Chronic tonic at VOTS- The Poker Game

Isolation can be a bitch. When you get sick or find yourself in the position of caregiver (or both) one day you look around and realize--hey, I never get the hell out of this house anymore! I used to get out, a few years back, when my sister still had her Pub, every other week was Open Mic night and since Cleetus was singing, I was there. But...things change, the Pub is no more and before I knew it--I looked at the calendar and realized that the last time I had been out (and I mean me & Cleetus get a babysitter and go) was last April. Last April! WTF?!?

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Gender Prison: "Traditional" is all in the mind of the beholding bigot

It has been around eighty-two years since the first gender reassignment surgery surgery. It has only been 13 years since the Catholic Church decided that surgery for transsexual people is "against natural law."

John Paul II was the first pope in a dress to make such a declaration, which was made official in 2003. In so doing the Catholic Church joined with the Nazis in Germany who opposed the first surgeries for transsexual people so vehemently that they set back our process at least a generation, and such religious luminaries as Peter Sprigg of the US Family Research Council, the thankfully late Charles Socarides of the American Family Association, REAL Women of Canada, Focus on the Family, Canada's pro-life and anti-gay Lifesite, Family First New Zealand, and US Catholic right-winger Dale O'Leary.

JP II forbade the Church from accepting a transgender Catholic's new gender. Treatments in any way related to gender were forbidden in Catholic hospitals.

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Respecting Idiots: Ted Nugent Attends the State of the Union Speech

            National embarrassment and musical has been, Ted Nugent, will be sitting in the House of Representative’s gallery as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Speech. What can one say about Ted Nugent that has not already been said? His hate filled idiotic rantings are what now passes for political discourse in America. As an American citizen he has the right to attend the State of the Union Speech, however, his attendance will only be distracting and inflammatory.

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Most Interesting Thing You've Read This Past Week

Howdy! Welcome to the our weekly open thread on interesting reads! This is where to post links to those great things that made you say "Ah!" when you read them, so the rest of us can read them too!

So what is the most interesting thing you've read in the past week?

It can be anything - a book, a news article, a blog post, a recipe, a cartoon, anything goes...

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: We Demand Answers! Why were Occupy Boston Charges Dropped? by UnaSpenser

Author's Note: Some of this has already been posted in my previous diary. I was asked to write again and include a description of the circumstances of our arrest, the charges, my plea, and some of the process we have been through leading up to this precipitous dropping of charges. While there are those who want to say this is just a matter of incompetence or an overburdened system or laziness, that simply isn't true here.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013: Up with Chris Hayes Tweets.

Obama's Kill list and the white paper with Jeremy Scahill and the deficit terrorists and their debacle with Paul Krugman, Dean Baker, and Alexis Goldstein; an awesome panel.

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