Life Without Baby

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Whiny Wednesday: Politics November 21, 2012

Now that the election is but a mere distant memory, it’s safe to come out and have a whine.

According to a pre-election article in the Huffington Post, Kansas House of Representatives candidate, Brandon Whipple was denounced by the Tea Party for not having children.

Literature distributed in Wichita, read: “Can someone with no children really understand your family’s needs?”

In defense of the campaign, the head of Kansas for Liberty said, “If you have no experience in an area, it is hard for you to make informed decisions in an area.”

It’s this kind of small-minded thinking that makes me despair for the future of this country, however, there is hope. The people of Kansas apparently didn’t think much of this pathetic personal attack either. Whipple won the seat easily.

So, now that’s off my chest, over to you. It’s Whiny Wednesday. What’s got your knickers in a twist today?


17 Responses to “Whiny Wednesday: Politics”

  1. jeopardygirl Says:

    The other day, I got an e-mail from a semi-famous documentary filmmaker, and it wasn’t a form message, it was a personal one. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant for me. I have a name that is not uncommon–both first and last names are ones you will have seen pretty much anywhere. My “real” e-mail address is a combination of these, and I have had it for over 7 years. In the past couple of years, I have gotten a TON of e-mail for women with my name who are not me. Oh, and yesterday, I got advertising for Pottery Barn Kids and Babies R Us, which means one of the other “me’s” is pregnant or has a baby. Ugh.

  2. Nadine Says:

    My mother-in-law who never in the last 2 years acknowledge our infertility struggle, even if she knew all about my miscarriage and our 3 failed IVFs. I never head a “I am sorry for your loss” or anything at all. She prefers to pretend it never happened, if it not happening to her, she doesnt care. Well, now apparently she thinks that I am unsensitive to her needs because I refuse to attend a charity dinner she helped organized. I went last year and I hated every moment of it (the food was bad and the emcee atrocious, also it is more than one hour drive from my home). My SO who reconnected with his family after long years of estrangement does not want to get in the middle of it, he still want to keep seeing his family, pretending that everything is alright. Argh !

    • Mali Says:

      Then it’s easy. He goes to the dinner. You get a night in, with a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine and your favourite movie. Win win!

  3. gaylene Says:

    My whine: “Buy one, get one meal free” and other coupons of the sort. There’s only one of me. How about 50% off? How about tax breaks or benefits for childless people for not putting a strain on resources? What really ticked me off one time was going to a local movie theater to watch a movie that I wanted to see, but it was only put on for “family night.” I didn’t have a kid with me so they wouldn’t let me in.

    • Kathleen Guthrie Woods Says:

      OMG, I’m totally with you on this one!!! One time I went to CostCo with my mom, we bought a big bag of broccoli to share, divvied it up. But when I got home to my little single person apartment, my half wouldn’t fit in the freezer. And don’t even get me started on the extra expenses for single travelers. Not fair!

  4. Kathleen Guthrie Woods Says:

    So, I was so close to a whine-free day. THIS CLOSE! But… I was supposed to have today off to relax and prep for tomorrow. Instead, 3 clients are behind on jobs, so I had to be available to help. I was at my desk, working at 5:30 am. I sent off all my parts, and now I can’t get them to return my e-mails/messages to confirm that they have what they need, that the jobs are done. What do you bet they all took 1/2 days and totally bailed on me? AAARRGGGHHH!!!

  5. Maria Says:

    It is less than 24 hours before Thanksgiving and I just realized that I cannot find the turkey baster. Every year we have to run out at the last minute to buy a turkey baster. I don’t know where it goes every year!

    • gaylene Says:

      Maybe you should buy a case of turkey basters! BUT, if you have a turkey baster gnome running around, the whole case could disappear all at once. I don’t use a turkey baster, I butter the inside of a large grocery sack, stick the turkey in there, close up the bag and bake for the required amount of time. The bird comes out moist, tender, golden brown and no hassle! (Mom taught me that. I love my mom!)

      • gaylene Says:

        Oh, don’t forget to put the bag in a roasting pan! (No lid)

        • jeopardygirl Says:

          I crank the heat on the oven to 450 degrees. Then, I rub the outside of the bird with butter or oil, and stick half a lemon in the cavity. I stick the bird in the oven, and turn the heat down to 350 after about 20 minutes, then roast for about 20 minutes per pound. Beautiful brown skin, juicy bird!

          • gaylene Says:

            Sounds easier yet!

            • Maria Says:

              I stuff the bird with a stick of butter, an onion, celery, carrot and apple, and put 2 cups of apple cider in the pan. As it cooks, it makes a cider broth and when I baste the bird it makes it moist and the outside crispy and sweet. We were able to find a baster tonight but it wasn’t easy. People are crazy out there.

  6. Mali Says:

    I’m not sure I have a new whine today. Just the “same-old same-old” stuff.

    But I agree with Lisa’s whine. That is so narrow-minded. And also – if they want that logic to follow, then men shouldn’t get to make any legislation on women’s health issues!

  7. teacherJillK Says:

    My whiny Wednesday is not at all politic-y and I’m trying to think good thoughts…and only whine a little…

    Happy almost Thanksgiving!

  8. Laurel Says:

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