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"It’s absolutely ludicrous that we still can’t get past using vicious acts. It has been proven several times throughout history that it might pacify the situation for a very brief moment, but it is through oppression, and sooner or later people rebel against that. So it’s not just the initial people that get killed on the front lines in wars, but it is society as a whole that is also suffering. It’s a very tumultuous and precarious world right now."
"I looked around the store and what I saw was not encouraging. There were rows and rows of violent toys, almost as if I had wandered into a store designed for the children of the old Dexter. There were swords, knives, light sabers, machine guns, bombs, pistols and rifles that shot plastic bullets and paintballs and Nerfs. rockets that blew up your friends or your friends’ whole city - aisle after aisle of training devices for recreational slaughter. No wonder our world was such a mean and violent place - and no wonder there were people like I had been. If we teach our children that killing is fun, can we really be surprised if now and then someone is smart enough to learn?"
I remember watching the news a few years back when all the corruption really started coming out to the public, a person that worked at one of the pricey Private Gentleman Lounges Kwame Kilpatrick used to ‘chill’ at, came forward and mentioned on the news how arrogant Kwame was. On one occasion, Kwame allegedly said ‘don’t worry about the tab, the city of Detroit will cover it,’ or something to that affect. To this day, Kwame has no conscious or empathy to what he caused Detroit. In his mind, everyone else is wrong.
With this, the sex scandal, not to mention the Green murder that will never be ‘solved,’ - the sentencing should be higher, but at least his arrogant lookin’ smile will be set aside for a good, long, while. Curious if he is going to write a follow-up to his BULLSHIT memoir.
I’ve heard many times how MY generation is lazy! I’ve heard how much a college degree matters in this world. I’ve heard how lucky we have it, how previous generations had to do it themselves, how pampered we are, how ungrateful we are, and blah-blah-blah.
Mind you, with all the shoving down the throat from previous generation, these are the same types of people of THAT generation that will bitch at me because every time they come to my employer, (you know, ‘Dime-a-Dozen’), we don’t have what they want, and it’s the end of the world when they have to wait in line for five minutes, and it’s not their job to show kindness to a worker below them, and blah-blah-blah!
I don’t blame previous generation for how things are. I don’t blame W. Bush (entirely). I don’t blame Obama (completely). I don’t blame anyone, really. It’s the world - not just America. Truth be told, it has been an assortment of various reasons why things are the way they are.
WE are trying…how about giving us a little bit of support/kindness/encouragement/and empathy, instead of knock-down’s/criticisms/scrutinizing/and ranting of how lazy we are.
Labor Day: the one day of the year we shouldn’t acknowledge those hard working people (like me) that breaks their backs for entertainment value, but rather, acknowledge everyone else that treats laborers like shit day in and day out. I am talking about the people that will go in a McDonald’s and not say a simple thank you to the desperate server that’s taking your order. I am talking about those that gives shitty tips to waitresses when you go out to eat. I am talking about the wonderful customers that bitch on a weekly basis at the peon stocker, how every time they come here, the store doesn’t have what they want. I am talking about the rich snobs that would rather shell out millions on Vegas trips annually than invest in better wages for employees. I am talking about Pizza owners that would rather give out free Pizza’s during Superbowls, than give out free healthcare to their staff.
That’s right folks, I am talking about everyone that craps on the laborers. Thank you, to the kind/considerate/grateful/appreciative/thankful people that you are! Your genuine support and encouragement never goes unnoticed in all the backrooms of all business places! ;-)
People say evolution does not exist, never have and never will. I beg to differ. Technologies evolve. Ideas evolve. Even generations of people, evolve. Evolution is one of those naughty words that gets a bad rep from religion, yet it’s anything but negative. Same applies to ‘gay.’ There is absolutely nothing wrong about being gay - no more than there is anything wrong of being a woman, being black, being foreign, being human.
I am thankful my parents never raised me to be prejudice, or racists, or sexists. And even if I was brought up like that (in which I wasn’t), I am grateful my parents let me think for myself, instead of having beliefs shoved down my throat.
Not often am I proud of being an American. It’s embarrassing, sometimes. But this is one of those days, I am proud…because despite anyone’s own opinions about things, once again - this country evolved.
Hopefully in my lifetime, I will see two things happen: a third party take over Washington D.C. for four years, and all 50 states get with the times, evolve, and let ALL Americans the entitlement of marrying who they want to marry. 8-)
"Let America have its simple pleasures, its cartoon mice, its candy-coated castles, its cults and its technologies, he wanted none of it. The greatest wonder of the world was here, hidden in the hills."
Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.