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a Nurse looks at the shutdown Oct 8 2013

I have been at this a long time, and there are cycles in government funding of healthcare that come and go.

Let’s call it what it is. Racism

I have always thought that the Tea Party was full of racists, and I have not learned anything to suspect otherwise.
My formative years were spent in Boston in the 1970s, and I recall that the growth of private “Christian” schools nationwide was fueled by a reaction to court decisions that imposed forced busing as a means to desegregate schools. We’ve seen the “Christian” movement grow, to the point where the younger adherents who actually grew up with a deep background in the Bible are unaware of how it got started.

this is not a “Christian” blog, though I can’t separate my beliefs as to how we are all here to make things better, from my approach to nursing. If you, the reader, have not been to the site of “The Christian Left” I advise you to go there.

“What does it take to get it through people’s heads that we are being attacked from within? The attack started years ago inside the heart of America, the Christian churches. Yes, they took over the churches by twisting scripture and by fear mongering. Who would believe that Christians would be the ones who perpetrate an attack from within? They use their great wealth to create organizations that pose as grassroots gatherings of good people. These good Christian people are being used by evil men and they haven’t a clue. It isn’t just for more wealth, it’s an attack for complete power and those wealthy men eat their own believe me. They have twisted the minds of people into believing that helping the poor and elderly is going to cause them to loose their chance of salvation. They impoverish people to try to save themselves. That is why many good people are supporting this even though it hurts the weakest among us. This is an attack on America pure as if Russia had driven tanks across our borders.” —

Patricia Cooper, member of The Christian Left

The “Christian” movement has merged with the racist groups that have crawled out of a swamp.

I simply have too many friends that are members of “minority groups” to stand silent. I have to speak up.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

we need to reject the idea that God somehow wants us to act the way the Tea Party has been acting.

It is clear to me that the Tea Party also is conducting a War on Women. there are just too many misogynistic things going on to wink and smile.

Don’t bargain with terrorists

The Tea Party groups that are behind this shutdown are doing and end-around against the kind of democracy we have relied on since the beginning of this country.

Don’t think for one minute that the hostage-taking will end once the racists get their current demand. They will absolutely revisit every settled part of social security, medicare, women’s health – everything. everything you thought was a settled policy will now be back on the table.

And somehow nurses will get the short end of the stick.



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the best way to lose your “virginity” Oct 26 2012

Saw this video on YouTube today.

This is the way I raised my daughters, the kind of values I wanted them to have…

Lena Dunham:Your First Time


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Mitt Romney and the future of nursing – NOT

executive summary: PLease share this with every nurse you know. Nurses have a stake in this election. Vote!

Here is a video every nurse needs to watch, before they make up their mind as to voting for Romney.


This candidate has done everything he can to hide his agenda regarding women’s health.

and if you need more examples:


Every woman needs to know that if Rmoney is elected the agenda for women’s health will be to ensure that women are the property of any man who claims them. If you are raped, for example, the rapist has a say in whether you carry the baby to term.

we will return to the days of backstreet abortions.

Romney lies.  Romney will say anything to any group.

dating advice

When my daughters were teenagers, I used to tell them never to date any boys who lied to get what they wanted. Likewise, we should not be voting for politicians who lie.

Pretty simple, really.


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Nurses Know Bullying When They See It

The words in blue or underlined are hyperlinks, click on them and you will enjoy what you find. Also, please send this to ten other nurses, share as widely as you can!

Executive summary: This week we were treated to a display of bullying.

Bullying is defined as:

Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behavior can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power. It can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.[2][3] The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a “target”.

Bullying is an issue in the nursing workplace.

yes, this is a shocking cartoon, but it indicates the degree to which the conservative movement, also known as the “Religious Right” disrespects persons of color. Every nurses needs to stand up for the dignity of persons, and to teach their children accordingly. If Romney gets elected President, America will be a meaner, tougher place.  That is not what I want. How about you?

Every nurse has experienced bullying in one form or another.  All you need to do is Google the term Nurse Bullying, and you will see that this has been a hot topic in 2012. It’s a hallmark of dysfunctional workplace culture, and I have written about it here.

Bullying and Big Bird

something that has totally shocked Wednesday was the casual reference made by Mitt Romney about firing Big Bird.  He made a joke out of it, but nurses should make no mistake: there is an agenda here at work. If you don’t believe me, watch this YouTube. In it, there is a guy who says that Elmo and Sesame Street are promoting a “gay agenda.”  ( this is astounding to me!). The guys in the YouTube video are against everything we teach to promote healthy growth and development among children.  Contrast the twit who wrote that book with Mister Rogers when he testified in front of congress.

From http://www.salon.com/2012/10/04/you_do_not_mess_with_big_bird/

What Romney, in his adorably out-of-touch way, failed to grasp with that statement is that practically every American under the age of 50 has a powerful childhood association with that goofy oversize lug. An entire generation can trace its first understanding of death to the moment that Big Bird let it sink in that “Mr. Hooper’s not coming back.” And another generation learned about loss and community and resilience after 9/11 when “Sesame Street” had Big Bird’s own nest destroyed in a storm. (The show aired Big Bird’s odyssey again after Katrina.) And I defy even a robotic millionaire to get through Big Bird’s choked-up rendition of “It’s Not Easy Being Green” at Jim Henson’s memorial service and not completely lose it when he says, “Thank you, Kermit.” […]

[D]espite coming out of the evening looking stronger than he has in weeks — Romney made the error of looking like a man who is not on the side of innocence, whimsy, learning or childhood. Nor did he seem to grasp that Big Bird is an integral part of a show that was created for and remains at its core about community and diversity, one that has for decades been an essential tool in helping low-income children prepare for school. Going after Big Bird is like putting down baseball and rainbows and YouTube videos of otter pups. You just don’t.

Primetime Propaganda

In 2011 I was in Nepal, so I missed the shooting star of a book titled “Primetime Propaganda”  (as an aside, it’s currently ranked a lot lower than my book; and also, you can buy used copies on Amazon for 81 cents).  The real reason Romney wants to defund PBS and Sesame Street has nothing to do with funding; it has everything to do with a backlash against teaching such things as tolerance, anti-bullying, respect, and dignity.

Personal story

Big Bird was originally designed to be the awkward teenager in all of us. He still is. Romney is not joking when he says he wants to fire Big Bird. Let’s stop this twisted agenda.

When my kids were little, we lived on an old run-down farm with eighty acres of land in rural Maine, down a gravel (i.e., unpaved) road. There were no other pre-school aged children within a mile. The only way they could play with other kids was to be driven somewhere else.  Maine Public Broadcasting  had Mister Rogers and Sesame Street on in the afternoons, right around the time we made dinner every day.  My wife and I grew up near Boston, in a diverse environment, going to public schools that were multiracial and playing on multiracial sports teams, and I wanted to make sure my kids kept the same outlook.  Sesame Street was one vehicle to promote that. Word is, cutting the PBS funding from Congress mainly will affect TV stations in rural areas.

Re-elect President Obama.

There are stories that Mitt Romney has been a bully all his life. He does not have a clue what it is like to be the victim of bullying. Romney does not know that the President is supposed to stand up for all Americans, not just the 1%. We need a grown up in the White House who knows what daily life is like for many of our citizens. That’s one more reason nurses need to vote for Obama.

and a suggestion:

If Mr. Obama wins re-election, I think that the Inauguration should include a guest appearance by Kermit the Frog. Singing his big break-out hit song. (from 1969???)

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Greetings, Kermit the Frog here And today I’d like to tell you a little bit about the color green Do you know what’s green Well I am for one thing You see frogs are green, and I’m a frog And that means that I’m green, you see

It’s not that easy being green Having to spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold Or something much more colorful like that

It’s not easy being green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over ‘Cause you’re not standing out Like flashy sparkles in the water Or stars in the sky

But green’s the color of spring And green can be cool and friendly-like And green can be big like a mountain Or important like a river Or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why But why wonder why wonder I am green, and it’ll do fine It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be

This is the message I want every kid in America, to hear.

For more background, go to this excellent blog.

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