Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Linkage is Good for You: Hypocrites Edition

Here are some fun linkage posts to lighten up a dreary January day....

NRA airs new TV ad criticizing Obama on eve of White House gun announcement

 The NRA criticizes Obama for protecting his two girls with armed guards...or the crazy have gotten crazier:

The National Rifle Association released a new television commercial Tuesday night charging President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for being "skeptical" about placing armed guards at schools, while his own two daughters are protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

"Are the president's kids more important than yours?" a narrator says in the 30 second ad. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school."

An article about  older mothers, written from the perspective of the child:

Last year, New York magazine published story about older parenthood, which provocatively featured a graying pregnant woman, photographed in a pose reminiscent of Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair cover in the early ‘90s. I read this one year into my mother’s aging problems and had a mix of feelings: I was happy that the parents were able to experience the joy of parenthood but also upset that the writer did not pay quite enough attention to how this phenomenon might affect the children. Like my mother used to, the parents in this article noted that they will likely be dead by the time their kids reach their 30s. But that doesn’t cover what those years before their deaths might be like, what it will be like for those twentysomething children to care for aging parents (or at the very least, manage their affairs) while trying to establish their own careers, relationships, and families.

Do black men hate the deliciously addictive television show Scandal because it depicts an interracial relationship between a black woman and a white man? 

One author's take:
why men don't like scandal
This is about hyper-masculinity, patriarchy and possession. For once, a black woman is depicted on screen who is one self-reliant, skilled, bad-ass business-woman capable of making her own decisions based on choices independent of black male control — and she chose a white man.

More importantly, she chose love with all its drama attached — no racial qualifier needed. And attempting to slut-shame black, female viewers into turning the channel just proves that a lot of egos need to be adjusted for deflation.
 And then there's the rebuttal:

One of the most frequently discussed reasons I’ve seen for the argument against Scandal (and the women who watch it) is the apparent hypocrisy on display. Women, by and large, seem to have NO problems with Olivia’s behavior despite the fact they would probably be far less accepting if 1) Fitz was black and Olivia was white or 2) they don’t tend to go for any of this in their personal lives.

To my first point, Ms. Savali actually covered it by stating “Black women would not flock to Scandal. I freely admit to that. It wouldn’t matter how empathetically and compassionately their love was depicted. It. would. not. fly. Not in this life or the next.” There’s a subtle irony in that statement. Savali openly admits she’d deride the converse situation, while simultaneously dismissing any argument made by men who are making the same point.

Did you know there was a Sandy Hook Truther conspiracy?  Well now you do: 

"When Sandy Hook first happened i just had a feeling like it was all too perfect," T.O.T.V. continued. "I just had this feeling deep down that these people and the whole town had this artificial vibe about them." The perceived "artificiality" of the grieving parents is a cornerstone piece of "evidence" produced by Sandy Hook Truther:, the premiere Sandy Hook Truther site on the web, has an entire section called "All Actors," under an enormous header reading "NO TEARS," devoted to videos of families deemed insufficiently grief-stricken.

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