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Top 5 Reasons To Vote Early

Early voting started today in my state of Texas, as well as in many states across the country. In addition to it being your civid duty, there are other great reasons to get out and vote!

Here are the top five reasons to cast your ballot early:

1.) Early voting helps your candidate’s chances of winning

When you cast your vote early, your preferred candidate no longer has to worry about getting your vote (which can be kind of sad). They will be able to better focus their last-minute campaigning efforts on people who are either undecided or are not motivated to vote.

2.) Early voting means shorter lines

Combine the lines of a Chick-fil-A at noon and an Apple store on the release date of a new product. That’s what lines could look like on election day if we didn’t have early voting. If you don;t enjoy waiting in lines, go out and vote early!

3.) Early voting takes care of all the what-if scenarios

What if you get sick on election day? What if you get a flat tire? What if you have to work? What if someone randomly drops a baby on your doorstep and you now have to take care of this child? By voting early, you can avoid these situations getting in your way.

4.) Early voting gives you time to clear up any errors!

If there is an error with your voter registration, it’s best to find out during early voting when you have more time to try to fix it then waiting until election day!

5.) Early voting feeds your inner hipster

Think about it: Early voting means you get to vote before the masses do! You might as well wear a flannel shirt and a fedora to your polling place.

Find out where your polling place is located by going to your state’s voting information website!

 

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Stephen Perkins Program – Episode 16

I was unfortunately required to address Ebola once again on this week’s program. It’s something I don’t like to do because, with all the misinformation floating around in the world, I don’t want anyone to take a sarcastic comment of mine as the truth.

In addition to Ebola, I talk about the Texas Voter ID Law that was recently reinstated, the controversy surrounding Houston and their subpoena of church sermons, and Rick Scott’s terrible debate performance, all because of a fan.

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Stephen Perkins Program – Episode 15

On the program this week, I give my opinion about Raven-Symone’s latest comments to Oprah Winfrey that she’s not “gay” or an “African-American” – but an American. I then discuss the week’s biggest news, including the death of the Texas Ebola patient, a new poll about millennials and politics, and the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear a same-sex marriage case. All of this and then some on episode 15 of The Stephen Perkins Program!

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Stephen Perkins Program – Episode 14

On this week’s program, I talk about the Ebola outbreak in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as well as why I love Julia Pierson, the former Secret Service Director who resigned Wednesday. I then play my recent interview with Sam Whitfield of NGC media.

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Stephen Perkins Program – Episode 13

On this week’s program, I talk about the resurgence of podcasting and what it means for the future of media. I then went over this week’s news, including the beheading in Oklahoma, Eric Holder’s resignation, the military’s new policy allowing illegals to serve, Obama’s UN speech on climate change, and Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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You May Agree With Obama Politically, But You Can’t Deny This

If you read this blog, my tweets, or listen to my podcast, the two things that I am about to say won’t come as a shock to you:

  1. I don’t agree with President Obama politically
  2. I think President Obama is a terrible leader (a belief I previously wrote about)

I got into a discussion recently with a friend who can easily be described as a liberal about the President and his past 6 years in office.

After discussing various points, I hit them with something I figured they could not possibly repudiate – The President is a poor leader.

Oddly enough, even though this is a president who spends more time on the golf course than the oval office, my friend said the president was a good leader. For proof, he pointed out how Obama was able to pass his signature healthcare “reform”, got rid of “don’t ask, don’t tell, and how he “ended the war” in Iraq (or did he?).

I died a little inside. Did my friend just judge someone’s quality of leadership by citing their accomplishments?

I didn’t think this had to be said, but I guess it does: Someone can be both an effective champion of ideas while at the same time being a terrible leader.

In terms of the president’s record, you can very well praise him for getting health care reform passed, but that’s something he did with a Democratic Congress. It was hardly a test of his leadership. And when it came to ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden, another thing that liberals commonly cite as a great accomplishment, that is something that would have been done by any other president (except for Bill Clinton).

As a leader of his party, he was no doubt instrumental in organizing people to get out and vote in both 2008 and 2012. But he is even starting to slip as a party leader as well. Recently, the Democrats have started to put him out to pasture because they know he is losing his touch with the rest of the American people. In fact, many prominent Democrats up for reelection are now saying that they would rather the president not appear with them at campaign stops. Ouch!

The left can praise Obama for advancing the progressive agenda, but they cannot praise him for being a strong leader.

The fact is, President Obama is a reactive leader, not a proactive one like we need and expect our presidents to be. You can agree with him politically, but you have no choice but to call him what he is – a poor leader for our country.

If you want to read more about Obama’s lack of leadership, read this post I published a couple of months ago.

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Stephen Perkins Program – Episode 11

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks but I am back on the grind, producing this week’s podcast episode for you. To start off the show, I give a brief update on what has been going on in my life recently. I then talk about my time at the Defending The American Dream Summit this past weekend, Governor Rick Perry’s indictment, the controversy surrounding an anti-date rape nail polish, and more!

Also, don’t forget to tune in to the Friddle Show on Tuesday night as I guest-host. The show starts at 9PM EST on The405Media.com. Make sure to follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, and read OUTSETmagazine.com.

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Wait, People Are Actually Against This Anti-Date Rape Nail Polish?

I’ll confess, I have a love hate relationship with the Internet. I love it because it allows me to take quizes such as “what piece of IKEA furniture are you?” But I also hate the Internet because it is full of people who have too much time on their hands. Time that they use to troll and stir up controversy. Last week, we learned of a group of four students at North Carolina State University who had enough of the date-rape epidemic. To combat this ever growing issue, they invented a nail polish that changes color when it detects date-rape drugs. In application, young women could dip their finger into their glasses to make sure they’re not about to be victimized. But for some reason, every time something beneficial to society is created, there are people who love to take the side of the opposition, just for the hell of it. In this case, thousands of people (including many extreme feminists) reacted in an incredibly negative way, saying that such an invention promotes the date-rape culture and is anti-woman.

Promotes Date-Rape?

First, let’s talk about the absurd idea that a date-rape drug detecting nail polish is supposedly going to promote date-rape. It’s a concept that baffles me because it is so completely wrong. But if such a claim is true, do these opponents also believe that rape whistles promote rape and tasers promote violence towards women? I would hope not! The biggest argument against this nail polish goes like this: “Instead of creating a nail polish that detects date-rape drugs, why don’t people just not rape other people?” I have to give them credit – that’s a very good question. Why can’t rapists just stop raping people? The world would totally be a better place if rapists just found a better hobby. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect, fairy-tale world where we can stop bad things with one simple command. Rape is, unfortunately, something that happens on a daily basis. On college campuses, rape and date-rape is a problem, no doubt. But it’s not just something that we can make stop. That’s why we need measures in place to reduce the risk of a young woman being raped.

Anti-Woman?

The argument that this nail polish is anti-woman makes me scratch my head. Here we have a product that was invented to keep young women from becoming a rape victim, yet somehow that’s demeaning towards women. It’s a tool for women to protect themselves and yet people are labeling it as a tool to oppress women.

Feminists claim that this is just another attempt by evil men to tell women how to stop getting raped. But in reality, we’re not telling them how to not get rapped. We’re presenting to them a tool they can utilize to prevent rape because, again, our world is not perfect and we can’t stop rape with the drop of a hat.

An Epidemic of Ignorance

And then there are people like this:

Did you cringe? Because I sure did! But this tweet is actually representative of a much larger issue that my beloved Internet creates – there is a severe epidemic of ill-informed people who feel the need to comment on topics they know nothing about. I get it, it’s hard to see people talking about something on your Twitter feed without wanting to jump in and give your two cents. But if you don’t know anything about the topic, or if you just read a headline and maybe the lead paragraph, you’re just going to embarrass yourself and your side.

The Truth

I stand with feminists in the hope that we can one day make rape a thing of the past. I completely agree with my feminist friends that rape is a terrible thing that has to be stopped. But while feminists want to stop rape immediately, I understand the reality that such a wish is not possible. So in the meantime, we have to empower women to keep themselves and their bodies safe. So let me make my position very clear – I am whole-heartedly against rape. Therefore, I am completely in favor of this latest invention which I am confident will prevent and decrease rape across the world.

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A Tribute to Robin Williams

I’ve heard it said that some of the funniest people sometimes live the saddest lives. When it comes to Robin Williams, I don’t know much about his personal life, even though he was very open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. But what I do know is that he was more than a legendary comedian – he was an artist, an inspiration, and a man who made us smile and feel better with characters that he put every effort into creating.

Probably my favorite movie of his is Dead Poets Society, where he plays a English teacher at a boy’s school. In that movie, his character talks a lot about being yourself, living life to the fullest, and leaving a legacy – lessons that you just don’t find in modern films because people find these topics boring. But Williams created a character that made these lessons not only entertaining and powerful, but memorable.

And that is really the story of his entire career – people remembered his roles. Whether he was the star, or simply making a cameo, his time on screen was nothing short of incredible.

I want to personally thank Robin Williams for every single piece of art that he created. He influenced me in surprising ways. Above all, he taught me to be myself in a world of duplicates.

I went to my local record shop this afternoon to browse. As I rounded the corner to the comedy section, I found an early album of his. That album is now sitting with the rest of my record collection, just waiting to be played.

Rest in peace, Mr. Williams

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