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One Nation in Hypocrisy and Judgement We Stand!

6 Oct

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This presidential election is about to get on my last damn nerve…

It seems one thing it is rife with is hypocrisy and judgement. Oh and hate. And bullshit.

People throw around character assassinations like it’s candy and they’re on a float in a parade. Or like an Italian grandma with wedding cookies and she has visitors. Or like a new recruit in an MLM that just got business cards.  But I digress…

And every claim of a flaw of a candidate is met with “Yea, well what about your guy did this…?” I don’t even let my children do that, not even when they were small. It’s the “But Johnny did it too” or “But Johnny did something worse” defense. My answer has always been “I don’t care what Johnny did, we’re talking about you. We’re addressing what you did.”

But getting people to stick to one subject is damn near impossible. So why bother, right? I mean let’s leave the personal stuff out of it anyway, right? Also, that’s just being judgemental and hypocritical, right? I mean, let he who is without sin cast the first stone… or whatever the saying is.

What if we did go back to the days of leaving personal stuff out? In reading about elections from the past couple centuries and the few I have witnessed in the past few decades of my lifetime, I don’t seem to recall much personal stuff being bandied about until maybe Nixon or Carter… 1972 or 1976 elections. It was still rather mild and not plastered all over, but then again we didn’t have the internet and 24 hour news stations with time to fill. You heard a little bit about Nixon being a crook (which ultimately became true) and that Jimmy Carter had a drunk, obnoxious brother (which ultimately had no bearing whatsoever).

But before that there were plenty of dudes elected to the office of President of the United States that had secrets come out that in this day and age would be scrutinized 24/7 non-stop. But some of those “shortcomings” turned out to have no effect on the ability to do a good job.  Hmmmm…

Yes, there are some people who I think are terrible people but do their job well. Which totally goes against my nature. I’m all for good people, all around. I believe in God and karma and all that stuff where I couldn’t possibly be good at my job then be a shithead in my personal life. However, I’ve never been at such a high level of power and money that my judgement could be impaired, either. Here are some presidents who probably would have been taken down had there been the interwebz…

  • FDR pulled us out of the Great Depression and helped us win WWII… he had mistresses right out in the open and hid his health problems, even the fact that he was unable to even stand on his own.
  • JFK made great strides in the Civil Rights Movement and stood up to Cuba in the ballsy Cuban Missile Crisis… had several mistresses paraded through the White House, and allegedly had lots of Mob ties which helped him win the election. Not to mention his father being a bootlegger and serial philanderer.
  • Ronald Reagan made the 80’s all bright and shiny with a new Camaro for everyone and single-handedly ended the Cold War (according to mythology)… started his descent into Alzheimer’s Disease before his second term was over.
  • Abraham Lincoln essentially ended slavery and was a great statesman among other things (we get the day off for his birthday, for God’s sake)… suffered from clinical depression, malaria, and smallpox, not to mention his wife was certifiable.

So… what does all this mean? Well it goes to show that journalists were a lot more polite and appropriate back in the day, for one. A public figure’s personal life wasn’t open season. They respected that and stuck to the facts and with politicians stuck to the task at hand… mostly. And people did mostly as well. But people will always dig something up on someone they don’t like, just because… And we didn’t have the internet to perpetuate it.

And oh it’s just not politicians! Look at Pete Rose, legendary baseball player, one of the all-time greats… so he did a little gambling, meh. I don’t think his gambling mattered in him being all-time leader in hits, at-bats, singles, etc.

What’s the answer?  I don’t know. I like to think a person’s character matters but ultimately if they do their job well, it’s no one’s business I guess. Maybe I just prefer the days when journalism wasn’t so seedy and personal. Just something to keep in mind though… you really shouldn’t judge others if you don’t have a clean slate, well actually at all, you shouldn’t judge at all. Don’t be the pot calling the kettle black…

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Next on the Agenda: Us not Me (and Bonus Thank You Track ft. Pitbull)

16 Apr

Just a thought… What the fuck is wrong with you people?  I’m convinced social media has allowed the self-involved crazy folk to turn the knob all the way to 11.

Listen up… shame on you if every time a tragedy (bombings, school shootings etc.) happens you take the opportunity to preach your personal agenda on Social Media. Shame on you for thinking of yourself and not having compassion for what really matters, our fellow humans.

You ranting about guns, religion or politics is no better than the person who perpetrated the tragedy because you are doing what they tried to do – incite fear and assert dominance.  Shame, shame, shame. Like Sweet Brown says “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”…  I know I don’t.

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I thought I’d feature Pitbull in this bonus track since he agrees to be everywhere anyway…

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I wanted to thank all of those who contributed to my Kickstarter campaign.  As promised, I’m sending out a great big thank you (and bonus virtual hug) to:

MC Lars

Mike Gastin

Catherine Delia

Peter White

Dawn Sargent

Geoff Lee

Jill Sweeney Bosa

Billy Baroo

Deb Blizzard

Devin Holdraker

Jeff Guilbert

Jeff Hansen

John Zabelny

Lisa Balzer

Toby Shoemaker

Anita Henderson

Dana Snyder

April Stratton

Mary Slagel

Sara Tartaglia

Gates Orlando (dude just had a heart transplant and he’s donating money to me, WTF? I’m truly humbled)

 

Finalizing cover artwork and we should be good to go in the next few weeks!  Will keep you all updated.

Book will be available through this website, Amazon.com, and other outlets to be announced.

Pretty exciting stuff!  Thank you all a big fat hairy lot!

 

 

No One is Buying a Yacht with Government Assistance

1 Nov

Well if there hasn’t been enough damn stuff to write about this week…

As I’m sitting here getting a blown out tire fixed, I wanted to do something to pass the time.  Why not write?  What to write about?

At the age of 89, my Father passed away on Thursday.  I got to see him before he passed, what a blessing.  He had a wonderfully long life.  I’d like to write about that, but I think it’s too soon.  And out of respect for my family, I’ll just wait on that.  It stirred some deep thoughts on spirituality that are quite interesting though.  Another time…

We had Hurricane Sandy blow through a couple days ago.  My son was in the thick of it in New York City at NYU.  That was a bit harrowing, worrying about my pookie.  But he’s fine, no classes, no electricity for a while.  My nerves have finally calmed, so I’ll wait on writing about that.

Well, slap my ass and call me Sally, I found a draft I started in my posts… why not finish that?

I’m a bit hesitant, as I’m not really in the mood to listen to some name calling from some anti-government assistance lunkheads on here.  But I just want to share this story.  And if one of you comes in here in the comments throwing out the words, “liberal”, “bleeding heart”, “asshole”, or other derogatory terms, I’m going to (at the very least) delete your comment, and (at most) hunt you down and stab your tongue with a fork.

Here’s my statement:

No one is getting rich off government assistance.

A lot of people bitch about people on government assistance.  And yes, I’m sure somewhere there are people that try and cheat the system or are a little lazy and would rather collect some assistance than find a job.  There are people who are not on the up and up everywhere.

In the same vain, there are incredibly rich people who cheat the system to not have to pay all of their fair share of their taxes?  Is one better than the other?

But before you all jump to conclusions, let me tell you how it really is.  I have at times had to seek public assistance.  I’m a bit humiliated by it, but I had to do what I had to do, when suddenly left with 3 kids to raise alone with no income and no child support at a particular point in my life.  I felt humiliated, defeated, depressed, and any other negative emotion you can name.  Major FAIL for me.

And as I had to go through the process, I thought… who in the hell would go through this just to get some extra cash?  You don’t just walk up to a window and get money, and it certainly ain’t no pile ‘o cash.  Let me break it down…

Have any of you ever been through the process?  Until you have gone to a Department of Social Services office, witnessed the process, seen the people, I would think twice about spouting off about the “hoards” of people living the life of luxury off the government.

I’ve been through the process twice and on both occassions, it went like this:

1. Drive to one location.  Walk in door, wait in line to go through security search and metal detector.   Then go over to stand in line at info desk.  when they get to you, tell your sordid story and they will give you the proper 18 page form to fill out and which line to go stand in next.  Go sit down and fill out the 18 pages which includes very detailed financial and personal info (I was expecting a cavity search to follow).  Go stand in another line for a good 15 minutes.   When you get up to the window, tell them your sordid story again, they will assess your needs and decide which people you need to see.  You are given a ticket with a number.  You go sit down and wait… anywhere from 1-3 hours.

2.  They finally call your number.  You go into an office with a worker.  Again you are asked to tell your sordid story.  Your answers on the form are scrutinized.  Who lives with you?  What is your income?  Are you legal?  Closest relatives?  Have you suffered from domestic violence?  …etc.  they calculate facts and figures.  Tell you what you might be eligible for.  Then they give you an appt. which is days later at another location.

3.  Days later… arrive at the other location for said “appointment” with all the documentation they have asked you for, Social Security cards for all in household, tax forms, paystubs, copy of lease, child support docs, unemployment docs, photo ID, urine sample, and pap smear results.  (not really on last two, but close)  Wait in line, go through security, listen to some very large loud woman arguing about “Listen bitch, I ain’t got nothin’ in ma purse gonna’ hurt nobody!”.  (true story)  After you finally get through, you are told to stand in a specific line for a window.  that wait in line is usually 30 minutes to 1 hour.  You finally get up to the window to say you had an appt., they hand you a ticket and you go sit and wait 1-3 hours for the appointment you were supposed to have an hour ago.

The wait involves screaming babies and toddlers, Mothers yelling at said offspring, people yelling on cell  phones, cranky people, bad body odor, too much perfume, and a metric ton of ass crack hanging out.  Your number is finally called.  You are yet again told to give your sordid story.  You are judged, you are questioned, you are scrutinized, your documents pored over.  They finally deem you worth or unworthy of different forms of assistance.  You are then sent back to the original location to be photographed and finger printed and to receive your benefits card.

4.  Oh it doesn’t end there, there are several follow up visits (that involve the same wait time), workshops, and forms that come in the mail to deal with and must be dropped back down at office in person.  Those 2 visits alone took up one entire day each, and were the most uncomfortable, uneasy thing I’ve ever had to go through.  All the other document wrangling and protocol is quite time consuming and stressful as well.

And all of that to receive $300 in foodstamps per month for a family of four.  I wasn’t able to get cash or rental assistance, which maybe tops out at $400-$700 a month.  For a family of four.  Could you live off that?  Do you still think people are living the “high life” off the government.  Even with assistance you are still living below the poverty ine.  And in some instances they told me I made too much on unemployment to qualify, in others told I didn’t qualify because I didn’t have a job.  Hello, that’s why I need assistance?

Now, I accepted having to endure all that in order to get assistance.  I desperately needed assistance.  I am extremely grateful for the assistance, I couldn’t have survived without it.  I sucked up my pride and had to do what I had to do.  But it just fries my ass when some of you think people would voluntarily go through that aggravating, time consuming, laborious process just for kicks!  What’s worse, the way they scrutinize your paperwork, and call and check with your employers and landlords, etc., I don’t see that it’s real easy to fudge your info.

Yes, yes I know maybe I’m naive, but I just don’t think there is this vast conspiracy of millions getting rich off the government.  An income of $800 a month does not make one rich.

However, I do agree that there may be some people who get used to the process and don’t go out of their way to find a way out of the cycle of poverty.  They are resigned to their lot in life.  But the government does try to put programs in place to encourage people to get a leg up.  However, when people start to bitch about let’s cut the spending to these welfare agencies, the first to go are the people and programs that try to give the less fortunate a “hand up, not a hand out” as Sargent Shriver once said.  It’s a vicious cycle.

So next time you want to spout off about the “throngs” of people living off the government, think of what I just wrote.  Just think first and get your facts straight.  Just think, please.

Proud to Get All My Political Info from Memes!

6 Sep

Everybody is a God damn fact checker these days.  “According to my facts, it says this”.  “Well, according to the facts I found it says that”.  “Hold on, I have the real facts here!”  The fact is, I don’t know if we ever know all the facts.

You’ve heard everyone say it, “I’m so sick of this campaign crap!”.  Well, I mean it damnit!  You have one party saying they have the facts, another party says they have the facts, a news outlet says they have the facts, then of course all of you on Facebook have the REAL facts.  All I know is I’m ready to put my foot in all of your asses.

Even if you think you have the facts, don’t present it in some juvenile, name calling, inflammatory, ridiculous way.  You don’t look like a tough guy… you look like a 12 year old douchecopter.  Anyone with any brains will take a civil, well presented argument over this any day:

 Wait, what?  It’s stupid apples to oranges hateful generalizations like this that make you look like a complete moron.

 

Besides, I think this is pretty much all there is to say about that kind of stuff:

Have you ever heard that saying, “There are three sides to every story – your side, my side, and what really happened”?  Yea, well it’s true.  And add to that anything that anyone ever says can be interpreted anyway you want.  The Bible is a prime example of that.  It’s been translated several times, many times there were no words that were a direct translation from the original word, so they had to pick the next closest thing.  Leaves it open to interpretation, right?  And how do we know what was said, we weren’t there?

That’s my point.  Everybody thinks they have the truth.  Hell, sometimes I’ve been in situations (I was actually there and involved!) where afterward, I think I know what happened but I may start to sway my own way of thinking to make it look like something else.

For example:  Say… a gentleman walks past me and says “That’s some dress” and smiles.  Immediately, I smile and feel good and am flattered.  But as I walk down the street I start to think, “Wait, what kind of comment was that?”.  Did he mean that that dress was flattering to my figure or “That’s some dress” as in, “That dress is really loud and obnoxious and not flattering”?  And did he smile because he thought it was funny?  And now instead of feeling flattered, I feel totally dissed!

See, what I mean?

So quit posting your “I’ve got all the real true hard facts” sh*t on Facebook and Twitter.  Even solid arithmetic can be manipulated, sometimes.

Here’s my solution… I say we elect government officials by using a series of tests.  You have to take a civil service exam for almost every other government job, right?  What more important job is there for which to test?

The candidates should have to take tests in the following:

Math – to make sure they can budget and spend correctly.

World Geography – you have to know where things are in the world, if you’re leader of the free world, not what countries you can see from your house.

U.S. Geography – to prove you know where all of your constituents live.

U.S. Government – to make sure you know the laws, checks and balances, and founding documents, and can’t make crap up.

Science – Basic stuff, could help with environmental issues.

Vocabulary and grammar – can’t have our leader sounding like a 6th grade dropout ” (or cast member of  “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on the world stage.

 

And then they should have to write essays and cite specific examples of things they’d do, not rhetoric.  They should also be given one of those behavioral tests that employers give nowadays, you know to see if you’re gonna’ steal paperclips and sh*t from the office?

Oh and let’s leave the spouses out of it.  When you go to a job interview, they don’t ask to meet your spouse, do they?  Uh, if they do, you can sue.  That goes for the kids too.  Your 12 year old daughter or adult son has no bearing on my choice.

That should take care of it.  Oh wait, then everyone will probably interpret the test answers and scores in 18 different ways and we’ll be right back where we started.  Perhaps we should just choose our leaders like they did in Ancient Greece, through a lottery.  Seems about as fair as what we have now?

My point is…

 

(Or delete you, or decide you’re a little too koo koo to hang around with.)

I’m not saying I don’t want to ever hear anyone’s opposing views or anything.  Don’t insult me by making stupid generalizations.  All I’m saying is if you must make a political comment on social media, just keep it civil and mature. You are getting on everyone’s last nerve, except for the other salivating weasels that crave that crap.   I’d rather you didn’t say anything at all because I get enough of it in every other media form, but I understand people have a need to express their opinions (just like I do here).

Have any of you gotten into it about politics on social media or deleted someone close to you because you just couldn’t take the negativity and ranting anymore?    (please share and follow my blog, thanks!)

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