“[W]orks to reduce water-related illness & death in developing countries by building self-sustaining projects that make safe drinking water accessible to the poor and empower local churches to bring physical, social & spirit healing to their communities.”
Excellent piece by Jim Manzi on how Obama, and to a lesser extent, McCain, don’t quite get that someone has to pay for all that “greater good” they keep talking about. Donations don’t appear out of thin air.
Too. Freaking. Cool. Cisco CEO John Chambers was live on stage in Bangalore, and had Martin De Beer, Senior VP of Emerging Technologies, and Chuck Stucki, General Manager of TelePresence, join him via hologram from San Jose. You’ve got to watch at least the first four minutes or so of the video. Star Wars tech is here today!
Weird Al. Who else?
A great article by Alex Castellanos on the future of conservatism in the Republican Party. Show me a candidate or group of candidates committed to the ideas and changes Alex outlines, and I’ll show them support.
I’m not that impressed with the shirts, but I love their slogan: “Honoring The Gracious Work of God Through A Bunch Of Dead Guys”.
Rebecca Walker is the daughter of founding feminist, and The Color Purple author, Alice Walker. Rebecca recently reflected on her life, and her disownment by her mom because she decided to become a mother herself. After reading this article, I’m left wondering what kind of person Alice Walker must be, to have been so selfish, and most recently, so hateful, toward her own daughter and grandson. She has never seen him.
Then I recall that selfish pride is the oldest sin in the Book.
Here are some choice bits:
The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother – thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.
You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.
In fact, having a child has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
I’m so grateful I never had to experience, as a child, being told by my mother that I was enslaving her, that she bore me as if a millstone.
I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. But I strongly feel children need two parents and the thought of raising Tenzin without my partner, Glen, 52, would be terrifying.
As the child of divorced parents, I know only too well the painful consequences of being brought up in those circumstances. Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families.
Walker goes on with a litany of how her mother’s feminist ideals robbed her of a normal childhood: divorce; being at the bottom of her mom’s priority list; being left when relatives while Alice vacationed for two weeks in Greece; feeling utterly alone in her femininity, not having an attentive mother to talk to and connect with; having sex–with her mother’s knowledge–at the age of 13, and becoming pregnant at age 14. She had an abortion, which “haunted me for decades. It ate away at my self-confidence and, until I had Tenzin, I was terrified that I’d never be able to have a baby because of what I had done to the child I had destroyed. For feminists to say that abortion carries no consequences is simply wrong.”
When she learned she was pregnant, Rebecca was hesitant to tell her mother, but she did:
Although I knew what my mother felt about babies, I still hoped that when I told her I was pregnant, she would be excited for me.
Instead, when I called her one morning in the spring of 2004, while I was at one of her homes housesitting, and told her my news and that I’d never been happier, she went very quiet. All she could say was that she was shocked. Then she asked if I could check on her garden. I put the phone down and sobbed – she had deliberately withheld her approval with the intention of hurting me. What loving mother would do that?
I could go on and on, to the point where I’d quote nearly the entire piece, and I encourage you, dear reader, to read all of it yourself.
Ultimately, Rebecca has abided by her mother’s wish to not have contact with her. She’s accepted it for the better, that despite the good things feminism has done for women, for the well-being of her son and herself, “I can no longer have this poisonous relationship destroy my life.”
It’s a shame a child has to say that about her parent.
Browsers have always been viewed as crucial on-ramps to the Web. Nevertheless, after vanquishing Netscape, the first commercial browser developer, Microsoft waited five years before releasing the sixth version of Internet Explorer in 2006. Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer group, says the company was focused on plugging security holes during that time.
[Emphasis added. –R]
“[L]et us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.” –Dwight Eisenhower
“We’re bleeding cash. What can we do to make up the shortfall?”
“Reduce our number of flights and give great customer service?”
“Nah, let’s just nickel & dime our customers until they won’t fly us any more.”
The FAQ on the new $15 for the first checked bag policy, and the few exceptions. I think we’ll be looking to fly Southwest more in the future.
If you’re really unhappy with the current crop of presidential contenders, there are alternatives. “Yippie Kay Yay, America!”
“We ask state troopers what they most want drivers to do during a traffic stop.” Am I the only one who thinks it a little sad that an article like this is necessary?