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Welcome to Support Supernatural’s 2010 Fundraising Drive for A Dog’s Life Rescue!  We are very excited to partner with Instead of A Gift, Inc. These wonderful folks charge a lower transaction fee than any other fundraising website we’ve worked with before. This means your donation dollars will help even more animals than before!

Just like last year, we have really nice monthly giveaways as an incentive to donate.  You will be eligible to win these fabulous prizes each month that you donate $10 or more!  A $10 donation gets you one entry, $20 gets you two entries and so on. Please consider donating monthly.  We have a lofty goal of $30,000.  This breaks down to $2,500 per month, which we think is attainable – that is, if you help us spread the word!

Here are specific examples of how your money will help animals:
-$20: Vaccinate one animal
-$25: Micro-chip one animal (important in case an animal becomes lost)
-$48: Fee to bail one animal from a city or county shelter
-$95: Spay/neuter one animal
-$125: Six week obedience class
-$450: One month of boarding for a rescue dog

PLEASE NOTE: A Dog’s Life Rescue is an organization run completely by volunteers, so ALL the money we raise goes directly to the animals!

VERY IMPORTANT: If you need to donate via check or money order, e-mail us at heatherandlindsay@supportsupernatural.com for more information on how to do so.

Thank you so much for your support!
Heather Vitas and Lindsay Warren
www.SupportSupernatural.com

Click here to donate through PayPal or click here to set up a monthly donation.

Our November prize pack includes:

A one-year subscription to Supernatural Magazine, SIX Supernatural t-shirts, three ceramic mugs, one travel mug, nine sets of Supernatural trading cards, one SupportSupernatural.com sticker, The Roadhouse Collection by Deedee Box and Sarah1983, Supernatural – Beginner’s End book by Dabb/Loflin/Olmos, Supernatural – War of the Sons by Dessertine/Reed, Supernatural – The Unholy Cause by Schreiber and Supernatural – Bone Key and Supernatural – Heart of the Dragon by DeCandido.  These prizes are courtesy of Creation Entertainment, Titan Magazine, DeeDee Box, Lindsay Warren and Wendy from Tuning in to SciFi TV.

And remember, you get one entry for every $10 donated. And there’s no limit to how many entries you can earn. Now’s your chance to make that donation of $100 or more.

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Level 1:
(x) Smoked A Cigarette
( ) Smoked A Cigar
(x) Kissed a member of the same sex (How is this stupid? I’m insulted)
(x) Drank Alcohol
SO FAR: 3

Level 2
(x) Are / Been In Love
(x) Been Dumped
(x) Shoplifted
(x) Been Fired
(x) Been In A Fist Fight
SO FAR: 8

Level 3
(x) Had A Crush On An Older Person
(x) Skipped School
( ) Slept With A Co-worker
( ) Seen Someone / Something Die (what is a “something”? Do somethings die?)
SO FAR: 10

Level 4
( ) Had / Have A Crush On One Of Your Facebook Friends
( ) Been To Paris
( ) Been To England
(x) Been On A Plane
(x) Thrown Up From Drinking
SO FAR: 12

Level 5
(x) Eaten Sushi
( ) Been Snowboarding
( ) Met Someone BECAUSE Of Facebook/Myspace/MXit
(x) Been in a Mosh Pit
SO FAR: 14

Level 6
(x) Taken Pain Killers
(x) Loved/Liked Someone Who You Can’t Have
(x) Laid On Your Back And Watched Cloud Shapes Go By
(x) Made A Snow Angel
SO FAR: 18

Level 7
(x) Had A Tea Party
(x) Flown A Kite
(x) Built A Sand Castle
( ) Gone Mudding
(x) Played Dress Up
SO FAR: 22

Level 8
( ) Jumped Into A Pile Of Leaves
( ) Gone Sledding
(x) Cheated While Playing A Game
(x) Been Lonely
(x) Fallen Asleep At Work / School
SO FAR: 25

Level 9
(x) Watched The Sun Set
( ) Felt An Earthquake
( ) Held A Snake
SO FAR: 26

Level 10
(x) Been Tickled
(x) Been Robbed / Vandalized
(x) Been Cheated On
(x) Been Misunderstood
SO FAR: 30

Level 11
( ) Won A Contest
( ) Been Suspended From School
(x) Had Detention
(x) Been In A Car / Motorcycle Accident
SO FAR: 32

Level 12
(x) Had / Have Braces
( ) Eaten A Whole Pint Of Ice Cream In One Night
(x) Danced In The Moonlight
SO FAR: 34

Level 13
(x) Hated The Way You Look
(x)Witnessed A Crime
( ) Pole Danced
(x) Questioned Your Heart
(x) Been Obsessed With Post It Notes
SO FAR: 38

Level 14
( ) Squished Barefoot Through The Mud
(x) Been Lost
( ) Been To The Opposite Side Of The World
(x) Swam In The Ocean
(x) Felt Like You Were Dying
SO FAR: 41

Level 15
(x) Cried Yourself To Sleep
(x) Played Cops And Robbers
( )Recently Colored With Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
( ) Sang Karaoke
( ) Paid For A Meal With Only Coins
SO FAR: 43

Level 16
(x) Done Something You Told Yourself You Wouldn’t
(x) Made Prank Phone Calls
(x) Laughed Until Some Kind Of Beverage Came Out Of Your Nose
(x) Kissed In The Rain
SO FAR: 47

Level 17
( ) Written A Letter To Santa Claus
(x)Watched The Sun Set and/or Sun Rise With Someone You Care/Cared About
(x) Blown Bubbles
( ) Made A Bonfire On The Beach or Anywhere
SO FAR: 49

Level 18
( ) Crashed A Party
(x) Have Traveled More Than 5 Days With A Car Full Of People
(x) Gone Rollerskating / Blading
(x) Had A Wish Come True
SO FAR: 52

Level 19
(x) Worn Pearls
( ) Jumped Off A Bridge
( ) Swam With Dolphins
SO FAR: 53

Level 20
( ) Got Your Tongue Stuck To A Pole/Freezer/Ice Cube
( ) Kissed A Fish
(x) Worn The Opposite Sex’s Clothes
(x) Sat On A Roof Top
SO FAR: 55

Level 21
(x) Screamed At The Top Of Your Lungs
(x) Done / Attempted A One-Handed Cartwheel
(x) Talked On The Phone For More Than 4 Hours
( ) Recently Stayed Up For A While Talking To Someone You Care About
SO FAR: 58

Level 22
( ) Picked And Ate An Apple Right Off The Tree
(x) Climbed A Tree
( ) Had/Been In A Tree House
(x) Been Scared To Watch Scary Movies Alone
SO FAR: 60

Level 23
(x) Believe In Ghosts
( ) Have/ Had More Then 30 Pairs Of Shoes
(x) Streaking
(x) Visited a Jail
SO FAR: 63

Level 24
( ) Played Chicken
(x) Been Told You’re Hot By A Complete Stranger
(x) Broken A Bone
(x) Been Easily Amused
SO FAR: 66

Level 25
( ) Caught A Fish Then Ate It Later
( ) Made A Porn Movie
( ) Caught A Butterfly
(x) Laughed So Hard You Cried
(x) Cried So Hard You Laughed
SO FAR: 68

Level 26
(x) Mooned/Flashed Someone
(x) Had Someone Moon/Flash You
(x) Cheated On A Test
(x) Forgotten Someone’s Name
(x) French Braided Someones Hair
(x) Gone Skinny Dipping
( ) Been Kicked Out Of Your House
SO FAR: 74

Level 27
(x) Rode A Roller Coaster
(x) Went Scuba-Diving/Snorkeling
(x) Had A Cavity
( ) Black-Mailed Someone
( ) Been Black Mailed
SO FAR: 77

Level 28
(x) Been Used
(x) Fell Going Up The Stairs
(x) Licked by A Cat
(x) Bitten Someone
(x) Licked Someone
SO FAR: 82

Level 29
( ) Been Shot At/Or At Gunpoint
(x) Had Sex In The Rain
( ) Flattened Someones Tires
(x) Driven Your Car Until The Fuel Light Came On
(x) Got $20 Or Less Worth Of Fuel
Total: 85

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The White House todayissued this statement from President Barack Obama regarding the Defense Department report released earlier today on the impact of repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”:

As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law because it weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness and equality by preventing patriotic Americans who are gay from serving openly in our armed forces. At the same time, as Commander in Chief, I am committed to ensuring that we understand the implications of this transition, and maintain good order and discipline within our military ranks. That is why I directed the Department of Defense earlier this year to begin preparing for a transition to a new policy.

Today’s report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families—more than two thirds—are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian. This report also confirms that, by every measure—from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness—we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security. And for the first time since this law was enacted 17 years ago today, both the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have publicly endorsed ending this policy.

With our nation at war and so many Americans serving on the front lines, our troops and their families deserve the certainty that can only come when an act of Congress ends this discriminatory policy once and for all. The House of Representatives has already passed the necessary legislation. Today I call on the Senate to act as soon as possible so I can sign this repeal into law this year and ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally. Our troops represent the virtues of selfless sacrifice and love of country that have enabled our freedoms. I am absolutely confident that they will adapt to this change and remain the best led, best trained, best equipped fighting force the world has ever known.

The Defense Department’s report on repeal of the 17-year-old “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” ban on openly gay service members reveals that 70 percent of the members of the U. S. armed forces who were surveyed believe it would have little or no effect on their unit’s missions, morale, or operations.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2010/11/obama-report-indicates-u-s-military-is-prepared-to-serve-alongside-gays-lesbians/

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The final results of the Defense Department working group’s report on repeal of the 17-year-old “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” ban on openly gay service members reveals that 70 percent of the members of the U. S. armed forces who were surveyed believe it would have little or no effect on their unit’s missions, morale, or operations.

The Pentagon working group, headed by Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Commander of the U. S. Army in Europe, General Carter F. Ham, will brief journalists this afternoon regarding the results of the report, which was commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The report’s data represents nine months of research by Johnson, Ham and a 66-member team that met with more than 40 groups, and surveyed 400,000 service personnel and their families.

A copy of the working group’s full report is here (PDF).
The DADT Survey findings are here (PDF).

Among the report’s findings: 69 percent of those responding reported that they had served with someone in their unit who they believed to be gay or lesbian, and of those who did, 92 percent stated that their unit’s ability to work together was very good, good, or neither good nor poor.

U. S. combat units reported similar results with 89 percent of Army units and 84 percent of Marine units saying they had good or neutral experiences working with gay and lesbian servicemembers.

Concurrently, the report found that 30 percent of those surveyed overall & between 40 and 60 percent of the Marine Corps either expressed concern or predicted a negative reactions if the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, was repealed by Congress.

The Pentagon working group concluded that repeal could bring about some limited and isolated disruptions immediately after implementation, however the report’s author’s expressed confidence that the Defense Department and the military establishment would be able to adjust and accommodate changes over the long term.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2010/11/dont-know-dont-care-70-of-u-s-military-surveyed-unfazed-by-repeal-of-dadt/

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World AIDS Day, commemorated each December 1, is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS by increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

On this World AIDS Day, show your support for family, friends and loved ones whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Join the Human Rights Campaign’s mosaic of people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight – who are marking World AIDS Day by reminding the public that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done to combat the global crisis.

http://www.hrc.org/worldaidsday/

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The last time Lady Gaga gave a long address, we stomached a lengthy, bizarre, extended metaphor about meat, the military and human rights that was tangentially related to the slab of sirloin she wore to the VMAs. Over Thanksgiving, the pop star kept the food in the kitchen, tweeting a photo of a Little Monster Casserole that presumably isn’t made of actual Little Monsters (Ke$ha’s the pop star who actually just released a disc called “Cannibal,” after all) — but she did find a way to make a speech.

At the Friday night stop of her Monster Ball tour in Poland, Gaga had a few new talking points: Her upcoming album, “Born This Way,” is great. Actually, scratch that, it’s epic (“I promise to give you the greatest album this decade, just for you”). And most interestingly, she’s sick of seeing freak-flag-flying as a trend in pop culture.

[Rewind: Lady Gaga protests “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in video plea]

“The funny thing is that some people reduce freedom to a brand,” Gaga said between tears. “They think that it’s trendy now to be free. They think it’s trendy to be excited about your identity. When in truth, there is nothing trendy about ‘Born This Way.’ ‘Born This Way’ is a spirit, and it is this connection that we all share. It is something so much deeper than a wig or a lipstick or an outfit or a [expletive] meat dress. ‘Born This Way’ is about us, ‘Born This Way’ is about what keeps us up at night and makes us afraid.” Then she played the comparatively upbeat “Telephone,” the Beyoncé collaboration about dancing her worries away that helped make “The Fame Monster” a multiplatinum success.

The bulk of Lady Gaga’s speech sounds like a direct response to the handful of empowerment songs female pop stars have released in the past few months. Nearly all of them were performed at last week’s American Music Awards: Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” where she shouts out “underdogs” and “nitty gritty dirty little freaks” who can’t help but be inappropriately loud; Katy Perry’s “Firework,” where she encourages a frustrated listener, “You’re original, can’t be replaced”; and Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” on which she celebrates letting go of self-consciousness and “dancing like we’re dumb.”

While Lady Gaga has argued loudly for gay rights — particularly on behalf of LGBT members of the military — since her earliest days, when she revealed she identifies as bisexual, Pink, Perry, and Ke$ha have all spoken about genuine inspirations for their songs. Perry dedicated her video to It Gets Better, an initiative to encourage bullied gay youth to hang in and keep their eye on the future (Ke$ha’s song was inspired by the project, as well). Pink features a gay wedding in her track’s video, like the one she’s discussed throwing for her lesbian best friend.

[Photos: More of Lady Gaga’s wild outfits]

The wig and lipstick comments in particular seem aimed at newcomer Nicki Minaj, who has embraced a gay fan base, donned an assortment of way-out-there hairpieces and launched a lipstick in collaboration with M.A.C., a company Gaga partnered with as part of their Viva Glam campaign to fight AIDS. While Minaj began her career hinting that she might be bisexual, even granting a cover interview to Out magazine in which she refused to confirm her sexual orientation, the rapper has backed away from gay issues in recent months and distanced herself from her earlier comments.

So is Lady Gaga weeping because she doubts the motives of her competitors, or she’s bummed they were able to release their empowerment records before she finished recording her new masterpiece? Surely there’s room for more than one pop star to be involved with one of the largest civil rights struggles of our time. And there has been — and will continue to be — plenty of space for songs about freedom in the rock & roll canon.

[Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images]

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/amplifier/25938/lady-gaga-weeps-at-poland-show-its-trendy-to-be-free?nc

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