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Hey everybody! After a great facebook convo with Kossack Jill Richardson and her friend Sara Robinson, I decided to start a MoveOn Petition directed at David Green, Hobby Lobby President, asking him to remove knitting needles and crochet hooks from their shelves, as these items constitute home abortion kits.

Please help out by signing and circulating my petition!

I can't seem to embed the petition, maybe because I'm the only one who has signed it yet, but you can find it here!

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If the Koch Brothers are going to use their fortune to sponsor a private Coup Against America™, then let's use our collective power of collectivism to fight back. Strategy below the fold.

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Call me picayune, but yesterday morning, I woke up annoyed with Chris Hayes, Alex Wagner and all my MSNBC friends. My husband was blasting All In over the internet. Alex Wagner was reviewing the new Russel Crowe movie about Noah and the flood.

All parties were amused that the Right Wing has gotten its panties in a bunch over the director's portrayal of Noah as a vegan environmentalist. But, any other fanciful science-fictioney or Gilgameshy deviation from the text notwithstanding, none of the panelists including a Biblical scholar seemed to realize that if one takes the Bible literally, then one must conclude Noah was a vegan environmentalist.

That's right. If you actually take time to read the text, you will find that Noah was a vegan environmentalist.

If he lived today, he'd be a champion of the Endangered Species Act.

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Truchas, NM
Truchas, NM
I am director of a rural Health and Human Services in northern New Mexico; as such, I am at the front (and, geographically speaking, frontier) lines of ACA implementation.

I am tasked with simultaneously working with the state of New Mexico to successfully implement ObamaCare in our community, and standing up to them to make sure it is implemented in a manner that respects and benefits the people of our largely, pre-Mexican-American War Hispanic County.

While implementation of a new law is a policy issue, the ACA has been politicized. And, as Tip O'Neil pointed out, all politics, even the self-inflicted kind, are local.

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On August 14, the Rio Arriba Community Health Council will hold All Things Medicaid, our first ever Twitter Town Hall. The hashtag for the event is #HealthierNM.  Some of my readers know that I went to Netroots Nation this year to learn how to put together a Twitter Town Hall to help my community, which is tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, communicate without the mediation of outside press. Momsrising members like Elisa Batista (@elisabatista) and Dr. Kim Ellis (@drgoddess) showed me the ropes as per the video link below.

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Walter H. Reichelt 1925-1987
I want to thank my fellow Kossacks.  This year, my beloved father-in-law of 30 years passed away while I was at Netroots Nation. The next morning, my friends at Netroots for the Troops addressed 150 care packages for the troops as a memorial to him.

Walter was a WWII vet. He commanded a tank in Czechoslovakia and France. His service to his country was especially important to him. He would have loved knowing so many boxes were sent to troops in his name.

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Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 04:58 AM PDT

My Problem with Pronouns

by TheFatLadySings

I've always had an uneasy relationship with pronouns.

When I was a teen-ager, somebody taught me how to use them. She sat me on a chair next to a pillow and told me to talk to the pillow about how I felt. Instead, I pretended I was the pillow and I told Sheila, "She feels this. She feels that."

We began again, (and again and again). But every time I tried to say, "I feel," I first became angry, and then, if I worked through it, experienced a floating sensation, growing strangely disconnected from my body, as if I were dangling in the air above my own head.

So Sheila rubbed my back gently and taught me to breathe from the bottom of my belly. Yoga breath. And in time, it became easier to say, "I feel" and "I am."

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"Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus and more may the Eternal do to me if anything but death parts me from you." (Ruth 1:16-17)

-Ruth's promise to Naomi.

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Last year, an impromptu KosAbility Caucus asked me to help coordinate NN13 for individuals with special needs.  I am working with Eric at Netroots Nation to solve a few problems including finding a fleet of powerscooters and power wheelchairs that can be rented at a discount, and rounding up a team volunteers.

Find out how you can a) help, or b) benefit below the squiggly doo-dah!

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Last year, an impromptu KosAbility Caucus asked me to help coordinate NN13 for individuals with special needs.  I am working with Eric at Netroots Nation to solve a few problems including finding a fleet of powerscooters and power wheelchairs that can be rented at a discount, and rounding up a team volunteers.

Find out how you can a) help, or b) benefit below the squiggly doo-dah!

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:48 AM PDT

Race, Rape and Empowerment

by TheFatLadySings

Last night, I had a dream about Howard Street.

When I was growing up in Chicago's East Rogers Park, Howard Street was the edge of the known universe. That was where the neighborhood changed and white people didn't venture. The Chicago of my youth was a segregated city, as divided as the deep south. Some neighborhoods were black, some were white, and some were "other." Very few were racially mixed.<!--more-->

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I have never been a politician. I've always run other peoples' campaigns, or vaccinated the elderly, or looked for ways to treat substance abuse, or dragged groups of young leaders with me to Netroots Nation. I never seriously considered running for office myself.

I've been the only Anglo in the room now for two decades. And, until a few nights ago, I saw this primarily in terms of limitations.

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