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Christian, Female, Heteroamtic asexual, INTJ - I'm an aspiring artist who specializes in animals, fantasy artwork, and portraiture. My other studies include philosophy, hermeneutics, and environmental biology (emphasis in zoology.) I'm not perfect and I've made mistakes just like everyone else, but I try to put the past behind me. We can't change the bad things that have happened. Life stinks sometimes, so laugh at it! I aim to be a positive influence on others, but I won't deny the evil that exists in the world. I want to help spread love and joy.

I have a very tender heart, and I have and will stand up for the voiceless, be them human or animal. I have obsessive haters because of this, but haters gonna hate! I've been emotionally abused to some extent growing up and have even received death threats from online bullies, although they deny it and try to shift the blame on me, all in textbook bully fashion. If you've been bullied or emotionally abused, I really sympathize with you. Words can hurt worse than anything, but don't give up! Always remember that there are people out there who care about you even if it looks like the entire world hates you. If you need someone to talk to, feel free to message me! You are not alone. :hug:

I also have a strong sense of justice and I value purity very highly. I think that's why I love unicorns so much, aside from the fact that they're happy, sparkly horses! They stand for many things I believe in: compassion on helpless creatures, sexual responsibility and restraint, and caring for the environment.

NLD: I have been professionally diagnosed with non-verbal learning disorder (NLD), which means that I have difficulty picking up on social cues, reading between the lines/picking up on subtext, etc. I speak very literally. It doesn't affect IQ or my ability to perceive reality. Sometimes I say things that may come across as angry or harsh when I don't mean them that way. I'm actually a very goofy, happy person by nature! Most of the time when someone gets offended by something I said, it's because they read something into it that I never said nor meant to say (remember, I speak literally). If I ever say something to you that hurts your feelings, please respectfully tell me. I acknowledge that I have difficulties in this area, and I don't want to hurt anyone.


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As you can probably tell, all these things have happened to me before. If you believe I have blocked you unjustly, you may *respectfully* contact me through a *neutral* third party. I understand that I frequently misunderstand people (it comes with having NLD,) but if you respect me, I'll respect you, even if we disagree about something. I do not block people for disagreeing with me. Anything less than a *respectful* attempt to mend a relationship is block evasion and is against DA etiquette policy.

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The seasons for Spirit: Riding Free come out pretty quickly, but considering the animation quality and the audience its aimed at, I think that's perfectly fine. The target audience is children under the age of 10, and kids that age usually don't like to wait a long time for more of their favorite show to come out. And even though the animation quality is rather primitive, they do a good job of compensating for that with interesting camera angles, lighting, etc. The lighting in the show appears to be aimed from the side, not directly overhead, which is something that's rather unique in 3-D animated television shows. While the horses' unrealistic behavior will always bother me to an extent, kids don't care, and at the end of the day, they're the ones the show is aimed at.

Spoilers ahead!




I had an overall positive opinion of seasons 3 and 4 of Spirit: Riding Free. Season 4 is definitely my favorite season so far, but season 3 had its high points as well. Throughout the show, we've seen Lucky maturing and making new decisions as she figures out how to be a young adult. That's important for kids to see!

Season 3 showed her dealing with the fact that her dad is dating her school teacher, dealing with mild bullying/teasing at school, helping out her school teacher even though she doesn't like her very much, and standing up for what she knows is right even if it puts her in uncomfortable situations. She also learns that immature, angry outbursts don't help her and only hurt herself and those around her.

My favorite part of season 3 was Mixli, the Tuckapaw teenager who Lucky and her friends meet. Sure, he was pretty stereotyped, but it was nice to see the show branching out from just Miradero and the ubiquitous city. The message of that episode was also a good one: just because people might do things differently from you doesn't mean they're wrong. I hope future seasons do more with bringing Native Americans into the mix! Native Americans are a very important part of our culture, and we tend to forget about them or stereotype them. Spirit: Riding Free has the opportunity to be an extremely interesting historical fiction show for kids, kind of like Liberty's Kids back in the day. So far everything has been very sanitized and modern (the girls wear jeans, what?), but they started to touch on something very interesting with Mixli. I hope the writers do more of that!



Season 4 was, in my opinion, the best season so far! Almost every episode tied in with another one, you saw Lucky mature even more, you learned more about Lucky's family, there was some slightly more realistic wild horse herd dynamics, there were actually some pretty touching scenes with Aunt Cora and the the circus, and it ended on a cliffhanger, but not the emotionally-traumatizing-for-little-kids cliffhanger of season 2.

I really liked seeing the more mature, kind way that Lucky and her friends dealt with Abigail's little brother Snips. Snips is the annoying little sibling that everyone dreads, and in past seasons, the girls had been rather mean to Snips without any punishment. It's one thing if a character behaves badly and then learns from their mistakes, but the girls had previously just been mean to Snips and never learned their lesson. It's something that a lot of us probably struggled with when we were growing up, and I understand showing a realistic portrayal, but kids also need role models, and the three girls were not being role models when it came to Snips. However, in season 4, that changed. They're much more kind and understanding with Snips, even though you can tell they're irritated at times. The only time they ever really snapped at him was when he was doing something legitimately dangerous.

You also see Lucky get a job for a little while and earn some money, which is a good thing for kids to see: you don't earn money by whining, you have to work for it.

The episode with Lucky's grandfather showed how some people are too set in their ways to change. Her grandfather disagreed with Lucky's upbringing to the point where he wanted to take her away, even though Lucky had done everything she could to show that she was happy where she was. Her grandfather just kept coming up with new excuses, and in the end, it drove him away from the rest of his family. It was sad, but sometimes that's just how life is.

The episodes with Aunt Cora were also quite good with Lucky learning that even though she finds her aunt annoying at times, they're both important to each other. Lucky learns that Aunt Cora has a place even though she may seen very different from the rest of the town.

I also enjoyed seeing Smoke, the rival stallion who wants to steal Spirit's herd. While a real-life band stallion would have kicked any rivals out of his herd long ago, I'm glad they at least acknowledged that life in the wild isn't all hunky-dory for wild horses. Even in the original movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit Sr. had no rival stallions to fight off after he had been gone for a year. Spirit Jr. at least has one rival stallion.

The last two episodes (the first two-parter in the series, that I'm aware of), were very, very good! You find out about Lucky's family history, how her parents met, who her mother is, and you find out that Lucky is half Latino (not that it makes much difference, but I thought that was interesting, because I predicted it from before the first episode). I think it's good for kids to see Jim Prescott (Lucky's dad) dealing with remembering his wife while moving forward at the same time. Kids also see Lucky fall back into her immature ways when she's frustrated with her dad dating and later proposing to her school teacher, and kids see the negative effects that has on Lucky as well as her teacher. At the same time, you can see why Lucky is so frustrated at the end of the episode, because her father missed the most important performance of her life so far to propose to Ms. Flores. As important as Ms. Flores is to Mr. Prescott, he should not have missed Lucky's performance. People in love often forget about everyone but the person they're in love with, and can end up hurting others around them, like he did to his daughter. Lucky's reaction (running away) is not justified, but it is understandable. The season ended with that issue unresolved, and I hope the next season comes out soon to resolve that. Kids will deal with situations like these, and it's important for them to see how to deal with feelings like Lucky's.


All in all, I'm pleased with the series so far, and I hope it continues to get good reviews from people who aren't blinded by the thought that "it's not what fans of the original movie expected." It's a good, wholesome show for little kids, and I hope it stays renewed for future seasons! 

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An oldie (sort of; does 4 years count as old?), but a goodie.



“If you had a patient with a severed artery would you tourniquet the limb before addressing internal injuries? Or would you let the patient bleed out while you argue if you need x rays or a CT scan? PZP is a tourniquet to stop the bleed of wild horses leaving the range while we address other issues. Plain and simple.”

A proposal given in August of this year by Jeanne Nations of the NE Nevada Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education was barely noticed. However in October, right before the major “giving season” for non profits, an expanded proposal was given to the RAC and members of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by Nations, Leigh, Neda DeMayo and Dr, Jay Kirkpatrick (practices proposed endorsed by Return to Freedom, Animal Welfare Institute, The Cloud Foundation, Wild Horse Education and many more). That proposal quickly became the focus of a “bash campaign” by a small handful of competitive non profits and one of the BLMs roundup contractors (In a year that the contract is being modified to include humane care and access and roundups are at the lowest level since 1977). (you can read about the October meeting here: wildhorseeducation.org/2014/10…/ )

Although being used successfully in many areas like Assateague managed by the fire department (that became a joke, “How do you manage a wild horse population? You make the federal government and a local fire department switch places… but then our houses would all burn down). And is being used, minimally by the BLM, in places like McCollough Peaks that was the subject of this article in April that went completely without a “bash fest” in social media www.slate.com/articles/health_…It is being used in multiple areas by lesser known sanctuaries as well like Sky Mountain in a cooperative with Forest Service at the Carson National Forest. (It has also been used on deer for decades and on elephants in African sanctuaries).

For years the advocate community has sent letters and commented that the BLM is addicted to roundups. That they (BLM) fails to address the program from anything but a “remove and warehouse” mindset with nearly ten thousand wild horses a year losing their freedom from 2009-2012, over 5000 in 2008, over 8000 in 2007… I think you get the picture. One of the admonishments was that BLM failed to use PZP appropriately (times of year) and in less than 3% of the wild population. In June of 2013 the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a million dollar study, admonished the BLM for failure to use birth control and a lack of data program wide.

So why all the huh bub this time? Maybe it was the unfortunate time of year of the proposal? Maybe it goes into a “personality” conflict? Or maybe it is that it might just work?

The proposal given in October was primarily focused on a small portion of the Antelope Complex on the eastern border of Nevada and pilot programs beginning in two other districts. The presentation itself was given by (or endorsed by) members of nationally known wild horse advocacy groups.

The use of a form of PZP (native) has multiple practical purposes for implementation. It slows population growth and allows data collection from herd structure, genetic map, migratory patterns (that include boundary issues), forage utilization. It adds the ability to create and track these aspects of the herd in a “trend map” to address the planning process from a scientific basis. Isn’t that what is lacking in the program? Wont that allow things like genetic bankruptcy to be addressed and any flaws like numbers of horses on the range to be modified?

What is PZP? (taken from the PNC project for wildlife contraception)

A non-cellular membrane known as the zona pellucida (ZP) surrounds all mammalian eggs. The ZP consists of several glycoproteins (proteins with some carbohydrate attached), one of which, ZP3, is thought to be the sperm receptor (the molecule which permits attachment of the sperm to the egg during the process of fertilization). The PZP vaccine is derived from pig eggs. When this vaccine is injected into the muscle of the target female animal, it stimulates her immune system to produce antibodies against the vaccine. These antibodies also attach to the sperm receptors on the ZP of her own eggs and distort their shape, thereby blocking fertilization (see Paterson and Aitkin 1990).

Thus far PZP has been a promising form of contraception in wildlife because

1. it has prevented pregnancy an average of 90% of the time in treated animals
2. it can be delivered remotely by small darts
3. the contraceptive effects are reversible
4. it is effective across many species
5. there are no debilitating health side-effects even after long-term use
6. it has almost no effects on social behaviors
7. the vaccine cannot pass through the food chain
8. it is safe to give to pregnant animals (see Kirkpatrick et al. 1996b).

So why are these points being either misrepresented or ignored?

It may be the use of terminology used in research and implementation documents. We will try to explain some of the terms and why.

“Overpopulation.” This seems to be the most recent “buzz word.” There are accusations that if you support PZP you agree to “overpopulation.” This is a spin worthy of Maytag. The term overpopulation (in discussions on BLM land) arrives from another term “Appropriate Management Level” or AML. This is the number of animals BLM says the land can sustain. The levels are set in a land use planning process (for decades not engaged by the advocacy community). The term creates a legal definition, not a justified one. If we go back to what WHE has been saying (as an example in court documents on Owyhee) is that AML is not based on any scientific equation. The NAS concurred in their report that also admonished BLM for not using birth control. Litigation is pending in two states that centers around AML from the livestock interests wanting horses off the land in Utah and in Nevada under the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO). In the NACO action we are Intervenors and point out that there is no data to support AML and the no data to support the over allocation of forage to private livestock interest.

So where in this mix do we support an assertion of “overpopulation?” The implementation of native PZP will allow the opportunity to gage population levels in a scientific fashion. (We use the term “overcrowded” by too much given to other interests and explain that distinction here: wildhorseeducation.org/2014/11…)

“Pesticide.” PZP is not DDT. PZP is a protein that breaks down. That is one of the reasons it is only effective for one year (one reproductive cycle for wild horses, they do not breed like rabbits). The classification is because of the purpose of use and was “put on the books” first in the US for dealing with deer populations for “pest control.” We might not like the term, but the classification is not because this is like DDT or RAID.

Soil and water contamination. PZP is a protein that breaks down. It has been used for decades in deer, wild horses, elephants etc. We do not have birds and fish and squirrels dying in Assateague from PZP use or lions or coyotes from the use on deer and elephants. Scientifically this is purely not the truth.

“Feral.” This is another term that can make a wild horse advocate see red. But the use of PZP does not change the legal definition of a horse. A horse (or burro) is legally designated by where it stands on the land. A horse on state land or Fish and Wildlife is legally designated as “feral.” A horse on BLM land has the legal definition of “wild.” Treating a mare at McCullogh Peaks does not change her status to feral under law. So if you read the word in research documents please understand why before reacting to it.

“Behavior Changes.” All kinds of behaviors are being attributed to PZP use from gang rape to foal murder. At Assateague we do not see tourists running screaming after watching the horses, we see them taking their children and the community getting a great reputation. In wild, untreated populations, stallions have been documented killing foals (although rare) and mares are mounted by more than one stallion (again rare, but documented). PZP also wears off and any stressor associated with any lack of fertile mares could be relieved in contrast to surgical techniques like those used at Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (we documented how vasectomies keep males thinking they are fertile and a lack of fertile females due to hysterectomies create an intensity in behavior we, personally, have witnessed nowhere else).

Harder to Catch and will make “gathers” more difficult. This assertion has no basis in any factual information as no widespread use of PZP has been implemented. And if PZP native is successful? Helicopter removals would be increasingly diminished in any area treated.

Assertions in the “bash the concept game” even include those that claim payoffs by BLM to those making the proposal. BLM has never used PZP as an appropriate tool. At each turn there are obstacles in gaining understanding of the benefits of implementation and data collection. If we were into a “spin machine” of our own we could assert payoffs to those opposing the programs by BLM (because they are addicted to roundups), the contractor (because a horse not born is one they can not be paid to remove), the livestock industry (that wants no data collected so they can continue to use the horse as a scapegoat), but that is not what we do.

We are on the ground continuing to monitor multiple herds, animals in holding, fight for humane care and access and are addressing issues in land use planning to protect our wild horses and burros and keep them free on the range.

This post is made by request by several people asking us to. Addressing this has taken time from our work and away from the multiple threats facing our wild ones that we are in the field addressing.

We ask that YOU keep in mind the “big picture” of 50,000 wild horses in holding facilities, proposals to surgically sterilize wild horses, legal actions against horses by the livestock industry, changing public land policy, sage grouse, etc, etc. Then we ask that you put PZP in perspective as one of the tools that can be utilized to satisfy legal requirements and gather real data that can then be used to create sound management plans.

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"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - When a girl can't play hard to get without people accusing her partner of date-rape.



My favorite version! :D

I was looking up the lyrics for "Baby, It's Cold Outside" the other day, and I kept running into post after post about how the song is about date rape, underage drinking, and other unconsensual-sex-related things. Okay, first of all, the song isn't even necessarily about sex. The woman in the song is afraid that people will think she's having sex, but it's not necessarily what's going on. Part of the beauty of this song is that it can be about that if you want, or it can be more innocent and just be about her staying a little longer at her boyfriend's place. It's not strictly one way or the other. It can be what you want it to be.

But all the same, people have chosen this song to freak out about over. First they attacked any Christmas carol with a religious vibe, like "Silent Night" or "O Come All Ye Faithful," and now they're after our secular Christmas songs. Gee whiz, will it never end? Don't go seeing raindrops on a sunny day, people.

It's gotten so bad that one couple has neutered the song into this:

The comments section on this video says it all! Not to be mean, but their lyrics don't even work with the tune and rhythm. It's just plain bad songwriting. And it's no longer sassy and flirty. It's just...blah. I mean, I guess if this makes them happy, whatever (each to their own, right?), but for them to say the song has gotten a "creepy vibe" over the years? Please. If you read too much into anything you'll get a creepy vibe from it. All it takes is a simple reading of the lyrics to understand the girl is just playing hard to get.

This isn't my favorite Christmas song, but I think it's a cute song, and I want to dispel political-correctness-fueled fear of it.



A great article on the same topic: panampost.com/ben-jackson/2017…




"Baby It's Cold Outside" is not about an un-consenual encounter.


Sex or not, there's undeniably some kind of encounter going on this this song. It's about a woman preparing to leave her partner's house, and he's teasing her to stay longer with him. Both man and woman flirt with each other (call-and-response song), and she eventually decides to stay longer with him (how long is up to our imagination). He never forces her to stay. He never does anything to prevent her from leaving. If she really wanted to leave, she could. Heck, the fact that the song is being sung implies that she has a say in the matter, and in the 1940s, that actually was saying something.

(Now, I did come across a version somewhere where he locks the door and hides the key, and yes, THAT is gosh-darned creepy! But that is nowhere in the original lyrics.)

My honest impression, and I really do think this is the intent of the song, is that she wants to stay from the beginning. Otherwise what's the point of her singing with him? She states repeatedly that the reason she's leaving is because of what people will think about her, not that she doesn't want to be with him. She even makes several excuses to stay longer ("maybe just a half a drink more," "maybe just a cigarette more...") She even says "I wish I knew how to break this spell," implying that she really does like him and wants to stay, but she wants to break the spell (leave) because of what people will think, not because of anything she wants or doesn't want. If she didn't want to stay, there would be no spell to break. It's as simple as that. Their encounter is completely consensual.






"Baby It's Cold Outside" does not contain date-rape drugs.


The line "Say, what's in this drink?" is mostly what has people worried. Sure, in our day and age, that line is strange. I would not be comfortable singing it unless there was a goofy joke of some kind to explain it. But remember that the song was not written for our day and age. It was written in 1944 by Frank Loesser and performed by Frank Sinatra in 1949 in the movie Neptune's Daughter. In the 1940s, women were expected to refuse men's advances, and the only way a woman could get away with doing something "radical" (like staying past curfew at her boyfriend's house) was if she got drunk or something along those lines.

One feminist says the same thing here, and probably explains it better than I did: www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschw…

“Hey what’s in this drink” was a stock joke at the time [of the song's writing], and the punchline was invariably that there’s actually pretty much nothing in the drink, not even a significant amount of alcohol. 

See, this woman is staying late, unchaperoned, at a dude’s house. In the 1940’s, that’s the kind of thing Good Girls aren’t supposed to do — and she wants people to think she’s a good girl. The woman in the song says outright, multiple times, that what other people will think of her staying is what she’s really concerned about: “the neighbors might think,” “my maiden aunt’s mind is vicious,” “there’s bound to be talk tomorrow.” But she’s having a really good time, and she wants to stay, and so she is excusing her uncharacteristically bold behavior (either to the guy or to herself) by blaming it on the drink — unaware that the drink is actually really weak, maybe not even alcoholic at all. That’s the joke. That is the standard joke that’s going on when a woman in media from the early-to-mid 20th century says “hey, what’s in this drink?” It is not a joke about how she’s drunk and about to be raped. It’s a joke about how she’s perfectly sober and about to have awesome consensual sex and use the drink for plausible deniability because she’s living in a society where women aren’t supposed to have sexual agency.

So you see? He didn't spike her drink. I mean, if you want to believe he spiked it, whatever, but I sincerely doubt that was the original intention, especially given that "what's in this drink" was used commonly in the 1940s as code for consent.

Now, that said, this is nearly 2018, not the 1940s. "What's in this drink" has a very different meaning today! But instead of throwing out the song completely, why not just change the lyrics of that line? That one line could be changed to something innocent that rhymes with "ink." This adorable version uses "say, was that a wink?" in place of "what's in this drink?", and I think it's completely appropriate and true to the character of the song. They also changed the references to drinking and smoking because it's acted out by kids, and they also changed the line "the answer is no" to "but thanks for the show" to emphasize consent. But even if all the other lines are kept the same, the song still flows beautifully with "was that a wink?" as the only change.

Now, THIS is how to make "Baby, It's Cold Outside" emphasize consent, not the version by Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski. It's every bit as fun and flirty as the original, but with none of the problematic lyrics.






"Baby It's Cold Outside" does not contain underage drinking.


It took me a few listens to the song to figure out where this claim comes from. I think it comes from the fact that the girl lives with her parents but drinks with her boyfriend. However, remember that the song was written in the 40s. In that day and age, it was normal, even expected, for women to stay with their parents until they got married. Not to mention that states were allowed to set their own minimum legal drinking age. Most states had it set at 21 in the 40s, so assuming this is one of those states, she was either 21 or older to be drinking legally.

People claim that because she still lives with her parents that she must be younger than 21 years old. But again, remember that this is the 1940s, and back then, women were expected to live with their parents until they married. It was very common for 21-year-old women to be living with their parents. The song even implies that her unmarried aunt still lives with the family! Is her aunt underage? I doubt it! It's really only a relatively recent development that young women are expected to leave the nest while still single. But even today, it's quite common for a 21-year-old, male or female, to still live with their parents, thanks to the rising cost of living and the lack of full-time jobs over minimum wage. I don't know the exact statistics, but when I was 21, I think all of my friends of the same age lived with their parents, and I doubt much as changed since then. There's really nothing abnormal for a person of drinking age to live with their parents. The modern goal is to get independent as soon as possible, but not everyone is ready by 21. That's just how it is. So even from a modern perspective, there's no underage drinking in "Baby, It's Cold Outside."





Lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside"


I really can't stay (but baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (but baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice (i'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I'd better scurry (beautiful please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbors might think (baby, it's bad out there)
Say, what's in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (what's the sense in hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay (oh baby don't hold out)
But baby, it's cold outside
I simply must go (but baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no (but baby, it's cold outside)
Your welcome has been (how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this storm)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)
I've gotta get home (but baby, you'd freeze out there)
Say lend me a coat (it's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)
But don't you see? (how can you do this thing to me?)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pnuemonia and died)


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In what has to be the most shameless marketing strategy in recent history, a Planned Parenthood Twitter account called PP Black Community, tweeted a "scary stat" on Halloween morning: "If you're a Black Woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth. #Scary Stats."

Not only is this "scary stat" obviously a marketing ploy, it's also just plain false. The global mortality rate for pregnant and birthing mothers is less than 0.2% (data.unicef.org/topic/maternal…). That's not even a percent. ...And it includes places where women must give birth in slums. I can't help but notice that Planned Parenthood didn't cite their source, provided they even have one.

What's truly scary is that an organization that prides itself on its message of empowerment and inclusion is fear mongering young minorities with the exact opposite message of empowerment and inclusion. Planned Parenthood is convincing young Black women that they are not equipped to give birth. They are telling them that abortion is a safer option. They are saying if they choose to be mothers, they will most likely die.

Interestingly, this message is coming from the nation’s largest abortion business.  It’s an obvious and malicious hard sell to minorities whose neighborhoods are already invaded by abortion clinics. They may as well push them over the edge.

If Planned Parenthood’s intent was to bring attention to the disproportionate amount of maternal deaths and the lack of quality healthcare for Blacks compared to Whites, then they failed bigtime. Instead their message sounded something like, “Let us kill your baby before your baby kills you”.

Ironically, they take zero responsibility for any inequality of healthcare despite the fact the Planned Parenthood clinics abound in minority neighborhoods and that abortion clinics in general are notoriously under or unregulated. Look no further than convicted murderer and former abortionist Kermit Gosnell in West Philadelphia as an example of unregulated abortion clinics in Black neighborhoods.

Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for Unborn Children and niece of Martin Luther King, had something to say about the Planned Parenthood Black Community message to young women.

“Mother Teresa saw abortion as the greatest example of poverty.  ‘It is a poverty,’ she said, ‘to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.’ Abortion is a civil wrong. The pro-life movement stands for justice and is ‘the new civil rights movement.’ What ‘Blacks’ were for the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, the unborn are for the Civil Rights Movement of today.”

She was not alone in her condemnation. Twitter blew up with backlash from people who saw right through the condescending message disguised as concern to black women.

EXAMPLES:
twitter.com/BryanKemper/status…
twitter.com/Heminator/status/9…
twitter.com/heyitsromy/status/…
twitter.com/Terrencejflower/st…
twitter.com/MawMcGrath/status/…

But PP Black Community simply doubled down: twitter.com/PPBlackComm/status…

I am not sure what the image of female rapper, Cardi B, saying, “I feel so damn powerful." was supposed to convey. But, those who promote the message of abortion through the use of fear are not promoting anything at all that empowers women. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Hopefully most people will be “woke” enough to realize that it’s not compassion or concern for minorities that motivates Planned Parenthood to “help” women.

www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/p…

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If you’ve been wondering what all the notifications were about, I’ve been adding my artwork to Redbubble so that people can buy items with my designs on them, and I’m putting the Redbubble link in all their Deviantart descriptions and notifying my watchers. Once everything I’ve made so far (that I want on Redbubble) is up, I’ll make a journal with a link to my store. In the meantime, if you see something you like in your notifications, go ahead and check out the Redbubble link in the description! There are tons of clothing options, mugs, blankets, and most affordably, stickers! 😊
So apparently Supernatural is doing an animated Scooby-Doo-themed episode. Everyone is calling it “Scoobynatural,” but I think they should call it “Super-Doo.” 😂
I’ve been catching up onSeason 8 of My Little Pony, and it’s been super cute! I’m curious where they’re going with the friendship school idea. It’s very different from anything they’ve done before, but different can be good, especially with a show that’s been going as long as MLP. I think my favorites so far have to be “Grannies Gone Wild” (Granny Smith letting her hair down tho) and “Surf And/Or Turf.” “Surf” had a few interesting ideas running through it. It seemed to touch on the idea of having separated parents. It was done tastefully, though. You might miss it if you weren’t previously in tune to those sorts of themes. I like how they didn’t get into the moral aspects of why parents separate, but rather focused on helping kids deal with it. After all, MLP is meant to help kids work through life. In a broken world, it’s going to happen, and while kids shows don’t need to dwell on it, it is something that MLP hasn’t dealt with to my knowledge, up until this point. It’s important for kids to know that they’re loved, that it wasn’t their fault that their parents separated, and that they shouldn’t have to choose. MLP does exactly that.

My Little Pony shines through once again! 🦄
Oh my word, one of my friends just showed me someone who is trying to claim that the Bible supports this and that and all this crud, and they used Exodus 21:16 as an example of the Bible supposedly promoting kidnapping and selling people. This is what the verse says:

"Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper's possession.

Am I missing something here?

It makes me sad to think that a person can get themselves into a state of such anger that they honestly believe a Bible verse is supporting the thing it’s condemning. Being blinded by anger is never a healthy place to be.

Always remember that the thing people like this need most is love. They’re not open to reason at this point, so all we can do to them is love them and show them that we’re not what they think we are.
Okay, so I got my Redbubble account up and running again! It took several weeks for them to respond to my pleas for help, but they eventually did. They said my account was accidentally caught up in the spam filter, so I guess it was a glitch of some kind. I don't have much artwork on there yet, and probably won't have time for a while, but I'll post a journal or something when I get a fair amount of stuff on there!

I wonder if there was a major glitch that affected a lot of accounts, and that's why it took them so long to respond. Oh well! I'm glad I didn't accidentally break the law or something, lol!

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GodoftheChallenge Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I got an idea for your "North American Guard" stuff.

Army of Scar.
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Unicornarama Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I already have Janja and the jackals. :)
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GodoftheChallenge Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I know, but I mean like the entire army in one pic, with ghost horse Scar in, I don't know, a dust devil? Yeah, dust devil.
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Unicornarama Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Or if he appeared in a gyser or something. :)

I don’t think I’ll have time to do it, though.
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Unicornarama Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
That's pretty cool! I don't necessarily agree with soms of the ideas you inserted into the Biblical account, but it's a cool song! :)
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
Well I did have to take some artistic liberties to make it fit.  but what specifically do oyu have issue with?
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Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
www.animalhearted.com/blogs/an…

i wanted to bring this to your attention...if this gets enough support this could strike a HUGE blow,and possibly even end the Ivory trade and the poaching of elephants and rhinos.
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Unicornarama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
That is really cool! I hate to be cynical, but I doubt anything that could make a difference will get off the ground to a large extent. Governments are resistant to change, even if it works. Wild horse management in the US is an example of that. But it would be awesome if they did do that!

I'd prefer the first option of course, because no one would get hurt except poachers' wallets, but if that doesn't work, I'd wholeheartedly support the second option. As much as I hate to say it, people who believe that rhino horn and elephant tusk will cure them of anything really need a kick in the butt. Did you know that they're actually ingested for the most part as aphrodisiacs? People are driving entire species of animals to extinction so that they can get an orgasm. So yeah, they can go ahead and vomit, get diarrhea, and convulsions for all I care. That's how I feel about them.

I'm sorry if that was harsh, but I have zero tolerance for people who hurt other creatures for non-nessecities like sex.
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Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
well im not sure i agree with the idea of them "deserving" sickness...but if it is made public,it may prevent them from buying and eating it.

another good thing is that dye is detectable by airport scanners,this would bust any poachers that are trying to smuggle it out of the country.

i encouredge you to spread the word of this to any willing to hear.

yeah im skeptical of this taking off too,but i consider it a responsibility to support an idea that would work to help save these animals.

i consider this a much better solution to protecting elephants and rhinos than having "hunting seasons" for them.
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