I’ve always been shy. It’s sometimes hard for me to speak up for myself or get angry with people who deserve it, because I avoid conflict like it’s my job. So I love seeing women–real or fictional–who aren’t afraid to speak up or get angry. These kick-ass ladies become my role models. They inspire me to stop being shy and to stand up for myself. And without a doubt, one of these women I aspire to be is Julia Sugarbaker.
I loved watching Designing Women reruns back when they were on Lifetime, and my favorite episodes were the ones where Julia got to yell at someone and be awesome while doing so. She stood up for herself, for her sister, for her friends. She was their champion, the one who never backed down or let anyone treat them without the respect they deserved. She was a wonderful comedic character, but she was also one of my role models. And no one could have played her like Dixie Carter.
So thank you, Dixie Carter, for giving such life and spirit to one of my favorite fictional ladies. You’ll be missed. Rest in peace.
I am both horrified and deeply amused by this story.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: Steve Guttenberg.
“It’s definitely time for another Police Academy. And I think they could make another Cocoon. They’re surefire hits and I think they’re good for the world. They make the world a better place and that’s what it’s all about.”
I don’t get political on here very often. Partially, it’s because I haven’t felt as politically combative the last few months– a little bit of 2008 election cycle fatigue, I think.
Today, though, I’m frustrated. By problems around the world I feel powerless to help and by a media that is only sort of covering an incredibly important event that will effect us. It’s not just that the Iranian election will have consequences for our own foreign policy. We should care because our fellow human-being is being denied basic rights now, and they– especially the women of Iran, who have seen freedoms rolled back by Ahmadinejad the last four years– will only have more rights stripped from them.
So I use Bloglines to organize my RSS feeds. Helps me keep track of the many, random websites I tend to read on any given day. For some reason, today, it’s been glitching on me like crazy, gathering stories from various times over the last 1-2 years.
Here are a few of the BREAKING NEWS stories my RSS feed would like me to know about:
No, it’s not 42.
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