Lil Blue

July 24, 2011

My Lil Blue is going to be ten years old on Thursday. 10. The Big One-Oh. Double digits. I remember holding him in the hospital after he was born and being terrified.

What if I mess up? What if I do something or say something and he grows up to be a serial killer? OK, that probably won’t happen. But what if he turns out to be a douche? What if he’s always unhappy? What if he grows up and hates me? What if he gets hurt? What if what if what if what if…..

Scary stuff, this parenting. And it never stops, does it? There’s always the question you ask yourself over and over…am I making the right decisions? Am I teaching my child how to be a decent human being? Well, I was reading this article from ScienceDaily and it made me wonder a little more:

“The top five values in 2007 were fame, achievement, popularity, image and financial success. In 1997, the top five were community feeling, benevolence (being kind and helping others), image, tradition and self-acceptance. In 2007, benevolence dropped to the 12th spot and community feeling fell to 11th. Financial success went from 12th in 1967 and 1997 to fifth in 2007.”

Fame is #1? Really? I gotta be honest, this makes me uncomfortable. Achievement, OK that’s not bad. Setting and achieving goals is important for kids. It helps them build confidence. Popularity? Eww. Image, alright. I bet most adults have that “value” in their top 5, too. Financial success… hmm. It’s understandable given the economic climate right now. But still, as a top 5 “value”? I don’t know how I feel about that.

So, I ask Lil Blue a question. This is how it goes down:

BCM: Hey, do you ever think about being famous?
Lil Blue: No.
BCM: Really? Do you ever think you’d want to be famous? It’s not important to you?
Lil Blue: No way. I don’t really care about being famous.
BCM: So, what do you care about?
Lil Blue: (duh, Mommy voice) I care about my family, of course! I want them to be happy.
BCM: And what about our friends (meaning his kid friends and our family friends)?
Lil Blue: (duh, Mommy voice) Our friends ARE part of our family! (shakes head, rolls eyes and leaves room)

I’m positive I make a lot of parenting mistakes. But maybe I’m doing something right, too…


My Idea

July 21, 2011

During the course of an IM conversation with one of my favorite people (pictured above), I had an idea. You know how Fox”News” is always inviting democrats/liberals/progressives on to try to show how they’re all “fair and balanced”, right? And then they bully, shout over, and lie to/about the leftist that goes on. What if, every time a leftist goes on Fox, they completely abandon whatever they were supposed to talk about and just constantly and unflinchingly question whoever is giving the interview about the New Corp scandal? Think about it. If you’re left of Ann Coulter, you’re not gonna be able to get your point across on that sorry excuse for a news station anyway, right? Why not use that time to everyone’s advantage?

Ask them why they’re not covering the scandal. If they’re fair and balanced, they have a professional obligation to report the facts. Why won’t they? Is it because the type of unethical, illegal, and downright disgusting practices we’ve heard about are a corporate-wide practice and Fox is afraid investigators will find out the truth about them? What are they hiding? Ask the person interviewing you how they feel, as a so-called journalist, to be working for a company that’s this unethical. Ask how they can have the nerve to have their corporate HQ in New York City, to live in or near the city and work there, yet stand idly by as their bosses OK hacking into 9/11 victims’ families’ phones. You know, things like that.

I’m going to be writing to my Senators, Representatives, State Senators, my State Assembly and my City Council to see if I can persuade some of them to do this. Or at least make enough noise so that they have to investigate News Corp here in the US. Enough is enough.

What do you think?

We ain’t “Ladies”, We’re WOMEN

July 20, 2011

Warning to Rep. Allen West…there ain’t NOTHIN’ lady-like about this here Blue Collar Mamma’s blog.

Let’s start from the sort of beginning. The house was debating the “cut, cap and balance” bill. According to NPR, the bill

bars any increase in the debt ceiling unless Congress first sends a balanced budget amendment to the states for ratification,[and] calls for a $1.5 trillion cut in this year’s deficit and caps federal spending to 24 percent of the gross domestic product.

Basically, the GOP/Right is saying that they won’t support raising the debt ceiling – which will be necessary in order to pay things like soldiers’ salaries and Medicare/Social Security benefits – unless there is a balanced budget amendment in the works. So instead of raising taxes on the motherfuckers who got us into our current economic mess, we should cut benefits. Not cut benefits to the rich. Nonono, we should STEAL the money that people have paid into these “social programs”, money that is THEIRS and that they will need to fucking FEED themselves when they retire.

Anyway, there are these 2 Congresspersons from Florida. Rep. Allen West, who supports the bill because he’s a hypocritical teabagger Republican and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who opposes the bill because most of her constituents are old fogies and are on Medicare/SS she’s a Democrat. This is what Wasserman Schultz had to say during the debate:

What she basically said about West, without naming names, was that she’s shocked that he’d have the balls to support a bill that so blatantly goes against the interests of his constituents. So, how does he react? Like any rational, professional, adult person would. He took it personally, sent her a nasty email, and tattled on her. Here’s the email, courtesy of The Palm Beach Post:

From: Z112 West, Allen

 Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM

 To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

 Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric

 Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

 Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

 I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

 You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

 Steadfast and Loyal

 Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

This reminds me of letters sent back and forth between dumb HS kids between classes. Really, West? THIS is what you do with your time? How ’bout instead of spending your time responding to FACTUAL STATEMENTS with personal attacks, you analyze whether or not your actions in supporting this and other bills is really in the best interest of your constituents? How ’bout instead of judging whether or not this GROWN ASS WOMAN is acting “lady-like”, you do a little self-reflection and ask yourself whether or not YOUR actions are, not “gentlemanly”, but HUMANE?

I know this is all a ruse to distract from the real issue of the bill itself. I understand that. It’s just the whole “act like a lady” bullshit that bothers me. Maybe calling other people on their lies, hypocrisy and inhumanity isn’t lady-like. If that’s the case, then I hope I’m never accused of being a lady.

Dumbass of the Week

July 12, 2011

I just realized that this blog is over a year old. Wow. Over a year of me talking all kinds of smack. And not one of you fuckers wished me a happy blogiversary. JERKS!

In honor of our (I mean “our” in a majestic plural kind of way) 1 year anniversary, I’ve decided to actually write something! SHOCKING! In order to ease my way back into writing with some kind of regularity, I’ve decided to give you all a DotW. And the dumbass for this week is

(pic via this site)
Arizona State Senator Lori Klein! Why, you ask, does this lovely looking lady deserve to be DotW? Well, the fact that she’s a state senator in one of the most batshit crazy states ought to be reason enough. But no, Ms. Klein had to take the crazy to the next level. From the NY Daily News:

An Arizona lawmaker is under fire for pointing a loaded pistol at a reporter’s chest during an interview about gun rights.

I know what you’re thinking, HOLY FUCKBALLS, THIS LADY IS CRAZY! Relax, lovelies. It’s not that bad. This is why you should always read the entire article. Let’s continue:

Republican Sen. Lori Klein, a staunch Second Amendment advocate, pulled out a pink .380 Ruger from her purse to show the Arizona Republic’s Richard Ruelas.

“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said in a lounge at the state Capitol building as she pointed the weapon’s red laser at the journalist, according to a story published in the newspaper Sunday.

Klein assured Ruelas there was no need for concern because “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger.”

See? It’s not like she was gonna shoot the guy. She wasn’t being crazy. She was just being terrifically stupid! That makes it better, right? RIGHT? RIGHT?! Here’s the icing on the dumb-as-dog-shit cake:

Klein added that she had informal gun-training sessions and was taught weapons safety by her father.

Alrighty, here we go! ::rolls up invisible sleeves::

1 – If I can’t buy a toy gun that looks real, then people shouldn’t be able to buy a real gun that looks fake.
2 – This is not the first dumbass thing Klein has done. She read a racist letter on the of the state senate. Why does she hate Mexicans so much?
3 – Anyone with an ounce of common sense, even someone with “informal gun training”, knows that you NEVER EVER EVER point a loaded weapon at someone! So either she’s full of shit and no one has ever taught her how to use a gun, or the people who have shown her are equally as stupid and irresponsible as Klein.

I actually support people’s Second Amendment rights. SURPRISE! Not all leftists are lipstick liberals. I don’t have a problem with hunting, with people owning guns for personal protection, etc.. I do have a problem with dumbasses owning guns, and Senator Klein makes my case for me. Without proper safety training and permits, dumbasses do dumbass things and people’s lives are put in danger. You have the right to own a gun. But with that right comes the responsibility of learning how to safely own and operate your firearm.

Remember, guns don’t kill people. Dumbasses kill people.