Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Puff and Fluff

Obama revealed today his beginning plans to curb gun violence in our country. To start, he pleaded with congress to pass an "assault weapons" ban and universal background checks. An assault weapons ban didn't work the first time and I don't know any criminals who get guns in a way that forces them to undergo a background check. The guns used in Columbine were illegally obtained and Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, shot his mom then stole her guns and her car. These laws Obama is proposing infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens and make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to practice their constitutional right. Then came the executive orders. Myself and other conservatives were worried about the executive orders and what King Obama would do, but I have to say I was a little relieved...and angry. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it was nothing at all at the same time. You can read all 23 executive orders here, but you should notice what they all have in common: They're pointless.

Obama wants to "launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign," which is what the NRA does. He wants to "clarify" things in Obamacare that are already law, and push federal agents and agencies to push local law enforcement to do things that are already law. He wants to "develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education" which is not a federal problem and never should be, and stuff like this has already been in place since Columbine and Virginia Tech. My favorite is the last one which says, "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health." I laughed. He wants the CDC to stuff gun violence and prevention, but he didn't mention video games and film.
I have no problem calling people idiots and if you think anything Obama said today would prevent a Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Sandy Hook then you're an idiot. Obama was more intent on blaming Congress for something they haven't done yet than he was on keeping our children safe, but he did use children to get the American people on board with his nonexistent plan. Hitler used children to convince people to give up their rights, too. Obama talked today like he had voters to please, as if he's expecting a third term. Today was a joke and it's a waste of money. Something should be done to stop gun violence, but doing something for the sake of doing something is dangerous.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What a year 2012 was and I'm glad it's over. On to bigger and better things and leaving the past behind. The traditional part of moving on with a new year is making New Years Resolutions. The typical is losing weight, praying more, eating better, and all the boring stuff. I don't want to make promises to myself I can't keep or afford, but I love this game. The last time I made a New Years Resolution was a few years ago when I wanted to see 50 movies in theaters, not counting repeats. I believe I saw 75 movies that year. Working at a movie theater helps, so it's not like it was hard. This time I around, I'm working at a bookstore, and I do need to read more. So my New Years Resolution is....drum roll....to read FIFTY BOOKS by December 31, 2013. That's a little over a book a week and about 13 books every three months. It's almost impossible, but I can make it happen. I get 20% off on regular days, 30% off on paydays, plus I can check out books from the store like a library and I have a library card that I actually use. All I need is the motivation. This isn't about the number of books I read or the reading level, it's about discipline and building my confidence. I need to teach myself to stick to things. Picking 50 random books is chaos, so I made a fun little plan:

Three Nicholas Sparks Books
Three Karen Kingsbury Books
Three John Grisham Books
Three James Patterson Books
Two Ann Coulter Book
Three Stephen King Books
The Last Three "A Series of Unfortunate Events" Books
The Mortal Instruments (5 Books)
Three Classics
Three African-American Fiction Books
One Biography/Autobiography
One Shakespeare Play
One Graphic Novel
Three Books that have been adapted into a film
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Ten Books of My Choice

It's a goofy list, but it's not an entirely odd selection. Like I said, this is about discipline. I love Stephen King, but I could care less about Nicholas Sparks. I need to read more Christian Fiction and I don't think I've ever read an African-American fiction novel all the way through, not since I was in middle school. I've been trying to finish ASOUE for years and I need to finish the Millennium and Hunger Games Trilogies. I won an Ann Coulter book through GOProud and I'm excited about it, but Poli-Sci and Social Science books...not my forte. I chose the Mortal Instruments because the movie is coming out this year and I love YA Fiction (don't ask me why). As much as I read, there's no reason for me to have never read a John Grisham or James Patterson novel. I tried to read a comic book when I was seven or eight and it made me sick, so the Graphic Novel is probably going to be the biggest challenge. Overall, it's going to be several steps outside my comfort zone throughout the year, but I'm excited. I've got two Ann Coulter books and the first two Mortal Instruments books ready to go.

Every month on the 13th I'll post an update on my progress. If you're interested in keeping track, I made an account on Goodreads.com. Just go to the "new years resolution" link to see what I've read so far. I hope you take this exciting and nerdy journey with me. Now tell me, what are your New Years Resolutions.