The Effects of Social Media on Trayvon Martin

Why The Blaze’s story makes me sad.

“However, if genuine, these Tweets may give us more insight into Martin’s enigmatic life and character.”

That last sentence from this article at The Blaze troubled me. The article is expressly about how Trayvon Martin had a twitter account and that some of his tweets appear juvenile (because he was a kid, after all) . The intent of the article is clear in my mind, it has that faint whiff of racism. What I take issue with is that many people say dumb stuff over social media, use it for dick jokes, or post obscene content; regardless of race. Yet the tweets cited by The Blaze mostly point towards a well known stereotype.

There is nothing enigmatic about a teenage boy’s social media hangouts, kids are kids. I believe the Blaze is just trying to impart a bit of bias into its readership. The most important thing about the Social Media habits of Trayvon Martin is that they have absolutely no bearing on this case. Unless Trayvon was explicitly threatening violence against Zimmerman and Zimmerman was aware, which did not happen. What were are left with is a picture of a youth expressing many of the styles of the culture he was immersed in and who might have also smoked Pot, but then again so did the President and the world’s best Olympian. His tweets serve no purpose in this case, more so because The Blaze itself has (at times) been calling on this case to  be handled through legal challenges only. [Read more…]

Homophobia in The Gaming Community?

Critically Acclaimed Mass Effect 3 sees its Metacritic score tanked by Homophobes.

Many of us in the gaming community see the expanding roles of video games and their impact on popular culture. The gaming industry is, capital wise, as big as the movie industry. With the greater amount of investment cash poured into gaming, I feel that better products are being created to reach a more diverse audience. Videogames are fast becoming much more that mindless diversions; they are becoming art and excellent story telling vehicles.

But the gaming community has a lot of maturing to do. [Read more…]

Limbaugh Fo-Pologizes

Somehow Rush blames Liberals for his liable of Sandra Fluke.

When I am going out for lunch I normally tune into AM talk radio so I can soak up how those on other side of the political spectrum view issues. I caught Rush on day two of the Sandra Fluke story. He was venomous in his relentless and wall-to-wall attacks and I began to wonder why he was spending so much time on the issue. Clearly, he is not obsessed with lady parts. In my opinion, Rush’s actions significantly impacted the Republican position in the contraception debate, and not positively.

In America, the Religious freedom position is politically tenable although a position of last resort. Remember that in the end days of Slavery and Jim Crow the Religious Freedom argument was brought forth and even today the tactic is used in defense of in-defendable Intelligent Design, among other issues. The Republicans might have held the debate if they stayed on target with the RF position despite the Democrat’s protests. That is, of course, Rush started to talk about Sandra Fluke. [Read more…]

I Love my Uncle but, Newt Hates Him

Medina Valley Independent School District settles prayer case, Republicans surprise no one by flipping out.

 

My Uncle, Federal Judge Fred Biery, is a badass. Last June, he waded into a particularly religious area of small town “Real America” Texas and smacked down the overt proselytizing that had pervaded the Medina School District. Yet, as Fred executed his duty to uphold the tenants of the constitution, members of the political right used his completely unsurprising ruling to fan the flames of Christian “repression” ( Help, Help, I’m being repressed).

Newt “Moon Base” Gingrich was especially blood thirsty as he tried to reassert his conservative credentials, trying to keep his election hopes afloat despite the rising tides of Santorum after the results in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota.

Newt called Fred an “anti-religious, dictatorial bigot.” Which makes complete sense as Fred continues the proud tradition of the Biery clan. A family that has done nothing but turn out District Attorneys, Federal Judges, civic servants, teachers, and combat veterans since WWII. So clearly my family is a bunch of hippie, communistic shitbags. I am getting a little sick of having my family name, which is not too common, being said with vehement disdain by the likes of Beck, Gingrich, Rush, et all. [Read more…]

Online Palm Reading

I get email.

So this gem just popped into my inbox.

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Challenge Accepted. [Read more…]

The Operators

Michael Hastings covers the unwinnable Afghanistan.

Recently my buddy clued me into to another light colonel who “Hackworthed” or sacrificed his career in the hopes of raising consciousness about an unwinnable fight.  LT. COL Daniel L. Davis wrote a scathing assessment of the War in Afghanistan as the conflict pushes steadily into its second decade. Sadly, I believe the brass has learned from the mistakes of how it handled the public face of wars since Vietnam. By fostering an all-volunteer force, our country has effectively fostered a Solider Caste, ensuring that the effects of war are neigh invisible to the broader public. Political sentiment and the pure ignorance that is “American Exceptionalism” keeps any criticism of the war from being voiced. To do so is political suicide. Even Obama, who has handled the war like the smelly bag of trash it is, (a thing to be removed as soon as possible) has to step lightly through a minefield of critics to get out to the dumpster.

The most common response I get from friends outside the Army when the subject of Afghanistan arises is usually a variation of “I didn’t know we were still there”. The Army, like always, is almost single minded in its focus, the Army wants to win. The military is a very goal centric organization that places mission accomplishment as its number one priority.

We are told that the Surge and Counter Insurgency won the Iraq War, beat terrorism, and that it will soon be the same in Afghanistan.

However modern history does not jibe with the reality of twenty first century warfare. [Read more…]

SSSD and Fox

Long day at work standing around, talking on a radio, and filling out official looking forms. Thus, I didn’t get a chance to do much reading.

However, I did run across a FOX News article trying to stir up some controversy about Rock Beyond Belief. The theme of those opposed to the event is that the evil atheist speakers and performers will be unable to tailor their speeches and performances to a family friendly environment. Which is silly, you always play to your audience and both the performers and organizers of the event are aware of the policies governing events on a military base.

So even though the rock bands will not come on stage covered in the blood of newborn infants and screaming a string of obscenities that would make a Drill Sergeant flinch, I will still be attending and SO SHOULD YOU.

(Source: O IT BURNS FOX NEWS RADIO)

Birther PAC

Unlimited money to promote unlimited stupidity.

The Minuteman organization, a loose collection of civilians who both advocate for greater border security and watch the boarder themselves, has formed a Political Action Committee. In addition to promoting immigration reform and socially conservative policies, the PAC has added another large plank to their organization; they are birthers. [Read more…]

John Edward, Relationship Genius

I actually still can’t believe this happened.

Today was a long one, eleven and a half hours. Consequently I didn’t get to read or write much but this, sadly, caught my eye.

Apparently the reason Kim Kardashian got a divorce was because her father told her to. Even better, her father is dead. Even better, the information was relayed to Kim via John Fracking Edward, yes THAT John Edward, the very paragon of morality. [Read more…]