Archive for November, 2008

Just Saying Hi

November 19, 2008

To me a blog sometimes seems to be a strange sort of self inflicted guilt.  Of course it shouldn’t be, but then again I do feel bad when I go a long time without posting or having anything to talk about.  I’d rather not write anything than put up a bunch of gobbledeegook and make y’all suffer through bad jokes and senseless ramblings.

Never stopped me before lol.

All that to say I am alive and will be making a real post soon enough.  First I must recover from a pretty nasty head cold and adapt to yet another increase in my work load.  We lost 4 people for various reasons this month and their work has been effectively redistributed around the office.  In this case, redistributed in the same way a tornado redistributes a mobile home.

Hope everyone’s doing well.  More to come soon.

– J

Remember Remember…

November 5, 2008

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a night and watch V for Vendetta.  It’s a great flick and I think it has a lot of powerful things to say about the nature of government and the people.  I find it to be a fun discussion piece as well.  From the Wiki link above, “…the filmmakers have said that the film is intended more to raise questions and add to a dialogue already present in society, rather than provide answers or tell viewers what to think.”

I could go on, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.  If you have seen it, please share your thoughts.  Spoiler free, if possible.

– J

My Favorite Poem

November 3, 2008

The Spoon Poem

A spoon is a spoon

My utensil of choice

The tool that I praise

With songs from my voice

 

Some spoons are metal

Others are wood

Many are plastic

But all spoons are good

 

They have many uses

They’ve been all around

From quotes within movies

To shoveling the ground

 

But of all the things

That a spoon can do

The only type that I like

Is the one I can do with you

 

– Ben Aguilar, 2004

 

Happy Monday!!

 

– J

Thoughts on Voting

November 1, 2008

In America my religion is my choice.  My place of worship is my choice.  My political stance (if any) is my choice.  We have many choices that are ours to make on these topics and many others and nobody has the right to tell me what to do or how to do it.

So I ask the question – Why is the subject of voting exempt from these choices?  How come every damn person, poster and newspaper I see is telling me I have to vote?  How come I’m supposed to feel bad if I choose not to?  Why isn’t voting considered a personal choice like anything else affiliated with political preference? 

I don’t trust either candidate as far as I can throw them.  I don’t want either McCain or Obama to lead this country.  And I do not believe in voting for a “lesser of two evils”.  I think when voting becomes a defensive measure as opposed to an offensive measure working for the good of the country something is terribly wrong.  I think the system is flawed, the people involved are corrupt and shouldn’t be trusted.  Therefore I’m not voting on November 4th.  If I don’t support someone I’m not going to vote for them.  Plain and simple.

To any who would tell me I have no right to complain if I don’t vote…   If the person you vote into office flushes this country farther down the toilet, I don’t think YOU have the right to complain.  I think you will be part of the cause and therefore I’ll be pissed at you just as much as the administration in office.  Remember those “Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for him…” bumper stickers?  Yeah, kind of like that.  Only I retain the right to say that about either candidate.  Folks, the political process is a crap shoot.  It’s an elaborate game of Russian Roulette that we play every four years and nobody knows how we’re going to fair or what’s going to happen.  For God’s sakes, you’re voting on POLITICIANS that you know nothing about except what the MEDIA tells you.  

“But J, what if everyone thought that way??”  

Everyone doesn’t.  It’s a non-issue and therefore you have no argument.

As a parallel to other rights and choices we have, if I go to church but do not take communion, do I lose my right to pray to God?  Certainly not.  In the same vein of thought, voting is an element of politics but in no way inhibits my rights of free speech as an American if I choose not to.

And furthermore, as much god awful, irritating, stupid and pointless protesting that has gone on lately don’t you DARE tell me I don’t have a voice.  If a “voice” includes using a swastika for the “s” in Bush’s name or making Obama monkey dolls (both equally ignorant, offensive and sick and both of which I’ve seen in person), I think I retain the right to my opinions regardless of whether or not I voted.

I try to keep a politics free blog.  For breaking that commitment I apologize but I feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t vent somewhere.  Frankly, this whole election season has beaten me down to a point of apathy.  Before ending this little fit, let me reaffirm the fact that at no time here have I said people should not be voting or spoken negatively of those that do.  I commend you for seeing a cause you believe in and taking an active role in it.  All I’m asking for is equal respect for my opinion since I am regularly forced to tolerate yours.

– J