7 Quick Takes — Mea Culpas, Susan G. Komen, and Marshmallow Shooters

7 Quick Takes

Wow! Lots for me to choose from this week in the news, so I guess I’ll get started.

— 1 —

Mea culpa. I owe a number of you an apology for posting the link to the White House blog and saying that there were religious exemptions if you had mentioned the HHS situation on your Quick Takes. Thank you to Lisa at All Things Gale for emailing me and explaining the intricacies of the situation politely and civilly. Thank you also to Katie of NFP and Me for giving me the link to the roundtable on ABC that includes this discussion.

— 2 —

Regarding the Susan G. Komen debacle, it is THEIR choice as to whom they choose to grant funding. Yeah, it was spineless of them to have caved to public pressure but it would also be dishonest if they did not fulfill the grant money that had already been promised for this year. Next year, however, is different and they can sever ties at that point. The damage has already been done — their donations will drop because of this. This should also be a sign to Planned Parenthood that they need to acquire some mammography machines and get some licenses to use them so they can actually claim truthfully to promote breast health rather than making referrals out to other providers.

— 3 —

On Monday night, I found a great article on being a super successful introvert. I’m one of the last people to like anything sanctioned by Oprah but this article is excellent. I’ve actually put some of these things into practice in past situations and they really do work. And seriously… I’m proud to be part of a class of people that includes Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt.

— 4 —

The petition to rescind the HHS mandate hit 25,000 signatures on Tuesday. It’s not surprising given that even *I* signed it because I think that the terms of the mandate needed to be adjusted to allow for issues of conscience for *ALL* religious groups, not just the Catholic Church. (I signed it on February 1st if anyone wanted to know). 25,000 is the threshold to go to the HHS peeps and the president so I hope this all gets resolved soon. It doesn’t go into effect for another year but it isn’t good to have more tension in a country that is already polarized enough and has been for a very long time (since 2000 at least).

— 5 —

I’ve been having to sleep in the living room because of the cough from the MUTANT DEATH COLD. I can’t be flat or I start coughing up a lung, making it really hard to get sleep. I’m on the last few days of my antibiotics which were supposed to treat any infection if it was present (as bronchitis = hospital for me) and the only difference is that I’m maybe getting some stuff up now. I don’t know if I just have a really inflamed area in my throat or what but this is getting frustrating. *makes a mental note to get more cough drops*

— 6 —

Dude… marshmallow gun. President Obama and Joey, an 8th grader from Arizona, shot a marshmallow across the State Dining Room of the White House using the air cannon that Joey built for his science project at the White House Science Fair.

I don’t care how you feel about Obama — I think shooting *anything* out of an air cannon needs to be viewed… repetitively.

— 7 —

This article on helicopter parents in the workplace from NPR is scary. I honestly can’t imagine my parents calling the seminary or the clinic or UPS Supply Chain Solutions (my brokerage in Montana) to make them be nice to me or make them pay me more. For one thing, it’s highly unprofessional and it also shows that the candidate cannot function independently if their parents are still fighting their battles for them. My mom has told me who happened to be hiring when I was looking for a job one summer and I’ve asked her advice with regard to work situations (she’s calm and diplomatic which is what I aim to project); but that’s the limit. The only reason she met my boss in Montana is that she was at the baby shower that the UPS Supply Chain Solutions people threw me when Daniel came home from the hospital. Helicopter parents in general just stymy me. I mean, I’m uber-involved in Daniel’s life and advocate for him but he’s also only two years old and autistic. I’ve told friends of mine to shoot me if I ever show up to a parent-teacher conference and complain that the teacher doesn’t see Daniel’s innate specialness.

— Bonus —

In California news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Prop 8. This is kind of a useless ruling because it was going to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, regardless of in whose favor the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. (The 9th Circuit Court gets overturned by the Supreme Court 54% of the time which another reason why this ruling is useless.) I probably should have an opinion on this… and I don’t. I have too many friends on both sides of the issue who are going to be wounded when it is decided one way or the other that I’ve just decided to keep my mouth shut. I will say, however, that this is not a good thing for those who were in favor of Prop 8 (which means that they are against same-sex marriage) because the Supreme Court deciding the law is unconstitutional means that the door is WIDE open for DOMA to be repealed and other states to pass laws allowing same-sex marriages.

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5 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes — Mea Culpas, Susan G. Komen, and Marshmallow Shooters

  1. Oh that little guy in a suit was so cute!!! And I’m also a big fan of anything getting shot out of a cannon 🙂 I am disturbed by the helicopter parents. I was raised more “free-range” and I managed to land some pretty amazing positions in corporate America…I hope to do the same for my kids!! Lastly – I bought some raw buckwheat honey from a local farm because it is said to help with really tough coughing spells. My husband caught walking pneumonia last year and spent every night in coughing fits. We haven’t been able to try it out since he didn’t get sick yet *knock on wood* this year, but when my son gets a bad cough, he loves to eat a honey spoon. Maybe you can try that to alleviate the symptom??

  2. Excellent list with great links!!

    Thank you for comment; I too am pro-vaccine but am also frustrated by how quickly the medical community advises against breastfeeding.

  3. Bwahahahaha I just saw your avatar on Betty’s site–TOO CUTE! Yay Hermione. I wish my hair looked like that…it probably can…with work.

    I have to laugh at the helicopter parents thing. REALLY people? Aren’t parents busy enough? Why do they need to come to the defense of ADULT children? The only time I would stand up for my kid in the workplace was if they were in HS and still a minor. After that, I would listen, give counsel, and help my child as best I could WITHOUT intervening. I remember being really sick one year over Christmas break and I couldn’t TALK, never mind go in to work at what had been my summer internship, and my mom had to call my boss. I was SO embarrassed to have my “mommy” call in for me, but I couldn’t even get out a squeak. When I went back a few days later, I thought everyone was going to give me a hard time (they were all mid 20s/early 30s and SO COOL in my 21 year old eyes) but nope, no one said a word. Then I realized, THAT IS OKAY. 😀

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