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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How are you doing?

It's unbelievable how long it's been since I posted anything. I bet you are all relieved to see this post when you checked. I can only imagine how excited you are to finally read something new from your favorite blogger. Then again, I hate to think about how disappointed you are going to be when you finish.

This has been a transitional time in my life and I'd love to tell you all about it. But you know how I am - an international man of mystery. I will tell you one thing, I have been programming again. Let me tell you, things have changed since the last time I sat down and wrote a program. There are so many different levels, it is a little bit daunting. In spite of that, I have benn having a blast. It is so much more fun to use my brain instead of sitting like a lump in all day meetings.

Keep checking back. Maybe I'll get inspired and tell you a little story in a couple of days.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A little time off

Wow, it has been a really long time since I have written anything. How dare life infringe upon my hobby. That's right, I have a life. I actually do things, like go outside, talk to people, go to movies and have fun. It just seems that the nicer the weather gets, the less likely it is that I take the time to write. Oh well, I guess you are going to have to deal with it.

Wait, wait, don't go. I didn't mean it like that. All I meant was that maybe you would have to take a little time to do some exploring around the site. There are well over 300 posts on my various blogs that you can check out. Just because I wrote them last year, it doesn't mean they went stale. They are still the most popping blogs you have ever read. So, I encourage you to take the time to use my newish menus system to locate some of my older posts.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Pretty Funny

So I am sitting here watching John Stewart making fun of the media coverage of Anna Nicole Smith. Is he a little late or what? Good ole rebeleyeball started off on this last week. I knew he was stealing my material. Everyone steals my stuff, man. I am thinking about getting Sirius satellite just to see how much Howard Stern has been ripping me off. You know "The King of All Media" ran out of original ideas about five years ago. Uh ... just kidding Howard. I still want to write for your show.

Listening to the sound bites is completely unbelievable. We know more about ANS than we know about Iraq. Where is the media frenzy and all the different imagery from out Asian outposts? Why are we allowing this crap? You all should email the cable networks and tell them to give us real news. I know I won't.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hear ye, hear ye

I got absolutely nothing to say. Can you believe it? I have been ignoring this blog for months. I even tried to apologize. But that didn't help. It just sits out there mocking me. Taunting me. It visits me in my dreams and laughs at me because I have nothing interesting to say and even if I did nobody is reading anyway. Not exactly what I had in mind when I started blogging over a year ago! Holy cow, I've been doing this for over a year. Damn, ya'll been reading this enough to keep me motivated for over a year? Guess I not as sad as I thought.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I changed my mind

I started out writing a blog about our pathetic president and the war. Then I went, eh. It's obvious that not many people actually give a shit. So why yammer on about a topic that bores people stiff. Instead I decided to bore you stiff with another rambling post that doesn't have a specific topic.

You know what I mean, one of those riveting posts in which I absolutely astound you with my command of the English langauge. A brilliant morsel of prose that is not only interesting but educational as well.

Yes, that is what I will do in this post. I will careful select each word to craft a simulating web of text that will sweep you off into a euphoric state of well-being. Prepare yourself to be completely wowed by my towering linguistic mastery. Have you prepared yourself?

Nevermind, I am going to bed.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Car Troubles

Driving sucks. Seriously. Think about how much time we spend in our cars. In order to cut down on that complete waste of time, some of us take matters into our own hands. What I mean is, we tend to cut corners. Some of us ignore speed limits, others refuse to heed solid white lines, yet others tend to roll through stop signs and some of us literally cut corners.

So there I was, running late again. There were like fourteen cars in line on front of me in the left turn lane. The most irritating thing in the world is when the arrow finally changes to green and each car in front of you waits until the car in front of them completely executes the turn before they move their foot from the brake to the gas. AHHHHHHHHH!

That morning, I just couldn't take any more. Instead of keeping in line, I decide to make my move. Without hesitating, I shot into the Exxon station on the corner, hit the gas, jumped the curb, tore through the lot and shot out the other side directly into a cement truck.

In spite of the fact that I was pronounced dead at the scene, they rushed me to the hosipital to see if I could be saved. But it was to no avail. Services are to be held Thursday at the Eagles Airie #417 with a viewing/dinner to follow at the Peking King Chinese Restuarant.

Friday, February 09, 2007

In case you missed it

There were other big news stories today, but you would never know it if you relied on network and cable news outlets. At seven o'clock this morning, I turned on MSNBC and the lead story was the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. Wanting to see what else was happening, I switched to NBC, Anna Nicole Smith. ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News - same story. Give me a freaking break would ya? Nothing against Ms Smith, in fact, she was one of my favorite playmates. But please, there are important things going on in the world that actually effect the lives of thousands of people. How can we continue to pay so much attention to this kind of stuff, the OJ trial, the Peterson Trial, the missing girl in Aruba, the lady that drowned her kids, Jon Bonet Ramsey? Come on people, start demanding that the media cover real stories and ask real questions.

For instance, at 8:00 when I was in my car listening to NPR they had this story as the lead:

(AP) A "very damning" report by the Defense Department's inspector general depicts a Pentagon that purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida in the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Don't you think that is a little more important than having all three networks and the three major cable news stations running ANS as the lead story? Some us have been saying the White House was doing this before the war. But many of you were following these non-stories to sit up and take notice. We, all of us, allowed our country to go to war based on this. What are we going to do about this? I'll tell you, nothing. Why, because no one listened then and no one is listening now.

Here's another interesting tidbit, yesterday another helicopter "crashed" in Iraq. It was the fifth helicopter in two weeks to "crash". After the initial announcement of the "crashes" the army reports that they were due to enemy fire. But the media continues to call these "crashes" as if they are accidental. In every other war, these helicopters would have been "shot down". There is a big difference between hearing a helicopter "crashed" and that a helicopter was "shot down". When they "crash", we start think that the military doesn't have a very good safety record without much thought of what is going on there. When in fact, our troops are fighting a WAR. And we as a citizenry have no idea what is going on and worse, we do not care.

I gues it must be too difficult to think about the war while you are worried about making a living or taking your kids to soccer practice or watching fluff news. But it is our responsibility to stand up and demand that we are informed to what is really going on in the Mideast and what these guys that we voted in are doing. Please, I am begging you, do something. Call your Senator and/or Representative and demand full disclosure of all the info leading up to the war and since.