Posted by: nhfalcon | March 27, 2011

J.A.R.D. v.3.27.11

* – do you remember?

I do.

* – YES!!! Let the filming of The Hobbit begin!

* – RIP, Elizabeth Taylor.

* – I’m pretty sure there will never be a Toy Story 4 if this is what’s going to happen:

Insert your own “Woody” joke here. 🙂

* – um, exactly what is the fairy with the long brown braid doing to Tinkerbell?

And to answer your question, no, there is nothing sacred. 🙂

* – ladies and gentlemen, Lou Charloff and the story of Herschel the Magnificent Jew:

* – well, sure it can, but what a way to go! 🙂

* – um, probably not the best name you could come up with for a burger joint.

* – I have just discovered The Art of Manliness.

I have a lot of reading to do. 🙂

* – that’s pretty damn good for a 42-year old.

* – how a real woman puts on a bra:

* – I think I need to buy a house in Australia…

15 Queen Anne Court , to be precise. 😉

Or perhaps 19 Binda Place…

Decisions, decisions… 😉

* – I know it’s only a basking shark, but, still – DAMN!

* – speaking of sea monsters

* – ok, this is just wrong:

* – pop quiz for all the parents out there: how many of you think it’s a good idea for 7 – 13-year old girls to wear bikinis with padded, push-up tops?

* – we’re banning the sale of girl scout cookies? Really?

* – I will grant that the author of this article presents a good argument, but  I still disagree with him.

* – a little overly simplistic? Maybe…

… but still too good to pass up.

* – is it possible that the moves of Governor Walker have actually been good for both sides?

* – an interesting article on the idea of “the tyranny of the minority.”

* – I actually believe in extraterrestrial life, too, but I’m afraid I just can’t swing with Hugo Chavez on the idea that capitalism killed off the life that used to exist on Mars.

* – so, Joe, would this apply to all presidents, or just G.W.?:

Just askin’…

* – oh, and by the way, it doesn’t really help that the rebels we’re supporting have ties to al-Qaeda.

Just sayin’…

* – speaking of the Democrat version of Dan Quayle, he might want to re-think how he treats reporters.

* – being an NFL Draft geek (32 days to go, baby!), I can appreciate an article that grades potential GOP presidential hopefuls like draft prospects.

It doesn’t hurt that the article has Chris Christie ranked #1 overall. 🙂

* – speaking of my political man-crush

* – they can really do this? Well, then, DO IT!

* – Looks like Senator Claire McCaskill has been taking tax advice from Timothy Geitner.

* – caught on tape: major union leaders discussing how to collapse the American economy so they can rebuild it in their image.

* – “If I had a dollar for every time that Capitalism was blamed for the problems caused by Government I’d be a rich fat filmmaker with a baseball cap.” – anonymous, which is too bad, because I’d like to shake the author’s hand.

* – this would be when I’m ok with the idea of the rich paying more taxes.

A.Y.F.K.M.?! Exactly how the FUCK does a $14 billion company pay zero taxes?!

This is why I’m a proponent of a flat tax. No loopholes. No shelters. No writeoffs. No legal haberdashery or legerdemain (sorry – channeling Dennis Miller there). Everybody pays.

EVERYBODY! 

(oh, btw, Obama’s head of Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is GE’s CEO. Just sayin’…)

* – how about a little more Allen West porn, hmmm?

* – so, while gas prices continue to rise (it’s consistently over $3.50 – in some cases over $3.60 – a gallon where I live) and we continue to refuse to harvest our own domestic supplies, thereby not only exterting some control over prices but also sacrificing American jobs, we’re going to invest in Brazil’s oil industry so we can give Brazilians jobs and pay to import their supply?

Huh?

* – a new favorite of mine, Ann McElhinney:

* – Obamacare, one year later.

* – the Left loves to regale you with stories that make you think with your heart instead of your head to convince you that Obamacare is a good thing. Well, ok, fine, here’s a story where you can use your heart instead of your head to convince you Obamacare is a bad thing.

* – I mean, when Anthony Weiner – one of the biggest supporters of Obamacare – is trying to figure out how to get a waiver for an entire city, you know there’s gotta be something wrong.   

* – yes, Mr. Wolcott, the reason we’re so impressed by the lack of rioting in Japan is because the relative lack of black people in Japan is our proof that only black people riot.

Where do these clowns come up with this crap?

* – another Democrat who was in the KKK? I thought it was the Republicans who were racists? Weird…

* – nope, those Dems aren’t bigoted in any way, shape, or form. I mean, it’s not like any of them think that, just because you’re a Republican or a Tea Party member, you don’t deserve the freedoms given to you in the Constitution.

* – another nice piece by Bo, this time on Christianity and homosexuality.

* – hey, Bill Maher, how’s that foot taste?

* – RIP, Geraldine Ferraro.

* – speaking of the first female vice presidential candidate, I have to take issue with this:

“(Governor Walker’s) tactics add fuel to my fire that our “great” nation is viciously disrespectful of people with vaginas.”

I saw this on another blog, and it just blew my mind. I didn’t bother to comment on the blog post itself because I knew doing so wouldn’t lead to a rational discussion, but rather derision and scorn, and I’ve got better things to do with my time.

If I thought commenting would have led to a rational discussion, I would have asked the author where else in the world would she rather live?

Afghanistan? Where 87% of women have experienced domestic violence? Where half of the brides are under 16? The only country in the world where the suicide rate is higher for women than men? Where one woman dies in childbirth every half-hour?

The Democratic Republic of Congo? Where rape is so common the UN has called it unprecedented?

Nepal? Where 1 in 24 women die in pregnancy or childbirth? Where daughters who aren’t married before they’re teens can be sold to traffickers? Where the female literacy rate is only 35%?

Sudan? Where more than one million women since 2003 have been raped, abducted, or forcibly displaced?

Guatemala? Where murdered women’s bodies often have hate messages left on them? Where the rate of HIV / AIDS is second only to sub-Saharan Africa?

Mali? Where genital mutilation is commonplace? Where one in ten women die in pregnancy or childbirth?

Pakistan? Where women are gang-raped as punishment for men’s crimes?

Saudi Arabia? Where women are not allowed to drive? Where they’re not allowed to mix with men publicly?

Papua New Guinea? Where women only get five years of formal education and are four times more likely to contract HIV / AIDS than men?

Haiti? Where rape wasn’t criminalized until 2005?

Sierra Leone? The worst place in the world to be a woman according to the Human Development Report? Where the female literacy rate is only 24%? Where one in eight women die in pregnancy or childbirth? Where the life expectancy is 43?

Niger? Where only 4% of women have access to contraceptives? Where 67% of births happen without a health professional on hand?

THAT is being viciously disrespectful of people with vaginas! You don’t have to worry about your clitoris being involuntarily cut off here in America, girlfriend. The United States is not a country where it’s virtually impossible for you to divorce your husband, but he can dump you at the drop of a hat. You can achieve any level of education you like here. Any level of financial success you like. Any level of political power you like. You have the right to vote. You have the right to an abortion. You have the right to choose your spouse. You have the right to dress any way you choose. You have the right to worship as you choose, to speak as you choose.

In this coming presidential election there are two women with legitimate aspirations to the highest office in the land. In the last election there was one. We’ve twice had women this close to the second-highest office in the land. The third-highest office, Speaker of the House, has had one woman. There have been three female Secretaries of State. There are currently fifteen female United States senators and 71 Congresswomen. There currently three female Supreme Court Justices. Fifteen Fortune 500 companies are run by women. Thirty-eight of the 400 richest people in America are women, including two of the top ten and one of the top five.

Could things be better for women in America? Of course they could. After all, it did take us until the 20th Century to give women the right to vote. We still haven’t had a woman run this country, while other industrialized Western nations have had women lead theirs. On average, men still make more money than women in this country. There is still rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination committed against women in this country far, FAR too often. 

But, to call this country – which, yes, is great – “vicously disrespectful” of women is patently ludicrous.

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Responses

  1. *clap,clap,clap* Yes.

  2. Thanks, Falcon. My pastor really did a marvelous job with that sermon.

  3. Have Cookiemaker give you a big fat sloppy kiss on the lips for that last tirade.

  4. So Saintseester and I were enjoying a delicious lunch yesterday–she a red curry, I a lovely plate of sushi–and she was highly complimentary of your work on women around the world here at the end of the post. I decided I hadn’t read it closely enough, so came back tonight. I concur with her assessment. Nice work.

    Also…

    I read your intro to it again and thought “hmmm…I have a really good guess as to where such a comment might have been made.” And I was RIGHT! 🙂

    • I thank you all – “Seester, Kemtee, and Bo – for your compliments.

      Something I should clarify, though, is my comment about the response I would get if I left my rant on the author’s blog. My comment would receive derision and scorn because I was the person leaving the comment, not because the author is incapable of rational discussion. Quite the contrary, in fact. The author of that blog is very intelligent, articulate, and well-read (as well as paasionate about her beliefs and positions), but there is something about me that just pushes her buttons and (I believe) would lead her to to deem my commentary not worthy of logical discourse.

  5. Hey, I’m with you, man. She’d be smokin’ hot if she could get over her self-loathing. 🙂

  6. Um, can you both be right? Can we be horrified at how women are treated in other countries AND work to ensure our own policies and laws don’t tread on women’s rights?

  7. jrh, Falcon condemns just where he should condemn, if you’ll note. I think a big part of his point is that “viciously disrespectful” is hugely overstated, particularly in the context of some sort of alleged national and systematic oppression, which the original poster seems to imply.

    To raise awareness of violence against American women (for example) and available support for same is admirable. To insinuate that it’s an accepted part of the United States’ sociocultural fabric is ludicrous. This great nation–no snarky quotes–is not “viciously disrespectful” toward women.

  8. Sorry to follow myself up.

    To be clear, I understand the original poster wasn’t speaking of violence per se. I give it (and I think Falcon gave it) as an example of what would be “viciously disrespectful.”

  9. JRH, I think that is entirely possible.

    Bo hit it on the head – it’s all about perspective, and I think the perspective of the author of “vicously disrespectful” is off kilter.

  10. Like I said, I really appreciated your defense of women around the world who are truly, viciously and horrifically oppressed. Perspective is a problem we seem to have here in the US of A. We tend to be self-centered, though, and it takes effort to step outside of ourselves and really look. It’s easier to bitch about “the man,” though.


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