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16 December 2010 @ 09:21 pm
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what you'll find here:
this is a collection of stories about my life, and occasional tidbits about fandom.

this is the story of:
a twenty-one year old girl, living and going to school in north texas, studying political science & history while working full-time at mcalister's deli. my weaknesses are shoes, caffeine, a good book, and spending time with loved ones. i'm very loud and extremely opinionated. if you don't want the truth (or some shade of it, at least), i'm not the girl for you. 
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09 March 2010 @ 12:44 pm
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07 March 2010 @ 04:47 pm
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16 February 2010 @ 07:55 pm

Transcript here.

Not all of our heritage is honorable. Not all the decisions of the founding fathers were noble. Not very many of the founding fathers were evolved enough to believe that black people were actually people. The Founding Fathers thought they were and fought hard to make sure they would always remain slaves.

Fear is a terrible thing. So is prejudice. And racism. And progress towards the removal of any evil produces the inevitable backlash. The Civil War was not followed by desegregation but by Jim Crow, and the Klan.

Olbermann is definitely at his most poignant when he is so enraged that he's speaking calmly. I don't have much to say about this, except to encourage everyone to watch it & share their thoughts.
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20 January 2009 @ 06:30 pm
These are some of my very favorite pieces from the land of SS/HG. Hope you all enjoy.

The Traveller, part of the Winter 2008 sshg_exchange
Hermione has deviated from an obvious life. She has moved down a challenging and divergent, but ultimately lonely, path. She meets Severus Snape by chance one day, and she has some difficult choices to make.

The Silvering Divide by Somigliana
Hermione encounters a strange lake-dweller one morning. Her new friend will give her insight into the most mysterious man of them all...

The Love You Take by Subversa
Hermione is cursed by the Death Eaters, and Dumbledore believes Professor Snape is the only one who can help her and keep her safe.

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Current Music: vertical horizon - forever
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29 September 2008 @ 09:30 am

Now, I don't endorse this ad at all - there are many things wrong with it.

But, that doesn't mean that I don't think that it's exactly what the Democratic Party needs to be doing. They need to be attacking McCain instead of pussyfooting around. Most of us saw what that kind of behavior got us in 2004, when Kerry didn't respond to the Swiftboat Veterans ad (the thing that coined the term "swiftboating").

And I'm not saying that we should do what
Karl Rove did that ultimately secured the nomination for George W. Bush in 2000. One simple question, posed at a time when McCain was campaigned with his adopted daughter Bridget, changed the tide of the GOP race: "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain...if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?"

The DNC needs to be on the offensive, not the defensive. And that shift needs to have happened yesterday.
Current Location: wooten hall
Current Music: glen hansard & marketa irglova - falling slowly
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29 August 2008 @ 09:12 am

You can find the text of the speech here, though I strongly suggest that you watch it!

Ladies and gentlemen, our next President. ♥

You'll get more reaction posts from me later, as I'm still catching up on speeches and the news cycle. :)
Current Location: wooten hall, second floor
Current Mood: happy
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After much thought about how to craft a response to this hideous misuse of governmental power to further the agenda of the religious right to the detriment of women everywhere, I decided that the best is simply to go through their words and add a bit of commentary.

In short, the Bush Administration's Department of Health and Human Services has taken their stupidity and disregard for science one step further today by announcing that they intend to define contraception as abortion.

The proposal, which circulated in the department on Monday, says the new requirement is needed to ensure that federal money does not "support morally coercive or discriminatory practices or policies in violation of federal law." The administration said Congress had passed a number of laws to ensure that doctors, hospitals and health plans would not be forced to perform abortions. (NY Times)

Essentially, practicing safe sex by using contraceptives is "morally coercive."

Let's just ignore the fact that they've made the word "contraceptive" synonymous with "abortion," when that couldn't be further from the truth - that'll be addressed later.

The proposal defines abortion as follows: “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”

Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents providers, said, “The proposed definition of abortion is so broad that it would cover many types of birth control, including oral contraceptives and emergency contraception.”

Congratulations, Mr. President. Your administration has just upped the number of unplanned pregnancies.

“We worry that under the proposal, contraceptive services would become less available to low-income and uninsured women,” Ms. Gallagher said.

That's the goal, isn't it?

Up until now, the federal government followed the definition of pregnancy accepted by the American Medical Association and our nation's pregnancy experts, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which is: pregnancy begins at implantation. With this proposal, however, HHS is dismissing medical experts and opting instead to accept a definition of pregnancy based on polling data. It now claims that pregnancy begins at some biologically unknowable moment (there's no test to determine if a woman's egg has been fertilized). Under these new standards there would be no way for a woman to prove she's not pregnant. Thus, any woman could be denied contraception under HHS' new science. (RH Reality Check, emphasis mine)

No way for a woman to prove that she isn't pregnant?

It seems to me that prevention of safe sex practices and a complete disregard for women's rights are this administration's goals.

I'm so angry that an analysis of this decision fails me (and for those who know me well, you know that's not something that happens often. Or ever.). It shocks me to think that people in power can be this ignorant.

No matter what you do or how you twist the definition to fit your administration's backwards agenda, I will never believe that every morning when I take my birth control, it's abortion. And neither should anyone else.

Be assured that more will be coming as I process the idiocy that is this decision. In the meantime, however, I encourage you all to take a peek at the leaked memo (caution, it's a PDF) that started all of this.
Current Location: mcalister's deli
Current Mood: irate
Current Music: the wreckers - stand still, look pretty
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07 June 2008 @ 07:28 pm

Read the text of the speech here.

My very favorite part?

Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it. And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time. That has always been the history of progress in America.

Thank you, Senator Clinton. It wasn't always pretty, easy to watch (or to argue for your place in our party), but thank you for fighting the fight.

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Chuck Todd's analysis of today's concession/endorsement.

Really, I'm not kidding - that man is brilliant.

Of course, this is coming from a fangirl. So, perhaps I'm biased. But still - he's Chuck Todd.
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