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Warped Tour and a lack of Women 0

Warped Tour and a lack of Women

Apparently, Warped Tour 2014 – and previous warped tours – has a women problem.  That is in a women problem in terms of the amount of women involved in the bands who make up Warped Tour. Now right away, this observation should be made:  This one of the the usual “divide and conquer” approaches that people employ when talking about this subject wreaks of to motivate women and/or men to endorse a particular ideology to create ” specific issues” and win them votes.   As my friend Katie has said, and I’m paraphrasing, they are trying to divided us and get us at each...

Tumblr: Where the  Really Wild Things of Privilege Dwell 0

Tumblr: Where the Really Wild Things of Privilege Dwell

Tumblr is essentially a very entertaining cesspool of anger and vitriol where people “discuss” privilege.  Either the trolls on Tumblr are the best that the internet has ever produced – far surpassing the 4chan glory days- or there are some people who are truly filled with enough hatred, blame, and anger to make Emperor Palatine quite jealous. The internet is obviously a place for everything including some major venting.  What bugs me is that I can’t tell when people are actually serious or they are trolling.  Extremism is usually a word we toss around when we don’t agree with people – yea it’s...

Priorities: Green Housing vs being Homeless 0

Priorities: Green Housing vs being Homeless

About 3 weeks ago, I was in Chicago, the city I love to despise and badmouth.   There are a lot of reasons I don’t like the city, starting with how expensive it is down there, but as I was walking on Fullerton, I noticed a sign about green, energy friendly, sustainable, ect housing – all those buzzwords. That is fantastic and all, but when you are homeless and don’t have a place to live, how much does the “green” status of a dwelling matter? I wonder if we have really overlooked our priorities as a culture. Every group has a...

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Poetry: “Lovers”

Context: I was at Swing State for Tuesday Poetry Night and I just let the creative and odd juices flow with no filter and just a bit of editing.   If you want to get a really interesting and creepy vibe, read this out aloud to yourself in your most creepy voice. “Lovers” Tender lovers,   I  am a true lover.   Lover’s walks… I invented those. An amorous bastard, I am that. Dearest, I am a passionate lover. Many lovelies  stalk my small living space like harpies with the beauty of mermaids, but I remain  passionately steadfast. What can...

Iraq and embracing Multiculturalism. 0

Iraq and embracing Multiculturalism.

     The good ole Huffington Post, a bastion of multiculturalism and pluralism, expressed great concern about Iraq and a potential bill in there “government” in which the legal age of divorce being lowered to nine years old in Iraq. This of course also involves a conservative hardline party in the government which wants to lower the legal age of marriage way down there, something that isn’t a horrific human rights violation in the minds of at least some Iraqis. Cultural differences eh?  One thing that really popped up in my mind is that to be truly multicultural and pluralistic, we...

Recognizing the Armenian Genocide – Kind of 0

Recognizing the Armenian Genocide – Kind of

Yesterday, Thursday April 24th, was the day that Armenians and many others recognize the Armenian Genocide and all the horrors that took place.  Unfortunately, Turkey who perpetrated the genocide  rubs salt in the wound by refusing to acknowledge that it happened, so forgiveness becomes all that much harder. One of president Obama’s campaign promises in 2008 that specifically regarded this subject made his then stance quite clear on the subject:     “My firmly held conviction (is) that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by...

For Males Only – “Women are EASY to Understand” 1

For Males Only – “Women are EASY to Understand”

For Males Only – “Women are EASY to Understand”.

I’m Coming Out… As a Flexitarian 0

I’m Coming Out… As a Flexitarian

So I’ve realized that when it comes to my daily chow down, I am actually a “flexitarian.” What the Hell is that? Like everyone else, I love complicated labels most people haven’t heard of that I get to explain the meaning of to people. Gives me a feeling of superiority. In my infallible understanding, Flexitarian is similar to semi-vegetarianism in that they consume meat very occasionally – usually 10-5% or less of their weekly food intake. In my case that applies to dairy products as well. Unfortunately it means that I can’t claim a moral high ground over other people...

The Role Government and Christianity In helping Others 0

The Role Government and Christianity In helping Others

This isn’t meant to be some sort of infallible essay. It is meant to be my personal reflection on the world I see around me.         Many people from every spectrum of politics constantly ponder and debate about the role of government in politics.  Now I suppose what each of us might believe that role entails depends on our worldviews. Most of us can agree their are many problems our society faces: Homelessness, corporations who get special tax breaks and subsidies that small businesses don’t,  a foreign policy that arguably encourages many people to hate America, income inequality in...

Detroit: ‘The Truth Hurts… Tough Shit’ 3

Detroit: ‘The Truth Hurts… Tough Shit’

In today’s society, people who tell it like it is are rare. Usually they don’t want to lose their jobs, have their reputation permanently tarnished, ect.   L Brooks Patterson, is apparently one of those rare people and he is taking some heat for it.  He made “controversial” comments – let the entertainment begin – about the city of Detroit.  In a recent interview with the New Yorker, he said the following: “Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher,” he said. ”The truth hurts, you know? Tough s***.” He goes as far in...

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