Chewing on Racism

I'm pretty much fed up with all this reverse-racism, misled religious hatred, and general douchery occurring in the United States right now. I'm proud of my heritage... and because I was born into a Conservative Caucasian background, I'm automatically flagged as a racist thanks to the current government administration.

My great-grandparents on my dad's side of the family immigrated to the US through Ellis Island from Ireland. Due to the anti-Irish movement at the time, they listed their heritage as Scotch-Irish... and it was a wise move. My family was able to get a loan for a farm where they raised cattle for 3 generations.

My great-grandparents on my mom's side all immigrated from Norway as merchants and ministers. My grandmother told me stories of her grandmother not ever being able to speak English, so everyone had to know Dutch until she passed away... then everyone forgot how to speak it.

I'm proud that my family came to the US, became citizens via the process at the time, and made their way through their own struggles by their own hands.

So here's one for you, Obama. I don't like you because you're making rash decisions too quickly. I don't appreciate that you want to make things happen while your party can filibuster, instead of coming up plans that BOTH parties can mostly agree on and everyone can vote through BECAUSE they agree. If things were done well, they wouldn't need to be rushed, either.

The way you treat world leaders is cheesy and embarassing. If I were ever given the opportunity to meet the Queen of England - I would gift her something precious to me and representative of the US like precious stones set into gold from our own soil - not an iPod made in China. If I were ever given the opportunity to meet the British Prime Minister - I would give him a collection of rare photographs depicting American history and spirit - not some DVDs that he could rent on his own if he had time to watch them.

I appreciate your optimism... and I really hoped you would be everything that everyone wanted.

Right now, all I see is a man who is desperately seeking public approval without listening to public concerns. The solution isn't printing more money to bailout failing industries. The solution is to let failing industries fail so innovation can pick up the pieces.

You've got an uphill battle... and my advice is to slow down. While 1 year has gone by already, you only need to feel rushed if you believe you will fail at the Presidency. If you do it right and pace yourself in the first 4 years, everyone will want you back for another 4 so you can finish what you started.


Neglected Blogs

I'm trying to keep this from becoming one... so I'm posting some new material.

Today's lesson is: Why you should never take some "tests" on Facebook/Twitter/MySpace or any other site that offers communication between you and all your friends/co-workers/family.

A friend of mine who is kind of a lost soul that is desperate for attention posted a test last night. To give you an idea of his personality - his defining quote on his profile is "Workin toward 1000 friends... common you know you wanna be my friend.... ;-)". He also has posted updates like, "I want to see my name in everyone's status updates today." I do actually consider him to be a friend - I just can't seem to do anything about his need for attention from the planet to verify his existence. He's a nice guy, kind of shallow, but has a great sense of humor and generally has his heart in the right place.

So back to our main topic for today... this friend apparently felt it necessary to find out "How good are you in bed?" with a result of "Incredible Lover". When he posted his result, he added the comment, "I guess it's time for comments from the peanut gallery."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but how accurate of a test can this be if you have to take it from a computer? Did you at least take the machine out to dinner first? By doing the quiz... was there already an expectation of what result you'd get on the screen? Then considering all of your friends and family on your Facebook/Twitter/MySpace account, did it really seem like a good idea to let them know that an online test can guage how good you are in bed?

Any quiz like this should immediately be ignored. You want to know how good you are in bed? Go out, get into a meaningful relationship, and when your relationship makes the move into the bedroom - you'll find out on your own how good you are. Life experience and practice are the only things that will ever give you an accurate result on a test like that.

Oh, and as for the peanut gallery... of all of his 800+ friends, the only one to post a reply was his mom.