JeredJohnston: September 2010 Archives

Blog Portfolio 1 el236

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Here's my first blog portfolio for el236, Writing for the Internet.  My blog primarily focuses on politics and my views on wahts happening in the world of politics.  I try to blend a good bit of humor in my writing as not to sound preachy or boring and honestly because sometimes this shit is just too ridiculous not to laugh at and make a joke out of.  My views are very liberal so my blogs have a liberal, leftist bias and I don't deny it-take a good hard look at some of the figureheads of the right as well as some of the people I go after in these entries and tell they don't deserve it.  I am fairly new to blogging, my only other experience with blogging was for a class and I did not enjoy it - mainly because we could only write about certain things which made sense it was a class on American Lit so it would be odd to have a blog on why Sarah Palin is an idiot and scares the living shit out of me but I really enjoy the freedom that I've had on this blog to write about what I want.  I also enjoy the idea of commenting on people's blogs and replying to comments people might leave on my own-this is something I have to get better at I admit, like I said this is still pretty new to me.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading my blogs, I'll try to keep em funny and not get so grim as I have in my latest entry but I felt it was only appropriate and it was something I feel very strongly about.  That is another thing I love about blogging, you can voice your opinions and share it with the world, it is a great way to get your voice heard-provided anyone reads it....

 

Interaction:

Here I replied to a comment left on my blog:

Machete

Depth:

I think in my following blogs I showed my ability to go into depth on a particular topic:

From the Mouth of Stupidity

Dangerous Daze

Discussion:

I commented on Matthew Moore's creative writing blog; not sure if he has posted my comment yet or not....I commented pretty late I confess.  I'll get better at this haha.

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewMoore/2010/09/life-with-parenthesis.html

Outside Material:

In the following blogs I included links to and commented on outside material:

Machete

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/dangerous_daze.html

Ethos:

I felt as though I was able to use my style and humor to establish a strong ethos in all of my blogs:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/dangerous_daze.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/from_the_mouth_of_stupidity.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/from_the_mouth_of_madness.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/machete_controversy.html

Convention:

I feel the following blogs show my understanding of the conventions of blogging:

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/machete_controversy.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeredJohnston/2010/09/dangerous_daze.html

 

 

 

 

Dangerous Daze

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It seems, at least on the surface, that homphobia has begun to dwindle in this country due to an increase in progressive legislation, an increase in LGBTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning & Intersexed) people coming out and thus eliminating our community's former and crippling invisibility and also with homosexuality being seen and talked about more openly on television, on the news, in schools etc.  More and more people are realizing that the only thing seperating homosexuals from heterosexuals is sexual orientation, and in that realization many stereotypes have begun to crumble; there is no "gay agenda", it is not a choice, homosexuals are no more promiscous than heterosexuals, we can't nor do we wish to recruit your kids to increase the numbers of our armies (no we don't have armies), and we don't all love Cher (she scares the shit out of me, I think item number five in her dialy beauty regiment in "Drink the blood of virgins" seriously she's like 90 Botox isn't that powerful). 

 As a gay man I have been very pleased with the changes in the world in regard to homosexuality.  I didn't live through the previous decades wherein homosexuals had little to no rights at all, so I know I can't appreciate it as well as others but growing up as a homosexual in a very conservative, Christian family in a very redneck Bible-thumpin', NRA-lovin' area like South Western PA can make you appreciate it a bit more.  With the Matthew Shepard Act being passed, which finally granted federal hate crime law protection to LGBTQQI people, and the overturning of Don't Ask Don't Tell, a discriminatory policy of the United States military which forbid homosexuals from being out in the military, the penalty of which resulted in a dishonorable discharge the world looked a little more promising and a little more welcoming. 

Recently however these progressive items of legislation have met vehement opposition from the Christian right-shock!  In the wake of the 9/11 attacks Jerry Falwell, a well-known televangelist and avid promoter of anything anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-progressive, anti-Telletubbies (that's not a joke, he said the purple one was queer) claimed that not only did he feel that homosexuals, feminists and abortion caused God to punish the US on 9/11 but that God Himself told him so.  I cannot express with written word how deeply I anticiapte the day when claims such as these are met with universal disapproval, and an all expenses paid trip to a fully equiped mental health facility.  While, Falwell made this outrageous claim his fellow evangelical whack-job, who according to his sermons also has Jesus on his speed-dial, Pat Robertson whole-heartedly agreed.  To read the transcript of their actual quotes please click here.

Religious hate is nothing new to homosexuals and it sadly almost expected to happen.  Falwell, Robertson and their ilke have always demostrated their willingness to embrace exclusion, bigotry and refusal at any attempt to dialogue with any gay rights group but it was another religious figure that recently recieved a good bit of backlash for a claim which demonized homosexuals.  Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff and leader of the Catholic Church (don't see them at too many Pride parades) recently said that he was both proud and happy with numerous Catholics who've made it their mission to fight against legislation that would grant homosexuals the right to marry, he claimed that these efforts to combat gay marriage "help respond to some of the most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good today", a message of love so profound, Pat Robertson told me that Jesus actually had to cover his face and walk away shaking his head, I guess cause he was so moved. 

I don't think people fully understand the results of such venomous claims.  When straight children are taught by their parents, trusted adult authorities, and leaders of their church that homosexuals are sick and evil, threats to the common good and their mere existence can bring down the thunderous, fiery wrath of God how do you think they will treat a homosexual when first they meet one?  Maybe like this?  Or this?  It is disturbing the number and frequency of cases reported homophobic violence and even murder today.  Due to the hate-filled rhetoric spewed by these fat, multimillionare "men of god" and the all-too-real possibilty that one day their sick, evil lives will be cut short by some maniac attribites to the fact that gay teens are more than four times likley to attempt to end their lives than their heterosexual counterparts.  For a link to a page on the dangers and realities of gay teen suicide as well as a list of related links click here .  It is also estimated that every 5hours a gay teen attempts to kill themself.  The dangers of hate-speech and violence are very real and are not going away, evil never goes away quietly.  Both the attackers and those who were attacked are, to a degree, victims.  The assailants were taught to hate by the lies and cruelty of their religions and were thus brainwashed, even as young as 14 years old they have been taught to hate so strongly that they are willing to take a life. Meanwhile, gay teens the world over are contimplating taking their own lives.  Today, it is virtually guaranteed that about five gay teens will try to cut their lives short by their own hands; some will succeed.  Something is very wrong with this and no one seems to notice or to care, its like everyone's just walking around in a daze.  I urge you to fight for inclusion, and love and acceptance everyday.  There are local groups that you can join if you wish to lend a hand in the struggle for equality, there will be links posted at the bottom of the page.  Also, SHU does have a Gay Straight Alliance, if you would like to help make the SHU community more accepting, more inclusive by joining the network of LGBTQQI students and their straight allies please email me @ joh1758@setonhill.edu I'm the president.  Changes need to be made, lives need to be saved.

http://www.glenda.org/

http://www.persadcenter.org/

http://www.glccpgh.org/Home.aspx

http://chapters.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/pittsburgh/home.html

Thank you.

          

From the Mouth of Stupidity......

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This is a follow-up to my earlier entry regarding Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally".  As if it wasn't bad enought that Glenn Beck got to spew his biased, fear-based, no-legit-facts-to-be-found, ego-driven lunacy guess who joined him....you bet'chya, Alaska's former governor, Sarah Palin.  She, like Beck has been under fire recently, ever since McCain pulled her out of the tundra and into the spotlight for the '08 presidential election and announced that she would be his running mate at which point I can only imagine thousands of Democrats breathed a sigh of relief. I'm not sure if that decision should be classified as a savy political tactic to combat the Democratic Party's more diverse presidential hopefuls such as Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama or an inadvertent surrender (just a reminder to all those who still claim the election could've gone either way, it was a landslide-they kicked your ass-sorry 'my friends').  So let's review good ole' Glenn's special guest's track record-

-She was severely coached for the vice-presidentail debate vs Joe Biden  I mean come on, she wrote the words TAX CUTS on her palm so she wouldn't forget to mention it.  That has been a GOP constant for decades, that would be like Wil E. Coyote writting the words ROAD RUNNER on his palm.

-She apparently fancied herself such a wordsmith, dare I say a modern day Shakespeare that she coined a few of her own words such as,"refudiate" and "misunderestimate", as if "you bet'chya" and her creepy permanent Jack Nicholson in drag-like grin didn't make conscious Americans' collective skin crawl enough. 

-In response to being asked how her experience as Alaska's governor could aid in foreign policy and affairs should she be elected VP of the nation, she replied with an eerie, child-like confidence that because Russia can be seen from certain points in Alaska she was the right gal for the job.

I mean granted the media can distort things and tilt the perception of certain political figures so I suppose it would be wise to judge Mrs. Palin, aka Miss Wasila, slowly.  I mean no where is the media's blatant attacks and attempts to besmerch her reputation and character with sneaky, loaded trick questions more clear than when Katy Couric inquired, "What newspapers do you read?"  Bad form, Katy, bad form indeed.

This is the kind of mind that Glenn Beck attracts, Sarah Palin, and the Tea-Party people, whom Sarah Palin referred to as the "cream of the crop", personally I think they more closely resemble a herd of mentally deficient, easily swayed fools overflowig with a heady mixture of hate and fear (when I'm not hatin' Mexicans 'n queers, or pleasuring myself to the sight of my Burt Gummer from Tremors-like gun collection I watch Glenn Beck-I think that's their slogan I'm not 100%).  87,000 (estimate, no one seems to know the exact numbers) people attended the "Restoring Honor" rally.  Is any one else terrified by this?  I mean yeah they're idiots, but they're a shitload of idiots, and they can vote!  Some moderate thinkers, or just any one with a brain stem, I'd be willing to settle for that in the meantime, needs to start combating this insanity with the same tenacity as the loons or we could have another Bush.  Or worse, another Cheney.  That's not a joke, that's horrifying.  I just shuddered a bit typing that.

   

From the Mouth of Madness.......

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I don't know how closely you've been following politics but recently, Glenn Beck has reached an all-time personal record of insanity.  Recently Glenn Beck held a rally in Washington DC called the "Restoring Honor Rally".  Incidentally, the rally was held on the same day at the same location as civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech".  When Beck was criticized for holding his speech on the same day and location as Dr. King's speech he claimed that no, it was not, it was in fact several steps lower than where Dr. King actually stood, well thank God because I had initially thought you were going to bastardize one of the most heart-felt moving speeches in our country's history with a fear-filled, bat-shit-crazy rant about how Obama (our first African-American president) is a racist, lying, Islamic fundamentalist commie but ok, you're gonna be a few steps lower than the step where King stood ok that clears that up.  I mean if you were going to stand on the exact step as Dr. King I may have thought you were a disrespectful frenzied foaming jackass but now I see that my initial reaction was ill-founded and inaccurate, I apologize.  Rev. Al Sharpton held a rally on the same day in another location in the nation's capital called, "Redeem the Dream" in an attempt to protect the legacy of Dr. King's work from those, like Beck who would try to "hijack" the day, as Sharpton said.  This really cements the speculation over Beck's potential insanity, when you make Al Sharpton look like the well-adjusted, right-minded, level-headed guy in the room, you really dropped the ball. 

Moving on, in the actual speech itself, Glenn claimed that of a list of "Honorable men" with whom he shares a basic philosophy and belief system, a list which included such names as, George Washington, Moses, Dr. King, and Jesus Christ (this guy really is the KING of name-dropping...wow) that he relates most to Dr. King.  Like many of you (I hope) my first reaction was a palm-faced, "Oh dear God" but I decided to let Beck finish his claim before moving too swiftly to judgement, I mean he can't truly be about to literally compare his ideologies and the struggle for fat, frightened white people to have less taxes to those of Dr. King and the struggle of the African-Americans' for their lives during the Civil Rights Movement, can he?  Prepare to be stupified!  Beck went on to compare himself to King in his struggle.  Just to clarify, Dr. King was for a multitude of programs for the poor of this country as well as even demanding that LBJ make it so that the poor were provided with decent homes, health care and better jobs as well as benefits.  Beck has roundly disapproved of President Obama's Health Care Bill which would, in time, accomplish many of those same things Dr. King fought for.  Hmmmm, failing to see the similarities so far Glenn.  Not only has Beck vehemently disapproved of Obama's plans to aid the poor in this crippling economic crisis but he has even called the poor who're unemployed as a result of corporations laying off workers left and right as, "lazy" and would be ashamed to call them true Americans if they were to accept aid from the government.  Dispite your individual views on Health Care, unemployment etc. can we at least agree that Glenn Beck is totally out of his Martini-marinated mind, if not a complete asshole on a power-trip?  Can we do that?  I feel that if we can at least agree on this than there's hope for some true unbiased, non-partisan collaboration in the future. 

Machete Controversy

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First off, I am a huge fan of director Robert Rodriquez and I am looking forward to seeing his new film "Machete''.  When you watch the trailers for the film it looks over-the-top, twisted, hilarious and just fun but I hadn't realized the insane amount of controversy that is swirling about this film!  Rodriquez has been quoted as saying his latest film "Machete" is  a "mexplotation" film similar to the underground genre of "blacksplotation" films of the 70's but not everyone has such a light-hearted view of Rodriquez's new film.  Some are calling this film racist, some wonder if this film may intentionally be attempting to incite some type of race war or minority uprising as described in the article "Will 'Machete' Release Spark Racial Violence?"  (The following is a link to the article itself http://bit.ly/aDKbW6).  I wonder where people are getting the idea that there may be some degree of animosity or even hostility between white Americans and Mexicans...wonder where they got that idea...hmmmm. Honestly I find it hilarious whenever ignorant frightened white people get all nervous whenever someone different from them shows a little distaste for the sorry-ass status quo.  So they throw out fear-based desperate crap to try to scare more fat white people into jumping onto the red, white, and blue propaganda bandwagon with such gems as "They're takin' our jobs!"  and  "Pretty soon, white people will no longer be the majority, we will be the minority" well as a white American citizen I say.......so?  I'm sure they will treat us with the same kindness, compassion, and respect that we have treated them with for so long.......oh shit, maybe you do have reason to fret there Beauford.  I'm just quickly growing very tired of this juvenile, racist, elitest attitude shared by so many in this country.  If you want all of the immigrants to leave this country, bud, I got news for you, we're ALL gonna have to buy a ticket outta here, immigration and the blending of multiple cultures is part of what makes this country great and people need to wake up and embrace this or the ever-widening gaps between the races, and classes in this country are going to split us into fractions too distant to be traversed.

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