Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crazy Right Wing

There are few things that anger me in this world. Waking me up from a wonderful sleep, bros and their bitches and right-wing nut jobs. Unfortunately, with my background in the church, I know too many of the latter group of people. With the win of Robert Brown in the Massachusetts election, a certain facebook status popped into my news feed that filled me with rage. For anonymity, I have removed the name of this individual.

This person is more than excited about the MA Senate election!! When Obama talked about change, I don't think he ever thought Ted Kennedy's seat would be held by a Republican!! Peace out health care, I can't say it's been real :)

Response to that status "Amen, sister. Turns out, God is in control."

There are many things wrong with this.
A) Goodbye universal health care? It makes you happy that thousands of people are without the basics necessities to live and they cannot afford even the most basic check-up? Way to be evil.
B) Since when has God given two fucks about what happens in the MA election? Wasn't Jesus' message one of love, understanding and compassion not defeating the evil Democrats? To me, this statement is only a stone's throw from saying God punished Haiti with the earthquake that killed over 200,000 because they are heathens. Christianity is about a personal relationship with God, at least that is how I grew up to understand it. Plus, whoever claims to know the will of God is an idiot. An idiot and a jackass.

This person's political view on facebook is labeled "I will support Obama, just as much as Democrats supported Bush the last few years." Wow, get over yourself.

All of this angered me so much that I went out and got a massive burrito to eat my anger away. Emotional eating is a slippery slope!

The moral of this short blurb is that people need to relax and not let ideologies rule their political beliefs. More importantly, they should be open to other beliefs and pragmatically approach politics. I think it's a good thing this particular person is not entering politics otherwise we would all be fucked.

Side note - Fuck the Tea Party, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Photo Op

I laugh every time I see this picture.

"The hills are alive with the sound of music!"

"It's the final countdown!"

The spaces at UIC are very unique from the newly created "smart" room with its array of confusing buttons to the classroom that looks and feels like a prison with white floors, large, gray brick walls and no windows. The latter is the exact room where I started my orientation as a freshman four years ago as well as a current room for my history class. It's strange how I seem to go in circles.

First week of classes are over and I am very excited and confident about this semester. Here are my classes for those of you who enjoy voyeuristic views into my odd life.

-Arabic 102: Pretty much the same as it was last semester. Only this time, I have to give a 10 minute presentation in Arabic about any topic I would like. Any one have any suggestions?

-Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: The name says it all - which is "awesome!" This is made even better by my very learned and passionate professor, Dr. Tobin. She is such a nice person!

-African American History in Documentary Film and Photography: I was hesitant about this three-hour long class, but the professor is a very intelligent woman and it seems that we are going to cover some really cool topics. I also get to create a film or photo collection for my final. I may recruit some friends who have more experience than I do in these fields for assistance!

-Intro to Film: Probably my least favorite class which says a lot since it is really not that bad. The work load is a little rough but this is set off by the amount of films we are watching. And I do love films!

Oh UIC, you have surprised me once again with this amazing array of classes! Now I must hope (and pray) that the school gets more of the money the State promised! If not, UIC will close and I will not be able to graduate! The professors and administration are already forced to take a certain amount of "furlough" days where they will not be paid. I think it's time to ditch Illinois in favor of a better state. Or country.

Photo by Eelus

Friday, January 01, 2010

NYE - 2010

Another year gone by. Holy hell.

As I look back on 2009, I realize that I accomplished many of the goals I set out to do for the year. I started weight training and have seen measurable results, cut my laziness quotient in half, worked on my own personal happiness, remained single most of the year, and done a lot of work for my future with volunteering and the marketing I am involved with at work. I made new friends and managed to keep old ones too. Overall, I call this year a success!

Now, I want to accomplish more this year.

1. Financial responsibility. Time for a budget!
2. Get out of debt. Goes with #1, but this is more specific.
3. Graduate with honors in my college (LAS) and with distinction in the History Dept.
4. Have a baby... maybe not.
5. Last but not least, enter the Peace Corps.

The last goal seems daunting. Before this year is over I may be shipped abroad for the next two years of my life with only the internet to connect me back home. I may not see many of my friends and family for those entire two years. It is a scary thought, but after much deliberation, I know this is what I want to do. But I have a lot I need to accomplish before then and it isn't going to be easy.