mickeym: (spn_demons i get)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] epeeblade:

18 year old girl wears dress that's too revealing to senior prom. Gets suspended.

That's not the WTF part. The WTF part is this: she had the choice between taking the suspension or being paddled.

PADDLING?!?! In a PUBLIC school, in Alabama.

And as Epeeblade points out, if you're a school admin paddling an 18yr old woman for 'punishment', it's not discipline. It's fetish porn.

ETA: This site lists the states that still allow corporal punishment, as well as the # of kids punished that way. It also lists the states that don't allow it, and when they stopped.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Dead Marine's father ordered to pay protesters' legal costs - The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church says an order to pay the protesters' legal costs in a civil claim is nothing less than a "slap in the face."

Westboro Baptist Church, in case anyone needs a refresher, is Fred Phelps' church; the one that has a website "godhatesfags.com", and who picket military funerals, saying our men and women are being killed over there as punishment for allowing the sin of homosexuality.

The attorney for WBC is Phelps' daughter, and she had the balls to say that the money they receive from the ordered payment will go to fund further protests.

I very seldom use the word hate, but in this case? Oh, yes. I hate Fred Phelps and everyone who allies themselves with him.
mickeym: (pop_chris what the fuck?)
600-pound New Jersey mom wants to be world's heaviest woman.

She is ON PURPOSE trying to gain weight to get to 1000lbs. ON PURPOSE!

She spends $750/week on food, not including fast food jaunts to McDonalds, etc. She funds her grocery bill by running a website where men "pay money to watch her consume large quantities of food."

It's just...really depressing, and kind of sickening, actually. I know there are people out there who need to gain weight, but wanting to do it just so you can get the world record? I really do not understand that. At all.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Lone Senator Blocks Unemployment Benefits extensions.

He's one of Kentucky's senators, a fucking Republican (of course).

Starting Monday, the jobless will no longer be able to apply for federal unemployment benefits or the COBRA health insurance subsidy.

With the Senate not in a position to vote on the extensions until next Tuesday at the earliest, senators and their staffs scrambled to determine the practical implication of letting the programs lapse -- even if for just a few days.

In addition to funding unemployment insurance and the COBRA health insurance program for people who have lost their jobs, the bill would have prevented a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.


I've written to him via his website. This is what I said. )

The way I understand the issue, the majority of the senators want to pass the extensions as an emergency measure. Bunning doesn't oppose the extensions as such, but wants Congress to provide upfront the $10billion the program(s) will cost, rather than "offset" them.

It's a Kentucky senator holding things back, but this affects EVERYONE currently drawing unemployment benefits or applying for COBRA. I strongly recommend contacting your local representatives (you can google your individual state + senator to get contact information) to try and get this issue resolved. The CNN article says that nothing will go forward now until "next Tuesday", and it's hard to tell if they mean next, as in this coming Tuesday (March 2nd) or the Tuesday after that. I really hope it's the 2nd, but doubt my luck is going to run that way.

This weekend has just been fucking spiffy, both in personal issues and in the events affecting people on a more global scale.
mickeym: (spn_gender issues genderswap)
Kids Pulled From Transgendered Teacher's Classroom

The comment/quotes I like the best (plz to be noting the sarcasm in that) are:

A teacher's gender reassignment surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn't notify them ahead of time about the change.

and

Some parents told Travis Unified School District that they feel like their rights to know were violated.

And...why do they feel like it's any of their business one way or the other? What the hell difference does it make? Seriously. If the teacher is a good teacher, their gender is irrelevant, and it's their own private business if they were unhappy as one gender and felt they needed to be another gender.

Ugh. People really annoy me at times. How would those parents feel if someone was demanding to know the whys and wherefores of something intensely private and personal going on in THEIR lives?
mickeym: (misc_queer love is beautiful)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] raynedanser:

Apparently, the AFA has a problem with Hallmark offering same sex wedding cards. (You know what? Here's a simple solution. DON'T BUY THEM. It's easy as that.)

Isn't it a joy to see a company like Hallmark showing some spine?

It seems the American Family Association (AFA) has up an online form to send Hallmark hate mail for making same sex marriage greeting cards. What a shame it would be if people used it to send Hallmark support mail instead...

Takes a second and is easy to do. Please forward it along...

http://www.afa.net/Petitions/Issuedetail.asp?id=329

Automated! Convenient! FUNNY.

Go and foil, before they get smart figure it out. (Ed. because that'll never happen.)

Just the thought of Hallmark getting lots of email originating from AFA supporting their stance on gay marriage is putting a big smile on my face. What they said, do it before they figure it out. Bwhahahaha!!


ETA: (thanks [livejournal.com profile] eyesfullofhope!)
Hallmark is now blocking emails from the AFA, according to the AFA website. But I sent the chairman a separate email from MY email address.

The chairman's email is sgronb3@hallmark.com.


Pass this along, please!

Pass this along, please!
mickeym: (misc_proud parent of an aspie)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin:

On July 16, Michael Savage, conservative radio talk show host, claimed that autism is "[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "

That's the summary. Click on the link for all the assholish goodness.

[livejournal.com profile] mecurtin thinks he should be nomiated for Scum of the World. I think I agree. Either that, or burn him in effigy. I'm not particular, at this point.

The most effective way to demand that this scumsucker be yanked is to call whatever station is broadcasting him in your area. Media Matters has links to help you find your station, though it isn't complete -- AFAICT Savage is still heard on WNTP AM-990 in the Philadelphia area. Be as polite as possible -- it's going to take a lot of deep breathing on my part.

Also, a great article from Louise at Pam's House Blend about her autistic child. In case you think Savage is a lone nutjob, read the part at the end where a relative told them, you [parents] are the only people responsible for that (Jean's autism), the consequences of your actions and denials that have made your daughter the person she is today. I DO NOT wish that upon any parent. Scum spreads.
mickeym: (misc_proud parent of an aspie)
Via [livejournal.com profile] aspecialparent, but also seen on [livejournal.com profile] raynedanser and [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez's LJs:

Mom says special needs child 'voted' out of classroom.

I really...can't describe how reading that made me feel. My *13yr old child*, who is special needs himself, said, when I broke down and started crying, "that's SICKENING", wrt to the teacher's behavior. He hugged me and held me while I cried, and said he couldn't understand why a teacher (or anyone!) would do that to a little kid. (Do I even have to say how proud I am of him right now?)

Some other links, by way of [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez:

Apparently some parents started a petition to get Wendy Portillo voted "out of her class", aka FIRED FOR FUCKING LIFE. If you want to sign, or just simply voice your displeasure with the school, sign here. This is an absolute disgrace.

Also, from here:

Barton said after the vote, Alex's teacher asked him how he felt.

"He said, 'I feel sad,'" she said.

Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.

Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school on Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.

"He was shaken up," she said. Barton said the nurse told her to talk with the child's teacher, who told her what happened.

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special."


You can reach the school and members of the board of education here.

Please feel free to pass this information on, link to this post, whatever. Please go vote in the petition to get the teacher fired for LIFE. If you have kids yourself, talk to them about the importance of valuing everyone, regardless of any disabilities or differences. I know the kids in the class were going along with what the teacher said to do -- they're five year olds, for heaven's sake -- but it's never, EVER too early to teach love and tolerance and understanding and to underscore the importance of standing up for those who maybe need it.

Editing to add information:

From [livejournal.com profile] hanncoll: If you're as outraged and disgusted about this as I am, please take a few minutes to contact the St. Lucie County School Board at webmastr@stlucie.k12.fl.us, or call Lucie County Schools Superintendent Michael J. Lannon at (772) 429-3925 (fax #: 772.429.3916, email: lannonm@stlucie.k12.fl.us), or contact the school principal, Marcia Cully at (772) 337-6730 (email: cullym@stlucie.k12.fl.us) and tell them so.

Because Alex has been repeating the phrase "I'm not special" since the incident, there's information here about a card-writing campaign to let Alex know that he IS special.

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