Causing Trouble With ‘A Taste of Patriarchy’

 

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Are you tired of radical feminists and their war on domesticity? Do you believe that traditional roles aren’t oppressive or that you can be career-oriented AND family-oriented? Then join my sister Anna Maria and I in whipping up “A Taste of Patriarchy.”

Here’s more about our new blog:

Gabriella and I decided to create a blog exclusively about cooking and food advice with a conservative, homemaking twist! The title came to me from the time when Gabriella, our friends, and I were at Virtue Feed and Grain last year, joking about how feminists greatly disdain cooking for your good looking in the kitchen.

We plan to post recipes, food advice, and blog posts that relate to our message, which is to make cooking, family values, classiness, and healthy eating, all together, trendy again! As we do with our site Counter Cultured, we will also focus on using forms of new media to engage others and have them be a part of our mission through videos, photo contests, shared recipes, etc.

We will also tackle nanny statists, radical feminists, and other malcontents who suggest that getting creative in the kitchen encompasses slavery or oppression. Don’t worry — Counter Cultured won’t be affected! In fact, this sister blog will bolster our efforts.

 For those of you who know my sister and I personally, you  can always expect us to cause some trouble. ;)
If you mess with me, you best believe
That you’re gonna be asking for trouble…
- “Trouble” by Gloriana

LIKE us on Facebook and follow the blog at @tastypatriarchy.
We eagerly await your involvement! Stay tuned for more updates this weekend.

Be Cautiously Optimistic About the 114th Congress

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Last night was spectacular on the electoral front. For those of you insufferable political junkies like myself, it was a good night for freedom, individual rights, religious liberty, and limited government.

We clinched the U.S. Senate with eight new additions — Cory Gardner (CO), Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), Mike Rounds (SD), Shelley Capito (WV), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Steve Daines (MT). Louisiana is expected to go into a runoff where the Republican will win. (Wish Rob Maness stood a chance.) Republicans retained the House of Representatives and grew the majority in that respective chamber.

Here are some of my election tweets:

Here are some tweets about key Senate races:

And some tweets of mine about Republican seats picked up in blue states like Maryland and Illinois:

How do you win? By not feigning conservatism:

Now for my comments about the Virginia U.S. Senate race:

…and some comments about Virginia’s political future:

Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich wrote in her Hill column yesterday that Republicans can’t be complacent:

Republicans will no longer have the excuse that their party holds only a third of the power in government. Will Republicans take action to stop Obama’s executive abuse when they have the ability, power and options to do so? Will they have the courage to rein him in? To restore balance? Or will they instead sit around for the next two years and complain about an out-of-control president, or cave in the name of “bipartisanship” to Obama’s harsh words and criticism?

A Republican takeover of the Senate would be a rejection of Obama’s abuse of power, a rejection of his agenda and a strong signal that executive overreach must be stopped.

New senators, you have a big job to do. The balance of power must be restored. Don’t let the voters down.

What’s the takeaway from last night? Be cautiously optimistic about the incoming 114th Congressional class. Just because Republicans won, don’t give them a pass and don’t let them off the hook. If they flirt with the idea of amnesty, more spending, or fail to stop Obama’s thirst for executive power, they will lose handily in 2016. (Remember what happened in 2006 when we lost the Senate? Don’t screw this up, Republicans.) Crony capitalism and big government have plagued this country for too long–and both sides have engaged in it. Democrats can pass for American Bolsheviks, while some Republicans can pass for statists. Americans have had enough of the status quo. Want to make a real impact? Clean up house and stay true to your constituents. Our country is in disarray, so don’t even think you can get away with lining your pockets anymore.

To newly elected Republicans: Welcome to the Potomac! Now do your best not to lose your soul here.

Bucking the Trend on Halloween: #FlannelFriday-Inspired Costume

There’s this bizarre expectation for women to wear “sexy” costumes every Halloween. There’s the “sexy” maid, “sexy” nurse, “sexy” witch, “sexy” whatever. “Sexy” suggests one has to be provocative, sleazy, or slutty (oooo, I said a dirty word!). Why can’t sexiness be seen in being wholesome, creative, and modest? (And no–don’t assume this means you have to be frumpy!)

Admittedly, I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was 18 during my freshman year of college. I feel as if I’ve outgrown the holiday as I’ve gotten older. However, a work-related party calls for dressing up. (Why not have fun?) So I decided to channel a #FlannelFriday look for my office party today.

Can you guess what I am? (Hint: it involves fishing!) Why did I choose this outfit? It’s comfortable, it’s classy, and it reflects who I am as an individual: an outdoorsy girl to the core.

I have to give credit to Bass Pro Shops for inspiring this Halloween getup:

There are other fantastic DIY Halloween costume ideas out there from others who are FAR more creative than I am.

I love reading fashion blogger and fellow OC native Lauren Conrad’s blog posts, especially her Halloween posts. She designs classy costumes each year and really outdid herself with a mermaid costume this year. Verily Magazine also profiled some great Halloween costume ideas in a post “Clever No-Sew Halloween Costume Ideas.

Are “sexy” Halloween costumes passe? Do they tire you? Weigh in below.

Happy Halloween!

Go Where the Wild Things Are With the Help of Outdoor Retailers

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Last week, I made my first trip to Cabela’s in Delaware after assisting University of Delaware’s newly-forming gun club at their Criminals for Gun-Free Zones event . This Cabela’s store is the closest location to the D.C. metro area, so I couldn’t resist making a pit stop there.

While some women go crazy for shoes, I – like so many others – go crazy for outdoor gear and supplies. (Don’t fret–I like fashion as much as the next girl, but there’s much more utility in the latter.)

I’ve been aware of this outdoor retailer for several years and have followed their activities over social media. Prior to Friday, I had only ventured to Bass Pro Shops in Hanover, MD  which is just outside of Baltimore, MD. (Sadly, back in California, the closest Bass Pro Shop was located several hours away from Orange County, while Cabela’s hasn’t open shop in the formerly Golden State yet.) Now that I live in Virginia, I can choose from three nearby Bass Pro Shops locations (Hanover, MD; Hampton, VA; and Ashland, VA) and two future Cabela’s stores in 2015 (Bristol, VA)  and 2016 (Henrico, VA).

As a recreational female angler, Bass Pro is certainly a better fit for me since it caters to fishing more. However, fishing is a gateway activity that has lead me to embrace guns–I expect hunting to follow suit! As a proponent of free markets, I like consumer choice and will shop at Cabela’s too.

“Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest three by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find three by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.” – Henry David Thoreau

Though colder weather is imminent, get outfitted with the latest clothing and  fishing/hunting accessories, or just explore these outdoor retailers for fun.

Fellow D.C. area transplants who fish and hunt: do you plan to visit Bass Pro or future Caleba’s shops here? Weigh in below!

Counter Cultured Interview with Julie Borowski

Today, we published an interview with libertarian activist and policy analyst Julie Borowski regarding her thoughts on pop culture, radical feminism, Millennials, and big government. Below is an excerpt:

We recently asked Julie some questions on how to combat radical feminism and big government.

CC: Julie, thank you for allowing us to interview you for our website. We love your videos. Do you consider yourself counter cultured? 

JB: Thank you so much! In some ways, I do consider myself to be counter cultured. I’ve never been one to embrace something just because it’s popular or someone told me to. I attended public school. I remember being taught that FDR was a savior, government spending boosts the economy, raising the minimum wage helps poor people, etc. One thing that fascinated me about libertarian thought is that it often debunks conventional wisdom. I always recommend the book “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt because it just takes a hammer to mainstream thought about economics and it makes perfect sense to me. For me, libertarianism really makes you see the world in a different way.

CC: Your videos greatly appeal to millennials. Why is that? 

JB: I think it helps that I’m a millennial myself. A lot of political commenters are older and stuffier. YouTube is a medium that a lot of young people watch and I’m not afraid to get a little goofy to get a point across. My favorite messages, though, are from little kids who watch my videos or their parents. I’ve heard that kids as young as 4 years old enjoy watching my videos with their parents because they like to laugh at me. I don’t know if they agree or not, but I think it’s cool that they are being exposed to alternative views at least.

 Read the full article at Counter Cultured.

Magical Things Do Happen in Old Town Alexandria

I’m not one for superstition or Disney make-believe, but I’m convinced that magical things do happen in Old Town Alexandria.

I’ve lived in the Alexandria area ever since I moved here nearly two and a half years ago. The place grows on you–making it impossible for one not to love it. Its charm, its ambiance, and its rich colonial history whisk you away from the heyday of the present by putting you back in the past. In 2013, Amazon ranked it the most well-read city in all of the U.S. Additionally, Alexandria is the fifth most romantic city in the U.S. (Also, for those of us who are conservative, Alexandria is the most liberal city in all of Virginia. *Shrugs*) However, there’s a lot to love about ALX.

Yesterday, my friends and I went to historic Gadsby’s Tavern for dinner. Many people recommended I try it, so we decided to go there.

This establishment’s claim to fame is that President George Washington frequently visited and was a patron. The tavern also held events in his honor. Other notable guests included John Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and even the Marquis de La Fayette. (Check out the menu here.)

And an authentic Alexandria experience wouldn’t be complete without several random encounters with transplants. My girlfriends and I chatted it up with some guys who work for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (especially the Russian guy who had favorable views of conservatism – you know who you are! ) and some journalists from Kurdistan. So random!

We topped off the evening lighting up some sparklers by the water. Below is a picture of me doing just that:

To my friends and fellow D.C. area transplants: make a trip to Old Town. 9The bar scene is FAR better than Arlington’s bar scene, trust me.) Great food, great entertainment options, great location. Hope you make it down there!

 

New Townhall Column: Online Abortion Class Demeans Free Thought at University of California

I’ve penned a new column for Townhall.com. Here’s an excerpt:

The University of California (UC) system is one of the most reputed institutions of higher learning here in the United States. Boasting 10 campuses stretching from Davis in Northern California to San Diego in Southern California, the UC system is historically regarded for molding future leaders and pioneers. Unfortunately, intellectual diversity and tolerance of differing opinions are concepts largely absent in the UC system today.

UC-San Francisco (UCSF)—UC’s medical school—is one of the first universities offering a free online course on abortion. The free six-week course is titled “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications.” It is taught by Dr. Jody Steinauer, a noted pro-abortion OB/GYN and former president of Medical Students for Choice. The course started on October 13 and will conclude on November 24. It is open to the public for enrollment.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.