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The Common Ills
Blair wants more War Crimes

Howard 'repents,' Blair wants more War Crimes The three leaders, misleaders, who helped start the Iraq War were Bully Boy Bush in the US, Tony Blair in the UK and John Howard in the Australia. Today, BBB has the good sense to largely keep his mouth shut (unlike former President of Vice Dick Cheney who refuses to stay under his rock). Howard? He's been in the news in the last 24 hours and must feel very important since not one outlet has mistakenly called him "John Major" as used to happen so frequently from 2003 to 2006. Luke Royes (Australia's ABC) explains: Former prime minister John Howard says he was "embarrassed" intelligence he used to take Australia to war in Iraq was inaccurate and denies it was a "deliberate deception". In an interview broadcast on the Seven Network, Mr Howard said he and the then National Security Committee of Cabinet in 2003 sent Australian troops into Iraq because they believed Saddam Hussein had... (more)

Argh Not The Pony
Puma swage
This weekend has been really nice! On Saturday I did go for cocktails with Nour, Camilla and Eline and we were meant to go to Be At One but it was sooo busy so we went to the Hoxton 7 instead which was also really nice, we had a passion fruit mojito each and then bought a bottle of really nice wine between us and just chatted about stuff, we got oddly drunk off such a small amount of alcohol and then decided that Subway was definitely the best idea ever and I got a veggie patty with olives and lettuce and m888 I actually well like that so much! That was really fun and then came home and made really sweet tea and went to bed and then on Sunday morning I went to Victoria Park with Nour and Eline with food and it was chill and nice but then it got kind of cold so we came home and literally did nothing for the rest of the day but that was still just chill n sick This morning I had my first lecture and it was actually OK, like obviously the thought of doing work does not fill me with... (more)

Contra a Ilusão
Qual o valor de uma raça sensível demais?
Há mais ou menos vinte anos atrás houve um grande escândalo nas forças armadas americanas. Parece que alguns militares homens estupraram (ou teriam estuprado) militares mulheres. O escândalo, como costuma acontecer nesses tempos tristes em que a verdade foi partidarizada, dividiu os comentaristas do caso entre aqueles que achavam o exercito americano uma instituição machista acobertadora de estupradores e outros que achavam tudo invenções de mulheres cínicas, ou um exagero, para ganharem algum tipo de compensação (indenizações ou algo assim). Cito de memória. Acompanhei o caso pelo Paulo Francis, que também não se aprofundou muito. Mas o Paulo Francis fez a única pergunta realmente importante nesse caso: “qual é o valor de um soldado que se deixa estuprar?” E realmente, se um soldado é tão fácil de ser estuprado, então ele não deve ser muito temível quando em combate... Bem, eu me lembrei do Paulo Francis durante o triste caso da torcedora do Grêmio que perdeu o emprego, está... (more)

Casa de Cultura -
18th, 2014

The first time is always a charm. For my volunteer service, I decided to take a nice break away from children and dip my foot into the world of Adult Education. I wanted a change since I worked all summer at a daycare, had a weekend job at a baby store, and basically spent any remaining hours obsessing over how much I love babies. Needless to say, I still have an intense love for small children. Just maybe not in college this semester. Anyway, at 5:30 PM I began my first adventure to SCAPP for the beginning classes of Casa de Cultura. There were about 20 female volunteers and of course 3 students, only one of whom was another female. The students (what an odd thing to say since they're all older than me) were more than enthusiastic to have us there. Most of them- well, all but one, had children and were looking to improve their english for a plethora of reasons. The first student I met (whose name has escaped me) was basically an English-learning beast. She had such great,... (more)

Maternal Madness
Ending the Maternal Madness
So, as I wrote this blog, I discovered such horrific feelings bubbling up inside of me. I am a person who does NOT enjoy wallowing in the muck and found myself doing so. I just don't enjoy the feeling of living in all the muck I have felt in my life. I rather enjoy the happiness I discover and the happy the Lord brings to me. So I have ended this blog. I would rather now not to bring up the feelings of scared and unhappy but rather the joy of my life now. I am such a happy woman, I have been blessed with an amazing marriage and sweet grown children. I really pray that you have been blessed with happiness as well. Maybe I will start a blog on something happier but I am done writing about the muck. God bless you always and I pray blessings of goodness, forgiveness and happiness to you beyond the madness of your parent. Love, OB~

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