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So this happened recently…

I can’t believe there’s over 50,000 of you beautiful people following me. Thank you all for reading and following this site since I started it a little over 2 years ago. I’m incredibly grateful for your support, both in positive comments/love and monetary donations. You all keep this site going.

♥
*cue “Wind Beneath My Wings”*

Cheers,
Meg

So this happened recently…

I can’t believe there’s over 50,000 of you beautiful people following me. Thank you all for reading and following this site since I started it a little over 2 years ago. I’m incredibly grateful for your support, both in positive comments/love and monetary donations. You all keep this site going.



*cue “Wind Beneath My Wings”*

Cheers,
Meg

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I need your help

cognitivedissonance:

Hey folks, I’m really excited to go cover the RNC for Tumblr, but I need your help. I’m taking a week off work for it and my financial aid for school has been delayed – AGAIN.

If you can find it in your heart and in your wallet to help, that would be amazing. Rent will be due right when I get back, and without my financial aid, I’m not sure what will happen. I’m locked into going to Tampa, and even if I stayed behind, I would not be scheduled for work now.

In return, I’ll list you as a sponsor of Cognitive Dissonance, list your URL, and send you a postcard from Tampa. To donate, please use the Chip-in widget on the sidebar, or you can use PayPal directly via my email, which is meglanker@gmail.com.

Thank you so much. I have the best readers, and I’m stoked to bring you excellent coverage of the RNC.

- Meg

Thank you so much for the response! I’ll be putting together a page of sponsors soon, and if you are still willing to help, Andrew and I would greatly appreciate it. I’m still leaving tomorrow (last time I checked) and am excited to cover the RNC for  Tumblr!

Sincerely,

Meg

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I need your help

Hey folks, I’m really excited to go cover the RNC for Tumblr, but I need your help. I’m taking a week off work for it and my financial aid for school has been delayed – AGAIN.

If you can find it in your heart and in your wallet to help, that would be amazing. Rent will be due right when I get back, and without my financial aid, I’m not sure what will happen. I’m locked into going to Tampa, and even if I stayed behind, I would not be scheduled for work now.

In return, I’ll list you as a sponsor of Cognitive Dissonance, list your URL, and send you a postcard from Tampa. To donate, please use the Chip-in widget on the sidebar, or you can use PayPal directly via my email, which is meglanker@gmail.com.

Thank you so much. I have the best readers, and I’m stoked to bring you excellent coverage of the RNC.

- Meg

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Rush Limbaugh loses another advertiser – for now.

Suspending means they haven’t ended the actual ad buys/contract. But really, how would you feel sending flowers on Mother’s Day using a company that condones such hateful statements about women by advertising on Limbaugh’s show?

It’s telling advertisers are still fleeing even after his fauxpology. El Rushbo has a history of giving pseudo mea culpas on those rare occasions he’s issued anything close to an apology.

For the latest, follow StopRush on Twitter. Rush has a history of misogyny and bigotry, and it’s about goddamn time people step up and say enough is enough. If conservatives want to tout the free market, well, let the market punch him where it hurts: Square in the wallet. 

As one of my feminist pals put it: Rush, you’ve got 99 problems and they’re all bitches. Why?

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This guy. He gets it.

atreatiseonself-inquiry submitted:

the only fair way to actually determine if abortion should be legal is to take a vote from women and women only. and not just 18+ but starting from the legal age of consent in each particular state.

additionally, I feel only female congresspersons and other female members in positions of power should really get any final say in such legislation.

By the way I’m a guy and I’m pro-choice. And if all the voting on women’s reproductive rights was only down to women, I’m nearly sure abortion would never be made illegal in a fair democratic system.(and I hope it never is although many people every year and in many states try to make it illegal/unreasonably unavailable)

Seriously, abortion is such a big choice for any woman that no man should be allowed to even try to take that choice away from them. Us guys don’t have to deal with anything even close to this so we have no valid perspective on such issues as women’s reproductive rights.

I just had to get that off my mind.

Disclaimer: I do not want to/will not argue about this. If anyone feels I am wrong please don’t come to me. I will not respond to trolling or flaming or any opposing views. this is my opinion and not an argument. do with it what you will.

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Dude.

You are freaking fantastic. The bold emphasis above is mine. Thank you. Thank you so goddamn much for this post. How is this hard for people to understand? You explain it so beautifully. Basically, people who can get pregnant should be listened to on this issue.

Rarely do I bust this out, but…

It’s legit. Good sir, you just made my night. Bravo!

-Meg

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I need your help

You folks came through for me in December and for that, I thank you. However, our rent is due and we’re down to our last $40. Our financial aid has still not come through, and there seems to be no one who knows what’s going on at the university. My rent is $725. I did not expect us to still be hurting so badly. If you can help, please do. I don’t know what else to do. I really don’t. I thought it was going to be ok.

Thanks,

Meg

cognitivedissonance:

Typically during Christmas vacation, I’m able to pick up odd jobs and photography work. This year, it hasn’t been coming through. My husband, Andrew, is working full time but it’s not enough. We’re falling behind rapidly in our bills and I’m appealing to the good readers of this blog for help. It’s becoming an emergency - we’re facing possible shutoff of utilities.

I’ve checked with local groups, and they’re stretched thin. Since we have no children, it’s tougher to qualify for assistance. Our families are unable to help, and many of my friends are in the same boat.

So I decided to ask the folks who read and appreciate this site to help if they are able. I know quite a few people are facing the same difficulties we are, and don’t think for one second you should feel guilty for not being able to help. If you can help, you have no idea how much the both of us would appreciate it.

You can help in 3 ways:

  1. If you’re in Central/Southeastern Wyoming and you need help with housecleaning, holiday party prep, etc. - I’m your gal. I’m cheap, email me at meglanker@gmail.com
  2. Need holiday photos on the fly? Visit my site, Meg Simons Photography, and let’s work out a holiday package to fit your needs. I also do engagement pictures, senior photos, pet photo shoots, etc. Travel within a 100-mile radius incurs no extra cost, outside of that is negotiable. Contact information is on the site.
  3. If you live nowhere near me, you can chip in to help. Jobs in Laramie are scarce, and my job as a tutor for the athletic department at the University of Wyoming is essentially suspended until school starts again. The widget below is compatible with PayPal and other methods of online payment. Your kindness will go a long way. (Click here or visit the link on the sidebar.)

We’re doing everything we can, including pawning possessions and selling clothes on consignment. But it’s just not enough. January will be better because I go back to work, and our financial aid will come through. This December is shaping up to be brutal. I will be most grateful for any help you can spare.

Happy holidays to everyone, no matter what you celebrate - or not! And thank you sincerely for reading Cognitive Dissonance.

-Meg

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Please - if you can help…

cognitivedissonance:

I just had a photography client cancel, and now we’re about $150 short for the month. You all came through in a magnificent way this month and if there’s anyone else who can help, we would be more grateful than you can imagine. Without the generosity of you readers, we would not have made it through the month thus far. If you can help, there’s a widget on the sidebar where you can donate. Thanks again, and happy holidays!

Sincerely,

Meg

To answer an anon, here’s the backstory on why I’m asking for help. It’s not to pay Christmas or anything similar. It’s to pay for utilities, rent, and food. A sincere thank you to everyone who’s helped thus far!

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I need your help

Typically during Christmas vacation, I’m able to pick up odd jobs and photography work. This year, it hasn’t been coming through. My husband, Andrew, is working full time but it’s not enough. We’re falling behind rapidly in our bills and I’m appealing to the good readers of this blog for help.

I know some of you folks helped me get to the conference in South Dakota, and for that, I thank you. I didn’t want to appeal for help, but it’s becoming an emergency - we’re facing possible shutoff of utilities.

I’ve checked with local groups, and they’re stretched thin. Since we have no children, it’s tougher to qualify for assistance. Our families are unable to help, and many of my friends are in the same boat.

So I decided to ask the folks who read and appreciate this site to help if they are able. I know quite a few people are facing the same difficulties we are, and don’t think for one second you should feel guilty for not being able to help. If you can help, you have no idea how much the both of us would appreciate it.

You can help in 3 ways:

  1. If you’re in Central/Southeastern Wyoming and you need help with housecleaning, holiday party prep, etc. - I’m your gal. I’m cheap, email me at meglanker@gmail.com
  2. Need holiday photos on the fly? Visit my site, Meg Simons Photography, and let’s work out a holiday package to fit your needs. I also do engagement pictures, senior photos, pet photo shoots, etc. Travel within a 100-mile radius incurs no extra cost, outside of that is negotiable. Contact information is on the site.
  3. If you live nowhere near me, you can chip in to help. Jobs in Laramie are scarce, and my job as a tutor for the athletic department at the University of Wyoming is essentially suspended until school starts again. The widget below is compatible with PayPal and other methods of online payment. Your kindness will go a long way. (If widget doesn’t work, click here.)

We’re doing everything we can, including pawning possessions and selling clothes on consignment. But it’s just not enough. January will be better because I go back to work, and our financial aid will come through. This December is shaping up to be brutal. I will be most grateful for any help you can spare.

Happy holidays to everyone, no matter what you celebrate - or not! And thank you sincerely for reading Cognitive Dissonance.

-Meg

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

I’m leaving tomorrow, and I’d like to thank everyone who donated. I can’t wait for the conference and I’ll be posting from there. Your help and support are making this possible. I know I said that you all are my morning coffee, but you’re also my evening Red Bull. 

I’m posting the donation box again because we’ll have access to PayPal on the road, and I’ve received messages from people wanting to donate at the end of the month. So it ends November 1st now. 

Again, thanks for this, and I look forward to going. Read the previous posts here or after the jump.

-Meg

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay and Jeran Artery. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

“The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them “virtual outlaws.” But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

Yes, I’m reblogging myself, and I probably will ‘til I leave. I’d really like to thank those who’ve helped out by spreading the word and/or donating! It’s going to make a world of difference in making this affordable. Please continue sharing, and if you can, I’d appreciate your donations. I’ll be blogging from the conference, so it’s like you guys will be there with me. All without having to go to South Dakota! (Nothing against South Dakota - It’s pretty. But it’s also wicked cold in October)

Again, re-blogging myself because we’re about two weeks out and I’m still a little strapped. Anything helps. Thank you so much to the people who’ve already donated. If you’re unable to, please, spread the word. I will never put ads on this site to finance it or myself, hence me going NPR when I’m heading to a conference ;) - Thanks again to everyone, especially those who’ve donated and those who follow Cognitive Dissonance!

Reblogging again to answer an anon! Anon wanted to know if the money was just going to me or everybody. All the money donated goes to help get me to the conference, but also Mike and Jeran too. None of us are rich, and your support is greatly appreciated. We’re doing what we can to cut costs, but it’s still expensive. It’s a 9 hour drive and that’s a lot of gas. It’s still cheaper than flying, though. I drive a fuel-efficient wonder buggy. 

Thank you to everyone’s who’s donated for your kind gift and your readership. I wouldn’t be going to the conference if you all hadn’t inspired me daily to keep this site up and running! You’re my morning coffee!

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay and Jeran Artery. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

“The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them “virtual outlaws.” But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

Yes, I’m reblogging myself, and I probably will ‘til I leave. I’d really like to thank those who’ve helped out by spreading the word and/or donating! It’s going to make a world of difference in making this affordable. Please continue sharing, and if you can, I’d appreciate your donations. I’ll be blogging from the conference, so it’s like you guys will be there with me. All without having to go to South Dakota! (Nothing against South Dakota - It’s pretty. But it’s also wicked cold in October)

Again, re-blogging myself because we’re about two weeks out and I’m still a little strapped. Anything helps. Thank you so much to the people who’ve already donated. If you’re unable to, please, spread the word. I will never put ads on this site to finance it or myself, hence me going NPR when I’m heading to a conference ;) - Thanks again to everyone, especially those who’ve donated and those who follow Cognitive Dissonance!

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

cognitivedissonance:

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay, Jeran Artery, and Rodger McDaniel. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

“The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them “virtual outlaws.” But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Rodger McDaniel, Cheyenne, former Wyoming state legislator, one-time director of Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua, retired director of Wyoming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, ordained minister, Blowing in the Wyoming Wind blogger. Sponsors a Monday night “Beer and Bibles” get-together each week at a Cheyenne bar where Bible stories are explored from a social justice angle. Rodger is a frequent guest columnist for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

Yes, I’m reblogging myself, and I probably will ‘til I leave. I’d really like to thank those who’ve helped out by spreading the word and/or donating! It’s going to make a world of difference in making this affordable. Please continue sharing, and if you can, I’d appreciate your donations. I’ll be blogging from the conference, so it’s like you guys will be there with me. All without having to go to South Dakota! (Nothing against South Dakota - It’s pretty. But it’s also wicked cold in October)

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Thanks to those who’ve shared my post about and contributed to us progressive “outlaws” getting the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference!

Here’s more about the conference, "Outlaws: Law and (Dis)order in the American West." And you can check out/re-blog the original post here.

I am thrilled to be heading to Vermillion, and if you’d like to attend as well, early registration is open for two more days for $60. After that, it’s $80. Feel free to also leave a reply here or in my ask box about why you read Cognitive Dissonance. I’d like to share some of your thoughts during the discussion.

I am ridiculously excited about this opportunity, and so are my co-presenters. So thanks again! 

Cheers,

Meg

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I’m heading to the John R. Milton Writer’s Conference…

…And I could use your help. My compadres and I are not rich. The conference is being held in Vermillion, South Dakota, Oct. 27-29, and I’m going to be discussing progressive blogging in one of the reddest states in the country. Presenting with me are Mike Shay, Jeran Artery, and Rodger McDaniel. Our presentation is scheduled for that Saturday at 10:30 AM and is called “Snarky Slacktivists or Online Outlaws? Leftie Blogging in Red State Wyoming.”

Here’s a bit about us, courtesy of Mike Shay:

"The four bloggers in this proposal are not the state’s only outspoken progressives, but they represent voices unheard in Wyoming’s mainstream media. They have been active in Democratic Party politics, and one has served in the legislature as a Democrat. But they are not party functionaries. They often find themselves at odds with a party structure that is timid in the face of Republican onslaughts. It may be a stretch to label them "virtual outlaws." But they do represent voices that fall into four of your suggested conference categories: Outlaw as Other; Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space

In our roundtable session, we will speak about our prog-blogging journeys. It will include a multimedia presentation of our work. All of us will be blogging from the conference.

Presenters:

Jeran Artery, Cheyenne, blogs at Out in Wyoming, LGBT activist and Director of Social Change for Wyoming Equality, actor and visual artist, a native of Wheatland in very conservative Platte County, Wyo.

Meg Lanker, Laramie, blogs at Cognitive Dissonance, and hosts a radio show by the same on KOCA FM every Friday night. Meg brought a successful lawsuit against the University of Wyoming when it refused to let 1960s radical turned education reformer Bill Ayers speak on campus. She also organized a fund-raiser for LGBT groups when ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter spoke in Laramie earlier this year. She’s a member of the National Writers Union. Her web site is included in Tumblr’s featured politics and government directory and her site has over 3,000 followers.

Rodger McDaniel, Cheyenne, former Wyoming state legislator, one-time director of Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua, retired director of Wyoming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, ordained minister, Blowing in the Wyoming Wind blogger. Sponsors a Monday night “Beer and Bibles” get-together each week at a Cheyenne bar where Bible stories are explored from a social justice angle. Rodger is a frequent guest columnist for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Michael Shay, Cheyenne, fiction writer, essayist and blogger on hummingbirdminds since 2005. One of Michael’s short stories is featured in the 2010 anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams” from Coffee House Press. Other poets, writers and musicians in the anthology include new U.S. Poet Laureate Phil Levine, Wanda Coleman, Diane DiPrima, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Li-Young Lee, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan. One of Michael’s essays is in “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise,” due out in November from DRT Press. Michael’s blog was recently named by the Washington Post as one of the top state-based political blogs in the U.S.”

Again, I thank you. I know times are tough and cash is tight, but even if you can throw down $5, that’s nearly a fifth of a tank of gas for me. Even if you can’t contribute, please, share your thoughts about why you read this site, and if you wish, share the link for donations too.

Cheers,

Meg

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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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