Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Long time no speak

Hey there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it. Yeah. You see, I’m not one of those professional bloggers that has the time to post stuff every day, or every other day. I was trying to pump out a post once a week, and that hasn’t even been happening.

There’s so much going on in the world. The gulf oil leak (it’s a leak, not a spill). The feds are probably going to sue Arizona over their immigration law. The world cup is happening. E3 was a few weeks ago (www.endofnations.com), and I’m making the switch to Direct TV.

Let’s bust these out real fast so I can claim I’ve covered all the bases.

The oil leak:

All Obama needs to do is swim down to where the oil is spewing out and yell “YES WE CAN!” at it, and it’ll stop.

Does anyone remember that the same thing happened in 1979? Exact same thing. People are upset that the federal government isn’t really doing anything. Well, they are…or at least were…they were taking bribes to look the other way and ignore all the safety violations. Way to go, guys. People need to realize that Obama is an impotent president and really can’t do anything about this other than pretend he is doing something. People need to realize that it’s inept government oversight that really caused this.

Arizona:

Yeah yeah, people are still talking about this. So apparently Obama is sending in some people to Arizona to try and work something out. Hillary claimed that they are going to sue Arizona over the immigration bill. Really? Ok. You’ll lose. Arizona isn’t backing down on this. There are rumors that Obama is going to give the nod to ICE to use some sort of executive power to grant amnesty to all the illegals. Now, that’s only supposed to happen on a case by case basis, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m just interested in seeing how far Arizona and the feds are willing to go on this issue.

The World Cup:

Soccer is for wimps. Just look at it. Every time I try and watch there are guys falling all over the field like they are being struck my lightning, or like they are being shot by a sniper. They roll around on the ground and pretend they are hurt…they look to see if anyone is paying attention, and then they get up and continue playing this stupid sport. This is one reason this sport hasn’t caught on in America. Another is the absolutely horrible officiating. This kind of crap wouldn’t fly in the NFL. And then there are those damn vuvuzelas. You know, those horn things that make the stadium sound like a giant beehive. Yeah..bring one of those to a baseball or football game, and we’ll see how long security lets you stay. Rugby. Now that’s a real sport. I had someone tell me that the fans are so into soccer that the seats are like a rugby match. Really? That’s your bragging point? Let me get this right…soccer is cool because the fans are worse than raiders fans and eagles fans put together? No. I’m sorry. That argument is invalid. Soccer is a non-sport.

E3.

Electronics Entertainment Expo. It’s a big video game trade show that happens in L.A. every year. One of the games I’m working on has been nominated for 8 awards at the show. Check it out. www.endofnations.com. I’m doing the sound design for it. Check out the trailers. The story is actually pretty cool, too.

Direct TV:

So, I’m fed up with Cox. That’s the company I have/had digital cable and internet with. These guys are jerks. They raise rates randomly. Their customer service is garbage, and the actual cable and internet service is crap. I called to cancel and the woman was practically begging me to stay, saying all this bad stuff about Direct TV, which ended up being false. I told her that I’m saving over $50 per month by switching to Direct TV, and that if she’d be willing to give me that sort of deal for the next two years, I’d stay with Cox, but she wouldn’t do it. Well, guess what, lady, I’m outta here. Verizon is like this too, only they don’t raise their rates randomly. That’s why I switched to T-Mobile. And no, I don’t have an IPhone. I refuse to use AT&T and I refuse to pay several hundred dollars for a phone that doesn’t do anything more than the awesome phone I got for free from T-Mobile on father’s day weekend (MyTouch 3G slide). Plus, AT&T coverage sucks. Yeah, yeah, I’m sure there are one or two of you out there that haven’t had issues, but their overall coverage is crap, and I’ve been on the phone with many an AT&T customer who had their call dropped.

So, that’s that. Have a good 4th of July weekend.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Obama and Calderon like to cuddle

If you heard what Obama had to say to the U.S. when he was pal’ing around with president Calderon from Mexico, and aren’t angry, you must not have a pulse. Before I get to that, I have to laugh at FOX news. When Obama was talking, he used the words “ a legal immigrant”. FOX news obviously doesn’t know how to listen, nor do they have a brain, because they were jumping up and down over this, quoting him as saying “illegal immigrant”. What? Did they hear the same thing I did? I didn’t hear “illegal immigrant”. Trust me. I have good ears for this sort of thing. I spent two years editing dialogue for a living. Plus, do you really think Obama’s speech writers are going to let him even use the words “illegal immigrant”? Come on, FOX news. Grow a brain and a pair of ears, please.

OK. So why should you be mad? Well, there are several reasons.

First, Obama claims that there are no borders anymore. That’s right. He said it. Now, I’m all for allowing people to come here. I’m not a big fan of the huge hassle immigrants have to deal with just to become a legal alien here. It’s a HUGE cost and takes years of time to do. I can’t blame Mexicans for pouring across the border like they do. But there are legal issues here, as well as safety and environmental issues, and it all goes back to the actions of your beloved federal government. Let me explain:

Did you know that it is cheaper for people in Mexico to buy produce from the U.S. than from local farmers? Makes no sense, I know, but there is a reason for this. You see, the U.S. government gives massive subsidies to farmers to grow certain crops. Basically, you and I are paying farmers to do what the government wants. So, this creates a lower cost of farming for the farmers, which in turn, lowers the price of food. Sounds good, right? Well, when you look at the big picture, it costs us. It costs us in tax dollars, and it costs us in other ways. Since American agricultural products are so cheap, people in Mexico started buying their produce from America, and not locally. This put the local Mexican farmers out of work. I’m talking massive unemployment. So, what do they do? They can come here illegally and become day laborers or, they can work for the drug cartels. When they come here to work, they are doing so illegally, which then causes them to usually work under the table, thus resulting in low wages and horrible working conditions. They really can’t go about it the legal route, because they don’t have the money or the time to do it. They need work now. Let’s not forget the lovely welfare system that entices them with free health care, food stamps, and housing assistance. I know I know, people say “well if they are illegal, they can’t get those things”. Trust me, they can. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Also, don’t forget about chain migration.

So, they come here…and yes….they do take jobs away from Americans. Again, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. They are a huge drain on the taxpayers. But it’s not the fault of the illegals. It’s the fault of those in power who make it so difficult to come here in the first place legally, and for freebies they get when they arrive. I would bet a year’s salary that if we got rid of the welfare state, you’d see a massive self deportation on the part of the illegals.

Here’s another reason to be angry with Obama. He said a huge lie right to the face of the American people in his rose garden statement. He said that his entire administration had read the Arizona immigration bill. Really? So that’s why your attorney general secretary of homeland security both admitted that they hadn’t read the bill. Both of them had gone on TV prior to admitting they hadn’t read the bill and claimed that it was unconstitutional and will lead to racial profiling. To me, that’s disgraceful, and they should both be fired. But this administration doesn’t even know what disgrace is.

Next is the best part…..

Not only is Obama and his administration flat out lying about Arizona’s immigration law, they have the president of Mexico up for a visit. It’s not a visit to discuss the real issues at hand, it’s to admonish the American people for not wanting drug smugglers and human smugglers to destroy lives and property. Obama wants to do whatever he can to stop this immigration law in Arizona. He’ll even lie to the American people if he needs to. Not the usual stuff we expect from politicians. This is blatant. It’s really bad. He said that the law can lead to profiling. OK….well that tells me two things. First, Obama has no faith in the Arizona police to enforce this law correctly. Second, by his rationale, ALL laws lead to profiling. Can you tell who has pot in their pocket just by looking at them? So, Obama is insulting us, and then he has the nerve to let president Calderon condemn us. If Mexico was a country that let people just come and go as they please, then maybe I could understand... But it turns out that Mexico has even more strict immigration laws than the U.S. does. Their laws even involve racial profiling. So, here you have the president of a country that is in shambles because of a drug war; a country throws people in jail right away for being there illegally; a country that states that it needs to put a cap of non-mexicans that live there; telling the U.S. that our laws need to allow for migration from his country. Really? Wow. Get that man a wheelbarrow because he’s got some big balls that he needs help wheeling around. That’s like a prostitute telling you not to have sex cause it’s bad.

This also shows us that the main stream media is a bunch of morons also (as if we didn’t know this already). To me, this is a huge story. You’d think that everything I talked about above would be huge news. But it’s not. I guess this is the change they believe in.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Things you are unlikely to say unless you have kids

“Don’t sit on your brother.”
“Don’t put your boogies on the wall.”
“Stop trying to open the door with your tongue.”
“Stop drawing on the wall.”
“That’s not chocolate.”
“How can someone so small make such a loud noise?”
“This puke is really warm.”
“Stop shoving Cheerios up your nose.”
“Stop trying to pick your brother’s nose.”
“Why is there something wet between the couch cushions?”
“He threw a train at me in frustration.”
“Don’t eat that dirt.”
“Crap. He just ate that dirt.”
“I need help getting this dirt out of his mouth.”
“Now he just put sand in his mouth.”
“No. I’m not going to wash the sand out of his mouth. Let him live with it for a bit. That way he’ll know not to do that again.”
“Dammit! He just stood up and ran away, and stepped in his poopy diaper as he did so. Now there are poo footprints on the carpet.”
“Don’t put your hand in that!”
“He didn’t hear me say that word.”
“Honestly, he didn’t get that from me.”
“I can’t believe something this large came out of such a little body.”
“Ugh…that’s a gooey one.”
“Please stop farting on your brother.”
“He’s a stealth tinkler.”
“It’s a diaper changing assembly line.”
“Who pooped in the tub?”

Friday, April 30, 2010

Arizona

I’m sure you’ve heard by now the new immigration law that Arizona has passed. It’s stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy that has been mainly full of lies and mis-information. Let’s dig into this, shall we?

Argument number one: “It’s unconstitutional”

Actually, it isn’t. Here is a section from the actual bill that addresses this issue:

A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR
OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.

That basically means that Arizona can’t do anything that violates federal law.

Argument number two: “It’s a federal issue”

This is not the case. Back in 1996, President Clinton signed a bill that allows states to deal with immigration issues.

Argument number three: “It’s racial profiling”

Actually, it isn’t. There is nothing in the law that says to target any person of any specific nationality or race. In fact, here is the part of the bill that says how they will determine immigration status.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).



What this basically means is that if you come into contact with the cops for whatever reason; getting pulled over for some moving violation in your car, being arrested for theft, or any other reason the cops deal with you; they can check your immigration status if they have reasonable suspicion that you are an illegal alien. Reasonable suspicion isn’t skin color. Reasonable suspicion is the lack of a driver’s license, car registration, or any other proof of identity. If you have any of the normal stuff you carry on you all the time, you’ll be fine. The idea here is that illegal immigrants typically don’t have these items.


It’s clear to me that the President, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and all the other political hacks who are criticizing this bill haven’t actually read it based on the words coming out of their mouths. I’m sure this is going to be challenged, and there will be lawsuits, and all that jazz. That ought to be interesting, and here is why…

The main reason Arizona passed this bill is because the federal government wasn’t doing anything to deal with all the problems that illegal immigration has brought to the state. It’s not just people coming here to work. I’m talking about violence, kidnappings, and other crime. The people of Arizona have been waiting for the federal government for years to do something, and they decided they didn’t want to wait anymore. They are essentially asserting their 10th amendment right here, and if the feds start jerking them around, then the feds will be in violation of the constitution. If that happens, there could be a shitstorm on the horizon, and it’s somewhat possible that Arizona could secede. Yeah, I know, that sounds crazy, but it could happen. It’s not likely, but the way things are going, you never know what could happen.

In terms of my own personal feelings on this bill….I’m conflicted. The libertarian in me says that all people are free no matter what geo-political land mass they hail from. Free people should be able to travel freely from one place to another. Just because they cross an imaginary line on the ground doesn’t make them illegal, in my book. However, if Arizona wants to make a law like this one, they are well within their right to do so. I can’t see anything in the bill that is illegal or unconstitutional. I may not agree with it, but it is what it is.

What is really grinding me is how politicians are calling for boycotts against Arizona . Really? What’s the logic in that? Boycotting Arizona will result in lost business and tax income, won’t it? Won’t that lead to a loss of jobs? Won’t that hurt the people they are so concerned about? Makes no sense, but then again, I shouldn’t be surprised at that.

The real solution to this immigration mess is something that you won’t here in mainstream media or from politicians. One big thing the government could do is decriminalize drugs. Mexico is literally involved in a civil war between the government and the drug cartels. The drug cartels exist because there is a demand for those drugs here in the states. Whenever there is a demand for a product or service, someone will fill that demand, legal or not. Since drugs are illegal, it’s a high risk game that these cartels play getting the drugs into the U.S. If drugs were legal, the demand could be met locally with local growers, or hell, even foreign growers and be done in a legal matter. This would save lives, money, and time.

If Mexicans want to come work here, they should be allowed to, and be paid fairly for their work. Since many of them are “illegal”, they fly under the radar. They get paid under the table and don’t complain about work conditions or low wages because they are afraid of being deported. If they could just come and work here, and be covered under the same labor laws that you and I are, then there wouldn’t be an issue here. The free market could handle this no problem.

If you want to read the actual bill, go here: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tea Baggers and the Tea Party movement

I have conflicting thoughts on this whole “tea party” thing. Let’s start with the good.

It’s good to finally see people become active in openly criticizing the government, rather than worshipping a candidate. It’s nice to see people are doing this in large numbers. This affords not only republicans to get together and share ideas, but it allows for more freedom oriented people (libertarians, minarchists, and the like) to attend the tea parties and interact with the other people there and expose them to the true ideas of liberty. It’s a good networking opportunity. It lets the government see that people are upset.

Ok, the stuff that I’m conflicted about….

It’s about damn time. Where were you people the past 8 years? Didn’t the Patriot Act get you angry? Didn’t the medicare prescription drug bill get you angry? Didn’t all the lies get you angry? Sure, it’s convenient to get all upset at the democrats because they are in power, but when the republicans were in power, government grew by leaps and bounds. Spending skyrocketed. Bush trampled all over our rights. He started the TSA. You know…that organization that frisks old ladies and makes my boys go through a secondary screening. The Bush administration was full of corruption and just plain evil people. During the time the republicans were in power, they didn’t do anything to fix government.

So, my question is this: What do these tea party people really want out of all of this? What is the end goal? I have my own personal goals as far as freedom is concerned, and I have my own ideas on how to get there. I get the feeling that these people just don’t know what they want or what to do. They are just finally pissed off enough to gather in large groups and hold signs saying that somewhere in Kenya a village is missing an idiot. “We are going to take the nation back!”, they say. Really? How do you plan on doing that. Voting for…I don’t know…a republican? Those folks that really screwed things up before Obama is screwing them up even more? Yeah, that’s right. Just vote in “your guy”. That doesn’t work, people. Just read my post on “you can’t take the nation back”. These tea party people need to step things up. I’m not talking about using violence. I’m talking about non-cooperation. Don’t like the government? Alright, stop paying for it. Stop using government entitlement programs. Oh, you like those entitlement programs? Oh I see, you like a little bit of socialism, but more of that socialism that you are dependant on is bad….I get it. See the inner conflict here? See why the tea party people are getting so heavily criticized in the media? See why Sarah Palin looks like even MORE of an idiot now than she ever did? The republican politicians well tell you to vote for them because they will make things right. Really? What evidence is there to support that? I’m not buying it.

You teabaggers ought to just declare personal independence and stop paying. Have the balls to stand up for what you believe in rather than vote in someone who is going to force their political ideals on other people….you know…the same thing that is happening to you that you don’t like because it’s the other team. Oh, but it’s alright if our guys force the other team to do what we want because they are bad and we are good. It’s majority rule, after all, isn’t it? That’s what democracy is….two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Han Solo Effect

There is a reason why so many people prefer the original Star Wars trilogy to the prequel Star Wars trilogy. This is the Han Solo Effect. I'll explain.

First, we have to show how the prequel trilogy is similar to the original trilogy. Both had movies directed by George Lucas. Both had writing by George Lucas. Both had crappy actors. Luke was a whiny brat, and Anakin was a whiny brat. Like father like son, I guess.

Han....he's the guy that's the voice of the audience. When Obi Wan mentions the force, Han is like "wft?". He's the voice of reason. He's trying to cover his ass. He owes people money, and has bill collectors coming after him. He just wants to get paid.

The ride of his? The Millennium Falcon? That's the equivalent of a beat up 1970's Lincoln Continental that has the really little tires with gold wire rims, but it's still primered and hasn't been painted yet. It's cool enough and fast enough to do the job...and has room to smuggle stash, but it's barely holding on. It always needs something fixed. It needs to be whacked to get going. The Flacon is probably the only relatable vehicle in the star wars universe.

The prequel trilogy lacked the human element. Yes, I know there were humans in them, but there wasn't somebody that the audience felt like was their voice in the movie. Instead, we got an annoying Gungan named Jar Jar Binks. Probably the only good guy in any of the Star Wars movies that the audience wanted to see killed in a violent way.