Party On The Square- How Does It Feel?

Hey there, Party People! This week at the Party it's all about feelings. Tunes that have the word feel, feeling or a particular feeling in the title or lyrics. You can even go with tunes that evoke a certain feeling just for you! You know my roolz, play what you like~.

Baby You're A Rich Man

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ENDA: Doom in the future

 photo Kristin-Beck-615x345_zpsca0d500a.jpgBack in June I wrote about Kristen Beck, who was came out as transgender after a career as a Navy Seal. She shares the process in her memoir, Warrior Princess: A US Navy SEAL's Journey Coming Out Transgender.

Kristen is back in the news after having spoken out about ENDA. She has the current platform to speak about our issues (i.e. reporters are going to listen to her for awhile when she speaks).

In a country where workers can be fired for expressing their gender identity, people are not free.

--Kristin Beck

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Gives Lesson on Economics at Princeton on The Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Sunday July 12, 1903
Princeton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Gives Lesson on Economics at Princeton

The Industrial Army had a difficult day of travel yesterday, but finally reached Princeton, drenched from rain and weary from the hot and dusty road. At noon the Army took refuge from the heat at Stony Brook, three miles from Princeton. There they ate lunch, and at two o'clock pushed on. They were soon overtaken by a fierce rain storm.

Again they sought shelter and were taken in by the caretaker of the estate of former President Grover Cleveland. The Clevelands are away on holiday, but the Industrial Army was given shelter, and invited to spend the night in the big cool barns of the estate. A Princeton hotel donated a large meal which was thoroughly enjoyed as the Army dried out.

Mother Jones gave a speech before a great crowd of professors and students of Princeton University. Mother offered this description of her speech:

I told them that the rich robbed these little children of any education of the lowest order that they might send their sons and daughters to places of higher education. That they used the hands and feet of little children that they might buy automobiles for their wives and police dogs for their daughters to talk French to. I said the mill owners take babies almost from the cradle. And I showed those professors children in our army who could scarcely read or write because they were working ten hours a day in the silk mills of Pennsylvania.

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Is Gleeful Slaughter of Children a "Red Flag"?

All this is plenty disturbing on its own, but in a sense it distracts from the larger question: is gleefully murdering civilians, journalists, and children a red flag of sorts? Is there any room in our criminal justice system for addressing such behavior? Is there any money to spare for a program aimed at training people to identify potential war criminals within the military and the government? Would it make sense to criminalize neglecting to report activity that might lead someone to suspect a fellow soldier as a potential rapist or war criminal?

To focus on one contrasting example, fewer than 5% of rapes within the military are reported, less that a third of those reported result in imprisonment, and the terms of imprisonment are generally quite short. The war crimes revealed by Bradley Manning and others have resulted in no charges being filed. The government's record on arresting, sometimes torturing, prosecuting, and convicting whistleblowers is much stronger. The quaint word "values" comes to mind.

Would it be threatening for me to suggest that a few million dollars should be spent training government employees in basic constitutional gurantees so that behavior which threatens to undermine the constitution may be reported promptly before too much damage is done? I would favor such a program even if it sometimes happened to help the underdog. (I can say this without fear of being reported only because I don't work for the FBI.) Obviously, the aim of Insider Threat is precisely the opposite of this: to nip in the bud attempts to reveal the ways in which the USG, in partnership with its corporate sponsors, has declared permanent war on the world, including most of its own citizens.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks before 5000 Supporters in Trenton for Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday July 11, 1903
Trenton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Speaks to 5000 at Monument Park

After resting in the shade at Morrisville Point yesterday afternoon, the Industrial Army of Mother Jones paid a toll of 2 cents for each of the 52 Crusaders who crossed the Delaware River Bridge. The Army marched into Trenton and made their way to Monument Park where 5000 supporters where gathered for a mass meeting.

William Thomas, President of Trenton's Common Council, presided over the event. The main speaker was, of course, Mother Jones. She spoke out in condemnation of the wealthy textile manufacturers who squeeze their profits out of the labor of little children. And she took on President Roosevelt and his theories on "race suicide:"

Women have learned that their children are taken away from them and put to work when they should be in school. What is the use of bringing a lot of children into the world to make more money for plutocrats, while their little lives are being ground out in the mill and workshop?

The army I am leading on to New York is composed of intelligent workmen whose lives have almost been ground out in the textile mills of Kensington. Our cause is a just one and we propose to show the New York millionaires our grievances.

Mother also spoke last evening before the Central Labor Union of Trenton. In total, about $100 was raised for the Industrial Army in Trenton.

After enjoying the hospitality of the famous hobos' friend, "Glad Hand" Terradel, Mother Jones and her Army marched out of Trenton this morning bound for Princeton.

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Robyn's depressing day at Social Security

1998 by  Andrea Cuchetto for Who Do You Think We Are? photo robyn.jpgMost of the time I do not write about my own gendered interactions with American society, but they do happen. Most of the time I do not encounter ill-treatment.

As I announced a few months ago, I am planning to retire from my job as a college professor at the end of the next academic year…after being a teacher for 37 years. I sort of figured that was enough and that I could consider it a job well done.

This week I have some appointments about that life conversion. Tomorrow I meet with someone from TIAA-CREF about my retirement benefits. Yesterday I made a trip to the Social Security Office in Clifton, NJ.

It is that latter experience about which I shall write. Normally I have better days than yesterday. As in…almost always.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Crosses the Delaware, Speaks in Trenton for Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday July 10, 1903
Trenton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Speaks at Plumbers' Union Seeking Donations

Mother Jones reached Morrisville Point with her Industrial Army late yesterday afternoon. Mother immediately crossed the Delaware River and went to visit Mayor Katzenbach of Trenton. She was able to obtain permission to hold a mass meeting tonight at Monument Park but was denied a parade permit.

Mother spoke at a meeting of the Plumbers' Union last evening while members of her army visited other union meetings. A good sum of donations was raised in this solid union city last night, and it is expected that more will be raised at the mass meeting tonight.

The Army made camp at Morrisville Point in a shady grove on the Pennsylvania shore. They are spending the day today in camp, enjoying a pleasant rest until this evening when they will enter Trenton, somehow, without "parading."

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Chronic Tonic- I'm Running Out Of Compartments

If I were to be asked to write a paragraph or two about my life, my current situation, I don't know that I could do that. Yes, I could tell you in detail about this or that, but no, I don't ever even think about all of it all at once, let alone lay it all out in black and white:  It's called compartmentalization, and I'm somewhat of a gifted practitioner. I'm aware that this is a defense mechanism, and if taken to extremes, people can become detached to their own emotions, trust me.  That's not my deal.

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