dextra: (Duct Tape)
So a government task force has decided that women shouldn't bother getting a mammogram until the age of 50, and self breast exams are utterly worthless. I shouldn't be this irate this early in the morning.

My aunt beat breast cancer in her late 30's, BECAUSE she caught it early with a self-exam. And because she has had it, it puts me at a higher risk for it. But I shouldn't concern myself for another 18 years, because silly women, they get all paranoid every time they feel the slightest bump and it wastes time and money. This is some serious bullshit right here. Remember when they were telling women to consider themselves "pre-pregnant?" Some things only get more stupid.
dextra: (Zomg. Boom.)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-page/hhs-moves-to-define-contr_b_112887.html

In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman's access to contraception. In order to do this, the Department is attempting to redefine many forms of contraception, the birth control 40% of Americans use, as abortion.

This is such fucking bullshit. I am so sick of women being treated like criminals for trying to take care of themselves. I was just going off on a rant the other day about this very thing. It gets harder and harder for women to be able to obtain their preference in birth control. Try getting a doctor to let a woman have a tubal ligation that's under 30 and doesn't have a half dozen kids. And emergency contraception? OMG YOU WHORE.

What kills me about this is that women get shit on when it comes to reproductive health, yet Viagra is seemingly EVERYWHERE. Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it make more sense to take the bullets out of the gun?
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I went down to the comic shop this afternoon to keep Sara company. Chris is in Cincinnati at that Botcon thing, and I gotta say, it's been very nice and quiet. We should send him away more often. *laughs*

So I'm heading from my house to the shop, which is normally about a ten minute drive. I get about a mile from the house and traffic is stopped. Well, it's about 4:00, so traffic gets a little slow. No big deal. Until I'm sitting there for 20 mintues. Traffic starts back up and I get another couple of miles, to the bypass. And then I sit there for half an hour, moving about a couple of feet a minute. I ended up in traffic for an HOUR.

I did notice that the eastbound on-ramp to I-64 was closed. I called Sara, and she said she wasn't sure what was going on, but she had heard from a couple of customers that there was some kind of oil or chemical spill on the interstate. Yep.

http://www.wlextv.com/global/story.asp?s=8226211

And because of that, they were rerouting ALL the interstate traffic through downtown Morehead. Fucking fantastic. And now there's this stench that's hanging around outside, so I had to shut the windows and turn the AC on. I hate that. I don't like turning on the AC unless it's absolutely necessary. When I was in Arizona, air conditioning was a necessity of life. In Louisiana, there were plenty of days you could do without it, if you had a place with ceiling fans and good shade. I just hate using it because there is a some chemical crap floating around in the air. That shit's part of why I hated Phoenix so much.
dextra: (L'internet est des affaires serieuses)
DUH. I could have told you that when she was in Freaky Friday or Bad News Bears.

I just don't see why it's such a big deal. Ok, fine, she's gay. That doesn't necessarily mean she has to shout it out to the world and then grand marshall a pride parade. She's just a private person. That's all. And if she were in a relationship with a man for 14 years without making it public, it wouldn't even be a footnote. *shakes head*

Slow news days. If something major were going on, no one would have even noticed this.

http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,2228398,00.html
dextra: (Think or I will set you on fire)
Found this via [livejournal.com profile] aeire:

Old School Sesame Street not suitable for today's kids?

You just can't make this shit up. I'm of the same opinion as today's Punch an' Pie comic: "Yeah but when I was a kid I didn't eat cookies 'cos some fat muppet told me to, I at them 'cos they TASTE GOOD. And if I ate too many then I learned that B was for barfing and that was good enough for me."

I watched Sesame Street from the time I was old enough to watch the television. I stopped after I reached about 8 years old, and didn't watch it again until I had kids of my own. And it wasn't the same. First of all, Elmo sends me into a frothing homicidal rage. And it all seemed way too glossy than the way I remembered it. There was no semblence of reality at all. Back in the day, Sesame Street was a little more real. You could almost believe that you could go there. Now...unless you're a hallucinogenic aficianado, that's just not even feasible. My kids lost interest in it pretty quickly. They can relate to cartoons better than that.

The whole PC, overly cautious, shine and polish, protect the children from life mentality that has taken over children's programming is fucking stupid. Kids today aren't as innocent as we were, yet for some reason, we feel compelled to try to force them into OUR ideal childhoods. It doesn't work. My kids are wisened, foul-mouthed little psychopaths that think Sesame Street is lame, and prefer Shaun of the Dead over Shrek. And you know what? They're fine. In fact, they're awesome. They're smart, socially well-adjusted, and most importantly, they think for themselves. They don't need a overly idealized, sugar-free candy-coated version of reality to get their morality from.
dextra: (Heroes - STFU)
Grow a sense of humor, kthxbai.

That was fucking funny right there. Homer looks like he's about to play ring toss.
dextra: (Firefly - ZOMG Simon)
Family's Pit Bull Sodomizes Toddler

I'm not even kidding. You can't make this kind of WTFery up.

Found here.

That right there is why I'm a cat person. Sweet zombie Jesus.
dextra: (SIP - Fields of Gold)
According to Sports Illustrated/CNN, Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son before hanging himself.

Nancy and Daniel, may you rest in peace. Chris...words can't express my heartbreak and outrage. You were always one of the good guys. Now you're just another child killing scumbag. May you get what you deserve in the next life.

Edit: I was sort of waiting for this. There was a history of abuse, and apparently Nancy had filed for a divorce and a restraining order 4 years ago.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/fayette/stories/2007/06/25/0625benoit.html

So sad.

Jun. 14th, 2007 08:19 am
dextra: (SIP - Fields of Gold)
I broke character in the middle of the zombie madness yesterday because of the storms that blew threw here and caused a bunch of damage and mayhem. Unfortunately, the police cruiser I saw was the result of a fatality.

From nola.com:

One deputy killed, one seriously injured by falling tree
Posted by rrhoden June 13, 2007 4:26PM

By Jenny Hurwitz and Charlie Chapple
St. Tammany bureau

As a miles-long funeral processional snaked through Covington en route to pay respects for fallen Deputy Hilery Mayo on Wednesday, tragedy delivered yet another cruel blow to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

A deputy was killed and another was badly injured when a sudden, violent thunderstorm deluged the funeral procession around 4 p.m. and toppled a large pine tree that crushed the deputies' patrol car.

The pair was traveling from the funeral service in Mandeville to Mayo's burial at the Pinecrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Covington.

Corp. Linden "Beau" Raimer, 35, of Madisonville, who was driving at the time, was killed when the tree struck his cruiser on West 21st Avenue at Johnson Street, about half a mile from the cemetery, authorities said.

He was immediately transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, where he was pronounced dead.

The passenger, Deputy Marylin "Mary" Mayo, 26, of Slidell -- no relation to Hilery Mayo -- was also ferried to the hospital and is listed in critical condition with serious spinal injuries, authorities said.

















There's a photo of the car on the front page of nola.com, on the link I posted above. It looked even worse from the side view.
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So right as I was making my last post, one hell of a storm rolled in and tore some shit UP. Just as I clicked "post entry" the power went out, and did it again four more times. David left the office a little early to head out this way (he, Ashley and I all live in the same neighborhood) to see if there was any damage. He said he'd heard a tornado had touched down close by, and there were trees down all over, to not come out 190 to come home (our usual route). Then Ashley's brother said that Tyler St was blocked as well due to a downed tree that hit a car. I got home on 190 ok, but there were several side roads that were closed off. I had to find my way through the neighborhood on streets I hadn't been on.

This was the best I could find on the damage so far: )

I saw the sherrif's car that was mentioned. There was a flatbed truck accompanied by two cruisers with their lights on that passed us on the way home. Apparently everyone else on the road knew about it, because everyone pulled over when it passed. I know most people do that, but around here, most assholes won't get out of the way of an ambulance with the siren blaring. The cab was smashed straight down to the frame. If there was anyone in that car, it's not likely they survived. If they did, they were damn lucky.
dextra: (I'm not like other girls)
I'm a member of waaaay too many communities. So many that I had to set up a separate page so my friends' posts wouldn't get lost in the shuffle. Anyway, I get a good variety of things to read when I need a brain break from work. I'm thinking I need to take some time to reorganize, add and delete some things from the list.

Over on [livejournal.com profile] kissmyass_cosmo, there is a post discussing this article:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6606927.stm

Grrrrrl Powah! )
dextra: (Spork your eyes)
Freedom of speech does not apply to television and/or radio. The FCC exists for a reason. Had Don Imus said the hateful, racist, sexist things he did out on the street, then he's an asshole, but he can say that, because freedom of speech applies in that situation.

When he says it on the radio, he's still an asshole, but in that instance, he's an asshole that can get fired. Just like you can't go to your place of employment and say such things, or you would lose your job, the same applies to him. Being a celebrity does not change that rule.

Now shut the fuck up, and go find another pit of stupidity to fall into.

Hugs and Kisses,

Dextra
dextra: (Can they hear me)
It bugs me sometimes how news agencies will put more or less of an emphasis, or even a completely different spin, on certain news story. For instance, there's a story I saw on the local news, repeatedly, this morning.

There was a house in Peoria, Arizona, on 69th Ave and Ironwood (about 2 or 3 blocks from my old apartment in Glendale - yes, the towns are that close together) where there was a bust of illegal immigrants and their smugglers. So far, just this morning, I've seen three different versions of this story:

My journalistic ovaries are twitching with annoyance )
dextra: (ZOMG Simon)
Just saw this over at [livejournal.com profile] wtf_inc:

The president of the leading Southern Baptist seminary has incurred sharp attacks from both the left and right by suggesting that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven, and that prenatal treatment to reverse gay orientation would be biblically justified.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2951433

I see this ending in fire. Thankfully, there was a voice of reason in the article:

Such logic dismayed Jennifer Chrisler of Family Pride, a group that supports gay and lesbian families.

"What bothers me is the hypocrisy," she said. "In one breath, they say the sanctity of an unborn life is unconditional, and in the next breath, it's OK to perform medical treatments on them because of their own moral convictions, not because there's anything wrong with the child."
dextra: (I can kill you with my brain)
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/NEWS02/703060363/1018&GID=xi+6X4FdPrduoI2j4z90HCGbIVUKXnx7c7Gbd64k1iw=

High School Students Suspended for Saying "Vagina" at Open Mic Night

Article Behind Cut for the Link-phobic )

Way to put them little women-folk in their places, you cunts.

FUCK!

Jun. 19th, 2006 05:45 pm
dextra: (Rageahol)
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law a ban on most abortions, which would be triggered i fthe U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure, a spokesman said on Saturday. The ban would apply to all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, except when the mother's life is threatened. It is similar to a South Dakota law that has become the latest focus of the abortion battle.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/19/AR2006061900312.html
dextra: (Fields of Gold)
Most of you might not know who he is by name, but one of comic's greatest illustrators died this morning. Alex Toth was responsible for the look of some of the best cartoons of my childhood, including Superfriends and Space Ghost. He apparently died at his drawing table, according to his son.

Wow.

May. 12th, 2006 06:36 pm
dextra: (YAY ohmygod)
I got a call from my financial aid chick before I left work. I don't have to worry about paying a dime for school. Apparently I was brought up during some meeting (All the school officials were there), and they decided to give me a special grant to cover everything that my financial aid didn't cover. I was being left with a balance of nearly $23K, which would have to come from my own pocket, and obviously, I don't have.

So I went down and signed off on it today. Both Abigail (financial aid chick) and Summer (stalkery admissions chick) were there waiting for me, and they were squeeing over me. I was kind of in a goofy state of shocked, and I still am. I was told, though, that when I redo my FAFSA for next year, it could change a bit, so to be prepared, but that if I did have to make a tuition payment, it would be small (like less than $300). But, whenever they get my transcripts in (*grumbles* Slow-assed Kentucky.) I should qualify for a merit scholarship, which would further cover me. Basically, if you have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, you get it automatically. I had a 3.7. *beams*

This has to be one of the coolest things ever to happen to me. I can't stop grinning.
dextra: (Default)
Mick Jagger Refuses To Give Up Hotel Room To President Bush

"Bush's people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick going to do that."

You go, Mick.

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