Sunday, April 8, 2012

Random Quote.

Deepak Chopra

“If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.”

Friday, April 6, 2012

Random Quote.

Russell Simmons
"You might feel shut out because of your race, your economic situation, your sex, your sexuality, or even your physical appearance. No matter what it stems from, when you have a poverty mind-set you're going to believe that the object that will make you happy is always just outside of your grasp."

Random Quote.

Bishop Desmond Tutu

"Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice. We condemn the violence of suicide bombers, and we condemn the corruption of young minds taught hatred; but we also condemn the violence of military incursions in the occupied lands, and the inhumanity that won't let ambulances reach the injured."

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Quickie: Man Passes Out Fliers Containing His Ex Girlfriend's Dirty Photos


Via: Richelle Carey. Well that's disastrous. It doesn't really matter what she did, she didn't deserve this. This clown took something that was incredibly private and made it as public as possible. I'm sure quite a few laws apply here and he should get charged with every last one of them. A lot of people are saying "What kind of man does this?", the better question would be "What kind of person does this." I don't know what else to really say so I'll just end it like this: don't take naughty photos of yourself. I'm not saying you can't take naughty photos of yourself, it's your life do what you want, but don't take naughty photos of yourself.

Nine Year Old Shoots Classmate, Writes Apology Letter.

Gotta hand it to him, his handwriting is better than mine.
  So according to The Seattle Times, in late February a third grader from Bremerton,Washington brought a loaded handgun to school in his backpack he then hit his bag too hard on the desk causing the gun to discharge and hit one of his classmates in the spine. He pleaded guilty to a few charges and is undergoing counseling, the little girl he accidentally shot is currently on a feeding tube and still has a bullet lodged in her spine. Life is going to be hard for both of these kids, I'm a little unclear as to if the little girl can still walk or not but you aren't going to be able to do a lot of things with a bullet in your spine. How does something like this happen? My guess might sound a cliche to some people, but more then likely this kid was probably bullied and felt that the only way to stop it would be to hopefully just scare the kids who were picking on him. 

 I have a funny stance on bullying, having been both the bully and the bullied. I think bullying is just something people do. I might have been blessed with tougher skin than others, I never really wanted to kill anyone or cause harm to myself so it's hard for me to be strictly anti-bullying. I'm one of the few who thinks Dahrun Ravi shouldn't be held responsible for the death of Tyler Clementi. He didn't push him off that bridge. Since that incident we start seeing all these laws crop up around the country that actual impede on free speech and I'm torn on whether to be in favor or against them. What a lot of people don't seem to get is that in the end you're throwing kids in jail for what usually just happens to be pranks that have gone terrible wrong. You're putting administrators in lose-lose situations, if they truly neglect their duties to protect children then come after them but they shouldn't be held responsible for things they more than likely have no idea is happening. You can't solve bullying by passing laws and feeding the prison industrial complex, but what we can do is provide education, awareness and better equip schools to counsel students who may have emotional issues. Provide students with the opportunity to speak to someone about their problems whether they're the bully or getting bullied and you'll see changes. But maybe that's just my utilitarianism views. 

Overall, this is a tragedy, that may or may not have been avoidable. I hope everything works out for both of these children and their families.

Random Quote.

Nelson Mandela
  
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Politics Of The Trayvon Martin Case.

Lol, Republicans are quite disgusting aren't they.

  Firstly so that there's no misconceptions, I'm not a Democrat and I never intend to become a Democrat (Do I look like Van Jones ma fucka?), it just so happens that on 9 out of 10 issues me and your average Democratic voter would probably agree. Which brings us to how Trayvon Martin's death got so polarizing. If you had my views on race relations on a page and showed them to your average republican, they'd call me racist. Not because I think 'X' people are inferior but rather because I acknowledge that there is an issue. For some reason that totally escapes me to the Right, pointing that out racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia exists makes you the racist, sexist, bigot, class warfarist (That's not a word KJ). I hate how whenever (Lets just call them..) Non-General/White issues are brought up, regardless of the subject matter,  you always get a few disgruntled White people who take offense to that fact that race was brought up in the first place. It really makes me sad. I can't believe that as mixed as America is, instead of embracing our differences and working together to fix the flaws of one another's culture while not infringing on said culture, the Right wants to act as if we're all the same and we aren't.

  You may be wondering "what purpose does it serve the Right to deny Racism?" It's really quite simple, if you follow these type of things.(Oh you mean if you're studying sociology?) You see, since around let's say 1983 when Ronald Reagan made MLK day an official federal holiday (He had no choice and was actually against it.), Republicans became aware overt racism wasn't exactly good politics so instead they used subtle racism and a form of misdirection. Now don't get me wrong it was introduced during Nixon but perfected by the era of Reagan. The reason I decided to start with the birth of MLK day is because this is appears to be going on today with the likes of President Obama mostly and Trayvon Martin by pure circumstance. In 1983 2 Republican Senators from North Carolina opposed making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday. I'm not going to call them bad names because one died in 2008 and the other killed himself in 1986, out of respect for the dead I have to pass on the insults.(See I'm becoming a better person.) I'm just going to stick to history.

  In 1983 these two gentlemen from North Carolina couldn't just say "We don't want a Nigger holiday!"(which apparently was discussed behind closed doors.) So instead they provide 300 pages of "proof" Martian Luther King Jr was a "Marxist","Communist" and so on. It was really quite genius, they didn't call him the N-word and if you accused them of Racism they could say "We aren't racists, why do you think that? Oh you see his skin color? HAHAHA Who's the racist again!?" It's really amazing to me how some on the Right have been able to internalize this to the point where they can't see how calling Barack Obama a Socialist, Communist, Marxist, is rooted in racism. I'm not talking about fringe lunatics, there are some seemingly educated Right wingers who do this perfectly for who knows why. People like Newt Gingrich, who can use the most despicable, racist buzz terms and then bitch and moan constantly when someone calls them out on it.

 The Reason Trayvon is being used political is largely due to the Racism the GOP doesn't want to acknowledge exists. They can't comprehend cases like Sean Bell, they don't get the outrage over Troy Davis, they can't comprehend what's wrong with stop and frisks in New York, or Project Exile, they don't want to deal with profiling. It isn't an issue for them because this is America, they want to believe we're all equal and we aren't. We're all created equal but when it comes to how we're treated, that's a different story entirely.

KJ on Trayvon Martin, Media "bias" and downright stupidity.



  I started following this tragedy a little before the national news really picked up on it. I'm not quite sure how to feel about the increased attention this case has received for the last weeks. On one hand the public outrage is great, it's nice to see racial injustice (a real issue) take center stage in the media. On the other hand (which is bloody from punching it against the wall), there's bullshit like "Did Zimmerman call Trayvon Martin a "fucking coon"(spoiler: it doesn't sound like anything, it sounds like someone rubbing a phone against their pocket.) Bullshit picture controversy #1, #2 and #3"OMG OBAMA SAID WHAT!?" Ignorance, missing the point, ("How dare he point out that he's Black! Think of all the White kids."). That's just the icing on the cake though.

  Now just about anything on Fox news is bound to be quite rage inducing. For those who didn't catch the beginning the first Anchor, Greg whatever his name is, slips and says Trayvon Martin was "allegedly" killed- no idea how that works, did he pull a Tupac? Let me come right out and say it, I don't think White news anchors should cover stories involving White people. I don't think mothers should covered stories about missing children, I don't think former soldiers should cover war stories. I definitely don't think people who worked at Goldman Sachs should be allowed to cover Occupy Wall Street. I don't think Oil companies should be allowed to buy ads on major news networks, there might be a conflict of interest, a little bias maybe. If you don't know where I'm going with that, in Liz Trotta's piece she basically says Black news anchors shouldn't cover stories involving other Black people who happened to be mistreated because they have a bias being Black and all. Then they go on a tirade about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson not addressing Black-on-Black crime which is false and praise the racist Pat Buchanan (how the hell does this dude still have a job?) because "that's just the world we live in". A world were a 17 yearold Black kid is stalked and killed for nothing more than being a Black teenager in a hoody in "the wrong neighborhood".

  The racial and political elements aside, someone's son, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew was shot dead for no reason what-soever and his killer is free. His killer who disregarded police instructions and followed Trayvon, instigated a confrontation with him and killed him. I see all this victim blaming and it makes me sick to my stomach, ("Was Trayvon Martin a drug dealer"). How about this, next time a White teen goes missing in Aruba let's talk about how much of a party girl she might have been, how much coke she could have did. This is where the racial thing comes into play, if Trayvon looked more like Newt Gingrich than Obama the stand your ground law in Florida wouldn't exist by now. You wouldn't see the victim blaming from the defensive neocons on T.V crying because their "Racism ended in 1950" bubble burst. Everyone would see it for what it is, a dead kid and a horrible law that probably shouldn't apply here anyway since there's no ambiguity, Zimmerman stalked this kid. He lost his rights the second he engaged Trayvon Martin. Now where the hell does the politics come in? How did this story get partisan? That deserves a second post.

Random Quote

John F. Kennedy

  "If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Updates.

Yeah, sorry readers. I've been dealing with some massive amount of bullshit and it forced me to neglect you and my blog. I'm sorry for that. Allow me to make it up to you guys, starting tomorrow (well today) I'm going to commit to at least 4 entries a day. Well, catch you tomorrow.