Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It seems like I'm not doing much blogging lately and when I do it's usually about something that has pissed me off.

Today's rant is brought to you by this bumper sticker.

Who would put this on their car??
Are we going backwards in race relations?
Hell, I'm not black and I'm offended.
How is this supposed to be taken?

According to Paula Smith the owner of the site where you could (I say could because she's taken it off the site) purchase this says it's not racist. Smith says, "I do find it amazing and entertaining that one of our stickers has become a racist thing". She goes on to say that, "Obama's not even black but rather a mixture of race". Who cares! You've inferred the word nigger. Of course it's just a word but one that has polarized people in this country. Just the sound of it isn't nice. Growing up I don't think I ever heard that word uttered in our house. Today if someone of another race uses that word all hell breaks loose but here in lies the problem; many black people use it in their vernacular when speaking to each other. That word will never die until it's taboo for everyone. I don't get how it's okay for blacks to call each other that.

But back to Ms Smith.

Does she think we're all stupid and buy into her cry of "it's not racist"? First of all if she meant to use the word renege she would have spelled it the right way. defines the word renege as to go back on one's word: He has reneged on his promise.

Webster's defines it as: to go back on a promise or commitment

What other way could she have meant this bumper sticker to mean by spelling it re-nig? Honestly who would find this acceptable? Uneducated red necks? Or maybe the far right AM radio talk show hosts? Now in defense of Ms. Smith I don't know if she created the bumper sticker or just decided to sell it on her site but I can't help but feel by doing so puts her view out there. I guess never argue with an idiot; they'll win by experience.

I swear sometimes civilization as we know it is crumbling. People need to get along, treat each other with due respect and realize that unless you come from a galaxy far, far away, we're all one race; the Human Race.

I agree with the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights:

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I wish people everywhere had this freedom, we're very lucky in this country.

But just because you have the freedom to say something doesn't always mean you should say it.

Stay classy Paula Smith.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Here Comes The Sun

We've been having some wonderful weather lately with temperatures averaging anywhere from 20 -40 degrees above normal.

There's daffodils in bloom, some trees starting to bud and it's very tempting to bring out the patio furniture but in the back of my mind I know it's way too early for this to be happening in these here parts of world. I can't help but wonder how we're going to pay for this later. We've had blizzards in March.

In the mean time we're all enjoying the warmth and sunshine so...
Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Shit for Brains

Let me first say that I think Rush Limbaugh is a low life slug, an idiot, hurtful and cruel. His latest slam toward Sandra Fluke and the birth control issue is disgusting. The entire debate on whether birth control should be covered by insurance is stupid; of course it should be. Plus should men be the deciding factor in this? The Republican hearing on this didn't allow any women to participate. Did you ever notice that the loudest voices in the anti abortion issue are usually men. And let's not forget clinic bombings, done almost exclusively by men. (While I wouldn't have an abortion I am pro choice ) But isn't it the man who gets the woman pregnant? Where are these men who abandon their children? Who don't pay child support? Look at the amount of single mothers out there? Where are the fathers? Yet some Republicans would like you to believe that contraception should not be covered and in Limbaugh's little mind if you use the pill you are a slut. I'm guessing if contraception was more readily available there would be less abortions. Of course the women have to take responsibility also. If you don't want to get pregnant take your pills everyday. I say keep the government out of your sex lives. It's personal.

I do feel for the men who get their partner pregnant and want the baby and the women does not. That would be heart breaking and a tough one but in the end it's the woman's body and her right to choose.

If men want to continue to have sex then the women should have their birth control covered by insurance. After all many insurance companies cover the cost of Viagra. I bet Rush Limbaugh's Viagra is covered.

Once again Limbaugh has crossed the line with his crassness and bullying. I don't understand how people can follow him and agree with him no less. I hope this time he's shot himself in the foot. Check out this video of Rachel Maddow. It's a little long but worth the watch. I couldn't agree with her more.

The only good thing I can say about Limbaugh is thank God he doesn't have any children.

After days of bashing Ms. Fluke, Limbaugh has offered up a left handed or backwards apology for his words. I say too little too late. I hope that more companies stop advertising on his show.

Edit #2:
Limbaugh has lost another sponsor of his show, this makes 7. As far as his apology goes, did he apologize for what he said or because he is losing sponsors.