Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Left’s Continuing History of Anti-Americanism: High School Student Punished for Not Reciting the Mexican Pledge of Allegiance


The other day, I started reading Ann Coulter’s “Treason,” in which she details the political left’s blatant un-Americanism. In just the first few pages, Coulter gives several solid, well-recorded examples of the Cold War, when liberals freely praised Stalin and Stalinism, and mocked American values as outdated and ignorant.

While she doesn’t say (at least not by page eight) that such sentiments were upheld not only in the political sphere but also in educational circles, everybody knows it’s true. According to F. A. Hayek in “The Road to Serfdom” – an economic, historical and political commentary on socialism’s affects, written before the Cold War even began – American university students were already being conditioned to despise their country as early as the start of the nineteenth century.

Fast forward a hundred years, and that brainwashing has obviously trickled all the way down into our public schools. The following story from Fox News is therefore horrid but hardly surprising:

American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

“A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

Click here to read the lawsuit.

“Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.

“Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

“The district also has a written policy that excuses students from reciting text from the Declaration of Independence if the student ‘as determined by the district, has a conscientious objection to the recitation.’

“‘There is a sad trend in public schools across our nation to undermine American patriotism,’ said Richard Thompson president of the Thomas More Law Center. ‘But it’s encouraging to see students like Brenda stand up for America despite pressure from school officials.’

“The TMLC told Fox News the district ignored its own rules when Brinsdon refused to recite the pledge of a foreign country.

“‘What’s most troubling is the different treatment for someone wanting to opt out of reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance compared to someone as a matter of conscience wants to opt out of reciting the Mexican pledge,’ spokesman Erin Mersino told Fox News.

“A spokesman for the McAllen Independent School District told Fox News they had not seen a copy of the lawsuit.

“The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School.  The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.

“When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

“The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.

“‘It’s astonishing that this Texas school would deny Brenda her right of conscience and free speech not to pledge allegiance to a foreign country,’ said Thompson. ‘Too many Americans – including those of Mexican descent – have suffered and died protecting our nation.’

“And while she is fluent in Spanish and English and is proud of her Mexican heritage, Brinsdon is a ‘true-blooded American,’ Mersino added.

“Mersino said it was especially troubling to watch video of students in the class standing up, extending their arms straight out, palms down and reciting the pledge of a foreign country.
‘It’s disturbing – it truly was troubling,’ she said.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Michelle Obama Sparks Negative Critiques for Presenting at the Academy Awards


As usual, I didn’t watch this year’s Academy Awards. But since I have a friend who usually does, I already knew that First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Best Picture award via satellite from the White House.

Three days later, there’s a Yahoo! article about the backlash her appearance generated. (There’s also a Yahoo! article about Ellen DeGeneres changing her hairstyle, for anybody who cares about getting even more pointless celebrity gossip.)

Now, let me start off by acknowledging that, at least in the snapshot Yahoo! used, Mrs. Obama looked good in her silvery A-line dress. I’ll even go so far as to say that she looked very pretty, which is an amazingly huge compliment coming from somebody who usually can’t find anything to like about her.

I’ll even go a step further in detracting her detractors, who apparently included Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post; Todd Starnes, a Fox News commentator; and Bill O’Reilly, whom Yahoo! describes as a “right wing pundit.” Even Donny Deutsch of MSNBC, “generally regarded as a left-leaning news outlet” (again, from Yahoo!), weighed in on the topic:

·         Rubin said the presentation made both the President and First Lady “seem small and grasping.”
·         Starnes expressed his opinion that “Tonight was supposed to be about Hollywood – but Mrs. Obama made it about herself.”
·         O’Reilly called the appearance, “Hollywood left boosterism,” adding that “Laura Bush would never at any time have introduced any award.”
·         And Deutsch flat-out called her “an uninvited guest,” commenting that “the tone of it: there was almost a monarch quality… There was an elitist flavor to it… I just thought it was very, very tone deaf and I’m just surprised they did it.”

Since I didn’t – and won’t – watch the award show, I can’t say whether or not Mrs. Obama came across poorly. And calling her “an uninvited guest” is just stupid, considering that she obviously was invited. I’m sure the Academy had to go to some trouble to set the whole thing up, in fact.

But what I find especially dumb is that any of them think it noteworthy at all that Michelle might possibly come across as a “small and grasping,” “very, very tone deaf” “elitist” who behaves in an un-First Ladylike fashion by making everything about herself and her cronies.

Is that really news anymore? I thought it was common fact.

Hey, I said I’d detract the First Lady’s detractors… not that I’d defend her.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Democrats Have No Problem With Big Business in General or Big Banks in Particular


Whoever says that Democrats don’t like big business is sorely misled or entirely delusional.

There’s been plenty of evidence down through the years that Democrats like passing out favors to their big donor friends in Silicon Valley, Hollywood (yes, Hollywood is big business), and anything with a union. But now it’s coming out that they’ve also been giving big banks a piece of the taxpayer pie.

An $83 billion per year piece, to be specific.

Of that $83 billion, the top five big banks – JPMorgan, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. – get $64 billion.

Now I can’t figure out how many years this has been going on for, so it might very well be that financial institutions were receiving exorbitant amounts of money from the government for a decent decade or even more, making Republicans just as culpable as Democrats.

But the fact still stands that the latter party isn’t doing a single thing to change the status quo they rail about so often.

“Big banks are bad! Big banks are evil!” They tell us, then turn around to wink and whisper to their corporate cronies: “Taxpayers are weak and stupid. Even if they do find out about our business arrangement, they won’t really do anything about it.”

The saddest part about this latest revelation is that they’re doubtlessly right in their assessment of the American electorate.

Just look at how much we’ve overlooked and excused and forgotten about already. Why should we change now?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rush Limbaugh Behind the Times in Claiming He’s Ashamed of His Country


Yesterday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves to say that he was ashamed of his country, an opinion he felt so strongly that he shared it more than once:

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it’s being insulted? It just makes me ashamed.”

Normally, I find Rush Limbaugh a very intelligent and informed kind-of guy. And I have no problem saying that I really respect him. But that comment makes me think he’s way behind the game.

I personally was always the kind of patriotic gal who didn’t THINK that the U.S. was the greatest nation on earth. I KNEW we were.

Did we have our problems and fair share of ignorance? Sure. But we also had an economic system in place that encouraged and rewarded hard work. America was a place where people could realistically dream of a better future.

Admittedly, President Obama’s first term put a dent in those dreams, skewing reality in a decidedly negative way with his rampant, unjustifiable and insupportable spending habits; his socialization of the auto, energy and healthcare industries; and his lax view of national security. But I still loved my country and thought highly of it.

We were still the greatest nation out there as far as I could see.

Then we re-elected Obama and suddenly, what I could see was far, far different than great.

It’s not even so much a matter of the bad policies our leaders will doubtlessly continue to implement. It’s more an issue of us non-leaders letting them get away with it. Worse than that, as evidenced by our voting choices last November, we’re encouraging them to implement bad policies. Demanding it even!

That makes us just as corrupt as they are. Stated bluntly, when the citizenry falls to the kind of supercharged adolescent ignorance that our politicians have been displaying for the last few years (if not longer), then we have a serious problem…

A problem so prevalent and so popular that it’s nearly impossible to be proud of anything that produced it. And don’t try to kid yourself: As a country, we produced it.

So with all due respect to Rush Limbaugh, he needs to play some serious catch-up if he’s just figuring out he should be ashamed of America.

There hasn’t been any real reason to be proud of it since November 6, 2012.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bob Beckel One-Ups Joe Salazar in Insensitivity and General Cluelessness About Rape


And the stupid comments about rape continue, this time on Fox News.

Bob Beckel, a liberal co-host (yes, Fox News gives liberals airtime too) of “The Five” demonstrated just how little he really thinks of women while trying to defend Democrat Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar.

For anybody who didn’t read yesterday’s blog, here’s a quick recap:

During a gun control debate, Salazar said that college women shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns on campus because they can’t tell the difference between a rapist and a normal person. According to what he heavily implied if not flat-out stated, that’s why we have safe zones, call boxes and rape whistles... to protect irrational women from “pop[ping] out that gun and… pop[ping] a round at somebody” just because they’re afraid of silly little issues like getting raped.

In Salazar’s defense, he has since apologized, though not for his stance that college women on college campuses aren’t responsible enough to defend themselves, just for the way that he worded it. But Bob Beckel apparently found nothing wrong with the statements whatsoever.

During a debate with his four colleagues on “The Five,” he had the idiocy to ask, “When was the last time that you heard about a rape on campus?” And when they voiced their incredulity at Beckel’s ignorance that rape and date rape are major problems at colleges and universities, he didn’t bother backing down, instead asking another question that essentially defended date rapists:

“Well, date rape, that’s one thing. Are you going to take a gun out and shoot your date?”

Ummmm… if he’s intent on raping you, then yeah! Sure! Why not? It’s called self-defense.

I can excuse Joe Salazar for being well-meaning but mentally deficient. But Beckel not so much. Between his attitude and matching sneer as he built and defended his argument, I think it’s safe to agree with Michelle Malkin that he’s a “cretinous misogynist.”

Beckel went on air the very next day to decry rape as “a horrible, horrendous issue. Simply put, rape is rape whether it’s date rape or it’s somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way. So, I just want to straighten the record on that.”

Personally though, I don’t think that the record can be straightened any further. Any adult who doesn’t recognize that college campuses are breeding grounds for rape is – at the absolute best – misinformed. And anybody who shrugs off date rape so casually until he gets called on it?

Well, misogynist might be too kind a term to label him as.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Joe Salazar Thinks Whistles Trump Guns In Protecting College Women Against Rape


Sometimes Republicans make dumb comments about women. Like Missouri’s Todd Akin during last year’s Senate race saying that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”

Now, I fully support Akin’s larger argument that babies shouldn’t have to suffer the sins of their fathers if at all possible. But saying that women don’t get pregnant from rape was just dumb.

It’s just as dumb if not dumber, though, to make the comments that Democrat Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar made during a gun control debate about college women and rape:

“It’s why we have call boxes; it’s why we have safe zones; it’s why we have the whistles, because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop… pop a round at somebody.”

First of all, that’s a really dumb comment to make overall, considering how few law-abiding citizens – women or men – “pop out that gun” and shoot people with no warning or analysis.

Second of all, does he understand how very unsafe college campuses are today thanks to his party’s policies, which breed over-bloated egos and underdeveloped appreciation for life? How even high-brow universities like Yale are filled with cretins who surround female freshman dorms to chant “No means yes. Yes means anal?”

Newsflash genius: call boxes, safe zones and whistles only go so far since they make women’s safety dependent on somebody else. Guns are much more self-sufficient tools to rely on.

Third of all, has he ever worried about getting raped? Ever held his keys between his knuckles in a dark parking lot? Fended off gropers or been followed by men shouting out sexual slurs?

Probably not. So, due to all of that, Salazar comes across just as condescending, clueless and – yes – dumb as Todd Akin did last year. And his apology that he didn’t mean to offend anyone doesn’t really cut it either:

“We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns make people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong. I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney.”

And? So? Sensitivity only goes so far when you’re that woefully clueless about the facts. Not to mention that his definition of “defending women’s rights” doubtlessly includes the same level of patronization that he displayed during the gun control debate, which boils down to: You’re not rational enough to use a gun, sweetie, so let me make things easier for you with a shiny whistle!

That attitude doesn’t help women in the short term or long run. And frankly, it’s just dumb.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Further Evidence That the Human Race Is Growing Dumber


“Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber?”

So starts out a Natural Society article, which cites Stanford University researcher and geneticist Dr. Gerald Tree. He maintains that, despite our technological accomplishments and engineering feats, we’re increasingly less stable, both mentally and emotionally.

I have a few choice phrases that would work perfectly for that conclusion, but “no duh” will have to suffice. You don’t have to be a Stanford University professor to figure that one out; all you need is eyes and ears and a willingness to use them correctly.

Those eyes and ears will tell you that this dumbed down society is not due to negative genetic mutations, as the doctor would like to believe. It’s due to societal inefficiencies.

After all, we certainly don’t educate our youth very well, judging by example after example after example. Some of the latest ones include:

·         Columbia Professor Emlyn Hughes, who demonstrated quantum mechanics by stripping down to his boxers and inviting two ninjas on stage to impale stuffed animals while playing clips of the Holocaust and 9/11
·         Brevard Community College Professor Sharon Sweet, who strong-armed her mathematics class into signing pledges to vote for President Obama last November

Nor do we push our politicians to be productive, as evidenced by countless illustrations as well:

·         New Hampshire’s House is voting on allowing lawmakers to have free ski passes to a state resort. Forget whether it passes or not; it’s insane that the proposition had enough support to come to a vote at all.
·         Louisiana U.S. senator Mary Landrieu shamelessly supports raising taxes, yet hasn’t paid $1,206.95 in tax penalties on her D.C. mansion.

Instead, despite some complaining and demanding, we seem overall content to let other people run our lives for us, stupidly following along with whatever crazy notion they throw at us.

Oh? We just got three feet of snow and it’s bitterly cold outside because humans are destroying the planet and causing global warming? Clearly we need to give up more rights and more money in order to fight this problem by creating pointless agencies and running pointless tests and supporting pointless businesses that collapse like so many houses of cards!

Oh? Terrorists attacked us because some President was too busy chasing interns to worry about international issues? Clearly we need to give up more rights and more money in order to fight this problem by harassing disabled little three-year-old girls in wheelchairs!

Again, with all due respect to Dr. Gerald Tree, you don’t need to be a Stanford University professor in order to figure out that “the human race is… becoming dumber.” It’s obvious.

Friday, February 15, 2013

If Congress and the Media Are Trying to Look Like Nincompoops, They’re Succeeding


If Congress and the media are trying to look like nincompoops, they’re succeeding.

If not, then they need to reconsider their tactics. Badly judging by recent statements made on CNN and by Nancy Pelosi (with plenty more nincompoops where they came from).

To understand the CNN example, you first have to know that former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner shot and killed 27-year-old Keith Lawrence and his brand new fiancé, 28-year-old Monica Quan on February 3. Four days later, he targeted police officer Michael Crain, father of two and a decorated U.S. Marine, killing him as well.

To explain his disgusting behavior, Dorner left a rambling manifesto against his former employers, people who don’t like Obama, those against gay marriage, the NRA and other typical liberal enemies. And he gave a nice shout out to the liberal media, telling “Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Patr Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper” to “keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead.”

In return, CNN invited a bunch of liberals to discuss the validity of Dorner’s rage. (In their defense, some of them did take issue with the way he channeled it.)

Some of them. Not all. Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Columbia University chimed in “But when you read his manifesto, when you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission here. Many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people. They’re rooting for somebody who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It’s almost like watching Django Unchained in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”

These Dorner supporters – and they do exist, as evidenced by Facebook, Twitter and the general media – might not be “rooting for him to kill innocent people,” as Hill wants to believe. But they are nonetheless rooting for a man who killed innocent people.

There’s nothing exciting or justifiable about it. Yet the media holds up that kind of opinion as a voice that we need to consider, to take seriously.

What decent, rational person can conclude anything except that the media (and apparently our educational system as well) is filled with extremely dangerous nincompoops?

Sadly, our government is riddled with such lunatics as well. They botch up everything, dragging us into inexcusably irresponsible amounts of debt, brainwashing our children into becoming anti-intellectuals with over-hyped up egos and sex drives, stripping away our rights and disparaging us at every turn… And then they go and protest the possibility of a pay cut.

Nancy Pelosi, in particular, said: “I don’t think we should do it. I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”

Her ability to reason is right in line with CNN’s. Which is anything but a comforting thought.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I’m Starting a Campaign to Ban Valentine’s Day. Who’s With Me?


I think that we should ban Valentine’s Day.

Well, not ban the romantic holiday completely. That would be extreme and infringing on people’s rights. But definitely stop allowing public schools and other government institutions to promote or celebrate it in any way.

If people want to celebrate it with mushy, gushy outpourings of affection, then they shouldn’t be allowed to do so on the taxpayer’s dime.

That would mean no kindergarten lesson plans involving making Valentines. In middle school, they wouldn’t be allowed to decorate any walls with red, white and pink hearts. And high schools couldn’t host any Valentine’s Day dances.

If you’re asking why the restrictions, then clearly you’re a heartless, egotistical tyrant in some lovey-dovey relationship that involved opening up a box of chocolates this morning.

Enjoy the extra pounds!

Everybody knows that it can be hurtful to have deficiencies or absences rubbed in their faces. And that is what Valentine’s Day does to single people. It hurts their feelings by forcing them to confront their unmatched state.

It would be nice if people would just drop the holiday altogether, changing their lives to soothe the delicate souls around them, who can’t bear the burden of being different. But since they probably won’t anytime soon, let’s just make sure that no piece of public property is allowed to display anything to do with Valentine’s Day.

Because that’s what really matters!

(Just in case I didn’t make myself abundantly clear, this blog was a sarcastic one. I hope you got the point. And have a very happy Valentine’s Day if you’re part of a couple and a very happy Discounted Chocolate Day tomorrow if you’re single!)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kudos to Dr. Ben Carson for Telling It Like It Is


I spend a lot of time on this blog writing about how bad people can be, and with good reason. I mean, let’s face the facts: we’re surrounded by incompetence, cowardice, egocentrism and ugliness every day in far too many areas of our lives.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t also have examples of bravery, wisdom and decency among us that deserve some publically-made kudos. Not that I’m trying to put anybody up on a pedestal (a very dangerous thing to do to any human being, as we’re all fallible), but exceptional people deserve to be recognized all the same.

Dr. Benjamin Carson seems to be an exceptional sort of guy from what I can see. The director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins, he spoke at the White House prayer breakfast recently. And here are just a few snippets of his speech, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal and filled with the kind of un-PC concepts this nation needs to hear:

“It’s not my intention to offend anyone. But it’s hard not to. The PC police are out in force everywhere…”

… When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God. And he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe.

“We don’t necessarily have to do 10% but it’s the principle. He didn’t say if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10, you put in one. Of course you’ve for to get rid of the loopholes. Some people say, ‘Well that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10.’ Where does it say you’ve got to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs.”

He said all of that right in front of President Obama. And all of this about healthcare too:

“Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed – pretax – from the time you’re born ‘til the time you die. If you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels. We can make contributions for people who are indigent. Instead of sending money to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own healthcare. And very quickly, they’re going to learn how to be responsible.”

The Wall Street Journal summed up Carson’s speech nicely with this single line: “The Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years.”

Too true. Too true.

You can watch the entire speech right here. Or click here to read some more exceptional comments from Dr. Carson, including his belief that: “There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.”

Bravo, Dr. Carson! Bravo!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Thinks It’s Melodramatic to Call Our Out-of-Control Debt a Spending Problem


In a recent interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Nancy Pelosi said some interesting things about the ongoing budget debate in Washington. Things like:

“What we need is growth. We need growth with jobs. And if you have spending cuts, education of our children, other investments on the National Institutes of Health, where you are hindering growth, you’re not going to reduce the deficit.”

Sounds good, right? Focus on the children. Contribute to science. Create jobs. Only a heartless monster could object to those concepts.

A heartless monster, that is, or a person who knows what CNS News reported last month, how:

“… the Federal Reserve revealed that its holdings of U.S. government debt had increased to an all-time record of $1,696,691,000,000 as of the close of business on Wednesday.

“The Fed’s holdings of U.S. government debt have increased by 257 percent since President Barack Obama was first inaugurated on Jan 20, 2009, and the Fed is currently the single largest holder of U.S. government debt.”

Moreover, “As of the end of November, according to the U.S. Treasury, entities in Mainland China owned about $1,170,100,000,000 in U.S. government debt, making China the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt.”

With that kind of debt, educating our children is pretty pointless considering that we’re essentially enslaving them to economic collapse… curing cancer means nothing because nobody is going to be able to afford to make the drugs soon enough, much less buy them… and there’s really no point in working when the government is just going to keep raising taxes in order to kick its inevitable collapse further down the road.

When Chris Wallace pressed her on the issue, asking the very logical question of “Why not just cut spending?” Nancy Pelosi went right back to talking emotions (and nonsensical ones at that) instead of focusing on the facts.

“… again, we have to make a judgment about what, how do we get growth with jobs? That’s where the revenue comes from. You don’t get it by… cutting in education, cutting back on investments in science, and national institutes of health, food safety, you name it. So it isn’t as much a spending problem as priorities, and that is what the budget is, setting priorities.

Priorities.

$1,696,691,000,000 in government debt, $1,170,100,000,000 of which we owe the Chinese.

Clearly she understands that word about as well as she does the concept of a spending problem.

Monday, February 11, 2013

CNN’s Deb Feyerick Confirms “Crazy Blizzard Proves Global Warming/Climate Change Is Real. Duh!”


On Friday, as everybody along the northern half of the East Coast was preparing for the oncoming blizzard, I have to admit I felt a bit sheepish about ragging on liberals’ cultish devotion to global warming/climate change even in the face of obviously unrelated weather.

After all, to support “Crazy Blizzard Proves Global Wamring/Climate Change Is Real. Duh!” I was using examples from Snowmageddon, which happened three winters ago. So I was just assuming that liberals would resort to the same frostbitten logic they displayed way back then, when global warming/climate change was a much bigger topic than it is today.

Unlike liberals, I don’t like assuming. So I hesitated more than once before pushing “publish.”

Turn outs I had no reason to fret though. Sure, global warming/climate change no longer keeps the average American up at night. And yes, judging by the topic’s lessened coverage, the mainstream media got the memo that nobody cares about overheating when they’re freezing cold.

But liberals clearly haven’t let go of their pet project entirely, as evidenced by CNN anchor Deb Feyerick’s on air comments the very next day. Or maybe the seemingly dimwitted Deb missed out on the memo. Regardless, these are the words that came out of her mouth:

“Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame. I’ll talk to Bill Nye the Science Guy about devastating storms and climate change.”

I kid you not. Newsbusters has the video right here.

Bill Nye never got the chance to answer Feyerick, since she went to break right after and, when the show returned, she immediately jumped to a different loony notion:

“Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky, and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?”

Meteoric occasion? That phrase almost makes her sound intelligent blaming a giant blizzard on “global warming” (/climate change).

Almost. Not quite.

So in conclusion, better bundle up people… Global warming/climate change has clearly come to town!

Duh!

CNN says so.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Crazy Blizzard Proves Global Warming/Climate Change Is Real. Duh!


Global warming alert! Global warming alert! Global warming alert!

Oops. I mean: Climate change alert! Climate change alert! Climate change alert!

The northern East Coast states from Pennsylvania all the way up to Maine are about to get hit with a blizzard that could exceed three feet of snowfall in some areas.

And we all know what that means: global warming (a.k.a. climate change) is striking again.

Because we all know what it means when we have record amounts of snow dumped on top of us. It’s the same answer for when we have tornados and hurricanes, heavy rains and droughts, earthquakes and tsunamis, hot weather, cold weather, mediocre weather and bad hair days…

It’s global warming (a.k.a. climate change) at work among us! Oh, the horror!

What other explanation could there be? Like, we read about it on the internet all the time, right?

Not to mention that all of the truly scientific, educated, non-red-neck, non-conservative, to-be-taken-seriously-on-pain-of-social-death experts and politicians tell us it’s true. They tell us that so we, the general public, don’t have to do any of our own research to come to a reasonable, logical conclusion. In fact, we don’t have to use our brains at all!

That’s what we have them for, after all. And aren’t we lucky for it?

They were certainly there for us a few years back during Snowmageddon, assuring us that, while we couldn’t get to the grocery stores to pick up milk because our cars were covered in snow – yet again! – and the snow plows were actually stuck in snow drifts, unable to assist themselves much less anybody else… it wasn’t because that kind of thing happens sometimes during the natural course of the seasons.

Oh no. It was all due to global warming (a.k.a. climate change), which can produce extremely cold conditions. And yes, that sounds exactly the opposite of what global warming should result in, but that’s why they changed its name to climate change. To avoid confusing us little people.

Which was so very nice of them. I know I appreciate it more than I can possibly ever say.

So all of you little people from Pennsylvania up to Maine, while you’re trying to stay warm inside of your homes, or shoveling out snow from your driveways and walkways, or trudging through inches of snow and sludge to get where you need to go… just remember:

You’re frigid conditions are all because of global warming (a.k.a. climate change, a.k.a. natural seasonal adjustments). So if you want to save yourself the horrors of really, really cold weather in the future, make sure to donate to the Democrat party, which knows all about saving us little people from having to use our brains.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chris Rock Says President is “Kinda Like… the Dad of the County”


Our entertainment industry is filled with some of the most memory-challenged, uneducated individuals ever to walk the Earth. (Yes, I’m talking about Hollywood again. Drat!)

Today’s case-in-point is Chris Rock. Again. I’ve used him as an example before because he makes such an easy target of himself with his habit of saying inappropriate and ignorant things. Like when he called Cameron Diaz a “whore” for upstaging him during a press conference.

Regardless of what CBS would like to claim, the attention-desperate simpleton wasn’t completely kidding. He was genuinely jealous of the fact that he will never be the kind of Hollywood darling that Diaz is now. So he resorted to sexist dialogue to mask his insecurities.

Yesterday, the delicate ego was trying to make himself feel better once again, this time by pretending that he has something intelligent to contribute to the political scene (which is about as improbable as him contributing something funny to the comedic scene).

So looking the ignorant part, he took to Capitol Hill to share these words about gun control:

I’m not going to say much. I think everybody else, uhh, far better at this than me. Uhh, I am just here to support the President of the United States. President of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he is also, you know, the President and the First Lady are kinda like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don't, it will usually bite you on the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the President. Thank you.”

But that stands in sharp contrast to what he said about former President George Bush in 2011:

“… George Bush… was the first president that was only president to the people that voted for him. He did not give a f*ck about the people that didn’t vote for him… In a weird way our complaints about Obama is because we miss Bush. We miss hating somebody. We miss the guy who didn’t give a f*ck… Bush didn’t give a f*ck about us. He just really, really didn’t. We want revenge; we don’t want justice. That’s the problem with the Democrats. We want revenge.”

Does Chris Rock think that’s an appropriate way to speak about one’s dad? Or is it just that all of Hollywood’s drugs (both figurative and literal) have marred his memory so badly that he honestly can’t remember how disrespectful he’s been in the past?

Regardless of his early-on dementia, I’d like Chris Rock to speak for himself. Because no President, Republican or Democrat, is my daddy.

I’m a grown woman, thank him very much. And I don’t need to hold onto any politician’s hand to live my life correctly.

Clearly, with this independent attitude, I wouldn’t fit into Hollywood.

Oh well.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Brains Like Mush


After Monday – when I commented on Beyonce’s desperate plea for attention during the Super Bowl Halftime show – and Tuesday – when I rolled my eyes at the ridiculousness that the race debate has become – I’m really not sure what to write about this morning.

I mean, really, when it comes to entertaining topics… what tops those two?

Yeah, I’m not really sure either.

That’s not to say that there aren’t very interesting stories out there. Just that I think focusing on the kind of superficial inanity pervading the media these days has sapped me of my normal willingness to delve into heavy topics.

My brain feels like mush to the point where I would be perfectly content to babble on about absolutely nothing important right now. The only rational thought I can summon is that, if I feel so unproductive after just two days of discussing silly topics, I can’t imagine how difficult it is for our children to act intelligently when they’re bombarded with such subjects year after year.

It’s almost enough for me to understand why they act like little simpletons and thugs so often.

For instance, the groups of teenagers across the country who assemble for one purpose and one purpose only: to swoop in and wreak havoc on people and businesses for a few minutes before running off and disappearing into the crowd. They’re called flash mobs, and they’re not the kind that randomly starts dancing or singing in malls and train stations.

These kids aren’t amusing anybody but themselves.

Though why should they focus on anything else? They’ve been raised on a never-ending diet of pointless celebrity stories and carefully crafted fiction. Beyonce might not be the hot topic right now. It might be Katy Perry or the latest episode of Glee. But it’s still pointless fiction.

The angles, the airbrushing, the perfect clothes and perfect dates and scintillating drama all lead to a lot of silly comparisons, which have some very serious consequences: dissatisfaction, boredom and a shallowness that seems to pervade every aspect of their lives, from the way they learn (or don’t learn) to the way they treat others and even themselves.

In the flash mobbers’ cases, I’d bet a lot that they’ve seen too much glamorized violence and are subsequently desensitized to reality. Just like so many tragically deluded children and teenagers buy into the “young and hot and free” propaganda, then post videos of themselves on YouTube, honestly thinking they can be the next big singer or dancer or “it” person.

It all essentially boils down to the same reason: they’ve been focusing so much on celebrities and appearances that they haven’t learned there’s anything else in life.

And as a result, their brains have turned to mush.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What Is This Obsession With Black Women's Bodies?


Warning: This (non-angry) rant is going to be about women’s butts.

Sometimes I get really annoyed hearing about black women’s derrieres. Nothing against them or their body shapes, but they don’t have a monopoly on significantly-sized backsides.

What about Hispanic women? What about Italian women? And what about the black women who actually don’t have big butts? Does that mean that they’re somehow less black? Or does the fact that a white girl has “a black girl booty” make her less white?

At this point, you might be wondering why I’m touching on this topic at all and, if you are, I don’t blame you. But there is an at least semi-decent reason.

The Washington Post being The Washington Post thought it necessary to inform as much of America as possible that some high schoolfootball coach somewhere in this nation referenced First Lady Michelle Obama’s tush while ranting against her 1984-ish school lunch regulations.

(The Washington Post being The Washington Post also misquoted Rush Limbaugh in the same article as calling Mrs. Obama “Michelle ‘My Butt’ Obama,” which he never did to my knowledge. “Michele ‘My Belle’ Obama,” yes; “Michelle ‘My Butt’ Obama,” no.)

The coach was caught on camera calling her “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” adding “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

That’s a stupid thing to say by any stretch of the imagination. First off, Michelle Obama is not fat and, even if she was, that doesn’t mean people should remark on it. Not to mention that there are so many ways to criticize the school lunch regulations without resorting to such childish tactics.

But it’s also stupid to turn those comments into an analysis on racism, which The Washington Post (being The Washington Post) didn’t hesitate to do. “We have a history in this country of white people not showing adequate respect for and devaluing the bodies of black women, and this most definitely falls in line with that,” the publication quotes Ayana Byrd as saying.

Ayana Byrd, for anybody who cares to know, apparently co-edited “Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts.” I’m sure it’s as riveting as your average white-girl copy of Vogue or Marie Claire. (In other words, not at all.)

At the risk of oversharing, I’ve been told I’m too fat due to my Scottish hips and Italian backside before. So was the white boy who told me that racist? And how about Marilyn Monroe, who was a curvy figure revered by white men everywhere back in her day? Was their objectification really racist in origin because she didn’t have what we now pronounce as a typical “white girl” figure?

If that sounds stupid, it should. And so should claiming that black women have a monopoly on certain tush shapes, or that any comment about a black woman’s figure is racist.

Let’s get a life, people.

Monday, February 4, 2013

How Long Will Beyonce Last After the Super Bowl Half Time Show?


So yesterday was the Super Bowl and the Ravens won.

Boo. Hiss. Now moving on with normal life…

That is right after this commentary on the Half Time show, which featured Beyonce in one of her usual flesh-baring outfits.

Now in my ever-critical opinion, Beyonce has a great body, a beautiful voice and sexy dance moves.

As a general rule, all she’s really missing is class. And a check on her oversized ego.

Last night, however, she missed a lot more than that. Her dance moves were downright frightening at times: an in-your-face temper tantrum to remind everybody just how sexy she still is and how every man still wants to have her and every woman still wants to be her.

Really. Truly. Look at her, dang it!

Honestly, it came across more than once as rather sad.

Despite her thrusting and gyrating and exposing, I almost have to think that the only person Beyonce convinced was herself. The expression on her face whenever she slowed down her frantic convulsions was nearly manic as she reveled in the applause all around her.

But that applause goes to every Half Time performer, even if they’re dreadfully boring and get trashed all across the blogosphere the next day. Going crazy over the Half Time show is part of the Super Bowl experience it would seem; it’s not really about appreciating the artist and more about reveling in the greater aura the game inspires.

Not to mention that the Super Bowl Half Time show has been the spotlight for downright decrepit has-beens for years now, ever since the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake incident. So bringing Beyonce up on stage isn’t nearly the honor it would have been 20 years ago.

Her career is already on the wane, judging by her desperate pleas for attention with “feminist” songs like “Run the World” (a.k.a. “Girls”), and “edgy” releases like “Ego” and “Video Phone.” She doesn’t get nearly the same radio play that she used to. And it doesn’t matter how many different angles the photographers try to take of her, the public has pretty much already seen all there is to see of Beyonce…

Largely because she’s been flouting it all in our faces for the last decade now, doing everything but posing completely nude for Playboy. (Has she posed completely nude for Playboy?)

It seems about time for somebody to tell Beyonce to dial the sexy back before she hurts herself making those moves… or just making a fool out of herself in general.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pastor Gets Waitress Fired for Showing God vs. You Receipt to Reddit


You know that story I blogged on yesterday? The one I described as “some cheap, ignorant obnoxious pastor [who] didn’t feel like paying” his pleasant and competent server a tip?

Just in case that doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a quick recap:

“As part of a group of 20, an 18% gratuity was automatically added to his bill. That’s what restaurants do these days for larger groups… a policy that’s non-negotiable, as far as I’m aware.

“Yet this pastor had the gall to actually scratch out the marked tip, write ‘I give God 10% Why do you get 18,’ mark the total amount as only what he paid for his food and drink, and then clearly marked his name with the title ‘pastor’ on the receipt.”

Well, it appears that I was a bit in error when I wrote that. Not that the pastor in question wasn’t a “nitwishly arrogant” jerk, as I originally stated. Just that the “he” I automatically ranted against wasn’t a “he” at all.

It was a she. (Boy, do I feel sexist. Sorry gents!)

Since the waitress – now identified as Chelsea Welch – took a picture of the receipt, signature and all, and sent it to Reddit, it managed to get back to the pastor in question, one Alois Bell of Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church.

Bell then promptly called up the restaurant in question and got Welch fired, complaining how she “ruined” her reputation. [It was] a lapse in my character and judgment,” pastor dearest lamented, noting that she never expected the receipt to be seen by anybody who mattered (my paraphrase, admittedly, but it doesn’t sound wrong).

“My heart is really broken,” she cried. “I’ve brought embarrassment to my church and ministry.”

One question and one observation concerning Bell, however, both heavy on the sarcasm: Did she think she’d be putting her church and ministry in a good light with her actions? And yeah, truly repentant people go and get the people they offended fired all the time. It’s in Hezekiah. 5:10.

For her part, Welch is calling crocodile tears: “If this person wrote the note, obviously they wanted it seen by someone. I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning.”

I completely agree. Bell’s behavior was far too extreme to be just a “lapse” in an otherwise decent character. Pride can be a gateway drug to doing really rotten things: once you start using it, you move on to worse and worse behavior. Leaving that note was well past the early stages of egotism; it takes a lot of practice to be that self-righteously inconsiderate.

I know I’ve learned a lesson out of all this, not to be so sexist. (Clearly women can behave badly too. Shocker, I know.) It can only be hoped that Alois Bell gets a clue as well someday.