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Vermont High School Kills Homecoming In Fear of Twerking

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When I heard the words "From The Rutland Herald"  in the MSNBC early news mentions, I assumed Bernie had made the headlines, or perhaps the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant was up to no good.

Instead … the culprit was a Vermont Catholic high school nearby that had done the unthinkable and cancelled Homecoming. For fear of The Twerk.

Were they expecting an orgy? The hippie population is alive and well so this is doubly surprising.

I'm rarely ashamed of Vermont, but I have no idea what those idiots are thinking to censor or cancel Homecoming. We don't have a ton of culture up here always, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous and wrong-headed strictures on fun and dancing in state history. From the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Administrators at Mount Anthony Union High School have canceled the homecoming dance scheduled for Sept. 20 because the popularity of an aggressive and sexually suggestive dance has made some students feel uncomfortable and unsafe, said Principal Sue Maguire.

 

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In a letter, Maguire said the dance, called “twerking,” had been popularized by Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, the way students have been dancing at school functions has “crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school,” she said.

For crying out loud … couldn't the kids have the freedom to enjoy Homecoming? Mount Saint Anthony could have an alternate plan, just bring in more frowning nuns with rulers to herd the Twerkers.

Terry Creech, professor of dance and other arts at Bennington College (the school is also in Bennington) gave an opinion on the limitations. A high school further north, near Stowe, Vermont, is trying to shut down all dancing. Because of the Evil Twerking.

WTH? The principle of Mount Saint Anthony, Sue McGuire, doesn't seem to eager to bring dancing back ...

"We plan on continuing the dialogue in hopes that we can work together to reinstate dances,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, our young people are continuously exposed to a culture filled with sexualized images and messages, but this should not and cannot be permitted at our school."

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What kind of message is this to high school and young girls -- that they're acting like sluts and can't be trusted -- but do have actionable offenses.

This really speaks to the wave of anti-feminist/anti-woman sweeping the country since the damn Tea Party started going as far Right as possible: Full On Puritan.

Have they not seen Dirty Dancing?

Look out folks, it'll be burkas and no visible skin from head to toe. The evil female can't suppress her libido in public -- so shut them down.

Terry Creach continued,

Some of the religions in the U.S. think of dancing as being sinful and sexual as opposed to an art form or being sensual,” he said. “… For those of us in the dance world, we feel very limited by that perspective.

Check out the the principal's letter at Bennington Banner.com

 

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Crowdpac, the Latest Way to Digitally Match Donor and Politician

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Just in time for the 2014 mid-terms, Crowdpac was invented to help the voter filter and find candidates they are in ideological and practical political harmony.

One of the Crowdpac co-founders was on The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, and had some fascinating insights to the new online resource to share with a soon-departing Chuck Todd.

Seems like a political version of Match dot com. You plug in your beliefs and the specifics of your politics and peccadillos … in the wake of Citizens United and other SCROTUS insults to the American voter.

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Former Washington Post reporter beaten at Walmart while living in his truck

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Raw Story covered this heinous situation, and it seems like a message/warning we should all receive if we aren't dedicated violence junkies or Gun Fondlers.

A former reporter who worked for both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal said this week that he expected to be blind in one eye after being badly beaten in a Walmart parking lot.

Not a kerfluffle over a poppy stand on some mountain range in Afghanistan … an effing Walmart in Montana.

Les Gapay, 70, told the Missoulian that he had recently left his Section 8 housing in California to move back to Montana, but he was forced to live out of his truck while he was waiting for a senior apartment to open up.

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When Gapay arrived in Billings on Sunday night, he said it was too late to find a campsite, so he decided to spend the night at the Mullan Road Super Walmart. After using the bathroom inside the store, two men approached him.

“These two guys came up to me and were obviously drunk,” he recalled. “They started saying they wanted to shake hands with me.” He told the men that he did not want to shake hands, then he said that one of the men “slugged me right in the chest.” As Gapay tried to call police, the man continued to hit him. He said that a third man arrived and began punching him in the eye.

I imagine there's someone to phrase the overview, with more punch; as I can't get past the assembling Posse in Missoula, seemingly played on one of those Sony/Black Box dealios in your Mom's basement.

 

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A Bucket of Ice Water

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When Homer Simpson joins in, you know you've gone viral.

Although the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised awareness about the disease and a lot of money, there's so much we still don't know about it - thus the need for a campaign like this one.

Homer challenged Donald Trump who actually dumped water on that thing on his head, proving that his hair really looks like that! I hope that dump also included a hefty donation!

My favorite is still this 2-year old

I'm pretty confident in guessing that most people didn't know what ALS was before this month of ice water dumping. Sadly, I knew. I knew about ALS because someone I knew and admired fought the disease and, eventually, succumbed to it.

I first met Eric Lowen in the early 1990's. He was the "Lowen" half of the duo Lowen & Navarro who wrote amazing songs and sang beautiful harmonies together. Eric was diagnosed with ALS in 2004, and lost his battle in March of 2012. 

For the past few months, I've been running interviews and performances from my music radio days on Friday mornings as a bridge to the weekend. Today, as ALS is in the news and Eric Lowen is on my mind, I reached out to my dear friend Dan Navarro and invited him to join me to talk about all of it, and share in listening to one of our in-studio sessions from December of 1999 too.

Dan Navarro has continued as a solo artist, and has worked to educate others about ALS with the goal of someday helping to eradicate this awful disease. He's also fully immersed himself (figuratively and literally) in the ALS ice bucket challenge. You can see some of his work on his Facebook page. 

It was a busy first hour of the show too. Jim Dean joined me to talk about the great work Democracy for America is doing. They've recently endorse Shenna Bellows in her race for the US Senate against Susan Collins of Maine, Mary Burke for Governor of Wisconsin (vs the evil Scott Walker), and more.

And Jason Leopold, who couldn't get to Guantanamo Bay this week through no fault of his own (damned weather gods) but has landed firmly and deservedly at Vice News, joined me to talk about his reporting on Gitmo, national security issues and the fact that his persistence in filing FOIA requests has put him squarely inside the story about Sen. Dianne Feinstein trying to delay the release of the CIA torture report. 

And with that, it's the end of the week, the month and, sadly, the summer. I'll be taking Monday off for Labor Day, but will return Tuesday to kick off the fall with GottaLaff... cuz we gotta laugh, or else we cry... and whatever else the weekend brings. Talk to you then, Radio or Not.

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