Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

Teenage Gays Epidemic

Bullying is hardcore right now, as we have all heard about the recent increase in teenage suicide related to school bullying. What’s really sad is that a freaking lot of these teenage suicides are related to gays. (Five gay teenagers just committed suicide this past week.) Right now dealing with homosexual harassment and prejudice is the number one cause of teenage suicides. One national survey found that 90% of high school gay students were verbally attacked, and more than 40% of  homosexual students reported physical harassment. And a sad 60% said they don’t feel safe at school. It’s no surprise that lesbian, gay, bi and transgender students have higher rates of depression, drug abuse and (considerably higher-4x higher in) suicide. And this isn’t just about suicide…the hate, fear and intolerance in the country right now is almost, in a way equally as bad. There are people murdering other people for being gay, and families abandoning their own children because they don’t know what to do with a gay child. Seriously people. Life is too short and too precious to be hating and ruining the lives of others.

There definitely needs to be a change. It’s funny (not really haha funny, but coincidental) that I wrote my blog yesterday on prejudice and reteaching of acceptance and then today was bombarded with media on gay suicides/murders. This is exactly why we need to reconstruct our society on dealing with and accepting people’s differences. Poor kids.  It’s bad enough trying to figure out who you are, and then being treated badly because of your differences…sad, sad, sad.

I’d love to write more but no time! Too much homework…Please watch the media here, and anything else out there. There’s so much coverage on this topic right now.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line
1-800-850-8078
Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline
1-800-616-HATE
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender National Help Center
Article on recent 5 gay teen suicides
The Trevor Project
A suicide letter from a gay teen
Suicide.org; Prevention, Awareness and Support


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I love elephants…more than people.

I love elephants. I don’t know why but they have always been my favorite animal. Always. I’m obsessed with them. In love with them. So naturally I don’t like to think about them in the circus. I don’t think they should be trained against their will to do stupid ass tricks for dumb people to sit and watch them. I’ve always hated the circus, even as a kid. But now, there’s a real reason to hate the circus. Not only are the animals trained without a choice, but they aren’t trained the way you train your dogs. They aren’t rewarded with treats and praise. And they aren’t given time to learn their tricks either. They are forced to quickly learn their acts as soon as they are born. How? Well let’s beat them,torture them and punish them…then they’ll learn.

What we don’t see is the behind the scenes crap that goes on. Like how frightened and still-nursing baby elephants are captured rodeo-style, tethered neck-to-neck with an “anchor elephant,” and dragged away from their mothers. Then they go on to endure year-long intense and violent training sessions that last for several hours a day. On top of it the elephants struggle during training as they are wrestled, stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. Thanks to my friend B for sharing this with me… I would have never known just how terrible the circus really is. As if the clowns weren’t bad enough…

Please go to this site to see more pictures. There has to be at least 100 more pictures and information.

Ringling Beats their Animals

Lady Gaga Decides to Offend Everyone

I love Lady Gaga’s music, seriously. Just Dance is pretty much the anthem of all the nights I don’t remember. Her often psychotic approach to everything, usually appeals to me but last night? Not so much. Gaga came out to accept her award in a freaking meat dress. This is disgusting on so many levels. Let’s start with the obvious question, WTF? Seriously, WTF Gaga?! Raw meat already makes me want to vomit…how about I drape some of it all over my body? Now unto the more serious stuff…why the hell are you wearing dead animal all over you? What the hell is your point? Animals were slaughtered so you could drape their meat over your body for a few shocking minutes on the VMAs and then you can toss them into the garbage? That’s so messed up. I hate it when animals die, but feel a little bit better if they are eaten or worn, or whatever, and not wasted. This situation? A complete waste. I don’t think she made any point other than she’s an idiot.

Gaga defended and explained herself by saying “Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth,” said Gaga. “However, it has many interpretations but for me this evening. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.” Who cares if it’s no disrespect to the vegans or vegetarians! What about the animals?! I think it’s, oh, just a little bit disrespectful that you have freaking dead animal on you. Just a little. “No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that’s the look they were going for, they achieved it.”

My fave Ellen DeGeneres taped her season opener last night, which will air today, and came across Gaga and presented her with a veggie bikini and suggested she try that next time she wants to make a statement. Nice.

This isn’t the first time Gaga’s used meat to “make a statement” either. Gaga posed for the September cover of Vogue Hommes Japan in a meat bikini. I really don’t think she has any real reason to why she’s using meat. I don’t believe she even has a fascination with it or anything. Really no point either. I think she’s just doing what she’s always doing…trying to shock, offend, and terrify people. Usually her tactics are werid yet alluring but not this time…just sick.

“Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn’t want to die, and after being under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling with maggots – not too attractive, really,” PETA’s president told TMZ today about Gaga’s nasty getup. Newkirk continued to discuss the matter, “In her line of business, Lady Gaga has a hard time being ‘over the top’, and wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to elicit comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that more people are upset by butchery than are impressed by it – and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up.”

I wonder how excited Cher was to hold Gaga’s raw meat purse. Gag.

At the very least, please give up Tyson!

I know I preach a lot but I’ve been reading a lot lately about the conditions at Tyson and KFC and had to share the disgusting facts I’ve been finding out. I wish I had blogged about this earlier, and wish I had known years earlier about it. In all reality, I don’t care if you give up meat or not. There are organic meats out there, and farmers doing their part in making our world better but I do deeply, honestly care if you get chicken at KFC or buy Tyson brand. Please, for the love of everything humane do not contribute to the slaughter that goes into getting your bucket ‘o chicken at KFC. Being someone who used to eat there as well, I know that it tastes good. I know, but it’s not worth it. And not just for the animal’s sake, but yours as well. Tyson and KFC are nasty. Nasty to the chickens and nasty to you.

PETA conducted an undercover investigation in 2004-2007 at a Heflin, Alabama, Tyson slaughterhouse and on nine separate days (all in 2007), investigators saw workers urinating in the live-hang area, including on the conveyor belt that moves birds to slaughter. WTF. If this isn’t enough for you to stop eating at KFC then I am just shocked. Now onto what I think is even worse: The chickens abuse. Here are only some of the incidents happening to the meat you are serving to your kids at dinner time. 😥

At Tyson slaughterhouses in Georgia and Tennessee investigators found that “Birds died when their heads and legs became trapped under a door at the end of the conveyor belt that transported live birds to be hung. A supervisor was aware of this problem but did nothing to stop it.” Also “The killing-machine blade often cut birds’ bodies instead of their throats. Although aware of this problem, a supervisor offered no solution, instead blaming the problem on the “nature of the machine.”

“During an undercover investigation at a KFC “Supplier of the Year” slaughterhouse in Butterfield, Missouri—owned by George’s, Inc.—it was documented that live birds were being thrown by workers and crushed by metal dumping machines. Birds were often impaled by mangled transport cages, and workers were instructed to simply yank them out when this happened; PETA’s investigator saw workers doing this and found dismembered limbs left behind in cages after the birds had been removed.”

“A whistleblower at a Tyson slaughterhouse testified that birds intentionally were scalded to death, were blown apart by makeshift firecrackers, and had their legs broken by workers to fit them into slaughter-line shackles.”

Workers at a KFC-supplier slaughterhouse in Maryland were documented punching frenzied, terrified birds and spiking them like footballs, among other sadistic acts of cruelty.”

Ugh! I feel terrible! What makes anyone think that animals can be treated this way? It’s like Hitler. Ugh. Please go to one of the sites (if not all of them) below to see more videos, pictures, articles, and ways you can help stop this. There are petitions, letters and other things that you can send to KFC, Tyson, and George’s Inc., although who knows what will happen. After all these years all we get are empty promises that they will fix their animal welfare conditions, and then year after year we still find out that the workers are allowed to treat the animals like crap. The industry did publicly announce that they were educating their employees on more humane practices and that they were going to take this matter seriously, however by paying workers (and often many are immigrants) poorly, demanding the workers to produce at incredibly fast speeds, it’s hard for the promises to be kept. As long as there is a high demand for chicken, there will be high demands of the employees and slaughterhouses, meaning there won’t really be any success at properly producing the meat. The only thing we can do right now that sends a clear message is by not eating it. By not consuming it and purchasing it is the only way they will stop making money off such cruelty and get away with it. Less demand for the meat, and more demand for humanity, may be the only way to get this message across. It’s so sad! Please support your local farmers and buy organic chicken. Please stop giving Tyson and KFC your money to abuse animals!

Please go to any/all of these sites: kfccruelty.com, peta.org, torturedbytyson.com, compassionoverkilling.com. Also at almost all these sites you can sign up for a FREE vegetarian starter kit!

Look at this claim from KFC: “KFC suppliers, KFC and the National Chicken Council have standards for stocking density to ensure birds have sufficient space and are healthy. … The cleanliness of these facilities and the health of the birds are top priorities for the farmers.” Take note that ALL my pictures are from KFC suppliers! Top priority my ass!!

Good morning! How about a cup of WTF.

Sundays are usually fundays for me. I usually don’t spend them trying to defend myself from personal attacks on my self esteem and decisions but I guess there’s a time in life for everything. Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing two of my aunts, one that I haven’t seen for a good amount of years. It all started off the same, “Oh how are you?” “What have you been up to?” blah blah blah. Then my Aunt M asked “So where are you working?”

“Oh I nanny right now!” I answered happily.
Pause. “What do you mean?” She asked me. WTF do you mean what do I mean?
“I take care of babies and kids.” I explained feeling completely stupid for having to explain the obvious.
Another pause. This one longer. “So you take care of babies.” She didn’t really ask, she just paraphrased.
“Yes.” I answered with one strong nod. WTF.
“Are you expecting?” Was the next question.
“No?” I answered. WTF!

Within 5 minutes of our lovely conversation I was already irritated, insulted and offended. First off, what the hell is wrong with being a nanny? I’ve never been happier. I have worked in corporations, managed stores and offices and had people working under me, and never was I as happy as I am now, being with kids. I love my job. Who the hell is to make me feel as if my job isn’t worthy?

Secondly, what the hell does she mean by asking me if I am expecting? So if I was prepping for the birth of my own child it would be acceptable to take care of other people’s children? Or was it that if I was expecting, then I couldn’t get another job? I have no idea what she meant, and now reflecting back I wish I had asked her what the **** she meant!

“Well, I’m in grad school going for my Masters, so nannying gives me a lot of time to do my homework.” I instantly regretted saying this. I shouldn’t have to defend my job. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s my decision. But it was too late.

“Ooohh okay! Well that makes sense.” She sighed in relief. WTF. Again, I was offended. “Besides you have a husband who can support you.”

WTF!!!!!!!! No offense to my husband, who I love very very dearly and respect, but I don’t need anyone to support me lady! I have been on my own ever since I graduated high school, I’ve always worked full time, went to school full time, paid my own tuition, paid my bills, bought my own car, paid for the roof over my head, etc. etc. WTF. No one supports me. My husband and I are equals. I didn’t want to start a war, or embarrass my husband so I kept my mouth shut but I was fuming. Fuming!

I spent the rest of the day ignoring the fact that I was insulted but late last night I could not stop thinking about it. What is wrong with my family? If my family is representing society than what the hell is wrong with society? I have a degree, but one doesn’t only go to school for a degree. What about the social aspect? The knowledge? The joy of learning and having furthered your education? Besides even with my degree, I am still me, and I can decide what career makes me happy. What the hell is wrong with my decision? And would I have had the same, or worse reaction if I was a stay at home mom? For a country who has been pushing women to stand up for themselves, and to make their own decisions….why are we judging people who take the traditional route? I am not stupid because I choose to watch children for a living. I graduated top of my class in my Business major. I was, and could still be a kick ass manager. I want to watch kids. I want to nurture them, educate them and influence them. I want to be there for them and help them grow in this world as best as they can. What the F is wrong with that? I don’t even know what my Aunt would have said if I told her I was going for my Masters to eventually teach elementary children!

Our country likes to shake their fingers at the women who left their children to pursue a career instead. However we are the same country that is shaking their fingers at the women who decide to stay at home and not pursue a career. So what is this? A lose-lose situation? To each woman their own damnit! And now. Onto “my husband supporting me.” Yes, he supports me. Emotionally! Mentally! But I do not depend on him for anything financially. How dare anyone say that to me. And how dare they automatically think the husband is the breadwinner. And how insulting that they automatically think my job means I make less money. I make good money assholes. Better than I ever made before.

Grrr. Yesterday was a hard obstacle for me, but in the end I know that it comes down to what I want and what I do. No one should be able to make me doubt that. However, it sure makes me wish people weren’t so judgmental.

Bottled Water = No No

O.M.G is all I have to say. Everywhere I go, everyone I see, drinks bottled water. I am pretty frugal so I usually fill up a water bottle with tap water and drink that. I’ve never noticed bottled water tasting “more pure” or tasting “fresher” or “cleaner” like some people like to say. Even though I pass on the bottled water, I never really thought anything of it. My husband, who likes to spend money, likes to purchase 1 or 2 bottles of water a day. To irk me? Maybe. But anyways, not until I read about tap water vs. bottled water did I realize how messed up we are for even selling or buying bottled water!

Yes! 🙂

No! 😦

Here are the facts:
Tap water is regulated by the EPA; who have standards.
Bottled water is regulated by the FDA; who do not have standards.

To not have standards mean that the water you may be drinking right now was not filtered, disinfected or even tested before hitting the store shelves. You may be drinking in bacteria much higher than the bacteria found in tap water. And you paid for it.

Here’s even more annoying facts:

In 2007 both Pepsi (Aquafina) and Coke (Dasani) admitted that their bottled waters were actually just tap water. That’s cool, you’re buying back your very wn public resources for at least a 700% markup! Now you must be feeling really great huh!? I don’t know how I missed this in 2007 but I am glad I know now. Better late than never!

Also, I don’t need to remind anyone that bottling water is a waste. It requires a whole lot of energy, which ultimately is carbon, to pump, bottle and transport them. And although plastic bottles are recyclable, many people don’t recycle, (90% according to sources–way higher than I expected!) and when this happens it takes 1,000 years to break plastic down. Wowza.

After finding out this information, the first thing I did was tell my husband. WIthin less than 5 minutes he agreed to fill up a bottle each day of our lovely tap water and never purchase another bottled water from the gas station. He’s smart. That’s why I love him.

So here’s to our tap water! Raise your glasses! Cheers!