Chilean Miners Free Tomorrow?

Enough about the United States for a little while as we shift our attention over to Chile. As many of you may know, unless you live under a rock (haha no that wasn’t punny at all huh?), 33 Chilean miners have been trapped underground for a mind-blowing 68 days! Now we get news that they may be getting rescued soon.

Chilean miners have completed lining a segment of a shaft from which they will attempt to save the trapped minors. They are also working on a separate shaft as a contingency plan just in case. The good news created chantings of “Viva Chile” in hopes of finally saving what the locals now call the trapped miners, “los 33”.

Today they should be taking test runs with the capsule they plan on using to save the miners, and if all goes well, they may begin to be introduced to the above-ground as soon as tomorrow! There are supposedly paramedics and rescuers going down to prep the miners for their journey in the capsule, which makes my skin crawl since I hate small spaces, but I don’t think I’m claustrophobic (or am I just in denial?). I probably am. Anyway, the trip is supposed to be anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes. So they will be strapped with waterproof suits and oxygen masks to keep themselves sustained and breathable. Apparently, the most stable miners will be the first to go up. The health minister, Jaime Manalich said,

They have to be psychologically mature, have a great deal of mining experience and be able to handle a quick training on how to use the harness and oxygen mask in the Phoenix capsule.

Some have volunteered to go up first, others to go last, and now the question is are they being chivalrous or going after the Guinness World record for the longest time a miner has been trapped underground. Either way, when they arrive topside they will be fitted with Oakley Radar sunglasses (nice one, Oakley!) so that way not only are they shielded from the sunlight but they are also getting mentally and physically evaluated in style. You go, papi chulo’s!

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Hey Mr. Paladino(saur)

This is Carl Paladino, one of the dirtiest players I’ve ever witnessed in politics. The news is flooded right now with yet another episode of his shenanigans. This time he’s put his feet in his mouth in regards to homosexuality. Paladino made a remark about homosexuality saying “there is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual” and later added, “That is not how God created us.” He also insinuates that the gay community is brainwashed when he says, “I don’t want to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option.”

Paladino opposes same sex marriage because he is a Catholic, which is understandable, but then he continues on to say that his is opposed to discrimination of any kind. That seems just a tad bit strange since he manages to squeeze in that heterosexuals will be “much better off and much more successful.” Although that in itself isn’t discrimination to definition, it does give me the feeling that if proven right in a situation he’ll be the first to say “I told you so”, therefore you support discrimination, homeboy. Maybe this is just my amateur opinion.

Paladinosaur (rawr) made these remarks at a synagogue in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn in an attempt to set the contrast between himself and the man he seems to be so in love with that he smears his name to the death because he can’t have him, Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo is the reason I really don’t like Paladino to begin with. Well, not Cuomo himself so let me explain.

Paladino has done, in my opinion, nothing but try to call out Andrew Cuomo on any and everything. Has he at any point in his campaign said what he can do or plans to do? Every time I see or hear something about him, it seems to be him aiming at Cuomo. Maybe Cuomo should just give it up and let Paladino take him out on a date. That seems to be what he wants. Perhaps he’s only confused about his own homosexuality? Who knows.

Enough about the hardcore news, let’s be real for a little bit. He’s old school, and closed minded. I don’t feel we should be putting trust in a man who is running for a position in such a diverse place as New York City when he himself is not diversified in thinking. He has a one tracked mindset, and he’s probably just way too old to hop off of that track without his knees giving out.

I say live and let live. Although it is a cliche’d term, I feel it is only fair. What one chooses to do with their life has very little to do with the success and economy of New York and nothing at all to do with your hoping to govern! Focus on yourself and stop trying to dig deeper and deeper into Cuomo and sharing your unwanted, close-minded take on sexuality. Am I the only one who feels this guys mentality belongs to a high schooler?

Rutgers Suicide Hate Crime Stakes

I’m sure plenty of you have either heard or read about the Rutgers student, Tyler Clamenti, who committed suicide after fellow students put a video of him making love to another man on the internet. Just to recap, the incident involves 3 people. One, the young man who committed suicide, and the other two, one male and one female who filmed and broadcast the video.

Since this made national news, I’m going to assume you know most of the details. Now the question is whether or not these 2 other students should have the charge of a hate crime added on to the invasion of privacy. My contemplation is as follows. He was gay, we knows this. From what I know, or rather don’t know, the two other students are presumably heterosexual, yes. What they did was undeniably wrong, unfair, and downright uncalled for. But does this really hold ground as a hate crime? There’s plenty of controversy over this. Are Americans just sensitive because he’s gay and so the gay community claims it to be against them?

Is it okay for masses to quickly cry victim? This is a tragedy, as it is a loss of human life. But was this an attack on him because of who he was as a person? Was it an attack to his sexual orientation? Was it an attack at all, or was it just taking a distasteful joke way too far?

As it stands right now they’re facing invasion of privacy and probably some other charges that mean nothing but have fancy names, but the if the hate crime is tacked onto this, then that could mean a few more years tacked onto their sentences. As I said, this is a very tragic end to a young mans life, but these kids didn’t beat him up or pushing him physically. He couldn’t take the stress and embarrassment of having this known publicly and he killed himself. So my question is, should hate crimes be added to this, or is this just someone who couldn’t take it and killed himself, who just so happened to be gay?

Faster Than a New York Mood Swing

It was so strange watching the aura of the city go from fashion on the 10th, to somber on the 11th.

WTC, the way we remember it

There’s now a major aspect of New York missing. Has been for 9 years now. The skyline many of us grew up seeing, knowing, changed by one day. Everything we believe in was tested and to the test we stood, as strong as ever. It took resilience, power, emotion, strength, and fear to bring us together. I still remember that day, not as if it were yesterday, but more like a nightmare. Astounding; so much so that it feels like it never really happened.

With so much going on from the building of mosque’s to the burning of the Quran, the climate is a frigid one in this country right now. In this cold body, the heart of it all rests here. Where it began, and probably where it will end. New York City has handled this situation well. We refuse to fear, we refuse to live how they want us to.

Walking through the streets of New York I see many Muslim protesters, claiming to know that the United States will burn. Handing out “literature” they attempt to inform Americans that we are all damned, doomed, etc. The message may vary, but I’ve seen some pretty extreme messages.

Aside from it all, we continue to work towards the future. If you want a perfect view of how far back we’ve come, take a ride on the free Staten Island Ferry. The view of a building structure I didn’t recognize made me smile. The frame work of the new towers is now high enough to be seen easily from the Hudson River.

We all have issues. Our countries have them, our people have them, our religions have them. Fact is that nothing is perfect, but war violence is rarely the way to attain peace. We’ve just evolved, or rather de-evolved, to believe that they need be in place. Forget your country, forget your religion. What does that say for us as humans, really?

Take Off Your Mosque

If you don’t live under a rock, or in Arkansas (sorry Arkansas readers), you’ve probably heard of the controversy over whether or not a mosque should be built merely minutes away from Ground Zero.

The argument is that a mosque this close to a place where many people, not only Americans, lost their lives to terrorist acts by Muslims is a slap in the face of every man, woman, child, and ferret of America. I’m sure many of you feel the same.

The tension of this issue in New York City is understandably thick. On one hand, we fight for our freedom, for everyones freedom, yet we don’t want to allow Muslims to build their place of worship. On the other hand, we protect all that is ours. Sacred land deserves sacred treatment, hence the reason we usually don’t have our birthday parties on peoples graves.

Either way, there is a balance that needs to be maintained. Who do we look to for balance? Greedy politicians? Nope. Religious leaders? Nope. Al Sharpton? Hell no! We need rich people! Those are the people who make America tick, no?!

Now humbled Americans patiently await a bid to buy the space by one of our many rich friends, one specifically being the one and only, Donald Trump. Although the Trump can’t control the small animal upon his head, he could very well bring smiles to the faces of many Americans and show some strength and unity in New York City if he chose to buy the property that may one day house a mosque.

Will the Donald step up to the task, or will he stay away from it? Who knows! I’m not Who, so I don’t know. Only time and money will tell.

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