Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thou Shalt Not Make Broad Generalizations

Earlier this week, Ari Fleisher was on Anderson Cooper's show on CNN. It was a fairly interesting exchange regarding current politics, but one of his comments has stuck with me so I decided to vent about it here. By no means is he the only person that has made broad generalization statements that mislead the masses, but his is the one on my mind today.

Fleisher made the comment that President Obama didn't seem to like corporations.

When I was a child, at some point I remember being presented lessons or tests with particular scenarios that were to teach us from making broad generalizations that in fact, were false.

For instance, if they showed you a picture of a black dog, the caption would read...

This is a dog.

The dog is black.

Therefore all dogs are black.

You would answer true or false to the statement.

The lesson is "thou shalt not make broad generalizations."

I guess Fleisher missed that lesson, further proving that education and degrees do not make one intelligent.

Or maybe he is intelligent and just trying to take advantage of shallow thinkers, who will believe that since President Obama does not like corporate thieves, then he doesn't like any corporations at all. Makes perfect sense, right?

Following this logic I will now have to hate cars, because one left me stranded on the highway one time.

I will also have to hate teachers, because a few of them are pedophiles.

Nah, I'll just try NOT to hate people like Ari Fleisher, who spin the truth to fit their own agendas by stating half-truths and hoping the public will buy it. I wonder how he sleeps at night, especially on nights after he has been on national television?

Dear Ari, thou shalt not make broad generalizations that mislead your American brothers and sisters.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Building a Better Blog

We bloggers are always looking for ways to improve our blogs, or at least, I hope that most of us are.

Building a better blog requires figuring out what people want and then delivering it to them. One of the things I have found after a few years of doing this, is that comment moderation and the features of the commenting platform can be tools that help keep readers active and happy at the same time.

Yesterday, I finally installed Comment Luv with my Intense Debate commenting system. Comment Luv allows a commenter to type in their website url and then it will automatically pull the title of the last post as well as linking to it.

I only applied it to new posts though, because the wording of the installation confused me a little bit. It said that applying the application to existing posts would replace the existing comments.

What does that mean???

Replace - as in replace them with nothing?
Replace - as in put them back where they belong when the application is installed?

I decided to be safe instead of sorry.

I would be extremely happy if any of you has the answer to this question. If the existing comments will be safe at home, then I will implement Comment Luv on the whole shebang. Otherwise, I'll leave it as is.

I also decided to allow the comment section to appear on the front page if you click the link. Previously, I had a popup window, but I really hate popups of any kind, so I decided to change that. I also hate being led to another page because, well, there isn't a good reason for why I find it annoying, I just do.

KISS - Keep it simply sweety...

I'm trying to keep blogging simple for my readers, but that isn't always simple and in fact, can sometimes present quite a challenge. In the end though, I enjoy rearranging and redesigning my blogs. Now I just need to start actually analyzing which changes increase viewers and truly make it better.

Building a better blog

Monday, May 14, 2012

Character in a Presidential Candidate

I'm not so proud of many things I did as a young person, but I can honestly say that I never intentionally hurt anyone, physically or otherwise.

Mitt Romney's "hijinks" (as he calls them) as a senior in his "prep" high school which involved holding a gay boy down and cutting his hair, seem to be more of a character issue to me. He had no thought at all about this young man's feelings. Indeed, he deemed himself to be more worthy  - else he would not have dared to force the boy into an unwanted haircut.

He took control of someone without their permission. I find this unacceptable of the character that should be in a presidential candidate. He was a senior, not a ten year old boy who may not have known better. Equally as distressing as the incident itself, is that the school did absolutely nothing about it.

There is also the issue of animal cruelty relating to Seamus, the family dog who was placed in his kennel (equipped with a windshield), and strapped to the top of the car for the family vacation trip in 1983. In 1983, I'm pretty sure Romney was an adult.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey found that 74% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 63% of Republicans consider it inhumane to put a family dog in a kennel on the roof of a car. The poll also found that 35% of voters would be less likely to vote for Romney because of the Seamus incident, whereas 55% of voters said that it would not affect how they vote. 

Regardless of which party one represents (or religion for that matter), a presidential candidate should always possess the character and inherent morals that would enable that person to have compassion and empathy for his/her constituents - the people he/she will be sworn to protect. I sincerely hope that the American people will consider these issues when they vote in the Presidential election.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Supporting Gay Marriage Political Ploy

Surely everyone has heard the news by now...
Political Ploy? Doesn't make sense!

President Obama has become the first president in history to support same-sex marriage.

Many are saying that supporting gay marriage is nothing more than a political ploy, but if that were the case, it is certainly one with a huge risk.

While it's true that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, that majority may not play out across all states, and the state victories are the ones that elect the president.

Therefore, this logic simply does not float.

President Obama always supported civil unions with rights for gay partners, and I think this is just his way of taking a stand. This stand is doubly important in light of the vote in North Carolina which just banned gay marriage.

  1. When will Christians learn that they do NOT have the right to force their beliefs on all Americans?
  2. When will Christians learn that they do NOT have the right to punish those who go against their beliefs?

I'm very proud to be an American today, and I'm very proud of President Obama for defending basic human rights of all Americans.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Free Diet Coke Surprise

I ran out of Diet Dr. Pepper this morning which, if you knew me, you'd know that it's a terrible thing and I can get downright grouchy without it.

So, after I dropped my daughter off at the college, I went to CVS, which was right across the street. Well, their drinks are so expensive that I simply refuse to buy more than one at that price. It's the principle of the thing. However, they had my favorite ice cream on sale for half of what I pay in the grocery store, so I stocked up on that and got a few more things while I was in there.

Here's the best part... When I got to the register, she asked for my little care card and then informed me that since I had spent over $20, I was entitled to a 12 pack of Coke products - absolutely free. Then she took my care card and went to the scanner to spit out the coupon for me.

Can you believe it?

She even walked with me to where the boxed cans were stacked to pick up my free drinks! That lady was a pleasure to do business with.

She didn't have to tell me about the free product, I would never have known the difference. But she did - and that made all the difference.

God bless her.

So, if you've got a few things you can buy at CVS, go spend $20 and get a 12 pack of canned drinks - free!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Female who fired warning shot to abusive husband found guilty

"31-year-old Marissa Alexander was cornered by her abusive husband when she fired a warning shot into the ceiling of their home, using a gun she was licensed to carry. The August, 2010 incident led to the Jacksonville, Florida resident’s conviction of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to newspaper The Florida Times-Union." Florida Judge denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ retrial to female black defendant | The Raw Story

Ummm, so where does justice enter into this situation?

This story is absurd and illogical. Since when is it illegal to fire a warning shot?

This type of action by a judge, makes you wonder who is in control of our judges, because they obviously are NOT using common sense to make decisions, indicating that they are under the influence of something or someone - or a group of someones.

It's scary.

We are living in dangerous times, not only in our homes, but in our courtrooms.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Catch My Words: Silly Sunday: History Lesson

My new favorite phrase is now "pluck yew!"

Learn something new -- and funny too.

Read this delightful blog post by Joyce Lansky:

Catch My Words: Silly Sunday: History Lesson:
The History of the Middle Finger   English Archers  
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the...

Luxury living at largest Christian TV network

While I am not a bit surprised by this development, I am a bit puzzled as to why Mr. and Mrs. Crouch require his and hers mansions, and in more than one location???

Surely the two of them can find enough privacy in one mansion? We are using the term mansion - which implies plenty of roaming room, which shouldn't even be needed for people their age - I mean let's get real.

Hopefully people will wake up, tune in to LOVE and stop sending their money to these hypocrites.

NYT: Luxury living at largest Christian TV network - US news - The New York Times - "Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience"

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