Thursday, May 29

Punch Drunk...

Mike Tyson said in a recent interview that, although he didn't rape Desiree Washington, he would do it now.

The former heavy weight boxing champ, and arguably the best ever, aside from Ali, said that the burden of having been convicted has caused him to "hate her guts" and that now he really does want to rape her.

Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem to be the best way to get the public back on your side Mike.

Take a lesson from Rocky, and just play dumb, rather than being dumb.
Moving

My big day is drawing near. Tomorrow is my last day working here in Ottawa. Monday I will be starting a new job in Oshawa. I will miss a few of the friends I've made in this office. I will also miss this city. There is nothing like being able to look out your window at work and see row upon row of trees. Although there is a parking lot and a highway before the trees, there are still many, many trees.

I'm looking forward to being with my family again, and working with my friends in the Oshawa office. If all goes right, I won't be there too long though, probably until the end of August. I've applied for a post graduate course at Durham College, for Computer Animation. I can't wait to begin. I've always been interested in art, and although I wasn't encouraged to get into the field by my parents, I seem to be leaning that way regardless. I have a diploma in Film Production, and now I'm going to go further and get a certificate in 3D Animation.

I am acquainted with a person who works at Core Graphics, he's worked on X-Men, Blade II and several other films. He's also working on a three year project for Disney and I think Pixar. I hope I can use this contact to get into the industry once I've finished my schooling.

I guess I'm going to be living my dream. Which is amazing ! I can't wait. I wonder how many people get to do this???

Tuesday, May 27

Hail...Bush?

I began blogging a few months ago. It began with an interest in Blamblog, to which I was introduced by my friend Seanie D. Seanie D and I would comment on several of Blamb's posts, and our commentary sometimes evolved into heated debate. Brett wasn't a big fan of our constant commenting, and arguing, so on Sunday November 17th, Blamb wanted to execute us. Maybe that's not exactly how it happened, but it's pretty close. After this near death experience, and having almost been banned from Blamblog, I decided to create my own web-log / journal. Of course it was some time before this happened.
But when I finally did create Chip Tijuana - The Blog, it was around that time when people were beginning to blog about war. I began my blogging with anti-war, anti-Bush posts, mingled with rants about traffic, smoking, and many other "issues" facing our great nation.
During those early days of blogging about the impending illegal invasion of Iraq, by so called President George W. Bush, right wingers, a.k.a. Hawks, and Pro-War bloggers, were complaining that the leftists, or Doves, kept comparing Bush to Hitler.
Well, to continue with those traditions, here is a piece by Thom Hartmann titled: When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History. Special thanks to Kim at The G-Spot for the link.
This article sums up Hitlers rise to power, and the events that led to WWII. It's frightening to see how the events that transpired 70 years ago, almost mirror the rise of George W. Bush. The similarities are frightening, from how the two managed to gain control of their respective nations, despite not winning any elections, to terrorist attacks which spurred wars with virtually no blood spilled on the side of the aggressor.
From control of the media, to legislation restricting civil liberties. The historical parallels are simply uncanny.
Let's just hope that history truly doesn't repeat itself.

Monday, May 26

I repeat, this is NOT the United States, why can't you see that?

I just read an article at Canoe.ca. It's been out there for awhile I'm sure, but I haven't really been keeping up with current events.

The article is about a man being held without charges or any chance for bail, because he's a Muslim.

This wouldn't be so shocking if it were taking place somewhere like Texas. But this is happening in Canada. I can understand the reasoning behind holding someone without bail when they've been arrested as a national security risk. But he's been there for 32 days in solitary confinement. We are not Iraq, we are not Nazi Germany, or Soviet Russia. This is Canada.

There is no excuse for this behaviour by our government. If the man truly is a threat we have to identify it much quicker than this. If he isn't, we should be letting him go a lot quicker than this.

What's next? Are we going to build internment camps at borders and air ports? Maybe ship all the Muslims out to an island somewhere in the arctic circle.

What is happening to human rights in this world?
What the f---?

I just read a report of a mother in California who put her two year old in a washing machine.

The child was rescued from the machine by a police officer, she was taken to a hospital and listed in serious condition. She's expected to live.

I read this article and I wasn't sure what to think. At first I thought it was a joke. But honestly, what kind of mother puts her child into a washing machine, closes the door, and turns it on?
It's sick that someone would try to kill their child this way, and if she wasn't trying to murder the kid what was she doing? I hope she wasn't trying to wash her child. If that's the case then the mother should be executed for the crime of being f---ing stupid!

An event of this nature just shouldn't happen. Ever. If you're dumb enough to put your kid in a washing machine, for fun, to kill it, or to wash it, you should have been sterilized at birth.

This ties into the whole loss of freedoms thing, not for kids, but for people in general. Should the government ban smoking, or deny treatment to smokers? Should parents put strict regulations on what their kids do or watch? And, should the government prevent stupid people from breeding? I wonder if they can add that to The Patriot Act?


Sunday, May 25

Free Will

In a recent post Kim, Crabby, Sister Staceypatrick and Ice Queen were talking about children, and what constitutes over protectiveness. Actually they were talking about a story about a police officer chastising a mother who left her 12 year old daughter alone on the street to park her car.
Some believe that the officers actions were a little over the top, and others believe he had a good reason to address the mother regarding her actions.
Although I'm not sure what exactly the cop said to the woman, in my personal opinion he had every right to admonish her for leaving a young child alone and un-supervised in post Holly Jones Toronto. I would feel the same way in pre-Holly Jones Toronto, but with the attrocity so recent, one would hope the mother would be a little more safety conscious.
My parents have always been protective of my brothers and I. My mother still insists that I phone her whenever I make the drive from Oshawa to Niagara Falls or Ottawa. She worries about me when I'm far from her. Sometimes I think she's silly, but I always appreciate the sentiment. I'm sure I'll feel the same way about my kids.
But what kind of behaviour towards children constitutes over protectiveness, or a violation of their free will? What impact will this have on the kids in later life? Will they grow up sheltered and unable to deal with "the real world" or will people call them sissies?
Kim was mentioning how she limits her kids time on the computer, doesn't allow them to watch excessive amounts of television, and restricts their access to video games. This may seem harsh, but in her defense, she did mention her children are both under 13 years old.
I for one believe she is making some great parenting choices. I was talking to my own mother about the differences between generations and she made a great point. Kids today don't seem to be nearly as creative as past generations. When my mother was a child, and even when I was a child, to an extent, we relied much more on imagination. Kids these days have everything made for them. If they want some sort of base for thier army toys they can just go a buy a play set, there are Mobile villages, all the Lego comes in a kit with specific instructions, and kids are spending more time on the internet and playing video games.
When I was a child, if I wanted some sort of accessory for my action figures I would have to use my imagination, and build it. When I played with pro-wrestling toys I made a wrestling ring out of a cardboard box, some pencils and string or elastics. I drew the WWF symbol in the middle of the ring, I made announcer tables out of card board and toothpicks. Now kids can buy little folding chairs, wrestling championship belts, garbage cans, wrestling rings, and even microphones for the announcers.
I'm sure there are plenty of kids out there whose parents can't afford, or won't buy all these accessories, forcing the children to be creative and imaginitive. But there are probably many other parents who just provide them with the toys so they won't have to clean up the mess a creative child makes.
I've also noticed children who don't seem to have any restrictions or barriers in their lives. These children are usually the ones making the bad choices. Once a person reaches a certain age they believe they're old enough to make decisions on their own, they're usually always wrong.
I've seen young kids, between 10 and 14 smoking cigarettes outside of Malls, Elementary Schools, and High Schools. I'm not sure if this is a result of bad parenting, or peer pressure.
Global recently did a story called Tweens (I'm too lazy to find a link). From what I could gather from the commercials, the story was about how quickly children seem to be growing up, and how sex appeal in the music and television industry seems to affect their attitudes and dress.
My roommate has pointed this kind of thing out to me several times. Although his method has been more along the lines of turning his head to stare at a scantilly clad female then shouting out; "Aw Jesus! How does an eleven-teen year old look so hot? That is so wrong!". We've taken to calling these young girls 'prosti-tots'. I'm surprised at the amount of skin kids are showing today, and how most children at the age 11 have had more girlfriends than I have had at age 24. Although in my own defence I had an ugly class in highschool.
I'm going to cut this short by saying; As this trend continues to grow, I fear for the future of decent toys, video games, and even global leadership.
I hope there are some comments on this from the readers or their offspring.