Sorry Emily Post

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Opinion , Thoughts From News

There is something inherently wrong with the idea of bringing family and friends together to celebrate a holiday and then attempting to subtly manipulate them for a desired outcome. No disrespect to Ms. Emily Post, Ms. Cohen or Ms. Dvault, but your’re contributing to a problem, not providing a solution. In the recent article in the New York Times entitled “Pass a drumstick, and an olive branch,” Kim Severson quotes these women’s suggestions and “tricks” of how to host a Thanksgiving dinner to “create harmony” and “control” the situation. If […]

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Restroom Madness

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Opinion , Thoughts From News

In a recent article in Newsday, a writer asks for advise on how to deal with a male-to-female transsexual that is in transition at work. The writer, a man, was taken back and uncomfortable when “Karen” exited the men’s room. This is a reverse from the more common complaint of male-to-female transsexuals exiting the ladies room. First of all, it seems to me that this whole thing consumes entirely too much energy from those in the mainstream, the so called “normal” folk. First people complain that the Trans woman can’t use […]

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No Mr. Foley

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Opinion , Thoughts From News

Hiding bad behavior and then pushing the blame when caught for it seems too common these days. Senator Foley didn’t pursue a young page because he was molested as a child (as he claims). He should be accountable for his actions, period. And the Rev. Anthony Mercieca, who stated that he had a friendship with the then 12 year old Foley; going skinny dipping and giving the young boy massages when unclothed, was also inappropriate. The reverand said that “Once maybe I touched him. It’s not something you call, I […]

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Not Now, Not Ever

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Opinion , Thoughts From News

Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston Rhode Island, who is now a candidate for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Rhode Island, recently stated that he regretted writing homophobic columns for his college newspaper some 20 years ago. He goes on to say that he is sorry he had written the “sophomoric political satire” and that the columns didn’t reflect his views “… not now, nor then, or ever.” That is almost as stupid as the famous “yes, but I didn’t inhale” comment we heard from our […]

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Fear Serving Fear

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Opinion , Thoughts From News

“Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society,” president Bush said in his weekly radio address. “Government,” he went on “by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.” Is it just me that sees the absurdity of this statement? How could denying equality to one minority under the law serve the interests of all? What president Bush meant it seems is that denying the right […]

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