1. Where is your cell phone? desk 2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend? none 3. Your hair? dark 4. Work? nope 5. Your father? mexican 6. Your favorite thing? music 7. Your dream last night? idk 8. Your favorite drink? gatorade 9. Your dream car? camaro 10. The room you’re in? bedroom 11. Your pet? none 12. Your fears? scary 13. What do you want to be in 10 years? happy 14. Where did you hang out last night? home 15. What you’re not good at? wrestling 16. Eyebrow rings on the opposite sex? noooooo 17. One of your wish list items? turntables. :] 18. Where you grew up? anaheim 19. The last thing you did? eatt 20. What are you wearing? shorts 21. What aren’t you wearing? shirt 22. The website GoofyAuctions.com (filled with eBay spoofs)? wtf 23. Your computer? PC 24. Your life? stressful 25. Your mood? hungry 26. Missing? someone 27. What are you thinking about right now? food 28. Your car? none 29. Your work? none 30. Your summer? decent 31. Your relationship status? single 32. Your favorite color? green 33. When is the last time you laughed? today 34. Last time you cried? awhile 35. School? intense
Is there a correct way to reblog? Let me know because I think I’m doing something wrong…
yea i wanna know too. what is the reblog etiquette. i’m always afraid to change what is there, unless i add something of my own. can i erase some previous comments as long as i leave the credit there?
I can’t even reblog you Rachel CORRECTLY D: Like, I’ll press enter after whatever the previous person said, but it aligns with what the previous person said! And it’s supposed to be indented or something.. right? o_O IDK.
Danny Le’s post on Facebook about that whole Protect Marriage group got me into writing this. x]
Since the days of Prop 8, people in California and all over the nation have argued back and forth about [gay] marriage, mostly as a moral issue. Is it a right afforded to everybody, straight or gay, under the law? Is it meant to be between ONLY a man and a woman? Most importantly, is it morally right? I’ve seen lots of deceptive TV ads attacking Prop 8 and the idea of gay marriage, yet I’ve yet to see any convincing concrete arguments to convince me that gay marriage is wrong.
Although I’m Roman Catholic and I am straight, I do believe that marriage, whether it’d be man-man or man-woman, is a right that should be afforded to ALL Americans, and moreover, ALL people in the world. If I recall correctly from APUSH, the Framers of the Constitution created the US Constitution with the idea that the Church (religion in general) be separated from the State (government). In fact, they went so far as to express their belief in Amendment 1 of the Constitution, which states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Again, If I remember correctly, many anti-gay marriage activists argue that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and often refer to the Bible or religion to support this argument. Keep in mind that the Bible is the holiest and most sacred book of the Christian and Catholic churches (as well as other denominations). Therefore, wouldn’t a law banning gay marriage be in direct violation of the constitution? Such a law would respect an establishment of religion, as the Bible is essentially a rule-book for Christianity, Catholicism, and many other denominations. While gay marriage isn’t specifically protected in the Constitution, its prohibition is, well, prohibited by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
In other words, putting morals and values aside, banning gay marriage IS unconstitutional, whether you believe it is “right” or not.
Keep in mind that my argument is based on an INTERPRETATION of the Constitution, comments and criticisms are more than welcome.
(x) stayed single for the whole year ( ) made out in/on a car ( ) kissed in the snow (x) celebrated Halloween ( ) kissed in the rain (x) had your heart broken (x) broke someone else’s heart ( ) had a stalker (x) went over the minutes on your cell phone (x) had a good relationship with someone (x) someone questioned your sexual orientation ( ) gotten pregnant ( ) had an abortion ( ) have a relationship with someone you’ll never forget (x) done something you’ve regretted ( ) lost faith in love ( ) kissed under a mistletoe (x) painted a picture (x) wrote a poem (xxxxxxxxxx! :] ) ran a mile ( ) shopped at Hollister or Abercrombie and Fitch (x) posted a blog (x) listened to music you couldn’t stand ( ) went to a sleepover ( ) went camping (x) threw a surprise party (x) laughed till you cried ( ) laughed till you peed in your pants ( ) visited a foreign country (x) cut in a line of waiting people (x) told someone you were busy when you weren’t (x) partied to celebrate the new year ( ) cooked a disastrous meal (x) lost something/someone important to you (x) broke a promise (x) lied (x) went behind your parents back ( ) cried over a broken heart (x) disappointed someone close (x) hid a secret (x) pretended to be happy ( ) slept under the stars ( ) kept your new years resolution (x) forgot your new years resolution (x) met someone who changed your life (x) met one of your idols (x) changed your outlook on life (x) sat home all day doing nothing ( ) pretended to be sick ( ) left the country (x) almost died (x) given up something important to you (x) lost something expensive (x) learned something new about yourself (x) tried something you normally wouldn’t try and liked it (x) made a change in your life (x) found out who your true friends were (x) met great people ( ) stayed up til sunrise (x) cried over the silliest thing (x) was never home on weekends (x) got into a car accident (x) had friends who were drifting away from you ( ) had someone close to you die (x) had a high cell phone bill (x) spent most of your money on food ( ) had a fist fight (x) went to the beach with your best friend (x) saw a celebrity (x) gotten sick ( ) liked more than 5 people at the same time (x) became closer with a lot of people
During the Cold War, everybody dreaded this grim possibility. Nobody wanted it to happen, since it would cause so much destruction, and it basically kept the Cold War, well, “Cold.” What is it, you ask? Nuclear war. Both the US and USSR kept at LEAST 30,000 nuclear warheads apiece, and over 1,000 nuclear detonation tests have taken place since the creation of the first nuclear bomb. Keeping these statistics in mind, it was easy for one to fear nuclear holocaust in those days, since each superpower had under its grasp the power to destroy the world and all life on it many times over.
With the Soviet Union all but a fading memory and the US remaining as the sole dominant superpower of the world, its easy to think the idea of nuclear war is a thing of the past. That is true, but only to an extent. Right now we are in an immediate post-Cold War world, where nations that once feared Soviet oppression, now free, have the opportunity to develop and expand their powers. There is hardly any conflict or issue powerful enough to trigger a world war or a sectarian divide on an international level, and there won’t be for awhile. This is a time of relative peace (by relative I mean no large-scale wars where large parts of the world are affected), so there is no cause for alarm.
This era, however, won’t last forever. Because of this peace, much of the world entered an era of unprecedented prosperity. The world population jumped by roughly 5 billion in the last 100 years and technology is developing at an astonishing rate. Although these numbers sound promising and are a sign of human growth, it’s also a warning. That meant our world, in only 100 years, suddenly had 5 billion more mouths to feed, and our food production could barely keep up. There’s widespread poverty and starvation in many African countries, as well as 3rd world countries all over the world, and this poverty will only continue to grow as the population grows even more. Eventually, the population will grow so large that food production would not be able to keep up, and food supplies would become scarce, valuable, and strategically important. You know what that means? War. Nations will fight to the death for the world’s remaining food resources, while its peoples riot and cause unrest (due to food shortages) from within. Moreover, dwindling oil supplies in the future will make oil fields, and the Middle East in general, an invaluable asset to any nation’s populace, and its warmaking capability. The armies of the world’s most powerful nations will clash and fight a bloody war for the last of these resources. And if that wasn’t enough, the long-term effects of global warming would leave large parts of the world (mainly the northern hemisphere) uninhabitable, creating conflict between nations for control over the remaining land so its population can inhabit it.
Of course, these are all worst case scenarios, but they are extremely plausible. The chances of famine, oil shortages, and global warming coming together at once are slim, but the chances of one of these factors ALONE causing a world war (and possibly a nuclear war) is remarkably high. Food, oil, and land are arguably the most valuable resources to any nation on the planet. Food feeds its people, oil feeds its machinery and fuels much of its technology through power generation, and land allows for places for an ever-growing populace to live on.
Today, I went to the body-viewing service of a baby cousin of mine who died on November 25th, 2009. He was born on November 11th of the same year. He was born sick, and the doctors couldn’t save him. =/
As I walked up to the coffin, the first thing I noticed was the size. Even though I knew it was a baby cousin who died, I had this idea that the coffin would be a full adult-sized coffin. It wasn’t. It was this teeny-tiny white coffin, with this even tinier little baby boy resting peacefully inside. I damn near felt tears coming up in my eyes. I wasn’t even close on a personal level with my baby cousin or the immediate family, and yet the tears almost came. I mean, why only 24 days? That’s just way too soon. And then I looked into the coffin, and I saw this sweet, cute little baby boy. You know what his facial expression was? It was that pouty-like face, as if he was just about to cry. That just got to me.
Why the heck didn’t he get a chance to live out his life? That just ain’t fair. :[
Before I start, I wanna say that many of my posts are gonna be about politics, so unless you like politics as well, you might not want to read any further than this.
So, long story short. Gen. Stanely McCrystal, the top US general in Afghanistan, asked the president for an additional surge of roughly 40,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to combat, contain, and reverse the resurgence of the Taliban seen in recent times. For the past few months, the president has been debating with advisors on what the best way to approach the surge was, and, at around 5:00pm on December 1st, he announced in a televised speech that he would commit 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, 10,000 short from the General’s ideal requirement. Moreover, he revealed a plan to begin withdrawal of US troops by 2011.
I’ve been getting alot of “omg, it’s just gonna be another vietnam, we might as well cut our losses and pull out.” Okay, fine. But what do you expect will happen to Afghanistan? Do you guys honestly think that once foreign troops leave, that everybody will make up and live happily ever after? Hell no! Chances are, the Taliban are going to take over the country again, impose strict extremist muslim law on its people, and severely limit their freedoms. I mean, I’m not saying us foreigners treat the Afghans anywhere near perfectly, but we treat them a helluvalot better than the Taliban do. Their form of government and law forbids listening to music, forbids freedom of expression, and, in a sense, is an authoritarian form of government. Moreover, the Taliban would now have the country as a base of operations, and would use Afghanistan as a launching pad to threaten and further destabilize neighboring Pakistan, which is a nuclear armed country. I dont know about you guys, but I wouldn’t be too happy finding out that the Taliban is all of a sudden a nuclear armed terrorist group. If we tried to invade Afghanistan again at that point, they would find a way to nuke our ground forces. If they nuke us, our government, by our nuclear warfare doctrine, WILL nuke them in retaliation, and that’s not gonna make the situation any prettier.
On the other hand, Afghanistan, as Mr. Taylor calls it, is the “graveyard of empires.” History has proven again and again that foreign powers do not succeed in Afghanistan. The Taliban is far inferior in equipment, training, logistics, and intelligence, yet they pushed out the USSR (although with US aid) in the 1980’s, and are seemingly evenly matched with US forces today, despite our staggering technological dominance. Our military, as of right now, is built around fighting large scale, combined-arms conflicts, specifically with the USSR. We are a conventional military, and can kick any other country’s ass in a conventional war, one-on-one. However, the Taliban aren’t conventional at all, by any means. They don’t fight in large formations, there’s no capital to conquer that would cripple their operations, and they don’t fight toe-to-toe, in open country, with US forces. They fight by ambushes, by IED attacks, by spreading anti-US propaganda. The US military, more specifically its combat troops, are reaching a physical and psychological limit when it comes to repeated deployments abroad. The majority of our troops are no longer fiercely motivated, but rather, they are distraught and fatigued by the stresses of war, and at this rate, our infantry men will be in deplorable fighting shape within the next few years. Do I hear a military draft coming along? Probably not, because it would be political suicide to announce such a move, despite the reality that it is the best option. The American public would HATE it, and would HATE the President (and political party) who followed through with such a move.
These are just my opinions; comments and rebuttals are more than welcome. x]