Archive for the 'society' Category

Walmart and the Barbie Wars

I found the remnants of Adorable Child’s Barbie collection this morning.  Only two have survived. There’s probably deeper meaning here, but it won’t be found at Walmart.

Great Expectations and The American Dream

One of the charges often made these days is that the American dream is lost — that unlike generations that have come before us, we and/or our children will not see an increase in the standard of living or quality of life. Every time I come across one of these assertions (and they come from [...]

Gearing Up for a Special Good-Bye

In 2000 — nearly a decade ago now — Polimom and Adorable Child returned to the Houston area. We came with nothing. A newly-single mom, I’d left my beloved tiny village in upstate New York;  there simply were no jobs in my field in the area.  So I headed south, where I hoped that my [...]

Tasering the Kids

Wow.  From Ozark, Arkansas: According to a police report, the officer was called to the home by the mother and witnessed the child kicking and screaming. The officer’s statement said the girl’s mother, Kelly Hamlert, told him to use a Taser on her if he needed to.The officer did shock the girl after he said [...]

Mess With My Guy, I’ll Sue Ya!

Maybe I’ve missed it, but I don’t recall ever hearing of such a lawsuit (Politico): The estranged wife of former Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), who served 12 years in Congress before retiring in January, has filed a lawsuit against his alleged mistress, claiming their adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings’ marriage and his political career. Fascinating.  [...]