The Debt Ceiling: What is All The Hype About?

It seems that brinksmanship has become a staple of American politics. I don’t think that anyone can say that there is a semblance of stability within our government, on any level. For those of you who don’t know what is going on in American politics right now, Congress is trying to increase the debt ceiling of the United States. What this means is that we are going to run out of money on October 17th and if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. The United States will default on our loans because we are entirely incapable of paying back our debts. Read more of this post

Welcome to Part-Time America

Written by: Sal Pezzino -@sp1989

If you were to look at the state of the United States economy, on paper it would seem as though everything is OK. The Dow Jones has been flirting with 16,000, stock prices are soaring, and the unemployment rate keeps going down. The truth is that it is all entirely artificial. Read more of this post

Am I Getting Old, or Are We Just Screwed?

Written by: Sal Pezzino @sp1989

I am 23 years old and have grown up appreciating all of the music, pop culture icons, toys, technology, and the like. The past few years have been strange, I would say it started around the time I started college but I don’t think that has any correlation with the way I have been feeling over the past few years. I have just grown completely dissatisfied with my generation and the things going on around me. Read more of this post

Who is Lying to Generation-Y?

For those who don’t know, Generation-Y is anyone born in the early 1980’s up to and including anyone born before 2005. Many people have dubbed this generation, “Generation Y Me?”, “The Millennials”, and “The Lost Generation”. For the purposes of this article I would like to focus on “The Lost Generation” because I find it to be the most insulting but unfortunately accurate. Read more of this post

Why Cable News is Still Destroying This Country

A while back I wrote an article about how I feel cable news is destroying this country. That article can be found here and in it criticized all of the popular media outlets for polarizing this country so far to the left and right that there is no such thing as middle ground anymore. Read more of this post

Is The Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Good or Bad For The American Economy?

During the Presidential State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. Specifically he said “No one who works full-time, should have to live in poverty.” When its put like that, its pretty hard to disagree with, how could anyone disagree with that? Well, those people are called Republicans. When it comes to proposing an increase to the minimum wage, their trepidations aren’t exactly unfounded and wrong. There are legitimate reasons why an increase to the minimum wage, especially in this economy, is a bad idea. Read more of this post

The Final Word on Guns For 2012

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The subject of heated debate.

Going into 2013, its interesting to reflect back at this past year. A year in which the theme was curiosity, exploration, and advancement, a glaring tarnish must be discussed. With all of the good things that happened in 2012, what cannot be overlooked is how guns and gun violence have left their permanent stamp on this year. Read more of this post

Should Hate Speech Be Free Speech?

Let me answer that question right now, there is no reason for the freedom of speech to be infringed upon. I don’t care what it is, I will never disagree, that the rights outlined in the first Amendment of the Constitution be infringed upon.

I bring this up though, because over the course of the last week I have been seeing a lot of people posting and talking about the Westboro Baptist Church. If you don’t know who or what the Westboro Baptist Church is by now, they are a fringe, radical group of religious protestors who picket the funerals of dead soldiers, AIDS victims, celebrities, and other high-profile funerals. They have been known, and gained a lot of notoriety by picketing the funerals of dead soldiers holding up signs that say “God Hates Fags”, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”, “Thank God You Are Dead”, “Thank God For 9/11”, and a whole bunch of other signs that get your blood boiling.

Though recently they seem to have stepped up their hate game and brought it to a whole new level by protesting the funerals of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. Holding up signs that say “God Sent The Shooter”. This is undoubtedly the most heinous thing I have ever heard or seen in my life. What bothers me more, is that now I have to defend them. Read more of this post

Blame The Shooter, Not The Gun

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Children being escorted away from the crime scene

Well I am sure everyone knows by now that there was a horrific massacre in Connecticut yesterday. Twenty children were killed, some as young as kindergarten and none older than fourth grade, along with six adults, and the murderer himself. This is an unspeakable tragedy only made worse because of the ages of the victims. A total of twenty-seven people were killed for as far as I am concerned, no reason at all. As of now, no one knows why the killer went on a rampage at an elementary school. He killed his mother first, and then headed towards the school, so as of now the massacre is completely unexplainable. Read more of this post

The Evolution of New York City (VIDEO)

This is a slideshow video that shows how much New York City has changed over its long and storied history. The main lesson to be learned from this video is that the city is always changing, and times can get tough, but New York and New Yorkers will always come back newer and better then ever! Read more of this post

An Atheist Defense of Christmas

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A War on Christmas?

Recently there has been a lot of news coverage about a “War on Christmas”. This is nothing new, there has always seemed to be some sort of non-existent war going on between Theists and Atheists. I am openly an atheist, but I still get excited about this time of year. It really is a great time of the year, everything changes for the better. Think about how much the winter would suck if we didn’t have the holidays to look forward to. There just seems to be a different type of excitement this time of year that is inexplicable. Read more of this post

What is The Fiscal Cliff? Is it The End of The American Economy?

Without meaning to sound like an economics or political science professor, we first need to discuss what the Fiscal Cliff is. Many people think that the fiscal cliff is an approaching economic disaster of some sort that has to do with America’s debt and economic policy. That statement isn’t exactly false but the fact still remains the Fiscal Cliff is something entirely different. Read more of this post

Kevin Clash Officially Cleared of All Charges

For all of the people who’s hearts where completely broken by even thinking about Kevin Clash (the voice of Elmo) having sex with an underage boy, can all breathe a sigh of relief, because he has been officially cleared of all charges. Read more of this post

Happy Birthday Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is a personal hero of mine. He is considered by many to be the grandfather of promoting science literacy to the masses. He was an inspiration and mentor to many of the scientists today who have taken up his mantle of promoting science literacy to the world. Scientists like Brian Cox, Michio Kaku and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson later next year will be re-launching Carl Sagan’s famous series “Cosmos” adding a more modern twist along with his own personal touches. Read more of this post

It’s Time to Change the Conversation

“The democratic party which is a party of no ideas and the republicans are a party of bad ideas” -Lewis Black

 

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