Come, Look, See…


Poor Madeleine…
May 18, 2007, 7:55 am
Filed under: General

Now I don’t want to take away from the seriousness of poor Madeleine, a British girl who disappeared from a Portugal resort this past week; however, it’s upsetting to see so much attention paid to a missing girl simply because she’s white. Yes, I said it. This little girl is white and the whole world is wondering where in heaven she could be. Unfortunately, this happens all too often with many other children who don’t get the luxury of being splashed all over the news – or who aren’t so lucky to get their own website with over 25 million hits.

What is wrong with this world that a baby of color is second rate to a white baby? It’s such a shame and to be frank, it’s quite unsettling and very, very upsetting to me. Jon Benet immediately comes to mind…unfortunately for me, so do the many other non-white babies and children whom I briefly hear about in the news when they go missing. Yet, we do so little to find them. Why?

I do hope they find this little girl safe and sound. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have your own daughter taken away from you. But still, I can’t help wonder why she is more special than every other little girl or boy who goes missing on a daily basis.

http://www.bringmadeleinehome.com



CNN.com Sucks
April 5, 2007, 7:21 pm
Filed under: General


Something that has always bothered me about CNN.com is this: notice how many of their stories are in VIDEO ONLY format.

Why do they find it necessary to include video only stories on their web page? I understand most individuals like media content like this, but to make half of your stories video only and not include a written story is very annoying. It’s not that I can’t easily open up a video and watch the story on my computer, but I’m forced to watch a 30 second commercial before it?! Fuck that.

It’s a waste of time and to be honest, I have no idea why I periodically go there. I’ve been weening myself off biased news sites for some time anyway, but every now and then they suck me back in.

Thank God for Google news and reddit.com. A few months ago I would have also been grateful for Digg.com but it too has gone to shit for a whole other reason. (Fascists assholes!)



The Bigot Within
January 12, 2007, 5:05 pm
Filed under: General

I swore I wouldn’t have a “blog” unless I had something of relevance to speak of… Needless to say, I gave in and decided to create a blog. As of now, I have no particular focus in mind. I could go anywhere with this; from posting porn vids, berating individuals, to writing about my ever-so interesting life. (I’m kidding, of course. As evidenced by the many youtubers who come up with some of the most original ideas for video blogs, many of which make me feel so ordinary.) I even thought about focusing primarily on political ramblings and going-ons but to be honest, politics can become so redundant and upsetting that I find myself ignoring it more than actively participating in discussions about it. I mean, I get it: impeach Bush, kill Bush, Cheney’s the devil, the war is illegal and yes, 9/11 was an inside job. I will touch on these subjects more eventually because it’s part of whats going on in the world. That said, I think we all need to step away at times from the negative onslaught of news and have a laugh or two.

In thinking about it a bit more, I realize I often come across things (videos, quotes, book excerpts, other blog postings, etc) which tickle me silly. In other words, I often come across things that infuriate me. They usually involve peoples’ close-mindedness. From far right, to far left, to right up the middle, individuals can argue to the death about things they are passionate about. Unfortunately, many (including those who have great arguments for certain issues) refuse to listen to, or even acknowledge any other view with an open-mind. I for one am all about spreading truth and revealing pseudo-truths and flat out lies. However, we must do this together, respecting each other, listening to each other and learning from one another.

I’m definitely not blind to the fact that I sometimes do the exact same things I condemn. However, I’m very aware when I do refuse to listen to the other side of an issue. Typically, that happens when I know I’m wrong and my pride has been damaged. What can I say, I can be a stubborn son-of-a bitch. It’s a natural protective response for me. But I believe it’s something we all do at some point, whether we admit it or not. Maybe all of this is just an excuse that I, along with many others use to detract from the fact that we sometimes are in fact what we abhor, close-minded bigots. Maybe that’s going to far, but I digress.

So I leave this post with an open-mind and a promise to only include whatever may move your minds, hearts and souls. If it leads you to action, makes you love me or hate me, makes you rethink your position or adds a bit of doubt to your beliefs, I’ve done my job.