Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Roast of America: The 2016 Presidential Election

Millions of Americans tuned in for the first presidential debate of 2016, and in the words of South Park, it is between, "a douche and a turd sandwich." Honestly, that is the most accurate description of the election this year. I cannot fathom that among all of the qualified, intelligent people in Washington, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are the options to become our next president. I am still convinced that Trump's entire campaign is a big practical joke and Ashton Kutcher is going to pop out and screamed, "American you just got Punked!" at any moment. In such a sensitive, progressive time how can our nation allow a bigoted, pretentious spoiled brat be in position to possibly lead our nation? He has no real plan, he just constantly states how much better things are going to be. Make America Great Again! (Read in super southerner hick accent please). But, realistically, when was America great in the first place? Our "glory" days could arguably be the 1950s, economy was booming, no physical war threats, outside the fear of war with Russia. But all of that prosperity is back washed with one thing: racism. Nice going Trump. Yeah! Make America  Racist Again! And for Hilary, you're no better. I am all for diversity in office, a woman president can transcend our country. But what am I not in favor of? War criminals leading our nation. I am convinced she is a sociopath. (Not a psychopath because she is clearly aware of the things she is doing.) Sensitive America has turned into radical America. There is no moderation among ideas. No consideration that both parties have beneficial ideas for our country and ideals that may not. I think I might escape to a small little European country after this election.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Respecting your Teen-Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of, 'It's Complicated," opened with the ongoing battle between teens and their parents. From my experience, the "troubled" teens in my school were often the kids with helicopter parents hovering over their every move. More times than not, the least likely candidate to engage in risk behaviors were usually the ones engaging in them. With the rise of social media, teens now have more ways to access risk behaviors and chat "privately" with friends. I quote privately because parents now constantly watch over their social media profiles. Parents need to find a balance and respect for their teen, they are asked to live as adults but are treated as children. Take time and develop a sense of trust with them and establish what is right and what is wrong. Constantly monitoring and hovering over them will push them away and it's okay if they do something risky, that's how we learn.

A Giant Meltdown

Before I get started, I want to point out that the New York Giants are 2-1, and other than this next strip of games coming up, they have a relatively easy schedule in 2016. Fans already condemning general manager Jerry Reese, and making rookie head coach Ben Macadoo the poster boy for all every problem. It's week three; it is way too early for that, however there are several areas of concern for the Giants that are starting to become trends. When Macadoo was introduced as head coach in March, he stated he wanted to play, "Sound, disciplined football," where was that Sunday? A team tat had committed just 7 penalties in the first two weekds committed 11 of them over 100 yards, including one of the most mindless fouls I have ever seen in a football game negating a blocked punt that would have ideally set up a go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Moreover, Macadoo was praised for his work with quarterback Eli Manning, cutting his interceptions and increasing his touchdown totals in his two years in Macadoo's offense. Manning's numbers so far: 4 touchdowns to 3 interceptions including 3 fumbles (1 lost). "Holding onto the duke," must be a hyperbole seeing as the team has lost 5 fumbles in just three games. This is a talented roster, with one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the NFL, but this is a crucial stretch of games where we will find out who Macadoo and these New York  Giants truly are.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Off the Streets &Into the Classrooms

The opening passage in, "It' Complicated," talked about a teen who allegedly lied about having gang affiliations in his college admission essay. The college admission staff looked up the applicants Myspace page and saw gang signs and other gang related posts. Our author, continued the passage by saying that he believed the applicant did not lie and had these gang related posts to fit in socially. The world of social media is its own planet in this generation and although some teens are cautious of having a private profile and a separate professional profile; some obviously are not. I agree wholeheartedly with our that the applicant was posting these as a type of protection. It is plausible to assume that the teen was refraining from being a target in his high school and like the author says, and I paraphrase, posting information about attending a prestigious institution is out of the social norm in his community and would likely be looked down upon. Was this the correct way to self-network himself? Absolutely not, but it was the only lifestyle the tee\n knew and based off my social media experiences, a person's profile has little link to one's personality and character. Connecting this to my life, I help hire staff members with my boss at my child care at the YMCA and some of our applicants have extremely professional profiles, but in person they are extremely not-personable. On the contrary, we have had applicants who have had questionable social media pages, but seemed to be more qualified for the job once an in person interview was conducted. I know, there is only one opportunity to make a first impression, and in this age most first impressions are done online, but in person interviews are a much better way to see if someone is qualified or worthy of a job, college or school.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Supporting your "Scene"

Being a part of Connecticut's "pop-punk" scene for almost three years now, I have come across great people, great friends and even better musicians. A few bands set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd, drawing more people into the tiny venues we play at; but I still sadly don't see them getting much further than that. The support for young local bands was always a tough, but it is now as minimal as ever. Even the biggest bands in our genre like, "The Wonder Years," struggle to make enough money to mix and master their records the way they want them to. Yes, the emergence of Spotify and other various streaming networks help deteriorate a band's income from releasing a record or single, but it shouldn't be damaged to the point where the band struggles to record a new release. The sad fact of the matter is that a portion of this generation is not interested in finding bands, discovering local unheard music. They are more interested in electronic music; which I have no room to judge, we are allowed to support any art form we want to, but it's sad seeing a genre nearly die out. Even in my experience with my bands, we struggled to gain a crowd outside other bands and people closely involved in our scene. Being in a band is strung out and almost mocked among other people. So, please take time out and try to support bands in your town, school and community and help get talented musicians recognized the way they deserve to be.