New iPhone

Author: mirai  //  Category: All Posts, Life in general, Techie Stuff

Last Saturday, I finally got the iPhone that I have contemplating on buying for so long. As a matter of fact, I am using it now to write this blog, using the wordpress app that I downloaded yesterday. It’s quite handy, because I can write on the go without having to be online. I can even use it to update my Mixi blog as well, via the Mixi app. The only thing I don’t like about it so far, other than it being relatively heavier than the other phones on the market, is it’s heavy dependance on iTunes (which I despise). Also not being able to use it as an external hard drive like I was able to do with my other iPod, is a slight impedance as well, but apparently there are third party applications that can fix that. But other than that, I’m pretty happy with it. Hopefully Apple is nice enough to continue to make improvements through there firmware updates.

My iPhone

More Politics

Author: mirai  //  Category: Life in general

A few days ago, I wrote an entry that perhaps harshly criticized Gayle Quinnell, the woman who erroneously referred to Barack Obama as an Arab.  She claimed that she got most of her information from her city library and then proceeded to send 400 letters to people she randomly picked out of a phone book, to spread more false information about the democratic presidential candidate.

Now, it’s one thing when a 75 year old uneducated (or poorly educated) elderly woman from a small town in Minnesota spreads false information that she honestly believes to be fact -by the way, there are websites that refer to her as being old and near senility because of her age, but I must stress that she is only three years older than John McCain -it’s another thing when a “somewhat” educated (dropped out of college after two semesters and one summer and apparently received poor grades) political commentator makes the same exact erroneous claim.   I am referring to Rush Limbaugh, whom I often listened to and agreed on many points he made during the Clinton administration during the mid-90’s.  Frankly it sickens me to even think that I use to listen to this guy on an almost religious basis.

Here are the comments I am referring to:

In this radio address, he states: Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood?He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa. He’s from Arab parts of Africa. … [H]e’s not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American.

First of all, I’ve always believed that if you were born in America (which Barack Obama was) or if you underwent the naturalization process and became a citizen, then you are an American.

Secondly, I also believe that an Afircan-American, is an American (by the above definition) of African descent.  Barack Obama, who’s father is from Kenya (a country in Africa), which makes him of African descent.  And since he was born in the U.S., that makes him an African-American.  Gee, it didn’t take too much brain power to figure that one out.

Thirdly, I believe that there is a law that states that you have to be born in America, as opposed to being a naturalized American, to be elgible for the presidency.  I would also think that the democratic party would thoroughly check that out before nominating a presidential candidate.  So I think its safe to say that Barack Obama is an African-American.

Lastly, this whole Arab thing is just ridiculous.  I’m begining to believe that people don’t know what an Arab really is.  Well let’s see, from my knowledge and of course “common sense”, the word Arab derives from the word Arabian. And if my sources are correct, to be an Arabian, you have to be of Saudi Arabian descent.  I have already established that Barack Obama is of Kenyan (a country on the African continent) herritage.  An other than the small number of Saudi Arabian ex-pats who live in Kenya, there is no such thing as an “Arab part of Africa” as Limbaugh so ingnorantly claimed. And the last time I checked, Saudi Arabia is on a completely different continent.  Hence, he is no more of an Arab than Rush Limbaugh is.

I also believe that ignorant people (like Limbaugh) confuse or equate being Muslim ( a religion, just like Christianity is a religion) to being Arab (which is a mid-eastern ethinic group), and equate both to being extremist or terrorists.  Its time that these people learn to read a book, or at the very least read Wikipedia (if they’re too lazy to pick up a book or newspaper) and get their fact straight before making themselves look like a complete heel on national television and spread around the net.  Barack Obama is NOT an Arab nor a Muslim nor a terrorist.  And if he were a Muslim, or and Arab, it really should not make a difference because neither makes you a terrorist.

Days of the Week

Author: mirai  //  Category: Life in general

I don’t remember if I did this before, but if I did here it goes again.

My assessment of the days of the week:

Monday – color: blue assessment: by far the worst day of the week (unless its a holiday, then its okay)

Tuesday – color: yellow assessment: no particular like of dislike.  Just glad that Monday is over, and I’m happy that I’m still in one piece

Wednesday – color: orange? assessment: yay! middle of the week!  only 2 more days till the weekend!

Thursday -color: bluish green? assessment: the mornings usually suck because  I always wish that it was already Friday, but by the afternoon I start to feel giddy that there is only one more workday left

Friday -color: yellow assessment: exhausted, but absolutely stoked that its Friday.  Even when I have to work on a weekend Friday’s ALWAYS rock!

Saturday -color: white assessment: relaxed, perhaps lazy, but feeling good in general

Sunday – color: grey assessment: relaxed in the mornings, but already starting to think about the next day, evenings are depressing.

Election Season

Author: mirai  //  Category: Life in general

I’m not the political type.  As a matter of fact, I can’t stand any kind of politics, especially office politics, but that’s a different story.  This year is a bit different.  After being a non-active member of the republican party for the last 18 years, I’ve decided it’s time for some change.  Although I was a republican, my political views were more centered than anything else:

  • I am pro-choice, but I don’t believe in nondiscriminatory abortion.  I think those who have unwanted pregnancies should exercise their option to put their child up for adoption.  However, any pregnancies that can be physically or emotionally damaging to either the parent or child (IE a product of rape) might be the only exception I can really tolerate.
  • I am pro-death penalty.  As a matter of fact, I think this is probably the only view that I have that is extreme right.  I think that dealing with death is difficult under any circumstances, but I am sure it’s especially difficult when a life is taken by an anti-social coward.  I also believe that life in prison is a waste of tax payer’s money.  To sustain one person’s life until the time of natural death can run in the millions, which to me is absolutely ridiculous.  Take for example, the man who claimed that he was too fat to fry.Here is where my extremely point of view kicks in: not only do I believe in the death penalty, I think all offender’s, other than those who have tested positive to any life threatening diseases, should be mandated to enroll in a organ and blood donor program.  Of course I sure that there are some technical issues behind using organs from a person who’s been executed, but I think it’d definitely save a lot of lives if there was a way to do.  Furthermore, it would be poetic justice in that the offender would be giving life back in exchange for their own.
  • I am pro- national health care..It works here in Japan, why not the States?..nuff said
  • Definitely against the war in Iraq, and it should come to an end…NOW.  But we should be still hunting down Bin Laden in Pakistan…or wherever he is.

So with all of this in mind, I have decided not to affiliate myself with any political parties and re-register as an independent.   Regardless of whether or not its fact, in my own mind, I now see republicans as fundamental right winged conservative Christians.  I think these type of people are the most dangerous to have in office, because I feel that they have a hard time separating church and state.  This especially goes for our republican vice presidential candidate who publicly stated that the war in Iraq is a task from God, and tried to play it off in an interview with Charles Gibson by saying that the task from God statement was based on Lincoln’s statement, Let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side. Hmm, those those statements don’t sound too similar to me.

While I am on the subject of governor Palin, until McCain chose her to be his running mate, I seriously considered him as a possible choice for president.  I don’t how or what compelled McCain to choose Palin as his number two, but this shows me that there are serious problems in the republican party when they have to resort to employing a first term governor of a state in which the population is less than that of San Francisco (approximately 760,000 vs. Alaska’s 680,000), and has very little to no foreign policy experience.

Secondly, the recent smear campaign launched by the republican party against Barack Obama is quite sad, and as an American and former republican, its also quite embarrassing.  This whole campaign strategy was blindly instigated by Palin in order to scare the uneducated mid-west monkey’s into thinking that Obama would not only make for a poor president, but also made him out to be a Muslim extremist, or in their own words: an Arab,  a one man terrorist cell, a socialist, a baby killer, or my personal favorite he has Arab tendencies, and should some political things happen, be might revert back to his Muslim faith. Its pretty damn sad when a US presidential campaign has to resort to scare tactics to influence poorly educated people into voting for them by convincing them that the opposition is a terrorist.

So what if Barack Obama was a Muslim?  So what?  Isn’t there such thing as freedom of religion?  And what if he was an Arab?  What difference would it make?  At a campaign rally in Lakeville, Minnesota on October 10th, 2008, a 75 year old campaign volunteer by the name of Gayle Quinnell stood up and told McCain that she didn’t trust Obama because he’s an Arab.  McCain did the right thing by removing the mic from her hands, and refuted her comments. However, again what is wrong with being an Arab?  McCain refuted the comments as if she had said he had herpes or something stating, he’s a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, as if you can’t be an Arab and a decent family man and a citizen at the same time.

At any rate, I think that in the last few weeks, the McCain campaign has fallen to pieces and has strongly influenced me to look the other way.  Although I don’t agree 100% on all of Barack Obama’s stance on the issues, I do feel he is the lesser of the two evils, and change is definitely what the US need right now.

Gayle Quinnell answering reporter’s questions after the rally.

watch this REALLY annoying woman as she keeps jumping front of the camera

My favorite quotes from this clip:

Q: Is he a terrorist? A: He’s got the blood lines.

Actually there is some truth to this.  Obama is Vice President Dick Cheney’s 8th cousin, and the VP is definitely a dangerous person

Q: What do you know about ACORN?

A: I know that it propagated low income housing to people in the Chicago who couldn’t afford it.

Q: When was first time you heard of ACORN?

A: …today