Category Archives: It Just Makes Sense

Head First Into 2017

Almost daily I think about continuing my blog, but then I forget. I’m not sure what the difference these short updates are as compared to my bombardments of Facebook status posts. Maybe I just admire typing on a much bigger white wall of pixels. Or maybe it feels more professional doing it on my WordPress, which I know generates audiences from all over the world, reading my toilet humor rants and reviews.

So for the update, I’m still living off of “unenjoyment” (thanks Adam for that new word). Applying for jobs only to be turned down by the simple ones, even places where I’ve had years of experience in anyway. The usual answer from them is “we just aren’t interested” or “we’ve decided to go with other candidates”.  The little money I do get from my fire department shifts as well as the unemployment has been enough to cover my end of the bills. My kickass hard working wife has taken up the rest of the slack, so I’m forever thankful for that.

I’ve decided to become a “self student” ? Not sure if that’s a thing but it is now because I said so, since I have so much time on my hands, and I’ve become part of another family, the Central Matsu Fire Department, I might as well take advantage of all things available to me. I’ve picked up an EMT 1 study book, dusted off my First Responder 8th edition EMT book, started on my Fire Fighter Essentials book, and most recently, my Hazmat Ops book, which is a prerequisite for my Fire Fighter 1 this fall. It has the highest failure rate, about 50% I was told, so of course this has become priority. I’ve never been study smart or book smart so I do my best with at least an hour or two a day, just reading through and getting familiar, highlighting, tabbing, and a lot of googling.

I’ve also just recently landed an interview with Water Rescue on Tuesday. I’m still 50/50 about it only because I’d like to put 100% to my Hazmat studying but we’ll see. Nicole and I have California coming up in March to see her family. We wanted to do Vegas as well with my sisters and mom but just couldn’t swing it like we wanted to. Until then, stay safe, stay warm, & don’t play with fire.

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One Nation, Under Surveillance

     I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under surveillance, always divided, for liberty and justice for all.

Waking Up

It’s five o’clock in the morning. My alarm fades in slowly with the song “Waking Up” by Explosions In The Sky. I usually wake up this early to take my wife to work so it’s nothing out of the ordinary. She’s a hard worker. I admire that.

The morning is quiet. I like it.

It’s always quiet this early. It’s quiet because our little world hasn’t started up yet. The rest of the world has, but not ours. I like to absorb the quiet after dropping my wife off. The cats usually sleep in and the dogs tend to hop right back on the bed and pass out. I start my morning by making myself a spam omelette and a coffee with three sugars. I don’t add much creamer now days, I guess I’ve out grown it.

After my meal, I take my coffee and sit down at my desk. I call it the command center. It’s the central processor of my stronghold. My “Jarvis”.

“Good morning sir”

I say to myself out loud in a British “Jarvis” voice as my desktop comes to life. By now the faint blue daylight begins to filter over the mountain view that greets me every morning. I open my web browser and log into my usual social medias. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, & WordPress.

I am plugged in.

A Storm Is Coming

The news feed. A constantly evolving digital wave of opinions, ideas, beliefs, products, pictures, and sometimes pointless nonsense. The list goes on. It’s where our lives are written out and recorded in real time. It’s brilliant and truly wonderful.

It’s also a war zone.

A battlefield with multiple factions shelling the living shit out of each other day and night.

The quiet is over.

#Trump2016, #feelthebern, #blacklivesmatter, #hillary2016, #GOPdebate. Hashtags thrown around like hand grenades. Alliances are formed and relationships destroyed as easy as “unfriend”. You’re in the trenches and you’re as powerful as ever because you’re behind a keyboard. You no longer have to share an opinion face to face. You’re safe and secure because you’re in the matrix. Memes are like propaganda bombs filled with false or exaggerated facts about opposing parties but good job bro, really stuck it to em with that one!

We’re all guilty of it really. It’s all part of it. But I find it hard to take a side in all this. I mean I have my beliefs and I have my reasons for who I will vote for but I can’t seem to label it. You can’t claim to be a Republican anymore without being labeled a racist or bigot. You can’t claim to be a Democrat without being labeled a lazy liberal. You can’t fly a Tea Party flag without being called a tea bagger.

When did we lose ourselves? When did we go from a melting pot to a pot of water with individual groups of oil floating around? There’s so many groups and labels that we’ve started to suffocate in it all. We’ve lost sight of who the true enemy is and we are too busy climbing on top of one another as we grasp for air and try to soak up the lime light even if it’s for a quick second. It’s exhausting and like I said before….we’ve looked away from the true enemy and they are reaping all the benefits from it.

Human Qualities

Edward Snowden.

He was born on June 21st, 1983 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He is a former CIA employee as well as a former employee for Booz Allen Hamilton which is a company contracted by the NSA. He’s widely known for the **theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person”.

** source via wikipedia

Recently I read Glenn Greenwalds book “No Place Left To Hide” which covers what happened when Snowden contacted Greenwald about the documents he had obtained.

“…Opposition to government invasion of privacy was a major factor in the establishment of the United States itself, as American colonists protested laws that let British officials ransack at will any home they wished…”

Greenwald said.

The Fourth Amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person’s or things to be seized.”

As Greenwald said,

“It was intended, above all, to abolish forever in America the power of the government to subject its citizens to generalized, suspicionless surveillance.”

I also read that in the mid-nineteenth century, British government began opening its citizens mail, due to the development of rail ways and rapid delivery, which caused a major scandal in the UK. By the mid 1970s, Frank Church investigated the FBI and found that they had labeled a half a million US citizens as potential “subversives” and had spied on people based on their political affiliations.

Snowden handed documents over to Greenwald providing information about the US government partnering with providers, allowing them to sift through emails, messages, video chats, phone calls, voicemails and other means of communication. The data collected is then stored for access whenever they wanted. These major providers include; Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Paltalk, Youtube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. This was a project called PRISM, which allows NSA to collect data directly from servers.

PRISM

Actual leaked NSA slide provided by Edward Snowden. NOFORN at the bottom right means no foreign governments/companies can see this slide.

Do you feel comfortable with that? If you are, you’ve already lost.

Some other things Snowden discovered was the governments ability to activate your phone’s microphone and camera capabilities even if it was connected to the internet or not. Greenwald met Snowden in Hong Kong along with two other reporters. They composed articles and stories for their publisher to release to the world. The story caught like a wild fire. The government has never denied the accusations.

A Song of Our Fathers

To say this story is mere conspiracy theory is only, to me, words used by those in denial. Civil liberties groups, Wikipedia, and many more have filed lawsuits against the NSA. That list can be found here. Edward Snowden found something terribly wrong with our government and felt that it was time the people finally had proof that they are watched, spied on, recorded and documented. Our government states that it’s for the greater good of the country. To help catch those who plot and plan to destroy our way of life. So once again I ask you, are you comfortable with this? If you have nothing to hide, them you have nothing to fear right? You have already lost.

Greenwald said..

“Governments around the world have made vigorous attempts to train citizens to disdain their own privacy. A litany of now-familiar platitudes has convinced people to tolerate sever encroachments into their private realm; so successful are these justifications that many people applaud as the authorities collect vast amounts of data about what they say, read, buy and do-and with whom”

If you are okay with it, then accept and admit that you are submissive. Submission, to me, is an act of something as low, if not lower than that of something on a microbial level. Yes it is true that there is nothing we can do about it, verbally anyway. This very article will be flagged and possibly looked at given the very contents contained in it, even though it is not even scratching the surface. I did that so you could research yourself and learn a bit.

Trembling Hands

While we squabble about, lobbing verbal abuses towards opposing parties on the constant stream of our news feeds that’s ever flowing. I hope one day the rest of us come to light that we divide ourselves because we let them. We are doing exactly what they want us to do and that is to remain as separate little twigs. A single twig is weak, but a bundle of twigs is strong. We are not a bundle. I fear we are broken and will be for some time. We vote for celebrities, not politicians. We form opinions off of trending topics without actually doing research and when some do research, they read one side of the story. We read media headlines that dice up, alter, and change what’s said to what they want you to read because they know you’ll only read the headline anyway. We watch as candidates dig up dirt on one another and bash each other in their debates. It’s a shame we’ve lost our ability to recognize when something isn’t right. That we now think rebellion on a violent level is an act of terrorism. That we are growing comfortable of the thought of being unarmed. That it’s okay for them to search our lives without reason. We scare too easily. We have weakened. I won’t give up on the country, but to be honest I feel that electing someone,no matter who it is, wont change anything on the grand scale that needs to happen.

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Sources I used for this mini article were:

Wikipedia, Google, and the book “No Place Left To Hide” by Glenn Greenwald
Also check out the preview for Oliver Stones ‘Snowden’

Some Folks Were Born Made To Wave The Flag

Okay so I haven’t blogged/ranted in awhile.

Here goes.

I’m apparently crazy, an asshole, a terrorist, and an extremist. Oh sweet baby Jesus those words are music to my ears. Do you hear it? An orchestra of violins and cellos steadily growing louder like the score in a horror movie just before the helpless victim is killed. If thinking our whole country is fucked and the generation just after me and the generation before me is fucked is crazy, assholish, or extreme…well that’s just terrortastic! It’s a sinking ship my friends. Like the final moments of the Titanic. I wont beat around the bush, so here is my thoughts;

Divided we fall, and fall we shall. It’s not just Obama. It’s not just every moron that works for him. It’s not every moron that voted for him. It’s every one. It’s America. It’s every scared mother and father who don’t teach there kids what I like to call is the “why” reasoning. Why are guns dangerous? Why is the fire hot? Why does (insert whatever you want) happen? When kids do ask this, the answer is usually “because it is”. It’s  every asshole who has to be politically correct with everything. We have also grown to be too sensitive. I mean WAY too sensitive. Stop acting your shoe size people. Paula Dean is awesome, just fyi. Zimmerman, you did what you had to do. I’m sorry you were beaten by a 6ft tall young man who was well into MMA. No one seems to know that. Oops did I expose something on accident?! Go to church. Now we have people protesting in the streets, seeking justice for Trayvon. Where were all these people when some of their local shootings took place? No where to be found because America is based on trend. It’s how Obama became president and it’s how these stupid ass news stories take flight. Like sheep you shall be.

Lately I have grown to not want any government so by all means, call me an anarchist. It’s too late to be fixed with votes and our culture sure as shit can’t change. You have these idiots that want gun control too. “You don’t need 30 round magazines for hunting”. Oh my God YOU’RE right! The 30 round magazines aren’t for hunting my dearest idiot. It’s for 30 or so idiots that may some day want to over throw the American people in order to force their way of life. I wan’t a gun to protect the country I once loved and still willing to die for. Remember the British? Were the Americans who fought against the tyrants, crazy? Maybe I am crazy. So be it.

But I’d rather be crazy than a blind sheep fool.

Home of The Brave?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”

Many people ask what my problem is when it comes to the nation or our government. I try not to solely blame it on one person such as Obama (he’s too stupid to do it by himself). I believe we as a society has failed and will continue to fall until we are presented with the worse. We just stopped caring and those who do care are singled out as [insert your label built off of the fear you drown in]. I understand it’s near pointless now days to continue the ranting, the complaining, the posts and the opinions because frankly it’s like talking to a dead animal. And you, America, are one big dead animal. You work your job. You pay your taxes. You go home. You watch your t.v. You listen to media. You label what they say is good and evil. You fail to explore. You fail to be curious. You live in fear by denying the fact that you’re scared. You say you don’t care because you have lost any ability to fight for anything at all. You have fallen and you’ve become too weak to stand back up because you are so use to someone else doing it for you. Fix yourself, then fix who you vote into running this country, then maybe fix the nation. Until then, keep doing what you do best, cowering in the shadows along with the rest of us. Accept it. Born. Live. Procreate. Die.

Like animals.

Like sheep.

Focker out.

The Boston Marathon Massacre Ripple Effect Predection

Now this will unravel for the next few days but it will be quick considering i think almost everything is preplanned. This will induce fear into the public, government controls the public with fear. Every so often the fear has to be re-established. Governments gain their power with fear, public fears “terrorists” and “guns” and turns to someone to control the problem rather than doing it themselves. This explosion will be linked to house hold items bought at your local Sportsmans Warehouse/Home Depot. They will then be looked at in media as “things people don’t need to buy”. All the while the point of “its not the items, its the people using them wrongly” will be totally over looked. Thank you and good night. I’ll be in the dark shadowy corner enjoying my Bourbon while the rest of you think this theory over.

Side Note: Don’t forget to follow up on North Korea, you know the crazy folks with nukes. Don’t be a sheep and eat the grass, pay attention the the background action. Fuck the media.

Movie Theater 101

Long lines at a movie theater have always been a pet peeve of mine. Call me impatient, an asshole, a jerk, or whatever insults you may carry, just leave a message after the beep. If you want some tips on how NOT to be when going to a movie, keep reading…

Rule #1: Always Look Ahead Of Time
There are several methods to look up movie times now days. The internet and news paper are your best bet. Or you can do it old fashion and call up your local theater and listen to the pre-recorded message. Never show up just randomly. You’ll always miss a movie by 15 minutes or the next one wont be for 2 hours. It always happens and you know it always happens so don’t trust your gut because it’s always going to be wrong.

Rule #2: Never Bring An Infant
I know I know…showing off your new born is what all parents like to do. You can’t just leave your baby at home and finding a baby sitter who isn’t glued to an iphone is hard these days. This one is simple. Don’t fucking do it. I don’t pay $30 bucks to listen to your child cry during the whole movie. They have no idea what’s going on and it’s probably not good for their ears. Most parents wont be lucky like mine and have a baby who is quiet and minds its own business. I guess that’s why I’m considered the “Golden Child”. Stay at home, watch netflix, change diapers, do your parent thing.

Rule #3: Mental Notes (Know Your Cravings)
They have so many options to choose from when it comes to snacks. Everything from hot dogs, pizza, nachos, pretzels, popcorn, candies, soda, ice cream and some times beer if you’re lucky. Do me and the rest of the people a favor and stop staring at the food and order something. When I wake up in the morning and decide to go to a movie in 12 hours, I already know exactly what I’m going to get. Large popcorn with no butter, a large orange Hi-C and a box of Buncha Crunch. You don’t need a large pizza or a mountain of nachos with a gallon of cheese on it. It’s only gonna go straight to your ass and you’ll bitch about it next week.

Rule #4: Avoid Your Horde
If you have a family of 3 or more. Stay home until half of them are 18+.

Rule #5:Repeaters
If you’ve seen the movie before and you’re watching it again. Shut the fuck up. I don’t need to hear you repeating every line a few seconds before its actually said. I didn’t pay to hear your annoying voice and I’d much rather hear it from the actors on screen who make more money than you.

Rule #6: Cell Phone Usage
They always tell you in the beginning to turn off your phones. I understand no one is really going to turn them off. So please put them on silent. We are so wrapped up with what every is doing every 30 seconds. It’s an addiction and we are all guilty of it. As much as I wish a huge EMP bomb would go off and disable everything for a week, it’s not gonna happen. That Facebook notification can wait. Your stupid tweet that isn’t going to be retweeted can wait.

Rule #7: Curtain Call
Please exit out the door in an orderly fashion. Do not talk about what you just saw because for the love of all things holy we just fucking saw it.

My Thoughts/Opinions On “Gun Control”

A popular subject now days, is it not? 60,000 dead in Syria, North Korea still being ass bags, fiscal cliff nonsense, lunatics being allowed to spew hatred at military funerals as well as the Sandy Hook funerals, and from what it sounds like, “gun control” is still the main thing to talk about among the social networks and the media still. Let me add in this little rant right now that I am pro hand gun, pro assault rifle, and pro freedom. The 2nd amendment is the right to bare arms. To prevent the government from too much control. Am I wrong? Lets lay this out the way I’m seeing it now…. I have to warn you though, it may get unorganized, crazy, loud, and if you’re easily offended, stop reading now and return to your government controlled life.

First things first, guns don’t kill people, people do. It seems recently that all gun owners have now been stereotyped as “a lunatic waiting to go mad and kill people”. When people get into a debate with me, the most common question is “why would you need an assault rifle?” Well, it’s not a matter of “need”, it’s a matter of “want”. Why would youneed” a sports car that can go 145+ mph? Why would anyone want to own something such as a car that kills thousands of people a year? It just doesn’t make sense to me and their argument becomes invalid to me. Sure a car is a much more needed thing on a daily basis than a gun, I’ll give you that. Here is a little scenario for you. You and your loved one are walking in the park. It’s late and the only light you have to guide you is the distant street lamp. A dark figure emerges from the shadows. This figure assaults you first by…lets say…a nice blow to the head rendering you dazed and confused. This figure then turns to your loved one and begins beating them. It’s a robbery sure, but the dark figure doesn’t want any of you to remember much detail. Constant attack causes confusion. You stagger to your feet as quick as possible. You notice the dark figure has a knife. This is where it gets tricky for some. Are you ready? The dark figure stabs your loved one once. It’s a bloody wound but not a life threatening one, as far as you know. Let’s pretend you have a Springfield .45 hand gun. You pull out your weapon and with out hesitation you squeeze a polished shiny hollow point round into the back of the figures skull. That’s a win. You’re alive and your loved one now has a better chance of getting to a hospital alive and not the morgue. Now what if you didn’t have a gun? Lets say the dark figure kills your loved one and gets away with all your possessions. Sure those are just things, but your loved one is now dead. I’m willing to bet everything I own that you’re going to wish you had a gun at that very moment. No matter what your stance on guns may be. Now I’m not saying everyone needs a gun just to go out and about, but the way our society has been and will get, you may just need some kind of protection in the near future. Who knows? It’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. You never hear the stories of law abiding citizens using their concealed weapon to gun down an maniac shooting up a mall or a movie theater. Believe it or not it happens often, look it up. So why doesn’t the media tell a story of a heroic act such as one of these? Are they afraid of looking like they are pro gun? Why are they maintaining this “fear” of gun owners? We won’t ever know because the majority never ask questions anymore. They never look things up for themselves and they never stop watching the news and think outside the box.

Here’s a few things to think about. Lets compare guns to pit bulls. Everyone knows someone who loves pit bulls and probably owns one. Great dog, awesome dog actually. But sadly the dog has been stained as a terror in society. They are looked at as vicious, uncontrolled animals who attack people for no reason. It’s just in their blood (so they say). However most pit bull lovers will say “it’s not the dog, it’s the people who train them to be that way.” Sound familiar? Of course it’s not the dog! It’s not the gun either, it’s the user. I’m pretty sure some states have made pit bulls illegal. Yet some people still got a hold of one. So next time a pit bull attacks a small child, can we ban pit bulls and have them all turned in and destroyed? Doesn’t make much sense does it? The government would love for all citizens to be unarmed. The same government that shot into crowds of Vietnam protestors in the 1960’s/1970’s, killing innocent people. When the government started shooting unarmed people, did we threaten to have guns taken away? No we didn’t.

So let’s look cities that have strict gun laws. Any one of those cities will probably have a higher crime rate, I promise you. Now take those cities and look up the statistics of those crimes. Was guns and knives used in most of them? I bet they were. So what does that tell you? Come on I know you can get it! That’s it….that’s it! YES! A criminal still used a gun?! But you thought they banned them right? Yes you are right, congrats! They have successfully taken away the means for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and criminals are still getting guns. Why? Because they are criminals, it’s what they do. So good job, you are all victims now. I own a gun because I choose not to be a victim when shit hits the fan. At least I stand some kind of chance when and if the day comes when a maniac unloads in a mall and I happen to be in the line of fire. So what else can the government do to control guns? A few things actually. They can put a tax on all people with a registered weapon. Either give up your gun or pay an outrages tax on each registered weapon you own. They could also make it required for gun owners to register every weapon they own that is unregistered to begin with. If you don’t, and you get caught, you become a felon. Another option is Obama deciding to give the order to the national guard to go door to door and force you to give up your weapons or you may be arrested. That one is a little out there but I like referencing all possibilities because it has happened before through out history 🙂

Now lets pretend any of those ideas actually happened. What do you think would happen? A rebellion I hope! I would hope the country would wake up and see what the hell is actually happening. The government, stripping all weapons from the people. Creating a defenseless society and hindering it’s ability and its right to prevent the government from any more control over the people. I for one will have no problem defending and dying for a right I believe in. Sadly, those who preach rebellion or any form of uprising are quickly cut down by media and labeled “terrorists”. I’m pretty sure it’s already been made illegal to form any kind of militia now days. Another example of government control. So what does this all mean? Is the government slowly trying to created an unarmed society for a quick and easy take over in the near future? Was the documentary “Zeitgeist” right? A world divided up into four unions, all controlled by a one world government? Three of four unions already near full government control and the North American section still slowly being converted and controlled into the hands of the government. Who knows? All I know is I believe that our freedoms are slowly being destroyed not only by our own government but ourselves as well. Our society has become weak and soft. Sorry to say but you are all a bunch of softies. We have grown to fear the world outside our own homes. We have glued ourselves within the safety of our homes and the walls that protect us. We have allowed a society to be controlled by “someone who’s paid to do so” rather than ourselves because we have given up our voice. People who shoot up movie theaters, schools, malls, or any other public place clearly have some mental issue and are just sick twisted freaks with an agenda to harm others. A gun just so happened to be their weapon of choice. If they didn’t have a gun, lord knows they would’ve used a knife, a bomb, maybe a car, anything. We need to teach our children and others the value of human life. Maybe bring back gun safety in public schools because believe it or not, it use to exist. Maybe the media should stop being so damn slanted and report some positive out comes on guns. I will always own a gun and I will teach my loved ones how to properly use it. I will teach my girlfriend how to use them with confidence and accuracy. My house was robbed not to long ago. What if my girlfriend was in it at the time? What might of happened to her if some asshole broke in and saw that she was unarmed? I don’t even want to think about it. I’ll tell you what will happen IF someone breaks in and she happens to be there. She would blow them to hell with a 12 gauge shot gun and paint the wall red. I’ve always had a thing for red. So my opinion is this. Own your gun, love your gun, know your gun. Love your rights and know the laws. Hope and pray you will never have to use it on anyone for any reason but know it’s there for your protection. No one will take my weapons away and if they do, it will be over my dead body.

Coming soon: My thoughts & opinions on our crumbling society.