Friday, December 28, 2007


The difference between Men and Women's shopping habits are as wide as the Grand Canyon and then some.

Women love to shop and shop they do, as often as they can. Their shopping consists of going to a mall and starting at one end and not stopping until they reach the other end. They look at every rack and table in each store, especially the clearance items. If they can get a good deal, their successful. That is not the whole idea at all though. Just spending a day browsing all the stores with all the items is the whole point, even if they don't actually buy anything at all, which would be rare indeed but not unheard of. They mainly just love the very activity of shopping.

Now Men on the other hand are a completely different animal all together. They hate shopping with a passion. If they have no women to do their shopping for them, which they would vastly prefer, they are forced to actually get in the car and go to that damn crowded place with far, far too many people in the way to get what they need. They go with a mental list of maybe three items, at most. They know beforehand exactly which stores have what they need and go straight there without even looking in the windows of any of the other stores on the way. They walk into the store, get what they need, pay for it and walk out. When they get everything they need, it's back to the car and back home without stopping anywhere else at all, unless it's to get gas or something else they need.

Now knowing these facts as the absolute truth brings to mind a completely new idea for a viable business. Now listen up readers. If any of you read this and run out and make your millions with my great idea, I get a percentage for thinking it up.

It would be a "MEN ONLY" store. A perfect name would be "MEN". No women allowed at all. In fact, it would be a drive through operation. A man would drive up, a pretty young women (well of course! Did you think otherwise?) would ask you what you need. Lets say you needed some pants, a shirt and some shoes. She would ask you if those were dress pants or casual, then ask you if you wanted colored socks or white, then ask you if you wanted fancy, work or athletic shoes. A conveyer belt would roll the items up. You would then pay and off you go. Happy as a lark. The whole thing might take 5 minutes at the most.

Now the only real problem I have thought of is us men have a hell of a time going shopping, no matter how easy it is. So like everything else having to do with men, we would have to be trained by the professionals (Women, of course).

So, there it is folks.....

"The store for everything the average man wants or needs"

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Cats, the Watchers

We’ve always had a lot of Cats in our household. We’ve been foster parents for litters of little kittens and have always enjoyed Cat’s antics and personalities. I think most folks would consider them to be pretty good at being our loving little friends that we invite into our homes. On farms and ranches, they have always been great hunters to control the rodent populations, thereby paying their own way in early society.

Since the beginning of time, there have always been too many cats. There are Spay and Neuter Clinics all over the United States trying to keep up with the overpopulation of Cats and none of them even seem to make a dent in the problem. They even catch wild (Ferrell) cats, fix them and put them right back where they caught them. Good, caring people are trying every trick in the book to somehow solve it for the sake of the Cats themselves. So far, they seem to have a magical ability to further their race no matter what. It seems that they are destined to always be here.

After observing so many Cats over a lot of years, I now know that I have the answer to the whole convoluted problem of too damn many Cats.

You see, in the beginning, probably a hell of a long ways away, there are thinking beings so far beyond our meager intelligence that we wouldn’t know them if they were right in front of our eyes. To make a very complication explanation simpler, lets just say they deposited us here and on several life sustaining type planets all over the Galaxy, like seeds. I haven’t quite figured out why yet but put us here, they did. My best guess would be they are running experiments, using real life to see what kind of being would be the most productive and long living.

Ok, space travel is as we can all imagine, quite expensive and a hell of a time eater, so they had to develop a way to receive reports on our progress as time goes on.
Ok, here it comes. The Truth. It’s really quite simple and one of those “plain as day” type things that we see sometimes but don’t recognize, until it’s pointed out to us. You might even want to sit down for this part.

The Beings who deposited us on this planet, put their best “Watchers” on the job with us. Yes, Cats! Amazing, isn’t it. All this time we thought Cats were just these innocent little furry buddies but no. Their millions of years smarter than us and are just here to observe the Human condition and report back to the league of Galaxies.

If you don’t believe me, start paying close attention out of the corner of your eyes to your cats. Don’t let them catch you looking directly at them. They are over there pretending to be asleep when actually, they are glued to our every thought and action. They then do the job they were trained to from the beginning of time.

Haven’t you found it odd that cats really never do anything you say to do. They basically completely ignore you and do whatever they want, whenever they want and only once in a while give you permission to touch their bodies, just a little teaser that they actually love you but only if you do it precisely, exactly as they desire. Any other way and they will show you their superiority real fast like.

No, the only thing that exists for them, the only thing they ever really care about is their mission.

Watch those humans and report…………

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Global Warming

This whole subject sounds like a science fiction "end of the world" type thing huh? Something Steven Spielberg would make a movie about to scare the hell out of the audience and make another fortune.
Is it real or is it just more scare nonsense from the radical nutcases of the world?

Not being a scientist, I have no idea at all but there seems to be a very loud and insistent minority of scientist who say the end is near and a whole bunch of them who say its nonsense. Oh, who to believe?

The ones who think it's true are basically saying that this whole problem started when man started spewing crap in the atmosphere, choking it off with horrible chemicals, which started causing the temperatures to rise on the earth and they will eventually melt all the ice caps and drown all the coastal towns and cities. According to them, it will also start wreaking the natural balance that has existed from the beginning of time and kill off whole species of animals and eventually even humans.
Now the whole premise of this theory is it's all caused directly by humans screwing up the planet with our ignorant and wasteful use of the resources the Earth has given us.

Now the other scientist are saying this whole thing is just a natural cycle that has nothing whatsoever to do with humans at all. That these cycles have happened throughout the Earth's history and our little time here is insignificant and has no bearing at all on these natural long term climate cycles. That we are like fleas on an elephant as far as importance to the Earth as a whole. The folks on this side are also saying that this whole thing is a politically motivated boondoggle, only dreamed up by short sighted people who want to charge everyone a crap full of money for non existent causes.

My opinion on all this is I do think it is a very long term natural cycle that is far beyond our little minds to understand at all. Having said that, I also believe we could be contributing to the problem with our "Crap in the air" and could and should do all we can to start thinking and acting responsibly on this Earth to preserve and protect this whole delicate balance. I don't think we should all become "Chicken Little" and start running around screaming "The end is near!". Nor do I think we should be the Ostridge and just stick our heads in the sand and pretend that nothing is wrong.

Just being alive and living here on this planet is flat out a miracle for sure. Just a slight change in temperature, sunlight hours, air quality and a whole bunch of factors could easily boot us off the planet with incredible ease.

Will Global Warming kill us all soon or will this cycle just change to something else better for us in time to save our asses? Hell, I sure don't know. Just like all the rest of you, I'm just a flea on an Elephants back and can't even see the ground, much less know anything about it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Health Care

This subject has turned into the biggest problem in life for me and as I'm told, most everyone else in America. How in the hell did we get to this point? What went wrong with the American Health system?. In the beginning when you cut yourself, you grabbed up a chicken, went in to see Doc Bob. He sewed you up, had a great chicken dinner and everything was hunky dory.
Then this new fangled thing called insurance came along where you paid a few bucks a month and when you had to see old Doc Bob, they would pay the entire bill with money instead of a chicken. This worked pretty well for a while. The monthly payment was like $10.00 a month and that took care of all your medical needs, no matter what happened.

Ok, I'm going to start guessing now, as I have no idea how the whole system went to shit in a hand basket but I think it probably started out with the devil "Greed". For a long time I think it was the doctors slowly raising their prices because, what the hell the "Insurance" company would take care of it. Then everyone involved in the heath industry jumped on the greed bandwagon and started charging more and more without end.

Now jump to the present time and the reasons for the outrageous prices and fees has become a horribly complicated mess without end. At this point even the doctors no longer make much, now that the insurance companies took the whole thing over. All I know is for me and most people I talk to, the whole medical issue is the largest bill of our life, which of course pays absolutely nothing toward our medical needs because they decided we needed to pay most of the bill (deductible) before the insurance would pay anything. The insurance companies even took over the deciding what's necessary part of the process from the doctors so they could turn down a lot of cases as unnecessary and therefore make even more greed money.

Ok, is the answer as most of the developed world is doing, national health care? I have no idea but doubt our stupid ass government would know how to handle this giant problem when they can't even handle normal everyday life type problems.

I do know one thing though. We hire and count on our politicians to do that kind of thinking and problem solving. With this being the biggest problem in the world other than the rag-heads, They should be working day and night until someone deals with the realities of this, or get the hell out of office and let someone else in to try.

I do think there are real answers to our health system failure but we as a society are going to have to make some hard core decisions. Decision that probably will not be politically correct at all. In fact downright mean in some cases like Illegal immigrants getting the hell off the system for instance. I'm sure we all can think of others abusing the system. Well, guess what folks? We either make these hard decisions or you're going to start seeing your neighbors dying right next door with nobody to help them.

So, click on the "Comments" link below and tell us what you think should be done. Maybe us "Common People" can help solve this.......

Monday, December 17, 2007

The common man and women

In my business, I get to talk to and hear lots of opinions about almost every subject known to man from people in all walks of life. It has always amazed me how clear and simple and intelligent the regular common man or women is about most any issue going on in the news or life at that point in time.

As I watch the news, the politicians are blabbing on and on with whatever slant they think will appease the masses, having nothing whatsoever to do with what might be the right thing to do for the most amount of people. Whatever the problem, the right wing idiots just want to basically do nothing and maybe it will go away. The left wing idiots just want to talk about throwing money at the problem and it will go away. Both types of politicians are mostly, if not all rich, spoiled idiots who have no idea in hell what the common man needs or wants at all. They get everything they need handed to them on a silver platter and don’t even consider it a problem at all. They all get ridicules amounts of money just to put on their suits and pretend to matter, get medical care with no deductible, retirement payments to keep their mansions after they leave our public welfare system. Retirement payments the common man would consider being rich for his honest days work..

The thing that amazes me is as I listen to the opinions of the common man or women in my business talk about the problems of the world, is inevitably they come off with a perfectly uncomplicated, simple, plain as day suggestion on what should be done about some of the issues plaguing our country or even the world. Now most times their opinions are far from politically correct but usually hit the nail squarely on the head.

I sometimes wonder if the best ruler of our system might just be as an example, the farmer out on the farm. He doesn’t have the time or patience for political correctness or any of that nonsense. He just sees a problem and goes out and makes the problems go away, whatever it takes. He has far more important issues to deal with than what some politician or anyone else for that matter would think about his methods.

So hurray for the common man and women in the world. They are the true heroes in every sense of the word and deserve all the praise we can give them for a job well done in this way too complicated world.


Ok, lets use straight talk and a little reality here. Liquor of any kind has always been the worst thing to hit human beings since the beginning of time. More crime, murder, incest, mayhem, car crashes and bad stuff in general has happened because of Booze than any other thing invented or used by man. More divorces, infidelities and robberies are committed because of being a drunk than any other cause.
Somehow knowing these things as the truth has never had any bearing on calling booze a horrible thing and demanding it be made illegal, except during the lame attempt of prohibition. Society at that time decided that it was an adult personal choice and people had to deal with whatever consequences that came with abusing the substance.

Now we’ll look at the realities of Marijuana. I would like to make one thing perfectly clear. As society has done with Booze, the intelligent thing to do is keep it illegal for anyone under say 18-21 years old. Young people’s brains and minds are still in the growing and learning stage and using any mind altering drug or booze has no place at that time at all. So everything from this point on only pertains to grown adults.

As far as I know, no crime, murder, incest, mayhem, car crashes or any other bad stuff in general has ever happened because of Marijuana. Again, as far as I know, no divorces, infidelities or robberies are committed because of being high on weed. It has to be one of the most innocent, harmless natural substances found growing naturally in the wild ever found. Our society also uses probably thousands of natural growing plants, herbs ect for food, drug compounds and a whole bunch of other uses to many to mention here, already with complete safety. Mother Nature has provided us with a bounty of naturally occurring things for our use since the beginning of time.

Being from the sixties, I and everyone else who had any experience with weed, can not believe that by now American society has not grown up and seen the truth of the matter. Most other countries have all along seen Marijuana as a completely harmless low level drug not worth putting any money or legal effort into stopping it’s usage at all. In some countries, they offer it as an appetizer after dinner in restaurants. It has it’s own menu, for god’s sake.

The only thing I know is the fat cats in suits setting up on capitol hill are setting there with their martini in one hand and a pen in the other signing bills to keep it illegal, so it won’t compete with the Liquor industry. Also for the law enforcement crowd, it is job security big time. They get to run around in cool Helicopters, acting like their doing their jobs and bringing in the bad guys as justification for the News sources.

Make the damn stuff legal and collect the millions in taxes that would generate. Turns out it has amazing medicinal properties and helps people with pain and a bunch of other conditions also. By the way, the majority of Californians passed a bill a couple of years ago making medicinal Marijuana legal to grow and use but our ignorant US Government chooses to ignore the will of the people and not obey our local laws.

Ok, now should all drugs be made legal? I’m not sure about that at all but I do know that our present system of throwing people in prison is a complete failure as far as helping people not use or get off drugs of any kind. It could be that we should make all drugs legal and only deal with the actions of people, not what they use. Is it any of the governments business what people put in their bodies, or just what they do? All of us have to take responsibility for our actions and not use drugs or booze or anything else as an excuse. There are no excuses in life. Only actions.

Friday, December 14, 2007


I've decided that all Muslims throughout the world are terrorist Idiots. Every time you hear of any problems all over the world, who are causing those problems? Muslims, that's who.

I came to that conclusion because none of them have ever spoken out to me or the world that they are not. What's up with that? In America, if a maniac redneck, cop, hippy or anyone else goes crazy and shoots a bunch of people, most of the rednecks, cops and hippies or any other type of people would immediately and loudly proclaim that most of their kind are not like that at all and the maniac does not represent them in any way. They would also want the law to take the appropriate action as soon as possible to put the maniacs away or put them out of their misery because they don't deserve to breath our air after doing such a horrible thing.

So, having no reason to believe otherwise, they are all terrorist idiots and any living within our borders should be kicked out and sent back to whatever sand pit hell they came from.

Another huge problem I have with all those idiots who come here to our country from those sand pits is they don't in the slightest try and learn our language, learn to appreciate it here and learn to act like Americans. They are taking over all our small rural and city markets, motels and any other businesses they can get their hands on. They never hire any local american youth like the previous american owners did. They bring their entire 20 person family to work 24 hours a day and give nothing back to the local community at all. When you walk in to the store, the owner is ALWAYS standing there on the phone talking in his language, basically ignoring you other than his hand out to get your money. Most times they look at the customer as someone who is trying to steal from them.

Well, guess what? I've made a personal decision in my life to never give any of them another dime of my money and will never again step into any market or business that they own.

Does this make me some kind of racist? You damn right and proud of it and will be toward the Muslims until they decide to speak out against their own kind who bomb, rape and kill innocents all over the world.

One last thing I'm proud of is the freedom in America to say these things right out in the open in this Blog. Damn, we're lucky to be living here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Billion Dollars

The next time you hear a politician use the word "billion" in a casual manner, think about whether you want the "politicians" spending YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to "press
1" for English.

What the hell happened?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Drugs and our Children

Trying to keep our children away from drugs can be a incredibly scary and sometimes impossible endeavor with all the influences they encounter in the media and movies in this day and age. Add to that their perception that "Everyone does it".

Unfortunately all the "Just say no" approaches that the American society has tried never has and never will work because they leave off the most important detail. The problem is they/we are afraid to tell the truth. The whole truth. Children can see through half truths or lies a lot better than we give them credit for.

They/we tell them over and over that drugs are horrible and will ruin your life, which of course is part of the truth but not all of it. Why in the hell do you think anyone would do such a crazy thing in the first place if it was bad from the moment they take them? The complete truth is most drugs are unbelievably , fantastically good at first. They take away all your problems and concerns about life and some of them make you feel like some kind of Superman, able to jump tall building with a single bound. Of course that only last a little while, then it's all down hill from there but it's still the complete truth and our children need to hear that.

A perfect example would be how our society handles marijuana use with children. I had the talk about marijuana with my child as soon as she started high school and this was my approach.
I told her one day at school a friend would very likely ask her if she wanted a hit, saying it was cool as hell and fun. Ok, lets say she did. She would find out that it was a ball. She would laugh, talk like crazy and have fun with her friends while high. By the way, somewhere during this, she would think "Wow, everyone has told me all along that it was horrible but this is nothing but fun, fun, fun. They lied to me about this. They must be lying about all the other drugs also".

Then I would tell her the rest of the story. Having tried it that once would naturally lead to trying it again, maybe a week later, then a couple of times a week, then what the hell, every day. I told her what would happen would be smoking marijuana would slowly but surely become more important to her than all the things in her life that were previously important, like the classes she liked, the teachers she thought were cool, her dance classes. Everything would become a drag and hard work. Her teachers would all of the sudden be too damn hard on her and she would start hating them and school in general.

By the way, she came back to me a lot later and thanked me for my honesty about the whole subject. You see, she knew the whole, complete and honest story, including the good parts. Not just the one sided "Drugs are bad", which is only partly true.

Our children are way smarter than we give them credit for and deserve our complete honesty about every aspect of life, even if we worry that the truth is scary.
So come on, take the responsibility of being an adult and parent and tell your children the truth.

Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration means surplus of labor. Keeps labor costs down. Benefits corporatists.

Illegal immigration means safety valve against revolution for corrupt Mexican government. Benefits corporatists.

Laws against illegal immigration, if enforced hurt corporatists. Solution: corporatists in business break law, bribe corporatists in politics to refrain from enforcing law.

Who gets hurt: American labor, American taxpayers due to social services and law enforcement costs of illegal immigration, American economy due to $20 billion annually lost in illegal immigrant wages being wire-transferred to Mexico.

Corporatist justifications:
1. Americans won't do the work
2. We can't i.d. & deport illegals
3. We can't secure the borders

Solutions to above:
1. Raise wages and benefits to attract American workers.* Pass costs along to consumers. Point out that increase costs of food & consumer goods and services will be offset by a) lowered social services costs, b) lower costs of criminal justice system/incarceration, and c) benefits of wages of Americans being spent/saved/invested in America, rather than going to Mexico.
2. Target enforcement efforts against the employers of illegals, not the illegals themselves. When law-breaking employers are fined and imprisoned, others will stop breaking the law. Jobs for illegals will dry up. Without jobs, illegals will go home (self-deportation).
3. Bring troops home from overseas and secure our borders.

Who to blame for problem: corporatists & elites

Who not to blame for problem: illegal immigrants
Example: Head of Lettuce.
Lettuce average cost $1.00 per head.
The lettuce would cost about a nickel more with American labor than with illegal labor.
What does that nickel buy? More tax revenues for America. Less money spent in social services and in criminal justice. More American employment & less money spent on welfare.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The last Generation

The generation of the 40's through the 60's might just very well be the last generation to be able to say these things and have these memories.

• I learned to drive on a tractor. A ford tractor, keeping it in the rows while my parents were riding in the Potato planter in the back, which dug the trench, dropped the potato pieces in then covered it up.

• I watched and or helped my parents kill chickens by hanging them upside down from the clothesline and cutting their heads off to drain out right there. Then sitting them in a bucket of boiling water (Oh the smell....) to pluck all the feathers off, then after a cut, reaching in through their ass and pulling all the guts out. Where else did you think chicken meat came from?

• I helped my parents catch the pigs to tie rubber bands around their testicles. After a little while they would just drop off.

• I remember standing there watching my Mother milk the cows. She would always squirt a little in a cup for me to taste. Also, she would squirt some in the cats mouth if they were there.

• The only automobiles around were pickup trucks. It was very rare to see a regular car. We figured that only rich people would have any need for one of those weird things. Basically the only choices were Fords and Chevy. The turn signal was an arm hanging outside the pickup that you operated with a rope. Hanging down meant you were going to stop, hanging straight out meant you were turning left, standing up meant you were turning right.

• If I was to find or get a quarter, it was worth getting on my bicycle or horse and ride about 4 miles to the closest little market to buy stuff. For that quarter, you could get a coke, a candy bar and a bunch of penny candy. Cokes were 10 cents, candy bars were 5 cents and lots of penny candies, including little wax tubes filled with sugar water.

• Guns. I had a bb gun at about 10 years old, then a 22 rifle at about 12 years old, then on to a 30/30 rifle and a shotgun later and my dad taught me all the gun safety rules, which basically was don't point it at anything you didn't want to shoot. This is not going to set well with the politically correct crowd but it was perfectly normal in those days to ride out on my horse and shoot anything that ran, flew or got in my sights.
By the way, the last thing in the world you would want to shoot would be a human being. Doing that would be the ultimate chicken shit thing to do. If you had a serious problem with a person, the only brave and manly thing to do was a fist-fight till one said "I give". Then it was over. Using anything but your fists was considered chicken-shit. No sticks, knives, clubs or even feet.

• The only proper way to eat a watermelon was to throw it down, reach in and grab the heart and walk away in heaven. The rest was garbage for the chickens.

When I got in trouble enough for a spanking, my Mom would tell me to go out to the willow patch and get a willow stick. If I came back with one too small, she would send me out for a larger one. Now that spanking was not some little teaser. It was hard, long and heavy and yes, it left marks. Now was being treated that way wrong or did it turn me into a child molester or monster in my adult life? Nope I'm fine thank you. Did I pass that on to my child. No, I worked it out other ways and they worked fine too. Again, to me this proves the politically correct crowd has their mind up their ass.

• After reading this little post on things only a certain age can relate to, if you have any things to add that you can remember, in your OLD age, click on the "Comments" link at the bottom and add your own memories. I will ok it and it will appear in the "Comments' section for others to see.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Crime and Punishment

Here’s my three-part answer to the problems involved in our Courts and prison systems.

First of all, lets try and deal with the facts, not goodie two shoes feelings. Our Courts and Prisons systems in America are a complete failure as far as solving the problem of keeping all of us law-abiding citizens safe and secure. They started out in the old days working pretty direct and efficient and slowly but surely became stupider and stupider all along.

Number one would be to establish the ones who are so plain as day evil that they should not be breathing our air. They should be taken out back and shot and buried without another thought. Just as you would do with a favorite pet dog who all of the sudden started maiming small children just for the fun of it. You would take the dog out back and shoot and bury it, thinking it’s really too bad but necessary.

Number two would be to face the fact that the whole drug war is a complete failure. The crazy way our society has handled it would be funny if not so sad and serious for so many unfortunate people who became hooked on drugs in the first place. Obviously, throwing people in prison for messing with drugs never has and never will do any good at all. The only things they learn in prison is how to be a better bad guy.
So take the whole drug issue and put it where it belongs. Use the money saved from putting them in prison into therapy programs, job programs, anything else the doctors can think of to help these people quit using drugs, get a job, buy a home and live a productive life.
The other aspect here is legalizing all drugs. Take the lawlessness out of it. That gets rid of all the dealers. Won’t some people just die if they’re legal? They die all the time now when it’s illegal.

Ok, now we’ve eliminated probably ¾ of the prison population. Now comes the fun part. Number 3 would be to lower the time the rest spend in prison drastically. Five years would be pretty much the longest sentence you might get for the worst crimes left that would warrant a prison sentence.
Turn prison into something a person would much rather commit suicide than go back to. Go back to no tv, magazines, games, computers, exercise equipment or anything fun at all. In fact, put them to hard labor 10 hours a day, seven day a week doing something constructive to society.
Rights? They get their rights back when they pay back their debt to society and walk out the front door a free man or women.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The importance of Laughter

Having a meaningful discussion about laughter, I have to talk about the ridiculous theory of “Political Correctness”, first. Political Correctness is the most insane, ignorant idea ever invented. It is a sure fire way to destroy Laughter.

Laughter is a separate, super important, life giving, life-inspiring aspect of life that should not offend anyone ever, no matter what the subject is. My own personal take on the subject is “If it’s funny, it’s funny”.

An example of the Political Correctness crap destroying humor is what is happening in the business office world now. They even have meetings on what’s not acceptable to even talk about, much less what might be funny. People in that environment tell me it ruined the whole work experience for them. Going to work no longer has any fun aspects at all and has become boring as hell for the folks that care about having a little fun sometimes.

An example of the damage involved would be if John and Pete were standing in the hallway of a cubicle office space telling a great joke at the expense of women. All of the sudden, here comes Jane. What do they do? They shut up and stand there stupidly until she passes out of earshot and then continue to the punch line and have a good laugh. They then go back to work refreshed and ready to produce.
Now what just happened? The truth of the matter is Jane was excluded from the whole thing. Instead of being a valued part of the team and a welcomed part of the group, Jane is an outsider and cannot belong. Because Jane might be offended, she is left out. Now this actually hurts Jane’s chances for any meaningful participation in the company.

In my perfect world, which obviously doesn’t exist, a group of people could stand around telling jokes. The group would consist of a White, Black, Mexican, Chinese, Women, Japanese and even a Muslim. We would all be telling Whitey, Nigger, Spic, Chink, Chick, Jap and Rag head jokes. Now let me be real clear here. I mean rotten to the core racial and sexist/sexual jokes. We would all laugh our ass off, shake hands and go on our way with a lighter heart and good feeling about our brothers and sisters.

Come on folks, we gotta lighten up and enjoy life more. Quit being so damn serious. You only have this one life as far as I know. One of the Eastern sayings that applies here is “Life is a dance, get out there and dance and have fun with it”

Being Here, Now.

Living in the moment: It is the basis of a whole philosophical movement. Almost every spiritual practice embraces it. It is both simplistic and complex in concept; living in the moment is about just being. Being fully present in every situation, body, mind, and soul, so that you experience everything you do totally and absolutely. In those moments when you engage yourself completely, nothing in the future exists - and nothing in the past is holding you back. While it might be a challenge to always be present, you can start small.

As you go about your day, try to be aware of what you're doing, be it driving, typing, or even drinking water. Give your full attention to each activity. As often as you can, pay complete attention to everything in your immediate surroundings, and keep your thoughts to the moment at hand. Set aside your anxieties about next week's meeting or tomorrow's dental appointment. Spend your energy on the awareness of your breath, your muscles when you walk, the texture and smell of what you eat or drink. Listen intently to every conversation, without any expectations, without finishing anyone else's sentences, without preparing your rebuttal.

Even everyday chores warrant your full focus, whether you're writing a dissertation or washing dishes. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the color of flowers, the scent of rain, even the gum on the sidewalk. Pay attention to what is happening at every moment, but don't fight what is. Accept that there is a long line at the post office, but don't let it upset you. After all, there's nothing you can do about it anyway. By simply accepting each moment as if you have chosen it, you'll be surprised at what the day has to offer you. Perhaps that time on the post office line will offer a moment of mediation, a lesson in patience, or an enjoyable session of people watching.

You'll find that by living in the moment, you'll be calmer, probably more productive, and most importantly, more content with life.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Perception verses Reality

I wanted to talk about a subject that has bothered me for years. Most people get their sense of how life is going from the news or others they talk to day by day. As we all know, that slant on things is generally extremely negative. The news channels even admit that the only news that sells is bad news.

The general feeling one gets from those sources is everything is going to shit in a hand-basket. The children no longer respect their elders or the laws. They are all into drugs and alcohol and don't care about school or their teachers anymore. Most people would steal you blind if they had the chance. Most people are lazy no good for nothing slackers who don't even know how to work anymore. Our morals are going in the dumps as well.

Did you know that these kinds of sentiments have been said all throughout the ages? Socrates said these things. Hitler based most of his platform to the German masses on these ideas. Every generation, as they get old and grumpy has said these things.

Well the truth is these opinions are full of crap and wrong as can be. Ask any teacher at any school and they will tell you that the vast majority of students are hard working, serious, kind human beings just trying to fit in and succeed in this crazy world. The vast majority of humans, probably in the whole world are honest, hard working, kind to their neighbor’s people who only want a fair share of life and work hard for it.

Are there bad, lazy, unproductive folks out there who just want everyone else to support their habits and do nothing? Of course there are but they are an extreme minority. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that 90% of people in the world are great people and 10% are complete idiots. Now a lot of those idiots end up in our prison systems where they belong and the rest are just wasting our air.

If you go back in time to say the cowboy days, when people lived mainly in very small towns, the only news you heard was if farmer Jones cow had his calf yet or other important daily activities of that area. Nowadays because of the mass media, those same people in that same small town get to hear about the mass murderer who killed a dozen small children in New York City. Do those people need to hear about that? Hell no. We would all be a lot better off mentally if we never heard any of that kind of crap happening in some far off place, which has nothing whatsoever to do with us.

We need to stop paying attention to the doomsayers and give credit where credit is due. To all of us out there doing good things, working hard to support our families and living an honest, productive life, we need to say “Good going and thank you for being who you are”.