From gool ol’ Charlie Brown:
Have a happy, safe holiday everyone 🙂
December 25, 2011
December 13, 2011
In 1961 a Lillian Hellman play (circa 1930’s) was adapted to film. It raised eyebrows and hackles as it slipped into neighbourhood movie theatres across America. Polite people didn’t openly say the word lesbian as a rule back then much less make it the focus of a movie and more than one religious-right group had it banned from their town. Thing is, the movie wasn’t about lesbians – it was about how quick the public is to embrace hearsay as truth and the ensuing collective knee-jerk reaction that causes permanent damage to those accused before the facts are ever brought to light.
As actresses, Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine took a lot of flack for their portrayal of two single teachers wrongly accused of being lesbians by one of their students. The fact of their characters’ innocence made no difference to those offended by the topic. The movie itself was actually falsely labelled perverse before movie-goers had a chance to see for themselves it was neither sexually explicit nor about lesbians – ironically reinforcing the entire moral of the story.
Regardless of a person’s defense of or offense taken, the movie made a strong statement about the manipulation of public opinion: Once an accusing finger has been pointed there will be those who forever believe the accusation in spite of any evidence ultimately pointing to the contrary. It is the epitomy of the old adage – Once a bell is rung it can never be un-rung.
Karen and Martha are longtime friends who open a school for girls. They are hard-working, good teachers and the school attracts many affluent families. Karen has a boyfriend, Martha does not but Karen and her boyfriend include Martha in everything they do. The women’s strong bond and warm personalities contribute to their success as teachers.
Enter the mean girl, Mary, who’s punished for telling a lie and gets even with her teacher by beginning a rumour that the two schoolteachers are lovers. Before the rumour can be disproved, parents pull their daughters from the school and the two women are shunned by the town.
The disgrace and violence the women endure as a result of the false accusation is sadly no different from what happens today. As a society we are every bit too quick to pass judgement now as we were 60-70-80 years ago. Especially when we feel our children may be at risk.
If this is a movie you’ve never seen, I strongly recommend it. The acting is superb and the story is gripping.
This is my head’s up to you because over the next few days I’d like to open a discussion about last month’s events at Penn State. It’s not a happy story – not for anyone – but certain contradictory facts are beginning to bubble to the surface and I’d seriously like to be able to talk about them with you.
Here’s a bit from tomorrow’s post:
December 12, 2011
December 10, 2011
These are amazing! Spouse just found this site and I have laughed and giggled and cried for about an hour already!
For the past couple of years returning soldiers have planned surprise visits to loved ones and captured it all on film. With all the negative crap that goes on everyday in the news it’s a shame these clips don’t get more play. These little glimpses into ‘real-life’ experiences help put other things into perspective and are lovely to share… well done guys!
Welcome Home Blog has stacks of these. This was the one on youtube that caught spouse’s eye:
As a matter of fact I think I’ll add this to my blog roll 🙂
December 9, 2011
Yup I’m pretty sure while he saw the jab coming from the debate stage, he aimed this straight at your stupid Fox interview, FB rant, not just the idiot crowd you’re endorsing. And I’m not super sure, but pretty sure The Donald may have had his topknot ruffled as well.
Two morons, one idiot and a whiner all backhanded in one fine stroke. Not bad.
Oh and I especially like the countdown clocks behind him letting the country know whose responsibility it is if the middle class has their taxes raised.
December 9, 2011
Stuck with a relative who’s still into Sarah?
Get paired up at work with a Palinbot for the office Silent-Santa gift exchange and don’t know what to get?
Well even if all you want to do is give a liberal a laff, I found THE PERFECT gift for Palin fans at this website.
Welcome to Holiday Hell…
Tacky Sarah Palin Christmas sweater! On this sweater, Sarah Palin is wearing her own tacky sweater, complete with decorations. She’s got happy jazz hands, wearing her winter gloves. Bust = 42″ Length = 25″. Sleeves are 12″ half-length.
You might even want this one for yourself! You know – to prove to the world that while you might be a liberal, you’re also too fair and balanced!
T-neck red Tacky Sarah Palin Christmas Sweater! Sweater has a rear zipper at the neck for easy on-off. This sweater is 2-sided! The front has Sarah wearing a pair of festive antlers. On the back of the sweater, Sarah Palin is wearing her own tacky sweater, mittens, and a santa hat! Decorative accents include beads, pom poms, bows, and trim. This festive sweater is a winner! Bust=34″. Length= 22″.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Each of these lovely creations is not only a steal at $64.95, they are also too pre-owned which means you’d be helping other lucky gift recipients to recycle!
I don’t know about you guys but I sure know where I’m going shopping for my stocking stuffers this year!!!
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Dot Com – where have you been all my life!!! (omg I am so into the sweaters with twinkle lights!)
December 8, 2011
this is brilliant –
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE and GRAHAM BOWLEY
Published: December 6, 2011
They call it the Robin Hood tax — a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor.
And like the mythical hero of Sherwood Forest, it is beginning to capture the public’s imagination.
Driven by populist anger at bankers as well as government needs for more revenue, the idea of a tax on trades of stocks, bonds and other financial instruments has attracted an array of influential champions, including the leaders of France and Germany, the billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and George Soros, former Vice President Al Gore, the consumer activist Ralph Nader, Pope Benedict XVI and the archbishop of Canterbury.
“We all agree that a financial transaction tax would be the right signal to show that we have understood that financial markets have to contribute their share to the recovery of economies,” the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, told her Parliament recently.