Posts

Showing posts from 2007

Another Xmas Wish...

...not work friendly but hilarious all the same!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcaXEJWVv-M

PS: Sorry I don't know how to imbed the video into the post. :-(

Holiday Greetings for Everyone! :)

To my liberal, PC friends:

From us ("the wishor") to you ("hereinafter called the wishee") Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all... and a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the…

Happy Yule!

Image
Not really doing much about the holidays this year but I definitely want to wish you all a very happy one, whatever holiday you celebrate this season. :)

Action Alert: Sign This Petition

Image
From: Lucky Lotus Tattoo Co.
Date: Dec 20, 2007 12:49 PM

C.A.R.E.
A Community of Advocates for Responsible E-commerce

We are a non-partisan community, that is we have NO underlying political or religious agenda.

We are simply a grass-roots community comprised of concerned, conscientious individuals from ALL walks-of-life, and YES, even preeminent Tattooers.




C.A.R.E.’s current focus is the categorically irresponsible and apathetic blind-eye that Ebay has turned towards the selling of tattoo equipment and paraphernalia on its auction site.

Ebay's Trust and Safety team is quoted as saying...

“......eBay prohibits the sale of items or links to items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. In addition, eBay may remove listings as requested by law enforcement to cooperate with any investigation or to prevent harm to eBay and its members.”

And yet, they carelessly disregard the potential for the irreversible injury and damage this equipment can, and d…

The Kitten Has a Name!

Leeloominal Lekatariva Lanina Tchai Ekbat De Sebat

OR

Leeloo Dallas Multipass

Either way it's Leeloo and it's perfect for her. We've already started saying "Big Badda Boom" when she falls down (which is a lot, LOL).

Take Action to Support Independent Media!

From: Kuma
Date: Dec 19, 2007 1:04 PM


Hey, folks.

For those of us who don't want a few big companies deciding what we see, hear, and read in the news, it's a bad day. The Bush-appointed FCC just voted to loosen media ownership rules so media titans like Rupert Murdoch can swallow up more local news outlets. They did this despite a huge public outcry--when the FCC asked for public comments, 99% opposed media consolidation!

The last thing our democracy needs is fewer independent media voices and more corporate control. Congress has the power to reverse this rule change, and I just signed this petition asking Congress to do that. If you agree that this is an important issue, here's where you can add your voice:

http://civ.moveon.org/mediaconsolidation/?r_by=11822-8234322-bTZeWF&rc=comment_paste

Thanks, guys.

Classic Holiday Wishes from Kettle Art. :)

Found this on Myspace and can't resist reposting it...LOVE me some Addams Family! :)

From: KETTLE ART
Date: Dec 19, 2007 12:26 AM


Yeah Christmas is less than a week away...
With that in mind take this 30 second classic.





Holiday Wishes for All!

Since I've been mostly ignoring the holidays because we can't afford to celebrate them this year, I figured I could at least send out some holiday wishes. :)

For My Democratic Friends:
"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the of the generally accepted calendar year 2008 , but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that …

More Kitten Pics...

I can't seem to stop taking the child's picture so here are some more pics for your viewing enjoyment...

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AcNWThu0ZN2Xj

She had a big day last Sunday, Zaber and I took her next door to meet her cousins. Gandy was the haver of nothing to do with the kid and hid behind the japanese screen peering at her from underneath. Socks was totally curious and kept following her around but the little one thought she was the baddest mo-fo in the room (she has no idea how little she is) and kept trying to fight. We're going to get them all used to each other so Auntie Zaber can babysit...

Later that evening Lil Bro and I took the kids to the family Xmas event so they could hang out. Sperm Donor and Ms. Thang absolutely doted on the "grandcats" and a good time was had by all.

Lil Bro named his baby Grendel and B is still working on a name for ours...I'll keep y'all posted.

Gift Card Rip Off - Be Warned!

From: fatty mcpudgypants
Date: Dec 17, 2007 2:48 PM


So, over my lunch break I go out to buy gift cards for a few people on my list whom I have no idea what they would like as a holiday gift. I thought it might be a good idea to buy some of those Visa/Amex/MasterCard GCs to give them a variety of places to use thier GCs.

Now, I've purchased many a GC at several places for presents. Never once have I had to fork over *more* than the car was worth. Not to mention that i could choose how much I put on the card.

It appears the almighty Credit Card Corporations aren't making enough money already from gouging consumers with their ridiculously high interest rates. They feel the need to *charge* for the ever so esteemed priviledge of using their gift cards as well.

I can understand the need to make a bit of money on these transactions, as the money is transfered from GC to the store.

BUT 4 FREAKING DOLLARS ON A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE?!?!?

WTF?!?!

Am I missing something? Are the mighty corpo…

Take Action to Hold Contractors Accountable!

From: Kuma
Date: Dec 14, 2007 2:09 PM


Hey, guys... This one's pretty astounding.

Jamie Leigh Jones was working in Iraq for a subsidiary of Halliburton when she was drugged and brutally gang-raped by several coworkers.

For the last two years, she's been asking the US government to hold the perpetrators accountable, but the men who raped her may never be brought to justice because Halliburton and other contractors in Iraq aren't subject to US or Iraqi laws.

I just signed a petition urging Congress to investigate the rape of Jamie Leigh Jones, hold those involved accountable, and bring US contractors under the jurisdiction of US law. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/contractors_accountable/?r_by=11800-8234322-21Ui6V&rc=comment_paste

Thanks a lot, folks. This kinda injustice cannot stand.

Meet the new kitten!

My Sissy's kitty had babies and we adopted one on Sunday night. We haven't named her yet (B is doing the honors on that front) but here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment. She's just precious and is good for hours of giggles!

Kitten Pics

It looks like Lil Bro is going to be adopting one of her siblings too. The siblings will have siblings, isn't that adorable? ;-)

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Here's a little something the Sperm Donor sent over that I need to remember right now. Someone I thought was a good friend did this to me this week and our relationship has now been terminated as a result. Wow, what a bunch of crap! :-(

----------------------
How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee or friend ruin your day?

Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a New York City taxi cab.

Here's what happened:

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's b…

Stop Endless War in Iraq

President Bush is quietly negotiating an agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to keep our troops there indefinitely--an agreement that could include permanent bases and a massive military presence for years.

Congress can stop the president from setting up permanent bases in Iraq and block an indefinite occupation--but it's not clear that they will. They need to feel a groundswell of pressure from voters immediately and loudly so they act on this quickly.

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to your Senators and Representative.

Sign the petition here: http://pol.moveon.org/pac/endless/

No tax breaks for environmental offenders!

From: Kuma
Date: Dec 4, 2007 2:03 PM


Hey guys...

Right now, the Senate is finalizing the energy bill-- one that's been in the works for years. Congress is feeling intense pressure from big donors to keep tax breaks for massive corporate polluters.

These companies are making record profits. They don't need giant tax breaks.

Congress needs to hear from us, not corporate fat cats!

Will you take a moment to demand that Congress stand firm, save clean energy, and promote a greener future?

Go to: http://action.lcv.org/campaign/taxbreaks_congress

Many thanks, folks.

Tell Governor to Pardon German Shepherd

From: Pepe
Date: Dec 4, 2007 8:06 AM


Congo, a German Shepherd, lives in Princeton, New Jersey. In June two gardeners came to his home and were asked to wait in their truck while the family penned the dogs up. The gardeners ignored the requests of the family. When they got out of the truck, Congo and the other dogs - like any friendly dog - came racing up to greet them. One gardener grabbed Congo's owner and put her between him and the dog. The other gardener grabbed a rake and hit one of Congo's puppies with it. Congo bit the man and he needed stitches. A judge in New Jersey has declared Congo "vicious" and is demanding he be put to sleep.

This is ridiculous. Congo responded appropriately. How would you respond if your family was attacked? The gardeners responded inappropriately. Congo's owners have brought in numerous "character witnesses" on Congo's behalf: the mailman, various delivery personnel and others who have worked at their home.

I'm aski…

Stop Rape and Other Violence Against Women in the DRC

From: Kuma
Date: Dec 2, 2007 11:34 PM


Hey, guys.

The epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the war-torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a humanitarian catastrophe. The urgency of the crisis cannot be overstated.

The physical and emotional harm these women and girls face is staggering, and they rarely find the medical and psychological care they so desperately need. While the perpetrators of these horrific crimes move with impunity to their next victims, whole communities live in constant fear of the next wave of violence.

The International Violence Against Women Act (S.2279) would significantly increase U.S. commitment to ending gender-based violence in the DRC and around the world. By passing the IVAWA, we will take a significant step toward addressing this type of violence in the DRC and other crisis regions around the world.

If you're as outraged by this as I am, here's where you can add your voice:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/681212377.

Help to stop an endless occupation in Iraq

From: Kuma
Date: Nov 29, 2007 5:10 PM


Hey, guys.

President Bush is negotiating a deal with Iraq to keep our troops there indefinitely--it could include permanent bases and a massive military presence for years! Bush is trying to tie the hands of the next president.

Congress can stop him from setting up permanent bases in Iraq and block an indefinite occupation--but they need to hear a groundswell of pressure from us immediately and loudly so they act on this quickly.

I just signed a petition demanding that Congress stop the president from committing to a massive military presence in Iraq for decades. Can you join me?

http://pol.moveon.org/endless/?r_by=11723-8234322-OAO3z6&rc=comment_paste

Thanks!

Things I Believe...

From: FeelinFroggy!
Date: Nov 8, 2007 4:16 PM


A Birth Certificate shows that we were born;
A Death Certificate shows that we died;
Pictures show that we lived!

Have a seat . . . Relax . . . And read this slowly.

**********************************


I believe - That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I believe - That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe - That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe - That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I believe - That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe - That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe - That you should always leave loved ones with loving word…

Do not buy Aqua Dots for your kids!

From: Heaven or Las Vegas?
Date: Nov 8, 2007 8:56 PM


From CNN.com
[SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Australian officials ordered a highly popular Chinese-made children's toy pulled from the shelves after scientists found it contained a chemical that converts into a powerful "date rape" drug when ingested. Bindeez, which were named Australia's toy of the year, contain a chemical that converts into a "date rape" drug. Three children have been hospitalized over the past 10 days after swallowing beads from Bindeez, named Australia's toy of the year at an industry function earlier this year. The beads in the toy, sold by Australia-based Moose Enterprises, are arranged into designs and fuse together when sprayed with water. Spin Master Ltd., a Toronto-based toy company that distributes a similar line of toys for Moose Enterprises under the name Aqua Dots, said it is requesting all stores remove the product from shelves in North America. It could not immediately be lear…

Take Action: No Free Ride for Polluters

From: Kuma
Date: Oct 30, 2007 4:16 PM


Hey, guys.

It's looks pretty clear that some kind of pollution credit system will be created soon to try to get a handle on the climate crisis. Polluting industries are trying to turn that legislation into a massive program of corporate subsidies. Their plan--giving away the credits for free to big polluters--punishes new companies and companies who got a jump on cleaning up their act.

But a full public auction makes sure that everyone plays fair by charging them equally to pollute and raises money to help pay for America's transition to the clean energy economy. Most of the Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed the public auction--which means industry is in a hurry to lock up the other system while we still have this President and this Congress.

I just signed a petition to ask our Congress to make sure any climate legislation has a public auction to sell pollution credits. Signing a petition may not feel like a lot. But it's a f…

Attention Anti-War Activists!

Hello!

I study social movement participation at the University of Dundee, in Scotland. My research focuses on different aspects of activism, like what keeps people committed to a social movement, and how social movements can best draw new recruits. I have a new Internet-based study that I'm very excited about, as I think will tell us new and
exciting things about the dynamics within movements when they reach their `middle years'.

I would be grateful if you would participate in this online study, which takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. All participants can remain completely anonymous if they wish to. However, 2 participants will be selected by lottery to win either an i-pod shuffle or cash equivalent, so those who choose to participate in the lottery will
have to provide their email address. ALL data are kept on a secure server and are only accessible by myself and my research assistant. We are NOT interested in individual responses and will NEVER disclose ANY information to a…

Take Action to Hold Lawbreakers Accountable!

For years the Bush administration has been illegally wiretapping Americans' phone calls with the willing assistance of major telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T. Now the White House is putting enormous pressure on Congress to give phone companies retroactive immunity for all the laws they broke spying on innocent Americans.

Here's why: The pending lawsuits against these companies may be the only way we ever find out how far the Bush administration went in breaking the law. President Bush wants immunity for them to cover his own actions.

We need to speak out loudly against this move.

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to your Senators and Representative.

http://pol.moveon.org/pac/noimmunity/

Take Action to Keep out Susan Orr!

From: Kuma
Date: Oct 18, 2007 9:31 AM

Hey guys... more nonsense from capitol hill could use some attention...

Get this: The Bush administration recently announced the appointment of a staunchly anti-birth control extremist to a leadership role in the Office of Population Affairs.

It's outrageous. Susan Orr's anti-reproductive health stance is clear. She applauded President Bush's reinstatement of the global gag rule and urged him to revoke approval for mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486)-- both while working for the notoriously anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-sex education organization, the Family Research Council.

Here's where you can do something about it: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/oppose_orr?rk=q1%5fG0%5fp1EgI9E

Thanks, guys.

Update on the Girls...

I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything in a while on this, it's because I'm seriously pissed off about this whole thing and every day that passes makes me more angry.

Jamie and Nancy have been processed out of the military and have gone back to their boyfriends in Germany. They will be coming back for the services whenever that ends up being.

Admiral Dad should be out of the service by now. He had been long-time sober but fell of the wagon during all of this. He's taking some time to get his head straight (therapy? rehab? who knows...) before he brings the remains back for internment.

Billy took last Monday off and drove out to Foster Mom's house in bfe to spend her day off with her and the family. He got to hear more stories of Shelly and actually met another long-time friend of the family who knew her. The waiting is killing him but he knows there's nothing he can do about it but be patient. I'm glad he took the time for a positive mental health break.

Don't forget the AIDS LifeWalk next Sunday...

Image
I am fundraising for AIDS Arms, Inc. this year. Please join my team or sponsor me online!

You can make a donation by clicking here, or join the team here. Thanks for your support!!


Essential Info: LifeWalk 2007
What: 17th Annual AIDS Arms LifeWalk
When: Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Registration at Noon, Walk at 1pm
Where: Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd. , Dallas TX 75219
(route map)
Why: Proceeds benefit the 2700+ clients served by AIDS Arms each month
Who: You & your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates and civic group members. Strollers, pets and roller bladers are welcome.
Time: Registration opens at Noon
Fun Walk/Run begins at 1pm
Route: Distance: 3.6 miles through Uptown and Turtle Creek and back to Lee Park. View Route Map.

I Needed This Today...

Today's DailyOM:

October 2, 2007
Moving Through Darkness
The Places We Go

In life, most of us want things to go to the places we have envisioned ourselves going. We have plans and visions, some of them divinely inspired, that we want to see through to completion. We want to be happy, successful, and healthy, all of which are perfectly natural and perfectly human. So when life takes us to places we didn’t consciously want to go, we often feel as if something has gone wrong, or we must have made a mistake somewhere along the line, or any number of other disheartening possibilities. This is just life’s way of taking us to a place we need to go for reasons that go deeper than our own ability to reason. These hard knocks and trials are designed to shed light on our unconscious workings and deepen our experience of reality.

Often it takes something major to wake us up, to shake us loose from our ego’s grip as it struggles to maintain an illusion of control. It is loss of control more than an…

Trannies Deserve the Same Rights as the Rest of Us!

From: Ã…shleyCat
Date: Oct 2, 2007 12:40 AM


[Reposted from Sebastian]


NoSubstitutes.org


Before Congress is HR 2015, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A "revised" (revised like Puffy revised Kashmir) bill has been introduced as HR 3685, which would not stop discrimination based on gender identity.

Picture it! New Orleans, 2007! A young man with olive skin, and an ass so tight you could bounce cashews off of it, gets his hours cut, is constantly reprimanded, and told his wardrobe is inappropriate for a lady. Having next to no recourse, is forced to sleep on your couch (Thanks Ked!). If he were protected he could have a little self respect, and would skip a lot less meals!

This half-ass bill sends a clear message, trans peoples rights are not as important as gay and lesbian peoples rights. Do you agree? If you do get the fuck off my friends list. Kidding! Seriousl…

Update on the Girls and My Mental Status. :)

Good evening, all!

We heard from the group and I wanted to update everyone on the progress. Obviously they didn't make it back to town this week, but the bodies have been cremated, and the exit process is well underway for getting Jamie and Nancy discharged fully. Admiral Dad is processing out of the service right now as well.

Admiral Dad has been going through a very low spot which has kept communication at a minimum. That seems to be sorting itself out and I hope we'll have more timely updates that I can pass along to y'all.

We're hoping to see the group later this week and I'll keep everyone informed as the news comes through.

Thanks again for all your love and support for Billy through all of this. Please keep the good thoughts and love headed his way.

As for me, I actually had a terrific response from my last post and have been getting nurtured through the week. B is bouncing back from his own grief and is more able to be there to stand beside me. Extra special tha…

Quick Update on the Girls...

Hello everyone! :)

Billy got word that the group made it back to DC this weekend, thank the gods they're finally back on American soil. Everyone is staying at Admiral Dad's townhouse and they're going to be organizing funeral arrangements and discharge paperwork on Nancy and Jamie starting this morning. We expect them to be arriving in the Metroplex later in the week with the dog and cat in tow. I'll keep everyone posted on memorial services and other details as I have them. Thanks again to everyone for keeping Billy and the rest of us in your thoughts and prayers during all of this!

In other news, I feel like I'm about emotionally maxed out and need a break. Anyone want to volunteer to take care of me for a little bit so I can fall apart and not have to feel responsible for anyone else's emotional health and well-being? Not that I expect anyone to want to actually do this for me but if there are any takers, please let me know. I'm hanging by a thread right n…

An Update on The Girls and Response to the Comment Thread...

I'm sorry I've been out of touch with the blog world but B's grandma passed and we had funereal duties to attend to. When it rains, it pours.

We finally got word that the girls' bodies should be back stateside today or tomorrow. It's still unknown if they're going to DC or to Texas, either way Billy's planning to attend the memorial. We're really hoping they come back here so everyone can go to the funeral especially the foster mom. There's no way she could get to DC right now. I'll keep everyone posted on the arrangements and the details on the memorial service as I know them.

In response to the comment thread on my previous post, I said:

"Billy is expecting for people to start calling and coming by the house. DO NOT bring negativity to him if you contact him directly, please. If he doesn't answer he's probably on the other line and will get back with you."

What you all have been going back and forth about for 28+ comments is exa…

Bad News On the Girls *sob*

We found out late last night that the entire unit is confirmed dead. Here's a note from Billy that he posted as a myspace bulletin this morning...

Hello,

As most of you already know, I had a girlfriend deployed to Iraq. Shelly and her unit were due home this week for the end of their 18 month deployment and also because their enlistment ended this week. We received word late last week that something happened. Late last night we got confirmation from her father who is in Iraq also that the entire unit of four was killed. He was able to get a message to Shelly's foster mom.

Right now I have very little in the way of information. I know that they have recovered and identified the bodies. Her dad is supposed to contact me directly very soon once arrangements are made to get our girls home. We are expecting them to return to the states in the next 4-6 days.

I am writing this yet I really have no words. Please keep Shelly in your prayers and I will send out more information as I get it.

Please take action to bring the troops home...

From: Kuma
Date: Sep 5, 2007 2:44 PM


Hey, guys.

The escalation has been a failure. This was one of the bloodiest summers for US troops in Iraq, Iraqi casualties are running at twice the pace of last year and 15 of 18 of President Bush's own benchmarks remain unmet. But the White House is at it again--telling us that things in Iraq are going just great.

Congress is going to vote this month on war policy for the next year--and Bush is hoping all this "progress" talk will scare Congress away from voting for withdrawal. We can't let that happen. Almost 4,000 US troops have died. We've spent half a trillion dollars in Iraq. Every day you turn on the news and more people are killed.

I signed a petition urging Congress to begin a fully funded redeployment immediately. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/troopshome/?r_by=11180-8234322-3BeqEg&rc=comment_paste

Thanks!

www.integrityinservice.org

From: Pepe
Date: Sep 6, 2007 7:26 AM


With the help of one of my Army friends, I have started a new website: www.integrityinservice.org.

Our purpose is to reach the general public to let them know what a waste Don't ask, Don't tell is.

I'd appreciate it if you would look at the site and send me some feedback to let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Pepe

Speed Traps In Your City...

I ganked this from a friend's myspace bulletin and thought it was definitely worth checking out...

If you have a lead foot as I do, here is a site you must check out before your next driving out. It is a list of speed traps set by the Police in our area. Hope this helps someone!

http://www.speedtrap.org/speedtraps/stetlist.asp

To Commemorate 9/11...

Here's something that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the anniversary of the WTC fiasco...

TO REALIZE

To realize the value of a sister
Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

Time waits for no one.
Tre…

From Billy...

Here's the bulletin that Billy just posted on myspace...

Hello,

I thought I had better take a second and update everyone on what is going on and what we know. First off, most of you know I had a girl in the Navy serving over in Iraq. Well, Shelly was due home in March, but her deployment was extended again. She was due home this week after serving 18 months deployment. In the infinite wisdom on the Navy, they decided to send them on one last assignment last Sunday literally one day before they were supposed to come home. I received word last Thursday that something happened to the unit. The entire unit was made up of childhood friends of Shelly's that all joined together on the same day. They were all due home this week and the end of their four year enlistment is tomorrow.

The unit was in Baghdad about to wire up a building. The unit was an EOD (bomb tech) unit. While they were inside the building, the building was struck with some type of artillery. They do not know what right …

Monday Update

Hello all. We do have an update and it's not good...here's the scoop.

I ended up going to FW yesterday with Billy and B to visit the foster mom and she was able to connect with the base via a ham radio operator.

1. More than half the team that was inside the building is now confirmed dead. Cathy and Chrissie along with their Marine fiancees are confirmed. Shelly (Billy's sweetie) and Jessie are still not confirmed. Questions were asked about what jewelry/tattoos/etc. for the other girls which makes us think there are unidentified bodies still there. It's definitely not looking hopeful at this point.

2. Admiral Dad has been removed from duty and will probably be retired. He was planning to retire when the girls' enlistment was up tomorrow anyway so that he could come home and begin having a father/daughter relationship with Shelly for the first time in their lives. :-(

3. We are requesting that the confirmed dead be brought back to this area for memorial services and in…

Here's the update on the girls...

We're still hearing rumors and bits of information about the girls in Iraq but here's what we know so far...

1. Billy's girl's dad who is an admiral tried for weeks to keep them from having to go on this mission but was unable to stop it. Apparently it was based on "bad intelligence"... (WTF???)

2. Admiral Dad was on the mission with them when everything went down and here's what happened. They went into a building and the building caught a direct hit. Dad immediately snapped off, ran over and started digging through the rubble with his bare hands. He had to be sedated and we haven't heard anything from him since.

3. Billy's girl's phone got left at camp and apparently the cook has possession of it. We've been trying to call and text it for days but haven't gotten anyone to respond yet.

4. Billy's girl's former foster mom has been trying to reach the camp and did get through once but there was no reception and they couldn't hea…

Need your thoughts and prayers please...

I know I've blogged about the group of girls we know who are over in Iraq fighting. They are due to come home this week because their enlistment is up so the military (in its infinite wisdom) decided to send them on one last patrol before they headed back stateside. We got word that they got hit last night and are hurt but we don't have any more details than that. Please please, whatever deity you pray to, send out lots of prayers for their return home alive. Thanks in advance, y'all.

AIDS LifeWalk

Image
I am fundraising for AIDS Arms, Inc. this year. Please join my team or sponsor me online!

You can make a donation by clicking here, or join the team here. Thanks for your support!!


Essential Info: LifeWalk 2007
What: 17th Annual AIDS Arms LifeWalk
When: Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Registration at Noon, Walk at 1pm
Where: Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd. , Dallas TX 75219
(route map)
Why: Proceeds benefit the 2700+ clients served by AIDS Arms each month
Who: You & your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates and civic group members. Strollers, pets and roller bladders are welcome.
Time: Registration opens at Noon
Fun Walk/Run begins at 1pm
Route: Distance: 3.6 miles through Uptown and Turtle Creek and back to Lee Park. View Route Map.

Live on Purpose

Thanks to Thia for posting this bulletin on myspace...I needed it today!

Live this moment, live this day on purpose. Choose to create the world around you according to your most deeply held values.
Life is not a random accident. Whatever is happening in your life at any time is the result of some specific set of thoughts and actions.

Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones. Reach down into the purpose that is within you and connect that purpose with all you do.

When your actions have no real basis in meaning, then the slightest setback can stop you cold. By contrast, when you give true purpose to each day, even the most difficult challenges will serve to lift you ever higher.

Your most treasured dreams are yours for a very good reason. You are the one special person who can make them real.

Do yourself a big favor and give this day a meaningful purpose. Feel the stimulating, dynamic energy of life as you truly make a positive difference in your worl…

Jen Work Update...What I'm Doing Now. :)

I know it's been ages since I've actually made a personal post and it's because I've been swamped and overwhelmed with moving, birthday, and work changes. Since I'm finally starting to get my work-self organized, I thought I'd share with you guys what I'm doing now. I'm sure some of y'all can use this information to benefit yourselves or someone you know...

In addition to being able to handle any type of real estate transaction now, I'm also assisting people with legal and licensed credit repair. For more information about the service and the company, visit http://www.bettercreditnow.org.

As an added bonus to the credit repair service, I have teamed up with Jacob Watson of Supreme Lending (http://www.supremelending-jacobwatson.com/) who will refund the cost of the credit repair at closing for anyone who works with him after going through the program.

Please spread the word about this opportunity to anyone you know who either cannot get approved for…

My Life, Rated. :)

Image
Stole this one from The Cap'n. Miss you sweetie!

This Is My Life, RatedLife:
5.1Mind:
5.3Body:
5.7Spirit:
6.4Friends/Family:
6.5Love:
5.5Finance:
5.5Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Please take action, this is no bueno! :-(

Right now, the U.S. Senate is preparing for a vote that could have major consequences for gays and lesbians across America. If they approve President Bush's nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Federal bench, they'll give tremendous power to a man who once helped remove a woman's 8-year-old biological child from her custody in part because the mother was a lesbian.

I hope you'll join me in speaking out at:

http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/southwick/

Southwick even signed an unnecessary additional brief in the case saying that losing her child was the possible consequence of the mother's sexual "choice." Excuse me? This kind of misinformed bigotry has no place in our nation's highest courts. Southwick's appointment would be for life.

Tonight on Logo - if you can't watch it, record it!

Image
The Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum



Just another reminder that The Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum airs tonight on Logo.

Here's a cheat sheet on the candidates' positions. Interesting - when you boil it all down to two pages like this, it appears they're almost identical when it comes to GLBT issues, with the exception of same-sex marriage. This should be interesting tonight...

Make Your Voice Heard - Protest Wiretapping!

It seems Congress on Saturday night gave President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales more unchecked power to wiretap Americans without a warrant. Yes, that's the same Attorney General who is currently mired in scandal and probably committed perjury on this very issue.

Enough is enough. There is no trade-off between fundamental liberties and security. I figure preserving our Constitution is essential to our security—we can't lead on freedom around the world when we're actively undermining the rule of law at home.

I signed onto this petition demanding that Congress reverse this capitulation to Bush and the politics of fear. Can you join me? Just click here:

http://pol.moveon.org/capitulation/?r_by=10915-8234322-PybDMs&rc=comment_paste

Check out my new business card! :)

Image
I know I've fallen off the planet lately but this moving thing is kicking our asses. Also, I'm working all the time when I'm not unpacking or trying to get situated so I hope you guys still love me even though I'm off the map right now. :)

I'm working on getting things set up with my new real estate thing and here's the new business card that I'm about to get printed.



Y'all leave me some comments and tell me what you think! :)

Lennon's "Imagine" Piano to visit Northpark Mall!

Okay so I'm totally going to have to go see it...who's with me?

Read more about it on the Unfair Park blog...

Required Reading for all Restaurant-Goers!

I know entirely too many people who work in the service industry not to repost this. Take care of your servers, people, they work really hard for their money!

****************************************************************************************

The next time you're out eating at a restaurant, look at your server. Do you think they are really happy to be doing that job? The answer is not really, but its what we do, and we do it for the money so please help them out. Its a tougher job than you think and you should pay them accordingly!

There are SO many people out there flooding the restaurants w/o any knowledge of how to tip. Here is a short guide for the general public to follow. Feel free to print out and store in your wallet and/or purse.

1. CHILDREN "THE LITTLE DEVILS":
If you have children, DO NOT let them, open and dump anything on the table (ie; salt, sugar, etc). IF YOU DO, you must leave an extra $5 for the server to clean up YOUR CHILD'S mess & to restock …

Another historic building in jeopardy. :-(

Robert Wilonsky of the Observer posted a blog about the Knights of Pythias Temple and the obvious disregard that Westdale Properties has for it.

Check it out here

Happy Birthday To Me! :)

For my birthday today we're officially moving to the gayborhood and I just can't begin to tell you how excited I am about it. The movers are due to arrive at 8:30 and B's going to be in charge of that while I'm working my little part time gig today. It's gonna be a good day, tater!!! :)

Observer Blog - Make Your Voice Heard!

From: Kettle Art

Here's is a current story on the Dallas Observer blog worthy of response...Where's the Outrage if you are into Deep Ellum in any manner...

Just say no to liquid coal! :-(

Although its proponents claim that liquid coal is a cure-all to our nation's energy problems, the truth is that liquid coal is plagued with economical and environmental downsides from the time coal is mined until long after the liquid is burned.

Liquid coal releases almost double the global warming emissions per gallon as regular gasoline, making a hybrid filled with liquid coal as dirty as a Hummer H3 running on regular gas.

Liquid coal also requires huge amounts of water, and would lead to an over 40% increase in coal mining just to replace a mere 10% of our nation's transportation fuels. Proponents of liquid coal also want the government to funnel billions in subsidies and tax breaks to artificially create an entirely new industry. Liquid coal is arguably the dirtiest, most expensive energy gamble we could take.

So, if you agree with me that liquid coal is a Bad Deal for Global Warming - we can tell Congress to find clean solutions to our energy needs! Here's where: http:/…

I Got a Little Day Job. :)

I just realized that I forgot to blog about this and that's just not right. :-(

As of today I'm the new part time front desk, set up, and processor for a credit repair company. I got the gig through a friend of a friend and it should be the perfect thing since they know I'm still going to be doing real estate so I don't have to hide it. I'll be working Mon-Wed-Fri from 9a-5p and it's not much money but it'll be enough to cover our new rent which is a huge weight off my mind. Also, there's definitely something to be said for having a mindless job that I can do in my sleep.

Hopefully Zip will just get over themselves and realize that I can't live on no money and sometimes people have to do what they need to do and I'll be all set. The company policy is that you're not supposed to work for anyone but them, but I think that's fucked up when they don't pay me any kind of base. I'm not ready to move my license yet because I have too many…

Helping wounded soldiers via a hot chick - do your part! :)

Image
Reposted from Army of Mom's blog...



Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone involved.

My buddy, Nick, and his comrades at Ranger Up have launched OPERATION GRIM - a plan to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project by getting Ranger Up's most popular model into Maxim. The whole thing is here with all the details and pictures of a UFC fighter and a rather attractive woman is at Operation Grim. Nick is asking people to send a note to Maxim to ask them to do a spread *snickering at the play on words* on the Ranger Up girl while also raising money for the WWP. You can send a note of your own or follow Nick's sample letter and fill in your name:

Dear Sir or Madame,
I am writing to inform you that private citizens who support the military community are strongly urging you to support OPERATION GRIM and PUT GRACE IN MAXIM in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project which supports badly wounded soldiers from the international war on terror. We are not asking for char…

Attention geeky types... :)

Brian emailed this link to me and I just can't resist blogging it...it's fairly high-end geeky shit so if you don't understand it, don't feel bad about yourself. ;-)

Google is better than Limewire for downloading Music mp3s

Presidential Candidates to Participate in Gay Issue Forum

LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO PARTICIPATE IN HISTORIC FORUM ON GAY ISSUES

Human Rights Campaign Foundation and MTV Networks’ Logo Channel to Co-Present Live Televised Event Aug. 9 with Co-Panelists Melissa Etheridge and Joe Solmonese

LOS ANGELES — Logo, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation today announced they will co-present a historic televised forum on issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with the leading 2008 Democratic presidential candidates, including, currently confirmed and in alphabetical order, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The one-hour event will be held on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET in Los Angeles before a studio audience and broadcast live, without commercial interruption, exclusively on Logo’s 24/7 cable television channel as well as through live streaming video at LOGOonline.com. Logo is the nation’s leading television and broadband channel for the GLBT audience and the Human Ri…

Great Weekend! :)

I had some seriously fun events this weekend and I gotta share.

Friday night Lil Bro took me to see Spam A Lot at Dallas Summer Musicals as an early birthday present. Oh my gawd, it was too funny! The first half wasn't as good as the second in my opinion because it was mostly just snippets of the Holy Grail and I've seen that movie SO many times that I was quoting along with the show. The second half absolutely made up for it and then some. I highly recommend seeing this show if you have the chance.

Saturday while B worked I got to spend the entire day reconnecting with Da Jules and hanging out with her. We went to the lake for Karla's 30th birthday event and chilled in the sun (yes, it's a miracle the sun actually came out...). We went and visited B at work and then the three of us went down to Ellum and saw a gallery opening at Kettle Art. We adjourned to the bars after and one of Da Jules new friends met up with us and hung out for the rest of the evening.

Yesterday wh…

Getting Better All the Time. :)

I have great news: we found an apartment in Oak Lawn and our new lease starts on my birthday! The place is a little smaller than the one we have now but it's laid out really well and should be totally workable. We're actually planning to store most of our knick knacks so it doesn't get overwhelming. And now for the best part...it's walking distance from the strip. OHMIGAWD, I'm SO excited to be moving to the heart of the gayborhood!!! We're also just down the block from the community center so B might start doing some volunteer work.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!!

Needed one good home for a kitty named shit head

Reposted for Elle Chaos:

my ex couldn't keep my cat anymore for what ever reason, and after a long custody battle that he won he is now giving him up. sooooooooooo now i am unable to keep him he is beautiful but shy at first loves to play fetch and his name is shizkoph . a name he fully lives up too. i love him so and would hate to see him go to a shelter. if any of you know of anyone who would love a friend named shit head please let me know. he has had all his shots and is neutered. he comes with a kitty box litter and food.

To all my Pin up model girls this is your Audition Call!!!!

If you are clearly not a match for this audition (ie: male) I am sending it to you so that you may forward to any hottie pin-up "ish" women you might know. Thank you!

7-11-07
The Pin-Up Pageant
Auditions: KD Studios
Time: 1PM – 4PM
Payment: $325

The Pin-Up Pageant is a fund raising event for Dallas Veterans that will take place at the House of Blues on a date to TBA.

Must have beautiful face!

Please wear full make-up! Looking for the great smile!!!!!

Great legs are a must! Expect to show us your legs!

Body Type: Would prefer size 8 dress and over but toned and firm / hour glass figure / classic Pin-Up

Hair: The show will provide all selects with wigs / so short hair is fine

For this audition it would be ideal to dress in Pin – Up style 40’s dress but not mandatory. Please bring 3 to 4 inch heels to walk in.

Action: Outgoing personality, walking, talking...

Please email candy@chrisandcandyproductions.com for a
time slot.

Thanks!
And good luck!!

Equality Texas Mourns the Death of David Ritcheson

18-Year Old Victim Had Testified in April for Passage of Matthew Shepard Act

Austin, TX (July 2, 2007) - Equality Texas today mourns the death of David Ritcheson, the 18-year-old Spring, Texas teenager who had survived an April, 2006 brutal hate crime.

On April 22, 2006, Ritcheson was beaten nearly to death by self-professed Skinheads, who cut him, burned him, poured bleach over him, sodomized him with an outdoor umbrella pole and yelled anti-Hispanic slurs.

Last Novemer and December, Ritcheson sat in a courtroom in Harris County, Texas and faced his attackers for the first time as they went through their respective trials. Ritcheson's attackers eventually were convicted of aggravated sexual assault; one was given a life sentence, the other 90 years.

Less than three months ago, on April 17, 2007, David Ritcheson went to Washington, D.C. and testified before the House Judiciary Committee urging passage of the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007", also kn…

AKC Boxer Pups for sale...

Reposted for Feelin Froggy. :)

Puppy catalog/Details

Both my girls litters are described below...
All Boxer pups AKC Regestered, Dew Claws removed & Tails docked.
First set of Puppy shots 7/14/07 at 6 weeks old
Ready for thier new loving homes July 21st through August 1st.
Brendles =$600
Fawns =$400
$200 deposit will hold your pick until ready/weaned.
Please contact me for more information and/or questions.
(Of course, Any names we have to the side of description do not have to be kept)

Cocoa's litter:
RESERVED-Flashy Dark Brendle Boy with half black and white muzzle. "Pick"
RESERVED-Flashy Dark Brendle Boy with white "Lightning bolt" up forehead "Hoss"
Brown Boy with white stripe up nose and black nostrils "Stripe"
Brown Girl with white chin "Tinker Bell"

Chloe's litter: (all have full black muzzles)
Dark Brendle Boy with white tipped toes
Dark Brendle Boy with white paws
Dark Brendle Boy with white chin and a little pink on nose,
Brown bo…

Let's stop funding abstinence-only sex education!

Studies have shown that abstinence-only sex education actually increases the risk of dangerous sexual behaviours of young people. And an overwhelming 82% of Americans are against abstinence-only programs. So why is the government increasing funding of these programs by $27 million?

The federal government's own research concluded that recipients of abstinence-only education were no more likely to abstain from sex, or delay sexual activity. Abstinence-only promotes scientifically inaccurate information and withholds crucial information about HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention. This method leaves young people oblivious to the risks and encourages sexual activity as a form of rebellion.

The House Appropriations Committee, will be meeting soon to consider this bill. The Senate subcommittee is set to consider their bill in July.

So, if you feel like telling them that you are tired of funding programs that have been proven ineffective, check out http://go.care2.com/e/sAm3/kOBY/eWKF

Anyone need a cellist? :)

Reposted for Da Jules...

to all my musician friends out there...

so what do you do if you're a classically trained musician whose shit job has begun to take its toll on your wrists and your ability to play for more than 5 minutes without extreme wrist pain and bow-hand numbness? you quit said shit job and hope that some gigs come your way so that bills can be paid. i'm sure all you dedicated musicians understand this concept. so...

if you know of any gigs needing a cellist, please please please pass along my info. email me if you need my phone number and i'll gladly give it to you. i need to play; i want to play; i'm not afraid to drive to play. i look forward to hearing from some of you.

julia
jules
julesoncello

Tell Congress to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

My name is Beau Bouldin and I am currently an intern with Atticus Circle and a former sailor in the United States Navy. The celebration of Independence Day reminds me of my service to this great nation, and of those people who still devotedly serve in the armed forces.

There is no higher honor than defending a country and a constitution as robust and free as ours.

Unfortunately, some of our soldiers and sailors are being discriminated against in such a way as to betray the very freedom they signed up to defend. As members of our military, they are being asked to divide their professional and personal lives in order to comply with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy currently in effect in our military.

The right to love who you choose is a fundamental right. Just because I am straight, that fact did not in any way affect my qualifications, willingness, or ability to perform effectively as a member of our military. One of the greatest injustices I have personally witnessed…