Once every four years








 Happy Leap Day












Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
     - Gloria Steinem



 

I love knowledge Fridays







A is for Aspirin and ASS.




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It's beginning to feel a lot like the 1950's for women these days. Case in point, Foster Friess. He's the primary supporter of a pro-Santorum super political action committee.
He  suggested on MSNBC that women use Bayer aspirin as a contraceptive.  Wow. 

“This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so expensive,” he told host Andrea Mitchell.
“Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”


In case your not completely clear on Satorum's view on contraception:

Santorum has said that he is "not a believer in birth control" and believes it is "harmful" to both women and society. 

And in October, Santorum discussed the "dangers" of contraception with an evangelical blog.
"Many in the Christian faith have said, 'Well, that's okay. Contraception's okay," he said. "It's not okay because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They're supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also [inaudible], but also procreative. That's the perfect way that a sexual union should happen."




 
Watch and Scream.

Advise for the 1950's housewife.
Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival home is not the time. Let him talk first – remember his topics of conversation are more important that yours.





"Just as nightfall doesn’t come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of the change in the air—however slight—lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


On any given day







I wake up with one face.

Fall asleep with another.


Thank You






An Award?


  You don't say.







I want to thank Anita from A Dreamer's Den  for bestowing me with the Liebster Blog Award. Anita has a fabulous blog full of wonderful inspiration!  It doesn't hurt that she is a lovely person with a great sense of humor to boot! I'm a regular at A Dreamer's Den.... *LOVE HER*



Liebster in German means...
favourite, dearest, beloved
and it's for bloggers with under 200 followers.

The rules are:

Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
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Link back to the blogger who awarded you
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Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
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Reveal your 5 blog picks
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Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment



* My Five Picks*

Inspiring and lovely to look at!

http://ephemeralwhims.blogspot.com/
I always learn something and her images are beautiful.

http://mm-aboutanything.blogspot.com/
MM has lovely daily outfits and she's a very sweet wonderful person.

http://lareportiste.blogspot.com/ 
 Kris  not only has a beautiful blog, but an etsy shop where she sells her gorgeous hand made french linens and cards! She is a shining example of the wonderful friends you can make here in blog-land.

http://my-wishfulthinking.blogspot.com/
I so enjoy Megan's blog. She made some life changes and I love reading about her journey!




Fraa-jeel-aay! Huh! Must be Italian!
A Christmas Story





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I love knowledge Fridays












Cecilia Paredes was born in Lima, Peru, and lives and works in San Jose and Philadelphia, United States. Her recent photographic work is a conspicuous exploration of sensual surfaces in which the body is deliberately confused with nature and nature with the body. Paredes' photography demonstrates that the body of the woman - her own body - is a sacred zone, not profane, to restore its perception as something miraculous amidst the technological chaos that currently surrounds us. The body is revealed as a tool, a space for signs, and a creation that is intimately connected to our surrounding natural environments.








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The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
William Wordsworth



Blue and gold













It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Buddha





 
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I love knowledge Fridays






Put 'em Up!








Unless you've been sequestered in your home with no TV, radio, or Internet you know the nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has announced that it will end its longtime partnership with the Planned Parenthood. 

Komen has been criticized in the past for donating to Planned Parenthood. The official response has always been that, despite the controversy surrounding some of its programs, the organization was the only one working to provide breast-health services to women in need in dozens of communities around the United States.

Why the change of heart?

 Officials cited a new internal policy that makes any organization under official investigation ineligible for grant money.

 Um, Really? Let's look at a few of the players involved and you decide.

 Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It’s her group that issued a report last fall, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.

 That led to a probe by the Rep. Cliff Stearns Energy and Commerce Committee. And it’s that investigation that puts Planned Parenthood in violation of Komen’s new policy that bars funding of groups under investigation.


 Karen Handel, who ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 and lost. She has been Komen's senior vice president for public policy since April 2011. On her campaign blog Handel wrote: "I will be a pro-life governor who will work tirelessly to promote a culture of life in Georgia. ... I believe that each and every unborn child has inherent dignity, that every abortion is a tragedy, and that government has a role, along with the faith community, in encouraging women to choose life in even the most difficult of circumstances. ...since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood."

Although she didn't write the tweet below, she found it to be re-tweet worthy.


 We once again have to put up our dukes and fight. The health of women and the ability to get health care should never be used as a weapon to further one's political or religious agenda.

Yet, here we are.


Click this and sign the petition from Moveon.org - it's our only defense

*Update*
 Komen Reverses Desicion

 Komen's apology is not a promise to renew Planned Parenthood grants. It's a promise to "continue to fund existing grants" to the organization -- which it was already planning on doing -- and to make it eligible for future grants. At no point in the press release does Brinker promise that Komen will renew grants to Planned Parenthood.
Via Huffington Post

We must keep the pressure on, cause it ain't over until Ms. Karen Handel resigns and Susan G. Komen gets back "To The Cure" not politics.


I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

 

Thursday's Child









Throw me tomorrow
Now that I've really got a chance
Throw me tomorrow
Everything's falling into place
Throw me tomorrow
Seeing my past to let it go
Throw me tomorrow
Only for you I don't regret
That I was Thursday's child


David Bowie





Wednesday's here













Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together…
(Elizabeth Taylor)




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