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Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

16 May 2011 @ 10:50 pm
OK, I don't know how to do an lj cut, so this is a SPOILER ALERT--don't read further until you have seen tonight's season-ender for Castle.

So how did you all feel? I was/am horrified! I've talked with my sister--we had known someone was going to die. I didn't want it to be the Captain, but then I didn't want it to be anybody, I like them all! But that last episode with the "retiring", we both thought that was a hint that it might be him.

But at least I thought it would be a heroic death. I absolutely HATE what they did to his character in this. Why can't I just have my nice fluffy funny mystery show?! This is Not Good--and knowing we have to wait till September before finding out more does not make me a happy camper.

As to what happened at the very end, I was quite surprised that Castle was so forthcoming with his feelings (all the way thru, really), and since as far as I know, they are renewed for the next season and it's hardly likely to go on without one of the 2 main characters, I don't think she's going to die, do you?

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
02 November 2010 @ 08:48 am
Please VOTE today, all of you who are American and of the right age. I've always voted, but after being immersed this summer in what women of an earlier time went thru to get this right for us, I am voting much more carefully and gratefully, as I am more appreciative that I have this privilege.

Please see my previous post, too, and think of what others went thru so we can exercise this right. In spite of the state of the country, I am still glad that I am an American, and that I live now, and not all those years ago when women were so downtrodden in so many ways.

Melissa M.
Today is August 26. In 1920, American woman finally achieved, after 72 years of striving, the right to vote. Are you all voting? I am, but after recently watching the 2004 HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels (it stars Hillary Swank, and I got it very cheaply on amazon.com), I am taking my right even more seriously, knowing what women went thru, for decades.

This Sunday, a group of young women here in my small town put on a dramatization of some of the 23 girls from right here in Maryville who marched in the huge Suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913. We had fun doing this (and an audience of 100 at our museum, which was great!), and it also made these modern girls much more aware of how hard-won some of their rights are.

Celebrate--and vote intelligently every time there's an election!

Melissa M.
17 May 2010 @ 11:36 pm
If you watch Castle, but have not seen tonight's season finale as yet, stop reading now. (I don't know how to do one of those cut things, sorry.)

By the end of the episode, which I mostly enjoyed for its mystery, I was starting to hope that the hints I had gotten of what might happen would be wrong and that I could keep my Castle + Beckett hopes. Sadly, the last few seconds of the show were a very big upset to what I was wanting to happen. Yes, I have till late September to get over this, but I'm not sure that I will!

How do the rest of you feel about this?!
Melissa M.
14 December 2009 @ 03:57 pm
I've been trying to think of the title and author of a story I've read a few times and liked, and I can't find it--I hope someone will recognize it and help?

It's set just after Sam was relieved of duty in Atlantis. She and Jack are already in a relationship. She flies to his cabin where they spend some time together while she decides which assignment to take next (she eventually decides on Nevada).

It's somewhat angsty but realistic of what they'd probably be like at this stage in their lives. He says to her at one point: "I know you suck at this, Carter. I just wish you didn't suck quite so much."

Can someone point me to the right story? I recently read a new one set immediately after the scene where she's relieved of command by Woolsey, and then I started trying to find this one to reread it and have failed.

Thanks in advance!
Melissa M.

16 September 2009 @ 04:50 pm
Yesterday, my husband came home with his son, after a day working on a concrete job.  He said "you'll never believe what the kid did today!"  (the kid is 42).   The saw which cuts thru concrete has to be started by the pull start type of thing that starts some lawn mowers, if you know what I mean. You have to yank on it hard.   (I watched them for a bit yesterday but it was much too noisy for me).  At any rate, one of those yanks, apparently the thing that holds that piece to the saw broke off completely.  What to do?  He duct taped it back on and amazingly, it worked!

So, I of course said "hey, just like MacGyver!" and he said "oh, MacGyver never used duct tape."  I said "oh yes  he did--in fact, he carried a flattened roll of it in his pocket"  But then I could only think of one (early) episode in which he used it--it was when he was escaping with a map in a hot air balloon, and the police shot a hole in his balloon, so he duct taped the map over the hole(s) and was able to fly away to safety.  I'm sure there were more, but I can't think what.

So, who can help me out?  Or direct me to a site which lets me find stuff by putting in "duct tape"?   I googled a bit last night and found the Wiki article, but it just mentions that Mac uses it (and his Swiss Army knife) it doesn't give particulars.

Thanks in advance!
Melissa M.
20 August 2009 @ 09:05 pm
Isn't this new icon cute?  I've long loved that photo of RDA, and thanks to the talented Beth of LOLMac here on LJ, I now have this new icon, as well as one more (if interested, look at my userpics for the one of Jack that says "Where's the Cake?"

And to win this (it was supposed to be one, but I threw out two photos/ideas for Beth to choose from and she very kindly made me two), all I had to do was notice the hands of RDA and figure out that that was the theme for the LOLMacs last week.  So cool, and I'm so pleased.

If you love RDA as I do, and you don't know LOLMac, be sure to check out that comm on lj--lots and lots there to enjoy!

Thanks again, Beth, for all you do and a personal thank you for my two cool new icons.

Oh, and my friend who had the tickets she couldn't use for the Creation Con in Chicago sold them on Ebay, for nearly what they'd paid for them, so I'm very relieved for her.  Thanks to those who helped spread the word on that.  I hope all of you who go will post some news of the con when you get home and rested up again.  I wish I could be there, but my con going days are long past.

Melissa M.
Current Mood: happyhappy
02 June 2009 @ 12:42 pm
I was told yesterday that there is a newish villain on Desperate Housewives who had also been on some Star Trek.  I've never watched Desperate Houswives, but I've watched every bit of Star Trek that there is, so I'm curious as to who this could be.  Any ideas?

Melissa M.
16 May 2009 @ 11:38 pm
I'm so pleased--the filly has won the Preakness, over a field of colts, the first time in 85 years, I think they said.

I've been reading and enjoying horse stories since I read The Black Stallion (and all the others by Walter Farley) as a kid, and I was a teenager when I first discovered Dick Francis' books, and I've been able to enjoy one of those a year for a LOT of years.  I used to ride our (very ordinary, farm) horses when I was a kid, till my college years when my uncle bought a supposedly broke but not horse, which bucked me off and knocked the wind out of me several times, and that was the end of my riding.

These past few years, since I no longer work (I worked a lot of Saturdays as a librarian), I can watch the Kentucky Derby and the other big races, and I've just finished watching my tape (so much less time consuming to watch later and ff thru commercials) of Rachel Alexandra winning the Preakness.  I'm so pleased--yes, it's just horses, but she's my gender and she beat "the boys" as they  kept saying, so I'm delighted.  I loved it when the commentator, who is a former jockey herself, said  something like "I think Rachel Alexandra will win, because she runs like a girl."  Yeah--you go, girl!

Melissa M.