Monday, April 20, 2015
Most TV ads are boring and bland. Some are irritating. Some are downright bad such as the one Jeff Goldblum is in for some apartment locator company. I like Mr. Goldblum as an actor, but him trying to be or play himself in this commercial is impossible to watch. In my opinion there are two really good ones out right now. The first is the Taco Bell commercial with the elderly couple in the car. If you haven’t seen it I do not want to give it away. The second is the old man getting some weird massage on the kitchen counter for some disinfectant wipes. So much of our consumer society revolves around this medium you would think there would be a much better job being done overall. Unfortunately, not so.
I am curious. Do people really believe the establishment Republicans really want to stop Obamacare? Do you really think so? Think about it: with all the effort being put into trying to derail it you would have thought there would have been some success in breaking it up. It won’t be. The medical industry is big business. The more people are insured the more they make in the long run. They know this, the Republicans just play this huge game, that a couple of candidates take too seriously, ramping up the ignorant portion of their base to get votes. Obamacare did nothing to over haul the medical business or really help the consumer. This is just another rouge to use the government to make more money out of the majority of us poor slobs. The President may have had some good intentions, but he failed.
And back to the disaster posts. I mentioned earlier how Islam is perpetuated by ignorance and poverty. Another way to look at this is the Western world came out of the dark ages and eventually over time developed a growing civilization, the general masses slowly became educated and there was some spread of wealth. I am not going to say a great civilization, but we still have a chance to reach new heights. The world ruled by Islam has been kept in the dark ages by individuals bastardizing a belief in God for their own benefit. These so called leaders never really developed a society. For the last thousand years or more, a large portion of the world has not moved forward, instead kept in the dark ages for the benefit of a very small group of people that had no desire to make their followers better.
Then came the oil boom which only exasperated the situation. Now a wealth divide has grown. So you have very poor ignorant people observe some people become rich, but they aren’t given the same opportunities, throw in a scapegoat (the West) and continue aggravating the situation over two or three generations as the differences become more glaring in the light of modern technology. Sure this is a simplistic description of the problem, but it does give a foundation as to why there is no easy solution to the problems in the Middle East and why the problems keep growing. The West has no answers and well unfortunately they have a stake in the problem for many reasons: one they helped create the modern version of the problem, two it is spreading towards the West and far East and will dramatically infiltrate modern life, three fighting the wars is a heavy cost burden to the taxpayers, four ignorance and poverty is a crime against humanity, and much more educated people than I have better broken this down in a variety of publications. The end result is no answer. No one politician can stand up and say I can solve this issue, yet over the next year and a half or so we will hear all sorts of hyperbole on how we need to get tough etc…
I once proposed on another forum that we need to recreate a radio free Europe type of approach, but this would be only one piece of the puzzle to just begin to resolve the situation. At best and I mean at very best it will take 2-3 generations to begin to move the bar in a different direction. Somehow someway, we need to find a way to get a message across there is a better world and hate is not the answer. And while we are trying just to create a message, we will be fighting a very entrenched message that will counter every move that is made to change the status quo.
And what will also compound this problem, there are powers that be in the West that want to continue with this downward spiral of hate in the Middle East. There are people who benefit from conflict who want these blood baths to continue. And this is just one group that is profiting off the insanity over there. Any institution or person that profits off of commodity prices, not just oil, also wants this malaise to continue.
It will take such a concerted effort to regain some control over the Western governments, by the people at large, so we can change how we approach the Middle East I fear we may never see a resolution. Right now it is hard enough to convince enough people in the United States they are being taken for a ride by our economic leaders to change policies here I do not see how we can take further steps to help the rest of the world. And these types of changes also need to play out in Europe. We do not need socialism or any other massive change in type of government, we just need the people in the Western Democracies to actually take on the responsibility of doing what they are suppose to do and that is become informed active participants in their countries. And if we don’t then lack of education and poverty will begin to overwhelm our side of the fence. And of course this finishes the circle and mankind may never reach the goals of enlightened world. Yes this is a bleak outlook, but one that can be overcome.
The next question is: how do we take back our world? Hopefully one day soon we find the leaders we need.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
First of all, why is it and especially among liberal news sites you have to sign on using a social media account. I am really ticked off at the news sites that require this. It seems they all want you to use Facebook. What if I don’t want to make Facebook richer by becoming another user to let them rack up more advertising sales. If a person wants to join, find, but why do I have to give money to both the website and Facebook. I am also ticked off at these sites since almost every post I make on a liberal site doesn’t post. I do not know if they are monitoring and they show up later, but with other sites they come up pretty quick.
And while trying to make a post on Salon dot com I ran across someone who made a point that I agree. The point was made by a commenter named chickendork and said that both Bill Maher and Bill O’Reilly “are both just bullies and cheer leaders for their opposing sides” I was thinking on Saturday morning pretty much that they are very similar and was trying to make a comparison. Now this wasn’t chickendorks’ main point, but I like the comparison stated above and wish I had posted the thought myself. They offer nothing new and continually berate people who disagree with them on their show. I was going to comment that these two individuals are tied for the #2 spot for worse TV personalities. I could be verbose and pile on, but let’s keep it simple tonight.
I am still supporting my Mavs and the playoffs are getting close. Unfortunately some chemistry is still needed to turn what is on paper into something special on the floor. My fear is this team will be broken up over the summer due to the number of free agents and one and done contracts, however, if they did manage to keep most of this team together, maybe add a bit more defense this team has the potential to be a real special team. A training camp and a full year would be a great benefit to who is there. I am the optimist though and the talent is there, lets’ hope they find their way this week as we go into the playoffs. I like our chances against SA, but I really don’t want to see them in the first round again. GO MAVS
If you are not getting a tax refund, H&R Block’s ads are getting very very very old.
Mrs. Clinton threw her hat into the ring today. Hmmmmm, still standing by my earlier post on her. I guess since people were expecting this there were quite a few articles this week discussing whether she is the best pick for the Democrats. At least I beat the punch on this thought.
Have a great week
Friday, April 10, 2015
Hillary is supposedly about to announce her candidacy for president on Sunday. This makes her the third person into this nonsense. First of all the democrats need to read a previous post of mine, but more importantly, how burnt how are we, the people, going to be by the time the first actual primary occurs? The money, the craziness, the hyperbole, the lies, and more coming way too soon to a commercial near you. Could the press just do us a favor and just not report anything on these people till January 2016? Oh well a person can dream.
It is bad enough they don’t care about the people of this country, why do we have to have extended BS time that doesn’t produce one poop that actually does something for this country? Or as you probably have figured out, they are dumbing us down once again by overloading us with the BS. Our brains will be more fried than Timothy Leary on a good day.
Does it bother you when you watch all these commercials for all the new medicines and there are more ways to kill you than the disease the medicine is supposed to help you survive? I know comedians have even made jokes on this topic, but at some point there has to be a stop to this insanity. Our healthcare companies are out to kill us while taking our money simultaneously. Some commercials seem to have such a long litany of side effects that you wonder why the drug was ever created. I wonder how good the “extra” pension fund is at the FDA?
And speaking of pension funds, you got to be kidding me about the New York City pension fund having spent $2 billion on fees for their money managers. There is another “extra” pension fund that the rest of us aren’t getting. If I go to a store I still get my money back when they screw up, too bad Wall Street figured that racket out a long time ago. Oh wait, there is a commercial for that, but oops no solution to the problem. Hmmm lets see, SEC anyone???
I would say have a great weekend, but if you read some of my stuff you might feel more like hiding under the bed sometimes, its not me though, just being the master of the obvious.
Monday, April 6, 2015
First of all, this is not about any of the email situation. That is her concern, not the Democrats.
I had thought of this post idea on Saturday, then I saw an article from NPR that discusses this topic. They gave three reasons and did the pro and con on whether or not these topics affect her being nominated. One of them was the email situation.
I have my own reasons I would suggest the Democrats may want to look elsewhere for the 2016 nomination.
The first one is partly to mainly the problem with the Democrat faithful in general. There is the general assumption in the liberal press and especially among the commenters to the articles is that the Republican group is so far off base that Hillary is a shoe in. They feel the Republicans will not be able to nominate someone that will appeal to the general public.
Two problems with this: a) anytime people think someone is a shoe in is a recipe for disaster. Complacency at the very least could set in or complete apathy as to a reason to go vote. People get the impression, if we are going to win, why bother making the effort. You never want to be the “shoe in” candidate. b) Next is the elitist thinking of the Democrat party can get them in trouble. There is this we are smarter than them attitude so whatever we do will win out. I know many Democrats will balk at this, but you really need to do some party soul searching right now. And if you don’t, then don’t be surprised by the results in 2016. You can think you are smarter, but you still have to prove it to enough voters to win. This will take effort and ideas which leads me to my next thought.
Hillary Clinton has not espoused a new idea. I almost want to say ever, but I cannot definitely say that. I know I haven’t heard one. She is a tried and true Democrat. And believe it or not, the Democrats need new ideas. Sure President Obama’s spending at the first of his administration got us out of the recession, but I feel only temporary. There are still many underlying problems with our economy that need to be addressed. The 21st century needs much more than the same tired politics of either the Democrats or the Republicans. Unfortunately the bases of both parties are still listening to the past. This is spelling disaster for our country. And since she has not created a whole new platform or outlined a new vision there could be trouble if some dark horse Republican does create a new vision. People understand we need something to rebuild our middle class, but no one has really come up with true new ideas, so the worst thing that is happening is the leadership is touting the old methodologies that are failing, but trying to repackage it and get people excited about it. A Republican who sounds truly different might be trouble.
Another reason is the impression people have of her and the Middle East. I am not talking about Libya. I am talking about the feeling people have that she could not handle the morass that is the Middle East. The Democratic faithful will feel differently, but they better get their pollsters out there speaking to the independents and maybe the moderate Republicans. The answer may surprise them. This also goes back to the “shoe in” situation. Just because you think you have the right answer, don’t expect everyone else to feel the same way. Is this a risk the Democrats want to take?
And there are a few more that need to be considered, but the Democrats should look deeper into this, I can’t do everything for them.
As you know I am not a fan of either the current Democrat or Republican party, but I am not afraid to offer my two cents to try and get one of the parties to start responding to the true needs of our country. I have outlined and offered my own solutions in previous posts. I care more about my country than my ego, okay maybe they are tied. Hahaha Anyway I think there are many good ideas out there, it is just both parties are failing in their responsibility to accept the need for true change. If you want to lead our country, sooner or later you actually have to lead instead of spitting out tired slogans.
My lunch is over, Have a great day
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
The born again Christian theme seems to be once saved always saved. It is like you receive a get out of jail free card to carry around with you.
Or there is the idea of some Christians that we do not have free will. There is no choice in what we do, we are preordained to be good or bad. Some of this is that only certain people are chosen. Or it doesn’t matter what you do.
And I hate to be critical, but this thinking seems to me to be a selfish type of Christianity. I am not held responsible for my actions as a Christian. Sure this is a statement that carries the above thinking to its extreme side, but I see way too much of as long as my soul, and my friends, is saved everything is good. And I know many of this group of Christians will work very hard in missionary work to convert people. I am choosing the word convert. Some will say I am trying to save people, but it is always through a conversion to their Christianity.
And this thinking also carries forward the thought that only our Christianity is the right Christianity. And yes all this is to beg the question: what is the “right or correct” Christianity?
Just one question to ask yourself this Good Friday; the day we recognize that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Remember our Creator gave us Jesus to show us that humility, sacrifice, love, and faith, should be our goals. Jesus lived and made his sacrifice to free us of our own failures, to strive to reach these goals, and to give us one command. What else we do in life, whether we are President or a janitor, is secondary to how we treat others.
And this goes back to free will, we choose how we treat others. No one else makes this choice, but us. This has always been since the beginning. (and there will be more someday on the concept of free will)
So the concept is pretty easy and granted to be successful at anything will take hard work, however, why is it how we treat each other on this planet is so contrary to the most fundamental aspects of what Jesus taught us.
And whether you are Christian or not, why can’t we treat each other with respect and dignity? Why is this so difficult? And if you find this difficult to relate, try observing the genuinely happy people you know in your life and you will probably observe they give respect to all.
A few more thoughts to ask yourself this Good Friday.
Faith Hope and Love
Monday, March 30, 2015
First of all the damn wine is out. The family had a good dinner and the better half and I opened a bottle of wine. Now it is gone. It is nice to share good food and a good bottle of wine, even if it is table wine. We have found a winery/brand of table wines both for red and white that we both like very well. Told the better half if we ever tour California wine country we need to make sure we drop by this vineyard. For now though the bottle is empty and it is time to go to bed for work Monday.
Got a text from a friend this evening I haven’t spoken to in a bit. Second time this week caught up with sports opinions from someone I haven’t heard from in a while. Always great to catch up. And with any major metropolis in the US there are tons of sports to talk about for the local teams.
The Mavs ticked me off this evening and in general lately. And this got me to thinking. There really isn’t a problem with the Mavs that consistency can solve. The real problem is they need time to gel and there are way too many free agent problems coming into play this summer for this consistency to happen. I hate it when the national press is right, but I am seeing some articles coming out from various sources that are correct. Cuban has hamstrung the Mavericks. They don’t have a team, too many changes from year to year and sooner or later this catches up to a team. What is unfortunate is the Mavericks have a great team right now. What they need is time. If the current team could play together for a year or two they definitely could win a championship. There is a host of great players and great role players that is needed to win a championship. You just can’t expect them to come together all of a sudden and it work out. I was hoping that would be the case, but the more I examine it the more I have to agree with the national press about being together is very important for this team. Can Cuban resign everybody and Dirk still play to the level he has played this year? If so, next year would be great, I think they will do well in the playoffs, but to win a championship would take too much luck; not because of the lack of talent, but because of the lack of cohesiveness.
I really like this team. As a Mavericks fan, my goodness this is great. Just think about the names on this team, and then think about the potential. There is no other team in the West that has this much ability. What is killing them is it was put together too late in the season. Give them the year and the motivation and wow. So let’s see. This could be one of those teams that history says “the team that could have been”. Just so damn frustrating to see this happen especially if they cannot come back together next year. Cuban has to sooner or later commit to developing a team or we will never see another championship. I definitely would like to see this team, as it stands, play well these playoffs, but also come back next year. This includes who we have in Dirk, Parsons, etc, but resign Ellis, Rondo, Chandler, and Amare’ and the rest of the bench. We still need: Jefferson, Charlie, Harris Aminu, etc. to round out our starters. There is so much possibility on this team it is frightening. Can we do it now, or can we pull it back next year and really do it? As a fan I am dying for the potential.
So Darvish is out. I like what Holland says that don’t count us out. There is still the rest of the team and they want to play. I am still focused on the Mavericks, but baseball is around the corner. Hopefully some of my friends and I can get out to the ballpark and enjoy a game or two. Too bad most of the people I know now are quite different from the mindset of crazies I grew up with, it makes it hard to have non-sports conversations. Too early to talk about the Cowboys. I still am having emotional issues being a fan of that team. And even though I am not a hockey fan, got to give some kudos to the Stars for fighting hard here at the end of the year. Let’s hope they can fight through and make the playoffs. I am such a homer I did stay up and watch the Stars win their Stanley cup what is now more than a few years ago and it was one hell of a late night that last game.
So after eating dinner, watching the Mavs lose, and talking to my friend I took the dogs out for their late night walk and started thinking. And I always hate when you have that train of thought that is far from a computer, typewriter, or even piece of paper and you have some good ideas and nowhere to write them down. It seems that is the case this evening. I was thinking about my promised post about the Middle East disaster scenario and had some good ideas, but by the time I got back the thought process was long gone.
I do know that a theme I constantly harp on in my thoughts and one I mention regularly is that we need better education. And this goes for around the planet also. Trying to tie that together for now that the Middle East is ripe with the problem of ignorance and poverty is difficult. This tied together with the manipulation of religious leaders over these same people suffering from this poverty and ignorance is why we have so many of the problems we have today. Islam is not the problem. The problem is God has been lost from Islam.
I know many atheists and agnostics feel they are more in Chic than being a Christian or believing in God. I am a believer and have stated this before that education will eventually prove God. Or at least awaken people to the realization we were created, that nothing about life is a fluke. And yes I know that people who profess to be agnostic or atheist will laugh, but I ask you to study how life came about and tell me this is all a fluke. And I also ask you to put aside this argument for now and realize that we who believe are struggling with another group who say they believe in one God going so far astray. It is not easy to watch a religion who states they believe in the same God you do, completely and utterly disavow our God in their actions.
And this goes for all levels of Islam, the terrorists to the so called moderates. I will work to write about this in more detail hopefully someday soon, but I cannot let a day go by any more without stating how much we are affected by their ignorance and by the people manipulating them.
The overall people of the Middle East have been lied to over the centuries by people who want to control them for their own benefit. This has been discussed by many Western writers, but until we come together in the Christian and Judean world we will have to live with this insanity. Islam is a religion that purports to believe in the same God as we do, but none of their actions over many centuries shows this to be true. If God is love and God has a purpose for us, then we should be able to come together. If you want to manipulate others to gain something for yourself then you have lost touch with God. And the development of wealth from oil over the last century has only exacerbated this problem.
This is why what is going on in the Middle East is the most realistic scenario for a doomsday on planet Earth.
Well it is getting late and there is much more to discuss about this situation. I will say this, if you do not believe that education is one of the most important issues facing this planet then you are a fool or complacent to the destruction of humanity on this planet. I really believe and cannot stress enough that until we make education at many levels the top priority for man, then mankind as we know it, will be an archeological study for some other people in the future. And for all the so called religious people who think short sighted (creationists) this does not go against God. God created life, if we fail, God will move on. We need God to move on, not vice versa.
These aren’t the most popular ways at looking at religion, but well truth is: none of us truly know God. We can say we read the Bible, but St Augustine said it best (this is paraphrased) as part of creation we cannot project our knowledge of creation onto creation. And my rendition: we are here, not because of what we believe, but because of why we were created. Frankly we just don’t know everything and for us to say something in the absolute, we are speaking foolishly. And yes to you believers and non-believers this does mean education is important. The more you question, the more you realize how little we know.
And this why I feel what is going on in the Middle East is so scary. The answer is easy, we need to find ways to overcome people using God to manipulate the ignorant and those in poverty. Actually finding the ways to accomplish this is maddeningly difficult.
And for all you complacent agnostics in the West, this problem is building here too.