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Maybe a Political Revolution is Here?

I am political. You understand that during this times and all of the joke news stations (CNN, FOX) want to talk about the bullshit between parties and internally, do they really see what is happening? Do they see the writing on the wall?

Bernie Sanders has expressed his interest in a political revolution. This seems to be a slogan, but in reality, I can see this happening on both sides right now. It is the birth of a new, four or more, party system. We have had this happen before in U.S. politics. We have also heard the rumbling of this with the independents in the 1990s and the tea party in recent years. In the past, however, there was a big change in Republican’s and Democrats, and before that there was changes in popular parties such as the Whigs and Federalists. It isn’t new, but has not happened in a while.

The future is bright. Don’t get me wrong, it may sound bleak but it is bright. The biggest problem is that it is so bright we need to wear shades. The reference there could be to the meanings behind the song or just a realization that things are not as always as bright as they look. I can see both sides. With some “carpet bombing” comments I see more of the song meanings, but on the side, there is some darkness being spread with one of the fractions.

So, to clarify. Yes, there is a political revolution that has been simmering. This year the foundation has been visible if not firmly created. I can see the near future, sometime in the next 10 years, a four party split. To start, on the far right we have Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Each of them have said some rather hateful things about certain groups. I will call this the “Dark Right.” We will agree to disagree. Next we have a group of people on the right who are more closer to the center or are “moderate” to a certain sense. I will call those the “Light Right” to entertain a similar name. This group is losing in Republican debates and it may include John Kasich. This may be closer to the Republican that people are fond of similar to Eisenhower and maybe Reagan. Many other examples may better. The next is the middle “progressive” or liberal. This group is closer to a moderate, liberal, person with some conservative points. I would compare this to either John F. Kennedy or Bill Clinton. They are forward and not moderate Republican yet still moving in a way that are positive to issues that the other side not consider. This would be rights to minorities and the different sexes and sexual orientation. I call this the “Gray Hype” for similar reasons previously mentioned with other groups based on my views. The last of the four groups or parties being created or will be notice in one way or another in the next decade is the left or progressive “extreme” that some will call it. This group obviously includes Bernie Sanders. I would call this the “European Wannabe Left” of the U.S. They are very left compared to the rest on social, political, and foreign policy issues. This group values more of the western European political side, and the issues of this group is commonly young and the most progressive and educated.

This is my concerns in short without real, true changes ahead. It is a different place politically and worldly for the United States. It may not be the best place, but it is a place where the change is real and will be seen in the coming decades. I like it, I hope for it, and I respect it. Good luck. Hope to be here when it changes or after the next mushroom cloud.

Are You Feeling the Bern Now, Mr Krabs?

Politics is my thing. Have you heard about this guy named Bernie Sanders? Well, you should have unless you have lived under a rock for the past couple decades or if you’re an ignorant piece of shit. Anyway, whether you agree or not, I like him, I like his policies, and I am “feeling the Bern.”

So, why am I writing this short little piece? Well, I have seen a lot go down over the years. The gap between the poor and the wealthy have increased with income equality, the middle class in the U.S. has declined, and people are still without health insurance (although better than before the Affordable Care Act). With a more progressive and European-styled policy person, this can change and should change. Franklin D. Roosevelt started it in the United States and few liked it then. Today, Sanders has drawn some criticism because of misunderstanding. Seriously, he is the FDR of the modern U.S. history who will and can take us from our recession (or I would really argue a depression) through the past decade.

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Do you “feel the Bern” now? I hope you do eventually. Read about him. Read about how someone came up with the awesome slogan and hashtag of #feelthebern. Someone named Winnie Wong started it all. Interesting stuff, but I know you can read so do it. Do it now. Feel it. Are you feeling it now Mr. Krabs?

Another day in Oregon

So, if you have not read the news in a while, you may be shocked to know a group of white gang members stormed a government building in Oregon to take it as their own. To add to that, they also claim they will shoot anyone who tries to remove them from this land and building. Why, I ask, does the media not call them gang members or maybe terrorists? Some people do not agree it meets the definition of terrorist. At the same time, they are doing their actions with the threat of harm to anyone in the spirit of an ideology for political gains.

Some news organizations call this group different things. One, National Public Radio for instance, refers to them as an “Oregon Occupation.” In the article linked here they claim that Oregon residents are split with some supporting their gang actions, and others vocally against them because they might hurt themselves or police. They also suggest it is an issue that is caused by people’s “frustrations” as if every time someone is upset about something they threaten death and steal. For real? Those are called criminals, extremists, terrorists, gangs, etc. Seriously? If they weren’t white, this would be a totally different story.

Now, if they were not white is one issue brought up by another news organization. One Huffington Post claims it is not terrorists, for instance. They suggest it is more of an issue of white privilege. That I can partially agree because if they were not white they would have been shot like the many other people shot in the United States by police this past year. The name game of sorts is an issue among many issues. The killing of people at a Planned Parenthood in 2015 was not called terrorism. I would call it that as would many, but it was not called that although it clearly met the definition. Why are white guys who murder people “humanized” as in this Oregon case when other non-white people not humanized? For instance, the shootings by Dear and Roof in 2015. Racism, maybe? Hmmm…

Slate has a better option to call them. They call these Oregon folks “extremists” instead of just “occupiers” or “militants” like others have called them. That is a little closer than “terrorist,” but again, the definition of terrorists is about any political or other ideology that is the intent of a campaign to create fear or concern in a group of people. That is what they are doing.

Again, I question what is up with the media and participants in this gang of terrorist “thugs.” They have, for some odd reason, have been granted to be allowed to give news interviews and not be arrested on the spot, and they also have called themselves “peaceful” people. This completely goes against their message that they would kill people if they tried to stop them from stealing this land and building. At least Twitter has stopped one of the people from preaching their hate and spreading the message of anti-American values. His name is Ammon Bundy, and he is at the heart of this “occupation.” One politician has publicly been supportive of them on Twitter. Andy Holt, a lawmaker (GOP of course) has been openly in support of them wanting to know how he can support this organization. Seriously? Wow. Treason much?

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Please understand. It is not just words. These mean something. It is important to call it what it is and to define actions, no matter the race or nationality, as what they are if you want to be fair and understanding of any situation. The Young Turks know this to be true, and I recommend if you have a different opinion to check them out. It is shameful country where white guys can take over public property and threaten to kill someone and be ignored by media while a black male can just exist and be killed. WTF. #OregonUnderAttack

 

Pizza is Served So Drink up?

Mmm… Pizza.

It is a lighter side of commentary included within this post. I am a huge fan of pizza, so it goes without saying how important this post is to the world and me. Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, and apparently some other lesser known chain pizza restaurants are dropping price so low it hurts! Well, it does not hurt, but it tastes oh so good. It is great 2016 deals!

Pizza Hut wanted to do something in this big war and battle to gain ground against rivals. What did they do? Oh, fuck yeah, they lowered the price of a medium one topping pizza to $5 with the purchase of something else including bread sticks (at regular price) or another one topping pizza at the low, low price of $5.

How amazing is that? Oh? Not good enough? Wait, there is more! (insert Billy Mays?). Papa John’s, too, released a great deal for the new year. They are offering customers a “chance” to get a second pizza for 50 cents if said customer simultaneously orders a large pizza at regular price. While this sounds amazing, there are problems with Papa. In 2012, the CEO, John Schnatter’s, made some very negative comments about the Affordable Care Act – an act that has provided millions of people with the opportunity for health care in the United States. These comments did hurt their business, some, but because of that, I hesitate to order there and really have not since those comments. No matter the political changes of the company and nation, that is how I have went forward with my pizza ordering.

In fact, I have mostly made my own pizza or ordered locally. There is a couple of great local places that have better pizza than any chain (John’s Wildwood Pizza & Edinboro Online: Norman’s if you are in NW PA). My home-made pizza, and sometimes the frozen junk in the stores, is better than the chains. So, do I need any of it? Not really. The great deals, however, are an awesome opportunity for anyone on a budget or wants to try again those great pizza businesses.

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On a side note, however, is a comical point in my deranged head about Pizza Hut. Their Vice President of Marketing’s name is Jared Drinkwater. Interestingly enough they sell primarily Pepsi brand products. Should I drink water or Pepsi, Mr. Drinkwater? Should I? I don’t know. I’ll just eat some pizza. Maybe you should, too? Fuck your diet.

Day 1 – Terrorists in Oregon

In the news today Terrorists with guns have taken control over a government building in Oregon. They are heavily armed and have ties with known criminals. This group is dangerous per accounts and allegedly want to overthrow the U.S. government. Where is the outrage of government officials and media coverage about this terrorist occupation in the United States? Oh. That is right. These are white guys.

This will be short because it is a developing story. It is a story where heavily armed white men have taken over government property in “protest” over their friends who are to be sent to jail for vandalizing and damaging government land. There are also some reports of illegal use of the land and poaching. So, why is the media and government officials not calling this group, who is violently acting for a political reason, a terrorist group? Why at least is this not at bare minimum called a “gang” and treated as such? They are white. If police can kill a black man for having a knife with 16 shots in the middle of the street or a black child for having a toy gun then why not here? Why call and of course kill two people “terrorists” who were Muslims in California (that they did rightfully call them “terrorists” in this case, however…) and why not here? Why not now?

If you are white with a gun that is holding land that does not belong to you your are called a militia in the United States. You are a “patriot” according to some people. If you are black you are called a gang. If you are affiliated with a non-Christian religion you are a terrorist. I understand the importance of labels and words, but this is ridiculous on how they label whites vs. non-whites and Christians vs. non-Christians. What is wrong with the U.S.? Gosh.