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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 25 2012

Holiday Miscellany

Happy Christmas if you celebrate–and I hope you weren’t too inconvenienced by everything being closed if you don’t. I’m going to be absent for a few days, so here’s some wonderful written things from the past week.  Ozy Frantz has this awesome post on the important difference between unhealthy relationships and abuse. Also this one about …

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Dec 21 2012

A National Database of the Mentally Ill

Subtitled: Has Anyone Here Heard of Client/Patient Confidentiality? No? No. Today, the National Rifle Association had a press conference. Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President spoke, and I, recently relocated back to Texas for the holidays, slept through it. Then I saw the transcript, sat bolt upright in my bed, and got ranty on the …

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Dec 21 2012

NRA Press Conference — More Guns in Schools!

The NRA has finally spoken on the tragedy last week in Connecticut and how I wish they hadn’t.  Not because it isn’t telling to hear how crazy they are, but because it is depressing to know how much they hold sway over the people in the government.  The amount of money they have to push …

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Dec 19 2012

Robert Bork, scariest almost Supreme Court Justice, dead at 85

Robert Bork, the intensely conservative failed Supreme Court nominee from 1987, has passed away after a heart ailment. Bork was a sort of bogeyman from the right, destroyed by Joe Biden in the senate hearings for his nomination for being absolutely insane and who Mitt Romney made head of his judiciary appointments in an attempt …

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Dec 18 2012

10 Sensible Gun Policy Changes

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1. Acknowledge that, in a time of modern weapons, the Second Amendment makes no sense. Until we are OK with individuals having tanks and nuclear weapons, we have to accept that the ability for the people to overthrow the government is not going to come from individual possession of guns. 2. Take some lessons from …

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Dec 16 2012

You are Not His Mother

This is excerpted and edited from something I put on Facebook.  There is a horrible article going around. I am Adam Lanza’s Mother, it says.  It’s the story of a mother who has a mentally ill child. I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. [...] …

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Dec 14 2012

When You Tie Shootings to Mental Illness

If you’ve read my work, you know I am massively for mental healthcare reform. Not just a little bit in favor, but balloons and blog posts on blog posts and boundless enthusiasm for it. But you know when I’m really really uncomfortable talking about mental health? Right now.  Tragedies are horrible. They’re senseless. School shootings are …

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Dec 14 2012

[Guest Post] The Shadow of Good Intentions

This is a guest post by William Brinkman. He was a National Assistant storyteller with the Camarilla, and worked on the Demon: The Fallen role-playing game line for White Wolf.  Today he writes the satirical tabloid, The Bolingbrook Babbler. He contacted me about body shaming in a live action role-playing club, and given my utter lack …

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Dec 13 2012

Pina: Jagged and Beautiful

Short post today, as finals are gnawing on my free time. In 2009, German choreographer Pina Bausch died, five days after a cancer diagnosis, and two days before filming was to start on a documentary about her art. The film was released earlier this year. A classically trained ballet dancer for most of my life, …

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Dec 11 2012

Auld [Link] Syne

I’m home from staffing the Chicago International Model UN conference! I no longer have a radio in my ear, I’ve had a whole night of sleep, and I think my blood is no longer more coffee than platelets. So, to celebrate, I wrote the eight page paper that was due today. Finals week, man. Because I’m …

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