Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rand's Urban League Speech VS. His Height

Recently, Ann Coulter pointed out that Rand Paul (5'8") or Marco Rubio (5'9") couldn't win the White House because they were too short. This had crossed my mind. Though, 8 years of Obama should have taught the country that height has nothing to do with cojones.

"Conservative columnist and gadfly Ann Coulter raised the issue of the height of U.S. political candidates to Fox's Sean Hannity last month when she suggested that prominent Republicans like Kentucky senator Paul and Florida senator Rubio might be too short to ever be elected president. “Rubio and Paul are as tall as my iPod,” Coulter told Fox News' Sean Hannity last month. “You can’t run a short candidate.”

Insults aside, height -- of lack thereof -- could be an obstacle for Rubio, who is listed at about 5-foot-9, and Paul, who measures 5-foot-8. At the highest level of U.S. politics, being short appears to be a distinct disadvantage -- and it has been since long before the age of television.

According to the 1982 book by psychologist John Gillis called “Too Small, Too Tall,” the taller candidate has won 80 percent of the elections in the 20th century." (source)

BUT, this might be the election that Rand Paul CAN win... If Hillary Clinton (5'7") is the opponent, Rand is TALLER.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gone Fishing

Well, not technically...but I am currently on vacation on a beach by an I guess I should be fishing.

As always, I am attempting to 'disconnect' as much as I can, but that's pretty unrealistic in this day and age. I did want to break from my hiatus and bring you a public service announcement. A potential vacation saver, if you will...

As you might remember, we usually vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The upside: we rent a mansion for a pittance. The downside: it's an eight hour drive. We already made an eight hour drive in March when we went to Lake Placid for a hockey tournament (Yes, my goalie got to play on the 1980 Miracle ice!) I wasn't up for another giant excursion so soon. So we're doing the Jersey shore for the first time since 9/11. The upside: it's an hour and a half drive. The downside: we are paying more for 1/8 of the space.

It's me and The Man and the three boys and we let the oldest bring a friend this year. That's me and five boys. ONE BATHROOM.

So, I saw this Poo-Pourri on the boardwalk and bought it as kinda've a joke (a $10 joke? No wonder I spend so much on vacation!).

IT WORKS! It actually works.

Why doesn't every bathroom in America have this?

For work, school, the ice rink, first dates and vacation...this will revolutionize bathroom use! :)

And, I'm off to the beach...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Children Crossing the Border Crisis: SOLVED

The latest statistic I read, regarding the 'waiting list' for adoption in the United States, stated that there were 36 couples waiting for every one baby that was placed for adoption. I don't know what that translates to in terms of years waiting.

So, I'm thinking. We have children being sent across our border in the hands of some extremely shady folks. No matter what the discussions cover, the government will never send them back. The chances of finding their families is most likely slim to none. This means the government will end up putting them in our system and shouldering the load.

Why does bureaucracy never solve two problems at once? Hire adoption specialists and background checkers and set up right there on the border. Let perspective adoptive families come, adopt and assume financial responsibility. This helps them by cutting down their waiting time substantially, taking away exorbitant international adoption fees (US adoption averages $34,000 and International Adoption averages $44,000) and helps the American people by placing children in a loving home and relieving the states and federal government of the financial burden.

I know this is too common sense to actually get done. But, I like it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rand Paul On the Issues

According to a new Zogby poll, Rand Paul is currently leading amongst 2016 Republican hopefuls. This could be a bad thing, as it means more time as a target for the Left and the Establishment Republicans...though, it's going to be hard to demonize a non-career politician that still does pro-bono surgeries for folks with no health insurance in his down time.

"In the poll, the junior Senator from Kentucky polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each.

This is the first time a GOP candidate has reached 20% in a crowded field and the first time a Zogby poll has shown someone emerging a bit from the pack."

For me, a Libertarian-leaning Conservative, Paul represents all the benefits of his father sans the kookiness. I feel like he and I agree across the board. I haven't felt like that about a candidate...ever?

Abortion: Rand believes life begins at conceptions and opposes federal funding for abortion. Check.
Economy: Shrink Government, end the Federal Reserve. Check.
Civil Rights: States should decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. Opposes affirmative action. Check.
Drugs: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. Check.
Education: Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. Check.
Energy & Oil: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions. Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. Check.
Foreign Policy: Against terror but first comes preserving the Constitution. As only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important ally. Exit the UN; maintain US sovereignty. Check
Gun Control: Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms. Check.
Health Care: Believe it is Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare. ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court. Check.
Homeland Security: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court. Only Judiciary can detain and drone, not the President. Warrantless searches overstep Constitutional powers.Check.
Immigration: Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform. Check.


Monday, July 14, 2014

In Other News Conservatives Don't Care About...

Yes, the post title is sarcasm. Let's get that out of the way.

USDA to Allow Chickens From U.S. to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to U.S.

"Scores of Americans are in an uproar since Food Safety News revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon allow U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption.

This arrangement is especially disturbing given China’s subpar food safety record and the fact that there are no plans to station on-site USDA inspectors at Chinese plants. Also, American consumers won’t know which brands of chicken are processed in China because there’s no requirement to label it as such.

To ease concerns, lobbyists and chicken industry proponents argue no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it wouldn’t work economically.

“Economically, it doesn’t make much sense,” said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Think about it: A Chinese company would have to purchase frozen chicken in the U.S., pay to ship it 7,000 miles, unload it, transport it to a processing plant, unpack it, cut it up, process/cook it, freeze it, repack it, transport it back to a port, then ship it another 7,000 miles. I don’t know how anyone could make a profit doing that.”

Yet, a similar process is already."

This shouldn't even matter to me because last year I decided that, in addition to growing my own herbs and veggies, that I was going to have The Man build a coop and raise my own chickens. Silkies to be exact. Smaller, quieter, more neighbor friendly... But, no. My little borough called FOWL. No chickens for me...and now I might soon be ingesting chicken processed by someone in China making $1 an hour???

Here's the irony of this story...full blown Libertarians want to abolish the FDA, so this wouldn't matter anyway...but they would also be against my Borough dictating what I can keep in my own backyard.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

You Don't Have to Defend Kendall Jones

I don't want to feel bad that I think Kendall Jones is just as disgusting as the Left does. I do. I wouldn't create a Facebook page calling for her death...or wish her death or harm, but I have no respect for her "sport."

This photograph literally makes me feel nauseous.

I don't think it's badass or cool to kill these amazing creatures using our bigger brains and a huge gun. I don't think it's much of an accomplishment or a fair fight. Doubt she eats lion, rhino or cheetah meat...

As a Conservatarian, I will defend Kendall Jones' right to post as many offensive pictures as she wants online, but as a woman that finds spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill endangered animals an act that personifies all the complaints levied against the rich, white Republican party...I will hereby note my disgust at the photos. If I need to side with PETA, et al --so be it. (These hunts are upwards of 8K for the hunt alone)

For the record, I am also vehemently against SEA WORLD, all "Swim with Dolphins" venues, Circuses and all other places where captive animals suffer a lifetime of abuse for 10 minutes of human enjoyment.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Prepare for the Paradox

Here goes: There was an interesting article in the NYT. Ugh. Now I fell kinda dirty.

Let me clarify, there's an article that starts off rather interesting and then veer's into the liberal think bubble somewhere in the middle... but, we get the gist.

Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative

"Academic research has found that generations do indeed have ideological identities. People are particularly shaped by events as they first become aware of the world, starting as young as 10 years old, as a new analysis by the political scientists Yair Ghitza and Andrew Gelman notes. (My colleague Amanda Cox has created an online interactive graphic, based on the analysis, that lets you track the political views of every birth year since 1937. Because race adds a variable, it applies most reliably to whites.)

The generation that came of age during the five presidential terms of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman leaned Democratic for its entire life. So have those young liberals of the 1960s, who learned American politics through the glamour of John F. Kennedy. The babies of the late 1960s and early 1970s, who entered political consciousness during the Reagan years, lean Republican. Think Alex P. Keaton, the conservative child of hippies from the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties.”
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These identities are a more useful guide to American politics than the largely useless cliché about adults starting off liberal and slowly becoming more conservative. Like a broken clock, that cliché can seem accurate at times, mostly thanks to luck."

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I don't necessarily agree with this analysis...the more the Democrats degrade the economy/country, the stronger the dependent voter base they create & secure...

Monday, July 07, 2014

Is This Really the Big Picture for 2016?!

So, for the past few days I have been wanting to write about what I perceive as the INSANITY of Republicans even floating names like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush for 2016.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

~Albert Einstein

As you might recall, I was VEHEMENTLY against Mitt the first time. But ONCE AGAIN running a LOSER? Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

As if that wasn't enough to make a girl's head explode (how many time's can one's head explode in a life time?), I read THIS ARTICLE today:

"Author Jacob Heilbrunn speculated in a New York Times op-ed Sunday that neoconservatives may rally around Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016 and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is her opponent.

Sen. John McCain, a textbook hawk, has more than hinted that he might prefer Hillary Clinton over Rand Paul. When asked in 2013 who he’d support if it came down to Clinton-Paul, McCain answered, laughing: “It’s gonna be a tough choice.”

[T]he thing is, these neocons have a point. Mrs. Clinton voted for the Iraq war; supported sending arms to Syrian rebels; likened Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, to Adolf Hitler; wholeheartedly backs Israel; and stresses the importance of promoting democracy. It’s easy to imagine Mrs. Clinton’s making room for the neocons in her administration.

You might think liberals would worry that Clinton is increasingly respected by these characteristically hawkish Republicans, but it doesn’t. Most liberals stand firmly behind her. (source)

Are you at as much of a loss as I am? Mitt? Jeb? Hillary? Over limited government Paul? He is a Republican. He isn't anti-war like his father...he's tempered.

What am I missing here?