Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The True Meaning of Black

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Black Friday, as many of you know, is the day following Thanksgiving in America on which every major retailer in the country puts on fantastic sales with the hopes of selling more of their wares. Enough, they bet on, to turn a profit and get their books out of the red and into the black. Thus, Black Friday is named, but that's not all there is to the story.

Friday, November 2, 2012

What Women Want

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This will be brief. There's been lots of talk recently about abortion rights lately, especially as it pertains to rape victims. My contribution to this discussion isn't anything new, but I still need to make my case. Unfortunately, much of the talk (admittedly, only what I've personally been exposed to through various media) has been dominated by men who cannot truly understand the real-life, non-hypothetical experience of carrying a child conceived through forced, unwanted intercourse. I am a man and can at least appreciate that I don't and can't understand.

That being said, I, in my own ignorance, can't see myself keeping that child. Perhaps you would agree with me on this, perhaps not. Either way, man or woman, would you rather make that decision yourself, or would you rather pick someone else - whom you likely do not know personally - who will tell you what you can and cannot do with your body/fetus/embryo/egg?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who are you voting for?

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Okay, you don't have to tell me who you're voting for, but before you cast your vote, maybe you might want to consider the following: There are two U.S. presidential candidates in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat incumbent Barack Obama. Some consider this to be a choice of the lesser of two evils; both sides/parties come with their own baggage. Since we are talking about America, here, you must select one or the other to be your next president... or do you?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Oh, Here’s Your Problem!

I may offend some people with this posting, but I’m getting to the point where I almost don’t care anymore.
This quote and picture (ripped without permission from NPR) are from a somewhat older article I just recently stumbled across, so forgive the age/minor lack of relevance. (Give me a break, it’s been a while since I posted anything anyway!)
The story is about, among other things, a less-fortunate woman who has brought her sons to a protest at her Governor’s office. When I got to this point in the article, it struck me quite quickly what the issue is:
“She is unemployed and says Walker's cuts to Medicaid caused two of her sons, ages 10 and 8, to be dropped from the program.”
Now, that quote, in and of itself may seem pretty innocuous, and you may feel bad for the woman’s plight. That is, until you look at the picture along side it…

Poor iPhone - Rantomness
Are those… SMARTPHONES the kids are playing with? And… that’s not obvious? I have no cable/satellite television, I have no smartphone – iPhone, Android, or otherwise – my PC cost me ~$100, both my ‘big’ TVs are hand-me-downs and were free (one has no working sound, the other has problems with the screen, but they work!) as was my most-recently acquired iPod (I’ve only ever owned 2 iPods, this one included). In living like this, I’ve made sacrifices so that I can afford to provide food and healthcare to my family. This woman, and many others like her, have sacrificed the security and comfort of being able to afford these necessities in order to have the latest and greatest toys. That was their choice. Why should my taxpayer money go to people like this when I have responsibly decided for myself that I cannot afford these luxuries?