Category Archives: Politics

5 Totally Tubular 80’s Phenomenon

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Ahhhh, the 80’s…I remember them well…

THE CABBAGE PATCH DOLL CHRISTMAS CRAZE

It was just a doll, people! And a rather homely doll at that….

RONALD REAGAN

The President’s President. Those of us who were around back then remember him being just as vilified by popular media and the entertainment industry  as any one of the current GOP contenders. Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle are cat fighting just like the Real Housewives of New Jersey over which of them is the fairest of them all…er…the most Reagan-like. Go figure…

Click Here To Visit The Reagan Library Online 

THE ERA OF THE TEEN (AND THE TEEN MOVIE)

Looking back, this was a good time to be a teen. After all, the 80’s was all about having fun! Then again, these movies encouraged us all to look something like the love child of Boy George and Madonna. Kiddies, see if you can spot Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men…back before he was Alan Harper, he was “Duckie”

FUN MUSIC…AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT DANCES TO GO WITH…

THE MULLET…BUSINESS IN THE FRONT, PARTY IN THE BACK

Lest you think this totally tubular trend is isolated to the 80’s, I am here to report that the mullet is alive and well in 2012: Rate My Mullet Mullet Joe.com

Have You Heard of Victoria Woodhull?

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Because I never had. It’s entirely possible that my history education is sorely lacking, but I had no idea that the first woman to run for President of the United States did so way back in 1872!

Victoria Woodhull, who obviously didn’t win, opposed incumbent Ulysses S. Grant. Born in 1838 in Homer, Ohio, this eccentric, free thinking suffragette ran as the representative of the Equal Rights Party. She campaigned throughout her life for such intriguing causes as free love, labor laws, and legalized prostitution. Oh, and she made a killing on Wall Street too as the first female stock broker. She then took her spoils of capitalism and founded a newspaper in which she proceeded to publish the first English language version of The Communist Manifesto. Talk about diverse interests! And Woodhull was ahead of her time in other ways too…she publicized a sex scandal between popular and well known minister Henry Ward Beecher and one of his parishioners, and maintained high profile celebrity feuds herself with none other than Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony. Who knew?

Controversial or not, kooky or not, this is one intriguing historical figure I’d say! If you’d like to learn more about Victoria Woodhull, here are some good sources:

Who Is Victoria Woodhull?

Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull On Wikipedia

Victoria Woodhull On The History Channel

All Things Victoria Woodhull

And here are some quite insightful (and gutsy for her time) quotes attributed to Victoria Woodhull:

“I am a free lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please”.

“I endeavor to make the most of everything”.

“I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

“I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it”.

“I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question”.

Here’s to history…Unsanitized, quirky, and fascinating!

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve Come A Long Way, Flaky

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Are You A Flake? 

Like a lot of other people, especially women, I stared in horror at my t.v. screen yesterday when I heard Chris Wallace utter one of the dumbest interview questions of all time…”Are you a flake?” For a minute there, I wanted Michele Bachman to retort, “I know you are, but what am I?” I probably would have…but, that is why I am not presidential hopeful material. I also had a fantasy that Chris-y Poo would follow it up with a Barbara Walters-esqe save…”And if you are, what sort of flake would you be? Snow? Coconut? Parmesan Cheese?” Quite honestly, that would have been the only thing that would have made his line of questioning even slightly okay with me…

Now, I know that most of the critiques of news these days follow a predictable pattern…It’s usually one side saying that one network isn’t “real news”, or the other side saying that one network is “socialist”, bla, bla, bla. I’m sure you’ve heard all that too, and that’s not what this is about. So, for the love of God, let’s put all that aside for awhile, shall we, and focus on what actually happened in the FOXNews studios on Sunday. Now, I should state up front that I’m not very fond of Chris Wallace to begin with. I think he’s rude and haughty, and he consistently delivers rude and haughty interviews and commentary. I’ve seen him come off this way with a lot of his interviewees….male and female, Republican and Democrat, and so on. I think that’s just the way he is. But here’s the real issue–why did it occur to him to be rude in that way? The word flake is typically attributed to females, and a reasonable substitution could be, oh, I don’t know…airhead? Somehow I can’t see Wallace asking Donald Trump the same question. That is, not unless he wanted his toupee to be tossed into the Fox Newsroom shredder, toot sweet. 

To her credit, Bachman, although clearly taken aback by the question, handled it with class, grace, and intelligence. Thus demonstrating that, no matter which way you lean politically, she is clearly not a flake at all. She is what she says she is–a serious candidate, not Congresswoman Barbie, playing dress up complete with a red suit, podium, and campaign button. Take that, Chris Wallace! 

I have to wonder though, how prevalent is Wallace’s perspective? How many people out there, while not dumb enough to say it out loud, still secretly think that men are always better than women in professional roles? More than any of us care to believe, if you ask me. I see it play out subtly in workplace situations…a lot of women tend to ever so slightly defer to men when decisions need to be made, leaders need to be chosen, etc. Most of the time, I don’t think that they realize they are doing it either, and would probably deny it if confronted. And I’ve also seen women behave just a little differently when men are around too. That’s just my own personal observation, and endlessly debatable to be sure. But, I think that what happened on Sunday, along with the unusually virulent media scrutiny of other political women such as Sarah Palin, Laura Ingraham, Hillary Clinton, etc. begs the question…how far have we really come

As usual, I don’t have all the answers. Far from it, my observations and musings usually just lead to more questions. But I will say this. I think that we as women need to, as a group, stop spending all our time arguing over which political party is the party for women with a feminist mindset, and broadly refocus our myopic attention that sees only one or two political issues and tends to ignore the rest. True, we have come a long way…not so very long ago we had to fight for the right to even vote in a political election. And ever since, we’ve fought a less clear cut war with several battles and skirmishes, to, when it comes right down to it, be taken seriously. In my opinion, that means being taken seriously in whatever we choose to do with our lives…our choices as independent individuals. Michele Bachman has chosen to pursue a political career. She’s an attorney, and has had a lot of successes in both her life and her career. She also, much to the dismay of many left leaning women out there, has chosen to be a conservative. And we, every last flake in the snowglobe, owe it to her to support those choices, whether they are our choices or not.

And, right about now, we need to stand up and unite to fight for her right to a fair, equitable interview that is in no way related to or based upon her gender….