simply not able to work through that impasse.”

However, when given time by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper today in the form of a special legislative session, instead of working through any impasse, Mr. McNulty simply killed the bill. He referred the bill to a Republican-controlled “kill committee,” the House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. This fourth committee had nothing to do with the bill, whatsoever. It was simply made up of enough Republicans willing to oppose it, so as to ensure that the House would never get to vote on it.

Cheating those that disagree with you of their right to vote is simply undemocratic. It is un-American. In this case, it has been employed as a tactic by an ever decreasing minority that considers itself so righteous that it can ignore the will of the people. At best, this will be seen as an embarrassing and shameful delay in the inevitable granting of equal rights to all Coloradans.

History will not be kind to you and your comrades, Mr. Speaker.

–Reid.



Another Premeditated Killing Of Civil Unions In Colorado; A Crisis In Democracy
Wednesday May 09th 2012, 12:36 am
Filed under: Denver, Liberty!

Due to a commendable number of Republicans in our House of Representatives, Colorado finally had enough legislative votes to pass a civil unions bill. The bill passed through the Senate, passed through the necessary committees, despite some difficulties, and it had the support of the Governor, who had pledged to sign it. All of this accurately represented a recent poll that suggests as many as two-thirds of all Coloradans support same-sex civil unions.

Last week, while listening to the legislative debate, I was amused that many of those debating on behalf of the civil unions bill and many debating against it shared the same argument: “it will lead to gay marriage.” Although there is no bill about it currently making its way through the legislature, marriage equality also has strong support among Coloradans. It is one of my greatest desires that there be marriage equality–the right of any loving couple to marry, regardless of their gender–in my beloved state (and my beloved country, for that matter). However, I have come to recognize the reality that, often times, even the most important things in life move forward with frustratingly tiny steps. This bill wasn’t quite a leap, but it was a good stride.

Yet, a stride that will not be taken, despite all of its popular support. Colorado will continue to withhold a basic human right from homosexual couples, yet again, because of a handfull of Representatives.

In any likely scenario, the civil unions bill wasn’t expected to be around for long. In the first scenario, the bill would pass through the House and be signed by the Governor, whereupon it would break free of its legislative cocoon and blossom into a beautiful law. In the other scenario, the bill would not be voted upon in the House by Midnight MDT, Tuesday night, and it would simply die. The latter scenario won out as Republicans in control the House of Representatives spent Tuesday filibustering, ensuring that the bill would not be put to a vote. When this tactic seemed as if it might falter, they used their grossest and most forthright machination to make sure the clock on civil unions would run out: they called a two-hour recess at 9:16 PM.

Throughout this great nation, we are facing a crisis that is chipping away at the very foundation of democracy: groups of citizens being prevented from voting because someone in power doesn’t like what those votes would be. These Republican Representatives prevented any vote on the civil unions bill because they personally disagree with what they knew the outcome of the vote would have been, because they personally disagree with a majority of Representatives in the House, including several Republicans standing on the proper side of history, and because they personally disagree with a majority of Coloradans, who they were elected to represent.

In title they are called such, but in action, are these people truly “Representatives?”

I’m proud to be a Coloradan, and I believe this is one of the greatest states in the Union. But this night in Colorado, when looked back upon through the lens of history, will be seen as nothing short of embarrassing. An embarrassing misstep in Colorado’s democratic process and an embarrassing insight into the lengths that some Coloradans will go to in order to continue mistreating one another.

–Reid.



Whaddaya Know, I Fixed My Blog! Also: I’m Championing Women’s Health!
Sunday February 05th 2012, 11:53 am
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Leukemia, Liberty!, Sodapopcornculture, Technobabble

I did it! Reid Levin Dot Net is officially fixed and back online in working order! Woohoo!

What do you mean you didn’t even notice it was gone or busted up? Listen here, you, just because I’ve restored the ability to comment doesn’t mean you can talk back to me! Oh… wait.

Unfortunately, the couple of posts I made in January that weren’t about my blog breaking reverted back to early draft versions of themselves. I may try to re-write and finish parts of those, or post them as they are, or ignore them forever and go about my business. Even more than losing those, I’m been very troubled by having to deal with some things over the past few weeks and not having had a place to write about them privately for everyone in the world with a web browser to read about.

Not only that, but I had a really amazing line for The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation when they pulled their funding for breast cancer screening from Planned Parenthood earlier this week. I kept not posting it, though, because I was so damn certain that I was going to get my blog back online that night. But as every night passed, and I didn’t get the site back up, my amazing line became closer and closer to useless. Finally, Komen relented to social networking pressure before I got my blog up and running again, and before I released my amazing line upon the world.

And now? It’s totally worthless in this context! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy they relented and all those lower income women will get their breast cancer screenings. I’ve just always kinda had this small childhood dream of being acknowledged as totally super awesome, is all. It’s always been a tiny goal of mine. One day, maybe. I’m sure there’s a lesson in all that.

I think it’s probably to use one liners on Twitter and Facebook when the time’s right–regardless of whether or not they will appear on my blog or not (heh, heh… Bloggernaut). Like my great Ron Paul line that, even though it was so great, I won’t repeat it here because it’s outdated now. It’s still great–I mean, really, really great–but, it’s a week or two out of the 24/7 news cycle and I don’t want to be tacky and repost a slightly outdated bit here just because it’s so great. I already posted it on Twitter and Facebook when it was fresh and new and that made its greatness really shine. I was smart back then. All the way back on January 22. Man, such a great line.

Hmmm… maybe this new amazing line would make a good bumper sticker, just a general line, not really directed at a specific organization, but more at those who would tamper with women’s health issues in general. Like conservatives, and ehm… bad doctors:

DON’T BE A PUSSY, SUPPORT WOMEN’S HEALTH

Yeah, that’s a bumper sticker right there.

–Reid.



A Week In Lengthy Brief Summary, part one
Tuesday August 09th 2011, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Denver, Family, Friends, Health (Not Cancer), Knowledge Junkie, Liberty!, Me, Myself, and Reid

I don’t feel well today. In fact, I have not felt well since last Wednesday. I’ve been kicked around by debilitating headaches and nausea. Also, since last Sunday, I’ve been more sleepy than I’ve been in a couple of months. From the beginning of July through the end of it, my health was going up a steep incline like it was an expert climber, which it is not. I was shocked each and every day because of how much better I was finally feeling. Each day was a milestone of noticeable improvement since finishing chemo. Hell, I even got sick for a day here or there in July, but I didn’t mind it because it was just a day here or there, and being sick for just one day hadn’t happened to me in years–it was actually a good feeling!

Last Monday, when I was very sleepy, I tried to write a blog entry, and I fell asleep in the middle of writing it. On Tuesday, I set out to complete what I’d written about Monday and then write about Tuesday. I fell asleep again. One Wednesday, I set out to finish Monday and Tuesday and write about Wednesday. This went on until yesterday. I have a 5001 word mega-blog entry (or small book) that’s still not done. It’s pretty absurd.

I may publish some parts out of that behemoth in the future, but for now, here’s a (relatively) quick run-down of the past week:

Monday (August 1) was a 5. I went to the Rockies game as a guest of the Reimans. David had to break into my house to roust me because I was asleep when his family came by to pick me up. And when they left. And when he returned in a different car by himself. Due to this, I did not scold, rag on, or punch him for rooting for the other team, the Phillies. I had a great time.

Tuesday was a 4. My mom and I played trivia at The DTC Tavern with the Reimans. We had to split into two teams because of the new rules. The TVs where the questions should have been did not work. Many of the regular teams weren’t there, and even our regular waitress, of whom we’re very fond, told us the new rules were drying up her tips. It was both fun and painful. As a general rule, I normally prefer my fun without any pain mixed in. In the end, we made out like bandits (trivia bandits) because David, Becca, Mom, and I came in first and won $60 towards our bill, and the others came in second and won $40 off their bill. Since we were there as one group and paid as one group, we got $100 off our bill. If we had played as one team, we would have won less money… good work, The Tavern!

Wednesday was a 3. My folks went to Vail. I stayed behind, with a plan for joining them the next day. I decided I’d take advantage of my free Wednesday and “get stuff done!” This did not work out well. I couldn’t hold my eyes open, so I slept some, then I started feeling lousy, so I laid down on the sofa and tried to watch some TV. I was depressed that I’d not gone up to Vail, hadn’t gotten anything done, and felt physically unable to do anything. A late visit from Reiman saved the day from being a 2.

Thursday was a 3. On Wednesday, my cousin Adam, his pregnant wife Amy, and their jewel-of-everyone’s eye daughter, Noa, drove from the mountain, near Las Vegas, on top of which they’ve lived for two years, to Vail. Adam was headed down to Denver on Thursday for the last part of an applications process to become a firefighter in Denver (so as to move the family back here): an interview with the West Metro Fire Department. On previous trips to Denver, he’d passed the written test with flying colors and aced the physical test. The plan for the day was that he would kick ass at his interview, swing by and pick me up, and we’d go join everyone in Vail.

Instead, everyone left Vail and came to our house. I told my parents I wasn’t feeling well, and they decided they weren’t comfortable leaving me alone. I protested and was whole-heartedly against them coming home, but I do appreciate the reasons they made the decisions they did. Also, I couldn’t really be mad, because this gave an opportunity to spend some time with my wonderful cousins! Their arrival saved this day from being a 2.

Friday was a 4. I slept a lot. When I wasn’t sleeping, I talked to Adam and Amy and talked and played with Noa. She and I get along very well, which might say something about her maturity at age three, or my lack of maturity at age 28. I find that it’s fun just to be around her. Everything familiar to me is new and wondrous to her. And “why?” is asked of almost everything I say. There’s also the added bonus of not being her parent, so there’s very little she can find to disagree with me about.

Saturday was a 4. Largely the same as Friday: I slept a lot, played with Noa, and got to spend more time with Adam and Amy. I really wish I had been feeling well during their visit. I love having them around. I’ve often stated how lucky I am to have such a great immediate family, but I am also very lucky to have grown up with so many great cousins, as well. Not to mention my cousins we’ve gained through marriage, Amy and Ivan, who both seem like natural, obvious parts of our family. We’re family, we’re friends, and I find we’re all quite happy to be around one another.

Sunday was a 4. Again, I slept most of the day. Those family members from my mom’s side of the family that were in town came to a hot dog dinner at our house. The stand-out moment of the weekend for me occurred while when the family was seated at the table, everyone was having their own conversation, and Noa turned to me and asked, “Rrrrreeeeid, why doesn’t she have a boyfriend?” as she pointed in the general direction of a female family member at the table.

“Because she hasn’t found the right boy to be her boyfriend yet,” I replied.

“Why?” she asked.

“You don’t want just any boy, and the right one can be very hard to find.”

Noa crinkled her nose and thought about this. I’m not entirely sure this was a satisfactory answer for her, but she moved on anyway, to what was surely a better and more pertinent question, “Do you have a boyfriend?” she asked me.

The table went silent. Heads turned. It was great.

“No, I don’t,” I shrugged.

“Do boys not have boyfriends?”

I loved this question. I loved answering this question. I loved the hesitation apparent in some of the throats at the table. “Some boys have boyfriends.”

“Oh. Why don’t you?” she asked innocently.

“Because I want a girlfriend.”

“Hmmm.” She furrowed her brow and looked away from me as she considered that. She quickly moved on, “Why don’t you have a girlfriend?”

It went on like this for some time. It was great.

* * *

All right. I think that’s it. While I intended to include Monday and Tuesday in this summary, I am in a lot of pain and, hey, I can always do those another day. Or not. I’m off to feel better. I gots me some things to do.

–Reid.



Geeking Out and Ranting! Just Breathe, Reid!
Monday July 25th 2011, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Liberty!, Me, Myself, and Reid, Technobabble, Who Knows?

Today was a 4. Despite some migraines, I got a lot done today.

I never figured out what I wanted to add to my to-do list yesterday. I can only imagine that whatever it was is now floating about, directionless, like so many other there-and-gones. Someday it will bump into someone, and for reasons they cannot explain, that person will have the uncontrollable urge to write “give away more socks” on whatever is right in front of them. It will probably be their boss’s shiny bald head or some kind of small dog, like a Yorkie.

I did manage to knock off several things that had made it to my to-do list from my to-do list. I’ve been using Gmail’s built in to-do list app, which is very straightforwardly named “Tasks,” since it was added to Gmail in December 2008. I had to look that date up, by the way, it wasn’t like I knew it off the top of my head. I’m not some kind of Google date memorizing guy or anything. Uh, the thing about Tasks that always bothered me was that I had to be in Gmail to access it, and even then, it was easy to lose it and forget about it. Recently, though, I discovered an official extension for Google Chrome (my web browser of choice) that lets you view and edit your Tasks any time. I’ve found it to be very useful.

Some really cool people pimp their cars, and some really pale people pimp their web browsers. *Ahem*

Right. Anyway, I got a lot of stuff done, which felt really good. It’s nice to get more than one thing on my list done in a day.

What else? My weekly standing Tuesday appointment of the last three years officially became my weekly standing Monday appointment today. That went well. After that, I got two separate migraines. Not due to the appointment switching days. Unrelated to the appointment in any way. I’m not sure why I got them at all. I really, really cannot wait to be off all my chemo-era pain meds so that [Reason #436]: I can take migraine relief medication that’s stronger than Excedrin, but isn’t a narcotic. Those are my two current options.

I also watched way too much of the manufactured political drama Debt Ceiling: Battleground 2011 that everyone’s been talking about. It seemed good at first. There were great characters, high stakes, and killer dialogue. Then there was some awesome compromise, and it seemed like everything would be resolved–but that fell apart. Man, it made for great TV! But then they just repeated that same formula over and over in every episode. It was like, “it worked once, why not keep doing the same thing?” Now there’s zero reason to follow it anymore–you’ve seen one of these story arcs, you’ve seen ’em all.

Ugh. What a really, really, pathetic state of affairs. I’m not happy with anybody right now. Not the President, not the Congress, not the media. And while I’m not happy with any of those institutions, I’m actually mad at the Tea Party, who I think are largely responsible for holding the country’s future hostage right now. I hate the divisiveness. I hate that compromise now means, “do it my way.” I hate that reelection takes priority over common sense, working together, and standing up for one’s principles. Not to mention making real, significant, lasting change for the good of the country.

Oh, what I would give for a politician like Teddy Roosevelt, who announced in 1904, after trouncing his opponent in the presidential election, that he would not seek another term. He was wildly popular and could have easily won another term, but instead, he pursued many policies and programs that he believed in, even though they were not politically popular. And guess what? Due to the success of those policies and programs, he left the Oval Office more popular than ever. There’s no one in Washington today that I’d compare.

Okay, I’m fairly sure I know what caused my migraines. Hoo. Wow. Breathe, Reid. The debt ceiling can’t hurt you tonight. Just breathe.

And, of course, we finished up the day by watching television on demand. We watched the second episode of a new Syfy show called Alphas. It’s kind of like Heroes, except stuff actually happens.

Wow, all that ranting and geeking out drained me good. I’m out.

–Reid.



Osama Bin Laden
Sunday May 01st 2011, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Liberty!

Almost 10 years after 9/11, Osama Bin Laden is dead. Let’s celebrate by supporting our first responders and bringing our brave men and women home.



UPDATED: Hey Apple! Google! You used to be cool! (20 Days!)
Saturday April 23rd 2011, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Liberty!, Sodapopcornculture

(updated 4-26-11: I am wrong! The 4th Amendment has not been violated. More information and debate at the end of this entry)

Apple, Google, what the hell happened? You’ve always prided yourselves in not being the Man. And now look at yourselves! You are the Man! You have done what even the USA PATRIOT Act could never do! You have figured out a way to track every single American, and not only to find where they are right now, but also where they’ve been. People have happily paid you to carry around your tracking devices. You are bigger than the Man–you are Big Brother.

You used to be cool. Apple, you told us to “Think different,” while Google, your employee motto has always been, “Don’t be evil.” I won’t name names, but there’s a certain operating system software producing company that these seem to be rebelling against. Let’s just call it the Shmicrosoft Shmorporation. For years, I bought into your rhetoric and thought you were the good, innovative, creative companies while Shmicrosoft and its leading product, Shmindows, were the Evil Empire. Now I don’t who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Shmill Shmates? Shmeve Shmobs? Is there even a good guy in business, or is it all just marketing?

The secret collection of location information without consent from customers is not only a huge reason for those customers to lose trust, but is also a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution. I do not have anything to hide, but at the same time, this country has an expectation of privacy–it is one of our founding principals. I value that right, and you have impeded upon it. Big Brother controlled the masses by controlling all information. You may not control all information, but you have seamlessly integrated a way for all people to be tracked, without their knowledge, into American culture. I understand that you set out not to be evil, but now you seem to be thinking–and acting–differently.

–Reid.

p.s. Does this mean I’ll stop using my iPhone? No.
p.p.s. Does this make me a hypocrite? Nnnnot in the strictest sense of the word, no.

UPDATE (4-26-11): As my dad, a longtime lawyer, has correctly pointed out, I am wrong. This is not a breach of the 4th Amendment because the government is not involved in the tracking of cellphone users. My mistake, he is right. However, that being said, I still maintain that this sets a terrible precedent. How many rights will we give up in exchange for other things in the future?

For more, make sure to read the comments for this post!