For those of you that missed this, K.Mo and M.Stine are my college BFFs. Well, they're my current BFFs, too. Anyway they've returned from a short break with their current events. So here they are...
After a multiple week break (pretty sure we warned you about our laziness), we’re back!! There’s been a lot of interesting current events recently (Osama Bin Laden’s death & of course the Royal Wedding!!), but here is your re-cap for this week:
- Genderless baby
Baby Storm Raised Genderless, or Without a Gender, a Dangerous Experiment, Say Child Development Experts - ABC News
M.Stine: This seems like an exceptionally dumb idea. While I think it’s great if you want to let your children make their own choices as far as how they dress, cut their hair (a la Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, cutest tomboy ever!), it should be their decision. Baby Storm (seriously?) obviously isn’t old enough to decide, so how are his parents raising him genderless? Dressing him/her as a boy one day then a girl the next day?
K.Mo: They were talking about the genderless baby on the radio a few days ago! What a dumb idea. Apparently part of the human evolution process is coming up with the worst possible idea and then trying to convince people they’re legit. As soon as I saw that brother with the girl hair cut in the picture accompanying the article I got confused by this hippie couple (I can only assume they are hippie-ish people as this is just not a mainstream idea). Pretty sure your kid is now going to end up a hot adult mess because of your misguided attempts at giving them a buffet of gender options when they were weeks old.
[Erin: I'm interrupting this one to weigh in. I get what the parents are going for...don't let society's gender roles define you, blah blah blah. I totally agree with that, so raise your kids with that message. But here's the thing, either you're a male or a female. That is just biology. Can it be changed? Sure, ask Chaz Bono. If your boy wants to paint his fingernails hot pink a la the J.Crew ad that came out a little while ago, or your daughter wants to sport a spiky haircut, fine. I'm totally for non-conformity and all that, however, society necessitates a certain amount of conformity. The kid needs to know whether he/she sits down to pee or goes in the boys locker room at the pool. Not knowing these things may cause a confusing and embarassing mess, figuratively and in actuality. A boy still has boy parts and a girl still has girl parts. That is just the way it is.]
- Ratko Mladic arrested
M.Stine: I love when war crimes suspects are caught after years on the run. They’re probably thinking “Hey, it’s been 16 years & they still haven’t caught me, so I must be safe”…then BAM! This week Ratko Mladic, a commander in the Bosnian Serb Army during the Bosnian War, was arrested after having gone into hiding in 1995. Accused of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, he is perhaps best known for ordering the execution of more than 8,000 Muslim men & boys in the town of
, as part of an “ethnic cleansing” campaign. Enjoy spending your final days in prison, sucker. Srebrenica
K.Mo: A BBC Radio reporter mentioned that Mladic may only be tried only for the Srebrenica massacre, which I actually support. Slobodan Milosevic’s (the Serbian leader during the war and Mladic’s partner in crime) trial took four years. He died of a heart attack a few months before the verdict and was never actually punished. Let’s get this show on the road and get the “Butcher of Bosnia” punished!
- Palin running for President
M.Stine: This week Sarah Palin announced she’s embarking on some jalopy East Coast bus tour, and many are saying this is a sign that she will soon formally announce a Presidential bid. While I’m not the biggest Obama fan, I don’t believe any of the GOP contenders weighing runs would do a better job, so I’m looking forward to him winning a 2nd term (because Palin as the Republican nominee would all but guarantee it.) Kerry has already mentioned that she’ll be jumping the border to the land of socialized medicine & poutine if Palin runs, but I’m looking forward to watching this hot mess express unfold stateside!
K.Mo: I am not Obama’s biggest supporter (and by “not biggest” I basically mean “not at all”) but another four years of Obama seems preferable to four years of the Palin Family Circus. I can’t decide which candidacy rumors I have found more disturbing: Donald Trump or Sarah Palin. If you have done some sort of reality TV, you should automatically be banned from running for a high-level public office. It’s nice to know that American politics have now totally become a circus with perhaps not even a shred of dignity left.
[Erin: I am weighing in on this one, too. In contrast to K.Mo, I might be Obama's biggest supporter. I hope Palin runs, it guarantees a victory for the liberals, and that is just fine with me!]
4. Oprah’s Last Show
K.Mo: I always get weirdly compelled to watch the last of anything. The series finale of Seinfeld? Sign me up, even though I had never actually watched an episode Seinfeld. People say “last, final, ending” and I hear “MUST WATCH, MUST WATCH.” I haven’t watched Oprah since sometime in college and in the end she actually just kind of annoyed me, but I always thought she would be around! I guess it’s true that you never know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. And a fun fact: I had a dog named Sadie when I was little! My parents put her to sleep when I was in the second grade, but didn’t tell us what was happening. “Surprise kids! Sadie is not here and never coming back. Don’t tell Janet. She’s at fifth grade camp and we don’t want to ruin her cross country ski adventure.”
M.Stine: My parents did almost the same thing with one of our cats!! I believe it was Skittles, who they told us “must have run away”, but in reality she had been obliterated by a car. Parents shouldn’t lie to their children about pets!! But moving on, I didn’t watch Oprah’s last show mainly because I don’t really like her all that much, and because “final shows” are 9 times out of 10 disappointing (like last year’s LOST series finale…I’m still livid.) I will say that I did like many of Oprah’s Book club selections (yes Kerry and Erin, I can finish a book!), but other than that I could take her or leave her. I fear that Tyra Banks is now going to get that time slot & try to become the next Oprah…God help us all.