Archive for March, 2012

Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill Maher.

March 13, 2012

I’m not going to talk about my feelings on government healthcare, I’m also not going to discuss my feelings on birth control. I just don’t feel like it. You’ve already made up your mind on it, probably, and I’m not going to try to change your mind. What I do want to discuss (poorly) is why anyone cares what someone says. Some background:

Sandra Fluke went to congress to provide testimony on colleges providing birth control for female students. Rush Limbaugh called her a slut on his radio program. Liberal leaning groups (this is a very broad curtain) came out and yelled about Rush’s statements. President Obama called Sandra Fluke to offer his condolences on being called a name. Bill Maher, who has made a several sexist remarks, donated money to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Conservative leaning groups (also a broad curtain) yelled about how the president should return the money to Maher because he did/does the same thing that Limbaugh did/does. Keith Radzion wrote a blog about this whole thing two weeks after it happened because he has no concept of time.

Phew. We’re all caught up now.

My basic understanding of this is that people should be allowed to say what they want, even if it’s considered “hurtful” and “insensitive”. As long as you don’t call for violence and no one physically gets hurt you should be able to be vocal. Really. This holds especially true when you put yourself out in the public eye. Just like Rush Limbaugh has. Just like Bill Maher has. And just like Sandra Fluke has.

But you know what’s one of the best things about living in America? You can turn off your radio if you don’t like something you hear. You can turn off the TV if you don’t like what you see. You can choose not to buy certain products if they endorse someone you disagree with. You don’t have to buy the cable package that includes HBO if you’re really that upset over their programming. But people seem to forget how it’s much easier, and I’m pretty sure a lot healthier, to just not bother with something instead of getting yourself all worked up because of sounds someone made.

That’s all that words are. Sound. You provide the meaning. Maybe just don’t care as much. We’d probably be better off.

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KONY 2012

March 10, 2012

Have you heard about Joseph Kony? It’s OK. A whole lot of people didn’t know about him either. That is until seemingly out of nowhere every one knew who the Ugandan leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a disgusting group that abducts children, forces the girls into sex trafficing, arms the boys with guns and forces them to carry out Kony’s evil agenda. It is really quite horrifying.

Being that we live in the age of the internet and therefore in the age of social media, the group, Invisible Children, decided to release a viral video called KONY 2012. The goal of the film is to provide information on the war that is being fought in Uganda and the attrocities of Johseph Kony and his group,, the LRA.

I’m going to trust that you’ve seen the video and I don’t have to explain what it’s all about. You’re quite capable of finding these things out on your own. In fact, just google Joseph Kony and I guarantee you’ll know more about this guy than you do your neighbor. I just don’t want to talk about it. I want to talk about how seemingly everyone became an activist out of nowhere.

I, because I am much better than you of course, knew about Invisible Children a year or so ago after seeing Thrice in concert. They had people who were with the charity there and spoke quite fondly of them. So I looked into it and got into it a bit. I wanted to do something good and being a part of this group seemed like it would be the best way to do that. Plus, I also supported the cause and figured I should reallly get invovled. Until I saw how many other people suddenlly hoped onto the train. It was a bit more loud and I enjoyed it more when it was just a few people. Much how you will always have people who hate a band and their fans because they weren’t there when the recording sucked and the music was just not very good at all. And the band should have never tried to get better.

It sounds stupid when you get down to it. A person should be happy if a group they support is getting the legs underneath it to actually make a difference. Not just, “well we tried and really got behind it”. Well, maybe somke of these kids will really get behind the cause and donate money and they’ll keep on spreading the word and it’ll get to someone who can add sufficient funds. And then maybe we’ll get that change. And it’ll be swell.

Or you could just decide not to throw your money into this. You could just, you know, find your own crisis in the world. There’s a lot of them. Fact is though, people should know about these conflicts. And, as humans, we should try to get disgusting acts that are being done stopped. It doesn’t matter who say it first. People get excited.

At least they are getting excited about the right thing.