Posts Tagged ‘president’

A lot of stupid people

March 4, 2010

Disclaimer:  This is my opinion about goings on right now.  I do consider myself very liberal, but I also don’t tolerate stupidity in any form.

Right now, I’m a college student in California.  Namely, the Bay Area.  This means two things: 1.  We don’t get sunshine more than 5 times an entire semester, even if it is California and 2.  We have no money, and we’re gradually losing more and more classes and staff and facilities and funding.

Because of this fact, there’s a state-wide strike going on today for students and I think faculty.  I don’t know much about it because I’ve decided not to take part in the festivities for a few reasons.  Mostly, I came to college to educate myself about science and how to be a better artist.  Science can be a highly political subject, but for the most part it’s just geeks sitting in labs studying and reading and calculating, all things I like to do.  Art is extremely political, but on my side, I’d rather observe human interaction and record that, so the protest doesn’t even appeal to that side of me.
I also don’t agree with the tactics.  Last night, I got off work at 8 PM, went back to my dorm, and within a half hour of walking in the door and finishing my dinner, I heard quite a hoopla.  The protest, which was supposed to begin this morning at 7 AM, had kicked off at 9 PM last night.  Now, it wasn’t people with signs marching and speechifying, it was ridiculous party girls and hipster boys with a sound system blasting music and having a dance party on campus.  What are they protesting, that school isn’t fun enough?  It’s SCHOOL, it’s not supposed to be a party all the time and it’s supposed to contain some hard work.  And they ended up disrupting the people who have classes in the morning and live on campus, therefore royally pissing off people who could have been their strongest allies.  Basically, good students.

As I good student, I think I was hit by the budget cuts worst.  I want to graduate, and I put all my energy into school (if you can’t tell) and if I can’t get my classes, I can’t graduate or move forward with my degree.  Luckily, I’ve been smart about it and prioritized which classes are necessary and which are chaff, but other than that school is more difficult than it used to be.  We also have these wonderful things called FURLOUGH DAYS which are basically days where the entire campus is shut down because it was either do that, or cut more classes.  While this is a lesser of two evils, it means we have the same amount of material crammed into a shorter time, especially in the spring semester.

Back to what they did last night:  They antagonized the university police, who were only doing their job, and disrupted the sleeping patterns of their fellow students, in some cases there was vandalism and they blocked off some roads ar0und the school.  I do think that blocking off the roads, as long as it was done safely, was a good idea, but these students turned it into a street party instead of a protest.  What a bunch of frivolous shallow idiots!  Fight for your education!  Do take some control over the school, but don’t fight the people who just want to go to class and learn something.  Orchestrate teach-ins or something.  School is about education, and I do think the system is flawed, and I do think these students were an excellent example of what comes out of a flawed education system:  Idiots.  If that was their goal, to look ridiculous, they did a great job. However, if their goal was to show to the administration that they were upset, they didn’t quite reach that goal.

The next part of the strike is going to commence at 5 PM towards City Hall, in conjunction with a few other schools in the area.  So, even though I had planned for a night out downtown, I’m going to stay as far away from there as possible and stay in and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I don’t feel safe in that crowd, so I’m going to do my best to stay as far away from it as humanly possible.

I’ll keep you guys posted on the newest…news throughout the day.  Here’s hoping I can actually get to class.

I’ll add pictures once I get some of the protest.

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Cuddle Bunny (A love letter)

February 13, 2010

My dear, dear Sir,

I’ve been admiring your work for a while now, and I’ve just gotten up the courage to tell you how I feel.  The way you write, the way you speak, everything you do it enchanting to me.  I couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect, or anyone who’s done more for our nation.  You’re the mot amazing man I’ve ever read about, and you’ve written some of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. I don’t know where we’d be without you, but I’m guessing it would probably look something like Canada.  For saving us from that terrible fate, I love you Mr. President James Madison.

You’re known as the Father of the Constitution, and baby, if your child isn’t brilliant.  You wrote something that’s malleable, but still has some very specific laws, and you made it able to be amended as time went on, which showed me you were flexible and realistic, but at the same time romantic.  Your Federalist papers were eloquent, and occasionally witty.  James, you have a style all your own, and I can’t help but feel my heart flutter every time I read about the separation of powers in the federal government. Without you as Secretary of State, there would never have been the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the nation and brought about a beginning to Manifest Destiny.  Your passion for the nation brings about my passion for you.  While your Presidency was riddled with problems like the Embargo Act of 1807, which led to the War of 1812, and the burning down of the White House, the end of the war brought along a peace that dissolved, for a short time, bipartisanship.  You are charismatic, caring and a generally wonderful man.  If only you felt the same way about me as I feel about you.  You did support high tariffs and a large military, but nobody’s perfect, and I believe the best love is based on acceptance.

I know our love is not meant to be.  You have your magnificent First Lady, Dolley Madison, and I’d never dream of getting between the two of you.   Alas, I have no chance of being your true love, but I will still pine from afar.  Plus, I’m not a necrophiliac and you’ve been dead and buried for over 170 years.  Not even Lincoln, with his tall good looks, could ever replace you in my heart.  Just so you know, even though you’re all corpsified and gross, I still love you, Jame.  Even though you were the 4th President, you’ll always be number 1 in my heart.

Love always,

Kathleen

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Okay, while I am a big fan of President Madison, this is a joke.  Because, you know, Presidents Day is the day after Valentines Day, so I decided to celebrate the one I like more…Presidents Day.  So I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it.  One thing I’m upset about is that I don’t get the day off for President’s Day.  I have to go to school.  And LEARN.  And turn in HOMEWORK.  Anyway, that’s my update for today.   And now for the random picture.  I decided to include some artwork I made this week.  They’re each Valentines for some of my friends, so enjoy!

Have a great week!