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22 Mar

Prepare yourselves; I need to rant.

I’ve spent the last hour or so reading an article by James Dobson of Focus on the Family, called “11 Arguments against Same-Sex Marriage,” [which you can access here ] and whether or not I have any readers left on this blog, I feel compelled to at least react.

I’m just gonna go ahead and dive in. Here are the eleven reasons. I can only give a full reaction to #1, because unfortunately, this article has been taken off their website, so I could only read the first point in full, but the others pretty much speak for themselves.

1. The legalization of homosexual marriage will quickly destroy the traditional family.

2. Children will suffer most.

3. Public Schools in every state will embrace homosexuality. (You’re right. We should keep them the way they are now, where kids are committing suicide because of bullying. Let’s not “embrace” it. That would be bad.)

4. Adoption  laws will be instantly obsolete. (I’m really sad I didn’t get to read this one. I’m interested in how he could possibly draw that conclusion.)

5. Foster-care programs will be impacted dramatically.

6. The health care system will stagger and perhaps collapse.

7. Social Security will be severely stressed.

8. Religious freedom will almost certainly be jeopardized. (Funny, considering he doesn’t support the religious freedom to believe that people of the same gender could love each other.)

9. Other nations are watching our march toward homosexual marriage and will follow our lead. (Because we’re the FIRST people to think of this, of course!)

10. The gospel of Jesus Christ will be severely curtailed.

11. The culture war will be over, and the world may soon become “as it was in the days of Noah.” (Matthew 24:37)

Okay. Whew. There’s a lot in there, but I really just want to share a few quotes from his first installment (dealing with #1).

We’ve all heard his polygamy argument, so I’ll spare the rant on that one (because I obviously don’t think that gay marriage is going to lead to people marrying their pets. That’s just absurd.), but his definition of marriage in this quote struck me as particularly interesting:

“Historically, the definition of marriage has rested on a foundation of tradition, legal precedent, theology and the overwhelming support of the people. After the introduction of marriage between homosexuals, however, it will be supported by nothing more substantial than the opinion of a single judge or by a black-robed panel of justices.”

The 4 things he sites as the foundation of marriage are interesting to me. Think about it. Polls as of late actually SHOW “overwhelming support of people” (I believe the last one I read was 52%? Don’t quote me on that.), which would make the legal precedent in need of an overhaul. All that’s left are tradition and theology, and I don’t want ANYONE’s theology making the laws of my country, even my own. Tradition is based on the views of the people, and it changes with people’s ideas change.

This is my favorite quote from the part of the article that I was able to read. I hope it makes you laugh as much as it made me laugh.

“The third reason marriage between homosexuals will destroy traditional marriage is that this is the ultimate goal of activists, and they will not stop until they achieve it. The history of the gay and lesbian movement has been that its adherents quickly move the goal line as soon as the previous one has been breached, revealing even more shocking and outrageous objectives. In the present instance, homosexual activists, heady with power and exhilaration, feel the political climate is right to tell us what they have wanted all along. This is the real deal: Most gays and lesbians do not want to marry each other. That would entangle them in all sorts of legal constraints. Who needs a lifetime commitment to one person? The intention here is to create an entirely different legal structure.”

If you got lost somewhere in there, yes, you read it correctly. He said that the “real deal” is that “most gays and lesbians do not want to marry each other.” A very broad statement that, surprise surprise, has NO facts or statistics backing it. Guys. They’ve been tricking us this WHOLE TIME! Those sneaky bastards. The gays want to TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY. This isn’t about marriage. It isn’t about the fact that they love each other and want their unions to be protected and recognized by the country to which they pay taxes and in which they live. “Who needs a lifetime commitment to one person?” Pshhhh.

Last quote, I promise.

“With marriage as we know it gone, everyone would enjoy all the legal benefits of marriage (custody rights, tax-free inheritance, joint ownership of property, health care and spousal citizenship, and much more) without limiting the number of partners or their gender. Nor would “couples” be bound to each other in the eyes of the law.[What?] This is clearly where the movement is headed. If you doubt that this is the motive, read what is in the literature today. Activists have created a new word to replace the outmoded terms infidelity, adultery, cheating and promiscuity. The new concept is polyamorous. It means the same thing (literally “many loves”) but with the agreement of the primary sexual partner. Why not? He or she is probably polyamorous, too.”

I’m not condoning or opposing polyamorous relationships (it’s none of my damn business, thank you very much), but I don’t think you can use that as the “new definition” of infidelity. Polyamorous people have an agreement about having other sexual partners, so it’s not the same thing.

Sorry, I know that was a little rambl-y. But don’t say you weren’t warned.

I’m not trying to assert myself as some know-it-all on all the intricacies of this debate; I honestly don’t keep up with the legal action as much as I know I should, and want to, but this simply infuriated me. It’s a simple, black and white case to me. Whether or not I “believe in” gay marriage (which I wholeheartedly do, by the way), my  religious beliefs should not be the basis for the legal system. People should be free to believe what they want, and people should be allowed to get married if they want. He makes all sorts of arguments, but the only ones that have any basis are the ones based on the Bible, which is HIS worldview. I believe in religious freedoms, absolutely, but when you’re trying to tell people how to live their lives, and denying them rights that you yourself hold, you cross the line. Your beliefs are the guidelines by which you live your life, and they don’t extend past that.

Much (gay and straight!) love! Thanks for suffering through that (or skimming- no judgement) with me. 🙂

Advertisements From Now On

3 Nov

You know that line, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” ?

Well, I have officially decided to believe in it. You see, places like Amazon and Ebay give me hope that the things that I want can be found at a great discount, and if I look hard enough, I will find whatever it is that I’m looking for, for half the retail price.

Yes, this sentiment will be backed by a story.

As I have, I believe, previously mentioned, my lovely boyfriend is from the wonderful state of Wisconsin. Therefore, we will be visiting family there over Christmas break. This sounded like a superb idea until my excited emails to both of Kit’s parents were met by replies that simply asked, “You know it’s going to be winter here, right?”

This sent me on a wild goose chase for some UGG boots.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done the necessary fun making of the girls in mini skirts and puffy vests frolicking around in their UGGs in August… I however just wanted something to keep my feet warm, and due to the surge of popularity, I figured it was a good place to start.

So I found a pair I really liked, called the “Classic Cardy:”  oversized buttons, sweater material, 3 ways to wear them… Give them pockets and I may marry them. Done & done. I’ll take them.

So, of course, I begin to scour Google Shopping, Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist… All the things in my arsenal.

After what felt like years of searching, success! I found them for less than 70% of their normal selling price! I’d never heard of the website, but I found it through Google Shopping and it was Paypal, UPS, and Western Union verified. I read the fine print in the return policy and everything looked great, so boom! I did it. I was so proud of myself.


Then today, they came in the mail.


First of all, they’re a totally different color than they look in the picture (which I had expected, so that wasn’t such a big deal). They also fit quite snugly (read: too small). When I pulled the inserts out, the fuzz from the inside lining came out in puffs… And to top that off, I found a section of the return policy of the website that I’d previously missed. It reads as follows:

Our website cannot give a full refund for non-quality problems such as:
“The product does not look like the ones in your picture.”
“The product is not what I’d imagine it to be.
“I am not satisfied with this product.”
”I didn’t realize before placing order that the items you sell are superior replica ones.”


Okay, fine, I’m an idiot. I admit it freely. I can’t believe I missed this….. But that doesn’t mean I’m keeping these fake-o boots. Hell no.

So I begin the process of contacting the seller and asking for a refund. This is where the story becomes worth reading (so don’t give up on my rambling now!).

“Jenny” sends me an email regarding my request for a refund. It says:

Dear Rachel Roberts,
We just have received a complaint of paypal from you, could you please tell more detail of it? thanks
always wait for your email,


I emailed her back and politely explained that I wanted a refund because I didn’t know the boots were replicas and they didn’t fit correctly, as well as being the wrong color. We went back and forth a few times until I received this message:


Dear Rachel Roberts,
Sorry for keeping you wait for so long, we have contacted the warehorse about the ugg cardy, I think the warehouse sent a wrong color after we call the warehouse, cause it’s too similar, after we discuss about it, we provide two ways to solve this situation,

1. We will return $50 back to you for a discount, and you keep the boot, and i think it takes a while and it will be fit, and we will appreciate your understanding. (Recommended)

2. Please pay more $80 to us for a new ugg cardy fing and you will get both two boots, do not forget to choose the right size,

3. and you could tell your opinions to us, too.

To return a boot to us, it feels complicated to us, and you have to pay the shipping cost for returning the boot, actually, we have to take this loss as we have to satisfy our customer, this is always our goal.We are sorry for bring you this kind of troblem, we will do much more better after this.

Please feel free to contact us again, always wait for you mail.




After laughing hysterically in spite of my livid-ness at the situation, I emailed her back and told her I wanted my money back and that was all I was willing to say. A woman named Michelle hijacked Jenny’s email and sent me the last paragraph of the above email again, in a separate email, assuming that I would respond differently to a different name typed at the end, I suppose? I responded to Michelle and told her as well that I was sorry that returning a boot “feels complicated” to her, but that she was going to have to figure it out.


Long story short, I’m getting my money back and only shopping on Amazon from now on.


The End.

Wedding Central

15 Jul

My life is being overtaken by weddings.

Some things up front, before I start this post:

  1. I love weddings.
  2. I love the people in my life that are getting/have gotten married.
  3. This is in no way derogatory to weddings I have been in/plan to be in.

Leah & I talk often about how we should be professionals at weddings by now. I wish I had photos on this computer of all the weddings I was in when I was little. See, my parents were Sunday School teachers for the “Singles” class at church (which sounds like a dating service, but really amounted to college twenty-somethings and the awkwardly old, yet unmarried people in the church). When all of these people finally got around to getting married, Meredith & I happened to be the perfect ages (and since she’s so tiny, we were about the same size) to be flower girls in everyone’s weddings.

Being a flower girl has all sorts of perks, unlike being a bridesmaid. When you’re a bridesmaid, you have to pay for your own dress (which you more than likely will hate), buy multiple presents, spend time with other friends of the bride whom you don’t know, or don’t know well, and go to all the dressy functions.

As a flower girl, your mom buys you a dress that (in your mind) only a princess would ever get to wear. You get dressed up on the day of the wedding and (usually) get some sort of gift for being in the wedding. People fawn over how cute you look and you get tons of pictures taken. You get a basket of flower petals that you get to throw out as you walk down the aisle and everyone “Aw”s over how cute you are, and then you get to stand right next to the bride in all of the pictures. Afterwards, you go to the reception and your mom gives you as much cake as you want as a reward for being “so good!” It’s awesome.

With this arsenal of experience, I will relate some of my ideas as to wedding do’s and don’ts.


  • Hire a professional photographer. There’s nothing worse than crappy pictures taken from the front row of a wedding as the only thing you have to frame in your house.
  • Realize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” dress. Perhaps you’d like to pick a color palate and let your bridesmaids choose the dress that is best suited for their body type. Unless you’re trying to make them all look ugly so you, as the bride, look hotter. If so, I support you and will wear whatever you want me to. It is your day, and karma’s a bitch.
  • Stock your M-O-H’s pockets with candy with which to subdue the flower girl during the wedding. Saw this done earlier this summer- and she was a jewel. Pure genius, I say.


  • Have a bridal party of epic proportions. There’s nothing tackier than a bride and groom flanked by 24 bridesmaids/groomsmen on either side. You don’t have to have your 2nd cousin twice removed in your wedding party when you’ve only met once.
  • Let the pastor give a huge sermon. You’re there to get married, and that’s what people are there to watch. No one wants to hear a 45 minute lecture on 1 Corinthians 13. We know what it says. You love each other. Let’s go eat.
  • Do that awkward thing where the guy who catches the garter puts it on the leg of the girl who caught the bouquet. It makes me nervous just thinking about it. It’s awkward to watch, but you can’t look away. For this sole purpose, I go out of my way not to catch the bouquet.
  • Choose flower girls/ring bearers who have behavioral “issues.” You’re asking for it by choosing the cute but terrifying child who is sure to throw a tantrum when not the center of attention.

Okay, this is all the wisdom I have to impart for now. I will update later if I think of something else. I’m off to try drinking cup of coffee #2 again, because Pacha assumed she was entitled to it when I went to the bathroom. Damn dog. Ugh.