Friday Open Thread

Did you hear the latest? According to this Salon article, Arizona lawmakers want President Obama to prove, yet again, his citizenship. Yes, you heard that right. They are pushing a bill that would require the President to show his birth certificate to get on the state’s 2010 ballot. Are they freakin’ serious?

Speaking of backwards states, if you’re gay and thinking about getting a divorce – DON’T MOVE TO TEXAS! According to this article, Texas is refusing to grant divorces to gay residents who were married in states where same-sex unions are legal. That’s right. Texas – a state that has fought to prevent gay unions is now fighting to keep married same-sex couples together. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is working to invalidate same-sex divorces that had already been granted by a judge. According to the article, he is currently appealing two different gay divorces in Austin and Dallas. Makes me think of MT Hilary’s facebook status:

So, Larry King is getting his 8th divorce, Elizabeth Taylor is possibly getting married for a 9th time, Jesse James and Tiger Woods are screwing EVERYTHING, yet the idea of same-sex marriage is what is going to destroy the institution of marriage?? REALLY??…”

Hey, Hilary! I agree – which is why I copied and pasted it onto my facebook status!

Speaking of facebook…

East Haven, Connecticut Mayor April Capone Almon, has donated her kidney to a constituent she only knew casually. Carlos Sanchez needed a kidney and no relatives or friends were matches. She had herself tested and learned that she was a match. The transplant happened a couple of weeks ago. Can you imagine? How far would you go if you knew you could save a strangers life?

In fun news, don’t forget to set your DVR’s for Saturday Night Live! Gabourey Sidibe will be hosting, and chances are that it will be MUCH BETTER than last week’s snooze fest.

Boy, am I glad that it’s Friday! I’ve been looking forward to the weekend ALL WEEK! What are your plans for the weekend? Anything exciting?

Of course, this is an open thread and you are free to discuss whatever you wish. What else is going on?


Midday Coffee Break

According to a recent study, women who drank red wine are less likely to gain weight. Although alcohol contains calories, researchers believe that women, “may have substituted it for other food.” HA!

According to the results of a recent poll, young people (ages 15 to 24) believe that frank conversations about their sex lives signal that their relationship will last.

For all you Betty White lovers – SET YOUR TiVo’s! It has been confirmed that the fabulous Ms. White will be on Saturday Night Live on May 8th – for Mother’s Day! I. can’t. wait.

Have you seen the latest ETrade commercial? Well, Lindsey Lohan sure has, and she is suing mad!

Lindsay Lohan is suing the financial company E-Trade, insisting that a boyfriend-stealing, “milkaholic” baby in its latest commercial — who happens to be named Lindsay — was modeled after her. And she wants $100 million for her pain and suffering.

Seriously?!? Hey Lindsey! You’re just confirming what everyone thinks of you – if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and drinks like a fish…

I’m just sayin’.

Here’s the commercial. What do you think?


Tuesday Open Thread

UrbanBaby has several threads about the financial markets, including Lehman Brothers closing and Bank of America buying Merrill Lynch, how many Americans view the collapse of the markets as a “comeuppance for the rich Wall Street folks”, and just plain freaking out about financial news. Our own Anne W. laid out the news and what this means for the average American consumer.

Forty percent of teenagers say they do not want a landline telephone, according to tech news radio host Ken Rutkowski.

Scientists are experimenting with mirrors to help amputees manage phantom pain, according to MSN Health and Fitness.

In Sarah Palin Watch: Working Mother magazine is being bombarded with hate mail by Fox News viewers who say a representative of the magazine discussed an online poll, in which a majority of its readers said Gov. Sarah Palin should not run for vice president because of personal family issues. Working Mother also ran a piece about Alaska by a mom blogger living in Anchorage.

This is hilarious. Tina Fey busted out a bad ass impersonation of Sarah Palin and appeared side-by-side on Saturday Night Live with Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton.

Communications professor and feminist Susan J. Douglas wrote about Republican hypocrisy and “pit bull feminism” as practiced by Palin. For Salon’s Rebecca Traister’s take on Palin, click here. Also, Time magazine’s Joe Klein discredited the “small town” narrative expounded by Palin.

In celebrity-mixed-with-politics news: Eva Longoria Parker, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jennifer Lopez were at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, according to Us Magazine. Also in Us Magazine: Cindy McCain’s half sister Kathleen Hensley Portalski, 65, said she is voting for Barack Obama in the presidential election because “his proposals are more positive and I’m not a big war believer.” Her son, Nathan, had some pretty harsh things to say about John and Cindy McCain.

In other political news: Rep. Ron Paul has refused to endorse McCain for president, according to the Houston Chronicle. Salon writer Dan Hoyle traveled to rural areas across the country to hear what was being said about Sen. Barack Obama.

Here is an update on our $1,500 fundraising goal to help Round Peg Inna a Square Hole move. We are soooo close. Thank you, ladies!

A friend of mine, who designs invitations for destination weddings as well as a high-end bridal t-shirt line, was just profiled in The Wedding Hub Blog. You go girl!

Lynne Spears, Britney’s mom, just came out with a “tell-all” memoir about her daughter’s climb to fame, according to Salon.

I have had three friends send me this “Women Say NO to Palin” e-mail chain, which is worth a read and a forward. I never send chain e-mails and have forwarded this to almost every woman I know — even Republicans and Independents.

I will end this thread with a quote in my friend Rebecca’s e-mail:

“Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere.“ -Gloria Steinem, in Sept. 4 article  “Wrong Woman, Wrong Message“

Amen, sister!

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


Second “Super Tuesday” Open Thread

I broke my resolution to stay out of the primary besides voting. I gave Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign $25 and called all my family in Texas and Ohio.

I left a message on my uncle’s answering machine in Fort Worth encouraging him, my aunt and cousins to vote for Obama in the primary and caucus. (Texas has both and there is same-day registration, fyi.)

I spoke to my cousin in the Cleveland area. She said that our family is pretty much split: the women — she and her sister-in-law — voted for Hillary. The men — her husband, my uncle and cousin — voted for Obama. If my family is any indicator on where the candidates stand, there is a gender divide in Ohio and this is a nail-biting race! Also, she said that the family was very undecided until last minute. (Sounds familiar.)

There are primaries in Rhode Island and Vermont, too. This is going to be a long night. My apologies to you political junkies on the east coast!

In related news, I thought Hillary’s performance on Saturday Night Live was superb. And while, ultimately, I will be very pleased with either of these candidates as our nominee — even though we voted differently, my cousin and I are in agreement on that! — I was irked by the gender warfare incited by, yet, another one of our favorite women writers, Linda Hirshman. Apparently, according to Hirshman, the self-proclaimed feminists who support Obama are rich and elitist. Look who’s talking.

I think there is a Republican race going on, but I forget who the candidates are.