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The Trayvon Martin Case: What I learned


I’m afraid.

Let me explain:

In the world today, there are many polarizing topics that many people seem to be very passionate about: gay marriage, abortions, race relations, the economic disparity in this country and others. Sadly, it seems our generation feels like they have to take a stance on everything. They have to hold rigid to their beliefs and if anyone dare challenges them, then that person is awful and must be the subject of ridicule. Take the most recent example of the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I want to preface this with the condolences for the Martin family. Regardless of what happened and who was at fault,their pain is immeasurable. Now, having said that, if you followed people on Facebook/Instagram/twitter etc, you would have seen the worst of the internet on the night of the acquittal. For example, Roddy White, a player for the Atlanta Falcons, tweeted this gem on the night Zimmerman was acquitted:

“All them jurors should go home and kill themselves tonight for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”

This wasn’t an isolated tweet. There were many people with similar thoughts and anger on social media that night. That’s where we are in America today: the court of public opinion has now outweighed the court of law. It doesn’t matter that a jury of his peers found him innocent of second degree murder, all that matters is that Trayvon was black and Zimmerman was white (which isn’t even true, but that didn’t stop the public from declaring it so). Because of that fact and the anger behind the trial, any opinion other than “Zimmerman is a racist, and he hunted and killed Martin solely because he was black,” means that you are a racist and are an awful person. Look, this chart even proves it:

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Click on the image to make it larger, if you want to be offended that is…

Another example occurred at a pool party I attended for a friend about a year ago (while the election races were heating up and people were making their decision on for whom they were voting), I got into a debate with a friend of mine about the candidates. Naturally, since we were debating, we were voting for opposite candidates. When the topic of abortion came up, her view was that one candidate would push to end abortion in this country through the supreme court, so casting a vote for him would be a slap to the face of women everywhere and the right to make a decision with their own bodies.           I was offended with her implication, because she pigeonholed me into an opinion based on my choice in a candidate, and I don’t even  have a solid stance on that issue. She told me how awful I was merely because I could consider voting for someone she didn’t agree with. I don’t see things in black and white like that. I see good and bad qualities in people all the time. I may not agree with certain viewpoints, but I certainly can see where they are coming from most of the time,

This leads into why I’m afraid. Like I said earlier, I like to see both sides of a story. I tend to like to engage in conversations with people due to the fact that I don’t always have a hard stance on things. Many times when I do end up favoring a side, it’s of a dissenting opinion than the rest of my age group, so I am immediately ostracized for having that opinion. I’m scared that people who may have that dissenting opinion will be afraid to speak their mind, and therefore we will have mob mentality when it comes to any issue. It seems today, if you are an adult age 18-35 you should vote democrat, dislike the Catholic Church, hate the rich, support gay marriage, and support a woman’s right to choose. Any deviation from those opinions immediately makes you an outsider, and subjects you to interrogation about “how you just don’t care.”

Look, I don’t know the answers to life’s questions. I can only get a grasp on the issues and make an educated, realistic decision based on the information that I am provided. I don’t fall into one group of beliefs, as I agree with opinions from both political parties today.  I hope that as the prevalence of social media becomes larger, we have the people with dissenting opinions out there willing to speak their mind in a constructive way. I just know I’m sick of being afraid to speak my mind if I go against the groupthink. I’m sick of being told that I’m a bad person because I might not agree with a topic that you think is imperative to the fate of the human race. If this generation prides itself on open-mindedness and acceptance, how about to afford that same luxury to those who may see the world a little differently?

Thoughts on the Pokemon X and Y Announcement Trailer


Well…it’s officially the most excited I’ve been for a Pokemon game in a very long time.

“How can that be?” you asked, perplexed at the seeming impulsiveness of my statement. “They literally talked about zero features.”  Well, you’re right. Zero. But here are my two take-aways:

One – It’s three dimensional graphics. Even if it’s even pseudo-three dimensional, and movement is restricted to up-down-left-right, it’s still the closest we’ve ever been to the game fanboys have been clamoring for every since the Nintendo 64. Me included. In the trailer, you can see a lot more detail was included during combat attacks, and pretty much everything else.

Two—The selection of starters is the strongest it’s been since Red and Blue. Another bold claim, I know, and while I have much love for Piplup and Snivy, as a whole, this squad is solid. While it’s not quite the changeup I was hoping for – some mix of psychic, ghost, fighting, or dark could be cool – it’s still great enough to get me excited. I hope this bodes well for the rest of the game’s Pokemon designs.

P.S. It’s all about Fennekin and Froakie. I’ll pass on the squirrel construction worker.

Check out the images below, watch the trailer, and let us know what you think.

Trailer

Witness for yourself.

Starters

Fennekin

Just the cutest, most derpy...
Just the cutest, most derpy…

And we have my starter. Doesn’t even matter what the later evolutions are.

Froakie

Gotta dig the beard.
Gotta dig the beard.

He’s like a wise old frog. Hopefully his later evolutions make him look like some kind of ancient Russian author.

Chespin

Meh.
Meh.

And…nobody cares. But he’s still better than most of the starters from previous generations.

BulletTime #1


So the picture may be misleading. This blog isn’t about ASU…well mostly not. I’ve had a lot of things going through my mind lately. It’s weird, because for once I have so many different ideas to write about that I can’t pick one, so I’m just going to write about a bunch of them.  Chris already stole the “with a bullet” name for this type of blog, so I think I’m going to use BulletTime. I’d copyright it…but I’m pretty sure the Matrix stole that one before I could. As always, I blame Keanu Reeves.

  • ASU football starts tomorrow. And I even thought about making another season preview, but sadly, this is about the worst time I can remember in Arizona Sports. ASU football will probably be happy if they go 7-5 this year, and that is so depressing I think I’m gonna cry. The game against NAU is going to be the barometer for the year. If they come out and dominate, we have a chance to have a decent season. But if they come out flat and only win by 1 or two touchdowns, it could be an even longer season than what we think.
  • Quick thought: why do we say “it’s going to be a long season?” In pro sports that’s a good thing! It means you went far in the playoffs. We should get someone on this.
  • The World Series of Poker has been on lately on Tuesdays. That, combined with the imminent return of online poker, has given me the itch to play pretty badly lately. I can only imagine how fun it would be to sit for 7 days straight in Vegas, playing poker all day, every day, and playing with the best players in the world. If anyone feels like sponsoring me in the WSOP, feel free to write me at: Dave@atthebuzzershow.com I promise half of my winnings to you if you do. I’m totally good at poker too. Totally.
  • I hate to tip at restaurants. This is most likely an entire other blog post for me, but I hate the concept of it. I don’t hate paying for services, but I hate the fact that restaurants are allowed to get away with paying their employees nothing while expecting their customers to pick up the slack. I’ll save my ranting, but man, it really bothers me sometimes.
  • On that note, I’ve really enjoyed cooking lately. My wonderful fiance is a great cook and she has whipped up some amazing, healthy dishes lately. I really think that I’d rather spend an hour cooking at home with my own TV on with Courtney rather than spending an hour at a loud restaurant and having to deal with tons of other people, bad service, overpriced food and loud kids. Also, I’m old. Get off my lawn.
  • Once again I’m not very excited for the NFL. I see everyone at work talking about the NFL, spending hours discussing their teams and players. Honestly, if the once a week format didn’t bring people together so well, and Fantasy football didn’t exist, I wouldn’t even care about it at all.  I’m not going to say I’ve given up on the Cardinals, but they’re pretty low on my radar.
  • Seriously, if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet, finish reading this blog, go to your Netflix enabled device, and then watch it from the beginning, and start watching. Like binge watching. Seriously, as Shaun said, it’s the best show on TV. Seriously, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but last weeks episode is the most shocked I’ve ever been at a TV show. Seriously.

So that’s what I’ve got for this week. Be sure to listen to tomorrow’s At the Buzzer show. You’ll learn the truth…I promise. The truth about what you ask? Well you’ll just have to wait and listen!

Three Wishes


It’s a pretty common question to get to know people, isn’t it? “If you could have three wishes what would you wish for?” Naturally, the first thing you end up doing is qualifying that you can’t “wish for more wishes.” After that, you tend to hear the same variety of responses: I want to live forever! I want a trillion dollars! I want to fly! Well way to go moron, you just blew all of your wishes on things that suck.

“Well then smarty pants, what would you wish for?” I’ll get to that don’t worry, but first I’m going to tell you why those things suck:

Why would you wish for that?

Living forever: Yeah…that’s gonna get boring. While it’d be awesome to see how humanity changes over the millennia, it’s not really worth the forever part. I mean what’s gonna happen when you live 5 or 6 lifetimes and have everyone you ever loved or hated die 5 times over? It’s gonna get old. You gotta think outside the box!

Try this wish instead: How about time travel? Wish for the ability to instantly travel to any time period you wish. Then you can see how humanity fairs, you can meet all sorts of people from different eras, and best of all, you don’t have to live through the crappy times! Now isn’t that a much better wish?

A Trillion Dollars: First of all, that much money in paper form wouldn’t fit inside your house. If you don’t get it in paper form, the government will seize those assets so fast you won’t know where your money went. Then, even if you do get the money off scott free…yay. Then you’ve got money, and we all know money doesn’t buy happiness. You could even do everything listed in my winning the lottery article and not be truly happy. Your wish is going to get really old, really fast.
Try this wish instead: Wish that you never had to sleep anymore, yet you felt as refreshed as though you got a full night every night. If you want money, work a second or third job while everyone else is sleeping. But again, that won’t buy you any happiness. The best thing you could do with this extra third of your day is whatever you want. Learn a new craft, master a game, or just learn something brand new. There really isn’t a limit to what you can do.

Flying: We’ve covered this before, but flying is a stupid wish in all reality. Yay you can fly, big whoop. Using your previous wishes you could just time travel to the future when space travel is commonplace and float around in Zero G, or take a skydiving class at night while you’re not sleeping and boom! You’re flying. Really, the possibilities are endless.

We don’t even need technology for this…though I still want it

Try this wish instead: Teleportation! Seriously, if you could just go from one place to another instantly, no holds barred, why would you want to fly there? I’ll already have been there done whatever cool stuff you wanted to do and been back before you even took off. You really want to fly that badly? Just teleport up in the sky and teleport back to the ground before you hit the ground. There. Problem solved. Who in their right mind would wish to fly? Geez.

Hopefully now when you find that magical genie (side note: who calls it a Djinn anyways? We live in ‘MERICA last I checked, it’s a genie, and he’s big, blue and has a voice like Robin Williams) you’ll be able to accurately wish for the best things, not your impulsive wishes that any five year old could make. Of course if you CAN wish for more wishes…do that, instantly.

Freedom of Speech


Congress shall make no law respecting a establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.    

Ah, the First Amendment, one of the founding ideals of why we love this country so much. There are countries in this world still today where if you were to speak ill of the president/dictator/leader du jour, you’d be thrown in prison and locked away. In this country we enjoy such freedoms as allowing people to “occupy” areas in protest as long as they are peacefully assembled.

Unfortunately, some people don’t get what this really means. Continue reading Freedom of Speech

Making Millions


Recently I happened to catch a commercial saying that the Mega Millions jackpot had reached $300 million. 300 million smackeroos for buying a $1 ticket and getting some numbers right. Usually you see the people who win these are either the elderly or the backwoods poor people who then have no idea what to do with it when they win. Hell, as we covered on our episode last week, people sometimes even throw away their winning tickets. Now the chances of winning this are slim to none, but seeing that made me wonder, what would I do if I ever did win Mega Millions?

First, let’s quickly look at a story of a person that went broke, and we’ve got a doozy for you: Billy Bob Harrell. Billy Bob won $31 million from the Texas Lottery. Life was good for a while…until he couldn’t say no to anyone, including his wife, who asked for a divorce. Billy Bob literally gave away all his money, falling into depression until he eventually committed suicide.

Now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, I’ll tell you there’s no way that this would ever happen to me. I’ve worked in finance and banking too long to blow through everything that quickly. I can, however, tell you what I’d do. If this is too logical for you, I apologize. Maybe Shaun can do the “buy your own island and conduct mad scientist experiments” blog post on Friday. Let’s assume for these purposes (because it’s easy) that I took the lump sum and only got about 60% of the $300 million. Let’s also assume I have no kids in this scenario, because…well, I don’t. Continue reading Making Millions

My Favorite Meme


There’s a lot to do on the internet. With Farmville, Facebook, and listening to At the Buzzer, there’s always something to do. However, one of my favorite things to do online is laugh at Internet memes. A meme is defined as an image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another. Usually this means hilarious pictures, and they deliver more often than not. Internet memes generally follow some sort of template along with words to make the image humorous. An example would be this from the TV show The Office:

So, on that thought, I bring you my three favorite memes ever. Continue reading My Favorite Meme