Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Open Letter to Nickelodeon

July 19th, 2011

To Whom it May Concern:

This letter is in regards to your tv programming, not your website. If this is not the place to address this, please either forward this complaint to the tv programming department, or let me know where I can send this letter so that it reaches the correct persons.
I am a father of four, who is trying to teach my children personal responsibility and also teaching them to live a moral life where they practice abstinence before marriage, and complete fidelity after. I have always assumed that I can trust Nickelodeon to provide wholesome programming for my 8, 6, and 4 year old chihldren. Over the past few months, I have noticed a steady decline in the quality of the programming on the Nickelodeon channel. My children like to watch iCarly, SpongeBob, Big Time Rush, Victorious, and a few other programs. I have been increasingly disturbed with the subject matter on iCarly, Victorious, and Big Time Rush. It is constantly about kissing, dating, love, and more later-teen material. I understand that these shows are more geared towards the tween groups and teenagers, so I have decided to not allow my children to watch those shows. On Sunday, July 17th, my children were watchin "The Fairly Odd Movie" and I walked into the room and was appauled at what I saw. A commercial from www.jamster.com came on where it encouraged children to text their name and their "partner's" name to a given number to receive their "perfect baby name". At that point I was beside myself. I would expect that commercial to play on an adult pay-per-view station, not Nickelodeon. I am disgusted by your choice of advertisement to small children who are impressionable. You are advertising promiscuity to 8 year old children. I will no longer support your station. I am blocking it from the channels that my kids are able to watch, and will be sharing this everyone that I know of this occurance via online social networking so that more parents are aware of what your station is promoting. I cannot support a station that is promoting sexual activity to young children, and I will warn all other parents that I come in contact with about what I have seen. You may be a subsidiary of MTV, but you are also a station geared towards children, not adults. I for one am completely disappointed in most of the subject matter that I see on your station with the exception of a very few shows. I hope that you will reconsider your audience and your responsibility to provide age-appropriate programming and advertisement in the future. Until that happens, you have lost a customer.


Barry R. Zundel
Father of four young children.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Spiders and Stupid Science

America's Most Feared Spider to Expand Reign Over North America "If the projections are correct, by 2080, perhaps only 5 percent of the spider's current range — which extends from Kansas across to Kentucky and from Texas across to Georgia, including the states in between — would remain suitable for it. However, climate change could make portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska and South Dakota habitable to the spiders."

Let's take a look at that statement again. This is typical of environmentalist scientists:

"IF the PROJECTIONS are correct, by 2080, PERHAPS only 5 percent of the spider's current range...would remain suitable for it. However, climate change could make portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska and South Dakota habitable to the spiders."

So let me get this straight: You are using projections that may or may not be correct made from an unproven and inaccurate climate model, to predict what conditions will be like almost a century from now, all because you want to know where a spider's habitat may or may not relocate to? And it took you 4 1/2 years to come up with this conclusion?

Who is paying for this? I'd like to have a word with them.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The dumbest idea EVER.

I still can't believe that I am reading this. How is it that some of the leaders of our country can truly believe that this is okay? Taxing us for every mile we drive? Did they ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, we have to drive far because we can't afford to live closer to the place we have to commute to? Or perhaps it is because we don't want to live close to our place of work because it's located in a bad part of town. Ugh.

This is absolute tyranny at its best. The government tracking your every move, and then taxing you for it. Why don't we hear more about this? Why don't people stand up against this?

Democrats still trying to push new mileage tax « Hot Air

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Comment On Bullying...

First of all, let me say that I think bullies are some of the weakest people on the earth. They prey on the weak, the peaceful, and the gentle because they know that they won't fight back. I think it's deplorable. Kids who do it have some serious problems, and society just tells them that it's okay. I think all violence is deplorable, but lest we forget, there comes a time when defending yourself does more good than bad, and can become a necessity. This bully obviously had done this before, and had been successful. Somehow in his mind, he had come to the conclusion that he was bigger and stronger than another boy 3 times his size. Probably from bullying him before, and getting no response. The bullied kid did the right thing in taking the first hit. I applaud him for letting the bully attempt to hit him multiple times, and attempt to block the attacks. Finally, he quickly and efficiently puts the attacker in his place and reminds him where he stands...at the bottom of the heap.

Now, a personal experience with bullying. I was in junior high, and I rode the bus every day. I was relatively tall (5"10" in 9th grade), but I weighed about 90 lbs. I was all skin and bone. One of my best friends and I would sit in the back together every day on the way home from school, which in the mind of another kid on the bus somehow meant we were gay. He was a year younger than me, shorter, but a little heavier. He and another kid would sit in the seats in front of us and taunt us the entire way to and from school every day. Now, I have two older sisters that absolutely loved to bug their younger brother (I'm sure I did the same thing to them), so I was used to the constant taunting. I feel like I'm pretty thick skinned. So for months, we just took it in stride, and tried to ignore them. The bus driver, Janie, saw all of it and would try to get them to stop, but they just wouldn't. One day, I was getting off the bus in front of my house, after a ride of taunting, ridiculing, and as I passed this kid, he shoved me from behind, making me stumble. I quickly got up, turned around, and stared at him. He sat up a little straighter, as I looked at him, and he snarled, "What!?" Every part of me wanted to take him down right then and there. But I was always taught to turn the other cheek. So I did. As I turned away and took a step down the aisle, he jumped up and yelled at me, "Faggot!" That's when I snapped, if you could call it that. I quickly wheeled around, pulled my fist back, and gave him a swift and hard punch right between the eyes, bending his glasses and bloodying his nose. He immediately reeled back screaming in pain, and I slowly turned around, walked down the aisle, and got off the bus. The bus driver said to me as I left, "You shouldn't have done that. But I don't think he'll bother you anymore." He didn't. He didn't have his parents call the Principal. There was no suspension, and there was no legal problems. It was two kids working things out, and being allowed to do so. In fact, from that day on, he was a little nicer to me, and eventually, we were in some of the same classes in high school, and became decent friends. I respect him for who he became.

I've never held any animosity towards him, and I don't think he has towards me. We solved the problem right then and there, quickly and effectively, and we moved on. Yes, violence is wrong. Bullying is wrong and deplorable, and is a real issue. Not every situation is like mine. But this example and the example in the video point to one problem that we have created for ourselves - the removal of consequences from our actions. This bully truly believed that he could punch this kid at will. He knew that he would not be held accountable for his actions. So he acted with that knowledge. If he knew that if he tried to punch this bigger kid, he'd get pummeled, he probably wouldn't do it.

Just like that we have created a society where we prevent people from having to deal with the consequences of their actions. We reward bad behaviors by shielding people from the bad consequences. I believe that we will find that our society will begin to heal itself of so many maladies that it is plagued by today if we allow the idea of "reap what you sow", or "you get what you deserve" to actually be practiced.

After this incident, I don't think the bully will be bullying anymore, and I don't think that the bullied kid will get bullied anymore. On the one hand, the bully learned that maybe, just maybe, he should be nicer to others, and the bullied kid learned that he can be in control of his own destiny, and gained a bit of confidence in himself.

But that's just my opinion.