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I’m pretty sure John McCain was tossing and turning in his bed last night, unable to sleep. Echoes of “Arab,” “Terrorist,” and the infamous line, “Off with his head,” ran across his mind. I sincerely hope he was sitting on the edge of his bed, his eyes gazing at the floor, thinking to himself, “This isn’t what I wanted. I want to win, but not like this.”

It’s not news when we hear the McCain-Palin ticket falling further and further behind from the leading Obama-Biden ticket. What’s concerning though, is that the Republican rallies are getting angrier and raw, with infuriating citizens who simply can’t grasp the fact that their candidate is trailing and most likely, will loose the race. Although the price is ultimately the White House with the responsibility to turn the United States’ image around, calm the economic downturn, and improve on their foreign policies, why are these rough and raw crowds showing signs of hatred, bigotry, and in some cases, a repulsive image of United States citizens who seem to be nothing more than out-of-control hooligans?

Uninformed. These crowds don’t have time, or won’t make the time to read and inform themselves. That does not mean to read or listen to one specific source, and decided that’s the truth. To be informed means to listen to all points of views, and decide for yourself base on the fact. On a recent rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin a woman told McCain, “I don’t trust Obama. I’ve read about him. He’s an Arab.”

Obama? An Arab? Who can possibly state such a baseless and simply stupid comment? Rush Limbaugh of all people. Listen carefully. Rush Limbaugh, the idiot who mocked Michael J. Fox not too long ago. The moron who should be taken off the air, along with all his mindless listeners.

Obama is NOT an Arab. He’s a United States Citizen. John McCain did the right and honorable thing in telling the woman, “No, ma’am. He’s a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

If that’s what his campaign is really about, then why is Sarah Palin feeding these starved crowds with lies, rumors and deception which send them screaming their desire to see John McCain “kill him.”?

The race is getting uglier. There’s no denying that.  But it doesn’t have to be this way. I hope that on early morning hours of November 5, 2008, when John McCain gives his speech, admitting he’s lost, he says the following.

“My dear friends. I cannot begin to say how deeply sadden I am. I wanted the chance to change the course of the United States’ image, the country that I love so much. But I’m standing here, realizing I can still help that cause. I can still help steer the way in which we as American are heading. I’m standing here not to admit my defeat, but to tell all my fellow citizens, all members of this great nation who are willing to listen. Enough with the partisan mentality. Enough of our hunger for see the other political party fail. Enough. I’m standing here to gather  all our citizens and tell them that we have to support our next President of the United States. Barack Obama.”

And as he turns around, and begins to walk away from the stage, McCain will be joined by his wife as he asks himself, “Why did I lose?”

That’s an easy one, Senator McCain. You lost because of Palin, Karl Rove’s tactics, and your campaign manager Rick Davis. You lost because near the end, instead of focusing on the issues, you let your whole campaign run amok, trying to taint your opponent’s image. You lost because your campaign was un-American.

A lawyer…

I like the sound of that. I would have loved to be one, actually. A lawyer who works on behalf of the little people. I’d be their superman. And some day, one night, an incredible thing might happen.

A family of four sits at the table, dining, with their two children enjoying their delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs. The father looks up across the table, and meets his wife’s eyes. And they smile at what they have. Out of nowhere, he hears something. He picks up his napkin, gently wipes his mouth, stands up, and walks to the window behind him. From outside, you can see his fingers slowly pulling the curtains as his face comes to view and finds what he’s looking for.

His wife and his two kids wait for his response.

“It’s him.”

That simplistic line prompts all four them to walk hurriedly to the front door. The father places his hands on the doorknob, turns it, opens it, and  sees how his family are not the only ones heading towards the front door. Houses across and down the streets already have their owners and occupants standing before the front door, their eyes all gazing towards the same end.

Underneath the moonlight, walking down the middle of the lonely street, I walk. Everybody can hear the sound my shoes make as they slap against the cold, hard pavement. Briefcase in hand, tie undone, hair out place, my eyes never move away from my goal: the end of the road.

I walk, tired, battered, and alone after a loooong, hard day.

And then they start applauding. One by one, every individual that lay their eyes on me applaud giving me an ovation because I can stand up, and fight those men of evil sitting behind their desk over at those Insurance Companies. I fight men like Bush or Karl Rove, who have rewritten the constitution and slowly begin to tear apart this country that so many fought for over 225  years.

I fight those who lay on their yacht over the Caribbean Islands, smiling in triumph as bulldozers begin to tear forest and destroy natural habitat, propelling creatures unto that long list of endangered species. I fight men who unscrupulously take advantage of the lower class, blue-collar workers who work for pennies simply because pennies are worth much more than nothing at all.

That’d be a heck of an ovation, don’t you think? I can see Gregory Peck walking down that street as Atticus Finch. Why can’t anyone be like him nowadays?

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Just a few months ago, no one, except Alaskans and those in tuned with the Alaskan political circle, knew who on earth Sarah Palin was. Had Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Presidential Nomination, the name Sarah Palin would still be exactly that. Just a name. But Clinton did not win the nomination. And it’s because of this event that we as Americans now have to endure the possibility that this “Jane Doe” might be, unfortunately, the leader of the free world.

But who exactly is Sarah Palin? It’s not that difficult to figure that out, actually. Research. It’s what the internet is for.

Anne Kilkenny, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, wrote a letter about how she viewed Sarah Palin. First of all, why is Anne Kilkenny’s view and opinion of Palin so important? Well, she knows her personally and what Anne Kilkenny has to say would most definitely open the eyes and minds those willing to listen.

Although mayor of a city with a dismal population of 5,000 for six years, most of the work of actually running the city was turned over to an administrator. Just 5 other states have a population of under 1 million. Palin was forced to hire an administrator after she had started firing high ranking officials simply because they did not fully support her. She even tried to ban books from the city’s library, but ended up backing away from her initial goal after residents began protesting. Upon the end of her second term as Mayor of Wasilla, Palin had raised the city’s debt from just about $1 million up to $25 million. Her administration then defended the spending increase as being caused by the rise in population in Wasilla, which is vaguely true. The city’s population did in fact rose, but only by about a thousand residents.

Much can be said about Palin’s political affiliation, views, and decisions as any political figure, including Barack Obama. After all, they’re politicians who have to walk the thin line between liberals and hardcore conservatives. It’s their way in which they answer a simple question that determines what kind of individuals they are, what goes through their minds, and what ideas and plans they have for the future of this country.

Which is why Katie Couric’s interview with the governor proves critical of who she really is. Palin confirmed what millions of Americans already knew: she’s not well experienced, she has no basic knowledge of American history, has no clear view on foreign policy, can’t complete a proper sentence much more than our current President can, is clearly a puppet controlled by the Republican party, and was chosen on the mere fact of her gender.

To have John McCain think that women would cast their votes in his favor only because he has a female as a running mate is an insult to both Hillary Clinton, and to every woman in this country getting ready to vote on November 4. To make matters worse, McCain will in fact get more votes from the core of the republican base which include Christians and women. All because he has Palin by his side.

image All prospect voters, should consider every aspect of all candidates before casting their votes. It’s unfortunate that even men of all ages will vote for Palin simply because they find her a “hot babe”. Just take a look at the debate between her and Biden. Who was the one who had intellectual answers and who was the one who tiptoed around them? Who was the one who showed that desire to help their political partner change the image of the U.S., and who was the one who kept blinking towards the camera, sending every man watching the debate running towards the bathroom with a white towel? Who was the one who kept calling herself and her candidate “mavericks”, and at the same time, questioning the morality of her opponent without answering questions about her own image? To say Sarah Palin won the debate against Joe Biden on the mere reason she didn’t made a fool out of herself, is like saying the Joker won the battle because Batman didn’t show up. (And no, I’m not calling Joe or Barack, Batman. Or Palin the Joker, for that matter.)

The Republican campaign, clearly out of ideas, have started a smear campaign against Obama. I do hope voters are smart enough and don’t fall for the GOP’s tactics and keep the rest of the Presidential race on issues and facts, rather than rumors and “personality”.

John McCain and Sarah Palin cannot blink and lie their way towards the White House. We cannot have two individuals who have their minds set on continuing what George Bush has done for the past 8 years, ultimately decimating the power that the U.S. once had. Talks of the war on terror taking a turn for the better, the surge working, or about John McCain’s imprisonment has got to stop.

We need change. And we need it now.

Despite computers slowly becoming an essential tool in today’s world, it’s been a while since I last sat in front of the screen, and surfed the net for my personal leisure. I distinctly remember when I was in my teens, I’d spend hours online, jumping from page to page, reading news, trivia, and history even. There was a reason why it was called “surfing the web.”

A couple of months ago, I finally succumbed to peer pressure, and registered a Facebook account. Once signed in, I quickly found a few of my high school buddies, which wasn’t hard at all since I knew their names. At first, I didn’t think much since I wasn’t finding out anything relatively new. We’ve kept in touch since high school, so there really wasn’t a major point to using Facebook. Besides, that’s what emails are for; to keep in touch.

But then I started thinking, wondering really. “What happened to the students I knew back in middle school?” For most people, middle school isn’t really that different from high school because most of the guys  and girls you knew there, eventually moved to high school with you. But with me, it was different.

I went to three different middle schools. Back then, in the late 1990’s, there were still a few elementary schools that still had 6th grade. In fact, I was one of the lucky ones to be a part of the very last 6th grade class of my grade school. Next, I was sent to the Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School. It was this particular school that I was interested in since I only went there for my 7th grade school year.

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Of course, Facebook doesn’t have an option to search friends from middle school. So I had to do a little research. I was able to find out that 8th graders that left Emerson, were able to go to three different high school: University High School, Hamilton High School, or Venice High.

With just a few names I remembered from back then, I started my search to bring back a little bit of that lost past. To my surprise, the names didn’t get me anywhere. I was almost done going through the class of 2004 (the year we all graduated), when I came across this profile. Could it be? I couldn’t remember his name, but his face was oh so familiar. Holy !@#$!

It was this dude I had P.E. with! I started reminiscing of the all the mornings we used to play basketball before school, during nutrition, and lunch. I remember being, along with this guy, the king of the courts, even if it was for just a little while. I remember during P.E., him and I were the top runners. No one could beat us during that 4th period P.E. class.

I finally have a chance to reminisce the old days, through him, and hopefully he’ll know where I can get in touch with the other members of that glorified court. Now, if only I could remember the name of that radiant piano player in my orchestra class. Jennifer something…

Almost every single pre-teen synced with Nickelodeon was shocked, not to mention the adults, when they read and heard the news: JAMIE LYNN SPEARS. 16, ACTRESS & AND SOON-TO-BE MOM.

Seeing her older, and much more publicized sister being scrutinized by the media, one would have safely assumed Jamie would have done things a bit smarter, maybe rise above the expectations. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Nine months later, OK! Magazine ran their best selling issue since 2005, with Jamie Spears right on the cover along with her new born. What does that image really mean, though? In my perspective, the media is simply glorifying teen pregnancy. Granted, it’s not entirely Spears’ fault, but the truth of the matter is she did in fact received a hefty amount for the rights of those pictures. The end result? Teens all over the country, and across the world even, will rush towards that pedestal in which kids (that’s what pre-teens are), have kids. Babies having babies.

Not only are these teenagers cutting short their chances of succeeding, of becoming someone in this life and accomplishing beyond what individuals of past generation could ever hope for, but they are also contributing to a growing problem that affects the whole world.

Mass Population.

We’re already seeing the effects in countries such as China. The issue of forced abortion is a hot potato that nobody wants to hold. Africa is slowly rising to the same dilemma. Mass population is one of the reasons they can’t control malaria. Although, Bill Gates is working on it.

Central American countries such as El Salvador can’t seem to house all of their people, so they let them venture out to other countries. The U.S. too, seems to be slowly showing the symptoms of mass population. Henry Kissinger and other individuals had different ideas to solve the population crisis. Forced abortion. Genocides. Depopulation through food. These are all crimes against humanity. I’m against it. But there is another solution. A smarter solution.

Protection. And if you really want to have a child and help the population crisis? Adoption. Think about it. Adoption.