They didn’t deserve to die in their state of innocent bliss. The kids at that concert were just having a great time watching their idol Ariana Grande sing – I know I would have if I were there even if I wasn’t the biggest Ariana fan. I feel sympathy for all of those who lost their lives. It’s great that everyone came together and paid their tributes to the fallen in Manchester. Not to wish anything bad on anyone, but I do hope that whoever did this gets what’s coming for them: a lifetime of suffering and punishment. If they don’t care that a packed house of people, many of them children and teens, have their lives ended in a flash of a second, then why should we give them any forgiveness?
Today we band together for Manchester in the United Kingdom and hope that those that lost their loved ones can make it through their sadness and despair. Life will move on as usual but for the families of the victims, there will always be a gaping hole that can never be patched up. It’s another in a series of attacks in the UK that have happened on the 22nd. Why the 22nd? Is it just a coincidence? Or a deeper conspiracy? I don’t know but there are probably some good theories to it that I would love to explore.
An historic era, while filled with its ups and downs, is finally coming to an end.
Barack Obama has just six days left in office until the torch is passed to the new guy in charge, Donald J. Trump. Then we are left wondering just what exactly will happen in the next four years with the new President and if he will be any more effective than the previous commander in chief was.
It’s been an entertaining eight years with this man, a great man no doubt, who is also remembered for a former pastime of his. A lot has changed during those long eight years, starting way back when I was in eleventh grade. Probably the biggest thing to have happened was the successful elimination of Osama bin Laden and the ending of most of the War in Iraq (a few battles still going on). The biggest flop of the eight year run was Obamacare obviously, but still will be remembered as a significant part of history for years to come.
I really feel like Barack Obama should get a statue or something, maybe get on a piece of currency. I mean, he was the first African-American president elected and helped open up new opportunities for other races to run for president. He is symbolic of just how far African-Americans have come in being accepted in this country. I know he wasn’t the greatest president and a lot of his promises were empty-handed, but there are a lot of things he can lay claim to in this era such as:
The first president to have a Twitter account and send out a tweet (can you imagine George Washington doing that?)
The first president to talk with people on YouTube.
The first president to use Instagram.
The first president to own a smartphone.
The first president to be apart of the modern Internet language today, with words such as “follow” “hashtag” “like” “share” and “retweet”.
I give my final farewell to Barack, Michelle, and the rest of the Obama family as they move on to their future lives. The United States and the world has forever been changed by their contributions to society.
It all comes down to this
The final ballot will be cast
Who will come out victorious?
Who will shine at last?
The fight has been intense
It has been memorable
Nothing short of historic
And when the smoke clears
And the name is called
The future of America hangs
In the balance
On the shoulders of one body
Brave and strong enough
To move us forward
And create the future of tomorrow
Putting dreams to work
And work into action
Promising promises that are
Anything but guarantee
But at least trying to believe
Trying to believe
That something always awaits
On the eternal sunset horizon
Of course Ryan Lochte gets on Dancing with the Stars. All of the drama that ensued during the Rio games, the run-in with the Brazilian police, only served to give himself more exposure and ways to get his name discussed. After his Olympic career was over, no one would even bring up Lochte’s name in a discussion again. Stepping out of the shadow of 28 Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps was his goal and it looks like it is happening. He even dyed his hair these past Games to better differentiate himself from the rest (the explanation). The Lochte-Phelps semi-rivalry is all but done now with both retiring this year from Olympic sports but there is always action to be had out of the pool.
Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Slurpee at 7-11, among other stories, such as the Pokemon GO craze, Taylor Swift’s love life, Ghostbusters, The Home Run Derby, more shootings, and more #BlackLivesMatter drama. It’s a free Slurpee for everyone on the convenience store’s birthday, and a free cupcake is even on the side. This is a tradition that has been going on for at least 5 years now, starting back in 2011 I believe. Millions of people with nothing else to do line up to greedily raid the slush fountain and walk out like perpetual shoplifters.
Prayer is the medium of miracles; in whatever way works for you, pray right now.
– Marianne Williamson
I was just reading about an eight year old girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, being the youngest one ever to be diagnosed. Her family is fighting with her and have set up a GoFundMe account and Facebook page. It’s sad that this has to happen to her but I guess life plays favorites with no one.
Both of her parents also fought and survived forms of cancer, so this is a true story of survival within a whole family. There is only hope for recovery at this time. If miracles really do exist, the time for one to happen is now, because this child has got an entire life to live and it shouldn’t end now.
The biggest question of my young life so far has finally been answered: there is water on Mars.
Liquid water and at least ten swimming pools of it, someone said, not just puny ice caps. The next big question is if there is enough water and if it’s usuable. It seems a bit anticlimactic, as if scientists knew it all along but finally decided to let out the big secret. I sort of knew it all along, since there can’t possibly be just one planet in the entire universe that supports life. Actually, noone is still quite sure if there is life in those water pools. If there is, there are brand new theories to be discussed and new openings for the fantastic realm of science (sorry, 6,000 year Earth believers). Life may have come from Mars on gigantic pieces of the planet that got broken off during collisions, lifeforms being encased in tiny water droplets and deposited on the once hot and rocky sphere. But if it’s true that life started on Mars, how did it get there? Did it come from yet another planet? It’s the whole “what happened before the Big Bang complexity” How can anything suddenly come from nothing?
Now that the big water question has been solved, it’s time to get going on going to Mars. The Mars One project is in the process of selecting 4 individuals who will take an estimated 4 month journey to the Red Planet and will set up the first colony bases as well as finding a way to grow food and sustain life.
The greatest achievement in human history, other than landing on the moon, will be creating a viable civilization on Mars. To have a place to be once the inevitable ending comes for our earth would be monumental. If I ever got the chance to live on Mars (this is permanent) I probably would gracefully die on the red iron hills, just to have it of record that I’ve one of only so many to have perished on a different planet. But before that my daily life would be within a transparent tubing house, seeing the orange-reddish sky and the dust storms swirling around outside. Eating genetically grown plants that surprisingly don’t taste like rubber. Eating the meat from genetically grown animals stored in an artificial zoo environment. Sleeping on a bed that may have anti-aging powers.
But there’s a million to one chance that will never happen. There’s a slight chance that no human will ever set foot on Mars, something going wrong with the spaceship or the length of the mission pushing the limits of any person on board. I have faith in humanity. I have faith that we can do anything. We are the smartest things in the universe. We were given super intelligent brains to solve and achieve things. If one can solve a Rubik’s cube in as little as 3 moves, one can find a way to land on Mars.
But we still can’t figure out how to stop it from raining or not raining. I suppose we are more adept to figuring out the bigger things in life, some of us at least.
Anyway, that’s my life ending statue: a dusty and rugged suited astronaut holding onto the American flag (or whoever gets there first) on the surface of Mars.
The message on the base of the statue: There’s no going back. Only forward.
If you had the chance to be reborn, would you choose to return as your present self, or would opt for a fresh start? Tell us about what motivates your choice.
I bet this 16 year old girl wishes she could be reborn again. I bet she now wishes she hadn’t stabbed her mother 20 times with a kitchen knife, as if one time wasn’t enough. I bet she wishes she hadn’t watched those ISIS videos on YouTube, because her teenage life is virtually over now. She’ll be sitting in prison now until she’s 25, contemplating over what she did and maybe crying out for her mother to come back. Well, sorry girlie, it’s too late now for that. That Instagram picture of her tells the whole story of what she should be feeling like right now, though I don’t really know her actual emotions or if she has any conscious at all.
Lisa Borch from Denmark was sentenced to nine years in prison for brutally stabbing her mother, Tina Römer Holtegaard, in her sleep after watching hours of ISIS beheading videos on repeat. It seems as if the videos had a psychological effect on the then 15 year old girl and motivated her actions. Her 29-year old boyfriend, Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, was also involved in the murder and was sentenced to 13 years in prison and will be expelled from Denmark after his sentence is served.
The killing happened in October of last year in the Kvissel, Denmark home and the two suspects finally were taken to court on September 15.
Her Instagram account blew up with hateful comments after the news came out about her crime, many of those comments underneath encouraging words for Borch and inspirational messages from her. It’s odd to see a girl that looked so normal and happy in her pictures and was looking to get a successful career in music and modeling and now those dreams are all over. It hurts me to see some of the comments telling Borch to “go kill herself” and changing the innocent meanings of her past pictures that came before the murder into being in connection with it.
Here is her opening descriptive line on her account:
Commenters are now saying she used those 24 hours to plan the killing of her mother, her previously innocuous messages being twisted into motivational messages for her October crime.
As well as this:
If this poor, obvious psychologically troubled girl could restart her life, she would know better than to be suckered into the persuasive teachings of ISIS. She would probably flee the country and go live in a place like the United States that is more sensible and civilized. It’s too bad she was born into the wrong society that doesn’t care what children are doing or what they are being exposed to. I don’t know what her mother was like or if she even knew Lisa was being brainwashed by those videos, but this is a very twisted and sick story that I felt compelled to discuss.
It seems as if she being a child and being heavily influenced played apart in this. She met an Islamic man and became heavily infatuated with him to the point that she was steered into becoming fascinated with the ISIS videos. A young girl like that can’t quite think properly for herself yet, in my opinion.
From what I read, her relationship with her mother was not very great. There were constant arguments over her going out with an Islamic man who had connections with the evil ISIS empire. Her sister had fled away from home because she was tired of the constant tension between the two.
This is just another sad story involving the terrible organization that is ISIS. This time they planted thoughts in a teenager’s head and now her life is ruined. Those videos really need to be removed from YouTube.