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Bring back those amazing plastic bags!

In our household with four kids and a zillion pets, a plastic grocery bag was a treasured thing. I don’t think one ever went to waste.

I never understood the plastic bag recycling container at the supermarket. I always wanted to raid it.  How could people relinquish their bags?  We never had enough of them.

And each one usually went through several uses, before it was finally relegated to its final use—usually something pretty rank.

Lining the diaper pail (the old-time cotton diapers, folks.) Lining a trash can. Cat/guinea pig/bird/hamster/gerbil/rat/ferret refuse.

Kids’ muddy clothes, needing to get from Point A to the laundry room without making an ultra-used car’s interior worse than it already was.

The only thing more valuable was a shoe box. They would be tucked away for those inevitable sad days to come.

They would become the final resting home for small pets that, having breathed their last, would be carefully placed in a ziplock, which would be solemnly zipped shut, then put in a carefully saved shoebox (with tearstained letters), then sealed with duct tape.

Then Steve would dig the latest grave, in the presence of weeping. Once he had carefully laid the box to rest, I would urge him to say some words of comfort. He always gave me That Look…then sighed and proceeded with his latest eulogy.

Big families, tight budgets

We represented that entity that, long ago, used to be the standard bearer of American life and culture.

A large, messy, rowdy, cluttered, busy family—somehow making it work on a budget. Continue reading Bring back those amazing plastic bags!

Dallas Buyers Club shows how bathroom laws distract from AIDS battle

Could even Hollywood recognize this fantasy?

Jared Leto won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Rayon, a transgender drug addict with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.  The movie was based on the true story of Ron Woodruff’s battle against the feds, when they fought to keep him from bringing promising new treatments to AIDS patients in the 1980s.

Leto said that he researched his role by talking with transgenders, and carefully studying their voice, walk, and mannerisms.

(Profanity in following clip)

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WA Bathroom Law Decrees How Women Should Talk, Dress and Act

Bathroom law defines women by men’s imaginary standards

The Washington Human Rights Commission (HRC) is having a tough time trying to enforce their new bathroom law in the real world.

They also can’t seem to enforce their law without stepping all over the ideology of the so-called women’s movement.

The Human Rights Commission’s new law says that any man who feels like he “identifies” as a woman can use any public bathroom, locker room, or shower he chooses.

In one short press release about an incident at a Seattle pool in February, the HRC managed to do their best to reverse a big part of the women’s movement.

According to the HRC’s press release, we’re back to where women have a prescribed way to walk, talk, dress, and act–as dictated by men.

These recycled rules for women are based on how “transgender” men want to dress, talk, and act when they are pretending to be women–not on how real women dress, talk, and act when we are simply living our lives.

Sarinya Srisakul, first female Asian-American firefighter in New York City
Sarinya Srisakul, the first female Asian-American firefighter in New York City

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Do Transgender Laws Mark the End of the Civil Rights Era?

The Washington Human Rights Commission has given civil rights protection to transgenders.  The law allows full access to whatever public bathroom, shower room, or locker room anyone feels like using that day.

It covers private businesses as well as government facilities like campgrounds and parks.

Transgenders say that they feel were born with the wrong body with the wrong private parts.  They want to do all the things that the opposite sex gets to do–while still in their original bodies, which they believe to be a mistake.

They call it “identifying” with the other gender.

Ironically, they push for these laws because they want to use force on those they “identify” with.

The law was challenged last month in Seattle, when a man entered a busy women’s locker room twice–the second time when young girls were undressing.

The law offers no protection against child molesters, rapists, video pornographers, and voyeurs.  They are also allowed free access to any bathroom, locker room or shower of their choice. Continue reading Do Transgender Laws Mark the End of the Civil Rights Era?

PSCAA: Harsh wood stove laws hurt “heat-or-eat” rural poor

Wood Stove “Mobile Apps” for Rural Poor and Elderly?

Forty percent of low-income Americans reported that they have had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past year.

Should local governments have sweeping power to change how we live–especially when those changes would hurt our neediest citizens the most?

Should a government’s decision making process be more accessible to those who are affected the most?

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is an unelected, little known, and powerful agency that has created strict and confusing regulations over wood burning, that have a great impact on low income citizens in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

In an apparent attempt to share their draconian wood stove laws with folks who are trying hard not to freeze in their homes, PSCAA came up with some really cool mobile apps.

If you have any problems with PSCAA’s apps, they’ll try their best to get back to you within two business days.  Of course, that doesn’t stop you from getting hit with massive fines if you go ahead and light your wood stove because it’s cold and you can’t reach them for days. Continue reading PSCAA: Harsh wood stove laws hurt “heat-or-eat” rural poor