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Stupid Tsunami Relief!

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It really must some kind of day when I’m posting two blogs. Blame others who have eye-catching titles to pique my mind into remembering something I wanted to say to someone other than my wife.

OK, is it just me, or is anyone else “Enough with the Tsunami Relief already!”?

How much money has the world pledged? 200 Billion? That’s steep I guess, but my question is, how much value was actually lost (I mean in monetary, not human-life measurements) versus how much the countries of the world are foisting on them?

Seriously, if you took the GDP of all the areas hit and added it up, then add together how much money it would cost to put 20,000 people to work making mud for buildings, and is it really necessary for the U.S. to donate another $500 million just to keep world journalists from pissing on our good name?

Here’s a secret: “They’re going to hate us no matter how much money we donate.”

It’s a bit like my family (natural and in-law) who labor under the pretense that we (and in this context I metaphorically mean “we” to mean “all Americans”) have more money than God and therefore couldn’t possibly use any help with, say…daycare! No please, take some of that money I paid into the tax system, and instead of fixing the sliding pavement on my street, mail it over for the Tsunami Relief.

I could expound on this more, but I think Matt Reid does a fine job here

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On Presidential Holidays and the Like

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This morning, I left the house a few minutes earlier than usual so I could drop by and let my in-laws’ dog out to pee. I’m not sure she did actually, as I had to go pee. When I came back, the dog was standing by the door – slightly farther away than when I left her, so I don’t know if she did her ‘biz’ and came back, or if she never left to begin with.

Anyway, without all the yahoos on the road, it being Presidents day and all, I zipped to work in record time.

Which reminds me, “I HATE ATLANTA.” For many reasons, but traffic is high on my list. Add to that the compete lack of outdoor activities and places to hold outdoor activities and you have a very un-fitness friendly city.

Have I officially blogged enough for today? I always wonder. I think I’ll change my font…

I like verdana better, except that it makes your letters seem so BIG!

Here’s a question for all you dads out there: At what point after having children do you stop feeling guilty for doing yardwork and such while your wife “deals” with the baby?

I ask because that’s exactly how I feel every weekend when I’m out doing things that need doing, like: car washing, lawn mowing, general cleanup etc…

Looking back, I’m really not ready to be a dad. Too late sucker!

Using my newfound SuperPowers…to analyze the debate

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By now, every blogger on the planet has no doubt given his or her two cents’ worth on the presidential debates. Debate might actually be a bit misleading. I would have welcomed a debate, but what the American people received was actually a series of rote answers to questions the candidate’s advisors had anticipated…or not, as seemed to be the case with the “Do you believe being gay is a choice?” question.

I don’t get this idea that John Kerry won the debate, but that Bush was more likeable. Here’s why:

1. With the exception of his outlining his plan for health care reform, Sen. Kerry has still not explained any of the “plans” he has for fixing the ills of America. Even his convoluted health care explanation last night left me scratching my head. Regardless of his reassurances that his plan was no a government plan, I can’t help but think that any plan monitored and controlled (regulated) by the government, is anything BUT a government health care plan.

2. I love the Democrat’s doubletalk. Rollback is a favorite word of Kerry/Edwards. Rollback actually means a repeal of taxcuts. In effect, that’s raising taxes. Also, Kerry last night said that under his health care plan, people age 54 will have the opportunity to contribute to medicare. Contribute? I thought that’s what we did UNTIL we retire, not after. What he meant to say, or not to say as the case may be, was that he was going to allow millions of people to start drawing government medicare benefits up to ten years earlier than they do now. All this without raising taxes. WOW!

3. Sen. Kerry, keep other folks’ families out of the debate. Also, could you have been any more uncomfortable saying the word “lesbian?”

Now let’s talk about Bush for a second

1. Pres. Bush, jokes generally fall flat when you’re talking with an audience who has been told not to respond. Just stop it, it looks silly.

2. Good job not slouching and keeping your energy up. Watch the overzealous smiling though. I know, you can’t win no matter what you do right?

3. You missed a key opportunity to explain to the American people how American pharmaceuticals are safer and better than those from other countries. Kerry gave you that slow-pitch softball right down the middle and all you did was mention that the flu vaccine that was tainted came from Britain. How about, “This stresses why my administration believes the only and best drugs Americans should purchase, should come from this country. Reimportation does not guarantee safety and efficacy.”

While I’ll agree Bush comes across as more agreeable, Kerry seems to know his stuff until you actually look at what he’s saying. There’s no substance. Sure he fills his allotted time, but rarely is it on-topic and substantive. Like Cheney, if you don’t have anything else to say, move on.

Regardless, the time of debates is over. There are precious few days left before campaigning is cut off for this year. Is there really anyone out there who plans on voting and is still undecided?

If so, pee or get off the pot.

I’d Dan Rather Not…Thank You Very Much

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It was bound to happen you have to admit. Limbaugh was bound to be right and every conservative-minded American can now sit back and thumb their nose at the mainstream media while dialing over to FOX News. Even so, I can’t help but feel sorry for the dupe – meaning Rather.

To be busted because someone was too stupid to actually use a typewriter is about the worst way to lose a lifetime of journalistic integrity. Of course, Rather might have thought about that before throwing in with “those who want Bush to die.”

I’m almost not afraid to put a “W” sticker on my car now – almost. My friend did and ended up with some wacko scribbling under the word “Bush” the word “Kills.” Clever, that one. Really, is that the best they could do?

I’m looking forward to this “blogging.” I couldn’t believe that I actually had to look up the word. I used to be a network engineer – up on all the latest jargon and goings-on. This is what I get for going back to school and losing focus.

More to come…