Bloggers, Politics, and a Need for Civility

In recent years the internet has grown larger; more advanced, and has taken on many roles to fulfill people’s needs. One of those needs is opinion and commentary on current issues and events. Bloggers post their views on a news headline or any topic of interest, and readers respond. This is not journalism, however, but it is becoming the key source for news and information. Websites, or blogs, are far and wide in variety, and the quality is questionable. Unlike journalist, a blogger has zero accountability, aside from viewership. Sometimes there’s more venom in a blog than there are facts. The future is unknown for this new medium, but it’s on fire and spreading.

Bloggers have increasingly dictated the tone of political discourse in the younger generation. While most seniors have stuck with their local newspapers for their news, middle age citizens are increasingly joining their younger counter parts in the blogosphere. As a filling the need for opinion. It increases the participation of viewers by allowing them to instantly respond through posting comments to each article.

Traditional journalism still has its place in bringing the news to society, but they’re no longer the sole source. But unlike journalists, blogs …

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Summer Gout Issues

Gout is not an easy illness to deal with. For one thing, it sneaks up on you in the middle of the night. For another, it can forever alter what you are allowed to do, drink and even eat. However, avoiding a second flareup is usually an important issue once you’ve had the first one.

Summer poses an extremely difficult time to keep gout under control. Almost every activity you may wish to take part in can pose a problem. Even the weather can turn against you. Here are a few reminders, and possible ways around them.

Beer: This favorite drink of hot weather poses two problems for the gout sufferer. It’s an alcoholic beverage, which can cause dehydration. It’s also got yeast in it, which contains purine — the stuff from which uric acid is made.

Naturally, water would be a better choice, but if you must imbibe something, look into red wine. You can’t have a ton of it, but a glass or so in companionable moments may help you avoid spending two weeks unable to walk.

Barbecues: The stuff of legends, the mouth watering foods we all crave. Hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs — and gout. …

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Resolving the Bully Issue

It’s not startling to hear of a child being afraid to go to school, or who deliberately misses the school bus to avoid a classmate who makes the trip miserable. It is in all probability fair to assume that in every school, and neighborhood there is at least one kid who makes each day a living nightmare for the other kids. Bullies have always presented themselves dating back to when our grandparents were young. During those times bullying others was simple and usually was limited to name calling or teasing. However those less violent attempts of hurting another have been replaced with a new generation of bullies whose actions are not temporary and can include force such as hitting, punching, and ridiculing.

All of us at some point have been bullied. We may have even bullied others to some degree. These incidents were perhaps not severe and resolved itself over time. Nonetheless, there are occasions when bullying takes place over a long period, possibly years. This is often the case in school, and in neighborhoods where the bully is always in close company with the victim.

Bullying is a willful, deliberate want to hurt another and is typically long term. …

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Socialism, Yes or No?

As we go throughout our day, almost every American can turn on a TV and see something about Universal Health care in the news. Universal Health care, many people have debated, is one of the most controversial topics in recent years that involves every single person living in this country. What does this mean for us? The Universal Health care is said to give coverage to the 40 plus million who are uninsured.

Their are a few problems that any person can see if they look enough into it. First, lets look at the statistics. A very large percentage of the uninsured are, for the most part, healthy young adults that either do not feel they need it at this time or is just spending the money on something else. Another very large percentage of the uninsured are those who are unemployed, with many of them, on government programs already and not looking for a job.

The American Dream has extreme value to this country and has for hundreds of years. We are a free society and chooses what we want or don’t want. Our constitution specifically states the powers that the Federal Government has; and nowhere in the constitution …

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Jailhouse Politics

I am new at this so bare with me, or not at all. Were still in a free country, for the most part and I mean no disrespect….

I am struggling with issues in my life, LOL…Imagine that! My main struggle seems to be this lingering burden that surrounds me with employment. I’m not trying to fuss or whine about my issue, but just some clarity or closure if that.

I am a convicted felon for a volient crime that took place in july 1994, so it’s been 16-17 years now. And my crime took place in Alaska. Anchorage to be exact. I grew up in Kodiak, and my family still resides there to this day. I’ve heard and even applied for a review (I guess) there may be another name for it, but I don’t know? Basically Alaska dosen’t allow pardons/expundgments for any type of class a,b or c felonies. I have a class c assault felony. And that has limited me to decent employment etc. I tried some avenues, but I guess once you’ve been off of parole/probation for however long….you get certain rights reinstated. I believe those are the right to vote, the right bear arms-that depends …

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Wake Up America

Do we, as Americans, have no choice but to stand by and wring our hands as our country is driven to ruin by a president and an administration who obviously have no common sense and dubious plans .

Is this how people from other countries, countries once successful and now totally in ruin, is this how those people felt. Did they too watch, thinking “someone will save us. Something will change,” right up to the moment when total collapse took over.

Our debt is now so big we can’t even wrap our brains around it. It is so big we can’t think about it…so we don’t.

How much more evidence do we need? We’ve watched government take over industry and banks. Did you ever think you would see this happen?

We know about the involvement between Acorn, The Service workers union and Obama’s election. About the taxpayer money which has been used and which continues to be used to play the games to make things happen which the administration and Obama need to have happen.

We know about Barney Frank and his boyfriend’s involvement in the mortgage industry. We know about Chris Dodd and his special deals with the mortgage …

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