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Who am I? I am a baseball nut. Paily fan. Iowegian farmer's daughter. Flaming liberal. Sunday school teacher. Writer. Pinterest rock star and Willy Wonka wannabe who likes girls. Yeah, that's pretty much it.

Make no mistake about it - if you choose not to participate at the ballot box or in the urgent discussion about the world that we will one day pass on to the next generation, you no longer live in a democracy. You have sentenced yourself to a civic gulag dictated by the whims of those who choose to participate. […] You don’t just get democracy - you have to make it happen.

_ Bradley Whitford, in his commencement address at The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004 (x)

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The story of Paige McCullers — in color, and in black and white — is one about a girl whose attempt to be true was ripped from her hands by someone who built her fortress out of other people’s lies. It’s the story of a girl who wanted to die but wouldn’t let herself because she didn’t want…

Is it just me or has NBC gone overboard talking about the ‘athlete moms’ at the Olympics?

I think it’s awesome what they’re able to do but it smells much like the WNBA’s promotion of Candice Parker and Lisa Leslie through the years. They’re trying to go for the Wonder Bread, wholesome soccer mom vibe but, jeez, I get it: straight ladies are in sports too. I already knew that.

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Jordan Ferrell Davis was shot and killed by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, FL in an altercation where Dunn approached 4 young black males playing loud hip hop music in car at a gas station. After a verbal exchange, Dunn pulls out a gun and fires 8 shots into the SUV full of teens, killing young Jordan. In his testimony, Michael Dunn claims he acted in self defense after the boys allegedly threatened him with a shotgun although no gun was found at the scene. Dunn also neglected to call 911 after the incident which is already more than enough reason why this was a racially motivated, trigger happy, act of rage against teenagers. Similar to the murder of Trayvon Martin, we have another vigilante style execution against a young black man, all over loud music in a public space. #justiceforJordandavis

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Jordan Ferrell Davis was shot and killed by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, FL in an altercation where Dunn approached 4 young black males playing loud hip hop music in car at a gas station. After a verbal exchange, Dunn pulls out a gun and fires 8 shots into the SUV full of teens, killing young Jordan. In his testimony, Michael Dunn claims he acted in self defense after the boys allegedly threatened him with a shotgun although no gun was found at the scene. Dunn also neglected to call 911 after the incident which is already more than enough reason why this was a racially motivated, trigger happy, act of rage against teenagers. Similar to the murder of Trayvon Martin, we have another vigilante style execution against a young black man, all over loud music in a public space. #justiceforJordandavis

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Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination

By Mark Joseph Stern - On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representativesoverwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face anOklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life.

If that sounds overblown, consider the bill itself. When passed, the new law will allow any individual, group, or private business to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” Private employers can continue to fire gay employees on account of their sexuality. Stores may deny gay couples goods and services because they are gay. Hotels can eject gay couples or deny them entry in the first place. Businesses that provide public accommodations—movie theaters, restaurants—can turn away gay couples at the door. And if a gay couple sues for discrimination, they won’t just lose; they’ll be forced to pay their opponent’s attorney’s fees. As I’ve noted before, anti-gay businesses might as well put out signs alerting gay people that their business isn’t welcome.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” This is nothing new, but the sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.

It gets worse. The law’s advocates claim that it applies only to gay couples—but there’s no clear limiting principle in the text of the billthat would keep it from applying to gay individuals as well. A catch-all clause allows businesses and bureaucrats to discriminate against gay people so long as this discrimination is somehow “related to, orrelated to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement.” (Emphases mine.) This subtle loophole is really just a blank check to discriminate: As long as an individual believes that his service is somehow linked to a gay union of any form, he can legally refuse his services. And since anyone who denies gays service is completely shielded from any charges, no one will ever have to prove that their particular form of discrimination fell within the four corners of the law.

Supporting the bill on the House floor, Republican state Rep. Charles Macheersproclaimed that “discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful. … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill.” The latter claim is absurd, of course—this bill is an explicit effort to make gay people’s lives miserable—but the former is absolutely true. Discrimination is hurtful and horrible, and it will also soon be codified into Kansas law, as other red states look on (and follow suit). Homophobes are nothing if not savvy, and while the judiciary dukes out the gay marriage issue, the shrewdest bigots have already moved on to the next battle. There might still be time to prevent such discrimination in bluer states. But in dark-red places like Kansas, anti-gay segregation is the new reality.

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9 worst love lessons from romantic comedies

Romantic comedies make us laugh, cry and believe in true love. Unfortunately, they also make us believe in a whole bunch of other things aren’t true — things that are kind of false and definitely destructive.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we give you a list of films that taught us incredibly stupid love lessons that we hope people are sensible enough to ignore.

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