Right Wing Boycotters Should Welcome Gay Republicans at CPAC

Several ultra-right-wing groups are boycotting CPAC in 2011 because of the inclusion of the gay conservative group GOProudCPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is held annually inWashington, D.C., and is a mecca for conservative activists to convene and commingle.

Conservatives are not a bunch of old white guys. Contrary to popular belief, the Republican Party is very diverse, and encompasses many groups not typically associated with the GOP. Take me for example: As a blonde twenty-something Californian, I should be a Democrat.

GOProud is another break in the conservative stereotype. Its websitestates that the group members are “conservatives who believe in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and a confident foreign policy.” That’s standard Republican stuff, but what makes GOProud so interesting is that they represent gay conservatives and their allies.

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Obama, Hawaii, and Conspiracy Theories

President Obama’s Hawaiian vacation has been extended. Which isn’t really very surprising. After all, this is the family that says everyone needs to tighten their belts, yet takes expensive European vacations.

For the record, I like vacations, and don’t begrudge anyone a Christmas in Hawaii. But if you’re going to advocate ‘social justice,’ I want to know where MY vacation is. It’s sooooo unfair that Obama gets to jet set around while I’m stuck in my living room trying to figure out how I’m going to pay all my exorbitant taxes.

On the other hand, if he’s in Hawaii that means he’s not in D.C. pushing for whatever Nanny State law is on his agenda this week. So party away, Mr. President!

In other Hawaii news, Governor Neil Abercrombie has personally vouched for Obama’s citizenship. How nice. Now that most of the hullabaloo over Baby Barack’s Birthplace has finally started to die down, the Democratic Governor of Obama’s birth state has restirred the pot.

My guess is that Governor Abercrombie wants the media to refocus attention on the birthers again, so that Democrats can say all Republicans are crazy people.  Democrats like being able to do that, and the media just eats it up. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if the Clinton machine wasn’t able to uncover Obama’s invalid citizenship, he had to have been born in the U.S.A.

I’m sure that Obama loves the attention over his citizenship, especially as it draws scrutiny away from his liberal politics and the nanny state agenda he’s been ramming through congress. Otherwise, as Chris Matthews suggests, why wouldn’t he just release all the information and be done with it?

I was talking to someone about this issue today, and he suggested a few reasons why Obama might not want to reveal his actual birth certificate.

  1. It might disclose that Obama’s baby-daddy is someone different than the father he dreams of.
  2. It might state his religion as Muslim, and let’s face it; the only thing more annoying than the Obama-isn’t-a-citizen crowd is the Obama-is-a-Muslim crowd. Besides, I thought the matter of Obama’s religion was settled. He’s obviously a narcissist.
  3. Obama was actually born a girl.*

And there you have it. The best birther theory I have ever heard.

*For the record, the person I was chatting with was being funny, and fully believes that Obama is an American citizen, even if he is a Keynesian.

Giving to Charity Means Tax Deductions and a Better Way To Help

In the last week of any given December, I can usually be found scrambling to get everything done that must be done before that ball drops at Midnight on the 31st and all of a sudden, it’s a new year. Basically, I spend the week making sure that anything we need to claim on our taxes for that calendar year is out the door and in the mailbox.

One of the biggest parts of this process is making sure that we’re ‘caught up’ on our charitable giving. We budget a certain amount of money from each paycheck for charity. A portion of that goes to our church, and the rest goes into a fund that we can draw from when we are moved to do so.

Thankfully, the money that we give to recognized organizations is still tax-deductable. This is wonderful because it allows us to give more to those that need it, since we get to pay with pre-tax dollars. This also means that if I want to file my taxes with a certain amount of charitable giving claimed, I need to get those checks in the mail before the calendar year clicks over.

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California Bans ‘Evil’ 100 Watt Light Bulbs

In a move that’s crazy even for California, the land of fruits and nuts isbanning 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. We have to save Santa from global warming, after all. Starting January 1, 2011, California will begin a yearlong phase-out of the offensive bulbs, emptying store shelves of them by 2012.

The other forty-nine states will follow next year. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act was enacted to ‘Save the Earth.’ It bans the production, sale, or use of 100-watt incandescent bulbs across the country by the year 2014. Because people aren’t smart enough to make their own decisions about how to light their homes.

Many people will choose to replace their evil incandescent light bulbs with those curly compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). According to the government, it’s better to potentially expose your children to mercury than to use a tiny bit of extra energy. CFLs contain mercury, and most be disposed of at a toxic waste facility.

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Senator Menendez & His Global Warming Fantasy

Christmas 2010 has come and gone, and if your kids are anything like my precocious seven-year-old, they’re playing with their new toys, taking stock of their inventory, and measuring it against the wish list they sent to Santa earlier this month. Let’s face it; Jolly Old Saint Nick is rarely able to completely fulfill the fantasy of every child that pens him a letter — especially when the kid asks for a driver’s license.

Last week, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote an open letter to the mythical North Polian, asking him to consider relocating to New Jerseywhen the polar ice caps melt due to man-caused global warming.

I am writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice.

I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you. But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole. Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt.

It’s a kitschy, fun letter, and as someone that often employs humor in her political writing, I wish I’d thought of it first. But the entire premise is completely off base. Senator Menendez claims, “Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution,” therefore poor Santa will be out of a home soon.

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School Disciplines Students for Handing Out Candy Canes

The latest weapon to banned at one Virginia high school is particularly onerous: Candy canes. Those curved pepperminty sugar sticks were passed out before school by the “Christmas Sweater Club” at Battlefield High School this holiday season in an effort to spread Christmas cheer.

Silly kids. Don’t they know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear? Maybe they’ve never seen Elf. Or maybe singing Christmas carols was banned at their school.

Regardless of the best method for injecting the Christmas spirit into a group of moody teenagers, the “Christmas Sweater Club” was reprimanded by school officials and given detention in the form of two hours of cleaning. I guess with all the budget cuts to education, the school had to let its janitorial staff go.

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Census Data Out: Blue States Lose, Red States Win

The first wave of Census 2010 data came out this week and the numbers are shocking: It turns out that people don’t like paying high taxes.

The population grew 9.7 percent overall, from 281,421,906 in 2000 to 308,745,538 in 2010. It’s reassuring that people still like to have babies, because without them the world would be just like in that movie Children of Men — a sad, dark world with no hope. And it’s important to note that some of that increased number comes from immigration, which also makes me happy because I still believe America is the greatest nation on the planet, and I’m glad other people do too!

Not every state grew proportionally in population to every other state. Some states grew a lot more than others. Specifically, the states with the lowest taxes grew the most. Seven of the nine states without an income tax grew faster than the national average. Texas alone saw a 21% growth in population over the last decade. The business-friendly environment means more financial security, which means more people move there and/or have more babies.

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‘Harry Potter’ Actress Beaten for Dating a Non-Muslim

We’ve all dated guys our dads or brothers didn’t like. In fact, looking back at my dating past, I’m impressed with my dad for the composure he maintained when I introduced him to a couple of my squeezes. While he may have been thinking, “No daughter of mine will ever end up with spiky-haired mama’s boy like you,” he managed a cool, “Have her back by 11. And I’m friendly with allthe cops. And I’m an attorney. Just so you know.”

I was always home by curfew.

As a teenager, I hated that my parents didn’t ‘trust’ me enough to let go of the reins, but at the ripe old age of 27, I’ve wisely figured out that they understood teenaged boys a lot better than I did. They were protective of me because they cherished me as their daughter, and couldn’t bear to see me get hurt.

It boggles my mind when I read stories like Afshan Azad’s. The 22-year-old Harry Potter star recently had to flee her home after being attacked by her old brother and receiving death threats from him and their father.  Her offense was dating a non-Muslim man.

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The FCC & Net Neutrality: What Does It All Mean?

I saw a headline on Monday that made me do a double take: The FCC’s Threat to Internet Freedom: ‘Net neutrality’ sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation, and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.

Net neutrality is something I hear a lot about, but have never taken much time to fully comprehend. Since it’s my job to stay abreast of political issues involving freedom and liberty (so really, all political issues), I knew that further research was necessary.

First — we must define net neutrality. After reading approximately 42 different websites on the subject, I think I have grasped the basic concept of network neutrality: It is the principle that Internet Service Providers (henceforth referred to as ISPs) not block or redirect services to consumers for their own financial gain. For example, AOL doesn’t block emails from Time Warner Cable accounts, but rather treats all emails as “neutral.”

This is where I started to get confused. To the best of my knowledge, my ISP doesn’t block or impede my access to any legal websites, but if it did, I would probably cancel my account and go with a different company. Since I’m geographically limited in my choices, I’d probably set up a mobile account with my cell phone company. Bottom line — in order to keep my business, it’s in my ISP’s best interest to keep me happy by not restricting my online access. So why in the world are we talking about implementing a system that already seems to be in effect?

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Right Now…

I’m sitting on the couch with my newly fixed laptop. Thing 1 is home from school for Christmas break, and she and her sister are playing/bickering. I’ve broken up at least 67 fights this morning alone. I just fed them bacon for lunch.

I’m trying to write about the Harry Potter chick whose dad and brother threatened to kill her for dating a non-Muslim. I also saw some angry atheist guy on America Live a bit ago that said Christmas trees were offensive and made people feel uncomfortable. What a world we live in that Islam is the ‘religion of peace’ and Christmas trees are dangerous to people’s psyches.

It has taken me fifteen minutes to write this because I got interrupted fifty kabillion times by the kids.

“She took my Polly Pocket!”

“No!”

“I ‘tarving to death!”

“When’s lunch?”

“I want more lunch!”

“Hey, give that back!”

“NO!”

“Why can’t I play the harmonica and beep my bike horn?”

“What’s a headache?”

“Can I have a cookie?”

“Can I have two cookies?”

“Give that back!”

“NO!”

“Listen to me!”

“Look at me!”

“Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY???

Also, water has been spilled no less than three times, I’ve been climbed on, poked with sharp little elbows, had my hair pulled, and I’m just amazed that nothing has broken … yet.

Working from home means I get the ‘best of both worlds.’ But some days, it’s the challenges of both worlds. Today is one of those days.

*Sigh*