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Academia, Love Me Back

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I hope the Dean of Students advocated on your behalf because NO student should be ridiculed in front of others, and there are hundreds of professors who would LOVE the chance to teach great, deserving students, like you.

I’m appalled, but sadly, not surprised that academia has taken so many steps backwards, since I was in graduate school, in the 1990s. Shameful.

You are the one you’ve been waiting for, Tiffany. Stay strong.

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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#ImWithHer: An Open Letter To #Hillary Clinton, From A Dad With a Daughter: Thank You

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Beautiful and poignant words, from a father to Hillary Clinton.

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Dear Mrs. Clinton,

The picture you see above is of me and our eight-year-old daughter, Bianca. Now, even though we bothlookserious in this photo, it is far from it. She came up with a silly idea to do a “sideways staring contest,” basically to see how long we could sit there like that. Despite how we look, after my wife snapped the picture, we both cracked up.

Another reason I like this picture is because some folks believe she gets her stubbornness from me. Many have told me that this totally shows how similar we are. Don’t get me wrong; she is the sweetest person and she’s smiling and laughing all the time. This is a rare picture where she isn’t.

I still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. Like many other males, I’ve always wanted children, but especially a daughter, because I had…

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Seriously, you want to read this

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You won’t want to miss this post from Hillary – Nuestra democracia se basa en elecciones justas y una transición pacífica de poder. Trump no puede amenazar esta tradición por el hecho de que no puede enfrentar la realidad. http://hrc.io/2ermVVJ

Have you committed to voting for Hillary yet?

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This election is a choice, and I’m committed to vote for Hillary Clinton. Commit your vote & help win this election. http://hrc.io/2cOpXQg

Have you committed to voting for Hillary yet?

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This election is a choice, and I’m committed to vote for Hillary Clinton. Commit your vote & help win this election. http://hrc.io/2cOpXQg
#ImWithHer 

#EstoyConElla #StrongerTogether 

#HillYes 

#VoteBlue #VoteBlueFlorida

#ClintonKaine2016

  #CountryOverParty 

An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.

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Hell yeah! THIS woman, who happens to,be a moderate, Roman Catholic, middle-aged Latina, has been utterly disgusted by trump and his trumpeters since the day he announced his candidacy.

Shame on the GOP for allowing the tea party, alt-right and white supremacists to take over the party of Lincoln. You are reaping what you’ve sown. Congratulations.

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Dear Mr. Trump… can I call you Mr. Trump? Is that ok? I want you to be happy, that’s very important to me.

Before I get started, let me say this letter isn’t from all women. The Trumpettes surely won’t approve of this message. But this is from most women.

We see right through you. We have all known you at some point. Your ways are not unfamiliar to us. We see through you because we’ve been dealing with you our whole lives.

We heard you call women pigs. And disgusting. And stupid. And bimbos.

We watched as you called a former Ms. Universe “Ms. Piggy” and then spent four days continuing to insult her.

We see your weakness. Your lust for attention at any cost, your need to denigrate women. We see all of it. And we’re mad.

Yes. We’re mad. And fired up. And here’s the thing about us……

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The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

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The Contrarian Blogger makes the case for Sec. Clinton, as our next President, in epic fashion.

I will only add one note, to the men who get “upset” with me for supporting her, then attempt to mansplain why they are right.

You don’t want to vote for Sec. Clinton because she’s a woman, and, you don’t like women in charge.

Period.

All your flawed arguments about Benghazi and deleted emails, are weak at best. Not only are they completely constructed by the GOP propaganda machine, they have been a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money and the government’s time.

Instead of doing the jobs they were elected to do, Congressional Republicans obstructed government. As they were calling hearing after hearing to litigate and re-litigate a bunch of nonsense, they watched their power diminish.

They, and you, feel threatened by the growing number of women, Communities of Color and the LGBTQIA Community, who have created viable and thriving coalitions. Coalitions against the stuff you like – wage inequality, marriage inequality, lack of funds for basic preventive healthcare and contraception, etc.

In short, they (you) are running scared. Their tenuous hold on our Country is fracturing, so their attacks against the “other” have escalated, been mainstreamed and created their own demagogue – trump.

Trump is EXACTLY what they have wanted – arrogant, bigoted, homophobic, sexist, racist and misogynistic. Moreover, he IS the very personification of the “low information voter.” Never in the history of our Country has a less qualified, more dangerous, person be chosen – against ACTUAL candidates – to lead a major political party.

Trump is the sum total of EVERYTHING that is wrong with the United States. And men LOVE him, because he is their last ditch effort to reclaim some “lost power,” or “stamina,” as he himself has said.

Women never talk about “stamina,” because it is word typically associated with male sexual performance. But, I’ve seen Sec. Clinton in real life and she has BIG HANDS. Really big hands.

So, stop your whining boys and just tell the truth. You are voting for trump because he has a penis, is rich and and a trophy wife….and secretly (or maybe not so secretly) you wish you were just like him.

But, we KNOW your secret. We’ve always known it, even before you figured it out. Your guy is going to lose to a girl, because she’s BETTER than he is.

And, deep down you KNOW she is.

The Contrarian Blog

An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He lamented long about how terrible both candidates are in this election and I guess we just have to choose the lesser of the two evils or, as he put it, “…put on a blindfold and just pick. It doesn’t really make any difference.”

And that’s when I went off.

I am really sick and tired of people saying both candidates are equally horrible choices, how much America thoroughly hates both of them to the core, that there’s not a single positive trait in either one of them and wow, if only we had voted for that guy behind the deli counter or the neighbor’s cat, America would be WAY better off.

Fuck you. Fuck the…

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Who ort DONALD TRUMP picked for his new campaign manager

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Hello there SundyBesters. Drew here. Trae is busy being super famous and Corey is busy being super fat-headed, so I’m doing the blog. Today marks one of the last editions of OurSundyBest. Tha…

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On Thoughts and Prayers

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In his post, Thoughts and Prayers, John Scalzi challenges us to do more than offer our thoughts and prayers.  Many of us, myself included, are paralyzed by fear just thinking about being in an “active shooter” situation.

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Active shooter.  The name seems innocuous enough, but the reality is terrifyingly real. And commonplace.

Yesterday, however, House Democrats, led by its conscience, Representative John Lewis of Georgia, provided a beacon of light. Leadership in an otherwise dark, right-wing, reactionary era in our Country.  Though greatly outnumbered, in such a way, that any legislation they sponsored, would never see life outside of a Congressional Committee, showed the American people that social justice is alive and well, in our Republic.

For almost two days, they staged a Sit In, on the floor of the House of Representatives. By that defiant act, and ignoring all the Rules of the House, they demonstrated that observing moments of silence and thoughts and prayers for gun violence, are no longer enough.

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Clearly in the minority for far too long, this group of legislators took up the mantle of freedom, combing traditional social justice acts with social media to communicate with the American people.  I am encouraged and empowered by this act.   As we move forward toward another watershed Presidential election, the choices are clear – either we choose division, hate, bigotry, misogyny and homophobia or we choose life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans.

My choice is clear, as Paul Wellstone eloquently stated: “I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God’s children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they’re boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless of rich or poor, that every child I hold in my hands, will have the same chance to reach her full potential or his full potential. That is the goodness of our country. That is the essence of the American dream.”

Our only choice to defeat the forces of hate is Hillary Clinton, and I’m with her.

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Orlando, Your Floridians Brothers and Sisters are With You

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#PrayforOrlando

As someone who went to college in Florida, I spent my share of time dancing in Orlando.  Since I came of age in the mid-1980s and early-1990s, my girlfriends and I loved going to gay clubs, because they had the best DJs, best music, and good drinks.   We felt safe there, knowing that we would be left alone and our drinks wouldn’t be altered (roofied) by creeper guys.

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I have LGBT family members and lifelong, dear friends whom I love.  I have felt outrage when homophobic and transphobic comments have been hurled at them, I have stood next to them as their basic civil rights were threatened, and celebrated alongside them when the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality.

Today, however, my hurt and anger know no bounds. Seeing the toll having to address our Nation again, as more innocent American kids were senselessly murdered, by another Amercan, has taken on President Obama, broke my already wounded heart.  Learning that one of the victims who died, was a friend of one of the young women I advised, nearly broke me.  The very real possibility that more people I am close to, will know the victims, is all too real.  Tonight we grieve. Together. As one Florida family.

May our Father and our Blessed Mother, have mercy on us.   Our idolatry of the Almighty Gun and Dollar have brought us to this place.  I am sickened by it, but hearing about the acts of heroism and compassion, humble me.

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Tomorrow, however, we fight. We fight to ensure that Pride Month is spectacular, sparkly and bigger than ever. I shall don my feminist cap again, and continue to fight for ALL people – which means we must elect Hillary Clinton.  Period.  There is no other choice.

My resolve, as a PFLAG, and someone who believes we are our brother’s/sister’s keeper, was tested, but remains steadfast.

I leave you with Mary Lambert’s beautiful voice, and bid you peace. Amen and Namaste. 
She Keeps Me Warm

24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

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A cautionary tale for all of us women who are “over 30.”

This morning, as I was perusing my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it …

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Interstate Message Signs Literally Can’t Even Right Now

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Thousands of Nashville-area motorists were reportedly surprised, concerned, offended, and otherwise taken-aback today when the city’s typically affable system of electronic interstate message signs…

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Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

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Amen! I could not have stated it better.
Be nice, or be quiet.

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I hear you.

You’re angry.

I get it, I’m angry too.

I’m not talking to the people who are angry at Target because their Pro Transgender bathroom policy flies in the face of their cherry picked moral compass. I’m not under any obligation  to respect their beliefs. 

I’m talking to you… the people who have no issue with sharing a bathroom with LGBT people. I’m talking to those of you who are speaking out about this bathroom policy, expressing concern over the women and children who you fear will be in danger because of this policy.

You’re reasonable people. You aren’t expressing hate or bigotry. You just worry. You worry about your kids, your wives, your sisters. I worry too.

I probably worry too much. I have always accompanied my younger kids to the bathroom in public places. When my son was too old to go into the women’s room, I…

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Los 14 papeles de Panamá más escandalosos

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Desafortunádamente, solo se ha publicado lo negativo sobre mi país. Ni la sinvergüenzúda, el compradrásmo, o el lavado del dinero es algo nuevo, en Panamá. Son POCOS los Panameños involucrados en esos “negocios.”

Panamá, y el pueblo Panameño, se destaca por ser alegre, campechano y desordenado. Y todos los que nos conecen, nos quieren y aprecian.

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Lospapeles de Panamá. Que esto y aquello sobre lo que está pasando con unos papeles en Panamá. Todo el mundo habla de eso y bueno, este país me adoptópor lo grande durantevarios años y los únicos papeles que conocí de Panamá son estos:

1. El papel del país dondenadie es extranjero

Cuando digo que nadie es extranjero en Panamá es de verdad. En una de mis aventuras, me trasladé a Panamá sin antes haber pisado el país y sin conocer la empresa en la que iba a trabajar. A los 2días de haber llegado ya estaba tomando mojitos en las terrazas de Multiplaza con una de las que ahora es mis mejores amigas. A los 5 días estaba en una fiesta de cumpleaños tremenda de una rusa que no conocía, novia de un colombiano que tampoco conocía, pero que era primo de una amiga mía de Colombia. A…

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Dropping Some Truth

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I read Lamonte Fowler’s piece when it was published on the Huffington Post, as it was going viral.

Since then, actions at Drumpf’s political rallies have escalated to the point of, not just being compared to the Third Reich, but actually following a similar trajectory.

So, I share Mr.Fowler’s words, as a pause for clarity to allow cooler heads to prevail. I still urge everyone to vote, but understand that after all the dust has settled on the campaigns, we still have to live with each other.

My advice is to read, believe in science and support teachers, and above all, be nice, or be quiet.

LaMonte M. Fowler

rant-warningI feel the need to drop a little truth on y’all. So buckle up…I’m about to be politically incorrect.

We don’t need to take America back. No one stole it. It’s right here…you’re sitting in it. Chillax.

Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall and we’re not going to deport millions of people and break up families. If you think either one is a good idea, you’re not smart and probably not a person I want to hang out with.

We don’t live in a democracy. Technically we are a Federal Republic. But in reality we are ruled by an oligarchy. If you don’t know what that is, look it up. Reading will do you good. You probably need to do more of it.

FoxNews, CNN, and MSNBC have an agenda and are not “fair and balanced” or in any way unbiased. I’ll reiterate…read more. Read newspapers (even online…

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