Mmmm, yummy. A REALLY old version of WordPress here, but I digress. So I hated doing the Colorado Blonde site, whatevs; lesson learned. BUT, I have another one going again. Maybe I should have just come back here. I mean, I have TONS of material here. IDK, I kind of like my new place. It’s tongue in cheek, and I’m having fun. For now. One day I’ll leave that place too. Anyway, come and visit me at my new site.
I love this website. In her heyday, she was quite the socialite. Engaging a variety of people, interesting exchange of ideas; a few physical threats. But her time has passed. Her author has decided to change course, and leave her in her current state, rather than drastically alter her history.
There is a new site now. A sleeker place. It will be my new home. And like any new home, it’s going to take some time to get comfy there. Please come visit me at my new site.
The events in Wisconsin in recent days, should be bringing out the common sense gene in all of us. The frivolous spending of government entities is a known fact to us quite well in the private sector. Public money is thrown at education year after year, with the purposed exploitation of students. Heartstrings tugged, cries of “DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN” echo through meetings and are printed on yard signs. Quite often, that money is squandered on union demands and administrative waste. Do a quick mental evaluation of your district. Have the mill levies you’ve voted for, or voted to extend; new education specific taxation or newly acquired, overpriced superintendents, improved your districts’ test scores?
We’ve all witnessed friend after friend, family member after family member, and even ourselves perhaps, not only lose benefits provided through our employment, but sometimes, lose their actual job. How many of you have lost substantial amounts on your 401k? How many of you have had to borrow money against your 401k because your spouse lost their job, and bills need to be paid? How many of you even have an employment provided benefits plan, period? Additionally, many public sector employees do not pay the 7.65% Social Security/Medicare tax the rest of us do. So they come home with mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money.
The teachers’ golden child, Barack Obama, stated himself that we would all have to make sacrifices during these tough times. Well Wisconsin? Congratulations, you’re now making the sacrifices that some of us have been doing for quite some time. You are not special, you are not unique. You have not made great sacrifices in your personal life because you CHOSE to become an educator. Assuming that your job, and your benefits package, is more valuable than your next door neighbor, who perhaps is employed as a butcher, or a garbage man, or a whatever; is quite presumptuous of you. We all have our lots in life, we all make choices that have placed us in the very chair that we are currently sitting in. Is education valuable? Absolutely. But so is the garbage that’s picked up from your curb each week.
Get over yourself!
Oh, and Wisconsin legislators that skipped town? Where I’m from we call individuals such as yourselves, cowards. You were elected to take a stance, and make it known. The pay you receive from the Wisconsin taxpayers needs to be immediately halted until you decide to 1) Do what you were elected to do. And 2) You decide to act like adults.
Mayor Hickenlooper, in late 2009 you stated the following in a radio interview:
“I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.” **
Mayor Hickenlooper, I am currently sitting in my home office in rural Colorado. When we’re not at our flat land abode, we’re at our cabin in the Southern Colorado mountains. We are the redneck, hillbillies of which you speak. We own farm animals. We shoot firearms. We attend rodeos. We drive pickup trucks.
I personally Mr. Mayor, am a fiscal conservative, pro-choice, pro- gay marriage Christian. Many of the people I associate with in our rural community, have similar beliefs to my own. I do not claim to be indicative of rural people, but having spent so many years in it, I have a grasp on my surroundings. We are ethnically, religiously and financially diverse as well.
This past summer we attended our annual property owner’s association meeting for the land we have in Southern Colorado. The county in which the ranch is, is 90% Caucasian. They are simple people. Not the most educated, but hard working and kind. We met a lesbian couple at this meeting. They are who my husband and I chose to sit by. Before and after the meeting, they received multiple greetings and plenty of “Oh my goodness, it’s so nice to see you two. I hear you finished your house, that’s great, now you get to be here full time.”
If I were to ever attempt to classify a group of people who I believed were homophobic, it would have been them. But they weren’t. They were gracious and genuine.
So essentially Mr. Mayor, you have stereotyped my people. You have stereotyped us into homophobes, and perhaps even equated us to the murderous monsters of Matthew Shepard. My people Mr. Mayor? They are honest. They live their lives by the Golden Rule.
We don’t vote for tax increases to fund social programs, we give of ourselves physically to help those in need. Perhaps it’s mending a fence for a handicapped neighbor. Or picking up some extra groceries for an elderly couple, or keeping your neighbor’s children after school, until their single mother gets home from work.
We don’t rely on taxpayer funded after school programs to teach our children right from wrong. We instill values in our children with home based after school doings. We believe in pulling our own weight, and extending our hand to help those in need. We volunteer, we tithe, we care about our fellow man.
So Mr. Mayor, in the future, please do not stereotype a segment of the population. It’s my understanding that those of you with that *D* behind your name, disapprove of such actions. It’s offensive and insensitive, and I’m shocked that YOU didn’t know better.
Hey Bro (and I mean that as in *my brother in Christ*), I live in the Denver Metro Area and you’re obviously misinformed about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. In fact, as their victims lie bleeding and asking God to help them; Harris and Klebold mocked them and their God. That sound like Christian Jihad brother?
Like I said before, I’m so tired of Christian’s strapping on a vest made out of C-4 and walking into pizzerias. That insanity must stop.
TAVIS SMILEY, SLOWLY MAKING HIMSELF IRRELEVANT WITH EACH WORD UTTERED.
Essentially, Congresswoman Corrine Brown has attended the *Cynthia McKinney School Of Discipline*. The interviewer was quite professional, and she pulled out some quite unprofessional behavior. She wants to install interviewing guidelines? Like what? It’s totally cool to lie when you’re cornered? Sorry Congresswoman, that’s been done. Maybe you should just answer the damn question.
p.s. Blogging again sucks. I doubt I’ll keep it up.
Religious equality in society. Is there really such a thing? Religious tolerance usually comes down to whether you’re a realist, or the self-absorbed type.
How do you feel about Jesus? Is He your Messiah? A prophet? A community activist? Just a really good guy who cared about those hurting spiritually? Is criticism of Him aligned with the criticism of Muhammad? Or does it cross over and beyond what you find acceptable?
Enter Citizens Against Religious Bigotry. (CARB) is a recently formed media watch-dog group formed as a response to a potential show airing on Comedy Central. The show’s script has Jesus living in New York, trying to get away from his overbearing Father.
Having the right to criticize religion is American. If I want to make a statement about a misogynistic pedophile who thinks he’s a prophet, I have the right to do that. And in turn, I expect to take hits to my beliefs as well. Your religion is supposed to be scrutinized. If Comedy Central wants to bash Jesus, then they can; the writers of South Park have been doing it for years. Let the market determine if the show is a failure or success. In turn, Comedy Central SHOULD NOT be censoring references to Muhammad on South Park.
Reminds me of one of Jon Stewart’s best bits evah:
These people don’t change. Jesus was persecuted some 2,000ish years ago, with that nasty crucifixion that followed. He can handle a little thing like a show mocking Him. If you’re offended by the show, don’t watch it. That’s a lesson we bemoan towards the left constantly when they blather about *hate speech* coming out of Hannity or Rush. (Both of which I can’t stand BTW.) First Amendment baby, gotta take the good with the bad. We would be that dreaded H-word if we sought to silence those who disagree with us.
Now if we could just do something about the Christians strapping C-4 on their bodies and walking into pizzerias. Now that, that’s tiresome stuff there.