Friday, May 30, 2014

NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel Admits Obama Fails Foreign Relations

There’s an utterly fascinating recap of an interview with NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel on Real Clear Politics today.

In it, Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone asks Engel to “name one country with whom we have better relationships today than we did when [Obama] became president of the United States almost six years ago.”

Great question, right?

But the answer is even better. Sure, it ends with the left’s general “Blame Bush” mantra, but Engel flat-out calls President Obama’s foreign affairs a failure. In the nicest way possible, of course, and with all due respect.

Check it out below:

LANGONE: Name one country with whom we have better relationships today than we did when he became president of the United States almost six years ago?

ENGEL: Uh, I–you would naturally want to say Europe. But generally the relations with a lot of European countries have gotten worse because of these relationships. And this is sort of what I was about to say.

LANGONE: I can name all the countries where the relationships have gotten worse. I'm asking you to give me one country where they have gotten better.

ENGEL: Yeah. I think you would be hard pressed to find that. And I think this is the reason–

LANGONE: Isn’t that a measure of foreign policy?

ENGEL: Even our allies –yeah. And I think the reason is our allies have become confused. For eight years you had the Bush administration with a very interventionist policy, driving into world affairs, driving primarily into the Islamic world army first, or fist first. And that was very unpopular with many of our allies. But toward the end, after 8 years, people adjusted to it. Now you have a presidency that for the last six years is pulling out very rapidly. And that is creating a kind of pump action, a vortex of instability that has left allies like Saudi Arabia, like Egypt, like even some European countries very confused. Are we going in? Are we pulling out? Are we leading? Are we trying to set the agenda? That has been a lot of frustration. So in terms of the foreign policy objectives laid out in West Point, yes, he talked about ending these two unpopular wars. But I do sympathize with some of the things said in the Wall Street Journal. Right now we have a black hole in Syria. Iraq is in a state of collapse. Libya is about to go back into a civil war. And this was the one case where we intervened militarily. So I think there is a lot of problems on the horizon in the foreign policy world just because you are off-ramping in Afghanistan.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Day Beachgoers Have No Trouble Displaying Their Bodies… Or Lack of Brains

I like things to be fair and right and correct and truthful and accurate.

(No, that’s not me bragging. I have plenty of faults. As a general rule, though, a tendency towards injustice isn’t one of them. A temper now…? That’s a whole ‘nother story.)

So sometimes, I feel bad for the people who get caught up in conservatives’ let’s-make-fun-of-how-stupid-liberals-are videos. I mean, let’s face it, getting stopped by some random stranger with a camera and a microphone asking questions you weren’t prepared to answer can be a little nerve-wracking.

That kind of unexpected pressure can do crazy things to our brains, making us say and do stuff we’d never otherwise say and do.

That’s why I didn’t immediately jump all over The Tea Party News Network feed “You Can Thank the Department of Education for This…” on my Facebook homepage.

Based on the tagline: “This video will make you question why we even have a Dept. of Education if this is the result of their work” and the picture of a fully clothed, 30-something reporter questioning a bikini-clad young woman on the beach,” I kinda figured the poor thing had been bombarded with questions about simple mathematical equations or something.

(Considering that math is one of my faults, there’s no telling what stupid stuff I might answer.)

But apparently, I was giving the bethonged girl waaaaayyyy too much leeway. Because the Fox News reporter wasn’t throwing any curveballs at Memorial Day beachgoers. He was asking questions like:

“Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?”

People’s answers included:

·         “The French”
·         “I don’t know”
·         “Countries”
·         “China”

When asked “What was George Washington’s job?” they answered:

·         “He was… the second president after Lincoln.”
·         “He was a general or something.”
·         “He didn’t work with horses, did he?”

And as for “Who won the Civil War?”

·         “The northeast or whatever”
·         “Us”
·         “Great Britain”
·         “Wasn’t it the French?”

Sadly, I’m not kidding.

I don’t care how many hours an American over the age of 16 has been out in the sun or how many alcoholic beverages they’ve consumed… They should know the answers to those questions and the other ridiculously easy ones recorded in this video without hesitation.

I really wish my original cynicism about The Tea Party News Network's reporting had proven justified. You have no idea how much I do.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I Am So Sick of #YesAllWomen

Have I mentioned that I’m sick of #YesAllWomen?

Spawned by Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in California last week, the movement is poorly thought out to the point of being detrimental to humankind. It’s also really irritating.

It’s as bad as all this Kimye stuff. Possibly even worse. I’m not sure. I don’t get outraged when I see stupid headlines about Kimye. I simply roll my eyes and move on.

When I see pictures of people carrying signs that say “Nobody is entitled to a woman’s body,” however, I kinda wanna scream.

First off, no, duh! Though maybe, as a culture, if we really want to enforce that hands-off rule, we women should stop showing off our bodies quite so freely. And no, that isn’t an excuse for rape. Rapists are disgusting individuals who deserve to burn in hell for all eternity. They have no excuse. But women shouldn’t have a completely free pass in degrading themselves either.

For the purposes of this post, though, that isn’t the issue. It’s more that, as far as I can tell, Elliot Rodger never solely attacked women. He attacked couples. He lashed out at individuals. HE HATED THE WORLD. Not just women.  Everyone. Women for not giving him what he wanted and other men for getting it when he couldn’t.

So this #YesAllWomen thing? It’s contrived.

Is sexism contrived? No, of course not. I can personally attest to too many men’s bad behavior, including several repeat offenders at my job, one of whom I’ve dubbed Creeper Bob. But that doesn’t mean I have to go on a rampage against all men, making them feel subpar for the gender they were born with.

That’s just as much sexism as what #YesAllWomen is accusing men of doing to women.

Unfortunately, people in general have a habit of behaving badly. So I’ve been treated poorly by women multiple times. And whites. And blacks.

The same goes for Christians. And Muslims. And straights, gays, conservatives and liberals. Though those are all life choices and not identities we’re born with. So it actually makes more sense to wage a campaign against those designations than “all men,” who can’t help being born male.

#YesAllWomen exhibits the same sexism as using a bunch of skanked-out college co-eds to determine that all women are sluts and should be treated accordingly. Or, to use race as an example, going to the less reputable areas of Baltimore city late at night to conclude that all black people are thugs.

Sounds offensive, right? Of course it is! It’s also categorically untrue in both cases.

So why do we think it’s something else when we look at the bad behavior of some men and call them all rapists?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Reactions to Eliot Rodger’s Shooting Spree Show We’ve Learned Nothing

So we have another disgusting case of a whiny little brat taking other people’s lives.

Excuse Eliot Rodger’s actions as the work of a mentally ill individual, if you want to. But his manifesto indicates that his main problem in life is an idiotic obsession with losing his virginity.

He was a self-focused, self-righteous punk hyped up on the kind of societal propaganda foisted on us every day through musical artists like Pitbull, movies like “the Other Woman,” (which features over-sexed, under-intelligent outfits and attitudes), and books like “50 Shades of Grey.”

Okay, okay. It’s not right of me to pick on Pitbull and “the Other Woman” when just about every pop song on the airwaves and movie to hit the big screen depicts women as amazing playthings. As for “50 Shades of Grey,” well, that takes its own cake, admittedly. The stupid piece of trash.

In general, our culture outright glorifies sex, sexuality and sensuality, particularly in feminine form. With every makeup commercial, every sexed-up TV show, every provocative magazine cover and raunchy music video, we promote an idea that life can’t truly be lived without sex.

And Eliot Rodger fell for that lie… hook, line and sinker.

So what does our society do? We immediately turn to more lies, of course, casting the blame elsewhere so we can keep living out our dangerous delusions.

For one, we blame guns. I’ve seen so many cries for gun control since the shooting, when really, we should be crying for a completely different kind of change, one where we teach children to respect themselves and respect others. One where we don’t glorify our entertainment industry for relegating women to sex objects and men to sex objectifiers.

There’s no way to completely remove the focus on women’s appearance. I mean, let’s face it: we’re nice to look at. But we can put that beauty into proper perspective, teaching both our young men and women to view sexuality as a perk of life, not the sole purpose.

And speaking of BOTH young men and women, this whole #YesAllWomen is ridiculous!

There were men who died in the attack too! Elliot Rodger was out looking to get revenge on the world, not just women. Otherwise, he would have only targeted women. #YesAllWomen thereby disrespects those victims who weren’t female, while also failing to address the actual problem of our sex-obsessed culture, which is upheld by women just as much as men at this point.

Need proof? Just watch Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in “the Other Woman,” which is supposedly meant to empower women while really demeaning them left and right.

I am so sorry for the victims of Eliot Rodger, both women and men.

And I’m equally sorry about the culture that spawned him.

Friday, May 23, 2014

My (Always Right) Take on Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys”

Today, I’m analyzing another (soon to be) pop culture hit song, this time by Ingrid Michaelson.

Called “Girls Chase Boys,” it has an intriguingly catchy tune, and Michaelson really does have an awesomely whimsical voice: a little Sara Bareilles with its sass and originality, yet slightly softer at the same time, making her style quite unique.

Her mind, however, appears to be quite common, I’m sorry to say.

I heard “Girls Chase Boys” for the first time on my commute into work yesterday, and was instantly hooked, checking it out on YouTube as soon as I got the chance.

Artistically speaking, the music video is captivating. Featuring both men and women wearing full faces of makeup, it has absolutely nothing to do with breaking up even though the song itself is most definitely a break-up song. I mean, it starts out like this, for heaven’s sake:

“All the broken hearts in the world still beat
Let’s not make it harder than it has to be”.

With further lyrics like “I’m a little bit down, but I’m not dead / There’s a little bit more that has to be said / You played me; now I play you too / Let’s just call it over,” it’s totally a break-up song, right?

Except that Michaelson throws in some random, repeated lines about “It’s all the same thing / Girls chase boys chase girls”.

Those added lyrics confused me enough that I went scrolling through the YouTube comments to see if anyone had a clue about how to interpret them. I mean, the message of the music video was fairly clear, but music videos often don’t actually match their accompanying songs.

Apparently, the accompanying songs don’t have to match their writers’ intentions either. Because according to Ingrid Michaelson herself:

“Girls Chase Boys started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same.

“The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don't exclusively chase boys. We all know this! We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love. I hope you enjoy it! AHHH!”

Say what?

Believe it or not, my criticism of this catchy song (which I’m totally planning on listening to another ten dozen times – possibly more – before I get completely sick of it) has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality. I’m only concerned about its lack of ability to make sense.

The song is a break-up song! It’s about relationships not working out! If it’s a pro-homosexuality message, then it’s the absolute worst pro-homosexuality message I’ve ever heard, partially because it doesn’t address homosexuality at all, and partially because it’s about breaking up!

I mean, what group wants their position defended by a break-up song?

As a conservative Christian, I find myself rather relieved that Ms. Michaelson isn’t on my side. She’d probably end up doing more damage to my cause than good.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

College Kids Encouraged to Eschew Education That Isn't Brainwashing

I just found an utterly fascinating article on the state of college kids’ minds. So fascinating, in fact, that I’m sharing it with you.

In the admittedly lengthy piece, author Matt Bai acknowledges at least a few truths, including how intolerant America is encouraging its students to be. In an effort to shelter (read: brainwash) our young minds from dissenting opinions, controversy, hurt feelings or possibly just good-old-fashioned thinking, we’re telling them to avoid anything deemed “dissident.”

We tell them to conform, to remain comfortable, to not challenge, not question… not use their brains at all, for heaven’s sake!

But enough of my opining. Here’s the article. I’m sure you’ll find it as fascinating as I did (unless, of course, you’re already brainwashed, in which case you won’t read it at all):

“America's college kids are back and resting at home this week, which is a good thing, because during the long months away they seem to have gone completely out of their minds.

“Last weekend, The New York Times' Jennifer Medina reported on the latest bizarre demand on campus: ‘trigger warnings’ to let students know if the text they're about to study will expose them to some version of misogyny or homophobia, so they aren't unexpectedly traumatized by visions of things that can never be unseen – like, say, every novel written by a white man before 1960. That followed the public floggings of several commencement speakers whose invitations had to be rescinded, including such evildoers as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde and Robert Birgeneau, the former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

“All of this has provoked a torrent of eloquent condemnation from pundits and academics, who worry that our elite universities, in the words of an editorial published in Monday’s Washington Post, are being ‘impoverished by intolerance.’ Which is a reasonable concern, except that it misses the point. It's not the students' fault that they expect to laze around in a world of ideological comfort. It's totally ours.

“There's nothing new about the basic tension between speech and sensitivity on campus. When I was at Tufts in the late '80s, at the height of what we called political correctness, we argued fiercely about whether the military belonged on campus or whether certain faculty members were denied tenure because of their politics. But, by and large, we were primed to have the debate, not chill it…”

There’s a lot more where that came from. Feel free to read the rest right here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

John Kerry Asks What Can Go Wrong With Pursuing Climate Change Propoganda

Still rather newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry has gotten in trouble multiple times now for making allegedly stupid comments, both on the national and international front.

I’ve read over his statements each time, and each time, I’ve let them go. Why? Because I’m not 100% certain he meant them the way people are accusing him of making them. They could just as easily be poorly worded thoughts as examples of mental incompetence.

Then on Monday, Kerry gave the commencement speech at Boston College, where he called climate change skeptics (i.e. intellectuals) as “members of the flat Earth Society.”

So far, whatever. Ad hominem attacks from a liberal? Ho hum. Moving on. Yet he went on to make these statements about global warming:

“If we make the necessary efforts to address this challenge – and supposing I’m wrong or scientists are wrong, 97 percent of them all wrong – supposing they are, what’s the worst that can happen? We put millions of people to work transitioning our energy, creating new and renewable and alternative; we make life healthier because we have less particulates in the air and cleaner air and more health; we give ourselves greater security through greater energy independence – that’s the downside. This is not a matter of politics or partisanship; it’s a matter of science and stewardship. And it’s not a matter of capacity; it’s a matter of willpower.”

Oh boy.

What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s see…

·         We waste billions promoting an absolute lie, when that money could strengthen our defenses, promote viable education strategies in public schools or… shocking thought… stay in the hands of hard-working citizens for them to do as they will, boosting the economy and freedom of individuality in the process.
·         We strip people of their freedoms, so intent on “saving the planet” that we destroy ourselves.
·         We brainwash ourselves into believing untruths, setting ourselves up to buy even stupider and more dangerous premises down the road.
·         We accept that government has the solution to the world’s problems, essentially sentencing our hard-fought freedoms to death.

As for those millions of people put to work? Where is that happening? If anything, it’s cutting businesses in half as they struggle to keep up with debilitating regulations… Healthier life styles? Guess what? Businesses were getting there on their own… Energy independence? Again, the economy doesn’t need government to get that job done. It wasn’t the government that discovered the value in fracking for natural gas.

So the worst that could happen, John Kerry? It’s actually pretty bad.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Broward County Public Schools Backs Down on Bible Reading Ban

Sometimes, you gotta stop and smell the roses.


Because they smell pretty! And they’re beautiful, and beauty needs to be drunk in from time to time. At least. God created a gorgeous world, so it’s actually pretty ungrateful of us not to notice it.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not turning into a Pollyanna or putting on my rose-colored glasses. There is a lot of mean, nasty, destructive, pointless and downright horrific things going on in this gorgeous world of ours.

All I’m saying is that, in spite of all of the ridiculous levels of negativity around us, there is always some reason to celebrate.

A beautiful spring day. A particularly meaningful relationship. The thrill of taking on a new challenge. The taste of chocolate.

Or some piece of good news somewhere that shows good doesn’t always go down the way we sometimes think it does.

For example, Breitbart has an update on the situation at Broward County Public School System, which originally backed one of its fifth-grade teachers in banning little Giovanni Rubio from reading his Bible during a free reading period.

That was back at the beginning of the month.

Today, that ridiculous rule has been struck down after the district came under serious scrutiny for its infringement on religious rights.

Here’s the main gist, according to Breitbart:

“In a letter dated Sunday, May 18, first obtained by Breitbart News, the school system has completely reversed course. The letter tells Liberty Institute Litigation Director Hiram Sasser that the school ‘does not ban the Bible’ and specifies that students may read it during the same class times when it had been previously barred. The letter also says that the school will comply with Liberty Institute’s demand that all teachers be trained in what the Constitution requires by way of upholding students’ First Amendment rights.

In conclusion, “Whoo hoo!” for freedom!!!!

That’s always a rose worth stopping for.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Obama Voters on Display

On Saturday, I went out to a country music-oriented nightclub. Overall, it was a blast, and I’m determined to learn country line dancing now so I can participate more next time I go. But that’s not to say I didn’t notice a decent bit of pathetic behavior as well.

It was mostly twenty and thirty-something, white people, though there were some disturbing examples of older individuals still trying to live their haydays.

“Haydays.” Get it? Get it? Because it’s a country music-oriented nightclub? No? Oh. Well. Moving on…

The DJ kept swearing for no good reason whatsoever; I got to see one girl’s fuchsia underwear in disturbing detail when she decided to ride the mechanical bull despite wearing a ridiculously short dress; the female bartenders wore crop tops, spanky pants and chaps; and there was one particular male employee who was “helping” some of the female bull riders out by shoving his crotch in their faces while they spun in circles.

I’m assuming they had to pay extra for that experience.

I’m also assuming the vast majority of those people voted Democrat in the last two presidential elections. In which case, I was watching a bunch of Obama voters in action.

They think they’re living the American dream while actually destroying it through their utterly immature and – frankly, embarrassing – behavior.

Then on Sunday, I went to Panera, one of my absolute favorite eateries. There was a group of eight middle-aged black people who came in as well. Dressed in their Sunday best, they walked in with their holier-than-thou attitudes and left without cleaning a single thing off their junked up table, leaving the Panera employees to clean up after them.

And right there, you have more Obama voters, who think they’re practicing their faith while actually slapping God in the face with their self-righteous egotism.

Am I judging both groups and making assumptions? To revert back to the language from Saturday night, darn skippy, pardner!

Am I wrong? Possibly, but I highly doubt it.

And if the trashy whites and arrogant blacks were, in fact, Republicans, then count me heartily ashamed of myself. Not for pegging them incorrectly, mind you. Just for falling into some same category as them.

One way or the other, I’m already less than thrilled we share the same country.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tary Brumfitt Gets Psychologically Fit After Learning That Physical Perfection Isn’t Everything

I’m not one for posting even discreet nude pics online, but I gotta give Tary Brumfitt from Australia a shout-out this morning. The 35-year-old photographer and mother of three got a clue far too few Western women get today: that physical perfection isn’t the key to happiness.

“In May 2012, after having her third child, Brumfitt became a self-described ‘obsessive’ about getting her prepregnancy shape back, working out constantly and even contemplating breast implants and a tummy tuck. Then one day while watching her daughter play, she had a revelation.

“‘If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image?’ she wrote on her website. ‘How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be?’

“So she decided to do something she called ‘crazy:’ Enter a bodybuilding competition and get fit the old-fashioned way: Dieting and working out. After four months, Brumfitt looked fantastic; however, ‘Nothing had changed about how I felt about my body,’ she admits in the trailer for ‘Embrace.’ She scaled back on her training and her stringent diet of chicken and broccoli, and eventually her body softened.   

“Cut to May 2013: Motivated by the revelation that physical perfection doesn’t always translate into happiness, Brumfitt made a photo composite of herself — one photo featured her wearing a bikini during her bodybuilding days, and the other taken of her body at the time, 20 pounds heavier. She labeled the fitter picture ‘before’ and the heavier picture ‘after,’ although both were taken post-pregnancy. Brumfitt posted the photo on Facebook, where it quickly went viral, racking up 3 million likes. She later drew comparisons to fitness enthusiast Maria Kang (aka, “Hot Mom”) who angered the Internet in October when she posted a photo of her buff post-baby bod on Facebook and captioned it ‘What’s your excuse?’”

Both of Brumfitt’s pictures are posted on Yahoo. Honestly, I don’t think anything much of her bikini picture, either good or bad. (Maybe if she had her hair a bit different, I’d think she looked hot. I’m not sure…) But she looks positively adorable in the second, heavier (nude) picture.

Ladies, let’s get real. There’s nothing wrong with being “adorable.” There’s nothing wrong with being “pretty.” Or “beautiful” or “lovely” or “cute.”

We could do ourselves a world of good if we stopped trying for “hot” and went for “natural” instead. And “natural” looks different on everyone.

Plus, let’s face it… No man is worth dieting for. No offense boys, but sometimes a girl just needs some chocolate.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Florida Teens Devise Jews vs. Nazis Form of Beer Pong

The Drudge Report isn’t letting me open up any links this morning, so I’m going to rely on one of my untouched finds from yesterday instead… It’s from The JewishPress, and it goes like this:

“A group of Florida teenagers have devised a local version of the popular college beer pong drinking game. But in contrast to the traditional contest in which two teams gather on opposite sides of a table and try to bounce a ping pong ball into a plastic cup filled with booze, the Florida version has a charming new twist: The groups divide into teams of ‘Jews’ and ‘Nazis.’

“According to an image posted on the Imgur website, ‘The Nazis start the game off with ‘blitzkreig,’ with each ‘Aryan’ player shooting freely into the ‘Jewish’ cups until one misses. Jews are allowed to designate an ‘Anne Frank Cup’ that can be removed from the table and hidden anywhere in the room. To balance out that unfair advantage, the Nazi team has the right to call ‘Auschwitz,’ meaning one Jewish player is ‘selected’ to sit out.

“‘Also, throughout the game you are supposed to talk a lot of **** and say as many racist things as possible to make it more enjoyable,’ according to the website.”

Obviously, that’s utterly disgusting. And I sincerely hope that those teenagers grow up someday to be thoroughly ashamed of their current behavior.

I mean, who in the world makes a mockery of the Holocaust, where millions of men, women and children were deemed sub-human and done away with, oftentimes in absolutely horrific fashion?

Sadly, I’ve got an answer for that.

The kind of people who don’t take mass murder and genocide seriously – who are actually willing to make jokes and get rip-roaring drunk about it – are the same kind of people who believe that government can and should handle everything.

They’re the same kind of people who think that murdering babies is not only okay but even good and right and necessary.

They’re the same kind of people who take their own personal, momentary happiness and place it above everything and everyone else.

And they’re the same kind of people who are systematically turning themselves and their country into a godless wasteland where freedom is strongly discouraged and truth is downright oppressed.

In other words, they’re like the Nazis themselves. Or at the very least, they’re the Nazi supporters who threw parties down the road from concentration camp smokestacks sending fumes from burning bodies into the already oppressive air.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ICE Releases 36,000 Illegal Immigrants Back Into U.S., Including Murderers

There’s a fascinating article in The Washington Times this week. And here’s how it starts:

“Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics that could undercut the president’s argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.

“Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as ‘homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.’

“The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention but released them anyway, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which published the numbers Monday. The Washington Times also obtained the data.”

And then it runs this quote:

“‘This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,’ said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. ‘The administration’s actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people.’”

But don’t worry too much, Lamar Smith. Those criminals were doubtlessly just acting out because of unfair, unjust decisions on the part of racist lawmakers and their racist constituents.

I mean, duh.

As soon as we pass amnesty and give them a completely free, completely unearned ticket to U.S. citizenship, I’m sure they’ll transform into peace-loving, law-abiding individuals who fit right into the current culture we’re so set on encouraging.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NFL Slams Don Jones for Calling Michael Sam Kiss “Horrible”

Michael Sam. St. Louis Rams. Don Jones. Miami Dolphins.

Yup, I’m going there.

So for anyone who hasn’t gone on the internet, picked up a newspaper or listened to gossip in the last week, Michael Sam became the first openly gay NFL player to be drafted last week.

And Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones became the first NFL player to be taken to the woodshed over it. Here’s the breakdown:

·         After being selected by the St. Louis Rams, Sam kissed his boyfriend.
·         ESPN covered it.
·         Jones saw it and tweeted “omg.”
·         When someone asked him if he was referring to said picture, Jones tweeted again. One word: “horrible.”

That was it, but it was enough to send the NFL and the Miami Dolphins flipping out.

“The Dolphins and NFL aren’t going to mess around with this type of thing. Jones was fined and suspended from all team activities until he completes educational training for his Twitter comments. The Dolphins didn’t put this off. On a relatively quiet Sunday around the NFL, the Dolphins announced the punishment, put out a statement from coach Joe Philbin and an apology from Jones.

“... The NFL will not tolerate any negativity from within its own ranks about the Sam story. Most of the reaction has been very positive. And if you’re an NFL player and you don’t agree with Sam’s sexuality, you better keep that to yourself.”

So what is this? A culture of intimidation? If so, it seems to be pretty darn selective.

I mean, what about if you don’t agree with someone’s Christian beliefs or membership to the Republican party? Exactly how much of a fine do you think the NFL would hand down if one of its own made an anti-white person comment? Or called global warming skeptics “horrible?” Or likened pro-lifers to Nazis?

Seriously, I even have to wonder how much trouble Jones would have gotten into if he had made an anti-Semitic comment. Or something against Native Americans or some other group that wasn’t the hot-button issue liberals are all gaga about right now.

Regardless what the NFL or Dolphins are saying, this isn’t about teaching anyone about “respect, discrimination and judgment.” This is about restricting individuality to suit selective feelings.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Day-After-Mother’s Day Lesson on How Socialism Destroys Dreams

Yesterday was an eye-opening Mother’s Day for me, since I learned the origins of said holiday.

Apparently, it was an early lesson for socialists everywhere: You don’t always get what you want, especially when you try shoving your dreams down everyone’s throats socialist style.

According to one Yahoo article, Anna Jarvis unofficially established Mother’s Day in 1906 in recognition of her own mother, public-health activist Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. That was the one-year anniversary of her mom’s death, and the younger Jarvis held a memorial service.

She did the same thing the following year. And in 1908, she extended the gathering from family and friends to a much more extensive event involving 1,500 people in Philadelphia.

Following that, Jarvis got kinda crazy, determining that absolutely everyone should recognize their mother one specific day of the year. She started petitioning local and state governments to pass a law on the matter, and calling magazines and newspapers to support her idea. Seven years after her mother’s passing, Jarvis quit her job to found the Mother’s Day International Association, with the stated goal of making Mother’s Day nationally recognized.

For real. She quit her job for this. Can anyone say “codependent relationship?” And with a dead person too. I’m pretty sure that takes her from “kinda crazy” to “kinda creepy.”

Bates Motel, anyone?

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson gave in to the crazy, creepy lady and put her idea into law. Jarvis declared a monumental victory, celebrating how it would become “a great Home Day of our country for sons and daughters to honor their mothers and fathers and homes in a way that will perpetuate family ties and give emphasis to true home life.”

Instead, what happened is that Mother’s Day went commercial. And Jarvis freaked out. Again.

Disgusted with the marketing ploys her idea inspired, she once ordered a “Mother’s Day salad” on said holiday only to dump it on the floor and storm out of the restaurant. Yahoo continues:

“In 1923, Jarvis crashed a candy confectioner’s conference, staging a protest, and two years later, she ambushed a convention hosted by the American War Mothers (a patriotic group that supports veterans) because it used ‘Mother’s Day’ as part of its fundraising efforts. She was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace. Jarvis also routinely rallied against Eleanor Roosevelt, who supported certain charities that Jarvis believed capitalized on her holiday. And she compared Frances Perkins, the first female secretary of labor, to Mussolini after discovering that Perkins supported a women’s health clinic that used Mother’s Day in its advertising campaign.

“… Jarvis continued fighting for the abolishment of Mother’s Day until she died penniless in 1948 at the age of 84 at Philadelphia’s Marshall Square Sanitarium, a now-closed mental asylum, where she lived out the last four years of her lie.”

Two lessons she should have – and apparently didn’t – learn out of all of this:

1.      Getting the government involved to coerce people into behaving a certain way (i.e. socialism) very rarely if ever works out as planned.

2.      Mothers are way too important to have a single holiday to themselves. We should be recognizing their efforts all the time. Duh!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Religion Comes in Many Forms, and Most of Them Are Exceedingly Dangerous

Religion seems to be a common theme running through the articles that caught my eye today. That’s not a good thing, since religion in most forms is exceptionally dangerous.

That includes the kind of religion Pope Francis called for in Rome, where he was preaching government dependency again (a.k.a. socialism) to solve “all forms of injustices” including “the economy of exclusion” (a.k.a. capitalism, a.k.a. telling people to work for a living, a.k.a. reality).

Considering how often he preaches on that subject, I think it’s safe to say that Pope Francis is probably not a Christian. Not when he’s urging governments to rely on themselves, not God.

Do you know what happens when governments rely on themselves instead of God? They turn into North Korea (which incidentally just called President Obama a “monkey with a red bum.” Whatever that means). Or they turn into Saudi Arabia, which sentenced a website editor to 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison for criticizing certain religious figures and Islam in general.

You can argue that Saudi Arabia passed that judgment for religious purposes. And you’d be right. To a degree. But it’s Pope Francis’ form of religion, where governments pick and choose what gods they want to follow, including their own selfish, disgusting, dangerous selves.

Those kinds of gods prompt terrorist groups like Nigeria’s Boko Haram to kidnap schoolgirls, force some of them into marriages and threaten to sell the rest into other forms of slavery.

And don’t think for a moment they’re not the same kind of gods that prompt people like Michelle Obama to pretend to care about those schoolgirls by posting pictures to Twitter with sad selfies holding signs saying “#BringBackOurGirls.”

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out yesterday, the White House didn’t care one bit about Boko Haram for two years straight while Hillary Clinton ran the State Department, repeatedly refusing to label the child-raping group as terrorists. The only reason Michelle Obama, her husband and their cronies to “care” now is because the news is everywhere; it makes them look good to care.

They’re using those schoolgirls for their own personal gain just as much as Boko Haram is.

It might seem drastic to lump Pope Francis and Michelle Obama in with terrorists and the kind of tyrants we see in North Korea and Saudi Arabia. But it’s actually disturbingly fitting.

Why? Because when we’re not following the Bible – and I mean really paying attention to what it says and why it says it – anything goes. Anything like spending countless amounts on managing made-up phenomenon like global warming in the face of record cold spells, while demonizing people actually using their religious beliefs to help people, like David and Jason Benham, whose scheduled show Flip It Forward just got canceled because they’re Christians.

This world is messed up, in large part thanks to religion. Today’s news is screaming for us to acknowledge the truth. Why we’re not listening in the face of so much suffering is beyond me.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Newsweek Severely Scolds Israel for Spying on U.S.

Sometimes the news is just too alarming not to report. Sometimes it’s too disgusting to whisk away like it doesn’t matter.

And then there are times when it’s so eye-rolling ridiculous that I can’t help from adding my commentary. Such is the case with the following Yahoo! article I stumbled upon yesterday afternoon…

“Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday.

“The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.

“Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony ‘very sobering ... alarming ... even terrifying’, and quoted another as saying the behavior was ‘damaging.’

“‘No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do,’ said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, according to Newsweek.

“It said that briefing was one of several in recent months given by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate.

“The former congressional staffer said the intelligence agencies did not give specifics, but cited ‘industrial espionage—folks coming over here on trade missions or with Israeli companies working in collaboration with American companies, [or] intelligence operatives being run directly by the government, which I assume meant out of the [Israeli] Embassy.’

“Israel's espionage activities in America are unrivaled and go far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, Britain and Japan, counter-intelligence agents told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, Newsweek said.”

It wasn’t very long ago that we got caught with our own hands in the international cookie jar, spying on our allies, hacking into their systems and even bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. And we never apologized for any of it. Not really. Not sincerely.

But after largely ignoring tons and tons and tons of incriminating data, we’re going to turn around and start whining about how other people are spying on us?

If it’s even true – which I’m not saying it is or isn’t – it’s laughable. On so many levels.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Obama Administration Still Set on Convincing Us Global Warming Is an Issue

How out of touch is the Obama administration from “little people” like us?

After a crazy cold winter where Florida schools had to close for ice and snow; some Wisconsin counties experienced record-breaking temperatures of -31 degrees; Detroit, Michigan, set new snowfall records; and the larger U.S. experienced its coldest six-month period in 102 years…

The Obama administration is firmly standing behind a National Climate Assessment report out this week that claims our nation and the planet as a whole are at great risk of overheating from global warming.

I’d blame that cluelessness on all of the vacations Obama is known for taking, except that the U.S. wasn’t the only one not creating nearly enough greenhouse gases to stay warm. I mean, Wisconsin was a tropical paradise compared to the -41 degrees in one Swedish village.

So no, Obama can’t claim ignorance based on his habit of being physically away from the country.

Mentally though?

I’m not even going to go there…

Monday, May 5, 2014

Journalism Is About as Believable as Global Warming/Climate Change These Days

In today’s post, you’ll find an example of the state of journalism in the Western world, courtesy of Canada’s The Globe and Mail. Titled “Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate,” it claims to be “part of a series examining the health repercussions for Canadians of a changing climate.”

This is how it starts out:

“Sammy McLean, 14, felt overwhelming helplessness as she stood with her family and watched two angry rivers – the Bow and the Elbow – surge through their home, cutting a path of destruction across the downtown Calgary neighbourhood. Furniture flew through the front windows, and the basement and first floor were washed out and filled with mud. McLean remembers thinking that her once calm, picturesque street resembled a war zone.

“A confident, athletic girl, McLean says the flood left her vulnerable, scared and hating the rivers that encircled her home. ‘They wouldn’t let us in for several days after we were evacuated,’ says McLean, who now lives in a downtown condo with her parents and three siblings while the house is being extensively renovated. ‘I used to think the rivers were so pretty. It made me not like them any more. I thought the water was going to take away the whole house – and my bedroom.’

“While the Alberta floods haven’t been directly linked to climate change…”

Let me bring this article to a screeching halt right there. The opening two paragraphs are about a 14-year-old girl who is traumatized by Mother Nature gone wild. Thanks to the title and editor’s note explaining the focus of said article, we’re intended to conclude that she’s a victim of climate change/global warming.

But wait! “… the Alberta floods haven’t been directly linked to climate change” at all! Which means that, directly speaking, at least, she’s not a victim, right?

Actually, wrong again. Thanks to our journalists, educators and politicians – who are all in cahoots to hamper individual development whenever possible – poor Sammy McLean still ends up being victimized, as evidenced by the rest of the paragraph, which continues:

“… destructive weather events are expected to increase in Canada in the future. McLean, a normally upbeat youth, is painfully aware of the sheer power of Mother Nature and the carnage its fury can wreak. She’s now anxious about what we’re doing to our environment. ‘I volunteered to take an active role in my school’s Model United Nations, which is studying the impact climate change is having on our planet,’ she said.”

Let me save you the irritation of reading any further …. The only thing intelligent readers can learn from this Globe and Mail article is that today’s brand of journalism will shamelessly encourage the exploitation of young minds by drawing ridiculous parallels between apples and aliens.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Are Not Doing Ourselves Any Favors Picking and Choosing Who Is Allowed to Be Racist

Yesterday, I expressed my completely correct opinions (also known as facts) about the Donald Sterling racism scandal.

Considering what happened on a public school bus in Dover, Delaware, yesterday, I think a decent chunk of it bears repeating:

“Racist comments are apparently not protected under the NBA’s terms and agreements of ownership. So the organization is legally allowed to throw Donald Sterling under the regulatory bus and run over him as many times as it sees fit. In this case, 2.5 million times. And then some.

“Legally, it has every right. But logically? This was a cowardly PR stunt, pure and simple.

“He did bring a lot of negative attention on the NBA, so I can see banning him for a year. But inflicting the most drastic punishment for expressing some stupid comments?

“That’s actually kind-of scary. It tells me that society is terrified of offending certain groups. It says that, as a nation, we are more focused on gaining approval – or even worse, avoiding disapproval – than doing the right thing.

“I mean, what would the NBA do if one of its own was involved in an assault allegation? Or rape? Or murder? My guess is not much, since those actual crimes are a lot more societally acceptable than merely hurting the wrong people’s feelings.

“Again, Sterling is a racist, and I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. But that doesn’t mean I’m happy about his sentencing. Because it tells me we’re nowhere even close to solving our race issues.”

Then just to prove me right, there’s news coming out of Dover, Delaware, about a cellphone video of black teenage boys beating up a white student on a public school bus heading home from Parkway Academy School.

You think anyone is covering this other than a few conservative sites such as Breitbart? If you do, you’re living under a rock.

Worse yet, the bus driver didn’t stop the bus, call the police or even file a report with administration. She only told the school that the student in question left the bus early… which was true… 14 miles away from home so he could get away from the bullies.

Let me make this as clear as I possibly can:

We ARE NOT DOING OURSELVES ANY FAVORS picking and choosing who is allowed to be racist and who isn’t. We’re not doing our black selves a single bit of good, nor our white selves, nor our anything-else-selves, by using past bad behavior to excuse current bad behavior.

All we’re doing is victimizing everyone.

Racism is wrong, people. No matter what color it comes in.

This shouldn’t be rocket science.