April is the cruelest month

indexApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. You can read more about that here.

It’s also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. You can read more about that here.

And thanks, Jac, for the links.

Privatizing water? Are you kidding?

indexNope. The World Bank has suggested privatizing water.

Can you see where this is leading?

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

Your commencement speaker most likely will be a Democrat

education-graphics_1080875aThe conservative Campus Reform says that Democratic commencement speakers outnumber Republican commencement speakers two-to-one. Here‘s The Foundry’s (Heritage Foundation) take on it.

If those numbers are correct, I have a few theories as to why that might be. Wanna hear ‘em?

Whose body is it, anyway, you ask?

Because of this kind of crap:

Hail, YES, I’m going to Whose Body Is It, Anyway?, an evening of improv comedy, drinks, and food to support Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. I’m on the host committee, for cryin’ out loud, because I whole-heartedly support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own down-yonders.

Join me at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. There will be performances by the fabulous Sea Tea Improv, and awesome people like yourself supporting an organization that gives comprehensive medical care to people throughout southern New England. Remember: You need to register beforehand (for the caterers).

And thanks, Jay, for the link to that video.

 

Nearly 70% of Americans support the so-called Obamacare “birth control mandate.”

imgres-1It says so here, but you can read more here.

Hands On Hartford needs a freezer

freezersThey’ve started an Indie-Go-Go account to raise money. Won’t you give?

You can read more about their good work here. I can’t say enough nice about Hands On Hartford. This is an awesome group with their hands all in to help Hartford.

Since when are you afraid of science?

S&W-ChiefWhen you fear the research will piss off your constituency, like Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) (who is running for Senate even while he’s trying to repeal Obamacare, by the way). If the good people at the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention are allowed to research gun violence, they just may find that we’re doing things all wrong. And we can’t have that now, can we, ‘Muricans?

Besides, as Leftover so deftly points out, we already know the answer.

For shame, Rep. Kingston. For. Shame.

Happy Muslims!

In Chicago! Happy Muslims! (And I don’t care. I love Pharrell and I love this song, and was shocked — shocked! — when I played this at the beginning of a recent class and had a student protest loudly.)

(And I would give cash-money to see my fellow Fundamentalist Christians have at this song. Let’s go, chosen! Shake your wild thing!)

Ending gender-specific Happy Meal toys

downloadRead this wonderful essay by New Haven’s own Antonia Ayres-Brown that includes this:

In a series of 30 visits, we sent boys and girls, ages 7-11, into 15 McDonald’s stores to independently order a Happy Meal at the counter. We found that 92.9 percent of the time, the store, without asking, simply gave each child the toy that McDonald’s had designated for that child’s gender—a Justice fashion toy for girls and a Power Rangers toy for boys. What’s worse was the trouble the children encountered when they immediately returned to the counter and asked to exchange their unopened toy: 42.8 percent of stores refused to exchange for an opposite-sex toy.

In the most egregious instance, a McDonald’s employee asked a girl, “Would you like the girl’s toy?” The girl responded, “No, could I have the boy’s toy?” When the girl opened the container a moment later, she learned that notwithstanding her explicit request, a McDonald’s employee had given her the girl’s toy. This girl went back to the counter with the unopened toy and requested, “May I have a boy’s toy, please?” The same McDonald’s employee replied, “There are only girl’s toys.” We then sent an adult male into the store who immediately was given a boy’s toy.

Because it’s funny, that’s why.

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Happy Earth Day

imagesHow do you intend to celebrate?

Here are some creative ideas, from Grist.org. And locally, you can make plans to attend Riverfront Earth Day in Hartford, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday and goes through the afternoon with games, activities, a march, speeches, and a whole lotta fun. You can register here.

There’s such a thing as suburban poverty, and it’s growing

Suburban-Poverty-2013Brian Charles, at the New Haven Register, recently interviewed Elizabeth Kneebone, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program fellow, and co-author of Confronting Surburban Poverty in America.

As you may already know:

By the end of the last decade the suburban poor population exceeded the number of inner city poor people by 2.6 million people, according to the Brookings Institution.

You can learn more here, and you can watch the interview here. Brian will be delving deeper into suburban poverty in the next few weeks.

About your opinion on women’s reproductive rights:

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Still high on Peeps?

UntitledHere’s one more for the road, and thanks, Cynical, for the photo.

Good luck, Boston Marathon runners!

and the behind the music video, a joint effort of ESPN and Bluefoot Entertainment:

Nine companies that think business + religion = a good mix

indexRight here, at MSN Money. Who knew Forever 21 printed John 3:16 on their bags?

 

And thanks, Susannah, for the link.