BlueNC WoW - Open Thread 9/12

Both lcloud and I have had family matters to tend to and I didn't do much to prepare for today. Here's an open invitation to our women bloggers to get our issues - ALL of them - on the front page.

You got an issue with the Bush Administration? Now's your chance.
You got an issue with health care? Now's your chance.
You got an issue with racial or gender inequality? Now's your chance.
You got an issue with corporate welfare programs? Now's your chance.

We want to hear from you.

Also, there are so many things going on right now on a national and a state level, please feel free to post on those topics. We don't need to take a day off from them just because it's WoW.

On a personal note. My husband doesn't read here being a Republican and all.....but Happy Anniversary Sweetie. Fifteen years isn't too shabby. I guess opposites really do attract.

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G'morning folks

I've done squat to prepare for today. Sorry about that. Life has thrown a few curve balls the past couple of weeks.

Regular fp crew....you got something to post, don't let us stop you. Put it on the front page along with the WoW posts. I'm sure there will be plenty to read.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Yes, to all of the above.

There are so many GREAT new people on BlueNC that I spend so much time reading that I don't have time to write. Just wanted to let you know that I still love you.

Lovex7

We still love you too :)

I actually have a novel of a post for you and Mo to update you on everything, but getting it finished with pictures is proving next to impossible. I promise soon.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Grandparents' Day

Driving to Newton tomorrow for Grandparents' Day on Friday and to visit my son and his family - three girls. As soon as lunch is over, I am driving back home. I have to because I am babysitting for my daughter and son-in-law so they can go to her high school reunion. Then on Saturday we are having a mini family reunion. I have cousins coming from Colorado, Texas, etc. My children can't come, but I am taking my daughter's two boys. The little one likes to push my mother in the wheel chair. My mother kinda likes that too. Being a grandparent is the best part of life.

Lovex7

Awwww

It sounds wonderful. Y'all have fun.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Sounds awesome, Lovex7

How wonderful to have all of those generations around to appreciate each other.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Anita Roddick 1942-2007

I have to note the passing of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick who died Monday.

Washington Post | Spiegel Online | Times Online | Time | New York Times

As Anita loved to say, “The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.” So we ask only that you take your spark, go out and do something. Engage. Learn. Be fiercely kind. Have a child’s sense of wonderment. Tell someone you love them. Write a letter to the editor. Demand a better media. Contact your representatives in government. Talk about sex shamelessly. Eat pasta. Give change to a homeless person. Buy organic. Donate to or volunteer for Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Reprieve, The Coalition to Free the Angola Three, or the cause that most connects with your heart and soul.

As her website still exhorts: Get Informed. Get Inspired. Get Outraged. Get Active. Trust us, she means it.

From the Anita Roddick Blog

RIP, Anita

Get Informed. Get Inspired. Get Outraged. Get Active.

What a legacy to leave.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

local visit by woman blog hero

I mentione a few days ago that Marcie Wheeler (emptywheel) of The Next Hurrah and Firedoglake.com will be at a conference at Duke. The information is here:

The Practice and Ethics of Trying Cases in the Media

September 28-29, 2007
Duke University School Of Law
Conference Description

What catapults a case into the media spotlight? Who is responsible for focusing media and public attention on a particular case? Once a case gains high-profile status, what are the professional and ethical roles and responsibilities of members of the media, the bar, and the institutions involved? How do media balance their First Amendment right to watch over the operation of government with the rights of the accused?

These are the questions to be examined during this two-day interdisciplinary conference. Experts from various fields will consider how the presence of certain core themes—including race, gender, class, and athletics—can turn an otherwise everyday case into a high-profile one. In so doing, they will examine the legal issues common to such cases, including First Amendment rights of free speech and of the press; ethical rules governing prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, and journalists; the desirability of public access to and scrutiny of the justice system; and the needs of institutions and individuals to defend themselves and their reputations in the face of intense public and media scrutiny.

Marcie liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial and is always interesting to hear, on pretty much any topic.

The Duke Law School site will lead you to more information.

my issue/action with no child left behind

I attended several panels on education at Yearly Kos 07 so, at the first school open house, i gave the principal a copy of a new book on a poor, urban school's struggle to meet standards. It is Tested by Linda Perlstein, and when I saw that she will appear at Firedoglake's Sunday book salon, I emailed the principal so she can follow the discussion. She isn't experienced with blogs much(I cautioned her on FDL humor) so I felt good that I tried to connect her more to different ideas.

My son took the pre-tests last week in third grade. He was so stressed about them, but in the end he decided the tests were easy. Still, last year by the end of the year he came home bored and demanded I homeschool him, because he was tired of going over and over the same material! (I told him I did not have enough medication to handle homeschooling him!) He is bright, thanks to good "adopted from China" genes and a fierce curiousity, but I hate to think that he will lose interest in school when it doesn't challenge him.