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Prison inmates on work detail in Washington state park save 3 boys from drowning in creek

Your heartwarming story of the day:

The inmates, who are serving time for non-violent crimes, said they were doing what anyone else in their situation would have done.

"You see three helpless kids in a river, you help," Fowler told FOX 12. "Just because we’re incarcerated doesn’t mean we’re bad people. We made some bad choices in our lives, but we’re still, we’re just like everybody else."

Fowler and Bohn were jailed for stealing cars, while Pettis was serving time for drug possession and weapons charges, prison spokeswoman Heather Simms told the Daily News.

Bohn and Pettis were set to be released in June and November, while Fowler is scheduled for release in May 2014.

"Just because we’re incarcerated doesn’t mean we’re bad people. We made some bad choices in our lives, but we’re still, we’re just like everybody else."

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George Lucas Does Something Likeable For a Change: Revenge on Rich Neighbors

Seriously. has the story:

George Lucas’ rich neighbors don’t want him building a movie studio in their backyard. His response is the best thing he’s done in years.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, for four decades Lucas has owned a large swath of land in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay and has spent the past few years trying to transform the ranch on it into a massive, nearly 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art movie studio complete with day care center, restaurant, gym and a 200-car garage. His neighbors, however, have rejected it every step of the way. Despite the promise of bringing $300 million worth of economic activity to the area, the already-well off neighbors are worried about years’ worth of construction activity and the additional foot traffic it will bring into their neighborhood once completed.

So what is George Lucas going to do with his property now that he’s tired of his rich neighbors putting up a not-in-my-backyard stink? He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, “If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.”

He’s working with the Marin Community Foundation to instead construct affordable housing for either low-income families or seniors living on small, fixed incomes. In order to smooth along the development, he’s already given them all of the pricey technical studies and land surveys Lucasfilm spent years conducting. And we think that’s just great. Because if there’s one thing rich people will hate more than having movie magic made in their backyard, it’s poor people moving in.

Dude. I take back every terrible thing I have ever said about George Lucas. Well, almost. There’s the whole trilogy issue, but really… Bravo, sir.


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Taken from the Honest Girl Scouts campaign. For a campaign trying to get people /not/ to buy cookies and /not/ support the GSUSA, this is doing an awful lot to suddenly make me want /to/ support the GSUSA. (and I’m saying this a a former Girl Scout of about 6 years who hasn’t bought cookies in years because they’re too expensive). 

I see so much acceptance here, and especially in a time in children’s lives where acceptance is so important, taking that away from them is just cruel.

I love the Girl Scout organization.

I was a Brownie through Senior Girl Scout, even when my Senior troop in high school was reduced to just me and one other girl b/c it just wasn’t that cool. I went to Girl Scout camp every summer, took trips w/ my troop (most memorable being to Idaho w/ a thousand other Girl Scouts), earned badges, held all positions (secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president) in my troop over the years and then I became a co-troop leader when my old leader went on to set up a Brownie troop. (and let me tell you, that shit looks good on applications when you’re just coming out of high school.)

Girl Scouts taught me a lot about people and I just want to encourage everyone to look into helping a troop. whether it’s by buying cookies, or just donating what you can (Girl Scout cookie stands accept donations or if you can’t eat the cookies, you can purchase a box to be donated to someone else). volunteering or looking into becoming a leader/co-leader or if you’re young enough, look into joining! OR IF YOU HAVE KIDS, LOOK INTO FINDING THEM A LOCAL TROOP. when you find a good troop, it’s a blast. I mean that truly and sincerely, I am still friends with people from my old troops and I have nothing but good memories of Girl Scouting.

SO I KNOW THOSE COOKIES ARE EXPENSIVE ($4 a box, I think it’s up to now?) but 70% of that profit—the proceeds not used to pay the baker—go to the local Girl Scout council and yes, each troop gets a portion of that.

COOKIE SEASON STARTS TOMORROW in most places so go find your local troops and support an incredibly worthy cause!

and wow, I’m sorry for the word vomit, but I grew up in Girl Scouting and I hate to think that some people think it’s not a good group to support. I think any organization whose ultimate goal is to help and educate all girls is the best kind of organization to put your money and/or time into.

I never needed incentive to buy Girl Scout cookies. But now I can buy them with 100% good feelings about their organization and their causes. Way to go Scouts!!


29 days ‘til cookie season in Laramie, Wyo. Buying lots o’ cookies.

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This is a big deal. Dan Siegel, legal adviser to Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jean Quan, resigned over the brutalization of Occupy Oakland protesters and says he now supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. Approximately an hour ago, he wrote on Twitter, “No longer Mayor Quan’s legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”

This came after he encouraged people to mobilize to Occupy Oakland late last night, where another raid resulted in upwards of 32 arrests, according to Occupy Oakland leaders. Police declared the park a crime scene Monday and forced media to leave.

If more high-ranking municipal officials have an attack of conscience and do the right thing, what then? It appears city and state governments are already a titch frightened of the Occupy movement. If their own people refuse to obey or resign in protest, perhaps it will be time to take this a little more seriously. Change from the bottom on up, folks.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Today, the Wyoming Senate killed HB 74, a bill to invalidate same-sex marriages from other states. This is the most conservative legislature in over 90 years, and with 26 Republicans and 4 Democrats, this bill failed on a 14-16 vote.

This song goes out to the senators and representatives who voted to quash this monstrosity:

Rep. Barbuto, Rep. Berger, Rep. Blake, Rep. Bonner, Rep. Brown, Rep. Byrd, Rep. Childers, Rep. Connolly, Rep. Craft, Rep. Esquibel, Rep. Freeman, Rep. Gingery, Rep. Goggles, Rep. Greene, Rep. Illoway, Rep. Kasperik, Rep. McOmie, Rep. Moniz, Rep. Nicholas, Rep. Patton, Rep. Petroff, Rep. Roscoe, Rep. Steward, Rep. Throne, Rep. Vranish, Rep. Wallis, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, Rep. Dave Zwonitzer, Sen. Burns, Sen. Case, Sen. Christensen, Sen. Coe, Sen. Driskill, Sen. Emerich, Sen. Esquibel, Sen. Hastert, Sen. Hines, Sen. Landen, Sen. Martin, Sen. Nicholas, Sen. Rothfuss, Sen. Schiffer, Sen. Scott, Sen. Von Flatern

Also for the tireless activists at UW QAN, GetEqual WY, WyWatch Watchers, Wyoming GLBT News, attendees of Cognitive Dissonance (my radio show) who spoke out on-air, and people all over Wyoming who asked Wyoming state congresspeople to fo the right thing.

We still have a long way to go for marriage equality. But for the first time, and with a legislative makeup of 76 Republicans and 14 Democrats, we saw a civil union bill brought to committee with narrow defeat. We saw the state version of ENDA get to the house floor. So there’s hope.

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'Give It Back For Jobs' Helps Affluent Return Tax Cuts

For affluent Americans outraged by the fiscal and social consequences of tax cuts handed to them by President George W. Bush and recently extended for two more years, a trio of similarly dismayed academics has furnished a way for them to put their money where their mouth is.

Their new website,, invites high-income Americans to calculate the value of their tax cut under the extension and then pledge to donate that money directly to charities that the site says encourage “fairness, economic growth, and a vibrant middle class.” The site doesn’t accept contributions directly, but links users to those charities.

The site has been engineered to offer Americans who view the tax cuts as misguided a means to personally direct dollars toward countering the effects, while also registering a protest for broad policies that have exacerbated economic inequality.

"It’s like civil disobedience," said Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale Law School, and one of the three academics behind the initiative. "You’re not committing a crime, but the government says, ‘This is what you should give,’ and you’re saying, ‘No, I should give more.’"

This just made me happy.

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