Not Your Typical First Day of Work

Today I was watching President Trump speak, and my mind started to wonder. I began to think about the condition of this country when he took office, and then I started thinking about other messes that American Presidents have inherited over the years.

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I’m telling you, when you think about some of the stuff that has gone on over the course of our country’s history, you have to laugh-it’s the humor we find in things when they’re so bad, you laugh to keep from loosing your mind.

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With that, let’s go back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan and Vice President, George Bush Sr. Before Reagan was in office, America was in the post-Vietnam and post-Watergate phase. The confidence and mood of the country was teetering on the brink of disaster. While in office, Reagan and Bush dealt with sky-rocketing budget deficits, and the Wall Street scandal involving the manipulation of junk bonds.

Inheriting a mess, and dealing with one? You bet. It gets worse though. There was a banking crises going on in the eighties that was costing tax payers billions of dollars, crack-cocaine became an epidemic, and urban crime was reaching an all-time high! (No pun intended)

Let’s not forget about AIDS.

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During the first two years as president, Bush Sr. saw Communism unravel in Europe, Mikhail Gorbachev’s attempt to restructure the Soviet’s economy, and the collapse or destruction of the Berlin Wall.

In 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and Bush ordered Operation Desert Shield to protect the Saudi Arabian oil fields (and freedom and liberty) but probably the oil fields more. ūüėāūüóĹ

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I didn’t know Saddam Hussein’s role model was Joseph Stalin!? Anyway, at 3 A.M. on January 17th, 1991, Operation Desert Storm commenced and the air-strikes began! With the United Nations approval, the Untied States led the way, and we were backed by 39 other nations.

History is amazing, and it does repeat itself. I think Reagan and Bush did a pretty darn good job restoring American confidence and fixing the economy, but I was just a baby then.

Thanks for reading everyone, and the next time you change jobs, think about the crack epidemic or something. Hey, at least you’re not the president-Am I right guys. hahahalolhahaha

I’m tired, and I’ve been writing all day and night.

I’m now digressing…

Have a wonderful night, and a blessed day tomorrow!

“In God We Trust”

How many times have you looked at the back of a bill, and wondered to yourself, “Why does it say, In God We Trust, on the back of our money?” Why do we even care at all? Well, when something doesn’t make sense to us, we question it, and what makes this so confusing is actually another saying that claims money is the root to all evil.

In God We Trust on the $5.

So then, we’re confronted with this perplexing question, “If money is the root of all evil, than why does it say In God We Trust on the back of our money?” After all, we do associate money with evil, hell, and the devil. What’s going on? In February, 1862, the United States Congress passed the Legal Tender Act to help finance the Civil War, and it was at that time, under the Legal Tender Act, the motto was added to money. Interesting right?

In God We Trust on the backside of the $1 bill as seen with the pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye.

I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m going to suggest all the questions we have today, and all the mysteries surrounding the motto and the money stem from Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most religiously moral and Christian-minded presidents this country has ever seen. Roosevelt was a constitutional conservative, and he not only believed putting God on money was sacrilege, but he also believed the motto was unconstitutional because it established a religion, which opposed the First Amendment.

When you take into consideration where we’re at today with digital currency, there’s no doubt about the amazing history American money has!

Norma McCorvey

Who the heck is Norma McCorvey? She was a woman who lived in Texas, and out of her desire to protect her identity, was called Jane Roe. Is this starting to sound familiar? If I said Roe v. Wade, you’d probably say, “Hmm, that sounds familiar.” Well, Norma McCorvey was Jane Roe. In the early seventies she became pregnant and desired an abortion, but legally she couldn’t obtain one in the state of Texas.

Without a choice, she gave birth, and eventually put her child up for adoption. Then, she brought a law suit against Dallas County District Attorney, Henry Wade, and there you have it. Roe v. Wade is a landmark case, and there’s no other issue in modern America that’s as emotionally and politically charged as abortion rights. Of course, this case made it to the Supreme Court, and most Americans believed abortion was a matter of private choice-

a decision fit for a woman to make, but they received harsh push back from conservatives. The conservatives “pro-life” movement gained strength by the time the 1980’s came around. In 1998, Norma McCorvey converted to Christianity, and Henry Wade died in 2001. Many people don’t know this, but Henry Wade, the prosecutor sued in this case, prosecuted Jack Ruby, the man known for killing Lee Harvey Oswald.

Writing; Beginning To….End?

          I was six years old when I became conscious of my writing.  My father bought a football game for our Nintendo, and when he came home from work on Friday, we would play all weekend.  Me, my brother, and my father, yup, we played nintendo all weekend.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† So one weekend, I grabbed a few sheets of paper and started making a sports page just like something you’d see in your newspaper.¬† I wrote about the games we played against each other.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†If I played against my brother, and he used the Giants, and I used the Raiders, I’d write about the game between the Giants and the Raiders.¬† I had so much fun with it.¬† I wrote about how I was going to beat everyone, and they laughed and said bullshit.

¬† ¬† ¬†If someone told me I would eventually go to school and get a degree in the Media/Journalism field, I probably would’ve never believed it, but it’s funny how things work out.¬† ¬†Truthfully speaking, my writing was something I never paid attention to despite the fact that it became apart of who I was at such a young age.


A while ago someone said to me, “Oh, you’re a writer?¬† Well, we all write don’t we?”¬†¬†Yes Mr. Sarcastic, we all write, but writing is a talent.¬† Just because you write checks to pay your bills, that doesn’t make you a writer.¬† It’s an art, although I never looked at it that way.¬†¬†I’m not trying to blow myself here, but I’m just saying.

¬† ¬† ¬†I get really upset when I create something, especially if it’s sports related, and I write and publish it through my site, and all of a sudden I’ll see a company like FOX Sports, for example, publish something similar.¬† It’s probably coincidental, (that’s what I tell myself) but it still bothers me.¬† I’m very very protective of my work because the field of Journalism and writing in general is filled with people like Mr. Sarcastic.

     Mr. Sarcastic is that person who has zero talent, zero writing ability, zero creativity, and absolutely zero fucking respect for the art and the people who are passionate about it, but he/she gets all the jobs in all the best places.  Mr. Sarcastic is the person who tells you to submit an article or ideas to him/her, but instead of publishing your work, he rewrites it, puts his own spin on it, and publishes it under his name.

¬† ¬† ¬†When you apply for a job with the Mr. Sarcastics of the world, they know you need a job writing for their publication in order to publish your work, but they don’t hire you.¬† It’s a vicious circle.¬† Someone at some point has to give you a shot right?¬† How are you supposed to have writing clips if you can’t get a job writing.¬† Do you get it?¬† They’re asking for something you cannot possibly have unless you get hired.¬† Where does it begin?¬† How do you get your stinky foot in the door?


¬† ¬† ¬†I graduated college in 2003, and let me tell you something about journalism, it’s lost.¬† It’s lost because like I said, it’s filled with Mr. Sarcastic.¬† Now, that’s not the only reason, but that’s a large part of it.

¬† ¬† I can’t speak about journalism in the 1970’s because I wasn’t alive, but I graduated college in 2003, and I’m amazed at all the change the field has endured over the last twenty years.¬† Most of it being because of technology.

¬† ¬† ¬†Let us get down to business here.ūüĒ•ūüĒ•¬† As a citizen of this country, it is your right to know the TRUTH about what’s going on.¬† Today, you keep hearing the term “fake news” thrown around, and what people mean when they say that is the news your getting is made up to forward an agenda.

¬† ¬† ¬†As a journalist/reporter, it’s our job to give you the FACTS.¬† That is it.¬† Just the FACTS.¬† The TRUTH, well, that’s for you to decide.¬† The TRUTH, is something that will eventually come out.¬† As journalist/reporter we’re not supposed to be biased or give you our opinions about anything we write or report about.

¬† ¬† ¬†What do we see today?¬† Biased and opinionated journalism.¬† It’s everywhere!¬† What happened to Journalism?¬† Ask Mr. Sarcastic.¬† Ask Mr. Sarcastic how long has it been since he stepped out of his office and went digging for a story.¬† When was the last time he pushed so hard to get the facts about something, he was threatened.¬† Ask Mr. Sarcastic how often he just rewrites press releases, or takes information from his news feed and feeds it to you.¬†¬†At the highest levels, ask Mr, Sarcastic how much money he gets paid to follow the narrative, and report “fake news.”


¬† ¬† ¬†What happened to journalism?¬† Is that what you ask?¬† Well, you’re asking the wrong question.¬† The question is, what happened to the Journalist.¬† Ask Mr. Sarcastic.

¬† ¬† ¬†Afterall, it is Mr. Sarcastic that’s keeping the journalist out of work, but let¬†us forget about Mr. Sarcastic for now.¬† He made his point, and we know where he stands.¬† He will never get fired.¬† We can’t beat him, he’ll never hire us, and honestly, we’ll never get along with him anyway, but we don’t have to.

¬† ¬† ¬†This comes down to doing what’s right.¬† This comes down to doing your job the way it’s supposed to be done.¬† The best part about being a journalist, is that it’s your job to get the news.¬† It’s your job to get the FACTS.¬† We have a right to know what’s going on, and we have an obligation to the people we report to.

¬† ¬† It’s a war.¬† It’s good versus evil.¬† It’s truth against lies and deceit.¬† Are you going to keep quiet, or are you going to speak up?¬† Are you going to follow a narrative, or are you going to wake up and break out to get the facts about an original story?¬† What kind of a person are you?¬† Are you a journalist or are you Mr. Sarcastic?¬† People always talk about our second amendment right being infringed upon, but what about our first?

     Journalism has a whole lot to do with the first amendment.  Our first amendment guarantees us the freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the right of the individual to speak freely.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

-law.cormell.edu

¬† ¬† ¬†This is why I say it’s a war.¬† If Mr. Sarcastic is in and the journalist is out, then we’re compromising our first amendment.¬† One time, I heard someone say, “we should need a certificate to be a journalist.”¬† Are you kidding me?¬† You have the first amendment giving you the right, what more do you need?¬† Oh, they’re looking for some type of regulation so when Mr. Sarcastic doesn’t let the journalist work, the certification will be some kind of background check that prevents him from ever getting hired within the business.¬† It’s another slander campaign against the individual.

¬† ¬† ¬†No thanks.¬† Getting a degree made it difficult enough.¬† Remember, I was writing when I was six.¬† No regulations, no certifications, no restrictions.¬† (This is why the internet is regulated the way it is.)¬† Whenever you have a platform that enables you to reach people, someone has to be in charge of watching, listening, and regulating content.¬† They want to know what you’re saying, who your audience is, and if people are actually following you.¬† They laugh at us and say we write for no money, but they fear us because money doesn’t drive our content.

¬† ¬† ¬†Journalism is lost because the journalist is without a home right now.¬† He/she is roaming the world wide web.¬† ¬†No one wants the journalist around.¬† Who’s going to let him/her in?¬† Where will it begin?


¬† ¬† ¬†Here were are.¬† Thirty-three years later.¬† We’ve gone from the little boy writing sports articles about Nintendo games to, to this.¬† When the fuck did everything get so serious?¬† Oh, I forgot, it’s not serious as long as Mr. Sarcastic is around, because he doesn’t give you the FACTS.¬† He tells stories.¬† Like we’re children in a kindergarten classroom.¬† Dumb us down more please.¬† Thank you.

Have a good day everyone.

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May is a Spanish celebration in remembrance of the Mexican’s Army victory over the French Empire.

The Battle of Puebla occurred on May 5th, 1862.¬† Mexico’s victory was surprising, and naturally provided a major boost in moral for the Mexican Army.¬† The French were better armed, more prepared, and outnumbered Mexican forces, but Mexico was inspired under President Benito Juarez.¬†

They not only slowed the French army, but they forced it to retreat, regroup, and Napoleon III had no other choice but to send additional manpower to site.  On May 9th, 1862, President Juarez declared Cinco de Mayo a national holiday.

Unfortunately, by the 17th of May, the French Army made a full recovery and were¬† victorious in their second attempt at the Second Battle of Puebla.¬† Eventually, the Capital fell and the French pushed on to Mexico City forcing Juarez’s Government into exile.

Either way, we’ll celebrate the day.¬† Happy Cinco de Mayo!¬†


Thank You

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Our Obligation

It has been a long time since I debated political issues, or even gotten upset about anything political.

When I was old enough to start voting I never did because I didn’t think politics affected my life.

I’m 38, and just recently, I registered to vote in the state of Pennsylvania.¬† I’m nonaffiliated, but I am a registered voter.

I guess you can say I’m taking baby steps, however, I know there are a lot of people who feel like I do, and for those of you who do, I would like to share something that came to me this morning.

It is true that certain political issues do not have an immediate affect on our lives, but most will affect our lives at some point in the future.¬† Maybe I was right when I was 18; maybe political decisions weren’t going to change my life when I turned 20, but how many bills that were passed and signed twenty years ago with or without our knowledge, are coming to fruition today?

Many people would like to see a third candidate in the Presidential Elections, and some are happy with the two party system.

There’s a lot of people who don’t give a crap about Democrats or Republicans.

So, if you’re older and really involved in what’s going on, or younger and really don’t care about what’s happening, just keep in mind that we do have an obligation as Americans to preserve what we have.¬† This means we all have an active part in shaping the future.¬† Our futures and our children’s futures.

In politics, change isn’t something that happens overnight.¬† It takes TIME.¬† Change occurs over time so stay informed.

Maybe if we consider the future, long term agendas, and change over time, the right candidate or political party will become visible to us.