April 5, 2013 by Julia
Most of my anger and energy has been directed at work in the last month. Sigh. You might be interested in learning that ALL OF THE THINGS are my fault.
1. According to my president, I am more likely than not going to be a bad parent:
Look, my intention here is to try to get as much done with the Republican Party over the next two years as I can, because we can’t have perpetual campaigns. And so I mean what I say. I am looking to find areas of common ground with Republicans every single day…. I want to find some common-sense gun safety legislation that we can get done. And I do believe that there are well-meaning Republicans out there who care about their kids just as passionately as we do.
Consider that wording. Barack Obama implies that out there, somewhere, are some (a few?) Republicans who care about their kids as much as Democrats do. Well, he believes so, anyway, although there may not be any physical evidence of such mythical creatures, and it’s possible he could be wrong. Seriously. The president of the United States of America is so magnanimous that he honestly believes that not all of his opponents don’t care about their kids–only most of them. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mr. President.
Someone must have pointed out to him that he either misspoke and sounded like a huge jerk or told the truth and sounded like a huge jerk, because later that night, the line became, “I believe that Republicans love their kids and their country as much as we do.” How good of him to have faith in us, despite the complete lack of evidence that Republicans are human beings with feelings and families.
2. Speaking of President Obama’s brilliant oratory skills, check out this trainwreck:
In remarks at the Denver Police Academy in Denver, Colo., he said that, after campaigning in rural Iowa, Michelle Obama told him, “You know, if I was living out on a farm in Iowa, I’d probably want a gun, too. When somebody just drives up into your driveway and you’re not home, you don’t know who these people are, you don’t know how long it’s going to take for the sheriffs to respond, I can see what you’d want some guns for protection.”
Now, it’s possible that he was in fact directly quoting his wife, in which case she is responsible for the trainwreck, but unless he is in the habit of writing down what she says as she says it, I suspect that he is paraphrasing–which makes this a failure of Dear Leader’s communication skills.
What he presumably meant to capture was the situation in which the husband is at work or otherwise away from home, his wife is home alone, and some random person drives up the driveway. Okay, I’ll buy that–that’s why I’m buying a gun, except that I don’t live on a farm in Iowa, because women have the right to defend themselves, their families, and their homes regardless of the state in which they live. Except . . . well, unless the random person driving up the driveway gets out with a weapon in hand, it is illegal to greet him or her with gunshots. If it’s someone just turning around because they’re lost, recommending that someone grab her gun is kind of dangerous, don’t you think? Underneath all that poor verbalization, Obama’s really just giving us Joe-Biden-style bad advice.
But given this quote and the previous one, it seems that Obama is getting kind of tired and needs to rest. He should take a vacation–it’s been a few weeks since the last one, after all.
3. The so-called “women’s rights” folks are at it again, displaying their crass misunderstanding of “rights” and pursuit of profit from killing children for the world to see. In Florida, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman argued for a right to infanticide (merely agreeing with Dear Leader and his wife, of course). Meanwhile, Alabama is poised to enact health and safety regulations for abortion clinics, to ensure that their
victims patients aren’t exposed to dangerous conditions–you know, the same regulations that other clinics have. Oh, and when clinics have proof of a crime (like, say, an underage girl who is pregnant), the clinics have to report it. This law, naturally, is opposed by Planned Parenthood and its usual cronies–because OBVIOUSLY the right to endanger the lives of women and hide statutory rape is sacrosanct. Who gives a shit about the safety of women and children when there is money to be made, amirite? I mean, come on, it’s not like women are dying, or abortion providers are being sued for not reporting statutory rape, or monsters are running decrepit hellholes that prey on low-income minority women, or abortion clinics are barely regulated as compared to other medical clinics, or anything terrible like that.
4. A Facebook friend asked what the heck is up with North Korea. I didn’t feel like trying to have an educated conversation with her uneducated friends, so here is what I wrote before I deleted it:
It’s a long story, largely involving Kim Jong Eun being great at manipulating the news cycle and hysterically crazy at everything else. His dad was good at faking threats to get extra foreign aid, but Kim Jong Eun is struggling for credibility and attention. If North Korea bombs anyone, it will be on accident. I am also somewhat sympathetic to the theory that the whole thing is a distraction to keep our attention off events elsewhere, such as Iran. /poliscinerd
5. I am quite excited by the Saint Young Men movie. Also, there are a lot of series I want to watch this season, but I feel like I should finish (or drop) the ones I’m watching from last season first (Love Live! School Idol Project, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Vividred Operation, and Cuticle Detective Inaba). So, yeah.