When you look across the internet during a time of struggle, trying to find like minded people, sometimes you type a search phrase that brings up the exact opposite of what you were looking for. I did that today. The phrase … Continue reading
I am not the kind of person who blogs very much. The reason for this? I tend to not write about something unless it really interests me or I just want to create a record of the subject. Most of the time blogs tend to be full of opinion and questionable “facts” and I just don’t like to add to any misinformation. The internet is already full of that. Why would I want to contribute?
What I have come to realize over the last year, however, is that I bite my tongue on a lot of the big issues others choose to spout off about. Why? Because I am at a place that I feel a lot of people are at… I feel I am not allowed to have my opinions without someone being offended by them. Now, this is probably because I have such a diverse mix of friends. If I was only friend with Conservatives then I would at least be able to talk about the conservative side of my political and social views without backlash. If I was only friends with Liberals then I could openly express my liberal views.
But I am a moderate. You know what that means? It means I am not allowed to say anything without one side or the other getting upset about it and I am tired of it. Yep, that’s right! I am tired of it and I have every right to have my opinions and express them without being inaccurately labeled by people who claim to know me, but actually know nothing about me.
So below I am going to state how I feel on a few of the “hot issues” of 2015. I am doing so because this is the only place I am able to speak my mind freely… Perhaps there will still be a backlash, but I doubt it given how my blog is pretty much read by nobody.
“Should a photo ID be required to vote?”
People who say “Yes” – 79%
People who say “No” – 21%
My view – Yes, I think an ID should be required to vote. Pretty much anything and everything you could possibly do of any significance in this country requires an ID (aside from having a child or personal things like that). However, I think that there should be more effort put into making Photo ID’s easier for people to obtain. This is where my lack of knowledge on the difficulty others face comes into play. For me, getting my ID was easy and a normal part of life… That may not be so for others in different life situations. If we are going to require ID’s for voting then we need to make ID’s easily attainable for all citizens.
“Should every person purchasing a gun be required to pass a criminal and public safety background check?”
People who say “Yes” – 92%
People who say “No” – 8%
Do you support increased gun control?
People who say “Yes” – 45%
People who say “No” – 55%
What I found interesting in the difference between the percentages for these two questions is actual how the noes were divided with the second question. For each of these “Yes” or “No” answers there was an option to say “Yes, but/and…” or “No, but…”
About 11% out of the 55% of the “No” answers were actually “No, but…” answers where they said no, but then went on to make exceptions to that no… Doesn’t that mean they ARE for increased gun control? If you are not for increased gun control that means you are not for ANY changes being made… so if you add a “but” to your “no”… That means “Yes” and you just don’t want to admit it.
Either way, I don’t see how the country can basically be 50/50 on gun control yet nearly 100% “Yes” on the background check. It clearly shows that the polling method that ISideWith.com uses is either highly flawed or there are a lot of Americans who really don’t understand where they truly stand on the issue.
My View – I am for gun control. There should be solid background checks, yearly mental health evaluations, and training for anyone who is purchasing or owns a gun. Why do we require more for someone to drive then we do for someone to own a weapon that can kill multiple people quicker then they would otherwise be able to? There are a lot of arguments people bring up about why gun control is bad and every single one of them is extremely questionable as to their merit.
“Gun control will take guns away from the law abiding citizens” – No it won’t because law abiding citizens will pass their damn background checks! The only people who should be scared about having to take a background check to keep their gun is someone who has something to hide. Either that or they are just paranoid…
“The criminals will still get guns” – That is pretty much like saying we shouldn’t have laws against selling drugs because dealers will still sell drugs. Yes, they will still sell them, but at least it will not be as easy and will discourage some from doing so. That’s better then just saying “fuck it” and making all drugs legal to sell.
“If someone wants to kill they will kill with or without a gun” – Yes, but they will not be able to kill as many people as quickly. Having a gun makes it easier to kill more people in a shorter amount of time then having a knife… The only every day weapon that would possibly compare would be a vehicle of some sort… and only if it plows, full-speed, into a crowd of people. Or a bomb. Yes, if someone wants to kill they will figure out how, but why wouldn’t we want to make it harder for them to kill as many people?
There are other arguments that people bring up, I’m sure, but those three seem to be the main ones other then the standard “MOMMY (the second amendment) SAID I CAN HAVE A COOKIE (a gun) SO I WILL HAVE A COOKIE (a gun)” argument. I have a pretty strong feeling that some nutcase is going to shoot up some place some day to protect their right to have a gun… And the sad thing is, they won’t even see the hypocrisy in that.
Enough on that one.
Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
People who say “Yes” – 84%
People who say “No” – 16%
I consider this to be a separate issue to the questions above so I moved it to the number three slot. This is less of a matter of gun control and more of a matter of national security. I must say, though, that 2% out of the 16% who answered “No” said no because it was a slippery slope that will lead to the ban on sales of guns to anyone… *rolls eyes*
My View – This is a simple answer for me. If you are not trusted enough to ride on a plane is the US then why on earth should you be trusted to have a gun??? I do feel, however, that this should only be the case if the no-fly screening process accuracy is improved and includes due process. Either way, there should still be background checks and mental health screenings regardless.
Mind you, these are just my opinions. Of course I think they are right, they wouldn’t be my opinions if I didn’t… But that is how we all feel about what we think. What matters is if we are willing to listen to other opinions with an open mind and acknowledge when, if at any point, new information changes how we see things. As I find more days where I just feel like expressing myself on different matters, I will approach different hot subjects and let you know what my view is.
Not that it matters to anyone… unless, of course, it does.
If I could go back in time I would not try to stop you because that is your decision… I would simply be there… Just be there so you would not be alone… I understand what you might have been thinking and feeling (as best I can not being you or knowing you)… My simple wish is that I could hold your hand and help you go peacefully… But I know if anyone was there you probably wouldn’t have been able to go through with it… I don’t judge you… I only offer love and hope that you can feel it from where you are now.
Hello again everyone!
So there is this musical I have been a huge fan of for a while now that not a lot of people seem to even realize exists (for reasons I will talk about a little ways below).
Lord of the Rings: THE MUSICAL
What the above video shows is how GORGEOUS the music is in this show. The reason for this is because it is a mix of everything I love. The music is the love child of three different sources; A. R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, and the band Värttinä. For those of you not familiar with any of these artists I will give a brief introduction for you.
A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician. Above all, however, he is a film composer. In 2011, Time magazine described him as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer and predicted that he would win Best Original Score for 127 Hours. Unfortunately, he did not win (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross took the award for that awful The Social Network score that I really don’t care for. But that is a talk for another day). He is also well know for his work on Slumdog Millionaire among many other things.
So there isn’t much I can say about Christopher Nightingale. I really don’t know much about him and, from looking at his theater credits on Broadway.com, he seems to be more of a orchestriator/arranger. Any music student can tell you that is a tough and thankless job. LOL.
Lord of the Rings: The Musical seems to be the only credit where he is specifically listed as “composer”. It seems he is involved with Matilda The Musical right now and was also involved with Ghost The Musical, neither of which I have heard or seen as of yet. So, I will have to leave it at that as far as Mr. Nightingale is concerned for now.
So that takes us to Värttinä:
Värttinä is a Finnish folk music band which was started 1983 (when I was BORN @_@). I love their sound because it actually remind me a bit of listening to Wilson Philips growing up. Those close harmonies in women’s voices. You can really hear this group’s influence in the sound of the musical in a lot of the more chant like pieces. Especially in “Saruman” (below).
The colaberation is obvious, yes?
Anyways, lets get back to the musical now that you know a little about the writers of the music.
I had thought that this gorgeous work had died after its London run. There was no word as to where it was going after it closed and I had given up hope of ever getting the chance to see it. HOWEVER, I just found out that they are planning a world tour in 2015! I am so excited and I hope, with all my heart, that it comes to West Coast USA. I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to shows and their music… This one makes me want to cry because it begs me to be part of its world and I want to answer the call! I really am not sure how the show is outside of the music though. I hear it is pretty long because it covers all three Lord of the Rings books… That’s a lot of story to cover!
I am willing to sit in a theater for three hours to see THIS though:
And, yes, that is Legolas with dark hair (like it is supposed to be… but once again, that is a story for another day).
This show makes my heart fly *sigh*
Summer C. Latimer
I almost put the theme from Pan’s Labrynth on here, but decided I would save it for an “all movie theme” themed post. lol
Chicken and Kale Soup
This first one is a Chicken and Kale soup I found on the internet one night and then promptly lost the recipe to forcing me to improv! Good thing I took theater in high school *wink*
4 Boneless Chicken Breasts or 6 Tenderloins (which ever you want to use)
1 Bag of Chopped Kale (I use the type you get at TJ’s)
1 Box Chicken Stock (or veggie stock if you want)
1 Cup Flower (I actually use rice flower)
2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Rice (Any kind you like cooked however you want)
Heat the oven to 375. Pat chicken dry and salt and pepper it then mix more salt and pepper into some rice flour and coat the chicken.
Heat olive oil in a large, deep pan. Once the oil is hot add the chicken and brown it on both sides then remove it from the pan and set it aside.
Add more oil if you need to and add garlic. Add half of the bag of kale (or however much the pan can hold) and salt it. Let this cook down a bit then add a good amount of the chicken stock (around 4 cups probably, but you can’t really add too much honestly). Bring that to a boil then add the rest of the kale and cook it down.
Transfer the cooked down Kale and stock to a glass oven dish (you can probably do this in a crock pot, but I use the oven). Add the rest of the stock and then place the chicken on top and cover it all with foil.
Let it all cook for an hour then check it. Keep cooking it until the larger chunks of kale are tender. I really am not sure how long it will take. lol. While it all cooks you can make the rice however you choose.
Remove the soup from the oven and take the chicken out (set it aside). Add a touch of Balsamic Vinegar to the Kale and stock. Make a mound of rice in the middle of a bowl. Place the chicken on top of the rice then pour the broth/kale over it (you may need to scoop the kale out rather then pour it).
That’s about it! If you have any questions or need me to better explain anything just let me know!
It’s super yummy!
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mug Cake
This next one is the mug cake recipe that I finally settled on for my gooey-chocolatey-peanutbuttery cravings! Remember, it makes TWO cakes and I would recommend using the smallest egg or even just half an egg. <.<
1 Egg (Beaten)
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Oil (I use Peanut Oil)
2 Tablespoons Flower
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
In a small mixing bowl mix together the egg, cream, oil, and brown sugar. Make sure it is mixed well and all the sugar is dissolved.
Add all the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until smooth then pour half the mixture into two different mugs and set aside
Mix the chocolate chips into some peanut butter (as much or as little as you want) then drop as much as you want into the partially filled mugs and cover with the rest of the cake mixture.
Cook each mug for one minute and ten seconds in the microwave (times may vary). When you eat it be sure to dig down to get to the ooey-gooey-goodness with every bite.
I will certainly add more recipes as they come to mind! For now, however, I hope you enjoy these! If you try them let me know how they turned out in a reply down below!