The Last Jedi Excitement

Hello!

Ok, so I know at this point some of you are probably sick of hearing about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but It’s the only thing that comes to mind right now, other than finishing up my book in progress. And by the way, I should probably mention that you can still nominate my next book, Freedom’s Fate, for publishing through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, which will net you a free copy if it is chosen for publication. There’s only 8 days left, so get moving on that people! Just sayin’.

Where was I? Oh, right…

So anyway, The Last Jedi will be out next week, and I am set to see it on Saturday. Couldn’t get better tickets that matched with my schedule, as much as I wanted to. So I’ve come up with a few questions I want answered in this movie (Any by the way, don’t look at this list if you’re too worried about spoilers, as far as new characters being named):

  • Who are Rey’s parents? Like, seriously!
  • Will Luke finally say something? I know he does in the trailers, but will it make the final cut?
  • Who is Rose Tico? I’m kinda excited about this new character.
  • Who is Paige Tico, while we’re on it?
  • BB9? Seriously, a new BB unit? It better have a female personality! Maybe BB8 will have a love interest! I don’t think we’ve ever had a droid love story in Star Wars.
  • A Porg? Looks kinda cute.
  • Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo?
  • Will Maz make another appearance? I sure hope so!
  • Will one of the good guys go bad, or bad guys go good?
  • Will I make it through the entire movie without a bathroom break? Er, um… TMI. Sorry.
  • Why haven’t you gone to nominate my book on Kindle Scout yet?! JK. Or not.

So, anyway, I’m kind of excited to see the movie, in case you didn’t know by now. I guess I’ll stop talking now. Everyone have a great weekend!

Happy Meal Confessions & Concerns

Happy Friday!

So… I have a confession to make. It’s something I find kind of embarrassing, but it’s true. It’s something that I know many, many adults around the world do, but… it’s still embarrassing.

I still eat Happy Meals sometimes.

Not often! Just once in a while, when I really want a specific toy, or I feel the need to feel a little more kid like, or I want to do something fun, or I just need a little snack.

Oh wow, it actually sort of feels good to admit that. Like maybe I can quit feeling like it’s something I have to hide and be ashamed of. I mean come on, you know some of you do this, right?

Right?

Wow, silence. Okay then, moving on.

The current Happy Meal toys are Transformers and My Little Pony. Nice choices, actually (though I hate that stupid pony mask they keep giving me).

So the other day my wife and I went to get a Happy Meal for each of us, and I noticed something interesting and troublesome. The cashier working the counter asked if it was for a boy or a girl. And I remembered we were asked this the last time as well. In fact, it seems all the McDonald’s around here ask that. Even more, it wasn’t just the person taking the order, but when the people brought it to the table (confused because our number matched, but there were no children at the table), they said something like “two girl happy meals?” to us.

Is anyone else kind of infuriated by this?

What, so girls like the purple and pink ponies while boys only like the blue robots? Talk about sexist. This is teaching kids that there are important differences, that they better learn to like what their gender is supposed to like and not like what it’s not. It teaches girls that cute little ponies are for them, but that the seriously sci-fi robots are for the boys. Girls can’t like robots that change into cars?

What, ’cause we’re just not smart in science and stuff? We’re supposed to be all frilly and docile? That we should just play with our little dolls and stay in the kitchen?

And boys can’t like ponies? They’re supposed to be all tough and sciency? They have to play with action figures that are always at war, that they should learn to play fight so when they get older they can be tough and ready for the real thing? ‘Cause, ya know, only pansies and little girls like ponies?

News Flash: Some girls like robots and playing war! Some boys like ponies!

This is sexist. This propagates the idea that it’s girly to like pastel colors and dislike war. It propagates the idea that girls aren’t tough enough to fight or smart enough to enjoy robots. It propagates the idea that kids can’t play the same as the opposite gender.

SOME BOYS LIKE MY LITTLE PONY!

SOME GIRLS LIKE TRANSFORMERS!

McDonald’s, please stop pushing gender stereotypes on us, okay? Please.

And now I’ll step off my soap box.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Confederate Monuments Being Removed

Hi everyone!

In case any of you have been living in a bunker somewhere and aren’t aware of it, all across the US there have been protests recently around confederate monuments, either for their removal or against. In some places this has been small, others large, and in some cases very violent. Some of us are all for their removal, but there are some who say they should stay.

Those who want them to stay say they represent southern heritage, or that they are simply showing the history of the country, even if it is a bad history, and should stay as a reminder of that. Yet others are racists and use them as a sign of what they stand for, or even slip to almost worshiping those depicted.

Those of us who support their removal feel they are not only symbols of a violent and painful past, but more importantly symbolize the dehumanizing industry of slavery, as well as the racism that existed then and which still exists to this day. These statues being displayed in public places like they are only glorifies the people depicted, and it promotes the beliefs of those who are depicted. That should not happen in a country like ours.

As to the argument that some make that removing these statues would be erasing history I can only say that I personally do not want to erase history, I want to put it in perspective. I want it in a museum, where it can be shown in a way that can really drive home how horrible and awful some of these people were. We can’t ignore history, but we can put it in context. These should be displayed in a way and in a location that does that. These people were not heroes, even to those who live in the south. Instead they were men willing to go to war against their own country, willing to die or kill even their own brothers, for a cause that was so horrifically inhuman that I literally cannot fathom how a person can believe in it.

In a museum you can talk about tactics of the generals, and how they out-commanded their Union counterparts in many battles. You can talk about their lives, their history, and how they came to serve in the confederacy. But do that in a museum. Do that in a place where you can show the truth and let people make their judgements, not in a place where they are glorified.

These monuments were not erected as monuments to proud people who stood up to fight for their states against an invading army. Most were not even erected directly after the war as a way to honor their dead, even though they were wrong in their beliefs. They were mostly erected during later times, when laws started being passed to force segregation, or later still as a backlash when civil rights laws were finally being passed. They were put in place, mostly, by people supporting racism. They were put in place specifically as a rallying point around that awful point of view. How can we allow things like that to stand in our country?

So if your city has a confederate statue, please contact your city leaders and ask that it be torn down or moved to a museum, to take it out of the place of honor. Whatever their reasons for being displayed originally, they’ve become a sign of the racists and white supremacists, and they need to go away now.