Take Note, Conservatives

December 30, 2008

You may think that I’m about a month late with this post, but Blagojevich is not the focus of this particular blog entry. This is the perfect opportunity to display to conservatives how to handle one of their own in a sticky situation. Let me show you how to act when one of “your guys” screws up.

Blagojevich is shady. He’s my Governor and we’ve known it for quite a while. Politicians in our state (Democrats included) have an intense hatred for him and have gone to battle with him repeatedly. The fact that he has a “D” in front of his title does not mean anything to me. There are Democratic politicians out there that are dirty and crooked. I won’t defend them.

It amazes me that amount of defense that is displayed for crooked conservatives. Really, it’s ok to admit what they are. You don’t have to defend a dude trying to get some in an airport bathroom. You don’t have to defend a congressman trying to get with underage pages. You can see the hypocrisy and humor in an anti-gay conservative pastor having meth fueled sex with a gay prostitute. It’s really ok to call out Read the rest of this entry »

2008 Election – The Democrats Take Over.

November 7, 2008

I have no idea how I managed to stay quiet during the entire 2008 election.  I think it’s partly that I was more interested in watching commentary and hearing what other people thought and really didn’t have the energy or even desire to voice my own opinions.  And part of it is probably laziness.

So here we are with President Barack Obama.

I really don’t know how we got here.  I suppose there are more than a few Republicans thinking “Oh!  I get it…a community organizer is a person that is probably pretty good at organizing a community.  That might be a handy thing in a general election.” 

There are a few topics I’d like to discuss in the next few days.  I thought maybe breaking them up would be a better idea than spewing everything into one post.  It might also help me get into the habit of writing consistently.  Today, I would like to discuss the 2008 election in general terms.

The main point I’d like to touch on today is one that I’ve been dying to write about for months, but I’m a Cubs fan, so I’m a very superstitious person that always experiences that impending sense of doom.  I didn’t dare talk about a possible Democratic victory.  But now that Barack Obama has begun selecting cabinet members, it is safe for me bring this topic up. 

Four years ago, after George W. Bush defeated John Kerry, I heard conservatives claim that it was the death of the Democratic Party.  After the 2004 election, the Republicans controlled the White House, had a 17 seat advantage in House and a 3 seat advantage in the Senate.  Even in victory, Republicans aren’t honest with themselves.  Bush claimed this victory was decisive enough to give him a mandate, and he planned to spend that capital.  After all, Bush received more votes than any other president in American History.  Of course, John Kerry, in defeat, received more votes than any president in American History, as well.  Bush beat Kerry in electoral votes, 286-251.  If Kerry would have won Ohio, Read the rest of this entry »

Ted Stevens Goes Down the Tubes

July 31, 2008

Senator Ted Stevens (R – Alaska) was indicted this week on seven felony counts.  He received more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from an oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.  He’s also accused of lying on his Senate financial disclosure reports. 

Stevens is also known for his support of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”, which has become the poster-child for unnecessary and irresponsible government spending.  Stevens threatened to quit Congress if the funds were diverted from the bridge construction to relief for Hurricane Katrina.

Nowdays, a Senator being indicted for corruption doesn’t really catch my attention, but Ted Stevens has made a name for himself Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News Will Tell You What’s Acceptable

July 28, 2008

I know that you can’t expect any sort of legitimate news coverage from Fox News.  Nor can you expect them to report on something without adding a little opinion at the end of a story.  This type of “reporting” and it’s bias goes unnoticed because cable news has become so opinion-oriented thanks to the talking head shows that litter the networks.

I flipped on Fox News, only because it is channel 39 and the Cubs were on channel  40.  They were doing this story about a guy from Orlando, Florida who is selling his body for a tattoo on Ebay to any corporation willing to buy his ad-space.  He seemed like a decent enough guy.  He recently got laid off and is married with 2 kids and another on the way.  He talked about how he has turned in his resume to 30 employers and has not gotten a call-back. 

So, at the end of the story, they go back to the “newscasters”.  This is how they end the story:

Woman: “I wouldn’t buy his body.”

Man :  “I don’t know about all that.”

Woman:  “Yeah, I mean, get a second job”.

Man:  “Yeah, I hear McDonald’s is hiring”.

So first, let’s explore the fact that apparently the woman did not even pay attention to the story.  He lost his job, that’s why he’s trying to make ends meet by allowing some corporation to tattoo their logo on his body.  This was not some dude looking for publicity.  In fact, he tried to keep it a secret and somehow it got to the media.  But yeah…common sense tells you that you can’t get a second job until you have a first.  Plus, she was obviously commenting Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Cubs Blog

June 7, 2008

There has been a ton of traffic to this blog recently apparently searching “Cubs”.

So this might be a good time post the link to the Cubs blog that I write for again.


Humor and Politics

May 20, 2008

Let me be honest, Mr. McCain.  You’re not funny.  Don’t try to be funny.  Don’t go on SNL anymore.  Nobody really finds formulated self deprecating humor from politicians to be funny.  Hillary Clinton has used all the self deprecating humor up for the 2008 election.  You telling awful jokes   Read the rest of this entry »

Bill O’Reilly Loses his Cool on Camera

May 14, 2008

If you haven’t seen this yet, it is probably one of the funniest clips from television I have ever seen.  It’s from when he was on Inside Edition.  You know, the hard news journalist that he is.  We all knew he sexually harasses co-workers, but he really must be awful to work with and for.  Oh, the patience of this man.  What a “pinhead”.

Enjoy!   Read the rest of this entry »

Arrested Development, The Movie

May 2, 2008

I can’t believe I just heard about this. By a fluke (conversation about our soon-to-be-born daughter’s name) I looked up Jason Bateman on IMDB and found this:   Read the rest of this entry »

The Ground is a Shaking

April 18, 2008

I figured I had left the seismic activity behind when we left California.  This morning, Tawny woke me up saying “We are having an earthquake”.  I told her the noise our house was making was just rain in the gutters and Wrigley was shaking the bed because he was scratching himself.  Then I realized that it wasn’t raining that hard and our gutters had never made that sound before.  And Wrigley was at my feet, not moving a bit.  Why should I doubt a native Californian.  She knows what an earthquake feels like. Read the rest of this entry »

Music I’d like to share – Cool Your Jets

April 18, 2008

Now that I am playing more shows, I’m encountering bands that are new and unknown outside of their area.  I plan to share bands with you when I encounter them. 

In the last year, I have played two shows with Cool Your Jets from Greenville, Illinois.  Read the rest of this entry »