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What’s Actually Going On?

Is she alive?

Yes, folks. I, Lucy, am still living. I realize that I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. My deepest apologies. I don’t know where the time went…

One minute I’m driving home for Christmas break, baking Christmas cookies and opening Christmas presents with my family…

The next I’m sitting in my research methods class falling asleep. What in the world…?

But no, really. That’s exactly how it happened.

So I guess it’s back to reality. Back to life. Back to work. Back to school. Back to schoolwork. Back to politics. Can I get a whoop whoop?

Apparently I’ve missed some things while I’ve been out in LaLa land. Bachmann dropped out of the race. Romney won New Hampshire (apparently by a landslide). Ron Paul still thinks he has a chance. (Let’s hope not. What a disaster.) My hopes are still on Santorum. I refuse to give up hope. 🙂 POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.

Man, I’m telling you, there is no good news. I sitting here skimming the front page of the Washington Post… Here are some of the headlines.

Voters unswayed by attacks on work at Bain — This has to do with Romney, if you were interested. I’m not.

Two Army brigades to leave Europe — Eh. A little bit more interesting… Not particularly.

Billion-dollar candidate? Not likely. — Of course Obama’s on here. And of course it’s a trivial subject… We all know he’s going to save his money and waste the taxpayers on lavish parties and campaign funds. We all know he’s doing it.

He’s 5’7”. And the next big thing? — Some basketball thing. Not sure why it’s important. Maybe because the dude teeny?

More older Americans are working — And… It’s because the retirement age is like 70 now. Of course older Americans are working; they don’t have a choice!

Colbert transfers super PAC to Stewart — I just don’t even know…

I have no interest in any of these articles. Shall we move onto the New York Times? Things look a little bit better here. At least some of them have a dash of relevance.

U.S. Sends Top Iranian Leader a Warning on Strait Threat — I would at least READ this article.

Danish Squatters Want to Buy but Not Own — Hmm. Sounds like people wanting others to give them stuff… Typical.

PACs’ Aid Allows Romney’s Rivals to Extend Race — Good to know, especially since I don’t really prefer good ole Romney at this point in time.

Colbert for President: A Run or a Comedy Riff? — Seriously? Of course it’s a comedy riff. Get real. This is as bad at the Post’s about Colbert and Stewart. Ding dongs.

No Snow, but a Wintry Mix of Opinion — Buurrrrr… Who’s opinion? Political opinion? Economic opinion? Student’s or adult’s opinions? Is it interesting enough to consider reading?

Video Multiplies U.S. Difficulties in Afghanistan — We do not need any more difficulties anywhere. We’re up to our ears in difficulties.

Synthetic Windpipe Replaces a Cancerous One — Whoa. That’s cool.

Ok, so, not only does the New York Times have more article options on their front page, but they’re better articles (I can’t really believe I’m saying that… Oh well.) This is going to be the moral of this story… Since I don’t feel like blogging about a particular article at this point.

There is not a single news source that a person can look at for all their information. There are days where NY Times has zero on their home page and Washington Post has something relevant. Sometimes neither of them have anything and I look on CNN and Fox News.  Don’t look at one news source and call it a day. It takes a lot of research and digging to really become informed and education. Plus, when people say stupid crap such as… “You’re a conservative! You only watch Fox News. You watch biased news sources and only look at the one conservative view-point on issues…” YOU can say… “I read Fox News, I read CNN, I read the Times, I read the Post…” Educate yourself! Be better than everyone else! Know the opposing viewpoints and their arguments. That’s the only way you can formulate your arguments effectively.

Can you imagine how silly liberals would sound in they only watched CNN all day? Oh, wait….

~Lucy

Atheists Challenge “Seven in Heaven”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/06/atheists-oppose-heaven-on-new-york-street-sign/?hpt=hp_t2

My goodness. As if we don’t have more important things to worry about.

New York City has put up a street sign (Seven in Heaven Way) to commemorate seven firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 trying to save the victims in the Twin Towers.

A group of atheists, New York City Atheists, has challenged the street sign, saying it’s in violation of the separation between church and state. They are prepared to sue if the city does not change the sign. Their proposal: “We Remember the 7-911.”

How lame is that name? It shows no emotion. If the families of those firefighters had an issue with the sign, I might lean more towards taking it down. But it doesn’t seem they do.

The group also claimed that “heaven” is a “clear reference to Christianity.” It may be, but Judaism and Islam also believe in a heaven and refer to it as “heaven.” So the group is false in claiming it is only a reference to Christianity.

I hope and pray to God that NYC does not change the name of that street sign. I think it’s a great reflection of the morals and values our country was founded upon. It the group sues the city, I pray to God that the judge sees that it’s not in violation of the separation of church and state. It’s what our country is. The sign is honoring those firefighters in a respectful, powerful way, acknowledging the good that they did brought them to eternal bliss is heaven.

~Lucy

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
 

 

 

 

The 10 Yr. Old

I love this video of Rep. Joe Walsh on a CNN show speaking about Obama. He describes the President as a “ten-year old” who is “in over his head.” Can’t say I disagree.

He makes some other great points as well. Obama doesn’t like to take any criticism and gets awfully defensive when people question his policies and what he has actually accomplished as President. If he had accomplished something, I don’t think Obama would get so defensive. But he hasn’t, and he knows it, and now he’s putting on a front that it close to tumbling down.

Walsh also mentions his golfing and how he really has no right to question where the Republicans have been when he has been hard to find in the White House.

Hope you guys enjoy listening to Walsh speak as much as I did.

~Lucy

How Great Thou Art… Israel?

Here we go folks. I’ve decided I am going to share my opinion on this whole TSA pat down shenanigans.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/30/miss-usa-says-molested-tsa-airport/

This is an article, with an accompanied video, about a former Miss USA winner who said she felt molested by the TSA agent who was patting her down.

I don’t really want to talk about this article in particular, but I included it because I thought it was interesting.

Personally, I think it’s ridiculous. The problem with our airport “security” is that it’s REACTIVE. They react to terrorist attacks, bombs, bomb threats, the whole liquid bomb thing, the underwear bomber, the Christmas day bomber. And the problem with all these reactions are that, well, they’re not really that effective.

Our airport and transportation security needs to start being more proactive. I know that this is a big statement, and you’ll probably say, “Hey! Lucy! How do you expect them to do this huh? Don’t talk big.”

I think that we can be proactive by making taking a few pointers from different countries. Take Israel for example. Their security is considered one of the best in the world! Don’t believe me? Google it. You can find numerous articles about their security.

http://www.slate.com/id/2279753/ Here is one article about their security. And yes, included in the article is *gasp*! PROFILING!

NO NO NO. Not profiling! Lucy! It’s outrageous. You’re crazy to be condoning this nonsense.

No, I’m not. You are crazy. Read the article. I know this is just one example, but there are so many other examples out there too!

Israel’s airports use profiling to HELP keep them safe. To help keep the people safe. It’s not all entirely racial profiling, so let’s calm down here people. Their government asks the travelers a series of questions and check for nerves, uneasiness, signs that a possible terrorist might portray. Seems harmless to me. If you aren’t a terrorist, then there isn’t any reason to fear these questions. Honestly, they’re QUESTIONS. I get asked a million questions a day. I know you get asked a million questions a day. Oooo, scary. And a small percentage of their people get send back for secondary questioning. And yes, ok, race probably has something to do with it. But honestly, how can it not? I’m not racist, at all. But how many of those bombers are white? How many of them were not Muslims? It’s realism.

Seems like this system is a PROACTIVE way of keeping out terrorists…

So how hard would it be to answer a few questions? I mean, I honestly don’t think it would take up that much time. How long do you stand in the security line waiting for the TSA agent to look at your ID? They look at it. Look at your ticket. Point the flash light back at your ID. Look back to your ticket again. Back to your ID. NOW to your face. Then ID again. And FINALLY. Hand it back to you. Hmm…Yeah. I know they’ve changed this now, but there was a point in time when you had to hand your ID and ticket to another TSA agent as you were walking through the scanner. Because the first guy can’t tell my name is the same on the ticket and ID right? Right.

I mean, seriously. And NOW we have these crazy body scanners that give a view of a person virtually without their clothes? Seems helpful. I can see all your curves, all your junk, but seems as if your clear to go ahead. Thanks bud.

Bombs are being made from plastic now, so that would make metal detectors obsolete I would think.

And if I refuse this body scanner, just as the Miss USA did in the article above, I have to subject myself to a “pat down” from a TSA agent that probably would resemble molestation. There was a clip I saw a few months ago on Fox of a guy getting manhandled by a TSA agent, and my Dad very bluntly said, “I would have kick that idiot in the face.” Very well said, Dad. Can’t say I’d blame him. Absolutely ridiculous. I have also seen videos on the news of kids getting patted down. I mean, honestly. Let’s be a little realistic. I doubt even the Israeli’s would treat children as terrorists… It’s quite disgusting. I think for the sake of time, my dignity, and the sake and safety of the TSA worker, I would just do the body scanner. Enjoy the view.

We just aren’t doing a good job protecting the US people. We can step it up. In this technological age, we should be more technological. And we should definitely be taking some MAJOR pointers from the Israelis. Yup. You know? Those people in that little country all the way over there?

And just to clarify… I’m not saying that we completely overhaul our system to make exactly that of Israel’s. I’m simply saying, “Let’s continue learning.”

Share your thoughts with me!

~Lucy

Some other articles I found!

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3988578,00.html

http://www.forward.com/articles/122781/

Hmm… one more interesting observation. I was curious on what CNN thought of Israel’s airport security. So I typed it into their website. The Results: Egypt, Egyptian unrest, “Why terrorists attack airports?”, something on Russia, OH! Finally, “Reconsider profiling?” Close enough CNN.

http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/24/time-to-reconsider-profiling-for-airport-security/?iref=allsearch (If so many people support it… how come it hasn’t been implemented? Someone answer me!)

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