4 American hostages killed by Somali pirates – World news – Africa – Somalia – msnbc.com


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Four Americans captured by Somali pirates while sailing in the Indian Ocean have been shot and killed, NBC News reported Tuesday.

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Wow. What a crappy headline I woke up to this morning. This is a pretty short blog really. I just wanted to express my outrage over this and my hope that the American Government does whatever they need to do to kill all theses bastards. Lay waste to them all. Please make it just like the South Park episode and snipe them all. Only shoot them in the knees and let them slowly bleed to death. Please.

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Let’s say, “That’s so gay”


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Ok, so you have probably seen the PSA about not saying “That’s gay” or “that’s so gay”. They are right on about how we should stop using it in such a negative way and that it only builds more negative feelings.

Let me present a quick thought to you.

If you Google define:gay you get

  • cheery: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; “a cheery hello”; “a gay sunny room”; “a sunny smile”
  • full of or showing high-spirited merriment; “when hearts were young and gay”; “a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company”- Wordsworth; “the jolly crowd at the reunion”; “jolly old Saint Nick”; “a jovial old gentleman”; “have a merry Christmas“; “peals of merry laughter”; “a mirthful …
  • given to social pleasures often including dissipation; “led a gay Bohemian life”; “a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies”
  • brave: brightly colored and showy; “girls decked out in brave new dresses”; “brave banners flying”; “`braw’ is a Scottish word”; “a dress a bit too gay for her years”; “birds with gay plumage”
  • offering fun and gaiety; “a festive (or festal) occasion”; “gay and exciting night life”; “a merry evening”
  • wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Now I ask you, is that a bad definition? No it is not. Instead of trying to ignore the word, and yet still have it be negative lets take the word back. Let’s go back to the original definition and make it a good word again.

Let’s say things are “so gay” and let’s do it with a smile, and realize that it is not a bad thing!

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Bruno, great follow up to Borat or epic waste of time?


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Let me get to the point right away. EPIC WASTE OF TIME. Not because I’m offended by it or I expected a classy movie and it was a let down. But because it was just NOT funny. One time in the entire thing I laughed out loud. At the straight mike mma fight. Other than that it was ridiculous. He took the concept of Borat and tried too hard. It is not cause its so gay, or cause you see his dick. It is just not funny. Being crass and ridiculous is not funny. It was so over the top it was annoying and pointless. Had he toned it down made it believable despite being so far fetched like Borat was it could have been great. But just like his VMA stunt with Eminem it was a let down. Had the stunt and Em‘s reaction been real, funny. Staged and planned? Not funny at all. The element of believability was what made Borat so good. The movie is a huge waste of time. In fact like I said so much so it’s an epic waster of time. I watched the entire thing for two reasons. One I was literally had nothing else to do but stare at a wall and two I wanted to see it through so my review was fair. Don’t bother. Don’t waste your time or money. Did you like it? I can’t imagine so but if you did please comment in the blog and tell me why. I’d really like to know

Modern tech God’s gift or the Devil’s curse?


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Look at your day. Your week. Your month. Are you doing everything you want to do? Are you prepared? Ready for what comes up? Or do you lament what you did not accomplish. Fine your day over right after it started and always running around last-minute. I’ll bet its the 2nd part. What is it that causes your days to in this way? When I slack and look at it I find the culprit to be my computer. Not just Facebook or other social sites. But the net in general. I can find a million sites to catch up on. Blogs i read. Tech reviews, news articles, and yes I admit sometimes even just pics of celebs. Yeah i know. I hate myself too. 🙂 so take a stand. Whatever you demon is. Be it the net, the tv, sleeping in, we each have our own. Turn the tv/computer off, put the alarm across the room so you can’t hit snooze. Do whatever it takes. Our advances have gives us better ways to stay in touch. Made it quicker and easier. Given up so many tools. But than at the same time we let it drag us down and in a way destroy us. Make the most of you tech and your day. Don’t let life run you over instead get charged up and rape it like your Tyson that first day in jail. You run the show, not your phone, or computer or tv.

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Selfish VS selfless, which one will you let win?


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Selfish VS selfless. It is the key to every relationship. Not just with your wife, g/f or friends. Also with work and anyone who you interact with. It is deeper than just those you see all the time as well. Even on the level of an individual person who you will never see again how you treat that interaction determines a lot of how the rest of your day may go.

Being selfless is hard. As humans we naturally tend to want everyone else to do things our way. If we do it a certain way than it must be the best way to go about it. Isn’t it? And this does not even mean that other people are wrong. But when they don’t accomplish goals and tasks the same we do, or would we can become upset.

On a simpler level is our day-to-day interaction with everyone in our sphere of influence. From the driver who wants to change lanes, the lines of traffic merging together leaving a sporting event or the person who you serve at work the level of selfishness we exert is going to have a big effect on our outlook, and attitude. It’s the whole butterfly effect idea. Hopefully when you slow down a bit to let someone in they will do the same and overall the traffic keeps moving (albeit at a reduced pace) instead of becoming stop and go. But being nice to people we won’t see again is almost the easiest thing to do. You won’t see them again. If they slight you it is much easier to brush off.

It’s the long-term relationships where it is so hard to accomplish the goal of selflessness. In family, wife/husband/girl friend/boy friend, co-workers. That is the real challenge in life. It is easy at the start. But than with time we build up resentment. We get butt hurt when we don’t get that same selflessness back. But that’s the real kicker isn’t it? Because at that moment we have switched from being selfless to being selfish. We don’t mean to. We don’t want to, and I think it causes the most problems.

I thought about this a lot last night, and today while working out. I don’t have a perfect answer. It maybe that there just simply is not one. We each must struggle every day to maintain that level of selflessness. Often times this means not saying what we think. The whole concept of being honest has been twisted into an excuse by people to just be an ass. “I’m not being mean. I’m being honest.” they claim in righteous indignation. Well some times, no often times in a relationship you have to judge things and then simple SHUT THE FUCK UP! Not everything needs to be said. Not everything needs to be done your way. Certainly there is a line in the sand that each person must draw for themselves. I am in no way saying we should all be walking doormats for each other. That is never the case. If someone is mistreating you walk away. Run away. No one has the right to mistreat others or should have to be mistreated. But in life, you have to be able to look at the bigger picture and try to see it all put together. Not just the moment you are in. That or go live in a cave by yourself and be a true hermit.

Our government would be a lot better if instead of just saying “it’s for the children” and other mantras of selflessness they actually practiced it.

Our personal lives would be better and so would our professional lives. Change does not happen overnight. But it does not happen by becoming what you want to change either. You have to stand up even if no one but you knows and take action to improve your life and the lives of those around you. Put your own desires aside, think of others. If all of us can do this, even just a bit, and have the goal in mind of always doing it you would see a much different picture each day. It can truly be accomplished without giving up what makes you “you”. It can be done without sacrificing the things you hold dear. True acceptance of others is hard to do but the rewards are great.

Gay marriage. It’s about time we get over it.


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Gay marriage. Once again for the millionth time it’s in the news. But why? Aren’t we over this by now?
Lets look at the arguments.
1. Marriage is sacred. Really? Come on, with all the reality shows where straight people get married, the divorce rate and all those things the idea that heterosexual marriage is sacred and it somehow disgraces it is ridiculous.
2. God is not for it and marriage is based in religion. I’ll be honest and admit I used to think this. BUT, we can not force our religious ideals on others. So when it comes to a pastor doing a gay marriage that is for the pastor and the church body he is a part of to make that call. In other words the individual and then individual group must decide this on their own. We have no right to say others must follow the same religious beliefs or tenants that we do.
3. I (the person saying it) just don’t like gays. (insert your own slur here) This is simple to debunk. Its based only in hate. No real reason for it at all.
4. What else is there? I can’t think of anything.

So what does all this mean? We so often forget that to protect our own rights we have to protect those of others. Even if we don’t agree with them. The key here? As long as it does not hurt anyone, or infringe on some else’s rights. So, do I think it is right to say I can’t pray in public. No. I’m not hurting you. Ignore me, leave me alone, give me basic respect and don’t bother me. And I won’t tell you that you have to pray. You may choose not to. That is fine.

Really this is the same thing. Who is hurt by gay marriage? No one. It should be equal. They should have the same standard of proof and responsibility as straights people. Still have to get divorced if it does not work out, and still get the same benefits as any other straight couple who has taken the proper steps to say “Yes, we love each other and are in a committed relationship with each other.”

I feel there is a big difference between two people living together and two people who are married. By getting married you make it official. You make it harder to just end and harder to just walk away from. You are taking it up to a much more serious level. Any one, gay or straight if they really do love each other should be able to take this public/private/legal step and get married. We can not and should not force consenting adults who are hurting no one, ever, do follow what we think is right, or wrong simple because it is different from our opinion. I don’t want people telling me what I can do in my life and in order to protect my rights I am willing to protect the rights of others. I hope you will too.

Is SNL right that Obama’s accomplished ‘nothing’? – Yahoo! News


Is SNL right that Obama’s accomplished ‘nothing’? – Yahoo! News.

This is a REPRINT. I normally don’t do this but to be honest it pretty much says everything I was thinking of bloggin about so I dont really see a reason to rewrite it.

This weekend “Saturday Night Live” opened with Fred Armisen as President Obama, delivering an address from the Oval Office. Noting up front that he’d failed to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago, Armisen’s Obama said it was just further proof that his detractors’ fears are unfounded: How could he transform the country into something resembling the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany when he’s failed to accomplish anything at all? “When you look at my record,” he said, “it’s very clear what I’ve done so far, and that is nothing.”

But are SNL‘s accusations of Obama being a do-nothing president accurate? Let’s run down the list of the nine promises SNL lampooned President Obama for doing “nothing” on to see where he actually stands.

1. Close the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay: In one of his first acts as president, Obama signed an order mandating the close of the notorious lockup by January 2010. On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser James Jones said that he was “hopeful” that the White House would meet that deadline. Several legal and logistical questions remained to be answered, however, including the fate of the remaining detainees.

2. Pull all troops out of Iraq: In February, Obama told congressional leaders that he wanted all troops out of Iraq by August 2010. On June 30th of this year, a large number of troops were pulled out of the country, a move that was understated here in the U.S., but was met by dancing in the streets in some parts of Iraq. At the time of the withdrawal, the American military leadership refused to put a number on how many troops remained, though some have estimated that number remains as high as 124,000.

3. Improve the situation in Afghanistan: In a recent interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” General Stanley McChrystal, America’s top commander in Afghanistan, said that things had become “a little worse” than he had originally anticipated in Afghanistan, adding that “the breadth of the violence, the geographic spread of violence, is a little more than I would have gathered.” Wednesday marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, and last Sunday saw the deadliest single battle for American soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001. The administration is currently divided over how to change course in Afghanistan, weighing McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops against other options.

4. Reform the nation’s health care system: This year’s health care reform debate has been one of the more contentious debates in American history. Originally, the president set an August deadline for Congress to pass legislation for him to sign. That obviously didn’t happen. However, on Friday night the Senate Finance Committee finally released its mammoth health care bill, setting the stage for an even more intense national debate with a floor vote potentially coming as early as the middle of this week.

5. Cut down on global warming: Prior to the onset of the raucous health care reform debate, the centerpiece of the Administration’s efforts to stem the increase of global warming, the Cap and Trade bill, was on the legislative fast-track. However, over the weekend Carol Browner, Obama’s global warming czar, said that passage of the bill prior to December’s Copenhagen Climate Change Conference was unlikely.

6. Reform the nation’s immigration policies: In August, President Obama, under intense pressure from supporters for not moving fast enough on the issue, announced that he would have an immigration bill in Congress by the end of the year, though it likely wouldn’t be voted on until 2010. Saying that “demagogues” who “suggest that any form of pathway for legalization for those who are already in the United States is unacceptable” would attempt to obstruct his efforts, the president added, “Am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done? No.”

7. Changing the military’s policies on gay soldiers: In his first week in the Oval Office, President Obama announced that his Administration would have to study the “implications for national security” before he could attempt to repeal the present “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy initiated by the Clinton administration in 1993. On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser James Jones reiterated Obama’s commitment to fulfilling this campaign promise, but added that the president has “a lot on his plate” and would get around to addressing the issue at the “right time.”

8. Placing limits on executive powers: In the early days of his presidency, Congressional Quarterly praised Obama for appearing as if he was “rejecting some of Bush’s most expansive executive power claims” in the White House. However, that sentiment quickly evaporated among Obama supporters and opponents, with Salon’s Glenn Greenwald noting in April that the White House had “explicitly claimed to possess the very presidential powers that Bush critics spent years condemning as radical, lawless and authoritarian.”

9. Prosecute those who facilitate torture: In April, President Obama announced that his Administration would not bring charges against those who carried out acts deemed as torture upon U.S. terror detainees, but rather might seek to prosecute the Bush Administration officials who drafted the documents justifying the use of torture as lawful. In August, Attorney General Eric Holder followed through by announcing the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether or not the interrogations of suspected terrorists broke any laws.

So, taking all of this into consideration, are SNL‘s satirical criticisms of President Obama’s do-nothingness valid? Probably not, mainly because, as illustrated by the old adage about how one shouldn’t watch sausage or legislation get made, the process of “change” and getting anything done in Washington is a long and messy one, and Obama is merely nine months into his term as president. But that doesn’t mean that Saturday’s SNL skit was humorless, which, for once, it most definitely was not.

— Brett Michael Dykes is a contributor to the Yahoo! News Blog.

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