Monday Morning Open Thread

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I saw The Help on Friday with “Rolling” over at MomsRising. I loved it and will review soon. But I learned that she has a blog of her own. (How did I miss that?) You can drop a comment to her at WordyDoodles. Her name is Anita. :)

Thank you to the Coffee Party for addressing the oft-repeated ignorant comment, “only half the U.S. population pays taxes,” which was most recently espoused by Pastor Rick Warren. News flash for the “Pastor”: even if half the population doesn’t pay federal income taxes, they are paying payroll taxes, sales taxes, and other taxes that disproportionately hit the poor and working class. It’s a sad statement of our country that half the population doesn’t even earn enough to pay federal income taxes. It’s even sadder when people like “Pastor” Warren, who is supposedly on their side, attacks them for it.

This doesn’t surprise me: Apple is now the largest manufacturer of cell phones while Google’s Android is the largest smartphone operating system, according to With limited childcare and time this summer, I have found myself checking my e-mail on my iPhone a lot.  

Prudie at the Dear Prudence column advised an expectant mother not to name her baby girl “Lolita.” What do you think?

I had no idea that Padre Alberto — now Father Albert on FOX — has his own show. For Latinos, Padre Alberto was the Catholic priest who became an Episcopalian to marry the woman that he loves. Someone that we know, Laurie Puhn over at the Expecting Words blog, is going to be on his show today! It airs at different times so check out Laurie’s post for showtimes.

For those of you going to BlogHer this weekend, my panel takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in room 6A. Thanks!

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


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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The Huffington Post ran a series of articles in celebration of International Women’s Day, which was yesterday. I particularly loved this piece by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Performer Annie Lennox published these sobering statistics:

Across the globe, gender-based violence causes more deaths and disabilities among women of child-bearing age than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Even in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s safer to be a soldier than a woman. Women do two-thirds of the world’s work for a paltry 10 percent of the world’s income and own just 1 percent of the means of production.

We have a long ways to go to achieve equality between the sexes, which is why I want to wish all of you an empowering and joyful International Women’s Day!  

In other news: as it turns out some TV programming, including The OC, have health benefits for viewers, according to MSN Health. But not before bedtime. According to another news story by Reuters, the TV, computer and other technology are keeping us up and making us skimp out on sleep.  

God I hate these articles. MSN had this “What kind of parent are you?” column, in which you read all these archetypes stereotypes to find out what kind of mother you are. The truth is I am a mixture of all those moms, depending on what the challenge of the day is. Sometimes someone is there to help me while I get work done, other days I am octopus mom, writing while putting out the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and disciplining kids outside, or actually working during DD’s ballet lessons. Most of the time it is a mixture of these two as the kids are in school. In other words, I am the “doing-the-best-that-I-can-with-what-I-have-mom.” But I understand that that is too nuanced for these types of articles.

I question if this will go anywhere as I have yet to see it in the San Francisco Chronicle or hear about it in the local press. But a San Francisco “intactivist” is trying to get a ballot initiative to ban male circumcisions in the city, according to AFP.

And smartphones appear to be paving the way to the future as Google’s Android phone overtook the RIM Blackberry in sales for the month of February, according to the web analytics company, StatCounter. What wireless handheld devices, if any, do you use?

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