Take That Yellow Ribbon Magnet Off Your Bumper

Carissa:

This.

Originally posted on Desert Beacon:

Yellow Ribbon Senator Harry Reid (R-NV) nailed the ginned up controversy about the capture of a Libyan terrorist in this commentary:

“It doesn’t matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There’s no conspiracy here, this is actual news. But the reaction of some of the Republicans, I’ve been told, is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI. They’re trying to say, oh, it’s no big deal. I wonder if the men and women who captured the terrorist agree. But the Republicans said it’s no big deal. Even in these days of polarization, created by the obstruction, the delay, and diversion of the Republicans, even in these days of polarization, their reaction is shocking and disgusting. They’re so obsessed with criticism, criticizing anything President Obama does. They’ll go so far as to sit here and insult the men and women…

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Introducing Rainbows At Play!

Carissa:

Awesomeness!

Originally posted on Raising My Rainbow:

It all started years ago when we went looking for other families like our own — families raising gender bending boys who like wearing skirts and playing with dolls.

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We came up with nothing…until we found each other.  Every day we are grateful for the relationships that have developed between our families.  We’ve always been aware that we have it good and, now, we are giddy as hell to help other families connect.

This blog post marks the official launch of Rainbows At Play.  Rainbows At Play is an online community that connects families raising gender nonconforming kids so they can playdate and find fierceness in numbers.

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Here’s how to join:

  1. You must be a primary caregiver of a differently gendered child.  (If you are not raising a child, please don’t join the community.  Help us keep Rainbows At Play kiddos and families safe by only joining if you…

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SOS VENEZUELA (I)

Originally posted on Please...don't move!:

This manifestation is as violent as those in my country, but there, they kill us.

The above quote was displayed on a banner in the manifestation last Saturday in Barcelona  (see pictures in gallery).

That was a peaceful protest.

We were protesting against insecurity and dictatorship in Venezuela. For doing this, the government in Venezuela sends troops and kill protesters. If you are sensitive to human rights, Please….move! and share this gallery.

Thanks.

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They Just Can’t Help Themselves?

Carissa:

Excellent post by Desert Beacon.

Originally posted on Desert Beacon:

GOP Women QuotesThere’s probably a reason for the GOP “Women’s Problem.”  When Google gives a seeker at least ten+ pages containing lists of quotations*  from prominent Republican and conservative sources, which grate like a rasp on bare skin, then perhaps some people have been providing a fairly accurate assessment of the mentality of party leadership on women’s issues.

Collections of commentary about women’s anatomy, and the functioning thereof, range from A to B, from Republican sources including the infamous “body shutting down,” to the more recent suggestion by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee that “If Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive  system without the help of government, then so be it.”

It’s difficult to corral…

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Why We Fight Anti-Vaccinationism

Carissa:

This. This. This.

Originally posted on Mike the Mad Biologist:

Katie Couric recently had a scurrilous episode of her show Katie where a mother whose daughter tragically died, blamed the HPV vaccine for her death. As Seth Mnoonkin notes, there is no evidence to support this claim:

* More than 25,000 new cancers attributable to HPV occur in the United States each year. Almost 12,000 of these cases are cervical cancer in females; another 6,000 are oropharyngeal cancers in men.

* More than 100 million doses of the vaccine have been given since it was approved in 2006.

* A study published in the British Medical Journal in October evaluated 997,000 girls, 296,000 of whom had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. More than 150,000 of those girls received all three doses. The results? Absolutely no link to short- or long-term health problems. As Lisen Arnheim-Dahlström, the lead researcher on the study, told Reuters Health

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