Kelly Singleton Dalton is a former Navy H-60 search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who is currently the stay-at-home mom of one delightful two-year-old. She is thrilled to be blogging at MomsRising in and around the intersection of woman- and motherhood, politics, and current events.
Kelly Singleton Dalton
Kelly Singleton Dalton is a former Navy H-60 search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who is currently the stay-at-home mom of one delightful two-year-old. She is thrilled to be blogging at MomsRising in and around the intersection of woman- and motherhood, po
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February 5, 2013
Having a baby is not for the faint of heart. We women put our physical safety on the line to be pregnant and deliver a baby -- even American women, who have access to the most highly educated of medical professionals, the most advanced of medical technologies, and the most gleaming of sterile operating rooms. Ectopic pregnancies and preeclampsia are two of the more common potentially deadly side effects of pregnancy, but there are plenty of others: pregnancy-related infection and sepsis , pulmonary and amniotic embolisms , hemorrhage , placenta previa , placental abruption , and postpartum...
January 23, 2013
Last Monday marked the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left twenty very young children and six adult employees of Sandy Hook Elementary School dead. Since that time, we have grieved with parents over the unimaginable loss of their children--both in the soft-focus glow of candles and in a harsher kind of light. Some have rushed to buy more guns , ammunition, and body-armor for their children ( literally ). There have been other shootings, and more than 1000 people have died from gun violence since the Newtown shooting happened. The NRA issued its...
December 10, 2012
Well, you can't swing a toothpaste-squeezing Elf-on-the-Shelf (Seriously? Making extra messes in my house is now a holiday tradition? Sigh.) around anywhere nowadays without hitting a politician who has something vehement to say about the rapidly approaching edge of the fiscal cliff , a fearsome collection of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect soon after the new year. Unless Congress can come up with some kind of compromise to prevent it, we will all fall off the fiscal cliff , and not in a fun, "Cross 'parachuting in the Alps' off my Bucket List!" kind of way. It would be...
November 20, 2012
Finally, the election is over. After such a contentious and lengthy battle over the direction our country will take for the next four years, we can all calm down, shake hands, and get on with life (is anyone else LOVING Nashville ?). Let's all heave a sigh of relief, right? Oh. Wait, what? We're not heaving a sigh of relief? Well, what are we doing? Oh. We are laughing at each other and gloating about winning. We're deliberately annoying and antagonizing each other, like this gun shop owner , who has decided that having voted for Obama proves you are too irresponsible to own a firearm. We're...
October 2, 2012
Dear Romney/Ryan Campaign, Recently, while appearing on "Fox News Sunday," vice presidential candidate and Congressman Paul Ryan declined, yet again, to explain the specifics of the Romney/Ryan tax plan. The claim is that Romney/Ryan tax reform will be "revenue neutral," because the tax cuts they want to make would be balanced by closing presumably unfair or exploitable loopholes in the tax code. (To me, this begs the question, if there are unfair loopholes in the tax code, why not just close them, full stop, regardless of accompanying tax cuts?) In more specific terms, Ryan said that...
September 26, 2012
My mother tells me that our family is distantly related, through her father's side, to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, brothers famous for collecting and publishing fairytales that Disney later made even more famous. One of their lesser-known stories has been on my mind lately, mainly because I think it's an excellent metaphor for how social privilege works; social privilege has been on my mind lately because the incredibly privileged Mitt Romney recently called about half the country useless, lazy schlubs (I'm paraphrasing here). The story is called "The Elves and the Shoemaker," and it goes,...
September 18, 2012
So, speaking (as I did in my previous post for MomsRising) of meaningless lip service politicians pay to how amazing women, mothers, and wives are, did you hear about the latest foot-in-the-mouth moment on the presidential campaign trail? (At least the particular foot in question was probably wearing a clean sock.) Although I certainly wouldn't give it the Todd-Akin-Full-Tilt-Political-Gaffe Stamp of Approval (please tell me you've seen Taylor Ferrera's incredibly catchy song, " Legitimate Rape " on YouTube), Ohio Governor John Kasich's comment at a Romney rally about how political spouses (...
September 14, 2012
I was inspired to write this, my first blog post for MomsRising, after witnessing much of the last couple weeks of American Democracy in Action on TV: the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. It actually was rather entertaining—the total lack of objectivity from any pundits, regardless of which "news" channel I watched; the lame jokes (my personal favorite being the somehow simultaneously angry-and-bored Reince Priebus's bellowed quip about how President Obama has never seen the inside of a lemonade stand, which doesn't make sense to me because no one has seen the inside of a...