Sunday, January 03, 2010

A cold start

  I started writing a note about how cold it is:  But you don't care.  You're either in a place where it's way colder so you have no sympathy at all. Or you're in a place where it's warmer and will only say it's our own damn fault for living where it can get that cold.  And if you live here: You already know how cold it is.  So why bother?

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Our Government in Action

We're one full day into 2010 and we're still living with impending economic collapse, near revolt over health care reform and unemployment nearly as high as it's ever been in this country. You'd think our Congress could find something better to do than censure a representative for speaking his mind (Joe Wilson) but not for being drunk at the podium (Max Baucus.)  I think this clearly identifies one of the major malfunctions with our government.  It's more important to appear to be doing something -- regardless of how inane it might be -- than to actually take action.  They're all so afraid of actually committing to something. You and I can't do that.  We have to, you know, pick a lane and get in it. Congress is like a bunch of rubberneckers at the scene of a particularly gruesome auto accident.  They're going to slow to a crawl as they drive by, make noises about how awful it is and how sad and they'll talk about what they are going to do to make it all better. The reality is: They can't do a damn thing to make it all better because they're a large part of the problem.  But they'll look REALLY busy.  They're not actually going to do anything constructive, other than, perhaps, vote themselves another pay raise. (Did you know that they AUTOMATICALLY get an annual raise unless they vote NOT to give themselves one?  Yep.  That's the way the legislation is set up.  Pretty neat, huh?)  And then they'll congratulate each other on passing yet another law to continue to suck the life out of the American Taxpayer.


Friday, January 01, 2010

This year, I'll try to do better.

I like posting on my blog. I also like killing zombies. So you can guess which activity wins when I have a choice. Left4Dead for sure! But this year, I'll try to do better. I've got the zombies down to where they're not a danger to the remainder of society. (You didn't see any over the Holidays? Right. You know who to thank...)

So, to make things interesting, I'll start out with a rant: This is straight from my Facebook profile.

It's 2010? How the hell did that happen? Why don't we have a colony on the moon declaring independence from the earth? Why aren't we colonizing Titan? Why are we still stuck HERE? Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein are rolling over in their virtual graves.


No. I am not content to stay here. There's got to be a better way. Those who refuse to believe that and refuse to look for the solution are part of the problem.

(Note: The last post to this blog said that I was going to quit teaching Jujitsu.  And I did.  For a whole six weeks.  Since that time, I've had about 10 people ask me to reopen the class so ... I'm going to do it.  I'll be committing myself to at least another two years of Mondays to get the newbies through the curriculum.  But, if they're committed, so am I.  I really do love teaching it.  I'm just getting too old for it.  It's a younger man's art, that's for sure.  Maybe I'll be able to quit before I'm 50.)