Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tim Tebow Controversy

Tim Tebow, quarterback for the University of Florida Gators and Heisman trophy winner is known to be an outspoken Christian. During the Superbowl, he and his mother will be in a commercial sponsored by Focus on the Family on the theme "Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life."

The commercial will detail his mother's personal story about how she refused to terminate her pregnancy with Tim even after a doctor advised her to.

The commercial is obviously controversial, and people are questioning whether Tebow should be making such a statement right before the NFL draft.

I have grown up in a strong Christian family and grown to love Focus on the Family and its efforts. When I was kid I would love to listen to the Adventures in Odyssey radio airings and have always found Dr. Dobson's advice to be very well grounded in the Bible and helpful to my daily life as a Christian.

So naturally I applaud Tebow for using his position in the public eye as a way to promote the Christian faith and our belief in the sanctity of life. And on a more sentimental note, I personally believe God is smiling down on him from above. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, especially on such a hot button issue as abortion. Just by looking at all the media attention this commercial has received before it is even aired is evidence that he is being criticized.

However, forming an opinion on this topic was not that easy for me. I realized I had to be honest with myself. Because at the same time, if a football player aired a commercial as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood or something similar that provided abortion as an option, I knew I would be upset. I would be against him airing the commercial and wish he could not use his fame in such a manner.

I believe this matter has to do more with freedom of speech than who is right and who is wrong on the abortion issue. Tebow has his right to freedom of speech, and so does everyone else. It would be extremely hypocritical of me to shout "GO TEBOW!" then turn around and say someone should not be allowed to come out with a commercial saying the opposite. And furthermore, Tebow's critics have the freedom of speech to give their opinion as well.

Ironically enough, my opinion is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But in conclusion, my opinion is: You go Tim Tebow.

And that's my two cents.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hey How Are You

It has happened to all of uss. You are walking along headed to your next class, and you pass someone you know. You wave and they say, "Hey! How are you?" And you respond with a perfunctory, "Good." As you're walking past you think...

What was the point of that conversation?

This new "Hey How Are You" generation is a pet peeve of mine. We have changed a warm greeting that genuinely wants to know about the welfare of your friend into empty words we use to fill the awkward silence when passing by someone on the street.

I mean, what if I wasn't "Good?" What if I was sick or having a bad day? Could I actually say in the middle of the street, "Oh well I'm actually not doing so well today, Susie." Then Susie would just awkwardly pause and say, "Oh sorry," not expecting that response at all, but still continue walking.

AND not to mention the fact that responding "Good" is gramatically incorrect! Flashback to elementary school grammar: People do well, things are good. Therefore, you should really say, "I'm doing well."

So please, don't ask Hey How Are You unless you really care to know.

And that's my two cents.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why I Hate the Princess Bride

I'm sure right about now every girl reading this just gasped and very likely may have stopped reading.

The movie The Princess Bride is a classic princess, fairy-tale where Princess Buttercup is forced against her will to marry Prince Humperdinck and her true love Westley saves her, and they live happily ever after.

First of all, let's start off with the name: Princess Buttercup?! Are you serious? Buttercup? What kind of a name is that? Now I'm really not going to take this movie seriously.

Second, Princess Buttercup takes the damsel in distress role too far to the point where all she does is stand on the sidelines watching men decide her future for her. Her only role is to faint, gasp, or delcare her love for her beloved Westley - what a role model for our young girls who we are trying to mold into strong, independent women.

The only thing The Princess Bride does is encourage this fantasy that women have that one day a man will come in riding on his white horse, sweep you off your feet, solve all your problems, and ride off with you into the sunset.

Now I am all for great love stories and am like every girl who is excited to fall in love and get married one day, but The Princess Bride only gives Princess Buttercup one role: to fall in love and thereby, become dependent on one person. She has no life outside of the one that includes Westley.

For a healthier, more realistic chick flick, I suggest my favorite, Ever After. A re-telling of Cinderella starring Drew Barrymore, this Cinderella does not sit around all day waiting for her Prince Charming to come, and the best part (spoiler warning): she saves herself.

In the very end, she wins her freedom herself, and just as the Prince is riding in on his mighty steed to resuce her, she is leaving her master's house a free woman.

Also, the Prince does not fall in love with her just because she is beautiful and fawns over his every word, but she challenges him intellectually and inspires him to become a better person. She is his partner, his other half in every sense of the word: now that's true love.

And that's my two cents.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pants on the Ground, Pants on the Ground, Lookin Like a Fool with Your Pants on the Ground!

Click on the title to watch the YouTube video associated with this post.

Tonight on American Idol an old man auditioned singing his original song. And in case you didn't get it, the song is called "Pants on the Ground."

Not only is this song absolutely hilarious and just so gosh darn catchy it has a great message.

FINALLY someone has spoken out! Because I am seriously worried about this problem that is plaguing our young gentlemen in America:

Droopy, saggy, slouchy, floppy whatever-you-want-to-call-it pants hanging down low.

I can't STAND seeing a guy with his pants hanging low-I honestly cringe. Everytime I see one I want to yell, "Boy! Pull your pants UP!" It is classless, and I am so glad Larry Platt has spoken out against this.

Now I already posted it on my facebook and am posting it here, because Simon Cowell said he could see this song becoming a hit, and I am hoping it does, so here's to extra advertisement!

This ad was paid for by the Campaign Against Droopy, Saggy, Slouchy, Floppy Whatever-You-Want-To-Call-It Pants Hanging Down Low.

And that's my two cents.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Local news reports in the DC area have talked about homes in Calvert County, MD that are in danger of falling off a cliff into the Chesapeake Bay due to soil erosion. And why haven’t the homeowners done anything about it? Because federal regulations prevent any sort of reinforcement on the cliff in order to protect the Puritan Tiger Beetle.

Yep, you heard me right. Residents of Calvert County are at risk of LOSING THEIR HOMES for a beetle. Apparently the beetles are endangered and there are only 300 left.

Like anyone cares.

It’s a beetle for crying out loud! Who even actually LIKES beetles?? It’s not even cute! It would be different if it were a cuddly koala or something!

Looks like these residents better pack up and move, because the beetles are taking over. Plus the economy is perfect for moving and selling a house right now! Smart move, federal government.


And that’s my two cents.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Epic Battle: Fox News vs. CNN

Fox News has always been known to be more conservative while CNN leaning liberal. Well now, it’s more blatant than ever.

Today while watching The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, they were discussing Sarah Palin possibly becoming a contributor on Fox News. One of the CNN contributors said she would fit right with “all the ignorant right wingers over at Fox News.”

Oh no he didn’t!

Now I will be the first to point out the many problems with Sarah Palin and the image she gives the Republican Party, and let’s just say I was not first in line to buy her book that just came out in stores, but it’s not what this CNN contributor said about Sarah Palin, but something deeper.

Is CNN calling war on Fox News?

Now I will also be the first to point out that Fox News is blatantly conservative and it too has its problems (like why is almost every woman news anchor blonde? It creepily reminds me of the Stepford Wives). And do I think that journalism should remain neutral? Yes. But that changes when the mainstream media such as CNN leans liberal, the conservatives need a place to get their news, their side, and more importantly, hear about matters that are of concern to them.

Let’s look at an example: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has recently been called out for his negative description of President Obama in his new book about the 2008 presidential election Game Change. Reid described President Obama as “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect.”


But on 60 Minutes, another source of mainstream news, they seem to forget about that part when advertising his book. It is not mentioned until Fox News and Republicans call it out and THEN other networks such as CNN jumped on the bandwagon and started reporting about it.

The point is, if the mainstream media is going to lean liberal as it is now, then conservatives need a place to go to as well, and they find that in Fox News. If Fox News is not going to report about these issues that matter to conservatives, then who is?

Now normally as a conservative I have been perfectly content to watch CNN, but what did I do after hearing that CNN contributor’s comment? I switched over to those ignorant right wingers and began watching Glenn Beck.

Fox News: +1 viewer CNN: -1 viewer

I think Fox News can gear up for battle.

And that’s my two cents.