Tuesday Open Thread

Happy Tuesday!

Do you ever read a story and think to yourself… WHAT am I missing?!?!

That’s how I felt when I saw this Jezebel post regarding a brouhaha over Jackie O, an Aussie radio host who crossed a street while feeding her baby a bottle.

Yes, you read that right.

New South Wales Families Minister Pru Goward wins this weeks STFU Award for comparing a woman crossing the street while feeding her baby a bottle to… dangling a baby over a balcony.

“We all were horrified when Michael Jackson dangled his baby out the window and this woman is crossing the road not just holding a baby but feeding a baby and I think it was unnecessarily cavalier,” Ms Goward told The Sunday Telegraph.

“There would be no mother, no parent probably, or even a hardened feminist, in the country who would think that was a good way of feeding a baby, particularly a little tiny baby,” she said.

I looked at the “damning” photo. This woman was crossing the street, at a clearly marked crosswalk, with other pedestrians around her, while holding her baby and feeding her a bottle. Again I ask: WHAT is the problem here?

I nursed my baby while crossing streets. I nursed my baby while walking through a supermarket. I nursed my baby while CLIMBING THE STAIRS, because I needed to retrieve something important and the baby was hungry, damnit. Guess that makes me cavalier and unfit.

This seems like nothing more than a clumsy attempt to judge and tear this woman down. Goward (the former sex discrimination commissioner!) also took a passive aggressive swipe at the working mom:

“It is very disappointing when a woman like Jackie O doesn’t feel she can take advantage of [paid maternity leave] because she is paid so much money to be on air that presumably the management have said to her: ‘Look if you take three months off, sorry you don’t have your spot’.”

“That is a judgment call for Jackie O about what she thinks is more important.”

Hey Pru? STFU!!

Aussie MTers, can you shed any light on this for us? Frankly, I’m baffled.

What’s the wackiest place you ever fed a baby? Was it more or less dangerous than dangling a child over a killer whale tank at Sea World? LOL.

What else is on your mind today?


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!


Weekend Open Thread

It’s the weekend, y’all! Let’s see what’s up in health and wellness news as we dive into 2010…

In scary news: Researchers say that test-happy Americans are overexposed to radiation from CT scans; one study found that CT scans done in 2007 will cause 29,000 cancers and kill nearly 15,000 Americans.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as too much testing? Have you ever had a CT scan?

On the other hand, maybe Americans aren’t all that eager to get every test under the sun. Another study found that even among women classified as high-risk for breast cancer, their willingness to get free MRI screenings was surprisingly limited:

Of the 512 women who declined, 25.4 percent refused because of claustrophobia, 18.2 percent cited time constraints, 12 percent cited financial concerns if the tests identifies any cancers or has false-positive results, 9.2 percent said their doctor would not refer them and 7.8 percent said it was because they were not interested.

If I was at risk, I think I would jump at a free screening. Then again, I’m not claustrophobic. The answer that shocked me was the 12 percent who “cited financial concerns if the tests identified any cancers.” The fact that these women would rather remain ignorant than grapple with the financial fallout of a cancer diagnosis tells you everything you need to know about our broken health care system.

In STFU news: Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Hawaii hospital with chest pains, and held a press conference to announce that he is A-OK. He also said, with a straight face, that he got the best health treatment in the world “right here in the United States of America.”

“I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the United States health system,” Limbaugh said.

Newsflash, Rush: of course you can get the best health care treatment in the world here in the good old U.S. of A.— if you can afford it. You “don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the United States health system” because you’re obscenely rich, and your existence is quite different than, oh, 98 percent of Americans’. Logic = FAIL.

Finally, from JibJab, here’s a look back at the wild, wacky year that was 2009… I had forgotten that Capt. Sully safely landed that plane in the Hudson in 2009! It feels like it happened so long ago. I guess ’09 was just that kind of year…

What’s everyone up to on this first weekend of 2010? Chat away!