Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Childhood Photos

Please email me one of your childhood photos for a special blog posting next week!

Lobbyist


If you've never seen the movie Idiocracy, stop what you're doing and go see it. It's a disturbing (and really funny) view of what our country could look like someday. All of the elected government officials wear motocross jerseys that display who their 'sponsors' are. Wouldn't that be great if all of our currently elected representatives had to display logos on their clothes representing all of the lobbyist groups they have received money from? Don't get me wrong, I'm not against people and groups giving money to campaigns, but I think it has gotten out of control. Isn't it a huge conflict of interest for someone sitting on a regulatory committe to be the supposed watchdog over companies and an industry from which they have recieved millions of dollars in campaign contributions?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I'm going on vacation...


Best roadtrip game ever, especially when playing with Brett. If you know how to play, please join in.

I'm going on vacation and I'm going to bring an Apple...

Ray's Song


So Ray thinks I should tone down the political rhetoric on this blog. So I wrote this song for you Ray...
(and yes Vanessa, I figured out how this rhyming stuff works - kind of)

Hair, or Lack Thereof
Sunlight reflecting down on you,
your head is covered with the morning dew.

Your head looks like Enchanted Rock,
this song is about the School of Hard Knocks.

Everytime I look at your head,
all I see is a bird's nest instead.

I don't what happened to all of your hair,
as long as I have mine I don't really care.

I just got Lasik and can finally see,
why all those people were laughing at me.

As it turns out its not you its me,
I'm as bald as a baby of three.

I hoped this song helped you see the light,
don't tell me how to write my blog or I'll send Brett over to finish the fight!

Stuff


A few announcements and other stuff...

1. Welcome Kelly! We're glad that you were finally able to get your Mac to stop crashing for five minutes so you could join our online discussion. Keep up the good posts.

2. Welcome Millertime! Although late as usual, you most definitely did not disappoint with your first posting. I have only one thing to say to you: Sun come up, show me tomorrow. Take my cup, show me tomorrow.

3. To all of you creepy people out there who read the daily blogs and take the polls, stop being so creepy and add yourself to the Members section on the left side of the page. And put your clothes back on (sorry Justin for ending that sentence in a preposition, how about this instead: 'And put you clothes back on thou body from whenceforth they came' - better?).

4. Sorry to miss Friday's posting, I had LASIK! I can see! But don't worry, you'll have plenty of new reading material waiting for you on Monday when you sit down at your desk to 'work'.

5. Just a reminder to keep the language family-friendly. If you are interested in writing a guest post then please send me an email (rayburndonaldson@yahoo.com). The post doesn't have to be funny, we'll take care of that for you with our comments. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the blog, please send an email to yourself, print it out, and then throw it away. I don't care.

6. Tell your friends about the blog; the more people we have, the more fun it is. If you can't remember the blog address just type 'Jake Donaldson blog' into Google and you'll get a hit.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Coins


I hate coins. They smell funny, especially pennies. I want them to go away. I wrote this song about how I feel:

Coins in my Pocket
Pennies and Nickels and Dimes and stuff,
Why won't you die already?
I hate you so much for making my hands smell funny
Die, Die, Die

USPS Problems


The USPS showed up hat in hand before Congress to beg for more money. They had a 2.8 billion dollar shortfall last year and are going to have bigger problems this year if drastic measures are not taken (i.e. bailout money, lay-offs, reduced work days, etc...).

Once again proving why government should not run a business. The government is not efficient. Many Republicans are current and former business owners, which is why they understand that in a Capitalistic Democracy, businesses need to have the freedom to succeed or fail on their own and that government needs to keep its hands out of it. Most Democrats are career politicians, lawyers, or 'community organizers' and they do not understand how to run a business. They fundamentally do not understand. Government's only role in business and the marketplace should be to prevent fraud and market manipulation (which they have failed to do).

This is a preview of what President Giggles and the Democratic Congress want for health care. They are pushing for socialized medicine that would be under government control. This is insane. We have the best quality of health care in the world. Sure, it's not perfect, but its a hell of a lot better than every other country out there. Socialized free health care for all does not work. Quality of care is reduced and wait times for operations are insane. Just ask any Brit. So why are we letting them try to revamp the entire system, when what we have already works? If they succeed, health care, just like the USPS will turn into a bottomless money pit, except this time, instead of the consequence being your letter not getting to its intended destination, the consequence will be waiting to long for an operation and dying!!!!

For clarification purposes; prior to 1970 the USPS was a completely government-dependent agency, but has since become a semi-independent government agency. They receive federal tax dollars for some things and do not have to pay taxes, but are suppose to operate revenue-neutral, meaning that the products they sell (i.e. stamps) are suppose to cover their operating expenses. Although they are in some ways like a business, they operate very much like a government agency: ridiculous pay for really simple jobs, taking off every holiday possible even if they have to make new ones up, inefficient communication, and wasteful spending.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Casey said...


Casey said "After reading everyone's comments, and probably my own, I ask that Jake do a blog on the proper uses of the following words and grammatical points"

In honor of Casey finally learning how to use a computer and the internet, today's blog is a spelling lesson. Everyone needs to practice the following words until you get them right. I have listed each word with an example sentence next to it. Hopefully this will make future comment posting much less painful for the readers. Good luck!

To: I hope Casey will take me to the hot dog stand.
Two: I only want one hot dog, but I'm sure Casey wants two.
Too: Oh who am I kidding, I do too!
Toot: Those two hot dogs made me toot.

Sense: It made no sense when Justin decided to live with Matt in our third year of college.
Since: There have been many changes since Obama took office.
Cents: I just bought some used women's underwear for 10 cents.
Sense and Sensibility: Chick flick based on Jane Austen's novel.

Their: Their hot air balloon has a hole in it.
There: Their hot air balloon is going to crash over there.
They're: They're going to die in a fiery hot air balloon accident.
There-There: What old people say to you when you're upset.

Encase: My body was encased in the huge vat of queso.
In case: In case I never get out, I want my family to know I died a happy man.
Briefcase: I hope there is a spoon in my briefcase.

Commas: Commas should be used anytime your sentence needs a pause. If you read your sentence aloud and you pause naturally while reading it, then there is a good chance that you should insert a comma. You should also use them when listing things out or describing things with multiple adjectives.

Examples:
1. I made 18 pancakes, but I could not finish them all.
2. Dwight's favorite things include bears, beets, and Battlestar Galactica. (AP style says not to use the second comma, but I disagree)
3. Although I am slow mentally, I could kill you in a foot race.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dallas vs. Houston




Dallas
1. Big Tex and State Fair are awesome
2. Great light rail system
3. Very trendy bar, restaurant, and shopping scene
4. JFK was assassinated on Dallas' watch
5. Galleria
6. New 75 and 635 interchange is extremely ugly
7. Really nice weather in summer and spring, but way too cold in winter
8. Lots of snobby people
9. More susceptible to fashion trends like the 80's comeback (leggings)
10. Lots of great historically preserved neighborhoods as well as new suburban neighborhoods
11. Recent trend of younger people moving back to the city making for a much cooler city center
12. American Airlines hub
13. American Airlines Center (sorry, you can't claim Arlington)
14. Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars are all awesome
15. Rangers really suck (I'll let you claim them for this one)

vs.

Houston
1. Rodeo and Rodeo cook-off are awesome
2. Lacking light rail system
3. Huge arts district, largest medical center in the country, energy capital of the country, major national shipping port, NASA, lots of green space (parks, trees, and lakes), 4th largest city in the United States, and beach (although crappy) is only 45 minutes away
4. Enron and Stanford Financial happened on Houston's watch
5. Galleria
6. Well organized and thought-out highway system (multiple concentric loops)
7. Nice, mild, year-around weather but humidity is almost unbearable sometimes (but it keeps your skin nice and moisturized)
8. Lots of rednecks and country people - which means people are nicer and more down to Earth but as a result are usually more unsophisticated
9. Jeans all day everyday
10. Lots of great historically preserved neighborhoods as well as new suburban neighborhoods
11. Recent trend of younger people moving back to the city making for a much cooler city center
12. Continental Airlines hub
13. Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center
14. Astros, Rockets, and Dynamo are all awesome
15. Texans really suck

We all know I've made my choice....I love Houston babies!

Monday, March 23, 2009

MAC vs. PC


I am sick of snobby Mac people acting like PC's, Microsoft, and Windows all make them vomit. You know what? Apple people make me vomit. Let's get to the bottom of this debate right now and settle it once and for all.

Apple people say that PC's always crash and Mac's never do. They also say that Mac's are much better for graphics. The reality is that used to be true, but now much of the same hardware, processors, memory, and graphic chipsets are used in both PC's and Mac's. And yes Windows used to have a lot of memory-related operational problems causing it to crash but every generation of Windows improves upon the last. I have seen both Mac's and PC's crash. Mac's are not immune to hardware, software, or OS problems. As a matter of fact, most of the people that I know who claim the greatness of the Mac are all having problems with them right now. They're over-rated and people are sucked into paying almost twice as much for the same brains just with different packaging.

I will hand it to Apple though, they win in the looks category. Why does every PC have to be so damn clunky and ugly? Did Apple and Mac patent rounded corners, glossy finishes, and cool icons? From their handheld devices to their laptops and desktops, Apple/Mac are always cutting edge and futuristic looking.

But I can't stand the one button mouse. What's up with that? Can Apple people not multi-task with their mouse buttons? They are only able to point and click on one thing at a time? Do Apple people use both hands on the mouse too? Someone should tell them its not a Ouija Board.

The bottom line is that regardless of which operating system you use, the best computer is the one with the fastest CPU and most amount of memory. Hands-down, those are the two variables that make the most difference when it comes to your computer-using experience. I think Mac people overpay for their computers and claim its because the Mac outperforms the PC. Last time I checked, sitting at Starbucks checking your email isn't really a true measure of computing performance, you yuppies. The reality is that Mac people pay more for their computers because they like the way it looks and want to be part of an elite club of snobs. I want something that's going to get the job done, not be expensive to replace if I drop it, and has universally accepted programs and file types. PC's are the most customizable for your specific application, there are tons of vendors, Windows gets better with every version, and you know that every computer lab or internet cafe you walk into will have the same Microsoft/Windows based programs on it. With Apple, you are at their mercy for hardware and software. Assuming Congress and Obama don't decide to pass a new bill requiring the use of one type of computer over another in the name of economic stimulation, I'm sticking with PC's, Dell's to be specific.

Don't worry though Apple people, at least you guys have really great commercials.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fair and Balanced


Well since I posted two pictures making fun of Obama (Baroccli and Billary) I have to be fair and balanced and post two cool pictures of Obama. Above is Badass Obama and Bam Obama.

Baroccli


Sorry, found this online and couldn't resist!

Guest Post: 'Gay Marriage'


Guest Post by Sarah: 'Gay Marriage'

As some of you may know in the past election the State of California voted to again ban gay marriage. This topic has been a heated topic for years. I have some difficulty understanding why so many people are against this. I am not gay and do not have many gay friends/family (openly gay anyway), but I feel that this goes against what our country stands for. Don’t gay people pay the same taxes and live by the same rules as straight people do? Why are they not able to have the same civil liberties? How would a same sex marriage affect anyone’s personal life?
I have heard a number of arguments of why people do not believe this should be allowed. One is they feel that it would “re-define” the meaning of marriage. We have redefined the meaning of marriage two times in the past. First – union of a black couple. Second – union of a mixed race couple black and white. I don’t see any harm coming from that. Another reason given is it would ruin the “sanctity” of marriage. In this country we are allow to follow the religion we choose, and have many different religions that are in our nation. We do not all follow the same one and some of us do not follow any at all.

In my opinion I feel it is wrong to deny same sex marriage. With a divorce rate of 50% in this country I don’t believe we have a right to say marriage is as pure as it is described as being. Divorce is not even looked down upon as much as it once was. What if your right to marry was taken away? Shouldn’t gay people have the same rights across the board as straight people….no more, no less? I don’t feel like they are asking for anyone to applaud it or fight for it, but only to have the choice.

Sarah

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Awesome


Brett said...


Brett said...

"I don't strongly disagree with anything you have said but I have a hard time understanding how it is so clear cut to you. I mean the alternative to not bailing out those companies is to allow them to go under, which would cause higher unemployment, less productivity, and would send the country even farther into recession...I am interested to hear what you think is the best course of action for our government."

You may be right. Some economists have said that if AIG (because they are insuring tons of companies bad debts right now) and the Big 3 (because its not just 3 companies but an entire sector of industry, which means dealerships, manufacturers, suppliers, etc…) collapse our whole way of life would be destroyed in this country because both are so interwoven into our economic structure. So maybe some of my ranting was misdirected but let me now clarify and be more specific about the things I am truly frustrated about. To do it I must explain the way I see things.
1. Why are we in a recession? Banking industry’ s bad lending practices finally caught up to them. They were making bad loans to people that could not afford them. These loans were then packaged together and traded on the open market as investments and when the housing boom slowed down and as people’s rates readjusted on their subprime and ARM loans, not only could they not afford their house, but they also couldn’t sell it because they owed more than what it was worth. The housing market boom finally slowed down because growth at that rate cannot be sustained in any economy. The majority of foreclosures that caused all of this are in the states where the housing boom was the biggest: California, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida.
2. Why did these banks make bad loans to unqualified buyers? The government. This started during Carter’s administration and has only gotten worse each year, especially with Clinton and Bush. You may remember Bush’s second to last state of the union address where he said “Every American should be able to buy a home.” Congress agreed – Republicans were happy because more home construction is better for business; Democrats were happy because they got to claim they were helping poor minorities own homes, who would not qualify to buy a home under normal circumstances. So Congress continued to put pressure on banks to lend to anyone that walked in the door.
3. Who is to blame? Congress and the past Presidents for trying to manipulate the banking industry and market. Government regulators (Barney Frank and Chris Dodd) who ignored repeated warnings from various concerned parties about the large scale destructive lending practices as well as took money from those same companies’ lobbist groups. Individuals who bought homes they couldn’t afford. The banks who made the bad loans. Insurance companies like AIG for backing the bad loans. The press for not making a bigger deal about the whistle blowers and the regulators who ignored them – the press is suppose to be there to look out for you and me…and they failed.
4. What should we have learned? Government should not interfere with the private sector except to regulate it and prevent fraud. Capitalism is the most effective when government leaves it alone. The lobbying system in Washington needs to be reformed. There are too many politicians getting money from these groups and then looking the other way as these companies perform criminal actions. Don’t buy something if you can’t pay for it.
5. Best course of action for our government right now? Focus time, energy, and money on the problem at hand: the economy and banking mess. The so-called stimulus packages were filled with crap that has nothing to do with this problem. More time should have been spent figuring out the cause of the problem and what would fix it instead of trying to rush massive spending bills through Congress that I am skeptical will have any impact other than tripling our national debt. We also need to be focusing on how to bring the war (yes we are still in a war) to a close so we can stop wasting so much money over there. We should not be trying to tackle highly controversial and extremely expensive programs like nationalized health care. Government should be cutting back its size and programs because we are in a recession. Government should be lowering everyone’s taxes so that each of us has more money in our pocket to help out during this recession. The temporary tax cut included in the stimulus bill was a joke. Our country should be looking at ways to get our country’s balance sheet back into the black so that our currency is actually worth something in 10 years and so that China doesn’t annex us. That’s right, where the hell do you think we are getting all of this money from? China. They are the single largest owner of US bonds which is how our country pays for things it can’t afford. Which is why Hillary went over there recently and kissed butt because if they don’t keep buying we can’t pay for Barack’s new helicopter.


Bottom line, best course of action for our government right now? Balance the budget , stop thinking of new ways to interfere in private industry, fire every single last person that was on the Banking Regulatory committee and replace them, reform the lobbying system in DC, work out strict payback plans and spending criteria for all receivers of bailout money, focus on ways to keep our country safe starting with securing our southern border, and continue to upkeep roads and bridges. Cool?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Presidential Polls


You damn people are so lucky! I'm going to post twice in one day. Alright, in case you haven't heard Obama's approval rating is dropping. So for any of you spine-less people tha are only supporting him because of peer pressure, be prepared to switch sides. The recent drops have been because of the way the current administration has been handling the recession and economy. I think most people are catching on that you can't spend and borrow your way out of a recession.
I found the chart above interesting. The media has led us to believe that Obama has unprecented approval ratings and popularity but as you can see above there have been plenty of past presidents with higher approval ratings at 50 days into their administration, including W. during his first term. So don't be afraid to make you own decision about the President and Congress' decisions, you are not alone. Just because NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CBS, and MTV are in the bag for Obama regardless of what he does, we do not have to be. We can evaluate Obama's performance independent of what the talking heads tell us...good or bad, we deserve and he deserves an honest assessment of the job he is doing.
Another cool chart: click on the link below. WSJ has historical approval ratings for all past presidents and you can see the approval ratings throughout each of their terms as it compares with the events that were happening at that time. W had one of the highest at the beginning and then sank like a rock throughout the rest of his terms. Clinton's last term doesn't even look affected by the Monica Lewinsky thing.

AIG Bonuses



So the President and Congress are pissed off that AIG is paying out bonuses using tax payer money. Definitely a bad call on AIG's part considering they are constantly in the media and political spotlight. But the real issue here is why do they have our tax dollars in the first place? Because first Bush bailed them out and then Obama followed suit. They are both idiots. You don't give money to a failing company...there is a reason that they ran out of their own money, because the company sucks. Same goes for the automakers, if they can't figure out how to become profitable companies then they either need to close their doors or reorganize under Chapter 11 with a new direction, as a new company, with new leadership. This of course all happening has Congress passes another pay increase for themselves in the middle of a recession. I don't know about you, but most of my friends are getting laid off, pay reductions, or have meager prospects for any hope of bonuses or pay increases this year. Congress is a bunch of jackasses.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Polticial Cows


DEMOCRATIC You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. Barbara Streisand sings for you.
REPUBLICAN You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So?
SOCIALIST You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.
COMMUNIST You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.
CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE You have two cows. Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.
AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up.
FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch and drink wine. Life is good.
JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow school.
GERMAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.
ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows but you don't know where they are. While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good.
RUSSIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You have some vodka. You count them and learn you have five cows. You have some more vodka. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.
TALIBAN CORPORATION You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two. You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature's private parts. You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.
IRAQI CORPORATION You have two cows. They go into hiding. They send radio tapes of their mooing.

Friday, March 13, 2009

We Surround Them



Glenn Beck has this pretty cool thing he is doing called 'We Surround Them'. If you agree with the values and principles he has listed then you sign up to join and send them your picture. Below is the link:
I found some of the principles very interesting, especially the ones listed below. These to me are what really separate America from other countries and make this such a great place to live. But if we do not stand up for these core values our country is going to start to resemble a socialist state. Socialism is not working for the European countries and failed miserably for the Soviet Union. Our most important right as Americans is our freedom - the freedom to say anything we want and spend our money however we choose. As soon as we give our government the power to censor us (Fairness Doctrine) and the power to take more and more of our hard earned money to redistribute it to the people and parties they deem worthy, we have lost our freedoms.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
This is America, where you have the freedom to do and be anything you want, but you have to go get it. It is ridiculuous for people to think the government's job is to hand them happiness and prosperity on a golden platter. You have to work for it and make it happen on your own. Some people are going to work harder and have better ideas than others thereby leading to different results. i.e. inventor of mind balloons, golden tickets, and the wheel. Should someone who serves cheeseburgers be compensated the same as a brain surgeon (Yes Casey we already know your answer)?
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Citizens should not be required to be charitable. If the government forces you to be charitable, thats not called charity, its called taxes. Many people out there think it is the government's duty to take money from the wealthy and redistribute to people they deem less fortunate. That is BS. If I want to be charitable then I will send money to the individuals and organizations of my choosing, when I want, and for the amounts that I want. Its my money. I do not think its anyone's right to take my money and give it to someone else, but apparently Obama and the Democrats disagree. As a citizen I am willing to pay my fair share of taxes to help keep our country up and running (transportation, infrastructure, national security, education) but I do not want my money going to pay off other people's bad debt and defaulted mortgages.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINDY!


Today is Cindy's birthday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

TV Options





The Dallas guys need your help! Which TV is the best solution for their new house?

1. Projector and screen - large format, can be mounted in different locations, screen can be raised when not in use, some warm up time for projector, must periodically change projector lamp, must minimize light to get full effect
2. Flat panel over fireplace - looks nicer than projection screen, can watch with the lights on, turns on instantly

3. 13" Old school - keeping it real

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Movie Sequels Starring Eric




Which movie sequels starring Eric would you prefer to see? Take the poll on the left. (Thanks to Matt for the images)

Guest Post: 'Solar Power Homes'


Guest Post by Eric: 'Solar Power Homes'
HB 1391 is a proposed bill at the State Legislature that would allow Texas homes to be retrofitted with solar panels at no upfront cost to the home owner. In summary, the State of Texas would pay the upfront cost of the solar panels and installation for homes that meet certain solar criteria and in return the home owner would have to pay somewhere around $350.00 more on their property taxes a year (for an average size home). I am not sure how feasible this actually is but this would be a huge step for Texas in the fight for renewable energy. Solar panels are definitely not the most efficient form of renewable energy however it is one of the cleanest. Home owners will not only save significantly on monthly energy bills but also help to reduce emissions and help with the growing demand for new capacity on the existing electric grid.
Eric

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stem Cell Research


Alright, to prove that I am issue-focused and am not just blindly anti-Obama, this post is about a controversial subject that I agree with the Left on: Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Obama reversed Bush's ban on allowing federal scientific research dollars to go towards embryonic stem cell research. Most of the cells used in this type of research would have otherwise been destroyed anyway and using these types of cells could lead to cures for diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and Alzheimer's. I'm sure we all know someone who has been affected by one of those. I believe that utilizing embryos destined to be destroyed for the purposes of looking for cures for debilitating diseases that plague our society is well worth the cost. With that being said it is also important that we as a country are always careful to weigh the ethical and moral implications of our decisions. Life is our most valuable possession and we must act accordingly.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Guest Post: 'What's Bugging Me?'


Guest Post by Nancy: "What's Bugging Me?"
This is first installment of something I like to call “What’s bugging me?” Whining generation Xers, that’s what’s bugging me!

Boo hoo hoo, poor me. The old people won’t leave. I can’t move up the corporate ladder. Boo hoo hoo, I’ve hit the grey ceiling.
Are you kidding me? Stop your whinning. The “old people” aren’t going anywhere for a long time and there are a ton of them (thus the term baby BOOMers). You may want to check some facts on the subject (suggest starting with the Internet Bible, Wikipedia). The number of US residents age 65 and older is expected to more than double from 38.7 million in 2008 to 88.5 million in 2050. Do you really expect them to just move aside? Do you really want them to? Who will support them? Think about the impact to our economy (88.5 million new couch potatoes sucking the SS system dry).

So shut your pie hole and get to work. That’s the only way you are going to get around this massive boom of people! Hard work! Now that’s what I’m talkin about!

Nancy

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Nancy and Pee Wee Both Like Starbucks


NANCY! You like Starbucks too??!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Still Waiting




This is a picture of me still waiting for Nancy to write her guest post on this blog. I'll believe it when I see it.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Poppins or Wonka?




Poppins or Wonka?

Footloose 2


Would you see this movie? Take the poll on the left.

Bail-Out for the Bail-Outs


No more bail-outs! If a company made poor decisions and can't survive let it go under. If someone can't afford their mortgage let it be foreclosed on. Let the capitalistic system work itself out. It might be painful at first, but in the long run it will be better for us. Our country cannot afford to keep going at this pace. Stop the madness.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Coffee is Good


no words needed

Wasteful Spending


Don't worry, I promise not all of the postings will be political.
Our country is in the middle of a crushing recession. We are massively in-debt, our GDP is shrinking, our unemployment rate is increasing with every passing day, and our stock markets continue to plunge downward. And yet The President and Democratic-controlled Congress continue to spend money at an alarming rate racking up the biggest deficit in our country's history.

Obama and Congress say that all of this spending will stimulate the economy, but much of what they are buying with our tax dollars are nothing more than Democratic pet programs that have nothing to do with helping the economy. Some of them may be valid programs, but they should be debated individually based on their merits in front of Congress (you know, like they do in a real Democracy) instead of hidden within the so-called stimulus bills and emergency budget spending packages. For your enlightenment, I will keep a running list of what Congress and the President have been spending our tax dollars on. Although we are in the midst of a national and global financial crisis, you will be amazed at the kind of crap our government is spending money on. Just like all politicians, this administration is saying one thing and doing another. Obama is preaching fiscal responsiblity to Americans, but Congress and Obama are spending money faster than I can finish a round of Velvet Melvin nachos (we all know thats not possible, but you get my point).
We as individuals are expected to balance our budget, pay our bills, and live within our means - shouldn't we expect the same of our local, state, and national government?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Married Life



There was a request for me to blog about married life...7th rule of being married: don't blog about your wife or married life because when your wife reads it, you will be in trouble. Just ask Keith why he had to shut down his blog.

Being married is the hardest and best thing you can ever do. It takes a lot of work, but the rewards are well worth it. You have to give up things like binge drinking and the bachelor life and have to start doing things like dishes, laundry, taking out the trash, house cleaning, writing correspondence, showering, etc...things that used to take care of themselves. Being a bachelor is easy, your clothes get dirty, throw them away and buy new ones. If your dishes are dirty, throw them away and buy new ones. You get the idea. But being married is not just about doing chores so you don't have to keep throwing things away; its about spending your life with someone who completes you. Your spouse understands you better than your friends and family, always takes you side (even when you're wrong), and is always there for you even through the hard times.

Pay-Toilets


An Irish airline (Ryanair) is considering charging people to use the airplane restroom. So in addition to the rising costs of tickets, the luggage fees, possible charges for can sodas, and now you will have to 'pay to pee'? Like many people in 2009, I don't carry cash and I especially don't carry change (it smells funny) - So what would they tell me to do when I have to use the restroom on a 4 hour flight and I don't have any cash?


For those that are interested, I will be protesting this proposed fee. Meet me in Dublin next Saturday. We will start with a 5 hour long restroom-free pub crawl and will then take a flight from Dublin to London on Ryanair. Please do not bring cash of any kind.

Monday, March 2, 2009

First Blog


So I made this blog. Its about stuff. Hope you like it. If not, I don't care. This is a picture of me hard at work building my blog. It took me 3 weeks, but I think it was worth it. I plan to post a variety of different comments, some funny, some political, and some just random. Thanks to Casey C. for the inspiration. And thanks to Casey C. for being too lazy to ever update his blog and forcing me to make my own. And thanks to Casey C. for the world-wide food shortage. Please Casey C., enough is enough. I'll try to post frequently and will occasionally have guest bloggers. Feel free to post your comments.