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TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

OK Gals, I'm looking for some opinions here. For those who dont know, I work with hospital administration, which means day in and day out I hear right wing political jargin right and left from doctors, pharmaceutical reps, etc. (Which means generally I keep my far left political rants to a minimum.... These republican sharks around here can smell my bleeding heart from miles away...LOL)
However, the other day I ended up right smack in the middle of a discussion where some doctors (one of which being my boss and his wife, oh joy) were bitching about rising issues with medicare and blue cross (who dictate how all the other insurance companies out there pay) are lowering the rates at which they pay doctors and surgeons based on that particular doctor's practice history. In laymans terms, basically if a doctor sucks and has a history of killing folks, insurance companies will pay them less money. The rant could go on and on here... but for most of you it would possibly put you to sleep, so I'll just jump to the kicker: The public's right to healthcare. Most of these docs think thats healthcare is a PRIVILEGE, not a RIGHT. 
This is where obviously I have an issue. I personally think that EVERYBODY, no matter what social status, history, or financial status they are, has a right to see a doctor if they need to. PERIOD.

So thus brings to question: How big of an issue is healthcare to most ppl (more specifically, YOU)? Do you think the government should make more options available to those who cant afford insurance? Or, do you think it should be each individual's responsibility to attain health care? 
Of course, there are obviously several sides to this story, and I can see both (although its obvious which side I lean toward). I'm looking for some input here to further this discussion...so TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!!

Thanks so much!

~earthymom

Chica [userpic]

Another joker goes to rehab, one of those guys from "Desperate Housewives." I don't watch the show. I just noticed the article as I was trying to find real news.

I just have to ask: Why is going to rehab the in thing to do now? I mean, is that the new fad? I mean, will someone tell these people that going to rehab is *good* if you have a problem, but it should not be used as a tool to get publicity. It is by no means *cool*. For crying out loud, those people have real problems in there. Dumbasses.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]


Pot Prisoners Cost Americans $1 Billion a Year.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/47815/

Ok, so most of you know my stance on pot.  :-D :-D :-D


But I was catching up on alternet news and this grabbed my attention and I thought I'd share.

Comments?

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]



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Its been awhile since I have posted anything... but I hope you all are doing lovely!!

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Ok just a little more about this awesome person...
This is a little old (november), but I just read it for the third time and felt I had to share. 


God bless 'em. I really hope he decides to run for Leader of the Free World. (Or he might just get drafted??)
The more I think about it, the more I think he kinda has a Kennedy vibe about him... his vision of HOPE, and of UNITING this country. ..

Oh Yeah... Happy 2007 Everyone! May the coming year(s) bring us all much comfort, joy and Peace. (peace please)

Whatcha listening to?: black math... whitestripes
TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

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I just started on this book. Oh my goodness. I 'm really rooting for this guy to be our next president. He has not confirmed whether he is going to run or not, but he already has quite the following!! 
Check this out:
http://www.runobamarun.com/
http://www.runobama.com/blog/?gclid=CJzznLjPjYkCFRcbYQodRwzC7w

I can't say enough good things about Obama. Do read up on this man!

Whatcha listening to?: White Stripes- Black Math
TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

So its been a while since I wrote a relative post. Its about damn time, huh? I took a few moments today to pull my head from my arse and do some things. (What can I say, it was cozy)

First, lets recap on current events.

 

  1. Iraq is near ‘Civil War’, though W seems to be blind to the fact. (Shocking I know) Speaking of Civil War, this one has now lasted longer than our own Civil War did. W. also denies that we are fighting a lost cause, refuses to pull out until we are positive we have indeed destroyed all human civilation there and that the most casualties possible have been met. Go prez! Way to control the world population! (see, he had a plan after all)
  2.  I could post a lot more on #1, but it just makes me pissed off and my fingers bleed, so I will just leave it at that. So instead I will just post this link to an awesome article written by Michael Moore, and simply nod in agreement.  Feel free to post/comment your own rant though. http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/44770/

    3.   The Pope has landed in Turkey for his first-ever visit to a Muslim country in order to quell rumors that he is a not-very-nice guy. He said some naughty things about the Muslim faith. (Remember? Something about the Prophet Muhammed and the increasing violence. I apologize for not remembering details and being too lazy to look it up- Muslims across the world were pissed something major though)

So anyways, isn’t this little trip just to shake hands and speak kindly, similar to sticking a band-aid over a gangrenous wound and calling it fixed? (See?? All better! Christians are nice people!)

  1. Michael Richard’s outburst. Oh my. What a fucking choad. I was amazed to see what a hate-spewing bigot he is. And he’s not even that funny. For more on his career, see ‘Flushed Away’.
  2. And in Denver, Colorado, a home owner’s association gave a couple much grief and threatened fines if they didn’t take their ‘Peace’ symbol wreath down. http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/11/27/peace.wreath.ap/index.html

Apparently the president of the association couldn’t figure out if it was an anti-war protest or a symbol of satan. Another fine example of ignorance breeding with fear and begetting pure stupidity.

“Down with Peace, up with commercialism!!Head for your nearest Wal-mart! You can put all the Santas and Nativity scenes and such as you like--- but wait, no peace signs! You bleeding-heart satan worshippers!!”

(Ok I’ll stop now. Heehee. But hey, you ever noticed if you inverted the letters in Santa……………)

  1. Tom Kat got married- A Big ole’ ‘Who The Fuck Cares- Just Go Away’ shout-out thrown their way.
  2. Pam is divorcing Kid Rock. See previous shout-out.

 

Please feel free to talk back to me.

 

Until we meet again………….. Toodles!

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Top Ten Pet Peeves. (Also referred to as ‘earthymom’s OCD coming out’)

  

1.      When you ask someone a multiple-choice question and they answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. “Example: “What sounds better for dinner, Chicken and Broccolli or Stir-Fry Veggies?” Answer: “Yes.”

2.      Not putting a new roll of toilet paper on the holder when its empty.

3.      Squeezing toothpaste from the middle rather than the end of the tube.

4.      Not shutting cabinets, drawers, etc.

5.      Not sealing up anything that is opened (cookies, crackers, chips, etc.)

6.      Asking me complex questions when I’m trying to go to sleep. (or worse, when I’m already there.)

7.      Bragging about ‘cleaning the dishes’ for over a week, when all he did was halfway load the dirty ones, in the wrong places, then stack all the clean ones on the table for me to put away. Nevermind the fact that I empty/load the damn thing every friggin day. Jerk.

8.      Walking in the house with damned dirty boots.

9.      Grabbing my boobies in public.

10.   See # 9, but also add ‘HonkHonk’ sound effect.

 

 

Oh yeah and a #11--- that my husband does all of the above things. Grrrrrrr.

 

Ya know, a little known fact about me (except for those very few of you who actually knew me in real life during these times), is that in my late teens and early twenties I was very experimental. (Pretty much lived out the whole sex, drugs, rock n roll thing threefold.) During this time I tried out bi-sexuality, but I found out very quickly that it just wasn’t for me.  I do have a whole lot of gay friends. I guess I’m very gay-friendly while being, unfortunately, very straight.

The point to that little splurge was that sometimes I really, really wish I could be a lesbian, just so that I wouldn’t have to deal with men’s bullshit. (Well, One specific man, actually.) I’m sure that women have their issues too, but it can’t be any worse than some of the things on the above list.

 

 

I guess that I’m just having an I Hate Men day. Anybody else?? 

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15622266/?GT1=8717

OH HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

 Bye- Bye, RUMMY!! Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!!

This in addition to the DEMS taking control of the House, perhaps our country can start moving in the RIGHT DIRECTION now. 

There were some things that didnt come out the way they should've, but for the most part, I am ELATED  with this year's election results. 
How about you all?

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

http://www.ericblumrich.com/idiot.html


OMG this is great. If you're at work, either turn down your speakers or open when you are alone (expletives). This is awesome though.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

A FENCE??? WTF??

 
I am too annoyed by this to even post a rant… but I welcome your thoughts.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/10/26/bush.immigration.ap/index.html

So this is how the ever-brilliant Bush administration proposes we solve the immigration issue??
My God, their ability to waste taxpayer money never ceases to amaze me...
**headesk.**

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

 

Healthcare in the US is a complete joke. I’m thinking we should just skip the middle man, and just go ahead and send 15% of our incomes to the major insurance companies out there (Blue Cross, I’m talking about you), another 20% of our incomes to the large pharmaceutical companies (who are tied in to the ins companies closer than you know), and then go ahead and sell your soul (or if that’s already been purchased, your firstborn child) to an health care provider of your choice.  Then maybe, just maybe, you can get some antibiotics for your sick child before she infects not only daycare but every living person she comes in contact with. But I’m jumping the gun here. Let me explain a bit further.

 

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

I have been reading some of the personal stories on momsrising.org, and I have to say that not only did some of them really hit home, but it got me thinking about how crazy it is, that this day and age, women are still discriminated against, especially if they have children and actually want to *gasp* make an honest living. Here's an excerpt:

Who do these laws protect? by Samantha
I work part-time at the Legal Aid Clinic of our local law school as an administrative assistant (a glorified way of saying I'm a secretary). Since I became a mom 2 years ago, I have never been more discriminated against by the law school and the faculty and staff of the clinic. When I was about 5 months pregnant with my son, I complained to the law school that they were working me 40 hours a week, but not giving me full-time benefits. At our university, the part-time benefits aren't affordable so I was really hoping for the chance to have my position turned full time so I could get health, dental and leave time benefits.
However, after I complained, I was immediately cut from 40 hours down to 32.5, which was 7.5 more than I had been working prior to the 7 months of 40 hours a week. They said I should be happy they gave me those extra hours, yet it still meant I was part-time and I wasn't going to receive benefits.

Then, as I was preparing for leave, I found out that if I wanted to start my leave time 2 weeks before the baby was born, I had to run the gauntlet of the administration, begging for time to prepare my house for a new life. Eventually, my midwives wrote a doctor’s note saying I had to leave before the baby was born because work was a health risk. They let me go, grudgingly. After the baby was born, I was supposed to have 12 full weeks of leave time. However, I continued to do work from home all summer even though there was a temp in my position and because of being out on leave, I couldn't actually get paid for the work I was doing until I returned.
Needless to say, I didn't get any sort of pay for my leave to begin with, except a measly 4 weeks of short-term disability at about 30% of my normal pay. Then, my supervisor decided she wanted to take vacation that last 2 weeks of my leave and insisted I return to work early to be with the temp while she went to Florida for a vacation.

Since my son has been born I've had to beg and plead to let him come to the office for the last hour of work in the evening so my husband can go to class (I've been putting him through college for 3 years). I actually had to get the President's office involved because the law school informed me that having my son at work was in violation of some rule put down by the President. I, of course, contacted him immediately only to find out that there is no rule in place and in fact, if you are a supervisor or "more important person" at the university, you can bring you children whenever you need or want to. So I fought this decision to not allow my son at the clinic, particularly since the entire incident stemmed from my boss taking a 2 week vacation and requiring me to work 40 hours even though I didn't have that much daycare for my 4 month old son so he would have to come to the office during the morning while my husband was in class (and my boss agreed). The law school and university ruled against me instructing me that I could not get my work done while me son was in the office, so he was not allowed there during business hours!

Unfortunately, Maine is not a booming state with jobs and even though I continually apply for other positions, as soon as my being a mother comes up, the tone changes and I am denied the position. People keep telling me that I need to hide the fact I'm a mother during the interview process because it will hurt my chances of getting a job! I, however, can't allow myself to do that because who wants a job that would treat you that way?
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I highly encourage you all to check out www.momsrising.org. I love what they stand for, and found some really interesting stuff there.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Ok, so I was researching some stuff about Mumps (given that a kid from daycare has come down with it and I'm pretty much scared shitless), and I ran across this article in the archives. 
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=34867&nfid=rssfeeds

As usual, something that strikes too close to home has me all fired up now. It basically states that children whose mothers work outside the home typically eat less nutritious foods than those children whose mothers stay at home. Of course my immediate reactions is, WTF??  Of course I am lucky to have a daycare that feeds the kids very nutritious, home-made meals. I understand that not every daycare and preschool does this, so I'm trying to keep that in mind.  However, I know that when I am home with Lilly I constantly worry that I feed her too much junk. For example, my child is addicted to Cheetos Puffs (Cheesy Poofs..lol). I know some of the moms out there would call me an awful mom, but when she is screaming and I need something to SHUT HER UP, Cheesy Poofs always do the trick. Likewise with Sweet Tea (she doesnt drink soda, but this is nearly as bad I think), and cookies. Now I know (because I've spent quite a bit of time there) that her daycare doesnt just shove junk food down the kids throats' when they act up.... so in this case, kiddo would DEFINITELY be eating less nutritious foods if she was stuck with me at home all day. 
And that got me thinking of other things I have read that basically discourage mothers from working outside the home. While I agree that is a luxury that I cannot afford, I don't think it would be all that its cut out to be if I were at home with my child all the time.  One thing that comes to mind is the social skills kids learn only when they are around other kids. I know that I personally was kept at home with my grandmother and wasnt around kids that much as a toddler/preschooler- and when I was thrown (practically) in St. Mary's All- Girls Catholic School when I was 5, it was a complete culture shock. Not only the presence of authority, (nuns were mean as hell), but also having a group of peers around me for the first time. I was a complete outsider because I simply did not know what to do. I know that if I had been around other kids much before that point, it would have changed not only my perception of a 'group' at that time, but also would have spared me loads of anguish years later.  It makes me feel good to see that my daughter has already, at 15 months, gained more social skills than I had at age 5. She makes friends easily, loves the attention of a crowd, and comes home with more words in her vocabulary every day. (I am afraid of the words she would learn if she was around me all day...lol). Not to mention all the cute stuff she does at home that she learns at school (the 'indian dance' for one! heehee). 
Anyways, I guess I'm just taking up for all the working mommas out there. God knows we go through enough fecal matter in a day, what with work stress, money stress (why else would we work??), home stress and emotional baggage that comes with it all. And while I know that SAHMs are just as stressed, it would be nice for WOHMs to get just a smidgen of the respect we deserve. 

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Ok, so it looks like yesterday's topic was just too serious and scary.  While it is a topic I would still like to discuss, heres something to make you all smile:

A large, powerfully-built guy meets a woman at a bar. After a number of drinks, they agree to go back to his place. As they are making out in the bedroom, he stands up and starts to undress.

After he takes his shirt off, he flexes his muscular arms and says, "See that, baby? That''s 1000 pounds of dynamite!"  She begins to drool.

The man drops his pants, strikes a bodybuilder''s pose, and says, referring to his bulging thighs, "See those, baby?  That''s 1000 pounds of dynamite!" She is aching for action at this point.

Finally, he drops his underpants, and after a quick glance, she grabs her purse and runs screaming to the front door.

He catches her before she is able to leave and asks, "Why are you in such a hurry to go?"

She replies, "With 2000 pounds of dynamite and such a short fuse, I was afraid you were about to blow!"

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Q: What do you call a dog with no hind legs and metal balls?

A: Sparky!

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Q: What did George W. Bush get on his S.A.T.'s?

A: Drool.

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After dying a grisly death in an Afghan cave, Osama made his way to the pearly gates.

There, he was greeted by George Washington.

"How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!" yelled Washington, slapping Osama in the face.

Patrick Henry came up from behind. "You wanted to end America's liberty, so they gave you death!" Henry punched Osama in the nose.

James Madison came next, and said, "This is why I allowed the government provide for the common defense!" He took a sledge hammer and whacked Osama's knees.

Osama was subjected to similar beatings from John Randolph, James Monroe, and 65 other people who had the same love for liberty and America. As he writhed on the ground, Thomas Jefferson hurled him back toward the gate where he was to be judged.

As Osama awaited his journey to his final very hot destination, he screamed, "This is not what I was promised!"

An angel replied, "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you. What did you think I said?"


TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

What are all your thoughts on N Korea testing the nuclear weapon against the US's warnings?
We all know their leader is friggin nuts, but are we to hold them somehow accountable?
And is the US the only country in the world that should be allowed to have nuclear weapons?

There are so many topics that arise from this subject- but I'm not gonna go on a rant just yet. I'm curious as to what you all think about this.
So hows about it?

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

1. Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: "Shut up, dammit, all of you just shut UP!"

2. Whistle the first seven notes of "It's a Small World" incessantly.

3. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: "Got enough air in there?"

4. Offer name tags to everyone getting on the elevator. Wear yours upside-down.

5. Stand silent and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.

6. When arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act embarrassed when they open by themselves.

7. Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Admiral.

8. On the highest floor, hold the door open and demand that it stay open until you hear the penny you dropped down the shaft go "plink" at the bottom.

9. Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: "I've got new socks on!"

10. When at least 8 people have boarded, moan from the back: "Oh, no, not now, damn motion sickness!"

11. Meow occasionally.

12. Holler "Chutes away!" whenever the elevator descends.

13. Walk on with a cooler that says "human head" on the side.

14. Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce "You're one of THEM!" and move to the far corner of the elevator.

15. Wear a puppet on your hand and talk to other passengers "through" it.

16. When the elevator is silent, look around and ask "is that your beeper?"

17. Say "Ding!" at each floor.

18. Say "I wonder what all these do" and push the red buttons.

19. Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.

20. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."

21. Announce in a demonic voice: "I must find a more suitable host body."

22. Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.

23. Wear "X-Ray Specs" and leer suggestively at other passengers.

24. Stop at every floor, run off the elevator, then run back on. 



TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

In a time when the daily news is filled with school shootings, sexual deviance, murders, idiocy, and nuclear threat, its comforting to find a news source that offers up the newstories that you really care about. LOL

http://www.theonion.com/content/?utm_source=CNN00

Chica [userpic]

http://ebaumsworld.com/2006/06/endofworld.html

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines

We would like to know who really believes in gay rights on LiveJournal. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you truly believe in gay rights, then repost this and title the post as "Gay Rights". If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this. Thanks.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Ok thats it...... I've seen enough regarding violence in schools lately......  what the hell is going on these days?!?! Its EVERY DAY that kids are getting shot in school it seems! ( Today its even the Amish!!)
OK-- so how do I go about planning to homeschool my child??!? Seriously, the thought of putting her in public school in less than 4 years makes my stomach churn. Sure, I would like to say that sort of thing wouldnt happen around here.... but you remember the Westside school shootings of Jonesboro? Thats 30 miles away. And it doesnt matter anyway, things like that can happen anywhere. 
Maybe I can find a private school that has locked gates and doesnt allow outsiders to enter.....

These incidents have just given me yet another reason to stay awake at night worrying........... (Thank God for NyQuil).

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Well, I guess every town has them, but I think sometimes that my part of the world is the worst. You know them, the notoriously BAD drivers who do nothing but raise blood pressures of fellow drivers and make normally laid-back people such as myself wish like hell they kept a loaded 45 in the glove compartment. I once considered how cool it would be to get my concealed weapons license....... but for some reason a few people thought this was a bad idea... (only everybody I know). Oh well.
And I have no earthly idea why, but Fridays around these parts seem to be the worst. Is it that people are just so ready for the weekend that they can't be bothered with silly things like, oh, stop lights or speed limits? Or even those pesky yellow lines on the road?


What, you may be asking yourself, has earthymom all riled up today?
It was my lunch break and I was trying to accomplish all the errands I needed to run as well as try and manage a bite in the one hour alloted time slot, as usual. I was at a stop sign needing to turn left onto the busy main street, and there was a car doing the same thing on the street across from me, except she was needing to go straight. Well, traffic finally cleared for me to take the dive. I pulled out to negotiate the left turn that my blinking signal said I had been trying to make for 5 minutes. In the middle of this turn, this bitch decides to hell with it, she was gonna go ahead and go THRU me to drive straight. I had to swerve into the left lane to avoid hitting her. Then she had the audacity to look up at me as though I did something wrong.  WTF??  I'm sorry, but did the methamphetamine that I'm sure you just injected finally makes its way up to the few brain cells left in your head and blast them away?!? DAMN I hate crackheads (she looked like one, which is the reason I'm putting that one in there). 
But anyways, it just got me thinking. If I received a nickle for every person I have flipped off for driving bad in my entire lifetime, I would be posting this as a retiree, sipping Coronas on my piece of beachfront property in Key West. Its absolutely freaking ridiculous. Anyhoo, I thought I'd draft these pointers for the shitty drivers out there.p
1.- If you do not realize exactly how a 4-way stop works, please take your drivers license out of your wallet. Got it? good. Now pull down your pants. Thats it. Take the license and insert in rectum. Now, next time please call a taxi.

2.- If you are too old to a) hear me honking at you, b) see 3 feet in front of you, c) know that your blinker has been on for the past 50 miles, please just go on back home and rest. I'm sure your son/daughter/grandkid/neighbor/tlocal taxi service can get you to the Country Kitchen next time.

3.- Big Trucks that like to ride my ass- Next time, given my daughter isnt in the car, I plan on making sure my brakes work right when your bumper gets so close it can smell my butt. Then I will own the company and therefore be your boss. You don't want me as your boss.

4. Reallyfriggenslow people: C'mon man. Really. 

Ok so there is lots more but just thinking about all this makes my head hurt.

On a lighter note, you ever notice how anybody driving slower than you is a MORON.....  and anybody driving faster than you is a FRIGGIN MANIAC?!?!

Of course, I am the all perfect driver. A quick peek at my driving record would prove that........ LMFAO



Chica [userpic]

What? These books are banned?!?! I thought you didn't get your teenager card until you read some of these books!

Irony never ceases, nor does the impulse toward censorship. But now is a perfect time to celebrate books such as Lee's masterpiece, "Ulysses," and "Heart of Darkness." Banned Books Week is here and thumb-nosing librarians and freedom-loving bookstore owners are celebrating the 25th anniversary of reading verboten material.
The American Library Association keeps an accounting of objectionable reads. We curled up with a good computer to check which forbidden pages still beckon readers and searchers.
  1. "Harry Potter" (Series) (J.K. Rowling)
  2. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Harper Lee)
  3. "The Color Purple" (Alice Walker)
  4. "The Outsiders" (S.E. Hinton)
  5. "Lord of the Flies" (William Golding)
  6. "Of Mice and Men" (John Steinbeck)
  7. "Goosebumps" (Series) (R.L. Stine)
  8. "How to Eat Fried Worms" (Thomas Rockwell)
  9. "The Catcher in the Rye" (J.D. Salinger)
  10. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (Mark Twain)
  11. "The Giver" (Lois Lowry)
  12. "Brave New World" (Aldous Huxley)
  13. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (Mark Twain)
  14. "Captain Underpants" (Dav Pilkey)
  15. "The Anarchist Cookbook" (William Powell)
  16. "Carrie" (Stephen King)
  17. "Flowers for Algernon" (Daniel Keyes)
  18. "The Dead Zone" (Stephen King)
  19. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (Maya Angelou)
  20. "Go Ask Alice" (anonymous)
  21. "American Psycho" (Bret Easton Ellis)
  22. "The Chocolate War" (Robert Cormier)
  23. "James and the Giant Peach" (Roald Dahl)
  24. "The Pigman" (Paul Zindel)
  25. "A Wrinkle in Time" (Madeleine L'Engle)


Chica [userpic]

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_en_tv/anna_nicole_smith_son;_ylt=Am5xBH0VnaDV4Pdldvy1H.dxFb8C;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

No kidding.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

And todays sign that its indeed the end of the world....
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/09/26/mexico.locusts.reut/index.html

LOL

Chica [userpic]

I read this article on Yahoo! news today, and I have to admit, I'm a little miffed. 


I just don't get it.

TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

Did anybody catch this interview by Fox News (a.k.a. GOP- TV) of Bill Clinton? I missed it but I caught the clip on cnn. 
I love Bill Clinton. I think he is just awesome. Thats why it Urks be beyond belief when conservative pundits try to put him down. AGH I have many a rant about these sorts of things, but no time to write now- plus I want to know where you all stand on this and similar issues.  What are your thoughts? Do you think the Clinton Administration could have done more to get Osama? Do you think it was the end of the world that Mr. Clinton got a BJ in the oval office? :-)

Chica [userpic]

I swear, if my hubby says that one more time: BANG! ZOOM! TO THE MOON!
Since the arrival of precious Eva diva, I've been trying to figure out the best way to go about losing this baby weight. However, my chiropractor has me on an exercise restriction until my back gets un-jacked up. (Pregnant KP=giant boobs and belly=front heavy and about to fall over=back to' up from the flo' up). She did suggest stretching exercises to loosen me back up, and once the muscles are nice and stretched, I should be able to exercise no problem. The thing she forgot: Gee, Doctor, what stretches do you suggest? Yeah, she forgot to tell me that part. Any advice from the peanut gallery?

Meanwhile, with all the swelling I endured during pregnancy (35 lbs. just with water weight), I have a rather odd-looking tummy with lots of extra skin. I had a flat belly pre-pregnancy and would have one again were it not for this extra bit around the middle. Hubby catches me poking at it and says that it's nice. Which, way to be supportive, which is great. However, IT IS NOT! Of course, this does not begin to cover the ham hocks that used to be my legs...let's not dwell on that.

For the mommies out there: did you find something that worked for you when you were losing your preggie weight? I have tried weight training, but it seems I'm just getting bigger. Cardio is nice, but I get winded a lot easier than I used to. I'm ready for lipo, but hubs would divorce me. I'm so frustrated

Lei [userpic]

Hello. I just found this community. I'm always excited to meet and talk to other mom's who are involved in liberal politics, so I'm glad I stumbled upon this. Just a quick intro:
I'm a thirty year old mom of a toddler boy. I live about an hour north of Seattle, WA in a very small town with my husband. I work part time at a very thankless customer service job, but it gives me lots of free time to be with my son most days. I'm originally from Ohio, but have been in the Northwest for going on four years now. I'm very interested in liberal politics, working class feminism and activism. I eventually want to start my own nonprofit organization to help women and families recovering from substance abuse problems find affordable housing. It's kind of a big undertaking though, and I want to learn as much as I can before hand so that it will be successful. That's pretty much it, for now!

Whatcha listening to?: Your Racist Friend...They Might Be Giants
TreeHugginHippieMommy [userpic]

I'm Curious- What do you all think about this?
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/09/21/iran.nuclear.ap/index.html

I have to admit, its very seldom that I agree with a billionaire, but check this out:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/20/turner.reut/index.html

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