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Jon Stewart and Me

The Original Alice Wrote: Feb 19, 2015 8:16 PM
Ok, I'll give you The Daily Show AND the Huff Post as the two main sources for news for young adult Americans. Seriously, just because other blogs and websites exist, does not mean that your average college student or just-out-of-college-student gets the majority of his/her news there. College kids are not watching Brian Williams, CNN, MSNBC, or digging into on-line news sources, as much as you might like to think: Old article, but has it equal between Daily Show and the big TV news programs (piled together). (And cynical me suspects a lot of these kids lied, only pretending they watched major news programs regularly!) A study showing same: And I used to be one!! I watched the Daily Show before Stewart, even - with "Craigers." Then many years of Stewart. Very, very few other sources. And I was in my 30's and 40's! (Much better informed now, thank you.)
haha! Darn, Mark! But I bet you are indeed a catch. Lucky Mrs. Mark in CA. (Hope you both had a lovely Valentine's Day.)
I probably can't explain this to you, J55, but it's not the same thing. A cultured, successful, attractive financier-or-something guy (who has a sick side) is very different from an attractive deli worker (with a sick side). It's the power, and success - the successful Alpha about the guy - that is so alluring, not the cash she gets to spend if he marries her. I've only seen the trailers, but it seems like "9 1/2 Weeks," as another poster here mentioned. His allure is his power and control, not his bank account. Put it another way, if he was the deli worker or the nice accountant who won the lottery, he would NOT be alluring. He would not be Alpha. He would just be a rich guy. And he would attract the Kardashians. Not the girl of this book/movie. (Again, I haven't read/seen it. And I won't. But I already know what it's about, because I am the woman they WANT to read this book. I am powerful and tired of having to do everything myself. *I* want a powerful partner. Smarter, more powerful, and more successful than me. He's hard to find.)
GPayne, I get you completely. This is part of the waiting-for-Prince-Charming thing I mentioned earlier, in a funny way. Some of the men here on this thread are mistaking the women as "just wanting his money," but what women really want is for men to be men! This means, they are the provider, they are the stronger of the two, and they make us feel protected. (There's a sick twist here with the Grey character's being SO in control that his protection isn't very protective, is it!) But yes, women are tired of being The Man. Feminists have tried to sell a false bills of goods that we women want the control, but we really want to be women! And it's hard to find the good men. Single, that is. And men have a hard time telling what women want ("Should I open the door for her? Call her first? Will she bark at me?"), so they're caught in this Catch-22. My hats off to The Good Men of TH!
I disagree that it's poorly educated women. Well, maybe poorly yes, but not uneducated! Women's Studies, all the way up to PhD classes, will uphold it, saying all women should be free to pursue anyANY sexual activity they wish, and that it's only the subjugating by men that hold us back. They push pornography, thus making us equal with men. (Good Lord! Who wants to be equal to the basest instinct in another! That's called Lowest Common Denominator, not raising all to the same level of equality!) Some Feminists will rightly see this as sick, but their voices will be drowned out by the ones who see that the removal of the words "sin," "sick," and "wrong" as a goal to be pursued.
I call this "Good Girl / Motorcycle Boy Syndrome." Even "Leader of the Pack" was on to it: "My folks were always putting him down (down, down) They said he came from the wrong side of town (whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?) They told me he was bad But I knew he was sad That's why I fell for (the leader of the pack)" I try and tell/warn my [female] students and my friends about this. I find most women go through this - until we wise up and realize, "No! I deserve a really NICE guy who treats me WELL!" Sometimes that doesn't happen until going through the wringer with an a**hole. And I tell the boys to keep being The Good Guy. They want a woman who's healthy and over all that, so don't try and be a jerk to get the good still wanting Motorcycle Boy. (Whole movies about faking, that no? Can't remember the names - 'cause I skipped 'em!) So yes, John, this book/movie is monster-appealing to all women still hooked in that syndrome, AND, and as earlier post pointed out, those of us still waiting for Prince Charming to save us. (We might have to save him some, but then he saves us.) It's there in our psyche. Until we get it OUT of there! No, I haven't read the book nor seen the movie. ;-)
Marc_H, Re: "why taking what would be a prized Buck, killing it, removing it from the gene pool, except to EAT it, makes no sense to me." At our family ranch, we the family hunted the spikes and not-trophy types, keeping the good ones in the gene pool, for the benefit of the herd and for our guests. They hoped for the big-racked bucks, who usually cleverly eluded them, but all guests were pleased if they brought any meat home. And we ate it all. Excellent meat. And we thinned the herd carefully, as the natural predators were gone. I'm completely with you on that. Killing a beauty for no reason other than to kill it is unacceptable. Hunting to me implies killing in order to eat. No catch-and-release with a rifle... (I disagree that it is without challenge, however. Sitting perfectly still in the freezing winter dark for a couple of hours and aiming well, so as to kill the deer immediately in that half-light, is a test of patience and of skill. Killing Bambi is not simple.)
I really enjoyed that, Ms. Washington. I've only had one black roommate, and I really enjoyed knowing her and learning about her life. She shared the difficulty of being a "person" in Chicago, but "not black enough" there in the South with me. It wasn't the whites who treated her badly; it was blacks. She was completely unprepared for that, being from St. Croix, where she was just a person, regardless of color. I appreciated the fact that she was very real with me, and I think she appreciated my "realness" with her. (I just thought she was a really great person!) But the key was that she wasn't "my black roommate." She was my roommate, who happened to be black. Same with my gay roommates, straight roommates, male and female, etc. No one likes being thought of the narrow label of "the white/black person," "the gay/straight person," etc. But if you label yourself that - or say that everyone else is the "not-you," then you've drawn that label for yourself, much like the author of the Salon piece seems to have done.
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Methane Deceptions

The Original Alice Wrote: Jan 24, 2015 10:00 AM
I'm a high school teacher, and I jump on every chance I get to prepare my kids for the Great Indoctrination that will come in their universities. (And I'm not a history teacher.) My fave is explaining how, yes, Hitler killed 8 million. Jews, gypsies, Poles, the "mentally deficient," etc. Stalin: 20 million - of his own people. Mao: 60-80 million - of his own people. "How come we never hear about this? How come people only talk about Hitler?!" "I don't know!" I demur. "I guess maybe it's because they think Communism will work 'if you give it a chance,' but I'm sorry - to me, they've had their chance!" Doing my part to save America ;-)
David, Many of the events you mention were indeed horrible-sounding. But for many, you are using your standards of morality, to judge God, who actually cannot sin. (And many believe that the book of Job may be simply a story and not history, as the numbers [like 7 daughters and 7 sons] are too perfect.) I can't answer all these charged in one interwebs post, but I will tell you that if you actually care and if you WANT to know how Christians answer these charges, there are a number of books that answer every one of these questions of yours. They are good questions, and there are good, satisfying answers - if you want to hear them. Christianity is not about putting your brain on a shelf and/or following a wicked or weak god. Look at everything about Jesus, and you cannot say he was a man who advised you to be stupid or horrible. Instead, God has had us do some [to us] crazy-sounding things sometimes to prepare us for mighty tasks. Some people big heavy weights, repeatedly, for no reason (to the ignorant onlooker) - except that we're training our muscles to be able lift things that actually need lifting in the future, and keeping our bodies in shape because we value that aesthetic. I hope you find the answers.
I snickered yesterday at NPR's "coverage" of the rally. They mentioned that "several world leaders were in attendance, including [X] and [Y]." NO mention of Obama's failure to attend or even to get Biden or ANYone to attend the rally. Surprise! Didn't even mention that Holder went to France - but was meeting with high level peop- wait! What? Everyone was at the meeting? Guess he was having a baguette with brie, all alone, in an empty part of the Rive Gauche. Today, of course, the lapdogs HAD to mention the snub. They wished it would go away, but even they had to cover it finally. Consistently sickening. And I listen daily, because I like knowing what the average liberal hears. And what he DOESN'T hear. I still want someone to find out what he was doing. (Any takers that it was a golf game?) Yeah, I'll keep holding my breath that we'll learn where he was during the Benghazi attack, too...
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