Dear A&E, congratulations, you just committed suicide

There’s nothing I can add. This is the perfect response.

The Matt Walsh Blog

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Dear A&E,

I read that you are indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after he quoted the Bible and said that the homosexual act is sinful. I get it, guys. I do. You punished the Christian guy for being a Christian because you got some angry emails from a bunch of whiny gay activists who lack the spine and maturity to deal with the fact that there are still people out there who have the guts to articulate opinions that they find disagreeable. In so doing, you’ve kowtowed to a pushy minority of vocal bullies who don’t even watch your channel, while alienating the fan base of the one show that keeps your entire network afloat.

Makes sense.

You’ve got standards, after all. You wouldn’t want to be associated with tasteless and inappropriate things. The people on Duck Dynasty can’t be allowed to run around being all Christian-like. It…

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Go Ahead…Get Mad

Much hay has been made of how exclusive the GOP is, how unfriendly conservatives are toward women’s rights, how repressive they are toward women’s freedoms.  There are graphics flying around Facebook and other social media that “remind” women time and again that Republicans are not a party that embraces women, that they are a party that seeks to set women back 50 years.

Perhaps so, but is that really such a bad thing?  Really?

50 years ago, women:

  • Were guaranteed the right to vote (Constitutional Amendment XIX, 1920)
  • Were entitled to equal pay (Equal Pay Act of 1963)
  • Were protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination
  • Had a much lower percentage of out of wedlock birth, which likely meant…
  • A much lower percentage of premarital sex
  • Did not have abortion on demand
  • Were more likely to get married and stay married
  • (Most) were more discreet
  • (Most) were more modest
  • Felt an appropriate level of shame when engaging in unethical or immoral behavior, because…
  • Society’s standards against immorality and shady ethics were (generally) higher

This is not a comprehensive list, by any means, but it is representative of a time when people (generally) took more responsibility for their personal behavior, and when women (generally) valued themselves enough to conduct themselves with more propriety.

Fast forward to 2012, where I look around and see women who are “free” to do anything, say anything, wear anything, promote anything, criticize anything – all under the guise of freedom and diversity – and it has resulted in gutter morality, vulgar behavior, slutty apparel, and shamelessness in areas where we, as women, should be blanching with embarrassment & humiliation.

So go ahead…get mad.  I am.  I’m mad that so many women have dishonored and degraded themselves to such a degree that they shriek in protest if someone passes judgment against them, never once considering that they need to examine their own pitiful behavior.  I’m mad that so much of politics involves insuring that abortion remains available upon demand.  I’m mad that so many women think that tax payers should provide all of the money for their reproductive choices, and that they feel they bear no responsibility other than shrieking about unfairness and discrimination should there be any objections.  I’m mad that conservatives get made fun of and called hypocrites for having less permissive standards.  I think it’s high time that respect for women be earned by respectable behavior rather than demanded in the name of freedom.

We, as women, should require much better than the moral and ethical depravities of 2012.  We should require it of ourselves first, and then of those around us.  If we are to have respect, we must behave in a way that commands it…from everyone.  I’m starting with me, and with my vote in November.

Disingenuity

I’m a news junkie, I admit it, so skimming headlines is something that is not just habitual, but as ingrained into my daily reading as email and Facebook status updates.  For junkies like me, it is hugely rewarding to find headlines with typos or misspellings.  Even better, headlines that are misleading or altogether unrelated to the article that follows.  Perhaps the best, however, is to run across the perfect ironic gem, and there has been none more perfect than this:

Normally Prim Portman Debuts Steam Ad

which links to

Natalie Portman sheds conservative image in nude Dior ad

Prim Wedding Dress

OK, if you’re comparing her (tasteful, I admit) nudity to the prim looking dress she chose to be married in, or the fact that she chose to be married in a “traditional” Jewish ceremony.  Perhaps even prim or conservative by Hollywood standards, which is why I know that the beautiful irony of the headline was wholly unintentional, and will go completely unnoticed by many (if not most) readers.

Pregnant (and not yet married)

It seems a strange description to me, from many angles.  Here is a woman who, though she gives the appearance of valuing Jewish tradition & culture, managed to get her self pregnant and deliver a child 14 months before she tied the knot.  She names her child Aleph – a nod to her Jewish heritage – but there again, in name only.  After all, he was conceived & delivered in a wholly uncommitted relationship, which is not part & parcel of Jewish tradition or culture.  (And for those who disagree, engaged does not equal married, period.)  Engagement is not the covenant of marriage, but the promise of the covenant to come.  Neither “prim” nor “conservative” from my perspective.

Perhaps, you might argue, the headlines were referring only to her style, apparently prim and conservative by Hollywood standards.  But let’s take a look at some of outfits she has worn over the years:

Bald, and her dress looks like it’s about to slip off.

Nude camisole…not exactly demure.

Sultry & seductive.

Peak-a-boo, boobies!

Ummmmm…

Derp! Side boobage!

Gotta say, these are not what I would call either “prim” or “conservative.”  When your bosoms are threatening to burst from your not quite prim evening gown, or when they run the risk of exposure in a moment of inattention (or the lack of strategically place body tape), I really can’t call those examples of conservative packaging.  What about a seductive photograph, or a bikini at the beach.  Not how I would define prim by any stretch, and frankly, not particularly conservative either.

The Professional (Mathilda)

Black Swan (Nina Sayers)

Neither can her movie roles be branded with the prim or conservative moniker.  Black Swan was a beautifully rendered film, with exquisite dancing, a thought provoking (and somewhat controversial) plot, and edgy costuming.  However, it was sexy and provocative, and it pushed boundaries with a main character who was descending into madness, having hallucinations that involved self mutilation, sex & murder, and it ultimately destroys her.  In The Professional, she played a 12-year-old gun enthusiast who is not only protected by a mob hitman, but becomes a partner of sorts.  She has played a stripper/pole dancer in Closer, an pregnant (and unwed) teen in Where the Heart Is, a detective’s suicidal daughter in Heat, and a flirtatious 13yo in Beautiful Girls.  Just to name a few…

I’ll say the headline accomplished what the author wanted, regardless of it’s (perceived or otherwise) irony.  It got attention.  I read the article, and I’ve given an undue amount of attention to it, if for no other reason than to point out the tunnel vision that Hollywood & it’s enthusiasts develop.  It’s a ridiculously skewed view of reality, and it makes those of us in the real world cough a bit when it’s inhabitants are described as precisely what they are not.

This navel-gazing will never change, I know that, but my eyes are open.

April 21 (S)…Sowell (as in Thomas)

I have to admit that I have been crushing on Thomas Sowell for a long time.  He is a erudite economist, a pithy political pundit, and a phenomenally talented writer.  His is widely published as a columnist and is a prolific nonfiction author, all while continuing his day job as a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Instition of Stanford University.  To say he is highly accomplished is probably a bit of an understatement.  He’s one of my favorite people ever to advance the causes of economic solvency and political conservatism.  Plus, he has a wicked sense of humor.

With that confession now off my chest, let me share with you some of my favorite “Sowellisms.”

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.

Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export…. Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea — in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders.

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Whenever someone refers to me as someone “who happens to be black,” I wonder if they realize that both my parents are black. If I had turned out to be Scandinavian or Chinese, people would have wondered what was going on.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

Both free speech and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.

Capitalism knows only one color:  that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.

People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.

Intellect is not wisdom.

Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.

Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on “income distribution,” the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.

Extrapolations are the last refuge of a groundless argument.

Whatever we wish to achieve in the future, it must begin by knowing where we are in the present- not where we wish we were, or whee we wish others to think we are, but where we are in fact.

One of the consequences of such notions as “entitlements” is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

Sources:  Goodreads.com, ThinkExist.com, BrainyQuote.com

This is a very small sampling of the wit and wisdom of Thomas Sowell…a dip of the toe.  I urge you to check out his columns at Townhall (one of several publication websites), his books (they’re available at your local library), and those columnists and authors whom he recommends.  He is worth it.

Yep, totally crushing…