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Legitimate Post

The President of the United States had a surprise press conference yesterday. Were we going to invade another country? Maybe Syria, who has a ruthless dictator and is killing his own people left and right.

Did we discover life on Mars, after the rover launched its first laser assault on a rock?

Did we do anything spectacular, drastic, terrible or whatever that would force the President to do an impromptu press conference?

The President came out to the public yesterday with an egregious statement. He is, in fact, against rape.

Wait, what?

Yep. He had to do this for several reasons. One, and first, it was a simple but massive political move. Why? Well, the reason President Obama held the press conference were to counter the points made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

What he is basically saying is a woman who is “truly” raped, her body will reject the pregnancy. However, if a woman is “kind of” raped; i.e. she “orgasms”, doesn’t “truly” say “no,” statutory limitations; she will then get pregnant. You know, not “legitimate rape.”

That is what Rep. Akin said during an interview. This is an elected official, who also sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which are topics he obviously understands.

And once again, we find ourselves in a free speech dilemma, except that no one is there to defend this idiot’s asinine comments. Hopefully, he drops out of his race, and save himself and the GOP any further embarrassment. Of course, Democrats are calling for his to step down from the race as well, all except Rep. Akin’s opponent. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to run against a jackass like this.

But we come back to this point. You can say what you want in this country, as long as it doesn’t insinuate violence on any people, causes unnecessary panic, or the few other limitations we put on free speech.

One of the benefits we have as a nation, is that people like Rep. Akin can say what he said, and people like President Obama can say what he said. And we can all say easily that one is an idiot, asshole and moron. And we can easily see, now, what is right and what is wrong when it comes to the conversation about rape.

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Chick-Fil-Oh-He-Did-Not-Just-Say-That

Once again I am a little late to a spectacle due to my efforts of not  just living on the Web. However, this si proving to be a miserably failed endeavor. Who am I kidding, I love the Internet.

So, Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy, was recently quoted in the Baptist Press saying, “”We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”

While he doesn’t just come outright and say he doesn’t support the concept of gay marriage, I don’t think we have to guess how he feels about the subject.

This then set off Boston’s Mayor, Tom Menino, who sent a letter out opposing any construction of a Chick-Fil-A in his city, and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who said “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,”

Which of course has set the left off saying, “Fuck yeah! Fuck those Chick-Fil-Douches!”

And of course, has set the right off saying, “Our First Amendment rights are in jeopardy! Christians are under attack again!”

Fun times.

The argument I have for the right wing is this. You know that while alderman and mayor could technically stop a business from going in, something on this level of notoriety will force the politicians hands to let the business go in place. Also, the politicians would have to pull some seemingly shady strings to stop a business from coming to a city. But, Chicago and Boston weren’t built on morals and values.

Likewise, the First Amendment stops government censorship against the people as they voice their individual or collective opinion of the government. No one is censoring Chick-Fil-A or stopping the company from funding anti-gay marriage (or pro-hetero-marriage, if you prefer) campaigns and legislation.

No one is trying to stop that, so calm the fuck down about rights being taken away.

To the left, I say chill the fuck-out for a minute. You can’t stop Chick-Fil-A from sprouting up in your neighborhood, as much as the right can’t stop a mosque from being constructed near Ground Zero.

The CEO of any company can say what he wants, when he wants. That is their God-given right, as long as it doesn’t incite violence, damage (yelling “Fire” in a packed theater) or hate/rage, I think we are all good.

That being said, this guy is a dumbass for saying what he said and not thinking it wouldn’t cause a stir somewhere. See, that is my right as a citizen to express my opinion. I am not limiting his freedom of speech, I am not crucifying the guy, as Sarah Palin seems so inclined to think those who disagree with his comments are doing.

Also, it isn’t going to stop me from admitting that I have and probably will have a delicious chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. It has been awhile and they just built one near me. I drive by it every day.

I know this viewpoint isn’t valued and hardly anyone cares, but fuck it, I want a chicken sandwich.

Maybe this is a conspiracy, and the CEO knew he was driving customers to his store by starting this shit storm. Maybe he isn’t a dumbass.

And yep, still want a chicken sandwich.

CNN Seriously Sucks

I don’t know if you have watched the insane debacle that has become the CNN 24-newscast, but their website was one redeeming quality. It was filled with good content, rarely anything that filled the airwaves.

However, their Opinions that they placed on the website routinely held an air of, how do I say this, idiocy rarely seen.

Often these opinion piece would stem from their correspondents or “experts” that often shared these “valid” opinions on their television outlet.

But now, David Gergen (who has the personalty of a wet shoe) wrote this opinion piece on how the U.S. needs a leader like Winston Churchill.

So, several reasons exist for why this analogy/wish is ridiculously stupid.

One, the financial shit-hole the U.S. is in, is hardly a comparable instance to the Nazis bombing the fuck out of our country.

Two, leaders like Churchill couldn’t exist in our world today.

Yes, the era of Churchill was not that long ago, I get that. However, with the Internet’s ability to dig up as much crap on people as it can, and subsequently allowing everyone to have an opinion make for a political environment no politician could successfully endure.

Three, why ask for something gone by in time? I don’t want Churchill, I want something better.

Old dogs always want old day back. However, the old days would not cut it today.

We need better than Churchill. We need better than Obama. We need better than America if we wish to still sit at the top of the hill.

Murdoch’s Fall from Grace

The sensationalism of Fox News during the Obama Administration’s first iteration has been nothing short of just that, sensational.

Bogus headlines, flat-out lies and the constant perpetuation of misinformation have led to a different type of news source in the U.S. It has been shown in studies, that viewers will only gravitate toward news sources that they believe follow their views.

Viewers do not want “Fair and Balanced” unless that fairness and balance directly falls into their bias. So, Fox News is – media at its finest, and journalism at in its worst form.

But all of this was conducted by a CEO who was routinely hands-off. And by hands-off, I mean, the man Rupert Murdoch steered Fox News and other new outlets under his helm into a right-wing juggernaut.

The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets have continued their right-leaning position in the years since News Corp. bought them. Whereas some objectivity may have existed, with slight leans, these outlets are leaning so far now, they look like Michael Jackson in “Smooth Criminal.”

Now, all of this is receiving more attention, as New Corp. finds itself in a corner for advocating the actions of a phone hacking scandal from the now defunct New of the World.

The phone hacking scandal, for those not informed, has shaken the world of journalism, as the News of the World hacked and tried to hack countless cell phones owned by celebrities, politicians regular civilians and the culmination coming from the hacking of a murder victim.

Now, arrests are being made. Now, action is being taken. As these actions are illegal, these movements almost come too little too late.

Rebekah Brooks, former  Chief Executive of News International (owned by Murdoch), has recently been arrested for her involvement in the hacking scandal. She is the tenth of these kinds of arrests.

But the issue I have is that New of the World was the top-selling “newspaper” in England. Fox News is the highest watched “news” outlet in America.

Sensational is not always the best thing, in fact it is the worst thing. Because as we, the public, begin to lean toward more sensational headlines and more sensational stories, journalists will take more sensational actions to keep that pace up for us. They will cut corners, cheat and lie as much as they can.

But those that do that are no longer journalists. They are the bane in the world of journalism, and deplorable.

Likewise, as organization that allows these actions is more so disgusting. Anyone who thinks Murdoch was unaware of these actions is naive.

This fall from journalistic integrity wasn’t just one journalist, it wasn’t just one editor, it wasn’t just one executive. It was a culture bred from the top down. This fall came from less about providing facts and more about making money.

Murdoch shut down News of the World quickly, because ties exist between what happened in England and what goes on here in the U.S. He is afraid, and he should be.

Murdoch should be afraid, because somewhere, a true journalist is following leads, and writing. Writing a story that will take down the empire of lies and sensationalism Murdoch has built.

Ending of Space Shuttle Program Proof of America’s Decline

I cannot think of a better ending to the Space Shuttle Program. Oh, wait, yes I can.

See You Space Cowboy

It would be that it never ended.

Today was the last launch of the last of the Space Shuttles. The wires, hot plates, engines, metal and brawn that went into the creation of this angelic behemoths is something of legendary status. Atlantis had the honor of streaking through the sky, hurling itself into orbit as exclamation point on a program that has done so much for American society.

Yet, this is the end of the program. It did have to end at some point, well at least this iteration of it had to end. The shuttles were beginning to show age, and the instruments and technology was getting a little behind the curve. I mean, the technology used is far advanced from anything we use in the consumer world of technology, but shouldn’t the shuttles be using holographic control systems or start looking like a Star Destroyer?

In the 1930s to let’s say the 1980s, we had a kick in the science. Why? Because we were competing with those dickhead Nazis and those crazy Russians throughout all those years. We had innovate and invent ways to be better than them. Early on, the inventions were used for war, then as the Cold War progressed, science and technology was invented in case we went to war.

But the NASA and other Space Program endeavors within the United States were created to defeat those pesky Russians in another area. The scientific advancement of our society.

Then something changed. We no longer had to defeat anybody in anything. America was No. 1 and everyone else sucked. Everyone had to learn English and we had to make up wars just so we could show off our new technology that kills people.

The thing that saddens me the most, is that with the proposed cuts the GOP has presented, Space Exploration could be a thing of the past. It could be a story I tell my children about one day. About how man flew into the heavens and continued to explore the unknown. About how our feeble little minds and tiny little bodies created machines and vehicles that allowed to travel and exist thousands and thousands and thousands of miles into the sky.

It could be the stuff of legends for my children.

Our ingenuity is what set us apart as a Nation. Many people will say it is our work hard mentality, or it is our roughness. Some will say it is our military mindset and world political prowess. But I believe is has more to do with our minds and willingness to stare at the void of space and say, “How do we get there?”

We no longer care about progress. We no longer care about ingenuity. We no longer care about extending a program that brought more understanding of our universe, of ourselves.

We care about the bottom line. We care about taxes. We care about being the ones who are right, as opposed to doing the right thing.

We have become too complacent. Our complacency is what shows our decline as a world leader more than anything else.

I can’t think of a better observation than our willingness to just say, “Yeah, we don’t need to go to Space anymore. I mean, Earth is all we need to know.”

 

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