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From the soap opera that is the Republican primary: Rick Santorum won the GOP primary in Louisiana this past Saturday. Any bets on who the winner will be? How about vice presidential picks?

The Department of Justice has started investigating the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. No one has been held accountable for this crime, nor even questioned by police. Outrageous. 

Our Dana over at Mombian reported on the changing face of adoption, including how more adoptions are open and trans-racial.

Also, Education Week covered a study showing that student performance declines with high teacher turnover.

In entertainment news, I saw the Hunger Games this past weekend, which raked in $155 million. I saw it on IMAX and it was damn good. I am almost done with the second book and will probably have read the third by the end of the week. Can’t wait!

Last, but most certainly not least, an update on our move. We are hoping to move back to our home at www.mothertalkers.com tomorrow. You will all have to re-register to the site, which means you will have the opportunity to create new monikers if you’d like.

Thank you so much for your generosity at this point to pay Matt, our bakerbaker’s husband. I just mailed him the money that we raised: $500. I checked around with friends and did a little bit of research online, and the going rate for a programmer in Pittsburgh is around $36 an hour or $1,440 for 40 hours of work, which is what he is going to end up putting in. While he insists that this is not necessary, I would like to do one more round of fundraising to at least cut him another $500 check. Could you pitch in? I swear, this will be the last ask, for hopefully, months if not, years to come!

To chip in, paypal me at elisa at mothertalkers dot com. If you feel better snail-mailing me a check, just e-mail me at the same address and I will send you my addy. Many, many thanks all! And many thanks to Matt for helping us keep the site going.

And — okay, okay, this is the last open thread item, I promise! — let’s wish a happy, happy birthday to our Suzanne! Actually, her birthday was yesterday, but such a fabulous woman deserves many days of celebration. :)

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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From our brother site Daily Kos: Rick Santorum won last night’s primaries in Mississippi and Alabama. As of 9:16 p.m. PT, Mitt Romney was in third place in both states. I did not stay up to watch the returns in Hawaii. Feel free to chat among yourselves.

Happy birthday to our NCmom! May you have many more happy and healthy ones.

Please join me at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m PT today for a live talk at The Motherhood on tips to raise bilingual children. I am in great company and so honored to have been asked. It should be a great discussion.

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I stayed up late Saturday night to watch Game Change, a dramatization of Sarah Palin’s bid for the vice presidency in 2008. My two-second review? Great acting and a very nuanced view of Sarah Palin, who you get the sense was used by the McCain campaign to garner evangelical Christian votes, yet unfortunately, was woefully unprepared for the position. There was a handler in the movie, Nicole Wallace, who was shown very frustrated with a belligerent Palin who wouldn’t do what she was told, like, properly prepare for the infamous Katie Couric interview. Here is Wallace’s take on the movie in ABC News.

Did you see the movie? What did you think?

A victory via Jezebel: the bigoted, er conservative, group One Million Moms has dropped its campaign against JC Penney for hiring gay spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres.

Speaking of victories, there were caucuses this past weekend. Rick Santorum took Kansas while Mitt Romney stole the show in Wyoming, according to the Boston Globe.

Another family was removed from a plane because of their two-year-old’s temper tantrum. The pilot for the airline, JetBlue, said it was a safety issue. It is so hard to be a parent. That’s all.

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I was out last night at an election-viewing party, got home at 9 and looked at our open thread for predictions. You all are GOOD! And nerds.

J/K!

I am excited to report that this bad reality TV show that is the Republican primary continues! Here are the results as of midnight on the east coast:

Alaska — Not in yet
Georgia — Newt Gingrich
Idaho — Mitt Romney
Massachusetts — Romney
North Dakota — Rick Santorum
Ohio — Too close to call
Oklahoma — Santorum
Tennessee — Santorum
Vermont — Romney
Virginia — Romney

In related news, the anti-immigrant and anti-women rhetoric coming from the Republican Party as of late is catching up to them in a big way. As my husband pointed out in a story that I saw floating in Latino tweeting circles yesterday, a FOX News poll shows that U.S. Latinos prefer President Obama to any of the Republican candidates six to one. Yesterday, I was listening to CNN en español for political news coverage and was amused to hear a Republican on the ground lie through her teeth about contraceptives and family planning. “You can buy contraceptives for $5 at Wal-Mart!” she actually said. “Republicans support family planning!”

She said this in reply to the radio host’s question, in which he pointed out that Latina women, like most U.S. women, support contraceptives and family planning so aren’t Republicans shooting themselves in the foot on this, too? Sheah!

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh keeps on hemorrhaging advertisers and a Republican legislator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said she regretted her vote for the Blunt amendment, which was a way to deny women health insurance coverage for contraceptives. Let the soap opera continue!

Also, I threw my hat in the ring for this essay-writing contest held by the Oakland Children’s Hospital Foundation. The winner will receive free tickets to an event to read the essay as well as phone calls from 1) a Random House/Ballentine editor, 2) the Executive Editor at O Magazine, and 3) an agent from ICM. I know that there are a lot of writers here so I thought I’d share.

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There were primary elections last night and Mitt Romney easily bested Rick Santorum in Michigan and Arizona. Here are the final tallies at CNN.

I loved this blog at Broadside about a 13-year-old girl’s self confidence and valiant fight against leukemia even in the face of her own grandmother who is ashamed of her bald head.

My heart breaks for the shooting victims’ families and community at Chardon High School in Ohio. I am still shaking my head at this senseless act.

In celebrity gossip break: embarrassingly I spent too much time on this CNN video gawking at Angelina Jolie’s stick arms. I totally missed seeing her at the Oscars — I tuned in later in the night — and normally I roll my eyes at the scrutiny over celebrities’ thinness or fatness. But damn, I have never seen her that skinny! Her arms and legs looked emaciated. Did any of you have that reaction?

Finally, I am pleased to announce that I was selected for the 2012 New America Media Women Immigrants Fellowship! I will be attending workshops on immigration with members of the media, including La Opinion, Newsweek, the Daily Beast, Washington Post and others. I plan to stay an extra day or two the week of April 19 to see friends, including MTers! I will let you know as the date approaches.

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First, a very happy birthday to our resident mom of 7 tjb! (Her birthday is tomorrow.) You are an inspiration to all of us here at MotherTalkers. Thank you for shedding your light and wisdom!

There were elections last night. And as of 10 p.m. PT, Rick Santorum had crushed and swept Mitt Romney in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, according to results at our brother site Daily Kos. Ouch for Romney.

Speaking of sanctimonious Rick, there are a few reproductive justice articles I want to highlight. The first one is this hilarious story at Jezebel about a pro-choice Democrat in Oklahoma amending a personhood bill to include protections for semen ejaculated anywhere outside a woman’s vagina. Needless to say, it failed as this would mean no masturbating, no wet dreaming or oral sex for men without being charged with harming an unborn child.

The office of Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) was called out for posting a satirical Onion story on Planned Parenthood as real news. The story, which was clearly fake, was about Planned Parenthood building an $8 billion “abortionplex” complete with coffee shops, bars, dozens of restaurants and retail outlets, a three-story nightclub, and a 10-screen multiplex theater— “features intended not only to help clients relax, but to foster a sense of community and make abortion more of a social event.” The article was taken down — after a screen shot of it was featured on Literally Unbelievable. ROFLMAO!

And in a glaring example of the giant disconnect between Catholic church leadership and parishioners on the ground, a poll found that U.S. Catholics are more supportive (58%) than the general public (55%) of having employers provide health insurance plans that offer birth control at no cost. This story was all over the place yesterday, including Daily Kos.

Marriage equality wins (again) in California! Here is a story on it at the Los Angeles Times.  

Speaking of family values, the Washington Post ran a powerful story on how African American women are more likely than other demographics to care for extended family in spite of great economic hardship. This reminded me of a story some years back about how African Americans were more likely to care for their parents in old age, and not likely to get any inheritance. Unfortunately, their generosity is punished in our backwards-ass economic system.


This article is in Spanish, but too fun not to share. Jeannette Kaplun over at TodoBebé wrote her top 10 favorite things to do at Disney World in Florida. She considered dining with the various characters, taking a ride on the Monorail, and riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean to be highlights. Disney World is so huge and crowded that it can be overwhelming. What are your and your children’s favorite things to do there?

I hate to end on a sad note, but I must mention that Susan Niebur, the 39-year-old mother who publicly and gracefully battled breast cancer, which she documented on her blog Toddler Planet, passed away on Monday. Here is a wonderful Washington Post story on her.

I remember seeing Susan at the Blogalicious conference back in October. She was wheeled in where, despite her physical state, she gave a rousing testimonial about battling cancer with six-year-old and four-year-old sons. She was a public advocate for more research to cure cancer.

Seriously. When are we gong to find a cure for this awful disease? May Susan’s family find solace after such a terrible loss.

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As of this morning at 1:22 local time, our brother site, Daily Kos, announced that Mitt Romney edged out Newt Gingrich 46% to 32% in the Florida GOP primary.

In related news, Rick Santorum, who placed third with 13%, was in his home state of Pennsylvania with his severely sick 3-year-old daughter who has Trisomy 18, a rare genetic condition. The Duggars had been campaigning for him, according to Slate.

Jezebel published an article about pregnancy discrimination. What struck me most were the comments by readers swapping stories on how disturbingly common it is to trash pregnant women in the office. What is this? The 1820s? Jeez…

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Just a friendly reminder that MomsRising will be live-tweeting from the White House tomorrow — and you all are invited! To join us, follow the #MomsatWH hashtag on Twitter at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. You can also ask questions via Facebook @momsrising. Thanks all!

Singing children’s praises to bolster their self-esteem is losing ground to more rigorous curriculums, in which praise is fine-tuned, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Parents published an article, “Six Secrets of Kids Who Rarely Get Sick,” which is timely considering I am desperately trying to avoid illness before my half marathon at the end of the month. So far a fever and cold have hit DH and DD. DS has a cold, and I am feeling rundown but have not had any other symptoms. Ugh!

In related news, Parents ran an article on natural remedies for everything from sore throats to head lice.

From the Boston Globe: A mom challenged Rick Santorum for his comment that no one in the United States dies from a lack of healthcare coverage. Good for her.

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First, let’s send lots of prayers and virtual hugs to our Sue in Queens, whose father passed away over the weekend. All my condolences to you and your family, Sue.

In political news: I heart New Hampshire. I’ve gotten in my share of laughs reading the news coverage of the way the Republican candidates for president are being treated over there. Rick Santorum got booed by Republican college students for his anti-gay marriage stance, according to the Boston Globe. The Washington Post coverage of Sen. John McCain endorsing Mitt Romney in Manchester, New Hampshire, was straight-up hilarious. Enjoy!

In other political news: a North Carolina MomsRising member made these New Year’s resolutions to help the state become more family-friendly. Me likey.

The Boston Globe opened up a can of worms with a column, in which an Episcopalian minister and family coach criticized parents who put their children before their marriages. Actually, the column and comments that preceded it were quite interesting and largely civil. What say you about this topic?

Don’t think our deportation policies have gone too far? Check out this WFAA.com story about an African American teenager who was deported to Colombia. By the way, she speaks no Spanish and is, well, NOT Colombian. Sheez…

In somewhat related news, CNN.com columnist Ruben Navarrette wrote a poignant essay on why some Arizonians are threatened by Mexican American studies. In better news: the DREAM Act in California stands as the opposition failed to the gather the 500,000+ signatures needed to place an initiative on the ballot to overturn it, according to the Sacramento Bee.

One of the those days that it dawned upon me (again) how we love to stigmatize the poor and worship the rich: on Thursday morning before I clicked on Super Why! for my kids, I stopped on a heart-breaking news story about how an office that offers clothes and food to day laborers was vandalized. The total cost of the damages? $10,000. I remember thinking if I had 10 grand I would immediately head over to Hayward to cut them a check. Then that morning as I sat up at my desk at work I was met by this opening news article on MSNBC. It’s about how a drunk woman urinated and rubbed her butt on a $20 million painting. Total damages? $10,000. Considering the platform — first news item on MSNBC! — I immediately thought of the likelihood that some rich patron would step forward to repair it. The nameless day laborers mentioned in our local news channel? Probably not so much. What’s up with that?

Speaking of day laborers, Latina Lista ran a heart-breaking story about an undocumented immigrant in Illinois who became paralyzed on the job and the hospital had him deported. He died in his native Mexico at the age of 21. The hospital’s decision, by the way, was met with anger by the local Latino community as some members offered to take care of the immigrant.

Also in Latina Lista: it is Thyroid Awareness Month and Latina Lista ran a helpful column on how to spot a thyroid problem. As the article pointed out, it is more common in women than men and a common source of feeling tired all the time.

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Iowa Caucus Edition

Attention political geeks everywhere. Here is your open thread devoted to the Iowa caucuses, which start at 7 p.m. local time. The caucus system generally takes around three hours to vote so it will be a late night.

The Republican primary has been one crazy-ass soap opera. So pop the popcorn, pull up a seat and make your predictions here.

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