Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dear Readers



Dear Readers,

As Elle Woods said, "Being true to yourself never goes out of style." (Still can't believe Legally Blonde didn't win Best Picture).

This is primarily directed towards those so vehemently opposed not only to my views on our 2nd Amendment rights, but also those that feel it is bad business sense to post it on my blog...as well as the woman that said I should be ashamed to call myself a Christian for believing these things. (come on)

This is not a style blog, never has been, and never will be. It IS my personal blog, and I am truly sorry if you feel you cannot wear my clothes because of my beliefs. Yes, I enjoy talking about fashion, my clothing line, interior design, wellness and adventures in motherhood, but, sometimes, I want to talk about other things which are very important to me. So often these days, people say they are "alienated" by the beliefs of others, and it is unfortunate this seems to happen so easily. Not purchase my clothes because I am conservative? Or because I have strong (I know they are strong) opinions that differ from yours or don't make sense to you? Me saying I would boycott Hollywood films simply because the actor in them is liberal and outspoken is just plain silly. Or stating that I will not buy Vogue because Anna Wintour hosts $40,000 a plate dinners for the Obamas. But, of course, each to their own. I have chosen to speak out because I feel it is the right thing to do.

Numerous commenters have asked, “WHY?” Why would I post such strong views as a businesswoman trying to grow a brand? My response to this might offend people, but there are more important things to me in life than fashion, marketing my brand and trying to get as many followers as possible. Real life and how it affects me and you and all of us will ALWAYS take precedence over selling clothes. As I said above, I find it quite sad and strange that some aren't strong enough in their views and beliefs to not be able to read a blog or buy someone's product without being alienated because they hold strong contrary opinions to their own. I don't get cranky when people send me articles saying I am going to get colon cancer next week because I eat so much meat, or tell me I am out of my mind because I think whole grains are bad. I am not offended when mothers tell me I am an irresponsible parent for choosing not to vaccinate, or to have my babies at home. I don’t feel alienated, I don't feel judged, and I don't care. I have done my research and feel confident in my decisions, and move on with my life. Period.

It IS appalling to think that we live in a time where it would be a better decision for teachers to be trained in the use of firearms, but that is the reality, plain and simple. We have to accept that and decide what to do to move forward, but stricter gun control is not the answer. If someone wants to get a gun, they will find a way to do so even if means breaking the law. We can be prepared as best we can to defend ourselves against the evil that unfortunately exists in our world today. If you have not done so, read The Enemy Is Denial, by Lt. Col Dave Grossman, the world's foremost expert on human aggression and violence. 

If you would like to read additional information (several requested more sources), please read the subheadings beneath my signature at the end of this post. There is a great one via Harvard that concludes gun control is both ineffective and counterproductive. I also very briefly discuss the new NRA ad using Obama's daughters (I personally believe it to be inappropriate), the lack of success of the previous assault weapons ban, Obama's plan to prevent another Newtown, known side effects of Ritalin, Prozac, and other ADHD drugs, and a few other topics as well. 

As the WSJ article below states, "those making the argument that banning guns has worked in places like Australia and England might be advised to check the statistics or risk looking foolish if they encounter someone armed with the facts." Armed with the facts...I like that. My post (and other opinion pieces along these lines) are often seen as one-sided because yes, I have already made up my mind on what I think. I base my opinions and beliefs on facts. 

Given the FACTS about the uselessness of gun control and gun bans already out there, this should not even be an issue of gun control, but sadly the administration has made it so. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's first Chief of Staff, infamously said to never let a crisis go to waste. (Disgusting) What we are seeing is a gradual chipping away of our freedoms, and in this case, gun rights, which should be a state by state issue. It is not the job of the federal government and President to decide this. 

Lastly, to those that said shame on me for using MY blog to post what I am interested in? Really? This is hardly worth addressing, but as I said above there are more important things than growing a business, and the fashion game will never take precedent over real life.

I am a conservative, I always have been, and always will be, because I believe in the power of the INDIVIDUAL over the power of the government. 

Also, going forward I will no longer be posting (or even bother reading) Anonymous comments on any opinion posts, regardless of whether they are for or against my stance. Stand behind what you believe and what you say. If you will not, don't say it.

Now, back to pretty pictures, Gucci, Louboutin, bright colored wallpaper, neon acrylic accessories and pink velvet chairs...for now. 

Respectfully,
SF.


If you actually care about LEARNING something about all of this - putting politics aside and learning from someone that knows guns, if you have learned all you know about guns from TV, if you want to EDUCATE yourself on the matter to be able to have an intelligent debate, read THIS.

Gun Control Is Ineffectual and Counterproductive - Harvard
Australian Gun Control has little to no impact - WSJ
UPDATE Jan. 20: here is a short article about the difficulty of committing a mentally ill person BEFORE a tragedy like Newtown happens.

NEW NRA AD USING OBAMA CHILDREN
With regards to the NRA using the Obama children in their ad, I agree that was not appropriate, however what did Obama do at his announcement of the 23 points? He exploited children to advance his agenda. An emotional ploy. They were used as props to appeal to emotions and deflect from the real issues. It was theatrical staging, with an implication that if you don't sign onto the President's proposals, then you are somehow not standing behind the children and treating them with disrespect. A choreographed moment to push legislation. Ridiculous. Furthermore, Obama can say all he wants that his children should be kept out of politics, and I agree they should, however HE has used them in campaign ads, referred to them in the BP oil spill, Michelle talked about one daughter's BMI being too high, they used them when signing the healthcare bill...it goes on and on. When his back is up against a wall, he uses his own girls as references. 


ASSAULT WEAPON BAN FROM 1994 - 2004

Democrats championed gun control two decades ago with Clinton and as a result of public opinion being so strongly against it, they didn't touch it for two decades. We as a nation have a HISTORY of gun rights and a gun culture, and a 2nd Amendment like no other country in the world. The assault weapons ban from 1994-2004, according to a study done by the DOJ, had ZERO effect on the rate of gun violence decreasing. It didn't make a bit of difference then, and it will not now.

OBAMA: PREVENT ANOTHER NEWTOWN

So, when Obama said in his speech that everything in his plan was to prevent another Newtown... let's review: That there needed to be a military style assault weapons ban. Why would this prevent Newtown if it didn't work before. He called for a background check. Why? The guns used in Newtown were bought by the killer's mother, so that wouldn't have helped prevent it. He said they used the type of semi automatic rifles that were the target of the assault weapons ban. WRONG. The guns used were NOT on the assault weapons ban list. NOTHING he said would have stopped Newtown if enforced, was completely useless, and simply gave the appearance of motion.

IF ONE LIFE CAN BE SAVED
To say that if there is one life that can be saved by doing something, we should do it? Huh? This should probably be across the board then. What about motorcycles? Do we need restrictions on those so perhaps ONE life could be saved? Bicycles can be dangerous. So can spoons. Anyone ever seen Murder in the First? 

CHECKS AND BALANCE
I disagree as much as humanly possible when people say our country is not what it was when our forefathers wrote the 2nd Amendment. We are a free nation, and the issue here is FREEDOM. This is why it was #2 in the Bill of Rights. It is to allow the citizenry to guarantee themselves a free state, so that if the government turns on you, you can defend yourself. We have seen governments become tyrannical - Italy, Germany, China, just to name a few. The founding fathers were concerned with separation of power for a reason, letting congress legislate, not the President. Checks and balance. 

OBAMA'S MISUSE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Obama has continually abused his power throughout his Presidency (recess appointments, weakening of welfare work requirements, executive orders to stop deportations of illegals when he couldn't get the Dream Act passed, Obamacare being jammed through, DOJ refusing to uphold defense of marriage act, pushing through contraception mandate, no congressional approval for strikes on Libya...) and this is another case of that. (Republicans have done this as well, however he has taken it to a new level). Executive orders are not intended for this. Hence, why Americans are out in record numbers purchasing firearms as their 2nd Amendment rights continue to erode. Journalists are demonizing our citizens, many of which are single women, young mothers and elderly widows out buying firearms that are fearing for their safety. Where are the success stories of use of defensive guns every day for protection? We are looking at an overreaching of the federal government like we never have before, and people are going to protect themselves from this.

**WHY KIDS KILL (click for full article and information on side effects of ADHD drugs, Ritalin, Zoloft, Prozac, and how things like poor nutrition and toxic metals - for example, mercury in dental fillings, and yes it is STILL in vaccines, along with KNOWN neurotoxins like formaldehyde - affect children's brain function. It is much easier to prescribe a drug than investigate the root of the problem).

59 comments:

  1. Sheridan, I wish I could HUG you right now!!! You are so well versed and I am so proud of you for being able to stand and write beautifully of what you believe in (and I'm right with you on your beliefs….Just not as well versed). Thank you a million times over for being TRUE to yourself. Thank you for standing up and for having these conversations. We must as AMERICAN'S stand up for what we believe and fight for what our forefathers founded our country on. If we loose what these men founded (fought and died) our country on then where do we go? There are no other free nations.

    To those that oppose guns, if you don't want to own a gun; fine don't own one. But, don't say that I'm a horrible person because I support gun ownership. We live in a free country and are free to choose.

    Lastly, to those that are all caught up in the gun ownership issue what about the violence that millions commit every day by aborting their babies? These babies do not have a voice. Their incubators (I can't say mother because mothers love their children; they do not kill their children) do not have a gun but they are still killing innocent children! What about them?

    Those that I know that have guns (My family included) would never think of using a gun in an inappropriate manner. We teach gun safety. We see it as a defense or for sport; not for hurting innocent people.

    Again, Sheridan, I thank you for your courage, your spirit and your love of our country!

    May God bless you and your family always!
    Big Texas Hugs,
    CC

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    1. CC-
      Yes, love the argument on abortions. Where is the voice for that? No where, because the vast majority of Americans think it is okay. We mourned the 27 that died in Newton, as we definitely should, but nobody mourned the approximately 3,000 babies that were aborted that day. (See the Guttamcher Institute for statistics, they are planned parenthoods independent research arm and keep records of this) 3,000 babies. Every single day.

      And also yes that if someone doesn't like guns, don't own one. It's your right to choose to have or have not a gun in your home. I have a close friend who admits that she feels she could never shoot someone even if they were in her home trying to harm her and her children, so she has opted to not have a gun in her home. I can respect her decision, but I don't agree with it, and I will protect my family in the terrible event that I have to.

      And for Sheridan, I just found your blog yesterday and left a comment about loving that you posted in favor of guns and our 2nd ammendment rights. Thank you for taking a stand for your beliefs. I have to admit I was excited beyond belief to find someone that actually has similar thoughts about this!

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  2. Sheridan,
    I enjoy your blog and I enjoy your "strong" personality. I respect you for taking a stand and taking a "beating" as a result of that. Most of us tend to have our views quietly so that we won't receive such criticism. As a conservative Christian myself, I feel that everything is a double standard. It's supposed to be okay for a liberal to bash Christians, state their opinions on everything from gun control to gay rights, but as soon as we take a stand, we are evil, horrible, greedy people.
    And I will NEVER understand why people think you can't post your own opinion on your OWN blog!!! If they don't agree, don't read it!!!!!! There are several blogs that I used to enjoy but I stopped reading them b/c I was tired of them pushing their liberal views or making fun of Jesus. I never left a comment or told them they were wrong, or said I wouldn't read their blog again. I just stopped reading. It's called respecting others. We are told to be "tolerant" of everything, yet no one is "tolerant" of Christians, Republicans or those believing differently from them. I don't see that it will ever change though.
    Thank you for taking a stand.

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  3. I have never commented on a blog before, but I am moved to now. I am as flaming a liberal as they come: Northern Californian, pro gay-marriage, pro-choice, anti-death penalty, anti-gun, legalize marijuana...and the list goes on.

    But I would never presume to argue with someone else's opinion. It is a matter of respect. I am not going to change your mind no more than you will change mine. I just scroll down if things get too conservative for me.

    There is plenty of gluten-free, parenting, fashion forward common ground. And if the day comes when there isn't, then it will just be time to move on.

    So rock on sister. I like your crazy.

    KdK

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    1. Kara! Love your comment. LOVE! Thank you times eleventy billion. xxSF.

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    2. I completely agree with Kara. While I don't hold many of the same opinions as you, I certainly wouldn't stop reading your blog or think any less of you because of your opinions. Just like you said that you just move on when someone thinks you're doing such and such wrong, I just move on when I read something I disagree with. I love your blog because you have such a strong voice and great design and fashion sense (I found your blog through Amber Interiors blog).

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  4. Where is the "LOVE" button??

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  5. As a young female working in Republican politics, I love your blog for not only your "pretty posts," but for your thought provoking ones as well! Keep it up - this is one of my favorite places to escape the workday for a few minutes!

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  6. I would totally give you a hug, too! :) I really enjoy reading EVERYTHING you post! Your blog is awesome and you are awesome! Please continue to post anything and everything you want to.

    xLacey

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  7. Rock on Sheridan. Why cant us Conservatives have a voice? Liberals go on and on. Amen sister. Never change who you are.

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  8. Way to go, Sheridan! Whether or not I agree with you is irrelevant because you have so eloquently backed up your beliefs with your strong words of conviction. I cannot fault someone for having an opinion and educating themselves and others as to why they believe what they believe. Bravo!

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  9. I think you are a savvy, smart woman and I applaud you for doing your research and sharing your beliefs. I am biased because I share your opinions on nutrition and government (no kids yet so can't speak to the parenting issues but I may take some cues from you when the time comes). Still, I think that liberals let their hearts take over their brains. It would be great if banning guns = the end of violence, but that's not the world we live in. We can't depend on police for protection 24/7 so the smart thing to do is be armed to protect ourselves. The administration wants us to depend on them for everything (protection, health care, etc...) so we'll all become part of the machine. THANK YOU for pushing back. Sheridan for President!

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  10. I applaud you for standing up for what you believe! What a great role model for your children!

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  11. I respect that you use your blog as a platform to have your voice heard. People are funny, we all are in some way. It's just too bad that people think bashing each other with words is productive. In any way. Rock on girl.

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  12. Love all of your posts! Proud of you for standing up and voicing your opinions. Keep up the great work. :-)

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  13. I am new to your blog, but so far I am impressed. It seems we share a lot of the same opinions. To the people who scold you for posting your opinion on your own blog, well they are the ones who support our government telling us all what to do, also known as no freedom. I don't want to see what that scary world would be like. And to all of them, if you are in the same public place as me and a deranged gunman came by, I would do my darndest to protect you with my firearm.

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  14. As my mother use to say, "stand for something or fall for anything."
    I applaud your courage for standing up for your beliefs. Although I haven't met you, I can sense your character and morals by what you believe is important in life. I also, agree to accept people even if my view of issues are not the same,it doesn't mean I have to eliminate them or their business, food, children,etc. from my life if we disagree. Maturity is being open minded and and being willing to share and receive. Our country has become dysfunctional as have many families who have lost their way by the lack of integrity, honesty, humility and the values that once made us a respectable people.

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  15. I have read your blog on and off ever since EOS wrote about your beautiful clothes. This is my first time commenting on any blog really, but I just wanted to write and say how much I appreciate you sharing your opinion. You expressed your beliefs much more eloquently than I ever could. I share many of the same values you hold but usually keep them to myself, mainly due to the rude comments and backlash we tend to get as conservatives (as evidenced by the several disrespectful comments you received on your last post.) Regardless whether people agree or not, it is your blog. Say what you want! I love seeing you take a stand in something you really feel strongly about- free speech and rights of the individual! You got yourself a lifelong fan.

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  16. Sheridan, ideologically we couldn't be more different. I've been reading your gun posts and have itched to link you to the numerous studies showing that presence of guns increases the likelihood of violence, which is why I would never in a million years let my precious babies walk past a loaded weapon every day, not knowing who else would see the same weapons and take it as a challenge. However, this is your blog, and it's never occurred to me to stop reading because we disagree.

    All I ask from anyone is that they are kind. I truly think it is unkindness that is our undoing. You have never struck me as unkind (in fact, quite the opposite) Neither liberals or conservatives are inherently bad people. They are just people. They breathe in and out and try and do the best they can for themselves, their families, and their communities.

    Sometimes I find, as an (extremely) liberal woman, that my opinions can get me into trouble professionally. But like you, my conscience weighs more than my ambition, and I will never sit silent and watch the world go by without doing my part to make it safer and happier where I can. I wish you all the best.

    Sincerely,

    Clara from the UK (but living in New Zealand!)

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  17. Okay, You.Seriously.ROCK!!!! I love the way you think, communicate and your clothes also Rock!!! Please keep it up... Thank You

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  18. I'm glad you posted this. While I disagree with some of your opinions, that would never affect how I view you as a person or have anything to do with buying your clothes!
    I'm always amazed by how many people preach tolerance - that we should be understanding of others' differences - but then fail to apply that to different political beliefs.
    I've had people who consider themselves cosmopolitan, sophisticated and intelligent tell me that they think Americans who vote Republican are stupid. Thanks, you've just insulted my entire family AND I'm sure you would never tell someone who is Jewish or Buddhist that you think their beliefs are stupid... why is it okay to do the same for politics??
    There is enough room in America for all viewpoints.
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

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  19. Sheridan,

    Please don't try to draw parallels between the situations in the US and the UK to bolster your case. It's a weak argument - from you and from the WSJ journalist you link to.

    I'm a little surprised that you don't realise that, having lived in the UK?

    The journalist seems to suggest we have a big gun crime problem, and tries to link that to our gun control not working.

    She writes: 'Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is.'

    First of all, to refute the point that gun crime is, or has become, a big problem:

    - The number of people murdered with guns here is miniscule - and it isn't rising. In 2011, 51 people were murdered with a gun in England. That number (being so small) has fluctuated over the last 15 years, from 18 (in 2009) to 52 (in 2004). There is no pattern of rising or falling.

    See stats at http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/united-kingdom

    To put that in perspective, in 2011 there were 8,775 gun homicides in the US. Even taking into account differences in population, that is an eye-watering difference.

    - Other offences involving firearms are, in fact, decreasing rapidly.

    From independent government (so very reliable) statistics:

    In 2011, 5,507 firearm offences were recorded in England and Wales, an 18 per cent decrease on the previous year. Since 2005/06 there has been a 43% decrease in the number of firearm offences.

    http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_283456.pdf

    So, it would seem our approach to guns is working pretty well here as it stands.

    However, it is interesting that apparently (according to Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_Kingdom) the journalist is right in saying that handgun crime did increase after new gun laws in 1996. However, I can't find another source for this. I would need to see some hard stats before commenting.

    As I said in my last post, I know the situation is different in the US, and I'm not saying I necessarily disagree with your views.

    However, what I do disagree strongly with is using twisted facts and stats to make an argument.

    V. interesting debate though!

    Jennifer

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    1. A good example for you to look at gun control and crime would be Chicago. They have some very tough gun control laws for the US and yet lead the nation in homicides. If you don't like the UK/US comparison, this would be one to look at.

      I think it boils down to the fact that criminals will do whatever is necessary to get guns regardless of the laws that are enacted. But as a law abiding citizen, it isn't fair for my rights to suffer because some idiot is going to steal a gun and then kill someone with it. Do I not have a right to protect myself from them and their violence?

      Rules will always be broken by a select few. But that does not negate everyone else's rights.

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    2. Sheridan:

      I do not understand your argument. You say repeatedly that you don't want your 2nd amendment rights to be taken away, and as above "it isn't fair for my rights to suffer because some idiot is going to steal a gun and then kill someone with it."

      As far as I can tell Obama is asking Congress to implement mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales; reinstate a ban on some assault-style weapons; ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds; and crackdown on illicit weapons trafficking.

      The president's proposal also includes new initiatives for school safety, including a call for more federal aid to states for hiring so-called school resource officers (police), counselors and psychologists, and improved access to mental health care. That is it in a nutshell.

      My question to you is why would you oppose what I just stated? It will not limit your gun ownership provided you don't mind complying with a background check and you are not planning to buy assault weapons or weapons that require high-capacity magazines. In fact, why would a civilian EVER have a need for these types of weapons? So, how does this limit your 2nd amendment rights? I have not read ANYWHERE that ANYONE including the president is considering outlawing ALL guns. Do you think that all sorts of weapons (grenades, bazookas, etc.) should be available for purchase by an ordinary citizen?

      I do feel there is value in trying to decrease the possibility that a bad person would have access to these types of weapons. We take licenses from those who get a DWI. They can certainly and often do drive without a license; however, the law may and often does deter them. That is what the essence of the law is about. It should not infringe on your rights as a citizen in any way unless you are planning to use the aforementioned weapons.

      A background check is also a very reasonable thing that I would think any responsible gun owner would support. Some statistics state that as many as 90% of guns are purchased at gun shows (private sales) where a background check is not required. You have to show a license to buy alcohol and cigarettes, vote, get married. I realize that is not the same thing as a background check, but why would you oppose a background check?

      I understand that you want the right to own a gun, but you have that right. You have written 3 blogs supporting that right. That right does not appear to be in jeopardy. In all earnestness I ask you what you oppose in the above stated request from Obama to our Congress?

      Respectfully,

      Betsy

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    3. Hi Betsy,

      As I said in the subheadings below my post, a background check would have not helped at all with Newtown. Adam's mother had bought him the guns. The previous assault weapons ban did not work, as was reported in studies done by both the DOJ and DOD, so this would once again be pointless. What do you do if you live in NYC and two intruders come into your home? You'd better be a good shot! Seven bullets to take down two men? Highly unlikely, considering the first thing to go in a high-adrenolin situation is feeling in your fingers, and police officers themselves miss 80% of the time at nearly point blank range. Limiting rounds could put people that deal with defending themselves against rapists, burglars, home intruders, etc. at a great disadvantage, simply to potentially lessen the lives taken by some school shooting that might happen in the future.

      As far as illicit weapons trafficking, Obama himself has sent guns to Mexico (Reuters just reported on it Jan 15, though it was going on months ago yet not published in mainstream news sources), so I don't believe a lick of what he says about that.

      The percentages that would be given for hiring police is something like less than 4%, and spreading that out over schools across the states would barely make a dint.

      My disagreement with everything, aside from it's lack of merit in actually preventing shootings from happening again, is that it is not the federal government's job to make any of these decisions. It is the states'.

      xxSF.

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  20. Hi Sheridan,

    I second Kara's comment above - I LOVE this blog! Our lives (and beliefs) couldn't be more different - I am a single 26 career girl living in London (though aspiring to lots of gorgeous babies like yours some day in the distant future!), and am pretty liberal on most things. Like Kara, I doubt we'd agree on guns, abortion, gay marriage, death penalty, etc etc - BUT, I think all the dissenters on here are totally missing the point!!

    Despite knowing we think differently, I genuinely LOVE reading your opinions - they are well-researched and eloquently put, and I really don't think you 'judge' or condemn others for thinking differently. In fact, I'd like to think that if we met in real life, we'd become friends and enjoy lots of lively, thought-proviking but RESPECTFUL debates in your cosy kitchen, rather than over the internet :)

    I have friends who hold all manner of opinions from extreme conservative to extreme liberal, and I can honestly say that those beliefs don't affect our friendships at all... because it's not about what you think, but how you think it. We keep talking about living in a free society - and what is more free and more amazing than being able to openly express our views? - whichever side of the fence we sit on - and know that the only consequences are some disgruntled blog comments! We are SO lucky to be able to be so free and open in our opinions, and THAT is common ground between everyone arguing on here - and instead of getting fired up that someone thinks differently, maybe the people commenting on here should take a moment to reflect on how refreshing it is that we are free to have different opinions in the first place. Debate and difference is AMAZING and it is what keeps our minds active and alive.

    And one more thing - anyone who skims through this blog even briefly can immediately see that whatever people might object to in your mind, your heart is truly inspirational. The love you clearly have for everyone in your life shines through, and that's really amazing - I LOVE the 'goals' section on your blog profile about wanting to be the best mother, daughter, friend, etc - you seem to be doing pretty well! :)

    I love this blog because it is a true mix of all life - if it was just pretty pictures, I'd probably get bored after a while :) I love reading and hearing what others think, so PLEASE keep it up - no topic should be too contraversial, and if it is, those small-minded people who can't at least comment with respect should stop reading! :)

    Lots of love! xxx

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  21. I don't always agree with you but I love hearing different opinions and arguments on lots of different topics, along with all your pretty, fun, neon-filled posts. People who don't like to hear a view opposite of their's are the problem, not people who at least make up their mind based on research and statistics. And anyone who won't buy your clothes because of your personal beliefs is just as prejudice as those they say they judge. This is a blog, not mandatory reading! They should just move on to one that expresses views they approve of and leave you alone. You don't need that kind of business! Keep on expressing yourself, educating yourself, and blogging- those of us who enjoy it are happy to read it!

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  22. We disagree politically, but completely agree that this is your blog, and that you should be free to express your thoughts. It's a shame people can no longer engage in intelligent debate, and feel the need to berate those with opinions that differ from their own.

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  23. GO GIRL!!!!!! Didn't that feel great!

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  24. Sheridan,

    Honestly, I don't agree with your politics. Nevertheless, your critics seem to have forgetten all about the Amendment that comes right before the one about which you've expressed your opinion. Shame on them, not on you.

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  25. I believe the media is focusing mainly on the gun control aspects of the legislative package because it obviously brings such a strong response as shown by your posts and all of our comments :)

    The proposal also lists initiatives to assist with the mental health side of such tragic attacks...millions of dollars to teachers, social workers, etc. to help train and identify in order to help those that appear at risk.

    http://thenotebook.org/blog/135521/obama-proposes-host-safety-mental-health-programs-curb-violence
    http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/HealthPolicy/36884
    http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2013/January/17/public-health-obama-gun-violence-proposal.aspx

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  26. I completely agree with all your thoughts. You are incredibly well informed.
    Keep up the good work!
    By the way, my date night with my husband last night was at our local gun range!
    You cannot help but develop a healthy respect for fire arms when you hold one in your hand and shoot it.
    We cannot hand over all our rights in the quest for security. To paraphrase John Adams, we will end up neither secure or free.

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  27. I think it's so great to see someone posting about important issues and not just "pretty pictures". I applaud you, Sheridan!! Although I agree with about 90% of what you say, I would never quit being a fan just because I don't agree with that 10% ;) Wouldn't life be boring if we were all the same?

    xoxo
    Chels

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  28. Love this post. I admire you for standing up for what you believe in and sticking to it firmly!! :)

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  29. Amen! I admire you for your beliefs because I share them, but I also admire that you don't cater to anyone to sell clothes. And I think you do an amazing job at researching and posting these opinions.

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  30. You go girl. You have the right to your opinion as we all do. I personally did not grow up around guns nor do we have guns in our home. I do have a baseball bat and hammer and would not hesitate to use them to defend my family. I just know myself well enough to know I am a nervous nelly with a gun. However, I do believe it is the right of every citizen to protect themselves.

    Sarah Beth

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  31. Sheridan, thank you so much for standing up for what you believe! As a guy who was raised in the South and still lives in the South..I just don't understand all the hoopla about firearms. I grew up around them and my kids grew up around them. They were taught at an early age to respect a firearm and the proper way to use a firearm.

    My son-in-law spent 15 months in Iraq defending the rights we know have to speak our opinion without fear. If someone doesn't like an opinion of a blog or web site, just don't read it. Last time I checked there is no required reading.

    And yes. A guy reads your blog. I get a lot of good ideas for my bride of 33 + years. I get good gift and surprise ideas from your site.

    Keep up the good work....

    Jim T
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    1. Oh Jim thank you for such a lovely comment! I am thrilled to hear you are a reader, and your wife is definitely lucky to have a sweet husband like you. Will keep working on finding extra special surprises for her :)

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  32. Well, following you on Instagram (vava_johnson) and have loved your photos. And, now even more so! :) I am a 'soul sister' through and through...however, if I were NOT, it would not stop me from reading your blog or purchasing items from you. As everyone has so eloquently stated, it is YOUR blog. You are as beautiful on the inside as the outside and your posts make me want to stand up a bit more for my beliefs. Thank you, Sheridan!

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  33. Sheridan I have long followed your blog and greatly admire you. This is YOUR blog and you can post whatever you like. I too am a conservative and it is very nice to follow a person who holds the same values as myself and doesn't back down to opposition.

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  34. Amen Sheridan. I find you to be a very intelligent, well read, business savy woman! I share your beleifs on vaccines, gun control, and I am a Paleo follower. I would love to meet you one day and pick your brain! Even though I agree with your beliefs, I would never post otherwise if I did not on your blog. You should be respected for being intelligent, doing your research and taking a stand!

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  35. "Or stating that I will not buy Vogue because Anna Wintour hosts $40,000 a plate dinners for the Obamas."
    You may be unaware, but your about section still states that you want to grace the cover of Vogue.

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    1. Yes I would still LOVE to! That was my point, that I am not going to boycott a person/publication/product/etc based on their beliefs.

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  36. Whatever your views, I suggest you read about Lott as an academic before you recommend his book. I heard him speak at the U of C (on another topic) but his math and statistics were rather curious.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lott#Controversy

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  37. Sheridan! I commend you on standing behind your beliefs and not backing down. I do share your beliefs on most issues I can empathize with you in this because any time we decide to share our conservative views someone of differing beliefs ALWAYS states their assent(usually loudly and full of anger). It is actually a bit hilarious to me how hypocritical some people can be, also a bit ironic since they claim to be the "open-minded" ones. I hope that you continue to use your platform to voice your opinions and fight against allowing our government to grow bigger and bigger. It is so devastating that so many Americans are willing to give up their rights and freedoms for nothing in return. My hope is that Americans can forget whether they are liberal or conservative/Democrat or Republican and that they can realize what is happening to our country. I am afraid to see what we will become as a country if we allow our government to continue growing bigger and more controlling.

    Keep up the good work!!
    Emily

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  38. Regarding the reference to amalgam in fillings in the article you linked, I think it's important to note that the countries that have banned amalgam fillings have banned them for environmental reasons, over concerns surrounding the disposal of excess material. (This is, incidentally, a main reason I hate CFL light bulbs. They contain mercury, and almost nobody disposes of them properly.) Also, the alternative to amalgam fillings is plastic, which contains BPA, so really it's a "pick your poison" situation. Amalgam fillings can last upwards of 30 years. Plastic fillings typically fail relatively quickly.

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  39. Also, some recent clarification about Sidwell. No armed guards.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/4-pinocchios-for-a-slashing-nra-ad-on-security-at-sidwell-friends-school/2013/01/16/95b2127a-6032-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_blog.html

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  40. You are a very wise girl! Love you. Love your blog.
    Tricia G.

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  41. Just wanted to say that I love your blog and have for a long time now. And even if/or when I do disagree with some things that you say, I love that you bring it all to the table. I appreciate it in fact, because it starts a conversation about issues/lifestyle. It's the only way we all grow, by talking and learning about things. And just like you said, this is your blog, you can write about whatever you want! So I say, just keep doing YOU. I think there are many more people that think you and your blog are pretty damn awesome, then there are that want to boycott your blog. :-)

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  42. I adore that you say what you want to say and don't let the negative comments you receive dictate what you post on here. One reason I love your blog is that the subject matter always changes, which shows how well-rounded and educated you are. Thank YOU!

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  43. You are my hero! I have so much respect for how you have handled this and how you continue to stand up for what is important to you. Wonderful...I just adore you!

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  44. I do agree with you on the medicines/vaccines/nutrition issue with children. Total and 100% agree with you.

    One more thing to point out: If you don't think that every single politician on either side of the aisle, agrees with and lives by, Rahm's "never let any crisis go to waste" then you should revisit your opinion on politicians. Unfortunately, that is how they operate. Money and power hungry - ALL OF THEM. And honestly, how every major company operates and how their PR department instructs them to operate.

    Not that I agree with it, but acting like this is something that is only a trait of the Obama administration is misleading.

    I'm a liberal thinker, but I also believe in the individual, and the individuals power to to do amazing things in this country. I am a liberal, but I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I am a liberal, and I think the Senate needs to pass a damn budget! I am a liberal, who is okay with guns in my home and knows how to use them.

    The problem I have is people who label themselves as one thing, and fight vehemently for that party no matter what. It breeds divisiveness in this nation, unnecessarily. I think that most Americans identify with multiple issues from different parties but are afraid to admit it.

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  45. I like reading your blog, and although I find that I can not agree with you on many (not all) issues, it is good to know other perspectives. I never comment on politics or relegion, these are personal choices and we are not close enough friends to discuss these here. I own a few pieces from your clothing line and adore them. My support of your business or blog is not predicated on your political beliefs, and I am an adult and can stop reading the post I do not enjoy or support. You are NEVER boring and that is what I love.

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  46. Sheridan-

    First--you are right. This is YOUR blog, and you have the right to write whatever you choose. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it. PERIOD.

    Secondly, I consider myself socially liberal but conservative in other areas. I live in a state that wholeheartedly endorses the 2nd Amendment and I do as well. But I also support making sure that people like felons who should NOT have gun do not have them and that means universal background check. My husband has a conceal and carry permit and willingly waited 2 weeks to get his license. While over the years I have read your blog and may not always agreed with your viewpoints, I never doubted your sincerity in your beliefs. I try to follow advice I was given long ago which was to take time and listen to people you disagree with. You may still learn something.

    I don't consider myself affiliated with any party and have become very disenchanted with our current crop of politicans. They don't seem to be representing US, the American people. That is where my anger comes in. I also get angry at the insane spin that goes on between BOTH parties. I'm a girl who watches Meet the Press almost every Sunday (to my hubby's delight) and hardly anyone answers a question. It's a shame.

    So keep on typing, girl. I may not always agree with you but I will ALWAYS agree with your right to say what you believe.

    Melissa

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    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for the sweet words. Universal background check DOES sound good, at first glance, however the problem is that criminals will not comply with it. Background checks like that in history show nothing but more control by government, infringing upon an area they have no right to. The bottom line is this is a state by state decision. I agree that neither party is representing the American people well. I have said before that I do not call myself a Republican as they are not conservative enough for me. BOTH parties, as you say, avoid the issues which leads to frustration beyond description, at least for me ;) I can't even turn on Meet The Press anymore - so gold star for you! xxx

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