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Children Indoctrinated By Dr. Seuss


Lou Dobbs, a Fox Business Analyst, doesn’t seem to like children’s movies. Or rather children’s movies that encourage children to borrow things or speak their mind. Lou Dobbs earlier this week claimed that two new children’s movies, the movie adaptation of Dr. Suess’s The Lorax and Japanes adapted film The Secret World of Arrietty, are indoctrinating children and are “demonizing the 1 percent and espousing the virtue of green energy policy.” Now, to you and I know these movies aren’t indoctrinating children and these movies aren’t teaching kids to demonize the 1 percent. Even if that were the objective kids wouldn’t notice it because while watching these movies they’d be distracted by the furry orange talking peanut or they would be amazed by the tiny girl climbing curtains with earrings she found.

It’s absolutely silly to claim “Liberal Hollywood” is trying to indoctrinate young kids who have no idea what politics are even about. Actually, by bringing it up Lou Dobbs does more damage and might actually sway those right leaning parents to speak to their kids about these “evil” movies. So, with these parents forcing their ideologies upon their children two things could possibly happen. One, those parents could create far right radical ideologues. Two, the kids of those parents, who are right ideologues, in an attempt to rebell may become far left wing ideologues. With the creation of these two sets radical ideologues there a turmoil ulike ever before.

Lou Dobbs and the cronies that discussed these films and talked about their indoctrination forgot to talk about the indoctrination of young kids on the part of the Right wing. Yes, the Right wing does indoctrinate people and they have published works to verify my claims. If you haven’t read it you should check out Angel In the Waters, a book that was created solely to help young children hear a word of pro-life before even hearing a word of pro-choice; that was how it was described by a Right wing blogger. Let’s not forget the inoctrination of kids to believe that being gay is wrong and a person should be punished for being gay, that’s messed up.

I am not naive, I understand that some people on the left are out there trying to indoctrinate children into leaning left politically. But let’s call these movies what they really are, children’s movies. There are hundreds even thousands of things that prove that the Left wing and the Right wing are guilty of trying to indoctrinate children. So, let’s leave the false allegations of indoctrinations alone and let’s allow the people or actual political reporters to decide what is indoctrination and what isn’t. Because the longer people like Lou Dobbs continue to claim indoctrination on the account of the children’s movies the longer people like Lou Dobbs will continue to come off as belligrently ignorant.

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Theocrazy For You and Me


As Rick Santorum seems to climb ever higher and higher in the national polls , it is almost inevitable that if he becomes president we will have a government based on the theocratical teachings of Mr. Santorum. He hasn’t even become president but he has already proposed laws that would criminlize abortion doctors, any one who performs acts of sodomy, and making it illegal for women to use contraception. He proposed these laws solely because of his reiligious views.

The contradiction of the laws proposed by Mr. Santorum lies in the fact he claims government should be small and unobtrusive. These laws provide the perfect examples, on top of numerous examples, to make the case for why Rick Santorum would make a terrible president.

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Loretta Lynn For “The Pill”


I am a huge country music fan. When you listen to country music there are few artists you can’t ignore, no matter how long ago these artist began their careers. Those artist are of course Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn. These four artists are the epitome of what country music was and they are a perfect example of the greatness a country musician should try to obtain through out their careers. Johnny Cash was “The Man in Black”, Conway Twitty had the most number one singles of any act until 2006, Patsy Cline is the Queen of Country Music, and Loretta Lynn the Coal Miners Daughter exemplifies a true rags to riches story.

These musicians are probably some of the most notable musicians in American History. One thing sets Loretta Lynn apart, though. She was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and equality for women and she also spoke out against the Vietnam War. She has more banned songs than any other country artist. Among those songs are, “Rated X” which talks about the stigma of divorced women, the song was more controversial because it’s frank language rather than it’s message. Another was “Wings Upon Your Horns”, which discussed the loss of teenage virginity, which to Loretta Lynn who was married at fourteen and had four children before leaving her teenage years may not seem that controversial. Then the one song that is catching a lot of attention because of the contraception issue going on right now is “The Pill”, which speaks of the liberation of women via the pill.

That song was released in 1972. In 1972 Loretta Lynn rejoiced in the fact that there was a pill that a woman could take that would prevent her from having more children and prevent that woman from being tethered any further to a man. To say this song was controversial back then is an understatement, in some places now that song is still very controversial. The thing I’m trying to convey by talking about this song is why is a woman born in Kentucky in 1935 more progressive on hormonal contraception forty years ago than a person born in 1978 in legislature today.

It doesn’t make sense, really, I am perplexed by how little sense it makes to be anti-contraception. Contraception isn’t an evil thing and women who use contraception aren’t more likely to be more sexually active. Contraception is a safety net for that time when a woman does go out and things do get a little hot and heavy or God forbid when a woman is attacked and raped. Contraception also has many uses away from it’s sexual aspects. Contraception is used when women have a thyroid problem or an ovarian cyst but many contraception opponents claim contraception is only used so women can go out and perform acts of bumping nasty’s, I’m eighteen bumping nasty’s is hilarious to me I apologize for using it if any one is offended by my use of it.

Contraception was invented and better forms of contraception will continue to be introduced into society. It is a necessary thing nowadays and to prevent a woman from using it is not only illogical but also immoral. Hormonal contraception should given a different name because it’s current name is doing more harm than good and could be putting many women in danger especially in states where the Personhood Amendment may be put into law. It seems we have been regressing recently and until we as a society learn how to stop being dumb we will continue to regress further in to the ubiquitous darkness that was the individually repressive Dark Ages.


State Sponsored Rape


With Virginia poised to enact a law that will force women to get an ultrasound, transvaginally, it seems inevitable that women and their reproductive rights will continue to be ignored. This law not only ignores women but, it also violates them. One reporter described it as state sponsored rape. When you think about it though, it’s more than that. This law allows the state to not only rape women but, also rob them. Because forcing women to get an unnecessary ultrasound wasn’t enough, Virginia legislators  saw it fit to make women pay for these unnecessary ultrasounds.

Women and their reproductive rights are being delegated by older men who lack a woman’s perspective. Just this past week the republicans set all men panel of expert witnesses to decide what the laws on contraception should be. Yes, you read that right, a panel of all men was chosen to decide whether contraception should be covered by insurance. And when woman offered to provide an expert opinion they said, “Nah, we men got this. We know what women want and need when it comes to contraception.” They didn’t really say that but by denying a woman to serve on this panel one can imply that’s what they were thinking.

The other disheartening thing besides the fact that men are deciding what women can and can’t do with their bodies, is the men’s reasons for telling women what to do with their bodies. Often times you’ll hear the people who are the most vehemently against abortion  or contraception are Catholic or some kind of super strict Christian. And one will think to themselves these men are only against abortion because of their religion. This assumption leads to people asking themselves, “Aren’t we supposed to leave our religions at the door and not let our religious beliefs affect our political beliefs?” You can answer that question with a yes and a no. While we live in a secular state our religious views can play an affect on your political views. It’s when you allow your religious beliefs to dictate to you what your political beliefs that it becomes an issue. Like the Personhood Amendment, a perfect example, shouldn’t have even been allowed because it was drafted and introduced to law makers by a Christian Right group, and for that reason alone it shouldn’t have been introduced to the legislature.

So you see what women have to deal with? They have to deal with a male dominated congress averaging fifty-eight years old, who lack the perspective of women. They also have to deal with a lot of religious zealots who wish to impose their beliefs upon them, even though they say they want a limited government. They have to worry about buying contraception by themselves when they may not have any money to spare. The way I see it, women are being dealt a really bad hand at this point in time and really need people to step up and speak on their behalf. And the people who speak on their behalf actually need to speak for what women want and not what they think women should want.

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Black History Month Revisited


It’s the middle of February and I have seen about 100 black history month commercials. Proclaiming all the great things black Americans have done. I feel I am being drowned in the “history of my people”. The funniest part of Black History Month and what the people who organize it, though is they claim to be helping “my people”. It’s foolish to believe that by spending millions of dollars to put commercials on television that you’ll help people who are suffering.

I don’t come from a necessarily poor city but, by no means is Long Beach upper echelon and many parts of  this great city are some what slumish. If the organizers of Black History Month really wish to help black people they should try to actually do something rather than bombard television sets with commercials throwing facts and characters at people. They should try to organize after school programs that are so dearly needed at inner-city schools. They should try donating computers and books and other needed items at those same inner-city schools.

So often nowadays we have become more about reflecting and looking back upon past times rather than actually looking for solutions to the problems in the present time. Black History Month is just another tool people use to ignore the obvious problems we have. The NAACP Image Awards is another tool used. The people at the NAACP feel it necessary to award people with awards that they may have already been awarded at the Grammy’s, Academy Awards, or any other awards show. It’s just unnecessary to have these awards and Black History Month.


Marines In Media


With in the last month the Marines have gotten a lot of negative lime light. First, with the video of Marines urinating on the bodies of fallen Taliban rebels. Second, and final, with a photo scout snipers adopting the Nazi Waffen SS as flag as their own. While I understand that war will do things to an individual and a large amount of marines are younger gentleman and ladies, especially men, who try to one up each other and do foolish things to do so, these photos and videos are hardly excusable. These men and women are ambassadors, on top of being soldiers, for the United States. They represent all of America and Americans even though that may not be their intentions when enlisting.

However, with all these past infractions I stumbled upon a humbling, beautiful, and moving photo while on Facebook. The photo pictured lying on a bed next to casket draped in the American flag. One can deduce from the image that the casket held a fallen soldier and that the woman was close to the fallen soldier. In fact, in the casket lay 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, and the woman lying next to the casket was his wife whom wanted to sleep next to her husband one last time before he was laid to his eternal rest. This picture was truly remarkable and the story behind it was even more moving.

The sad part of this picture is, that it will be over looked so people can report of the wrong doings and mishaps of the Marine. We as American people would much rather hear about negative and heart wrenching stories than positive and heart warming stories. We become hooked by the stories that involve violence and death and we eagerly over look the stories of love and peace. Why that is, I am not quite sure but I know until we start focusing on the brighter side of life we will have to deal with an unnecessary struggle.

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“The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of him, and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. “I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it” she said. “I think that’s what he would have wanted”.”

-Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine standing next to the casket watching over them both.


Contraception Controversy


With the White House now mandating Catholic businesses to provide an option for contraception in their health care plans, quite a number of people have become outraged. Men of the cloth and a few politicians have spoken out against the White Houses contraception plan, claiming it was a “war on religion”. Even with the White Houses accomadations there are a few people out there still claiming Obama and his administration over stepping their boundaries and want to make sure the catholic church is under attack.

In actuality this contraception plan was wildly popular with women and a large majority of all Americans, even some Catholic priests and nuns. It only seemed controversial to people like Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum and some other right wing leaders. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both claimed Obama was waging war on the Catholic church with his new law however, when Obama tweaked his contraception plan they started crying about other things. Rick Santorum switched to complaining about how an insurance company shouldn’t be forced to cover a product that isn’t insurable, such as contraception. Santorum claimed contraception costs are fairly low and affordable when really they’re not that affordable.

With republicans really being the only ones left in the public eye that are strongly against Obama’s contraception proposal one has to admit there’s an obvious disconnect between these representatives and the people they represent. When I say a large majority of Americans support this new law I mean a large majority. Sixty-one percent of the American people support this law and I believe it’s either sixty-three or fifty-eight percent of American Catholics support Obama’s contraception proposal. With the majority of American people in favor of Obama’s contraception proposal why do people like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum continue to be so vehemently against the contraception law. And why do they continue to say it’s an infringement upon peoples privacy and religious liberty even though many Americans support this bill?

 

 


Robber Barons On the Rise Again


With Indiana becoming a right to work state last week and with Arizona drafting a state bill that would make it the most outrageously right to work state, I have come to the conclusion that Robber Barons are on the rise again. Robber Barons were business owners in a time before unions. They forced workers to work long hours, often from dusk until dawn, for little money. The little money the workers got they had to spend at the companies store and were forced to rent apartments from the companies, so in the end workers ended up owing business owners. Without unions America could definitely become full with Robber Barons.

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Equality For Every Body’s Nether Regions


Virginia state lawmaker , Janet Howell, introduced a somewhat controversial yet extremely funny amendment to a bill into the Virginia senate. This amendment would have made it mandatory for any male getting treated for erectile dysfunction to get a rectal exam and heart test before being prescribed an erectile dysfunction medicine. Ms. Howell introduced this amendment in protest of the bill forcing women to get an unnecessary ultrasound before going through with an abortion.

Ms. Howell stated “We should just have a little gender equity here,”. I easily and understandably agree with her. It’s ridiculous to force a woman to pay for an ultrasound when they don’t need it. You may say “But a rectal exam is far more intrusive than an ultrasound,”. I respond to that by saying an ultrasound is an extremely intrusive thing only physically but, mentally and emotionally. In most cases when women see the unborn child living within them they become more attached to the fetus. I believe this is why the Virginia senate included the forced ultrasound into the bill.

The forced ultrasound bill passed. The forced rectal exam amendment almost made it into law but missed the mark by a narrow two votes, 21-19. This Virginia bill is by far one of the most intrusive laws in the reproductive rights field. There are the “fetal pain” laws, which say fetuses can feel pain so a woman can’t abort after 20 weeks, in Nebraska, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Alaska, South Dakota, and Texas. But even those states don’t force women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.

As reproductive rights continue to come to the forefront of politics, women continue to be misrepresented. They often don’t get their voices heard, being that there are only seventeen women in the U.S. Senate and ninety-two women in the U.S. House of Representatives. Majority of those women are democrats so there’s only aspect of the woman point of view being told and when that point of view being isn’t being there’s some old guy telling women what they can and can’t do with their body. In fact of all the people that support anti-abortion laws seventy-seven percent of them are men. That is a little backwards.

While I consider the gift of life a blessing. It is not my place to tell a woman the child that is growing with in her is a blessing. There are so many instances where an abortion is justifiable and for me to tell a woman that her reasons to abort are wrong is the slap in the face of every women to have ever lived. Then you have the cases where a woman is raped. To force that woman to carry the child of her attacker is like telling a man to donate sperm to the woman who cut his genitalia off. That puts that situation into perspective now doesn’t it?

Even though I have the situation into perspective some men will still continue to use the same old excuses to force their patriarchal ideals on women. Some women still use the same old excuses to follow those same prehistoric patriarchal ideals. However, until all women come out of the dark ages we will see intrusive and idiotic reproductive rights laws being introduced into law.

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Black Month History


Today marks the start of Black History Month. On our television sets there will be short videos of the accomplishments of members of the black community. We will be reminded of Wilma Rudolph and other black athletes. We will reminisce on the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. and other black activists. Our attention will be called to the achievements of every notable black person in United States history. So why don’t I like Black History Month?

Black History Month started off as Negro History Week  in 1926 and was started by historian Carter G. Woodson. It began as an attempt to educate the American people of African-American history. In 1976 African-American History Month or Black History Month became a month long annual celebration of African-American history. Black History Month is observed in February in the United States and Canada and in October in the United Kingdom. During these month long tutorials of African-American history young Americans learn the history African-Americans. Young Americans are almost literally bombarded with facts of the Black Community during this month.

So back to my question. Why don’t I like Black History Month? It’s not that I don’t like it, It’s just that I don’t like what it does. I don’t have a problem with it personally. However, I have a problem with what it does to the nation. It causes some what of a rift, if you will, between the black community and other ethnic groups. It seems that the black community is the only community that needs to be recognized for what it has provided to American culture. And because they force their accomplishments down the throats of other ethnic groups, the other ethnic groups start to form a resentment towards the black community thus creating a rift in American society.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Black history especially if it is the history of Blacks that are Americans. In times like these, though, a month dedicated to educating people on a certain community causes a rift when we already have way too many rifts in American society. We plead for inclusion and equality but, really, Black History Month does just the opposite. It excludes and divides. It makes people feel an inequality. I am not saying get rid of Black History Month, I’m just saying think about what it does before we continue recognizing it.