Family, Friends, and a Whole Lot of Guns

The other day I had an experience that was entirely new to me: I fired a gun. In America that’s not a very big deal, so I suppose that it’s a bit strange that it took me so long to check that one off of my bucket list. It’s not as if I was afraid to fire a gun, my family just doesn’t own any guns or go hunting, so I hadn’t really had a reason to fire one. However, since I’ve talked a bit about gun rights on this…

Conflict, Complacency, and a Nation Divided

So, the election happened. That’s not breaking news at this point, but it’s taken me several days to figure out what I wanted to say, or if I wanted to say anything at all. Hate is flowing like a river out of Democrats and Republicans alike, and I wondered if it might be a better choice to bite my tongue on this particular subject. However, given how much I have already talked about Mr. Trump, I feel that it is only fair that I respond to the results of our election.…

Making America Greater: Trump Rally #2

Last time I was at a Trump rally for a protest, I was on vacation in Orlando. This time, however, I went to protest because Donald Trump came to Tallahassee, leaving hate and anger in his wake. I didn’t know what to expect from Tallahassee, but I knew that it would be nothing like my previous protest in Kissimmee. Tallahassee has all kinds of people – everything from hyper-liberal college students to conservative country boys – and all kinds of political views to match. Tonight, those political views were on…

Confession: I’m Racist

  Allow me to clarify; I’m not a racist by the textbook definition. I don’t believe that one race is superior to another. However, it would be a blatant lie for me to claim that race has no effect on how I view others. I’m just like any other human, and I make sense of the world around me by dividing things into groups based on broad categories such as race, religion, gender, and so on. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that; it’s just human nature, but, as history often…

American Attitudes

I’ll start off today with a hypothetical situation. Let’s say you’re a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, and you strongly believe that any self-respecting American should feel the same way. You love your team, and you want them to win. On your way to the Dolphins-Patriots game, you see a group of Pats fans standing on a street corner outside the stadium, minding their own business and wearing those ugly Tom Brady jerseys. You already hate the Patriots enough, but this is just too much, so you roll down your window…

Political Correctness vs. The Donald

It seems like saying “political correctness” at the Republican National Convention is akin to cursing. Donald Trump and his followers treat political correctness as if it is the foundation of everything that liberals stand for. Democrats are in the party of thin skin, made-up rules, and crybabies, while the GOP is the party of freedom, honesty, and “tellin’ it like it is”. The issue seems fairly trivial, but it has received a lot of attention from politicians and the general public alike, so it’s time we took a close look…

Pokemon Go Ahead, Get Outside

Pokemon Go is a lot like the Kardashian family – whether or not you’re a fan of it, you can’t seem to avoid hearing about it. Pokemon Go has been all over the news in the past week, and for good reason; Pokemon Go took only five days to become the most downloaded mobile game in United States history. That achievement is shocking enough, but when you stop to consider that Pokemon Go also requires players to physically go outside and walk, the game’s success seems downright impossible. Why We…

Don T Rump Returns

Watch Don T Rump’s campaign announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb4m05D_IaY Watch Don T Rump Tackles the Issue of Women’s Rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGN7GFpb8lw Don T Rump is Back! As some of you may have noticed, I’ve started to make videos recently. After watching a few of Donald Trump’s speeches, I was inspired to create my own completely unrelated character named Donovan Terminator Rump. Don T Rump is a simple man with simple ideals; he doesn’t waste time with political correctness or ethics, he doesn’t tolerate any sort of criticism, and he knows with absolute certainty that he…

Which Lives Matter?

In the wake of several police shootings, the #BlackLivesMatter trend on social media has erupted once more, and for good reason. Several young black men were needlessly shot by police officers who had no motive to do so. Let’s not forget that Dylan Noble, a young white man, was also fatally shot by police. Not Up For Discussion I’m not going to talk about whether or not those officers had a right to shoot those men. They didn’t. Even if Alton Sterling had possessed a gun, there is no way…

Changing Lives: Women’s Illiteracy

Hey guys, I know social issues are usually Donovan’s domain and Thursday is my Changing Lives day, but let me assure you that this post on women’s illiteracy is in the right place. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting about service projects, charities, and fundraisers that all support ending illiteracy for women. Before I start sharing those, I thought that I would open your eyes to this problem we will soon start solving. Most of us in the U.S., especially those who are reading this…