Friday, June 29, 2012

More of the Same Madea

I, for one, believe it's time for Madea to ethier retire or drop dead. How much more of the same can this character possibly go through? I understand why Tyler Perry released another Madea film after the box office disappointment that was "Good Deeds," but give it a rest! Come up with something original! This is better than his last Madea film, but worse all at the same time. This film didn't have all the extra black stereotypes and overused archetypes he uses, but it's like he didn't even try with this one. This one had white people in it, and it was the black vs. white culture shock that is so overdone. It's not funny anymore. As a matter of fact, this film isn't funny at all, unless you find second jokes and a hood-talking Denise Richards hilarious.

I've seen better acting from Denise Richards and Eugene Levy, but the writing and blocking was so bad I don't think they had a chance. The young girl, Danielle Campbell playing an angry teenage brat, had the best lines, but she was so flat. She did a Disney Channel movie a few years ago and this is garbage compared to that performance. She's a good actress with a lot of potential, but Tyler Perry is a poor director and she deserves better. I don't know why Romeo Miller was in this film. I guess he was supposed to add conflict, but it was unnecessary. They could have left him on the cutting room floor and no one would have known the difference.

What makes this film such a failure is the lack of story. There isn't much of a plot. This family is supposed to be hiding from a mafia that wants to kill them, but we only see anyone from the mafia once, and it's before they go into hiding. Different moments throughout the film I kept thinking he could have done something with this or that instead of a crappy, pointless montage. There's no climax, no real ending resolution, and a bunch of unnecessary plot points. It's as if Tyler Perry woke up with this idea and didn't stop to consider whether it was good or bad. He has a loyal fan base and they'll pay money to see it, even when it's crap, but I'd like to think some of them have grown a brain.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tax By Any Other Name

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax."
 - Chief Justice Roberts, June 28, 2012

Obama got the "Affordable" Care Act through by calling it a penalty and not a tax. Lawyers went into the Supreme Court and argued it as a tax, and that's why we're dealing with this today.

This isn't rocket science, ladies and gentlemen. Call a spade a spade!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Holder and the Race Card

I'd like to skip the synopsis and get straight to the point, but I will say this: Brian Terry died. In this entire mess, that is the most important truth. A man, who deserves our respect and gratitude, died for his country. He died by enemy fire...with our guns. Someone authorized this botched operation known as "Fast and Furious" and someone must be held accountable. Democrats were on board and gung-ho...until the investigation lead to the White House. Up until a week ago, the only major news network talking about "Fast and Furious" was Fox News, and when other networks picked up the story they distorted the message. The "Blame Bush" started almost immediately by misinforming the public on the origins of "Fast and Furious" and making it seem as if this debate just started, so let me make three things clear:
  1. "Fast and Furious" started in 2009
  2. Eric Holder was issued the subpoena October 2011.
  3. Brian Terry died December 2010
This has been going on for quite some time, and the mainstream media wouldn't talk about it until they had to because this botched operation makes Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama look bad. How bad? So bad, they want to talk about the economy. President Obama wasn't in the middle of this until last week when he invoked Executive Privilege over documents Eric Holder has refused to hand over since October 2011 when he was first issued the subpoena. Executive Privilege isn't new or outrageous, it's been around since President Reagan. It's not the act of Exective Privilege that's appaling, it's the context in which it's being used. A supoena for these documents was issued in October of last year, but Obama decides to show up in June, minutes before the House Oversight Committee votes on a resolution to hold Eric Holder in contempt. Obama said in an interview that he didn't know about "Fast and Furious" and Holder told congress neither he nor Obama knew about "Fast and Furious", so Obama's last minute action leads one to wonder what could be so damning in these documents. And if this is about protecting internal communication or national security, then why not do this nine months ago? If these documents show Obama and Holder knew about "Fast and Furious" and/or authorized it, then Holder needs to be charged with perjury and Obama is in big trouble. And if that is what the documents say and it's not protecting internal communication or fall under privilege, then it's a misuse of Executive Privilege, and it's illegal. The bottom line is Eric Holder lied to Congress and didn't comply with the subpoena. A contempt order makes sense.

Bring on Nancy Pelosi and Reverend Al Sharpton to twist and turn things for the worst. Distract is part of the Obama campaign and it was kind of working up until "Fast and Furious", so they're at it again. Last week, Nancy Pelosi accused House Republicans of voter supression since Eric Holder's number one priority is, apparantly, getting rid of state Voter ID laws. South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy said it perfectly when he called her "mind-numbingly stupid." The argument against Voter ID is it disenfranchises minority voters. I can understand the elderly and the disabled, but to suggest skin color puts one at a disadvantage in obtaining a government issued ID is, for lack of a better word, racist. This is Nancy Pelosi's attempt at distracting and deflecting from what "Fast and Furious" is really about and to keep the public angry and divided, and it's a desperate attempt. Reverend Al wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post and stated:

"The highest officer of law and order in this nation has been ridiculed, scapegoated and handled as some sort of criminal throughout this 'investigation.' Turning over thousands of documents and overextending himself, AG Holder was spoken to and mistreated as if he were a child, and reminded that despite his esteemed position, he can and would be profiled. AG Holder was in essence 'stopped & frisked' without probable cause, and after he cooperated, he was made an example of. What Issa just showed us is that no matter what our stature in this world, someone can easily try to 'put us in our place.' What could be more outrageous?"
Attempting to label Republicans as racist isn't unusual for liberal Democrats, especially when they run out of cards to play, but in this instance it's a low blow because Brian Terry died. In Reverand Al's case, it's stupid. Holding the highest office of law and order in the nation doesn't mean Eric Holder can't or won't be held accountable for his actions, and the color of his skin doesn't mean House Republlicans should hesitate to do what's right. Holder lied to congress and didn't comply with a subpoena and there are consequences. That's not a racial issue or a political issue. Later in his piece, Reverand Al decides to try and justify "Fast and Furious" by blaming the Bush Administration for Operation Wide Reciever, which was a gun running program under Bush that had different results and ended way before "Fast and Furious" got started. Trying to envoke gun running programs of Christmas past doesn't change the fact that "Fast and Furious" started during the Obama administration and Brian Terry died on Obama's watch. Blaming Bush can't squash those truths or make it better or justify it. The highest office of law and order is not a safe haven for misconduct, misuse of power, or lying.

Reverand Al is right about one thing. Obama and Holder's positions in government, as high as they are, are not so high that they can't be put in their place. Their place is serving the American people and when they step out of line, Congress has the right as our representatives to correct them.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The "Gay" Box

I should start a business. Did I say Dan Savage would stick his foot in his mouth again? I sure did! This boy is unbelievable. Yes, I said boy. "Man" is reserved for those who deserve the title; Dan Savage is too childish. For those who still don't know who he is, he is a gay liberal activist, columnist, Reality TV star, and founder of the anti-bully project "It Gets Better." His goal has been to provide hope for bullied teens, especially LGBT teens and to stop this "bully epidemic" in America. I laugh every time he talks about bullying and respect, because he's not how he presents himself.

A few days ago, the gay conservative group GOProud, co-founded by Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, announced their endorsement for Mitt Romney. Not one to hide his feelings, the above is what Dan Savage had to say. He could have used any insult or epithet, but he chose the gay derivative of "house nigger". I shouldn't have to explain how that makes me feel. I've been called a number of names; Oreo, House Negro, House Nigger, Uncle Tom, Auntie Tom, self-hatin nigga. It's been going on way before I became conservative, so I get what GOProud is feeling. And let's not forget Miss Joy Behar, co-host of "The View," who asked a group of gay liberals on Current TV (yeah, I don't know what that is either), "Could it be that the GOProud guys are just attracted to Mitt Romney's sons Matt, Mutt, Tag, Tip, Tack, and Bashful?" Who says that? It's astonishing, more than it is hurtful. So many gay liberals are stuck in this box, this closed idea of what it means to be gay. How to walk gay, speak gay, think gay. The only gay issue that matters is gay adoption and gay marriage and every gay person should like Pride Parades. Believe it or not, there are gay people who do not support gay adoption or who don't believe in redefining marriage and would prefer civil unions. You have a lot of gay people who are Patriots first, who believe in a strong private sector and a small federal government, who believe they are more than their sexuality. GOProud happens to support gay marriage, but that's not their priority. They're basic conservative: small government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, and Second Amendment. Their thinking is outside the "gay" box, and yet we as conservatives are close-minded? Dan Savage likes to blame right wingers, tea baggers, and homophobic bigot Jesus Freaks for adding fuel to the bully flame, but his words give people permission to be intolerant and to spit hate at those who think and act differently. GOProud understands that oppression is a mindset and they refuse to be slaves to it.

I didn't know there were gay conservatives or other black conservatives like myself until I stumbled upon a website called "GayPatriot." Truthfully, I wouldn't be as outspoken as I am if it weren't for the bravery and courage of gay conservatives like GOProud and GayPatriot, so this is personal to me and I'm angry about it. Does it change my views on homosexuality and gay marriage? No, but no one deserves to be treated that way; and I like Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, and I got their back. Dan Savage is no different than the kids on the middle school bus who called me an Oreo because I wasn't "black enough." He's a bully and Joy is a mean girl. Instead of trying to understand something that's different or outside of their norm, they attack. It's a knee jerk reaction to fear. Dan Savage and Joy Behar are threatened by gay people who think outside their bedroom.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Putting AMERICANS First

I said all I had to say about this on twitter yesterday, but I need to compile all my thoughts into something coherent or I will explode. Obama announced yesterday a new immigration policy that provides some relief to illegal aliens who were brought here as children by no fault of their own. If they're between the ages of 16 and 30 and have been in the country for at least five years and have no criminal record, then they can get a work permit and not have to fear deportation. This could affect anywhere between 800,000 to 1.4 Million illegal aliens.

It's not amnesty or a path to citizenship, he says, so what is it? It's temporary, but what is temporary? A policy like this that affects so many people should be a long term resolution. It's a band-aid on a gun shot wound and it's irresponsible. This kind of move comes AFTER you pass immigration reform, secure our borders, and allow states to do what they need to do to tackle illegal immigration. But Obama isn't a man of priorities. This is a weak economy and a poor job market and he just gave thousands, possibly millions, of ILLEGAL aliens permission to compete with unemployed Americans for jobs that don't exist. He can't do what he needs to do to get Americans working, but he has the nerve to stand in the Rose Garden and tell the country that these illegal aliens deserve to work and contribute to society. It's a slap in the face not just to legal immigrants, who went through all the mess to become citizens the right way, but also to natural born citizens. Let's not forget how stab-in-the-back (and probably illegal) this move is, bypassing Congress and legislation to lend a hand to people who can't legally vote. Let's not delude ourselves in to believing this is some random act of kindness from King Obama. Just like he thought birth control was the most important thing to women, he thinks illegal immigration is a priority to Latinos. This is about keeping his job. I agree something needs to be done about and for people who were brought here as kids, some not knowing their undocumented until they apply for a summer job, but this is not the time for that and it's most definitely not the best thing for LEGAL residents. However, this is a smart political move because people are too busy looking at the pretty icing to realize how nasty the cake is.

What upset my nerves the most was when he said they're Americans in every sense of the word except on paper. That paper, President Obama, is called THE LAW. I was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I am an AMERICAN. My friend was born in Ontario, came here legally as a child, became a citizen when she was 18 and married a North Carolina native a few months ago. She is an AMERICAN. John Doe who crossed the Rio Grande with his parents is not an AMERICAN. And in this country, whatever his story may be, our President should not put him first.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Who's Got My Back?

I thought we could just leave it to Tyler Perry to send us back to the black stone age of wading in stereotypical waters, but along comes Obama. After endorsing gay marriage, Obama is nervous about the black vote. Support for Obama among black voters in North Carolina has actually dropped to around 76%, which is amazingly low. I figured he'd do something stupid, desperate and meaningless to pander to black voters, but I didn't see this one coming. A few days ago he released a radio ad to black radio specifically targeting black voters, and this is what he came up with:

In this ad he gives us old clips about higher taxes for the rich, lower tuition costs, better health care, and more college degrees, none of which he's come through on. His health care law is in SCOTUS limbo right now, so that doesn't count. "We have to show this President we have his back." says the narrator. Why should we have his back? The national unemployment rate is 8.2%, but for blacks its 13.6%. With home ownership, the high school dropout rate, crime, abortion, etc it's always worse for blacks and we only make up about 11 to 13% of the population. And under Obama, who was supposed to have our back, it hasn't gotten any better. So why should we have his back? He's done NOTHING for the black community.

This ad is a guilt trip. It hits a nerve deep within the black community called loyalty. It's very hard to explain unless you've been raised with it, but I heard it a lot from family and friends in 2008 how I should vote for Obama to show loyalty. "Where is your loyalty?" My mom actually asked me that when I told her I wasn't voting for Obama. Loyalty in the black community is an emotion and a promise more than anything, and I struggled with this in 2008 and most of my life. Black is more than just the color of your skin, it's an identity. Stepping back and saying "I'm more than the color of my skin" is hard and every black conservative will go through that. Obama has nothing to offer the black community, and he can't win without them, so he's going to guilt them into it.

Aside from this ad being manipulative, it's incredibly offensive. He used a "Hey, my brotha" kind of approach and as a black person, I'm insulted. I can't put it into proper words, but it's unbelievable. This is Obama's perception of the black community. This should bother you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Book of Carrie: Gay Friendly

Yesterday or earlier in the week, Carrie Underwood came out in support of gay marriage. Not surprising, its a Hollywood thing. She even called her church "gay friendly." What does this mean?

It's a shame. I'm kind of looking at churches right now, trying to figure out where I fit in. Finding a church used to be about style of worship and little particulars like speaking in tongues or baptism. Now I have to make sure a church doesn't support homosexuality. I shouldn't have to ask that question. If the Bible calls it sin, then that should be the end of it. Now, you have churches like Carrie's that are "gay friendly." "Gay Friendly" churches are a type of dead church, they've fallen into culture and out of the word of God. This people-pleasing tainted version of Christianity is Carrie Underwood's religion. It has to be or else she wouldn't say what she said.

Carrie said, "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me'. No. We're all different. That's what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It's not up to me to judge anybody." Is this the Hollywood translation of the Bible, because I've never heard of this? God's goal for us isn't to be the same or to be different, but to be more like Him and different from the world. She's right that it's about love, but this idea of "love" in these dead gay friendly churches is out of touch with who God is. Love isn't seeing your brother in sin and keeping your mouth shut. Love isn't keeping your mouth shut because you're afraid of the reaction. Love isn't ignoring parts of the Bible because they don't measure up to what the world is doing. Some so-called Christian churches are deciding that homosexuality is okay. Their decision doesn't change what God has said. God called it sin and serving your sin instead of Jesus will land you in hell. If you don't tell someone that...then you're not loving them. That's not hate, that's the Bible.

Jesus didn't sugarcoat, Paul didn't preach a dumbed down version of Christianity, and neither of them gave a damn about anyone's feelings. Both of them, however, spoke on sin and the consequences of sin and they were honest about it. We are called to do the same. For the wages of sin is death. Carrie's church doesn't change that.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Book of Miley: Don't Judge

I used to be a huge Miley Cyrus fan, believe it or not. I used to have the first season of Hannah Montana on DVD (before I sold it) and I still have her Breakout album and some Hannah songs on my iPod. My fandom started to slow down when "Party in the USA" came out. Great song, but it didn't do anything for me. Then The Last Song came out, and she was terrible. When she released her "Can't Be Tamed" album, I said it was going to flop and it felt kind of good to be right. Miley fell into the "I'm gonna sex up my image to show the world I'm not a kid" trap and it failed. Miley's biggest draw was her love for God and modesty. She's thrown modesty out of the window because she's "not a kid", and I have to wonder if she even reads the bible anymore. In reference to her acceptance of homosexuality she has tweeted "God is Love," "We're all God's children" and the new one is "your (sic) not God and he says he is the only one to judge". Oy Vey! I'm going to go out on a limb and say Miley was talking talking about Matthew 7:1-2, which says,  "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." What Miley is saying would make sense if verses three through five didn't exist:
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
 Jesus is warning against hypocritical judgment. Who are we to tell someone to fix themselves if we won't work on our own sin? God is the ultimate judge, but we are called to be righteous judges according to his Word.

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.
      - 2 Timothy 4:2
It's insane to think we should keep our mouths shut or refrain from discerning what is right and wrong. Jesus came to the world and wasn't silent, and we're called to follow in his footsteps. If you see your brother walking in sin, then you say something. You don't condemn, of course. You tell him what the word of God says and offer him a solution. That is love. James 5:20 says, "Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins." It's not "judging" to call sin what it is, it's what we're supposed to do. And we can call it sin because God's Word says it is sin and He gives us the authority to proclaim His Word. God gave us His Word so that we know the way we should go and we can show others. This whole thing started with Miley's new button which says "Homophobia is a Social Disease" and tweeting to "#stopspreadinhate", and a fan responded with "It's not hate, its what's right." Miley's response to her was the tweet up there. The fan is right. Calling homosexuality sin is not hate, nor is it judging. Our job as Christians doesn't start with our silence.

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die, ’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
      - Ezekiel 3:18-19