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Growing up I never had any really outlandish dreams. When I was asked who my role models were I would respond with some kind of armed service people, most often people in the navy or police officers.  If  asked what I wanted to be when I grew up my responses were lackluster and not because I said I wanted to be a trash man but because I knew exactly what I wanted to do, graduate  from college become a lieutenant in the navy stay in the service for about ten to fifteen years get out, become a police officer, retire from that then become a High School English teacher. The teachers were always proud of my responses but my class mates thought I was a dull boy. I just thought I was being realistic.

To this day I tend to only deal in things are or could be realistic. Even when I watch Science Fiction shows there has to be some level of realism there or I will just write off the entire series and laugh through the episodes. While my need for realism isn’t a good thing it is most certainly not a bad thing. In fact I’ll say it is better to deal in realism more often than fantasy, even though imagination and a realm of fantasy are very important. See right now in America we have a lot imagining going on. We keep saying if we do this or that the economy will get better but nobody wants to run the numbers. Nobody wants to put their feet to the fire and see if their plans will really work. People are throwing out hypotheses but are afraid to run the experiment and get the solutes and precipitates.

So as of right now we’re in a Whovian universe where the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and the Silence are all in one episode and The Doctor is waving his sonic screwdriver around but not using it do figure anything out about the predicament he’s gotten himself and his companions into. Yep, I just compared The Doctor to the President Of the United States and The Doctors companions to the American people. But back to the main point. We have a lot of people trying to play the main hero when really they are just the companions or characters that belong in the subplot of an episode when we all know that at the end of the day the problems will be solved The Doctor, The POTUS, with the help of his companions, The American People. So people let’s be the companions to the Doctor and get the economy fixed.

The Ever Changing America


America is changing. We can see it changing from the way people act from the way our children act. We can see it changing by the music and other media people buy. The change in America is apparent, it’s so blatant that if you don’t see it, you either live in a small town in middle America where there’s one general store and one radio station and not much has changed since the 1950’s or you’re willfully ignorant to the fact America is changing. Sadly though, America is not changing for the best. It took a wrong turn some where down the road and now we are lost in two towns called Fudged Up and Don’t Give a Damn. And a lot of Americans seem  to hate being in these towns but for some reason they keep voting to stay here.

The change in America really started when the majority of young Americans started going to college. It started then because there was a message to get a majority of young Americans to go to college and after awhile the message to get young Americans to go to college changed. The message started out as “Go to college to better yourselves. Better yourselves for you, your children, and your grandchildren. Better yourselves because your parents didn’t have a chance to.” Then out of nowhere the message changed and it changed for the worse. The message has become, “Go to college because you’ll make more money than a person who didn’t.”

That message is the fundamental problem with America. I believe almost all other problems stem from that talking point. I understand at face value that sounds idiotic but allow me to delve into my beliefs. The idea of going to college because you’ll make more money is like minimizing the true value of a college education. It’s kind of like saying “The true value of a college education is the money you get once you leave college.” Or just to simplify the whole thing going to college to make more money eventually is kind of like saying “Do whatever you have to, even the most unbearable things just to make.”

Now, that belief may seem a little conspiratorial but when you factor in that a large amount of  business people are practicing profit over people, it seems the teaching of doing anything for money is deep rooted and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Let me be clear though, it is not the love of money that’s crippling the American society. It’s the love of money so much that one is willing to do almost anything to get it. And the simplest way to combat that mentality is to change the message we give our young adults preparing to attend college.

Let People Be


Recently there has been a lot of news over people saying and doing stupid things. Most of them related to GOProuds endorsement of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The statement deemed most offensive related to GOProuds endorsement of  Mitt Romney were made by founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Mr. Savage tweeted “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/goproud-endors…. Pathetic.” I can see why people would get offended by this statement. It’s absolutely reasonable. He used a word that was derogatory to a group of people he belongs to. However many people were quick to blame the entire left for Mr. Savages remarks. Or they entirely dismissed Mr. Savages work in the gay community because he had a lapse of judgement.

Dan Savage is in many peoples eyes a good person who has done good for a group of people. He slipped up once and was disrespectful to another group of people. Here’s the thing though he hasn’t apologized for his and I don’t think he will. He made a statement and he stood by it. Too often nowadays people are having to back track what they say or apologize for what they’ve done because a small group of people are offended. Last year country singer Blake Shelton tweeted he would kick any mans ass if they came on to him after he remade a song previously sung by a woman. People accused him of being homophobic and advocating gay bashing. Maybe if people weren’t so quick to judge they’d possibly think maybe just doesn’t want his ass grabbed. I know I’m probably thinking about this too simply but that’s who I am I love simplicity.

There’s no doubt the statements Blake Shelton or Dan Savage said were idiotic. But when did we start drawing false equivalency for idiotic statements. When did someone become homophobic for not wanting another man touching his ass. When I played football I didn’t let my teammates slap me on my ass and I was vocal about not wanting them to touch me there but am I  homophobic or would I just rather not be touched on my ass. Dan Savage was completely out of line by using the word faggot. And even more out of line by using house in front of it as if the people from GOProud were slaves. However, if you knew about Mitt Romney’s support of conversion therapy and you were gay and found out other homosexuals supported him wouldn’t be a little mad. You would and just because you’re a public that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be afforded the opportunities to say dumb things. Let people be idiotic. It’s not like they are just going to stop being idiotic because they were told to apologize so many times.

TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG


I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.

In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of  what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.

Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.

Executive Immigration


Today Obama gave a speech claiming that he would no longer seek to deport a certain group of illegal immigrants. The group of illegal immigrants that Obama no longer seeks to deport are the young adults who arrived in America before the age of sixteen and have at least been in America for five years. So how does that reflect on the number of illegal immigrants in America. As of 2010 there were 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States, I was unable to find the number of illegal immigrants under thirty. However, from that number one can only guess that at least any where from fifty to seventy percent of , that’s just a guess, are illegal immigrants.

So where does the controversy start over this plan to no longer seek the deportation of illegal immigrants under 30. Well Obama passed this plan through a thing called an Executive Order, an already extremely controversial thing a president can do. So you take a subject as polarizing as illegal immigration and throw into the pot with something as controversial as an Executive Order one is is bound to hear a lot of outrage and a lot of faux outrage. Take for example a close friend of mine said this today after hearing the the news,” Obama should be impeached. Today Obama went around the constitution to get an item passed on his own political agenda. Obama has no plan so he had to pull a publicity stunt off. This is very sad he has very low standards and ethics. All he does is lie. The idiot broke the constitution by going around the congress.” Now, he is legitimately outraged and that’s fine. However I responded to that statement with,”Joe Obama didn’t go around the constitution. He exercised a right known as an Executive Order. He has the Executive Authority to do that. and all presidents before him have done it. Abraham Lincoln did it in the civil war. George W. Bush did it 288 times. In comparison to Obama’s 44. George W. Bush, according to you, seems to have gone around the constitution, thus breaking the law and should have, by your standards, been impeached. It’s good and fine that you don’t agree with Obama but this Executive Order in my opinion will do more good than harm. Seeing how stops the unfair punishment of young people who didn’t have a choice to have been brought here and are basically american citizens in every way but on paper. And it allows people to get jobs and further their education giving them a chance to get legal citizenship further along in the future. And if those illegal immigrants have work permits they won’t be able to work under the table and occupy jobs that legal citizens may occupy.” My friends name is Joe Smith and I call him Captain Mormon, an allusion to the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith and an alcoholic beverage.

Back to the point, though, illegal immigration and I believe almost every one in the world will agree with that. But when do we allow illegal immigrants to be full blown citizens after five years, ten years, never. It’s kind of idiotic to not want to reform immigration laws. I mean what are they now. Catch them and deport them or catch them and lock them up and have tax payers shoulder the burden of their stay in prison. It just seems that if we give them a quicker route to legal citizenship then it would cost less for the tax payers and it would make a lot of people happier. But then if we did that it would open up a whole bunch more of loop holes. What I am really trying to say is, the immigration problem isn’t going to go way with one Executive Order. It needs to keep being played with and fixed and tightened up. The sooner we figure that out the sooner we won’t have to deal with it as much.

 

America’s Economy Wounded but Not Dead


America’s economy has gaping wound in the middle of it’s chest and we have two parties arguing about how to deal with it. We have the republicans who have often said the numbers aren’t real and they are a lot worse than the president and his administration is letting on or a few republicans will say the economy doesn’t need a band aid but, they don’t offer any viable economic plans. On the other hand you have democrats who are little too band aid happy. The democrats provide a lot of short term economic plans but they haven’t provided any long term ideas. So the question a lot of people are asking themselves and their politicians is, “Do we just let the economy bleed out or do we dress the wound and apply pressure until we have a permanent cure?”

Politicians are making the economy a partisan thing but when has other peoples money, job, or livelihood been a partisan thing. We have people saying “No no no, we can’t worry about the poor people and we can’t raise taxes on the job Creators.” We tried that for about ten or eleven years now and look where it’s got us. We’ve shot our economy in the foot and we’re slowly pointing the gun higher and higher up our economic body. If we continue down this road we’re going to be shooting our economy in the head and America as a nation will be left for dead and our grandchildren and great grandchildren will spend their entire lifetimes trying to revive the American Economy.

We as private citizens need to write our representatives and tell them we want our government working for us and only us. We don’t care about corporate interests or money. We don’t care what you think are job creators because we took high school economics and understand that in a capitalistic society we the people are job creators. Their stories that wealthy people who send jobs overseas are job creators here in America is tired and old. We voted our representatives into office to do two things. 1) Represent us and our wishes,and  2) Protect our rights. Recently they have been protecting our rights but they haven’t been representing us or our wishes. Let’s tell our representatives like it is. We get them into that job and we can get them out of it. If we just remind them of that I’m pretty sure they’ll represent us more often.

Buffett Rule Didn’t Make It Through


Yesterday evening the democratically led senate voted on the much controversial Obama Buffett Rule. Sadly, and stupidly the bill didn’t pass. It had fifty-one votes in favor of it with only forty-five votes opposing it. So while the Buffett Rule is important and there should have been more votes in favor of it the real travesty is how our U.S. senate works. See in order for a bill to be passed in the Senate the bill needs sixty in favor votes. So technically majority rules but the majority can not simply be a simple majority.

Every bill has a long a journey before it even becomes voted on in the Senate. First it’s thought up and then it’s drafted into bill form. Then it reaches some place where they look over the bill and see if the bill is actually worth spending time and money voting on it. Then it reaches the U.S. House of Representatives where a simple majority is all a bill needs to be passed on over to the mighty powerful U.S. Senate where a bills fate is finally decided. In the Senate people have the possibility of obstructing the voting on a bill, which is called a filibuster, and that’s perfectly. In fact in the past two years we have seen the most filibusters ever. So just because a bill makes it to the senate that doesn’t mean it will get voted on. So, with the legal obstruction of progress and the lack of a simple majority needed it’s surprising that any bill gets passed.

But, in a country where majority rules a majority of the time why is there a special rule for the U.S. Senate only. I mean I could understand the lack of a simple majority if it were like that in the House Of Representatives or in the Electoral College but it’s not like that. The Senate is special and there is no reason why. Maybe the congress should fix the way they operate and then maybe we’d be able to get more done as a nation.


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EvolveFish I don’t believe in evolution.

I can hear what you are thinking: Is he an idiot or something? Even though he has an MSc in animal ecology and an unfinished PhD in evolutionary ecology, he still doesn’t believe in evolution?!

But here’s the thing: evolution is a scientific theory, same as the theory of gravity, germ theory, cell theory, quantum theory, theory of relativity and many others.

Unlike religion, science doesn’t work with beliefs – you take the facts supporting the theory and compare those with facts not supporting the theory. Then you decide if the theory is correct – or perhaps you should improve the theory, choose an alternate theory or scrap the whole thing altogether.

And the theory of evolution has literally hundreds of thousands (if not millions) scientifically validated observations and experiments supporting it. You have scientific articles, monographs, experiments (yes, there are loads and loads…

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Who Is What?


James Baldwin is one of my favorite all time authors. His works embodied what it was like to be a struggling black person in America and every now and again his works embodied the soul and struggle of homosexual men. He often portrayed the harder side of life and people learned and gained perspective from his plays, poems, essays, and novels. There’s a side of Mr. Baldwin that people over look from time to time. They over look the fact that Mr. Baldwin was a great orator and said some amazingly brilliant things. In my opinion James Baldwin is one the greatest American authors to have graced this soil.

One of the greatest things Baldwin said was in the introduction to his KQED documentary, Take This Hammer. The documentary itself focuses on James Baldwin as he travels around San Francisco in 1963 discussing with a few members of the black community in San Francisco the struggle of a black person in that era. In the introduction though he discusses how people project their opinion of themselves on others. He states in more or less words that the nasty names we call people are the names in which we feel we are.

This was only a theory at the time James Baldwin made this assessment. However, since 1963 studies have shown that people actually do do this. Studies claim that people who are the most homophobic or racist have an attraction to the same sex, for homophobic, or other races, for racist. People don’t really understand why we project our negative feelings about ourselves on each other but they have determined it is a coping mechanism we use to make us feel good about ourselves.

There’s another funny thing about this realization, we see it everyday and we don’t even realize it. If you watch, listen, or follow politics any other way you would know that a lot of politicians and pundits  are constantly calling each other names. With these studies in mind you have to think to yourself if these people are really giving an opinion of somebody or the opinion of themselves. We hear often Rush Limbaugh calling somebody an awful or criticizing some one harshly. So when we hear him speak is he speaking of himself or the actually person he’s criticizing.

On a serious side of this study many American kids are being bullied. Whether they are being bullied for their faith, sexual orientation, or just because of their appearance. Now this may not be directly related but another study showed that people often project negative emotions on others who have traits they wish they had. So when a kid in school is bullied and called a nerd his bullies probably wish they had the intelligence and wits of the person being bullied. However, when bullying goes on in schools it can either go to far or a bullied kid may not know how to handle the situation well and it may lead to very negative incidents that can be avoided.

As adults and well educated ones at that we need to come together and put the pettiness behind us. We need to stop building walls between us and start tearing walls down. If we put things past us the children may be able to get out of this economic turmoil we’re in now.

Science and Abortion


I stumbled upon a pro-life facebook page the other day. At first I was like “Alright this is pretty cool. People voicing their opinions in a reasonable and peaceful manner.” Then I began looking through the pictures and I saw the discussions people were having in relation to the pictures and I became even more appreciative of facebook as a place to convey ones political or religious beliefs. A few moments later I lost a little of that appreciation when I stumbled upon a  picture of a single celled organism or possibly some other cell, one that may become a baby someday, with a few sentences written on it. The picture read ” If a single living cell was found on a distant planet, scientists would exclaim that we have found life elsewhere in the universe. So why is a single living cell found in the womb of a pregnant woman not considered life?” The person who created must not know anything about science.

I don’t know much about science but I have never received a grade lower than a B in a science class  so I know a little bit about science and little about how scientists speak. If a scientist saw this picture that professional probably would have called the creator of this picture a smart ass who was trying to put, or rather take, words from a scientists mouth. See a scientist will say anything that is made up of cells has life. By the logic of a scientist a sperm cell has life, an egg inside a woman has life, a single celled organism on some distant planet has life. Where the logic of a scientist differentiates from a person of the pro-life persuasion is that a sperm cell in implanted in a woman’s uterine lining is not human life.

Abortion isn’t black and white as many people believe. Some people will say when you’re dealing with abortion you have those who are pro-life and pro-abortion. It’s not like that at all. I am the perfect example of someone who is pro-choice. I don’t believe abortion is right but I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong but if I got a girl pregnant I’d ask her to keep it because I believe it’s wrong for me and the woman I am in a relationship with. So while I may oppose abortions personally I understand that some people have different beliefs and their circumstances are different than mine.

Then there’s the “infanticide” thing. You know when a woman wants an abortion and some how miraculously survived and people have to choose what to do with the, I don’t know what to call this so I apologize if I offend any one right now, half born child. Often people elect to finish the abortion and sometimes people keep and raise the child. But “infanticide”, which has been totally bastardized, is what happens when a half born child is killed. People say this is worse than abortion and that it should be illegal but what does one do with a child they wanted to abort but, ended up surviving and now has some severe medical problems. The woman obviously tried to abort it the child for a reason and now you’re going to force her to keep it or she’s going to give it to the state where the government will have to pay for the medical bills and pay for the orphan system to raise the child until the child is adopted. You’re caught in the cross hairs with this topic.

What I am really trying to say is abortion is confusing. The less we as a nation stop trying to marginalize it to an issue that is black and white the easier it will be for us to talk about it. People are either pro-life or pro-choice and they are stiff in those positions. If we loosen those reigns a little bit we will be able to have a more intelligent discourse and get more done and create a lot more reasonable bills that will help a lot more women and families. And that is the most important thing right? Protecting Americans.