Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hope! Blah, Blah, Change! Blah, Blah

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink." --George Orwell

Now here is some CHANGE we can actually see.
I HOPE it improves soon!

So much talk. So many promises. So little actually delivered.

“The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.” Abraham Lincoln

In completely unrelated news Obama can now tell you how to dress on a daily basis, according to the weather. No joke.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Better Abs = Better Orgasms

You know you want them.

Tight, firm abs that beg for occasions to remove your shirt. A flat grill of a stomach that leaves the opposite sex aroused and drooling to stroke and trace the muscle indentations.

If sex appeal isn’t enough of an incentive, and the promise of ‘better sex’ is only a step in the right direction, then maybe knowing that even the orgasms you have on your own will be 100 times better will be the final push for you to put in the extra effort.

That’s right. Amazing abs equals amazing orgasms. An orgasm is caused by the tightening of muscles and a chemical release in the brain. It makes sense that the more powerful your muscles, the more powerful of an orgasm you can have.

It is also possible that having strong abs will allow you to have longer orgasms and have them more often. So even if you’re without a partner, your sex life could be better! And who doesn’t want better orgasms, more enjoyment and more pleasure?

You don’t need a gym membership to get fit. You don’t need a personal trainer, a personal chef or someone to fix food for you. You just need to have a strong commitment to fitting more exercise into your daily life and make some sacrifices in what you eat.

Chances are your diet is loaded with unhealthy, fattening, artery clogging (life shortening) food anyway.

It really wouldn’t take much effort to make healthier choices.
There are all kinds of great resources available and for all income levels.

Two of the simplest things you can do is
1. buy a jump rope ($12.00) to use 15 minutes a day
2. cut high calorie drinks (like soda and alcohol) from your diet

Other options include:

Doing sit-ups daily
Using a Wii-fit
Using a workout video
Running for 30 minutes (or longer) a few times a week
Taking a body conditioning or weight training class at the local community college
Joining a community fitness program

There are tons of online resources and help groups for people trying to lose weight, put on muscle and have fitter bodies. There are hundreds of fitness programs and different kinds of equipment to help you tone and strengthen your body.

Then you’ll be excited and prepared for beach and pool parties, revealing Halloween costumes and those unexpected sexy rendezvous with an enticing partner who cannot wait to get you naked.

While the results do take time, slow and steady progress will get you the sexy ripped look you’re dying to have. Physically, psychologically and emotionally you’ll be better off from eating better, working out more and orgasming more often.

Having regular orgasms have been proven lengthen a person’s lifespan. So not only do you get to have fantastic orgasms and an amazing rockin’ body, but you’ll get to live longer to enjoy both.

The good news is that having better, longer, harder, stronger orgasms is entirely in your power. And yeah, you might have to work for it. But everyone knows that the best things in life are worth having…and are also free.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rifle Scopes Under Fire

Trijicon is a company contracted by the US Government to provide weapon supplies for the military men and women serving in Iraq. Evidently they have been putting Biblical verse references on the gun sights and other equipment.

General Order Number One states that the military and the Americans stationed in the country are not allow to preach Christianity to the locals there.

Putting bible verses on the gear and calling these “Jesus Guns” is not only immature but absurd. It gives America a bad name.

Religious views tend to be very personal things. Most people with strong religious convictions defend and guard their opinions and values like they would a beloved family member.

The problem is when they go around forcing their ideals on others. A person wouldn't go into a restaurant with a salt shaker full of their own salt recipe and without asking permission first, start sprinkling it on everyone's meal. But that is exactly what people do with their political and religious preferences.

In this particular case, it's pushed on people in a sneakier way because the impression is that that products being distributed weren't or wouldn't be tampered with to project any particular group or person's specific preferences. Allowing this sets the precedent that it's okay for companies that are supposed to be religiously and politically neutral to trick you into wearing, using or buying products that promote or advertise something you don't believe in or agree with.

What if Haynes underwear started blending into all the labels of their t-shirts a Satanic star.

Would that be harmless? Funny? An attempt to offend people?

Or just incredibly childish?

If people want to modify their own issued items or buy products that bear certain labels or create their own items that promote their personal opinions, that's great. More power to them. But they shouldn't expect other people to enthusiastically embrace it or want to use and advertise it as well.

If you or your child joined a sports team and suddenly the uniform for the team bore the mark of the Freemasons or Kali the Hindu god of death, but you weren't informed of the change, the new uniform that you paid for was just issued with the new logo, wouldn't you feel somewhat upset that you were not at least given the option of not supporting or advertising this belief system?

Would you really not be concerned about the lack of respect and the biased mindset of those in charge of making and distributing the uniforms? Those who are in a position of authority and trust, using you or your child who's just there to play soccer or little league, as a way to sneakily advertise their own personal agenda?

While there is a lot to be said for being open minded, people should be allowed to keep their own opinions and not be forced to use products bearing the mark of someone else's personal opinions.

The bible has been under scrutiny for centuries. It's origins and content are not able to be proven to be the actual and literal WORD of any deity, regardless of what Christians believe. It's wrong to sneak messages from the book onto any mass produced product intended to be used by a wide and diverse group of people, where many of them don't share those opinions.

Why are some people determined to take what is supposed to be a peace keeping mission to this other country and turn it into a religious war?

Just one more example of radical religious extremists causing problems.

To read the full article

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How We Get What We Got

This might be my most controversial post yet.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Our Blood Remembers

Prodigy. Gifted. Beginners luck. A natural.

These are terms used to describe someone who is unexplainably good at something. Typically something they had never tried before and had no training in.

But maybe they did in a way.

Modern science is still only beginning to unravel the mysteries of the double helix. Human DNA is a complex and fascinating thing. And blood it turns out, has a memory.

It’s been known for some time now that many skills are hereditary. Through the evolutionary processes those who survived to pro-create endowed their offspring with those same survival abilities.

Being a skillful hunter can include anything from being fast and powerful, to having a keen sense of smell and strong powers of observation, to being talented with weapons and having an intuition of where to find and how to take down prey.

But along with necessary skills to provide food, shelter and safety, there are other skills that get passed along. Abilities such as being musical, artistic, analytical, philosophical, imaginative and mechanically minded.

There are thousands of talents that are intermingled in the genetic hand-me-downs. And it is possible that a person may be gifted at dancing or brilliant at math from the same dominate and recessive gene process that causes a person’s eyes to be blue or their hair to be curly.

The biggest difference is that unlike physical traits that are obvious, aptitudes for things are not so apparent. A person may never find out they have a knack for something until they’ve tried it or are placed in a situation where they suddenly are forced to do it.

A person may go half their life and never know they have the agility of a mixed martial artist, the eye of a marksman or the hand of a painter. And some skills do require training to fine tune them before their full ability comes into fruition.

This is one of the reasons that not only is it important for children to have exposure to different things when they are young (so their stronger talents can be identified and trained) but also that throughout a person’s life they should constantly be trying new things and engaging in new activities.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Selfish Altruism

One would think "selfish" and "altruism" would be mutually exclusive. They are in fact antonyms.

Altruism: Unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Giving without expecting reward or the benefits of recognition.

Selfishness: the act of placing one's own needs or desires above the needs or desires of others.

So how can these words be related?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Health Care: Now Discouraging Marriage

New And Improved Health care: Penalizing the married and encouraging people to live together rather than get married thanks to the Obama administration!

Under the new health care plan married couples will now pay thousands of dollars more for the exact same coverage as non-married couples living together.

Read this article.

Who would have guessed that the government doesn't want people to get married?

Maybe gay and lesbians shouldn't be so upset they weren't permitted to get married this last time the same sex marriage legislation failed. Getting married would just mean higher insurance premiums.

But then again, Obama has always announced he was going to bring CHANGE. I guess he wasn't joking.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Put Your Money Where Your Future Is

I know. I know. Not only did I change up the maxim, I still ended the sentence in a proposition. Oh well.

In my opinion, my quote is far more useful. Especially in the long run.

2010. It’s a brand new year and a fresh opportunity to make all the right choices.

Or at least, some of them.

And especially during times when money is tight, it’s important to not waste any of it.

Poorly saving is almost as bad as poorly spending.

As talked about in “The Automatic Millionaire” you don’t have to have a six figure income to become wealthy. Okay, so it might get you there faster, but only if you know what to do with it.

If I had a nickel for every average person or celebrity who quickly gained a fortune and then just as quickly lost it, well…you know how that one ends.

The thing is what your total income is, isn’t as important as how much money you have left over to use or save after all your bills and cost of living are paid for.

to be continued...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Buy Your Own Underwear

A few nights ago something somewhat shocking was said by a DJ on a radio station I frequently listen to while I am getting ready to go out.

I don’t know how the topics are chosen, but the subject they requested listener commentary on this particular night was:
At what age does a guy start buying his own underwear?

The female radio host suggested that age 19 was a good age for that.

I nearly dropped what I was holding as I turned to look at my radio with disgust and surprise.

Nineteen? REAlly??

The male radio host (somewhere in his mid to late 20’s at least) admitted that he still doesn’t buy his own underwear.

His mom mails it to him.



Holy crap! What are you? Six years old?

I’m sorry, but when my son is 17…I don’t even want to know what kind of underwear he wears! And since he should be picking it out, buying it AND washing it by himself that point…there is no reason I should know!

Certainly guys who join the military right out of high school must find the prospect of their peers (or men older than them) having their moms still buy their underwear amusing.

And how would a conversation play out with an 18 or 19 year old guy who’s trying to undress his date during a make-out session? So he drops his drawers and she asks:

“Hey…um… why are you wearing Spongebob underpants?”

“Oh, I don’t know. My mom picks out my underwear.”

Yeah. That’ll make a great impression! What a Casanova~!

I had a job at 15 and by the time I was 17, I not only didn’t allow anyone else in my family to buy my underwear, I’d washed them and sneak them back to my bedroom sock and underwear drawer. I personally wanted to hide the fact that I was wearing thongs.

I suppose it’s not an uncommon thing for guys though who typically don’t wear “lingerie” type clothing to not care if someone else does the legwork and foots the bill for something as unexciting a cotton briefs.

But what is supposed to happen when they finally move out? Is mom really supposed to ship it to you at college or wherever is your new home? Does the task of ‘guy underwear shopping’ supposed to fall in the lap of the girlfriend or wife?

I can see guys needing a little guidance when it comes to picking out
a) what looks good and
b) what fits
but honestly, once a woman with good tastes sets you on the right path, shouldn’t you just be able to replace it or buy more as needed on your own?

You observe as you’re doing your own laundry one day… “Hmmm….wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a few more of these”… and if all else fails when you go to the store where the brand is sold if you somehow forget what you’re wearing, you just pull the waistband of your pants open a bit, take a peek down your pants and remind yourself!

How can anyone be expected to take someone seriously when they need their mom (or another female) to restock something as basic as their underwear?

Clothing companies make some really great stuff for guys now. Especially for guys who are fit and could potentially look really good in their underwear, it’s a great opportunity to step up your game in the bedroom.

And even if you don’t have a killer body, don’t use that as an excuse to wear something that a homeless guy would reject.

Come’on. Admit it. You like it when a girl wears something under her clothes that gets your blood pumping. Do the women in your life a favor and return the favor.

Honestly, I’d rather a guy not wear any underwear than rely on their dear old mum to provide it. Besides, it’s just one less thing to take off.

But whether you choose to sport some nicely cut shorts or briefs, please…

Have a little self respect.

Buy your own underwear.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Heart Shaped Box

She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak
Ive been locked inside your heart-shaped box for weeks
Ive been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn back (alt: ... when you turn black)

Hey! wait!
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! wait! (alt: hate! haight!)
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! wait!
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Your advice

Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet
Cut myself on angels hair and babys breath
Broken hymen of your highness Im left black
Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back

Hey! wait!
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! wait!
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! wait!
Ive got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Your advice

Commentary to follow...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Walk Like A Man

There is no clearly defined point when a person goes from being an adolescent to becoming a man or a woman. The puberty process starts somewhere around twelve or thirteen and causes a person to reach physical maturity; when a person’s body stops growing and they develop the ability to reproduce.

But intellectual and emotional maturity are something entirely different.






The only things significant about these numbers are the associations we make with them.

Specifically, the expectations we have when someone turns those ages. And certain milestones that a person typically achieves and responsibilities they are given around those times.

Eighteen is the legal age of adulthood for most things in the USA. The age a person can: vote, serve jury duty, enlist or be drafted into the military, have consensual sex with another person also aged eighteen or older, marry without parental permission, donate blood, donate reproductive material, buy tobacco products, get tattoos or piercings without parental consent, sign a hotel, house or apartment lease, sign or file legal documents and contracts, apply for insurance and government assistance, have a full time job, open a 401 K retirement account, own a vehicle, live on their own, change their name, buy a lotto ticket, gamble at a casino, buy or lease adult movies, buy a rifle or shotgun, get a credit card and checking account, can sue or be sued and will be tried as an adult for a crime.

It’s also typically the age the most have completed high school/ GED, attend college, have a job, have a driver’s license, have a car and have some idea of what kind of person they are and have at least a pretty good idea of what they don’t want to do with their life.

But as nearly everyone can attest, the age eighteen is more a doorway into adulthood rather than the final destination. A person’s life experience is still pretty limited. They haven’t “lived” much and their track record for being responsible and reliable is still suspect.

So while they are trusted to make many major decisions in their own life, it is still a full three years later at age twenty-one before they’re legally able to: buy alcohol, drive with a student driver, conceal and carry a gun or knife, buy and register a machine gun/ assault rifle, get a job as a police officer or as a federal or state investigatory agency or get a commercial drivers license (bus, limousine, semi-truck etc.).

It’s an additional four years, at the age of twenty-five when a person can finally: legally rent a car and adopt a child. This is typically also the minimum age of most degree requiring careers, such as to practice medicine or law or serve on a public education board.

But just because the law allows citizens certain rights at certain ages, doesn’t necessarily mean that people are actually achieving these milestones and becoming mature, responsible adults.

Maturity = Knowing who you are, what you want and how to get it.

Responsible = Being accountable for your decisions, being reliable and having the self-control and self-discipline to accomplish what you are entrusted to do.

There should be another list of milestones that people use to achieve certain goals. It would certainly accelerate the time it takes for a person to become a mature, responsible adult. And as anyone who has reach or passed the age of forty would attest, they could have accomplished more and obtained more success and satisfaction before their mid-life if they’d been more mature sooner.

The expression “Youth is wasted on the young” is only understood by those who have lost their youth and finally have the maturity to know who they are, what they want and how to go about getting it, but now are too old to make good use of it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Big Plans For 2010

There is a game called "I have never". I knew of it as a Girls Camp campfire game, but you might know of it as a drinking game. Basically everyone goes around the group and states something they have never done. Anyone in the group who has done that, either tosses in one of the (10-20) sticks they collected, or takes a shot. Ultimately, the person who wins is the person who has done the fewest things.

I have a hate/love relationship with that game. I love it because unless there is someone under the age of 12 in the group, I'm gonna win. I hate it because unless there is someone under the age of 12 in the group, I'm gonna win. This means that most 12-year-olds have done more things than I have. Wanna guess how much that sucks?

So after I got divorced, I created a list of things I have never done.* I've made it a goal to eventually do all of them! After I've done them, I put them in italics. (And yes, this list is a bit embarrassing.) In no particular order:

Things I Have NEVER Done And WANT To:

* Go fishing and catch a fish
* Go hunting
* Play laser tag
* Ski
* Sky dive
* Snowboard
* Play paint ball
* Go on a cruise
* Travel outside the continental United States
* Go white water rafting
* Sing Karaoke
* Play "real" golf
* Attend a "real" basket ball game (other than church or high school)
* Kayak
* Snorkel
* Host a dinner party
* Buy another motorcycle
* Help demolish a building
* Be an extra in a film
* Play poker (any kind!)
* Build a bonfire
* Learn to lay tile
* Learn to chain my car's oil
* Chop wood
* Run in a marathon or half marathon
* Run for a good cause
* Have a gym membership (outside of college fitness classes)
* Get a professional massage
* Jet ski
* Play racquetball
* Milk a cow
* Dirt bike
* Skeet shoot
* Visit all 50 states (25 down, 25 to go)
* Wind surf
* Visit Canada
* Visit Ellis Island
* Do an obstacle course
* Go to Busch Gardens
* Shoot outside
* Shoot competitively
* Get my concealed weapons permit
* Play on a softball team
* Hit a homerun
* Take back up martial arts
* Learn to knife throw
* Play an entire song on the guitar
* Play an entire song on the piano
* Snow mobile
* Replace a major engine part
* Have a book published
* Have a magazine article published
* Visit the Outerbanks
* Attend a New Year party
* Attend a Chinese New Year party
* Attend a Mardi Gras party
* Visit Miami Beach, Fl
* Build a house
* Mountain bike
* Ride in a hot-air balloon
* Visit an exotic location
* Test drive a Ferrari/ expensive sports car
* Be in a parade
* Buy a truck
* Create my own blog site
* Build an AR-15
* Own a shotgun
* Sell my photography
* See the Cirque du Soleil
* Ride a horse by the ocean
* Scuba dive
* Ride a mechanical bull

Things I've never done, but am not sure I want to try:

* Go on a blind date
* Eat sushi
* Be hypnotized
* Play rugby
* Use snowshoes
* Ice fish
* Get a pedicure
* Play spin the bottle
* Bungee Jump
* Skinny Dip
* Go to a Casino
* Actually LEARN another language

Things I've never done and never will:

* Drink alcohol
* Smoke- anything
* Try drugs
* Drink Coffee (I'm too hyper as it is!)
* Get a tattoo

* this list is incomplete, there are actually more things I have never done, as I think of them, I'll update this list!