piplover: (Merlin)
You know, sometimes our world seems so large that it's easy to forget that we are, in the end, basically the same.  Other times, however, I can't believe how small and connected we are. 

I think 2011 is going to be a good year, despite what is happening around the world. That, even such horrific events as are taking place in Egypt right now, can be for the good.  It's horrible that a nation has to riot and rise up against their government, but...

Great change comes at a price.  Russia, China, Germany, even the US and France, if we want to delve deeper into the past.  When there is oppression, the people will eventually rise up and fight it.  There will be death.  And there will be horrible moments when the world looks like it is going to fall apart.  But we are a strong, adaptable species, and I fully believe that the people will come out of this stronger and for the better.  

I have no doubt there will be a long road to travel.  Anytime you change an aspect of government that affects peoples lives it will take time. But I am hoping, and praying, that the loss won't be too devastating to get there.

Our world is changing, but I don't think it's a bad thing.  Sometimes, out of the rubble can be erected the most sturdy of foundations.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who are struggling.  You aren't alone. 
piplover: (As it should be)
I just saw that the full House of Representatives and the Armed Services Committee in the Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  I know it's not time to start dancing yet, but people!  We're making progress!  They may try to stall this and filibuster and try to push it back, but we're moving forward!  

I swear, the moment this damn farce of a rule goes out the window, I will dance in the street!  
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Sometimes it's easy to forget that less than a hundred years ago, women didn't have the right to vote.  We couldn't wear trousers, or go to most universities.   Those who did go against the norm were considered radicals, and suffered not only ridicule, but torture and death.  Therefore, in honor of these women, I leave you all these real life heroes.  

Heroes )
piplover: (suck!)
I had the 7 Straight Nights candlelight vigil and sign holding thing tonight.  It - well, it sucked.  Out of the 20 or so people who promised to show, only 4 actaully did.  One person came in off the street who wanted to help, which was awesome, but everyone left well before the actual vigil started.  So... just me, sitting in the plaza with 50 luminary bags, a cooler full of water bottles and a plateful of cookies I made yesterday, hoping desperately that someone would show up.  At about 8:10 I gave up and just packed everything up, ordered a pizza and went home to hide under the covers with a nice glass of Baily's.  Yeah, tonight sucked. 

Oh, well.  At least it's over, and now I can just concentrate on school and my dad.  
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Hello, all.  I just wanted to post a quick update before I vanish again.  My father is off the ventilator, his pnuemonia has cleared up and he is stable.  In fact, I was able to talk to him today and tell him I love him, which I haven't been able to do for almost a month.  So for that, at least, I am thankful and very grateful.

On the other hand, someone hacked into my paypal account and took out 539 dollars, which totally pisses me off to no end.  I just don't have the energy for this shit anymore.  I have to go to the bank tomorrow and call customer service to get it straightened out.  Gahh.  I just can't win.  

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still around and am so very thankful for all your support the past few weeks.  Once classes calm down and I finish with the 7 Straight Nights I should be around more often.  Take care, everyone.  

Squee!!

Aug. 1st, 2008 02:56 pm
piplover: (happy)

Remember how I said a few posts ago that I'm organizing a vigil to support the LGBT community, and that it's part of a nationwide event?  Well, I just talked to one of their people and they invited me to attend a workshop in Austin on the 16th.  They'll pay for my plane ticket and hotel room!  

This is a very good, as I'm totally over my head organization wise.  I mean, dealing with protestors in a peaceful manner?  No problem!  I was stationed in Korea and AZ, after all.  But organizing the event, raising the money and finding the right permits and sponsers for everything?  Way over my head!  

I'm hoping to get some good information from this, and if nothing else, maybe make some contacts.  Wish me luck!  I'm so excited!

piplover: (hope)

The Writers Guild of America is on strike. Thousands of jobs in the
Los Angeles area, in New York, even in Canada, are threatened
by the producers' refusal to deal with the creative forces who keep
their pockets lined.

While the shows that the writers create are suffering, network
producers have reality programming already lined up to take the

place of our beloved shows. This demonstrates that they went into
"negotiations" with no plans to compromise with the WGA, and have
no reason to do so now.

Let's give them one.

Boycott reality TV.

Don't watch it.

Don't stream it.

Don't buy it on iTunes or Amazon or NetFlix.

Don't watch the reruns.

Spread the word.

 

 

Seeing as I hate reality TV, I don't think this will be a problem.  Although I do love Ghosthunters.  Does that count as reality TV?

Anyway, I wish the WGA luck, because the big boys are greedy bastards who need to realize they wouldn't be where they are if not for those writers. 

piplover: (cupid)
Yesterday for Halloween I went over to my mom's dressed as Cleopatra to hand out candy.  The pugs were dressed in costume, too, and I thought I would share the cuteness with you all.  I like the costume I wore, but looking at the picture just brings home how heavy I've become, ugh.  Oh, well, at least the pugs are adorable!
piplover: (Jack)
If you are easily offended, please don't read this. Nough said.


Read more... )
piplover: (hope)
Just watched Wedding Wars on A&E. A very cute movie that dealt with the issue of gay marriage wonderfully. I wish there were more shows out there that presented both sides of the issue in such a way as to be aproachable to all people.
My family thinks I'm very strange for being so passionate about gay rights. They keep asking if I'm gay, or bi and just not telling them. They just can't seem to understand why I would be so - firm - in my belief otherwise.
I don't know how to explain to them that for me, gay rights is as important to our country as black rights, or women's rights. A very large minority of people are being desicriminated against, simply beccause of something they do that is outside the norm. Black people were treated poorly becuase they looked different. Women are still seen as second class citizens in a large part of the world.
So why is gay rights my call to arms? I don't know. I do know that when I was younger I, too, had a lot of prejudice. Then I read a book that was written with a gay character as the lead, and it literally changed me. One of my best friends when I was younger was gay. We used to do everything together, and I trusted him like I rarely trust anyone. We drew apart over time, but I still think of him fondly.
I don't know if I'm going anywhere with this. I know there are a lot of people out there who oppose gay marriage, who oppose gay people in general. I can respect that, just as I am forced to respect the right of people to hate black people or women. But I think it wrong when our country wants to make bigotry legal. This is supposed to be a land where everyone is equal. And sadly, I'm finding it more and more a land where you are equal only to those like yourself.
I know my family will never understand my passion for something that does not affect me directly. But all I can say in answser to that is that something that hurts my fellow man, does affect me. And I would hope it always will.
piplover: (Jack)
President Bush has stopped funding for the suicide hotline, becuase they refuse to offer up the names of those who have called. Literally millions of people have been saved thanks to this hotline, and now our government, in an attack of the stupid, has decided to remove one of the few literal life lines many in this country have.
I don't care if you like our President. I don't care if you favor his policies or the war in Iraq or if you hate his guts and everything to do with him. This is an outrage, and should not be tolerated.
People should not be afraid to reach out for help. People should not have to fear their Government.
If you wish to help, then please, please, go to www.save1800suicide.org and sign the petition at
www.save1800suicide.org/petition.
I know many of my friends are not from the US, but I think that this is something everyone should know about. Only with information can we create change.
piplover: (Jack)
Just because it pisses me off when I read a really good SGA slash fic and they have to bring up that damn "don't ask, don't tell." I swear to all the Gods above that is the stupidest excuse of a rule I ever heard of, not to mention the fact that it is just a way for bigoted, narrow minded, clueless people in power to show their prejudice under the guise of helping. Ok, Mr. President. Get this through your head. I was in the military for over three years. I served with some people who were very obviously gay. Did we give a shit? No. Did we care? No. You know why? Because they did their job, they did it well, and they were good people.
If that wasn't clear enough, let me put is this way. I have never been so involved in so many perverted, insane, and politically un-correct conversations in my life as when I was in the military. And guess what? Nobody cares. When you spend 24/7 with someone for weeks on end, you tend to forget about things like personal space and modesty. I was the only female a lot of times in a sleep tent with about 30 guys. Do you think I cared at the end of the day if I changed my underwear in front of them? No! And you know why? Becuase they're not ogling me! Now tell me, why should a man be any more uncomfortable around a gay man changing his underwear than he would be around me? And for the record, two of my roommates in AIT were gay, and did it bother me? Hell no! They were cool people!
So, there!
If this rant offended anyone, I'm not sorry. I'm sick and tired of people hating each other for stupid reasons. Life is too precious, people, to not accept love where you can find it. There's too much darkness out there in the world. Don't add more.
And on that note:

GO CANADA!

Grumbles

Nov. 20th, 2004 07:11 pm
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This is from a flyer that was passed out at the Main Gate.  I find this really annoying and amusing at the same time.

Activists will be protesting in front of the Main Gate on Sunday, 21 November 2004 from approximately 0930-1230 hours.  I direct all service members currently stationed or attending duty at Fort Huachuca, to make all attempts at avoiding contact with the activists and to avoid the are of the Main Gate, or any other location the activists may move to... I also encourage service members' families, DA civilians, and their family members to avoid contact with the activists and to avoid the location of the protest. 

Remember, part of our mission is to secure the right of our citizens to express their opinions, avoiding confrontation will encourage the peaceful exercise of that right.

We fully respect the right of Americans to assemble and express their opinions under the First Amendment.

The Army is a value-based institution and trains soldiers to conduct themselves in accordance with the Laws of War.

Ft. Huachuca is the home of the U.S. Army Intellignece Center and School.  The Center does not condone - and has never condoned - any of the misbehavior witnessed at Abu Ghraib.

The Army has taken and will continue to take measures to preclude detainee abuse.

Basically, if it weren't for us soldiers, those protestors would not have the right to protest us being here, lol.  Oh, well.  I guess there will always be stupid people in this world.  If they want to protest the treatment of evil bastards who deserve whatever they get, they can go right ahead and do so.  But don't expect me not to make fun of them for doing so. 

Aaaahhhggg!

Nov. 4th, 2004 12:46 pm
piplover: (soldier)
All right, I have had it! The fucking elections are over, people. Bush won. Get over it. Your bashing everyone who voted for him or who doesn't hate him is not going to change the fact that he is president for the next 4 years.
We are not going to have a nuclear war. They are not going to start a draft. The fucking world is not going to end. Life goes one as it has the past 4 years, and then we'll get another president as equally hated by all sides.
I've tried to keep out of this out of respect for all my friends, but I am so sick of reading all these depressing, the world is going to end posts. Did I vote? No, I was not able to get my absentee ballot. Who would I have voted for? Bush. Because I don't think he's done a terrible job.
Do I agree with everything he's said? No. Do I agree with the war? No.
But just because I don't like it doesn't mean it isn't necessary. And for anyone out there who wants to bash me, let me remind you that my fiance and my best friend are over in Iraq right now, with the chance of myself going over there very high. So if anyone should be mad, it should be me!
I don't care what your politcal fascination is. I don't care if you rant and rave on your lj. Its your private playground, say what you want. But for goodness sake, don't bash other people because we don't agree with you.
I have read several posts today from people who are thinking of quiting lj because of this.
Is this what you want from our country? To be devided like kids on the playground because the person you wanted didn't win?
Unfriend me if you want. Tell me how terrible a person I am. But I for one got my lj because I love hobbits, not politics. The world goes on.
piplover: (soldier)
Well, today is the big day to vote...and I wasn't able to send in my absentee ballot. By the time I was able to find out who my voting assistance officer was, and actually get a chance to talk to him three weeks ago, it was too late.
Damnit.

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