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Thanksgiving Hypocrite Conservatives

28 Nov

I remember growing up looking forward to Thanksgiving. I would get to see family I had not seen in a long time. Stories were shared, fun times were had and live long memories were made. Family was the most important thing.

Today, all Thanksgiving is to most people is a day to eat more than normal (or maybe not) and to go buy material wares in a guise of “saving” money. For the shopping to happen and the “savings” to be available a store has to be open. And for a store to be open, employees will have to sacrifice a day designed to celebrate family away from theirs.

Every single person who claims to be a conservative should boycott stores whom are open on Thanksgiving. The stores need to be only filled with people who think less of family and others. That is not supposed to be conservatives. We spout all the time about “family-values” and their continued deterioration of them in this country, and the world. Yet when conservatives have a chance to make a real difference they put those convictions of “family-values” aside so easily for the all mighty dollar.

Some will try to make the counter argument of, “But not everyone wants Thanksgiving off. Some people want to work and make extra money!” And to those people I would say thank you for proving my point. The fact people are so focused on making more money, to buy and have more stuff, is the exact problem with our society, country and world I am speaking about.

So for everyone of you conservatives who goes shopping today for those “bargains” just remember they come at a price. Nothing in this world is free. The price being paid is the continued erosion of real family-values, which was one cornerstone which made this country so great.

I’m Offended at Those Who Are So Easily Offended.

8 Apr

People have different beliefs regarding faith, politics, family, etc. In the United States of America they have the right to express those different beliefs without persecution from the government, at least that was the idea in decades past. Now one cannot practice those beliefs if one, just one, person is offended. I’m sorry, actually no I’m not, it’s time for people to get over it.

No where in the founding of the United States is it written people do not have a right to offend one another. Quite the contrary. By having the right to freedom of speech, being offended by something is guaranteed to happen. Someone will at some point say something to offend someone. What has gotten out of hand is the ridiculous oppression of speech by those who are so easily offended.

I’m offended on a daily basis by what I hear some people say. I have two choices, let it go or get worked up over it. Sometimes I let it go and sometimes I get worked up. What I do not do is run to some slimy lawyer and sue the person. Only the weakest, wimpiest people on this planet do something like that.

I’ve had just about every thing about me made fun of in my life. And yet, I’m still alive and breathing. I’m working and contributing to society financially (even after having the government steal money from my paycheck) and in various other ways. I cannot imagine what posses people to be so worked up they go out and get some waste of space lawyer to sue someone for being offended.

It’s time for people to get their feelings off their shoulders and “man up”. Don’t like the way someone did something? That’s fine. Have an opinion and feel free to voice it. Just don’t get offended when not everyone agrees with you. Welcome to the real world. Welcome to reality. Welcome to planet earth. Life’s tough, wear a helmet.

Bad Reasons for Laws: If It Saves One Life

23 Jan

Life happens all around us and sometimes it isn’t very good. News of someone losing their life is almost daily occurrence for most people. We all process this in our own ways. Politicians and pundits however take death and spin it to advance their ideology. After all we the people don’t want people to die, or at the worst die in vain do we? No we don’t and if the law they propose saves just one life then it’s worth it. Is it really?

One of the more recent local examples of this reasoning was when “conservative” Texas Governor Rick Perry tried to force women to take a vaccination for the  Human papillomavirus (HPV)[1]. Back in 2007, Governor Perry decided to by-step the Texas legislature and issue an executive order making it mandatory for girls starting int the sixth grade to get the HPV vaccine Gardasil, made by Merck & Co.

Perry’s reasoning was based on “if it saves one life”. Durring the 2012 US Presidential Republican Primary debate, Perry said the following:

“Did we do it right? Should we have talked to the legislature?” he asked. “Probably so, but at the end of the day, I will always err on the side of saving lives.”[3]

Fortunately the outcry of the public prompted the Texas legislature to create and pass a bill overridding his executive order. Perry did not veto the bill knowing his veto would be overturned by the legislature. While Perry might have had the best interest of the girls and women of Texas in mind, the execution of that interest was almost as poor as his reasoning.

If people used this type of reasoning to create legislation and laws in order to make the world a “safer” place then we would all live in some type of self contained “safe” bubble. People would survive but no one would thrive. Federal, state or other local legislation, laws or even dictatorial type executive orders should never, ever be created or enforced by either political party just to “save one life”. While the emotional outcry for one life lost in some tragic manner seems to demand an emotional response, wiser people know a knee-jerk creation of legislation, laws or executive orders doesn’t bring about real solutions. More often than not it creates more problems than it solves.

 

Resources

  1. Human papillomavirus – Wikipedia
  2. Texas Gov. Orders Anti-Cancer Vaccine – Washington Post
  3. Perry in first GOP debate: ‘I kind of feel like a piñata here at the party’ – KHOU

Killing Fields: Planned Parenthood 2011-2012 Annual Report

9 Jan

Social issues tend to be some of the most decisive issues discussed among people. It seems there is an infinite number of opinions regarding them. Chief among those issues today is the topic of abortion. The topic of ending the life of a human being almost always gets emotions charged on both sides of the debate. And no organization is in the spotlight on the issue more than Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood recently released its annual report for 2011-2012. In it are numerous areas where those who are against abortion in some form or fashion, could be critical of the organization. From the perceived gloating regarding “winning” against the Komen Foundation to its support of the Affordable Care Act (ie Obamacare), the report is ripe to be picked apart.

It should come as no surprise to the feelings of those who oppose abortion are going run the range from somewhat upset to furious regarding the numbers on abortion in the report. According to the report, 333,964 abortions were performed by the organization in 2011. Many outlets are doing some math and have figured out this number breaks down to one life ended every 94 seconds.

What isn’t getting much focus, if any, is the staggering number of abortions compared to the miniscule number of adoption referrals. The report cites only 2300 adoption referrals occurred for the whole year. Doing the math and breaking it down to the same time frame as the abortions, it works out to 0.0000739 a second. Not even remotely close to one a second.

According to the report, abortion services accounts for only 3% of the services utilized at Planned Parenthood. Other services, which adoption falls under along with three other services, received only 1% usage. For every one adoption referral there are 145 abortions. Why the glaring difference? In a word, money. Planned Parenthood stands to make more of a profit from an abortion procedure than an adoption referral.

In the end, the organization is ending the lives of the unborn in the name of the all mighty dollar. Gives a new meaning to the phrase “evil rich” doesn’t it?

 

Source –
Planned Parenthood Annual Report – issuu

Tabled Discussion: Could New Table PC from Lenovo Bring Families Back Together?

7 Jan

The mantra from many marketers is the world is more connected now than ever before. In theory, sure people can now find out what is going on around the world and communicate with those people more than ever before. The idea of being isolated from current events, no matter how trivial is something one has to work to do instead of it being the default action in life.

However this “connected” world we live in now comes at a cost. People are not near as engaged with each other on a personal level than previously. Could technology actually help in bringing people back together in real life? Lenovo thinks it just might have an answer.

The company is set to release the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. Lenovo is calling it the “interpersonal computer”, a twist on the personal computer label many people are familiar with. The idea of the device harkens back to when a Microsoft Surface device was previewed as a big table and not the recent tablet. The idea and concept was intriguing at the time, and still is to an extent today.

Think of this Table PC as an massive upgrade to the old coffee table. Now instead of boardgames being taken down, setup, played and put away (a somewhat time consuming and arguably annoying process), they can be installed and run on the table. According to the AP article [1], the Table PC is said to be “big enough to fit four people around it, and the screen can respond to ten fingers touching it at the same time.”  Monopoly anyone? No. How about Pictionary instead? The possibilities are pretty much endless.

And with the ability to upgrade the software, even more functionality is possible. So what is limited to ten fingers today could be 20 by the end of the year, or sooner. Now think of using a device like this in an educational setting. The idea of dissecting animals just got an upgrade. Multiple students could be a one table and take turns doing the process multiple times in varying ways. How about looking at the stars but up-close and personal as a group? Again, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Having some realistic idea of what one could do with device at home and else where currently should temper the grand ideas of its potential use. As most people do with any first generation device. Another possibility is it being a “second screen” to a media program being viewed on a TV.

The cost of the Table PC isn’t as “cheap” as a tablet. This summer when Lenovo says the table will go on sale, the retail cost will be $1699. If successful (which is anyones guess what defines success for a device like this) it is not out of the range of possibility for furniture manufacturers (big-box to mom-and-pop) to beign creating table shells which fit devices such as this. I’m generally not a first generation device purchaser but if I had an extra $1700 lying around, I could see giving this device a try.

Some specs on the device [2]:

  • Up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 27″ backlit full HD (1920×1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
  • Up to 2 hours battery life
  • Up to 1TB HDD
  • Up to 8GB DDR3

 

See it “in action” here:

 

References –

  1. Lenovo to release giant 27-inch ‘coffee table PC’ – AP
  2. IdeaCentre Horizon Product Page – Lenovo

Forced Out: People Chose ‘Jedi’ Most as Alternative Religion

12 Dec

Many, many people have heard the phrase, “May the Force be with you.” There are generations of men, women, boys and girls who have seen the Jedi battle against evil on the big and small screens. The Star Wars brand is, ironically, an empire in its own right. There are even those who have taken their devotion to the fictional world so seriously they are followers of the Jedi “religion”.

According to the telegraph, “census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights.”[1] The number of Jedi in England out numbers those of no faith (atheists) which were counted to be 29,267. There were 13.8 million who chose not to answer the question of faith, so there could be even more Jedi out there we just don’t know about. Even another “religion” made up by a science-fiction writer can’t get close to the Jedi faithful. There are only 2,418 people who responded as being Scientologists.

What is so appealing to people to become ‘Jedi’? According to About.com[2] there is a code most Jedi adhere to in their faith:

Most Jedi embrace the Jedi Code, also sometimes referred to as the Four Jedi Truths:

There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no death, there is the Force.

Interestingly enough there is a website which claims to be the Jedi Church. According to the beliefs page on the site:

“The Jedi church has no official doctrine or scripture. The Jedi church recognizes that all living things share a living force and that all people have an innate knowledge of what is right and wrong, and the Jedi Church celebrates this like no other religion.”

Sounds very universalist in nature with Jedi/Star Wars added in for “flavor”. George Lucas created Star Wars, the Jedi and their faith. In an article in Wired back in 2005, the origins of the Jedi faith appear to be explained [3]:

One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, a cinematographer who went on to develop Imax. In the face of McCulloch’s arguments that living beings are nothing but highly complex machines, Kroitor insists that there is something more: “Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God.”

When asked if this was the source of “the Force,” Lucas confirms that his use of the term in Star Wars was “an echo of that phrase in 21-87.” The idea behind it, however, was universal: “Similar phrases have been used extensively by many different people for the last 13,000 years to describe the ‘life force,'” he says.

So the Jedi faith is pretty much a universal belief system with ones self being the rudder to navigating it. It is not a belief system in one one or many deities but in the energy of universe itself. The idea of being a Jedi is using that energy for good and peace. While I personally may not believe in the Jedi faith, the idea of being personally responsible for using one’s life and energy for the good of those around us is one we should all aspire.

References –

  1. ‘Jedi’ religion most popular alternative faith – The Telegraph
  2. The Jedi Code – About.com
  3. Life After Darth – Wired

Crazy Like a Foxx: Jamie Foxx SNL Appearance Highlighted by Racist Jokes

10 Dec

And the hits just keep on coming from Jamie Foxx. Fresh off his Obama is the savior[1] of mankind and better than Jesus tour, Foxx rolls into the once funny Saturday Night Live (SNL) as the host of the week. Going for a little shock and awe of his own Foxx let loose with some racially motivated jokes which are getting attention from all sides. While at first read, the jokes might not seem as ill intended (though still racially charged). But in light of Foxx’s Obama savior comments their intent is very questionable.

Here are some of the comments Foxx made on SNL[2]:

“Black is in,” the Oscar winner said, offering as proof that the NBA’s Nets moved to Brooklyn. “How black is that?” he asked.

He went on to talk about his upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

“I play a slave. How black is that?” He asked.  “I have to wear chains. How whack is that?”

But not to worry, he said.

“I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie,” Foxx said. “How great is that?”

What’s sad is Foxx can be quite funny. I remember watching him on In Living Color and rolling at his skits. He’s acting can be quite good as in the move Ray. He definitely has talent on multiple levels. Yet for all the talent he has, Foxx reduces himself to making “jokes” about insulting Christians and racially charged humor. Come on Jamie you’re better than that. There is another part where Foxx is commenting on how before he sings women don’t find him attractive and after he sings a few lines of a made up song women are then really attracted to him is very funny. When he sings the lines he does so with a really great voice and one has to wonder what a dedicated musical career could have been for him.

The backlash would have been tremendous if a white, conservative personality had made a comment like “I kill all the black/brown/yellow/red people in the movie. How great is that?” The mainstream media would have pounced in it faster than Rosie O’Donnell at the dessert bar of an all you can eat buffet. The double standard of accountability shows up again.

I don’t care who they are, jokes like the ones Foxx made will only create division between people. I thought the goal was to move past that and embrace the idea all men and women were created  equal and “where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”[3]

References:

  1. Out Foxxed: Jamie Foxx Shows Complete Lack of Respect for Christians and Their Faith – Clearly Wrong
  2. Jamie Foxx on ‘SNL’ – ‘Great’ to Kill White People in New Movie – Brietbart
  3. I Have a Dream – Wikipedia