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III. T.Pain and Taylor Swift Rap

II. Dance Fail

I. The Captain's Wife's Lament

And I. Birds of Paradise - Martyrdom Recruitment as Children's Entertainment (Catchy, but not funny.)

An article on the above video for those interested.
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After watching a couple hours worth of The West Wing, I find myself narrating everything I read and write in President Bartlett's voice. It's very strange...soothing, but strange.

I threw out my one and only RMWC sweatshirt today. It was too small, ratty, helplessly stained, and it would have sat on my floor breeding carpet beetles if I didn't toss it out. I highly doubt I'll be able to obtain another one as pretty.

I'm currently going through all of my old things and tossing them out. I'm a packrat by nature and I hate to clean, but this is rather hard for me. If it weren't for the damn carpet beetles I wouldn't bother. But, as I started to pick things up, I noted that I was seeing more and more of them and I got really wigged out. Insanely glad I washed my sheets, but still wigged out. I kind of don't want to be sitting here right now.

I keep many things that I think are important or should be important even if I haven't figured out why yet. I keep things because it's easier than keeping friends. I moved seven times before I was in the fourth grade; I learned very early that it's much easier to keep things than people. But I also learned that in preparation for a move you need to pare down your stuff. Everything I toss has has some significance in my life, even if I can't remember exactly what it was. I keep a broken green and black porcelain pony my aunt gave me years ago because I can't yet bear to get rid of it even though I broke it almost three years ago now and there is no chance of fixing it.

On an even stranger note I had a decent political discussion with my mom today wherein we both agreed on a woman's right to choose but couldn't agree on gay marriage. I think if we keep having these discussions, which we probably won't, I could bring her around on that it's not right to limit people's freedom like that. Her stance on homosexuals has changed a lot in the past ten to fifteen years (she used to be hard core about the "homosexuality is wrong, it's immoral, it's not natural" stance) and I count that fact that she loosened up at a small victory.

There are, of course, other members of my family who I would never be able to convince. Hell, I wouldn't be able to have a rational, reasonable, informed discussion about abortion much less homosexuals. But that is a discussion for another day.
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After many days of bitching about the fact that I didn't register to vote in time, my Mom finally said to me: Just go to vote, maybe you'll be on the list. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

So I did. Turns out I registered to vote sometime in the past (which I don't remember doing, but what the hell, that's fine with me). Turns out I was "more registered than (Travis)" who registered late.

I really, really, really wanted to write in Colin Powell. I really, truly did. I wish he would have run. It would have been a wasted vote as Virginia is a swing state this year, but it would have felt good. I have absolutely no faith in either candidate that has been chosen by the two major parties in this country.

My dad asked me a couple months ago, between McCain and Obama who would I choose and I replied, "C. None of the above." My dad took that and ran with it, turning it into "I want more choices." It's what he repeats whenever someone asks about who he's going to vote for.

To quote the character Leo McGarry, "Because I'm tired of it. Year, after year, after year, after year, having to choose between the lesser of who cares. Of trying to get myself excited about a candidate who can speak in complete sentences. Of setting the bar so low I can hardly look at it. They say a good man can't get elected. I don't believe that - do you?"

I know a lot of people have a lot of faith in Obama and McCain and I respect that. I know a lot of people think they're good men in their own ways. I respect that as well. Unfortunately, I don't really think either of those things are as true as people want to think they are, which is a shame. I want to like Obama, I just can't. I honestly believe he'll get to the White House and say, "Now what?"

I guess I'm still waiting for a person to believe in - a person like McGarry's Bartlet. Until that day comes, if it comes at all, I'll be choosing the "lesser of who cares."

I'll leave you now with my absolutely favorite quote from West Wing - "Act as if ye have faith and faith shall be given to you. Put it another way? Fake it til you make it."
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I was perusing some old FFVII author's new IJ when I stumbled upon this little gem. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with FFVII and absolutely EVERYTHING to do with my last post and my view on those crazy (and I do mean CRAZY) fundamentalist "Christians".
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I was wandering into Wal-Mart the other day when I noticed a bumper sticker on a van that read, "Catholics can't be pro-abortion." And as I was walked into the store, I thought to myself, "Technically it's correct, Catholics can't be pro abortion. They can, however, be pro-choice."

While I was in college, I had an argument with two friends of mine who are conservative Christians and the topic was abortion. I told both of them, before giving up the argument because I knew we would never change each others minds so it was silly to continue, that just because they believe the embryo has a soul, doesn't mean that other women have that same belief and that they shouldn't force their moral codes on others who do not believe in the same things as they do. I just didn't say it as clearly as I just wrote it now at the time. I had a similar discussion with my boss recently as well.

I think it's funny how "pro-lifer's" are trying (and most likely succeeding as you don't often hear from the pro-choice camp anymore) to switch the wording on us by removing the word "choice" and replacing it with "abortion." Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. Pro-choice is the belief that all women have the choice to do what they want with their bodies according to their own consciences/religions. There are many moral codes in this world, and to restrict all women to just the Christian moral is wrong. So Catholics can be pro-choice, as long as they are wise enough to realize that there are more than just other Catholics in the world who follow the Bible who do not believe in the same things that they do. To everyone out there who doesn't believe in abortion for whatever reason but still believes in all women having a choice, I salute you.

As for myself, I will probably never be "pro-abortion," but I will always be pro-choice.
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My brother and I got into an interesting discussion yesterday. He made the statement, "There's one word that all women hate and will hate you forever if you say it to them. It begins with a C."

Me: Cunt?
T: AAAAGH! I can't believe you just said that!

And I thought about it, and really, the word "cunt" doesn't bother me in the slightest. He also said I'd feel different if someone screamed it at me, but I don't really think so. I mean, I'd probably be upset that someone was calling me names (and God, that sounds so juvenile) but I wouldn't place any more special meaning on that instead of say, bitch.

One word that would bother me, and if someone ever called me it I'd probably hate that person for the rest of my life, is "whore." I can take it in a joking manner between friends, but if someone ever seriously said that to me I'd probably go ballistic on their ass.

"Cunt," however, not so much. I guess it's because all women have vagina's and that is, technically, what people are referring to when they say that. (Yes, I do realize there are A LOT of negative connotations to the word, but still. Doesn't bother me.) "Whore" is different - not every woman in the world is a whore despite what some people might think. And seriously, I'm Prudie-McPrude-Prude (in some ways). I highly doubt that I would ever exhibit whore-ish tendencies, which would make the insult all the more grating.

So my question to all of you is: Do you think "cunt" is the ultimate insult toward women? Discuss.


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