People who are willing to compromise core values of our party in some poor attempt to "sway" those who disagree. You are spineless fools. Change and progress do not come from being weak, they do not come from the compromise of core values, and they should not come at the expense of the rights of others. This isn't a complicated situation, folks. This is about what is right. Get your cafeteria interpretations of Bible passages out of American public policy. I have no respect for bigots and bigot supporters.
Breastfeeding is something universal and natural. From a global perspective, most people are breastfed. In fact, globally, people are breastfed on the average of 3-4+ years. I'm not only someone who has been a breastfeeding mom, I'm also a month away from being an RN who will be working in obstetrical and gynecological medicine. In other words, I have a better than average knowledge base that I'm coming from on this. The health benefits cannot be denied- here's a list for anyone interested- http://www.promom.org/101 . My point in this thread is not to debate breastfeeding or make anyone feel bad for not breastfeeding. Many people have both personal and physiological reasons why they could not. No problem. That's their business, not mine.
My point is looking at this as a human rights issue from the prospective of a progressive person. I have participated in DU on and off for quite some time and I have seen my share of flame wars emerge due to the issue of public breastfeeding or simply breastfeeding itself. It's obvious that for many people, progressive people included, breastfeeding is out of their realm of life experience, interest, and comfort zone. It doesn't make it in any way wrong, nor does it mean that someone else has to bend to your needs when they are not doing anything wrong just to make your comfort level easier.
Decent, progressive people would not tell a gay couple they couldn't hold hands in public because there's ignorant people out there who find it offensive because it's out of their frame of reference or comfort zone. Decent, progressive people would not tell an interracial couple to stay out public because there's ignorant people out there who find it offensive to their comfort zone.
Why should breastfeeding be put out as anything other than that?
If it bugs you, ask yourself why? Get educated and learn something new for God's sake instead of taking what is essentially your problem and making it someone else's.
They can't argue about anything of substance related to policy or the economy, so they go for petty, personal shit. This isn't new.
We both hate them, so this is really liberating to say the least! For me, I graduate from nursing school next month and start working as an RN (well "GN" officially until I pass my boards in July, but that's semantics unless you're in the field and know how it works) at a wonderful hospital in my field of choice at the beginning of June. Finnfan starts a 2-month program on the same day I start my job to be able to utilize his B.A. in English (finally ) as a springboard for teacher certification (only 20% of those who apply to his program even get in). It's been such a long road- I remember I was taking Anatomy and Physiology back in 2003 shortly after I was first on DU- but here it's finally coming to an end.
Good things happen when we are together because we're able to encourage one another in ways we haven't had before. Anyway, it's just nice.
Anyway, I think were due for some champagne tonight (or perhaps some decent imported brew).
is to love and make connections with other human beings while taking care of the Earth given to us. Connections and love comes in many forms.
"if you get pissed at me, just please don't flirt with anyone." I said, "Not even lionesspriyanka?" He smiled and said, "well, that's ok."
So yeah, I'm back.
Are you still a part of it or did you move away from it?
For a few years, I participated in a mom's group, but eventually it just didn't fit who I was or where I was at any longer, so I moved on.
It's a scary, scary world out there. Please be careful at ever posting much in the way of personal information. Thankfully, I think I've been careful enough, but I had the unfortunate experience today of realizing just how icky some people are.
Just in case you thought it could.
I remember on one particularly bad day about a year and a half ago, writing something on here and after his response, all I could think was, "Why can't I ever meet a man like that? Why can't I ever have a man like that love me?" A few months later, we opened up to each other about some things, but there was no relationship, no intent of a relationship. Once things actually clicked last Spring, especially after we finally went out, there was no holding back. We both have this strange feeling that everything we went through lead us to one another. For all our quirky weirdness (and our simultaneous, boring normalness) to have found someone so well-suited for each of us feels rather miraculous. It's never happened to either of us before.
As for looks, it didn't play a big part at all in the initial attraction, but I can't help but say that our mutual chemistry doesn't hurt either. He's a very nice looking man (and only slightly taller is more than fine). His is the entire package.
I'm off to work now, but you made my night.
1. Don't flirt with everyone. Flirt with a few select people you really like (or just perhaps the object of your affections directly).
2. DOn't be afraid to be silly. A sense of humor goes a long way.
Other than that, just relax and realize that generally, human beings want to connect with other people. Life is too short not to go after what you want. You don't always get it, but I've never regretted trying.
Someone I work with said this to me last night. My theory is that I'm not that weird, I just look so innocuous that it only makes me seem weirder than I am.
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