Friday, June 28, 2013

Archie Bunker I Am

June 28, 2013

Archie Bunker I Am – a personal perspective

I have been following the immensely popular national witch hunt known as race-baiting lately. I am amazed at the number of self-righteous individuals and no-balls-businesses rising to take the bait. I have marveled at all the new races popping up. If you are “for” something – it quantifies as a “race”. Even Democrats/Liberals and Republicans/Conservatives and oh my goodness Independents, Tea Partiers and Gun Owners have achieved near “race” status. Good grief!

I have watched the overwhelming and shameful crucifixion of Food Network star Paula Deen (the only reason I ever found to tune into that channel) since she admitted she used the N-word way back in the olden days of the late 20th century. Cries of racism are screeching across the land! The only thing accomplished by those who have abandoned and poisoned minds against Paula Deen is about half a dozen boycotts-by-me and a few more dollars in her coffers as I pursue her products. I am not alone.

Deen's alleged infraction occurred over 25 years ago. Racism, sexism, and just about every other sort of ism and a plethora of phobias came out of the closet in the 1970s and 1980s following the volatile 1960s. It was a different time. Lots of actions and words considered inappropriate and socially unacceptable today hardly raised an eyebrow back then. Of course, back then news was tangible not surreal. You cannot change history by punishing anyone who was a part of it just because you find it distasteful. Back then, I’d venture to say the most prolific use of the N-word originated with blacks themselves. Considering some modern black genre music lyrics, literature and commentary one could assume as much today.

Yes, I have used the N-word but not until I came to adulthood. As a child my maternal grandmother frowned upon the term just once when my brother uttered it and what my gentle southern grandmother did not approve of was officially taboo. We obeyed out of respect for the woman if not her reasoning which of course, we later realized was dead-on. It was not nice.

I am going out on a limb here and do a bit of race-baiting myself so get your finger ready to point and wag. The use of a racial slur like the bugaboo N-word is not necessarily indicative of racism. I am from the south, not the Deep South, although many of my ancestors, a few who had a hand in my raising were from the Deep South. No, I hail from that other south known as Texas. I have lived well north of my home state for over fifteen years and still, as soon as I speak the first question out of the mouth of a new acquaintance is an often impolite query what part of the south are you from? People who speak with a drawl and twang are somewhat of a novelty in some (let’s call them Yankee) circles but I don’t take offense or see it as something akin to racism – although judging by today’s standards - I reckon it is. Texan is a race you know (wink-wink).

Like I said, I am from racially diverse Texas. I started school during the civil rights era. I came of age during desegregation and women’s liberation. I witnessed the birth of civil rights and political correctness. I have friends of all ethnicities who are Caucasian – ok white, Mexican, Negro – ok black, Indian - American variety, Asian, British and of course that peculiar-to-Texas ethnic group – Rednecks. I am immediately suspicious of anyone using hyphenated Americanism. For those I count among my friends and extended family, distinction based on ethnicity (race- color -creed) simply does not figure in those relationships.

However, and this is where it gets interesting… for those whom I count as an enemy or a threat you can bet your boots race, creed, color, and whatever else I can think of to disparage their character most certainly does apply. Anyone who says they live their lives without voicing any sort of prejudice (consider what you are thinking about me right now) would have to put themselves on the level of my beloved grandmother and I have met exactly one other person in my entire fifty-some-odd year life who qualified.

I have probably been called every racial/sexist slur one could possibly apply to an opinionated southern white girl/woman. Most recently I earned what I consider a badge of honor during a social media exchange with the worst sort of poser (someone claiming to be a military Veteran who was not). Anyway, a person who decided to come to the poser’s rescue did what most people do who cannot legitimately argue a point. They got personal. I am now a B to the fifth power. Brow-Beating-Bigoted-Biker-Bitch. How about that?

So, fair warning: While I rarely employ such methods these days, if you cross my path in a negative manner – I guarantee if it is called for I will retaliate with a properly applied slur of some sort. What I am saying is: I have used the nefarious N-word about black people with whom I took issue. I have used wetback and other spurious terms to describe Mexicans. I have used a creative variety of racial and sexist slurs. I have used blankity-blank Redneck as well when it was called for. I have used the terms preacher and oh my goodness liberal in a derogatory manner. And here’s a biggy – I have used the term raghead and camel jockey to disparage any middle-eastern person who is what I consider an anti-American terrorist which in my world encompasses anyone who dances on the American flag, insults my country, breaks my country’s laws and has inflicted or intends to inflict harm upon Americans and most importantly American soldiers. Call me an insensitive American Infidel – I will own it. Here’s the kicker (that’s Texan for here’s the point): in my opinion, a racist is essentially a person who demeans all people of a given ethnicity. So use of a disparaging term about a particular individual or even a special interest group is not necessarily disparaging of the race as a whole.

This is why I love the First Amendment; there is no rule of law that prohibits a person from being racist in theory or in speech. There is no right that protects one from being insulted or offended by another. Prejudice and bigotry may not be socially acceptable but they are not illegal. If heinous speech and actions were a crime the members of the infamous Westboro Blaspheming Cult (posing as Westboro Baptist Church) would all be behind bars. If we held accountable those who engage in injurious speech all of our politicians would be up to their necks in self-imposed grief.

Those of us who refuse to live under petty-minded pretense, willingly and consciously refraining from the use of racial slurs or prejudicial language do so as a courtesy to the liberal-minded, hug-the-world, politically-correct individuals out there. Just because they think what I believe or say is not nice does not mean I give a hoot about that and I grow weary of curbing my tongue to pacify their over-rated sensibilities.

In the 1970s there was an American TV sitcom called All in the Family. The lead character in this show brilliantly played by the late Carroll O’Connor was named Archie Bunker. Old Archie was about as politically incorrect, socially unacceptable and bigoted as they come. He was not held up as a shining example of Americanism. I did not identify with him at the time. I did not have enough life experience. In fact, I found him extremely disagreeable most of the time and his illiterate abuse of the English language was amusing but irritating.

But a loud mouth, plain-spoken, unapologetic dissenter in the crowd is what I find refreshing these days. Paranoid political correctness, especially the sort which inhibits speech and the free and open exchange of ideas no matter how disagreeable is a disease. I resent willful destruction of the lives and fortunes of others over a WORD.

Sticks and stones people… the gloves are off. I am tired of being nice. Archie Bunker I am. Loud, proud and unapologetically outspoken.

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Cult of Eroding Values

June 21, 2013

The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles. --Charles de Montesquieu

The government of the United States is decaying under an elitist leadership that does not care about or understand the common American. The ubiquitous powers-that-be preach and lecture and disdain us into compliance with their will. Far worse than any hellfire and damnation preacher are the scare tactics they employ. The difference is a hellfire preacher is out to save souls from ruination not serve up Kool-Aid for the noncompliant.

THEY believe it is their prerogative to tell us how to behave, how and what to think, what to eat, what to believe, what to read, watch and listen to, how tolerant of others we should or should not be. They shake their heads from side-to-side and wag the no-no finger at us like we are a bunch of recalcitrant children. They take our words and redefine them. They take our history and revise it. They encourage children to disregard parents. They challenge our morals and sneer at what they call an archaic system of values. They decry our principles and disregard our ethics. Disagree and they label us racist, sexist, anarchist, homophobic, violent, dangerous, criminal and deluded. This is Cultism 101.

What is wrong with this country is not to be blamed on the government mandated systematic dismantling of every principle upon which this country was founded they say. Uncooperative people, who refuse to get in their prescribed niche, stay there and shut up is what is wrong with this country they say. Some of us are just too American, too Christian, too conservative, too patriotic, too involved, too curious, too discriminating, too independent, too critical, too educated, too demanding, too outraged, too outspoken, too ambitious, too rich, too stubborn and too heavily armed.

We are too smart for our own good. We are too free for our own good. They say.

The slightest perceived offense is decried as persecution these days. It is a rallying theme for every special interest group in existence. It is my opinion people who cry foul at every juncture are more likely stricken with a huge inferiority complex rather than a malady derived from external influences.

However, in the case of the American people vs. the American government I believe persecution is a good call.

Our form of government is supposed to be representative of the people – of, by and for the people – in which case, government should reflect the morals, values, principles and ethics of the people. Right?

Most of us do not tolerate spying, stalking, deceit, disrespect, abuse, theft, extortion, censorship or other aberrant behavior in our formerly (thanks to the powers that be) private lives. This is called a value system. Most of us inherited our values and painstakingly pass them on to our children.

So why is blatant malfeasance tolerated from representatives of government? I might add, to our own detriment!

Arrogance, extravagance and elitism run rampant throughout all levels of government from the lowliest city official to the highest official in the land. We do not have a functioning government laboring over the concerns of the people. We have a let-them-eat-cake aristocracy flitting around trying to outdo, out-dress, out-snob the rest of the world’s snobs.

Is this culture of snobbery representative of the American majority?

Recent case in point: The first lady and her children are allegedly staying in a $3300/night hotel while vacationing in Ireland/Germany. What! Some argue the expense is ok because it is the first lady after all, and she’s keeping up appearances and all that. Europe is so expensive. What a bunch of malarkey! Even if a foreign country is picking up part of the tab -- is it possible to overlook the fact that the first lady does not travel coach or without a rather large entourage, who are no doubt necessarily housed nearby, probably right next door? The White House is closed to America’s school children and tourists, yet the president’s children are touring Ireland/Germany in grand style.

Unapologetic extravagance at the expense of others is not representative of main stream America. Is it?

THEY constantly expound upon the rich, calling American capitalists evil and greedy. Wall Street moguls rob investors of hard-earned money. Corporate America wines and dines on the profits of the many. They glower and fume and shout - the rich are corrupt, preying mercilessly upon the common, hard-working American. They demand the affluent be held accountable for flagrant abuse of power.

I agree. Accountability is always the appropriate corrective action required by good ol’ American values. Consider this. Is there an argument that negates the fact that the biggest investor group in this country is the American Taxpayer who will not likely ever realize a return on their dollar? Hypocritically-speaking, are not fat-cat bureaucrats wining and dining on the profits of the many, and preying mercilessly on hard-working American taxpayers?

What is worrisome is a vast number of American citizens seem unaware of the assault on tried and true Americanism even though we were promised fundamental change by the current cultist-in-chief. Even more worrisome is the idea that perhaps, a vast number of citizens are taking the easy road and simply realigning or rather maligning their values to accommodate our elitist cult-minded leadership.

Value erosion, demoralization and brainwashing of the masses are fundamental techniques employed by leadership in most forms of cultism which is in practice a base form of tyranny. How sad will be the awakening when the indoctrinated finally realize (if the ever do) our leaders are not royalty, they did not accede to seats of power by Divine Right and lo-and-behold - the mother ship is not coming.

This country is in deep peril… without due reverence for the founding principles of truth, justice, equality, humility, forthrightness, frugality, propriety and without due prudence, the American way of life will become just another piece of revisionist history in the hands of those who would rule by might rather than govern by law.

Fair Warning: I hold out scant hope for a mass awakening and reckoning before The Cult of Eroding Values breaks out the refreshments and serves up a lethal dose of Blastin’ Berry Cherry.

Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men. -- Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent

Source: Washington Times First Lady - Ritzy Digs

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vickie's Corner - 06/14/2013 DAD Appreciation

June 14, 2013

Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Dad Appreciation
By Charley Barnes

Father’s Day is this Sunday so don’t forget your Dad. Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your Dad with you, let him know and if your Dad is gone now, you can still pay respect to him on his day. (Photo included of my Dad’s grave and what I did on Father’s day 3 years ago.)

As we go about preparations to celebrate the Dads in our lives, let us remember that:

• Some Dads will not celebrate with sons and daughters this year.
• Some sons and daughters will not celebrate with Dads this year.

For a myriad of reasons some Dads will go it alone on Sunday not necessarily by choice as will some sons and daughters.

I am a military brat.

Always on my mind on greeting card holidays are veterans and active duty military personnel. Consider active duty military Dads serving abroad who will not be with their children on Dad’s Day. Consider active duty military sons and daughters serving abroad who will not be with their Dads on Dad’s Day.

My heart goes out to the sons and daughters and Dads of Veterans who are no longer with us. My heart especially goes out to Gold Star Dads, missing a beloved son or daughter. No man signs on to be a Gold Star Dad. No child understands the distinction of membership in a Gold Star family.

For every moment of peace we enjoy, for every day of grace and greatness we owe a person in the service of our country our heartfelt thanks and none are more deserving of that consideration than those who struggle to get through this day without the significant presence of the other half of the Dad’s Day equation.

I number among the fortunate because my Dad is still living large in my life. And for that, I am enormously appreciative not only of Dad himself but grateful to those who have paid the price so the majority of us can celebrate with our Dads any darn good way we please in the USA.

That’s it for today… Happy Dad’s Day to Dads everywhere!

Source: K99/Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – DAD Appreciation

Charley Barnes is a friend and fellow rabble-rousing patriot. He is a DJ at K99 Colorado's Best Country Station. He personally contributes and organizes several charity and fund-raising events in northern Colorado including the Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run. We met in 2011 when he and a couple of buddies rode their motorcycles across Kansas to Topeka (the home of the Westboro Baptist Blasphemer Church Cult) and gave the WBC a dose of their own medicine. That's how Journey 4 Justice began. J4J teams from across the nation travel to Topeka KS (most of them on motorcycles) and deliver a counter protest to the WBC's hateful message. The difference is: they do it with class. No nasty signs or subversive messages are needed - they simply show up and wave the flags of country, state and armed services. A few weeks ago Charley offered me an opportunity to sound off occasionally on current events in a spot called Vickie's Corner in his little neck of the woods at K99. Is that kool or what?

The Proper Beginning of Flag Day

June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Common Sense

June 13, 2013

What is objectionable is a system in which government has unlimited and privileged access to the details of our private affairs, and citizens are simply supposed to trust that there won't be any abuse of power. This is an absurd expectation. Americans should trust the National Security Agency as much as they do the IRS and Justice Department. -- Rand Paul

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Paul says Go Republitarian

June 7, 2013

Retrieving California is the key to the future

The GOP can’t be a national party without it

By: Senator Rand Paul

Last week, I spent some time traveling through a state that in recent years has become too much of a foreign territory for Republicans: California.

The last Republican presidential nominee to win California was George H.W. Bush in 1988, and statewide gubernatorial and Senate candidates haven’t done as well.

I think Republicans will not be a successful national party again until we can compete everywhere, every time, for every vote — coast to coast.

I began my trip to California by speaking to technology companies and executives in Silicon Valley. I met with Facebook, eBay, Google and smaller companies. What I heard was very encouraging. They are concerned with our fiscal mess and job-killing tax policies. They are worried their industry will soon be overregulated as most others are, and they think their customers’ right to privacy is in danger from an overreaching federal security state.

I was impressed to learn that both Facebook and Google are going a step above the letter of the law in protecting their customers. The trend in law enforcement in recent years has been to seek information from third parties and circumvent the Fourth Amendment rights of the consumers. I think that is wrong. I think your credit card bills, emails and other information that you share only with your provider should remain private and that your rights remain protected. I was pleased to learn that some of these tech companies quietly agree, and they now refuse to turn over email content without a warrant.

This is a big step by some of the tech industry’s biggest players, and I encourage others to follow suit in this important protection of constitutional rights.

Later in the week, I traveled down to Simi Valley to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where I gave a speech on the future of our party and our country. Central themes of the speech included some of the lessons that I learned and shared in Silicon Valley about respecting privacy and the entire Constitution. In addition, I discussed my continued observation that we need to be a party of inclusion — a party that looks more like America.

Being inclusive and tolerant does not mean giving up conservative principles, particularly on the fiscal front. But it does mean sounding the right tone and finding common ground. It also means becoming a party that incorporates more of the ideas of a libertarian-leaning conservatism.

What do I mean by that? National defense is the primary job of the federal government. We should do it and do it well. We should defend America and spend what we need to do so. But, we also should consider carefully our involvement in regions that do not affect our security. We should re-examine or apply cost-benefit analyses to aspects of our foreign policy that don’t make sense. We should also restore constitutional order to our foreign policy. We need more bridges built here in America and fewer built in Pakistan. It makes no sense to borrow money from China to send to Pakistan.

This brand of conservatism would also recognize the importance of local control and federalism. From education to drug policies, from health care to marriage, many issues now pushed to the federal level should be returned to the states, where they belong.

This brand of conservatism would include populist elements like opposing bailouts that move money from Main Street to Wall Street and would be deeply skeptical of the role of the Federal Reserve. The practice of big government colluding with big business to enact unnecessary regulations — the cost of which make many small businesses unable to compete — should not be tolerated by anyone who truly believes in free markets.

Republicans reaching out to new audiences doesn’t mean being less conservative, but applying libertarian and constitutional principles where they are sorely needed on multiple issues.

I learned a lot in California last week and will no doubt learn more in the coming months in my continuing efforts to broaden and sharpen Republicans’ message, everywhere across America and in every state — red, blue and Golden.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Vickie's Corner 06/07/2013 - Impeachable crime masquerading as scandal

June 7, 2013

Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Impeachable Crimes Masquerading As Scandals By Charley Barnes

Along comes another edition of “Vickie’s Corner” and this week she seems upset. I admire her honesty and fact driven blog...


Politicians lie. Rhetorical lie-fests are how this administration in particular controls the message. Deception is the base nature of the political beast. Innuendo is the game politicians play. Politicians employ various agent provocateurs (aka liars) to muddy the waters and rile dissidents and when that mission is accomplished, promote the best and most loyal liars to seats of power. When one topic gets too hot, politicians simply create a new distraction. More often than not, this tactic is successful in the USA because main-stream America has the attention span of a two year old. Happily complicit in delivering the hype is a goon-squad of scandal hungry propagandists – oops - I mean journalists.

Benghazi Have you noticed? The word scandal dominates recent headlines. According to old school journalists, we are in the midst of multiple Obama mini-scandals that hardly qualify as such if compared to past presidential scandals. Benghazi cannot possibly compare to Watergate, Iran-Contra or Abu Ghraib snorts Tom Brokaw. Is it possible Brokaw simply does not recall all those scandals resulted in serious consequences for the people involved? Nixon resigned because of Watergate. Several Reagan administration careers went up in flames as a result of Iran-Contra. Soldiers paid the price for Abu Ghraib. Exactly what penalty has any Obama-liar paid in recent scandals other than perhaps a little job-geography? Liar Susan Rice’s recent appointment to the NSA is hardly a demotion and Samantha (Israel Beware!) Power (aka Mrs. Cass “Spooky” Sunstein) has got to be the world’s worst choice for an ambassador.

What is scandal really but a warm fuzzy, if a bit naughty version of a Clintonesque getting-caught-with-your-pants-down lie? Scandal, in today’s terminology means something mildly akin to the drama-driven hanky-panky created on reality show TV.

In the real world scandal is disgraceful and socially unacceptable behavior. Scandal, in the case of the Clinton/Lewinsky episode had little to do with politics and more to do with inappropriately frisky and all-too-human sexual self-indulgence. Clinton’s scandal was a disgrace upon the oval office and a blotch on the face of the nation’s leadership. Scandal, in case after case related to the Obama administration has more to do with a perversion of politics, obstruction of justice, outright defiance of the law, and a complete and utter disregard for the truth – no sex-on-the-desk required – yet. Obama’s scandals and those related to Obama’s administration are blatant abuses of power and colossal negligence which have resulted in multiple deaths and continue to endanger the rights, liberties, security and well-being of countless Americans.

The wimpy word scandal, which held up fairly well under the weight of Lewinsky’s blue dress cannot possibly hold up under the weight of the Obama administration’s numerous infractions. The word that should be bandied about in reference to current White House debacles like Benghazi, IRS, AP, DOJ, and NSA (just to name a few) is not scandalous – the word is traitorous and in some instances treasonous. The all-encompassing word is CRIME.

We should demand the truth. We should reject the message of the rhetoric. We should require accountability. We should scorn deniability. We may be stuck with a contemptuous liar-in-chief but the man should have the gumption to own it. What is wrong with this scenario is instead of this administration finding productive solutions for real problems like jobs, the economy, education, the deficit, the security of our borders and the preservation of our founding principles – lawmakers and the people are battling the intentionally disruptive and obstructive influence of government intervention in every aspect of their lives.

Arrogant ObamaAnother word seeing a lot of usage since Obama took office is: impeach. Several incidents, happening under Obama’s watch are arguably impeachable offenses. Even though we have done so in the past for far less serious offenses, a call for Obama’s impeachment is absurdly naïve. A call for Obama’s resignation is more appropriate. Neither is likely to happen. Obama’s ego alone will never allow him to admit culpability in any offense no matter the risk to the country’s welfare. Plus, there are idolizers aplenty willing to take a fall for him. What the country is experiencing because of one huge distraction after another is a complete and rather frustrating government meltdown. In other words, the government is not functioning properly and likely never will again. Caliginous chaos reigns. Stalemate is the status quo until the power shifts one way or the other in 2014 and 2016. Nothing will relieve agenda-driven gridlock so stand by for more push and shove headlines and more government-initiated crimes masquerading as scandals.

Short of catastrophic happenstance there is no cure for a government this far out of control. Many journalists, bloggers and pundits expound upon the inept, naïve and dysfunctional aspects of Obama and this administration. Some claim in terms I would rather avoid that Obama’s disastrous presidency is due to a lack of intelligence and experience. This is a dangerously dismissive underestimation of a notorious power-mongering-control-freak. The problem with Obama can be more correctly attributed to a maligned deficit of intellect and power-perverted reason.

We have a president and most of his administrative chiefs guilty by association or by direct means of numerous crimes including perpetrating one giant fraud after another upon the American people. There is more than one case to be made for severe censure if not impeachment. I do not see the former as an effective corrective measure or the latter as a viable solution for what most fail to recognize as unacceptable.

Thumbs up BidenWhy not impeachment you ask?

Short Answer: Consider the unintended consequence of Obama’s impeachment – BIDEN at the helm. I guess that answers the “why him” question – huh?

Obama is smarter and far more devious than anyone cares to believe... unchecked and systematic deception-powered destruction by design is the real scandal.

‘Nuff said.

Source: K99/Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Impeachable Crimes Masquerading As Scandals

Charley Barnes is a friend and fellow rabble-rousing patriot. He is a DJ at K99 Colorado's Best Country Station. He personally contributes and organizes several charity and fund-raising events in northern Colorado including the Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run. We met in 2011 when he and a couple of buddies rode their motorcycles across Kansas to Topeka (the home of the Westboro Baptist Blasphemer Church Cult) and gave the WBC a dose of their own medicine. That's how Journey 4 Justice began. J4J teams from across the nation travel to Topeka KS (most of them on motorcycles) and deliver a counter protest to the WBC's hateful message. The difference is: they do it with class. No nasty signs or subversive messages are needed - they simply show up and wave the flags of country, state and armed services. A few weeks ago Charley offered me an opportunity to sound off occasionally on current events in a spot called Vickie's Corner in his little neck of the woods at K99. Is that kool or what?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sixty-Nine Years Ago Today

June 6, 2013

June 6, 1944 - The brave answered the call to preserve freedom for posterity - I dip my head in remembrance and respect and everlasting gratitude.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guns are welcome

June 4, 2013

Guns are welcome on premises
A great way to say - we are gun friendly! Feel free to steal, print, post and share.