Monday, December 21, 2009

New Airline Restrictions

Right now the big story is the health care reform, but I really don't want to get sucked into another debate about that, so I'm going to go for a lighter subject: airline restrictions. These new restrictions are being passed by President Obama and are not about what costumers can't do, but what the airlines can't do. For instance, if a plane is grounded on the tarmac for more than three hours, the plane must allow passengers to exit. And it's about friggin' time!! I cannot even think of how many times I have stuck for hours on end in planes because of stupid things at Hartsfield. It's ridiculous!!! These rules also change other things about how long passengers have to wait, what qualifies as a "National Security Threat", ect. Most of these are things that really just piss people off and are the really annoying things the TSA and FAA make you do.

Hopefully, this will not become a partisan issue, but right now there is a big movement in the GOP to oppose everything Obama does, even if the notion is to give flags to orphans. But maybe since this is more about making it easier for passengers than anything else, the GOP will ease up and not hack down on this like they have with pretty much everything else in the Obama Administration. However, I'm sure Glenn beck as already criticized it as a "terrorist plot to create a more socialist government!!"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gay Marriage in DC

I has been a hard year for gay marriage advocates. Losses in Maine and NY have been tough. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Today the DC city council voted to allow same sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Finally! Our nation's capitol has always been the beginning of these states issues. During the slavery days, Washington outlawed the slave trade, which was a big step for the nation. During the "abortion wars" Washington became one of the first states to allow pro-choice on request abortion services. Now, they have allowed gay marriage which many are taking as a good omen for the gay rights cause.

This has come in a good time too, because this, unlike Maine, is not a voting decision that can be overturned by ignorant and afraid masses. Maybe I should address that last word: afraid. My theory is that people always fear what's different, and if an effort to help calm them, they sub consciously turn that fear into hate. Fear of homosexuality is based on its difference. That is why many people say they are "weirded out" by homosexuality. That's not bad, it's just the way someone feels. It's okay, but looking at them as people is also important. Since people fear homosexuals for being different, many fear that marriage is a way to combat this and be able to retain that superiority that feels oh so good.

But anyways, that's not really important. The main thing here is the DC vote which turned out positive for once in a time when we really needed it after the previous losses. This was a good day for the cause. For a city that elected a drug addict TWICE, Washington D.C. did okay.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New York's 23rd District

I know I've been gone for awhile, so sorry about that. But let's get back. Recently, local elections took place and caused a great deal of excitement for some. There were wins and losses and both sides, but perhaps one large win was with the democrats in New York's 23rd District which has been held by the Republicans since the early 1900s. I'm not going to say it was a fantastic win, because the conservative candidate was pretty weak, but at the same time, many had stated that the election was a slam dunk for conservatives and had no worries. Wrong.

Many have also said that these elections have been a large loss for President Obama. Why? Some governorships were lost, some were won. Who cares? Many of the congressional seats will be up for reelection again in 2010. No worries, mate. The future still looks good ahead. Also since the health care reform has passed both houses, and now fewer steps are left, it's going to be hard to really do something about it. It looks like right now all those tea parties and "protests" were gone to waste. But then again, don't they always? I mean, when has a protest actually been successful recently? I can think of few. But for now, let's stick with the big issue: the win in NY. Congrats!

Friday, September 25, 2009

AIDS Vaccine

Today (or yesterday to be exact) was monumental day for medicine. A test vaccine in Thailand recently showed that it could protect one out of three people from contracting the AIDS virus. This big news because unlike many other diseases, AIDS is 100% fatal. This makes it one of the biggest threats to us in terms of incurable diseases. Before now, we have had no way of protecting or treating this virus. Although this isn't anywhere near perfect it is a huge step in the right direction.

The scientists in the study said that many more tests and trial would need to be done in order to boost the protection rate even higher, but they have made some large leaps since they first began the project. Today, I think we can take a break from politics and debating, and come together for a moment regardless of our political affiliation to celebrate this new step for humanity.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gun Laws

Okay, I'm a big gun ban supporter, which is odd because I live in a red neck, gun loving state. And I also love the state I live in, even if it is what it is. It's like if your kid's a criminal. You still love them, even though they've made some bad mistakes. Recently, I heard about this (you'll see what I mean in a minute, but I thought instead of expressing this event with a CNN report, I could try the Daily Show once more.

And while I'm at it, I might as well bring up the law saying that you can bring a concealed loaded gun onto a national park. I don't care who you are, why would anyone need a loaded concealed gun on a national park? And don't say, "To protect myself from bears!" because that's what the park rangers are there for, and that still doesn't explain the concealed part of it. Tell me, why? I'm curious as to what people think.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Truth About Afghanistan!

This is just for laughs. I saw this a few days ago on the Daily Show, and decided I'd start back with a joke, and a reason to remain in Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Death Panels" and other Health Reform Myths

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about things like "death panels" and euthanasia in the health reform bill. While I do not fully support this bill, I do think that things like this are ridiculous. Whether or not you believe them, I want to be the first to explain them to you in hopes that when you later hear them, you will not believe them.

Let's start with a big one. Death panels. The idea is that there is a part of the health reform bill that says that any person has to come before a panel who will judge them on whether or not to receive health care. In some instances, people say that can force euthanasia on someone who they believe is unfit for society. Sarah Palin has said, "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." Of course this system would be downright evil and for that reason it does not exist. There is nothing on the health reform bill that even comes close to something like that. It does make a great plot for a science fiction novel, but other than that it's garbage.

Another big issue is the supposed forced euthanasia to person past of age of 75. This is not true at all, but the myth got it's roots from facts in the health reform bill. The bill says that persons above the age of 75 have the choice to consult with a medical professional and receive euthanasia. This is a big difference from saying someone over the age of 75 who has been deemed unfit must die. That is a complete myth and is almost as ridiculous as the death panels. There are probably more myths that I'm missing from this post, but instead I will included the link to www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck This site includes videos that debunk the health care myths and show what the bill really says. I encourage you o visit it if you have anymore health care questions.