Elementary Politics: An Open Letter to “Feminist” Taylor Swift

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. Look, I like your music. I’m going to continue liking your music for a very long time, I have no doubt. However, you are not impressing me with this new facet of your personality. You know, the one where you have decided to embrace this shallow modern “feminism” that your friends Lena Dunham and Emma Watson have impressed upon you.

You’ve bought their rhetoric, you believe that feminism is about equality. Okay, I can let you have that point. You want to care about equality for women? That’s great.

Only Lena Dunham and Emma Watson, from all the evidence I can see, have a very narrow and shallow view of what the most urgent issues of equality are and where we need to address them.

I think you can do better.

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An open letter to Taylor Swift (and any other feminist listening) on how they could improve the world and do something useful with feminism.

Grow the F*ck Up

1345397495569_2924308Saw a video that was recorded at the college I used to attend, Arizona State, where a student assaulted and screamed obscenities at a preacher who was standing on the sidewalk near the student union with a sign that said something like:

WARNING
MASTURBATORS
THIEVES LIARS
DRUNKARDS
FORNICATORS
HOMOSEXUALS
JUDGEMENT DAY

The college kid (so somewhere between 18 and 22 most likely) threw a fit that I wouldn’t have let a 4 year old get away with and he or she, it’s hard to tell from the video, is lucky the preacher didn’t press charges. He was far nicer than I would have been, if they had assaulted me this kid would have been in for a hard lesson on the fact that there are consequences when you physically assault someone. I doubt they will learn to grow up any other way.

Here, watch for yourself. Be warned, it’s got a lot of vulgar language.

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An Open Letter: Ronald Reagan, The Big Tent, and Why the Gender I Sleep With Shouldn’t Determine My Suitability As a Republican Leader

A Message To The Republicans Who Care More About Someone’s Sexual Preference Than They Do Their Political Beliefs

The short version of this message is: were you born that stupid or did you just get hit on the head repeatedly as a child?

I don’t usually have a problem with these types, generally they come out in the comments sections of articles and have slightly better grammar (but comparable intelligence levels…okay, maybe that’s not fair) to the youtuber commentators who shout FAG!!!!111!1! at videos they don’t like.  Sometimes there’s the occasional  “conservative” blogger, talking head, or candidate, but they tend to get smacked down pretty quickly.

Other times, however, their stupid ideas need to be discussed out in the open. I’m talking about people who say things like:

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Concept Over Content: Common Core, Curriculum, Testing, and School Choice

I watched Common Core: The Great Debate for the second time today and I noted some things being said by the anti-Common Core side that the Fordham Institute side did address, but I’d like to give my own point of view on.

The first was that Common Core does not indicate actual content.

Fordham Institute’s President, Chester Finn, did deliver quite a smack down on this himself, but I wanted to go one step further and, similar to Common Core, address the issue in conjunction with the need for school choice.

As Finn says in the debate, people who are anti-Common Core and people who are in favor of school choice should BOTH be pleased that Common Core does not dictate much in the way of content.

I don’t think anyone on either side of this debate is anti-school choice and how can you have school choice if schools are all required to teach from the same curriculum and book list? It wouldn’t be impossible, but it certainly wouldn’t be as effective.

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9 Year Old Reads 63 Books in 6 Weeks: Library Director Tells Him to Stop Being Mean to Other Kids; Calls Him a Hog

Lifes-Not-Fair1“Boo hoo! It’s not fair for the other kids that he reads so much!”

Basically.

I thought the concept of a competition was to get gets to kids to, I don’t know,…compete? Was I wrong about that? I entered plenty of reading contests when I was in school, sometimes sponsored by the school library and sometimes by the city library. Yes, I did win one or two of them.

See, when I was in elementary school I had my own library card and I would go in, check out as many books as I could, then show up 2 weeks later with a sack of finished books to turn back in. The librarians loved me. They encouraged me to read, they didn’t tell me that I was ruining everyone else’s self esteem by reading so many books.

But Tyler Weaver, a 5th grader, reads 63 books in 6 weeks and suddenly he’s “hogging” the contest and making other kids feel bad? What the hell is the world coming too?

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Freedom of Speech is Great…Unless You Offend Me: Another Thing Islam and Liberalism Have in Common

“This is offensive!”

I hear this all the time from liberals online, usually in response to something true that I’ve posted that sort of punches their worldview in the face.

In Breitbart fashion I respond: So?

Sometimes people in the Ann Coulter tag on tumblr start talking about how someone should “shut that b*tch up” and wondering why she’s “still allowed to talk?”

My response: The First Amendment.

You don’t have a right to not be offended, you don’t have a right to not be insulted, and you really don’t have a right to tell me it’s illegal to criticize your religion, your behavior, or anything else I choose.

For some reason liberals and Muslims both would like the government, in some way, to stop me from saying things that offend them.

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I am the President and I Will Not Be Mocked! *seconds later the mocking begins*

Mr. President, you were totally asking for this photo of you “skeet shooting” to be edited the minute you told us not to do it. You know Americans, we are incorrigible and we really like our 1st amendment rights.

So this comment:

“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photography may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

- Twitchy

was sort of like waving a giant red sheet in front of the raging bull of conservative disdain.

What exactly did you think was going to happen?

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