Apparently, I shall be offensive!

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain retweeted:

 

Which leads to this story from The New York Times:

The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word
For Manys Gays and Lesbians, the Term ‘Homosexual’ is Flinch-Worthy
By JEREMY W. PETERS | FASHION & STYLE|CULTURAL STUDIES | MARCH 21, 2014

These days, this sign, wielded in New York in 1971, might very well be lettered differently. (Credit: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images; click to enlarge.)

To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual.But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

“ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture.

Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.

Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.

More at the link.

The notion that the word “homosexual” has the ring of “colored” would be an inaccurate. Being a more clinical term, a better comparison word would be Negro, not colored. However, I won’t debate that, since the homosexual activists would never even examine that point rationally; they would only yell and scream about what they feel is right.

However, in the Official Stylebook of The First Street Journal, the proper word “homosexual”1 is always to be used; the word “gay,” which appropriately means “having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music. Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful, jaunty, sprightly, blithe,” the definition it had for many, many years before the homosexual activists managed to get hold of it, is the only acceptable definition for the word gay in our stylebook. At The First Street Journal, we do not misuse the language!

The homosexual left are, as you would guess, trying to manipulate the debate by manipulating the language; intelligent conservatives will not allow this to happen. “Gay” might be an all-too-convenient shorthand for the five syllables and ten letters of “homosexual,” but it conveys the implication that being homosexual is all of those things that the real definition of gay means, and that is certainly not the case. Homosexuals go through rather a lot of abuse growing up, as normal people taunt them and see them as disordered. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gets it about as right as I have ever seen it put:

  • §2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
  • §2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
  • §2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

To allow the homosexual activists attempt to seize control of the language, to slant debate in their direction, is not acceptable. The Times article continues, to give a brief history of how the word “gay” was co-opted, and how it is in more general misuse today, but we ought not to give in to that misuse.
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  1. The term “lesbian” is appropriate and within the stylebook norms, because it is a clinical term referring to female homosexuals. The term “same-sex” may be substituted for prosaic reasons.

Your Small Business: Who’s Really in Charge

Your Small Business: Who’s Really in Charge

The Role of Cash

Any small business owner, particularly if a growing business is involved, understands the issue of cash flow and working capital. The constant pressure of meeting the demands of payables and payroll are often listed as one of the biggest challenges of running a small business.

While managing cash flow is a constant concern, even for large, well-capitalized firms, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it often is. However, it seldom an entrepreneur has the training or insights to manage the process on their own. Because of this, many professional accountants make small business accounting their specialty.

When looking for an accountant to help with the many needs for financial record keeping and reporting, it is wise to look for a firm or individual who understands the unique issues related to startups and growing small businesses. A call to such groups as 1800accountant is one way to accomplish that task.

Reinventing the Wheel

One of the unfortunate things about the experiences of many small business owners is the price they pay for continually reinventing the wheel. With the number of hurdles in today’s competitive business environment, any resource that can prevent mistakes and help avoid learning needless lessons is important to achieving success.

For example, the process of evaluating the credit of potential customers and establishing credit terms can be complex and time-consuming. On the other hand, an experienced accountant can help deal with such questions in a few moments instead of hours or days.

Likewise, establishing a chart of accounts, determining how to do daily cash reconciliations, and other standard accounting activities should be done by an experienced accountant, not by a business owner learning on the job.

There was an advertising campaign a number of years ago that made the statement, “Pay me now or pay me later.” The point of the ad was that if certain issues weren’t taken care of in a timely and effective manner, they would eventually have to be dealt with in a more expensive and inconvenient manner.

Small business accounting issues are much the same. If the right investment is not made up front in at least rudimentary accounting processes and reporting, the time will come where it will be costly to try and catch up. The right help with preparing tax filings, payroll reports and basic financial reporting can prevent a number of very negative consequences.

Russia and NATO

Found on Facebook on . Click to enlarge

Found on Facebook. Click to enlarge.

I found this image on Facebook, on Ron Paul Flix.

Ukraine was not a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but the formal basis for NATO-Ukraine relations is the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). In 2008, Ukraine was considering NATO membership, but the election of the now-deposed Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych as President ended that; President Yanukovych ended that bid, which the parliament ratified. With Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s move to seize the Crimea after President Yanukovych was deposed, there are 28 NATO Presidents and Prime Ministers and Kings and Queens who are very glad that Ukraine opted out of the membership process.

Russia talks tough with Estonia as ‘protecting Russian speakers’ excuse wheeled out again after justifying Crimean takeover
Crimea has fallen. Ukraine is teetering on the brink. Are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the next dominoes to fall?
March 20, 2014

Russian officials last night expressed ‘outrage’ at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority.

It’s a familiar move: The Kremlin defended its seizing of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine a month ago with the pretext it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders.

It’s by no means the first time this excuse has been heard.

Nearly 80 years ago, Germany began its annexation of nearby states with the widely broadcast notion of protecting marginalised German-language speakers.
Russia is now adopting the same line towards ex-members of the Soviet Union.

A Moscow diplomat told a United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last night that the language policy in the Baltic state of Estonia was comparable to what had caused it to move on Crimea — a move to prevent the use of the Russian tongue.

More at the link. While Ukraine was not a member, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the Baltic states, are members of NATO. In June of 1940, the USSR invaded the the Baltic states, quickly conquered them, and put in place puppet governments, all of which “requested” entry into the Soviet Union. The USSR annexed all of those nations, including the Scheschupe area of Lithuania, which, under the secret protocols of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was supposed to be given to the Third Reich. In early 1941, the USSR and Nazi Germany agreed on that, with the USSR paying Germany ℛℳ31.5 million.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Mr Putin has called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century“, the Baltic states regained their independence.

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states:

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.

Put simply, if Russia invades Estonia, to “protect” the Russophones there, under the North Atlantic Treaty, Russia would have invaded all 28 NATO nations. What would the oh-so-brave Army Specialist pictured above — hiding his face and having removed his name tag from his uniform for the picture, but who has been deployed with the 101st Airborne at some point — say, as part of an Army required, by law and by treaty, about coming to the defense of Estonia? Under the NATO treaty, that would be our business and would be our fight.

Of course, it wouldn’t be that soldier’s decision, would it? It would be the decision of the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, and President Putin has tested the mettle of our President, and found him wanting. Everyone reading this article knows that, despite the obligations of the NATO treaty, if Mr Putin sent Сухопутные войска Российской Федерации, the Ground Forces of the Russian Federation, rolling into Estonia, our Commander-in-Chief would issue a strongly worded condemnation of that, issue a few more sanctions against the Russian economy, have Ambassador Samantha Power angrily bring up that horrid invasion before the United Nations Security Council, perhaps cancel a round of golf for serious meetings, and that’s just about it.

And Vladimir Putin knows it. If he likes Estonia, he can take Estonia. Let’s face it, we aren’t about to risk a war with Russia, with its huge armies and nuclear weapons, over Estonia, or Latvia, or Lithuania, or Germany or the United Kingdom.

I just hope that Mr Putin doesn’t demand Alaska and California back.

Tough Enough!

No one pays as much attention to the second group! From Stars and Stripes:

Ten more women graduate from Marine Corps infantry course
By Jennifer Hlad | Published: December 19, 2013

Ten female Marines graduated from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Battalion on Thursday, bringing the number of women who have completed the program to 13.

Pvt. Kassandra Woodward, Pvt. Brittany Dunklee, Pfc. Rose Rodriquez, Pvt. Mica Hollingsworth, Pfc. Fabiola Perez Zuniga, Pfc. Fabiola Davila, Pfc. Falande Joachin, Pfc. Harlee Bradford, Pvt. Michelle Verduzco and Pfc. Catherine Sanders graduated from the training course for enlisted infantry Marines at Camp Geiger in North Carolina, Marine officials said.

PFC Harlee Bradford, center. Behind her are, left to right, PFC Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, PFC Julia Carroll and PFC Katie Gorz. These women were the first four successful candidates from the Marine Infantry course, but PFC Bradford had to wait until the second class to be graduated, due to an injury sustained at the end of the course. Click photo to enlarge.

Two of the women completed almost all of the course with the previous class but were injured before they could complete the final physical fitness test required for graduation in November. That class was the first to include women.

Though the women were held to the same standards — including physical fitness — as men, they will not be assigned to infantry jobs. Instead, they will go to the military occupational specialty schools to which they were assigned before they arrived at Camp Geiger.

The infantry training course includes a live-fire exercise, a 20-kilometer hike and a 72-hour integrated infantry field exercise, as well as physical fitness tests that involve running, pull-ups, ammunition can lifts and a timed obstacle course. The women must pass by the men’s scoring standard in order to graduate, Marine officials said.

More at the link. As we noted previously, one of the final four Marines who completed the first course sufered a stress fracture in her leg and was unable to complete the final test, but would be given another chance when she healed; that was Pfc Harlee Bradford, who was graduated from this second class. While only three of fifteen women passed the first class, this one saw a higher success rate, with ten out of thirteen candidates passing the course. Thus far, ten women have attempted the more grueling training course for infantry officers, and none have completed the course.

Rule 5 Blogging: The Army and the Air Force

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

This week, we’re back to good old American soldiers! Click any photo to enlarge.

Walk around before flight on an F-15E Strike Eagle.

Walk around before flight on an F-15E Strike Eagle.

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From Around the Blogroll

Normally, I have more comentary on these articles, but I’ve been pretty busy today doing absolutely nothing:

The Feminist Empowerment of @Belle_Knox

From Donald Douglas:

Duke University Porn Star Belle Knox Returns to Campus Despite Threats
A news report at ABC, “Porn Star Student Returns to Duke University Campus.”

She says she’s “empowered” by making porn flicks to pay her way through college. Okay, whatever.

And one of the ladies interviewed at the clip says Knox is getting threats for being “assertive.” Yeah, I’m sure.

While we haven’t written about Miriam Weeks, the Duke University freshman who is supposedly paying her $60,000 a year tuition, room and board bill at Duke through acting in barely-legal pornographic films, Robert Stacey Stacy McCain has had several articles on her:

Miss Weeks was “outed” as a porn star going by the stage name of Belle Knox by a fellow Duke student, one who just happened to spend hundreds of dollars every month on his pornography habit, who recognized her. She then decided to try to take control of the story by writing about it herself — though she tried to use a pseudonym, it didn’t last long — claiming that what she was doing was a lot better than waiting tables, which she said she had done, that she loved sex and sex work, and that this was empowering for her.

The esteemed Mr McCain has noted that her story has changed somewhat — basically, she has told a bunch of half-truths about herself — but she has stuck to the story that she likes what she’s doing, and doesn’t care if you like it or not.

But sometimes the truth is told not in words, but in pictures. Miss Weeks had the opportunity to make some money during Duke’s spring break. The website Egotastic had the pictures; they are definitely not safe for work.

Belle Knox got very public at the HeadQuarters strip club in the Big Apple, dancing around in her school girl costume, naturally, and removing her top to flash her ACC All-Star udders. Obviously, there’s much more of Belle to see than this particular show, but I think it’s worth noting that her feminism extends to live work as well. Personally, I’d have rather done porn than a whole bunch of shitty jobs I had to pay for college. Hmm, cleaning clogged toilets in group homes or having paid sex on camera? Belle is much smarter and more merchandisable than I.

How much does Miss Weeks really enjoy her work? Well, your Editor undertook the grim task of copying all of the Egotastic photos from her strip show, and cropping them to make them safe for work on this site, because the truth is told not by her words, but by her face. To insure that we cannot be accused of hiding some information, to press an invalid point, I have reproduced ever photo from her strip scene which shows her face . . . and her expression.

The photos are all different sizes due to the way I cropped them, but, other than that, I have not altered them.

Now, the obvious question is: does this look like a woman who is actually enjoying herself, who is empowered? To me, she looks like she’s pretty much miserable! Sometimes, the truth comes not from what people say, but from how people look. The photos are below the fold; you can judge for yourself.

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Oh, those Democratic Attorneys General!

Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-PA)

In the Keystone State, we have the amusing and sad spectacle of Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-PA) squashing a sting and an investigation into bribery by some members of the Pennsylvania state legislature because, surprise! everyone caught has been a Democrat,1 an action so egregious that even the editors of The Philadelphia Inquirer complained.

And, of course, we have Eric Holder, the Attorney General for the United States, telling state Attorneys General that they do not have to enforce laws with which they disagree, specifically when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, but has also declined to enforce our immigration laws. Jack Conway, the Democratic Attorney General of Kentucky, announced that he would not defend the state’s laws and constitution concerning a ruling that the Bluegrass State must recognize homosexual marriages performed in other states.

Now, look what happened in Delaware, under the administration of Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE):

Did Rapist Skate Due to DuPont Family Ties Only to Rape Again?
Filed in Delaware by on March 19, 2014 • 16 Comments

Sometimes, it takes a few hours to absorb a story. Such is the case here. And here. Go ahead and read. Seriously, I’ll wait.  You have only to read this excerpt from McJournal to get your blood boiling:

A du Pont family heir who received no prison time after pleading guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter nearly a decade ago faces a lawsuit from his former wife that accuses him of sexually abusing his toddler son.

Robert H. Richards IV, 47, on probation after pleading guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter, has never been charged with crimes against his son. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court provides in-depth details about a child rape case that did not receive media attention and Delaware authorities never disclosed publicly.

And the alleged rapist?:

(Robert) Richards is a scion of two prominent Delaware families – the du Pont family, who built the worldwide chemical empire, and the Richards family, who co-founded the prestigious corporate law firm Richards Layton & Finger. Du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont is his great-grandfather. His father, Robert H. Richards III, was a partner in the law firm until his 2008 retirement.

Richards IV is supported by a trust fund and paid $1.8 million for his 5,800-square-foot mansion near Winterthur Museum. He also lists a home in the exclusive North Shores neighborhood near Rehoboth Beach as a residence, according to the state’s sex abuse registry.

So, he pled guilty in 2008 and got probation. For raping his toddler daughter. Let’s see…who was AG in 2008? That’d be Beau Biden, scourge of pathetic old men viewing kiddie porn on their computers.  The guy who has made keeping kids safe from predators his principal (only?) issue. How is it that a child rape case prosecuted by Biden’s office did not receive media attention and Delaware authorities never disclosed (it) publicly?  We get multiple press releases from Biden’s office every week proclaiming that they’ve arrested yet another (passive) degenerate for viewing stuff in the privacy of his own home. Yet, an heir to both the DuPont family fortune and the Richards legal empire gets probation (he pleaded guilty!) for raping a three-year old?

More at the link; emphases in the original. El Somnambulo’s original suffers in one regard: the alleged molestation of his son supposedly occurred between 2005 and 2007, which would place it before his 2008 guilty plea; that makes the article title, asking if Mr Richards raped again after being allowed to “skate” a problem. However, it certainly does ask the right question about how someone who pleaded guilty to raping his three year old daughter ever avoided a long, long prison sentence.

Attorney General Biden’s office sends out routine press releases, noting how vigilant they have been in cracking down on consumers of child pornography, and both the article author and some of the commenters have noted that the Attorney General has been harder on perverts looking at child porn and, it is assumed, masturbating to such than they have been on someone who actually raped a child . . . with the implication that such is the case because the child rapist is wealthy and well-connected. Of course, Mr Biden is running for re-election this year,2 but even if he drew Republican opposition, the denizens of the Delaware Liberal, as outraged as they were in the comments section, would still vote for Mr Biden, even if he was caught on tape taking cash from Robert Richards, before they’d vote for a [shudder!] Republican.

What we have is a rash of Attorneys General, both federal and state, not doing their jobs! It’s widespread enough that the conclusion has become inescapable: you cannot entrust Democrats to do something really radical like enforce the law!
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  1. While concomitantly trying to investigate whether the state prosecutors took too long to charge Jerry Sandusky, while they were building their case against him, because Mr Sandusky was so well-connected. She is trying to blame Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA), who was Attorney General when the investigation into Mr Sandusky began.
  2. Despite Mr Biden’s health, which has been an issue recently.

Spring has sprung . . .

. . .the grass is riz;
I wonder where
The flowers is.

My mother’s favorite poem. Happy Vernal Equinox!