As you know, we are getting back into the swing of things over here. Bear with us as we dust ourselves off.
Let’s take a stroll, shall we:
Katie Allison Granju, who just got honors as a best blogger at Knoxville.com, writes of an epidemic. One that you may not know anything about unless you are living through it in your family. And it’s not getting much media attention.
The primary reason I had no idea of the extent of the overdose problem in my own community is because of the way drug overdoses are treated by medical, law enforcement and prosecuting authorities. For a variety of reasons – many of which might seem to make sense considered in isolation from the others, or outside the context of a problem this urgent – the agencies that deal with drug overdoses – paramedics, law enforcement, physicians and medical examiners – generally treat each individual overdose as a discrete, isolated occurrence. In our community, virtually all overdose injuries and deaths are treated as unfortunate accidents suffered by individuals who bear all responsibility for illegal behaviors they should have known to be risky.
Because overdoses in my community and from what I am learning, many others around the country, are generally treated as private medical events suffered by individuals rather than as potential crimes that have claimed the life of a victim, these deaths rarely garner any media coverage, no matter how suspect the circumstances of the overdose may be.
Chris Sanders is writing on his Facebook account on candidates to watch who support anti-bullying all across the state. It’s a good read and it’s more than just wearing a purple shirt today in honor of LGBT rights.
There are helpful candidates in every part of Tennessee and they come from both parties. If we live in a state where we have a law that these issues CAN NOT be discussed at all, then we have a major obstacle to addressing the specific types of bullying occurring in grades K-8.
These are my recommendations and not those of any organization, but I hope some of you will consider them. Working to elect these folks involves voting, volunteering for, and funding them. Let’s do what we can to make sure we don’t have any legal hurdles to moving toward safe schools in TN. And then let’s take positive steps toward safety and equality for all our students.
I guess the Republican Party has conceded the Hispanic vote, judging by this ad telling Latinos not to vote. The ad is running in Spanish and English.
Seems the guy behind this “don’t vote” campaign is linked to the Republican Party and his organization was once connected to a prominent Swift Boater.
I know, y’all are shocked.
And for a few quick morning hits of stuff we might have missed.
- Left Wing Cracker has been on a role this week. He has a Bill Haslam parody, and several posts trying to fire up Democrats across the state.
- Aunt B. has a few words for the Wild West antics regarding firearms across the state: As for the Guns in Everywhere push, call me when state legislators start pushing to lift the ban on guns at Legislative Plaza. Until then, they’re full of shit.
- Cathy at Domestic Psychology is going to the Rally To Restore Sanity. She gives you 10 reasons why.
- Finally, go check out what Cup of Joe Powell is doing this month. It is plum fantastic.