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Political conversations with your fiancé

21 Nov

fiancé:  This is a little long but it’s a great read:

http://nymag.com/news/politics/conservatives-david-frum-2011-11/

me:  OH MANNNN.

I LOVE THAT SOME REPUBS ARE LIKE, YALL ARE CRAZY?!!!!

fiancé:  lol. Him and Bruce Bartlett are the big ones

Bartlett was part of Reagan’s Reganomics team

mehttp://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/21/142600494/former-aig-exec-sues-federal-government-for-25-billion-over-takeover?ft=1&f=1001

THIS IS FUCKING NUTS.

WE BAIL THEM OUT.

AND THEY SUE US?!

fiancé:  Let me read.

In the meantime check this out:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/21/alton-brown-jimmy-fallon_n_1105788.html

Yea, that’s pretty greedy. That’s awful

me:  Also.

Since when did like Newt Grossanimal get up in the polls? Continue reading

Why the female Anthony Weiner may not exist

13 Jun

It would be easy to file this under the category of “men behaving badly,” to dismiss it as a testosterone-induced, hard-wired connection between sex and power (powerful men attract women, powerful women repel men). And some might conclude that busy working women don’t have time to cheat. (“While I’m at home changing diapers, I just couldn’t conceive of it,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat, once said.)

But there may be something else at work: Research points to a substantial gender gap in the way women and men approach running for office. Women have different reasons for running, are more reluctant to do so and, because there are so few of them in politics, are acutely aware of the scrutiny they draw — all of which seems to lead to differences in the way they handle their jobs once elected.

When It Comes to Scandal, Girls Won’t Be Boys

Another gap in our teeth

16 Dec

Hilary Clinton. Sarah Palin. And yes, Christine O’Donnell.

You know these ladies. You’ve grown up with them, laughing at and/or voting for a certain combination of them. And your attention has not been in vain; these ladies have been household names and SNL go-tos for quite some time now.

And it’s been great – great to have role models on both sides of the aisle, and great to give Tina Fey another reason to be funny.

But! (You knew this was coming.) But. Even with this trifecta, the stats on women in politics remain ugly.  And uglier still are the double standards we continue to see in the media, as they report on ladies and gentlemen who are more politically inclined than the rest of us.

Gail Collins called foul on her own team today in a column on the crying gap, which was recently moved to the forefront of national debate by Orangeman and soon-to-be speaker of the house John Boehner.

“He is known to cry,” the outgoing speaker, Nancy Pelosi, told Deborah Solomon in The Times Magazine. “He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills.”

Pelosi, of course, does not cry in public. We will stop here briefly to contemplate what would happen if she, or any female lawmaker, broke into loud, nose-running sobs while discussing Iraq troop funding or giving a TV interview.

There’s a lot more to be said on this issue. If you’re interested, start first with Name it. Change it. — an organization that calls out the media and empowers women to fight sexism.

In the meantime, let’s recap. Not only do ladyfolk have to deal with the pay gap. Thanks to age-old stereotypes and the tried-and-true double standard, we’re also not supposed to cry in public. Even when we’ve heard one too many “John Boehner is orange” jokes.

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