Monday, August 31, 2009
I guess the First Amendment only protects speech that Obama and other liberals agree with. I find it amazing that Obama and Company have such a cavalier attitude towards the U.S. Constitution. First of all, appointing a "Diversity Officer" at the Federal Communications Commission sounds like creating an office called "The Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda" or more simply, and I know this will infuriate liberals, Pravda. It looks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Michael Savage are such threats to Obama & Company that they have to create a position of "Diversity Officer" in the FCC to silence any opposition to Barry Hussein's vision of a Marxist America. Second of all, how about the thugs from the Service Employees International Union showing up at town hall meetings to threaten and intimidate people who speak out against Obamacare? We all know that unions are in a sense above the law thanks to the Enmons Decision of the Supreme Court in 1975. So, it seems if you stand up to union thugs and get your skull creased, the law can't do anything to said thugs. I watch Glenn Beck's show just about every afternoon. And I agree with him when he says Question Boldly and Speak Without Fear. What I think is neat and kind of funny is how conservatives are using Saul Alinksy's Rules For Radicals against the very people that Alinsky wrote the book for. In fact, I love it. It's about time we conservatives started throwing it back into the left's collective face. There's something seriously wrong when the President of the United States sides with Marxists(Hugo Chavez) and appoints an admitted Communist (Van Jones) as "Green Jobs Czar." I'll have more to say about so-called "Green Jobs" in the next post. Until then, night y'all.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Last night's show was a rousing success! Everything went very well on my end, no tech problems, no trouble getting everything into the mix. The crowd was very responsive. For some reason, the lighting tech was strangely silent last night, not many bad jokes or double entendres'. Oh well, it was a great night and I was glad everything went well.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tonight I'm doing a show in a rural town about 40 minutes north of where I live. It's not a bad venue actually, it's a large square room with high ceilings and a good PA System run by a competent house sound engineer. Another plus is two very sexy female bartenders. I will be mixing two bands tonight, the first being a more modern rock band fronted by a very talented female lead singer who happens to be married to the bands drummer who is equally talented. The headliner is the same classic rock/metal band that I mixed for last night. It's a big room. I hope we pack it with a fair amount of people, since this is still August and still summer, and summer is a bad time of year for local music acts. I'm looking forward to a good night of minimal technical problems, free Coca-Cola, sweet smiles from sexy bar-maidens, and swapping bad jokes and double entendres' with the house light tech. See ya soon
Tonight(8/28) I did a show at a place called Zingers which is south of one of the major cities in my area. Several hot chicks were in attendance, so I was treated to some good eye candy. I had a good mix on the band, which was a classic rock/classic metal group. The mix was clean and clear, loud but not overbearing. What made it even nicer was a fairly quick load-in and load-out.
All in all, not a bad night.
All in all, not a bad night.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I keep hearing all this crap about healthcare in this country, and I'm sure you have too so I'll keep it short and sweet. I'll give you my opinion in the form of a question. The question is, what makes people think the government can run health care better than the private sector? Judging the federal government's track record on other social-welfare programs, they don't seem to be capable of running much of anything. My next and final question is, would you put your life in the hands of a bunch of government bureaucrats?
The above date might not mean much to you, but it has a special significance to me. May 18, 2009 was the day I was laid off from my job, permanently laid off that is. I worked for an electrical supply company that I will not name. I actually liked working there because of my fascination with electricity and the devices that make it work. I became a statistic in a matter of minutes when the branch manager called me into the office to inform me that "the day we were all dreading has come...." I was not happy about what came next, the termination documents, the COBRA documents, which is a joke in and of itself, the 401k cash-in forms. The branch manager and my soon-to-be former co-workers were not happy about what was happening to me. To give the branch manager credit, he apologized to me for doing what he had to do at the behest of the company. Actually he apologized to me three times. The reason for termination was "Workforce Reduction" neat euphemism isn't it? I'm not bitter at the company I worked for, and I'm certainly not angry with my former co-workers. I am angry at an increasingly intrusive Government at all levels ( local, state, federal) for screwing up the economy in the first place all in the name of "equality". I urge everyone to beware of somebody who uses the word equality in reference to the economy because nine times out of ten, that person means equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity. You cannot guarantee equality of outcome. No matter how much you try to force socialism on a nation or how hard you try to communize a nation, you'll never guarantee equality of outcome. The reason you can't guarantee it it this: We're all individuals, and we're all different people. No two people are alike in all aspects. Human nature is human nature and no Socialist or Communist or Fascist will ever change that no matter how many mass murders they commit in the name of their idealogy.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have recently quit smoking. Recently meaning I haven't had a cigarette in a year and a half. I started quitting in December of 2007 with the help of a well known drug that many of you have seen advertised on TV. I started taking it in mid-December. While taking the drug, I was still smoking but it seemed like I didn't need to smoke as much. About the middle of January, I bought a pack of my favorite cigarettes at my usual cigarette buying spot. I made that pack of cigarettes last for two weeks. After I smoked the last cigarette, I was finished with them. I no longer had the urge to smoke and haven't had one since then. What's really strange is I didn't start smoking until I was 20 years old. I was always so against smoking when I was a kid as both of my parents smoked and it used to drive me crazy when riding in the car with them. To this day, I'll never know why I started smoking in the first place. I'm glad I quit, but I only hope 20 years of smoking hasn't done too much damage to me. I've been hearing a lot of talk about anti-smoking laws and such, which to me are just another infringement on our freedoms by government. I am not a smug self-righteous ex smoker who lectures people on the supposed dangers of second hand smoke. I really do not care if other people smoke around me as long they don't blow their smoke in my face, which is the epitome of rudeness in my opinion. I think a business has every right to either allow smoking or ban smoking or provide a smoking section for their customers who smoke. The government does not have the right to tell anyone what they can and cannot do with their own business establishment or property.
Awhile back I was watching a show on the History Channel about drugs and their use and history in this country. I find it very interesting that we as a nation prohibited drugs after the violence and corruption caused by prohibition of alcohol. I was brought up to believe that millions and millions of people were using drugs, and a druggie was waiting around every corner with his coat collar turned up, ready to forcibly put dope in my mouth. Of course as I got older, I found out the difference between myth and reality. I never was a big time drug user. My experience with drugs amounted to smoking O.P. reefer ( O.P. meaning Other People's). I knew people in high school who used drugs and I was pretty good friends with some of them. The "druggies" I knew didn't seem much different from anyone else. Certainly not much different from others I knew that used alcohol. What I'm trying to get at is this: I think it's a total waste of money, time, and resources to wipe out a product that people want. As far as I'm concerned (like what I think matters) marijuana is no more a threat to the nation than alcohol. If anything, alcohol is worse in the regard that it makes people violent depending on what kind of alcohol one has been consuming. I've talked to police officers about this subject and they've all told me that they'd rather deal with someone that's been smoking reefer than deal with somone who's drunk on Jack Daniel's. Whiskey drinkers get crazy violent, I know because I used to be one. Prohibition doesn't work very well, especially in this case where the government actually makes money from said prohibition. Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and sold in the convienience stores just like alcohol (in states other than Pennsylvania that is, but that's another story). Legalize it, tax it, put an age limit on it and let people make their own evaluations and decisions about using it. We'd save a hell of a lot of money, and make law enforcement's job much easier in the process.
Let me start out by saying that I am an unapologetic Constitutionalist. I do not think that the Constitution is a living document that's open to interpretation and subject to change on the whim of some liberal.(or some Republican i.e. Dubya's Patriot Act) Having said that, at first I was happy that good ole Teddy Kennedy died. I know that sounds sick and sad, but I've thought it over and now believe I was mistaken in being happy at the demise of someone. Even a skunk like Edward Kennedy. Teddy was not a good man in my opinion. He was all for taxing people to pay for the so called "disadvantaged" but I never saw him using his vast family fortune to pay for same disadvantaged people. Plus there was that little Chappaquiddick thing. (R.I.P Mary Jo Kopechne) Kennedy believed what he believed, he was wrong, but he still stuck by his views. I guess he can be admired for that to a certain extent. Maybe some conservatives would do well to take a lesson from Kennedy in the sense of standing by your principles and not giving a damn what the news media, the opposition, or anyone else thinks of you. Edward Kennedy was one man that did not give a damn what anyone thought of him politically. Even though he was wrong on so many counts it wasn't funny. And I don't give a damn what anyone thinks of this post either.