“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

OMG Hilarious! - Tiny Hippo and The Tiny Train

I'm sorry, but if you didn't laugh at the "Laugh of the Day" I posted this morning, go ahead and start rolling on the floor now, because Tiny Hippo and The Tiny Train will definitely make your day! LMAO.

"I Love You" Tattoo For Ryan and I

Ryan and I do not have any tattoos, but if we were ever to get one, this would have to be it.  We are coming up to our 7 year anniversary in May, and I think this would be a wonderful thing to do.  Provided I talk to him first, of course. LOL.  I love you my sweet Ry!

What a Hot Mess: Ford vs. Chevrolet

I swore I wasn't going to post any Superbowl commercials, but I have to talk about this one.  As you probably already know, in the commercial you see a man driving his 2012 Chevy Silverado through an apocalyptic city.  It's the end of the world, remember?

The driver continues maneuvering through the destruction as Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It" plays in the background.  He eventually comes across his buddies who all happen to own previous year models, when he asks, "Where's Dave?"
And it's the response from this man that starts a mess of a battle between two of America's largest Automakers, "Dave didn't drive the longest-lasting, most-dependable truck on the road.  Dave drove a Ford."

Well Ford wasn't going to have any of that.  In fact, they tried to keep it from airing the day of the Superbowl by issuing a cease-and-desist order to NBC.  But it didn't work.  And now the CEO's are back and forth sending each other ridiculous letters that I found quite humorous. [source]

You know General Motors is having so much fun with this... they issued the following statement:
"We stand by our claims in the commercial, that the Silverado is the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup on the road," said GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick in a press release. "We can wait until the world ends, and if we need to, we will apologize. In the meantime, people who are really worried about the Mayan calendar coming true should buy a Silverado right away."

Things We Can Do To Save The Environment - Issue No. 03 - Change Your Lightbulbs

If you haven't already done it, you should.  Changing your lightbulbs is one of the many "Things We Can Do To Save The Environment".  Ryan and I changed our lightbulbs six years ago, and I can't remember the last time I had to replace one. Seriously, it's been that long. 

Giving credit to TIME,  I'd like to thank them for showing us the many ways we can meet these goals of saving our environment.  And yes, even one person can make a difference, and it starts with YOU!

The Global Warming Survival Guide

3. Change Your Lightbulbs

The hottest thing in household energy savings is the compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL), a funny-looking swirl that fits into standard sockets. CFLs cost three to five times as much as conventional incandescent bulbs yet use one-quarter the electricity and last several years longer. They are available virtually everywhere lightbulbs are sold. Most labels don't say "CFL" (GE calls its bulbs Energy Savers), and in some cases the telltale twist is enclosed in frosted glass. The wattage gives them away: many 7-watt CFLs are comparable to a regular 40-watt bulb, 26 watts is the typical CFL equivalent of 100 watts and so on. Or just look for the Energy Star label.

CFLs have come a long way since they were first introduced in the mid-'90s (they don't flicker as much when you turn them on, for one thing), but because each bulb still contains 5 mg of mercury, you're not supposed to toss them out with the regular trash, where they could end up in a landfill. So the bulbs are one more thing for you to sort in the recycling bin.

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs (see item 4), don't have this problem, but they can require a bit of DIY rewiring. LEDs work great as accents and task lights, and you can also buy LED desk and floor lamps. But if you're just looking to put a green bulb in your favorite table lamp, CFL is the way to go.

Make sure to follow Blade 7184 every Tuesday for a new issue of Things We Can Do To Save The Environment.  Each issue is thought-provoking, informative and may hold the key to saving your children and grandchildren's future

Cyanide and Happiness: This Goes With My Shirt

Voting For Ron Paul? That Would Be Harmful To Humanity and The Earth!

I've seen the prediction video, I've seen hundreds of videos, I've seen documents, I've seen news reports, and I'm still 100% convinced... this man could never lead our country.  It would be an environmental and economic disaster!
For additional reasons on why should NOT waste your vote for Ron Paul, go to Facebook Page: Ron Paul Equals MORE Corporate Power http://on.fb.me/NoRonPaul

And if you haven't read my January 4, 2012 blog on the 10 Reasons Not To Vote For Ron Paul.

Laugh of the Day: Meet a Black Person

Have you ever met a black person?  Well, in Houston you have - in Dallas even, but in Aspen, Colorado?  Hmmm. Isn't the population in Aspen 90% white? LOL.  
The guy in this pic, is so fascinated by seeing a black person that he wants to take a picture.  And another one says, "I don't mind black guys, I'm from Dallas, Texas, and we.. I love all of you." LOL.   

The video produced by Improv Everywhere is an absolute hoot! Here's their YouTube description...
Since Aspen, Colorado has an African American population of 0.44%, we decided to give the locals a chance to meet a black person. We put comedian Colton Dunn in an empty hot chocolate kiosk at the foot of the mountain to greet folks as they exited the slopes.
For those who have no idea who Improv Everwhere are, they're "a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents."

Credits after the jump...

Total BS Breakup Lines

It don't matter if you're gay, straight, purple or blue - we've heard them all.  Break up lines that are total BS.  You know like, "I love you more like a friend" which translates to "You don't really turn me on".

Or how 'bout, "We're just at different points in our lives." which translates to "You're beneath me." LOL.

Check out this lovely chart that covers all those BS breakup lines you've heard many times before.  And if you haven't,  you're about to. LOL.

Another Day At The Pepper Mill

WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 009 - Education: College

Only 3 years in office, President Barack Obama has achieved more in Education than any other President in the last 40-plus years.  In these 3 years he's covered 5 broad policies, 13 funding initiatives which include programs and grants, and 10 targeted actions - all for our children and college students.  And need I remind you? HE'S ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE 3 YEARS!
Don't let them lie to you, it's the truth!  No matter how hard they try and convince you otherwise, the facts are there.  I have included excerpts and references down below, and if you find them to be false, please let me know.

Today I will cover 3 broad policies in reference to college education.

Enacted largest reform of student aid in 40 years.
Instead of private banks issuing loans guaranteed by the government, the government will now become the originator of the loan.

The change will eliminate private banks as “middlemen” in the loan process and will save the US government about $68 billion dollars over 11 years, according to the White House.

Eventually, students with federal loans will qualify for better repayment terms. Part of the legislation signed today also improves repayment terms first enacted last summer. Loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of a student’s disposable income (it’s currently 15 percent) and any debt remaining after 20 years will be forgiven (the current threshold is 25). For public servants – including teachers, nurses, or members of the armed forces – that cap is 10 years.  [Reference-1]

The change reflected in the new law represents a significant loss in what has been a $70 billion business for the banking industry. [Reference-2]

Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.
"For a long time, our student loan system has worked for banks and financial institutions. Today, we’re finally making our student loan system work for students and our families.  But we’re also doing something more.

From the moment I was sworn into office, I’ve spoken about the urgent need for us to lay a new foundation for our economy and for our future.  And two pillars of that foundation are health care and education, and each has long suffered from problems that we chose to kick down the road.

With the bill I signed last week, we finally undertook meaningful reform of our health care system.  With this bill, and other steps we’ve pursued over the last year, we are finally undertaking meaningful reform in our higher education system.  So this week, we can rightly say the foundation on which America’s future will be built is stronger than it was one year ago." - President Barack Obama

The Act will also invest savings in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions. [Reference]

Established President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.
On January 29, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13530, to help keep America competitive and assist the American people in understanding and addressing financial matters, and thereby contribute to financial stability, it is the policy of the Federal Government to promote and enhance financial capability among the American people. Financial capability is the capacity, based on knowledge, skills, and access, to manage financial resources effectively. In order to develop this capacity, individuals must have appropriate access to and understanding of financial products, services, and concepts. Financial capability empowers individuals to make informed choices, avoid pitfalls, know where to go for help, and take other actions to improve their present and long-term financial well-being. [Reference-1, Reference-2, Reference-3]

As promised, I will come back to this topic in another issue.  Please make sure to read the next issue, Issue No. 010 - Education: Children as I continue with
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