Ron Goldman’s Legacy: His Little Sister

On this day 17 years ago, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found murdered. Like millions of other people (maybe even you), my mind has the ability to recall exactly where I was during the events that would unfold during that week in June, 1994. Continue reading “Ron Goldman’s Legacy: His Little Sister” »

Weiner and Edwards and Arnold – Oh My!

Imagine you discovered the perfect political candidate (an oxymoron, I know, but just go with this). This candidate shares your same strong beliefs on education, health care, immigration and foreign policies. You are thrilled that, for the first time, you feel like there’s actually a leader you can believe in, someone who stands up for the people of America and is able to make the tough (sometimes unpopular) decisions required to be successful.

Would you still vote for him if you found out he was a lying, deceiving dawg in real life?

Through the years, I’ve heard people say they don’t care what goes on in the personal lives of politicians. I strongly disagree. In fact, I’m no longer going to vote on candidates based on their public views. Before I fill out my ballot next time, I’m first going to ask myself a few questions.

1. Has he/she (to the best of my knowledge) deceived the closest people in his/her life — repeatedly?

Why? Because if you’re deceitful enough to have an affair with the (housekeeper / documentary producer /  intern), I don’t trust anything you say.

2. Does his/her behavior mirror the behavior of an adult or a 15-year-old hormone-charged teen?

Hey, you ladies on Twitter?

Why? Because if you are seriously dumb enough to publicly post pictures of your package, sending it to easily traceable young

women on Twitter (seriously, he takes that Weiner name seriously), you are certainly not  smart enough to represent anyone publicly. *If you haven’t heard," target="_blank">NY Rep Anthony Weiner finally admitted he sent suggestive photos of himself in his underwear via Twitter, after lying about it since the brief discovery.

Interestingly enough, Weiner had this to say in a recent blog post about Clarence Thomas, “I expected more out of someone who sits on the most distinguished court in the land.” A little hypocritical that he has high expectations of those in powerful places, isn’t it? When I went to leave a comment on his blog, it was (of course) held for approval.

3. Does he/she steal from others to hide his bad behavior?

Why? If you lack integrity — you know, like using campaign funds in order to hide/support your mistress and secret child, you aren’t even worthy enough to be my acquaintance — never mind my choice in a leader.

What is it about politicians that they think they can disregard everyone else and still think they’re equipped to fill a position of power? And where in their lives did they lose ethics and morals — was that the reason they chose the political path or does the political path inspire a life of dishonesty?

If only we had a dumb, pretty female candidate.

How much importance do you put on politician’s personal life?

Osama Bin Laden Dead: What Are You Teaching Your Children?

As Jeff and I settled into our seats during a rare last-minute date night at the movies, I checked my phone before turning off the ringer. Quickly, I realized that the Web was abuzz as news that Osama Bin Laden was killed hit Facebook and Twitter.

“Ding dong, the witch is dead!”

Photoshopped pictures of Bin Laden, President Obama and even the Statue of Liberty appeared alongside cheers of celebration, dominating social networks and the news. I had chills as I watched it all unfold, knowing this is a huge moment in history.

But something kept nagging at me. This didn’t feel like a celebration at all.

Amy, who blogs as “Selfish Mom” said it best (via Twitter) : “When an American dies, & I see ppl in other countries take to the streets cheering, it turns my stomach. We’re just as bad.” Continue reading “Osama Bin Laden Dead: What Are You Teaching Your Children?” »

TUNE IN: Jackie Talks "The Talk"

Unlike my false Today Show alarm (apparently the trashy doll segment never aired), I am said to be appearing on today’s episode of The Talk (CBS, 2pm ET / 1pm CT/PT).

My relationship with The Talk began a few months back when I was invited — along with several other southern California bloggers — to attend a taping and luncheon with the hosts. Given my pre-kid experience working on talk shows (including Sharon Osborne’s show back in 2003/2004), I was excited to merge my two professional worlds — daytime TV and ‘mom’ blogging.

It was a fantastic experience. The show had a great energy, the hosts were engaging and the episode was just one example of the difference they’re trying to make, in addition to entertaining viewers. But it was after the show that made The Talk stand out. Every one of the hosts was genuinely interested in hearing what we thought of the show and how we thought it could be improved. It was refreshing to be around personalities who understand that without viewers, the show cannot succeed. (Keep reading) Continue reading “TUNE IN: Jackie Talks "The Talk"” »