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Politics and its Discontents: A Sordid Tale

I want to tell you a story. It is a story I wish I didn’t have to tell, given its sordid nature, and it is one that reflects badly on my own judgment. Sometimes the world really is too much with us. As some will know, we just returned from a week in Cu… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Sordid Tale

Montreal Simon: Harper’s Police And Yet Another Reason To Kill Bill C-51

As you know I have been steadily losing confidence in the RCMP, which I now frequently call Harper's police.Not because I'm anti-police, I'm not.But because I can't help feeling that its bosses have turned it into a tool of the sinister Con regime.And as you know I also believe that if Harper isn't defeated, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Harper’s Police And Yet Another Reason To Kill Bill C-51

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Christian “Love” Murders Children

[ed. Trigger Warning for child abuse.]

Christianity doesn’t have a clue what love is. It starts by fucking up the notion beyond all recognition right off the bat. God’s “love” is so great that if you swear eternal obedience and submission, he won’t torture you until the end of time, even though he knows full . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Christian “Love” Murders Children

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregivers Are Not (Usually) Abusers!

Caregivers of very vulnerable loved ones who have extremely high needs are at high risk to being accused of abuse.  I know, because it happened to me.  And there are many other loving and responsible parents of children with severe disabilities who report similar scenarios.  In 2005, my son Nicholas had uncontrolled pain as . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregivers Are Not (Usually) Abusers!

Montreal Simon: Pope Benny and the Face of Evil

Glory Hallelujah. I see that Pope Benny has decided to take early retirement. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said.Leaving us to wonder whether . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Benny and the Face of Evil

The Canadian Progressive: REPUGNANT: Syrian rebel propaganda video stars children with AK47s

A recent report on the Syrian conflict by Human Rights Watch accused the Free Syria Army rebels of using children as young as 14 as child fighters. Now another rebel group, the Syria Justice and Freedom, recent posted a propaganda video YouTube featuring AK-47-totting children. If you think using a 14-year old as a fighter . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: REPUGNANT: Syrian rebel propaganda video stars children with AK47s

The Disaffected Lib: Who Do They Think They Are, the Vatican?

It’s going to be a tough two weeks for the Boy Scouts of America as details pour out of the organization’s decades of suppressing information about child molesters in their midst.

A Los Angeles Times review of 1600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Who Do They Think They Are, the Vatican?

My journey with AIDS...and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

…this! It’s certainly not too early to think about Mental Illness Awareness Week When I read the Ottawa Citizen article (linked above) I immediately thought, “Mom will have read that yesterday,” and what an opening it would give me to discuss my own mental health history with her. Not long after sobering up five+ years . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

My journey with AIDS...and more!: College sports governing body slams Penn State post-Sandusky, Paterno

The NCAA has handed down its sentence on Penn State University’s football program, as outlined in this news release: By perpetuating a “football first” culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA Constitution and . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: College sports governing body slams Penn State post-Sandusky, Paterno

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Jerry Sandusky guilty, now what?

In the hours following the conviction of their once-revered Jerry Sandusky, Penn State is most anxious to move on. After my exclamation on Facebook of “Yes! Yes! Yes!”, attached to a media account of the guilty verdicts on Friday, I wondered how the victim-survivors were feeling. Having invested my emotions, and my own survival story, . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Jerry Sandusky guilty, now what?

My journey with AIDS...and more!: No sentence could undo the harms caused by Graham James

I join the outcry today over the sentencing of convicted serial pedophile Graham James to two years in prison for the sexual abuse of Theo Fleury and Todd Holt. Counter-intuitively (because I knew it would just get me stirred up) I watched the news coverage of the lawyers’ statements and victims’ reactions. Graham arrived at . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: No sentence could undo the harms caused by Graham James

“Christian” Family Values?

Texas judge William Adams beats his daughter with a belt. Warning: this video will trigger victims of abuse. I could only watch about thirty seconds at a time. The video has gone viral, with well over five million hits as of this writing. A few points… . . . → Read More: “Christian” Family Values?

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Remembrance Day for Kids

Remembrance Day is a happy day for me because it’s A’s birthday and my life is immeasurably better for being shared with him. It is also our skating & cottage friend J’s birthday. Aside from that, though, it’s a day of laying wreaths, remembering battles and honouring those who fought in them. But today I […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Remembrance Day for Kids

Dead Wild Roses: Killing Children in the Name of the christian GOD – The DWR Sunday Disservice

The idea that religion is harmless and that it is good for people, is patently false. The raging torrent of evil shit that religion is responsible for claims more victims every second we allow magical thinking to be acceptable and “OK” in our society. It is a double header today, two videos for the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Killing Children in the Name of the christian GOD – The DWR Sunday Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Midnight Mass With The Horrors In Jerusalem

Welcome to the 21st century. A time where demonic possessions, cursed spirits, and other such notions of the supernatural manifestations have been gratefully laughed into the tabloids where no sane person, and certainly no judiciary body, would give them anything other than scorn and ridicule. Oh wait….it seems some courts haven’t learned much since the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Midnight Mass With The Horrors In Jerusalem