A Modest Proposal

If you’re anything like me—believe me, I’m not that unique—you are tired of the pageantry and puppetry every two years for national elections. Our entire process has become a televised three-ring circus, full of creepy clowns and poo-flinging monkeys, most ignoring reality and acting solely on hysteria.

Once a model for stability and smooth power transition, our elections have quickly becoming a joke on the world stage, negating any legitimacy for American intervention or… Read More …

Once Upon a Time…

I’m the type of guy who is absolutely convinced by very little. Don’t get me wrong—I believe in many things. I just know nothing is absolute. Perhaps there is an old, forceful male God looking down on us just as some believe, or maybe some nerdy guy sitting at a computer is watching everything we do and calling the shots. (And I don’t mean Bill Gates.) Hell, for all I know, there’s a giant hamster running around in a wheel keeping the universe moving. I personally don’t think we’re supposed to know everything, which is why I refuse to believe that ANYONE has all the answers. (For the record, proclamations of absolute conviction are usually part of a larger agenda or a cover for insecurity.)

My unwillingness to accept ANY status quo tends to… Read More …

Thoughts on Election 2010

First off, let me be clear that I’m not bitter about the results. I actually prefer having each major party represented in some fashion, to keep things somewhat balanced and representative. Besides, the Democrats were in full control for two years, and spent most of their time squabbling and whining about “getting in trouble” with Republicans. Please! A little forced compromise is usually a good thing.

That said, I’m not happy that Americans have become so jaded (or ignorant) that they think any old dogma-spewing candidate will do. Much of what you were told from these “outsiders” was one huge pack of lies.

The Tea Party preaches… Read More …

Hitting the Bullseye

So what is all this hoohah over boycotting Target? It’s clear some people just don’t get it, and I find that sadder than the deed itself.

You see, it all started when a bunch of big money interests figured out a way to allow corporations to openly give to political candidates. In order to use the typical doublespeak to lull the masses into blind patriotic adoration, the big money worked its magic through “Citizens United.” After all, what could be wrong with a group of ordinary citizens uniting for a better country? Problem is, that’s not what they are. They are pro-big business, and are content to let the REAL citizens be at the whim and fancy of CEOs and the politicians they buy. Getting the Supreme Court to say that corporations are the same as “the people” probably had these guys giggling like school girls the night before the big dance. But that’s another discussion for another day.

With the ruling…
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Oh, Spare Me!

Since everyone seems to be so incredibly offended by this television moment, I thought I’d add it here for posterity.

Sure people complained about the crotch-grabbing, teabagging, and general raunchiness—some of which was certainly a bit much—the part that was actually blacked out in my viewing area was this kiss. That’s it.

Women kissing men—fine. Men grabbing women’s crotches—fine. Women grabbing men’s crotches—fine. But an off-the-cuff kiss between two guys… Read More …

Escape from D.C.

I drove the icy streets to get to the train station at 5:30am. The plan was to catch Amtrak at 6:25, arrive in Baltimore about an hour later, then catch the reserved MARC train into DC. All worked out except Amtrak was running a bit late and we had to RUN to the almost-full MARC.

My supervisor and I had both scored silver tickets from Senator Carper, after requesting them the morning after the election. Silver was the worst ticket issued, but it was still better than the open areas which would be more crowded. We were all dressed in proper layers, and I had my hat and gloves. Cold was not going to be an issue… Read More …