It’s been a while since I posted an update about a project I’m working on…so here’s an update about a project I’m working on. For the past few months, I’ve been creating a web series with Jon Braylock, Kyle Kolich, and Ramy Youssef who make up the comedic team of Inside Joke Films. I have had the honor of working with the trio before, but this web series, called Uplifting Dystrophy, is by far our biggest and most ambitious work to date. The premise of the series is simple: Jon tries to get me to a party, but always fails because my disability gets in the way.
The reason why we are going all out on this is because we hope it will open the door to a future in acting and writing. Because Jon and Ramy are represented by the talent agency 3 Arts Entertainment, we know that somebody will see it and we hope that with the right person, this project can go as far as being turned into a TV show.
Here’s where I need your help. We have until February 20th to raise $10,000 for our budget, which will be used to pay for equipment and a film crew. Unfortunately, if we do not reach our goal, then we get absolutely no money, no matter how much has been raised. So, with this, I humbly ask you to donate to my project. No donation is too small and all are put to great use. Again, if our goal is not met, then we get nothing and it’s coming down to the wire. If you can donate, I would really appreciate it. If not, another way to help is to share the link, whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.
This project is very dear to me and could very well be the gateway to my future. I thank you for any and all help.
Web series/donation link: http://igg.me/p/315635/x/1616939
Once again, the topic of gun control has been brought to the forefront to be debated in American society. Time and time again, this debate has risen when an event like that seen in Newtown, Connecticut, only to be swept under the rug and forgotten. However, this time may be different. This time, change may finally happen.
If anybody has seen my Facebook posts or Twitter feed after the incident, then you know that I have been vocal about gun control, but I wanted to collect all my thoughts and arguments here. To say that this is ONLY a mental health issue is foolish. Yes, the perpetrators of these horrific acts are mentally ill, but mentally ill people should not have access to guns. No licensed seller would sell a weapon to someone who is found to be mentally unstable. On top of this, the weapons used in mass shooting are used for just that, maximum damage. With this, here is what I believe needs to change so we can prevent more of these tragedies:
-Ban on assault weapons: This one is easy and I would like to believe that the majority is with me on this. Simply put, no average citizen needs a weapon designed for military use and war. No average citizen should have that kind of power and destruction. You want a firearm to protect yourself and your family, fine. But you do not need an AK-47. After a school shooting in Australia in 1996, all assault weapons were outlawed. There has not been a school shooting since. There has been a ban on assault weapons before and American society didn’t collapse. There is absolutely no reason why the ban cannot be reinstated.
-More background checks: In America, it is easier to buy a gun that it is to adopt a pet, obtain a marriage license, or purchase a car. This needs to end now. Most of the time, guns are bought online, where forty percent of buyers are not subject to a background check. It should not be this easy to buy an object whose sole purpose is to cause harm.
-Stricter gun laws: How can something so deadly be so lax with the law? Buying a gun should be a process similar to buying a car and getting a license. There needs to be a multitude of tests to pass. You should have to pass a psychiatric exam to show that you are competent enough to own a firearm. The United Kingdom has very strict gun laws and has had only thirty-nine deaths by guns so far this year, compared to over eleven thousand in the United States.
Those against gun control say that these arguments are useless and will not do anything. Someone intent on inflicting harm will still break the law. Yes, probably, but that does not mean that we should not try. People willfully break traffic laws, but they are implemented and enforced because they make the roads safer.
I would like to close by saying something about the Second Amendment, which was ratified in 1791. During this time, it took an average of fifteen seconds to load one bullet. Now, multiple rounds can be fired in under one second. Also, the newly created America had just defeated the British, who were bent on getting revenge. Because the country was so new, there was no formal military and the only people who were prepared to fight in the event the British returned was the militia. The Second Amendment was written so those fighting an impending invasion would be ready, not so you could shoot a burglar with a semi-automatic rifle.
Let’s be real here for just one minute. The government is not going to take your guns away. It did not happen when Barack Obama was elected president and it will not happen now. There are way too many trigger-happy people in this country. Also, we will not be invaded by a foreign enemy. What country would invade America, the country with the biggest military in the world? And what really cracks me up are the delusional gun clingers who say that they need guns because it is their right to overthrow the government if it gets out of control. Yeah right. Good luck fighting against Seal Team Six.
But you do not want to talk about gun control now? OK, that’s fine. I will just wait for the next mass shooting. Or the one after that. Because events like this are inevitable and if we can prevent just one from happening, than we have made change. If not, then we have failed ourselves, this country, and the victims of every mass shooting. Quite honestly, it makes me sick to continue to have the right to easily purchase and own a gun meant for war at the expense of innocent lives.
I am writing this post because I have had a lot of thoughts building up to the election, which is poised to be one of the craziest and most important in recent memory, and the past four years of the Obama administration. This post is purely my opinion and mine only. If you want to attack or criticize me then go ahead.
I try to stay as bi-partisan as possible. I do my best to look at both sides of all issues, but it’s been pretty hard to do so these past few years. The election of Barack Obama has shown America’s true colors. Some people voted for John McCain (and intend to vote for Mitt Romney) because they were either too ignorant or immature to vote for a black man to be president. People have burned and lynched Obama in effigy, reminiscent of the horrors seen in the South just sixty years prior. Racism wasn’t dead in America, it was just dormant, and the election of ’08 was the awakener.
The election of President Obama has also brought out the sheer insanity of some people. The fear and paranoia of these nut jobs was laughable at first, but now just downright sad and pathetic. First, was the lie that he was born in Kenya, which for some reason was still perpetuated even after he produced his long form birth certificate. Then, it was alleged that Obama was going to send the UN out and go door to door to take away everybody’s firearms. Next, it was told that he was going to set up “death panels” that would ration health care for the disabled and elderly. The list goes on and on.
But the real travesty has been the members of Congress, the same members of Congress that were elected by us to serve us. Never before has the office of the presidency of the United States of America been disrespected and sabotaged by a political party like this. During an address to Congress, a congressman interrupted Obama by shouting “You lie.” Before the midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he and other Republicans would to what they could to make sure Obama is a one-term president. House Republicans resorted to holding bills hostage, such as the bill that raised the debt ceiling (something Bush did 7 times and Reagan did 18 times). When Obama tried to get his jobs bill passed, House Republicans took the time to instead vote on other, inconsequential measures, such as reaffirming that our national motto is “In God We Trust.”
Is Obama perfect? No, of course not. I’m not afraid (or delusional) to admit this. At the beginning of his presidency, Obama had a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. He failed to close Guantanamo Bay and address gun control when he had the perfect opportunities. Most recently is the incident at the embassy in Benghazi. But can any president be expected to bat a thousand throughout his entire term? No, of course not.
There are those out there who argue that Obama can’t run for reelection on his record. Here’s a list of accomplishments for those naysayers who may have forgotten: Saved the economy from entering a depression, rescued the automotive industry from total collapse, instituted health care reform (insured up to 30 million more, no more preexisting conditions, free preventative screenings, stay on parents’ plan until 26), student loan reform, repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, killed Osama bin Laden. That’s just off the top of my head.
Then there are those who say that Obama has not done enough in his four years as president. Well how could he when those across the aisle refused to cooperate? How can anything get passed when every bill was filibustered? Even when he was willing to compromise, it still wasn’t good enough.
Heading into this election, it seems that the constantly asked question is “Is America better now than it was four years ago?” When presented with this, Obama haters say, “Absolutely not. He is the worst president ever. We can’t afford another four years of Obama.” Really? Have things been that bad? They make it sound like there is chaos and anarchy everywhere. These are the same people who act like everything was great on January 19, 2009, but it all hit the fan at 12:01 PM the day Obama was inaugurated. Not only are jobs being constantly added, but the unemployment rate is under eight percent. Yes, the deficit did go up, but you can’t ignore the fact that the previous administration paid for tax cuts, a prescription drug plan, and two wars with borrowed money.
So, I have a few questions for those who have been against Obama since day one and never gave him a chance. First, how come he hasn’t come for my guns yet? Did they come to my house and I missed them? I mean, it’s been four years, surely that was enough time. I even had cookies ready for the nice UN inspectors. Second, how come Obama hasn’t killed my grandma yet? During the health care debate, everybody told me that the next time my grandma got sick he was going to kill her. Maybe he felt compassionate because I’m in a wheelchair. Either way, I feel bad for everybody who had their grandmas killed by Obama. And third, if Obama is reelected, will the next president also be an atheist Muslim communist socialist fascist Marxist terrorist from Kenya? Something tells me he won’t.
You can vote for Obama. Or you can vote for Romney who has swapped positions on just about every issue. Or you can vote for Gary Johnson. We should probably all vote for Gary Johnson.
I’m mad. Want to know why I’m mad? I’m mad because Amanda Todd committed suicide…and everyone won’t shut up about it.
Now, hear me out before you attack me. Do I feel sympathetic that someone resorted to suicide because they were bullied? Of course I do. But I personally believe that committing suicide is selfish. Take a minute right now and think of all your friends and family that love you. Think about how hurt and lost they would feel. Anybody that says that nobody cares about them is too caught up in the moment to truly notice. And before you say anything, yes, I was bullied growing up. I would come home from school and playing with my friends and cry just about every other day. But committing suicide? That was the farthest thought in my mind. I wanted to punch the kid in the middle of his smug face.
But why has this reached an epidemic-like status? Bullying has been around forever, so why are teens now going to the extreme? I think it’s because they’re weak and soft…and it’s all our fault. Whenever bullying is mentioned, whether in school or on TV, there’s always a process on how to deal with it, and it’s a long list. First, you tell a parent. Then, a teacher. Then, your friends. And you can’t forget about the guidance counselor at school. But the bullying continues and you alerted everyone you were told to. So now what? Well, here’s one option…ignore it. Not even fight back, just be the bigger and better person and walk away. Why do we as a nation only focus on telling kids and teens who to tell and neglect to put emphasis on self esteem? Whatever happened to telling kids and teens that they are special and shouldn’t let a group of horrible people get to them? Instead, we make these troubled youth go through a system that usually makes the situation worse.
Let’s be real. Teens commit suicide every day as a result of bullying. But why do we only focus on the Amanda Todds and Tyler Clementis? Why doesn’t the news report every suicide during the evening news and why do social media outlets bombard you with tribute pages and trending topics of only a select few? It seems that cases like these have the “Kony effect.” What I mean by this is that everybody at once stops what they’re doing, likes a fan page, puts up a couple hashtags, wears a certain color shirt to school and “Look at me! I’m making a difference!” Wearing a purple shirt to school because ONE gay teen, or a pink shirt because ONE girl who was bullied committed suicide only does a disservice to everybody else who suffered the same fate. Want to really make a difference? Then wear pink, or purple, or whatever color Facebook decides, EVERY DAY because this happens EVERY DAY.
*REBLOG THE LIFE OUT OF THIS POST UNTIL SUNDAY*
I’m going to get right to my point…I’m trying to win a brand spankin new wheelchair van and I need your votes. Oh, and voting ends Sunday :D
I could give you a sob story telling why I need this van, but that’s just not my style. Basically, the one I have now is unreliable and cannot go long distances. In fact, I’ve spent almost more money on repairs than I spent to buy the van. If I win this van, my friends and I plan on taking it cross country to visit our friend who is moving to Los Angeles. Of course, we will document our adventures and hijinx.
All I’m asking for is your vote and to reblog this post and share it with your friends. You don’t have to buy stickers or t-shirts to help me out, just vote and share. And use promo code 797.
EDIT: OK, I lied. Thanks to the watchful eye of my sister, voting ends this Sunday, May 13th. You know what that means? MOAR VOTES AND MOAR REBLOGS!
If you found out you had exactly one year left to live, how would you spend it? Would you travel the world, visiting ancient and major cities? Would you complete a Bucket List of things you have always wanted to do? Or would you go to raves and get drunk?
It seems that frat college students and immature high schoolers have adopted the mentality of “you only live once.” Normally, I would support wanting to live life to the fullest and having no regrets. Unfortunately, these children have misconstrued this into thinking that the only way to live life is to get obnoxiously drunk and going to black light parties with music that is used as medical tests to induce seizures.
This past week, the Barstool Blackout Tour visited Montclair, home to my college, Montclair State University. Before the show even began, the venue was shut down. What ensued was an outdoor frat party that included fights, alcohol poisoning, and people biting each other. Nothing says “I’m really looking forward to tonight” like throwing up in the middle of the street and biting the first guy that walks past me.
Now, there are many aspects of this that really make me uneasy and enraged. First, look at the name of the show: Barstool Blackout. The whole point is to get so drunk that you don’t remember anything. I’m sorry, but I just cannot wrap my head around this. You want to have fun…but you don’t want to remember it. Kind of defeats the whole purpose if you ask me.
Second, is it really necessary to go to multiple events like this? There are people who follow this tour and go to every show in their area. This is the frat version of the McRib.
Third, stop with the Facebook statuses and Tweets about how drunk you got and how hungover you are and how much you just threw up. Why would you want to share something like that with the entire world? It’s disgusting, completely unnecessary, and incredibly unattractive. It seems that the drunker you get, the worse the hangover you have, and the more you throw up makes you “hard.” Because you better not be “soft.”
I understand you want to have a good time. However, most people just do not know how to have a good time without alcohol. When someone throws a party, everything stops and the only thing that matters is drinking the most and being the drunkest so everyone will look up to you. But, when there are no parties, suddenly the town sucks and there’s never anything to do. Trust me on this one, there are many more things to do on a Friday night than play beer pong.
Yes, you only live once. You should not spend it getting drunk and belligerent and making a complete fool of yourself. You can call me “soft” or “tarr” or whatever word high schoolers are using this month, but don’t come crying to me when you need a liver transplant. Despite having muscle and heart disease, in twenty years, I’ll be healthier than all you suckers.
Edit: No more than two hours after I posted this blog entry, I saw this Tweet: Life’s so good, please enjoy it. End up every night with your heads in the toilet. #WeUpAllNight #YOLO.
The defense rests.
It’s March, so you know what that means…it’s
March Madness the MDA Muscle Walk! For those who may not know, the Muscle Walk is one of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s biggest fundraisers, and it is held throughout the country. One of the largest is held at the Prudential Center in Newark, and includes all of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The purpose of this fundraiser, and all others run by the MDA, is to raise money to help those affected with Muscular Dystrophy. Money raised goes to many things, including paying for medical equipment, doctors visits, and sending kids to summer camp. Funds are also reserved for ongoing research to find a cure.
With all of this, I humbly ask you for a donation. Any donation you feel comfortable with. I don’t care if you donate five dollars, two dollars, even one dollar. Each and every donation goes a long way. I know this first hand.
If you don’t feel comfortable donating or have any questions, please feel free to message me and I would be more than happy to talk to you. If you do make a donation, please message me so I can personally thank you. We can help those with Muscular Dystrophy, and give them a better life.
No matter your decision, the biggest thing you can do is share this video. Share it on Facebook, retweet it on Twitter, or reblog it on Tumblr. I have made it my life mission to spread awareness for this disease, and I am personally asking you to help me.
Imagine living in a society in which black people are unable to get married to each other. Imagine living in a society in which white people are unable to marry black people. Seems pretty ludicrous. As crazy as it sounds, and it sounds pretty damn crazy, marriage in America was once shaped these ways. In fact, interracial marriage was not fully legalized until 1967. Yes, marriage between people of different races has been fully legal in the United States for only 45 years.
As everybody is aware, a new battle is being fought to legalize same-sex marriage. Opponents say that it is “immoral” and it “redefines” marriage. They say it’s wrong because “the Bible says so.” They say that same-sex marriage would “destroy the sanctity of marriage.”
The arguments against same-sex marriage are the most ignorant, most childish, most hypocritical, and most illogical excuses for “reasons” I have ever heard. You cannot be against “redefining” marriage while at the same time be in favor of redefining what a fetus is, or what a “job creator” is. You cannot use the Bible as evidence because we do not live in a Christian nation.Contrary to what many think, not everybody in America believes in the Bible. You cannot claim that same-sex marriage will “destroy the sanctity of marriage” when a candidate for President left his cancer stricken wife to be with his mistress and is now on his third wife, and when many elected officials have been caught either with a “rent boy” or tapping his foot in a public bathroom.
Same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue, despite what many claim to the contrary. It is a civil rights issue because gay people are fighting for rights that were endowed to them by their Creator. Yes, they were born gay, just as black people were born black, straight people were born straight, and as I was born with a neuromuscular disease. It is because of this that same-sex marriage cannot be put to a referendum for the citizens to decide. Never has a majority granted rights to a minority in this manner. This is called “popular tyranny” and it is inherently undemocratic.
Same-sex marriage is about love. Nothing more, nothing less. When gay people are not allowed to marry, we as a nation are preventing them from loving to the fullest extent straight people have the luxury of. Gay people are forbidden to marry who they love for just that reason, who they love. You know who else makes a big deal over who loves who? Fourth graders.
I am writing this only hours after Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, my home state, vetoed a bill which would have legalized same-sex marriage. Despite this, and all that I have stated before, I am 100% confident that one day same-sex marriage will be fully legalized throughout this country. Civil rights battles are always won by the minority. Always.
Ahh the Grammy’s, the award show that reminds us how terrible and annoying music is today. Need proof? Look at Skrillex, who won three awards before the festivities started. I listened to one of the songs that won an award, and immediately I was reminded of an old dial-up modem. That’s not music. That’s noises layered together to make an incoherent mess. But the night wasn’t all the bad. The show saw the iconic Beach Boys reunite, Sir Paul McCartney perform a few Beatles hits, and a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston. However, the night was ruined by one act (OK two, Nicki Minaj needs to stop. Now.).
Three years after beating up Rihanna before the very same awards show, Chris Brown was invited to perform twice and even won the Grammy for Best R&B Album. Upon completing his performance, Brown was given a standing ovation. This is only the beginning of our failure as a society.
See a mugshot in the paper of a scummy-looking guy charged with domestic abuse and people say “How could he? I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail!” See Chris Brown perform at the Grammy’s and people say “Oh, he made a mistake. Why can’t you let him move on with his life?” If you like his music, then great. To each his own. But he made Rihanna look like she went twelve rounds with Mike Tyson. This is why the statistics on domestic abuse are through the roof, because we as a society choose to give losers like Chris Brown a free pass.
I didn’t think the situation could get any worse, until I took to Twitter, and I’m not talking about the ignorant tweens who didn’t know who Paul McCartney is. Trending on Twitter last night was “Chris Brown can beat me.” I found this incredibly arrogant and appalling for two reasons. First, how would you feel if a guy beat you up? Would you like it? Is that what I need to do to get girls to like me, just beat them up? Second, many victims of domestic abuse feel that it was their fault or that they “asked for it.” What makes this situation so disgusting is that those girls were literally asking for it.
But what do I know? I’m the stereotypical “nice guy.”
By now you’ve probably heard about PIPA and SOPA, the two draconian and Orwellian bills introduced by our wonderful elected officials in the Senate and House of Representatives. In case you haven’t,
pick up a goddamned newspaper let me spell it out for you. The Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act are intended to do just that, stop online piracy. Unfortunately, there’s a catch (there’s always a catch, people). The bills would also give corporations the authority to obtain a court order to shut down any website that has shared or copyrighted content. Basically, they can block any website they feel threatened against. Remember, it’s all about the money, and the two biggest supporters of these bills are the Recording Industry and Motion Picture Association of America (RIAA and MPAA), who have been trying to stop online piracy for years. Why stop piracy? Because it costs them money. I get it. Online piracy is bad, it hurts the artists and producers, and should be stopped…who am I kidding. Long live piracy.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “But what websites could they shut down?” Let me name a few:
-Youtube. Yep, no more cat videos.
-Wikipedia. Looks like you’re going to have to use actual books and encyclopedias. Sucks for you.
-Tumblr. That’s right, your precious Tumblr. All those GIFs you like to reblog? Shared content, and that’s a no-no.
Scared now? Well, you should be. And what is so ironic about this is that the same idiots who support this are the ones who are against internet censorship in countries like China. Well, guess what? If these bills pass, we’ll be one more step closer to being like communist China. But have no fear, for there is hope, and that hope rests in one group…nerds. As you probably saw on January 18th, many sites, including mine, were blacked out in protest. This protest alone caused thirteen Senators to drop their support. Even Speaker of the House John Boehner recanted his support. And people say protesting does nothing.
Oh, and the next time you complain that you couldn’t access Wikipedia? Shut up. Seriously. I don’t see you trying to save the internet.