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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lets repeal anti-discrimination laws!

I have come to the conclusion that they should repeal all anti-discrimination laws! Yes, I just said that. I am the type of person who would prefer to support my fellow American over some foreign company. But here's the thing. I have lately been thinking about WHO it is that I'm actually supporting.

Recently on FaceBook a woman stated that she was having an estate sale, but she would not sell to LGBT, Muslims or Illegal Aliens. Many people reported the post/page as discriminatory and offensive. But I felt like I wanted to thank the woman. I find the entire idea of Bigotry, Discrimination and Hatred to be completely disgusting. BUT, I feel as if as a customer, I should have the right to know who it is that I am supporting.

Generally I will shop in a small family owned business over a big corporation. But why? Well, for one, most large corporations are built on the backs of underpaid, overworked employees... For two I feel as if when I support a family owned business, I know that that family and not some overpaid CEO is making a paycheck. But, after I read this woman's ad it made me really consider if paying the little by and shopping "family owned" is really doing anything to make sure my money is going to people I would choose to support if I actually knew them. I would much rather walk in to a shop and see a sign that says "No Gays" or "Whites Only" than to unknowingly support a business or family who is going to use my hard earned money to support such views or organizations.

So I say, go right ahead - Hang your "I'm a bigot" sign and let me know who you are. Let me and my hard earned income walk right by your store and shop somewhere where I can know my money is supporting good, decent people... I would love to see it, how about you?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

VENT: You're a parent now!

Do you remember those commercials that said "Having a Baby Changes Everything?" Guess what genius, it's true! I just answered a question on Cafemom about "Do you think Formula v. Breast is a Personal Choice?" To which I answered honestly - "No. I think if you CAN breastfeed, you should." I'm not of the "Formula is Poison" breed, but I believe formula should only be used when the breast is either not a healthy option (in cases of communicable illnesses or medications) or where for physical reasons it's simply not possible. This attitude of "I'm not comfortable" really blows my mind. I mean, you feel it's better to feed your infant chemically filled formula than dealing with your own insecurities and giving them what's best... What they hell? If you're not willing to set your feelings and wants aside while your child is an infant and 100% dependent on you, you're going to have a LONG hard road ahead of you when your child starts to do and think for themselves...  Get a grip - stop being so selfish - do what's best for your child and stop focusing on your for a second! That's what being a parent is all about!

Why I will NOT sign the petition for Caylee's Law

   All around the country people are jumping on board to sign this petition to create a law that will require, under penalty of law, parents or care takers to report missing children immediately. I have been "invited" to sign this quite a few times now, and I have not, and will not do it! I think many of the people who do, simply aren't thinking about it first. I feel they are signing because they are upset over the outcome of the Casey Anthony Trial, instead of out of actual consideration of this law.

    I think first it's important to remember that there is a BIG difference between what should be basic common sense and what should be made in to law. There are lots of things which people may consider to be simply dumb, which shouldn't be illegal. That's part of the beauty of living in a "free country." We have the freedom to be dumb when we choose!

    I think also there is a huge difference between legal and moral! Just because something seems to be immoral according to YOUR beliefs or feelings, doesn't mean it should be illegal. Again, part of being in a free country is having the freedom to make choices which others may not agree with.

   I also think it's dumb to make up laws over every single little thing. I mean, when did we become the kind of society that had this need to tell everyone how to live? I am one of the most opinionated people I know, and I, obviously, believe my opinions to be the correct ones. BUT, I also understand that there are other opinions out there, and even when I believe those opinions to be wrong, I don't feel it's my place to decide that because I don't agree with them others shouldn't be entitled to them. And this idea that we need to literally dictate every choice people, especially parents, do boggles my mind! Should we next require people to call the police every time they see a home w/o "baby proofing" or a car seat they don't like? What about reporting families that feed their kids processed foods or fast foods? By some people's standards all of those things seem to be life or death. But every parent/person needs to be free to make their own choices - even when they aren't good choices.

    Also, it's worth noting that in this specific case, the proposed law can create as much danger as it can prevent. Sure, there are those who will call police sooner in order to prevent legal trouble. But the majority will not. I mean, think about this case for example - IF she killed her daughter as everyone thinks, she is already guilty of murder, do you think the charge of not calling the police matters at that point? So what's it really going to do? It's going to create more lies, more deceit and more police heading in the wrong direction... Not to mention people will simply put more time and planning in to things so they can report it and still make sure the body is gone... OR, simply they will lie about how long the child's been gone. Lets face it - Criminals are NOT the most trustworthy people!

    Then there are kidnappings to take in to account. In MOST kidnapping cases it is best to notify police, but what about those where it's not? Should we have a law in place that requires parents to make choices which could end their child's life? Do you want to be the parent that has to call police to protect yourself knowing it could mean someone will kill your child? I don't! Of course I don't want to be in the position which means I may have to make that choice, but seriously, I wouldn't want to even think about what parents who have to choose between calling police to save themselves or not calling police and saving their child... How do you do that?

    I understand the drive behind laws like this. I really do. People nationwide feel there was an injustice done here. And I don't totally disagree. But I feel if we make laws about every injustice we see, if we make laws about every act we deem immoral or dumb, if we make laws about everything we don't agree with, we not only limit the freedom of others, but delete our own.

    Instead of focusing on making blanket laws or limiting freedoms of others, we should be focusing on making changes in our communities. There have always been those who ignored the laws of the land and did what they chose, and no measure of community is going to change that fact. But the majority of those in prison right now aren't there for cereal murder, rape or some other horrid crime. The majority of those who are there are there for small crimes - drug use, prostitution, or wrong place wrong time... And a great many of those "crimes" come out of two facts - 1. Lack of choices & 2. Abundance of irrelevant and unnecessary laws.

    Which brings me to the question, what is the purpose of laws in the first place? Well, many people are going to say there are so many kinds of laws how can you generalize. But the truth of the matter is that laws are meant to do two things - 1. Protect the General Population and 2. Protect the Stability of this Country. Mostly what that means is laws are meant to protect the people and the country as a whole from collapse. They aren't meant to protect individuals from themselves! And continuing to make laws which are there for that reason only limits the freedoms of everyone!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stop the Hover Parenting!

When I was young kids didn't police everything. Their kids went to school, ate lunch there, made friends there, rode their bike with their friends, watched tv, got up Saturday morning w/o their parents... yadda yadda...

Today, it's like parents have to have monitors on their kids at all times. They tell their kids who they can talk to, what they can watch, what they can read, even what radio they can hear... Really? Do kids need to be kept in a bubble now a days?

Why? Was your young life so horrid that you feel any freedom with for your kid is going to corrupt them? I feel like every choice I make for my kids has to be defended.

Yes, I let my kids watch TV, I don't limit their time, they don't need me to.
Yes, I let them watch Family Guy, Simpsons & whatever else they want to. Not everything needs to be educational.
Yes, I let my kids play outside when they want by themselves. They know the rules and follow them or face consequences.
Yes, I give my kids soda and candy once in a while, they don't need to be denied junk to learn proper nutrition.
Yes, I spank, cause I believe it works.
Yes, my boys have dolls & painted nails - they like them!
No, I don't make my kids wear helmets, we never did and we're just fine.
No, my 4ft tall 5yo is not using a booster seat. It doesn't fit in the car and he fits just fine without it.

Do I need to keep going... Kids are not breakable! We don't need to control their every thought to keep them safe, happy & healthy! If you don't like it, tough! Take the stick out your ass and realize that children aren't in danger if they think for themselves!

You don't need to pad them, pat them down, monitor their every thought or feeling... And guess what, they will turn out just fine!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Children & Age Discrimination

Recently there was a local restaurant that has decided to ban children under 6 from dining there. I talked to some other moms about it and they all said the same thing "It's his choice." But I have to highly disagree with this attitude. Sure, he owns the place, but when you open a business to the public, you don't get to pick and choose who that public is. I mean, if he said "I'm not going to serve anyone over 60" he would be facing a list of law suits. So why is it different when it's children?

Now, don't get me wrong, I think there are times when children and adults shouldn't have the ability to do the same things. Age limits aren't a bad thing on all things. But if it's not a safety issue, there shouldn't be restrictions based on age.

Children are NOT second class! Children are our equals and there is simply no reason to treat them different just because of their ages. Discrimination laws protect adults from discrimination based on their gender, sexuality, religion, age or race... But children are left out. I don't understand that! How is it that in a country where we place laws and regulations about EVERYTHING children do from bike helmets to crib styles there aren't any laws in place to protect children from discrimination based on their age? And what's worse is how is it that there are so many parents that think it's okay?  Maybe it's just me, but there is no way I would ever eat in a place that didn't welcome my children!
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