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Must-reads from the Bubbler

“Cisgender,” another word for “normal”

I was just reading about a study from 2018, conducted by two Canadian researchers, who spoke to 1000 “cisgender” people about who they’d be willing to date: options including “cisgender” men, “cisgender” women, trans men, trans women, genderqueer, and any of the other 703,503,243 genders that we’ve invented. According to some lazy (read: Wikipedia) research, the word “cisgender” originated from some research work done in 1991 about transsexuals. One definition from the Dictionary from Oxford Languages states “cisgender” means “denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.” In other…

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We’ll miss you, Rush

Today, during a busy work day, my brother told me via text that Rush Limbaugh had passed away. Obviously, we all knew this day was coming, but I didn’t realize it would hurt so much. I felt as close to Rush, a man I had never met, as I do to my family and friends. In fact, it’s quite possible I spent more hours listening to him speak in the last 30 years than any other one person. Some people credit Rush with their move toward conservatism, while others loved him for, as he described it, being the voice…

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This silly notion of electability

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Mitch McConnell spoke of how he will consider funding Republican Senate candidates during the 2022 mid-term elections. When asked about his willingness to back Trump-endorsed candidates, he indicated he may or may not back them, saying “the only thing I care about is electability.” There’s no such thing as “electability.” It’s a false premise. When one speaks of “electability,” they’re really just saying it’s their opinion that someone is or is not electable. In this case, McConnell is saying he’ll be the final arbiter of who’s electable. I don’t think this gives anyone much comfort,…

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Boycott the media

If we had an effective Republican Party (a massive “if,” to be sure), they would band together with all conservatives, be they public or private citizens, and boycott the media. No interviews. No statements. No leaks. No reactions. No points of view. No acknowledgement. That’s not to say they wouldn’t be making statements or responding to things. It just means they would identify who they consider the mainstream media, i.e. New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, etc. and never give them the time of day. They wouldn’t mention them. They wouldn’t watch them. They wouldn’t…

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The Republican Party is not hapless

Can we stop talking like the Republican Party is full of well-meaning conservatives who, gosh darn it, just don’t know what to do? Can we stop acting like they just don’t know how to win? They can’t get the right words out to defend conservatives and their constituents. They just don’t know how to defeat those clever rascals like Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. Republicans are just like Wile E. Coyote who can’t seem to ever outsmart or win against those pesky Democrats. I’ve been saying this for 30 years, and I’ll say it one more time: The Republican…

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Unity. Diversity. Which is it?

Democrats from Joe Biden on down are all talking about unity. We need to unify the country. We need to come together. We need to heal after the terrible four years we experienced because they made it so unbearable with their four-year nonstop tantrum. But didn’t these same Democrats spend the prior 25 years telling us to “celebrate diversity?” Yard signs. LinkedIn posts. Campaign slogans. Bumper stickers. Billboards. In the workplace. In public schools. Everywhere we turned, we were told to celebrate diversity. Hell, living in Seattle, I was excited to celebrate diversity. Many of the companies here were…

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The wisdom of Gina Carano

Gina Careno, best known for her role in The Mandalorian, was recently fired from the Star Wars spinoff. Most all of the media outlets who covered it (which was nearly all of them, and then some…) reported it as Careno getting fired for writing a post “implying that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust,” “denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,” or comparing “…Nazi Germany to the current political landscape.” Even conservative media, like Matt Walsh, described her post as her comparing “our current political environment to Nazi…

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Assigning motives to actions

I’ve written plenty about the inability of conservatives to even consider any form of effective marketing. The Republican Party is home to the worst marketing department in the history of marketing. Meanwhile, the Democrats work 24/7 on their marketing efforts. However, they’re marketing efforts are all trained on conservatives. Democrats don’t spend much time talking about themselves. Instead, they work on defining conservatives, figuring that if they can define conservatives as evil and inhuman, people won’t think twice about rounding them up and canceling them from society. One of the Democrats’ most effective attacks is assigning motives to conservatives….

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Targeted legislation: a conservative cause

President Trump opened the country’s collective eyes to many sights and ideas they had not seen prior. There are more people who understand how the political establishment fixes the game and how little they’re interested in truly helping or making a difference. They’re not trying to get results. They’re trying to keep the problems alive so they can continue on in office working to solve them. With the great conservative awakening, the worst marketing department in the history of marketing, otherwise known as the Republican Party, needs to define, understand, and aggressively articulate the tenets and goals of the…

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Keystone: trickle-down economics lesson

The Keystone Pipeline: yet another opportunity missed for conservative marketing. Conservatives have been right, and even mildly aggressive, in pointing out the 11,000 jobs destroyed with the stroke of Joe Biden’s pen when he signed the executive order to suspend the pipeline construction. But they missed the much bigger lesson. Despite what some say or believe, the fact is that “trickle-down economics” isn’t just a theory, or even something to be argued. Trickle-down economics is just a phrase to describe the natural order of life. It’s indisputable: when you pull one economic lever, like taxation, people will react accordingly,…

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