Michelle Obama

Kirstie Alley’s in a Snit; Routines and Success; Dogs Make You Happy

Kirstie Alley’s in a Snit

And the reason she’s so upset is because Leah Remini (the wife on King of Queens sitcom) broke away from the church/worship of Kirstie Alley’s particular choice: Scientology. You can check out this link to see how Kirstie Alley responded on twitter. I follow her on my twitter feed, and compared to other tweets this is the least of her rants, on all topics. She’s very entertaining.

Last week, news first broke that Remini quit Scientology following years of interrogations and thought modifications. The probing came after she allegedly questioned Scientology leader David Miscavige, the church’s practices and the disappearance of Miscavige’s wife, Shelly. The 43-year-old CBS star was one of Scientology’s most famous members, having been involved with the group for some three decades and having defended it publicly on previous occasions.

I have always believed everyone in the US has the right to worship whomever and whatever they want…or…not to follow whomever and whatever they don’t want to follow. I like Leah Remini; she makes me laugh late at night when I can’t sleep with reruns of King of Queens.

Routines and Success

The things that successful people do every morning vary from person to person, according to this article. But the one common thread I’ve found is that whatever it is they do they stick to it on a regular basis.

This is what Michelle Obama Does:

Like her husband, Mrs. Obama puts exercise at the top of her morning to-do list. The First Lady told Oprah that she wants her daughters to see her as a woman who takes care of herself, even if it means waking up at 4:30 a.m. to do it.

Frank Lloyd Wright woke early to think and to get ideas, Robert Eiger wakes early to find quiet time, and Margaret Thatcher used to wake up early to listen to a radio show.

I don’t know how much of this has to do with success as much as personality. There are many successful people who never do anything like this. I rarely need more than three or four hours of sleep and I get up to run every morning, all year long, to run anywhere between 3 and 5 miles. I think it’s more about being driven to accomplish things, and take control of your life, more than it is about the need for success. I’ve been doing it for over twenty years and the thing I love about running is that you get complete control and it’s not an event you have to share with anyone.

Dogs Make You Happy

I know that sounds like I’m preaching to the proverbial choir, because most of my followers are pet lovers and pet owners of all kinds, not just dogs. I’ve always remembered something from a Fannie Flagg novel that said you can’t be depressed with a kitten around the house. But this next link is really kind of nice. I saw it tweeted by one of the Scott brothers, J.D. Scott.

It’s a series of photos I can’t post here for copyright reasons, but if you are so inclined you can check them out here.

That’s actually a photo of me with my dog…after he had a very bad haircut by a very bad groomer who lived to regret that particular day. I felt so bad for him, and I wanted to cheer him up so much, I made Tony take a photo and I kept telling him he looked beautiful. But I think his expression says it all.


Michelle Obama’s Response to Gay Protester; Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage

First Lady Michelle Obama’s response to a gay protester who heckled her during a Democratic fundraiser was reported in many different ways today, and I’ve been inundated with e-mails from friends in the LGBT community about it.

Obama was 12 minutes into a planned 20-minute speech at a couple’s home when a woman standing at the front of the small crowd interrupted, demanding that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.

“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said before walking down from the lectern and approaching the protester, according to a pool reporter covering the event.

Obama told the woman that people gathered in the backyard tent could “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving,” before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”

Well.

You can read more here.

Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage

Former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, posted a video on Youtube in support of Gay Marriage this month. You can view it with a link below, and I’ve posted it to the blog post previous to this one if you scroll down.

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones,” said Clinton. “They are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.”

The announcement from Clinton comes just after a high profile Republican, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, announced his experience with his gay son had led him to support same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to California’s Prop. 8., which banned same-sex marriage in that state, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton and denies to same-sex couples survivor benefits and other federal preferences for married heterosexual couples.

Former President Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband, and their daughter Chelsea had endorsed gay marriage in recent years, but Hillary Clinton, who was serving as the nation’s top diplomat, had not. As a presidential candidate in 2008 Clinton opposed same-sex marriage but endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.

It’s nice to see that kind of support starting to surface so openly, especially from someone like Hillary Clinton who really doesn’t have to come out and support anyone or anything at this point in time.

Here’s the article in full, where you can also view the video.