Duty As A Citizen…..

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo…” Apple Inc.

http://nyti.ms/XZdVVb  (If you have time check out the link)

Good afternoon world!

So I did my job as a citizen and I voted by mail. A lot of people I know, aren’t particularly excited to vote this year. Most feel as if the morals and qualities each candidate is professed to stand by are being lost amidst the circus that seems to be following them wherever they go. Another reason being is because until recently, minorities and especially a lot of  my friends,  feel as if there voice isn’t heard. Although I do agree that a lot of issues that the African-American community have to face are ignored, or put on the back burner, we should still celebrate one victory.

Back during slavery, in the U.S. a black man wasn’t even considered a human being. If you google 3/5 compromise this will show up;

“The Three-Fifths Compromise was a compromise between Southern and Northern states reached during the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 in which three-fifths of the enumerated population of slaves would be counted for representation purposes regarding both the distribution of taxes and the apportionment of the members of the United States House of Representatives. It was proposed by delegates James Wilson and Roger Sherman.”

Basically a lot of slaves made up most of the population of the new world, so politicians decided to count them apart of the population. I don’t know how most blacks feel but every time I read that definition it gets me so upset. It’s sad that we weren’t even considered human; just bodies to feel a census. Fast forward decades later, and many movements including civil rights and alliances with other sister suffragettes we are finally heard.

I hope that people, especially blacks, realize the significance of not only having a black president, but being able make our voices be heard. Please vote, not just because we have a black president; but to make sure your voice is heard.

N

=)

The World/Academy of Art University In San Francisco

My best friend, hands down, is my little sister. -Unknown

Good morning world!

I’ve been having a great weekend! so this past week my sister and I have been planning to go back home so that she can visit the school she will be transferring, and attending in the fall of 2013. I’m so excited for her and I’m glad that she made this decision on her own. She will be attending the motion pictures and television school where she will receive a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with the focus on acting. With her determination, drive and ambition, she will be a successful actress. Touring the school was amazing, the living situation reminded me of one of my favorite movies Across The Universe. It was a fun experience and I’m excited to visit her back home in San Francisco when I’m tired of the oppressive Fresno heat. I will miss her terribly, she will always come first with me and I hope that one day we’ll go somewhere together, and will reminisce on the years we lived together in Fresno as bachelorettes.

On to other matters.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been going on and on discussing with my friends, and family about Politics, how democratic I am, something being wrong with the world if Romney becomes the next president, blah, blah blah. I’ve realized, especially after conversing with my dad that everything is all in God’s hands and what will happen will happen. So I’ve decided to back off. Being a Christian and setting a good example would mean to not criticize others for the beliefs they have. That is so hypocritical and not the way God wants us to be. So even though I disagree, with someone else’s beliefs, I will show diplomacy. The reason I’m actually writing today is because this morning I woke up, and after doing my homework, I read the New York Times. The article I read really made me sad. Read below;

MUSLIM WORSHIPPERS SHOT IN NIGERIA

The attack happened in a remote village called Dogo Dawa, in Kaduna state, said the official, Abdullahi Muhammad, the traditional ruler and councilor of Birnin Gwari, a government area near the village.

The state police commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, confirmed the incident, but said he could not confirm the death toll.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Like much of northern Nigeria, Kaduna is plagued by an insurgency led by the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. They usually attack security forces, government officials or Christians, but have hit Muslim clerics and mosques, especially ones that do not follow their hard-line brand of Islam.

Kaduna is also close to Nigeria’s volatile “Middle Belt,” where Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south meet, and where tensions over land and ethnicity often erupt into violence.

But Mr. Abdulladhi said the attack was probably carried out by a local gang.

“We are suspecting a reprisal attack by gangs of armed robbers who lost some of their members after a recent exchange of fire with the villagers and the vigilantes,” he said. “The village had been terrorized by an armed group operating from camps in the forest.”

The Islamist insurgency in northern Nigeria and weapons flooding in from its neighbors on the threshold of the Sahara have aggravated violence in the region. Armed robberies and local disputes degenerating into deadly shootouts are increasingly common across the impoverished north.

Now I know that sources say and believe that it was a local gang but say perhaps, because they’re already tensions between Christians and Muslims, and it was meant as a muslim genocide? What then? Going back to what I was saying earlier, I may not belive what is being said, or what religion is being practiced but should I kill them? No. What has the world come to, where you can be killed because you belive in something that’s not the norm? and what can we do to permanently abolish it?

-N

Asking For The Impossible

http://nyti.ms/RD0F4B (Check Out The Article)

In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.
― William Penn

Did you guys see the VP debate last night?

I did. I have three words for you:

What. A. Waste.

I’m a democrat. I know the Republican history, and even Lincoln was a Republican who freed the slaves.

But things change.

Watching that debate was akin to torturing someone for an hour and a half. You have one person who is stating the facts, highlighting  what the president has done, and is working on. You have another person making accusations that he didn’t achieve everything he told the public, and that he didn’t work fast enough.

Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.

It gets so annoying to have to hear someone say the tasks you didn’t complete, not even acknowledging the jobs you did complete. Like most things in life, whatever your goals are, they never work out in the timely matter you predicted them to be. If Paul Ryan, Paul Bunyan,  or whatever his name is, would realize that not everything works out the way you plan, then maybe he could see reason. Otherwise it would be like talking to a wall.

I applaud Biden’s defense. even though I am a democrat I do know that for the Democrats the debate was weak. But you see, that’s the difference between me and most Republicans; they sometimes fail to acknowledge their mistakes, what has happened, and what could happen if we all worked together.

I am asking for what seems the impossible. I want Obama to run four more years, and I want others like myself, to realize that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.

Plus I want Obama to show-off that he is in fact the president for FOUR more years.

😉

-N

Social Media At It’s Finest

“Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic.” Arthur C. Clarke (1984)

Good Morning world!

I was reading a blog this morning about the negative impact that social media has on people, especially in the workforce. The writer talks about these so-called “free” networks making a lot of money off of us, the individuals, because they have information on us about what we buy, the people we associate with, our dislikes, and even our relationships. This article also talks about the lack of communication between people face to face, even when they are sitting at the table across from one another. It also talks about social media forcing a new generation to not have to address issues  in person.

This article made a lot of good points. When I’m with my friends, and we’re at a restaurant waiting for the food after five minutes of conversation between the three of us the table is completely silent and everyone is either checking Face Book, Twitter, or Tumblr updating instantly.

I do however think social media is a great tool and asset that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Today, on my college campus, there was a young man, who looked to be in his mid 20’s naked sitting in a tree mumbling incoherently to himself.

Now the police, firemen, and security officials were trying to talk him out of the tree. Within moments of this event, students, faculty and staff crowded the free speech area. Every person with a phone, was recording, and uploading the situation to YouTube, Face Book, Twitter, and any other media site. Within 20 minutes of the word being spread we had news vans in where the action was.

Now, without the social media outlets, that story would not have spread as fast and it wouldn’t have been as important unless you were one of the people witnessing the deranged guy in the tree.

I’m proud to be apart of a generation that discovered social media and even more outlets to talk to people, in another city, or even another part of the world. I think with everything, once the hype dies surrounding social media people will go back to talking as we did before.

-N