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June 28, 2008

Mollycoddling Clinton

Filed under: — lois @ 19:19 GMT

Sure, someone told Hill to take up ironing…just like folks (um, hello Bill?) suggested Obama was a boy, not a serious threat. Yes, she was compared to everyone’s ex-wife on the steps of divorce court—I fell off the couch when Mike Barnacle came out with that line!—but so what? It was an accurate description of her screechy delivery the day before.

But it seems to be fine when others suggest Michelle exudes black anger. Or that McCain dotters. Why is it okay to report those subjective views, as long as the subject isn’t the Hillster? Remember comments about Barack’s bowling technique? How about his funny ears? But no one can comment on Hillary’s appearance. I’ve not heard any discussion about her disappeared wrinkles for example—it’s news that she dropped years of stress from her face for the campaign; I want to see a poll on how everyone reacts to the new-Hill versus the old version. Why not? Didn’t we hear about Obama’s white shirts and how so-so GQ they were, I guess uppity on a black guy. No one spends time spooning out regrets for those hard-hitting shots. So why does Hillary deserve apologies when she sure took off her elbow-length gloves whenever she wished—to sucker-punch her opponent? Seemingly, she will not tolerate a broken nail.

The reverse-sexism being forced down the throat of this 67-year old blogger is blocking my airway—and I started out over a year ago as a Hillary Hag (See my 02/10/07 “A Hen-Party for Hillary” post.) This isn’t the reasoned feminism of the 60s; I’m speaking here of blatant bias by women against men. I’m talking about elderly females accusing males of sexism when what they really want for their heroine is preferential treatment because she’s a woman.

They and she shouldn’t be able to have it both ways. Face facts, all Hillary Hags: Hillary lost big-time. It looks better than it was as the memory-challenged media now has embraced her new math. (Given her miscalculations, I began to believe for the first time that girls really do have trouble with arithmetic.) So why exactly should she receive anything other than what the fallen men did? How is it Hillary deserves a world-class psychological severence-package and if Obama—whose campaign was as pure as a baby compared to the dirty tricks the Billary machine churned out—doesn’t deliver it, he receives contempt? When Edwards left the campaign trail, why didn’t the pandering-showboat set sail for poor him? How come Richardson wasn’t kowtowed to when he dropped out? And Biden? These guys just left. Period.

This reverse-sexism is an embarrassment to women of a certain age like me, who did go out and carve careers, who did raise their kids and bake cookies, who don’t today whine that their own lost opportunities are men’s faults.

I no longer have any respect for Sen. Clinton. I think her manipulating of our sisters is pathetic and self-serving. And I’m losing respect—pay attention Barack—for the men who’re scared of being labeled chauvinistic if they fail to acknowledge the heart sewed to the sleeve of a certain set of personally-tailored pants-suits.

Shame, Hillary, shame on you. And guys? Act like men. Please.

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June 18, 2008

4½ Weeks

Filed under: — Sven @ 21:33 GMT

For the last 4 weeks I’ve been home traumatizing, my now almost 4 month old, Linus. I’ve been singing “Oh no, no, I never go to work” (see Track 10 of of They Might Be Giants‘s Here Come the 123s). Next Tuesday it’s back to work for me. What’s happened to me in the past 4 weeks? Linus has gone from a drooling, breast sucking, sleeping no more then two hours at a time baby; to a drooling, bottle sucking, sleeping no more then 4 hour at a time baby. Sweden didn’t make the it to the knockout round of Euro2008. No tree hit my house. Zoë turned 4 (today!). I’ve watched lots of Star Trek on on cbs.com (I’m just starting season two!). My CSA started up (mmmm, fresh peas). By far the worst thing that happened is that my kompisar from NEC, and then Princeton University, died. Now, I get to go back to my own office, I don’t get to share one any more. A lot can happen in a day, let alone 4½ weeks.

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