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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

To Hijab or Not.....One Woman's View.

I may make more comments in a bit…but wanted to respond to this specific point. “There are layers upon layers of conditioning and memorizing and learning since childhood that one needs to dig through to reach an original innocence to start from”
This cultural conditioning was exemplified so very well in the l949 (yep) song:
ARTIST: Rodgers and Hammerstein
from ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’, 1949
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be carefully taught
This was written actually about racism, specifically against blacks…although in the play and movie it is about a Philidelphia man being unable to resolve how his family would take his marrying a Tonkinese girl.
But the essence presented was that yes. Each person must search for their own deep personal conviction about ALL ‘learned’ behaviors. Only those who reach the top level of maturity can do it. Others just take the easy path w/o thinking and say ‘XX’ told me I have to do it, so I do.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day...

Thanks to all who have served... and will serve to protect and defend us. May your CIC chose your battles wisely.

Two good shares for today. On October 10, 2009, LT. Dan Choi, CAPT. Mike Rankin (RET), former MAJ. Andrea Hollen, & former CPT. Anthony Woods presented a wreath to the fallen at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery on behalf of the LGBT community. . Video by Sean Chapin.

Also this selection of USARMY photos from their spectacular photographers.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Listening to Patients: Voices from the Underground

Here is a wonderful new blog I found. She is an MD that writes from the patients POV, patient stories. This was the best lesson/advice I ever learned in med school. LISTEN to your patient...They will 'tell' you what they have.

And there is, and never will be, any published 'guideline' that can teach this or can measure it! or grade it!

If you or your family have conditions she has written about you may be helped. Just knowing someone is listening helps.

Listening to Patients: Voices from the Underground

Monday, May 23, 2011

So TENNESSEE is going to STOP passing ANY CIVIL RIGHTS laws every again!

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce actively lobbied for a religious right bill in the Tennessee legislature that would rescind Nashville's civil rights protections for its gay and trans citizens,
and would ban every city in Tennessee from passing any civil rights laws, for anyone, ever again.

Here from Is a list of the national companies that
supported the 'Don't Say Gay' bill...via their Chamber of Commerce.

"Please visit the Facebook pages of each of the companies who are responsible for the hateful law passed in Tennessee last week that will repeal gay and trans municipal civil rights protections (and protections for every other minority), and ban cities in the state from every passing any civil rights law ever again, for anybody."

Each of these organizations is a board member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Each of them is responsible for the chamber's endorsement of, and lobbying for, this religious right hate legislation. We only have a few days to convince the governor to veto the bill - these companies need to help fix this problem now.

Go to the blog there are links and advice how to contact these companies.

Thanks for all you can do.

@MHarrisPerry TWEETLINE for #BOBlackWin & #BOBlackFail

MHarrisPerry Melissa Harris-Perry
Next several tweets are a few thoughts on black focused accomplishments & failures of Obama admin. Using hashtags #BOBlackWin #BOBlackFail
31 minutes ago

I am just hoping to give some sense of where I am coming from as I assess this administration on race @LindaHusser

Focusing on African American issues because spent several days in robust debate about whether BO is good/bad for black ppl. @LindaHusser

WIN and FAIL are just easy for a hashtag, not meant to be a global assessment of the presidency. @LindaHusser

RT @KathaPollitt Failed to stop stampede to block abortion coverage in HCR. Black women most affected, proportionately. #BOBlackFail

Increased funding available for federal student loans. Disproportionate positive impact on AfAm students. #BOBlackWin

Ended Bush-era no-bid contracting meaning minority business owners once again had fairer shot at fed contracts. #BOBlackWin

Passed Health Care Reform, but did poor job of defending or explaining it in coherent fashion. #BOBlackWin and #BOBlackFail

Did not use either of his SCOTUS nominating opportunities for an African American. Left Thomas as only brother on Court. #BOBlackFail

Has very long lag times between meetings with Congressional Black Caucus. Often more than a year. #BOBlackFail

Brought hip-hop to the White House. #BoBlackFail or decide

Signed Hunger Free Kids Act to increase federal $ to provide quality meals to low-income children. #BOBlackWin

Signed extension of Ryan white HIV Act for federal $ for HIV treatment. Blacks most affected by the disease. #BOBlackWin
20 minutes ago

MHarrisPerry Melissa Harris-Perry
Failed to offer swift or sufficient public support to Van Jones or Shirley Sherrod. #BOBlackFail

Signed Lily Ledbetter equal pay act for women. High impact for black women whose wages make up large % of black income. #BOBlackWin

White House Initiative on HBCUs uses executive order to give $98million increase to HBCUs. #BOBlackWin

Dept of Educ policies give preferential treatment to often unproved charter schools. #BOBlackFa

Department of HUD refuses to settle on $ for its discriminatory policy in The Road Home program. #BOBlackFail

Dept of Agriculture finally settled on $ for Pigford case sending millions to black farmers for past discrimination. #BOBlackWin

Dept of Justice restarted (after 8 yrs) aggressive prosecution of employment discrimination cases. #BOBlackWin

2010 Fair Sentencing Act reduced racial disparity in crack/powder sentencing w/ potential impact on black incarceration. #BOBlackWin

Friday, May 20, 2011

Now connected to world in so many new ways!

Beginning stalled ... restarting with new experiences, ideas.

Returning to blog after moving the other one away where it belongs.

This is now me. Here in 2011 so much the same, so much is different.

We are in the ARAB SPRING, Tunisia and Egypt got rid of tyrannical, stealing dicatators who treated countries as personal fiefdoms/banks. Libya is having a harder time, but NATO/US helping to shut down armed Gaddafi forces. The freedom fighters are learning how to fight for their freedom.
We needed to follow all of this on twitter because US news couldnt/wouldnt.

Al Jazeera English became a huge source for good updates, but even they use tweets I think...and once you find a link inside each country you get their view of the facts.

Here a few shots of free Libyanmen proudly cleaning and painting their
new 'old' flags (was flag of prior republic before Gaddafi) all over town!