Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona Tea Party

Amongst all the hubbub and posturing on the left over their collective inane outrage that people thousands of miles away might decide to try to slow their inundation with illegal aliens, came their cry to boycott the drinking of Arizona Ice Tea.
"Dear Arizona: If you don't change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea," Twittered Jody Beth in Los Angeles.

"It is the drink of fascists," wrote Travis Nichols in Chicago.

Now I have partaken of Arizona Ice Tea from time to time, and I have always found it to be a very tasteful and satisfying beverage. But this is not the reason I am going to go out and empty the stores of this fine product. No, I am going to buy Arizona Ice Tea because I have come to the realization that whatever it is they are thinking they want to do in San Francisco, I would prefer to do the opposite. And I for one am not going to go quietly into the night while some cappuccino sipping sophisticate in a Star Bucks in San Francisco decides what beverage selection I should make, based on his own ass backwards view of the world.

And by the way, Einstein, Arizona Ice Tea is manufactured and bottled in New York.


  1. "So you are supporting New York, not Arizona?"

    What the left would disparage and tie ridicule to, I will proclaim, honor and praise. If the name itself gets the product boycotted, than the name itself is enough get the product purchased.

  2. This is so funny -- in a sick, sad, twisted sort of way. How can people be SO STUPID?!?!?

  3. Oh, well, there's worse. And if you have the gumption, check out Uncle Bob's two competing stories of left leaning lunacy.

  4. Geez, I wish I'd had a better idea of what you meant by "gumption."

  5. It's two stories about women, one was down in Haiti trying to help with the earthquake damage, but really was there because of her feelings for the oppressed, and the other was of a woman who had befriended Bill Ayer's, the Obama croney and unrepentant Pentagon bomber.

    PS - come straight in on the link provided in the comment rather than go to the regular site. It's getting pretty close to the weekend and you know how Bob likes to encourage the boys and keep them optimistic about the future.

  6. It's two stories about women...

    Yes, i came in on the two stories. Just a far cry from some idiot deciding to boycott ice tea.

  7. Well, oops. Yes, they are hardly comparable, but they both reflect what appears to be a problem in thinking. That one woman thanked the guy that raped her. And why? For the experience?! She felt she had become a 'vessel for his rage'? It's so far off it made me feel ill. I was very thankful to read the comments of a more mature, balanced woman named Mary Rose, who responded clearly and without equivocation.

    This kind of thing is what Ilion is always rather testy about. That fellow Dr. James McPherson who used to comment at April's to 'challenge her thinking' with 'insights' of his own, attempting to force her to explain herself in a rather tedious and condescending fashion seemed rather like an intelligent, well educated man, and yet he would say things like "Barrack Obama is actually more centrist and less liberal than what I would prefer", and I would be thinking "What in the world...?"

    When you sum it all up, is any of it really a far cry from an idiot deciding to boycott ice tea?

  8. Nicholas. Succumbing to indoctrination is never a good thing. But for one idiot, it lead to his decision to "vote with his dollars."

    Could we say they represent opposite ends of the spectrum of "a problem in thinking"?

    And I loved Mary Rose's post. Sort of puts the world right-side up again.

  9. The woman raped by Bill Ayer's buddies is very sadly damaged, and knows it. How I wish things had been different. Ayer's - what a creep.

    The woman raped in Haiti - I can't get my mind around what is going on there. It's absolute nonsense.

    The Chicago guy that thinks Arizona Ice Tea represents Nazism - strikingly dull headed, in a number of ways, not the least of which is the product and the state are connected in name only.

    More later, if there is an interest. It is all so silly, I'm not sure it bares a lot of thought, but maybe. It is alarming to see so many in our country taken in by the left, many of whom are very intelligent. Ilion would call them fools... intelligent, well-educated fools. I think that is a rather hard word to use if you are trying to engage them in a dialogue, but look at the above three... he's got a point.

  10. I think it's reasonable to assume that, even if the woman in Haiti didn't have an emotional or mental illness before the assault, her desperation throughout the ordeal triggered a defense mechanism, fictionalizing aspects of it in order to distance herself from what was happening. The mind can find amazingly creative ways to save us from the unbearable, protect us from complete psychic break.

    The problem is, the same defense mechanism that saves someone from a crisis, cripples them later, distorting thinking and perceptions. Assuming this whole thing isn't an ugly hoax, she really needs prayers.

  11. I call such people fools precisely because it's impossible "to engage them in a dialogue" -- when someone *decides* to behave as though they were stupid, there is nothing to be done for it, except to try to ignore it or to mock it.

  12. "I think it's reasonable to assume that ..."

    That sounds plausible ... until one tries to see a difference between what she's saying about herself and her experience and standard leftist cant/excuse-mongering about other (white) people and theirs when set upon by (racially-diverse) thugs.

    Plus, I know that television presents women as delicate little flowers who are all psychically crushed and forever scarred by a rape -- by the personal discovery that *some* men really are the evil brutes that feminist ideology asserts all men to be; or perhaps it’s the discovery that most men are stronger than most women and therefore physically able be the evil brutes the man-hating feminists say they are, if they chose to be -- but I don't believe that narrative: I believe that women as a tough as they choose to be and have trained themselves to be.

  13. That sounds plausible ... until one tries to see a difference between what she's saying about herself and her experience and standard leftist cant/excuse-mongering...

    If you are in need of a fiction, because the truth is more than you can take at the moment, why wouldn't you reach for a familiar script?

    I believe that women as a tough as they choose to be and have trained themselves to be.

    Some women are certainly better equipped to deal with crisis than others, and some types of crisis more than others. Some women are fragile, some tough -- certainly there are women who exaggerate their natural tendency in either direction, intentionally or otherwise. So there is a wide range of reaction possible for a woman who is assaulted.

    I have only been close friends with one woman raped as adult; it was a date-rape, so added no new terrors to coming and going and living her life; it was a matter of being taken by surprise and physically overpowered, but was over as quickly as such a thing can be, and she was then delivered home as if nothing had happened. I have no reason to doubt the story; she told it to me some years after it happened, in the way young women share painful histories with the friends they have grown close to. Not having known her before she was raped, I really don't know how it changed her, except that she was determined to encourage anyone she cared about to "listen to her gut" : she had not really wanted to go out with this man -- who had pursued her pleasantly and politely -- but told herself she wasn't being fair, and should give him a chance. (Now, this is a very different scenario than the assaults that took place on campus when I was at college: a series of increasingly brutal rapes that left the victims with wounds that caused the police to believe initially that a dog was involved in the attacks.)

    There are, however, two women I met as adults who had been sexually abused by their fathers, and their long-term reactions were quite different. One married and had children very young, was dumped by her jerk husband, got into therapy to cope with the divorce and was able also to work out many issues related to the abuse, and went on to marry again, a very nice, ordinary guy.

    The other was more dangerously affected by her experiences: she had terrible conflicting feelings for her father: fear, rage, and what always struck me as a very little girl's sort of love; she was, when I got to know her, still struggling with the emotional and mental problems she had been treated for for some years, including many of the symptoms generally attributed to "dissociative identity disorder", and occasionally an almost scary level of depression. What boyfriend relationships I was aware of were dysfunctional, if not doomed, from the get-go, with no indication I could see that her self-awareness (or taste in men) was improving when we lost touch. And I think she was as "tough" as she was able to be.

    I honestly have no idea how well I would survive being raped.

  14. "If you are in need of a fiction, because the truth is more than you can take at the moment, why wouldn't you reach for a familiar script?"

    That's an excellent insight.

    "certainly there are women who exaggerate their natural tendency in either direction, intentionally or otherwise."

    Hah! I knew that!

    In all seriousness though, I can see it is very difficult to respond 'normally' to the world around us when things have gone terribly wrong.

    In regards to dealing with the left, I find that the difference in world view so shades their perspective and interpretation of events that it is very difficult to reach across and discuss things, though I continue to endeavor to try.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts.