Cast Your Vote with PBS: Is Palin Qualified?

PBS is conducting a poll and you can vote online. I did it. It took less than 10 sec to answer “yes” “no” or “not sure” if you thing Sarah Palin is qualified to be V.P. Do it now! Here is the link:


“Tax and Spend Democrats?” How Dare You!

I was talking with an old law school friend of mine the other day. We never agree on politics, but I couldn’t resist asking him what he thought of Sarah Palin. “I like her,” he stated matter of factly. “Why?” I had to ask. All I heard next was, “Blah . . . blah . . . blah . . . tax and spend Democrats . . . blah . . . blah.” I had to stop him short, I couldn’t let him go on. “Excuse me? Tax and spend Democrats you say? I’d rather have a ‘taxer and a spender’ than I would the current ‘spender and spender’ we have right now,” I exclaimed. “Well, yeah, I have to admit George W. has been spending a lot, I can’t defend it,” he mumbled.

I Want You to Stop Spending Too

I Want You to Stop Spending Too

I just can’t believe it. The Republicans, Conservatives, whatever they want to call themselves actually have the nerve to use that same old tired rhetoric. As I remember it, and go ahead and correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the William Jefferson Clinton administration balance the budget? What happened to that budget now? People, we are so far in the hole it has me scared to death. Just like the rest of America, the current administration has been busy spending money it doesn’t have and won’t be getting any time soon. Yeah, we not only have to bail out our fellow Americans who had to have that McMansion on a dime, but now our own country needs bailing out.

New Rule: Let’s all stop spending what we don’t have. That includes you Uncle Sam.

Stand Up Against Palin

19th Amendment Granting Voting Rights to Women

19th Amendment Granting Voting Rights to Women

Women all over are standing up against Sarah Palin’s nomination. Indeed, her nomination is an insult to actual qualified candidates, women, and voters all over this nation. See Women Against Sarah Palin for more.

Cabbage Patch Kids Are Back: A Team Mom Review

My old "preemie" and the new 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid

Well, it is hard to believe, but the Cabbage Patch Kids are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Hitting the shelves are limited edition anniversary Kids. According to the press release I received, over 115 MILLION Cabbage Patch Kids have been “adopted.” The new 25th Anniversary Kid is shown in the picture on the right. She is sitting next to my old Cabbage Patch Kid, a “preemie.” My preemie is no longer wearing her original outfit. I am 39 now, and yes, I still have my doll. Why? I don’t know! She even came to college with me and I bought her her own college t-shirt to wear. Yes, if you do the math, you will see that I was pretty old to own a Cabbage Patch Kid. Don’t ask my why, but my boyfriend gave me that preemie for Chanukah one year when I was fifteen! I didn’t know what the heck I was supposed to do w/a doll, but since she was soooo hard to get that year, I was supposed to be flattered that he went to a lot of trouble to secure it for me. Anyway, my preemie is still a cutie and my children play with her (though I think they have turned her into a boy at times). Now, I’m so glad she has a friend with a special 25th Anniversary Xavier Roberts signature on her tushie and her own silver spoon. If you want to visit with some more of these dolls, simply go here. You can share stories and memories of your own adorable little ones.

A Message for All Women

The following was passed on to me via email from my cousin. I apologize, but I cannot give the author her proper credit. I suppose, given the message, she would rather I post this than worry about her copyright:

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920

that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above

her head and left her hanging fo! r the ni ght, bleeding and gasping
for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right
to vote.
For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their
food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my mem ory. Some women won’t vote this year because- why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

(Woodrow Wilson was our only president to earn a PhD, but I was not aware that he did this.)

The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women.. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – please remember to vote!

The Facts on Sarah Palin’s Speech

Click here to one of my sister blogger’s sites to see the Obama campaign’s official fact check on Palin’s convention speech. I know Republicans aren’t one to pay much attention to the facts these days, but perhaps they might be of interest to someone in this country, preferably a registered voter.

sTori Telling by Tori Spelling: A Book Review

I’ve never read a celebrity autobiography before, but I started watching Tori Spelling’s reality show Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen where she is constantly alluding to troubles with her mother. I got so curious that I had to buy the book and see what she was talking about. I don’t normally review a book if I’m going to bash it, but every other review I have read has been so positive, I just had to put my opinion out there for a little balance. Most of the book revolves around her feelings about her mother. The childhood gifts Tori got from her mother that she never wanted, her mother’s comments about Tori’s original nose, her mother’s unwanted interference in Tori’s first wedding reception, and her mother’s reactions to Tori’s divorce and father’s death. In the book, Tori repeats over and over again that she is not “complaining”. However, it is basically one complaint after another. She complains that she never gets privacy from paparazzi, yet she invites People Magazine to her “private” second wedding in Fiji (p. 238). She claims that she wants to keep her son, Liam, safe from the paparazzi, yet he was born and spent his entire first year on a reality show! She complains that she is bothered by the media as much as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, but, poor Tori, she doesn’t have the money they have for security guards and gates, nor does she have access to the free designer fashions (p. 231). She constantly complains that her career has been permanently damaged by her father’s nepotism and her ten years of portraying “Donna” on Beverly Hills 90210. She complains that she and her mother are not close, yet she seems to only contact her by email. Would you email your mother you were getting a divorce? According to Tori, her mother’s resentment of her all started when she overheard her husband and Tori’s father, the famous T.V. producer Aaron Spelling, tell Tori that he “loved her more than Mommy” (p. 264). Tori seems to be totally clueless about her part in conflicts. She misses her mother’s 60th birthday bash and wonders why her mother says things like, “Everyone who cares about me was there.” Hey Tori, that’s just good old-fashioned Jewish guilt talk for, “You weren’t there, you should have been, and my feelings are really hurt.” Yes, someone really needs to spell this out for her.

She claims to be “Daddy’s little girl,” but, toward the end of his life, she didn’t bother to see him for nine months (p. 258). She mentions that when she talked to him on Father’s Day, he “sounded like he’d had a stroke, but nobody told me anything” (p. 249). Um, suggestion for you Tori, if you think someone you love is very ill, ask someone about it. Your brother was there, your mom was there, pick up the phone (she was on set in Canada) and find out if your dad really had a stroke, or if he wants you to come home. She complains that she wasn’t with him when he died because no one told her about it.

Some of the book reveals a really creepy side of Tori. She brought the “biggest kitchen knife of of the knife block,” to a meeting with Dean’s first wife (p. 220). She wants food such as beans and potatoes to have a “friend” such as another bean or potato on the plate. She feels “sorry” for the food and doesn’t want it to be alone (p. 208).

Overall, the book is boring and repetitive. She alludes to so many great stories, but never gets to the meat of them. For example, she had her breasts done, but doesn’t explain why and whether she would do it again. Her feelings about this would have been helpful to other women and girls with poor body image. Similarly, she mentions that she lost a baby before Liam. Did she have a miscarriage? How did she deal with it? By the way, if you are looking for great gossip about Beverly Hills 90210, you won’t find it here. She says everyone “pretty much” slept with everyone else, and leaves it at that. The big insider gossip about Shannen Doherty: she was late a lot and tried to manipulate the staff to make herself look good. Come on! There had to be better stuff to tell than that!

Clearly, Tori has a lot to say to her mother, and, as Tori would probably admit, this book is her own passive-aggressive way of telling her mother all the things she should have told her years ago. Putting her homewrecker adultress status aside, Tori seems like a genuinely good person. The very fact that there is no juicy gossip about her friends and family is testament to that. Based on the book alone, it seems like most of her unhappiness is self-created and self-perpetuated (Just like in her show when she complains that the paparazzi ruined “private family time” registering for her baby shower. Tori, what kind of “private” time do you expect to have when you invite your own cameras from your own reality show along for these allegedly private moments?) Even though I’m annoyed with her for giving out ridiculously incorrect information about breastfeeding on The View (hey, she never went to college after all), I still find Tori’s show very entertaining, even if her book was not. If you have any curiosity about Tori’s talent, check out the music video she made with her current husband, Dean McDermott. It is super cute, and I can’t get the catchy tune out of my head. Sorry about the review Tori, I really hope you work things out with your mom. Clearly she loves you in her own way, and you love her in yours.