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12th-Oct-2011 10:24 pm - Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

15th-Sep-2011 12:19 am - SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
Outrageous - and sad.

Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

22nd-Aug-2011 02:51 pm - Once in a blue moon...
... I actually feel like updating this thing.
While it has been proven, once again, that I am NOT the kind of person who ever manages to keep a diary (or blog, or livejournal, or any other form of diary-like written medium) updated, I like to leave little breadcrumbs of thoughts, opinions and updates, like tiny fossils in the sedimentary layers of my written existence.
Or something equally profound. :p

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5th-Jun-2011 07:48 pm - The fearless Hercules that is my son
Today was awesome.
Well, parts of it were, and I find I remember them best, so: Today was awesome. :)
Forget four hours of interrupted sleep, forget stressful morning, forget carrying BIG three-year-old with a tummyache around till my arms/shoulders nearly fell off, forget running around town trying to locate places that were both OPEN and HAD TOILETS on a Sunday.
Not important.

What is important is that my son is a fearless waternymph. (Can boys be nymphs? Or would that be merman?)
Today, we went to an outdoor swimmingpool downtown with a pair of friends and their school-age boy. Despite no babyswim lessons, despite not having been in the water (except in the bathtub) since last summer - after half an hour, he progressed from jumping from the side of the pool holding my hands, to jumping into the water somewhere around me so that I could help him get to his feet in the chest-to-neck deep water afterwards.
And to finish off, he learned to DIVE FOR TOYS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL! :o
I was so impressed (as were my friends, who's son has taken swimminglessons since he was a baby and is therefore very proficient in the water) I was nearly speechless (but not so much that I couldn't praise him A LOT), while he swallowed water and climbed back up to jump in again, coughed and gasped and kept trying to figure out how to swim DOWN (a slight push on his backside was usually required ;) ) and generally had the time of his life!

Add in that I spent a good hour or two crouching in thigh-high water, dragging him around while he kicked his legs and "swam" behind me, as I "walked" around on toes and fingertips or toes and swimstrokes, which I figure adds up to some serious exercise for mum as well.

Since I update this journal about once every other year (or during a blue moon), most of you probably don't know that I've made a "lifestylechange" (no, it's not a diet :p) and lost about 13 kilos in about 4 months, which makes me a very happy bunny.
And a proud one too, damnit! :D

Anyway: People keep commenting on what a big and sturdy lad Jr. is, and how strong, and I loved seeing him taking to a fairly new element with such obvious pleasure and impressive mastery. I've always enjoyed being in the water too, so I love that this is something we can pursue together. :D

Now I'm off to see if an overtired, worn out, tummy-achey almost-but-not-quite-four-year-old can be put to bed without hysterics.
Let's see if my fuzzy, warm feelings survive. ;)
28th-Sep-2010 04:17 pm - On the Excellence of My Offspring
I have apparently produced an exceptionally clever, socially skilled, manipulative little opportunist. :D
While spending the day at an indoor playground (you know, rubber mats, climbing structures, slides, etc.) my cunning three-year-old managed to disappear.
It was a fairly small place, only two rooms to play in, and my distraught ex-mother-in-law was a tad upset but not panicking when she couldn't find him.
Enter mommy - who is far more suspicious and KNOWS her little runaway - who did another sweep of the premises.
And located Jr., happily ensconced in one of the private rooms with a dozen boys his own age, eating chocolate cake and icecream.
When I, rather embarrassed, explained the situation to the mother of the birthdayboy, it turned out that she was very much aware of this.
"But he played so well with the others, and he took my hand as we were coming in here, and I just HAD to give him some as well!"... :D

So my charming little brat got his cake and his icecream, and all I could do was shake my head and think "with skills like THAT, he can go far!" ;)
16th-Sep-2010 01:46 am - Unanswered questions in insomnialand
Why, oh why can't I find any fanfics based on the movie "Shooter"?
There is so much potential for slash in that movie, and the scene at the end where Swagger asks Memphis "Do you trust me?" - "Yeah" - "With your life?" makes me go squeee, just a little.
And yet noone has written about the coldblooded but warmhearted sniper with a weakness for righteous FBI-agents, or the freshfaced FBI-agent willing to cross the line to help do what's "right" (although we can discuss the rightness of torching mercenaries with napalm at some other time).

If anyone knows of any Shooter-fics out there, do tell!
4th-Jun-2010 10:29 pm - Home, sweet home!
Whohoooo! :D
I just bought my first ever apartment that's ALL MINE! :D
While the ex-hubby and I did in fact buy one, it was an unmitigated disaster with delays in renovation, unfinished work, lawyers, suing and countersuing, and finally selling it at a significant loss.
Which does make me feel a bit worried and unsettled now - my experience as a home-owner hasn't exactly been the best.
But I try to convince myself that it can hardly get WORSE, and will surely be a lot BETTER than last time.

So, on July 1st Jr. and I get to start decorating our new home.
Since I'm renting a furnished place now, and left all the old furniture at ex-hubby's in return for a small financial compensation, I'm going to have to start from scratch.
At present, I have:
A bed for Jr. (which he will outgrow before long)
A small computerdesk on wheels
A TV-bench-thingy
A low chest of drawers/bench

Not a whole lot to brag about. :P
But the sister is all geared up for a lot of shopping, hunting and measuring, and had apparently decorated the whole place in her head before I even knew I'd gotten the apartment.

I wonder how many adult-points I got from this - I bet it's a lot.
Gonna go be stunned, shocked and a tad dizzy some more.
23rd-May-2010 04:29 pm - Lazy days, lazy thoughts
Kiddie-free weekend, long, slow mornings, going to the movies, puttering around a blessedly quiet and empty apartment - and being able to go "SQEEEE" and "Oh NOOOOOEEES" ;) as loudly as I like without waking Jr.

So coupled with my insomnia, I've spent the last week watching two seasons of tragically cancelled The Fixer (British, good stuff), one season of White Collar (soon to start airing again) and some odd bits and ends (Chuck, NCIS:LA). I've got some "must see TV" left to get through, but most of them are season finales and they HURT to watch, so I'm putting it off. :/
Can't bear the whole angsty/cliffhanger/WTF thingy right now.

So I've been reading some fanfics again instead. Went looking for Fixer-fics, but so far I've been unable to find any - which is incredible, what with 4-6 million viewers of such a cool show (that would lend itself beautifully to fanfics). White Collar, on the other hand, have made quite an impact after just one season.
And I've made a small discovery.
I don't really have a OTP that I can think of, in any fandom. While I may have clear PREFERENCES, and the occasional "No way, no way in hell!" pairing, I'm pretty unbiased as long as the writing is good. So what if I can't really picture River/Jayne or Spike/Wesley - if YOU can, and can convince me that it's plausible, perhaps even inevitable, and above all GOOD, I'm game.
But I think I may have come across my first OT3. :D
Because while other fandoms may have a few recurring threesomes, it seems to be the preferred pairing for White Collar. And they all make it WORK. And when I see the show - I can SEE it working.
So I enjoy all the different takes on the how and the why and the wherefores, and think about how great it would be if they could do something like that in canon. But I guess mainstream television may not be quite ready for an openly polyamorous starring threesome. ;)
So I'll just enjoy the written version - for now. :D
14th-May-2010 01:14 am - Late night ruminations - again
As usual I'm awake, at my computer, when I should be snoozing happily - or at least uncomplainingly (is that even a word?) - in bed.
Oh well.
Anyway - I came home from RPGing about an hour ago, so I tell myself I'm just "unwinding" or "winding down" or whatever will excuse my staying up a little bit longer.
Tomorrow I have to get up early even though I'm taking a vacation day: Kindergarden is closed, so "somebody" has to mind Jr. And as usual, that somebody is me. :p
Since I have half a ton of things to do, mostly involving shopping, this makes for quite a bit of stress, but Jr. is getting to be so big that it's more fun to have him along. :)
And after last weeks Epic Fail in shoeshopping (he's bawling his eyes out whenever I try to put his new sneakers on, they are apparently incredibly uncomfortable for some unfathomable reason) I may as well bring him along to TRY some of the things I'm about to buy.

So, busy day tomorrow: Picking up Jr. at his dad's workplace, visiting a friend to prepare for cat- and housesitting in June, shopping for my niece's namingday on Saturday, and possibly travelling to my parents' so we don't have to stress Saturday morning.
Sometimes, I wish I had a car - having to travel by bus, train nr. 1, train nr. 2 and car is pretty tiring when you're toting luggage and a two-year-old hellbent on escaping the clutches of Evil!Mom - i.e. mommy who won't let him play on the traintracks...
So I should probably TRY to get some sleep now...

6th-May-2010 11:34 pm - Ramblings and ruminations
Hmmmm... Nothing interesting to say today, just sitting here with my brain mostly turned off, enjoying a late night icecream before bedtime.
I know I shouldn't, I should be thinking about calories and kilos and swimsuits - but I wanted icecream, and there you have it.

Last night of "kiddie free" for nearly a week, enjoying the peace and quiet and lack of responsibility - Jr. is mostly a goodnatured kid who only wakes up occasionally, but I can't holler and squee as loud as I want when he's sleeping in the other room.
And I want to holler and squee pretty loudly, most of the time.
Let's just say I make "TV viewing" a participant sport, not just audience one.
My sister refuses to go to the movies with me (though she's relented lately, with age comes a slight taint of wisdom and the ability to occasionally shut the h*ll up - even for me) since I tend to laugh, applaud, shout (and squee) as well as comment with equal and unconscious abandon.
Which makes home-alone TV evenings so much easier on everyone. :D

For those of you who are critical of such free-spirited viewers as myself, I have only one thing to say: I believe I have more fun watching my crappy TV-series than you do. ;)
Now I'm going to go watch some Crowning Moments of Awesome and enjoy the well-insulated privacy of my apartment while I still have the chance.
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