Stay Healthy or Else

I have found myself thinking about my health a lot more these days.  I think slowly we are all becoming more mindful (even obsessed) with our bodies and the stuff we put in and yes even the lovely things that come out.  Everyone poops you know, even if we are all insanely embarrassed about it.  Look away now, the dog is emptying his bowel.

Healthy foods are still relatively more expensive than their evil (but good) counterparts.  Buy one, get one free!   I know lots of people who are still infatuated with the chemical buffet that are frozen foods.  Pop it in the microwave and poof, it’s ready in minutes.  The finishing product never ends up looking like the picture in the commercial—never mind tasting as it probably should.  We still eat it and we all go back and buy some more.  That’s capitalism for you.  One man’s trash is another’s treasure.  But seriously, what if it’s just all trash? CONTINUE READING

The Subtle Triumph of the People

Transparency is crucial for any democracy, for it facilitates people’s faith in the government. Without it, distrust ferments, and slowly the foundations of any democracy begins to crack as the world looks on, shaking their heads.  As we know,  in a democracy, power lies with the citizens. Yet, without a clear view of their government and its actions the citizenry’s power is undermined.  Sure, it is  important to be transparent in times when a government acts justly. Politicians enjoy ensuring that people are fully aware of all the good the government (by way of their representation) manages to do for the masses. However, in times when we as a country make mistakes or errors of judgment the same transparency should prevail. CONTINUE READING

Tea Parties and the Hazards of Ignorance

God Bless America! One of the few things our country asks of us, is that we contribute to help sustain, support, and protect our country as we pay our fair share to the government, so that it can pursue those ends. In truth, the tax code could use some more work. Particularly the type of work the has the Donald Trumps and Bill Gates’ of the world paying a bit more on their taxes to help relieve the burden on those of us in the middle and lower brackets. And in truth tax dollars could be used more wisely, and not on foreign pointless wars (see Iraq). In the end though, it is safe to say that it is unpatriotic, therefore not to pay your taxes, just as it is unpatriotic to believe in no taxation.

Today, as citizens from all over the nation run to make the tax filing deadline, all over the country there are demonstrations against the government. These demonstrations have been fondly (though misguidedly) referred to as “Tea Parties”. They have based their political demonstration on the 1773 Boston Tea Party, a protest against the taxation of the American colonists without elected representation in the British Government.

The problem is not the act of demonstrating against the government (that is a freedom we enjoy, thanks in part to tax money used to help ensure the very safety of those protestors), but the issues and practices presumably being protested: spending and big government (it’s hard to find what exactly these people are protesting, or if they’re just protesting for protesting’s sake–but let’s just say…); and the fact that they refer to these protests as Tea Parties is laughable (obvious slang term aside). CONTINUE READING

Freedom in Cuba starts with US

True freedom in Cuba starts with us freeing the island from our childish foreign policy with the island since the 60s. Communism in Eastern Europe was not brought to its knees by completely shutting it away from sight. Give the people a taste of capitalism when they have been deprived (for too long) and left thirsty from the flawed socialist and communist ideals (after the settled dust and the greed has set in–human nature)…and people will embrace a different revolution.

The problem with America’s foreign policy, is that we want to be in too many countries. In the dictionary if we added the phrase “control freak” you would definetely have to add a picture of our presidents. Our government for far too long has sought to hold the world in its firm grip, only to see it slip through its fingers time and time again, like warm sand, leaving us with nothing more than a numb hand (and that awkward useless feeling).

We never embargoed Russia, nor China. Why is Cuba held to a different standard? CONTINUE READING

Pounding Palin

Alaska is a beautiful state. Easily in the pantheon of visually astounding states (top ten really). The people there are nice too, even if there a lot of “unique” folk living there. Rain? Cold? Snow? They have plenty. Weather does not scare them. Even if it changes every five minutes. They hold their own, rain or shine. They adapt easily, and are not afraid to get their hands dirty.

And they get their hands plenty dirty.

On my visit there, I was told that women outnumber the men. There, these frontier women are tough. I guess that’s part of the reason the people there were not surprised that at the time their governor was being considered for the running-mate spot on John McCain’s ticket. The GOP needed some excitement and momentum, and more importantly a woman (to steal those Hillary Clinton voters). I guess that’s where Sarah Palin came in, exaggerated folksiness and all. Armed with her pagent-ready looks and “hockey mom” persona, Sarah was ready to take over the world.

And goshdoggit did she bring excitement to the the race–for like a week or two. Then it was all down hill from there. Whether true or not, Sarah Palin seems so out of touch that she actually makes President Bush look like Abraham Lincoln. Oh, but she did solidify the base (fancy!). CONTINUE READING