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31 July 2010
30 July 2010
And this one is just plain awkward.
So to tie this in to a much larger scale the fact that today Arizona's controversial law was to start being enforced today, but it wasn't. Because the federal government said that they couldn't enforce the most controversial parts. That being if someone was pulled over or caught jay walking, even questioned about an indecent exposure incident because nobody believed that I had the words "Your Name" tattooed on my posterior; they could ask to see proof of citizenship. This heinous atrocity must never happen! Why not? They already ask for I.D. and vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. How is proving that you are supposed to be hear that difficult? But this would make sense.
The supposed logic behind all of this was that they were trying to enforce federal law. Hmmm, local cops can arrest me for federal weapons charges, and tax evasion if they catch me at a still. Wow, I was always under the impression that any law enforcement agency could arrest me for any law breaking as long as it was, and they are in their jurisdiction. But that's just me, and what do I know?
Now I'm always told that if I see a problem I should also have a suggestion. If I was Jan Brewer I would have the law enforced anyway. What are they going to do declare marshal law. Oh please! Stop! My sides hurt at the thought of Obama having the intestinal fortitude. What are they going to do if they said since you aren't doing your job we will continue to cover for your sorry butt? They wouldn't do anything. The fact that they have to do this in the first place is very sad. But once again the tenth amendment permits Arizona to do so, this is not just the nations problem, but I think a little more Arizona's problem than say, Massachusetts. Just a thought. What is to stop a state from making a federal law stricter in that state? If this makes sense to you, either one of your personalities is a lot like the voices in my head, or B., you make less money than those that are supposed to be smart enough to see common sense for what it is. With that said, I think its time for me to call it quits and take my blood pressure medication, and read more terrorist transcripts on the newest and coolest in the firearms world while driving my roommate nuts blasting Ted Nugent in between Pavoratti and Dvork.
I've never had Mexican food.
- He must have a personal relationship with Christ. We should be on similar levels spiritually and able to challenge each other to grow. Bonus points if he's Pentecostal.
- He must be supportive of my ambitions. Bonus points if he's willing to travel the world.
- His intelligence should be comparable to mine. Bonus points if he's got street smarts, since my common sense only occasionally jumps out of the negatives and into the positive percentile.
- He must understand and accept who I am, my needs and wants. I do not believe in changing for others, and I would never ask him to change for me. Love is unconditional.
- He must share my beliefs and values. I am unwavering in my support of the first amendment, second amendment and support of the military. I also believe that authority can and should be challenged from time to time.
- He must respect me, himself and others, regardless of whether they are above, beneath or on his level.
- He must be able to support me (though I will be more than capable of supporting myself); he must have a drive to accomplish and succeed.
- He must be loyal to me, as I will be loyal only to him.
- He must trust me, and I him.
- He must be physically strong so that I feel protected. Physical strength is not based solely upon hand-to-hand combat skills. Proper sight alignment and trigger control are also viable criteria, though preferably at a ranger greater than mine.
- He should be good with children and want his own.
- He should be able to make me laugh.
The last two are optional, but not. :]
celebrate independence day in washington, d.c.
visit washington, d.c. during the cherry blossom festival (with a significant other).
dance in the piazza san marco on a moonlit night.
eat duck tongue in wenzhou.
see the pyramids in egypt.
spend a day daydreaming on the battlefields at gettysburg.
have a picnic in a meadow.
visit williamsburg. <-- To be completed this evening!
finish at least one of my never-ending novels.
marry a God-fearing man (whom i love and meets the 10 things i like about you).
subsequently terrorize the world with kidlets.
go skydiving. maybe.
earn at least an MA in either political science, history, journalism or middle-eastern studies.
search for my biological parents.
learn to swing dance.
earn at least my third degree black belt in tae kwon do.
learn how to drive manual.
learn how to unassemble and reassemble an ar-15. preferably mine.
Professional sports are both a horrid waste of time and an ingenious distraction. Ignorant people who can't be bothered with important issues, such as politics, become caught up in a world of which they will never be a part. They wear the jerseys of their favorite athletes (which I never understood -- why are you wearing that jersey if it's not your name and you're not related?), they get angry when "their" teams lose. But, when people are so involved in something as inconsequential as sports, people of that mindset are obviously not as wholeheartedly involved in other affairs of the world (which is a good thing). Professional sports irk me. And yet, when I see the people who are so devoted to them, typically it makes me happy inside that these usually aren't the people forming the world's policies.
During my freshman year of college, I met a Chinese ESL student whom I befriended. During my first visit to her dorm, she offered me a bowl (actually, it was a Glad plastic storage container) of some sort of sweet, grey soup (or something to that effect). It had the consistency of sludgy water, but I thought it tasted good. I forgot to ask her what it was called, and it wasn't until recently that I found something similar in an Asian grocery store. After mixing up a cup, I realized that it was the exact same thing. And that if you don't add cold water before adding hot water, it congeals and looks likes sludgy water. I like to make the soup thicker, anyway, so it has a consistency more along the lines of thin mud. Yum.
The soup is Vietnamese, but it's also popular in China for supposedly keeping grey hair at bay (something to do with the fact that it's good for the blood and liver). It's also good for the kidneys, so the packaging claims. I have the instant version, but it can also be made by soaking rice in water for an hour, then grinding it in a blender with toasted black sesame seeds and later boiling it with some water and sugar.
Eun: Yes, I am Korean.
Kim: When he leave?
Army Pfc. Ryan J. Grady, 25
Marine Cpl. Larry D. Harris, Jr., 24
Army Sgt. Jordan E. Tuttle, 22
Army Pfc. David A. Jefferson, 23
Air Force Capt. David A. Wisniewski, 31
Army Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, 19
Army Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin, 38
Army Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis, 22
Army Spc. Clayton D. McGarrah, 20
Army Sgt. Andrew J. Creighton, 23
Army Pfc. Edwin C. Wood, 18
Army SSG Christopher F. Cabacoy, 30
Army Spc. Louis R. Fastuca, 24
Army Spc. Keenan A. Cooper, 19
Army Spc. Jerod H. Osborne, 20
Army Spc. Roger Lee, 26
Army Pfc. Michael S. Pridham, 19
Army Pfc. Anthony W. Simmons, 25
Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel G. Raney, 21
Army Spc. Robert W. Crow, 42
Army Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II, 21
Army Sgt. Donald R. Edgerton, 33
Army SSG Jesse W. Ainsworth, 24
Army Sgt. Shaun M. Mittler, 32
Army Spc. Carlos J. Negron, 40
Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Roads, 20
Marine SSG Christopher J. Antonik, 29
Army Pfc. Nathaniel D. Garvin, 20
Army Spc. Christopher J. Moon, 20
Army 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, 23
Army SSG Christopher T. Stout, 34
Army SSG Sheldon L. Tate, 27
Army Pvt. Brandon M. King, 23
Army Spc. Chase Stanley, 21
Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson, 21
Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed, 26
Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, 24
Army SSG Leston M. Winters, 30
Army SFC John H. Jarrell, 32
Marine Cpl. Dave M. Santos, 21
Marine SSG Justus S. Bartelt, 27
Army Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton, 23
Army Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert, 29
Army Sgt. Justin B. Allen, 23
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher L. Eastman, 28
Marine Cpl. Joe L. Wrightsman, 23
Army 1st Lt. Robert N. Bennedsen, 25
Army Sgt. Anibal Santiago, 37
Army SSG Brian F. Piercy, 27
Marine Cpl. Paul J. Miller, 22
Marine Cpl. Julio Vargas, 23
Army 1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan
Marine Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41
Marine Maj. James M. Weis (according to Military Times, his age was 371. . . .)
Army Pfc. James J. Oquin
Army SSG Conrad A. Mora, 24
Army Spc. Joseph A. Bauer, 27
Army Sgt. Daniel Lim, 23
I list only names, ranks and ages because I've learned that the rest of the information is frequently unreliable (mainly the cause of death and location).
Also, future blog entries may be posted via mobile phone due to the cleaning staff and the fact that I'm chained to the desk because I have to use an ethernet cable. And I thought my college was the last place to acquire wireless Internet access.
For years, Korea has struggled with homogeneity. Read this article by the NYT if you don't believe me. Marrying outside the race is unpatriotic (but, having grown up in America, I obviously don't have that issue). Also, you don't have to have a Korean mother to have a Korean mother (which I've learned since patronizing the local Korean restaurant). Combine those two facts with the fact that I tend to glare when I'm infuriated. Actually, it's not just a glare -- my dad has dubbed it the Korean Death Ray. And I recently learned that I am not the only one capable of delivering such a look. Every Korean is born with such a capability. So. Combine the racism, the ajumas (older Korean women/mothers) and the Korean Death Ray, and then throw a Korean-American walking with a +6' Caucasian into the mix. It can get a bit dodgy.
For example, yesterday I was in AAFES with The Sergeant. We were preparing to leave when I spotted an ajuma (typically identifiable by their tight perms, use of pastels and socks with sandals). As she neared, I glanced up at her and noticed that her eyes were slowly roving from The Sergeant to me, and back again with the most miserable frown and KDR I've seen in a long time. Since The Sergeant has taken the liberty of telling me that the Asians stare at us quite frequently, I decided that I had had enough. Mustering my own KDR, the ajuma and I had a stare down as we approached. I'd like to add that I totally won -- she looked away at the last moment. That's right. Fasian = 1. Ajuma = 0.
17 July 2010
I understand that the spill may have finally been stopped, but that doesn't change the fact that it went unstopped for three months. That doesn't change the fact that the livelihoods of those living along the Gulf Coast have been forever changed.
"As the end of a critical 48-hour testing window to monitor the success of BP's capped oil well approaches, a company executive now says tests could last beyond the original deadline of 48 hours, and that pressure is slowly rising. . . .
Saturday afternoon will mark two full days since BP stopped the oil from leaking into the Gulf . . . at that point if engineers don't offer more definitive evidence that the cap is working, testing may continue. At any time before then, they could also reopen the cap and allow some oil to spill into the sea again. . . ." (FNC)
15 July 2010
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S.B. 1070 in short means that state law enforcement personnel, that while doing their job can ask for identification to prove that you are here legally. This is wrong because? If the federal government won't do there job who will? The federal governments reasoning has me rather confused in their logic so I'll let them speak for themselves: "Enforcement of S.B. 1070 will disrupt the constitutional order by undermining the federal government's control over the regulation of immigration and immigration policy. ... Moreover, S.B. 1070 will result in the harassment of lawfully present aliens and even U.S. citizens. Implementation of the law will damage the United States' ability to speak with a single and authoritative voice to foreign governments on immigration matters and is already having negative effects on long-standing and vital international relationships."
For starters the federal governments "control" over immigration is a lot like using a broom to control the ocean. So undermining it is a load of hogwash, Arizona is merely enforcing laws that they won't. As for harassing legal people, how is asking for I.D. harassment? Who are we telling how to protect their borders? Everyone else uses guns, and they won't hesitate to shoot you for trying to get in illegally. What vital international relationship are we jeopardizing by implementing this law, which enforces laws that were written over 200 years ago? The answer is Mexico. Yes Mexico, essentially the whole reason for the law in the first place.
Now, what makes them vital to us? Cheap labor? Mexico hasn't done anything for us to make them worthwhile and our relationship with them doesn't benefit us beyond being a source of cheap tequila and drugs. Mexico is dead set against this law. Why? I can only guess. The Mexican government passes out pamphlets on how to sneak across. How is this beneficial to them that they encourage it? This is an easy fix. We go down and put them in their place and tell them to stay home. Then we actually secure our border.
"States like Arizona should not have to act on their own, but Washington's decades of neglect for border security leave them no choice," Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) stated in a press release Tuesday.
Notice of course who said that, and what party he belongs to. The reasoning that the Republicans support this legislation and the liberals don't is because of the votes. Minorities traditionally vote for the left. So they are just going to stand by, and let a cancer eat us until we are dead just so they can keep their job. Thanks. Your moral bankruptcy and personal endeavors has cost us all.
14 July 2010
13 July 2010
Seriously? Considering the fact that I consider myself a member of the Tea Party, I would hardly consider it racist. And about pushing "'the country back to the pre-civil rights era?'" Try being yellow and figuring out whether you should go into the white restroom or the colored one!
In all seriousness, no sound incidents in the article portrayed the Tea Party as being racist. The only incident was "alleged" with no evidence found. In my experiences with tea partiers, they have all been courteous and no one has ever discriminated against me due to my skin color or other apparent ethnic features.
In other news, 60% of Americans are losing faith in Obama.