New Counter Cultured Article: Private Charity Best Alleviates Poverty

I penned a new column at Counter Cultured this past Monday. In case you missed it, here it is:

Whenever government grows to gargantuan heights, it inflicts more harm than good. The latest abuse of big government policies can be seen in Fort Lauderdale, FL where it’s now illegal to use private means to correct homelessness.  

90-year-old World War II veteran Arnold Abbott and two local pastors were recently arrested for defying a new Fort Lauderdale city ordinance that prohibits people from feeding the homeless. Mr. Abbott was cited on two occasions. All three men face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Abbott runs an organization Love Thy Neighbor, whose motto is “Giving a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.” He started the nonprofit to honor his late wife who died in a car accident 23 years ago. Here’s more about the organization

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

“300 Sandwiches” Book To Be Published in May 2015

Gabriella Hoffman:

Here’s my latest at A Taste of Patriarchy!

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Last fall, feminists were up-in-arms over a new foodie blog called 300 Sandwiches. Now that outrage has mostly subsided and praise for the blog has subsequently grown, it’s exciting to see blog creator Stephanie Smith release a namesake book.

The book is called 300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story-with Recipes. It will be out on May 19, 2015. (You can pre-order it now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.)

Many accused Stephanie Smith of perpetuating “archaic gender roles” and being subservient to the marriage industrial complex.

I wrote about the blog last October for Counter Cultured:

Smith explains the purpose behind 300sandwiches:

On Wednesday, I wrote in The Post about how my boyfriend Eric’s joke remark after making him a snack — “Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!” — inspired me to do just that and chronicle…

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25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall Fall: Tyranny Still Thrives Today

On this day 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall fell . This soon led to the physical collapse of the Soviet Union. This pivotal moment in history freed millions of people behind the Iron Curtain, including members of my family in Lithuania.

Below is footage from that fateful day:

Here’s a picture I took of a remnant of the Berlin Wall at Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library in August 2012.

 

The fall of the Berlin Wall was symbolic in that it led to the physical collapse of the Soviet Union. It was also the tireless efforts of Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II–along with the indomitable freedom-loving people of Eastern Europe (including members of my family in Lithuania)–who brought the end of the USSR. From Solidarity in Poland to the Baltic Way in the Baltic Republics, the perseverance of those in Eastern Europe helped pivot the end of the Soviet Union.

Though the USSR collapsed, its pernicious ideas still permeate today. Putin’s Russia is Neo-Soviet, and he says the Hitler-Stalin Pact was justified. Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, and countless other countries still practice tyranny today. And American universities whitewash Soviet crimes and even justify them. Marion Smith of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation wrote an important op-ed in Wall Street Journal highlighting the danger of communism’s lurking presence:

To tear down that wall will require the same moral clarity that brought down the concrete and barbed-wire barrier that divided Berlin 25 years ago. The Cold War may be over, but the battle on behalf of human freedom is still being waged every day. The triumph of liberty we celebrate on this anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s destruction must not be allowed to turn to complacency in the 21st century. Victory in the struggle again totalitarian oppression is far from inevitable, but this week we remember that it can be achieved. 

It’s important to educate people about global communism’s horrors and call for equal condemnation of Soviet crimes. I urge you to support groups like Victims of Communism to further educate the country about the horrors of global communism.

Remember to never forget.

The Inspiration Behind ‘A Taste of Patriarchy’

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my first post at “A Taste of Patriarchy!”

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Howdy, everyone!

In what can be deemed a November surprise, yesterday’s announcement about the formation of this blog, A Taste of Patriarchy, has generated a lot of buzz on Facebook and Twitter. We’re excited to witness the marriage of cooking and conservatism in this blog. And as the blog grows, we want YOU to get involved!

Why did we name this blog “A Taste of Patriarchy”? It was inspired by a dinner party at Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town Alexandria, VA last December. While waiting for her food, Anna Maria was given a hamburger meal from one of our guy friends and joked, “This is the taste of patriarchy.” Thus, “A Taste of Patriarchy” was born:

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Here’s the exact moment when “A Taste of Patriarchy” was born.

Now, you might be thinking “patriarchy” is a dirty word. Unfortunately, radical feminists have used this term to push paternalistic government…

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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.

Happily bucked the #Halloween trend and dressed up as a female angler. American flag, fish net, and boots in tow. #FlannelFriday

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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.

Girls who fish are cuter than girls who twerk, they say. #vscocam #girlswhofish #flannelfriday #HappyHalloween

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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!