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|Feel so near....
Most of the time, the atomization of our society makes us feel isolated, far apart from each other. Cyber friends are scoffed at, labeled "not real," while "meat" friends often disappear at the ...
|Longing for home..
I used to participate a lot on Daily Kos. I joined a long, long time ago, and found many wonderful online friends through this blog. I used to be an activist. I used to be a student at DePaul ...
|My son needs a bone marrow transplant - I need your help (please read update!)
My son is 29. He has overcome significant learning disabilities to graduate cum laude from Chicago's Columbia College and to find work in a very difficult field, video editing. He was just about ...
|The 3 a.m phone call: A uniquely American Story
The juxtaposition of the gun violence debate and my sister’s birthday occurs this April 10th. That's her birthday. Well – it would have been her birthday, if she had lived longer than 27 years.
|Which side are you on?
Two Americas, John Edwards said, though he was hardly the first to say it. And while Edwards turned out to be a tragic disappointment, it was refreshing to hear a prominent national Democratic ...
|The Coop: a haven for the very, very nervous
Do other Kossacks imply you are a concern troll? Do you find your "but what about voter suppression!" posts being scorned? Do you remember going to sleep on that Tuesday night in November 2000 ...
|Anti-Capitalist Meetup: And the eyes of the world are watching now
"When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun / Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one / But ...
|Thy Kingdom Come....
I don't want to get into the reasons this child of secular Jews, with no interest in patriarchal religions ended up in a Christian homeschooling group. I've talked about it elsewhere. It happened, ...
|You've got three minutes....
That's what the Illinois state representative told me when I pleaded to be included on the crowded speaker's list for the Illinois General Assembly House committee hearing on the abuse and neglect ...
|Pursuing Justice, seeking help
It's a pretty old story. The fact that I was surprised by it speaks only to my naivete, much as I realized that only a white person could be shocked that votes were not being counted in Florida in ...
|The Wit and Wisdom of the Freepers
I like reading taglines. There are some great ones here on DKos. They are often inspiring, funny, revealing, creative. For example, Kossack Yameneko2 has this: "Politics should be the part-...
|The Fury of the Unhinged
"Kibbutz, why do you do this to yourself?", an online friend asked when I was sharing some comments and "news" from a right wing site. I'm not a masochist, truly I'm not. I monitor right wing ...
|WYFP: Doom & Despair edition
A shocking confession: I've never been known for my sunny, "glass half full" outlook. My daughter refers to me as "Daria", the cartoon character of gloom, angst, and bleakness. But even by my grim ...
|The Lessons of Vinegar Hill, or why we can prevail
The sun was settin' the rocks on fire The fields blisterin' with the heat When the militia came marchin' through our town Knockin' sparks off the little streets The priest watched them from ...
|KosAbility: The Special, the Challenged, & The "R" Word
"Delayed" "Cognitively impaired" Special / Retarded / Feeble minded / Moron / Simpleton / Imbecile / Cretin Idiot / Challenged Pick your category. These are only some of the labels,
|We don't all call dinosaurs Jesus ponies: The tale of a progressive homeschooler
Yes, I know the stereotype. Say, "Homeschooler" and this is what you think of :
|My Dinner with Kyle, or the loneliness of the religious progressive
Is there anything lonelier than a progressive with spiritual - let alone mystical -inclinations? I was once the only non-fundamentalist Christian in a homeschool support group, and that was pretty ...
|“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated”
George Bernard Shaw is the author of the quote on "hate" that entitles this diary. It came to mind when I was reading, in some awe, of Donald Trump's curious rise to the top of the GOP's popular ...
|"Feel so Near...." - pagan music 911
It's universal, transcends culture and language and class and for me, at least, is a lifesaver. For the past six months, I've felt little but anger and grief. I've tried to pray, to meditate, to ...
|Profitable are the sick, for they shall be exploited
Good news for the shareholders in the mega pharmaceutical company, Bristol Myers Squibb: the FDA just approved the drug ipilimumab, also know as "Yervoy", for use in metastatic melanoma. ...
|The Scarlett O'Hara School of Politics
“I can do without your money,” she cried. “I’m making money out of Johnnie Gallegher’s mill, plenty of it, now that I don’t use free darkies and I have some money out on ...
|The velociraptor in the room||KibbutzAmiad||03/12/2011||93||145||5||1274|
|So what are you willing to risk?
Do you know the origins of the celebration of May 1, May Day, as a worker's holiday? (everywhere but the US, of course, where the origins of the day lie....) It is derived from the events ...
|A New New Deal - defending the public
It was January 11, 1944. FDR was giving his State of the Union Address. A Democratic president, but he wasn't talking about bipartisan compromise or "shared sacrifice". He was talking about a "...
|Promises, And Pursuing Justice
I've written a lot about my friend Will, who died on October 6, 2010. "Friend" is such a nondescript word, overused, vague. It means everything, and nothing, and I am not sure it's the right one ...
|“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”
Welcome to Free Republic! America's exclusive site for God, Family, Country, Life & Liberty constitutional conservative activists! It's not "Redstate". ...
|"The victors will be those who can the most endure...."
I remember a news story about a man who had somehow gotten his leg pinned between some downed trees. He waited, but no one came. He had a saw within arms reach and eventually, made the decision ...
|The Right to earn, learn & live: the betrayal & the way forward
January 11, 1944. FDR was giving a state of the union address. In it, he called for a "second bill of rights", under which "a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all - ...
|...And that's all I know...
If you've been through cancer treatment, for yourself or with a loved one, you know the secrets. Like a combat veteran, you're a member of a club you never wanted to join. But just as many of us ...
|The Dream that Depends on the Misery of Others
I was driving into Oak Park on Sunday. I was heading to a meeting of the New New Deal Project, a project dedicated to developing strategies for realizing FDR's "Second Bill of Rights" - the one no ...
|"Uniquely American...fantastic..get any sleep?"
That's George Bush's infamous response to the ...
|The Soundtrack of Struggle
From the earliest time, music has provided the spirit of the labor movement. One of the concerns of the most politicized of the 1960s anti-war activists was that the music they listened to was not ...
|Only through utter poverty shall we all be prosperous
Apparently this is the philosophy behind the right in the US today. Housing market collapse? Unemployment skyrocketing? Impose "austerity" measures on working people while enshrining historically ...
|Suburban Subversives: Activism in the Suburbs of Chicago
I'm in DuPage County. And if you are familiar with Illinois, DuPage County is probably not what comes to mind when you think about progressive activism. There's a story my father tells. It might ...
|Who are you calling elitist?
Like many of you, I've attended many a meeting with fellow activists. Anti-war, pro-single payer health care, economic justice, all good causes, all good people. And with few exceptions, it tends to ...
|Chicago suburbs: "Don't tread on me"
I went to lunch today with an activist friend in DuPage County. On the way there, I noted two things. First, I passed three "Don't tread on me" flags, the symbol adopted by many "Teapartiers". ...
|New Group: Chicago Suburban Progressives
Do you live in the Chicago Suburbs? There's a lot going on out here. Are you familiar with the DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition? The West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition? DuPage Immigrant ...
|"Social welfare net" or Kafka - you decide
Any survivors of the US "social safety network" know well that to actually access and acquire a benefit, you must undergo a trial by humiliation, frustration, degradation, and endurance. My friend ...
|WYFP? Into the Abyss edition
I debated - does this FP really belong here? Perhaps it's more appropriate for "Grieving Room." I also worried that it might sound a tad - well - unhinged. Kind of like Scott Fitzgerald's "Crack-...
|"Ring the bells that still can ring...."
"Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/there is a crack in everything/that's how the light gets in...." Leonard Cohen wrote those words, and they've been getting me ...
|"This muslime pervert needs to be shipped back to Kenya"
Given the fondness the mainstream corporate media has for the "Teaparty" movement, and their refusal to acknowledge the raw and revolting racism that runs through it, I thought it would be helpful ...
|Tonight's right wing rant is different from other nights....
I frequently read Free Republic and other right wing blogs. It's no worse than my other job, cleaning an animal shelter. Well, yes, it is worse. But at least cleaning 40 litter boxes gives me some ...
|"They tell you about your rights. But they won't let you use them."
My friend Will uses this refrain repeatedly when describing his experiences with the "agency for people with disabilities" - I'll call it "The Agency" - that he's been with for 22 years. He's had ...
|"There's hope. You just can't have it."
This is an update on my friend, Will, who's story I told here: "Something Fierce and Imperishable...."
|"Something fierce and imperishable...."
Something went wrong just before my friend Will was born, in a small city in the midwest, in the mid 1960s. The most likely cause: a mild prenatal stroke. It did not cause enough damage to be ...
|Just another murder-by-spreadsheet death
The media thinks it's funny, the fight over healthcare reform. Rick Sanchez was yukking it up, showing the various strident speeches from members of both parties. I guess he had a better day than ...
|Sick over health care reform
I am not a Democrat. I am way, way to the left of the American Democratic Party; Bernie Sanders is a moderate in my political spectrum vision. Nonetheless, I work hard to elect Democrats and that'...
|The Jordan is waiting.....
A statistic: 80% of developmentally disabled people experience abuse and neglect. Physical injuries, mental injuries, sexual abuse, and egregious neglect, often inflicted by family members, other ...
|Over the side of the Life boat
I got a call from my supervisor yesterday, my day off. I work for a not-for-profit organization providing services for disabled adults (mostly mentally challenged). The people I work with ...
|Two Days to Go
On July 1, barring a budgetary miracle in Springfield, approximately 26 clients I assist with a variety of tasks from counseling to grocery shopping, doctor's visits, banking, hygiene and social ...
|"No one asked us...."
Today I came home from work with another headache, jaw sore from clenching my teeth, drained emotionally and physically. I spent the whole day with people who's lives are being ripped apart. Hours ...
|Mortgage modification fraud?
Jim Richman, former HUD commisioner, currently runs a California based business called http://www.homeretentionprograms.com/ For a significant fee, he promises to negotiate a mortgage modification ...
|The Coop: Election night eve jitters edition!
Welcome to the Final Edition of my four day diary series providing a haven for the very, very nervous - The Coop! If you are having problems with anxiety and this election, this is the place for ...
|The Coop: A Haven for The Still-Worried
Welcome to The Coop, a haven for the anxiety ridden Kossacks out there who might feel a tad, well - unappareciated - in other threads. Been called a handwringing concern trolling chicken little?
|The Coop: A Haven for Chicken Littles
Halloween is over but you are still haunted by nightmares....Wolf Blitzer at 3 a.m. is saying , "Well no one could have predicted this!" and a beaming Brit Hume is smirking about "Americans who ...
|The Coop: A haven for the Politically Anxious
This is Day 2 of "The Coop" - a diary haven for the Chicken Littles among us who want a safe place to vent anxiety and fear. Fair Warning: If you are upset or annoyed by the freaked out, ...
|The Coop: Chicken Littles welcome here!
We've all seen the comment wars going on. They start in the morning Kos poll front page posting. McCain is up a point yesterday, one more today...there is a tightening reported in an important ...
|Nov. 2000, Nov. 2004, and the Chicken Little Syndrome
I'm not an especially metaphysical sort of person. But once in a while, I have a gut reaction to something or someone that seems to defy reason, and I've learned to pay attention to those moments.
|The Politics of Magical Thinking
If you could put a camera inside whatever part of my brain controls my political thought process, I suspect what would be seen would resemble that cute little graphic so oft posted of late, with the ...
|The Grieving Room - This Love will Carry...
Welcome to The Grieving Room . ( From exmearden's diary) A special welcome to anyone who is new to The Grieving Room. We meet every Monday evening. Whether your loss is recent or ...
|Rightwing World: A trip through the Looking Glass
A year ago, I embarked on a dark and frightening journey. I began monitoring the Free Republic and Little Green Footballs, two of the more well - know right wing blogs. I felt like Frodo, ...
|Crushed in America
In the infamous Salem Witch Trials, all the victims were executed by hanging except for the only man killed, Giles Corey. He was pressed to death - heavy stone after stone was piled on his chest ...
|Who has the dream now?
Having returned from the Chicago anti war rally encouraged but unsatisfied, I was thinking that instead of the group of many excellent but legion speakers, a rally featuring one truly remarkable ...
|Discouraging Day at the temple
I am a member of a social action committee at a Reform synagogue. In the past, I would have comfortably described my synagogue as progressive. One of our rabbis is a gay woman, living with her ...
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|Homeschooling - not just for wingnuts||KibbutzAmiad||03/25/2006||30||15||1||2|
|Eavesdropping - the up-side||KibbutzAmiad||02/12/2006||5||3||-||-|
|What's Your Effin Problem, Guest Diarist Edition||KibbutzAmiad||09/24/2005||44||17||-||1|
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