While We Were Celebrating

Far be it for me to take away from the joy of Christmas.

I love Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday of the year.

Christmas Eve we open presents, Christmas Day we get gifts from Santa and cook enough food to feed a small army.

But while we are celebrating and arguing with our relatives over politics (don’t deny it, the number of hits this blog got and the google searches that led you here gave you away) the news cycle keeps going and some big stories broke and some merely heartbreaking ones.

The Big

Midnight Mass at a church in northern Nigeria was interrupted by a group of Islamists who shot and killed six Christians before torching the church. So very non-violent.

A “newspaper” in New York  has apparently published the names and addresses of every person in New York  who has a concealed carry permit. The people who should be REALLY pissed right now are those who AREN’T on the list, because this is basically a guide to all burglars on what houses to NOT rob. Thank LoHud.com for suddenly increasing the likelihood that you will be robbed if you don’t have a concealed carry permit. *thumbs up* Not really sure what they were trying to accomplish here, but I’m pretty sure whatever it is, they failed at it.

Chicago, one of the bastions of strict gun control, suffered a rash of shootings on Christmas Eve. Yes, there is something wrong with our society and gun control isn’t going to help that.

DC police are investigating David Gregory of Meet the Press for possibly violating part of DC gun control laws. Whoops. I guess you CAN still buy assault weapon magazines regardless of gun control.

Hamas is planning to break that pesky ceasefire thing with a resumption of suicide bombings in Israel. Merry Christmas!

President Obama is still in Hawaii. 

Bushehr Nuclear Plant, in Iran, is paying the Russian women working their to put on a Hijab. I guess the men can’t get anything done with those women’s hair and forearms distracting them. I know I just lose all focus when I see some pretty forearms. Drives me wild. Iran is, apparently, perplexed that Russian women aren’t keen on doing this, despite the extra pay.

Netflix went down on Christmas Eve, which caused understandable outrage. I would be mad too if I was trying to avoid my relatives by watching old episodes of Seinfeld and then I had no Netflix to use as an excuse to avoid family gatherings.

In China a man rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a crowd of middle school kids, injuring 13. I guess we need to ban cars, gas cans, and firecrackers, as well as guns. Damn, that’s basically 4th of July weekend for my family.

Feminists might want to take a look at Swaziland. The king (who had 13 wives) has banned miniskirts, low slung jeans, and tank tops because they make it easier for a women to be raped.

The Heartbreaking

In Britain, Children are asking Santa for a dad.

And one child called in to NORAD asking if Santa could bring extra presents so they could give them to the family’s who lost family in Newtown.

These stories actually made me cry, I’m not kidding here. Not as hard as I cried at Les Miserables, but there was sniffling and tears.

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So that’s what happened while were celebrating our Christmas.

Let’s keep fighting for our freedom and our values in the coming year.

My Interview on The Donlyn Turnbull Show (11/15/12)

Donlyn Turnbull (creator) and Tim King (contributor and co-host) at DS&P Magazine, where I also contribute and article or two on occasion, invited me on to their radio show on FTR radio last week to talk politics, Ronald Reagan, roast beef sandwiches, and Rosie O’Donnell (ewww).

 
If you would like to listen to the show (my interview is the second segment, about 20 minutes long) here is a link to the DS&P website where it is posted. You can stream it or download it.

Israel and why we need to stand by them

I’ve written on this topic time and time again, from the perspective of a capitalist, a gay woman, and an ethical person.

Now we are just talking about not being a moron.

It’s all well and fine to say ‘don’t judge someone based on their religion, don’t judge them all based on the actions of a few, don’t judge them based on what their religious texts and leaders say’.

Okay, I’m not judging Hamas or the ‘Palestinians’ on religion at all. I’m judging them based on their actions.

They are terrorists.

Plain and simple.

I’ve got to be honest here. I have no skin in this game. I’m not Jewish, I’m not Christian, I’ve never visited Israel (though I would love too), I don’t personally know anyone who lives in Israel or Gaza or ‘Palestine’, though I follow several on twitter

I didn’t know anyone who died in the World Trade Centers either.

That doesn’t stop me from recognizing evil and terrorism when I see it.

Everyone from Reuters to Al Jazeera news are flat out lying (or at the very least, misleading) about the start of this aggressive military action from Israel. Reporting that the fighting began when Israeli Defense Forces organized an ‘assassination’ of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who was killed in a tactical air strike by the IDF on the 14th of November.

Nope.

Not true.

In point of fact, this all started MUCH further back, but lets just consider recent history.

In 2011, according to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) website, Hamas fired 627 rockets at Israel.

So far in 2012 Hamas has fired 1,068 rockets(as of this posting), many of them at civilian targets.

Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense (which begin with the air strike that killed Al-Jaabari) on the 14th 301 of those rockets have been fired. Many of them being shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system (could the name of that get any more bad-ass? I think not.)But the fact is that Operation Pillar of Defense (another awesome name) was started for a definite reason, which was a volley of several rockets sent into Israel on November 10th, along with an anti-tank missile which hit an IDF jeep and injured 4 soldiers.

So Israel finally said “to hell with that” and started fighting back seriously.

For that President Mursi of Egypt is condemning them and saying that Israel is the one who is causing destabilization in the region.

“The Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region and would negatively and greatly impact the security of the region,” Mursi said.

- Reuters

I mean, really?

Talk about delusion.

That’s like constantly punching a guy in the face and then trying to file assault charges when he decks you to make you stop.

Hamas is not the group America needs to be in bed with. They take hostages. They fire on civilian targets, killing innocent people. They hide behind civilians, those they are supposed to be protecting, and use civilian areas as staging grounds for rocket launchers, then blame Israel for the civilian casualties that occur when Israel takes out those launchers. Israel is the one warning Gaza residents to stay away from Hamas operatives and military installations for their own protection and treating injured Palestinians, pro bono, in Israel.

Israel is the only sane, truly freedom loving, country in that area of the Middle East. They have equal rights for women, equal rights for the lgbt community, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, etc., as I said in a recent article for DS&P magazine.

Our foreign policy is in shamble. President Obama wants ‘daylight’ between us and our one sane ally in the Middle East.

Israel is at war and we are doing nothing to help.

Admittedly, Israel can probably take care of themselves, but they shouldn’t have too. That’s what allies are for.

If I hadn’t already been disgusted with Obama and Hamas and the Islamic countries of the Middle East in general…I would be now.

But we all know that I passed through ‘disgusted’ right on to ‘outraged and pissed off’ a long time ago.

Crowder, in the video below, is a bit more light hearted in his analysis, but I feel he’s probably as pissed off as me.

Piers Morgan clearly doesn’t understand the word “irony”

Tonight on Piers Morgan, Suze “personal finance expert” Orman was on talking about the economy and Romney’s “gaffe” about not caring about the poor. I’ll talk about that in a minute, but first I want to talk about what Morgan said about Romney.

He said that given how much money Romney reports on his taxes and his comments about the poor and middle class, that Romney is disconnected from normal people.

Oh sweet irony, I don’t think that Morgan has been looking at the President’s tax returns or the First Lady’s spending habits (especially, as my friend at Dirty Sex and Politics points out, her lingerie spending habits [18+ only please])

The Daily Mail is reporting that Michelle Obama spent $50,000 dollars in lingerie at a shopping spree last year at the Agent Provocateur shop on Madison Avenue.   Oh my, where to go with this first.

But aside from ruining it [Agent Provocateur lingerie] for me FOREVER, it’s just the hypocrisy behind the O’s acting like they are one of us.  They call out to the Occupy movements and say, “we feel your pain.”   And the whole 99% yahoos actually believe the Obamas are some sort of champions for their cause! They’ve been camping out in the cold way too long.

Admittedly Obama did not make as much as Romney last year.

Obama also made his money (overall, not just last year) doing what exactly?

Romney was at the forefront of Bain Capital, whose investments were behind many household names of successful companies. Including some that would have gone bankrupt without his companies involvement.

Some of the most well known names are:

AMC Theatres

Burger King

Burlington Coat Factory

Domino’s Pizza

Michael’s

Staple’s (which nearly went bankrupt before Bain’s involvement)

Toys”R”Us

The Weather Channel

and many more.

So whether Romney is “out of touch” or not…he’s clearly still a better manager than Obama.

And he’s no more “out of touch” than our current President and his pricey wife. (Spain trip, Martha’s Vineyard travel, Martha’s Vineyard, Africa trip). Not to mention the $18 million increase in cost for the failure of Michelle Obama’s LA school lunch plan.

Disconnect? On a governmental and a personal level the Obama’s are so much more disconnected than Romney.

Now, as for the Romney “gaffe”.

It was nothing of the sort.

Romney: I’m in the race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America. The 90, 95% of Americans who right now are struggling. I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.
HOST:[…] You just said, ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net.’ And I think there are a lot of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, that sounds odd. Can you explain that?
ROMNEY:Well you have to finish the sentence. I said I’m not concerned with the very poor who have a safety net and if it has holes in it I will repair them. The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there’s no question it’s not good being poor. And we have a safety net to help those that are very poor, but my campaign is focused is on middle-income Americans. My campaign — you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich, that’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans—retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work, folks that have kids getting ready for college—these are the people most badly hurt by the Obama years.

- Youtube link

Romney corrected the host once already for taking his quote out of context. Why should it surprise us that everyone and their dog has chosen to quote him out of context?

What he said was accurate and, more importantly, extremely intelligent and well-informed.

The Conservative New Ager wrote a brilliant post, related what Romney said to the same concepts that Aristotle believed in for government power and the ideas of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

Romney’s primary concern isn’t the very poor and yours shouldn’t be either

It would be overkill for me to attempt to write another post about the topic when this one is so well written.

 

What’s up with sexualizing insults?

Warning: This post uses MANY pieces of foul language. If that offends you…go read one of my other posts. You have been warned, I won’t apologize if the foul language offends you after this point.

 

 

“Don’t be a dick”

“Fuck you”

“Screw you”

“You’re such a cunt”

“Pussy”

Maybe it’s a little hypocritical to write about this, as I know I’m guilty of saying at least 2/5s of the phrases on that list (which is definitely not a complete list of the sexualized insults you see on the internet, or hear in person). I was having a conversation with my brother, not 30 minutes after we had talked about wishing that people wouldn’t “sexualize their insults”, where he and I both referred to someone as a ‘dick’.

I don’t think either of us realized the irony in that.

At least I didn’t until I was thinking about it last night.

I’m not sure why, in a public place like a restaurant, it’s acceptable to have a conversation in which I would call someone a ‘dick’, but I would never, not even in the privacy of my own home, call someone a ‘cunt’ or a ‘pussy’.

I mean, they are all low-class words referring to sexual anatomy. They are all not exactly polite in mixed company…though if I called someone a ‘cunt’ in public I would probably get a lot of glares, maybe even called out for using such language…I call one of my friends a ‘dick’ in public (jokingly) and everyone (including his girlfriend and him) just laughs at it…so maybe a little bit of a double standard is in place about this.

However, here’s how it breaks down.

When you call someone (especially a man) a ‘pussy’ you are saying he is weak, has no will-power, and is a coward.

When you call someone a ‘cunt’ you are saying that they are bitchy, cruel, an unpleasant or stupid or a contemptible person (according to dictionary.com).

When you call someone a ‘dick’ you are implying that they are mean, rude, classless, and stupid.

What does those terms actually have to do with what they have to imply?

Absolutely nothing.

I’ve been called at least two of those things in my life. The truth is, when someone calls me a cunt, it is a way of dismissing me. “You are female and I think you are stupid, therefore your opinion means nothing.” That is the message that the word implies.

Maybe it’s time to stop using sex based words as insults. When someone is mean, rude, and stupid…it’s not because they have a dick. Stop implying it. Even when you use the term with a female, the underlying meaning is that she’s being as stupid and rude as a male.

Being bitchy and cruel has nothing to do with having a vagina. Men can be just as bad and implying that the vagina has something to do with those qualities, just invalidates your opinion.

If you have a problem with how someone is acting, then tell them what they’ve done wrong. Criticizes their actions accurately, tell them exactly how they acting and why it’s wrong. ‘Don’t be a dick’ or ‘you’re such a cunt’ is not helpful in those situations…I’m not sure how it could ever be helpful actually.

Then again, after reading this post from Dirty Sex & Politics, maybe I’ll just take ‘pussy’ and ‘cunt’ as compliments from here on out.

Frankly, as a gay conservative this worries me.

A link to an article at Dirty Sex & Politics, Conservative AND Gay, Oh the Horror!!!. (Blog definitely NSFW and 18+ in general, though this post should be safe-ish)

It’s rare that I have ever experienced any negative attention because of being a lesbian. Admittedly I don’t march in pride parades, I don’t wear rainbows or pink triangles (though with the number of skeezy guys that hit on me on public transit, I may start…), and I’m not big on major public displays of affection when dating. That, no doubt, has an effect on how I’m treated in day to day life…or maybe not. Maybe everyone would treat me exactly the same if I made it completely obvious that I was a lesbian.

I will tell you that the reaction I get when I tell people I’m conservative or simply identify with a conservative idea or make a conservative comment about politics has felt a lot like the reaction the media portrays that gay people get when coming out. So I guess I know how the rest of the gay community feels…and so does Taylor Garrett, the gay conservative that DS&P talks about in that blog post.

Why is it that I fear violence to my person more because I’m a conservative than I do because I’m gay? In a perfect world I shouldn’t have to fear violence for either, but the media tells me that I should expect it for the latter and not for the former. So why does my common sense tell me the opposite? This isn’t the first, or even the second, time I’ve written about this, but it’s worse actually reading about another gay conservative like myself being attacked for not falling in line.