Update Due to Thoughts on Haiti

February 1, 2010 by

The Onion says it the best.

Why do we only care when disaster strikes? I know we can’t change the world and save the world without money, resources, and the help of others, but just make sure to, in your daily life, be kind to people. Change one person’s world, even if you can’t change the whole world.

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Oh Look! A post!

November 28, 2009 by

I had barely any internet this summer, and I’ve been a lot busier this year (Senior Year!) then I thought I’d be. Meg is even busier; I haven’t had a good conversation with her in over a month…

So basically, this blog, if you haven’t realized it yet, is on hold. For a LONG while. Until Meg or I have time to pay attention to politics and blog about it.

(Though on the topic, that couple who crashed the White House Dinner? It was another “Balloon Boy” incident–complete with Reality TV dreams–and yet, despite the attention wanting, and despite the dangers, I still find it somewhat amusing that someone actually crashed a dinner at the White House. I don’t recommend it in any points, but I’m still amazed and amused…)

Anyways, this was supposed to be a short post. I’m going to start a different project that’s more in line with my major until I have a little more time. The link is here. Hopefully I’ll get it started shortly after typing this entry.

Love is in the air…

May 6, 2009 by

Now Maine is allowing gay marriages. This coming shortly after Iowa’s decision (which, coming from the Midwest, was a big surprise that Iowa was the first of our states to allow it. No one thought it would be so). How long until gay marriage is legal? Hopefully this discrimination will soon be a thing of the past (though, there will always be underlying discrimination as it’s a fact of life).

I may have forgotten my password…

May 5, 2009 by

…And gotten really busy with school and life in general.

So news of the week: John Edwards is being investigated.

Man just keeps going down and down. And while I think that it’s important to know about how money donations are spent, I still really don’t care that he had an affair. I’m not in his family.

In other news: Yet another wedding tragedy. Why is there so much violence in the world, especially at happy events? Too many people dying for stupid reasons.

There’s a lot going on with H1N1 (the Virus formerly known as Swine Flu), but I’m trying not to worry about it too much. Yes, it’s contagious. Yes, the WHO has us at a high level. But before you barricade yourself in your house and avoid all trips to places where H1N1 may be, remember to do a few things:

1. Wash your hands. And actually wash them. Wash the palms, the wrists, between the fingers, scrub around the nails.

2. If sick, stay home unless it’s serious. Don’t go to places and affect others.

Those are two big things to do. Instead of worrying and overreacting, just take precautionary measures to help keep yourself healthy from things other than H1N1.

Congrats to Megara!

January 24, 2009 by

The crazier half of this blog is going to Law School! YAY!

We have a new President!

January 21, 2009 by

After a long campaigning season, our newest president has been sworn in. It’s an historic day; I know I was glued to the TV screen this morning, watching the inauguration, wishing I could be there instead of the frozen tundra that is the midwest.

It was amazing, seeing the mix of people there, seeing how many people showed up from all walks of life. There were even Tuskegee Airmen there. It was awesome that yesterday was Martin Luther King day and today Barack Obama was sworn in.

As a country, we are getting there, but mentalities run deeper than blood. We still have a long way to go. Hopefully, we’ll find our way there sooner rather than later.

Random thoughts on politics and oppression

January 12, 2009 by

I’m taking a class right now on Hip-Hop as it relates to the broader scope of things, and let’s just say our country is pretty messed up. Politics do stupid things that support the minority in a subject and not the majority. And if it displaces 60,000 people? Well, our family’s not part of it so why should I care?

Have politics really gotten so screwed up so that it doesn’t represent the people? I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls lately and, pardon the reference, but we all know (who have seen it) how even TAYLOR is slightly corrupt. Sure, it makes his arguments with Luke quite funny, but he does not seem to have the town’s interests in mind, but rather, his own.

And sadly, that seems to be the way a lot of politics are played out.

Off topic of politics, but I was thinking about oppression the other day and how places in the third world are in the process of industrialization. This was spurred on by the fact that my mom, for Christmas, received a necklace that she will never wear (and thus discretely gave to me), that was made by a woman in Africa out of recycled paper. Reading the woman’s story, and thinking about ways to earn a living in third world countries, I realized that the consumer of goods such as the necklace are those in the First World. Therefore, despite the fact that they are earning a living, does the fact that people create goods for the First World still a form of oppression? I can’t quite wrap my head around it…

The fight of Religion and Politics continues…

January 2, 2009 by

A lawsuit has been filed attempted to stop the use of prayer at Obama’s inauguration. This is really not news to me as where I’m from, lawsuits against the use of religion in public spheres happen all the time. I really don’t know much about this one, but I do find it interesting that we really are a sue-happy nation and one where people constantly scream “no religion in politics” unless the religion in politics is their own religion. Then they don’t notice.

This country, contrary to popular belief, was founded on Deist values. Through the years, Christianity seems to have become quite dominant. The phrase “Under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1950s (and the Pledge itself was yet another lawsuit/debate/etc where I live. Seriously, people. Don’t you have something better to do with your lives than constantly sue everybody who doesn’t agree with you?), though religion has since been taken out of schools. With the fight, everyone religion has gained some and lost some. And everybody keeps suing and falsifying annoying e-mail chains.

It is my honest opinion that religion– or lack there of– is a personal thing that should be kept private. That being said, if people want to pray in public and they aren’t hurting anyone, let them pray. If Obama wants a prayer at his inauguration, so be it. It’s his inauguration, his decision. If you don’t believe in prayer, don’t participate. And if you don’t want to hear it, cover your ears.

I know that’s a simplistic, annoying toddler response, but in a world where life just simply can’t be fair for everyone, it’s about time that we accept some things, and move on. By having no prayer, does that mean he supports those who don’t believe in prayer over those who do? Some people will argue that, and people will sue (’cause if they sue over coffee being too hot…). Either way, religion and politics will always butt heads and in this country where everyone is “free” will we always proclaim that our rights are being trounced on. It’s time to let it go and actually pick fights over things that matter.

In less than a month, So long Bush!

December 27, 2008 by

According to a poll on CNN, 75% of Americans are glad to see Bush go. It’s a no-brainer to say that he has not been a very popular president.

When I was 13 or so, around the time Bush was elected, I used to hold the same low opinion of him. He was not popular with me, I did not like him, thought him an idiot, etc. While he still is not my favorite choice for president, as I grew, I tried to keep an open mind about him. With every decision, I found myself asking: “Would I have REALLY done better?” Growing older, I realized that I was not the right person to criticize his every move as I had never been in his shoes. While I still may not like him, I attempt to at least respect him.

I hope other people are the same way. You don’t have to like a person, but at least try to put yourself in his or her shoes. This goes not just for Bush. Many people are already weary about Obama and have no real reason to be wary. These two men have been or will be our leaders; we don’t have to like them, but we have to realize that, throughout all the controversy, for the most part they ARE trying to do what they think is best.

I know all about the “doing it for himself” mentality that we all seem to turn to, and I used to think that a LOT when I was 13. But I grew up, got a life, and gained knowledge. With the changing of the Presidents, I hope other people can do so, too.

Think you can drive? Prove it.

December 20, 2008 by

I’m going to get away from politics and current events and write about something that really bugs me: People who can’t drive worth shit.

I’m 21, have had my license for 4 years. I know my limits, don’t drive if I’ve had a sip to drink of any alcoholic beverages, and try as best I can to follow the rules of the world. And yet, both driving and as a pedestrian, people driving just really tend to piss me off.

People don’t seem to understand concepts such as the Pedestrian having the right of way. I have to cross a street to get to classes from my apartment, and it’s usually not bad. But there are some times that people just drive and drive and drive, ignoring the fact that I’m standing there in below freezing weather without the protective shell of metal and heat. It’s rare that someone stops. And then there are times when, at home in my bigger city, I have the right of way (the sign told me so, Officer!) and have to wait as Mr or Mrs So-and-so turns right in front of me without looking. I know it can be hard to see a pedestrian, but come on! Use your eyes! And if you can’t see them in broad daylight? Then maybe you shouldn’t be driving?

Why did this rant all come about? Winter arrived to the Midwest. And with winter, you get road deaths. And with road deaths, you get idiots who know nothing about the situation, sitting behind the soft glow of their computadora and saying “She’s a teenager! All her fault! The sacred pact of shitty middle aged drivers who can’t drive but believe they can had absolutely nothing to do with it!” Well gee golly, what the fuck. Yes, we may be young. We may be slightly more inexperienced, but seriously people. Teenagers and young twenty-somethings are not always the ones to blame! A lot of the bad drivers I’ve seen are middle aged people. I even once read something– too lazy to look it up now– that said that the stereotypical soccer moms in the minivans are some of the worst drivers. And I believe it.

I know what the stats say. But I also know that, for the CDC at least, it does not mention who was driving. For all we know, the 15-24 year-olds who died in auto accidents weren’t driving; they just happened to be in a car with someone who, for all we know, could be 29. 50. 86. etc. Also, it doesn’t necessarily mean they HAVE to be in the car; they could have been hit by a car while walking, jogging, biking, etc. It happens. And the young ones still get the blame.

I’d also like to take this time, now that I’m on stereotypes, to mention that just because I’m 21 does not mean I’m obsessed with booze and drinking. I have never been drunk. I have been tipsy, yes, but never drunk. And just because I’m 21 does not mean that I’m going to get drunk off my ass, climb into a car, and crash on the way home. If ever I do get drunk, it will probably be in the safety of my own home (or somewhere where I am not putting anyone in danger). And on that note– have you noticed how people seriously can have 8 DUIs and STILL be on the road? And these are NOT the 21 year olds. It’s pretty disturbing.

Anyways. All of us need to stop blaming X age group on shitty driving and concentrate on our own habits. Don’t talk on your cell– even headset’s take attention away from driving. Same goes for eating. If you MUST eat, pull over or wait until you’re at a stoplight/stop sign. Driving takes all your attention– and just because you think you’re a good driver, don’t get cocky. Cockiness is never a good thing.