How you receive a thing is up to you

Cannot write long today - the back is better but the schedule is full and guests are on the horizon, so that's where my focus is.But I wanted to just link you to this story, because it's something to think about.A walking stick is the unlikely center of a debate about political protocol, theological precision and news-marketing as a corporal work of mercy.President Bush gave the odd, carved walking stick to Pope Benedict XVI on June 9 on a visit to Rome. In some quarters, the gift … [Read more...]

Quote of the week from Mrs. Hayden

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end."From Blackfive, here's some background:Shortly before landing, Bob Hayden and a flight attendant had … [Read more...]

Boxer and the sonless presidents

When I read this story my first thought was: "only super-evangelical freakshows like the Jim Phelps crew turn on a woman for not having children...."Rice appeared before the Senate in defense of President Bush's tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer."Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate … [Read more...]

Maureen Dowd loves bloggers!

Oh, I knew she'd come around, sooner or later!Barcepundit translates a bit from a Dowd interview. Dowd says: It's a very healthy situation: blogs lead me to try to be better every day. H/T's too bad the Times has her hidden in pay-per-viewland and I never read her any more, but in honor of Maureenie's blog-love, here are links to some of my Dowd-related posts!Maureen Dowd Wrote the Wrong BookMaureen Dowd Needs to Consider Her UterusModo's Keep: The Sterile … [Read more...]

God forbid we should feel a little bad…

Miss Kelly is distressed to find that some hymnals (including - sigh - the one in my church) features a change in the words to Amazing Grace."Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me..." Has been changed to reflect both the freedom that comes with salvation - which is very nice - and also the decree from some publishing house on high that we never, ever sing a lyric that might suggest a negative. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free..."Never … [Read more...]

No, Sharon, you erase yourselves

Sharon Stone says "in America, we erase women after 40"She's made that statement after having enough cosmetic work done as to be unrecognisable.Women in America are not "erased" without their own acquiesence to it. Women who run for botox at the first wrinkle or who get their faces pulled so tight they can't close their eyes, or who constantly have themselves "primed" invalidate themselves. They signal to the world that the world's obsession with youthful beauty is, in fact, a correct and … [Read more...]

Mockery more effective than reason

I see, thanks to Michelle Malkin that conservative women are officially fighting back in addressing The Vagina Monologues.Well...have at it, if you must, ladies, and God's best to you. But I'm convinced that to address that play or Eve Ensler with anything approximating seriousness and deliberation is to give the whole Vagina Endeavor a patina of credibility and seriousness it simply does not deserve.Eve Ensler's foul-mouthed, talking, raspberry-blowing,"goodraping," hiccupping, whining, … [Read more...]

Myra Bradwell knew who she was

In the post below, I had a little fun at the expense of Upper West Side Feminism and its conceits. The piece was just a toss-off but apparently between Maxed Out Mama and myself, Sigmund Carl and Alfred got inspired to write about a genuine, real-deal feminist who freed an unjustly imprisoned Mary Todd Lincoln. As usual w/ Siggy, this is an outstanding essay - a must read - about a woman who deserves to be remembered.Unlike the current crop of highly self esteemed and trophied feminists, Myra … [Read more...]

“Breeders” infected with “feeders”

UPDATE: Maxed Out Mama has coined a new term: Vaginahabi Jihad.I am so jealous.Maxed Out Mama can always be counted on to find the post you would be sorry to miss and this time she found it at Pedro the Quietist who reveals that the new affront to some leftists are....babies - or, as they are referred to, a parasitic blastocyst - an opportunistic, parasitic infection!Appearance - It is tough, if not impossible, for a woman's body to be as tight and firm as it was prior to the … [Read more...]

“Saint Piro” – she’s “just that good!”

I love this story:Buzzing over this northern Iraqi city in her Kiowa scout helicopter, a .50-caliber machine gun and rockets at the ready, Capt. Sarah Piro has proved so skillful in combat missions to support U.S. ground troops that she's earned the nickname "Saint."In recent months of fighting in Tall Afar, Piro, 26, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., has quietly sleuthed out targets, laid down suppressive fire for GIs in battle and chased insurgents through the narrow alleys of this medieval city … [Read more...]