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Turmoil: Boiling Up and Over
A goal to limit time spent on social media is tough, especially when so much happens in one day. Anger builds on anger, false information grows exponentially, and only one side of the story is often being told.
And that's just information coming out of the White House.
It doesn't help when social media shares perpetuate falsehoods and half-truths.
Hoping to get back to regularly scheduled pop culture, sports, and writing posts very soon. It's tough to do in this ever-changing world especially when so much out in the vast sea of the internet is not properly vetted while being shared. (And if I'm guilty of it, please let me know. I am always looking to improve in this thing called life.)
Let's be clear: no matter if it says the words "Muslim" or not, the suspension of refugees is exactly that. Yes, the countries being focused on are countries President Obama had listed as one's extra precaution needed to be placed on. By invoking the term "Christian refugees" though, it is simply a sly way of pointing your directives at Muslims. And by invoking the horrific events of 9/11 and to not have the homelands of the 9/11 terrorists on the list is contradictory.
Tweeting your response(s) is not the answer. I suppose your followers like it and hey, an occasional tweet might be nice. To defend your ban, though, by implying if "we waited a week" to announce it, it would "let the bad guys in" is careless and uneducated. Visas and such can take up to two years to properly vet so stop--in a repeated plea--riling up your followers with false information.
Not that this is of utmost importance--because being preventative is better than having to react--but none of the homegrown terrorist acts in the United States since 9/11 have had terrorists from the countries on this list. Radicalization can be done from anywhere to any willing participant, making a war on terror a seemingly futile and endless pursuit. Opening your hearts to multiple religions and beliefs--a fact that may never occur--would be an easier route to peace.
In regards to your people (and yourself) claiming Obama did the same thing in 2011 with Iraqi refugees, you are technically correct. He did. The part you left out? There was a credible threat on United States soil by two refugees from this very program. A threat that intelligence had its origins in Iraq. Plus, you know, there were still an estimated 50,000 American troops in Iraq whose safety needed to be watched out for. (For the complete story, head over to the Fact Check website.
This was stated in my last post, but please go look up Steve Bannon. The man has landed a place on ol 45's National Security Council. A man, who by the looks of it, is trying to start a race and religious war within not only the United States but the world. He is inexperienced and, like his president, should have no part in running a country.
And this piece I'm about to link to is not to be overlooked. Interesting stuff that is being overlooked because of the wide array of things being thrown at citizens every day. A gets a little doomsday-esque so be warned. Read the article.
The new Executive also ordered his first military operation, taking place in Yemen. One American Navy Seal, serving the United States proudly, lost his life. Others were also killed, including an eight-year girl. This all according to the New York Times.
Do the words written here preach to a choir? Most likely. But if at least one person can open their mind from the supporters of the Executive crowd, then perhaps the words do some good. Perhaps the words are simply falling into an echo chamber. Opinions are what they are, especially when it comes to politics. Though, I still have trouble with people I respect, people I know who are intelligent, blindly supporting the president and his actions. He is not thinking in the best interest of this nation. He is thinking in the best interest of the white, Christian man. Maybe that fits you and that's why you embrace him.
It's time to embrace compassion, empathy and kindness. It's time to TRULY build to a better nation, not this one we're currently living in. We are all humans doing are best to make a mark in this world, whether it's among family, friends, or simply for yourself. Fear will not drive us, but fear of not being able to live in a safe, inclusive, progressive America and standing up for others, will. And that's the greatest weapon of all.
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, there was no greater bromance than that between Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard. The two of them appeared in no less than five movies together in a five year time span. These two were meant to be. Two young stars destined to take the world by storm as a team. Hanging out, meeting women, and enjoying the good life. And then, just like that, stardom was ripped away from them. Though they continued to work, they would never appear together again in a film.
What was it that pulled them apart? Did they just choose to go different directions? Was it Sarah Michelle Gellar that drove a wedge between these two? While Lillard eventually went on to star in an Oscar nominated film (The Descendants), Prinze, Jr. went on to write for the WWE and occasionally show up as a guest star on television shows. While both have tried, neither has recaptured that joy that once displayed on screen. Tonight, I want to dutifully remind the world of t…
photo courtesy of flickr.com Podcasts have been around for years now. It is only over the past year in which I've really started to fall in love with them, fully exploring the world around me via the internet.
In fact, the amount of choices out there can feel overwhelming at times. I've started and stopped a few, mostly because I've become sidetracked when I find another one that interests me. Starting down a podcast rabbit hole is quite an infliction and sometimes podcasts get pushed out of the scope of my attention.
While there are certainly more nationally recognized ones I stick to, such as the Missing Richard Simmons podcast or the recently released S-Town podcast (in which I listened to all seven chapters in the course of 24 hours), there are other ones I listen to on a regular basis. These tackle a wide range of topics and tell very different stories, but they are podcasts I try to never miss. They might be lesser known (though many have begun to earn recognition), t…
YouTube screenshot *The following contains Spoilers from the season 7 premiere of "The Walking Dead" "Pissing our pants yet? Boy, do I have a feeling we're getting close."- Negan, The Walking Dead
And people thought Ramsay Bolton was sadistic.
The much anticipated season seven premiere of The Walking Dead hit the airwaves last Sunday. Boy, was it a doozy.
I am not going to spend much time on what side of the liked/didn't like it/I'm never watching again spectrum I fall in. I will say that I was enraptured, on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire one hour, six minutes (including commercials) of the episode. This was an episode that filled me with a sense of existential dread for the characters inhabiting The Walking Dead world. It is a feeling that is still with me nearly two days later.
As a disclaimer, I am only through the first ten volumes of the graphic novels. I have yet to reach the Negan arc. I am also on the side of the court that didn't m…