Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sicky Icky

I am sick. It's double whammy week for me: I have bronchitis and a sinus infection, and on top of that, the worst cramps known to man. Luckily, I am happily drugged up.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Hilton Tagged in London

Paris gets facialed by Banksy, graffiti-style.
September 5th, 2006 • 11:05 AM

If you were in London and buying Paris Hilton’s new debut CD last week, you were probably already in a group as statistically small as those who died of stingray barbs piercing their chests. But you might have a collector’s item in your hand, if the album art features Paris topless and/or with the head of a dog.

Graffiti artist Banksy tagged a handful of HMV’s supply of Paris albums, which have since been pulled. HMV claims they’re being auctioned, but we bet they’ve been pulled to go straight on eBay, earning a handy handful for the store managers. 500 copies of the altered album were buried in Paris supplies across the HMV chain, like Wonka bars with the golden ticket. Some had cute little aphorisms, like “Why am I famous?” and “What have I done?”

Inside these magic cases is not Paris’ album, but 40 minutes of remixed music by “DM.”

It’s not technically a mash-up. But if you picked this up, you got at least a hundred times more value than the rainbow-colored dog turd that’s the Paris “original.”

Friday, September 1, 2006

Marriage Protection Act (MPA)

Below is one of the better quotes regarding marriage I have heard in a while. Thank you, Mr. President. :)

This quote comes in light of the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) that the Senate will vote on this week. The proposal would ensure that marriage in the U.S. will consist of the union of one man and one woman.

"Marriage is the most enduring and important human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Marriage cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious, and natural roots without weakening this good influence on society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all."

Here are the facts:

Public opinion remains firmly opposed to the redefinition of marriage 58 to 39% in a May 2006 poll but same-sex marriage advocates have continued to ask judges to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.
  • Since 1971 at least 46 states have had to battle in their courts those who would redefine marriage out of existence.
  • Nine states are now facing lawsuits that would force those states to accept same-sex marriage. Many other states arefacing court battles brought on by homosexual couples who have married in Massachusetts or entered civil unions in Vermont and then moved to another state.
  • Nineteen states now have constitutional amendments and 26 other states have similar statutes protecting marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Voters in seven states will vote on constitutional amendments this year and another eight states are working to send constitutional amendments to voters either this year or in 2008.
The need for a U.S. Constitutional amendment protecting marriage grows greater every day:
  • In the 19 states that passed constitutional amendments voters supported the amendment by huge margins (up to 86%). However, same-sex marriage advocates turn to the courts to override the peoples will as we saw recently in Georgia.
  • State amendments are an important step however, in 2005 a federal district court in Nebraska struck down a state constitutional amendment passed by 70 percent of Nebraska voters. Without protection in the U.S. Constitution state amendments are vulnerable to activist judges.
  • The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. Congress in 1996, is already under assault in the states if these cases reach the nations highest court as it is currently configured, Supreme Court
  • Justice Antonin Scalia warns that DOMA would be declared unconstitutional.
The U.S. Constitution provides the amendment process as the ultimate protector of state rights by requiring that three-fourths of the states must ratify any amendment.
Call the U.S. Senate main switchboard below and ask to be connected to the Senators from your state: (202) 224-3121

Wake Me Up When September Ends

I don't know about you, but there is nothing pleasant about September. It reminds of the anxiety of when I was a kid, waiting to go back to school. Sure, I enjoyed shopping for new school supplies (I was a nerd and loved the smell of the new vinyl trapper keepers, the shiny new pens, and the smell of new erasers). But in reality, going back to school meant seeing the same mean people year after year. I was never the popular kid-- I was simply the "nice girl" who was quiet. I was made fun of for bringing blue cheese sandwiches on pita bread to school-- hence, I was dubbed "the stinky cheese girl." luckily for me, my self-esteem and love for stinky blue cheese trumped anything that classmates said about me, and I continued to enjoy my stinky sandwiches day after day.

I still remember my first lunch box-- it was a Peanuts lunch box with Snoopy on it. Years later, when I no longer used it, my brother and I would fill it with rocks and throw it in the deep end of our 9 foot pool, only to dive down later to retrieve the "treasure chest." I remember the many lingering days of August, when we would stay in the pool past 8 pm, awaiting turns to shower. I'd always be the last to go in...I'd sit in the pool, enjoying the silence and stillness of the water. No matter how hard I seemed to scrub in the shower later, my skin always smelled like chlorine during the summers.

I miss how simple life was back then-- all I had to worry about was how I was to spend my day. Now, the pressures of society seem to make up double fold for the carelessness I felt during childhood. I feel many pressures-- to get married, to be successful, to be a woman in the workforce who is career driven, to go back to school for a masters, to fit the stereotype that I have to be a certain weight and look a certain way.

No one ever warns you about this when you're young-- it hits you with a bang when you graduate college and enter the workforce. It's when every day is repetitive that life begins to blend, with no beginning and no end, with no summers to remember years by, and no grades to mark age by. It's been three years for me since I graduated undergrad, but it feels like one year. Repetitiveness makes time its victim. And the sad thing is, things do not slow down as we get older...
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