Archive for June, 2009

…And the list continues

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by Garza

This past Friday evening Lana and I decided to withstand the heat and venture out for a tasty and always satisfying meal of good Mexican food and cold Mexican beer.  Even though the heat can be unbearable and the hurricanes are a ridiculous annoyance, having an abundance of delicious Mexican food at our disposal makes Texas a great place to live.  (Sorry Kathy.  :))

Anyway, after we had enjoyed our meal we left the restaurant to travel across the parking lot to the mall for some quick errands.  As we made our way to the car I spotted a Beaumont police Tahoe parked in the parking lot.  Of course there shouldn’t be anything weird about a cop car parked in a parking lot, except for the fact that he/she wasn’t even parked in a spot.  It just irritates me that these people are supposed to be setting an example for the rest of our community but yet we constantly witness them speeding without lights or sirens going, running red lights to avoid waiting like the rest of us, or rolling through stop signs etc.  All of the aforementioned acts and others would land me a ticket and cost me money.  But if you are a cop you can pretty much do as you wish without consequence.

So much to Lana’s chagrin I took a picture and decided that it would be a perfect opener for the continuance of my list of personal pet peeves.

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So here we go:

  • cops who blatantly break the law because they know they can get away with it
  • people who are not handicapped but insist on parking in handicap spots
  • litter and people who think throwing trash out of their cars is an acceptable practice of civilized society
  • people who talk on their cellphones while checking out at a store or any other situation in which they are dealing with another person that would normally require one on one interaction.
  • people who mow their yards without trimming the edges.  (Whats the point?)
  • people who incompletely erase information written on a chalk board or whiteboard.  (Why would they leave that last little dot or mark on the board?  Doesn’t that bother them?  Who would just leave that there…staring at them…begging to be erased?)
  • know-it-alls and one-uppers.  You know the type of people that no matter what you say they have been there, known someone who had done it better, has something even better at home, etc.
  • filing cabinets with files not placed in Alphabetical or chronological order.  WHY  WOULD YOU DO THAT?
  • unorganized bookshelves
  • unorganized desks
  • unorganized homes, cars, or just anything unorganized.
  • the Microsoft Word paperclip guy
  • streaks on clean windows or mirrors
  • people who don’t wash their hands after using the restroom!
  • visiting a public restroom and sitting on a warm seat.  (Sorry, I know that is disgusting, but it really grosses me out when that happens.)
  • people who wash their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  • Brian Loncar and Jim Adler
  • The Jonas Brothers
  • The Dallas Cowboys
  • The Lakers
  • people who refuse to turn right on red when it is perfectly legal and acceptable
  • people who hit their brakes while entering an on-ramp
  • cashiers who don’t say a word or even acknowledge that you exist
  • guys who tuck in button down shirts without lining up the buttons and the zipper. (I know I am way too damn OCD for my own good.)

So on that note, this concludes this segment of “irritated American dude wastes everyone’s time griping about trivial stuff.”  Keep checking back as the list is sure to grow!

current music: Nick Drake – Things Behind The Sun

Angel on my shoulder

Posted in Family on June 29, 2009 by Garza

The recent deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcet, Michael Jackson and now Billy Mays just happened to coincide with a life altering event in my life.  It is hard to believe that 12 years ago today my life was forever changed.  Two of my three best friends (Mikel wasn’t with us that night) and I were involved in a car accident in which only two of us walked away.   I won’t go into detail about the accident, but it was a very difficult time for all of my friends and family who loved Kevin as a brother, friend, or classmate.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about Kevin.  I constantly think about how much fun he would have with Jenny’s daughter Bailey.  He would pick on her just like he used to pick on Jenny because they are exactly alike.  He would probably be working on air conditioners with Mr Barefield or Mr. Magee.  I know he would definitely give me a hard time about the fact that Bella has a big head.  I can just see him with that little smirk and that laugh making fun of Bella or Bailey.  I miss him a lot.  Even 12 years later is still hard to talk about sometimes and it is still hard to think that he is gone.  Of course I know he is in a better place with no war, no pain, no worries.

The sudden death of anyone whether famous or a close loved one reminds us all just how short life can be and that we should all live it to the fullest.  I know that sounds cliche’ but there really isn’t anything else to say to convey that same message.  So take a little bit of time today to pray for the families and friends of the fallen, especially our soldiers as we approach the 4th.  Pray for Mrs. Johnson.  Take the time to just hug your loved ones today and tell them you love them.

Kevin, we miss you and we love you.  Hammer on it!

AngelOnMyShoulder

current music: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Thirteen pounds of black gold

Posted in Funny with tags , , , on June 18, 2009 by Garza

On a lighter note from yesterday’s post, I wanted to express my opinions of Sacha Baron Cohen and his new film “Bruno.”   He is a genius in his own right.  He completely makes fun of people to their face, points out their superficial view of life or culture or religion politics etc., and mocks them.  All the while they either don’t realize or prove his point exactly.  Some people don’t like him, some think his movies are stupid, some think he is too raunchy, but I for one am a fan.  So draw your own conclusions about what that opinion illustrates about me.

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Plus you have to give him major props for having the discipline to stay in character for literally months and years at a time.  I happen to think the guy is dedicated and funny at the same time.  But underneath all the calamity is a guy who, I believe, really understands the ridiculousness of modern culture and in essence proves his own point by making ridiculous movies in which the very populous he is mocking pays millions in order to see their own trivialities pointed out.  Genius.

Here is a link to a review of the movie, and since I haven’t seen it yet, I have to go by what this person writes.  The review is actually halfway down the page passed all of the crap about what people at the premier were wearing, but I think it is good and some of the comments are good too.

Now I must go to check on movie times. 🙂

current music: The Beat Band – Squares

Don’t look now kids, but the government is ruining our healthcare system!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Garza

“Dear Friend of Liberty:

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”


If these words send a shiver up your spine now… just wait.

What if the next time you hear that, it’s your doctor?

What if it’s the person who decides if you get a life-saving procedure?

If that scares you as much as it scares me, I hope you’ll sumbit the petition below to Congress IMMEDIATELY.

And I hope you’ll join Campaign for Liberty’s fight against this government takeover of our healthcare system by making a generous donation as well.

I’ll give you the link for petition in just a moment, but first let me explain how urgent this effort is.

As you’ll see, there’s no time to waste.

You and I must DEMAND President Obama and Congress back off their healthcare rationing Scheme and other plans for government intervention.

There’s no telling when Congress may act to implement their European-style takeover of medicine, so there’s absolutely NO time to waste.

If passed, not only could the $1.5 TRILLION federal government takeover of healthcare be the last straw to bankrupt our country, but it would also:

*** Hand control of our healthcare industry to an unelected federal board who will take charge of deciding who gets medical care — and who doesn’t;

*** End medical privacy by establishing a nationwide Medical Record Database, allowing virtually anyone in the medical-industrial complex — even those in foreign countries — to access your personal medical records WITHOUT your consent;

*** End private health insurance by herding hardworking Americans into a government-sanctioned health insurance boondoggle;

*** Dramatically raise taxes by counting health benefits as “income,” or by forcing businesses and uninsured workers to pay for officially sanctioned insurance.

*** Allow for even more government intrusion into our personal lives by paving the way for bureaucrats to tell us what we can and can’t eat, drink and smoke, like New York City’s ban on smoking and “unapproved” fats in food.

I can tell you my friend; there has never in our history been a more imminent danger of government-run healthcare becoming the law of the land.

That’s why it’s vital you act TODAY!

You see — two major events have come together to assist their diabolical plans to take over our healthcare.

First, as you know, international banksters and their allies in our federal government raided our Treasury, stole our tax dollars, and nearly sank our economy.

This job-destroying recession – largely caused by an out of control Federal Reserve, Congress and Wall Street – has caused far too many families to have to worry about their jobs – and their healthcare.

And then, just as millions of Americans were feeling the effects of this troubled economy, large-scale fear was foisted upon us by government agencies thirsty for more power and control over our lives.

You see, after radically overhyping the threat to U.S. citizens from the swine flu, the government now believes you are ready to be led to “safety.”

They believe all they have to do is constantly harp about the “high cost of healthcare” and American citizens will instantly fall in line behind their scheme to “take care of us.”

But of course, you and I both know we didn’t get here by accident and we didn’t get here in only the last few months.

The truth is, the answer to our problems is NOT more government involvement in healthcare.

The answer is LESS — so the free market can inexpensively and efficiently distribute much-needed healthcare services to ALL American citizens.

But, of course, that’s not what those in power in Washington D.C. really want.

After all, that would mean they’d have less POWER and less CONTROL over our lives — and power and control are EXACTLY what this fight is all about.

You see, this Government Healthcare Takeover and Rationing Scheme strikes at the heart of EVERYTHING you and I hold dear.

You and I believe American citizens ARE NOT cattle to be poked, prodded and herded like livestock by government bureaucrats who “know what’s best for us.”

But under their Big Government Healthcare power grab, you’ll be nothing more than a dehumanized statistic — a number on a piece of paper.

The Federal Healthcare Rationing Board will make THEIR decisions on what healthcare you and your family receive based not on what YOU or your doctor decide is best . . .

. . . But on what THEY decide is best.

Isn’t your life really worth saving? What about your family’s?

Well, the Obama Administration and their Big Government allies in both parties think you’re too “personally invested” to answer those questions “objectively.”

So they want their own handpicked, Washington, D.C. bureaucrats to answer them for you.

And if you don’t like their decisions?

Well, hopefully you can live with them — literally.

If that scares you as much as it scares me, I hope you’ll submit the Petition to Congress opposing any Government takeover of healthcare.

Campaign for Liberty will gather these Petitions from hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide, and use them as part of a huge grassroots blitz on Washington in opposition to government-run healthcare.

You and I must lead this fight to stop the government from taking over yet another area of our lives.

You see, Campaign for Liberty supporters know first-hand what happens when out of control bureaucrats are left to make decisions that impact our freedom.

Think about what that means for your healthcare.

What do you think will happen under a government run healthcare system if your political or religious views happen to be “undesirable?”

What about if you own a gun?

You know, after seeing all those government memos accusing freedom-loving, law-abiding citizens of being “terrorists,” do you really want to find out?

Just like in that case, while we may wonder about the full extent of their schemes, we need only look at what they’re willing to say publicly for clues as to their intentions.

You see, the advocates for government-run healthcare are not at all afraid to say they want a socialized healthcare system like Canada’s.

And you and I know what the government takeover of healthcare in other countries has brought them.

There, folks have to wait over four months just to see a specialist — and over SIX MONTHS for simple surgical procedures!

Can you imagine that? Is that really what we want for ourselves and our families?

Well, Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty strongly say “NO!”

But as it stands now, not enough Americans understand what’s at stake for them and their families.

That means our backs are TRULY against the wall.

The good news in this fight is that IF you and I show Americans what Government Health Care is really all about, we CAN defeat it.

But to succeed, it’s up to you and me to flood the White House and Congress with a TIDAL WAVE of public opposition.

That’s why Campaign for Liberty is pulling out all the stops to inform folks about the facts — and urge them to express their outrage to Washington, D.C.

We’ll start with these Petitions, which we’ll gather and deliver in the coming weeks. But of course, that won’t be all.

E-mail blasts. Blogs. Direct mail. Phone banking.

Town halls, meet-ups, leaflet drops.

Newspaper, radio and television ads.

Media and PR blitzes from Campaign for Liberty staff and supporters.

But such an extensive program isn’t cheap.

And it’s the ONLY way we’re going to defeat further erosions of our freedoms and the government’s takeover of our healthcare.

So in addition to submitting a signed Petition, please make your most generous contribution of $250 , $100 or $50 TODAY!

The truth is, without your IMMEDIATE action, I’m afraid there just won’t be enough time or money to do everything that needs to be done.

And I’m sure you’ll agree, this is not a fight you and I can afford to lose. And that no one can bring the heat quite like you and your fellow Patriots. Just look at how much progress we are making toward Auditing the Fed!

So please click here to submit your petition along with a contribution of $250 , $100 or $50 TODAY!

Power-hungry politicians in Washington, D.C. are intent on ramming this bill into law before the American people realize what’s at stake.

That’s why we may not have much time.

So please click here to submit your Petition and generous contribution of $250 , $100 or $50 IMMEDIATELY!

Sincerely,

John F. Tate
President

P.S. The Federal Government is poised to hand over your healthcare, your medical records, and decisions over even life and death to unelected bureaucrats.

There’s not a moment to waste if you want to keep your freedom, your doctor, even the power to decide whether you receive life-saving medical care.

Please join Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty today in our fight to stop a Big Government takeover of Healthcare, before it’s too late!”

Your irrelevant news for the day!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Garza

Well as our country continues to falter and slide into a government sponsored recession, it is comforting to know that at least some of us are worried about the important stuff.

6-16-2009 8-34-03 AMWhy are people so ridiculous?  Who really cares what Letterman says?  He is a comedian, whether you think he is funny or not.  If you don’t like what he has to say, just don’t watch his program.  Personally Letterman gets on my nerves, but really?  They have actually started a Fire Dave Letterman Campaign.  Damn, this is just pure ridiculousness!  I don’t like the president or his policies but how far fetched is it to try and blame him for something Dave Letterman says?

At the same time, Sean Hannity is so insignificant.  He is such a walking talking point it isn’t even laughable anymore.  If you watch a clip from his show 5 years ago and a clip from a show last night I guarantee you they will appear exactly the same and he will repeat at least three or four of the same exact talking points.  He even has a forum about the “fire Dave Letterman Campaign” on his website.  (I never visit his website, ever, but a friend sent me a link this morning and it just solidified the reasons why I dislike this guy.)  He is such a tool.  It’s time to get our priorities in order people!

For grins and giggles let’s watch the clip from Hannity’s comedy show:

current music: Ben Kweller – Ann Disaster

What were we thinking?

Posted in Funny on June 15, 2009 by Garza

This past Thursday my friend Kathy finally talked me into joining the masses in creating a Facebook profile.  So after I gave in I started to search around and look at the random pictures and such that people have posted.  I ran across some “old school” pictures on my friend Michele’s profile that reminded me of some funny pictures that I have.  I would like to share a few of those at this time:

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Um, yeah, I had to include some others because I cant be the only one being embarrassed here.  I mean what was that hair all about?  These are our 6th grade pictures from Austin Middle School.  I love looking at old pictures because they remind us of how “cool” we thought we were at the time.  I am not sure what that whole wave thing on my head was all about, but I remember at the time, I thought it was pretty slick.  And Kevin’s hair shows off the fad of the day.  I eventually went with his look of the spike on one side and the comb over on the other.  I will find pictures and post them.

Don’t worry I have more where these cams from.  🙂

current music: I Am Kloot – Gods and Monsters

Transparency is good

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by Garza

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It seems as though the revolution has already begun…somewhat.  I received an email from Campaign from Liberty, as I do everyday, and I was pleased to learn the following:

June 11, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

We wanted to make sure you were the first to know that your hard work and dedication has resulted in Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill, HR 1207, gaining the support of a majority of the House of Representatives!

Just moments ago, Dr. Paul’s congressional office issued a press release announcing that HR 1207 had received its 218th cosponsor, and that the list has now grown to 222!

Read their press release here.

Since our last update put the number at 207 on Tuesday, here is the list of representatives that have signed on:

-Rep. David Loebsack
Rep. Gary Miller
Rep. Frank Wolf
Rep. Corrine Brown
-Rep. Jackie Speier
Rep. Bruce Braley
-Rep. Donna Edwards
-Rep. Bobby Bright
-Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao
-Rep. Jared Polis
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
-Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon
Rep. Howard Coble
Rep. Jean Schmidt
Rep. Heath Shuler


This is an incredible victory for the freedom movement, but our work to Audit the Fed is only just beginning! Now we must concentrate on seeing the bill through the committee process and getting it to the House floor for a vote.

With your continued support, we will do just that. Together, we will restore transparency to our nation’s monetary system.

Thank you for all you do for the cause of liberty!


In Liberty,

John Tate

President

This makes me very happy.  So hopefully now it wont die in committee or get changed and adjusted to where it wont actually produce any good.  I believe the country is somewhat starting to see the fallacy that is the Federal Reserve and hopefully this bill will force the nation to rise up and rebel against them.  End – the -Fed!  End – the – Fed!  End – the – Fed!…

current music:  Country Joe McDonald – Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die (Woodstock 1969)

PS I wish I could have been at Woodstock!