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My Library is Growing

I thought I would share a few of the books that I have been collecting in print, digital, and audiobooks. I have tried to build it up over the past few years since finding my passion and career path. It sounds crazy, but I could never figure out what I wanted to be until I moved here. (My classmates would be amused that I have a library at all since I hated reading for most of my life.)

Currently Reading:

The Radiant Midnight by Melissa Maimone

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones & The New York Times Magazine


My Reading List

The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim

Writing to Win by Steven D. Stark

Conversations with God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch


This page is under construction!

Back from Vegas…

I am back! First I am going to share some photos, and then I am going to repent for my actions. I did not leave Vegas richer financially, but I did leave with a wealth of happy times to reflect on later. We stayed at the Paris, and it was nice.

I want to first talk about how guilty I feel for enjoying myself when all of the beautiful women in this unrecognizable country are suffering. I know…I shouldn’t feel that way, but I do. I want to share the happy moments because I think we are about to have a lot of bad moments.

The first night, Friday, we went to see the Jabbawockeez. That was one of the most fun and best shows I think we had on our trip, except for the near naked Aussie Men 🤣. They were interactive and really put on a great show for their fans. The second day, we ate at Hells Kitchen and then went to the Thunder Down Under show (…many firsts on this trip, and this is one of them lol.) I came, saw, and conquered on that one. I would share but not sure you all want to see all that LOL.

Me in front of the Hell’s Kitchen sign

Then, last night we went to Criss Angel’s Mindfreak after eating some Mexican food at YOLOs, and I was a bit disappointed. I had the highest hopes for this show, but it was highly sexualized and had more of a movie aspect of it for promotions to his other undertakings. He’s a great guy, and I still love him. I just think he gave up on the show that made him Criss Angel. I did get to pose with the beautiful Tatiana and Criss’s straightjacket.

Me & Tatiana at Mindfreak

Today, we headed home around noon after eating at the Cracker Barrell in Nevada. We made it home around 5:40-ish this evening.

As we were on our way to Las Vegas, the Dobbs decision came through on our phones. My sister and I felt heavy and our hearts ached. I needed the break away but felt horrible that I was not sitting here at my computer when the news broke about Roe and Casey.

I will have plenty of things to say and action steps to take. I did make my stand by wearing my RBG voices shirt. It says “Speak Your Mind Even If Your Voice Quivers”. I wasn’t looking for praise or thumbs up, but I got plenty. It was nice to know that folks read the shirt and could relate to it. I wish I would have gotten a better photo of it. (We consumed a few adult beverages lol.)

Me and Sis before Jabbawockeez (Amazing show!) This is the best picture that I have of the shirt.

Now…without a hitch…I will be fighting for legislation in California to protect enhanced women’s healthcare in our state, and I will be very loud about calling for the impeachment of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. They lied under oath, which last time I checked was called perjury and is a crime, and they have committed crimes against the women of this country. I also call for the impeachment for Clarence Thomas for being married to an insurrectionist and supporting her radical views from the bench. All four of these judges are setting their own agendas on American lives, and someone better start impeaching the asshats.

Photo by Emma Guliani on Pexels.com

I am thankful that I got this little vacation because now I am refreshed and ready to stomp on some old balls that have nothing better to do than bounce on our rights…pun intended.

In Community,

Amy

Holy s__t, Batman…

Hi everyone! Here I am! Sorry I have been MIA! My schoolwork is literally running me from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed most days. My POLS 005 class is doing five chapters at a time, which consists of a study guide for each chapter, a discussion comment for each chapter, and a discussion response (including references in both initial and response) for every freakin’ chapter.

Now, on June 13th, my ConLaw class opened, so I am starting the coursework on it today (along with doing my 2nd exam study guide, so I can complete the exam in my fed gov class by Thursday and Friday). Which brings me back to “Holy shit, Batman!”

My ConLaw class is set up as three chapters at a time, so between now and the time we leave for Vegas on the 24th that I have 6 chapters worth of work to complete in order to enjoy my vacation.

Here let me demonstrate what that looks like when things are not crossed out like in the picture above. 🤣😂😲🤯 The green is ConLaw and the purple is Fed Gov:

So, again I say, “Holy shit, Batman! 26 assignments and a reflection paper that is not listed there…

Wish me luck!

Amy

January 6th Hearings And A Snippet — Filosofa’s Word

I was going to write up my own summation of the Prime Time special about the January 6th insurrection, but my friend and sister, Jill Dennison, has written it the best I have seen yet.

I want to add that Bennie and Liz did a great job in their opening statements, and it shows that bipartisanship is possible. I think we will read those speeches in our history books, as they were honest addresses to the nation.

I am very curious what all is going to happen with these special event hearings and which Republicans were “asking for Presidential pardons” because I feel the convolution of psychotic ideas is going to go very deep into our democracy.

I also think that those telling the truth to the committee are very brave for standing up against a bully and terrorist to make sure someone is held accountable.

Please read Jill’s post and really take in her words. This is a conversation that needs to be had and made between constituents of our government’s political process. Voices always need to be heard. Hear Jill’s voice in her words.

In Community,

Amy

I mostly want to talk a bit about last night’s televised hearings, but also have another snippet … or maybe two … who knows?  🤷 January 6th Committee hearings I watched the televised hearings of the January 6th committee tonight, and I have to tell you, by the time they took a 10-minute recess after […]

January 6th Hearings And A Snippet — Filosofa’s Word

A “Principle Checkup” with Amy

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Professor Taboo over at The Professor’s Convatorium had a post called “Human Relations“, and inside of this post, Prof. asks nine questions. As I am reading the answers to the questions, I sat there thinking that I needed to answer them too, so…here I am. I am going to answer them with opinion and how they reflect my views on the subject matter, as is my right, but let it be known that I love a good debate and hate trolls. (I know…hate is a strong word…but trolls infuriate me.)

What is the number one need in every human’s life, or the mental-emotional-physical needs?
This is four questions in one really because we need one thing in each of those areas. Our main need in life is air to breath. Our mental need is stability. Our emotional need is love. Our physical need is sex.
Is our need for three-component love clearly, proactively, and accurately expressed to others? Do others correctly interpret that/those expression(s)? Why or why not?
I have not ever researched “three-component love”, but this is possibly because love is not what I expected to be. I think I have given up on romantic love, since the world has changed too much to find true love. I have love for my family and friend, and how that comes out in a given day is depending on who it is and what mood I’m in. It’s not my place to say if someone correctly or incorrectly interpret my love. I’m a take it or leave it kind of girl these days.
How many forms of love truly exist?
Sadly, I have no idea. I have one kind. If I love you, it’s forever.
What type of relations with other humans do we have in our lives? What types have we had in our past? Which ones worked best and which ones collapsed? Why and why not?
As much as I would like to answer this question, I have no idea who or what would go where. I can just say that in my life that I am still waiting for #5. Most of my relationships have been abusive or controlling, so I wouldn’t know what a balanced relationship looked or felt like.
Were some of your past relationships or current ones similar/identical or a sub-form of a Black Hole in outer space?
Umm. They were all black holes that sucked the life out of me. Every single one of them. Identical, life-sucking, black holes that went nowhere.
Were the expectations for the best or failed relationships reasonable or unreasonable expectations? Why and why not?
I always have unreasonable expectations in the people I have been in a relationship with. I am submissive by nature, and I put all my trust in too quickly. I always expect that if I am honest and loyal that they will be too. I have always been wrong. I have been cheated on in every relationship I have ever been in since my first kiss.
Where do our blueprints-of-relations originate? Do they flex and/or adapt over time to everchanging conditions, both environmentally and amongst our human daily/weekly engagements? Why or why not?
If by blueprints-of-relations you mean a sketch leading you around a healthy relationship, mine were drawn on the sidewalk in chalk on a rainy day. The only healthy relationship was the one that my grandmother and grandfather shared. My mother was a mess in relationships, and Dad was Dad (don’t want to elaborate). I have never had good models, and the love stories on television and in books give false hope that love exists.
Are certain man-made social-systems, ideologies, belief/faith systems flexible, adaptable, and sustainable from subatomic micro-levels to organic-human levels up to macro-levels of our Universe and the Cosmos? Why or why not?
My brain cannot process this multi-faceted question, but I am sure that I have no idea. Scientific things and love are just not my niche. The only thing I will say on the grounds of ideologies and faith/belief systems is that we gather the most human interaction in these kind of situations along with our parents and caregivers. When it comes to the Cosmos, only God knows.
Given the above (honest!) answers, am I at a healthy juncture? Am I thriving, becoming a more whole human-being? Or am I in need of (serious?) change, redirection, and/or bigger better refinements?
I think you are in a better healthy juncture than I am when it comes to human relations, Professor Taboo. There were many of these questions I had to put my stink on because that’s what relationships have been for me. You are doing great, and we can always refine things we want to do better.

In community,

Amy

Beyond Words — Filosofa’s Word

I am reblogging this from my friend, Jill at Filosofa’s Word. Please take a moment and read Jill’s analysis of the current mass shooting epidemic that is happening and being swept under the rug along the lines of access to assault rifles. Let’s get another conversation started and figure out what actions we can take to get our voices heard.

May 14th – 10 killed, 3 injured in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York May 15th – 1 killed, 5 injured at a church in Laguna Woods, California May 24th – 19 children, 2 teachers killed, 17 injured in a school in Uvalde, Texas June 1st – 4 killed at a hospital in Tulsa, […]

Beyond Words — Filosofa’s Word

All of these deaths and funerals for what??

One terrorist (Buffalo) was a racist looking to take out as many Black people as possible based on census data, and one just wanted to shoot a school up because his grandmother pissed him off (Uvalde). Then, if that is not enough terrorism for you, the Oklahoma shooting was patient dissatisfaction after a surgery, so he shot the surgeon and others in his path. The Laguna, CA shooting is new to me, but people cannot even go to church safely without worry of being shot up for religious preference.

The 2nd Amendment was never intended to protect assault rifles over public good. READ that AGAIN… and AGAIN…until it “clicks” and gun laws are changed!

I will end with the definition of domestic terrorism, and then I am going back to the books. The source of this image is from the FBI.gov page concerning domestic terrorism.

Image Credit: FBI

After reading those definitions, what category would you put these mass shooters in?

In Sorrow,

Amy

“Tyranny of the Majority” ~ An Analysis

Tonight was a reflective night while reading my textbook for my college course, and even more after listening to the lecture from my professor. In the lecture, the entrance of the phrase “tyranny of the majority” comes front and center when speaking about the French theorist named Montesquieu and again with James Madison’s essay called Federalist #10.

I am going to make an effort to read all of those essays that were written, as they are in my library, but this tyrannical phrase feels very relevant and important to discuss further in a reflection of current times. The separation of powers that both Montesquieu and Madison theorize about are the same in some ways and very different in others.

(Bear with me…I will elaborate further in a moment.)

Power is what runs the world. Power is also what we fought against when gaining independence away from the Crown’s monarchy in the 18th century when the American Revolution took us to the Declaration of Independence.

Which takes me back to Montesquieu…

As the creator of the separation of powers ideology, Montesquieu had a great theory, but it fell a little short. He argued that the government knew how best to care for its people, and that the size of government was the key to success of delegating power.

Madison’s idea of power different, but still had the same kind of theory. The difference was that size didn’t matter but the interests on the table were key to allocating power between the central government and the states.

Federalism was the result of the compromise between the Federalists and Antifederalists to keep from “tyranny of the majority”. Madison and Montesquieu knew that there would be come to be greed and selfishness in the competition of power, so regardless of who was right, the key was to stop a coup, which we failed to do with the election of one very orange man.

Each of the men had conflicting views on how the tyranny would come into play in our history and futures, but the similarity is that power was paramount to democracy and had to be separated.

These theories from two men became a reality on January 6, 2021 in the attacks on the U.S. Capitol. Our three branches of government were designed to work together and for each branch to practice checks and balances. When one maniac gets too much power, it’s detriment for the nation. These reasons are why the Articles of Confederation were scrapped and why the Constitution took its place…to fix a weak, unilateral government that was under the mercy of the state’s contributions of tax monies to survive.

I would love to hear any feedback on my interpretation and have a good discussion about this topic.

In community,

Amy

Voting 101 ~ California

Image Credit: ACLU NorCal

I know that we are all in different places, but I wanted to share this as an education the process to vote. This one is for ACLU NorCal, but please check your local ACLU for voting rights information in your area.

Click here to read the information from my local ACLU. I thought this could serve as a model to look for in your state.

If you need help finding your voting rights in your county and state, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. It’s your right to vote, and it’s all of our responsibilities to get out and cast our votes, especially in the primary.

This page will be under construction, since I want to add more voting resources.

Coursework Update

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Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going well.

First, I want to thank all of you who follow me on here and follow my progress. I appreciate all of you who take the time to read my words, and I love the interaction.

Next, I want to apologize if I am hit and miss this month, and I am doing it in advance due to not knowing how things will go once this summer session starts. I have two classes in the Summer 2022 semester, and they are both compressed courses. The first one, Federal State Local Government starts on May 31st and ends June 24th, and my Constitutional Law course starts on June 13th and ends July 21.

This first course will be very time consuming, as I have over 600 pages to read in less than a month. The assignment load is pretty heavy as well, so I have tried to start early.

The second course’s layout and workload is unknown until the instructor grants access to the materials. I will keep you all posted on that.

As I complete work in the classes, I will be posting what I am learning and share with all of you. These two classes are hugely in my wheelhouse, and I look forward to a good semester. I do worry about my time management skills though. We’ll see how it goes 🙂

In community,

Amy

I Am Your Person

Find my soul sitting atop a fence watching over the people

Feeling helpless as terror rings out, domestic terrorism

A world I cannot recognize gets worse as I sleep

I become afraid to open my eyes and see more destruction

We tear each other down, and we tear each other apart

For what?

Is it so important to be superior rather than equal for you?

Can you only see your own skin and your own world?

I see them all. Every. Single. Person. I see them.

Not with my eyes, but with my heart…until it fails to start.

I pray they put their burden on me to save themselves.

I cry in the night feeling their suffrage and pain.

I stay awake waiting and hoping…dreaming and praying

That your son, your daughter, your family will come home safe.

In solidarity, I stand with those without a voice and those with one as well.

Scream with me or I will scream for you…

I am your support.

I am your person.

I am here.

© Amy Harvey, 2022 ~ All Rights Reserved.

Second Amendment Thoughts Revisited — This, That, and The Other

Fandango at 5.0 analyzes the 2nd Amendment in this post, and I think everyone should read his analysis. It enforces what I was talking about in my Voices of the People post that I published last night regarding all of the shootings and massacres going on in the world.

Please visit his post and start a conversation about these issues.

I originally posted Second Amendment Thoughts last year around this time, but I thought, in light of the most recent incidents of mass shootings in the United States over the past two weeks, I thought it might be worth revisiting it. I’ve made some changes and updates to the original. I have perspectives regarding the […]

Second Amendment Thoughts Revisited — This, That, and The Other

The Voices of the People

The tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde show us all how much hate there is in the world. I have written this post four different times and started over five times. That count could possibly go up immensely. I couldn’t make up my mind how political I wanted this post to be, and after two days of writing this post, here I am.

How do you put to words how a boy, who just turned into an adult, can go buy 2 guns in 2 days, take them home, kill his grandmother for being annoying, and then shoot up an elementary school?

How can privacy in this world be so bad that a maniac can find racially distinct demographic data on every human in the U.S, and worse, how do we explain how he uses that information to find a place to shoot people up based on their skin color?

Sickening. Madness. Disgraceful. Those are the only words I can find to describe domestic terrorism. I refuse to give these psychopaths a name on my site, as their names do not matter. They are terrorists of the worst kind. They prey on their own country men, women, and children.

I am tired of politicians justifying mass shootings with the mental condition of the psycho that steals people out of their lives. As someone who suffers from a mental illness, I know better than to go buy a gun and shoot people for no reason. I am tired of politicians hiding behind their little-minded worlds to protect their guns. I am all about protecting house and home, but assault rifles have no business on the streets or in the hands of regular citizens. The only people who should be using assault rifles is the Armed Forces.

Gun permits should always come with a waiting time before you can take home your weapon, and that waiting period should apply nationally. It should not matter who you are or what your pay grade is. It should not matter if you are the POTUS or just a girl sitting in her room writing about how gun laws need to change. NO ONE should be able to take home a weapon in a few minutes or a few hours, and you sure the hell should not be able to purchase guns several days in a row and build your arsenal to go and kill folks. NO ONE should be able to buy an assault rifle and automatic weapons.

The 2nd Amendment happened in a time when there were shoot outs in saloons and civil wars were happening. It was NEVER meant to be that any fool with a short fuse could go get a gun and shoot up anything they didn’t like or for no reason at all.

If you feel the same way I do, you must start using your voice. I will end this with a video from Stephen Kerr’s press conference yesterday. Listen to his words and emotion. He had a platform to use, and he used it. It’s time for me to use mine even more.

#IStandWithUvalde and #IStandWithBuffalo

Steve Kerr’s emotional speech on gun violence.

From Classroom to Casket

*takes a moment of silence for the children of Uvalde, TX*
#IStandWithUvalde

bendingtheneedle

Rose on tombstone. Red rose on grave. Love – loss. Flower on memorial stone close up. Tragedy and sorrow for the loss of a loved one. Memory. Gravestone with withered rose

From classroom to casket

an American journey

come in on a bus, leave on gurney


As children lay dead in Uvalde Texas

it’s hard to ignore the obvious nexus

with unfettered access to weapons of war

the number of dead will continue to sore


We live in a land

of pierced hearts and sorrow

no shooting today?

we’ll wait for tomorrow

in a fog of futility

explicably numb

we reach for our heartstrings

but there’s nothing to strum

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Town Hall with GLP ~ #TheFight

Image Credit: Grassroots Law Project

If you have never heard of the Grassroots Law Project, I want to invite you to learn more about them, and I also would ask that you share this email with your followers as well. I welcome reblogs and good conversations about the current events and political unrest in our countries, mainly in the U.S.

GLP was founded by Shaun King, a political ally for minority folks, organizer, and activist with on-the-ground training in fighting the divide of the United States. You can read more about the project, HERE.

Grassroots is a great organization that helps so many people, and the town hall we had last night was talking about some of the neglects that we have been suffering from the White House not fulfilling promises.

Just a bit ago I got an email shared with me that President Biden would be issuing a policing order on George Floyd’s murder anniversary. Why did it take so long to get this kind of action on the table? It has been two years since he was murdered by Derek Chauvin, and other acts/legislation have not been taken seriously. Don’t get me wrong, okay. I am glad Biden is doing this policing order that will change use of force policies with law enforcement, but it’s taken half his administration time to get it done.

I made a promise to the team of GLP last night to commit to three years of action. I intend to keep that promise, so here I am talking to you all.

  1. I need at least five people, between my followers and your followers, to go and fill out this form: The Greatest Threat
  2. If you are able to, please donate to the project. GLP is transparent on how their donations are used and implemented to create change in the world, and you will also have a voice in how funds are used when you are involved with the project team. If you are unable to commit to a monthly donation, it’s okay. I know some folks are better off financially than other, and that will never be held against you or judged. I will never know if you donate or not, unless you decide to tell me.
  3. Step 3 comes after a donation, but it can be any monthly amount. I chose to donate $1 monthly for now (I plan to go to $10 when I get paid this month).This action will get you invited to a private team to work on issues in the sophisticated plan that Grassroots Law has drawn up.

If this feels like a solicitation, it kind of is, but it’s an actionable solicitation that is important and dire in a world that embraces oppression and violence.

Join me in fighting the good fight with 3 years of action dedicated to fighting for change and developing an energized team with outstanding organization that will gain influence in our government. Someone has to say something or organize to compete with opposing views, so we need to be the voice of the majority of the American people who want to see white supremacy squashed.

In solidarity,

Amy

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