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Toddlers and Tiaras…..really, why would you do that to your child?

I accidentally watched the program “Toddlers and Tiaras”. Well, not accidentally, I just happened to change channels to it and was mesmerized because I could not believe my eyes. These little girls, some as young as 1 to 2 years old, were dressed to the nines, and parading around. Not just parading; they were strutting, posing provocatively, dancing provocatively, costumed in fancy ballgowns and made up with pounds of make-up including lashes, lipstick, hair pieces and get this, fake teeth called flippers.

I recalled Jon Benet. And realized that when parents parade their little girls around like that, it had to appeal to the basest of the worst that walk the earth: pedophiles. These little girls are a pedophile’s dream come true. The whole thing makes me very uncomfortable.

Don’t  these moms and dads realize this? Why would anyone want their little girl to pose and look like a grown up? So they can win a trophy. At what cost?

Then I saw a preview of a new show:  Honey Boo Boo. A pageant queen in the making. Honey Boo Boo looks like a normal little girl when not participating in a pageant, who seems to be from an almost normal background (wow, what a family, but you gotta love em. They are a prime example of country folk, I guess). But when she gets all made up, costumed, glued on lashes, lipstick and everything else, she doesn’t even look like herself.

I guess what I am trying to say is this: these little girls don’t look like little girls anymore. They look like miniature, tiny women and I believe these moms and dads are really doing these little girls a huge disservice. Children have such short childhoods anyway, so why are they being forced/encouraged to look like and act like grown ups? Like very sexy grown ups at that!

It is beyond me to try and figure out what the pay off could possibly be for anyone in this scenario. I guess they do it for the money because apparently there are some monetary prizes involved. But from where I am observing all of this, this whole thing, over time, has to cost a fortune to support, what with the different costumes/dresses that cost a small fortune, the shoes, the make-up, the hairpieces, the flippers, the traveling, the personal trainers, the time spent learning routines (instead of playing like a child should be), and last but not least, the misplaced priorities. The skewed/distorted view of beauty and god knows what else.

I guess I just don’t like to see little girls dressed up like and dancing around like strippers! Not a good thing, not in today’s world. Not in any world.

I never had any children but even I know this is not how little girls should be. They need to be little girls, not provocative, sexy, tiny women. I guess what I am trying to say is, I find all of this very shocking and I don’t like it. That’s my story, I am sticking to it.

 

I Love Facebook but OMG!

As an animal lover, I of course subscribe to all of the animal stuff: animal rights, animal rescue, animal heroes, animal abuse, animal stories, animal YouTube, on and on and on. It was the primary reason and impetus behind my volunteering for the animal rescue group I am now with.  And of course, one link leads to another, you get the picture. And don’t even get me started on the don’t eat meat, vegetarian/vegan stuff. Facebook played a big part in my decision to wander down that avenue too.

But the sad thing is, all of this animal rescue stuff also includes all of the horrible things people do to animals and all of the animals (with pictures) that were put to sleep each day. Did you know that in this country approximately 10,000 dogs and cats are euthanized EACH day? Yeah, you read that right.  Every day, 10,000 beautiful little critters, that’s 10,000 unconditionally loving dogs and slightly unconditionally loving cats meet their end, And those ends are often in gas chambers which is another horrific story in itself. And yes, I am part of the campaign to put an end to that atrocity. So for each little rescue that comes across my Facebook page each day, there is without a doubt hundreds that didn’t make it and their pictures make my heart ache and I cry. I hate it. And it is every day!

Getting back to the numbers: 10,000 each day and let’s calculate only 5 days per week, 52 weeks in the year. That’s giving those shelter peeps the weekend off from all that killing. So the numbers are: 50,000 per week and 2,600,000 per year. That is a lot of dogs and cats.

And you know what would go a long way towards reducing those numbers……yeah, that’s right. Spay and neuter. If I was president, puppy mills would be outlawed, they would just plain be against the law. That will take care of one of the most shameful things this country allows to be done to “man’s best friend”. Have any of you out there even seen what these mills looks like? It is totally disgusting. And some of the biggest offenders in the puppy mill trade with all of its horribleness is (drum roll please) the Amish! Did you know that? That fact totally changed my outlook about them. That’s for sure.

It has reached the point, what with all of this ridiculous breeding (greed driven), this country has huge numbers of purebreds filling up our shelters, and to top even that, people are charging big bucks now for “designer dogs”. When I was growing up, we called them mutts! I fear common sense and priorities are getting lost, and I am guessing it may well be a part of the dumbing down of America. Well, that’s working.

Getting back to spay and neuter and if I was president. No more puppy mills and mandatory, free spay and neuter clinics. It is the only solution to this horrible, horrible problem. I remember when I first heard someone tell me they wanted their dog/cat to have one litter so their children could witness the miracle of birth. If I was a bitch (at that time: I may actually be one now), I would have told them to take their children down to the shelter to witness the miracle of death too. A good follow up, a full circle of life and death. It is only fair and children deserve a well rounded education as preparation for what I envision may not be a nice future.

Life sucks but death sucks worse.

Random Thoughts for August 4

There are not enough hours in the day. I need more.

I think I have “computer elbow”, if there is such a thing. It hurts. Left elbow, for some reason.

For those people who don’t believe in global warming: move to Oklahoma City. Actually, I consider myself really lucky to be living in Florida. Florida seems to have the best temperatures in the country this summer. Highest temp so far during the day: maybe 90 or 91 on average. May be very humid here but humidity is your friend. Keeps your skin moist and young. I am all for anything to slow down or stop the aging and wrinkling. I cannot imagine what it might be like to be living somewhere with temperatures climbing as high as 113 degrees during the day. I feel for everyone who lives in or about Oklahoma City right now. And if you throw in the raging fires….. so glad I be in Florida.

Deaf cats don’t mind being vacuumed.

About one month ago, I for some odd reason decided to cut back on my coffee consumption. Not that I drank a lot of coffee, maybe 2 cups in the morning and never any in the afternoon. I love coffee but I have pretty much always had trouble sleeping: falling asleep is difficult, can be very restless and I rarely sleep through the night. So now I am down to just one cup in the morning. Yesterday I realized, on reflection, that during this past week, I can hardly stay awake past 10:00 pm. I have had to retire to bed early and I have been sleeping through the night. Wow, was I that sensitive to caffeine?

Child proof containers only reinforce my belief that I never grew up!

Realization: people train their dogs but cats train their people.

There are two things in the world that I refuse to discuss with anyone, particularly someone I care about:  religion and politics. I consider one very personal and really none of anyone’s business and the other I have such mixed emotions about that I would rather forget it exists. As far as I am concerned, the politicians in today’s world are the cause of most if not all of the problems. They need to be outlawed. When I vote, I usually vote for the “lesser of two weevils”. It is just another system that is broken. Besides, I don’t consider myself educated enough to discuss politics with anyone on any kind of an intellectual level at all. It is all too overwhelming especially because you can’t believe a word any of those politicians say. And I don’t consider anyone who would attempt to discuss politics with me smart enough to discuss anything of importance anyway, unless you are my brother (I won’t mention his name but he lives in Gainesville). The educational system in this country is another broken system. And anyone who voted for R. Scott (a known criminal) to be our governor in Florida is an idiot and I don’t want to talk to them, much less know them.

That’s it for today. Hope I didn’t offend. Oh hell, I don’t care.

 

 

 

 

Just Saying…It is not what it is!

Every once in a while, something comes across “my desk” that astounds me, surprises me, freaks me out or just plain pisses me off.  So every once in a while, I will share. Today, this is my share.

I am astounded and surprised that pharmaceutical companies continue to advertise this or that medication for a certain condition but the actual medication has far more side affects and contraindications than the actual  symptom or problem being treated. Some of the side affects are scarier than the actual medical problem. Some of the side affect(s) could be death! I mean, come on! Who in their right mind would take a medication for a singular condition that has dozens of possible side affects? I have noticed that some of the side affects are exactly the same as the original problem: acid reflux medication can cause acid reflux, headache medication can cause a headache, and so on. And some of the side affects are weird, like the restless leg medication that could cause a problem with and/or obsession with gambling. I think I will take the restless leg problem, thank you. I think that same advertisement also linked a possible problem with impulsive behaviors such as indulging in risky sexual activities. Did anyone else notice that? Again, restless legs don’t look so bad!

And I have always had a problem with this saying:  ”IT IS WHAT IT IS”. What the hell does that really mean? As far as I am concerned, it means nothing. To me, it is a cop out, a way to avoid any explanation when or where needed, to avoid any responsibility, to just not be bothered. I hate it and wince every time I hear it. I would rather hear “Whatever!” because at least that explicitly tells the listener “I don’t care, leave it/me alone”. But still rude, of course.

Me, cats and dating or How to Get Rid of a Guy IMMEDIATELY

Everyone keeps telling me how sweet I am, how nice I am, how smart I am (well, not that so much)…. and then they ask me “why don’t you have a boyfriend?”

Well, the answer to that has nothing to do with who, what, or where I am.  It is because I have cats.

I have tested this theory of mine. Usually when someone, let’s say a guy, is paying me attention and telling me all of the above (again, not so much the smart part), all I have to say to him, if I want to end the interaction or to “get rid of him”, is “I have ____ cats (insert a number in the blank). He will be gone in a flash. That’s a guarantee.

So here is my suggestion: how about an online dating site for people who love their pets and are owned by same. Could even be species specific: a subsite for cat lovers and one for dog lovers. Or even a cat and dog lovers combined.

So who’s with me on this? Or better yet, who wants me, cats and all?

This is what a cat lady looks like.

Vegan

As much as I love hotdogs (the worst “meat” that anyone could eat), I am making a health and lifestyle decision which I will implement as soon as my almost empty freezer is empty. I want to go vegan at home. I am going to call this “domestic vegan”. I made that up because I will eat meat if prepared for me while I am a guest in someone’s home. I don’t want to be a bother however, I do believe that as time goes by during my initial “veganism”, I will probably not care for the smell/taste of meat at some point in this process.

I already have a problem with the smell of meat while it is cooking. I have hated that since childhood. I am not really fond of some of the aspects of meat as well: I hate gristle, blood, that white stuff that looks like muscle……  Actually cleaning up the meat/chicken prior to cooking has already thrown me off of the stuff on many occasions. Now, what with all the animal rights stuff on Facebook and with the apparent increase in animal abuse going on everywhere it seems, I am done.

I have a head start on a lot of this: I don’t eat eggs or fish although I do like shrimp and lobster but can never afford it. Unfortunately I love dairy; cheese is my favorite food. I am going to look for alternatives to milk and cheese.

I have been also influenced by the fact that people who base their diet on fruit and vegetables and better protein choices usually live longer, live healthier and look better. A long time ago, I remember a guy telling how when he was hanging out with a female, he could always tell whether or not they were vegetarian by the smell of their skin. Meat eaters have a different slightly unpleasant smell to their skin. I never forgot that.

And the emptying of my freezer is kind of important because right now, while looking for a job, and being so broke, anything anyone has given me, for whatever reason but usually because they understood my out of work/losing my home/being so broke/still having to eat  situation, they have given me food. I have to eat, I cannot waste it. I appreciate their gifts to me and their concern for my welfare. There is not that much in the freezer.

I look forward to being a domestic vegan and I am starting my vegan education today.

Nonetheless, I am going to miss cheese and hotdogs. Hopefully it will be a trade off for better smelling skin, longer life, healthier lifestyle.

My cats, on the other hand, will never go vegan. I can live with that.