Wow. Just. Wow. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this. First there was the grisly carnage of the bombing on Monday, leading into the speculation of who did it. Then last night there was the chaos of the car chase, the shootings and more explosions, and now the lock down of Boston while the hunt for this mad man takes place. There are so many victims, and so many heroes.
I feel as if I’m watching Homeland, or 24, or one of the many TV shows or movies about terrorists that have cropped up since 9-11. However, this is real, and it’s incredibly scary and unsettling. Most of all, it’s incredibly heart breaking.
My heart goes out to Boston today, as it has all week. Stay strong, and stay safe. The rest of the country is in your corner.
At this point, all I can say is that I’m glad I live in the Middle-of -No-Where, Kentucky. At least all I have to be concerned about are the Meth heads, Jesus freaks, and the occasional cow wandering out into the road in front of my car.
Note: This post contains sarcastic responses to fat bias.
I have a confession.
Fat is a behavior after all.
You see, it's not just that I am fat or that I have fat on my body. Nope. When I go out, I am purposefully being fat.
And it is my personal mission in life to be as egregiously fat as possible.
Actually, It should be happy christian holiday copied from the Pagan rite of spring Ostara, which celebrates the emergence of new life after the harsh winter months. The christian hierarchy had a cunning way of fashioning Pagan holidays into their own, in order to manipulate nature worshipers into becoming obedient christians.
At any rate, this cartoon perfectly symbolizes what Paul Ryan and the GOP is all about: Stealing out of the mouths and pockets of the poor and middle class, in order to make fatter the class that has already grown morbidly obese by feeding from our hard work.
A tip of the tin foil hat to cartoonist Mike Luckovich, for hitting the nail on the head, as well as a tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal for sharing.
The battle now going on in Washington over taxes and entitlements is a fixed fight. Democratic and Republic leaders now agree that crucial safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare would be cut. The only question is whether reductions in entitlements will be accompanied by moderate tax increases on the upper-income brackets, as the Democrats propose, or not, as the Republicans insists.
By Joe Samalin, MasculinityU Contributor
(Read Part I of this piece here)
In continuation of my post yesterday, I want to share another very important reason we as (white) male feminists need to join this particular conversation from Zerlina Maxwell’s appearance on Fox News and how we can: the idea that women are somehow responsible for preventing rape against them.
Today is International Women’s Day. In honor of the day (as well as Women’s History Month), I thought it would be fitting to offer a up a brief bio on the first woman to serve in both the U.S. house and the senate, Margaret Chase Smith.
Born in 1897 in Skowhegan Maine, Margaret grew up in a large family of 6 children: Only 4 of which would survive childhood. Growing up under modest means, she began working at the age of 12. After graduating high school in 1916, she met local politician and future husband Clyde Smith, her greatest influence to her future political career.
During the roaring 20′s, Smith became heavily involved in local and state politics. Championing women’s issues, she would co-found the Skowhegan chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and later served as president of the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club. After marrying Clyde Smith in 1930, she was elected to the Maine Republican State Committee, a position she would hold until 1936.
In 1937, her husband Clyde was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives: He served until 1940, the year he died of a massive heart attack. After Clyde’s death, Margaret ran for his 2nd Congressional District seat, and was elected unopposed. While becoming a fixture on the House Naval Affairs committee, she was a Republican moderate known for voting her conscience. She supported much of FDR’s New Deal legislation, and in her later years as senator, she vehemently opposed Joseph McCarthy‘s communist witch hunts. In 1950 as a U.S. senator, she would deliver on the senate floor her speech
Declaration of Conscience, in which she would roundly condemn McCarthy and his unfounded attacks.
As previously mentioned, Ms Smith served on the House Naval Affairs Committee during the war, as well as the House Armed Services Committee. During her tenure in congress, she sponsored legislation that would give women permanent status in the military in 1948, and became known as the mother of the Navy Waves.
In 1948, she decided to run for the senate: she won easily, receiving more votes than her three opponents combined. She would serve there until 1972, when for the first time, she lost an election. Her time in the Senate, may have been her most noteworthy: She was mentioned by many as a possible running mate for Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. In 1964, she ran for president, becoming the first female to place herself in nomination. She placed 5th at the Republican National Convention.
In addition, her time as senator from Maine would include the chair of the Senate Republican Conference. Known for her staunch support of the military, she was also firmly in favor of the space program. She was a charter member of the Senate Aeronautical and Space Committee, and was a primary driving force in NASA putting a man on the moon in 1969. Ms Smith was also a firm supporter of educational funding, civil rights, and Medicare.
After she lost the election of 1972, she would live out her remaining days in her hometown of Skowhagen. She died in 1995 from a stroke, at the age of 97. In 1989, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1995, she was awarded the Naval Heritage Award for her long history of supporting the Navy as well as the WAVES. In addition, Ms Smith was the longest serving female senator until 2011, when Barbara Mikurski surpassed her with her election to her 5th term.
There you have it: Margaret Chase Smith was a woman born of modest means from a small town in Maine, and grew up to become one of the most influential women in American politics for over 3 decades. She was a politician and pioneer, paving the way for aspiring women politicians who serve our country today. Though a Republican, she voted her conscience and was not afraid to support legislation generated from both sides of the aisle. Mother of the Waves, and champion of the space program, she was her own woman who gracefully forged her way down a path dominated by men. She stood up to Joe McCarthy, and almost landed a seat in the White House- twice. She was a remarkable woman, recognized by the single red rose she wore daily pinned to her lapel.
Thank you Margaret Chase Smith for all that you have done. You may no longer be a household name, but when I think of today’s best and brightest women in politics, I will think of you.
I hope that powerful women such as Hillary Clinton, Claire McCaskill and Elizabeth Warren hold your name dear in their hearts.
I know I do.
It's been almost 5 years but the stock market has finally made it all the way back to where it was when the great financial crash began way back in 2008! Yes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has finally made it all the way back from its lowest low of 6,547.05, more than doubling to over 14,000!
But for some reason the American people haven't made it back nearly as far since then.
Disclaimer: Dear white feminists, this post is in keeping with my organizational background. I do an analysis of media organizations and not, say, you and your friends, your individual experiences, or of tweets. You are welcome to conduct that analysis but you will not find it here.
Children are sacred. They are off-limits for behaviors and treatment that are perfectly acceptable for adults.
Across the board, Starbucks seems to be one of the few corporations that seems to get it. They are socially conscious and environmentally friendly, and they really seem to care about their employees. However, it’s a shame that their coffee is not that good. I’ve tried to like their coffee, I just can’t get past the burnt taste from what they do to their beans. Any way, that’s just my opinion: Kudos Starbucks!
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