Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sorry not sorry

I am tired of feeling like I need to apologize for being a conservative.  For being a republican. GASP!!  The narrative is that conservatives are among other things, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ignorant, out of touch, backward folks from fly-over country that don't have the intelligence to know
what's good for them.  Oh wait - I forgot intolerant.  That's a big one.

  • Racist - nope.  Not.  Liberals see everything through the prism of race, conservatives don't. We
    want people to have equal opportunities and that means not artificially leveling the playing field all the time cough affirmative action cough.  Stop identifying people as victims. It gives them an excuse not to try.
  • Homophobic?  Nope.  Here is where I list my gay friends and relatives, right?  But I'm not going to.  I don't care about someones sexual orientation.  And I don't care if you want to get married.  I simply don't care.  Not my business.  Many conservatives are against gay marriage, many are like me.  But the fact is - if they are against gay marriage they are not homophobic or intolerant, it is a religious belief.  The Bible is the Bible and can't be rewritten to match today's mores. Deal with it.
  • Xenophobic?  Nope.  Not that either.  Immigration is fine!  My relatives were all immigrants at some point.  Most Americans are.  All conservatives want are people to come to our country legally.  And once you get here, don't plan on never learning the language and forcing us to adapt to your culture instead of adapting to ours.  Assimilate.  That doesn't mean you can't retain your cultural identity, but this country should come first.  Period.  If you want to come to our country and do not have identifying paperwork or verifiable history - sorry. The good of our nation as a whole comes first.
  • Ignorant?  How do I address that?  Everybody is ignorant of something.  No one knows everything. Maybe I should say that liberals tend to think conservatives are unenlightened.  I would argue that we are as enlightened as the next guy, but our version of enlightened does not mean we are willing to throw our Bibles or flags to the floor because it's not on trend anymore.  We think for ourselves and because we do not believe our college students should need safe spaces so they won't get their feelings hurt if someone wears a sombrero on campus - we are labeled as intolerant and insensitive. No, we just live in the real world where we don't wrap our children in cotton and we prepare them for what the world is really like.
  • Conservatives believe in smaller government, believing that government is supposed to protect us, not control how we live.
  • We do not want Obamacare - or the lies that came with it.  Yep - there are a bunch of people who now have health insurance who never did before.  But a bunch of people who used to have it cannot afford it anymore.  So that is fair, how?  And health care is heading toward the single payer option which would be like all of the country dependent on the VA. Heard any praises for the VA lately?
  • I should bring up climate change while I'm at it.  Conservatives believe in climate change.  It's just that we call it weather.  SUVs didn't kill the dinosaurs or cause the glaciers to recede leaving us the great lakes.  The weather changes, the weather will always change.  We are not arrogant enough to believe man has the ability to change the weather.  We want a clean planet, we recycle and don't litter and agree with some of the regulations to stop the air and water from being poisoned.  But we don't let hypocrites (you Leo DiCaprio and you Al Gore) who fly around in private jets and have huge houses with large carbon footprints tell us that we need to change our way of life because the weather is changing and it is humans doing the damage. Humans need to accept when they are not in control of something.  Weather is one of those things.
  • PC America is an America that is afraid of speaking up for themselves for fear of being called one of the previous things.  Intolerant, racist, all those things.  All the labels that the left uses to shut down conversation.  They cover their ears and look at you in horror because God forbid you said something you think - out loud even!  And it's something they don't agree with so instead of discussing or debating - they shut you down by telling you that you are less than them somehow.  It's killing us.
  • Conservatives think with their heads, liberals think with their hearts.  Logic versus emotion.  I am as compassionate as the next person but but I'm not willing to throw out the baby with the bath water. Like the refugee situation - yes, help people. But don't bring them into our country if they could be a danger to us.
Listen. The country has been moving in the wrong direction.  We aren't allowed to identify right or wrong anymore, things are upside down.  It's okay to kill babies and wrong to execute convicted murderers.  Government has failed us.  Politicians go to Washington and come home wealthy.  How? The jobs don't pay that much.  The day after they are elected, they start working on their re-election campaign.  That's what it is about for them.  We need term limits. We need a non-politician in the White House.  We need a media that reports the facts and does not try to influence the story.  We need the American people to be in control and stop letting a bunch of elites at the top run our lives.


A lot of what people are seeing in this election is anger at Barack Obama.  When he wanted something he almost always got it, no matter what he had to do.  Obamacare?  Not one Republican voted for it. It was full of back room deals and promises for votes. That was justified by saying - it was the right thing to do.  Liberals always have the moral high ground, right?  Or how about things Obama couldn't get through congress so he just enacted it using an executive order?  He wanted it, he knew better, he made it happen.  Conservatives were judged to be wrong.  Just wrong and not allowed to have a seat at the table.

I guess it's obvious that I'm angry.  Angry and frustrated and tired of being put down, mocked, and left without a voice.  Many have said it but this election is a big eff you to all who thought we didn't matter because we still pray and believe life is precious and the flag of this country is important.  I believe Barack Obama referred to us as "bitter clingers".  It doesn't matter now.

And last - the big Republican elephant in the room.  Donald J. Trump.  I did vote for him.  Is he prepared to be president?  Probably not.  Is the man a pig with women?  Yeah, I think he is.  Do I care?  Nope.  Being a pig has never stopped women from loving drug addled rock stars who bedded everyone in site in their day, and probably did worse than anything Trump ever wished he had.  I don't care.  Is he unpredictable and petulant sometimes?  Definitely.  He is all kinds of things I don't want in a president.  I wanted someone else, I would have accepted any of the Republicans who were running in the primaries.  But Trump is who we got and you know what?  I said before I voted that I wasn't fond of Trump but I would chew off my right arm before I voted for Hillary.  She is part of the problem, part of big government, corrupt government, and plays by her own set of rules.  I am one of those conservatives who believes she belongs in jail for the things she's done so I certainly wasn't going to vote for her.

So yeah.  I'm a conservative.  Worse - I'm a conservative who voted for Donald Trump.  I have a gun card and I watch Fox News.  And I am not ashamed.  Not apologizing for it now - or ever.

**Edited to add - This morning there are people out there proclaiming that hate has won.  That white 
supremacy has won.  That they are shocked at how many idiots are out there, referring to people who voted for Trump.  THIS is what it's like to be a conservative these days. Maybe those liberals/progressives need to look inward and realize that they are being hateful and intolerant when they look at conservatives the way they do.  Unfortunately our media and entertainment industry are almost entirely liberal and the information they put out is slanted that way.  People look at that as the norm and don't consider that there is another viewpoint and it is a legitimate one.  But obviously there are more of us "idiots" out there than they thought. 

We have finally been heard. 


Monday, September 19, 2016

So I have this cute little foster cat ..

Summer
She's adorable, sweet, and calm.  Fostering is something I've wanted to do for a long time but until I started working from home a lot, I didn't think I could do it.  I stumbled across a local rescue/foster group on Instagram and now - I'm on my second kitty.

Squeeee!!!!

This kitty is small, she's afraid of being picked up but loves pets and will curl up next to me on the couch.  Really sweet little girl with Garfield eyes and short little legs.

At first I kept her separate from my cats, but I knew she was vetted and healthy except for an ear infection she has meds for, so 3 days after she was nose to nose with my cats through a baby gate I decided to let her out to explore.  She wasn't afraid and in the first day had climbed up the cat tree to to the top of the china cabinet where my cats like to sleep.  She wasn't afraid of my cats, nor did they find her threatening.

Then she got a wild hair.

Summer
Sometime during the night last night strange noises woke me up and there was this little kitty on my dresser - walking between my earring holder and the mirror.  I got there just in time to catch the earring holder before it hit the floor, knowing I wouldn't find all the earrings until morning.  Later .. something did hit the floor and I realized it was my alarm clock.  Yep, it was her again.  A smaller thud - and my router was knocked over.  I vowed to sleep through anything else that happened.

This morning at my desk working I had just called a client when little Miss Thang jumped up on my desk and knocked my tea over .. which spilled on my keyboard!  So there I am talking to a client while rushing into the bathroom and dumping tea out of my keyboard and getting paper towels to clean up the mess.

And I'm laughing.  Couldn't help it!  HAD to laugh.  Sweet little girl kitty - I have no idea if she's ever had a home of her own or if she's ever had the run of a house before.  She'll get used to it.  After all, she's just learning how to cat!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This is what scares me

These two guys.  Well, not these two guys alone, but what these guys represent to me.  These are the young men that asked a man to help them pull their (borrowed without permission) SUV out of a ditch.  This good Samaritan said he would help for $20.00.  While asking for money to assist someone seems to throw shade on the label of good Samaritan, it should not have warranted death.

After pulling the SUV from the ditch - when the man asked for his $20.00 he was shot.  To death.  And the two who had the (borrowed without permission) SUV returned it to the parking lot from where they had taken it.

When police arrested them - they both confessed, one to being there and the other to shooting the man.

I would ask that you not look at their color.  Look at their ages - 17 and 19.  Look at the depravity in rewarding someone who aided them with a death sentence.  Look at a part of society that values life so little that it would think shooting someone instead of giving them $20.00 is the better option.

This isn't about guns.  This isn't even necessarily about crime.  It is about what people value and what they don't.  It is about generations of children being raised with so little self-respect or respect for others that they take what they want - including the lives of other people.  There is no respect for personal property, for what people have gained through hard work and sacrifice, and God help us there is no respect for human life.

Do their own lives mean so little to them that they cannot understand the immorality of taking someone elses?  And just how are children raised to not believe in right or wrong, and how do they grow up without a conscience?  It would seem a conscience would be innate, something you are born with and have to work NOT to have.  But I'm no psychologist or anthropologist or sociologist or whatever 'gist' would study this kind of thing.  I just know this scares the hell out of my me.

Value life.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Selfish. Just selfish.

TV these days doesn't interest me much.  Let me clarify - TV is on ALL the time at my house. During the week when I am not working - the news is on.  I do DVR General Hospital, my guilty pleasure, but I've never seen Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Glee or Game of Thrones. Late night before bed it's Forensic Files, Homicide Hunter or anything similar.  But in the last 4 years or so I have developed an addiction to Criminal Minds.  It started when I stumbled across weekend marathons and couldn't tear myself away.

The show has gone through many changes, most long running shows do.  But there is a core group of people I associate with the show, the cast members I have seen the most.  Mandy Patinkin was great, but he was on before I started watching so I never missed him.  When A.J. Cook was gone for a while I did miss her, and most recently when Shemar Moore left the show I really wondered what would happen.

But now.  THOMAS GIBSON HAS BEEN FIRED!!  HOTCH!  The boss, the unsmiling agent who lost his wife to a sick serial killer, who has a little boy at home and is remarkably loyal to his team.

Unfortunately the anger management classes Thomas Gibson was required to take a couple years ago after a physical altercation on-set didn't take, and after kicking (kicking???) a writer recently, he was suspended and now fired.  Not gonna lie, there's a part of me that wants that writer to suck it up and for the people involved to move past it. Obviously that's me being selfish.

Couldn't he have controlled his temper for us? For the people who watch and really love the show? I'm kinda devastated by this.  Not because Thomas Gibson is leaving the show.  But because of what his leaving may do to the show.  They say everyone is expendable.  Apparently Thomas Gibson didn't think so.  Now he knows so.  He's the selfish one.

Sigh-h-h.  Sad.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I've been officially outed!


Outed as .. OLD.

My daughter loves nothing more than shopping at thrift stores.  Well, I imagine she loves her husband more, and her dog, and her friends and the rest of her family, but when it comes to shopping, she loves thrift stores.  Yesterday we had a mommy and me shopping trip to one of our large, local thrift shops.

We picked things out, tried things on, and marveled at the amazing array of ugly and worn, as well.  In the end Dani had picked out a bunch of things, I had my share as well, and we went to the register to pay.  The young man rang everything up and as he was handing me the receipt he said "your total would have been $150.00 but because Tuesday is 30% off .. "

Wait!  What?  We accidentally stumbled on the one sale day a week ..?

He explained further "well, on Tuesdays anyone who is 55 years old or older gets 30% off any
purchases  ..."  he paused .. "and I didn't KNOW, but I just took the 30% off anyway" he finished quickly.

Hmmm.  Who doesn't love a sale, right?  But I'm 56 years old - and apparently - I LOOK like it!  Sigh-h-h.  Or maybe - he was a young enough guy that anyone over 40 would look old enough for the discount to him.  Or maybe it's because I stopped dying my hair.  Or .. oh hell.  I AM old enough for the discount.

My FIRST senior discount moment.

My daughter of course leaped to take advantage "Hey Mom!  I'm going to be calling you and asking if you want to go shopping on 'old people Tuesday' now!"

I love my daughter.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mmmm, mmmm good!


My mom was not known for her cooking.  Not that she was a bad cook, it was just something she really didn't enjoy doing and when she actually did it, it was with little imagination.

When my parents divorced I was 11 years old.  It was pretty much just me and my mom from then on
- and since she worked until 7:30 in the evening I had to fend for myself.  I lived on things like Beef-a-roni, Swanson's chicken and noodles TV dinners, mac 'n cheese, pot pies, and the occasional steak I would throw in the broiler.  Oh, and Velveeta cheese sandwiches.  Loved those!  Every once in a while my mom would call home and have me put a pot roast on or have me make spaghetti sauce and we would eat late when she got home.

Needless to say my cooking skills never fully developed either, and as much as I try now - I cannot manage to imagine anything new to eat - even when I scour the Internet for recipes it usually ends up being the same type of foods.  Pretty mid-western, stick to your ribs kind of fare. Ordinary.

After my mom passed and we were talking about her, my brother told me he had her recipe box "if you can call it that" he said.  He was laughing when he said "most of her recipes start with some kind of Campbell's soup!"

Sounds fabulous to me!

WHAT??




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Where are the over 50 ladies?


When I started my blog a million years ago, I searched and found blogs to read.  In the beginning it was mostly mommy bloggers, relating to their stories of family, kids, and home was very natural to me.  But now being 56 years old I find myself in search of my contemporaries.  Where are you ladies of my age?

Since being away from my blog, many that I used to read are gone, abandoned, shut down, or disappeared.  And I'm not as interested in many of those anymore anyway.  There were a couple directories I looked at tonight - looking for blogs specifically for my age group.  Not fashion over 50, fitness over 50, love over 50 .. any of those things.  Just thoughts from people who have lived as much as I have.

Where are you, ladies?  Or .. even men, I guess.  Where are you?