Black Label Society (BLS) is one of my all time favorite heavy metal bands of all time, and Zakk Wylde is one of my all time favorite guitarist. Oh, and he's from New Jersey, and every song the man touches is gold. Like a heavier Bruce Springsteen, Zakk will always be a huge NJ influence of mine. This is one of his more slower songs, and its a beautiful one. I hope I did it some justice, cause it is kind of straining to sing, as you may see. But who cares. Enjoy
For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.
The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.
The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.
The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.
The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.
The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.
The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.
The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.
The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.
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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.
You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.
You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.
You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.
It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.
I think we can all agree, the 2000s were a great decade.
Great music, great fashion, great TV. Why can't we go back? Or at least continue those trends.
But one other great thing that came from the 2000s was the amazing websites.
Before Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, there were several virtual worlds, which were way better than all the sites I just mentioned. And way less hateful.
Here are eight websites you probably went on or were a member of in the 2000s. Or at least I was.
1. PBS Kids Go!
If your childhood was spent on PBS Kids, like mine, you probably remember PBS Kids Go! A block aimed at the older demographic, aka fourth to eighth grade. Which means you probably spend time on the awesome website. Every Friday there were new videos added, and new collections with a different theme. There was also a lot of games and printables, as well as links to each of the block's shows individual sites. I don't know why they pulled the plug in 2013, but it was like the end of my childhood.
Okay, so Webkinz is still a thing. But I'm pretty sure it isn't as good as it used to be. I wouldn't know for sure, I forgot my password years ago, but I would likely assume so. There was nothing like the OG Webkinz site. From the stories in the newsletter, to finding gems in the mines to try to get that crown, to the "Pet Of The Month" music videos. I still remember "Hug A Pug" going semi-viral. And the GAMES! From the daily "Wishing Well," to the, to my personal favorite "Smoothie Moves," which was the original Candy Crush.
I have no idea why they shut this down. Maybe that's why Build-A-Bear isn't as much of a thing anymore. And yes that was shade. I loved all the daily activities you could do for cash and items, like the wishing well, and entering the healthy things you did in a day. There were so many different locations you could take your character to, the gym, the cafe, even to the beach. The great thing about this website was that you didn't need to get a bear to make an account. You just didn't get to own a house, however, you could go into other people's houses and pretend it was yours, which is what I did.
If you were a fan of Barbie, MyScene, or the Polly Pocket doll lines, chances are, you went on this site. I think we all remember looking for tickets for the PollyWorld roller coaster, playing MyScene's makeover games, or waiting to see what new features inspired by the latest Barbie movie would be. There also was Pixel Chix, for those that remember that.
Kind of the same as Webkinz, but with Bratz, and just as great.
While we're on the subject of Bratz, let's talk about the website of the TV block where it aired. If you watched the Saturday morning block on FOX, which I did, this site was the area for all your favorite shows. My personal favorites were the Bratz and the Winx Club pages.
7. Littlest Pet Shop VIPs
Again, same as Webkinz, just cuter and outside.
8. Nabisco World
This was basically every online game ever, with a Nabisco product attached to it.