Friday, March 29, 2013

Alabama State Representative Joe Mitchell Is an Ignoramus and a Racist

No offense to Alabamans, but they seem to have some really weird lawmaker and lawmaker wannabes, starting with attorney general Republican candidate Dale Peterson, who just got busted for shoplifting at a Sam’s Club, of all places.

This is apparently the second time he’s been arrested for shoplifting in five months. While a thieving politician might not be all that abnormal, what Peterson stole was very much so. The Daily Caller explains:

“…he was taken to jail after shopping Wednesday afternoon at a Sam’s Club. Store security accused him of stealing after he ate a handful of cashews from a jar and then returned the nuts to a shelf an hour-and-a-half later after deciding not to purchase them.

“He maintains that he had simply forgotten he had eaten from the jar.”

Curiouser and curiouser.

But what’s even more bizarre, though sadly not abnormal (think Jeremiah Wright, Henry Louis Gates Jr., etc.), is the already elected Alabama State Representative Joe Mitchell, a black Democrat who wrote the following in response to a constituent’s emailed plea not to pass any gun control laws:

“Hey man. You have used the word ‘except’ when I think you mean somethin’ else.

“Hey man. Your folk never used all this sheit to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk. You can keep sending me stuff like you have however because it helps me explain to my constituents why they should protect that 2nd amendment thing AFTER we finish stocking up on spare parts, munitions and the like.

“Bring it. As one of my friends in the Alabama Senate suggested — “BRING IT!!!!”

“JOSEPHm, a prepper (’70-’13)

“Mobile County”

Then, when the constituent responded – understandably taking offense at the unprofessional, juvenile and incomprehensible response – Mitchell responded with even more ridiculousness more befitting an uneducated, unprincipled, unreasonable hoodlum than a civil servant.

For anybody who can stomach another racist rant, The Daily Caller has the whole back-and-forth email chain right here.

Alabama, you really might need to start rethinking your electoral choices. And if a Marylander is saying that, then you know it’s bad.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ashley Judd Compares Potential Senate Battle Against Republican Mitch McConnell to Rape

You might think that somebody who survived something as monstrous as rape would know not to make light of the crime by comparing it to something 1,000,000 times less horrific.

And most of the time, I’m sure that’d be a safe assumption. Unless that person is from Hollywood.
Like Ashley Judd.
Now I like Ashley Judd as an actress. She used to be on my Top 10 Most Beautiful Women List. And I will forever adore her romantic comedy, Someone Like You.
Hugh Jackman. Enough said.
But if the rumors are true, then she, like so many other people in Hollywood, is inexcusably crass. While considering a Senate run she was asked whether she could successfully take on Senator Mitch McConnell, who would be her opponent.
Her answer?
“I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.”
Take a minute and really think about that for a moment. Because it’s so ridiculous that it’s difficult to fathom right away.
So difficult in fact that, that even after contemplating it for 15 minutes, a realization is only now beginning to dawn on me. And I think I might have to revise my original accusation…
On second (or third or fourth) thought, I’m honestly not sure if she was making light of rape. Not intentionally, anyway.
Let’s face it: She’s Hollywood, the land of make-believe where people actually believe their own fantasy lands. The whole I’m-not–a-doctor-but-I play-one-on-TV-so-you-should-trust-me kind of deal. Or more recently, Martin Sheen honestly thinking that he had some kind of political power.
And in the Hollywood adaption of life, Republicans are absolute monsters. Women-hating, minority-hating, gay-hating, poor-hating, animal-hating monsters who want nothing more than to get their hands on guns so they can cleanse the land of the destitute, the needy and the oppressed.
So in Ashley Judd’s warped version of reality, comparing looking at a Republican – much less competing against one – is a perfectly reasonable analogy to rape.
That should say something about Hollywood… Like it’s dangerously insane.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Society Seems to Be More Hostile to Christians and Christianity Than Homosexuals and Homosexuality

Right now, the Supreme Court is debating the issue of gay marriage and whether denying homosexuals the legal ability to get married is unconstitutional or not.

Personally, I’m sick of this debate and tired of seeing it posted and reposted and posted again on Facebook. Especially when there’s another group in America that gets discriminated against far more frequently, though to far less media fanfare.

While alternative lifestyles are freely encouraged, promoted and even programmed into our minds by educational institutions and other factions of society, Christians get no such advocacy.

It’s apparently ok to teach that homosexuality is completely normal and healthy to impressionable young minds, but it’s not ok for an elementary school to hold Easter egg hunts. They can have egg hunts, but the word “Easter” isn’t inclusive enough, the principle says.

“Kids love the bunny,” Massachusetts’ Heritage Elementary School Principal Lydia Davenport explained, “and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter Bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion. A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”

The Easter bunny is a religious icon? Since when?

Yet teachers aren’t even allowed to use the word “Easter” in their classrooms. It’s a no-no because somebody might be offended.

Move on up on the educational ranks to college and you find more flagrant abuse of Christian ideals, this time at the Florida Atlantic University, where Vice Chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party Deandre Poole instructed her class to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then stomp on it… clearly with no concern about religious sensibilities whatsoever.

(Though one has to wonder if she would be quite so quick to have her students stomp on Buddha, Barack Obama or Mohammed.)

Worse yet, the university allegedly backed her up when she allegedly suspended a student for refusing to participate in the “exercise.” It wasn’t until Governor Rick Scott intervened that the school started backtracking.

Where’s the outrage there? Where are the Facebook posts? Where are the demands for equality and respect and the “right” to live out your beliefs just like everybody else?

Apparently, Christians don’t matter though. It’s just everybody else we need to care about.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How Many Vacations Does One Worse-Than-Useless President Deserve a Year?

How many vacations do the “little people” get to go on a year?

In my case, it’s anything from zero to two, which averages out to a nice, even one. Or possibly a 0.89.

Even Hollywood Stars might jet out four times a year at best. Despite their ever-degrading brain cells, I’m sure that they do work hard for their money, putting in long hours and signing on for one movie after another after another.

All that leaves only so much room for frolicking in the waves.

But President Obama and his family? They’re a different story altogether.

All work and no play might make Jack a dull boy. But all play and no work make the Obamas spoiled. In so many senses of the word.

The Weekly Standard reports that, “In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month.”

From late December to the first few days of January, they were in Hawaii. Then it was off to Aspen for First Lady Michelle Obama and the girls over President’s Day weekend, while President Obama himself went down to Florida for a golf weekend. And now the First Daughters are reportedly on Spring Vacation in the Bahamas.

With all of that goofing off, it’s amazing that they find time to meddle in our lives so much. Though it’s no wonder that the economy is still uncertain, that our standing in the world has sunk severely and that most Americans don’t think we’re headed anywhere happy or healthy.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dumb and Dumber Star Jim Carrey Fires Unintelligent Potshots at Gun Owners on Twitter

Why is it that people whose careers consist of playing pretend think that they’re experts on real life?

What is it about people with million-dollar mansions that makes them think they can automatically understand how everybody else lives their lives?

How do people who campaigned for one of the most unfeeling, selfish despot-wannabes – not once but twice – think that they know what’s best for this country and its citizens?

All intelligent questions. (Clearly, since I asked them.) But intelligence doesn’t factor very heavily into Hollywood, if it does at all.

Jim Carrey, for instance – a comedian perhaps best known for starring in Dumb and Dumber – apparently doesn’t know that his entire industry glamorizes violence in general and gun violence in particular.

Carrey himself might not wield a gun on the big screen all that often, but he pals around with plenty of actors and actresses who do. He regularly works with, gets paid by, dates and even marries Hollywood players who have made money by making guns look good, usually in all the wrong ways.

So it seems more than a bit hypocritical for him to take to Twitter last month to post that anyone “who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting.”

Nice judgment coming from somebody with a net worth of $150 million when there are children dying of starvation around the world. Does he stop spending money on security and hobbies whenever another little boy or girl keels over in the streets, their bodies wasted away from hunger?

Yeah, I doubt it too.

Carrey however, like most of Hollywood, is much more content throwing stones than contemplating his own glass house. So up on Twitter he went again yesterday, this time to promote some anti-gun song that he’s apparently written:

“‘Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.Sorry if you’re offended by the word safety! ;^}”

No Jim Carrey, it’s not the word safety that offends us. It’s your arrogance, your foolishness, your hypocrisy and the utterly absurd movies like Dumb and Dumber that you foisted on America.

That’s what you should be apologizing for.

Oh yeah. And the fact that you’re trying to take away our guns.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Katie Worthman Is Having a Flashback to Hilter’s Nazi Germany

Katie Worthman has lived through a lot.

As a young girl living in Austria, she saw Hitler come to power. She saw Nazi Germany take her country over, giving her a seven-year, real-life, up-close-and-personal view of how a dictatorship works.

And this is what she has to say about what she learned:

“In 1938, the media reported that Hitler rode into Austria with tanks and guns and took us over. Not true at all,” she says. “The Austrian people elected Hitler by 98% of the vote by means of the ballot box. Now you might ask how could a Christian nation… elect a monster like Hitler. The truth is at the beginning Hitler didn’t look like or talk like a monster at all. He talked like an American politician.

“We also had gun registration. All the Austrian people… had guns. But the government said, ‘the guns are very dangerous. Children are playing with guns. Hunting accidents happen and we really have to have total controlled safety. And we had criminals again. And the only way that we can trace the criminal was by the serial number of the gun.’

“So we dutifully went to the police station and we registered our guns. Not long after they said, ‘No, it didn’t help. The only way that we won’t have accidents and crimes [is] you bring the guns to the police station and then we don’t have any crimes anymore and any accidents. And if you don’t do that: capital punishment.’

“So that’s what we did. So dictatorship didn’t happen overnight. It took five years. Gradually, little by little to escalate up to a dictatorship.

“When the people fear the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government fears the people… that’s liberty. Keep your guns. Keep your guns and buy more guns.”

Katie Worthman learned all of that the hard way.

Do we really want to go that route as well?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Newsflash: Being Skinny Isn’t Everything. Sometimes It’s Nothing at All.

These days, women are told to be perfect. And perfect means skinny.

Perfect means toned and fit and flat. It means having a pair of size 4 “fat jeans” and sacrificing everything to look the way somebody else says to look.

Because to be truly skinny is to be truly happy. So say the misogynists in Hollywood, and the fashion industry’s men who don’t like women and women who don’t like themselves, and Michelle Obama, who believes that her opinion is the only one to be had.

Except that it isn’t the only opinion to be had, as Jen Larsen found out the hard way.

Back when she weighed 300 pounds, Larsen decided to undergo weight-loss surgery, thinking that it would be a cure-all for her life. Her doctor fed into that utopic vision with stupid questions like, “It’ll be nice to be able to walk down the aisle of an airplane, right? To fit down the aisle and to not see that look of horror when someone sees you coming?”

Say what?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not filled with “horror” when I see a 300-pound person. I’m actually much more likely to feel something along those lines when I see somebody who has no business being a size 0. I’m not trying to be mean when I say this, but anorexia is not attractive.

Neither is a society hell-bent on thinking that physical “perfection” is the key to a healthy life.

Physical anything isn’t the key to anything when we’re so much more than just physical creatures. As Larsen discovered while losing 180 pounds, “I was skinny, but my life wasn’t suddenly and magically perfect – and that completely astonished me. It sounds ridiculous, having really fallen for the fairy tale of weight loss. But I had fallen for it completely, and then was blinded by the egregious lack of a happily ever after…

“The problem was that I lost all those pounds, but I didn’t have to change a thing about my self. I didn’t have to address any of the emotional or psychological issues. I didn’t have to figure out why I had been depressed – why I was still so, so depressed, despite the fact that the one thing I thought had been ruining my life was suddenly gone.”

Clearly, being skinny isn’t a cure-all, in small part because being skinny isn’t always attractive, and much more importantly because God is the only factor that can really complete us.

God. Not some fickle, demanding, over-opinionated, worthless societal view of perfection.

Hollywood and the fashion industry and Michelle Obama can all disagree with me on this issue all they want. But my guess is that, at the end of the day, I – with my size 10 pants and my God who doesn’t base his approval on my physical “perfection” – am going to be the one who leads the more fulfilling life.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fox News Outlines Yet Another Example of Obama’s Sequester Hypocrisy

Fox News is running an article this morning titled: “Department of Ed creates new six-figure job, while wielding sequester ax.”

It begins: “The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting ‘Educational Excellence for African-Americans.’

“School officials on reservations across Minnesota have begun making painful cuts to the current budget in anticipation of sequester cuts, adding students to classrooms, slashing course offerings and leaving vacant jobs unfilled, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At least one reservation is considering shortening the school year to save money.”

A few paragraphs down, the article continues:

“But in Washington, education funding cuts did not stop the appointment this month of a former elementary school teacher and aide to Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. to the job of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. David Johns was given the newly created job, where he will be ‘asked to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African-American student achievement from cradle to career,’ according to the Department of Education.

“The goal… is to work with federal, state and local agencies, as well as community groups, to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African-American students.”

Or here’s a thought. We could achieve that very same goal without costing taxpayers $100,000 plus benefits per year by simply getting African-American students out of liberals’ clutches! If they – and the rest of our youth – are merely taught to respect themselves, their abilities and limitations (e.g. physical and legal), they’ll most certainly perform better in schools.

No money down required!

Believe me, the last thing that Americans of any age, race or religion need is more bleeding heart or condescendingly self-serving, useless-at-best liberal interference.

As Fox News goes on to say: “The selective austerity shown by the Department of Education and other federal agencies shows the Obama administration is trying to emphasize the budget cuts’ effect on the public, said Kyle Olson, founder of the Michigan-based education watchdog Education Action Group.

“‘It seems like there’s no rhyme or reason for the cuts that they’re making,’ Olson said. ‘They are trying to maximize the public effect – the pain – in order to make their point. But the fact of the matter is, the sequester is not a cut, it is a reduction in the rate of growth. The choices they’re making are absurd.’”

And that's the nice way of putting it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How We Know President Obama Doesn’t Care to Cut Spending

Question: How can America tell that President Obama isn’t at all serious about cutting spending?

I mean other than his history, his track record, his attitude, his statements and his general disregard for anything that really matters?

There are actually two easy answers to this so-obvious-it’s-barely-worth-asking question…

Answer Number One: The Obama administration has warned White House Easter Egg Roll ticket holders that the annual event might be canceled due to budget cuts… but is making no such considerations concerning tonight’s St. Patrick’s Day bash.

According to White House Dossier, last year’s event featured “hundreds of guests” with more than enough alcohol to accommodate them all. And there’s no reason to think that this year will be any different.

Answer Number Two: When asked how Obama can “justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense” with “millions of Americans unemployed and family budgets that have been cut,” White House Spokesman Jay Carney only spewed forth his normal babble about the President’s commitment to “policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation.”

He never once addressed his boss’ opulent, expendable, government-paid habits, undoubtedly for the simple reason that Obama has no plans to make a single sacrifice for his country.

That’s how we know he’s not at all serious about cutting spending.

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Thoughts on Global Warming This Morning

After reading today’s weather forecast last night and checking out the window this morning, I was not in the best of moods.

Snow and sleet and freezing rain? In the second half of March? Weren’t we supposed to get all of this over with in February?

But apparently not, I complained to myself. Apparently, global warming is coming late this year.

I briefly contemplated putting something like that up as a Facebook status today, which of course made me wonder how many nasty retorts I’d get, which led me to start thinking about polls taken last year that show the growing numbers of Americans who don’t believe in global warming.

Americans. Not English. Not French. Not Germans. Americans.

I pondered that briefly and then came to this conclusion: The reason why Americans are catching on more quickly than the rest of the world is because America isn’t quite so used to government-funded thinking.

With their ever increasing socialist leanings, England, France, Germany and the rest of Europe have relied on government for everything for decades going into or over a century now. (For other countries, it’s been even longer.)

Citizens there are used to the government babysitting them from the delivery room – with its government-funded staff and equipment – to the classroom’s government-funded education to their government-funded retirement. That kind of nanny-stating practically insures stunted mental and emotional growth.

When people don’t exercise their physical muscles, those muscles stop working as well. The same goes for brains and morals. This is just common sense.

Americans, however, have a rich history of fending for ourselves. It’s a way of life that requires free thinking. So we’ve had to actually use our brains now and again.  And while we’ve certainly caved in certain areas and continue to fall to socialist thinking, we’re still more used to independence than the rest of the world.

So it stands to reason that we wouldn’t be quite so quick to accept the idea of a heating planet when the evidence keeps mounting up like snow banks in front of us.

The government might claim that we’re destroying the earth, but Americans still have the ability to use our eyes and ears and brains. At this point, it’s more a matter of whether we want to use them or not.

Friday, March 15, 2013

CPAC Filled With Confidence This Year

I went to a single event at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) last night, down at the enormous, exquisite Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Resort just outside of D.C.

Sadly, I wasn’t an official member of the Conference, so I wasn’t allowed into anything else, including a meet and greet with Allen West. Maybe for the best.

I was a little star struck even being that close to such a great man, I have to say, though it was also exceedingly disappointing that I couldn’t have gotten closer. I would have loved to actually hear him speak in person.

Yet even without that great honor, I have to say that I’m rather hyped.

Not that I’m any more optimistic about America’s future, because I’m not. I genuinely don’t see how we can successfully survive another four years of Obama. The last four were destructive enough!

But I spoke with a number of people from Rhode Island to California to Michigan who had a very different opinion than me.

They were enthusiastic. They were optimistic. They were even realistic, acknowledging the obstacles ahead of them, the party’s past failures and the possibility of further failures ahead. And still, despite that practicality, they were fully committed to a big picture win.

They honestly believed it was possible. That they had good chances!

It was inspiring and contagious enough for even this pronounced pessimist to smile more than once.

Today, I’m still feeling the effects. And while I still don’t see much reason to hope for the best, I have to admit that I’ve been wrong before.

So here’s hoping I’m wrong again… and that the confident CPAC-goers last night are very, very right. In every sense of the word!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

President Obama Says We Don't Have a Budget Crisis

Budget crisis? What budget crisis? We don’t have a budget crisis.

So says President Obama, at least. Appearing on “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopoulos today, he assured constituents that – quote – “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.” End quote.

I’d call him an ostrich except that I’m pretty darn positive he’s not that clueless. Unfortunately, I’m just as certain that he’s not going to change his story anytime soon. Not to the American people, at least. Maybe behind closed doors, but never in public.

After all, Obama doesn’t care a whit about this country or its people. He cares about himself.

So when he told Stephanopoulos: “My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. My goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work. And if we do that, we are going to be bringing in more revenue”

What he really meant was: I don’t want to stop abusing my position of power, paying off my pals, making my enemies miserable, undercutting the Constitution and leading America down a path it can’t easily recover from, if it recovers at all.

He’s just not so clueless as to say what he really means. Biden might be. Obama isn’t.

Some of my readers might be shaking their heads at this point, asking how I can judge him and our predicament so harshly? But that’s only because they’re purposely deluding themselves.

Anybody with any understanding of the President, economics, history, politics and/or current events – a wide range of topics, so essentially any able-minded adult – should automatically know two things:

1.      Government spending is far out of control and completely unsustainable (i.e. we most definitely do have a budget crisis).
2.      If we don’t do something about our present reckless behavior, we’re not going to have much of a future.

They should also know that President Obama hasn’t done a single thing to “grow the economy [or] put people back to work.” Sorry, but spouting platitudes and commissioning think tanks don’t count when he never had any intention of following through on them.

If he did, then why is the unemployment rate sinking mainly because people are falling off of government checklists? Why is reported economic growth so poor even after he cooks the books, twisting figures and words to show a more favorable view of a wholly undesirable picture?

Bottom line, America? We do have a budget crisis. And our President doesn’t care.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Snoop Dogg Starts Us off With a Who’s-Who on Today’s Stupid List

After looking over this morning’s headlines, I’ve decided that today’s blog is going to be one of those where I test my editorial skills by tying in rather unrelated stories into one coherent entry.

As usual when I do something like this, there will be a very easy common theme: the stupidity of the human race. (For those of you who read my “Angry and Confused” post back in January, I say this without a trace of malice, just realism.) But above and beyond that obvious fact, my challenge is to find more specific connections between the stories of just how low we’re capable of stooping if we just try hard enough.

And who better to exemplify stooping low than rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, the man who has sung about being a P. I. M. P. with lowlife fellow rapper 50 Cent; bottles popping – one of the dumber trashy metaphors modern music has given us – with the Pussycat Dolls; and  being “all up on” brainless bimbos like Katy Perry? (Still not angry. Facts are facts, babe.)

Snoop Dogg recently went on record to say that the people he most wants to get high with are former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current U.S. President Barack Obama. Considering that Snoop Dogg isn’t attracted to intelligence, I’m not sure who his statement says more about.

Though maybe if our current President would spend more time chilling in a marijuana-induced haze with Snoop Dogg, he’d focus less on meddling in every aspect of our personal lives… right down to our pet’s healthcare. We’re now learning that the notoriously condescending, intrusive and expensive Obamacare is set to affect more than just our own doctor’s visits; it’s also going to jack up the already pricey trips pet owners have to make to the vet’s.

As if we really need government touching even that? Though, I suppose it stands to reason that if we’re too stupid to take care of ourselves, we can’t be responsible for anything else.

Piers Morgan – go figure – definitely seems to think so. In defense of one of the kings of condescension, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and his attempted large soda ban, Morgan said that “people need the nanny state occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day. Whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That’s why so many people are on diets. That’s a form of nanny state.”

That kind of mind-boggling and largely inane reasoning is the same exact kind that has led the federal government to commission a $1.5 million study on why the majority of lesbians are obese… while we suffer with the results of its own fiscally gluttony. And it’s also doubtlessly contributed to America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring North Korean hostility, Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, claiming that climate change is this nation’s biggest threat.

Or maybe he had just finished smoking up with Snoop Dogg.

Who knows.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teenagers Gone Wild on a Culture That Disrespects Life From Start to Finish

What can you expect from a culture that actively propagates a disrespectful view of life?

For one thing, expect high schoolers who go to wild parties where they partake in substances they’re not legally allowed to have.

For another, anticipate teenagers who abuse those substances to death-defying – or inducing – levels.

And thirdly, count on physically mature but psychologically stunted adolescents who repeatedly rape their equally messed up peers.

Oh right, and then make way for lawyers who build cases by agreeing that such boys did in fact engage in sex with a practically passed out girl, but that she was drinking and “making decisions. Cognitive choices… She didn’t affirmatively say no.”

In a society that valued life, we wouldn’t be debating whether self-focused, uncommitted sex between illegally intoxicated under-agers might sometimes be consensual or not.

If this nation acknowledged that life is precious at eight weeks or eighty years, the teenagers in question would have been much more likely to respect themselves enough to obey their legal and physical limitations… and respect others enough to keep their hands to themselves.

But since we’re not nearly so fortunate to enjoy such a culture, we instead have:

·         16-year-old Ma’Lik Richmond and 17-year-old Trent Mays up on rape charges
·         A 16-year-old girl who – at the very least – had multiple sexual experiences that left her feeling violated
·         Too many other students their age who either didn’t intervene or recorded themselves laughing and joking about her getting raped because she was so drunk.

You’d think that this not-altogether shocking behavior would make most Americans rise up and demand that we actually do something to cut back on such inexcusable behavior in the future. And to some degree, I suppose that we’re doing just that.

Only problem is that we’re not analyzing the root problem nearly enough, assuming instead that we can solve our societal morass by pushing the same poor policies that failed us and our children in the first place (and the second, and the third and the fourth).

If we want to see less bad, inexcusable and downright abhorrent behavior from our kids, we need to consider where we’re going wrong in educating them.

It’s high time we went back to teaching a respect for life in America. Unless, of course, we like hearing stories like this one.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Insider Confirms That TSA Is One Big Joke

Everybody knows that the TSA is one big joke. And not the funny kind either.

Along with being power-tripping dictator types who scare harmless little children, humiliate helpless invalids and provide one giant nuisance to flyers in general, TSA officials are useless.

So says a former TSA screener… and anybody who has ever gone through U.S. airport security.

Here are just some of the insights (i.e. confirmations) that the former Newark Airport employee gave to the New York Post:

“… since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy...”

“… you don’t need a high-school diploma or GED to work as a security screener… These are the same screeners that TSA chief John Postole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refer to as a first-class first line of defense in the war on terror. These are the employees who could never keep a job in the private sector. I wouldn’t trust them to walk my dog.”

“An agent got through Newark last week with an improvised explosive device? That’s not even news to anyone who works there. It happens all the time. The failure rate is pretty high, especially with federal investigators, and the pat-down itself is ridiculous. As invasive as it is, you still can’t find anything using the back of your hand on certain areas.”

“We always said it’s not a question of if terrorists get through – it’s a question of when. Our feeling is nothing’s happened because they haven’t wanted it to happen. We’re not any big deterrent. It’s all for show.”

“Most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke. Their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency.”

“Every time you read about a TSA horror story, it’s usually about a screener doing what he or she is instructed to do.”

Apparently, gum chewing is the only real big no-no in TSA behavior. “Goofing off and half-hour-long bathroom breaks” are normal, as is gawping at women. And these unintelligent, uneducated, unproductive, uncouth so-called authorities get four hours paid vacation pay and four hours paid sick time FOR EVERY 40 HOURS THEY WORK, not to mention a shot at bringing down our government’s collective brainpower levels down even further.

So why haven’t we gutted this utter waste of taxpayer money in order to alleviate our budget issues and respect our citizens?

Probably because our government’s collective brainpower wasn’t that impressive to begin with.

Friday, March 8, 2013

This Steelers Fan Is Sticking Up for Joe Flacco and His Ridiculous Tax Rate

Anybody who knows me or just regularly reads my blog knows that I am not a Baltimore Ravens fan. At all.

I’m a Broncos girl first and a Steelers girl second. Though living in Baltimore, I tend to focus more on the latter team than the former. Hearing your team trash-talked all through football season – and sometimes beyond – has a way of doing that to you.

(I really need to move somewhere where I can freely wear my Steelers shirts without risking getting shot.)

But that’s neither here nor there this morning. This morning, I’m actually going to commiserate with a Ravens’ player. And not just any Ravens’ player, but quarterback Joe Flacco, whose name I usually can’t think about without getting annoyed.

(I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy, but hey… Steelers fan here.)

It was all over the news recently that, after securing the Super Bowl for his team, Joe Flacco was set to become the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history with a $120.6 million contract.

“Was” being the key word. As in: that “was” before taxes.

After the federal, state and local governments take their ridiculously unfair shares though, the bigger picture changes significantly, and he drops down to the second best paid player in NFL history. Since New Orleans’ Drew Brees lives in a less hostile state, he technically retains top status.

According to Americans for Tax Reform, Flacco has to deal with a combined marginal income tax rate of 51.98% thanks to federal, Maryland and Baltimore County income tax rates.

That’s worse than highway robbery! At least when you get stuck up at the downtown stoplight, the robbers don’t tell you they’re doing it for your own good. Not so much with the government, of course, which smiles and smirks and patronizes, patting you on the head condescendingly with one hand while it steals everything it can with the other.

Admittedly, I don’t think the Flacco family will starve anytime soon. Joe’s still got a lot of cash to play with.

But just because a robber doesn’t take everything doesn’t justify his thievery. It just means that he couldn’t get away with more. Yet, anyway.

Joe Flacco might just represent Baltimore (Boooo!!!!) on the football field, but when it comes to taxes, his story might be ours too if we’re not careful.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sequestration Shows Federal Government’s Disdain for Us… As if We Need a Reminder

So. The infamous sequestration that I was going to write about yesterday before Colorado state Senator Evie Hudak waylaid me with her insensitive and inane remarks about guns and rape…

We need to understand what’s really going on with the sequester, and not only because our budget woes are affecting this nation’s security in so many ways. It’s also further proof that our government thinks we’re dupes.

How exactly?

Well, for one thing, our leaders have known this was coming for a while now, and yet all they did was increase spending and play their favorite game of kicking the can down the road.

For another, the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts is absolutely nothing compared to the trillions we need to somehow account for. And the White House knows very well that it isn’t that big of a deal, judging by a recently leaked email between Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) officials and their superiors. (Why do we even need this federal department?)

According to insider Charles Brown, the notice read: “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

In other words, dramatize everything to make the public beg for more federal spending. That’s doubtlessly why Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was already lamenting on Monday how: “We are already seeing the effect on the ports of entry, the big airports for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”

As if a decision made by the over-bloated federal government – with all of its rules and regulations and convoluted chains of command – could have such immediate action on the public. We’re supposed to believe that they fired so many airport personnel so fast that the effects were that noticeable that quickly? And if they were, that somebody as far up the ladder as Napolitano would hear about it within seconds?

I don’t think so. Especially since Napolitano’s TSA signed the papers for $50 million worth of new uniforms for its agents. So much for being so hard-up.

Nor is hers the only federal department spending like usual. Secretary of State John Kerry’s unit will be giving another $250 million to the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt. And together, other branches posted some 400 new job openings on Monday, including for “recreation aides” for the U.S. Forest Service and “insect production workers” for the Agriculture Department.

Setting aside the question of why the federal government needs to be involved in so much, it seems fairly obvious that its bewailing over budget cuts are little more than its usual lies.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

And a Third Colorado State Lawmaker Makes a Mockery out of Themselves, the Gun Debate and Rape

I was originally going to write about the sequestration today and how an email has leaked that strongly indicates whatever cuts we face going forward will be handled with intentionally misleading melodrama. 

It seemed like a worthwhile subject to cover, until I saw another article about a 10-year-old in Massachusetts whose parents received a letter FROM THE STATE informing them that he was obese BASED ON THEIR GOVERNMENT RECORDS of his body mass index. Thing is, the kid is a Massachusetts state wrestling champion and perfectly trim, He also probably has more athletic ability than all of the idiots responsible for sending that letter combined.

Oh yeah, and the government really has no right to know such things, much less get involved in them. As the Yahoo! commentator reporting the story noted, if one of the boy’s classmates had called him fat, they would have rightly been labeled bullies. But the government can get away with it scot-free?

Again, great story to write about. But then I read today’s winner: the tale of another inexcusably stupid Democrat lawmaker out of Colorado making another idiotic remark about guns and rape.

First there was state Senator Paul Rosenthal, who argued that women don’t need guns to prevent sexual assaults. We just need the “buddy system” or judo to defend ourselves, as if every woman has a friend available 24-7 or the opportunity and ability to learn judo. Because, guess what? We don’t.

Then there was state Representative Joe Salazar, who I wrote about last month, who not only said that rape whistles and call boxes were good enough protection on college campuses, but that women couldn’t be trusted to delineate between a rapist and a non-threatening individual anyway.

Guess what? We actually are that smart.

Now state Senator Evie Hudak – yup, a woman – had this to say. To a rape victim’s face:

“I just want to say statistics are not on your side even if you had had a gun. You said that you were… experienced in taekwondo. And yet because this individual was so large and was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, that he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you.”

To what? Rape her? Guess what: he did anyway.

Hudak also quoted statistics from the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, which say that 83 women are murdered with their own handguns for every one woman who effectively uses a gun in self-defense. Those ridiculously questionable stats demand the question: if guns are that ineffective, why bother banning them at all?

Or maybe, we should just ban women from carrying and using firearms. I mean, we do have buddies and rape whistles and call boxes.  And we’re not nearly smart enough to properly identify a rapist.
I'll end this post with the words of blogger Bryan Preston from The PJ Tatler: "Three Democrats have now loosed misogynistic remarks about rape. Two men, one woman, but all Democrats. Who's waging a war on women and their right to defend themselves?"

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

First Lady Goes Nanny State on Dog Nutrition… Then Grabs a Slice of Pizza for Herself

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, recently took time out of her busy schedule to take her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign to the next level: dog health.

On her Google Hangout chat on Monday, she cautioned constituents that “Dogs are no different. You want to make sure that they’re eating a balanced diet and that, if they’re not an active dog, make sure that they’re food is reflective of an inactive dog. And then get ‘em out there and throw that ball and get ‘em running.”

Because that’s what our country so urgently needs right now. To be told how to care for our dogs.

Clearly, we’re too stupid to handle such responsibilities all on our own. We need a greater, wiser force to look up to. Somebody who sees all, knows all and dictates all, even down to the proper management of our pets.

Admittedly, as role models go, I’m all about following Michelle Obama’s lead when it comes to eating. Not what she says about eating, mind you, but what she does…

Like going to We The Pizza in D.C. for a special meeting and doubtlessly grabbing a slice or two – or three? – for herself and however many others were with her.

Clearly, this is one of those do-as-I-do-not-as-I-say kind-of deals.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Oscars’ Host Seth Macfarlane Reminds Hollywood Actresses: “We Saw Your Boobs”

  •  Meryl Streep
  • Naomi Watts
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Halle Berry
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Charlize Theron
  • Helen Hunt
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Jodie Foster
  • Hillary Swank
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Kate Winslet

What do all of these women have in common?

Well, they’re all actresses, of course. But more than that, as Oscars’ host SethMacfarlane so kindly sang out in his opening monologue last Sunday, we have seen (or at least have the opportunity to see) their “boobs.” That’s because all of them – with the technical exception of Scarlett Johansson – have gone completely topless for at least one movie.

Classy, right?

Now, in those beautiful actresses’ defense, Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy, isn’t exactly the classiest person himself. But that’s rather my point…

Classless behavior breeds classless behavior.

In other words, if you’re going to let the whole world see “your boobs,” don’t be surprised if men like Seth Macfarlane don’t give femininity the respect it deserves. It’s kinda like counting a wad of cash while walking down some Chicago alleyway at 2:00 in the morning. That kind of stupidity doesn’t justify the guy who ends up robbing you, but the negative consequence could have easily been avoided all the same.

So with all due respect to Jane Fonda and her outspoken criticism of the Oscars’host, after watching the song, I can’t say I found anything all that shocking or inappropriate about Mafarlane’s message.

Not if women showing off their “boobs” is considered acceptable entertainment, anyway.