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Defending Hillary

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Hillary Clinton at the beginning of this election.  I was a Bernie supporter.  Hillary was too far to the right, too moderate for my liking.  Plus, she came with the baggage of more than twenty years in the spotlight.  I saw how the right wing and the press treated her when she was first lady.  They certainly weren’t much better when she was Secretary of State.  Thinking that this would improve when she became President is just foolish.

But, then, I started thinking about why Hillary Clinton was so detested.  She has been portrayed in the media as being scheming, conniving, too ambitious, out for herself, and, in extreme cases, evil.  Why has this woman who has worked in some form of public office most of her life been treated this way?

Because it sells papers.  Here is my Facebook response to someone who repeatedly writes on my posts how evil and abhorrent Hillary is:

Based on what? She’s never been arrested. She’s never been charged with a crime. She isn’t out killing kittens in the middle of the night. She has been branded as an evil woman by a media who wants to sell papers and make ratings since she was first lady. They did the same thing to Nancy Reagan. The difference is that Mrs. Reagan didn’t have any political ambitions beyond being Ronnie’s wife. Secretary Clinton has always had political ambitions and she pays the price for it with constant investigations into everything she does. Quite frankly, I’m tired of the biased and unfounded allegations against her. I agree with her politically 92% of the time. I am going to vote for her. I am not going to tell my grandsons that the country sucks because your Nana cast a vote that allowed in a spoiled, rich,racist,warmongering boy to ascend to the Presidency. I am not going to write in Bernie Sanders, because he has thrown himself behind Secretary Clinton for President. If she is really that evil that she has gotten away with horrible things all these years, frankly, that’s the President I want – someone who can get things done.

Obviously, this didn’t change this person’s mind. Sadly, the perception of Clinton is abhorrent.  In this day and age, you can’t change people’s minds.  Sometimes the opposite is true.  The more you insist that something isn’t true, the more the person making the statement will cling to their belief.

Is this a new phenomenon?  No, we have been making judgement calls on people throughout history.  Mary Todd Lincoln was despised for spending what Americans considered a wasteful amount on refurnishing the White House.  Jackie Kennedy was looked down upon for the same, until she charmed the public and the press.  There have been 9 different First Ladies in my lifetime.  All but Barbara Bush were trounced in the press.  Nancy Reagan was considered out of touch.  Pat Nixon was too quiet, etc.  The nation went nuts when Mrs. Obama put in a garden and bared her arms.  We are a nation of people who do not want our First Ladies to be strong women, which is interesting because the only way a woman could survive being the wife of a President is to be a strong willed woman.  Just like it isn’t easy for a man to walk a step behind his woman, the same can be said for the woman walking a step behind her man.

It’s time for us to come around and judge Hillary on her own basis.  She isn’t an ignorant woman.  She went to law school.  She grew up, as I did, in a Middle Class Household.  That doesn’t make her out of touch with the rest of us.  Are there things in pop culture she might not know?  Absolutely, it’s the same for me.  She was a successful Senator and, then, the Secretary of State.  If you want to agree with her politically, that’s one thing, but this perception that she’s somehow evil is ridiculous.  I wouldn’t even say that about Donald Trump.  Evil is Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and their irk.

Judge her on the statements she actually makes and the actions she has or does take – don’t rely on an inaccurate media telling you how to feel.   As I mentioned yesterday, the media has it’s own bias.

Blessings

Donald Trump – Time for him to Go

I’ve been steaming about Donald Trump ever since he said that John McCain isn’t a war hero.  He claims that nobody was insulted, well, I was insulted.  I’ve always thought of Donald Trump as nothing but a blowhard with more money than sense and, with his campaign for President, he’s proving me correct.  With even non-Republican friends saying things like, “I admire his honesty”, I thought I should write this blog to add some facts into Trump’s veneer.

While John McCain was flying missions over Vietnam and a POW,  Donald Trump was using Daddy’s money and government deferments to attend Fordham University and, then the University of Pennsylvania.  Once Trump graduated, he had a job at his father’s real estate company waiting for him and $200,000 in his pocket, according to a Washington Post article.  Trump makes himself out to be a self-made man, but the truth is – he didn’t do this all on his own.

Hell, all of us could be rich if we started with family connections and $200,000 in our pocket.  He isn’t someone to be admired.  People who should be admired are the ones who started with nothing and rose to the top of the heap.  People like Kenny Troutt (the founder of Excel Communications), Ralph Lauren (founder of Polo), Larry Ellison (Oracle founder), Oprah (like I have to tell you), Ursula Burns (CEO of Xerox), and John Paul Dejoria (co-founder of John Paul Mitchell) are the people to be admired.  Each one of them started from the very bottom and they worked their way up into Billionaire status and (as far as I know), unlike Trump, not a bankruptcy among them.

It’s time to relegate Trump and the blowhards like him to the ignore zone.  We shouldn’t be putting boys like him on pedestals and walking around clamoring like he’s worth our time.  His comments regarding immigrants from Mexico pander to the lowest of Americans, whom we should really leave behind.  Racists have no place in American society and, if Donald Trump wants to be their leader, let him do it outside of the view of TV cameras.

 

Left, Wrong and the Internet: Early Morning Ramblings

I love the Internet.  I love technology.  That said, I think the Internet – for all the good – has a dark side.

We’re not anymore divided in this country than we were back when brother raised arms against brother, but thanks to the Internet; it sure feels that way.  To paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel the email boxes of the world before the truth can boot the computer. (And, actually, to say that’s Mark Twain’s quote might not even be true – it might be Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.)

And, speaking of lies, it is amazing to me how someone will believe the lie of an email rather than believe the actually fact.  And, it seems as if people want to believe the lie.  Further, at least in my life and my experience, these people are on the right.

For example, I don’t care who sent you the email, George Soros doesn’t own nor is he affiliated with Snopes.com.  But, since this information from about Snopes is from Snopes, I’m guessing those on the right won’t believe it.

Oh and another thing:  The media, with some exceptions, is a tool of the left.  Fox News and the right may want you to believe that, but it simply isn’t true.  The media, again with some exceptions, is a business.  Businesses like to make money and whatever ups the ratings or sells newspapers is what’s going to be printed.  Don’t believe me, check out the ads for your local news.  Go ahead – it’s all:  Water – is it going to kill you or The danger lurking in your kitchen.  It’s designed to get you to watch.  Sometimes, you might get the full story, but most of the time you don’t.  And, radio news is just as bad (if not worse) than TV news.  I happen to have a long commute and no matter which station I listen to in the morning, that station will have the news on 3 or 4 times.  And, it’s always the same stories.

And, who owns the media?

Well, The Disney Company owns ABC, so they might lean a little to the left. Comcast owns NBC. Clear Channel owns 850 radio stations.

Our media, which translates into our news and information, is slowly being owned by less and less companies. In other words, more stations are being owned by the same company.

And, don’t even get me started on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supposed to deregulate Cable and lower our rates (seen your rates drop? Anybody?) and it allowed companies to own more and more stations. There was a limit before.

Anyway, even for a rambling post, I’m getting off track.

I’d like to bring up Trayvon Martin – I know, I know, you’re all sick about the subject and your tired from all of the coverage, but I fought with my father about this yesterday and it’s on my mind.

  1. I’ve made this statement before and I’m making it again:  Once George Zimmerman left the safety of his vehicle (after being told by police not to do so), it wasn’t self-defense.  Once he approached Martin, he was taking the law into his own hands and whatever transpired after that made him a murderer.  And, that’s why stand your ground laws are dangerous, because the victim is no longer here.
  2. The picture of Trayvon Martin with tons of tattoos?  It’s not him.  And, the blatant lie of him flipping off the camera?  That’s a Trayvon Martin, but not THE Trayvon Martin.  Check out Snopes.
  3. I don’t care what Martin was doing that night.  I don’t care what he did in his young life before that night.  I don’t care if the kid was flunking out of high score and planning on scoring some drugs that night.  I don’t know if any of that is true and I don’t care.  He had a right to be on that sidewalk and he had the right to not have someone without any legal authority stop and question him.  It doesn’t matter that Zimmerman thought he had some right or was justified – he wasn’t.  Follow me in your vehicle at night and then approach me?  You might be the one down on the sidewalk looking up at the stars.  Pull a gun on me in some sort of “self-defense” and be prepared to die.
  4. Personally, I think Zimmerman deserves vigilante justice.  He stalked and hunted Trayvon Martin; he should only get the same.  And, it’s amazing how right wing people are offended by that.  They think that’s horrible.  How could I possibly feel that way? I feel that way because I believe in an eye for an eye.  Zimmerman totally disregarded Martin’s rights by approaching him.  Zimmerman knew he had a gun.  He knew the police were on their way.  He knew he was safe and then he got out of the car.  I think the real justice will be the fact that Zimmerman for the rest of his life will have to look over his shoulder to make sure he’s not being attacked.

As much as I would like to continue my ramblings (and, I never did reach my original point), I have to get going and head to work. I know, a liberal who works for a living! Imagine that! No government aid! It must be some leftist, Marxist, fascist, Communist conspiracy!

Westboro Baptist “Church” to Protest Betty Ford’s Funeral

I know they have the right to protest, but this group just makes me sick.  Seriously, protesting at the funeral of a former First Lady?  Do these people have no shame?  Sadly, with the war on women going on in this country – i.e., the unfunding of Planned Parenthood – a lot of people are in the same boat with the the Westboro people.  May God have mercy on their souls.

I still can’t wait until their old, crabby ringleader – Phelps – drops dead.  I’ll be there with my sign.  God hates the Westboro Baptist Church and the Phelps family.

Lesbian home destroyed – Arson Suspected

I found this on the AMERICAbloy Gay.  A home belonging to a lesbian couple was burned to the ground.  Carol Ann and Laura Stutte love the area, but do not plan on rebuilding there.  John Aravosis, “It will be interesting to see if the administration helps.”  But, I think he’s wrong.  Equality for gays and lesbians won’t happen because a Democratic President calls for it.  It will happen when neighbors start watching out for each other.

I blame the whole thing on the people who live in that neighborhood.  Maybe if they had reacted and called the cops when the couple’s garage was being spray painted with “Queers”, a house burning wouldn’t have happened.

On the other hand, that’s pretty much what you can expect when you’re gay and you live below the mason dixon line.  Nothing but haters down there.  Might be a few good ones, but I promise you — I will never live in the south.  No one can ever convince me that the uneducated, backward masses do not outnumber the people who are goodhearted, educated people.

Hate Church Targets Comic-Con

I saw this post over at kotaku.com. Apparently, the Westboro Baptist Church has nothing to do. They are planning on protesting Comic-Con in San Diego. Don’t these people have lives?  Don’t they have to work for a living?  Apparently not.  I wonder how many of them are living on the government dole – hey, if people can think it about me, I should be able to think it about them, right?  But, seriously, just how do the members of the Westboro Baptist Church support themselves?

These people give Christianity a bad name.  They’re the kind of Christians that make me cringe every time someone proclaims their Christian status in front of me.  I know it isn’t very nice of me, but my first thought is always, “When is the crazy going to start?”

If you’ve checked out the blog over at kotaku.com, then you had to see the sign that says, “God Hates Nerds” Romans 9:13. But, I seriously doubt that the maker of the sign has ever read Roman 9:13. The passage states, for those of you who are not familiar, states: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” What in the world does that have to do with Nerds?

Absolutely nothing.

The chapter deals with whether or not all Israelites “are truly members of God’s people” (Romans 9:6). Apparently, according to Saint Paul, they are not, for “being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children” (Romans 9:7). Only those born to descendants of Issac, who was the chosen one. The whole point of the passage is that God can choose to send some of us away to, I’m assuming, burn in the fires of Hell and take the rest of us into Heaven to be with Him. Now, I understand that, but I still have no idea what that has to do with nerds. Further, why would any people put much stock into the crap Saint Paul wrote? He isn’t God. God didn’t write through him. The only words in the Bible that should be held with any weight in our lives are the ones that Jesus spoke.

The front page on their website states that, “God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton.”  The really big question, if it is true that “God doesn’t love everyone”, what is their proof that God loves them? The complete line is: “…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Rom. 9:13. God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton. How long will you love simplicity? Prov. 1:22.” So, they have take two completely unrelated verses in the Bible and tied them together to make their own, well, simple point.  God doesn’t love everyone.  So, is that why Rev Phelps is dying of cancer?  That’s what I heard.  That he’s in real pain and suffering, which seems pretty fair, since according to Exodus 33:19, God said: “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

But, what does that have to do with nerds and why waste a trip to San Diego to protest Comic-Con?

Apparently, they think that because you like comic books, you’ve turned your back on God and you’re into worshiping idols. I’m serious, that’s what their website says (yes, I went to god hates fags and looked around.): “They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

Does the Westboro Baptist Church realize that they couldn’t spread it’s message of hate (god hates fags) without a nerdy webmaster. (If this man or woman has one brain in their head, they should be ashamed of themselves to help such an anti-Christian group spread such hate.)

You know, here’s something I don’t understand – and I’m serious here – as a Christian, I’m looking forward to the end of my life. I really am. I really can’t wait to place my gaze on my Lord and Savior. I don’t fear death and I don’t fear the destruction of the world as we know it. Truly. I’d like to make the world a better place before I reach that death. I don’t believe that “the destruction of this nation is imminent”, so I believe we need to work together to make America a better nation. But, this is what I don’t understand. If you believe that the world is coming to an end, shouldn’t you be rejoicing? If the world ends, then Jesus will rule upon the earth, as discussed in Revelations. Isn’t that something a Christian should be thrilled about? Shouldn’t the Westboro Baptist Church be happy that Jesus is coming to rule? Shouldn’t they put down their signs of protest and start bowing their heads in prayer? If Jesus is going to be here any minute, shouldn’t they be absolutely sure that their hearts and lives are pure and stop pestering the rest of us?

I pray for these people all the time. I hope that God shows them the mercy they refused to show others. (And, if I’m honest, I hope He doesn’t listen to me too much. I’d like to see them suffer, a little. Okay, a lot. I’m not a perfect Christian.)

One final thought – for today – With all their disgusting and offensive material on their site, I found the icon on the top – in the address bar – with the upside down American flag to be the most disturbing. An upside down flag means that you are in distressed and while I support everyone’s First Amendment right, it doesn’t mean that I can’t find this kind of disrespect for the symbol of our nation anything but absolutely unpatriotic and denigrating.

Use the AFA to support gay rights!

The AFA (Amercian Family Association) is at it again. Their hatred for gays and lesbians is beyond belief. They’re calling for their followers to send emails via a form they provide. So, I used their form to send the following email and I encourage all of my readers to do the same:


Dear Mr. Bell and NBC:


Your decision to recognize homosexual “weddings” as akin to that between one man and one woman is an absolute brilliant idea and one that is very much appreciated!

Please count me as one who will always consider watching NBC’s “Today” show and I applaud your attempt to engineer the social acceptance of political correctness.

Click here to go to their site and bring up the form.  Don’t forget to change the actual letter.  I stuck pretty close to the AFA’s original text  so the changes would be hard to notice.

Get a Backbone

I have been an out lesbian for over twenty years. I have marched, attended rallies, written blogs and lived my life with the idea that I can’t expect to get my Constitutional rights while hiding in a closet. I’m out to my family, friends and co-workers. Being out hasn’t always been all wine and roses, either. I’ve been harassed, fired and insulted because I am a lesbian. My life now is pretty well set, but there are still those on the fringes of my life who would rather I go away or, at least, pretend I’m not gay to make things easier on them.
But, I’m not going to live a lie just to make life a little easier or make someone else happy. I don’t think that anyone should. If you’re against gay marriage, then I think you should put signs in your yard and participate openly in the political process. I know your beliefs are wrong and misguided, but if you believe it, then you shouldn’t hide it. Be proud of your narrow straightness!

Yell it from the mountain tops! Man up!

Apparently, one of the groups that helped scare the state of California into voting for Proposition 8 – the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) – doesn’t agree with me. They think that their supporters and donors should have a right to privacy. They shouldn’t have to provide their donor lists to state election officials.
“But, Julie, why would they feel this way? What could they possibly have to hide?” I hear you asking.
Glad you brought it up – I have an answer.
They’re scared. They’re scared that their donors might be harassed for their beliefs. They filed a lawsuit which went right up to the US Supreme Court – Doe v. Reed – to protect the privacy of their followers.
(I went to their site to see what they wrote about the case, but I couldn’t find one word about it. I searched the case name, looked through their archives – nothing. I thought that was odd and I only mention it to see if any of you, my gentle readers, can find anything.)
“So, Julie, what happened with the suit?” I hear you ask.
Well, I’ll tell you – they lost and they lost big: 8-1. Surprised? No? Well, I am – a little.
Anthony Scalia, a man with whom I usually disagree, wrote:

“There are laws against threats and intimidation; and harsh criticism, short of unlawful action, is a price our people have traditionally been willing to pay for self governance. Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed. For my part, I do not look forward to a society which…campaigns anonymously…and even exercises the direct democracy of initiative and referendum hidden from public scrutiny and protected from the accountability of criticism. This does not resemble the Home of the Brave.”

In other words, get a backbone.
I never mind when someone disagrees with me, but when someone places an anonymous comment knocking me (someone once called me lazy, fat and white trash) it really gets me. It’s not the comment that bothers me. I’ve been called worse before and I’m sure in the future, I’ll be called worse again. It’s the anonymous part. They’ll sit behind the Anonymous title and spout things about me that aren’t true and they don’t even have enough guts to stand up and say, “My name is Robert Smith and I think you’re a bitch.”

And, for me, it’s the same for the anti-gay crowd. If you want to say, “I don’t think you and Cheryl should be allowed to get married,” that’s fine. You have a First Amendment right to say it and believe it, but if you don’t have the guts to stand up and say, “My name is Robert Smith and I don’t think you and Cheryl should be allowed to get married” then I think you should keep your mouth shut. I have a lot more respect for someone who speaks their mind in public. I think if you give money to any organization that runs ads in support of one candidate or another; you should have to have your name on a list given over to state or federal election officials.
If you believe in a cause – any cause – enough to give money to it, you should believe in it enough to stand up and be counted or stand up and defend it. You shouldn’t coward in a corner.
To add to Justice Scalia’s comments, America is no place for cowards. We are the Home of the Brave and not the Home of the Chickens.
One final thought, I know on this blog, you have to have a Blogger or Google Account to not post Anonymous, but nothing says you can’t put your name in your post.
If you can’t say it to my face, you shouldn’t say it behind my back.
Man up, NOM!

American Girl

Sometimes, I just wonder what the wrong wing is thinking. The American Family Association (who has 2.2 million members) has called for a boycott of the American Girl stores.
What? you say. Why?

Glad you asked.

Apparently, the American Girl stores support a group called Girls, Inc. According to the American Family Association, Girls, Inc. supports abortion rights and lesbians. Now, I checked out their website and I didn’t see anything that resembles support for either abortion rights or lesbians.

You can learn more about it here: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/10/18/83839/064

So, I travelled to the Girls, Inc. site and donated some money. Not a lot, but some. Any group that has a mission to help girls with math skills and self-esteem is on the right track.

Oh, BTW, I’ve decided to try out the software at Blogger.com. I’m not sure if this’ll work being hosted on my own site or not, so please, let me know what you think.

God Bless,

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