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Work in tv/film production - Unionista UPM for the DGA - Mother - Music Lover - Graduate of The New School economics/film - Born & raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn 1981 - living in Manhattan.

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Whether you like big cities or not, you need them.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/19/you-might-not-like-big-cities-but-you-need-them/

Cool New Kansas Bill Would Let Everybody Spank Your Child

Letís say you live in Kansas and you are super duper into the idea of spanking your kid because you canít think of any other way to address disciplinary issues or just because you are an abusive bastard. (Why choose?) And letís say that you also wish that someone would just clarify how much spanking and bruising you could do? Well, you are in the right place, people, because Kansas is coming correct by proposing the biggest bestest slap-your-kids-around law ever. Freedom!

House Bill 2699, which was introduced by Rep. Gail Finney, exempts corporal punishment by a parent from the definitions of child abuse, endangering a child, battery and domestic battery.

Corporal punishment is defined under the bill as using oneís palm to strike the clothed buttocks of child up to ten times and using reasonable physical force to restrain the child. The bill acknowledges that this may lead to bruising.

Good thing this gives you a nice firm number. 10 strikes good, 11 strikes bad, and whatís a little bruising between friends? Better still, the bill makes sure that if you want to send a note to school along with little Johnny, his teachers can whack him too.

The bill also says that other legal guardians and step-parents of children can spank a child, and school personnel and other people can, too, if they obtain written permission from the childís parents. Spanking may be used on children up to age 18, or older, if the child is still enrolled in high school, the bill says.

The rest: http://wonkette.com/542176/cool-new-kansas-bill-would-let-everybody-spank-your-child

Ta-Nehisi Coates: On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents of black boys already know this. Except the parents of black boys have long said this, and they have been answered with mockery.

Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition.


Spare us the invocations of "black on black crime." I will not respect the lie. I would rather be thought insane. The most mendacious phrase in the American language is "black on black crime," which is uttered as though the same hands that drew red lines around the ghettoes of Chicago are not the same hands that drew red lines around the life of Jordan Davis, as though black people authored North Lawndale and policy does not exist. That which mandates the murder of our Hadiya Pendletons necessarily mandates the murder of Jordan Davis. I will not respect any difference. I will not respect the lie. I would rather be thought crazy.

I insist that the irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School. I insist that racism is our heritage, that Thomas Jefferson's genius is no more important than his plundering of the body of Sally Hemmings, that George Washington's abdication is no more significant than his wild pursuit of Oney Judge, that the G.I Bill's accolades are somehow inseparable from its racist heritage. I will not respect the lie. I insist that racism must be properly understood as an Intelligence, as a sentience, as a default setting which, likely to the end of our days, we shall unerringly return.


Pure poetry.

Read this, then ask yourself: Isn't it amazing the riots haven't started yet?

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don't. I'm a member of the American "Used-to-Haves."

Now, I'm renting an apartment and I'm desperately awaiting a check so I can pay the rent. Yet, I'm lucky to have an apartment that includes utilities. Despite my college degree from a prestigious college, and solid employment track record, I can't get a job. It's been so long since my corporate days, I now feel unemployable.

My age doesn't help. But I'm as healthy as a thoroughbred, I appear quite young and would gladly accept a basic salary. I'm a bargain! But no. I'm freelancing for $15 an hour these days, but I used to earn $100 an hour. In fact, all the freelance hourly rates have been driven down to $15-30 an hour. To make ends meet, I also work as an aide ($13.75 an hour) and run a small local company. And my annual earnings are under $20,000.

I'm lucky to be in Massachusetts, where my health care is paid for, and fortunate to be of sound health and mind. But on days when I feel hopeless, I can envision myself 20 years from now, living in hardscrabble poverty. Female friends my age who are in similar financial circumstances are terrified of the future. If we can't get decent paying jobs today, there's little hope of getting a corporate job with benefits in the future. And during the past few years as we've struggled, we went through all of our savings, 401(k)s and anything left in the bottoms of our pocketbooks. So we can see ourselves as old, pathetic bent-over women, living in bus shelters, our ragged belongings in supermarket carts.

The rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-ann/american-used-to-haves_b_4732434.html

This is the job situation Obama inherited when he took office compared 5 previous presidents.

Via @keithboykin

GOPs 'Para Bellum Labs' forgets to buy all web domains. The obvious ensues...

Ok, to truly appreciate this, you,must click the links on the page to see where they lead:


For example: the 'Hey, we're hiring' link goes to this: http://parabellumlabs.org/jobs.php

Which gives you a list of "job descriptions". Again, to truly appreciate it, click the job title for link to description.

Click the 'engaging voters' "learn more" link at bottom of link home page.

New York mayor DiBlasio refuses to march in St. Patrick's Day parade over gay ban

New York's newly elected mayor is already walking away from one of the city's oldest traditions: The St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Bill de Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the March 17 amble along Fifth Avenue.

"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," said de Blasio on Tuesday during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."

De Blasio opposed a ban on gay pride signs or banners at the parade. The St. Patrick's Day Parade committee allows gay people to march, but argues that banners celebrating homosexuality would divert the parade's focus of honoring Irish heritage.

While both his predecessors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani participated in the parade, de Blasio did not march in the parade even when in the roll of public advocate, NBC New York reported.

The rest: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/04/22575215-new-york-mayor-refuses-to-march-in-st-patricks-day-parade-over-gay-ban?lite

Alaska has the highest rate of reported rape in America, 3x the National average.

Full story at: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/02/opinion/sutter-change-alaska-rape/index.html

SuperBowl post game press conference gets 9/11 TRUTHERIZED!


Press play button on video at link or just click the video screen.

George Rekers, Anti-Gay Activist, Co-Founder of Family Research Council Caught With Male Escort.

George Alan Rekers, a prominent anti-gay activist who co-founded the conservative Family Research Council, was caught returning from a 10-day trip to Europe with a male escort he found on Rentboy.com, which is exactly what it sounds like.

UPDATE: The escort now says Rekers is indeed gay, and that Rekers paid him to perform daily nude body rubs during their European jaunt. "It's a situation where he's going against homosexuality when he is a homosexual," the young man told the New Times, adding that Rekers -- who repeatedly asked for a move he dubbed "The Long Stroke" -- ought to divorce himself from his many anti-gay associations.

Rekers has a new explanation for the trip. "I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them," he said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The Miami New Times promises more details and a profile of the escort, whom they codenamed "Lucien" but whose identity has been revealed elsewhere.]

The rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/george-rekers-anti-gay-ac_n_565142.html

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