Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TZ Doctrine tenet #21: Truth and honesty are superior to profit and political correctness

It is unethical to put financial gain and political correctness ahead of truth and honesty.  Our society has been blinded by political correctness, and many corporations have been blinded by financial gain.  There has been a feminised education system, a criminal justice system that unjustly favors the female sex, laws enacted based on financial gain rather than common sense, and corporations that put profit before human safety and common sense. Western society is very dishonest, unequal, and unjust.  I am unhappy with the current educational system that disproportionately favors female students instead of male students. An education system like that has a disastrous ripple effect. The idea of a feminised education system is maladaptive and unnatural. I do not condone misandry, or double standards or moral defamation against the male sex.

Solving problems is not accomplished by arrogance, censorship, false pride, political correctness, or monetary greed. If we want to create an honest, equal, and just society, we must be objective and truthful, and not let one another be biased by self-promoting motives.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jennifer Grey wins DWTS season 11

On November 23, 2010, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Elise Grey, who was born in New York City on March 20, 1960, is the 11th champion of Dancing With the Stars, thus winning the mirrorball trophy. The runner-up is rapper and Disney star Kyle Massey from Atlanta, Georgia, whom I voted for after R&B singer Brandy got eliminated the week before.  I am glad the controversial political figure Bristol Palin finished in third place. Jennifer Grey got a judges' score of 118, and Kyle Massey got a judges' score of 110, and Bristol Palin got a judges' score of 97. Brandy should have been in the finals instead of Bristol. If Brandy were in the finals, Kyle would have finished in third place.  At the finale Brandy performed her week 5 quickstep performance a third time.  Now there is Skating With the Stars, and on that show, I am pulling for Brandon Mychal Smith.

Here is how Dancing With the Stars season 11 went:

Winner: Jennifer Grey
Runner-up: Kyle Massey
Third Place: Bristol Palin
Fourth Place: Brandy Norwood
Fifth Place: Kurt Warner
Sixth Place: Rick Fox
Seventh Place: Audrina Patridge
Eighth Place: Florence Henderson
Ninth Place: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
Tenth Place: Margaret Cho
Eleventh Place: Michael Bolton
Twelfth Place: David Hasselhoff

Here is how Dancing With the Stars season 11 should have went:

Winner: Jennifer Grey
Runner-up: Brandy Norwood
Third Place: Kyle Massey
Fourth Place: Rick Fox
Fifth Place: Audrina Patridge
Sixth Place: Kurt Warner
Seventh Place: Florence Henderson
Eighth Place: Bristol Palin
Ninth Place: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
Tenth Place: Margaret Cho
Eleventh Place: Michael Bolton
Twelfth Place: David Hasselhoff

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dancing With the Stars shocker: Brandy gets brokenhearted and voted off

Last week, the most shocking elimination in Dancing With the Stars history happened on Tuesday night. R&B singer Brandy Norwood, my all-time favorite star in Dancing With the Stars, got voted off in favor of a worser dancer Bristol Palin, while the audience booed and the judges were shocked. Thanks to the Tea Party that Bristol Palin made the finals. The Tea Party jammed the phone lines to stage Brandy's elimination. Brandy is clearly the better dancer than Bristol. A 67-year-old Wisconsin man shot at the television on the moment Tom Bergeron announced Brandy's elimination.  This is one of my most shocking reality TV moments ever, but it is not as shocking as Jasmine Murray's elimination on American Idol season 8. If Briston Palin, there will be a huge uproar. The majority of viewers were shocked at Brandy's elimination, and the credibility of Dancing With the Stars has gone into question.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tea Party backing Bristol Palin

There is a rumor that the Tea Party has been fueling votes for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars season 11 leading her to the semifinals. One thing is because of the Palin brand. Another thing is that her voting number has been posted on political blogs, encouraging viewers to vote for her. It is a shame that despite being at or near the bottom of the judges' scoreboard, she has already beaten out contenders Audrina Patridge in week 6, Rick Fox in week 7, and Kurt Warner in week 8, even though they each received higher judges' scores that she did. I have a feeling that Brandy Norwood could be the next victim of this Tea Party effect, and I will be upset about it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Haley is not my governor

I have been disappointed that voters in South Carolina have elected a Governor who will tell lies and say one thing and do another. That governor is Nikki Haley, the 116th Governor of South Carolina. I hope she is a one-term governor, just like David Beasley. A Republican South Carolina Governor elected during a Democratic Presidency will most likely be a one-term Governor. There has never been two consecutive two-term Republican governors in South Carolina history. Another hope is that Haley will resign as Governor if the allegations of infidelity are proven true.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Elect a Governor South Carolina can trust

Nikki Haley may become a star, but Vincent Sheheen is a safer choice for Governor. Therefore, I endorse Sheheen for Governor of South Carolina. He is a Governor whom South Carolina can trust.  Haley is a Governor who will embarrass the South Carolina. She has zero credibility, for she is a liar and a hypocrite. She has been fined repeatedly for not paying her taxes on time. She hid a $42,000 contract she received due to her legislative connections. South Carolina has already been through the consequence of a governor who is a liar and a hypocrite, which is Mark Sanford. Sanford handpicked Haley to be his successor, and they both have ties to Washington. They have the same unproductive policies that will embarrass the state of South Carolina. Sheheen is a conservative Democrat, not an Obama liberal.  I have been frequenting his campaign site and Twitter account.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

How each season of American Idol should have went

Here is how each season of American Idol, in my opinion, should have went:

Season 7

Winner: David Archuleta
Runner-up: Alexandréa Lushington
Third Place: Syesha Mercado
Fourth Place: Chikezie Eze
Fifth Place: David Cook
Sixth Place: Asia'h Epperson
Seventh Place: Michael Johns
Eighth Place: David Hernandez
Ninth Place: Danny Noriega
Tenth Place: Brooke White
Eleventh Place: Kristy Lee Cook
Twelfth Place: Alaina Whittaker
Top 16: Kady Malloy, Amy Davis, Jason Yeager, Robbie Carrico
Top 20: Joanne Borgella, Carly Smithson, Jason Castro, Luke Menard
Top 24: Amanda Overmyer, Ramiele Malubay, Colton Berry, Garrett Haley

Season 8

Winner: Adam Lambert
Runner-up: Allison Iraheta
Third Place: Danny Gokey
Fourth Place: Ju'Not Joyner
Fifth Place: Matt Girard
Sixth Place: Jasmine Murray
Seventh Place: Lil Rounds
Eighth Place: Anoop Desai
Ninth Place: Kris Allen
Tenth Place: Jorge Núñez
Eleventh Place: Ariana Afshar
Twelfth Place: Felicia Barton
Thirteenth Place: Tatiana Del Toro

Season 9

Winner: Crystal Bowersox
Runner-up: Michael Lynche
Third Place: Casey James
Fourth Place: Lee DeWyze
Fifth Place: Todrick Hall
Sixth Place: Siobhan Magnus
Seventh Place: Alex Lambert
Eighth Place: Michelle Delamor
Ninth Place: Jermaine Sellers
Tenth Place: Lilly Scott
Eleventh Place: Paige Miles
Twelfth Place: Katie Stevens
Top 16: Aaron Kelly, Tim Urban, Lacey Brown, Katelyn Epperly
Top 20: Andrew Garcia, John Park, Didi Benami, Haeley Vaughn
Top 24: Tyler Grady, Joe Múñoz, Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Previously, a bad "Situation", last week Florence Pretenderson

On the week before last, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who came in last place with the judges got voted off. Last week, Florence Henderson, the Brady Bunch mom, got voted off, even though Bristol Palin came in last place with the judges. She danced to the TV theme of her own sitcom "The Brady Bunch." My favorite contestant Brandy Norwood came in first place with the judges last week and this week. I think Kurt Warner, who came in last place with the judges last night, will be voted off tonight.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Margaret Cho is drunk and gone

Last week, comedian Margaret Cho got drunk and voted off Dancing With the Stars, landing in tenth place, after a disastrous performance set to Barry Manilow's Copacabana.  She came in last place with the judges. Earlier that night, the previous cast-off Michael Bolton performed "Hallelujah" and would resume his tour.  Tonight, I think Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will be eliminated.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Michael Bolton goes out of the doghouse and leaves DWTS

Last week, coming in last place with the judges, Michael Bolton crawled out of the doghouse with his "Hound Dog" dance routine, and he left the dance floor with tail between his legs as he became the second to be voted off Dancing With the Stars season 11.  It was really judge Bruno Tonioli who was in the doghouse after head judge Len Goodman scolded Bolton for his overly harsh criticism of Bolton's jive routine as "the worst jive in 11 seasons." Nothing could save Bolton and his awkward, robotic dance performance after the judges gave him a terrible score of 12, thus landing him at the bottom of the judges' score board.

Tonight, Bolton will return for the results show, this time, to sing in place of Susan Boyle, who has been medically unable to perform. Based on last night's performances, I think Margaret Cho is next to be voted off.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

David Hasselhoff gets the first boot

The results are in on the first week of Dancing With the Season 11, and former America's Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff was the first to be eliminated last week.  He was tied with Margaret Cho and Mike Sorrentino for last place with the judges.  He was best known for starring in Knight Rider in the 1980s and in Baywatch along with Pamela Anderson, who competed in Dancing With the Stars season 10.  I think that Michael Bolton is next to be eliminated tonight, as he came in last place with the judges.  My favorite contestant Brandy Norwood performed the jive and scored 21 out of 30.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dancing With the Stars Season 11 begins tonight

The eleventh season of Dancing With the Stars begins tonight. There are twelve stars competiting on the show:

  • Brandy Norwood
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
  • Rick Fox
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Michael Bolton
  • Margaret Cho
  • Kurt Warner
  • Audrina Patridge
  • Florence Henderson
  • Kyle Massey
  • Bristol Palin
I will be pulling for Brandy Norwood, with Rick Fox being my second pick.  I think Briston Palin will be the first to go.  The betting odds predict that either Brandy Norwood or Jennifer Grey will win the competition.  My prediction is that the final three will be Brandy Norwood, Jennifer Grey, and Mike Sorrentino. 

The Contenders: Brandy Norwood, Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey, Rick Fox, Kurt Warner, Mike Sorrentino
The Pretenders: David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Margaret Cho, Audrina Patridge, Bristol Palin, Michael Bolton

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TZ doctrine tenet #20: Do not shop at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world. 18 years ago, that corporate monster entered Laurens, South Carolina, the town where was I raised. It forced several general stores out of business. Wal-Mart has consumed many small towns. In many small towns, downtown parking lots used to be crowded frequently, until Wal-Mart arrived. When Wal-Mart arrived, those parking lots ended up nearly empty daily. The real slogan for Wal-Mart is: "Always Low Wages. Always Low Morals."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lauren Froderman wins SYTYCD 7

The winner of So You Think You Can Dance season 7 is the last girl standing, Lauren Froderman.  The runner-up is Kent Boyd.  Robert Roldan, who should have been eliminated in place of Adéchiké Torbert, finished in third place.  Earlier in the finale, Adéchiké's routine with my all-time favorite Comfort Fedoke was replayed live upon judge Mia Michael's request.  Shortly before Lauren was declared the winner, Ellen DeGeneres recreated the most talked about routine in season 7 with Stephen "Twitch" Boss on behalf of Alex Wong, who will return in season 8.  The top 7 of season 7 will be going on tour along with season 6 winner Russell Ferguson and five of the all-stars. Unfortunately, Comfort Fedoke will not be one of them.

Here is how So You Think You Can Dance season 7 went:

Winner: Lauren Froderman
Runner-up: Kent Boyd
Third Place: Robert Roldan
Fourth Place: Adéchiké Torbert
Fifth Place: José Ruiz
Sixth Place: Billy Bell
Seventh Place: Ashley Galvan
Eighth Place: Alex Wong
Ninth Place: Melinda Sullivan
Tenth Place: Cristina Santana
Last Place: Alexie Agdeppa

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SYTYCD Top 6 double elimination

On Thursday, July 29, 2010, the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance continued with the top 6 double elimination results show.  The results show began with a group number featuring all-star Allison Holker from season 2, on behalf of season 7 contestant Lauren Froderman, with the top 5 male contestants and five male all-stars.  Lauren Froderman was with the medic at the end of the previous episode. 

At the end of the results show, two guys Billy Bell and José Ruiz were sent home, leaving the top 4 who are Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman, Robert Roldan, and Adéchiké Torbert, whom I have been pulling for. The top 4 are all contemporary dancers.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SYTYCD Shocker: No one goes home

For the first time in So You Think You Can Dance history, there was no elimination last week, because the jduges were unable to make up their minds.  None of the bottom three dancers were eliminated from the competition of So You Think You Can Dance last week; that means that two dancers will be eliminated this week.

Contemporary dancer Billy Bell had to sit out last week due to knee injury and was automatically placed on the bottom three.  Joining him were Robert Roldan and José Ruiz, who would dance for survival. Many people in the So You Think You Can Dance studio danced after two danced their solos.

When judgment time came, Nigel Lythgoe said on camera, "We haven't made up our minds."  After critiquing the bottom three dancers, he announced that because Billy Bell could not judged against Robert Roldan and José Ruiz, as Billy Bell did not perform, there would be no elimination.  That means that this week, two dancers will be eliminated, and that could include your favorite.  I believe that the judges should have sent Billy Bell home.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ashley Galvan bows out of So You Think You Can Dance; now only one girl left

First it was ballet dancer Alex Wong, and now visalia dancer Ashley Galvan.  Ashley Galvan withdrew from the competition So You Think You Can Dance season 7 due to rib injury, therefore landing in 7th place.  Joining her in the bottom three were Billy Bell and José Ruiz.  Ashley Galvan has been one of judge Mia Michaels' favorite dancers since the beginning of season 7.  Her first dance solo was at the age of four.  She was the principal dancer in the 2009 film Fame. She will be remembered for her performance of the Travis Wall piece "Wonderful" by Annie Lennox danced with All-Star Mark Kanemura from So You Think You Can Dance season 4.  Her best performance of the season was with All-Star Ade Obayomi from So You Think You Can Dance season 5 to "Cosmic Love", which was choreographed by Dee Caspary. She shared in her biography that fellow season 7 contestant Billy Bell is her new best friend.

That leaves Lauren Froderman as the last girl standing of So You Think You Can Dance season 7.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Alex Wong withdraws from So You Think You Can Dance

During the rehearsal of last week's performance show, Alex Wong got injured, suffering an attached Achilles' tendon.  Therefore, he withdrew from So You Think You Can Dance.  He was to do the Bollywood dance with Adéchiké Torbert.  On the week before last, he danced with all-star Stephen "Twitch" Boss, and that routine received standing ovation.  However, he will return next season on So You Think You Can Dance.  Wong is part of the reason why the new format is working well and part of the reason why I prefer the new format over the old format.  Another reason is that I will not having to worry as much about my favorite being voted away from the top 10 tour.  It is very emotionally difficult to deal with the elimination of my favorite contestant early in the competition, especially before the top 10 is revealed.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Melinda Sullivan tap dances off the stage

Last week's elimination was no surprise to me.  I have predicted that tap dancer Melinda Sullivan would be the third to be eliminated from this season's So You Think You Can Dance competition.  That prediction has come true, and the judges made the right decision. She should have been eliminated before Alexis Agdeppa and Cristina Santana, because America was unwilling to connect with her.  Also a shocking upturn is that she was in the bottom three Robert Roldan and Billy Bell.  While the judges went back stage to deliberate, R&B star Ne-Yo performed "Beautiful Monster."

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Voice for Men: Defeating Feminism

I have recently viewed TheHappyMisogynist's three-part video "Defeating Feminism."  It is a great video, bearing good news about the men's rights movement turning the tide of the gender war.  I am one of those men's rights activists who commented on the video.

Adios to Cristina on So You Think You Can Dance

Salsa dancer Cristina Santana is the second to eliminated on So You Think You Can Dance season 7. She was the first to be called to the bottom three. She was in the bottom three with Robert and Melinda.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

American Idol elimination errors

My opinion on the American Idol results shows of each season are as follows:

Season 1
Christina Christian should have made the top 5 instead of RJ Helton.
Tamyra Gray should have made the top 3 instead of Nikki McKibbin.

Season 2
Equoia Coleman should have made the top 12 instead of Vanessa Olivarez.
Chip Days should have made the top 12 instead of Corey Clark.
Rickey Smith should have the top 6 instead of Carmen Rasmusen.
Trenyce should have made the top 4 instead of Josh Gracin.
Kimberley Locke should have made the top 2 instead of Clay Aiken.

Season 3
Lisa Leuschner should have made the top 12 instead of Camille Velasco.
Jennifer Hudson should have made the top 6 instead of John Stevens.
LaToya London should have made the top 3 instead of Diana DeGarmo.

Season 4
Nikko Smith should have made the top 4 instead of Scott Savol.
Vonzell Solomon should have made the top 2 instead of Bo Bice.

Season 5
Ayla Brown should have made the top 12 instead of Melissa McGhee.
Mandisa should have made the top 8 instead of Bucky Covington.
Chris Daughtry should have made the top 3 instead of Katharine McPhee.

Season 6
Jared Cotter should have made the top 12 instead of Chris Sligh.
Sabrina Sloan should have made the top 12 instead of Haley Scarnato.
Melinda Doolittle should have made the top 2 instead of Blake Lewis.

Season 7
Alexandréa Lushington should have made the top 12 instead of Kristy Lee Cook.
Asia'h Epperson should have made the top 12 instead of Ramiele Malubay.
Chikezie Eze should have made the top 9 instead of Jason Castro.
Michael Johns should have made the top 7 instead of Brooke White.
David Archuleta should have won instead of David Cook.
Season 7 should have featured a top 13 featuring Danny Noriega.

Season 8
Leneshe Young should have made the top 36 instead of Stevie Wright and the top 13 instead of Michael Sarver.
Jun'ot Joyner should have made top 13 instead of Jorge Núñez.
Jasmine Murray should have made the top 10 instead of Megan Joy.
Anoop Desai should have made the top 5 instead of Matt Giraud.
Allison Iraheta should have made the top 3 instead of Danny Gokey.
Adam Lambert should have won instead of Kris Allen.

Season 9
Angela Martin should have made the top 24 instead of Haeley Vaughn.
Jermaine Sellers should have made the top 12 instead of Andrew Garcia.
Michelle Delamor should have made the top 12 instead of Didi Benami.
Todrick Hall should have made the top 12 instead of Tim Urban.
Lilly Scott should have made the top 12 instead of Lacey Brown.
Alex Lambert should have made the top 12 instead of Aaron Kelly.
Crystal Bowersox should have won instead of Lee DeWyze.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Beautiful Day for Lee DeWyze

At the end of the finale of American Idol season 9, it has been announced that Lee DeWyze, a paint salesman who auditioned in Chicago, Illinois, has been crowned the ninth American Idol.  He hails from Mount Prospect, Illinois.  Therefore, Crystal Bowersox, a single mother from Toledo, Ohio, is the runner-up.  The Idol Democracy survey says that Crystal Bowersox should have won, and I agree with the survey.  The male sex now dominates American Idol by 5 to 4.  Since top 12 week, I pulled for a Michael Lynche, who landed in fourth place.  Next season, I will pull for a female contestant.

Here is how American Idol season 9 went down:

Top 12

Winner: Lee DeWyze
Runner-up: Crystal Bowserox
Third Place: Casey James
Fourth Place: Michael Lynche
Fifth Place: Aaron Kelly
Sixth Place: Siobhan Magnus
Seventh Place: Tim Urban
Eighth Place: Katie Stevens
Ninth Place: Andrew Garcia
Tenth Place: Didi Benami
Eleventh Place: Paige Miles
Twelfth Place: Lacey Brown

Best of the Rest

Thirteenth Place: Lilly Scott
Fourteenth Place: Alex Lambert
Fifteenth Place: Todrick Hall
Sixteenth Place: Katelyn Epperly
Seventeenth Place: Haeley Vaughn
Eighteenth Place: Michelle Delamor
Ninteenth Place: Jermaine Sellers
Twentieth Place: John Park
Twenty-First Place: Tyler Grady
Twenty-Second Place: Joe Múñoz
Twenty-Third Place: Ashley Rodriguez
Twenty-Fourth Place: Janell Wheeler

Elimination Errors

Robbed: Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamor, Todrick Hall, and Lilly Scott
Bumped: Tim Urban, Lacey Brown
Wasted: Haeley Vaughn

"Robbed" means that the contestant was eliminated earlier than he or she should have.  "Bumped" means that the contestant advanced further than he or she should have.  "Wasted" means that the contestant auditioned when he or she clearly was not ready for the competition, thus should have waited until a later season of American Idol.

Here are my replacement wishes:

Angela Martin should have made the top 24 instead of Haeley Vaughn.
Jermaine Sellers should have made the top 12 instead of Andrew Garcia.
Michelle Delamor should have made the top 12 instead of Didi Benami.
Todrick Hall should have made the top 12 instead of Tim Urban.
Alex Lambert should have made the top 12 instead of Aaron Kelly.
Lilly Scott should have made the top 12 instead of Lacey Brown.
Crystal Bowersox should have won instead of Lee DeWyze.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

America gives Aaron Kelly a plane ticket back home

Last week was Frank Sinatra week, and the mentor was actor Harry Connick, Jr.  The five remaining American Idol contestants sang classics by Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998.  America voted to have Ryan Seacrest give a plane ticket to Aaron Kelly, the youngest American Idol finalist to date.  Aaron Kelly sang "Fly Me to the Moon", which has been covered by many artists. He was born in 1993.  He auditioned in Orlando, Florida, bypassing the preliminary auditions as a result of completing the American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World

Monday, May 3, 2010

Siobhan Magnus gets a curtain call

Last week, despite praise from the judges, Siobhan Evelyn Magnus ended her journey on American Idol in sixth place.  She was in the bottom three with Michael Lynche and Casey James.  It was Shania Twain week, and she sang "Any Man of Mine."  Her closest friends among her contestants are Didi Benami and Crystal Bowersox. However, she will participate on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010, among with her aforementioned closest friends and the rest of the top 10.

Magnus was born on March 15, 1990, in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Her father was a singer-songwriter. Her siblings play in various bands, and her brother Rory works for the motion picture industry. She auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts.  At the time of her audition, Magnus was an apprentice glassblower.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tim Urban gets a curtain call after Idol gave back.

Last week, after Idol Gives Back, it is the end of the road for the comeback kid Tim Urban.  Tim Urban made it further than he should have.  He should have been voted off a long time ago.  Todrick Hall should have made the top 12 instead of him.  Back in top 12 week, Tim Urban did a controversial reggae style version of a Rolling Stones song.  He was in the bottom three for three weeks prior to his elimination.  Also, Michael Lynche broke the record that Matt Giraud set after being saved by the judges.  Matt Giraud lasted for only two weeks after being saved by the judges, but Michael Lynche got to remain in the competition for at least one week longer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The judges save Michael Lynche

Last week, I was shocked that Michael Lynche had to sing for the judges' save, which was introduced on American Idol season 8.  He is my favorite of the top 12, but not of the top 24, who is Todrick Hall.  He was in the bottom 3 with Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly.  Last week's results show was considered a shocking results show.  Ryan Seacrest announced at the beginning that the results show would have a shocking elimination.  I am glad that the judges made the right decision by saving my favorite finalist of the season from being voted off.  The voting results are not like what most Internet media outlets predicted.  The Idol Democracy study also disagrees with the voting results. It says that based on the one-person-one-vote methodology, Aaron Kelly should have been the one to go home last week. Michael Lynche came in fourth place on the study.  I disagreed with the Idol Democracy study on top 24 week, but I have agreed with that study on top 9a week.

The contestants who should be shown the door before Michael Lynche are Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia.  Katie Stevens also had a shady track record and she could be voted off before Michael Lynche.  The judges' save was introduced on the top 13 results show of American Idol season 8.  It can only be used only once per season, and the decision must be unanimous.  Two contestants will be eliminated on the week after the judges' save is used.  The judges' save expires on top 5 week.  Thankfully, unlike Jasmine Murray, and like Chikezie Eze, Michael Lynche has already earned the privilege to participate on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010.

Monday, March 29, 2010

All Odds Against Paige Miles

Last week, Paige Miles got voted off American Idol, ending her run in 11th place, joining Lacey Brown in missing the cut on this year's American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010, just like my all-time favorite American Idol contestant Jasmine Murray from last season.  She was in the bottom 3 along with Tim Urban and Katie Stevens.  She struggled with the Phil Collins song, "Against All Odds."  The theme was Billboard #1's. The mentor was Miley Cyrus, who performed earlier in the results show.  Also during the results show, Joe Jonas duetted with Demi Lovatto.  Paige Miles was denied the judges' save before she would sing on the results show.  After her American Idol run, she wants to continue to pursue a music career.  She hails from Naples, Florida.  She auditioned in Dallas, Texas.  She was completely unknown before she was named to the top 24.  Her lack of screen time before the semifinalis worked against her, as she was unable to build a fanbase, but I believe that she is underrated.  Like Todrick Hall, she received mixed messages from the judges.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

No More Gender War

The worldwide gender war must come to an end.  This is the main purpose of this blog.  We need a men's movement, and I hope the gender war will end by 2019.  The men's liberation is coming faster than we know it.  Feminism is based on lies, false allegations, contradictions, and forged statistics.  Feminism is nothing but a Trojan horse movement, that is, a hate movement under the pretense of an equality movement.  Feminism is about female superiority under the pretense of gender equality.  Injustice has been done to men under the pretense of justice for women.  Men have been oppressed under the pretense of uplifting women.  Male students have been shortchanged in academia.  Fathers have been separated from their children and denied visitation rights.  Sons of single mothers have been poisoned with Ritalin under the pretense of helping girls in academia.  The government healthcare budget has been unfairly focused on female health, even though men are at higher risk healthwise.  Men have been facing harsher sentences for the same crimes as women.  Too many innocent men been incarcerated under false charges filed by women.  This gender war must end.  I have a dream that one day, male students will have an equal footing with their female counterparts.  I have a dream that one day, government will fund male health and female health equally.  I have a dream that one day, women will be held as equally accountable as men.
  • Doing Injustice to Men ≠ Doing Justice to Women
  • Oppressing Men ≠ Uplifting Women
  • Harming Men ≠ Protecting Women
  • Male Disempowerment ≠ Female Empowerment
  • Violating Male Rights ≠ Upholding Female Rights
  • Destroying Marriange ≠ Promoting Women's Welfare
  • Destroying Family ≠ Uplifting Women
  • Promoting Female Victimhood ≠ Liberating Women
  • Pampering Women ≠ Female Empowerment
  • Supporting Misuse of Law ≠ Doing Justice to Women
  • Violating Human Rights ≠ Upholding Female Rights
  • Destroying Familes ≠ Protecting Women
  • Shortchanging Boys in Academia ≠ Helping Girls in Academia
  • Keep Trivial Family Issues Out of Criminal Courts
  • Stop Converting Troubled Marriages Into Criminal Cases
  • Say "No" to Anti-Marriage, Anti-Family, Fatherless Welfare State
  • Make Laws Fair and Equitable for All
  • Say "No" to Feminist Culture of Mass Irresponsibility
  • Stop Infantilizing Women
  • Real Women Have Self-Esteem and Dignity
  • Real Women Reject Privilege Over Men and Children
  • Real Women Succeed by Proving Their Worth
  • Real Women Take Responsibility for Their Actions
  • Real Women Do Not Make False Allegations or File False Criminal Cases Against Men
  • Believing that discrimination against men is acceptable but that discrimination against women is not = discrimination against men.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leave Right Now Lacey Brown

One year ago, I was shocked when my all-time favorite American Idol contestant Jasmine Murray got voted off along with Jorge Núñez on top 13 of last season. Today, my prediction came true, that Lacey Brown got the first boot among the top 12 of American Idol season 9, thus ending her run in 12th place.  She is my least favorite contestant of this season of American Idol and my third least favorite finalist in American Idol history.  This week is Rolling Stones week, and Lacey Brown sang "Ruby Tuesday."  She was in the bottom three with her roommate Paige Miles and the Vote for the Worst pick Tim Urban.  She auditioned for American Idol season 9 in Dallas, Texas.  She originally auditioned for last season, but she was cut in the green mile round in front of Megan Joy, who is my second least favorite of last season.  Lacey Brown is worse than Megan Joy and Alexis Grace.

American Idol season 9 top 12

On March 11, 2010, the top 12 of American Idol season 9 has been revealed.  And to me it is both good news and bad news.  The good news is that Michael Lynche and Paige Miles made the top 12.  The bad news is that Todrick Hall did not make it.  Todrick Hall should have made the top 12 instead of Tim Urban.  Lilly Scott should have made the top 12 instead of Lacey Brown.  I believe that Lacey Brown will end her American Idol journey in either 11th or 12th place. 

Here is how I rank the top 12:

1. Michael Lynche
2. Paige Miles
3. Andrew Garcia
4. Casey James
5. Crystal Bowersox
6. Aaron Kelly
7. Lee DeWyze
8. Katie Stevens
9. Siobhan Magnus
10. Didi Benami
11. Tim Urban
12. Lacey Brown

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fire and Brimstone (and Ethnic Cleansing)

On tonight's results show, it is the end of the road for Jermaine Sellers.  Jermaine Sellers is headed back to church.  He got eliminated along with John Park, Michelle Delamor, and Haeley Vaughn.  I real shocked about the results show.  Who should have went home are Lacey Brown, Didi Benami, and Andrew Garcia.  I am all right with John Park going home.  He said he would go home gracefully.  He was singing Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?".  He is a church singer from Joliet, Illinois.  He was born in February 1983.  He previously competed in the BET reality TV show Sunday Best.  I was not officially pulling for Jermaine Sellers.  I am pulling for Michael Lynche.

American Idol season 9 is the worst season ever.  Tonight is one of the most shocking moments in American Idol history.  I will still continue to watch the show.  Jermaine Sellers and Haeley Vaughn do not hold a candle to Jasmine Murray, Chikezie Eze, or Ju'not Joyner. 

I feel that many American Idol viewers are racist.  You must not base your votes on race, skin color, gender, or music genre preference.  Reality television is unfair to African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans.  Programs like The Apprentice often stereotype Black contestants.  Black reality television contestants face discrimination at the same level on reality television as they would in everyday life.  The Center for Media and Social Research said: "Black contestants are often portrayed as stormy and indolent fringe elements, while their white counterparts are portrayed as stable and industrious collaborators. Black reality-TV contestants face discrimination at levels approaching those of everyday life." There has never been a Black bachelor on the reality television show The Bachelor, or a Black bachelorette on The Bachelorette.  African-American contestants are twice as likely Caucasian contestants to be eliminated during the first half of a reality television season, while Hispanic and Asian contestants are three times as likely.  I suggest instituting a "Vote for the Minorities" organization.

This is just the beginning of 2010, and moreso the beginning of the decade.  2010 will end with me being happy.  One good news is that my most anticipated video game Final Fantasy XIII is coming soon.  I will be going on a trip to New York City after this season of American Idol is over.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jermaine Sellers survives a great hurdle

There is a god; what a victory.  DialIdol.com predicted that Jermaine Sellers would be one of the four to be voted out of the competition on the first week of the voting rounds of American Idol season 9.  However, at the end of tonight's results show, the Internet predictions turned out to be a joke.  Therefore, Jermaine Sellers is still in the competition, along with everyone else I voted for, who are Paige Miles, Haeley Vaughn (the Vote for the Worst female pick), and Todrick Hall.  The motto "No trial. No triumph" worked out well for him.  He attempted the Oleta Adams song "Get Here", but that song got mixed feedback from the judges.  Simon Cowell thought he blew off that opportunity and predicted that he would be eliminated, but he was wrong.  I thought Jermaine Sellers was going home, but thank God I was wrong.  I hope he goes from zero to hero next week.  The walking papers went to Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz, and Tyler Grady.  All of those four were early favorites except Joe Munoz.  Didi Benami was the last girl to be through to next week.  Alex Lambert was the last to be through to next week.

Just before the aforementioned good news came, American Idol season 8 champion Kris Allen talked to the host Ryan Seacrest about his trip to Haiti and did a performance for Haiti, with footage of the trip being shown to the audience.  Earlier in the results show, after the girls faced the fire, American Idol season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta, who landed in fourth place, performed her latest single.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

American Idol season 9 voting rounds begin

The top 24 semifinalists of American Idol season 9 were announced on February 17, 2010.  Tonight the voting rounds begin.  Tonight, the female semifinalists perform for the first time.  Tomorrow night, the male semifinalists perform for the first time.  Thursday night is the dreaded results show, featuring Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta from last season.

Here are your top 24:

Aaron Kelly - 16 years old, from Sonestown, Pennsylvania
Alex Lambert - 19 years old, from North Richland Hills, Texas; auditioned in Dallas, Texas
Andrew Garcia - 24 years old, from Moreno Valley, California; auditioned in Los Angeles, California
Ashley Rodriguez - 22 years old, from Chelsea, Massachusetts; auditions in Boston, Massachusetts
Casey James - 27 years old, from Fort Worth, Texas; auditioned in Denver, Colorado
Crystal Bowersox - 24 years old, from Elliston, Ohio; auditioned in Chicago, Illinois
Didi Benami - 23 years old, from Hollywood, California; auditioned in Los Angeles, California
Haeley Vaughn - 16 years old, from Fort Collins, Colorado; auditioned in Denver, Colorado
Janell Wheeler - 24 years old, from Orlando, Florida; auditioned in Orlando, Florida
Jermaine Sellers - 27 years old, from Joliet, Illinois; auditioned in Atlanta, Georgia
Joe Munoz - 20 years old, from Huntington Park, California; audtioned in Los Angeles, California
John Park - 21 years old, from Evanston, Illinois; auditioned in Chicago, Illinois
Katelyn Epperly - 19 years old, from West Des Moines, Iowa; auditioned in Chicago, Illinois
Lacey Brown - 24 years old, from Amarillo, Texas; auditioned in Dallas, Texas
Lee Dewyze - 23 years old, from Mount Prospect, Illinois; auditioned in Chicago, Illinois
Lilly Scott - 20 years old, from Littleton, Colorado; auditioned in Denver, Colorado
Michael Lynche - 26 years old, from Astoria, New York; auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts
Michelle Delamor - 22 years old, from Miami, Florida; auditioned in Orlando, Florida
Paige Miles - 24 years old, from Cypress, Texas; auditioned in Denver, Colorado
Siobhan Magnus - 19 years old, from Barnstable, Massachusetts; auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts
Tim Urban - 20 years old, from Duncanville, Texas; auditioned in Dallas, Texas
Todrick Hall - 24 years old, from Arlington, Texas; auditioned in Dallas, Texas
Tyler Grady - 20 years old, from Nazareth, Pennsylvania; auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts

Lacey Brown originally auditioned for American Idol season 8, but she was cut in the green mile round in front of Megan Joy; I do not like her. Chris Golighty was originally selected to be in the top 24, but he was disqualified and replaced with Tim Urban.  I am pulling for Jermaine Sellers.  Todrick Hall previously worked with American Idol winner Fantasia from season 3 on the broadway play The Color Purple. I am disappointed that Angela Martin got cut in Hollywood, but the good news is that the judges will get her a record deal.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State of the Union Address of 2010

The State of the Union Address of 2010 is President Obama's first State of the Union Address.  It was delivered on the night of January 26, 2010.  I mostly agree with this year's State of the Union Address and side with the Democrats.  One thing I disagree with is the gender wage gap, which is based on the false premise that women get paid less than men on a person-by-person and job-by-job basis.  The gender wage gap is based on average, not on a person-by-person basis, and it has to do with the difference in the lifestyle choices between the genders.  The first initiative is that President Obama called on the Senate to pass a financial reform package.  He called on the Senate for a vision for a clean energy economy, thus avoiding dependency on foreign oil.  President Obama will continue to motivate to invest in the skills and education of the American people, and he is committed to affordabilize college education for the young Americans.  He has made and will make investments to ensure that the middle class benefits from economic recovery, and he will change the way America does business.  He believes that American elections should not be funded by special interests or foreign entities.

Here is the full text of the State of the Union Address:

THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They've done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they've done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle.

It's tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable -– that America was always destined to succeed. But when the Union was turned back at Bull Run, and the Allies first landed at Omaha Beach, victory was very much in doubt. When the market crashed on Black Tuesday, and civil rights marchers were beaten on Bloody Sunday, the future was anything but certain. These were the times that tested the courage of our convictions, and the strength of our union. And despite all our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people.

Again, we are tested. And again, we must answer history's call.

One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted -– immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.

But the devastation remains. One in 10 Americans still cannot find work. Many businesses have shuttered. Home values have declined. Small towns and rural communities have been hit especially hard. And for those who'd already known poverty, life has become that much harder.

This recession has also compounded the burdens that America's families have been dealing with for decades –- the burden of working harder and longer for less; of being unable to save enough to retire or help kids with college.

So I know the anxieties that are out there right now. They're not new. These struggles are the reason I ran for President. These struggles are what I've witnessed for years in places like Elkhart, Indiana; Galesburg, Illinois. I hear about them in the letters that I read each night. The toughest to read are those written by children -– asking why they have to move from their home, asking when their mom or dad will be able to go back to work.

For these Americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough. Some are frustrated; some are angry. They don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on Wall Street is rewarded, but hard work on Main Street isn't; or why Washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. They're tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. They know we can't afford it. Not now.

So we face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope -– what they deserve -– is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds, different stories, different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared: a job that pays the bills; a chance to get ahead; most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

You know what else they share? They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids, starting businesses and going back to school. They're coaching Little League and helping their neighbors. One woman wrote to me and said, "We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged."

It's because of this spirit -– this great decency and great strength -– that I have never been more hopeful about America's future than I am tonight. (Applause.) Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it's time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. (Applause.)

And tonight, tonight I'd like to talk about how together we can deliver on that promise.

It begins with our economy.

Our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped cause this crisis. It was not easy to do. And if there's one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, and everybody in between, it's that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it -- (applause.) I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal. (Laughter.)

But when I ran for President, I promised I wouldn't just do what was popular -– I would do what was necessary. And if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. More businesses would certainly have closed. More homes would have surely been lost.

So I supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program. And when we took that program over, we made it more transparent and more accountable. And as a result, the markets are now stabilized, and we've recovered most of the money we spent on the banks. (Applause.) Most but not all.

To recover the rest, I've proposed a fee on the biggest banks. (Applause.) Now, I know Wall Street isn't keen on this idea. But if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. (Applause.)

Now, as we stabilized the financial system, we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help Americans who had become unemployed.

That's why we extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million Americans; made health insurance 65 percent cheaper for families who get their coverage through COBRA; and passed 25 different tax cuts.

Now, let me repeat: We cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families. (Applause.) We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college. (Applause.)

I thought I'd get some applause on that one. (Laughter and applause.)

As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas and food and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers. And we haven't raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime. (Applause.)

Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. (Applause.) Two hundred thousand work in construction and clean energy; 300,000 are teachers and other education workers. Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, first responders. (Applause.) And we're on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year.

The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. (Applause.) That's right -– the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus bill. (Applause.) Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. But you don't have to take their word for it. Talk to the small business in Phoenix that will triple its workforce because of the Recovery Act. Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created. Talk to the single teacher raising two kids who was told by her principal in the last week of school that because of the Recovery Act, she wouldn't be laid off after all.

There are stories like this all across America. And after two years of recession, the economy is growing again. Retirement funds have started to gain back some of their value. Businesses are beginning to invest again, and slowly some are starting to hire again.

But I realize that for every success story, there are other stories, of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from; who send out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response. That is why jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010, and that's why I'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight. (Applause.)

Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. (Applause.) But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers.

We should start where most new jobs do –- in small businesses, companies that begin when -- (applause) -- companies that begin when an entrepreneur -- when an entrepreneur takes a chance on a dream, or a worker decides it's time she became her own boss. Through sheer grit and determination, these companies have weathered the recession and they're ready to grow. But when you talk to small businessowners in places like Allentown, Pennsylvania, or Elyria, Ohio, you find out that even though banks on Wall Street are lending again, they're mostly lending to bigger companies. Financing remains difficult for small businessowners across the country, even those that are making a profit.

So tonight, I'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. (Applause.) I'm also proposing a new small business tax credit -– one that will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. (Applause.) While we're at it, let's also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment, and provide a tax incentive for all large businesses and all small businesses to invest in new plants and equipment. (Applause.)
Next, we can put Americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow. (Applause.) From the first railroads to the Interstate Highway System, our nation has always been built to compete. There's no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products.

Tomorrow, I'll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act. (Applause.) There are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help move our nation's goods, services, and information. (Applause.)

We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities -- (applause) -- and give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy-efficient, which supports clean energy jobs. (Applause.) And to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America. (Applause.)

Now, the House has passed a jobs bill that includes some of these steps. (Applause.) As the first order of business this year, I urge the Senate to do the same, and I know they will. (Applause.) They will. (Applause.) People are out of work. They're hurting. They need our help. And I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay. (Applause.)

But the truth is, these steps won't make up for the seven million jobs that we've lost over the last two years. The only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth, and finally address the problems that America's families have confronted for years.

We can't afford another so-called economic "expansion" like the one from the last decade –- what some call the "lost decade" -– where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion; where the income of the average American household declined while the cost of health care and tuition reached record highs; where prosperity was built on a housing bubble and financial speculation.

From the day I took office, I've been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious; such an effort would be too contentious. I've been told that our political system is too gridlocked, and that we should just put things on hold for a while.

For those who make these claims, I have one simple question: How long should we wait? How long should America put its future on hold? (Applause.)

You see, Washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. Meanwhile, China is not waiting to revamp its economy. Germany is not waiting. India is not waiting. These nations -- they're not standing still. These nations aren't playing for second place. They're putting more emphasis on math and science. They're rebuilding their infrastructure. They're making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs. Well, I do not accept second place for the United States of America. (Applause.)

As hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentious as the debates may become, it's time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering our growth.

Now, one place to start is serious financial reform. Look, I am not interested in punishing banks. I'm interested in protecting our economy. A strong, healthy financial market makes it possible for businesses to access credit and create new jobs. It channels the savings of families into investments that raise incomes. But that can only happen if we guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy.

We need to make sure consumers and middle-class families have the information they need to make financial decisions. (Applause.) We can't allow financial institutions, including those that take your deposits, to take risks that threaten the whole economy.

Now, the House has already passed financial reform with many of these changes. (Applause.) And the lobbyists are trying to kill it. But we cannot let them win this fight. (Applause.) And if the bill that ends up on my desk does not meet the test of real reform, I will send it back until we get it right. We've got to get it right. (Applause.)

Next, we need to encourage American innovation. Last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history -– (applause) -- an investment that could lead to the world's cheapest solar cells or treatment that kills cancer cells but leaves healthy ones untouched. And no area is more ripe for such innovation than energy. You can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy -– in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries; or in the California business that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels.

But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. (Applause.) It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. (Applause.) It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies. (Applause.) And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America. (Applause.)

I am grateful to the House for passing such a bill last year. (Applause.) And this year I'm eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the Senate. (Applause.)

I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. But here's the thing -- even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy-efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future -– because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation. (Applause.)

Third, we need to export more of our goods. (Applause.) Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America. (Applause.) So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America. (Applause.) To help meet this goal, we're launching a National Export Initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports, and reform export controls consistent with national security. (Applause.)

We have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores. (Applause.) But realizing those benefits also means enforcing those agreements so our trading partners play by the rules. (Applause.) And that's why we'll continue to shape a Doha trade agreement that opens global markets, and why we will strengthen our trade relations in Asia and with key partners like South Korea and Panama and Colombia. (Applause.)

Fourth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our people. (Applause.)

Now, this year, we've broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools. And the idea here is simple: Instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success. Instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform -- reform that raises student achievement; inspires students to excel in math and science; and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young Americans, from rural communities to the inner city. In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education. (Applause.) And in this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than on their potential.

When we renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we will work with Congress to expand these reforms to all 50 states. Still, in this economy, a high school diploma no longer guarantees a good job. That's why I urge the Senate to follow the House and pass a bill that will revitalize our community colleges, which are a career pathway to the children of so many working families. (Applause.)

To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans. (Applause.) Instead, let's take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase Pell Grants. (Applause.) And let's tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years –- and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college. (Applause.)

And by the way, it's time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs -– (applause) -- because they, too, have a responsibility to help solve this problem.

Now, the price of college tuition is just one of the burdens facing the middle class. That's why last year I asked Vice President Biden to chair a task force on middle-class families. That's why we're nearly doubling the child care tax credit, and making it easier to save for retirement by giving access to every worker a retirement account and expanding the tax credit for those who start a nest egg. That's why we're working to lift the value of a family's single largest investment –- their home. The steps we took last year to shore up the housing market have allowed millions of Americans to take out new loans and save an average of $1,500 on mortgage payments.

This year, we will step up refinancing so that homeowners can move into more affordable mortgages. (Applause.) And it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle-class families that we still need health insurance reform. (Applause.) Yes, we do. (Applause.)

Now, let's clear a few things up. (Laughter.) I didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt. And by now it should be fairly obvious that I didn't take on health care because it was good politics. (Laughter.) I took on health care because of the stories I've heard from Americans with preexisting conditions whose lives depend on getting coverage; patients who've been denied coverage; families –- even those with insurance -– who are just one illness away from financial ruin.

After nearly a century of trying -- Democratic administrations, Republican administrations -- we are closer than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many Americans. The approach we've taken would protect every American from the worst practices of the insurance industry. It would give small businesses and uninsured Americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market. It would require every insurance plan to cover preventive care.

And by the way, I want to acknowledge our First Lady, Michelle Obama, who this year is creating a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make kids healthier. (Applause.) Thank you. She gets embarrassed. (Laughter.)

Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan. It would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses. And according to the Congressional Budget Office -– the independent organization that both parties have cited as the official scorekeeper for Congress –- our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades. (Applause.)

Still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people. And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, the process left most Americans wondering, "What's in it for me?"

But I also know this problem is not going away. By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans, and neither should the people in this chamber. (Applause.)

So, as temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed. There's a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. (Applause.) Let me know. Let me know. (Applause.) I'm eager to see it.

Here's what I ask Congress, though: Don't walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people. (Applause.) Let's get it done. Let's get it done. (Applause.)

Now, even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. It's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve, and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. So let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight.

At the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. (Applause.) By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door. (Laughter and applause.)

Now -- just stating the facts. Now, if we had taken office in ordinary times, I would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. But we took office amid a crisis. And our efforts to prevent a second depression have added another $1 trillion to our national debt. That, too, is a fact.

I'm absolutely convinced that was the right thing to do. But families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same. (Applause.) So tonight, I'm proposing specific steps to pay for the trillion dollars that it took to rescue the economy last year.

Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. (Applause.) Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will. (Applause.)

We will continue to go through the budget, line by line, page by page, to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work. We've already identified $20 billion in savings for next year. To help working families, we'll extend our middle-class tax cuts. But at a time of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, for investment fund managers, and for those making over $250,000 a year. We just can't afford it. (Applause.)

Now, even after paying for what we spent on my watch, we'll still face the massive deficit we had when I took office. More importantly, the cost of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will continue to skyrocket. That's why I've called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. (Applause.) This can't be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline.

Now, yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I'll issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans. (Applause.) And when the vote comes tomorrow, the Senate should restore the pay-as-you-go law that was a big reason for why we had record surpluses in the 1990s. (Applause.)

Now, I know that some in my own party will argue that we can't address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting. And I agree -- which is why this freeze won't take effect until next year -- (laughter) -- when the economy is stronger. That's how budgeting works. (Laughter and applause.) But understand –- understand if we don't take meaningful steps to rein in our debt, it could damage our markets, increase the cost of borrowing, and jeopardize our recovery -– all of which would have an even worse effect on our job growth and family incomes.

From some on the right, I expect we'll hear a different argument -– that if we just make fewer investments in our people, extend tax cuts including those for the wealthier Americans, eliminate more regulations, maintain the status quo on health care, our deficits will go away. The problem is that's what we did for eight years. (Applause.) That's what helped us into this crisis. It's what helped lead to these deficits. We can't do it again.

Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it's time to try something new. Let's invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let's meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. Let's try common sense. (Laughter.) A novel concept.

To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust -– deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue -- to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve. (Applause.)

That's what I came to Washington to do. That's why -– for the first time in history –- my administration posts on our White House visitors online. That's why we've excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions.

But we can't stop there. It's time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with Congress. It's time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office.

With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.

I'm also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. Applause.) Democrats and Republicans. (Applause.) Democrats and Republicans. You've trimmed some of this spending, you've embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. (Applause.) Tonight, I'm calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single Web site before there's a vote, so that the American people can see how their money is being spent. (Applause.)

Of course, none of these reforms will even happen if we don't also reform how we work with one another. Now, I'm not naïve. I never thought that the mere fact of my election would usher in peace and harmony -- (laughter) -- and some post-partisan era. I knew that both parties have fed divisions that are deeply entrenched. And on some issues, there are simply philosophical differences that will always cause us to part ways. These disagreements, about the role of government in our lives, about our national priorities and our national security, they've been taking place for over 200 years. They're the very essence of our democracy.

But what frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is Election Day. We can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side -– a belief that if you lose, I win. Neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. The confirmation of -- (applause) -- I'm speaking to both parties now. The confirmation of well-qualified public servants shouldn't be held hostage to the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators. (Applause.)

Washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, no matter how malicious, is just part of the game. But it's precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the American people. Worse yet, it's sowing further division among our citizens, further distrust in our government.

So, no, I will not give up on trying to change the tone of our politics. I know it's an election year. And after last week, it's clear that campaign fever has come even earlier than usual. But we still need to govern.

To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills. (Applause.) And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town -- a supermajority -- then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. (Applause.) Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. (Applause.) So let's show the American people that we can do it together. (Applause.)

This week, I'll be addressing a meeting of the House Republicans. I'd like to begin monthly meetings with both Democratic and Republican leadership. I know you can't wait. (Laughter.)

Throughout our history, no issue has united this country more than our security. Sadly, some of the unity we felt after 9/11 has dissipated. We can argue all we want about who's to blame for this, but I'm not interested in re-litigating the past. I know that all of us love this country. All of us are committed to its defense. So let's put aside the schoolyard taunts about who's tough. Let's reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values. Let's leave behind the fear and division, and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future -- for America and for the world. (Applause.)

That's the work we began last year. Since the day I took office, we've renewed our focus on the terrorists who threaten our nation. We've made substantial investments in our homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened to take American lives. We are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed Christmas attack, with better airline security and swifter action on our intelligence. We've prohibited torture and strengthened partnerships from the Pacific to South Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. And in the last year, hundreds of al Qaeda's fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been captured or killed -- far more than in 2008.

And in Afghanistan, we're increasing our troops and training Afghan security forces so they can begin to take the lead in July of 2011, and our troops can begin to come home. (Applause.) We will reward good governance, work to reduce corruption, and support the rights of all Afghans -- men and women alike. (Applause.) We're joined by allies and partners who have increased their own commitments, and who will come together tomorrow in London to reaffirm our common purpose. There will be difficult days ahead. But I am absolutely confident we will succeed.

As we take the fight to al Qaeda, we are responsibly leaving Iraq to its people. As a candidate, I promised that I would end this war, and that is what I am doing as President. We will have all of our combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this August. (Applause.) We will support the Iraqi government -- we will support the Iraqi government as they hold elections, and we will continue to partner with the Iraqi people to promote regional peace and prosperity. But make no mistake: This war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home. (Applause.)

Tonight, all of our men and women in uniform -- in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and around the world –- they have to know that we -- that they have our respect, our gratitude, our full support. And just as they must have the resources they need in war, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home. (Applause.) That's why we made the largest increase in investments for veterans in decades -- last year. (Applause.) That's why we're building a 21st century VA. And that's why Michelle has joined with Jill Biden to forge a national commitment to support military families. (Applause.)

Now, even as we prosecute two wars, we're also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people -– the threat of nuclear weapons. I've embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons and seeks a world without them. To reduce our stockpiles and launchers, while ensuring our deterrent, the United States and Russia are completing negotiations on the farthest-reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades. (Applause.) And at April's Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in Washington, D.C. behind a clear goal: securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists. (Applause.)

Now, these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons. That's why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions –- sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. That's why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise. (Applause.)

That's the leadership that we are providing –- engagement that advances the common security and prosperity of all people. We're working through the G20 to sustain a lasting global recovery. We're working with Muslim communities around the world to promote science and education and innovation. We have gone from a bystander to a leader in the fight against climate change. We're helping developing countries to feed themselves, and continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS. And we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease -– a plan that will counter threats at home and strengthen public health abroad.

As we have for over 60 years, America takes these actions because our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores. But we also do it because it is right. That's why, as we meet here tonight, over 10,000 Americans are working with many nations to help the people of Haiti recover and rebuild. (Applause.) That's why we stand with the girl who yearns to go to school in Afghanistan; why we support the human rights of the women marching through the streets of Iran; why we advocate for the young man denied a job by corruption in Guinea. For America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity. (Applause.) Always. (Applause.)

Abroad, America's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals. The same is true at home. We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we're all created equal; that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law you should be protected by it; if you adhere to our common values you should be treated no different than anyone else.

We must continually renew this promise. My administration has a Civil Rights Division that is once again prosecuting civil rights violations and employment discrimination. (Applause.) We finally strengthened our laws to protect against crimes driven by hate. (Applause.) This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. (Applause.) It's the right thing to do. (Applause.)

We're going to crack down on violations of equal pay laws -– so that women get equal pay for an equal day's work. (Applause.) And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system -– to secure our borders and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. (Applause.)

In the end, it's our ideals, our values that built America -- values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe; values that drive our citizens still. Every day, Americans meet their responsibilities to their families and their employers. Time and again, they lend a hand to their neighbors and give back to their country. They take pride in their labor, and are generous in spirit. These aren't Republican values or Democratic values that they're living by; business values or labor values. They're American values.

Unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions -– our corporations, our media, and, yes, our government –- still reflect these same values. Each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. But each time a CEO rewards himself for failure, or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people's doubts grow. Each time lobbyists game the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith. The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates to silly arguments, big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away.

No wonder there's so much cynicism out there. No wonder there's so much disappointment.

I campaigned on the promise of change –- change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change –- or that I can deliver it.

But remember this –- I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone. Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That's just how it is.

Those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers. We can do what's necessary to keep our poll numbers high, and get through the next election instead of doing what's best for the next generation.

But I also know this: If people had made that decision 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight. The only reason we are here is because generations of Americans were unafraid to do what was hard; to do what was needed even when success was uncertain; to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and their grandchildren.

Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved. But I wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year. And what keeps me going -– what keeps me fighting -– is that despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism, that fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the American people, that lives on.

It lives on in the struggling small business owner who wrote to me of his company, "None of us," he said, "…are willing to consider, even slightly, that we might fail."

It lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors have felt the pain of recession, "We are strong. We are resilient. We are American."

It lives on in the 8-year-old boy in Louisiana, who just sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it to the people of Haiti.

And it lives on in all the Americans who've dropped everything to go someplace they've never been and pull people they've never known from the rubble, prompting chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A!" when another life was saved.

The spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you, its people. We have finished a difficult year. We have come through a difficult decade. But a new year has come. A new decade stretches before us. We don't quit. I don't quit. (Applause.) Let's seize this moment -- to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more. (Applause.)

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

America is too politically correct

America and Great Britain have become more politically correct than common sense allows.  Don Swarthout, the President of Christians Reviving America's Values, 'The Bible warns us very clearly about being deceived and against accepting the teachings of false prophets. Yet, according to some people, if we were to totally give up on God we would be politically correct. I don't know about you, but I will never stop calling God, God or Jesus Christ our Savior."  Far too many Westerners have been blinded by political correctness.  The American and British people must open their eyes and face the fact that being too politically correct is ruining Western society, its values, and its future.  Swarthout later said, "Being politically correct is something that has been forced on all of us in America and it really has nothing to do with what you believe. Instead of believing in being politically correct, let's return to the idea that thinking for yourself is an American principle that we can all accept. We must do what is right for America and not what we are told is politically correct."  Therefore, we must do what is right for the public good rather than what is politically correct.  Just because it is politically incorrect does not mean that it is wrong.  Just because it is politically correct does not mean that it is right.  We must teach, learn, and/or believe what is true rather than what is politically correct. 

One out of ten adults have been facing false allegations of rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment. According to a survey conducted by Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), there is a strong gender disparity in false allegations. Annually, millions of innocent Americans have been falsely accused of rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment, without regard for due process. These false allegations may rob people of their assets, divide their families, and ruin their lives. Many false charges are fabricated to separate children from their fathers. Children need both parents, and single-parent families produce criminals. Marital breakup costs taxpayers $112 billion a year.

I am fed up with culturally sanctioned misandry and those widespread criminal injustices. I am fed up with women getting away with crimes against men. I am fed up with false paradigms of domestic violence and sexual harassment being propagated and hammered into the public conscience. I am fed up with women ripping off men in divorce. All that is my hit list and must be abolished. We the men's rights activists must act now and restore the value of the male sex to society. Rape and domestic violence laws should be reformed, restoring due process, preserve relationships, restoring bonds between the genders, and make the Bill of Rights a living document in our time. False charges of rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment should be made actionable.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2000s decade in review

The 2000s decade began with a controversial Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  The Y2K bug was a joke, and our world got sharply more technologically advanced.  The 2000s has been a decade of evolving technology, a decade social networking sites, a decade of cellular phones, a decade or reality television, a decade of extreme political correctness, a decade of delusions, and a decade of false ideologies.

The 2000s is the decade my favorite reality television show American Idol began, along with The Biggest Loser and The Bachelor. 

My favorite video game of 2000 is Final Fantasy IX.  My favorite video game of 2001 is Final Fantasy X.  My favorite video game of 2002 is Star Fox Adventures.  My favorite game of 2003 is SimCity 4.  My favorite game of 2004 is Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken.  My favorite game of 2005 is Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.  My favorite game of 2006 is Final Fantasy XII, and my second favorite of that year is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  My favorite game of 2007 is Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.  My favorite game of 2008 is Soul Calibur IV.  My favorite game of 2009 is Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

My favorite video game of the 1980s is Final Fantasy I.  My favorite video game of the 1990s is Final Fantasy VI.  My favorite video game of the 2000s is Final Fantasy X.