Thursday, August 29, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. and the "Selfies" Trend

Yesterday, 80,000 out of the expected 100,000 people didn’t show up to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C.

That’s a major miscalculation. A huge one, actually.

On the one hand, I can understand why officials estimated as high as they did. After all, this is a true American icon and iconic moment we’re talking about here. And since 50 years is a big anniversary to celebrate, why shouldn’t 100,000 Americans show up?

In the commemoration’s defense, participants were subjected to a bit of rain, which doubtlessly dampened some enthusiasm. But I doubt it had such a profound affect as to slash expected attendance by four fifths.

Four fifths!

Something else was doubtlessly to blame for yesterday’s poor turnout.

In part, I’m sure it was due to the fact that millions of Americans knew all too well that the rally would be a leftist affair filled with race-mongering and pity-parties instead of the unifying event for equality and action that Martin Luther King Jr. meant it to be 50 years ago.

(Why else was Tim Scott, the only seated African American in the U.S. Senate – who just so happens to be a Republican – not invited to attend?)

But I think it had a lot more to do with the growing number of Americans who can’t be bothered to care about anything other than themselves… and then only in the short-term.

To be fair, it’s hardly just Americans who take that destructively selfish attitude. It’s the West in general, fueled by nitwits like Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and the rest of the MTV culture.

Perhaps one exceptionally vivid piece of proof that people aren’t taking history very seriously is the site, “Selfies at Serious Places,” which documents self-portraits snapped in highly inappropriate places like at the Holocaust memorial, or Chernobyl, or Auschwitz or funerals.

Making kissy faces and smiling and posing all cool or cutesy-cutesy for the camera in serious spots marked by death and destruction and terror is hardly appropriate behavior. But these kids aren’t being trained to care about anything important. So naturally, they don’t.

Worse yet, this lack of proper education is a trend that’s been going on for some time. So we not only have egotistical children but we also have self-absorbed young adults and narcissistic grown adults, none of whom really care about Martin Luther King Jr. or his speech.

They’re too busy taking selfies and asking everybody to make it all about them.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let’s Talk About Race Again… ‘Cause It’s Either That or Miley Cyrus

Considering what today is – the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech – it seems only right and proper for me to discuss race.

Yet again.

(I know. I know. It’s getting annoying. But when the alternative is to dredge up the whole Miley Cyrus ridiculousness, I think it’s the more pleasant of the two topics.)

On Sunday, three teenaged girls brutally assaulted a 32-year-old woman in Pittsburgh. They threw a bottle at her car and, when she confronted them about it, grabbed her by the hair, punched her so hard that she bashed her head into nearby concrete steps, and then further beat her up as she lay there helpless. According to police, she was also robbed and called a racial slur.

The girls were all black, the victim white. And so the heartless and downright stupid criminals, who were arrested quickly enough, now face a slew of charges, including ethnic intimidation.

Now I know I’ve railed against hate crimes on this blog before. But I don’t just take issue when it’s black people accusing whites of racial targeting. It’s just as harmful the other way around.


For the absurdly simple reason that human life is human life, regardless of skin color. It should be treated with consideration. Period. End of story. This should not be a tough one, people!

Personally, I’m not convinced the attack was racially motivated in the first place. My guess is that the teenaged hoodlums involved would have done the same exact thing to a black, Asian, Native American, Hispanic or Middle Eastern woman if the opportunity presented itself.

As for that racial slur they allegedly threw around? I’m sure they did “go there.” But judging by their despicable behavior, I’m sure they’ve also thrown around the N word a time or two as well.

None of that should factor in, however. Not when it comes to charges. Even if they only use derogatory language towards people of different races, that doesn’t change anything. Their crime of being revolting human beings isn’t altered one bit.

If the inalienable property of human life is too difficult a concept to fathom, try looking at it this way… Do you really think that the victim would be less traumatized if it had been three white teenagers who had beaten her up?

Crime is crime and should be treated as… well… crime. Extending harsher or additional sentencing based on skin color is racist, not to mention completely counterproductive.

It only helps us to focus on our differences instead of our similarities… like our mutual disgust with Miley Cyrus.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We’re Not Doing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memory Any Justice at All

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which the iconic civil rights leader envisioned a more mature America. It’s when he declared:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

“I have a dream today.

“I have a dream that one day… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.”

Fifty years later, we’re systematically tearing that dream apart, switching out one form of mindless intolerance for another, teaching our children that being Caucasian is something to be ashamed of and to apologize for at all cost.

Examples keep piling up of such lessons being spread by influential people, including the President of the United States, who so far hasn’t said anything official – or anything at all – about the three black teens who shot dead an Australian national last week. With his white skin, victim Chris lane couldn’t pass as Obama’s son if he had one, so he apparently doesn’t matter.

In the same way:

·         Ayo Kimathi, a black government worker, was put on paid leave for running a website promoting an “inevitable clash with the white race”… When you know a white man would have been fired on the spot for such stupidity.
·         A 12-year-old black boy recorded two preteen black girls blatantly bullying a three-year-old white girl, then posted the video on Facebook with the caption “When white people piss black people off.”…  Those children are learning their twisted ideals somewhere.
·         A Jersey City black high school student seeking class office sent himself racist text messages to gain votes… Clearly, society has taught him that playing the race victim card has positive results.

These lessons are a far cry from the future Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to see. In fact, these lessons are a far cry from any kind of preferable future at all.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMA Music Awards Really Wasn’t Surprising

Everybody’s talking about Miley Cyrus’ performance last night on the 2013 MTV VMA Music Awards, so I figure I might as well too.

The very fact that former Disney Good Girl Miley Cyrus, her managers and the heads of MTV thought it worthwhile for her to behave like a severely demented escapee from an insane asylum, with her tongue lolling out of her mouth for the first part of her routine, doesn’t say much for today’s pop culture.

Neither does her usage of that foam fan hand; her thrusting, pumping and bent-over booty shaking; or the rest of her performance with Robin Thicke, where she stroked his chest among other areas of his body.

Calling the act utterly obscene would be perfectly accurate. So would describing it as relatively awkward, because it was that too. And let’s face it, there are plenty of other terms I can use as well.

But what I can’t call Miley Cyrus’ performance is shocking.

At this point, we’ve so degraded ourselves and our culture, throwing around facts as lies and lies as facts, sexualizing everything possible and opting for shock value over artistry, dignity and beauty, that behaving as ridiculously as Cyrus did last night just doesn’t come across as all that mind-blowing anymore.

So she made hyper-sexual verbal references… What pop, R&B or rap artist doesn’t do that these days?

So she came out in an itty-bitty leotard and then stripped down to her undies… That’s practically expected in the music industry these days.

And what’s the big deal about her using a prop to depict ideas that should be confined to bedrooms... How is that new when vulgarity is the norm at MTV, not to mention in our advertisements, on our radio and throughout Hollywood? For that matter, it’s becoming more and more commonplace in our schools, our news and our larger society.

So sorry, Miley. I just can’t watch your performance and get all that wowed or offended. You’re not the next edgy subject. You’re not bold and daring. You’re just tired and lame.

Which means that you didn’t even sell yourself for nothing. Comparatively speaking, that would have been a bargain.

Friday, August 23, 2013

We Can’t Control Life

This week, I’ve learned the hard way that it’s impossible to map life out.

You’d think that after thirty years of such lessons, I’d be well schooled – maybe even have my doctorate – in the subject. But I’m a stubborn little control freak, and so I have to be reminded of reality. Repeatedly.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Considering the future is all well and good and mature, but there’s a giant different keeping it in mind and trying to dictate it. The latter is utterly unattainable, since we never know when we’re going to fall ill or lose our job or find the love of our life or inherit a million dollars.

Too often, life throws both good and bad situations at us without any warning, and we have to adapt to them as they happen. That’s why socialism – which today’s liberalism is trending ever closer to in the form of Medicare and Medicaid and Obamacare and government rules and regulations galore – never works. Ever.

If life is so often so impossible to predict on an individual level, what makes any of us think it can be managed meticulously on a national level?

It’s patently arrogant to believe we have that capability. And if pride goes before a fall, then we’re in for a serious smackdown sometime soon.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Al Gore Thinks Global Warming Is Becoming a Hot Topic Again

AL Gore sat down with Ezra Klein to discuss the exceedingly important topic of global warming.

When did he do this? I have no idea, as The Washington Post didn’t say in the first paragraph or so. It might have mentioned it sometime later on in the article, but I don’t care to read too much of anything that Al Gore says. He’s an unreasonable, egotistical nitwit and after reading his opinion one too many times already, I can’t be bothered anymore.

Skimming is all he’s worth when he’s worth anything at all.

Anyway, here’s a snippet of what he said:

“The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned. It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace. But the political climate is changing. Something like Chris Hayes’s excellent documentary on climate change wouldn’t have made it on TV a few years ago. And as I said, many Republicans who’re still timid on the issue are now openly embarrassed about the extreme deniers. The deniers are being hit politically. They’re being subjected to ridicule, which stings. The polling is going back up in favor of doing something on this issue. The ability of the raging deniers to stop progress is waning every single day.

Ummm… Did I mention that, along with being an unreasonable, egotistical nitwit, Gore is also delusional? How else can you explain his notion that discussion on global warming is on the rise?

Nobody is talking about global warming anymore! And for good reason:

·         It’s completely irrelevant.
·         We’ve experienced several blisteringly cold winters in the last five years and have just undergone a summer where 2,899 record cold temperatures were set across the U.S.
·         Even the mainstream media has admitted a few times now that the earth hasn’t warmed up significantly in the last 18 years or so.
·         People have more important issues to worry about like starvation, poverty, joblessness, crime rates, racism… or possibly even those unreasonable alcoholic fathers Gore mentioned.

Regardless of the reasons, it’s patently obvious that far fewer people care about global warming these days, as evidenced by the lack of news articles covering the subject, rallies raising awareness about it or conversations around the water cooler concerning it.

The very fact that Al Gore doesn’t recognize this should say a lot about him… and his pet project.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Shocking: RNC Raises Millions! And the Not-So-Shocking: DNC Loses Even More.

I’m not very happy with the Republican Party right now.

I think our leaders are a bunch of lemmings who don’t deserve their paychecks most days. As far as I can see, they’re not as bad for America as the Democrats are, but they’re a far cry from good with their stupid spending policies and their support of amnesty, and their gutless, brainless gullibility.

So when I saw The Hill headline “RNC raises $5.9M; DNC has $18.5M in debt,” I’ll admit to being completely surprised. Not that Democrats could be in debt (akin to speculating that Zebras might have stripes), but that Republicans:

1.      Still have that much support
2.      Didn’t blow what donations they did get on something stupid like better access to weapons of mass destruction for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, or ice cream parties for illegals to win over their (so far non-existent) votes

It’s so good to know that the powers that be in the Republican Party aren’t quite as ridiculous as they look.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We Have Proof! All Canadian People Are Not Nice!!!!!!!!!!

You know that stereotype that all Canadian people are nice?

Well, it ain’t true.  Duh.

Just like other humans around the planet – from Americans to Ugandans to Indians, the Chinese, Australians and the French – aren’t always nice, neither are Canadians. Humans never are.

Sorry if this shatters your world view, but we have proof of this thanks to a letter written by some Canadian living in Ontario.

Sent to the grandmother of an autistic child, who watches her grandson over summer days, the letter has since gone viral and been picked up by Yahoo! News. It’s addressed to “the lady living at this address,” signed by “One pissed off mother!!!!*” and reads, in part, like this:

“I also live in this neighbourhood and have a problem!!!! You have a kid that is mentally handicapped and you consciously decided that it would be a good idea to live in a close proximity neighgbourhood like this???? You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be a nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes!!! That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!!!”

For all I know, the complaint itself might very well be valid. But even so, there is absolutely no reason to get as nasty about the issue as this Canadian woman does:

“Crying babies, music and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neigbourhood!!!!! He is not!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a nuisance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!!! Who the hell is going to care for him????????? No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever! [T]hey should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!! You had a retarded kid, deal with it… properly!!!!!!”

“Properly!!!!!!,” apparently means living “in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid.” Either that, One pissed off mother specifies, “or do the right thing and… euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off.”

Not very nice, right?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

In One pissed off mother’s defense, she does have a point according to today’s Western definition of morality. I mean, if we can kill off unborn babies because they’re nuisances, why not “deal with” “a retarded kid” “properly” for the sake of some peace and quiet?

If one makes sense, then we at least should start considering the other.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. Eligible for Federal Disability Pay and Pension

Jesse Jackson Jr. is proving just how cushy government work can be.
I mean, yeah, he and his wife are going to jail for using campaign money for personal use. And sure, a lot of that ill-gotten property is being repossessed. But he’s still eligible for $8,700 a month in disability due to his bipolar disorder, and he could still receive $45,000 a year in federal pension funds after he turns 65.

And we wonder why our government is in such a dreadful amount of debt. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

NAACP’s Mary Rutliff Calls Missouri State Fair Rodeo a “Hate Crime”

Earlier this week, I bashed the Missouri State Fair rodeo that featured a clown wearing an Obama mask while an announcer asked whether the enthusiastic crowd would like to see the President get trampled. Here’s a snippet:

“I don’t care how much you disagree with somebody’s choices. Making a mockery out of their demise is immature, unproductive, heartless and downright disgustingly arrogant.

“Nor does that rule change when positions are reversed and it’s conservatives picking on liberals, as was the case at a Missouri State Fair rodeo over the weekend.”

I still stand by that opinion, though now I have another thought to add to the continuing saga…

Mary Rutliff is even more immature, unproductive and arrogant than the original offenders.

Who is Mary Rutliff, you ask. Well, other than an immature, unproductive and arrogant ninny, she’s also the president of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Yesterday, Ms. Rutliff joined the growing (out of control) debate to say, “I think that a hate crime occurred. I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”

What. The. Heck.

At first glance, most people can hopefully agree that she’s being ridiculous and repressive, but let me explain why I’m going so far as to call it immature, unproductive and arrogant …

·         It’s immature because it’s excessively over the top, rather like a thirteen-year-old who punches another kid in the face for filching his toy. Tattling on or telling said filcher would be acceptable and even appropriate. Sending them to jail, however? Not so much. In the same way, it’s perfectly fine to condemn examples of freedom of speech gone wrong. But it’s exasperatingly immature to call verbally-delivered disrespect a crime.
·         It’s unproductive because it doesn’t do anybody a single bit of good. If anything, it’s making a mockery out of the initial incident by blowing it way out of proportion.
·         It’s arrogant because it assumes that she and hers are so much more important than everyone else. I’m sure she wasn’t so up-in-arms all the times that conservatives were maligned in the media and pop culture. If we’re going to crack down on people being ignorant twits, then we shouldn’t judge the severity of the “crime” based on skin color.

Rutliff needs to move aside, because there are more than just minorities out there… and more than just minorities matter.

People matter! When in the world are we going to get this through our thick skulls?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Self-Proclaimed “Male Feminist” Admits to Being a Pig

The other day, I read about Hugo Schwyzer, a Pasadena City College professor who “spent years making a name for himself in the media as an expert on subjects such as feminism, self-image, sexual harassment and the ‘myth of male weakness,’” according to Yahoo.

Then, on August 9, the truth came out as he took to Twitter to confess all, calling himself “morally fraudulent” and “a monstrous hypocrite,” and admitting to getting it on with a 23-year-old and sexting with a 27-year-old despite publishing an article against dating significantly younger people.

“I cheated on my wife and pretended to be reformed. I appropriated the language of redemption, I knew which buttons to push, I used sex and charm and whiteness and it usually worked,” he wrote.

Not to make light of his admissions, but ho hum. *Yawn.*

Essentially, what we have here is yet another story of a liberal man talking a good talk about women’s rights while not even trying to walk the walk. Feminism is supposed to be such a lauded liberal platform, so why in the world do they have such a difficult time actually maintaining it?

(For anybody who needs a reminder that I’m not making generalizations based off of a single story, I present Exhibit A: Anthony Weiner, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Bill Clinton, all of the Kennedy men…)

When it comes to Republicans behaving badly, well, they’re expected to treat women horribly when they’re anti-abortion and anti-paying-for-other-people’s-birth-control. I mean, come on… Chain one chick to the bed, another to the stove and keep a third on the side, right? It’s practically the party’s mantra.

But Democrats? What’s their excuse?

According to their own platforms and outcries, they don’t have one.

Incidentally, I also went to take my trash out the other day and ran into a man who offered to carry my garbage the rest of the way to the dumpster, even though I was perfectly capable of doing it all by myself.

If I had to choose between that kind of behavior – something many 
people would say was offensive and anti-feminist – and the kind of 
lofty hypocrisy exhibited by Hugo Schwyzer and his ilk… Guess 
which one I’d pick in a heartbeat.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

“There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch”… Especially From the Government

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
That’s an exact quote from a Forbes article published about Obamacare very early this morning. It’s an entirely true statement too, especially when it comes to government handouts like President Obama’s [Far From] Affordable Healthcare Act.
It’s also true that big government programs rarely work as planned, largely because it’s impossible to completely plan life at an uncomplicated personal level, much less at an already complex national one where there are millions of factors and possibilities involved.
You’d think our politicians and our citizens would have learned this after such programs as Social Security, which will completely run out of money in the next few decades; The War on Poverty, which has led to a giant increase in inner city misery; and the bailouts, which have led to no real economic recovery to speak of but a definite increase in our national debt.
You’d think we’d have learned, but apparently not so much. As Forbes details, not only is Obamacare anything but free with its additional costs and hidden fees and (possibly?) unintentional consequences, but it’s a giant mess that even its creators can’t implement properly:
“First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the ‘honor system’ instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year.
“According to the Congressional Research Service, as of November 2011, the Obama administration had missed as many as one-third of the deadlines, specified by law, under the Affordable Care Act. Here are the details on the latest one.
Obamacare contains a blizzard of mandates and regulations that will make health insurance more costly. One of the most significant is its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs, such as co-pays and deductibles. Section 2707(b) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by Obamacare, requires that ‘a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage may not establish lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits for the any participant or beneficiary.’ Annual limits on cost-sharing are specified by Section 1302(c) of the Affordable Care Act; in addition, starting in 2014, deductibles are limited to $2,000 per year for individual plans, and $4,000 per year for family plans.”
In the next paragraph, the article stresses: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you ban lifetime limits, and mandate lower deductibles, and cap out-of-pocket costs, premiums have to go up to reflect these changes.”
If nothing else in history has taught us that fact, I’m afraid Obamacare just might do the trick.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Missouri State Fair Rodeo Sics Bull on President Obama

Liberals can behave very badly at times, from hanging Sarah Palin in effigy for a Halloween display to making a movie about Bush being assassinated.

I don’t care how much you disagree with somebody’s choices. Making a mockery out of their demise is immature, unproductive, heartless and downright disgustingly arrogant.

Nor does that rule change when positions are reversed and it’s conservatives picking on liberals, as was the case at a Missouri State Fair rodeo over the weekend.

There, a clown masqueraded as President Obama while an announcer asked everyone if they wanted to see him get “run down by a bull.” The crowd was apparently quite enthusiastic about the scenario.

That doesn’t say much about them or their grievances.

Do I like what President Obama and his cohorts are doing to the country? Of course not. It’s hard to cheer the economic malaise, societal deterioration and political corruption he’s encouraged over the last four-plus years.

Even so, it’s still immature, unproductive, heartless and downright disgustingly arrogant to treat the very concept of human life so callously.

I’d love to write something along the lines of “If we want to be taken seriously…” but I’m not really sure that applies here. Even when conservatives behave in perfectly decent and respectable manners, we still get in trouble for being racist, sexist, classist, exclusive jerks, so I doubt we’ll suffer much more over this than with anything else we do.

But that’s no excuse to shrug off our dignity and wallow in the mud.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Kate Upton Is a Moron

I’m not in the best of moods today. I’m going to flat-out admit it. So forgive me if I seem a bit more harsh than usual. (Or don’t. That’s your choice.)

Supermodel Kate Upton is a moron. An unbelievably stupid, stupid person.

How can I make such blatantly and intentionally unkind statements?

First off, believe me, I could go a LOT worse than that and it would still be true.

Any non-moronic individual knows that, like it or not, when a woman dons an itty-bitty bikini baring over half of her breasts and an extreme amount of her downstairs area while posing for Sports Illustrated with a come-and-get-me-boys smile on her face, she’s going to get some overly sexualized, downright sleazy and even hurtful attention.

The fact that Kate Upton doesn’t automatically understand this is definitive proof that she’s a moron (among other things).

Still think I’m being too harsh? Check out what Yahoo reported the other day:

“She may be the most lusted-after woman in the world, but supermodel Kate Upton doesn’t always love being the object of everyone’s affection.

“Shockingly, it was what came after she’d landed the coveted cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’s’ Swimsuit issue in 2012 – an honor she repeated in 2013 – that both made the 21-year-old a household name and brought out a darker side to being the new ‘It’ girl.

“‘After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month,’ Upton tells Elle in its September issue. ‘Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I’m not a toy, I’m a human. I’m not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your s**t out.’”

They’re not the only one, moron. They’re not the only one.

It’s high time for Upton – and every other post-feminist nitwit out there – to learn that, when women present themselves as overly sexualized objects to anybody willing to spend a few bucks on a magazine, they’re going to get treated like objects… or “bachelor present[s] or something” meant “to be used” like “a toy.” Certainly not like humans.

This isn’t rocket science, girls. It’s a fact of nature that men can be scum. It’s also a universal truth that, if we encourage them to embrace their scumminess, a decent number of them are going to take us up on that offer.

If we can’t grasp that very simple concept, ladies, then we’re not going to be very happy or fulfilled campers. Morons usually aren’t in the end.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More on Straight Man Turned Transgender Woman Turned Straight Man

For yesterday’s blog, I brought up the story of Don Ennis – turned Dawn Ennis turned Don Ennis – who woke up one morning declaring he was transgender and then woke up another morning realizing he’d been mistaken… that he was, in fact, “just another boring straight guy.”

Today, I’m actually going to discuss it and its ramifications.

These days, people are all about being true to themselves and following their hearts and blah blah blah, chirp chirp, beep beep.

Of course, in and of itself, identifying as an individual and not a societally-controlled drone is a good thing. We’re supposed to sort out our beliefs and actions based off of our own observations, feelings and consciences.

However, observations, feelings and consciences can all become corrupted and therefore unreliable. People come to insane conclusions all the time based off of what they’ve seen, felt and determined to be true. For instance, do you know that there’s a decent subsection of crazy conspiracy theorists who believe the world’s most powerful and influential figures are actually “reptilians” (alternately defined as alien critters or an originally underworld-dwelling species, and either good or bad, depending on who you talk to).

Clearly, these people have some psychological issues. Either that or they’re inexcusably gullible, mentally deficient or desperate to find truth in the strangest lies. Regardless, the belief in “reptilians” presents solid proof that broken people live among us.

It seems safe to say that Don Ennis – turned Dawn Ennis turned Don Ennis – is further evidence of said unfortunate phenomena.

Now I don’t know his – turned her turned his… but really always his – full story, so I don’t know whether he suffered some psychological break with reality, whether he was playing a giant prank, whether he let himself be brainwashed into believing a lie, or if there is some other explanation for his bizarre behavior.

But one way or the other, he’s saying that he was wrong. And one way or the other, a decent number of people at the very least pretended to support him in his inaccuracy.

For anybody actually interested in the truth, that begs more than a few questions about society and the way we’re determined to look at things these days.

If you like lies though, I’ll now return you to your normal program.

Have fun with that.

(And maybe check out “reptilians” while you’re at it.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Man Wakes Up One Morning and Says He's Transgender… Now He’s Back to Being Male

I don’t have time to analyze it today, but the New York Post, Fox News and a number of other outlets are featuring the story of Don Ennis, an ABC News editor who announced he was transgender back in May by showing up at work in a little black dress and a feminine wig.

At the time, he also informally changed his name to Dawn and made it known that he was splitting from his wife. Yesterday, it was reported that he came out again, this time as “just another boring straight guy.”

Here’s the full story, as found on

“He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s ‘just another boring straight guy.’

“ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

“But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

“‘I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously,’ Ennis wrote in an e-mail to friends and colleagues Friday, explaining his shock after he woke up from what he called a ‘transient global amnesia’ last month.

“‘It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra – and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,’ he said, referring to his hormone-induced breasts.

“‘I thought it was 1999. . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man,’ Ennis said in the e-mail titled ‘Not Reportable, Very Confirmed.’

“‘Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn,’ said Ennis, who had been wearing lipstick, skirts and heels.

“‘I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all.

“‘I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes,’ he said.

“‘I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed.

“‘I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly,’ he noted.

For now, all I'll say is “Wow! I might have some other words tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Still Causing Controversy Thanks to Daddy, Alan Thicke

How far has feminism fallen?

Well, the fact that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (yup, I’m going there again) has become a smash hit is a decent indication that feminism has fallen fairly far. Not that the song is any different from the rest of today’s radio drivel – which also doesn’t say much about where women kneel… er, I mean, stand – but let’s face it…

The song is all about getting hot and heavy with “the hottest bitch in this place.” There’s no romance, no real mention of commitment, no ode to anything about her other than how good she looks in “them jeans.” It’s a shallow, chauvinistic piece of trash. (With a catchy beat. Drat it.)

Tell me that’s not unfavorable to the feminist movement. Oh never mind; Robin Thicke’s daddy, 66-year-old Alan Thicke, is doing just that, defending his son and the song as downright decent.

“It’s not so much ‘we know you want it,’” he opines about the lyrics, which include the repetitive phrase “You know you want it” directed at the afore-mentioned “hottest bitch in this place.” “It’s ‘we hope you want it.’ It’s still a guy waiting for permission, saying, ‘I’m not your maker.’ Nobody grabs anybody; we’re waiting for permission here. And not only that, but it’s guys trying to be cute and funny.

I’ll grant him everything up to that last sentence, as I don’t agree with Thicke’s critics who say the song promotes rape. The song is piggish, yes, but it doesn’t blur that particular line. Yet daddy should have stopped there if he wanted to make a decent argument for his son. Instead, the Growing Pains actor went on to say:

This is not a lascivious video. There’s no humping and grinding as we’ve been seeing in music videos for two decades now… We’re not doing the Anthony Weiner story here. [They’re] just kind of putting it out there playfully and we’ll see who responds.”

Clearly, Mr. Thicke needs a bit of schooling in what “lascivious” means. According to, it’s defined as “1) inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd… 2) arousing sexual desire… 3) indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness…”

As for Anthony Weiner, it’s the “Blurred Lines” brand of irresponsible, ultimately unproductive and all-around devaluing chauvinism that motivates morons like him. Duh!

This should be obvious, but the definition of feminism has become so warped that Alan Thicke went so far as to say, “I think there are blurred lines within the “Blurred Lines. T.I.’s rap is kind of graphic; Robin’s point of view, I think, in his own parts of the song… is kind of female empowerment when you look at it.”

Yeah, it’s like TOTALLY empowering to be called a “bitch.” I know it gets me in touch with my feminist side every time.

The saddest part though? I’m sure there are plenty of people – both men and women – who will agree with him. And if that ain’t an indication that feminism is dying, I don’t know what is.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ho Hum: Charlie Rangel Demonstrates His Limited Acknowledgment of Reality

U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel is a scandal-ridden politician if there ever was one.

Unlike his fellow Democrat, Anthony Weiner, he hasn’t whipped it out and shown it to prospective playmates, but he’s still far from squeaky clean. In fact, if we take the Clintonian stance of “it was just sex,” Rangel is an infinitely worse leader than the much more publicized Weiner.

After all, Anthony Weiner merely makes no bones (yes, really bad pun intended) about his attraction to women. Charlie Rangel, however, was convicted of violating 11 out of 13 House ethics rules, including:

·         Using House stationary and staff to garner further funding for personal interests
·         “Failing” to disclose over $600,000 on his financial disclosure report and “failing” to pay taxes on the rental income he received from his Dominican Republic villa (known to us lesser mortals as “tax evasion” or “tax fraud”)
·         Violating Harlem zoning laws

In other words, he’s a giant hypocrite, shrugging off the regulations his own cherished big government foists on everybody else. That’s the beauty of being a politician, especially a liberal one: you get to make the rules and then willfully break them, receiving little more than a slap on the wrist when you’re caught being naughty.

Oh yeah, and you also get to blame other people and groups for your own mistakes. Along with illegal and unethical behavior, Charlie Rangel has that particular politician’s privilege down to an art.

“Terrorists couldn’t do a better job [sabotaging America] than the Republicans are doing,” he said in a recent interview. And the Tea Party “is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough… What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

Did I say he has it down to an art? Let me clarify: Rangel has it down to a post-modern art, where anything goes just as long as it’s argued with enough passion. Facts be damned.

I’m not sure how else to sum up his conclusions since the facts, as I understand them, don’t include the Tea Party bomb[ing] little kids and send[ing] dogs out against human beings.” Nor do they throw the burden of American decline on Republican backs alone.

There’s plenty of blame to throw around on that last charge, and a humongous chunk of it falls solidly on Charlie Rangel and his ilk.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hollywood and Hitler: A Love Affair?

Here’s a fun fact for this beautiful Friday morning: Back in the 1930s, Hollywood was in cahoots with the Nazis.

 So says Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand, who did some serious research on the subject for his book, “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.”

As The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“… [Urwand] reveals the shocking extent to which Hollywood cooperated with the Nazis during the decade leading up to World War II to protect its business.

“Indeed, ‘collaboration’ (and its German translation, Zusammenarbeit) is a word that appears regularly in the correspondence between studio officials and the Nazis. Although the word is fraught with meaning to modern ears, its everyday use at the time underscored the eagerness of both sides to smooth away their differences to preserve commerce.

“The Nazis threatened to exclude American movies – more than 250 played in Germany after Hitler took power in 1933 – unless the studios cooperated. Before World War I, the German market had been the world’s second largest, and even though it had shrunk during the Great Depression, the studios believed it would bounce back and worried that if they left, they would never be able to return.

“Beginning with wholesale changes made to Universal’s 1930 release All Quiet on the Western Front, Hollywood regularly ran scripts and finished movies by German officials for approval. When they objected to scenes or dialogue they thought made Germany look bad, criticized the Nazis or dwelled on the mistreatment of Jews, the studios would accommodate them – and make cuts in the American versions as well as those shown elsewhere in the world.”

Wanna read more about it? Click here.

But even if you don’t have the time or inclination, next time you turn on your TV or watch a movie, keep in mind how Hollywood has a history of selling out to the highest bidder at any cost.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Discrimination With a Capital Tea (And Yes, I Know This Title Barely Makes Sense)

My company, which provides about three to four dozen types of k-cup coffee flavors for its employees on any given day, has decided to stop purchasing tea.

It used to be we’d have a smaller array of other beverage choices for non-coffee drinkers, such as myself, ranging from dark hot chocolate to Earl Grey to iced tea/lemonade combinations.

But no more. My heart is, admittedly, rather broken right now and I’m sure I’ll suffer some psychological and possibly even physical side effects from this discriminatory choice my company has embarked on.

Clearly, I’m (mostly) joking about my feelings on the subject, no matter how much I’ve grown accustomed to my free morning’s tea. But don’t for a second think I was merely being silly by using the word “discriminatory.” Because by ignoring the tea lovers it employs, my job is most definitely displaying a bias, even going so far as to deny service to a specific group of people.

Call it wrong, call it right, call it I-could-care-less-what-is-your-blasted-point-already… Just make sure to call it discrimination, because that’s what it is.

Here’s the thing though. Discrimination isn’t always the political issue that people try to make it.

Sometimes it’s simply a business making a choice to save money, as I’m sure is the case here. Sometimes it’s because, as unpopular as this concept might be, somebody doesn’t deserve something (sorry, fast food employees). And sometimes, yes, it’s for the simple reason that people can be jerks sometimes… because they have the right to choose whether to be gracious, decent, intelligent human beings or unpleasant, ignorant losers.

Ultimately, however, here’s my blasted point: don’t go running to the government demanding action every time somebody tells you no. Try to solve your own problem or just deal with the situation and move on, and not just because it’s usually the mature thing to do.

Don’t forget that the government will probably louse things up worse in the end anyway.