And, because I love music, some Christmas Music.
Aly & Aj - The Greatest Time of Year
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) - Carol of the Bells
Oh yeah, one more thing I was supposed to post before I go. My Christmas Tokyo Mew Mew picture.
A federal judge in California on Wednesday ordered MGA Entertainment Inc to stop selling its popular Bratz dolls and banned it from using the Bratz name, finding that "hundreds" of Bratz products infringe on copyrights owned by rival toymaker Mattel Inc (MAT.N).I never thought this would happen. The judge ordered them to destroy the plates and recall the dolls. Though there is an exception to the recall:
U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson also ordered MGA to recall all Bratz dolls from retailers and to destroy "specialized plates, molds and matrices" used to make the dolls, according to a permanent injunction issued late on Wednesday, but stayed until at least early next year.
The ruling appears to allow MGA and retailers to sell the Bratz dolls through the Christmas holiday season.So I guess the title of this is wrong, becuase apparently you can get the dolls during Christmas. I wonder what will happen after the court of appeals.
Larson rejected the idea of allowing MGA to continue to make the pouty lipped, urban chic dolls that made its name and fortunes while paying Mattel a royalty. Larson set a February 11 hearing on post-trial motions.
"Mattel has established its exclusive rights to the Bratz drawings and the court has found that hundreds of the MGA parties' products -- including all the currently available core female fashion dolls Mattel was able to locate in the marketplace -- infringe those rights," Larson wrote in the ruling.
Mattel won the rights to the $1 billion-plus Bratz franchise earlier this year in a lawsuit against MGA and former Mattel Barbie designer Carter Bryant, who invented the Bratz concept while under contract to Mattel.
A jury later ruled Bryant had secretly sold the concept to MGA.
...In his ruling, Larson said his own side-by-side review of the drawings and dolls left him with no doubts that MGA was infringing on Mattel's copyright.
MGA attorney Thomas Nolan said the company plans to appeal the injunction along with other issues from the trial.
"We will ask the court to continue to the stay until we take the appeal to the 9th Circuit (Court of Appeals)," Nolan said.
One of my pet peeves on ff net is authors who hold a story hostage for reviews, i.e. "If I don't get X reviews, I'm not gonna post any more." All that does is guarantee I won't review. Nor will I read any more of the story. I write to entertain, not get my ego stroked.
It's becoming one of my pet peeves- the idea of "review blackmail." You and I both know what I'm talking about: "I won't post the next chapter until I have TEN, yes T-E-N reviews." People- don't write for reviews. You might say "but I don't want to write something that nobody's going to read!" Write for fun, not for reviews. The creative process is a fantastic adventure that shouldn't be squandered on worrying about a "payoff" in the form of reviews. Who knows? If you're a bad writer who enjoys writing, you will keep writing and eventually become a good writer, and the reviews will come on their own. If you're a bad writer who writes for reviews, then you won't get them and you'll get discouraged and quit.
And if you're a good writer, then chances are you have at some point been a bad writer who loved writing, and you won't put those silly blackmail statements at the end of your chapters.
Author has written 60 stories for Winx Club, Sonic the Hedgehog, Cartoon X-overs, Teen Titans, Ned's Declassified SSG, Kingdom Hearts, Avatar: Last Airbender, Navy NCIS, Tokyo Mew Mew, Game X-overs, NiGHTS, Super Smash Brothers, and Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
... For a long time I have despised this story, and have come close to taking it down on numerous occasions. Thanks to Dragon Girl ... and Rae Logan, the first and second chapter of this story actually have reviews. Originally I had to post three chapter[s] before I got a review. This story is currently on five favorites lists and four alerts. At the time I am posting this chapter, it has had 1073 hits.
Anyway, what I said before still stands. I got reviews recently from three people, which convinced me that I had to get this chapter written and up. For a time, I lost both interest, and my muse for this story, but I found a new muse and got back to work. We did indeed skip four months so I can revive this thing and get going. Like I said: No reviews for this chapter equals no more story. So that's all I have to say. I guess now the only thing left to do is post this chapter and see what happens.
A number of Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and Illinois are offering gift certificates for their services this Christmas.
Officials say the vouchers enable people to give their loved ones "the gift of life" — that would help pay for annual checkups and birth control — but also can be used for abortions.Chrystal Struben-Hall with Planned Parenthood of Indiana said the idea is a response to economic woes that have forced many women to put health care at the bottom of their to-do list.
"People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table," Struben-Hall said.
Planned Parenthood said the stocking-stuffers — that range in value from $25 to $100 and can be ordered online — are redeemable for health services at clinics throughout the two states and can go to any service offered. "We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates, so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most," Struben-Hall said.
A number of religious and pro-life groups are outraged, saying that at a time when millions are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Planned Parenthood is offering a gift that could fund an abortion.
"They can and will be used to end the lives of children at Christmas," said Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council. She believes the gift certificates will anger many, even those who are not deeply religious. "A coupon for abortion at Christmastime?" Ruse said. "That’s just inherently offensive, I think, to all Americans."
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is celebrating the most important ... pregnancy of all time by selling gift certificates, perfect for the woman who has everything but moral fiber:
- It is difficult to think of a more tasteless, ghoulish thing to give anyone. I refuse to refer to these financial instruments as gifts as they are nothing more than a legal way to put a hit out on someone.
Those at Planned Parenthood who came up with this idea has apparently sold their souls, both individually and collectively. I cannot think of a more evil organization.
-A gift for those who only want to kill the very innocent.I wonder what will be printed on them?
“Good for one dead baby.”“Redeem this at Planned Parenthood. No other redemption possible. Ever.”“Made a mistake? Use this coupon to make an even greater mistake.”
The possibilities are endless.
... What follows in this article are 7 of the many reasons I am voting for Obama and not John McCain....
Health care. While I do not believe that Obama’s health care plan is the universal plan that our country really needs, it is a good step towards a better plan and it will help to lower overall health care costs. McCain’s approach would hurt more than help. There would be even more people without health care with McCain as President.
With the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States of America on Tuesday, America showed that it is ready for ‘change.’ As Sarah Palin headed for snowy climates and John McCain returned to the Arizona desert, some Americans are realizing that they do not know exactly what change is in store for them in terms of health care. Nursing student Taylor Sohrwide discussed her views on Obama’s health care plan. Sohrwide, 22, is in her second year of nursing school. Although optimistic, she admitted that she was not certain what health care changes will be made. She has a general idea. “I think it might sound good to some people who don’t have health insurance, but in the long run, it’s going to be bad for our country.”
It's a shame this didn't dawn on people until after they elected him. Over here, on another site known as "That's Debatable" the author writes:
Let me play devil's advocate for just a minute with regards to medical research. I am a big fan of capitalism. However, pharmacological research is one area where I think capitalism is failing. Take antibiotic development for example. We are seeing more and more organisms develop resistance to many of the antibiotics we rely on daily. The solution, of course, is to stay ahead of the curve by developing new antibiotics to replace the older ones. As much money as "Big Pharma" charges for medicine, this shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong.... pharmaceutical companies are in business to make money, with the secondary aim of stamping our disease (capitalism at its best).
The author goes on to explain that antibiotics are only bought occasionally, so pharmaceutical companies spent less time working on those, and more time working on medicines that have to be taken daily. Pretty scary stuff. But what I want to know is, how is socialized medicine going to fix that? Does Socialization inspire anyone to fix anything?
Well, let's see what Obama has to say about all of this. Back on Obama's site , he claims he will make healthcare affordable for all. According to his site:
...that’s why they’ve proposed a plan that strengthens employer coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference.
The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to implement the plan. Under the Obama-Biden plan, patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors, instead of being blocked by insurance company bureaucrats.
Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year.
He also says he will
Establish a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress that will allow individuals and small businesses to buy affordable health coverage.
That site was quite vague, actually. (How very Obama-ish.) He's got all sorts of ideas to fix the mess, all of which are vague. Myself personally, I wanna know what that National Health Insurance Exchange is. I decided to Google it. I managed to find an explanation:
A regulated market of private health plans which would compete with a proposed public health plan for consumers who cannot obtain health insurance through their employers or current public programs such as Medicaid or SCHIP.
Regulated market, eh? According to Wikipedia, a regulated market is:
the provision of goods or services that is regulated by a government appointed body.
Interesting. I wonder what they mean by "government appointed body." Also, how is Obama going to pay for this vague plan of his? Well, he explains that little bit of knowledge on his website:
Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level.
Ouch. Now, let's go over to Ontheissuses.org. Let's see what Obama really says about his healthcare program. About halfway down the page, I found this most interesting quote from Obama:
I've got a plan for creating universal health care, shepherding that through Congress so that I can actually sign a bill, then executing and implementing that. You know, those are things that I worry about.
He's got a plan for creating a universal healthcare bill. That's bad, people, that's very bad.
Over on Angelfire.com, I found some pertinent information. Alot of pertinent information. According to the author, there are six results of Socialized medicine:
1) When healthcare is free, people have no incentive to save money. [And it's your money they're spending.]
2) Doctors have no incentive to give good care, Pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to develop new medicines.
3) You will end up paying for my healthcare, and vice versa.
4) The quality of the healthcare will deteriorate. [Ain't that the truth.]
5) You'll have no privacy. [Not when everyone else has to pay for your problems.]
6) You'll have no freedom.
And you know what? I believe all of it. Go to the site, and read the article. Then keep scrolling down. There, you can read about:
It's not funny, people. It's not good - for anyone- and despite all the complaints I here on the net where people are complaining about America's so-called "terrible healthcare" at least in this country you don't have to wait thirteen weeks for an MRI if you have cancer.
And this is what Obama wants to do. He wants to install socialized medicine. I'm sure he's convinced he can do better than Britain, Cuba, Canada, or the other countries.However, I'm equally convinced he can't do it.
If so many other countries have tried and failed, what makes him think he can do better?
No, it's not racism. It doesn't matter what color his skin is or isn't, all that matters is if he'll do the best he can for our country. Socialized medicine would not be a good thing for our country.
See this banner here? This was made by my brother, and it's as close as I plan to get to bashing Obama. Tomorrow we'll know who the public decided to believe, and nothing I can do or say will make one iota of difference.
(However, you can bet that if McCain had made that gaf, the leftist media would have been all over him like flies on stink.)
The main hall of the museum.
Here we can see the Wonders of Creation room.
This is the Dragon hall bookstore.
And these last three pictures are of some of the outdoor gardens. I hope you enjoyed this small taste of the Museum, and I hope you visit there, too. For more information about the Museum, click here.
1. She is presently under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power.
2. She believes creationism should be taught in public schools.
3. She is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest.
4. She strongly supports big oil. (her husband works for oil company BP)
5. She has no federal or international experience. Prior to being governor (for less than two years) she was only the mayor of a small Alaskan town and a beauty queen!Barack Obama has no experience either, and that doesn't stop everyone from holding him up as the ultimate person who's gonna save us all. (He was only in the Senate for 143 days before he began running for president.)
6. She believes global warming is a farce and is opposed to listing the polar bear as an endangered species.Hallelujah!!! Please excuse me while I go sing the chorus again! Global warming is Al Gore's political tool, always has been, and media bought into it and sold it. Many scientist disbelieve the Global Warming farce, also. Don't believe me? Click here.
7. She supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and anywhere else big oil wants.Do you know what this means? It means we won't have to pay $4 a gallon for gas.
8. She supports Pebble Mine which will destroy the richest salmon run in the world.Don't know what this is. (Probably jobs for people.) Skipping it. But I will say I don't want to see the salmon go away.
9. She supports aerial shooting of bears and wolves even though Alaskans voted twice to ban the practice.I heard it described in the news article I looked at as a 'predator control program.' Makes sense to me. And if it was banned twice, WHY are you bringing it back up now?
10. She used $400,000 of state money to fund a media campaign in support of aerial shooting of wolves and bears.Once again, la-de-da. Don't know much about it, don't really care.
You morons. You’re trying to pull a conspiracy theory out of that? Go read Out of the Blue by Richard Bernstien. I don’t doubt that this country made mistakes before and on that day, but you’ve got NOTHING.
Why so much hate for an event that’s supposed to bring people together for two weeks? Well, for starters, the first juvenile reason is because Toronto should have won the bid seven years.
Beijing being awarded the games was such a sham right from the beginning. Everyone was fully aware of China’s human rights and environmental abuses, but Juan Antonio Samaranch, the head of the IOC at the time of the announcement, decided to turn a blind eye to all of it and still award them the game. This is the same China that has had a never-ending dispute with Taiwan, Tibet, and even still some issues with Hong Kong. No one wants to be associated with these Commies. When they made the announcement, my entire family collectively put on our tinfoil hats and said that this was how Samaranch wanted to be remembered - as bringing a new era to the world by bringing the Olympics to China - since he retired shortly after the announcement.
The way I see it….The Human Rights issue in China has been going on for so long and the Tienanmen Square ‘massacre’ high-lighted that to us, ignoramus! However, what about America? Aren’t they also guilty of human rights abuses with Guantanamo Bay?
Sadly, after all the negative publicity that China has received…its almost as if the Western world instead of wishing them success, IS dooming them to failure! This would then prove to the rest of the world….See I told you…the Asians are still too primitive to be hosting such a major event!
And now for a final blow! China wants to spy on all foreign Internet users mainly Americans during their trip to the Olympics. Spying and “freedom of speech” is China’s biggest abuse other than their Tibet and Falun Gong woes.
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, released a translated document Wednesday from China's Public Security Bureau that he said orders hotels to use the monitoring programs. .....
.... The translated document offered by Brownback's staff states that "refusing the installment or stopping operation of the system after installment will be subject to punishment. ... In case of serious violation, access to the Internet will be suspended or the business license will be canceled."
For the people who love to use human rights as an example, accusing a country of violating human rights is a serious offence. It is more so when the countries that make the accusations have violated or still violate human rights. What right does the West including the United States have in accusing China of human rights violations when there are many human rights violations in the West? Italy was accused by the European Commission of Human Rightsof violating the rights of the Roma [Gypsy] Population. Many countries in Europe also violated the rights of the Roma [Gypsy] Population since the right of the Roma Population is to live as eternal migrants and Europe does not want to recognize these rights. In France, the 2002 Presidential Elections left Chirac in First Place with Le Pen in Second Place. While I do not agree with Le Pen, the fact that Chirac and the mainstream political parties in France sidelined Le Pen and his supporters so that Chirac could win the Presidency is hardly an example of democracy.
The United States of America and its Mainstream Media cannot accuse China of Human Rights Violations without taking into account that they are always a society spoiling for a fight.
At the same time, the Libertarians and Greens are excluded from the political process secondary to archaic election laws that favour the Republicans and Democrats.
What does the West want including the Mainstream Media? They want to impose their way of life on the rest of the world but when immigrants from Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America come to Europe and North America, there are the so called alarm bells of “being invaded”. The Human Rights as practiced in the West is one in which many forms of immorality are admitted while the innocent suffer from the abuse and injustices who preach human rights. The hypocrisy is so big that these people charge Sixty or Seventy Dollars for their so called workshops while people in America have to pay almost $5.00 a liter for their petrol or gasoline.
1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.
2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."
3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.
4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."
5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.
6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.
7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.
9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."
10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.
I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the ones who died
To give that right to me
And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
'Cause there is no doubt I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.!
Letter from one 'Angry Woman'
'Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001 ?
Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania ?
Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?
And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was 'desecrated' when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?...Well, I don't. I don't care at all.
I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia
I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for chopping off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.
I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.
I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide
I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.
When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don't care.
When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care..
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.
And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it-I don't care !!
If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!
If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:
'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem' -- Ronald Reagan
I have another quote that I would like to add AND.......I hope you forward all this.
'If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.' Also by.. Ronald Reagan
One last thought for the day: In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England 's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America , he said: 'A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out.'
The last thing, by the way, that we should do is to elect a muslim as President of the United States, someone who claims to love America yet, WILL NOT salute the flag, WILL NOT pledge allegience to our flag, and sat in a church listening to a 'pastor' that HATES America! Are you Freakin' kidding me?
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM.