Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fundraiser for School

Hey,

Now, it has been really long since I posted anything. I had spring break and also just have not had time to write anything on here. Well this post I am explaining a donationg/fundraiser I am doing with my club at school. The club, La Sociedad Hispanica, is going to try to raise $1,000 by May 1st. The money will be given to Burners Without Burners, a non-profit organization, in order for them to build a cornerstone for one family in Peru. Since, in August of last year there was a devestating earthquake, and now Peru is in reconstruction. One of these cornerstones will provide clean sanitation to one peruvian family. There will be a shower, toilet, and sink hooked up to the city sewage. It will also be a cornerstone, which built with cement and rebars, will provide a sturdy support to build a permanent home on. If you would like to help, please be sure to coment me or send me a message, and I will answer questions that you have, and will tell you how to donate. Thanks!

-Ryan :~)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Non-Profit Idea

Hey,

What's up? I havent been writing much on here lately. I am in the process of bringin the 9500 Liberty documentary and film maker to Radford for a showing of the documentary. I am glad that I am finally getting involved. Also, I am in the process of starting an online dog treat business with my sister (http://www.tailsandales.tk/). But for the purpose of this post , I am talking about an idea that I have been thinkin about a lot today. I work at Goodwill and I know that they get money for melting down plastic and recycling wires and electronics and sort. I have been thinking about an idea of a Non-Profit organization that would collect donated items and paper to recycle and we would then turn around and recycle it for money. Then that money would be saved and sent to a town in another country to help their development. I am not exactly sure where to start, because I don't know how to recycle and get money from it, well not very well at least, also I am not quite sure how I would communicate with another town and be sure that the money would be spent on certin things helpful for development. I have talked to a non-profit called Program for a Better Peru (http://www.betterperu.org/) before about trying to help do something. I have thought to try to team up with an organization like this one to be sure the money would be put to good use. If anyone has any ideas or comments to help me out, please be sure to leave a comment!! You can also e-mail me. Thanks!

-Ryan :~)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nader

Hey,

I haven't really posted anything in a while since my big rant about immigration. But I also figure that no one has read it, because still no one has left comments or anything. I have been sort of in and out of the presidential campaign, because I do not watch tv, but I just learned that Ralph Nader is running. I'm not sayin that I support or not support Nader, but I do respect what he has been saying about having more candidates then only the two, democrat and republican. I have allows thought that a two party system is a flawed system, because it allows corruption (in my opinion). This is just a post to make ya think. Thanks.

-Ryan :~)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Immigration Cont.

Hey,

What's up? I once again am going to talk a bit more on my belief of immigration. At first, I did not believe that the proposed 700 mile long fence along the Mexican- USA border was at all a good idea. I thought that it would be a huge waste of money, and that it would somehow someway be broken anyways. The more I think about my ideas of immigration and this proposed fence, maybe it would be a good idea. Not that I want to keep migration from the USA, but now I believe in order to keep track of the people that migrate, the fence would be a good directional path saying that you must at least go to the right place to do it (also, crossing through the desert is very dangerous). For example, my idea is to have certain places set up along the boreder that people would go to to register themselves in the United States, so that we know who is here and we can finally start keeping track of everyone, instead of having about 12-14 million unaccounted people. Also, the fence would help stop any sort of illegal shipments (not exactly saying I'm opposed to particular drugs or any of that sort) like fire arms and also it would create a more secure United States, since we are prone to terrorism. Unlike before, I now look at this proposed fence as a positive step forward for the United States. But like I said, it should no be used against immigration!

-Ryan :~)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More Immigration

Hey,

How's it going, to all that read this, which I only have had one comment so far and no votes on my poles. Makes me think that I am wasting my time with this blog like I thought in the first place, but I'm giving it a shot. Can't quit too early right?

Okay, so I posted about 9500 Liberty after I watched some of their videos on youtube lastnight. I watched even more today, almost watching them all instead of studying (which I should be doing right now). I believe that first, the film makers are doing a great job at trying to present all the materials pretty much evenly for both sides. I believe that many people bring up great points in the debate, well not exactly a debate, but brought to attention of what they are thinking about the Prince William Board of Supervisors Immigrant resolution.
I am a pretty extremist when it comes to immigration. I do not see why we have our country closed to others when most people that live here would not be here if the country did not allow anyone in in the first place. Everytime I get into this political debate about immigration I think that maybe I should think about being some sort of politician. But who knows, maybe some day I will take that next leap, maybe I won't. I just do not understand how people can say it is originally their country, when the only actual people that should be allowed to say that are decendents of native americans (I say it is my country, but I know that it originally was not my ancestors home country). The colonial expansion era was pretty much a hostile take over in many regions of the world, north america only being one of them, the same could be said about central and south america. Our children learn about this era, but do not learn the negative factors about it until they reach the college level (for example: ME). This is very un acceptable I believe, because they see that it was okay that the europeans just took over the native american's land. Alright, it may have not all been bad, I was not there so I can not say exactly, but obviously it was not peaceful (Trail of Tears).
All I can say is, the europeans migrated here, so why can't people from everywhere else migrate here now?
I could ramble on even more, but I will end it at that for tonight. Thanks for listening, and please just think about what you think is the right thing to do. Goodnight.

-Ryan :~)

Immigration

Hey,

As you all may not know, I am a firm supporter in the illegal immigration movement. It may be considered 'illegal' to us now, but was it illegal when Christopher Colobus or John Smith came over to the Americas. No, they are taught to our children (and me) as our discoverers and heros of the United States past. At one point or another our ancestors immigrated to the land now known as the United States of America, and as you all know ( I hope) the Native Americans were here first. Whether they had a government or not, they lived here long before we have. I do call myself 'American' as do lots of others, even though we are not Native American, and I can not begin to say that I feel for the loss of the Native Americans, but I can say that we as a country can rise up and welcome all. No matter a persons race, religious beliefs, cultural or language difference we are all human beings and this is our planet! So, why consider it an illegal action to come to this country, it should be considered a migration of a people! A century ago, that is all it was considered, and our doors were open. For example, we do not consider the Irish migration as an illegal action by a entire people, hell more than a third of Americans have some Irish blood in them (Jeopardy) if not more.
It is late and I must go to bed. So, I will say more of my thoughts later but here please watch this ( http://youtube.com/watch?v=HyzMOcjITvI&feature=PlayList&p=4D00BB8C9BE37DB2&index=7) and other videos on www.youtube.com/9500liberty

-Ryan :~)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Battery Recycling

Hey,

How's it going? I haven't been doing to much lately, watched some movies about the Incas and Mysteries of Peru. I actually just went and got more from the library about the Aztecs, Mayas and another on the Incas. Call me a nerd, but I love learning bout that kind of stuff!
Well, since I work at Goodwill, we use lots of batteries to test electronics and we also encounter lots of old batteries. I am sort of a 'green' person, so I went online to see how we could recycle these batteries, because batteries include lots of metals includding mercury that leak into the ground from landfills. So, I found a website BatteryRecycling.com that is a business that takes used batteries of all sorts and recycle them. I am going to talk to my boss about doing this, because I believe it costs a bit of money, but not much at all. Well until next time, see ya.

-Ryan :~)