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Posted by tblue in General Discussion
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 08:11 PM
Tyler Perry's Open Letter to Penn State 11-Year-Old

Hollywood’s Tyler Perry writes to a young boy involved in the Penn State scandal to tell him he isn’t a victim at all—he’s a survivor.

I don’t know your name, but I know your face. I don’t know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother!

I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn’t have the strength or courage to do at that age.....

I was enduring a lot of the same things that you’ve come forward and said happened to you, and it was awful. I felt so powerless. I knew what was happening to me, but unlike you, I couldn’t speak about it because no one saw me. I was invisible and my voice was inaudible.

So to think that you, when you were only 11 years old, spoke up—you are my hero! I’m so proud of you.
You have nothing to be ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not your fault. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. You didn’t choose him. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it. What a huge lesson that was for me to learn. Your 11-year-old self was no match for wicked, evil tactics of this kind. You were hunted like prey. A pedophile looks for the young boys he thinks he can manipulate. The ones who have daddy or mommy issues, the ones who are broken, and the ones who are in need. But this wasn’t you.

Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down?.....

You know, now that you’re older you need to be aware that the aftermath of abuse may affect you for a very long time. But that’s OK; just know that the strength it took for you to talk about it then will help you get through it now. I often tell myself that if I made it through that experience as a child, then surely as a man I should be able to get past it. It still may take you a while, but that’s OK too.....

No matter what happens next, just know that the hardest part is over. I wish the coward and very sick individual who hurt you would have the courage to admit his wrong and not put you through a trial. But he will most likely profess his innocence until the bitter end. And probably, all the while, yelling at the top of his lungs about all he has done to help troubled young boys.

You may have to go through with that trial, and you may feel all alone when you’re on that witness stand, but just know that there are millions of young boys and grown men who are standing with you—including me. If every man who has ever been molested would speak up, you would see that we’re all around you. You may not know all of our faces and names, but my prayer is that you feel our strength holding you up. You will get through this; you’ve already endured the worst part at age 11. Now fight on, my young friend, fight on! We are all with you.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011...
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Posted by tblue in Religion/Theology
Thu May 06th 2010, 01:10 AM
You clown! There are NO WORDS that can fix this. But, "We're guilty. I'm sorry. Here are the names and details we've been hiding," are the only things you get to say. Other than that, STFU!
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Dec 17th 2008, 02:42 PM
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Oct 12th 2008, 04:22 AM
ADVICE FROM GOP LEADERS: He Should Highlight Rev Wright, Ayers... He Shouldn't Highlight Rev Wright, Ayers... He Needs To Show "He Really Knows How To Strengthen The Economy"... He Needs To "Change The Subject To Something Else"... He Should "Essentially Go Back To The Basics"... He Needs To "Focus On A Single Message"...


What's the poor MoFo to do?
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Oct 02nd 2008, 01:12 AM
Sarah Palin Boom Busts: Poll Casts Doubt on Experience Prior to Vice Presidential Debate
Less Than Half Convinced of Palin's Grasp on Complex Issues, Experience


ANALYSIS by GARY LANGER
Oct. 2, 2008—

snip/

Just 35 percent say Palin has the experience it takes to serve effectively as president, down a dozen points since early September; 60 percent think not, up 15. And just 46 percent think Palin "understands complex issues," while 49 percent think she doesn't -- a poor assessment on this most basic qualification.

/snip/

Among independents, Palin's presence on the ticket has gone from a 10-point net positive to an 11-point net negative.

And her reception has turned negative among another key swing group, white Catholics; they're now 19 points more apt to say Palin pushes them away from McCain than toward him.

Similarly, just 40 percent of white women now say Palin has the experience it takes to serve effectively as president, down 12 points; 56 percent think not. It's lower still among independents, 32 percent, down 17 points.

And among white Catholics the sense that Palin is qualified has plummeted from 54 percent early last month to 27 percent now. It's dropped nearly as far among non-evangelical white Protestants as well.

There are related trends in favorability; favorable views of Palin have dropped, for instance, by 20 points among white Catholics (from 69 to 49 percent), by 15 points among Midwesterners (who gave her a particularly favorable initial reception) and by 18 points among non-evangelical white Protestants.

/snip

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=5930646
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Sep 21st 2008, 11:25 PM
I am suffering from a serious case of outrage fatigue. I don't know how much more I have in me. I'm just......so........fucking........tired......of the whole........damn.........thing. I just want my damn country back and I feel so helpless.

Sorry I'm not too eloquent, but I'm just......so.......tired of it all.
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 20th 2008, 09:39 PM
Democratic hopeful Obama, Allen said, is "so much better" than Republican rival John McCain, and "represents a huge step upward from (the) incompetence and misjudgement" of the Bush administration.

"It would be a terrible thing if the American public was not moved to vote for him, that they actually preferred more of the same."

On Thursday, Spanish-born Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas, who is also in San Sebastian, said he is backing Obama for the sake of his daughter -- acknowledging, however, that he cannot vote as he is not a US citizen. /snip

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Nothing_funn...
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Sep 16th 2008, 08:53 PM
"Katie Couric just secured the second big interview with Sarah Palin. (Sean Hannity does her Wednesday night, but that will be a meeting of like and tiny minds.) What can we expect from McCain's Cheney over the next few weeks? Play with our Sarah Palin interview-o-tron and find out."


http://www.236.com/news/2008/09/15/sarah_p...
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Sep 11th 2008, 02:29 AM
From Huffington Post:

Bill O'Reilly led off tonight's episode of The Factor with a pointed critique of the latest small-minded content of the news cycle, criticizing the McCain campaign both in terms of character and tactics, slagging the media for pressing the story senselessly, and largely absolving Obama - though perhaps with faint praise: his "Obama doesn't like confrontation" statement seems out of joint with last week's insistence that the Illinois Senator was "tough" and "not a wimp."

Nevertheless, O'Reilly very clearly stipulated that there was no evidence that Obama intended to make any sort of sexist remark. /snip

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/10/b...
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Jun 28th 2007, 08:57 PM
I turned to the LTTE page this morning and saw this little charmer:
Talk radio balances out liberal media

While I admit that most of talk radio has a definite right-wing slant (Page 1F, June 27), I feel that it is the only balance for the rest of the media, which are definitely left-leaning. Most of the newspapers, including the Mercury News, Chronicle, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, etc., are liberal as well as the news magazines such as Time, Newsweek and People. All the TV News channels, both cable and local, with the exception of Fox News, lean to the left. People criticize Fox news for being right-slanted, but in its defense I will say that by and large they do usually present commentators from both sides. It is the only channel on which you can even see/hear the view from the right. In view of this, I think it totally unfair to try to silence or restrict talk radio.

Nancy Deussen
Palo Alto

http://www.mercurynews.com/letters/ci_6248...

This kinda assinine comment can't be allowed to stand with no rebuttal. I'd reply to it myself, but I can't get beyond the 4-letter words in my head. And so many of you are so much more talented than me. If any of you ae so inspired, please...

Submit A Letter To The Editor

E-mail your thoughts to letters@mercurynews.com .

Requirements: 125 words or less; no attachments; include your name, address and daytime phone.

Thanks w/xox,
tblue
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Posted by tblue in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu May 31st 2007, 02:03 PM
Yep. China.

FDA: Don't Eat Monkfish
FDA Warns of Potentially Lethal Imported Puffer Fish Mislabeled as Monkfish


By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

May 25, 2007 -- The FDA today warned consumers not to buy or eat monkfish because it may actually be puffer fish containing a potentially lethal toxin called tetrodotoxin.

The FDA's warning comes after two people in the Chicago area became ill after eating homemade soup containing the mislabeled monkfish. One of those people was hospitalized due to severe illness, says the FDA.

The FDA analyzed the fish and confirmed the presence of potentially life-threatening levels of tetrodotoxin, which isn't found in real monkfish.

If you've already got monkfish in your freezer or refrigerator, throw it out, says the FDA. Tetrodotoxin isn't destroyed by cooking, freezing, or other common methods of food preparation.

The FDA says the mislabeled fish were imported from China by Hong Chang Corp. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Consumers concerned that they may have purchased this fish should contact their retailer and ask if the product was received from Hong Chang Corp.


The FDA allows puffer fish to be imported into the U.S. only under strict provisions that minimize the risk of the toxin being present in the fish. The recalled fish were not in compliance with those provisions.

The FDA says it's examining all imports from the Chinese supplier and will take additional action, if warranted.


http://www.webmd.com/news/20070525/fda-don...
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu May 24th 2007, 10:31 PM
Tell them how you really feel about Iraq and the Democrats' capitulation to *.

http://www.democraticmajority.com/page/s/A...
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Posted by tblue in The DU Lounge
Fri Jan 26th 2007, 09:06 PM
Need something kinda exciting for 5 adults plus my 13 year old, who's watched flicks like Blood Diamond and Jackie Chan movies, so he can handle some violence okay but no nekkid wimmens. Thanks!
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jan 11th 2007, 08:17 PM
Gather all your contributable blankets, warm clothing & shoes, food and take it to your nearest shelter, or anywhere you know the homeless are. Someone who is alive right now will not live through the night. Bay Area people, you know our local homeless will be desperate tonight. Here are organizations I just found on Google. SPREAD THE WORD! SAVE A LIFE!

Salvation Army
405 N 4th St, San Jose, CA
(408) 282-1175

Emergency Housing Consortium
39 N 5th St, San Jose, CA
(408) 298-2660

Homeless Helping the Homeless
80 S 5th St, San Jose, CA
(408) 297-1267

Santa Clara County of: Homeless Concerns
San Jose, CA
(408) 441-4250

Redwood Family House
110 Locust St, Redwood City, CA
(650) 364-8264 - call

Sojourner House Homeless Services
559 Meadowlark St, Livermore, CA
(925) 449-5845

Homeless Care Force, Inc
Unverified listing
1793 Lafayette St, Santa Clara, CA
(408) 984-2265

Homeless Services Center
115 Coral St, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 316-5000 - call

Fesco Banyan House
21568 Banyan St, Hayward, CA
(510) 538-0321

Homeless Care Force, Inc
Unverified listing
309 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA
(408) 982-0181
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Posted by tblue in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jan 11th 2007, 01:49 PM
I'd like to see the Religious Right attack this! (You can get this song from iTunes. Recommend the Original Studio Cast Version.)


God save the people

(JESUS)
When wilt thou save the people?
Oh God of mercy when?
The people, Lord, the people
Not thrones and crowns,
But men
Flowers of thy heart
O God are they
Let them not pass like weeds away
Their heritage, a sunless day
God save the people

Shall crime bring crime forever
Strength aiding still the strong?
Is it thy will, O Father
That men shall toil
For wrong?
Oh, no, say thy mountains
No, say thy skies
Man's clouded sun shall brightly rise
And songs be heard, instead of sighs
God save the people!

When wilt thou save the people?
Oh God of mercy when?
The people, Lord! The people!
Not thrones and crowns,
But men!
God save the people
For thine they are
Thy children as thy angels fair
God save the people
From despair
God save the people!

(CHORUS)
Oh God save the people!

(JESUS)
God save the people!

(CHORUS)
Oh God save the people!

(JESUS)
God save the people!

(CHORUS)
Oh God save the people!

(JESUS)
God save the people!

(CHORUS)
When wilt thou save the people!?
Oh God of mercy when!?
The people, Lord! The people!!
Not thrones and crowns,
But Men!
God save the people!
Oh God save the people!
God save the people!
God save the people!
God save the people!
Oh God save the people!
God save the people!
Oh God save the people!



God save the people!

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