Huddled Masses

Hate.

Hate is what has been left in the wake of the tragedy that happened in Paris last week. After all of the #prayforParis and people changing their profile picture to be colored in the likeness of France’s flag. Hate comes forth in the end.

We are a country that was formed by immigrants. Thrived because of immigrants. Became the greatest country in the world because of immigrants.

The terrorists are winning.

Interesting that a sonnet “The New Colossus”by Emma Lazarus is bronzed on the Statue of Liberty (a gift given to us by the French) but the words that adorn this plaque seem long forgotten.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Today, we shut off the lamp and we turn our backs.

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Good-bye American Idol

Goodnight sweet prince, it’s been fun.

American Idol announced that after this weeks finale it will run one more season. And, the fact that they decided to announce when they did is just another indication of how lazy Fox got with a show that people used to love (I still do, I can’t help it).

It has been evident all season that this was coming as Ryan Seacrest has continuously been cracking jokes about the shows poor ratings. And, in my opinion they really blew it. This announcement should have been made a year ago so the show could get a proper send off and, in all probability, revitalized the fan base for one last run.

Instead, they changed the voting and made it far to confusing. The judges do everything but judge. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban do nothing but praise vocal performance while giving confusing advice that makes no sense. Honestly, Keith Urban’s go to critique is wiggle more and “loosen up”, while Harry Connick Jr. gives over technical music advice with a level of condescension that leaves the impression that he believes the audience is beyond illiterate musically. And, we get it, you’re from New Orleans and we care less about that then we do about the show ending.

I should have stopped watching when Simon Cowell left; as he is what made the show great (him and his deep V-necks). The best musical talent that has come from that show performed in front of him and I do not think that is a coincidence. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help myself. Every year my wife and I would still get excited for the auditions and even did our own fantasy American Idol draft for the last 3 seasons (I am a real man’s man).

All things (good and bad) come to an end, of course.

I can remember watching the first season in my parent’s basement with my girlfriend (now wife) in our first year of dating. I successfully predicted that Kelly Clarkson would win immediately following her audition. Ever since, the show has sparked many arguments in our relationship about what a good singer actually is. Turns out that despite being an amazing singer, my wife has no clue how to identify one.

I’d like to say that I will try The Voice but I have no interest in watching Blake Shelton do anything. I mean, honestly,

Unfortunately, this will end the era of singing competitions in our house. I will miss the auditions, the performances and the suspense. But, most of all, I will miss debating who is good and who is bad with my wife week in and week out.

Guess we will just have to get drunk on Wednesdays and argue about something else. Oh well.

At least we all got to experience William Hung.

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Cheers.

 

 

Should You Spank? Of Course Not.

“My parents spanked me as a child… As a result I now suffer from a psychological disorder known as ‘Respect for Others.’”

Now, many of you have undoubtedly been subjected to this ridiculous meme on Facebook. It isn’t clever at all and, what’s worse, is that the message is completely asinine.

Before the grumbling starts…

I know, it is “your right to raise your children as you see fit,” and, I know that I “couldn’t possibly understand” because I don’t have children.

Regardless, you have made it this far because you care at least a little about what is coming next (and for that I thank you, kind reader). Continue reading

Social Media As I See It

It is amazing the different uses of social media and the wide variety of information people are willing to share with friends, family, acquaintances and complete strangers. It is something that I have been paying more attention to for the past couple of months as we have gone through the election season, through hurricane Sandy, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, gun control policy and now the Manti Te’o situation. On top of all these story lines in our country today, people have all sorts of things going on in their personal lives ranging from the wonderful events life brings (weddings, babies, etc.) and the gut punches life tends to deal (break ups, illness, family feuds, etc).

Why do people choose to share what they do? What drives them to comment on sensitive issues with extreme bias? How do they allow themselves to fall in love with perfect strangers? Why do they share personal information know that most people will glance at it for less than a second and never think about it again? Continue reading

Yes or No?

Alright, I know that this topic is polarizing and that there are people who are steadfast in their beliefs. I dislike people pushing their political agenda on social media, so this is very hypocritical and I understand that. I am not posting this to sway belief (but if it does, well, ok) but rather just share some perspective.

With the election quickly approaching, I have read so many status updates, tweets and articles regarding the marriage amendment in Minnesota. Rather than joining in on endless comment streams, I thought I would express my thoughts here. Feel free to comment, get angry or do whatever makes you happy… There are just a couple of things that I find interesting and I haven’t written about anything for a while (this post will have nothing to do with pissing my pants, you can read back for those).

I am failing to see the logic in voting yes. The amendment asks –

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

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