Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Take care, friends! Going AFK for 40 days!

Okay, my little nerdlings - this is it.  After today, I'm gonna be gone from my blog and Facebook for 40 days, and I plan to return after Easter, which this year is April 8th.  This was not at all easy to decide upon, because I have to admit that I really enjoy writing both here and on Facebook; and yet, I really wanted to try out this Lenten sacrifice custom so that I can get a better idea of what it is meant to do for me in a spiritual and psychological sense. 

This is certainly not something that my generation does; that is, self-denial and the sacrificing of - well, anything.  It's not how we were raised, and it's not how we roll.  And yet, if we are going to get anywhere in life, if we are going to rise above those who came before us, then we need to learn and appreciate these kinds of steps to self-sufficiency.

I've brought up the issue of my generation before; especially how it seems to be the societal expectation that we will fail to be better than the generation before.  It's always been that the new generation outdoes the generation before, and yet for some reason we're expected to fail.  Where does that idea come from?  Perhaps it's better to ask how my generation got to the point that it is now.  Let's ask some questions, and in the answering of those questions maybe we'll come to some answers, and along the way, you'll see why I arrived at my decision to forgo my blog and Facebook for 40 days.

Who are we? 
We are the generation born mostly in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Who were our parents?
Baby boomers.

What sorts of values did our parents try to instill in us?
Gonna have to use a very broad generational brush here, but they believed in philosophies of "instant gratification", "sex, drugs, and rock and roll", "turn on, tune in, drop out", and "finding themselves".  In short, it was a philosophy of self-centeredness.  This is what they tried to instill in us when they weren't shipping us off to the non-custodial parent, to our grandparents, aunts or uncles, or most commonly, to daycare.

What did all that do for us?
We very much instilled the self-centered values of our parents, and without the sort of foundational upbringing that they grew up with, which at least taught some of the benefits of forestalling gratification today in order to enjoy an even better tomorrow.  This meant that we had no point of reference of what went wrong with our plans, and we don't have a clue on how to fix it.

So what is the result of that?
We have tons of stuff; more stuff than we'll ever need.  And yet our bank accounts are empty because we spend as soon as we get paid, and the only retirement plan we have is Social Security and the lotto.  Not only that, we have no plans for the more distant future, while short term plans involve sex and booze.

What does that do for us emotionally, psychologically, socially, spiritually, etc.?
It means that we are stunted in all those ways.  We can't handle obstacles to whatever plans we do end up making, and we are psychologically devastated at any sort of rejection because we take it personally.  Romance for our generation is crude sexual references of our genitals, and getting sexually transmitted diseases is considered a rite of passage.  Spirituality?  HA!  We may claim a belief in some deity, but this deity is non-demanding and non-committal, because to make any demands for worship or commitments to a faith community would interfere with our weekend plans to get drunk and fuck our brains out.

And that's my generation.  After such an assessment, it's no wonder that other generations believe that we are doomed to failure.  Like every generation, we didn't control how we were brought up, but also like every generation, we can control how and where we go from here.  I, for my part, refuse to accept that we are doomed for failure.  The path to take us there is not going to be easy.  In fact, it's going to be the hardest thing we've ever done.  There will be pain, heartache, and plenty of doubt and tears.

But friends, it WILL be SO worth it to get this done, and to get it done right.  Trust me on this.

First step, we have to break away from our parents' self-centered philosophies, and we start that by abandoning their liberal ideologies, which is the source of their self-centered philosophies.  Historically, over the course of our nation's history, the ideological pendulum has swung back and forth (and rightfully so!), but the baby boomers have rigged the pendulum to stay stuck on their side.  Right now, they have control, and they don't want to relinquish it.  Thus, they will do anything to keep control and to keep the pendulum stuck on their side, because in truth they are afraid of what will happen once they relinquish control.

But our generation, future generations, and the further growth of our country depends on the pendulum swinging again like it's supposed to.  Baby boomers have had their day and are in the beginnings of their decline, while this day is ours, and we should be ascending into our rightful place in society.  If only we weren't so afraid to do so!

Simple mortality guarantees that baby boomers will one day relinquish control, but we can't wait that long if we are going to be any good at running things once the pendulum starts swinging again.   The time to start learning what to do is now. What we can't do is fall back on our parents' example.  We already saw what that did to us, so why would we subject that to our own kids?  No, for better or for worse, we are going to need to take the bumps and bruises that come with refusing to repeat our parents' mistakes - no matter how comforting and uncomplicated following their failed, self-centered examples may be. 

So that's where I'm at.  I know what needs to be done and what the end result should look like, what I don't know is how to do that; that is, I don't know exactly how to get from Point A to Point B.  But that's a good thing, really, because it means that I won't be following some formulaic path that has failed before.  We as a generation need to get away from failed philosophies, which means that I must do the same.  None of that "finding myself" or "spirit journey" jazz.  That's so last millennium!

The idea of foregoing my blog and Facebook came to me because it gave me a clue as to what might help.  I love blogging and posting to FB.  Yet, in all honesty, if I don't know what to do with it and how to use its advantages to maximum benefit, then it's really just a distraction from learning what I need to do.  Thus, I will step away from it, and perhaps during the time away, I'll learn what I need to do.  As I said at the start, my generation doesn't do self-denial and the sacrificing of anything.  That's why I need to try giving up my blog and FB.  I hope that makes sense.

If you need to contact me, then I can be e-mailed at bustyherochick@yahoo.com.  I'll at least check that once a week, but otherwise I'm gonna be gone bye-bye.

While I am gone, I hope that all of you take care.  In other words, be excellent to each other.  :-)

And last, for all the baby boomers out there, I enclose the video below from your halcyon days - especially those of you who are parents to the current generation.  Since you're the most educated generation in history, I'll let you utilize that towering intellect and massive brain power to figure out why I chose this particular video.  :-)

See you all in 40 days!

Friday, February 17, 2012

More DC Comics reboot talk

Before I go on my 40-day sabbatical, I'll need to do some comics talk!  So here we go!

Mostly, this is going to be about DC Comics' ongoing "reboot".  One thing that hasn't changed pre- and post-boot is that being a Green Lantern is the most thankless job in the universe.  Sure, you get a cool power ring that you can do cool stuff with, but the price you pay for having one is so not worth it!  Every GL - every one of them! - is guaranteed an eventual gruesome and hideous death.  There are probably literally thousands of people and races in the universe that have a special hatred for the GL Corps, and will subject any unfortunate GL they come across to the most barbaric form of death that they can imagine.  So if you ever have a green ring float up to you, at least be honored that you are considered worthy of a GL ring, but turns it's offer DOWN.  NOT because you are afraid, but because you aren't STUPID!

As for the other titles, I'm still reserving judgment.  I like some of the changes, but I am still not sure if this franchise-wide reboot was a particularly good idea.  As mentioned previously, Batgirl is currently holding my interest because of the introduction of Barbara Gordon's mother, who to my knowledge has never appeared anywhere during Batgirl's run in DC Comics history.  I still disagree with her sudden recovery from her paralysis from the waist down as a result of this reboot.  To me, if you're going to reboot a character like Batgirl, then start over and go from there.

I think a good test of how the reboot is going will be in May when Earth 2 is introduced, so I'm going to hold on reserving my judgement until I see how Earth 2 is presented, how they're going to run with it, and if they'll have any interactions with "Earth 1" (if that's what they end up calling the rebooted DC Comics universe.

I do want to make one mention of a villain in Marvel Comics, and she is Zero/One, one of the Red Hulk's villains.  She's creepy in a cold, analytical and inhumane way.  Perfect, in other words, for a villain!  In fact, on the Marvel side, I've been buying all the Hulk titles (except those with Skarr.  He doesn't interest me that much).  I wish Marvel would try at least a limited series of Red She Hulk and explore her personality a bit.

While I'm away from my blog and FB, I'll still be buying comics.  LOL  So when I get back, I'll comment on anything that came up while I was away. 

Have a great weekend, all!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Power Girl's cleavage hole is going bye-bye

Yes, when Power Girl returns to DC Comics in May, her costume will be without her famous cleavage hole!  Oh Noes!  Comic nerds everywhere mourn! There's even artwork lamenting this sad fact!

LOL Maybe she just got tired of finding eyeballs in her bra!  Don't worry guys, I'm sure you'll manage to survive!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Starting next week, I'll be taking an extended break

Hello, all!

Just wanted to let you all know that starting next week, I'll be taking an extended break.  And now, here's the thing that's going to be the toughest part of all this: I'll be away from both blogging AND Facebook.  Why?  A couple of reasons. 

One, beginning in March, I will have been blogging for 4 years!  Never did I imagine that I would write this long!  What started out as an experiment on whether a conservative superhero could write a blog has taken me into directions that I never imagined - including posting on Facebook!  Along the way, it's been a fun and wild ride. 

However my friends, my personal life is taking its toll on my online life.  I simply have so much going on in real life that I didn't have when I first started writing, and now I really need to take care of it.  Don't worry - it's nothing bad; in fact, it's the good kind of "busy".  But it's "busy" nonetheless, and I don't want the quality of my work to suffer as a result, so after having given this some thought, I decided that I am going to take a break from writing both here and on Facebook.  How long?  That's related to the second part of why I am taking a break.

My last day both here and on Facebook will be Tuesday of next week (February 21), which is the day before Ash Wednesday.  After that, I will step away from both to - I'm afraid I'm gonna have to sound cliche here! - "recharge my batteries" and also to see where I've gone so far with my writing, and where I would like to go.  My goal is to take the whole Lenten season away from my blog and Facebook, and to return on the week of Easter Sunday, which is April 8th. 

So part of my reason for taking this extended break is spiritual.  It's a Christian custom to give up something for Lent as a way to reflect on the priorities of our lives, and I have chosen this to give up.  As you might guess, this was not an easy decision - which is one of the points of Lenten sacrifices!  If it were easy to give up, then I wouldn't learn anything!  I will definitely miss the writing and checking out your comments and updates on Facebook.  In fact, I hope the time away will help me appreciate all the more of what I do here with my writing. And of course, I hope you will miss me.  ;-)

In the interim, I will work on other projects that I've been setting aside for too long, and of course I will devote more time for prayer and meditation.  I will be praying for you all, and I hope that you will pray for me.  In 40 days time, I then hope to come back here refreshed and energized! 

I will try to post at least a couple of times before Fat Tuesday rolls around, and I'll also be available on Facebook during this time.  While I'm away, and if you really need to contact me, then I'll be checking my e-mail at least once a week.  My e-mail address is:  bustyherochick@yahoo.com

Anyway, thanks again friends, for being one of my readers, and thanks for putting up with me on Facebook.   I can't tell you how much you all have enriched my life.  :-)

Friday, February 3, 2012

This is fer realz: My thanks to my liberal friends!

Yes, you read that right!

I am publicly thanking all of my liberal friends and readers to my blog!  I also thank all of my liberal Facebook friends for continuing to be my FB friends even after I've posted my non-liberal views both here and on FB.

So why am I saying all this now?  It's because I came across a FB notice asking if I wanted someone to be my FB friend.  I thought "That person already is my FB friend!"  But when I checked my list of FB friends, I saw that she was not.  So what happened?  Most likely, I got de-friended over a non-liberal comment that I made at that time.

See friends, this has happened to me over the time that I've been on FB.  The number of my friends has gone up and down over the months and years that I've been on FB.  It happens, and it's not unexpected, because I've gone through this in the course of my real life.

Most of you who are regular readers to my FB page and to my blog know that I've made mention that I was born and raised by baby boomer Marxist parents.  Now, be sure you understand that: I don't mean that they were just liberals - these people were hard-core liberals - Marxists!  In other words, I've gone through more liberal teachings in my life than most of you probably ever will! 

And yet, I have chosen to reject nearly all of it to become very conservative.  So conservative that I am a Christian (non-denominational, although because of my Greek heritage, my family history has been of the Greek Orthodox faith) and I am prolife.  So in other words, I am a conservative Christian prolifer born of atheist Marxist prochoicers.  How is this possible, you ask?  Well, why not?  If my parents could be raised in the very establishment Republican 1950s and choose to reject it, then why can't a child of hippies choose to reject her own parents' views and attitudes? 

So why am I bringing up all of this?  Two reasons:

One, some of my readers - mainly new readers - don't know all this about me yet, so once in a while I bring that up about me so that they get the context of my upbringing and why I am the way I am now.

And two, it's so that you understand that when I say "thank you" for still being my FB friend even though you know this about me, you'll know that I mean it.

Don't get me wrong:  I'm not apologizing for being a Christian prolife conservative - that ain't gonna change, baby!  No, I'm just glad to see that those liberal friends who stay on as my FB friends are able to appreciate me and my writings and humor to stay on as my FB friends.

Those who dump me over non-liberal comments that I've made show that they don't have the strength of character and convictions when it comes to their own views, so they dump me the minute that I challenge them.  Well, that's something that they'll have to deal with on their own.

I'll admit that I exploit my knowledge of the liberal mindset and their views to take apart their arguments like an engineering student takes apart a toaster.  I'm like that, because I believe liberalism is that bad for this country, and for the world.  But it doesn't mean that I'm out against any of you liberals personally.  

No, I enjoy the company of most liberals, and many of them are even my friends, both in real life and on my online life.  Unlike those who would dump me for expressing my views, I'm able to separate the person from their views.  And if you're still my friend even after I've picked apart your liberal views, then you're able to make that separation as well of me and my conservative views.

If this world is ever going to turn itself around and get back on the path of peace and prosperity, then it's going to need more people like us.

So again, thank you, friends!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Before you go psycho/berserker on Susan G Komen...

Okay, in what was supposed to be the final obstacle removed for me to go with my GFs in the annual Susan G Komen's walk for breast cancer research - that is, SGK finally stopped sending grants to Planned Parenthood (FYI: PP performs abortions, which goes against my prolife beliefs, in case you didn't already know all this) - than they decide that they are going to protest SGK's decision and NOT go on that walk for breast cancer research!  Dammit, we just can't get together for this!

But no, I want to make this happen, and I'm hoping to be able to persuade them - and all of you - that SGK made the right decision.  First, you've all no doubt heard why SGK decided to cut funding to PP:  Because of the various questions that have been raised - enough that it's being investigated by the government.  But what ARE those questions?  Yeah, you haven't heard about those, and you're not going to hear them from a largely compliant liberal media!

So my mission to you is to look up why PP is being investigated.  Yes, I could do that for you, but you'll no likely doubt that I'm being fair and biased in my research, so go Google it on your own and find out!   Later on, I'll post what I came up with and we can compare notes. 

However, I WILL post a couple of things to help you get started.

 The title of this article should tell you what it's about.  :-)
Why the hell should liberals care that Susan G Komen cut off funding to Planned Parenthood...

And this article is an example of the kind of hatchet job that the liberal media does to those who "betray the cause":
Susan G. Komen’s funding cut to Planned Parenthood only latest in string of controversies

So friends, let's do this walk together to discover the sins of PP, and perhaps we can finally walk together for SGK's annual walk for breast cancer research.