It's Me!!

I'm going to try and make this blog nonpolitical, the best I can. I am interested in many more things other then politics and this is where I'll include that stuff. I am going to make this blog the place to catch up on how the family and I are doing and what's on my mind other then politics. It's gonna be hard, so don't be surprised if I rant from time to time. Oh and my creations are mine, if you wanna copy them get permission. Copyright belongs to me.

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I am a dad and husband. I take those two things seriously... everything else, well??

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Life Is Good

Spring is here, the weather is warming, the snow is melting and I can already feel the heat of summer on it's way!! The kids are doing good, Kerri is doing good and I am doing good, which adds up to life is good.

Fishing season is right around the corner. I cannot wait until my first "official" cast of the season. I can't wait for the serenity and beauty that sitting on a stream armed with a fly-rod, a box of flies, a can or two of beer, a sanwich and a nice Swisher Sweet cigar (too keep the bugs at bay) offers me. I can't wait to take the girls to a hole that's been hitting to see the thrill, joy and excitement on their faces as they reel a fish in. I can't wait to help them unhook the fish and release it back into the stream so another kid can have the joy my two just got done feeling.

Summer is almost here and life is good. Does it get any better? Nah, I don't think it does.

Monday, March 27, 2006

What a Twit

Read the link at the end of this article and ask yourself, "How did a twit like that get into politics?" I'm also not surprised that this imbicele is a Republican. I mean, I know people who are paranoid, but they make this woman look normal. BTW, I wonder what the American Airlines jet that just flew over my house was doing? Taking pictures?

Friday, March 24, 2006

Giving Up or Facing Reality?

I don't believe in giving up. I don't give up on things very easily but sometimes I realize it just isn't worth fighting for anymore. Dreams and hopes mostly stay the same, sometimes they change maybe get bigger, maybe get smaller, sometimes you add some, but rarely to people take them and quit on them, deep down they are still there almost kind of haunting you and eating at you saying, "Just fucking do it, damn it!"

What if reality shuts the door on what you want? What do you do? Do you "modify" your dreams, hopes and aspirations? Do you shove them aside? What does one do, when reality doesn't agree? What kind of detours in the route do you take? Any of them? All of them? Some of them?

I just swallowed a big pill of reality and as much as I didn't like it, I'm choking it down. I realize I am still young and more doors will open for me but sometimes the route somebody wants isn't the route that reality's paved. Although I'm not going to give up, I'm going to take the route of reality for awhile.. I know along this route answers will appear, like street signs telling me where to turn but now I've gotta be willing to turn down streets I didn't want to go down before.

I've gotta change the coordinates on my map, to end up somewhere else, instead of where I wanted to end up. My map is stubborn and doesn't want to change but I think it knows now. Let go of the old route, try a new route, take the roads refused in the past and who knows where you'll end up? It's time. It really is time.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mistakes? What freakin' mistakes?

"I hope I -- I don't want to sound like I've made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't -- you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one."- George W. Bush during press conference in 2004.

For some reason I recently read that quote and wondered how long it would take me to think of Bush's mistakes since he's taken over the nation. Lets see:

1. The War in Iraq planning.
2. Fiscal irresponsiblity. (Borrowed more from foreign governments and banks then the previous 42 Presidents combined!)
3. The military being overdeployed and overused.
4. Cutting VA benefits.
5. Lessening enviromental standards.
6. The trade deficit.
7. Energy prices.
8. Cutting various social programs. (COPS grants for starters.)

There that didn't take long. I tried to only include mistakes made from 2000-2004. I could go on and on about mistakes since then. Katrina response (lack), tax cuts, social security, medicare.... You get the picture.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

A Request

I'm going to try and make some changes to this blog or even start a new one. I am looking for Michiganders to help start a state and local issue blog. If you're willing to contribute, I'll gladly add you to the "team." Right now it's just little ol' me and I'm in the UP and would love downstate issues and news as well. So check my profile, shoot me an email and lets get this party started!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Happy Anniversary, umm not so much.

March 19th marks yet another anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For most it's not a day of celebration but a day of sorrow. Many lives have been affected by this unnecessary action, not only here but abroad as well. Sixteen nations, not including the US and Britain have lost soldiers over there. Who really knows how many innocent Iraqi civilians have died? Iraqi security forces and police are dying daily.

This anniversary makes me stop and think about how necessary all this was/is? Was it necessary to occupy a nation that intelligence proved wasn't a direct threat to the United States? Was it necessary to stretch are military so thin, we pose very little threat to other rogue nations, who do pose a direct threat the security of the United States? Was it necessary to stretch the National Guard so thin, we had very little resources here at home to deal with natural disasters and other domestic emergencies?

We've spent billions of dollars towards the war effort in Iraq. $6 billion a month! Not too mention the credibility we've lost has a nation. If we didn't go to Iraq, Abu Ghraib wouldn't have been a grotesque picture of American soldiers, damaging our credibility. If we didn't cause so much unnecessary bloodshed and suffering, by using such things as "willy pete" and tactics that seem to violate the Geneva Conventions, maybe we'd still have credibility. Not too mention the fact that Usama bin Laden is still alive. We had a job to do in Afghanistan, which was left undone, all too divert resources to Iraq. I supported and still support the Operation Enduring Freedom mission. I have found it hard to support the Operation Iraqi Freedom mission.

People say that if you don't support the mission, you don't support the troops. I was one of the troops and I know countless others who didn't support and don't support the mission in Iraq. Some of these are veterans of OIF. It sickens me to hear conservative pundits say that liberals/Democrats or those who don't support or believe in the Iraqi mission as unpatriotic or that they (we) don't support the troops. I shouldn't defend my patriotism nor should I have too, I signed on the dotted line, putting my nation before my very own life!! That's pretty damn patriotic. I would die for my nation. I got "lucky" and ended up not going to Iraq for personal reasons. I would've went in a heartbeat, not only because I was ordered too, but because other people (my unit) depended on me to do a job. Granted I didn't believe in the mission but I was ready and willing to go. Where the hell was Rush Limbaugh during Vietnam? Where the hell was Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews and Bill Bennett? These rat bastards did not serve in the US military. Yet they have the damn nerve to question another American's patriotism? What the hell has this nation come too? When somebody who didn't volunteer to die for the nation can question my patriotism, because I don't believe in the mission in Iraq?

Why is it that these bastards are willing to send soldiers to war, when they haven't experienced it themselves? How can they sit behind their microphones or cameras and doubt fellow American's patriotism? The bUSH crime syndicate and other Republican pundits have smeared many combat veterans. They smeared Al Gore, John Kerry, John Murtha, John McCain and Wesley Clark. All I want to know is how they can sleep at night?

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq:
Min: 33638
Max: 37754

America's Military Killed in Iraq: 2310 as of 10am 16MAR2006

2003 Estimate of Iraq spending: $50-60 billion according to Budget Director Mitch Daniels

2003-2006 Spending on Iraq War: $400 billion and rising by $3 billion to $5 billion a month

US Dept. of Education Budget: $57.6 billion in 2006

2006 US Public Debt: $8.3 trillion and rising

2001 US Public Debt: rose to $5.6 trillion

1791-1981 US Public Debt: rose above $1 trillion

1981-1988 US Public Debt: rose to $2.6 trillion

1988-1998 US Public Debt: rose to $5.5 trillion

Cost of Debt per American (including children): $27,434

If you don't believe me, research the numbers on your own. I did a lot of research to make sure my figures weren't incorrect. I want you to do your own research to open your eyes to the mis-administration known by some as the bUSH Crime Family. Ronald Reagan increased our debt by 188% with an annual increase of 14.1%; George H.W. Bush increased it by 46.2% with an annual increase of 9.9%; Bill Clinton increased it by 13.7% an annual increase of 1.6%; George W. Bush increased it by 26% in his first term at an annual increase of 5.9%. He inherited a national debt of aprox. $5.6 trillion as of 15MAR2006 the national debt has balloned to a whopping $8.2 trillion.


Today the Republican majority in the Senate rejected an amendment proposed by Sen. Conrad on boosting efforts to fight the Avian (bird) Flu illness and America's preparedness to do so. Specifically, the Conrad amendment would have provided:

· $1.5 billion to increase the stockpile of antivirals and necessary medical supplies including masks, gloves, ventilators, antibiotics, and medical treatment for chronic care patients;

· $2.5 billion to accelerate vaccine research, development and manufacturing; and

· $1 billion to increase state and local preparedness.

It failed on a PARTY line vote! Where are your priorities GOP? You bastards still support the tax cuts, supported (once again) to raise the debt limit, support cuts to the VA (while sending our military off to war) and continue to support quite possibly the most non- fiscally conservative President this nation has ever had?!? I am sick and tired of this crap. I am sick and tired of them saying the budget is good, I talk to people everyday, from all over the dang country and they want to know where the economy is good at. I've met more then one truck driver who had to come out of retirement to pay for prescription drugs. I met a 76 year old man about a month ago, who said, "I'm probably going to have to die working because I have to get my prescriptions." Medicare cut the poor man off. For the love. The GOP likes to pander to the Christians but haven't shown me anything to prove that they are Christians. Sure morally they may seem to be (anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage) but in reality what do these stances do? I was anti-abortion. I researched and seen that abortion is a CHOICE that women make, not something forced upon them. It is between them, the dad and their God, not for me to decide for them. Although the word marriage scares some people away from supporting the rights of a homosexual to marry, I want to know why? If you're in a happy marriage, you are faithful to your God, why must you deny another couple the equal rights that you have while being married? It's not about morals to me anymore, it's simply about equality. Will God recognize the marriage? I don't know, it's not my business but what I do know is love deserves equal treatment no matter what two People are in it's bliss!!

Are Republicans Really Fiscally Conservative?

No. They. Are. Not. They cannot control spending as evidenced by this. The United States Public Debt spirals out of control under Republicans as compared to Democrats. Just thought I'd pass this link along to yas!

How Much Is Enough?

Today Congress approved raising the debt limit, yet again. I don't exactly understand how this nation can stand what is going on with it right now. I don't understand how conservatives can still support this President. It's the 3rd damn time he raised the debt limit. He's more then doubled our debt passed on from the previous 42 Presidents!!!!!!! What the hell?!? This really irritates me. I don't know why this struck such a nerve but I don't even wanna type about it anymore. I might start using words I rarely use.