Archive for February, 2012

Thoughts on Thirty-One:

When I was younger I never thought I would appreciate a good pen as much as I do now.

I have come to realize a lot of things in my life that I care about are just entertainment related and I could probably easily give them up and not be any worse off in my quality of life.

Being silly is different is just as much fun now as it was when I was 11.

I can finally grow decent facial hair.

Too bad there is so much grey in it.

When I was younger I enjoy watching baseball players hit home runs.  Now I think I enjoy a 12 pitch at-bat between a great pitcher and a great hitter that ends in a weak ground ball to third more.

While my music tastes in general have become more and more esoteric, I still love a really good pop/rock/hip-hop song.

I am slowly coming to realize that great friends and good relationship are the truly valuable things in my life.

While I have tried to develop a palate and start enjoying more varied and different tasting foods and even enjoy some of the finer food available to consumers, there is still something about the McDonalds Chicken McNugget that captivates me and makes me want to eat them.

I was not as misinformed about things as people thought I was when I was younger.  But I realize my priorities where way out of whack.

A well made video game can still be as engrossing to me as it was when I was a teenager.

I cannot say the same about the majority of the programming on network television.

Story means much, much more to me now.

But I am still willing to put up with big plot holes if you make it look pretty on the screen.

I appreciate clear, sunny, cloudless, days more.

And I find rainy days to be fun now too.

I still love trivia.

Even though I realize more and more how compromising/corrupt politicians are, I have become fascinated by the political process, legislation, elections, votes and such.

But as much as I like it I don’t think I would want to run for office, out of what it may make me do/become or compromise.

Congress, local law enforcement, the DMV, Best Buy during Christmas and the 5 freeway are all things that I think need to be blown up and rebuilt from scratch.

I also realize now as a regular middle class private citizen how very little power I have in the world.

Unless you count my power to still bake the best chocolate chip cookies you have ever tasted.

A well made cocktail makes things much better.

Being able to go home for lunch has sort have become a little treasure for me.

I want to help people more and give more, never would have thought of that when I was younger.

Oddly I was very conservative in my ideals and beliefs growing up, I can only imagine that was because I just believed what I was “Taught/Indoctrinated” with.  As I matured into thinking for myself I find I fall much more on the progressive/liberal side of the thought spectrum.

I still love baseball more than any other sport and every year I still think the Dodgers have chance.

In general my grammar is still bad and my spelling is still atrocious; but I know what sounds good to the ear and can fake my way through just about anything.

I don’t like being fake though.

I am not as easily provoked or upset as I used to be.

I do realize that most of my problems and the worlds just revolves around us being selfish.

I think I know how to live a good life…but doing the things that would be required seem quite difficult.

God is more important in my life now than ever before.

I also see his work around me more and more.

Prayer seems much more important now too.

Now I tend to think lists are over-rated.

But they are fun to read.

Things Today

This was a post I made in a discussion on Facebook, just felt like sharing it here.

Okay to get real here, talk of financial numbers when referring to the President’s administration is just plain silly.  No matter how you slice it he not only inherited two expensive overseas wars but the worst economic collapse since the great depression.  Wars don’t pay for themselves and you can’t just pick up and leave so the President was handcuffed into continuing to pay for two very technical, resource consuming and just plain costly wars.  He has since gotten us out of one and work has begun to remove us from the other.  And as far as stimulus and other government spending, I frankly don’t like it.  But if you look at history and really study the economics of it all….no large country has ever gotten itself out of a major recession with cuts to spending.  It just doesn’t happen.  I hate to admit it but Keynes was right, you spend your way out of a recession.  And also let’s not kid ourselves, the stimulus packages, and the auto industry bailout that were all ideas that started in the Bush administration.  Wha you say?  Yes because all the economists told President Bush the same things they told President Obama you have to get money out there to prevent things form getting worse.

If you want to talk about manufacturing jobs, don’t look to the President.  Exports (Manufacturing) have done nothing but go up since he has taken office.  They have gotten better every year.  And if you want to blame him for the lost jobs, that is myopic, don’t blame him, blame the CEO’s that are doing nothing more than making money by shipping jobs overseas.  We cannot compete with China on manufacturing….we can’t they will do it cheaper and faster.  American needs new industries, we never be able to match China in cost and efficiency of assembling an Ipad or flat screen tv.  And for those who say we don’t make anything anymore.  Turn off Glenn Beck and put down the Kool aide.  The USA accounted for 19.4% of all world manufacturing last year.  Only behind China with 19.8%.  Problem is America is just too damn good at manufacturing.  We far outpace the world in our productivity.  Our factories are not full of people placing transistors on board, we have huge machines that do it for us.  We are too darn productive to require the great workforce that was required of US manufacturing decades ago.  That isn’t any President’s problem that is just progress.  And work will always go where it is cheapest.  Jobs left England and Europe for the American colonies in the 1700’s and now they have moved to Asia, it is just the way the world works.

I do admit the President had appointed members to the Executive branch that are pro-abortion.  I dislike/hate the idea of abortion.  I do firmly believe life begins at conception.  I feel every abortion is a death of a human life and oppose it.  I also oppose the death penalty, which oddly most other anti-abortionists do not (But that is another argument).  So while I am morally against abortion and don’t like the fact that the Father may never have a say in the act, I recognize that abortions are not going away, and I am not sure I want them made illegal.  I don’t want a return to back room abortions or young teens running to Mexico or Canada to get an abortion because they can’t in the USA.  Abortions had been on a steady decline since the 1990’s but recently have stopped declining; I fear this is a sign of the recession.  With women not wanting to have baby since they may not have a job to support it, this saddens me deeply.  But the fact remains the right to an abortion will not be overturned.  And if by some chance it is, you will only force women to take more and more drastic measure.  This battle must be won by providing support for those women who are pregnant and are unsure about keeping the baby.  To use the cliché it is a battle that must be won in the hearts and minds and not in the courtrooms. 

And as far as Arizona is concerned, if it weren’t for the laws on the books now they would probably shoot people with Brown skin on sight if they could.  I frankly think that yes, America has been so blessed that if someone wants to come here (even illegally), work to support a family on a minimum wage and still save enough  money to send some back to their home country then good for them.  I do feel a responsibility to my poor neighbor, the weary travelers to share with them and help them out.  In a nation of such abundance and waste, I think there is plenty to go around.  And if we want to be brutally honest, all anti-immigration stuff had an intimation of xenophobia/racism in it, that is if you are brutally honest.  For some reason in any multicultural place I have ever lived I have never heard any uproar about anti-immigration.  It always seems to be rich white men who are in positions of power that make all the fuss.  But then again I don’t think the Native Americans were big fans of illegal immigration either.  They probably wish they built a bigger fence.