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out to sea

Nov. 2nd, 2009 | 10:37 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic

Well it's been an exciting few months, we moved to Springfield IL and got a house.  yay!  Scott has a great job, but me well I had a job I hated, with an uneducated manager, and I was unable to do the theater I love.  So it's time to move on, and out to sea!!

I recently accepted a position with Holland America International as a Production Stage Manager.  It means I get paid to do what I love, full time, and travel the world!  Or at least spend the winter in the Carribean.  That's right folks I'm saying to hell with Midwest Winters and snow and cold and hello to islands and a Palm Tree Christmas!  Hahahahahahahahahahah!!  So excited!!  

peach out!

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on the murder of Dr. Tiller

Jun. 2nd, 2009 | 08:43 pm

On Sunday morning Dr. Tiller was shot down while ushering at his church. This is a man who dedicated his career to providing safe, medically accurate and legal health care to women around the country. One of three providers in the country to provide abortions past the 21st week of pregnancy he helped countless women through some very tough times in their life. Just a few months ago he was acquitted on charges of illegally performing late term abortions which angered the religious right anti-choice movement. This is a man who has been shot in both arms, has had his clinic bombed, his life threatened, his health center vandalized. He was forced to hire a personal security team and wear a bullet proof vest into work every day. No individual should have to go through that just to get to work! In fact the only time his security team wasn't with him was when he was at church, which means his actions were closely observed by another group. The murder of another human being is not pro-life or Christian, and doing it in a church is a further blaspheme.

Dr. Tillers assassination was pre-meditated and organized by an extreme ant-choice group. If this isn't the definition of domestic-terrorism what is?

Everyday abortion clinic workers walk past protesters, prayer groups, and graphic signs. These people endure death threats, violence, being screamed at and condemned to hell everyday. As many of you know I am among these people, working at a Planned Parenthood. It is mentally taxing and yes it is terrorism. It is terrorism that that people follow employees home, it is terrorism that I can not walk to the neighboring restaurant alone for lunch. It is terrorism that our cars get stopped as we enter the driveway, that we are told we are "bad people" and "hurt women" and are threatened with law suits (or worse). These groups, Operation Rescue and the Pro-Life Action League to name a few, aim to terrify us out of going to work. These people play on workers and patients mental health and wish to install a deep unseeded fear of the entering a clinic. For workers it is that we will be killed, for patients it is the threat of hell.

The time to stop this is now. It is time for women to stop being afraid and hiding in the shadows as if we have done something wrong. The time of the silent majority is over, it is time to stand tall and say yes I work in this field or yes I have had an abortion and I am not ashamed! If we hope to stop this violence and keep our freedom of choice we need to go on the offensive and take to the streets. We need to work in the courts but we also need rally in our cities and states and the time has come for another march on Washington. It is not just for women's lives anymore, it is for all health care providers lives.

I challenge you to organize in your community. Write a letter to the editor, your senator, congressman, and even the President. Get involved with your local clinics and organizations (I can help in the Chicago area).

I challenge the President to take a strong stance against this violence. If a racist preacher deserved it a murdered doctor certainly does!

I challenge the health care providers to continue going to work and doing their job!

I challenge all people who truly value life to denounce these extremists, contact them and tell them that they are hurting their cause. Let them know the only way to decrease abortion is to increase education and access to birth control.

What happened Sunday was a tragedy, but sadly it is not uncommon. We would all like to decrease the number of abortions and increase access to birth control and education. It makes me sad that it takes violence to wake America up the terrorism in their own backyard.

Please share your thoughts and stories on this blog if you would like.

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and the name of the game is...

Nov. 4th, 2008 | 10:09 pm


This means I don't have to move out of the country!

For once I am glad I live in the cornfields, Chicago is insane at the moment!!!

Sadly both Colorado and South Dakota are holding up Abortion bans/restrictions. 

Michigan is legalizing Marijuana and embryonic stem cell research.

EDIT:  According to CNN both South Dakota and Colorado are voting down abortion bans and person hood amendments respectively.  Prop 8 in CA is 50/50

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what makes a good canadite

Sep. 16th, 2008 | 07:53 pm

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
* If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* If you graduate from Harvard law School, you are unstable.
* If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system, while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
* If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, *much* clearer now 

Thanks to vivrelavie for it!

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McCain VP pick

Aug. 31st, 2008 | 10:55 am
mood: annoyedannoyed

I am still realing from McCain's VP pick of Sarah Palin.  This is a person the man met TWO days befor anouncing her as his Vice Presidential nominee.  Clearly this a ploy to get the supporters of Hillary to vote for him, and scarily it just might work.  Howeer if anyone looks into her at all they will see she is staunchly anti-woman. She is also anti enviroment, anti science, anti gay, and many others.  What is she in favor of? Big oil, off shore drilling, creationism, banning gay marriage, banning abortion even in the case of rape and incest.  She has no foreign expericne, no national experience, and only 1.5 years of experience as governer of Alaska.   What she brings with her is the relgious right, and (McCains hopes) the women.  Personally I think it is disgusting, and cheapons McCain, that he thinks women will not look at her stance on the issues.  We are much smarter then he gives us credit for.


My in box has been flooded with e-mails, so here are some links and cuts to give you more info about her.
MoveOn.orgCollapse )

2 Alaska Newspapers Question Palin

In her Mother-in-laws words

NARAL Press ReleaseCollapse )
There is also a great collectiong of blogs and other poltical info the ladies at Feministing have collected.  Go check em out!

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GW new rule

Aug. 27th, 2008 | 07:14 pm
mood: determineddetermined

I should have been blogging for this for weeks now, but with the new job and all just haven't had the time.

President Bush is has made a new rule, called the Provider Conscience clause.  What this says, in a nutshell, is that all doctors have the right to refuse women abortions, birth control, and any other health care they find immoral.  In adition they are also allowed to refuse a referal to a provider who will provide these services.  In essance lower class women, and women on HMO's are going to be held hostage by these doctors.  This is the first time I've ever head of someone being rewarded instead of fired for not doing there job!!  This goes beyond outrages if you ask me, and it  Bush's gift to the radical right. 

There is a good news though, we have 30 days to make our oppions heard!!  There is an open comment period where we can hope Secretary Mike Leavitt will listen to the people.   Though after reading his blog I am skeptical.  To be fair he is posting both sides comments

To make your voice heard on this issue you can go here and and send it through Planned Parenthood.  They have a pre-made form, but feel free to add your own comments!

In both places volume counts, and majority will be heard, so ladies and gentleman make your voices heard!

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Happy 4th!!

Jul. 4th, 2008 | 10:08 am
mood: thankfulthankful

Happy 4th everyone!!  I will be celebarting by marching in the Evanston parade with other pro-choice friends.  We will be celebarting our freedom of choice!!  With all the freedoms we are losing, it's nice to still reflect on the ones we have.

What will you be doing?

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Showdown in Batavia IL

Jun. 23rd, 2008 | 12:57 pm

A group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens for Batavia is demanding the Batavia public library take the link to teenwire.com down from their website.  For those of you that don't know teenwire.com is the teen website from Planned Parenthood.  Is an incredibly valuable rescourse where boys and girls can go to get information about what is happening to their bodies and hormones, in addtion to information about preventing pregnancy and STI's. 

We all know someone in high school who's parents were to afraid to tell them about the birds and the bee's, or thought "don't have sex until your married" was the end of it.  We also all know that sometimes no matter what a parent, teacher, or church says some teenagers are going to have sex.  We also all know that when you are 16 sometimes you are just to embarrassed to ask your parents certain questions!!  I for one would rather have my kids get information from this website, that is medically accurate, then from the best friends big brother like I did!! 

This is nothing more then a group of people who are scared to talk about sex, and want to censor what people read.  Why are they also not asking the library to take the books off the shelves that talk about sex and puberty?? 

There will be a meeting at the library on July 15, I urge any of you in the area to come and show your support for keeping medically accurate information available to our children.  

Batavia Public Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

6:00 p.m. Public Hearing

7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

            10 South Batavia Ave.

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Quick Hit

May. 7th, 2008 | 06:53 pm
mood: satisfiedsatisfied

The Nation as an excellent article on how Hillary Clinton's campaign is dividing the feminist movement.

Read it Here

She's going to need ladies like me to win, but with her fear mongering and race card playing it just isn't gonna happen

Tomorrow I will be back with another clinic escort update!!

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Part of the Furniture

May. 7th, 2008 | 10:56 am
location: home
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

I had an actor on the show I just did tell me (and the whole room) that when a husband/boyfriend starts to treat you as a piece of furniture you should take it as a compliment.  Apparently that means he has FINALLY gotten comfortable living with you, and you should be flattered that he holds you in the same regard as his favorite lounge chair!

Now I don't know about anyone else, but being compared to a chair or sofa does not make me feel particularly loved or special.  I don't enjoy being blown by with hardly a kiss as he goes from work the computer.  What's funnier is I had a guy tell me once he didn't want to treat me like a piece of furniture, and that is exactly what he did.  (I guess a doormat is a piece of furniture).  Bottom line, no matter how long you have been together we always want to be treated as though we are valued, as though we are precious, as though you are glad every day that we have chosen to spend our lives with you.  Because the reason we choose to spend our lives with you is because you treat as equals, out of the ordinary strong equals, and when that goes way we are likely to as well. 

Now none of this stems from my own relationship, but from the type of guy this actor is.  Now that the show is closed I can talk freely without fear of loosing my job.  See this man was sick, and sexist. He kept his wife away from all of us, especially the three working women.  He thought the mother in the show shouldn't be there, and we were wrong for allowing her to pump.  (Now more places should have rooms and schedules that accommodate pumping for nursing mothers, but that is another post).  He refused to listen to me, because "he has a problem with authority figures, and especially women".  He was a true male pig, and I have no doubt he treats his wife as part of the furniture. 

I have made it clear I will never work with him again, and if that means quitting on two days notice so be it.  I have my integrity, I am strong and independent I am a feminist, but what I am NOT ladies and gentlement, is a piece of furniture. 

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