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Alabama Standoff Continues

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So this crazy bastard has a five year-old in a bunker and our representatives want to fight gun control. What will we say to the parents if this thing goes bad?

When you get this post, email and call your representatives and tell them to co-sponsor legislation to tighten access to guns (or introduce legislation in your state). Encourage your family and networks to do the same.

Don’t wait until gun violence intimately touches your life because if we don’t do anything, it will. Trust me, I know.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Family, Health, Politics, Youth

 

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What’s On the Menu?

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Dirt.

A french restaurant in Tokyo, has the latest in cuisine.

Offerings include salad with dirt dressing, dirt ice cream and dirt risotto. They actually have seven courses for the dirt menu for $110.

Perhaps it’ll boost your immune system…

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Family, Fun

 

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Love Shack Law

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Did you know that it is illegal for unmarried couples to cohabitate, in the state of Virginia? Still on the books (1877), senators are working to repeal this law which makes living together a misdemeanor.

Talk about the government being in your bedroom…

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Politics, Relationships, women, Youth

 

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Uncle Luke

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Interestingly enough, I was just telling my daughter about 2 Live Crew about a week ago: the music and their landmark court case. A song was playing that used a sample from “Me So Horny” and we were discussing rap music. C’mon Tipper, teens have always listened to music that their parents rejected. How about parents engaging with their kids and actually knowing their friends, monitoring their music/game/tv consumption and…wait for it…talking about it.

BTW – I was a fan and I did not feel degraded as a woman… in my view, it was music plain and simple. In fact, I wrote an term paper on the supreme court ruling for my Media Law class in college, but I digress. 

ANYWAY, I stumbled across an article about how Luther Campbell aka “Luke Skywalker” is tearing it up on the football field as a defensive coordinator for a Miami high school. The writer’s underlying premise seemed to be that this former rap artist could not possibly be a role model to young men. Why not? We’re talking entertainment from more than twenty years ago!!! Obviously if he’s volunteering his time and has made personal financial investments in the recreational football leagues in his Miami neighborhoods, his priorities have changed. It bothered me that he was denied a coaching license based on his prior career.

Since 2010, he’s volunteered as an assistant coach with city approval at Miami’s Central and Northwestern high schools, which have each made appearances on Rivals.com’s national prep football rankings, but Florida officials refused to grant him a coaching license until this past summer, when the decision landed in an administrative judge’s lap.

Really?!? He has no criminal record, not a sex offender and is willing to donate his time to mold the youth of his neighborhood. Campbell is 53 and has a track record for charitable works and coaching in Miami. Florida offcials surely have more important issues to tackle than blocking this man’s volunteerism…no pun intended.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Family, Fun, Rant, Sports, women, Youth

 

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Orange Is the New Black

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I had never heard of Piper Kerman, a fresh-faced blond, until recently. And why would I? Kerman was arrested for smuggling drug money from Chicago to Brussels, ten years after the fact…ahhhh to be young and stupid. She plea bargained and manuevered only 1 year of prison time. Her memoir, Orange Is the New Black has been picked up by Showtime as inspiration for a mini-series.

Meanwhile Kerman has a few insights from lockdown that can be applied to the workplace. Talk about transferrable skills. I’m an avid reader so I may pick up her memoirs today. Should be a good read.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Girls, Movies, women, worklife balance

 

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The 25 Best Jobs of 2013

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The best of the bunch according to US News & World Report. A graphic presentation of top careers for the coming year.

Only three of the top careers is not IT or health-related. Sixteen focused on some aspect of health (one that of animals).

1. Dentist
2. RN
3. Pharmacist
4. Computer Systems Analyst
5. Physician

¡Ay, que lastima! Writer/PR professional was absent…

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Health, women, worklife balance, Youth

 

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Women Have BEEN In Combat…hellooooo!

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Women in the military is an issue which is close to my heart. Although I have philosophical issues with the military, I admire those who bravely serve our country and am passionate about them receiving the treatment and benefits that they have earned.

In a previous position, I had the honor of meeting many women in uniform and experiencing their humility. I was charged with educating the public about women in the military at a time when nobody wanted to talk or hear about it, circa 2005. It was also my responsibility to communicate about women veterans and female soldiers as well as the unique research, advocacy and programming that the organization offered.

So today’s announcement is long overdue. Women have been in combat due to the nature of modern war. Purple hearts have been awarded to women for getting limbs blown off while getting a unit to safety during an attack. Unfortunately when I looked it up, the list of notable recipients did not include any women (although I’ve met a few). An interesting issue raised is this change increasing promotion opportunities, as those in combat are frequently rewarded.

There will be those who disagree. Those who will argue that women have no place and will drag down the quality of our military. Already there are grumblings of elite forces such as Navy Seals requesting an exclusion. Other arguments such as women lacking the physical strength.

I believe that women should simply be recognized for all the contributions that they have made to the military.

The armed services have until May 15 to implement.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, women

 

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