Posted by: bridget | 9 January 2008

Mid-Week Round-Up

If this blogger ever procreates, she wants to be like this mom.  (Hat tip: Tieki Rae.)  After finding alcohol in her 19-year-old son’s car, Jane Hambleton put this ad in the Des Moines Register:

“OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don’t love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.”


Should this elephant go all Federalist 51 on y’all now?  Madison, Connecticut police officers who worked the overnight shift employed the services of prostitutes.  Given that prostitution is not legal in Madison, Connecticut, and given that sex workers are frequently subjected to violence and intimidation, there is a fair assumption that these women were not necessarily willing parties to the transaction.  (Query whether one can voluntarily contract for those services.)  To HaP readers who are of a liberal bent: don’t blame us when we break out in mottled splotches at the thought of giving the government more power.  Angels do not govern men.


Ayn Rand never thought to put something like this in Galt’s Gulch.  Move over, solild gold dollar sign!  The Museum of American Finance has opened up in its new location in the former Bank of New York headquarters. 


Ellen Goodman on the recent slew of not-pro-abortion movies – Bella, Waitress, Juno, and Knocked Up.  On the idea of the heroines not having abortions:

Here is a cinematic world without complication. Or contraception. By some screenwriter consensus, abortion has become the right-to-choose that’s never chosen.

As opposed to every other movie that is rated at least PG-13, where the protagonist screws the hot lead, without contraception, and without pregnancy?  Well, Ms. Goodman, we’ve moved from sex without complications and contraception to the idea that contraception-less sex gets you pregnant.  This is a bad thing?  Apparently, not as bad as the idea that parents ought to be teaching these things to their kids:

It appears that parents are required to create an alternative PowerPoint presentation. Against the endless loop of hip and comic stories, parents are expected to write the crawl – the stuff about relationships, about birth control, about becoming an adult before you become a parent. We’re supposed to write the real life postscript to Hollywood’s happily ever after.

Yes, parents are supposed to teach their kids about life; that cannot be outsourced to the government.  There is no moral or philosophical right to movies that will teach your kids what you do not want to teach them yourself.  There is no right to force everyone else who may influence your kid to act in a way that you would like them to act.  If such were the case, parents would be superfluous.


  1. I love that mom!

  2. I definitely recommend “Waitress”—very good, heartwarming little movie. Andy Griffith steals the show, and Keri Russell won me as a fan with her performance (not easy to do after Felicity).

  3. Now there’s a mom who loves her kid…

  4. Talk about mom of the year material!

    Great analysis on Goodman. Wish the NYT would give you equal time with her :-). My wife and kids saw Juno and liked it. My oldest and I saw Bella and thought it was very good.

  5. Okay, we’re 3 for 3 – everyone so far has a love on for that mom.

    Lewd, I’ll do that… although I think you like sappier moves much more than I do.

    Neil, thank you. :)

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