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  • just a conservative girl 7:56 PM on 08/13/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Yes, Matt Walsh, Robin Williams lost the ability to see the joy in his life 

    I haven’t posted in a quite some time for a variety of reasons.  But this I couldn’t sit out.  As everyone who doesn’t live under a rock has heard by now, Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.  He wasn’t fooling around either, he slit his wrists and wrapped a belt around his neck. He wasn’t interested in failing at this.  The darkness was going to come to a conclusion.

    The normal (yes, sadly this is normal) he was a horrible man who committed a very selfish act comments started almost immediately.  I must remember to stay off social media after these type of events happen as it only upsets me. His daughter Zelda has been chased off social media due to the cruelty of others.   

    All of my regular readers know that I have been very open and honest about the fact that I suffer from long-term clinical depression, known as Major Depressive Disorder.  I have had this since I was in high school and possibly earlier.  I am not ashamed of it, it is part of who I am.  I don’t like it and I wish it were different, but it isn’t.  This is one of the crosses that I have to bear in my life.  We all have them, whatever they may be.  

    I want to scream when I see what is said about mental illness after an event puts it in the news once again.  A famous person committing suicide, a mass shooting, or whatever else happens to make this issue get national attention.  Sadly, it has become predictable to point of comedy.  You can almost predict to the minute before you see the whole “selfish” thing start after news of  a suicide.  

    Yes, when a person leaves the world by taking their own life they leave behind questions.  They leave loved ones who feel guilt, who wonder why they couldn’t help them.  It is hard to be that loved one.  Now, that is something that I don’t really have a great deal of experience with, as the small amount of people who I know that have done this weren’t all that close to me.  I knew them and some cases really liked them, but it has never been someone very close to me, with one possible exception.  A guy that grew up two houses down from me died by grabbing onto live wires at a train crossing.  We went to school together, we had the same first high school job together.  We shared many interests and were close for a long period of time.  He eventually moved to another state and we lost touch with one another.  He died in Florida.  We were in our early 20′s at the time, if I recall correctly.  He recently had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and was said to be coping rather well.  But at some point he stopped taking his meds, a very bad break up with his long-term girlfriend, and the lack of close friends after a recent move led him into his darkness that he saw no recovery from.  He took his own life.  He left behind a mother, a step father, a younger brother, and many close friends in our home state of CT hurt and angry.  

    Oddly, I wasn’t angry at him.  I was envious in very strange way.  His pain was over while mine just continued.  On and on it went.  I had yet to be given a proper diagnosis of my problems.  I had already made one attempt at ending my life at that point, and would make another just a few short years later.  Mine was triggered by events.  My BFF from my entire childhood was killed in a car accident. She was in a car going someplace that I was supposed to go and was unable to attend due to family that came in from out-of-town.  Talk about guilt.  It was horrible and it took me many, many years to get over her death and the guilt that I felt.  I still think about her everyday.  The second downward spiral in my life came after a relationship with a man I had planned on marrying came to an end.  That also took me a very long time to come to grips with.  Quite honestly I am far better off that I didn’t marry him. He had many issues, not the least among them a substance abuse problem.  But I was devastated just the same.  

    Blogger Matt Walsh talked about the joy of life and how that should be enough to sustain you through your dark moments.  From what I can glean from the post, Mr. Walsh seems to have an understanding of depression, he says he has struggled for many years with it.  I wonder.  

    One of the worst things about my depression is how it robs me of the joy in the world.  That is what it does.  I can see many good things in my life.  I see the people who love me, who I love back.  The things that I have been able to accomplish in spite of the fact that I have suffered from clinical depression for the majority of my life are quite good.  I have a degree from a highly regarded university from which I graduated with high honors.  I have a family life today that at one point I never dreamed I would have.  I love them dearly.  They love me back.  That is part of the joy in my world.  

    But, I don’t always treat them the way I should.  It isn’t on purpose.  I become withdrawn.  I seek shelter in the safety of my bed.  I sleep a great deal.  I don’t want to do much of anything.  I am lucky that the man in my life notices it and does his best to be supportive and I love him all the more for it.  He reminds me of doctor appointments, he will ask about my meds.  He will take me out for Fro Yo, which I just love.  He will clean up the house and do other things around the house when he senses that I am feeling overwhelmed.  He is a keeper.  But as I said, there are days that I just don’t feel all the good that should come from having him in my life.  I see it, but I don’t feel it.  I don’t think I deserve it.  I wonder why he gives up so much and gets so little in return.  

    Does Mr. Walsh think that women who suffer from postpartum depression don’t understand that there is joy in the world?  They have a newborn baby to care for.  A child that brings much joy to them and their family, yet they still feel the darkness, the pain, the confusion, the guilt that comes part and parcel with clinical depression. Their hormones are going nuts.  Their bodies aren’t allowing them to feel the joy that little bundle of wonderment has brought them, they see it, they just don’t feel it.  They aren’t being selfish.  They are coping the best that they can in a horrible situation.  

    It is amazing that people can easily accept that other parts of our body are ill but not our brains.  That can’t possibly be the reason.  I mean many cases of osteoporosis are caused by chemical in-balances in our bodies.  We have these things called osteopaths and osteoblasts in our bodies.  One helps build bone density, one thins the bones.  When we have a proper balance between the two our bone density will be fine.  When we have an in-balance, our bones become weaker and more prone to breakage.  Our hearts and livers have many different types of enzymes, we have insulin levels in our bodies that help us digest sugar.  We need the proper balances for our bodies to run correctly.  Why is that people think that our brain is so different?  It isn’t.  Our brain is an organ just like the others.  It needs certain things to function “normally”.  

    Our brains give off chemicals when we exercise, when we have sex, when we are experience the “joy” in our lives.  The make us feel good.  Clinical depression causes our bodies not to produce those chemicals in the same manner.  Sometimes I wonder if I have any at all.  These chemicals are also a cause of why some are more at risk of becoming substance abusers. I have a childhood friend who became a heroin addict in her teens and early twenties.  One of the things that she, and others that I know that have had the same experience, tells me is that the first time you use it the euphoria you get is something that they never experienced before or since.  It never feels as good as it did the first time.  That is how they become addicted, they are chasing that high.  They are looking for something that make them feel that feeling once again.    

    We know very little about the amazing thing that is the human brain.  There are so many things that we don’t fully understand.  Why will some fully recover from traumatic head injury while others will not?  Why some don’t produce the proper levels of neurotransmitters that give them a healthy sense of the world around them and others do?  But we know that it happens.  Or least some of us do.  Others live in denial of that fact.  

    I don’t know if it is fear that keeps people from seeing the truth, but they do.  One of the most ridiculous things I heard since the death of Mr. Williams was a comparison of his death to that of a suicide bomber.  Yes, someone actually said that.  Insert primal scream here.  

    The lack of compassion shown to people who are in trouble and are dealing with a darkness that is so severe it is almost impossible to explain, is nothing short of breathtaking.  You hear about how if you just let Jesus into your life that you will be healed.  Does Jesus heal cases of bone problems?  Does Jesus heal cases of juvenile diabetes, which isn’t caused by behavioral issues, but strictly a genetic problem of not producing the needed amounts of insulin?  I am sure some will recall a story of someone they know who was healed, but many faithful people have medical problems that are directly related to their bodies over/under producing chemicals in their bodies, and therefore need medical care to deal with those problems.  

    Mr. Williams was very open and honest about his problems with clinical depression.  He talked about it publicly many times.  That isn’t an assertion, that is fact.  He was also very open about his drug and drinking problems that he suffered and found ways to overcome for decades.  Depression and substance abuse tend to go hand in hand.  People turn to substances to just feel a little relief, even if it is only briefly.  People with depression try to find all kinds of ways just to feel a little relief.  

    I can’t speak for what was going on in Mr. Williams’ head on Monday.  I can only talk about what my experiences have been.  What I can tell you is that when I was seriously considering taking my own life, the one person I didn’t think about was myself.  I thought about everyone but me.  I was not acting in a selfish way.  I was looking to not only stop the pain, but to no longer be the burden that I perceived myself as being.  I felt broken beyond repair.  That there was no hope that things would ever change for me.  That I was always going to be living in a very dark place that hurt.  I was in a closet that got smaller and smaller every day.  I felt like I could barely breathe most of the time.  I was only dragging the people who loved me down.  They would be better off without me.  They would actually thank me one day.  I was doing them, and the world, a favor.  

    With what we know as public record of Mr. Williams and his problems, I would guess he didn’t feel all that much different.  You see, it doesn’t matter what you have, how famous you may be, how much you do or do not love Jesus, how many people you have that care about you, it matters what you feel on the inside.  In the places that most people can’t see.  The deep recesses of your heart that most people are too afraid to talk about.  Those are things that matter.  Those are things that clinical depression rob you of.  Those are things that are warped in your pain and your turmoil.  You aren’t being selfish, you are trying to find a solution to a problem that from your point of view has no end.  A problem that you are bringing into the lives of everyone else around you.  You are the cause for their discomfort.  You are the reason that they too can’t enjoy life.  You become the reason that joy is being taken from them, and since you know exactly what that feels like, you just want it to end.  For everyone involved.  You too feel guilt and remorse.

    Think about this the next time you tell a person who is suffering from depression to “get over it”, or “it will get better”, or one of my personal favorites, “others have it much worse than you do”.  Yeah, I know that logically.  But logic and depression don’t exist on the same plane.  Stop looking for logic in mental illness, it doesn’t exist.  Reach out to the person.  Be there to listen to them talk about why they feel so bad without judgement.  Try and get them medical attention.  They may resist, but try anyway.  You may just save them from the fate that Mr. Williams was not able to pull himself away from.  Show true compassion to those feel that they don’t deserve it.  Who feel that they aren’t worthy of it.  

    R.I.P Mr. Williams.  Thanks for laughs and the tears you brought into our lives with your career.  Thanks for the money you raised for children with cancer.  Thanks for entertaining our troops who were a long way from home and willing to die to protect our freedoms.  Find peace.  One can hope that your death will help educate at least one person on the dangers of mental illness and accept the fact that it is indeed an illness, not a choice.  

     

     
    • Sherry 9:40 PM on 08/13/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent piece, thank you for being so open and charitable.

  • just a conservative girl 3:11 PM on 06/11/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , brat, cantor, majority leader, ,   

    Cantor Out as Majority Leader 

    A simply stunning outcome last night in Virginia.  A house majority leader loses in his party’s primary.  Something that has never happened in the history of our country.  I personally thought that Cantor didn’t take the race seriously enough but would still win out in the end.  I was wrong.  He lost by more than ten points.

    But I will say that people who don’t understand the ins and outs of Virginia politics are getting some things wrong.  On the national stage they are talking about how Brat won on the amnesty issue.  There may be some of that in there, but it certainly wasn’t the entire reason.  Cantor’s view on immigration is exactly like Lindsay Graham’s and he won easily.

    In Virginia there is no party registration.  As such whenever there is a primary anyone can vote.  It is very easy for people in the other party to show up at the polls and place a vote for a candidate that is most likely to lose to their candidate of choice.  As such, there is great deal of back and forth about conventions vs. primaries within the local political debate.  Cantor firmly falls on the primary side of the debate.  An issue that I agree with him on.  I personally feel that primaries are the most inclusive and that conventions put some voters into the position of not getting their voices heard. But even that isn’t all of the story.  There is a parliamentary rule in Virginia called slating.  In slating when you get 50% of your district to agree to use this rule only a certain amount of people are allowed to vote in a convention or committee meeting.  So if you don’t happen to fall into the chosen few, even if you are willing to travel the convention you can’t vote.

    Many in Virginia have very strong feelings about slating.  Most of which are highly negative.  I personally believe that this is the rule and those who know the rules of the game best win.  So I am not going to put people who like this practice down.  They are following the rules of the game.  If you don’t like the rules, get yourself into position within the local committee to change them.  Complaining and calling others cheaters doesn’t solve anything.  My main point here is that Cantor and his camp really upset many people by using these rules.  At least that is the impression that many have.  Heaven knows that, especially in politics, perception is reality.

    David Brat had no money.  He spent somewhere around $200,000 total on his campaign, whereas Cantor spent more than that on one dinner for his supporters.  But what he did have was very dedicated volunteers that literally knocked on every door in that district that was marked as a republican.  Again, there is no party registration in the state, but voting habits get you listed as a D or an R.  Brat also did get some much needed help from two conservative radio talk show hosts.  Mark Levin, who lives in Virginia, and Laura Ingraham, who lives in D.C.  Both of them had him on their show and Ingraham did at least one rally with him.  Both have large audiences and it seems it had at least a little bit of an effect.

    There also was the issue that many in his district felt that he didn’t listen to them.  That he was no longer representing them, but looking towards being the Speaker of the House when Boehner decides to step down.  He was next in line.  I have heard many in his district say that they didn’t get return calls or letters when they would contact his office.  They felt he lost touch with what his job was supposed to be; representing them not worrying about consolidating his own power.  He rarely spent time in his own district. Another big difference between he and Lindsay Graham. Graham is very well known for being excellent on being there to listen to his voters.  His staff is actually larger in his state than in D.C..

    For those in the media that are saying he (Brat) is some sort of right winged lunatic it is going to be difficult to get that to stick.  Cantor labeled him as the liberal in the race.  Cantor campaigned on being the true conservative.   His policies are simply basic republican fare.  He campaigned on giving power back to the states, the amnesty issue and the rule of law, reducing our national debt, and reigning in out of control government.  There is nothing extreme about those views.  That is what the GOP is supposed to be for.

    Another very interesting part of this story is how Brat campaigned.  He actually stood up and talked policies instead of platitudes.  He never made personal attacks on Cantor.  Many in the media called him a joke based on this alone.

    I think that Brat has shown that people are hungry to be talked to like adults.  They can understand policy issues and they aren’t all that interested in the personal ugly side of politics.  That of course isn’t going to go away anytime soon because they do work.  But a small shift is happening.

    I had no dog in this fight.  I see both sides of Cantor staying and Cantor going.  Politics is much like a marriage; a series of compromises.  But when those compromises almost always walk away from the basic tenets of what the party is supposed to stand for, it may be time for a change in leadership.  Cantor went after the tea party quite publicly.  While no national Tea Party “group” gave Brat the time of day, the local activists took notice and put the work in to show him that they are still there and are expecting results.

    The district is pretty conservative and I personally find it a good thing that dems are going to pour money into that district.  It is less they can use on other races.  It isn’t impossible for a dem to win in that district, but it seems this is lining up to be a republican wave year much like 2010 and it isn’t likely that dems can take advantage of Cantor’s demise.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:49 PM on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bergdahl, , , , ,   

    Bergdahl Classification Isn’t What Matters – Don’t Miss the Larger Picture 

    All over the media there is horror and consternation in regards to the Bergdahl return.  He is being called a traitor and I have seen many calls for the death penalty floating about.  You are missing the bigger picture here.  First and foremost, the military never classified Bergdahl as a deserter.  That makes a huge difference in how the military should behave in trying to find and free him.  The military had an obligation to do so.  Secondly, the bigger picture seems to be getting missed here.  President Obama broke the law in order to get his return.  It doesn’t matter what the standing of the soldier is.  The law would be broken even if there were not serious questions about Bergdahl’s actions.

    Now from the media reports I have read the sequence of events in this “trade” is that a video was made in December of 2013.  The White House was made aware of the video the following month.  In this very short video (I believe it is under three minutes) it reportedly shows Bergdahl in bad health.  In the statements made by the administration, as well as the president himself, the narrative that they are using is that they saw that his health was deteriorating and knew something had to be done.  Does that make sense to you?

    If his health was so dire why did they wait close to five months to do something about it?  If his health was the reason for the “prisoner swap” wouldn’t they have done it in late January or early February?  This is one among many questions that must be answered.

    Another one of the narratives that the White House is laying out there is the need for absolute secrecy.  Everyone knows that there are leaks coming out of Capitol Hill.  That can’t be denied.  But this is also the same institution that knew about the bin Laden raid months in advance.  Nothing of that leaked.  One would like to think that members of congress take national security seriously.  There are many who look at Bergdahl as a traitor, some of those people are members of Capitol Hill.  But that doesn’t mean that they would voluntarily risk the life of that man by leaking the information.  This is just a ginned up excuse that the administration is floating to direct attention away from the fact that he has clearly broken the law.  A law, I might add, that he signed.  It isn’t like he wasn’t aware that the law existed.  It seems like the touted Constitutional law professor has left those ideals behind.

    This administration has emboldened the Taliban to take additional Americans hostages.  Not to mention many other rogue nations across the world such as North Korea, Iran, and a whole host of others.  We are now known for negotiating with terrorists.  We have crossed that line and there will be no going back.

    Conservatives need to do themselves a favor and let the military justice system do what needs to be done and let them handle Bergdahl, we have much bigger fish to fry.

    Impeachment must be discussed in this context.  I have never called for that before during the Obama administration because I don’t think incompetence is grounds for impeachment.  But this is a situation where multiple laws were broken, our national security has been endangered, and our troops all over the world have had a target put on their backs forever more.  That should not be allowed to stand.  This is the fight we should be waging.  Bergdahl is only a small cog in the wheel.  Let the Department of Defense handle him.

     
  • just a conservative girl 2:46 PM on 05/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cuban, , personal growth, prejudices, race relations, , , truth   

    From The You Can’t Handle the Truth Files – Mark Cuban Edition 

    “In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’s toward. We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price. We’re a lot more vigilant and we’re a lot less tolerant of different views, and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or evolve.

    I mean, we’re all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.”

    So says Mark Cuban to Inc. Magazine in an answer to question about his upcoming vote in the NBA and the Sterling saga.

    Of course yet another firestorm has emerged from these statements.  Somehow this is becoming about Trayvon Martin. I suppose the Martin family have some sort trademark on the word Hoodie now.   To the point that Cuban has issued an apology to the Martin Family:

    “In hindsight, I should have used different examples.  I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and the substance of the interview.”

     

    There is nothing that Cuban said that is untrue.  The problem is that in today’s society the truth is no longer valued.  What a sad state of affairs that is.

    We are human beings.  As such we all have frailties.  We all make judgements every single day about people we see out in public.  We do that for safety purposes.  If you are on a first date and that person rubs you the wrong way due to any number of reasons, you are making a judgement not to have a second date.  How you dress for a job interview can, and likely will, make a difference in if you are going to get a job offer or not.  Do you honestly believe that a law firm is going to hire someone who shows up in flip-flops and cut off jeans shorts?  Not likely.  Fair or not fair, it is the way it is.

    I will be the first to admit that if I was walking down the street in the dark and I saw someone with a hoodie on, I would think twice.  It has nothing to do with the color of their skin, but the fact that they are trying to hide their face from view.  I would wonder why.  If I saw some big burly man that had wild tattoos all over I would also feel a little fearful.  The same way a black person would feel fearful if they saw a person walking down the road in a KKK hood.  Heck, in fact I would be fearful if I saw someone in a KKK garb and I am not black.  In my mind someone wearing that is someone worth being fearful of.  It is going to set off red flags in my mind.  A swastika is another fearful sign to me.  Does that make me a racist?

    Another thing that I am fearful of is neighborhoods with high crime rates.  I lived just outside of DC for almost two decades.  I didn’t go to certain neighborhoods unless it was absolutely necessary.  To me that is common sense and has nothing to do with skin color.   I would feel the same way regardless of skin color of the majority of people living in that neighborhood.

    We must talk about these issues instead of labeling someone a racist.  Which of course is exactly what happened to Mark Cuban once this interview went viral:

    From twitter:

    Mark Cuban is racist. If I see him walking down the street I’m walking on the other side [because] I’m scared of him.”

     

    This from Michelle Obama:

    No matter what you do, the point is to never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race, because even today, we still struggle to do that. This issue is so sensitive, so complicated, so bound up with a painful history.

     And we need your generation to help us break through – we need all of you to ask the hard questions and have the honest conversations because that is the only way we will heal the wounds of the past and move forward to a better future.

    She may have said it a little differently, but ultimately the context is the same.  We must talk about these issues.  We must face our own biases and prejudices in order to deal with them and overcome them.  We all have them.  Even if it is as simple as our political views.  Many in this country put the democrat in a certain box, put the republican in certain box.  Very few people fit neatly in the boxes that they get stuffed in.

    Telling the truth shouldn’t be as controversial as it has become these days.  At this point in history we should be able to handle the truth that people carry stereotypes with them in life.  That virtually all people see certain things in their life and respond in ways that can be conceived as negative.  We make judgements based on how one is dressed.  We make judgements based on the neighborhoods that one lives in.  We make judgements on what type of work someone does.  It is only when we acknowledge these judgements and yes talk about them openly that we can finally break through the barriers of our preconceived notions that we all carry.

    In 2014 we should be able to handle the truth.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:25 PM on 05/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: carson, , , , ,   

    Welcome to Conservatism Whoopi Goldberg 

    Not that she realizes she did this, but Ms. Goldberg made the conservative talking point about the welfare system during a discussion with Dr. Ben Carson on The View yesterday.  

    “As a former welfare mother, very few people want to be on welfare. Very few want to walk with their kids and take food stamps. Most people would rather work. I don’t feel bad about being a welfare mother because I contribute as an American – that’s what we do. And because the welfare system is so bizarre, you can’t work, they don’t allow you to work because they take the money from you. So if we fix the system so that it doesn’t hurt the people, maybe it’ll get better.”

    How long have conservatives been saying this?  For decades that is how long.  Now I will concede the point that some on the right disparage people who take from entitlement programs.  I am not among them.  I go after the system, not the people themselves.  The system is broken.  It isn’t designed to help people.  It entraps them therefore keeping them in poverty.  

    As long as the system stays the way it is currently set up we will continue to have the same problems plaguing it.  For instance the food stamps program is currently set up so that if you make even one dollar above the max amount you lose everything.  That tells people that taking a better job that pays $100 more per month is actually going to cost you everything you get in food stamps.  If your food bill is over that amount, which the prices of groceries today being what they are, you can’t afford to buy food.  


    The only true answer to help people find their way off entitlement programs is to pro-rate the benefits.  This way a person who can slowly move their way up the ladder in the workforce isn’t afraid of taking that better paying position. Today they are.  

    On this Whoopi and I agree.  The problem is most liberals say you are dissing the poor when you talk about these things.  You are trying to starve poor children.  You hate minorities.  Or whatever other insult they will hurl at you that particular day.  I am not against all entitlement programs.  I think safety nets are necessary when people hit hard times.  What I don’t like is a system that doesn’t give you a way out once you hit those hard times.  

    I believe that people should be able to find better jobs without the fear of homelessness or lack of food.  But the current system isn’t designed to do that.  

    I doubt that Ms. Goldberg realizes that she has a conservative view-point on the welfare system, but she does.  Welcome to the right Whoopi.   I know you don’t think you belong here, but your view-point is more conservative than you think.  

     
    • jonolan 4:22 AM on 05/23/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sadly, what was true, in many cases at least, for Whoopi’s generation isn’t true anymore. The modern welfare mamma doesn’t feel bad about being on welfare. She feels, instead, entitled to it and far more.

      How could she feel otherwise? The Liberals have spent decades forcing the removal of stigma and shame from being on welfare, describing it and all other largess as the recipients right and due.

  • just a conservative girl 6:13 PM on 05/20/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collectivism, , , rhode island   

    Forget About Your Hard-Earned Honors Awards in Rhode Island 

    A middle school in East Greenwich, Rhode Island has cancelled the time honored tradition of “Honors Night”.  It might hurt the feelings of some:

    “members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” 

    Isn’t that the point?  I mean really.  The honor roll is for students that worked hard and achieved a certain grade point average.  At least that is what I always led to believe.  I guess it has changed since I left school. Oh, but have no fear the students will indeed get their moment in the sun with “team based” recognition during graduation ceremonies.   

    “This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence,”

    What I would like to know is did the collective do the homework and studying for the students that were able to make the honor roll this year?  If not, aren’t they get recognized for something that they didn’t actually do?  

    This collective nonsense is killing this country.  We are not preparing students for the real world.  When you out looking for a job, it isn’t a team.  It is you.  When you are out working that job, it is your work ethic that will make a difference in your pay scales, your job titles, and all else that goes with working in the real world.  Even if you are in a “team” environment, you still have to pull your own weight or you will get kicked to the curb.  Do you think if you are working in job that has this collective work environment that your “teammates” are going to be happy if they are working overtime to get the job done and you are walking out at five minutes to five?  Not likely.  

    This school is teaching these children that their hard work doesn’t really matter.  That is what we are teaching children in schools these days?  No wonder our education system is failing.   

     

     
    • jonolan 4:24 AM on 05/23/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Funny, in my school days we called “collective success” cheating. :lol:

  • just a conservative girl 10:07 AM on 05/20/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: divorce, equality, , financial settlements, sally, shepard   

    Sheri Shepard’s Divorce and Feminism 

    Social media is all a flutter over the impending divorce and custody case of The View’s Sheri Shepard and Lamar Sally.  Sally filed for legal separation and shortly thereafter filed for not only divorce, but custody of the child that is currently unborn and being carried by a surrogate mother.  By getting custody he will likely receive (and rightly so, I might add) child support.  Many women are calling foul.  He is just some gold digger after her money.

    Apparently they did sign a prenup and in case of divorce in the first five years of marriage (they have only been married about three years) he gets very little of her income or assets.  But this is something that happens all the time with women who marry successful men who have assets and money that are larger than their own.   Women file for divorce and expect large sums of money in spousal support.  I know a man who is divorced and his former wife wanted monthly spousal support, the house, the kids, as well as child support.  They made virtually the same income so why would he have to pay spousal support?  In the end she didn’t get spousal support, but she did get everything else she asked for and then went off to start a new life with the man she cheated with.

    If women are looking for equal treatment, than this should actually be celebrated not mocked.  She knew he made less money than her when she married him.  She knew she had assets that greatly exceeded his.  This was a choice that she made.  No one forced her down the aisle.

    I get really tired of hearing from women that all they want is be treated equally to men then have the nerve to call foul when that is exactly what happens.  Women marry for money all the time.  We have seen it over and over again.  When the marriage ends, they expect large amounts of cash from the guy to continue the “lifestyle they have become accustomed” to.  Look at some of these celebrity/sports divorces and the very large settlements that women get.  Yet, that isn’t what we are hearing in this case:

    “In Sally’s case he is pathetic and not what I would classify as a MAN! Where is his damn money? She made her money now he wants hers. Spousal support, he is a punk!”

    I didn’t hear women saying things like that when Elin Woods left Tiger and received a large settlement.  Granted he was cheating on her (and yes that is an understatement for his behavior), but in most states divorce is no fault, so that doesn’t matter.  When Jerry Hall divorced Mick Jagger she is estimated at getting $25 million, this is a woman who had a very successful modeling career and made her own money.  She was far from a pauper.

    This is equality folks.  Divorce is ugly and money almost always becomes an issue.  Whomever the main breadwinner is the other spouse is going to be looking to get their hands on it.  If women want true equality stop complaining that men who marry, then divorce women, who are more well off than them are doing the same thing that women have been doing for generations.  This is exactly what feminism has called for.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:49 PM on 05/13/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bat mobile, , ,   

    A Tease of the New Bat Mobile for the Upcoming Batman V. Superman Movie 

    Very high tech looking.

    batmobile

     
  • just a conservative girl 1:30 PM on 05/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blacks, , , standardized tests, usa today   

    The Dumbing Down Of the America’s Black Community Continues 

    I came across an article today on our very sad public education system in our country.  What is the most bothersome about the article is how little respect for the black community this administration seems to have.  I think I have made it quite clear that I am no fan of Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative.  Well it seems that we have left it behind.  But the one thing that I will say in favor of it is the fact that it did not discriminate based on color.  The present day expectations, not so much.

    Here are the very sad numbers:

    In D.C. the expectations for white students is that 94% will be proficient in math, while the expectation for the black community is expected to be only 71%.

    In Tennessee the black students are only expected to be at 64% in English 2.

    In Minnesota we are hoping for a whopping 62% in math.

    The list continues.  Why aren’t we expecting all students, regardless of color to be proficient in both math and English?  We spend a fortune on public education in this country and yet we are saying it is perfectly acceptable that blacks can lag behind.  In some cases we are saying that one-third of black students can not be able to complete a high school math problem and not be able to read and/or write a paragraph in proper English.

    Oh Al Sharpton. paging Al Sharpton.  Why aren’t you outraged at this?  What this administration is saying is that blacks are not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the country.  That they just can’t do the work.  I am sorry, but I refuse to accept that.  This is about low expectations.

    One parent in Alabama:

    “I think having a low bar means they can just pass them on. I think it’s dumbing our race down and preparing our boys for prison.”

    While that may seem like an exaggeration,  it really isn’t.  When you take a look at the demographics of people who are in the prison system, the numbers of people who don’t graduate high school is very high.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

    • 68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
    • About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.

    We are giving up on members of our society, especially those of color.  We are expecting less and less, all the while the calls for income inequality, more welfare, more food stamps, and other entitlement programs grow louder and louder from the left.  Hey, I have an idea, lets stop saying that blacks aren’t capable of learning math and English, lets set the bar high and see what happens.

    Sadly, the black community will be still thinking that President Obama has the back the black community.  He is their messiah, here to right the wrongs that have been done to them by a racist society.  Never mind that this mindset is part and parcel of the democrat party, that blacks can’t do as well as whites or Asians.  We can expect less of them.

    After all, it certainly helps the party if blacks are kept in the same position that many find themselves in today.  We wouldn’t want them to do better now do we?  They might just start to figure out that government is perfectly happy in keeping them dumb-downed.  It allows the size and scope of government to grow and grow.  It is good for business.  Who cares if it is bad for people?  They are besides the point.

     
    • theraineyview 5:49 PM on 05/12/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I agree — setting the bar high for youth makes them feel competent and eager to do their best. Setting the bar low makes them feel hat no one believes in them, and they are depressed and uninterested then. At least that’s how I felt when I was a teenager.

  • just a conservative girl 11:21 AM on 05/08/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , reality, ,   

    President Obama is Disappointed in the World Says Biographer 

    A biographer has told the world that he feels that President Obama is disappointed in the world.  Really?  Well my most obvious response is that many in the world are very disappointed in him as well.  But there is more to this.  He is disappointed in the world because he views with rose-colored glasses on how the world should be instead of what it actually is.

    He truly believes that if we just make the minimum wage a little higher people will get lifted out poverty.  Although we have raised the minimum wage throughout the years and we still have poverty.  So the latest is a “living wage”.  Which is just another myth that will never work on a national level.

    If the government just gets involved we can make the world more “fair”.  He doesn’t seem to understand that life isn’t fair, nor will it ever be.

    If the rich just give more of their money, the poor will get more.  Again, this is just another myth.  President Obama is a perfect example of that.  He has made less money in 2013 than he did in 2014, I didn’t get more because he has less.  Nor has anyone else.

    He never seems to understand that many of the people who are stuck in cycles of poverty are so because they make bad choices.  Now, I have this crappy part-time job.  Many of the people I work with are on some type of public assistance.  Yet they have smart phones.  I don’t have a smart phone.  I can’t spend over a hundred month on the bill.  I don’t live in the projects because I spend my money differently than they do.  I make different choices.  I am not trying to disparage the poor, but studies have shown over and over again that they very successful people makes choices in their lives that allow them to become that way, while the poor make very different choices that also allow them to stay in their circumstances.  It may not be the way it should work, but it how it works.  This is reality.  You want to change the cycle of poverty, teach them how to make better choices.  Giving them enough money to survive does nothing except allow that cycle to continue.

    Obama thinks if the U.S. is just nicer the problem of radical Islam will magically disappear.  No it won’t Mr. President.  These are people who are true believers in the ideology.  Most of them are willing, no eager, to die for what they believe in.  They look at becoming a martyr as the very best thing that Allah has to offer.  Until that is marginalized within the Islamic community it won’t change.  You cannot “Co-exist” with someone who wants you dead.  This is reality.

    President Obama doesn’t seem to think that real evil exists in the world.  Putin may not be evil, but he certainly does believe that Mother Russia should rise again.  He and buddies on the left scoffed at Gov. Romney when this came up at the debate.  The running joke was the 80′s wants their foreign policy back.  It was Romney who saw the reality and those on the left that see the world as they think it should be instead of how it is.

    Yes the world disappoints President Obama.  Maybe, just maybe, if he stopped seeing those rosy hues, he can begin to understand that life isn’t fair.  Evil does exist and those evils have to be confronted with strong leadership, not the moving red lines that those in Syria are laughing about all the while killing their own people completely unabated.

     
    • theraineyview 12:31 PM on 05/09/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Typical liberal confusion between wishful thinking and practical policy. No surprise there.

  • just a conservative girl 2:01 PM on 05/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , medical student, misguided, virginity   

    Apparently Virginity is A High-Priced Commodity – 28-Year-Old Auctioning Off Her “First Time” 

    Isn’t it romantic?  Placing and ad online to find someone to pay you for the privilege of taking your virginity.  I mean isn’t that what romance novels are made of?  I wish I thought of it.

    A 28-year-old medical student has done just that.  She says she is an “experienced” virgin and if you would like to be the first one all you have to do is pay her for it.  So far the high bid is at $550,000.  So that is what it is worth these days.  Good to know.

    Her real name has not been released, but she says she is Virgin Whore and the man who eventually takes her virginity doesn’t need to worry about her not having experience.  But she will submit to a medical exam to prove her virginity.  I suppose that means she engages in other sex acts but just has not had vaginal intercourse.

    Does the “winner” of the auction get to ask if her rectal area has been untouched as well?  Maybe that is the type of virgin he is looking for.  Many heterosexuals enjoy anal sex.

    She doesn’t see a problem with this as she believes that prostitution should be decriminalized and should not have the stigma most people associate with it.  Her moral code is as follows:

    “founded on a world of education and human emotion.”

    Another words, if it feels good do it.  To heck with the consequences.  I would like to know if she plans on having this man submit to medical testing for STD’s?  If she is an “experienced” virgin, she could very well already have some form of a STD.  You don’t have to have intercourse to get many of them.  I am not even sure that HIV transmission requires intercourse, although I am no expert on these matters.

    Seriously, what if everyone in the world used this as the guide to morality?  Sometimes human emotions get the better of us; we kill, we commit adultery, and all kinds of other acts in the name of emotion.  I have always thought part of morality was to overcome your all to human emotions at times and still do what is right for yourselves, others, and society as a whole?  Am I wrong about that?  I guess so.  Just do it if your being guided by your emotions.

    I suppose if the emotions struck, I could walk up to this woman and slap her silly for giving away her virginity for money, and it would be perfectly acceptable and moral.  Well alrighty then.

    Another thing I find fascinating is how men from all over the world are placing really high bids for the opportunity to be with a virgin.  Doesn’t that tell you something ladies?

    We have lost our moral compass as a society.  We become more depraved as each day passes.

    Your body is not a commodity that can be bought and sold on the open market, well at least it should not be.  This comes down to how you value yourself.  I think she really needs to have a physician heal thy self moment.

     
    • EDNAR 9:39 AM on 05/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Subject: Fw: $7.00 sex

      $7.00 SEX
      An Arizona couple, both well into their 80′s, go to a sex therapist’s office. The doctor asks, ‘What can I do for you?’
      The man says, ‘Will you watch us have sexual intercourse?’
      The doctor raises both eyebrows, but he is so amazed that such an elderly couple is asking for sexual advice that he agrees.

      When the couple finishes, the doctor says, ‘There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the way you have intercourse.’

      He thanks them for coming, he wishes them good luck, he charges them $50 and he says good bye.

      The next week, the same couple returns and asks the sex therapist to watch again. The sex therapist is a bit puzzled, but agrees.
      This happens several weeks in a row

      The couple makes an appointment, has intercourse with no problems, pays the doctor, then leave.

      Finally, after 3 months of this routine, the doctor says, ‘I’m sorry, but I have to ask. Just what are you trying to find out?’

      The man says, ‘We’re not trying to find out anything. She’s married; so we can’t go to her house. I’m married; and we can’t go to my house.

      The Holiday Inn charges $98.
      The Hilton charges $139.

      We do it here for $50, and best of all…. Medicare pays $43 of it.

  • just a conservative girl 1:34 PM on 05/01/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , clippers, congressional black caucus, contract law, franchise, los angeles, , , , ,   

    Can We Discuss All the Other People Who Were Wrong in the Sterling Scandal? 

    I will say at the offset that I don’t have a problem with what the NBA owners did.  Not because I think private speech should be punished or that racist speech is worse than other type of “hate” speech, but because I believe in the rule of law.  Part of that rule of law is contract law.  The NBA franchise agreement gives the owners the right to fine and suspend others with a simple majority vote.  When you sign that, you agree to the terms and conditions.  Mr. Sterling doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on to stop the suspension or the fine.

    But there is a great number of people who are being left out of this conversation.  We can start with former commissioner David Stern.  It isn’t like Mr. Sterling’s comments should come as any surprise.  He was fined one of the largest fines in the history of the country for discriminating against minorities in housing.  His racists views were well-known long before that phone call became public.  David Stern did nothing about it.  Neither did any of the other owners, well at least as far as we know.  There may have been talk behind closed doors, but publicly no one did anything.

    We then can move onto the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP.  To me they come out looking far worse in this than Sterling ever will.  It shouldn’t be overly surprising that a 80-year-old white man has racist tendencies.  It was a perfectly acceptable way to be and to think when he was growing up.  Yes, he should have “evolved” by now, but he is far from the only one from that generation that has not.  What I can’t possibly fathom is the fact that organization  was about to give him a “Lifetime Achievement” award knowing full well he has history of discriminating against minorities.  Apparently to the NAACP it matters none if you actually are racist if you write some big ol checks along the way.  Did the NAACP not know about his housing discrimination issues?  Or did they just want the money more?   Sterling is just a racist.  The NAACP Los Angeles chapter are a bunch of money-grubbing opportunists that will allow the people they are said to be protecting to be violated against as long as they get theirs.  They will close their eyes to the very serious offense of housing discrimination as long as they are getting paid to.  Which just further proves that the organization has long since outlived their usefulness and should disband.  How can they possibly be taken seriously after this?  Not that I took them seriously about this beforehand, but I hope that some people will open their eyes.  Especially when you consider they are still saying today, they are “willing to work with him” as long as he finances some things.  Another words, write them another check.

    Now we can move onto the Congressional Black Caucus.  They seriously want the government to get involved with the NBA and how they set up their franchising?  Really?  They pounced on this to keep themselves in the news and to prove to the few people in the country who think that they actually accomplish anything are doing something.   C’mon the very last thing any professional sports franchise needs is the government getting involved.  They are actually profitable.  That will turn around quickly if the feds get their grubby mitts involved.

    We then have dear ol’ Rev. Al who couldn’t wait to get his five minutes in front of the camera.  He is now calling for more diversity in the game of basketball.  I suppose close to three-quarters of the players being black isn’t good enough.  The NBA has more minority coaches and front office personnel than any other major sports in the country.  They have done the job of letting the free market decide who does and who does not have ownership as well as management positions all their own.  They don’t need any interference from others.

    I now that many people are upset that Sterling is being punished for a private conversation.  I agree that shouldn’t happen.  The problem is that we just can’t ignore the conversation now that it is out there.  That conversation shined a light on his other transgressions that were wildly well-known within basketball circles that no one bothered to do anything about.  Yes there is a great deal of faux outrage involved.  But the NBA is far better off without this man in their ranks.  They real shame of the whole thing is that they waited so long to do it.

    But I have to say the most ironic part of the entire story is this:

    Sterling was investigated, tried and convicted for housing violations by none other than that “racist” George W. Bush administration.  His AG office tried and fined him.  The NAACP of Los Angeles was going to give him a lifetime achievement award. You really can’t make this stuff up folks.

     

     
    • A.Men 10:14 AM on 05/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Convict liberals for their racist remarks. One standard for ALL.

  • just a conservative girl 10:49 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bundy, excessive force, , , nevada, ,   

    About Cliven Bundy’s View on Welfare 

    I have always felt there is a danger into turning a person you have never met into a folk hero.  Cliven Bundy being exhibit A of that belief.  To start this off, I want to say very clearly that the government overreach and the excessive use of force used by the BLM should be the main issue and anyone with a brain should be scared that our government is willing to do such a thing to a private citizen for a measly million dollars.  In terms of our government spending a million dollars in fees is nothing in the grand scheme of things.  That said, that doesn’t make Mr. Bundy a hero.  He is standing by what he believes is right.  Which is something that every person should do.

    Instead of having a knee jerk reaction to the story that was unfolding in Nevada, we should have taken a step back and talked about the government overreach instead of the personalities involved.  For all we know Mr. Bundy is a serial killer who has bodies buried all over his ranch.  We don’t know.  We have no way of knowing because the man is a virtual stranger.

    Now, I do believe that somewhere along the line people knew that Bundy was a good person to go after because of his views and personality he could easily be discredited.  The fact is that Bundy has no idea how to talk to the gotcha media.  There is no reason in the world for him to be talking about welfare, it has nothing to do with the issues at hand.  The only thing we should be hearing about is grazing fees, grazing rights, and the land that is owned by the federal government.  A very excessive amount out in the western part of the country.  What are they doing with all that land?  Is it constitutional for them to own that much?  Do the states involved want to take the land back and the federal government refusing to cede the land to them.  Those are real questions that all Americans should have answered.  Instead we are now talking about cotton picking, “negroes”, and welfare recipients.

    I have always felt that slavery and Nazi comparisons are ludicrous.  We cannot compare the poverty we have in this country today to what happened during slavery or what happened to the Jews during World War II under Hitler.

    His comments:

    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

    “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

    Yes, I am offended by these comments.  This shows a complete and utter lack of historical knowledge of what slavery was.  Does he believe that the “negro” should be whipped into submission as often happened during slavery?  Should the women be raped as again often happened during times of slavery?

    What about the large number of whites and Hispanics that collect welfare?  Should they learn how to pick cotton too?  After all aren’t they having less freedom as well?

    As expected the people on the left exploded and started calling him the word raaaaacist.  Now, these statements alone don’t mean that Bundy is a racist.  A racist is a person who thinks that they are inherently better than others due to skin color.  Stereotyping isn’t a racist make, it may be stupid and ignorant, but not racist.  Most people are guilty of stereotyping.  Lets take a look at this comment:

    “As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit…It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

    This is from an article that appeared in the Chicago Sun Times written about the black republican candidate for Governor.  This article was retweeted by Gov. Quinn, not just once, but several times, out to his twitter followers.  Does he approve of that statement?  Apparently not after some Jewish groups complained, his twitter account deleted the retweets.  Erasing away the evidence, or attempting to in any event.  Apparently he approves of the notion that black people can only think in one way or they are a traitor to their race.  It isn’t possible that a person who happens to be black believes in small and limited government.  Nope, not even one across this country.  They are only about the profit motive or possibly some Sambo who is trying to make nice with white republicans so they will like them.  It has never been explained why they would care if white republicans liked them or not if they truly believed that the only way to solve the problems of the black community is more government intervention.  After all it has worked so well in places like Detroit and the south side of Chicago.  But that matters none.  Traitors one and all, there are no other options for the black man.

    We are bombarded in this country by politicians and political pundits with comparisons to Nazi’s and slavery.  The Nazi’s murdered six million people by putting them into gas chambers and ovens.  There is nothing even remotely close to that happening in this country.  Slavery was inhumane and brutal.  It treated a group of people as nothing more than a piece of property to be done with as the “owner” pleased with zero regard to their humanity.  They were somehow less than human and as such could be whipped, beaten, and raped at the whim of the slave owner and his employees.  There is nothing about our welfare system that compares to that.

    Make no mistake, I am no fan of the  welfare system as it is currently set up.  I do believe as Bundy does that it can foster dependency and create more problems than it solves.  But, that isn’t slavery.  Slaves had no options.  Slaves couldn’t find a better job, get more education, go to trade school to better themselves.  Welfare recipients can do these things.  We can save the argument if they do them for another time, but the reality is that the options are there if they are willing to take advantage of them.

    I think it is well past time that both sides of the political aisle stop with the slavery and Nazi comparisons.  They are over the top, unwarranted, and simply a way to garner an emotional reaction that stops critical thinking on very important issues.  It stops speech.  That is what these comparisons are designed to do, regardless of your motivation behind them.

    My advice to Mr. Bundy is to stop talking to the media until he hires a seasoned PR person who knows how to handle the gotcha media.  He is in no way equipped to handle this on his own.

    Sadly all people now are going to remember is the label of racist.  All the good he did to bring the attention to the important issue of federal land holdings has been all but washed away.  Exactly what The New York Times had in mind.

    It is also time that people stop calling a perfect stranger a hero until you know a little something about their character.  Both extremes of the political aisle are far too willing to make a perfect stranger into the poster boy/girl for a cause they care about.  It has backfired over and over again as history shows.  We would all be better off to take a step back, look at the facts, research things on our own, and not have a knee jerk emotional reaction about a person who will eventually have human failings, because we all do.

    Stick to the issues and don’t get sidetracked.  Bundy has done exactly that and what ends up being lost are the issues of excessive government force, land ownership, and the rights of the states.  Now we all lose.  Now we, as a nation, won’t ask the critical question of why the feds thought it was necessary to send in helicopters and snipers over a financial dispute that could have been handled through a lien on his property.  If they believe that they are right in their fees, it could have been handled in a more civilized manner.  It could have been, but it wasn’t.  Now the why of that will likely never get answered.

    Mr. Bundy keep your opinions about welfare to yourself.  No one cares about them, unless they are trying to discredit you and labeled you a racist.  You are entitled to your opinion, but that doesn’t mean you need to share it with the world.

     
    • 1wanderingtruthseeker 11:12 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      African’s sold their own people to each other in Africa. White People did not invent slavery. Slavery has been going on since the beginning of time. Read your Bible. The slavery you are talking about happened more than 150 years ago. GET OVER IT. I have done nothing to black people. Nothing. And none of my ancestors did either. We were just as poor as the slaves. Bundy is a hero and just because he used the term Negro does not diminish him one bit. I agree, this should make every American mad at their government for stealing this land called ours. Not the government, ours. The news people are lying and spreading and making this about racism. It never fails. If nothing else works scream, IT’S RACIST!!! The government and Obama are trying their best to destroy this country. Obama and this country is invading every country that has a Muslim tie in. Stirring the racial melting pot until it is now ready to explode all over the kitchen.

      • just a conservative girl 12:24 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        And all of that has gotten lost when he said they were better off picking cotton. That is the tragedy of it.

        • 1wanderingtruthseeker 2:37 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          It’s a tragedy to say that outloud and be punished for it. This is insane. If all that listen to the entirety of it and still say he is racist then I throw my hands up. The democratic government is telling blacks that they are not smart enough to take care of themselves, house themselves or feed themselves, then who is it really that want to keep Negroes on the Plantation? Negro is Spanish for black.

          • just a conservative girl 9:06 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            I never said that I think he racist. But that doesn’t make it less historically ignorant. Under no circumstances is being on welfare better than being a slave. The word negro is least of the issues of what he said.

            But again, this is about people turning personalities into folk heroes before they know who they are dealing with. Stick with the issues and then the personality of the person won’t matter.

            • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:40 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              The issues being the Federal Government is trying to destroy Cliven Bundy. I don’t care if he didn’t like negroes, chinesee, Mexican or root beer, the Federal Government can’t just take his land, property, and livihood just because they say they can. Welfare is demoralizing. It is also infuriates people that work for a living to pay for those same negroes to sit on the porch and do nothing but screwing, dealing,collecting welfare and AID FOR DEPENDANT CHILDREN. It is what it is. deal with it.

          • sue 9:14 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            YAY! Someone with an open mind!!! Thank You !

            • sue 9:19 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              (My comment was referring to 1wanderingtruthseeker.)

            • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:29 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              Thank you We should all stand up.

        • buckeyegrannie 9:29 AM on 04/26/2014 Permalink | Reply

          He said he was WONDERING if…….It was not a conclusive statement. Are we citizens not permitted to wonder?

          • just a conservative girl 8:17 AM on 04/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

            Well wonder no more, he is the slave code from SC. It is more extensive than this, but here are few of the highlights.

            Slaves were forbidden to leave the owner’s property unless accompanied by a white person, or with permission. If a slave left the owner’s property without permission, “every white person” was required to chastise them.
            Any slave attempting to run away and leave the colony (later, the state) received the death penalty.
            Any slave who evaded capture for 20 days or more was to be publicly whipped for the first offense; branded with an “R” on the right cheek on the second offense; lose one ear if absent for thirty days on the third offense, and castrated on the fourth offense.
            Owners refusing to abide by the slave code were fined and forfeited their slaves.
            Slave homes were searched every two weeks for weapons or stolen goods. Punishment escalated from loss of an ear, branding and nose-slitting to death on the fourth offense.
            No slave could work for pay; plant corn, peas or rice; keep hogs, cattle, or horses; own or operate a boat; buy or sell, or wear clothes finer than “Negro cloth”.

            If anyone that is aware that this type of thing was written into law and this how a human being was treated simply because of skin color and wonders if living in a housing project is worse there is something wrong with that person.

            You cannot wonder if being allowed to be beaten for any time for virtually any reason is better. You cannot wonder if having your children sold away from you is better. Slavery dehumanizes people. They were considered less than human. There is nothing to wonder about if you have a concept of the history.

    • theraineyview 11:54 AM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like he needs an education about more than just media relations.

    • sue 9:12 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I live close enough that I have been able to travel to the Bundy Ranch in support of the Bundy’s. There are many people of different races there in support of them. The Times downloaded (they weren’t physically there as I recall ) a 3 minute video segment of an hour long press conference and edited it to 1 1/2 minutes to portray this man as racist. The 3 minute segment proves Bundy is NOT RACIST. Then the Times released their version to every politician and media outlet they could find. Who then proceded to jump on the Times Racist Band Wagon, WITHOUT EVEN A SINGLE ONE OF THEM VERIFYING if that’s what Bundy actually said. IT WAS NOT!
      Here’s a tired old rancher standing in 90 degree heat for over an hour, who had had his family surrounded for days by BLM agents with military assault weapons pointed at them, his son arrested and put in jail, another son tazered, his sister tackled to the ground, some his cattle shot and killed, some ran to death from being chased by helicopter fences torn down, water lines torn out, etc. He had not slept for several days. Hundreds of complete strangers had suddenly congregated on his ranch to show support So maybe under these circumstances he didn’t use politically correct terms for the media. But if you watch the real video, you will see that his whole point was that govt handouts, were in effect making these people slaves to the govt. That we need to create jobs and help them, instead of keeping them dependent on (slaves to) the govt. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO! You can find both versions on the “Bundy Ranch” facebook page.
      Also watch the video of the militia guy who is at the ranch who says he “would take a bullet” for Cliven Bundy. And the one of the marine who supports him. Both of these men are black, and both of them are there on the ranch, and both of them say CLIVEN BUNDY IS NOT A RACIST! There are several videos, all of the pictures, and commentary from the Bundy’s about this whole situation.
      RACISM is not the issue, it is the Times attempt to discredit Bundy and take the focus off of the real issues Bundy and the Supporters are fighting for.

      • just a conservative girl 9:19 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Which proves my point that he shouldn’t be talking to the media about anything other than grazing fees and his current situation. No one cares what he thinks about welfare. It is not relevant to the issue at hand. I will say it again, I don’t think his comments were racist, but they were very ignorant and lack historical knowledge of what slavery was. Do yourself a favor look up the state codes on slavery. After reading then come back and tell me that a person, regardless of color, would be better off living in that situation as opposed to section 8 housing.

        • sue 9:41 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          I agree that he would be better off sticking with the real issues. But it is my firsthand observation that the polished media sharks are in a constant circle around this guy waiting to attack. They are constantly baiting him and then using it against him. This is an old west cattle rancher who has always spoke his mind and will probably continue to do so. He has no experience with the unethical tactics they use against him. I wish he did have a PR Spin Dr like all of the politicians have. It would benefit his cause
          As far as doing myself a favor and looking up the codes on slavery that isn’t necessary. I have a complete understanding of it. And as a landlord of section 8 housing as well.
          FACT IS: Here we are falling into the Times trap of making this a racial issue, instead of the overreach of the Federal Government upon the American Citizens.

          • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:47 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

            God have mercy on your soul. You are earning your wings here on earth by being such a landlord. I bet the grounds maintaince takes a backseat to crime scene tape. I’m so funny I scare myself! lol

            • sue 10:00 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

              Rented one apt to a police officer for $100 bucks a month. Problem solved itself.

              • 1wanderingtruthseeker 10:01 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

                I know that.!

    • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:41 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry. I’ll butt out of your blog

      • sue 9:46 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        No. I welcome your comments and totally agree with them!

        • 1wanderingtruthseeker 9:48 PM on 04/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

          oh, okay!

  • just a conservative girl 12:04 PM on 04/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: graduation, ,   

    Disgruntled Student Leaves Note for Teacher – Score One for the Teacher 

    Sadly, this student didn’t get a great deal out of thier English IV class.  In all seriousness, how is this kid graduating high school if he can’t even follow simple rules of grammar?

    Grammar and spelling is a problem for many, myself included, but one would think two months from graduation you would have a better grasp of it.  At the very least they could have used spell check before hitting the print button.

    letter

     
  • just a conservative girl 2:21 PM on 04/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Andrew Sullivan Edition 

    When people’s lives and careers are subject to litmus tests, and fired if they do not publicly renounce what may well be their sincere conviction, we have crossed a line. This is McCarthyism applied by civil actors. This is the definition of intolerance. If a socially conservative private entity fired someone because they discovered he had donated against Prop 8, how would you feel? It’s staggering to me that a minority long persecuted for holding unpopular views can now turn around and persecute others for the exact same reason. If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society

    On the forced resignation of the CEO of Mozilla.

     

    This is a response to the emails he has received for daring to question why the forced resignation was a good thing.  RTR here, the “tolerance” of the left is on full display.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 10:47 AM on 03/28/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cancer, , , running, self magazine   

    Another Magazine About “Empowering” Women is Anything But – Self Magazine Beclowns Itself By Poking Fun at a Cancer Survivor 

    Monika Allen, a brain cancer survivor and marathon runner, was asked by Self Magazine if they could use a photo of her wearing a Wonder Woman shirt and tutu while she was running a marathon.  Ms. Allen was happy about the use of the photo, that is until the issue came out.  

    Along with her photo Self put this little editorial

     

    “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”


    Nice.  Not only was the woman undergoing chemotherapy at the time she ran this marathon, she made these tutu’s herself.  You see she makes and sells them, then gives the money to charity.  She donates money to Girls on the Run.  A charity that helps young girls, aged 8 – 13, engage in physical activities and gain confidence in themselves by learning to enjoy running.  While people make think that isn’t that big of a deal, running competitively can transform your self confidence.  When you start doing better you not only gain confidence but want to continue to improve yourself.  The program ends for these young girls by competing in a 5K race.  It is a charity that teaches not only self confidence, but also teaches them discipline and goal setting.  All qualities that young women will need to navigate the world as they get older.  


    Instead of Self doing any kind of reporting they just make fun of the woman.  I do not give them a pass by saying well maybe they didn’t know she had cancer.  They are a magazine for pity sakes, they could have asked the question.  But no, they just dissed the woman and her outfit.  Now, would I wear that outfit?  Not likely.  But that doesn’t mean I get to make fun of someone who does.  I have a few friends that run in marathons.  It is very hard work to get your body into shape to do this.  That is even without health issues.  Just imagine how much harder it is when your brain has cancer in it and you are undergoing chemotherapy?


    Self Magazine has released a statement:

    In a statement to NBC 7, SELF apologized “for the association of her picture in any way other than to support her efforts to be healthy.”
    “Of course if tutus make you run with a smile on your face or with a sense of purpose or community, then they are indeed worth wearing, for any race,” the statement read.

    In the first issue of Self, the Editor in Chief made this statement:

    An extraordinary spirit and energy are emerging in women today. Fitness is the fuel. We have acquired a strong appetite for the full experience of life—the exhilaration of the outdoors, the challenge and success of professional work, the honest enjoyment of sex. Selfwill be a guide to the vitality we need to do all the things we want to do.

    They certainly have strayed a long way from that mission statement.  


    Sadly, the apology is of the non apology variety that is more about covering their own ass.  I doubt they have learned anything from this incident.  Yet one more reason I don’t buy into all the hype about “empowering” women.   This is what they did to a woman and are only now sorry because they found out she had cancer.  They never bothered to ask where she got the tutu or why she was wearing it.  They just wanted to be catty.  Well Meow to you Self.  


    If you want to support Ms. Allen, you can find her facebook page here.  


     
    • lawrunner 11:10 AM on 03/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for pointing this out. There are far too many snarky “journalists” out there who are constantly demeaning people in the name of entertainment or as a way of making themselves out to be experts in the fields of beauty, health or fitness. This writer is obviously one of those who decided that a tutu said everything about the person wearing it because of their own narrow beliefs about what makes a runner or what makes a person dedicated to what they’re doing. Ms. Allen has my admiration and support. Thank you again.

  • just a conservative girl 9:59 AM on 03/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Photo of the Day – Pope Francis Meets President Obama Edition 

    Oh my.  He looks like he wants to be anywhere else but there.

    Maybe Pope Francis just got the answer as to why Catholics must choose between their faith and their business in America now.

    pope francis

     
  • just a conservative girl 7:05 AM on 03/26/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Rand Paul Edition 

    “He ought to explain to the Pope why he is telling businesses in America they can’t remain true to their faith and stay in business.”

    Rand Paul and the upcoming meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis.

    I would love to be a fly on the wall during that conversation, wouldn’t you?

     
  • just a conservative girl 9:40 AM on 03/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , compassion, , westboro bapist church   

    This is What Christianity Really Looks Like – Counter Protest for the Westboro Loonies 

    westboro

     
    • A.Men 11:30 AM on 03/24/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Christians should learn to fight fire with fire. Those horrible westboro creeps see this as weakness.

      • just a conservative girl 12:39 PM on 03/25/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Then you don’t understand what these people are really about. They are con artists. The protesting has nothing to do with their beliefs, it is about them suing people who violated their rights because of the over the top rhetoric they purposely use.

  • just a conservative girl 2:36 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Just in Case You Were Unclear of Rachel Canning’s Motives – 18 Year Old Suing Her Parents Speaks 

    Oh my.  Ms. Rachel posted this on her Facebook fan page.  Education for Rachel.

    “Suburban baby boomer types are the spoiled lot, they make massive amount of money a year, they are used to flying to luxury destinations when they want, and buy things that they don’t need, people should be inclined to see things Rachel’s way.  We have been stunned by the financial greed of modern parents who are more concerned with retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children’s college and young adult years. In today’s economy there are no more meaningful jobs and without family help it’s usually military or bust. We see parents like this every day, children were always an accessory to them and nothing more, once that accessory grew up and went out of fashion, much like a marriage that people allegedly commit to, the child becomes a throwaway, that’s just how it is.”

    Really?  How dare parents save for retirement?  What kind of monsters are they?  Go ahead and read the page, it is all me, me, me, and more me.  She talks about herself in the third person.

    She may have legal standing with her college fund as they are usually set up in the child’s name, but apparently that isn’t enough for this young woman.  She wants 100% of education funded.  It just amazes that the adults in her life are funding not only this behavior, but this mindset.  What are these parents teaching their own children?  I guess if one of this family’s kids commits a crime they can use the Affluenza defense.

    I do have one question for Ms. Rachel, if there are no more meaningful jobs why bother to spend the money on an education, you can just then sue for your family to support the rest of your life, right?  Oh yeah, you want to party for a few years.

     
    • AKA John Galt 2:37 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

    • Richard M Nixon (Deceased) 3:00 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I posted on her Facebook: “What “right” of obtaining education assistance? Show me where such a “right” is stated in the Constitution or Bill of Rights of this nation. Show where it is and I’ll guarantee your tuition and living expenses at any University in the US through a PhD.”

      • just a conservative girl 3:42 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

        She could care less about the constitution. This is all about her human rights. Her parents don’t need money to retire. They shouldn’t be taking vacations. They shouldn’t be using the money they worked hard for unless of course it is spent on her.

        • Richard M Nixon (Deceased) 5:56 PM on 03/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

          She’s a Special Snowflake, the universe revolves around her!

    • A.Men 8:34 AM on 03/13/2014 Permalink | Reply

      another braindead obomabot. Bossy?

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