Saturday Open Thread- STFU Edition

It’s the weekend, y’all!

I gotta say, people were annoying me this week.

From the asshat LaRouche supporters who harassed me outside the post office when I refused their literature (worry not, I unleashed hell on them), to Charlie Sheen refusing to STFU.

So let’s make this a STFU thread, shall we?

STFU, Lady Gaga! You’re so edgy and avant garde, yet you filed a BS lawsuit against    some doofus in London who is selling ice cream made from human breast milk and calling it Baby Gaga.

News of the flavor’s sale in a London sweets shop by a waitress dressed like Lady Gaga raised eyebrows worldwide and led to its confiscation after the Westminister City Council deemed it unfit for human consumption.

That hasn’t stopped the meat-wearing entertainer from accusing Covent Garden’s Icecreamists of riding her “coattails” to promote a “deliberately provocative” product that many consider “nausea-inducing,” according to legal documents filed on her behalf.

Lady G claims the ice cream stunt is detrimental to her “brand.” Know what else could be detrimental to your brand? Filing suit and giving these wackos even more publicity, so STFU already!

STFU, idiot Time columnist! Some troll named John Cloud wrote a meandering screed against parents, claiming we delude ourselves into thinking parenthood is more rewarding than it is. Read the drivel if you dare. Some lowlights:

Why? For the same reason you keep spending money to fix up an old car when it just doesn’t work — or keep investing in the same company when it’s failing. Humans throw good money after bad all the time. When we have invested a lot in a choice that turns out to be bad, we’re really inept at admitting that it didn’t make rational sense… snip

Of course parents should be commended for one little thing they do: maintain the existence of humanity. I praise them for that, but I think they’re both heroes and suckers.

I’m sorry Mr. Cloud, what is that you were saying? I was too busy batting at the rainbows, fairies and sparkles that permeate the air around me since I discovered the miracle of motherhood! So STFU and leave me to it.

And finally, a hearty, enthusiastic SHUT THE F*CK UP to none other than Mike Huckabee, who becomes more and more loathsome every time he opens his mouth. Then he has to open up his putrid pie hole again to backtrack.

Case in point: claiming Obama’s childhood in Kenya influenced his feelings about the Mau Mau Rebellion, then saying “Of COURSE I meant to say Indonesia!” Then why the f*ck were you talking about Kenya’s Mau Mau Rebellion, you moran?

Then he had to go running his mouth about Natalie Portman, who is pregnant and (gasp!) unmarried. Because, you know, that worked SO well for Dan Quayle when he criticized Murphy Brown and all. But inevitably, Huckabee backtracked:

Contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not “slam” or “attack” Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.

And the GOP’s solution to this problem? Defund Planned Parenthood, try to ban abortion, and cut all forms of assistance for these lazy, worthless women! Way to piss off single moms, poor people, and women in general, Huck.

On second thought, maybe you should just keep running that mouth of yours…

Who would YOU like to say STFU to? Chime in!

This is an open thread of course, so chat away!


Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Finally, I can end my Target boycott! Target has partnered with Lady Gaga to exclusively release her new single, Born this Way, and has agreed to stop funding anti-gay groups or initiatives, according to Pink News. Also, it has committed to giving half a million dollars to LGBT activist groups. They already give partnership benefits to gay employees, by the way. Go them!

My brother, his girlfriend, the kids and I just saw Gnomeo and Juliet (pictured on right). Ari was bored, but the rest of us thought it was cute. I was surprised that this was the only kids’ movie in the theater though. With so many parents looking for things to do with their kids, especially in the dead of winter, I would think that producers would jump all over this genre. Huh.

In health news: researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, according to the New York Times. I believe it. I know I feel wired after a cell phone conversation, but I am not sure if it’s the technology, the conversation or both. But I will concede to the good doctors on this one.

In other health news: there is a proposal to give the best kidneys to children as opposed to those first on the transplant list, according to the Washington Post. Also, kids who play video games are not insensitive to violence anymore than non-gamers, according to research cited by HealthDay News.

Can I just say that I fear for our students? All 2,000 of Providence, Rhode Island’s teachers were fired due to massive budget cuts, according to CBS News. Yikes. Also, Daily Kos’s “teacherken” wrote a compelling column for about unions, including teachers unions.

In other education news: Does this young man have a future in politics or what?

In Facebook news: Facebook just banned that creepy relationship status tracking app that informed followers when their friends changed their relationship statuses, according to

Last but not least, let me share the latest project I worked on with Anita Jackson over at Today is the last day of Black History Month and we put together a blog carnival of stories by African-American moms — and one dad. I especially liked this quote by my friend Carrie Smith, who is an outstanding woman and the most fabulous grandmother I know: “This month is not about the color of your skin, but the struggles we go through in life and virtues we learn along the way: LOVE, RESPECT, HARD WORK, and DEDICATION. This should be instilled in us all.”

Amen! With that, what else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Thursday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I have the date of the Netroots Nation Parents Caucus, which will be co-hosted by moi. It is on Friday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. I will be co-hosting with Momocrats’s Sarah Granger and we will be cooking up ideas in the next week to make it the biggest and baddest caucus ever. Please mark your calendars if you will be in Las Vegas that day. It will be at the Rio.

Mamapedia ran a thoughtful and funny column on the home study, which understandably makes many adoptive parents nervous. (You must subscribe to read the story.)

Hybrid Mom magazine covered the pitfalls of working from home. I found myself nodding in agreement. I, too, rely on the virtual babysitter (TV) and “multi-tasking madness.”

I love our president. The Obama Administration has filed a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s anti-Latino anti-illegal immigrant law on the grounds that, “The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country.”

This story gave me the willies. To achieve the wide-eyed anime look in a Lady Gaga video, young people are purchasing these contacts imported from Asia. These contact lenses have not been approved by the FDA.

Young women are addicted to Facebook as evident by the fact that as many as one-third of ladies between the ages of 18 and 34 check for updates before they use the bathroom in the morning, according to a study covered by Mashable. For the record, this 33-year-old doesn’t check Facebook until later in the day. And I only have two accounts. What about you? Are you addicted to Facebook?

In other health news reported by Parents magazine: A glass or two of red wine a day increases lubrication and makes women more interested in sex, according to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. But more than one glass a day can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

A new study in the Journal of Food Science says dark leafy greens like spinach and kale can help reduce discomfort caused by the glare of a computer monitor. Good to know!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., LiturgyGeek and I will be meeting for breakfast at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe on Hollis Street in Emeryville. All are welcome!

I was a mess after reading our Papi Blez’s beautiful eulogy to his nephew Ben.

I hope our Desmoinesdem and other Iowa moms and families are safe after this 4th of July stampede reported in the New York Times. A 60-year-old woman was killed and 23 others injured — many children — after a spooked horse charged into a crowd during an historic parade.

Ayayay. I thought this was the stuff of urban myths. A Brooklyn mom is suing Starbucks after the cup of scalding tea she dropped on her 5-month-old son burned him, according to the New York Post.

I snorted after reading a Facebook Circle of Moms thread, in which a mom wondered if she was getting “lazy” with household chores now that she had children. I actually think I’ve been better about keeping on top of these tasks since children, but let me tell you, I have gotten very lazy this summer. I’ve cracked the whip on DH to get him to help me with cooking and childcare, and am starting to let laundry and dishes pile up on my end. What have I done with my time instead? Go to barbecues and sleep in. I have gained five pounds in one month. Ugh! That said, I am trying not to fret about it, knowing that the kids will eventually go back to school and I will get back to my stringent routine of early morning workouts and dish-washing sessions, packing lunches, and yes, folding laundry at 9 o’clock at night. What about you? Are you lazier about the house since kids? Or, are you lazier at certain times of year than others?

Another mom at Circle of Moms wondered what a good age is to let children feed themselves. I have the same question. With Ari, I put a tarp under his high chair, and let him go at it from a very young age. (Maybe 10 months or so?) He was very good at manipulating a fork and spoon at two and three-years-old, to the point that many onlookers at restaurants complimented us on what a neat eater he was. Unfortunately, I slacked off with Eli. The nanny tends to spoon-feed her, and I let her go at it, and just clean her gigantic messes afterwards. I am getting tired of it, actually, that I have asked the nanny not to spoon-feed her anymore. I am afraid that once she starts preschool, her teachers will not have time to constantly clean up afterwards. What say you? Are there any tricks to teaching young children how to eat?

In entertainment news: Lady Gaga has set a Facebook world record with more than 10 million fans, according to BBC News. My three-year-old Eli, by the way, loves Lady Gaga. Whenever we are in the car, she says, “Más Lady Gaga, por favor.” Unfortunately, my kids do not understand that we can’t will the radio to play whatever we want when we want it. Just like we can’t pause every program on any television. This was a source of contention at abuelo and abuela’s house in New Hampshire last summer.

Kids and technology these days, eh? What else is in the news? What’s up with you?