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Way To Go, Joe! Biden and POTUS Do The Right Thing re: Marriage Equality

Way To Go, Joe! Biden and POTUS Do The Right Thing re: Marriage Equality

Can I just say how much I love Joe Biden??? I love Joe Biden. I always have. I love that he will speak his mind, whether it is politically correct, or whether it’ll piss somebody off. I love that he speaks from the heart, whether it’s to say he supports same-sex marriage or whether it’s to tell The President that passing Health Care Reform “…is a big fucking deal!” ‘Cause, damn it, it IS a big, fucking deal!!! While the media portrays Joe as putting his foot in his mouth, I see it as a guy who doesn’t give a damn about speaking out, because he lives by his principles. If he says it, he believes it. And, by God, that makes Joe my kinda guy, bless his heart! There are times when The President needs to stand up and lead. Today was one of those times. And I am grateful that he has taken a courageous stance supporting marriage equality. But let’s give Joe Biden some credit where credit is due. But I have to say, my fellow Politicos, I am wondering if the Administration wanted it out there. Was this a strategic move? Was Joe given permission to go ahead and cut loose? Was Arne Duncan the follow-up, thus creating a “need” for The President to clarify his position on the issue? Seems mighty convenient, if you ask me…I believe that, while some see this as a politically risky move, I see it as smart and savvy. And highly deliberate! Here’s why: 1. First of all, what better way to mobilize the young voters and the base of the Democratic Party than to take a stand that is favorable to that demographic and well-overdue? Gotta get out the vote in November, folks, and better to get the position out there now and make it old news for the news cycle in November. This is a winner in this department, people. 2. POTUS can’t have a divided house. You simply can’t have that kind of dissention in an administration, so if a few folks conveniently state their opinions, well, The President is “forced” to present a united front. Calculated or not. 3. Public opinion. Hate to break it to the GOP, but being gay or lesbian ain’t no big thang anymore! My daughter got into a heated debate with a classmate in a college summer course last year (she’s been taking her high school language requirement at the local community college). She was downright angry and incensed over his hypocrisy on the issue, and matched him bible verse for verse, argued her point, and used his own logic against him. He finally walked away, stating that “It’s just...

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Meeting Maddow – Third Time’s The Charm!

Meeting Maddow – Third Time’s The Charm!

Well, my fellow Politicos, if you are any sort of follower of my blog, in either of its incantations, you’ll know that I’ve always been a huge supporter of the lovely and brilliant Rachel Maddow. Wickedly smart, Our Gal Rachel brings into our home every evening the stories that I follow here and elsewhere in the blogosphere. While TRMS isn’t the only place I get my news,  it is usually the place I start, and the excellent Maddow Blog is a great place to check at lunch to check out the latest developments. She’s smart, funny, gets the big picture and covers the news that matters in a smart and understandable way. She never dumbs down the stories of the day; Rachel and her team expect that we’ll keep up and “get it.” And we do. But never did I imagine, living in my little burg here in Southern Cal, that I’d get the opportunity to ever meet Rachel in person, let alone twice, or get the chance to tell her about my show. I’ve always said she’d be my top “get,” and on Tuesday and Wednesday, I got the chance to speak with her briefly. You know how genuine, how humble and how generous of spirit she seems with her guests on TRMS? Well, she’s exactly the same way, toward everyone, when you meet her. So, my story. That’s why you’re  here, right? Okay. About two months ago, I got wind of the fact that Rachel would be doing a stop on her book tour at Barnes & Noble at The Grove, an L.A. mall not horribly far from my town. Immediately, I checked the calendar, and, miracle of miracles, it was during Spring Break. (Ah, the perks of a career in education!) So I was thrilled – I could go and get a copy of Rachel’s new book, Drift, and maybe get an autograph and a handshake. Awesome. Then I came across a Writer’s Bloc event scheduled for the next day at the Saban Theatre in L.A., billed as “A Conversation with Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow.” Y’know, I’ve been to the filming of Real Time with Bill Maher a couple of times, which is always a blast. But the last time The Hubby and I went with friends, when Rachel was on the show, I came out saying, “Damn, I could listen to the two of them talk for another two hours!” Needless to say, I snapped up a pair of tickets online, marked the date in my iPhone, and told The Hubby we had a date. Yes, those were my entirely nerdy/geeky/wonky plans for Spring Break, and I couldn’t have been happier. The date of the show...

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Political Hilarity

Political Hilarity

Nothing deep here today, my Fellow Politicos. It’s a gorgeous, sunny Spring Break day here in Southern California, and the kids and I are off to the pool in a few. But while they are getting ready, I just had to share this brilliantly hilarious new Tumblr blog with you: Texts from Hillary. Nearly every one of them has made me laugh out loud. Nearly every one! It’s smart, funny, snarky humor with a wonky bent. What’s not to love? And, get this: they are smart and savvy, using lower case for the “from” in their title. Warms my grammatically nerdy little heart. It doesn’t get any better than this, folks. More later on the Michigan GOP Mess. Oh, they think they’re so sneaky. Not when Maddow’s on the case!!! Get out and enjoy the day, my fellow Politicos! Share...

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“You Just Have To Close Your Eyes”: GOP’s Legalized Rape of American Women

“You Just Have To Close Your Eyes”: GOP’s Legalized Rape of American Women

Well, my fellow Politicos, it seems the GOP has reached yet another all-time low. They keep doing that – just when you think they’ve scratched the bottom of the barrel with their misogynistic remarks and hate-filled, unconstitutional laws, they out-do themselves again. Impressive. Earlier this week, Pennsylvanian GOP Governor Tom Corbett did the Democrats one big, gnarley favor. When asked about whether women should be made to watch ultrasound images during their forced pre-abortion procedure (should the invasive PA law go into effect), he simply replied, “I don’t know how you make anybody watch, OK? Because you just have to close your eyes.” Upon hearing this crass, highly-offensive remark, the turn of phrase, “Close your eyes and think of England,” immediately came to mind. For those of you who might be too young to have heard your parents joke about this quote, allow me to give you a brief history lesson. The original line is thought to be this one: “When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, open my legs and think of England.” It was found in the diary of Lady Hillingdon in 1912.  The meaning, of course, was that an unwilling wife should simply do what was considered her wifely duty, submitting to her husband’s sexual advances, no matter how unwanted. And, yes, there was a time in this country, not all that long ago, (even into the 50’s and 60’s in some areas) when it was still considered one’s wifely duties to do so. If you were married, which was one of the very few ways to gain any financial resources or live independently from your family, and your husband decided he was ready for sex, then your duty was clear. Just close your eyes and think of England. Rape did not exist within marriage. Legalized rape with no recourse for the victim. So along comes the Republican Party in modern times, working hard to keep women barefoot and pregnant, and to codify that into law. First, they attacked Roe v. Wade, trying to eliminate it: stir up the base, get fringe groups to encourage harassment, intimidation and even assassination of providers; then, the “Kill The Pill” movement is encouraged and funded; next, they bring about “Personhood” amendments that will attack safe and legal abortions, but will outlaw hormonal birth control. And the icing on the cake? The internal vaginal probe laws. The GOP gives the state not just the option, but the right to invade the vagina and uterus of women seeking a longstanding, legal procedure. The GOP has legalized State-sanctioned rape. And to reinforce that idea, along comes Tom Corbett. He actually said what all the others were...

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Komen: Fighting for A Cure, or Pandering to The Right? Americans Stand for Planned Parenthood

Komen: Fighting for A Cure, or Pandering to The Right? Americans Stand for Planned Parenthood

The vast majority of women in this country have, in one way or another, donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, if not by sending them a check, then by buying pink-capped yogurt and mailing in the lids, or buying a pink T-shirt, or a pink bracelet,  or by walking in or sponsoring a friend in the famous “Race for The Cure.” If Komen was considered a brand name, it’d be right up there at the top of the most pro-women companies. Hey, they fight against breast cancer, right? And what woman’s life hasn’t been affected in one way or another by breast cancer? It touches all of us. And then last week came the news that Komen has decided to suspend their funding of Planned Parenthood, to the tune of $680,000, with the reason given that Planned Parenthood was under investigation by a House subcommittee that implied that Federal dollars were used to fund abortions. Komen’s new policy forbids those under investigation from receiving funds now or in the future. That $600,000 dollars goes toward breast cancer care, screenings and referrals, toward 170,000 breast exams and 6.400 mammogram referrals that under-served populations of women would have had to do without. A real blow to women’s health in America, especially those in areas where Planned Parenthood is one of the few, if not the only, place available for women’s reproductive health care. But within twenty-four hours, something truly amazing happened. If we didn’t already know where women’s loyalties lies, we do now. NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg donated $250,000 in matching funds, which was matched almost immediately. Women and the men who care about them, from all over the country, in this difficult economic time, sent hard-earned cash to Planned Parenthood. The twitterverse lit up like a Christmas tree with links at which to donate, strong statements of support. Friends called and sent texts to sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Coworkers pooled their cash and made donations together. Within 48 hours, the impact of the Komen cut was completely wiped out – any losses had been made up completely by donors to Planned Partenthood.  Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood stated in Friday: …During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation’s better moments during a contentious political time. Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need… The miraculous thing...

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Undercover Liberal Visits The Gun Show

Politicos, please note: This is a reposting of my original gun show post, to correspond with my A World of Progress Radio show segment on the same subject. Tune in to www.blogtalkradio.com/awop to listen to the segment at 4P/7E today or to listen to the podcast, or download us at iTunes. Enjoy! When friends asked me if I’d like to go to the gun show at the local fairgrounds, I was hesitant. I mean, really? Just because I’ve learned to shoot recently doesn’t mean I have to dive in head first into the whole subculture…but the more I thought about it, the more intriguing the offer became. It’d be like an undercover operation, a double-agent sort of thing. No one would have to know I’m a liberal, and for a mere ten bucks, I could check out the gun show: look around, ask questions, people-watch, pick up pamphlets, etc. Who knows what I would discover? I called my friends Melissa and Kelby to accept their offer, and we made plans for the next morning. We rolled in at around 11:15 a.m., and the lot was already 3/4 full. Though the place had been open for three hours already, no one appeared to be leaving. We trudged toward the front to buy our tickets. Immediately to our left was an NRA booth, flying the American flag, with “Join NOW!” and “Protecting Your Right To Bear Arms” plastered all over the front. I wasn’t quite ready for that discussion, so we bought our tickets. Two signs were posted prominently on the ticket window: “No Loaded Weapons Beyond This Point,” (holy shit, what am I getting into?) and “Your wife called and said you can buy anything you want!” Apparently the latter is a little humor to take the edge off the former… After forking over $10, I am handed a ticket and we head in. Even before we got inside the gate, out comes Davey-friggin’-Crocket, complete with fur hat and rifles cradled in both arms. “Okay, this is gonna be good,” I whispered to Missy. She repied, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Sister!” And she was right. As we approached the entrance, a booth appeared in front of us, with a red and white banner stating, in bold letters, “CLEAR ALL GUNS HERE” – WHAAATT? Now, there’s a line of text I have never read before. Apparently, you are welcome to bring your guns, large or small, as long as you stop and register them before entering. Guns are checked to make sure they are empty and on safety, and are registered as yours and tagged to prove your ownership. Wow. This is getting more interesting all the time. The next sign? “No...

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