Posted: October 1, 2014 at 8:57 am | Tags: 2016, Blackburn, Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Jindal, Paul, political candidates, Romney, The White House
Presently, the Republican party is trying to figure out who should be the main candidate in 2016 for the White House. And I’m gonna be honest, I HAVE NO IDEA who should actually run.
These are the people who might run or are running:
You could dissect them on personality or you could dissect them on their background, or by issue. The issues are probably what will matter most. It is too problematic that about three of these candidates have supporters who are sincerely dedicated to them and will cut at the other opponents, or worse their supporters – it’s like we learned nothing from the last two elections.
Posted: September 30, 2014 at 11:48 am | Tags: Camille Paglia, College Campuses, Predators, Stalking
If you haven’t noticed between the news on ISIS in the Middle East and the Democracy protests in Hong Kong, the news on the issue of date rape and campus life has gotten kind of weird. Somewhere in the process of colleges trying to keep the law enforcement out and to delineate the messy nature of people – colleges are starting to make some really odd choices. And you have to think a more important point about safety has been missed by miles.
Notably – the newest article from National Review on the University of Michigan’s desperate attempts to control the issue with the headline “Withholding Sex Now Considered Sexual Violence.” What? (You can read the article here.) Or you can check out the Reason article on Gov. Jerry Brown’s state, California, where the legislature has passed a bill:
California Gov. Jerry Brown affixed his signature to SB 967—the “Yes Means Yes” affirmative consent bill—which will require colleges to police their students’ sex lives.
You can read the article here. In fact there is an app now related to consent which apparently will help people find clarity?
IF you feel mildly squeamish or confused, that would be a correct feeling at this point. And then Camille Paglia put out an article called “The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil.” Yes!
It’s not often that this blogger would agree with someone that far to the left, but Camille Paglia has some good points which needed to be made and the article was circulated among conservatives on the web as solid advice. You can read the article here.
The article was about the disappearance of Hannah Graham in Virginia and the fact that so many women today do not understand the reality of life. The world has some really really nasty people in it and women have to be guarded to take care of themselves – to survive.
Too many young middle class women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense.
Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.
To add to the problem, most people men or women do not want to inform or support young women in really being savvy about the world. Why? Not many people want to deal with the reality that the world is full of some really great people and some really evil ones. There are predators out there in the world, it’s not a woman’s fault if some yucky predator is after her, but women do unfortunately have to go through the horrid process of being aware, walking home at night for example, and getting help through alerting friends or colleagues if they think they are at risk. And any woman who has to deal with the social stigmas related to alerting other people when dealing with a predator deserves the utmost sympathy.
It’s not a pretty process, society isn’t keen on the reality that there is evil in the world.
Posted: September 27, 2014 at 8:52 am | Tags: Ghenghis Khan, political strategy
Politics Post –
This post is written out of respect for the commons.
“In politics to be respected, you must be feared.”
This is a common phrase that you have probably heard before, but you would be surprised at how people misinterpret it when trying to acquire or maintain power. This blogger can’t tell if it’s the idea that Ghenghis Khan once ruled much of the earth by force which inspires some people to actually think the best strategy is to act in a savage crazy manner. I’m talking about those people and you know who you are, that think the way to gain power and create fear in the political sphere is by actually throwing objects, having rage attacks, picking fights and beating up on women or even men too.
It would be nice to think this sort of behavior didn’t really happen very often, but there are a fair number that never make it to the higher levels who practice this sort of ridiculousness. To put a fine point on it – if you engage in any behaviors which involve violating another person’s being or threatening them by grabbing them, pushing or shoving – you are just waiting to go to jail. You’re not a politico or savvy or anything, you’re a law breaker someone who commits assault without thinking and don’t get ever get it confused.
And worse, there are those who think political power is slander, you know who you are too. You’re the guy who spreads nasty rumors, you make up ridiculous stories about anyone that threatens you and think, foolishly, that everything will come up roses for you. Moreover, no one respects someone who needs to have people constantly upset, there are tons of articles on this issue for management – workers come to hate anyone that is constantly in a bad mood and threatens them.
To have political power, you must be respected, to be respected you must behave in a respectful manner, then and only then can you provoke fear with your displeasure in the political world due to your merit.
By the way – You can be both loved and feared, you may not be just loved and you may only be feared – but you can have both. The best method is to be feared because you are loved so to speak.
Posted: September 26, 2014 at 8:23 am | Tags: Apple, Before and After, fines, forests, iPhone, Red Wine
The Friday Fry Up –
Eric Holder announced he will step down this week. It can’t be over the Republicans possibly taking the U.S. Senate in January since the odds on that are 50/50. All scandals are relatively removed from the present so it would appear he is just leaving out of exhaustion at this point. There is no particular meaning to him stepping down now as opposed to a few years ago, despite circumstances that make it questionable. In other words: who knows, anything is possible.
Apple is being trolled over their new iPhone apparently being bendable which means easily broken – not good in an expensive phone. The other major companies have seized the opportunity to tease the company. Click Here to read more on Mashable’s website.
To be honest, one would think the company would have made sure something like this was not possible before releasing the phone. Oh the days of Apple. Even non tech companies have jumped on the opportunity to make fun of the company’s woes.
One might think the Apple followers will turn on them for it, but the iPhone crowd seems to have a lot of money, this blogger thinks they won’t care. Now the Android crowd. We’re thrifty. LOL.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to start charging people $1,000 for taking pictures in national forests. Uh, yep that is unconstitutional and needs to end. Click Here.
Apparently Red wine is good for you, ok most people know the theories on Red wine, but really there is a new study now that says it may be better than going to the gym. I, for one, will still be working out. But actually, the benefit is more that it helps your heart. You still have to work out for all the other benefits. Click Here.
Before and After
This interesting series of photoshopped pictures shows how beauty is seen around the world in different countries. See Here.
Esther Honig sent her picture to people in 40 different people in 25 countries and asked them to photoshop it to their standard of beauty. The results are interesting and in many cases expected for example with the South American countries (consider Argentina) or Morocco where the designer put a head covering on her – but interestingly one of her contacts in the Phillipines put her in a suit. It is worth noting that the two people in the U.S. put were among those who made dramatic changes beyond just the face. Most designers added different colors to the face alone and only two people in different countries put clothes on her, although Bangladesh put a few feathers on her for modesty. LOL.
Posted: September 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Tags: Booty, EOS, J. Lo, marketing, product placement
Marketing Culture post –
Or maybe more importantly what hath her management wrought? The singer has a new song out called “Booty”, it’s about having a big booty. That’s actually the whole song, it’s not “deep”, as one of my friend’s put it about the video, “I just watched J.Lo’s new video and I think I’ve become more stupid as a result.” It’s an interesting video with the super fun Ziggy Azalea on the song as well and by interesting I mean it screams “aging female singer trying to remain relevant by acting desperate.” But it is highly likely that J. Lo needs to reimprint herself on people who will buy her music, and by reimprint this blogger means “create”, namely younger fans in the High School to College range.
What this blogger can say was actually interesting about the video was the lip balm cameo – because being a straight female the only thing that stuck in my head from that video was the fact that J. Lo used some cute EOS aqua lip balm in it. That means, that her management thought women would watch the video at least once and think to themselves,”I want to be fit like J.Lo when I hit my 40’s so I should use EOS lip balm.” Or like me think “Oooooh, cute lip balm, I need to buy some of that -”
Or more importantly, J.Lo’s management knew women would watch the video at least once and remember that cute EOS lip balm because it was the only thing in the video aimed at them. Get it? And then they pitched EOS on the idea and made money honey.
No, this blogger will not post the video for you to watch here on my website. But you may watch the Fashion Rocks performance. Click Here.
Posted: September 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Tags: D.C. City Council, DC, gun laws, Washington
Policy Post –
Apparently the new law will not really allow citizens to carry guns, but allow specific people to carry guns as they approved. Click Here.
So don’t laugh, this blogger actually made the argument on her birthday to a group of friends that the DC government should allow the citizens to lawfully carry guns if they chose – why? Well Washington, D.C. has high crime rates. And she has known people personally who were mugged with guns in nice areas in recent years even like Dupont for example. Criminals don’t care about what is legal, they carry guns because they want to use them on decent people.
Today the District Council voted to allow law abiding citizens to legally carry. It will be good to see if the crime rates actually drop or if the number of muggings just drops. Curious.
Click here for more.
Disclaimer – this post is in no way meant as an encouragement of violence, just the right to bear arms.
Posted: September 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Tags: Autumnal Equinox, marketing, Pumpkin spice latte, Pumpkins
Culture and Marketing Post –
If you have been prowling on the internet, Facebook or oh, anywhere with social media you are probably aware that this is the year or shall we say, the Fall of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not the end, but the absolute height of the flavoring and drink. If you’re like me, you started to enjoy the drink at Starbuck’s about 10 years ago. Nothing gets me more excited about Fall and the end of Summer then the annual Pumpkin Spice Latte season coupled with the Peppermint Mocha season.
Don’t question it, there is no Fall, or Winter – just Pumpkin Spice Latte and Peppermint Mocha season, made all the more enjoyable by the fact that people like me can get these drinks made with soy or Almond milk. Yes! Tasty gourmet seasonal coffees for everyone. (Tongue in cheek). No really, there is a market around the drink. Click Here.
In addition Starbuck’s released their seasonal drink early this year which for some reason led to a lot more excitement over the drink and the season. Despite some negative attention to what is in the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice latte which may have revved up attention actually for the flavor and jokes surrounding it -(Click Here. ) the drink seems to have lost no love. (More on the battle over the drink.)
Pumpkin Spice Lattes — tasty or toxic?
One thing’s for certain: Starbucks’ most popular seasonal caffeinated treat, which has been sold more than 200 million times in its 11-year existence, is highly polarizing.
There are some, such as blogger Vani Hari — better known as Food Babe — whose Aug. 25 article “You’ll Never Guess What’s in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Hint: You Won’t Be Happy)” went viral, with more than 13 million Facebook and Twitter shares in a matter of days.
The blogger, who is known for her critiques of mass-market foods, claims that Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is a toxic mix of chemicals that don’t belong in the human body.
Actually, it turns out according to market research this year which coincided either on purpose or accidentally with the season er the ensuing fight that the phrase “pumpkin spice” gets people to buy products. Click Here.
Pumpkin spice is America’s reigning autumnal obsession, and industry research shows it’s paying off in big ways for the businesses that have it on their menus.
“In 2013, Americans spent $308 million on pumpkin-flavored products,” Vox.com reported, drawing on data from Nielsen, a consumer research firm. The article describes Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte as the “crown jewel” of the craze, noting that more than 200 million PSLs have been purchased (for around $4 a pop) since the beverage debuted in 2003.
“Since 2006, industry tracker Mintel has found that pumpkin as a beverage ingredient has grown 130 percent on U.S. menus. Since 2004, the use of pumpkin as a flavor in food on menus has increased ten-fold,” Fortune reported. And the trend shows no sign of losing speed.
According to several analysts in the food industry, pumpkin spice’s staying power should be attributed to its association with comfort food in the minds of consumers.
In addition to the argument over the Starbuck’s drink, which by the way all the major coffee chains and even not major coffee houses have a version of now, there is the internet meme over the drink. It has come to be associated with quite frankly white women in yoga pants and Uggs, probably because we’re the ones who are most excited about the drink.
Yes, someone actually made that picture and last week Buzzfeed went off on the meme and made an entire list of Pumpkin Spice products that should not exist. Click Here.
Either way, the pumpkin spice latte trend should not suffer for the extra attention this year and no one should be ashamed of their yoga pant wearing, pumpkin spice latte and Ugg boot loving self.
Happy Autumnal Equinox by the way, today is the day when the hours of light and dark are equal as the season changes.
Posted: September 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Tags: Radical Acceptance, The Law of Attraction
Culture post –
If you are into pop psychology and pop culture (and maybe even sales speak) you have probably heard of the law of attraction. This new age philosophy operates of the idea that a person attracts whatever happens into their life. If your life is good, you must have attracted it, if your life is bad – you must have attracted that situation as well. With enough work and effort one can then attract whatever they want with good energy, vibes and planning into their life.
This philosophy is in effect, worthless. Because the law of attraction essentially operates of the idea that we are all demi-gods who can control the universe and make whatever we want to have happen. It’s also an excellent method for blaming people when they get into trouble or their life doesn’t go well. That cold you got? It’s your fault, that bad neighbor? That’s your fault. That tsunami in Pan Asia? That’s your fault too. See what I mean?
Many people become attracted (ba-dum-bah) to the law of attraction because it gives them a sense of power in a world that is at times out of control. Instead of accepting that the world is a topsy-turvey place and that humans don’t have control over everything, this philosophy gives one a sense of control as well as skipping the upsetting and all too real fact that humans are really out of control at times. It’s essentially a substitute for religion that may ask a person to accept facts they don’t like or change their ways. OR
A more realistic and actually fruitful philosophy is that of radical acceptance. The idea that instead of fighting what is which causes pain and the natural rules of the universe – one just radically and wholly accepts how the world works, a situation, the end of a relationship for example, a loss, failure, gain, etc.
At the end of the day, the world is not controllable, we can’t always control what happens to us, but everyone can control how we manage what life throws at us.
Posted: September 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Tags: Bridgegate, Craig's List, France, National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Pumpkin spice latte, Scotland, sociopaths, yoga pants
It’s the Friday Fry Up of the weeks major meme worthy events and internet chatter. It’s talk like a pirate day today! Yarrrrrh! Matey!
France is now sending airplanes to Iraq for targeted air strikes. It’s news because France is the most reluctant of the developed countries to help in these matters, but they also pledged to send spy planes as well in a conference a few days ago. Click Here.
Is not going to separate from the UK. Mashable has collected the best of the internet’s meme type reactions to Scotland’s vote on independence. Click Here.
The scandal that started the end of Chris Christie’s chances to run for president, may be over. Click Here.
Craig’s List Prank
A woman in California claims her post wanting to have a woman raped because the woman bought a house she wanted before she could get it was a prank. Click Here.
Um, the problem is a prank only works if someone else sees it, putting out a notice to have someone raped, so they can be raped is not a prank. It’s possible she could be stupid and not know what a prank is: see George Clooney hijinks. Or for example a crank phone call is a prank. But this woman is probably just in the dumb criminal category because who in the heck was she pranking with that Craig’s List post??
A friend said to me this week “Careful a lot of sociopaths are attracted to politics.”
Pumpkin Spice Latte You Say?
It’s true. One will appear, in fact it’s probably too late and there is probably one running around your neighborhood right now doing this very thing. They are all over my Facebook feed. Oh the horror!
That’s all. Have a lovely week-end!
Posted: September 17, 2014 at 11:06 am | Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution
Yes there is actually a day to celebrate our nation’s most important document besides the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution), which is the Constitution itself.
You can even take a quiz to find out which amendment you would be to the constitution if you were, uh, an amendment. Haha, instead of a quiz to find out which one you would be – you can take it here.
Also The Washington Times has produced a pocket constitution app for your tablet or smartphone. Click Here.
The celebration goes for a week according to those in the DAR society.
Additionally, a national group that loves the constitution and the amendments made this cute little picture.