Showing posts from May, 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 d

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 d

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 strap

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

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 wi

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.

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" 'via Blog this'