“Like the Duggar girls, I wasn’t aware I was being abused… I didn’t understand what was happening.”

Someone I've known and adored for several years has asked me to share something deeply personal with you, something relevant to recent revelations about the Duggar family. I had no idea that this had happened to her until she entrusted me to get her own story out. She felt a responsibility to bare her soul on this horrific episode of her life, because she felt it necessary to clarify a few very painful points to people who refuse to believe that it is indeed possible that young children who have been molested may not even be conscious of-- much less be able [...]

Protecting Ourselves

  I find it ironic that we're getting ready to spend $50 million to arm and train the "moderate" Syrian rebels so they can fight against ISIL in the Middle East yet, according to the Republican party, we can't afford to pay for food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid or even Social Security (even though we've paid into some of those programs to insure we'd be covered as we age). It's also ironic that as we face imminent danger from the effect of climate change, many of those same members of Congress who voted to send the cavalry to Iraq and [...]

Keep Pushing Back

Three years ago today, a group of New Yorkers descended on Wall Street's Zuccotti Park to protest the problems caused by and lack of any consequences for those responsible for the financial meltdown of 2008. Obviously, there was much more that the original Occupiers of Wall Street were protesting, but the wealth and justice inequality that is synonymous with Wall Street was the unifying evil that was being fought. Today, though, I was hard pressed to find any remnants of the once-promising protest movement. Even the official Occupy Wall Street website had no new front-page article to commemorate the day. Ironically, [...]

“Kids are the only people in the world you’re ‘allowed’ to hit.” (VIDEO) #ViolenceIsViolence

Please watch this entire video. It's less than a minute long: I had some very disturbing conversations on Twitter yesterday. Not only were they disturbing, but mind-boggling. I was floored that I had to provide the following information to so many people: Merriam-Webster: Definition of SPANK : to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand Merriam-Webster: Definition of STRIKE  :to hit (someone or something) in a forceful way Spanking = hitting in a forceful way. Hitting = violence. Clear? Unless, of course, you don't consider striking or hitting to be violent. But, oops, physical force is part of the very definition of [...]

What’s the Matter Here?

The stories about domestic abuse in the NFL were bad enough. The video of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiance from an elevator provided the visual that enraged us. The second video of him landing the blow that knocked her into the raid and knocked her out somehow changed everything in the discussion of the culture of violence surrounding that already violent sport. As abhorrent as someone as big, strong and powerful as a professional football player hitting a woman who is most certainly stronger and weaker than he, the news that one of these brutes brutalized his child and defended [...]

Fools on the Hill

The fools were out in force this weekend. From Lindsey Graham having a bit of a temper tantrum on Faux News... Yes, he really did whine, Apparently nobody's been listening to what Senator McCain and I have been saying for the last three years. Sadly Linds, we've been hearing you, non stop, advocating for US conquering the world with our military might! It's hard to ignore when you're on the TV every friggen day. We heard your pal Grampy McCain too... he told us just yesterday that he knows how to vet these Syrian "moderates" because he "knows them." He [...]

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