currently watching: “Almost Famous” starring Kate Hudson

171Okay girls–I’m an offender, so book me! Beauty book me–because my huge purses are always stuffed with way more than any girl could ever need to sustain her on a couple hour outing! But, as Republicans we know that organization is key–so as long as that purse junk consists of essentials perfectly compartmentalized, we can plead completely innocent!

These are my personal faves I could not live without! They definitely are up to Pink Elephant standards! And we all know…those are high.

Haircare

John Freida Brilliant Brunette Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

WHY? Because we’re fiscally responsible but still want our locks polished to the perfection of Palin’s! Who said blondes have more fun? But since I don’t discriminate (and from time to time, depending on my mood, I am blonde myself ;)) I also suggest John Freida Sheer Blonde Shimmering Highlights products for maintaining Meghan and Cindy-like flawless blonde strands :)

Brunettes and blondes alike will both absolutely adore Bed Head’s Headrush Shine Spray!

Mani/Pedi

Essie nail color in Poor Lil’ Rich Girl

WHY? Because women of the Right wear Red and this shade compliments absolutely every skin complexion. Also…

Vaseline healthy hand & nail conditioning

Because nothing protects delicate skin better from the cold winds blowing in from Nancy Pelosi’s general direction!

Skincare

St. Ives Apricot Scrub

WHY? Because unlike AIG tycoons, you want to be squeaky clean ;) but also try…

bare minerals i.d. bare vitamins

Well-behaved women rarely make history. So put your best face forward!

Signature Scent:

TO EACH HER OWN! Your signature scent is uniquely you but a couple of my favorites that I keep in miniature in my purse at all times are–

Burberry Classic by Burberry

Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden

Instant Vacation by Avon (because we can’t be in the islands EVERY DAY!) and layer it (for a healthy translucent bronze shimmer) with Victoria Secret’s Bare Bronze Body Oil.

MAKEUP BAG:

Republican women make themselves heard when they speak. For a conservative but glossy daytime look I love love love Victoria Secret’s ‘Nilla Fudge Beauty Rush Lip Gloss. That’s serious (but tasty!) lip service.

What kind of Pink Elephant doesn’t want perfectly pink flushed cheeks?! My absolute favorite cheek stain of all time can be found at Sephora, Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush. This color goes great with soft eyes which you can totally achieve with Clinique’s Eye Shadow Duo in Twilight Mauve and Brandied Plum.

Did you envy Cindy McCain’s perfectly bronzed complexion at the Republican National Convention? I did. These products can help you get close! Try L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Body Lotion (sparingly until you reach your best shade!), Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Bronzer, and No. 7 Instant Sunshine Shimmer Gel! But remember, the classiness of Mrs. McCain’s style originates in the following philosophy: less is more! It’s the middle of winter. People expect you to be sunkissed, not sunburnt!

Reading Material:

heygirlhey, get yourself a subscription to SELF. It’s not Vogue, but it will teach you how to vogue in your own, “uniquely you” way. This mag is all about empowering you, physically, mentally, and emotionally, all kumbaya hand-holding aside. Check out their great, easy, healthy, recipes that totally fit into any life or work style. Hate going to the gym? Don’t have the money or the time? Get buff at home for free and this mag will teach you how. Practical solutions for practical women who want to be strong, not starved!

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan. It’ll teach you the power of faith, perseverance, undaunted fear and unabashed conservatism, in case you haven’t learned them already, need a quick refresher or pick-me-up, or just love Ronnie like I do.

For your iPOD:

“A Public Affair” by Jessica Simpson. Like  your day to day life, politics is a messy business–made so by the fact that many people want to poke their noses into it :)

“Listen to the Music” byThe Doobie Brothers. Because even on the worst day, the music is there if you take a quiet moment to find it (or check out Meghan McCain’s playlists on http://www.mccainblogette.com which is one of my favorite sites)! Remember: behappy2

“Citizen/Solder” by Three Doors Down. Alternative Rock hasn’t deserted our cause yet! Unlike some country folks I can’t speak for (**cough**Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks**cough**) Please see my past posting on Travis and Johnathan’s “Red State Update” (www.youtube.com) detailing why we depend on country singers to be good Republicans ;)

“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton, of course! Why? Because it’s just great, that’s why (and it reminds us we’re all in it together).  Did that last minute adage sound a tad liberal? And by liberal I mean mushy. Not a bit. At the end of the day we’re all Americans. But really, don’t worry, I won’t let my bleeding heart stain your carpet :)

“All Summer Long” byKid Rock from Rock ‘N Roll Jesus. Because if Jesus rocks and rolls, so can you.

“Hero/Heroine” by Boys Like Girls. It’s just fab, that’s why.

“Gimme Shelter” by The Stones. ‘Cause the stock market’s come tumblin’ down.

“Radar” by Britney Spears. Raise your hand if you love lookin’ at Mitt Romney!

“4 Minutes” by Madonna and JT. That’s what we’ve got until Vice President Biden says something incredibly inappropriate that makes the country cringe.

“Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive. That’s what our W did when he ducked that shoe like it was his job! I’d totally pick him first for my dodge ball team any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

GUILTY PLEASURE:

Gossip Girl with a side of Ciao Bella Ice Cream (mmm Pistachio).

Because sometimes we need a break from the economic crisis. And we’re open minded enough to try anything once…twice if we like it! You’ll keep coming back for more of these two.

Stay Beautiful! smile1Love, Colleen


liberal_brain2

currently listening: Ben Folds Five, “Brick”

Obama, Obama, Obama.

I cannot even turn on the Superbowl without being forced to listen to him espouse his own greatness.

As an American, I fully recognize and respect Barry Obama as my President. That being said, I diagree [emphatically] with almost every judgement call he’s made thus far during the first 100 days of his Administration.

Let us first consider Obama’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Plan. We are in the middle of the most severe recession since the Great Depression and our President sees fit to funnel taxpayer funds to non-governmental institutions worldwide receiving USAID to promote abortion as a form of family planning? The President affirmed his decision during a press conference during which he stated, abortion is an issue that contributes to partisan bitterness that he refuses to participate in. This is the same man, that when questioned on when life begins during the Saddleback Forum, announced that that was an issue he couldn’t address because it was “above his paygrade.” Now, I may not be a lawyer, a great philosopher, or a political strategist, but I have some common sense. And I believe common sense is under appreciated and very rarely practiced in American politics. Mr. President–by giving the ‘okay’ to use taxpayer dollars to fund international promotion of abortion as a form of family planning–you’re participating in a partisan debate and supporting a culture of death. No stripping away of eloquent rhetoric neccessary, that act speaks for itself.

Additionally, I believe it is absolutely imperative that American lawmakers renounce FOCA, which would be the most destructive attack on life that this country has ever seen. FOCA would permit partial-birth abortions nation-wide [and abolish the precedent set by Gonzales v. Carhart], and essentially invalidate all limits on abortion as they stand today, including parental permission required for minors to obtain the procedure. While supporters argue that the passage of FOCA [which Obama has promised to sign] would only codify Roe v. Wade, what it would really do is destroy all pro-life laws that have been established since 1973.

I think I speak for pro-life women everwhere when I say to the National Organization for Women in the most polite way I know how: SHUT UP. Please.

This is an organization whose objective is to promote the physical, mental, emotional, and professional well-being of American women. Abortion is offensive to women but the culture of the United States today has not left women with many other choices. Instead, the attack of feminists and leftist liberals on the culture of life and their demonization of the Christian Right has women convinced that any effort to curtail abortion is an affront to their personal rights. Ladies, I’m here to tell you, as a member of your sex, that ABORTION IS NOT YOUR RIGHT. It’s your right to take an oral or other contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. It’s your right to give your man a condom before you have sex to prevent pregnancy. It’s not your right to take a life, and abortion ends life. The life of an innocent that has no voice and cannot defend its right to life. And I’m not speaking to the 1% of you that become pregnant under the unfortunate and sad circumstance of rape or incest. Although I am unapologetically pro-life and support the procedure under no circumstance. Which does not mean I have no compassion for this 1% of American women. I just recognize the incredible strength, both emotional and physical, that I believe women are endowed with, which is why we are capable of mothering children. And I think that through that strength, women are capable of bearing “unwanted children” [I hate that term], and giving them life with another family, maybe one that cannot conceive. Our bodies are our temples, and we’re only given one. How can a women’s organization such as NOW support such an invasive procedure that degrades the womb, the most unique and incredible part of a woman’s body. It is home to life. Women are life-giving. And the act of abortion completely disregards this. Pro-choice women have become so obsessed with the “rights terminology” of our day and have become so entrenched against the pro-life cause that they cannot even recognize their own incredible uniqueness. And that is the real crime here. Oh, besides the anihilation of innocent life, that is.

But, Obama’s not taking sides.

Another of the President’s judgement calls I believe to be questionable–Timothy Geithner. The man doesn’t pay his own taxes, blames it on a computer program, and we should put him in control of the Internal Revenue Service? Common Sense. In fact, I believe several of Obama’s high-profile candidates for the cabinet have had some indiscretions. Clinton–she’s a Clinton, and that’s all that needs to be said about her nomination for Secretary of State, one she earned thanks to Joe Biden who steam rolled over her opportunity to become Vice-President. Thanks for letting that one slip on Oprah Jilly. And it seems to me that Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel would better serve on the set of the Sopranos than in the White House. D.C. decorum involves using our SAT words to settle disputes, not sending dead fish to dissenters.

God, I miss Sarah Palin.

Please visit her website and contribute to her new PAC at http://www.sarahpac.com, which will undoubtedly be used to support her future presidential ambitions.

Until next time..keep to the right!

-Colleen


“I’ll tell you something, I wish more hippies had turned out like Old Charlie Daniels, yeah.”
The Base.


On this, the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, many emotions tug at my heart. The Presidential Inauguration is a celebration of Democracy, a celebration of our freedom to exercise our right to choose our country’s leader. The question now, to which the only answer will be the passing of events over the next four years is, did this country choose the right man? Will his undefinable change be the change that comes to pass, not only the change to believe in.

As I watched footage of Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration on CNN this evening, I saw greatness. Reagan, is an embodiment of the American Dream. A man who came from nothingness to be one of the finest, most revered Presidents of all time, not to mention one of the most celebrated Republicans. One of the things I admire most about Reagan was his constant willingness to acknowledge that we are one nation under God. Too often, Americans want to remove God from the workings of the United States. And as a result, we willingly suffer the morally repugnant actions of leaders such as Bill Clinton who are entrusted with the duty of representing American values to the rest of the world. This is completely unacceptable. As I watched Reagan deliver the closing lines of his address, I realized that his particular breed of leader will become extinct with the exit of George W. Bush from office. Reagan declared that we, “are one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.” Despite the mistakes Bush made in fighting the War on Terror, his heart was in the right place because he was devoted to passing the liberty that we Americans enjoy onto a nation starved for humane leadership and protection.

Bush’s mistakes were mistakes of the heart. Which I can only imagine would be easy for a President to fall prey to during a time of war. The President’s concern for civilian casualities perhaps prevented him from implementing the campaign that would have ensured a quicker, decisive success at the war’s onset. One other President comes to my mind when discussing mistakes of the heart. Richard Nixon.

It is my firm and unyielding belief that before any candidate runs for any office, they should watch the last 5 minutes of the Frost-Nixon Interviews and witness what kind of pain they will suffer should they fail the people who elect them. It is my personal opinion that Nixon was a President who loved this country. He committed a crime, and that is excusable under no circumstances. However, let me be colloquial for a moment when I say, let’s just get real. The crime Nixon committed was hardly a Clintonian scandal. Nixon got caught–bottom line. Do we really not think Watergate-like scandals take place between the two opposing parties on a regular basis? Especially in such a divisive political climate? I believe that Nixon was a President who loved. And that is apparent from the sheer pain on his face in the moment that he realized what the failure of a President means in the last moments of his interviews. It is a pain that touches the heart of all who witness it. It is a pain and remorse that Americans never saw in President Clinton. It is the pain and remorse that one can only know when one fails an entire nation of people, who place their trust, their safety, their prosperity in the hands of their President.

I did not support Barack Obama. Yet I refuse to be like those who protested Bush’s election by stating, “He is not my President.” I am an American and Obama is my President, regardless of how I cast my vote. There seems to be little to do now but to wish him the best of luck for the next four years (hopefully not eight), and see how much change he can really deliver. I think he will be hardpressed to institute the change he preached in his lofty and inspirational national addresses during the election. The political climate in America simply isn’t conducive right now to such liberalism. However, American politics are in need of an infusion of leadership, especially the Republican Party. To quote one of my most favorite movies, “The American President” which I am ashamed to admit is one of my favorites since its a typical liberal Hollywood creation demonizing the Republican candidate, “They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert towards a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water they’ll drink the sand.”

To this Michael Douglas (“President Sheperd”) replies, “People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty. They drink the sand, because they don’t know the difference.”

It is my greatest fear that in electing Obama, the American people drank the sand, unable to separate mirage from reality in a time of war and economic crisis.


By Colleen

currently listening: A Public Affair, Jessica Simpson

This media’s treatment of Palin was unabashedly insulting to the core values and belief systems conservative women hold close to their hearts and espouse in their daily lives, not to mention it was terribly inaccurate in its presentation and discussion of conservative feminist theory.

Feminism has become a movement narrowly defined by a woman’s stance on abortion rights. The National Organization for Women is no longer, and maybe has never been, a vehicle of promoting all women’s well-being, but the well-being of women who ascribe to a liberal agenda. Madeleine Albright once stated that there is a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women, as cited by Sarah Palin on the campaign trail at a political rally held Monday, Oct. 6 in Florida.

That dramatic, controversial, and pointed statement of Albright’s says a mouthful about the divisive nature of feminism today.

Let me clear the air by stating assertively and accurately, that anti-abortion and pro-life women (whichever term you prefer, one may theoretically argue they’re not the same), can be and are in fact, feminists.

Simply because the left-wing of United States politics chooses to ignore this quintessential fact does not mean it ceases to be true. In fact, the members of their ranks are beginning to come out of the dark ages and realize change is upon us as exhibited by Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW, who just yesterday endorsed GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Mandell stated, “ She cares about our children and she cares about women’s lives. She’s an athlete and she knows what Title Nine did for girls like her. This is what a feminist looks like.” And I agree.

Feminism is amongst contemporary academia’s most complex and paradoxical disciplines. The predominant question vexing political scientists and social behaviorists alike is, how many Americans can embrace feminist ideals and concepts and consistently resist self-identification as a feminist?

My answer, as a third wave and conservative feminist, would be that the contemporary feminist movement does not embrace all women and does not represent the needs, beliefs, and values of all women.

Plain and simple.

Conservative women are considered undesirable additions to the feminist movement in the eyes of many liberal feminists. They espouse the equality of all women while simultaneously condemning those who choose — YES CHOOSE — to embrace traditional lifestyle choices, complete with a pro-life position.

The tension between conservative and liberal feminism is an exemplary display of how complex the nature of feminist theory is in general. However conservative feminism is the discourse of hope, while liberal feminism has become too radical and too concentrated on victimization and pessimistic, angry rhetoric.

Liberal feminism, as it stands today, would have women believe that we are second class citizens, placed in a tier below our male counterparts as far as active citizenship is concerned. To this I respond, ladies, you will be victims so long as you perceive yourself as such.

This definition is particularly appropriate to the conservative feminist discourse on enhancing deliberative democracy. Conservative feminists seek to enhance deliberative democracy by encouraging women to use their social experiences in the private sphere that are associated with nurturing, in a way that influences citizens in the public sphere to think more collectively (As explained by Jane Mansbridge in “Feminism and Democracy”).

In this sense, conservative feminism is more inclusive than liberal feminism. By virtue of the fact that conservative feminism acknowledges women’s socialization in child-rearing and the tendency of women to create their identity through relationships with others, conservative feminists are especially concerned with transforming the individualistic “I” into the collective “we.” They emphasize conflict resolutions that “accommodate diverse and often suppressed desires” (See Mansbridge).

Liberal feminist discourse on deliberative democracy is, by contrast, more pessimistic.

Deliberation, liberal feminists say, is merely an illusion of participation which conceals the pervasive influence males exert over politics in the public sphere. Where deliberative democracy is concerned, liberal feminists criticize conservative feminism for its inability to see that “the very capacity to identify with others can easily be manipulated to the disadvantage of women” (See Mansbridge).

In my opinion, this type of thinking is flawed and destructive when applied to the concept of deliberation in the United States which is a “melting-pot” and a diverse nation. In the Federalist Papers, James Madison stated that it is the responsibility of the majority to check societal or political factions that are “adversed…to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” The liberal feminists’ perception of deliberative democracy is insulting to the intelligence of women, who are assumed to be so ignorant and so unimportant that their political conversation is only an illusion of participation.

Abortion is considered an untouchable subject. Nobody wants to talk about it, lest we fall into religious discourse which we all know is out-of-bounds, as exemplified by John McCain’s unwillingness to criticize Barack Obama for having consented to place his spiritual education in the hands of a man such as Rev. Wright for 20 plus years.

Fine! I can make the case for conservative pro-life feminists without espousing religious beliefs. Conservative feminists’ pro-life affiliation is construed by many liberal feminists to be superficial and see them as nothing more than “bible-thumpers” masquerading as a feminist, advocating women’s right while simultaneously accosting them by voicing her anti-choice opinions.

However, many conservative feminists take a consistent pro-life stance with regards not only to abortion but the death penalty as well. Advocacy of nonviolent social positions of conservative feminists stems largely from maternal feminism which places an emphasis on compassionate and non-confrontational relationships.

According to the conservative feminist, the lack of financial and emotional resources available to pregnant women considering abortion is inexcusable. Abandonment, they advance, is a powerful form of coercion and coercion is oppression. The law, Feminists for Life states, should hold those who deprive women of the resources they need during times of crisis as accountable as women the law restrains in the form of abortion restrictions in the states.

Conservative feminism’s adaptation of a pro-life position is partially rooted in “social feminism” as well as maternal feminism. According to conservative feminists, children are the core of feminist theory, thus their devotion to protection of fetal rights is not surprising. Conservative feminists have called for more thorough and sophisticated feminist studies in the discipline of child development, not only biologically speaking but psychologically as well, to determine the impact of various methods of parenting.

Maternal feminist thought prevents women from succumbing to victimization feminism that is often associated with the second wave. The conservative maternal feminist is an active citizen who recognizes that good has been done by maternal practices throughout history that could not have been accomplished if the maternal figure were a destructive force. She acts as a governmental watchdog, reminding legislators that the public policy they create has the potential to protect or inflict harm on their constituents. Elshtain assesses Ruddick’s maternalist theory positively stating that, “Maternal thinking…is a rejection of amoral statecraft and an affirmation of the dignity of the human person” (See Sarah Ruddick).

Thus I present to you, the conservative feminist. No bible thumping or moral pretentiousness required.




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