The week that was

Zika funding bill, Olympic victory, Harvey Milk and more

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 1.40.33 PMLast week started on a low note. Sunday morning's inbox contained notification that I received a D on a course assignment, the first ever that I, an annoying perfectionist, can recall. I had a champagne cocktail to acknowledge the moment and aid in my recovery.

 

zika funding billWhile U.S. senators and representatives began the third week of a seven-week recess from their taxpayer-funded jobs, women’s wombs and worries remained under the congressional scrum of the Zika virus funding bill, which lingers unresolved. Meanwhile, the incidence of Zika cases in the U.S. is increasing and the CDC is recommending contraception to avoid Zika infection and to prevent pregnancy while at risk of infection. Perhaps the CDC's enthusiasm for contraception will reinvigorate Republican efforts to pass the bill. An aspirin between the knees will not ward off infected mosquitoes.

 

Donald Trump recognized hump day by declaring himself regret-free for twitter bombing the parents of a U.S. Army officer slain in Iraq. To deflect criticism, he attempted to correlate the grieving parents of the Muslim-American war hero with terrorism. “Get smart”? Apparently not.

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 2.07.12 PMThis might be contributing to Sec. Hillary Clinton’s post-convention bounce that just keeps bouncing. Hewlett-Packard CEO and former California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg “Mama Techbucks” Whitman has endorsed Clinton and pledged to lead other major donors to Clintonland.

 

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As word spread that the U.S. Navy plans to name a new ship after Harvey Milk, a murdered gay rights activist, politician and Korean War-era veteran, bigoted organizations American Family Association and Family Research Council have mounted campaigns to “stop this insanity.” Among various complaints, they find fault with Milk’s having served in the military while it was illegal for homosexuals to do so.

Next up: misogynists and racists complaining that the Navy also intends to name ships after women’s rights activist Lucy Stone and African-American abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth?

 

rio2016For those who dance to the rhythm of the NRA’s rapid gunfire: The U.S. 2016 Olympic Team in Rio de Janiero won its first gold medal yesterday—in shooting.

On the feel-good hand, 18-year-old Syrian Yusra Mardini, a member of the Olympic Refugee Team, won her 100-meter butterfly heat. Better yet, now that the competitions have begun, reportage is focussing on the athletes instead of Rio's failures.

 

And that was the week that was. Looking forward, consider something other than deet.

............................................ About Kit-Bacon Gressitt

KBGSpawned by a Southern Baptist creationist and a liberal social worker, Kit-Bacon inherited the requisite sense of humor to survive family dinner-table debates and the imagination to avoid them. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on narrative nonfiction, and has taught Women’s Studies in the Cal State University system. Her political fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry have been published by The Missing SlateTrivia: Feminist Voices, Ms. Magazine blog, San Diego Poetry AnnualNew Moon Girl Media, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, American University’s iVory TowerzSan Diego Free Press, and others, including her website, www.ExcuseMeImWriting.com. K-B has taught writing workshops for seven years, most recently for the San Diego County Library system's Fallbrook Branch, and she teaches writing as a volunteer at Vallecitos School, in Rainbow, CA.