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.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Abortion Debate

Alright, this is kind of a current issue, but it's more of an ongoing debate. The abortion debate is a huge issue in America, and is constantly being fought for. Right now, America is more pro-choice than pro-life because abortion is legal in the US up until the 20th week. During this post, I'm going to attempt to explain to you why the abortion should continue to be legal and most likely in the future will.

Many people use as a defense that your causing the fetus harm and pain. Well first off, the fetus can't feel pain until the 25th week of pregnancy at the earliest and abortion is only legal before then. So therefore in any legal abortion the fetus will not feel pain nor will it suffer in any way.

Another case I'd like to point out is how often people talk about how the Bible says that abortion is wrong, however there really is no specific bible verse that says that abortion is wrong. People usually just twist verses around and say "They're God's miracles!" Even if there were a verse, one of the great things about America was that we were founded on the basis of separation of Church and state. So really the whole point about how it's sacrilegious really doesn't apply to the law because of that separation.

One last issue is that people are always saying that they're killing "children". This is incorrect. They are aborting fetuses which is a big difference from killing children. These fetuses have the potential for life, but are not really alive or really people yet in my opinion. People always say that you abort because of your own selfish reasons, but lots of times it's for the child's welfare. They may not be able to support a child, and therefore don't want to have one that would be neglected.

I'm sure there are other points that I am missing in this post, and I'm sorry for that. But I hope that those points will me made up in comments which are always appreciated. I also hope that this post has told you something new about abortion, positive or negative, or if nothing else made you eager to debate against it if you wish.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Health Reform

Right now, most people are aware of Obama's health reform that he is enthusiastically pushing in congress. Many people are against this bill. I, a democrat, am included among those people. But some don't really know why they are against it, or think they do but they really don't. My goal with this post is to try to explain some of the complaints.

Some people are against it because of the people it taxes. Before I say who, let's backup and see how much money we're talking about. The plan has a bill of 2.5 trillion dollars. The goal of this is for most of it to go to the government, which it will. However, about one million dollars of the 2.5 trillion will be taken care of by taxes. Who does it tax? Who gets stuck with the bill? The upper class, the employers, and the health care providers. Really, only the wealthy are taxed, but the employers and health care providers pay for it by the extra costs it adds for insurance for their employs. Now, most people believe that they may be part of that upper class that gets taxed. However, the truth is is that not many people are part of that class that gets taxed and really one million out of over 2 trillion isn't that much when you really look at it.

Our nation's health care system is broken. And it needs to be fixed. However, I believe that Obama is taking too much of an aggressive approach with the bill that he is trying to pass. Right now, it looks as though congress won't pass it this August which means that it won't come back until after the recess. By then, hopefully Obama will have come up with a better and easier plan that is more stable and approachable during this recession than the one he has proposed now.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Change in America

Right now, Barack Obama has been pushing some unpopular policies and has also made some questionable remarks regarding things such as the arrest of Professor Gates in Massachusetts. These actions have made him a bit unpopular among republicans and even some democrats. However, one important thing that I would like to point out is not his recent acts or specifics of what he's done during his short time as president, but rather what he has done for the country which really can be described by just one word: change.

He has changed us in multiple ways. One main one being he is the first black president. I'm not going to lie, if blacks hadn't been voting, he wouldn't have won so easily. But still, he needed and got many white votes which shows that it's not just the African American community that likes him. He's a popular charismatic figure who retains that let's-sit-down-and-have-a-beer attitude that Bush had a little have, but with a more likable and charismatic personality. That's not a key quality for running the country, but it helps to support someone you'd probably like in person.

Another change is the literal change of power from President Bush who tried, but let's face it did not succeed at running the country as smoothly as possible. He wasn't a bad man, and actually he was very good at his job of governor. He just wasn't the kind of person who should be president. He had bad advice and bad some bad decision. At the end of the day, you can put it any way you like it, but it's message was still the same: we needed a change.

There are many other ways that Obama has changed our government and our country for better or worse, but I think the important thing to remember here is that he has made a change. That's more than some people can ever say and I salute Obama for being able to say it truthfully.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Left Side View

As you may have guessed based on the title of this blog, this is a blog that discusses topics from a bit of a liberal point of view. The words in the title illustrate this. The words "left side" representing the left wing democratic party and the word "view" obviously representing itself showing the fact that this blog will have a bit of a left wing view. That does not mean however that I do not want conservatives or republicans commenting and looking at this blog. I actually welcome them to read and comment and tell me their view which would most likely be right wing. I also encourage liberals to comment and wither agree or disagree with me. The main function of this blog being to discuss and debate, the more the merrier. Agree or disagree, I hope you will read and comment on this blog and it's posts.