Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quote of the Day - Jay-Z Edition Part 2

“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone… Of course we want to challenge him to do better. I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big upped Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, ‘whoa,’ you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big upped the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.”
Jay-Z on Harry Belafonte's assertion that Jay-Z is not doing enough for social justice.  

Sound arrogant?  Maybe it sounds that way because it is arrogant.   

I didn't realize that there is "white media".  Who knew?  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Most Influential Blog Awards – Rules And Nominations

Blush.  Chris, stand up guy and Pretty Fly for a Jersey Guy, blogger has awarded me this little distinction.  

There’s an award badge:
most-influential-blogger[1]There is no actual voting, it’s just a fun way to bring recognition to other blogs and bloggers that are out there.
Here are the rules:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. Answer 7 questions decided up by your nominator
4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.
Wait, there’s work involved? Let’s see, 1 and 2 are already done. 4 and 5 are easy. So on to number 3!
1. Why did you start a political blog, and when?  I started my blog in April of 09.  While attending some meetings about conservative activism in Northern Virginia, someone explained that conservatives voices were not heard as often and that it would also help formulate my thoughts better.  So I dipped my toe in and have found it be almost an obsession.  
2. If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
It is hard to narrow it down to just one, but I am thinking Michelangelo.  In a college course I took I had to write a paper on how I thought he would view the world today, it was a very enjoyable paper to research and write.  
3. Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?
Sadly, no. But I do think it will happen.  I don't see the alternative.  I do think that we can make strides towards it, but it won't be complete in my lifetime.  
4. If you could choose one state for Conservatives to “take over” and reshape into a vision of America congruent with Constitutional / Conservative principles, what state would you choose and why?
Well, I just recently moved back to my home state of Connecticut.  So that is as good as place as any to start.  I think having a conservative state in deep blue New England would be vital towards moving us back to a Constitutional Republic.  
5. If you could retire anywhere, on or off the planet Earth, where would it be?
Oh boy.  I simply love living on the water.  While I love Hawaii, I think that whole 6 hours by plane to get off the island isn't something I could live with daily, I would have to go with Key West, minus the hurricanes of course.  
6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?
While this may be a strange pick for a conservative, The Drifters by James Michener.  It is a story of a group of people from very diverse backgrounds who find their way to each other during the late sixties in Spain.  The U.S. political unrest and the Vietnam War are backdrops to the story. The characters travel around and by the end figure out their places in the world.  I read it when I was 19 and had such influence on me that I started to travel and even went and lived in Israel later that year.  
7. iPhone, Droid, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone?
none of the above.  
On to my nominations:
Their seven questions are:
1. How do you stay motivated to blog?  
2. Who is your personal hero and why?  
3. What is your biggest political pet peeve?  
4. I.R.S., Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Reporter Snooping, and NSA Snooping.  What do you think is the biggest scandal and why?  
5. Who is your early pick for 2016?  
6. Do you think that Hillary Clinton will make another run for the presidency?  
7. Coke or Pepsi?  

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Brilliant and Gifted 28-Year-Old Lives in My Basement

Another Blogger and radio host Matt Walsh received a letter from a listener.  It was from a father that feels that Matt is a "right winged extremist" for thinking his children should do chores, and eventually get a job when they are teens.
“Matt, I heard your horrible conversation today about parenting. A few comments in response:
1) Based on your remarks, I have to say I feel bad for your kids. You sound like the sort of person who never should have been a parent. You said you plain to teach your kids “how to think.” I guess this is common in right wing religious fundamentalist households. Personally, I let my child form his own conclusions about things. To impose your views on a child is tantamount to child abuse. Do them a favor, let them think FREELY.
2) You greatly exaggerate the importance of “chores.” Also, the idea that a kid should be forced to “get a job” is abhorrent. My son was very gifted so we gave him all the tools to succeed academically. This meant we didn’t turn him into slave labor and we certainly didn’t tell him he needed to go work behind a cash register. He concentrated on his school work, and we did our job as parents and financially supported him.
3) It’s easy to mock a “30 year old who lives with is parents.” My son is almost 29 and he’s been home with us since he graduated. Unfortunately the job market isn’t the greatest (maybe you hadn’t heard) and I’m not going to let him starve on the street. He has a college education, it’s pointless for him to be out working in a retail store or some other menial job. I will be here for him until he is able to get the job he deserves.
You need to grow up, get some life experiences and then maybe you’ll have the right to sermonize about parenting.
Just a thought here, if Nick Jr. were so gifted wouldn't he have been able to figure out how to make a living even in a bad economy?  This reminds me of a story.  About a month ago I went out with my best friend's mother.  The event we went to was being held in the local VFW.  I was sitting at a table waiting for the event to get started.  While I was waiting this man came over and introduced himself.  For whatever reason he started telling me his life story.  He is in his 80's.  He was telling me that when he was a young man his father forced him to get a job and would take most of his pay for rent.  He promised himself that he would never do that to his children.  He goes on to tell me that he never charged a dime in rent to any of his three children.  He then went on and told me that his 47-year-old son was still living at home and never paid rent.  He told me this story like it was a good thing.  I asked if his son was married?  He told me that his son had problems finding a "good woman".  Hmm, is the fact that he is middle-aged and has never had any sense of caring for himself be part of the reason?

I wasn't rude and didn't say anything to the man.  He believes that he has done his children a favor.  I happen to disagree.  I think it important to teach children a sense of responsibility.  I was having another conversation with another older gentleman he knows and he told me that he and his wife were having a conversation a few weeks ago and they have come to the realization that they never let their children grow up.  They did so much for them that they are constantly having problems in their lives when it comes to taking responsibility.  I am not at all surprised.

Of course, as a parent, you should help your children when they are in trouble.  If they hit hard times while an adult, sure let them move in and help them out until the get back on their feet.  If you can afford it, throw them a little rent money if they need it.  But to be the only support system for them is not helping them.  It more than likely is hurting them.

In the case of Nick, Jr, how does he date or even just go out with the friends if he has no income?  Are they also supporting his personal life?  I would think a man of that age wants to leave the house on occasion.  Does he have a car?  If so, who pays for that?  That would require insurance, gas, and the occasional repair, would it not?  What if he wants to go out for wings and a beer to watch Monday Night Football?

We are raising a generation of people who can't help themselves.  How exactly are they going to govern this country when their time inevitability comes?  A very terrifying thought.

Here is Matt's response to Nick.  It is a little meaner than I would ever be, but it is classic all the same:
Dear Nick,
1) Tell you what. How ’bout I blindfold you, drive you out into the middle of the desert at night, and then leave you there without a map or a GPS? It’ll be great. You can just travel FREELY. After all, who am I to bring you to this place and then presume to tell you how to navigate? I’m just the guy that kidnapped you and dumped you into a hostile, cold wilderness. It would be presumptuous and authoritative of me to offer you direction and guidance. So I’ll let you wander around aimlessly until you collapse exhausted in a ditch, and are eaten slowly by wild scavengers. You’re welcome. I mean, I assume you’ll be grateful. I’ll merely be applying your parenting technique to the situation.
By the way, did you ever tell your kid not to play in the street? Did you instruct him about the dangers of hot stoves and fallen electrical wires? This is a quandary. See, if you imposed your anti-high voltage power line views on your kid, then apparently you’re guilty of abuse by your standards. However, if you didn’t, you’re guilty of reprehensible neglect by the standards of civilized human beings. I’m not an expert on parenting. I never claimed to be. But you don’t need to be an expert to know that one of the fundamental tasks of a parent — and this really speaks to the whole point of the endeavor — is to teach your child how to navigate the physical, moral, spiritual and intellectual dangers of life. This includes teaching them how to think, which could also be referred to as passing on your values and your worldview. If you have no interest in doing this, then I would suggest that you never really wanted a child — you wanted a friend. Now you have one. Living at home with you. Forever. Congratulations.
2) Chores schmores. What can they teach a kid? Discipline, obedience, and hard work? Screw that. What is this, the 50′s? Listen, Nick, don’t take this the wrong way, but what leads you to the conclusion that your son is “gifted”? He can’t mow the lawn, work a job, earn a living, pay a bill, apply a skill, or support himself, yet he’s “gifted”? What are his gifts, exactly? You know, something tells me an astronaut’s parents never have to inform people that their child is “gifted.” People sort of pick up on that based on context clues. They behold his accomplishments and admire his achievements. They can SEE his gifts. He uses them, applies them, refines them. Your son MIGHT have gifts — the jury is still out — but whatever they may be, they’ll atrophy and whittle away the longer he spends lounging in a bean bag chair eating macaroni and cheese.
3) So your brilliant and gifted 29 year old son would “starve” if he was forced to take care of himself? The “gifted” standard is getting lower by the day, isn’t it? I’ve been living independently and taking care of myself since before I could legally drink a Heineken. I guess that makes me a Nobel candidate — if your helpless grown adult son gets to set the bar for “gifted.”
The kind of oblivious snobbery you display used to be reserved for classes of nobility and royalty. Now, any drooling schlub who spent 4 years getting drunk and fornicating at college can claim to be “too good” for almost every available job. Your son isn’t above anyone. He certainly isn’t superior to hard working cashiers and retail clerks who support themselves, raise families and live full lives, as your little snowflake hides under his bed while mommy makes him hot cocoa and tells him he’s special.
News flash, Nick: Junior ain’t special. He graduated school, good for him. Anyone can do that if they’ve got money, time and no pressures or responsibilities from the outside world. Your little pumpkin doesn’t “deserve” a job. I wouldn’t hire him to dig a ditch, much less take on serious responsibilities of any kind. You can spend your whole life telling everyone what you and your son deserve, meanwhile the rest of us will be out in the world, earning, striving, accomplishing, living.
Nick, it’s somewhat peculiar that you chose to end your email by chastising me for not having “life experiences.” I’m two years younger than Nick Jr and I’m married with two kids. I’ve got a career in broadcasting and goals for the future that I’m steadily working toward achieving. I’m not exactly at the point where I’ve got enough material to write my memoirs, but I’ll get there one day. In any case, you, my friend, need to take that “life experiences” lecture and bring it home to the pudgy couch potato sleeping in your basement.
Thanks for the email.
God speed,

Here's a Nominee for Mom of the Year

A woman has decided that her smart, but socially awkward son needs to get some to get over his shyness.  She places this ad on Craigslist to find someone to take his virginity.

I am sure that any mom worries about a child that is shy.  It is hard to know that your child isn't getting all the great things that come with having friendships and even dating.  But isn't this pushing it a little too far?  Having sex isn't going to magically make his shyness go away nor will it necessarily give him courage.  He may very well fall very hard for the first person that he is intimate with and end up with a badly broken heart.  He may have very well made a decision that he wants to be really in love the first time he is intimate with someone and he doesn't feel comfortable sharing that decision with his mother.

What if her son just doesn't want to be seduced?  What is this young woman supposed to do, force him?
This is allegedly a kid that has a bright future in front of him after graduating from one from a university that is considered to be one of the top in the nation.  Shouldn't his education take top priority?  After all he has plenty of time to date and socialize.

One can hope that this is some sort of fake.
take my son

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Detriot Leaders Speak and Place Blame

An acquaintance of mine works on Capitol Hill for a congresswoman.  Today she met with some leaders of Detroit to discuss the upcoming bankruptcy of the city.  This is especially personal to her since she grew up there.  Here is a snap shot of what they had to say:
I am so depressed for the children of Detroit. I met with their "leaders" today and instead of admitting their students can't read, the schools suck, the streets are unsafe, and their liberal big government policies have DESTROYED a once great city, this "leader" blamed 1) the banks 2) The GOP 3) John Engler (Michigan had a DEM governor for 8 years) 4) Archor 5) white people and 6) the suburbs. When I reminded him DPS taught us Ebonics and maybe that's why kids can't read or get jobs he went on to tell me: "Ebonics is a language just like Mexican Spanish" yup, you heard it folks, the "leader" in education for DPS equates improper English to a foreign language and then said, "it's white people's fault for not seeing this as a value and instead see it as ignorance." Lastly, this man said Detroit should be able to "tax" the workers in Detroit at 25% if they live outside Detroit since it is evil white suburbanites "taking" money from the city. Detroit has NO hope. We should take each kid out of DPS and give them refugee status cause Detroit is a third world HELL HOLE

UPenn and the Hook-Up Culture

About a week ago I came across this article from The New York Times on the hook-up culture on the campus of Penn.  It is a very long article and very sad.  This article epitomizes why "feminism" is horrible for women in particular and society in general.
“We don’t really like each other in person, sober. We literally can’t sit down and have coffee.”
Says a young, obviously intelligent young woman who is only known as A.  You can't sit down and have a conversation with this young man but you can take off your clothes and share the most important thing that you have, your body.  There is no emotional connection whatsoever, it is just scratching an itch.  It seems the reality that you are putting yourself in a position for unplanned pregnancies that likely end in abortion as well as STD's doesn't even enter into the equation.

One of the things that makes us human is our emotion.  But it seems that in order to be part of the whole feminist movement that is something that you need to put aside in order to achieve your goals.  What is the point of achieving anything if it costs you the most basic part of your humanity?
Instead, she enjoyed casual sex on her terms — often late at night, after a few drinks, and never at her place, she noted, because then she would have to wash the sheets.
Heaven forbid you have to wash the sheets.  I mean, doesn't she have to wash the sheets at some point anyway?
Increasingly, she said, many privileged young people see college as a unique life stage in which they don’t — and shouldn’t — have obligations other than their own self-development.
While it is perfectly understandable that someone would want to take some time and figure out where they fit in the world, it seems that becomes the only thing that really matters.  Is that where we want to young women to head?  There are many people out there that for whatever the reasons, don't want to be married.  That is fine and it is a personal choice.  But the underside of this behavior is that you never learn how to bond to someone, everything becomes disposable.  Doesn't that make it that much harder to make a marriage work?  Marriage is different things to different people.  Each couple has to find their own way and figure out works for them.  But there is no way around this, marriage is a series of compromises.  You can't have what you want when you want it 100% of the time and expect that marriage to work.  Sometimes your spouse is given a great job offer that requires to you and your family to relocate.  Sometimes you need to get your children into a better school system, sometimes extended family will need assistance that requires you to make some changes to your everyday lives.  These things are going to happen over a period of a marriage and weighing those choices isn't always easy, but is necessary in order to make the relationship work.  It won't always be about you.  That is just how it is.
“I don’t want to go through those changes with you. I want you to have changed and become enough of your own person so that when you meet me, we can have a stable life and be very happy.”
Her youth and inexperience is showing.  As you age, your ability to be flexible gets harder not easier.  As I said, marriage is a series of compromises.  The older you get the less likely you are to make those compromises.
“I’m a true feminist,” she added. “I’m a strong woman. I know what I want.”

At the same time, she didn’t want the number of people she had slept with printed, and she said it was important to her to keep her sexual life separate from her image as a leader at Penn.

“Ten years from now, no one will remember — I will not remember — who I have slept with,” A. said. “But I will remember, like, my transcript, because it’s still there. I will remember what I did. I will remember my accomplishments and places my name is hung on campus.”
A friend of hers, who attended a nearby college and did have a serious boyfriend, said that she felt as if she were breaking a social taboo. “Am I allowed to find the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with when I’m 19?” she said. “I don’t really know. It feels like I’m not.”
How sad is it that young women today are made to feel that they are bad people because they are choosing love?

Another young woman who arrived on campus a virgin says:
“It’s kind of like a spiral,” she said. “The girls adapt a little bit, because they stop expecting that they’re going to get a boyfriend — because if that’s all you’re trying to do, you’re going to be miserable. But at the same time, they want to, like, have contact with guys.” So they hook up and “try not to get attached.”
Now, she said, she and her best friend had changed their romantic goals, from finding boyfriends to finding “hookup buddies,” which she described as “a guy that we don’t actually really like his personality, but we think is really attractive and hot and good in bed.”
One of the points of the article is that young women are driving the hook-up culture because they are strong young women who know what they want.  But do they?  Or have they just accepted that this is reality and stopped looking  for anything else?

The hook-up culture that seems to be fueled by alcohol also puts young women in the position to be sexually assaulted at higher rates.
“You go in, and they take you down to a dark basement,” Haley, a blond, pink-cheeked senior, recalled of her first frat parties in freshman year. “There’s girls dancing in the middle, and there’s guys lurking on the sides and then coming and basically pressing their genitals up against you and trying to dance.”
Dancing like that felt good but dirty, and like a number of girls, Haley said she had to be drunk in order to enjoy it. Women said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk. One girl, explaining why her encounters freshman and sophomore year often ended with fellatio, said that usually by the time she got back to a guy’s room, she was starting to sober up and didn’t want to be there anymore, and giving the guy oral sex was an easy way to wrap things up and leave.
Well doesn't that sound empowering?  I know that is how I want my sexual experiences to be.
In November of Haley’s freshman year, a couple of months after her first tentative “Difmos,” or dance-floor makeouts, she went to a party with a boy from her floor. She had too much to drink, and she remembered telling him that she wanted to go home.
Instead, she said, he took her to his room and had sex with her while she drifted in and out of consciousness. She woke up with her head spinning. The next day, not sure what to think about what had happened, she described the night to her friends as though it were a funny story: I was so drunk, I fell asleep while I was having sex! She played up the moment in the middle of the night when the guy’s roommate poked his head in the room and asked, “Yo, did you score?”
Only later did Haley begin to think of what had happened as rape — a disturbingly common part of many women’s college experience. In a 2007 survey funded by the Justice Department of 6,800 undergraduates at two big public universities, nearly 14 percent of women said they had been victims of at least one completed sexual assault at college; more than half of the victims said they were incapacitated from drugs or alcohol at the time.
The close relationship between hooking up and drinking leads to confusion and disagreement about the line between a “bad hookup” and assault. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, 10 to 16 forcible sex offenses were reported annually to campus security as taking place on Penn’s campus or in the immediate neighborhood.
Sadly many of the young women in this study said that there were following the advice given to them by their moms.  This is what moms want for their daughters?  That is nothing short of tragic.  I know I wouldn't want my daughter treated that way.
Paula England, a sociologist at New York University, who led an online survey of 24,000 students at 21 universities called the Online College Social Life Survey, said that women tended to fare much better sexually in relationships than in hookups.
“Guys don’t seem to care as much about women’s pleasure in the hookup, whereas they do seem to care quite a bit in the relationships,” Dr. England said. By contrast, women “seem to have this idea they’re supposed to be pleasing in both contexts.” In hookups, women were much more likely to give men oral sex than to receive it.
Part of the reason men aren’t as focused on pleasing women in hookups, Dr. England said, is the lingering sexual double standard, which sometimes causes men to disrespect women precisely for hooking up with them.
There is judgment from other women, too — two women said they had been rejected from sororities because of their sexual reputations. And technology has made it easier to spread gossip. One woman recalled a guy showing her an e-mail he had received on his fraternity Listserv, in which another guy described having sex with a girl in the bathroom at a club.
“They’re not afraid to use names,” she said of the men, adding, “I’m sure there’s been a story about me on a Listserv. It happens to everyone.”
Just lovely huh?  It happens to everyone?  It has never happened to me nor will it.  I don't give young men a pass in this by any stretch of the imagination.  But this also has become part of the culture today to the point that men have also been conditioned to believe that this behavior is normal and "empowering", so hey why not.  I hear from feminists all the time that we should be teaching young men to not rape.  Shouldn't we also be teaching young women not to get to drunk and put yourself in the position that when you don't have your full capacities that these things are more likely to happen?  Of course men shouldn't sexually assault women, that is a given.  But we also need to tell young women the dangers of their actions.

But there is some good news:
For all the focus on hookups, campuses are not sexual free-for-alls, at Penn or elsewhere. At colleges nationally, by senior year, 4 in 10 students are either virgins or have had intercourse with only one person, according to the Online College Social Life Survey. Nearly 3 in 10 said that they had never had a hookup in college. Meanwhile, 20 percent of women and a quarter of men said they had hooked up with 10 or more people.
According to one young woman who comes from a less privileged background has this to say:
Mercedes, a junior at Penn who is on financial aid, said that at her mostly Latino public high school in California, it was the troubled and unmotivated students who drank and hooked up, while the honors students who wanted to go to college kept away from those things.
When she went to Penn, she was surprised to see her elite classmates drinking, but even more surprised by the casual making out. She would go along with her friends to fraternity parties, but she refused to dance with strangers or to kiss anyone.
“Sharing that side of myself with a stranger just seems very strange to me,” she said in September. “I mean, if you break it down, it’s a very strange thing to do.”
Another young woman:
In Catherine’s view, her classmates tried very hard to separate sex from emotion, because they believed that getting too attached to someone would interfere with their work. They saw a woman’s marrying young as either proof of a lack of ambition or a tragic mistake that would stunt her career.
But Catherine noted that a handful of young women are starting to question that idea. In an article on Slate titled “Marry Young,” the writer Julia Shaw, who married at 23, said her generation was missing out on the support that young couples could provide each other as they faced the challenges of early adulthood.
“Marriage wasn’t something we did after we’d grown up, it was how we have grown up and grown together,” she wrote of herself and her husband.
As a teenager, Catherine had thought she would wait to get married until her late 20s or early 30s. But her college experiences had made her think that she would rather marry young than throw away a good relationship because it wasn’t the right time.
That might mean having to pass up certain career opportunities, for geographic reasons. But Catherine thought that her peers underestimated how hard it was to find the right person to be with — as hard, perhaps, as finding the right job.
“People kind of discount” how “difficult it is to find someone that you even remotely like, let alone really fall for,” she said. “And losing that can be just as impractical and harmful to yourself, if not more so, than missing out on a job or something like that. What else do you really have at the end of your life?”
If behaving like you don't have emotion is the way to be a good "feminist", I pass.

Huma, The Enabler, Stands By Her Man

Apparently Anthony Weiner has not cured his fetish of sending pictures of his penis to women he doesn't know. Knowing this information he and his wife Huma decided to the enter the race for the democratic primary in the New York City Mayoral race. It is pretty much a given whomever the democratic candidate for mayor is, wins the election.  There are notable exceptions, but not many.

Yesterday during a press conference Weiner's wife Huma not only decided to stand by her man, but also spoke. She talked about how hard it was on her marriage, how they have gone to therapy to deal with their problems, but she has been able to forgive him, for herself, for him, and their son. Well how nice for her. I am not going to sit in judgement of someone else's marriage. She wants to stay with a man who was having phone sex with another woman while she was taking care of infant, that is her choice. It isn't a choice that I would make, but hey to each their own.

During her press conference yesterday she also talked about how they discussed these issues before making the decision.  You decided to go ahead anyway even when you knew that the public wasn't aware of the latest of his phone pals?  Did she think it wouldn't come out or did she just not care?  I suppose all this negative press that her son will one day have access to doesn't matter.  What kind of mother wants her child to read those kinds of stories about their father?  I know I sure wouldn't.  This man has some deep psychiatric problems.  I don't think anyone can deny that at this point.  I am not a big believer in the label of sex addict, but in this case it just may fit.

She also stood up in front of the press, and the entire country for that matter, and talked about how this happened "to them".  No, sweetie, this isn't something that happened to you.  This is something that you and your husband brought onto yourselves.  No one forced you two to enter the race.  It is not like their aren't other people running in the primary.  No one was beating down your doors on bended knee begging you to come and save New York City because no other qualified democrat was wiling to take on the job.

This is about two people who are so hungry for power and prestige that they will willingly throw away their pride and dignity to achieve it.  A man who can't control his urges and then so easily lies about those urges cannot be trusted.  He is also putting himself in the position to blackmailed.  How exactly is this the right thing for New Yorkers?  It also goes to show how little they think of the voting public.  You are so stupid that you can't see for yourselves that this man is not qualified to hold public office.  You will just buy into the rhetoric that they are fighting for the middle class.  By democrats own definition of "rich"  they are.  So what do they know about your plight?

The keys to Gracie Mansion are more important than shielding their son from having an archive of tawdry information available for his reading displeasure.  That tells you everything you need to know about both of these people.

Huma, the put upon wife, has enabled her husband's behavior.  She is not worthy of any sympathy.  Any and all pain he brings into her life and that of her son falls squarely on her shoulders.  No wonder the founding fathers warned us of the perils of power.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Abortion Contract - NBA Star's Legal Contract for Girlfriend to Terminate Pregnancy

It is a very sick world we are living in.  NBA star J.J. Reddick apparently got his model girlfriend pregnant in his rookie year in the NBA.  So what do people who have lots of money and fame do in this situation?  Get a lawyer of course.

Apparently the two were dating, or at least sleeping together, and broke up.  Shortly after the break up she discovers she is pregnant and wants to terminate the pregnancy.  In return for terminating the pregnancy he agrees to start dating her again for a period of one year.  In case he decides in less than one year that the relationship isn't working, he can end the relationship once he gives written notice, and of course a check for $25K.  Now, if either party decides to try to contact the other after the relationships ends, it will be legally considered stalking and arrests could be made.

It is a brave new world we live in isn't it?  People wonder why we don't look at life as being something of value anymore.

Another issue here is why would want to date someone who would agree to this?  It is bizarre in every way.

you can read the contract here.

Princess Katherine Paying Tribute to Princess Diana

The new heir to throne was introduced to the world with a mom wearing polka dots.  I really don't think this was an accident.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cuccinelli V. McAuliffe Virginia Governor Debate

The first debate will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m.  You can live stream it at

Quote of the Day - Kent Greenfield Edition

“You know those opponents of marriage equality who said government approval of same-sex marriage might erode bans on polygamous and incestuous marriages? They’re right.”

Law Professor Kent Greenfield

Yes, we already knew that.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Slippery Slope of Liberalism Part 9

So many mistreated babies and kids with Downs live terrible lives. Instead of throwing resources at a nonviable fetus, why can't the church help children with Down syndrome that are already alive? Because anti-abortion folks care more about fetuses with fairytale narratives than actual babies.
So says Katie Baker of Jezebel.  She is unhappy about the Down's Syndrome baby that isn't going to be aborted but instead adopted because a Catholic priest decided to try to give the birth parents another alternative besides abortion.  

It is any wonder that people are disgusted by the sometime rabid views of pro-abortion crowd?  Simply because a child has Down's Syndrome, it is called a "nonviable" fetus.  How exactly is this "fetus" nonviable?  This child is going to a set of parents that not only willing to do the extra work that a special needs child requires, they want to do it.  They made a choice to raise this child.  They have their eyes wide open as they went out of their way to make a choice to raise this child.  

So you see abortion isn't really about choice, because the birth parents and the adoptive parents have the made the "choice" to give this child life and yet they are still being called wrong and being ridiculed.  It is about weeding out the weakest amongst us.  A child with special needs can't possibly have anything to offer the world, so kill them.  It isn't enough that the vast majority of babies who are diagnosed are killed through abortion.  Apparently they won't be happy until the 92% actually becomes 100%.  

What this author also doesn't seem to understand is how much work that Catholic church does, not just in America, but worldwide to try to stop suffering.  All over this country you will find food banks, homeless shelters, clothing drives, and the like as outreach to the poor. One of the things that Catholic Charities excels at is hard to place adoptions.  They are able to find homes for children that state has given up on and normally will be housed in a state-run facility.  They want all children to have a healthy and happy environment.  I have a friend who adopted through Catholic charities, the mother became pregnant again.  They were contacted and asked if they wanted to raise their son's sibling.  They do everything they can to try to keep families together, give to the poor, and help the downtrodden.  But I guess since it isn't a government program it is no good.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

No, Abortion Isn't Used as Birth Control - Male Blogger Worries Casual Sex in Texas Will Be Harder to Come By

Yes, someone really made the claim that men in Texas need to care about the abortion bill in Texas because of casual sex. 

    Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don't be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.
Well if that isn't a reason to keep abortions beyond five months legal, I don't know what is.  I suppose that he can continue to make the argument that wanting abortions to be safe and being against basic safety procedures such as doctors having hospital privileges in a hospital within a 30 mile radius is also keep him from getting some.  

    You want to decide when and if to have kids. This bill will force thousands of Texas men into unplanned fatherhood by making it impossible for women to access an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Even if you want to have kids, you probably don't want an accident to make you a father before you're psychologically ready and able to care for a child. If you don't want kids, you don't want the narrow, personal views of politicians in the state government to force you to have them.
I guess it is impossible to ask someone to show a little self control or may be wear a condom.  That wouldn't help him from getting a little somethin' somethin' when the mood strikes.  Heaven forbid men actually realize that their actions have consequences.  We wouldn't want that to happen now would we?  

Again, no mention of the life created, just about what is easy and convenient for adults involved.  Why should the risk of creating another human life get in the way of having a good time.  

Almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned and unintended. Of those, over 40% currently end in abortion. What happens to those 40% if this law passes? Are you willing to roll the dice with your girlfriend's health and safety?
Again, let me get this straight, ensuring that all abortion clinics in Texas are close to hospital and have standards of cleanliness is risking their health and safety?  

The world is just plum crazy, up is down, and black is white.   

Social Media Saves the Life of Unborn Baby with Down's

An unidentified couple was told the news that their unborn baby has Down's Syndrome.  For whatever reasons the couple decided not to raise the child and was looking into abortion.  A Catholic priest from Virginia heard the story and appealed to the couple to put the child up for adoption.  The couple was willing to do that, but they had only a very short period of time before the window for available abortions would be closed to them.  

The Church decided to use social media to try and find a couple that would open their hearts and their homes to a special needs child for a lifetime.  

“There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Down Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY.  We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.”
The response they received was overwhelming to the point they had to call in volunteers to help field all the calls and emails that they received; more than 900 emails and a phone that rang off the hook all day.  People did open their hearts to that precious unborn baby who was facing imminent death through a late term abortion.  

They have narrowed it down to three families and the couple, along with a adoption agency, are screening these couples to make a decision as who would be best able to raise this child with the love and dignity it deserves.  

One of the many things that is told to people out there is that no one will adopt a special needs child.  That simply isn't true.  Many families out there have raised children of their own, and for whatever reason feel a calling to raise a special needs child after being so blessed with other children.  Some families have been in a waiting line that can sometimes stretch by years waiting for "healthy" child and realize that they can love a child with Down's just as easily as they would love a "normal" baby.  In fact, many people realize that adoption is a much easier process if they are willing to take children that may be a little older, bi-racial, or special needs.  They want to love a child and to have a family.  

Raising a child with special needs is more challenging, but the rewards of it are great.  

The next time a pro-choice person insists that pro life people aren't interested in helping children once they are born, this will give them some pause.  If you find yourself in a situation that you are daunted by, just go to your local church and talk to them.  They will help find you a family that will not only raise your child, but love them unconditionally.  

God Bless this couple for reaching out and looking for another solution before ending the life of their baby and bless the people who stepped up and reached out to give a home to child in need.  

This is how you change hearts and minds about abortion.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Zimmerman Trial - My View

I cannot wait for this trial to be done.  This case has gotten on my nerves from the very beginning.  The coverage on this trial has been irresponsible at best.  Both sides have been gone overboard. There is zero proof that Zimmerman is a racist.  Even the federal investigation has said that.  Of course, the race baiters have kept this meme going, but that is what they do best.  They will continue this regardless of what the facts are.  Even after the attorney for the Martin family has said this case isn't about race, they continue.

Here are some things that I think that have gotten lost in whole melodrama that has been playing out.

For the Zimmerman Supporters:

While it is true that he was under no legal obligation to listen to the 911 operator, he still should have gone back to his car and gone to the meeting place he set up.  Had he done that Trayvon would likely still be alive and his life would have gone on as normal.

The fact that Trayvon smoked pot proves nothing.  Many people in this country smoke pot and are not drug dealers, gang members, or thugs.  I have smoked pot in my lifetime and I can assure you I have never been any of those things.  I was a stupid kid who made some bad choices when it came to using drugs.  People who smoke pot have a habit of discussing it and using it with their friends.

The injuries to Zimmerman were relatively minor.  It is a medical fact that injuries to the skull have a tendency to bleed a great deal, it is not indicative of a severe injury in many cases.

Just because Zimmerman is the only witness, doesn't make his story true.  A lifetime in prison is a very good incentive to lie.

Zimmerman has not been totally consistent in his story.  On the 911 call he said he believed Trayvon to be teenager.  In his Hannity interview he said he believed him to be the around the same age as him.  That is troubling, any time a person who is accused of crime changes a key element in his story, it is reasonable doubt he is not telling the truth.  If he is lying about that, what else is lying about?

Having pot in your system also means nothing.  It is said that Trayvon had traces of it.  Pot can stay in your system for quite some time.  If I am not mistaken it can be found in your blood for up to 14 days.  All that says is that some time in the two weeks before his death he smoked pot.  So what?  Pot isn't a drug that is known to cause aggressive behavior.  Usually you want to sit and eat.

Most, if not all, neighborhood watch groups do not want you to carry a weapon.  The legality of the weapon is beside the point.  While he had the legal right to carry it, the chances increase that things get out of control and someone ends up dead.  This being a perfect case in point.  It also opens up that homeowners association to liability.  Another case in point, they did indeed settle a lawsuit in regards to wrongful death.

If you are going to call the parents of Trayvon liars for saying it is their son they heard on the tape, then you must do the same for the Zimmerman family and friends.  The FBI experts say it is not possible to tell.  All of them are speaking from their hearts, not from something that is fact based.

If you going to say that Zimmerman had the right to "stand his ground", then you must say the same for Martin.  It is just as likely that Martin felt intimidated by being followed by a man he didn't know.  Evidence has been presented that is indeed the case.  Trayvon had the same rights under the law that Zimmerman had.  Rights are extended to everyone, not just who you think is the more sympathetic.

I have read and seen a great deal about Martin's mother trademarking her son's name once the protests and rallies were in full force around the country.  That was a very smart thing to do.  Why should some jerk get to make money of her son's death?  As far as I know she has done nothing to profit off it, she just protected her family from others doing just that.  She was given sound legal advice and she followed it.  Remember when Jay-Z decided to sell shirts during the whole Occupy Wall Street thing?  He went to make money for himself and did nothing to further any other cause than to make his bank account bigger.  People would have done exactly the same thing in this case.  If you just buried your child would you want to see that happen?

There is zero evidence that Martin was a gang member.  A kid who seemed to be heading down the wrong the path yes, but that doesn't make him a gang member.  Generally speaking, in a court of law that isn't relevant to the case at hand and what happened on that night.  That is the only issue that really matters; what happened the evening he was shot to death?

Zimmerman also had a criminal past, including incidents of violence.

It has never made sense to me that Martin would say "you are going to die tonight".  I have never believed that.  Now, had the comment been I am going to kick your ass, that I would believe.  But for it to escalate immediately to a death threat doesn't seem logical.

The next time you feel inclined to make statements about Trayvon Martin's mother, just remember a few things.  It is very likely she sent her son up to stay with his dad because he seemed to be heading down the wrong path.  That choice cost her son his life.  Imagine the guilt that mom feels.  She buried her youngest child.  That should never happen. I don't care what your child does, you never want to bury them.  

For the Martin Supporters:

Zimmerman was well within his rights as a neighborhood watch member to call the police and to watch what a stranger was doing in the neighborhood. Zimmerman was under no legal obligation to follow orders of 911.  They have no legal authority to "order" anyone to do anything.  They can advise, but they can't order.

Martin is not Emmett Till.  The comparisons are simply ludicrous.  I have actually heard people say that Zimmerman should be found guilty to make up for those that didn't get justice in the past.  Huh?  Zimmerman shouldn't be expected to pay for sins of the past that he has no control over.  

The Department of Justice did an investigation to see if this could be labeled a hate crime.  No evidence that Zimmerman acted in malice because of the race of Martin exists.  It just isn't so.  Zimmerman has lived a life that most others have, they people of all colors in his life.

Just yesterday we heard of a case that a man who found out his dad was cheating on his mother put him in a coma with one punch.  To say that Martin had no way of defending himself is sheer nonsense.  He was close to six feet tall. Martin was taller than Zimmerman, by four inches in fact.

There is some evidence that Martin may have committed theft in the past.  If this report is true the police in Miami let him slide on the theft to keep the numbers of crime stats down in the public school system.  Clearly, he was not a saint.  That jewelry came from somewhere and the screwdriver was there for a reason.  It is possible that Zimmerman simply nailed him for what he was, a thief.  

One of the things that has always bothered me about this case is that the phone call that Martin was on disconnected.  Doesn't it make sense that had it been Zimmerman that started the fight wouldn't the phone just have been dropped and stayed connected?  That seems the most logical.  The fact that the phone was disconnected makes it seem more likely that Martin started the fight.  If it is true that Martin started the fight, it goes a long way to it being self-defense and not some racist wannabe cop who targeted some innocent black child.

There is no other way for Zimmerman to have had the injuries that he had other than Martin causing them.  Martin did have scraped knuckles from being in a fight, he also showed no sign of defensive wounds.  He clearly got the better of Zimmerman in that fight.  That doesn't mean he started it, but he did cause injury to Zimmerman.  That gives credence to  Zimmerman's claim of self-defense.

The law doesn't state that Zimmerman had to be in danger of losing his life, it only states that he had to reasonably believe that he was in danger of his life or bodily injury.  You can disagree with that, but that is what the law states.  Many victims who shot intruders/criminals are never touched, but are still covered under the law of self-defense.

One thing that rarely gets mentioned in the coverage of this trial is the fact that there was a reason that there was a neighborhood watch set up.  There had been breaks-ins in the recent past.  Many of those break ins were done by young  black males, it adds a layer to what George Zimmerman saw as suspicous.  The profiling wasn't based on race, but on recent past criminal history.  

The eyewitness that had the best view of the fight has said clearly that Martin was on top of Zimmerman.  Which again, backs his claims of self defense.  

The gun shot evidence shows that the gun didn't make contact with his body, but did have contact with the hoodie.  That also backs Zimmerman's claim that Martin was on top and leaning over him.  

We have seen people turn this into a media mess.  One side saying this innocent little child was gunned down in cold blood by some bigger white guy who was doing it for no other reason than he was black.  The other side saying he was just some thug who got what he deserved.  That I take real issue with.  Simply because someone has done things that are against the law, doesn't make them worthy of a death sentence at the hands of a man from the neighborhood watch.  Who exactly gets make those decisions if that were the case?

The cold hard truth is this.  We don't know who started the fight.  That piece of information is crucial to knowing what happened and who holds any criminal liability for the death of Trayvon Martin.  Had Zimmerman started that fight he simply couldn't use self-defense as an excuse simply because Martin got the better of him.  If that were the case, I could go pick a fight with any one that I didn't like and use it as excuse for killing them.

Both parties made bad choices that night.  A 17-year-old died because of those bad choices.  Zimmerman should have gotten into his car and drove to the area where he was to meet the police.  Martin should have used his phone to call 911 instead of talking with his gal pal.  The bit of the time-lapse seems to indicate that he had enough time to return to his home.  Had any of those choices been made that evening none of us would even know the names of these two families.

This is a tragedy, not entertainment.  One family buried a son and brother.  The other family has lost virtually everything trying to defend themselves against these charges,  have been living in hiding, in large part due to irresponsible media and even some "movie stars".  No one wins here no matter how this turns out.  The Martin family truly believes that their son was murdered.  If they are wrong about that, it doesn't change what they feel in their hearts.  The Zimmerman family believes that he acted in self-defense and has no criminal liability.  He could spend the rest of his life in jail for something he firmly believes he had to do in order to protect himself.  It will take a long time for the Zimmerman family to get back to "normal" after this.  He will continue to have to live in hiding if he is found not guilty, for at least a time.  

You never know what a jury will decide, but the court has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman's story is not true.  Based on that, they must acquit. We can hope we don't see riots in the aftermath as we did with the Rodney King Trial.  Now, that doesn't mean that Zimmerman is not guilty.  It just means that prosecution didn't prove the cause beyond a reasonable doubt.  We will never know what really happened that night.  But this trial has given the Martin family justice, as much as the law can give to the family.  What they want is their son back.  No court can ever do that.  But Zimmerman was judged by a jury of his peers.  That is justice, no matter how it turns out.  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Quote of the Day - Alex Jones Edition

‘I Will Defeat Rush Limbaugh in the Free Market of Ideas. People Like This Show More Than His'


Bette Midler Wishes Us a Happy Independence Day

Bette Midler1hHappy Independence Day! Just think, if we hadn’t won that war, today wouldn’t be a holiday AND we’d have health care.
Yep, liberals really think this way.  If things are so bad here, why don't you leave Bette?  You have made a boatload of money via the dreaded Capitalist system, you can afford to live where ever you want.  Go live in the UK, no one is stopping you.  I will help you pack.  
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