Let Spicey Dance.

So, I was reading this morning where people are calling for a boycott of this season’s Dancing with the Stars because former White House Spokesman, Sean Spicer is one of the contestants.  REALLY?  Come on people don’t we have more important things to worry about than this?

I mean the real travesty here is that we have now gone through 28 seasons of a show and they actually call these people stars.  But that’s not the purpose of this post, I digress.

At some point we as Americans have got to stop getting butt-hurt over silliness like this.  The political left preaches inclusiveness, that is until someone who disagrees with them speaks out or gets recognized or God forbid dances on a silly TV show.

It’s all good and nice to tout how inclusive you are, but if you are going to talk the talk, at some point you have to walk the walk and understand not everyone sees things the same way you do….. and either accept it or get over it but stop the cry-baby crap and move on!

If we as Americans are going to really be inclusive, we have got to start accepting differing viewpoints, it doesn’t always have to be our way or no way.  That isn’t what our country was built on, but it certainly is what our country is being torn apart by.

And you folks on the right, don’t get all puffed chest because I called out the left on this one.  You are just as bad, you will boycott a brand, burn an album and turn your back on one of your own so fast it will make one’s head swim.  All it takes is a simple disagreement with what you believe at the moment and BAM, they are dead to you.  (Ironically, sometimes the folks you turn against really are dead.)

Do we not all see the lunacy of this?  We have become a nation of butt-hurt folks walking around just looking to be offended by the next person who speaks out, has a differing opinion or heaven forbid straps on a pair of dancing shoes.

It’s time we started acting like Americans again, not political parties.  Grow up, understand that we are at our best when we work together and LISTEN to each other.

There isn’t anything wrong with having a difference of opinion, what IS wrong is when we won’t even allow the other side to express it.  Who know’s maybe if we listened more and got offended less we might all find solutions to the issues in our world that really matter.

And that my friends is the end of my tantrum…. y’all go back to pouting now!

Tuesday 10 ~ Virginia Sinicki

TuesdayLast week we learned more about the “K” of the KVJ Radio Show, Kevin Rolston here.  This week I am pleased to present the “V”, Virginia Sinicki.
Virginia Sinicki hails from Louisiana and her Cajun roots find ways into the humor of the show often.  Through the years, listeners have been part of every aspect of  Virginia’s life, her single years, first marriage, the birth of her Magnolia, divorce and then the romance and marriage with her “Panda.”
Virginia brings a female perspective to the craziness of the KVJ Show, but she also brings a gentle compassion to the work she does within the community.  A long time advocate for the organization Little Smiles she and her radio partners make a difference by creating smiles for children in hospitals, hospices and shelters.
Virginia Sinicki is a welcome wake up and a friend to the community, we are fortunate to have her as part of the south Florida radio family.
Virginia Sinicki’s Tuesday 10Virginia
1)Excluding family members, who inspires you?  Graceful and kind people, people who have constant composure, and never let others see them sweat.  People that never have a mean word to say about others.  Friends in my life like Kevin, Francis and Josh.
2)What is your guilty pleasure?  Candy.  My daughter and I love to hit candy stores and go nuts!

3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?

 My husband.  He’s my love of my life and my rock and my everything.  I’m so grateful for him, he is the most honest and real love I have ever known.
4)What is your favorite sandwich?  BLT (with avocado spread instead of mayo) on Kings Hawaiian Bread
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received?  Learn to do EVERY job in the radio station
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?   3 little pigs
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?   Technically, my mom let me pull the lever for her when I was a child…so, Regan.
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?  Our Partnership with Little Smiles, to help sick kids in local hospitals feel like kids again.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?  I would have to do this one for my Hubby and bring him along…  Tony Stark
10)What is the best meal you ever ate?  3 hour, 9 course lunch at Eleven Madison Park in NYC.

You can find Virginia weekdays at WILD 95.5FM in South Florida,  on iHeart Radio here; or on-line live-streaming here.

Follow Virginia on Facebook or Twitter @VirginiaKVJ

Thanks for taking part in this week’s Tuesday 10 Virginia and thanks for the mornings of laughs you give to our entire community!

If you would like to take part in the Tuesday 10, copy the questions above and send them in to me at notesfromasouthernkitchen@gmail.com

Short Notes… Ted Cruz for President

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Various sources are reporting that Senator Ted Cruz is weighing a possible Presidential bid in 2016.  One Such Story Here

The freshman Senator from Texas has proven to be quite the firebrand since being elected last November, taking the place of former Congressman Allen West as the most controversial member of Congress.

It has been interesting to watch Ted Cruz insult and alienate other Senator colleagues and his constituents of both parties.

The Senator from Texas hasn’t quite learned that diplomacy is vital part of big picture politics, stomping your feet to get your way doesn’t quite work once you get off the playground.

If the Republican Party were to nominate, or even take seriously, a Ted Cruz candidacy,  the rhetoric of reaching out to minorities and inclusion for all Americans would be proven a theory with no base in reality.

Note to the Republican Party, nominate Ted Cruz or give him a national platform and you will find yourself on the short end of a Presidential election once again.

The very thought of a Ted Cruz candidacy must have the Democratic National Committee dancing at their desks.  If Republicans want to ensure eight more years of Democratic rule, seriously consider Ted Cruz as a voice for the party and see what happens.

Independent voters will be watching and we will not support a party that nominates or supports the fringe.

Short Notes ~ Rubio Gets It

Last night Marco Rubio delivered the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address.

While the “I am an immigrant, my father is a bartender, I am the American dream” speech will grow old eventually, (he has basically delivered the same speech now numerous times), I don’t think he did any harm to his brand.

This morning Senator Rubio sent out a tweet that showed just how much he got “it!”

WELL PLAYED!

Short Notes… Hypocrisy Is as Hypocrisy Does

A friend made the following post this morning on his Facebook page….

Who thinks there would be strong bi-partisan support for comprehensive immigration reform if the Republicans didn’t get their butts kick in the last election? Hypocrites!

Do they think they are going to be able to buy votes with their ‘gifts’ to the growing Hispanic population in this country?

I couldn’t help but chuckle as I read the comment thinking aren’t gifts to the Unions, unemployed, gays, women, racial minorities and every other political “group,” the way the Democrats came to power?

Let’s at least be honest in the debate….  there is quite enough hypocrisy to go around on both sides of the issues.