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.

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.

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.

Catch Me in Las Vegas for #SHOTShow2015

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Credit: Instagram – @shotshow

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be attending my very first SHOTShow® in Las Vegas, NV from January 20-23, 2015! I’ll be there on behalf of Counter Cultured to cover guns. (Thank you, Michelle S., for the recommendation and encouragement to apply!)

What’s SHOTShow®? Here’s more from the event page:

SHOT Show® is the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM and Conference for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industry.

In addition, the show offers a uniquely diverse Law Enforcement and Armed Forces section for agency and department purchasing agents.

The largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracts more than 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.

Attendance at the SHOT Show is RESTRICTED to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade; and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement, and tactical products and services ONLY. The show is not open to the public and NO one under age 16 shall be admitted (including infants).

Admission to the show requires government-issued photo identification plus documentation demonstrating direct, professional affiliation to the trade. Show exhibitors and media are subject to different credentialing requirements.

I haven’t been back to the West since I moved away from Southern California permanently in September 2012, so I’m excited to venture out there again. (Don’t worry–Sin City won’t get the best of me. Vegas has more to offer than crazy partying!) Excited to see cool guns, network with others, and go hotel hopping once again. (Bellagio fountain show, to-die for Paris Hotel crepes, Venetian shoppes? Count me in!)

I’ll be chronicling the event here and at Counter Cultured. Stay tuned!

Who else plans to attend? Hope to see you there!

Counter Cultured Column: Gun Groups Don’t Degrade Women

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured in response to Mark Follman’s piece at Mother Jones suggesting the NRA degrades and objectifies women.

Here’s an excerpt:

The leftist blog Mother Jones recently lashed out at gun groups, specifically the National Rifle Association (NRA), by accusing it of objectifying women and treating them like sex objects.

MJ senior editor Mark Follman authored a hit piece titled “How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women” to purport the decades’ old lie that Second Amendment advocates, like conservatives, are sexist. (Such a big boy thought!) Follman finds fault in an article published in the latest issue of America’s 1st Freedom because it pointed out that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts, heroine of firearm disarmament, is dishonest in her quest to promote “gun safety.” He writes:

The premise of the lengthy article attacking Watts, authored by conservative legal scholar and gun rights lobbyist Dave Kopel, is that she is a fraud—an operative fronting a political group, rather than the homemaker turned grassroots activist she says she is. The art spread for the piece depicts Watts as a paper doll figure in high heels, with a 1950s-style kitchen apron and domestic accessories including a feather duster, iron, sponge, and spatula.

Additionally, he’s offended by the personification of guns because literacy devices that positively promote guns supposedly inspire violence:

The NRA also rolled out two videos this summer fantasizing about attractive young women as, literally, assault rifles. A video titled “Beauty Shots,” from NRA News commentator Colion Noir, “personifies one of his favorite firearms in female form.” His voiceover describes an alluring, adventurous woman as she poses in workout gear, swims in a pool, and gazes intently into the camera; at the climax of the video Noir declares, “She is: Daniel Defense M4-A1.” To some the video was simply a head-scratcher, but it also drew rebuke, not least for debuting just three days after a heavily armed college student committed mass murder in Santa Barbara, driven by his rage at attractive young women.

Much like their fellow leftists in similar outlets, Follman and his Mother Jones minions might want to tone down their whining as they’ve dedicated numerous articles and tweets to defaming pro-gun activists, especially female gun activists and enthusiasts.

 

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Big Gov’t Has No Right to Measure Female Worth Via Birth Control

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured titled, “Dear Big Government: Birth Control Doesn’t Measure Our Worth.”

Here’s an excerpt:

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark ruling that put a muzzle on the contraception mandate contained in Obamacare. This is a small but important victory for religious liberty and limited government.

Per usual, abortionistas decried this ruling as the end of women’s rights. (Cue the melodrama! The death of womankind is upon us!) They decried, “Get my employer out of my bedroom!” while simultaneously begging our government to fund their sexual escapades. One gal–Guardian U.S.’s Jessica Valenti—even suggested that women “should organize a safe-sex f***-in at every Hobby Lobby across the country.” (Gross.)

If this is what passes for female empowerment today, our gender has truly been set back.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Column: Let Men Pursue You, Ladies

My sister and I have penned a new column at Counter Cultured called, “Love is A Losing Game When She Pursues.”

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s undeniable that today’s dating culture is a mess. In fact, dating norms have been perverted.

What best explains this? Thanks to the rise of third-wave feminism, which advocates the blurring of biological differences of both sexes, our culture has largely influenced young women to take this kind of aggressive lead. Moreover, this confounding trend has been perpetuated by the decline of the natural family unit and the rise of poor parenting habits.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.