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  • just a conservative girl 10:47 AM on 03/28/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: allen, cancer, , , running, self magazine   

    Another Magazine About “Empowering” Women is Anything But – Self Magazine Beclowns Itself By Poking Fun at a Cancer Survivor 

    Monika Allen, a brain cancer survivor and marathon runner, was asked by Self Magazine if they could use a photo of her wearing a Wonder Woman shirt and tutu while she was running a marathon.  Ms. Allen was happy about the use of the photo, that is until the issue came out.  

    Along with her photo Self put this little editorial


    “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

    Nice.  Not only was the woman undergoing chemotherapy at the time she ran this marathon, she made these tutu’s herself.  You see she makes and sells them, then gives the money to charity.  She donates money to Girls on the Run.  A charity that helps young girls, aged 8 – 13, engage in physical activities and gain confidence in themselves by learning to enjoy running.  While people make think that isn’t that big of a deal, running competitively can transform your self confidence.  When you start doing better you not only gain confidence but want to continue to improve yourself.  The program ends for these young girls by competing in a 5K race.  It is a charity that teaches not only self confidence, but also teaches them discipline and goal setting.  All qualities that young women will need to navigate the world as they get older.  

    Instead of Self doing any kind of reporting they just make fun of the woman.  I do not give them a pass by saying well maybe they didn’t know she had cancer.  They are a magazine for pity sakes, they could have asked the question.  But no, they just dissed the woman and her outfit.  Now, would I wear that outfit?  Not likely.  But that doesn’t mean I get to make fun of someone who does.  I have a few friends that run in marathons.  It is very hard work to get your body into shape to do this.  That is even without health issues.  Just imagine how much harder it is when your brain has cancer in it and you are undergoing chemotherapy?

    Self Magazine has released a statement:

    In a statement to NBC 7, SELF apologized “for the association of her picture in any way other than to support her efforts to be healthy.”
    “Of course if tutus make you run with a smile on your face or with a sense of purpose or community, then they are indeed worth wearing, for any race,” the statement read.

    In the first issue of Self, the Editor in Chief made this statement:

    An extraordinary spirit and energy are emerging in women today. Fitness is the fuel. We have acquired a strong appetite for the full experience of life—the exhilaration of the outdoors, the challenge and success of professional work, the honest enjoyment of sex. Selfwill be a guide to the vitality we need to do all the things we want to do.

    They certainly have strayed a long way from that mission statement.  

    Sadly, the apology is of the non apology variety that is more about covering their own ass.  I doubt they have learned anything from this incident.  Yet one more reason I don’t buy into all the hype about “empowering” women.   This is what they did to a woman and are only now sorry because they found out she had cancer.  They never bothered to ask where she got the tutu or why she was wearing it.  They just wanted to be catty.  Well Meow to you Self.  

    If you want to support Ms. Allen, you can find her facebook page here.  

    • lawrunner 11:10 AM on 03/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for pointing this out. There are far too many snarky “journalists” out there who are constantly demeaning people in the name of entertainment or as a way of making themselves out to be experts in the fields of beauty, health or fitness. This writer is obviously one of those who decided that a tutu said everything about the person wearing it because of their own narrow beliefs about what makes a runner or what makes a person dedicated to what they’re doing. Ms. Allen has my admiration and support. Thank you again.

  • just a conservative girl 7:00 AM on 05/26/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: allen, , , , , virginia senate   

    GOP Debate #VASenate 

    The third and final debate for the GOP candidates for the Virginia senate seat was held last night.  The four candidates had their chance to make an impression on the voters of Northern Virginia.  For early Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend there was a pretty good turnout.  This was the smallest crowd of the four debates, but it was about 400 people.

    The debate had a very simple format, 2 minute opening and closing statements with 90 seconds to answer questions.  Each candidate was asked the same questions.

    The cast of characters were

    George Allen, former senator and governor.

    Jaime Radtke, former employee of George Allen and Tea Party activist

    Bob Marshall, state delegate

    E.W. Jackson, former marine and minister.

    George Allen has been pretty much given the nomination by all media outlets.  Polling is being done between him and the dem candidate Tim Kaine.  So it is looked at as an uphill battle for the other three candidates.  Some have been surprised that Allen agreed to three debates.  But Virginia has a large geographic area to cover and it would be hard to find one centrally located area to give all the voters a chance to hear the candidates.  So the debates were divided up by regions of the commonwealth.

    Allen’s plan was do no harm.  Which he accomplished.  I don’t think he did anything to help himself, but he certainly did nothing to hurt himself.  Allen also lives in this area of the state and has strong support here.  Most people I know are supporters* More on this later.

    Jaime’s plan was a full frontal attack on Allen.  Which she did from opening statement on.

    Both E.W. and Bob spoke from the heart.  You could tell they were not using prepared remarks and canned answers.

    Here are some of the notes that I jotted down while listening:

    Opening Statements:


    Virginia has to take the bull by the horns.  Bowing to none.


    If we don’t deal with spending nothing else matters.


    Made many references to Jefferson and abortion.


    Started by thanking the soldiers who died.  Talked about the legacy of freedom and America’s comeback.  He was trying to be Reaganesque.

    Now Jaime talked about not allowing congress to pick winners and losers.  Which I found very interesting indeed.  Jaime backed Jeff Frederick for the State Senate last year.  Jeff Frederick used(s) minority status to get set aside contracts from the federal government.  So that is just hypocrisy of the highest order.  You can read about that here.

    One of the questions was meant to Perryesque and the candidates were asked which regulations they would try to do away with.

    E.W. being a Bishop talked heavily on the regulations being put on the Churches forcing them to go against their consciences.  He also brought up the federal real estate tax that is included in Obamacare that will be collected by the IRS.  He got a good laugh when he talked about how 90 seconds was not enough time.

    Jaime didn’t really answer the question.  She talked about Dodd/Frank and closing down the depart of ed.  Which I agree with by the way, but it wasn’t really the answer to the question at hand.

    Bob pushed a flat tax and spent his time talking about car safety and flat tax.

    George talked about Obamacare and CO2 regs.  Which goes beyond cap-and-trade because of the all the power the EPA has taken for themselves.

    I would have to say one of the most interesting parts of the evening was when Bob was talking about a conversation he had with Senator Mark Warner at a college football game about Obamacare.  According to Bob, Senator Warner was not worried about the constitutionality of Obamacare, or “not his first concern”.  Great.  We have a senator that doesn’t care if laws are constitutional or not.

    There were asked about what they would do about some reforms to the healthcare system they would like to see done if Obamacare is rendered unconstitutional.

    I would have to say that George Allen did have the best answer on this.  He was stressing HSA’s.  Which I am a huge fan of.  I had one for years and it worked very well.  HSA’s were done in Indiana on the state level under Gov. Daniels and reduced costs for the state and the employees were very happy with them.  It is also the type of plan that Whole Foods offered to its employees.  They work.  The rest didn’t seem to have great answers to this question, but did stress federalism.  Which I also am a big fan of.  Healthcare reform should be done at the state level, not at the federal one.

    I have decided that I am supporting EW.  I made that decision long before last night.  But last night only solidified my belief that I am doing the right thing.  Hands down he won the debate.  He had the room on their feet by the end of his closing statement.  The only candidate that was able to accomplish that.

    He also made some fans last night.  Three people who I know went in being Allen supporters and left saying they would vote for EW.  He is very impressive when you hear him speak.  He has the ability to inspire you.  His passion comes through.  Matter of fact, a friend of mine and I went sign blitzing after the debate.  We made sure that voters in Fairfax will be reminded of EW.

    Even though I am no fan of Bob Marshall I would have to say he came in second.   He had very good answers to most questions.  He spoke of following the constitution.

    I can’t really say who finished last between Jaime and George.  George was overly cautious and I heard one person say that he seem “tired”.  Not tired today, but in general.  Jaime’s answers seemed canned and forced.  She stuck to talking points and you didn’t see her, if you know what I mean.  She had a game plan going in and followed it.  I just question if that was the correct game plan.

    I will tell you if George Allen doesn’t get the nod, it will be national news.  No one is really paying all the much attention to this primary.  They may realize that they are making a mistake.   But I have to say the grassroots is split, so it will more than likely mean it will be Allen.  But I, and many other grassroots activists will be working hard over the next few weeks to show them not to take us for granted.  We have minds of our own and we can be very convincing.  This is race is far from over.

    EW Jackson for Senate.  He is good and honest man.  We need more of them in Washington.  Or should I say we need at least one of them there.

    • k 9:49 AM on 05/27/2012 Permalink | Reply

      my problem with Jackson is that I do not feel he is really all that informed.I have heard him speak a number of times and he is very giftted but it is the same speech and he talks in platitudes. I find it tiring. It doesn’t impress me, I found myself staring at the ceiling because I don’t need a sweet talking person. Will he stand up against the rino’s? I just don’t have that feeling. I do think Jamie or Bob would…. He also does not have the numbers. I do like the man, but he doesn’t have a ground game. Jamie didn’t do as well in this debate, definitely a bit flat I agree but really has the ground game and numbers. Neither does Bob (have ground game), and plus bob goes off on the gay population a bit too much. Am against gay marriage but feel uncomfortable when someone morphs into quasi denigration of individuals, but he was spot on w/activist judges. I think Bob actually won the debate in terms of a tea party standpoint. I am not hopeful at this point about the primary. George was pretty dull up there and I do think people are goign to go with Jackson because they liked his oratory skillls but Jackson does not have the ground game or name recognition, he just doesn’t, so that vote is truly wasted if you really want to see Allen go away. So that is disapointing too because I am sick of people not educating themselves and falling for a pretty face. How are we any different than Obama voters then? At any rate, we have another senate seat up in 2 years. So, we can start thinking about that and get behind ONE candidate. We have to play hardball with these people and not support 3 different grassroots candidates, ridiculous to say the least. I think out of the 3 that jamie had the most organized campaign, you have to give her credit for that. But, she is no preacher, very dry so unfort personality does count. Also, the Frederick thing, that disappointed me too I supported Tito, but I don’t hold it against her.

      • just a conservative girl 10:29 AM on 05/27/2012 Permalink | Reply

        I will have no problem voting in November for any of the candidates except Marshall. There are things I don’t like about Allen, but I do think that he has had a come to Jesus moment on spending.

        I don’t care that Jaime didn’t support Tito. What I care about is that she always talks about not picking winners and losers when she must know that Jeff is the person she is talking about. That is just hypocrisy. I have this feeling that they have a working relationship that goes way back and that is part of her judgement process, but to me that makes it worse. She is willing to be ok with it because she knows him.

        I worry that Jaime can’t beat Kaine. Which is why I am supporting EW. He can draw people in. You know I don’t like cult of personality type of candidates either. I don’t see that EW is that. But I suppose I understand that you worry about that.

        But you are correct that the vote has been split and in two years the grassroots has to get behind one candidate and stay there. Rumor is that Warner really doesn’t like being a senator and he may retire. Who knows how true that is, but I have him on video saying he wouldn’t vote for Obamacare if it were over $1T – which it is. I will be more than happy to give that video to anyone who wants to put it on the news. He will have a great deal to answer to.

        If somehow Jaime gets the nod, I will work to help her win. I will have no problem doing that and I will be happy to vote for her.

        I don’t know if you noticed, but I was helping out EW get signatures and stuff before and after the debate. I had quite a few people tell me that they really like EW and Jaime. Don’t want them to go away. But will be voting for Allen because he is the most likely to beat Kaine. I don’t agree with that. Allen is known quantity. Everyone knows his weaknesses. He is easier for them to exploit. The unions have already announced they are going to be spending $2 million on this race. So brace yourself, we are going to be overflowing with out-of-state union members flooding Northern Virginia. If the GOP candidate can’t get 35% here, they can’t win. That is the game plan. They don’t need to go to the other parts of the state, they already know that the GOP will win the majority, but since we are the population center of the state we decide the election.

  • just a conservative girl 9:48 PM on 08/15/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: allen, , , munoz, ,   

    Is Senate Candidate Jaime Radtke Just Status Quo? 

    As some may know this is an election year in Virginia, out entire legislature is up for grabs.  The House of Delegates is expected to stay in the hands of the republicans, so many republicans are working very hard to turn our senate red.  You may also know that I am doing work for Tito Munoz, senate candidate in the VA 36.  This is a contested seat for the republican nomination.  Tito is facing off against former delegate and state GOP chair Jeff Frederick.  I don’t think that it is any secret that I am hoping that Tito wins the nomination and goes on to beat Toddy Puller in November. 

    We also will have an open federal senate seat next year as Senator Webb has announced he will not be seeking re-election.  The GOP candidates are Senator George Allen who lost his seat to Webb five years ago and Jaime Radtke.  Jaime is a former employee of Mr. Allen, so it is going to be an interesting race.  But Jaime isn’t just a former employee of George Allen, she was also the head of the Virginia Tea Party Association.  Virginia was the first state to hold a state Tea Party Convention, it is said to be one of the most organized in the country.  Jamie is a big reason that is true.  She was very committed and worked for basically nothing to get our Commonwealth organized.  The Tea Party Convention was a great success and had some very big names that came and spoke, Herman Cain, John Fund, and Dick Morris to name just a few.  I attended and enjoyed myself throughly.   I have a great deal of respect for what Jaime was able to accomplish. 

    But, back to the state senate race………..As in most races the candidates receive endorsements.  Tito was endorsed by George Allen.  Jaime then endorsed Jeff Frederick.  There are some things about Jeff Frederick that are quite troubling. 

    Frederick is a former delegate that has no real record of getting any major piece of legislation through.  Frederick is also the former GOP Chair of Virginia.  A position he was forced to resign from.  Now, the stories vary depending on who you talk to of why he was forced to resign.  One side of the story is that the “GOP establishment” in Virginia wanted to get rid of him and forced him out.  This establishment includes now Governor Bob McDonnell.  McDonnell was the Attorney General at the time and it was already well-known he would be running for Governor the following year.  The other side of the story is that Jeff used a company he had a financial stake in to do work.  Another words he profited from using this company.  No formal charges were ever brought, the affair was dropped after he resigned.  I can’t get into Gov. McDonnell’s head so I have no way of knowing if he truly wanted Jeff to leave or not.  It wouldn’t be unheard of, it could very well be true.  The problem is that Jeff not only gave him the guns and the bullets, he put a target on himself and walked 20 paces.   Jeff was GOP Chair when John McCain was running for president.  Jeff made no secret of the fact that he didn’t like McCain all that much.  In the September before the campaign while I was out knocking on doors and making phones on a nightly basis, Jeff took a family vacation.  His job was to get the base excited.  If he felt he couldn’t do his job to the best of his ability because he didn’t like the candidate he should have resigned then.  Not do a half-hearted attempt. 

    We can also move onto the small business that Mr. Frederick owns.  He has been classifying himself under the 8(a) disadvantaged minority status.  With this status he has been able to get set aside contracts from the federal government that many small business owners were never allowed to bid on.  Frederick has denied using his status to get these contracts, but his website lists the following agencies that he has worked with:

    Patent & Trademark Office IPA Blanket Purchase Agreement #45PTO254900
    NECO (Navy Electronic Commerce Online) Registered
    Department of Commerce COMMITS Contract No. 50-CMAA-9-00042.
    GSA: IT Professional Services GSA Contract No. GS-35F-0558P
    GSA: PES (Professional Engineering Services) GSA Contract No. GS-23F-0234L
    GSA: MOBIS GSA Contract No. GS-10F-0262K
    Frederick is the former GOP Chair in Virginia, he is a former state delegate, and he owns a nice home (I was there once for a fundraiser).  I don’t want to sound insensitive here, but his last name is Frederick, he speaks with no accent, and he looks like a middle-aged white guy.  Many people wouldn’t know that he was Hispanic by that.  How exactly is this man disadvantaged? 
    All of this information is readily and easily available and it is all true.  This isn’t a smear campaign towards Mr. Frederick.  This is about the principles that Ms. Radtke says she stands for.  Mr. Frederick is running as the “anti-establishiment candidate” all the while taking the very establishment like advantages to further enrich himself. 
    Ms. Radtke says she wants to change the way Washington works.  Isn’t it a Tea Party principle to get rid of the federal government choosing winners and losers based on minority status?  Or am I mistaken?  If that is the case, why would she back a candidate such as Mr. Frederick?  I contacted the Radtke campaign several times to get a simple answer of why she choose to endorse Mr. Frederick.  I never heard back.  I guess I am just some lowly blogger, so who cares.  But I am also a voter.  Not only am I voter, I am a primary voter too. 
    Again, this post isn’t about Jeff Frederick, this post is about Jaime Radtke.  Radtke waited until after George Allen came out and endorsed Tito to make any statement about the race.  Once he did, she jumped on the Jeff Frederick bandwagon.  The question I am left to ask is this just business as usual? 
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