Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Political Fix

I use to play my mom in the game of chess. Primarily, I was in high school. I played her in college as well, but it died off. I would constantly lose to her, which should be expect in many ways. However, I had an epiphany while I was playing her. Instead of trading pieces when the situation present itself( not matter if help you accomplish your ultimate goal), you should move past those traps. There's no point in trading pawns, when your goal is capturing the king.
As I understand politics in the current landscape, it's chess on top of five other chess games. My question for our government; What is your ultimate goal? My general belief is that the left wing is trying to help poor people. I'm not naive to think that their methods are always the correct ones. That is something I could for(especially when I'm poor myself). I don't get the same feeling from the right wing. With a democratic president, it seems like that side of the scale wants to express what is wrong with the state of affairs.
I have no problem with letting people know that a policy is a bad idea. That continues the circle of "trading pieces", which hurts regular folks.Simply present your ideas, let regular folks decide on the policies. To take that a step further, Put forth policies that will benefit all of the American citizens.
I will leave it at that.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Shower Thoughts- Have Positive Thinking

I'm sure that cliche has come up of "you have your best thoughts in the  shower". I had an epiphany while I was in the shower. For the nice, sweet, and good guy that I tend to pride myself on being,  I'm amazingly have pretty negative views of the people that are in my life. Am I surrounded by saints and angels? No, but these people are not nearly as bad as I view them.
Perfect example, my buddy has developed a bad reputation among people for some of his antics in social events. I'm not excusing these antics, or going to go into details about them.The point is that I should not be dissing him to other people who don't know him. That's just being an asshole and a horrible friend. That's not the person that I am.
One of my old friends has great respect, admiration, and love for her parents. I think that's how it should be. For me, I have the love but only functioning respect and not much admiration for them. I would never disrespect them or purposefully mistreat them. However, I would say that I DON'T want to be them or anything like them. This friend would tell me that she wants to be like her mother or as she puts it," I could only hope to be as great of a mother of she is." I can only smile at that statement, because it's such a romantically idealistic statement. I wish I felt that way about my parents. The reality is I should have better views of my parents. I don't need to be them, or make the same decisions as them. My thoughts need to change in reference of them.
I have been trying to get into healthier living. As I watch videos and do other random research, it has been abundantly clear that I have an amazingly bad attitude. I'm going to do a better job with this issue and apologize to those people who had to witness this negativity.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gun Violence and The Politics

As I sit applying to random jobs, which range from retail stores in the closest shopping centers to specific career-driven jobs across the country, I decide to take a break. I leave the family man-cave( aka the basement) to see what the rest of the family is doing. I walk to the front porch and see four or five police cars in front of our house. I see the policemen searching the nearby alley and street. It's a far too common sight in Black Communities.
I don't know what happened. My step-mom and nephew, who preceded me onto the porch, tell me what happened.One of our neighbors, L____, was walking home from her son's house and five or six shots were fired. She sprinted home and wasn't harmed. I obviously realized that the cops were looking for bullet casings.
Literally across the street is a public elementary school. This is the same elementary school that I attended. When I wasn't in school, I was public football, hockey, and baseball in the schoolyard. I was always insight of my front porch. Now, my nephews, neighbor's kids and grandchildren play in the same schoolyard. I don't understand why so many bullets are flying.
So. Bigger picture. I have been watching MsNBC, Fox News, and CNN. There has been so many debates and discussions on gun violence/ gun control. As I have been watching( thankfully, not every moment of every day), I have realized that neither party is REALLY interested in solving the problem. They are only interested gaining the upper hand in the political circus. Here is one example. Of course, there is liberal examples of this happening as well.
I know that I have my lean. I , however, suggest that these elected officials learn the difference between governing for the people and simply battling each other.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Race in Politics

First, I want to apologize. To everyone who has to live in these racial discussions, whites and blacks and all other races, I don't like these discussions any more than anyone. To question equality should not happen. I am a big fan of Martin Luther King. I believe  I do believe that we are in a place of legal equality. As I watch Fox News or MSNBC, I watch issues on race turn into these debates of Republicans vs Democrats or liberals vs conservatives. With that comes this notion people are racists and bigots. I want to apologize to republicans, conservatives, and all the innocent people who tend to get demonized by these debates.
As I said earlier, I am a big fan of Martin Luther King. My first reason is that he fought for freedom and equality for everyone. To me, that's not limited to blacks and whites. It was for Asians, Latinos, Arabs, Jewish, Blacks, and Whites.  Secondly, He preached about non-violence. Situations where no one gets hurt and no one loses lives.
As I write these thoughts out, I think about the Trayvon Martin case. I think about the "Stop and Frisk" laws and "Stand Your Ground" laws. It seems as though MSNBC and Fox News has become the political pieces for a particular party, and race has become another issue. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Big government or Small Goverment? Pro-Blacks or Anti-Blacks?
As I want to turn away and watch Spongebob or Sportscenter, I realize that it's not clear what blacks and latinos (in particular) go through. President Obama gave a speech in wake the verdict for the Trayvon Martin case. The instances that he specified of people locking doors and clutching purses even tighter as he( or many other black man) walked. The point was that so many blacks and latinos are being demonized. I have seen clips of people saying that "they" only get jobs because of Affirmative Action. Not that the person who got the job is equally qualified or more qualified, but "they" got the job for reason that had nothing to do with their qualifications. I realize that if some crime happens, I'm more likely to be a suspect rather than a witness. I'm actually not a Liberal and never claimed to be Democratic. I tend to be fairly conservative when listening about economics and government control, but I hear conservatives speak about social issues. It turns my stomach to hear many Conservatives/Republicans speak discriminatorily.

This puts me in a mental dilemma. Do I go with the side who I believe have the economics? Or Do I go with the side that isn't socially discriminating?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Trayvon Martin case/ The issue of race

I might break this into two separate post, but so many people have combined these discussions under one topic.

First, I was initially surprised by the verdict in the trial.My thought was that George Zimmerman got away with murder. The more that I thought about it. I really took into account "beyond a reasonable doubt". Can I say "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Zimmerman wasn't defending himself? No. Do I think that he was defending himself? No. Is race important in this trial? No.

The weird thing I constantly hear as a topic of discussion is "Trayvon punched George first, so George was defending himself." That's weird to me because I was raised to punch first. You don't let them attack you, because you don't want the uphill battle. I don't think that's a race issue. It's simply if you know there is going to be a confrontation, then you punch, attack, kick, or slam the person first

Now this race, anyone who says that there isn't a race issue are ignorant, naive, or both. We have come a LONG way from the days of MLK, Malcolm X,Rodney King and LA Riots. However, there are still issues of fair treatment. This is no longer about the letter of the law. It's about the practitioners. Maybe it's not pure racism( hatred of the skin color). I have seen discussions of the Trayvon Martin trial, the Marissa Alexander trial, and the possibility of a trial involving the death of a black kid by the hands of a white man. All these trials being tried in the state of Florida.

Yes. Our president is BLACK. In understanding the issue, to say or speculate that racism doesn't exist. Lets be clear. Racism is NOT a one-way street. The racial stereotypes affect how every black person is treated, and there is a a difference on how a white kid would be treated versus an equal black kid. I'm sure that there are a bunch of studies, videos and statistics to bear that out. Maybe, I will dig into more details at a later date, but the discussions is necessary.

My issues on race differ than most, and that's another topic. The trial result should not change based on race. There will always be views, results, and preferences that you don't like or agree. That's a part of being human and being free.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Let It Go

So, I'm the type of person who is constantly trying to keep moving. Nothing or no one changes that. However, that is not to say that I don't reflect on things. So, I'm beating around the bush a bit.

Here's the story.
 A couple nights ago, my mom and  I were on the way home after a long day of printing shirts. Typically, I'm quiet and listening to the radio( only speaking when spoken to). My mom is being goofy as she is TRYING to be funny.

Out of no where, she decides to ask,"How's A*****?"

I responded with a simple and direct," I don't know. We haven't been in contact."

Oh. Do I wish that I would realized where this was going? Now, It was only a 25-30 second conversation. Her final question was," How does that make you feel?" My thought is that this isn't Dr. Phil and she isn't Oprah. I forget exactly what I said, but it was one of those "it is what it is" statements.

That's the first half( Act 1 for your theatre geeks).

The next day, she is giving me a ride to Hempfield for the Pittsburgh Passion game. I guess you could guess what topic she brings to the forefront. Unprovoked, she goes into this soliloquy of "you don't break-up with friends", "she wanted more", and "she had stronger feelings than you think".

A part of me was thinking that it's cute. My mom wants me to find love with a good girl( I do think A***** is an awesome girl and her bf is a lucky dude), but we've been through this. We've never had that type of relationship. So, I did have a sly smile on my face. I could appreciate her motives( even if they are misdirected).

The other part of me wanted to tell my mom to LET IT GO. We are never going to go on a romantic date. We are never going to "make purple". In my best Italian voice...Forget about it.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Revamp

Okay. I'm restarting this blog. I deleted all the old post as if I'm clearing history. I did that so I can cheat and rework some of my old conceptual stuff( not really, but don't be surprised if...).

Here's the plan. I'm going to write this almost as if it's a diary. You're NOT going to hear about my secret crushes or anything like that. That's not to say that you won't hear about girls that I would want to fuck, but I digress a bit. I'm going to write about what's on my mind. Hopefully I will write more than I did before.

That's the "plan". Those of you who know me personally( to the point where we've actually chilled together) might be pissed off by something of the things said on here. Some of you might enjoy it.

You have been warned.