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The United States Part 1: A United State

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A lot has been said and will continue to be said of every time a person picks up a weapon and commits mass murder in the United States.

“The United States” …It really should take on new meaning at this point in the history of this country. For a nation so divided by so many things, the one thing, people seem to want to be so united on is these false presumptions. This idea that in a place so great, the only way to explain a person doing something so heinous is to say they are mentally ill. It’s insulting really. To the truly mentally ill that is.

America is great for many reasons, for many I think the idea of freedom… and freedom of speech more specifically might be chief among those reasons, the right to the personal pursuit of happiness. But the country is also a beautiful and flawed place. A place that needs work. A place that needs its people to accept and admit that it is flawed so they can begin the arduous task of fixing what is broken.

Why do I say that? What does that have to do with mass shootings? People are beings capable of intense love, intense passion in its many forms… and intense hate. People are fully capable of intense violence, no matter where in the world you are. And to accept that is to understand that someone does not have to be mentally ill to commit a great atrocity. The very thought that one requires the other is a naive ideal based in the thought that no one is normally capable of such things. Yet the history of our world is the history of violence.

And yet in the United States… there is this weird …united state. Where people want to believe in their deity and what he/she can and does do and when bad things happen the deity works in mysterious ways but when bad things are done by bad people to good people the bad people have to be mentally ill and the only thing we can afford the affected people is thoughts and prayers. I do not feel and am in no way saying faith is bad. I have my own beliefs but I do stand by the old adage that faith without works is dead.

Sometimes bad people do bad things because they are bad people. Sometimes there is no great complex reason why other than hate or rage. Learned apathy is very real and combined with emotional outbursts or intense hate that festers and is not dealt with in a more reasonable manner, people can choose to do terrible things and follow through on those choices. People have that autonomy. People have that agency. And to naively create excuses for why people do what they do does not help begin the process of fixing what is broken. The math shows what the math shows. The numbers are real, the problem is real and it needs to be dealt with in real ways.

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Real Life Kwik-E-Mart Is Open For Business

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The Simpson iconic store the Kwik-E-Mart now has a real-world location.

The store opened it’s doors on Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store will sale memorabilia associated with Bart Simpson, his parents, Homer and Marge, sisters Lisa and Maggie and the rest of the globally known characters from the town of Springfield.

“This is the first, world’s first authentic Kwik-E-Mart. Every inch of this store is themed, including bringing products to life,” Mark Cornell, senior vice president of attractions development with simEx-Iwerks Entertainment, told WMBF News.

“The products that are on the show, you can actually come and experience in the store first hand. Sort of like getting a taste of the show.” Back in 2007, 7-Eleven converted a few of their chains into small-scale versions of the convenience store as a way of promoting the release of The Simpsons Movie. This newly-opened Kwik-E-Mart offers fans a much more immersive experience that allows them to see (and even taste) what it would be like to actually live in Springfield.

There is also similar version of the store opened in Universal Studios Orlando.

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Snoop And Matt Barnes Team Up For Cancer Benefit

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Snoop Dogg and Matt Barnes continue to help support the fight against cancer. On Sunday, the two stars held the fifth annual Athletes vs. Cancer All-Star Weekend.

Barnes created the nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer (AVC) in memory of his mother, who died just 26 days after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, according to the organization’s website.

“This nonprofit is a community of influencers — musicians, athletes, actors — who come together to bring awareness to cancer but also support families who are harmed by cancer,” said Holly Baird, communications director for AVC. “They provide scholarships, care packages and all-around support for families.”

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush also participated at the event.

“I think everybody here has been affected in some way, shape or form by cancer. Obviously, it’s a nasty disease. It’s taken a lot of people way too soon. I’ve been affected by it, close family members, friends, co-workers, and so I’ve known Matt and Snoop for a long time and they’ve supported me for a long time, so it’s only right that I come to support them.”

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Randy Moss Pays Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

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Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss is now in the NFL Hall Of Fame. Moss stepped to the podium with a tie with the names of victims from Police Brutality.

The tie had the names of including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, and Travyon Martin to name a few.

“What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they’re not alone,” Moss said. “I’m not here voicing, but by [having] these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they’re not alone.”

 

 

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