Does anybody else feel utter sadness and despair looking at this art piece from Jiyong’s Peaceminusone Exhibition? For me, the smiley faces have the complete opposite meaning. They sort of represent a front that Jiyong puts up on a daily basis just to maybe get through the day. It saddens me so much to think of it like that but that’s what it seems like. Also, the fact that each sentence starts with ‘I’m trying to’. As in, he’s trying so hard and that he feels that is all he can really do, just try. Just try to stay happy and stay motivated and inspired. That things that people say about him do affect him and do bring his mood down from time to time and that is when he returns to this mentality. Of making sure that no matter what, in the end, he always tries to stay positive and uplifting. This piece is absolutely heart-breaking. And there’s so much irony in the fact that this was shown in the JTBC newsroom segment from today when he spoke his mind and people once again decided to bring him down for it and manipulate his words. 

And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world that have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Belgium has freedom. 207 sovereign states in the world, 180 of them have freedom. Yeah you, uh, sorority girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know and one of them is, there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, one hundred and seventy eighth in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the twenty six countries combined, twenty five of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are a member of the worst, period-generation-period-ever-period. So, when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons; we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest, we built great big things, we made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the worlds greatest artists and the worlds greatest economy. We reached for the stars Acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because great men, men who were revered, informed us. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

—  Will McAvoy (Newsroom)
Catherine Cortez Masto Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2016

Contact: (702) 530-3482, Press@CatherineCortezMasto.com

Las Vegas, NV – Today, along side Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and former Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, former Nevada Attorney General and Democratic candidate for United States Senate Catherine Cortez Masto endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in Las Vegas. The endorsement comes nine days before Nevada’s February 20th First in the West Presidential Caucuses. After the endorsement, Cortez Masto released the following statement:

I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for President because she is the champion Nevadans need fighting for us in the White House. Hillary is committed to ensuring middle class families are able to get ahead and stay ahead. She knows that we cannot sustain an economy where people at the top continue to prosper while wages for working families continue to flatline. And while too many in Washington are focused on ideological battles to defund Planned Parenthood, Hillary will focus on what Nevadans want: comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work, and preserving a woman’s access to basic, affordable – and at times life saving – health care.

When she launched her candidacy for President, Hillary came to Nevada and immediately focused on comprehensive immigration reform – highlighting an issue that is a centerpiece of her campaign – and an issue that is deeply personal for me. My grandfather emigrated here from Chihuahua, Mexico, and because of his hard work – and the hard work of my parents – my sister and I were the first in our family to graduate from college. Everyone should have that opportunity to succeed – here in Nevada and across the country.

In the Senate, I hope to work with President Hillary Clinton and members of both Parties to solve problems like a broken immigration system, paycheck discrimination, and stagnant wages. In contrast, my opponent, Congressman Heck, is part of the problem in Washington.  Congressman Heck opposes comprehensive immigration reform, opposes a woman’s right to choose, voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood, and voted three times against ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work. I’m running for Senate to solve problems, and I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton because unlike many Republicans in Washington, she is committed to solving the challenges Nevada families face.”