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THE CONSERVATIVE TAKE ON THE CULTURE WAR: “YEAH, YOU WON, PROGRESSIVES, BUT YOU CHEATED!”

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I am currently reading John Nolte’s article on 11 reasons the Left has not won the Culture War at Breitbart.com. Simply reading this is making my day because I love to laugh in the morning. Millions of conservatives have likely read this today and more than a thousand have commented. Those comments will be covered by Fred Schwartz later in the day.

Nolte begins with same sex marriage which I see as a full faith and credit legal issue not a moral and religious one. I don’t think, however, that any shop owner has a right to refuse service to a gay couple anymore than they have the right to refuse service to a person based on their race, religion, gender or disability. The author feels that the “voice of the people” has been tossed out in favor of the rulings of “activist judges.” In a bizarre twist John Nolte points to a rise in “Christian entertainment” as proof that Americans really do not want people they do not know of the same sex to get married. The singular example is the film “Heaven is for Real” which has grossed nothing yet because the film is to be released today. Nolte’s point is that Sony TriStar Pictures has decided to release the film on a Wednesday in 2,417 theaters. This film and others like it are one point Nolte shows as proof that on the topic of same sex marriage the Right is winning. I will make a claim here: Heaven is for Real will not make more money between its premiere and the end of the box office weekend than “Transcendence” will make from its opening until Sunday night on a theater by theater basis.

The next Culture War issue is the legalization of marijuana. Both Washington state and Colorado have legalized the weed most notorious to conservatives and more states are moving to decriminalize small amounts. Most recently the state of Maryland did just that becoming the first state south of the Dixon-Line to decriminalize pot. Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have also done so. Nolte does not address any of the medical reasons for pot use or even recreational ones as a justification for a victory here in the Culture war. Instead he states that abortion rights activists are on their heels quoting an article on Breitbart.com no less about a poll conducted by the Knights of Columbus regarding abortion rights. The Gallup Polling Service numbers show that those who view themselves as pro-Life vice those that are pro-Choice are nearly equal at 48% to 45%. The numbers of those seeing abortion as federally defined from the same poll vice those who do not believe abortion should be legal at all is 52% vice 20% as of May 2013. Nolte loses this battle as well.

Nolte sticks with entertainment decrying the amount of sex on television but reveling in what he calls the return of the masculine male on the National Geographic Channel. These shows according to the author “celebrate the working class and their traditional values.” What he really means is they celebrate being white, Christian and living in the woods or where it’s very cold. The next “reason” the Right is winning the Culture War is the ascendancy of Jimmy Fallon to the Tonight Show as a counter to Stephen Colbert stepping into David Letterman’s slot after his retirement next year. There is no rhyme or reason to this at all.

The next nugget reveals something about conservatives. They like strong male characters. Nolte point to Don Draper [Mad Men] Walter White [Breaking Bad] and Tony Soprano [The Sopranos] as examples of these. They are called “flawed” and “anti-heroes” and I imagine that takes the guilt away for all the nudity, sex, drugs and violence which conservative say they are against on TV.

More entertainment, really? Miley Cyrus is popular but unions are dying says Nolte. I fear conservatives may never come out of this irrational abyss. As if the weakness of unions in America is a good thing for those working class people they say they love?

Conservative media is on the upswing says Nolte. Well get back to me in 20 years when most Fox News viewers are either dead or senile or have slaughtered their family. There is a trend in there demographically if you just take the time to look.

Women are getting birth control but conservatives have their guns! This is awful. War on women much? The fear of the Other is oozing here.

Nolte sees more money in politics as a solution to what ails the Right politically. No John, the key would be to make your tent bigger. Oh, that’s right you can’t do that because you’d have to let in all those brown people, women and gay people on a level playing field.

Yes, Occupy is dead but given time the TEA Party will wither as well. I think the date on that tombstone will be somewhere around 1 February 2017.

What John Nolte needs is a time machine so he can return to that conservative era of his father the 1950s. Back then by conservative standards women were in their place (not barefoot and pregnant but seen and not heard), minorities were second class citizens and it was a crime to be gay. It must be awful for John Nolte to have to watch as all that unearned privilege is redistributed in the form of earned civil rights.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY: NEOCON1 POINTS OUT THE SWEET COMFORT OF BEING A CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRITE AT BLOGS4VICTORY

Posted in BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, DEATH PANELS, HIZZONER BLOOMBERG, NEOCON1, OBESITY IN AMERICA, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , , , , , , , on 28/03/2013 by sarahbloch

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The talking points of conservatives way down the chain from the power elite come from a wide variety of sources. Quite often it is simply water cooler talk in the shop or in the office. “Hey did you hear what Rush said yesterday?” That sort of thing. Often it is from El Rushbo himself or some of the large number of AM radio right wing ideology hucksters. Others get their ideological marching orders daily from blogs and conservative screed sheets like WorldNetDaily, NewsBusters and CNSNews. Some are even more reactionary and bigoted seeking out websites that pander to the notions of white supremacy like Vanguard, Stormfront and Stuff Black People Don’t Like.

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This tale of conservative hypocrisy begins with that famous moment when Sarah Palin at CPAC looked away from her TelePrompTer for a moment and reached for a Super Big Gulp, took a sip and said, “Bloomberg is not around, our Big Gulps are safe. We’re cool. Shoot, it’s just pop with low-cal ice-cubes in it.” This one one seminal moments at CPAC for Neocon1 who made note of it in comments at Blogs4Victory:

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GALLUP: OBAMA 47%…

Bozell Blasts GOP Leaders: ‘You Are Not What You Promised To Be’…

Coulter rips Rubio, ‘endless Bushes’ on immigration…

Palin Takes a Big Gulp…

…calls president a liar

Cruz: ‘Count Me a Proud Wacko Bird’…

RNC TO SPEND $10 MILLION TO REACH MINORITIES…

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The reference is to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed effort to have sugary soft drinks limited in size to 16 ounces or less in the city. What Palin is seen above hoisting in a Super Big Gulp from 7 Eleven which can be as large as 64 ounces. As she says “40 ounces of pop with low calorie ice cubes” is nothing right? Wrong. Look at it this way and average sugary carbonated soda contains 140 calories per 12 ounce serving. A Super Big Gulp like the one Palin brandished at CPAC is a 40 ounce drink and contains 466 calories or about 33% of what one should consume all day. A 2010 RAND Corporation study details the harm of the average rate of consumption of such beverages and that targeting them is a better method of decreasing obesity in America than even promoting exercise. This Harvard School of Public Health study shows even more alarming facts about how sugary drinks contribute to the decline in health for Americans.

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If those numbers aren’t alarming enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that the cost of medical obesity in the United States is was staggering $147 billion dollars [<delh! 78 739 630 d 108 s.76]* in 2009 with the Harvard study estimating it at $190 billion [h!110 772 311 d 94 s.32] in 2012. Neocon! and many other conservatives supported Palin in her little deadly joke but are up in arms about another CDC statistic recently published. This one noted the cost and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections [STIs] in the United States. Neocon1 points out, as virtually every conservative blog did that the cost of treatment for as Neocon1 called them “preventable disease” is $6 billion per year just for those between the ages of 15 and 24:

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CONTEXT: Each year, millions of U.S. youth acquire sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Estimates of the economic burden of STDs can help to quantify the impact of STDs on the nation’s youth and on the payers of the cost of their medical care.

METHODS: We synthesized the existing literature on STD costs to estimate the lifetime medical cost per case of eight major STDs—HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes simplex virus type 2, hepatitis B, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis. We then estimated the total burden of disease by multiplying these cost-per-case estimates by the approximate number of new cases of STDs acquired by youth aged 15-24.

RESULTS: The total estimated burden of the nine million new cases of these STDs that occurred among 15-24-year-olds in 2000 was $6.5 billion (in year 2000 dollars). Viral STDs accounted for 94% of the total burden ($6.2 billion), and nonviral STDs accounted for 6% of the total burden ($0.4 billion). HIV and HPV were by far the most costly STDs in terms of total estimated direct medical costs, accounting for 90% of the total burden ($5.9 billion).

CONCLUSIONS: The large number of infections acquired by persons aged 15-24 and the high cost per case of viral STDs, particularly HIV, create a substantial economic burden.

SIX and a half BILLION a YEAR and that is only considering 15-24 yo’s

“Substantial economic burden” he says. And here is my problem. Obesity is totally preventable as well and costs Americans 31 times what STIs do. Both are subjects that should alert anyone who calls themselves a fiscal conservative to action. However, since conservatives are seemingly obsessed with putting the djinni of sex back into its golden bottle this issue, albeit a serious public health concern, at the forefront of their political discussion for political reasons while mocking the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and those who support him like MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski. The conservatives bray about the costs of STIs but these are the same people who say that age appropriate sex education is a waste of time and only abstinence will work to curb both this public health issue but the issue of teenage pregnancy.

For the record based on the most recent CDC guidance the number of obese persons in the United states is 112,067,312 or 35.7% of the current population and costing $1,695.41 [h! 0 d 363 s.25] per year to treat for a wide variety of obesity related illnesses. Sarah Palin famously intoned the phrase “death panels” in relation to what ObamaCare was going to do to the US medical care system if it wasn’t repealed. In reality, what Palin did at CPAC, trumpeting the “right” that Americans have to guzzle sugary drinks at the peril of their own bodies, is far more likely to lead to illness and death.

[* Conversion rate for the Hellac aureus stands at h!1 = USD 1,866.9125 as of 0800 Hellac Standard Time this morning.]
[For the record I am 1.68m tall and weight 62.6 kilograms as of this morning–Sarah Bloch.]

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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