My So Called Life - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Embrace life -- both the sweet days and the bitter...embrace the joy and the sadness...the successes and the defeats -- for all of these things, both good and bad, have made you who you are.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Dear Mr. President - Would You Take A Walk With Me?

Ok - so it is not that i hate our President. I do not! I have a lot of respect for the institution of the "Presidency". I just do not particularly agree with many of the things the current holder of that office believes in or does.

I wonder what it would be like to take a walk with the President. I wonder how he would relate one on one. I have a feeling that our walk would end with still no agreement. And in the end, that is ok. In a country of free speech, free choice, and free thinking, one has to respect and abide with differing opinions.

The scary thing is that our current President himself said that he thinks there should be a limit to freedoms. I wonder who decides when the limit has been reached.

Dear Mr. President...would you take a walk with me.....???

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Partial Birth Abortions - Yay or Nay?

I am sure everyone has heard the Supreme Court's latest decision. On April 18, 2007 the Supreme Court upheld a law that banned partial birth abortion. I can honestly say that I was a little shocked when I read the headline online. I read it and sort of just paused in my seat at work and did not move. My reaction was not based on an agreement or disagreement with the ruling, but rather I could not remember in recent history when the Supreme Court ever ruled AGAINST the pro choice establishment. Now I am sure that maybe some rulings have come against them, but to my mind this is the most prominent one to ever come down from the "Supremes". It is true though according to AP News that, "For the first time since the court established a woman's right to an abortion in 1973, the justices upheld a nationwide ban on a specific abortion method, labeled partial-birth abortion by its opponents."

I guess now we can truly see the impact that Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Alito had on the court regarding this particular issue. In April of 2000, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Stenberg vs. Carhart decision, which was handed down in June, 2000. The Court struck down a Nebraska statute which had banned partial-birth abortion. So just 7 years later, the Court reverses itself and upholds a law banning partial birth abortion. Now perhaps the cases are not exactly the same...I am honestly not that sure...but it can clearly be seen how the change coincided with new justices being placed on the court.

I do not know how I truly feel about this particular ruling. I mean...I am torn by the whole abortion issue regardless. I feel that women should have the right to choose, but I personally would be sad if my sister or a member of my family chose to have an abortion. I would respect their decision and would not in any way add any more guilt to the decision. So there rests my dilemma.

I do believe there always needs to be an exception for the health of the mother. But in all honestly, partial birth abortions are the smallest percentage of abortions performed each year. In fact, in the year 2000, there were only 2200 dilation and extraction (partial birth) abortions performed constituting .17% of all abortions. So the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of women who want abortions still have the right, choice, ability, and capacity to obtain the abortion they so desire.

And...maybe...and I stress maybe this is an out of touch idea or thought...but I honestly do not understand what precipitates a late term abortion such as a partial birth abortion anyway. I mean, definitely it is because I am not a woman and have never had anyone go through this personally...but what would take a woman so long to decide NOT to have the child. I am sure there are always going to be the exceptions...the young mother who hides her pregnancy, the poor mother who has no access to early medical care, the mother who feels she has no options at the beginning and feels alone and/or abandoned...but it is still difficult for me...

Again, I am not trying to minimize a woman's right to choose because I do believe in the right to choose. I am just throwing out these thoughts and ideas because I truly do not understand it, and part of developing an understanding comes through asking questions.

But in the end, I must confess that if I had to choose a type of abortion to outlaw, it would be partial birth, simply because the whole procedure is just to horrific for me to think about. The image of a child completely out of the mother's womb except for the head, and then to think about the skull punctured, etc...it is just too hard for me to imagine. Even in reading up on articles about the Supreme Court's decision and researching the topic, my heart was saddened when the images and thoughts of partial birth abortion came to mind.

In the end...do I agree with the Supreme Court's decision?: Yes...

It is important to know the following as well - also from AP News:

"While the court upheld the law against a broad attack on its constitutionality, Kennedy said the court could entertain a challenge in which a doctor found it necessary to perform the banned procedure on a patient suffering certain medical complications.

The law allows the procedure to be performed when a woman's life is in jeopardy."

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Now I Know I Like To Drink - But This Is Crazy!

For anyone who ever said I drank too much, just check this out. I have never heard of someone drinking this much, and I know I certainly have never come close!

This woman in Washington registered a .47 alcohol level. The legal limit is .08. Yes Ladies and Gentleman...that is almost SIX times the legal limit.

I guess no one was there to cut her off!

According to the story, "A check of all 356,000 breath tests administered since 1998 in Washington turned up only 35 above .40 - and none of those was higher than .45."

Perhaps this is not how you want to be best known?!?!

Check out the story below:

Woman Registers .47 Alcohol Level

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I Was Overcharged At A Bar - And I Am Pissed!

So I went to this neighborhood cafe tonight for a midweek martini. I was looking forward to relaxing in the nice cool breeze, reading a good book, and having a martini by myself.

So the martini's were great...tasted great...had a wonderful hummus plate...and the book was great. Overall it was a great evening!

Then I got the bill...I just did not even think to check it b/c I go to this cafe all the time. I was overcharged.

I was pretty upset. I do not know why it upset me so much but there is just something about ordering a special and then getting charged full price that really chaps my hide. It didn't cost me a lot of extra money... I was overcharged by 9 dollars, which is not a huge amount of money. I think it is more of a principle issue, ya know.

I ordered the special...now give me the damn special price....grrrr!

Why order discount liquor at regular price?!?! It is literally paying for something that you certainly did not get...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Politics, War, Suspision, Conspiracy - An Interesting Debate on The View!

I came across this video on The View...ok i know...you are wondering what could you learn from this, right? This is an interesting dialog between the women on the view concerning President Bush, Iran, conspiracy, etc.

I won't post any of my opinions just yet...I will let you watch the video and hopefully discussion will ensue...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

To Every Guy Who Thought He Was Doing Me A Favor By Talking To Me At A Club - Whatever Dude!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Im So Sick - Ugh Ugh Ugh

Hey Everyone - I have been sick the last few days so I might be taking a couple days off from the blog.

But rest assured I will return!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Living A Lie - When True Colors Shine Through



Have you ever witnessed someone putting on an act that you knew was false...

Telling you a story that you knew could not be true...

Acting in a way that could not be their true self...

Act like they are doing good for others when really the good is only for themselves...

I heard this quote today and it rang true for those situations...

"And thus I clothe my naked villainy with old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ and seem a saint when most I play the devil!"

The New Version Of Blogger - UGH UGH UGH!

I mean come on - when will blogger come out with something that is easy for the average person to understand. I am sure everyone has seen that there is a new template version that allows new widgets, video rolls, news scrolls, etc. This is differnet from the prior upgrade that blogger did. This new upgrade deals with a new template....so I decided to try it...

When the new layout transfers over, all of my customizations from my prior template were deleted...which was fine.

BUT BUT BUT...when I simply tried to transfer over the HTML code from the prior template to the new template ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE!

Nothing would come over..so I could not bring over any of my picture links or anything else...what a bum deal.

I am sure there is a way to do it, but my god after spending hours and hours trying to figure the shit out, I am almost ready to just say goodbye to blogger altogether!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Random Photos - With My New Digital Camera

Ok so I took this photo of a friend's cat this weekend - I don't know why but I really like the photo! I think it is the lighting I like best...



Here is another photo I took with my camera - I think this one below turned out awesome!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I Love Alanis - Watch Her Parody Of My Humps...So Funny

For all that is good in the world...you guys HAVE to watch this video.

I am sure you are all familiar with The Black Eyed Peas' song "My Humps"!

Watch Alanis do it - I was laughing out of my chair - ha ha!

First watch the original version and then watch the Alanis version!



Sunday, April 01, 2007

I WON THE LOTTERY!!!! - OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!

I WON THE LOTTERY! I WON THE LOTTERY! I WON THE LOTTERY!




I cannot believe it - I am going to quit my job and just LIVE LIFE!!!!!!

HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!





OK - SO I DIDN'T REALLY WIN THE LOTTERY!

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!