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The “Empire” Effect

By DKIdea, published on Mar 29, 2015

There has been massive buzz about the new hit show “Empire” and with fourteen million people watching, it is certainly having an effect. It seems you can’t engage in any social media without happening upon a post or tweet about the latest episode. People are watching and talking about it, but what kinds of discussions are they having? Maybe a more important question is what kind of discussions should we be having? If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know what kind of discussion we are about to engage in.

Ratings don’t lie…”Empire” is a hit. The show is heralded as being... (more)

Tags: hollywood, entertainment, society, culture, media, law enforcement, television

Parenting: Role or Responsibility?

By DKIdea, published on Feb 19, 2015

Let me start off quickly and put forth that I think it’s a responsibility, not a role. There is truth in the saying that anyone can make a child, but it takes a parent to raise one. Just to be clear from the beginning, I’m certainly not saying that parents have to be linked to children through biology…I’m simply saying that the process of raising a child is what makes you a parent.

The counter argument is that anyone that has a child, or was part of the biological process, is a parent and technically that is correct, but I’m going deeper…and let me tell you why. This past Mother’s Day,... (more)

Tags: family, children, society, women, parents, men, people

Parenting: Spare the Rod?

By DKIdea, published on Feb 18, 2015

When talking extensively about parenting, the subject of child discipline is sure to surface. It’s been a hot topic over the years and deserves some serious discussion.The question of spanking a child is not easily answered definitively and will continue to be the subject of debate. Core to that debate is the point where spanking becomes abuse. Looking further into this subject, we should also note the point where discipline (non-physical) becomes abusive.

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” is a phrase found in the Bible. Thus the idea that spanking has biblical roots, has already alienated... (more)

Tags: family, children, society, women, parents, abuse, men, spanking

Parenting: Teacher or Santa Claus?

By DKIdea, published on Feb 17, 2015

So it seems parenting has become a recurring theme this month, and why not? Without a doubt, it has to be the single most important job in the world. Everyone alive today doing whatever it is they are doing, was shaped in part, by a parent or the guidance of someone other than themselves. What we teach those that will inherit the Earth will determine what kind of world future generations live in.

Speaking of teaching, is this not the second most important job in the world? Without starting a rant into how important teachers are and how serious we should be taking the curriculum... (more)

Tags: christmas, family, teacher, children, society, women, parents, men

Viewer Discretion Advised

By DKIdea, published on Feb 1, 2015

Television can be very entertaining, fun…and sometimes even educational. Much of the time though it’s just a tool to push the latest in propaganda and although it may not seem like it, some of those thirty second advertisements are downright dangerous. Let me clarify that last statement…they’re dangerous if you don’t pay attention to the information stream creeping into your brain.

I haven’t researched the statistics about how many people pay attention to commercials, what time of day the most attention is paid, or how many people, overall, are influenced by them. I do know that tons... (more)

Tags: business, society, alcohol, drugs, insurance, advertising, television, rewards, pop culture

For the Flag

By DKIdea, published on Jan 31, 2015

Every so often I examine some innocuous event in my life and am often rewarded with greater wisdom and insight, not only into myself, but in the world in which I live. Although I describe the recent event I’m about to discuss as “innocuous,” at the time it was very much perceived differently by mostly all that bore witness.

While driving along here in Massachusetts, a loud pickup truck passed by with a rebel flag decal on the back window. I was returning from food shopping with some family and, being Americans of primarily African descent, the reaction to the flag decal was…interesting.

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Tags: germany, america, racism, society, philosophy, native american, union, flags, confederate

The Good Guys Don’t Wear Badges (Part 3)

By DKIdea, published on Jan 25, 2015

The fact that I had to write a “Part 3” to this topic is extremely disheartening. I have always known, and spoke about, an element that exists within the police departments of America that has eroded trust and garnered fear when dealing with the public. To say the police are out of control is becoming an understatement. They seem to be operating by an entirely different set of standards, sanctioned by the powers that be, to enforce their will…regardless of the law.

The narrative now is that they care nothing for the lives of young Black men. The truth is even worse…they care nothing... (more)

Tags: police, society, police brutality, eric garner, michael brown, john crawford, tamir rice

The Broken System

By DKIdea, published on May 31, 2014

I hear people complain about the government all the time. I’m a frequent complainer myself as I’m astonished daily with the incompetence and outright contempt those administering order seem to have for the people. Understand, I’m not anti-government, I’m anti-bad government. I’m anti-ridiculous abuses of power. I’m anti-doing the same things that aren’t working and expecting them to work the millionth time around. I’m anti-not trying to fix a broken system.

I can understand if you throw your hands up at the idea of fixing the system, after all…it seems like such a monumental undertaking.... (more)

Tags: politics, america, congress, political, republican, government, democrat, independent, rand paul

Dear Facebook…

By DKIdea, published on May 12, 2014

Social media has changed the world. I can’t say if it’s been changed for better or worse as that depends on your personal experience with it. What I can say is that some of the stuff I’ve observed has given me pause to consider if people can generally be a bit more responsible when using it. Understand that this post is going to be purely opinion driven, but if people can use social media to vent…then I can use this blog to share my critique of their observed venting.

Now I’m not going to spend too much time talking about those folks that have turned Facebook into their own platform... (more)

Tags: facebook, relationships, entertainment, dating, social media, funny, people, diary

Who Do You Trust?

By DKIdea, published on May 12, 2014

Life is amazing and I find it interesting, insane, and sad (all at the same time) that there seem to be so many people, willing or not, living in the role of “sheep.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know everything and don’t claim to know any more than the next person, but I believe myself to have a small amount of practical sense that I use to reach good reason.

I suppose the opening paragraph is the answer to the question of this post…for me. Who do you trust? I trust myself. I trust I can figure some things out and that in doing so, my decisions will reflect intelligence. Recently... (more)

Tags: health, drugs, trust, politicians, corporations, fda, pharmacy, human interest, sheep, gmo

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