This Guy has Balls

Have you ever seen those fake balls that people hang on their trucks… Truck Nuts.

truck testicles

truck testicles (Photo credit: whizchickenonabun)

Well, this guy did not need them.

All I can think when I look at this truck is… I wonder if this guy gets his car keyed a lot.  I would think that this truck may piss off quite a few people.  I also think that this guy has to have balls, because if I drove this around I think I would worry about being followed into a dark alleys every time I parked. Of course, I am often a paranoid wreck.

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The Gates of Hell

Hell Show

Hell Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may think that the Gates of Hell are going to open up here in the United States if the everyone gets the right to marry, or if abortion remains legal, or if Hillary Clinton ever becomes president… Well, I am glad to report that they found the Gates to Hell and they are in Turkey.

According to The Blaze, the Gates of Hell are located in Pamukkale, Turkey.  The newly-discovered cave was known in ancient times as Pluto’s Gate (so really it is not the gates of Hell, but those heathens who worshiped the greek gods probably went to hell… so let’s call it that).

So everyone can let out a collective sigh of relief now, right?

 

 

 

 

 

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Protesting 101

In light of the big Supreme Court decision that will be handed down today or tomorrow… I thought I would share one of my favorite stories from 2013.

Why do I love this story?  Well, personally I have never understood the Westboro Baptist Church.  I have figured out that they hate everyone and seemingly everything.  Furthermore, where they protest and what signs they choose to protest with always confuses me?

For instance… Their signs are all over the place!  What are they protesting?  The museum?  What do gay people and beastiality have to do with the Holocaust Museum?  They obviously need to figure out what they are protesting.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate...

Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God hates America!  If he hates America, why should I care what he thinks?  Do they think that I want to get to know someone who already has judged me and hates the country I live in?

Jael Phelps picketing Trinity Episcopal Church...

Jael Phelps picketing Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See what I mean?  What is it that they want to accomplish here.  Are they protesting the war, having a military, or having gay people in the military.  So confusing.   All I am getting is that this “God” guy hates  a lot of things and he must not be very fun to be around.

Anyway, The Gay pride house sends a message without confusing signs and derogatory comments.  It stands as a quiet reminder that life is beautiful and that love trumps the hate they are spewing.

I also love that this house was inspired by a 9-year-old.  Personally, that kid rocks!  Photo-bombing a Westboro protest.  That kid has some pretty big balls!  I bet if he designed protest signs, that kids signs would be awesome!  Actually, the Westboro Churches signs are a pretty sad lot.  I think they may need to rethink what they are putting on their signs.

As a public service I thought I would offer some advice to them about good protest signs (considering that you will probably be in the capitol protesting for the next few days).

  1. Use catchy song lyrics in a clever way.  It helps people remember your message because they will not be able to get the song out of their head.

    rick rolling the westboro baptist church

    rick rolling the westboro baptist church (Photo credit: sandwichgirl)

  2. Try to stick to one topic.  If you don’t, it just looks like you are haters with ADHD.

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    Photo found on Fark.com

  3. Know your facts.  If you have not spoken directly to God, then you run the risk of misquoting him. I am thinking that if he could he might sue you for slander… Just saying. Why don’t you just stick to using first person language?

    Found on Fark.com

    Found on Fark.com

  4. Have a sense of humor.  Seriously, your signs are not very funny and I am thinking they are supposed to be.   Don’t get me wrong, I laugh at how silly your protests are… but there is also something that makes me so sad.  It makes me sad to think that you actually believe what your signs say.  So make them funnier (or at least add some cute illustrations), please!

    Found on Fark.com

    Found on Fark.com

  5. Finally, didn’t anyone ever tell you that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar?   Stick to signs that focus on the positives rather than negatives.  Don’t just tell me what is wrong with the world, tell me how you propose to fix it?
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    Hope you find these tips helpful?  I will be looking to see if you paid any attention.

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True Republicans?

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

The red “GOP” logo used by the party for its website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been slammed by infographics, sad little stories about people affected negatively by the economy, and anti-Obamacare memes from my Republican friends.  I am pretty good at laughing at the ones that deserve laughs and giving thought to the ones that deserve consideration.

Then I came across this post and it made me think, “Are Republicans betraying their values?”  Actually, I wondered if maybe Republicans could just be going back to the values that they were supposed to have.

It led to find the Republican Oath.

I am a Republican because:

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE THE proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations; the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

I BELIEVE the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

Have you ever read the oath before?  Well, as far as I know this oath is still the one that the party uses.

I think it would be good to notice what is not in the oath.

  1. The pro-life stance:  Nope, by being a Republican I do not have to believe that abortion is murder. Actually as a republican I should be ensuring that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility be honored.  
    English: Memorial to women who died from illeg...

    English: Memorial to women who died from illegal unsafe abortions at major pro-choice rally in Washington, DC, November 12, 1989. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Do I find Abortion morally wrong?  Yes, and I personally would not have one unless my life was in danger, but that is only my opinion and I believe that each person should have the freedom to decide for themselves and that people should have the ability to rely their own beliefs on this subject, when they make this kind of decision. 

  2. Gun Control:  The oath says nothing about the 2nd amendment. What it does say is that we should  preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world. 
    Gun Control Hartford CT

    Gun Control Hartford CT (Photo credit: john bunce)

     Is peace, freedom, and human rights protected because some Americans can legally own guns?  Maybe.  Honestly, I will never own a gun  and they scare me.  What I do think is that most gun owners do not use their guns to kill people (although I have no data to prove or disprove my thoughts on this).

  3. Religion:  Religion is not mentioned at all.  What it does mention is that Republicans should believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or disability.    What that means to me is that we should believe in allowing people to believe in whatever gods they would like or not believe in god (if that is their choice).
    Christian Stone Cross

    Christian Stone Cross (Photo credit: freefotouk)

    So should their be prayer in school?  I personally would not mind saying a prayer, but I also believe that it should not be mandatory or part of the school day.   Should we talk about evolution in school?  Yep, because retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.  Well, if we think of the principles of the oath as the principles that will keep the party strong, then where is the problem with evolution?

  4. Healthcare:  It does not specifically talk about Healthcare, but it does state that we should believe that the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people and although Obamacare might not be the answer, there is a majority of americans want a centralized, universal healthcare system.
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    healthcare (Photo credit: themikemckee)

    The challenge is provide the healthcare system that can encompass everyone, but still provides people with the affordable, convenient  and high-quality care that we are used to.   I am still not sure that can be done.

  5. Immigration and Illegal aliens: Again nothing in the oath about how we should feel about recent immigration policies, but it does state value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world, and it makes me wonder are they fleeing their countries to achieve these things.
    Immigration Reform Rally 2010

    Immigration Reform Rally 2010 (Photo credit: Anuska Sampedro)

    Also, if we believe in free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity, then should we not be valuing their part in our economic system?  Now, don’t get me wrong I am sure there are some people that are abusing the system (since you can find people of all races abusing the system), but I think we also have to realize that there are also people that are illegally here that contribute to our communities and economy.

  6. Gay Marriage:  This is where I think the parts about equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability  because just because two people are the same sex does not mean they should not have the same rights to marriage as heterosexual couples.
    Gay Marriage in San Francisco

    Gay Marriage in San Francisco (Photo credit: Dave Schumaker)

    That leads me to the part of the oath that says developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times and homosexual couples are pretty mainstream now. They are having children and creating families that are strong and based on love.  Providing children with a strong family and contributing to our communities are great ideals and they are doing that and now our government needs to be the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government. 

So there you have it.  I could keep writing, but I think the oath says everything that needs to be said.  You may not agree with how I have interpreted the oath (which is fine because we are free to interpret it based on our own experiences and beliefs), but I hope you can see that saying that the moderate republicans are “betraying republican values” is a little suspect and maybe some of the more conservative republicans should look at the oath again and think about how their values fit into it before throwing others in the party under the bus.

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Bad Lip Reading: Revisiting the Debates

It has been raining here for days and it has been a little depressing.  So this morning I discovered these videos on YouTube where people dub over what people say in the NFL, I welcomed the laugh I had.   The NFL video was hilarious, but after watching that one I discovered this little gem from the Presidential debates.

Hope this brings you a smile this morning!

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When you are in a hole… Keep Digging!

On meet the press, Sen. Graham encourages Romney to “Stop digging.”  Well, I am thinking he should send that message to some other members in the Republican party.  Hell, maybe that should be the new Republican Motto!

“Stop Digging! It is confirmed. You can’t dig a hole to China!”

Sen. Graham mostly talked about losing the hispanic vote, but they were not the only voters that the Republicans pissed off.  I think they did a great job pissing off a wide variety of people during this election.  They are digging holes all over the place hoping to find gold, but really they are just finding rocks.  One hole that they can’t seem to stop digging is the issue of abortion.  The other day my friend posted a link to an article  by John Nolte  (on what may be my new favorite website for finding material for this blog) about Meghan McCain.  Along with the link, she posted “Thank you!”   After reading the article, I was at a loss for what she thanked the author for.  Was she thanking him for being a chauvinist pig?  Was she thanking him for proving the “leftist” media’s claims that the republican party are backward thinking, patronizing white guys?

The article referred to Meghan McCain’s recent column on the Daily Beast where she pleads with the party to make changes.  Amazingly enough, her column listed out the same things I would list if one of the big party leaders asked me, which I doubt they would.  Apparently, she has noticed the same trends that the rest of the world noticed when it came why certain demographics are not voting republican.    If my friend had posted this article and wrote “Thank You!” I would have completely understood why she was so thankful.

The problem is that she did not link to this article.  No, she linked to this one…

DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT, MEGHAN

Wow!  I thought you wanted more Republican voters, people.

Mr. Nolte’s article actually made me fume in a gnarly rabid dog kind of way (btw I know that statement will bring on bitch comments).  Instead of thinking about the points she is making he marginalized her by claiming that she is “pampered” and whose “closest brush with the real world is the MTV show.”  He focuses on his belief that she was all about “me, me, me”.  I hate to break it to you, Ms. Nolte, but isn’t her column about her thoughts and opinions.  What do you think a post called “Meghan McCain on…” was going to feature?

He mentions how he hates “the dumb” and then uses her  claim to be “pro-life” as his evidence.  Holy shit!  She needs to brush up on the definition of Pro-Life.  I guess since she made that one mistake that all her thoughts are not worth listening to.  Good catch, Mr. Nolte.  It must be nice to be all knowing and never make mistakes.  I sure as hell, don’t know what that would be like.

Now, he does claim she made another mistake when it came to “The Tea Party“.  I think the Tea Party has  a huge public perception problem and tea partiers have to realize that their message can be skewed by the antics of some people inside the party.  Just go onto FB.  I have friends who have a the Tea Party flag as their profile picture and who post pro-life and anti-gay marriage shit all the time.  In fact, most of my FB friends who are vocal about the movement do.  I have friends who also identify with the movement, but are not as vocal about it because of the public perception.  Honestly I agree with “The Contract from America” whole-heartedly!  I also know what I see and what I see is a movement plagued by bad press and negative public perception.  It is not Meghan’s fault they have bad press, so stop blaming her and start looking at ways to keep some of the more extreme members that have aligned themselves with the movement in check.

Furthermore, he claims that she is “dangerously ignorant” and maybe even intentionally undermining the party by saying the party should drop their stances on not only abortion, but also same-sex marriage.  I am guessing (because I did not see anything in her column that aimed to undermine the party) that he is alluding to the fact that there is a lot of money donated by organizations and party members who would rather live in the 1950’s and probably use the phrase “the kids these days.”  My generation saw “Dirty Dancing” and if that is what those organizations and people want then soon they will realize that they can’t keep baby in the corner.

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He does concede that Republicans do realize that something has to change.  Can you guess which one of her points he chose? Continue reading

Hmm. Something does not seem quite right.

I don’t know about you but  I seem to have a lot of pissed off FB friends since the last election.  These friends like to post links to support their status updates.  Last night I clicked on one, because it sounded interesting.  Once I got to the article, I realized that something was struggling inside of me.  It was a feeling that something was not right.

Did you see what I saw? Continue reading

An Interview with Me

There are lots of people excited about my latest project and many of them are dying to interview me.  Unfortunately I have not had much time to do many interviews, but I did make time to sit down with my husband (let’s call him The Voice of Reason) when he asked to interview me.

The Voice of Reason:  What the hell do you think you are doing?

Poppy:  Um, it looks like I am going to start a blog focused on politics.

Voice:  Seriously! What makes you think that you have anything to say that people want to read.

Poppy:  I am thinking I should be offended by that question, but I will answer it anyway.  First of all, I have a degree and it happens to be in Political Science.  Secondly, I am awesome and they will be able to tell that I am awesome once they read a post or two.  Finally, if I do this blog you will not have to listen to me drone on and on about the problem with politics anymore.

Voice:  Well, I do like that last reason.  I still think you are crazy and I don’t want you to be disappointed if no one reads it.

Poppy:  Well, if you mean that you think I am brilliant and this blog will be a new internet sensation… then I accept your compliments.  Now, go away I have to post something awesome now.

I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband, aren’t I?

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