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Author: Raine    Date: 03/08/2010 13:50:56

Take a look around you. They are everywhere. They've brought you coffee, cooked for you, cared for you. They've worked along side you. They love you. They make you laugh and they bring life into the world. They are sexy, smart and intriguing - even mysterious. Men have gone to war over them. In turn, they have stopped a few.

They're women, and today is International Woman's Day. From the White House:

In observance of International Women’s Day, and during Women’s History Month in the United States, the United States stands with people around the globe to reaffirm our commitment to the equality, freedom, achievements, and advancement of women.

From the global challenge of climate change, to a world that is not yet free from poverty and conflict, our challenges are many. Women are vital to the solutions to these problems, and we will not sow the seeds for a brighter future or reap the benefits of the change we need without the full and active participation of women around the world.

Worldwide, women play leadership roles in the health and education of our families, in our fields, our factories, our classrooms, our laboratories, and our boardrooms. With or without awards or acknowledgement, women have taught us about hope, about courage, and about opportunity.

The United States is filled with great hope that our daughters, and the daughters of all nations, will continue to serve as leaders in the pursuit of our collective well-being and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Today, Michelle and I remember, celebrate, and honor the sacrifices, talents and leadership of women around the world.


Nationally and Globally we have come so far, and yet have a ways to go in achieving equality. The struggle will continue until everyone is equal, but for today, take some time to thank the magnificent women in your life. Honor a woman in some way. Nothing that was ever great in this world was done without one.

Today, among the many women I honor, is one in particular. She is a beautiful young woman. She's my niece. She is 16 today, and while she has an entire life ahead of her, she has already made a difference by simply being strong, inquisitive and independent. She doesn't see black and white, straight or gay the way our parents may have. She's growing with a mindset that she can do anything she wants. She knows that she has the right to choose. I see in her a future once only dreamed of just two generations before her. We have come so very far but when I look at the young women of today and see what they do, it amazes me. They don't have the same hurdles that I did, or my mom or my grandmother. It's simply amazing. She inspires me. Happy birthday, K-Belle. Happy International Woman's day to you all.



and
Raine


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Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 14:09:27
MOrning



How fortuituse(sp) that Katherine Bigalow wins Best Director, breaking the 82 year old glass ceiling, on the eve of Int'l Woman's Day

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 14:13:22
I know, how cool was that, Mala? Not only for Director but for Best Picture!

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 14:22:48
Only watched the last half hour/hour but she looks stunned - it was sweet to see that in someone who wins. Cameron, however, looked pissed

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 14:29:34
I really enjoyed the Martin/Baldwin team... they were funny.



This however was SO freakin' bizzare, you have to see it.





Comment by BobR on 03/08/2010 14:47:19
Women raised us and taught us all through school. Is it so alien to think that they could be leaders or good at anything they tried?

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 14:51:23
Did someone cut it an episode of So You Think You Can Dance in the middle of the show?

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 14:53:18
Quote by wickedpam:

Did someone cut it an episode of So You Think You Can Dance in the middle of the show?


It was pretty bad, eh?



That slo mo break dancing to the theme song of the Hurt Locker was just wrong wrong wrong....

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 15:01:54
Yeah, maybe they should have just stuck with contemporary dance.



Heard there as a tribute to Roger Corman - was it any good?

Comment by BobR on 03/08/2010 15:02:59
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Did someone cut it an episode of So You Think You Can Dance in the middle of the show?


It was pretty bad, eh?



That slo mo break dancing to the theme song of the Hurt Locker was just wrong wrong wrong....


That whole "interpretive dance" thing was just so anachronistic. It also seemed a lot more cheap and contrived compared to the Busbee Berkley grandiosity of the opening production.



Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 15:06:41
please if Julia Roberts can win an Oscar ( I still think that was a sham) then Sandra Bullock can win one too

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 15:16:45
Sandra Bullock won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend. I am very confused by this.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 15:19:55
Quote by Raine:

Sandra Bullock won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend. I am very confused by this.






two different movies



the Razzie was for All about Steve

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 15:40:30
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Sandra Bullock won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend. I am very confused by this.






two different movies



the Razzie was for All about Steve
aaaAAAHHhhh... mmkay!



Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 15:46:15
Loved her comment of "wearing everyone down", I think she gets it

Comment by velveeta jones on 03/08/2010 15:49:38
NOOOOOOooooo!!! NOT Helen Reddy!!! Can we PLEASE get a new "women-can-do-anything" anthem? Preferably by Hole or Joan Jett? Can we? The freakin' played Helen Reddy "I am woman" after Katheryn Bigalow won best Director last night. Really?







Ok. Rant over.



Hello everyone.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/08/2010 15:49:53
Good morning, bloggers!! Excellent post, Raine!! Also, a happy birthday to K-Belle!! (She sounds like a remarkable teenager who will become a remarkable woman.)



Very good points, Raine! Also, studies have shown that perhaps the most cost effective way to deal with the problems of overpopulation and attendant issues of pollution and global warming is to ensure that women have an equal place in society. As women have greater political and economic rights, there is an attendant decline in birth rates. This has been seen in North America, Europe, and Latin America.



In honor of International Woman's Day, here is a video from Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree:











Comment by velveeta jones on 03/08/2010 15:51:46
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Sandra Bullock won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend. I am very confused by this.






two different movies



the Razzie was for All about Steve




Actually, I liked her in All about Steve. It is, so far, the only of her movies that I liked! And it was garbage.



Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 15:52:04
Quote by velveeta jones:

NOOOOOOooooo!!! NOT Helen Reddy!!! Can we PLEASE get a new "women-can-do-anything" anthem? Preferably by Hole or Joan Jett? Can we? The freakin' played Helen Reddy "I am woman" after Katheryn Bigalow won best Director last night. Really?







Ok. Rant over.



Hello everyone.


Yeah that was strange last night.



Sorry about it Velveeta... it was so wrong, it just felt right..



And thanks for the Niece's Birthday Wishes Will!

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 15:54:33
Quote by velveeta jones:

Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Sandra Bullock won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend. I am very confused by this.






two different movies



the Razzie was for All about Steve




Actually, I liked her in All about Steve. It is, so far, the only of her movies that I liked! And it was garbage.







I have to admit I do enjoy a Sandra Bullock movie (except Murder by Numbers) they are easy on the brain and she genuinly seems like a nice person

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/08/2010 15:55:13
Quote by velveeta jones:

NOOOOOOooooo!!! NOT Helen Reddy!!! Can we PLEASE get a new "women-can-do-anything" anthem? Preferably by Hole or Joan Jett? Can we? The freakin' played Helen Reddy "I am woman" after Katheryn Bigalow won best Director last night. Really?







Ok. Rant over.



Hello everyone.




Perhaps we can work on song suggestions. I guess I already submitted "Shaking the Tree," which speaks eloquently about equality.



Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 16:05:55
Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 16:07:15
Quote by Raine:

How about this song?








Comment by livingonli on 03/08/2010 16:20:46
Good morning everyone.



The ABC blackout on Cablevision turned out to be just under 21 hours. I wonder who blinked. Did ABC worry that they would have lost too many households on Oscar Night since they can't get that many irate people to change providers in less than 24 hours so that they could see the Oscars.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 16:27:51
I kinda like Pinks take on it





Comment by velveeta jones on 03/08/2010 16:36:49
Pink! :)

Comment by livingonli on 03/08/2010 16:36:58


So Palin just made an argument for single payer. When a teabagger has no brain.

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 16:39:07
Quote by wickedpam:

I kinda like Pinks take on it



Nice! That Video was amazing!



Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 16:46:05
She's kinda come into her own over the years.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 16:48:05
Quote by livingonli:

Good morning everyone.



The ABC blackout on Cablevision turned out to be just under 21 hours. I wonder who blinked. Did ABC worry that they would have lost too many households on Oscar Night since they can't get that many irate people to change providers in less than 24 hours so that they could see the Oscars.




not knowing the NY market at all, I would still think it was cablevision that blinked. THere are still other outlets where people can view ABC - Dish, DirectTV, with a digi box and so on

Comment by livingonli on 03/08/2010 17:12:21
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by livingonli:

Good morning everyone.



The ABC blackout on Cablevision turned out to be just under 21 hours. I wonder who blinked. Did ABC worry that they would have lost too many households on Oscar Night since they can't get that many irate people to change providers in less than 24 hours so that they could see the Oscars.




not knowing the NY market at all, I would still think it was cablevision that blinked. THere are still other outlets where people can view ABC - Dish, DirectTV, with a digi box and so on


But considering the signal was pulled the day of the Oscars but not before, considering the volume of people who would be switching to satellite or FiOS or even U-Verse in CT (although Cablevision customers in CT still received the New Haven ABC affiliate during the dispute) that still would have ended up being a lot of homes that wouldn't have been able to see the Oscars which would have meant lower ratings and lower advertising revenues.

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 17:23:09
Then there was THIS moment at the oscars:









SO wierd.

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 17:24:43
Comment by TriSec on 03/08/2010 17:29:56
Oscars?



I am just now watching "The Dark Knight"....how many years old is that one?



Pfft.





Comment by Mondobubba on 03/08/2010 17:34:43
Quote by Raine:

I know, how cool was that, Mala? Not only for Director but for Best Picture!




Aww the Academy is just making up for the way it snubbed her masterpiece, "Point Break."

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/08/2010 17:35:05
:ducks incoming bricks:

Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 18:10:56
Umm - Thom, I pay for internet service, I'm not paying additional for email.

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 18:29:59
Quote by wickedpam:

Umm - Thom, I pay for internet service, I'm not paying additional for email.


What did I miss?

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 18:30:59
Quote by Mondobubba:

:ducks incoming bricks:






A sympathy oscar? Is that what they are calling it?

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 18:45:54
http://washingtonindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Picture-69-480x220.png


THIS is where he goes??? GLENN BECK?



My sympathy for him is waning quickly after what he said this morning on the radio and now this?



"Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) said. "He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive."



Rep. Massa describes a confrontation with Emanuel in a shower: "I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me.
He's lost his f*cking mind.





Comment by wickedpam on 03/08/2010 18:50:21
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Umm - Thom, I pay for internet service, I'm not paying additional for email.


What did I miss?




Thom saying he would be willing to pay from emails from verified senders

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 18:55:52
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Umm - Thom, I pay for internet service, I'm not paying additional for email.


What did I miss?




Thom saying he would be willing to pay from emails from verified senders




oo I dunno about that? Pay for emails From verified senders? Not if I have to pay for internet.

Comment by BobR on 03/08/2010 19:04:35
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Umm - Thom, I pay for internet service, I'm not paying additional for email.


What did I miss?




Thom saying he would be willing to pay from emails from verified senders




oo I dunno about that? Pay for emails From verified senders? Not if I have to pay for internet.




I don't have email problems - I get very little spam, so no - I don't want to pay either.

Comment by livingonli on 03/08/2010 22:15:01
Sure got quiet here. What a difference when you go outside and it's in the upper 50's but there's still some snow on the ground.

Comment by Raine on 03/08/2010 23:28:09
Quote by livingonli:

Sure got quiet here. What a difference when you go outside and it's in the upper 50's but there's still some snow on the ground.
You went outside too?



I was busy planning dinner --



Comment by Mondobubba on 03/09/2010 01:18:25
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Mondobubba:

:ducks incoming bricks:






A sympathy oscar? Is that what they are calling it?




No, I am being a smart ass. my other theory is Bigalow getting best director and best picture is the most epic passive-aggressive snub of her ex (James Cameron) in the history of the Oscars.