19 06, 2009

Letterman vs. Palin — More Media Sexism or Just Tasteless Humor?

By | June 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|11 Comments

I'm not the only one who thinks that David Letterman owes us all an apology. But it seems like there are only a few of us.It's probably no secret to some of you that one of my hot button topics lately has been the free ride the media often get when sexism tries to disguise [...]

18 06, 2009

Where in the World is PunditMom?

By | June 18th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No, not on a round the world jaunt a la Matt Lauer!I'm hanging out over at my friend Linda Lowen's place -- About.com on Women's Issues -- where we are pondering the White House Council on Women & Girls and whether it's going to do us any good.What do you think -- will this task [...]

17 06, 2009

Greed Trumps Regulation Every Time

By | June 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

My friend David at It's Not a Lecture tipped me off last night that President Obama was going to announce new financial regulatory efforts to help prevent the Wall Street shenanigans that have put us in our current economy and to better protect American consumers.As someone who spent a bunch of years at the Securities [...]

13 06, 2009

PunditMom’s Photo Saturday

By | June 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Yeah, I could definitely use a few more arms these days!Photo by PunditMom. Art by PunditGirl.

12 06, 2009

Maybe Republicans Just Don’t Like Girls

By | June 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Sarah Palin got dissed by fellow Republicans at a recent RNC fundraiser. Meghan McCain takes heat for not toeing the GOP party line on gay marriage and for criticizing Ann Coulter. And while Sonia Sotomayor isn't a Republican, she's hardly the most liberal judge out there and is being attacked as if she was the [...]

9 06, 2009

If Only the New Disney Princess Could be More Like Mulan

By | June 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|63 Comments

I hate that Mulan gets included as a Disney "princess." As a mother of an Asian daughter, I've always loved her story as an example of the empowered girl -- she's not a princess (even though she is marketed that way), both of her parents are alive in the story (unlike most Disney princesses who [...]

6 06, 2009

PunditMom’s Photo Saturday — Variation on a Theme

By | June 6th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

I know this photo is similar to last week's, but I'm so drawn to the late afternoon light that streams through our little used dining room. There's something about the way the sun shines through the shades at this low angle and hits my amber-colored bowl, that I just have to keep coming back to [...]

4 06, 2009

Random PunditMom Concerns

By | June 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|6 Comments

I'm feeling a bit off my game these days -- so much to write about and not much time to do it as end-if-the-school-year obligations and events pile up.But maybe you can help me out with a few things on my mind:1. How can we change the direction of the country if much of the [...]

29 05, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor and the Code of Sexism

By | May 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Testy. Difficult. Nasty. Sharp-tongued. Those are just a few of the words being used by Republicans and the media to describe Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. If they ring a bell, they should -- it hasn't been long since those code words of sexism were used against another intelligent, accomplished woman in the public [...]

10 05, 2009

The Political Economics of Mother’s Day

By | May 10th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

After reading about two new volumes out just in time for Mother's Day, I've resigned myself to the notion that Mother's Day will continue to be the hook on which some capitalize on their own insecurities, both intellectually and financially.Instead of praising stay-at-home moms, what if the media praised all mothers? I'd rather not think [...]

6 05, 2009

Guess Who Won the 2009 Mother of the Year “Award?”

By | May 6th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

If you're like me, trying to find that perfect Mother's Day gift is often a challenge (though I made it easy for Mr. PunditMom and PunditGirl this year by asking for an addition to our lawn furniture!)But MomsRising sure knows how to make a mom feel good about all the things we do that, to [...]

5 05, 2009

Speak Now for Kids!!

By | May 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|3 Comments

The PunditMom household is lucky when it comes to health insurance. Even though we pay the "full freight" for the policy we have, the coverage is pretty good and I never have to worry about whether PunditGirl's health care will be covered. But even as secure as Mr. PunditMom's job seems to be, I do [...]

3 05, 2009

Embracing My Inner Joe Biden

By | May 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Poor Joe Biden. He was on the hot seat again this week for his comments about telling his family to protect themselves from the swine flu virus by avoiding planes, subways and small, enclosed places. That seems like eminently sensible advice to me, especially if, as for most Americans, you just can't take the chance [...]

23 04, 2009

New EEOC Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination

By | April 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

My word of the day is "irony."I was supposed to attend the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing about updated guidance on caregiver discrimination in the workplace to live blog it for MomsRising. Then my nine-year-old daughter got sick and was home from school, so I couldn't attend. Fortunately, there are other ways to skin a [...]

16 04, 2009

Hillary Clinton & Digital Town Hall from the Dominican Republic

By | April 16th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feel the need for a tropical getaway but don't have the funds? Well, how about watching Hillary Clinton's Digital Town Hall in the Dominican Republic, live, right here at PunditMom? You can even submit questions ahead of time for her to answer about the summit. The live stream starts at 11: 15 a.m. Eastern time [...]

15 04, 2009

PunditMom + Political Junkie Should Make for a Good NPR Podcast!

By | April 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Chatting about politics with new people is always fun for me, so I'm really excited to be participating in an NPR podcast at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time today on the Norm Coleman/Al Franken Senate race and other political news of the week!I'll get to chat with David Gura from Talk of the Nation, NPR Political [...]

27 03, 2009

What if “Women’s Work” was Centerpiece of the Stimulus Package?

By | March 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

I know you might be wondering what glue I’ve been sniffing to wonder aloud about what our economic recovery could look like if “women’s work” was valued in the way men’s always has been. I don’t mean the stereotypical world of motherhood and careers limited to nursing and teaching. I mean the work of all [...]

23 03, 2009

Can Bill O’Reilly Say ‘Civil Assault?’

By | March 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

"[Civil] assault is an intentional attempt or threat to inflict injury upon a person, coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm, which creates a reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or offensive contact in another. Assault does not require actual touching or bodily harm to the victim."Apparently Bill O'Reilly isn't familiar with the [...]

19 03, 2009

Breaking the Economy to PunditGirl

By | March 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|13 Comments

I see I need to have a little chat with my nine-year-old.The local Target or Old Navy are more our speed this year. Probably for the coming years, as well.What about you? Have a good 'tightening the economic belt' story on your shopping habits? If so, I'll pick one at random to receive a small [...]

17 03, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different

By | March 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

I'm ashamed to say this, but I've been keeping something from you.My plans for world domination have expanded and there are a couple of women you may know and love who are accomplices on this mission.It turns out I have more in common with Devra of Parentopia and Michelle of White Trash Mom than just [...]

15 03, 2009

Dear AIG, I’ve Solved Your Bonus Problem!

By | March 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|23 Comments

I don't practice law anymore, but after having contract law in my head for over 15 years, there are still a few tidbits bouncing around in there. Maybe I'd be better off if that wasn't the case, because then this whole crapola story about AIG not being able to get out of paying $165 million [...]

3 03, 2009

Army Mom Shows Up for Duty with Kids — A Stunt or Act of Necessity?

By | March 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|15 Comments

Lisa Pagan, a former active duty member of the Army and mother of two toddlers, was called up from the "ready reserves" to report for duty this week for possible deployment to Iraq. She told the Army that she had no one to care for her small children if she was sent overseas because of [...]

25 02, 2009

So What Did a Political Mom Learn at Mom 2.0?

By | February 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

I'm not the typical "mommyblogger." But then you probably already knew that. Actually, I get a little uncomfortable when people use that phrase to refer to what I do. Yes, I made a conscious decision to put the word "mom" in my blog name, but that's because there are so few pundits or political analysts [...]

19 02, 2009

Do We Really Need a Presidential Commission on Women?

By | February 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

So far American women are doing pretty well since President Barack Obama took office. He's only been President for a month, and already he's signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which will hopefully go a long way toward getting women equal pay for equal work in this country.But many are calling on the new [...]

11 02, 2009

Bill O’Reilly vs. Helen Thomas

By | February 11th, 2009|Uncategorized|19 Comments

I don't want to stoop to Bill O'Reilly's level, but after he went on his Helen Thomas mock-fest this week, I think I might have to start. With a Democrat back in the White House, Helen Thomas got promoted back to her front row status, after being demoted to the back of the room in [...]

5 02, 2009

Goodyear, You Can Spare $360K for Lilly Ledbetter

By | February 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

As so many women have been basking in the glow of the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the news reports reminded us that even though Lilly has become a standard bearer for the fight for fair pay for women, Lilly herself will never see a nickel of the money that she sued [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Sunday — OH NO! I Agree with Campbell Brown!

By | January 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|6 Comments

What do you think --- does she have a point about President Brarack Obama and transparency?After I posted the list of Senators who voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay legislation -- those who voted against it were all Republican men and all women Senators, regardless of party, voted for it -- suggested that this [...]

20 01, 2009

PunditMom and The BEST Inauguration Party!

By | January 20th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

When you don't get hang out with Sarah & Devra in person, it calls for drastic measures!(Photo courtesy of the Goon Squad!)

20 01, 2009

Full Text of Obama’s Speech

By | January 20th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

My fellow citizens:I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken [...]

13 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle — Hillary Clinton, Pundits & More!

By | January 13th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hillary Clinton is in the hot seat today.Apparently I'm too nice to be a pundit. Guess I'll have to think about going to that Ann Coulter seminar.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cPundit SchoolBarack Obama InterviewJohn McCain InterviewSarah Palin VideoFunny Election Videoi am bossy has a new Daily Poverty Post -- [...]