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Personhood – If abortion is murder, so too is male masturbation

Posted by mandyf on February 20, 2014

 

So if we want to be fair and equal, no masturbation for men. Every time they masturbate, they are abandoning potential children. The sperm become non-viable and die. Male masturbation is murder! Let’s start legislating that. Let’s start saying that since men are half of fertilizing an egg, why aren’t they charged with child endangerment when they drink alcohol? Or smoke pot? Or wear underwear that is too tight or do ANYTHING that can decrease their sperm count or potentially make them non-viable or damaged? And if they want to do all those things —- snip snip bitch! Get snipped and do whatever you want. 

Personhood – If abortion is murder, so too is male masturbation.

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Exceptional Is All Around Us

Posted by mandyf on September 30, 2013

Exceptional is all around is! It is people we meet online sometimes. It’s people we grew up with. Sometimes it’s a family member and it should be each and every single one of us! It can be each and every one of us.Doing the right thing, whether it seems big or small, whether anyone is watching or not, whether credit is attributed or not is always a BIG thing and always the RIGHT thing. Sometimes it isn’t easy. Sometimes it isn’t popular. Regardless, it always makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, sometimes far greater than we may ever know.Be exceptional today and everyday!

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Religion vs. common sense

Posted by mandyf on September 11, 2013

Religion vs. common sense.

 

 

“I can I respect all religions. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want, but I think we all know what is right and what is wrong. An adult that has sex with a girl or a boy is wrong, and that is common sense.”

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Personhood: The Nightmare That Won’t End

Posted by mandyf on June 20, 2013

It is understood that this seems far fetched, but in a nation of equals, shouldn’t men and women be held to an equal standard regarding their reproductive systems? It isn’t very likely anyone would charge a woman with child abuse of her unfertilized ova even if they are considered people under the law. We point these scenarios out to demonstrate how poorly thought out and written much of this personhood legislation is. What is not far-fetched is the fact that women will suffer under personhood laws. Children that otherwise would not exist if their mother’s had control over their reproductive rights may suffer. Couples trying to get pregnant using IVF may find it more difficult and expensive. There is also the question of whether or not all fertile women have to be afforded all the legal rights of a pregnant woman in the workplace along with proper prenatal care by default. After all, that ova may turn into a person one day and no one would want to be held liable for failing to provide proper care.

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Guns and spandex: Just because you can buy some doesn’t mean you should.

Posted by mandyf on May 13, 2013

We are always going to live with violence. It sucks, but that’s reality. Arming more people won’t end violence, it will just beget more violence  Incidents with several victims could easily turn into incidents with a couple dozen victims. Maybe it is time to reassess the “right” to bear arms and consider, maybe just toss around, operating under the concept of the “privilege” to bear arms. If you want them, you can have them, but you have to earn it. Guns are a lot like spandex in that regard, just because you can buy some doesn’t mean you should.

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Submitedge Scam – You aren’t getting what you think you are

Posted by mandyf on April 29, 2013

Submitedge is a company out of Mumbai, India, headed by Richi Modi which bills itself as being pros in SEO, reputation management social networking, – basically anything they can charge for they will tell you they can do regardless if they know what you’re asking for or not. They seem to make a decent amount of money and do pretty well. The question is, really, are they any good? I’ve been acquainted with Submitedge for some time – I’ve watched how they operate and push down anything that is negative about them – as they will do with this post undoubtedly. If you want to know what is going on… here’s some real info.

Submitedge is not in the US or the UK or anywhere but Mumbai. They have someone that answers a phone in the US so people can talk to someone that speaks English, but that person can’t really help you because they ignore her. Same as they did with convention reps that they expected to pay for everything out of pocket and then stretched out for weeks or months to reimburse – thousands of dollars. Steve, Sid and all the other people you get a hold of at Submitedge they tell you are in the US (or allow you to think they are at least unless questioned) are all in India.

Got a complaint? Need a refund? Forget it. You will be made to wait for a few months usually after jumping through hoops they make up as they go along. Their services? Antiquated. They stuff they are peddling is the same as when they started and it works no better now than it did then. They repackage and rename it all as need be, but in the end, you’re just getting directory submissions of poorly written blogs linked to each other.

Speaking of blogs, the blogs you’ll get are a bunch of crap. They are written by people with a marginal grasp of English and spun over and over and then linked to each other over and over. This is stuff that is so bad, you can’t afford to have your name on it. A lot of it is nonsensical filler with keywords.

But why take my word alone for it?

“As far as the quality of the blogs..let me check..pretty bad and badly spun articles.”  – Found on seomoz

“I have purchased their GOLD package for US$ 799, I have wired the amount into their bank account. Yet they claimed to have never received the money. Well, who do you think should I believe, AAA+ rated European Bank or a small indian “SEO company”? :) S**t happens.”  Not good for submitedge

And here is someone that used Submitedge that wound up with a Google penalty over their work – something they claim has never, ever, happened on their site. “Their article submission link building service caused my blog to be penalized by Google. See blog post –http://www.freemindsfreelines.com/2013/02/article-submission-link-building-fail.html .

Also, did you know Submitedge regularly provided discounts for good reviews on a regular basis? That was a regular thing until they were dinged it.

Did you know Submitedge will generally ignore your refund requests unless you publicly shame them, so always have a plan ready to blog about them (And rank) so that they have to deal with you. Usually, they offer a refund if you remove the post(s) or any actual evidence they screwed you. Otherwise, be prepared to wait.

Another customer said of submitedge “I am no longer wondering if I can save $400-700 on a questionable campaign through a cheap, hack service that sends reports with dead links in it(twice).”

Or maybe take this word of this person: “I have had a terrible experience with their services. Don’t use them if you want article work or any ‘google safe’ SEO work. I have had no reply but I have asked for a refund on my left over credit in my SubmitEdge account, as google has just penalized my site because I used their ‘SEO Friendly Slow Directory Submission Package’ and article directory submissions.”

” I am still waiting for any possible signs of … well… anything really, i bought the directory submission service and I have not had 1 hit yet to my website.. ?”

And one more example of submitedge service: “If you are considering outsourcing any link building, I would avoid these scammers. What they are doing in link building is nothing short of dangerous to your site. To make matters worse, when I said to them “okay keep the money, but remove those poisonous links” they refused to do it. I can’t stress enough they need to be avoided. Full details and examples of the links they built are here at my submitedge.com review.”

I don’t work for Submitedge nor have I ever. I don’t have any money hanging out there waiting to be refunded. I refuse to use them. Why post this then? Submitedge is a scam. Always has been. I’ve watched them and toyed with them enough to know this. Richi Modi and his right hand man Govind are more interested in getting you to part with your money than they are earning it. They are always going to instruct their people to tell you they are working on whatever your project is even if they aren’t. They will string you along as long as they possibly can to make getting refunds harder.

Not everyone at Submitedge is bad. There was a time they had some decent people working there. Most all are long gone now. I leave you with this thought:

Google Submitedge scam and you will see the first few results are their efforts to spin out articles to combat scam posts about them – more telling, they outsource them away from their company because their own writers can’t rank. Look at the positive reviews for them in forums written in broken English, usually under names like Rick or Ricky. if you can’t smell scam, and you don’t want to believe the dozens of people screaming scam, maybe you deserve to fall victim to a submitedge scam. maybe then you’ll learn.

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Rape Culture Says: “Don’t rape, but be a great athlete if you do because someone will get you off.”

Posted by mandyf on April 24, 2013

When it comes to rape, there can be no free passes. It doesn’t matter if the rapist is a hobo, an internationally known athlete or public figure of the highest stature.No always means no. Rape is always wrong. No one asks to be raped. No one has the right to minimize the crime and pressure victims into not reporting them.No one has the right to bully the victim.Yet those realities that should be well known and universally accepted are not adhered to. They are barely paid lip service far too often. We need to stop shaming victims and admonishing them for potentially ruining life opportunities for their attackers by reporting rapes and we need to start encouraging them to speak up and supporting them when they do.

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Why I’m A Liberal Feminist: I Was Raised Catholic, Any Questions?

Posted by mandyf on April 20, 2013

I said, “Okay… I put the baby Jesus in my mouth and can’t chew on him or everyone goes to hell.” My father turned as red as I’d ever seen him, my mother began to weep, my grandfather was clutching his St. Patrick medallion and my grandmother was working the rosary with one hand and spritizing me with holy water with the other.

I was informed in no unclear terms that I was to never utter the any phrase which included “Put the baby Jesus in my mouth” ever again. After things settled down they began explaining transubstantiation to me and I remember thinking to myself “Does anyone really buy this?”

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Catholicism is what helped me form many of the views I have today. I was raised Catholic in a family that believed Vatican II reform was the work of the devil. To say we were ultra-conservative is an understatement. Most people that know me, loosely at least, think I hate Catholicism and religion in general – particularly since I declare my faith as Science. Hey, it’s what I believe in and that’s my choice. The fact is, I am thankful I grew up Catholic because it taught me so much and actually served as the basis of my becoming a pro-choice feminist liberal.

Where I am today and what I do and do not put my faith in has nothing to do with rebellion. It’s all about logic, and I say unapolegetically, witnessing rampant hypocrisy to a certain degree. This is my story.

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How to get rid of poison oak plants

Posted by mandyf on March 19, 2013

It’s understandable you would want to know how to get rid of poison oak plants when they invade your space, it’s a nasty little plant that can absolutely ruin your time outdoors. Poison oak is an allergen which secretes an oil called urushiol the same as poison ivy and sumac. Poison oak may appear in one of four forms, vines, bushes, creepers, or as individual plants. As soon as you spot it growing it is time to eradicate which takes some care and the proper equipment to minimize the odds you contact the urushiol oil and contract it’s well known itchy rash.

One of the most important things to remember when removing poison oak is to be prepared. Wear clothing which covers as much of your skin as possible, heavy gardening gloves are an absolute must. Just to be safe it is a good idea to buy Technu soap before you start. If you know your skin has come in contact with urushiol oil it takes about three minutes to an hour for it to bind with skin so you do have a chance to get it off your flesh. Technu soap is specifically designed to remove Toxicodendron oils and this is your best bet to avoid a breakout if you do come in contact with urushiol oil. Don’t bother trying to use gas, kerosene, or turpentine, these will do more harm than good.

Poison oak has a really strong root system so simply cutting away the portion you can see is not going to kill the plant, it’s just going to keep coming back time and again, and beware the root system has the oil as well so don’t handle it without gloves on. The least savory but only sure way to get rid of the plant is to dig it up and remove the root system. First you will want to cut the above ground portion of the plant away except for a small stub so it is easy to identify exactly where it is. Discard this is a thick plastic lawn and leaf bag. Next dig around the stub and then push deep and lift it from the ground with the shovel and toss it into the bag as well. Another method, although it is less preferred is to is to place a thick plastic bag over the plant and try to pull the plant out of the ground. More often than not I find I break the plant and have to dig it up anyway.

In case you have a poison oak vine climbing around a tree you need to use a different tactic. When they grow around trees their root system often weaves with the trees root system making it nearly impossible to remove in full. The best thing to do in this case is to remove the vine from the tree. I prefer snipping away sections to discard in my waste bag. Leave just a small section of a few leaves showing and liberally spray them with something like Roundup or Brush-B-Gone that is a non-selective herbicide. These will kill anything they come in contact with so as the leaves absorb this it will work down to the root system and eventually kill that as well. Multiple applications are sometimes needed so you should monitor the vines demise to determine when it needs another dose.

Some people who do not wish to use poisons to combat and kill poison oak maintain it can be killed with a saltwater and soap mixture (2 parts saltwater/1 part soap) but I have never tried this so I can’t say it would work. Still if you are totally against using poisonous herbicides it is worth a shot. Never dispose of poison oak clippings or root system in a compost pile as they will just reappear where you dumped them and never under any circumstances should you burn it. This can cause all sorts of respiratory problems.

Getting rid of poison oak isn’t a fun job, if possible it should be left to professional landscapers. If however you want to do it yourself follow the above steps as those are two ways to remove the plant/vine and root system. Please remember just removing what you see is not killing the plant and that you need to cover as much skin as possible when undertaking this task. Just to be extra safe keep Technu soap on hand and wash with it liberally as soon as you complete the job. It’s not a fun job, but if you are going to do it follow the above procedures and do it the safe correct way.

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Authentic Hawaiian foods

Posted by mandyf on March 18, 2013

One of the highlights of Hawaii is the many varieties of traditional Hawaiian food available. The states rich history of people from around the world adding culinary twists from wherever they departed before arriving on Hawaii’s shores makes their food truly unique. Over centuries what has been created is as diverse a dining experience as you will find anywhere. If your idea of Hawaiian food is pizza (Or anything for that matter) with a slice of pineapple on it, or just poi, which while traditional is not to everyone’s taste, hold on to your hats and get out your pens for some real authentic Hawaiian dining delights.

Something to remember when considering Hawaiian food is it’s role in society. Hawaii is known for it’s pineapples, mangoes, macadamia and kukui nuts, as well as it’s seafood. All are a part of most daily meals, however they are also integral industries that at one time supported the island prior to tourism, none more than pineapple. Also Hawaiians take their meals seriously. They view each meal as a gift and a time for sharing with family and friends. Arguments are to be left outside and aloha is the mood of the table. Oftentimes many of the senior Hawaiians do not even want to discuss business at the table and prefer instead to use the time to keep current with other aspects of the lives of the people sharing their table.

A particular favorite has always been Lau-Lau which never disappoints. The way it is prepared is by stuffing a pork shoulder with chicken and/or a vegetable filling. Sometimes butter-fish or whatever catch of the day you prefer is added to create a different flavor, and of course Hawaiian or kosher salt really tops it off well. The filling is then individually wrapped and tied in five taro leaves. The lau lau is then further wrapped and tied inside 2 ti-leaves. If you cannot get ti-leaves or just prefer not to use them as they are not edible, banana or spinach leaves work just as well and add a little bit of a flavor twist. The best, and only way to cook these according to traditionalists, are in an imu, which is an underground oven, hanging around in the backyard. Pressure cooking works almost as well as not everyone has an imu. The variety of natural flavors from the leaves and natural ingredients make this something that will dance on the tip of your tongue.

Perhaps the best known Hawaiian food is called Kalua pig or Kalua pork. This is usually the main course of all Hawaiian luau’s. Like Lau-Lau, it is best prepared in an imu, but you can prepare it other ways as well, just know that it won’t have that smoky flavor without an artificial additive. When preparing this it is good to remember to pierce the pork with a fork or knife to allow the flavor to seep in, and this should be cooked fat side up to allow the fat to drip down the sides of pork. It is tender and juicy and and melts in your mouth when properly prepared. Kalua pig has a distinct salty/smoky flavor that is hard to not fall in love with.

Lomi Salmon is a traditional, but not native Hawaiian seafood dish consisting of salted diced or cubed salmon with tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice, and crushed ice. If you like it spicy Tabasco sauce can certainly kick this up a notch without destroying the natural flavor. Lomi is a food that complements poi which makes it a mainstay at all luau’s. Usually it is served as a spread with crackers, however it is also excellent when stuffed in tomatoes or inside cherries. This is an addictive side that will keep you going back for more. Its great flavor and ease of preparation make this a very popular dish aside from it’s historical significance as a substitute for the fish kumu, which ancient Hawaiians used as an offering to the gods. Just be warned not to fill up on this, once you start diving into the Lomi it’s hard to stop.

Poi has been a staple food in Hawaii for countless years. It is made from the root of the taro plant. Poi is produced by mashing the cooked taro into a gluey thick fluid. While mashing this, you add water to achieve the desired consistency which can range from a paste like substance which is most common, or to something a bit more fluid and soupy which is a bit less popular. If it looks like grits you are probably doing it right. It is an acquired taste for most, one I honestly never did acquire. Many native Hawaiians believed the spirit of Ha-loa was a present in poi which makes it so special in addition to having been for some a main source of nourishment in past centuries. Kalo was the original ancestor of the Hawaiian people and was to be revered, so poi was therefore considered sacred.

Another delight is Poki. This is raw fish salad almost always made with ahi which is yellow-fin tuna. This dish is flavored with kukui nuts, seaweed, soy sauce, and sesame oil although most people enjoy variations of seasonings. I myself like a little Tabasco. In fact, there are probably well over a hundred or so variations of Poki served throughout the islands as most towns

and restaurants generally have their own style of making this dish. Raw fish isn’t for everyone, but one taste is usually enough to make a convert out of anybody. The good thing about this dish is if you don’t like one style it is prepared in you may find one you do like the next day as it is a very diverse dish. This dish is always a great starter with any meal, and being a lover of Poki I encourage everyone to try as many variations as possible. This is so good in fact you may find yourself requesting a large order to serve as your entree.

What discussion of Hawaiian food would be complete without bringing up a traditional dessert? Hawaiian banana bars are simple and tasty and a favorite of dessert lovers of all ages. This treat consists of mashed bananas, chopped walnuts, vanilla extract, brown sugar, lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon. Once this is mixed you just bake it for a half hour, let is cool, and cut it into bars or blocks as you would a brownie, you can’t make it much simpler than that. Some people enjoy adding other ingredients like a little coconut or macadamia nuts instead of walnuts which is what makes this so popular, it’s ease in preparation and versatility. If you need a quick and easy dessert Hawaiian Ambrosia is the ultimate. Ambrosia is prepared in a large bowl, preferably a punch bowl. First add in about eight ounces of pineapple and about ten ounces of mandarin oranges. Then add shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, cool-whip, milk, and cherries. Chill for an hour and garnish with cherries and you’re all set. It is as tasty as it is easy and goes over great with kids which is why this is a luau staple.

There is so much variety in traditional Hawaiian food you will find trying to sample a bit of everything a highlight of each meal. Keep an open mind as to trying new things. Don’t make meal time a rushed event, but rather look upon it as a reward and another part of your Hawaiian experience. You may go to Hawaii for the sun and sand, but the food will make you want to keep coming back!

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