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Never Worked a Day in Her Life?! by Beverly Hicks Burch

Never Worked a Day in Her Life?!


This week Hilary Rosen started a firestorm when she accused Ann Romney of “never working a day in her life”.

My first thought was, “Seriously?! Are you really dragging out that old insult? You must feel really threatened!” In life I’ve found the go to tactic is insult the opponent when you feel threatened.

It’s mudslinging time people and the Obama campaign is shoveling it…

Of course Obama’s “advisors” are coming out voicing their “disappointment” in Ms Rosen’s comments. Yep, real loyalty there…

The jaw dropping disingenuous move here is that suddenly the Obama campaign is snatching back from the “war on women” tactic. Why do I say disingenuous?

Well, just this week I was emailed (I can’t for the life of me understand how I got on this email list) an email from the re-elect Obama campaign. The re-elect Obama campaign must feel the inevitable candidate for the GOP is Mitt Romney because the letter contained five (5) scare tactics ominous, treacherous things that will happen if Romney is elected in November.

Number one on the list? (1) Mitt Romney will declare a war on women.

Yep, as simple as that, that’s what Obama’s number one concern about Mitt Romney is and the big evil they are warning and agitating the American people with…and now comes Hilary Rosen…

Give me a freaking break!!

I feel qualified to speak on this subject from several levels.

First and foremost, I am a woman…a bona fide girly girl…a college educated girly girl…so take that… Furthermore, I have worked outside of the home and I have been a stay-at-home mom, been a stay-at-home mom who worked part time, a stay-at-home mom who help in home based businesses and been a stay-at-home mom who homeschooled. Honey, if it’s on the spectrum, I’ve probably been there.

And, let me tell you something, sister…being a stay at home mom is the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. You scrub, clean, shop, cook, nurse to good health, budget, chauffer, recycle, garden, organize, structure and in many cases educate formally (if you homeschool as I did) or informally just in everyday life, teaching you children about life, love and morals…and those are just a few of the chores you do. Many times you do this on a budget stretched so thin it’s bare in places, but, it’s all about sacrifice for the greater good…in this case for your children and or family. (Sacrifice is a concept that seems to get little understanding in our society today. O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi would seem like a lame and stupid story to many, yet it epitomizes the gift of true, caring heartfelt, sacrificial love.) Most of the time a stay-at-home mom’s work is done without the aid of help…unless she has the help of a caring and loving mate. In that case, then she’s in a loving partnership which works much like a business would work at its best…like a well oiled machine.

Many moms who work outside of the home have the assistance of nannies, and cleaning help. Some have the luxury of personal shoppers, decorators and personal assistance. Notice, I didn’t use a universal statement like the ilk of Ms Rosen are want to do…I didn’t say all working moms have the above luxuries because I know many are living from paycheck to paycheck, especially if they are single working moms. I also do realize there are some stay-at-home moms who may avail themselves to the same luxuries and well they should if they can afford them because they do work hard.

A couple of years ago my sister and her husband adopted their first child. They are well into the middle years of their life. My sister has been an educator all of her adult life. She holds a Master’s Degree and education beyond that. I saw her work hard in her profession. But, since having her child and being a stay-at-home mom I have seen my sister truly tired. It is a blessed, fulfilled tired…with a heart full of love beyond reason. She does it well and she deserves it. She deserves the choice to stay-at-home. It does not make her brain numb, uneducated or clueless to the outside world and the concerns thereof as Ms Rosen would seem to think.

If anything a stay-at-home mom is avidly in tune to the world around her and the issues that affect her and her family. And, for Ms Rosen’s future reference, the economy and jobs are part of those concerns…or as the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign put it, “it’s the economy, stupid!”

I was raised in a conservative household. My parents raised three girls, one who was physically and mentally challenged from a young age. We grew up in the `60s and `70s and we never had to be liberated from anything when it came to expectations.

Our Daddy considered it a top priority we receive an education, respect ourselves and expect others to respect us. Daddy’s mantra was “Get a good education in case you marry some dope who leaves you. You won’t have to sling hash in a greasy spoon if you get an education!” (Yep, I was the one who married said dope who left years later…which is an entirely different story…but, acquiring computer skills helped me snag a job I would have never imagined. Knowledge is power people!) In Daddy’s eyes we could do anything we wanted…there was just some things he couldn’t understand why we would want to do them…I mean why be a ditch digger when you could be a writer, a teacher, a doctor or whatever?!

Let’s look at Ms Rosen’s target for a moment: Ann Romney. Ms Romney is a mother of five sons. Just that makes me tired thinking about it! Ms Romney is no “air head blond or bimbo”. Not only did she attend BYU, but she finished her undergraduate work at Harvard University. Ever heard of that little ol’ school? I’m sure somewhere along the line, if Ms Romney’s college education was like mine, she had to take an economy class or two. Ms Romney has also been involved in charity work with many organizations. Yes, that is work. Someone has to do it or it won’t get done! Also, take into consideration that Ann Romney has accomplished all of this while battling multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

Let me tell you something: that in itself is no easy task. I can relate to that as someone with chronic and disabling illnesses and as a two time non-smoking lung cancer survivor. Sometimes just dealing with chronic illness is a full time job.

But, what it boils down to is this: Ann Romney is no hot house violet…

What Ms Rosen leaves out when she makes her disparaging remarks is this…choice! Kind of ironic coming from the party of choice, huh? Choice is okay if you are a Democrat and/or a liberal woman, but woe be unto you if you are in the GOP or consider yourself conservative or step out of line with the Democrat party line. Then your choices are invalid if they do not fall in line with the Democrat party and liberal women.

How totally hypocritical…

© 2012 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.


Filed under Ann Romney, Autoimmune Diseases, Current events, Daddy, Democrats, Economy, GOP, Government, Hilary Rosen, Mothers, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Stay-at-Home Moms

Facebook Faux Pas, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Facebook Faux Pas

By Beverly Hicks Burch

If you even vaguely keep up with current events and the news, you will on occasion hear of abuses on social networking websites like MySpace and Facebook. Just last week it was discovered that eco terrorist James Jay Lee had a MySpace page from which he could rant about his twisted viewpoints on “parasitic human babies” and telepathic apes. Of course, once he stormed the headquarters of The Discovery Channel with bombs, explosives and guns and then proceeded to take “parasitic human” hostages, MySpace took his page down . Hummm, wonder why?

Both networking sites have been used for nefarious reasons…stalking, harassment, identity theft, spamming unwanted ads and hacking private information. We’ve heard about the MySpace case involving a jealous mother who created a bogus male account to at first woo the rival of her daughter, then spew hurtful mean spiteful words at her. Of course the woman was a coward because she was hiding behind a computer screen, and she was evil. Her actions drove a young girl to suicide, and when found out the mom was like “Oh, it was just a joke! I never thought anything like this would happen!”

My response is WHATEVER you crazy witch! What adult in their right mind would do something like that anyway?!

Facebook isn’t so lily white either. They’ve had problems with registered sex offenders getting through their “security”. In seems in 2009 thousands of sex offending refugees booted from MySpace found a comfy home on Facebook until someone called their attention to it. But, as recent as Aug. 10th of this year, another sex offender was found on Facebook.

Facebook also allows other putrid groups to flourish on the sites under the “freedom of speech” guise. One group called “I fuckin hate that Richard Hammond is on Facebook” has been reported to Facebook’s “abuse page, but as I write was still up. Hammond’s offense is that he evidently was in an automobile accident and was horribly disfigured and the person who started the Facebook page felt he should have gone ahead and died.

One girl, Carrie Lindzy Davies, on the Facebook abuse page stated on Aug. 15, “It’s not r.a.p.e it’s surprise sex…I’ve reported this page multiple times and it’s still up…

Then of course, there’s the Jeffery Dahmer and All You Can Eat Buffet Page and several Charles Manson pages. One page is dedicated to the Sexuality of Adolf Hitler and there’s a John Wayne Gacy page.

There are just posts and posts of such reports on the Facebook abuse wall.

And then of course there’s the case of Maryland woman Karen Beth Young. Young joined Facebook in Feb. 2010. She launched her profile and two other pages that were inspired by her mother’s and sister’s battle with breast cancer. People were so touch by Karen’s story and plight that her friend list soon reached 5,000 and she started a petition to allow people’s friend list to exceed 5,000. Soon after, her account was shut down for non-specific reasons.

Now Karen sounds like a truly determined gal. She drove all the way from Maryland to Facebook headquarters in California to ask “why?’. The main gist of the conversation there was “Oh we’ve have people drive farther than you, from Canada.” (Ok, people in my mind that tells me Facebook screws up a lot if they have people driving all the way to California to straighten it out! Egg on your face Facebook!) Karen was then told her account was reinstated, but by the time she got back to Maryland it was closed again. Karen is suing Facebook…and who can blame her?

Then right on the coattails of this debacle a mother in Australia has desperately been trying to get Facebook to shut down the account of a stalker who is stalking her 12 year old daughter and her friends. Facebook will not shut the stalker down, but did speak through a law firm located in Australia. Their response? To paraphrase,” the girls have no business being on Facebook since the legal age to join is 14”. Oooo-kay…so let’s just let those ol’ perves play. And g’day to yall Down Under, too…

And, then of course there’s the lawsuit filed on Aug 28th by the parents of underage kids. They allege that their teenager’s names and images were sold to advertisers without their permission. Now is that slimly and slick or what?

I know many of you are wondering, “What on earth has gotten into Bev on this fine September morning? What bee got into her bonnet and spur under her saddle?”

Well, let me tell you. My Momma and Daddy always did say I had a soft spot for the underdog and those being treated unfairly. And what I’m about to tell you falls into both of those categories.

When I married my Tall & Handsome I inherited two of the nicest in-laws a gal could hope to have. T & H’s sister and her husband are just what my Daddy and us folks down South call “salt of the earth people”. Humble, unpretentious, just the kind of people that make life good and worthwhile.

Fred worked for decades at IBM. The man has a MENSA IQ but knows how to enjoy the simple things in life. He enjoys cooking holiday meals for his family, woodworking, and reading and adores his kids and grandkids. He is kind, humorous and generous.

Cindy is like the Golden Retrievers she loves so much…loving, happy, loyal, kind, generous, protective and thoughtful. She loves her family.

They are both devoted to their church.

This past May their youngest grandchild was born and a joyous event turned scary very quickly and out of the blue. Fred’s daughter had, unknown to everyone, including the doctors, developed acute fatty liver pregnancy. This is a serious complication and it is life threatening to both the mother and the infant. It’s also very rare and usually isn’t evident until it presents itself, in other words, most times there’s no way to predict when and if it will happen.

In this case it was touch and go for both the mother and child. There were a lot of prayers said for those two. Both were in ICU, with the infant in NICU. It was a joyous thankful time when each got to leave the hospital and go home.

Of course as proud grandparents like to do, pictures of grandkids are shared…and what better place than Facebook. Right? Fred had a Facebook account and so did Cindy. And pictures of cute, sweet little Henry were posted. Then the other day, retired grandfather Fred had the newest picture available of his new grandson and he wanted to post it on his Facebook page. When he went to login he was stunned to find out that Facebook had closed his account!

On what grounds you might ask? Because of Fred’s name. You see since 1943 he has been Fred (Frederick) Krueger. Yes, you read that right…because his REAL name is Fred Krueger and always has been Facebook closed his account!!

What is even more galling is they advised him that is WHY they are closing his account AND not to contact them concerning it AND not to attempt to appeal their decision!!

Facebook, people cannot help the names they are given at birth and you are practicing discrimination. Just since I’ve shared this with friends I’ve been told by one friend about a house she bought. She bought the home from a police officer named Ronald McDonald. She also knew a minister born in 1915 named Donald Duck. 1915 is waaaay before Disney came up with his daffy cartoon.

I’m sure these poor guys went through their own personal type of hell with these names after some Hollywood type or Madison Ave. guru decided their names were perfect for a duck and a clown. Just because Wes Craven hijacked my brother-in-law’s name doesn’t mean Facebook has the right to erase him as a person!

I don’t know about you, but to me this smacks of Facebook’s arrogance and it sounds like another one of those “lawsuits we will fight vigorously” (to quote Facebook) in the making. Looks like they’re losing a whole lot a cash fighting vigorously lawsuits for their many Facebook faux pas.

Now, it they want to jump of me and close my account for speaking my mind, I know a crusty ol’ Southern lawyer that might just like to talk to them about freedom of speech…

© 2010 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.


Filed under Acute Fatty Liver Pregnancy, Current events, Discrimination, Facebook, Facebook Abuses, Facebook Faux Pas, Family, Fred Krueger, Grandparents, Hitler, James Jay Lee, Karen Beth Young, MySpace, News, Opinion, Sex Offenders on Facebook, Tall & Handsome

Lions and Tigers and Parasitic Human Babies…Oh, My!, By Beverly Hicks Burch

Lions and Tigers and Parasitic Human Babies…Oh, My!

By Beverly Hicks Burch

Yesterday, I had a lot on my plate I had to take care of before I could turn my attention to the TV and news. But, when I did the radar for the “newshound” in me went off immediately. Guess the dead giveaway was the SWAT team…the word “hostages”…oh, yeah and the word BOMB! That’ll get your attention every time let me tell you…

I will admit I wasn’t paying too much attention at first because I was kind of unwinding from the day…plus, I didn’t have on my new, super duper, no-line bifocal, “gee-can-I-really-see-out-of-these” glasses. But once I put on those puppies, let me tell you, everything came into focus really fast!

It appeared that some nut job had taken over the headquarters of The Discovery Channel in Silver Springs, MD, taken hostages and of course was “making demands”. He was armed and prepared for his own little type of war. Evidently, it was reported he had strapped explosives to his body and was equipped with a “kill switch” also known as a “dead man’s switch”. In other words, you kill that fool, you blow the place and the innocent up. It’s a device used by really sweetheart kind of people, don’t you know…

When Tall & Handsome came home we stepped out for a bite to eat and I asked him if he had heard what had happened at Discovery. He asked, “the credit card company?”

And, I knew then I had to get us on the same wavelength, so I gave him a recap of the afternoon’s events. By then, the SWAT team had done their job which was to eliminate the nut job/terrorist to protect the lives of the hostages.

Details had begun to leak out about this guy’s manifesto and his revolutionary ideas. He was slightly peeved with The Discovery Channel because he felt they had too much programming that encouraged people to have “parasitic human children”.

Being a tad sarcastic, I said, to T & H, “Well, I guess that’s one more person that’s been driven over the edge by “Kate plus 8.” I mean really can we take this woman out of the spotlight?! Did you see her dance on Dancing With the Stars?! You absolutely needed pain reliever to endure it…but, the children are innocent and in my book being used by her…and their dad.

Well, oops, my bad! This nut job evidently did have Kate and the Duggar family (don’t get me started on them…and just for the record, I do believe in the sanctity of life, but we’re also told to do all things with temperance [Gal 5:22-23 NASB]…and popping out 19 or 20 babies throws temperance to the wind in my book…) And even though these TV shows are not my cup of tea, they certainly are not worth annihilating mankind over them!

Now I know some people may think I’m being a tad judgmental by calling James Jay Lee, a nut job. I would reply, get a life, but instead I would direct you to his website where he espouses his manifesto and viewpoint on life, mankind and human babies. Folks, it is riveting reading and insight into a twisted mind…and one that I’m sure is not singular in its way of thinking…

Lee wanted to force The Discovery Channel to incorporate his twisted viewpoints into their programming…and make it entertaining! I can see it now…”50 Ways to Annihilate Mankind and Have Fun Doing IT!” Sponsored by

Lee says he had an awakening, an epiphany if you will, when he saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. I suppose it was a little “inconvenient” for James Lee to do his research to find out science is conflicted on the “global warming” scenario and that some data has been “fudged” and to find out that Gore has made mega big bucks on the business of “global warming”.

For instance, estimated that Gore’s net worth was $1million dollars in 2001. By 2007 he was worth $100 million dollars! I don’t know about you, but in my book that’s a whole lot of hot air! Not only that, but The Tennessee Center for Policy Research released figures that Gore’s mansion in Nashville used more energy in one month than twice what most Americans use in a year! His average monthly electric bill was $1,359! Talk about a whited sepulcher…

James Lee was also influenced by a book titled My Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. This book is part of a trilogy in which a telepathic ape teaches mankind about the wrongs of the creation story, the Garden of Eden, the overpopulation of mankind and well, you get the idea. I don’t know about you, but the only thing my Miniature Schnauzer “telepathically” tells me is when he comes and stares at me…that means, “I really need to go outside…NOW…”

Other than that, so far he hasn’t told me that mankind should stop birthing “parasitic human babies”. As a matter of fact, as smart as he is, he’s probably figured out that if that ever happened he might die of heartworm disease because who would give him his heartworm medication, oh, yeah and what about rabies…and all those rubs and pats and love and attention he gets from those human parasites? As smart as he is, I think he’s just fine stringing us along and playing us just like he does and has us eating out of his paw…he’ll keep it that way…

It never ceases to amaze me that people like James Lee always make mankind as the bad guys. We are the cause of ALL bad in the world. Anything harmful, anything deadly. Nature is pure, gentle, kind…you always hear a lullaby playing in the background when talking about “nature”. Makes you just want to grab people like this by the nape of the neck and take them into the jungle and let them watch nature in action. Guess they’ve never seen a lion ripe the throat of a gazelle open, or a bear maim another animal, and would they willingly walk through a pit of vipers, asps or cobras. No, nature can be one of the deadliest encounters a human can face.

And a sweet, innocent baby when loved, adored, nurtured and raised right can be one of the best things the world has ever seen…and the least likely thing from a parasite.

Actually, there was one Child that grew up and said: ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.” Matt 5:5

These “parasites” usually do a pretty good job of being good “stewards”…

© 2010 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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At Around the Block with The BamaSteelMagnolia – Have Quilt Shows Become Elitists?

I’ve watched changing trends in quilt shows over the years…some good, some not so good. A recent one I stumbled upon kind of took me back and elicited some thought, opinion and resulting blog…and somehow eugenics worked its way in there… So, check out Have Quilt Shows Become Elitists over at Around the Block with The BamaSteelMagnolia(TM).

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