Category Archives: Politics

Theticals that are Hypo

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

So it is the talk of the town.  For once, a major political candidate has come out in support of the LGBT community with plenty of time for quite a bit of things to go right or wrong.  President Obama coming out and saying that homosexual marriage should be allowed was a milestone.  President Bill Clinton came out showing his support when he was up for re-election, but it went so under the radar because of other issues, and he wasn’t vocal about it really, that it was all brushed under the carpet.  The LGBT community was kind of put off by this I could only think and imagine.  But now we have a candidate whose election can be made or broken strictly on this alone. Read the rest of this entry

I Have a Dream; Don’t Get It Twisted

I Have a Dream; Don’t Get It Twisted 
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp 

Generally, the purpose of holidays is for remembrance and celebration, and things of that sort.  We are suppose to remember things we don’t do often and for at least one day of the year, do exactly that in hopes that eventually we remember what we forgot.  Confused yet?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday is a moment for us to pause and reflect on the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement; on the struggles African Americans and other minorities had here in the United States.  We should honor those who stood up for what is right and strive to perpetuate it in our lives and community, and make sure it is never tarnished by bigotry, hate, and other forms of racism. Read the rest of this entry

Occupy This!

Occupy This!By Jess Root
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp
A.k.a. DJ Mappquest

In case you didn’t know it, the United States has fallen under occupation.  No, we have not been invaded…or maybe we have.  In any case, both sides of the occupation know each other…sort of (they won’t each dinner together or watch a movie I’ll tell you that much).  The people of the United States (and perhaps the world) have been realizing the statistics that I have been touting for years about the inequality and imbalance in socioeconomic wealth and status.  As the protestors/occupiers say, “We are the 99%.”  Read the rest of this entry

Sorry Big Brother

So if you haven’t heard, it seems the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is looking at limiting users access to social networking and instant communication places (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and Blackberry Messenger for the few poor souls left there) in light of the long days and nights of rioting. Read the rest of this entry

Just My Opinion on the Downgrade of America

So there has been a lot of excitement in the last 48 hours in regards to S&P’s Downgrading of the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA+.  For those who don’t know what I am talking about or are a bit confused, I shall give you the cliff notes as to why S&P decided to do so (although you can really just click on the link above and read the 8 page report.  Pretty simple, easy reading with very few, if any, jargon and etc.). Read the rest of this entry

Ranking the World

Ranking the World
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

 So recently I read an article from the Economist about the China soon to become the world’s #1 country in economic output.  This should come to no surprise to anyone based on how things are looking here in the United States.  In recent history, as we should all know, we have borrow a few pretty pennies from China to keep a flow (much at the dismay of those who say “America the Proud”, and other such America bloating sayings). Read the rest of this entry

Part 3 of 3: Use the Force

Patriotism: A Force for Good or Evil
Part 3 of 3: Use the Force

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

So in Part 1, I explained how patriotism can be a bad thing.  If left unchecked and/or untapped, it will eventually become a force so great that it will be hard to stop.  In Part 2, I explained how patriotism can be good, as the universal happiness is cheap and easily provide-able under certain circumstances.  So what do I believe? Read the rest of this entry

Part 2 of 3: Would You Do It For Your Country?

Patriotism: A Force for Good or Evil
Part 2 of 3: Would You Do It For Your Country?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

 On the subject of what good can patriotism provide, there are two minor benefits and one major benefit from patriotism to make any country wish to desire patriotic citizens.

One minor benefit comes in defense of one’s country.  European countries learned long ago that paying an army is much better than basing an army on loyalty (since men’s loyalty only goes so far as their compensation for their work).  And thus was the birth of modern professional armies.  But when you have soldiers who are soldiers because they love their country, or have the desire to protect their families, community, and/or the ideals they believe is right, you have yourself a soldier of greater capabilities than that of a soldier merely fighting for a paycheck. Read the rest of this entry

Part 1 of 3: It’s Not Fascism When We Do It!

Patriotism: A Force for Good or Evil?
Part 1:  It’s Not Fascism When We Do It!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

By Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

So with the Fourth of July approaching fast, some people may and should be asking themselves about how much they love their country (or don’t in some cases). I recently read an article talking about whether Patriotism is a good or bad trait/virtue.  It was a short piece that mainly focused on all the bad things that come from patriotic individuals.  Now I’m going to be honest, I didn’t read it all.  But it did get my brain jogging.  So in a three part blog post, I shall evaluate patriotism.  Read the rest of this entry

As cool as the other side of the pillow?

So I already explained my favorite GOP candidate – Ron Paul yesterday.  Let us look at the other side of the aisle – President Barack Obama, which can be assumed will receive the party’s nomination (but you know what happens when you assume). Read the rest of this entry