Beautiful Bald Women

22 04 2008

My mother lost all her hair when she had cancer. We ended up shaving her head. It was hard but then again, as we were and are a family that laughs when we are in pain, we teased her and she even called herself Spock because her ears were kind of pointy.

It was better for her because the chemo made her hair fly about and it was hard for her to breath.

I thought she looked fabulous.

My friend, Katrina, talks about losing her hair and writes about it with such a frankness and a sense of humor that I can’t help but admire her. I know she looks great.

So, Robin Roberts, I salute you. What you said is wonderful and, thanks, because you are helping people like my mom.

“I’ve taken my cue from people here and from viewers, especially [cancer] survivors . . . who said, ‘When it’s time to literally flip your wig, you’ll know,’ ” Roberts said. “I am not my hair,” she said, quoting from the song by India.Arie. “I am the soul that lies within and that’s it – no more wig. That’s it.” Roberts will auction her wig to raise money for a charity that helps “those who don’t have insurance and can’t afford this.”

None of these women want to have cancer. My mother didn’t want to lose her hair.

It’s good to see someone not define themselves by flowing locks.

So I think this is really wonderful.





Not Everyone Cares About Political/News Spin

22 04 2008

In talking to folks about today’s primary, I find that most people are very interested and in tune to the issues they care about be it the war, the economy, gay rights, abortion, immigration or the deficit. Voting is emotional for some people. I understand that.

It’s emotional for a lot of people in reality.

I decided to go back and look at all three candidates’ websites. All three have their issues plainly put up where everyone can go and read them. I go back to that real people may not have access to unlimited financial means and how they are impacted by higher gas prices, paying taxes and increasing food prices which will be key as the months move toward the conventions and November.

Today John McCain is touring economically depressed areas of the country while the Pennsylvania primaries for Democrat votes have overwhelmed network news competing for 158 delegates. People who do not care about partisan manueverings are most likely watching that the Dems battle it out and McCain talking to struggling towns.

This is what’s on the news today. And I’m sure one side of the political aisle will say one thing about McCain and the other side will say things about Obama/Clinton on how disingenuous politicians are, but the thing is that most people just want their lives to be better. They want to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s key, campers.¬† Not everyone reads blogs or even newspapers about the science of politics. They don’t care about pundits barking at each other on television, be they liberal or conservative. They don’t want to hear spin. They look at what folks are doing and then go and relax in front of the television watching their favorite show.

I can’t help but wonder, as I do believe the Democrats will continue to hammer it as long as the money holds out, if actions like John McCain took today will make a difference in November. This is just an observation about news more than anything else. Probably half of the people I know will vote Republican this year. The other half are split on Clinton and Obama. That of course is not a scientific poll, that’s just hearing what people are saying at my office or when I’m out having a cup of coffee.

That’s tight, people

None of us, no matter what our issues may be or what our politics are, should be ignoring the issues of average citizens who are struggling.

It’s an odd political time. I often wonder where all this is leading us.





I’m Gonna Get You Spamma

22 04 2008

If you have a computer and use it, you might need to see this.

Narrated by the wonderful Tay Zonday who you may remember from “Chocolate Rain.”

Just groovy.





Talking To Folks From Pakistan

22 04 2008

Over the weekend, I was contacted by the Pakistani Spectator. I had no idea why but they asked if they could interview me.

I was surprised but I said yes after I went to their blog and realized they were doing some very interesting things.

They sent me a questionnaire with a ton of questions asking me some great things about the blogosphere, philisophy about online relationships, the use of social media networking tools in politics and the list goes on.

It was pretty incredible.

This world is becoming smaller with the Internet. A woman from a small rural Tennessee town is interviewed on the world of blogging by a site in Pakistan within the span of about 36 hours. The 36 hours was me mulling over the questions.

It was all very eye-opening to me.

I would like to thank Ghazala for asking me to participate and it goes to show that our world is an amazing place. Doors are opening because of the blogosphere for everyone. We are having global conversations. I find that to be amazing.

And the idea of interviewing people is a good one. It creates a connection. I like the KAG is doing that on Knoxville Talks now as well.

Here’s the interview from the Pakistani Spectator..





Obligatory Post On Pennsylvania Primary

22 04 2008

If you don’t want to know anything about the Pennsylvania Primary, I suggest that you look at this picture of a man who had an alligator in his car when he was arrested.

George Bush is on Deal or No Deal. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain got their wrestling on.

Ahh, the joys of American Politics and how it seeps into pop culture.

I don’t know who is going to win today. I assume Clinton will but not by the landslide predicted a couple of months ago.

And the story that sits on the backburner as candidates run like hyenas toward a wounded gazelle is that it’s okay for felons to join the military but not gay people.

Felons.

Under pressure to meet combat needs, the Army and Marine Corps brought in significantly more recruits with felony convictions last year than in 2006, including some with manslaughter and sex crime convictions.

Data released by a congressional committee shows the number of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. And the number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350.

Notice the words “sex crime convictions?”

I am constantly perplexed by our government.





Where Can You Find An Eagle For Sell?

22 04 2008

Yesterday, I laughed harder than I have in a long time. I went over to Sadcox place and he had a post called Some Suggested Reading.

The post links to a story about an animal clinic and is up at Knox News. It’s not the story, which is more than fine, that caught my eye, it was what Sadcox had suggested to look for.

Billie Wacks, commenter, is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. And later on on Twitter I found that Sadcox and I had the same reaction as did Ivy. We laughed our heads off. We all agree that Wacks is whack. And we loved every bit of it.

Jack Lail ended up posting about the cult base of Billie as well.

He writes about comments on news stories and the organic nature of the community that develops:

But then again, there is something going on in user comments that has nothing to with discussing the issue at hand or solving world problems – or even local problems. There’s an organic community evolving that operates much like a small town. It’s not a everything-always-ends-sunny Mayberry, but then again Mayberry was a mythical TV place. No, I’m talking about a “real” small town.

People “know” each other by their user names and “know of” many more. Just like a small town, it can be painfully gossipy and catty and sometimes down right mean. But the characters and voices are rich.

He’s right and this is one of those things that happened beyond the story. Of course, Sadcox and I suggested that Knox News give Billie a blog, but the reality is, she is becoming somewhat of a myth with¬† just her comments. A blog probably wouldn’t work. Why?

Well, it’s complicated.

Because this is what Jack and the gang are dealing with:

Posted on April 21 at 7:07 a.m.

Wash your hands after you touch a dog or a anmial because they can lick you or bite you on the hand. The dogs in the picture look like they can bite. I never had a missing animal. Cats and dogs can be friends. I hope Jordan will write another story about more animals that dont bite at you instead of this one. The descriptons in the story made me see the colors of everything. … Billie

or

A dolphins the smartest animal in the world. They have slippers instead of fingers. They can swim and bite. i would like to adopt a eagle. If a eagle had a fight with a snake it would win and I would not get a snae bite. I would call my eagle a good name but I cant think of one to name it yet. It would be a girl eagle like me. maybe i can adopt it from somebody who sells them to you. … Billie

Priceless but it does bring up the question about commenters on newspaper blogs where there are no easy answers. As for Billie, she has given me a great deal of joy. I honestly don’t think “Billie” really exists but if she does, I can’t help but say that she made my night.

Seriously guys, I laughed so hard Mabel barked at me. I wish I were kidding.





“… they had their own thought processes.”

21 04 2008

Found this over at Folo and I about passed out.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said at a press luncheon Monday that he’s unhappy about corporate ownership of news organizations in the United States.

He said he was not threatening litigation. He simply wanted to express his frustrations.

“Something that worries me more so than the war and Iraq and money in politics is freedom of the press,” Hood said. “Is our press free anymore? The corporate ownership of the press nationally is a concern to me.”

Wow. Don’t hear that from politicians everyday. He also said this:

“In the old days, you had the wire, so there was some centralization involved,” Hood said. “But you had mom-and-pop printing presses out there and they printed what they wanted to and they had their own thought processes.”

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know anything about this guy.

I will say this though.

Those mom-and-pop printing presses have evolved into this nutty thing called blogs.