Saturday, November 21, 2009

Shocking News, if you aren't my FB Friend...

Because I am in China!!!

No pics yet, no story yet, you'll just have to trust me that it is a fun and funny God thing.

Today, we will go to the Beijing International Church and later, the acrobat show.

Oh, we'll do those things, plus fight jet lag. ha

We've been up since 3:00 AM. (chuckles)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Naughty or Nice? Retailer Guide

AFA's 2009 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas

Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising. We will continually update the list, so check back often.

Criteria - AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was "Christmas-friendly" in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company's ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach "Christmas" shoppers.

If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word "Christmas," then the company is considered as censoring "Christmas."

Color Code:

Company uses the term "Christmas" on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.

Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.

Company may use "Christmas" sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.

A company may be removed from the "bad" list by providing documentation to AFA.

SPECIAL ALERT! AFA is calling for a "Christmas" boycott of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores.

Companies FOR "Christmas"
updated 11-10-09

Amazon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bath & Body Works
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Big Lots
Collective Brands
Costco
Dollar Tree
Family Dollar
Dollar General
Hallmark
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JC Penney
Kmart
Lowe's
Macy's
Meijer
Menard's
Michael's Stores
Neiman Marcus
Petsmart
Rite Aid
Sears
Super D Drug Stores
Target
Toys R Us
Walgreens
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club

Companies marginalizing "Christmas"

updated 11-10-09

Best Buy
Hy-Vee Stores
Kohl's
QVC
Safeway

Companies against "Christmas"
updated 11-10-09

Advance Auto Parts
Aldi
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
Braum's Ice Cream
CVS Pharmacy
Dick's Sporting Goods
Gap Stores
Harris Teeter Stores
H.E.B. Stores
Home Shopping Network
Kroger
Limited Brands
McDonald's
Nordstrom
Office Depot
Olive Garden
Outback Steakhouse
Publix
Radio Shack
Staples
SUPERVALU
Victoria's Secret

Want to report a company? Send your detailed report to christmas@afa.net. Note: AFA does not list local or regional companies. Only nationally-recognized companies will be listed.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

No, NOT the beer guy

" If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

~~~Samuel Adams

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Alarming on so many levels

Plastic Surgeon Weds Woman for 'Potential,' Performs 8 Surgeries on Wife

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A British plastic surgeon chose a young woman as his bride and then sculpted her into his ideal wife, according to The Sun.

Reza Vossough hated 33-year-old Cany's body, but they tied the knot anyway after he spotted her "potential," The Sun reported.

Vossough then performed eight operations to change his bride's chest, thighs, eyes and face.

Vossough spent five years pumping 1,600 grams of silicone into her body, boosting her size A chest to a fuller F cup.

He also enhanced her lips, lifted her eyelids and de-creased her forehead.

The former waitress also had nip-and-tuck ops to her behind, tummy and thighs and countless Botox injections.

Only after $29,736 of cosmetic surgery did Vossough, 48, fall in love with his wife.

And his wife is thrilled with the transformation. "When your husband is a plastic surgeon, then the scalpel is your friend," Cany told The Sun.

(Bold highlights are mine).

What the hey is wrong with this picture? I do not care one whit if a woman wishes to seek out a plastic surgeon for a procedure that she feels she wants. Really. I am glad that so many procedures are available to enhance or repair bodies.

But when your husband is not in love with you when he marries you, instead viewing you as some sort of "project", well, ummmm...I find that disturbing. And sad.

Because bodies decay. Period. Over time, the body of this man's wife, will settle, the inevitable victim of gravity. So, has this poor woman signed herself on for a lifetime of this nonsense? As her plastic surgeon husband, struggles to keep her at his ideal? With her viewing the scalpel as "your friend"? Eeeeyew.

What about her heart? Her mind? Her hopes and dreams? Her aspirations? What about the things that make her "her"?

What about it?