Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

WHAT I’M THINKING ABOUT TODAY…

July 8th, 2014

Humans are complicated and ultimately individually unique. Each of us is a singular serious of adjectives that begins with Human and ends with me. As a wise woman once told me, Once you’ve met a person who is x then you know one person who is x. All of our personal Venn diagrams look like […]

HATRED MASQUERADING AS RELIGION…

July 8th, 2014

A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes […]

A GOOD DAY FOR KENTUCIANS…

July 2nd, 2014

A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses. US district judge John Heyburn in Louisville concluded that the state’s prohibition on same-sex couples being wed violates […]

RUN/THROW/FIGHT LIKE A GIRL ROCKS…!

June 27th, 2014

Via Pharyyngula…

HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR HARVEY MILK STAMPS…?

June 26th, 2014

Seriously, I have, have you? Dropped into my blogpile 970 days ago…

WHEN KUTE KLUTZY KLOWNS HACK…

June 23rd, 2014

This was still posted at 0837 (so, sometime between 1300 and 1550, the post was pulled after being there for something like 22 hours. Wow.) today, but I expect that after people have their first cup of coffee the hacked message will disappear. Poor Flumpy, I wonder who he pissed off. And just so you […]

ME TOO…

June 19th, 2014

At the end of the school year I had a discussion with one of my students about X-Men: Days Of Future Past and I asked him what did he think the X-Men comics, and the movies that they gave birth to, were about. He didn’t know. He didn’t understand that he was one of the […]

AMERICA’S REAL ENEMIES WITHIN…

June 16th, 2014

To the Editor The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 11 June 2014: While the flood of hatred toward the current President and his policies has become a trickle compared to what it was in 2010, the op-ed page in the Sunday edition of The News-Sentinel usually contains at least one or two letters, long on rhetoric […]

THE MOV* NEEDS A STETSON KENNEDY…

June 10th, 2014

Previously… *Mid-Ohio Valley, which is roughly defined by the counties around Marietta, Ohio, the county seat of Washington County and Parkersburg, West Virginia, the county seat of Wood Count.

THEY DID WHAT, WHERE…?

June 10th, 2014

Yesterday I sent a note to the Marietta Times saying that I hoped the paper was all over the story published in a United Kingdom paper on Sunday about the KKK rally in Parkersburg. No reply yet, but the above story did appear below the fold on the front page today. Given the the Times […]

BOYS…! GIRLS…! BORED THIS SUMMER…?

June 8th, 2014

I’ve attempted to establish the origin of this photo and the earliest use I’ve found so far–sometime in 2009–is to a website that is no longer active. The earliest use on a site still active is from a post written on 9 February 2010 [Update at 0633 on 9 June-- I found the original source […]

YOUR CHANCE TO BE A THINKING LAB RAT…

June 5th, 2014

Gender is an endlessly complex subject. There are people who spend their entire lives attempting to understand and explain it. This is true even among those lucky languages speakers, I’ve been reminded, where “sex” and “gender” are separate words with intelligible histories that we can understand give them distinct meanings. [Note that here any points […]

CAIN’T LET TH’M HUSSYS LEABE…

May 7th, 2014

UNION… UNION… UNION…

April 30th, 2014

DOUBLE STANDARD? WHAT DOUBLE STANDARD…?

April 26th, 2014

I don’t care for Hillary Clinton. I think that there are better women out there for whom I would vote in a heartbeat. If she is on the Democratic ticket in 2016, I will not vote for her. Actually, unless there is an exemplary woman at the top of the ticket–Should-Have-Been-Senator Jennifer Brunner, Elizabeth Warren, […]

100 YEARS AGO MY GRANDMA WAS A FEMINIST…

April 25th, 2014

BUT THEY ARE CHANGING, VERY SLOWLY…

April 17th, 2014

This very situation arose two weeks ago in one of the schools where I work. Fifty years ago there would have been no discussion. In 2014 there was a discussion and the situation was redressed, but change does not happen until people stand up and declare “No. Not here, not now. Not while I live!”

TOO BAD THEY’RE PEEL AND STICK

April 15th, 2014

I have a new favorite Forever Stamp.

A BINARY VIEW OF CULTURE…

April 10th, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: People who take a strict binary view of culture (“culture of privilege = awesome; culture of poverty = fail”) are afflicted by the provincialism of privilege and thus vastly underestimate the dynamism of the greater world. They extoll “middle-class values” to the ignorance and exclusion of all others. To understand, you must […]

RACISM HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT…

April 1st, 2014

Like me and Roldo Bartimole, Derf has been a long-suffering advocate for eliminating the racist Chief Wahoo image and the Cleveland Indians name from our city. So, just stop for a moment and consider how you would react to a baseball hat with any of these logos on the front. Not all offended? Who about […]

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