Culture, Current Events, Society, Uncategorized

In Memoriam

Image Credit: TNT Emerson

I love that our nation takes the time to honor and celebrate those who risk, and have given, their lives in dedication to our country on Veterans, Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day. The sacrifices that these men and women make for future generations is one of the greatest gifts that could ever be given to the people of this nation. I feel like I always say the same thing when I make a post dedicated to our troops but there really is not enough ‘thanks’ in the world that can effectively articulate how incredibly grateful I am and how proud I am to be an American.

I’ve been asking myself a lot of those big questions lately (in terms of what I believe): Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? The one thing I keep coming back to is that maybe the answers to those questions don’t matter as much as this: We are here. We are here with one another. We are here with one another and we should make the most of of that. We should strive to be better than our forefathers, to give hope to the children of the world, and to provide the kind of example that will make a lasting and positive impact on those who will come after us. The men and women of our armed forces, law enforcement, and emergency services do just that. More so than any professional athlete, musician, or actress: the men and women who dedicate their careers and their lives in service to their people are truly an inspiration. They are who I want my child (and subsequent future children, maybe someday) to look up to and admire.

To those who give their time and all of their efforts: Thank you.

To the families of our dearly departed: Thank you. 

As we move forward into the hustle and bustle of summer, I hope we can all take a little bit of time to express our gratitude for the freedoms we have, and the people who work to get them for us. Happy Memorial Day.

Culture, Current Events, Society

Heartbreak & Hope: Reflecting On The Week in Boston

What an emotional week for us here in America. Boston started it off by honoring the fallen victims from the Newtown tragedy during their annual marathon only to be faced with an act of terrorism that shook the region, and the nation, to the core. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did. On Thursday, the bombing suspects were at war with local law enforcement and the FBI. There were bombs, guns, grenades, and the unprecedented lockdown of an entire city. I, like many Americans, were left wondering what’s next? As we reflect on the events that unfolded this week, we can only pray that it won’t happen again. But how do we move forward from here? How do we explain to our children what happened? And why? I’m not sure there are any easy answers…This morning I woke up with two feelings: overwhelming sadness and hope.

I was up almost all night on Thursday reading the live updates online and listening to the police scanner from Boston, trying to make sense of everything that was happening. It just didn’t seem real, like scenes out of a movie. I was heartbroken for the people of Boston, the police officers who were up against something they’ve likely never had to deal with before, and the families who anxiously awaited their return to their normal lives. It’s something that we don’t typically have to deal with here in the United States and, for that reason, I think it’s easy to forget that we’re at war with extremism. I’ve always had this underlying fear that it was only a matter of time before we experienced another attack on American soil and the prospect of something like this happening again is very scary.

I had the news on Friday, trying to follow whatever updates I could while they searched for the 19-year-old who was responsible for much of the chaos throughout the week and I realized that I was subjecting my child to it. How unfair for her. I turned it off and decided to try to focus on the things I can control: my life, my happiness, and what I can give to my family. As I hugged my daughter, tears in my eyes, it hit me. Hope.

Our children will grow up in a world faced with problems that we didn’t have to deal with when we were little. Because of advances in media and technology, they’ll have to see things that we never had to while we were growing up. I have to hold hope that our children will one day work together to put an end to it. To live in a more peaceful world. We had the news on last night, watching the people of Boston cheer for the police, FBI, and military who had worked so hard to keep them safe. That’s the kind of news, more than anything else, that I want to share with my child.

The people in my country give me hope. We may have differences in opinion when it comes to politics, religion, how to raise children, how to define marriage, or any other hot issue but at the end of the day we’re Americans. In times of struggle, need, or despair we band together. At the end of the day, the only thing I see is love. We love our nation and we love each other. It’s amazing and, even though the events of this week have been horrible and dim, it makes the future seem just a little bit brighter. Thank you to all of the men and women who make a commitment to protect and serve their community. You are amazing and you are heroes.

To the people of Boston: Our hearts are with you and you try to move forward from this situation and return to some semblance of normalcy.

Culture, Current Events, Mad About It Mondays

Mad About It Monday: Marco Rubio & Water

Mad About It Mondays

Since we’ve been out of town I’ve had a lot of opportunity to listen to my satelite radio and so I’ve heard most of the coverage detailing Marco Rubio’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. I have to say that I, too, am appalled by the sip.

CNN provided hours of coverage for what they’ve called “the sip seen around the World” and I couldn’t be more proud of them for the hours that they’ve spent covering the late breaking news. Situations like this need to be discussed. Let’s not waste time focusing on what he said because it really doesn’t matter…

CNN brought up an interesting point in that this sip could cost Rubio the 2016 election and I couldn’t agree more. If he can’t handle a dry mouth during a speech, can he really handle North Korea?!

The sip of water is a clear sign of arrogance. Why should the American people have to wait two seconds for him to rehydrate?! He obviously doesn’t value your time.

No Water

Perhaps this was yet another failed attempt by the Republican party to connect with American voters by pretending that they’re just like us

For Republicans who consider voting for candidates based on their politics and the changes that they can bring to this country, I urge you to reconsider.

Kudos to Wolf Blizter, Anderson Cooper, and their friends over at CNN for covering stories that nobody else gives a crap about. I probably would have voted for Rubio in 2016 but, once I heard about the sip of water, I said H2…uh oh.

I feel that CNN missed out on some important potential headlines and so I’d like to share some of them with you:

Could A Sip of Water Drown His Chances in 2016?!

Why Water? We’ll Have the Anwers America is Thirsting for Coming Up…

Did the Blunder Dampen His Political Career?

The Republican Response Dripping with Disrespect.

Outrage Pouring Out Over a Sip of Water.

A Sip of Water Overflowing With Arrogance.

*Please note the sarcasm in this post. Do I really think that CNN should have spent hours covering this story?! Absolutely not. My Mad About It Monday is this: These attempts to distract are ridiculous. Instead of focusing so much of your time on a sip of water (which other politicians have done) why not spend that time discussing what was actually said?! I mean, really…come on.

Culture, Current Events, Society

Marriage Equality & The Election

This post is going to be very, very short.

I make no secret about being a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Libertarian and, without going into too much detail about my political beliefs, I want to talk for a minute about the states of Washington and Maryland and how incredibly proud I am that they seem to be supporting marriage equality. If you want to read more about this particular issue, read here and here. I believe that all people deserve the right to fall in love and dedicate their lives to those that they fall in love with. That’s a big win for America.

Moving on…

I, like many others I’m sure, am relieved that the elections are finally over. I’ve never seen our county more divided than it has been during this election season and during this vote and I’m curious to see how the final numbers turn out when everything is all said and done. That said, I think it’s important to mention that even if you’re not happy with the outcome (speaking to about half the country here) we still need to come together as Americans. We can’t let this election divide us as a nation. Not now, not ever.

Culture, Current Events, Food, Society

The Case Against Corn: Someone Needs To Stand Up For What’s Right

There comes a time in one’s life where they have to take a stand for what they believe in, no matter what others think. For that reason, I think it’s time that I come out of the closet and say that I hate corn.

Corn is gross. It’s not good for the body and it’s against God’s will. Every time I see someone eating corn, even though it does not affect me, it sickens me to the core. Disgusting. Eeew! Nasty. I think corn should be outlawed. Sure, many Americans enjoy eating it, but watching others eat corn (even knowing that they eat corn behind closed doors, in the comfort of their homes) is a threat against nutritional values and my delicate moral fiber. Sure, corn has a little benefit and it makes people happy but what do I care about the happiness of others? Newsflash: I don’t. Just because something makes a group of people happy doesn’t mean that they should be allowed to have it.

There are many reasons why corn is bad for you, apart from it being one of the most vile, repulsive foods on the planet. The human body cannot digest the bran in corn therefore it comes right back out when you eliminate on the toilet. SICK. Who wants to see corn in their poop? That is so gross. I sure don’t. Corn is also high in starch, carbohydrates, and sugar which all lead to a whole slew of health related issues in the body. Why would you want to subject yourself to that?

Not only is the consumption of corn unhealthy and unnatural for human beings, but subjecting others to your corn eating is offensive and immoral. Eating corn is an abomination of God. Here’s proof:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

If our bodies are to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, why would we want to fill them with such a vile, disgusting, unhealthy food such as corn? You don’t own your body, God does, therefore you be careful what you put in it. Our bodies cannot digest corn, what would God think of that?

Philippians 3:19

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Corn comes from the Earth. When you eat it, whenever you think about eating it, your mind is set on earthly things. It’s a slippery slope. If we let people eat corn, next they’ll be eating rocks and cardboard. What’s next, cannibalism? We cannot, nay we will not, let this happen. This behavior must be stopped.

Candy corn dressed as corn on the cob?! FOUL! Sure it’s a banana and candy but the mere fact that parents find this acceptable is not okay. The proof is in the pudding, folks, corn loving parents raise corn loving children and that is a scientific fact.

You may try to tell me that people are born being corn lovers but I don’t believe you. I think loving corn is a choice and it’s the wrong choice. It needs to end. Today. For the sake of future generations.

I realize that corn eating exists in other species but that doesn’t make it right for human consumption. I mean, come on, really.

Some of my best friends are corn lovers and, while I love them, I will pray for their eternal salvation.

Culture, Current Events, Society

The 2012 Presidential Election, Politics, Media (/Social Media), & My Endorsement

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity (which is rare for me) to listen to an interview with the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Prior to that, I had heard several references in the media (concerning support for proposed policies against the nation) about a particular quote that the President allegedly said regarding Israel and the map. What bothers me the most about situations like this is that the media (and social media) hears half of what someone says and runs with it before bothering to listen to the context surrounding it or the entire statement. Rather than providing fair, unbiased media it seems that there is an issue with manipulating words to fit certain agendas be it support for a war, support for policies, or support for a particular political candidate. Quite frankly, it pisses me off. The problem also lies within the viewers and citizens who don’t bother to get the whole information themselves but, rather, rely on the biased media and social media for “accurate” information.

Without going into ridiculously lengthy detail what Ahmadinejad actually said, in his interview, was that he believes that Israel should never have been a country and that, with concern to Palestine, the nation of Israel should not exist (because the Palestinians, according to what he believes, should be given their country back). Now I don’t think Ahmadinejad is a stand up leader in the Middle East, by any stretch of the imagination, but if you take the time to listen to what he’s said it actually makes sense.   That’s all I want to say about that topic. Moving on…

What’s bothered me most about this Presidential election, especially when it comes to the debates, is that there are a lot of half-truths circulating about what particular candidates have or have not said. No matter who I elect to support in this campaign, I believe everyone deserves a fair chance and what I’ve seen lately does not allow for a fair, true, and even playing field. Here are a few examples:

– Pictures were circulating all over the Interwebz with Sesame Street characters angry with Mitt Romney for allegedly saying he planned to cut funding for PBS.

What he ACTUALLY said was that if we had to borrow money from China for luxury things, like providing funding for PBS, it isn’t financially responsible to continue going into debt to support things that aren’t necessary. I don’t know about you but that seems pretty logical to me.

– During the second debate Mitt Romney said that President Obama failed to acknowledge that the attack in Libya was a “terrorist attack”. The moderator, at the time, sided with Obama on the issue but after the debate admitted that Romney was actually correct in his statement.

Circulating across Facebook, Twitter, and even on Saturday Night Live, people failed to mention that the moderator retracted her statement after the debate. How curious.

These aren’t the only two examples of unfair politics going on with this election. It’s ridiculous and, quite frankly, for undecided voters who decide to inform themselves, these tactics do a terrible disservice to the Democratic platform. Neither candidate is perfect, they’ve both made (lots) of mistakes but this whole business of dishonesty is just insane.

At the end of the day, people will believe what they want to believe and they’ll see (/hear) what they want to during this campaign and election season. Many people have already made up their minds as to who they’re supporting and I think that’s great. I would like to see a more fair, more honest, conclusion to this election and I am curious to see how the speeches and debates that both Republicans and Democrats have participated in will play out in just a couple of weeks.

No matter who you support (if you even support either of them), I encourage you to read the transcripts and really familiarize yourself with what each candidate believes, and what they’ve said (not what you’ve heard they said). Most importantly, though, I encourage you to vote. Remember that you can’t complain about the outcome if you didn’t…

If you’re curious as to who I’m voting for… case it wasn’t obvious: