Archive for September 3rd, 2008

On Feminism, Ugliness, and Hypocrisy–I’m Heaving It Out Folks

I’ve been stewing about this for days.  I’ve avoided writing too much about this because I didn’t want to get too ugly or offensive.  But now, after hearing Governor Palin’s speech, I don’t feel the need to get so ugly.  This woman can handle the ugliness, the sexism, and the hypocrisy that the left-wing media and good-ole-boys want to dish out.

There are just a few things in this world that really rile me up.  One is irresponsibility.  People that make big mistakes and don’t want to take responsibility for the consequences is one of the main problems in our country right now.  People make bad decisions all the time; that is human nature.  But when they will not take responsibility for their actions, when they want innocent people to bail them out of the results of their bad decisions, this really pisses me off.  Banks get greedy and make bad loans.  They should know better.  But when the little scheme backfires and people can’t pay back the loans, well, let’s get Joe Taxpayer to bail them out of their little gamble.  When people take out loans they should know they can’t afford, or build on flood plains without springing for any flood insurance, why should the rest of us who make better decisions and use common sense be forced to pay for it?  We’ve already paid for our own insurance, and our own higher interest rates on OUR mortgages.  None of these people were going to share with us if the little gamble worked out for them.

Another thing that scalds me is sexism.  The Democrats have used this issue for years, claiming themselves to be the champion of womens rights.  Women should be allowed to work outside the home.  Their kids will be fine in daycare.  Mommy doesn’t have to be chained to the house and kids.  I guess it’s fine so long as that woman is plugging along at minimum wage waiting on tables, or teaching at preschool.  It’s ok if she wants to be a clerical gal.  But the minute a woman wants to step into a position of power, a position those big-shot men want for themselves, well, suddenly they start worrying about the poor babies at home without their mommy.  Nobody ever freaking worried about Al Gore’s 4 kids under Tipper’s care while he was Vice President.  Why the sudden concern for Governor Palin’s family?  What about Barack Obama’s two adorable little girls?  How will they survive while Daddy does all his Presidential duties?

I happened to walk past the TV today when that horrible show, “The View,” was on.  I never intentionally watch that show since it makes me retch.  They can’t possibly pay poor Elisabeth Hasselbeck nearly enough to sit there every day and put up with the bile spewing from those big-mouthed vapid witches.  Little Liberal Whoopie, normally so pro-woman, is just tsk-tsking away about how all these “little” kids are going to manage without their mommy.  You freaking liberal hypocrite!  First of all, one of the “little” kids is old enough to be in the military.  The second “little” kid is soon going to have her own little kid, and she and her boyfriend are actually taking responsibility for the little “mistake” they made.  Hmmm. responsibility.  It’s a word not often found in the vocabulary of these liberals, the party of missing daddies, aborted mistakes, and politicians who won’t sign their poor rejected child’s birth certificate.

There.  I said it.  Well, at least some of it.  Enough to feel better for now.  Unfortunately, I’m sure the hypocrites of the world will get me fired up again.

Middle Son J’s Irish Luck

I would say for the most part my family is fortunate.  However, we’re not exactly “lucky.”  I know a few lucky people.  Their Daily Numbers hit a lot.  They’ve won a sweepstakes or two.  They always come out ahead in bingo games.  On the rare occasions I buy a lottery ticket, I don’t really expect to win a million dollars.  I have won free tickets and 2 dollars.  In college I won a case of beer in a frat drawing.  I wasn’t even old enough to legally drink it!

Of the five human members of our household, Middle Son J seems to be the one most in tune with his Irish heritage as far as the luck thing goes.   He used to bring home little prizes he won in classroom drawings all the time.  He escaped with only a mild concussion the time he absolutely totaled our Honda.  Of course, he would not have wrecked at all if he ever chose to trust in the wisdom of people 30 years older than him who said to make sure you DO NOT take that specific road if it snows because it gets very slippery and dangerous!!  His luckiest arena seems to be in the housing department.  This is great for J because he really needs his space.  He is a true epicurean who likes good food and comfortable surroundings.

He and his new roommate have settled into their German apartment and even have internet now.  He thought they might have to move but now it seems they probably won’t have to.  His spacious apartment that he lucked into is actually officer’s housing.  So instead of sharing quarters with 3 other guys and no kitchen facilities, he’s in a suite with a kitchen and his own bathroom.  His first year at college he somehow lucked into one of the rare suites that was more like an apartment than a dorm room.  Then, when he went back to school this past January (after Army basic training and all), he ended up moving into a room that had been occupied by a guy who decided not to come back.  And he left a bunch of stuff there for J.  So not only did J end up with his own large room and his own bath, but the kid left him a fridge and TV.  Too bad we didn’t know about it before we bought him a new fridge, bringing us to a grand total of 3 dorm refrigerators.

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