Good Day! Didn’t think I’d have much to say this morning – no massive surprises over the weekend, and other than Trump being Trump and Dumbasses being Dumbasses on a typical dumbassed weekend, there isn’t much new to say.
Then I wake up this morning to find some stupidity to be mad at, some ideas to improve this blog, and an over-cluttered mailbox courtesy of my girlfriend. I guess if you’re going to start Monday you HAVE to start right!
Readership improved this week – more from necessity than from real interest. The numbers, however, are still WAY LOW for me wanting to continue doing this – you can’t have an interesting or engaging conversation with just yourself for too long, especially when you’re putting a lot of effort – time, research – into that discussion.
To that end, some more changes are coming this week, in terms of writing.
- This page can get massive, with almost two chapter’s worth of info for about 3 noteworthy discussions. The intent was to get my epic miniblogs – the 4-5 paragraph rants accompanying a link – onto a separate page. Many of these, however, are still turning into full-fledge blogs themselves – 3-4 of those on one page can easily turn people away. Therefore, longer pieces that are more than 5 paragraphs will get their own post instead – If I need more than that for my writing, I need a separate post. This will start Wednesday.
- Summaries and links of those finished postings will show up above Hot Topics. Mondays will include any from over the weekend. Only finished pieces – those that are online and have links, whether on this blog or on other sites – will be shared.
- If something is through the first draft an announcement will be made for it.
- The TV Update will be spun off onto a separate page, starting on Friday.
- The Sports, Jobs, and School updates will continue to be here, either due to their short stature or infrequent nature.
- This might seem obvious, but this is a work-in-progress – I may add more ideas or kill what’s not working at any given time.
- Finally – so that it’s on the record (before I update my pages) – This is not a news site: it is a personal blog with opinions and stories related to, about, or from me. While I will take a scholastic/journalistic viewpoint and include whatever resources I have available at the time I write a piece, I don’t write encyclopedias, news or magazine articles (yet – if you’re interested, so am I) – unless I write a how-to of some sort or am stating what is happening/happened to me, I write opinions. Even if I look at both sides of an argument or do heavy research, you shouldn’t rely on my articles alone for news or information – you should also invest some time and research on your end, look into any sources I supply, and try to get as much from the horse’s mouth as possible. If you want news, there are plenty of them around – if you want honest discussion, grab a seat.
Expect great things to come soon!
Blame the Lobbyists!
For a while I felt like we were growing numb with the rash of mass shootings we were having – so waking up to the news of a mass-stabbing at Ohio State University (Source: NBC News – http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/active-shooter-reported-ohio-state-university-campus-n689076?cid=sm_fb) shocked me a little: I don’t remember the last incident like this since The Pulse Night Club shooting back in June.
One thing that hasn’t changed: the gun arguments. It’s only been a couple of hours, and even though some of the victims were stabbed, the many gun advocate friends I have are out in full swing, stating the same stale arguments of “if they were allowed to carry their guns to school this wouldn’t be a problem” while the anti-gun club blathers on about how “if there weren’t any legal guns this wouldn’t be a issue.” The few friends who stand in the middle preaching change, but not removal, are getting blasted by both sides (as usual.) You can’t talk necessity or responsibility to some people, and some people are fed up with how ridiculous both sides are.
I’ve been clear on where I stand on the issue: there are grave dangers to eliminating guns, necessity to the wildlife and farm operations of this country, and the 2nd Amendment to defend – but we need to change things and be more responsible if we’re really going to continue arming citizens. allowing idiots increased access and privilege to shoot is NOT responsibility – it’s violent idiocy.
One area I don’t see come up beyond the NRA: The Lobbyists. While some of us have hands-on experience with guns and many of us with people on both sides of the issue, we don’t usually hear much discussion on the people stoking the fears on both sides (beyond the National Rifle Association, that is.) Sure, media stokes the fire, either giving those who shouldn’t have anything beyond a peashooter plenty of ammo to get their rocks off with or those who fear and hate the weapons justifiable arguments for their next committee meeting, but people feed the media misinformation all of the time to make sure their argument is heard and won – and for the right amount of cash, it is.
The best advice I can give those against guns is to practice and shoot with one – go on a hunting trip with an experienced friend, head to a shooting range and take some classes, work with someone you can trust to learn how and why to use it. If you’re the gun nuts I speak of, take a break from your guns for an extended period of time – 3 months to a year, at least, where the ONLY thing you do BEYOND EMERGENCY is the maintenance necessary to keep it in top working order. No shooting ranges or practice, and unless you own a farm or use the meat, no hunting. (Sorry if that doesn’t help much – I came from the “fear guns” camp initially, so I’m more familiar with that than with those born and raised with them.) The best advice for most people, however, is to ignore those stoking the fears – no matter which side they’re arguing from. Get rid of the noise first – then we might be able to discuss how to deal with these mass-killing problems on a reasonable and responsible approach.
Respect the Dead, regardless of their crimes.
In the latest edition of our daily How Our President is an Idiot discussion (If you don’t have one now you were having one with Obama, Bush or Clinton), Our President-Elect and Our President both released statements in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death. Our president released a statement that was respectable – and brought backlash by Republican Lawmakers. (Source: The White House – https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/26/statement-president-passing-fidel-castro)
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.
Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
Trump, meanwhile, tweeted his comments, which he’s since either hid or removed (hard to tell since I’m not a follower):
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.
(Source: The Gateway Pundit – http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/11/compare-contrast-donald-trump-obamas-statements-fidel-castro-death/)
While I can’t blame Senators Cruz and Rubio for blasting Obama – their heritage and job may link the to former Cubans who left because of how Cuba was or the crimes committed under his power – I really can’t say the same for Trump: while showing outrage and calling him a monster may please those who voted for him, it is disrespectful for him to make such statements as his. I realize being an elected official makes his comments important, but I was taught a long time ago to respect the dead – something his comments clearly lack. Sometimes a little tact goes a long way.
This isn’t the first, nor will it be the last, Trump tweet I disagree with – his comments about the election justify the recounts even more now than they did when I commented last week. (You would think a man whose arguments of “the election system is rigged” would be all for a fair recount, wouldn’t you?) It does, however, display a lot about his character and mentality, and reinforces many people’s justifications to remove him from office. We can’t change the good or the bad that Castro has done – we can choose, however, to be more civilized and better people from it.
Sorry for it being so late today – gotta find a job! Have a great Day!