Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So Good It's In All Two of My Blogs

Mets Fans Call for Playoff Bailout

After failing to reach the play-offs and meeting record setting cataclysmic ends two years in a row New York Mets fans have had enough. One such fan, graduate student Daniel Kaplan, has written his local representatives to save the team he loves and had this to say, "I love the Mets and they choked harder than any other team ever, it is only fair that America save us when we are down, I'm just glad the House turned down the first bill, it really gives us time to add some verbiage". Mets fans hope that The United States Congress can extend a "2008 wild-wild card" to the National League, providing a playoff spot for the Mets. The only question remains, who will they play?

There has been division between some fans. Select die-hards want the Mets to play whomever they can be set up with in the National League, while others are happy that they made the play-offs. Frank Griffiths of Queens states, "It's enough for me to say, well they made it to the playoffs, last year was real bad, but at least you know they made it this far, they don't need to play anyone, we can hold up our heads and say: "We are NL wild-wild card champions."."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sir Francis Dude

A long time ago in a Catholic School far far a way I was in the 5th grade. It was has here that I learned of a Sir Francis Drake and his exploits of the 16th Century. I won't bore you with details and long-winded history findings. Rather, I leave you with a simple tale that captures the essence of this man and legend. I admit the story drags on in the middle parts and doesn't have a clear sense of direction, however the plot is solid and the character development is tops.

http://schechter.com/family-open/02-02-cartoon/default.htm

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One For the Road

Before we step back into that time of simplicity I would like to point out that I love The Articles of Confederation. During Government class in high school our teacher used a "choose your own adventure" type computer program, projecting it onto the wall. The class made decisions by voting, in order to shape the newly free and self governing United States. We had the choice: revise the Articles of Confederation or start from scratch with a Constitution to debilitate States' rights, giving powers to a Union that resembled a "kingship". My championing paid off and the class voted wisely. Unfortunately the programmers were fools and it lead us into disarray and our hopes of a Utopian society failed.

Within this fantastic text the word "friendship" appears twice (zero appearances in the US Con.). It even included this interesting provision:

"Article XI. Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States." No passport, no problem, welcome to Canada eh. The Montreal Expos might still be a team too.

The kicker, brilliant wording like this: "...unless such State be infested by pirates, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion...". Whereas the US Con. dumbs it down to: "To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;..." All in all the US Con. pales in comparison to the direct and avant-garde notions highlighted in our beginning freedoms.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy U.S. Constitution Day

Today we celebrate the antiquated document known as the U.S. Constitution. We've been able to put a lot of mileage on this piece of parchment, coasting us into the 2000s. Some though express their desire to rewrite this contemporary-obsolete mess that doesn't apply to our modern technology and progressive ideals. Moreover, we continue to argue over tattered paper with chicken scratch written hundreds of years ago by men in wigs and stalkings, wasting time and money deciding what it means or intends or how it should be construed. Lastly, we are governed by laws that were written by slave drivers and the true elitist of the time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Prohibition

As I sit here listening to Al Jolson, having read Theodore Dreiser, and pontificating the faults in the Great Gatsby it gets me thinking about the experiment of U.S. Prohibition. A failed experiment but one that gave us tons of culture in which to appreciate: speakeasies, Fitzgerald novels, Eliot Ness, improved root beer, the American mobster, and more. People often confuse prohibition as a ban on the drinking of alcohol. However, alcohol consumption was nevered banned; it applied more so to the manufacturing and selling of alcohol. One could have made a load of cold ones before the amendment was ratified, thus having a store of liquor for consumption- but I digress. A huge amount of tax dollars and time was wasted in combating alcohol. Time and money that could have been better spent on education, labor rights, human rights, keeping Germany down so they couldn't raise an army for WWII, etc.

I've jumped from the Civil War and Reconstruction years to Prohibition and find myself heading too close to contemporary and modern societies. It's time to take some steps back and visit a time of simple pleasure and interesting notions. What is in store? You will have to check back and see!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Reconstruction

After the end of the war, Federal troops occupied Southern lands from 1855-1877. Attempting to establish order, rights to former slaves and African Americans, propone the Civil Rights Act of 1875, and thwart a resurgence of a Confederate army. This also allowed Carpetbaggers to take advantage of the war torn south. While they may have taken advantage they were investing in an area that needed all the help it could get. During that time African Americans and the South were on their way towards a semblance of repair and progress. However, Southern war wounds don't die quickly and as soon as Federal Troops left- Democrats came into power, enacted policy to discriminate and deny African Americans their rights (i.e. Grandfather Clauses). The Ku Klux Klan also came into great power once the troops left. The North being removed made room for hibernating hatred.

President Grant did well during his Reconstruction years until the Panic of 1873. A depression hits and the President always gets thrown to the wolves. That and he was rather ineffective in combating the economic turmoil. The economy was taking a nose dive and Republicans controlled the Capitol. The obvious move, Democrats were elected, leading to massive racism, segregation, murder, discrimation, and rape of our own people.

In short, our troops needed to occupy the South longer and retain order and peace. The defeated South effectively gained power of the U.S. Has the South been resonably healed of the massive racism, slavery, and war wounds of time past- or does the battle still rage on?

Welcome and Slavery

Welcome to my new blog. I have made some small attempts on my political prowess but this is the latest.This blog intends to serve a purpose of political insight and understanding that no other blog or historical text can provide. I would personally like to thank My Girl Friday for convincing me to start such an endeavor so as to enlighten the peoples of the world.

Topic 1. Slavery

We all know that slavery is a stain upon the earth and inhuman. It is one of the worst policies anyone can ever adopt and The U.S. is part and parcel to it. However, it is widely believed and accepted that Honest Abe Lincoln was a staunch abolitionist and did everything he could to end slavery. While he did end slavery, it wasn't his original goal or intention. The most important thing to our lanky president was preserving The Union. This meant allowing slavery and all it's provision to exist. Abe Lincoln was no states' rights kind of guy. After all, the Civil War is a result of his pro-union stance. Slavery luckily ended due to the war. It ended so as to cripple the South, changing their way of life and making them nothing but punk-ass-bitches without any economy, an economy that would pale in comparison to the North, teaching them a valuable lesson about succession. Lastly, do we honestly still think the Civil War was fought to end slavery? I am not even going to get into that one- but it WASN'T.