Kiss My Rosy Red

Comentary on life, current events and social/political issues around the world.


Generosity
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Americans have been facing hard times (in relative terms) for a while now.  My family has been no acception.  My husband lost his job over a year ago and though he has searched high and low, he can't find work.  We live in an area where a car is an absolute must.  Everything is far away and it gets so cold it isn't safe to walk to the next block, let alone two miles to the nearest grocery. 

My car has been broken down for a while now because we can't afford to fix it.  My husband's car runs, but has an exhaust problem so we have to drive with the windows down, the transmission is slipping, and you have to trip to fuel pump to shut the car off because the ignition is broken.  While doing volunteer work for the church and the Catholic school my children attend, my husband met a very generous man.  This man helped my husband attempt to fix his car.  When that didn't work, this man and his family GAVE us a car.  It's an older car, but it has been well maintained and runs well.  This family could have sold their used car.  They could have even offered to sell it to us.  They didn't, though.  They just signed the title over and even paid for that, not asking for anything in return. 

I have given often.  I give clothes to those who need them for their children.  I've donated car seats.  I've bought groceries for friends who needed it and were too proud to ask.  I always put money in the Salvation Army bucket.  I always give change and pop cans to those boys from down the street who collect them to pay for church camp every summer.  I donate to the fod pantry and always manage to find something for my daughters to take to school for food and clothes drives.  I believe, very strongly, in giving to those who have needs, even if I don't have a lot to give.  I have always told my children to be generous because it is right and good to give to those whose needs are greater.  The generous hearts of the friends I've made lately have astounded me and have challenged me to be a better person. 

So, in the spirit of community, if you or anyone you know has a need in these hard times, post it here and we'll see if we can't help.  Alternately, if you have something to give or trade, post it here.  I'm sure someone could use the help.

I'll begin:

I have TONS of baby clothes.  My boys are 5 and 7 now, but I have saved all of their baby clothes because I was sure I would find someone who would need them.  Unfortunately, everyone I have encountered is having a girl.  I have coats that are practically brand new because my children have grandparents who buy them a new coat every year.  If you have little boys, email me with their sizes and I will see what I have to fit them. 

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At least The Early Show put Kevin Jonas' wedding after the failure at Copenhagen. Tiger would have come first!

Getting to Know You
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When I first began writing on livejournal I found everyone here quite friendly, but as time wore on, I have found a lot of people who aren't.  Here's the thing, if you're going to post something, write a blog, put something out there, you obviously want and expect others to read it.  Not everyone is going to agree with you.  I'm sure I have unpopular views and I don't expect everyone to agree with them.  I don't, however, expect others to post nasty comments about me because they disagree with me.  One person wrote a three paragraph rant about how I haven't no real world experience and called me quite a few interesting names.  Really?  That's childish.

When you encounter a person on here, you really don't know who they are.  Being a college student doesn't make me wet-behind-the-ears or a daddy's girl and it doesn't mean I have no real world experience.  I write here because I it's a place to express myself, I have no particular subject I have to write about, and I have no editor telling me "you can't say that!  we'll get sued!".  The fact is, I have been in the real world for quite sometime.  I haven't even seen my parents in two years because I live quite far from them.  I've worked in both the public and private sector.  I have children and this is my second round in college. 

If you disagree with me, that's fine, but don't judge me without knowing who I am or what I'm about.  That just shows your total lack of intelligence and class. 

But please, if someone disagrees with me, I do love a good debate!

Freedom At Last
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I have finally turned in the last of my papers, taken the last of my final exams and have been set free for Winter Break.  I intend to spend my spare time over the holidays reading a book about Cults and Conspiracies.  It should be interesting.  The greatest thing about it is that I will be reading for pleasure, not a class!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

4 Police Officers Among 6 Indicted for Racially Motivated Beating
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Luis Ramirez died after a men beat him while screaming racial slurs at him in July 2008. The Shenandoah, Pennsylvania Police Cheif helped in an attempt to cover up the event and obstruct investigations.

Are you serious?! In this day and age I would like to sleep at night knowing we are passed this. As I like to say, we are more evolved than that! I am constantly finding new articles on more people who are being beat down or put down because they aren't white, straight males. What's your opinion? Is this country continuing its march forward in the fight for equality, or are we sliding back down the mountain we already climbed?

We've begun to do away with Affirmative Action, we're discriminating against our female veterans, then telling them they should be fine with that because it's better than what they had in the past, police chiefs are covering up hate crimes...what has this world come to? Is there still a beacon of hope out there?

Women in the Military Receiving the Cold Shoulder
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I was reading an artilce on Yahoo! this morning that upset men enough to comment on it here. Before I sound off on this issue, let me make it clear, I'm not in the military, nor have I ever been in the military so my view is merely that of a bystander.

The article "Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance" and the resulting comments has me all stirred up. The author claims women are being discriminated against by receiving lower disability payments, lower disability ratings, through sexual harrassment, rape, and in other ways as they come home from the wars. Many people commenting on the article claimed women have no place in combat or that the article is whiney because women are more accepted now than in the past.

ARE YOU FOR REAL??? What kind of world are we living in where women who have served their country are being shit on by that country? The even bigger question here is, why should women deal with the discrimination they face now simply because we are allowed to hold a job, own property, and NOT be beat on by our fathers and husbands?

I'm sure not all women coming back from a tour in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the many other places they can be stationed face these say issues. The problem is that women should be getting the same bennies and the same recognition as their male counterparts.

Get your head out of your behind, America. Ladies, thank you for defending my right to call those who discriminate Jackasses! When I go to sleep tonight I will sleep safely and soundly under the blanket of protection provided by the men AND women in our armed forces. Anyone who has a problem with the women who defend out country can KISS MY ROSY RED!

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How can America pledge to finance climate programs for other countries when we cant even provide healthcare for our people?!

The Smoldering Butt
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The debate in Michigan is raging over the Smoking Ban awaiting Governor Granholm's signature. While the majority can understand the need to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, many are livid because the ban doesn't include casinos. Bar owners are worried they will lose business to casino bars and cafes.

Everywhere a smoking ban is set to go into effect people scream and cry claiming they are going to go under because they will lose business. That's like a kid screaming because they wanted a brownie instead of a cookie. Once they start eating the cookie, the sniffles stop and they realize it's just as good. Once the ban goes into effect, business will drop off for about a second. People aren't going to change their habits or stop going to their favorite bar because they now have to smoke on the patio rather than on a bar stool.

The health benefits gained are going to far exceed the whining of a few business owners. No one should be forced to endure something that knowlingly causes cancer because they need a job to keep a roof over their head. There's no way to protect employees from second hand smoke. Having a smoking section is ineffective because the smoke will go where it can. You can't tell cancer causeing smoke to stay in it's own area.

To use the argument someone else used about gay marriage (which was stupid in that instance); you can't expect the majority to suffer through it because a small minority thinks it's ok. Smokers are the minority. If they want to smoke they can do so where their smoke isn't going to affect others.

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I have stocked up on hot cocoa and hearty chicken alfredo soup. im ready to hole up until tomorrow morning.

Let It Snow
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After being stuck in the midst of a snow storm so bad the University was closed for he first time in my memory, I am TIRED of snow! My wonderful friends who live below the 45th parallel keep calling me to sing "Let It Snow" and continuously email me snow fairies, which they think are hilarious. Snow drifts are already to my waist and before you know it, the snow will be deeper than me! Classes weren't cancelled today and I barely made it in time for my history final after digging the car out. The snow continues to fall. I'm going to grab some hot chocolate on my way home and curse all of you who have sent a snow fairy. For the record, you can take your snow fairy and shove it where the sun don't shine! I'm going to be all warm soon where I can pretend I'm in Tahiti sipping something fruity from a coconut.

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