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This blog is all about all the things that make me up. I am a Mother, I am a Pagan Witch, I am a Wife, I am a homemaker, I am a student, I am Spiritual, I am a Teacher, I am Liberal Hippie, I am a Voter, and I am extremely opinionated! Plan to see it all! If you don't like what you see, feel free to leave! However, chances are, if you stick around, you'll find more to love than hate!

Blessings!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Belief O Matic Results

If you've never taken the Belief-O-Matic test, it's so awesome! For me, and most people I've talked to, it's 100% on track. Plus, it's just fun! But it gives you the chance to see not only what religion your beliefs most align with, but also where you stand overall in the religious world.

Here is the test if you want to take it your self.

And here's my results!
1.  Neo-Pagan (100%)
2.  Mahayana Buddhism (81%)
3.  Unitarian Universalism (79%)
4.  New Age (76%)
5.  Jainism (72%)
6.  Reform Judaism (70%)
7.  Hinduism (65%)
8.  Liberal Quakers (65%)
9.  Sikhism (61%)
10.  Theravada Buddhism (60%)
11.  Baha'i Faith (57%)
12.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (54%)
13.  Orthodox Judaism (53%)
14.  New Thought (48%)
15.  Scientology (46%)
16.  Secular Humanism (46%)
17.  Islam (43%)
18.  Taoism (39%)
19.  Orthodox Quaker (38%)
20.  Nontheist (26%)
21.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (22%)
22.  Eastern Orthodox (20%)
23.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (20%)
24.  Roman Catholic (20%)
25.  Seventh Day Adventist (19%)
26.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (18%)
27.  Jehovah's Witness (10%)

No surprises here!

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Hookers" Killed in Long Island?

I'm a big fan of the news. I usually watch it at least twice sometimes three times a day plus Good Morning America. So of course I've been following the serial killer case as it unfolds in Long Island. So far there have been at least 9 (although I'm hearing a 10th is possible) women found along a secluded beech. Autopsy reports are saying asphyxiation, and some of the bodies have been dismembered. What these women seem to have gone through is disturbing and disgusting.

But what I am finding to be even more disgusting than what this monster did to them, is what the media is doing to them. I am so tired of hearing the word Hooker! It seems as if in every report I'm hearing they are being labeled hookers as if it were a title. Instead of it being this poor woman was found it's "Hooker So-and-so's body was found today."

I do understand that many people (although not me) see Escorts as a lower class of person or as criminals. But frankly I don't see how any of that should matter. These women aren't the ones in the wrong here, they didn't ask to be murdered and dumped. They simply wanted to live their lives and move on. Yet some creature of the night took advantage of that "low status" in our society, attacked them, killed them and walked away! HE (or she) is the one in the wrong here, the one who warrants our anger and hatred. These women were someone's sister, daughter, aunt, friend, etc.

So I have to say that I am completely appalled at the use of the word "Hooker" preceding each of their names or even simply referring to them as an "unidentified hooker" as if they were less than your average woman. These women deserve just as much respect and honor as any other woman would get. And it sickens me that we live in a society that is so quick to blame the victim. Sure, they aren't saying "Well, they deserved it cause they're hookers" but that is surely how they are presenting it. As if their occupation is high risk so it's not quite the big deal it would have been otherwise. Sickening! Truly sickening!

So, here is my message for the popular media:
These are WOMEN first!
Murder VICTIMS second!
Sex Workers LAST!
Stop saying Hookers as if it were a title!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank you Catherine Zeta-Jones

As of now just about anyone who has turned on the TV, listened to the radio or so much as walked through the checkout at the supermarket knows that Cathrine Zeta-Jones was admitted in to a mental health facility for treatment. Although initial reports said "Alcohol Problem" a spokesperson has now made it clear that while she has been receiving treatment it is NOT for alcohol.

Instead, she was hospitalized for her BiPolar II condition. As a person suffering with BiPolar II, I know how difficult this illness can make simply getting out of bed. But the hardest part of living with BiPolar Disorder (BPD) is when others find out. You get the "Oh, your crazy" look and the "I'm sorry" comments. Most people hear "BiPolar" and think "Nutbag!" Or they see someone like Charlie Sheen ranting and raving and assume that if you aren't acting the part you are simply faking the condition or making it up.

I have never been afraid of being honest about my condition. But I don't usually introduce myself as "Hi, I'm Sabrina, the BiPolar Girl" either. When it comes up, I'm honest about it. Fortunately for me, it doesn't come up often though!

I have been hospitalized twice, medicated quite a few times and in and out of therapy since I was a child. BUT, at the moment I'm exploring some more natural options of dealing with my condition.

Anyways, the whole point here is simply to say how thankful I am the Catherine Zeta-Jones has not only sought the treatment she needs, but that she is willing to be open and honest about it. Like most mental conditions BPD is greatly misunderstood by the vast majority of the population. Because of that, many people who could benefit from treatment, avoid it so they don't have to admit they have a problem to their friends, family and co-workers. Left unchecked and untreated BPD can lead to everything from basic depression to eating disorders and even to suicide.

Thanks to her honesty about her condition, and her willingness to make that condition public, many people will be able to be helped! Already I'm hearing people ask "What is BiPolar Disorder," "What triggers it" and "Who can be affected?" Like most conditions of this type it takes a high profile case to open minds and doors. Through her willingness to speak out, the stigma around BPD is lifted slightly more and information will flood through the news and in to the hands of those who may need it.

So this is my THANK YOU Catherine Zeta-Jones! Thank you from all of us suffering each day in silence! Your openness about your treatment will save lives!

Tennis Balls In The Dryer

So I just got back from doing clothes. My dryer has been broken for ages so I am forced to do the laundromat thing - UGH!  While I'm there I see a woman drying her daughters bedding - Okay, it was Pink Barbie bedding, so I HOPE it was her daughters, but you never really know...  Anyways, she loads all the freshly washed bedding in to the dryer, turns the heat on to high and then tossed in 4 or 5 TENNIS BALLS! This practice is becoming more and more common as the price of fabric softener goes up and as people are trying to go more natural and use less chemicals. But, DO NOT USE TENNIS BALLS IN THE DRYER!!!  If you want to go the dryer ball route, awesome! You'll cut down on the chemicals your family is exposed to, prolong the life of your clothes (because fabric softener breaks down the fabric) and you'll be saving a small part of nature - good for you! BUT, dryer balls are meant to be used in the dryer - Tennis balls are NOT. Tennis balls have HUGE amounts of lead in them and using them in the dryer releases that lead on to your laundry... Drying children's bedding and clothing with Tennis Balls increases your child's exposure to lead which causes everything from mild hallucinations to full on medical conditions...  So, do yourself, your kids and your pets a HUGE favor, don't risk their health so you can save a few dollars... Spend the extra $2 on actual Dryer Balls OR Make Your Own!

I will ALWAYS encourage green living! But don't do it at the risk of your loved ones!

Wanna learn some tips on going green?  Read these posts:
Vinegar & Baking Soda
The Landry Beast
The Sidekicks

Grime Fighters
Citric Cousins
Wood Wonders
Armed & Dangerous
More Tips

Friday, April 8, 2011

Planned Parenthood Cuts

Okay, this should be a short one. But it angers me that Republicans are even considering, let alone pushing for funding to Planned Parenthood to be cut. To me it shows exactly how Republican's really feel about America. If you aren't rich and beautiful you don't deserve to be here.

Planned Parenthood provides basic healthcare, parenting classes, birth-control, mammograms, OB/GYN services and other things for millions of low income or impoverished women across the country. Denying them that simply because 6% of their business is providing abortions is simply disgusting!

We are talking about an increase of death from birth-defects, disease, infection and even cancer simply because women no longer have access to healthcare in low income areas. Unwanted pregnancies, HIV & AIDS cases will increase, resulting in more people on disability and welfare. And lets face it, if half of those women who can't afford Birth-control and end up pregnant have to try and pay for their delivery out of pocket, we're looking at more homeless women and children too...

I know it's hard to get through some people's heads, but Planned Parenthood is a wonderful organization! Unfortunately Anti-Choice groups would have you believe PP is out there with the sole purpose of killing every child the US sees...

So here's what I have to say, if it comes down to cutting Planned Parenthood and a Government Shutdown - SHUT IT DOWN BABY! The millions of women in this country that depend on PP need that funding way to much! No one has ever ended up with HIV, an unplanned pregnancy or a Birth Defect simply because of a Government Shutdown - PP shut down on the other hand places WAY to many at risk!

Educate yourself about the roll that PP plays and the funding needed. And do what you can to support them! Make it known that women are important!

Planned Parenthood Official Site
Women's Health At Risk: Support Planned Parenthood
Take Action: A Letter to Congress

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Drug Tests & Welfare...

Okay, so I've been looking for a good topic to start this blog off with, but simply couldn't pick one. So I figure this one is good as any as it keeps coming up in my online communities.

So, here's the question - Should we start drug testing Welfare and Food Stamp applicants?  My short answer - NO. Now, I've been called everything from a "crack head addict" to a "stupid liberal waste of life" and just about everything in between because of that view. But I think what people don't care to hear are the reasons I have that opinion. Believe it or not, there are reasons for people to make up their mind about things beyond simply wanting to be the disliked minority.

I honestly have a hard time understanding why anyone things drug tests would be a good idea in this situation. Now, sure, on paper it sounds great. If people can afford illegal drugs why can't they afford food? Right? Well, unfortunately, like everything else in the world it's simply not that black and white.

For one, drug tests are very expensive to do. Even if each test only did minimal testing like the ones you buy in the drug store, you're looking at a cost of $15 to $45 EACH. Now, multiply that by the MILLIONS of applicants each year. Where is that money supposed to come from? Higher taxes? Isn't the point of doing the tests, to LOWER tax money used for the welfare system? So how is adding MILLIONS of dollars to the bill going to help anything?

Secondly, are we going to test at the time of application and then let them go? Or are we going to do multiple tests when it comes time to re-certify or are we just going to do a single test and then stop caring if they use? Again - $$$!!!  I hear dollar signs!

Third, I know more than my fair share of drug addicts and users. NONE of them can't pass a test if they need to. So unless we are going to do hair tests (which test for past usage) or blood test (which is still easily falsified) there is simply no point because those who need to be stopped from being awarded benefits are simply going to find a way around it anyways.   Okay, so now, make those dollar signs completely pointless!

Finally, lets talk about the few who do fail their tests. If they are applying for welfare - guess what, they are low income. Sure, that means they should put what little money they have in to food and utilities over drugs, but obviously good choices aren't their forte. Lets take a low ball guesstimate that 50% of them have children... That's still, at the very least, THOUSANDS of children who will be forced to go without food or with less food.

But why not simply remove the children from those who fail the test? Wow, do I need to go in to what a strain that would cause on the system? There are already not enough foster homes for the kids that are out there. And one in SIX foster parents is abusive. So lets take children, who many times have at least one loving decent parent, away from homes which are otherwise loving and caring and place them in foster homes where they are little more than a paycheck, simply because mom smokes pot to calm her nerves after work...

I understand there is a HUGE amount of money going in to the welfare system and I understand more than anyone that WAY to many abuse it. But I also understand there are those who actually do need the help. Does the welfare system need to be altered? YES. But this isn't how! Rather than forcing drug tests and costing tax payers HUGE, no make that MASSIVE, amounts of money, why not look for alternative changes which can be made? There are cost effective alternatives. Of course there other options out there. Options no one wants to talk about because they would take actual work to get started and making them work...  Oh, and then there is the fact that it's simply easy to hate the "lower" members of society. Lets face it, if you make a few million a year and want to put a little powder up your nose so you can work all night, you're a joke, but you can still bill 9 grand to show at a party. But if you're blue collar or no collar and smoke a joint after work, you're the scum of the earth and not worth the time it would take to start the programs that could help you get out of the "poor house" and out of the system in the first place.
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