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    A mother has been arrested and sentenced to jail time for sending her five year old son to a school district where she had no permanent residence.

    I can barely believe I’m having to type this sentence again. In a post just last year, I wrote about a woman in Ohio who was convicted of lying about where she lived in order to get her daughters into a better school district and was sentenced to 10 days in county jail, three years of probation, community service, and payment of up to $30,000 in back tuition she could be required to pay the school. At the time, I (morbidly) joked that I’m surprised they didn’t hit her with life in prison and tattoo “Thug Life” on her upper stomach.

    Now, a year later, the same twisted logic and interpersonal and systemic racism has landed another mother in jail for the simple “crime” of wanting her child to access public education.

    Tanya McDowell was living as a homeless woman when she was arrested for sending her five year old son to a school district where she- surprise- didn’t have a permanent residence. Ms. McDowell has said that she only wanted a better education for her child. Despite a change.org petition that has generated over 15, 600 signatures asking for the charges to be dropped against her,she was just sentenced to 5 years in prisonafter pleading guilty in the case.

    As I’ve mentioned previously, this story really hits home for me because my OWN mother did this for me, driving 30 minutes each way to school and back during a tough time of transition for my family. But because my mother is white, and we weren’t homeless, or some other inexplicable reason, she didn’t have to go to jail for her crime of fiercely loving her only child.

    It’s hard to believe that our tax money is being spent prosecuting the most vulnerable and impoverished members of society for daring to dream a little bit bigger for members of the next generation- if we could even call sending your child to public school “daring to dream big”. This case is just another example of the ways in which motherhood can often be celebrated in theory but villified in practice in our society, especially when that motherhood doesn’t look rich or white.

    What is this country coming to? Actually, it was always this way!  When is to going to stop?!?

    A prominent and respected Connecticut priest has been indicted along with four other men in an alleged plot to sell crystal meth.

    Monsignor Kevin Wallin and another suspect, Kenneth “Lyme” Devries, were arrested Jan. 3, after law enforcement discovered evidence of meth, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials at Wallin’s home, reports the San Clemente Times.

    The U.S. Attorney’s office claims that Wallin sold shipments of methamphetamine to an undercover cop six times between September 2012 and January 2013. Wallin is believed to have received the meth from California.

    Wallin had been pastor of the St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, Conn., for nine years, before stepping down last summer, according to NBC.

    On Jan. 16, the Diocese of Bridgeport released a statement in response to the indictment. The statement called Wallin “a gifted, compassionate and accomplished priest,” and said that his arrest and indictment by the grand jury both shocked and concerned his colleagues.

    Apparently, the Monsignor had gone on sabbatical prior to stepping down as St. Augustine’s pastor. During that time, he stopped talking with his Diocese, worrying his fellow priests.

    "As a result, his faculties for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, and he has not been reassigned," the Diocese of Bridgeport’s statement read. "To date, he has not spoken directly with diocesan officials, though the Diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead for him."

    During his long career as a priest, Wallin, 61, served as pastor of St. Peter Parish in Danbury from 1996 to 2002 and was an aide to Bishops Walter Curtis and Edward Egan, according to The Connecticut Post. Egan later became a Cardinal.

    Wallin was arrested after a joint task force made up of federal DEA agents and the Connecticut State Police used wire taps, drug buys and surveillance to uncover the alleged drug ring, according to the Post.

    "The hard work of the DEA and the Connecticut State Police in this case resulted in the dismantling of what we allege was a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut," U.S. Attorney David Fein told the Post.

    All five suspects are being charged with participating in a drug distribution conspiracy, according to The Hartford Courant, and all are being held without bail.

    If convicted, Wallin faces a minimum of 10 years on the conspiracy charge, plus an additional 20 years on other charges.

    The Courant attempted to reach out to Wallin but was unsuccessful.

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    My phone fails sometimes



    Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).

    Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.




    Here’s right-wing pollster genius Dean Chambers’ projected election map, available on his website UnSkewed Polls, which “unskews” the polls by fucking with the numbers until they feel right. Chambers projects Minnesota to go to Romney, 51-47 (“this will surprise many,” he acknowledges), a smaller margin of victory than Romney’s in Pennsylvania, 53-47: “Big time upset.” Why should we trust Chambers, who writes for the blogspam site Examiner.com and has no formal background in statistics or mathematics, over, say, New York Times contractor Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight model? “Nate Silver,” Chambers wrote last week, “is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the ‘Mr. New Castrati’ voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program.” Right.

    (via murderpixiedreamgirl-deactivate)

    Horrible Movie #fail (Taken with instagram)

    Tumblr Archives FAIL

    OK… great!!! FINALLY! The Search function on my blog is sorta working now, yet only a handful of posts come up when I do a Search on a word of phrase where I know for a fact that there should be a few hundred. 

    Also… and total FAIL…. clicking Archive or Mass Post Editor gives a one page result of just a few posts from April, March and Feb.  The results don’t add up to number of posts the page states there are in each month. 

    I hope they are working on this! Yay… you can finally toggle Facebook posts.

    Why don’t they ever send out an email to Tumblrs letting us know of the changes they are about to make, or have made, and the stuff they are working on?

    #Chanukah #Hanukkah #FAIL #food


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