Monthly Archives: December 2008

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25 12, 2008

What Will PunditGirl Be Up to in the New Year?

By | December 25th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Awfully hard to tell from that look. But I have a feeling it will be fun, no matter what!Think she'll have some pundit things to say? Maybe not, but if the hat is any clue, at least I'm in for some tasty cookies!Photo by PunditMom

25 12, 2008

Merry Christmas from the PunditMom Family!

By | December 25th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

Even cookie baking is a little different when politics are involved!Happy and merry whatever you celebrate! And I will never reveal the true identity of the maker of this cookie! :)Photo by PunditMom

24 12, 2008

I’m a Sucker for Tradition!

By | December 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, it's hard to beat It's a Wonderful Life -- at least the SNL version!Of course, some of the themes hit a little too close to home these days. In any event, have a wonderful holiday, from all of us at Chez PunditMom.

22 12, 2008

Caroline Kennedy or Carolyn Maloney for Hillary’s Senate Seat?

By | December 22nd, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

The talking heads continue to hash it out over whether Caroline Kennedy, the little-girl-of Camelot-turned-Senate-hopeful, should get the nod to take over Hillary Clinton's New York Senate Seat.Many other names are being mentioned, but one that has gotten enthusiastic support from the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority is New York Congresswoman Carolyn [...]

21 12, 2008

Rick Warren is NOT Change We Can Believe In

By | December 21st, 2008|Democrats|14 Comments

Rick Warren has gotten more than his share of attention over the last week since Barack Obama announced that he would give the invocation at the inauguration. Not surprisingly, this has spurred a lot of conversation about whether Obama is just trying to be inclusive of those who opposed him in the election or whether [...]

19 12, 2008

Green Obama

By | December 19th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

As President Bush announced yet another bail-out, this time for American automakers, it's hard to remember that there are other important problems that will need some serious attention when the administration takes over in January.One of those is a real energy plan. Energy and the environment aren't getting the most play in the media right [...]

18 12, 2008

Thursday Quick Hits While I’m on the Phone with Blue Cross Blue Shield

By | December 18th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

One good thing about having a home office is that I can work and take care of personal things at the same time, like when I have to do the whole silly "pre-notification" (not to be confused with pre-approval) process for family doctor appointments. While I'm multi-tasking, here are a few things I'm thinking about [...]

17 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Wednesday Quick Hits — SEC vs. Congress

By | December 17th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

As if the financial world hasn't already been rocked to its core, now we are dealing with a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Conveniently, Congress is pointing the finger at the SEC staff and SEC big-wigs are calling for an internal investigation. I hate to break it to them, but Congress members and SEC Commissioners only [...]

16 12, 2008

Richard Nixon — The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By | December 16th, 2008|Uncategorized|5 Comments

As a teenage political junkie, I was glued to the Watergate hearings in the 1970s. As a result, my fascination with Richard Nixon has never waned. So you know this movie, Frost/Nixon, has my name written all over it.But here's my question -- how long will it be before we see a movie about the [...]

16 12, 2008

What Made Caroline Kennedy Change Her Mind?

By | December 16th, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

I've been rolling the idea of Caroline Kennedy as a New York Senator around in my head going back and forth between, "Why not?" and "Why her?"Other than the fact that her last name is Kennedy (well, actually it's Schlossberg), why would she be a good senator?On the qualification thing, that's always subjective. She has [...]

16 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Tuesday Quick Hits

By | December 16th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

As you probably guessed, things are slowing down a bit here at PunditMom blog. Between election fatigue, the December holidays and other things going on, it'll be a little slow here through the New Year. But while we're re-grouping, here are a few reads worth your time today:Why do things need to change in the [...]

15 12, 2008

I Guess I Have a Valid Point

By | December 15th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Two months ago, I was wondering here and at The Huffington Post what would have happened if a really smart woman on the economic and securities front had been listened to and hadn't been railroaded by "the guys." Today, I saw this at The Daily Beast .... Hmmm. Seem familiar??Even though I worked at the [...]

12 12, 2008

Who’s More Worried About the Economy — Barack Obama or You?

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Up until the last couple of days, I was sure that the economy and its sad, sad shape occupied the top spot on Barack Obama's worry list as President-elect. That pesky Illinois Governor seems to have knocked Obama off-message and off-stride, but I'm hoping he'll get his attention back to where it needs to be [...]

12 12, 2008

Friday’s Hits, Quickly!

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

So there are 13 days left until Christmas, but Chanukah and the birthday of a certain PunditGril come before that, so that's much organizing to be done here at Chez PunditMom.While I'm running around, here are a few news stories to talk about. I'm especially ticked about the story on fair pay ... you know [...]

11 12, 2008

No Wonder My Eight-Year-Old Worries About Whether She’s Fat

By | December 11th, 2008|Moms & Politics|12 Comments

Ladies, the marketing world knows that many of us start to fret about putting on a few pounds over the holidays. Even if I think about it in my head, I bite my tongue so that soon-to-be nine-year-old PunditGirl doesn't get it into her brain, already full of worries, that if mommy is concerned about [...]

11 12, 2008

Thursday’s Quick Hits, a la PunditMom

By | December 11th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

It is getting much too close to the holiday season with way too little holiday "cheer" accomplished. But you know I can't turn my head away from some of the news ...Love your NPR station and all those great programs you don't get anywhere else? Well, you probably won't be hearing some of them anymore. [...]

10 12, 2008

Holy Fair Pay, Batgirl!

By | December 10th, 2008|Equal Pay|3 Comments

When I was little, it never occurred to me that Batgirl didn't get paid the same as Batman or Robin. Hey, she did just the same kind of work they did AND she had to do it in skin-tight Lycra and high-heeled boots. I remember this ad when from when a weekly Batman episode was [...]

9 12, 2008

Would Senator Caroline Kennedy be a Fairy Tale Come True?

By | December 9th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Hillary Clinton hasn't officially given up her Senate seat yet, but the list of Senate-wannabes grows every day.New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Hillary's hubs and former President Bill Clinton. NOW and The Feminist Majority have endorsed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a longtime advocate for issues such as fair pay for women, family planning, family [...]

9 12, 2008

Politics & Greed Never Cease to Amaze Me — What’s a Senate Seat Worth??

By | December 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Sure, Chicago politics has had a bad rap for a long time, but the name of the first Mayor Richard Daley might get invoked less in light of this news -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been taken into federal custody on charges that he was trying to sell or take favors in exchange for [...]

8 12, 2008

Happy Holidays, Elves!

By | December 8th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

OY!Send your own ElfYourself eCardsEnjoy!

8 12, 2008

Getting Closer to the Holidays Quick Hits!

By | December 8th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

T-minus not sure how many days, depending on which holiday you celebrate. But here are a few good things to chat about while you're calculating:Assertagirl is working on an interesting gift to herself this holiday season -- the gift of being in control of her credit.Are you "shaving the date" for no more Bush?Things aren't [...]

8 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Monday Quick Hits

By | December 8th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

It's hard to get going on some Monday mornings -- getting the kids off to school is sometimes tough after the weekend. Plus, since we're only a couple of weeks from the holidays, it's hard to shake that 'I'll-never-be-ready' sense of dread.So as a little distraction, here are a few other things to think about:The [...]

7 12, 2008

I Hate to Ask ….

By | December 7th, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

.... but I'm working on a bunch of new projects that involve increasing the presence of women's voices on the political scene today, and maybe, just maybe, a few votes for this might help move that along:Of course, it's always nice just to be nominated, but a few votes here or there might help all [...]

7 12, 2008

Going into Debt for Obama?

By | December 7th, 2008|Economy|8 Comments

Barack Obama seems to be working overtime to come up with a plan to keep our economy from completely going in the tank.He's given speeches talking about how it's not going to be easy and that we'll all need to make sacrifices to put our collective finances back on track -- if that's possible after [...]

6 12, 2008

PunditMom’s ‘Time to Get the Tree’ Quick Hits!

By | December 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

If we're going to get the Christmas tree, this weekend seems to be the time, thought Mr. PunditMom isn't so excited about schlepping it into the house. While we're out doing that, here are a few things to ponder as we inch closer to our respective holidays:You want to lose a few pounds before the [...]

5 12, 2008

Is Getting Out of Iraq Still at the Top of Obama’s List?

By | December 5th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Barack Obama's security team is in place and once January 20 rolls around, it should be full steam ahead on his promises about getting us out of Iraq, right?Some are questioning Obama's true dedication to his campaign promises in light of his choices to join him in his administration, including VP-elect Joe Biden, Secretary of [...]

5 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Friday Quick Hits — You Say SCOTUS, …

By | December 5th, 2008|Republicans|1 Comment

Off to do a million things today, but before I go, here are a few for some cubicle chat today:The Supreme Court is hearing a case challenging whether Barack Obama is a "natural born citizen" and eligible to be the next POTUS. This came up with John McCain too, but SCOTUS didn't seem too concerned [...]

4 12, 2008

Gay Marriage Will Save the Economy or Jack Black as Jesus

By | December 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Yes, I know I'm late to be posting this Proposition 8 video, but can you ever get enough of Jack Black as Jesus?See more Jack Black videos at Funny or DieNope, can't get enough of this all-star line-up -- Margaret Cho, Doogie Howser, C.J. from the West Wing, Jack Black and more. And you know [...]

4 12, 2008

Big Three Automakers vs. My Parents

By | December 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Dear Congress,Have I got a deal for you!The CEOs of the big three automakers keep asking for billions of dollars in handouts and "emergency bridge loans" from you, well, actually from me and about 300 million others like me. I can see both sides of the bail-out vs. Chapter 11 bankruptcy argument, so I'm not [...]

4 12, 2008

It’s Thursday — I’ve Got Some Good Quick Hits!

By | December 4th, 2008|Uncategorized|2 Comments

If you thought that political discussion of the recent presidential election would come to a halt in the blogging world, guess again!If you haven't discovered Margaret and Helen, you've got to go there. Today, they've got a nice recap of some campaign issues you must not miss! Though my favorite part is the title -- [...]