How Romney Would Treat Women

Interesting opinion piece from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times

“To me, actually, talk about a “war on women” in the United States seems a bit hyperbolic: in Congo or Darfur or Afghanistan, I’ve seen brutal wars on women, involving policies of rape or denial of girls’ education. But whatever we call it, something real is going on here at home that would mark a major setback for American women — and the men who love them.”

“On these issues, Mitt Romney is no moderate.”

Extreme Jerks

I’ve used this website to joke about jerkiness. I’ve always thought of this site as covering a range of jerks: from loveable jerks to the mid-range of jerky men with no manners, no honesty and no sensitivity. However, we’ve seldom touched on the extreme jerks … the abusers of women and (sometimes) children. According to the 2012 Truth About Abuse Survey Report, published by Mary Kay Inc., business is up at domestic violence shelters. If you think of yourself as abused, you don’t need to hang around. Get help, get out. Please.

From the last page of the report: If you know someone who is being abused or if you are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline to learn about local resources. The hotline is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It is anonymous and confidential. 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or Note that there is always a computer record of activity and an abuser may know how to access it without a survivor knowing. Learn more technology safety tips at

Can you be scammed?

A few years ago, after a friend of mine was taken for about $10,000 in a romance scam she fell for, I posted a link to this MSNBC article: Seduced into scams: Online lovers often duped.

You’d think it would be almost impossible to fall into such a trap, but the people behind the scams are very bright at working the crowd to find their victims. This post on the Neuromarketing blog tells how the scammers can send millions of emails and quickly find a few patsies to make their enterprise profitable. The article highlights a common banking scam, but the same strategies can work on dating sites.

And remember, to a scammer Desperation = Gullibility

Are you waiting to be chosen?

I have stumbled across a very worth read for those of you who’ve found a reason to visit this site. Not that I mind your being here, of course. But, Natalie over on Baggage Reclaim has written Are You Waiting To Be Chosen? Why It’s Time To Put Away Your Choose Me Stick.” I won’t be offended if you leave this site to read it. Go! Scoot! Do it now! (then come back here and tell me what you think in the comments)