3.5 Time-Outs Tuesday

Happy Anniversary, 3.5 TOT!!!

On this most solemn and distinguished of occasions, I feel it is my duty and honor to scrape together a full three and a half time-outs for Mr. Larry D, though my life is exceedingly uneventful right now. Happy one year anniversary to 3.5 TOT!!! To those who come to my blog, please head over to Acts of The Apostasy and offer Larry your 3.5 time-outs as well, in celebration of this wonderful first anniversary milestone!

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So Tori Amos, Jewel, and I walk into a bar…

And because it’s a Japanese bar, we’re considered total beauty queens – the cream of the crop. Why?

All them crooked teeth.

Me, upon discovering the ‘Yaeba’.

Say what?? Yep… apparently the hottest thing going in Japan for lovely young women is to have ‘Yaeba’, or a good ol’ case of snaggleteeth. They are literally paying for procedures to have their teeth made crooked and gnarly out in Japan because that’s the way their men like it. Japanese men reportedly find women with crooked teeth endearing and more approachable – evidence that said women are not perfect. Get that? Japanese women are so stunningly perfect and beautiful, they are literally getting their teeth jacked up so men will feel secure talking to them.

While I’m not Japanese, and definitely don’t need the help of ‘Yaeba’ to make me “approachable” or less perfect looking, I must say that having a gaggle of snaggle has never really bugged me. While I have always had very healthy teeth and no cavities, it wasn’t the financial priority, growing up, to get me braces – and now I really don’t feel the desire to part with a couple teeth (to make room, they tell me) for that perfect grin. Plus, my significant other rather likes my smile as is and tells me that perfect teeth on a woman can seem kind of generic. Nice save, baby.

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Now I know that I’m no fashionista, but I just wanted to share the nail look that I’m crazy about for the holiday season. Glittery, super-blingy nails are simply dazzling – especially in the low-lit ambiance of our Advent and Christmas occasions. Calling to mind the sparkle of candles and Christmas tree lights, your nails can take on the luster of your jewelry, and be coordinated with it as well! In several  different metallic shades and grains of glitter, these fun polishes are endlessly accessorizable, and really add a lot of warmth to the cold blah of winter.

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I really wish I had a corner of my blog devoted to favorite things. Like, you know how Martha Stewart has her “Good things” that features a bunch of random stuff she likes? I want that for my blog, but called something MUCH more creative, like “Good Stuff” or “Favorite Things” or even “Things I Like”. Thinking outside the box here.

Anyway, if I had this special category, I would most certainly feature my newest obsession: fondue at The Melting Pot. I love this place soooo, so, so much! The first time I actually went there was around 14 years ago with Pat – and he hated it. I think they had just opened and didn’t quite have all their ducks in a row. The food was kind of bland and uninteresting. But recently we tried it again, only to be delighted at how good it is. There are so many choices now for the four courses – the variety of cheeses, broths, meets, chocolates, and wines (salad’s technically a course – not wine, but so?) seems endless. And the one that we go to is in this surreal, very old building that used to be a Carnegie Library. So yeah, every occasion – girl’s night out, anniversary, birthday celebration, WHATEVER – is met with me suggesting, “hey, I say we go to The Melting Pot for that!”

–3.5–

Do you like them real or fake? What’s your Christmas tree preference, and why?

Can Your Vote Make a Difference?

I think it can.

If you haven’t already voted, and intend on doing so this Tuesday; I’m urging you to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. The reality is that either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama will win this election. No third party candidate will win – that is the reality. We must be pragmatic when so much is at stake and ground ourselves firmly within the real, and not within the ideal.

We do not live in a perfect world where we are given perfect choices. Politics is never pretty, nor clean. But we are still subject to its real outcomes. Regardless of whether my conscience can fully support Obama or Romney, I will be forced to abide with the policies that result from electing either. I will pay my taxes either way – regardless of whether my conscience wants to. I am amazed at how many Catholics have said that their consciences will not allow them to vote for one of the only two candidates that can win; yet somehow their consciences will allow them to pay their taxes and fund the winner’s policies. Please, let’s be consistent.

Romney is not a perfect candidate. He has been pro-choice, and now says he is pro-life in most aspects of the abortion issue. Most recently, to a reporter in Ohio, he reiterated his stance as this:

“I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions  I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.  It will not be part of my budget. And also  I ‘ve indicated that I will reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy which keeps us from using foreign aid for abortions overseas.”

As well, see Romney’s official “pro-life pledge” here.

Can he be trusted? I have no way of knowing if his actions will follow his words if he is elected. But I do know for a fact what Barack Obama’s actions have been as president according to National Right to Life:

• President Obama appointed pro-abortion advocates Elena Kagan (2010) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009) to the U.S. Supreme Court.  As a key political aide to President Clinton, Kagan helped direct a political strategy that blocked the enactment of a ban on partial-birth abortions during the Clinton Administration.  Sotomayor had previously helped direct the litigation projects of a private organization that filed multiple pro- abortion lawsuits, including challenges to parental notification requirements.

• In March 2009, President Obama issued an executive order to allow federal funding of research that requires the killing of human embryos.

• In 2009, President Obama ordered U.S. funding of private organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas.  His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told Congress that the Administration would advocate world-wide that “reproductive health includes access to abortion.”

• In 2010, President Obama narrowly won enactment of a massive health care law (“ObamaCare”) that will result in federal funding of health plans that pay for elective abortion, and will lead to large-scale rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.  Obama actively worked with pro-abortion members of Congress to prevent effective pro-life language from becoming part of the final law.

• In 2011, President Obama indicated he would veto the entire federal spending bill — forcing a government shutdown — rather than accept a provision cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.  The Obama Administration later blocked efforts by several states to cut off government funds to Planned Parenthood.

• In 2011, the Obama White House issued formal veto threats against the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), a bill that would repeal the abortion-expanding provisions of the 2010 ObamaCare law, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), a bill to permanently prohibit any federal program from funding elective abortions.

• In February 2011, the Obama Administration rescinded a regulation that had been issued by the Bush Administration, which would have protected health-care providers from being penalized for refusing to participate in providing abortions.   In 2012, the Administration issued a “final rule” to force many groups, including religious schools and hospitals, to provide health plans covering certain drugs and procedures, even if it violates their religious and moral convictions.

• In May, 2012, the White House announced President Obama’s opposition to a bill to prohibit the use of abortion to kill an unborn child simply because the child is not of the sex desired by the parents.  The White House said that the government should not “intrude” on “private family matters.”  (H.R.3541)

And here is Obama’s own nifty little page comparing his and his opponent’s positions on “women’s issues”.

I think the only thing faithful Christians everywhere can do now is cast a vote to limit evil. To mitigate the number of abortions that take place now and in the future. That is the only real choice in front of us. The Catholic vote has always been important, but I’m nervous that this year it will be a story of activism and acquiesnence: liberal Catholics will do what they always do and vote for the Democrat, while many faithful, traditional Catholics either vote third party or not at all. The impact of this scenario will be an Obama win. And a continuation of this:

Each heart represents one baby who is aborted every day. That’s 4,000 babies a day in the United States.

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