WordPress/Comment Response

WordPress/Comment Response

This is a really quick response to everyone asking me how I created this blog.

I use WordPress. However, I’m not quite knowledgeable on it. I’m very blessed to have a wonderful brother, who is a website designer and he created this site for me.

I’m sorry that I can’t give any advice.

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments! I really appreciate you all reading my blog!

Cheers,

Sarah

Netflix Review: Spotlight

Netflix Review: Spotlight

If you are looking for a new movie to watch on Netflix, I highly recommend the 2016 Oscar Best Picture, Spotlight. Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, the film follows the behind-the-scenes look at 2001 Boston Globe report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The film starts off a bit slow. It actually took my boyfriend and me some time to get invested into the movie, but I promise you it picks up. So keep watching.

It becomes interesting when you see why this movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and that’s for one reason the story itself. While yes the acting is superb, the greatness of this movie doesn’t lie within the acting. No, it’s about the importance of having freedom of press, and the importance of reporting the truth even when it’s going against one of the biggest intuitions in your area.

The film reveals how intuitions can control and manipulate our judicial system, and the judicial system is something that should not be able to be corrupted (even though we all know it is). It goes beyond the basis of the horrific crime itself to the reason why people in power get away with these crimes.

The film really makes you stop and think. For me it made me think about religion. For others it could be about the government. Either way, it’s a must see.

Movies are not always about the huge explosions and the action scenes. Movies can be used to spread powerful information in an effective way, which is exactly what this movie does. It’s important to watch films that make you contemplate the world around you. This is why I encourage everyone that the next film you watch for movie night be Spotlight.

 

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Taylor Exposed

Taylor Exposed

If you are anywhere near the internet, you will have heard that Kim Kardashian posted Snap Chat videos of a phone call that allegedly happened between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. A phone call where Kanye asks for permission for the line about having sex with Taylor Swift one day.

First facts: Taylor said she never gave permission for that line “I made that bitch famous.” The video does not show Kanye telling her about that line. Second it was reported in June that Taylor Swift’s rep said, “Taylor Swift never denied that conversation took place.” Also, “Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard.” As you see Taylor did not lie about not having a phone conversation with Kanye, and the videos do not show Kanye telling her about that line. So in actuality, Taylor did not lie. She was not exposed a liar. Side note: I thought it was interesting how every video magically cut off when Taylor responds. It’s pretty unclear what she says the whole time. While the video does paint a great image of Kanye. (Remember who posted it).

However, the internet is filled with tweets containing the hashtag #TaylorExposed. While I believe that singer was not exposed of anything, people seem to disagree. My theory: Haters are gonna hate.

It’s human nature to feel jealousy towards someone. We all have insecurities of who we are and because of that we feel the subconscious need to put someone down. Celebrities are the biggest targets. They are wealthy, gorgeous and successful. The three things that our culture values most, which is a whole other topic. Taylor Swift has all three. Not to mention she has dated every available attractive man. So needless to say, it isn’t shocking that people hate on Taylor Swift. However, this doesn’t make it right.

Taylor is just a human being like you are. She has insecurities and fears like you do. Imagine if everyone had to see every flaw you had and then be able to publicly criticize you for that. While I do say that it is a choice to be famous, it still doesn’t make it right. I’m in no way saying Taylor is perfect, but why point it out? Why hate on someone who you simply do not know? You might be not a fan, but then don’t buy her music. You don’t need to attack her.

I mean that is what’s wrong with this world. We are so filled with hate. We post photos to show our support of horrible tragedies that occurred. Saying how can someone hate so much, but while showing how loving and supportive we are. Then turn around and post awful, hateful words towards someone else. Name calling, and soul bashing. Don’t people see the hypocrisy in that? (side note: Everyone is a hypocrite. Including me). Yes, killing dozens of people is quite different than posting a tweet, but it is still hate. Words have power, and hateful words can lead to actions of hate. Maybe it’s about time to stop hating everyone, and start loving yourself.

If anything we should gather from this feud, is that it’s time to stop judging other people’s lives. We aren’t the judges, nor are we qualified to be. Leave the drama between the two girls, and don’t fuel the fire.

Love not Hate.

Work Cited: Platon, Adelle. “Kim Kardashian Says Taylor Swift Approved Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Line, Swift Reps Say That Is ‘Incorrect'” Billboard. GQ Magazine, 16 June 2016. Web. 18 July 2016

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The End is Near for Game of Thrones

The End is Near for Game of Thrones

Wow! What an episode Game of Thrones aired this evening. If you haven’t watched it, beware of the spoilers in this post. Also, if you haven’t watched it, go watch it right now!

Let’s start off with that epic beginning. Cersei showed her true ruthlessness by not only killing the High Sparrow and all his followers, but also everyone that came to that trial. Including, the beloved Margarey and Loras Tyrell. I must say I held more of a sadness with the loss of Loras over Margarey. Loras went from suffering, to being forced to confess, to being killed. Just a really bitter situation for him.  Margarey at least was able to live in somewhat luxury before dying.  Either way, their deaths made me dislike Cersei even more. However, Cersei got her punishment when her last child, Tommen, killed himself. But wait did she get her punishment? It seems that Cersei has fully given into her dark side as she took her place on the Iron Throne. Leaving no real impression that she is broken by the death of her last child, which brings up the question on what we can now expect from the current Queen.

Let’s just hope Dany gets to Westeros before any real damage is done. Unlikely, because well this is Game of Thrones. This leads me next to Danenerys and Tyrion. Anyone else get the impression that Tyrion might have developed feelings for Dany? Maybe I read too much into that scene between them. However, I do believe Dany’s segment was foreshadowing to an event happening towards the end. Her getting married. My hopeful theory is that she will marry Jon Snow. Especially, now that it has been officially confirmed that Snow is the offspring of Lyanna Stark and (probably) Rhaegar Targaryen. If you remember, the Targaryens only married each other. So Jon and Dany have an even more reason to marry now. One can hope!

Jon might actually find himself on the throne by the end of this, if he can survive Little Finger. Jon being hailed the king of the north, which put an even bigger target on his back. A target placed by Little Finger himself. Let’s hope Little Finger isn’t able to murder the king this time around. My hopeful prediction: Sansa will kill Little Finger before he is able to kill Jon Snow ( I keep saying hopeful, because with Game of Thrones you really can never predict anything good).

It has become obvious to me that the ending of the series is insight. It is no surprise that the producers have come out and said that the last two seasons will be shorter. My theory: Next season will be Dany conquering the Iron Throne. The final season: The battle between the humans and the White Walkers. In the end I hope Jon and Dany sit together as a married couple, ruling the Iron Throne.

 

Photo from: independent.co.uk

Gun Laws – How Many More Deaths Until We Get It?

Gun Laws – How Many More Deaths Until We Get It?

Sadly, America experienced another mass shooting on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  49 people were killed and 53 injured. According to massshootingtracker.org, this is the 176th mass shooting in America this year.

Honestly when I read this statistic I thought this can’t be right. So I did further research and it does seem to be accurate. The reason this significantly large number of mass shootings might be surprisingly to most is because most of these shootings haven’t bought in a large number of deaths; like the shooting in Orlando. However, the shootings are still significant to say the least.

Mass shootings have become a serious concern in America today. We are now terrified to go out anymore. Personally, I feel a sense of fear in a movie theater. I’m constantly keeping attention to who is around me, and what is happening. Environments with large crowds are frightening; especially, when that environment does not have good security. Americans have become afraid, and that is unacceptable. So how can we improve things from here? How can we minimize the amount of shootings happening every year? How can we make Americans feel somewhat safe again?

This brings me to my main point: How is that someone can still buy automatic guns?

I have heard the opposing view points and I’ll be real with you, most are flawed.

First, the second amendment gives me the right to have a gun. Okay please stop using the 2nd amendment as a valid reason. The second amendment was created for the sole purpose of having a Militia. When this amendment was made there was no standing army; unlike the one we have today. During the time the second amendment was created, Farmer Joe would need to pull out his gun to go help fight in the war. Now we have professional soldiers. Civilians do not need to use their guns to fight the nation’s wars. Therefore, there is no need for the second amendment anymore.

Second, hunting is too important to give up. My boyfriend is from Wisconsin and he has informed that hunting in Wisconsin is like another religion there. There would be days in school taken off just for hunting season. While I disagree with hunting, I can understand the importance of it for others. This being said I do not feel like someone needs anything more than a rifle for hunting. Rifles are much different than an automatic weapon. Rifles are much larger and harder to conceal. They are also harder to shoot a mass amount of people at faster rate than automatic guns. There is no need to have automatic weapons to go hunting.

Third, I need a gun to protect myself. Okay first off there are way more shootings that happen accidentally, because someone needed a gun to “protect” themselves than someone using a gun in self defense.  In my opinion, there is a greater chance of someone being harmed by their own gun (or parent’s gun), than a person carrying a gun breaking into that person’s house. However, if people feel like they really want a small hand held gun to protect themselves than okay (compromise). If this is the case though, than there needs to be way stricter gun laws. A person should have yearly psych evaluations, must be required to go through safety courses, and own a secure lock and case for their gun. A person should not be able to own a gun without fulfilling these requirements, and honestly this isn’t too much to ask.

Lastly, criminals will find a gun anyways. News Flash: Typically mass shootings are not caused by a criminal. We aren’t really looking at criminals here. We are looking at people who appear to be an average person, going in and buying a gun than killing tons of people. They aren’t the local gangster down the street. So in terms of mass shootings, I find this reason to be incompletely invalid.

So this is what I am proposing: Stricter guns laws, and rifles and hand held guns only. I think this is a pretty good compromise that would hopefully help the situation a little bit.

To sum it up, mass shootings need to stop. Too many lives have been taken for us to sit by and do nothing. Even if new gun laws prevented only one mass shooting, wouldn’t it be still worth it? Isn’t one person’s life worth saving? I think so, and I hope people do too.

Photo cred: peaceread.org

Vote, Vote, and Did I Mention Vote?

Vote, Vote, and Did I Mention Vote?

“Not voting, because there is no one to vote for,” My friend on SnapChat during the Republican primaries in Texas.

As long as I’ve known my friend she has always taken a great interest in politics. We have spent countless nights debating over policies and social programs. However, this is the first time I have heard her share her discontent for politics, and she isn’t alone. I’m finding this to be a common topic among my friends and colleagues that they do not want to vote, because of the choices out there. While I disagree with this statement (I like a few candidates), I still find the reason to be absurd.

It’s extremely important to vote. Especially,  if there is a candidate that you 100% do not want to see as President. If you do not vote, you are increasing the chances of that person becoming President. This is because those who want him or her, have less counter votes against them. I mean it’s easy to say your vote won’t make that much of a difference, but if everyone started saying that then it would, BUT EVERYONE’S VOTE DOES COUNT.  It’s like the saying every dollar counts, and so does your vote.

Furthermore, it’s crucial to make your voice heard by voting in the upcoming elections. I mean that’s why we live a democracy. So don’t let our Founding Fathers down.

So do some research and decide who out of the candidates would make the best President. Even if they won’t make the perfect President for you, there is still someone who you will find to be the better candidate.

 

 

Ben is Engaged to…

Ben is Engaged to…

 

*Warning Spoilers*

 

Well the Bachelor finale happened tonight, and we finally got to see who Ben chooses. I must say I looked up who was going to win in the beginning of the season, but during this finale I wasn’t sure. I thought what I read was wrong, because it looked clear that JoJo would be the winner. He seemed to be surer of his feelings for her than Lauren. However, the rumors were true and Ben proposed to Lauren B.  I was quite happy. Like I have said before, JoJo seemed more like a best friend, rather than a soulmate and I guess Ben agreed. Also, they really do seem to be in love (I hope it stays that way).

During the finale, I cried and got angry all in the span of two hours. Man that finale was full on emotional rollercoaster. The time I cried was when Lauren started crying during the end of their date. It really seemed like he was saying goodbye to her, and my heart broke. Lauren really seems in love with him. I wanted her to win, and I cried at the chance that she might not. As for when I got angry was when Ben dumped JoJo (I know I’m all over the place, like Ben). I wanted to slap him for JoJo, and I was hoping she would. He completely led her on, and it was messed up. JoJo really trusted him with her heart, and he made her believe she could. It was not cool. Thankfully, JoJo will get her happy ending, because she is the new bachelorette!!

I am so excited to watch JoJo find love next season! She seems like a great person, and deserves a great guy just for her.

 

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Trump Is Not the Godly Choice

Trump Is Not the Godly Choice

Recently, I have seen on Facebook my fellow Christians discussing how Trump is the “godly” choice, and honestly this makes me completely disappointed with my fellow Jesus lovers.

First of all, I really don’t think there is a “godly” choice when it comes to presidential candidates. I believe that we all have our own sets of political beliefs that one is not favored by God. However, every election we try to use God as a voting reason. Like we all know who God would vote for (umm no).

Second of all, I would say what Trump promotes is the opposite of who God is. Trump promotes a country filled with hate, while God is the definition of love. God literally loves us all so much that He sent His Son to die for us. Even those who persecuted Jesus, they will were still loved by Him. So why do people think that a man who wants to build walls to keep people out, can be a God given candidate? God doesn’t build walls, He built a bridge. A metaphorical bridge that connects us ALL (not just Americans) to Him through the love of Christ.

Not only does Trump want to build a wall, but he makes hateful, racist, and sexist comments. If you don’t believe me, read below the quotes said by Mr. Trump, himself.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapist…” (side point: the lovely people from Mexico that I know are not like this at all. Actually in my church we have plenty of God fearing Mexican church members).

“If I were running ‘The View,’ I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'” (In the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How Rude!”). 

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (Everyone who is a woman, or has a daughter, a sister, a mother, should be offended by this).

“You could see there was blood coming out her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.” Trump talking about Megyn Kelly.

Discriminating against someone for the color of their skin, or where they are from is hateful. Calling someone names, and judging them for their appearance is hateful. Saying a woman, who asked you tough questions, clearly must have been on her period is sexist, and hateful. It’s hateful to everyone. So how can you say that this candidate is the choice of God? Everything I have every read in the Bible, and everything I have ever known about God is the opposite. God is not hateful. He loves everyone. Including, Muslims, Mexicans, and women.

So to conclude: if you want to vote for Trump that is your choice, but don’t bring God into it.

 

Sources:

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/550112/donald-trump-quotes.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/donald-trump-quotes-22-offensive-things-said-republican-front-runner-2329011

Picture from: telegraph.co.uk

Now There is Four

Now There is Four

*Warning Spoilers*

 

Tonight on The Bachelor, it was a hard one to watch. Probably because all the crazies are gone, and now we actually feel for every girl on the show. There isn’t a clear villain that we can root for to be kicked off. Personally, I don’t want to see any of the contestants get hurt. Sadly, this isn’t “Sister Wives,” but the Bachelor.

The episode began with a one-on-one date with my personal favorite, Lauren B. The two clearly have a strong connection, and they were both so cute with those kids. Side note that half-court shot by Ronnie was amazing!

Next it was Jo Jo’s turn. They went to my dream city, Chicago. I must admit the date was pretty cool, but it was also pretty boring. I think Jo Jo is a fun girl, but I’m not a fan of them together. She seems more to be of a best friend, rather than a wife. At least, when it comes to Ben. We will find out soon if Ben agrees.

The group date was so uncomfortable. Especially, when Becca tells Ben that if he doesn’t feel the same way to just tell her, and not to blindside her. Seeing his facial expression caused me to think the end of Becca’s time on the Bachelor was near. Sadly, it was. Becca got what she asked for him not to do and was blindsided tonight. Along, with the rest of Bachelor Nation. Poor Becca.

Anyone else think they were featuring Becca so much tonight as a way to prep her to be a contender for the next Bachelorette? #BeccaforBachelorette seems to show that people thought so too. If fans continue to push for Becca, we might get to finally see Becca find love.

Oh and let’s not forget about sweet, Emily. That awkward one-on-one date with Emily was so painful to watch. I mean I had to leave the room when Emily was talking to Ben’s Mom. I just wanted to scream at her, and say “STOP TALKING!” In her defense, she was clearly just nervous. It’s hard meeting the parents. This didn’t seem to faze Ben’s mom, who was not a fan of Emily’s nervous talking. Ben made it clear that his mom’s opinion was the only opinion, when Ben sent Emily home. Emily does seem too young for marriage though, so I did see his mom’s point.

Overall it was a tough one, and it will probably only get harder.

P.S. Can I just say how entertaining Jo Jo’s hometown date looks to be? Jo Jo’s brother isn’t having Ben. Can’t wait to see what happens.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Since today is Valentine’s Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate all the celebrity couples that make us feel all sorts of love.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are the definition of relationship goals. They are funny, goofy, hot and have great style. Not to mention the adorable looks they give each other on the red carpet that make us swoon.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are the ultimate power couple. Both are successful in their careers, with Beyonce being one of the most popular singers of our generation, and Jay-Z a huge rap star. Together their net worth is $1 billion dollars. Also, they are kickass parents to their adorable daughter, Blue Ivy. They make us strive to have a dynamic marriage like them one day.

Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi laugh their way into our hearts. The hilarious talk show host brings laughter into our homes every day, and her wife isn’t shy to laughter either. Portia stared in the award winning comedy Arrested Development. Portia and Ellen make us jealous of all the jokes they must share together.

These love stricken celebrity couples make even the cynical grouch a softie for love on this Valentine’s Day.