A little bird told me that you might not be backing down from running for your Senate seat in 2016. I’m here to ask you to please excuse yourself from the political conversation in our state.
No one likes you.
You are old, you are senile, and you sell out conservatism every chance you get.
Come out of the closet already and admit you are a Democrat, you’ll feel much better, I swear.
Or don’t, I don’t really care what you do, as long as you stop trying to pretend you represent conservative ideals.
I personally don’t think anyone could have beat Obama in 2008, but it must have been some collective delusion or some extreme blonde moment that led Republicans to choosing you as the candidate.
I hate to tell you this, but you’ve been “one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off” for a goddamn long time.
In April of this year your approval ratings in the great state of Arizona were abysmal. 67% of those polled we need someone new in office. Only 21% thought you deserved another term and your job approval rating was at the lowest it’s been in 21 years.
Stick a fork in yourself, because you are done.
Liberals are the ones defending you now and you’d rather concentrate on your poker app than on important issues of foreign policy. We didn’t send you to Washington to play games and crack jokes about after you get caught. This isn’t just your job, it’s the future of the United States. It’s shameful that you would be so irresponsible.
You think that supporting the constitution passionately makes someone a “whacko bird” and you’d rather be at dinner with Obama than representing the interests of your constituents. You’re from Arizona, a red state populated by people that don’t appreciate your attempts to sell freedom down the river in order to win brownie points with the administration.
Oh and your daughter isn’t doing your reputation any favors.
In short, please “shove off”, because I promise that I and many other fellow Arizonans will make your next campaign a huge embarrassment for you. We don’t need or want a power hungry, opportunistic, fake Republican representing our state.
Sincerely NOT yours,
Most of the State of Arizona
Boomsticks, Crazy GPS, Cross Country Road Trips, and Bloggers: AKA – My road trip to Smart Girl Summit
Went on a road trip to Smart Girl Summit with a fellow blogger and this was the result. Look for my post about the conference itself on Damn Straight Politics in the next couple of days. I’m too tired to write at the moment.
— MeredithAncret (@MeredithAncret) August 6, 2013
— MeredithAncret (@MeredithAncret) August 6, 2013
(These are usually going to be posted on Damn Straight Politics and will be from next week forward, follow that blog for updates. The website is having technical difficulties today.)
So the thing is, conservatives sometimes get a bad rap about pop culture. Like my generation thinks that Republicans are all a bunch of ancient, boring, geriatrics who only listen to classical music and hobble out onto the lawn to shake our canes at teenagers about being on our lawn and telling them their music sucks.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Now my taste in music and tv is usually called “eccentric” by my friends (which is probably their nice way of telling me I’m lame) but I’m going to ignore that and introduce you my version of awesome music and TV and fandoms each and every week (barring illness or flaking out, which happens on occasion).
This week we’re doing music and my band of choice, Offspring
I recently talked about the story of the of the Niklayev family of Sacramento, California in an article for Damn Straight Politics. The story was absolutely horrifying to me, that the police and a government organization like CPS could simply walk into your home without a warrant or any proof or documentation and take away a women’s child for unsubstantiated reports of neglect.
Are we living in the USSR now?
It’s like the government wants us to believe that we don’t have the right to raise our children as we see fit.
Oh wait, they aren’t actually OUR kids at all, they belong to the community at large, right Melissa Harris-Perry?
The government is invented a world in which parents don’t matter. Their own twisted version of Neverland where the peace pipe contains actual weed, Peter Pan is taught to recognize whether Tiger Lily and Wendy are sluts based on their clothing choices, the lost boys aren’t really sure they are boys at all, and Wendy can buy the morning after pill without talking to a doctor, a pharmacist, or her parents first.
Parents? Who needs ‘em?
A world where no one ever grows up, but they all do adult things and expect someone else to clean up the mess for them.
California is pushing for legislation that would allow boys and girls to use whatever bathroom they want, regardless of gender, as long as they feel they have a different “gender identity” than they were born with.
Yeah, that can’t possibly go wrong.
California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano [is] pushing a bill that would allow public school students to pick the bathroom of their choosing based on their “gender identity.”
Assembly Bill 1266 would force boys athletic teams to accept girls if those girls identified as boys, or vice versa. It would force schools to allow boys to use girls bathrooms if they identify as girls, or vice versa.
But what about the parents? Where is their say in this little scheme to promote “equality”. Now I have no problem with people who say that they feel like they should have been born the opposite gender, but the issue is that 99% of the time they still have the same plumbing they were born with if they are under the age of 18 and so do all the other people of that gender.
So a boy who feels like a girl wants to be in the same bathroom and, quite possibly, the same locker room as well (unless they plan to relegate the one transgendered kid on the team to a separate locker room before and after practice and games. Try that and you really would hear the howls of “DISCRIMINATION!” from the left) as your daughter.
So does the rest of the male population that identifies as male. What’s to stop them from claiming they are transgendered and walking right in any way?
Do you really want the problems that come with that? I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable putting my son or daughter in a room where they are exposing their genitalia to use the restroom or shower or change for games and having people of the opposite gender sanctioned to come into that room and expose themselves right along with them.
But somehow I’m just a closed minded bigot for wanting to have a say over which gender is allowed around my child when they are removing clothing.
Then there’s the fact that the FDA has decided that not only do girls as young as 15 need to be able to buy the morning after pill, but they really need to be able to do so without their parents permission and they really need to be able to do it without talking to a pharmacist about the side effects of a drug that, essentially, performs a chemical abortion.
The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter for those 15 or older.
Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and buyers must prove they’re 17 or older to buy it without a prescription. Tuesday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration lowers the age limit and will allow the pill to sit on drugstore shelves next to spermicides or other women’s health products and condoms — but anyone who wants to buy it must prove their age at the cash register.
Yeah, 15 year olds are totally old enough and responsible enough to understand the risks of taking dangerous medication.
Here’s a quandary, why are Plan B pills stocked next to the Trojans, but you still need a doctor’s visit to be prescribed a low dose birth control pill? Why aren’t they next to the flavored, glow in the dark rubbers?
Not only that, but in New York City school nurses can hand out the Plan B pill (and have, to thousands of students) without permission from the parent. I couldn’t even get an aspirin when I was in school, without a signed release form. How much longer till this spreads to your local school?
Parent’s opinion on whether their daughter (who probably has no idea if the medication is something she is allergic too or will interact with other medication she’s on) should be taking this stuff? Why would we need that?
Here’s another interesting “WTF?!” moment that happened recently.
Outraged parents say a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
According to Starnes’ report, the children attended a special April 11 health class taught by college students at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y. Parents say they were not notified of the presentation.
The students were introduced to terms such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”
Some of the young female students said they were told it was common for 14-year-old girls to have sex and their parents couldn’t stop them.
Now I know exactly which girl I would have asked for a kiss (and I probably would have got it) in school if this had happened to me, but that’s beside the point. (She was bad news, 2 grades above me, and so hot it hurt to look at her sometimes.)
Seriously though, what the ever loving hell?
The lesbian kiss request is weird enough, but teaching boys how to spot “sluts”? I thought that was a “no-no” in liberal ideology.
Mandy Coon, one of the parents, got it right when she said this:
“I am furious. I am her parent. Where does anyone get the right to tell her that it’s OK for her to have sex?”
For some reason my little sister wouldn’t be able to buy a soda bigger than 16 oz. in New York City, but she could get Plan B over the counter and her parents would never be wiser. That infuriates me.
Every day they are taking away our right to make basic decisions for ourselves and our families, turning that right over to alphabet agencies. IRS, FDA, CPS, and so many others.
In the [paraphrased] words of Ronald Weasley, “Liberals need to sort out their priorities.”
Liberals really are living in a fantasy land.
I really really hate glitter bombers, there haven’t been any for a while, but I had to mention them for that title to work.
Plus I’m quoting one of my old rants about glitter bombing.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
If you would appreciate a handful of glitter in your face, a slashed cornea, and a painkiller/eye-patch fashion combo, then, by all means, keep throwing glitter at people.
If you would appreciate Bible’s being thrown at you because you are gay, and the street preachers thought that physical violence would change that, then, by all means, keep assaulting others to get them to change their opinions.
If, however, you realize how much you would not appreciate either one of those things.
Then please, give it a rest, put down the craft box, screw the lid back on the glitter container, and go write a blog or something.
Glitter bombing is completely useless for changing anyone’s opinion.
I guarantee you that if you threw glitter on me because I don’t support gay marriage I would do two things, I would report you to the police and then I would press charges. What I wouldn’t do? Start supporting gay marriage. I don’t respond well to threats and bullying.
The people who resort to this sort of “persuasion” clearly never paid attention in their “How To Win Friends and Influence People” class, because I guarantee that assault, chanting, nasty graffiti and letters and tweets, partial nudity, and theft were not on the approved list of suggestions.
But somewhere along the line they decided that temper tantrums were the way to get their point across.
What’s even worse is that, what would have been a bratty temper tantrum when a 4 year old does it, is basically assault (among other things) when a grown adult, who should know better, does it.
This is what happens when we don’t spank our children.
In Belgium a group of half naked protesters from the organization FEMEN accosted a Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard while he was praying. They doused him with water from bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary and shouted at him. He remained silent and praying throughout the attack.
What prompted the attack?
Leonard had told a Belgian newspaper in March that homosexuality is “a given that people find in themselves and whose origins remain somewhat mysterious,” and said he urges Christian homosexuals to adopt a life of celibacy.
Okay, so I disagree with the Archbishop on a personal level. I also disagree with his interpretation of the Bible, but he is not trying to control anyone or force anyone to do anything. He’s not going out and assaulting gay people and shouting at them to change their wicked ways. He’s not dumping holy water on them.
Why do these protesters from FEMEN feel that this mode of protest is going to change anyone’s opinion? If my church was telling me that homosexuals are wicked and sinful and vulgar (which this Archbishop wasn’t, but for the sake of argument please play along) and the sermon was interrupted by a bunch of topless, screaming women, throwing water on us and telling us not the be homophobes…you know what my reaction would be?
Yeah, that’s right, I would believe everything my pastor was saying, because those women could not possibly have proven his point more effectively.
You aren’t being helpful FEMEN, at all.
I give them credit for being one of the few feminist organizations to actually actively call out Islam on it’s treatment of women, but their tactics are all shock and very little awe. They aren’t going to change hearts or minds.
Oh and piracy isn’t very effective at changing people either Greenpeace.
Using inflatable boats from Greenpeace’s ship the Rainbow Warrior, six activists boarded the Korean-owned coal ship MV Meister at dawn on Wednesday and presented a letter to the ship’s captain explaining why they were there. The activists set up camp on the ship’s bow.
I don’t care how wonderful your intentions are (even if your intentions are dumb as hell, I’ll admit that you think they are good) taking over private property and doing…what exactly? What are they doing on the bow of this ship?
I think it’s the equivalent of chaining themselves to a tree for publicity.
Anyway, it’s not effective and if I was the captain I would throw them all overboard and douse their “camp” in gasoline, but that’s just me.
You know what’s even worse though?
Those FEMEN protesters and Greenpeace pirates are probably the sort of people that actually feel that Lena Dunham deserves an “Award for Media Excellence”.
Yuck, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
I’m telling you, this is what happens when you don’t spank your kids.
Seriously though, this is not an effective way to get your point across. Glitter belongs in your craft box, water is meant to hydrate your body, and camping out on Korean coal vessels without permission is not an acceptable way to spend your spring break.
Go learn how to communicate in the real world and then come back with a civilized debate. You’re only hurting your own cause otherwise.
If Once is Happenstance, Twice is Coincidence, and Three Times is Enemy Action, Then What the Hell is Ten Times?
Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, was shut down in 2010 for truly heinous violations of medical ethics. Almost immediately the coverage from left wing feminist blogs began, only they weren’t actually concentrating on condemning Gosnell’s activities, as William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection points out:
The links provided in the Carmon article prove only that a small number of “feminist” writers wrote about Gosnell, but primarily out of a concern to protect abortion rights in the face of pro-life criticism of Gosnell.
Their argument primarily consisted of reminding people that Gosnell’s clinic was an outlier, that other abortion clinics were perfectly safe and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions or judge them based on what we read or see in the Grand Jury report.
The problem here is that Gosnell’s clinic is not an isolated incident, which is being shown more and more since his clinic was shut down and suddenly the Department of Health in various states have begun to start looking at the abortion providers in their states.
A cursory search (meaning I spent less than 10 minutes on it initially) turned up 10 other abortion clinics that have been shut down for health code violations (among other things) since Gosnell’s clinic was shut down.
We talk CPAC Plague, some of our CPAC adventures (though something that happen at the gaylord hotel, STAY at the gaylord hotel apparently) and we even make some insightful comments about CPAC, Rick Santorum, the GOP, and Sarah Palin near the end.
One year ago today, on Cavuto, Rick Santorum swore he would not run again in 2016.
So if Santorum doesn’t win this election he isn’t going to run again. HALLELUJAH! Now I REALLY feel motivated.
— MeredithAncret (@MeredithAncret) March 23, 2012
Given the godawful speech I witnessed Ricky giving at CPAC this year, I’m not sure we can count on him to keep his word and that, my friends, is bullshit the GOP does not need.
If we want to have any chance of winning we need NEW faces, fresh arguments, and someone who ACTUALLY supports small government. Rather than Santorum whose only issue with the current big government seems to be that it’s just not regulating what HE wants regulated.
So I’m just here to remind Santorum of his words a year ago. You said you would not run again, keep your word.
And now I’m going back to my vacation.
That is a word that will bring back memories of my first CPAC trip. Boy oh boy did I get a hangover on Friday morning…and Sunday morning. I’m responsible though and I avoided all alcohol Friday night, in order to be bright eyed and ready for the job fair on Saturday, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
Other words that I will continue to think of when I remember CPAC will be inspiriring, exhausting, hectic, and amazing. It was not at all the same as Right Online 2012, which I went to last year in Las Vegas.
For one thing I already had a great group of friends when I got there and a huge number of twitter/tumblr followers to meet up with during the 3 days.
Also, no offense to Las Vegas (or my friends who live there) but, I definitely prefer the DC/Alexandria/National Harbor area over the Strip any day at all.
This truly was the “comicon” of conservative politics, as Jimmie Bise told me to expect when I saw him before the convention. There were even people in costumes!
In a way the mood was both more laid back and more formal than Right Online ever was. At RO it seemed that if you weren’t going to the panels and listening to the speakers, the halls were a ghost town until after all the grand speechifying was finished and you could finally spend some quality time networking.
CPAC was heavy on the networking and going to hear the speakers and panels was far more secondary. I have to admit that, with a few exceptions like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ann Coulter, and Ted Cruz, I watched most of the speeches after CPAC was over and done with and I was flying home. Instead I spent a lot of time talking to people, making new friends and getting (hopefully) some new readers for my blogs and new viewers for my video cast.
Long story short, I think this year’s CPAC was necessary release valve on our frustrations after the election. We got to reconnect, re-organize, and remember why we do what we do.
My one major issue with it though was that we kept hearing people talk about the party being refreshed and getting new blood, but there was still a lot of the old blood speaking. No offense to Sarah Palin, but we’ve heard it all honey. The reaction to Rand Paul’s speech, where 90% of the audience appeared to be on their feet to “Stand with Rand”, is what we need now and that means we need to energize the base with new faces…not the same old schtick over and over again.*
As for the trip itself, it was fantastic! I got to see some old friends and hang out with awesome people. I went to a pub named “Bilbo Baggins” in Old Town with Donlyn Turnbull and then danced the night away with all the cool people at a karaoke bar a few blocks away.
I saw the Jefferson Memorial and took pictures of the White House and visited the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington and I basically fell in love with the Alexandria/DC area.
I can’t wait to go back, whether it’s for another conference or for a job.**
*I make an exception for Ann, because she is just so snarky!
**Though I’m hoping for the job. I want to live in that area so much that it was almost physically painful to leave.
Filled with politics, friends, more politics, booze, food, new people, more politics….and did I mention alcohol?
And a job fair.
And some awesome new guests in the line-up for my podcast.
But I won’t go into things too much right now, I just wanted to let my reader’s know that I did, actually, survive CPAC 2013…though there were moments that were rather close calls on that front I must admit.
I’m working on a post about my adventure’s and what I learned from the whole event, with a few hilarious anecdotes about my flights and the various shindigs I attended.
But first I really need some sleep.