Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Really? There Are People Who Believe This Stuff?

This is what we are up against folks.  An acquaintance of mine posted this article on Facebook last night with the commentary, “Talk about revisionist history. Because of the large system in Texas (along with California), book publishers will sell texts with this revision in other states rather than publish a separate history text for Texas.”
The Texas Board of Education has drawn scrutiny in recent years for its efforts to revise its curriculum to favor more conservative-friendly versions of history and science. After revising textbooks last year to emphasize Christian influences on the Founding Fathers and introduce Intelligent Design to biology classes, the Board voted nine to zero today to change official nomenclature regarding slavery. In Texas, students will now be taught that slaves were not kidnapped and exploited against their will, but were actually “unpaid interns.”  Read rest here.
Since I knew that this particular acquaintance is a Democrat and looks at everything through the prism of race, I commented that I wanted to see the actual documents that sourced this story.  I then went back to the article and started reading the comments.  It was satire.  There were two buttons that at the end of the “story” that said “Show Facts” and “Hide Facts.”  I proceeded to put this in the comments of FB.  There was a woman that commented after me that was outraged and believed it.  I again commented that it was a fake story and asked if she read the comments.

 She had the grace to come back and admit that she was wrong about the story, but that she believed it because “I did not read through the comments; read only the initial commentary. And because I know that historically Texas, because of the size of the market it represents for textbook publishers, has had an undue influence. And because I have read several comments over the past few years re the state's views on multicuturalism, Hispanic, and people of color--and I am aware of its racist legislation--the accusation sounded plausible. If the accusation is incorrect, people will find out. However, it doesn't change my position. People will find out what is true!” 

My response to her was this, “so you jumped to the conclusion that this story is real because of other accusations that you have read about Texas. These other outrageous things that you have read about Texas, have you researched them and found them to be true or just believe them.”
Her response was then, “I believe them!”

My response was, “so you believe them w/o proof because . . .”

Her defense?  “We all know that not "all white people" anywhere are of the same mind. That was not even true in apartheid South Africa. There are always some who are decent human beings with common sense. But the record of Texas speaks for the fact that enough of them are bigots to make it possible for them to elect certain types of legislators and enact certain kinds of laws.”
I then asked her for specifics, “And your proof of all the racists in Texas is what? What are the specific laws that they have enacted that you consider racist?

Her answer was, “NO NO NO. I'm not going to use my time that way. You know as well as I do. Maybe you can give me some examples to disprove my position.”
Really?  The burden of proof is always on the accuser.  I'm surprised she didn't come right out and call me a racist.  That is usually what happens.   
We have lots of work to do, folks.  We must challenge individuals that think like this with the truth.  For too long, we have been silent and just ignored them as “crazy,” but the more that I interact with people on a political level, the more I find people that take stuff like this at face value and believe it.  When you challenge individuals like this woman, you are not only talking to her, but to those that are reading who might be on the fence.  We must defeat individuals like this woman, we must educate those that are willing to learn. 


Monday, May 27, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz Honoring our Heros on Memorial Day

A reminder from Senator Ted Cruz:

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

"It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.

"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

-Charles M. Province

We need more men ~and women~ like him at all levels of government. 

President Reagan on the Courage of Free Men and Women

“We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.  It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.  It is a weapon that we as Americans do have.  Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Skin s.p.a.Tip: How to Apply Eye Cream . . . Correctly

From the experts at BeautiControl:

Eye Creme is the something you should be applying daily – but probably don’t. On top of skipping out on this simple step in your skin care regimen, you’re might be applying it wrong, too! Read ahead to see if you’ve got it right, or if you could use a little extra help.

Step 1: Depending on the results of your Skin Sensors™, cleanse your skin with BC Spa Facial Purifying Cleansing Gel or Lotion. Follow with BC Spa Facial Exfoliating Polish.
Step 2: Next, tone skin with BC Spa Facial Regenerating Tonic with AHAs or PHAs, depending on your skin’s needs. In the morning, moisturize with BC Spa Facial Defend & Restore Moisture Lotion or Creme SPF 20. In the evening, apply Defend & Restore Night Creme or Ultra-Rich Night Creme.
Step 3: Finally, apply a small amount of BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme to skin around the eyes in the morning and at night. Be gentle! The skin around your eyes is very sensitive. Use your middle or ring finger to lightly dab the cream under your eyes all the way to the cheekbone, at the outer corners and along your brow bones. Move your finger in a light, circular motion. Don’t forget your eyelids! It helps to create a smooth foundation for your eye makeup and keep droopy lids at bay.
Tip: Be sure to wait about 90 seconds before applying any Shadow Control Creme or Concealer to avoid that unattractive cakey look.

Looking for a little extra help with crow’s feet? Before step 2, try adding Regeneration® Tight, Firm & Fill® Eye Firming Serum to ward off wrinkles and puffiness or Regeneration Tight, Firm & Fill Extreme Eye Complex if you would like extreme results. If you have tired, swollen eyes with dark circles, try BC Spa Solutions Under Eye Dark Circle & Puffiness Solution before step 2.
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Just Say Spaaaaaa for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday.  Are you ready for an excuse to party with Margaritas?  I'm partying with three different groups on Sunday.  I'm having lunch with our small group from church and I'm making Southwestern Chicken Wraps for that gathering; then my daughters and I are involved in a mentoring group for middle school girls and I'm taking Margarita cupcakes for that afternoon; and then I have a friend whose birthday is on Sunday and she's throwing herself a birthday bash with a bunch of her girlfriends.  Whew!  What a busy, but fun, day.  I will definitely be getting ready for my day by indulging in my Margarita Spa Collection.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to get ready for Summer ~I know it will come even though some of my friends are getting snow right now and it's cold and rainy here in Memphis~ I've put together a special Cinco de Mayo set.  Good until Sunday, May 5, 2013.

"You don't have to wait until cocktail hour to enjoy these margarita-themed treats! They're perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo and anytime you need a refreshing twist of lime!" - Woman's World magazine

Unwind in a hot bath with invigorating Margarita Bath Salts. Rich essential minerals nourish, while vitamins and natural oils moisturize and help to protect skin. Let scents of luscious lime take you away from the stress of it all.

Key Benefits:
- Sea salts rich in essential minerals nourish skin.
- Lime extract purifies skin and invigorates the senses.
- Avocado oil moisturizes skin.
- Vitamins A, C and E help to protect skin from free radical damage.

Cinco de Mayo Set includes:  
Margarita Instant Manicure
Margarita Bath Salts
Margarita Extreme Hand Repair 

Only $ 44.50
List Price: $56.00

When life gives you limes . . . Go Margarita!

To get your Cinco de Mayo Spa Set to my Beautipage and click on
Bath & Body: Collections:  Margarita Collection:  Cinco de Mayo Set.

P.S.  Other great Margarita spa treatments include Luscious Body Lotion, Warming Foot Scrub to get rid of rough, dry skin, Cooling Foot Creme to rejuvenate tired and stressed feet, and Margarita Lip Balm.  Treat yourself today!  

Cinco de Mayo Sale ends Sunday, May 5, 2013.