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Writing Hiatus Over?

I need to start writing again.

Those words have crossed my mind more days than not for the past year. Especially as of late.

Writing is just so damn hard, though.

Well, good writing is hard. Writing about writing is lazy writing. But I gotta start somewhere.

It’s been a hell of a year of not writing. I kicked a nasty drug addiction (which initiated my hiatus), got a real job (no comment on my previous ‘fake’ job), and moved to a new city and state.

All without writing a word.

I’ve never been keen on writing about myself, as doing so is usually another form of lazy writing. But I’m feeling lazy today. Also, it’d be somewhat random for me to start writing articles about other things without mentioning where the hell I’ve been for the past thirteen months.

Accordingly, my next three articles will focus on the above three changes I’ve undergone in the past year. Stay tuned.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Let Texas Secede

If you keep up with the news, you’re aware that the Texas Nationalist Movement, led by Daniel Miller, has collected over 80,000 signatures from Texans who support secession.

Story here:

petition for Texas secession has qualified to receive a White House response.

As of Tuesday evening, the petition — which asks for the peaceful withdrawal of the state of Texas from the union — had racked up more than 81,000 signatures. (Only 25,000 are needed to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.)

Full story.

Please, Texas, keep up the efforts. It would be every Democrat’s dream. Every president for the next 100 years will be Democrat without their electoral votes. So, please, let Texas secede.

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The Three People You meet on Facebook

You ever log into Facebook and notice a Friend Request that you know you’ve accepted before? According to Facebook 4.8 percent of all active accounts are duplicate, non-human, or spam. This comes as no real news to me. In my list of friends now numbering in the thousands, I have always noticed spam friends, duplicate accounts, and friend(ing) friends pets and/or businesses.

The Spam friends should be the easiest to spot. They will find you on Facebook and claim to have went to High School or College with you, sometimes leaving you obnoxious, creepy messages about how they wish they got to know you. If you make the mistake of adding them to your online community, you will soon forget they even exist. From my experience, they don’t post often, but when they do it is usually about something intimate. Usually how they “wish someone would talk to them” it makes me miss Myspace. Also spam (the usually spammer being some sexual entity) Will always have a rather generic photo of themselves, especially if its a female.

The duplicate friend is usually very unhappy with his/her life or may have a hacker problem. Most times its unhappiness. The weirdest part about the duplicate friend is noticing that they have more than one active account. Some may not hide this fact, and post statuses and stuff from multiple accounts, but sometimes they are unaware of their multiple accounts. Unlike the Spammer, they won’t message you upon requesting addition friendship. Sometimes they’ll say “I had to make a new account because my mother added me on my last one” and I suppose I can understand that.

The Non-Human, Business, Pet friend is kind, hard working and gentle. Usually they are small business owners, local artist, and animal enthusiast. However, these people do not know how to create pages for their beloved pets and business ventures. So, instead they make accounts like humans and insist on friending people whom they know. These accounts are not really a problem, and actually gives you good insights to who a person really is and wants to be (hopefully, not employed by Facebook).

According to a new study of Facebook, many speculators are saying that these 3 categories  are confusing the numbers on Facebook so bad that the Facebook stock is down. It may be that or people getting tired of Facebook.

One must admit that Facebook is rather dull, and useless you having a baby. It seems the trend among my friends is marriage and babies, and I suppose that is normal…

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Don’t Eat the Chicken


The only time I have an urge to eat at Chick-Fil-a is on Sunday… (Un)fortunately, they are always closed on Sunday. It comes with the territory that is the owners philosophy: “Sunday is the day God rested, its the Sabbath and all people’s should have that day off to worship and fellowship in his name”(paraphrased).  This philosophy is Christian because the owner is a devoted christian who feels that God is real and Christianity is HIS truth. Continue reading

James Kalìwæ:

Just found this over at Eideard. I think it’s very important as many people are aware of this as possible.

Originally posted on Eideard:

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Yes – we stopped George W. Bush from doing this – but, you can trust us!

The Obama administration is moving to relax restrictions on how counterterrorism analysts may retrieve, store and search information about Americans gathered by government agencies for purposes other than national security threats.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday signed new guidelines for the National Counterterrorism Center, which was created in 2004 to foster intelligence sharing and serve as a terrorism threat clearinghouse.

The guidelines will lengthen to five years — from 180 days — the amount of time the center can retain private information about Americans when there is no suspicion that they are tied to terrorism, intelligence officials said. The guidelines are also expected to result in the center making more copies of entire databases and “data mining them” using complex algorithms to search for patterns…

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James Kalìwæ:

Ed Darrell posted this interesting graphic from grist.com, along with his own insightful analysis of it, over at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. The graphic makes apparent the nonsense; Darrell makes sense of the nonsense.

Originally posted on Millard Fillmore's Bathtub:

Found this on the Grist site today:

Grist infographic:  Idea of climate change hoax makes no sense
Grist infographic: Idea of climate change hoax makes no sense

The problem?  Far too many people not only don’t weigh ideas to see if they make sense, but instead they actively seek out ideas, no matter how crazy, just because they like the concept.

In short, the fact that such a chart is necessary at all suggests that it may not be useful.  Anyone who had the common sense to figure out that the globe is warming, and the scientists who say so are mostly honest as the day is long (and warm), won’t accept the judgment of Grist, either.

I mean, Peter Gleick exposed the immoral and perhaps illegal acts of the so-called Heartland Institute, virtually walking through the front door of the group’s offices and asking, “Will you show me all your dirty work?”  John Mashey’s painstaking work confirms Gleick’s blowing the whistle on Heartland, and Heartland’s fellow travelers.

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“Can’t Get Enough of Ron Paul…”

I really like talking about Ron Paul and for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the media and the mainstream opinion make him out to be a crazy-know-nothing, who somehow has been elected and re-elected as a congressman of the state of Texas since before most of his supporters were born. The state of Texas may be a little looney-tunes (no offense) but you got to admit the man has appeal. I mean Obama-like appeal, in a time where people are looking for someone to blame (other than themselves).

The second reason I love talking about Ron Paul is because he is so fucking politically-incorrect. A man who speaks his heart should be trusted more than one who can tip-toe around offending some group. Anyone can make excuses and charm the masses with rhetoric. Paul is not one of those charmers.

Now, I have seen chatter on the web and one of my colleagues also seems to believe that what Paul is doing is running a “fundraising scam”, by attempting runs for the White House and mysteriously vanishing as soon as the primary season comes around. Taking his “supporters” money and going back to Washington all smiles, as Congressman Paul.

Now, I would believe this if he were any less passionate about his crazy ideas for America. I mean, he could be a great actor, but any better of a performance by the man, I’d nominate him for an Oscar, regardless of motives.

I must also admit that I usually get like this about a candidate during election years. I like underdogs and leaders with cult (or cult-like) followings.

In 2007, I was a huge Dennis Kucinich fan and maybe it was because of his super model, ginger, amazon of a wife. She is hot! Or maybe it was his opposition to the Iraq War and the Bush administration. Either way, Obama came out of no where and fucked that up. Even though, if it were not for Obama we would have had another Clinton. Leaving the United States looking like communist North Korea (or a monarchy like old Great Britain), electing a Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush II, then Clinton’s other half all one after another.

This wouldn’t be a problem if times were good (as people say), but in a time when we need results from leaders, none of the front runners seem to have the right solution.

The media either ignores or demonizes the Paul’s and Kincinich’s for whatever reason. And in my opinion it is because these candidates are talking about changing  in a radical way.

Ron Paul may be a lot of things, but he is no racist. And when a crazy fringe candidate from the right of the political spectrum gives you a straight answer, you take it and shut-the-fuck up!

I also have to say that a lot of Paul’s supporters may be racist and have problems with race (they are Texans at the end of the day (again, no offense), but the most bigoted thing Paul has stated is about the Civil Right bill that he’d repeal if he had it his way (or the anti-Israel stuff, which isn’t all that uncommon). To be honest, he’d get rid of a lot of amendments that are a bit “out-dated”. That’s where I lose Ron Paul and Libertarianism all together. Believing that private institutions will do the right thing and not discriminate is a bit too hopeful and trusting of the American citizen/businessman. We need certain laws and amendments in order to keep certain customs. Paul thinks that that is absurd.

The third and final reason I love writing about Ron Paul is because I would love to see a third party candidate beat any Democrat or Republi-nut. Paul has the ability to do it. He could win some black votes if it were not for the media portrayal of his old news publication. Contrary to popular belief, black people hate the government, too.

Either way, it is almost 2012 and I still don’t know if I am going to the polls to support either lame-ass party. However, I would support a Colin Powell campaign, but he’s too smart to run for President of this America.

“Virginia Really is For Lovers”

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I know you don’t really care, but being from Virginia (the capital state of the south) and living and working in Atlanta, Georgia (the capital city of the south) I am really proud of my southern heritage (even though I am black). I love history! And history has been made once again in the great commonwealth of Virginia.

At first, I saw the image above and simply thought it was about soldiers returning from Iraq to loved ones. A closer look at the photograph, I realized, “shit, that’s a lesbian couple!” in military uniform, making out. I was proud.

Now, the story gets ten times better with the details. For starters, they were at Virginia Beach, VA (Where I used to live) and it totally happened by chance that this couple was the couple chosen to have their picture taken while kissing.

I am not the best ally for the gay community, but I am more than a political campaigner for the cause. I have gay family members, gay friends, and even a gay roommate. I always say that I’m the gayest a straight guy can get.

I must also bring up the politics of this picture. Had it not been for the great efforts of left wing policy-makers (and some on the right), that picture would not have been acceptable. Its amazing to see the hard work of those in Washington actually play out. DADT has been a long awaited repeal that has forced men and women to hide their sexual preference while serving.

I personally don’t understand what the fuck sexually has to do with killing Arabs and Muslims, but its been a topic of debate for a while now. I say that if you have the guts to go a join our armed forces (especially nowadays) who cares who you like to fuck.

I must also admit that its a funny fact that most of the men and women I know who serve this great country, are gay. And still, so many people take issue with this fact.

My advice: get over it and support the gay troops. They deserve it!