I listened to President Obama today and I too am just as angry and disappointed in the Senate as he is. Please explain to me why we need background checks for jobs but no checks for guns. Why do I need a background check to rent an apartment but not need one to buy a gun from a little gun dealer name Bubba? Closing loopholes does not prevent you idiots from buying guns!
To the Republicans that voted to block the bill…I expect nothing less of you heartless people.
To the Democrats that caved and blocked the bill…explain yourselves, cowards.
To the NRA who is simply smiling and gloating now please know that we the mothers, the fathers, the American people see you for the sham you are and will not stop fighting you.
To the American People disappointed, especially those who have suffered from senseless gun tragedies: Everything will be alright in the end. And since it is not alright it most certainly is not the end.
I think it is fair to say that most of you who have hung in here with my blog are probably liked minded folk who get a couple of change.org sign petitions request in your email box like me. Most of them I sign even though I’m not big on petitions but I’ve seen that they sometimes work so I don’t mind offering my support through my signature. Every once in a while there is one or two that I have to give the side-eye and just delete. I got one of those a few weeks ago. Take a look.
Our daughter, Coy, is a beautiful, happy, friendly, 6-year-old girl. But her school is treating her differently from the other kids — just because she happens to be transgender.
We have five kids, and Coy is one of three triplets. When she was little, we used to dress her like her brother, but that made her really unhappy. She would be excited to go to the playground, but when we laid out boys’ clothes for her, she would get sad and ask if she could stay home.
When Coy was 4, she told us something was wrong with her body. She asked us when she could go the doctor to become a girl. We took her to a psychologist, who said that Coy is transgender and we should support her and let her be who she is. As soon as we let Coy grow her hair out and wear girls’ clothes, it was like someone turned on a light. She was happy all the time.
Coy’s school, Eagleside Elementary, was initially supportive, too — until this past December, when they abruptly told us Coy couldn’t use the girls’ bathroom anymore. Now we need your support.
When Coy started at Eagleside last September, her teachers and classmates accepted her for who she was. They referred to her using female pronouns, and she used the girls’ bathroom for months with no problems. Then, all of a sudden, the principal told us Coy would have to use the boys’ room, the staff bathroom for adults, or the bathroom for sick children in the nurse’s office. Our daughter is not a boy, she’s not an adult, and she’s not sick.
Our state, Colorado, is one of 16 states where it’s illegal for public schools to discriminate against kids like Coy. Eagleside had an opportunity to teach kids to celebrate each other’s differences, but instead they set our daughter up for harassment and bullying. Coy doesn’t understand why she can’t be treated the same as all the other little girls.
We are grateful to have the support of LGBT advocates, thanks to the work of Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) and GLAAD. We also know that lots of other schools have done the right thing for LGBT students (such as allowing Gay-Straight Alliances) after being petitioned to do so on Change.org. We hope that if enough people sign our petition, Eagleside Elementary will comply with the law and treat our daughter with equality and respect.
Now, I have a real problem with signing this one but I have not deleted it. Her parents say that when she was four she expressed unhappiness over her body, and a psychologist determined she was transgender. I’ve been pretty speechless about this since I got this email on March 6 but I have thought about it pretty much everyday. Can a four-year old child really be transgender? I think of my daughter at four who wanted to be a boy like her brothers and was often caught outside with no shirt on with her Osh Kosh B’Gosh overalls. She displayed strong tomboyish ways all the way up to the sixth grade. I went with it. Same with my son’s. I didn’t freak out when my boys carried my purse or slipped into a pair of my shoes and I don’t understand parents who do. I did not encourage my daughter to act or dress like a boy a four nor did I encourage my boys to act or dress like girls just because they liked a pair of pumps in my closet. I know not all children grow ‘out’ of their desire to be the other sex but should a parent go this far and should other children and parents be subjected to it at a six-year-old level? I just find this story very disturbing, not because of the little ‘girl’ but the parents who clearly made this decision for her. I feel bad for the parents who feel like they are bad people because they don’t want to confuse their own children with this new transgender issue.
The parents say their son was very unhappy until they started dressing him as a girl. I would never want my children to be miserable so I understand the parents but only up to a point. I think they went to far. What if at nine the girls decides she wants to be a boy after all? This is not a childish whim, I know, but how much indulgence should a parent give?
This is more of a what do you think post because I have no answers and my only opinion is that I do believe that something as drastic as changing the child’s gender identity should be put on hold for a few years.
It’s one of those things IMO that falls into the category just because something can be done does not mean it should.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
I don’t believe anything is more fitting to describe the last year in America than this opening from Tale of Two Cities. It was the incredulous year that brought us Romney vs. Obama, Conservatives vs. Liberals, Teabaggers vs. Government, Sanity vs. Insanity, Fox vs. MSNBC, Rich vs. Poor and the Angry White Christian Male vs. Women/Blacks/Latinos/Asians/Gays etc. It has been a year of hateful buffoonery.
Hate was a cultural theme throughout the year as we headed towards November elections. America 1 wanted to bring us back to an era lost, the wonderful golden age when Black Americans were second class citizens, women possessed little rights in the workplace or home, Latinos were obsolete in the polls, and white men were the only men who could call the White House home. America 1 does not want your sick, your tired or poor or huddled masses that yearn to breathe free. America 1 wants you to die of a heart attack if you can not afford healthcare and freedom is subjective.
America 2 wants to pilot us into a better future, care for the sick, the poor and personal freedoms. America 2 grew in numbers that restored a lot of my personal faith in humanity. America 2 fought hard and long against the racism, the sexism and for the equality of all people, not just a chosen few.
America 2 gave us Barak Obama while America 1 gave us pathological liar/robot Mitt Romney. America 1 gave us voter suppression, long voting lines, and lie after lie about socialism, entitlements, welfare, and who saved the auto industry. America 2 stood in lines for up to seven hours, knocked on doors, went toe to toe with Citizens United, and sent Tagg Romney a clear message: America does NOT want your dad.
America 1 spewed lies via Fox News and its elected officials. America 2 gave us MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.
America 1 gave us Rush ‘Jabba the Fatass’ Limbaugh, Glen ‘American Terrorist Bastard’ Beck, Michelle ‘Batshit Crazy’ Bachman, and Sarah ‘STFU’ Palin, repeatedly, like irremovable cysts in our ass. Their audience is the most uninformed and least educated electorate ever. They shun education; remember when Rick Santorum uttered this gem; President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob. America 2 said What an idiot, yet America 1 cheered this kind of rhetoric; Anti-Obama, Anti-Education and very Pro-Stupidity world. America 2 gave everyone the right to affordable college tuition/loans/grants.
It would be nice to say that after November the two Americas would come together and stand united but the shootings in Newtown, CT has even proven to divide us. Very sad that such a tragedy only invoked more bitterness from America 1 with the intent of keeping guns instead of regulating laws to keep them out of the hands of people who clearly do not need them.
I was one of those Democrats that when you announced you were running for President was really interested in what you a moderate Republican would say. I have voted for moderate Republicans, I am from Massachusetts although I was absent from the state while you were governor. I knew how torn the country was over President Obama’s race, yes, I have stop deluding myself that the majority of the GOP just didn’t like his policies, so I thought if he were to be replaced, why not a moderate Republican. WHEW, what a difference actually listening to you made. You courted the ignorance and divisiveness and the racial ignorance. You Did That.
Well, it’s a new day and after all your assholicism, all of your lies, your GOP manipulations…really, voter suppression in 2012? Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women, we don’t matter, really Mit? Well, Tuesday we all got to say goodnight Mr. Romney but I just wanted to leave you and your dear Ann a song that really describes how I feel about saying goodbye to you.
All those Americans you didn’t even try to include in your Presidency. What kind of BS is that?
I’ve been absent many days because of the election. I mentioned in previous post how badly this election cycle has affected me. It’s been rough. I’ve done what I could as a volunteer and it has been hard. I was scarred pretty badly in New Hampshire when I ran into a few really angry voters. I will tell that eventually but feeling are still too raw for that now. But the silver lining is it is almost over or is it?
One more day and we all get out and vote for our opinions, our beliefs, and the man who will take the country in the direction we feel is the right one. One more day and we all go back to our uneventful lives free of the visceral emotions we carried for months, I hope this is the case but I fear the worse. Tea party members have showed a level of contempt and hate for our president that has poisoned the entire GOP. Mitt never once denounced or reprimanded any of their hate rhetoric and even encouraged it. He is not a leader but when he loses and I hope to GOD he does those teabaggers won’t just go away. They have been encouraged and their hate has been allowed to grow. What can that mean for us all on Nov 7th and beyond? They want to take America back to a time that never really existed except on episodes of Leave it to Beaver. Where were the civil rights on Leave it to Beaver? Where were the African Americans, the Latinos, Asians? Where were the rights for women? Nothing was more evident than who the GOP thinks America is for than each and every rally they have had since the RNC. Ask yourself where you fit in with their vision?
If Romney is elected our vision of a progressive America will change and Karl Rove and billionaires across the states will have a puppet they can manipulate into the war mongering, civil rights stripping, social security medicare ripping president of their dreams. Ask yourself why Romney wants to privatize everything in the government He wouldn’t just be president but he will set it up so that he, his sons, and friends will own those services imo…how scary is that? we have a hard enough time dealing with our insurance companies who don’t want to give us great service for the money we pay. I can’t imagine anyone’s social security being handled by a private organization.
I am so late to this show. I guess, I was afflicted with a little ABC snobbery, I don’t expect much from them since they cancelled Detroit 187. But Once Upon a Time is excellent. I watched the entire series on Netflix. Yeah, I can be one of those people who once I latch on to a good story I refuse to let go till I reach the end. Stephen King books ruin my life for at least a week because I won’t let those gabillion page novels down till the last word is read.
In Once Upon a Time the show bounces between the fairy tale characters we love in their world and the modern world in set in Storybrooke, Maine where those characters were transported by an evil queen. In this new world the characters have no idea who they are but the queen does and she rules as mayor of Storybrooke. Her adopted son knows she is evil and after his teacher gives him a book of fairy tales he connects the dots. He goes in search for his real mother who is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and the savior for all of Storybrooke and can release the curse.
The writing is awesome and the acting good. I could nitpick if I wanted to but overall the show is solid entertainment. My biggest critique would be that twenty-two episodes is too long. As with most drama serials the show really starts to lag around the eleventh episode and I can see why viewership dropped till the season finale.
Season two premieres tonight on ABC at 8pm. I will be watching and I hope the writing surpasses the first season.
You can watch all of Season One on ABC.com or Netflix, like I did.
For a couple of months now a video has been circulating on YouTube of a fundraiser of Mitt the Twit and his billionaire friends. In the video Romney dismisses Obama’s supporters as people who take no responsibility for their livelihoods and who think they are entitled to government handouts. And the uproar begins. Now it’s front page news and will be dissected by every political pundit for the rest of the week. I hope it is another nail in the coffin of this imbecile.
But seriously , what makes this clandestine confession amongst his friends new business? Romney has shown from the beginning what he feels about anyone not on his income level. He has shown via his no-details campaign that he does not need to explain himself as why he should be president. It’s his right you stupid people!
Mitt is an assholic. He’s been drinking his own urine far too long to get off of it and at this point an intervention wouldn’t help. His whiteness gives him entitlement to the White House and by any means he will try to infect all of us with his assholic-ness. You, people who vote for Obama are welfare, social security, union loving waste of space says Romney. Get used to being the abused girlfriend America but don’t look for an apology after Mitt slaps the isht out of you. Real men don’t apologize after they whoop your ass. Remember that Nov 6
Race. It has come down to that for the Grand Old Party. With zero percent of the African-American vote and the Latino vote slipping it comes down to angry uneducated white men/women who are afraid of losing their America. Instead of calming their fears you have chosen to exasperate them. You have chosen to divide this country by creating a ‘them’ and ‘us’ America.
Shame on Mr. Romney.
Well I’m America too Mr. Romney. Did you notice the faces at the Democratic National Conventions? Americans were there. White, Black, Christians, Muslims, Buddhist, Atheist, men, women, children…they are Americans too. Where were all our faces at the grand old party?
You say you are a moral man Mr. Romney but where are those morals? Where is this religious family man compass you speak so highly of but have yet to demonstrate to America? Manipulating, distorting, and misleading the truth is just plain old lying and you have done a lot of that.o
Desperation. Winning at all cost. Suppressing votes. Desperation.
You are not what America needs at all. You are a terrorist, sir. No one may have ever asked you to see your birth certificate but we certainly need to ask you to show us your good character. But I suspect (no, I know) you lost any good character years ago. Many, many, many years ago. I hope you really do find the God you say drives you….a God I do not want to know if that is true.
I was mad at you sir. Very mad. I didn’t think you were really for our President. I didn’t think you were doing your best for the Democratic party. Your fire and passion were gone and replaced with bitter feelings and I felt like you were just giving lip service but last night…oh my God, last night you came out swinging for the party and for our President.
You gave one of the best speeches I’ve heard from you in years. I’m fixing to tell you why! Point by point you shamed the devil and point by point you made me remember those old feelings I had for you. It is so nice to have you back, to have you really back. Back with the fire we all know you have. It is that fire and passion that makes us all swoon for you and swoon over you. Welcome back Mr. President.