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Getting your picture taken. Doesn't seem like that big a deal to most of us. Considering the popularity of Instagram, Flickr and other photo-sharing sites on the internet, it happens millions of times a day.

But imagine that you're getting your photo taken for the first time. Think about how excited you'd be. Now, imagine that it's a professional photographer that's taking the photo. And you're getting your hair done. And makeup. How excited are you? Pretty pumped up, right?

Join me below the jump for the story of a movement that I'm proud to be part of.

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I'm calling this the Santa Claus edition because, well, it's Christmas Eve and it's the second list check for the day... I know, groan if you want, I don't care... :)

In this season of commercialism giving, there are a lot of people who are doing without, but not by choice. Circumstances beyond their control are forcing people to make difficult choices that shouldn't have to be made in one of the richest countries on the planet. Join me beyond the jump for ways you can help... and props to jayden for the colorful tables from this morning. I'm not that talented with html, so I just stole borrowed used his...

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Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 10:04 PM PST

My Time at the KC 2-day Free Clinic

by KCBearcat

I spent the last two days at the 2-day free clinic in Kansas City at Bartle Hall, sponsored by the National Association for Free Clinics. I'm tired, but it's a good tired.

When I heard on Keith's show that the NAFC was doing a 2-day clinic here in KC, I signed up to be a volunteer almost a month ago. I even got my mom to come help for a day. I knew this was going to change me, but what I wasn't prepared for was how much.

Join me below the jump for some of their stories (names and other identifying details withheld for privacy purposes).

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Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 07:57 PM PST

Been Too Long

by KCBearcat

Cross-posted at my blog DemWrite.

If I had to come up with a reason for my lack of posting, it's pretty simple, really. If I'm going to post something, I want it to be more substantial than simply saying, "What Keith said...." Keith Olbermann's special comments seem to be the words I want to say, but he seems to be able to put them together in a much more forceful way than I can. That's not to say that I don't think I'm a good writer. I do. Keith is just in a class all his own, the Edward R. Murrow of this generation.

I'm going to try to talk about a few issues that are in the news as far as Missouri politics (a lot of it is national in scope), as well as Kansas, our neighbor to the west.

Dive in after the flip.

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Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 11:26 AM PST

Turner: Cheney "VP for Torture"

by KCBearcat

Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence under President Jimmy Carter, has called Vice President Dick Cheney "a vice president for torture", saying that Cheney "was damaging America's reputation by overseeing torture policies of possible terrorist suspects". Turner made these comments in an interview with Britain's ITV news yesterday.

Quite frankly, I'm happy that Mr. Turner has called it as he saw it and let it be known.

http://www.cnn.com/...

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Sun Jul 10, 2005 at 02:09 AM PDT

Why Fox News Must Go Away

by KCBearcat

Cross-posted to my blog DemWrite

As a writer/journalist, I'm a big fan of the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says, in part:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...
As Voltaire once said, "I may not like what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." That said, I think FOX News should go away.

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Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 08:04 PM PST

Intolerance

by KCBearcat

This is a piece I wrote in the early fall of 2001, shortly after the attacks of 9/11... With all the recent state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriages, I think it's still relevant.

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Events in our world recently have brought to mind a single word: intolerance. It is this word that has driven the attacks on the United States and, in some ways, has also driven our response. I'm not saying that everyone feels this way, but large numbers of people do and it's, at best, disturbing.

We've learned that someone wrote a letter to the hijackers, in copies found in the luggage of one of the hijackers at the airport in Boston and at the crash site in Pennsylvania. The letter was part prayer book, part instruction manual. It told each of the hijackers how they were to prepare themselves for the attack, making sure that they were clean, as well as their clothes and shoes, and that they should make sure they were not followed to the airport. They were told that they were doing God's work and that, by carrying out this mission, they would be earning everlasting life in paradise.

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Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 12:35 PM PST

James Madison was right.

by KCBearcat

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Madison uttered these words about 200 years ago, at a time when the new nation had just recently thrown off the shackles of a king who taxed them without asking their opinion and generally did what he wanted.

I am not saying that George W. Bush thinks he's a king, although he did once say that being a dictator would be easier. What I am saying is that under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy, in this case the hard to define enemy of "terrorism", he has brought tyranny and oppression to this land.

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