Miley Cyrus: A Public Service Announcement

Sep 1, 2013 by

 

mileyI couldn’t help but hear about the uproar caused by Miley Cyrus’s performance of We Can’t Stop  at the VMA awards. It was all over the news and the internet. I’m not a fan but whenever a performer causes this much of a stir, it’s time to check them out. So I hopped on the YouTubes to check it out for myself. Frankly, I don’t know what all the hubbub is about. Sure there were a few suggestive sexual elements and some bleeped out veiled drug references. So. Music has been doing this since the dawn of Rock and Role. Big deal. This is just another loop in the cycle.

The only difference is people that used to be young are older, have children and think she’s setting a bad example but Miley’s not responsible for you or your children’s well being. She’s not bound by any of our self imposed moral codes. She’s responsible for selling albums. She’s a corporation, employing people. She’s a job creator.

to the pundits, news anchors and parents that are up in arms over what this performer did. Let me point out a few things.

One, she’s 20 years old, an adult, and as her song says, as an adult, ..”she can say what she wants to”.. If parents are under the assumption that having their children exposed to this sort of “scandalous” performance is in some way going to corrupt  their precious little angels then here’s a reality check. If it only takes music, movies, books or video games to lead your children away from how you feel they should interact with the world, than obviously your lessons, your values and your morals are not sinking in. Let me share a secret with you we’re all exposed to far more extreme examples of Miley’s behavior every day, your children included. If reasoning and explaining your belief system, to your kids fails you can always try to guilt them into submission.  But young people are going to do what they want.  All youth reject  what their elders stand for when they start to think for themselves. It’s a good thing “… she can do what she wants to…” and you can too.

Two, Miley has given you a gift. She has placed herself in the path of all your self righteous indignation and in doing so has given you the gift of looking down your long noses at her. Why is this a gift? because in doing so it has relieved you of the burden, for a short time, of  having to face real world problems. You know, like the millions of people, children included, living in America forced to subsist on next to nothing or the growing disparity between wealthy and poor or the apathy we have in electing qualified people to represent us in our government but I guess it all about priorities, you can all feel good about yourselves and hold you heads high in moral superiority. At least you’d never do what Miley did. Now doesn’t that feel good? How kind of her, you should give thanks.

Three, I’ve heard people call Miley a whore in training, a skank or slut, out of control on the way to ruin…blah, blah, blah. Clearly and here’s the crux of the situation, some people have a problem separating Miley from Hannah Montana. These people partially live in that saccharine sweet, parallel world created for them and their children by entertainment corporations hell bent on glueing your eyes to the “Tube” in order generate ad revenue. God forbid anyone tarnish the unreality of the television experience.

I think the thing that bothers me the most is the rampant hypocrisy. Those of us who’ve lived through the experience of our twenties and are up in arms over Miley, seem to have forgotten what it was like to be 20. You have the whole world in front of you and for the first time you truly believe you can do what you want to. So you try things, lots of things, some not to smart things and you learn not memorize what someone else told you about something or live vicariously through others. You live your life.  If you’ve never been in trouble when you were younger or pushed the envelope  you qualify as sheep in my opinion and while you can express your opinion you don’t have the life experience to make a substantive contribution.  I would like to hear what she has learned in fifteen or twenty years, if she makes it that long.

Lastly, Miley did everything she was supposed to. She entertained, shocked, drew attention to her work and ultimately will sell albums. You will remember her, the song and the performance …”its her party”…You can bet this will be talked about next year at the VMA awards. “I wonder what Miley will do this year… Do you remember last year, OMG!”

 

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Now you’re Mad?

Mar 30, 2010 by

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate
energy policy.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in  Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when the president ignored the clear and timely warning that terrorists were going to hijack planes and fly them into the WTCs.

You didn’t get mad when the weapons inspectors, who said there were no WMDs, were ignored.

You didn’t get mad when hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.

You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.  Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans…oh hell no.

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Obama

Nov 5, 2008 by

Obama wins. 

I confess I was quietly concerned as the results of the election were trickling in last night. I never underestimate this country’s ability to be short sighted, self absorbed and easily persuaded. Thankfully, as a nation, we are growing and becoming more accepting and as a result have decided to embrace hope and change. We have elected Barak Obama.

As I grow older the profound simplicity of the U.S. Constitution takes on more  meaning. Our country  has the incredible ability to evolve and change with the times. That ability was built into our founding. We are a nation based on an idea. An idea beautifully illustrated in the Preamble and now embodied in the form of our new President elect.

We have taken one more step to forming “A more prefect union.” The road ahead, for our new President, is strune with the debree of corruption run wild. An economy left in taters, two wars costing billions, fractured world opinion as well as not adhering to the principles our nation was founded upon. The previous eight years are case in point of what happens when you fail to follow the spirit of the Constitution. Domestic spying, torture, sweet heart deals for government lobbyists, corporate greed placed ahead of needs of the people. Is it any wonder why we have lost credibility with our neighbors.

 I consider myself lucky to have witnessed a moment in history that signals the dawn of a new age. We will have to give this man time. The problems left to us will take years to straighten out. We must not get discouraged. We will have to watch our representative more closely so as to avoid falling into old ways of thinking. We must be vigilant and resolute in our determination to be better. 

I’m looking forward to the next four years.

 

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Standard Practices

Oct 9, 2008 by

Dear Senator Durbin,
        I just read about AIG’s plans for another “Gathering” on the heels of it $440,000 junket. The details on the expenditures of the last “Junket” are case in point of why this rushed bail out was a bad idea. These executives just don’t get it and it is illustrated by the words of AIG Chief Executive Officer Edward Liddy, “This sort of gathering has been standard practice in our industry for many years.”
        Clearly Mr. Liddy is clueless or uncaring of the current situation. His company is bankrupt and it only exists because our representatives allocated our tax dollars to saving it. “Standard practices” are what bankrupted them in the first place .
        Senator Durbin, I’ve always thought of you as kind, considerate, thoughtful man. You have been evenhanded and served our state with distinction. You voted for the bail out it is up to you to set these people straight. I will not stand idly by any longer while Congress allows my money and my future to be flushed down he drain.
        Fix this.

Sincerely
David Morton

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Up in The Cloud

Jun 11, 2008 by

I watched Apples 2008 WWDC. I have to ask, when did we all become 2 years old and unable to understand complete thoughts and concepts.
        I ask this because Apple is converting “Dot MAC” to “Me.com.” It’s their new web service suite designed to integrate with iphone 2.0. The idea is based on exchange servers, but mixed with some online, Google like, Apps.
With the new ME.Com you will be able to “Push” the changes you make to you schedule, contacts, mail, docs …ect, to all you systems, like your laptop, iphone, and desktop. So all your data will be in sync. Nice and about time.
        Well the thing that irked me happened during the demo. The demo guy kept referring to your data being sent up to “The Cloud.” What F**king Cloud? Have we became so stupid we can’t understand that our data is being organized, analyzed and transferred through a physical server? There is no f**cking cloud! The internet is tubes, damn it! ( I saw it on CNN)
This is indicative of how corporations view the general public. People are stupid and they have to speak to us as if we are 2 years old. “Where does e-mail come from mommy?” “Well son, e-mail comes from fairyland and drifts down from the clouds like snow flakes.” AHH! It is inconceivable , to a corporation, that you may actual know things. I’d like to think my fellow americans are more savvy. I’d like to think if we don’t understand something we take the initiative to educate ourself. Am I wrong?

This message brought to you by Cumulus, a cloud you can trust.

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The U.S. Constitution

Jun 4, 2008 by

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WTF!!!

I just read an article on Wired about John Mcain, the presumptive republican candidate for the “08” election. In it he states,
“If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president’s wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight.”

He bases this statement on the War Time Powers Act. The Act grants the President very broad powers during war time. ( which is why U.S. Congress should never fast track a war… i.e. Iraq or the War on Terror or the the “War on {insert phase}) As a side note: What kind of a moron thinks you can declare War on Terrorism? Terrorism is an idea you can’t kill it, you can’t put it in a box. You can only declare war on a physical state or government. The proponents of this line of thought live in fear and they want you to also.

He justifies this with the following statement:
”We do not know what lies ahead in our nation’s fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution.“

Macain refers to Article II, of the Constitution. Unfortunately Article II has no prevision allowing for warrentless wiretapping. PERIOD. If he is referring to Article II, Section 2, the part about commander and chief of the armed forces, then yes he can command the troops, not Telcos and certainly not circumvent the 4th Amendment which has a definite and clear outline for judicially sanctioned search. The War powers Act does not ”Trump“ the Constitution nor does any law. Only an amendment to the document can change the powers of the Presidency. Something lost on the current crop of legislators.

Have these people actually read the Constitution in it’s entirety, not just cherry pick sentences. Do they not see the artistry and completeness of the ideas for the nation in it’s text.

The Constitution is not a laundry list of do’s and don’ts. Nor should it be. It is the foundation for a way of thinking and living together. It is purposefully vague so as to foster discussion and argument. The Founding Fathers made it incredibly hard for one person or group to impose it’s will on the people. (hhhmm wonder why that is?) Yet here we are with one man basically saying it’s okay to toss out the 4th Amendment. After all it’s for you own good. The crux of the matter is this. If you wiretap or spy on someone you are presuming guilt. It’s that simple.

I’ve been watching the democratic primaries like an obsessed maniac. I never really put that much effort into keeping track of what my representatives did in office. My thinking has always been, as long as they don’t swing to far left or right, I’m okay with it. I realize that there are certain people that truly believe they know what’s best for “YOU” and have the need to exert that opinion. Luckily we have The Constitution of the United States to keep these people in line. But somewhere along the way a certain element has made headway into corrupting our government and basically ignoring the principles our country was founded upon.

Every President must take “The Oath” of office and it’s a simple sentence, but has profound meaning. It states:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It’s not rocket science. They must preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. YES!! the Constitution!!. Not the American People. We can take care of ourselves.

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