Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Sorry To Have Offended, Your Highness (Yeah, Right!)

Another case of clueless celebrities speaking when they should just keep their mouths shut. And now Barbara Walters has also lost what little respect I still had for her.


By Michelle Malkin

© 2005 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Have pity on Barbara Walters. Barbara Walters is, after all, Barbara
Walters. And Barbara Walters should not be made to suffer the gross
indignity of flying in first class while a common woman breast-feeds
her baby.

Barbara Walters for those few of you left on the remote islands of
Fiji who don't know who she is is a world-famous, Very Important
Person. She has, according to her official bio, "arguably
interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in
history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography is
(sic) listed in the American Heritage Dictionary."

Barbara Walters is the prolific profiler of Hollywood stars. She and
she alone possesses the papal-like power to anoint the world's "Most
Fascinating" celebrities and render the rest to the basement of
dullard-dom. Barbara Walters has interviewed "such world figures as
Russia's Boris Yeltsin, China's Premier Jiang Zemin, Great Britain's
former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and
Iraq's President Saddam Hussein." And every American president and
first lady since Richard Nixon. And Fidel Castro. And, uh, Monica

So when Barbara Walters gets on an airplane accompanied by her
hairdresser – what world-famous, Very Important Person doesn't? –
you can imagine the distress of being seated next to an ordinary mom
who had the nerve to nurse her child in Barbara Walters' presence.

The nerve! (Or, rather, the newve.)

"It made me very nervous," Barbara Walters complained last month
on "The View," her ABC morning talk show hosted by a klatch of
elitist women posing as your chatty best friends next door. (If,
that is, your door happens to be located in Manhattan or the
Hamptons or Beverly Hills.)

Barbara Walters attacked the offensive nursing mom further: "She
didn't cover the baby with a blanket. It made us uncomfortable."

How dare that hungry baby make Barbara Walters and her hairdresser
feel "uncomfortable"? Selfish child. Don't you know who Barbara
Walters is?

After being forced to endure the insufferable sight of a woman
providing nourishment to her child, the feminist icon Barbara
Walters – winner of the International Women's Media Foundation's
Lifetime Achievement Award, the Women's Project and Productions'
Lifetime Achievement Award, and the N.Y. Women in Film and
Television's Muse Award – reportedly pronounced it "gross and

Alert viewers of "The View" note that Walters' co-hosts have
expressed similar disdain for nursing women on prior shows with Star
Jones Reynolds making puerile faces when the subject arises.

As you may have heard, 200 women from across the country and from
many different backgrounds held a highly-publicized "nurse-in"
at "The View's" studios last week to protest Walters' breast-feeding
bigotry. I'm not the biggest fan of the radical "lactivists" – the
whole La Leche scene is a bit too much for me – but having breast-
fed both my children (one for 13 months, the other for six), I
completely sympathize with their outrage at Walters' remarks.
Nursing a child takes time, dedication and selflessness. No mother
should be made to feel ashamed of that.

Which reminds me: When millions of parents complained about the
outrageously inappropriate exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during
a sexually explicit Super Bowl performance last year, they were
immediately branded as "prudes" by elite liberals in the media. Why
aren't those same supposedly progressive commentators bashing the
ridiculously priggish Barbara Walters and company now?

Barbara Walters, naturally, cannot comprehend what all the fuss is
about: "Nobody here is against breast-feeding," she says with
condescending bewilderment. It's all a "misunderstanding." She is
now reportedly blaming her hairdresser for the mess. And she has
comforted herself by retreating into her sycophantic coven. New
mother and "View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was wildly applauded
by Walters' coterie when she announced she was giving up nursing her
newborn daughter and switching to bottle-feeding.

No doubt seeking approval from her world-famous, critically
acclaimed mentor (who are we to argue with a woman who is listed in
the American Heritage Dictionary), the young Hasselbeck confessed on
the show that she was "uncomfortable breast-feeding in general."

Working around the nose-crinkling Barbara Walters and her squeamish
hairdresser, who wouldn't be?


Thursday, June 09, 2005

Just Take a Walk in My Shoes First!

HOLLYWOOD, May 25, 2005

Cruise Slams Shields' Drug Use
Tom Cruise has criticized Hollywood pal Brooke Shields' "misguided" use of the anti-depressant Paxil, while declaring the actress' career as over.

In an interview with Billy Bush on the TV show Access Hollywood, to be screened on May 26, Cruise speaks of his disappointment to learn Shields used Paxil to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan.

Shields is currently weaning herself off her medication so she and husband Chris Henchy can have another child.

Cruise, who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through his controversial Scientology religion, says the Suddenly Susan actress should have used vitamins to help her feelings of despair.

Y'know, I loved Top Gun. But the arrogance of this man is unbelievable. I'm so completely turned off - I don't know that I'll ever be able to watch his movies again. Let him carry a child, give birth, and suffer through the after effects of hormonal surges and postpartum depression. Then, maybe, he'd have a right to an opinion on the subject. Good grief.

I'm seething!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Something I Can Believe In

Lifted from my sister Danielle...

Native American Code of Ethics

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit
will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit,
anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will
find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your
path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with
you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve
them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with
respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community,
the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be
people or plant.

7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt
another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to
personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you
put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your
worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and
water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown,
give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will
return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self,
Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and
healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in
spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you
will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not
touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and
religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if
you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

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