Sunday, October 22, 2017

Story: Pledge of Allegiance in Schools Post-NFL Debate

Unless you're living under a rock, a hot topic debate is on whether or not NFL players should kneel for the national anthem or not. This has spread to public schools where many students especially African-American children who understand why players are kneeling (to protest racial injustice and police brutality) and wish to do the same. Now I've been seeing stories of certain school districts requiring students to stand for the pledge of allegiance with some even claiming it is "the law" when it's actually their right to protest which has been protected by the Supreme Court long before most of us we were even born. It pains me to see this faux-patriotism by right-wingers who are angry for a different reason. Like someone said before, Rosa Park wasn't protesting public transportation, she was protesting racism. But I will say, a country that doesn't respect constitutional and human rights (and hopefully we will remain a free country, but under President Cheeto, who knows?) is not a country that is worth giving any allegiance to. 

Fact of the Day: Saved by the Bell

The phrase saved by the bell is believed to have originated during a paranoia that a person may be buried alive. Coffins were created where they would be attached to a bell in case a person found themselves to buried alive. These coffin devices weren't very practical as its difficult to say if they actually saved one life at all. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Photo: Games at Spartanburg International Festival

Every year me and Daisy play this big chess game. She got destroyed, I am not going to lie. The thing about the games is that they all get picked up fairly quickly and it's hard to get a chance to do anything.

Aeon Flux (2005 Film) Review

 Aeon Flux is a movie I've know of for quite some time, but just never was quite motivated to see until the other day. That being said, I really like Charlize Theron so I guess it was inevitable I'd see it. I actually had no idea that the movie was based on an animated series of the same name that ran originally on MTV from 1991 to 1995. I was too young to have enjoyed the original show which I hear now was actually pretty good. However was there a reason I rarely ever hear anyone talk about the major film version over a decade later?

Fact of the Day: Berlin Wall Denial

Before the Berlin Wall was built, East Germany's leader Walter Ulbricht claimed that they were not building any such wall. Less than 90 days later the wall was starting to be built.