This is HORRIBLE

January 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I’m a pacifist and believe that war is completely barbaric and wasteful of human lives.  In this article, it talks about how Palestinian children are shot at close range in the head.  What kind of MONSTER shoots children in the head?  There is a reported 410 Palestinian children dead and 1,630 wounded.  Dead and injured kids will not solve anything, ever.  I can not wrap my head around these figures or how these children are being wounded.  I can’t imagine the fear they felt as they were being shot, many of them witnesses to their mothers and siblings being killed.  These kids will likely be paralyzed for life, if they even survive. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/4279102/Bullets-in-the-brain-shrapnel-in-the-spine-the-terrible-injuries-suffered-by-children-of-Gaza.html

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Interesting!

January 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Check it out…. Apparently some common words we use everyday are actually racist in origin.  Who knew?

http://www.cracked.com/article_16967_8-racist-words-you-use-every-day.html

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Why do I live here? It all goes back to the railroads…

January 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm (Uncategorized)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-why-live-here-cold,0,231320.story

But seriously, why, when I KNOW that it will be at least -20 degrees every winter, do I live here?  I have often planned on moving, even filling out transfer forms in college  after one particularly bad winter.  But I never went through with it.  I have thought about it extensively though and it involves a lot of planning, and a job, and some money, of which I have none. 

Despite the fact that I am constantly criticizing my home city for failing in just about every arena (Blago anyone? CTA? Highest taxes in the nation? Temperatures cold enough that schools close?) it’s still my home.  I grew up here with my family.  It made me the no-nonsense street smart independent ferosh chick that I am.  And I can tell you where in the city to get any type of food.  Seriously, try me. 

I really like this quote from the article “Why do I live in Chicago? … Maybe because it’s not for the fragile, the delicate or the glitzy crowd. I enjoy the extreme seasons we experience. They teach me that you have to be ready for anything and my Midwest values allow me to roll with the punches. I’m not convinced that we have the most unique foods or sites or structures, but we do have resiliency and we do have style and we do have a civic population that forgives, even if we don’t forget. Tragedy and loss have no power over us any more. We have seen the worst in sports, politics and natural disasters (the Great Chicago Fire). But, we’re still here, and we’re better than ever”

I also reeeeeeeally love Chicago in the summer time.  There’s always so much going on and it always blows my mind that the temperature can fluctuate at least 100 degrees throughout the year. 

Plus, my family is here.  As much as I would absolutely looooove to move elsewhere, to a more temperate climate and a change of pace, I feel like I would always return to my family.  Maybe I’ll move away and come back when I can afford a 4 wheel drive vehicle and a garage and a snowblower.  Or, maybe I’ll just become a bear.  If I coud honestly hibernate through winter, I definitely would.  Or at least go to Florida.  Bottom line, Chicago is a real city full of real people.  I’m proud of it, as full of corruption it may be.  And who knows, maybe with all this global warming talk, winter won’t be such a big deal anymore.

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Hmmmm….

January 14, 2009 at 11:20 pm (Uncategorized)

“NJ removes kids with Nazi names from homes”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ny-usnazi0115,0,526158.story

I would like to learn more about this story.  In my classes, we have been learning a lot about when/if to report parents to DCFS.  As teachers, it is our responsibility to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect.  After we report it, it is up to the state to do an investigation and determine what/if anything will happen to the family. 

In this particular case, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to remove children from their home simply based on the names their parents gave them.  Obviously, it’s weird and effed up that the parents named their kids after famous white supremacists.  But, in all fairness, it’s a free country and they have first amendment rights, which I learned a lot about recently after my trip to the Freedom Museum in Chicago (it’s free and pretty interesting if you’re interested).  As weird as it is to name your kid Hitler, it is a parents right.  It is also in a parent’s right to teach their kid that whites are better than every other race.  I’m not defending it, but it’s not illegal.  They aren’t releasing any more details on this story right now which means either a) they don’t have any or b) there aren’t any, in which case the parents should get their kids back.

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What. A. Dumbass.

January 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm (Uncategorized)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-drew-peterson_13jan13,0,2173265.story

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