Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I heard the other day the "We are officially in a recession" and that we have been for about a year now-since last december. My first reaction was like..."NO SH*T!" Uh....Duh!
Anyway, this is my video version of my reaction that I had to hearing about the economy. (Bear with me as it is a work in progress and I will have to edit it at some point.)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Apparently some people do and some people don't. That just gives our government one more excuse to come in and think they can take over our world. Why do people allow everything to be a political issue?
In fact, even major companies should do their job and keep their properties clean. They should also care that certain industrial processes can pollute our water or air.
Do the people of this world really that greedy that it needs to rely on destroying the earth in order to make a buck? The least they could do is clean up after them selves-individuals and companies alike-so that there is no excuse again for the government to take over like it has already.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Many pro-gun advocates believe in gun safety regulations. They just don't believe in the right to have them taken away. The U.S. Constitution even says that Americans have the "right to bear arms."
The following is a list of gun safety regulations that many gun owners and advocates support:
- Gun Use Training
- Responsibility in Using a Gun
- Prohibition of assault weapons and contraband
- Mandatory trigger locks
- A five-day (or other short time) waiting periods
Fortunately for now the Supreme Court has banned anti-gun law proposals so far. Hopefully Americans will not allow guns to be taken away from them. America watch out because it could happen.
I say that owning a gun does not mean that it will be misused or that it is unsafe. Proper use can save even an entire family's life.
However, all I can help to say is what next? Has anyone in America ever remember reading George Orwell's Animal Farm? If not I would suggest that America read it as soon as possible because that is what is happening today.
It starts with handguns being prohibited in public housing. Then it will be handguns not allowed anywhere but your own home. Guess what? After that there will be only one more step-strip them away from owners for good.
Do they think that this will end crime? Not allowing guns? Ha! Right! All that will happen is the black market arms industry will thrive even more than it probably does already.
America you need to wake up. You are not even going to be able to defend your self any more if you don't watch what is going on.
I wouldn't blame him because Obama is a very charismatic character. I am waiting for the rumor to start about a relationship between Hillary and Obama.
I wouldn't put it past those two, as they used to be rivals now all of the sudden close. I am half joking...but come on! They must have found some way to get rid of the tension between one another.
As far as I know from the research I have done they are both pro-choice, they both advocate gay marriage, and so on.
All those supposed efforts to "help" American citizens is slowly undermining their confidence and abilities. It is causing them to feel like they can no longer do anything for them selves.
I can just imagine the rumors that are starting about Obama and Hillary. Perhaps she wants to get back at Bill Clinton, the former U.S. Don Juan/Casanova.
Note: I am not against women or blacks being president. I am just against these two being president. I wonder what America will become if they are in office-especially together.
He also mentioned how that same thing could happen to America. I think he is right. However, often people feel stuck like quicksand. I used to care and wonder why right now I don't?
How could I have gotten so lost? How could I have gotten so confused? What is ever going to become of me? Why don't I care like I used to?
Some of the words to this song actually have hit home to me, as it applies to anyone who has internal struggles that are difficult to share:
No, I don't even know your name
It doesn't matter
You're my experimental game
Just human nature
It's not what good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey
I kissed a girl and I liked it
Often times people know what is right and wrong but sometimes they just don't want to do the right thing. Sometimes it is hard when the wrong thing feels so good-especially when it becomes more and more acceptable.
See: I Heard a Scare on the Radio Today
I walk all alone, and I take all kinds of criticism for believing in what I believe. Sometimes I go along with what other believe and then wind up hating myself for it.
I realize I have to decide what I believe for myself. I will do this even though I have decided it means I walk all alone for now. No need to worry, as this will only be temporary.
I used to hang around people who thought and believed the way I think and believe all the time. However, perhaps I felt a little closed in, so I explored other points of view.
However, as it turns out now I have to walk alone until I find once again those who truly possess the values that I also hold.
I do not think Bush was a perfect president. He was strong in some areas, such as right after 9/11, and he was weak in others-such as making sure his priorities were straight.
Nevertheless, I am scared for America. Not because of race, gender, or any other reason. I am scared because I don't know what to expect. I hear that Obama is Muslim (although this could just be a scare), and more and more ungodly beliefs are being advocated.
I cannot say I have had a perfect past. However, I believe in the traditional family of one man and one woman, and I believe in the people in American that they should stand on their own two feet.
I also believe that us as Americans should be allowed to vote for who we want to vote for and know that our vote truly counts. I also believe that we should not have to live in fear of our rights being taken away.
Therefore, I am scared for America. I truly hope that America can recover from the loss of George Bush.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
A question that always comes up in a case like this is the issue of race. It is a very complicated situation because there is so much stigma not only about various races and illicit sexual activities with children.
Please View R. Kelly Case Time Line for further information.
Factors that Affect This Case...
Race and the Affect of this Case on Choosing a Jury
Over the past six years that this case has been under investigation, the question of race hit jury selection. Not only that but everyone now knows about the case so the biggest fear was finding a group of men and women who would not be biased.
So many factors have come into play. One of the fears is that choosing the jury from a pool of the demographics where R. Kelly came from was in question.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt-Still hope for America?
The defense claimed they were not the people in the sex video. R. Kelly claimed he is not and so did the girl. The credibility of a third party was also examined, and found to be false.
Friday, June 13, 2008
This MSNBC video tells more...
Poll: Is the R. Kelley Case a Matter of Race?
I had just read an account of the latest news on the R. Kelley case today while trying to get work done. I had a reaction at first to just put that **** behind bars!"
On one hand I am very conscious of abuse, as I am honestly a survivor of abuse myself. But then I stopped and thought about the times I have been wrongfully accused.
Liars give those who tell the truth the wrong name. Therefore, I decided to share examples of one story told two different ways to prove my point.
One Account of an Incident...
A child's dad and a friend of his were arguing.
The child cries and yells, "She pushed me!"
The child that pushed her was an adult. She did not even bother to console the child at all.
The child's cousin who is older yells at the adult and then tells her mom about it. The mom then tells her sister and the sister calls the parent of the child pushed.
The dad's friend screams "I never **** hit a child in my life!"
"She got angry and it was an accident."
Another Account of an Incident...
Two adults were arguing. It was a dad and a friend of his.
In the midst of an argument the dad's friend absentmindedly walked past his child. She is clumsy and sometimes bumps into things and does not intentionally meant to hurt anyone.
The child yells, "She pushed me!"
All of the sudden the child's cousin who is a few years older yells, "You pushed (insert name of child)!"
In a panic, the accused adult (the dad's girlfriend) screams, "I never **** hit a child in my life!"
The cousin tells her mom about the incident, which the girlfriend knows nothing about. When she is calm she later recalls pushing the child while passing from one room to the next. It is a small hallway.
The dad's friend was stressed because just days earlier she witnessed an account of the cousin's mother who was dealing with her oldest son. The oldest son was having an episode and the mother was having a hard time dealing with it.
The friend of the child's dad who was pushed was under an extreme amount of stress. She has anger issues but NEVER hit a child in her life.
She didn't even realized she pushed the child by accident until she was calm. Then she remembered this little girl was standing in the hallway while she was going from he bedroom to the kitchen.
After Thoughts: News Travels Fast
She felt sad, bad, and embarrassed then. She was calm about it but was very angry that then people started jumping to conclusions about her.
(Aside from the fact that she needs to control her feelings she had never hit a child in her life.)
She was shocked when about only an hour later the dad of the girl who was pushed received a call. It was the cousin's mom's sister checking up on the dad's friend.
Go figure. The dad's friend felt so ashamed, judged, and betrayed. She could not believe it. The dad did explain the situation but then it is probably too late by then. People will have formed their own opinions.
My first reaction is to always be like "that jerk did it and put him behind bars." Then of course I am wondering...did he really do it?
Now, as an abuse survivor I am very sensitive to people's stories. I usually err on the side of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. However, I am learning that I cannot believe everything I hear.
In fact, people get down on me that I don't watch the news every day. But I say why? It is a bunch of lies most of the time anyway. I watch it on occasion and catch it on the Internet but I don't take it too seriously.
(Probably going to ruin my chance at a journalism career if news companies read this. On the other hand if they are looking for an honest journalist I am there.)
Marginal errors have threatened to put people behind bars for a really long time. The media, the justice system, and those involved in cases like this better know what they are doing.
Shoddy investigation gives true cases a bad name! Cases that are kept secret that no one knows about.
If he did...
He deserves life behind bars...and so do the teachers that "fall in love" with students. The adults should know better.
If he didn't do it...
Well...he would have every right to sue. I realize now that I cannot always believe everything I hear.
You cannot always believe everything you hear. The versions of a made-up story is a great example:
The Point of This (Back to the R. Kelley Trial):
You cannot always believe everything you here. There are two sides to every story. I used to take sides all the time and lately am realizing that I should not.
This is sad that it has to be this way because well it gives true cases a bad name. The question is how does the public decipher the truth from the lies? Its almost as if they have to do investigations of their own.
For an illustration regarding jumping to conclusions read Two Sides to Every Story: How the Truth gets a Bad name"
Friday, March 7, 2008
Do they even realize who they are voting for or are they just all up in the corporate and/or hippie hype? I know I did extensive research on the candidate I chose before I voted.
What do people these days base their vote on? I just bed to wonder. I beg to know. If you want to share I would be interested to know what you have to say about this.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Our freedom is slowly being stripped away.
Come back often and say what you have to say!
Speak your mind as often as possible-every day!
Soon you will have said so much
that NO ONE will be able to contain all of it.
When you think of all that is happening in the world it can be pretty scary. No on knows whatto say or what do half the time. Some people choose to just wallow in self-pity, whileothers make posts on blogs as this one.
Even if you don't feel you have anything original to say your opinion matters. The reason whyis when it concerns human affairs in some way, whether it be business, personal, international, or any other way, we must speak our mind.
We can speak our minds in a variety of ways, including through the following media:
Did you think that our fight for freedom was over on Independence Day in 1776? If so, you were dead wrong! Those of us who are still alive are still fighting for our rights.
- Letter Writing
- Phone Calls
- Signing Group Petitions
- Celebrating Independence Day (Dressing up in Red, White, and Blue)
- Blog and Forum Posting
- Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Mime, etc.)
- Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, etc.)
We cannot remain ignorant for too long. We need to know exactly for what we stand and whom. Then, we need to be ready for action. We need to be ready to fight if necessary.Not as a criminal, but as a person who feels exploited, abused, mistreated, robbed, or justplain old frustrated.
This advice is not tailored to just one issue. This goes for whatever is important to you. Right and wrong is one thing that is important. However, that is highly debated. Speak your mind.
Consider those who have fought in World War I and II, or the Vietnam War, the Desert Storm, or the current Iraq War. Consider those who fight today for our freedom, and to rising gas prices. You also can consider all those who instigate non-violent (and unfortunately some violent) civil wars all around the world. All these wars bring justice, yet not without a great price.
Many times people think that peace comes about by avoiding conflict. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is in facing conflict that peace comes. The reason why is that every conflict is has a resolution, and resolutions cannot come without confrontation. Therefore, the next time you want peace in your land, household, or neighborhood you have to be willing to fight for it.
Conflict always comes before peace, and negotiation is the peacemaker. If you think peace is worth fighting for, you will have to face conflict head on, and some how come to a negotiation before the war gets out of hand.
I just want to be more active and stop letting the government pull the wool over my eyes. Saying this does not mean I am anti-government. No, rather it means I am anti-pro-anti-choice.
I don’t mean to confuse everyone. All I am trying to say is that I am for making sure Americans are allowed to keep their freedoms and are allowed to think for them selves.
I don’t know how many times I have heard over the years of the “Dumbing Down of America” or I have watched movies such as “Idiocracy” and then realized I need to wake up. I need to get out there and fight before the right to fight is taken away!
I am saying this for myself and all those other reformed ignorant. That is what I call myself. A reformed Ignorant.
I think it would help for some people though. I think it would have helped me earlier in the game when I was not sure at all who to vote for. This tool is very much designed for people who do not know anything that is going on currently.
I see one disadvantage of using this tool, however. It causes persons to vote on a watered-down perspective of the candidate. I personally think it is best for Americans to get past the hype of the election and actually research what the candidate is all about.
I did extensive research on candidates before I made my choice. My primary source was VoteSmart.org and then I went to various web news sources in order to check various facts such as whether or not my candidate was in or out.
Speaking of in or out…I decided to actually write my candidate in even though he was not on my state’s ballot. You have that right as citizens. I don’t know what good it does to write a candidate in, but it was my way of saying I am sick and tired of not being able to vote for who I want to vote for.
Anyway, back to my point. I would recommend as a preliminary voting quide to use the ABC.com tool. However, it is up to you to do further research.
I don’t blame him. Being president is a hard job. There has been quite a bit of discrepancy as to whether or not Bush has done as good enough of a job in other areas.
For instance, many people are sick and tired of the war in Iraq dragging on and on. Some people probably don’t even remember why it started in the first place.
Nevertheless, Bush showing his concern in Africa was seen as a good thing. Many Liberian people were crying for Bush’s help, and they cheered him on when he pledged to help them with their economic problems.
One sign held up during a slide show read in broken English, “America are Master of Hypocrisy”. Broken English or not, the point by this demonstrator has been well-made. Other signs read messages of pleading to Bush to stop the bloodshed in Iraq.
Despite the opposition by demonstrators, this trip to Liberia was considered a very productive one. In fact, Bush was presented with the Grand Cross of the National Order in Benin on the 16th of February, 2008.
Despite Bush’s recognition in Africa, his presence there was not welcomed by everyone. And we in America probably understand why.
I hate to speak badly of our president. He had lead our country to safety during the 9/11 disaster. He also fought hard for the sanctity of marriage. However, I would say unfortunately foreign policy is not his forté.
Who in the world would want to vote for any of the candidates who are nick-picking at the other's faults. I do agree, however, with the views of some radio announcers, and I am glad that radio announcers are making various points.
For example, Obama's campaign manager was asked the other day what Obama's accomplishments were and he could not tell the press of any. I don't know if the campaign manager was just caught off guard or what, but I would think he would have been trained to represent the contending candidate a little better.
I have heard just recently that the 11th Commandment for Politicians is “Thou shalt not say anything bad about another politician.” I wonder why that is? Does anybody dare to guess why?
You as a candidate lose your credibility with the people, that’s why?! Any political candidate that gets in by backstabbing another is darn lucky if he/she even wins the candidacy for president.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Your candidate is not even on the ballet! I was a little discouraged and a little embarrassed by that especially since I was telling people he was. But, well...he was just three weeks ago. I wondered why I had not heard much about my candidate.
I mean, I just read that he was on the ballot as of a few days before my vote. So what gives anyway? I had all I could do left to keep my dignity. I wrote my candidate in.
What was I to do? I get so tired of voting for candidates that I am not really that passionate about supporting. Why should I pick someone for president that I am not even sure I would want running my country?
But then the fear usually sets in. Usually I start thinking of the crooked delegation system that this country is currently founded on and I think to myself voting is a waste of time. But is it really?
Just think about it. Would the American Revolution ever have happened if people had not voted? Would slavery have been abolished if people would never have voted?
Would women be allowed to vote if people have never voted? Would a majority of U.S. states still uphold the sanctity of marriage if people had not voted?
The point is that nothing gets done unless people vote. What I do think is a waste of time sometimes is for people to go and vote and to not even be passionate about the person they are voting for. Those are the kind of people that I think should stay home on Election Day.
Either that or those people should just have the courage to write-in the candidate of their choice. I say write them in from now on! Speak your mind with the pen while you still have that freedom or it could be taken away forever.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I know for Christian Voters there is God Voter.org and for every voter there is Vote Smart.com. I don't ever remember seeing this much info even up to a few years ago.
I think it is great, because I cannot base my vote on just a few minutes of television a day ( or week for that matter if I don't watch it). I am very impressed.
For one, voting day is still a few days away. It’s not like you missed it. Besides, you probably just do not want to make an ignorant voting decision. Try not to procrastinate too much longer, though.
It is important to know as much as possible about the candidates that you support. You can find countless resources to help you with that task. One of those resources is websites such as Project Vote Smart. I was happy to have stumbled across this site while search for a 2008 voting guide.
It is great! It has biographies of every candidate by state, for different local and national elections. They also offer information about the various candidates running for U.S. president, Senate, and Congress.
You can find updated information on this site regarding just about anyone that is serving in public office today. I wish I would have came across this sooner.
I know the last time I looked for information-especially for local candidates-I found none. And I had spent seven hours doing so.
I was hoping to find a site like this. It is great for people who don't have time to watch the news every day-or for those who want to dig deaper than just viewing thirty-second news clips every single day.
In other words, if they are willing to educate them selves or to be educated about political issues they have a right to be involved. Not everyone is intentionally ignorant.
Unfortunately, ignorance is encouraged by our fly-by-night culture. On the other hand some people end up being ignorant for a variety of legitimate reasons. Some of them are so financially burdened that they feel hopeless. Others are on their death bed.
However, those that are capable of learning more about politics should get up and start learning today. They should learn more about the local candidates in their area and they should get involved politically in their community.
Perhaps if you never have been involved much in politics you can start by going to the voting polls more often. You can also start reading biographies about important political figures.
Even more powerful, you can create blog or e-mail your local Congress representatives. You also can campaign and petition for issues that matter to you. Ignorant people do not have to stay that way.
If you have never voted before or you always feel so undecided every election you may be wondering how people really choose candidates for election. This is different for each individual.
Some people choose candidates based on superficial reasons, such as looks, race (race alone that is), or gender. However, other people include those attributes along with how competent a person is in dealing with issues that matter.
Other people choose candidates based on their voting records. They look for the ones that support the laws that they believe in.
Another way to decide who to vote for is whoever matches your moral or religions beliefs. Perhaps you are all for keeping God in the country because you feel that He should be honored or our country will fall apart.
The best way to vote really is for all of the above reasons (except for maybe how good-looking a candidate is). The best candidates are ones that match your beliefs and values politically and spiritually as much as possible.
I know it can be tough when you find a candidate that supports some issues that you support but yet are against others. For instance, you might believe in the right to be hired no matter what race you are but you may not want to support marriage for people of the same sex.
It is so embarrassing always being the last to know what is going on in the news and so forth. (In my defense I have had a hard couple of years. I have always been so self-absorbed in my own problems I have a hard time making time to watch the news.
Despite my ignorance, I do have my good qualities. For instance, I was always taught high values such as the following:
- If you don't like what is going on write letters to your congressman.
- I don't mean to be ignorant and I don't want to be ignorant. I just am afraid to listen to the news a lot of times because I am afraid to be infiltrated with a bunch of lies.
- I should defend the media in some ways though-seeing how I am a writer. Some news stations and so on do a very excellent job of covering the news. They are not all bad.
- However, I don't always think watching the news can help me make an educated decision about who to vote for. Sometimes it can help me decide who not to vote for, but not who to vote for.
I was taught these values. No wonder I am so financially poor right now.
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