Archive | August, 2012

Truth really does make for the best speech material

30 Aug

Republican National Convention really got it right last night and Wednesday. Congrats to each and every speaker for giving all of us watching exactly what we deserve as the hard-working people of this country: the truth.

I really can’t follow up what they said, because they all did their jobs as perfectly as they could have, with humor and honesty, real success stories and true empathy for those of us who still believe wholeheartedly in the American dream. I commend them and here are some of the best moments from the past two nights:

Tim Pawlenty:

“But you know, President Obama isn’t as bad as people say, he’s actually worse… Actually, Barack Obama is the first president to create more excuses than jobs! In his view, it’s George’s fault. It’s the bank’s fault. It’s Europe’s fault. It’s the weather’s fault. It’s Congress’ fault. Mr. President, if you want to find fault, I suggest you look in the mirror!”

“I’ve come to realize that Barack Obama is the tattoo president. Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young. But later on, that decision doesn’t look so good, and you wonder: what was I thinking? But the worst part is you’re still going to have to explain it to your kids. Next week, Barack Obama will plead with America to give his failed ideas another chance. He’s asking Americans to give him more time and more money. Well sorry, Mr. President, but you’re out of time, and we’re out of money. Barack Obama’s failed us. But look, it’s understandable. A lot of people fail at their first job.”

Paul Ryan:

“These past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What’s missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago. Isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?”

“None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers, a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.”

Condoleezza Rice:

“I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough.  But we can only know that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don’t lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values. My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice.  We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.”

“You see, the essence of America, what really unites us, is not nationality or ethnicity or religion.  It is an idea.  And what an idea it is.  That you can come from humble circumstances and you can do great things, that it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going.”

Mike Huckabee: 

“My working-poor parents told me I could do better. They taught me that I was as good as anyone else. It never occurred to them to tell me that I could rest comfortably and wait for Uncle Sugar to feed me, lead me, and then bleed me. They told me to get off my backside, work hard, take risks, and treat people honestly and honorably. And look what’s happened – I have become as the press label me, ‘a failed candidate.’”

“Let me clear the air about whether guys like me would only support an evangelical. Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care.”

Chris Christie:

“Our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times.”

“They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense. They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children. They believe in teacher’s unions. We believe in teachers.”

Susana Martinez

“This election should not be about political parties.  Too many Americans are out of work, and our debt is out of control.  This election needs to be about those issues. And it is the responsibility of both parties to offer up real solutions and have an honest debate. In New Mexico, I inherited the largest structural deficit in state history. And our legislature is controlled by Democrats. We don’t always agree. But we came together – in a bi-partisan manner-and turned that deficit into a surplus, all without raising taxes.”

“If he [Obama] can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding 5 trillion dollars to the national debt. Because he did build that.”

Rambling of the Day: Rebels without a cause

28 Aug

Anyone who knows me can tell you I am all for exercising free speech and protesting the government for a noble cause. I’m a firm believer in our Constitutional right to do this, and I have a lot of respect for people who have put themselves on the line for causes they believe in – the Civil Rights Movement or Vietnam War protesters, for example. Noble causes that are crucial to the development of our nation and the protection of its citizens are the kinds of causes that are legitimate and demand attention.

But what I am seeing occurring in this great nation today are a whole lot of rebels without a cause. Oh, all the things you could stand for today that would be worthy of your time! From governmental corruption and abuse of power, the insanity in Syria, or perhaps the tiny issue of nuclear threat in Iran, there are plenty of serious issues to choose from to take a stand against. But, no, not here in 2012 America. Here in America our most serious protesters dress up as giant vaginas and protest for, oh yes, free abortions.

Image

You just can’t make this sort of thing up.

“Free abortions on demand” is absurd enough, but take a look at the other sign. “Congress: Respect Women.” Congress, we demand that you respect us as we stand here in front of your offices dressed as vaginas…? I’m sorry, but you have to be joking. “Free abortions on demand?” That is enough to make anyone with a soul sick to her stomach. If you insist on having an abortion, man up and, at the very least, pay for it yourself. The government is no more responsible for paying for your abortion than it is for taking care of your child if you decide to give it life. I suppose it goes along with the mentality of entitlement to think that you should have someone else take care of your expenses, but we are talking about your personal decision to end a life inside of you. What kind of logical argument can be made in support of the government, which gets its money from the taxpaying citizens of this country, paying for this? That’s right, none, so shut up and find a real cause.

…But make sure you understand it first. Running around in a shirt with CHE splayed across it doesn’t make you an intellectual. Just because some socialist director makes a movie glorifying Che Guevara does not mean you know anything true about him. Here’s a quick quote from popular liberal hero Che:

“Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!”

Yeah, that’s the kind of philosophy on life you should display on your T-shirt. I don’t want to go into excessive detail about Che, because if you’re a mindless follower of the Hollywood version of history, then you probably don’t care. But if you actually are interested, just do a teeny bit of research and you’ll see what I mean. http://www.therealcuba.com/MurderedbyChe.htm

Once again, find something legitimate to stand for. If you support this guy you have to support Stalinism, which is where he gets his philosophy. Unless you believe Stalin was a liberating freedom fighter, throw out the Che shirt.

There are a million other examples, but you get the point. There are so many noteworthy causes to spend your time supporting; it is a total waste to stand for rubbish like free abortions. And please don’t dress up as a private body part to make your point, whatever it is. Those of us with small children would rather not be forced to have that conversation because you think you’re being creative.

Rambling of the Day: Taking a deep breath with confidence

22 Aug

I’m changing direction on topics today, because it is just one of those times I feel really bogged down by the personal struggles in my life and it’s difficult to focus on other things. I won’t go into detail about my problems and why I feel overwhelmed, because that’s not what this post is about. My issues are going to seem like huge problems to some people, and other people will just laugh at them because they seem so minor compared to their own. I’m writing this because I’m sure I am not alone in oftentimes feeling so anxious about life that it causes me to stop living it as fully as possible. When I was talking about this with someone today, I was graciously reminded that sometimes we go through times when we’re tested. I know the language is cliché, but it was a great reminder to me to calm down and adjust my attitude about my situation.

Sometimes we get so caught up in everything that seems to be going wrong in our lives that we downplay the good things that deserve our attention. We forget that we are loved during both the good and bad times in our lives. Perhaps we even feel that God is neglecting us when we are going through difficulty, but it is in these times that we need to remember the promises of God. Sometimes when we think about the Bible, we only want to take into consideration the parts that make us feel happy. But oftentimes the promises God offers are prefaced with the fact that this life will not always be easy! We are told we will have difficulty in this life, but we are also reminded that it will eventually be overcome.

John 16:33 explains it perfectly: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Philippians 4:6-7 is also a wonderful reassurance for those of us with the tendency to be anxious and dwell on our worldly problems: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I read these words today and it is amazing how much easier it was for me to focus on the positive things. The key to this verse is the description of the peace of God as being something “which surpasses all understanding.” Once you realize that God’s peace is greater than anything understood by man, how can you not simply let go of your burden and accept that peace? I know sometimes it seems impossible to let go of the difficulty in our lives because we feel like we have so much to be worried about. Honestly, sometimes I feel like if I’m not worried about something then I’m doing something wrong, and I do that mental checklist of things going on in my life, until – oh, yeah, that thing, that’s what I was supposed to be stressing over. But that isn’t the way we’re supposed to handle our burdens. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The first part gives us the instructions, and they are pretty simple to follow. The second part holds the promise – we will be given rest! The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds, and we will be given rest. That’s more than enough to convince me to let go of my anxiety.

Rambling of the Day: Racial coding and other things you didn’t know existed

18 Aug

Okay, so I’m biased in my picture choice. I’m allowed to be; this is a blog, not the mainstream media… (caution: loaded with sarcasm, take with a grain of salt).

I apologize for doing yet another political post, but I am entirely too fired up about everything that has been happening recently. I believe I am at that point where I have so much to think and talk about that I’m going to implode and sound like an ignorant buffoon if I don’t settle down and take on one thing at a time.

We all know about double standards in politics. We find politicians saying things that go against their alleged beliefs; we see them doing things they once condemned others for doing. But I am sick, tired, disgusted, and downright infuriated at the loathsome, filthy double standards the current president’s supporters and regime drones have decided to use as the basis of their campaign.

By now we’ve all heard genius Joe Biden’s comments that Romney wants to put people “back in chains,” an announcement he made to a mixed-race crowd in Virginia. Biden alleged that Romney’s plan to allow banks to operate on their own terms would unleash Wall Street and… what was that phrase again, Mr. Vice President? Oh, yes – “PUT Y’ALL BACK IN CHAINS!”

Now, the vice president can say whatever he wants, in my opinion. He can continue to dig a nice, comfortable political grave for his partner and himself, for all I care. But I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT from the media when his stupidity backlashes on him. If Romney wants to truthfully respond to the obvious, gaping wounds Biden has decided to self-inflict, get over it. (In case all of this is new news to you, Romney finally took the offensive against the VP’s nonsensical accusation, saying, “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like… take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.”) Obama and his campaign are trying to use divisive language to get people to fear and hate Romney and secure a fear-driven vote for themselves. Romney is only one of millions of us that see this happening, and he has every right to point it out. If the media doesn’t want to shed light on the fact that the Obama campaign is race baiting and attempting to cause race and class warfare so that they can secure another four years flying in Air Force One, then someone has to. That someone may as well be the person with the only chance of taking Obama’s power away.

So what happens when a conservative calls the vice president out for his racial remarks? Oh, it’s just too predictable, but I’ll go ahead and recap in case you haven’t heard or guessed yet. MSNBC’s “The Cycle” host Touré (does this guy thing he’s a pop star or something? Just Touré? Like just Madonna, or just Cher? Yeah, okay, buddy) has accused Romney of “racial coding,” for his response after Biden’s gaffe. Touré argued, “He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man.” Racial coding. Is it similar to Morse Code, I wonder? I don’t know – I’ve yet to receive my official racial decoder from my secretive, conspiring group of fellow conservatives; perhaps Touré can help me get my hands on one because I am certainly not a fluent racial decoder. And just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, Touré throws in the fact that this is “niggerization… You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man that we’ve been trained to fear.”

I’m sorry, but this man invents his own racist term and definition, and somehow we are the racists? If ever a news station made a mistake in hiring a television show host… but I digress.

Obama’s campaign is an angry campaign. It is one that will stop at nothing to destroy its opponent, because there is no other way it can win. There is no hope, no change, no promise for a better future. There are only excuses for failure, lies about the future, and hateful slander against anyone standing in the way of their governmental wrecking ball. There is nothing racist about pointing this out. It has nothing to do with whether Obama is white, black, purple, or yellow. Skin color is irrelevant at this point. I’m sure there will still be people who will vote for Obama solely because he is a black man (who’s the racist at that point?) but, let’s be real, most of us are way past that. The comments of his own vice president and supporters are quickly spiraling his campaign downward, and their only hope for victory lies in their unconditional, unwavering support of the media.

I’ve written before on the dishonesty of the mainstream media. It is no longer the nation’s watchdog; in fact it has become more like a trained police dog. Just visualize it and you’ll know what I mean – the officer has the dog smell whatever he needs it to find, and the dog goes sniffing around the high school lockers until he finds the one with the bag of marijuana hidden underneath a geometry book. Fresh-out-of liberal-university journalists come to MSNBC and are given a big whiff of “conservative” and told, “Go, dog, go!” And they do! And the result is evident in what have come to be considered relevant attacks on anyone on the right trying to oppose the Obama posse.  It is despicable and irresponsible, and it is not journalism.

Thoughts on Paul Ryan from a “suburban mom and woman”

12 Aug

Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief News Foreign Correspondent and resident lunatic, has the audacity to claim that Romney’s VP pick is “not a pick for suburban moms… not a pick for women.” I don’t know about all my fellow women and mothers out there, but I am not interested in being told who is or is not a good choice to represent me, especially by a woman who is neither a mother nor an affected party in the current economic recession. Just listening to six minutes of Paul Ryan blowing the president’s health care plan to smithereens in the name of common sense is enough to convince me that he is more of a “pick for women” than Obama could ever dream to be.

I am disgusted once again at the media for constantly trying to associate the female vote with pro-abortion and pro-welfare candidates. Some of us believe in fiscal responsibility, and most of us understand the importance of making our own decisions for our families and ourselves. We are not so easily fooled as to think that because someone supports our “right to choice” when it comes to our bodies that they also respect us as Americans with the liberty to make our own personal and financial decisions. Ryan hits home a critical point by arguing that health care needs to be in the hands of the people, not the government. Obama will go on to argue that he is wrong, but in doing so he only argues with the founding principles of this nation and spits in the face of the American way. Think I’m exaggerating? Here is Thomas Jefferson’s opinion on debt and economy:

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”

Paul Ryan understands that we cannot spend our way out of our problems. As a “suburban mom,” how can I not agree with him wholeheartedly? I know that I am not going to send my daughter to a respectable college by buying a new Coach purse every six months. I know that constantly charging thousands of dollars to my credit card and never attempting to pay it off is going to put me in a bad financial position that will negatively impact my children in the future. Hence, I understand that our government cannot survive by borrowing and spending incessantly. Paul Ryan and I are on the same page, and any sensible mother or woman will be as well.

As far as health care goes, I certainly don’t think that anyone else needs to have a say in my daughter’s health care. I think if you asked, most moms would tell you that they would rather make the decisions regarding the health care of their loved ones, instead of allowing another government agency (that taxpayers, of course, have to foot the bill for) to take control of yet another aspect of their lives. Responsible mothers understand that we either have to pay for our child to go to the doctor or we have to pay for a good health care plan. Either way, we know that money will have to go toward protecting the health of our children. And that is an investment any good mother is willing to make, even if it means sacrificing other things we may want. And for the mothers that truly struggle financially, there should be and is government assistance already in place, without the implementation of a total overhaul of private sector health insurance.

So honestly, I’m not sure what Andrea Mitchell is getting at by claiming Ryan is not a pick for women. Maybe the women she means are the ones lying around their homes surrounded by multiple children, waiting for their welfare checks and child support to roll in and save the day. Well, I can guarantee those women don’t know who Paul Ryan is, nor do they care to find out. I cannot speak for those women, but I suppose someone like Andrea Mitchell can.

Final Thought: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government purposes are beneficent…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.” — Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928

Rambling of the Day: Bringing Your Little Monster Out in Public

3 Aug

Image

Let me just preface this rant by saying I’m not opposed to people bringing their kids to restaurants. I bring my daughter with me all the time. I also do not care how anyone wants to raise their kids within their own homes – excluding being abusive, etc. But raising your kids does not happen exclusively within your home, and lately I have witnessed a trend developing in which parents have lost all etiquette when it comes to bringing their small children out in public with them. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve had those embarrassing moments in the grocery store where I’ve had no choice but to draw attention to my misbehaving child, and attempt to walk out of the store with the belief that no one witnessed my meltdown. I understand that, as parents, we all have incidents like this at some point. However, there are some things your children will do in public that are simply avoidable, and I will use the example of the restaurant to illustrate, since that is where I witness the most horrific cases.

I recently served a family of five on the outdoor patio at my restaurant. Now, the fact that we were outdoors does not mean it was a more relaxed dining situation. The patio backs almost directly up to the oceanfront boardwalk, where people are constantly walking, biking, and pedaling those awful four-person bicycle carriages (I recently witnessed this where two children were in the front pedaling at about a snail’s pace as they dragged their humongous parents, who sat in the back not pedaling – sad, but entertaining). The patio also tightly packs in about 20 tables along a narrow stretch of space, so that greeting one table means basically scooting your bottom up against the table across from them, making it a bit odd for them as they try to enjoy their crab legs. So under these interesting circumstances, I greeted this family.

Upon my arrival at the table, the youngest child, a three-year-old, her mother mentioned to me, began to wail at the top of her lungs. No distinguishable words came out, just the sound of pure spoiled brat. I tried not to show my frustration as I took down the drink orders of the father and two non-screeching children. When I turned to speak to the mother, she couldn’t be bothered to look at me. She was repeating over and over to her child, “Sweetie, what do you want to drink? Chocolate milk? Sprite?” The child continued to wail incomprehensibly. I mentioned to the woman that I could come back when she was ready, and she snapped, “Oh no, I need to find out what she wants. She’s just being a three-year-old right now.” And she continued to ask the screaming child what she wanted to drink, until finally the child allegedly (all I heard was wailing) gave her an answer.

I walked away horrified. She’s just being a three-year-old? Perhaps a proper response to your child talking to her imaginary friend or getting a little crabby before bedtime. These things are excusable by the “she’s just being a three-year-old” claim. But when did it become excusable to let your child behave like an absolute loon in a public setting, especially one in which there are other people around you trying to enjoy themselves? I kept waiting to see the discipline in this situation, but each time I returned to the table I saw nothing but the pampering of this whiny kid.

Now, frankly, I don’t care how anyone wants to spoil their kids in their own home. I don’t agree with coddling children, but if people want to do it, that’s fine and they have that right. It becomes unacceptable when you decide you want to take your coddled brat out into a public setting and are totally unprepared for dealing with her behavior. I’m not saying you have to drag your child onto the beach and whip her in front of a million tourists. But how about asking where the restroom is, taking your child there, and explaining to her that she can either calm down and be civil, or she can go home and have no fun?

Anyway, quickly, a couple of other things to note about bringing kids out to restaurants:

  1. If you notice your child throwing things on the floor or at other people, stop him (seems obvious, but you’d be surprised).
  2. If your child is the messiest kid in the universe and you notice when you are leaving that he has created an ample amount of evidence that he’s been sitting there (like mine does) either help clean up, leave extra money, or directly tip the busser. It’s just polite.
  3. Don’t let your kids run around the restaurant! Obvious, right? You’d think so, but no. I am constantly tripping over kids running around as their adult supervisors sit and enjoy some conversation. If you want a nice evening out, hire a babysitter; the restaurant staff does not get paid enough to make sure your kids don’t cause a collision in the dining room.

There are plenty more examples, but you get the idea.

The Ugly Volvo

Attempts at Adulthood

Nathan Hancock

Probably not a waste of your time.

The Matt Walsh Blog

Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips)

All We Are

Updates and a look behind the scenes of the non-profit organization

I A N W A T T

Creative Director

Lean Fit and Healthy Forever

One Guys Journey to Fitness

JOY IN THE DAY

Home of Glitter and Leg Warmers

twitchy.com

Who Said What

Elisabeth Akinwale

Athletics, Motherhood and Other SuperFantastic Subjects

Dyslexia Parents Guide

A parents journey into dyslexia

Honest Food with Amy

Changing my lifestyle, one recipe at a time!

Egg Whites Only Please

With Cheese. And Bacon. On a Bagel. Oh gosh, I love bagels (as long as they're Gluten Free).

Parenting And Stuff

Not a "how to be a great parent" blog

64 EATS

Good eats along I-64 in Virginia and a few beyond!

365 Days of Bacon

Every day. Bacon-fied.