New Counter Cultured Article: Both Genders Have Ruined Dating Culture

My sister and I have penned a new column up at Counter Cultured responding to a Washingtonian article that solely blames men for our terrible dating culture. Below is an excerpt:

Washingtonian recently published an article on our abysmal dating culture, focusing on why it’s hard for women to date here in the Washington, D.C., area. What’s the cause of this frustration? We’re too educated for our own good and thus left with a male deficit, the article alleges.

The article cites findings from finance writer Jon Birger, author of Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game.  She writes, “He started digging through Census data and discovered the problem was much bigger than his own experience. He says it’s a nationwide phenomenon. At birth, things are pretty straightforward: 1.05 boys are born in the US for every one girl. But when it comes to college-educated women between the ages of 22 and 29, the numbers shift considerably. In that case, there are four women for every three men.”

Birger says in order bridge the gap,  more men should get college degrees.

While there is some considerable truth to the article, it boasts several major problems.

Continue reading up at Counter Cultured.

#WearingOrange Campaign Pushes Same Old Gun Control Narrative


Countless celebrities, politicians,  and other public figures have tweeted pictures with the hashtag #WearingOrange to draw attention to National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Sounds like a noble cause, right? I don’t personally know anyone who’s for senseless violence–do you?  What could possibly be wrong with this occasion? Plenty of things.

Why be skeptical? It’s an effort headed up by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, the parent organization of Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both of these groups are also notorious for their anti-gun, pro-disarmament positions. They exploit tragedies and profit from fearmongering.  Several people have tweeted me saying this is a nonpartisan, moderate campaign. The list of featured sponsors suggests otherwise:

  • Amnesty International
  • Brady Campaign
  • The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus
  • Center for American Progress
  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Media Matters for America
  • National Action Network
  • Unite Blue

The anti-gun crowd has continuously framed the debate suggesting the presence of more guns will lead to more violence. (False!) Newsflash: guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Why can’t criminals be held responsible for their wrongdoing? Why do those of us who safely operate firearms and actually preach real gun safety have to be scapegoated? Legal gun owners are responsible, mature, and highly trained. Actor Vince Vaughn summed this up well in a recent GQ interview:

“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defence against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back. All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones. Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns. These people are sick in the head and are going to kill innocent people. They are looking to slaughter defenceless human beings. They do not want confrontation. In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”

I tweeted some thoughts about the campaign:

How come Everytown and its surrogates won’t combat violence that emanates from gun-free zones? Why do they continue to demand our government to enact more gun control policies when checks are already in place? Thankfully, they are on the losing side of history. Pew published the following findings back in April:

For most of the 1990s and the subsequent decade, a substantial majority of Americans believed it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun owners’ rights. But in December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.

I’ve written about Everytown’s misinformation campaign on several occasions, including their most recent campaign to paint college females as victims. They still need to be exposed for the frauds they are.

If you want to support true gun safety efforts, I encourage you to support National Shooting Sports Foundation and their Project ChildSafe campaign.

Molon Labe.


Success: Billy Currington Pulls Out of Anti-Gun Event!

In wake of backlash for participating in an event that condones gun control, country singer Billy Currington announced late this evening he’s backing out of the July 17th concert called “A Concert For Sandy Hook Promise.”

Here’s a full statement on his personal Facebook page:

I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization. I appreciate people’s freedom and passion for whatever cause they want to support, however, I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans.

On Tuesday it was revealed country singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, and Chase Bryant would headline an event in conjunction with Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun group that has sought to disarm legal gun owners and push universal background checks.

Glad Mr. Currington has pulled out. He has great music and clearly knows his base–gun-toting, freedom-loving people! Hope Chase Bryant heeds the same. However, don’t count on Tim McGraw to do so. He’s an avowed Democrat who has given this group a ringing endorsement:

“Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation,” McGraw in a statement. “Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.”

Instead of promoting questionable groups that solely exist to disarm people, support credible groups that actually promote safety. One group everyone should support is Project ChildSafe:

Project ChildSafe is also a program committed to promoting firearms safety among all firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and storage to help deter access by unauthorized individuals, including at-risk persons.

Project ChildSafe is a real solution to making our communities safer. Through vital partnerships with law enforcement, elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses, the firearms industry and other stakeholders, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million firearms safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories, and has helped raise awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of securely storing firearms to reduce access by unauthorized individuals.

Sounds good, don’t it? Enjoy Mr. Currington’s latest single “Don’t It” in honor of him coming to his senses.

Sad: American Millennials Are Highly Educated But Unskilled

A new study from Princeton University concludes Millennials are highly educated but highly unskilled in the modern day.

My dad, who is a general contractor, recently lamented how hard it is to find guys around my age to hire as workers for his construction business. Most want to make a lot of money doing minimal work. Others can’t handle manual labor and refuse to get their hands dirty. As a result, vocational trades lag behind and our economy subsequently suffers. This is a troubling trend in other industries, as well. Many Millennials -regardless of gender – can’t comprehend an honest day’s work. They want instant gratification or a quick buck.

What best explains this? There’s this ridiculous expectation that a college degree will buy one success and happiness. (That’s patently false!) The quality of higher education – depending upon the university one graduates from – varies and is generally mediocre today compared to prior decades. (Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but a degree in Feminist/Gender Studies has a poor return on investment (ROI) and isn’t a marketable area of concentration.) With this inherent expectation that everyone must go to college, the higher education bubble is slated to burst. Millennials are graduating with mountains of debt and limited-to-no job prospects in sight. Opportunities to bask in prosperity are becoming increasingly dismal.

Having graduated with a B.A. from a reputable university in California, I can personally say that a college degree essentially is a piece of paper. Admittedly, I had the distinct pleasure of attending UCSD- an opportunity many still kill for today. (I earned my place there; I worked very hard in high school to get in there.) I made some great friends, graduated from a top political science program, learned a lot, and got my start in politics through campus activism there. That is a chapter in my life that I will always cherish. However, if having a college degree weren’t a prerequisite for getting a job today, I may have reconsidered college. Studying political science primarily comprised of theory rather than real-world application. If it weren’t for spending numerous hours volunteering or working part-time jobs/internships centered around conservative politics during college, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If you have a college degree but no work experience, prospective employers will glance over your application and not give any thought to hiring you. Yes, a college degree will set you apart from others – but if you can’t work hard or challenge yourself, the real world will work against you. Employers still care about quality work. If Millennials think waving a college degree in an employer’s’ face will compel them to hire them, they’re wrong.

Can our country have a highly educated populace AND a highly-skilled populace? I’d argue yes. (This is how we historically stood out from the rest of the world!) I’d also like to pose that education is a subjective term. One can be educated in a classroom or on a construction site; on a farm or in a factory; on the battlefield or on a base; in a family business or independent of the government, etc. There are many ways to be educated beyond a classroom!

It’s disheartening a real conversation on choice in education has yet to take place…

Crossposted from Facebook.

New Counter Cultured Column: Communism is So Not Hot, Paris Hilton

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today called “Communism is So Not Hot, Paris Hilton.”

Below is an excerpt:

Paris Hilton is partying with Cuban communists? That’s so not hot!

Hilton hotel heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton recently vacationed in Cuba. This comes after the Obama administration announced its intention to bolster diplomatic ties between our two countries, while easing restrictions on travel and exports. Hilton isn’t the only American celebrity to visit Cuba.  Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z went to Cuba in April 2013 to commemorate their wedding anniversary.

Most notably, Hilton posted selfies with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart-son of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro-at a gala event with Naomi Campbell. She also posted, “Posing in front of the original “Habana Hilton Hotel” that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958.” She called communist Cuba “beautiful” and “unique.”

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Saying Children Deserve a Mother and a Father is Bigotry?

Who knew that saying kids fare better with a mother and a father is a dangerous, bigoted concept?

Apparently tweeting support for natural marriage is hate-filled, unadulterated, and dangerous.

Case in point:

Disclosure: I support marriage between a man and a woman. (Gasp!) Anyone who’s known me since my high school days knows that I’ve held this view and don’t plan to change it. Religion isn’t telling me to believe this; I’ve done my own research, reading, and thinking to conclude this. If you disagree with these views, that’s perfectly fine. We have a beautiful right called the First Amendment. You’re entitled to your opinion, as I am entitled to mine. Respectful disagreement is perfectly acceptable. However, when you start painting mere disagreement of views as “bigotry” or “discriminatory,” I, like so many others, can’t take you seriously. How does reducing the exchange of ideas to ad hominem attacks encourage dialogue and strengthen our society? It doesn’t. You look foolish and desperate. Additionally, how do these people suppose they suppress our “dangerous, bigoted” thoughts? Implanting a microchip into our brains? Asking the NSA to spy on us? Bolshevized re-education? Sending the IRS on us?

Asking government to ban or discourage alternative views is not the solution. We’ve become so desensitized as a society that every conservative, anti-big government, religious, or pro-free market view is now perceived as racist, bigoted, and discriminatory. This is ridiculous.

Voltaire said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Be good stewards of freedom and discourse, not lackeys of statism and tyranny.

Happy Birthday, Counter Cultured!

Today marks a year since my sister Anna Maria launched the popular culturally conservative blog Counter Cultured. She enlisted me to help her manage the blog, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we and our contributors have accomplished this past year.

Below is our anniversary video featuring yours truly, Caleb Parke, Claire Chretien, and Anna Maria Hoffman.

From interviews with Ryan T. Anderson and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum to viral vlogs to grassroots video projects, we’ve succeeded in adding the young conservative perspective to the culture war.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, participated in our videos, and supported our blog along the way. Here’s to many more years. Stay counter cultured!