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If you’re reading this and planning on a Memorial Day coupon-crazy day of shopping, pay close attention – this is for you. It’s stated, obnoxiously and aggressively, year after year, that Memorial Day is not simply a holiday intended to allow for cheaper groceries or pool toys for a weekend. It’s meant to honor fallen soldiers who have created, sustained and allowed us to do whatever it is we do today. I shouldn’t need to explain this, but for some ungrateful souls, Memorial Day isn’t important enough to cherish or honor in the fashion it was initially deemed fit.

Though the majority of Americans are familiar with what this day is meant to remember, not enough are familiar with its origin. It’s something to be remembered. You don’t have to be a fan of America. You don’t have to be a fan of diction or literature. You don’t have to be a fan of war efforts or anything military-related. You don’t even have to be a fan of passion or honor. It’s possible to be lifeless and stoic to all things emotion, and still leave General John A Logan’s General Orders No. 11 with a renewed appreciation, and a tear or two. I’m not the aforementioned stoic, but I certainly cried a little. Like a girl. Okay, I cried a lot, like a crazy pregnant woman. Might have been embarrassing if those tears were inspired from anything other than my appreciation for being an American.

It’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day agenda and forget how you got there, wherever there might be. There are so many distractions that take away from the beauty in brevity. It’s everywhere. Next time you’re outside, find an ugly tree. An old, beat up, falling apart, withered tree – doesn’t matter what kind or how tall or small. That tree’s grown in American soil. That tree’s seen bad days and good. It’s seen life sprout, and life’s lost. It’s a simple tree. But it’s here because American soldiers have fought for that very land the tree resides on. Beauty in brevity. We’re all the same as that very tree. I don’t care how tough your life has been or will be. You’re still an American, and that’s better than any empirical gift I can imagine. If you can come up with something better, you’re unappreciative.

That American gift comes by way of an unmentionable amount of soldier’s lives. What if someone asked you to die for them so their family and next handful of generations could continue to live here, what would you say? You’d say no. Who would say yes?

…An American soldier. Millions have said yes, since the 18th century. And we’re still here because of them. Memorial Day isn’t meant to honor the lives of those who have died in wars you’re familiar with, it’s meant to remember the entirety of soldiers who have created the open road you’ve found your life on. Memorial Day’s foundation is as beautiful as the very American ground you’re occupying right this second. On May 5th, 1868, General John A. Logan (who, of course, was a Republican ;]) drafted one of the more simple and elegant pieces of writing I’ve ever read. I’m not bias because of Logan’s political affiliation or because I’m turned on by beautiful construction of words collaborated. Again, I could be soulless and emotionless and still find beauty in this piece. On May 5th, 1868, General Logan writes, in his General Orders No. 11:

“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If our eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief “

You can detect passion through writing. You don’t have to be James Bond to find General Logan’s passion. If you don’t feel that same passion, you’re less American than you think. Being an American doesn’t simply mean you reside here and pay taxes and/or vote sometimes, if a good game isn’t on. Being an American requires a certain amount of respect and remembrance for those who continue to fight, physically and verbally, for your freedom.

May your words and actions do them justice.

If you’re in Michigan, it doesn’t matter – hide or delete everything in it, incriminating or not. Your civil rights don’t matter, your privacy doesn’t matter, and apparently the American Constitution doesn’t matter, either. Michigan police officers have the ability to confiscate your cell phone, whether you’ve done anything wrong or not. They have a device that can pull any and all information from your phone – embarassing texts or pictures to friends, family and the dude or chick you’re sexting, too. They can pull call records, texts, pictures, videos and even have a laugh about the Flock of Seagulls songs you have on your playlist. This, friends, should anger the motherfuck out of you as it does me.

I’m not in Michigan so this doesn’t impact me currently. And luckily, I’m in Arizona, the land of ‘you-have-the-right-to-do-whatever-the-fuck-you-want’ so I won’t have to worry about it anytime soon. Not only will there be suits filed to stop this ridiculousness, but if any state, senate or congress persons want to be elected…ever, this ability for phone extraction will not last. I’m not sure whose idea it was or how it was enacted and put into play, but that person deserves a cock punch with Brock Lesnar’s ginormous fist.

I’m an American and I am passionately disgusted with the “justice” system as it is. This additive not only escalates that disgust, but negates what little spirit of hope I have for the United States as an entity, as a whole. Why did people migrate here? Why do people still migrate here? Freedom, maybe? Liberty? The right to make a life foryourself as you deem fit under the laws and guidelines that allow you to do so? Pretty sure it’s all of the above. What do petty laws like Michigan has enacted do to the aforementioned abilities? They fuck them right in the goddamn face, hard.

Let’s also take a look at the financial impact this creates. Jails ALL over the country are packed, and as I mentioned previously, the justice system is a circular cespool that regurgitates the same people in and out and back in, over and over. This costs both you and I a lot of tax dollars every week, month and year. And going out of your way to find people doing things that every single human being over 16 does – use a cell phone – will only add to the jail problems and cost us more tax dollars. Do you not have anything better to do, Michigan? Is Detroit no longer crime-ridden? I didn’t get that memo. Maybe I would have received it via email if you hadn’t infringed upon the freedoms of technological communications, assfucks.

Like I said, this will probably not catch on and will be put to rest shortly. There are a handful of ogranizations already looking into suits against Michigan. I would absolutely love to be pulled over at random, not for driving illegally or doing anything wrong, and have an office demand my cell phone. I’m all about protecting my American freedoms and within that comes a respect for the law and officers keeping it. KEEPING it. But, if this should happen to me, said officer would have a face full of you-just-got-fucked-in-the-face-by-my-fist. And I’m completely okay with going to jail for said actions. If you have the right to infringe upon my civil rights, I reserve the right to infringe upon the connectivity of your face.

http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/story.aspx?id=608085

Just kidding. You thought this was going to be a post bitching about Congress, didn’t you? It isn’t. In fact, it’s the opposite. If that bothers you, fist a goat.

Yesterday the Federal shutdown was avoided with a deal negotiated a couple hours before ‘the end.’ Awesome, right? Two sides argued their stances, continued to stick to their guns, not giving way to the other, and finally reached a qasi-happy medium before there was no option to negotiate left. Yet still, all I continue to read and hear about is how shitty Congress is and questions regarding their pay.

Jesus. Christ.

Not only was a government shutdown avoided, which you should be ecstatic about, but the happy medium was one that I feel both liberals and conservatives can feel somewhat okay about. Neither side got exactly what they wanted, but neither gave up all of their packaging or programs, either. I’d say that, given the circumstances, that’s something that should be appreciated to some degree, at least for now. But no, not in America. We’re still going to bitch and moan about how long it took and how much Congresspersons get paid and how embarrassing this has been for America. All of these things might be issues that will arise again, but if you’re focusing on anything other than a Federal shutdown aversion, you’re confused to begin with.

This post isn’t about the specifics of the deal struck. This post is about taking accountability and responsibility for YOURSELF. If I read one more article about how the possible shutdown was the fault of the democrats or republicans, or who should be blamed most, I will punch a baby kitten right in the damn face. It wasn’t one or the other’s fault, it was yours. All of you. Unless you didn’t vote, then you shouldn’t be reading this anyway. But if you voted, left, middle or right, your Congressperson who could not do whatever job you wanted them to do was in that position because YOU put them there. Congress isn’t a new thing, either. It isn’t like you haven’t had a couple hundred years to research budget proposals and bills attempting to be passed by either side, and how they might impact you. If you don’t like the job Congress has done, fix it. Stop voting in the same Congressperson term after term after term. Being angry at them is like being mad at a shitty movie you paid for at the movie theater. Sure, it might have sucked, and you might be irritated that you chose to see it and spent money on it, but neither of those things are the movie’s fault. You picked it.

Grow up, America.

Urbandictionary.com, look it up if you’re unfamiliar.

The upcoming November elections are already disappointing me, and we’ve barely started adding new ballot measures. I live in Arizona, so we’re going to discuss Arizona. If you don’t, pay attention anyway, I’ll learn you some things. And stuff.

Who’s familiar with Proposition 301 or 302? Anyone? Of course not. Who WAS familiar with Proposition 100? No one? But you voted YES for it anyway? If you did, you should be raped by a dinosaur. Yeah, I said it. And I’m not taking it back, either.

Proposition 100 raised Arizona’s sales tax 1%. Wait, jokes. It was SUPPOSED to be 1%, and only for a three year period.

Supposed. To. Be.

Regardless, those monies accrued were supposed to balance Arizona’s budget and negate any need to cut education expenses. Did any of you idiots who voted YES check to see what percentage of those monies went to education? Did any of you idiots bother looking into other measures that could have been taken to AVOID the 1% sales tax increase? Of course not, you’re inept and lazy. With that said, guess what else you idiots have caused…Proposition 301 and Proposition 302. Proposition 100 apparently did nothing for balancing Arizona’s budget, and both measures are “needed” to, again, keep from having to cut education costs.

Let’s recap. Voting for Proposition 100 did absolutely fucking nothing for helping or sustaining education. In fact, it facefucked it even harder, inspiring these two new aforementioned Propositions. What do these Propositions entail? Let’s explore.

Proposition 301 plans to sweep funds that would otherwise go toward the Land Conservation Fund. The measure would add around $20 million per year to balance the deficit, but only until 2011. The Land Conservation Funds is set for purchasing and protecting of state land, and what’s most ironic about this, is that the profits go toward public education…for Arizona. The same Arizona education that was supposed to have been fixed with Proposition 100. Fucking idiots. I’ll spell this out for you again in plain English, since you idiots clearly didn’t get it the first time around – Proposition 100 did nothing but raise sales tax amounts for the next….forever. Also, it caused ANOTHER Proposition to sprout up that would, again, take more money away from Arizona’s education expenses. You should feel great about that YES vote on Proposition 100, champs. ;]

Proposition 302 is even worse yet. This measure would take an estimated $345 million from….wait for it….early childhood education (Early Childhood Health and Development Board Fund), and put the monies toward Arizona’s budget deficit. If this passes, I will personally find and beat the shit out of every last one of you who votes yes. Test me. I understand that the budget needs to be fixed as there is a huge deficit. I understand that the money needs to come from somewhere and does not appear magically from a money tree. I also understand that Arizona’s education is the absolute lowest ranked in the entire fucking country. To continue taking money from education costs is absolutely fucking ridiculous. Do not pardon my fucking French, I don’t care if it bothers you. Few things make me as upset as this (wait, that’s a lie, everything bothers me). I don’t care where you have to take the money from to fix the deficit, but it will NOT continue coming out of education expenses. And especially after the idiot proponents of Proposition 100 bid and plead that Arizona’s education system would benefit and NOT need to cut anymore expenses, if approved. It was approved. And you’re still attempting to cut education funds. Fuck you idiots. You tell the kids you’re taking the monies from that their education will lack because you’re an inept, lazy, unresourceful pile of shitfuck.

See:
http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/publications-reports/2010-proposition-301-sweeping-the-land-conservation-fund

http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/publications-reports/2010-proposition-302-sweeping-the-early-childhood-health-and-development-board-fund-first-things-first

With all of the recent immigration issues such as SB1070 and the possibility of Jus soli being negated and the 14th Amendment altered, I feel that there are things being overlooked, from both sides of the debates. For the remainder of this blog entry, forget whateverthefuck is going on politically.

Forget Arizona’s attempt to correct what the federal government and President Obama would not. Forget that BP has scurried away from taking responsibility for the oil leak in the Gulf. Forget that Russell Pearce and Lindsey Graham, amongst others, are trying to alter the 14th Amendment and take away Jus soli for babies born to illegal immigrants. Forget that you have a myriad of credit card debt that is killing you financially. Forget that cities and states are cutting education funds to go toward less necessary shit. Forget that your banks just took billions and billions of dollars while hiking UP your interest rates afterward. Forget that your block has more than 5 foreclosures on it. Forget that Tiger Woods is a whore. Forget about whatever other sex scandal is flourishing in the news today. Forget that jobs in your area are scarce and that you cannot find one. Forget about whatever new diet ‘fad’ you’re trying to get into. Forget that your husband or spouse is cheating on you. Forget that life isn’t fair. Fuck all of the aforementioned, and let’s revisit the basics. Or, in this case, THE basic, singular.

You are an American. What does that mean to you? What is that supposed to mean to you? What does it mean to other people? What do other people want it to mean? Again, fuck all of that, because I’m going to tell you what it means to be an American, in the most grammatically incorrect run-on form of all time:

I’m an American- with my faults, with my glories, with my remembrances of war stories my grandpa or great grandpa told me, with my pictures from the “olden days,” with my multicultural background, with my bilingual speaking tongue, with my appreciation for cultures and foods other than my own, with my pride, with my excessive ego, with my hard earned U.S dollar bill, with my education that is far superior to any other nation’s, with my personal taste in music, with my personal sexual preference, with my own thoughts, with my own mind, with my own decisions, with my own children, with my own stories, with my freedom, with my liberty, with my freedom to choose what religion my family and I will be, with my freedom to birth as many children as I want, with my freedom to give up or abort my children, with my pursuit of happiness, with my pursuit of liberty in whatever form I may find appealing, with my right to bear arms…openly, with my right to a fair trial, with my right to enlist in the United States military, with my right to eat what I please, when I please, where I please, and with whom I please; with my own style of dress, with my tramp stamp tattoo, with my ridiculous tribal tattoo, with my vernacular and diction, with my collection of fine arts, with my collection of band tees, with my collection of beer bottles, with my collection of records, with my collection of baseball cards I’ve accumulated since I was a child, with my ability to enjoy a hotdog at a baseball game…for $12, with the freedom to drive whatever car I can afford, with my freedom to pursue financial freedom, with my dog named Jack, with my out of control stress level, with my out of control quirkiness, with my out of control hair, with my out of control smoking habit, with my out of control family-in-law, with my out of control political views which I have the freedom to broadcast, with my cowboy hat and country music, with my fishing pole and tackle box, with my space on a quiet river in Montana, with my naked pictures on the internet you weren’t supposed to see, with my overbearing family, with my overbearing husband, with my overbearing wife, with my obnoxious kids, with my amazing kids, with my stand up comedy, with my beat up jeans, with my Ford cars, with my New York City visits, with my Hawaii vacations, with my 4am hockey practices in -10 degree weather, with my snowboard, with my skateboard, with my tv and all the inane daytime drama I could ever imagine, with my social security monies, with my unemployment monies, with my shitty salary, with my six-figure salary, with my Chinese food, with my Taco Bell Mexican food, with my WalMart, with my Declaration of Independence, with my Constitution and its Amendments, with MY Bill of Rights, with my judicial system, with my justice system, with the lacking justice system, with my right to dissent or disagree with whatever and whomever i may choose, with my passion, with my drive, with my burning sensation inside telling me to BE and DO rather than watch, with my freedom of speech, with my right to work, with my right to earn a living, with my right to choose my spouse…for better or worse, with my right to get rid of that spouse…who ended up for the worst, with my WWII memories, with my triumph over the British, French, Vietnamese, Russian, German, Japanese and soon to be Mexican…fuck all of you. With my right to visit Pearl Harbor, with my right to appreciate fallen soldiers, with my right to cry for those who have allowed me to be what I am today, with my right to fight for the AMERICAN freedom for others, with my right to fight for my family, with my right to fight for my country, with my right to accept my American government with its faults and horrible policy I may not always agree with, with my right to high five a congressperson on a job well done when earned, with my right to become and remain an American citizen, with my right to carry and honor my American flag with me always, with my right to cry during the singing of the National Anthem or America the Beautiful without being mocked by others, with my right to shiver at the sight of fireworks on the 4th of July, with my right to be. Me. An American citizen.

Whether you are for SB1070 or not, whether you are in agreement with Russell Pearce and Lindsay graham or not, one thing is certain- every last fucking one of the items listed above is worth fighting for, and earning. Tell me I’m wrong and I will verbally, physically and mentally punch you in the fucking mouth. To keep access to all of the aforementioned, I will fight in my country’s honor in whatever way it deems necessary. I’m not a soldier. I’m not in the military. But I’m a fucking American and these are the freedoms and rights I live for every single day. If someone told me I was going to have to fight a tough and lengthy battle to gain access to all of these things, I would do whatever it took without thinking twice. Why is it not the same for the rest of you? And if it is, high five. I applaud you.

For those of you who believe these things should be given to you simply because you’ve asked for them or because you are a human being…fuck yourself, and get the fuck out of my country.

After Judge Susan Bolton’s partial injunction ruling Wednesday, opponents of SB1070 had basically gotten what they wanted. The injunction negates the ability for police officers to A) automatically check immigration status, and B) require citizenship status papers to be on your person at all times. The only thing SB1070 has done is attempt to stop the exploitation of illegal immigrant workers on street corners.

Today, AFTER the injunction, downtown Phoenix was swarmed with protestors who are still bitching and moaning about SB1070, fighting for…their rights? Or something? I’m not sure, actually. And I’m not sure they are, either. At first, when I heard that there were protestors downtown, I automatically assumed that they’d be protestors in defense of SB1070, protesting against Judge Bolton’s ruling.

…Nope.

The protestors are the same protestors, mainly Hispanic, still bitching about their rights as American citizens. Well, wait a minute. If you’re an American citizen, of Hispanic descent or not, you’re fine and this does not apply to you. It isn’t about citizenship. It’s about the lack of. The title, illegal immigrant, sums it up. Most of us here are immigrants, of the legal variety. For those who are not, of course you’re worried. Illegal is illegal, no matter what country or state you’re in. If I go to Canada, as a non-Canadian citizen, and bitch and moan about my lack of rights…obviously I’m not going to get anywhere as it’s not my place to say, one way or another.

Some of the signs, as you may see in the article and pictures posted in this entry, are proclaiming ridiculous things like, “Stop Separations of Families!” Ok, idiots. I feel like we’ve covered this before. But if you’re an illegal alien, you’re going to have to suffer the punishment. Whether that’s being deported, or going to jail, you’re going to be separated from your family. That’s your own fault. Again, we’ll use Canada as an example. If I go to Canada with my family, and cross the border illegally and I’m arrested for doing so, I will be taken from my family and it will be my own damn fault. When you make a decision to do something illegal, whateverthefuck the reasoning for doing so is, you get to suffer the punishments. They are your own fault.

I’m all for a valid argument from either side. If you argue intelligently and coherently and understands what you’re arguing…more power to you, whether I agree or not. But to argue something that has not only already been decided on, in YOUR favor, but that doesn’t make sense in the first goddamn place…you should be punched in the mouth, verbally and physically.

The issue is going to be a long and drawn out one- there will be appeals, and potentially a Supreme Court hearing. Until then, shut the fuck up. Honestly. If someone were to ask any of the hundreds of idiots in downtown Phoenix protesting today, why they’re protesting, I promise that half wouldn’t have an answer, and the other half would state something to the effect of “we’re fighting for our rights!”

Er, what rights? Do you know what an injunction is? Can you read? And if not, has someone translated to you in Spanish what judge Bolton’s ruling means?

I’m all for SB1070, and I’m all for seeing judge Bolton’s decision appealed as I don’t agree with her argument and reasoning for ruling against the status check or requirement for carrying papers. Her ruling, essentially, was due to the inconvenience that it may cause for persons being checked, and the federal government, as it might overstep their pre-existing agenda. Yeah, what? The partial injunction was not due to the racially prejudice attempts at catching illegal immigrants, it was ruled so because of the inconveniences caused on these potential illegal immigrants. How fucking far out of whack are your priorities, Susan Bolton? Twit.

The actual argument AGAINST SB1070 is invalid. The deeper issue and cause for a lot of the immigration problems is the process and time necessary to get a green card, visa, or American citizenship. The office that handles such is years and years backed up. This is obviously a problem. Fuck amnesty and fuck SB1070. Work on making the process for becoming a LEGAL citizen more expedited, and decrease a lot of these issues over time…two birds, one stone. I’m no genius, but that makes a lot more sense to me than going through this same cyclical bullshit.

And seriously, protestors, go home. I’m embarrassed for you. Do you not understand how stupid you look, protesting a cause that you’ve technically won? Why are you still there? Do you know? You should all be slapped. With an American flag.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/07/29/20100729arizona-immigration-law-protest-0729.html

The other day, a few months ago, I was sitting in the waiting area of a Great Clips (classy, I know) waiting to get my hair cut. In the waiting area was an older gentleman who looked like a white collar, my-shit-smells-like-roses kind of guy. He was older- probably in his 60s or 70s- and was discussing Arizona’s recently enacted immigration act with a friend. Being the nosy and politically inclined person I am, I listened in on their conversation. I’m not sure how I remained seated with my mouth shut during the conversation as the conversation itself was…something short of intelligent. And by that I mean, the guy was a fucking idiot. Let’s explore the what and why, shall we?

One of the immigration act’s opponent views says that it is racially bias and implements prejudice and racial profiling. The older gentleman in the waiting area had a similar view. He stated, in short, that he feels the law itself is too harsh and implements racial prejudice into the police officer’s duties. However, the gentleman thought that, though immigration does need reform, that the current law would keep out or lessen Arizona’s Mexican workers who, and I quote, “do the grunt jobs us Anglo-Saxon Americans can’t stand to or don’t want to do.”

…Um, hm. Wait a minute.

To sum up the gentleman’s view, he felt like any law implementing racial prejudice should NOT be tolerated! But, also, that he shouldn’t have to do grunt work and that white people need Mexicans to do the shit jobs because they’re tough and/or…shitty.

Now I am all for SB1070, let’s not get confused. But, if you’re going to argue either side, or even so much as have an opinion about it…do it intelligently withOUT your head stuffed up your own asshole, as the gentleman in the Great Clips waiting area had done per above discussion. Had his head NOT been shoved up his own asshole, he might have been intelligent enough to understand that his later statement was, in itself, racially prejudice. And worse, if he was aware, he spouted out his opinion like it was valid and true and in a voice that said, “I am the white American voice, I shall speak up for all of you!”

…Yeah, no, stupid. Senior citizen or not, the dude should have been punched in the mouth, verbally and/or physically.

So what can we learn from this lesson, kids? It’s simple, ready? Do not broadcast your stupidity openly if you have no idea what the shitfuck you’re talking about.

The end.

Though this cartoon is comical, it does hold a certain level of serious reality. It’s no secret that Arizona’s stance on immigration is being questioned by many, including several states who are boycotting Arizona as a whole. Though I feel it’s ridiculous -especially considering that most of these states have no direct attachment or involvement with Arizona to begin with- these states are arguing issues relevant to the United States and are not siding with other countries. President Obama, regarding Arizona’s immigration stance, has sided with Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, in insisting that the law be repealed and/or changed. If this were an American state in cahoots with Obama, it would be one thing. But our American president has sided with a nation we currently have issue with, and against one of the United States- that is absolutely disgusting to me. That negates the very fabric these United States are woven together with- in fact, in undermines the very title under which we live— United. States. Are they united?

While watching the Suns vs. Lakers game tonight, I saw a commercial for a news clip focused on a debate about yet another border issue. Currently, the US military patrols borders with an unmanned aircraft called a UAV Predator. It records video and provides surveillance to our military to assist with keeping illegal immigrants from coming across the US border. The newscast is apparently to debate whether or not this is an overstepping of legal or constitutional rights.

…Seriously, you idiots need to find more productivity with your time.

First, it records with a specific purpose…if it has you in its sights, it’s most likely because you are attempting to cross the US border, whether from the Mexico or US side. Doesn’t matter. Point is, it’s not video taping your attempts at amateur porn you and your significant other partake in with your windows open…on purpose. It’s not videotaping your pin number while at the ATM. It’s not watching you waste company time while playing internet games or shopping eBay. It’s keeping the US border safe- it’s simply an efficient way to do so, and happens to record video as it does so to maintain efficiency. Who would have a problem with that? Those on the other side trying to get across? Why would they have a problem with it? Because it’s another measure keeping them on the other side?

The newscast hasn’t aired yet, so I don’t know what their actual reasoning for bitching and moaning is. But either way, it will be invalid. If they’re arguing that it oversteps civil rights….wrong. You have no civil rights as a non-US citizen, attempting to illegally cross the US border. If their argument is that it oversteps privacy…it definitely does, and is its entire point. If their privacy in this matter was kept private, they would be getting across the US border, illegally, without anything keeping them from doing so.

I’m all for civil rights and privacy. I am completely and entirely against all things related to the Patriot Act. I do not feel that Guantanamo Bay was handled correctly. I do not believe in bending the law to assure our national security. But, all of these creative arguments regarding problems with immigration and border problems…are goddamn invalid. Stop your whining. The recent bill simply enforces a law that has been in place for years…why weren’t all of you who are complaining now, complaining years ago? And for all of you complaining about the UAV Predator being “too much,” why? Because it does what the border is supposed to do? Do you have a problem with the actual US/Mexico border itself? And if not, why? Come up with a valid reason for why you do NOT have a problem with the actual border itself, and let me have it. Ready….GO!

Again, point is, stop being stupid.

Yesterday, Arizonans voted on Prop 100 to decide whether or not to increase Arizona’s sales tax by 1% for a three year period to go toward schools and the education system. Joke. The bill is a joke. If you voted “Yes,” punch yourself in the eye socket, and ask yourself why. You’re likely unsure, so let me go ahead and tell you why you did, and why it was stupid.

The local controversy over the proposed bill had escalated tenfold recently, as proponents and opponents argued their yes’ and no’s and their reason for each. The state of Arizona’s educational system is ranked 49th of 50. Basically, if Arizona is able to pass a student that is able to spell his or her own name before the summation of their 12th grade, it is considered a success. Clearly, money and efficiency needs to be dedicated to fixing this problem, and Prop 100 was supposed to be the bill to do so. However, there are a handful of problems with this…let’s explore:

1) In this economic state, why….WHY are we raising taxes on things we are already not able to afford?

2) Of the monies to be accumulated from this proposal over the next 3 years, what percentage actually goes toward the education system? And exactly where to? And what mandates are there for this, assuring that the money does in fact go toward boosting Arizona’s educational system? I’ll give you a hint…100% of the monies do not go toward improving education. If you’re unaware of the percentage, research it. And pretend not to be angry afterward.

3) A similar proposal was presented in 2001, Prop 301. It passed, and the sales tax increased from 5% to 5.6%, of which the monies were supposed to improve Arizona’s educational system. Clearly, that failed. And worse, the sales tax never went back down, and has since only increased, while STILL not improving the educational system even remotely. What’s it called when you continue to repeat fallacies? Insanity? Incompetency? Ineptitude?

4) Since the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, both sides of this issues do NOT have to be stated and the populus does not have to be informed. This is where we failed. The only thing that the majority of the public was presented with, was that “Prop 100 would help Arizona’s educational system!” Well, no, no it wouldn’t…but no one presented the reasons why it wouldn’t. It didn’t need to be.

This excerpt was taken from AZCentral.com:

“Proposition 100 won’t solve the budget crisis that has hit Arizona schools. It’s a three-year tax expected to generate about $3 billion, some of which would be appropriated for education. But it might be enough of an economic boost to save some sports programs” (Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/preps/articles/2010/03/25/20100325proposition-100-arizona-high-school-sports.html#ixzz0oOWPju3J).

Why in the Jesus Christ is anyone emphasizing school sports as a major factor in this, one way or another?! The fact that it’s even mentioned boils my blood, as it should yours. Again, to reiterate, Arizona’s students are borderline retarded, and we’re focusing monies, in a recession, on school sports? I’m a huge sports fan….HUGE fan, but even I can’t validate something this ridiculous. If the bill is passed, the money needs to be spent toward EDUCATION, and it needs to be mandated, with specific allottments to specific areas. And these areas do NOT need to include school sports, arts, music and excessive extracurricular activities. Though I agree that they’re important, they are not important enough to waste more money on while leaving education on the back burner. My 1% says that young minds are far more important. It also says that since this did not work previously, the efficiency of those disbursing the funds have failed, and will most likely fail again as there is nothing assuring that they won’t. Each one of you who voted “Yes” have failed x1%. And not only have you given away a portion of Arizona’s hard-earned money, but you’ve, again, failed your children and the educational system in which they…excel.