Friday, October 28, 2011

Figure this one out

Parents fighting to have their children returned.

I don't know where to begin with this one. Obviously if there has been physical abuse, it's an open and shut case. What exactly entails emotional abuse in a situation like this? Is a name enough?

This article/situation disgusts and fascinates me on many levels. I consider myself a staunch libertarian, with a mindset of live and let live; however, I'm very sensitive to prejudice and injustice.

There is a part of me that says if these psycho's want to raise their child in this manner and name them as such, then they have a right too.

There is another part of me that's horrified by that thought. I'm not horrified easily.

It's not illegal to give your child a horrible name or to teach your child to hate. While I despise both of those things, I do not want to live in a world where our government is tasked with 'fixing' these types of things.

Which means, as I look at this situation, I have to wonder what constitutes emotional abuse, is it the name, the things they are teaching, or something more? Can we consider ignorant teachings as emotional abuse and if we do, what kind of precedent are we setting?

I think the majority of people that look at a situation like this would think there is enough justification (just from the article) to taking the children away from the parents, I doubt many of them consider the implications of such actions. This would be a great argument for a debate class or any number of subjects, I just wish it was hypothetical like most of those questions.

(My discussion here makes major assumptions in relation to this situation. My main assumption is that the state is considering the abuses to be the children's names and/or the parent's teachings. The argument does not apply if there is any other type of abuse that would be considered typical in situations such as this.)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday Thoughts 10/28/2011 Still alive and kicking

Every time I start a blog post, I end up saving it and putting it to the side for later. I have five in process right now, many of them are emotionally charged, scatter pieces, talking about everything from politics to what's going on in my personal life now. I've said before I'd rather not commit to future content, but since I seem to be having large gaps between updating the blog, I thought it would be beneficial to anyone reading it, that it's something that's still on my mind and that I'm trying to come back to.

Anyway, here's my newest Friday thought list, hopefully less emotionally charged then where I'm at currently.

1. The big one, my wife was told last Friday that 10/28 is her last day at the school, they are laying her off. This probably wouldn't be as big a deal if we hadn't uprooted our lives to come down here for the job and weren't still in the mud with selling the house in Cleveland (and some of the things that needed to be done that means we have to sell it). Needless to say, it's been a somber mood around here as we try and figure out the upcoming months.

2. We are one month out from Black Friday, wife's job be damned, I'll be out again and I'll probably provide some mobile content to the blog. I can't wait to start game planning the chaos.

3. I'm a big fan of Halloween, but it doesn't look like there will be any grown up activities this year. I did however, come across an interesting article relating to Halloween costumes. A group of students at Ohio University are protesting racially insensitive costumes. I'm not sure what my position is on this subject. I can understand their point of racial insensitivity, but I also would point out that, in most cases, we are talking about humor, which is a complex subject in relation to insensitivity. I'll acknowledge that my view maybe tinted as my demographic (heterosexual, white, male) isn't a minority and I'd love to hear people's thoughts in regards to the issue.

4. Gadhafi is dead. As a person born in the 70's, he's in many cases a more significant figure then Osama Bin Laden was to me. The change in the Middle East over the last couple years is significant and I wonder what further affects some of these changes will have. Although I'm a bit concerned about the new Libyan government's initial communications on how they intended to run their government.

5. It's rare that a new show catches my eye enough for me to watch it and rarer that I like it once I do, but FX's American Horror Story is pretty good so far. I recommend people check it out and on Monday 10/31, they are running a marathon of all the episodes aired so far.

6. That Lohan family is kind of f'ed up.

7. Beavis and Butthead are back tonight, I don't know whether I'm excited or sure that it's an indicator of the upcoming Apocalypse.

8. Last weekend we had a chance to visit for the second time "All Hallows Eve" at the Ohio Historical Society, it's really a fantastic time for a family night out. The event is capped by a live telling of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" which includes a visit by the Headless Horsemen. If you near Columbus during the last two weeks of October, I highly recommend a visit. They also do a Christmas/Dickens event, that I hope we'll get to visit this year.

9. I guess I should weigh in on Steve Jobs, as everyone else seems to have done so. I can appreciate what Mr. Jobs brought to the IT industry and there is a fair amount of design genius that he championed. However, I have a bit of an issue with those that seem to be deeply affected by Mr. Jobs passing. While he had many admirable qualities from a business standpoint, he was an asshole. He walked over people, demeaned them, and would never have been considered modest. While I have mixed feelings on whether the uber-rich should contribute to charity, Mr. Jobs in comparison to other billionaires was not known in any way for his philanthropy. I find it bizarre that he could be so endearing to people, given many of these traits.

10. I have no facts to prove it, but I have to believe that bars (at least in most of the mid-west) that close at 2, hate the fact that daylight savings time changed the schedule a couple years ago. Having it fall on Halloween weekend, had to mean huge additional profits from just that one hour and full house. If I was an enterprising sort, I'd probably promote that as one of the reasons we are in the recession and blame whatever party was occupying the Presidency or House at the time.

Bonus: Halloween and October overall make me miss so many of my friends that I hung out with during my college years. We had so many good and drama filled times. If any of them are reading this, Hi, and stay safe this Halloween.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Baseball Predictions 2011 American League Follow-up

The regular season ended for Major League Baseball, so let's see how I did in predicting things this year.

AL Predictions.

NL Predictions

Indian's Predictions

American League:

Starting with the East, I'd say I didn't do well. I predicted the Rays to win the Division and the Red Sox to finish in second and take the wild card. The Rays did make the playoffs and the Red Sox didn't. The only point I'll make is I did say the Red Sox would be better then the Yankees due to their pitching, the Yankees got a big boost from some youngsters this year, that evened the score. (side note: CC Sabathia is still going strong and 300 is going to be talked about here in the next year or 2)

Moving to the Central, my predictions stunk. I was as wrong about this division as I could be. The White Sox and Twins got off to bad starts and never recovered. The Tigers got off to a mediocre start and then pummeled the rest of the division. We'll get to the Indians in a bit.

The West saved me from a total disaster of predictions in the American League. (but I'll be honest, it was a fairly easy prediction for this one.) The two top teams are pretty good, the two lower ones are pretty bad.

Surprise team: The Blue Jays, not a bad pick, although given how horrible we expected the Indians to be, maybe not the best pick. The Blue Jays are rounding into a contender though and even in a very tough division will probably get there before the Indians do.

MVP, Cy Young, AL Rookie: The awards haven't been announced yet, but this prediction to me is more along the lines of how well the player you did predict actually performed during the season.

MVP: Oh god, Joe Mauer was my prediction, what the hell was I thinking. The Twins will be lucky if he moves to second base and puts up Craig Biggio numbers for the rest of his career after giving him a bloated contract.

Cy Young: Justin Verlander, keep picking one of the most talented pitchers every year as your Cy Young candidate and you are bound to be right at some point. An excellent year for possibly the best pitcher in the game right now.

AL Rookie: Kyle Drabek, decent year for the son of Doug, but not Rookie of the Year worthy. Not an impressive year for the American League for rookies. Mike Trout of the Angels probably will win this and should win it. He replaced Kendry Morales and carried that offense in many ways for the Angels.

Comeback Player of the Year/Most Improved Player: I didn't pick a comeback player, but instead picked two to improve. Gordon and Butler had very good years and finally came around to what scouts had been predicting for them for years.

Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon was my prediction and given how the Rays got into the playoffs, he proved to me at least (again) that he's one of the top 3 managers in the American League.

American League champ: Let's just pretend I didn't predict this, yikes, the Twins .

I'll follow up with thoughts on the Indians and the National League in future posts.