Anonymous asked:

Do you feel rising pressure to find the one you're going to settle down with? Not necessarily pressure to get married quite yet, but to find the girl that you're going to date for a while so that in a couple of years when all your friends are settling down, you're on the same page. Or, really, ignoring the marriage thing all together.. do you feel pressured to be in a serious relationship at this age? If not, what mentality do you use to avoid putting that pressure on yourself?

I don’t. Part of it, I think, is because my parents didn’t get married until they were in their forties, so they both have a very “career first” attitude that I really respect and appreciate and also emulate.

I think part of the reason I don’t have a serious relationship is because I don’t want one right now. I’m a busy guy and I have a lot of stuff to do. I’m a shitty boyfriend, because I’ll do things like decide I’m going to write a novel and not see anyone socially or really talk to anybody for a month, or I’ll travel out of town every weekend for two months straight for work related things.

I have a lot I want to do with life, and I am too unwilling to compromise on my goals (which is an integral part of being in a serious relationship, I think) to put myself in that position.

Here’s a tidbit for you: the poll tax that was outlawed in 1964, adjusted for inflation, is substantially cheaper than the average cost for a low-income voter in satisfying a photo ID requirement. You may not be forking over the cash directly for the right to vote, but when you figure in documentation, travel, and time spent away from work jumping through the bureaucratic hoops, it ends up costing in the range of $75-$175. For people who are having trouble feeding their children, this is an inexcusable price.

Marie Brennan talking about Judge Richard Prosner’s dissent on the legality of voter ID laws (via slashmarks)

(via moniquill)

furthest-city-light:

dailykos:

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Congress to give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote–http://wefb.it/B821CF

It’s not even “petty.” Dr. Murthy correctly believes that guns are a public health problem just like smoking or vaccines, and the Republican Party has blocked his appointment because of it.

Who’d’ve thought that six years into the Obama presidency the Republican Party would still be acting like his election was a mistake and any day now Ronald Reagan will rise from the grave and reclaim the office that was rightfully his?

furthest-city-light:

dailykos:

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Congress to give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote–http://wefb.it/B821CF

It’s not even “petty.” Dr. Murthy correctly believes that guns are a public health problem just like smoking or vaccines, and the Republican Party has blocked his appointment because of it.

Who’d’ve thought that six years into the Obama presidency the Republican Party would still be acting like his election was a mistake and any day now Ronald Reagan will rise from the grave and reclaim the office that was rightfully his?