Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I Heard The Declaration of Independence Read in the Streets

I heard The Declaration of Independence read in the streets the other day.

It was proclaimed in a loud voice that:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The town’s crier went on to read that “all men are created equal;” that governments are meant to serve the people and to get their power from the people they serve, not vice versa; and that whenever a government grossly forgets its place, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” and to create a new one.

The Declaration was greeted with a lot of “Huzzahs!” though there was some definite skepticism and even disgust expressed among the crowd of listeners.

Some people didn’t think the effort necessary. Others believed the king was in the right; to say otherwise, they snipped, was absurd and offensive. And while I didn’t take any polls, chances are that a majority of those assembled were sunshine patriots who would slink away or shut up as soon as it became too difficult.

Yes, they recognized they were being treated unjustly, but they didn’t want to suffer any further than they absolutely had to, and so they would submit to whoever they needed to. They just required a reminder or two that they actually belonged with the first group of people in the crowd: the ones who thought freedom was too much of a bother.

I sat on a modern bench in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, taking all of that in. They say that history repeats itself, and it was striking how true that seems today.

Both the king back then and our current government – not just Obama – “has refused” to pass laws that are “wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

They both “erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” Today, it’s not in the form of red-coated soldiers invading our houses, but the IRS absconding a quarter to a third of our paychecks.

And they are both equally guilty of “taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.” Our highest offices were never supposed to be so powerful or so bloated.

That’s the short list of similarities. But short or long, it begs this question: Are we going to accept such injustice… or will we keep our courageous Founding Father’s legacy?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis Is a Hypocrite and These Activist Immigrants Are Disingenuous

I really can’t stand Pope Francis. He’s a socialist who trusts in government over God (practically the definition of socialism, by the way), who doesn’t understand reality and who’s a royal hypocrite to boot.

Coming to D.C. yesterday, he urged Congress to adopt liberal positions on such matters as immigration. Yet like so many other affluent people preaching tolerance for the hordes of illegal or unacceptable immigrants flooding the Western world, he lives behind a practically un-scalable wall.

If he’s so much against borders, why doesn’t he tear down his own?

Maybe it’s because, deep down inside, he knows that these immigrants he thinks WE should welcome into our midst come from completely different cultures. They don’t respect universal morals the way we’ve been taught to.

Think I’m being too harsh?

Consider the new report out that refugee camps in Germany are running rampant with rape and child abuse? These are people who have supposedly escaped horrible hardships, only to foist it on others as soon as they get the chance.

Why would we want to accept that kind of sickness into our already unhealthy country?

These are people who foster the attitude that new lands are meant to be conquered (sorry, Middle East) or exploited (sorry, Mexico), not respected. Yet we’re supposed to feel bad when presidential candidate Ben Carson comes out and acknowledges the obvious, saying that traditional Muslim theology – Sharia Law – does not fit with the U.S. Constitution.

Which – newsflash – it doesn’t! Ask anyone who’s ever had a run-in with ISIS or the Taliban or Osama bin Laden.

So it’s really rather worrisome when 12-year-old Yusuf Dayur declares that Carson “shattered” his dreams of becoming the first Muslim president and then posts the video to YouTube. Or, should I say, his parents post it to YouTube.

Because you know that 12-year-old didn’t care about the issue until his immigrant activist parents put him up to it. Just like 5-year-old Sophie Cruz ran up to Pope Francis yesterday to deliver him a letter detailing her concerns that her family will be deported.

That was planned out for nearly a year! By adults, not by her, in case you need that cleared up.

I am not anti-immigration. But I do take a hard line against national suicide, which is what Pope Francis wants us to do. By allowing unfettered foreign influences into America, we lose everything that makes America worthwhile to flee to in the first place.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Physically Beautiful Beyoncé Fails to Gain Meaning With “Pretty Hurts” Music Video

I got a request to write about Beyonce’s music video for “Pretty Hurts.” So here goes…

Set apart, the lyrics and tune and tone to “Pretty Hurts” all rightfully chide society for putting the focus on physical ideals. The chorus goes:

            Pretty hurts
            Shine the light on whatever’s worse
            Perfection is the disease of a nation
            Pretty hurts
            Shine the light on whatever’s worse
            Tryna fix something
            But you can’t fix what you can’t see
            It’s the soul that needs the surgery

Great message, right?

Yet in typical Beyoncé style, she ruins it in her music video by spreading her legs, pushing up her breasts in revealing tops to feature extensive lines of cleavage, and even crawling on the floor at one point. Basically, as she does with the topics of love and intimacy, she debases the idea of women empowerment with her signature brand of cheap sexuality.

Watching that sad display of a music video, I found myself recalling Colbie Caillat’s “Try.”

Set apart, the lyrics and tune and tone all rightfully tell girls that they’re beautiful in and of themselves. The chorus goes:

            You don’t have to try so hard
            You don’t have to give it all away
            You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
            You don’t have to change a single thing

Great message, right?

And in typical Colby Caillat style, she aims for that message to retain the spotlight, not her body.
So the accompanying music video features girls and women of all ages, including one with cancer, some with wrinkles, one with tattoos and two who are chubby.

It might not be original, it might not be flashy, it might not be sexy, but the resulting images are exactly what impressionable females need to hear: That they don’t need to “Try” so hard to conform to the kind of unrealistic standards of sexuality that people like Beyoncé promote.

Colby Caillat might not be anywhere near as physically beautiful as Beyoncé. But if their music videos are any indication, Colby’s got a lot more going for her in every way that actually matters.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Emilio Estefan’s “We’re All Mexican” Stoops to Pre-Kindergarten Levels of Logic

Cuban-American Spanish-music singer Emilio Estefan needs to go back to kindergarten if his newly released “We’re All Mexican” music video is any indication.

I’m not trying to be offensive, but there’s no other logical way to interpret its imbedded and blatant declaration.

He needs to sit at a teacher’s feet with all the other kindergarten students and go over those “One of these is not alike. One of these is different” books. The kind where he’ll see three stars and one square, or four purple objects and one yellow, or three big animals and one little.

It would be most helpful to show him pictures of three Mexican flags next to a U.S. flag, three outlines of Mexico next to the U.S. and three examples of “Mexico” written out next to “The United States of America.”

And after he sees those, someone needs to teach him the dissimilarities.

Because there are differences. Some rather major ones, actually.

As Americans – and again, he is one – we live within different borders under different leaders with different laws. Therefore, we’re Americans, not Mexicans. Maybe he’s Cuban-American and I’m half-Italian/half-Scottish-American, but we’re still American.

Not Mexican. American.

Which, personally, I thank God for since I did pay attention back in kindergarten.

That’s not a commentary against Mexico as a whole. It’s a commentary against the deep-seated government corruption, the drug lords and the citizens who illegally cross borders, leaving their own country to rot and actively weaken this one.

Sure, The United States’ government is becoming far too corrupt. We have a ridiculous amount of drug lords, and we too often don’t care about our own country’s future.

However, we’re still founded on moral principles, which still exist today. A large chunk, if not a majority, of our drug problems is because of Mexican trafficking. And most of our selfish citizenry focuses its destruction inward; we keep our contamination to ourselves.

We’re different like that.

You can argue all you want that Emilio Estefan is merely utilizing poetic license. But if you do, it’s either because you didn’t hear his rationale for creating the song or you didn’t watch the music video.

Or if you did, then you really need to go back to kindergarten.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Outsider Ahmed Mohamed Was Wrong to Bring Bomb-Like Clock Into School

I don’t appreciate when people visit other countries and pretend they don’t have to respect those cultures. It’s rude and arrogant and utterly unacceptable.

Sure, there are some cultural oddities that are easily overlooked by outsiders. But then there are some facts and factoids that are so obvious and well-known that you’d have to be an idiot not to take them into consideration.

For instance, if I ever visit the Middle East, I won’t wear my two-piece swimsuit. Sure, the bottoms are like short running shorts and the top is even more modest, but baring my midriff would be deemed inappropriate and disrespectful. It might even get me arrested.

I’ve never been to the Middle East, but I know that full well. It’s incompetent not to know.

Keep that in mind. Now let’s change a few details. Let’s say it’s someone from the Middle East in the United States. And let’s say they’re not visiting; they’re living here.

As such, shouldn’t they should know we have a recent, painful and continuing history of Muslim extremists – most of Middle Eastern origin – trying to blow us up?

The answer is unequivocally yes.

Yet right now, the world is freaking out about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texas resident who brought a homemade clock that looked like a bomb into school. Mohamed was arrested, questioned, released and suspended for three days.

People are calling the school racist for profiling a Middle Easterner as a bomb maker.

But how about his part in all of this? How about his parents’ involvement? They should have known better, and even if they had a major momentary lapse of judgement, they should have recognized after the fact that they were in the wrong and apologized, not expected their host country to treat them with kid gloves.

Innocent mistake or not, they were wrong. And the teacher was right to contact the principle, the principle was right to contact the police, and the police were right to arrest Mohamed.

The. Clock. Looked. Like. A. Bomb.

What were they supposed to do? Smile and say, “Oh, honey, that really makes me nervous and the government tells us to “see something, say something,” but because you’re not a white kid, I’m going to play it PC and risk everyone else in the building.

If that’s really how Americans are supposed to behave toward Middle Easterners, then we might as well let the real bomb makers blow us up now instead of later.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Obama’s Bitchy Move Against Pope Francis

Pope Francis is visiting the White House next week, where President Obama will have some carefully orchestrated guests awaiting:

·         Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who came out as openly gay in 2003, divorced his wife of 14 years, married his homosexual partner, and then divorced him as well in 2014 (apparently, he’s a semi-regular at the White House)
·         Mateo Williamson, former co-chairman of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA, a cross-dressing woman who identifies herself as a gay man because she’s still attracted to men, not women
·         Sister Simone, a pro-abortion nun who fought to keep the right to kill unborn babies in the Affordable Care Act
·         At least two Catholic gay activists

Now, Francis might be the most liberal modern pope we’ve seen. He’s definitely a socialist, talking about redistributing wealth and attacking capitalism as if our hope is in government instead of God. And yes, he upholds the global warming theory and pushes for peace like a pacifist who doesn’t understand reality.

Personally, I don’t like the man. I think he’s arrogant and foolish and downright unchristian.

However, Pope Francis is still the elected representative of the Catholic Church, a body of people that overall disagrees with homosexuality, transgenderism and abortion on religious grounds. And he himself has still come out in support of traditional marriage, at least in the past.

So welcoming him to the White House with a group of people who blatantly stand against what the Catholic Church believes is nothing short of bitchy, indicating once again that President Obama has the attitude of a spoiled-brat of a 17-year-old who thinks he can get away with anything to anyone because he matters and they don’t.

If Obama disagrees that much with Pope Francis and his constituents’ belief system, then he shouldn’t invite any of them over in the first place. Or he should sit down one on one for an honest debate. That would be the mature thing to do.

But maturity isn’t in his playbook. Bitchy, on the other hand… That’s what he does best.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dear “Fat People”

It’s amazing how much we hate “fat people” these days. We’re okay with blacks and women. We’re okay with homosexuals and transgenders and illegal immigrants, because it’s in to accept everyone…

Except “fat people.” Apparently, being nice and inclusive to everyone is impossible, so we still need an outlet for our hatred… We still need someone to make fun of in order to feel better about ourselves.  ‘Cause Lord knows we don’t like ourselves, and we need a distraction from that.

Now, you can argue that being black or female isn’t a choice, which is true. And you can argue the same about homosexuality, which is debatable. But there is no logical way you can say that about the last two categories, so don’t even try going there in order to counter my argument.

You’re born a man or a woman. You choose to take ridiculously expensive hormones and buy whole new wardrobes to appear like the opposite.

You’re born a citizen of a particular country (or countries). You choose to flout other countries’ laws and walk across their borders unauthorized to make yourself at home.

But no matter, we’re told. That’s all acceptable. Being “fat” though? Ew! How gross!

It’s not like “fat” people don’t already know what “skinny” people think of them. Ask any “fat” kid in school. They’ll tell you about the bullies they have to deal with. It’s heartbreaking.

But Nicole Arbour, a YouTube comedian, felt so offended by having to look at “fat people,” that she posted a now viral “Dear Fat People” video to tell them they’re disgusting, lazy slobs.

I watched the 6-minute video, and while I have to say that it could have been a lot more offensive than it was, it’s still ridiculous how she feels entitled to broadcast her opinion as if it’s her duty in life to make everyone conform to a certain image.

Clearly, nobody ever told her beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally can’t stand to see knobby knees, which most women her size have. I think they look deformed. In fact, I’m not a fan of seeing people’s skeletal structures period, hence the reason why I don’t look at my wrists.

Also while Arbour tells “fat people” she’s shaming them for their own good because it’s not healthy to be “fat,” clearly nobody ever told her the downside of hyper-focusing on weight, such as anorexia, bulimia, depression and a constant sense of unworthiness… or the downside of exercising too much, such as ruined joints and torn muscles.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive to be more healthy. But how about we put the focus first on mental health and emotional health and spiritual health, which helps people grow into decent and mature human beings who don’t go around pointing their “skinny” little fingers at “fat people.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Please Get Over Yourself: Why Race Doesn’t Have to Be the Issue We Make It

I have a white friend who adopted a black child a little over a year ago. Ever since, she's gone off the deep end.

When he was an infant, she measured everything and then proclaimed said measurements on Facebook. How much he ate. How much he pooped. How much he slept.

It was a constant stream of information that, honestly, didn't matter. Not for her. Not for her son. Not for any of her 350 Facebook friends.

Now that he's two, she's taken to posting more stuff that doesn't matter, this time all race-related.

For example, earlier this week, she was lamenting about how difficult it is to find children’s books with black characters instead of white. And yesterday, she decried the horror of going shopping for Band-Aids because they’re traditionally tan instead of black.

This drives me nut, and it’s not even because she’s being so insanely PC. It’s because she’s training her son to be damaged. I’m sure she has the best of intentions, but she’s still teaching him to focus on race, which leads to misconceptions, insecurities and an inability to play well with others.

That’s something my parents never did, for which I’m extremely grateful.

Go ahead and make the “you’re a privileged white girl; you didn’t have to focus on race” argument all you want. But how happy are people who make those accusations?

From this white girl’s perspective, they seem just as miserably unhappy as the racists on the other far side of the debate.

As a kid, one of my favorite books involved a main character that was black. Yet I didn't even think about putting it in a different category from my books with white main characters… or from those featuring animals for that matter. I loved the plots and the pictures. End of story.

Likewise, in my preteen years, one of the girls in the crazy-popular “Babysitters Club” series was black and happened to be one of my two favorites because she was a ballerina. (Apparently, for some idiotic reason, I was still harboring dreams about being a dancer at the time.)

As for Band-Aids matching skin color? I'm a white girl. Like really white. Like Victorian white. Which incidentally isn’t in at all these days.

Those first-aid kit staples don’t even come close to matching my pasty skin. Yet I’ve never even dreamt of getting offended by that. Suitable stockings, maybe; but not Band-Aids.

All jokes aside, my point is that race isn’t an issue if we don’t make it an issue. So to my white friend and the rest of the world, can we please skin-tone it down?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Don’t Bother Trying to Hold Government Accountable; It Doesn’t Care

A few months ago, American citizen and California resident Kate Steinle was minding her own business at a San Francisco pier when illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez, who had already been deported multiple times, shot her dead.

Today, her grieving family is filing claims against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for allowing it to happen.

I don’t blame them one bit for taking legal action. In fact, I find their lawsuit entirely reasonable.

It is their government’s fault that their sister died. Federal and local authorities from President Obama on down have purposely and blatantly allowed illegals into this nation, leaving our borders wide open to the kind of widespread violence and lawlessness that should be foreign to this land.

Gang activity is enormous, the drug trade is thriving, forced prostitution is on the rise and terrorist organizations like ISIS have easy access to our citizens all because our government doesn’t care to be responsible with its power.

And because our government doesn’t care to be responsible with its power, the odds of the Steinle family making any headway against the institutions that aided and abetted Kate’s death are about as high as a fetus’ chance of coming out of an abortion clinic alive.

It could happen, but it’s going to take a miracle.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kanye West Announces His 2020 Bid For President on MTV Video Music Awards

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were on this past weekend, and some moron must have nominated Kanye West for something. Either that or Kanye took the stage off cue.

I don’t know and ultimately don’t care. But let’s face it… He’s pulled such gauche stunts in the past, and it’s not like he’s gotten any smarter since then.

I mean, this is the man who more recently called himself the next Steve Jobs. Who likened himself to Michelangelo and Picasso and the pyramids.

The pyramids. I kid you not.

He also posed for the cover of Rolling Stone with a crown of thorns on his bloody head.

Again, dead serious here. I wish I wasn’t.

And not quite as bad but still inexcusable is how he married Kim Kardashian. And then named his kid North.

In short, Kanye West is a joke. A pathetic, lame little man with perhaps the most insane delusions of grandeur history has ever recorded.

And this weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards, he somehow got up on stage and announced his intentions to run for president in 2020.

Kanye West for president. Of the United States of America.

Honestly, I don’t think he could possibly win. This country is filled with nitwits, yes, but I don’t think we’re THAT far gone yet. Nor do I believe we’ll progress that far by 2020.

If, by some tragic happenstance, we are that far gone? Well, I don’t think we’ll be having presidential elections anyway. We’d be too braindead for anything so organized.

At the same time, the thought that someone as ridiculous as Kanye can honestly even so much as think he has a shot at running America?

It’s not a flattering commentary on our political scene in general or the office of the president in particular.