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Cotillion Carnival Debut!

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Inaugural of the Cotillion!

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a woman of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Emperor Misha
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Ace
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game *

We ladies have gathered together for the presentation of these dazzling darlings of the blogosphere, and yes, proper etiquette dictates that you shall kindly direct your devoted attention to each of these fine young women! Please, gentlemen callers, remove your hats indoors in their presence! I do declare!

So, on to the lovely ladies! (No, not on them...oh, nevermind. Bless your hearts.)

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. Anne Frank

Laziness, indeed. Florida Cracker finds a bit of (well, unsurprising) laziness in a "would-be moving" story in the Houston Chronic(le). Nice try there, buddy boy, but no cigar.

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the right of intellectuals
and political thinkers, to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
Norman Tebbit

Girl on the Right certainly is the RightGirl to show us how silly unions are. Whining about the Blue Man Group? Because they're eeevil American Kapitalists? Obviously if that's a big complaint to the socialists, they're pretty much, as RightGirl says, in "a socialist utopia."

The campaign of fear now being waged against genetic modification is based largely on fantasy and a complete lack of respect for science and logic.
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace (!)

Ilyka Damen takes on food moonbats and their irrational opposition to genetically-modified foods. Hey, weren't those wackos freaking out in the 80's about worldwide famine? Now they oppose a viable solution to starvation, apparently because someone might turn a profit (the horror!) in the process. Go figure, eh?

You might be a bad driver if...you see more middle fingers than a manicurist.

Kellipundit finds proof that Rhode Island drivers are, as she suspected, the worst in the country. (Left-turns on red are practically legal, it seems.) Fortunately for her, she's only got a few weeks left there to make it out of there in one piece.

Promiscuity turns sex into a sport, like arm-wrestling. Mason Cooley

You know how at certain blogs (I'll leave names out of it), it seems like every other day there's yet another "NSFW" T&A picture of some model or starlet? Never fear, SondraK is here to even things out. "Just because." Here's another for y'all from me, "just because" fair is fair. This post, however, is perfectly safe unless your work can't tolerate moonbatty humor. ;-)

Good is a point of view, Anakin.
And the Jedi point of view is not the only valid one. *

Little Miss Attilla writes a great review of Revenge of the Sith that makes me actually think about going to see it, where I really didn't care to before. Rather than the usual "this is what happened" review, she writes of the psychological and philosophical story in the movie, that of the transformation from good to evil. I can already see the clumsy lefty undertones. (Typical Hollywood.)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,... *

Mamamontezz' post shows yet another stupid activist judge, yet this one didn't make the kind of ruling you might expect. This time, it's about a judge in Indianapolis who has ruled that some parents cannot teach their nine year-old child their religious beliefs. Ugh.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalms 33:12

Merri muses upon the immeasurable blessings our children have as Americans, particularly in contrast with the children in Afghanistan and Iraq, where their lives are in grave danger every day. While we spend our time thinking about trivial things, those brave children stumble across live weapons and (as I noted here) are used as props for terrorists.

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. Euripides

Stacy, a.k.a. Not a Desperate Housewife, writes about the importance of personal responsibility, and what can happen when caution is thrown to the wind. Even though we always have the right to our safety and to "say no," acting responsibly is always the wise choice.

With this, ladies and gentlemen callers, I bid you adieu and affectionately request that you direct your faithful attention to the other two groups of ladies, courtesy of the lovely and talented Miss Jody and Miss Janette!
It has been my greatest pleasure to *cough* entertain *cough* you!

Introducing the Cotillion

All too often in the blogosphere the following annoying question comes up: “Where are the female bloggers?” Beth of My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Jody of Steal the Bandwagon and I asked the following ladies to join us in the very special project of answering that question. The participants were invited based solely on our enjoyment of their blogs. Traffic and linkage played no role in our decision as to who to include, we simply enjoy their work and we thought that you may too.

Our purpose is to raise the visibility of some great female bloggers in hopes that we never have to deal with a certain annoying question again.

Part One

A Mom and Her Blog taking on a tough subject that should concern everyone in the blogosphere: Tammy presents How Screwed Up Is This? She highlights the problem of repeat violent criminal offenders and the current epidemic of violence against children. She also suggests a solution.

This is no way to treat a lady: Carol, the Lady of the blog at An American Housewife is appalled by the treatment of Laura Bush during her recent trip to Jerusalem. She also marvels at the graciousness of another real lady in Laura Bush Gets Heckled.

This lady is a bitch: Raven at And Rightly So! Embraces the former slur, Bitch. After reading her reasoning I’ll be proud for you to call me one too.

So far we’ve had a Mom, a Lady and a Bitch, let’s toss things up a little and bring in a Jane Novak the Docile Pupil of a Monkey Monk. No really. Some pissy Yemenis are on the case of Jane at Armies of Liberation. Go and be awed by the power of a woman in the blogosphere enraging the right people around the world.

We’re waiting for her to write that book: Proving that conservative bloggers have not forgotten Terri Schiavo, Crystal boils down the entire problem with the Terri’s case in One Finder of Fact .

A braver woman than I: Darleen admits to trolling the “leftist blogs for snorts and chuckles.” My first thought was better her than me there’s usually not a long enough shower in the world to wash off that stench. After reading her post How Do They Do It? –Some Answers I have to say I’m glad she’s willing to take one for the team.

A simple tootsie in the country but a goddess in the blogosphere: Claire gives the President some excellent advice on how to deal with Amnesty International in Hey, Dubya –Don’t Feed the Moonbats.

Proving that girls don’t always like surprises (and men can like them even less): Christina at Feisty Repartee proves that women generally hit what they’re aiming for in Date From Hell.

A woman not afraid of a fight: Sadie submits a post taking on the arguments as to why there’s a lack of women in the upper tiers of the blogosphere. Screw Diversity is an attempt to head off affirmative action in the Ecosystem.

The other two-thirds of The Cotillion's debut: Beth and Jody

The Debut

What is the Cotillion?

First and foremost, it is a celebration of the diverse voice that is the conservative woman. Not just one person can speak for us, and no one person should have that obligation. There are so many of us here and willing to share our thoughts and our ideas that it seems a shame that woman in the blogosphere have been outshined by the men.

Name five women in the top twenty of the Ecosystem. Can you do it?

Last February, Kevin Drum could only name three in the top thirty. Once again, the boys seem to have a headstart on this "blog" thing, but that doesn't mean that we can't show them a thing or two. This isn't about making it an "us" versus "them" thing either, it's just about celebrating and highlighting some of the best female writers that shine.

Our intention is to be able to give the reader a wonderful place to start their journey into the feminine side of the blogosphere. And to show everyone that although we may not have the "links" of an Instapundit, we certainly have enough opinions to make up for it.

We hope to stick around, not take ourselves too seriously and maybe just enlighten everyone about who the conservative woman really is...

And so the dance begins.

It is my pleasure to present:

Rightwingsparkle sparkles with "Understanding Christian Conservatives 101". Since they can be a difficult lot to sometimes figure out, she uses her patience and wit to explain it to those who may not quite get it:

You don't know or understand Christians (or those of deep faith from other religions) too well, or you wouldn't dismiss our concerns on social issues. The idea of Arlen Spector as head of the judiciary committee doesn't bother you a bit, yet it horrifies us. Another 'moderate' supreme court judge seems fine to you. Good God! Look what the moderate ones have brought us so far. If all you seem to care about are the economic issues, then we become the Republicans the democrats imagine us to be, greedy and self involved.

sisu reveals "La Petite Illusion" saying that "Old European eyes could use a new pair of lenses":

I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe -- without shedding a drop of blood. So don't preach to us," snipped the head-in-the-sand, history-challenged German ambassador to the U.S., Wolfgang Ischinger in a New Yorker interview recently...Meanwhile, in less nuanced parts of the world, some prefer to believe their own eyes.

Kate of small dead animals says that "I concede" (but I don't really think she does) in this great "must read" post:

So, to my fellow moderate, mainstream, compromising Liberal Canadian citizens so tolerant of the mischievious ways of our political masters - today I concede.
You win. I lose. You are right. I was wrong. You were always right, and I was always wrong. Having broken the shackles of black and white, I'm ready to venture into this brave new ethical world of "Grey" and work with you. I can't say I understand it, but nonetheless - it's time to adapt.

The American Princess tells us "Why I do this", her lofty goals and ideals put most of us bloggers to shame, but maybe this is why she does "this" so well:

This is no meager argument about judicial activism, Howard Dean, or the 2006 elections, though, as a scholar of foreign relations and government, an experienced political activist, and a news junkie, that composes a susbstantial part of the output, this is about something much, much deeper. It is about supporting the spread of democratic ideals, the promotion of free-market
economics, the protection of true free speech, including the freedom of religion, and a deep-seeded concern for the sanctity and dignity of human life, even in its most innocent forms.

The Anchoress examines the tensions of Muslims and Americans here and abroad in "Oh, Yeah this is Recent Hate" answering the question posed by an Arabic writer: Why do you American hate the Muslims so much?

America “hates” so many Muslims that it allows its sons and daughters to die to liberate millions of them from tyranny and oppression, but we “hate” them? America “hates” Muslims as they build schools and hospitals for them?

Fausta keeper of The Bad Hair Blog blogs about Star Wars much, N.J. taxes, a little Venezuela and alot of Spain. What did you expect her to choose just one wonderful post to highlight? Did she expect me to choose for her? Never, dahling, as everyone knows: a lady is entitled to many many opinions. An exerpt from the "Sith":

Hey! Chewy's back! But, in the Planet of the Apes?

Denita of Who Tends the Fires writes beautifully about our "Beautiful Freedoms":

I was not told when I must wake or get out of bed, my only obligation is to attend to the needs of my son and husband. My clothing is my own style, not something I'm expected to wear or die for the crime of showing too much skin. My computer is connected to a mind-bending floodgate of information that I can read of my own free will; the only thing my family is expected to do is pay for the facilities once a month. I need not fear having my door kicked in for the crime of reading whatever I wanted, or the crime of expressing my opinions in a public forum.

Beth from Yeah, Right, Whatever is truly a lady. She not only gives screamingly funny and true observations at Walmart, she also can tan with the best of them:

Let's look at this logically, for just a moment. Human beings survived for millennia in a mostly agrarian society before the invention of sun screen. So... there must be something in our anatomy that protects us (and there's also a reason why people in climates closer to the equator have darker skin- more protection). But... that's not to say that it's healthy to coat yourself with Crisco™ and intentionally cook yourself for the sake of beauty.

Oh, but the party is not over yet...

Janette of Common Sense Runs Wild presents:

Beth of My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy hosts a wonderful bunch of ladies as well. Go on over and say hello to: