US writer PJ O’Rourke called them the “perpetually indignant”, a group constantly querulous and frequently nasty in pursuit of a political target.
O’Rourke was referring to left-wing critics of George W Bush who were forever purple with outrage and incapable of detecting any good in the President.
They were unfair, unrealistic, fact-resistant and formed cliques of similarly prejudiced souls who reinforced the group’s inventions and smears.
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Anyone would think that, upon conception of my first child, I actually had a small part of my brain removed, a section of grey matter shrunk as my belly grew bigger– quite possibly the cluster of neurons responsible for intelligent social interaction.
Melodramatic? Of course it is. But what begin with a receptionist laughingly dismissing my pregnant forgetfulness as “nappy brain” has culminated in repeated dinner parties, coffees with old friends and other social engagements marred by the ubiquitous “Oh…” and literal turn of the shoulder that indicates I couldn’t possibly have anything of relevance or interest to add to a discussion once I’ve revealed the horrible truth…
I’m a full time mum. I stay at home with my kids. All day, every day. I don’t work, in the traditional sense. I receive government assistance. To add potential insult to injury, I’m also a single parent. And…
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The first mummy blogger I ever read was a woman called Ree Drummond. A city girl from California who went to live on a cattle ranch in Ohio, when she met and married the man of her dreams, who also happened to be a cowboy.
Her photographs and willingness to share ALL the details of life on a ranch sucked me right in. That was four years ago and since then Drummond has gone on to have her own television show and a cookbook that made the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Now there are women like Drummond everywhere, including the approximately 200 or so currently blogging in Australia.
While that seems like a relatively small number, Aussie mummy bloggers have an impressive span of influence. Some people have described them as a “new social demographic” and they’ve even caught the eye of Julia Gillard, who invited a select few to have tea at Kirribilli House last month.
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Les Murray was doing what Les Murray does better than anyone last weekend.
On SBS’s Women’s World Cup Show, he was pronouncing the unpronounceable, and enthusing over the prospects of one of Australia’s national teams – in this case, our women’s team, the Matildas.
In the ad breaks, there he was again, promoting his latest book. That book has gotten him into all sorts of trouble lately, due to alleged inaccuracies surrounding Murray’s claim that Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill led a players’ revolt against coach Pim Verbeek at the 2010 World Cup.
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“Mummy,” my daughter said recently, in much the tone of Violet Beauregarde, the grasping spoilt brat in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “I want a blog.”
I thought she said she wanted a dog – an oft-repeated plea that’s resulted in many weekends babysitting puppies from our local pet shop. But, no, she wanted a blog. “Why?” I asked. “What would you write about?”
She did that withering tongue-click thing that’s become so prevalent among seven-year-olds, it has me wondering if a little Botox in the soft palate might help.
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YOU could hear hearts breaking across NSW yesterday at the terrible news our impoverished politicians will be forced to subsist on a meagre $77.55 a day meal allowance.
Not since federal Labor MP John Murphy went public about the paltry beef stroganoff servings at the parliamentary canteen has the public seen the true impact of hunger on our elected representatives.
Turn it up. At a time when so many households are going without, the application by our pollies to the remuneration tribunal for a bit more pampering has understandably enraged put-upon families.
If these MPs are battling to make ends meet, there’s a raft of innovative money-saving ideas out there in cyberspace which I’ll discuss for their benefit, after recapping this latest perk grab.
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