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Realist Theories and The Global Arms Trade

Posted in blog, elections, general, news, opinion, politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by thelongshot
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Check out the video @ ablongman.com entitled, “The Global Arms Trade”

Realists see and concern themselves with how the world actually is, as opposed to idealists who focus on factors other than pure power to achieve positive international relations. Two examples of such factors include morality and international organization.

So called realist theories are in effect in the video “Global Arms Trade”, leading to a continuous global arms race between nations escalating military power and spending based on the actions of enemy states. This is an unusual way to reduce arms globally, which most leaders say is the ultimate goal.

The United States has the most powerful military force in the world. But just like the old adage goes, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. And I believe that invading Iraq in 2003 was extremely irresponsible with regards to international relations. Before this, America was seen as the watchdog to the world. Along with allied forces we were there to protect sovereign nations under attack. Then on September 11, 2001, everything changed. After the attacks on 9/11 we could have drawn on the compassion from our neighbors as well as the hostility towards Muslim extremism and built a real coalition of nations against brutal and unnecessary violence. At times violence must be incited to reduce the overall amount of violence, but the invasion of a country  based on very little factual intelligence was a tremendously egregious mistake that America will suffer through for years to come. Nations that once viewed America as the watchdog now see us as nothing more than the neighborhood bully, targeting and attacking anyone that we don’t like and anyone who doesn’t like what we do. It is unfortunate however the treaty was created to minimize civilian casualties in the event of war not to minimize the arms themselves.

This is one of my biggest issues with our country today. How can we as a nation tell other nations they do not have the right to develop and own certain weapons or technology, yet we are privileged enough to create these weapons and sell them to whoever we see fit? Can we not see how this causes a negative outlook on our leaders all over the world? This fuels the Muslim extremist agenda and further gives legitimacy to their claims. It creates a wider and deeper pool for these terrorist organizations to recruit from. The aggressive militaristic power-policies backed by the Bush administration, I believe, was a stark difference to what the founding fathers had in mind when they enabled the President to preside as Commander and Chief of the armed forces. It is a delicate balance of military power with an objective of not being seen as an imperialistic expansionist. It will be an incredible next fear years in American politics to see if President Obama can continue to turn the country back in to a reputable force once again.

P90X Day 6

Posted in blog, diet, fitness, football, general, p90x, sports on September 8, 2010 by thelongshot
Ryan's P90X results Day 6

Ryan's P90X results Day 6

Another Shoulder and Arms workout with P90X. What an extreme workout! Love the Side Tri-Rises and Chair dips. Love to feel the burn in my arms. I’ve attached a day 6 photo and will continue to post updated photos along the way. Here are some other stats for the past week of working out.

I have gone from 140 pounds to 144 since September 1.

I went from 10.2% total body fat to 9.6% since September 1.

My energy level is getting better throughout the day and actually have the stamina and energy to go running with my dog.

P90X is for real! I’m not getting paid to tell you this, but I have never found a workout routine that can whip you into this kind of shape. I honestly feel every muscle in my body working to the extreme, and they love every minute of it!

Granted the workouts can be intimidating for those who are not used to such an intense workout, or even those who just weren’t expecting something so extreme! But stick with it and you will see the results you want and you will love the way you look. I know I know I should get through the first 90 days before I endorse the product right? Maybe so but like I said in just a week I feel results already. I just can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and P90X all over again!

Classes begin.

Posted in blog, fitness, football, general, sports with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by thelongshot
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Another semester is here. New classes, new learning experiences. Whatever.

Just another semester or two and I will be done here in Gainesville (thank god).

I know you have to be sick of my Gainesville bashing, but it’s true. This place really does suck. Everyone seems to be superficial and is so intertwined in their own little world they can’t see outside their bubble. It’s a shame because there is so much life bustling about , yet I feel like I am alone when I walk these streets.

I’m just a few blocks away from Ben Hill Griffin stadium, I should be going to a few games so that should be fun. I live one street over from sorority row, so I guess that I really can’t complain that much. I digress.

Football season is rapidly approaching. It’s looking a little worrisome for my New York Giants who seem to be struggling to find their identity since the departure of Michael Strahan. And then there was Tiki Barber’s sudden bombastic announcement mid-season of his wish to retire to enter the exciting world of sports  broadcasting. Ooh La La. The team hasn’t been the same since. We do have a new defensive coordinator that looks promising, Perry Fewell could be the longterm man for the job. We’ll see Monday October 25th in Dallas when the G-Men take on the Cowgirls. If we can hang with Dallas’s Defensive line and make plays then we can play with the best teams in the league.

So I’m taking International Relations, Introduction to Humanities, Integrated Algebra, and Fundamentals of Speech. Going to be busy the next few months. Work with me here!

Re: PURE STUPID

Posted in blog, general with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by thelongshot
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Response to PURE STOOPID… by Ryan C Stith

Ryan Christian-Harris Stith It seems we’re bankrupt because of laziness on the part of not only politicians but our citizens as well. We are the ones responsible for holding elected officials accountable. All of these are great sound bytes but the fact is if we go back far enough we were all “illegal aliens“. I’m sure Native Americans would have offered social services to the incoming Europeans too, had they not been raped and pillaged by our ancestors that now claim “right” to this land. We have to go back further than two-hundred years to understand why our government is so backward.

And now for the #1 reason our nation and economy is bankrupt……. DRUM ROLL PLEASE>>>>>>

$750,156,530,883 (and counting) spent on an erroneous war in Iraq brought on by fear mongering in Washington, and laziness on the part of our people to ask the tough questions BEFORE we start bombing cities.

Verify at: http://www.shawnkross.wordpress.com/

PURE STUPID…

by Prince Eric Edward on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:38am
WHY is the USA BANKRUPT?

Informative, and mind boggling!

i mean this is pure STUPID!

people in other countries are executed, put in hard labor camps, or deported for entering a country illegally.

in the ol’usa the weak government and current presidential line up will do nothing to fix this. they will however ridicule the people of AZ for trying to fix a real CRISIS! while they chase down sick piggies that have the flu and spend retarded amounts of money PROTECTING us from them….

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt..0.HTML

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML

9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC%20RI%20PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn..com/TRANscriptS/0606/12/ldt.01.HTML%C2%A0

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify at: http://www/..rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14.. ‘The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States .’
Verify at: http: // http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml %20w.drdsk.com/articleshtml

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Lauren Renee Zimmerman Dang… these numbers are ridiculous.
May 26 at 10:31pm · Like ·
Doug Long don’t worry, we’re too big to fail! lol
July 23 at 5:16pm · Like ·
Prince Eric Edward Yeah right….its a sinking ship…
July 23 at 5:23pm · Like · 1 person ·

Alone In This World

Posted in blog, general with tags on August 28, 2010 by thelongshot

Am I the only one out there that feels like they are wandering through this life aimlessly all alone, even with masses of drone-like people surrounding.

Yoga X time!

Posted in blog, diet, fitness, football, general, p90x, sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by thelongshot

It’s Saturday, and I am about the do my Yoga workout. Do you want to know more about P90X? Let me know. I officially begin the P90X Training program on September 1st. I am just getting my body in the habit of such an extreme workout. If you don’t know about P90X yet I suggest you check out the website at http://www.beachbody.com/p90x.

Football tryouts for the Florida Falcons are coming up in just a few weeks. I really have to be prepared. If anyone in the Gainesville area wants to play some football or workout, then hit me up. Check out the Florida Falcons website at, http://www.floridafalcons.org

Until next time.