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Jul 3, 2014 christieb commented on Good News! Congress Will Have to Publicly Report Lavish Free Trips, After All.
Does it make one bit of difference to your level of outrage that these trips already had to be reported within 15 days on another form that was part of an internet-searchable database and that this line on the annual form was entirely redundant?
Jan 19, 2012 christieb commented on Required Listening.
How incredibly sad. I am so glad this young man survived and is so strong today. Perhaps he could talk more about his life today for an It Gets Better video. I personally would love to know more about how he maintains a relationship with his family without being too hurt when they do things like laugh about some of the most painful experiences of his life. What an amazing man!
Dec 20, 2011 christieb commented on Maybe It Was a Dental Baton.
Umm.... It sounds like there were drugs in the guy's mouth and no one wants to be bitten by a crackhead. What would have been the accepted procedure?
Dec 14, 2011 christieb commented on Even More Young Adults Insured Under Obama's Health Care Reform Law.
It makes me sad how classist this law is though. Now young adults from middle-class backgrounds can take "entry-level" jobs through age 26 that don't offer health insurance but those from poorer backgrounds have to gamble their health or forgo those opportunities.
Dec 12, 2011 christieb commented on An Open Letter from Port Truck Drivers About Today's Attempted Shut Down.
It seems like addressing the misclassification of these workers as independent contractors is the easiest start to tackling this problem. Why has the IRS not done so?
Nov 21, 2011 christieb commented on Pregant Woman Blasted with Pepper Spray by SPD Reportedly Miscarries.
I'm sorry for Ms. Fox's loss and I hope that she is getting any medical care she needs.

@1 - If you had read the links you would have seen that she was homeless and was participating in the protests at least in part to have a safe(r) place to sleep.
Aug 18, 2011 christieb commented on The Morning Snooze.
Obviously, I don't think that the gay bully in this scenario deserved to be shot. I do, however, want folks to consider how they respond to this story and assignment of blame compared to stories of kids who commit suicide when bullied. Does a straight kid bullying a gay kid have some culpability in that gay kid's suicide but a gay kid bullying a straight kid has no culpability in his own murder? What makes the difference - minority status? outward vs. inward directed violence?
Aug 16, 2011 christieb commented on I Would Like You to Know My Name.
Thank you, Jennifer Hopper. You are amazingly brave and I wish you all the best as you continue to recover. I suspect you will continue to make the world a better place with your strength.
Jul 2, 2011 christieb commented on Trans Advocates.
@44, I totally believe that most/all folks (especially MTF) who identify as trans as adults report having known that they had that gender identity at a young age. What that doesn't address is how many people who would have had that gender identity at a young age went on to later identify with the sex assigned them at birth. I would agree that giving everyone space to live as they wish without requiring strict adherence would be the best idea. Certainly I can see how puberty and the naturally irreversible sex-identifying consequences thereof force everyone's hand. What I'm not sure is what parents of potentially-trans kids want between the ages of 4 and puberty that is different than what Alice Dreger is advocating. What else is needed byond some room, some understanding and perhaps letting kids know that feeling uncomfortable in one's body or identifying as the other gender happens sometimes and if it continues there will be ways to deal with that down the road.
Apr 13, 2011 christieb commented on SL Letter of the Day: Have At It, Gang.
I have to agree with comment #8. In an ideal world, parents protect their children from horrific natural consequences and "punishments" are a lesser, artificial consequence used to guide children where natural consequences are too harsh to let come to pass. In this case, FUBAR Dad can't protect his daughter from the horrific natural consequences of her actions. There is no point to punishment - the only thing they can do is hope to help her learn from it.