Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Needs to Look Up the Definition of “Classless”

I know I’m a bit late to the game, but I want to talk about the whole Bachelorette scandal, where Andi Dorfman got called out by runner-up Nick Viall for having sex with him right before she dumped him on national television.

“Knowing how in love with you I was, if you weren’t in love with me, I’m just not sure why you made love with me,” he told her on the “After the Final Rose” episode.

“I think that’s kind of below the belt,” Dorfman told him, then stated later, “I just felt like, again, [it was] just kind of classless. That’s supposed to be private, and I don’t know what purpose you’re accomplishing by doing that. But you know, we’re going to take the high road…”

Ummm… Ok. I’m not trying to slut-shame or anything but I’m pretty sure she needs to look up the word “classless” in the dictionary. I’m pretty sure it’ll say something along the lines of:

Class·less [klas-lis, klahs-]
adjective
1.      Airing all of your private business on national TV on a show that is all about you making(out) your way through a gaggle of people in order to find “true love.”
2.      Having sex with someone and then dumping them in the next episode. (Or was it the same episode? I’m not sure since I didn’t watch it.)
3.      Calling someone “classless” after behaving in manners 1 and/or 2.

In other words, Andi Dorfman is a classless hypocrite. And while I very, very, very rarely agree with Fox News’ Bob Beckel on The Five, I can’t disagree with him for calling her “a slut.” Yes, there are most definitely nicer ways of describing her behavior, but there are also nicer ways of treating people than how Dorfman treated Viall.

Her behavior was ridiculous, hurtful and, frankly, embarrassing. I’m not saying we should start throwing stones, but maybe someone should sit her down and tell her she’s not doing herself or anyone else any favors by behaving in this manner…

And while they’re at it, maybe they could suggest she brush up on her vocabulary as well.


P.S. I’d be saying the same exact thing if a man behaved like Andi Dorfman did.

P.P.S. I also agree with the brunette woman on The Five who called Bob Beckel out for being a hypocrite. I’m sure he’s slept with women and then dumped ‘em the next day, which makes him just as much of “a slut” as Andi Dorfman.

P.P.P.S. Yes, I’m projecting an opinion on Beckel, but he certainly doesn’t do anything to dissuade viewers of the notion that he’s a complete and absolute oinker.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Facebook Deems “Fire Challenges” and “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews” to be “Community Friendly”

Facebook. The powerful social media platform managed to factor prominently into every one of the stories I wanted to cover today, so let’s get right to tearing into Mark Zuckerberg’s empire…

There seems to be some Facebook/YouTube challenge going around involving one of the dumbest forms of pyromania I’ve ever heard of. It’s called a “Fire Challenge” and involves coating your skin in some kind of highly flammable liquid and then lighting yourself on fire.

The aim isn’t to kill yourself. It’s not to start any kind of protest or bring attention to any kind of cause. Nope, this motivation is even dumber… It’s to burn off your hair.

I really, really wish I was kidding.

After watching a bunch of these videos, some idiot 15-year-old in Kentucky decided to try it himself, rubbing alcohol on his chest and then… you guessed it… setting himself on fire. Fortunately for him, he only ended up with second-degree burns instead of anything worse.

Speaking of worse, Facebook takes requests for the removal of offensive pages. So when a “Death to zionst baby killer Israeli jews” went up, people filed the necessary complaints.

Here’s the message they received in response:

“We reviewed your report of Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.”

Okaaaaayyyy…

Someone clearly needs to educate Facebook on the definition of “hate speech.” I would say any kind of speech that encourages people around the world – the U.S. and Europe included – to riot and assault others should at least be seriously considered to be hateful.

My main question is why. Why so many objections to one of the only civilized Middle Eastern countries defending itself? Why vilify Israel when its Muslims neighbors are acting so horribly?

Like Pakistan, where a mob of mainstream Muslims rioted over a Facebook post made by a non-mainstream Muslim. The rioters set houses on fire, killing a grandmother and her seven-year-old and infant granddaughters, and injuring others… while the police stood there and watched.

Maybe we should start a “Pipe Down Already, You Murderous Muslim Extremists” Facebook page. But Zuckerberg would probably find that offensive and take it down… unless perhaps we added some dangerously stupid fire stunts and maybe some really bad grammar.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chick-fil-A Applies Christian Values to Everything and Comes Out on Top

Let’s talk about something wholesome and uplifting for a change.

Let’s talk about… Chick-fil-A!

There’s a Yahoo article today that I found quite fascinating. It’s titled: “How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way.”

Attention-grabbing, right? So too are the following facts gleaned from the article…

·         It costs $5,000 to become a franchise operator. In comparison, it costs $1.9 million to get in on KFC.
·         Franchise operation applicants have to go through a year-long vetting process before being approved.
·         Chick-fil-A discriminates in favor of married couples when it comes to that application process.
·         You have to not only display a commitment to the company and its mission statement of glorifying “God by being a faith steward of all that is entrusted to us,” but also a dedication to “wholesome values.”

So where does all of that get Chick-fil-A? According to the Yahoo article:

Chick-fil-A’s hiring practices have been met with opposition, as the company has been sued at least 12 times on charges of employment discrimination, according to Forbes. And yet that has done little to stop the company from becoming the most successful fast food restaurant in America on a per-store basis.

“The average Chick-fil-A store produced $2.7 million in revenue in 2010, which was $300,000 more than a second-place McDonald’s, according to www.ajc.com. And turnover at Chick-fil-A stores for both franchise operators and hourly workers are both far below industry averages, according to Forbes.

“One quick note, unlike many fast food chains, Chick-fil-A owns all of it stores and has franchise operators instead of owners. The setup seems to be mutually beneficial, as the average Chick-fil-A franchise operator makes $190,000 a year, more than most franchise owners, according to www.ajc.com.”

With all of that information, it’s kinda difficult to come to any conclusion but the following one: Conservative Christian values are not only a viable business model but a superior one.

It makes me wonder what we could accomplish if the American people put our politicians through the same rigorous testing process.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey: How Feminism Has Brought Us Full Circle to Gender Exploitation

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on 5/7/12. I'm sharing it again because of the hoopla over the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, which was released this week.

In 1848, the first women’s rights convention assembled in Seneca Falls, New York. Those gathered wrote up a Declaration of Sentiments, which accused men of trying “to destroy [woman’s] confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life.” Recognizing that women had a lot to offer a society that didn’t always welcome them, this group set out to change the world.

Their efforts ushered in the feminist movement, though progress oftentimes seemed slow. It took nearly a half century before Colorado gave women the vote, several more decades for the federal government to agree, and another 43 years after that before equal pay for equal work came to fruition. Yet because of that pioneering front, women can now teach elementary school classes or college courses, become nurses or doctors, stay at home with the children or work for NASA. And for all of those opportunities, we owe the feminist movement an enormous debt of gratitude.

Yet somewhere along the way, feminists stopped their admirable struggle for equality and started demanding supremacy instead. As their efforts grew more and more militant, sexism became a one-way street where women were always the victims and men the evil perpetrators. This meant that even the most inoffensive action could be construed as misogyny. Opening doors, paying for dates, telling women they looked beautiful: It was all labeled unacceptably backwards behavior. And before long, men began accepting the feminists’ premise that masculinity was shameful.

Some men came to embrace that depiction, using it as an excuse to act like cretins, especially towards the opposite sex. Others overcompensated to the opposite extreme, becoming tragic pushovers concerning women. Constantly worried about saying or doing the wrong thing around women, men learned how to use misdirection and manipulation to get what they wanted, dancing around issues and changing the subject – when they found any modicum of courage at all – instead of speaking their minds maturely. No longer acting with honor and leadership, they came nowhere near to reaching their full potential.

In short, because the real definition of masculinity had been so severely altered, they began behaving like they had no idea how to behave at all, a trend that continues today.

Not surprisingly, this degradation of the opposite sex puts women in a bind as well. The genders are supposed to complement each other in every way. Common feminine traits like compassion and consideration contrast perfectly with their masculine counterparts to make life and living possible. Without one, the other is incomplete and automatically seeks to find what it’s missing. Unfortunately, since militant feminism altered masculinity over the decades, western women today often don’t have a clear example of what they want and need. So they ignorantly accept substitutes, many of which are downright demeaning, disgusting and even dangerous.

Enter female British writer E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which hit the bookshelves last June. The first installment in an erotic trilogy, it follows recent college grad Anastasia “Ana” Steele as she falls for Christian Grey, a rich and handsome bachelor with a darker side who rapidly admits he is “fifty shades of f*cked up.” Considering how his favorite pastime is domineering and downright abusing sexually complacent women, he’s not wrong.

Grey lures the all-too willing Ana into his world of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism, complete with a “red room of pain” and a contract detailing how to behave as a “submissive.” While the supposedly sexy main male character is easing the virginal protagonist into the world of BDSM, she rolls her eyes at him, a cardinal sin that he harshly spanks her for. That punishment is a threat he continues to hold over her to keep her from defying him again.

For her part, Ana continuously pushes her allotted boundaries, a characteristic that is supposed to make readers think she is strong-willed. Yet her overarching actions show otherwise when she continues to romantically associate with Grey, knowing full well that he abuses women – submissive though they are – and wants to similarly mistreat her. She still agrees (admittedly with conditions) to sign his contract, address him only as “Sir” in his “playroom,” and submit to “punishment” sex, all while accepting the idea that he alone controls their physical relationship.

Grey continuously tries to brainwash her into accepting his lifestyle as natural and even beneficial. Readers can find one such example on page 224, where he tells Ana:

“If you were my sub, you wouldn’t have to think about this. It would be easy… All those decisions – all the wearying thought processes behind them. The ‘is this the right thing to do? Should this happen here? Can it happen now?’ You wouldn’t have to worry about any of that detail. That’s what I’d do as your Dom…”

Her responses to his domineering are equally disturbing, as on page 227, after he spanks her:

“I rise stiffly and put my sweatpants back on. They chafe a little against my still-smarting behind. I’m so confused by my reaction. I remember him saying—I can’t remember when—that I would feel so much better after a good hiding. How can that be so? I really don’t get it. But strangely, I do. I can’t say that I enjoyed the experience. In fact, I would still go a long way to avoid it, but now… I have this safe, weird, bathed in afterglow, sated feeling.”

After that compliant subjugation, Ana emails him her thoughts (p. 292):

“Dear Mr. Grey,

You wanted to know why I felt confused after you—which euphemism should we apply—spanked, punished, beat, assaulted me. Well, during the whole alarming process, I felt demeaned, debased, and abused. And much to my mortification, you’re right, I was aroused, and that was unexpected…

What really worries me was how I felt afterward. And that’s more difficult to articulate. I was happy that you were happy. I felt relieved that it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. And when I was lying in your arms, I felt… sated. But I feel very uncomfortable, guilty even, feeling that way. It doesn’t sit well with me, and I’m confused as a result…”

To which he responds (p. 293-294):

“Miss Steele.

To answer your points:
  • I’ll go with spanking—as that’s what it was.
  • So you felt demeaned, debased, abused, and assaulted… Do you really feel like this or do you think you ought to feel like this? Two very different things. If that is how you feel, do you think you could just try to embrace these feelings, deal with them, for me? That’s what a submissive would do…
  • Yes, you were aroused, which in turn was very arousing, there’s nothing wrong with that…
  • Punishment spanking hurts far more than sensual spanking—so that’s about as hard as it gets, unless, of course, you commit some major transgression, in which case I’ll use some implement to punish you with…
  • Don’t waste your energy on guilt, feelings of wrongdoing, etc. We are consenting adults and what we do behind closed doors is between ourselves. You need to free your mind and listen to your body…
That last point is especially telling, since men’s bodies are usually stronger than women’s. So for Grey to encourage her to follow her body – which he can largely manipulate at will – over her conscience is yet another indication that he wants to control her, not compliment her. Worse yet, while he’s strong enough to force his will, she proves herself weaker than him in other areas, ones where women are supposed to be stronger. She allows him to psychologically instead of physically enslave her, freely opening up her conscience so that he can brainwash her into believing that backwards is forward, wrong is right, and slavery is freedom.

Essentially, Grey wants “to destroy” Ana’s “confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life,” the exact kind of life feminism was supposed to deliver us from.

And she lets him.

According to the female author of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” female readers are supposed to find Christian Grey incredibly sexy. The female protagonist certainly does (at least until the very end of the book when her psychologically and physically abusive “boyfriend” goes a step too far. That’s when she finally leaves him, though only until the second book). And judging by the series’ ever-growing cult-like following, its predominantly female reader base is all too happy to see Ana go scurrying right back into Grey’s grasp. In fact, there are a number of those readers who seem like they would gladly switch places with her if it only meant they could kneel at the main male character’s feet.

Their delighted response with such anti-feminist material really only leaves three conclusions to draw. Either:

1.     Women are exceptionally stupid and think they want something from men that they wouldn’t actually enjoy
2.     Women are naturally subservient creatures who really do want and/or need to be controlled by men
3.     Women are desperately looking for something in men that they can’t quite identify

While people in general (men as well as women) can be exceptionally stupid, there is absolutely no argument to be made for conclusion number two. Women are not naturally subservient creatures just looking for the right guy to spank them into submission. Thinking otherwise is misogynistic and completely lacking in any factual basis.

So that leaves option number three: That women want men to act like men again, a role that includes being willing to lead and fight and provide when necessary… not domineer, control and patronize. Yet because it’s so difficult to find members of the opposite sex who are willing to meet their own potential, we too often settle for less. We allow society’s seedier characters – the men who accept their traditional strength but ignore the rest of their assets – to dictate how we feel about sex and sexuality. We allow them to turn us into physical playthings that compliantly bend to their will, whether in the way we dress, how we conduct ourselves, what goals we reach for and how far we’ll go to keep them. And then after they’ve used and abused us, we look around at the more genteel men who seem to run away from their own shadows, and we still find ourselves unsatisfied.

Essentially, we want the best of both worlds, which is exactly what we’re created to crave. We weren’t happy being subjugated before the feminist movement and we’re not happy being the sometime subjugators after it. Like the kind of men we really want to find, we’re meant to be a complicated mix of life’s elements, both strong and yielding.

Knowing that, perhaps it’s time for both men and women to convene again under a new declaration: One that supports masculinity and femininity for all they’re worth separately and together. Because what the genders need to realize is that they’re both worth a lot. And until we stop fighting that fact, nobody is going to be very happy. Or fulfilled… No matter what the current form of feminism, E L James or the Fifty Shades of Grey fan following might try to say to the contrary.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Capitalism Is a Threat to Global Warming… Well, It Is!


That Daily Caller headlines sums up the global warming agenda in a Twitter-approved 53 characters (spaces included). But in case you need more details, here’s how the article starts:

“Environmentalists have declared that global warming can’t be stopped without ending the ‘hegemonic capitalist system,’ saying that cap-and-trade systems and conservation efforts are ‘false solutions.’

“‘The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,’ reads the final draft of the Margarita Declaration, presented at a conference including about 130 environmental groups.

“‘To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system,’ the declaration adds.”

You might also be interested in knowing that these environmental groups met in the [WARNING: Sarcasm Alert Ahead] socialist paradise of Venezuela on behalf of the United Nations.

But that’s what global warming is really all about: socialism. Not saving the earth, not making a difference for future generations or Little Bunny Foo Foo.

It’s about control. Their control, to be specific. Or, to get even more blunt, it’s about their control over us.

When I say “them,” I’m talking about the people who already have too much power but can’t seem to be happy with their overabundance. They want more. They always want more, and inspiring or shaming everyone into “saving the planet” is a masterfully manipulative way of gaining that elusive “more.”

Basically, they’re lying, cheating and stealing for the ability to lie, cheat and steal some more. They’re greedy, and no matter how much control we grant them, they’re always going to demand more from us until we’re sucked dry and dead… or wishing we were.

Capitalism, on the other hand – the real kind, not the crony establishment we’re fostering today – is exactly the opposite. It gives an appropriate amount of power to the people: to the big guy and the little guy alike.

People who say otherwise are lying. Or ignorant. Free markets mean that anyone can pursue their dreams with the chance of making them happen. Socialism, on the other hand, means that government can pursue its dreams. At your expense.

So when Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club, stands up and says that global warming “is the greatest challenge facing our generation,” he’s not only wrong; he’s lying through his vampire teeth while rubbing his hands in glee at the opportunity to suck your blood.

Global warming isn’t the greatest threat our generation faces. It’s not a threat at all when it was 70 flipping degrees outside when I left my apartment this morning. In late July.

You could however make a pretty darn good argument that socialism could be the struggle of the century. In which case, yes, capitalism is a threat to global warming.

And that's a good thing!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HBO Sinks to a New Low in Attacking Conservatives on “True Blood”

How much does Hollywood hate conservatives? Let me count the ways.

Actually, nah. It would be a waste of my time. If you don’t believe it already, it’s because you don’t want to, and you’re not going to no matter the damning stacks of evidence.

For those of you with eyes, ears and functioning brains, however, here’s the latest example of how perversely biased Hollywood is toward the right, as told by Breitbart:

“On Sunday night’s episode of ‘True Blood,’ the fangs literally came out for Republicans in general and Republican women specifically. ‘Oh my god,’ one of the show’s lead characters exclaims, ‘I’m a Republi-cunt.’ … that context… in no way mitigates the insult:

“While HBO’s Award winning ‘True Blood,’ a popular vampire drama has had a long-running narrative with the bad guys cast as southern conservative politicians, last night’s episode took it a step farther, calling Ted Cruz supporters a**holes and offensively referring to conservative women in eveningware as ‘republic**nts.’

“When two of the main characters, vampires Eric Northman and Pam De Beaufort, are planning to crash a fictional fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, they are warned, ‘They only let in a**holes.’

“While dressing for the event in cowboy hats and Western evening attire, Pam De Beaufort says, ‘Oh my Godm I’m a republic**t!’

“And finally, De Beaufort enters the gala proclaiming, ‘Of all the horrible things I’ve seen in the last hundred years, this could be the most disturbing.’”

(How stupid is that! You know that kind of hyperbole springs from a fountain of delusions.)

According to another Breitbart article, the fundraiser turns into a bloodbath.

In addition, Sarah Palin was invited to do a guest appearance on the episode without any warning about the specific content. Turning it down, she only learned about the attacks (both fictionally literal and realistically figurative) when everyone else did… this Sunday when it aired.

In response, Palin asked a perfectly reasonable question: “The left wants to talk about a ‘war on women?’ Keep engaging in your misogynist attacks on women you disagree with, and we’ll see who wins your self-inflicted war in the court of decent public opinion.”

What it comes down to is that Hollywood and the left don’t have any better ways of expressing their opinions than to resort to perversity and lies. An anonymous meme probably sums it up best:

“Arguing with liberals: It’s like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Summer Soldier and the Sunshine Patriot Have No Place Here

I’ve been reading a lot about the Revolutionary War while writing my historical fiction novel, Maiden America, which follows a young patriot in Princeton during the arduous close of 1776.

Contrary to myth, war efforts weren’t all that popular as 1776 wore on. In fact, they weren’t popular at all, with the newly-declared states broken up into the following brackets:

·         Traditional Loyalists who truly believed in king and country
·         More self-focused Loyalists who were in it for their own personal gain
·         Average Americans who knew King George III was setting dangerous precedents, but wouldn’t decry him so forcefully when they had other obligations to think of
·         Americans who were all-in when the war was popular… but lost much or all of their fervor when things weren’t going so well. (In their defense, things REALLY weren’t going so well by December 1776.)
·         Americans who were all-in when the war was popular and still so when everything and practically everyone turned against them... but were certain they were facing a humiliating and all-conclusive defeat (General Washington even felt that way.)

Out of the five categories, that last one was by far the smallest. Depressingly so.

It was in the midst of all that when Thomas Paine published a piece called “The American Crisis,” which starts out like this:

“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”

Now in 2014, we’re once again being overly taxed, overly regulated and disrespected by our superiors. Case in point for that last one is how Obama just told us that Joe Biden would make a “superb” president. If that’s not a sure sign he thinks we’re stupid sheep, I don’t know what is.

We’re also having our borders overrun, with anti-American leaders urging our anti-American president (King George III reincarnated) and anti-American citizens (Loyalists) to “punish those” who protest this exceptionally dangerous precedent. And let’s face it, the rest of us are too brainwashed to know we’re being taken advantage of, too afraid to speak up or seemingly not being heard at all.

So let me take a moment to put Thomas Paine’s “American Crisis” into modern-day language…

The national picture is painfully difficult right now. And there are many among us who don’t want to fight for what’s right, for one reason or another. But there’s going to come a day when those cowards and quitters will have to thank those among us who truly lived for freedom. Oppression isn’t any more easily conquered than the powers of hell, but our successful efforts will be more than worth it in the end. We’ve seen how little we value the freedom we received through no personal effort; this is a wake-up call to treasure what we now have to fight for.

A few brave men and women standing up for that freedom changed the course of history way back when in 1776 and beyond… Today’s America, it’s high time we did the same.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baltimore City Enacts $500 Fine to Parents of Teens Caught Out After Dark

This morning, during my usual perusal through The Drudge Report, I saw a headline reading: “City Cracks Down with Toughest Curfew In Country; Parents Face $500 Fines…”

Now, I don’t pay attention to Baltimore news. I could really care less about it overall. The way I look at the local going-ons is this:

I’m already very well aware that my city is irrevocably screwed up, and that the only way it will cease being screwed up is if God himself grants it a miracle.

(He can, of course, so I guess that makes my city almost irrevocably screwed up, not entirely.)

Yet despite not caring one bit about reading about the latest set of violence to occur in this ridiculously immature city of mine, when I saw that headline, I thought to myself: How much you wanna bet that’s Baltimore?

And then I clicked on it just to see if I was right.

Guess what? I was! Go me!!!

I think I deserve a cookie. But moving on…

It appears that Baltimore will soon feature the nation’s toughest curfew laws, signed, sealed and delivered by none other than our very own Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who hasn’t done a single thing to curb Baltimore City violence during her tenure, as far as I’m aware.

Parents will have to pay a $500 fine if their children under 14 are caught out unsupervised after 9:00 pm. And the same applies to kids between the ages of 14 and 16, only they’re given until 10:00 to clear the streets.

Parents can waive the fine by attending parental guidance classes, paid for by Baltimore taxpayers, of course.

This is a desperate, last-ditch attempt to curb the thug activity perpetrated by exceptionally violent miniature gangsters, who – when grouped together – can do just as much damage as the full-grown kind.

We’ll see if it does any good whatsoever.

Knowing Baltimore, probably not.

Friday, July 18, 2014

All I Know Is I’m Not Home Yet

Twice now this week, I’ve had fairly familiar, inappropriate – on his part, not mine – encounters with one of my coworkers…

I think.

I’m about 99% sure. Maybe even 99.9%.

My confusion lies in the fact that this individual is rather unique. He’s what I call a “creeper,” but the only person I’ve ever seen him creep on is me. And believe me, I’ve done my best to prove otherwise.

This singular creepiness sometimes makes me wonder if I’m going crazy.

Now, he’s never said anything inappropriate to me. Really, he barely speaks to me at all (though again, he’s not like that with anyone else). He only ever stares, sometimes for ten creepy seconds at a time. Usually at my face. Usually. And there was one whole rotten week where I felt pretty darn small under his intense and repeated scrutiny.

Then again, sometimes he doesn’t pay me any attention at all, at least from what I can tell. In fact, before this Wednesday, I don’t think he ogled me once for a lovely two months.

This inconsistency also makes me doubt myself.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like wondering whether I’m making stuff up or not. Nor do I like falsely accusing people of being creepers. So I really wish I had the hutzpah to confront him about all of this and clear the air once and for all.

I most definitely don’t have that kind of hutzpah, however. And even if I did, there’s absolutely no guarantee I’d get the truth out of him. Let’s face it, if I’m right and he does have an unnatural fascination of me, he’d probably play the “crazy female” card, as men are prone to do when they’re trapped by facts and logic presented by a dissenting woman.

Regardless, while I mused this morning about whether I’m making things up or not, and all of the things I don’t know and probably never will know, Building 429’s “Where I Belong” started running through my head.

The chorus goes like this:

All I know is I’m not home yet.
This is not where I belong.
Take this world and give me Jesus.
This is not where I belong.

So here’s my conclusion on the whole stupid drama… Is my creepy coworker checking me out like a thirteen-year-old who just realized girls exist?

Who knows. I don’t. Not for 100% sure anyway.

But what I do know is a heck of a lot more important than that… That I have a home far, far away from creepers – both real and imagined – and uncertainties and insecurities.

Seriously, take this world and give me Jesus. Because this world isn’t worth it. Not one bit.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Representative Frederica Wilson Is a Stupid Politician… Also Known as a Politician

How stupid are our politicians?

Let’s turn to Representative Frederica Wilson speaking from the House floor to answer that…

Remember those poor Nigerian schoolgirls who got kidnapped by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram back in mid-April?

Well, most of them are still kidnapped, and the ones who have escaped did it on their own. The Nigerian government has proved useless, and the U.S. hasn’t been any better, mainly just offering up Michelle Obama’s stupid #BringBackOurGirls campaign as a negotiation tool.

‘Cause that’s going to do something to convince the Boko Haram terrorists to stop being such meanie faces.

But apparently there are idiots out there who really think it will, starting with the aforementioned Representative Wilson. Speaking before the whole entire House, she passionately declared:

“Three months without our girls means that the time is now to keep pressure on the Nigerian government! We must tweet with the fervent expression that extends beyond the glamor of a breaking news story. We cannot slow down. We cannot lose momentum. We cannot rest until our girls are at home. Every morning, between nine and 12, tweet ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ with the hashtag: #BringBackOurGirls. #JoinRepWilson. Hashtag! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Keep tweeting until we bring back our girls.”

So many things to say and such a short space in which to say it, but let me try anyway:

·         First off, unless Wilson is Nigerian, the kidnapped young women are not “her” girls.
·         Secondly, “We cannot slow down”? “We cannot lose momentum”? Honey, I think that means we had some momentum in the first place. And guess what, we didn’t. We haven’t made a single bit of progress because the collective “we” (i.e. America, i.e. the Obama administration) doesn’t care to.
·         Third of all, I’m pretty sure that tweeting the action you want to be taken is one of the least effective ways ever to make a positive difference, especially in a hostage crisis.
·         Fourth up, I’m pretty sure that Boko Haram just posted a video making fun of “our” hashtag so-called crusade. They think it’s a joke, largely because it is. A really sad one.
·         And number five? “Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!” sounds ridiculous. I feel like I should follow it up with the chant I used to jump rope to back in the day: “Tweedle deet. Rockin’ robin. Tweet, tweedle deet.”

Wilson is an utter disaster as a politician, a leader and an intellectual. She’s downright disgraceful in her stupidity. Then again, what politician isn’t these days?

Since we’re the ones electing them, I guess that makes us disgracefully stupid too.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What America Is Known For

If a bomb goes off in Boston, I take notice. The same goes for Madrid or Paris or London. But I seem to gloss over headlines like “89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan.”

Why?

Well, I’m not at all happy that a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-packed car near a busy market. It’s just that this is what Afghanistan is known for. Bombings happen every other day over there, it seems.

It’s still tragic, don’t get me wrong. But it barely feels like news to someone like me, who thankfully has nothing to do with the bloody picture.

In recognizing this propensity, I also recognized that it isn’t at all right. And then I started thinking about what America is known for.

Nine years ago, when I studied abroad in England, I would have said we were known for Hollywood and George W. Bush. I certainly got plenty of questions or comments about both, with the former topic considered praiseworthy in my hostland’s eyes and the latter being horrid.

Today, I’m not really sure I’d get the same reactions if I spent any significant time over there…

I mean, as my reaction – or lack thereof – to the Afghanistan bombing shows, people usually form their opinions about other countries from the media: books, radio, television/movies or the news. And what is all over the news these days?

Our immigration problem is, for one. Our debt and teetering economy for another. Our disrespectful president for a third. Our gang problems for another.

Just today, right up there with the Afghanistan bomb blast, was an article about a rookie cop who was killed in a shootout in Jersey City, New Jersey after responding to an armed robbery. Afterward, many in the community banded together to honor his shooter, who also died.

That’s right. They banded together to honor shooter. Not the victim. The shooter. And according to the Associated Press, the shooter’s wife told News 12 New Jersey that “she was sorry for Santiago’s family but that her husband should have killed more officers if they were planning to kill him. She later apologized for the comments.”

Sadly, that doesn’t surprise me one bit considering the level of utter ignorance I see personally or read about every day. My fellow countrymen and women are becoming more and more consumed with themselves and nothing else.

That’s what America is becoming known for: self-consumption and the resulting chaotic degradation. Really, I’m not sure if bombings would be any more deadly in the end. Though I'm absolutely certain I prefer being known for George W. Bush.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Feeds ABC More Lies and Excuses About Immigration

Like his boss, Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder is an unabashed liar who will manipulate facts and emotions with the same attitude most people take toward breathing.

He arrogantly assumes it's his right to twist the truth at will.

On ABC’s This Week, Holder claimed that, “Yes, the immigration laws are being enforced,” following that blatantly untrue statement by saying, “We are faced with an extraordinary situation where thousands of people – young people especially – are fleeing Central America for economic reasons, to get away from endemic violence in their countries.”

Lies and excuses. That’s all we ever seem to get from the Obama administration.

And they’re not even well-constructed lies and excuses. There’s no evidence behind them whatsoever, no cover-ups, no thought even.

I’d say that’s the most insulting part, except that wouldn’t be true.

The most insulting part is that we’re losing our country, which used to be something to talk about.

Friday, July 11, 2014

President Obama Gets Especially High Approval Rating From One Religious Group

There’s an interesting, new Gallup poll out there about President Obama’s approval rating among the various religious groups.

Mormons seem to have the worst opinion, with a mere 18% approving of him and the job he’s doing. Next up is Protestants, who come in at 37%.

Catholics, for some self-destructive reason, give him a 44% approval rating. And atheists (yes, that’s a religious group) take that number up by 10 points to 54%.

Then there’s Jewish Americans, a small majority of which are willing to overlook President Obama’s antagonistically anti-Israel stances. They give him 55%, while “Other non-Christians” have a 59% favorable view.

But do you know what religious group gives President Obama a whopping 72% approval rating despite his utterly and obviously anti-American agenda?

That would be Muslim Americans.

Like I said… Interesting, right?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

John Boehner: “I Disagree” With Sarah Palin Calling for Obama’s Impeachment

Sarah Palin says we should impeach President/Dictator Wannabe/Complete and Utter Arrogant Jerk Obama.

She would though, wouldn’t she? I mean, she’s already proved a few times over that she’s got a brain and spunk.

Speaker of the House John Boehner disagrees.

He would though, wouldn’t he? I mean, he’s already proved a few times over that he’s more concerned with doing things the D.C. way than the American way.

In an exclusive piece with Breitbart, Palin had this to say:

“Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.”

When questioned about this, Boehner merely stated and then restated, “I disagree.”

Why no detailed rebuttal? Maybe because there’s no way to actually defend his position when President/Dictator Wannabe/Complete and Utter Arrogant Jerk Obama just submitted a request for AN ADDITIONAL $3.7 billion to cover the costs of housing, feeding, schooling and entertaining the illegal immigrants he’s purposely letting pour into this country.

Incidentally, that’s for this year alone.

As The Washington Times’ Ernest Istook noted, “we could fly all of them home for one-half of 1 percent” of that cost. “That’s a savings of 99.5 percent!”

In short, after literally bowing to foreign dignitaries, ramping up gross government abuse by the TSA, sitting back while terrorist attack after terrorist attack after terrorist attack happened – mostly on American soil – going on unprecedented numbers of vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, ramming Obamacare down our throats and lying to us whenever it suited his purpose – which is pretty much all the time – President/Dictator Wannabe/Complete and Utter Arrogant Jerk Obama is not only steadfastly refusing to put proper resources toward securing our borders but also demanding that we pay for our drug-dealing, prostitute-running, gang-banging, law-breaking neighbors to the south.

They say that history repeats itself, in which case, we’re back in the 1770s with a difficult but nonetheless necessary choice ahead of us.

Back then, we kicked a dictator out for proving unbearably insufferable. And as Sarah Palin rightly pointed out, it’s high time we did the same with his reincarnation today.

John Boehner can go too.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Brazil Loses World Cup to Germany and Burns Flag for Some Stupid Reason

So Brazil lost out on the chance to win the World Cup while hosting the World Cup.

Naturally, fans and citizens are fairly disappointed. There are pictures all over the internet of people looking stunned, sad and even devastated.

Ok. I get it. It’s a big deal. And I know how I felt when the Baltimore Ravens won their Super Bowl game two years ago (I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Enough said.), and how I felt when the Denver Broncos crashed and burned in last year’s Super Bowl.

(I’m also a Broncos fan. Clearly, this hasn’t been the best two years for me in the sports department.)

It’s disappointing to get your hopes up that high only to see them dashed to pieces, especially when your team didn’t just get out-played… It barely played at all (Cough. Cough. Broncos).

I don’t care at all about the rest of the world’s definition of football, so I didn’t watch Germany trounce Brazil. But as far as I’ve heard, it was an epic drubbing: seven to one, with Brazil scoring its single goal late in the game as a pity play by Germany.

That hurts.

However, it shouldn’t hurt so badly that you lose complete confidence in your country – not your country’s sports team, but your entire country – and burn said country’s flag. Yet that’s exactly what a bunch of moron Brazilian fans and citizens did in protest of the loss.

If they’re really THAT committed to football, than they’re perpetual losers who really need to get a life.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Francesca Battistelli’s “He Knows My Name” Beats Lady Gaga’s “Applause” Hands Down

I heard Christian artist Francesca Battistelli’s latest hit-in-the-making on the radio this morning. It was adorable (In fact, I have it playing and replaying on YouTube right now), but I couldn’t help but compare it to a secular song I blogged about earlier this year, Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”

Gaga’s chorus goes:

I live for the Applause, Applause, Applause
I live for the Applause-plause
Live for the Applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

And then here’s the chorus to Christian singer Francesca Battistelli’s “He Knows My Name:”

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name oh, oh,
He knows my name oh, oh


Battistelli may or may not have meant to write “He Knows My Name” as a response to “Applause,” but that’s the result nonetheless. And really, there’s no competition when it comes to the message.

I mean, which one automatically sounds more worthwhile? More fulfilling? More intelligent?

There are plenty more words I could use, but I’ll narrow it down to two: lasting and desirable. Isn’t it infinitely better to be “so adored” by your Father, who knows you – better and worse, amazing and lackluster, success and failure, thick and thin – than to have a bunch of strangers cheering and screaming for you today when you know very well they’ll be gone tomorrow?

Battistelli spells it out further in a bridge: “He calls me chosen, free, forgiven, wanted, child of the King, His forever, held in treasure. I am loved.”

“His forever!” That means we’re secure, wrapped up in his devotion for all eternity. Unlike Lady Gaga’s pleas to her fans, we don’t have to beg for it; we’ve got it! Guaranteed just so long as we continue to accept this Father’s love.

No offense to Lady Gaga, but what kind of nitwit turns that kind of love down for mere “applause?”