Saturday, February 26, 2011

Georgia House Bill sentences women who get induced or spontaneous abortions to death

I found the article Georgia law gives women death penalty for miscarriage on Mother Jones misleading until I read the actual 10-page piece of Georgia legislation. The piece, if passed, would deem Georgia a state where abortion is illegal and having women who have miscarriages investigated by a criminal officer.

I couldn't believe what I had read when I went through that 10-page document. I found a lot of cocky, pride-induced jargon that was nothing more than a means to take away a woman's right to protect herself. I scrutinized the bill line by line and this is what I came up with:
"1 To amend the Official Code of Georgia Annotated so as to provide that prenatal murder shall 2 be unlawful in all events and to remove numerous references to such procedures"

What are they trying to prove by calling this “prenatal murder?" Scare tactics are always a hoot and is the best way to make people feel like you are protecting them from the people in this country who are not completely opposed to abortion. Way to go, Georgia.

"14 (a) The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of 15 conception until natural death. We know that life begins at conception. After nearly four 16 decades of legal human prenatal murder, it is now abundantly clear that the practice has 17 negatively impacted the people of this state in many ways, including economic, health, 18  physical, psychological, emotional, and medical well-being. These, too, are areas of 19  legitimate concern and duty of this state."

I love that they are calling this a “duty.” Are they trying to get at "taking a life should be the consequence of taking a "life?" "Kill" the killer of the embryo or fetus. First, they make the legislation to women saying they can't play God with their own bodies only to show that they are going to play God by killing the ones trying to protect themselves.

The piece of legislation has a section that states: "123 (d) Any person committing prenatal murder in this state shall be guilty of a felony and, 124 upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1." I looked up subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1 and found this: 16-5-1: Murder, felony: (d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death, by imprisonment for life without parole, or by imprisonment for life."

Georgia has asked for women who receive abortion to be charged with the felony of murder and either be sentenced to death or life in prison. Unbelievable.

Believing that real life is created at the moment of conception is a debatable topic. I learned through research that the baby doesn’t develop a heart until about 3 weeks in. I would say this could be the starting point at which I would no longer be okay with a woman having an abortion, but there are flaws with that, too. If I truly believed the presence of a heart could be considered the beginning of life, I would have to come up with a definition for life as evidence. I'm not qualified to do that, but neither is Georgia. If anything, allow the woman to make up her own mind for her own definition of life if the situation is more than just some accidental pregnancy. You can't kill someone for having something unfortunate doen to them which caused their own life to be at stake.

And why use “innocent?” Are they just trying to say that since one second after conception a baby is made, it automatically becomes innocent? I don’t understand that. It's just more scare tactic jargon to bring on more guilt.

The second half of that makes you wonder if they ever stopped to think that they were the ones about to cause negative impacts on some woman’s emotional and medical well-being. A woman who wants to get an abortion and can’t because she’ll be charged with a felony. Talk about negative impact on emotions AND VERY POSSIBLE MEDICAL WELL BEING. Women who can’t afford to pay for a child and don’t think of adoption will have negative economic impacts and broadened negative psychological impacts. Not everyone in this world has the means to not get pregnant and then seek out help to find out what she can do about it. Just because we live in the “land of luxury” doesn’t mean that everyone else does too. There are women out there who make mistakes and should have to pay for it, but there are others who have no choice and shouldn't be forced to make a choice of either their life or the life of a clump of undifferentiated cells.

"25 No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws."

Does this mean that the women whose right to get an abortion is being taken away will also have this equal protection of the laws clause? It sure doesn’t sound like it. It seems like their right is being taken away and shoved in their face.

"28 (3) Justice Blackmun, writing for the majority in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), 29 wrote: 'when those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and 30 theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the 31 development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer [to the 32 question of when life begins].' 33 (4) The General Assembly knows the answer to that difficult question, and that answer 34 is life begins at the moment of conception;"
So, in other words, Georgia just said, “Who cares if they don’t agree. We make up our own mind and we do what we want.” As my fiancĂ© said to me when I read him this “why don’t they just break away from the union and become their own entity then!” I completely agree. There may not be a muzzle big enough to hold GA back from running buck wild.
"86 (19) However, denying to a state the right to define and punish a crime not specified in 87 the United States Constitution is a per se legislative act; 88 (20) The nullification of a state's properly promulgated laws is specifically delineated as 89 an offense committed by King George III against the states, for which separation became 90 necessary; The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America;"

Sure, they know their history and its seething with pride. They complain about their freedom to kill while attacking someone’s freedom to “kill." Simple as that. And I put the second “kill” in quotations because in my opinion, and as shown by science of the child development, no heart until 3 weeks in. At 13-14 days, the undifferentiated clump of cells is called an embryo. It’s still not a baby. It’s like a worm. Like those ones fisherman use every Sunday before/after church to catch all that delicious trout. No remorse for those.

"91 (21) Compliance with, and continuation of, a fiat determination of the Supreme Court 92 from nearly 40 years ago will cause the basis of this Union, and eventually the Union 93 itself, to fall; 94 (22) Georgia was not a party to the suit in Roe v. Wade, and is not bound by a decision 95 in which it did not have right of participation; 96 (23) Georgia is not restricted in its duty to its citizens due to the failure of the State of 97 Texas to properly plead 'lack of subject matter jurisdiction';" 

It wasn't our fault and it's not our fault that we have to pass this legislation now. It's Texas' fault because their just stupid. ...COCKY PRIDE FILLED CRAP. They may not have been involved in Roe vs. Wade, but they were involved in another controversial abortion case. In Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Postpresidency, early in his term as governor, Carter had strongly supported family planning programs including abortion in order to save the life of a mother, birth defects, or in other extreme circumstances. Years later, he had written the foreword to a book, Women in Need, that favored a woman's right to abortion. He had given private encouragement to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit, Doe v. Bolton, filed against the state of Georgia to overturn its archaic abortion laws. So stop acting like your some separate country with a separate amount of rules or leave.

"103 (26) The act of prenatal murder has caused a significant reduction in the number of 104 citizens in this state who would serve as workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, employees, and 105 employers who would have significantly contributed to the prosperity and continuation 106 of this state; and 107 (27) The failure to prosecute a violation of this Code section is a violation of the 108 obligation of this state to provide all of its citizens with an equal protection of the laws."

Let’s see. In this economy where more and more teachers, workers, employees and employers are losing their jobs while entrepreneurs are failing miserably to get off the ground and not taking in profit for 10 years, you want to make abortion illegal so those children can grow up and have this happen all over again to them so they can get the same economic failure experience we are having now? Great. Because we all know this is going to happen again in another 4 years or so. That's just how the United States rings around the mulberry bush. Well, if Georgia believes in a religion, and I know she does, then maybe all those dead babies who were aborted will be able to contribute to the prosperity of your poor little state by forgiving those mothers you killed for aborting them in the first place while they float around in the sad heavens of aborted fetuses. Problem solved! (Scare tactic, cruel jargon!)

"155 Code Section 20-2-773 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to restrictions on 156 student health services and utilization of state funds, is amended by revising subsection (a) 157 as follows: 158 "(a) No facility operated on public school property or operated by a public school district 159 and no employee of any such facility acting within the scope of such employee's 160 employment shall provide any of the following health services to public school students: 161 distribute contraceptives. 162 (1) Distribution of contraceptives; 163 (2) Performance of abortions; 164 (3) Referrals for abortion; or 165 (4) Dispensing abortifacients."

So to prevent girls from getting abortions you want to help them get pregnant by taking away the drugs, patches and tools that will help them not get pregnant on accident in the first place. That's genius! Isn't there supposed to be something called "separation of church and state" because this sure sounds like a Catholic rule. Surprise surprise how religion has infiltrated the discussion.

"186 SECTION 2.12 187 Said title is further amended by repealing in its entirety Chapter 9A, the "Woman's Right to Know Act."

This couple of lines seemed very sketchy to me. I had gone through the majority of this document, making it to page six and still read nothing about special circumstances. I looked up the Woman's Right to Know Act and found a clause that answered my question.

(2) "Medical emergency" means any condition which, on the basis of the physician's good faith clinical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant female as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial or irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.

To the best of knowledge, "repeal" means "to remove or reverse a law." So, what I've gathered here is special circumstance or not, you do it and your done. There is no such thing as a special circumstance.

I posed a question on Facebook a few days ago with a link to the Mother Jones article. I said "A girl, 16, is raped by her father. She gets pregnant, and since SHE is against abortion she decides to have the child regardless. However, before the 8-week cut off to call it a fetus, when she goes to the doctor he tells her that if she has the baby, she will have a 1% chance of survival. There are an abundance of possibilities why she could die, including -- but not limited to -- obstructed labor, eclampsia, a condition found in family history, weight, etc. But, in this hypothetical, there are no other options for her. She's going to die -- period. Now, she's having doubts about her views on abortion. Is it right to let her die or should the embryo be aborted?

A very interesting debate arose between two people when I posted the link to the article and when I posed that question. One person, who was already not against abortion, said she shouldn't have to die. The other person, who was against abortion for the most part but not entirely, also said she shouldn't die. Another person I asked the same question to who is against abortion completely said the woman should die.

In the end, the three views were different because one was Catholic, one was a Catholic on a thin line and one was an atheist. After I let the debate between the thin-lined Catholic and atheist go on for a while, I chimed in with my question.  After I got answers to the initial question, I threw a wrench in the mix and said this:

"Ok. She decides to end the pregnancy. Her father shows up. Since he has legal custody of her and there is no evidence of yet to actual rape, he says he wants her to go through with the pregnancy because (insert random biblical reference to ...abortion--we all know they're there.) He will not agree to prenatal DNA testing (which is possible).Police were called but in fear of her father being present, the girl refuses testing to determine if she was raped by him or not and never changes her mind. The police need consent from someone to investigate and they don't have it. When the father is told of her low risk of survival, he makes ANOTHER biblical reference and still insists on making her go through with the pregnancy. Should religion be brought into a situation like this? Where does the line get drawn?"

The point I was trying to make is that the legality of abortion is based on religion, and that's wrong. If I believed it was or not, it's still wrong. You can't let someone die because an unconfirmed figure said so. But in the end, if the hypothetical circumstance I questioned happened, the girl would die because God said she should. The majority of people against abortion would let the girl die because God said so and Georgia wants to kill the women who have abortions because God said so.

At the end of the day, religion trumps as always and the biased view taken is not taken as a biased view. There is no such thing as freedom of religion by the way. People wouldn't die for religion and be killed for their religion today, yesterday, 100 years ago and the day "Jesus was crucified" if there was such a thing. There never has been and I fear that there never will be.

The atheists, agnostics, skeptics, etc. are always pushed aside to let religion shine through like it's some sort of gift. Just like Catholics and other religious groups believe that a child is created at the time the sperm reaches the egg and that the embryo created is a gift from God.

In the case I presented, the woman, a human being of only 16, was clearly pushed to the side by her father because of his religious beliefs. The hospital told her the risks and attempted to save her life by doing so. That's the only objective way to look at abortion. If you want it, these are the risks and you take them as you see fit. If you want to die, die. If you want to live, try. But don't let something like religion/God, a tool of manipulation and scare tactics, make the decisions for you. 
I made that point not to offend the thin-lined Catholic, but to try and open eyes to another view that is constantly blocked off. She responded by not responding at all.
I don't know where HB 1 is right now, but I can't believe that this piece of legislation was taken seriously for a second. If it passes, which I'm sure it won't, but if it did pass I would seriously begin to rethink the trust levels we have in this country with the state of Georgia or with any public official who believes its okay to sentence any woman who gets an abortion for any reason, whether good or bad, to death.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Why NY? Why not...anywhere else

Yesterday, an article was posted from the Associated Press (which was reposted by numerous sources) about the 9/11 trial against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others being held in New York...Manhattan to be exact...

       The article was called
Officials voice opposition to 9/11 trials in NYC

I may not have been there when those planes crashed. Actually, I was in my 8th grade English class. And I don't remember much from that day except the thoughts of dying going through my own mind and the look on my mother's face -- a look of terror. But one thing I do know, is that I would never ever ever want to see those people in New York again.

But it's not only that. The people who lost someone that day...some of them might just show up at that trial...with weapons. Do they think people aren't still angry? Do they think people aren't still afraid and have nightmares? 2001 was quite a few years ago, but people haven't forgotten. And they're not going to forget.

Not only are there political figures who think that this is a bad idea, but I'm sure residents of Manhattan, NY aren't exactly jumping for joy at the thought of having these people on trial for who knows how long. What was Obama thinking?

The people in New York saw their loved ones murdered...crushed, blown up, fatally injured by so many different ways...does the Obama administration think that they are doing those people a favor by allowing them to see as Bloomberg called "justice near the World Trade Center site".

Justice may be served...but I hope the NYPD will be ready to deal with the other possible justices that may be served that day.

...just like on September 11, 2001 I'll be by my television the day of that trial...watching what will happen next...most likely with tears in my eyes

Thursday, January 21, 2010

White Boys Forced to Jump for All-American Basketball Alliance

I feel positively horrible for not keeping up with my blog as much as I would have liked to, but I have recently started a new (and my first) full-time reporter position with a local newspaper. Hence, that is where my time has gone. I've only been here for a couple weeks but I love this job, even if it has cut into my personal blogging time.

I thought I could jot down a few words before I don't write another blog for a month or two, particularly on this article I found in the Huffington Post titled Whites Only Basketball League: All-American Basketball Alliance bans Blacks, Foreigners. How is this still happening?

For a second I was hoping that I had accidently stumbled upon an article in The Onion, but I had not. According to the league's comissioner Don "Moose" Lewis, he isn't against blacks or any other person of color. In his mind, the league was simply created because white people have become the minority.

Yes, studies have shown that people of caucasian decent will most likely become a minority...but not today or tomorrow or the next day. Studies have shown that the decrease in the white population will not make them a minority in this country until around 2050.

The article also quotes this "man" as stating that the All-American Basketball Alliance will play fundamental ball only and not "street-ball" as people of color do.

...I think I may be at a loss for words. Or at least, words that I would be willing to put in this blog.

I know this may sound cliche, but didn't MLK's birthday just pass? Was this guy around that day when the whole country closed educational institutions and police departments to honor this man and the efforts he made to bring WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE TOGETHER? Not against people of color MY ASS!

I wish I had a picture of this Lewis guy, but I don't. But, if I did, I think I nice white sheet over his head would do just nicely.

Hi! My name is Don Lewis and I support all white basketball! Look for me at your local KKK meeting! I'll be the one saying that I'm not entirely against people of color...especially because my neighbor is black! Anyways, vote Don Lewis! I'm here for your white basketball players!

Well...I have to get back to work now. Hope I get to write again soon. I also hope I get to meet Don Lewis soon...but that's for a different reason.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tears of Winter Days and Winter Nights

If you click on the title of this post, you will be taken to a story by a woman named Pythia Peay who wrote an article on the HuffPost that was somewhat about winter depression. It just really got me psychiatrist warned me about fiance warned me about this...maybe it's true!

I've definitely been feeling more down than usual since the snow has begun to fall heavy on the poor sprigs of grass in my tudor's backyard. I don't want to go outside. I don't want to go to work. I don't want do much of anything except sit on the couch and drink hot coffee. Winter sucks! I should be the happiest person on earth right now. I just graduated with my first B.A. on 12/13, got engaged back in October and I just got my first full-time reporter job. I should be on top of the world. But every morning when I look out the window to see that another two or three inches of fresh snow has fallen on the four or six inches of slushy crappy snow that my idiot snowplower left behind, it makes me ask myself some questions. Who wants to go out and feel brisk winds against our faces? Who wants to get salt stains on the bottoms of our favorite jeans? Why would you want to subject yourself to the turmoils of winter time when you don't have to?

Because you do have to. We have to go to work to make money in this god-awful economy, and we should go outside to WANT to get the exercise and we should WANT to get some fresh air. But who wants fresh air when you can sit in the warmth of your home with a hot cup of tea? See...that winter blues has already kicked my butt and put me back under the covers! (I got back out and went to work though)

It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder:

"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or, less frequently, in the summer,[1] spring or autumn, repeatedly, year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is "a specifier of major depression"." - Wiki

Don't let the definition scare you. You should be able to tell on your own or with some help if you may have a case of major depression that may need medical attention. In other cases, it could just be because it's not so lovely outside as it was a few months ago. And you may not get all the symptoms either. Some people have been shown to overeat, oversleep (which is never bad in my book as long as you are on time for whatever), or crave junk food. If you knew me, I'm not an over-eater, I'm an under-eater. But I have been wanting more sleep and I have been craving more junk than real meals.

If you really want to, you can get help for seasonal affective disorder. If you live in a place like Cleveland (where I'm at), you may want some. You can get some light therapy if you want, which could help you with other problems that you may not have known were affecting you. You can also try getting some over-the-counter Melatonin from Walgreens or CVS or whatever drugstore you frequent to help with your sleeping cycle. Of course, if you feel like it's just winter blues then just let the winter time run out and go on about your days. Maybe you will be inspired by your sadness like Peay was.

I recognized it affecting me with the help of my fiance, but I know it'll be okay once the sun comes out again.

Monday, December 28, 2009

So Why Exactly Do You Want Me Dead?

I don't understand why other countries want to kill people in the United States. I've asked around, since I was still in middle school when September 11 happened, to try and figure out how this whole thing got started. I didn't come up with much because no one has a definitive answer as to why people from Afghanastan and Nigeria want us dead. Some people say it's religion. Others say its because we have too much power in this country and they don't like that. Some people say that there are simply lots of reasons why we have this "War on Terror" as they so like to call it. But I want to know why. I want to know why I have to be afraid to get on an airplane to go see my family in Atlanta because some crazy religious, doesn't like the power we have, and so many other reasons person wants to kill me to make a statement to Al Queida or the Taliban or whoever else is involved in this mess. So who's going to do it? Whose going to give me my answer!?

Not even old Uncle Sam. All he can tell me to do is just support it no matter what. And you know WHY no one can give me the answer? Because no one knows. Isn't this how the world has worked forever? Kill each other for some reason and then forget what the reason was later. But even when you do forget, kill kill stab stab has been ingrained into your brain so much by that time that that's all you know. It's what those soldiers out there eat, sleep and breathe. Death. Do you want that for your children? I'm 21 years old so children will be on the way soon enough. This thing won't be over in 4 or 5 years. They'll still be there eating, sleeping and breathing the stench and horror of the death of their loved ones, or friends, or even enemies. And that will stick with them. And they'll share their stories and instill that into there children so that when the time comes, all those little boys and girls will run off with high technology weaponry and kill kill stab stab. Kill. Kill. Stab. Stab. It's like a video game...except it's real.

I don't know what I'm more pissed off about: the fact that this Nigerian dude could get on a plane coming to the United States or the fact that this guy felt like he had to get on the plan to prove something to someone. Which one makes you more angry? Have you even considered that? I know you don't want to forget the ones who left to die for you, but have you taken a second to think about WHY THOSE PEOPLE WANT US DEAD? Have you really taken a second to see it from their point of view? And after you do, did you find out why they want us dead? Can you explain it to me? I can think about it all I want but I don't know the background. I haven't been following this thing since I was in 8th grade. All I remember is my mother coming to school, picking me up, sitting me next to her in front of the TV at home, and she held me like she needed to protect me from something. I didn't understand it then and I probably still don't fully understand it now. I may be older, but that doesn't mean I know what's going on. I still don't know why people are dying from being murdered, or committing suicide or from getting blown up. Do you?

I don't really have an opinion on this war. I don't like our people dying for it, but I'm one of those people who isn't pleased about other people from other countries having to die for it either. I don't want anyone to die. Is this supposed to be some sort of plan to decrease the population? Is it a plan to make people believe in things they don't want to believe in? Should I even care? Maybe I should just continue to live my life in oblivion...or maybe that's how we got here in the first place.

So, explain it to me. Explain to me why I have involuntarily volunteered myself to die for this country. Explain Kill Kill Stab Stab Death Now Questions Later...and when is later anyway?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Preist Tells Homeless it's OKAY to Shoplift

Best story of the morning about a British priest telling his homeless followers to shoplift if they don't have any money. This story found on the Atlantic Wire made me laugh out loud. His one quote says:

"advice does not contradict the Bible's eighth commandment because God's love for the poor and despised outweighs the property rights of the rich."

He must really be in the Christmas spirit since he wants to make sure that poor people get their presents for the holidays. I don't know how the religious practices in Great Britain work, but I'm pretty sure part of his sermon should not be encouraging homeless people to steal from other people. In the United States, I don't believe a priest would say this to homeless people because everyone is in a bind for money right now. I know a few families, including my own, who were scraping together pennies to buy a family member just something small just so that they didn't feel left out.

Also, because of this article I think I found a new blog to read called The Good Atheist. He had an interesting take on this story as well:

"My worry is that this douchebag is forgetting that shoplifting isn't without consequence, and his bad advice could lead his flock astray. To you and me, Father Jones is really only an expert in nonsense, but to his parishioners he is a man with a direct line to God, and this weighty position comes with a few responsibilities What happens when this advice lands one of his parishioners in jail?"

Oh, and if he didn't get it right! Apparently, that priest wants his followers to end up in jail on Christmas Eve for stealing a Zhu Zhu Pet out of Wal-Mart!  Or maybe it's all a plan just to get people to want to follow him more. I am sure there are tons of homeless people who have given up hope on religion because they are poor. But since this guy says it's okay to go get all "clepto" in the name of "God", maybe some people decided to go back to the church for such reasons. Church is free, and so is the advice. And manipulation can do wonders!

I hope I get to the read the police report stating ever robbery and shoplifting incident that occurred because of this guy's advice. I hope it's a long list too. Just because you have some kind of "connection to God", doesn't mean you are "God". All I know is that he better be able to pay bail for all those who did take his silly advice.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Today is a Waiting Day...

I do not have the right mindset today to try and express my opinions through this blog. I have been waiting since Friday to figure out if I got a certain job and today is the day that I am supposed to find out. It's a very nerve-racking process and I don't know if I should be optimistic or what. My mind is all over the place, so I am trying to keep myself occupied with other things. Today is just not the is simply a day for waiting. And tomorrow might be the same. I will try to post on my other blog, but I will have no guarantees. Hopefully I get the answer today so I can cry (regardless if I get it or not) and move on with life and with this blog. But for today, this will have to be good enough. Wish me luck...even if I don't need it.

(This could or could not be me :-\)

Friday, December 18, 2009

68 Journalists Killed in 2009

It's not something that makes me want to go overseas and cover interesting stories about rape and prostitution. If you click on the title of this blog, you will be taken to an Associated Press article on the Editor & Publisher website, giving you the numbers and locations of killed journalists. None of the 68 journalists killed in 2009 were killed in the United States, but a lot of local foreign journalists were killed in the countries they lived in.

The Shocking Facts:
  • 60 percent increase in deaths from 2008. 68 deaths / 42 deaths
  • 67 deaths in 2007
  • 30 of those 68 were murdered in the Philippines 
 According to the article, these journalists are not all dying in the line of fire. Most of the journalists killed are being murder for doing their job. Nine of the 68 were killed in Somalia during combat conditions. Others were killed for the stories they wrote or for the blogs they wrote expressing their opinions. In Mexico, print journalists died for writing stories on drug traffiking and organized crime. 56 percent of the 68 kills were because of blogging about important stories that television or other print publications have yet to pick up.

When I have my own magazine, that's what it's supposed to be based on; stories that others don't want to cover because of the sensitive material. I know the risks of journalism; it's dangerous. It's not something to get yourself into if you don't expect there to be consequences for your work. And I don't plan on dying or anything, but I do plan to express my opinion about some things that conservative, closed-minded people don't want to hear about. Religion. Abortion. Arranged Marriages. Social Issues. Cultural Issues. Political Stupidity. Your Stupidity! These are just some of the things that I want to write to get your brain working and moving away from being closed-minded. I want to open the minds of the closed-minded. Am I will to die for it, though? Am I willing to die for my opinion? Are you?

(This video contains violent images. Proceed with caution)

It's a tough question, but it's got to be in the back of your mind if you are going to be in this field. As you can see, the numbers are rising. People don't like journalists. They expose you and they tell your business and most of the time it's without remorse. That doesn't mean we should die for it. When one person thinks you should die for writing an article, another person thinks you should be commended for writing that article. But as soon as you put your name in that byline, there's no turning back. The decision is then up to society. There is no journalist protection program.

I don't want to know that my kind are being killed while on duty, but I'm not going to kill people who are staff of the Associated Press because they wrote an article that was depressing. I'm going to take what I read, put it into prospective, and go on with my day knowing that I have one more piece of knowledge that I didn't have before. That's all it is. News. And you deserve to know what's going on in the world.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Already Making Next to Nothing? Here's How to Make Less!

Right now, minimum wage is around $7.25. It could be worse, but it's not great either. You can't really live a life comfortably by making $7.25 an hour doing 40 hours a week. You wouldn't be able to have any kids, you would be living paycheck to paycheck and probably asking friends and family for money for gas. Now, some people like Charles Lane from The Washington Post thinks that LOWERING minimum wage would stop job loss. Lowering it from $ something even more improbable to live on.

Heather Horn from The Atlantic made a very nice statement about this idea that Lane projected:

"You know, I generally like to start off my arguments by linking together two pieces of almost entirely unrelated information. Charles Lane works for the Washington Post. There were dozens of unsolved murders in Washington, D.C. last year. I'm not saying Charles Lane is a predatorial super-killer; far from it ... But Charles Lane really likes taking college students into alleys and savagely beating them with 2 x 4s. It is unwise for the Washington Post to continue to hire this man." 
I don't know much about Lane, but I did read his story in full on the Washington Post (which you can see if you click on the Charles Lane link above). He went from talking about fixing the sugar industry to lowering minimum wage. Those were his points to trying to fix the job market. It didn't make any sense to me, and it didn't make any sense to Horn either.

As I have stated multiple times in the past few days, I recetly graduated. But before that happened, I was sending out resumes left and right to everyone and everything. I sent them to newspapers, magazines, restuarants, convenience stores, diners, etc. Everywhere! The only job interviews I got were ones for me to sell things door to door or to start my own business through someone else's business. I was willing to take minimum wage because I didn't have a choice. If someone would've given me a job and offered me minimum wage, I would have snatched that up so fast because the market is already bad. There aren't many options, even for recent grads. Lowering minimum wage would simply make things even harder for the recent grad, or the high school student, or the retiree who is looking for something less stressful. If you can't live off of $7.25, then you can't live off of $7. Or $6. Or $5.15. You just can't do it. You need at least $10 an hour to be OK. And that's even a stretch. It's just not feasible and to say that it would be is a lie. And you know what...YOU ALREADY HAVE A JOB THAT PAYS MORE THAN MINIMUM WAGE. It really makes my blood boil when people who have warm and fuzzy, stable jobs think that they should try to make decisions for the poeple who don't have one or who are paid less. I'm already paid nothing. Now you want me to get less than nothing. You want me to get -$7.25? Will that help the job market, Charles? Charles Lane has nothing to worry about. But, with the newspaper industry not doing so great...maybe he does. I bet he would really love it if he got laid off and could only work an entry-level job at McDonald's. Ten bucks says he wouldn't try to write articles about lowering minimum wage then!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Writing a Blog about New Blog

I was going to write about Oral Roberts death and how ridiculous Benny Hinn is...but I don't feel like going into a rage while I'm at work.

Therefore, I'm writing a short post to tell all that I am going to try to start a new blog that focuses on the readings that I do. I have seen other blogs that focus on the books people have read, written and been inspired by so I thought I would do the same. I haven't been much of a reader for years but I would like to start that back up since I have all this free time now (recent college grad). Hopefully, I can make this a hobby that will not only advance me intellectually while I am not in school, but also give me some more insight into the workings of the world. I'm going to try to start by reading some short stories, just to get myself going. I will post the link to the new blog below. I will continue to post my angst-ridden blogs here at The Color in Black & White, but I will also try to keep another one going as well. Wish me luck!

First book to tackle: 50 Great Short Stories by Various Authors