Thursday, September 09, 2010

et tu connecticut/hartford?

don't get me wrong, i don't want ANY prayers at town, city, state or national meetings. separation of church and state and all. yeah, that lil' thing

HOWEVER, the world is NOT going to come to an end if an imam says a prayer. again, i don't want ANY prayers (and i'm incensed at THAT fact, not WHAT prayer is said). i'm no fan of islam, then again, i'm no fan of catholicism, judaism, any protestantisms and on and on.

there are other things we should be worrying about. so demand NO prayer (of ANY kind) in city hall. NONE. then i'm all over being wit cha

Islamic Prayer Proposal At Hartford Council Meeting Draws Fire

The city council's plan to diversify its pre-meeting prayers to include an Islamic invocation — announced days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — has sparked an outpouring of angry calls and e-mails from infuriated residents.
City Councilman Luis Cotto, who proposed having local imams lead the invocations at council meetings Monday and Sept. 27, said the council's website has been inundated with criticism.
Cotto said his goal in having an Islamic prayer was to protest what he called "the current wave of Islamophobia" in this country. It was also intended, he said, as a commentary on recent events, including the proposed Sept. 11 Quran burning by the leader of a small Florida church and the uproar over a planned mosque near ground zero in New York..........

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

even when there is no war, women at war

being a woman in the military IS harder than being a male in the military. it just is. from the harassment to the need to prove you're equal to everyone else (look up figures for the percentage of military women who are assaulted. it ain't pretty AND it's not the whole story. as in civilian life, more DON'T report the crime). our hero women need an organization that will assist them when they're home

Connecticut Starts Group For Women Veterans

Patty Youngberg, Shelley Parker, Heather Sandler and Dawn Works-Dennis have been to war, seen the pain and lived to tell their stories.

They are four of about 15,000 women veterans in Connecticut, all who share a common bond: They are women who know how to survive in the worst of circumstances.

The role of women in the military has changed over time, but the military experience is the common denominator, said Linda Schwartz, commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. It doesn't matter their age, veterans still can share stories and help one another, said Schwartz, who was an Army nurse during the Vietnam War.......................