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Yesterday, George Takei linked, on Twitter, to a t-shirt he created that you could buy and all the proceeds go to benefit LGBT non-profits fighting for equality and against bullying in our schools, including GLAAD, The HRC Education Fund, and The Trevor Project. So I thought to myself, "I can get behind that!" and I clicked the link. This is the t-shirt:



The text on the shirt is as follows:

Born straight? Refuse to hate.
Born gay? Follow Takei.
Born bi? Decided on the fly!

The first two lines are great and fill me with warm fuzzies! The last line, however, rubs me the wrong way. Here's why:

Being bisexual has NOTHING to do with who you are with at the time and EVERYTHING to do with who you are attracted to. What Mr. Takei is implying here is that being bisexual is just a place-holder for what your "real" sexuality is.

A bisexual person does not just wake up one day and decide that "today I'm going to be straight!" and then go to sleep that night to then wake up the next day and decide that "today I'm going to be gay/lesbian!". Bisexuals are not on the fence. There is no fence!! It doesn't work that way. I should know. I'm bisexual.

I'm a bisexual whose fiance is male, but that does NOT mean that I am not attracted to females, or other genders, as well. STOP TRYING TO ERASE MY SEXUALITY!!

Which reminds me ... about a month ago, a gay, former friend of mine asked, "Does anyone else find it funny when someone 'comes out as bi' or is it just me? lol". I was appalled by this line of thinking & at everyone else who was chiming in agreeing with this clown! So I asked "Why is that?" and they responded, "Why is what? Noone "comes out" as straight. So, people are essentially coming out as half gay and half straight???? Sorry, but that's ridiculous." So, I was essentially erased by this "friend". He is no longer my friend.

Bi-erasure is NOT COOL! Mr. Takei, you might think that your t-shirt is all inclusive, but you are erasing an entire sexuality of people and that just does not fly with me. I expected better from you. What that last line *should* say: Born bi? OH MYYYY!

If I so choose to, I will donate directly to these charities and not through buying your t-shirt.

~*::Meow::*~
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Yesterday, we lost a very courageous man. Nelson Mandela passed away at the ripe old age of 95.

In celebration of his life, I am sharing a performance I was part of back in 2009, in which the Queens College Chorus, under the direction of Roz Woll, sings "Kena Le Monna", a South African celebration song for Nelson Mandela.

http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/music/inc/mBody/podcasts/Podcasts0409/040109-07.mp3

::Raises glass::

~*::Meow::*~
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Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the one and only time THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL was shown on CBS. Despite all of George Lucas's efforts to destroy any evidence of its existence, THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL still lives on!!

Join me in celebrating Life Day by watching THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL in all it's cheesy glory!!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xn5gsj_the-star-wars-holiday-special_shortfilms

You're welcome :)

~*::Meow::*~
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Max Ruben was born at 10:50pm July 9th. He weighs 7lbs 6oz. Mommy & baby are doing well.

I HAVE A NEPHEW!!!!! \o/

~*::Meow::*~
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Also, Prop 8 has no leg to stand on so it is also GONE!!

It’s about damn time!!

~*::Meow::*~
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I know, I know. I suck at regularly updating my journal nowadays. BUT!! There are things that are going on presently that I actually feel like sharing :)

I recently took a Civil Service exam to become a Clerk Typist, passed it, and then took a typing exam to qualify for a position... somewhere... and kicked the butt of the qualifying 30wpm/96% accuracy by typing 57wpm/100% accuracy! Go me!! And now I wait. And wait. And wait. I'm hoping by the end of the summer, I'll know something. It would be nice to finally have Health Insurance. And fear not! I will still be working part-time for Dark Quest Books, as I've been doing since December 2011, because of reasons. :)

In other, even MORE, exciting news: My SIL is officially due on Friday!!! I've been waiting for my phone to ring to tell me it's Go time for the last week and a half. My brother is going to be a father!! I'm going to be an Aunt!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! So excited!! I cannot wait to finally meet my niece or nephew!

That is all the exciting things going on in my life. Anything new & exciting going on in your lives?

~*::Meow::*~
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I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!!!

My brother's wife is due at the end of June.

~*::Meow::*~
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It's been a very long time since I've written anything substantial over here. Not that I get much traffic to my blog anymore anyway. There are so many things I want to write about, but either I'm not allowed to (due to outside forces), or it wouldn't be anything of substance. This post just feels like filler. It's not much of an update.

...

And now I've gone and made myself sad. :-\

~*::Meow::*~

PS: Surprise house inspections are NOT COOL!
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Over on Twitter, author John Scalzi came up with this hilarious idea to open a chain of Chicken-Fried Chili Dog restaurants. Among the dishes available to order would be chicken fried chili cheese dogs cooked in bacon fat, hot buttered french fries, and pecan pie hush puppies. I am a HUGE fan of hush puppies, so I told Scalzi that I would concoct a recipe for pecan pie hush puppies because of REASONS. Here is my recipe:

Pecan Pie Hush Puppies (adapted from a few hush puppy recipes I've made over the years)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4-6 cups oil, for frying
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and pecans until well mixed.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until a batter forms. Be careful not to over mix as that will make the hush puppies heavy and you don't want that!

In a deep pot, pour enough oil to come 1/3 up the pot. Heat oil to 375°F. When oil reaches 375, drop tablespoons of batter into the oil. Don't crowd the pot, as the hush puppies need room to be able to float on the top.

Cook hush puppies for about 3-4 minutes, turning if they don't turn on their own. They will be done when golden brown.

Transfer them to several layers of paper towels to drain & dust with powdered sugar.

Makes about 44 hush puppies.

Hope you enjoy!!

~*::Meow::*~
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Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that Brian and I are safe and OK. Sunday, Brian dropped me off, with the food, to my parents' place. They live in an apartment complex with underground power lines, so we figured that would be the safest place for our food. Brian went to his folks.

My parents only lost power for 2.5 hours on Monday night. Brian's folks have been without power since around 5pm Monday (and will continue to be without for the foreseeable future). The house in which Brian and I live lost power for 24 hours from Monday 7:45pm til Tuesday 7-ish. Our housemates kept me informed of the status of any trees, the house, and electricity.

Brian and I went to the house yesterday and raked and bagged up leaves. There was a large tree dangling on power lines a few houses down from us. Hopefully that will be dealt with soon so that I can feel confident that the power won't get knocked out again.

Brian and I were very lucky. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their home in this horrible horrible storm.

~*::Meow::*~

Ugh

Oct. 11th, 2012 11:00 am
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I think it's ridiculous that I've gone from being up til the wee hours of the morning on a regular basis to pining for my bed at 8:30pm.

Seriously, what gives?!

~*::Meow::*~
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... I promise. I've just had a lack of motivation to write here.

~*::Meow::*~
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I just received 2 letters in the mail from Edfinancial Services postmarked July 23rd. The letters, written July 17th, state that Direct Loans will now be handled by them AS OF JULY 12th. The problem with this is that my Direct Loan payment is due on the 28th, and I sent out my check on the 23rd, and the bill was postmarked to me ON THE 12th! One would think that it would be sent with the new billing information, right? So help me if it gets lost in the mail and I end up incurring late fees because of their incompetence!

~*::Meow::*~
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Yes, you read that right. I was on a podcast. Not just any podcast... The Chronic Rift podcast. I was approached by John S. Drew (the creator and host) about being a contestant on their annual Match Game. I agreed to do it and I had a BLAST! Everyone was so great. :)

The podcast was posted today. Go have a listen: http://chronicrift.com/node/2096 (Spotlight: Match Game 2012)

~*::Meow::*~
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In case you didn't know, or were lied to/get your info from Fox "News," it's time to get educated Americans:

What people call “Obamacare” is actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, people were calling it “Obamacare” before everyone even hammered out what it would be. It’s a term mostly used by people who don’t like the PPaACA, and it’s become popularized in part because PPaACA is a really long and awkward name, even when you turn it into an acronym like that.

Anyway, the PPaACA made a bunch of new rules regarding health care, with the purpose of making health care more affordable for everyone. Opponents of the PPaACA, on the other hand, feel that the rules it makes take away too many freedoms and force people (both individuals and businesses) to do things they shouldn’t have to.

So what does it do? Well, here is everything, in the order of when it goes into effect (because some of it happens later than other parts of it):

Already in effect:
-It allows the Food and Drug Administration to approve more generic drugs (making for more competition in the market to drive down prices)

-It increases the rebates on drugs people get through Medicare (so drugs cost less)

-It establishes a non-profit group, that the government doesn’t directly control, to study different kinds of treatments to see what works better and is the best use of money.

-It makes chain restaurants like McDonalds display how many calories are in all of their foods, so people can have an easier time making choices to eat healthy.

-It makes a “high-risk pool” for people with pre-existing conditions. Basically, this is a way to slowly ease into getting rid of “pre-existing conditions” altogether. For now, people who already have health issues that would be considered “pre-existing conditions” can still get insurance, but at different rates than people without them.

-It renews some old policies, and calls for the appointment of various positions.

-It creates a new 10% tax on indoor tanning booths.

-It says that health insurance companies can no longer tell customers that they won’t get any more coverage because they have hit a “lifetime limit”. Basically, if someone has paid for life insurance, that company can’t tell that person that he’s used that insurance too much throughout his life so they won’t cover him any more. They can’t do this for lifetime spending, and they’re limited in how much they can do this for yearly spending.

-Kids can continue to be covered by their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26.

-No more “pre-existing conditions” for kids under the age of 19.

-Insurers have less ability to change the amount customers have to pay for their plans.

-People in a “Medicare Gap” get a rebate to make up for the extra money they would otherwise have to spend.

-Insurers can’t just drop customers once they get sick.

-Insurers have to tell customers what they’re spending money on. (Instead of just “administrative fee”, they have to be more specific).

-Insurers need to have an appeals process for when they turn down a claim, so customers have some manner of recourse other than a lawsuit when they’re turned down.

-New ways to stop fraud are created.

-Medicare extends to smaller hospitals.

-Medicare patients with chronic illnesses must be monitored more thoroughly.

-Reduces the costs for some companies that handle benefits for the elderly.

-A new website is made to give people insurance and health information.

-A credit program is made that will make it easier for business to invest in new ways to treat illness.

-A limit is placed on just how much of a percentage of the money an insurer makes can be profit, to make sure they’re not price-gouging customers.

-A limit is placed on what type of insurance accounts can be used to pay for over-the-counter drugs without a prescription. Basically, your insurer isn’t paying for the Aspirin you bought for that hangover.

-Employers need to list the benefits they provided to employees on their tax forms.

8/1/2012
-Any health plans sold after this date must provide preventative care (mammograms, colonoscopies, etc.) without requiring any sort of co-pay or charge.

1/1/2013
-If you make over $200,000 a year, your taxes go up a tiny bit (0.9%)

1/1/2014
This is when a lot of the really big changes happen.

-No more “pre-existing conditions”. At all. People will be charged the same regardless of their medical history.

-If you can afford insurance but do not get it, you will be charged a fee. This is the “mandate” that people are talking about. Basically, it’s a trade-off for the “pre-existing conditions” bit, saying that since insurers now have to cover you regardless of what you have, you can’t just wait to buy insurance until you get sick. Otherwise no one would buy insurance until they needed it. You can opt not to get insurance, but you’ll have to pay the fee instead, unless of course you’re not buying insurance because you just can’t afford it.

-Insurers now can’t do annual spending caps. Their customers can get as much health care in a given year as they need.

-Make it so more poor people can get Medicare by making the low-income cut-off higher.

-Small businesses get some tax credits for two years.

-Businesses with over 50 employees must offer health insurance to full-time employees, or pay a penalty.

-Limits how high of an annual deductible insurers can charge customers.

-Cut some Medicare spending

-Place a $2500 limit on tax-free spending on FSAs (accounts for medical spending). Basically, people using these accounts now have to pay taxes on any money over $2500 they put into them.

-Establish health insurance exchanges and rebates for the lower-class, basically making it so poor people can get some medical coverage.

-Congress and Congressional staff will only be offered the same insurance offered to people in the insurance exchanges, rather than Federal Insurance. Basically, we won’t be footing their health care bills any more than any other American citizen.

-A new tax on pharmaceutical companies.

-A new tax on the purchase of medical devices.

-A new tax on insurance companies based on their market share. Basically, the more of the market they control, the more they’ll get taxed.

-The amount you can deduct from your taxes for medical expenses increases.

1/1/2015
-Doctors’ pay will be determined by the quality of their care, not how many people they treat.

1/1/2017
-If any state can come up with their own plan, one which gives citizens the same level of care at the same price as the PPaACA, they can ask the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for permission to do their plan instead of the PPaACA. So if they can get the same results without, say, the mandate, they can be allowed to do so. Vermont, for example, has expressed a desire to just go straight to single-payer (in simple terms, everyone is covered, and medical expenses are paid by taxpayers).

2018
-All health care plans must now cover preventative care (not just the new ones).

-A new tax on “Cadillac” health care plans (more expensive plans for rich people who want fancier coverage).

2020
-The elimination of the “Medicare gap."

Aaaaand that’s it right there.

The biggest thing opponents of the bill have against it is the mandate. They claim that it forces people to buy insurance, and forcing people to buy something in unconstitutional. Personally, I take the opposite view, as it’s not telling people to buy a specific thing, just to have a specific type of thing, just like a part of the money we pay in taxes pays for the police and firemen who protect us, this would have us paying to ensure doctors can treat us for illness and injury.

Plus, as previously mentioned, it’s necessary if you’re doing away with “pre-existing conditions” because otherwise no one would get insurance until they needed to use it, which defeats the purpose of insurance.

~*::Meow::*~
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Change the lyrics to the refrain of "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel to "in my pants". You will thank me.

~*::Meow::*~
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I don't know what to do with myself anymore.

~*::Meow::*~

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