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Dear Conservative voters: You scare me

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Like Romney’s policies or don’t. If you’re liberal, you probably don’t. If you’re conservative, you might not like that he helped women get abortions in MA. But if you watched the SC republican debate, you KNOW that Romney tried to take the high road. Newt Gingrich spent the whole debate slamming Romney’s character. (Why? Because he’s successful? Because he’s rich? Newt might as well join Occupy Wall Street if he thinks that’s a bad thing.) The other two attacked his policies which is normal. But Newt showed his true colors – he plays dirty. Romney took the high road and refrained from putting down politicians in his own party as much as he could.

Then South Carolina responded by showing that they LOVED Newt being an asshole. They voted for the guy who played dirty and attacked his own party member personally the whole time. In response, Romney said a few things in Florida. It’s clear that Romney isn’t comfortable being an asshole, but realized that people responded well to Newt’s attacks and had to defend himself by telling the truth about Newt’s horrible character. Notice he didn’t attack the character of Santorum or Paul, even though Santorum won Iowa. He only attacked the guy who played dirty, probably because even more than he personally NEEDS to win (let’s be real, the guy is LOADED, he doesnt NEED to be president, that would be a major salary decrease for him)… he wants the country to have someone better than Obama, and he knows that’s not Newt Gingrich. He knows Newt is just gonna make republicans, and America, look bad.

And what’s worse? VOTERS CHOSE NEWT in response to the debate where Newt showed, more than ever before, the asshole that he is!!! It is the voters’ fault that the country is in the state it’s in. And it is the conservative voters’ fault that you force a guy like Romney who is trying to take the high road, and help women get abortions, to pretend he’s pro-life so he can get elected; and to put down someone in his own party so that you won’t elect the worst snake in the republican party. Conservative voters: Don’t complain – YOU chose this for our country. YOU are choosing someone who will lose to Obama on the simple basis of shitty character. You are worse than the liberals you insult.

If you want less war and more money and maximum freedom and less organization, vote for Ron Paul. If you’re really socially conservative and care about pro-life and anti-gay marriage values more than lower taxes, vote for Santorum. If you want a good business guy to focus on lowering your taxes and beating Obama, who won’t touch Roe v. Wade and has basic good character even though he sucks at debating (and you don’t believe that being rich means he has bad character), vote Romney. If you want a great debater (Remember, Obama and Hilter are also great debaters) who isn’t afraid to be a complete jerk to win, and will turn on the republican party as quickly as he turns on Obama, and gives a shit about no values or truth, but only about winning, vote Newt. But then don’t talk shit about liberals having inferior values. At least the liberals voted for a guy who preached about values and is good to his family. Honestly. You’re worse if you pretend to have strong family values , and your party is the party of family values, and you vote for Newt. I just got out of the shower and this makes me feel so sick I need to take a bath.

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January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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The way to fix America is to COME TOGETHER stand up to Congress; not berade fellow citizens who vote for the ‘opposite party.’

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It doesn’t surprise me that all sorts of people – republicans, democrats, and independents- are protesting in large numbers right now. Unemployment is skyrocketing, our country is in debt, taxes are so high we can’t survive on two jobs, children are sitting at home alone with no parents while their parents are underpaid and slaving away, education is suffering, we are sending our citizens away from their families to fight pointless wars, and big banks that fail are being bailed out by the government while small businesses are shutting down. Everyone is angry.. with good reason.

Two major movements that spawned from our anger are the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Many people would think these movements are diametrically opposed, but I think they are both expressions of what is wrong with America right now. I will be hated by people in both groups for saying this, but the only major difference I can see between the movements is that OWS wants big earners not to earn so much money and keep it for themselves while “the 99%” of people can’t make ends meet, and Tea Party wants your average wage earner to keep the money they earn and pay less taxes. (The usual Right vs. Left sentiments, as far as I can tell.) In essence, though, the movements come from the same place: the American people want more money and opportunity available to the middle and lower class, and less greed and money spent by Congress on themselves or their big dog friends.

It doesn’t surprise me that regardless of political stance, people are angry. What shocks me, though, is the animosity we have towards each other!!

I have found many bits of footage of anti-Semetic protestors at the Occupy Wall Street movement, and I am going to post some here. I want to make this clear: I’m not saying THE WHOLE MOVEMENT is anti-semetic. I am 100% Jewish and I have good friends who love me, and are not racist, who are protesting on Wall Street. I respect my friends and everything they stand for, and I even agree with most of it!!! However, I will point out that this is more credit than many people I know are willing to give Tea Party protestors.

When the Tea Party movement happened, it was widely reported that the entire Tea Party was racist. When these proclomations were made, major figures on Fox News and the right wing offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could produce racist footage from the protests. NOT ONE PERSON came forward!! Yet still, I see facebook posts and articles claiming the Tea Party is racist. Many people who state such claims are now attending or supporting the Occupy Wall Street protests.

And ironically, it is quite easy to find examples of racism at the OWS protests. Here are a few examples:

Anti-semetism reported by a Canadian network:

Here, someone is anti-semetic and other people are telling him to shut up and stop being racist, which is awesome..

Jews running the federal banks need to be run out of this country?

Racism against white people:

More anti-semetism reported by Glenn Beck tv (I can hear the Glenn Beck haters comments already; but listen to what this guy actually says):

I can google this all day and come up with hundreds but I’m too busy trying to earn a living and make it to my doctor appointment 2 hours upstate, so these six will have to do for now.

I find it ironic that nobody actually produced this type of CLEARLY RACIST FOOTAGE from the Tea Party protests; yet it is widely believed that THE ENTIRE TEA PARTY IS RACIST. I’m still searching youtube for actual racist FOOTAGE from the Tea Party (FOOTAGE. Not networks and writers citing it). I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but if you’re willing to say the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t made up of racist pigs, despite all the footage above, you MUST be willing to refrain from calling the Tea Party ‘a bunch of racist pigs’ or suggesting that the essence of it is racism. Even if any of you CAN produce racist footage from the Tea Party protests, you must be willing to make the same apologies you make for the few Wall Street occupiers who are racist, despite the good-natured intentions of the rest.

We need to “Come Together Right Now” as the Beatles phrased it, stop pointing fingers at each other, and act more mature than the people in Congress who are bailing out banks and spending our tax money on their vacations (ON BOTH SIDES). We must not hate on EACH OTHER for trying to make changes!

So you may wonder where I stand, in terms of the changes I want to make.

I agree that something is wrong with America, and I support the essence of both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement- which, in my eyes, is that something has to change with the way the government handles money.

The quotes below come from an email that I have received more than once, from friends and family who tend to veer to the left and the right. It proposes an excellent solution for how to get our country and our jobs back.

This solution should be at the forefront of every network, and we should stop fighting and do this together:

Congressional Reform Act of 2011 _

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives
no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving
in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive
the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

And if you want to know how to bring this about, here is one suggestion:

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

This solution is what people should pass around and expect networks to report. Any network who does not show this proposed solution is doing a disservice to the American people. The major news networks are promoting hatred between the American people, showing footage of stupid, racist people on ‘the opposite side of the political spectrum,’ and reporting horrible things that government employees or candidates have done or said, so that we end up thinking ANYONE who votes for them is a complete idiot, and turning against each other.

The networks are right about one thing – there are two sides, and the sides are black and white. One side is US and one side is THEM. I am referring to US: We, The People vs. THEM: Congress, and their lapdogs. The notion that the problem spawns from Democrats vs. Republicans, and the idiots who vote for the side that we personally don’t vote for, is completely misguided and THAT is what is tearing the country apart.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, along with the Tea Party Movement, are both dangerous to the current government and the news networks who aren’t reporting the truth. However, since CNN and NBC are in the pocket of the Left Wing, and Fox is in the pocket of the right wing, they each chose a protest to report terrible things about, to make the protestors and people look bad.

WE MUST THINK FOR OURSELVES! One way to do this, if we must obtain information from networks, is to watch BBC, NBC, CNN and FOX and keep our minds open… seek truth by obtaining as much conflicting information as possible and piecing facts together ourselves, rather than hating Fox alone, or watching Fox but hating the other networks!!

If you hate Fox news specifically, keep in mind that Fox news is the only network which reported that the staffers of Congress’ family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This would get national attention if other news networks would broadcast it.

We should all send this proposition for a Congressional Reform Act to any network we believe in, or any network in which we have connections; and the more demand there is, the more likely it is that the networks will be forced to show it. But the key is, we must stop the hate and work together.

I took the time out of my very busy schedule to write this blog because I feel sickened by the animosity between the American people, and I think there is a good solution that would make us all happy, and the only way to make it happen is to THINK, and not believe the hateful propaganda that is presented to us about the people on the “other side.” Most of the people I know, who will read this, WANT to do what’s right, and don’t want the poor to suffer, and want health care available for all, and equal rights for LGBTs and women, and lower taxes, affordable housing, less war but adequate defense, etc. We may argue about this candidate or that candidate, but hating each other over these petty differences will not accomplish anything. All republicans are not war mongering racist sexist rich white people, and all democrats are not stupid long-haired smelly unemployed hippies feeding off the government. End of story – most of us are good people who want to do what’s right!!!! We must stop putting each other down, pressure the networks to report things news which will actually bring us together so we can fight for change, and lose our absurd animosity towards our fellow citizen which has no real basis.

Written by rikijane

November 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM

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It’s not Politically Correct for me to Express my Opinion, but it is Constitutional.

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As a musician, artist, and writer, I have always attempted to be as honest as I can in my work. The songwriter I have idolized most is John Lennon. Politically, some of his ideology is different from mine, though I agree with his sentiments as principles (ie, who could argue with the lyrics of “Imagine?”).

“All we are saying is give peace a chance…” is a perfect example of Lennon’s politically targeted lyrics, based on human sentiments that most people agree with. It was politically correct for him to sing this, because many people disagreed with the Vietnam War. This song would be applicable to the Iraq war as well, which people associate with the unpopular President Bush. Rage Against the Machine is wildly popular, and their lyrics are strongly anti-Bush, anti-Conservative party. Can you think of a popular band – with large numbers of supporters and hit records – that expresses conservative, anti-liberal, anti-Obama sentiments?

If I were to write a song about the first amendment, Obama’s attempts to shut down Fox News and infringe upon the free speech rights of those who oppose him, and the way the media attempts to smear everyone associated with Fox News instead of responding directly to the information presented and the issues, and my lyrics are “Give Freedom a Chance” or “Give Free Speech a Chance” – how would New Yorkers respond today? Would anyone come to my shows? Would any of my friends who currently support my music continue to do so?

Even when I don’t agree with John Lennon’s personal choices in how he treats women (ie, cheating on Cynthia Lennon, the mother of his child, with many groupies, and ultimately tripping with Yoko Ono and sleeping with her in his own house where Cynthia caught them, and then, later, cheating on Yoko at a party which she was attending)- and this contrasts with his lyrical sentiments… ie, his disapproval of the fact that “woman is the N*gg*R of the world,” and his various declarations along the lines of “all you need is love” – I can still recognize that he is a brilliant artist. I may disagree with some of his politics as well, but I still respect talent. I think that’s a fairly popular sentiment, given that John Lennon is so famous and well-respected. What I don’t understand is why somebody who questions left-wing politics and politicians, and demonstrates sentiments that other people associate with the right wing, risks losing friends, losing respect, losing fans, putting their artistic career at risk…

This incredibly talented painter shares my sentiment about being afraid to express himself:


The FIRST amendment out of all the amendments of the constitution, regards FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Why is the left wing more free than the right? If you don’t agree, tell me right now – would you buy my music if I expressed some of my fears and concerns about Obama’s policies in my lyrics? Would you buy my music if some of its sentiments had also been shared with people on Fox News?

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My Personal Stance:

– Everyone should be entitled to express their opinion, including Fox News. According to the First Amendment, this sentiment is Constitutional.
– People who claim to be open-minded and liberated should be comfortable listening to viewpoints that oppose theirs.

Written by rikijane

September 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

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How People Misuse Statistics to Prove an Unrelated Point

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My friend – the same friend who accused me of ‘drinking the fox news kool aid’ [see previous blog entry] – posted this article on his facebook page yesterday, entitled
“Why Americans believe Obama is a Muslim.”

Why Americans Believe Obama is A Muslim

The article begins with the following statement:

The research by Spee Kosloff and colleagues suggests people are most likely to accept such falsehoods, both consciously and unconsciously, when subtle clues remind them of ways in which Obama is different from them, whether because of race, social class or other ideological differences.

These judgments, Kosloff argues, are illogical. He also suggests they are fueled by an “irresponsible” media culture that allows political pundits and “talking heads” to perpetuate the lies.

“Careless or biased media outlets are largely responsible for the propagation of these falsehoods, which catch on like wildfire,” said Kosloff, visiting professor of psychology. “And then social differences can motivate acceptance of these lies.”

Then, it proceeds to provide evidence, such as the following:

Among the results:

* On average, participants who supported McCain said there is a 56 percent likelihood Obama is a Muslim. But when they were asked to fill out a demographic card asking for their own race, the likelihood jumped to 77 percent. Kosloff said this shows that simply thinking about a social category that differentiated participants from Obama was enough to get them to believe the smear.
* Participants undecided about the candidates said there is a 43 percent chance McCain is senile – a number that increased to 73 percent when they simply listed their own age on a card.
* Undecided participants said there is a 25 percent chance Obama is a socialist – a number that jumped to 62 percent when they considered race. “Even though being a socialist has nothing to do with race,” Kosloff said, “irrationally they tied the two together.”

This evidence is supposed to support the conclusion which closes the article:

“As his job rating goes down, suggesting that people feel like he’s not ideologically on their side, we see an increase in this irrational belief that he’s a Muslim,” he added. “Unfortunately, in America, many people dislike Muslims so they’ll label Obama as Muslim when they feel different from him.”

However, to me, this evidence is inconsequential.

The reasoning in the article does prove that some people jump to conclusions for for invalid reasons. However, the article is entitled “Why Americans believe Obama is a Muslim,” and it is designed to convince us that it’s only because they’re stupid and drawing conclusions based on irrelevant data. Given the evidence presented, I am not convinced that this proves that people only think Obama is a Muslim because they are jumping to inaccurate conclusions for no valid reason.

Let me use an example. 56% of McCain supporters think Obama is Muslim, and then when an unrelated factor is presented (ie, they are asked to fill out a demographic card asking for their own race), the percentage goes up to 77%. So 21% of people changed their mind for an unrelated, invalid reason. 56% still thought he was Muslim initially, and out of all of them, some of them might have had valid reasons.

I, personally, have encountered many valid reasons for Americans to believe Obama is Muslim. [I will mention here that I don’t care whether Obama is Muslim, and I think its ridiculous that anyone does, but that is beside the point.] However, here are few valid reasons for people to believe he is Muslim:

1. His father was Muslim, and according to their religion, it’s passed down through the father.
2. As a child, he went to a Muslim school, and was a top student of the Qu’ran.
3. He refused to say the pledge of allegience
4. He invites people over for Ramadan
5. He makes decisions that are pro-Muslim, yet does not appear to reach out equally to other religions.

I have not kept up with all the evidence because I DON’T CARE WHAT HE IS, I ONLY CARE WHO HE IS. However, this is the first video that popped up when I searched on youtube last night, and it includes various clips of Obama admitting that he is a Muslim American:


There are plenty of reasons for them to believe that besides being swayed by subliminal forces like pictures of Obama with a turban, and besides believing rumors. The article itself is, ironically, relating an unrelated study to a point it’s trying to prove, perhaps trying to sway people against believing the rumor that Obama is Muslim under the guise of presenting an interesting case about human behavior; but the evidence of their thought process is inconclusive. The article proves that a significant portion of people jump to conclusions based on unrelated facts about who they are personally. However, it does not prove that the ONLY reason they believe this is because of subliminal messages provided by anti-Obama media.

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My Personal Stance:

– I don’t care whether Obama is Muslim, Christian, Indonesian, half black, or half white. I don’t care WHAT he is, I care WHO he is. I have said this more than once to be very clear.

– I don’t think this article provides conclusive evidence to prove Why Americans Believe Obama Is Muslim, yet it provides interesting statistics about human nature which are designed to sway people to believe that it’s only because they are, in essence, ‘swallowing the fox news kool aid.’

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September 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

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Me Vs. New York City

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I’ve had this blog for a while, but I used to post articles that I thought were relevant to my viewpoints, without commentary. I’ve decided to present my own ideas, using other articles as references. I’m going to discuss my reactions to statistics, articles, and ideas that inspire me, and conclude each article with a very clear disclosure of my personal stance on the matter.

About me:

I am a 29 year old musician, artist, producer, photographer, videographer, writer. Since I was a kid I’ve been generally interested in the arts.

I live in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in a 4-bedroom loft apartment, with three roommates, my instruments & gear, and my cat.

In 2006, I moved there with three friends, and poured all of my savings into building loft rooms for us to divide up an empty space. One by one, roommates moved out, and now it is my place. I rent rooms out to different people month to month, and the place is furnished, so people move in and out all the time. Some are difficult, some are wonderful – that’s how it goes with craigslist! But as one would expect, almost everyone I’ve met in NYC in their 20s is exceedingly liberal.

Why I am inspired to write this blog:

It’s hard to explain to 20-somethings in New York why I voted for McCain, and why I believe it is imperative to get Obama out of office- without alienating friends. If you live with me, or you’re one of my peers reading this, you’re probably pissed off at me right now. One of my best friends since highschool, who I work on music and art with, accused me last week of “drinking the fox news kool-aid.” He has known me for 14 years, and knows very well that I can think of myself- so why would he say that? Perhaps the Liberal ideology is so pervasive in my area that anyone who disagrees appears to fail to consult logic and to be “swayed” by some politician or news station that is feeding them lies and propaganda. It’s so obvious to people what’s right that if I disagree, I must be a fox news puppet! Of course, since I don’t drink the ‘main-stream media kool aid,’ I feel the opposite about them and their views.

But I don’t want to take the “you swallowed this kool aid, I swallowed that kool aid” approach. I want to discuss issues, and compare evidence, and really explain myself, in the hope that my friends and peers may explain their views to me clearly as well, without accusations. I am not on a search to prove who is right and who is wrong, who watches what station, and who is conservative and who is liberal. I am on a quest for facts, principles, and the most intelligent and informed vote.

Conversations about politics come up often, and it’s become apparent that I would benefit from finding a coherent way to outline my views to those of my friends who really care about me and want to understand where I’m coming from. I’m not a politician or a debater, and my arguing skills are not polished. I also speak in a whisper, due to Chronic Lyme Disease, so it’s impossible for me to stand up to a room of people who all agree with each other. I don’t have enough time to sit and talk with every Obama supporter in NYC, or enough brain power, by the time I’m done with all of my work and creative endeavors, to explain myself fluidly, and stand up to their arguments. Now, people can read my blog, and learn who I am politically, and why I vote the way I do. I’m sure many will disagree, but at least it will be clear that I have a solid viewpoint of my own, and that my ideology is nearly IDENTICAL to theirs, but my fact base is different.

Disclaimer:

I want to mention that the friends I am referencing, the ones I disagree with- are people whose minds & sentiments I respect highly. The friends I will probably criticize most are my best friends in the world, who I’ve known since elementary school and highschool, and the minds and hearts I value most out of everyone I’ve met. This is why they provide ammunition that inspires me to counter it.

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September 8, 2010 at 12:12 PM

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My Political Stance Spelled Out: Premise is FREEDOM, Not Party Lines!

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I am not interested in party lines. My only interest is freedom. The right to make choices.

Let me list some of my political stances just to make it clear that I am interested ONLY IN ISSUES and not in party lines.

• I am FOR gay marriage.
• I am PRO-CHOICE.
• I am FOR equal pay for women.
• I am FOR major health care reform, but…
• I am AGAINST the current health care bill.
• I am AGAINST any limitations on free speech.
• I am AGAINST teaching religion in public schools.
• I am FOR voucher systems (for education, health care etc).
• I am FOR a free market economy.
• I am FOR the death penalty.
• I am FOR the right to bear arms.
• I am AGAINST the wall street bail-outs.
• I am FOR legalizing marijuana!

If you have not gathered my political stance from this list, let me outline it. The premise is FREEDOM. LIBERTY. I want the government out of my wallet and out of my bedroom as much as possible, but I also don’t mind paying some taxes if the money will go towards causes I believe in, such as a functional health care system, education, and a better economy.

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September 8, 2010 at 12:02 PM

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