A career in Political Writing?

Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.

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Here are my Top 5 posts since I started blogging:

Eugene Tere’blance, Julius Malema and everyone inbetween

About

On being hugged by a black guy

An Open Letter to Ina Bonnette

What happens when Madiba dies?

I must admit, I was quite surprised when I discovered that 3 of the Top 5 posts related to politics in South Africa.  I was secretly hoping that my posts about personal growth and being positive would be top of the list.  Mmmm, very interesting indeed.  Perhaps I should be looking into doing more posts about politics?  What do you think?

I will run a poll later and would love to hear what you think!

Some insight into other blogs:

  1. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | flow of my soul
  2. Statistical Connections | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  3. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Small Windows | Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | likereadingontrains
  5. I Have Dreams About Stats. And Nightmares! | Black and White Heart
  6. The key to success | Sue’s Trifles
  7. Obvious Connections | clarior e tenebris
  8. The Stat Connection | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. To Write A Blog Post | Lewis Cave
  10. Hi there | Relax…
  11. Whoring Statistics | My Beautiful Breakdown
  12. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection > Elementary, My Dear Watson | From Ground to Home
  13. What Makes A Good Blog Post – Or Not? | The Jittery Goat
  14. Stats | Hope* the happy hugger
  15. Connection | windandlaughter

Happy Birthday Madiba!

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Today marks the 95th birthday of South Africa’s father of democracy.  Happy birthday Madiba!

Thank you for all the sacrifices you made to bring us where we are today!

Thank you for all your selfless acts, acts which brought democracy and unity to our country!

On this day I can’t help but think about the 27 birthdays you spent incarcerated.  I wonder how those birthdays were spent?  I wonder how you felt when you had your first birthday as a free man in a democratic country?  I wonder how many of us would have the strength to leave the bitterness behind and do all in our power to move the country forward, in unity?

Readers, here are my Top 5 Madiba Quotes

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Judge Bert Bam serves justice

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If you are a normal, sane human being, you would agree that we all think of rape as a horrendous act, which deserves the highest punishment.  Only those who have had to endure it though, will be able to tell how far reaching the effects truly are.  Rape is not something that you ever forget.  You may, in time, forgive and move on.  Sadly though, despite the healing, the memories will always remain.

It is for this reason that I can’t understand why the gravity of the act carries so little weight in sentencing.  Generally speaking, rapists normally receive a 10 – 15 year sentence.  Effectively that means that if a man rapes a 13-year old, he will be out by the time she is 23.  He can start fresh and build a life.  At 23 her life is only starting, but instead of carrying an innocent curiosity and fire for life, she carries with her emotional scars.  Scars unseen to the naked eye, scars which will influence relationships.

The country held its breath today as sentencing of the Modimolle Monster was handed down.  The courtroom packed to the brim with various ministers, advocates as well as a group of ANC Women’s League Members.  Ina Bonette sat staring at her ex-husband, no doubt recalling the mutilation, rape, assault and murder of her son, despite his pleas.

Twitter went viral today after the sentence in the Modimolle Monster trial was handed down today.  One Tweeter commented “It was with a great sense of relieve that we heard sense and sensibility prevail in a country which seemed to have gone mad where justice is concerned.”

In handing out the sentence, Judge Bam (my new favorite SA Judge) tore the defense apart in his ruling today, stating that Johan Kotze is an inherently evil person.   He further stated that the co-accused expected payment for their part in the act and, despite their clear criminal record, it adds gravity to the case against them.

The judgement is as follows:

Johan Kotze – life for murder of Conrad Bonette, life for rape of Ina Bonette, 25 years for kidnapping and assault

All the co-accused – life sentences for their part.

After yesterday’s ruling Kotze did a brief interview stating “I have certain things he wish to say, things that will be said after sentencing tomorrow”.  He further added that he does not want any sensation around this case as he is not a sensation seeker.  After sentencing today, however, he clearly decided not to have his press conference. He hurried down to the cells as fast as he could.

 Ina Bonette was visibly moved, every now and then smiling through her tears.  She indicated that she was overwhelmed but happy that justice have prevailed.
Thank you Judge Bam for restoring our faith in the South African Justice System.  Let this serve as a warning to the other monsters who walk our land:  No longer will we sit by and watch our women be destroyed by your evil!

Which Google Search Term Got You Here?

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Photo: http://www.sovereignman.com/trends/try-this-google-search-11964/

 

Rummaging around the old Stats Tab, I decided to take a look at what search terms were used to get to my blog. What an interesting and thought-provoking tale it tells!

The majority of the search terms are all positive like “Robin Sharma’s Rules for Being Amazing“, “Obtaining Clarity” and “Success“.  I am very happy about this and hope that somewhere along the line I was able to inspire.

Unfortunately there are some terms which had me slightly troubled:

“Happy fathers day to someone old enough to be my dad” – this was the most popular one during the last seven days.  “Happy fathers day” I understand, but “to someone old enough to be my dad“?  I must admit, I don’t quite get that one!

Then there are quite a few with “photograph my penis” or “love your penis blog” somewhere in the search term.  I guess that would refer to my post about rules for boys.  Bottomline:  it is never, ever, ever a good idea!  Forget about it and move swiftly along.

The most disturbing search terms will have to be these two:

  • “View Rape Video”
  • Rapetown sex game”

At first I was disgusted, to say the least, that someone would be searching for rape videos or that there is actually a game you can play, which would include rape.  Don’t get me wrong it still disgusts me and it is just another sign of the absolutely sick society we have become.  However, let’s look at it from another perspective.

What would happen if we all had to do posts about how we object to rape; how we refuse to accept that it has become a part of who we are?  I’m not saying that our words can turn the scum of the earth into a decent human being, but perhaps we can plant a seed somewhere in him.  Perhaps that seed will sprout and, somewhere in the future, he might think twice before raping.

I certainly hope that the persons who came to be here by following any of those search terms, got something to think about.

Rape is wrong!  

  • I don’t care how bad your childhood was – you have the choice to learn from it and be a better person.
  • I don’t care how mad you are at your mother for not hugging you – it’s your choice to let go of the pain and show more love to your children than you ever had.
  • I don’t care how much you hate your ex-wife – only you can choose to treat women with love and respect.
  • If you have perverted sexual needs which can’t be satisfied by a normal, healthy sexual relationship, look up Copper Sulphate.  It worked wonders for the army boys.
  • If you feel the urge to take your frustration out on someone who is obviously not able to defend themselves against you, get a punchbag.
  • If you feel your mind playing tricks on, get medical advice next time you are “yourself”.
  • If you are on drugs or have a drinking problem, seek help.

There is simply no excuse which can justify such a horrendous act towards another human being.

Making someone else pay for something that was done to you will never fix anything!

 So, if you found your way here by means of some perverted need, stop and think about what you are doing.  There are many other ways to solve the problem.  Rape is not and never will be the answer.

 

Tata Madiba for Person of the Year

You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?

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I am completely flabbergasted at the fact that our beloved Madiba have never received an individual Person of the Year award!  In 1993 he was co-recipient as Peacemaker with Yassar Arafat, F.W. de Klerk and Yitzhak Rabin.  As far as I am concerned he should be knighted and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for all that he has done.

In his lifetime he has endured a lot of pain and suffering, yet he stood up for the dust and came out triumphant.  There is a lot to be said about him and whether you love him or not (which I can’t see possible unless you are still stuck in a racist frame of mind) you have to agree that he has been instrumental in turning this country around.

I still remember his release and the first democratic elections.  I grew up not knowing about the atrocities of apartheid, until my stepfather came along.  My grandparents loved “the help” and treated them like family.  My stepfather on the other hand was a racist through and through.  We were dragged along to AWB meetings and Kommando camps.  I think it is out of sheer defiance of his views that I actively decided to not be racist.  At the first democratic elections I was too young to vote and remember how disappointed I was that I could not vote for him.   When he lifted the 1995 World Cup I don’t know whether I cried because we had won or if it was because he had the honor to be there.

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Our Madiba is not doing well and, I am sorry to say, I don’t see him making it through this year.  I wish he could live on forever, but it is time to let him go.  He is not a relic that we can hang onto.

It is a sad thing that his family is desecrating his legacy by bickering and in-fighting over who should have the rights to artwork, etc.  What a shame.  Unfortunately they have become so aware of the fame that goes with the name, that they have forgotten his work and what he stood for.

It is time for the nation to reflect on what Madiba had in mind for us.  I shudder to think what his thoughts are on where the nation is now.

Make Madiba Person of the Year before it is too late.  Give him the honor while he is still around so he may see the fruit of his work.  South Africa, let’s remember what he had in mind for the country and live towards those ideals.

Hamba Kakuhle Madiba.  Ndiyabulela!