Let’s play a game called “how many times can a Democrat be a misogynist without the media pointing it out”.
This will NOT be a drinking game, mostly because I don’t want you to die of alcohol poisoning.
Let’s count this off:*
1. The University of Colorado: Colorado Springs is under the impression that it’s better for women to pee, vomit, or bleed on their rapist than it is for them to, I don’t know, carry a gun or even take self-defense lessons. Those two things weren’t listed on their “safety tip sheet” for women. (Which has since been removed from the website.) Yes, I’m sure that informing my rapist that I am menstruating or telling him I have HIV or Herpes is really going to be far more effective than shooting him. *eye roll*
2. Another Colorado story (really Colorado, If this is what comes of legalizing Marijuana, then let’s keep it illegal), Democrat State Representative, Joe Salazar, is apparently operating under the idea that women are far too hysterical and irresponsible to handle carrying a weapon as a form of self-defense.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at,” he said during a legislative hearing. “And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop — pop a round at somebody.” – The Blaze
You know what actual rape victims think about call boxes and safe zones, Salazar?
For some reason people are finding it odd that gun owners are a bit peeved at having their names and addresses published.
“They haven’t done anything illegal, so why should they care.” they shout and I shout back “And that’s why we don’t want to be treated like a sex offender!”
I fully support the 1st amendment and the 2nd amendment. They are my two favorite amendments in the Bill of Rights in fact, but what The Journal News did when they published an interactive map of all the pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York state, was an outrageous abuse of the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) and a disgusting breech of journalistic ethics.
Yes, this is public information.
Yes, anyone can request it from their county office.
No, you should not make an interactive map of the names and addresses of people who legally own handguns for any variety of reasons.
It’s legal, but it’s a HUGE breech of ethics and any “journalist” who thinks it’s appropriate, needs to get some lessons in common decency.
Even former criminals are saying this was a horrible, horrible idea.
“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?
“What they did was insanity,” added Shaw, author of “License to Steal,” a book about his criminal career.…
Frank Abagnale, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 film “Catch Me if You Can,” and is perhaps the most famous reformed thief to ever earn a legitimate living by offering the public insight into the criminal mind, called the newspaper’s actions “reprehensible.”
“It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like,” said Abagnale, who noted that he grew up in the suburban New York area served by the Journal-News. “This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home.”
In other words, The Journal News just made the world a far more dangerous place for everyone to live in. Those who don’t own guns will now be at higher risk of being burgled and those with guns will be targeted by criminals who want to steal their guns, putting more stolen guns on the streets if these criminal entrepreneurs are successful.
Thanks, thanks a lot TJN.
Unsurprisingly, this is already causing problems for people in who own guns in these counties.
Consider who has these permits. Many retired police officers, who have criminals a plenty who would like to find them; survivors of domestic abuse, rape victims, and victims of stalkers who only purchased guns to protect themselves and feel safe in their own homes.
Now, thanks to this incredibly stupid “news” organization, these people’s names and addresses have been published for all the world to see.
“This one narcotics officer from Westchester County just retired. Dedicated his whole career to protecting the citizens of Westchester County and they can’t protect him now. He said I’ve never been so fearful for the safety of my family… This one lady whose been stalked for years in West Chester County. She finally found peace, two years without the stalker contacting her. Two days after that paper released her information she gets hangups all night long. She lives in fear, her and her three daughters.”
And now inmates in prisons have been telling guards that they know their home addresses, thanks to the map. (via Reuters)
Yes, Journal News, I’m sure you’ve made the world a much safer place by exposing the addresses of all us “bitter clingers”.
The first time an innocent civilian or cop is killed in their home and the criminal admits to getting the address from your publication, the first time a house that doesn’t have a gun permit is burgled and the burglar admits he cased houses NOT listed on your website, and the first time a person is shot using a gun stolen from the the home of a law-abiding citizen whose address you published, I want you to take a long look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable for your actions.
You might not have committed the crime, but you enabled it.
I hope you are proud of yourself.
After a lot of difficulty and maneuvering I got a ticket for the full event at Right Online, which was sold out this year.
So Friday morning, my family* packed up and headed to Las Vegas.
The conference was held at The Venetian, which is apparently the only non-union business on the La Vegas Strip. Which made it ideal for a meeting of conservatives.
Anyway, I got to the Venetian in time to get registered and get my copy of Culture of Corruption signed by Michelle Malkin.
The Andrew Breitbart Tribute Reception was extremely moving with dozens of stories about Breitbart’s life and how he had affected the lives of those he worked with over the years. In fact, stories about Breitbart were brought up in almost every speech.
It made me incredibly sad to see how many people he had affected in his 43 short years and the fact that I never had to chance to meet him.
I can’t even begin to describe the awesomeness of the speeches at this event or how much they affected me. So I’ll simply include the videos and encourage you to listen to them.
I hope to also implement some of the ideas I got in the breakout sessions, where I heard a lot about making a blog successful and building an audience. Including the possibility of doing a roundtable podcast with other conservative voices and covering more of my city and state local politics.
To the speeches.
Andrew Marcus, Breitbart Tribute
Former Governor Sarah Palin
Michelle Malkin on June 15th
Michelle Malkin on June 16th
Congressman Joe Heck
Who I got to take a photo with.
*They wanted to go on vacation and Las Vegas seemed like a good choice.
If any of my dear readers will also be at this conference then please let me know. It would be great to have someone to eat lunch with on Saturday.
I will be back on Monday with stories and photos of the weekend…well maybe not photos and maybe only carefully edited stories. After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
In any case, I hope to return with all sorts of new tips and tricks for gaining a bigger readership and utilizing social media in a far more efficient manner than I have been. All taught by some of my favorite conservative commentators, such as Michelle Malkin and S.E. Cupp.
I was having a serious mental conundrum/breakdown/something yesterday evening. My mom, dad, sister, and The Conservative New Ager can all testify to that.
Because I am so goddamn frustrated with the bullshit excuse for an education that we have in this country.
I’m not even talking about the k-12 grades here, though those are terrible. I’m talking about right here, right now. My college classes. It’s embarrassing, really it is. I’m paying an exorbitant amount of money to attend this school (well…exorbitant for a state university anyway) and I feel as if I’m learning nothing. Most of my classes (English and History) seem about on par with classes I had in high school. (Though maybe I was spoiled for all English classes because of how great my teacher was senior year.) And the students seem just about as enthused to be there even though they don’t have to be here, not like they had to be there when they were in high school.
Now in a 100 level class I could understand a certain number of unenthusiastic people in a class, not really fully engaged, tuning out because they just have to take the class as a prerequisite to get into higher level classes. However, I would still expect to learn something. Of all the assignments I’ve handed in in my English 105 class this semester, guess how many I’ve gotten feedback on from the teacher?
None, nada, zilch.
At this rate I’ll walk away from this English class with no more knowledge than when I started this semester, but significantly more in debt. At least I’ll have the class out of the way and be closer to my degree and I be able to move up to higher level classes where the teachers should give more feedback and the students should be more enthusiastic about the classes. After all the classes are more keyed toward their major, which one would think a person would be interested in and happy about studying their major.
Only that isn’t the case in my history class either.
See I’m a transfer. So I’m taking some 100 level classes that I missed for my major of journalism, but I also qualify for many higher level classes. So I signed up for a 300 level history course, lots of reading, an interesting take on history, unique perspectives. Sounded interesting and I figured the students in that class would be the sort that got involved in classroom discussions about the books we are reading for class.
Boy was I wrong.
Monday afternoon I was in class and it felt like I was in high school all over again. We were discussing Maria: Or the Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft and the teacher would ask a question and one of three people would answer it for the most part (myself and two other girls being the main ones). Getting anyone else to participate in the discussion was like pulling teeth.
I honestly wondered if 2/3s of the class had even read the book.
What’s worse is that it seems the teacher has more or less given up on getting people to participate. If I were her I would call on people randomly, force them to give opinions on the books, talk about it, maybe start some debate on the topics addressed in the book. Instead she just lectured and asked some questions and listened to the crickets chirp when no one answered them (I refused to answer all of the questions, even though I knew the answers.)
But surely, you say, your classes in your chosen major must be more interesting.
Yes and no dear reader, yes and no.
First of all, it’s interesting to feel the almost palpable distaste in the air around me for people of my p0litical leanings. The mocking that goes on and the very subtle way the teachers talk around the issue of bias in the media, never truly admitting it’s there, but admitting we have to learn to report without bias.
Secondly, I don’t know why I go to class.
No, seriously. I really don’t.
Except for the occasional guest speaker we have in the class and the daily quizzes (which are mostly a way to take attendance in my opinion, since last quiz I guessed on all the answers and still got 9/10 right) the content of the class is mostly “Read this chapter in the book and next class I’ll go over a powerpoint that tells you the exact same information that you should already know if you did your reading.”
Either I do my reading or I go to class. There is absolutely no point in my doing both of those things. This way I only waste 2.5 hours a week on, what amounts to, the history of Journalism. Instead of wasting 3.5 by going to class and reading the textbook. Don’t get me wrong, the history of journalism is quite interesting…but why do I need to go to a class for it? I could read the entire textbook in a week and know all the class could possibly teach me. I have very good reading comprehension, I assure you.
So what is the point of all this schooling, when I could educate myself far better and on a far broader range of topics on my own with a library card? (Something I don’t have time to do now because of all the goddamned busy work I have for classes. I have several books I’d like to get to, but I don’t have time for between homework and this blog.)
It’s because education isn’t important anymore. What’s important now is that piece of paper they hand you when you graduate that says “look at me, I paid a lot of money and sat in a lot of classes and now I are educated! Hire me.”*
You can’t get a job in anything worthwhile without a diploma these days. Which is, as most things are, complete and utter bullshit. What should count is your experience, how much you have educated yourself…because those that actually care about education know it’s a never ending part of life. You don’t walk out of college and stop learning things. You continue educating yourself, working even harder because now you have to shed 4 years of indoctrination and worthless classes (which is what college seems to amount to) that you had to go through to get a sheet of paper that would get a company to hire you.
I know completely and fully that I would learn more about journalism if I just got a job at a newspaper or a news network, but I can’t get a job at those places without a diploma.
So I have to pay my dues, put myself in debt, to learn nothing. All I’m doing is buying the most expensive piece of paper I’ll ever pay for.
*The grammar mistake was intentional.
Affirmative Action Bullshit and You CAN actually still write objectively while holding personal opinions on a topic
I have a feeling that my Beginning Journalism class is going to be the topic of many rants on this blog, this will only be the first.
Yesterday one of the deans came in to finish giving a lecture on “What is News”. The things that make a story newsworthy, important elements of journalism, etc. etc. if you have ever studied journalism you know the drill. If you haven’t studied journalism, but you have a shred of common sense you can understand the concept. It’s a Freshman level class, I’m the oldest person in it….partly because I’m a sophomore and partly because I’m old even for a sophomore. Ugh.
Anyway, one of the things that we talked about was the differences between the people who are commonly the editors in charge of major newspapers and news networks, as opposed to the rest of society. Now I’m not quoting the dean verbatim, I completely admit that, I was not taking detailed enough notes at this point in the lecture to do this. I will tell you the gist of what he said in his lecture and go from there.
The first point I want to address is one that he made when he said that Journalism would be a very tough field for us if we held any strong political beliefs in either direction. Now I will fully admit that my bias (and my knowledge of the majority of Journalism outlets) heard that as “you will have a lot of trouble in this field if you have any strong conservative political beliefs.” You can believe what you will about media and journalism bias that skews the field ever to the left, but I believe it is there even if you don’t.
The dean made this point because my school of Journalism teaches “objective journalism” in which you report the facts of the story, what really happened, where and to whom and how and why…if you can discern the why objectively. This is done in such a way as to remove personal bias from the equation. I like that sort of News reporting…it’s sadly not available on most major news outlets anymore *coughCNNcough* though the News shows on Fox (not the opinion shows, there is a distinction) still manage it quite well.
Now I’ve never pretended that this blog wasn’t biased. You read a few posts and you will realized pretty quickly that I’m a conservative first and foremost and a gay women somewhere far below that on the list.
I don’t write objectively on this blog. Now I do try to make sure I check and double check my facts because I strive for accuracy in my writing, but I will call Liberals idiots, I will call Islam evil, I will call pretty much everything as I see it…usually through the lens of my bias. Now do I think that my bias is the correct and rational way to think? Yes, most definitely. Why else would I think that way?
So I do have some very strongly held political views. Does that impair my ability to write objectively? No.
If you are a good journalist you will know how to separate your biases from the facts and still be able to write objectively. So I can write an objective article about Obama while somewhere, locked in a closet in my brain, my conservative self is rocking back and forth muttering “this President is a moron, this President is a moron” over and over. It can be done.
If you are reading this and shaking your head, saying it can’t be done. That you couldn’t possibly write about something objectively if you felt strongly about it. If that’s the case then you have one of two problems, you are either a very bad writer or you are very weak minded…possibly both, hopefully only the first one…you can be trained out of that one.
The second point he made was one that, upon looking back at it, completely contradicts the previous statement about not holding strong personal biases on “big issues”. He said that there was a need to “diversify” the pool of journalists and editors working at major news outlets (paper and media) because without more females, or homosexuals or people of minority background, the news will not be “understandable and clear” to those who read it.
I thought the whole point of journalism was to not write using your bias. If you are writing something one way, only because you are a women, or black, or gay, then isn’t that writing going to be biased in that direction?
Oh wait. I forgot.
This is the liberal media. The only direction something is allowed to be biased in is toward the “minority”.
Another point, harkening back to post I made about how I didn’t realize I had a separate history from the rest of the world just because I was gay. History is history and news is news people. If it’s important to one group it should be important to every other person living in that area as well.
Stories about gay rights do not just affect gay people. I don’t need a gay journalist to write those articles, because, theoretically, the journalist writing it should be so objective that I shouldn’t be able to tell if they are gay, straight, asexual, or poly-sexual. Unless it’s an editorial, I don’t give a crap about their personal opinion on gay rights. I want to know the facts, minus their opinion on conservative or liberal politics or the morality, or lack thereof, of gay marriage. Besides, gay rights are not any issue that only affect gay men and women. It is a civil rights issue and it does affect the nation in general. We should all be keeping ourselves informed about the topic.
Do you think that women’s suffrage only affected women? No, it had widespread affect on men, women, children, corporations, and the government. That’s why it doesn’t have to be written about by a woman, for women. It’s important, it’s news, it’s for everyone.
There is no need to “diversify” the journalism workforce, there is a need to hire good journalists, objective journalists, no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation. “Diversifying” the workforce is just Affirmative Action all over again and I bet you can guess how I felt about that. I want to know that I got my job because I’m good at what I do, not because I’m gay and female and the news outlet needed to fill a quota of “minorities”. I want people to get jobs because they deserve them, not because they “need” the job because they are an “oppressed minority”.
And anyone with a conscience and a scrap of dignity should feel the same.
Watching the American news, currently have Fox turned on because it’s good background noise while I work on blogs and catch up on reading.
It’s all about the S&P credit rating, playing the blame game over who’s fault the DOW’s nose dive is, and who should be taken to the chopping block over the debt situation.
No one is talking about the riots in London and that surprises me.
Because I’m looking at pictures of central London and it looks like a war zone.
(Pictures from Boston.com)
These pictures wouldn’t look out of place (except for the European buildings) in photos from Iraq, Afghanistan or Israel after a battle or terrorist attack.
And this is happening in London.
Why is no one talking about it?
I just turned to Piers Morgan on CNN, it’s still debt talks and pointing fingers. Anderson Cooper will be on in half an hour, I give it a 95% chance that it will also be about the debt and DOW situation. More talk about S&P while people are dying in riots in the streets in a country where this sort of thing should not be happening.
There are all sorts of discussions about why these riots started, but I’m honestly not certain anyone actually knows.
The prevailing theory seems to be unrest over the shooting of 29 year old Mark Duggan by the police. The shooting is still being investigated to see if it was justified or not, but I just can’t imagine why that small action (one death is horrible, but it does not justify this kind of horrific action on the part of the citizens of the UK) could lead to all of this.
Oh Piers Morgan took 30 seconds away from the debt downgrade to show videos of the burning building in London and reference this as a horrible act of Civil Disobedience.
I hate to use a tragedy to mock Piers Morgan, but did he really just call this Civil Disobedience?
Uh, there is nothing civil about this.
Civil Disobedience: the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes.
Get your terms right Morgan, especially if you are barely going to address the issue at all.
Taiwan News speculates an entirely different theory.
It began late Saturday in London’s northern Tottenham district when a peaceful protest over the police’s shooting of a suspect turned violent, leaving parts of the high street charred and its shops looted. But some have blamed the unrest on unemployment, insensitive policing and frustration across Britain over the government’s austerity budget, which will bring deep cuts to social services and welfare payments.
If that’s true and this is their reaction to having their payments cut…well they didn’t deserve them in the first place. This whole think is remarkably immature and dangerous and horrific and there is absolutely never a good reason for behavior like this.
I can’t even imagine how people could do these kind of things for no reason whatsoever. The other prevailing theory is that no one actually cares about the politics of the death of Duggan. They just heard someone got shot by the police and that their was speculation that they wrongfully shot him and just decided to start looting and rioting over it and it spread, because apparently large sections of the population is ready to commit theft and violence if given the slightest chance.
It’s enough to make me scream.
I honestly hope there is a real underlying cause to all of this, politics, money, police brutality, SOMETHING! Because if there isn’t…that says a lot of very sad things about humanity of the rioters and looters involved…and that, in turn, says something very depressing about humanity in general.
And I’m just not quite willing to believe something that horrible of humanity just yet.
Anyway, back to discussions of Bible verses soon…I just need to write about this.
And now I need to take a break from all of this for a moment. Going to watch episodes of What Not To Wear and eat ice cream until I get tired enough for bed. I just need to not think for a while.
I have two absolutely necessary things that I must accomplish during the next few years of college.
No, joining a sorority, having a one night stand, or catching an STD is not either of them. Just making sure you all realize that.
First of all, I desperately want to study abroad for a semester. I’ve basically decided on the Cardiff, Wales program at my college* for that portion. I just want a single semester there, complete 12-16 of classes, mostly electives of course, but I really want the experience of living in another country. For those of you who are not aware, I’ve never been outside the continental United States (never been to Alaska or Hawaii, poor me) unless you count the Hopi and Navajo reservations here in Arizona.
The other, and you can mock me if you want, is an internship at Fox News.
Whether you respect or like them or not, you can’t deny that a chance to work behind the scenes would be interesting. Once I’ve worked there I will, hopefully, feel even more confident in believing the news they report.
Anyway, that’s my plan for the next 3-4 years. Well, I also plan to learn a lot and make contacts so that I can get a great job, but that’s less specific.
*I’ll give you a high five if you can guess why.