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Poverty, Death & Destruction?

You saw a brief clip of this “Raging Granny” in yesterday’s mashup of my talks with Code Pink RNC protesters, but the “whole story” is even more revealing.  Here “in a nutshell,” is what this granny sees for women if Romney is elected:

  • Back alley abortions
  • More “unwanted” children in the world
  • Poverty “agenda”
  • Earth’s resources destroyed

It’s easy to mock this ignorance, but what is frightening and sad is that this ignorance is rampant! These women truly believe that there is a poverty “agenda” among Republicans and that they are evil greedy capitalists who want women to have back alley abortions and risk death. They willingly ignore the fact that abortion kills more girls than boys, and that government intrusion, burdensome taxation, over-regulation are responsible for the “agenda of poverty.”

It’s frightening and sad that these women don’t realize they are tools, useful idiots, for socialists who prey on their emotions.

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Take Your Vagina to the RNC

(well, as if you could just detach it and leave it at home…)

After all the years feminists saying that we want women to be looked at for their brains and intelligence and the full package – their way of getting attention is to dress up as big vaginas?

Look at the huge sign behind them. “Celebrate life. End the wars.” And in the next breath you talk about abortion? Irony much?

The number one thing cited every time you talk to one of the protesters is reproductive “rights” and the “right to choose.”

This meme is getting tired, ladies. Your reproductive “rights” are not going to be taken away.  By dressing up as a huge vagina all you accomplish is being laughed at.

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When a Consistent Message Loses

In politics and in business, a consistent message is usually seen as a sign of strength. With the slow trickle of a consistent message, your brand is defined almost imperceptibly by the consumer until your message and brand are linked subconsciously.

When is this a bad idea? When there is inconsistency between your actual product and the “message” you are consistently promoting. You might get away with it for a while, but in time it creates cognitive dissonance in the consumer – they just know something isn’t right.

Case in point: The Obama administration and the jobs reports.  Have those monthly talking points become a little, uh, stale? Sounding familiar? Were you expecting hope and change? Below are excerpts from jobs reports from November 2009 to present:

June 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/06/employment-situation-june)

May 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/01/employment-situation-may)

April 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/04/employment-situation-april)

March 2012: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/06/employment-situation-march)

February 2012: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report; nevertheless, the trend in job market indicators over recent months is an encouraging sign.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/09/employment-situation-february)

January 2012: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report; nevertheless, the trend in job market indicators over recent months is an encouraging sign.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/03/employment-situation-january)

December 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/06/employment-situation-december)

November 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/02/employment-situation-november)

October 2011: “The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision. There is no better example than August’s jobs figure, which was initially reported at zero and in the latest revision increased to 104,000. This illustrates why the Administration always stresses it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/04/employment-situation-october)

September 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/07/employment-situation-september)

August 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/02/employment-situation-august)

July 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/05/employment-situation-july)

June 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/08/employment-situation-june)

May 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/03/employment-situation-may)

April 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/06/employment-situation-april)

March 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/01/employment-situation-march)

February 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/04/employment-situation-february)

January 2011: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/02/04/employment-situation-january)

December 2010: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/01/07/employment-situation-december)

November 2010: “Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/03/employment-situation-november)

October 2010: “Given the volatility in monthly employment and unemployment data, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/05/employment-situation-october)

September 2010: “Given the volatility in the monthly employment and unemployment data, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” (LINK:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/08/employment-situation-september)

July 2010: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.  It is essential that we continue our efforts to move in the right direction and replace job losses with robust job gains.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/06/employment-situation-july)

August 2010: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/03/employment-situation-august)

June 2010: “As always, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/02/employment-situation-june)

May 2010: “As always, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/04/employment-situation-may)

April 2010: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/07/employment-situation-april)

March 2010: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/02/employment-situation-march)

January 2010: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/02/05/employment-situation-january)

November 2009: “Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative.” (LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/12/04/employment-situation-november)

Of course, what the White House is saying – each message taken individually – is true.  But when the unemployment rate (not counting the droves of workers who have left the workforce) continues to top 8 percent after 41 months, the message becomes disingenuous and loses its effectiveness.

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I Love Being a Woman

Today I am so grateful that I am a woman who was born in the United States at the time I was born. I have the opportunity to freely express myself as a woman (and own the consequences).  In the coming weeks I am going to be highlighting the ways that the Feminist/ERA movement has harmed my generation, but today I’m about gratitude.

Gratitude that because I am a woman I can be a mom.  I loved the feeling of growing a human being inside my body, feeling the child kick and move and sit on my ribs. I loved knowing this person before birth – feeling a connection that only intensified in that second they were placed on my belly after birth. I love that as a woman my body is soft and snuggly – not manly – to provide a comforting hug.

I love creating a peaceful home for my boys.  Call me crazy, but most of the time I even love the laundry and cooking and cleaning that goes with it.  It’s how I show my love.  I love that the people I have the most fun with are the ones that I gave birth to.  I love that as they grow up, when something bad or good or funny happens they want to tell ME.

I love that as a woman I have a quiet strength – I don’t have to stomp and scream to make a point.  A confident woman can assess a situation and quietly affect change. I enjoy that mystical thing called woman’s intuition.  I am concerned with feelings and flowers and love jewelry and high heels. I like pretty dresses and handbags and everything girly.

I also have a career, pay my own bills – don’t rely on a man for anything material at all. Someday I would love to be in a relationship where we are equals, with a man who appreciates and celebrates my femininity.  Until then, I’m secure and happy with myself as a woman and don’t look to a man to give me worth.

So, in honor of International Women’s Day I say thank you to God for letting me be born in a time and place where my confident voice would not get me killed.  Thank You for allowing me to be a mother – a way to fully express myself as a woman and influence the next generation.

(Cross posted  from Oh You’re Right March 8, 2012.)

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Remembering D-Day

(Couldn’t come up with a catchy title tonight…)

My grandmother saved over 300 letters that grandpa wrote to her during World War II. This letter, dated June 7, 1944, was the first opportunity he had to write her after D-Day. It took a little while to reach her, and I’m sure she was going crazy with worry, knowing that he was stationed in England just prior to D-Day.

What I love most about these letters (other than all the personal history, obviously), is the every-man view of the war, and the effort he took to keep love and romance alive with his beloved although separated by war.  Their courtship is an amazing story. They met in Los Angeles at a USO dance – Grandpa and his buddies “ordered up” three girls to accompany them to the dance, Grandpa and his buddy flipped a coin over who got to ask the redheaded California girl out, and Grandpa won. After a whirlwind 6-week courtship, he was transferred to Louisiana, and just before he shipped out to Europe, he had her meet him in New York City to get married. He telegrammed one night, she got on the train in LA, met him in Manhattan, and married the night before he shipped out.

While he was at war, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” and later as a secretary at Hughes Aviation. When she left the company in early 1946 due to pregnancy (with my mom) the last task she was given was to start a new file called “N.A.S.A.”

Here is the June 7, 1944 letter:

When he finally arrived home in September 1945, they celebrated at the Hollywood Palladium. They’re the couple on the left. Dashing!

Today they rest together in the Veterans’ section of Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. My youngest son and I visited them just last week.

Thank you, Grandpa, for your service – going in right behind the D-Day forces and keeping the communications going all the way to Berlin and beyond.  And Grams, for all the worried nights and for rolling up your sleeves and working hard to keep the country going.

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Push It Real Good

At the conclusion of a non-commercialized, peaceful Mother’s Day with my boys, I took a quick trip to the Redbox kiosk to return a movie and, on the drive, heard a commercial that raised my blood pressure. It was a local jeweler advertising the options they had for “push presents” for new moms.

“Give her a gift that shows how much you appreciate everything she’s sacrificed for the family… even if your contribution goes unnoticed.”*

What’s a push present? It’s that moment when the hubby/baby daddy whips out a little blue box at the conclusion of childbirth.

As a woman who has birthed three boys — without epidural and with pitocin — you would think I’d be completely on board with that idea. But I’m not. I hate it on a couple of levels.

First, it says horrible things about our society’s need to give a blue ribbon for everything. Pregnancy and childbirth is natural. Yes, it’s hard. But it’s natural. And it has its own reward. Do we really need to take it up a notch and say you need special recognition for it?

Second, it takes what should be a beautiful moment and commercializes it. Did the new mother do something worthy of diamonds? Hell, yes. But it reduces the worth of bringing a new life into the world by equating it with a monetary gift.  If one doesn’t receive a “push present,” is her sacrifice somehow less valuable? Or does the father appreciate it less?

Third, push presents have become such a “thing” that they’re expected. Among younger mothers I know, push presents are discussed and – *horrors* – asked for (<— really, you need to read that link) during the pregnancy! As in, they put it basically in a registry so the dad-to-be knows what’s expected. Yet another way for men to fail and women to hold something over their heads.

Not to mention, how many people can really afford a blingy push present? Wouldn’t a better present be a deposit in a college fund? Or making sure the family has no debt?

As you can tell, the push present thing, to me, is just another symptom of what’s wrong not just in society in general, but in many relationships. Expect, expect, expect. Take, take, take. Me, me, me. Spend money. Focus on keeping score.  Instead, how about this? Treat each other with love and respect during the pregnancy, and then, at the culmination of this miracle – a healthy birth – sit there together as a new family, cuddling that baby, look in each other’s tear-filled eyes, and soak in the moment?

*I couldn’t find the ad audio online so I’m paraphrasing the line that ticked me off so much. Gender wars, anyone?!?

I’m not the first one to write about this (duh) – great post at Trees Flowers Birds

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Winning: The Individual Mandate Conversation

This week, taking a cue from arguments before the Supreme Court, conservatives (finally) got the message right on Obamacare. Rather than accepting a flawed premise or emotional appeals (“But people are dying!”) as a basis for discussion, we got right down to the message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops: The government can’t force every man, woman, and child in the country to purchase something!

Paul Clement, the attorney representing the 26 states in opposition to the bill, successfully reframed questioning from the Court’s more liberal justices to stay on point:

“MR. CLEMENT: The question that’s a proper question for this Court, though, is whether or not, for the first time in our history, Congress also has the power to compel people into commerce…”

Another point that was made during the oral arguments was echoed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Huckabee:

“If this law is upheld, there won’t be a dividing line that will limit Congress’ power going forward. If they can make you buy healthcare insurance, they can make you buy water, food, clothing, shelter, anything…” (Forward to about 3:30 on the video linked below.)

Watch the video: video.foxnews.com

Speaker of the House John Boehner saw how effective this messaging was and dove in:

“When Democrats forced their government takeover of health care into law, it was the first time in American history that Congress had passed a law mandating that you buy something simply because you’re breathing. If the federal government thinks it can get away with this kind of power grab, it will think it can do almost anything.”

Even with all the impassioned rhetoric from celebrities and lefty pundits predicting dire consequences (death! bankruptcy!) if this bill isn’t upheld and followed through on, the conservative message appealing to Americans’ innate sense of independence is resonating: Only 34 percent of Americans recently surveyed had a favorable view of Obamacare, and 51 percent had an unfavorable view.

I am encouraged that this branding WIN is being heard from the top of the “establishment” down to the regular people on Twitter. Hopefully success breeds more success in this department!

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Get The Government Out of It!

As a conservative/libertarian (gosh I hate labels) I am constantly looking for ways to get the government out of our business.  And, I believe that the gay marriage issue has been a wedge that keeps people that are otherwise conservative (or fiscally conservative) out of the conservative movement.  They feel that a fundamental element of who they are is completely rejected by the movement.

So, I believe it’s imperative that conservatives find a way to deal with this issue.  And I think I’ve found a solution…

Get the government completely out of marriage.  EVERYONE gets a civil union.  And then you can have your own ceremony, officiated by your rabbi, bishop, priest, kaballah, spiritual advisor – whatever tickles your fancy.

This solution really separates out the legal and religious ends of marriage – not to mention the business and romantic ends.

Think of it as the spousal unit being a corporation.  Just have the couple download a form, sign, date, Notarize, and send in to the register of deeds in the appropriate county.  Boom.  You’re legally a spousal unit.  You get the tax benefits, inheritance rights, everything – whether your union is heterosexual or same sex.  You want to have a religious ceremony? Fine, you’re on your own.  It’s a totally separate entity.

One of the beauties of this is it doesn’t create any new paperwork – couples already have to apply for a marriage license. Instead of doing that, they just file the “incorporation” documents.  And if they’re really ambitious, they can specify asset distribution and child custody provisions in the event of a dissolution of the union.  (Maybe that’d prevent some lawsuits? Ah, who am I kidding?!)

One of the main arguments many social conservatives have against the government recognizing same-sex marriage is that churches could be forced to marry same-sex couples even though it goes against the tenets of the church or be sued for bias.  This solution prevents that because it sets “marriage” as a purely religious ceremony with no ties to the government, so the government cannot regulate it.

What do you think?

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I Love Being a Woman

Today I am so grateful that I am a woman who was born in the United States at the time I was born. I have the opportunity to freely express myself as a woman (and own the consequences).  In the coming weeks I am going to be highlighting the ways that the Feminist/ERA movement has harmed my generation, but today I’m about gratitude.

Gratitude that because I am a woman I can be a mom.  I loved the feeling of growing a human being inside my body, feeling the child kick and move and sit on my ribs. I loved knowing this person before birth – feeling a connection that only intensified in that second they were placed on my belly after birth. I love that as a woman my body is soft and snuggly – not manly – to provide a comforting hug.

I love creating a peaceful home for my boys.  Call me crazy, but most of the time I even love the laundry and cooking and cleaning that goes with it.  It’s how I show my love.  I love that the people I have the most fun with are the ones that I gave birth to.  I love that as they grow up, when something bad or good or funny happens they want to tell ME.

I love that as a woman I have a quiet strength – I don’t have to stomp and scream to make a point.  A confident woman can assess a situation and quietly affect change. I enjoy that mystical thing called woman’s intuition.  I am concerned with feelings and flowers and love jewelry and high heels. I like pretty dresses and handbags and everything girly.

I also have a career, pay my own bills – don’t rely on a man for anything material at all. Someday I would love to be in a relationship where we are equals, with a man who appreciates and celebrates my femininity.  Until then, I’m secure and happy with myself as a woman and don’t look to a man to give me worth.

So, in honor of International Women’s Day I say thank you to God for letting me be born in a time and place where my confident voice would not get me killed.  Thank You for allowing me to be a mother – a way to fully express myself as a woman and influence the next generation.

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The Steve Jobs of the Conservative Movement

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 “I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and–famously–I enjoy making enemies.” – Andrew Breitbart

The first (and only) time I saw Andrew Breitbart in person, I was sitting in the lobby bar at this year’s CPAC, and the first thing I noticed from across the room was his hair.  It reminded me of Einstein – a fitting head of hair for a crazy genius.

There’s a more modern icon who Breitbart is similar to – Steve Jobs.  Both were adopted, and grew up rebelling against the status quo.

Steve Jobs changed the way the world communicates and processes information. Andrew Breitbart changed the way information is disseminated to the public – and changed WHAT information can be disseminated to the public.

Steve Jobs refused to accept “you can’t do that” or “that’s impossible.”  Andrew Breitbart refused to accept lies, corruption, and media gatekeepers. He refused to accept the premise of liberal conclusions, challenging the paradigm before starting the debate.

Steve Jobs took business risks.  Andrew Breitbart published risky stories that other outlets wouldn’t go near. He wasn’t afraid of any personal repercussions.

Steve Jobs did away with traditional business culture. Andrew Breitbart was instrumental in opening the conservative movement to people outside the WASP Country Club caste. With his irreverent manner and non-traditional methods, he broke down the media gatekeeper barriers so hypocrisy, corruption, and lies could be revealed.

The most important distinction between the two will be their legacy.  As inspirational as Steve Jobs was, his main accomplishments occurred during his time on Earth. Breitbart’s accomplishments in life will be amplified by the accomplishments of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have been inspired to action by him – and who will carry out his mission of unmasking the lies and hypocrisy of the establishment.

Obviously the talented and fired up stable of journalists and writers who were already affiliated with Breitbart sites will continue the battle.  But there’s also a growing army of young conservative bloggers and activists, many of whom don’t fit the traditional mold of staid social conservatism, who are picking up the torch. @OHConservatism. @FingersMalloy. @Brodigan. @MisfitPolitics @hipstervative @Cnservativepunk. @katearthsis. @rachelveronica. @AiPolitics. @anthropocon. @SisterToldjah. Mom-types like @SmoosieQ @politicsofamy @Mommentator @GaltsGirl and myself.  Gay, straight, white, black, Christian, Jewish, college students, professionals, punk rockers, bikers, artists – Breitbart brought us all together to fight this war.

Andrew showed us that you don’t have to have big money backing or a bully pulpit to make a difference. Just roller blade through a crowd of Occupiers and talk to them. Challenge their beliefs.  Start a website and start publishing. Find like-minded people to ally with, but don’t back away from a debate.

I’m inspired to have a louder voice in the future of our country and the future of freedom and liberty.  No longer will I let excuses get in the way. As Tony Katz said yesterday on his radio show: “You can do it, or you can go about complaining that we have no one to do it.”

“His energy was so overwhelming that I think it will continue beyond his passing….I think that will be his greatest legacy, is that he’s still leading the charge, even from beyond.” – Stephen Kruiser