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Here’s my reaction to the current “Mommy War” that broke out this week:

Yes, all mother’s “work.” That said, there’s a difference between doing the all the work that a mother does; and doing all the work that a mother does AND working 40-50 hours a week as the sole breadwinner of the family. They work outside the home not because they want to, but because they need to in order to keep their children sheltered and fed.*

I’m pretty sure that’s what Hilary Rosen meant when she said that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. Mrs. Romney raised five boys; that’s a LOT of work! But that’s the only “job” she had– she didn’t have to punch a clock in addition to her work in her family.

*I’m referring here to mothers who have to work in order to provide for the family; not ones who choose to work on a part-time basis.

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In other news, high-profile teen dad Levi Johnston has planted his seed in another underage Alaskan. I’m just happy it’s wasn’t a Palin this time. Good luck, Levi.

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Anyway! All that aside, we had a nice Sunday– slept in, went to church, and did some crabbing down by the fishing hole (and I picked up a lot of trash around said fishing hole– what the hell, neighbors? ). Hubs spent an hour by the pool with his buddies, I spent an hour doing yoga; we met back up to have a little cookout.

Tornado-causing winds aside, it was a pleasant weekend.

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I have never taken birth control pills, and would not consider doing so.

I have never had an abortion, and would not consider doing so.

Heck, I don’t even like Planned Parenthood all that much. I made an appointment for a well-woman exam at PP when I was twenty-one & broke; then walked out after I sat in their waiting room for three solid hours (and this was with an appointment. I shudder to think how long one would wait for a walk-in). I decided it was worth the extra money to go to a nurse-practitioner and save myself the time and aggravation.

All that said…

…There are over 155,000,000 women in the United States who are not me; who have different needs than me.

Those women may need birth control– either for contraception, or to help with other medical issues such as severe menstrual pain or migraines (Fun fact: a 2011 study found that 762,000 women who have never had sex use birth control pills for non-contraceptive reasons [source]). They may need one of the many services Planned Parenthood offers at a low cost. Or, heaven forbid, they may need an abortion. It’s not nice to think about, I agree; but it’s not our place to judge.

I want those women to have access to those things; things that they need for their health. It’s not a matter of “freedom of religion,” it’s a matter of human rights. This is not the greatest country in the world if a person cannot get the medical care that they need because it goes against another persons “beliefs.” When that becomes the case, we’re no better than Afghanistan.

As the magnificent Brittany Gibbons once said: “Stop reducing the importance of women’s healthcare to such a petty political talking point. It’s insulting.

Bottom line: If you’re against birth control, don’t take it. If you’re against abortion, don’t have one. If you dislike Planned Parenthood, don’t go there.

But for the love of Pete, don’t take those things away from people who need them.

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I’m sorry, but I don’t buy Rush Limbaugh’s “apology” for one second. Not only is it incredibly insincere; but it smacks of a child glumly apologizing to another child because “my mom made me say I’m sorry.” It’s screamingly obvious that the only reason for his “apology” was because he lost several sponsors as a result of his comments.

Actions speak louder than words. A real act of remorse, on his part, would be to temporarily pull his show off the airwaves. Not permanently– just announce a two or three-week hiatus “out of sensitivity to the situation;” then take those 2 to three weeks to stay silent and think about what he did.

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I must say that I’m happy about how President Obama handled the situation– he didn’t ignore it; he didn’t side with Limbaugh (not that he ever would in the first place), and he didn’t make a bland public statement about how we should all just be nice. Instead, he personally called Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke to expressed his disappointment over the tornado she’s been sucked into and thanked her for exercising her First-Amendment rights. What a guy! Thank you, President Obama.

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The sponsors that have since pulled their advertisements from Limbaugh’s show are LegalZoom, Quicken Loans, Citrix Systems, Sleep Number,The Sleep Train, and Carbonite. Sponsors that haven’t pulled away include e-Harmony, Domino’s Pizza, ProFlowers, On*Star, AutoZone, and Hotwire. If you are a regular patron of any of these companies, I encourage you to take your business elsewhere. Sign the CREDOaction petition; or write to individual comapnies to tell them you cannot support a company that supports misogyny on such a public level.

UPDATE: ProFlowers has suspended advertising on the Rish Limbaugh Show as of 4pm CST.

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You might say “but I don’t support contraception or birth control.” And that’s fine. But do support a public figure saying such horrible, hurtful– not to mention completely unfounded– things about another American citizen on the air? You can read (or hear) Limbaugh’s statements here.

No matter your politics, no matter your religion; I think we can all agree that his behavior is unacceptable.

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Some scattered notes from Saturday into Sunday:

Getting up at 5:30 on Saturday mornings is not the most fun thing in the world. On the other hand, getting up at 5:30 on Saturday mornings means I get a lot more stuff done before noon– like a head start on cleaning and laundry; and beating the big rush at H-E-B.

And frying a fish at 6 am. Because I wanted my husband to have a (non-fast-food) meal for his long workday, and we were out of already-cooked fish and meat (and pan- fried flounder seems to be Hubs’ new Favorite Thing Evar). I should mention that I did all the boiling-oil stuff *before* I had my morning coffee, and I still have all my skin. I think I deserve a high-five

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Hubs’ new job is going well. So well, in fact, that he got a promotion on Thursday. *pause for happy squeals and high-fives.* He works five days a week; off on Friday and Sunday (hence our early start on Saturdays). In honor of his promotion, I baked him a celebratory pie this afternoon.

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Yesterday was my Nan’s birthday. She would have been 82. I spent a lot of the day thinking about her and reflecting on fond old memories. Many memories have faded in the nearly 17 years since her death; sadly, the memory of finding her dead on her kitchen  floor will never leave me.

Let’s change the subject!

I also realized, early yesterday, that in exactly one year we’ll be swearing in a new president. Or (I’m hoping) re-inaugurating an old one. I’m really hoping it’s the latter. Those GOP candidates scare me.

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Speaking of birthdays, my 26th one is this Wednesday. I would like a pony, or at very least a guy to gallop behind me clapping coconut shells.

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Political highlight of the week: Our state’s biggest embarassment since Bush governor finally threw the towel in on his bid for presidency. Liberals across the state cheered.

Political lowlight of the week: Hairhelmet Gingrich won South Carolina, which begs the question: what the hell, South Carolina?

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Before I went to bed [freakishly early] Saturday night, there was word around the internets that fired Penn State Coach Joe Paterno had  died; similarly, there was word going around that those death reports were not true.

He’s dead for real now. I learned this after I posted “Joe Pa’s not dead, you guys” on my facebook page (excuse me: timeline). *facepalm*

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It’s Sunday now. We’re relaxing at home, doing some Bible readings and getting ready for some foot-ball. We observe football just as religiously as religion on Sundays. It’s cloudy and windy outside; a good day for staying in and laying low. We go out on the patio every so often because the wind feels nice and the air smells sweet. We bet it’s going to rain again today.

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Dear Rick Santorum,

Denying gay people the ability to marry and adopt children is NOT, as you say, “[treating them] with respect and dignity.”

Please advise.

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Yes We Can; I Suppose

A few things to say about this:

I’m not really sure I like Obamacare. It seems [to me] to be more problematic than it is problem-solving.

While the 99% aren’t necessarily ALONE anymore, we’re still being shat upon quite regularly.

And his budget plan slashed NASA to pieces, which horrified all of us who want our country to Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before.

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…all that aside; I agree with everything else on that graphic.

Our economy is beginning to climb back to its feet (however slow and tedious that process may be), thanks to this guy.

He  brought our troops home from a pointless war (that he didn’t start).

He stimulated diversity on Capitol Hill; and he knocked homophobia down several pegs (go to hell, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell!).

He’s a president American’s aren’t instantly ashamed of; like Bush, or Bush, or Regan.

All things considered, he’s done a pretty good job on this big, dumb, wonderful country of ours.

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My husband starts training for a new job today.

Nothing’s really certain so far– he was just hired yesterday, and has yet to begin official (resume-building, paycheck-drawing) work. In the meantime, I’m saying many prayers for him.

On top of that, I should find out by the end of this week if I got into school.

In other words, we need a lot of prayers and good energy right now.

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On the upside, focusing on that (and on my own various start-of-the-year projects) has distracted me from what’s going on in Iowa. The day before I came back to Texas, the polls were looking good– Ron Paul was near the top; Perry & Bachmann were at the bottom where they belonged; Gingrich had been knocked way down. I’m rooting for Ron Paul– even though I [probably] wouldn’t vote for him to be President; I could live with it if he did become President. It’s all about picking your battles, folks.

Actually…I think I’ll be okay with anyone who isn’t Ricky Perry or Michele Bachmann. People of the United States, please remember: Texas governors make terrible presidents. We learned that lesson for eight years straight. Let’s not mess that up again.

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