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So, it seems to be circulating the social network sites, and is quickly becoming one of the biggest issues republicans are bringing to light, so what do we do about our spiraling national debt?

What kind of bothers me about the way republicans are bringing this up is that they act as if this is a new issue.  It isn’t.  The last time we were running at a net positive as a country was actually Clinton (and only for 1 year).  The last time we were running at a positive CONSISTANTLY was under Regan.  So, since that time, we have had 12 years of a Bush, 8 years of Clinton, and less than two years of Obama.  Stop blaming the Democrats, because last I checked you guys are no better.

I’ve spent most of my life going back and forth on whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, but the right answer is, I’m neither.  Some of the issues I am for lean left, and some lean right.  And in other cases, like National Budget affairs, I am absolutely disgusted with both sides of the fence.  How about you?

The economy….

Posted: April 10, 2009 in News, Politics
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OK, so the more I hear about this, the more it makes me sick.  Too many people extended themselves too far, and now we are all paying for it.  People bought too much house, charged too much on credit, and those of us who were responsible are paying the price.

Yes, I know, good people got screwed.  That’s because we allowed a government to get out of control serving commercial interests.  Mortgage rules were laxed, both parties were responsible for that.  And because of that, crooked companies were allowed to use crooked methods to sell people houses that they couldn’t afford.

But you know something?  It’s a self fullfilling prophecy.  And it’s time for the media to realize this.  Every time people (sorry, consumers) read in the paper about how much the economy sucks, they are going to spend less money that they really could afford to spend.  Then, the economy gets worse, and then people start spending less, until it cascades out of control.

And, I’m guilty of it too.  The mainstream media has done a pretty good job of scaring us all into little cocoons, and now it might be too late.  Because now, the unemployment rate is spiking.  And obviously, if you are working for a company that is not doing well, it might be time to save for that rainy day.  And if you have NO savings, maybe its time you start.  But, if you have a pretty healthy savings and a decent stable job, do us all a favor and spend some money.  We will all be better if you do.

I look back to this past year, and think of all the many milestones.  So, I thought I would do a little reflection post to sum things up, starting with December of last year (because it fits).

Notable acheivements of 2008:

  • Graduated with an AAS end of December
  • Rejoined the workforce, this time to start a career in IT
  • Made many new friends, and became closer to old ones once again
  • Did not have one cigarette in 2008 (official quit date was 10/1/2007, but I still feel this is notable in 2008)
  • Moved into my own apartment
  • Furnished said Apartment (for about $2000 and then another $2000 for my TV)
  • Established, and followed, a monthly budget
  • Learned how to cook many new food items (hey, its all new to me, right?)
  • And lastly, I got to go to FL to see my dad and other family members

As I look back at what I accomplished, I see much more to accomplish in the future.  Many things changed for me, and for the world in 2008.  Besides personal changes, we saw the death of XM (RIP Lucy), the formation of the much inferior Sirius XM, the election of a black president, the economic downturn, and most of our 401k’s turning into 201k’s (haha, stole that one from our COO).

2009 shows to be an even more challenging year.  I look forward to it, how about you?

New Feature, Polls

Posted: January 21, 2008 in Politics
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And what better way to add polling to this site than to start with the question that plagues us all.  Who will you vote for?  This poll is open from now until Feburary 1, 2007, and you are only allowed one vote per IP address.  Have fun and I’ll likely do this again later this year as time goes by.

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Yeah, so I haven’t decided yet when the regular date for publication is on my podcast, but I do have another episode coming either tomorrow or Sunday.  I’m thinking new episdoes will be posted either Friday or Sunday on an ongoing basis. 

In other news, the NAACP has enraged me (I’m not racist, but the fact that they have done so would make some believe that I automaticaly am).  They are defending a dog killer based soley on the fact that he is black.  Sorry guys, if he was white the SAME thing would have happened, if not slightly worse.  We don’t have an NAAWP to come to our support when stuff like this happens.  And when you say things like “Many many people love my dick” mistake or not, it doesn’t help.  And the fact is, supporting dog killing doesn’t help the advancement of colored people (which is just an outdated name, perhaps its time for a change of that as well?)

At any rate, their are definitely better uses of your time, such as promoting better educational systems in prominently black areas, I would think that would better serve the advancement of blacks.  With regards to Michael being suspended by the NFL for a year or more, I’m not so sure that was the right course of action, although I wonder what my employer would do if they found out something like this had happened with me.  I don’t think that in reality what you do should affect your professional life, but there are limits to such things.  I think really what the NFL is doing is trying to set an example of him by saying that NFL stars don’t live above the law, but at the same time, provided he is not in jail he should THEORETICALLY be allowed to play.

But, on the other side of the issue yet again, this could be the NFL taking a “wait to see the verdict” type thing, and not wanting that to affect sales of stuff in our way over-sensative society.  I would love to bring up the arguement that if I were caught writing computer viruses that I would be fired, but that would directly relate to my job/career path whereas this did not affect the ability for him to do his job.

But, swapping sides again, many companies would fire you for drug use or felony convictions.  Is this a felony conviction?  (I am asking because honestly I don’t know)  That brings up another good arguement in where we draw the lines between personal life and professional life.  How much SHOULD your personal life affect your professional life, and at what points?  People do make mistakes, even if they don’t recognize them right away.  By that I mean that later on down the line he may really recognize this and want to make it right.  I mean I certainly don’t want to be punished forever for my past mistakes, but they have caused me to get fired, or lose my job too.

Or am I completely missing the point, and are people in the public eye just held to a higher standard?  Because if that were the case, I would think that our own President, and many other government officials shoud lose their jobs too, or face a simular suspension.  But, I suppose we shouldn’t be suprised.  When you hire a salesperson to run the country as we Americans did, your bound to get lied to, and if that costs thousands of innocent lives so be it, right?  We shouldn’t hold government to the same standards as a private individual because that would involve questioning the government which we have already determined is bad. 😉

Hello out there in the interwebs.  So I finally took the plunge, got over some technical hurdles, found a host (bandwidth wise), and started a podcast.  There isn’t much to this first podcast, but I’m sure there will be better content down the line. 

So without further ado, I give you the first ever MNXMFan Podcast.  Click play below to waste 6 minutes of your life, and enjoy!

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Update: Yeah, I realize the audio is distorted.  I guess I rushed this first one, but I have already taken steps to assure that the next one doesn’t sound that way.

A first for me…

Posted: July 5, 2007 in Friends, Politics

This year marks the first time that I didn’t watch fireworks.  Not that I couldn’t find people to go with, I had several offers of people, who I know and who I don’t, to do something.

But, with some recent events coming to fruition, and my lack of desire to be patriotic to a country that starts fake wars, I decided to sit it out this year. 

I spent much of the day shut away from the world, I was tired because I didn’t sleep that well last night, and I had a lot on my mind.  I wanted a chance to reflect myself without having the influences of other people.  The recent events, combined with what my therapist told me, are making me really look within myself for an answer to a very important question, and that is taking much of my brainpower at the moment.

I’m pretty sure I know how I want to proceed, but I am not 100% on this yet.  I have to weigh this for me personally, and do what is best for my health and wellbeing, and right now I can’t say for sure what the best way to proceed happens to be.  Its the hardest thing I have had to ask myself, and I don’t want my blog to sound wishy washy on the issue, I want to make a decision and stick to it.  Right now, I am trying to keep space, but yet still let this person know I care.  For me, thats hard, as I don’t know what this person’s line is between “smothering” and not is.  To me, an occasional text message, email, or blog comment (mostly neutral, while being clear about how I feel) is not smothering anyone.

I guess I am frustrated.  The reason I frustrated is because of the feelings that I’m having.  I realize that nobody else can make me feel anything, and take responsibility for the way I feel.  I’m tired of bending over backwards for people, only to end up on the top of the enemy’s list (once again, how I feel I’m being treated at the moment, I could be wrong).  Friendship is a give and take type of thing, and lately I feel that its been more taking than giving, which I am ok with, because I understand that the situation is pretty deep, and this other person has lots going on.

I’m willing to take responsibility for saying some things I probably shouldn’t have, but I don’t feel that 100% of the blame be laid on me, and my history speaks for itself.  Out of all the many relationships I have had, this is the only one that keeps failing.  Now the question becomes why.  I think perhaps there are just personality flaws that are interacting with each other, sort of like puzzle peices fitting together.  But I could be wrong.  It could be me, or it could be this other person.  See where this reflecting thing is getting complicated?

Maybe someday I will clue you all in to what that big question is, but for now, I would like some time to be able to answer it without the feedback of others.  Whaever decision I make, I want to be 100% my decision, not influenced by outside third parties.