Political Schizophrenia has taken root…

October 30th, 2007

Political Schizoprenia has taken root…in me!  There is a great political candidate quiz hosted by Minnesota Public Radio. You can access it here: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/ (click for President). It’s really a pretty good little quiz that can help you sort out what candidate you most align yourself with based on a number of top issues.

I took the quiz yesterday, and to my amazement, it paired me with both Rudy Guliani and Joe Biden, tied! I was astounded. Now I’m really suffering some political schizophrenia. You see, I am a Libertarian. I believe in less goverment, smaller government, more local control. I believe we need to reduce government interference in our daily lives drastically. Often, my beliefs are more aligned with Republicans because (at least in their lip service) they seem to be for smaller government and less spending. But on social issues, I align more with Democrats when it does not involve spending my money (so favor abortion as a personal decision, against a so-called marriage ammendment, for the death penalty, but against socialized medicine). Pretty schizophrenic.

Unfortunately, the Libertarian party has never had much of a good candidate. So I feel a bit schizophrenic. Of course, this is so pre-primary it’s not even funny. More like a lot of posturing by all the candidates. The cynic in me knows that we the people will have little say in all of this, it’ll be the big money talking, from idiots like Michael Moore and moveon.org to fruitcake groups like the ultra-conservative religious right and the heirs of Jerry Fallwell’s rantings. Oh well, the schizophrenia lives on.

Is there a chance that we’ll have a real choice for substantial change in Washington with the next bit election? Doubtful, very doubtful…..

Godd*mned Politicians

October 25th, 2007

Oh yeah, they’re at it again. The real question is, “why am I amazed by this?”  What am I talking about? I’m talking about the California wildfires that have destroyed over 1500 homes…. Apparently some of the worst were acts of arson. But is that good enough for some low-life politicians like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi? No. What do they do? Well, othey blame President Bush. Yeah, they say two stupid things actually. On the one hand they blame the fires on the theory of so-called global warming. Yeah. Right. Brilliant.  And then they say that the fires could have been better contained if the national guard was not off fighting in Iraq. I guess they didn’t see the news about the hundred mile an hour wind gusts, and how the firefighters just had to wait until the wind died down. (By the way, not that the winds died down, the fires are mostly contained within 24 hours–without the national guard).

It just goes to show you how some despicable politicians try to policize everything, including human tragedy like this. They try to turn it into something political for their own gain.

 I have news for you, Nancy, Harry, and all your buddies…. you promised us a do-something Congress but you have failed to deliver on your promise. Look over your shoulders, because your grasp on power is very tenuous and you have not delivered on your promise. But, I forget, you’re politicians. That equals lying, cheating, and crawling on your bellies like snakes in the grass. Shame, shame, shame! 

Not Enough Real Crime Out There for Orlando Police?

October 23rd, 2007

Apparently, crime must be way down in Orlando. Now, the statistics don’t show that, but the way in which the Police expend their energy is some indication. You see, there must be less robbers, rapists, burglars, pedophiles, and jay-walkers around, because now the MBI–Orlando Police Department’s investigative unit–is going after a local weekly newspaper for publishing ads for “call girls.”

I don’t know about you, but I was not born under a rock. I know what those ads are all about. Who doesn’t? And so what if the Orlando Weekly helped call girls and the like write ads that got around the law? What two consenting adults do behind closed doors should be between them and not a matter for the goverment (though I am in favor of taxing it!).

You see, the Orlando Weekly has been openly critical of the MBI in the past. Seems like payback to me. Once again, I can consider myself lucky that I do not live in Orlando or Orange County, as then I’d really feel screwed. Taxpayer money going to waste on such shenanigans. What next? Wonder why they don’t target “you don’t have to be right to afford an” attorneys and the like. Surely those ambulance-chasers are just trying to put the screws to companies. Put i guess screwing a company is legal prostitution, two adults behind closed doors–well, that’s another matter? Something is upside down here. And shame on the Orlando Police department for wasting their time and money. Shame!

Now I’ve Heard It All!

October 7th, 2007

Oh my god! Now I’ve heard it all. Remember Larry Craig, the Idaho Senator who was arrested for soliciting an undercover cop in a men’s bathroom in Minneapolis? He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Then when it leaked out, he denied everything, said he’s not gay, said he was trapped, said he was picking something up from the floor, said he uses a wide stance when he goes to the bathroom? Remember him? He said just about anything to deny his guilt. Then he said he’d resign from the Senate. Now he say’s he won’t. Here’s a guy who can’t make up his mind. About all we know for sure is that he likes d*ck!  At least, that’s what he was looking for, I’ve no doubt.

Now, he’s going to be put into the Idaho hall of fame! Is that ludicrous or what? It is totally unbelievable. The poor people of Idaho. What did you do to deserve such an arrogant son of a b*tch? I’m sure next election you’ll turn him out, but maybe next time you’ll be a bit more judicious in your selection of a senator. Oh, how the high and mighty of the religious right fall. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.

The guy’s a creep. Anyone who looks for sex in public bathrooms needs to be put away for a long, long time. Too bad the Minneapolis prosecutor didn’t go for it. Seems like he got a break. Oh well, he’ll be on the unemployment line when his term’s up. I hope they kick the b*stard out sooner!

Again, no favors from Florida’s Legislators

October 5th, 2007

Once again the Florida Legislature has failed to server the needs of we, the people. I’m talking about their re-institution of legistlation requiring PIP, personal injury protection for auto insurance.

The buckled under to the special interests of trial lawyers, especially, and failed to hear the message from the people–we want our auto insurance rates to fall. Other states have removed PIP without adverse affect (except for a few less rich trial attorneys). But not here in Florida. Shame on you, legislators. Shame on you, governor Crist.  Shame on all.

What Grandpa Taught Me

September 30th, 2007

I was thinking about my Grandpa today, Grandpa Szczech, my Mom’s father. I remember him telling stories of his days as a lumberjack–mostly stories about the mischief they got into, fights, and the like, rowdy times.

But I was also thinking of him because I chopped down a tree today. I remember working in the woods with my Grandpa, watching him, amazed at how he could use an axe or a chainsaw and drop a tree right where he wanted it.

I didn’t use an axe, opting for a chainsaw. And I used a rope to help guide the tree, since I was doing this all alone. But I did manage to drop the tree right where it needed to go–and not on top of me, either. Grandpa would have been proud. Of course, I’m sure he could have done it faster and better, but he had a lot of practice.

Yes, I learned a lot of things from spending time with him, and this was just one. It’s a good memory.

Got Outta the Habit

September 26th, 2007

No, I’m not an ex-nun. (bad joke there, I know).

 I’ve gotten out of the habbit of writing in my blog. I often think of things that get me excited for one reason or another…. politics…. news stories…. stupidity in goverment (but I repeat myself there)… and more. But lately I just have not taken the time to write it down.

I resolve now to write it down! Just like this post. In true Seinfeld fashion, a blog can be about nothing–and still, I imagine, be successful. So be it resolved, I will blog more often, even when about nothing.

There, I just did it!

What goes around….

August 2nd, 2007

Well, they say “what goes around, comes around.”  My last blog was about pork and earmarks by Republican Congressman from Alaska. Seems like the feds are investigaging him now and have searched his home and a few other places. About damned time. Politicians are generally corrupt, it seems to me, but he appeared to be one of the worst. The “high and mighty”, “god is on my side” Republican party better get a grip. They’re surely gonna lose the presidency along with the confidence of many people if they keep allowing scoundrels like this into their midst. They deserve to fail.

Earmarks–corruption at its finest

June 16th, 2007

The latest news from Congress:

This week some south Florida legislators were left scratching their heads and asking “why?” The reason? A recent bill in the congress set aside $40 million (or our hard earned money) to build a highway in south Florida. The earmark was quite specific as to where the highway had to be built–and it’s into a bunch of wilderness and swampland. If the local leaders want the money, they have to build this specific road in this exact area. But it really goes nowhere.

Why, you might ask?

The earmark was done by a Republican Congressman from Alaska! Huh? Alaska? Now it makes even less sense, doesn’t it?  Well, here’s the story.

The road to be built it to an area of land that is owned by a big developer. Right now the land is not worth much because there’s no road. However, the developer wisely contributed tens of thousand of dollars to this same Alaska Congressman. Now, like magic, the Alaskan Congressman throws millions or your dollars to South Florida in an attempt to force the road to be built–and it will benefit only his benefactor.

Talk about corruption! No wonder Congress’ approval rating is even lower than that of Bush! 


Arnold’s got it right

June 15th, 2007

California governor Arnolds Schwarzenegger got it right when he suggested that hispanics turn off the spanish language TV stations. If you come to this country, you should learn English. This is the United States of America, and our common language is English and has been since the founding of our country. My Polish speaking ancestors came hear and learned English–You need to do the same! Get over it!