Prom Night

Prom has arrived. Hallelujah and thank you Lord! I’ve managed to survive the constant nagging and panic attacks without going bald or strangling my daughter, and I’ve sent her off with a properly terrified young man who will make sure she returns in the same condition in which she left. Now, I wait to make sure.

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The Devil Inside The Beltway: A Review

It was a cold Friday night in Georgia. Nothing seemed to interest me on TV and I was sick of reading the latest news on the internet. It was time to unplug for a weekend and disappear. I got up off my sofa and walked over to the bookshelf and there it was sticking slightly out from all the other books, as if asking me why I hadn't yet read it. 

I pulled The Devil Inside the Beltway by Michael J. Daugherty off the shelf, grabbed a carafe of coffee and settled in. I wasn’t sure what I expected, but I know I did not expect to finish it in one night. I just couldn’t put it down.

Michael J. Daugherty is owner and CEO of LabMD, a cancer detection lab based in Atlanta, GA. The business had an excellent reputation and was poised for the next stage in growth and expansion. Then, one morning, an email came from Tiversa claiming there was a data breach in the company and patient files were now in their possession. That is when Mike's nightmare began.

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Pets Encouraged Signing Up Before Obamacare Deadline

Yesterday was the last day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. As expected the American people were inundated with ads by celebrities on TV, radio and social media outlets. Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s most trusted advisor, was even in Hollywood over the weekend talking to producers of TV shows about “product placement” for Obamacare.

The numbers just aren’t adding up for this administration and they are pulling out all the stops in an effort to encourage people (especially the youth) to sign up. For Obamacare to work, the younger generation must sign up to subsidize the older generation.

As if all of the Hollywood hype wasn’t enough, they are now using our pets to encourage us to sign up. Yes, over the weekend the administration many of us saw the following ad on Facebook.

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20 Timeless Women's Quotes on Life, Love & Liberty

As Women’s History Month wraps up, it’s only fitting to pay tribute to the trailblazers, glass ceiling breakers and icons that came before us. Enjoy these quotes that in many ways, are just as relevant today as they were when these wise words were first spoken. 

“Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.” –Abigail Adams, Wife of John Adams (1744-1818)

“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” –Abigail Adams

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” –Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minsister of the United Kingdom (1925-2013)

“Being a leader is like being a lady, if you have to go around telling people you are, you aren’t.” –Margaret Thatcher

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” –Marilyn Monroe, Actress, Icon (1926-1962)

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UPDATE: Birth Control and Other Dangerous Barrier Methods

In 2008, actress Ricki Lake and filmmaking partner Abby Epstein released The Business of Being Born, a critique of childbirthing norms in The United States. The films sparked a movement to empower women to trust their own bodies during the course of pregnancy. Lake and Epstein have now bought the movie rights to Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, or STP, a book by Holly Grigg-Spall that calls for “informed and expanded choice” about the “unintended consequences and unexposed side effects” of hormonal birth control. As obvious a goal as this should be, a ThinkProgress piece from earlier this month found plenty of pill pushers – or, as the article calls them, “women’s health experts” – to give quotes that make Grigg-Spall’s work sound paranoid and hysterical. 

Dr. David Grimes is quoted as saying “As doctors, we always say the best method is whatever women want and will use — we don’t twist arms”.  Yet, as the same ThinkProgress author admits, women don’t feel educated about their birth control options and do not feel they are getting appropriate counseling from their doctor. What do you say to that, Dr. Grimes?

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