Dec 022014
Rams Hands Up

Members of the Rams’ receiving corps show their support for the Ferguson protestors.

On Sunday during the introductions of the Rams players for the Rams-Raiders game at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint Louis, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt entered the field with their hands up in the air. The gesture was used to show solidarity with the Ferguson protestors. Since the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, protestors have been using the rallying cry “hands up, don’t shot” while raising their hands up in the air in a surrender gesture. It is intended to send the message of how law enforcement are mistreating young African-American males by assuming that they are a threat because of their ethnicity and gender.

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Oct 312013

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of Orson Wells radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. It has largely been believed that it caused a panic across the nation, but scholars in recent years now believe it was just a media hype.

Radio was a very new medium at the time and threatened to overtake the already established print media. The newspapers inflated the amount of people that were terrified of the radio drama believing it to be real. It was their hope that it would make radio look bad.

The links below from PBS, NPR and Time magazine have some very good articles about this:

Below are two videos. The first the radio broadcast in its entirety and the second Orson Wells’ interview the next day with reporters.

Oct 112013

I just got back from the gym. I haven’t been there in a long time. I’m not sure why I haven’t been there more frequently since I have plenty of time on my hands right now. Maybe I’m just enjoying the isolation away from people. I have only been out of the house four times during this week.

President Obama had a closed door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and 19 other Republicans yesterday. At least they have agreed to negotiate about negotiating. That is a start. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work soon.

Oct 062013

The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday by Representative Jim Moran of Virgina. It passed the House yesterday with a vote of 407-0. Being paid is nice, but being a productive citizen would be better.

I also say the below video where a reporter from NBC asked Senator Ted Cruz of Texas if he’d support the bill. He gave a non-answer, and all he did was show how dysfunctional Congress has become.

Oct 022013

Today is the second day of the United States federal government shut down. This affects me directly as a federal government employee. I’m one of the 800,000 federal employees considered to be “non-essential” and placed on furlough until the government opens up again.

The reasoning for the shutdown is purely politically based over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) that went into effect October 1, 2013, the beginning of the federal 2014 fiscal year. The act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate. It was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The constitutionality of the legislation was upheld by the United States Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. Yet, one fraction of one political party in one branch thought they could shut down the government over a political agenda. The law was passed by the book. That one fraction needs to concede that they lost the political battle and now do what they are required to do: fund the program.

Below is the statement President Obama gave yesterday regarding the shutdown.