A MinD in MoTown

Please leave a message after the tone.
July 7, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Just whatever

What the hell are you still doing over here? Everybody else left long ago… It’s true. This blog is no more.

But hey, on the bright side, you can find the lovely blogger Mindy over at Behind the Byline now. So scoot on over there asap. I’m serious. Get your ass in gear and go read what awesomeness she’s been spewing lately.

Nope. Not here.
June 9, 2010, 10:59 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Just a friendly reminder that I moved… You can now find me at Behind the Byline. So mosey on over. Now. Like, right now. Immediately.

Seriously, what are you waiting for!?

Drumroll please…!
June 2, 2010, 9:13 am
Filed under: Yet another girl in the blogosphere

After two months of anticipation – on my end anyway – the time has come to finally debut my new blog. That’s right, “A MinD in MoTown” will be no more as we give way to …

With some MAJOR help from LiLu*, “Behind the Byline” was born on Memorial Day and I’m 110% ready to transition onto my own domain! So change your subscriptions – yes, all three of you, please follow me over! – and click the link above, and find out the whole story behind my latest bloggy adventure.  =)

* Really, there was no way I could do it without her, so thank you immensely hun!

Moving on up.
May 27, 2010, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Yet another girl in the blogosphere

Within a week – I hope – “A MinD in MoTown” will be no more. After more than two years here*, it’s time to call it quits and move up into the big leagues.

That’s right, my own domain.

And with that domain comes a fresh look at yours truly. Will I be staying the course, sticking to my over-opinionated blog rantings and the constant sharing of interesting news items? Of course. But I’m also hoping that the new site provides readers with a bit more insight into the person behind the words. No, that doesn’t mean I’ll be sharing the details of my day-to-day life, but at least offering little tidbits here and there.

With that said, I’d love to know what those four of you who might regularly read would like to see. Is there something I could be doing better as a blogger? What kind of postings do you wish I’d write? Do I complain more than necessary? Ha. I would love for everyone to be honest – yes, I can take constructive criticism – and tell me what changes I could/should make as I dive into this latest project. After all, this blog-relocation probably provides me with the best time to do so.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more information about my new space on the Internets. As soon as it’s ready to roll out, I’ll be sure to let you know!

* And I just realized I never even celebrated my blogoversary nearly two months ago… Oops!

Tuneage Tuesday — “The Curse of Curves”
May 25, 2010, 9:27 am
Filed under: Tuneage Tuesday

“I’ve got the gift of one-liners and you’ve got the curse of curves.”

I adore this song! I was familiar with Cute Is What We Aim For, but when I found this particular tune via Pandora, I became an actual fan. Not only is the music very catchy and right in line with the genres I most love, but the lyrics are pretty sweet, too. I recommend checking it out and maybe take a moment to let me know what you think!

Doing it, and doing it, and doing it well.
May 24, 2010, 10:09 am
Filed under: Bullet points provide an easy way out, Getting my RANT on

If there’s one thing I undoubtedly do best it’s complain. That’s right, I am an all-star when it comes to whining about anything and everything under the sun. And right now*, here’s a lovely bullet-point list of what I’m finding most bothersome this moment:

  • How many times do I have to mention how DISGUSTING it is to clip one’s nails IN PUBLIC before change occurs? It’s gross. And the LAST thing I want to hear in this newsroom as I’m typing away at an article is the clip, clip, clipping of each fingernail. Go to the damn bathroom or wait ’til you return home this evening. DO NOT flood my eardrums and my sanity ten times over as you make sure pinky-to-pinky is adequately smaller.
  • I hate cell phone ringers. It’s true, I do, and I’m pretty certain I’ve said this before. And when your phone rings repeatedly, I contemplate 1) killing you or 2) breaking your device into a million pieces. Perhaps you – yes, you in the otherwise-silent newsroom – should change it to silent asap. Just a thought.
  • Tipping $3 on a $57 bill may seem like a wise decision to you – who doesn’t like a nice round number in their checkbook? – but it’s not exactly courteous to your super-awesome waitress who stayed after closing-time because of you, ran after you with the cell phone you left behind and then ran after you again because you forgot your child’s sippy cup. $3 = unacceptable.
  • Whoever invented “employee training” sucks. Watching crappy videos as a first-time hire is part of the gig, but must we reiterate these same concepts annually? Office ergonomics, I get it, I do. That doesn’t mean I would like a yearly pop quiz about it.
  • I’m quite annoyed by the way 96.1 The Beat‘s Next AM Mayhem Superstar contest (that I applied for) turned out. That, however, is a posting all in itself, so stay tuned for Part 4 of that saga.
  • I loathe “weekend-update” blog posts. If you post one, it will be marked as read without a single glance from my direction. I’m sort of sorry. But hey, at least I’m honest.
  • I recently bought a new phone via Sprint and canceled my Verizon service after some major discontent with that particular provider. Weeks later, yesterday, I come to discover that Verizon charges you through the end of your service cycle regardless of when in that cycle you depart. I may have canceled my plan on April 29, but I was billed through May 7. My words to the customer service rep, “So what you’re saying is that if I join a few days before a new cycle begins, my plan is prorated and I pay for those days of usage. But if I cancel the plan, it’s not prorated and I still have to pay through the end of the month?” She replies, “Yes. It says that in your contract.” LAME SAUCE! These damn companies always find a way to get you in the end.
  • Five minutes before leaving the apartment for work this morning, my boyfriend decides it’s the opportune time to tell me his grandmother and mother will be coming by our place later in the day. I had little warning, and little opportunity to clean. Arriving late to work wasn’t an option, so they were likely thrilled when the door opened to our humble pig sty abode today. Ugh. So glad I had ample time to prepare…

Now, why did this ranting have to occur? Well, you see, I can only take so much. Isn’t that true for all of us? And sometimes I absolutely have to turn to this blog in the hopes of purging myself from everything I find incredibly irksome before I bust wide open with emotions I’d prefer my newsroom never witness. So thank you, my dear readers, for allowing me these few minutes of complaining at its finest. Time to finally take that much-needed deep breath. ::Insert breathing here:: Le sigh.

* This isn’t scheduled to post ’til Monday morning (I don’t like when others blog multiple times per day, so why would I force that upon my own readers?), but I’m writing it in the afternoon of Thursday, May 21, just so we’re all aware.

Ripped from the Headlines: Vol. 6
May 20, 2010, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Ripped from the Headlines

Typically I attempt more light-hearted news under “Ripped from the Headlines,” but we’re veering in a different direction this time. Why? Well, a few articles I’ve recently stumbled upon almost require a closer look simply because of their nature. And what kind of journalist-blogger would I be if I wasn’t the one to highlight these particular news items?

Nun at St. Joseph’s Hospital (in Phoenix) rebuked over abortion to save woman

A Catholic nun and longtime administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix was reassigned in the wake of a decision to allow a pregnancy to be ended in order to save the life of a critically ill patient.

The decision also drew a sharp rebuke from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, who indicated the woman was “automatically excommunicated” because of the action.

Upon reading this brief snipit, what do you immediately imagine? I see the nun being physically present at the woman’s abortion and providing her consent. But that’s not the case whatsoever. Rather, the nun acted on a hospital board and was one of several people whose opinions ultimately decided that the abortion was crucial toward saving the woman’s life.

But does the Catholic Church have any leniency? None whatsoever. Despite hospital standards – I will note it was a Catholic hospital, so I understand the conflict, but still… – specifically stating that, in some cases, abortions can occur to save a mother, apparently this instance did not fulfill the requirements. Personally, I would assume “imminent death” to be a pretty good reason.

Would they prefer the woman died? Would any of those individuals truly have been happier had she passed away instead of the infant? I bet not, yet Catholic officials in Phoenix were optimistic rather than truthful, saying they hoped both would survive. Don’t they recognize that maybe, just maybe, the mother’s death would have come sooner than nine months and that baby would have died anyway? Sometimes faith isn’t enough and medicine needs to intervene.

The article also doesn’t note whether or not the other members of this hospital board were reprimanded, meaning it’s both possible and plausible that the nun was the only one to receive such harsh punishment for her split-second decision. Excommunicated? I’m sorry, but even in Catholicism, that seems a bit extreme.

Second-grader asks Michelle Obama about new immigration law

During a visit to an elementary school in Langley Park, Maryland, to promote her anti-obesity campaign, first lady Michelle Obama faced a tough question from one second-grader.

“My mom said that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers,” the second-grader said when Obama called on her.

Quite an insightful second-grader, huh? I rarely delve into political topics – other than gay marriage, obviously – on my blog because I tend to feel as if my knowledge about such subjects isn’t enough to provide a thorough comment. However, in this case, I’m willing to make an exception.

The full scope of these new immigration laws may elude me, but I know the basics and I know that government officials in Arizona are acting quite unethically in their pursuit to rid that state of illegal aliens. I also know that some people, those in politics especially, aren’t looking at the faces and families behind these acts, which is quite unfortunate. You watch this video and read the words of this young girl whose mother is, obviously, here illegally and you feel for her – a child who, to some extent, believes her parent might be taken away from this country.

Do I see anything wrong with people relocating to America from other countries and nations? Not in the least bit. After all, we are a land built on immigration. Do I believe these individuals should do so legally and responsibly? Of course. But there has to be a more ethical, honorable way of ensuring this rather than simply stopping anyone who might look slightly different than Caucasian and sending them away if they don’t have the right papers. How much time do you think this little girl’s mother has before she’s deported because of what this youngster said? Sadly, I doubt there’s even much time left as I write this sentence.

Gay couple sentenced to maximum 14 years in Malawi

A judge sentenced a couple to the maximum 14 years in prison with hard labor under Malawi’s anti-gay legislation, and crowds jeered the two men as they were driven from the court house to jail Thursday.

Clearly Malawi is a land very different from our own. We’d be ignorant not to recognize that fact, first and foremost. But it’s one thing to ostracize individuals based on their sexual preference. It’s quite another to implement harsh jail sentences. Like one commenter in the articles says, will 14 years behind bars, 14 years of hard labor, truly force these men into reconsidering their sexual preference? I think not. At the same time, this country is not my own and their laws are written as such, demanding a prison sentence for acts of homosexuality. Who am I to sharply criticize a land I’m entirely unfamiliar with? Now, this doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to, but really, it wouldn’t be right.

I can provide remarks about the ridiculous nature of those who commented on this Yahoo! article, though. The completely closed-mindedness of these people causes my stomach to turn. Among 3,400 comments, there are people quoting the Bible, noting the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, commending Malawi for being “better” than America in its judgmental ways, so on and so forth. I was so disgusted reading these comments – yet also a bit intrigued by people’s complete lack of compassion – that I had couldn’t continue my perusal. Deplorable would be a perfect term to describe many of the statements made by people who would never state them in reality, but can easily do so when concealed behind a pseudonym. How easy it is for such individuals to bravely stand behind a computer and spit out their “righteousness,” yet cower when the moment arrives to confront the topic to a gay man’s face.