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And "bitch" will be next.

People in the business end of Hollywood used to describe Barbra Streisand as "bitch." And she said it was because she stood up for herself and asserted her rights to direct, write, and run things and not just be a pretty voice. In other words, she was doing what all the big-shot men were doing, only THEY were called "powerful," "ballsy," "smart," "assertive," "shrewd," and so forth. When SHE did it, she was called "bitch."

A direct result of capitalism and capitalist thinking.

"Competition" is what surrounds us in all things. Look at the race for money. Look at the race for beauty contest crowns. Look at the race for that glitter-ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars." Look at "American Idol." Look at the race for ratings - ANYWHERE. Look at the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, etc. Hell, ANY awards show including the freakin' Westminster Dog Show. Look at Vegas and the gambling industry. Look at the fashion industry - "Project Runway" and Fashion Week etc., which filters down to "who got the first new (fill in the blank here) whether Neiman Marcus or Target. Look at any state or county fair and the hard-on to win for best hog or best blueberry pie. Shit - even Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show" was into it. Look at the weekly box office results. Look at Wall Street. Look at a disturbing explosion of competition shows on the Food Network. Forcryingoutloud, LOOK AT SPORTS!!!

I swear - sometimes I just frickin' HATE it. I'm tired of always having that "GOTTA compete! Gotta ground the other guy into powder and leave him eatin' my dust! Gotta be Number ONE! GOTTA WIN!!!" mentality. It's like a drug. One win is never enough. Fucking competition for grades, the best schools, the hottest cars, the hottest babes, the biggest house, the best neighborhood, the biggest stock portfolio, the biggest client list, the biggest sales figures, the biggest merger/acquisition, the biggest write-off, even all the way to the biggest fuckin' funeral and biggest mausoleum.

I realize it seems to be part of human nature. But it's SO FUCKING TIRESOME after awhile. And you never stay on top, no matter how long you compete or how many times you defend whatever title or gold star it is you won. It's so fleeting! It's so superficial! Today's winner is destined to be tomorrow's also-ran. Robert Downey Jr. said it best in what I think was either a Rolling Stone or Playboy interview, when he was asked to define "hot." His answer? "Destined to be cold."

And it just tires me out. I'm so fucking tired of it. Because you DO begin to view everyone else as an adversary. It begets this anti-social thinking that leads you to regard everybody else around you as not part of a community or a collective in which we band together and survive and thrive - all those other assholes are merely In Your Way. Even trash to be kicked aside while YOU forge ahead into the winner's circle. It even comes down to who gets to the light first, so they're first onto the freeway onramp, or first across the street before the damn bicycle rider and lady with the baby stroller. And forget the competition for parking spaces. So. Fucking. TIRESOME.

It reminds me of the time I took the kids to the neighborhood pumpkin patch before Halloween, one weekend. CRIMINY!!!!!!! There was this one woman who seemed hellbent on getting in front of me WHEREVER in the pumpkin patch we went, whether it was the line to get on the little pony ride or the line to buy the pumpkin. Everywhere we went, she popped up. "I was first." "I was here first." JEEEZ!!!

I just don't even play. I won't play the game. I refuse to give them the satisfaction. It won't be any fun to beat me because as soon as you suit up ready for battle, I'm gonna have something else much more interesting to go do. And you're gonna be sitting there, forced to get your jollies by competing with your own damn self. And hey, go knock yourself out.

It just does NOT foster any kind of sense of community or collegiality or working together - for ANYTHING. I just freakin' HATE IT.

Honestly, EarlG, do I have to keep seeing that snotty smirk every time I go to the home page?

Obnoxious self-satisfied little putz.

GET OUT OF OUR BEDROOMS, you scheming, sneaky-ass, judgmental Troglodyte!

I can understand this point - up to a point.

But I have to ask - ARE THEY, indeed, really so "innocent"? If majorities of them voted people into office in the state legislature and the governor's mansion who turn around and pull this shit, and enact these laws, and take these stands, and involve themselves with organizations like ALEC, and keep assholes like rick scott employed and gave us jeb bush and katherine harris and allen west? If a majority of Floridians vote for asshole regressives like this? If they obviously approve of shit like this?

ARE THEY REALLY so "innocent"?

You've heard the saying "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Well - there it is.

Please forgive me for waxing a little simplistic here (and I know some here won't), but it seems to me that if the "innocent" people in Florida don't want to have to deal with boycotts, then THEY need to stop legislation like Stand Your Ground, THEY need to stop voting for republi-CONS who only want to take their Social Security and Medicare away. Nobody's holding guns to their heads and forcing them to watch and swallow whole the propaganda of Pox Noise, or forcing them to listen to limbaugh & company. They choose this stuff. A majority of them chooses this, and votes for this, and donates to this, and supports this.

So - maybe they end up having to reap the whirlwind then.

As for those who don't support these things, they damn well better get themselves to precinct meetings and into lines on Election Day, and in the upcoming midterms get their asses out and vote rather than being apathetic or assuming that it doesn't make any difference or feel as though they don't want to bother. They need to rise up, get everybody they know to the polls, make sure everybody they know is educated about the candidates and issues, GET INVOLVED, AND TAKE THEIR STATE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have little patience with harm that's self-inflicted.

One more thing - California produces GREAT orange juice!

Good way to describe it. I felt it was like a little coffee break in the middle of a hard, intense

work day. I'm happy for them too, all american girl. For heaven's sake, the news lately has been so grim! This is nice. It's such a welcome little break. She had the baby. Mother and child doing well. New dad relieved and happy. That's NICE. That's a very human, universal thing. All the citizenry I saw in the coverage were smiling and celebrating - and sharing in the excitement. I don't think it's silly to want to be happy for, and with, them.

Absolutely. Absolutely!!! Do NOT let down your guard.

Don't do a Martha Coakley and assume we have this in the bag. She assumed she did, and she went away on vacation DURING the campaign, and gave him enough time to catch up, and monopolize the coverage while she was out of town. And we thus had to suffer through that snotty scotty in Massachusetts before we finally got him hosed out of there and replaced by Elizabeth Warren.

Yeah, and it's human nature to want what you don't have.

Gotta admit, when my daughter was born, I secretly felt - "gee, she's eligible for Prince William..."

Heck, we've all been through at least SOME of that, especially us girls.

Btw - she actually preferred Prince Harry.

Now THERE is a classy guy. With a very classy apology.

Sincere, heartfelt, honest, and elegantly articulated. No weasel words about "I apologize if anyone was offended." Reads as though he put some very serious thought into it. I really appreciate this.

He has my admiration and support.

"Like pooping a watermelon."

I interviewed Cindy Williams, the actress and "Laverne & Shirley" star about some TV movie she was promoting - back when I was pregnant with our first. And I wasn't far from my due date - I was FUCKING HUGE!!!!!! And she looked at my belly (my baby bump wasn't so much a bump as it was a whole fucking mountain range!) and in a mother-to-mother moment told me "you know, it's like pooping a watermelon."

And she was quite correct. And I had big wide bumper hips - unlike the petite Kate Middleton.

Nice!

I'm happy for them!

A future king. Son of a future king. Grandson of a future king.

But it were a girl, THAT baby would have been a future queen - whether she eventually had a little brother or not.

This is nice. I think we should just pause and catch our breath for a moment, and smile. The rest of the news has been so damn grim lately.

This is NICE, dammit!

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