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Monday, June 13, 2016

You are not a well-regulated militia

The Second Amendment reads: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Passed by Congress in 1789, and ratified in 1791, it is clear that this amendment was put into place well before the average citizen had access to automatic weapons. The point, in fact, of the Second Amendment was to restrict Congress from being able to legislate away a state's right to self-defense.

But I don't see any states organizing state armies to defend themselves.

Over the past couple of hundred years, and especially after the Civil War, the United States has melded into a unified country. States utilize all of their rights and legislate in different ways, but with no other constitutional wording do private individuals within any states use the document for their own private ends. They are held by the laws at the state and federal level. We need gun laws at the state and federal level.

The main push of this amendment was to allow peoples who may be oppressed by those in power to defend themselves against such marginalization.

We are using it to do the very opposite. People are using the Second Amendment, something there to boost up the underprivileged, as a way to keep the underprivileged in check.

People are using an amendment that was suppose to promote equality to kill those who try to live equally. We see mass shootings on school campuses from the elementary level to the university level. We see mass shootings in churches where the main population is black. We see mass shootings of women when a man has been spurned. We just saw our largest mass shooting ever, in a club meant as a safe haven for our LGBTQ community in Orlando on their Latin night. It was a hate crime, plain and simple.

We see mass shootings of peoples who are already oppressed by the institution by people who are protected by that institution in various ways.

In 1939, the Supreme Court verified the intent of the Second Amendment as an issue of collective rights. They said in The United States v. Miller that Congress could regulate firearms (in this case, a sawed-off shotgun) that did not have "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia."

This reading of the Constitution remained in place until 2008.

Let me say it again for those people in the back:

The reading of the Constitution that allowed for Congress to regulate sale of some firearms remained in place until 2008.

So, please, don't act like our country has been giving you AK-47s for 50 years.

You all only just got this right, and look what you've managed to do with it.

In The District of Columbia v. Heller, Heller argued the D.C. handgun ban that had been in place for 32 years.

In a 5-4 split decision, the Court decided on an individual right to bear arms. The Court followed that up in 2010 with another 5-4 decision in favor of getting rid of handgun bans, this time in Chicago.

This wild west of guns is new, and it is wrong. And it would not take much to overturn these precedents. The gun lobby is strong, the NRA is strong. There are many politicians who support and profit from these groups. Here are the ones who banned background checks for the purchase of firearms.

Other politicians have introduced hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills over the past couple of years. We must see them. This is not an Islam v west shooting. This was a hate crime against a very vulnerable population already, and the Christian right is just as much to blame as anyone else. No, they are more to blame. They dehumanize those who simply wish to exist, to survive. And that dehumanization along with our lax gun laws pave the way for hate to shoot down scores of people just because.

Just. Because.

Where is the freedom in that? The freedom of more than 100 dead and injured doesn't outweigh the freedom of one person?

The Declaration of Independence states that the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable. The Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments, of which, obviously, the second is one) are meant to maintain these rights.

It is failing. It has failed. It stands in the way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It stands in the way of life.

It ends life.

Over and over again.


You are not a well-regulated militia.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Make Watermelon Jello -- Fail Kitchen

"What are we going to do? I need to know how I'm going to get that to stay flat in the fridge when it is not flat."


Saturday, June 4, 2016

No Bake Eclair Cake--Fail Kitchen

"I mean, it's cool whip. It can't go bad. It's nothing but chemicals."


Friday, May 20, 2016

6 Tips for Sharing Child Custody Amicably -- Guest post

Parenting can be to navigate no matter if you’re doing it solo or with a partner. But with a divorce and joint custody, you’ll find a different set of obstacles to overcome. With the right mindset, some restraint and acting as a team player, you can make your joint custody and co-parenting tips a success. The following are tips for an amicable custody arrangement.

Make Your Kids a Priority

When you’re children are sick with a cold or flu, you probably do everything in your power to make them well. Divorce is especially hard on children, so you want to give them additional TLC throughout this difficult time. Although you may be feeling guilty for breaking up the family, refrain from buying their love. You can still make your kids a priority without having to break the bank. Schedule dinners together with your kids and encourage them to talk and share their feelings. Take time out of your busy day to watch their baseball game or cheerleading practice.

Enlist the Help of a Professional

Although your soon-to-be ex-spouse may say they’re agreeable to an amicable divorce, the process can still be complicated and messy. A skilled attorney will be able to navigate the murky waters of divorce swiftly and with an expert eye. They’ll also be able to provide guidance on custody and alimony issues pertaining to your particular state.

Keep Your Negative Thoughts to Yourself

Just because you and your ex failed at marriage doesn’t make them a poor parent. If you’ve agreed to share custody, it’s time to put your differences aside. This means biting your tongue and keeping your negative thoughts about your ex to yourself. You don’t want your kids to feel like they have to choose one parent over the other. Discussions should be kept between both parties and not asking your children to be responsible for delivering messages. Your kids should be able to have a healthy and loving relationship with both parents without feeling guilty. If you need to voice your concerns, ask a friend, parent, loved one or therapist to lend an ear.


No matter what the reasons behind your divorce, you may want to look at the relationship afterward as a business dealing. The lines of communication should be kept open in order to successful raise your kids. If you haven’t graduated to face-to-face communication yet, emails or text messages can work just fine. You could also keep in touch via telephone. Instead of arguing, try to keep the focus on your children and what’s best for them.

Set a Schedule

An attorney can help you hash out a shared schedule for your custody situation if you’re having difficulties. But once you’ve chosen a particular schedule, you need to stick with it. Keeping things consistent is important for both child and adult. An online calendar can allow you to share important information, dates and times to ensure that you both stay on task. If you have something come up, you can contact your ex-partner to see if they can adjust the original schedule.

Be a Team Player

Working through your issues can be difficult with an ex-spouse, especially if the divorce is bitter. But when it comes to the bigger issues such as discipline, studies, medical care and schooling, you need to be team players. The rules and consequences for breaking them should be the same in either home. You should also enforce the punishments if a child breaks the rules. Although you may not agree about everything, pick your battles and compromises in situations where it may be necessary.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fueling your body for success -- guest post

Fueling Your Body for Success

Achieving and maintaining your physique requires much more than hours in the gym pumping iron. In order to make strides and reach new fitness goals, you must treat your body as the top of the line machine that it is. This means not only preparing healthy and satisfying meals, but also nutritional snacks for when hunger strikes out of nowhere!

When life gets busy, it can be tough to find the time to prep meals and snacks that have the necessary nutrients to reach your health goals. Whether your goal is to become more lean or to lose weight, it’s always a great idea to have a pre-workout snack that contain carbohydrates. Some of the best pre-workout snacks to help to maximize the effectiveness of your workout include bananas, oats, and whole grains! Easily digestible carbs for quick energy are key.

When it comes to properly fueling your body post-workout, the options can be quite overwhelming. Since you’ve just finished a killer workout, it’s important to get a great recovery meal or snack in! A blend of carbohydrates and protein are a great way to refuel tired, sore muscles. The guide below from can help you can learn a little bit about how to properly refuel your body and find a healthy snack that will give you the nutrients necessary to work towards achieving your fitness goals.

Do you prefer a quick grab and go option? We’ve got a snack idea for that! You could choose from a variety of different options -- while some people prefer a trail mix, an apple with some peanut butter is another great option! Are you more of a smoothie person? There’s a ton of great protein filled recipes for you too! Smoothies are a great high-protein, low-calorie post workout option. Plus, they’re super convenient when it comes to traveling or being on the go because you can drink your nutrients!

Properly fueling your body will allow you to have more energy (in life & at the gym!) and will help you achieve your health goals. Eating immediately after working out will increase your body’s ability to refill muscle stores, while waiting two hours or more will decrease their ability by 50 percent. So, while putting in hours at the gym is a great start, nutrition is key when looking to shed weight. Be sure to be prepared with a quick snack that contains carbs and protein because as they say, “abs are made in the kitchen.”


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