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10 Things They Don't Tell You About Raising Children

10 Things They Don't Tell You About Raising Children

Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 13:59:27 in Healthy Living

“I remember clear as a bell when I realized that motherhood had changed my life forever. The first night we brought our child home from the hospital, we all went to bed at 10:00. Around 2:00 she started fussing. I was so exhausted. I tried to calm her by nursing her. I put her down, but she woke up immediately. I didn't know what to do, so I tried to hand her off to my mom (you know, the one with all the experience). I snuggled under my blanket and was just about to doze off when mom returned telling me that there was no way to calm her and I had to nurse her again. All I remember thinking sitting in that dark living room as my nipples ached was "Boy, it sucks to be the mommy!" We made it through that night and through three more siblings, but whenever I have to be the mommy and make decisions that aren't popular, I just shrug and say "That's something they'll just have to work out with their therapist later in life." I loved, loved, loved your helpful info about the furniture. Amen!”

Checquoline on Dec 2, 2009 at 09:59:32

“My daughter drank an ounce an hour the first two weeks of her life.”
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Project Runway Episode 10 Recap: Par for the Kors

Commented Oct 25, 2009 at 22:55:31 in Style

“No, you weren't the only one who noticed. I didn't watch that episode, but I saw the pics that Una posted. I am by no means a fashionista, but when I think of Bob Mackie, two iconic images come to mind: Cher at the Oscars and Carol Burnette in a curtain rod. None of the designers, not even the winner seemed to grasp his style. Very disappointing and also revealing about the lack of depth and passion in this group. I think Irina is the best designer of the bunch, though.”
Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Commented Mar 23, 2009 at 15:26:03 in Politics

“Can someone please refresh my memory and tell me what it is said about too many cooks in the kitchen cooking broth?”
Jim Cramer Defends Himself On <i>Today</i> Show (VIDEO)

Jim Cramer Defends Himself On Today Show (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 10, 2009 at 15:48:34 in Media

“I understand the outrage and I feel for people who have lost a lot of money, but a very wise person once told me "You can only sell to someone who wants to buy". Lots of people wanted in on the wealth of the stock market; they were eager buyers, so CNBC just took advantage of another old adage "a fool and his money are soon parted." Shame on all of us.”
Are GOP Governors Who Turn Down Stimulus Money Unpatriotic?

Are GOP Governors Who Turn Down Stimulus Money Unpatriotic?

Commented Feb 24, 2009 at 10:19:10 in Politics

“It seems to me that your small business model is based on the fact that people with money come into your business and purchase things on which you make a profit, which is your pay check. You can't make money if people don't spend at your business. If people don't have money because they have lost their jobs, they can't spend it at your business. If they can't find a job because companies are laying off more and more workers, then they don't have another way to get more money (we'll leave stealing out of the debate). If no one has any money to spend, you will not sell things, then you will lose your business, which is your job, and you too will have no money. But that's ok for you, I guess, because you will have saved the less than a dollar a year per employee on the taxes for the extended unemployment benefits program (in LA). Wow, you have really benefited society with your tax cuts.”

tjfdownsouth on Feb 24, 2009 at 11:08:15

“Nope completely wrong. You are focused on the lost jobs but if you want me to create another job then increasing my tax rate will not do it. People will always be unemployed but if you give the small companies a break then they can add jobs, then those people have money to buy goods.

There is no way government can take my dollar and turn around and make it worth more.”
The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

Commented Nov 1, 2008 at 10:19:18 in Politics

“Yes, just like Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."”
Why are Female Executives Giving Palin's Thin Credentials a Pass?

Why are Female Executives Giving Palin's Thin Credentials a Pass?

Commented Oct 8, 2008 at 14:55:42 in Style

“These womenSarah Palins themselves. It's still a man's world in Corporate America, and any woman who rises to power in a big corporation usually does so at the behest of a powerful man. Once this happens all the "higher-ups" gloss over her errors to follow the company line because they do not want to rock to boat for their futures. Carly Fiorina is a prime example--from part-time secretary to CEO. Are you telling me that there were no other women who had the education or skills to better the rise of a part-time secretary? If they did, I bet they didn't look as good.

The problem with this method of propping up unqualified women to be "leaders" is that they never make the necessary connections to effect any kind of real power so that when things go sour for the organization, they are the easiest scape goats. Look how easy it was for Carly to say that Sarah couldn't run an organization. It's true, but it is contrary to the party line, so now Carly is the other "experienced" woman crying foul, but without the support system, she has no real power and is swept under the rug.

My prediction is that if John McCain loses, Sarah Palin will be left alone to face the mess in Alaska and none of those power brokers who are propping her up will do a damned thing the help her out. However, I don't have sympathy for her.”
McCain Grilled On

McCain Grilled On "The View": Sarah Palin, His Abortion Stance, His Obama Attack Ads, And More

Commented Sep 12, 2008 at 15:19:53 in Politics

“Has anyone else noticed that he coughs when he's lying about Sarah Palin's record? He also did it during the interview with the reporter from Maine. It's like a really bad poker tell.”

gladys46 on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:28:12


gladys46 on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:27:43

“"It's like a really bad poker tell" .... his face is so too, his eyes bat hundreds of times per second!

I don't like McCain ... I don't like Sarah Palin .... if other people "like" these two remember they have acquired some awful tasts in selecting a national political administration ... witness, please G.W.Bu$h, Inc. and then check your wallets!!!”

Babzter on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:26:37

“yup yup (lipsmack)”

nicholasclaxton on Sep 12, 2008 at 15:22:37

“watch palin with gibson -- her neck turns red at the doctrine question or around there - her tell!”
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New Orleans Exhales, Then Gasps Again

Commented Sep 7, 2008 at 00:26:34 in Politics

I know that you have been very passionate about the plight of New Orleans, but as someone who just had internet service restored and lived w/o power for four days (we were lucky), and some people are having to wait for an estimated three weeks for power to be restored in the LA heat, I think you do a great disservice to the people down I-10 from NO by saying that Gustav wasn't the "mother of all storms". Baton Rouge, which is now the most populated city in the state, was completely crippled by this storm, and everyone took off and forgot about it just because the levees held. NO isn't the only city in the state!!! Go to Entergy's website to see the damage done to the transmitters. Also, there were only two PODs for the entire city after the storm passed! That's two PODS for approximatedly half a million people, and there were no alternatives for food, water, gas and ice, because no one had any power. I hope that you revise your passion to include the plight of Baton Rouge and the other cities outside of NO that have been devastated. Especially when we are now biting our nails as we wait to see what Ike is going to do. These storms should be a wake up call to everyone, especially those along the Gulf Coast that disaster planning and recovery need to be updated and should never be put on the back burner.”
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Make Her Whine

Commented Aug 30, 2008 at 14:42:01 in Politics

“Not only all that you said, Jane, but she also said that if she were president she would surround her self with good advisers. If so, who would these advisers be? Dick Chaney et al?”
The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History

The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History

Commented Aug 30, 2008 at 10:21:53 in Politics

“I think the most telling event of this circus was the look on his face as he introduced her and how he played with his ring as she spoke. He looked nervous. It was like they just met,had, had a wild night in Vegas, and eloped. Now they were announcing the blessed event of their "nuptials" to their relatives-us, the American public. And of course we have reacted with the exact response that any family member would at seeing someone in their family make a stupid, impulsive decision. However, now that the shock wears off, I believe that the blissful "marriage" is going to reveal the shaky, an understatement, foundation upon which the relationship is built. He is a control freak who believes that women are not equal to men, and he now has a feisty, independent woman, who doesn't look like she likes to be told what to do, as a running mate. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the impending doom. What's he going to do when she starts speaking her own mind and gets off message? Is she going to tell him to go to hell? She looks like she just might. I just feel that we are in for a bumpy ride until November”
Sarah Palin: McCain's Vice President (INFO, PHOTOS)

Sarah Palin: McCain's Vice President (INFO, PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 29, 2008 at 16:01:28 in Politics

“With Gustav closing in on the Gulf Coast, lets be reminded of what it is to have an governor who rose through the ranks simply just because she was a woman. Yes, I am talking about the Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who presided over the nations worst natural disaster in history. If the aftermath of Katrina isn't enough to enlighten us to the kind of leadership you get when you put the wrong person in the wrong position, then electing Gov. Palin will be one hell of an awakening to the clueless masses when we undergo some form of national crisis. It's insulting to me that the repubs acutally think that I would only vote for a woman because she is a woman. All it demonstrates is that they still believe that women don't have the capacity to think. And what happens to us when her special needs child needs her in the middle of a national crisis? Look, I believe a woman can be president, but not one whose personal life in inundated with personal distractions that might take her eye off the ball when we need her. A woman can be VP but she damned well better have the credentials and be willing to put everything into her job. This is one job that just isn't "family friendly".”
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US Women's Olympics Team Blames Officials For Loss To China

Commented Aug 13, 2008 at 15:18:21 in Home

“First off, this whole idea of over aggressive "father-figure" or "mother-figure" coach and female athlete relationship in gymnastics bothers me to my core. I think it is manipulative and abusive, but these athletes seem to want to reach the pinnacle of their sport, which is an Olympic gold medal. I can't begrudge them that. But, they looked so unhappy to be there-no smiles, no excitement, just blank stares. While the Chinese team did out perform the Americans, I have no doubt that they were going to get the gold even if the Americans had performed well. Let's be grown-ups here. If you have to send in underage gymnasts to insure that your team wins the gold in your host Olympics, then your team is going to win no matter what unless they mess up very badly. My husband didn't see anything wrong with having underage gymnasts until it asked him, "What if that was our child and we had invested thousands of dollars and she thousands of hours to reach the Olympics and then she falls short of her dream because somebody cheated?" That would really suck from a financial point of view. While I disagree with the Karolyi's methods and attitudes, they have been involved in this sport for many years, and I am sure both can easily recognize when the fix is on. It's just too bad that the team ends up looking like sore losers when the truth gets told.”
Louisiana Gov. Jindal Authorizes Chemical Castration Of Sex Offenders

Louisiana Gov. Jindal Authorizes Chemical Castration Of Sex Offenders

Commented Jun 26, 2008 at 12:49:21 in Politics

“I think the problem is that the gut feelings of law abiding citizens (for the most part) is to extend the courtesy that they expect for themselves (Do unto others. . . ). So we say, "Hey, I don't think I'd want to be chemically castrated, so why should I wish it on a stranger?" However, the reality of this situation is that sex offenders are not in control of themselves. One of my friend's most haunting memories of college is when she was working for the college police as a dispatcher and received a 911 call from the roommate of girl who came home to find her roommate beheaded. It turned out that the killer was a registered sex offender. I do think that chemical castration is a false hope. There are deeper issues that need to be addressed, but it's far easier to make people feel safe with a false hope (i. e. terror alerts) than to face reality and deal with issues that can lead to such tragic consequences. But if we keep electing these "I got mine screw you" kind of folks into office, these are the types of solutions we get.”
Hillary and Jackie

Hillary and Jackie

Commented Jun 3, 2008 at 16:01:35 in Politics

“And let us not forget the Dean Scream.”
Bubba Trouble: The Comeback Id: <em>Vanity Fair</em>

Bubba Trouble: The Comeback Id: Vanity Fair

Commented Jun 1, 2008 at 16:23:08 in Politics

“I was watching Bill's interview on "The Daily Show" last night. I don't know the date, but it was pre-Super Tuesday. Viewing it in light of post Super Tuesday events is really eye-opening. He was so cordial to the other candidates as he fully believed in Hillary's inevitability. However, what I found most ironic was that he went on a long tangent about how there needed to be campaign reform so candidates don't have to spend so much time on the road doing fund raisers and can focus on the job at hand in the Senate (if they are senators) instead of running a perpetual campaign. Seeing how Obama's deft use of the internet for fund raising completely changed the outcome of the race, one realizes that at that point he was essentially acknowledging that her campaign was still locked in the 90's. They were at the plate hoping for a homerun, while Obama had already rounded third.”

NetWeasel on Jun 1, 2008 at 20:08:44

“More like, they were at the plate hoping for a home run, while Obama was 5 yards away from a touchdown.”
Lauren Hutton Slams

Lauren Hutton Slams "Sex And The City" Writers: "Guys Who Are Sluts"

Commented May 31, 2008 at 02:24:03 in Entertainment

“When the show came out on basic cable, my husband and I slogged through the entire six seasons. We were curious, of course, but we never really could see what all the hype was about. The character of Carrie was so self-centered and boring. I just never found any depth to her. Like that episode where she met "the perfect" guy then went insane trying to find his faults and eventually tore his apartment apart. As I consider myself sane, I just didn't get the point. Also, what I find sad is that these types of shows are really dumbing down women to think that happiness only comes from looking young and buying things. What ever happened to being older and wiser? Why don't we admire wisdom anymore? I can respect Lauren's point of view because she has been around a long time and obviously knows how the Hollywood game is played. Without even seeing the show, she knew the premise of the characters. I am glad that people get a lot of pleasure from this show, but geez, get a grip. It's fiction.”

lisakaz2 on May 31, 2008 at 14:52:46

“The women are quirky to the point of being neurotic. I've seen some but not all the shows but probably won't see the film.”
What Men Can Learn From French Women

What Men Can Learn From French Women

Commented May 14, 2008 at 15:39:52 in Healthy Living

“If all of this is true, then why does my French friend, who is a very beautiful woman, I must admit, write to me every year and tell me how she leaves for work at six in the morning and is thankful for a nanny that can stay with her children when she works until after six in the evening. Also, her husband leaves at six as well and doesn't return home until after ten. She usually ends her letters saying she feels lucky to have six weeks vacation so that her children can know who she is. Wow! Six whole weeks out of the year to be a mom to her kids. That sure doesn't sound like it's so much better than my life. She is an very intelligent professional lady, but while I see that European life can have the appearance of being so much better than in the US (I do agree that their diet is healthier and they get more exercise from walking than we do), I have a sneaking suspicion that it isn't all true, especially when she and her husband tell me not to believe all that I read about this shortened work week. The grass is not always greener. If you believe all tis crap about how French women are better than American women, you are just like a tourist who expects to see exactly what the travel brochures show you.”
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Obama's Dukakis Moment: Bowling Blunders Matter

Commented Apr 9, 2008 at 14:25:48 in Politics

“So that's it folks, we have FINALLY found a way to reslove the nomination come August! A bowl-off right on center stage at the convention. No superdelegates, no primary victories, no caucus victories, no popular vote tally, no positions about Iraq, the economy, immigration, or health care--just Clinton and Obama going mano a mano for ten unalduterated frames! How riveting! We can make it a la "Dancing with the Stars" and pair each of them with a bowling coach, then when it's over, people can call in and vote for their favorite bowler. These results will be factored in to their actual scores and when everything is tallied, we will have our nominee. Wait, isn't that the premise of this article to begin with? How stupid!!”
Saturday Primary Contests

Saturday Primary Contests

Commented Feb 9, 2008 at 14:54:28 in Politics

“I just left my polling place in LA and overheard the man taking names saying it was the most in our precinct that he has ever seen. Also, peolpe were coming and going at a steady pace, so the comment that turnout in LA will be low, looks to be dead wrong.”

nolalily on Feb 9, 2008 at 15:03:05

“I hate to say it but I voted at 11am this morning in my New Orleans precinct and I was told that only 43 people had voted before me.”
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Plastic Surgery's Frightening New Frontier: "Mommy Makeovers"

Commented Oct 5, 2007 at 15:28:00 in Healthy Living

“Well now, do I want to look like that woman in the story? As in skinny and large breasted at all costs? I don't think so, but do I want to look better at 40 than I did at 20? You bet! However, it is far more important for me to be fit and healthy than to have plastic boobs (which I don't need thanks to my genetic make-up). I work out four days a week. I have lost 20 lbs since I had my 4th kid (I have breastfed all of them). I have changed our diet and I try to serve whole foods, and meats without nitrites to my kids. We don't eat fast food and we primarily drink water. My husband finds me very desirable. He and I fight almost everyday because he always wants to grab my boobs. Also, I am highly educated, even though I come from very humble beginnings. And while I may not be accused of being drop dead gorgeous, I love myself, because by setting goals and working hard to attain them, I have given myself a good life. I had to sacrifice a lot to get here, but I am proud I didn't take any short cuts along the way or listen to the critics who tried to tell me something wasn't possible. Now, ask that gal in the story if her plastic boobs make her as fulfilled as I am ?”
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Plastic Surgery's Frightening New Frontier: "Mommy Makeovers"

Commented Oct 4, 2007 at 13:14:37 in Healthy Living

“I just think it is a very sad and sick picture of women today. We have been "Hollywoodized" and bamboozled into thinking that in order to be happy we need to have top fashion and look like an starlet. Not only is it possible, but it is our right to do so. Hey, it's just thirty grand and all your problems and self-doubt will be removed as easily as your fat deposits. Give me a break!
However, I work out at a ladies only gym, and some people work and work and work, but they are so unhappy. They talk to other ladies about the boob jobs or the tummy tucks they want. They know all the surgeons in town and they'd do it in a heartbeat if they only had the money. In my opinion, this nonsense is less about the boobs and more about not being satisfied with your life. It began with telephones, dishwashers and washing machines, moved on to houses and cars, and now it's moved on to our bodies. Daydreaming about boob jobs and tummy tucks is such a wasted effort of talented people who could find joy and inner peace if they would only learn to love themselves.”

rras on Oct 5, 2007 at 11:26:47

“So you don't believe you'd want to look like that young look woman in the story picture.”
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Commented Sep 24, 2007 at 22:23:29 in Healthy Living

“I recently went through a similar situation. Two of my kids are in the gifted program. Last year they attended school in a very poor neighborhood. I chose it because when I compared it with the "best" school that prides itself on "acceleration", I didn't feel that there was enough teacher/student interaction, which I thought was more important than seeing how fast my child could learn. We were very thrilled with the results.

This year we were given very short notice that our younger child's class was canceled. We had to find a new school for her. We decided to keep our older child at the same school because she was happy and didn't want to move. Then we placed our younger daughter in the "accelerated" school. I didn't feel very good about it because I was afraid that her developmental needs were going to be overlooked for the sake of acceleration.

Two days after the transfer, I was informed of a school that had begun a gifted program this year. It was closer to home so I checked it out. When I talked to principle about my concerns, we seemed to be on the same page, so we moved our child again. Now, we are very happy. Our child is thriving and her teacher really honed in on her needs rather than pushing her forward at all costs. Even though we now have three kids in three different public schools, we are very content because we feel that all are receiving instruction according to their interests and personalities. The situation will probably change again, but I realize that choosing to send a child to public school in our area can be difficult, but you really have to learn how roll with the punches and always have a back-up plan.
I don't think you have to worry about whether or not you made the right decision. Your daughter knew what she wanted, she just didn't want to let you down. You listened with your heart and I doubt you'll ever regret it.”
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Moms Gone Wild: Why Bill Maher is Wrong about Breastfeeding

Commented Sep 18, 2007 at 15:22:23 in Healthy Living

“It's funny how Bill can dismiss childbirth by saying dogs can do it too. Truth is, neither male humans nor male dogs can give birth to children, so they will never understand the mothering/breastfeeding role we women play. However, when he equates having to masturbate with having to breastfeed, I just have to laugh. When he needs to masturbate, does his penis stand up and wiggle inside of his pants and try to tug on his zipper incessantly until he unzips? Does it cry in a loud piercing way that tugs at his heart and causes a physical response that make his breasts leak? Does he just try to ignore his penis so it will maybe, hopefully be quiet, but in doing so it cries even louder? If so, Bill, then I understand your need because when my baby has to eat, I feel the very same way. So if you ever need to discreetly masturbate in public because your penis just will not be calmed, I am sure many of us nursing mothers would be happy to send you a blanket to cover up.”
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Moms Gone Wild: Why Bill Maher is Wrong about Breastfeeding

Commented Sep 18, 2007 at 14:42:30 in Healthy Living

“What if you try to give your baby a bottle over the course of a year, while breastfeeding, and he rejects it at every offering? Do you stay at home for the entire year, stop breastfeeding, or do you do the best you can with your situation? I am glad you chose to breastfeed, but please remember that not all children respond to pacifiers or bottles the same. As a mother you should know that every baby is different and requires a different style of care.”
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