Two recent acts of bravery bring up a clear point:
1. A nine year old boy in a Southern town was in the passenger seat of his parents’ car with three siblings all under the age of three in the back. His mother darted into a convenience store, and a huge man (who was lurking nearby) jumped into the driver’s seat, i.e., it was a car-jacking in the works. The nine year old had the courage and the presence of mind not to be “politically correct” which would have meant sitting quietly and obeying an adult. Nope, not at all. This kid grabbed the car keys and held them tight to his right side. The would-be carjacker hit the boy’s head against the passenger door in an attempt to get the keys, and failed as the boy was resolute. As the boy said later, “I didn’t want my family to be taken.” The car-jacker ran from the car, fell, and was apprehended by police who had been called from the convenience store.
2. A young female (of course I’m proud) civilian police officer stopped an Army officer from continuing his murders of Fort Hood soldiers by standing up to him and shooting him numerous times while being shot three times herself. Unfortunately, except for military police (MPs) and civilian police, soldiers on a base do not carry weapons, and are, therefore, sitting ducks for the murderous rampage of “one of their own.” As it turns out, by all media reports, the history of this so-called American Army officer was clearly one of a terrorist.
There was a history of his radical Muslim ideology. Reports against him had been made, but political correctness ruled the day. Because he had worshipped at a mosque with a radical imam who allegedly had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers and had written on the Internet Muslim extremist comments (which, I understand, included a defense of suicide bombers), had tried to indoctrinate patients and his school mates even complained about the political leanings of his class assignments and so much more, was no reason, many authorities have said, to assume he was a home-grown terrorist. That political correctness caused the death of 13 and serious injury to dozens. Never mind the fear it has generated on bases around the country and the world where the bullet or bomb can come from the “inside.”
Instead of facing this threat (and please do remember the plots that were foiled against other military bases on American soil in the past several years), we are being told not to “jump to conclusions.” Well, without jumping to the correct conclusions in a timely manner, hanging on instead to political correctness (meaning that no one should criticize or profile), our military men and women and their families have a good reason to be afraid and angry. They pay the price.
That nine year old boy didn’t sit complacently and be a “good boy.” He took charge to protect his own. We should do the same for our military and their families. Those who have expressed at any time any philosophy resembling radical Islamic hate should be marginalized, scrutinized, put under surveillance, and supervised.
The first obligation of the American government is not “Cash for Clunkers.” It’s for the safety of the populace. The morale of our military took a large hit when they discovered that they were not safe from worldwide terrorists at their own desks.
Dump all that “PTSD by proxy” nonsense. Look at the truth, without which we are neither free nor safe.TrackBack URI
I Googled “PepsiCo and Apple iPhone” and found three million sites talking about PepsiCo’s promotional concept for Amp, their energy drink: “AMP Up Before You Score.” The app purports to help men pick up any one of 24 types of women and then get coached on “pick up and score some sex” lines. The app then takes the coaching a step further, encouraging users who “score” to post details such as name, date and comments for their pals on Facebook and Twitter. Apparently, a lot of people (mostly women) have criticized the app (mostly on Twitter), saying it contributes to the objectification of women.
Frankly, I think it is hilarious, and that women (especially the feminists) are being unbelievably hypersensitive and hypocritical. Let me count the ways:
1. Women’s studies at colleges and universities objectify men as the “dark side.”
2. Women dress provocatively these days.
3. Women “hook up” (i.e., casual sex – no obligations, no dinner)
4. Women use abortion as birth control for any children conceived via
casual sex, as opposed to marrying the father of the child.
5. Women “shack up,” have sex out of wedlock, and have babies out of wedlock.
6. Women today are so casual about sex that The Wall Street Journal reports that they have interfered with the earning abilities of call girls and prostitutes.
7. Porn movies star women.
8. The porn industry is owned and managed largely by female entrepreneurs who themselves are objectifying women.
So, what is the problem with an app that suggests pick-up lines? If a woman is foolish enough to hear a come-on and drop her undies, well, that’s her choice, isn’t it? Instead, she could tell the guy to “kiss off.” She could wait to have sex until at least 1 ½ years into the relationship, with an engagement ring and a wedding date.
I am not offended by this ad program. After all, it worked. Everyone is talking about it (even me). I think it’s stupid, but I’m not offended. But if any of those “lines” gets a guy some free sex, well it’s the woman’s damn fault, not PepsiCo’s.TrackBack URI
A Connecticut state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would bar schools from punishing students for their electronic insults – even if they write them on class computers during school hours.
This idiocy is in response to the punishment meted out to Avery Doninger, a 17 year old high-schooler who was disciplined in 2007 for writing a blog from home using vulgar language to defame and insult school administrators.
School authorities barred her from running for office at Lewis B. Mills High School in Burlington as a “punishment.”
Her parents – of course– are suing!
I can’t believe I heard the whole thing.
On FoxNews.com, almost 100 people put in their two cents; the following was the most cogent of the bunch:
“‘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.’ As far as I can tell, Congress did not impede on her freedom of speech. The child needs to learn that while she is free to say whatever she feels, there are repercussions to the things we say.”
And there it is. You have the freedom so say whatever you’d like – without any consequences? I think not.
Colleges and employers have recourse to Internet records and can judge students by the electronic trail they’ve left behind, according to Tom Hutton, senior staff attorney for the NSBA (National School Board Association). Well, let that be a lesson to adolescents who feel bigger than their britches with this pending legislation!
The girl’s mother “wished her daughter ‘had used more sophisticated language.’” Instead of standing by the school punishment to teach her daughter the consequences of not thinking behavior through in advance of indelible actions, she’s making it a cause for free speech.
Oh please. It’s another one of those cases of parents defending their children right or wrong because they don’t want any criticism or don’t want to risk their children’s ire by punishing them for wrong- or stupid-doings.
Imagine if the teacher had put on a website that this girl was a “douche bag.” Would anyone defend the teacher or would he or she have to take sensitivity classes and then be fired anyway?
We are getting way too far in “The Lord of the Flies” for my tastes.TrackBack URI
I just want to smack those few parents across the country who are causing a ruckus, attempting to eliminate Thanksgiving pageants, celebrations, and dress-up for small children because they are “offended” by the “Indian” garb (“stereotyping Indians,” they say) or the supposed whitewashing of the history of the conflict between Europeans and original natives of this land.
My family has traveled extensively in the Southwest and do we have stories…one in particular was the day we climbed up a steep mesa some hundreds of feet in the August heat to be greeted by hovels for homes but a spectacular view. I questioned our guide as to why people would have ever lived up here on this barren rock formation with no ability to plant because the only water was rain or water carried up the difficult trail. He said at first, “look at these beautiful views.” Well, they were breath-taking. But the living conditions were seemingly below the minimum allowable for human beings. He then continued with, “Living up here gave great safety to the tribe from other tribes who would rob, kill our young men, and then take our women, children, cattle and possessions.”
Nonetheless, having school children enact scenes of peace and mutual respect and camaraderie does nothing to defame the indigenous population or the fleeing Europeans…in spite of the funny looking clothes (oh, and “Goth” looks any better?).
I am concerned, as are many others, with the growing trend of one “offended” person having sufficient power to rip away the fabric of American tradition; of small groups rebelling violently against fair, democratic elections, and the fearful gutlessness of those who stand by and let this all happen.TrackBack URI