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Titles of Honor

In Current Events, Politics, Religion, The Real World on February 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

After a  busy-life forced hiatus (thanks, Superbowl… glad you only come once every three years or so), I had intended on returning to blogging with a totally different topic. I thought I was done talking about women, our roles, etc. and was moving on (after all, the giant wheel of government spins on, powered by insanity and ignorance). However, then I saw this article last Friday in Salon titled Stop calling us wives and moms.

Very little has made me so angry in a long time.

The article outlines a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to President Obama’s usage of the terms wife, mother, sisters and daughters (particularly in his SotU). While I agree that his “‘Father Knows Best’ paternalism” is condescending, I was far more bothered by the sentiments expressed by the petitioners that “Defining women by their relationships to other people is reductive, misogynist, and alienating to women who do not define ourselves exclusively by our relationships to others.”

Oh please gag me now. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s not that easy

In Religion, The Real World on January 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I am a very vocal advocate for a lot of things, not the least of which are traditional gender roles, traditional families, common sense conservatism, homeschooling and many other things that range from relatively benign to extremely controversial.

Despite my no-nonsense, take no prisoners defense of or advocating for these things, even I recognize that what is simple is not always easy.

Last week, I presented my case that women need to reject what the modern world claims is their role and return to their rightful place in the home. I believe this intensely, passionately. That is our right. As modern women, our attitude towards being a homemaker is much that of a prince rejecting the throne in favor of being a pauper. It’s a tragic idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Where We Go From Here

In Current Events, Politics, Religion on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

It’s been ages since I posted even though I have had no shortage of opinions on politics, religion and the real world. It seems somewhat cliche to start posting again (although that assumes I’ll continue blogging) on election day. But I have spent the last eight hours watching election coverage and, like a lot of my conservative friends, I am disheartened.

Tonight was not merely a bad night to be a conservative. It was a horrible night. It’s going to be another rough four years and I truly believe what we saw in 2004-2008 was just a warm up.

I’ll openly admit to being a conspiracy theorist (although is it a theory if it’s true?) and I have predicted doom and gloom at a faster speed than it has happened. However, I also believe that my sense of urgency is not a bad thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Inseparably Connected

In Current Events, Education, Politics, Religion on December 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

On Wednesday I posted a blog that talked about a really frightening and frustrating element of American corruption.

The only solution for it is an informed and constantly watchful electorate.

I believe, as I have for as long as I can remember, that the strength of America has always been her people.

I also believe that that is the weakness of our country as well.

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Action shows gratitude

In Holidays, Religion on December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My last post talked about my inclination towards laziness. Unfortunately, I would much rather rebuild Rome on my computer than I would type up blogs.

However, with the recent Thanksgiving holiday I’ve been thinking a lot about how the choices I make reflect my attitude about what I have.

See, I tend to believe that the choices I make reflect the way I feel about or the importance I place on the things I’m making choices about.

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It’s time to prepare

In Current Events, Religion on June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I talked yesterday about the warning signs of another storm I see coming. I think there are a lot of risk factors for another recession, and that’s the optimistic view.

If I was in a national leadership role, I would council my people to prepare. I would not be reassuring them there is nothing to worry about, because there is much to be agitated over. There are at least a dozen things that should really cause us concern.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot we, individually, can do about the weak dollar or cost of gasoline. We have zero influence over Europe’s debt worries or potential food shortages.

Fortunately, there are things we can do. They are small and they are personal. They will not stop crises on a national or international level.

Preparing ourselves, though, will put us in a place to weather the storm and maybe help others.

And if the storm fizzles out or never comes, it may be an earthquake or a tornado or an illness or a layoff. All of these things happen in good economic times as well as bad.

Everything I’ve encouraged you to do has been with the words “right now.” Maybe I sound like a fear monger because I keep pushing things as immediately important. I just know time takes change and if we wait until we need instant action it will be too late.

So here’s what I’m suggesting we each do:

  1. Get or put together a 72 hour kit
  2. Get three months of food storage
  3. Pay regular debt bills three months out (i.e. car and mortgage payments)
  4. Have three months of emergency funds in a savings account

Next week I’ll walk you through each of these steps, one at a time. They are little goals on the way to  bigger ones.

This won’t work if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck and so you may have to evaluate what you’re spending and see if you can cut back in a place or two.

The trick is getting over the sense of entitlement we all have and choosing to sacrifice to put ourselves in a better position.

This may seem like a departure from my usual columns. It’s really not.

This is all about being self sufficient, about relying on our own strength. And that is part of the legacy of our predecessors.

Men and women like the Washingtons, Adamses and Jeffersons didn’t wait until someone else gave them permission to lead.

People who fought at Concord and Lexington didn’t wait for someone else to take care of the British.

These individuals acted and didn’t wait for someone else. They took care of themselves and their own.

That’s what I’m asking you to do: take care of  yourself.

If we are prepared, it won’t matter what happens internationally, nationally, locally or personally.

We won’t have to be afraid. Instead we can look forward optimistically, knowing no matter what happens we will be ok.

That’s the benefit of preparing and now is the time.

Why a divided Jerusalem looks a lot like Germany to me

In Current Events, Politics, Religion on May 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I’m not an expert on Israel. I’m not an expert on pre-WWII Germany. I’m not sure I’m an expert on anything except raising trouble.

I don’t think anyone needs to be an expert, though, to look at what’s going on with Israel and to recognize that there is no “easy fix.” If you believe the Bible, this is a conflict that has been going on since Isaac and Ishmael. Unfortunately there likely is no answer at all.

Currently, there is a “solution” being tossed around to create a split Jerusalem, to “de-unify” the city. If that happens, proponents are saying, then maybe we will have peace amongst Israel and the rest of the Muslim world.

As soon as I heard that, my brain made a connection.

I recently watched a documentary on the beginnings of WWII (World War II in HD Colour). It reviewed how Hitler gained power and regard among the Germans and how when he first started taking over countries the world turned a blind eye.

In the early days, Hitler promised he was just taking back what was Germany’s and then he would stop. Once he had returned German people and lands to Germany, he would leave the rest of the world alone.

That, of course, was a lie. Just like it’s a lie that once we have a divided Jerusalem and an independent Palestinian state the violence will stop. The Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, who is championing this idea, admits that the violence may not stop even with a divided Jerusalem.

Moreover, I’m not sure there is any proof that a divided state would work. It didn’t work in Germany and a recent-ish poll of East Jerusalem Arabs shows only 1/3 support a 2-state system and 35% prefer to be Israeli citizens. A full 40% would consider moving to live in the Israeli part of Jerusalem and 54% would not move to live in Palestinian Jerusalem.

What benefit would there be, then, for the world, Palestinians and for Israel to have a divided state? This looks a lot like a lose-lose situation to me.

Don’t believe everything you hear. The radical Arab world would not be content with a divided Jerusalem, just like Hitler wasn’t content with taking over Austria.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/world/middleeast/06palestinians.html

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2011/ss_politics0586_05_16.asp

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/_one_of_the_givens.html

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