Friday, February 27, 2015

A Few Brave Men: Ben Carson and Scott Walker Speak at CPAC This Year

There were two headlines that especially caught my attention on The Drudge Report this morning.

The first was about Scott Walker.

The second was about Ben Carson.

Both men spoke at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and both men are possible presidential candidates for the Republican ticket next year. Also similarly, I really respect both of their efforts.

Scott Walker is the Wisconsin governor who took on the teachers’ unions and won. As the not-so-impressed National Journal put it, he has a “union-busting and budget-slashing reputation,” though he refused “to answer questions about whether President Obama was Christian” and declined “to clearly outline his position on evolution in recent weeks.”

Ya know what? I don’t care about those unanswered questions. I really don’t.

Personally, I don’t think the theory of evolution makes any sense from an intellectual or religious perspective. And I think President Obama has proven up and down that he’s not a Christian, mainly because real Christians don’t make everything about themselves. But whatever. I’m not going to find a candidate – or human being, period – who I agree with on everything.

Just as long as Walker is pro-life and believes this nation’s current course is the wrong one, I’m happy to tout his fiscal track record and courage as awesome reasons to elect him president of the United States.

Then there’s Ben Carson, who I don’t just respect. I kinda love him.

Like I said… Walker is one brave man for doing what he’s done. But Carson easily edges him out for first place here. Sure, he was in front of a bunch of conservatives when he blasted the Democrat party for treating blacks like idiots, saying stuff like “It really is not compassionate to pat people on the head and say, ‘There, there, you poor little thing. I’m going to take care of all your needs.’”

But here’s the thing… He’s spoken up on such hot topics just as openly to very different audiences. So when he accused Democrats of keeping the black vote through suppression, it wasn’t because he was just catering to a particular crowd. It’s because he believes it, and he believes he can do something about changing it for the better.

If I could choose the Republican presidential ticket for 2016, I’d say Ben Carson for president with Scott Walker for VP.

That’s my vote. Consider it locked in.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Germany Unbans One of the Most Disturbing Books Ever Written: “Mein Kampf”

I don’t believe in banning books. In banning one book, we take the first step down an immediately slippery slope that leads to another banned book and then another banned book until free speech is in great danger of being suppressed altogether.

I’m not saying middle schoolers – or even high schoolers – should be expected to handle literary curriculum involving swear words, sex scenes and other elements above their maturity level. But governments shouldn’t have the right to say what we can or cannot read either.

Why bring this up? Because Germany’s “Mein Kampf” is being returned to bookshelves in Germany after a legislative ban since the end of World War II.

Ok, yes: “Mein Kampf” is one of the most disturbing works ever written. But guess what? It wasn’t written in a vacuum.

“Mein Kampf” was the product of a disgusting mind forged in a mix of political, economic and social situations. For one thing, Germany was trying to recover financially and psychologically from World War I, and it increasingly turned to socialism as the answer. That’s why “Nazi” is short for the German title for “National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”

Do you know what socialism teaches? That there’s an enemy; there’s an “other.” It’s a way of inspiring people to step past their comfort zones to achieve great things… by tearing down anyone who isn’t like them.

Another factor that spawned “Mein Kampf” was Germany’s increasing push toward evolution as the end-all and be-all of scientific theories. Because evolution teaches that people morph into physically superior creatures, with the strong surviving by somehow taking from the weak, Hitler and the Nazis were able to justify their classification of certain races as automatically inferior.

Those factors – that kind of depression and obsession – can lead to some dangerous mindsets and subsequent behaviors, where books like “Mein Kampf” are easily accepted because their content has already been too widely adopted… not because they introduce anything brand new to society.

Understanding that, people can learn a lot by reading that piece of hatemongering history… such as how too much of what’s being taught societally, politically, educationally and religiously today smacks of the kind of propaganda Germany accepted as truth in the decades leading up to the Nazi regime.

So I’m all for unbanning “Mein Kampf.” Maybe if more of us read it, we’ll wake up and realize what we’re really striving for.

Then again, who knows? Maybe we’re so far gone we’d welcome its message as the gospel truth.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Patricia Arquette Calls for Women’s Equal Rights in Oscar Acceptance Speech

Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role in “Boyhood.”

I wouldn’t have known that “Boyhood” was a movie, much less an Oscar nominee if I hadn’t been flipping around radio stations this morning and caught the acceptance speech.

Which I think was pathetic.

Here’s the part I objected to: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody’s equal rights. It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Why did I think that was pathetic? I mean, I’m a woman and quite proud of it. I know very well that I am just as valuable as any man right from the get-go, and I’m exponentially more valuable than the majority of them if you factor in maturity levels.

(Sorry, guys. If you don’t want me to slam you, then you should try growing up a bit.)

But here’s the thing that irritated me about Arquette’s little speech… We women may or may not have “fought for everybody’s equal rights” (then again, the same can be said about many men) in the past, but it’s not like we’ve been forced to neglect our own in the process.

If anything, we tossed our perceived value to the side of the road of our own free will.

We reduced our collective value when we started demanding to be treated as superior instead of equal, seeking to trod on the opposite sex’s rights in order to boost our egos and cravings.

We reduced our value when we started accepting the idea that men are physically-driven animals, so we have the right to be physically-driven animals too, sleeping around, showing off our bodies and acting like our goodies are the most compelling thing we got goin’ on.

(Thanks for that, by the way, Hollywood. You are enormously responsible for that bit of anti-feminism, all while cloaking yourself in the name of “equal rights.”)

And we reduced our value that much more when we turned a piece-of-trash novel like “Fifty Shades of Grey” into one of the world’s all-time best sellers.

Yeah, I know I said I’d stop talking about that subject, but that’s what Patricia Arquette’s speech made me think of… How we women are never going to get equality if we keep choosing to stoop to such unequal levels.

If we really want to be taken seriously, we need to start acting seriously instead of just paying lip service to the idea that we matter. I can’t promise that every man will fall in line if we do, but it’ll make a remarkable change nonetheless.

Friday, February 20, 2015

“If These Young, Hot, Little Girls Have a Firearm…” A Solution to Campus Rape?

“If These Young, Hot, Little Girls Have a Firearm…” A Solution to Campus Rape?

We’ve all heard how rape on college and university campuses is a humongous problem.

We’ve heard about it from a whole lot of liars – one of the most recent being Lena Dunham – who have cried rape for the sole purpose of violating someone else’s security. And those disgusting false allegations admittedly put a whole lot of question marks inside of the debate.

But let’s face it… These are oversexed environments where young men and women are told their highest possible achievements are to get drunk and get laid. In that kind of setting, you know there’s a whole lot of unsafe sex going around, and probably too many instances of rape as well.

(Just for the record, one instance of rape is one too many, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the official number per average campus is unfortunately a lot higher than that.)

Anyway, some lawmakers are coming up with the dumbest ideas to combat this safety issue, calling for consent forms and sensitivity classes. Like a real rapist is going to care about either?

I can just see the scenario now… Drunk, oversexed, arrogant, me-me-me college guy tries to drag nice, just-trying-to-get-a-degree-and-make-a-better-life-for-herself college girl off to his primordial cave. Thinking quickly, she reaches into her purse and whips out a consent form and shoves it in his face.

“Excuse me, you jerk!” She reprimands. “I didn’t sign this.”

Drunk, oversexed, arrogant, me-me-me college guy lets her go to scratch his head. “Oh yeah, that sensitivity class I took last month educated me about these. Sorry. Totally forgot.”

Don’t see that happening? Yeah, neither do I.

But Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is talking about a different solution: guns. “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm,” she mused to The New York Times, “I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.”

So here’s scenario number two… Drunk, oversexed, arrogant, me-me-me college guy tries to drag nice just-trying-to-get-a-degree-and-make-a-better-life-for-herself college girl off to his primordial cave. Thinking quickly, she reaches into her purse and whips out her Glock 19 and shoves it in his face.

“Excuse me, you jerk!” She yells. “You’re not moving until the cops get here.”

Drunk, oversexed, arrogant, me-me-me college guy lets her go to throw his hands up in the air. “Oh yeah, they’re allowing guns on campus now. Sorry. Totally forgot.”

Out of the suggested solutions so far, I know which one sounds more of a deterrent to me.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

President Obama Can Insult or Ignore Christians But Islam Is Off Limits

During the Christian “National Day of Prayer,” President Barack Obama got up at the National Prayer Breakfast and told Christians to watch their mouths about insulting Islam:

“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

That was on February 5, 2015, a month after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, France… perpetrated by Muslim terrorists.

It was less than two weeks after ISIS – which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, by the way… It’s an Islam-affiliated organization – decapitated a Japanese hostage on film.

It was days after ISIS burned a Jordanian hostage to death, and recorded that one too.

And it was one day after a United Nations watchdog group reported that Muslim terrorists were murdering Iraqi children in the most brutal ways possible… by crucifying them and burying them alive, while selling others as sex slaves and using captive young men as suicide bombers.

But yeah, Christians, let’s not “get on our high horse” when our least respectable religious brethren did disgusting things in decades and centuries long past.

Let’s be blunt here: Christians can act horrifically. It’s a historically documented fact. But Christians aren’t the ones threatening mass physical horrors on people right now. It’s therefore an intolerable waste of time to point out their past behavior when Muslims’ present behavior is directly and intentionally leading to death and destruction… over and over and over again.

Responsible people should understand this, yet President Obama refused to use the term “Muslim terrorists” in a major speech about combatting terrorism yesterday. Instead, he said, “No religion is responsible for terrorism – people are responsible for violence and terrorism.”

Oh, really? Because that isn’t quite what you said at the Christian National Day of Prayer, Mr. President…

Maybe I should mention that this latest speech was delivered shortly after the Obama administration found out that ISIS slaughtered a dozen or so Coptic Christians. And maybe I should also mention that, when the White House addressed this atrocity, it called the slain “Egyptian citizens” and “innocents,” not Christians.

Was that omission because we don’t want to instigate religious persecution?

If so, someone should tell President Obama that it’s way too late for that. The whole world is under religious persecution, and it’s coming from Muslims trying to shove their religion down everyone else’s throats… Christians, Jews, other Muslims, agnostics and atheists alike.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Southern Poverty Law Center Labels Ben Carson an Extremist, Then Kinda Takes It Back

I didn’t know a thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center until reading The Daily Caller’s article “Southern Poverty Law Center Apologizes To Ben Carson For Putting Him On Its ‘Extremist’ List.”

But now I know that they’re a bunch of extremists themselves. You have to be die-hard bigots in order to label Ben Carson that way.

I don’t mean because the man is an embodiment of the American Dream and a flat-out genius. I mean, I could note how he was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics, not to mention the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the first surgeon to effectively separate conjoined twins who were attached at the head.

But his accomplishments wouldn’t prove anything. What does is how respectfully he states his opinions and how those opinions haven’t come close to preaching violence against anyone.

All the same, the Southern Poverty Law Center heard him make comments like “Marriage is between a man and a woman; it’s a well-established pillar of society,” and decided that was akin to defacing people’s property, classifying groups as sub-human and terrorizing innocents.

I’m not kidding. There are members of the KKK who are also on this “Extremist Files” list. Which means that, in this organization’s mind, voicing Christian values is all-but illegal.

The Daily Caller reports: “The SPLC placed Carson on the list in October, but the designation was not widely noticed until last week when it was flagged by the blog Legal Insurrection… In its statement announcing the reversal, the SPLC said it had “reviewed” its profile and found that Carson’s positions did not “meet the criteria necessary for its extremist designation.”

As if there was anything to review in the first place. This should have been a clear-cut case of mistaken classification… a red-faced moment of wondering “How the heck did that happen?”

But nope, after apologizing for posting it, the Southern Poverty Law Center had to add that “We’ve also come to the conclusion that the question of whether a better-researched profile of Dr. Carson should or should not be included in our ‘Extremist Files’ is taking attention from the fact that Dr. Carson has, in fact made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme.”

Oh totally, Southern Poverty Law Center! I read you loud and clear. That man is one step away from being downright dangerous.

I know I’m scared.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I AM SO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m going to rant once more, and then I’m going to let it go…

I am so utterly, completely and totally sick of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I’m sick of my Facebook friends talking about it, whether in positive terms or negative ones. I’m sick of seeing headlines about it on every website possible.

I’m sick of seeing Dakota Johnson’s insipid face. (Like REALLY sick of seeing Dakota Johnson’s insipid face.) And I’m sick of hearing how:

“Jamie Dornan is pretty open about his challenges playing bondage enthusiast and business tycoon Christian Grey… Dornan says it was the sex scenes that got him the most twisted. The 32-year-old Irish actor recently told Britain’s Notebook magazine (via the Daily Mail) he found it extremely difficult to beat up on his co-star during the rough-and-tumble bedroom scenes. ‘If I was about to be doing something particularly heinous to Dakota [Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele], I would apologize in advance and say, ‘I’m probably not going to derive a huge amount of pleasure out of this. I want you to know that.’’ Dornan would go so far as to run to Johnson and cover her up after the director yelled, ‘Cut!’”

Then why continue on in the role if it made you feel so “twisted,” you moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Or how…

“Similarly, Johnson has experienced a sort of walk-of-shame-effect with the movie coming out, telling the Sunday Telegraph she’s had moments where she’s thought, ‘What the f—k have I done?’”

Let me help you out there, Dakota. You’ve turned yourself into a pathetic piece of trash that’s feeding into women’s apparent fantasy of being treated like pathetic pieces of trash. That’s what.

(And nope, I’m not talking about the whips and chains part. The non-sexual interactions between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are so much more degrading.)

Okay. Admittedly, reading the above quotes is my own stupid fault since I clicked on the stupid article in the first place. If I hadn’t, I would have only seen the Yahoo headline “‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Featurette Reveals Jamie Dornan’s Struggle to Become Christian Grey (Exclusive).”

But my personal masochism aside, here’s the bottom line, people: Anyone who likes this book or movie is pathetic. Like nauseatingly pathetic.

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” the book – and probably the movie – has no redeeming qualities. Not from an intellectual perspective, or a feminist, religious or even entertainment standpoint.

And if you think otherwise, then please get out of my face because looking at you, reading about you or hearing about you makes me want to give up on humanity in general.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Silly Fundamentalist Christian Group Deems Fifty Shades of Grey Degrading

For months now, it’s been “Fifty Shades of Grey” this! “Fifty Shades of Grey” that! “Fifty Shades of Grey!” “Fifty Shades of Grey!” “Fifty Shades of Grey!!!!

Try saying that out loud. The title is rather cumbersome. Rather like the book itself. And like I’m sure the movie will be too.

It’s insane how much coverage the film has gotten. So much so that I think its producers are paying for it all because they’re scared they’re not actually going to make any money off of it.

I mean, the actors aren’t attractive. There aren’t that many sex scenes (or so the rumors say). And the thing is ONLY rated R. Drat. ‘Cause I wanted to see more shots of desperately damaged characters degrading themselves.

Regardless, due to all the coverage, various organizations have been weighing in on whether “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a healthy depiction of love, feminism and/or sexuality.

The answer is no, no and no. Duh. It’s also a really bad example of writing. But that’s beside the point right now. The point is that it’s ridiculous anyone can deem this storyline worthwhile.

Yet that’s what I’m seeing all too much of. For example, a Yahoo-featured story on The American Family Association’s condemnation of the movie has a decidedly snarky bent to it.

It starts out with, “The American Family Association isn’t pleased with the upcoming release of Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend, and is calling for theaters’ rejection of the title.

“The organization, which aims to promote media integrity and protect families by promoting fundamentalist Christian values, says it’s ‘creating controversy for its graphic sexual nature, promotion of BDSM, and scenes that degrade women,’ as it ‘borders on pornography and glamorizes abuse.’”

“Fundamentalist Christian values?” Really? Seriously? Since when is it just fundamentalist (read: crazy) Christians who are supposed to care that women are treated with dignity?

The fact that we as a society are so far gone that we have to designate it oppressive to demand that people aren’t oppressed is ridiculous.

Nobody, The American Family Association included, is saying we can’t watch “Fifty Shades of Grey.” All that intelligent, self-respecting people are saying is that we shouldn’t.

Their reasoning: It’s a degrading piece of trash that could too easily hurt women – and men – more than we’re already damaged.

This isn’t rigid fundamentalism. Nobody is passing out burkas. All it is, is a call to dignity. If you really don’t want dignity, then go watch the movie. It’s your choice… and consequences. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

University of Michigan Attacks Free Speech with “Inclusive Language Campaign”

What does college tuition go for these days?

Well, if we’re talking about the college tuition I remember back at Messiah College, it ain’t to build additional dorm buildings for an overcrowded student population. More like building ridiculous, Greek-column monstrosities for middle-aged female presidents to parade around in their skirts with the uncomfortably high slits.

But that was years ago. Almost a decade, really. So Messiah can learn a few things from how the University of Michigan does things these days

It just spent $16,000 on a belittling, free-speech smothering “Inclusive Language Campaign.”

Posters were distributed around the school with words and phrases deemed to be no-nos, including: crazy, insane, retarded, gay, tranny, gypped, illegal alien, fag, ghetto, raghead, “I want to die” and “that test raped me.” And just in case students don’t get the condescension to begin with, some posters include full-out descriptions of what’s so bad about the language in question.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald explained to The College Fix, “This program is intended to be educational, not regulatory. We hope there is only the understanding that we all participate in, and have the power to influence campus culture.”

Just one question at this time, Rick… Where are the violins?

Let’s get real Yes, some of those words are offensive, and only immature people use them. I know I don’t go around calling people “fags,” mainly because I have some semblance of self-respect. Crude language like that is more of a reflection on the idiot speaking than anything else.

But that’s the thing… These kids the university is trying to so-called educate don’t care. They’re hyped up on sex, drugs and other recreational tools designed to ignore how pathetic their lives are. They’re losers living in the moment without regard to other’s feelings or their own futures.

Sorry if that was offensive. I didn’t see the word “loser” on the list of no-no words though, and if it isn’t on that list, how do I know whether or not it’s ok to say? [STAGE DIRECTION: Insert blank-faced blinking]

Oh, and as for “illegal alien” being offensive? That’s a choice, University of Michigan. Not a genetic classification. It’s also a crime, no matter what cutesy term you replace it with.

Sure, language means something. But if you really want to teach our loser student population that, then you have to be willing to put your money where your mouth is.

Or maybe just put your money (i.e. college tuition) toward – I don’t know – teaching students course curriculum. Because that’s what you’re being paid to do, not make everyone feel warm and fuzzy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gasp of Shock and Horror: NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Lied to Us!

My world view has just crumbled. My life as I know it is over. I’m devastated.

Why? Because lauded NBC News Anchor Brian Williams admitted yesterday that he lied about being under fire in 2003 while he was covering the onset of the Iraq War.

I mean, if I can’t trust Brian Williams or NBC News, who can I trust?!

Except wait… Perhaps I can breathe again? Maybe my faith in our news press can be restored? Because he didn’t “lie” after all. Not the way he describes it, at least. He just made a “mistake.”

So I can give him at least a portion of my trust and devotion still, right? How can I not when he issued the following heartfelt apology, explaining that:

“After a groundfire incident in the desert during the Iraq War invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by fire. I was instead in a following aircraft… This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and, by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not.”

And…

“I would not have chosen to make this mistake. I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

Letting go of my previous snark and turning to a more honest brand of sarcasm… That makes two of us, hunny bunny. That makes two of us.

I mean, I’ll admit that I’ve confused my real life with movies or dreams before. But those were for little details, not being fired on in the air in a foreign country while covering the Iraq War.

Oh yeah, and I’ve always realized no more than a minute after I made the mistake. I didn’t perpetuate it multiple times for audiences everywhere, and only come to my senses after someone called me out on the carpet.

So basically, he lied. Unless he needs to check into an assisted living facility for early onset Alzheimer’s, then yeah: He lied.

But that’s what our newsmen and women do for a living. They take stories and manipulate them to suit their own often twisted versions of reality.

Fortunately, I already knew this. So I’m pretty sure I can go on with my day as usual after all, knowing that haters are gonna hate… and the media can’t be trusted.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I Throw Like a Girl and Run Like a Girl, and I Don’t Care

I’m not going to talk about the intense but ultimately sigh-worthy Super Bowl this year. Not because I’m mad that Tom Brady won. I mean, I didn’t want him to win, but it happened how it happened. And at least it wasn’t the Baltimore Ravens taking home that trophy.

There’s always that to keep me smiling, no matter how much I wanted Brady to eat dirt.

But the Super Bowl finish wasn’t the only thing I rolled my eyes about on Sunday. There was also the commercials, like that 9-1-1 pizza-parlor call. ‘Cause that’s gonna really change whether men beat their wives or not.

Or how about the “like a girl” commercial, which empowered women to think of femininity in a positive light, not a negative one?

Or so I’m told. I can’t say this “girl” felt any different, physically or emotionally, afterward.

If anything, I laughed at the “fight like a girl” part, since that really is how I “fight” when I’m fending off my annoying younger brother. I put my arms out like a t-rex and wave them up and down like an idiot.

And ya know? I “throw like a girl” too. Who. Bloody. Cares. No, seriously… Who cares?

I’ve written 11 novels so far, two of them published with six more to be published this year. I’m currently working on a 12th with ideas for another half dozen at least.

I’ve got a Mensa-qualifying IQ, and my mommy thinks I’m special too.

I’ve kept a job at the same publishing company for the last seven years, stood up for myself when coworkers were inappropriate and accepted criticism in turn when I deserved it.

I buy my own groceries, clothing, fuel and treats, support three adorable kiddies overseas, donate to other charitable organization, and paid off my student loans years ahead of schedule.

Nor did I do any of that “like a girl.” I did it like a responsible human being.

Shouldn’t that be what matters at the end of the day? I mean, isn’t that what we want to stress?

I don’t see how focusing on athletic prowess or the lack thereof changes anything. Some women can “throw like a boy” and “fight like a boy.” (Yes, I know what I said.) And good for them.

But most of just can’t. Why? Because we’re different than men in varying ways. This doesn’t make us any more or less worthy. It just makes us different.

Which means I just don’t care about the physical gap between men and women. What I’d really like to see is a narrowing down of the emotional gap between stupid and smart.