Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

"To the 58,000 + on the Wall that perished in Viet Nam, a grateful nation salutes you, and the families of the fallen---we will never forget or forsake those who committed this ultimate sacrifice.

To the thousands of heroes that have perished after 9/11, (that joined in the fight against the radical Islamic Jihadist)---we will never forget or forsake those who committed this ultimate sacrifice. 

To the hundreds of thousand that perished in our two World Wars and the Korean conflict, (that put a stop to the tyrannical dictators and the facilitators of fascism)---we will never forget or forsake those who committed this ultimate sacrifice. 

 From still a grateful nation, every one of you are in our hearts, our minds, and our prayers on this day. For it is the fallen that remind us that the price of freedom has been paid dearly in the flesh and blood of our greatest defenders---OUR MILITARY HEROES. GOD BLESS THEM ONE AND ALL!" ~ A commenter on a Newsbuster's article

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Improving Self Image

 "Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs." ~ Joan Didion

When I'm out and about, shopping, walking the dog, or whatever, I've noticed the increasing number of obese kids.

Now, I know there are multiple  reasons for the prevalence of this phenomena,among them, the sedentary lifestyle brought on by the ease of access to video games and home computers. There also appears to be, in spite of Michelle Obama's anti-obesity, eat healthy campaign, more and more kids who don't eat healthy.

Or do they?

School cafeterias have gone to, what I believe, ridiculous lengths to force kids, at least while they are at school, to eat nothing but "healthy foods", but it seems to me the more they push healthy eating on the kids, the fatter they get. What do they do? Eat the healthy food at lunch, and then come home and pig out on Ho-Ho's?

This observation is slightly off topic, but over the years, I've noticed most vegetarians look physically unhealthy, and yes, obese, too. I wonder if perhaps healthy eating is not so healthy as the so-called experts would have us believe. 

Then there's low self esteem. That certainly would help create a poor self image in a child.

Listen. I want to make it clear that I have no scientific studies or research to reference here. This is only my own observations and theories. I cannot prove anything. This is just me and my "out of Left field" perspective sort of thinking out loud, in text, so to speak.

OK. So we have a sedentary lifestyle combined with unhealthy eating, and low self esteem. Could there be other things?

I am beginning to think there is one more demon hiding in the closet.

Political  Correctness.

Throughout the last couple of decades our society has been pushing sensitivity training on kids They've also been obsessing over kid's self esteem. Perhaps they have pushed this agenda overboard just a tad?

Have we become a little overmuch sensitive?

No doubt we need to do what we can to help a child feel good about himself, but shouldn't some of the responsibility fall to the child? What I mean is, we want the child to want to feel good about himself. Right? If there is an issue with his self esteem, shouldn't we encourage him to make some changes in his self image himself instead of merely accepting him as he is to spare his feelings?

We, as a society, are so busy trying not to hurt his feelings, that we have forgotten to pay attention to how all our efforts are affecting him.

Stay with me here. I'm about to get radical.

To set this thought up, I'm going to ask my older readers to remember back to your school days. Do you remember the "different" kids? How were they treated by the other kids?

That's right. They were picked on. And, dare I say this out loud? They were bullied.

Look. I understand how being bullied makes a child feel. I was bullied as a child because I was short. I mean really short. When I was a Sophomore in high school, I was so short I had to sit on a phone book in Driver's training. I was the shortest kid in High School when I was a Junior, including the girls. I didn't have  my growth spurt until between my 11th and 12th grade years.

Did I have low self esteem? You bethcha!

But, you know what? I learned to deal with it and I grew out of it.

But being short is not something one can change. Obesity can be cured. And, while I'm on the subject. So can a host of other things that can negatively effect self image. Obesity, hygiene, and, homosexuality.

When I was in school, fat kids, dirty kids, and kids that acted like a fairy were bullied unmercifully, and guess what? If they didn't want to be picked on, they lost weight, they took showers and washed their clothes, and the effeminate boys stopped acting and dressing like girls. And tomboys started acting and dressing like girls.

If they didn't, they got bullied further.

I knew a girl in elementary school that was bullied because she was dirty. Apparently, she learned how to solve that problem, because by high school she was very popular with the boys. Do you think, back in the sixties, she received sensitivity training? Do you think her bullies did?

Not in the sixties.

I think if we want our children to grow up with an improved self image and be more normal adults, we need to stop coddling them. We need to allow them to stand on their own two feet and fight their own personal demons. And we need to encourage them to buck up and stop being so sensitive.

We had  lot fewer fat kids in our school in those days. We had a lot less dirty kids. We had very few homosexual kids.

As radical as it sounds, I think being bullied was an important factor in straightening up some of these low self esteem issues. It forced the bullied kids to change themselves for the better.

Perhaps we need to give the bullies some leeway. In a sort of backwards way, they have helped make America strong.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The First Gay President. Hah!

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." ~ John Locke

The news is out! Barack Hussein Obama is a homo! Newsweek has outed the President.

I think this is hilarious!

I wonder if Obama approves of being known as a Homosexual. Considering his tender sensibilities, he might be offended. I know I would, and I'm not easily offended.

 If I were married to Michele, I'd probably turn gay, too.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. People who have psychological disorders often manifest several at once, so, along with being a pathological narcissist, and a compulsive liar, and a megalomaniac, we can throw in homosexuality.

I always thought he walked a little funny.

Those late night meetings with Barney Frank take on a whole new meaning, don't they?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Barack's Blunder

 "Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." ~Frank Dane

Barack Obama's recent announcement of support for the oxymoronic "same sex marriage", in my mind, is a blunder, if he wants to be re-elected.

No doubt he thinks he's pandering to his base with this announcement, but, the fact is, Same sex marriage legislation has been soundly defeated in every state where the matter was voted on by the voters. The only time it has been legalized was when the Constitutional voting process has been bypassed by the courts or by politicians who mistakenly believe the majority of their constituents actually want same sex marriage to be legal.

While some polls would seem to indicate the majority of Americans support same sex marriage, when the legislation comes up for a vote by the voters, it becomes clear they don't. Obama may indeed garner some support from the homosexuals and their supporters, but they are still a minority in this country, and most of them probably voted for him in the last election, anyway. Many of the independents and more Conservative Democrats who voted for him in 2008 could well drop their support for him solely because of this issue.

I don't believe his announced support of gay marriage is going to make a significant difference.

Additionally, the recent Democratic primaries would seem to indicate Obama has lost a lot of support even among the Democrats. In West Virginia's Democratic primary, an imprisoned felon in Texas took 41% of the Democratic votes away from Obama, carrying 10 counties.

 All of this is good news for Republicans, but the election is still far off. There is still plenty of time for Obama's campaign operatives to dig up dirt on Romney, and if they can't find anything serious enough to sully him, they will make something up.

But, he has definitely blundered.