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Welcome to Tree huggers & bleeding hearts, a place where those of us that are "to the left" can speak openly about our political views without threat of criticism. I want this group to be a place of healthy, considerate debate as well as a place of shelter for our social beliefs.

Ted Kennedy: badass dude

Posted By wren1 on Aug 25, 2009 at 11:22PM

Ted Kennedy has been one of my favorite senators for awhile. I don't integrate personal issues into my politics so whatevs, and he has never been afraid to break rules for what he wanted. My type of person-to me a political basass! (dare I saw maverick) I remember being in Hyannis Port as a teenager riding bikes by the Kennedy compound, and thinking that even then, as a kid. He could rebel against the usual, and you knew it wan't just to rebel, it was him speaking out on his beliefs. His most recent passion is universal health care, which is his total commitment and I can hope it garners strength in his passing

Imagine being under George W.'s regime and having you hands tied behind your back because of the admonistration, only to finally  get a president you respect (Obama!), and having your hands tied behind your back in a differnt way, meaning cancer. Ted Kennedy said his heartfelt goal was universal healthcare, and I for one will be extra enthusiastic in making that happen.

Let his vsvion of universal healthcare live on.

The Party of Beavis and Butthead

Posted By sexylibrarian on Feb 27, 2009 at 11:35AM

I got a pretty big kick out of Bibby Jindal's responses to the Presidents not State of the Union speech Tuesday night. His Southern accent was much more pronounced then is was on Meet the Press on Sunday. I was appalled that he used Katrina to try to show us that government doesn't work. Here is Paul Krugman's response to the speech.

What should government do? A Jindal meditation

What is the appropriate role of government?

Traditionally, the division between conservatives and liberals has been over the role and size of the welfare state: liberals think that the government should play a large role in sanding off the market economy’s rough edges, conservatives believe that time and chance happen to us all, and that’s that.

But both sides, I thought, agreed that the government should provide public goods — goods that are nonrival (they benefit everyone) and nonexcludable (there’s no way to restrict the benefits to people who pay.) The classic examples are things like lighthouses and national defense, but there are many others. For example, knowing when a volcano is likely to erupt can save many lives; but there’s no private incentive to spend money on monitoring, since even people who didn’t contribute to maintaining the monitoring system can still benefit from the warning. So that’s the sort of activity that should be undertaken by government.

So what did Bobby Jindal choose to ridicule in this response to Obama last night? Volcano monitoring, of course.

And leaving aside the chutzpah of casting the failure of his own party’s governance as proof that government can’t work, does he really think that the response to natural disasters like Katrina is best undertaken by uncoordinated private action? Hey, why bother having an army? Let’s just rely on self-defense by armed citizens.

The intellectual incoherence is stunning. Basically, the political philosophy of the GOP right now seems to consist of snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny. The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.

Disgraceful (public post)

Posted By Dana Forman on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:51AM

These photos of protesters outside the Oscars last night make me want to throw up. I can't wrap my mind around how someone can be so hateful.


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Is This Cartoon Racist??

Posted By sexylibrarian on Feb 19, 2009 at 7:37AM

This cartoon was in the New York Post yesterday. I am curious to here what everyone thinks about it. I think it is a tad on the offensive side.

Tagged with: Offensive Cartoons

Touching Video: DON'T DIVORCE US *public post*

Posted By MrsJigglesworth on Feb 7, 2009 at 10:25AM

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

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"No Name Calling Week"

Posted By sexylibrarian on Jan 26, 2009 at 9:26AM

I came across this article today. I think teaching a practice tolerance is everyone of our jobs weather we have kids or not. As a middle school teacher I am constantly telling my kids things that they say are not nice and put others down. I think in this day and age a little tolerance and no name calling is the way it should be.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has declared January 26-30 "No Name-Calling Week." They're trying to call attention to the destructive effects of name-calling and its ugly stepsisters: harassment and bullying. Considering how gay Americans are still subject to open harassment and institutional prejudice all over the country, you can see why GLSEN has a vested interest.

But this effort is also supported by many gay-neutral organizations and groups, including Girl Scouts of America (who once again far surpass the Boy Scouts when it comes to tolerance), the National Education Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Some will say "No Name-Calling Week" is more accurately called "PC Police Week." After all, an offensive term over the dinner table might be applauded in a rap song. What might be inappropriate to say in your conference room could be perfectly acceptable on the highway after some #%&@ idiot cuts you off. And an escape into Yiddish means instant immunity for many in my extended family.

So where does colorful expression end and insult begin? I support the GLSEN initiative not so much because it muzzles people, but because it inspires debate on where to draw the line and how to model respect. It's important because there's a clear connection between name-calling and bullying, and we've seen what bullying can lead to. On its anti-bullying website, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services categorizes name-calling as a clear form of bullying. My home state of New Jersey (which knows a thing or two about being teased) also makes the case:

"Though perhaps not as obviously painful as physical bullying, name-calling and teasing can be just as harmful when they result from an "imbalance of power" between the bully and the victim. For example, children's name-calling with terms such as "queer" or "fag" is definitely a form of bias-based bullying."
Over 35 states have taken persistent teasing seriously enough to pass anti-bullying laws. Many state legislatures were inspired by a 2002 U.S. Secret Service report that concluded bullying played a major role in several school shootings. A 2001 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study found that 30% of students in grades 6-10 reported being bullies, victims, or both.

More recently, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the 2005-2006 school year, 28% of students ages 12-18 reported having been bullied at school during the previous six months. Of these students, 53% said that the bullying had happened once or twice during that period, 25% had experienced bullying once or twice a month, 11% reported having been bullied once or twice a week, and 8% said they had been bullied almost daily.

And when you picture bullying in school, don't think "Welcome Back, Kotter" so much as "The Wonder Years." The NCES report revealed that a higher percentage of middle schools than high schools reported daily or weekly occurrences of student bullying and student sexual harassment of other students.

Just last Wednesday, a Long Island, New York 18-year-old was arrested for menacing, beating, and robbing fellow students at his high school. His excuse: "Freshman Friday," a "bullying ritual in which some upperclassmen torment their youngest schoolmates," according to a Newsday report. Even if you dismiss the incident as isolated, how many schools have this lovely "Freshman Friday" tradition? It doesn't exactly sound like an elective. One student-run high school newspaper in Palo Alto, CA calls for an end to it.

Add to this the recent rise of cyber-bullying, a phenomenon that inspires flashy headlines in newsrooms (unless teen girls are sending nude cellphone photos of themselves to classmates. That story seems to top them all.) According to a 2004 survey of 1500 students in grades 4-8 by iSAFE, 42% of kids have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once. 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages. 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than one in three have done it more than once. 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.

Clearly, not every term we use to describe people is hurtful. True liberals don't mind being called liberals. Neocons don't mind being called neocons. NASCAR fans don't mind being called NASCAR fans. Most bloggers don't even mind being called bloggers, as belittling as that may be. Here's a tip: check with the person you're tagging before reducing him to two dimensions. (Note to Rev. Joseph Lowery)

Some parents -- and it's only the parents in this scenario -- see getting bullied as a necessary and beneficial rite of passage -- a skin-thickening, character-building exercise. I suppose the "character" they have in mind is Don Imus.

Others push the ridiculous notion that GLSEN is not out to reduce discrimination, but to promote and advance homosexuality. Message to these people: Relax. Respecting gay people won't make you gay. Nor will watching Brokeback Mountain, "The View," or even VH-1. Meanwhile, watching "American Idol" is considered completely manly. Weird.

While it's too late for many older people (and by that I obviously mean 30 and up) to change their ways, it's not too late for our children, who adopt new phrases and points of view as often as they change ring tones or their underwear. That's why the GLSEN program is targeting schools, educators, and students in particular.

Parents and teachers can play a part by modeling respect over insult, and by promoting and encouraging it in eye- and earshot of others, especially young people. Archie Bunker had his cake (and Edith too), but the rest of us are still on the hook for the messages we send through our behavior.

But we can mix our idealism with realism. In the safety of your own privacy, do as you will. Rev. Lowery should have thought twice before waxing poetic in front of nearly two million people, but the guy in the little red Mazda who zipped in front of me is definitely getting my very un-PC verbal barrage, even if it were "Be Kind to Idiots Week."

(No offense to Idiots.)

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Last Minutes Rules: Deregulating Environmental Protection

Posted By sexylibrarian on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:02AM

***Public Post***

Passing last minute rules and regulations is nothing new from out going presidents. But Mr. Bush is doing all kinds of great things to deregulate environmental regulations that are already in place. Here are a couple of articles explaining what is going on. I am really disgusted by this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/20/george-bush-conservation-cli...

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1856829,00.html?iid=fb_sh...

Shepard Fairey Obama Victory Poster!!!! NOW AVAILABLE!!

Posted By dreamsugar on Nov 10, 2008 at 1:13PM

Want an Obama Victory poster to celebrate our win? It's designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic HOPE poster.

I just got mine. Click this link to get your Obama Victory poster:

http://pol.moveon.org/shepposters/?id=-10532891-ZHRZ4tx

Thanks!

Bill Maher last night was more hysterical than ever!

Posted By Shiloh Jolie Pitt on Nov 8, 2008 at 12:57PM

The Farewell to Douchebags at around min. 6 cracked me up! :rotfl:

The New Obama Puppy - What should it be (cute puppy photos)

Posted By dreamsugar on Nov 8, 2008 at 8:28AM

Obama said it yesterday - the criteria for a new puppy is:
(1) The new puppy must be Hypo-allergenic
(2) They want a shelter dog (but they can also go to a breed specific rescue)

And look what I found!!!!
American Hairless Terrier

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanhairlessterrier.htm

Basenji

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/basenji.htm

Bichon Frise

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bichonfrise.htm

Bichon Yorkie

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bichonyorkie.htm

Border Terrier

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/borderterrier.htm

Cairn Terrier

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cairnterrier.htm

West Highland White Terrier

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/westhighland.htm

Wirehaired Fox Terrier

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/wirefoxterrier.htm

Yorkshire Terrier Dream's FAV!!

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/yorkshireterrier.htm

And more doggie breeds here:
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/allergy.htm