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The Reaganettes, brought to you by Tab

I am looking for TV commercials from the 1980s that feature mothers, women and girls conforming to yuppie, conservative, WASPy ideals of beauty and behavior. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 25, 2014 - 20 answers

 

Help me identify this conservative female education reformer from Texas

I came across an education reformed with ties to Texas and a conservative stance on education. She wrote a fairly controversial book where she maintained that there were different cultural and class categories into which groups could be demarcated. Although the book was full of vast generalizations, it was full of some insights as well. In this book, she discussed the idea that people of wealth often emphasize appearance and presentation over practicality and durability while individuals who were raised in the middle class were more concerned with practicality. She also noted that individuals growing up in poverty had strong informal networks that helped them to navigate the world around them. The model she used was not unlike a management consulting approach that pegs products into cashcows, dogs, question marks, and stars. Does anybody remember the name of this author? I’m not even sure she’s teaching anymore but I can’t seem to remember who she is.
posted by caudal on Jan 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Does striking down DOMA involve immanentizing the eschaton?

What was my conservative Christian Facebook acquantaince talking about when he said that we were "grind[ing] towards the end of the first societal transition phase"? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Ev'rything free in America

Some friends who supported Romney are so displeased with the election results that they are now threatening to move to Canada or Australia for the next four years. Okay. Would their experiences living as American citizens in those countries in reality align more closely with their conservative ideals? How 'bout if they became citizens? What's the best response to these people? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Nov 7, 2012 - 76 answers

No true scottsman?

Is it fair and accurate of me to believe that my liberalism is not tainted by the massive harm caused by communist dictators and other historical "leftist" movements that have caused great harm? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 19, 2012 - 27 answers

What Would Ainsley Watch?

What is(are) the Republican/conservative/libertarian equivalent(s) of The West Wing ? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Sep 25, 2012 - 38 answers

Barack-ing the vote?

Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Aug 23, 2012 - 55 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Raise taxes to cut spending?

Recently I saw an article online in which a conservative argued that the battle to cut spending was unwinnable and that therefore the conservative strategy should be to raise taxes to the level required to maintain programs, the idea being that this is the only way to convince people that spending cuts are necessary. Help me find this article please.
posted by Jackson on Jan 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me, help them, help us all

I need a book recommendation for my conservative parents, something of critical thinking subject matter but not tip them off its picked to change the way they think. [more inside]
posted by MiltonRandKalman on Dec 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Commitment Ceremonies 101

Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 22, 2011 - 29 answers

Can anyone elaborate on the Mormon themes in the Twilight books?

Can anyone elaborate on the Mormon themes in the Twilight books? I've read them all, and I still don't understand what's so particularly Mormon about them. Maybe I just don't know enough about Mormonism. I'm not a Twilight fan (I mostly read them because I was curious about all the fuss), so don't worry about offending me. [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Aug 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Need vibrator that will work for masturbation but doesn't seem like a sex toy!

Looking to find a discrete vibrator for young woman living at home with very religious parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 - 34 answers

What's up with conservatives talking about Chinese treasury holdings?

Can somebody explain the current conservative talking point "China Has Divested 97% of Its Holdings In U.S. Treasury Bills" to me? Is this simply false, or is it creative statistics, or what? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Jun 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for Innovative US Right-Wing Youth Civics and Activist groups

Looking for specific suggestions of particularly innovative successful/popular US national-level grassroots right-wing civics activist groups (can be conservative, libertarian, religious, non-religious etc. etc; but not extremist) for an academic research project. We are especially interested in youth-focussed/web & new media-savvy/participatory culture savvy groups. Any research report (academic or non-academic) recommendations are most welcome too. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

I am not a tourist.

In Orange Country, California for a few days. What tourist spots would be appropriate for a "right winger" tour? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Feb 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Conservative predictions

Have any of the major Conservative political pundits, especially Bill Kristol, Beck, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, et al., made any correct predictions about major historical, political, or social events in the last decade? [more inside]
posted by jspopin on Jan 22, 2011 - 8 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

What to do with my mom on Thanksgiving in NYC?

Last minute NYC Thanksgiving plans: need help with hotels, food, activities, etc. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me talk to Mamma Grizzly and Joe the Plumber.

What, if anything, is suddenly missing from the daily lives of rural, conservative Americans? How can I better understand the Tea Partier's point of view? [more inside]
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot on Nov 15, 2010 - 49 answers

Help me find an Bill Buckley ad for National Review where he is on a sailboat

I'm looking for a TV advertisement William F. Buckley, Jr. did in the late 80s or early 90s for his magazine, National Review, while sailing his boat. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

James and Mary we're not

Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 42 answers

A world without straw men

Inspired by this question-- what are some liberal writers who start from a position of comprehension of, and respect for, conservative viewpoints? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on May 7, 2010 - 14 answers

What does "liberal" and "conservative" mean to you?

What does it mean to colloquially say "That city is so liberal" or "That school is so conservative"? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on May 6, 2010 - 16 answers

What do I take to a Tea Party?

I'm going to a Tea Party tax day protest rally tomorrow. Looking for ideas on what to put on my sign. Something with a subtle double entendre would be nice, but I would prefer not to get beat down by gray panthers. Help me look nice and seditious!
posted by ackptui on Apr 14, 2010 - 55 answers

Therapy help for polyamorous triad near Waco?

How do I find a family therapist/counselor in Waco, TX that can help, rather than judge, my polyamorous relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 6 answers

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Need RIght To Use Rush Limbaugh Photo

How/where do I obtain the right to LEGALLY use a photo of Rush Limbaugh? I don't have a particular photo in mind, but can not find an organization/individual to grant the right to use any photo. After the recent flap over the Obama photo...
posted by toucano on Mar 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Who funds the tories?

How does one find a list of Tory party (UK) donors? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Jan 23, 2009 - 1 answer

America, love it or leave it (but where to go?)

I'm a liberal in a red state (Texas). After the 2000 and 2004 elections many people I know told me that if I didn't like the President I should move to Canada.

If Liberals go to Canada when a Republican wins, where would the conservatives go now? They wouldn't like Canada at all (no offense my Canadian friends). Conservatives wouldn't go to a country that has nationalized health care, progressive taxes or abortions. Any thoughts on what countries Conservatives would like?
posted by DragonBoy on Nov 6, 2008 - 50 answers

How much does Cameron earn?

How much does David Cameron earn annually? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Nov 3, 2008 - 5 answers

How to break the news to the conservative parents?

My girlfriend and I have been living together for about a year, and her conservative Asian parents don't know. How do we break the news to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2008 - 20 answers

What are the quality magazines of Conservative (U.S.) political/social opinion?

What are the quality magazines of Conservative (U.S.) political/social opinion? [more inside]
posted by radiosig on Dec 27, 2007 - 17 answers

We're not in kansas anymore...

Liberal moving to Colorado Springs for the summer. Please Advise. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Feb 12, 2007 - 15 answers

How to become a sex goddess?

SexualityFilter: I was raised as a strict religious conservative, but have realized that's just not me and I am starting over. I'd like to learn a lot more about myself, sexually. What tips and books do you have to help give a 23 year old woman sexual knowledge and confidence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2007 - 36 answers

how do you describe "x"

When you hear that someone is a "liberal" or a "conservative", what mental images immediately come to mind? What kinds of attitudes do you expect them to have? What do you think a political conversation would be like with them? Also, are you "liberal" or "conservative" or something else?
posted by GernBlandston on Nov 21, 2005 - 37 answers

Smart, funny, convincing Bush-supporting/conservative blogs?

I'm looking for conservative bloggers who are going to make me, a fairly well-entrenched liberal, re-examine my ideas and my own precepts by the weight of their arguments, and yet be an enjoyable read in the process. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 4, 2005 - 15 answers

Republicanism 101 for Teen Liberals

CogentRightWingThinkerFilter: A friend of mine has a younger sister who is a well-educated and politically savvy 16-year-old liberal Democrat. In the interests of broadening her horizons, what sources for Republican or right-wing politics would you recommend for her? [more inside]
posted by stet on Mar 7, 2005 - 69 answers

What makes you flip political allegiences?

What makes you switch sides? There's the old saying that if you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative by 60 you have no money/brain... but what events actually make people change? I'm pretty liberal myself and don't really see myself changing, but obviously people do. What event made you change, from one perspective to the other?
posted by rooftop secrets on Mar 6, 2005 - 45 answers

Unbiased political writing?

Now that the election is over, I'd like to ask a question about preparing for the next one. I'm still struggling with being (or not being) a political person. My problem is that I can't stand us-vs-them mentality. If a political discussion veers into "those insane democrats" or "those horrible republicans," by brain turns off. I know some will disagree, but I think there are very few complex issues that are black & white. So it's hard for me to believe that one party is right and the other is wrong. But most commentators seem to be "liberals" or "conservatives." I know I'm supposed to listen to them both and then make my own informed decision. But I'd love to find some writers (or speakers) who are deeply independent. I want to read columns by someone who regularly says, "the democrats are right about X and wrong about Y, whereas the republicans are right about A but wrong about B." And it would help if this person (people?) is a good writer, smart and knowlegeable about history. Where do you find the writers who are interested in facts -- not sides?
posted by grumblebee on Nov 3, 2004 - 21 answers

Where to Expatriate?

Of Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.:

Who hates Americans least?
Who is the least conservative?
Whose language is easiest to learn?
posted by pissfactory on Nov 3, 2004 - 41 answers

Did George W. Bush Actually Ever SAY That Our Mission Was Accomplished?

Debating politics with a (conservative) friend last night, we got to talking about the whole "mission acomplished" thing. He has challenged me to come up with a single quote where Bush says anything similar to "Our mission in Iraq has been accomplished" (as opposed to just standing in front of a sign that says it). Can anyone provide such a quote, with a link to back it up?
posted by anastasiav on Sep 30, 2004 - 16 answers

Southern Alberta: Am I throwing my vote away by voting NDP?

It's election day here in Canada, and I have still not made my mind up on who I am going to vote for. I am in Southern Alberta, so it is pretty much decided who is going to win here (last poll had the local Conservatives at 60%), Am I throwing my vote away by voting NDP? Or should I vote "strategically" with the second place party (the Liberal party, which I am not a huge fan of - mainly because of Paul Martin), as an "anyone but conservative" vote?
posted by Quartermass on Jun 28, 2004 - 13 answers

Intelligent, Cool, Conservative, Quiet, Traditionally Minded, Non-Religious, Non-Libertarian, Non-Gung-Ho, Non-Gun-Totin', Non-Evangelist Celebrities?

Are there any intelligent, cool celebrities (specially women, gays and intellectuals) who are conservative, quiet-spoken and traditionally-minded (and preferably non-religious) in a soft-spoken, non-libertarian, non-gung-ho, non-gun-totin' sense? Here's a list and here's another - but they both seem full of loud-mouthed, unthinking yobs or evangelists. Many thanks for any help with a list I've been asked to compile.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jun 22, 2004 - 26 answers

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