Friday, September 23, 2005

It has been said that "bureaucracy is the price of freedom." Sometimes I agree and sometimes I complain that if it wasn’t for all the bullshit we might actually be able to get something done. Another phrase and this one I may or may not have made up, "It easy to complain but it’s much harder to make a solution." In essence, shut up or do something about it. So I have. I have created a few ways I would improve government. Don’t everyone thank me at once. But yeah, in all honesty these are things I truly believe need to be thought about in the hopes of saving sanity and well all semblance of democracy.

I tend not to associate myself with any group because I don’t want people to judge me before they know me. I hate broad accusations about anyone or any group or any race. Just because some stereotypes happen to have some factional basis doesn’t mean they are gospel. I hate democrats and republicans, green peace and libertarians (although not too much), communists and socialists, anarchists and militarists. GO AWAY. The greatest president we ever had did not associate himself with a political party because he felt it would harm the nation. He is the same president who denied to become a king of our pitiful nation at the time. George Washington will forever be my idol because he was unselfish and didn’t give a damn what people thought of him. Yeah, he sucked in commanding while in Pittsburgh but it didn't stop him from being a hero for our nation. Political Parties are not within the constitution and have, in my opinion, castrated much of the separation of powers. The president creates legislation and his party in congress agrees without as much as a brief debate. That is utter Bullshit. Separation of Powers is exactly that. Separate. If everyone was looking out for the people they were elected to look out for, this crap wouldn’t happen. Yes that’s right. Senators and Congress-people help the state you were elected to represent. Do something other than sit next to each other saying Yeah and No. To whatever the other side of the isle says. And for you people who are appalled at the idea of no political party to root for, well tough luck. Pick a politician who has firm ideals and ideas for the future and back him. Actually observe the debates and not say, "Oh, he’s just not a good debater" I still like him. Figure out why and figure out who people are without having to hit the button that allows you to vote for all democrats/republicans because you didn’t bother to look over their credentials.

"Bill, if we have no political parties and no campaigns how are we to know who we are voting for???!!!?" O dear, did you get stricken deaf, dumb, and blind? O my, did god send bugs to eat away at your hands so that you can’t look up the election online or turn on PBS? There is no reason people need a so-called warchest to run for public office. That money could be better spent anywhere. We have public television where we can observe debates. We have the internet where candidates could write a paper title "ABOUT ME" or even have them answer online questions that people want to know. Is that so much to ask? I don’t need those fucking fliers all over the street. I don’t need those damn billboards telling me like I'm an infant child: "VOTE FOR JOE, HES NO POLITICAL HOE." Stop with the swift-boat veterans, stop with the extraneous information. "O, John Q. smoked a pack of cigarettes when he was 17. I can’t vote for him because I must follow my strict non-smoking platform" Yeah, well superficial is as a superficial does.

Does anyone see a problem, with the executive branch making rules that they enforce? Anyone think that maybe we should leave rule-making to those elected by us? You know because we will be subjected to the rules. There are so many little piss-ant regulatory agencies that are under the control of the executive branch that we have essential placed the rule on the executive branch. The president seems to have the final word in many of the discussions that take place over: environmental issues, science-funding, and social issues. Can my elected officials please stop playing patty-cake with the political party buddies and cease some control over what’s happening. Can we stop giving money away and start using a fiscal policy that will help get rid of poverty, help increase the middle class, and stop making the rich, richer. Every time I get a pay-check, every time, I appreciate the fact that I have the opportunity to pay taxes. We all do it and why should I be upset about it. If it helps keep me safe or helps someone I don’t care. I would give up 40% to 50% of my check for the luxury of helping inter-city poverty or improve schools. Work is work and life is life. But not to stray from my original point, "party politics" or "votes along party lines" must stop. Law making should be done by elected officials and not regulatory bodies. Don’t get me wrong, regulatory agencies are needed, but they should be under the command of senators or committees, not the president or the president’s staff, or the secretary of whatever.

Maybe I’m old fashioned but five 24h news channels along with four evening and night news channels is eight too many. I mean I enjoy watching the same story many many times but this sensationalism is ridiculous. Everything is the worst ever, or the best ever, or the most wild, or the most tragic. Stop it. Report the news, report all the news and stop picking and choosing what you think I want to watch. I want to hear about Katrina but has anyone noticed nothing is being said about Iraq. I want to hear about Roberts, but because he really can’t comment on anything he may preside over, so people are making huge assumptions. The judicial branch does not make law, see above. They apply the law to controversies. Roberts was asked, can the judicial branch do anything about the disaster in New Orleans. Want to know the answer? Guess.
A. We can allow lawsuits from citizens and anyone in the disaster against municipal and state govts.
B. We can not do anything; we are only here to interpret the law.
C. Instruct Congress on the appropriate statutes to enact to stop this from happening. Or.
D. What?

To conclude, die political parties, die yellow journalists with your big news corporations, and die political warchests and political campaigns. I don’t know when the next post will be but if you look at the dates of these you’ll find a pattern of cluelessness.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." That was a quote from Albert Einstein. Perhaps in response seeing the Hollywood and flagrant stupidity or maybe just at people in general. Either way, I'm sure he would very upset with them now. Captain Obvious explains it very nice in this article:

"I think people need a really strong reason to go to the movies and to pay the 10 bucks per person and to go out of the house and take that leap of faith"

Well I could have told you that. As a consumer I will not pay 9 bucks for a movie ticket, 3.50 for a bag of popcorn, over salted no less, 3.50 for a box of crunch-a-munch and 4.00 for a soda. 20.00!!!!! I could buy the movie in about 3 months for that much. Or better yet rent it for 3.99 or better yet ask my friends how bad it sucked and not bother watching it period. I mean can someone please come up with something original. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bad News Bears, War of the Worlds, The Longest Yard, and House of Wax are all remakes that came out this summer. And there are a million that have just recycled ideas: Batman Begins (there are four other batman movies), The Cave(come on, how many movies are there with a dangerous creature in an enclosed space in which the heroes must survive), Transporter 2(need I say more), Stealth(man creates machine, machine kills man, how many times has this been done), Madagascar(fish out of water comedy, I can think of 2 instantly), Star Wars(5 others), Sky High(The Incredibles, only high school style), The Island(the dangers of advancement in technology), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(OK, NO), Herbie: Fully Loaded(definitely been done before), Deuce Bigelow(sequel), Cinderella Man(Million Dollar Baby, but true), Dukes of Hazzard(TV show), and Fantastic Four(stop with the damn comic book superheroes). Need I say anymore about why no one in there right mind would go see a movie.

TV has only been a problem too. This weekend I watched football. That’s it. Nothing else was interesting. I mean maybe if they could come up with another reality TV show. I don't think they have hit the bottle of the barrel yet. I have some ideas. Stick with me. We'll have men compete to be a sperm donor for a single woman who wants a kid. o wait thats already been done. How about one where five prostitutes start a cafe. Wait no, beat me on that one too(bottom). I got another, a show where criminals have the option of being executed or run an obstacle course with people trying to kill them along the way. If they survive they are set free, else death makes high quality television. O wait, That’s a damn movie. But I'm sure some reality TV producer is going to try it. Its sick the ideas that could be coming out, but it’s even sicker to think of what we (the viewers) have had to put up with. Anyone seen "Girls Next Door", "My Super Sweet 16", "Average Joe", "Fear Factor" or "Growing up Gotti", yeah I want to die too. I shouldn't have to be subjected to this and I shouldn't be left with college football as the alternative. I mean I could careless about USC vs. Hawaii, especially when USC is up 46 points in the fourth quarter. And no, I am not exaggerating. Anyway, I just really hope there are more episodes of Family Guy in the next 25 years cause the future isn't looking good.

UPDATE(9/8) : My greatest apologizes for publishing an unfinished work but I recently found two more articles that really just turn my stomach. In this one, it seems the writers of reality want more money for their efforts. Apparently reality isn't truly reality until they "sifting through hundreds of hours of footage to craft story lines." Not to be a downer or anything but if one must craft a story line is it really reality and on the same topic if you must edit reality to make it more interesting, obviously its a dumb non-interesting idea in the first place. Joe Millionaire is DUMB and STUPID. I wouldn't accept money to have someone write a show like that. And the other a look into more dumb shows that will premiere this fall. In this article, we get a look at a show that will wittles down potential comedies such as "The Sperm Donor", where a mother goes on a courages search for her daughters biological father(Sounds really funny, more like watching an episode of Maury) and "Stephen's Life", where a manipulative son convinces his mom to enroll in big schemes (the title of this should be, How Hard Would You Hit Your Child if He acted like this). Anyway I thought these deserved to be placed into how dumb television is.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Many of you will be very surprised to see a blog from me. While I have been stating an extreme dislike of blogs from the very beginning. Well, I have my reasons and, yes, I will explain them. But first my dislikes of blogs:

1. My life and just about everyone else’s, does not require a webpage for me to explain what I have been doing. If people did want to know what I have been doing, guess what they would do? Ask me. The information age has been very kind to all of us. Cell Phones and chat systems for everyone!!!! Well use them. Enjoy it. And be glad when the response that follows "sup" is "nm". By the way, just a few moments to explain my picture. I hate you msn messenger. You are on every computer in the world and you are the hardest program to get rid of. I will never stop in my hunt to delete you from every computer I touch.
2. If you’re reading this far, congratulations you've made it further than I have in anyone else's blog. No offense to any of you that have them. But my writing is far below that of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the NY Times, or even CNN.COM. And frankly I haven't found anything interesting in those to read so why in the world would I read about people's lives when I could just call them or IM then.
3. The last reason I despise blogs is that they are so unoriginal. The first blog, I can think of, was written by Maddox. Yes, you know the infamous Maddox, who writes very graphic articles on his website that range from a pro-abortion, and no I don't mean pro-life, to anti-vegetarian. His articles are very funny, offensive, and original. It’s funny and original for him to have a blog based on making fun of people and lashing out at the social quirks of society. It is not funny however, to have every TOM, DICK, and HARRY writing their everyday misadventures. "Today I went to the mall and found a cute red shirt. But I didn't buy it because I know a friend of mine has one similar." Great and I'll never have those thirty seconds of my life back.

So there you have it; my reasons for hating blogs, or at least, why I don’t like them. Then why did I write this blog? Good question. Here are those reasons.

1. For one thing, I have a place to write some of my bizarre theories and/or opinions and maybe have a few people read them. It gives me something to talk about and something maybe to research for. I am refusing to let this divulge into "what I did today" or "what I did this weekend rocked". I will write something interesting or I won't write. Plain, simple, economic.
2. It gives me a place to rant and rave to thing that really upset me. For, instance, I have already voiced my displeasure in the so called info age. Well F*** every one of you with a cell phone that drive in front of me. Pay attention, respect the right of way, and please turn off the phone. Call them when you get where you’re going, call them from along side the road. And if none of those apply at least drive normally. I admit, I have talked on the phone while driving. But I have never let it affect my driving. I have never, for instance, driven 20 mph below the speed limit or kept my turn signal on for three minutes. PAY ATTENTION and stop increasing my insurance rates.

So anyway, I think I've gotten what I've wanted out of the post. Enjoy it. Cause I don't know when the next shall be.