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LJ won't be used by me *kanye shrug*
*12/22/10 Edit: I may begin to use LJ again based on whether or not I can find some interesting journals to read again. In the meantime, my Tumblr is your best bet!
- Current Location:United States, California, Sacramento
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Continuing on, I went to my Tumblr blog with this post and you can find it here... thatsthejam.tumblr.com/post/235249007/us
That is all!
*First written in MySpace blog*
So earlier I was browsing through the "friends" page of my LiveJournal and I ran across an interesting entry on there. My first initial reaction to this entry was, "Wow that's a bit harsh as well as arrogant! How could you not blatantly see where she is coming from? How inconsiderate!" I understand most people don't think like I do and try to see from the other person's point of view before speaking, but we should all partake in this as it will help us to connect with one another. Besides, everything is not purely black and white! Let's help each other and not hinder! Anways this what the entry said (all LJ names will be removed):
Bear the unbearable
I got an email from a friend earlier this week. At the end, she wrote ¨Wow, you´re in Nicaragua. I´m so jealous! I want to go to South America someday!¨
Let´s break down how problematic this statement is, shall we? First of all, Nicaragua is in Central America, not South America. There´s a big, big difference. Secondly, friend who shall not be named, if you can´t even place Nicaragua on a map, why do you want to go there? You clearly know *nothing* about the area, so where does this desire to go to South America or Central America or where ever it is that you want to go come from? Does the idea of traveling to a Latin country just appeal to your exotic aesthetic? Fuck that. No, really. Fuck that.
And while I´m at it, I am currently in America. No, not the United States of America, but still America. Up north we like to think of ourselves as enjoying exclusive rights to the American identity, ignoring the fact that millions of people in Latin America think of themselves as Americans too. That was a good lesson for me to learn.
See what I mean? A bit arrogant! So I commented on the entry and wrote:
I agree with State people thinking that we are the true AMERICANS, but we really aren't and I hope this is being taught to the children of the next generation!
Ok, now let's break this down even more logically (assuming that's what you're being) and put ourselves in your friend's brain shall we? In our generation we learned that there are 7 continents not 8. Central America was not named as one of the continents and it was therefore thought of to be connected to South America yes? As I recall from childhood, North America consisted of the States along with Canada and South America contained everything below the States including Mexico! Logically your friend - and whoever else from our generation - is not wrong in their thinking even though what was taught to them/us may have been. I hope you were polite, didn't make her feel like a dolt or at least not arrogant in your approach to correcting her mistake!
How many of us can honestly say that we have friends from the countries contained in Central and South America? Fortunately I can and am now able to distinguish Central American countries from ones in South America like Honduras vs. Brazil for example. If you have friends from countries around the world it makes it more interesting to learn about that particular country, locate where it is on a map, and get a brief overview of its history! It's not really her fault for not knowing, but now she does. Maybe we all just need to make international friends! I would've never been able to locate Estonia, Bosnia, Tanzania, Ghana, Croatia, Denmark, Indonesia and others if it weren't for being receptive to people from there!
Simple and a logical statement that shouldn't be read that much into, but yet someone always has to because we as humans are always competing with each other when our only competition should lie within. This man or woman (whomever) that also reads the same journal (not the initial journal writer) replied back to me and stated:
It's not difficult to look information up if one is unsure, but of course people's skills in using Wikipedia or Google Maps to type in a country's name may vary from person to person. I guess the internet is just so hard to use sometimes.
It's sheer and utter laziness for one's geographical knowledge to depend upon having friends who are from countries apart from one's own.
I thought, "How far did you read into what I said and how long did you go over my words to come up with this to make me look like one of the biggest dullards in the States?" Differences in thinking are what makes us and this world unique! It's all about looking at things logically instead of ideally so fuck you very much *name edited out*! I replied with a long ass comment, but I should've gotten my point across to them and their idealistic thinking! Arrogant people suck by the way; it's one thing to be confident and optimistic, but arrogance is a whole different level! I digress; this is what I said:
I'm not saying that it is difficult to do so *blank*, but having friends from differing countries makes it more interesting and likely that you'll WANT to know and learn about other countries AS WELL AS knowing EXACTLY on a map where it is; I should have made that MORE clear to people like yourself! I speak of KNOWING EXACTLY where the country is! Yeah you may know that Laos is a part of Asia or that Uganda is a part of Africa, but if someone said, "I want you to point out on this blank map of Asia where Laos is" could you pinpoint its exact location without researching first? The other most likely reason for people to know (especially in the States) EXACTLY where a country is is if you're planning a trip there or living there! This is what you have to realize and most State people are taught that we are superior and other countries are inferior so most of us don't want to know about another country and could care less unless we are going on a honeymoon, trip, etc. there and then we're all about getting the "geographical knowledge."
I have a general knowledge of where countries are on a map, but how many people know EXACTLY with pinpoint accuracy WHERE every country on this earth is located by this standard??? This is all I'm trying to get people to realize! If I waited to acquire friends from every country to gain an understanding of geography I would think I was lax as well, however that's not me! Some of us don't even know where frickin Montana is for that matter and we are supposedly "Americans?!?!" Don't sit here, sass me and over analyze EVERY word that I said. I said what I said and it's simple and rational/logical if you read carefully, but you chose to read too much into it and try to make me out to be a retard!
Trust me I'm no idiot! If I want to find out and gain knowledge about whatever, it's in my blood to do so, but that's just me; 1 of billions! I have no problem with asking questions and reading for myself, but be careful in even doing this because things get edited. Having international friends can also be enlightening to TRUE WORLD knowledge because they won't dumb down what "America" is all about either and the treatment of "America" towards them when they invade their country and such. Now, go analyze that!
Maybe I went overboard with that reply, but what woud have been overboard was me saying what I really wanted to say which lies along the lines of just saying, "F YOU AND YOUR SMART A** 'I THINK I KNOW EVERYTHING MOUTH" and "KISS MY MUTHAF'N A**" along with other obscenities. This would have been ideal enough for me. Of course we know that fighting words will get you no where!
Quite frankly I could care less what they think about my last statement... They don't seem to be open enough to see where the friend that made the initial mistake was coming from and instead want to point out what they think I said.
For the record, yes I do know that Central America is a part of North America and South America is simply South America. This isn't common knowledge; perhaps it should be...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Current Mood: calm
It's sort of tuff to explain, but today I am in a calm and peaceful mood yet I cannot help to feel like something is not quite right... Like someone needs something or rather is in some sort of pain like sorrow/sadness... It goes away from time to time, however it still lingers within...
I am sure time will tell; it is only a matter of waiting...
- Current Mood: optimistic
- Current Music:John Legend - "Motherless Child"
So a couple of weeks ago I wrote about a student that didn't use good judgement in her thought process.... In recent news, it comes to the forefront that she outright lied about being sexually assaulted by a male she met offline! She claimed there was rape, but after further investigation/questions from level headed detectives of the area, they have concluded that there was absolutely no rape or assault in this case plus the young woman admitted that she made it up. That's right ppl she is a lying sob and she is giving women everywhere a bad name! Her repercussion? Being arrested and story ending up on the local news with name revealed for all to hear. (filing a false police report is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 12 months in jail)
Honestly she probably did the deed, wished she could take it back afterwards, and proclaimed the most deadly word that she could think of to get the man in trouble... R-A-P-E. Really, I would like to know what she was thinking at the time....
- Current Mood: hungry
Geez Myspace sure is getting a lot of flack nowadays and for what? Like it's the most dangerous site on the internet... let's be real! Shouldn't EVERYONE be careful of who they meet online on EVERY site because they are all equally dangerous! My view is like this, if you take the proper precautions and meet whoever it is in a public place then the chances of you being sexually assaulted are slim. Just because 1 idiot didn't does not mean that a safe and friendly meeting will not take place. Let's take this local CSU student for example and figure out if SHE took PROPER precautions (hmmmm).
The CSU Police Department was notified early Saturday morning that a student had been sexually assaulted by someone she had met on the Internet chat room Myspace.com and invited to her apartment.
Ok, 1st of all dude, why are you inviting a random person over to your apartment of all places? The place where you rest your head and is a private domain for yourself? Don't invite people you've just met face to face over to your home and don't go to theirs. For all they know you are homeless lol; hey you have to be this way to protect your body and your life!
It seems like you were wanting sex if you invited him over to your apt - from a males perspective that is. Guys always think with their penis' don't you know this? If something has the potential to lead to sex for them, then it will be what they are thinking when you invite them to an "intimate" setting such as your apt for example! Why didn't you agree to meet @ a local coffee shop, bookstore, or some other form of PUBLIC entertainment until you got to know this guy better?? Afterwards you could of been like "sayonara dude. We'll meet up for lunch tomorrow!" or something like this until you got to know him better! What the hell did you think was going to happen? Guys think with their penis' ALL THE TIME...never forget this!!!
The same could have happened just meeting a guy on campus for the first time, you enmesh, and you invite him over to your apartment. You don't know that dude either! You're still a dolt for inviting him are you not?
I guess I'm just tired of websites receiving such high hostility when it is the users who are to blame for their asinine antics!!!!
- Current Mood: thirsty
- Current Music:Bobby Valentino
Please don't listen to the conservative, "the right-winged way of thinking is ALWAYS right" politics or people surrounding you @ school, job, home or TV either on gay marriage! It really is not up to us who gets to love who and who should be able to marry whom! If you're religious, you should know that God made us all and some are different just to test you... HAHA the jokes on all of us so deal with it! Homosexuals are still human are they not? JEEZ! People are ridiculous sometimes with their insane ideals. Ideals are not reality and will never be! Don't deny rights or treat others different EVER or it will come back to haunt you! We are all deserving of equal rights so please let them get married!
Interracial dating/marriage is another big deal even though it seems to be making its way to the mainstream; however, SEEMS is the key word. Who cares if she is white and likes black men or who cares if she is black and likes white men! Who gives a fuck? We all have a preference and if the high preference happens to be another race then so be it! Why is it a must that I date black men only? That is limited thinking! Why do people give funny looks at these couples like they have just seen Chewbacca or what not? Can somebody please tell me what the big deal is?
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS WITH ANY OF THESE THINGS?!?!
This makes me so angry just to think about let alone write about so I think I will stop here!
- Current Mood: thoughtful
- Current Mood:Studying...
- Current Music:Movie Scores
Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.
Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?
Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!
I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!
On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.
No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!
You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.
P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.
- Current Mood:determined
- Current Music:Kanye West - Late Registration