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Ramblings of ConservativeCathy—War on Women Part I:New Dem. Slogan: I am woman! Hear me whine!

I am wondering ….. why is it that women are the current focus for the Democratic Party and why are they so unhappy that they must be appeased??? Well, I am a woman and I am confused.

Let me state that I support Romney – I support Romney not just because he is going to get the nomination and I really really hate our current President but because I really like Romney and think he has potential to be a great President. So what is with all these other women – who are an extremely large voting block.

Well in doing my research I find that although women outnumber men they are pretty close in the percentages of the voting public. Women are currently about 51% of the voters out there. But the largest block by percentages of those women voting is the older – 75+ years old woman (voting in larger percentages than her same age male counterparts – along with highly outnumbering them in this category). The lowest voting block of women (also the largest) is the 18-25 group. The rate at which they vote improves greatly when they age and there does not seem to be any studies as to why that is. The single women’s groups vote Democratic mostly and the Married groups vote Republican more often. Does this suggest that that once they get older and have responsibilities, reality sets in they see the advantageous of being in control of their own lives?? Their children’s lives??

So I went looking for these huge issues that only Democrats could solve and Republicans were trying to make worse. Since this is a big issue (or you would think so from the media hype) it should be easy to find these lists of problems/injuries. Guess again.

Of course we all know about the two big issues that are apparently both big issues for women – abortion (or is that reproductive rights now?) and gays. Other than that I was only able to find a couple of lists with some issues on it. I will deal with them and the above issues as I see them and how I believe the political parties and Romney deals or will deal with them.

Let’s get this out of the way first – Reproductive Rights:

I think this new hip title is silly. I am not aware of any political party or religion trying to stop anyone (men or women) from reproducing. I do believe that religious people or responsible parents for that matter encourage or discourage (depending on your perspective) young people from engaging in sex before marriage only due to that reproductive part and the potential mental traumas that can occur when you are young and irresponsible.

But back to the subject at hand – I do not think Republicans are trying to stop anyone from reproducing or even having sex. I believe because of the moral influences they promote self-responsibility. Now I will admit that there are some Republicans that seem to want to control your sex lives but really do you believe that they can make that happen??? No, neither do I, so why waste time discussing it or worrying about it. Democrats obviously promote anything that would increase the number of Democratic voters. The debate comes with the abortion issue and now currently contraception. The Democrats want to pay for all of this with taxpayer money and the Republicans think it should be your own responsibility. As anyone who knows me or has read anything I have written knows I go back to our Constitution and no government should interfere in your personal decisions that hurt no one else but that also means that they do not use taxpayer money to fund it. Religious leaders can do whatever they do and it should have nothing to do with government! By the way – in making this a woman’s issue only – does that relieve all men from any responsibility in these issues?? Don’t see how that benefits any woman.

Romney agrees with me that it is your choice and the government should not be involved so there should be no taxpayer money to support or deny these issues. Now I will also state here that he has said that he does not agree with abortion but really that only means he will not have one – so what? (If you are really concerned about life before birth then put time into convincing the world but again this is a social issue not a government issue – if you want it to be a government issue then get an amendment to the constitution – and lot’s of luck with that).

Gay Rights Issues:
Again not sure how this is a woman’s issue but the answer is it does not involve government – other than the marriage issue and I think the Civil Union solves this issue. Marriages are religious and Civil Unions are legal. Problem solved and I bet all people and parties can get behind this one! I can assure you that it is not that difficult to find a church that will marry homosexuals – amazingly before this became a political talking point I knew gay people who had weddings. By the way why would you want to force someone to perform this type of ceremony ? – are you now saying that it does not have the commitment and feelings that marriage is supposed to represent or is it a political football to throw at someone??

Romney has stated that he believes in marriage for men and women only – so there is currently a law backing that up. But the law is not Constitutional as it has nothing to do with the government. So although he said he would support the current law he also stated that he would not overturn the military issue unless the military thought it was causing problems. So I do not think he will take us backwards. I really think if everyone were just a little patient society will come around on it’s own. I think he has made it clear that his main focus is not social issues but in the economic and constitutional ones – gee what a concept.

Retirement Security:
How is this a woman’s issue? Everyone wants security deep down – not being a psychologist I can only guess maybe women want it more. Currently this is a government issue, but if you are looking for Social Security to provide this needed retirement security – boy are you not expecting much from retirement and you will be disappointed. Social Security was and is unconstitutional in my opinion – go ahead and find where it is mentioned or covered in the Constitution. Having said that – it is here and probably will not go away but maybe we can revise it a little and stop throwing money down the drain.

* Lift unnecessary regulation and taxes on savings and investment that is for retirement (means you can not touch it until then)– encourage
people to plan/prepare for themselves.
* Stop printing money/bring our debt down so inflation does not keep spiraling out of sight.
* Make social security for only those that have worked and actually paid into it starting with those currently 40 years old and younger (everyone else stays the same as it is now). Stop the giveaway it has become. No new people will be added to this program that have not worked – no children or spouse benefits for those 40 years and younger – only for retirement purposes based on work schedule for those 40 years old and younger (we will have other programs – unfortunately – to cover these other issues).
* Here’s one for the women – equality – social security payments for those 40 years
and younger will now be based on their work record not their husbands – but your husband should also be able to put away money for your retirement years tax free if you choose to work at home (children, home, elder relatives care, etc.).
* Raise the retirement age to 70 for those 40 years old and younger.
* Allow for anyone to choose to have ½ of their social security payment placed in a savings or investment account – this can go to 100% once all previous debts for this program have been paid off – probably at least another 50 years or so.
* All payments collected from taxes for social security beginning now will need to be placed in a savings account for at least minimum interest and payments will be made from this account. The Federal general fund will need to budget/allot appropriate amounts of money annually into this investment fund to make payments until the system becomes self-supporting.
* Once all debts have been paid off the government should abolish and just give tax credit for all monies set aside for retirement funds based on some inflation index for a standard middle class family to live on annually (meaning that the amount of money allowed tax free is what is established to provide you with a retirement in that middle class status – no guarantee that you will save that amount but you have that option). Although I believe all tax loop holes should be eliminated and go to a flat tax based on annual budget numbers not income – the government should want to encourage this type of self responsibility and so I have no issues with this as it will eliminate this type of drain on the economy/government – as this would actually be for the “common good”.

Based on the previous actions I would say that Democrats do not want women to stand on their own and will want to continue the current policies to keep women (or anyone else for that matter) in a needier position – it provides job security for them (votes). Although I would place the Republicans somewhere in-between my thoughts and the Democrat’s although it would be nice if they developed a backbone and stepped up to the plate and dealt with it responsibly. I think Ryan is willing to do that with support.

For those souls that are currently 40 years of age or younger and not capable of providing for themselves in the future and do not have families capable of providing for them I am willing to offer government housing and services. This would provide that while they are capable they volunteer at least 4 hours a day/5 days a week/11 months out of the year as needed in the community. I can see no down side for either political party with this one. Democrats might see it as a burden for the person while I think that most Republicans would see it as a great way to spend time and bring pleasure to the person providing the volunteer service and the people receiving the volunteered service. But this meets the democratic talking points except that we are expecting some return on our (the taxpayer) investment in their livelihood.
Anyway I see Romney as more than willing to get to this position with legislative support. Let’s get back to personal responsibility and families/charities being our safety net!

To Be Continued Tomorrow….

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​ The Wednesday Review of Delegates and the future

The winner.

I wasn’t planning on doing a delegate count issue this week…after all nothing was going to happen.   Then Santorum had a blinding flash of reality and sorta dropped out…I say sorta because his concession speech was strangely defiant and pompous…and whiny.  The man just whines about everything.  I don’t understand how his family can stand him, let alone his voters.  But let’s not dwell, he’s gone, good riddance, may he and his brand of insanity never darken my headlines again.

So why are we doing a delegate count?  Because for some obscure reason Newt isn’t dropping out.  Why?  Hell if I know.  He’s got no big money backers left.  He’s got no small money backers left.  His campaign is literally bouncing checks. Stranger still his check bounced when trying to file for the Utah primary.  This is odd as A.) Romney was definitely going to be at 1144 by Utah.  B.) Utah is a winner take all, and if you don’t have money to run you don’t stand a chance of getting any delegates in any winner take all state.  C.) It’s Utah; does anyone seriously think Romney is going to lose Utah?

Why is this relevant? …because unfortunately no matter how you figure it, even if Romney sweeps just about every single state with all of their delegates, then there is still no way to make it to 1144 until Texas in May.  I will understand if you want to bang your head against your desk at this point.  Yes, probably about a quarter of Santorum’s supporters are going to prove themselves to be little more than anti-Mormon bigots and go to Newt and let him hobble along until Texas.  Now that is the only dig I’m going to put at Santorum supporters right now because I believe the vast majority of them are going to do the right thing for this party and this country and get behind Romney…but I would be foolish to think they all will.   And the few that don’t will probably give Newt just enough life left to annoy us for another month or so.

What does this mean?  Not much.  Romney doesn’t really have to campaign against Newt, he should now focus on campaigning against Obama…albeit in the primary states.

What should we do as Romney supporters?  Well, Newt had his chance to be a class act and also drop out.  He didn’t. The fat philandering corrupt jackass has opened himself up to every insult he deserves…Back to pointing out all of Newt’s flaws. Sigh.  I miss attacking Obama and only Obama.  Not that I’m worried about Newt, but I felt the need to point out that there will inevitably be a slight surge in his numbers, don’t panic, it means nothing.

As our other “allies.”  The group of “conservative” commentators (Levin, Hanity, Limbaugh, Malkin, Michael Reagan) your economically liberal candidate is dead.  You can either rejoin real conservatives or you need to admit that you only care about increasing government power in terms of social issues even if the candidate is also a big fan of radically increasing economic liberalism.  I said it before, you don’t have to endorse Romney,  but you need to stop hitting him.

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The Greatest Films For Comedy #16-#13

FYI: Someone over at yahoo came up with a list of “100 Funniest Movies to See Before you Die.”  Be warned that I looked at the list and I would at most say 25 of them are worth watching even once (and 75 I would consider a waste of time)…but as I said comedy is a very personal thing that’s hard to define (I might go as far as to say I have a greater preference for wit than cheap jokes than the person who compiled that list, but to each his own) and I won’t bother going into detail of why I dislike many of those movies. Besides only the most worthless, tasteless, brainless philistine hack would waste his time coming up with lists of over-rated art (yes, I do have someone in mind)…I prefer to focus on greatness rather than merely bitch about the flaws of works of art I will never have the talent to rival.

#16 Hudson Hawk

“Impressive, Hawk. Enjoying Italy? “
“ Yeah.”
“ Yes, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Rome. I did my first bare-handed strangulation here. Communist politician.”
“ Why George, you big softie. “
“God, I miss Communism. The Red Threat, people were scared… the agency had some respect, and I got laid every night.”

This film is possibly one of the most scathing critiques of the insanity of most Hollywood espionage films. Every trope of every spy movie is parodied in this movie without turning into a slapstick comedy.

The plot: To reconstruct Da Vinci’s machine that can turn lead into gold a conspiracy the CIA, an evil billionaire businessman and his wife who seem to have no understanding of economics beyond the Ron Paul campaign, the mob, and tangentially the Vatican’s black ops team (?) hire the world’s most skilled cat-burglar: The Hudson Hawk. The Hawk, played by Bruce Willis, sings songs to time his heists. And in between falling in love with a nun, taking on a the CIA and a sociopathic sword wielding butler, avoid a vicious poodle, throwing a stuffed elephant, robbing the Vatican, saving the world, all he wants is some bizarre drink, keep in mind this movie was made in 1991, called a cappuccino. Oh and Andie MacDowell seems to want to communicate with the dolphins.

On one level it’s a movie about a smartass thief in your typical overblown Hollywood adventure. But on another it gets beyond surreal which if you’ve watching makes it all the funnier. While driving home from jail the New York skyline can be seen from the right and left of a car, when falling off a building the Hawk lands in a place which is miles away and no explanation is given…and there are bizarre references to just about every espionage film of the preceding 30 years: Bond, Flint, North by Northwest. Also as far as I can tell this is the first movie to ever use the “we record over the security tape and keep running a loop in its place” trope that has become far too common in film. Also you will see the most competent line reading David Caruso has given in his entire career.

You could enjoy this film…or you could be swinging on a star…

#15 Office Space


“The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”
“ Don’t… don’t care? “
“It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.”
“ I beg your pardon?”
“Eight bosses.”
“ Eight?”
“Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.”

If you’ve ever worked in a cubical you can emphasize with this film. If you’ve ever had an over-promoted idiot as your boss you can certainly understand this film. For instance there is a server at my office that my coworkers have jokingly asked management to let us buy so that we can treat it like these guys treat that fax machine.

And while everything in this is exaggerated, it is only exaggeration; the movie sadly plays on every small hell of office work that actually exists. Every scene, but more importantly, every scene is cathartic in that it allows us to know that we are not alone…and that there is hope out of morass of endless bad jobs.

#14 Clue

“They all did it. But if you wanna know who killed Mr. Boddy, I did. In the hall. With the revolver. Okay, Chief, take ’em away. I’m gonna go home and sleep with my wife.”

Who did it? Where? And with what?

Whoever realized there was actually a good plot line hidden within the board game Clue is a genius (as opposed to the idiot who pitched the idea of making Battleship). In spite of every expectation you should have had about making a movie based on a board game this movie not only provides an almost endless stream of wit, slapstick and enjoyable insanity; it places bizarre caricatures of people who should never be in the same room and gives them a bizarre circumstance where they are literally at each other’s throats (and other such vital organs).

It’s sad that I find that this movie has fallen out of the knowledge of the general public and is now known mainly to film buffs. Nothing is better than a mystery literally designed to have three different endings. And each one works. Of course the one where Mr. Greene did it is the best.

#13 Kiss kiss bang bang

“Anyway, by now you may wonder how I wound up here. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, I don’t see another Goddamn narrator, so pipe down.”

This one you may have missed as it got horrible play in theaters and was more or less a straight to DVD film. It’s sad really. Wit of a near Shakespearian level, Val Kilmer (before he really exploded around the waist), Robert Downey Jr.) before he exploded back into the top tier of acting) trading quips and insults at a rapid fire pace.

Robert Downey Jr. as idiot thief Harry Lockhart narrates the strange tale of how while trying to break into Hollywood he gets acting lessons from private detective Gay Perry, and in the process ends up solving a murder and personally killing a lot of other people. Maybe it’s that the jokes (yes plural) about grammar appeal to the English teacher in me. Maybe it’s Perry’s absolute contempt for Harry’s endless stupidity that I find endearing. Maybe it’s the off-kilter plot structure. Whatever it is this is one of the best comedies I have ever seen.

Harry: Well what I’m doing for the guy who likes to bluff is I’m playing a little game called “Am I Bluffing?”
[Loads one round into the revolver to play Russian Roulette]
Harry: Where is she? Where the fuck is Harmony? You want to play hardball? I can do that.
[Spins the chamber and points the gun]
Harry: Where is the girl?
[Shoots the guy in the head]
Perry: [Stuttering at first] What did you just do?
Harry: [Confused] I just put in one bullet, didn’t I?
Perry: You put a live round in that gun?
Harry: Well yeah, there was like an 8% chance.
Perry: Eight? Who taught you math!

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