Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Library Fail

Library Fail by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

This is perhaps the only demotivational poster in which I use my own image rather than one I found on the internet (and considering that my other demotivationals have been removed—or at risk of being removed—for copyright violations, I think this one is safe to upload uncensored on Deviantart).

I recently checked out The Eye Of The World, the first book in the Wheel Of Time series, and was surprised to discover that the book, a fantasy novel part of a series similar to Lord Of The Rings or Eragon, was labeled as a “Western.” Clearly the librarians have neglected to read the book, if not glance at the cover. I guess one could mistake the samurai-like warrior riding horseback as a cowboy, but even then, that would require a great level of ignorance.

Once I’m done reading this book, I’ll try contacting the library and see if I can have this mistake corrected. I’d like to know how they managed to make such a glaring faux pas.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Deviantart: Just Say No To Anarchy!

Just Say No To Anarchy by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

Your freedom to swing your fist ends where someone else’s face begins. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many people interpret freedom as being able to do whatever you want, to live without restraint.

This is no freedom; it is anarchy.

Freedom is not unlimited. One’s individual freedom ends when it violates or threatens to violate another’s individual freedom. Freedom must therefore come with proper and rational limitations.

Consider some of our basic constitutional freedoms:

Freedom of Religion: Does not entitle cults to perform human sacrifice.

Freedom of Speech/Expression: Does not entitle artists to create and distribute nude art of underage minors.

Freedom of the Press: Does not entitle newspapers to print intentionally fabricated and slanderous stories.

Freedom to Petition and Protest: Does not entitle protestors to agitate into a rioting, pillaging mob.

Freedom to Bear Arms: Does not entitle a gunman to enter a government building with an assault rifle with intent to assassinate a public official.

In order to protect freedom, law must be instilled; and it order to maintain law, government must be established. Therefore, true freedom is not anarchy, nor can it exist in anarchy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Concerning The Future Of My Blog

To Whom It May Concern:

Though I have returned from my vacation, I cannot say that I am ready to return to blogging, or at least the form of blogging I have been accustomed to.

A year ago, I was a journalism minor straight out of college who, wishing to jump start his career, entered the blogosphere with my blog “Blame The 1st.” I happily—and naively—chose the name with the intent to assert my freedom of speech with open disregard to what other people thought. If anyone was offended, “Don’t Blame Me,” I would respond, “Blame The First Amendment.” I was willing to follow in the footsteps of other pundits as Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin.

Yet I was never truly outspoken as I hoped to be. I don’t exactly take hate mail well, so I tried to be as non-offensive as I could, despite the namesake of my blog. And as time went by, I never really posted anything substantial, or even original. Most of my posts were rehashes of what I had read on other blogs and news sites—most notoriously NewsBusters. I was seriously questioning my credentials as a journalist, if not a blogger.

I also began to cool down in my politics, or what little I had, as I was never fully engrossed in politics to begin with. I was—and still am—a registered Republican, but I cannot say that I fully support the party and everything it stands for. It’s hard to accept its claims of limited government and fiscal responsibility seriously when—during its eight years in power—it expanded government (i.e.: the Patriot Act) and wasted taxpayer money. Be that as it may, I am far from voting Democrat. True, I never viewed Obama as the communist Muslim Anti-Christ from Kenya—and even to this day I see him less of a threat and more of a failure—but I am far from supporting him and his administration. So as far as politics go, I’m wishy-washy, if not confused.

So what does the future hold for my blog? I never really took it seriously to begin with. I began to see my blog posts as less of a hobby and more of a chore. And, as I said, I never really posted anything of true substance. Am I quitting? No. But I am seriously rethinking my priorities.

What I may do, from this point forward, is continue to create demotivational posters. I always enjoyed creating them, and they always served as good talking points for the mini-essays that followed. Besides, I can’t post them on Deviantart anymore due to copyright issues (though I can still post butchered censored versions on my gallery).

And I will still continue to post the occasional news story now and then—the typical ones that always catch my attention—along with my comments. But as far as being a serious blogger, well, I guess I was never that serious to begin with, and there’s no sense pretending to be something you’re not.

In All Due Sincerity,