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Through the years, Mother’s Day films have presented moms both good and bad, and “Wasp” features a most down-on-her-luck mother in contemporary Britain, an unfortunate mom who certainly isn’t going to be winning any Mother of the Year Awards. “Wasp” is an acclaimed short film directed by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film and the Jury Prize for International Short Filmmaking at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. “Wasp” has been credited as having revived the genre of social realism in British cinema, and this short film has gained the status of a modern classic through Arnold’s sensitive humanistic approach, combined with modern filmmaking techniques.
The film is a searing and intimate portrait of Zoë, a forsaken young woman in contemporary England, who is mired in poverty, but who desperately wants something for herself aside from the oppressive limitations of being a single-mother of four. Despite the responsibility she bears, when a former crush unexpectedly reappears showing his first bit of romantic interest in her, Zoë jumps at the opportunity to go out on a date with him, behaving in painfully irresponsible ways.
On another level, “Wasp” is a stinging critique of the agonizing worship of the faux-celebrity lives manufactured by today’s pop-media, public relations machines. For Zoë, the Beckhams are the ideal family, the epitome of the fashionably idolized, providing an illusory escape from the harsh realities of her own life. They’re the idealized depiction of a family with three terribly good-looking young sons, a family whose real existence never steps in the way of their living the glamorous life. For Zoë, the Beckhams represent the false pinnacle of desire: never-ending luxury, fashionable motherhood and physical perfection in marriage. But there’s a gut-wrenching sadness to Zoë’s idealized obsession, for she can barely even feed her own children.
It is just phenomenal how much this film gets right; the level of deftness in the writing and presentation is stellar. Having already noted that “Wasp” has achieved the status of a modern classic, it would be very worthwhile for you to watch this engrossing film. “Wasp” is a perfect reintroduction to contemporary dramatic live-action short films: it is almost mandatory viewing for short film fans. Enjoy.
This piece includes color photographs and the thoughtfully riveting, acclaimed short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/wasp-the-searing-desperation-of-a-forsaken-young-mother/Through the years, Mother’s Day films have presented moms both good and bad, and... more
Police Officer Threatens Mother With Jail For Trespassing While Picking Up Her Children At Her Childrens Schoolhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lrctd2s7Uw
Police Officer Threatens Mother With Jail For Trespassing While Picking Up Her Children At Her Childrens Schoolhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lrctd2s7Uw Police Officer Threatens Mother With... more
ALL NEW!!! I had a delightful time talking with Sam Dawson, author of the new book 'Broad Appeal,' which talks about sex, love, marriage and more with dozens of women ages 60 to 90. I think you'll enjoy it, too! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/04/sam-dawson-is-a-grandma-hard-to-believe-with-broad-appeal-2013-video-interview/#.UWwFVIIW9MoALL NEW!!! I had a delightful time talking with Sam Dawson, author of the new book... more
A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in their Loganville, Ga., home last Friday afternoon.
"She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," said her husband, Donnie Herman
According to Herman and the Walton County Sheriff's Office incident report, Melinda Herman was working at home when a man began to ring the doorbell. She called her husband at work, who told her to gather their 9-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and go hide. All three of them went to an upstairs crawl space, and Melinda brought along a .38 caliber handgun to the hiding place.
Her husband, meanwhile, called the police. In the 911 recording, Herman can be heard saying, "She shot him. She's shooting him, she's shooting him. Shoot him again."
"I heard him pleading," her husband said to the 911 operator. "He was screaming."
The man allegedly broke into the house and rummaged around before making his way to the crawl space, where he found the mother and children hiding.
"The perpetrator opens that door, and of course at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver
Melinda Herman shot the intruder five times, hitting him in the face and neck. Chapman said she told the man if he moved she would shoot him again, although she had run out of bullets.
"The guy is [heard] telling her to quit shooting," said Chapman.
The intruder, who police identified as 32-year-old Paul Slater, managed to get to his car and as he tried to flee, crashed into a tree. Deputies later found him in a neighbor's yard.
Melinda Herman and her children, in the meantime, had sought refuge in a neighbor's home.
"Her life is saved and our kids lives are saved. And that's all I can say," said Donnie Herman.
http://youtu.be/iUVw2ghm0S8A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in... more
It seems we've all but forgotten that the USA is still at war. What is worse, a presidential candidate running in the 2012 election has also forgotten. Romney and the RNC did not mention this war or give homage to the brave soldiers who are dying as I write this. What is wrong with our country, how can we be so callous? When the Bush/Cheney administration so coldly and calculatedly declared war, not on just one front but two, their many followers were all over themselves cheering the troops on, with bumper stickers, flags and blogs that called those of us who hated and were against these wars un-American. But now since the war is not seen as a way to achieve political clout, not a word is mentioned about our young troops who are still in harm’s way. But the families of those still fighting are feeling the pain. They don’t have the luxury of forgetting about the horrors of war. They are living it every day and will continue to live it until their lives have ended. It's unfair and pathetic beyond belief. thinkingblueIt seems we've all but forgotten that the USA is still at war. What is worse, a... more
In a July campaign ad, GOP nominee Mitt Romney singled out Obama for easing the rules for welfare, a program that serves mainly single female heads of households.
"President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements," the ad says. "Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check and 'welfare to work' goes back to being plain old welfare."
What Romney is attacking is the so-called work waiver that gives states greater flexibility in the way they dispense welfare. Usually the Republicans champion states' rights, but not in this case. Meanwhile, Romney is just wrong. Obama did not introduce such a policy.
After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women crossed a threshold in 2009, when more than half of all births to women under 30 occurred outside of marriage.
While more black women have children outside of marriage, white women are the fastest growing demographic.
Now that unmarried mothers have become the new normal, one would think that the drive to stigmatize them would ease up. Apparently not!
Read the full story at http://womensenews.org/story/labor/120809/romney-plays-gender-race-card-cites-welfare-lawIn a July campaign ad, GOP nominee Mitt Romney singled out Obama for easing the rules... more
I’m not a woman nor do I pretend to know what it feels like to be one. However, I’m fairly certain that when a woman finds out she is pregnant she doesn’t say, “Gee, I think I’ll have an abortion. I’ll invite my girlfriends. Maybe grab a salad and spend a little time at the spa before we go for drinks. It’ll be fun.”I’m not a woman nor do I pretend to know what it feels like to be one. However,... more
With "Breaking Bad" returning for its fifth season on AMC, it seemed like a good time to share my 2008 interview with actress Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler. This was recorded early in the show's first season, at a point when Anna was still better known for playing Timothy Olyphant's wife on HBO's "Deadwood." (PS--This one comes with a complete transcript!) http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/02/anna-gunn-breaking-bad-and-deadwood-actress-mr-media-interview-part-1/With "Breaking Bad" returning for its fifth season on AMC, it seemed like a... more
Woman Behind Controversial Military Breastfeeding Photo is Fired from Her Civilian Job
Excerpt: The photo that caused the initial uproar featured two military moms breastfeeding their babies while wearing their Air National Guard uniforms. While many people were supportive of the women's right to breastfeed whenever necessary, others felt that the picture was disrespectful to the military.
"We live in a culture of dipshit. No one should see a picture of a human female naturally breastfeeding her offspring as disrespectful to anything or anybody. Nursing a baby is Nature and intrinsic to every mammal that walks upon Planet Earth. Why is it when you see a cat or a dog or a cow feeding their young it seems beautiful or cute, yet when a human mother is seen nursing her young, it brings about feelings of disgust and aversion? I blame it on capitalism and the use of sex in marketing. Firing this woman for taking part in a photograph of women naturally feeding their infants, in military uniforms, is another notch on the belt of those who view women as inferior and in need of subjugation through laws that diminish their freedoms. I’ll bet Schryver Medical is a GOP contributor." thinkingblue
More Excerpts: Scott -- who served in the Army from 2000 to 2006, including a tour in Iraq, and whose husband is still in the military -- was surprised by the outrage. "I'm an X-ray tech and I breastfeed in my uniform all the time," she told Yahoo! Shine in an interview on May 30, the day the controversy ignited. "Granted they're scrubs. But people do it all the time in their uniforms. If you have a hungry baby, why would you take the time to change completely?"
The two members of the Air National Guard who appeared in the controversial photo, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna have been reprimanded because the photo "violated a policy that forbids military members from using the uniform to further a cause, promote a product or imply an endorsement," the Air Force Times reported.
"The uniform was misused. That's against regulations," Captain Keith Kosik, a spokesman for the Washington National Guard, told the Air Force Times. "I want to be very, very clear about this. Our issue is not, nor has it ever been, about breastfeeding. It has to do with honoring the uniform and making sure it's not misused. I can't wear my uniform to a political rally, to try to sell you something or push an ideology. That was our point of contention." MORE HERE: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/woman-behind-controversial-military-breastfeeding-photo-fired-her-164900839.html
“The Uniform Was Misused!” "Tell that to a hungry baby, will ya!" thinkingblueWoman Behind Controversial Military Breastfeeding Photo is Fired from Her Civilian Job... more
These fucking cowards need to stop doing this or they will think it's ok to taser anyone at anytime. I hope something gets done!!
Police in Chicago on Tuesday used a Taser on a women who is eight months pregnant over a dispute that occurred after she parked in a handicapped space.
Tiffany Rent pulled into the handicapped space at a Walgreens because she was trying to console her young daughter, Rent’s sister, Sharita Rent, told CBS Chicago.
“The police came behind her, and they say they blocked her in,” Shareeta Rent explained. “She asked them, were they writing her a ticket, and they told her yes.”
“She tried to explain to them what happened, as far as her little getting out of the car, and her trying to calm her down and console her, and the guy gave her a ticket for $200. She ripped the ticket up and threw it on the ground.”
The sister also claimed that police hurled insults at Rent.
“They all made little nasty, cruel comments – one guy said, ‘Does she have a hernia or something,’ and the other one told her to call Jesse Jackson. Another one said that she deserved it,” Sharita Rent said. “And I’m thinking, how cruel is that? How could you be that cruel to a human being? A pregnant human being?”
A police source confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that officers used a Taser on Rent and took her into custody. Joseph Hobbs, who is Rent’s boyfriend and the father of her child, had his elbow dislocated while trying to intervene.
A nursing supervisor at Roseland Community Hospital, where Rent was taken for treatment, told the Tribune that the fetus was apparently unharmed. But Rent’s family said she planned to undergo more test because she had previously “lost three babies.”
“We’re going to file complaints and go from there and hope to God something is done about this,” Shareeta Rent said. “This is ridiculous.”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/06/chicago-cops-taser-8-months-pregnant-woman-during-parking-dispute/These fucking cowards need to stop doing this or they will think it's ok to taser... more
Mother Faces 93 Days In Jail For Vegetable Garden! http://youtu.be/3keUTEwev-o
President Barack Obama shares some of his family pictures and sentiment thinking back on his mother and the mother of his children. Priceless.President Barack Obama shares some of his family pictures and sentiment thinking back... more
As a child do something special to show your gratitude and appreciation with your mom. As parents, please spend and enjoy time celebrating Mother’s day to strengthen family bonds. Here are my special notes for both parents and children.As a child do something special to show your gratitude and appreciation with your mom.... more
Celebrating Mother’s Day is our opportunity to honor the sacrifice the mother made on behalf of her child besides strengthening the maternal bonds. Show your appreciation and gratitude to your beloved mom by making her your own homemade candles.Celebrating Mother’s Day is our opportunity to honor the sacrifice the mother... more
About 25 percent of the families served by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's homeless program have a parent under 25.
Selena Lyons was living with her father and his girlfriend not long ago. But then her father's girlfriend received an eviction notice.
At that point Lyons feared she would wind up living out in New York City's cold streets.
The soft-spoken 22-year-old says she was scared the Administration for Children's Services would take her 3-year-old daughter Dymiah from her.
But that didn't happen.
For now, Lyons' days and nights are no longer consumed by fears of living on streets or having city authorities take her daughter. Nor is she constantly wondering where she'll get money to support herself and Dymiah.
When she first got to the center she spent her time looking for a job. She recently found one as an emergency medical technician. Now she works long hours and often arrives back at the center to find her daughter already put to bed and asleep.
What will happen to that job when she has to leave the Rose F. Kennedy Family Center? With little in the way of family support, who will take care of her daughter?
http://womensenews.org/story/parenting/120420/housing-just-in-time-young-mother-brinkAbout 25 percent of the families served by the Department of Housing and Urban... more
As the sky glowered black and Stephanie Decker felt the monster tornado begin to suck her house into its vortex, she knew it would not hold and she had no choice but to shield her two young kids with her own body. She lost her legs in the process.
"I knew my leg was barely attached or it was severed. I didn't know which but I knew it was bad. If I didn't get help soon, I was going to bleed out," Decker told ABC News, which interviewed her Monday night from her hospital bed in Louisville, Ky.
Decker, 37, and her family were smack dab in the middle of a tornado outbreak Friday that included 140 reported twisters, 76 confirmed landings and 39 deaths.
"It was nothing I expected," the Henryville, Ind., woman said. "I never, ever thought in a million years my house would be blown away."
She was determined to keep her kids safe, and her actions saved them, but at a steep cost. Not only was her home lost, but both of her legs had to be amputated late Friday -- one just below the knee, the other just above it.
"I assumed I was safe and I heard the roar like a train, and I heard it behind me, and I knew it was coming," she recalled today. "And it was so loud that I knew that I needed to do something different. I knew staying put wasn't going to work."
So Decker acted. She dashed down into her home's basement with son Dominic, 8, and daughter Reese, 5. As the house began to disintegrate she tried to shield them with a comforter.
"My daughter said, 'Mommy, I don't like this,' and I said, 'I know honey,'" Decker said. "I could see the wind. I could see the window blew out and the house burst."
She was crushed under the cascade of debris.
"I remember the whole thing," she said. "I stayed conscious the whole time. I couldn't afford [to pass out]. They needed me. They had to have me, so I had to figure out what to do. And my son is a hero. He went to get help."
Both her legs were smashed. She'd also suffered a punctured lung.
Her children, however, were unscathed.
Next, it was her son's turn for heroism. He knew his mother was hurt and he crawled out from under his mother and dashed over to a neighbor's house.
"After ... Dominic left," she said, "I realized I couldn't get out because I actually used the comforter I tied with them as a tourniquet. I knew I was cut."
Help soon came. Decker was evacuated to the hospital.
Overnight, her husband, Joe Decker, tearfully said that the flattened house on Henryville Road had been their dream house.
Stephanie Decker had told her husband she always wanted to have the children's handprints imprinted in the foundation's cement, because "we were never gonna leave here."
And there they are today. Small prints, with the "Reese," and "D" for Dominic scrawled in the concrete, an indelible testimony to a family still intact.
In the wake of her injuries, a benefit fund has been set up for Stephanie Decker at Fifth Third Bank, 392 S Indiana Ave, Sellersburg, IN, 47172.
More at the linkAs the sky glowered black and Stephanie Decker felt the monster tornado begin to suck... more
During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother whose son survived cancer that people with pre-existing conditions should pay more for health care coverage because they make poor health care choices. While specifically exempting the woman’s child from personal blame, Santorum insisted that the sick cost more to insure and insurers should charge them higher premiums:
At today’s event, Santorum claimed that the pre-existing conditions clause in the Affordable Care Act — which will prevent insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them more for coverage — would increase health care costs because people would wait until they’re sick to purchase coverage and refuse to heed the mandate. But as the Massachusetts health law demonstrated, the mandate will likely encourage younger and healthier people to purchase coverage before they fall ill and help reduce the number of so-called “free riders.” Reform also expands the risk pool so the costs of the sick people are paid for with the premiums of the healthy. Once they fall ill, their costs will be borne by the next generation of healthy beneficiaries.
"It's not his Fault you have to feed your Family on the Dollar Menu!!!"During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother... more
Parents, it seems, are no longer trusted to parent. If you fail to take on the latest childcare fad deemed best by policy makers for your baby, then you risk being judged a 'bad parent' - guilty of some kind of negligence and abuse. Hence the recent story in the UK of four children being taken away from their parents, without a right to contact, because the family were fat. WORLDbytes Citizen TV makers visited Jennie Bristow, journalist and writer of Standing Up To Supernanny and Alison Small and Jane Sandeman, members of the Institute of Ideas Parenting Forum who provide a critical and thought provoking perspective, questioning prevailing distrust.Parents, it seems, are no longer trusted to parent. If you fail to take on the latest... more