Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Am NOT a Bigot!!

WARNING:  I am so FIRED UP RIGHT NOW, it's a little ridiculous.

I was reading a post on Facebook this morning from the Protection of Marriage Coalition group (AKA prop 8).  Stupid me, I chose to read the comments.  I was STUNNED by how mean, cruel, and down-right vicious people were in what they were saying.  People from BOTH sides of the issue were showing their complete intolerance for each other.  It made me very upset.

A lot of the comments from those who've been against Prop 8, and for the legalization of all marriages, were calling those who stand with Prop 8 bigots.  I've heard this horrible adjective A LOT this week as the media, and people on Facebook have described those who stand with Prop 8.

According to Wikipedia:

Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot: someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats other people with hatred, contempt, and intolerance on the basis of a person's ethnicityreligionnational origingendersexual orientationdisabilitysocioeconomic status, or other characteristics.

I may believe differently than you on this issue.  I may believe that marriage should be between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN, but that DOES NOT MEAN that I am a bigot!  I don't treat those who  choose to live their life different than mine with hatred or contempt.  It's called agency...and it's something that everyone on this planet has.  I have friends and relatives who are gay.  Do I agree with their life choices?  No.  Do I treat them any differently than my friends and relatives who are straight?  NO!!

I'm not intolerant.  Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions and to express them.  We don't have to agree with each other either.  It's when the name calling begins that I have a problem.  Those who choose to name call show that they are the intolerant people.  There's no reason for people to have to lower their standards and be cruel.  It NEVER helps a situation, and often makes things even worse.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I've been taught, and believe in ways of life that may not agree with how you choose to live your life.  THAT'S FINE!  They released a statement about this court decision.  It was simple, humble, and well said.  You can read it here.

Many of the comments were telling those for Prop 8 to "give it up", and "let it go".  Let me ask those people something:  back in 2008 when the MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIANS voted for Prop 8, did you "give it up", and "let it go"?  NO, YOU KEPT FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVED IN!  That's all we who believe in Prop 8 continue to do.  We fight for what we believe the same way that you fight for what you believe.

Here's where another sad issue arises.  How come when we fight, or we don't agree with you, we are considered bigots, but when you fight, or don't agree with us you aren't given the same label?  It's a horrible sign of hypocrisy in this country.  But I digress.

My only hope and prayer is that somehow we can find a way to disagree peacefully.  Whichever way this finally ends, someone will be upset.  Oh well, that's life.  But rubbing noses into it by name calling, no matter WHO IS DOING THE NAME CALLING, won't help.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

This post was originally written in 2011.  I've made a few updates and decided to repost it.


Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 8th anniversary.  That is, if you count the entire time we've been sealed, not exactly married.  Basically, we got married the first time 8 years ago today!  Have I confused you enough yet?

If I have confused you, read the following posts; Our First Marriage and Finding Our Way Back Home.  They will explain our crazy life a little better.

I wanted to do something special for Nick, so I went back again to my video software.  I've spent a lot of time scanning our wedding pictures, and I LOVE how this turned out.

Using the song Where You Are, by Rascal Flatts, here is YouTube Friday!  Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Burn Notice "New Deal" Review

So last night was the night I've been waiting for six months to happen.  My beloved, adored, "I'm so addicted to it I don't know what will happen when it's over" show, Burn Notice premiered.

First, a little recap.

With the stage set, I was more than a little excited.  We don't currently have cable, so I attempted to find it last night online, but I couldn't.  Then I checked the USA network website this morning around 6am, and it hadn't posted.  I was beginning to get VERY worried.  Being able to watch it online is "mission critical".  This is one of those things that would warrant getting cable again!  I was able to find a website that would play the episode, and then it FINALLY posted to the USA website....Nick will be thrilled that we won't have to get cable again!!

This is the last season of Burn Notice, and it started much darker than any other.  It picks up 9 months after Michael made the deal to save his friends and mom.  In my review of season 6, which you can read here, I made it very clear that I wasn't happy with the way the season ended.  I also talked about how the "huge betrayal" Michael made wasn't really a betrayal.  Of course Michael took a deal.  What was he going to do:  LET THEM ALL ROT IN JAIL?

Anyway, Fiona has a new boyfriend and they are bounty hunters together.  Jesse is working security again, and Sam is planning a surprise birthday for his girlfriend.  In a very odd turn, Madeline has stopped smoking because she is trying to become the legal guardian of her grandson.  Apparently his mother is an alcoholic and went to rehab.

Michael is in Columbia, and has been undercover the entire time he's been gone.  His new CIA handler has recruited him to help take down a bad guy who is involved in terrorism.  Only this time he's fighting like he was in Fight Club, is drunk all the time, and has a very unattractive beard.  He hasn't spoken to his family or friends since he left either.

To make a long story short, a man shows up in Miami, approaches Jesse and Sam on separate occasions using a different accent, and begins asking about Michael.  We discover early on that he is a bad guy, since while he's talking to Sam, Sam catches on that this isn't right and manages to escape being stabbed in the leg.  Fiona, Sam, and Jesse come together to talk about this guy, and Fiona warns Madeline about this mystery man.

The next day Madeline goes to Child Welfare Services for another meeting about gaining custody of Charlie, her grandson.  Suddenly there's a new worker she's suppose to talk to, and he begins asking a lot of questions about Michael.  Normally Madeline is VERY GOOD at sensing trouble, and coming up with lies to protect Michael and his friends, and has learned a lot from them over the years.  But she just suddenly answers all his questions, and he finds out that Michael is working for the CIA.  I'll come back to this later.

Michael discovers he's been made, and his contact informs him that they are going back to Miami to find the mystery man and get rid of him before the terrorist finds out who Michael really is.  They need to salvage the situation in any way possible.  So this is how our gang will finally come back together.

This episode was also different because instead of wrapping up the problem in one episode, it opens up a storyline that will most likely continue for the last 12 episodes.  I also have a few problems with this episode.  First of all:  what happened to Charlie's other family?  Sure his father, Michael's brother Nate, is dead...but where is Ruth's family to take Charlie?  I have a REALLY HARD TIME BELIEVING that CPS would allow a child into Madeline's home!  Looking over her history the past 6 seasons, she doesn't have the most stable people in her life.  Part of her home was blown up, people have broken into her home, tried to kill her, she's gone to prison a few times....I just don't see it happening.  And I don't think that her simply deciding to quit smoking suddenly makes her a prime candidate!!  Maybe this storyline is an attempt to continue her storyline.  When Nate and Ruth got married, it felt like a real "throw away" storyline, and that's what it has become.  It would be great for her character, I just don't believe it would ever actually happen!

Another problem I have with this episode:  After EVERYTHING Michael did to take down the bad guys in the CIA (Tom Card), we come to find out that the agency (and any other agency with initials) hates all of them, and that EVERYTHING he did was for NOTHING!  This is also very hard for me to believe.

Questions I have after seeing this first episode:

-Is Fiona's boyfriend a good guy or bad guy?

-What will happen when the gang finally run into Michael?

- Where are Michael's signature sunglasses?

According to previews, the 100th episode airing next week will show us how Michael and Fiona met.  I hope it's not just a five second thing.  Fans have been waiting A LONG TIME to see this meeting.  I'm very anxious to see everyone run into Michael again, and I look forward to seeing how the series comes to a conclusion.  If I had my way, Michael would somehow get out from under the CIA, he and Fiona would be together, and they would all continue helping people in Miami like they've done the past 6 seasons.

If you watched it, what did you think?