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Goodness. Gracious.

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I didn’t realize how long it had been since I wrote.  I am so sorry followers, I didn’t mean to abandon you (that is, assuming anyone actually checks my blog on a regular basis.  Let me dream.).  School is, as usual, hectic.  I just finished submitting a bunch of college applications, and I’ve finally got some time to sit down and write a good, solid post.  So here goes.

First off, my boyfriend insists that I put a message from him in here (he’s sitting at my kitchen table finishing his own college apps).

“To all of Danielle’s dearest followers: don’t let her talk you into thinking she’s normal.  She’s not.”

Thank you, darling.  Love you too.

Anyway.  Onward we go.  I am planning a pretty epic Star Wars marathon this weekend, to celebrate the end of the application process.  I got all my apps turned in early, so I’m completely done.  Now, I wait for a reply.  Let the nail biting commence.

I am dying to get into Penn.  I know it’s expensive, and I know the standards are high, but I have to go there.  Their criminology program is epic, and that’s what I want to major in.  And my family qualifies for a good bit of financial aid, so I think we could stretch the budget and make it work (I’m paying for half, so don’t think I’m naive enough to think my parents can summon money out of thin air.  I know how this stuff works).

I just realized that this article is extremely scattered.  Oops.  Maybe I’ll go for that whole stream of consciousness thing.  After all, it worked for Faulkner.  Then again, I absolutely hated reading his books…I hope my articles don’t sound like that.

My dog is currently obsessed with my guitar.  Every time I pull it out, he comes and sits at my feet like he wants nothing more than to hear me fail at teaching myself to play that damn instrument (it’s harder than it sounds).  I’ve been working for almost a month, and it’s very, very slow progress.  If anyone has any tips to speed up the process, I would love to hear them.

So I just realized my life is extremely dull.  I have nothing else to write about today.  OH! Vote Herman Cain in the Republican primaries (: that is all.

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October 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

So much to catch up on!

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It has been a very long time since my last post.  I apologize dearly for that.  With school starting, it’s been so hectic that I forgot about my blog entirely until today.  So I have a few basics to fill you in on.

One: I don’t know how to write titles.  Are the major words supposed to be capitalized?  Or is it just supposed to be the way I’ve been doing it?  I also am horrible at coming up with creative titles…sigh.

Two: Football is officially in session.  May I just say that this has made me extremely happy.

Three: Today is 9/11.  I could go into a long spiel about how we will never forget, how much we owe to not only those who sacrificed their lives, but to the rescue teams present on that day.  I could write on and on about how tragic 9/11 was, how incomprehensible it is to me that a human can have such hate in them that they would kill 3000 innocent people.  I could go on for several thousand posts, but I’m going to sum it up in two sentences: Thank you.  We will never forget.

Four: I discovered something amazing today.  Change the name of your iPod to “Titanic” on Itunes, hit sync, and then be amused as iTunes syncs the Titanic.  Its pretty entertaining.

Five: Yes, I know I’m easily amused.

Six: I would just like to take a moment to appreciate my friends.  You guys rock.

Seven: While I’m at it, I love my followers too.  You guys also rock.

Eight: Wild Blue is delicious.  This is my discovery of the week.

Nine: Unfortunately, I probably won’t be posting very frequently.  Life is chaotic right now and I don’t have a lot of extra brain power to write witty posts.

Ten: While chaotic, life is pretty damn good.  That is all.

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September 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Foreshadowing of Casey Anthony:

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We’ve all heard about the recent Casey Anthony trial–if you haven’t, you obviously live under a rock.  For a quick summary: a woman was accused of killing her daughter and acquitted of the charges, served approximately a week in jail for lying to police and walked away.  There have been discussions about how, even if Casey Anthony went on Oprah and confessed to killing her daughter, she cannot be charged.  This is due to the 5th amendment, better known as “double jeopardy”.  This amendment summarily states that an individual cannot be tried twice for the same crime.  There must be a new offense or new evidence presented in order to call a case back to trial.

Recently, this exact event happened with another murder case.

In 2004, Isaac Turnbaugh of Vermont was acquitted of killing his coworker.  However, Turnbaugh recently contacted the police and confessed to the crime.  Why?  Who knows?  Maybe to clear his conscience.  Maybe to see what the reaction would be.  Maybe as a slap in the face to law enforcement.  Maybe he sat on his end, laughing, as the police searched for a loophole in the 5th amendment.

“He could have turned over a video tape of him committing the murder and it wouldn’t change the fact that double jeopardy is attached,” Vermont attorney general William Sorrel told The Huffington Post. “We had our chance. The jury acquitted him and, just in the same way OJ could confess today to his wife’s murder, it wouldn’t affect what could be done to him.” (www.huffingtonpost.com).

This is one of the biggest holes in the American justice system.  I mean, this isn’t even just a hole; this is a huge, gaping gash of stupidity.  Why, for Pete’s sake, couldn’t the fifth amendment allow a new trial in the case of a proven confession?  Obviously you cannot call a second trial for an offhand comment that could be taken as a confession, but when a murderer fucking calls the cops and confesses, why can’t the case return to trial?  I say this needs to go to legislature for revision, because there are any number of cases when it has failed to serve justice, which, after all, is the goal of the American government.  You would think it would have been fixed a long time ago, but maybe this time it will actually get noticed.  Let’s hope.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/isaac-turnbaugh_n_917477.html?ncid=webmail1

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August 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

California judge removes circumcision ban from ballot

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Recently in California, a group of human rights advocates requested a ballot that would present the option of banning circumcision in newborn males.  The measure would have banned male circumcision, with a potential punishment of a $1000 fine and jail time.  It would not have allowed for religious exemptions.  The bill faced strong resistance, and superior judge Loretta Giorgi had it struck from the ballot, stating that circumcision was “a widely practiced medical procedure”.

The advocates of this group declared circumcision to be a violation of basic human rights and a “mutilation of male genitalia”, and many believe that the judge’s decision to strike it from the ballot without a vote was undemocratic, regardless of what the obvious outcome would have been.  This is understandable, considering the fact that the public is supposed to play a major role in politics, but let’s get real.  That doesn’t always happen, and anyone with an education is well aware of that fact.

Several opposing groups declared that the ballot held a strong element of antisemitism, and argued that it violated the constitutional right to religious tolerance, as guaranteed in the first amendment.  In the aspect that the ballot would not have allowed for religious exceptions, the latter is true.  However, the ballot would apply to all religions, and though Judaism is particularly known for the requirement of circumcision, the ballot does not specify a religion.  Therefore, the ballot itself is not anti-Semitic; rather, only anti-circumcision. However, many advocates of the ballot have taken it to an extreme that includes blatant antisemitism.

Those in favor have even gone so far as to create comic books on the topic.  One such comic is titled “Foreskin Man”, written by Matthew Hess, one of the leaders behind the initiative to ban circumcision.  In the comic, the hero takes on “Monster Mohel,” a black haired, bearded man with bloody scissors, clad in the traditional Jewish Orthodox wide-brimmed hat with a tallis around his neck.  The hero is a retired corporate scientist who now heads the Museum of Genital Integrity, and his heroic deed is to kidnap the baby from Monster Mohel and bring him to a group on in-activists.  They then light a bonfire with all the instruments typically used for circumcision, and the battle is won. When asked if he considered the comic to be anti-Semitic, Hess replied with:

“A lot of people have said that, but we’re not trying to be anti-Semitic.  We’re trying to be pro-human rights.”

Seriously?

The villain wears traditional Jewish Orthodox clothing.  On the table where the circumcision will take place, there is a book with traditional Hebrew writing, and the traditional wine and goblet beside it.  Hess claimed his group to be only liberal, but it is now undeniable that this is a viscous attack against Jews masked behind a liberal name.  See my source (newjewishmedia.com) for screenshots taken from the comic.

So much for religious tolerance.  I thought we got over antisemitism after the Holocaust, but apparently there are still many groups who hold a strong belief in it.  May I point out–and I am not trying to suggest this is what will happen, I am just noticing the similarities–that the Holocaust also began with anti-Jew propaganda?  Just something to think about.

Sources:

http://newjewishmedia.com/2011/06/05/circumcision-ballot-bares-anti-semitism/

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/07/28/circumcision.ban.voting/index.html?iref=obnetwork

Franken’s SNL moment in the senate

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We all know that politics has become a game of propaganda instead of focus on central issues, but the Democrats have reached a new level of desperation.  In what is being affectionately referred to as “Franken’s SNL moment in the Senate,” Al Franken, after explaining that there would be no money to pay for security and military personnel if congress does not pass a bill increasing the debt ceiling, proceeded to unveil a sign that read “Welcome Terrorists” aiming his point at those who believe that congress does not have to raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid an economic disaster (see my sources for pictures of the event).  I didn’t even know how to react, except to say…are you serious?

First of all, it was a low blow to pull a name so offensive as “terrorists”.  Franken referred to it as “black humor”, but it seemed more like a desperate attempt to monopolize the public into supporting his side.  Because of tragedies like 9/11, terrorists have become exceedingly real to American citizens; they’re not just scary men in masks on the other side of the world.  People know the disastrous effect of a terrorist attack, and anything associated with terrorists automatically becomes something people will avoid at all costs.  I have to give Franken credit for his creativity, but there are so many comparisons he could have used to get the same effect, it seems extremely calloused to pull a nickname all of America associates with Osama Bin Laden.

Secondly, I know his goal was to gain support, but all he did was make himself look like a jackass–and a stupid one at that.  It’s like trash talking within public society; the person you complain and bitch about doesn’t look bad because of it, you do.  Franken has achieved nothing other than to bring a negative image upon himself, as many articles say they expected the backdrop to fade and to hear “Welcome to Saturday Night Live!”

So finally, I give Mr. Franken my dearest regards, and ask him to go back to his high school debate team so they can teach him how to act in the world of politics.

Sources:

http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/126262778.html

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July 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Posted in Black humor, Politics