I was thinking today about political demeanor. The interesting difference between most liberals and most conservatives is perspective. Conservatives tend to think in black and white with little grey area on the issues that they hear from their "peers". Most of them have a very faith based view of the world and it is hard for them to accept that a "Godly man" like their Republican Congressman/Congresswoman would mislead them. It's like Jenga for them... if they start thinking critically of what their minister and community leaders say to them then it could disrupt their entire belief system... thus they are conservative and traditional. In reality, they fall victim to personalities.
My wife and I are 44 and we have a 7yo daughter. I have been self employed for more than 10 years and my wife has been a stay-at-home Mom for the last 7 years. During that 10 years, I have never been able to afford a decent health insurance plan because the rates were $800-$1300 per month. I self-payed the entire time.
There is very little new about this NSA "scandal". This was widely reported starting back in 2002 when it was discovered that they had set up this program without any oversight... "Warrantless Wiretapping". Remember?
Here is an article that pretty much has everything except the program name "PRISM" in it from May 2006.
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.
Congrats to Big Bird... you can keep your job!
Yep... even though there are barely any Democrats on the ballot in my county (York). I will be voting for them all.
UPDATE: I saw a lot of people who would seem to be Obama voters... but that doesn't mean a lot here in SC, unfortunately. There were also quite a few older white men who proudly announced that they voted for Romney on the way out - even though it clearly says that no politicking is allowed within 200 feet of the entrance.
I am so over it... I want to go back to when I didn't feel like I was surrounded by complete fucking idiots. 'Murica!
UPDATE: Thought I should mention that I live in SC
I found this site on reddit. I like that it let's you enter your own reasoning. Just thought I would share. A couple of years ago I took a test that showed my "political spectrum" which I blogged about here. I like these kinds of tests because they help inform people where they stand on the issues in conjunction with a political party or candidate (in this case).
Take the presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side with!My Results: http://www.isidewith.com/...
One of the highlights of my existence is to show "conservatives" how idiotic they really are. Today, I came across this quote from Thomas Paine that was written in 1779 when he penned the Agrarian Justice pamphlet advocating for the Estate Tax and Property Tax (among other things).
Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of society, as it is for him to make land originally.
Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man's own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came."
-Agrarian Justice Part Three - Thomas Paine
I am tired of letting Republicans and Tea Party supporters co-opt the term "conservative". Republicans are not conservatives... they are radical fundamentalists and we should be referring to them as such.
From the Dictionary: conservative
con·serv·a·tive [kuhn-sur-vuh-tiv]By their own definition... they are fundamentalists.
1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
4. ( often initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
5. ( initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
A conservative is someone who adheres to principles of personal responsibility, moral values, and limited government, agreeing with George Washington's Farewell Address that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" to political prosperity.From the Dictionary: fundamentalism
1: often capitalized : a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching b : the beliefs of this movement c : adherence to such beliefsFrom the Dictionary: radical
2: a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles
d: advocating extreme measures to retain or restore a political state of affairsThe current platform of the Republican Party and the prescribed changes presented by the Tea Party cannot be construed as conservative... it is purely radical fundamentalism.
Can we please stop calling them conservatives and start referring to them by their proper label?
I saw this letter posted on reddit.com this morning and I thought it would be great to share it here.
I am your demographic.
I am a white, middle-class, male, 40-something. white collar, family man, a son of immigrants, former military, patriot, and raised Catholic. I have voted Republican in almost every primary and election since I turned 18. That means I voted for Reagan, Bush, Dole, and Bush. Last election I was so disillusioned with you, I voted for Obama. This year neither one of the main candidates will get my vote, and let me tell you why.
I am a middle-class, white collar businessman and have been for 20 years. I watched through the latest crisis how the people that bankroll you and you pass laws for have absolutely destroyed the economy in this country. Offshoring, outsourcing, downsizing, rightsizing, securitization; all doctrines used in the name of "shareholder value" that have eviscerated the middle class and eliminated entire industries. I have seen friends' careers destroyed, neighborhoods laid waste, and whole communities suffer all for a little more EPS. These people you take your orders from are criminal and traitors and should all be behind bars, some of you included.
I am a technophile. Oil is a dead-end technology. Stop trying to squeeze a drop of blood from that stone and come up with a strategic approach to energy independence. Electric, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear are all methods of generating DOMESTIC energy. They will create investment and jobs. Stop whipping up the uneducated against electric cars and high-speed trains. These are mature technologies that can immediately stop sending our money to overseas despots that absolutely hate us. A portion of every dollar you send overseas makes dead American soldiers. Which leads me to...
I am former military, the son of immigrants, and member of the NRA. My family came to this country for freedom and opportunity because America was the land where you could do anything you dreamed. You have corrupted that. I have been to too many military funerals and memorial ceremonies for good young men who died overseas, and for what? Why are we over there, anywhere? No one wants us there anymore, including our hosts. Bring the boys home, close the bases, DEFEND America instead of these militaristic junkets you support so rabidly. We have a military that is larger exponentially than our nearest enemy. It is unnecessary and wasteful. Stop giving money to our adversaries in foreign aid and focus on rebuilding this country.
On that same note, I am a patriot, and the TSA and "Homeland Security" are an abomination. I could quote Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Washington, or Hamilton here but it's pointless. You know them, but you either ignore them or twist them for your own ends. The founding fathers would be rising up themselves today if they could see how the Constitution has been indefinitely detained itself. The PATRIOT Act, NDAA, and all of the bastard children of those laws need to stop. It actually turns my stomach now when the word "security" comes on any news report, which is about a dozen times an hour. You are making Americans fearful which will be our downfall.
Additionally, the War on Drugs is lost. Legalize, tax, regulate, and provide treatment. Every country who has done this is light years ahead of us in terms of bringing this under control. Then again without a militarized police force you are unable to keep the populace in line as easily.
I am white. I have no fear of other races, cultures, creeds, or nationalities. I do business with muslims, Pakistanis, Israelis, Chinese, Mexicans, Germans, English, Japanese, and of course Americans. They are all people just like me. I have served with many of those people, had relationships with all races and cultures, and am friends with anyone who is a good person. Holding any ethnic group responsible for the actions of a few is reprehensible and anytime I hear about "the muslims" in a general negative light, you shift me further away.
I am Catholic. And I don't CARE about abortion, contraception, or gay marriage as political issues. Abortion is a lost issue (see Roe v. Wade). If you get it back in front of the Supreme Court, then talk about it. It's polarizing and no good comes from talking about it. Contraception as a political issue? Are you kidding me? And gay marriage? What's the value in even discussing that? Who cares what people do in their own homes? Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?. Education costs are out of control. Healthcare is unattainable for many. Unemployment is sky-high. These are the issues you should be addressing. Bill Clinton, whom I detest, had one thing right for certain: "It's the economy, stupid".
Your field of candidates is funtionally insane in my opinion. I voted Obama last time because the idea McCain/Palin in office scared the shit out of me. Romney? Santorum? Gingrich? This is the best you can put forward? Until you take a rational position on any of the above and start focusing on what's good for the country as a whole, you have lost my vote. My only hope is that enough of my fellow citizens, both Democrat and Republican take the same stance.
I am completely assuming that this guy is a Republican... but he certainly shows all of the signs starting with narcissism and a .45 cal pistol.
I am a 42 year old father of three (22, 20 and 5)... I don't claim to be perfect but that dude is a childish prick. The only thing he accomplished with that video was to show people what an ignorant fuck of a father he is.
First of all... showboating to her friends and all of their family (I assume) on their facebook page - and really the world now - did nothing but alienate his daughter. He didn't teach her anything of substance at all. He taught her that she can anger him by venting frustration on her facebook. He did nothing but validate her opinion of him and she will gain validation from all of her friends after that gross display of immaturity on his part.
A real parent doesn't need to bully their kids in this way. A real parent wouldn't even be in this situation because they would have raised their kids with work ethic and the desire to achieve on their own through supporting their individuality.
My oldest kids certainly went through normal teenage angst. Teenagers rebel against their parents as a natural course of learning to be an individual. What is most important for a parent to do during that period is not to demagogue and act like an asshole... but to remain calm, talk to your kids like they are the adult you want them to grow up to be. Explain the options they have and the reasons you would choose a certain course of action... and leave the decision up to them. If they make the wrong decision - talk to them about why it was the wrong decision without being critical. "So I learned that this happened... if you remember, we talked about that and it's ok that you made a mistake... We all make mistakes. What's most important is that WE learn from this experience and make a better decision next time.". They may not like you to even talk to them about it... but the next time they have to make that decision they will remember that conversation and even if they make the same mistake... eventually, with maturity, they will take your advice. I have seen it happen... I have visceral proof.
Now... let's get to the whole "I am a badass Dad who got super pissed cuz you dissed me on facebook... so now I will use my gun to shoot your laptop like a giant douche... because it makes total fucking sense to make a child think about you with a gun when you are pissed and that the way to react to things like this are to shoot shit with a gun". Everything about that stupid shit is wrong... way to fucking win over your daughter douche-dad! Just seeing that shit pissed me off.
UPDATE: By request, I will describe the video below.
Basically, this guy is fixing his daughters computer and finds a rant that she posted on her facebook page about doing chores around the house. In the rant, she says that she feels like they are treating her like a servant and that they should pay her for doing the chores. She had hidden the post from her parents so that only her friends could see it. Basically, normal teenager/parent angst kind of things.
He got really pissed off about the post and decided to create this video where he reads the facebook post in it's entirety and then berates her about how lazy she is and how he is going to punish her. He explains that she had done this type of thing before and was grounded for 3 months for it. He then says to her that he had considered putting a bullet through her laptop at that time. He says that he is disappointed and then tells her that she is not going to see her laptop anymore. He then pulls out a .45 pistol and shoots her laptop 9 times with hollow point bullets - which he explains cost him $1 each and that she is going to pay him back for the bullets and the repairs he had made to the laptop... and then says she won't have a computer anymore unless she buys it herself.
He ends the video with "I hope you have enjoyed your little fiasco on facebook and I hope it was worth all of this".
I understand people's concerns with SOPA/PIPA. However, in my opinion, blacking out your site to protest those proposals makes about as much sense as stabbing yourself in the thigh with a fork. I want to thank kos for not jumping off the cliff like a possessed pig - so to speak.
Here is a list of the sites that decided to jump off the cliff.
Thousands of others
Here is the question that these website owners should have asked themselves before they took this action. Are there better options to educate people about the issues you have with the proposals... neither of which has even left committee?
In usual anthemic stupidity, the masses of the internet population have been going full bore insane over these proposals from the beginning... If there ever was a shining example of that phrase from Hamlet - "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" - it is this one.
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