Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hypocritical Hollywood Demands a Plan

Unless celebrities are talking about cancer or AIDS, I usually don't listen to a word they say. My first thought is: How can you with your private tutors, private planes, personal chauffeurs, personal stylist, kids you don't raise, and endless bank accounts know what it's like to be an average American? This time they're speaking out against gun violence and for gun control. They don't say gun control in this video, but we know where this is going. Only an out of touch faction of society would say something out of touch. And what ground do these Hollywood celebrities have to speak against violence? Let's look at a few of the people in this video.
  • Beyonce is married to a man who thinks he's king of "Gangsta Rap" and she starred in that awful version of Swimfan a few years ago where she fights and kills Ali Larter in the end.
  • Michelle Williams' breakout performance was Halloween: H20 and one of her more recent roles was playing Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in Shutter Island where she killed her three kids.
  • Jamie Foxx was in Collateral with Tom Cruise and his new film set to release in a few days is Django Unchained in which he kills a bunch of white people. He was also in The Player's Club and Law Abiding Citizen.
  • The opening scene of Hannibal, starring Julianne Moore, was a mini-massacre at a fish market. She was also in Children of Men, Eagle Eye, Chloe, and she'll star in the Carrie remake this spring with Chloe Grace Moretz.
  • If you've never seen Chris Rock in New Jack City, then you're missing out.
  • Jeremy Renner was most recently in Bourne Legacy and Marvel's The Avengers. He was also in Ben Affleck's The Town, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible movies.
  • One of Reece Witherspoon's earliest films was a hilarious number called Freeway where she shoots a man with a gun and bangs a girl's head into the concrete. She also had a small part in American Psycho.
  • Do not let Selena Gomez's doe eyes fool you. Her Disney Channel tenure is over and she's set to star in Spring Breakers this coming spring where she and three of her bombshell friends commit armed robbery to fund their spring break trip. At some point she'll start production on 13 Reasons Why, one of the most realistic novels on teen depression/suicide I've ever read.
  • While that lame 90s TV show is what made Courtney Cox famous, I'll always love her for her role as the annoying reporter in the Scream films.
  • Kate Hudson's resume is mostly adorable, but she was in Skeleton Key and The Killer Inside Me.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow played a drunk who commits suicide in Country Strong. She was also in Seven and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • Brooke Shields was also in Freeway with Reese Witherspoon. If we want to talk about exploitation, she was also in Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon.
  • No matter what Paul Rudd does, he'll always be Creepy Tommy Doyle from Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers to me.
and the stand out, in my opinion:
  • Elizabeth Banks. She won the coveted role of Effie Trinket in the The Hunger Games, an adaptation about kids killing kids for sport.
Am I against any of these films? No. Many of them happen to be my favorites and a few I'm looking forward to. One of the first movies I remember seeing in theaters was one of the Child's Play movies. My favorite film since I was seven-years-old is a crappy sci-fi flick about alien kids who kill most of their town. Violent and scary films are apart of my childhood. My point is how can you advocate for an end to gun violence when you profit off of violence and you depend on the public finding their joy in artificial bloodshed. It's hypocritical. I don't believe there is a link between mass killings and violent films, but I do believe that violent films fuel our culture's obsession with violence. Movies are bloodier, the body count is higher, and the acting still sucks. I do believe there should be a plan to address violence in our culture, but I'm not following the advice of Selena Gomez who is set to a wield a gun in her next film, or Elizabeth Banks who will be walking the red carpet next November for Catching Fire. We can't fix these problems when we refuse to take responsibility for whatever impact we may have, and Hollywood is the next to the last resort if we run out of options. Tell me: How can Jamie Foxx complain about guns and violence in our culture and promote his soon to be Oscar-nominated bloodbath at the same time?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stigmas and Rifles and Evil, Oh My!

Five days have passed since twenty children and six adults were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. We probably haven't had enough time to wrap our heads around it and grieve, but the conversations have begun and we have to engage. What can we do to prevent this from happening again? I stressed already the importance of the second amendment and why a repeal is not up for discussion, now let's talk about prevention. I've been watching the news, reading blogs and twitter conversations and I see us making the same mistakes we make every time this happens.

First off, we need to stop blaming everything but the killer. The guns didn't make him do it, video games didn't make him do it, what ever mental illness he may or may not have had didn't make him do it, and his mother didn't make him do it. Yes, video games and movies have an impact on impressionable minds, but people make choices. Autism isn't a mental illness and it's not linked to this kind of violence, and while he had issues, we don't know what kind of issues. They didn't find any prescription drugs and we don't know if he was seeing a therapist. He may not have had a mental disorder, for all we know. He shot his mother in the face four times while she was sleeping. The question isn't what was wrong with him, but what was he angry about? While the last few mass murderers had depression or schizophrenia, we need to stop assuming mental illness is the problem because as a society we're very ignorant when it comes to mental illness. Sean Hannity on his Fox News show asked Joel Osteen if there was a difference between mental illness and evil. What kind of question is that?

We need to stop blaming other people for this young man's actions. We obviously didn't learn from Tucson when dumb liberals blamed Sarah Palin for the actions of an apolitical unmedicated schizophrenic. The NRA didn't tell Adam Lanza to shoot those kids, they didn't give him the guns to do it, nor do they advocate for this kind of behavior. Personal responsibility is an endangered species in our culture. It's almost like it's painful for us to admit that Adam Lanza made a choice, which brings me to my next point. We need to stop refusing to talk about the killer. Calling him a freak or any name or refusing to say his name is stupid. He's not Voldemort. It is important to memorialize the ones who died, but remembering the victims won't prevent this from happening again. The next Adam Lanza, and there will be a next one, doesn't care about his victims like we do. We need to remember Adam Lanza. It's always the same kind of kid: loner, socially awkward, angry, withdrawn, sad. In life we dismiss them and we do the same in death and the cycle just continues. We need to get know him, get to know his struggle, and only then can we recognize those characteristics in someone else or ourselves.

We need to stop acting with our emotions and think with logic. Adam Lanza acted with his emotions and people died. Calling for gun control or a ban on guns is done so out of emotion. Logical people know that gun control is not a logical option because it doesn't work. The kind of gun control liberals want would take guns away from law abiding citizens leaving them vulnerable to criminals who don't care about the law. James Holmes could have gone to any movie theater in Aurora, but he chose the only theater that was a gun free zone. What else constitutes a gun free zone? High schools, elementary schools, college campuses, post offices. It's no coincidence mass murderers pick gun free zones. We've done an assault weapons ban before in 1994. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris got the guns they used for Columbine illegally, and that was 1999. Adam Lanza tried to purchase a gun legally, but didn't want to do the waiting period so he took his mother's guns and killed her. Timothy McVeigh didn't use a gun when he bombed that building in Oklahoma City. He used fertilizer. The point I'm making is that where there's a will there's a way, and there's no law in existence or waiting in a congressman's brain that can stop that kind of determination.

We need to accept the existence of evil. I believe that our blaming video games and the NRA is our way, consciously or subconsciously, to keep from acknowledging that Adam Lanza is human and he made a conscious choice, despite whatever disabilities he may have had, to kill children. No one wants to believe that kind of evil exists, but it does. Acknowledging the existence of evil would force us to admit our own helplessness because, truthfully, there's very little we can do to prevent something like this from happening. All we can do is recognize the signs before people snap and put measures in place to prevent as much damage as possible. It is ignorant to think the President's signature on a bill would stop something like this from happening again, so we need to prepare for it.

We have got to educate people and ourselves on mental illness. What I have been hearing from liberals and conservatives alike the last few days is scary. Disarming the mentally ill is a bad idea. Do I need to explain the significance of the second amendment again? People with mental problems want to live normal lives, not be controlled by bureaucrats.  There are plenty of people who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and they own guns and they're not shooting people or themselves. This stigma and stereotype that mentally ill people are off kilter and waiting to explode needs to stop and it's only going to lead to harmful policies against the mentally ill.

Lastly, our culture has to change, and I'm not talking about video games and movies. We need to stop supporting organizations that push our kids to keep secrets from their parents (I'm looking at you, Planned Parenthood). We need to promote the importance of fatherhood and a two-parent home. Anti-bully movements are pointless if we don't teach our kids to show compassion for potential victims of bullying. We talk way too damn much and we need to start listening. A lot of these kids just want to be heard and feel like their problems matter. We need to support parents who have children with anti-social mental disorders and developmental disorders. We need to do more than educate our kids, we need to give them hope for a future. Most importantly, we can't fight evil if we push God to the side.

We make these same mistakes every single time, and then we scream, "Why does this keep happening!?" What can be done can't be done through our government; our communities and churches have to step up. These are our schools, our children, and our family members. Our responsibility. Looking to government to take care of us when we can do it ourselves will cause more harm than good. No one is going to care about your personal safety, or your mental health, more than you do. Writing and debating legislation that isn't going to do any good is a waste of time and money. If we want to avoid these situations, we have to educate ourselves and avoid stigmas and stereotypes, and act with our brains. Most importantly we need to remember God and remember the evil that causes this in the first place.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our God-Given Rights in the Second

This past Friday, a young man named Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother while she was still in her pajamas. He stole her car and her guns and drove to an elementary school and killed twenty children and six adults. Words cannot describe it and there are too many questions to answer. The first question is, "Why?" We may never know why, and that's something we'll have to accept. It's human nature to think about the what ifs and the could have beens and what could we have dones. We can't change the past, and we can't bring those children back. We can only move forward and try to prevent this from happening again. As always, whenever there's a mass shooting you hear two things, mainly from liberals: gun control and the second amendment. Who needs an AR-15? Guns are just designed to kill people. Those kids wouldn't have died if guns were banned. Repeal the 2nd Amendment! I've had a lot to think about over the last few days and I think I'm ready to put my thoughts into paragraphs instead of tweets. I want to talk about gun control and mental health and what we can do to prevent this from happening, but we need to cover the basics. Why do have a second amendment, and why is it so important? Yes, let's start there.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution says:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The courts have long decided that this means we as individuals, states, and municipalities have the right to bear arms. Our government is not some free for all where they can do whatever they want without consequence. They have boundaries. The Constitution is the government's cage and the second amendment is the key. Many people will say the first amendment is the most essential and what makes us unique, and they may be right, but without the second amendment, we don't have a nation. Coming up with our government wasn't an overnight job, it took days and countless debate and for good reason. Our founding fathers wanted a free nation not subject to a tyrannical monarchy. In layman's terms, the first two amendments read like this:
  1. We the people can say and believe whatever we want,
  2. and I dare you to do something about it.
The Constitution is not for us. We have a God-given right to defend ourselves and our families, and the Constitution reminds the government they cannot infringe on these God-given rights...or there will be consequences. The second amendment is that consequence. An armed public is a scary public no government will touch. Why not repeal the second amendment, take away all guns in an attempt to make us safer. Let's look at the history of gun control:
  • The Soviet Union banned guns in 1929, and 20 million people who opposed were executed over the next twenty-four years.
  • China banned guns in 1935. 20 million people died between 1948 and 1953.
  • The Ugandan dictator banned guns in 1970, and then had 300,000 Christians killed between then and 1979.
  • In 1938, the German dictator Adolf Hitler established gun control, banning Jews from owning guns. Do I need to tell you what happened next?
The keyword in "gun control" is control. Gun control is about controlling the masses, not public safety. If it happened in Europe, Asia, and Africa then it can most definitely happen here. Bad things happen to the people when the people are unable to defend themselves from government. That's a historical fact. Taking away the right to bear arms is the first step of any dictatorship. No guns means the people can't rise up and overthrow them. That's why we have a second amendment, to remind our government that the people have the God-given right to rise up and raise hell. The second amendment is a deterrence to keep the government from becoming the King we left behind. We lose the second amendment, then we lose our freedom and this great nation.

In times of tragedy, it's natural to say rash things but when they're repeated over and over again it just sounds stupid. An honest debate needs to be had, but touching the second amendment in any way is out of the question. Police, firefighters, and the military are as far as the government should ever go in protecting the people. Anything else is our problem. It is our job to protect our families, our children. It is our job to teach our children compassion, empathy, and love. God gives us our right and we take them for granted and we need to start taking personal responsibility. And when it comes to our schools, public and private, that push needs to come from us so that we're in control. The last thing we need to do is give the government more power than what is guaranteed in the Constitution.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Obama and the Lying Liar

Unfortunately, my job kept me from watching Obama's first press conference in eight months, but I heard it was the same old duck and dodge. The media threw him softball questions and no follow ups. Their love affair with Obama is sickening and a betrayal. What really upset me was no one called Obama out after he said this:

"As I said before," he says. The problem with that is he never said before. One of the biggest questions regarding the cover-up is why did Susan Rice go on five Sunday talk shows and lie. Obama sticking his foot in his mouth was the first time ANYONE answered that question. Now we know: Susan Rice was sent by the White House. He says this as if he's been so forthcoming about Benghazi, but he clams up and dodges the question (or lies) whenever someone brings up the subject. Senators and Congressmen have been trying to get the truth out of Obama since it happened and he's been hiding.

Later he says, "But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous." If Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi then why the hell did they send her? She's the ambassador to the United Nations, not Libya. We don't need to see her face, ever. She doesn't have anything to do with the security failures, or anything Benghazi related, but they threw her into the middle of the situation anyway. Why? "Based on intelligence that she had received," he says, but we know that's bullshit. We know that they knew from the jump that it was an organized terrorist attack and not a spontaneous demonstration. We know that they knew within 48 hours that it was Al Qaeda related. And if the CIA told her it was because of the video despite what they knew the day of and the day after, then they lied to her because....? So we have new questions:
  1. Why did the Barack Obama send her to lie to the American people?
  2. How many people said "No!" before they got to her?
He then accuses the GOP of "going after" Rice because she's an easy target and they should go after him instead. What a manipulative douchebag. Is Susan Rice so incompetent or so desperate for a cabinet position she can't think for herself or ask her own questions? Is she a robot? An invalid who can't speak for herself but needs Big Daddy Obama to throw weak punches for her? I understand accountability is a hard concept for him to grasp, since he doesn't know how to take responsibility for his own actions, but let's get serious. The GOP has been blaming Obama for this since he started pushing the video, so I'm not sure what Jupiter-sized rock he's been living under. Either way, Susan Rice lied. She went on FIVE Sunday talk shows and lied to the American people; she doesn't get a pass for that. Truthfully, I want her head for it. I don't appreciate her trying to play me for a fool. If she knocked on my front door, I would call her a liar to her face. Any criticism she gets is not only well-deserved, but it's all Obama's fault. He did this to her, not Senator Graham and not Senator McCain. He sent her out into the world to deliver a lie hoping the American people would buy it. He put a target on her back and she wants to represent him as Secretary of State? What kind of backwards battered wife syndrome hot mess is this?

In the middle of his ducking and dodging, Obama says this:
"And you know, we’re after an election now. I think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi, and I’m happy to cooperate in any ways that Congress wants."
Everything you need to know about Obama is in those two sentences, and you're a lost cause if you don't get it. We have been talking about Susan Rice for months, asking the hard questions and Democrats wanted to pretend the situation didn't exist. All of sudden, Democrats want to stand up for her, pull the race card in her defense? A few months ago they were telling us to stop blaming Obama and blame everyone else, now he's leading the call the take it out on him. They can't have it both ways. Here's the truth: Our media is crap. Fox News is the only news organization brave enough to touch the Benghazi monster, and we know the closest Obama will ever get to Fox News is Ed Henry of the White House Press Corps. No one will go after Obama except congress and he's too busy blaming all of his problems on them. He says he'll be happy to have the Benghazi discussion, and he's lying. Congress has been trying to have that conversation and he's been tight lipped. The media will do whatever he wants. Congress isn't scared of him.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Election Hangover

It's finally over and the results suck. Another four years of Obama is not what we wanted, but that's what we got. We can cry, grieve, get angry, or scream. When we're done with all of that we need to figure out how to keep moving. Elections are a strange two-sided coin. On one side it's all about us, the voters. It's our chance to control what happens in Washington, control our own destiny as Americans. On the other side is our powerlessness. It's the one time every four years where we feel like our voice doesn't matter and we don't know what to do. It's agonizing and stressful, and personally, despite the results, I'm glad it's over. I'm not mad about Obama winning, I'm over that. I'm mad about people's conservative post-election blues.

You can't give up on America and love America at the same time. Every empire is destined to end, and our time might be coming sooner than we had hoped, but that's not reason enough to give up. Our founding fathers didn't think we'd last fifty years, but we've been going strong for over two hundred. Our country was started with a heart-felt fight and if it must end, then it shouldn't end any other way. Mark my words, I will keep fighting for this country until that trumpet calls and even then I won't give up hope.

So how do we keep moving? First, we must recognize that Barack Obama doesn't get a third term. As much as he enjoys walking all over our Constitution nobody in their right mind is going to let him change it. On January 20, 2017, Barack Obama is done and I will throw a party. Cynical the thought may be, but we need something to look forward to. Second, we have got to learn from our mistakes. I love Mitt Romney and I am grateful to him and I stand behind him 100%, but when are we going to learn that picking a moderate gets us nowhere? We picked Mitt Romney not because he was the best man for the job, though I believe he was. We picked him because we believed he had the best chance to beat Obama. That's not enough. The Tea Party owned the 2010 midterm election and it's time to embrace them. Third, the excuses need to stop. Our Republican Party was founded out of the abolition movement. We need to go back to our roots and we need to invade the Democrat plantation because sitting back and watching the liberals destroy the black and Hispanic communities is STUPID. Fourth, we need to own our message. We need to find a better way to present our message and make it stick. Last but not least, we need to destroy the mainstream media. They have betrayed us and betrayed the men and women who died so we could have freedom of the press, and I'll be damned if I'll allow them to cover Obama's ass for another four years. We need to have our Andrew Breitbart moment and declare WAR.

In two years, we're going to go through this all over again with the 2014 midterm elections. We took our eyes off the Senate prize this time, but that's not happening again. Twenty Democrat seats are up for grabs and we need to make them ours. While we're thinking about 2014 we need to think about our prospects for 2016, if only to keep our heads up. More than likely, we're going to hit another recession. Obama has nothing to lose and his agenda is more of the same and Obamacare inevitably will kill jobs. It's going to be a rough four years, and there's nothing wrong with acknowledging that and being fearful of the future, but we're Americans damnit. We will get through it. If we allow ourselves to be defeated then we may as well surrender our country and all we've worked hard to build. Relinquishing our rights, values, and strengths as Americans will destroy this country before Obama will.

My message to my fellow conservatives is this: Grieve if you must, but don't give up! Never give up.

And So It Begins...

Unfortunately, we're stuck with Obama for another four year and it's sad and I'll post about that later, but let's talk about the next four years. What's going to happen the next four years? What's Obama's plan besides raise taxes on rich people, which is a colossally bad idea. He wants to hire more teachers, which is a good aspiration, but how? With what money? With the extra taxes from the rich people who are supposed to be paying off our debt? Our country is broke and spending money like it rains from heaven, then add on Obamacare which is a money sucker and a job killer. Our country is spiraling, our economy is growing, but that growth is slowing down. No one knows what 2013 is going to look like. Congress could come to some sort of compromise or we'll be back in a recession. This uncertainty is messing with people's confidence, so people are fixing the roof before it rains.

Stocks Slump As Market Reacts To Obama Win, Draghi's Germany Warning

Remember that nice rally in the stock market that started in September? Well, Wednesday’s plunge has essentially wiped out the entire thing.

The major averages were down more than 2% in afternoon trading as the market surrendered its Election Day rally and backtracked to late August levels. With about two and a half hours  until the closing bell, the Dow Jones industrial average was 275 points lower at 12,971, the S&P 500 was off 29 points at 1,400 and the NASDAQ was down 67 points to 2,944.
I'm not well versed in the Stock Market, but I know enough to know these numbers reflect investor and consumer confidence. The stock market reaction the day after an election isn't a crystal ball, but it can be very telling.

Boeing shakes up defense business, cuts management jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Wednesday it will restructure its defense, space and security business and cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels as part of a broad cost-cutting drive.

Boeing, the Pentagon's second-largest supplier, said it also will close some facilities in California and consolidate several business units in an effort to trim $1.6 billion in costs by the end of 2015, on top of $2.2 billion in reductions achieved since 2010.

Vegas Employer: Obama Won, So I Fired 22 Employees

“I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner."
A woman I follow on twitter will be laying off 10 employees so she can meet that 50 employee exemption in Obamacare. I've gotten tweets from small business owners who are worried what 2013 will look like for them, who wanted to expand and can't. I've heard from people who are afraid their hours are going to be cut or they know their hours are going to be cut. People shouldn't have to welcome the New Year in the unemployment line.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Challenge

This is it. Today's the day our hard work pays off or we find out it wasn't enough. If you have to call in, do it. If you have to miss a few classes, do it. No car? Ask a neighbor, friend, or family member. Don't know where your polling place is or the hours? Call your local board of elections or look online. This election is too important for any excuse.

I have a challenge for you. Whether you voted today or you voted early, I dare you to change your facebook and/or twitter page to this picture. Don't be ashamed, regardless of the outcome. Be proud of your vote, because it matters.

Let's pray for America today!

Monday, November 5, 2012


No one wants to call a child ignorant or stupid; I don't want to go there, so I'll call his father ignorant and stupid. Someone had to teach him this, right? Nine-year-old Brandon attended a Michelle Obama rally and was asked by a reporter why he wanted Obama to win, and this was his answer:

I've heard nearly my whole life that Republicans will send blacks back to slavery in one colorful way or another, but I can't remember the first time I heard someone say it seriously this campaign. You have to wonder if Joe Biden started this with his CHAAAINS remark. He and democrats believe their supporters are dumb enough to buy it, so it's no surprise he would say it in the first place. I don't know what to say to this kind of ignorance or fear-mongering or how would I tell a child his father is wrong. Has he not learned about the 13th Amendment? Section 1 of said amendment says:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
You have to be dumber than dumb to honestly believe Mitt Romney or any republican is going to bypass, repeal, or ignore the 13th Amendment and send black people back to the fields. You have to be sick and twisted to teach a child that. Black people would still be in chains if it weren't for republicans. Black people would still be under Jim Crow if it were for republicans. The parties "switching" is a baseless myth, nothing has changed. Democrats still advocate for slavery, we just call it Welfare and Affirmative Action now. Black people can't achieve anything without a lift from the white hand of pity, and black people can't survive life without government being their daddy. Modern day slavery is government dependency and an illogical loyalty to the Democrat Party, despite the empty promises and empty rhetoric. Slaves made fun of other slaves who talked about running away, and that hasn't changed. Why do black liberals call black conservatives sell outs? Because a lot of black liberals believe, whether they know it or not, they belong to the Democrat Party.

The democrats value the black vote because it keeps them in power, but they take the black community for granted. They can promise the world and back and not deliver because they know blacks will vote for them anyway. However, this election is different. Democrats are worried not that blacks will vote for Romney, but that they won't show up to the polls. Hence the fear-mongering with slavery and Romney wanting to take away food stamps and other entitlements. Truthfully, blacks will continue to allow the democrats to own them as long as Black Americans keep saying, "What are you gonna do for me!?"

Vote For Vagina!

Just watch.

I couldn't make this up on my best day, and no, the Vagina2012 website isn't porn. I checked. If this is the liberal mindset, they can keep it. I'm more than happy to live a life where my entire world doesn't revolve around my vagina. More people in America are pro-life and more people support laws that restrict abortions, so where did this thinking come from? Who told this lady and countless liberals that every woman cares about abortion or birth control or their sex life? What happened to the old feminist movement where women wanted the right to vote, the right to work alongside men, the right to make the same amount of money as a man, the right to press charges against her husband if he beats her? That movement of independence and dignity has been replaced with this clown foolery and people are buying it. This isn't advancing women's rights. This makes women seem unworthy of rights, immature and unable to handle the freedom we've worked so hard for.

She's So Hood!

One more day to go until this heated and devastatingly crucial election is over . After tomorrow we'll either have to look at Obama's face for four more years or we'll breathe a sigh of relief. The last day is sometimes worse than election day because some of us are at work wondering if we have enough time to do something, and some of us have the day off and we're wondering if we're using our time wisely. It's a lot on our nerves and our stomachs. Don't give up. We have until 7pm tomorrow!

In the middle of the heated exchanges, I'm offering everyone a good laugh. Democrat or Republican, I think everyone can agree that Paul Ryan has the cutest kids and his daughter, Liza, is hilarious. While on the campaign trail, Liza posed for a picture, showing her support for her dad.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Why Romney?

Over the last few days I've been getting the same tired questions over and over again on twitter. Why are you voting for Romney? How can you vote for Romney as an African-American woman? What's wrong with you? Blah blah blah? Most of the questions I ignore because they're stupid questions and I'm tired of repeating myself, so I'm just going to lay it out here. Here is my official endorsement for Mitt Romney to answer those tireless questions:

Sometime during my first semester of college when I was 18, I registered to vote and I registered as a Democrat. Looking back, I don't know why. I was pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and I didn't like Bush. I had heard the "Republicans don't like black people" and "Republicans only want to help the rich" a thousand times, so I guess I had bought into it. A few months later, the first Sunday of April 2006, I went from an atheist to a baby Christian. I spent that summer learning how to pray, study the word, evangelize, and all that fun stuff all the while trying to hang on to my pro-choice and pro-gay marriage views, even though I knew it wasn't quite right. I don't remember what was said or what happened, but sometime during the second semester of my sophomore year, my heart did a one-eighty and I wasn't so liberal anymore.

My conversion to conservatism had more to with Christ than policy, the rest just came with research and common sense. 2008 came around and it was time to make a choice. Like most Evangelical Christians, I was drawn to Huckabee, but that didn't work out. John McCain wasn't my pick and I wasn't enthusiastic about him, but I voted. I didn't vote for Obama because I preferred smaller government and his "spread the wealth around" comment to Joe the Plumber scared me. I didn't like his pitch for universal health care, and, frankly, I wasn't buying a word he said. There was something about the "Hope and Change" rhetoric that wasn't sitting well with me. I didn't like how he supporters viewed him. Kids were singing about him like he was Jesus, someone actually called him "The Black Jesus," and my mom told me his first name was in the that meant something. The hero worship made me sick. Not voting for the black man in 2008 was something I had to deal with, but the more Obama talked, the easier it got.

Nevertheless, Obama was elected and I dealt with it. I gave Obama the benefit of a doubt and kept a positive outlook, which was hard. I kept my head up about the stimulus, and was disappointed. I kept my head up about Obamacare, until I started to learn what was in it. I was grateful he gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden, until he put the lives of those Navy SEALs in danger. I didn't like him inserting himself into the Fast and Furious scandal, nor did I like him going around congress to give illegal aliens amnesty (but it's not amnesty, or whatever). Having had a roommate who was on food stamps, I understand why the work requirement is important, so the waiver pissed me off. Lastly, I was ready to rally around him after what happened in Benghazi, but was pissed when he started blaming the video. Then I was really pissed off when everyone in his administration started lying about it. Let's not forget the $16 trillion debt and high unemployment, and don't tell me it's Bush's fault. Obama didn't inherit a bad situation. He asked for it, campaigned for it, and paid for it. It's his responsibility now and he's been a terrible steward.
So why Romney? Romney was not my pick, not in 2008 and not this time around. I thought he was too moderate, and I still think he is. I wasn't excited about any of them. I wanted to take pieces of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum and make my own candidate, or force Allen West or Paul Ryan to run. What it came down to was one question: Did I want another four years of Obama? When it came time for North Carolina's primary, I voted for Mitt Romney because I thought he had the best chance of beating him. I wasn't enthused or all that happy about our Republican nominee, but I wanted Obama gone and that was good enough for me. It wasn't until he picked Paul Ryan as his running mate that I started to get excited about the election. Paul Ryan is an open book. There's no trickery or "man behind the curtain" with him. He is who he says he is and I know where he stands. What Romney's decision said to me was that he was serious about the economy and getting it back on track. Standing side by side, they looked like a father and son running a successful company. I was officially sold on Romney/Ryan, not just as a way to get Obama out of the way, but team to lead America back to our founding principles.

Why am I voting for Romney? Five reasons:
  1. He's not Obama, first and foremost. Obama has not given me a reason to give him a second term and what he's done so far, and his lack of second term plan, shows we'll just get more of the same stagnant mediocre hot economic mess we've been experiencing these last four years. "Four years isn't enough time..." is a crackhead excuse. Reagan did it, so it can be done. Obama promised he'd do it. He promised he'd cut the deficit in half and he promised unemployment would be around 5.4% by this time. He could have done it in four years, he just put all the wrong policies in place. He's not proposing anything new or better, so he's gotta go. Obama being black is a biological truth and an observation; it's not a reason to vote for him.
  2. I don't like Obamacare. I'm too damn old to be on my mother's health insurance and if I can't afford it, then I can't afford it. That's my problem. It's caused her premiums to go up and it's taken more out of her paycheck. It's not worth it. Obama's goal was to lower the cost of health insurance and he ended up doing the exact opposite. In 2013 and 2014, Obamacare will cost people jobs, hours, and wages. For some, it will cause prices for food, clothing, and other goods to go up. We can't afford that right now. In a perfect world - or a communist country - Obamacare is a great idea. Right now, it's too expensive.
  3. Romney has experience in the private sector and in government. We need someone who not only understands business, but someone who understands the relationship between state and federal governments. Better yet, we need someone who has a track record of creating jobs and working in a bipartisan environment. Obama's disdain for underground energy has cost us jobs and money. I want that keystone pipeline, no matter what Hollywood says, and I want people in those coal mines doing whatever it is they do in coal mines. I want us to invest in natural gas, because relying on the middle east isn't going to work forever.
  4. America doesn't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Spending money without a budget is reckless, and I know this from personal experience. We need to reform our entitlement programs, look into programs where we're wasting money or spending too much, and yes, we need to defund Planned Parenthood. Any business that can spend millions of dollars campaigning for Obama doesn't need federal funding. Plus, Mitt Romney believes in peace through strength and I'm counting on him not to give our military the very best because they deserve it!
  5. Abortion. I'm pro-life without exceptions and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's platform is pro-life with exceptions, which bugs me, but whatever. What makes me happy is when Mitt Romney said he won't pursue any "abortion-related legislation." Many liberals call it a flip-flop, but conservatives know better. Abortion should be a states issues, which is why I want Roe v. Wade overturned.
That's not the sum of all my reasons, but those reasons are what is most important to me. Another question I get, mainly from white conservatives, is why be so vocal when I get so much hate. Truthfully, it doesn't bother me. I'm not that strong or brave or courageous, I've just learned the hard way that no one's opinion but God's matters. Also, I'm very opinionated and I've been told I have a very strong sense of self. It's not in my nature to shut up. The color of his skin, or my skin, or what's between my legs is a non-issue. I want a President who is going to bring America together, not divide it. I want a President who knows I want a good job, not birth control or an abortion. How can I as a black woman vote for Mitt Romney, the white Republican man? The answer is values. God and Country. Simple as that.

Bigger, Better America

If you missed the Ohio Mega Rally on Friday, then you missed something special and I encourage you to find videos online. Senators, congressmen, governors, candidates and others from across the country made their way to that 30,000 crowd. When they all assembled on stage before Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan's speeches I thought to myself, "Man what a team!" It got me pumped up and excited, not just for Tuesday but for January. No more crap leadership, no more shifting blame. Best of all, no media ducking and covering for a mediocre president. I'm more than ready to see Obama go. Let's get this done, America!

Revenge or Love of Country

Just the other day, a group of Obama supporters at a rally of his in Ohio started booing over something Romney related and Obama said, "Dont' boo, vote. Voting is the best revenge." Revenge for what? What has Romney done? It's Obama who has presided over the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. He's the one who promised he could do it four years and he couldn't deliver, then had the nerve say he knew it would take more than four years. Obama can't stay away from division and warfare, but thank God Mitt Romney is the bigger road and took the high road.

It's a clear choice: Are you bitter and angry or do you love your country and want what's best for America? It's time for a real change.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Women Conceived in Rape Speak Out

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."
Psalm 127:3 (ESV)
I've said it many times, I am pro-life and I don't believe in exceptions. I don't believe a child conceived in love is any different than a child conceived in rape. They are both children made by God and he has a hope and future for them and he loves them. I think we do rape victims a great disservice when we tell them they shouldn't carry their rapist's child or they shouldn't have to look at constant reminder. I do believe God can make something good out of a bad situation, and children are a good thing, and rape victims have a God-given right to hear that. Women deserve help and support, not abortion; and babies deserve life.

Special thanks to

Planned Paradox

Newsflash Libnuts: The "War on Women" meme isn't working. But no one pushes a failed idea better than a liberal, so what can you expect. This ad, if you're too disgusted to watch, features celebrities wearing pink "Yes We Plan" t-shirts supporting Planned Parenthood and trying to convince us through Obama's words that he cares about women. This is the Planned Parenthood who abuses medicaid in Texas, leaves women to bleed to death on their "operating" tables in Illinois, and aborts baby girls nationwide.

Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood when he's elected and liberals love to use this to convince me he hates women. First off, I'm pro-life and I hate Planned Parenthood and any abortion provider. I don't care if they give cupcakes to homeless children, if they provide abortions I want them shut down. No amount of "good" they do can make me forget they use dead babies as their cash cow. I'm all for Planned Parenthood losing funding and I'm all for legal measures that would help women make a more informed decision. What aggravates me about this ad is the celebrities, people who claim they don't forget where they came from, but really have no idea what it's like to be a normal poor American. They work in an industry that is virtually unaffected by a recession or depression, so why would I expect them to understand what I go through or what anyone goes through. Honestly, it's insulting.

What Planned Parenthood gets in federal or state funding is minuscule compared to what they get through profit and private donations, so if you honestly think Planned Parenthood won't survive without government funding, then you're drinking the kool-aid. Planned Parenthood isn't fighting to keep their funding because they need it. They're fighting because they feel they are entitled to it, which makes them perfect Obama voters. You can't convince me a man who says women should make their own healthcare decisions yet pushes Obamacare and wants to force religious institutions to pay for their sex life cares about women. You can't convince me a man who thinks women are the sum of their reproductive organs cares about women. You can't convince me Planned Parenthood needs federal funding when they spend $12 million dollars campaigning for Barack Obama.

Secretary of Business?

“We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA or helping companies with exports.”
Is this another piece of Obama's scattered second term jigsaw puzzle plan, a Secretary of Business instead of nine different departments? Nine different departments can be a bit messy and irritating, but they are indicative of our government structure - three branches of government, three different levels of government. Our government is designed to keep one person from having complete control of the country, and this is not by accident or without purpose (hence the word "designed"). What this country doesn't need is another unelected bureaucrat pushing Obama's agenda. Plus, the idea of a Secretary of Business takes the free out of "free market enterprise." As a cocky rapper once said, "No one man should have all that power."

And what is Obama going to do with a Secretary of Business? His jobs council hasn't met since the beginning of the year and he doesn't listen to the debt commission, so why would we think he'd work well with a Secretary of Business? Obama does not like to listen unless he's being told what he wants to hear, nor does he like to take responsibility for his actions. Appointing a Secretary of Business would be a way to absolve him of any blame or responsibility if something stupid were to happen. And if this is his best idea for the next four years, then why vote for him? You have a guy who's so aloof about business he wants to find another guy to fix it and another guy who owned a successful business. It's a no-brainer.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

There's Something About Lilly Ledbetter

I've been getting a lot of this on twitter lately, and, frankly, it's starting to get on my nerves. Obama's voice must be so charming and smooth people forget to do their own research or learn stuff. I wasn't the best student in high school, but History and ELP (Economics, Legal, and Political) were my absolute favorites. It's easy stuff. The Lilly Ledbetter Act wasn't on my radar until a few months. I kept hearing it, but I didn't care, until President Obama wouldn't shut up about it, so I looked it up myself. Why that's so hard for Obama Zombie Liberals is beyond me.

So what is The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? Ignore the "Fair Pay" part because that's kind of a misnomer. The Act does not guarantee equal pay. I will repeat: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act does not guarantee equal pay. What does it do? Stephen Feller from puts it so eloquently:
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act extends the statute of limitations time frame within which a lawsuit can be brought against an employer for discriminatory actions, seemingly preventing a company from removing the employee responsible for the discrimination and escaping from any penalty for the action.
In English, instead of having only 180 days (or whatever the state's statute of limitations on that particular law happens to be) from the initial discrimination, that 180 days resets with each new paycheck. The act does not say an employer must pay a woman equal to a man. THE Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963 by John Kennedy. Equal pay is still a problem, of course. What this law does is it allows for more lawsuits without fixing the problem, which is a recurring theme throughout Obama's presidency. I, me personally, happen to like statute of limitations. Thought some of them seem unfair, I understand the purpose and need for them. To me, it helps guarantee a person's right to due process under the law.

In order for women to get equal pay they have to have a job first. With regards to unemployment, women are suffering worse than men and I was one of those women up until a few weeks ago. Now I'm underemployed working a crap job I thank God everyday for. Honestly, equal pay is not at the top of my list. So next time anyone decides to come at me on twitter claiming I don't support equal pay because I'm voting for Romney I'm going to throw a link to this post at them like a punch to the face.

How Many Days Until the Election...?

Seven Days. One More Week. This never ending political game is almost over and now is not the time to act like we're up by four touchdowns. It's close and we WILL NOT spike the football, we won't take a knee. We've got work to do. Make phone calls, go door to door, wear your Romney/Ryan t-shirts, sport your bumper stickers, blog, tweet, start Facebook conversations, talk to your family. Tell people to vote early or wake up early on election day. In seven days we get to tell Obama to pack his bags and move the hell out of the White House.

Yes, there's a hurricane and people are struggling and suffering, but for those of us who only know the devastation through the news, we have an election to win. Let them put their lives together, we'll carry on the fight for them. Don't get distracted or lose focus. Pictures of Obama acting like a president doesn't change the fact that unemployment is high, the debt is out of control, Obamacare will cost jobs, and Tyrone Woods was told to "stand down."

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. America Can't Lose.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lady Parts vs. Lady Smarts

You have a choice, ladies: Are you the sum of your reproductive organs or do you have a working brain between your ears?

Friday, October 26, 2012


Someone had to do it, and no one better than Stephen Crowder. Yes! It's a parody of Obama's "My First Time" ad. It speaks for itself, just watch:

Trust In Me

Remember Kaa, the snake from The Jungle Book? He hypnotizes little Mowgli so he can eat him, while singing the song "Trust in Me?" I'm not saying Obama wants to eat the American people, but he is a snake in the grass.

Here's the deal: Mitt Romney did more than win  that first debate, he made the remaining debates a waste of time. He made Obama look like a weak challenger. Romney came off as presidential and a worthy presidential alternative. For many Americans, the substance is something they don't understand so they don't care - it's about image. The image of Obama sleeping through that debate hasn't gone away, and neither has his condescending behavior. For months, Obama has been defining Romney and voters were seeing him through Obama's eyes. That was the advantage Obama  had, but he threw that away during that first debate. Mitt Romney is now defining himself. He's not the man Obama said he was and it makes people question Obama and there's nothing people can do to turn that around. But he can try really hard.

His latest from the stump is telling his supporters, in one way or another, that Mitt Romney can't be trusted. "You want someone you can trust," he says, "You know I mean what I say."  He's not giving his supporters or undecided voters a reason to vote for him, he's manipulating them. Obama calling himself trustworthy is hilarious to me given the scandal he's found himself in with Benghazi. He told us his administration would be the most transparent, yet he can't talk about Benghazi without lying, pretending he said things he didn't say. Does he mean what he says? He said GDP would be at 4.0% and we're barely limping along with 2.0%. He said he would cut the debt in half when he's added $5 Trillion, triple what we promised. He promised unemployment would be around 5.4% by this time, but we're at 7.8% which is where Bush left us. I'm supposed to trust a man who's as good as Big Bad Bush on his worst day? Let's not forget executive privilege with Fast and Furious, the fact that Gitmo is still open, the "hidden" taxes in Obamacare, and how his so-called "Affordable" Care Act has driven up the price of health care and has forced many doctors to stop taking Medicare patients or give up their practices altogether.

The word "trust" is a hot word. It's heavy and has a lot of meaning. It resonates with people, and he knows that. He can't talk about his records, and no one takes his "plan" seriously, so he's playing mind games with words. The momentum and enthusiasm is on Romney's side, and the polls show it, and Obama can't find anything to say for himself outside of verbally beating down Romney? If is he can't give you reason to trust him, and his promises are no good, then why should you trust him?

Obama Wants To Be Your First

Once upon a time, Barack Obama had a huge advantage with the female vote, then a mysterious political monster came and closed the gap and now women are seeing Mitt Romney through their own eyes and not Obama's. This is a problem for the Obama campaign. How could this not work, with all their talk about free birth control and abortion and their Planned Parenthood lies and misleading the American public on the Lily Ledbetter Act? Obama treating women like they only care about what's in between their legs has backfired. Women want equal pay, Mr. President, but they want a job first. In an effort to regain the momentum he's lost with women, his campaign released this ad:

You do political ads that target a specific demographic with the purpose of reaching them where they're at, using words, phrases, and situations they'll connect with; so someone somewhere, or Obama himself, thought alluding to sex would resonate with women. Our President thinks this is the American Woman mindset? What are we? Streetwalkers? Spoken like a bad boyfriend who can't keep his promises, Obama's basically saying, "I'll do all this stuff and take care of you, baby, if you do this for me." It's wrong for Romney to seek women to work in his Cabinet, but it's okay for Obama to seek out women's voters like they're virgins at a frat party? I don't know who Lena Dunham is, nor do I care, but congrats to her on becoming the new "Julia," I know Sandra Fluke was really gunning for that prize. I would much rather waste my vote on a man who thinks, as a woman, I am valuable to the workforce than a man who thinks I only have one thing on my mind. I guess no one gave his campaign the memo that speaking to women's lady parts isn't helping.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Not Over

I don't like polls. They make my nerves bad and my stomach ache. I don't like hearing the word "poll" this late in the game, but I can't ignore this. Gallup released a new "7-day rolling average" poll today and Romney is up 52% to Obama's 45% among likely voters. On "The Five" today, Bob Beckel was asked by his conservative co-hosts what he thought about the numbers and he said if the numbers are true, "It's Over". It's been said many times, Karl Rove in particular, that anyone who polls above 50% historically has never lost the election. This is huge and a little scary.

I'm here to say that it's not over. Early voting started in North Carolina today, and we still have less than three weeks until election day. It's the fourth quarter, fourth down and 10 yards to the end zone. I will say it again: This Is Not Over. This is not the time to spike the football. Send your prayers now for open minds and open hearts because we have one more debate left and Obama has to go. Don't get happy over a miracle poll, this fight isn't over until the last vote is counted.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Race Over Grace

Actress Stacey Dash announced on twitter the other day her support for Mitt Romney and the backlash was expected and disgusting. Like I said yesterday, I don't understand how people live in this head space or how people can believe black people should think the same. We should be Democrats and support Barack Obama because...we're black? That doesn't make any sense to me. We're no longer in chains or limited by Jim Crow, so why would we stay shackled in this mental slavery where we have to believe, think, act, and vote a certain way? We of all Americans should understand and feel freedom, yet black people are willfully enslaved by the Democrat Party. Why? Other than be black in the White House, what has Obama done for the black community? Give us more food stamps? Free phones? Increase black unemployment? Diminish the black middle class? It's one thing for white people to suggest black people should think alike, but when black people drag their own people back to the plantation, it's heartbreaking. Harriet Tubman didn't risk her life for this and Martin Luther King Jr. didn't die for this. If you are black and you have it in your head that you should vote, think, act, listen to music, wear clothes, or do anything a certain way because you're black, then free yourself. 

Every now and then people on twitter like to call me a sell out or tell me I've sold out. I don't understand that either. Nothing I agree with is in line with the Democrat Party. I'm extremely pro-life, I don't support gay marriage, I don't like affirmative action, I don't like Big Government, and I believe in teaching a man to fish instead of just giving him a fish. If those are things I believe in, then why would I vote against them. Selling out would be to go against who I am, not who someone else is. Selling out would be to go against the Savior who saved and paid for me with his own life. Bishop Harry Jackson released a video yesterday of him giving four reasons why he can't vote for Obama. Something he said struck me like lightening and I can't get it out of my head. He said, "If you celebrate race over grace you ought to do badly." It's ignorant and foolish to use skin color as a litmus test and pledge our loyalty to someone or anything despite its negative effects on us as an individual or our community. This black group think isn't helping the black community, it's wasting all the progress we've made.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Too Funny Not to Share

Every now and then someone gets a bad case of the ignorants and decides to tweet me something stupid. When it's this stupid and too funny to ignore I have a little fun. I'll never understand this kind of thinking, why skin color matters or why this individual thinks it should matter to me. What does being a BLACK WOMAN have to do with voting for Obama or voting for Romney? I don't have the answer because I don't live a life where my skin color makes my decision. I don't know what it's like to live in that kind of head space. I'm not saying I'm better than her or she's worse than me, but like she says I've made a lifestyle choice. I wanna be Savannah, a woman who wants to see the world through God's eyes and not the color of her skin.

But like I said, when I get tweets like this I like to have a little fun; and when someone has the audacity to say something ignorant and mean, I like to share it. Expose it. I mocked her a little and made her a "Tweet of the Day" and I guess she couldn't handle it, so she blocked it. Typical. This tweet had me rolling for a good five minutes. No just her ignorance, but she actually believes what she's saying. It's more than funny, it's sad...and mean. I'm no longer able to see her tweets, but it's okay. I took a picture.


Meet Melanie McNamara. According to this campaign ad, she's a small business owner voted for Obama in 2008, but is changing her vote for 2012. Like many Americans, Melanie is disappointed with our current president, unable to see the things he promised. I've watched this ad several times over these last few days, and I'm very impressed with it. I like the simplicity and it's straight-forward approach. I like, more than anything, is the spin it provides on the phony war on women narrative. Obama and his people want to tell women what's important to them. Women don't care about the economy, jobs, the debt, or foreign policy. Women deserve better than a President who thinks women are all about their lady parts.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Compliments, in all shapes and sizes

Creative Loafing is a local paper that's about something and...I don't know. I've never actually read it, but a friend of mine on twitter pointed me to an article on page 30 and this is what I saw:

This has to be the best hypocritical compliment I've ever seen. Let me give you the non-hate filled version of this article: Sister Toldjah, whom I've known for at least a year and met officially at the Romney/Ryan rally in Mooresville, is Superwoman. She takes on dumb liberals like they're spineless worms, voices her opinions, concerns, values, and beliefs like she has nothing to fear, and then takes the time to stand up for her friends. The prejudice oozing from this article is disgraceful and hilarious. Do they not see the hypocrisy in their words? If this article were a tweet, she'd retweet it and we'd all have a good laugh because whoever wrote this is everything they claim she is: hateful. Sister Toldjah is also one of those "just a bloggers" Juan Williams was talking about. She writes about the news of the day and the news no one wants to report. She makes it her duty to inform people about both sides of the debate and what's going on between the lines. She asked me to check this out and let her know what I think. What do I think? I think it's awesome. I think anytime you expose hate, whether it's grabbing someone's attention and they write about you in a newspaper, is amazing. I also think it's hilarious. If she is so anti this and that, why give her exposure? She's "just a blogger" after all. Take their opinion with a grain of salt, the article to the right starts off with "Best Local Hipster Music 'Zine". The woman took on D.L. Hughley. I awesome can you get?!

The Rocky Mountain Beat Down

Who watched last night's debate? After catching the last 30 minutes of the Dalton/McCrory debate I wasn't sure how I would sit through 90 minutes of Obama. To be honest, I tuned Obama out the moment he started speaking, but I got back on track and I made it through the entire debate plus an hour and a half of news commentary. I'm proud of myself, I can't lie. I was nervous going into the debate, nervous for Mitt Romney. I know he gave Newt a hard time during the primaries, but Newt is no Obama. Obama is a gifted orator, intelligent, a great communicator, and the king of cool. Mitt is a nice guy. That's how I've come to see him this last year. On the other hand, Obama has a very thin skin and he's going out there alone. No lapdog media and no teleprompter.

If I ever meet Mitt in person I will apologize for underestimating him because he OWNED Obama during that debate (or as Sean Hannity put it so eloquently, The Rocky Mountain Beat Down). He came prepared, locked and loaded, and ready for war. There was a fight in his belly we haven't seen since the primaries and it was amazing to see. The biggest shock to me wasn't Romney, but it was Obama. Obama looked like he'd rather be golfing, an "anywhere but here" attitude. He held his head, he was stammering, and he was unprepared. He came off his usual smug and arrogant self, and I expected that, but I didn't expect it to be so evident.

Romney challenged Obama and he didn't know what to do, he didn't know how to handle it. Could it be because he has never been challenged. No one has thrown his record in his face or confronted him with his failures or called him out on his lies. The media has coddled him for five years, demonizing anyone who would ridicule their messiah, so he's never had to answer to anyone. He looked like a child being scolded by his father. He kept rehashing the same misstatements and talking points, trying to define Romney and it just wasn't happening.

Obama and his people have been going around the talk shows playing off like they're not worried, when we know they are and they should be. Many people were introduced to The Real Romney for the first time and Obama exposed himself as weak. That debate was a job interview and he looked like he didn't want the job. Why would I vote for that? There were some funny moments during that debate. This was probably my favorite:

"Jim, you may want to move on to another topic." = "No mas!"

I heard specifics from Romney yesterday; I've been hearing specifics for months. What these liberals mean by specifics is beyond me, but to each their own. So what did you think of the debates last time?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Debate Drinking Game

I haven't had a beer or any alcohol in over two years, and I don't plan on breaking that record, but I will have my water bottle handy anyway. The first 2012 Presidential Debate is tonight at 9pm EST and it will be a hoot or extremely boring. In case we are bored to tears, came up with a drinking game:

Obama's "Let me be clear" should have the entire country wasted within the first five minutes.

(pic courtesy of Madeleine McAulay)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Art of Desperation

These attack ads are getting ridiculous. Desperation, maybe? The AFSCME, one of the largest labor unions in the country, released this ad:

Many people work thankless jobs and know they will never be thanked or appreciated or recognized for what they do, but they do it because they want to or they need the money. It's called service. Men and women don't join the military for the recognition or the respect. Most teachers don't become teachers to get voted best teacher. And I've never met a garbage man who picks up garbage to get hugs and Gatorade. Richard Hayes, the man in the ad, personifies what's wrong with Obama supporters: unless you're someones mother or father, or you're God, no one owes you anything. As a society we should thank people for the things they do for our community, but there's something wrong with you if you get into a business expecting it.

It seems the AFSCME is trying to capitalize on Romney's 47% line by showing the country he doesn't care about poor people. Though they claim to be non-partisan, they're clearly liberal, and, like most liberals, they don't do well with research or facts.

That is Mitt Romney collecting trash in Massachusetts when he was running for Governor. He had this to say in his book 2010 book No Apology:
"During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts. Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.
One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. – I wasn’t a particularly good garbage collector: at one point, after filling the trough at the back of the truck, I pulled the wrong hydraulic lever. Instead of pushing the load into the truck, I dumped it onto the street. Maybe the suits didn’t notice me, but the guys at the construction site sure did: “Nice job, Mitt,” they called. “Why don’t you find an easier job?” And then they good-naturedly came down and helped me pick up my mess."
Mitt Romney didn't make a career out of it or spend more than a day, but it makes the union look like idiots. What it says about Mitt Romney is he is someone who took the time to put himself in another person's shoes. That's a lot better than a man who is arrogant enough to claim he should receive a thank you.

(photo and quote courtesy of National Review Online)

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Legend of Areopagitica

King Charles I, an arrogant man, was at constant odds with Parliament over money and his marriage to Henrietta Maria of France, a Catholic. In 1629, he ordered Parliament not to meet, and this lasted for eleven years. He ordered the Scots to use a prayer book during their worship services, which resulted in the Scots invading England in 1639. While he tried to avoid Parliament for much of his reign, Charles I found it impossible since that's where funding came from, so he allowed Parliament to meet in 1640 so they could deal with their Scot problem. The reunion didn't ease the tension, and things escalated. In 1642, Charles I and three hundred soldiers went to Parliament to arrest five members who greatly criticized the king, but they found the building empty. Someone had given them warning and they fled to London. The English Civil War began soon after. During the height of the war, while England was fighting over money, religion, and tyranny, John Milton began to fight a different battle. The Licensing Order of 1643 was an effort by Parliament not to permit free speech, but to override the monarchy's censorship "law" with their own. This Order allowed them to, among other things, arrest authors and destroy materials they found "offensive to the government." Looking to Isocrates for inspiration, John Milton took issue with this. To convince Presbyterians in Parliament of the ills of censorship, he published a speech called "Areopagitica" in 1644. In it he lays out his grievances, explaining the importance of freedom and wrong ideas and the value of debate. In the end, Milton wasn't able to convince Parliament to dump censorship and adopt freedom. That would come twenty years after his death. At the end of the War, England prevailed and King Charles I was beheaded and Parliament worked to restore their fractured government.

It was during the reign of James I the Pilgrims took off for the New World in the Mayflower, seeking religious freedom and freedom from a tyrannical king while, luckily, avoiding the reign of his tragic son. While freedom of the press was farthest from their minds, it's John Milton's words, bold in a hostile time, that should ring the loudest for us, especially during this 2012 election year. In it he says:
"And yet on the other hand, unlesse warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image; but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye."
Many scholars call these words, and the rest of his speech, one of the greatest defenses of the freedom of the press. The freedom of the press is precious to a free society because it allows us to take our ideologies and values and publish them for the world to see, spawning new ideas and stirring debate. Freedom of the press creates an informed people allow them to see their government for what they are and not how the government wants to be seen. Our founding fathers knew the danger of government dipping its hands in the press and they sought to prevent that with the writing of the First Amendment. We have the unique freedom to disagree with our government - call them liars, question their integrity, and demand change. Freedom of religion and speech are very important, but these things can be done behind closed doors and with trusted friends; but we're not truly free until we have access to the public square.

If censoring our press could put us in political slavery, and this is basic common sense, why do I see MSNBC doctoring campaign footage? Why is NBC editing 911 tapes? Why are our news outlets reporting on a "long lost" video of Romney talking about the 47% and not reporting on an old tape of Obama talking about redistribution? Why did George Stephanopolous throw New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie hardball questions then treat his next guest, David Plouffe, Senior White House Advisor, as if he's delicate? Why is Fox News asking the hard questions about Libya while everyone else is pretending "under investigation" is a valid excuse? New Media offers a great alternative for those wanting to be informed rather than coddled and mislead, but we still have cable news and regular broadcast to deal with. Yes, it is misleading to fake outrage over some things while keeping hush about others in order to sway public opinion. That's the politician's job, not the press. Our politicians are supposed to lie to us, keep things from us, use emotion to sway us one way or the other, and it's the job of the press to keep them straight and keep us from becoming ignorant. Our media becoming complicit with any government is no different than government dipping their hands, and that's not what the cornerstone on which this country was built. Libby Sternberg of writes:
Conservatives are used to media bias, used to hearing excuses made for “out of context” gaffes by Democrats and the collective gasps of horror at similar stumbles by Republicans. We’re used to the stories of Democratic errors being turned into Mean-Republicans-Point-Out-Democratic Mistakes headlines. But ignoring real news literally blowing up in reporters’ faces seems to me a new low and probably accounts for why fewer and fewer people subscribe to mainstream newspapers or rely on broadcast news.
Being "used-to" something leads to complacency which leads to us losing our country. Old Media or New Media, it doesn't matter - they serve us. They are educators in the unconventional sense, and when we don't hold them accountable we have only ourselves to blame. It's not enough to create alternative Internet news outlets that report everything; we have to be louder than that because if this continues then how long until our Government demands their loyalty? Our loyalty? We are foolish to think it would never come to that. We need only to read John Milton's plea or hear King Charles I's life story to know the destruction of our basic freedoms is not only possible, but - if we continue on this path - inevitable. Remember this: an uninformed electorate also has the right to vote.

At the beginning of his speech, John Milton quotes Euripides:
This is true liberty, when free-born men,
Having to advise the public, may speak free,
Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise;
Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace:
What can be juster in a state than this?

John Milton reminds us God gave us reason, "freedom to choose". Government doesn't have to take away our freedoms for us to lose it, we can do that ourselves by not knowing why such freedoms exist in the first place.

Read John Milton's Areopagitica

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Race Card in North Carolina

Walter Dalton, the current North Carolina Lt. Governor and Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, released this ad attacking his opponent, Pat McCrory, two days ago:

I'm sorry, I didn't realize it was 1960 or that we saw ourselves as victims. First off, any black anger over Voter I.D. laws should be aimed at Democrats for suggesting blacks are too poor and stupid to obtain an driver's license or an ID card. If that doesn't make you angry, then there's something wrong with you. When your hand starts to look bad and you run out of cards to play, you pull the race card. Walter Dalton is about eleven points behind Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte. He's not going to win. Bev Perdue was a mistake. Our state is worse than when she became Governor, and Dalton being Lt. Governor doesn't help his cause. I've seen some despicable campaign ads, but this takes the top prize.

One of the reasons why my mom and my aunt (who is biracial) are slightly racist is because they see themselves as the "other". White people will never understand them because they're black and will never feel their pain, yet they pray to a God who saved us out of love and empathy. They will always have issues in the workplace because they're black and co-workers will forever be intimidated by them and uneasy around them because they're black women. One of the things I learned going to predominately white middle and high schools was that if you see yourself as different, then people will treat you like you're different. So, this "they don't understand our journey/experience" is something I grew up hearing and never identified with or understood. My journey began in 1987 when I was born. My journey took a turn when my father died in 1992. I went to great public schools and I went to a good college. My journey isn't tied to the color of my skin, but it's tied to the opportunities I took advantage of and the opportunities I threw away. It's tied to the people I love and the people I lost. My journey is mine and it's unique. Black liberals on twitter me ask me, in one colorful way or another, "What are the Republicans gonna do for you?" Where did this come from, this belief that politicians have to do something for us? Can we not do for ourselves. Are we so much the "other" we can't see ourselves as Americans? Jim Crow is over and slavery is done. There's no need to put your fate in someone's hands, unless it's Jesus. No one is going to do for you better than you.

Mr. Dalton should be ashamed of himself, pandering to black people saying, "That white man doesn't get you, but this one does." The black community is stuck in a time warp. We'll never progress as a people until we start reaching beyond the color of our skin.

Dear Mom, I Can't Take Care of Myself

Let me start by saying that I can't make this up on my best day.

Remember Julia? The composite girl created by Obama and his people to show how Obama's policies take care of women from the cradle to the grave? Obama seems to love that premise, so he and his campaign created this e-card:

Read it a few times and let it soak in. I used to use birth control, for about six months when I started college. I did it because I felt like I was supposed to, not because I was sexually active or planning on it. Being eighteen and slightly irresponsible, it seemed like the right thing to do. I got it from the student health center and it cost me $10 a month with my insurance. Not bad. So where is this $18,000 coming from, you wonder? Planned Parenthood came up with that number, estimating birth control will cost $18,000 over a lifetime. That's anywhere from $15 to $50 a month, or $180 to $600 a year, assuming a woman will work to prevent pregnancy for thirty years of her life. $50 a month for medication that isn't medically necessary isn't that bad, especially when you have alternatives like the IUD, the shot, condoms or, God forbid, abstinence.

What Obama is trying to argue is that Mitt Romney wants to limit access, which is bogus. Mitt Romney doesn't want to force religious institutions to go against their faith or their conscience, nor does he want to force insurance companies to cover something that will force them to raise premiums. There's nothing wrong with that, unless you're an Obama supporter and you feel people and institutions HAVE to give you things or provide you with stuff.

What irks me about this e-card is it treats pregnancy like a disease and it treats dependency like it's the way to go. I's birth control, not heart medication or insulin. If I don't take an allergy pill everyday, I get sick. What's the worse that can happen if she doesn't get her birth control? She has to stop having sex? Oh the horror! There are cases where birth control helps with menstrual cramps and other lady problems, but our government shouldn't be subsidizing lifestyle choices. You don't want kids right now? That's your problem. Make changes in your life to fit your financial situation. Don't scream at Catholics to keep their rosaries off your ovaries then demand their colleges and hospitals and businesses pay for your contraception. You can't claim you can make decisions about your own body then ask government to pay for it. Financial independence is no longer a feminist ideal. 

Is this young woman, real or not, such an invalid she can't pay for own birth control and she needs her mom or government to do it for her? Do you see the problem? Our government claiming women can't get the things they want or need without government, that women can't take care of themselves without someone playing White Knight, is a problem. How disgusting to put women in a box as if they only care about their uterus and not the economy or what's happening in the Middle East. Women deserve better than this.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Have You Gotten Your Obama Phone?

Remember what Romney said about the 47%, some people who will vote for Obama no matter what as long as they get handouts? Yeah, he wasn't exactly wrong:

This is hilariously embarrassing. From what I can tell, this lady and a bunch of others are protesting outside of a Romney event in Ohio and she tells us not only why Obama's good, but also why Romney's bad. I have an iPhone I can barely afford and I would probably qualify for food stamps and an Obama Phone, but I love that it's my phone in my name and I earned it. There's something about something being yours because you worked for it. It feels great to do something for yourself, even if it's buying something shallow like a cellphone. This lady personifies what Romney was hinting at regarding the fundamental difference between Obama supporters and his supporters. It's the entitlement mentality vs. the work ethic. Why do better for yourself when Obama will give you free stuff? Why build that self-confidence when Obama will make sure you're okay with your victim mentality? Romney would never get this lady's vote. He wants to give her a decent job, not a free phone.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Right and Wrong

Was it only two weeks ago Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed? So much has gone on it feels like it happened last year. I've been trying to wrap my head around the events and make sense of the administration's reaction, but I still can't put it into the right words. Truthfully, I don't understand it. I don't understand it because I think in terms of black and white. Right and wrong. Holy and sin. No grays. When doing the right thing makes the most sense, my brain has a hard time comprehending a person's actions when they blatantly do the wrong thing, like our administration dodging the truth about Libya. Our President and his administration have been lying to us regarding Libya, and I don't understand why. I do believe it's to protect him in an election year so he can keep his job, but at what expense? It's not enough for me to know without understanding it.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney finally said it is "self evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack". It was "self-evident" for most Americans when it happened. It only took him a week and a half, but better late than never. Jay Carney finding the light is much better than Ambassador Susan Rice (who we never see) telling everyone the video did it. I, for one, enjoy the irony of watching these people scramble for the right words after they scolded Mitt Romney for "jumping the gun". Turns out, Mitt Romney was right. It's an "ongoing investigation" they tell us. Not enough evidence to conclusively call it a terrorist attack. Let me tell you something: You don't need a full deck of cards to call a spade a spade.

While the rest of Washington is starting to slowly accept reality, Obama is still trying to blame the video. Today, he addressed the U.N. and said this:

"And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.  Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.  It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."
I don't know what's worse: Him blaming the video in front of the U.N. or him blaming the video period. It's appalling, but, worse than that, it makes us look like our foundations are cracking. It makes us look fearful and weak, when we should be angry and strong. Is this country standing on a shaky ground? You can't denounce this video, use it as a pawn in the blame game AND defend free speech, but he manages to do it. If the outrage in the Middle East is solely because of this video (which it isn't) then our response regarding this video should be "So what?" But he won't do that. Why? That's what I don't get. What good does it serve to blame the outrage on the video? Does he think it'll stop people from burning our flag, killing our diplomats and our troops, or stop them from making threats? His responsibility is to the American people, not the Middle East. The rest of the world should have a healthy dose of fear and a large amount of respect for the United States of America. Other than that, who gives a damn what they think. Apologizing to the Middle East and blaming it on this movie is a spit in the face to the men who fought and died for our Independence and the men and women who fight and die to keep it. Now, I know this man enjoys the title more than he enjoys the job and he will say and do anything to keep it, but he must know that throwing our first amendment under the bus to cool the boiling blood in another country is wrong.