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Sometimes old friendships don't last. This song says it all.

Farewell; may our paths cross again farther down the road.
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Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at 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.

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What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?

March 26, 2008

"I didn't marry you to be stronger than you and you didn't marry me to be stronger than me. What's between us is still good. It's just everything outside us that is weighing us down. You may be at the end of your rope, but I'll find a way to splice on another." -- Jack Dempsey


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Which books will you certainly read to your children, nieces, nephews or godchildren?

Oh, indeed I will read and read
First on the list, well, it's no use
No matter how you ban him I will read Dr. Seuss!
"Green eggs and ham" even tho' many disapprove
Saying it has homoerotic overtones - Oh, really? I will next move
And read "The Cat In the Hat"
Home Invasion! The critics say
Bah! say I and tho' many say Nay
I will read my grandchild the tale of the Lorax
Tree-hugger propaganda guarenteed to vex
Yertle the Turtle with lessons to teach
And yes, I will certainly read them about a Sneetch
With its flaming liberal views about bellies and stars
And who should be having one upon thars!

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld I will read as well
And McKinley's Beauty - who is no Disney's Belle!
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn will be there for the boys
And if they are willing to listen and sit
like Marirose I will read to them The Hobbit!

Oh, let the critics with horror whine and moan
I will read them banned books in my home!


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Do you consider yourself patriotic? If so, how do you express it?

It was no holiday. It was just an ordinary day at the mall. There were five of them waiting in line at the Quizno's; an older couple, two little boys, a young pregnant woman and a young man in a wheelchair. He was wearing an army jacket.

I simply walked up to them. "Sir, will you do me the honor of letting me pay for your food?"

"You don't have to do that. . ." began the young man.

"Please let me."

"Thank you," said the young woman.

"No, ma'am," I said. "Thank you. Thank all of you."


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If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name be?

I actually created this hero for a Role-Playing Game called "Champions" that I'm sure most of you have not heard of.

Lady Luck - she was cursed to be able to change a person's luck (one person, one situation - no take backs) but the old standby "be careful what you wish for; you may get it" applied and sometimes Karma was a real bitch.

She was a quiet loner in a double-wide out in the middle of nowhere; did her best to disappear into the background.


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Who is your favorite mythical creature/character, and why?

When I was in the fourth grade I wrote a story about a little girl from Artemis' temple who found the cubs of the Thebian Sphinx

and she hid them from the new King (we'd just learned a very little of the myth of Oedipus) and his hunters.

Later she took them to find Pegasus

because he could teach them how to fly.

For some reason my teacher called my mother in for a conference because she found the story "disturbing."

I still don't understand.


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Best Birthday wishes to ileliberte and to mlevins
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Was there ever a fictional character who you admired so much that you strived to be like him or her?

Pepper Potts - secretary of Tony Stark. I remember from the original Iron Man cartoon in the '60's that she was just cool.

My earliest memory is of her taking dictation in Stark's office when suddenly below there's Doc Och or some villian smashing their way along the street. She turns to Mr. Stark and says without missing a beat - "I'll cancel your afternoon appointments, sir."

I didn't see her as subsurvient - when all hell broke loose she kept her head and made sure things ran smoothly.


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Which song makes you happy every time you hear it, and why?

Just a joyful song that makes me smile every time I hear it. :D


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(Inspired by this image from baikautsugi)

(characters are from my original story Latkes)
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Type of Submission: Fiction
Title: The Haunted Forest
Author: just_ruth
greeneyes_fan who asked, “Just how exactly did Bobby learn Japanese?”
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Pre-series, Japanese lore
Author's Notes: Aokigahara Forest at the foot of Mount Fuji is notorious as a site for suicides. Side bar story to A Little Christmas
Special thanks to: randomstasis for much advise and bouncing of ideas. intrepidy and fhionnuiscetine for beta awesomeness
Summary: “So, Bobby, I’ve always wondered, how did you learn to speak Japanese?”
Word Count: 1721
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How do you think aliens would regard our society? If an alien ship landed in your backyard, would you run away or bring a bundt cake?

I would watch with some suspicion before approaching and even then be wary, having watched a black and white episode of "the Twilight Zone" called To Serve Man, I'd be afraid I'd be the one ending up in the bundt cake.


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Type of Submission: Fiction
Title: The Church Lady
Author: just_ruth
vanillafluffy who wanted (paraphrasing) “John’s storage unit fascinates me . . . Sam and/or Dean going there for some reason and finding something unexpected
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Spoilers for “Bad Day at Black Rock” and “Friday the 13th: the series.”
Author's Notes: contains one of my favorite Original Character
Special thanks to:fhionnuiscetine
Word count: 1175
Summary: “Why would Dad keep this?”
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What was your favorite childhood meal? Do you still love it? Does it taste as good as you remember it?

My favorite childhood meal used to come in high summer - stewed tomatos and melted sharp cheddar cheese over toast. Until I knew better, I thought this was what a Welsh Rarebit was. I still enjoy it but no, it doesn't taste as good as I remember - it can't. My mother was very sick for a long time before she died and could no longer can stewed tomatos. I have yet to taste any stewed tomatos like her home canned ones.


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Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?
"The Bitch Is Back" by Tina Turner - origially done by Elton John but Ms. Turner gives it a wicked edge that you just can't compare!


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Title: Coda 6:07
Author: Just Ruth
Disclaimer: Supernatural is the property of Eric Kripke and the CW. Characters/Situations are being borrowed for entertainment purposes only. You think anyone would pay me for this?
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Gen
Characters: Castiel, Dean, Sam.
Summary: This is how I think it should have gone down.
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A couple of months ago I had a dream about Dean Winchester in Detroit with the Batman hunting vampires.

Today this popped out. I don't know why:

"Oh, wow," was all Dean could say as the sleek black car rolled to the curb. "Wow."

The Batmobile. The for-real Batmobile.

The passenger door opened. "Get in," the masked driver growled.

Dean's brain stopped working for a minute. It was real - really - REAL.

"I won't ask you again."

"Yessir." Dean climbed into the bucket seat. It wasn't as comfortable as he had imagined. The compartment was cramped with equipment. He shifted around. "Uhn," he began.

"No," said the Batman.

"You don't know what I was going to ask."

"Everyone asks. No, you can't drive."

"Oh." Dean smoldered a moment, rebelliously. "Would you let Superman drive if he asked?" He regretted the question as soon as it came out of his mouth.

The Batman's lips quirked in what was almost a smile. "He doesn't ask. Think about it." Dean did and felt even dumber than before. "Why am I here?" he mumbled.

"To kill a vampire."


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Flying Tiger Kick!  HEE-YAH!
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Bill O'Reily has actually said something I agree with. . .

(from PopEater.com)

Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, allegedly used a web cam in their dorm room to secretly stream a romantic encounter between Clementi and another man. Ravi's alleged behavior inspired disgust from conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, who, when responding to analyst Gretchen Carlson's assertion on FOX News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' that Ravi and his accomplice, Molly Wei, 18, "are probably good kids who did an immensely stupid thing," said, "I don't believe that. I don't think you can be a good kid and plan that kind of stuff out in the cruel nature that they did ... I think they're bad kids. They're bad kids, and they should have been raised better."
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