Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nous Sommes Paris

In Paris on Friday, November 13th, one of the worst terror attacks, and most violent attack in France since WWII was executed. With 132 people dead and nearly 300 more hospitalized, people all around the world are in mourning. The attacks consisted of three teams of terrorists and six separate incidents including suicide bombers at the Stade de France, shootings at popular restaurants and bars, and the deadliest attack, at Bataclan, a concert hall, in which around 80 people were killed and at least 180 injured.

These horrific acts have left the entire world shocked. President Obama saying, "We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people."With Isis claiming responsibility for these actions, many are worried about what is coming next. President Francois Hollande of France claiming, "We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless."Does this mean yet another war?

No one can really know what will happen next, but what is for sure is that France is receiving overwhelming support. All over the world, messages of peace and support for France have flooded social media outlets. Monuments from New York to London, Brazil to Australia, and many other places are lit up in blue, white, and red to show there support and prayers for Paris. When Paris tuned there lights off, the rest of the world turned them on.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tarantino Unchained?

While marching in New York City last month for a rally against police brutality, Academy Award winning director, screenwriter, and producer Quentin Tarantino called police "murderers." Tarantino, famous for his affiliation with particularly violent films, such as Django Unchained and Kill Bill, criticized the use of excessive force by police saying, "I am a human being and I have conscience, and when I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and the murderers the murderers." Tarantino, a man who is the opposite of subtle, has created a mass amount of controversy with this statement.

Tarantino protesting police brutality 
This bold statement comes in the wake of an increased amount of innocent deaths resulting from police brutality, reaching nearly 400 deaths in 2015 so far. His statement, seemingly valid, has angered the police force across the nation. In reaction to Tarantino's statements, police in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have called for a boycott of Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. The president of the Los Angeles Police Protective Unit said in a statement, "We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes and encourages attacks on us."  

Police fear that statements like Tarantino's will hurt their reputations when in actuality, there own actions hurt their reputations. It is not that all police use excessive force, and it is not that all police are bad people, the real issue here is the reason why rallies and protests against police are necessary. The fact of the matter is that police brutality is serious problem and many feel as though nothing is being done to end it. Perhaps the answer is more restrictions on guns. Perhaps the answer is a change in society. Whatever the reason, it is people like Quentin Tarantino, people willing to stand up for what they believe in, that help aide our society in addressing such societal flaws. Do you have an answer to end police brutality?

For more information, check out these shocking examples of police brutality

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Best Halloween Treat

- from Sophia's Mom-

All around the country on Saturday night, there were kids sprawled out on their bedroom floors doing the big candy sort- the old lady candy (Baby Ruth's and Health Bars) in one pile to give to your parents, the keeper pile (Skittles, 3-Musketeers) to be eaten immediately, and the trade pile (Twizzlers, Snickers) used for bargaining with your siblings or friends. This is the currency of Halloween- how you know if you had a good Halloween or not.

My love for Halloween is not so easily sorted out- I am not really sure why I enjoy it so much- but I always really love Halloween regardless of my candy haul.

I think my great love for Season Decor has a lot to do with loving Halloween. Like most things, I blame my mother for this. She is the queen of all Seasonal Decor, as evidenced by her full basement affectionately called "the prop room". Chock- full of the oddities of decor for all holidays, it was a wonderland of Halloween decoration happiness that now resides at my house- when Halloween time arrives no corner is safe from pumpkin adornment.

I think the permission to wear all black and sparkly make-up is another key selling point for me on Halloween. I pretend that I have a costume party to go to later, so that it's not too weird that I am in costume answering the door. I'm always a witch, but a different one each year- I'm sure that has some deep, psychological significance that I will never know about.

I also really like getting to know the neighbor kids, and the sense of community that Halloween facilitates. How often do all your neighbors ring your bell and not have anything else but Trick or Treat to say?

I think in the end it's really not that complicated. Halloween is fun. It's that simple. One night a year, I allow myself to do something just for the fun of it, and that really is a treat.