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Avoiding the truth about Dianne Reidy

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The liberal media has been having a field day with Dianne Reidy, the woman that stepped up to the podium in the House Chamber and started talking about God. And why wouldn’t they? It’s yet another situation where they can poke fun at individuals that happen to believe in God. It doesn’t matter to them that those beliefs are shared by many people in this country, and that belief in a higher being arguably guided the founding of this nation. Remember? People made the treacherous journey to this continent not only for business affairs, but also to escape religious persecution. Well, the world has changed significantly since then, and in spite of the fact that this nation was founded on the principle of freedom of the people to observe their chosen faiths (whatever they may be), the current climate tends more toward the very persecution our forefathers sought to escape by coming here.

And that is precisely what is happening to Reidy. Honestly, I thought there would be a barrage of scholarly items pointing to the psychological aspect of what probably happened to this woman – scientific debunking of her beliefs. That, while generally annoying, is far less reprehensible than the overt ridicule that is being aimed at her. The award for sleaziest coverage so far has to go to Vanity Fair. Sure, it definitely isn’t a bastion of journalistic integrity, so one must lower one’s expectations in reading their drivel. But, their imaginary conversation with the Holy Spirit that they had the audacity to attribute to God himself is a new low for them. I’ve no doubt that they thought it would be amusing – it probably is to many of their readers. Of course, the next time they think it’s a good idea to start touting how tolerant they are of varying views, they should be attacked with both barrels. My advice to their editors? Stick to what you’re good at – putting controversial nudes of celebrities on your front cover, so you can annoy grocery store managers that get complaints from mothers about their young boys ogling skin in the check-out lanes.

The Daily Beast was only slightly less annoying. At least they didn’t overtly ridicule Reidy, or her husband Dan. They even bothered to place a little context to the story – they reported that Dan is a non-denominational minister, and took the time to get a long statement from him that included information about his wife’s history. The only thing they didn’t bother to say is that the most likely culprit in this situation is the House of Representatives itself.

Reidy had been working long hours, and had been a first-hand witness to the shenanigans being perpetrated by the members of the House. She saw more than the journalists that were covering the nonsense, and were lucky enough to be able to pick and choose source material from C-Span, as opposed to the ones that were camped out on the floor. Based on her husband’s statement, it’s likely that she took a great deal of the nonsense to heart, and ended up having trouble sleeping. As a religious woman, she read the Bible when she couldn’t sleep, and that undoubtedly affected her dreams at least a little. While Reidy and her husband contend that this was a religious experience, there is also a scientific explanation for it. Oddly enough, something about the biological portion of that science actually turned up in the headlines at the same time as these stories about Reidy.

Enjoy the irony folks! The National Institutes of Health funded a study on the effects of sleep on the brain. Low and behold, they figured out that when people sleep, the brain gets rid of waste that causes problems with concentration, among other things. It even clears away amyloid beta, a protein that is associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Otherwise, psychiatric professionals have either contended that dreams are meaningless dumping of information while we sleep, or meaningful indicators of issues that may be bothering us subconsciously. Either way, they are in agreement that dreams are generally a healthy way of ridding our minds of thoughts that can preoccupy us.

What was it that Reidy was suffering from for weeks before, and during the shutdown? Oh yes, she was suffering from lack of sleep. That means that her brain wasn’t being given the opportunity to clear toxins as well it should, and that her dreams may have been interrupted thus preventing her from moving on from whatever issues were bothering her. And as a daily witness to the posturing and viciousness on the House floor, what can one think would be bothering her? Being a woman of faith, no doubt all that toxic behavior she witnessed daily weighed down on her heavily. And what did she say? That the government is a godless creation. Doubt that? Just read what Todd Starnes reports about our government’s war on religion. Now, if anyone is surprised at that contention, after watching even a portion of the infantile, hateful, and petty behavior of our supposed leaders over the past several months, they’re the ones that need psychiatric help.

(Originally posted at The Conservative Feminist)

Surprised a Degraded Culture Produces Depraved Individuals?

 gun control signLast Friday was evidently International Maniac Congruence Day. In Newtown a 20–year–old loser — whose newspaper photo bears a striking resemblance to the SS Totenkoph insignia — shot and killed 20 elementary school students and six adults. While in Chenpeng, China another maniac stabbed 22 children and one adult in an elementary school.

Yet there has been no outcry in China for more cutlery control and CNN International has not been broadcasting remote from outside the Henckels’ knife factory. In fact there has been scant coverage of the Chinese attack.

The obscure, knife–wielding Chinaman proves it’s not a weapon problem — it’s a maniac problem. For where there’s a maniacal will, there’s a maniacal way.

So in the wake of Newtown, I’ll endorse the first politician who designates schools as “maniac–free zones.” You may scoff, but this law will be just as effective as “gun–free zones” and has the added advantage of directly addressing the cause of the problem.

Banning “assault weapons” is a knee–jerk response from ideological jerks. It’s like treating a drunk for difficulties with his equilibrium, rather than talking about alcohol. What’s more, “assault weapons” have been banned in Connecticut since 1993 and a fat lot of good it did at Sandy Hook Elementary. The Bushmaster rifle used there was registered and legal. The only measurable effect discussions of an “assault weapon” ban have is increased gun and ammunition sales.

Another liberal bright idea is establishing a bag limit for mass shootings like we currently have for ducks. Duck hunters are often limited in the number of shells their shotgun magazine can hold. This encourages hunters to obey the law specifying the maximum number of ducks one is allowed to shoot.

The same logic applies to the limit on “high capacity magazines.” Unfortunately, limiting magazine size just means the shooter needs bigger pockets. Many semi–automatic pistols thoughtfully let you know when the magazine is empty by locking the slide back. One simply has to drop the empty and slap a full one in — a process taking under two seconds. Besides, I am unaware of any spree killing that ended prematurely because the gunman ran out of ammunition.

In 2011 there were 32,367 automobile deaths — more than three times the number of firearms murders. Based on gun control logic, we should also ban automobiles that look like racecars, because sleek design encourages drivers to go too fast.

No one bothers to ask why we have a rash of these mass killings now and not in the 60’s when there were no background checks and you could buy a handgun through the mail. As anti–gun legislation has become more pervasive so have spree killings.

An early WaPost article said the motivation for the murders remains a “mystery.” Maybe it’s a “mystery” for liberals, but not for those with common sense. If you’re a disaffected, disturbed loser, who wants the nation to feel his pain, you follow the template written by media vultures and go to the nearest sitting duck zone and start shooting.

The same saturation coverage that validates dollar store teddy bear memorials, validates the violence that inspires misguided bystanders to leave a mylar balloon as close to the bloodstains as the yellow police tape will allow.

An inconvenient element young spree killers have in common is violent, sadistic video games. Only a few years ago video game makers usually had a “gore filter” that a player could engage if he didn’t want to wallow in video dismemberment. Now popular and violent games have no way to turn down the violence or the language.

The only restraint the video game industry displays is a reluctance to design a “Columbine Shootout” game with a “Virginia Tech” add–on.

Bans on guns and magazine size are displacement activity. The Newtown shooter did not want for anything materially, but he was empty inside. These secular, suicide terrorists turn their video game room into a personal murder madrassah.

Liberals say censorship or even societal disapproval of violent video games is unnecessary because the vast majority of players simply use the games for fun and companionship — a justification that equally accurate when applied to the “assault weapon” owning community.

At its base this is a mental health problem and requires a mental health solution. Liberals aren’t afraid of crazy people, as long as they are confined to Occupy camps, but they are afraid of guns. In the 80’s liberals tried to ban the sale of cheap “Saturday night specials.” Now it’s expensive “assault weapons.” This demonization of guns transforms firearms into symbols of power, which only serves to attract the mentally unstable.

We live in a society where it’s now popular to take personal responsibility for carbonating your own beverages, but liberals demonize conservatives who wish to take responsibility for their own defense. If Mrs. Lanza had locked her guns away from her disturbed son, Newtown doesn’t happen.

All the liberals and all their laws can’t force people to exercise common sense.