I'm Anything But Ordinary

I'm Anything But Ordinary

06 November 2009

This is Truly a Tragedy But...

~~~~ Tired

I'm tired of hearing that the shooter was Muslim.  That has nothing to do with anything.  The gunman in Orlando was not Muslim... is his crime any less horrible?

Washington (CNN) -- Ibrahim Hooper knows the drill.
When news first broke Thursday that a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, killed and injured U.S. soldiers, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote a statement of condemnation.
He only sent it out later, when reports emerged that the alleged shooter's name was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
"As soon as we saw what appeared to be a Muslim name, we issued our statement," Hooper said. "Until that time, we were praying that no Muslim would be involved."
That's the reality of crisis management for the Muslim-American community, said Hooper, who handles communications for the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.
Even without confirmation that the alleged gunman was Muslim -- there was no immediate determination of any religious affiliation for Hasan -- the mere reporting of a possible Muslim name required an immediate comment, he said.
"That's unfortunately the world we live in nowadays," Hooper said. "So often, Muslims are accused of not condemning these kind of acts."
The CAIR statement said: "No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence. The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer Army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured."
In a separate statement, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, based in Los Angeles, California, condemned what it called the "heinous incident."
"We are in contact with law enforcement and U.S. federal government officials to gain more facts from this tragic incident and work together in dealing with its aftermath," the group said.
Its statement called on "all members of American Muslim communities to be in contact with local law enforcement for the safety and security of their communities and their institutions."
The Islamic Information Center also issued a statement "in conjunction with all the major Muslim organizations nationwide" that condemned the attack.
"While several news reports have cited one of the gunmen to be Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, IIC strongly emphasizes that this attack and its perpetrator are in no way representative of the Muslim people or the peace-loving religion of Islam," the statement said.
"The individuals who perpetrated this attack blatantly acted against the teachings of Islam and humanity," it added.
After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Muslim-Americans reported increased attacks and threats by revenge-minded non-Muslims.
"We've seen this before," Hooper said of a possible backlash. "Whenever there's an incident of this type, there's always the possibility this will happen."
Even non-Muslims could be targeted, he said, noting that Sikhs who wear turbans or Hispanic-Americans can be mistaken as being of Middle Eastern descent.
On Thursday night, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad told a news conference the alleged Fort Hood attacker's motive remained unknown.
"We urge all Americans to remain calm in reaction to this tragic event and to demonstrate once again what is best about America -- our nation's ability to remain unified even in times of crisis," Awad said. "We urge national political and religious leaders and media professionals to set a tone of calm and unity.
"Unfortunately, based on past experience, we also urge American Muslims, and those who may be perceived to be Muslim, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, their families and their religious institutions from possible backlash."

Come on CNN let it go.

28 October 2009

Yaaay for steps in the right direction!

~~~~ Tired

President Obama Signs Inclusive Hate Crimes Legislation
Today President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, legislation that will extend new federal protections to people who are victims of violent crime because of their sex or sexual orientation. It is an update to the federal hate crimes statute that Congress first passed in 1968. For the first time, the law that previously protected people from attacks motivated by race, religion or ethnicity will also protect gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people.
The President will host a reception commemorating the enactment of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the East Room of the White House this evening.  This afternoon, before signing the bill, he said:
"...After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are.
"I promised Judy Shepard, when she saw me in the Oval Office, that this day would come, and I'm glad that she and her husband Dennis could join us for this event.  I'm also honored to have the family of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought so hard for this legislation.  And Vicki and Patrick, Kara, everybody who's here, I just want you all to know how proud we are of the work that Ted did to help this day -- make this day possible..."
Here’s an excerpt from an editorial in the Washington Post this morning:
PRESIDENT OBAMA is scheduled to sign Wednesday what is being described as the nation's first significant pro-gay rights legislation. Attached to the defense authorization act, the measure would add sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability to the list of protected classes under the 1969 federal hate-crimes law…
The law doesn't outlaw bigotry or "thought crimes." It applies only to "violent acts motivated by" the characteristics of the victim -- acts, not thoughts or speech. But crimes that target someone because of race or sexual orientation are more than offenses against that individual. They can terrorize whole communities.

08 September 2009

Barack Obama Tries Be A Role Model and People Complain?

~~~~ Weird

Barack Obama via Twitter: It should never be controversial to ask our students to stay in school. Watch today's speech.

I'm sadly amused by the entire controversy that is Obama's address to students.  Amused because, well, the president isn't allowed to address his constituents... even if they are of the future?  Sad because of quotes like this: "Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to

that just really upsets me."  Why is this sad?  Because this Colorado suburban mother commented on Obama's speech last week, well before the text of the speech had been released.  All that was known was Obama wanted to address the school children directly on what they could do to help ensure the future of this country.  And she was upset?  Ummm....  And it's not like this move is unprecedented.  Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. have all addressed students regarding their own educations.  They just didn't experience the media scrutiny for some reason.  A Teacher from Baltimore commented that it's terrible that our country has: "become so polarized that we believe that our president is an enemy and not our leader."

Now I've read the Full Speech and found nothing wrong with what he had to say.  Yes, I'm liberal.  Yes, I'm a democrat.  So everything he had to say I pretty much agreed with.  But the only thing I could find throughout the entire speech that might disturb right-wing conservatives is a few mentions of curing AIDS, fighting poverty, and all his examples of hard-working students are minorities.  *Gasp*  Oh, and he uses J.K. Rowling as an example of someone who wouldn't give up even after the first Harry Potter was rejected 12 times.  Harry Potter!  Witches!  Satan!  THE BRITISH!!!

I just don't get it.  What's the big deal?

Obama urges students to work hard, stay in school.

02 September 2009

I Thought This Day Would Never Come!

~~~~ Excited

Currently Listening To: The Blood of Cu Chulainn - The Boondock Saints

One Word. Pig.

~~~~ Accomplished

I have one word for you.  Pig.

Chris Brown's CNN Interview

Pop star Chris Brown has admitted guilt and apologized for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February, but he does not remember hitting the singer, he told CNN's Larry King. Looking at police reports about the incident makes him feel like he's reading about a stranger, Brown said in his first television interview since the arrest. "I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be," he said in an exclusive interview that airs Wednesday night. "I just don't know what to think. I'm just like, wow," Brown said. "It's crazy to me." Brown, 20, said he still loves singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. But, he added, it is tough for him to look at the photo showing Rihanna's battered face, the one image that might haunt and define him forever.  "When I look at it now, it's just like, wow, like, I can't believe that that actually happened,"
He now has to keep his distance from Rihanna, because of a judge's restraining order.
"We have to be like 10 yards away from each other," Brown said.
The February argument began over an incident at a Beverly Hills party, according to Brown's probation report.
An earlier, sworn statement by Los Angeles Police detective DeShon Andrews said the incident began when Rihanna found a text message on Brown's cell phone from "a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with."
The pair argued while in a sports car driven by Brown, the police statement said.
It went on to describe the assault in great detail, saying Brown punched Rihanna -- identified in the statement as Robyn F. -- numerous times and put her in a head lock, restricting her breathing and causing her to start to lose consciousness. Brown sentenced for assault; other incidents surface. He threatened to beat her and kill her, according to the statement, and he bit her ear and her fingers.
Rihanna's injuries included cuts and bruises inflicted by a large ring on Brown's right hand, which he used to punch her, the probation report said.
Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault on June 22. A plea deal kept him out of jail. A second felony charge, making criminal threats, was dropped. He was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor.
"It means he walks the straight and narrow for five years," said Mark Geragos, Brown's attorney.
"I've grown to love this kid like a son or a nephew. I have a high degree of confidence -- I'll say it now so that you can play it back if he ever does anything -- but a high degree of confidence that he's not going to do anything like this in the future."
Brown called the sentence fair and agreed that everything comes with consequences.
"They want me to pick up trash, remove graffiti," he said. "I'm a hard worker, it's something I'm willing to do."
Why did it happen? How did it happen?
Those are questions Brown and his mother, Joyce Hawkins, have been asking.
"Chris has never, ever been a violent person, ever," Hawkins said.
However, CNN obtained a probation report for Brown last week that said he and Rihanna were involved in at least two other domestic violence incidents before the February attack for which Brown was sentenced.
"The first incident occurred in Europe about three months before the present offense," the report said.
"The victim [Rihanna] and the defendant [Brown] were involved in a verbal dispute and the victim [Rihanna] slapped the defendant [Brown]. He responded by shoving her into a wall."
Another incident happened in January, three weeks before the Hollywood incident, when Brown and Rihanna were visiting her home country of Barbados, the report said.
"The defendant [Brown] and the victim [Rihanna] were visiting Barbados and were driving a Range Rover loaned to them by a local dealership," the investigator wrote. "They had an argument inside the car. The defendant [Brown] exited and broke the front driver and passenger side windows of the car."
Brown's mother remembers being shocked and upset when he came to her after the attack in February and told her about it.
She said her husband was abusive -- and Brown knew it. "I used to be scared to go to bed," the pop star said.
Brown said he is not blaming that history for the attack on Rihanna. But, he added, nobody taught him how to control his emotions and anger.
Rihanna calls Brown's mother "Mom." The two have spoken and seen each other periodically since the incident. The court order that prevents her son from seeing Rihanna does not extend to Hawkins.
"I let her know that I was very, very baffled, what had happened and apologized for my son, along with I'm so sorry what happened to you," Hawkins said.
"And I didn't know what -- I didn't know what else to say, and I gave her a hug and she hugged me as well." Hawkins started sobbing at this point in the interview.
The singer has not seen Rihanna for a couple of months, and said the separation has been difficult, especially when it comes to her dating others. But they will always be friends, Brown said.

You don't remember it?  Bullshit.  You're just sorry you're in a career where everyone notices when you get caught.  There's no defense for this.  No excuses.  Chris Brown is a pig.  He'll always be a pig.  This is disgusting.

Currently Listening To: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles

21 August 2009


~~~~ Good

Today's been a good day. And that's saying a lot considering the stress of a life I've been having lately. I took a second job at PNC Bank as a teller.
It's a good job. It's an even better second job because it's minimum hours for maximum moo-la. But anywhoo.... We'll see how long the Panera thing lasts. It all depends on if PNC's too good to be true. If I can keep up with two classes and two jobs more power to me. But right now, I'm not sure if that's even humanly conceivable. Since Wednesday I've been working... not saying much at the moment but when do I forsee a day in the future when I will not be working? Ummm... never? I work all next week at the downtown office of PNC. I work this weekend at Panera. I imagine I'll be working next weekend at Panera as well. And then I'll be working at the branch at PNC and Panera... I'm beginning to think between Panera and PNC I'll never be scheduled for a day off. Which means I'll be kissing Panera good-bye. Because I cannot not have at least one day off for school work. And let's face it. No matter how happy I was to have that job when I was in serious financial destitute. I hate it. And I can make just as much money at Panera with considerably less hours. Score! But here I am. At the crossroads of my life just trying to figure it all out. I want to be able to start paying off school. I need to buy textbooks. A parking pass. A new printer. Al expenses that are not budgeted for in my average month. Here we go... But I'm happy. This is all working out as well as it could and at least I'm staying too busy to feel lonely... or any other real emotions except for exhaustion for that matter. But it's good. And I see Matt a lot more than I could have ever dreamed for so that's doubly good. I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune after my 9 and a half hour shift tomorrow and my 13 hour 15 minute shift Sunday but for now I feel like I can do it... until I have to go back to school!

And I've started reading again. I don't know why... maybe it's because of my serious financial issues but I've become very drawn to stories of the elite. I found Anna Godbersen's series entitled The Luxe. I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first book and I'm totally engaged. The characters are dynamic, the setting, nineteenth century Manhattan, makes it just relatable enough but still give it a slight fantastical edge, and I'm not entirely sure how the book, or the series will end for that matter. In this age of Gossip Girl and NYC Prep I feel like the Luxe is a story following the trend but with a refreshing twist. I'd totally recommend it for anyone interested in the genre!

06 August 2009


~~~~ Contemplative

I was on the phone with Matt today and we were just kinda talking about life in general and I mentioned I don't leave the house when I'm not working because a.) with the exception of Laura I have no friends to visit down here and b.) I have no money to spend to go anywhere. And it hit me. This is the roughest time in my life. Not only financially speaking with the economy, a low-paying job, and every mounting bills now that I am out of undergrad. But socially. I have no friends here. It's nice to live with Christina and Natalia but we aren't close. It's not like living in the apartment at school. Or being able to call Brian, or Stephanie, or Laura whenever I want. There's really no one here. I've never felt so lonely so often as I have lately. The only shining moments I have are when Matt visits at most once a week for a few hours... and if I'm super lucky over night. It's weird. I'm not necessarily unhappy. I do have the feeling however that if Matt wasn't in my life right now I'd be down-right miserable. But it's rough. Really, really rough.

22 July 2009


~~~~ Content

I've moved. I know live in a lovely three bedroom house with two fantastic girls. I have my own room, direct tv, and super secret parking spot in the back. I love the house, the location, and the privacy and comfort. I bought a new dresser from Ikea that, without Matt, would still be sitting in pieces on the floor, a new nightstand, a new lamp, and a new bed. And p.s. I love my bed! It's all come together quite nicely and I feel like I finally have a home.

I've registered. I finally took the initiative and called UC, got my username set up, registered for my classes, and became an official UC student. I'm all good to go. I went ahead and took UC's health insurance plan so I have that. I'm still struggling a little with the whole FAFSA aide junk since, well, I was spoiled as an undergraduate and never had to deal with that but I think in a week I should have it all figured out and hopefully have most of my bills paid.

I've settled. Work's going fine now. I haven't made close out-of-work friends but there are people I can be happily social with. However, I no longer feel like I need a network here. I'm not connected. I don't think I'll ever get "homey" in Cincy. That's fine. I'm only doing this for a year. Then I'm moving on to bigger and better things... I have Matt. I have Laura. I have Michele and Brian not too far away in Oxford. That's all I really need. I'm happy. Surprisingly happy considering the way I felt a few short weeks ago.

Money's still tight. I really wouldn't expect it to be any other way at the moment though. I did splurge on a haircut. When I say splurge, I mean chop off a foot of hair to have donated to Locks of Love. Which I guess isn't really splurging anyway because they give you a discount at the salon when you donate your hair. But I did drive back to Oxford to have it done. I'm happy with the outcome. It's a little shorter than I wanted but it's manageable and drives so very quickly :)

Next week is Alex's wedding. I'm actually looking forward to going back home with Matt. He'll be a wonderful anchor in the crazy world that is my family. And he should be here tomorrow... provided his flu doesn't come back! Boo for getting sick in July!

All-in-all I'm happier than I expected to be at this point in my life. I still have this anxiety of the unknown future I may or may not hold. I really really want to achieve all my dreams and ambitions but I'm a little worried that the world we're heading to will prevent me from doing so. But I'm staying open minded and hoping beyond all hope that this may all work out and that I truly do have a chance at happiness.

03 July 2009

Settling In

~~~~ Anxious

Things are sorta beginning to calm down. I've been at Panera for over two weeks and while I still have no idea how I'll ever remember everything that needs to be known for that job I feel a sense of routine settling in. I've gotten my first paycheck but I am still sincerely strapped for cash. Pizza rolls are only $1 a box at Biggs and that is essentially what I've been living off of. I may have to switch to something even less appealing like ramen or pb&j (which believe it or not i hate with a firey passion) but hard times man... hard times. I guess that's one of the things I should appreciate about my job... and take full advantage of... free food on days that I work. I'll need to milk that for all it's worth until I reach a level of financial stability. I know I'll hit my 20 hour mark this week so that's encouraging. 20 hours a week is the minimum I need to work to be able to pay the bills. I won't have much leftover from that but it's something.

I have all my furniture now. My night stand's in my trunk. My dresser's sitting in Matt's garage and I'm picking my bed up on Tuesday. Tuesday. Moving day. When I get my own space and a renewed sense of normalcy in my life. I can't wait. As long as I can really pay the bills like I think I can... even if it is paycheck to paycheck I hope to feel empowered. I hope to feel independent. I hope to feel like I have a life.

20 June 2009

I Know I'm Probably Way Behind...

~~~~ Full

But seeing this gives me hope for humanity.  Hilarious!

16 June 2009

A Collective Sigh of Relief

~~~~ Happy

I have a job.   That's right you're looking at a happy, employee of Panera Bread... complete with cheesy pastel polo and apron.  I couldn't be more relieved.  This is a job.  This is money.  This is something to do and occupy my time until September.  I don't know yet if it's enough to get an apartment on my own but if it is.  I'm self-sufficient... sorta.  I'm doing it on my own.  It's an amazing feeling.  Just having the support network as... well... support and not a lifeline.  I can do this.  I know now I can.  Fuck you economy.  I'll show you what I can do.  I can be a fucking independent woman and be good at it too... all because I'm selling coffee and baked goods... hmm.  It's the little things in my life, isn't it?

That being said my first day of WORK is Thursday.  So I came home for what may be the last time in a while.  That's just fine.  Wooster's gained back it's quaint nostalgia for me instead of the fear of doomed failure and permanence it once held.  It's nice to be back for a few days.  I enjoy that.  Relaxing... quiet... CLEAN.  But I'll head back to Cincy Thursday.  With a brand-spanking new perspective.  Tomorrow's agenda includes and oil change, laundry, and garage sale shopping... I know stand back from my wild Wednesday.  Then I'll be leaving here Thursday morning to be back in time for WORK and then I WORK again Saturday.  I'm so happy.  I'm doing something.  Next up on my major goals for my life... bugging UC until I get some info on GRAD SCHOOL.  Man.  I am so ready to grow up.  This is actually exciting!

31 May 2009

Detroit Muslim Examiner: A Palestinian's joke on Israeli soldiers

~~~~ Aggravated

An old Palestinian man lived alone in Palestine. He wanted to dig his potato garden, but it was very hard work for him. His only son, who would have helped him, was in an Israeli prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his predicament.
Shortly, he received a letter from his son: "For God's SAKE, Dad, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!"
At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen Israeli soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asking him what to do next.
His son's reply was: "Now plant your potatoes, Dad! This is the best I can do for you at this time!"
This story doesn't have a moral. It is just funny
Detroit Muslim Examiner: A Palestinian's joke on Israeli soldiers

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Currently Listening To: What I've Done - Linkin Park

30 May 2009

I. Am. A. Fan.

~~~~ Gloomy

28 May 2009

Still No Job

~~~~ Drained

"I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots" - Wendy Cope.

Currently Listening To: Before the Lobotomy - Green Day

23 May 2009

I Need a Job

~~~~ Anxious

Yep. Basically that's about it. I really really really need a job. Cincinnati's great. I could easily make this my home and living with Sue and Laura is more than I could ask for. But I really really really need a job. Fuck you economy. There are so many postings online. I can't believe I've applied for over 15 jobs and have only heard back from one. Granted, most of those have been in the past few days and I completely forgot this was a long weekend. But still. SOMEONE CALL ME BACK!!! The Museum Center's still an option apparently. I need to call them Tuesday. I still have hope but this transitional period sucks and I just want some action. My funds are not hurting yet but if it time and they will.

We went to look at the house today. It was perfect. I would love to live there, even if it was temporary. The basement is totally livable if I stay away from the door and invest in a space heater... which I could possibly steal from my parents. It would be nice to have my own space, especially for Matt, and the area is just so... homey. I hope she gets it.

After a little miscommunication we are definitely going to the Indians game tomorrow and then up to Dayton that night. It'll be nice to get away for a little bit and I love spending time with Matt's family and love love love spending time with Matt (of course). I know I probably shouldn't spend the money but we'll be stingy and I need the relaxation. I know everything will work out for the best but I hate this inbetween time when I have no idea what's going on. Answers are my friend.

14 May 2009

A New Chapter

~~~~ Hopeful

I can't believe school is over. I will never be an undergraduate at Miami again. My grades even came in so now I KNOW it's over. I passed. My diploma's in the mail. I don't know how to process this. Four years ago I thought this day would never come. College seemed like a lifetime, not a stepping stone. But it's over. I'm off to Cincinnati for school. I will excel in this program. Hopefully I have a job at the Museum Center. It would be wonderful to work at a place that I a) am passionate about the environment, b) would be good at, and c) would help me further the career of my dreams. This would be it. The brink that starts a whole new life. And on top of that I have a fantastic boyfriend who I love. I thought this feeling would never be mine. I have a home, opportunities, and maybe even a future. Miami was great. The life I lived there I will never forget and has made me the person I am today. But this next chapter may be even greater.

Love and Honor.

23 April 2009

Stone For Art's Sake?

~~~~ Restless

For my Anthropology of Religion class I'm writing a paper on the "religion" of early Homo populations. Mostly I'm looking at Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens because they are the only two species to have more extensive archaeological evidence for cognitive understanding of symbolism and a recognition of life and death. Neanderthals were the first hominids to bury their dead, for example. When doing my research I found this article on the BBC. It talks about how the flint knapping is an example of Neanderthal art because it's an artistic representation of a face...

Sorry, I just don't see it. They say the eyes have been carved out and the V is the prominant brow ridge of the Neanderthal arching down into a nose. I mean, maybe... but I kinda feel like there's a bit of a stretch here just so scientists can be like "lookit! Neanderthals had art!" I mean, that's all well and good and in fact in my paper I argue that perhaps the cave paintings found in such places as Lascaoux and Altimera may just be early Homo sapiens being like "I like to paint deer." But still BBC, I think this might be a big stretch...

Currently Listening To: Call Me - Shinedown

20 April 2009

If That's How It Has To Be

~~~~ Distressed

I guess that's how it is. I deserve it. At least it's something. A future. Maybe more. There could be some comfort in this. Maybe it'll get better. Everything happens for a reason. And I have a silver lining. A silver lining that supports me and cares for me and makes me feel like I'm worth something. This could be my future. And it might just be ok.

13 April 2009

Of Course

~~~~ Upset

I keep getting my hopes up... things aren't going my way. Even the little things. I just wanted to see him. Just one night. Now it's been reduced to one meal and even now I'm not really keeping my fingers crossed. He'll have to cancel. It'll never work out. Even if he does come Friday I'll be working and won't be able to see much of him then. He probably won't even be able to come anyways. Things go right just in time to go crashing down down down. I don't have a future. I don't have a present. This is just the icing on the last few weeks of terrible. Nothing seems to be going right lately. I'm tired and upset and just want to cry. I can't catch a break. If karma's a bitch what the hell did I do? I know he doesn't care like I do. I should be caring the way he does. He just seems to be the only one who understands at the moment. And I keep losing it. Wonder what's wrong with me...

08 April 2009


~~~~ Aggravated
omg I just articulated and intelligently answered a question in 403. I was fairly certain that could never happen. He even wrote it down in his notebook. I have hope for my IQ!

03 April 2009

The Week of March 30

~~~~ Enthralled

What a crazy busy week. I have gotten so much done and hopefully done well. I feel accomplished, productive, and so very happy. Here's to hoping tonight will just be the cherry on top of this week.

Happy Birthday ♥

01 April 2009

4 Things


Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. PAC Student Manager
2. Paintbrush Production Assembly Line
3. Hostess
4. Student Assistant at Miami University Athletic Ticket Office

Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. Boondock Saints
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Who Framed Roger Rabit
4. Pirates of the Caribbean

Four places I have lived:
1. Wooster
2. Oxford
3. Cairo
4. Cincinnati

Four places I have been:
1. Italy
2. Jordan
3. Greece
4. Germany

Four Favorite drinks
1. Coffee
2. Pepsi Max
3. Sex on the Beach
4. Pinot Noir

People who email me regularly:
1. Mom
2. Anthro Department
3. MU Democrats
4. Dad

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Koshari
2. Veggie Sushi
3. Ice Cream
4. Chipotle

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Cairo
2. Disney World
3. Florence
4. NYC

Four things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Graduating
2. Grad School
3. Seeing what lies ahead with Matt and I
4. Disney World?

Four TV shows that I watch:
1. How I Met Your Mother
2. Smallville
3. Dead Like Me
4. MythBusters

23 March 2009

للفتيات فقط: إذاعة مصرية عبر الإنترنت

خوض مجموعة من الفتيات المصريات تجربة فريدة في العالم العربي بتأسيس إذاعة خاصة بالنساء على شبكة الإنترنت، يقمن
بإدارتها ويناقشن عبرها المشاكل التي تواجهها المرأة.

وقد أطلقت هذه الإذاعة التي تحمل اسم "إذاعة بنات وبس" فتيات من أعمار وشرائح اجتماعية وتخصصات متنوعة.

وتندرج اذاعة "بنات وبس" ضمن قائمة من المحطات التي تبث عبر الإنترنت مثل إذاعة "حريتنا" وإذاعة "تيت".

وتهتم الإذاعة بالمشاكل الاجتماعية كما تعبر عن ذلك أماني التونسي التي جاء تاسيس هذه الإذاعة بمبادرة منها.

وتقول التونسي المتخصصة بعلوم الكومبيوتر، في حديث لـ بي بي سي، إن ما دفعها لتأسيس الإذاعة إحساسها بالظروف الاجتماعية الصعبة التي تعيشها المرأة.

وترى أن النساء لا يعشن حياة طبيعية "وإذا كنت معرضا دائم. فأية حياة تعيشها المرأة إذا كانت معرضة على الدوام للتحرش؟".

تقدم إذاعة بنات وبس مجموعة من البرامج تذاع على مدى ثماني ساعات يوميا، وتناقش خلالها مشاكل الفتيات في الأسرة والمجتمع.

هروبا من الرقابة

وتقول التونسي إن أبرز التحديات التي تواجهها الإذاعة هي الاتهامات بأن مهمتها "مهاجمة الرجال" .

وترى أن "الأمر ليس كذلك. لكن الفتاة التي تطرحها مشكلتها عبر الإذاعة لا بد أن يكون أحد أطراف تلك المشكلة رجل".

وكانت إذاعتا "حريتنا" و"تيت" قد بدأتا البث عام 2007 من قبل مجموعات من الشبان للتعبير عن آرائهم بحرية.

وتشكل تلك الإذاعات بداية جيل جديد من محطات البث عبر الإنترنت لتفادي رقابة السلطات على موادها.

20 March 2009


~~~~ Content

I just realized I haven't picked up a book in a couple weeks... I fail. This is something I've never done before. Has senioritis not only sucked up my will for education, it's also now drained my love of reading in general? College has officially begun to scare me.

19 March 2009

This Could Be The Start...

~~~~ Hopeful

16 March 2009. Who would have thought. I've been trying not to get my hopes up, to be too happy too soon, but now this just seems so different. Maybe, just maybe, life's throwing me a bone in the romance department. Maybe I've found someone who cares about me. Maybe I've found someone I could have a deep and meaningful relationship with. Maybe I've found someone I could...

There's still a part of me that expects to have this all come crashing down on me. To have my heart torn out again and stomped on. But that part is getting smaller. I know it may easily not work out. There are a lot of obstacles ahead, and we may not make it through. But right now I know this could be so good. Good in a way I've never experienced before. Maybe I'll be happy. And even if it doesn't work out as I hope this is still something... big. I'm actually excited to see what the new day brings.

28 February 2009

You're Gonna Go Far Kid

~~~~ Confused

Show me how to lie
You're getting better all the time
And turning all against one
is an art thats hard to teach

Another clever word
sets off an unsuspecting herd
And as you step back into line
a mob jumps to their feet

Now dance, fucker, dance
man, he never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And now you steal away
Take him out today
nice work you did
You’re gonna go far, kid

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit em' right between the eyes
Hit em' right between the eyes

when you walk away,
nothing more to say.
see the lightning in your eyes
see em' running for their lives

slowly out of line
and drifting closer in your sights
So play it all, I’m wide awake
It’s a scene about me

There’s something in your way
And now someone is gonna pay
And if you can’t get what you want
Well, it’s all because of me

Now dance, fucker, dance
man he never ever had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And now you lead the way
show the light of day
nice work you did
You’re gonna go far, kid

Trust deceived!

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit em' right between the eyes
Hit em' right between the eyes

when you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See them running for their lives

Now dance, fucker, dance
He never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

So dance, fucker, dance
I never had a chance
It was really only you

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit em' right between the eyes
Hit em' right between the eyes

when you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
see them running for their lives

clever alibis
lord of the flies
Hit em' right between the eyes
Hit em' right between the eyes

when you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See em' running for their lives
-- Offspring

23 February 2009

Anthropology Museum

Name Game

~~~~ Sleepy

YOUR REAL NAME: Megan Noël Dice
2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:(mother and fathers middle names) Kay Scott
3.NASCAR NAME:(first name of your mother's dad, father's dad) Herald Donald
4.STAR WARS NAME:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name) Dicme
5.DETECTIVE NAME:(favorite color, favorite animal) Orange Eagle
6.SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, town where you were born) Noël Wooster
7.SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning) The Green Coffee
8.FLY NAME:(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name) Mece
9.STREET NAME:(fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie) Magic Brownie Samoa
10.SKANK NAME: (1st pet's name, street you grew up on) Whiskers Cannon
11.GANGSTA NAME:(first 3 letters of first name plus 'izzle') Megizzle
12.YOUR GOTH NAME:(black, and the name of one of your pets) Black Boo

12 February 2009

Happy Birthday Darwin!

~~~~ Restless

In 200 years I'd like to see your theories look this good!
Happy Birthday Chuck. You were one awesome dude.

10 February 2009

This Story Makes Me Smile

~~~~ Awake

Quiet Revolution on the Playground

By Madeleine Morris
BBC World Service, Jerusalem

Tucked discreetly at the end of a car park, in between a Jewish and an Arab neighbourhood, Jerusalem's Hand in Hand school is effecting a quiet revolution in Arab-Jewish relations.

In Israel, nearly all educational institutions are segregated - Arabs in one school, Jews in another.

But at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem, each group makes up exactly half of the student population.

The school has recently grown in size, and now has 460 pupils attending its largest campus in the neighbourhood of Patt in southern Jerusalem. The Jewish and Israeli Arab children study side by side in both Hebrew and Arabic.

The school's philosophy is clearly producing a genuine affection and understanding.

"Kids need to meet the other side more," says Jamie Bregman, a Jewish Israeli who, now aged 15 and in ninth grade, was one of the school's original class intake.

"If you ask a kid from a regular neighbourhood "What's an Arab?", he'd say a worker or a suicide bomber, and that's not right at all. They're like us, they're human beings. They just need to meet each other."

The general election on Tuesday 10 February is clearly weighing on the children's minds.

Jamie's friend, 14-year-old Aboud Ayyad is particularly worried about what the outcome will mean for him and his Arab friends and family.

"The elections won't do a lot for either side," he says.

"If Tzipi [Livni] or Bibi [Binyamin Netanyahu] get in, they'll just do exactly the same and it will be bad for Arabs."

Difficult choices

Aboud predicts that in the next 10 to 15 years many Arabs will leave Israel and the Palestinian territories because it will become harder to move and work, especially in the West Bank and Gaza.

"They'll just go to Canada or America and Israel will become more Jewish," he says.

Avery Burrows, aged 12, is already fed up with politicians.

She says she doesn't talk about politics much with her parents who immigrated to Israel from America.

But as she sits playing with the hair of her Arab friend Areen Nasheef she is adamant about the quality of the country's politicians.

"No-one's really good enough to run this country," she says defiantly.

On the subject of Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, Jamie, Aboud, Avery and Areen are all agreed.

Avigdor Lieberman's hardline policies on security and the country's Israeli-Arab minority have grown in popularity amid a general swing to the right among an electorate strongly supportive of Israel's recent military operation in Gaza.

His policies include the proposed introduction of a law demanding Israeli-Arabs pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish state.

"Avigdor Lieberman shouldn't even be in this country. He's really racist and no-one should vote for him," says Jamie, shaking his head.

Areen is visibly upset by the subject.

"It makes me feel bad, what he says about Arabs. He says we're not connected to Israel, and they want to take us off this land which belonged to us before. So how can they take one of the most important parts of this country and make it into only a Jewish state?"

At the age of 12, Areen is already articulating the frustrations felt by Arab-Israelis, who make up 20% of the population, but are underrepresented in all public spheres, including the Knesset, the country's parliament.

Genuine friendships

"I don't blame my Jewish friends for what happened in 1948, but I do feel that this was mine before," Areen says.

"I was born here and grew up here and I am a citizen. But every time I feel like I'm enjoying the country the other side of me feels as though I shouldn't because they took my grandparents' land and they killed people."

Mustafa Hssean has been in the same class as Jamie for the past nine years and the two clearly share a genuine affection and friendship.

But Mustafa's views on the recent conflict in Gaza are just as clear.

"I think both sides are stupid. Every time Hamas sends rockets to Sderot the Jews hate more Arabs, and every time the Jews bomb Gaza, the Arabs hate more Jews," he says with resignation.

His greatest fear is that in 15 years from now the state will throw him and the rest of the Arab community out of the Israel, declaring that it is not their land.

His smile belies the weight of the words coming from his 14-year-old mouth.

"This is my home. I have to be here. I love this place."

08 February 2009

Let's See How Bad It Really Is...

~~~~ Hopeful

This looked like fun. If you wish to play, copy and paste the list and x what you've seen and keep a running total.

Movies > 83 = No Life

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(x) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total so far: 7

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 11

(x) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 13

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 19

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total so far: 25

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 27

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 29

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 33

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 37

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
(x) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 43

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
Total so far: 46

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 51

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 62

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 64

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 70

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 71

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 74

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 76

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes (the original!)
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 79

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
(x) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
(x) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 87

( ) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
Total: 88

Even I have no life! And I really don't watch that many movies!

Currently Listening To: Real Love - Regina Spektor


~~~~ Indescribable

"In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vangeance... always keep your dignity and be true to yourself."
- Marjane Satrapi. Persepolis.

06 February 2009

Tag Meme

~~~~ Thoughtful

The blurb: "How this memetic works is that you leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. Then you write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on."

I harassed Bebbet and he gave me P! Okay... I think I can do this...

1. Peace
Call me a hippie but this is the most important thing in the world to me. Looking around the world and seeing all the violence, hate, and unrest I wish everyone could just take a step back and see what's going on. Palestine, Tibet, Mexico, Darfur, I don't care where you go there needs to be a way to stop the hate and live in peace. Call it pace, salaam, shalom, whatever. I just want peace.

2. Postsecret
This blog is my newest addiction. I anxiously anticipate Sundays when the new posts will become available. I've always wanted to send in a secret but not one of emo ones that are just depressing to read. I wanna send in one of the funny ones that everyone gets a kick out of.
Here's my favorite from last week:

3. Pirates
Maybe it's just the particular adventures of a certain Captain Jack Sparrow, but pirates are undoubtably sexy. I think I'll probably stick to the romanticized, glamorized hollywood pirates because reading hitorical documents on real pirates leaves out many of the ideals that make pirates so appealing. But when it comes down to the whole pirates vs ninjas debate pirates win. Period.

4. Popcorn
Can you say yummy? Maybe it's just the associations with popcorn that makes it so wonderful... I mean I rarely am known to eat popcorn alone. Eatting popcorn normally means curling up with some friends either watching a movie, playing a game, or just generally hanging out. The first time we ever used JiffyPop (you know, the kind you cook on the stove in the little aluminum bag that puffs out?) was an experience that I will always remember. So blame it on the kerneley, buttery, goodness if you'd like but popcorn will always hold a special place in my heart.

Can't say I agree with everything PETA does... i.e. I believe animal testing is important for such medicines that will make a massive differences for humanity, such as one created to cure or help previously incurable diseases, such as AZT. But the big picture that PETA looks at is in my opinion very important. First of all, I am a vegetarian so PETA's stand that humanity is capable of living full and healthy lives without mass-producing and mass-slaughtering animals is something I hold near and dear to myself. We are running this planet into the ground and considering the land area that it takes to feed one cow could feed 18 vegetarians, I believe this world, especially first world countries who can afford to be a little more shrewd in what they consume, should be more aware about how they use this world and what they do with it.

6. Poetry
This is something I wish I could be better at writing. Poetry can be seen in many different forms. It can be written, sung, spoken, performed, seen, and experienced on so many levels. I love all forms of poetry and while I can't say I have enjoyed every single poem I have every read or heard, I can't say I've loved all forms of language, or writing that I have ever read or heard. Poetry is something that can be straight-forward or complex, beautiful or ugly. I love poetry and I love that it plays such an important role in my life.

7. Procrastination
I use to be so good at not procrastinating. I got things done well before they were due and had everything within my life organized. Then I went to Egypt. After living in a society that upholds the sentiment "I'll think about it tomorrow, god willing" I've found my organizational skills slipping and my procrastination skills being refined. I also blame being a senior. Senioritis is creeping up and I think I can now procrastinate with the best of them!

8. Punk
It's not necessarily the lifestyle I live by but there are aspects of Punk culture that I adore. Such bands as Flogging Molly, Linkin Park, and Evanescence appeal to me to no end. Paint my nails black, let me wear a pair of Chucks, and give me black eyeliner and you'll find me in my element. I think if you stuck me in a room of "pure blooded punks" I'd probably be slightly out of sorts. But the parts of punk culture I've made a part of my life I would be hard pressed to give up... and hey, at least it's not emo!

9. Puppies
Puppies are some of the cutest things ever! I still have yet to make up mind if I'll ever have children, but I will have puppies. Hopefully a West Highland Terrier, or a Huskie, or a Border Terrier. The idea of having a puppy that I can train, and bond with, and grow up with will make me feel like maybe I'm accomplishing something in my life. My first puppy, is still alive but she's getting older. The idea of losing her is heart-breaking but I know that she lived a good life and I played a big part in that. I can't wait to give another puppy the same opportunity.

10. Portman, Natalie
One of the women I would happily go gay for.

Soooo sexy.

03 February 2009

All I Want...

~~~~ Relaxed

All I want is for ONE GUY to prove to me that they're not all the same.


Currently Watching: Family Guy (and hiding from the snow)

01 February 2009

Stolen from Bebbet

~~~~ Gloomy

001. Real name – Megan Noël Dice
002. Nickname(s) - elentari
003. Status – emotionally unavailable?
004. Zodiac sign – Sagittarius
005. Male or female – female
006. Religion - or lack there of...
007. Elementary – 7 lifetimes ago?
008. Middle School - 5 lifetimes ago?
009. High School – 3 liftimes ago?
010. Hair color – Brown
011. Eye color – blue
012. Loud or Quiet - depends on who i'm with...
013. Sweats or Jeans - Jeans
014. Phone or Camera - phone
015. Health freak - or lack thereof...
016. Favorite Physical Quality – Eyes
017. Do you have a crush on someone? - really don't want to say yes but... yessss
019. Piercing – 5
020. Tattoos - None
021. Water or Fire – excuse me?
022. Love of your life or 4 Billion Dollars - sigh... will this scenerio find said love of my life for me?
023. First fear – ummm...
024. First best friend – Nicole
025. First award – uh....
026. First crush – I got a rose from a boy named tommy in preschool...
027. First pet – a hamster named Whiskers
028. Car trip - We're driving to Florida in a few months?
029. First big birthday – um the first one?
030. Siblings - n.a.
033. Favorite Dessert - ice cream cake.
034. Favorite toy in your house – Barney my macbook
035. Ring? - um finger?
036. Favorite Season - Spring
037. Favorite Flower(s) – Orange Orchids
038. Favorite Spice - Baby?
039. Pancakes or Waffles – Mickey Waffles!
040. Left or Right-handed - Right
041. Virgin? - No... but I'm beginning to think that life route would have been the way to go...
042. How many relationships have you been in? - Fourish?
043. Silver or Gold? - Silver
044. Checkers or Chess? - Checkers
045. Desktop or laptop? - Laptop
046. Ever been Out of the country? - Yes
047. Where? - too many to name
048. Big City or Small town? - Big cities for the most part
049. Favorite Food type - Sushi
050. Favorite Drink – Coffee
051. Dogs or Cats – Dogs
052. I'm about to – sit in bed all day? get some reading done? NOT watch the super bowl?
053. Listening to – Third season of Buffy
054. Plans for today – see those things i'm "about" to do
055. Waiting for - the clean break
056. Your Height - 5'1"
057. Contacts or Glasses - Shades
058. Want kids? - perhaps i'll adopt...
059. Want to get married? - not a necessity but if the right guy asked...
060. Careers in mind – something in a museum
061. Rain or Snow - Snow!
062. Gloves or Mittens - Gloves
063. Favorite Girl's Name – Lessa
064. Favorite Boy's Name – Jude
065. Believe in Magic? - Not for the most part
066. Soda, Pop, or Coke? - Soda
067. Brain or Brawn? - Brain
068. Prefer Lips or eyes – Eyes
069. Great body or great Personality? - Personality
070. Do you want to be Shorter or taller? - i wouldn't mind a touch taller...
071. Do you want to initiate the relationship or him/her? - i've been the initiater for too long... i need a little bit of initiation
072. Romantic or spontaneous - You can't be spontaneously romantic?
073. Nice stomach or nice arms – arms... all the better to hold me with
074. Sensitive or loud – Sensitive
075. Hook-up or relationship – relationship!!!
076. Should you be friends first or date first? - this is a case-by-case situation
077. Troublemaker or hesitant – hesitant
078. Chivalry or not? - Chivalry!!!
079. Favorite Board Game – Monopoly or Disney Scene It
080. Lost glasses/contacts – No
081. Ran away from home – No
082. Held a gun/knife for defense? - No
083. Killed someone? - As of today?
084. Heartbroken – Yes
085. Been arrested – No
086. Done anything illegal - Yes
087. Cried when someone died – yes
088. Cried by yourself – yes
089. Laughed till you cried? - yes
090. Believe in Miracles? – no
091. Believe in Love at first sight? - no
092. Heaven – It'd be nice I guess...
093. Santa Claus - Didn't he die like 400 years ago?
094. Say 'I Love you' on the first date – sorry i'm not Ted...
095. Sex on the first date - it's known to happen
096. Hold hands on the first date – umm... i'm not sure if the church elders would uphold such tomfoolery
097. Is there one person you want to be with right now – Yes
098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life – ask me in a few months
099. Do you believe in God? - No
100. Is anybody going to take this from you? - probably not

29 January 2009

And People Wonder Why I Don't Support Israel...

~~~~ Distressed

The Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians Exactly what was Done to them by Nazi Germany.

Warning. Some of these images are extrememly graphic and disturbing. They need to be seen. The next time you think that what Israel is doing is right without any thought for those on the other side remember these children and their families. Do they deserve to die?

25 January 2009

That's Right Folks! I Voted for Him!

~~~~ Okay

Obama Acts to Reverse Bush Climate Moves

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will start reversing former President George W. Bush's climate change policies on Monday by taking steps to allow states to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars and by ordering 2011 vehicle fuel efficiency standards to be set by March.

An administration official said late on Sunday that Obama, who took office last week, would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a request by California to impose its own strict limits on car emissions.

The request was denied under the Bush administration. The official said a final decision by the EPA would likely take several months.

Another official familiar with the policy shift said Obama would instruct the EPA to approve the waiver allowing California to impose the rules.

California last week asked the new administration to reconsider the state's request.

California and other states sued the EPA after Stephen Johnson, the agency's chief under the Bush administration, denied California's request for federal permission to impose new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from cars.

In a letter to Obama, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the president to "direct the U.S. EPA to act promptly and favorably on California's reconsideration request.

The White House official said Obama would also direct the Department of Transportation to move forward with setting 2011 vehicle fuel efficiency standards by March.

Obama's memorandum would also instruct the agency to reconsider how such standards are set for later years in a separate process.

Obama promised on the campaign trail to take aggressive action to fight global warming and reduce emissions blamed on heating the earth.

Shortly after his victory in the Nov. 4 election Obama reiterated his commitment to bringing the United States firmly back into the fold of nations trying to reach a global agreement to limit emissions once the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol runs out at the end of 2012.

(Additional reporting by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Eric Walsh)

24 January 2009

Il Pazzo Mondo

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Trovo un po 'buffo. Trovo un po 'triste. I sogni che mi morire sono i migliori che io abbia mai avuto.