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Originally posted by heeroluva at "Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam is a big FAIL!
So I've been noticing in both my own journal and communities that I haven't been able to see some comments even thought it says there are more comments there than are actually showing up. Instead I'm getting a place holder that says (Spam comment) or (Suspicious comment).

Why are these showing up like this you may ask? In their rush to fight spam LJ has created a new filter that're AUTOMATICALLY TURNED ON in ALL journals and communities, which screens comments that are made with 'suspicious links' ie links that are not on their safe whitelist, so pretty much the majority of the internet. There is no noted way to add to the 'whitelist'.

What really gets me is that they didn't inform people that they were doing this until a week after it was done and that it was automatically turned on.

So how do I turn it off you might ask.

That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one.

While I understand how this could be a good idea, I think they went about it in a very backhanded way, and have implemented it poorly. There was no message to anyone that the link has been screened. It's automatically done. This went on for over a week before they said anything about it. There is still nothing in the FAQs about it even. The only way I found out about this way going through the support pages where people were reporting similar issues.

Please share this!

ETA: This links really illustrates the problems.

Sister update

She got out of surgery at midnight. Everything went well and she is in recovery. They will be monitoring her of course. Brother-in-law was checking into a local hotel and will call in the morning.

I've also got to call the hospital and find out if it is okay for her to get flowers.


Some of you on face book have already seen this but

My sister is headed to Burlinton to get her new kidney!!!!

OMG I am jumping up and down with excitment. She has been on the transplant list since October of 2008.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Christmas meme

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In October nmdrkangl and I robbed a bank (-50 points). Last Tuesday I stole astragali's purse (-30 points). Last Monday I put gum in cookiechef's hair (-12 points). In April I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). Last Thursday I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-1112 points). For Christmas I deserve a lump of coal!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:


Cooks Sources magazine lifted an article from iladore and published it in their magazine and on their website.
After the first couple of emails, the editor of Cooks Source asked me what I wantedCollapse )

Basically the whole thing has exploded into an internet bomb. Cooks Source Facebook page is being blown up. At least one advertiser has pulled their advertising (and rightfully so). Several authors-including matociquala (Elizabeth Bear) and Neil Gaiman have tweeted about it. She has gotten an offer from a copywright lawyer in LA for a free consultation.

They apparently have also stolen articles from the following sources: The Food Network, NPR, Sunset Magazine, Paula Deen, Iladore and WebMD. They've also stolen a couple of photos from the internet. Check out page 2 of the comments for those sources. And if you check page 3 apparently they have stolen from Martha Stewart.

And picked up by the mainstream news media. Edited to add It's gone international.

Man-24 hours to a major internet media storm. This is not my father's news media, that is for sure.

Oh Cooks Source-I bet that apology and $130 donation is looking Really Really good right about now.

Edited again to add-They stole an article from Disney?? Holy Hannah...

Son of edit-the sf_drama post has more links to mainstream press articles, including the NY Times.

Also, Smart Bitches which is a totally cool blog, has asked it's readers to help Google Bomb Ms Griggs name.

As requested:

Judith Griggs

Why yes, I am evil. Deal with it

Because all the cool kids are doing it

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

3 - the Achiever

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose AZ - your Enneagram type is THREE (aka "The Performer").

It should say Overachiever? That's meCollapse )

Take the test yourself

How could you resist this fuzzy belly


please excuse the crappy cell phone picture



First long time public address announcer at Yankee Stadium Bob Sheppard passes away at the age of 99.

Now the Boss, George Steinbrenner dies at age 80 of a heart attack.

My condolences to the Steinbrenner family. I lost my Dad in April and baseball (and a mutal dis-like of the Yankees) was one the few things we shared so I understand how much it hurts. They haven't lost a boss or friend, they have lost a loved one.

Love him or hate him, he changed the way the game was done in the front office and ultimately played on the field. Would the Red Sox have won their two World Series without their payroll-thanks in large part to trying to keep up with the Yankees? Yes, we did have a lot of home-grown talent but Curt Schilling was a big part of the 2004 win and he was a hired gun. So a tip of the cap to Mr Steinbrenner. I am sure he is in heaven, arguing with the rest of the baseball greats already there. (And as someone has already mentioned, he has probably already fired Billy Martin again). Boy, wouldn't I love to listen in on some of those conversations. He definitely had a passion for the game. R.I.P. Mr Steinbrenner.

My condolences to the Yankee family for the loss of Bob Sheppard as well.


Dear CBS


Thank you so fucking much for gutting my show

If this comes to pass, they have taken a show that has captured me from the beginning and is all about the teamwork. A well balanced team of men and women that can work together without all the sexual tension bullshit that runs rampant throughout most of television today. A smart, well written and downright brilliant TV show that works so well because of it's balanced cast is now going to be gutted because some fucking suits at CBS have to cut costs and decided to axe one of the three females and reduce another to recurring status.

Yet you have money to throw at a spin-off that is going to suck, based on the back door pilot?? A pilot that needs extensive retooling, starring Forest Whitaker (granted, the guy is talented but certainly not cheap). This thing is going to tank faster than anything unless you do a major retool. Save your fucking money, put it towards the show you already have you fucking morons. Churn out another cheap reality show if you need something to fill in an hour on TV.

I really hope they can find a way to find the money to keep both ladies on the show. It just won't be the same without them, even if they haven't found a way to write a back story for either of them yet.

SO CBS, I will be taking a wait and see approach. I will give you a chance to make this right. But if you screw this up and screw my show up? I'll stop watching your shows. I know that it will only lead to heartbreak in the end. Not that you will care, after all, I am only one person.

Except I think you will find there are a lot of people like me out there that are just as pissed off by this.

RIP Blanche Deveraux

Rue McClanahan dies at age 76

And then there was Betty.

*sad face*

This is not how I jumped rope as a kid

I've watched it like 4 times and each time my jaw drops, especially during the Footloose sequence. Considering these girls are 4th-8th graders?? Holy freaking COW!!

The Firecrackers
Point them to this story.

If Harold and Clay had been able to get married, this never would have happened.

Join the cause on Facebook.

It won't bring Harold back. And it won't bring their home back or any of their belongings back to Clay. But if enough people start speaking out maybe something like this won't happen to someone else.
Dad passed away this afternoon. It was a good thing because he was in a lot of pain at the end. Even though he wasn't really aware I got tosay good bye.

Calling hours are Tuesday and the funeral is Wednesday.
I got bad news this morning.

Dad took a turn for the worse. He is in the hospital and not expected to come out. His kidneys are failing and the Doctors expect that the rest of his organs will begin to shut down.

I am flying back tomorrow night and will stay to the end. I do have a return flight booked back for the 8th but will change it if necessary. A part of me hopes it will because it means he is here that much longer. But is that fair for him?

This was just so quick. I spoke with him on the phone Friday morning and he sounded so upbeat and happy.

Dad update

First, thank you for all your well wishes and positive thoughts. It really meant a lot to me. I am sorry I did not respond individually to all of you but I am having a hard time holding it together so for now, things are going to be general updates.

He had his first chemo yesterday and it went well. He only had one course because his kidney function is not well. He felt good today and the Doctor gave him something to help keep food down. He has been eating-tomato soup and egg salad sandwiches. (Not something that I would eat but if he likes it and can eat it more power to him). Plus the Ensure is staying down as well. He seemed upbeat and was happy to hear I was coming to visit.

The Ortho visit went well. Well apart from the stupid tech that blew a vein when she tried to inject me with the contrast dye for the MRI. But the ligament seems to be completely healed and the brace is off. The Doc said if I start to have pain to put the brace back on. I can get back to upper body exercising and start on strengthening my wrist but no speed bag work for two more weeks.

I upgraded my phone. I decided to get a smartphone and since I am happy with T-Mobile and still get the company discount (20%) decided to go with a Motorola Cliq. I did have to upgrade my plan but I am paying $68 a month now for 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited web (this also includes insurance and all taxes and fees)-it is only $24 more than my previous plan which was 300 minutes and 400 texts (no web but insurance).

I've had fun playing with it for the past couple of days and have downloaded a whole bunch of apps already. I really do see the appeal of phones like this. I think my favorite app is Shazam. It identifies the music that is playing-whether it is on TV, at the movies or on the radio. Seriously-how many times have you been watching a movie and been like I love this music, what the heck is it?? or a TV show or on the radio?

here is a picture of what it looks like but this is not my phone. Kinda hard to take a pic of the phone with my phone and I can't find my camera. Oh and my phone is black, not white-even though this looks pink.

My new phone
First waves arrive at Hawaii

adrililth I hope you and your family are safe.

Everyone else on my flist in the affected areas on the Pacific Coast-stay safe as well.

Spread some holiday cheer

Please take a moment to go comment on this post a time or two.

iamkatia works with the homeless street youth in Seattle. She posted in seattle looking for donations of clothes, outwear, sleeping bags, gift cards, food, etc or money/pay pal donations. scearley will donate a dollar for every comment left on the post up until noon on the 24th. So please, take a second to pop over to the community to leave a comment. It won't cost anything and that extra dollar or two or three will really help.

dakotaluna is matching the amount up to $100 (which has already been surpassed) and many others have paypaled money. I sent money as well since I have some extra.

Thanks guys!

It is still the 8th in my time zone

so I am not late.

Happy Birthday spkimeister


Need a laugh?

Need a little smile? Just call the Nestle Crunch Hot line at 1-800-295-0051. When you are asked if you want to continue in English or Spanish, just wait quietly for about 10 seconds and keep going and press 4 listen to the options....then press 7, hilarious...

You may get a busy signal so keep trying. Totally worth it.

Just be careful not to laugh as it may interrupt the message and you will have to go back through the menu.

totally legit although I don't think those outside the US can access this number. Sorry guys :(


This is a thing of beauty

Queen and the Muppets?


Make a dying child happy

I got this on one of my email lists this morning.

If you can, please send this child a card.

Our daughter has a friend in Mississippi, that has a 5 year old son in his lat stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. They are celebrating Christmas with him next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards. Could you take a minute and send a card to

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon MI 48178

Feel free to repost this.

Edited to add

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I got this on one of my email lists this morning.

If you can, please send this child a card.

Our daughter has a friend in Mississippi, that has a 5 year old son in his lat stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. They are celebrating Christmas with him next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards. Could you take a minute and send a card to

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon MI 48178

Feel free to repost this.

Edited to add

fThis has been <a hrefhttp://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/biorkman.asp>verified to be true</a>.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to

cashmerepett and jipsy_girl


Happy Birthday


One more reason to love Criminal Minds

Intelligent people actually run the show.

Dear Mr Bernero

I love you.

I would love to have your babies.


Roman Polanski

This Salon entry pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject.

Most if not all of you know me pretty well. I respect every one of you. We all have differing opinions on things and I respect every one of you. We may not agree on politics, religion or other things but I know that you respect my view points and I respect yours.

But on this point, I am drawing a line in the sand. I don't honestly think that any of you are going to defend him or think that he should not be extradited back to the US to face whatever legal charges he needs to face. However, should anyone on my friends list feel that he should not be extradited to face these charges then please let me know and I am sorry to say that I will have to defriend you. It is not a step I take lightly and I hope that I won't have to take it with anyone else but I have already had to take it with one person. (luckily not a long time friend and someone I was not close with

A few of you know that this is a very touchy subject with me and why but most of you do not. I am sorry I can not explain why it is such a hot button issue with me but it is.

Comments will be screened unless you wish me to unscreen them. I am willing to have a discussion in this journal about this subject, all I ask it that it be kept civil. I am also going to leave this as one of my rare unlocked posts. Anonymous comments are not allowed per my journal settings.
Happiest of Happy Birthday to carpe_di

*smooch* Love you peaches.


Sep. 4th, 2009

Belated Happy Birthday suzannemarie ms_sarah

close but not quite. At least you are both Bronzers *g*

Thanks to suzannemarie for pointing out my gaff.


August Birthdays

I missed a couple...

Belated Happy Birthday to:


Happy Birthday today to


and Happy Birthday tomorrow to



Belated wishes

Belated Happy Birthday chrismarlowe and hollyn

I hope both of you had a very happy birthday.
Wait. WUT???

Steve McNair found shot to death.

Holy cow this has been a bad couple of weeks.

Courtesy of one_hoppy_frood

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by one_hoopy_frood

Happy Mother's Day

to all the Mom's on my flist.

RIP Bea Arthur

I loved you in Golden Girls.

my cat was stretching and he snorted.

Very loudly.


I almost missed this

Happy Birthday dunlin
One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

Comments are going to be screened so none of you will know if I'm uber-popular who gets over 100 comments on this or a total loser who doesn't get any.

You guys should do this too so I can compliment you.
It doesn't matter if you support the war or not. What matters is supporting those men and women who made the choice they were willing to put their lives on the line for our county, your country, every country.

The Sack Lunches

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap, I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

"Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan ."

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. "No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base."

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. "'Take a lunch to all those soldiers." She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. "My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him."

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, "Which do you like best - beef or chicken?"

"Chicken" I replied, wondering why she asked.

She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. "This is your thanks."

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. "I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this." He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, "I want to shake your hand."

Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, "I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot." I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. "It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich.

"God Bless You."

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

No more OT at work

which kinda bums me because I liked the money but also doesn't because I am getting too old for this.

Came home early today since I stayed last night to get stuff finished up (that honestly I could have done today). I was going to go do laundry but it was such a nice day, I took a blanket, put on a sweater and sat out on the balcony for about an hour and a half. Roarke was curled up in my lap and I was listening to my MP3 player. I actually napped for about a half an hour. It was a nice way to recharge.

Of course, I still have to do laundry.

And the douchenozzle that was speeding through the parking lot at the apartment complex needs to knock it the hell off. Seriously-s/he was doing about 30. Luckily there were no kids around playing at the time. I mean the kids I see are careful to not run out into the parking lot to bike ride or skate board but you never know. I wrote down the license plate number and called the office to report them.

Dinner was a chicken breast pounded flat, rolled around a couple of pieces of bacon, a thick slice of Havarti and grilled. Topped with a little fresh pico de gallo and served with steamed broccoli.


Happy Birthday to ledbylove

Hope it is a happy one.

And since when did you change your name to legbylove??

*waves at adrililith* Sorry, I couldn't resist. It made me LOL


Happy Birthday wings_unfurling.

Sounds like it was a good one :)


I went out and ran a bunch of errands today. Stopped at the library and picked up a couple of books I had on hold. Stopped at the Post Office to buy stamps. sorry those of you that are getting Christmas cards from me-no Christmas stamps-I got the ones you buy at the current price and can use if the price goes up.

I finished up my Christmas shopping today-had to pick up a secret Santa gift for the office party.

I've picked up the apartment, rearranged the living room and am now in the process of setting up the tree/decorating. The cat is trying to help. *glares at cat*

Later tonight while I am watching my DVD of It's a Wonderful Life I will finish up my Christmas cards and get them in the mail Monday at work.

This happened while I was shopping:

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The complete lack of any political ads.

Thank <insert deity of your choice here>