Thursday, April 30, 2009

Open Mic Thursday


Usually I'll do Open Mic Friday's, but I'm out of town on business today so I pushed it up. No blog topic, just post whatever you feel like.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Report Card




The big thing in the news right now is to grade Obama's performance during his first 100 days in office, report card style. So I guess I'll jump on the bandwagon too.






Economy: F



I don't think we can spend our way out of debt. It might give us the temporary illusion that our problems have been solved but all we've done is postpone the inevitable. Interest on our national debt is the third largest annual expense for our country...THIRD!!!! That's right, we spend more on interest than we do on Homeland Security, Education, Energy, etc... I thought the bailouts were stupid when Bush proposed them and I continued to disagree with them when Obama passed them. And now Obama has proposed an insane 5 year budget that's only going to take our country more into the hole. Throw on top of that that we gave billions of dollars to GM and Chrysler because supposedly they were "too big to fail" and now the jerk-offs are going to file for bankruptcy anyway. Can someone explain to me why we didn't just let this happen in the first place? You know, before we pumped billions of dollars into these failing companies? And don't even get me started on the fact that China is the one buying up all of our debt and they basically own our country. Or the fact that inflation is going to be so out of control in the next 5-10 years that a loaf of bread is going to end up costing 20 dollars.






War: B+



Although it equates to an empty campaign promise on his behalf, I was happy to see that Obama listened to the people on the front line of the war and realized that he couldn't just withdraw all of the troops overnight. That part of the world is much too unstable and like it not, we are in this for the long haul. I too want our troops out of there and I don't want to contine to spend insane amounts of money over there, but we can't just leave that part of the world in shambles, again. We chose to go in there and topple Sadaam so now we need to be big boys and deal with the consequences.






Foreign Relations: B



I was torn on this one. I don't like Obama going abroad apologizing to everyone on behalf of our country. Not only does it make us appear weak (and make no mistake, strength is the only thing many of the countries respect), but it also validates many countries' claims that we are evil. Our country is not evil nor are we in some quest to take over the rest of the world. We want to live peacefully and do our thing. But if someone threatens our way of life you can be damn sure that we will do what it takes to protect our country. On the flip side, I applaud Obama for defying conventional thinking on his interactions with foreign leaders and other countries. He is thinking outside of the box on this one and only time will tell if his strategy will pay off. I personally hope that it does. This world could use a little less war and a lot more peace. Let's focus on the real problems like world hunger. But the problem in my opinion is that the Middle East Muslim world only sees things in black and white, not shades of grey. They want us to die, we are evil, and our only salvation in their eyes is for us to convert to their religion. How can we ever make progress with people that think like that?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Obama-mama


Michelle Obama has made it one of her goals to promote feminism across the globe. It's about time that someone took a stand on this issue. In many third world countries, women are nothing more than property, luggage, baby-makers, dish-washer, etc... In the middle east, they use the guise of religion to continue the inhumane treatment of women, but this must stop. American women especially need to take a stand against this and help educate the rest of the world. I'm glad to see the first lady leading the pack.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Captain Planet



I am disgusted by how partisan the environmental issue has become. Republicans act like 'sustainability' and 'green' are dirty words only used by hippie tree-hugging liberal nuts. And the Democrats use the threat of global warming as a fear tactic to advance their fight against big business and corporations.

This is one issue where our generation really needs to take a stand. This should not be a political issue and it should not matter which of side the aisle you're on. As responsible human beings we have an ethical responsiblity to be good stewards of our natural environment and planet. It's foolish for us to pollute our environment, squander away all of our non-renewable resources, and continue to fill landfills at an alarming rate. Regardless of your party affiliation, you need to let your state and US representatives know that it is unacceptable for them to continue to ignore this issue. And that the US needs to get its head out of the sand and take a global leadership role in the green movement.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Christianity on the Decline?




Newsweek recently did a story about the end of Christian America.
"Meanwhile, the number of people willing to describe themselves as atheist or agnostic has increased about fourfold from 1990 to 2009, from 1 million to about 3.6 million. (That is about double the number of, say, Episcopalians in the United States.)"
What is causing this shift? Will Christianity and religion eventually disappear from our society altogether? Is this decline a failure of the church to stay relevant and in-touch with the people or is there a more fundamental underlying issue here? Are people beginning to classify religion as superstition and myth?
I suspect that part of society's move away from religion is based on the continued advancement of science and technology. Technology provides scientific answers and explanations for the things we do not understand. Perhaps people have started to assume that there is a scientific explanation for everything and that belief in something bigger is meaningless. For example, take a civilization that worships the sun god. Once that society has the science and technology to discover that the sun is not a god, but really just one of millions of stars in space that is burning as one really big chemical reaction, what happens to their religion? Do they continue to practice their religion or does it become obsolete?
Do you think this life is all one big chemical reaction? Is our life meaningless? Irrelevant? Are we all just by-products of the Big Bang and along for the ride? Or is there something bigger out there, a higher power?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mr. T


R. Kelly Pie Chart

Who's the boss?


Does anyone know why Joshua Rushing goes by Boss?
And I have a better question, who is the boss, I mean really?


Guest Post: ' Obesity in America'


Guest Post by Sarah: Obesity in America


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Obesity in America
Facts –
- What is considered obese? Having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 30 is considered obese, and more than 40 is considered morbidly obese
- Currently, 64.5 percent of U.S. adults, age 20 years and older, are overweight and 30.5 percent are obese.
- Obesity affects both adults and children. Approximately 9 million (about 15%) of American children aged 6 to 17 are obese, a percentage that has doubled since the 1960s.
- The U.S. Surgeon General has estimated that obesity is a significant factor in over 300,000 deaths each year and contributes to over $117 billion in increased medical costs for the country as a whole.
- Health risks associated with obesity are: Diabetes, Sleep apnea, High blood pressure, Stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure, Prostate cancer, Colon cancer, Osteoarthritis
- http://obesity1.tempdomainname.com/subs/fastfacts/obesity_US.shtml

I have a problem with the fact that we as a country are having an increase in obesity, and yes it also goes back to my firm belief of personal responsibility. I do understand that genetics plays a role in this and there are those that have other health issues like thyroid problems, etc. But I feel our society is continuing to make excuses for why this is becoming a problem, and making more and more “remedies” to fix it. It comes down to what you eat, how much you eat, and exercise. Yes, some have to eat less and exercise more, and some can eat everything and only exercise a little bit. I am tired of people attacking restaurants, fast food chains, and food company for what they offer in portions or what they put in the food.

Ya, so you can “super size” your meal at almost every drive thru, but guess what…..you can say no, or get it, stuff your face and workout to burn it off. But the last time I checked there we no gun to my head saying “you must super size”. Also, American restaurants have huge portions…so what?! Great! But guess what, that doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. You can eat what you feel is your portion….leave it there, or take it home and eat it later. Yes, we have a lot of food and beverages out there that aren’t the best for you and are very tasty, but it is your responsibility to decide how much you eat or how much you exercise to counter act that.

I guess my point is there is no “easy” button, but it isn’t rocket science either. Working out is not everyone’s favorite thing, and eating can be a sport for some, but whatever the case is it is for the most part your choice.

Lasik Complications


For those of you that have not heard, I had LASIK but there were some complications during the procedure. The doctors don't know how long it will last. All I can do is hope that it's permanent.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Halito White Woman (Dear Nancy)


Halito White Woman (Dear Nancy),

Squaw Cindy and I wanted to thank you for letting us use your Angel Fire ski home for the annual Choctaw meeting last night. Above is a picture of us with Chief Pyle. You really missed out on a great event and everyone asked where you were. Talk to you soon.
Run wild like the cold mountain river (Sincerely),
Chief Bald Eagle (Jake)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What it's like to be bald...



Ever wondered what it's like?

Positives:
- saves money on hair products
- usually get 1/2 off at the barber
- can blind people I don't like on a sunny day if I get the angle just right
- no problem getting the senior's discount at movie theaters and IHOP

Negatives:
- I have no freaking hair!
- cramps my style when I try to pick up high school girls with Dylan
- accidentally blind people I do like on a sunny day if the angle is just right
- can't wear hats when I first meet people because when I take the hat off, their first response is always a surprised "Oh..."
- one more place to put suncreen
- visors look stupid on me, well scratch that one, visors look stupid on everyone

Personal Responsibility


One of Sarah's favorite topics, and mine. We talk a lot about personal responsibility, but what does that actually mean? The LiveStrong website has some great information about this. I copied and pasted the statements that really resonated with me.

'What is personal responsibility?
- Acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life.
- Accepting that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think.
- Accepting that you choose the direction for your life.
- Accepting that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made.
- Not feeling sorry for the "bum deal" you have been handed but taking hold of your life and giving it direction and reason.' --www.livestrong.com
There is a virus that affects the weak-minded. These people do not accept the very basic belief that they control their own destiny. Their situation is always someone else's fault, they are always the victim, and their circumstances are always to blame. You cannot control the life you are born into, but you can control the direction you head once you step foot into this world.

Kid Picture Trivia - Bad Mama Jama







Kid Picture Trivia - Bad Mama Jama

1. One of these people is a bad Mama Jama, which one?

2. Who are these 3 boys?

Monday, April 20, 2009

River Time



Man, Monday's really make me want to go to the river. I can't wait for the first one of the year. There is nothing better than arriving at the river, making your first drink, and plopping down on your tube in the freezing cold water. It's too hot laying on the tube in the sun, but too cold to actually get in the water. Everyone reeks of BO and sunscreen. This year will be even better with us anchoring in front of the house because bathroom, A/C, food, and beer breaks will be no problem. It's going to be great.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Jake Eulogy


It's Friday! You made it through another week without killing your boss, congratulations. I had a request for a blog where everyone shares their funniest Jake stories. Many of these stories will no doubt involve a few expletives, but no worries, just insert a few dashes and we'll be fine. I also have no doubt that depending on who shares what, I'm going to end up looking like an ass after this posting, but that's ok too. As long as everyone gets a good laugh at my expense. Some of my personal favorites include:

- Bloop
- My Dead Horse Pepper
- My Secret Jeep Wrangler
- New Year's Eve Footrace
- Trailer Park Trash Sideburns Screw Your Mom (Kelly and Sarah's place)
- Melvin Bouncer (seriously I was just sitting there having a cocktail)
- Assault of a 13 year old Assistant Park Ranger with a blow-up doll (was that a boy or a girl?)

So have at it. Also, check out Ray's mustache...is that thing for real?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kid Picture Trivia - I Want Babies!





1. Two of these people are related, which two?
2. Who are these people?









Time Travel - Part 2


Casey and Brett are right, time travel into the future is possible. See below for an excerpt from Scientific American:
"The Twin Paradox is arguably the most famous thought experiment in relativity theory. In this supposed paradox, one of two twins travels at near the speed of light to a distant star and returns to the earth. Relativity dictates that when he comes back, he is younger than his identical twin brother.
So the star six light-years away to the homebody appears to be only 4.8 light-years away to the traveler at a speed of 0.6c. Therefore, to the traveler, the trip to the star takes only eight years (4.8/0.6), whereas the homebody calculates it taking 10 years (6.0/0.6). It is instructive to discuss how each would view his and the other's clocks during the trip. Let's assume that each has a very powerful telescope that enables such observation. Surprisingly, with careful use of the time it takes light to travel between the two we can explain the paradox.
Both the traveler and homebody set their clocks at zero when the traveler leaves the earth for the star (event 1). When the traveler reaches the star (event 2) his clock reads eight years. However, when the homebody sees the traveler reach the star, the homebody's clock reads 16 years. Why 16 years? Because, to the homebody, the craft takes 10 years to make it to the star and the light six additional years to come back to the earth showing the traveler at the star. So to the homebody, the traveler's clock appears to be running at half the speed of his clock (8/16.)?"
Still confused? It has to do with the amount of time it takes light to travel. It works just like sound. When there is an explosion miles away, the sound happens instantly, but the sound waves have to travel to your location in order for you to hear it. But by the time you hear it, a few seconds might have gone by since the explosion happened. Light is the same way. Many of the stars we see in the night sky might have already burned out, but in some cases it takes millions of years for the light to reach us, so our perception of events is happening at a different 'time' than those of the star.
So Nancy, to respond to your last comment, you can't travel backward in time because what has happened has already happened. But you could hop into a vehicle going near the speed of light and come back 20 earth years later to check out the scene... But don't expect to see your future self to see how life turned out, because there is only one of you. And when you left us here on Earth in 2008, you did not return until 2028. And I am assuming that the US had by that time fully embraced Communi...oh sorry, I mean a progressive system of government where everyone is truly treated equally and no one has the opportunity to get ahead, well except for the people in charge.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kid Picture Trivia - Sisters




1. Who are these people?


2. Are they sisters?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great Scott!!!



A. If time travel is possible, why has no one from the future ever come back and told us? People act like it's only a matter of time until scientists figure it out, but flash forward 200 years to when they have supposedly figured it out, why haven't any of those people come back and visited us in the past 100 years - have you, your parents, or your grandparents ever heard about or met anyone from the future? Perhaps it's not invented for another 1000 years and maybe they don't consider any of the last 100 years to be interesting enough to waste 2 time machine tokens on, I don't really know. I don't think time travel is possible.

B. I suppose that a better question is do you think it's plausible that there are multiple time lines running at once? In other words, are our past-selves and future-selves living out their lives at the same time we are experiencing it or is time more of a one way street? Once something has happened, you can't go back. And something that hasn't happened yet, can still be determined with infinite outcomes. That's really my main problem with time travel - it suggests some sort of pre-destination to our actions. I hate the thought that I don't control my own destiny.

C. Time Travel Paradox: If time travel were possible, and you went back to the past and killed your parents before they had you, what would happen? Would you cease to exist and just disappear? But if your parents died before ever having you, then you were never born. If you were never born then how did you travel back in time to kill your parents?

Kid Picture Trivia - Sports



1. Who are these guys?
2. Who would win? (assuming they were playing the same sport)

Moppasins


I just want it stated for the record that Nancy and I had discussed the above idea long before it hit the market. But because we sat on it and didn't pursue development, we lost out, bigtime. Our name for it was better: Moppasins. We were going to donate all proceeds to our tribe.

Kid Picture Trivia



1. Can you guess who this is?
2. Can you guess the name of the stuffed animal?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Most Annoying Celebrities


Most Annoying Celebrities (in no particular order):


1. Oprah - She tries to teach people how to stay thin when she can't do it herself.

- She has a cult-like following and in many cases her followers are more annoying than she is.

- Her ego is out of control.


2. Diddy (Sean Combs)

- Changes his name every couple of years to something dumber than than what it was before. (Puffy, Puff Daddy, Diddy, P Diddy, Stay Puff, Puffy McPufferson, Who's your Daddy)

- He continues to promote the delusion of the 'thug life' to poor uneducated black people helping to keep them in the never-ending cycle of broken homes, crime, and poverty.

- His ego is out of control.


3. Donald Trump

- His show is based around him being a really successful businessman when only a few years ago he was on the verge of bankruptcy. He is not a businessman, a real estate tycoon, he's just a TV star with a horrible comb over.

- He has a horrible comb over. Does he really think that people don't know he is bald?

- His ego is out of control.


4. Barbara Walters

- She created The View, enough said..

- Her questions are usually softballs, and when someone is in trouble, they want her as their interviewer.

- She has a speech impediment, pronouncing 'R' like 'W' and over pronounces her 'G.'

- Her ego is out of control.


5. Michael Jackson

- Even if he hasn't been convicted yet of molesting kids, he has a ranch devoted to kids, playing, and monkeys. It's creepy.

- Where is his nose?

- Why does he want to be white so bad?

- He was such a great singer, dancer, and performer when he was younger, but the fame and money made him crazy. What a waste.

- His ego is out of control.


6. I’m sure you can name others…

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Debt, Babies



Lifestyles in this country are out of whack. We have become of nation of people who cannot live within our means, finance everything, own nothing, and our lives revolve around monthly payments. People drive cars they can't afford, buy houses beyond their income bracket, and will make the minimum payments on their credit cards for the rest of their lives.
I recently stumbled across Dave Ramsey and think that he's got it right. Eliminate all of your debt as fast as you can and pay for everything with cash. Cash is king. If you don't have enough money to pay cash for something, then you can't afford it. His website is a little cheesy and looks too much like a stereo typical self-help program, but I listen to him on the radio and he gives really sound advice to callers.


"Myth: Debt is a tool and should be used to help create prosperity.
Truth: Debt is not a tool; it is a method to make banks wealthy, not you.

Debt is dumb. Most normal people are just plain broke because they are in debt up to their eyeballs with no hope of help. If you're in debt then you're a slave, in the sense that you do not have the freedom to use your money to help change your family tree. According to a recent USA Today article about debt, 78 percent of baby boomers have mortgage debt, 59 percent have credit card debt, 56 percent have car payments.

It takes a lot of will, discipline, courage and help to slay the debt monster. But it can be done. Imagine how much you could put toward retirement if you just didn't have a stinking car payment? This is how the wealthy build their wealth. Debt is really dumb." -- Ramsey

What he preaches seems like simple common sense, but this is not how the majority of Americans are living today. Most Americans have various debt payments (student loans, car debt, credit card debt, etc...) and yet they live lifestyles that consume every penny of their monthly take-home pay as the interest on their debt continues to dig them deeper into a hole. Think about how much money is wasted in interest over a person's lifetime.

Our society is set up to make us think that you are suppose to finance everything, but you have to break out of this cycle if you ever want to truly get ahead. Too many people in this country are consumed with image and appearance. I know lots of people who have no money, but you would think they were loaded by the car they drive and the house they live in. It's an illusion. They don't own anything and most of their monthly income evaporates because they are trying to keep up with the monthly payments of their lifestyles.

If you want to get ahead in this life, you have to be different. You have to get out of debt in order to really start building wealth.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Best and Worst Movies


Best Movie Ever: The Matrix

Worst Movie Ever: Tremors

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Guest Post: 'One-eyed Willy'


Guest Post by Kevin: 'One-eyed Willy'

The rise of pirates has been on the increase since 2007. In fact, AP stated that the number of ships captured in 2008 is the highest numbers since the pirating days in the Caribbean. How should the United States interact in our international waters over this issue? The US currently is leading the effort to help secure ships off the cost of Africa. Currently we have less then 200 ships flying with a US flag in international waters. US law says that a ship with a US flag has to have a 100% US crew, unlike most other countries just requiring the captain. Another law says any ship that is carrying US aid has to fly the US flag, which accounts for more then half of the 200 US cargo ships. Is it the responsibility of the US to help protect our cargo even if it’s not flying the US flag or should we back down and let other countries handle this issue? Statistics show that funding for the ransom of these ships helps fund gorilla’s that cause mass ethnic cleansing in Africa, not the Middle East. Currently, one US ship was taken over on Thursday 04/08/09, which is the first US ship of the year. Out of the all this ships taken last year and this year, currently this is the only crew that reclaimed control. With that said, the pirates are holding out with the captain as two Navy destroyers and a drone are inbound. The United States government does not accept ransoms or negotiate with terrorists, so this could be a stand off. So what are your thoughts?

Kevin

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What is rich?


In think there is a common misconception about what is considered rich. Below are some income ranges by household. The only thing you have to remember about these numbers is that roughly 51% of the total households included are married couples so they have dual income.

US Household Income Ranges:
Bottom Quarter:
$0-$25k: 28%

Second Quarter:
$25-$50k: 27%

Third Quarter:
$50-$75K: 18%
Top Quarter:
$75-$100k: 11%
$100-$150k: 10%
$150-$200k: 3%
$200-$250k: 1%
$250k+: 2%

An overwhelming majority (94%)of households make less than $150k total, and furthermore a huge majority (84%) make less than $100k. This means that if a household has 2 income earners that each make $50k on average (well actually, men make more than women on average, but that's a different posting for a different day) then they fall into the top 16% of income earners in the US.

It's funny because whenever I think about the upper class, I'm always picturing these people raking in millions and rolling around naked on a bed with hot stinky sweaty hundred dollar bills everywhere. A household who makes $150k a year is in the top 6% of US earners, but that's only roughly $75k per person. I don't really think of that as rich (well at least not stinky filthy rich), but I would argue that by the numbers it is considered rich.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cats in Hats!


Cats in Hats!


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Cats in Hats!


Cats in Hats!


Guest Post: 'I mean, really?'


Guest Post by Kelly: 'I mean, really?'

About once a week, I see an old truck or blazer lifted on tractor-style wheels.

I mean, really?


Kelly

And the Survey Says...


Past Poll Results to date:
- Most people would actually see Footloose 2 starring Eric.
- Poppins is better than Wonka.
- Old people stay in the workplace too long.
- Embryonic Stem cell research should be done.
- Most people would prefer to see Brokeback Mountain starring Eric (over the Jerk and Young Guns) starring Eric.)
- The flat panel over the fireplace is the best solution for the Dallas guys’ new house.
- The communist cow is the best type of political cow.
- Jake did get it right on the cause of the recession.
- Gay people should be allowed to get married.
- Bam Obama and Billary are both awesome.
- Mac’s are better than PC’s.
- Houston is better than Dallas.
- Brett has the best homonym: whether/weather/wither/wit her/twitter.
- Woody was the best male Cheer’s character.
- Most people never use the USPS if they can help it.
- Coins are horrible and most people hate them as much as Jake.
- Most people want Cindy to be the next guest blogger.
- We are in fact headed towards an idiocracy.
- Sorry Brett, you and the Mayans are crazy.
- Jake’s 3 step plan is the best solution to the illegal immigration problem.
- Lack of communication is the most common cause of divorce.
- Most people marry the wrong person due to immaturity.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Divorce


Depending on where you go for your numbers the divorce rate in this country is around 41% for first marriages, 60% for second marriages, and 73% for third marriages.

Most common causes of divorce in no particular order:
1. Infidelity
2. Communication Breakdown
3. Abuse - physical, psychological, or emotional
4. Financial

What the hell is wrong with people!? 41% divorce rate is ridiculous and we should be ashamed of ourselves. If you have to get a divorce, then you didn't know the person you were marrying in the first place. Barring some tragic life-altering physical or mental accident, people don't change. If your spouse was an ass when you dated, then they will continue to be an ass after you get married.
The warning signs are easy to spot, I'm sure you've all seen them. The people and couples I think that are most likely to get divorced show the following signs: getting too serious too fast, really extreme in their descriptions of their love for the other person, irrational decision making, highly emotional people, people with mental or emotional problems, drug and alcohol addiction problems, and people who have been previously married. If you can't communicate with the person you want to marry about all topics (financial, health, food, children, etc...) then you won't be able to make it work in marriage either. If you fight all the time now, you will continue to do that in marriage. If your life goals and long term plans are at opposite ends of the spectrum, just ignoring this fact and putting it off to deal with later will not work. When it eventually comes up, and it will, you won't be able to resolve it any better and you will both end up being unhappy.
Pop culture has not helped any of this either. Songs and TV do nothing but mock the traditional nuclear family and glorify the hardships of single moms. Many movies are specifically geared towards a whole group of people living this great single life in their 40's after being divorced. It's a joke. Getting married and then divorced leaves you unhappy and broke. Why would you want that? People need to wise up and think more about the decision to get married instead of letting their hormones dictate their life. And here's a thought, if your friends and family that you have trusted your entire life don't like your potential spouse, perhaps you should trust their judgement and question your own. Bottom line is no matter how 'in love' you are with someone, at some point you need to think rationally about your situation and relationship and make sure that you are marrying the right person. Marriage is forever, at least in my book.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Illegal Immigration


My 3 step proposal to deal with illegal immigration:

1. Secure the borders with manpower and fencing. It is a national security threat to allow people to cross into our country undocumented. This goes for our northern and southern border. Do not allow even one more person to enter this country without going through the proper channels.

2. Give all illegal aliens in this country 3 years to start the registration process to become citizens. If they are holding down a job and are productive members of society then approve their citizenship. If they are criminals, deport them. We need to start collecting taxes from the 15 million people here who work, make money, and take advantage of our country's services like education and health care. The country gets the additional tax revenue and they get all the same rights of a normal US citizen. Continue to reform the immigration process to make it easier to legally enter this country and become a citizen.

3. During the 3 year registration period, form a massive task force and once the 3 years is up, find and deport every single person still in the country illegally. Increase the punishment for the companies that hire them. Do not imprison them, just pick them up and drop them off back in their own country. No tolerance for illegal aliens.
These people have no respect for the laws of our country. And how can we respect ourselves if we do not enforce our own laws. I am a firm believer that the heart of this country is made of immigrants, we are a giant melting pot, and anyone who wants to come to America should be able to. But they should have to go through the legal system of becoming citizens, and saying that the process to become a citizen takes too long is not an excuse for breaking our laws.

People like Nancy Pelosi say that it's Un-American for us to enforce immigration laws...that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. And for our Speaker of the House not to support our immigration enforcement officials with comments like that is criminal. And I'm tired of people on both sides calling the other side un-American because they have different opinions. There is only one thing that is truly un-American, and that is someone who lives here illegally and is literally a non-US citizen, that's un-American.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Guest Post: ' 2012: A Year of Reckoning'



Guest Post by Brett: ' 2012: A Year of Reckoning'
Let me preface this post for those of you who are already mocking me by saying that I am not a believer nor a “doubter” of what may or may not happen at or near 11:11 A.M. GPT on December 21, 2012. I will say I am fascinated by the whole thing and am extremely interested in what others think, so I am encouraging a heated discussion afterwards.
We live in an exciting time. We will see more changes on this planet than any known group of people before us. This planet and our civilization in specific has seen more changes in the last hundred years than in the previous two-thousand, and because of the nature of technology, it is reasonable to assume that this trend will continue. Our generation of people has already seen huge historic events, such as the creation of the internet to the dawning of a new millennium. Regardless of whether or not a cataclysmic event occurs in the near future, we will live through what I think to be another very cool event in history.

2012 dates the end of the Mayan long count calendar, which only happens every 5000 or so years. What the Mayans truly believed this means is in great question mostly because their civilization ended a thousand or so years ago. The Mayans are a very mysterious culture. It is unknown how they had the capabilities to map the stars and accurately predict astrophysical phenomenon’s in the way they were able to. Our society has just recently been able to confirm that the end of the Mayan calendar coincides (not coincidentally) with the Sun and Earth being aligned with the center of the Galaxy. This is a cycle that only happens every 26,000 years.

This is about all I can say with confidence that what I am saying has any validity. I’m sure many of you have heard all the speculation and conjecture that is out there, and it is hard to tell what is accurate / inaccurate, real / fake, science / pseudoscience. NASA has recently come out and said that they expect the 11 year cycle of solar flares to be the worst in some time, and they expect it to peak in 2012. I have also read peer reviewed articles from astrophysicists that claim there may be a link to the alignment of the galaxy with the last time there was a polar shift on this planet, claiming that there is strong evidence that both of these occurred around the same time and that there are theories that could possibly explain how one could be a result of the other. I have also seen lees reputable sources that claim many past civilizations and philosophers that predict historic events on or around this time.

I could go all day on this, but I would rather see what everyone else thinks. Is it all just one big coincidence that all of these things seem to line up, or is it people wanting there to be something bigger than what is really there? I’m not going to lie to you all, while I have my doubts that anything of great significance will actually happen, I am rooting for chaos. My personal favorite is that the aliens helped the Mayans create their calendar, and this date marks their return from the planet Nibiru (Planet X), which some say is closer to Earth than it has been in thousands of years, due to it’s long, ovular orbit. Word up and don’t judge me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Let me make you a deal...


I started to waver on my position regarding the auto-maker bailouts after some convincing arguments from Brett, but watching the latest events with the situation has only reaffirmed my stance. I don't think this is going to end well and I think we are making the wrong decision in continuing to support GM and Chrysler. I don't think our country should be giving these failing companies money, backing everyone's car warranties, or be screwing around in that industry at all. I think that if GM and Chrysler want to survive they need to declare Chapter 11 and reorganize as new companies that can compete in today's marketplace selling quality products. American cars cost more and are crappier quality. Honda's and Toyota's cars get better gas mileage, have cooler features, and last forever. GM, Chrysler, and Ford got too comfortable over the last 20 years with their way of doing things and they have not kept up with market trends and their labor costs have become unaffordable. But I don't think that our government should be wasting our tax dollars trying to fix it. Yet another example of people not letting the Capitalistic cycle work itself out. Believe me that if there is a demand in this country for cars then people and companies will make them. The government does not need to interfere. If a company doesn't sell good products, then they either reinvent themselves or go out of business, that is how it is suppose to work...so let it.