Top 7 for the Week of 1/13/2012

This week, Ashley and I talked about:

  1. California Crunchies at the Farmers’ Market
  2. So, You Want To Be an Iranian Scientist?
  3. The GOP’s Super PAC War
  4. The Supreme Court Sides with Religious School
  5. Marines Pee On Dead Terrorists (And This Is a Problem?)
  6. School Dress Codes … For Teachers
  7. Bacon = Cancer
We also have a rant, a dirty joke from Eli, our dude of the week, and we took our first live caller!
Happy listening!

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Elsewhere on the Internet

So. It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these. Not sure if you could tell or not, but it’s been sort of a long summer three or so years. But good news! I’m getting my mojo back. Both kids are in school right now. I’m training for a half marathon. I get paychecks now (good for both the ego and the budget).

I’ve done dishes TWO nights this week.

Anyway. I wrote some stuff over the past week (or two … three?) that I’d love for you to click on. Maybe you could even read them! That would be awesome. Hopefully you’ll learn something, even if it’s just a different perspective.

A certain state is using taxpayer money to pay for babysitters for underprivileged kids. Except they’re not running background checks, so many of those sitters are rapists, child-molesters, drug dealers, etc. Which state it is? I’ll give you a clue: It starts with Ill and ends with nois.

In other skeezy news, ex-gangsta Cornell Jones took over $300,000 dollars of federal taxpayer dollars to build a strip club. How about we end some of this disgusting spending instead of raising revenue taxes?

Back in Illinois, it’s apparently illegal to record on-duty police officers. Where are we? Soviet Russia?

James Hoffa (not the one buried under a football field) of the Teamsters (not technically part of the mafia) opened up for President Obama at a pro-union rally on Labor Day. He told the president that the union workers were his army, and they were ready to take the Tea Party son of bitches out. The White House had no comment.

The lights went out in San Diego (and parts of Arizona and Mexico), which made me ponder what life would be like if we lost electricity suddenly and unexpectantly. As it turns out, EMPs are a real potential threat, and we’re going to need strong missile defense to combat them.

And finally, union thugs in Washington State went bananas on the port of Longview, destroying property and holding guards hostage. They were back at work the next day.

Happy reading!

PS- Thanks for putting up with me as I’ve been trying to navigate my new normal. Y’all are the best.

Jenny Erikson Radio Show – Episode 0015

In which I chat about our splendiferous family vacation and how California politics almost marred it, and Ashley Sewell joins me to talk about Osama bin Laden’s death.

Mourning Osama bin Laden’s Death — Or At Least the Need for It

Nearly 10 years after masterminding the 9/11 attack on America, Osama bin Laden is dead. Not just dead, but killed by the United States Navy SEALs, sent in by President Obamahimself to bring back his body — dead or alive.

Let me take a moment to give credit where credit is due. President Bush began the hunt for Osama, but President Obama took hold of the torch he was handed, and by golly, he got the job done. Bravo, Mr. President.

Now comes the question as to how much joy we’re supposed to feel at the death of another human being. Soon after the pronouncement of Osama’s death, people were partying in the streets ofNew York and Washington, D.C. In my own neighborhood, I could hear my neighbors whooping it up.

As the news scrolled across our own TV screen, our 7-year-old daughter asked, “Who’s Osama?”

“He was a very bad man that killed a lot of people,” I told her as simply as I could. She responded thoughtfully, “Oh. Then I’m glad he’s dead. He won’t be killing anyone now.”

Read the rest at The Stir

Koran Burner Terry Jones Is Not Evil, Just Wrong

A Florida pastor caused a ruckus late last summer when he declared that he would be burning a pile of Korans to mark the ninth anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attackon America on September 11, 2001. The controversialTerry Jones backed down on his plan … for several months at least.

Last month the preacher set fire to the religious book ofIslam, which went remarkably unnoticed by the U.S. press. Thank goodness for that — the last thing attention-seekers need is more attention to fuel the craziness.

Unfortunately, word got out in Afghanistan, and the incident supposedly sparked a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of at least 11 people, seven of whom were U.N. staffers and guards.

Being quite the argumentative bunch (democracy rocks!), we Americans hopped on this story to decide whether or not Terry Jones has blood on his hands for the deaths in Afghanistan. He may be a jerk, but he’s not a murderer. The radical Islamic terrorists are murderers.

Read the rest at The Stir

Will the United States Go to War in Libya?

Here’s the thing about humans: We’re not necessarily good people. In fact some pretty evil Homo sapiens have walked the planet over the years. Did anyone see The Last King of Scotland? That Idi Amin guy was not exactly good for the Ugandans. Other super bad dudes have included Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Attila the Hun.

Because I’m an equal opportunist, I feel compelled to also add Jezebel, Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and Andrea Yates to the list. It’s apparent that evil comes packaged in either gender.

There’s been an evil dude in power in Libya for more than 41 years.Muammar Gaddafi has been the totalitarian ruler of the middle-eastern state since a military overthrow in 1969. Life is not kind to the average citizen under Gaddafi’s rule (it never usually is when one lives under a dictatorship), and recently Libyans have protested the oppressive government regime.

Gaddafi’s response was to call the protesters “cockroaches” and claim they were “serving the devil.” Oh, and he had his minions kill anyone they found opposing him. After the funeral service for those massacred by Gaddafi, the tyrant ordered his peeps to use artillery, swords, or even hammers to attack the mourners. In other words: Crush any and all dissent.

Not cool, evil dictator dude, not cool.

Read the rest at The Stir.

It’s Time for the Federal Government to Stop Funding NPR

A few months ago, conservatives were outraged at the firing of liberalJuan Williams by National Public Radio for saying that flying with Islamic-looking males made him nervous on Fox News’ The O’Reily Factor. According to NPR’s head honcho Vivian Schiller, Mr. Williams had “several times in the past violated [their] news code of ethics with things that he had said on other people’s air.”

Apparently expressing an opinion based on the fact that virtually every airplane-hijacking terrorist in the United States over the past few decades has been a Jihadist is punishable by unemployment from NPR. Juan Williams did not state that he thought all Muslims were terrorists, or even that he refused to fly with them. He simply stated that it made him nervous.

Shortly thereafter, many prominent conservative pundits called for NPR to be defunded of the federal money that it receives. Private businesses can run things how they see fit, but organizations receiving taxpayer money should not be able to terminate someone’s employment for expressing a valid opinion, especially when it wasn’t even done on NPR’s airwaves.

In November, the then-Democratic House of Representatives defeated a bill to cut the federal fundingof NPR. The supposedly unbiased organization released this statement after the vote:

In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio’s value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical. Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need. It is imperative for federal funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy remains available to all Americans and thrives well into the future.

Fast forward to March 2011. Ron Schiller, a senior executive at NPR, was caught on tape in a sting operation criticizing the Republican party, and Tea Party Republicans in particular, as being racist, fundamentalist Christian, and fanatically involved in people’s personal lives.

**Side note: Democrats want to control our health care, our education, and what we can feed our kids, but Republicans are “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives”? Um, ok …

Read the rest at The Stir

Swedish Suicide Bomber Martyrs Self to Promote Peace

Thank God for incompetent terrorists. A jihadist suicide bomber succeeded only in injuring two people and killing himself last Saturday in Stockholm when he detonated two bombs.

Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly has been credited and heralded as the perpetrator of the attack on a busy shopping street in Sweden’s capital city by the terror group al Qaeda. On a Yemeni website, Abdulwahab was praised for his actions: “It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm.”

A Mujahid is a Muslim engaged in radical Islam.

Abdulwahab was born in Iraq, but was a Swedish citizen living in the England town of Luton. Luton has seen its share of contention in recent years, most recently being the site of a protest by Islamists picketing returning British soldiers from Iraq. The extremists held up signs accusing the men of being “butchers” and “baby-killers.”

Moments before his death, Abdulwahab sent an email containing an audio file to the police and to a Swedish news agency. Apparently, he was ticked off by Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan, as well as the country’s silence over an image by a Swedish artist that depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog.

Read the rest at The Stir

Amazon Cuts Ties with WikiLeaks. Also, Defund NPR!

Remember that hullabaloo surrounding Juan Williams when he was fired from NPR for saying he got nervous when flying with Islamic-looking males? His exact quote to Fox News’ Bill O’Reily was:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

NPR’s Big Boss Lady Vivian Schiller defended the decision to terminate Mr. Williams’s employment with that organization because according to her, “he had several times in the past violated our news code of ethics with things that he had said on other people’s air.”

Well then cool people like S.E. Cupp and Sarah Palin started asking why such an obviously left-wing outfit should receive federal funding (our tax dollars at work!) and calling for NPR to be defunded.

Vivian Schiller called the claim that NPR depends on public funding ‘laughable.’ It’s the parent company (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) that receives the public funding, while NPR is funded (in part) by station fees. And where do the stations get their funding? From the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Laughable indeed.

Besides, if NPR really didn’t needs public funding, as Ms. Schiller claims, why are they so insistent that the supposed non-existent funding not be cut?

In November, the House GOP moved to defund NPR. It was defeated, and supporters of the bill were mocked as petty and juvenile. NPR released a statement saying:

“In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio’s value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical. Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need. It is imperative for federal funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy remains available to all Americans and thrives well into the future.”

Basically, NPR is claiming to be an unbiased, reliable source of information for all Americans.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw a lot of people mentioning WikiLeaks on Twitter this morning, in relation to Amazon. I wondered to myself: what does WikiLeaks have to do with Amazon? And I skipped on over to Google to figure it out. Here’s what NPR had to say about the situation:

The WikiLeaks website has left its U.S. Web host, Amazon.com, and moved back to a Swedish provider.

Amazon.com would not comment on its relationship with WikiLeaks or whether it forced the site to leave. Messages seeking comment from WikiLeaks were not returned.

Here’s what actually happened, according to oh, um, actual facts: Amazon cut ties with WikiLeaks and slimey Julian Assange after the website leaked over a quarter of a million classified state documents, causing a global scandal, embarrassment for many world leaders, and potential danger for countless innocents around the world.

Amazon told Congressman Joe Leiberman (chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee) about the decision to break with WikiLeaks.

“This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the WikiLeaks website,” Liberman said in a public statement. ”The company’s decision to cut off WikiLeaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.”

Even WikiLeaks itself whined about being ousted on Twitter.

Amazon absolutely made a good decision in booting the wretched WikiLeaks from its servers. Bravo, Amazon!

Shame on NPR for not even trying to get its facts straight. Unbiased my left foot. Bottom line: If NPR is going to promote left-wing propaganda, they can do it on their own dime.

Naked Scanners or Body Groping: Has the TSA Gone Too Far?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano reassured us almost a year ago that “the system worked.” Her words were in response to the panty bomberUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to detonate a bomb in his drawers on an international flight headed into Detroit, Michigan.

If the system was working so well, why have some intense new screening procedures been introduced by the FTA recently?

Naked body scanners have been popping up in airports all over the country. These machines can literally see through your clothes to your naked body to determine whether or not you’re wearing a diaper full of C4. By the way, scientists aren’t sure of the medical side effects that may occur to those lucky enough to be singled out for a scan on their way to Toledo.

In addition to the scanners, TSA agents have implemented anenhanced pat-down procedure, which has left many people feeling sexually violated when their “special places” were given some extra attention. Some people have chosen to leave the airport, rather than have their junk groped by a complete stranger.

Even 3-year-olds have been subjected to physical pat-downs.

Is this really necessary? Do a mom’s labia and breasts need to be fondled to be sure that she’s not a terrorist? Does my toddler really need to take off her Robeez to go through airport security?

When was the last time a mom traveling with an infant attempted to blow up a plane in a terrorist attack? I couldn’t find any incidences in the United States.

Meanwhile, while average American citizens are being forced to choose between being seen naked or be groped by the TSA, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has recommended that Muslim women traveling in a hijab forgo the scanners, and only be searched around their neck and head. This is in accordance with their religion, and Janet Napolitano is considering the request.

National security is important. I get that. But no one has the right to ogle or touch my body without due cause. Until a bunch of green-eyed, blonde, twenty-something females start using commercial airliners for terrorist attacks, or I personally act in a suspicious manner, please leave my private parts alone.

Otherwise I might have to sue the TSA for “reverse discrimination.”

Cross Posted at The Stir