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Save a Child’s Life

Hi,

I just sent a message to my members of Congress asking them to support the U.S. Commitment to Global Child Survival Act, which would help to save the lives of the 10 million children a year who die before their fifth birthday from preventable causes.

You can help this important bill move forward by taking action here: http://www.one.org/childsurvival/

Thanks!

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August 24, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Blog Critics Magazine

If you haven’t checked out my article about ‘Borat’ here’s the link:

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/11/21/100330.php

November 21, 2006 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Ignorance is NOT Bliss

“Man’s basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the act of unfocusing his mind, the suspension of his consciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know.” – Ayn Rand

I’ve been thinking alot about ignorance lately.  Someone asked a question on q&A last month about the “gap” in the world today, and my immediate response was: Ignorance.  Everyone agreed with my statement, but there wasn’t much satisfaction, because just knowing that ignorance exists, doesn’t make it easy to fight.

As tensions have continued to grow in the middle east and militant islam extremists are being compared to Nazi automotons, whose children are bred with a sole purpose of furthering their cause, my frustrations have only grown.  When the president of Pakistan writes a book and is forced two days later to retract his accounting of bounties paid his country by the CIA for capturing key members or Al-qa’eda, my frustrations grow.

Today they reached a boiling point as I read the following article:

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October 23, 2006 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Vindication

Lest I forget why I love to hear Stephen King talk about writing, a timely quote:

“Dig this: The so-called “writing life” is basically sitting on your ass.”

Read the full article from the Washington Post here.

October 12, 2006 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Why I hate having guns in the house

Deputy killed when his gun goes off at party

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A sheriff’s deputy showing a handgun to friends at his birthday party accidentally shot himself in the face, killing himself, authorities said Saturday.” – MSNBC

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So unbelievably sad, especially for his fiance and others who were present at the party.  Granted, alcohol was likely a a factor, but I’ve never been comfortable with guns in the house.  My family hunts, and my dad keeps a hand gun close by for protection.  They’ve never made me feel safe.  There are just too many possibilities for tragedy, that could be eliminated if the guns weren’t around.  Yes, we keep ours fairly secure, locked in a closet, but there have been times, when I’ve found that closet eerily wide open.   I’d rather learn to defend myself, disarm someone who has a gun than try and fight back with one.  I also don’t think I could live with myself if I ever did use one, taking a life, even in self defense.  It would haunt me my entire life. Anyway, enough ramblings on that subject for now, sure to get some comments in defense.  lol.

Related Headlines from MSNBC News:

Accused of killing deputy, suspect shot 68 times

‘We would have shot him more,’ sheriff says of SWAT team’s actions

a) I’m sorry?  68 bullet holes isn’t enough!!??

b) Don’t we have, like a justice system in this country, ya know trial by jury or something like that?  I guess it doesn’t apply if you kill a cop.  What won’t it apply to tomorrow?  That’s a slippery slope there folks.

October 1, 2006 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Terror Alert: Wizard on Board

I’m not too sure what the world is coming to when the handwritten manuscript from the next and final Harry Potter book is deemed too dangerous to carry on a plane.  It seems Ms. Rowling had to beg airport security workers not to make her check the ONLY COPY of the very pricey manuscript and have it bound up in elastic bands before she was (luckily) allowed to board with it.  She talks about the incident on her website (which in case I haven’t mentioned before, you MUST visit) :

“The heightened security restrictions on the airlines in August made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven (a large part of it is handwritten, and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the US). They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands. I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t; sailed home, probably.”

“I am currently trying to decide between two possible titles. I was quite happy with one of them until the other one struck me while I was taking a shower in New York. They would both be appropriate, so I think I’ll have to wait until I’m further into the book to decide which one works best.”

I just hope someday, I’m an important enough writer to have my priceless manuscript almost confiscated by airport security.  Ahh, a girl can only dream.

(Props to The Writers Blog for the tip-off on this story)

September 15, 2006 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Anna Nicole’s Son – Death called “suspicious”

I’m not entirely sure why the story of the death of Daniel Smith, son of the Trimspa spokesperson, continues to fascinate me.  Perhaps its the fact that I already felt sorry for the kid having to grow up with Anna as a mother.  But, I suppose it’s the hourly changing press releases on the cause of death that I find intriguing.  At first all that was known was that he died in a private hospital in the Bahamas.   Then we find out he was visiting his mother in her hospital room where she had recently given birth to a daughter , (Apparently giving birth in the US is now passe!) Next we hear he has died of a massive heart attack, that Anna thought he was sleeping and tried to revive him.  Then that he had likely taken an overdose of antidepressants, and had been throwing up blood prior to his death, Anna had to be restrained and the hospital was unable to locate oxygen to help revive him.  And today, foul play?  What?  The mind reels with possibilities.  But, apparently we’ll have to wait a month or so to find out, as officials in the Bahamas say they won’t release any more information until the official inquest on Oct. 23rd.

In the meanwhile, speculation rises as to whether Trimspa (who have posted a touching memorial to Daniel on their homepage) will be scrambling for a new spokesperson, giving the greiving mother time to heal. As well as to why her spokesperson is an attorney in the Bahamas, instead of her usual “friend”, spokesperson and attorney Howard K. Stern.

For a nice rundown of the changing media speculation consult media whore Perez Hilton.

September 13, 2006 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

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