Friday, July 25, 2014

The Hamas And Israel Conflict. Things Aren't Always As They Seem.

The Israel-Hamas conflict seems to be preying on our headlines pretty well. Usually in conjunction with rockets, death tolls, even pictures of injured or dead children. With articles highlighting the horrible points of this conflict. As I read through most of the articles and comments on the situation it seems many are confused. Let's clarify things a bit.

Our main players are the country of Israel and the political organization Hamas (considered a terrorist organization by Europe, United States, and Japan among other countries). Now, these guys have had problems for a while now. Making this brief and easy to understand is a difficult task. Looking at the map below we see the country Israel. The areas divided by the "dotted green line" are two territories within Israel. These areas are the called West Bank and the Gaza Strip respectively. They are considered Palestinian. I know this is getting confusing please hang in there. These areas are controlled by the Hamas organization. What is Hamas?


Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Islamic organization. This means they are an organization that basis laws on Islam and their majority is Palestinian (a very old culture in the Middle East). This organization has a history of carrying out suicide bombings, and using underground tunnels to carry out attacks on Israelis. Israel fights back, and always leaves a bigger mark. What are Israel and Hamas fighting about? A lot of things. The most notable are disputes over territory, and the most infamous reason for war, religion. Palestinians are predominately Muslim. Sunni Muslim to be exact. The same claimed Muslim as Boko Haram and the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS). This doesn't mean all Muslims are terrorists. Most aren't. Please always keep that in mind. Israel is predominately Jewish, and they practice Judaism in some form. 

Aside from the disputes over territory, agitated by difference in religion, we have a poorly executed cease-fire. Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire in 2012. Everyone thinks a cease-fire means everything is over. Wrong. A cease-fire is a step towards solving a dispute politically. After war has offered no clear solution. It is a means of minimizing casualties plain and simple. If solutions aren't found politically the war will resurface. This happens more often than you think. It also leaves tensions high in the mean-time.

So you have a dispute between Israel and Hamas (a Palestinian-Muslim organization that claims two territories inside the country of Israel). As far as capabilities Israel has a full military with great morale and equipment to boot. Hamas has rockets, homemade bombs, and low morale. Hamas' greatest offensive strategy is not their rockets or bombs, however. It's their use of world news and media.

Media's job is to make a story out of things. In this sense they are going to show all the bad Israel is doing. First know that Israel has warned all areas before striking. Knocking on doors and even leaving pamphlets. Besides that the Palestinians (outside of the Hamas group) should know war is taking place in their home. In fact they do know this. They have the "over my dead body" mentality. Unfortunately, this can actually lead to your dead body. You can blame a country for bombing a school yard and killing your children. You can also blame parents for letting their kids go to school in an obvious war-zone.

The fact is civilian deaths are horrible. If a country is at war with a group and you chose a side you may be shot, blown up, or killed. This is war. I know it's not the fault of the civilians. If they don't want to leave then death is the KNOWING risk they take. Unfortunately, this is a new dawn of propaganda. Don't feed into it please. The United Nations donates ample money, time, and service to these people for their protection. Israel is also taking necessary steps to minimize casualties. This is simply a case of civilians laying down their lives for earth and water. Sad as it is this is just one man's opinion.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Medical Marijuana Stocks up For Grabs. Come One Come All.


Marijuana law reform continues to creep its way into the headlines. Sometimes it's just to sell papers. This specific situation seems to be a bit different. Medical and recreational marijuana growers and store fronts are making millions. The problem isn't the income. It's the fact that these small businesses can't even put the money in the bank. Marijuana money is still considered illegal federally. If a bank were to take the money they could get hit with charges on money laundering. This forces these small businesses owners to stash hundreds of thousands of dollars in walls and under mattresses. This is definitely not good.

These small business owners can become victims of heists, kidnappings, and who knows what else. These citizens must be able to put their money away for their safety and the safety of the community. They pay taxes on the revenue after all. Which brings us to our next point. Is the government having this same issue with the taxes dollars they are charging these businesses? According to USA Today both state and federal government tiers have no problem depositing the tax dollars paid by these small businesses. Once again our government leaving a highly unfair taste in our mouths.

The fact is we are going to have to wait this one out. This is part of the process of making an illegal law legal. After the prohibition it took quite a bit of time for the liquor industry to resume its normal flow. That situation was even easier as it had been legal before. The only downfall to waiting is gangs and cartel might take advantage of these sitting ducks. That's not something anyone should want. For now it looks like these guys are going to have to spend some of that capital in protection. This is just one man's opinion.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Profesional Author Inrerview: Munir Bello "The Break-Up Recipe"



Everyone has gone through a complicated break-up. Personally, my worst break-up involved me convincing one ex that I had stomach cancer. It was the only way to get her to leave. Maybe you never convinced someone you had a fatal disease, but I bet you have some sort of crazy break-up buried in your life somewhere. Let’s take a moment while you think about that horrible situation … *Jeopardy Music*


“The Break-Up Recipe” is a great book written by Munir Bello. It is a collection of relationship stories played out by Mr. Mark Mutton. It’s Funny, it’s been compared to Sex In The City, and it’s an Amazon best seller. Today I am releasing an interview with the author. Let’s read on shall we?





Munir Bello, welcome to the Opinion Blog! You have written this book, “The Break Up Recipe”. I have ordered it myself. It seems to have gotten quite a bit of attention. The front cover even has you posing naked. Before we get into the book please give us a brief description of yourself.


Well my favourite colour is red and my favourite number is 5 hahaha. Seriously, thanks for having me and thanks for getting the book. I'm a 31 year old Nigerian, living in London and I am a full time writer. If i'm not working then I'm either spending time with my girlfriend, friends and family, or working out in the gym. I rarely sit still (partly because if I do, then I have no income). I'm a person who is determined to succeed and I like to work hard and fast. Away from my book I am also shooting a dating show in London which will be airing in the Autumn/Fall of 2014 and am now a regular relationship columnist for a London blog called, We Are The City.


Now that we know a bit about you tell us a little about your book.


The Break Up Recipe is about a young salesman named Mark Mutton. The Mutton man gets dumped by his fiancé, four weeks before their wedding. We witness his heartbreak and flashbacks through his encounters with different women in the past, present and future. I was inspired to write it because I'd gone through a similar break up (parallels between me and Mark stop there) and decided to do something constructive. I needed to make money quickly and so I worked my arse off to make this book happen. I'd say it's a light read. I wrote it to make people laugh. I just wanted to take a series of everyday situations and exaggerate them, the aim was for each situation to have a humorous conclusion.


Wow that guy's life sucks. I feel so much better about myself right now. Can we get a snippet of one of the more well-known situations in your book? So we can see what to expect before we all go check out your book on Amazon?


The most talked about chapter is the third one. Mark goes into a coffee shop and needs the toilet. He ends up going into a women's toilet and his stomach lets him down. The more women that end up in the toilet, the louder his diarrhoea gets. After they hear him, he walks out of the toilet after he's done his business and tries to play it cool. It was definitely my favourite chapter to write because it's full of tension and comedy. Good fun


Sounds great! I have used the woman's restroom myself in a pinch. The women waiting weren't very happy to see me leaving the restroom. Oh well a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Let’s talk about the path to independently publishing your book. Tell me about your social networking plights. Was social media the only way you spread word about your book?


With social media, I set up a facebook page, www.facebook.com/thebreakuprecipe and a twitter handle, www.twitter.com/@munirbello1983and I did not stop shouting about the book, which I still do to this day, I also printed off flyers and handed them out to people on the street about the book. I wrote 5000 emails and handed out 10000 flyers personally to passers by to get to this stage. It's the hardest I've ever worked. Living on 3 hours sleep a day. I wrote the book while still doing my day job and the routine was to world, go to the gym and then write for a few hours, I survived on hope. Publishing independently was the only way I could get this book released. The language is explicit and the humour is very locker room orientated, so no mainstream publisher would have touched it. I also wanted the independence and control that comes with doing it myself. I hustled hard man and nearly killed myself from exhaustion but i'd do it again. Although it was and continues to be hard trying to promote the book worldwide, it is so exciting every time I get a like on facebook or I see the sales figures go up even it is just by 1 book. It helps that i am incredibly passionate about it, so when my business is doing well i am happy and when it's going through a lull I am extremely sad.





Wow what an adventure! A lot of emails and a lot of flyers. It's nice to know that you're humble enough to appreciate every book sold and every like. Let's talk about this cover. Most people seeing an author naked on his/her own cover can say so many things. What are you trying to say? What is the story behind your naked book cover?


The message behind that picture is, me naked and giving my all for my baby. I'm looking at that cover with the purest love which I of course have for something I took 9 months to write. It is my first book and I worked bloody hard to write it. The sacrifices I made are unbelievable. I pretty much did not have any contact with anyone because I wanted to make it as good as I possibly could. The idea for a naked marketing image came to me because test reads proves that the book had a female audience. I wanted to release an image that would appeal to them. It was something that I knew would be a conversation starter but there is no sexual undertone to it. If a picture can capture how I feel about my work it is that one. I was in a tough place financially when I wrote the book and I was determined to make it work at all costs. I believe the picture is a demonstration of my dedication. It's definitely not a vanity thing which is a common misconception.


That might be the best reason to use such a photo. I also see you had tact enough to cover the more private parts. You say that the majority of your audience are women. Was this your intention? If not what is the intention you had with your book?


No not at all, I wrote the book for men. It is about relationships and break-ups from a man's point of view. Women were naturally curious about the book because they wanted to get inside the mind of a man hence why there was more interest from them in the books contents


If only all women would try harder to understand men. I think more of them would rather learn about our insides through autopsy. Okay let's talk about this show. You said it was a dating show. What kind? How does it work? Are you looking for recruits?


Oh, the show! I'm so pumped about it. We've been filming in London. The couples who go on the date with each other don't know much about each other at all. They get to see a picture of each other and have a conversation on the phone. During the phone call, they get to ask each other one question. They are then taken to a salon separately, and the staff get to predict the outcome of the relationship based on first assumptions. The couple then go to a restaurant for a meal. their first meeting is on camera which makes for great viewing. After they've had dinner, they are taken aside and asked what they think of each other. They then come face to face with each other and tell one another whether they'd like to see each other again romantically. If the answer is no they have to tell the person why. They can't be diplomatic, they must be honest and blunt with each other, which again is great on camera. I'm looking to air it in the autumn. I'm currently looking for a few recruits but it's not massively important as we have enough to do plenty of shows.


You seem to be very busy. What are your plans for the future? Another book?


I try to keep myself busy. I am in the middle of writing the sequel to, The Break Up Recipe and will write a third book on Mark Mutton before moving on to books in a different genre. Depending on how the dating show goes it could end up being a regular thing that we film every year, fingers crossed.


You were born in Nigeria. How do you feel about the Boko Haram situation being that it’s so close to home?


Boko Haram's atrocities are happening very close to where I'm from. It’s a matter that is very worrying for me. I don't like what's happening because it is very cruel to kill anybody whose religious beliefs are different to yours. It also gives the wrong impression of my country. The world sees the reports and assumes that it is a terrorist hotbed which it really isn't. The government did not handle the situation correctly as they were slow to act. The western world offered it's support and our government should have been very quick to accept it without fear of losing face because the lives of innocent, young girls were at stake. The bring back our girls campaign was good but sadly it was a bit of a fad as it barely gets mentioned on social media now


The world has a wonderful way of making fads about everything, even stolen school girls. That is a very important point you bring up. Too often are people only saddened by fad pictures on social media. Even more so than they are by the actual instances. My last question to you sir is what's all this business about 4/6 of the toilet paper roll?


I got the idea of comedy by numbers from Nick Hornby. If you notice the first chapter of my book and subsequent chapters in which Mark talks about Samantha and Amy he has uses maths in his comedy. It's very hard to sum up in a short interview how that process works but an obsession with numbers particular in relation to mundane things like toilet roll or relationship milestones (break ups, kisses, first exchange of "i love yous") just works. For example if you're talking with a guy and you ask him when he first knew that his wife was the one and he responds, "After 4 weeks, 6 days, 7 hrs, 23 minutes and 5 seconds" it'll make you laugh or it will certainly raise an eyebrow. In the films, Rain Man and Jerry Maguire, numbers are used in a comical sense. In Rain Man it is when Charlie is asking about who took a picture and Raymond responds, "January 12 1965. Very snowy that day. 7.2 inches of snow that day" or in Jerry Maguire when the kid says, "The human head weighs 8 pounds"


Thank you Munir! I wish you luck in all of your endeavors in life. We really appreciate you answering all of our annoying questions. So until next time ... Cheers amigo! (I'm practicing my Puerto Rican British).


De Nada my Puerto Rican friend. Been a pleasure answering your questions, hope you guys enjoy the book and I look forward to hopping over to Florida to party with you all.

Please, please, please feel free to click on “The Break-Up Recipe” book link just below this article, and purchase a great read. As always this is just the opinion of one man.

Below are some other ways you can check out Munir Bello and what he's been up to.
102 reviews on Amazon UK, 93 are 5 star and 9 are 4 star.  (Correct at time of writing):
Over 4900 likes on Facebook:
Over 1600 Twitter followers:
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

What's Happening To Our Judges?

In American society when someone is suspected of a crime they must go through our criminal process. This involves all kinds of complicated procedures. Just like any other system someone needs to be appointed to lead and oversee the quality of the procedures. This individual is called a judge. A lot of people don't understand what a judge really is. Let's dig deep shall we?

The judge is a position that has its roots deep in human history. Even for those that don't believe in the bible there is no denying it. Judges existed thousands of years ago. These were members that ran society. One of their jobs was to determine punishments for crimes against humanity. This was to balance the trauma the crime had created to society. An eye for an eye. The earliest form of a justice system. Before kings. Before government. There were judges. This is the first step in understanding how important these members of society really are.

The next step is to realize how powerful this position is. Think about it. The president is the highest of authority in our country. Almost at the same level you have our Congress. A judge can put any of these individuals away in prison with just a thought. What an incredible authority. With that authority comes a standard. One that must be maintained. Let's see how some of our judges have been acting lately.

A Montana judge was accused of saying that a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame for her own rape. That may be true. Unfortunately, that is opinion. A judge must be able to keep their opinions at bay. This judge obviously cannot. A Florida judge recently got into it with a lawyer in the middle of a case. They decided to take it outside. The judge wasn't playing. He decked the lawyer square in the face. A judge must have control over his emotions. This judge obviously doesn't. These aren't the only cases out there.

The vast majority of judges in America are true to society. With that said this doesn't mean this isn't a problem. Unfortunately, this is an iceberg issue. It's only the tip of a much larger problem. The fact is good moral fiber is fading away more and more as time goes by. This is both sad and scary. It's up to the new generations to maintain these fibers and pass them on to their children. Teaching them to keep to their word, to have self-control, patience, and to care for others. This may be the only way we can secure a good future for our country. Please make this a movement.

This is just one man's opinion.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

A plane is shot down by a missile leading to 298 deaths. This is tragic. Any death is tragic, however, civilian deaths always seem to hurt a bit more. Once the tragedy is realized the natural response seems to be blame. This is probably because we have such a strong desire for the third response. Payment. Otherwise known as revenge. The system of repaying crimes with punishment is bred deep in our history. We must be cautious not to rush straight through the blame process. This is where we decide who's at fault for the crime. Let's look at what evidence CNN has released so far. If you don't know much about what's been going on between Russia and Ukraine please click here.

Apparently someone got a hold of an audio recording between pro-Russian rebels and Russian military officers. Here are some quotes from that audio. A man identified as Russian intelligence says, "How are things going over there?" A pro-Russian fighter responds with, "Well, we are 100% sure it's a civilian plane." The Russian officer asks, "Are there a lot of people?" The pro-Russian fighter shouts an "obscenity" and says, "The debris was falling straight into the yards." CNN says they have not confirmed the authenticity of the audio. What does Ukraine have to say about this?

One security official for Ukraine says a Buk missile, believed to be the one that shot down the passenger plane, crossed the border from Russia right before the attack. CNN says Ukraine hasn't released how they know this. Another Ukrainian official says the missile was handed back over to Russia that night. Again CNN could not verify any of these claims.

What we have here are only a few facts. A passenger plane was shot down by a missile believed to be fired by pro-Russian rebels. This happened in Ukrainian air-space and 298 civilian deaths are recorded. Nothing else. Yes a whole list of things are very possible. Possible doesn't hold up in court. It's wise to wait and see what verifiable evidence turns up before we start pointing fingers. Besides no one running a country nowadays wants to be known for shooting down passenger planes. This one was probably an accident. One that needs payment, still, an accident nonetheless.

As always this is just the opinion of one man.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bigotry. Racism's Bigger Brother.

Recently a man wrote an article on racism and politics. The article was published by West View News. The headline read, "The N****r In The White House". Not a very appealing headline. The article was in support of President Obama contrary to its headline. CNN interviewed the writer of the article. During the interview an important point was brought up. Racism still exists. Although, it is a dying idea, bigotry seems to be replacing it.

The first thing we need to realize is the difference between racism and bigotry. Racism is generally defined as a belief that each race is different, and that each race produces a different level of being. Generally pointing at one's own race to be superior, and having the right to control the other races. Then there's the bigots. Bigotry is generally defined as having no tolerance for any religion, race or opinion outside of one's own. This a tier up from racism, and the difference must be understood. Why?

Racist thoughts are completely legal in our country. Acting on them is not. We have done a fine job of creating whistle-blowing organizations and raising society to know it's wrong. What we haven't done is taken note of racism's bigger brother bigotry. There is nothing to stop bigotry. It works in our society like a terrorist group. Gathering up weak-minded individuals, and mongering them up against their enemies. Welcome to another reason why color doesn't matter anymore. Now people hate because you are of another political party, because of your soccer team, because you drive a foreign car, or even because of what you eat.

The fact is racism was just an outlet for hate. That outlet has been discovered and repaired. The pressure is building, and a new outlet will be formed. No offense to the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, but I believe his dream has come and gone. We need a new dream America. One that has us freed from the chains of hate. This new dream will need to be built by us, the citizens of the beautiful United States of America. This is just the opinion of one man.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Morality and The Gentleman

         
Morality and the gentleman go hand in hand. A word that used to be honored. Now it is redefined, and the original definition lost in a pile of what society calls a "man". Fortunately, there are real men out there. Real men not defined by me, but defined by their actions. Men who open doors for people. Men who say "thank you" and "have a nice day". Men who show respect to women, even those who don't deserve it. These aren't the only things that define a gentleman.

According to Dictionary.com, behaving like a gentleman means you're a well-mannered, civilized, educated, and sensitive man. So to maintain this classification you must have manners, please and thank you. You must be educated. This doesn't mean you have to be a doctor. It does mean you should be aware of your community, and up-to-date on current events. You should be civilized, meaning you hold a state of being culturally advanced. Meaning he isn't racist, and he can control his negative feelings. Lastly, a gentleman is defined as being sensitive. This doesn't mean you cry every time a leaf falls. Sensitive meaning you can detect slight differences in your environment and relationships. These characteristics should be the epitome of a man. Unfortunately, they aren't. Why?

One reason is because of what women want in men. According to both eHarmony and AskMen.com, none of the things women want are on that list of gentleman qualities. They want laughs. They want looks. They want confidence. They want to know their man is going to be successful. This is all great, but manners, education, being civilized, and sensitive aren't on these lists. This leaves most relationships offering only punishment for being a dog with no reward for being a gentleman. A horrible plight for the man with tact.

Hang in there gentlemen, and don't look down on the pigs please. As William Lyon Phelps, a famous America author and scholar, said, "the final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him." Being a gentlemen doesn't make you better it builds a better society. This is just the opinion of one man.
       
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Monday, July 7, 2014

18 Isn't The Move-Out Age Anymore.

Many of today’s generation have difficulty leaving the nest. We know. Let’s see what the Pew Research Center has to say. In 2012, 36% of America’s adults between the ages of 18 and 31, lived at home with their parents. That’s over 21 million people. Perspective? That’s 3 million more than the entire population of the state of Florida living at home with their parents.
Does this mean kids don’t want to move out or can’t move out? Can’t they just go to college and live the “American dream”? Well, they would probably have to sell a few organs to the cartel just to get a couple years in. Afterwards, they will graduate into debt and probably get a whopping $35,000 a year for their efforts. Doesn't sound like much of a dream. What is this doing to these poor parents?
The National Endowment for Financial Education committed to a survey a few years ago. The survey found that 59% of parents with children between the ages of 18 and 39, are providing, or have provided, financial assistance for their children. This means that every other person you know that has a child in that age range needs their help. This also means that you may have more than a 50% chance of having this issue yourself.
The fact is 18 isn’t the move-out age anymore. For those with young kids please keep this in mind. Erase that number 18. Maybe bring it closer to age 25. It’s almost safe to say that expecting your kids to move out at 18 is setting them up for failure. I hope my generation realizes this. As our retirement is already going to be tough, this won’t be much help. We can be prepared with awareness, however. This is just the opinion of one man.

Here is a link to help parents with the "failure to launch" problem. Although I would rather refer to it as a societal change to refrain from hurting my generation's feelings. Help Link

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pornography Isn't Exactly Harmless.

Pornography is a wide-spread habit. Click here to see how wide-spread. So it must be okay if so many people do it. I mean even pastors are high on that list. What's wrong with watching a video anyways? Psychology Today released an article linking pornography with depression. This doesn't necessarily mean that pornography makes you depressed. It shows that certain people handle their depression with pornography. Similar to people who eat, shop, or abuse people to dull their depression. Does this mean we all need to stop watching porn?

That's opinion. Most people use the Bible to answer a question like this. I try not to. Let's dip into pornography in relationships real quick. Those that have relationships they care about should take their partners' feelings into consideration. If they don't like the pornography idea, but you can't stop then you might say you have a problem. No different than smoking cigarettes or having a drug habit. If you can stop then stop. You have a partner that is there for you and cares about you. Don't ruin it for pictures and videos. They can't hold you when life brings you down. What about those with partners who don't care?

The fact is all things are only healthy in moderation pornography included. If pornography is an uncontrollable habit then it's something you need to work on, period. For those men, and women, that watch porn on a regular basis or together in relationships it is good to remember how addicting it can be. If you're single and you watch pornography often remember you won't be single forever. Cut back now, if you can, that way you don't lose your next lover to the habit. The real things is much better don't you think? Would you give up an actual brand new Corvette for a picture or video of one? Then why would you give up a real partner for a picture or video of one? Think about it, please. This is just the opinion of one man.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 4th Of July, Our Independence Day.

         
             The 4th of July is here! A beautiful reason to celebrate our history. Speaking of history how many people really know what the 4th of July stands for? Let's make this quick and painless.

             It was on the 7th day of June in the year 1776 that Richard Henry Lee proclaimed the famous words, "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Powerful and important words.

            Lee's words didn't just fly on to paper. Even during this time the United States took time to make sure decisions were agreed upon by the majority. When Lee's idea went to vote only seven out of the 13 colonies agreed. Five voted against Lee and New York abstained from the vote. This didn't satisfy the Colonies that longed for freedom. A committee of five famous men was appointed to draft a statement to present the world with the Colonies' desire for freedom. Thomas Jefferson physically drafted the document.

           On July 1, 1776 the colonies reconvened and the idea of independence was voted in by 12 of the 13 colonies, with New York abstaining from voting again. Permanent drafting of the document began and was finished on the fourth day of July in the year of 1776. No opinions. This is fact.

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Women Are Killing Their Future.

           The fight continues over working mothers. It can be a controversial issue. According to Pew in 2012, 70% of working mothers worked full-time. Over half of them would have rather worked part-time. Unfortunately, most households need both parents working to maintain the bills. What about the 25% of mothers that worked full-time and liked it? They are the calm before the storm.

           The Women's Rights Movement created a snow-ball effect. One that may eventually destroy the American women in the future. This is not to say that the movement wasn't necessary. It most definitely was and it should have come sooner. Women and men are equal. There is no doubt about that. They should vote, work, and get paid the same as men for the same jobs. What the snow-ball effect created is a fight to be better than men. That's the problem.

            The voting isn't enough. Neither is being able to work outside of the home and get paid the same. Having the right to throw away unborn babies, and use child support as a tool for monetary gains isn't enough. Being president won't be either. Nothing will be enough to satisfy that 25%. If they would rather work than spend a few extra hours with their children then we see where their priority is. To prove men are nothing but sperm-donors at the cost of their family.

           We must put the brakes on this 25%, rough estimate. Pushing the future mothers to lose interest in their families. This 25% will force our future women into drafts for war, and lead them to think it's normal and okay to abort. The destruction of what a caring mother should be. If this continues the only difference between a mother and a father will be private parts. I know that's what all these G.I Janes are fighting for. In the end, just because women can do what men can do, doesn't mean they have to. This is just one man's opinion.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Voting Is Power.

            Recently CNN released a video titled, "Who Pays For Free Trips For Lawmakers?" The video discusses the "millions" that congress spends every year in taking "lavish trips". Then it discusses how they cover up the amounts of the trips, and where the money came from. Finishing the video with their excuses for why they covered up the trips in the first place. Yes congress wasting millions on lavish trips is unbecoming. Are the wasted millions really what's so upsetting about this issue?

            The fact of the matter is they don't even deserve a sticker. Let alone a trip to anywhere but congressman boot-camp. They aren't committing to this country like they should. That's what's so upsetting about this. How about a trip to where we could be?

             Let's just say our country was doing well. Let's also say our faith in our lawmakers was a firm establishment. In this hypothetical situation let's say the dedication of our lawmakers was incredible. We'll go out on a limb here and even say that Democrats and Republicans worked hand in hand. We would trust them. If they took a few trips a year it wouldn't bother us much. At that point needless splurging becomes well-deserved fringe benefits.

           Those that vote need to dig in deep. Our government needs to be good enough to deserve a few trips a year. It's not completely their fault that they're screwing everything up. Part of this is the lack in voting interest that can lead to an uneducated vote. Which is almost worse than no vote at all. This is when someone votes on anything other than the purpose of establishing a better country. An example of this is a voting decision based on religion, race, party affiliation, or because all their friends are voting for the specific candidate. Those are the kinds of votes that put Dick Cheney and John Boehner in their seats.

          This election we must push for educated votes. We must reform this shamble of a government using our voting power. I'm sure our forefathers are tired of rolling in their graves already. Let's give them a break shall we? This is just the opinion of one man.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Don't Steal From The Elderly.

          . Being elderly should be one of the best parts of life. For those that are religious it means you will be fulfilling your faith soon. For those that don't have faith ... I guess it just sucks for them. Besides the dementia, the diapers, and that famous smell you acquire in your old age getting old shouldn't be that bad. However, according to the National Center on Elderly Abuse, close to 5 million elderly people are abused every year. This number is rising
            These abuses stretch from sexual abuse to verbal abuse. I would like to discuss one abuse that isn't talked about enough. One that my generation and the one right before it seem to have a problem with. Stealing from the elderly. I'm not talking about picking some old people off at the ATM. I'm talking about family members taking their money. Stealing their jewelry and telling them they misplaced it. Taking hold of their accounts to pay their bills and keeping the change. Selling their cars and telling them it's because they can't drive anymore. These things are easy to get away with. These are also things you can easily justify in your mind. "I am taking care of them, I deserve this." "Nurses get paid to do this. I don't so I'll just get mine." "Alzheimer's is setting in. They don't even know what's going on." These are all incorrect justifications.

            There are plenty of laws that govern physical and mental abuse of the elderly. There are plenty of organizations that maintain these laws. What isn't maintained is everything else. Just because something isn't against the law doesn't make it right. Love the elderly. Spread the idea. In this way the love just might be there when we get old. As always this is just the opinion of one man.

To report elderly abuse or for more information on the topic check out this site. National Center on Elderly Abuse.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Selfless Acts of Kindness

       
  This week we made a few more attempts at reaching out to the people around us. We brought a homeless man a smile. We brought an old man a smile. Then we mailed out a smile. There are a million reasons to be depressed nowadays. We wanted to spread a few smiles this week. These are all easy things that don't take much time at all.

            There are only a few homeless people in our town. One individual hangs out at the 7 Eleven down the street. We decided to send him a plate of home-made honey walnut chicken, a card, and a $10 bill. He wasn't there the first time we drove by. Our schedule forced us to leave the package with the manager. We checked back to make sure he got it. One smile.

           From there we went to visit my grandfather. He's in his 80's. My grandmother is out of town for the week. He complained about being alone and not being able to get out much. The next day we took him out to the flea market and bought him lunch. He had a great time. Two smiles.

           We purchased a direct-mail list for a business we had a while back. We randomly chose an address and mailed out with a few dollars in it. We added a small note. Hopefully a third smile.

           There are acts of kindness waiting to be completed all around us. Some are free. Some are in your immediate family. The idea is to keep kindness in mind. It's not always about the other person either. Keeping kindness in mind leaves less room for things like ignorance, evil, and hate to move in. This is just one man's opinion.



Please Keep Retirement In Mind.

           
This is not exactly the retirement I had in mind.
             I met an 84 year old man. He's retired here in America. He lived his whole life here. He has two pensions and social security. He was a heating ventilation and A/C mechanic all his life. His wife also has social security. She is retired as well. The tail end of the American dream. Unfortunately, my generation won't have the same exact blessings. As our government ran retirement system continues to die my generation is left to figure things out. Let's not just lean on our government. Instead, let's makes moves. So what does Google say about all this?
                The general consensus says going to college and making money is the best way to form your retirement. This is aside from 401(k) among other investment options. According to the Lumina Foundation, 40% of working-aged Americans hold a college degree. So those people need to strive for the top saving and investing all the way up. What about those that can't, don't, won't, didn't, and couldn't afford to get there? What about the majority?
                Those that don't or won't hold a college degree through their lifetime will need to work a little harder to meet decent retirement goals. That's okay. Don't let it scare you. Saving is the first thing you have to do. Integrating your savings with an investment option is a great idea. Like a 401(k) fund automatically withdrawn from your paycheck. If you are really young don't get frustrated when you don't make much. In your young age it's more important to get the habit of saving. This is also a great time to figure out what type of savings and investment options work for you. This way you can set into the idea early on and make your mistakes before kids and marriage show up.
                 When it comes to retirement, for the new generation, don't expect to get rich. Also don't believe everything these banks and investment firms tell you. They just want your money. Even the good ones. It's business. Realize that and do your research. Please 80's and 90's babies I don't want to see us in the street in our old age. I don't want to see us working until 90 because we can't afford to stay home. I want to see a prosperous generation that stands even taller than the generation before it. Not because of the hormones in our beef, but because we learned to be better. This is just the opinion of one man.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Policing Means Less Privacy. It Also Means Security.

         
          As time goes by, crime goes up. As crime goes up, privacy goes down. It's not a societal law, but it could be one day. Americans are losing a little more privacy every few years. It is a necessary function to keep society safe. With all the inclusions of social networking systems new laws must be written to keep these new technologies from hurting our country and its citizens. As the online world continues its booming construction the crime that is taking place in this "virtual world" is stretching police forces thin. Especially because we haven't built a proper online policing system to keep up. Crime really hasn't moved to the internet. The internet just brought more crime with it.
         PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is a huge network of business that stretches over 150 countries. PWC does a lot of research on cyber crimes. The findings they released from 2013 are here. Feel free to fall asleep to them. The report covers all kinds of stuff. The reality comes down to these companies not being able to keep their millions safe. Why is this important? If these guys can't keep money safe, what makes you think you're safe? No offense, but money gets way more protection than we do.
          As we continue our move onto the internet we must realize that things are going to change. We are going to have to give up a lot. Once we realize that, our government may be able to properly protect us. Without wasting time fighting over keeping our Facebook profiles "safe". We can police bullying and harassment online. Stop thieves, find, and punish them for their crimes. Maybe even stomp out child pornography altogether. This is the way of the world. We have to keep up with it. This is just the opinion of one man.
                       
This entry was inspired by this article.

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Fox News Getting It Twisted.

       
     
            Fox News isn't exactly considered the most reliable source anymore. For a list of reasons I really don't want to get into. I will say I am a bit disappointed in an article released by them this week titled, "Mexico Sorry for Border Crossing, but US Marine's Apology Not Enough". The title alone already speaks volumes for the news source. Let's discuss the article first.
           The Tohono O'odham Indian Nation reservation lies on the Arizona-Mexico Border. According to the article, the area is a "hotbed for drug smuggling". Both America and Mexico are said to commit to operations in the area. Apparently Mexico drifted 100 yards into American air space and shot two rounds at our Border Patrol in the area. They did not hit anything and no one was injured. They said sorry.
           Fox should never have let this article hit their front page. Why? The comparison. It's not even apples and oranges. One of our citizens "accidentally" crossed into Mexico with a few guns. The man was arrested. His apology didn't get him out of jail. You can read more about it here.
            The opinion is that the U.S. shouldn't accept Mexico's apology for shooting at our Border Patrol, because Mexico didn't accept our citizen's apology. Even a certain Senator is quoted saying, "It's ironic that Mexico says it acted accidentally in this case, and they ask we accept an apology, when they refuse to acknowledge an authentic mistake on Andrew's part." Andrew is the man that crossed the border with weapons into Mexico.
           Our Border Patrol has plenty of unarmed innocent blood on their hands. We could pull up the numbers, but it might just be too embarrassing. I'm not saying it's okay that they shot at our officials. I'm not saying revenge is required either. I'm also not saying they shouldn't let Andrew go. I mean what are we going to do? Go to war with Mexico? Maybe at least our Border Patrol will stop shooting at every brown thing that moves in the desert knowing someone other than God is watching. I will say if a Mexican crosses into America with a gun he's dead. At least Andrew is still alive. This is just the opinion of one man.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Negligence Can Be Murder Too.

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       Justin Ross Harris is a deadbeat dad. For those that don't know the story we'll sum it up right here. According to an article released by CNN, Harris left his 22-month-old baby boy in his car in Georgia. The poor thing passed away in there while Harris was earning his paycheck. Apparently, he went to his car to put something in the on lunch, and still didn't remember his son in the vehicle. At the end of the day he pulls out of work with his baby in the car. Pulls over in a parking lot just up the street, and gets out of the car trying to resuscitate the baby boy. He was too late. The case is opened.
       
           The police began questioning and investigating. Eventually, the case pointed towards the father. Things went from negligence to homicide fairly quickly. They arrested Harris and seized his company computer. In his computer they found a Google search titled, " how long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car." Irony? Maybe. However, this gave detectives the idea that this really could have been premeditated. What's there to take from all of this?
           According to kidsandcars.org 40 children died in 2013, from heat strokes in vehicles. This is far from an epidemic, but I'm down for saving 40 children a year. How? Make an example out of this guy. Give him 10 or 15 years. This is not a joke these are children's lives. Premeditated homicide or not this guy needs to pay for his crime and so does every parent from here on out. I hate to say it, but it's situations like this that make legalizing abortion an idea to consider. This is just the opinion of one man.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Phone Privacy hits the Supreme Court

       
        Police officers pull people over all the time. They search people all the time too. Higher powers such as rhe Supreme Court defend us from their malice. I have had my cell phone confiscated and searched. I would have been upset if I has personal photos in my phone. Now, thanks to a ruling by the Supreme Court cops need a warrant to search our cell phones. Victory indeed.

         Our cell phones contain so much of our personal information. From the credit to the intimate. Let's say you're jay walking. Without this ruling, a police officer could snatch you up and grab your phone. They could scroll through your Facebook, your bank information, your plans for the week, or even your menstrual cycle. This is obviously a complete invasion of privacy. They do enough invading already.

          The arguing side is going to say "we have terrorists and murders to worry about". They will also say things like "you shouldn't have anything to hide." I say, whether I do or don't get a warrant like everything else. This leaves the "probably cause" stuff up to the judge. No you cannot just look through my life whenever you want. This is just the opinion of one man, however.

For more information on phone privacy the American Civil Liberties Union defends and maintains these rights for us.

This article was based off of USA Today's rendering of the ruling. Click Here

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The Middle East and Human History

          The Middle East is really old country. The area's culture runs deep in human history. For those that believe in the Bible this area is even more important to understand. As it is mostly what the Old Testament talks about. For those that don't believe in the bible, Iraq and its neighboring countries have human evidence dating back over 100,000 years. Religion or not this isn't just Iraq's history. This is human history. With that said check out the map below.


            Mesopotamia is an old reference to a larger area encompassing a lot more than this map. This is the central area, however, and was key during the time (100,000 B.C.E. to 1,500 C.E.). The two rivers seen in the map "Tigris" and Euphrates" offered water, and served as transport. There were many wars fought in this area since the beginning of time.  I am not going to highlight every single one, we could be here all day. 
            The people that live here now have all of this in their background. Constant fights over religion, gods, and land has left this culture weary and agitated. We must understand that. We must also understand that most of the people in this region don't believe in government. Even Christians should recognize the saying, "Be no part of the world, as I am no part of the world" - Jesus Christ. Asking them to show obedience to someone other than their god could be considered disrespectful. Though both the Bible and the Qur'an have specific requests to obey governing authorities. 
           The fact is reforming this area needs to be done with finesse. Sort of like a brain surgeon in a foreign policy kind of way. Ignoring the situation is not an option. War is a last resort. If we want peace we must vote members into government that have peaceable solutions to the problems in the Middle East. Like always we must stay away from war-mongering. Lastly, we have to show compassion. Various sources claim 1,000,000 + deaths due to the wars in Iraq since 2011, on all sides. How many of them were casualties? All of them. This is just the opinion of one man.

Iraq Timeline. That's were I got a lot of the information on the history of Iraq. There's a lot of great reliable information there. Check it out.


             
             

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Government That Cares More About Anything More Than Our Country

         
            All presidents are heckled throughout their presidencies. They are scrutinized and exposed. Verbally torn and thrown through most of the bad that hits our government. This is to be expected. However, no one in history has ever sued a president while he was in office. John Boehner (BAY'-nur), a Republican Senator from Ohio and the House Speaker, would like to be the first. Why?
           Obama is being accused of misusing his authority. According to an article released by the Huffington Post, Obama is "picking and choosing what portions of laws to enforce, sometimes by issuing executive orders." Executive orders are a controversial topic. This is because even though there is no provision in the Constitution for executive orders, the power is granted in Article II. Every president since George Washington has used them. Generally, to bypass Congress when they don't see eye to eye, or don't have the time to vote on a decision. Could this law-suit have anything to do with the Republicans meeting up to tank Obama's Presidency even though it might not be in the best interest of the country? Maybe. If you don't know about that please click here.
            This is just another attempt to deface the President. Beyond finger-pointing this child, and his friends, are completely out of bounds. They have no ground to stand on. This will not be their last attempt, nor is it their first. This is just another government official that cares more about everything but our country. Another official that needs to go home. Suing the President? Do we really have time for that? Isn't Iraq a bigger problem? Maybe it's just me. This is just the opinion of one man.

The article that inspired this opinion is here.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Great Divide

             The Shiite-Sunni divide is one of the root causes to a lot of problems in the Middle East. There are a lot of war stories and history tied up in this divide. The main thing we need to understand is that, in certain areas, they are divided. We also should know a little about how this divide started. The Sunnis and Shiites are both Muslim. Meaning they follow the religion of Islam, with key traditional differences. Their divide came after the prophet Muhammad died in the year 632 C.E.. The two sides began to fight over who would lead the Muslim world next. There was blood-shed and so began a divide that is still in existence today.
             Sunnis make up almost all of the world's population of Muslims. Except for in Iran and Iraq. The map below supports this.
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 Almost all of the Muslims you meet in the United States are Sunni (Although this divide doesn't reach as far as America. Most Muslims in the U.S., and the rest of the world, would just say they are "Muslim"). How does this divide tie into the current ISIL crisis?
             After the United States pulled out of Iraq the government running Iraq was left predominately Shiite. This made the Sunnis living in the country feel like the government's interests were in favor of the Shiite population. A branch of Al-Qaeda decided to take advantage of this, and convince the Sunnis into joining them in a rebellion against the government. Sort of like how Hitler gained his power. Taking advantage of a society ready to be conquered.
              This divide is tearing apart several countries. We are talking about several hundred million people here. What we should realize is that this area is still in need of reform. It will take a while before they stabilize. We need to be prepared for this, and stay away from war-mongering. Believe it or not our general opinion is taken into account when our government makes these decisions. We must also trust our government to handle the politics of it. Pay attention to the goals of certain politicians. Vote in the ones that have goals of a healthy society please. Democrat or Republican. This is just the opinion of one man.

Pew Research Information. This is the site that backs up a lot of this article. It also has a lot of other valuable information. Check it out.

Religion Facts explains the background of the Shiite-Sunni divide. It is where I got what isn't common knowledge about the history of the divide.

Another important factor is the Kurdish population. I will explain this in the coming article.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Making Moves: Acts Of Kindness WK 2

           This week we tried to accomplish several acts of kindness. We reached out to our local zoo, we wanted to help some animals. We were met with payment plans for training on volunteering that demands 3.5 hours a week. This does not fit our criteria for acts of kindness. This is great for those that have a strong desire to get into that community. We decided to make a bird feeder, and place it in our backyard instead. It was easy, and used things most people have at home. We left a total of  $3.00 in the change pockets of two random vending machines. We reestablished two friendships. Only one of them caught on.
           These are all things that anyone can easily do. Things that won't cost much time, and can leave an impact on our society. If you have a relationship that may have ended in a negative way bury it by forgiving and apologizing. If you know someone who may have had a traumatic event in their life send them a message, email, give them a call, or even mail them a hand-written letter. Let's make moves. This is just the opinion of one man.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Islam, Muslim, Arab Difference Explained.

Symbol of Islam

There are many reasons to be confused about the Middle East and its terminology, sects (Yeah I spelled it right), tribes, countries, beliefs, languages, regional wars, relationships with the world, and history. This confusion can leave a void waiting to be filled with ignorance. Bad news bears! Let's not add to the surplus of hate in the world. With Trump's new proposals having this mentality could be devastating to the American idea of equality. Let's go over a few points. I'll make it quick I promise.

Breath deep. One at a time. 



Islam


Religion. 


Muslims


Followers of Islam. 

Arab


Ethnicity originating, or inhabiting, an Arab-speaking country (Typically in Middle East or North Africa).

Islamic


Inanimate objects referenced with Islam are "Islamic" (Examples are Islamic architecture, Islamic beliefs, and Islamic art).

What Does Islam Teach?


Peace and surrendering yourself to God. This has to happen within the realm of God's commandments. No murdering, no stealing, no suicide vests. You know. The basics.

How many people are considered Muslim?


According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated 1.6 billion. Almost a quarter of the estimated world population. This still puts it in second place to Christianity according to the Pew. 

Where do most Muslims live? 


The map below shows a breakdown of Muslim Population Distribution.

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Summary

Islam is a religion, like Christianity, and Buddhism. 

Muslims practice Islam. Like Christians practice Christianity and Buddhists practice Buddhism.

Arab is an ethnicity. Like I'm Puerto Rican and my wife is Pacific Islander.

Islam is submission to God and His commandments.

Last word

Whether it is safer for the Country to utilize broad spectrum security measures or not I cannot say. In the event that becomes the choice do not believe it is because Muslims are bad. It is because it is more efficient and cost effective to employ broad spectrum tactics. This is just the opinion of one man.

Middle East 101

     
Iraq isn't just about war. They have a deep history.
  For the next coming days I am going to be pushing several brief articles on things that we should all know about Islam, Iraq and its neighboring countries, and how these things are relevant to the rest of us. I am not going to go to into great detail as lengthy article scare off people that could really use the information provided. These are mostly for those that don't pay attention to the news. The brief educational articles will include topics on the different tribes in Iraq, and their feelings of each other. The religion of Islam, and how it is split up. So please check back periodically this week.
          As these problems continue to rise in the Middle East again we must stay a step ahead. Education bestows knowledge and knowledge is power. We will start with education. This is just the opinion of one man.

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