July 19, 2005

Reading Assignment: Cotillion!

It's Tuesday, so you know what that means...Cotillion!

The carnival is being hosted (along with right here) at My VRWC, annika's journal, Dr. Sanity, and Girl on the Right, so make sure you get to their sites as well to get the rest of the roundup!

You may have noticed I've been a bit lazy with my blogging lately, but it's pretty much a real-life condition. Needless to say, dancing isn't in the cards for me, as we usually do on Tuesdays for Cotillion. I've been kinda bookish lately and so with that, you get book recommendations that relate to the ladies' work--all of which is spectacular, as you've come to expect!

Woman Reading at a Dressing Table, late 1919

Woman Reading at a Dressing Table, late 1919
Matisse, Henri
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Dr. Sanity takes a glimpse into the mind of a suicide bomber:

I wonder if in his religious ecstasy experience there is room for a consideration of the possible pain of his victims?

Probably not. The essence of religious ecstasy occurs when one's Self is perfectly united to the elusive omnipotent object of one's infancy; and this fusion has little room in the crowded psyche for the consideration of of those outside the fusion. It is just one's own pathetic little Self and God.

A must-read, she pulls no punches in this one!

The Rage and The Pride

Claire asks, "floating a balloon...or throwing a cow pie?" to the former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda after his--ahem--proposal (extortion attempt) on the issue of immigration and terrorism. She calls it for the lead balloon that it is!

Uh huh… And what are y’all ustedes willing to put on the table in return for popu-dumping on the US?

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists Criminals & Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

Ilyka Damen gives Molly Ivins credit for correcting her "mistake" (sure it was), but....

Good for her, but I'm more interested in what it says that she'd write a thing like that in the first place.

She knows why--inability to count isn't the only reason why she doesn't read Molly Ivins.

Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite

Stefania from Free Thoughts hits the bull's eye at Tech Central Station that shines a light on Europe's Enemy Within:

The political culture of continental Europeans is one based on the "politically correct" way to handle almost every aspect of daily life. It is because of this attitude that Jihadists established their headquarters in European cities and from there they declared war to the continent.

Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis

Darleen notes Hillary Clinton's transformation into "Tipper" mode, in her obvious preparation for 2008--'cause yanno, "it takes a village" to tell you how to raise your children.

Clinton (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, said she will introduce legislation to help keep inappropriate video games out of the hands of children, and has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the "Grand Theft Auto" game.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Donnah, a.k.a. Florida Cracker, shares a story of amazing Darwinian stupidity:

A Charlotte County man who decided to take a cool, refreshing dip in the canal behind a house after mowing the lawn has met his Maker, courtesy of a 400-pound alligator.
Lt. Steve Mevers, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says he intends to find out why it attacked the man.

Does a Fish and Wildlife official really need to ask?

SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea

Sexy Sadie, what have you done? You laid it down for all to see... *

At Fistful of Fortnights, Sadie takes on the bad boys:

This bad boy is devastatingly charming, quite easy on the eyes, and can momentarily convince a woman that she is indeed the center of the universe. As such, he knows just how to sweep a woman off for a romantic weekend getaway, yet he still manages to cavort with a naked woman in his flat on Sunday afternoon. More typically, we'll find him flirting with our very appalled roommate while we finish getting dressed for a night out.

Indeed. Check out her take on bad boys and their eventual lack of appeal, and while you're at it, see the other Demystifying Divas, as well.

Why We Pick the Mates We Do: A Step-by-step Program To Select a Better Partner or Improve the Relationship You\'re Already In (Psychogenetics System)

At Feisty Repartee, Christina tells a story of her feisty wee one:

With great drama and ceremony, Wee One opened her purse, pulled out the wallet, and extracted a neatly folded and rather crisp bill.

Stunned, I asked her the obvious: "What is that?"

With even more theatrics, she unfolded it and said: "Well, there's a one and a zero on it. That would be a ten to me."

Sorry, Christina, that totally cracks me up. Remember, it's better to be a smartass than a dumbass! (At least that consoles me...) ;-)

World of Money Allowance Kit!: A Hands-On Money Management System Exclusively for Kids!

Lisa from Just A Girl, Elegant Webscapes (my site designer!!), Blogs About (my host!) and Right Voices has been on vacation in Alabama recently! Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to get together--distance and weather precluded it. She shares some observations from her trip:

The men down here in the south are unusually pleasant. They say things like.. "Excuse me Ma'am"... then step to the side to let you by… then "How are you today?" Me, being a city girl not used to nice people…look at them like they are crazy outta their minds…I’m immediately suspect and have to bite my tongue from replying with, "What the hell are YOU lookin’ at, ya creep!"

I hear ya--I had to reacquaint myself with well-mannered people when I moved back here from Washington DC; I had the SAME reaction. But this is why I love living here!

Suddenly Southern : A Yankee's Guide to Living in Dixie

Kellipundit has been on the road too, moving from Rhode Island to Louisiana, and is still "stranded," waiting for her car after four weeks (!):

My advice: Pay a friend/Relative who'd appreciate a little extra cash to fly up and drive your vehicle to you. They'll appreciate the money and you will maintain a little control over your vehicle.

Probably more dependable, too, eh? ;-)

29 Days to a Smooth Move : 2nd Edition

Crystal is struggling with her own post-move situation as she looks for a job, and ponders blogging in the interim:

I am beginning to wonder if I don't need to shut this blog down until I get a job.

Wait a minute--aren't you working stiffs supposed to WORK--not blog--at your jobs? Hmmm...here's hoping a potential employer didn't read THAT one! :mrgreen:

True Work : Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

Last but most definitely not least, Girl on the Right has been working to organize a letter-writing campaign for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, but has gotten nowhere through the Department of National Defence (DND). Fortunately, she's found Angels 'n Camouflage:

So the Angels'n'Camouflage stepped up the the plate, and are spreading the word via American soldiers that they wish to adopt any Canadian service member who signs up.

RightGirl's a real angel herself, for making sure no one is forgotten!

Support the troops!

Angels 'n Camouflage

Thanks to all the ladies of the Cotillion for your brilliant work!

[Cross-posted at MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and at basil's blog, because he's letting me guest-blog there!]

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