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toddmtca:

Happy 4th of July!!

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Dear America,

It must be hard being you these days. You have so many big issues — from the economy to national security and the looming election, just to name a few. If I may though, I’d like to focus on another one.

This is Canada, your northern neighbour (I spell it with a “u”). Blessed with a bird’s eye view, I’ve watched troubling developments unfold below. Before more damage is done, I thought it best to offer some Canadian insight in the hopes that it may assist you as you move forward in your struggle.

I’ve wanted to write this for a while. During the lead up toProposition 8 and the continued legal battle that has ensued, as debates over gay marriage spread to other states, you questioned if allowing soldiers to fight and die openly would ruin your military just as teenagers across your country tragically took their own lives after being bullied for who they were.

What finally forced my hand was a heartbreaking and infuriating article in Rolling Stone chronicling how one school district in Minnesota not only condoned but actively promoted the bullying of its LGBT students.

The result of the Anoka-Hennepin school district’s policy has been devastating. One can only pray (isn’t that what they’d want us to do?) that the souls of those who took their own lives are now at peace.

You Americans don’t pay all that much attention to Canada. We know, and are mostly okay with it. But as you strive to build your land of the free, it might do you good to look up every now and then.

When you do, you’ll discover something that might surprise many of you: We aren’t all that concerned about gay people. Our Conservative government has said it has no intention of re-opening a debate on same-sex marriage, which is legal. Abroad, it has become a consistent and strong advocate for gay rights. Contrary to some beliefs, no radical gay agenda came and hijacked our society. The sky hasn’t fallen.

Now sure, things up here aren’t perfect. We too have unfortunately been faced with instances of homophobic bullying and tragically, gay-teen suicide. There are Canadians unhappy that Bob and Joe can express their love just like Bob and Joan. And I certainly don’t want to imply that all, or even the majority, of Americans are anti-gay.

But there’s something different, something malicious about the debate in your country. The haters are too hateful and the vilification of the LGBT community has spread too far. In what other free and equal society would those seeking to be Commander-In-Chief stand silently as a crowd of citizens booed a soldier because he was gay? It is a true juxtaposition of cowardice and courage, and such a moral deficiency should automatically qualify one as unfit to lead a nation.

Back to Minnesota, where Justin Aaberg, gay, hung himself in his bedroom in 2010. He was 15. His mother found him. This past December, according to Rolling Stone, his nine-year-old brother tried to kill himself in the bathtub. He wanted to see Justin again.

In response to Justin’s death, Rolling Stone quotes Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard, who blogged, “Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk [of suicide], because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle.”

What world is this?

Not to mention this took place without a response from the district’s congresswoman. When public pressure forced Michele Bachmann to respond, she couldn’t even say the word gay. This is the same woman who felt herself fit to be President, and too many others agreed.

When teachers are afraid to stand up for their students, as were Justin’s, and when leaders stand by and allow masses to trample over the vulnerable, what is there left to teach, and who is left to lead?

America, you have a problem. You need to grow up. Life is too short and the world too complicated. You have too much to give to your country and others to be dragged down over gay and straight. So please look up.

When you do, you will see a country of multiple faiths that is learning to live with faith, difference, and dignity. Civility and decency are not virtuous aspirations; they are necessities. Like it or not, to borrow a lesson from one of your favourite books, we are our brother’s keeper.

I know this is none of my business. Yet I couldn’t stay silent any longer. It’s like watching two trains headed towards each other in slow motion.

From time to time it’s necessary that friends speak from the heart. And frankly, you need it now, because from your big neighbor to the north, not only literally, but also figuratively, you’re looking kind of small.

Sincerely,

Canada.

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motherjones:

washingtonpoststyle:

We just received a press release suggesting we might like to write an article about this new painting entitled “One Nation Under God” by an artist named Jon McNaughton.
We shall not be writing an article, but we place an image of the painting here for your consideration.

Wow. We’d just note that this is not actually a new painting, since we remember seeing it last year and, honestly, it’s not the kind of thing you can unsee.

WOW!
I am speechless.
Question, is that Harriet Tubman above the weeping Union soldier?

motherjones:

washingtonpoststyle:

We just received a press release suggesting we might like to write an article about this new painting entitled “One Nation Under God” by an artist named Jon McNaughton.

We shall not be writing an article, but we place an image of the painting here for your consideration.

Wow. We’d just note that this is not actually a new painting, since we remember seeing it last year and, honestly, it’s not the kind of thing you can unsee.

WOW!

I am speechless.

Question, is that Harriet Tubman above the weeping Union soldier?

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babababocanegraaa:

ALEJANDRO BEDOYA is eager to get involved as soon as possible with Rangers after finally arriving in Glasgow to meet up with his new team mates.
The American midfielder took part in his first training session and although he can’t be involved against Maribor tomorrow night he is targeting a spot in Ally McCoist’s squad at the weekend when Aberdeen visit Ibrox.
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CARLOS Bocanegra admits he is relishing the prospect of making his Ibrox debut against Maribor tomorrow night and that the issue surrounding his registration for last week’s first leg in Slovenia will not affect his concentration on the eve of the Europa League play off decider.
The American international, speaking today at Murray Park, is determined to make up for last week’s 2-1 defeat to Darko Milanic’s men by helping Rangers progress to the group phase of the competition.

O  beautiful… for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…

babababocanegraaa:

ALEJANDRO BEDOYA is eager to get involved as soon as possible with Rangers after finally arriving in Glasgow to meet up with his new team mates.

The American midfielder took part in his first training session and although he can’t be involved against Maribor tomorrow night he is targeting a spot in Ally McCoist’s squad at the weekend when Aberdeen visit Ibrox.

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CARLOS Bocanegra admits he is relishing the prospect of making his Ibrox debut against Maribor tomorrow night and that the issue surrounding his registration for last week’s first leg in Slovenia will not affect his concentration on the eve of the Europa League play off decider.

The American international, speaking today at Murray Park, is determined to make up for last week’s 2-1 defeat to Darko Milanic’s men by helping Rangers progress to the group phase of the competition.

 beautiful… for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…

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Fun with Republican logic

hammerito:

If corporations are people

and if people are people at conception

then fetuses are corporations

which means that condoms are anti-business

and anti-business is anti-American

All of which means:

Condoms are anti-American.

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"The sad thing is America no longer has a two-party system. One of our two parties has morphed into kind of a cult driven by a singular fixation and obsession: preserving tax breaks for the wealthy at all costs."

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

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AMERICA

kingfrancisco:

kingfrancisco:

  • THE ONLY PLACE WHERE CONVENIENCE STORE AND PHARMACY MEAN THE SAME THING
  • WHAT
  • YOU SAY THAT’S THE DUMBEST SHIT YOU EVER HEARD
  • WHAT IF YOUR GRANDMA IS DYING OF ASTHMA
  • AND YOU GO GET HER MEDS
  • AND YOU’RE LIKE “HMM I COULD GO FOR SOME SNICKER-DOODLES”
  • YOU CAN BET YOUR ASS IF YOU WERE IN ENGLAND YOU’D HAVE TO GO SOMEPLACE ELSE
  • NOT IN AMERICA
  • FUCK YES

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

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