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Hey. [01 Apr 2009|10:46am]
Everyone should watch and share this link.
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a new day [20 Jan 2009|10:12am]
today we welcome change to the white house.

good luck and godspeed, mr.obama and mr.biden.
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i'm sure this goes without saying... [10 Dec 2008|12:43pm]
but DON'T LET YOUR CATS OUTSIDE! :( not even in your garage. during the winter kitties look for warm places when left out in the cold. i've heard of 2 stories now in the past week where someone's cat was injured or died after crawling into the engine of a car to stay warm. please, please, please don't let your animals outside without supervision.
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My Fellow Americans... [04 Nov 2008|06:42am]
Today we face one of the most important elections in recent history. Many of us have different backgrounds, different political views, different religious and moral structure beliefs that concrete the foundations of our value systems.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Constitionalist, Green... We all have the right to vote. This wasn't always so. Our nation has an ugly history, like it or not, of discrimination. First we fought for the freedom as a country to even be able to vote, then only the wealthy had a say, then only the white men, then only men (though it was pretty damn hard for African American men to be able to vote for a long time), and then finally women could vote too. And all throughout this time, as parts of our nation struggled to have a voice, those groups were marginalized, mocked, and struggled against prejudice that was supported by violence and hate.

Today we all have the right to vote; yet, still, there's discrimination. Not just white against black, male against female, rich against poor. But straight against gay? Righteous against the impious? Patriots against the so-called "Un-American"?

"We need a common enemy to unite us." - Conoleeza Rice

Perhaps this is why we continue this ugly history of hate. This perspective, this opinion of unity through fear has lead us to where we are today. And while we may argue about how money is spent, I simply look to my hometown, my family and I see the signs the strain of the economy has suffered them. Carthage was once home to several factories and a mine that employed many parts of the town, had several grocery stores that were family-owned and operated, and a thriving Main Street. Today Main Street is almost a ghost town. All but one (if that?) of the factories and mines have closed, having moved to Mexico or unable to afford keeping their doors open. There's a shiny new Wal-Mart Supercenter, but the hometown groceries are falling by the wayside; after all, who can afford to support the often higher prices that accompany local business? And in my own family... My dad has worked for the county for 20 years as a school bus driver. The county doesn't pay for health insurance. And when my mom passed, he was removed from hers. So now he's struggled to get approved by TennCare, and when he finally was, his premium was over half of his monthly paycheck. It's a sad state of affairs for my small home town.

But I have hope. I have hope that no matter who wins today, we should be able to set aside our political differences, our prejudice, our fear and move on to build a future on American soil with American workers that supports a cleaner, healthier planet and a strong economy. In four years, eight years... my small home town can be something to its people again.

I have hope. But I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. Just vote. And when you do, please do don't vote a candidate out of fear, or because he looks cool on tv, or because she's a woman, or because he's black or white. Vote for what you believe in. And tomorrow, win or lose, keep your chin up and endure because the challenges that face our nation are overwhelming.

Together can do this, but divided we fail.
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happy birthday... [03 Nov 2008|07:36am]
[ mood | content ]

to me! :)

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Today's the last day for early voting in Tennessee. [30 Oct 2008|11:51am]

i don't have five friends. i have many friends! [02 Oct 2008|04:44pm]
[ mood | determined ]

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Gas Prices and America [12 Sep 2008|09:42pm]
[ mood | angry ]

Today we received simultaneous news that oil had fallen to under $100 a barrel for the first time in months, and at the same time in Knoxville gas prices were driven up to over $4.75 at many local pumps.


With Hurricane Ike looming over the entire Gulf Coast and soon the Midwest, instead of giving a price break/putting a ceiling on prices to help the people are downtrodden, displaced and will soon be suffering from huge expenditures at the loss of their homes and lives, gas companies use this as an opportunity to gouge us, the customers and citizens of America, to reap excess profit during a time of disaster. The gasoline in the Gulf of Mexico will still be there, they will still make money off it. But the combined fear of having no gas and the willingness of people to fill up at any cost gives them the opportunity to take advantage of us. A morally just system would oppose this, but instead our government stands by and watches Americans hurt financially, physically, materially and emotionally. Meanwhile they get in bed with lobbyists from those same big oil companies so they can retain their electoral power.


WAKE UP, PEOPLE.


YOUR HAVE A VOTE IN NOVEMBER. MAKE IT COUNT.

sigh. [10 Sep 2008|08:54am]
[ mood | angry ]

politics and the media are upsetting me. anytime obama/biden say anything the so-called liberal media takes republican charges of what they say as "disgraceful" or "a new low" and smear it all over the front page. but what has the republican campaign really said? fucking nothing. no issues. no substance. they just make dumb ass remarks, and when obama or biden respond to them, the conservative camps go into some retarded finger pointing contest.

where were the NEW LOW headlines from the so-called liberal media when palin outright mocked obama's "community service" in which he fought to help poor people on the south side of chicago for almost 2 years? or where were they during the GOP convention when conservatives wore mock purple heart bandages making fun of kerry's purple heart/issues that were around 4 years ago?

our media in america is anything but liberal. and my faith in this country is so low i can barely stand to think about it. women, if you like palin because she's a woman, you're idiots. men, if you like palin cause she's a gun-toting hottie, you're idiots. if you don't like obama because he's black, you're an idiot.

look at the issues. the real issues. not the "you can't take my gun away" or "you're a baby killer if you support choice" issues. our unemployment rate is in this land of the free is at an all time high, and correspondingly annual salary increases are at an all time low for everyone except the top 5% - CEO's, company presidents, owners and investors, the overwhelmingly rich. the average american can't save money, has large amounts of debt, and can barely afford to send their kids to college. healthcare is ridiculously expensive. most people drive over 20 miles to work at $4 a gallon gas in cars that are lucky to get 18 mpg.

"country first"?

give me a fucking break. the economy, healthcare, and education are issues that affect EVERYONE who has a family in this country, regardless of your religious affiliations. and instead of focusing on the candidates' plans and making voting decisions based on that, we've sunk to the intellectual level of american idol, picking who can sing the best in front of the media judges.

God answers prayers. [03 Aug 2008|01:57pm]
The doctor who is responsible for my mother's death was arrested along with several other doctors from Smith County for overprescribing medication and TennCare fraud.

I am so grateful to know he can never hurt anyone again.
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BATMAN. [18 Jul 2008|09:01am]
Batman. Batman. Batman.

IMAX, 7PM, Tonight.
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The world has lost a light. [23 Jun 2008|06:59am]
[ mood | morose ]

May your soul be blessed in your afterlife, George Carlin.

The world will be less awesome without you.

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Shoes! [08 Apr 2008|01:51pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I got new shoes!

In black. I love. <3

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oh yeah [28 Feb 2008|11:13am]
[ mood | chipper ]

i'll be gone to norway this saturday through next sunday.

you kids behave while i'm gone.

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Sometimes lyrics just speak to you. [23 Jan 2008|04:35pm]
[ mood | determined ]

Deep inside these burning buildings
Voices die to be heard
Years we spent teaching a lesson
We ourselves had never learned

And if strength is borne from heartbreak
Then mountains I could move
And if walls could speak I’d pray
That they would tell me what to do

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives,
Always keep me coming back to you.

No signs of life here, save the embers, the occasional flame,
We’d know the way but can’t remember, conception to the grave,
Jump confessions from the greatest heights, where no one can hear,
All my fears, my insecurities are falling like tears.

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives,
Always keep me coming back to you.

The drones will slave away, they’re working overtime,
They serve a faceless queen, they never question why.
Disciples of a god, they neither live nor breathe,
(I won’t go back!)
But we have bills to pay, yeah we have mouths to feed!
(I won’t go back!)
I won’t goback!

If you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I’ll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives,
Always keep me coming back to you.

I’m coming back to you.

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Spiritually Sound New Year's Resolutions [03 Jan 2008|11:08am]
[ mood | calm ]

I did not write these, but I will strive to live by them.

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1. I will live in the present moment. I will not obsess about the past or worry about the future.

2. I will cultivate the art of making connections. I will pay attention to how my life is intimately related to all life on the planet.

3. I will be thankful for all the blessings in my life. I will spell out my days with a grammar of gratitude.

4. I will practice hospitality in a world where too often strangers are feared, enemies are hated, and the "other" is shunned. I will welcome guests and different ideas with graciousness.

5. I will seek liberty and justice for all. I will work for a free and a fair world.

6. I will add to the planet's fund of good will by practicing little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy.

7. I will cultivate the skill of deep listening. I will remember that all things want to be heard, as do the many voices inside me.

8. I will practice reverence for life by seeing the sacred in, with, and under all things of the world.

9. I will give up trying to hide, deny, or escape from my imperfections. I will listen to what my shadow side has to say to me.

10. I will be willing to learn from the spiritual teachers all around me, however unlikely or unlike me they may be.

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THIS. [26 Nov 2007|08:52pm]
is the best user icon EVER!!
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Happy Halloween!! [31 Oct 2007|08:27am]
[ mood | festive ]

Everyone have a fun, safe Halloween this year! :)

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iPhone question [18 Sep 2007|04:07pm]
i've had the same cell phone ringer that i made for myself a long time ago, i love it. how can i get it on my iphone as a ringtone?

/lament
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Took that career quiz from Eliza... Very interesting. Lobbyist? >.> [13 Sep 2007|01:38pm]
1. Communications Specialist

2. Activist

3. Writer

4. Print Journalist

5. Public Policy Analyst

6. Political Aide

7. Market Research Analyst

8. Critic

9. Translator

10. Lobbyist

11. Anthropologist
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