Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Conservative Side: Guns

This entry starts what I hope to be a multiple part series on political and sociopolitical issues that I claim to be a conservative. Believe it or not, there are a few issues that I am considered a conservative on. I realize I haven't blogged about this, hence the following series:

The Conservative Side


Guns

The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States states that we the people have the right to bear arms; the righ
t to gun ownership. After watching the Constitution recently get torn by the Bush administration (more on that later) I started looking into what the Constitution is. The Constitution was basically what our country was built on and any law that is signed by any president that defiles the Constitution, that breaks the Constitution, demeans the general philosophy of what this country is supposed to be: free.

And just to clear things up, when I say "free" I mean the right to do whatever you want within the confines of the law. Laws are made to maintain order, but there is a line between maintaining order and controlling the masses. The Constitution is that line.

One of the many major arguing points against allowing the public to own weaponry is the link between domestic violence and gun ownership. Arthur Kellermann did a series of studies which linked higher homicide rates in homes with guns than without guns. My rebuttal to that is, the studies don't focus on gun ownership. They focus on domestic violence and homicide where a gun was present in the home. They don't state that a gun was used in these same cases of homicide and violence.


Reading back I just typed, I realize I'm sounding more like a libertarian and conservative. I won't let that ruin the series though.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Blind

Truer words have not been typed in a long time:

We are indeed blessed with many choices, for so many things. Thirty one flavors of ice cream, hundreds of television channels, and thousands of DVDs to choose from.

All of which are designed to blind us to the brutal manner in which we're being fucked by the five hundred biggest conglomerates in the country, the two political parties that run the country, and the upper one percent that owns the country.

Go on. Write your congressman. Call your senator. Ask nicely and maybe they'll use lube.

- Cophet, a Reddit user

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Bush Administration Is Trying To Get Into Your Pants

If you haven't been keeping up with the news that most of the mainstream media isn't reporting on, you'll find that the Bush administration is attempting to define contraception as a form of abortion.

As an advocate of safe-sex methods, I'm pissed. Should this go through, it'll severely affect how women obtain birth control. This is clearly bible-knocking conservative shit once again spewing from the current administration.

What's the matter, Bush? Why don't you just overturn Roe v. Wade and get it over with. I'm sure our spineless congress will be happy to oblige...

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Iran launched even MORE missiles today...


Courtesy of Reddit
Explaination

Sunday, July 6, 2008

It's fun to stay at the...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Patriotism

If someone came up to me and asked me something along the lines of "Hey, where's your American pride? Where's your flag pin, and red, white and blue colors? You're no American, how are you a patriot?" I'd give him a simple answer:

"I'm still here."

Failing economy, weak dollar, subprime mortgage crisis, stretched military, lame duck president, rising gas prices, the "War on Terror", the "War on Drugs", the American Incarceration Machine, and the ignorance of our government as a whole.

As of today, I consider anyone who still lives here an American; a patriot.

Happy Independence Day.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Weight Watcher IV

It's been a while since I've given an update on my recent weight loss plan. Unfortunately, it hasn't been going as good as I hoped. Below is a graph of my waistline, which I've realized is a much better indicator of how my fat-loss plan is going because my weight also incorporates muscle.



As you can see there is a spike in my waistline starting around the beginning of June. The dip in this graph occurs sometime in mid May, during which my weight hit a low record of 174. Once you put two and two together this graph clearly shows that I did lose some sort of fat, however, I did gain it back recently. What's interesting though is that my weight has stayed basically the same over the last month regardless of any fat loss, which makes me wonder if I've also lost muscle mass.
Since the diet plan that I mentioned in the last installment of Weight Watcher isn't going as well as I planned, I've started a new exercise program. I will be making this a daily goal: walk 10,000 steps. You may have already seen the new box at the top right of this page. So far, my first day at this hasn't been such a success. I've only accumulated a little under 4000 steps according to my pedometer, but tomorrow I'll be out on Long Island and I hope to be very active.

In my last entry I mentioned a back problem. Call it a false alarm. It seems my back has gotten better, and I'm assuming this was a muscle strain and not a herniated disc. A very bad muscle sprain actually. Just recently, this has gotten better after sleeping in a different position: on your side with a pillow between your legs. If your back bothers you, I highly recommend this sleeping position.

Enjoy the long weekend!