Posted: March 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Tags: BanBossy.com, Democratic, Republican
This new website is encouraging a change in language for women in leadership compared to men. It’s called banbossy.com It’s true.
Women should not be called bossy for being leaders, working hard or taking charge when appropriate. And the tendency to label them as such vs. men is true. Just a few years ago, this blogger has heard other women actually call other women “bossy” in offices because they felt a woman shouldn’t be in leadership.
It’s too common and the website has shown up on both Democratic and Republican social media streams as of today.
Posted: March 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Tags: Comissioner Kerik, CPAC, eBay, Gov. Perry
Day Two at CPAC was busy one and tends to be the most busy for many attendees. Saturday, today is the day when things wind down, people check out of their hotels and the exhibit floor shuts down early.
One specific panel that is worth noting from yesterday was the panel in the main ballroom on drug policy and loosening regulations for small amounts of drugs. But also the panel tackled the larger issue of people being put into prison as felons for minor regulations. The state of Texas’ luck with reducing the number of people in prison by decreasing convictions on minor drug possession which has actually included
The panel was called the “Conservative Solution to the Overreaching Legal System” featured Gov. Rick Perry, President of Americans for Tax Reforms Grover Norquist, former New York Police Commissioner Kerik and American Conservative Foundation Director of Center for Criminal Justice Reform Pat Nolan.
Gov. Perry explained that with lower regulations and less strict rulings around minor drug possession his state was actually able to close a prison, lower costs and emphasized that the state was still tough on crime. “If you come to Texas and kill someone, you’ll pay a penalty” he explained, “we’re still tough on crime” but the state is not into heavy and unfair regulations which might put a decent person in prison.
It was especially interesting to hear former New York Police Commissioner Kerik talk about how he had gone to prison himself and realized that a lot of decent people were in prison. He met a man who sold a whale tooth online and was in prison for 10 years, another man sold a pair of night vision goggles on eBay and was convicted as well as sentenced for three years.
More importantly, the process of convicting people for small crimes as part of the drug wars while not effectively finding and convicting big time evil drug traffickers was ineffective according to Commissioner Kerik. And, he noted that men don’t learn any good skills in prison, only how to cheat, steal and lie.
The overarching point to the panel was that our system should not be over regulating individuals who are most likely committing small crimes that they are not aware of and sending them to prison. Former Commissioner Kerik explained that he had expected to meet bad men in prison, but he did not expect to meet good men that had made mistakes because the laws were so obscure and petty that they had gotten sent to prison.
Posted: March 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Tags: CPAC, How Money Walks, Liberty, Sen. Ted Cruz
The CPAC kicked off this morning with Senator Ted Cruz, there were not flubs nor foibles to mention. As one friend put it, listening to the speeches can get kind of boring unless you just enjoy seeing the speakers because everyone is ready for the media with a pretty perfect speech.
That said, Sen. Cruz has a rather large booth set up with a t-shit give away and cups on the CPAC exhibit floor. The exhibit floor is where people tend to congregate to network and share ideas. The most interesting booths by far this year for sheer entertainment value have to be the “How Money Walks” booth which demonstrates the way people move to other states when their taxes are too high. The theme of this booth was a “Star Wars” evil empire theme. Attendees could get a picture with a storm trooper or Darth Vader or both.
The second most interesting was the Young Americans for Liberty booth, the YAL staff wore combat style gear and performed tug of wars in the exhibit aisle for the attendees – to demonstrate the tug of war for liberty. It was a new type of demonstration at CPAC.
As for evening events, there will be many many behind the scenes receptions, the blogger bash and the Millenial Madness party.
Posted: March 5, 2014 at 11:16 am | Tags: CPAC, Occupy Movement, Stephen Glass
Tomorrow the national 2014 CPAC will happen at the Gaylord Convention Center in Maryland and run through Saturday. Last year was the first year that the convention happened outside Washington, DC in almost a decade. For years the conference was held at two different hotels in Washington, DC. It all just depended on the year.
And if you go back far enough in time, there are rumors that the conference used to be held at the Marriott in Crystal City. It was after the 2012 conference which the Occupy movement decided to attend from outside the hotel, you could say, that the conference got moved.
That was a funny year, the Occupy people generally stood outside the Marriott Wardman park hotel and near the McDonald’s. And it was literally funny, it’s funny to look over and see your super big on intervention friend randomly chatting with a guy who looks like he acid washed and punched holes in his clothes on purpose standing next to a rather large pack of squirrels while quietly arguing about policy. Uh, yes, I have friends who do that sort of thing. For all anyone knew, the two of them were friends.
Or there was the night, Friday night that year when the Occupiers decided to rush the building and while they were chanting in their hipster clothes as well as arguing with CPAC attendees – only divided by a line of security officers – out of the darkness of the crowd came marching through one of my friends. He was wearing a long tan business coat and at about 6’4″ with a burly build, he just didn’t care about the protesters. Oh yes, my friend a lobbyist, just wanted to get to the building and didn’t have time to go around the crowd, so he went straight through them. To this day, that image always strikes me, it makes the arguing that year look so petty, but it also said a lot about people.
CPAC has grown almost mythical in the stories that come from the event, Stephen Glass invented entire articles on the evening activities around the conference.
Every year there is a straw poll on potential candidates which the Ron Paul, now Rand Paul camp works hard to win, previous candidates make appearances, potential candidates build support and there are tons of policy panels.
To be sure, the only drama at the conference this year will come from arguments within on policy, not without and it’s a great event for networking with people from all over the country. In fact, it’s such an interesting conference that this blogger always runs into hardcore Democrats who want to emulate parts of it during the week.
Posted: March 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Tags: Dark Horse, Grammys, Illuminati, Katy Perry, Muslims
Katy Perry and the Curious Case of the complete theme change for her song “Dark Horse.” You’re probably asking why anyone interested in culture and politics would write about that song. Well, it’s a curious set of events.
At the Grammys this year Katy Perry put on a great performance for her song “Dark Horse.”
It was so great in fact that it set aflame the social media sphere with Neil Patrick Harris joking that he thought he’d just seen an “occult” performance. But many in the conspiracy theory realm took it seriously and even included her in Illuminati conspiracy theories. See GQ article.
The Illuminati theories are weird, they inlcude Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and even Rihanna. Basically any musical performer that wears leather or does a dark colored music video gets placed on the Illuminati/evil conspiracy track in the online webz.
(Back to the grammys.)
Frankly, the Katy Perry performance at the Grammys was great, just a really fun over the top performance that made this blogger think of Halloween costumes – not real witchcraft and evil. It was about as serious as Disney’s old cartoon “Sleepy Hollow.” If anyone she was in danger of gaining a gothic following as a result.
It was just another grand Hollywood performance, a show and nothing more.
Still, someone in the Katy Perry camp took it seriously and they changed the entire theme of the performance to neon colors and styled Katy Perry as some sort of tacky Cleopatra with magical powers by the time she started doing European performances.
And then a new music video was put out for the song with the same neon/Cleopatra theme.
It’s a little over the top, almost funny – more weird than the Grammy performance actually and somehow more disturbing at the same time.
What you might ask is where were the conspiracy theorists and those making “occult” accusations when she was dancing around in cupcake bras with rainbow colored hair during her last tour? Wasn’t that actually more weird?
But the new styling of the song has gotten her into even more trouble, because now she is being accused of using hardcore Illuminati imagery in the music video and Muslim activists are upset. She ended up having to remove a clip from the music video.
Guess sometimes you just can’t win.
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 8:00 am | Tags: Libertarians, The Daily Show
The Daily Show recently did a bit on libertarians which was rather hilarious and has caused many people to start blogging/talking about it, because of the main points which are missed in the show.
When pondering libertarians there are a few key points to remember.
1.) The first rule of being a libertarian is that people can do what they want as long as they do not hurt other people. DO NOT HARM. Many people love the idea of being a libertarian, because they like the do what you want part, most don’t remember the – don’t hurt other people, animals, etc part. It’s fun to be selfish, but it’s not fun to take personal responsibility.
2.)Nobody likes being judged for their personal life, religious beliefs or mistakes nor to have their business interfered with on a regular basis which is what makes being a libertarian appealing – most Americans have a libertarian streak.
3.) At the same time, it is important to remember that being libertarian is mostly a philosophy which has and can be manifested in different forms. You have the liberty movement, people like Ron Paul and Rand Paul. There are also organizations like The Cato Institute which is happy to criticize EVERYBODY.
4.) Part of this philosophy also involves what can only be described as an addiction to ideological purity which causes some pretty interesting debates. For example, some libertarians don’t like Abraham Lincoln, as referenced in The Daily Show, not because he had bad goals, but because he was willing to go to abnormal lengths with the states to complete his goal of ending slavery. There is a fear that because he is revered, that leaders will want to emulate his behavior which was under other circumstances tyrannical and to some anti-war purists still considered wrong. If you go to any libertarian event and say you like Abraham Lincoln, be prepared to give a 5 minute dissertation on how he had good goals and that you aren’t into massive wars(I do).
5.) And finally, libertarians love to talk about subjects to dissect politics from ideology and behavior on a level most people could not or would not fathom.
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Tags: CPAC, Freedom of Speech, Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko
Life be pretty weird in retrospect or in present aspect.
Did you know Yulia Tymoshenko once attended CPAC? You can read about it here. She was honored because at the time, she was seen as anti-communist and anti- Russia. Of course, everyone knows that didn’t turn out to be the case in retrospect due to circumstances beyond her control mostly – she was an Orange revolution leader. To quote Pink “Who Knew?”
She’s out of prison now, but what happens next is anyone’s guess. The Ukraine has embarked on another revolution.
Freedom of Speech
While this blogger doesn’t agree with everything in this post, the author has a point about freedom of speech. Freedom of speech isn’t pretty, it can be annoying and sometimes it involves listening to people who are just ridiculous while you reserve the right to tell them how you feel.
The problem recently is that some people feel the need to shut other people up instead of just letting the majority decide or letting the speaker do their thing. It is an important part of what the founders wanted for this country and part of what makes the U.S. great.
Personally, this blogger was shocked by a neighbor years ago, who happily supported her blogging, when she found out the woman was NOT in line with her political ideas at all. So I asked her why, she just shrugged her shoulders and said “freedom of speech.” To note: that neighbor used to walk my dog when I was sick.
Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Tags: America, George W. Bush, Hope, Motivation, Reince Priebus
Something has been lacking in messaging coming from the political world over the past few years to the American people, and it has been positive messages. The messages from Washington, DC have been pretty negative. Between the fights and the constant criticism, it’s amazing that the American people are still going in what has been a pretty horrible time. It’s actually a testimony to the strength of the American psyche.
Think about it, if you saw a man fall on the street, you would not rush to stand over the person and yell insults at them. But that is exactly what the American people have been receiving – a long litany of tear downs and criticisms. No real motivational messages, at least not until the last campaign cycle in 2012 when Romney put out the slogan “Believe”, he meant “Believe in Americans” and “Believe in Yourself.” The message wasn’t quite perfect, but the idea was correct.
Reagan understood this concept, he understood that if he wanted to build America up and help it to recover, that the American people needed to be encouraged. George W. Bush also understood this concept, that no matter how bad things got, the only way to get through it all was to be positive with a sense of realism. Reince Priebus of the RNC puts out this message in public events. Hope is actually an old Republican message, it is the idea that people can succeed in the hardest of circumstances with perseverance.
Calling Americans knuckleheads, saying you are disappointed in them, acting as if they are stupid and you know it all – that is not a message of hope at all. It is a self esteem undermining tactic to ruin a person’s sense of self.
Posted: February 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Tags: Olympics, Polar Vortex, Ukraine
Ukraine – The Ukraine is literally on fire with citizen protesters who do not want to be more closely tied to Russia. They want to be tied to the European Union which makes sense – more opportunities, more freedom with the EU. And Russia? Well Russia is tied to the former PM Yulia Tymoshenko. Who is supposedly going to be freed from prison. It’s not a clear situation, Yulia isn’t really in the position to help the country be with the EU based on her debts. Looks like they need all new leaders, ugh.
What’s interesting, is that the Ukraine was in the media in 2012, and now it has come to a peak.
Polar Vortex-It’s coming back! After a few lovely days in town with highs in the 40′s and 50′s cold air is coming back to town next week.
The Olympics-The U.S. has the most medals, even if we have some losses. Go U.S.A.!
Posted: February 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Tags: DC, Liberty, Oliver Stone, Washington
It’s always interesting to see or hear philosophical debates on Liberty, what it means, who it applies to and where – this article from the Free Beacon questioning the invitation to Oliver Stone to appear at the ISFLC is quite appropriate.
Actually it’s a blog post and while it is common to debate these things in Washington, DC over cheese and wine usually, the post does lead to a larger issue. Libertarians tend to, by nature not like intervention so the idea of freedom in other countries is foreign to some because it means they would have to question whether or not the U.S. should intervene. To decide people should have liberty in other countries might make them question whether the U.S. should be involved.
The two things are not mutually exclusive, you can be in favor of a tighter, more technologically advanced less wasteful military for the U.S. without being ok with someone like Hugo Chavez hurting people.