Transgender Student Discrimination in Ithaca, NY

Originally posted on crazy dumbsaint of the mind:

Kaleb wants to be a plastic surgeon. Eventually. First, he needs to get through high school. It hasn’t been that easy recently. Not because of poor grades or lack of ambition. Not because of a crappy homelife or family that doesn’t support him. The school is the one making it difficult.

Kaleb is a transgender student. He chose to enroll in the Nursing Careers program at TST-BOCES, a Career & Technical school in Ithaca,NY that serves the area school districts in surrounding communities. Students take their academic classes at their hometown high school half of the day, then go to the BOCES campus to take the classes in their focus study there. At Kaleb’s home high school, a small town outside of Ithaca, being transgender was never an issue. Kaleb was instrumental in establishing a Gay-Straight Alliance group with support of the community & faculty. The high school converted an…

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“Fuck the Poor” – Paul Ryan



No, not an actual quote from Paul. At least not publicly.
This video is a social experiment conducted by The Pillion Trust Charity.
I was way ahead of the punchline. I see this every single day.

“We knew you cared. Please care enough to give.

Not that everyone CAN give but hey, pennies add up and nearly everyone has spare change.

Speaking of pennies…
<p>This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.<br />
 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”</p>
<p>"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"</p>
<p>can somebody break this and give it to some real live kids who are actually starving right now</p>
<p>oh yes, let’s make a memorial to remember the lives that never had conscious thought<br />
let’s make a memorial using real money to represent lives that made absolutely no impact on the earth whatsoever <br />
let’s just waste all this money in a useless box and start shoving prolife down people’s throats<br />
instead of actually taking a chance to listen to<br />
the teenagers that made a mistake<br />
the people who were violated, and had heavier consequences than the scars in their mind<br />
the people that didnt know better<br />
the people that couldnt afford it<br />
the people that didnt want it<br />
the people that chose not suffer their lives and the child’s life <br />
lets build a giant reminder to why humans are not allowed to make their own choices based on biological factors they cannot control<br />
lets also just waste a fuck ton of money for no reason. <br />
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<p>This is a glass house a anti-choice organization filled with $500k , all in pennies. <a href=It’s a memorial to aborted fetuses. Huh. I don’t think you can really call yourself pro-life (hence, my term anti-choice) if you hoard pennies as symbolism instead of using that $500K to help struggling families who have children living on this planet.

People are strange.

Ok, now back to Paul Ryan. I keep hoping he’ll just go away. Instead, he proposes budgets that cut everything that ever helped a low income America living in poverty, and to get out of poverty. If made into law, it would  cut $5.1 trillion from safety net and social welfare programs, like  Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, college grants, medical research….

He does so out of love,you guys! This is how the poor will be elevated out of poverty. Don’t worry about the lack of logic behind it. Trust him. It’s all for your own good.

Yeah, I think he really needs to go away now.

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(I know,I know…I was supposed to clean up my language for this blog. Allow me one cursing post per week. That’s all I need)

Lunchtime Links: Growing Cities, Healthy Recipes Database, and Hacked Shakshuka

All the foodie related stuff for today…

I have been so excited to see this since I first saw the trailer last Fall. Now the film is available for community screenings , so check out the showings to see if there are any near you.


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The Capital Area Foodbank has a great recipe database…. all healthy, mostly vegetarian,too.

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Well, I didn’t know what Shakshuka was before (it’s basically poached eggs in tomato sauce) but it sounds delicious and with this hack, using cans of ro-tel could make it pretty cheap and easy. I’m all about cheap and easy.


Five Ingredient Yum: Shakshuka Hack



via Food Riot.

If Walmart paid their employees fair wages, how much would they have to raise prices?


In the series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What’s more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores.

This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.

A note on methodology: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents, and other factors. This estimate of Walmart’s potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data.

Food for Fines, Goodwill paying disabled folks subminimum wages ,and an amazing Jamaican woman raising 32 kids…

Since my last linky post was heavy with info that was angering and depressing, trying to put some more positive things in this evening’s round-up. It’s not all positive but mostly.

⇒ via @MobileCuisine St Louis Church Opens Food Truck For The Homeless –

⇒ Gloria Malone ( ) wrote this excellent piece about how the lack of support structures fail single mothers and their children. A society that forces women to make impossible decisions is.…

⇒ This is one of my favorite things I saw this week  - FoodForFines

This is an annual food drive initiated by the Phoenix Library and St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Libraries & food banks working together seems like a logical thing in my mind! I love this idea and definitely plan on suggesting something like this to my local library.

The USDA seeking more summer meal programs for low income children - This is good news. There are some programs that serve free meals to children while school isn’t in session but they’re usually in cities or if in rural areas, not accessible for all families.

Goodwill Pays Subminimum Wages to Disable Employees –  Why am I not surprised? “$3.27 for 24.88 hours of work.” Ugh, these people.

⇒ On Shinola, Detroit’s Misguided White Knight - “Listen, I can stomach hipsters planting flowers written with nice things about Detroit for a dog park one day. I can take $500 quartz watches and a section on their webshop entitled “Curated” that offers American flags that cost more than a brand new car. I can even take ten dollar cold-pressed juices when the city lacks grocery stores. Even those aren’t too much of an affront. What I can’t take is the white knighting of Shinola’s promotional campaigns. The company insists that “Detroit isn’t as bad as it seems”—that there are happy and proud people here too. To demonstrate just how optimistic and amazing Detroiters are, Shinola enlisted Bruce Weber and Carolyn Murphy—both out of towners, both white—to shoot the company’s latest ad campaign. The accompanying video, subtitled “A snapshot of life in the Motor City,” features photogenic models pedaling two thousand dollar bikes through the city. Photos of adorable black kids with a beautiful, benevolent white woman seem to be the centerpiece of Weber’s campaign for the company. They even have a video of one of the little girls rapping. Bruce Weber is quoted saying, “People were really friendly. They looked you in the eye when they said hello on the street, and they greeted you with a smile.” Detroit may be bankrupt, but that doesn’t mean its citizens aren’t normal, functioning human beings, Bruce.

⇒ This is an incredible woman. Her name is Annemarie Richards. She’s a Jamaican woman who has devoted her life to finding parentless,homeless children, raising them as her own and giving them opportunities they would never have otherwise. Just listen to her passion. It’s infectious.
The Make Life Better Foundation promised to donate school supplies and a computer lab to the children if this video reached 50,000 views by April 10th and it’s already way past that, so yay! Good stuff.

Anyone need a FREE dress for a prom or something fancy-ish?

This first dress is being offered by Matching Outfits. If you’re interested, use the Facebook messaging system to contact .

It’s a size 2/3 and hemmed to fit about 5’2 or so.

Here’s the whole post ~here ~

This next one is one I’m offering. Probably easiest to contact me via email at First one to contact me,gets it.


It’s a size 8, but fits smaller,IMO. It’s trimmed with black velour and the dress is satiny-ish with dots that are black & glittery.
Here’s the measurements:
Waist: 15″ across front
Bust: 18″, armpit to armpit
Length: roughly 36″