Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Pretty Fly for a White Guy

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When it comes to fairness in this country it seems we have come full circle. We have a black president. Hispanics will soon be the majority in this country. We have doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, policemen, firemen, politicians and astronauts of all races and genders.  So who is really discriminated against anymore?

I have come to the conclusion that, the most discriminated demographic in this country is…….the white heterosexual male.  I know a lot of you are thinking, whaaaaaat? But before you get David Duke to come and fit me with a sheet hear me out.

Yes, once there was a time when being a white male gave him an unfair advantage, regardless of his wealth or social status. But those days are over.  Now you have the NAACP, the National Black Caucus, The Hispanic Chamber Commerce, NOW, the League of Women Voters and The Gay Straight Alliance. Our society considers these organizations to be progressive and enlightening. They are not presented as discriminatory. What you don’t have is the NAFAWG (National Association For the Advancement of White Guys), White Voters United or The White Guy White Gal Alliance. Organizations such as those would immediately be considered discriminatory even though they would exist for the same purpose as the before mentioned organizations.  To unite people of a specific ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

There are no scholarships set aside only for white guys, yet there are numerous scholarship opportunities exclusively for blacks, Hispanics and women.

There are no start-up loans for white guy businesses even though being a white male doesn’t automatically grant you a higher economic status. There are however, loans for minority businesses.

White guys have no rhythm or sense of style, they can’t dress and Lord knows they can’t dance.

Affirmative action doesn’t apply to white guys. They have to get a job or promotions strictly on their own merits and work ethics.

White guys have to endure being called crackers, gringos, chauvinists and homophobes. But heaven forbid they call a woman “sweetcheeks”.  Uttering the highly forbidden “N word” could get him sued or fired.

The time has come for a truly level playing field. For all forms of public financial, educational, and employment assistance to be color and gender neutral and be based solely on need. So that all persons regardless of their gender, race, or sexual orientation, can have the freedom to pursue the vocation of their choice and to live by the consequences of those choices.

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Where is the “Wow”

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I am the Independent Voter and I am waiting to be wowed. The Democratic Party does not understand me and the Republicans have taken me for granted for far too long. I am not an elite intellectual nor am I a backwoods buffoon. I am the key to victory in the next election. The deciding factor in which direction our country will go.

I am not impressed by the half-truths, out of context quotes and out right lies broadcast in your political ads. I don’t care if you paid your taxes at a 30% rate or a 15% rate. I don’t care if it took you three times to figure out how to make a marriage work. I don’t care if you did or didn’t change your mind about an issue. I don’t care if you stumbled over a question during a debate. I don’t care if you smoked pot in high school, posed nude to pay for college, pick your nose or sleep with a teddy bear.

I do care about keeping my job if I have one, and finding one if I don’t. I care that I might not be able to afford a gallon of gas, or a week’s worth of groceries. I want an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work. I want to be able to take my child to the doctor when he’s sick and not worry about if I can afford it. I want to see that brand new, mostly empty strip mall in my neighborhood filled with shops. I want clean air, clean water, and food that is safe to eat.

I don’t care if the man down the road is a billionaire because he inherited a thriving business that his father built from scratch. I just want a level playing field where I have the opportunity to do the same.

I worry that our quest to be a “tolerant” society will blind us to the machinations of our enemies, and I fear that our over burdened, over restricted and under manned military will not be able to protect us.

I want the schools to teach my children how to be competitive in an ever-changing world economy. Teach them basic academic skills. Train them in critical thinking, not what to think, but how to think. Don’t waste a school day filling my child’s head with politically correct, social, moral, and spiritual indoctrination. It is not the government’s place to teach my children right from wrong, or to boost their fragile egos. That is my job as their parent.

I want to preserve the wonder and majesty of nature. I want to have pristine parks and sparkling lakes. I want to be a good steward and manage our resources well, but I don’t want the Government telling me how. That oil well eyesore is a beautiful thing when it is the secret to feeding your family.  I just don’t get that upset about the last remaining sub species of a toad, when there are thousands of other toads, and that toad’s existence will cost a family their farm, or a town a hundred jobs.

I want to feel safe in my home. I want to have the right to protect it from thieves, vandals and government intrusion. I want to be able to do as I see fit on my property, as long as I don’t pose an actual threat or nuisance to my neighbors.

The current administration has let me down, as have others before it. I want to know what you, if elected President, will do to restore this country back to its place as leader of the free world. To help us grow a vibrant economy, to secure our boarders, to give the power back to the people the way our Founding Fathers intended. Court me, impress me, wow me. The future of our country is at stake.

Don’t Break My Electronic Bubble

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A study originally published by the journal Injury Prevention is “big news” on the TV and internet today.   It’s a report about the increase in deaths and injuries caused by walking around with headphones on.  Really? This is big news? Did we really need a study for this?

Any one who’s walked though a crowed mall, or train platform and has been run into by a headphone wearing menace could have come to the common sense conclusion that walking around with headphones on is dangerous.  What I find  interesting and sad is to observe just how socially isolated the electronically connected are.  Whenever you put headphones on or take out your phone and begin texting or talking in public, you put up an invisible barrier of personal space.  You send the message that the people around you are not worth your effort to notice them.  They cease to exist in your electronic bubble until you are forced to interact to complete your business or until you bump into them. Once while at the mall, I was run into by a teenage girl, texting away with her face in her phone, who seemed genuinely shocked that an actual person was impeding her forward motion.  I have seen families sitting around the table at a restaurant texting to people miles away while ignoring those three feet from them.

I am amazed that I have to remind my kids that leaving your headphones on, texting or typing while someone is talking to you is just plain rude.  I thought maybe it was just teenage disrespect, but they behave the same way around their friends, and their friends do the same.  It seems we are losing the ability to verbally communicate in person.  The manners necessary for personal interactions also disappearing.  I think that this lack of civility is as much a loss as that of personal safety.

Motherhood Not for the Squeamish

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I was watching “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe, the other day with my son. I wonder if he has ever done a show on the dirtiest job of all, motherhood. There’s a whole alphabet of disgusting things that moms deal with on a daily basis, barf, blood, boogers, diapers and diarrhea. Not to mention mold and mildew. If he could squeeze eighteen years of child rearing and housework into a one hour show, he would have an episode so gross no one could sit though it. Especially at dinnertime.

Next to “Moooom!, Tommy’s playing out in the middle of a four lane highway!” Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a mother quite like hearing “eeeeewwww!” emanating from one of her children. You just know that what awaits you will require a strong constitution and some heavy-duty stain remover.

Over the years I have been blessed with some memorable messes. Many of them involved the still recognizable remains of some sort of animal that the dog heaved up. Cleaning hair from the bathtub drain almost does me in. I’ll spare you the gory details. Just use your imagination. On second thought, don’t. I think my personal “favorite” (maybe favorite is the wrong word) was the fluorescent green diaper load my son presented me with after consuming blueberry flavored applesauce. It was the first of many diapers that prompted the question, what did you eat?

Those of you who have children can probably relate. Those of you contemplating parenthood be warned. Motherhood not only requires an iron will, but an iron stomach as well.

My New and Improved? Twelve for 2112

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Oops! Sean Patrick Hazlett at  Reflection of a Rational Republican has asked for predictions for 2112. I thought He wanted predictions for 2012. That’s what years of watching Barney the Dinosaur with your kids does to your brain. Drawing on the hopes, dreams and sense of humor of a housewife, this is what I think the average household will look like 100 years from now.

  1. Homes will be built of materials that are resistant to heat and radiation.  This means that people will no longer fear losing their homes to fires or maybe even a nuclear war. Houses will also be able to shield their occupants from the effects of climate change
  2. Homes will have self-cleaning filtration systems.  Household air will be free from dust, pollens and pollutants greatly reducing the prevalence of diseases such as asthma and hay fever. It will be discovered however that such clean living results in weakening our immune systems causing outbreaks of new diseases.
  3. Clothing will be made from disposable, compostable materials.  Eliminating the need to do laundry while nourishing the soil.
  4. Boo boos will be treated with a spray-on synthetic skin that will immediately heal the wound and eliminate scarring. It will still be permissible to “kiss it and make it better”
  5. Mundane housework such as dusting, mopping and vacuuming will all be done by a household robot.  Like a Roomba on steroids.
  6. Bad hair days will be eliminated. A woman will be able to style her hair by uploading an image of her face and the desired style to an automated hair dresser that will then fix her hair.  By interconnecting to the auto stylists of your neighbors you can still catch up on the latest gossip.
  7. Baby monitors will be able to interpret an infant’s cries.  We will now know if baby needs a fresh diaper, a bottle or just a hug.
  8. 3-D technology will advance to where we will be able to interact with the characters on our TV screen.  This will prove to be a bad thing leading to all sorts of social dysfunctions.
  9. We will be able to communicate with each other  via cell phone like devices implanted behind our ears.  These devices will also be able to issue reminders and to do lists to us making errand running more efficient.  As an added bonus husbands will no longer be able to forget birthdays and anniversaries. On the downside it will be difficult to tell if a person is schizophrenic or merely having a legitimate conversation.
  10. The ultimate remote will be invented.  This device will enable a wife to override all other remote devices in the house. Eliminating inappropriate programming, channel surfing and excess sports watching.
  11. The “little red schoolhouse” will cease to exist as all children will be taught at home through virtual schools.
  12. I’m still holding out hope for that replicator.

My Predictions for 2012 the Horror, the Hope, the Hype

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Sean Patrick Hazlett at  Reflections of a Rational Republican  has thrown down the gauntlet and has asked other bloggers to list their technology predictions for 2012.

I am technologically defunct. Just starting this blog was a huge leap for me. I usually have to get my tech advice from my teenage kids. They love Apple. Now if I could just get them to eat one once in a while.

Here are my 2012 predictions. I chose to focus on issues that may be of importance to families. Some deal with technology, some not.

  1. As schools deal with budget cuts, virtual schools will become common. Children at all grade levels will take at least some of their public school classes at home online.
  2. The job markets will remain weak. As more and more families adjust to a reduced income, many people will choose not to re-enter the work force. This will create a return to the single income family with one parent staying home to care for the children. The stay at home parent will not necessarily be the mom. The spouse with the most income potential will be the one to return to work.
  3. We will no longer need to depend on Soyuz rockets to supply the ISS. Companies such as SpaceX will begin regular privatized missions late this year or early 2013.
  4. Video games will become more realistic. The gamer will be able to experience the feel of different environments. For example, feeling wet when in water, hot in a desert, or cold in the snow. He will be able to feel the sensation of various terrains beneath his feet and games will have sensors that emit real pain sensations when the player is injured in a battle. Thus giving our kids even more reasons to avoid playing outdoors.
  5. Biosphere resorts will become popular vacation destinations. Imagine relaxing in a lush tropical garden where it’s not too hot, not too cold, and no mosquitoes.
  6. The Mars Rover Curiosity will discover actual microbial life on the planet.
  7. Iran will test fire it’s first nuclear bomb this summer.
  8. Tensions with Iran cause gas prices to rise to over $5.00 a gallon this spring. This will result in real food shortages here in the US. In response more families will start to grow personal vegetable gardens. Several states will pass regulations to stop HOA’s from forbidding such gardens.
  9. Because an impending war with Iran will force us to stop our dependence on Middle Eastern oil in a hurry and because the technology already exists, I expect to see used vegetable oil  become e popular as an alternative fuel.
  10.  After the Republican Convention, Ron Paul, Michele Bachman and Rick Santorum will remain in the race as third-party candidates. The Republican Party will be fractured and Barack Obama will win the election as a result. This will cause the formation of a truly viable third-party and the election of a third-party president in 2016.
  11.  Star Trek type replicators will become common in American homes. I know, probably not, but a mom can dream.
  12.  And finally, all those of you who are expecting the world to end in December, and re using this, as your retirement strategy will be sadly disappointed come January 1, 2013.

I wish you all a blessed new year.

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