As I’ve recently found my admiration and respect for Glenn Beck to be rekindled (so much so that I’ve been getting up at 6 in the morning to catch his entire radio show before class) and Dana Loesch will be there, you can bet your ass I’m going to be in attendance.
It’s rare to have a local political conference of the conservative type (even in this red state). The last one I attended was Right Online in Las Vegas this summer and that was quite an adventure.
It looks like a great line up of speakers at the event, which will include a 2 hour grassroots training seminar and a 3 hour rally from 4pm to 7pm. If you are a local reader, you should shell out the $15 ticket fee and join me there. Tweet me (@MeredithAncret) if you come.
If you don’t come, never fear. I’ll likely be live tweeting at least portions of the event at that same twitter account and I’ll do a write up of the even afterwards.
For a write up on a previous Freepac event, look no further than Dirty Sex & Politics whose author, Donlyn Turnbull, covered their event in Dallas this summer.
PS: Who else is excited to watch Paul Ryan completely humiliate Joe ‘Gaffe’ Biden Thursday night?
Also Atlas Shrugged Part II comes out this Friday. Buy a ticket, support the movie, and drag your friends to see it. I have it on good authority (from CommunismKills on tumblr who went to an early release) that’s much better than the first one and definitely worth your time and money. I’ll post about that after I go to see it as well.
Republican war on what? Sorry, I can’t hear you over this liberal union employee beating an effigy of Nikki Haley.
We hear a lot about the “Republican War on Women” in which Republicans are supposedly trying to take away women’s birth control, our right to work, our right to have sex, our right to drive, our right to have bank accounts, our right to get divorces…
Oh wait, sorry, I got distracted by thoughts of the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood for a second.
Which is apparently what Liberals thinks we are.* Regardless of the fact that, outside of the religious right and Santorum (who no legitimate conservative listens too), no one in the Republican party wants to do anything of the kind.
But this post isn’t about that. I do have a couple of fantastic articles, by a very smart lady, about the ridiculousness of the “Republican War on Women”, but I don’t feel like addressing the issue again when she has done so already.
The really outrageous issue here is that, while Liberals are screaming about the War on Women being perpetrated by Conservatives, the Liberals are setting records for heinous activities toward women, both conservative and in general…and the “unbiased” media aren’t saying a word.
S.E. Cupp, a well known and fantastic conservative writer** and political commentator, was depicted in Hustler with an altered photo of herself, with a penis in her mouth. The page was titled “What would S.E. Cupp look like with a d*ck in her mouth?” along with this paragraph.
S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.
(via article on The Blaze)
Now, admittedly, the page also contained a disclaimer that the picture was fake and had been photoshopped, but that isn’t the issue.
Where is the outcry at this horribly treatment of a female commentator? There was certainly outcry enough over the Sandra Fluke incident? Can you imagine the outcry if this had been a photo of Nancy Pelosi or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz? S.E. certainly doesn’t feel any outcry on that level will come to her aid.
Cupp essentially laughed off the idea of any feminist organizations coming to her defense.
“The National Organization for Women, NOW, will not come out and say liberal women deserve more respect than conservative women and we are not going to defend conservative women. They’re not going to admit to that but let me tell you that is exactly how they feel,” she said.
Despite the storm of controversy that erupted after Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” on the radio, Cupp predicted she wouldn’t get the same reaction, even when “clearly by anyone’s standards this is worse.”
Despite the fact that she was “horrified and disgusted” by the image, S.E. Cupp complimented Hustler on one thing.
Cupp said she had to commend Hustler for their “honesty” in the image’s accompanying sidebar.
“S.E. Cupp is lovely, she’s smart, she’s fine but she happens be a crazy conservative who is pro-life and wants to defund Planned Parenthood and for that she deserves the phallus in her mouth — that is essentially what they’re saying and I have to commend that as being incredibly honest,” Cupp said.
She added, “They have uncomplicated this belief system that my political views, my being pro-life, my political views make this kind of behavior OK. It justifies it and I essentially deserve it. That is honesty and I have never seen it before.”
Michelle Malkin, another super sexy conservative writer and political commentator***, wrote an article on her blog about the situation as well, referencing a 4 year old article that she wrote called “The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse” of which I have experienced all four, even in my relatively small contribution to the conservative female (and gay) writing pool.
While the previous repulsive story was going on, another repulsive, if not as explicit, event was going on in South Carolina where the, now retired, head of the local chapter of the AFL-CIO, Donna DeWitt, was applying a baseball bat to Governor Nikki Haley’s face…well a photo of her face on a pinata. As this was going on, DeWitt’s fellow union minions were shouting in the background “Hit her again! Whack her again!”
Oh yes, liberals really respect women.
For all the shouting about equal pay for women in the workplace, it’s a bit disturbing that neither Nancy Pelosi nor Barack Obama is putting their money where their mouth is.
Despite the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, odd reports are coming out that Nancy Pelosi’s female staff are being paid significantly less than the men on her staff.
According to publicly available salary data at the website Legistorm, Pelosi’s female employees earned an average annual salary of $96,394 in fiscal year 2011. Male employees earned $123,000 on average, a difference of 27.6 percent.
The gap is even larger if calculated using the median salaries for men and women. For Pelosi’s female employees, the median annual salary was $93,320 in 2011, compared to $130,455 for male employees—a difference of $37,135, or 40 percent.
Pelosi’s entire staff—men and women—earned an average annual salary of $108,150 and a median salary of $114,662. By both measures, women made considerably less.
Pelosi’s response to questions about this strangely unequal situation with female staffers in the Senate was the she couldn’t comment on it and that the senate was “another world”.
Oh give me a break Pelosi, could you be more full of shit?****
On top of that, it appears that the White House has a similar issue with pay for their female employees.
Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
- Free Beacon (via Hotair.com)
Whose war on women? I couldn’t hear you over the sound of your raging hypocrisy.
*Despite the fact that their lord and savoir, Obama, is considering getting into bed with both those organizations in some way. Because the Taliban was all warm and fluffy before Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood just got $1.5 Billion from Obama because they love equality for women. That was sarcasm…could you tell?
**Who I may or may not have harbored a major crush on for years. Apologies to my girlfriend, it’s not serious…
***I’m not objectifying them…I hope. Though it might be a bit weird if Malkin sees this before I have a chance to potentially meet her in a week or two in Las Vegas.
****Could that be anymore of a Friends reference?
Fresh from her high school prayer banner victory, Jessica Ahlquist throws her hat into another ring.
I would like to start this post by saying two things.
First, I absolutely hate the cruel and violent words that have been used against Jessica Ahlquist. You will not find me on friendly terms with anyone who I find have insulted her.
Secondly, I would like to note that I have read her blog and it reads like the blog I kept at the age of 16.* I was also a very adamant atheist at the age of 16 and I believed I would never change my mind on the subject. I regularly sought out Christians to argue with and reading over the old posts I offered in arguments with Christians is actually an embarrassment to myself. I give age and overabundance of zeal, though not knowledge, as an excuse for my words at the time.** I did not remain in my atheism, not that I claim Ahlquist will change her mind on that, and my ignorance and need to change other people’s minds or even to police the public expressions of religion.
Now I want to address what this post is actually about.
Jessica Ahlquist and her fellow atheists who are extremely talented at making mountains out of molehills.
I will admit that, constitutionally, she had a case when it came to the school prayer at her school in Rhode Island. This isn’t about that.
I can empathize with some of what Atheist’s do, especially when it comes to say…the Ten Commandments being placed on courthouses. After all, I’m not a Christian and I don’t want to be judged by the Ten Commandments in court, neither does anyone else of other religions in this country.
But then there are things like this. Where atheists, who Jessica Ahlquist has thrown her hat in with, are protesting the existence of a WWI/WWII memorial in Woonsocket, R.I. which has a cross on top of it.
As previously reported, the Christian cross, which was built in Woonsocket back in 1921, is causing a great deal of angst among secularists who stand firmly opposed to its presence on public property. Taking on even more significance beyond WWI, the monument was re-dedicated back in 1952 to honor three fallen WWII soldiers who lived in the area and has since been a public statement of remembrance.
In a April 13 letter sent from the FFRF to Leo Fontaine, the city’s mayor, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert called the presence of the cross “unconstitutional” and claimed that a concerned citizen made the group aware of its presence.
- The Blaze
Jessica threw in her hat by tweeting, recently, that she supported the removal.
My question is…why?
Sure it’s on public property.
Sure, it’s a war memorial.
But it’s not like they are using current tax money to put the memorial up.*** In fact, I’m quite sure that if the issue was that the state was using tax money for upkeep of the statue, that the more than 1,000 people who have gathered to support it would be willing to pay for the cleaning and upkeep of the memorial.
But that isn’t what the Atheist organizations want. They want the monument gone.
Is it causing them undue emotional distress to even see a cross or walk past one? In which case, why aren’t they trying to sue every church they walk past for pain and suffering?
Is it uncomfortable for them to have to explain what that strange T shaped object on top of that stone is to their children?
Does the idea of Christianity just offend them so much that historical monuments and memorials to our service men just have to go?
There are crosses and religious symbols on many of the historic monuments in this country. Should we tear down every single one of those as well, because atheist just can’t handle the stress.
I’m sorry, but I don’t believe that cross on a historic monument is creating a situation where you can’t live comfortably. Nor do I think it is making you a second class citizen, nor do I honestly believe it is constitutionally wrong.
There are many issues in this country that you could be starting useful fights about, but this is not one of them.
Jessica, I fully believe that, no matter what your religious beliefs in the future, you will regret getting involved in this fight at such a young age. No matter how mature you think you are, or you actually are, you will not keep the same 16 year old beliefs, all your life.
*No, I can’t show it to you. I cleaned out the old posts on my old blog a long time ago…because most of them, quite frankly, embarrassed me.
**Though I must admit that the Christians I debated often had an overabundance of zeal and an underabundance of knowledge on their side.
***In which case I would understand their upset and even support their case.
My day could not possibly get any better.
(okay, I’m a crazy political fangirl. Getting my picture taken with a political figure is cooler than meeting an actor in my book.)
I had the good fortune to be able to attend a meeting of the ASU College Republicans this afternoon and Maricopa county Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was the guest speaker.
He is nothing like the papers describe him, and he had more than a few comments on journalistic bias and the press in general.
He is a very funny, personable man, with an extremely “no non-sense” point of view and an awesome tie pin.
He joked a lot, took some (extremely polite) jabs at democrats, and refused to comment on “operation fast and furious” because he doesn’t like to talk badly about other law enforcement agencies.
He cares a lot about his deputies and their families and about his duty as Sheriff, to the people if his county and to the laws of our country and state.
I was amazed to hear how many years he has worked in law enforcement and how diverse his background is. He’s worked in numerous countries and spent many years protecting the Texas/Mexico border.
If I hadn’t been planning to vote for him already, I would be now.
It was a great honor to meet him and I hope that I will get to hear him speak again.
I say Merry Christmas.
I don’t do it to offend people.
You are perfectly welcome to say Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzah, Merry Festivus, Happy Wintereenmas, or Happy Winter Solstice depending on your religion, political leanings, etc.
I say Merry Christmas for two very simple reasons.
The first being obviously that I was raised celebrating Christmas and I have an impressive number of happy memories and feelings from all those years of family Christmases. I put up a Christmas tree, I give Christmas presents, I put up Christmas lights and Christmas decorations. I’m fully aware of the pagan background of many of these traditions and I accept them. However they are part of what I call ‘Christmas’. That’s my family tradition. I don’t see Christmas as some sort of political piece in a power struggle between Christians and Atheists, I just see it as a time for my family to come together and be happy. I get to buy presents for people and see their face when they open it.
I love Christmas.
I know, I’ve already said that, but it will probably get repeated several more times between now and December 25th, so you might as well get used to it.
The second reason is one that I know a couple of my readers will disagree with. They know who they are.
Have you ever had someone of a different faith tell you that are going to pray for you? Not in that condescending way where they are clearly insulting you as they say it (i.e. ‘I will pray that you stop being an idiot, come to your senses and become a Christian’ or ‘I will pray for you to stop sinning and become straight instead of gay’). I’m talking about the sort of prayer where someone is trying to bring you goodwill and happiness in the best way they know how. The kind of prayer that someone makes when they find out you are sick and they want you get better, or when you’ve lost your job and they want you to find a new one. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in their religions, they believe it and that’s what matters. “It’s the thought that counts” as they say.
I’ll never get upset with someone who is only trying to bring a little good will into my life.
That’s how I feel about wishing people Merry Christmas at this time of year. It’s also how I feel when someone wishes me Happy Chanukah or any of the others I mentioned.
Because when I say ‘Merry Christmas’ I’m wishing that they will have good fortune, a happy family get together, good food, good presents, and everything else that I associate with Christmas. I’m not telling them how to live their lives, what god to worship, or how they should celebrate. I’m just wishing them what I would want them to wish me, even if they would phrase it differently.
So yes, I say Merry Christmas.
And if you have a problem with that, I hope Santa leaves nothing but coal in your stocking because you, sir or ma’am, have no Christmas/Chanuka/Kwanzaa/Festivus/Wintereenmas/Solstice spirit.
Thanks to Rechabite for inspiring me to write this post with his own post on why he says Merry Christmas.