Everyone has a genre of music they can never go without in their life. Mine might have to be R&B. The fact that some songs hit just right. Usually, they have the right sound or they mean something so deep to you. Either way, its a type of music I love to listen to. I want to be able to share that love with all of you, which is why creating this playlist is hopefully the start of your rhythm and blues obsession.
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Guns meet terrorism. It is ALL perspectives.
With the nature of “piety and impiety” being subjective ideals, all things in this world have positive, and alike negative components. To some, this may be common sense. It may seem natural to assume there is no universal good, for there is no universal law. Nevertheless, some people have come to find their opinions superior. Some people have come to decide that what they find to be “just” should be, and is, universally “just." But does pure, absolute goodness exist? If something were to be solely pious, would we see it to be?
Let us use water as an example. As we have come to know, water is key to human survival. Surely, water must be all good? Water keeps us, the plants around us and the animals we coexist with alive. In other words, water is our absolute means to survival. However, some people have lost their lives to water. Some have drowned in water, some have drunk too much water, and perhaps, while they still recognize water as a need, they do not see water as good, nor pious - they see it as water.
This may be an interesting approach to commence a discussion, as controversial as the one regarding guns and terrorism, but it is all connected.
It’s all perspective.
The second amendment of the United States of America states that Americans have “the right to bear arms." On that same note, millions of Americans across the country buy guns, for several purposes such as protection, hunting and so on. This is part of our constitution, we (Americans) CAN buy guns, thus making it just to own guns, and in some places, use guns. But over the past 10 years, our country has experienced nothing short of devastation. From Sandy Hook to the recent attack in Orlando, we have had mass shootings - lives taken, families disturbed, all at the hands of guns. Regardless of where we place the blame, guns were designed to kill. The guns are what are killing our people, and it seems like it would be almost natural, common sense for legislators to abolish them! Yet, once again it is our RIGHT to bear arms. Whether our right, is right... now that is the question. Several Americans will shake their heads or riot in response to the idea of abolishing guns, for the truth of the matter is the majority do not use their guns to kill.
Let’s stop right here and switch gears.
The first amendment in the Constitution of the United States of America grants ALL Americans the right to practice any religion, and PROHIBITS any laws impeding exercising any religion. There are hundreds of recognized, and many more unknown religions, present and practiced in America, Islam being one of the many. Billions of people across the world, and millions in America alone have found conviction in Prophet Muhammad, and found love and peace in Islam. Americans have the RIGHT to exercise their faith in Islam. Unfortunately, an uproar of extremist values pulled from a radicalized sector of Islam has shed some negative light on the religion as a whole. This extremist group known as “ISIS” has caused severe harm to people all over the world, including Americans. This has made many people and even political figures jump to say we should kick all Muslims out of the United States due to their supposed “threat." This makes many Muslims and non-Muslims alike raise their eyebrows, for the majority of Muslim people are amazing, peaceful people.
Oh, the irony...
Some people find joy from guns. They find guns to be an absolute good. Others have felt the violence and negative outcome of the guns. They wish to abolish guns.
Some people prescribe their faith, and lives to Islamic ideologies. They find their beliefs to be an absolute good. Others have felt violence from extremists. They wish to abolish all Muslims from America.
Some people find water as an absolute good, for it is their means of survival. Others have felt negative effects caused by water. While they must still drink water, they perceive it differently.
Once again, It is all perspective.
I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. I moved to Portland, Oregon, then to Naperville, Illinois, then to Irvine, California and have resided in the Orange County area since. I am pridefully and ignorantly a product of Orange County. We have more gun control in California, and are almost one of the most diverse states, I’d say. My neighbors are Muslims, my grandma was Muslim, and they are all amazing. On the other hand, up until a month ago I had never seen a physical gun, and the only exposure I have to guns is their relevance in the news and media with gang violence, terrorism and shootings.
A month ago, I visited one of my best friends in Wyoming. Completely contrary to California, Wyoming is an extremely conservative state. People in Wyoming love guns, and shooting around is some peoples' favorite past time. A lot of people in Wyoming are also blind to diversity. I am Iranian by heritage, but I get away with racist comments due to my white complexion. Observing the things people would say about what was going on in the news, and about Muslims period, internally pulled me apart - I kept my mouth shut.
On one of the days during my visit, my friend took me out to one of the open spaces in Wyoming. When we arrived, she popped the trunk and there lied two pistols and clay disks. This is what was planned for the day. This is what was supposed to be “fun." I stared at the gun with goosebumps up and down my body as I watched her and all her friends pick up the pistol, throw up clay disks and sing along the country music in the background. I immediately understood. It was all understanding. Or, you know... perspective.
I just hoped they would understand mine.
They urged me to try it out, and for the experience I did. But the second my finger pulled the trigger, I felt the impact of what seemed like the “toy” I was playing with. One mistake, and something, someone, could be dead. I was holding a firearm. I was holding a weapon. My perspective was different.
I understand the ramification of guns. I also see the devastation created by extremists. But we cannot continue to yell at each other. Bigotry must end. We, the majority, are not the problem - it is the minority. Respectful gun owners and proud Muslims make the exact same argument, but what is bigger than the argument is the concept - no one is right. All things have good and bad, positives and negatives, the way you perceive what you do is due to the life you have led. People will be different from you, some even opposed.
I urge you to seek an understanding, perhaps a perspective other than your own. You cannot hate people for not believing in what you do.
Never forget, some people fear their own means to survival - it is all perspective.
When you've run out of time and money
Halloween is approaching and many are searching for the perfect costume. Whether it's for a party or a family get-together, everyone wants to have a memorable and cheap costume. Here are some last minute ideas, because we've all been there.
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This costume is great for the super on-the-way-to-the-party-now last minute. All it requires is a white t-shirt and a sharpie, which you can find for cheap almost anywhere.
White T-shirt: $2.98 at Walmart
The Identity Thief
This one might be a little cheesy, but I guarantee you'll get a laugh out of it. Almost everyone owns a plain colored shirt and you can pick the labels up at your local Walmart or Dollar Tree. If you're feeling crafty and have some extra time on your hands you can even try making them yourself and coming up with funny names.
T-shirt: $9.89 at Walmart
The Ultimate Couple
Both shirts: $9.89 a piece at Walmart
Letters can be made with construction paper: $10.84 at Walmart
She Doesn't Even Go Here
The best part about this costume is that it's minimalist, yet nearly everyone knows who you're dressed up as. Go ahead and make Damien proud. Seriously, will Mean Girls ever not be an option?
Hoodie: $14.92 at Walmart
Sunglasses: $12.99 at Walmart
The Bank Robber
You can take it to the bank that you don't have to have a lot of cash to make this costume look great!
Shirt: $14.08 at Walmart
Beanie: $8.17 at Walmart
Bag: $7.53 at Walmart
Dollar sign can be made with duct tape: $5.14 at Walmart
A Line Of Dominos
This is one of the best last-minute group costumes I've seen. It almost makes me fall head-over-heals for them.
Netflix and Chill
This Netflix and Chill costume is great for best friends who do everything together (even if it's last minute).
Shirts: $7.00 at Walmart
Letters and snowflakes made from card stock: $10.49 at Walmart
Rosie The Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is a classic because it's easy to do and it's super cheap. You may not even have to buy anything!
Shirt: $15.51 at Walmart
Bandanna: $8.74 at Walmart
The Real Problem With Palestine
I don’t consider myself to be a religious individual. I was raised Catholic but I’ve never gotten much out of attending church. However, I remember reading about the history of the Jewish people in high school. It was astounding to me that a single religious minority could be singled out for so much persecution and hatred. I suppose that is why I consider myself a supporter of Israel. If any group of people deserves their own state and community, it is certainly the Jewish people. But with the advent of social media, more people are witnessing the deadly conflicts that occur between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic organization known as Hamas.
Even though I personally support a two-state solution, I will never march in a Pro-Palestinian rally or support its toxic BDS relative because, by extension, I would be marching in favor of Hamas, and that is something I cannot do. By standing with those students who shout for an end to the “occupation” of Gaza I will be supporting a group who, in their official charter, detail a vast Zionist conspiracy and makes reference to the virulently anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The charter states, in part, “The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates…Their plan is embodied in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.” I would be marching in support of a group that advocates the killing of not just Israeli’s but of all Jews. I would be marching in support of a group that called the holocaust a “lie made up by the Zionists”
I’m not sure if the students who support Palestine realize this. Maybe they fail to comprehend the wave of antisemitism that is currently sweeping through. Furthermore, there was a noticeable spike in anti-Semitic violence following Israel’s offensive into Gaza. These statistics worry me. It concerns me that an Islamic terrorist organization can be repackaged as a valiant group fighting their Israeli “oppressors.”
Again, I believe that the Palestinians have a right to be a self-sufficient people in charge of their own destiny but in order for that to happen Hamas must vow to 1. Acknowledge the existence of Israel and 2. Immediately cease all rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. No one wants to see a newly formed Palestinian state merely become a proxy funded by Iran to further target Israel. Yes, we need a comprehensive peace agreement and no further civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinian, deserve to be killed. However, with Hamas in power, that reality is far less likely.
As a deer, I thought I would have been more likely to be hit by a car than by a tall, angry woman with dyed-gray hair.
After an encounter I had this weekend, I got to thinking about how everyone polices women’s bodies and choices in the most subconscious way. I was standing with my friend who was in line at Cheesie’s at 2:30 a.m. (obviously living our best life) when the woman standing behind us elbowed me out of line. She really aggressively shoved me and interrupted my friend's order so she could say to my friend that my deer costume contributed to men infantilizing women. She also said something about how I should go back to Kansas, but, again, it was 2:30 a.m. at Cheesie’s and I was pretty much a deer in the headlights at this point (lol): shocked and frozen in place.
There were obviously several things wrong with what she did, but the worst in my opinion was that under the guise of feminism, she thought she was doing the right thing by insulting my (admittedly lazy and basic) costume choice. In her mind, it was my responsibility as a woman to prevent sexism by making sure I don’t wear clothing that makes men think sexist things about me. She forced this view on me instead of putting blame where blame is due: on sexist men. Basically, I have to carefully consider every outfit and look at it through a man’s eyes, because something that I wear could make women everywhere look bad. When she was trying to be a ‘good feminist’ by putting me in my place, what she was actually doing was taking away any agency I have as a woman.
Being a good feminist means that you support other women's choices. You don't judge them for the choices they make, and you certainly don't force the male gaze onto those choices.
If you think you're a feminist, but you judge a woman for what she's wearing, judge a stay-at-home mom for not working, judge any woman and discount any of her choices by saying she made them just to get male attention, you are not a feminist.
Also girl, your boyfriend was dressed up as Jesus for Halloween. Live and let live. I wore the deer costume the rest of the weekend.
Take a look and remember all those catchy tunes from the shows you loved!
I know your childhood seems like it was just yesterday, but believe it or not, many years have gone by and fast! To reminisce on those times when you were a little tyke sitting in your living room watching cartoons, I've put together a list of the top 50 most iconic theme songs of our childhood! The list is based off of theme songs that were either extremely popular or were absolutely annoying to the point that you still remember them today. Enjoy!
P.S. The theme songs in this list most likely drove your parents crazy, so make sure you share this with them!
I mean who didn't want to go outside and play with these kids everyday?!
49. Out of the Box (1998-2004)
This theme song was simple, but definitely stuck with you!
We all know that we wanted to be one of these kids...
Just Me and You and Zoboomafoo...
Half Cat, Half Dog. It doesn't get much weirder than this.
45. What's New, Scooby Doo? (2002-)
Scooby Doo Theme Songyoutu.be
Generation after generation, Scooby Doo will always be popular!
This kid is definitely annoying, but you can't deny knowing his theme song.
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!
42. Bob the Builder (1999-)
Bob the Builder Theme Song | CBeebiesyoutu.be
Can We fix it? YES WE CAN!
41. Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy (1999-2009)
All we really remember about this show is "Plank."
The old jazz sound is nice for a change, right?
Well, after this theme song, we surely won't forget her name!
38. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996)
Mighty Morphin Season 1 - Official Opening Theme and Theme Song | Power Rangers Officialyoutu.be
Whether you watched this show or not, you kind of always wanted to dress like one!
He's a 22nd Century Man!
Whether you knew the main theme, or one their many songs, the Wiggles will always have a spot in your childhood!
Everybody wishes this would happen in real life!
You're probably more familiar with his meme on Vine, but nonetheless, you'd recognize the song!
Need I say anything?
Oh, Shia. What happened...?
31. Arthur (1996-)
DW was just always getting in the way!
Ned Bigby, you got us through middle school.
If only High school were actually like this...
Oh you big purple dinosaur...your theme used to be stuck in my head for days!
Life is unfair...
26. Reading Rainbow (1983-)
Take a look, it's in a book!
You've probably found yourself whistling this tune on occasion.
Let's all take a moment and realize that this kid built his own dog. Gotta Blast!
23. Hey Arnold (1994-2004
"Hey Arnold!" Theme Song (HQ) | Episode Opening Credits | Nick Animationyoutu.be
I bet at one point in your life, you could sing this all the way through and your parents would get very annoyed with you.
Selena got to sing this one! And I bet you did too...
Mom! Phineas and Ferb made a time machine!
19. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
Although this theme changed multiple times, it's still one of the most recognizable of our childhood.
This one doesn't even have words, but I bet you'll still know it.
Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me!
16. Dora the Explorer (2000-)
"Dora the Explorer" Theme Song | Nick Animationyoutu.be
As repetitive as this song is, you still sang it every time!
Miranda got to sing this theme and it even turned out to be one of your favorite songs!
14. Family Matters (1989-1998)
Steve Urkel made this show what it was.
I have no doubt in my mind that you knew every word to this theme song!
You can still sing this whole song today, don't lie.
11. Hannah Montana (2006-2011
Theme Song 🎶 | Hannah Montana | Disney Channelyoutu.be
What's better than "The Best of Both World's"?
Honestly, who didn't want to live in a hotel after this show?
There are no words to describe the impact this song/show had on your childhood.
8. Drake & Josh (2004-2007)
This theme song was so cool that I bet you still listen to it every now and again.
What's a childhood list without Sesame Street? Nothing...it's nothing.
At one point, this was so popular you most likely learned how to play it on piano!
5. Saved by the Bell (1989-1992
Saved by the Bell Theme Song (Original Version)youtu.be
Most likely the "coolest" theme song out there. When those re-runs come on, we know you're singing!
4. Spongebob Squarepants (1999-)
Hands down, this is the most popular cartoon theme song. Aye Aye Captain!
This is first rap that you learned how to do. And you still can.
Just by looking at this picture, the song will start in your head...
When your teacher put this on, the whole class used to sing along. It's definitely the greatest theme song we have ever heard!
I hope you enjoyed taking a trip back through your childhood and maybe even looked up some of these theme songs along the way! Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know and as always, thanks for sharing!
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign