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To solve the nearly non-existent problem of crime in parks, the Tennessee legislature has come up with an intriguing solution:

Eliminate all local regulations against guns in parks, but ban squirt guns.

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Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT

WYFP? Irresponsible Neighbors

by fiddler crabby

We live in a neighborhood with a lot of irresponsible pet owners, so we see stray dogs and cats far too often.

One of our dogs came into our family when we found her wandering down the street, all six pounds of her. She was far too tiny to take care of herself, but she’d either been neglected or on her own for a while judging from her matted fur and fragile frame.

Over time we’ve seen a large chihuahua walking confidently down the street in a t-shirt, a nondescript mama dog who obviously had puppies stashed away somewhere, big dogs and small.

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Federal Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction requiring the state to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three Tennessee couples. The ruling is limited to the plaintiffs, but Judge Trauger's injunction notes the likelihood that their case will succeed on its merits given the rulings we've seen over the past few years.

Here's the injunction. Especially noteworthy is the outline of the problems each of these couples face when their marriages are denied recognition.

This is a big day in Tennessee.

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The Tennessee legislature -- with a Republican supermajority made up largely of historical illiterates -- is now in the business of mandating how history is to be taught.

HB 1129 and SB 1266 require all Tennessee high schoolers to be indoctrinated with a particular historical interpretation.

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Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT

WYFP: Sharing Space

by fiddler crabby

I'm cranky right now. I know I'm bitching about first world problems, but still.

WYFP  is our community's Saturday evening gathering to talk about our problems, empathize with one another, and share advice, pootie pictures, favorite adult beverages, and anything else that we think might help. Everyone and all sorts of troubles are welcome. May we find peace and healing here. Won't you please share the joy of WYFP by recommending?
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Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM PDT

WYFP: What they don't tell you.

by fiddler crabby

When I agreed last week to take WYFP, I couldn't have imagined what I would be writing about tonight.

WYFP  is our community's Saturday evening gathering to talk about our problems, empathize with one another, and share advice, pootie pictures, favorite adult beverages, and anything else that we think might help. Everyone and all sorts of troubles are welcome. May we find peace and healing here. Won't you please share the joy of WYFP by recommending?
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I love my job. I really do.

And I know I’m lucky to have it. The competition for jobs like mine is fierce, far more fierce than it was twenty years ago when I was first hired with a newly-minted MS and a year of adjunct work.

I teach English at a community college in a state that ranks near the bottom in education, both in spending and achievement. My colleagues and I knew that coming in, but most of us stick with it because we’re committed to the ideals of open access and social mobility. Many of us see our work as subversive, providing a good education to students who haven’t had a lot of breaks, whether through losing the birth lottery or an increasingly unforgiving economic system. My stronger students are as good as those at the selective university where I first did graduate work, but we have far more unprepared students who know they need to work hard to be brought up to speed. We also have slackers, but no educational institution is free of that attitude. Most of ours aren’t surly, at least.

But most days I don’t like my job very much.

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 05:22 PM PST

WYFP: Ends and Means

by fiddler crabby

WYFP is our community's Saturday evening gathering to talk about our problems, empathize with one another, and share advice, pootie pictures, favorite adult beverages, and anything else that we think might help. Everyone and all sorts of troubles are welcome. May we find peace and healing here. Won't you please share the joy of WYFP by recommending?

I'd post a picture of our newest dog, but she's in a protection program.

She's our dark little secret.

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Fri May 07, 2010 at 06:40 PM PDT

Definitions are everything.

by fiddler crabby

I'm supposed to be finishing up a paper for a class I'm taking, but in response to a post on another forum -- I won't tell which one -- put this together to explain why using "liberal" as an epithet is sloppy thinking. It's still kind of rough, but the meat's here.

The diary's title is one of the basic rules of argumentation: Define your terms. Definitions are everything.

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My father helped support his mother, brother and sisters during the Great Depression. His first job was at age six when he swept out a drugstore for a box of groceries a week. We didn't go to church, but my parents were careful in teaching that certain things were wrong not because the Bible said they were, but because they hurt other people.

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Nashville Metro government just passed a non-discrimination ordinance protecting its LGBT citizens from discrimination in local government.

LGB and T. Gender identity was included.

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If someone's diaried this already, I'll delete. I've been in class all day, and just found out about this.

In one of the very conservative, very white flight counties around Tennessee, the local school system has decided listening to Obama's education speech is so controversial, students will needto get parental permission to watch the speech.

This isn't conservatism, this is obscene. This school board isn't interested in education, or in citizenship, or in democracy, or in open-mindedness, or in the strengths of a public school setting. It's not interested in bringing students into the public square and the marketplace of ideas, but in pandering to the increasingly unhinged.

I knew this county was conservative, and that much of Tennessee was going backwards while the rest of the country was finally moving forward, but even I'm shocked by this.

My apologies for not having something more substantive to say. I'm still reeling from this. Feel free to post suggestions for fleshing out the diary.

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Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 07:55 AM PDT

Fitness Monday: A Confession

by fiddler crabby

According to the National Heart Association, only about 31 percent of American adults report regular leisure-time physical activity.

I am not in that 31 percent.

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