Because You Should.

  • filmsteria:

    La #ImagenDelDia… Posters tipográficos de STAR WARS

    So much SW designs, but sometimes they really are quite worth a reblog. This is one of them.

  • Guns & Politics.

    Constantly hearing noise from the left, right, and well, wherever the libertarians are in that space about guns.

    BAN EM ALL! MORE GUNS! ARM YOURSELVES! DISARM YOUR NEIGHBORS! DISARM THE GOVERNMENT!

    Well, I’m kinda tired of it all, because NONE of it is solving anything. Our government will surely screw up with the bills since they can’t even balance a checkbook, and our citizens on all sides will be screwed over.

    A few thoughts:

    TECH

    We are our own worse enemy. We will continue to find new ways to kill, and most of us won’t use them to, but as the technology gets better, it won’t be one person killing 20, it’ll be one person killing 1000s. That’s how technology works, and at some point we need to understand what is OK from a responsibility standpoint with our weaponry. This also goes for our government workers and what we allow them to use. Our police need to protect and serve, not taser the shit out of protestors or bash down the doors of the wrongly accused the same guns we want to ‘control’ our citizens from having.

    On the subject of government, if it comes time to fight tyranny, guess what will be the most effective way? The internet. A few hackers and a massive social network. MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN GUNS.

    However, that won’t keep small-scale tyranny at bay for most of us (government officials invading our homes, etc.). The argument for these protections may seem antiquated in our day and age, but nonetheless there are many countries in the world that deal with this very real problem day in and day out. We called for freedom in our constitution, let’s not take it away from ourselves. Same goes to those who think the 2nd amendment’s the only important one. There’s 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights, and they’re all important.

    On a side note, printing maps of gun owners in our newspapers is about the biggest mistake we could ever do for ALL of us. Talk about about a failure of privacy on a massive scale, thanks to technology yet again.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/

    LICENSING

    We currently have licensing in place for all sorts of dangerous activities that are important to our society. Motorcycles, boats, cars, tractor trailers, airplanes, trains, welding, heavy equipment operation, banking, stock brokering, law, healthcare, insurance etc. etc. I think we can come up with licensing and training for our gun owners, and I think we could look to them to help provide it. I think the same would go for all our government agencies if not in place, to be sure everyone is on the same level playing field.

    CULTURE

    The NRA are a bunch of half-wits that just want to please themselves. Listen to the podcast attached, and realize this was not always so. Go back to a more engaged NRA, and perhaps we can then have more important debates on real solutions.

    To that end, Dan Carlin talks of some solutions related to penalizing the guilty instead of the innocent. He cites the change in culture drunk driving awareness had on society, and using similar tactics. These would address the mental health issues in America as well. Listen to the podcast for all info. Really thoughtful.

    SAFETY

    Our daycares have key access, our office buildings have security, so why are our schools lacking on these protections? Well, for one, just like the hugely misguided 'armed guards’ solution the NRA talks about, it would be expensive to do for all schools. But perhaps we can find ways of funding it as I think most parents would like to address it.

    MENTAL HEALTH

    We have a lot to address here, and it’s one piece of the puzzle. I think Dan makes some good points, so I’ll leave that to him to mention.

    Dan Carlin Podcast:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/show-244-gunning-for-violence/id155974141?i=127327368&mt=2

  • This most certainly would put a nice gash in the voter ID laws. A holiday would not only raise awareness to vote, it would allow a lot of people the opportunity to do so. It would probably change our republic. HOWEVER, it should probably be a Wednesday instead, as people would just take off Monday and make a long weekend of it.

    good:

    Why Isn’t Election Day a National Holiday? #takebacktuesday

    When you get to thinking about it, holding an election in the middle of the work week doesn’t make any sense. How can our democracy thrive when voting, perhaps our most broad-reaching civic duty, must be squeezed into what odd hours we can find for it?…

    So, in the spirit of a more engaged citizenship, we figured we’d do something about it: We want to make Voting Day a holiday. And here’s our plan:

  • Chikin Shit

    I’ve contemplated the Chik-Fil-A controversy all week and had some debates. While it’s important to realize that the government can’t ban this restaurant legally (that goes for you, Boston and Chicago), when a corporation takes a political stand, people personally can retaliate. Like I said to a friend, if GE started donating money to start a war in Canada, you’d probably want to boycott GE. This is no different.

    Is it the MOST important debate to have in a time when we have millions out of work, a global economy teetering on disaster, and several conflicts raging? Maybe not. But tell that to the House of Reps who spend their days trying to repeal Obamacare and write anti-abortion legislation. Is that a good use of our elected officials’ time and taxpayers’ money?

    As a supposedly free nation, we are free to be who we are and believe what we want, wether we agree with each other or not. But we should not be imposing our religious beliefs on others through laws (freedom of religion essentially disallows this). However, also realize that freedom of religion swings the other way in that you cannot legally rewrite the rules of said religion. Same-sex marriage should be legal from a clivl union standpoint and with any church that wants to truly embrace all and allow it, but that’s where the debate should stop.

    To this end, the open letter below is very eloquently written:

    The Chick Fellatio: stuck in the craw