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  • just a conservative girl 4:56 PM on 02/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community activists, , gentrification, portland, trader joes   

    Being Your Own Worst Enemy – Black “Community Organizers” Drive Out Trader Joe’s 

    In Portland, Oregon a small organization called Portland African-American Leadership Forum decided to rally against a proposal from Trader Joe’s to build a store in a building that has been empty for decades.  This construction would have been done by a minority owned company and would have provided more jobs once the store opened.

    But no, we can’t have that can we?  The organization (whose leadership don’t actually live in the neighborhood that is in question) felt the construction project wasn’t doing enough to help the “oppressed”.  They want racially based jobs and small business loans as well as affordable housing.  Well, had you put up a new grocery store that gives people more options maybe you would get more foot traffic that creates more jobs.

    What is really sad is that is this organization could care less for the people in this neighborhood, which largely wanted the store to open.  They wanted an empty lot to be filled with a new business.  The neighbors were hoping that would help keep the neighborhood safer and cleaner.

    “All of my neighbors were excited to have Trader Joe’s come here and replace a lot that has always been empty,” said Nghi Tran. “It’s good quality for poor men.” Like many residents, Tran pins the blame on PAALF. “They don’t come to the neighborhood cleanups,” he said. “They don’t live here anymore.”

    I fully understand arguments about gentrification.  It happens to many neighborhoods, especially in larger cities.  I have friend who lives in Brooklyn and it is happening in her neighborhood.  But the upside to it is that her neighborhood has gotten safer and it has prompted her to purchase their apartment instead of continuing to pay high rents that line someone else’s pocket.

    This is why poor neighborhoods stay poor, this is why so many people say that the poor blacks are their own worst enemy.  Because they do bone-headed things like this.  Yes working at Trader Joe’s isn’t going to make one a millionaire, but it will pay your bills.  It will give you benefits.  It will give your resume a boost.  It could potentially lead to management positions.  The good far outweighs the bad in this case scenario.

    Basically what this “community organization” ended up doing is costing the people who could have gotten that job more unemployment.  The construction company likely lost thousands of dollars in profit, it may even have to lay people off for lack of work.  The neighborhood won’t get a make over.  The people won’t have an additional shopping option.  Trader Joe’s can be quite economical on many items.  You can buy bananas for .19 each at the one near my house.  The cost didn’t change when I moved hundreds of miles away either.  So I would assume this is a national price for them.  I don’t know of another store that has better prices on nuts than Trader Joe’s.

    You just have to shake your head at these people.  What did they accomplish in the end?  Nothing.  They go back to their own neighborhoods that likely don’t have buildings that have been empty for decades, having shopping options, and to heck with the people who actually have to live there.

    The neighborhood is 25% black.  What about the other 75%?  They don’t count?  This is what happens when you look at everything based on color.  Every bad thing that happens to you is because you are “oppressed”.  The big scary man is out to get you.  The evil white man is keeping you down.

    One can hope that people of this neighborhood see for themselves that far to many “black activists” are more worried about raising money for themselves, lining their own pockets and could care less about the people who actually live in these neighborhoods.   Trader Joe’s will be just fine.  They will just open their store in a neighborhood that wants them there.  The people who live near the abandoned lot, well they have been living with that for decades now.  What is another ten years?

     
  • just a conservative girl 1:13 PM on 02/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Mark Lamont Hill 

    You can have a penis & still be a woman.

    Yet, I am called anti-science.

    Gender is not a state of mind.  It is biological.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:50 PM on 02/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , de blasio, merriman, , pre k, ,   

    Quote of the Day – James Merriman Edition 

    “If they’re interested in results, they will make sure high-performing charter schools are fully included in the pre-K program, including maintaining capital funding. Otherwise, it will be clear that their move to push pre-K is more about ideology than about helping children.”

    James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, on the move by Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cut $210 million from the Charter School budget and redirect to opening 2100 new Pre-K seats.

    It costs that much to send one student to Pre-K?  Mind blowing.

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:38 AM on 02/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , drug addiction, , hoffman, , , tmz   

    Mental Illness Cuts Another Life Short – Phillip Seymour Hoffman Dead 

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead from overdosing on drugs Sunday morning.  He was found with a needle still in his arm.  On the surface it is easy to say “so what”.  He was just another actor who had fame and fortune who threw it all away with the selfish use of drugs.  A theme that is all too common when these things happen.  

    But the truth is his problems started long before he was either.  The truth also is that his battle with depression had been ongoing for most of his adult life.  He went to rehab for the first time in his early twenties right after college.  So his problems had nothing at all to do with being rich or famous.  His problems had to do with the fact he was human.  He had the same frailties that all the rest of us have.  We all have issues.  We all have things we wish could change, do differently, react differently to, be better.  

    Mental illness isn’t something to mess around with.  It isn’t something that will just “go away” in time.  It is a medical condition, not unlike high blood pressure or diabetes, that requires medical attention.  In some cases it requires medication, in others talk therapy will work just fine.  But in either event it is a medical condition.  

    I was watching Hannity on Fox News last night.  Something I rarely do, as he isn’t one of my favorites.  Last night he reminded me of why.  He was showing pictures of the last few days and/or weeks of Mr. Seymour’s life.  The pictures were from another “news” organization that I avoid like the plaque, TMZ.  It is nothing more than an exploitative gossip organization that seems to get off on the tragedies of others.  I am not sure how much money they paid for the pictures, and for my own mental well being I am better off not knowing.  

    Have your opinions on what drug addicts are, that is fine.  If you believe they deserve what they get, OK.  I will get to how you are wrong about that shortly, but that is your opinion.  But remember, famous people have families as well.  He had a long time girlfriend and three young children; Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa.  The youngest being only five years old.  These young children just lost their father.  

    I grew up with parent with a substance abuse problem.  It is certainly isn’t the easiest of childhoods.  It is downright painful in fact.  Which his relapse back into to the addiction cycle may have been part of the reasons that he was separated from his long time girlfriend.  That isn’t something that is really any of our business in any event.  That is between him, her, and their children.  But that doesn’t make the love they felt for their father any less than that of your children towards you or your love towards your parents.  They deserve time to mourn in private without the people from the cheap seats chiming in on how he deserved what he got because he was a no good addict.  

    As I have stated mental illness is just that, an illness.  It isn’t as simple as going to the doctor, getting a blood test, and be given a treatment that will help control or cure it.  For many, such as myself, it is a life-long struggle that requires care.  Care from others and care from myself towards myself.  It is very easy to say well people like this are selfish when their lives end in a tragedy such as a drug overdose or suicide.  The reality is far different.  

    Drugs and mental illness are very closely related.  As I said it requires care.  Sometimes that care comes in the form of self-medicating.  It becomes the way to feel better, just for a moment.  One moment in time that you don’t feel bad.  You don’t feel that the entire world is closing in around you.  For many, which I firmly believe that my father was one of these people, the stigma of mental illness is far worse than self-medicating.  Being a drunk, an IV drug user, a pill popper, a snorter or whatever else your drug of choice may be is the better option.  It is easier.  

    Dealing with a mental illness is painful and it is work, very hard work in fact.  You are surrounded by a society that doesn’t even make the attempt to understand what you are dealing with.  You are just labeled.  You may as well just be the addict.  

    As a society it is well past time that we start dealing with these issues.  Virtually every mass shooting in this country has roots in mental illness.  Our jail and/or prison system contains a very large amount of mentally ill people, almost half in fact.  The number is estimated to be about 48%.  Nearly one-third of our homeless are mentally ill.  We spend the money on the back end housing and feeding these people in our jails and homeless shelters.  Yet we do very little to help them avoid those pitfalls and get the medical help that they need.  Just in terms of dollars and cents, it makes far more sense to spend that money on the front end.  Because we are spending it.  That can not be denied, at least not honestly.

    We stigmatize them.  We tell ourselves that people like Mr. Hoffman was just a selfish man who had fame and fortune who was too weak to stay away from powerful drugs.  We tell ourselves that the parents of these young shooters should have done more to help their children.  We tell ourselves these things because it is easier than looking at ourselves and saying we too are to blame.  We could do more a society, we just would rather not because if we did, we may have to look at ourselves and our frailties.  We would have to look at our families and admit there may be a problem.  It is far easier this way.  We will just label them, call them weak.  Nothing to see here folks, just move along.  

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Hoffman.  I hope that you rest easier than you lived.  Your talent will be missed.  

     
  • just a conservative girl 3:03 PM on 02/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cinco de mayo, , fort collins, , spirit week   

    You Wondered Why I Didn’t Like the Coke Commercial? High School Not Allowed to Celebrate America – It May Offend Someone. 

    I wrote yesterday that I did find the Coke commercial with America the Beautiful being sung in multiple languages not just offensive, but wrong.  Here is a big part of the reason that I feel this way.

    “They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

    A quote from a high school student in Fort Collins, Colorado after being turned down to have an America Day as part of spirit week.  You see there are students in the high school that might actually get offended if they celebrate America.  The country that is giving them an education.  I looked up the demographics of this city, there is nothing that stands out as much different as the country as a whole.

     The racial makeup of the city was 82.4% White, 3.01% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 3.61% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.79% of the population.

    The city is slighty more white than the country as a whole.  But has a mix of different races/nationalities.  Yet, they are being told that people may be made to feel “uncomfortable” if they take one day out of the school year to show some pride in the country they are living in.  Now, I lived in others countries for brief periods of time over my life.  I studied in France and I lived in Israel for a time.  At no time when I was going through those experiences did I expect a store to be open on Friday night.  It is the Sabbath and everything shuts down at sundown and stays that way until sundown on Saturday night.  That is the way it was.  I learned to work around it.  I never felt that I had any right to say anything about their practices.  I was in France during some of their national holidays and dealt with their customs as well.

    What really gets me about this is the fact that if there are international students studying there while their families are working in the U.S. wouldn’t it actually be a good thing for them to see the population celebrate and take some pride in their country?  Wouldn’t it be a learning experience for these international students?  How exactly would it be hurtful for them?

    This isn’t a one-off.  This is happening all over the country.  Political correctness is going to kill this country.  There is nothing wrong with showing pride in America.  If some family is so upset by it, they can keep their child home for a single day.  This should be a no brainer.  But in our politically correct and multicultural society it has become “offensive” to take pride in your country.

    Yes, this is a big part of the reason that I found that Coke commercial to be so wrong.  It is furthering the idea that having a pride in America is something that needs to be done in secret as not to offend some imaginary boogie man that somehow will be made to feel so bad about themselves that they come from say Sri Lanka instead of being from this country.

    The school has somewhat relented after being contacted by the media.  They have reluctantly agreed to My Country Day.  You can come showing your pride in “your country”.  Mind you this is coming from the same school administrators who decided that the celebration for Cinco de Mayo is mandatory.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 2:45 PM on 02/03/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america the beautiful, , , , english language, immigrants, ,   

    Yes Coca-Cola America The Beautiful Should be Sung in English 

    It seems that every year after the Superbowl there is controversy about the commercials.  This year is not an exception.  An ad done by Coca-Cola is the one that is creating the most buzz this year.  The ad seemed harmless enough at the start.  I assume it was trying to convey that America is a melting pot of people from all over the world that come here.  The song America the Beautiful was being sung while showing all the difference ethnicities that make up our country.  The song was being sung by a variety of different voices in other languages.  Yes that was wrong.

    I have blogged about this previously.  I am first generation.  Proudly so in fact.  I grew up in  a household that ate foods that may be considered different by a large swath of people in this country.  Especially when you consider lutefisk at Christmas time.  Believe me when I tell you, it isn’t something that Americans widely embrace.  I LOVE it.  I don’t really care that someone else thinks it is gross and unappetizing.  It says Christmas to me.  I put up my tree on December 13 as is tradition in my family’s native country.  It is Lucia after all.  I eat a great deal of root vegetables and fish.  I love Scandinavian candies and cookies.

    This was the first Christmas in almost two decades that I was able to go to the Scandinavian club for the Christmas party.  I not only enjoyed all the different foods I was able to get, I really enjoyed seeing the people who I grew up around.  I hadn’t seen many of them since moving to DC almost  two decades ago.  Although I still would hear about the goings on in their lives through the people I had stayed in contact with.

    People have this wrong-headed belief that those who believe that new immigrants should learn English are being told they can’t have their own traditions.  That somehow in their home they are unable to keep their traditions alive.  Simply stupid, I know of no one who is saying that.  I do firmly believe that families should keep those things alive for their children.  Children should be taught where they come from.  They should be taught all the things that make their family and ancestors uniquely what they are.  That is part of you.  But that doesn’t mean that you sing a national song that is uniquely American in another language.  Ask yourselves how that would go over in a country such as France.  Do you think that the French people would be happy to hear one of their national songs sung in another language?  Considering they have a board to help keep slang from entering their language, I think I am pretty safe in saying the answer to that question is no.

    Should Russia, who is hosting the Olympics starting later this week, have their national songs sung in all the different languages from the countries that will be descending upon them?  The answer to that is no.  This is no different.  It isn’t a swipe at immigrants or visitors to their country.

    As I said, I grew up around immigrants.  Most of my childhood was spent with people who didn’t speak English as their first language.  On any given holiday you didn’t hear much English being spoken.  We celebrated the Fourth of July like most Americans did.  We had picnics, we ate hotdogs and hamburgers, we went and watched fireworks to celebrate something that was near and dear to the hearts of those immigrants.  The promise of the American Dream.  That they too could come to this country, work hard, and give their children a better future that they could have ever hoped for in their small town by the Lapland.  A town that had little hope at the time after the devastation of World War II.  Europe didn’t recover as quickly as the U.S. did, or least not the part where my family comes from.  These people whose lives started around the time of the depression and the war didn’t see many options in their hometowns.  They were brave enough to set sail to America (legally, by the way) and make something more for themselves and for their kids.  Some of those children were born there, others, like myself, were born here.

    I have always looked at the way I grew up as the foundation to the believe system that I hold today.  These were people who came with very little.  As far as I know none of them knew the language when they got here.  They would depend on the others who arrived before them to help them with the transition.  Those that could speak English would act as interrupter to help them get their children enrolled in schools.  They would give them advice on jobs, housing, and getting themselves settled in their newly adopted land.  Every one of them learned English.  Why?  Because the entire point of coming here was to build a life for themselves and their kids.  If they wanted to do that they had to learn the language.

    The ones that had a hard time adjusting went back to Finland.  That didn’t happen often, but it did happen.  But the vast majority of them struggled to learn the language.  Some of the stories that I have heard over the years of the words they would get wrong are quite funny.  One woman was trying to show off her new language skills while have tea and cookies with her immigrant friends.  She came and put down a plate of homemade cookies down on the table and told everyone that she made the vegetables herself with a recipe from the “American” woman who employed her to clean her home.   A few that knew the language better than her laughed and told her about her mistake.  My dad never did get the proper pronunciation of any word that started with the J as that sound doesn’t exist in his native language.  Considering my last name starts with one it always confused people to hear him say it.  Jello was Yellow in my house.  But they did the best that they could.  They helped each other to become Americanized, which was not something they viewed as a burden or an insult.  They wanted my generation to be Americans and be proud of our citizenship.  If I had a dime for every time I was told how lucky I was to be born in this country while I was growing, I would have quite the nest egg.

    I am a person who does believe that being bilingual should be a goal for most people.  It does help you in the world that gets smaller and smaller all the time.  This isn’t about learning other languages.  This isn’t about not accepting the fact that America is a country of different origins that come together as one.  That is actually the point.  Out of Many, One.  Our national motto.  Language needs to be one of the unifiers.  The national songs also need to be one of the unifiers.  Those songs should be sung in English.  It is about bringing all those ethnic groups and people who have hailed from other native lands together to prosper as one country that is united.  When we stand together we are a far greater force.

    There are things that are American to their core.  Our national songs must remain that way.  English, while not the official language (and should be), is the language of the land.  We start taking that away, we close our eyes while that is slowly being changed, we may as well give up on the thought that we can survive long-term as a country that is The United States of America.  Speak whatever language you want in your home.  Speak whatever language when you are out with fellow immigrants in public.  But when it comes time to stand as an American and sing the National Anthem or America the Beautiful, get out your English skills and do your adopted country proud.

    So yes Coca-Cola you were wrong.  That commercial does nothing to actually help Americans come together.  Quite the contrary in fact.  It divides us and weakens us further.

     
  • just a conservative girl 10:12 PM on 02/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    President Obama Celebrates Superbowl With What Else But a Picture of Himself 

    I have better throwing form than that.

    superbowl obama

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:43 PM on 01/31/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , free bleeding, , tampons,   

    Another Crazy Feminist on Twitter – Tampons are a form of Rape 

    free bleedtampons as rape

     
    • Alan Branfman 11:46 PM on 01/31/2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a bloody lie!

    • Robin H 10:22 PM on 02/02/2014 Permalink | Reply

      OMG! These people are loony! Are maxi-pads also a form of oppression? Maybe we should just go back to using cut up rags like they did in the 1800′s? Were women freer then?

  • just a conservative girl 12:20 PM on 01/31/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apparently, In Canada Killing Your Children is Not That Big of a Deal – 2 Newborn Deaths 36 Months in Prison 

    A young animal woman kills two out of the three children she gives birth to and will spend only 36 months in prison.  She served 18 months before bail was granted and will now serve an additional 18 months.  She has given birth four times since 2008.  Two babies were never found after she put them in dumpsters.  One child was saved from the dumpster when a man, who turns out to be the child’s father, heard cries and saved the child.  A fourth child was birthed during her time in prison.

    “You co-operated with police. Without your admission to police about the first babies, there would be no case against you.”

    The judge also noted that Borowiec has shown “genuine remorse.”

    Genuine remorse?  This is a woman who did this three times.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  Gave birth to these innocent, helpless children into a toilet, then wrapped them in towels after hearing their cries, put them in garbage bags and disposed of them like they were trash.  How does one show remorse for that?  Do you cry a great deal?  By her own admission she never even bothered to check if these children were male or female.  She cared not one whit about these babies.

    I am not sure if it is a good or bad thing that she isn’t trying to say she didn’t know she was pregnant.  She knowingly lied to people about her condition by saying she had cysts in her uterus.  She never told the baby’s father about them.  She never sought medical attention for the prenatal care for these children.  She then says it was after giving birth that she wasn’t “normal”.

    This reminds me of another case in Canada where the young mother was given little to no  jail time because “abortion on demand” is the law of the land there.  They have little to no restrictions on abortion.  Apparently as long as you are not in active labor, you can end the life of your child.  That judge seems to think that includes the time right after birth and the child is outside the womb.

    Is it any wonder that we don’t respect life?  Why get angry that there are so many murders on the streets of Chicago?  What makes them more human than these children?  When a society has gotten to the point where it no longer cares that life has been ended at the hand of another, it is a society that deserves whatever else comes.

     
  • just a conservative girl 12:29 PM on 01/30/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: award shows, , conservative values, , , , grammy awards, , , pop culture, queen latifa,   

    A Night at The Grammy’s 

    While this is a little late to the party, I have been seeing all the talk of what went on at The Grammy Awards on Sunday night.  Satanic rituals performed onstage by a woman who was raised in a Christian conservative home, the mass wedding performed by Queen Latifa, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing Drunk in Love together on stage.

    I don’t really expect anything different from Katy Perry.  It has been obvious for quite some time that she has rejected the values that her parents believe in.  That is her prerogative.  What I find insulting about it is the fact that she feels the need to publicly mock it, doing so in front of the artists who were there to see if they won awards for Gospel and Christian categories.  At least one artist got up and walked out.  Ms. Perry has the right to live her life anyway she chooses to do so, but somehow I have this feeling that she really isn’t a devil worshipper and that wasn’t done to get her own particular point of view across.  It was done to make people who are questioning their own belief systems to feel ashamed that they may have the audacity to think that Christianity is a good thing.  A person who is firmly set in a Christian lifestyle may be insulted by the performance, but they don’t question their belief.  They simply shake their heads in disbelief and dismay.

    Queen Latifa, and ordained minister of some kind, performed a marriage ceremony for 30 or so couples.  Some of these couples were of course same-sex couples.  Now, I would say this if all the couples were heterosexual.  The Grammy Awards is no place to get married.  This wasn’t about making a lifetime commitment to another, it was about proving a political point.  That gay couples love just as much as same-sex couples.  I have never said they didn’t.  A wedding and/or marriage ceremony is about is two people making a commitment to each other; for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, to remain faithful and loving for the rest of your lives.  Most people do decide to celebrate that commitment in front of their families and loved ones.  Others do it more privately.  The vast majority of people don’t decide to do it because they want to the world to see their political viewpoint.  That makes a mockery of the thing that gay marriage advocates say that they are trying to accomplish.  Simple equality and the right to commit themselves to a person that they love.  What is so odd about it is that some of the lyrics that were being played out that night even talked about how marriage is more than a simple piece of paper.  If you want equality than stop acting like everyone in the world must approve of your marriage.  I have news for you, not everyone approves of all kinds of marriages.  There have been marriages that have been looked down upon since the beginning of marriage and that isn’t likely to end anytime soon.  You don’t need to me to like what your choices are in order for them to be the right choice for you.  I am never going to approve of gay marriage and that doesn’t make your feelings and your commitment any less valid in your own life.  My religious beliefs tells me that it is wrong.  The sooner the activists get that the better off we will all be.  But of course, that would hinge upon it really being about just marriage, when for many it is not.

    Now we can move on to Jay-Z and his lovely bride Beyoncé.  She was prancing around on stage barely dressed and moving her body in a salacious manner singing a song that included the lyrics “I can’t keep my fingers off it baby, I want you”.  You know, I don’t really need to know what goes in the bedroom of any other couple.  I really don’t.  It isn’t something that interests me at all.  I have read two opposing views of this performance.  One from the very left leaning Think Progress that is basically saying that conservatives should jump at the chance of having this couple be the spokesmodels for marriage, because they make it look like fun.

    This may not be the vision of marriage conservatives intended to try to promote. And it’s absolutely a more aspirational, exciting good than the idea that marriage will discipline wayward men or provide support for women who can’t manage economically on their own. But if conservatives want to sell Americans on marriage, maybe they have to talk more about the bliss half of wedded bliss, to think about the desire part of making marriage desirable. And maybe the entertainment industry that Douthat’s singled out as the enemy of marriage has something to add to the case for marital happiness. If marriage is a product that conservatives desperately want to sell, the smartest thing they could do right now is to hire Beyoncé and Jay-Z as a product spokescouple.

    Now I am far from the spokesperson for every conservative nor do I pretend to be an expert on marriage.  But I can think of no conservative that thinks that sex within the realms of a marriage is bad.  After all conservatives, especially of the social variety, tend to have much larger families.  Something must be going on in order for those babies to be coming along.  The difference is that we don’t like talking about it publicly nor do we think that it is appropriate viewership for our young children for a scantily dressed woman making provocative movements while using euphemisms about a surf board.  I also am unclear of the conservative message that women should get married because they can’t manage on their own.  Now the data is clear, the majority of children living in poverty are products of a single family home.  When you are married before you have children the chances of those children living below the poverty line decreases and not just a little.  That doesn’t mean that conservatives are saying that women should get married simply because they need a man to support them.  You have a 70% chance of lifting yourself out of poverty if you follow three very simple things, graduate high school, do not get married before the age of 21, and do not have children out-of-wedlock.  The left leaning Brookings Institute didn’t like these findings, but the finding are there nonetheless.  That is a far cry from saying that you must marry in order to support yourselves as women.  There are plenty of women who can support themselves and their children financially without the help of man, but that doesn’t mean that they give a strong base for that child.  Two active parents is better for children to thrive.

    I am not going to get into passing judgement on the marriage of that supercouple.  That is something that is between them.  He knew she was performer when he married her and apparently he has no issues with the whole “sex sells” part of her job.  He is obviously fine with it so it isn’t up to me to say that it is wrong in all instances.  What I don’t like is that being told that is what I am supposed to aspire to.  Sorry, but no.  In my relationship there isn’t a great deal of jealousy going on, thank God.  But somehow I don’t think that me shaking my ass in a barely there outfit is part of the long-term game plan for a happy and successful relationship.  It also isn’t the best role model for young children either.  But that is just some prudish conservative talking.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 9:19 PM on 01/29/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    This is What Passed As News Today From MSNBC 

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    Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family. http://on.msnbc.com/1dPgQEU 

     
  • just a conservative girl 8:22 PM on 01/28/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Andrea Mitchell Edition 

    alienated our “ally” in Iran and paved the way for rocky relations even to this day.

    MSNBC reporter/political pundit Andrea Mitchell on the most impactful State of the Union addresses when President Bush identified Iran as part of the axis of evil.

    I could be wrong here, but I think there a whole bunch of hostages that would disagree with this statement.

    To think that people actually listen to this crap, more horrifying is that she actually gets paid to say this crap.

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:15 PM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    State of the Union Bingo 

    It is this time again.  The night we conservatives sit and watch the POTUS lies to tell the American people about the current state of the union and his solutions to those problems.  He then will proceed to blame the GOP for everything that he fails at.  It should be a long evening.

    I would suggest dropping out of the drinking game if you get the term Income Equality.  You likely won’t survive.

    Just remember, “investment” is really just code for higher taxes.

    state of the union bingo

     
  • just a conservative girl 5:36 PM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    An Open Letter to Amy Glass 

    Amy Glass, who I am assuming is a feminist, wrote a blog post entitled I look down on Young Women With Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.  Now, I think that she and I agree that not every person, whether it be man or woman should become a spouse, let alone a parent.  Neither of these tasks are easy and some people just don’t have the capabilities of doing it well.  She seems to think that getting married and having children is the easiest thing in the world:

     Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them. They are the most common thing, ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average. And here’s the thing, why on earth are we settling for average?

    If these things were so easy why do we see the skyrocketing rates of people using dating sites and fertility clinics?  Yes, it is the easiest thing in the world to go out and date and find that person who actually makes your life feel more complete.  The person you can be totally honest with, even when you know they aren’t going to like what you have to say is the easiest thing in the world to find.  I mean just open up your front door and the lines of people to choose from is a massive one.

    I would love for her to go and say that to woman who has health problems that make it impossible for her to conceive.  Go talk to the couples who spend virtually their entire life savings to have fertility treatments to make the dream of being a parent come true and see what they have to say.  Once they get done slapping her silly they may have calmed down enough to laugh in her face.  Getting pregnant would seem like an easy task, but for many it is Mission Impossible.  Go sit with a woman who is doing everything under the sun to get pregnant when her period arrives and watch the tears and the feelings of inadequacy that she haunted by. Talk to a man who finds out his swimmers don’t do the job that God and biology intended them to do.  Many men that I know that are having problems conceiving don’t want to get tested, even though the test for the man is much more simple, straightforward, and far less invasive.

    Go and talk to the woman who does want to be married and have a family but is in her thirties and tell her it is an easy task that “literally anyone can do them”.  Some people who remain unmarried aren’t that way by choice.  That is their reality and they eventually make the best of it, or one would hope.  Many married couples that don’t have children, aren’t childless by choice.  That is the fate they were dealt and become the best Aunties and Uncles that they can be to their siblings and friends kids.

      You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.

    What makes her think that women without a husband and children are exceptional?  I work with a woman who was never married nor did she have children.  She works two jobs and barely supports herself.  She is on public assistance in the form of food stamps.  She is bitter woman who is angry, especially when she says out loud that most of her problems she created for herself with the choices she made in life.  The simple act of not getting married and becoming a parent isn’t an automatic entry into the world of exceptionalism.

    Is a woman who gives up  on the idea of marriage and family to become a professional woman automatically exceptional?  Say this woman is the VP of marketing for some large international firm and is really good at her job but has no family to share this with as she ages more exceptional than the stay at home mom who raised a child to become one of those teachers.  You know the one that I am talking about.  The teacher that really affects a child and helps that child see something in themselves that they wouldn’t have otherwise.  We all had that teacher.  I know in my case I had several.  The most remarkable thing about that teacher is that they didn’t just give that light to one child, they gave it to many.  One of my high school reunions just recently passed, I am not going to say which one, but one of my “that teacher” attended the get together.  Just judging by the people who hugged him and the amount of photos taken of him that splashed across my Facebook page the next day shows it wasn’t just me that looked at him as “that teacher”.  He helped hundreds, if not thousands, of young adults feel better about themselves and find their own way in the world.  Isn’t the woman who put the energy into raising such a man just as exceptional?  I say yes she is.

    Obviously Ms. Glass has no children.  Otherwise she would never with a straight face say that it is easy.  Child rearing is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  You worry that every little thing that you do is going to influence them (which in most cases is true) and you second guess the choices that you make when something goes wrong.  I would love to see her try to comfort a small child that is feeling ill, especially when the older sibling is in the other room pulling all the toilet paper off the roll while you are attending to the child that wants nothing else but the comfort of mommy due to a fever or cold.

    I have strong feelings that children should have a stay at home parent if at all possible.  I have no issue with a man being that parent that stays at home, if that is what works better for that particular family.  I am a realist, I understand perfectly well that it isn’t always an option.  Life doesn’t always work out that way.  Nor do I dismiss that fact that many women today want to work even if they could financially stay at home.  They feel they are a better parent by going out into the world and being productive at a job and bringing home at least part of the family income.  I do happen to believe it is best for the child to have a parent who is involved in the life of the child.  But I also understand that not all stay at home parents are good ones.  It all comes down to putting the work and the effort into raising a child to become a happy and productive adult.  That is something that can be done in a variety of ways and there is no one “right” way.  Every child is an individual and has their own needs that don’t necessarily line up with the needs of other families.

    But it is more than just a little insulting to hear another woman say that children and marriage is what keeps you from being exceptional.  For some people being exceptional is nothing more than being the best possible parent and the person who always had a clean home that was ready for anyone that dropped by.

    I also must ask is the women who clean homes for a living lacking in the exceptional department as well?  After all they aren’t doing much of anything according to this logic.  I guess they are just serfs who live to make the exceptional women such as she is lives a little easier so they can spend their energy being exceptional at their much more important jobs.  Seriously, how elitist is this woman?  There is no other way to take her little post other than a person who cleans homes is loser.

     I hear women talk about how “hard” it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are “important.”

    Feminists seem to have this real disconnect when it comes to men.  That somehow they don’t feel the guilt and they don’t question what they are doing and how it affects their families.  Many men who travel a great deal with their jobs feel just as guilty that they aren’t there for their kids.  They don’t like missing virtually every soccer game.  They also seem to have this disconnect that children don’t feel like something is missing from their lives because their dads are too busy working to have time for the little things that matter to them.  I guess those little goals and events that kids feel are important aren’t exceptional enough for Ms. Glass.

    My brother, who grew up with a father that didn’t attend games or pretty much anything else, promised himself he would be a different kind of dad.  He has three boys that were all active in sports while they were growing up.  He rarely missed a practice, let alone a game.  My eldest nephew would sometimes get crazy over the fact that his father was “always around”.  This kid also went to a private Catholic school.  He was involved with church group within the school.  One of the exercises they did in this group was to have the kids sit face to face and tell the other kid what they envied about them.  One of the kids told my nephew how jealous he was that his father was always at the games.  You see his father was an executive with some big corporation that required long hours and travel.  Yes, those kids had financial advantages that my nephew certainly didn’t have, as my brother is on a much more limited budget, but what he got in return was time.  Which is really more exceptional?  I would have to say that putting the time into being the very best parent you can be as opposed to having a big house and large bank account is the far better choice.  But what do I know?  Obviously my life wouldn’t rate as exceptional.

     
    • bafriyie 7:28 PM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad you wrote this post. Nobody really knows what it’s like to be a stay at home mom (I’m a university student) until they’ve actually done it themselves. True feminism, not the kind that bashes other women for having kids, has made it possible for women to get an education and be respected. However, no woman should feel like less of a woman if he decides to stay at home with the kids.One of the reasons for the feminist movement was because women weren’t getting the credit they deserved for their domestic work.

      Nowadays, where women are working, and successfully at that, women who stay at home are looked down upon. A stay at home mom i boring, lazy, uneducated and dependent. But it’s not fair to make those assumptions. A woman should be respected for her decision to have kids because it is her decision. A woman who decides to work should be respected because that’s her decision as well. The point is that you shouldn’t be ridiculed for your choices, nor should you endure ridicule from a human who overgeneralizes and assumes the condition of thousands of women.

      This reminds me of a quote from Mona Lisa Smile:
      “You didn’t come to Wellesley to help people find their way. You came to Wellesley to help people find *your* way. “

    • Me 6:49 AM on 01/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this rebuttal to Ms. Glass’ post. I read her post several days ago and cannot help but think that feminism is doing more harm for “gender equality” than good. I do not feel opressed because I am a SAHM. It feels pretty darn awesome raising three little people, molding them into larger versions of themselves who will be unleashed in the grown up world all too soon (it really is over a decade away, but time flies by so fast with kids).

      • just a conservative girl 9:35 AM on 01/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

        the thing is, she isn’t going after SAHM, she is going after all moms. This isn’t about staying at home, her statements were about being a mother. A question that she doesn’t answer is who then gives birth to all these exceptional women if no one has children?

    • Flon 5:32 PM on 01/28/2014 Permalink | Reply

      You are right about teachers. That is why I want to become a teacher, instead of getting some “corporate job”. I want a job where I am truly helping other people.

      Also, its very true that avoiding marriage is not an automatic pathway to success. All the never-married women that I know work at totally average jobs, some do okay, but others can barely support themselves. One of them moved into a shelter recently. She is over 50 now and not finding the same job opportunities anymore, and is also finding it harder to date at her age. Since she did not have kids, I often wonder who will take care of her when she gets older and her health declines. There doesn’t seem to be anyone in the picture right now, except for a few social “friends” here and there. Although I realize this is anecdotal, there must be lots of women in her same position in life. Women just like her, who are suffering for lack of family.

  • just a conservative girl 11:23 AM on 01/27/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Jim Moran Edition 

    “I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will, are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent, I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations.  But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially.”

    Finally this man said something that I agree with.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:17 AM on 01/24/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Tweet of the Day – Pat Sajak Edition 

    Now this is comedy:

    sajak tweet

     
  • just a conservative girl 3:58 PM on 01/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Mike Huckabee Edition Part 2 

    “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it!”

    Amen.  I could care less what a person does in their bedroom, so stop trying to make it my business by forcing me to pay for it.

     
  • just a conservative girl 2:29 PM on 01/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    2014 Olympic Uniforms – Made in the U.S.A 

    I love patchwork quilts, but I can’t decide if I like these or not.

    Your thoughts Hot or Not?

    usa olympics

     
    • EDNAR 2:44 PM on 01/23/2014 Permalink | Reply

      The only thing important here is they be made in America.

      Everyone has different tatstes

  • just a conservative girl 9:11 PM on 01/18/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Proclamation Given Two Weeks After the Passage of the First Amendment – Still Want to Talk About the Separation of Church and State? 

    By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

    Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

    Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

    And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

    Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

    It seems pretty clear to me that he never envisioned the “wall” between church and state that liberals hold so dear today.  This was requested of him by the House of Representatives less than 24 hours after the ratification of the 1st amendment.

     
  • just a conservative girl 1:32 PM on 01/17/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Bryant Osborn Edition 

    If you think this may have happened to you, here is how you can tell if you are in TOICITASOP’s verification system.  Call the TOICITASOP cynically-named customer service number.  When the mechanical voice asks who you are, say “member.”  When asked what you want to do, say “medical.”  When asked if you are calling for a pre-certification, say “yes.”  When asked what kind of service, say “medical.”  When asked again if you are a member, press ‘1.’  You will then be prompted for your social security number.  If the voice says that you “could not be located,” then you are not in the verification system, and your insurance is worthless.  Be very careful not to get sick or be in an accident.

    After reading last week’s column, several people told me that they were glad they had health insurance through their employer and did not have to go through what I was going through.  This proves that there are lots of people who are not paying attention.

    My existing health insurance was canceled by Obamacare’s individual mandate.  But Obamacare has an employer mandate that is even worse.  The only reason that those of you who have your health insurance through your employer are not having my problems yet is because President Obama delayed the implementation of the employer mandate.  But be advised: Your day is coming.  Soon.

    I am now a single-issue voter, and I am focused.  I will do everything I can to defeat anyone who either voted for Obamacare, or failed to defund it.  Sen. Mark Warner is up for re-election in November, and Eric Cantor has a Republican primary challenger named David Brat.

    Mr. Osborne is a farmer who writes a weekly column on fresh and locally grown foods.  He lost his private insurance policy due to the individual mandate of Obamacare.  This is his story about even though he has paid his premium for his “new and improved” health insurance policy through the Obamacare website, he is still uninsured.  Something that media is not covering.

    RTR here.

     
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