George and Laura Bush Will Become Grandparents in 2013
I’ve been spending a great deal of time in Midland, Texas, lately due to a book project, and I’ve grown to love the oil-rich town half-way between Fort Worth and El Paso. Its shrubby mesquite crawls along the ...
Parenting through Politics
“My eye itches,” eight-year-old Camille said one morning as she rolled out of bed.
“Scratch it,” I said without looking at her. It was a cool March morning, and my husband and I were headed out of town for the ...
Moms Rejecting Obama: “The Mister Rogers Effect”
Call it the Mister Rogers Effect: Moms want their kids to grow up in a neighborhood where the adults are virtuous. Whether it’s the baker, the postman, the mayor, or even the President, we want our children to have ...
Navy Lacrosse Team Meets WW2 Vets at Airport
I get a little lump in my throat every time I see military men and women at the airport . . . even though I sometimes travel with one! It always reminds me of the reality of war and the fact that so ...
This was an actual exchange in my house last night after the debate:
Me: “Obama’s just an empty suit.”
Thirteen-year-old daughter: “No, he’s an empty chair.”
I Won’t Back Down about Civil Rights . . . or from Teachers’ Unions
Parents magazine published my latest article today:
When I dropped my daughter off at an inner city Philadelphia School for kindergarten, I tried to keep my emotions in check. It was the first time in five years I’d been ...
Just Say No To the "Fast Food" Approach to Teen Contraception
In an ideal world, no one would have extramarital sex, and all children would have moms and dads tuck them into bed at night. However, teen pregnancy is so common that some high schools now have been forced to open ...
“Hello, are you married? No, I’m not trying to pick you up… I’m trying to determine which candidate you support!”
According to a new study released today by Gallup, marriage is a significant indicator of party affiliation:
Because my husband and I have moved a great deal, we’ve bought and sold our fair share of homes. Usually, we’ve let behind odds and ends — the leg to an old Barbie or a DVD we’d rented ...
Nickelodeon Promotes Jason Biggs's Anti-Republican, Anti-Christian Twitter Feed
Remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, they are apparently making a comeback. In fact, Nickelodeon recently hired American Pie star Jason Biggs to voice a character in the new cartoon version of the show, and is sending ...
ParaNorman Has Gay Sub-Plot
When we lived in Philadelphia, one of my daughter’s acquaintances was being raised by two women in a lesbian relationship. My friend explained the girl had two mothers– and, due to the circumstances surrounding the insemination, “two” fathers. It ...
Rachel from Chick-fil-A Forgives Drive-Thru Bully
Remember the Chick-fil-A employee who was bullied by the corporate executive who was ordering a water just to have a chance to berate anyone associated with the fast-food restaurant? Well, a few things have happened since that video went mega-viral.
Grown-up Romance: Hope Springs
Rebecca Cusey reviews the new Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones movie Hope Springs:
It’s become quite fashionable to cluck and sigh at romantic comedies that end with the girl getting her guy and, perhaps, a ring.
Exec Bullies Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired
According to Business Insider:
“Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir today when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.
Smith berates the ...
Today, of course, is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, a moment when customers head out to literally “Eat Mor Chickn” to show support to the company which has been under siege after an executive admitted he supported traditional marriage. Former Arkansas governor ...
I Built This, Mr. President
Bristol Palin, who writes for my Faith and Family Channel at Patheos, asked her readers to send in photos of their small businesses. (The above photo is one of them!)
I’m not sure if I’m particularly sappy or ...
Obama Uses Batman against Romney? The Economics of The Dark Knight Rises
Is the Dark Knight Rises striking a blow for the Obama reelection effort? Rebecca Cusey reports:
The Obama campaign reportedly is interested in connecting Romney’s past at a firm called Bain Capital with the villain in The Dark Knight ...
Sex Selective Abortion: A Plea to Fathers
“Gendercide” has been in the news recently with Live Action’s undercover films demonstrating Planned Parenthood clinics’ repeated willingness to perform abortions based on the mere fact that the pre-born child was a girl. Is this practice very common in ...
Science, Candy, and Getting Rid of the Dentist Appointment Forever?
Well, if this doesn’t get your kids interested in science, nothing will:
A new chemical could make human teeth ‘cavity proof’ – and do away with the need for visits to the dentists forever.
The molecule has been called ‘Keep 32′ – ...
Brad Pitt's Mother Gets Death Threats for Supporting Romney
I’m sure you saw this coming?
Re: Brad Pitt's Mother Supports Romney and (Presumably) Thanksgiving
Below, I wondered if Jane Pitt’s endorsement of Governor Romney would make for awkward political conversation over Thanksgiving dinner, but — natch — a reader pointed out to me via Facebook that Angelina Jolie doesn’t believe in Thanksgiving:
“Angelina Jolie ...
Brad Pitt's Mother Encourages Christians to Vote for Romney
Do you ever wonder if Thanksgiving meals are awkward for other families, not just yours? I think conversation at the Pitt household might be a little strained this year, too.
Putting Flags on the Veterans' Tombstones, a Reflection
“A soldier of the Revolutionary War.”
“United States Navy, World War II.”
“A soldier of the Korean War.”
It was 7:00 a.m. on June 30, and my two oldest kids and I were placing flags on veterans’ graves before our church’...
The Most Deceptive Tax Increase in American History?
David French writes, “Obamacare could only be constitutionally salvaged as a tax, an expensive and complex new burden on the middle class that will only escalate with time.”
How will it affect your family? Here’s a helpful – and depressing — ...
Anne-Marie Slaughter Aside, Women Can Have Quite a Lot
Here’s another great response to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s piece, this time in the Washington Post by Ruth Marcus:
The most unintentionally funny part of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic, the latest in the “mommies-can’t-have-it-all” genre, comes ...
Life 101: Life Doesn't Revolve Around You, Even If You're Female
Suzanne, thanks for the discussion about the Atlantic cover story, “Why Women Can’t Have It All.” I enjoyed the points you made about “having it all,” as well as Lori Gottlieb’s gentle rebuke of the article’s author, ...
Rebecca Walker: Rejecting the Feminism of her Mother
Rebecca Walker is the daughter of Alice Walker, the feminist author of The Color Purple. Apparently, growing up as the daughter of a radical is not as fun as sounds. Her mom always taught her motherhood was a form of ...
Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types
Dahlia Lithwick conducts a very important study at Slate that might change the way you look at yourself forever:
Muppet Theory, a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one simple metric: ...
Did the President Make an Intentional Double Entendre about First Lady?
I’m not sure — the video of him speaking to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council does look like he was surprised by the audience’s reaction to his claim that “Michelle doesn’t go all the way ...
Transracial Adoption and Hair, Hair, Hair!
After my family returned home from Africa with our little bundle of joy, we settled into our new routine with our child in rural Tennessee. The orphanage had shaved her head, so she was practically bald. This is what my ...
Are Women Ruined by Adultery, Pinterest?
Of course adultery ruins women. But Pinterest? The question is silly, because it includes two totally unrelated issues.
Similarly, a popular sentiment has been circulating lately amongst certain evangelicals like Rick Warren that “porn and video gaming are ruining men.”
The American Bible Challenge
Remember those “Bible Bowls” from middle school youth group? If you just shuddered and broke out into a sweat, then this is not for you. But if you can name all of the major and minor prophets without breaking any ...
A Mother Who Had Two Abortions Confesses Her Sins, Warns Others
It had to take a lot of courage to speak out about this, 15 years after her first abortion:
Here is the truth I spent so many years denying and keeping from the public – I killed two of my children, robbed ...
You'll Need an Epidural to Watch What To Expect When You're Expecting
Rebecca Cusey says that watching this sad, depressing movie is worse than actually giving birth.
The Three Stooges, Kung Fu Panda, Despicable Me . . . and Adoption
I’ve been getting mail about The Avengers and adoption today. This one comes from Rebecca Cusey over at Tinsel:
If people want to get mad about adoption (and who doesn’t?), they should be mad at the Three Stooges ...
The 'He's Adopted' Line in Avengers Is Not Funny
Since I’ve mentioned the movie The Avengers on this blog, I’ve been getting e-mails about a certain exchange in the movie that has caused some consternation in the adoption community. Because we are a family that grew through ...
The Tennessean Investigates Books-a-Million Stores for their Pornographic Displays
Well, this is interesting. Yesterday, I got a call from my home state’s newspaper about this blog post I told you guys about yesterday. I had been shopping with the kids when I saw a book cover that obviously ...
Review of Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity
Let’s start from the beginning: Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American, Harvard-educated basketball player who became a New York Knicks phenomenon. The combination of his skill, his ethnicity, his Christian faith, and the improbability of his rise took the sports ...
Politics and The Avengers: If Iron Man Is Libertarian, What’s The Hulk?
Rebecca Cusey finds the modern-day political counterparts of Avengers characters in this fun little post to take you into the weekend. (Captain America’s political counterpart? Sean Hannity!) If you’re one of the only people in America who haven’...
Bristol Palin speaks out about gay marriage and questions Malia and Sasha’s role in the president’s “evolution.”
Is Avengers Good for the Whole Family?
Here’s the scoop if you are thinking of taking the kids to the movies this weekend!
This should be an encouragement to all of you musicians out there. (Kleenex warning!)
Keep Laughing, Keep Listening, Keep Loving
Marcia Morrissey, wife of Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey, recently got some bad news from the doctor. She is blind, and she began to notice that her hearing is going away:
The other night I heard Ed saying something from ...
Elizabeth Santorum Will Occasionally Write for Hot Air
Read her first blog post here.
Re: I'm a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal with It
David followed up on my rather angry post; he explains why I wrote it:
It no longer seemed right to ignore the hate, to pretend that it doesn’t exist, and go about our lives. Sometimes you just have to ...
Matt Damon Wants to Kiss George W. Bush
Rebecca Cusey — under a very surprising headline — writes about how the former president is getting some long-deserved Hollywood praise:
Matt Damon, known for his liberal politics, gave credit where credit was due to former President George W. Bush.
And he ...
Bristol Palin: Not Shacking Up
The ladies on The View recently discussed rumors in the National Enquirer about Bristol Palin living with her boyfriend. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar said this violated Bristol’s renewed vow to wait until marriage for sex, and ...
It's a Good Day to Think about Bella, and Those Like Her
The Palin family knows what it’s like to be in the public eye while tending to a child who needs special love and care. This is what Bristol Palin wrote about Rick Santorum’s suspending his presidential campaign. And ...
And Speaking of Adoption . . .
My daughter Naomi didn’t begin life with many advantages. She was born in one of the poorest countries in the world and was one of its most destitute members. She was as starved as one can be and still ...
Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light and Hope
It’s always discomforting to hear the news of a public person’s death, and I was truly saddened to hear of Thomas Kinkade’s death. As a Southern Christian, I see his work everywhere — in friends’ homes, in public ...
Jenna Bush Hager Named Southern Living Editor-at-Large, Hopes to Attract Younger Audience
Those of us fortunate to grow up in the South always had a dog-eared copy of Southern Living on our coffee table. (It was right under the Reader’s Digest.) Well, now Southern Living ...
My Family the Moment We Lost Ohio
We took our family to Boston for what we hoped would be a victory celebration. It wasn’t.
While we waited for Governor Romney to give his concession speech, some reporters documented our distress for posterity. Above is our whole ...
Official New Obama Ad: 'Losing Your Voting Virginity'
Obama’s newest campaign ad features the talented Lena Dunham (creator of HBO’s Girls) and is about losing your voting virginity. The Cornerites have described this as already as awkward, super uncool, and derivative. But Charles Mitchell, over on ...
Moms Know Romney's Right about Big Bird
How did the whole Big Bird kerfuffle affect moms? In my most recent Parents article, I address the issue:
In the first debate between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, the GOP nominee ruffled some feathers by ...
Adoption, Fear, and True American Girls
When my husband and I were considering adoption, it was easy to be overcome with fear of the unknown. We already had two good kids who got high grades, who got along well with each other, and who were (at ...
NYC Schools to Dispense Morning-After Pill without Notifying Parents
Yesterday, I wrote about how the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends IUDs and hormonal implants as the most effective method of pregnancy prevention for teens. Well, if that doesn’t work, the NYC public schools will give ...
Ann Romney's Most Embarrassing Moment
Kelly Ripa recently interviewed Mitt and Ann Romney and did a series of rapid-fire questions, which I’m sure are incredibly hard to answer. However, when Kelly asked Mrs. Romney about her most embarrassing moment, I doubt she expected her ...
How Mitt and Ann Romney Helped Me Get Through My Husband’s Deployment
My new article in Parents magazine gives some insight into the character of Mitt and Ann Romney, who showed me kindness when my husband was deployed.
In 2007, I was in Boston playing a very small part in trying ...
As we brace ourselves for the Democratic National Convention, which started today, I’m still reveling in the memories of last week’s Republican Convention. My husband David and I drove to Tampa, sweated through several business suits in the ...
Blogging from the Floor of the GOP Convention
My husband David and I ran to be Romney delegates in our home state of Tennessee in the fourth congressional district. After a long campaign, the voters of our district voted . . . and David earned 216 more votes than I did. (I ...
NYT on 'Gender-Creative' Children
One afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., my kids were playing on the swing sets in the park when a little tike wearing a football jersey ran into my daughter’s path. I lunged for the swing — I jerked the chain ...
Education Reform Gets Cool
Naomi Schaefer Riley writes in the New York Post about how education reform is no longer the domain of nerdy conservatives or outraged libertarians. Teachers’ unions have begun “looking like dinosaurs,” to everyone. After all, “hip urbanites don’...
Salon and Gabby Douglas's Faith
When Gabby Douglas exuberantly gave thanks to God after winning gold in the Olympic women’s all around gymnastics competition, my husband knew there would be a backlash.
Sure enough, Salon published a snarky take-down of the young teenager who ...
To Boycott or Not to Boycott?
All of this talk of Chick-Fil-A really makes it hard to stay on one’s diet.
It also brings up some questions, mainly about supporting businesses which hold different political views. My friends are lamenting that they can no longer ...
Governor Haley’s Husband to Deploy to Afghanistan
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s husband received orders from the South Carolina National Guard on Monday and is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in January, a spokesman in her office said.
1st Lieutenant Michael Haley will deploy ...
Justin Bieber: Abortion is Like "Killing a Baby"
Rolling Stone doesn’t seem like the most natural place for the articulation of a pro-life position, especially from a pop star. But, it just happened:
Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has said that he does not believe in abortion, and ...
Office Depot’s Lady Gaga Back-to-School Initiative Insults True Bravery and Conservative Values
On a recent trip to buy a printer at Office Depot in Brentwood, Tennessee, the kids and I noticed a sign on the checkout which read “Be Brave,” with the tagline: “We Supply Bravery.” As the wife of an Iraq ...
I Admit It: Spanking My Kids Is Not Causing Them Mental Illness
When I lived in New York and Philadelphia, I was cautious about publicly disciplining my children, since I knew mothers in liberal northeastern cities differed greatly with my approach. For example, I once was chided by a mom in a ...
How Did the Southern Bachelorette Handle the Overnight Dates?
Do you remember when a contestant on The Bachelor took the California Bachelor on a hometown date to her conservative Christian parents? They were Southerners, didn’t drink, and definitely didn’t believe in living together before marriage.
The Bachelor ...
'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey' Good for Liberal and Conservative Families
In spite of the fact that Whoopi Goldberg was the narrator, I watched a documentary yesterday called Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.
I know many of you aren’t Sesame Street fans, but who doesn’t love red, furry, ...
The Harvard Crimson's Hilarious "Correction"
You just can’t make this stuff up. Check out the “correction” at the end of their article welcoming the College’s first permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life.
How The Bachelorette is like Socialism
When The Bachelor debuted on ABC, Kathryn Lopez wrote about the new show:
Overall, the show was silly. And we’d be no less if it had never aired . . . If the girls were a little less gorgeous and the setting ...
The Cookie Battle: It’s Not Pride, It’s Taking Sides
Remember when big corporations were considered greedy? When Governor Romney’s “corporations are people too, my friend” line drew some laughs? Remember when corporations were the representatives of the dreaded 1 percent?
That was oh-so-two-months-ago. For the fourth year in a ...
We’re Just Not That Important: A Response to Anne-Marie Slaughter
Over on The Corner, the conversation continues on Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” article. David French writes:
To distract myself from the pervasive anxiety surrounding the looming health-care ruling, I finally read Anne-Marie Slaughter’...
Kraft Foods Shows Lack of Concern for Conservative Customers
Who's Going to See Brave Tonight?
As I’ve mentioned, the “French Movie Club” consists of my husband, David, and my two older kids. Apparently, they don’t want to exclusively see movies my four-year-old would appreciate. So, relegated to babysitting duty, I’ve missed most ...
How Many Presidential Candidates Does It Take to Order a Sandwich?
Well, it depends on the candidate’s party affiliation. MSNBC, for example, painted Governor Romney as completely awestruck at ordering a sandwich at WaWa. Thankfully, a member of the crowd was filming the complete speech, which gave the full context ...
If You’re Selling Scorn for Conservative Christians, the Market is Hot
Timothy Dalrymple explains the backstory behind this billboard that was strategically placed by Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, North Carolina. It reads:
“MissionGathering Christian Church IS SORRY for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of THOSE WHO DENIED RIGHTS AND ...
African Americans and Gay Marriage
Sometimes, when I’m away from my local congregation here in Tennessee, I listen to sermon podcasts from my former congregation, Times Square Church in New York City.
Today I found myself driving down Interstate 71 instead of sitting in the ...
What Movie Should You See This Weekend?
With ticket prices up to $10 in some places, it’s good to know what you are getting into at the movie theater. Rebecca Cusey has three good reviews to give you the bottom line on three popular movies playing at ...
Forget Rihanna – Battleship’s True Star? Iraq Vet Greg Gadson
A Home Front commenter named “BreakRight” noted on “What Should You Watch This Weekend” that he absolutely loved Battleship. He wrote:
Major, major tip of the hat to the inclusion of the Navy veterans who were given the role of “...
What Movie Should You Watch This Weekend?
Rebecca Cusey has the scoop on some movies that are at the theaters now:
‘Battleship’ is True-Blue at Heart
‘Men in Black III’ proves the Prince is Still Fresh
‘Dark Shadows’ Disappoints Despite Tim Burton and Johnny Depp
‘Pirates’ Swashbuckles ...
Donors Push Back against Vandy's Religious Discrimination
With high school seniors putting on their caps and gowns, many parents are looking at potential colleges for the fall. However, as moms and dad consider where to send their kids, they should realize Vanderbilt University is hostile to religious ...
Therapists Try Tough Love for a 'Nation of Whiners'
A new article in the Wall Street Journal says that some therapists are changing their tactics regarding their clients. They’re trying “tough love:”
Whining, as defined by experts—the therapists, spouses, co-workers and others who have to listen to ...
More on The Avengers and Adoption
Rebecca Cusey responds to my post about the controversial “He’s adopted” line in The Avengers:
The line is not entirely throw away. It’s a reference to events in the Thor movie (one of the many running up to ...
Books-a-Million Listens to Customers and Changes Display
Thanks to all of you who have followed the incident that happened here in Tennessee when I was shopping for Mother’s Day at Books-a-Million. You contacted the store, you Tweeted, you Facebooked, you called, and they responded!
Yesterday, WKRN ...
A Way to Guarantee You Aren't Invited to Give Commencement Addresses
In a recent blog post, my husband David daydreams about what he’d say to a class of graduating seniors:
Congratulations on your important, though modest, achievement. Your graduation is important because it is — for all too many people in ...
Books-a-Million Displays Books with Pornographic Covers in Plain View of Children
What’s more fun that taking the kids for a leisurely day at the bookstore?
That’s what I was thinking when I went to Books-a-Million in Spring Hill, Tennessee — a great store, and I’m not just saying that ...
Review: The Dictator Bravely Offends One and All
Rebecca Cusey has the scoop on the new movie by the famous Borat star, Sacha Baron Cohen:
You can say this for Sacha Baron Cohen: he’s never been a coward. His fearlessness in his latest work, The Dictator (opening ...
Where the Wild Things Are and a Longing for Home
Almost everyone has read Where the Wild Things Are. By now, its images are a part of our collective consciences — icons of childhood — and its plot is easy to recite. Mischievous Max talks back to his mother (who calls him “...
What's Better than Being a Palin?
Bristol reflects on being “the daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin” and being a single mother here.
How to Create a Prodigal 101
Amy Henry conducts a parenting class I hope we all fail.
'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Dreary and Depressing
Rebecca Cusey writes:
Most of my life, I’ve looked forward to growing old. It seems like it could be a kick, what with wearing clothes that shock the neighbors, developing unreasonable and unyielding demands, and devising new ways to ...
Remembering David Wilkerson, One Year After His Death
In April, it was one year since a car accident on U.S. 175 in Texas took the life of David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church, founder of the addiction-recovery program, Teen Challenge, and author of the bestselling book ...
I'm a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal with It
When I posted a photo of my kids with Governor Romney on this blog recently, I started getting mean-spirited e-mails, Facebook messages, and comments from liberals who think that my family’s conservatism should preclude us from loving and raising ...
Family Friendly Movie Suggestion for This Weekend: Chimpanzee
Rebecca Cusey recently interviewed Mark Linfield, co-director of DisneyNature’s lush documentary Chimpanzee:
To make the documentary, which opens nationwide tomorrow, April 20, Lindfield and co-director Alastair Fothergill had to chase a troop of rambunctious chimpanzees through the wilds of Africa.
A Katniss Barbie and Standing Up to PETA (not Peeta)
Rebecca Cusey writes:
Tired of overly pretty, brainless, wimpy Barbie? Feel like reenacting the struggles of Panem with Katniss? Want to relive the Hunger Games?
Apparently, Mattel is introducing Katniss Everdeen as a doll! (The toy-makers somehow captured her look ...
October Baby Star John Schneider Says Movie Is Not about Politics
Suzanne Venker wrote a great piece about why we should all see the new movie October Baby, a flick about a college freshman who finds out she’s the adopted survivor of an attempted abortion. Suzanne writes:
Any movie that’...
Adoption: Where Beliefs Meet Real Life
Adoption is one of the bedrocks of the pro-life position, where philosophy and political beliefs meet real life. Instead of arguing about the moral ramifications of “the morning after pill,” adoptive parents are up all night rocking their little one ...
Ben & Jerry's 'Apple-y Ever After'
Greg, I understand why parents would protest this kind of ice cream, which was made to show solidarity with gay marriage.