SOPA and What You Need To Know

The countdown is on, and SOPA is expected to pass through the Senate on January 24th. (*UPDATE 1/19/2012 : Key Supporters of the bill have backed down after Wednesday’s protest)

Tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, many of the most popular sites on the internet will be taking part in a ‘blackout’ of their sites to protest this bill.

While none of our sites are equal to Mozilla (Firefox), WordPress.org or Wikipedia‘s traffic (<<< those links will take you to posts on their stance on this bill), we are taking part, to show our disapproval of this bill in its current state.

Our own sites will be blacked-out.

While we sympathize with those who have their work stolen from piracy sites online, this bill is not a good compromise.

It will change the internet as you know it.

Please educate yourself on this topic (in addition to the links above):

Stop American Censorship
Strike Against SOPA
WIRED.com – Black out your site the Google friendly way
SOPA Blackout rebuffed by bill authors (*duh…)
and on…
and on…
and on…
and at this point of my list [not trying to be rude] but, I say, just do your own Google search on SOPA Blackout (see how there are currently more than 2600 (!!) news stories on this?)… There is so much info out there…

And if you are so inclined, please add these plugins to your WordPress sites:

SOPA Strike (you will see out black-out tomorrow, January 18th, 2012)
Stop SOPA Ribbon (you can see this in the upper right-side of this site)

On that note — all of our sites will be on ‘blackout’ tomorrow.

Educate yourself.

(*this post is being cross-posted on all of our sites: Archer Creative, Living The Life Fantastic, Karla Archer )

as always — please feel free to include your own links on this issue…

Sweetness from the mouth of a babe

On sunday, I took Abbie and Seamus on a picnic while Sean took Quinn fishing.

I love these times, because Abbie and I don’t get much time like that together. Even though Seamus can be a handful, if we are outside and he has a ball to toss, she and I can get some talkin’ done.

We needed to stop by the grocery store first and pick up some junky stuff to munch on during our outing. Something in the parking lot triggered her thoughts of her daddy and she started the following conversation:

Abbie: “I can’t wait to be married and have a husband one day.”
Me: “Oh yeah? Why?”
Abbie: “Because I will marry someone fun, like daddy. And I will kiss him everyday. And he will tickle me like daddy does… and I will beat him up like I beat daddy up… and we will laugh about it.”
Me: “As long as it’s someone like daddy and you are playing, you’ll be just fine.”
Abbie: “I know.”

I love her heart. And I love how she loves her daddy.

And I believe that if she finds someone like her daddy, she will be just fine. I’m thankful she has her standards set high.