Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Wordle can also be seen here.
UPDATE: Oops! Rob Bluey at Heritage reports Obama never got a Democrat to file his bill, so Rep. Louie Gohmert jumped in to file his own bill with the name "American Jobs Act." The above word cloud is based on Obama's proposal formerly known as the American Jobs Act.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I never want to forget being hesitant to go see the musical "Mamma Mia!" in Boston the following night, how it felt wrong to go out and enjoy yourself. I never want to forget the cast coming out and talking about their similar hesitation and ending with a rousing rendition of God Bless America.
I never want to forget my dad and I staying home for the first New England Patriots game when the NFL started playing again - it was against the New York Jets and the symbolism of the Patriots vs. the Jets with the potential for a terrorist attack was not lost on us - and feeling sheepish afterwards when everything was ok.
I never want to forget bursting with patriotism and American pride, covering my car with whatever patriotic sticker or American flag I could get my hands on. I never want to forget driving the lake by my house with Lisa, Amanda, Chris and Ryan, blasting "Proud to be an American" and Whitney Houston's version of the "National Anthem," stopping at any policeman, fireman, or military man we saw to say, "Thank you for serving our country!"
I never want to forget our school holding an assembly in the following days featuring speeches by state Rep. Brad Jones, and others, and worrying that people like my leftist teacher Mr. Ryan might turn it into a lovey-dovey peacefest, so I volunteered to give a speech. I've already forgotten what my speech said, but I never want to forget that my opening lines were: "Does anyone have any personal connections to the victims of 9/11? The truth is we all do. We are all Americans."
I never want to forget how the world changed on that day, how insignificant it felt to be going to high school and college, how I wanted to quit school and do something meaningful like become an army nurse. I never want to forget taking California schools off my list - if there was another terrorist attack, I didn't want to be cut off from my family for days, I needed to be close enough to drive home in an emergency.
I never want to forget the spirit of unity and patriotism that swept the country and left us with such hope for the future, and the sadness as it faded over the weeks and months and years, seeing fewer and fewer flags, watching the media get less and less patriotic - even talking "quagmire" within days of our assault on Afghanistan.
I never want to forget any of the events and actions I made in the weeks that followed 9/11, as insignificant as they may be they are mine and now they are forever.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
My memories of 9/11 aren't particularly important, meaningful, or even interesting, but they are mine, and I never want to forget. I never want to forget walking to 4th period English during my senior year of high school, passing Emily L. talking excitedly and annimatedly to John B. about a plane hitting a building. I never want to forget walking by them, not even pausing, assuming she was telling him about some new movie.
I never want to forget our substitute teacher telling us about the attacks after at least one tower had gone down. I never want to forget that Jen M. and I spent the period online trying to find out what was going on and seeing a photo of one of the towers crashing. I never want to forget how slow the internet was or how my cell phone had no service because of the millions of people searching for news and calling loved ones.
I never want to forget going to next period with Mr. Darren for social studies and talking about the attacks. I never want to forget the fearful excitement I felt when we were told there were unaccounted for planes coming up the eastern seaboard, that the State Department had been bombed, the National Mall was on fire, and buildings in Boston were being evacuated over bomb scares. I never want to forget the fear that one of those planes could be headed this way, that Boston could be next, the irrational fear that a plane could crash on my school.
I never want to forget knowing how historic the day was, using a payphone to get my parents to pick me up at lunch so I could watch tv and see what was going on. I never want to forget getting home and watching the planes hit the towers, the towers burning, then falling, again and again and again. I never want to forget hearing that up to 50,000 people worked in those buildings and the death toll could be almost that high. I never want to forget the hope that survivors would be found. I never want to forget the family members, holding pictures of their loved ones, going in front of cameras, hoping someone had seem them alive after the towers fell.
I never want to forget that the whole day felt like a movie, only without a soundtrack, and when I played the Titanic soundtrack, I broke down and cried. I never want to forget cancelling my trip to look at colleges in DC the following weekend and my dad saying everything would be fine by then - it wasn't, the airports were still shutdown and Reagan was closed for longer. I never want to forget the eerie quiet outside for days, with the airplanes grounded.
While these are things I am afraid to forget there are some things I will always remember.
I will always remember the firefighters, police and other rescue workers who ran into the buildings to save lives. I will always remember the 2,996 people who perished on that day and will keep their memories alive. I will always remember Todd Beamer saying, "Let's roll!" and the passengers of Flight 93 launching the first counterstrike in the new War on Terror. I will always remember the horror, the heroism, and the hope of that day. (More memories of the days that followed can be read here)
9-11 NEVER FORGET
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
My September 11th tribute as part of Project 2,996 is to Mildred Rose Naiman, 81, from Andover, MA, the town next to my hometown. According to WBZ Boston, over 200 people with ties to Massachusetts died on 9-11-01.
In a profile published on January 6, 2002, her daughter-in-law, Carol Naiman, told the New York Times, "She had a little bit of a lead foot. She had been stopped for speeding and was totally insulted the officer would give an old woman a ticket."
Although the feisty great-grandmother had had several knee replacement surgeries, cataracts, and other health problems, she still loved to travel. Her son Russ said, "If something was wrong with her, she'd go to the doctor and say, 'Fix me up; I've got a lot of traveling to do.' "
While she needed the help of a wheelchair at the airport, she still managed to visit her family twice a year. The Sunday before her fatal flight, a family member had asked if she was afraid of flying; her granddaughter, Hope, remembers her reply: "No, I've gone everywhere already--to Germany, the Bahamas. I'm not afraid to fly."
Incredibly, on July 24, 2004, the New York Post reported that the medical examiner's office had identified her remains. Many 9-11 victims are still unaccounted for. I hope her family gained some sense of closure with this discovery and was able to finally put her body to rest.
Today, on the sixth anniversary of her death, we celebrate the life of Mildred Rose Naiman.
May she, and the other 2,995 tragically murdered on that day, rest in peace.
9-11: NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
UPDATE: And now there's an online game called Tea Party Zombies Must Die - you get to go through the Americans for Prosperity and Koch Industries offices killing Tea Party Zombies and the Koch Brothers! INSANE!
Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday. ...
"President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong," Hoffa added.
"The interesting question is: What is it about this president that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the Office of the President? Why do Republicans think this president is unpresidential and should dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008 or it could be, let's face it, the color of his skin."
“I’m saying right now, under (CBC) Chairman Emanuel Cleaver’s leadership, we have seen change in Congress ... but the tea party is stopping that change,” Carson said at the event, according to the video. “And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we’re seeing, of Jim Crow.”
“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens,” Carson continued. “Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree.”
The tea party opposing Obama, Jackson said, should be called the "Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery." (Apparently he read this article in Salon.)
"The tea party is a new name on an old game," he said. "Dr. King fought a 'tea party' in Alabama...He had no weapons, but he confronted the tea party."
“I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California congresswoman told constituents in footage that appeared on ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, not backing down from comments made about President Obama earlier in the week. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell.”
By JOE NOCERAYou know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took. ...
The level of hatred on public display from the Left is truly sick, especially coming just 8 months after a call from President Obama for civility in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Giffords.Santorum
Friday, August 19, 2011
The young women I interviewed for this article share almost every goal of feminism. They want to be—and in many cases, already believe themselves to be—“empowered”: educationally, financially, sexually. But they resist any effort to put advancing their fellow women front and center. That means opposing everything from gender-based affirmative action, such as government-mandated quotas for female athletes under Title IX, to equal-pay-for-equal-work laws. So on the one hand they may lament that there are only a handful of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and only 17 female U.S. Senators—“It does matter,” Sewell says. “A woman’s perspective is different from a man’s.” But on the other hand, they’re not going to take to the ramparts to try to increase the numbers.
To the author, the only way to advance our fellow women is through laws and government mandates like affirmative action, quotas, and wage legislation. How is that in any way empowering? It doesn't even occur to her that you can advance women without government help. Conservative women are not empowered by government handouts. We want to do things on our own, not have the government give them to us. Of course we want women to go into whatever field they want and can succeed in, play whatever sport they enjoy, and be paid based on merit, not gender. But instead of government mandates or forcing public tax dollars on specious programs that are prone to mission creep, we turn to families, churches, and local communities to make this happen; we choose to support charities or volunteering to mentor girls. It is ridiculous to say we "resist any effort to put advancing [our] fellow women front and center."
We also don't want our success to come at the expense of others, such as when men's sports programs are canceled because there aren't enough women's ones to match them as a result of Title IX. It shouldn't be a zero sum game, everyone should have the chance to succeed based on desire and merit - not gender, ethnicity, etc. The fact that women and men are different and have different interests or skills is another important factor that the author misses. And women shouldn't be advanced just based on the fact that they're women, they have to be the best.
I don't know what the author means by "take to the ramparts" regarding the lower numbers of women as CEOs and Senators, but it sounds like she wants us to raise hell and shakedown companies to hire based on gender or force laws requiring minimum numbers of women in government. We're not going to elect women just because they are women, they have to share our values and be the best candidate in the race.
Meanwhile, the author ignores groups like Smart Girl Politics, which I (along with Ashley Sewell and Dana Loesch, who is mentioned in the piece, too) am a member of, a community that encourages conservative women leaders to run for office and gives them the tools, training and support they need to make it happen. 2010 was the "Year of the Conservative Woman" with record numbers running for public office. A woman just won the Iowa straw poll, and a second woman might be entering the presidential race soon. These are glaring omissions.
Finally, it is interesting that in her list of "almost every goal of feminism" the author does not refer to abortion, which, ironically, to second and third wave liberal feminists, is the litmus test for bearing the title. I attribute this to the author trying to get rid of feminism's current connotations as a dirty word along with an attempt to make the conservative women profiled in the article appear hypocritical. On the other hand, it could be a nod to the fourth wave conservative and pro-life efforts to break the glass ceiling and finally allow diversity of thought in modern feminism.
The new movement of pro-woman, pro-life, embodied by the group Feminists for Life, is an encouraging shift from the radical feminism that has dominated since the 1960's. We want equal rights with men, but how is abortion an equal right? Rights do not extend to the destruction of another human, no matter what the law says.
It is important to remember that the abortion on demand version of feminism is a relatively recent development. The suffragettes, the original "first wave" feminists, opposed abortion (all following quotes from FFL). Elizabeth Cady Stanton explicitly contrasted abortion as antithetical to the rights of women: "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."
She also used the "evil" of abortion to make the case for women's right to vote, with suffrage being the remedy to abortion: "There must be a remedy even for such a crying evil as this. But where shall it be found, at least where begin, if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of women?"
Susan B. Anthony addressed what are now common modern day excuses for abortion and decried men's role in pressuring women to abort, "No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!"
Finally, Alice Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, powerfully said, "Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women."
These feminist foremothers knew - as today's pro-life feminists know - that, as opposed to helping women, abortion hurts and degrades women. This is true feminism and I hope the "Fourth wave" wins out.
So the author of the Elle article is right that conservative women "share almost every goal of feminism," she is just wrong on which aspects of it we truly resist and how we advance women.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy
As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. [Typical. She doesn't want to see the truth of the life of her children and face the reality of killing one of them. Another reason why pro-aborts HATE allowing women considering abortion to see ultrasounds] Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, [Thinking is bad. It might lead to some uncomfortable feelings] though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, [This is just beyond comprehension. Killing a desperately wanted, healthy child that you've spent countless time, energy, and money to have.] almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief [Sick] and intense guilt.[Good. Hint: Shame and guilt mean you've done something wrong.]
“Things would have been different if we were 15 years younger or if we hadn’t had children already or if we were more financially secure [These are the same excuses most older women who abort make ... except they didn't spend 6 years TRYING to get pregnant! It is despicably selfish to kill your child because it is inconvenient to you.],” she said later. “If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn’t have reduced this pregnancy, because you feel like if there’s a natural order, then you don’t want to disturb it. [A profound paradox. She is messing with nature, she has already disturbed it.] But we created this child in such an artificial manner — in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me — and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice. [This is a horrific consequence of our scientific advancement - the idea that we are our own Gods, we control nature, both its creation and destruction, because we own it. It's like all the dire slippery slope arguments and science fiction-like warnings are coming true.] The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, [Children are becoming commodities whose values are only determined by the immediate needs and whims of their owners. It's like going to Costco and buying the jumbo 2 pack of mayo. You don't need the second one, it will only go bad and that would be messy and inconvenient, so you toss it in the trash. There is no moral difference between mayo and baby - hey, they both come from eggs.] and this became yet another thing we could control.” [And that's what it is all about these days. The obsessive need for control. And choice. And power. Holding a life in the balance must be the ultimate power trip.]
Jenny’s decision to reduce twins to a single fetus was never really in doubt. The idea of managing two infants at this point in her life terrified her. [Maybe she shouldn't have been trying to get pregnant!!! You'd think after 6 years of trying, she'd have thought this through a little more. And what makes her thing she can manage ONE infant at this point in her life?] She and her husband already had grade-school-age children, and she took pride in being a good mother. She felt that twins would soak up everything she had to give, leaving nothing for her older children. Even the twins would be robbed, because, at best, she could give each one only half of her attention and, she feared, only half of her love. [Another common abortion excuse - as if your love is a zero sum game, there's a limited amount of love to go around and giving one child love, means you're taking away some from another. I'm not a mother yet, but every one I've ever met has said that they love all of their children equally and in different ways. There is always more room in a mother's heart. Also, she is robbing her own kids of their brother or sister. This is a particularly grievous loss to the surviving twinn] Jenny desperately wanted another child, but not at the risk of becoming a second-rate parent. [WHY?! Why, why, WHY?! I thought she was 15 years too old, had other children, and wasn't financially secure? What is the reasoning behind her need for another child?!] “This is bad, but it’s not anywhere as bad as neglecting your child or not giving everything you can to the children you have,” [This woman is living in a sick world where death is better than having a busy mother. I guess telling herself that is the only way she can sleep at night.] she told me, referring to the reduction. She and her husband worked out this moral calculation on their own [I also hate that we live in a world where people get to make their own moral calculations about life and death. Life is life, no matter what, it's not something that's definition should be allowed to vary from person to person. The woman whose "moral calculation" is that abortion is ok up until the minute of birth - or even after - is not equal or as morally valid as one who knows that life begins at conception. You get to have your own opinions, but not your own facts.], and they intend to never tell anyone about it. Jenny is certain that no one, not even her closest friends, would understand, and she doesn’t want to be the object of their curiosity or feel the sting of their judgment. ["Jenny," wherever you are, I hope you feel the sting of my judgment!]
SICK SICK SICK. My heart weeps for her, her children, and the future.
Friday, July 22, 2011
|Telford about to eat us at the MRC Gala 2011|
|Telford excited about Right Online 2011|
|Telford sorry I can't make Right Online 2011 this year|
|Telford belting out Total Eclipse of the Heart with Tabitha at CPAC 2011|
|Telford enjoying some delicious Ronald Reagan cake at CPAC 2011|
|Telford excited about the Citizens United film that led to the court case that led to Obama demonizing AFP|
Can't wait to see what kind of pictures his new job will bring!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Bacon is one of the best foods on the planet - and now it looks like some presidential candidates are tapping into Americans' love of bacon in their logos.
I once called Mitt Romney's logo "Patriotic Bacon"
Now here's Michele Bachmann's logo with what just looks like actual bacon:
Subliminal messaging? It just makes me hungry.
Friday, June 03, 2011
And even if you're a freedom FROM religion type of person, you should at least be appalled by a judge banning not only prayer, but the use of specific words or phrases - punishable by jail. Could there be a more clear violation of "abridging the freedom of speech?"
All this because the student in question felt "anxiety." Since when is anxiety irreparable harm? This kid needs to go out into the real world and learn to interact with others and deal with LIFE. Yeah, there are people and situations out there that will cause you worry or concern but you can't always go run and hide under a judge's robes.
How sad that to protect one student's right to ... not be anxious, other students' legitimate right to free speech is stripped. Worse, that this decision was made by a federal judge - it drives me CRAZY that illiterate people like him control our legal system!!!
Where in the Constitution does it say that certain words can be banned? Maybe look somewhere between separation of church and state and penumbras formed by emanations.
Federal Judge Prohibits Prayer at Texas Graduation Ceremony
forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”
The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.
Judge Biery’s ruling banned students and other speakers from using religious language in their speeches. Among the banned words or phrases are: “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer.”
He also ordered the school district to remove the terms “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program.
“These terms shall be replaced with ‘opening remarks’ and ‘closing remarks,'” the judge’s order stated. His ruling also prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.”
Should a student violate the order, school district officials could find themselves in legal trouble. Judge Biery ordered that his ruling be “enforced by incarceration or other sanctions for contempt of Court if not obeyed by District official (sic) and their agents.”
“It [prayer at graduation] caused [student in lawsuit] a great deal of anxiety,”
“At graduation, I would love to be able to speak from my heart,” she told the TV station. “But in this situation I feel my freedom of speech and my First Amendment is being infringed upon if I can’t say what I feel.”
Monday, April 25, 2011
via LifeNews.com: New Abby Johnson Television Ad Takes on Planned Parenthood
I was a Planned Parenthood Director and Employee of the Year. I used to tell women that abortions removed a mass of tissue, but that’s not true. I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies. Yes, Planned Parenthood prevents pregnancies, but they also provide over 320,000 abortions each year. They won’t protect your child, there’s no money in doing that. Abortion ends in death. Can you live with that? I couldn’t.
Meanwhile, there's this sick article: Celebrating the “Sacred Work” of Planned Parenthood on Good Friday
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
ABC's The Note: John Boehner Cries Amid Government Shutdown Standoff
You know, I am REALLY getting sick and tired of Boehner crying all the time! I feel like slapping them Godfather-style and shouting, "You can act like a man!"
He better overcome this weepyness and stand strong in the budget battle!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that beloved polar bear Knut is dead. I have written about Knut 10 times, starting when he was a baby and being threatened by "animal-rights" activists. I had regular updates on the cutest bear ever.
Then he grew up to be an adult and thus not so cute. My last update was an article that said Knut was turning into a "publicity-addicted psycho bear." He was found today dead in the water - did he kill himself? I can only wonder if he ended up like so many self-destructive, troubled child stars.
He exists now only in our memories, as a cute, lovable baby bear.
MSNBC has a nice Knut retrospective photo gallery here.
Links to all my Knut posts, beginning with my first:
RIP, Knut (2007-2011)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
To Planned Parenthood, getting a quick buck off of their minor victims is more important than their health or safety.
Big Abortion values "access," (i.e. as many clinics as possible to rake in the dough) above all else and is willing to tolerate abuses so long as their larger goals are met.
They'd rather have dirty, dangerous abortion mills in operation than have these clinics submit to government health inspections and regulations that would put them out of business. They'd rather help exploited child prostitutes get secret abortions than report abuse to authorities and scare other potential predator customers away.
After all, choosing to help women and children would be bad for business and, in the end, Big Abortion is big business. One that the government should not be funding with our tax dollars.
WAGNER: Planned Parenthood: A culture of sexploitation
Group takes federal money while ignoring laws against exploitation of minors
Under the federal anti-trafficking law, any juvenile younger than 18 who is subjected to commercial sexual exploitation is a victim of human trafficking - a victim of modern-day slavery. Under our legal system, no child can consent to engage in prostitution. Similarly, no children who are trapped in a situation of commercial sexual exploitation can give informed consent to undergo an abortion or receive a regime of contraception because of the trauma and manipulation to which they are subjected routinely and constantly. Yet the health care providers in these videos appear all too eager to sign up juvenile victims for both abortions and contraceptives.
Read more at www.washingtontimes.comTo subject a juvenile victim of commercial sexual exploitation to either an abortion or contraception has only one purpose: to sustain her exploitation, and only one beneficiary: the trafficker/pimp. This is why the Live Action videos are so revealing and so shocking. They show health care professionals, employed by a national organization receiving taxpayer funds, who not only do not fulfill their obligation to report to authorities these potential cases of child abuse, but actually are willing to facilitate that abuse.
UPDATE: WAAAAAAAH Most Virginia abortion clinics can't meet new health and safety standards and will have to close! BOO HOO
What does this say about these clinics?
Friday, March 11, 2011
I'm familiar with these kind of Al Gore toilets and you can tell the difference. Often you have to flush it twice (which kind of defeats the purpose of limiting the number of gallons flushed in newer toilets, doesn't it?) to get it to do the job the old toilets used to do.
I think Sen. Paul speaks for many of us when he says, “I’ve been waiting 20 years to talk about how bad these toilets are!"
Here are some humorous blurbs from a Politico article on the hearing:
Paul wants government hands off his toilet
And don’t even get him started about his toilet.
“Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house,” Paul said. He added, “I find it insulting.
“But you come instead with fines [and] threats of jail.” (For the record, at no point during the hearing did Hogan threaten to arrest Paul.)
Hogan said, “My view is what you want —”
“Is to buy a toilet that works!” Paul interrupted.
“I’ve been waiting 20 years to talk about how bad these toilets are,” Paul later said.
Read more at www.politico.comChairman Jeff Bingaman responded, “Well, I’m sorry about your toilet.”
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Now, really - who wouldn't want this to be the face of Delaware schools?!
Delaware voters say no to Joe Biden -- for name of school
h/t Hoosier Access: Caption this!
My fav caption submission so far is "I went to my plastic surgeon... got the 'Nancy Pelosi'"
Monday, February 28, 2011
refer to motherhood as the most important thing a woman can possibly do ... is motherhood really a greater role than being secretary of state or a justice on the Supreme Court? Is reproduction automatically the greatest thing Natalie Portman will do with her life?
Well, I happen to agree that motherhood is Portman's most important role. But we're not talking about a woman secretary of state or justice, we're talking about an actress. And because she's an actress, the term "role" is quite literal. Portman has played many parts in her young career, from Queen Amidala to Anne Boleyn to Nina Sayers in Black Swan for which she won her award for Best Actress in a Lead ROLE. So, yes, I would say Mother is far more important a role to play than any of these characters. And good for her for saying so!
But the Slate author just doesn't get it:
Why, at the pinnacle of one's professional career, would a person feel the need to undercut it by announcing that there's something else even more important? Even if you feel that way, why downplay your achievement?Wow, really? She begrudges Portman for having the humility to acknowledge that there are things in this world bigger and more important than - GASP - acting?!
Interestingly enough, the writer quotes Annette Bening as an example of - well, actually, I'm not sure WHY she quotes Bening, something about working mothers but the point isn't clear - but Bening gets to the heart of what the writer doesn't understand. She says of motherhood, in part:
"a lot of the time your life is not about you ... There's that selflessness you need to find ..."
Seems like Portman has already found that selflessness, while the writer wishes she would simply be selfish and bask in herself and her own glory.
The author goes on to gripe:
when was the last time a male star gave an acceptance speech calling fatherhood his biggest role?
I'm not sure if any man has or hasn't, but someone should have. Fatherhood is a very important role, especially today when 22% of children live in single mother homes. In fact, isn't it Hollywood and the Left that are always trying to tell us fathers aren't all that important?
In closing, the author writes:
Motherhood is important. So is work. And you don't have to backhandedly downplay one to be proud of the other.
How does saying her most important role is that of a mother "backhandedly downplay" her role in Black Swan? She's not insulting her own work, but stating the simple fact that there are more important things in life.
The visceral reaction from people like the Slate writer, upon watching Natalie Portman talk about "the most important role of [her] life," makes complete sense when you consider that it goes against everything strident feminists believe. Any good thoughts about motherhood or the mere presence of a visibly pregnant woman gives them the heebie jeebies because, to them, motherhood is a choice and their first instinct is that a baby is a parasite to be removed.
We can't be too complementary of motherhood lest we offend the women who chose to kill their babies. We can't call it the most important role because that is insensitive to women who don't have or want children. We can't celebrate the unique role of the mother because that would mean acknowledging the differences between men and women and that these differences can be good. We can't talk about motherhood and careers at the same time because that means that we value one over the other and both are equally good and valid - especially having a career.
Only a feminist would complain about an actress not being self-centered and narcissistic. Only a feminist would be offended at the thought of raising the next generation being one's most important role. Only a feminist would consider being thankful to have a child with the one you love a backhanded slap at your career.
How sad that this writer chose to throw a feminissy fit over this beautiful moment for Natalie Portman and her family. I wish Portman well in the greatest role she, or any woman, will ever play.
UPDATE 3/1: KJ Dell'Antonia from Slate gets in on the act, saying Portman was just "spouting the party line" and adds:
every time a powerful woman downplays her other achievements as inferior to her maternal status, she feeds the doubt that still pursue working mothers at every end of the spectrum: Will she really take her work seriously or will she put her children first?
Again, this isn't a zero sum game - calling motherhood your most important role does not downplay other achievements, and the choice isn't between either "take work seriously" or "put children first." Feminists might not believe it, but women CAN do a job well, while prioritizing their children's lives - women are known for their great abilities to multi-task, after all.
But even if it WERE a zero sum game, so what? The role of mother is more important than any regular "job" and it should be - whoops, can't say that! - might hurt some working mom's feelings or make her doubt herself! We aren't allowed to say ANYTHING is more important than a career because apparently that is the end all and be all of being a woman, anything else is bending to the will of the powerful and oppressive patriarchy or some such b.s.
Friday, February 25, 2011
This is ridiculous on so many levels!!! First of all, the whole notion of sensitivity "training" of any kind is a bunch of liberal mamby pamby hooey.
Second of all, WHY in the h*ll are these reeducation sessions being done on the BATTLEFIELD, of all places??? They say, "We HOPE that it will have little impact on their combat and security operations here." Hope? HOPE???!!! Maybe "hope" worked to bamboozle the American public into electing Obama, but you need a little more than HOPE when it comes to combat and security!
Third, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has not even been certified yet! Why are we rushing into these liberal kumbaya circles in a war zone when the repeal isn't in effect? If it could be found to hurt combat readiness, then we sure as h*ll shouldn't be bringing sensitivity trainings to promote it into combat.
Bottom line: Get the h*ll away from our men and women in uniform on the front lines in active war zones! Their lives and their immediate mission is more important than indulging in your group therapies!
Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training
American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States
We hope that it will have little impact on their combat and security operations here
However, the ban will stay in effect until the secretary of defense certifies that repeal of the policy will not hurt combat readiness.
Elaine Donnelly, who heads the Center for Military Readiness, said it is “ridiculous” to train combat Army soldiers and Marines as they are engage in daily combat with tenacious insurgents.
Read more at www.washingtontimes.com
“It’s absurd because the military has more important things to think about in that dangerous part of the world,” she said. “For the administration to say this is more important than even with the troops we’re trying to train in that part of the world, I think it shows flawed priorities at best. It is ridiculous.”
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7, 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.[for those of you who graduated from public school]
Apparently RI state law requires teachers be notified of termination by March 1, but the school district doesn't know how many teachers it will need to lay off for budget cuts yet, so the district is sending out notifications to all teachers to cover all its bases.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It gets better:
Inside the condom they found: 17 blue pills, a cigarette, a flint, six matches, an empty syringe with a pencil eraser over the needle tip, a container of lip balm, an unused condom, a pharmacy receipt and a coupon.
REALLY? A pharmacy coupon??? Just in case he wanted to return something later?! And what was the coupon for?!!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This guy sounds pretty cool
Maine Gov. Paul LePage on NAACP: "Tell 'em to kiss my butt."
"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," said LePage.
LePage has an adopted son who is from Jamaica.
"Tell 'em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them."
During the campaign, while speaking in front of a group of fishermen, then-candidate LePage said if he were elected governor, headlines would read "Governor LePage tells President Obama to go to hell." At the time LePage said he regretted his choice of words, but stood behind the intent.Read more at www.wcsh6.com
So they'd rather let them starve than eat non-certified food??? Ridiculous liberal laws and regulations make the perfect the enemy of the good.
City puts a stop to homeless outreach
Couple must have proper permit to continue feeding dozens each day
Anyone serving food for public consumption, whether for the homeless or for sale, must have a permit, said Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Department. To get that permit, the food must be prepared in a certified kitchen with a certified food manager.
Read more at www.chron.com
The regulations are all the more essential in the case of the homeless, Barton said, because "poor people are the most vulnerable to foodborne illness and also are the least likely to have access to health care."