I work for a lifestyle magazine. I do a lot of reading and research online. My editor is an amazing woman. I don’t mind twerking. I love dogs, football, (the real version!) and old black and white movies. My workplace is here.
I give you David Kukulkan…
So today was the day. The Westboro Baptist Church- looks like 4 of them- came to visit Rhode Island. T’was somewhat of a surreal experience. You see their faces and signs online and on the news but seeing them in person was kind of like seeing a unicorn- if unicorns were evil, could talk, and used their speech to demean others.
The counter protest turnout was spectacular- students, Occupiers, LARPers, and drag queens all made it out with probably a few hundred people at each location- a least for the ones I could make it too.
The Church members sang, but you couldn’t really hear what they were singing, nor would anyone want to since it’s hateful and from what could be heard, they are not meant to be singers and wont be getting a record contract anytime soon.
As the cops directed traffic, most drivers honked their horns- presumably…
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Common sense for free.
Once again, a typical Conservative statement of values (with apologies to Hugh Segal): Minister James Moore says “Well, obviously nobody wants kids to go to school hungry. Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast? Empowering families with more power and resources so that they can feed their own children is, I think, a good thing. Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”*
Wrong, I say. The government is us. And it is our job to help nourish our neighbour’s kids. It’s all very well to talk about “empowering families” so they can feed their own children. Nice and vague. That’s a fairly typical right-wing perspective. It lets them off the hook. But how do you ‘empower’ alcoholic, or gambling-addicted or mentally ill parents…
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Why I love the internet.
When I started blogging 7 months ago I was entirely anonymous and felt fairly free in saying pretty much anything. Although I would never identify specific people. Too much of the teacher and private person in me for that.
As time has gone on and I have felt more comfortable within the community and in my writing and strength of feelings on certain subjects I have opened up more about myself but it does give me some concerns.
The more I have revealed of myself the greater the likelihood that I will be discovered and might get into trouble for ‘swearing’ or touching on certain subjects and being identified as a teacher by specific name.
The odd thing is I’m at the point where I don’t give a shit. I’ve been toying with the idea of going for promotion in a particular school and have to make my mind up…
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