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Evening, Widdershins! It seems the press is finally starting to figure out that yes, women are going to be extremely important in the 2012 election – and not just the Presidential one.

Democrats, as they aggressively seek to turn women’s concerns into a rallying call of the presidential election, are leaning heavily on female candidates to retain control of the Senate.

From Massachusetts to Hawaii, a record number of Democratic women – six incumbents and at least five challengers – are running for seats this year. That eclipses 1992’s vaunted “Year of the Woman,’’ when 10 women sought entry into the country’s most exclusive political chamber.

The race in Massachusetts pitting Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, against his presumed Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, has captured the most headlines nationwide, but others could be just as crucial for Democrats.

Now you all know that I am a huge fan of advancing women in politics, but I realized fairly early on in my advocacy that it really does matter WHICH women. Electing Republican women to the Senate and House simply does not work. Look at the way the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was passed by the House but not the Senate in 2009, continues to languish – and with good reason: Not one Republican woman will vote for it, not even the “moderates” Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Imagine the power that would come from real sisterhood amongst these Senators of the female persuasion – but alas, despite the claims of some, “social issues” (aka abortion and same-sex marriage) are NOT the only issues that divide liberal from conservative women. And so it goes.

The fact is that Republicans have been alienating women to an unprecedented degree in the past couple of years, mainly because they have stopped lying about their intentions and just gone for it – let all their inhibitions go, and jumped on the Train to Insane. Yes, they think that women who want abortions deserve to be raped by a medical instrument beforehand! Yes, they think that an unfertilized egg is the same as a person! Yes, they think that a miscarriage should be the same, legally, as an abortion. Hell, YES THEY DO, and they’re proud of it, so you’ll just have to lie back and think of Clooney, women of America!

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The image above is from the Top of the Mart Lounge in New Orleans.  For a good number of generations of New Orleanians, it was *the* place to start a night on the town.  It was one of those revolving things where you could sit in the very large and comfortable chairs and see either the Mississippi, as above, or as it revolved, get a good view of downtown New Orleans and Canal Street.  What you see above is not an island, but rather the bend in the river as it flows to the Gulf.  The city owns the International Trade Mart building and it is now closed.  Most likely the building will be coming down and something else will go on that prime real estate.  Ah, memories.

This first item kind of had me cringing a bit.  It seems that an “unnamed victim” had a former girlfriend who decided to outdo Lorena Bobbit.  After the breakup the poor guy was just sitting at home innocently on his computer when the former girlfriend Christina Reber broke in and “first struck him on the head and then grabbed his scrotum and began “squeezing as hard as she could.” Naturally, he told officers that he “was in incredible pain when [she] grabbed his scrotum and began digging in her fingers.”  And to quote from the article:

The police report indicates that the scrotum area was “completely torn loose from his body.” Reber reportedly “refused to let go of his scrotum,” but that the victim was finally able to remove his b@lls from her vice-like grip.

As if the story isn’t already good enough, the victim, who has not been identified, was taken to BALL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. As far as we know, the hospital is not only for scrotum-specific injuries.

Yikes!!  😯

Cute couple

I thought this was just extremely cute.  It seems that Carlos and Fernando are celebrating their fifth anniversary together.  That’s probably miraculous enough these days, but Carlos and Fernando are two male flamingos.  Carlos and Fernando live at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.  “They only have eyes for each other,” said Nigel Jarrett, a keeper at the nature reserve.  It seems that Flamingos are generally monogamous during the annual breeding periods, they tend to swap partners each year. Therefore, claim the birds’ keepers, their enduring love is somewhat unique.  More from the article:

“Carlos and Fernando have been together for five years and seem very happy. They will probably stay together for the rest of their lives.”

Mr Jarret added that they appear to have been accepted by the other birds in the flock:”‘They are both large adult males, so as a partnership they are quite formidable.

‘They are not picked on by the other birds. If anything, they are afforded more respect They are very good parents and behave just as the heterosexual birds do when rearing their young.”

The pair have together raised three chicks.  [Ed. note:  They filched the eggs from some “straight” flamingoes]

(Sigh…true love it seems)

Next, it seems that Dear Leader gets a little touchy when his frequent flier miles are mentioned.
But you see, it’s not his choice.   From the article:

“The fact of the matter is, I think if you look at my track record, I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, that’s not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people,” Obama told KMOV of St Louis. The interview was one of four sessions the White House arranged with local TV in states expected to be battlegrounds in November.

KMOV reporter Larry Conners had told Obama that some of the station’s viewers “are complaining, they get frustrated, even angered, when they see the first family jetting around, different vacations and so forth, sometimes maybe, they think, under color of state business and that you’re out of touch, that you don’t really know what they’re experiencing right now.”

“Well, I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that,” Obama countered. “We do hear from some,” replied Conners. “I hear from all kinds of viewers about everything,” Obama shot back. “I’m sure you do,” said Conners.

Nah Barry; we don’t begrudge you a vacay or two.  And we even understand that you also need that C-17 Globemaster

Plane for The Beast

traveling  with you that carries The Beast as your limo is known.  But, uh, folks do get a little pissed off at, oh, vacays to Spain, flying Bo the dawg on his own plane to Martha’s Vineyard, having to use two 747’s for a Hawaii vacation cuz Michelle doesn’t want to wait around for you.  You know there’s been that sayin’ about “everybody has to sacrifice”…remember that one?  Maybe you could lead by example.

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It wasn’t a wonderful week, but we did have a couple of very good things happen in the area of  LGBT rights. So let’s celebrate like it’s 1996, and we still had jobs and a great President and First Lady. (Wistful sigh.)

ANYhoo, a San Francisco Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday that the odious Proposition 8 is unConstitutional. Yeah, baby, yeah!

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revoked Prop. 8 in a 2-1 ruling on the grounds that the law was largely based upon a moral disdain for homosexual activity, rather than any legitimate concerns regarding the social ramifications of same-sex marriage. According to the court majority, the bill violated basic rights to equality with no demonstrated reason.

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” said Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion. “The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”

Prop. 8 repealed a decision, six months prior, by the California Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in the state; the 2008 proposition passed with a 52 percent backing, but its legitimacy has been fiercely contested in the ensuing four years. Tuesday’s ruling upheld a 2010 decision in which a lower court declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Opponents of same-sex marriage plan to combat the ruling, meaning that the issue will be passed on to still higher courts and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court.

I actually like the chances of same-sex marriage if it gets to the Supreme Court. Call me crazy, but I think the pendulum has swung on this one. And after all, as my friend says, “Nobody dies when two people get married,” unlike when wimminz get abortions.

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Hey, there, hi there, ho there. The temperature’s dropping, the wind is a-blowin’, and it’s the perfect night to chill out in the lounge in front of a warm fire with friends, talking about nothing in particular.

Speaking of nothing in particular, it’s awards season again. Ah yes: the SAGs, the People’s Choices, the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Critics’ Circle…Hollywood does have a rather high opinion of itself, does it not? This year I am rather annoyed that most of the films or artists to be celebrated, have barely had a chance to be seen by the public.  “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;” “The Iron Lady;” “The Artist;” even “The Descendants.” I think the only ones I’ve seen that might have a shot, are “Win Win” and “Midnight in Paris,” both of which may get nods for Best Original Screenplay. (Loved them both, by the way.)

I certainly have a lot of viewing to do before those little golden statuettes are given out to the breathless, Botoxed and bored! Which movies haven’t you seen that you want to see, and which don’t you care about? Here’s my list so far:

  1. “Moneyball” (yup, I STILL haven’t seen it. Sheesh.)
  2. “The Iron Lady”
  3. “The Artist”
  4. “The Descendants”
  5. “War Horse”
  6. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
  7. “Hugo” (maybe, sounds a little twee)
  8. “J. Edgar” (maybe, sounds a little OverDiToprio)
  9. “The Help” (maybe, sounds a little treacly)
  10. “My Week with Marilyn” (maybe, sounds a little wispy in the plot department)

In honor of award season, tonight’s drink is a Black and Gold Martini. It’s exotic and expensive, just like those treatments Joan Rivers gets before her red carpet special on “E!”.

A Black & Gold is a super easy cocktail that makes a dramatic statement, both in taste and look. It features Blavod Vodka, which is black, and Goldschlager, that luxury cinammon liqueur with the gold flake floating around inside. The result is a beautiful, black and gold cocktail with the flavor of cinnamon.


  • 2 oz Blavod vodka
  • 1 oz Goldschlager


  1. Pour the Blavod into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Top with Goldschlager.

Yum! And our song is…the great Shirley Bassey in “Goldfinger.” These celebs want that Oscar Gold – don’t let ’em tell you any differently!

This is an open thread.

Good evening, Widdershins! Tonight’s post is entirely self-serving. In a word, I need your help.

I am doing a lot of traveling for work these days, and I’m finally breaking down and considering an e-Reader to save space in my luggage. But which to buy, which to buy? I am overwhelmed and don’t have the time to do my usual excruciating, anal-retentive, Virgoan research. 😉

I know there are some technically-savvy people out there, so if you please, weigh in on tonight’s questions and help your blogsister make a very important (snark) decision.

Tonight’s drink is a Black and White Martini, in honor of the printed word I love so much.

3 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka
1 oz creme de cacao

Pour the Stoli vanilla vodka and creme de cacao into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with black and white licorice candy, and serve.

Our song is a classic paean to music, racial harmony and (in my mind) reading. Enjoy, and thanks for helping your hapless host! This is an open thread.

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