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8 Year Old Brianna is Proud of Your Decision to Support or Boycott Chick-Fil A.

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When I was 8 years old I found out that Disneyland supported something I didn’t agree with. I, in the holier than thou attitude that often accompanies Christian kids…scratch that…its an attitude that often accompanies all kids, was horrified. My best friend and I promptly wrote Disney a letter telling them how disappointed we were and vowing to never participate in anything Disney related ever again.

The letter never got sent, probably because we got distracted by an Ace of Base song.

Also, our ban on all things Disney lasted maybe a day. Maybe. After that we were back to playing with our Lion King figurines and singing “Part of Your World” at the top of our lungs. As an adult, I still love Disney and no longer care about their stance on that issue I didn’t agree with. I’m honestly more offended by the fact that Disney has raised their prices to such high amounts I can no longer afford a pass. Plus, I now realize that boycotting every company that had different beliefs than I did would force me to live an Amish lifestyle. This is America, a country based on the freedom of expression and the freedom to have different beliefs. You hear some else’s’ belief, agree or disagree, maybe debate about it for a while, then shake hands and move on. At least, that’s how it should work.

Fast forward to present day and this whole Chick-Fil-A hates gays scandal. Now, I’m going to admit to you right now that I haven’t read much on the topic, but from what I gather the basic gist is that the President of Chick Fil A spoke out against gay marriage. Some people are pissed and boycotting it. Others are supporting it. Others are banning Chick Fil A from their cities. Sound about right?

Here’s the thing. I don’t care who supports, boycotts, agrees or disagrees with Mr. Cathy. None of that will affect my ability to enjoy delicious chicken. Just like Disneyland’s corporate views don’t affect my ability to have a wonderful time every time I visit (although the prices sure do. have I mentioned how angry I am about that price hike?)

What makes me sad is that 18 years ago I lived in a world where I didn’t think twice about sharing my opinion. I lived in a country that taught me I had freedom of speech. Even at the young age of 8 I knew that I had a right to my beliefs and to share them with others. Now, I’m actually afraid to share some of my opinions. Afraid that I’ll loose friends, afraid I’ll be labeled as hateful, close minded and stupid. Afraid that people will right me off as “one of those crazy Christians” without really listening to what I have to say. Afraid that I, like Dan Cathy, will be shunned simply for sharing a belief. Afraid that my entire humanity will be judged by one belief that I have instead of by my complete human expression.

Notice in this entire post I haven’t told you what MY stance on homosexuality it is.

And that my friends, is a real tragedy.

Through The Eyes of the iPhone: OC Livin

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Here are a few pictures I’ve taken of iconic Orange County images. All photos were taken by me, with my iPhone and edited with an app called PhotoStudio.

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

 

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Angel's Stadium in Anaheim.

 

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Balboa Beach

 
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Disneyland

 

The Real California Gurls

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I love southern California and parts of northern California, but not central California…if you’re from California you understand. I have lived in Southern California my whole life and while I sometimes threaten to leave, usually when I’m sitting in traffic or listening to a Governator speech, I honestly don’t think I would be as happy anywhere else. Along with my love for California is my love for songs about California. My recent favorite is Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” It’s fun and upbeat and perfect for summer. However, it is incredibly unrealistic and as a native California girl I feel obligated to enlighten the world. Let’s break it down

Snoop Dogg]
Greetings loved ones
Lets take a journey

[Katy Perry]
I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Katy, honey, that’s artificial grass. Real grass needs regular rain to grow and in only rains once every 5 years in California. We call it El Nino, Or in this year’s case, we call it July.

Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
ya its called pollution. We’re actually not to proud of that so if you could keep it on the DL that would be great
Sippin’ gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
The boys
Break their necks
Try’na to creep a little sneak peek
(at us)
She’s right here, we are pretty darn attractive. My 18 year old cousin from Washington visited us a few months ago and the first thing out of his mouth, before we even left the airport, was “dang the women here are sooo fine!”

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
to the golden coast
Once you party with us
You’ll be falling in love
More like falling in lust, but whateves
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

California girls
Technically this should say “southern California girls” not just “California girls.” Remember my opening statement? There is a huge difference in the regions

We’re unforgettable
Daisy Dukes
Bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin
I’ve lived in CA my whole life and my skin is far from sun kissed. Unless you count freckles, in which case it looks like the sun has kissed me once for every earthquake we have.
So hot
will melt your popsicle
And you’re chocolate bars, and anything adhesive in your car, and your flesh, and metal…seriously it gets REALLY hot here
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

California girls
We’re undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West coast represent
Now put your hands up
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

Sex on a beach
We get sand in our stilettos
Okay it is a very small, very annoying part of the population that wears stilettos to the beach. Real CA girls know it’s all about the Rainbow Sandals
We freak
In my jeep
Hey, we spend 50% of our day stuck in gridlock traffic. What else are we gonna do in our jeeps?

Snoop doggy dog on the stereo

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
to the golden coast
Even things that have tried to copy us…like Disney theme parks in different countries; In N Out in Arizona and Nevada and now, gasp, Utah; or Bollywood…none of these copy cats are as awesome as us. sorry
Once you party with us
You’ll be falling in love
Oooooh Oh Oooooh

[Snoop Dogg]
Tone Tan
Fit and ready
Turn it up cause its gettin’ heavy
Wild wild west coast
These are the girls I love the most
I’m pretty sure it’s the pot you love the most, Snoop
I mean the ones
I mean like shes the one
Kiss her
Touch her
Squeeze her buns
Hey now, we’re teases not sluts. Ya we let it all hang out but you can only look. Plus all our daddies are lawyers so if you touch we’ll sue you

The girls a freak
She drives a jeep
The men on the beach
I’m okay
I wont play
I love the bay
Just like I love LA
Do you also love the earthquakes because those haven’t been mentioned once in this song and they are a pretty pivotal part of our culture
Venice beach
and Palm Springs
Summer time is everything

Come on boys
Hanging out
All that a-s
hanging out
Bikinis, tankinis, martinis
No weenies
Just to get
in between
Okay that was an insult to California. What was that snoop? Seriously, cut back on the pot
Katy my lady
(yeah)
You looking here baby
(uh huh)
Im all up on you
Cause you representing California
well not really, but it’s still a fun song!
(ohhh yeahh)