Friday, May 28, 2010

A Man Without A Country

I just finished this superb book by Kurt Vonnegut, which I recommend to everyone (which is no one since no one actually reads this blog but myself), and I just had to copy some quotes from his short stories here that really get me thinking:

"Our government is conducting a war on drugs, is it? Let them go after petroleum. Talk about a destructive high! You put some of this stuff in your car and you can go a hundred miles an hour, run over the neighbor's dog, and tear the atmosphere to smithereens. Hey, as long as we are stuck with being homo sapiens, why mess around? Let's wreck the whole joint. Anybody got an atomic bomb? Who doesn't have an atomic bomb nowadays?"

"Socialism is no more an evil word than Christianity. Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women and children are created equal, and shalt not starve."

"When you got here, even when I got here, the industrialized world was already hopelessly hooked on fossil fuels, and very soon now there won't be any left. Cold turkey."

"And we have contraptions like computers that cheat you out of becoming. Bill Gates says, 'Wait till you see what your computer can become.' But it's you who should be doing the becoming, not the damn fool computer. What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do."

"How beautiful it is to get up and go out and do something. We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you any different."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Illegals

I just read this awful blog post on Boston.com about the illegal immigration in the US. I disagreed with the author on may levels, but I found most of my thoughts summed up by the various comments left on the post. So, I decided to take some of my favorites and copy them here:

FIRST OF ALL: "The law simply says Federal law which has stood for decades is now also an enforceable Arizona law. Federal law already requires aliens (non-citizens) to register and carry their documents with them. The law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime. There are no directives for racial profiling. The law specifically states that police, “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” when implementing SB 1070."

"Americans are sick of our government and its oh-so-predictable lap-dog media for endlessly taking the side of foreign lawbreakers against the legal, taxpaying citizens who pay for it all."

"[Illegals] contributions to Social Security at last count added up to the difference between what the system currently receives in payroll taxes and what it doles out in pension benefits! (Thanks guys!)"
"Great point! You also forgot to add, undocumented immigrants murder an estimated 9 thousand Americans each year also! Saves money also, since the murdered will never collect Social Security. Thanks guys!"

"The public interest group FAIR put the price tag in Arizona alone at $2.7 billion to pay for health care, education, and incarceration for illegals."

"And if they do so much for this country, maybe they should have to sign up for the draft like I did."


And in her article, the author mentions that it should be unjust for police to racially profile someone because they have "brown-colored skin" - however, that is racist to assume that all "brown-colored" people are illegals. How about the countless Asians that come into America illegally? Or what about Europeans? Just because someone is white doesn't mean they can't be an illegal citizen.

If I were in Arizona and a cop came up to me requesting to see my papers, I would proudly show them (and be a little excited that he thought I was a foreigner/European) and walk away. If that is the want of the American/Arizona people, then who am I to begrudge them?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Victory Korea

I'm never big into soccer, but Super Junior will be part of a World Cup song for South Korea I take it? The teaser was released and it seems rather entertaining.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh Hi, Ohio!

Just came back from an Ohio roadtrip with Courtney and Cade. We rode the coasters at Cedar Point, and I'm not sure how I survived them...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Terror Risen?

There is some new terrorism bill that is being created apparently, that would strip naturalized Americans of their citizenship if they are found to have aided a foreign terrorist organization. I love it. Totally support that. About time the US took a proactive stance on defense for once.

Update on the Inspiration

Inspirational Women's List:
- Amelia Earhart
- Catherine the Great
- Alicia Keys
- Lady Gaga
- Precious (from the film)
- Taylor Swift
- Natalie Portman
- Fergie
- Anne Frank
- Sarah Palin
- Queen Isabella
- Princess Peach
- Marie Antoinette
- Regina George (Mean Girls)
- Holly J. (Degrassi)
- Eva Green