Breaking down politics, politely

Today I had to explain to my daughter, again, what’s going on in Wisconsin between the teachers and Governor Walker. This is something that I have to tippy toe around with her because I’m very good friends with a lot of the teacher’s at her school — heck, I’m even related to one of them. We may disagree on politics, but that are still important to me and I really value our friendship(s). Anyhow, in answering her questions I’m trying my best to stay focused on the senators that have fled to Illinois in order to avoid the vote....more

Hmmm, I don't agree with the analogy.

Its more like your daughter has a friend who is ...more

Lowering the Bar: Fewer Expectations & Finding the Positive

Date Night Last night DH and I had a date night and went to dinner....more

The Internet Strikes Back: What Net Neutrality Means to Your Blog

For those of you not in the U.S., or in the U.S. and not sure what the hell I'm talking about, Net Neutrality is about allowing Internet users the same speed and level of connection across devices, hardware, and method of connection. If Net Neutrality were not in effect, Verizon, for example, my Internet service provider, could give me faster connective speeds to its sponsored sites and block access to sites it doesn't want me to see. Moreover, it could block my access to competitors or sites it doesn't like me to use. ...more

I think that the way you explained this is so understandable and attainable. Thank you for ...more

Inside the Conservative Political Action Conference

Each year, conservatives converge on Washington, DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Started in 1973 by the American Conservative Union (ACU), the event has grown to be the largest right-of-center conference of the year. This past weekend, more than 11,000 people attended and set a new record. ...more

I understand your concers about the social programs and have the same feelings about defense ...more

Will Handbags Unite Women on the Left and the Right?

Over the past few months, I've had a number of conversations with women on the left about how right and left-wing women can work together....more

We hate them for their freedom?

Ok. Did I miss something? The entire time George Bush was in office, all we heard from the GOP was "Freedom! We want people in the middle east to have freedom". As you know, Friday, after 18 days of peaceful protesting, the people of Egypt forced their 30 year dictator, Mubarak, out. Young people, in the streets, demonstrating for what they want. A revolution right before our eyes. Fantastic right? Wrong. People at CPAC barely mentioned it....more

Political Junkie I am

Hello.  My name is Gael.  I am a self diagnosed AOL political chat room junkie.  It started slow and easy.  One chat at a time.  That was 10 years ago....more

Michelle Obamas H+M Dress on the Today Show Gets My Vote

Fans of Matt Lauer and H+M? Michelle Obama and I could be besties.  ...more

Two Little Boys, Ronald Reagan at 100, and the Yankees

Remember when Reggie Jackson was Mr.October?  The guy the Yankees turned to in every World Series, and who had an impact even on their opponents - one of whom is "Sarah and the Goon Squad.".  To many kids kids growing up in Manhattan, Reggie Jackson hung the moon.  Unfortunately, he also frequently got drunk and into fights on homeward-bound post-game flights.  What, you wonder, does that have to do with Ronald Reagan?...more

Children of Politicians: Barbara Bush's Support of Gay Marriage

Barbara Bush recently made a PSA stating her support of same-sex marriage. Considering her father, President George W. Bush, was and remains a known opponent of gay marriage, it was a bold, gutsy and admirable move by the former First Daughter. We might all be able to learn a little something about standing up for what we believe in from Barbara and other President's kids. ...more

My mom could have written this comment. She was always busy on snopes because of all the ...more