So much for transparency

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Garza

10-6-2009 9-11-42 AMJust never ceases to amaze me how elected “representatives” in our constitutional republic continue to manipulate the system to benefit themselves.  WE are the ones they work for damnit.  Both sides are so guilty of using this tactic and it needs to be stopped.  How can they make decisions which affect all of our lives when they and we only have mere hours to review, or merely scan through, a document thousands of pages long?  It is absolutely unbelievable that this is even an issue.  Seriously.

Sorry, I know I said I was going to try and get away from politics for the most part, but I hear things and I just cant resist to comment.

Cell phone cameras are good for something.

Posted in Family, Funny on October 2, 2009 by Garza

Okay, well I was wondering about what to blog about today since I am feeling a bit uninspired this morning.  I have a usual routine every morning of checking several different news sites and a couple of blogs to start off the day.  After checking in on Kathy and Sybil, I decided to post a copy-cat entry today.

Since I too take pictures of miscellaneous events and sights on my cell phone all the time, I figured I might dump a few here and let you all in on the fun and triviality.  Mostly the pictures are just random and completely unimportant, but I take them nonetheless.  (Sorry Sybil, I could post videos of my martial arts events also if I wanted to , but I would have to transfer them from VHS to the computer in order to do so.  Wow, that makes me feel old, and I so am not old.)  Anyway, since I know you all are awaiting these pictures like you are awaiting your next company physical, here they are:

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Everyone in the office knows that I am pretty damn OCD, and that everything in my office has a specific place and I notice if anything is just the slightest bit out of place.  Well after returning from one of our Houston sites one day, everything in my office was upside down and opposite.  All the stuff on my desk was upside down and on the opposite side of the desk.  All of the pictures on thew wall were upside down and all of my color-coded thumbtacks on my bulletin board were disheveled.  So I had to pay back the culprit.  I put as many chairs as I could find in his office.  This picture is halfway through the loading process.   I cant go too overboard because if all of the strict safety rules that regulate all DuPont sites, so this is the best I could come up with under the circumstances.

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A page from a book we saw in Urban Outfitters called “Stuff White People Like” by Christian Lander.  Another memorable quote from the book is, “They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.”  I love it.

IMG00284The Clouds Are Ghosts on the iPod.  I love this song by the way.  The song is actually about the Obama election and I think the lyrics are very poignant and ring very true.  You can listen to the album here to see what I am talking about.

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My organized office.  I clean my desk off every afternoon before I leave.  Eveything on the desk has a place and I will notice if it is moved.  Other than that, not much to it.  The view out of the window is a nice chain-linked fence with barbed wire and rectifier and quench columns off in the distance.

Okay, so now I guess I should at least put a few of my little angel.  Enjoy, because I know that I always do.  She melts my heart.

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IMG00214Sleeping on Daddy’s lap.  I love this one!

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IMG00286Bath time is fun and froggy towels are even better.  She loves her little jingly bug that hangs from her car seat.  She always holds on to it when she is in that seat.  It is really adorable when she falls asleep with it in her hand.  And every afternoon after I pick her up from Gramma and Paw Paw’s house, she looks at me from the back seat and smiles and talks.  It makes me wanna pull over and just squeeze her!

Sweden Sucks!

Posted in Funny with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Garza

Well Lana and I have been big fans of Conan O’Brien for years now.  In our opinion he is by far the funniest and the coolest host of any  late night show.  There were a lot of times we didn’t get to watch him during the week because of his time slot, so we settled for Letterman instead.  Of course, Letterman is also funny in his own bitter, overly political, and crotchety old man sort of way.  Letterman though, has in recent years become even more and more politically bitter and he is starting to lose his appeal with us.  Anyway, the point of this completely irrelevant to life post is to point out a couple of unfavorable aspects of the new Tonight Show with Conan.

Lana and I were excited when we learned that Conan would be taking over for Jay Leno, who we have never thought has ever really been funny.  We were also excited about the earlier time slot.  The earlier time would completely satisfy the need for an alternative to Letterman in the same time slot.  Well we have been somewhat a little disappointed.

ny setThe entire ambiance of the set is completely different.  I understand the show is in California and earlier in the evening.  The set in New York though was more dimly lit and seemed like a smaller and more cozy setting.  The quaintness of the auditorium in New York added to the intimacy that Conan seems to have with his younger crowds.  The set in L.A. is large, bright and just not the same.  yamaha-pm1d-at-conan

The demographic that Conan appeals to as opposed to those in Leno’s corner are definitely different.  Conan seems to be the indie rocker of the late night arena while Leno fulfills the part of the old rocker still hanging on to that first hit record.  If their shows were rock shows, Conan would be playing to a standing room only crowd in a trendy club or converted warehouse in the art district,  while Leno would be crooning to mid-lifers and old timers in some fancy auditorium in a downtown metropolitan theater district.  The shows are complete polar opposites.

Some of the aspects of the old Conan show that we are missing seem to be the most basic ones.  Even Conan’s entrance to the show has become much more subdued than his NY show.  He used to run onto the stage and criss cross in and out of the view of the camera.  He would get up close to the camera and make his signature faces and gestures.  And the infamous “string dance” has yet to be showcased on the Tonight Show as far as I know.  539wHe seems to have been instructed that “the older crowd doesn’t get all of that young humor.”  He used to always refer to the audience in a high pitched voice as “my babies.”

Somehow I just don’t think we will be seeing such great segments as Conan Hates Your Homeland (which gave way to the revelation that Conan’s fan base resides primarily in Finland and that he sort of looks like the president of Finland), Conan Saves Lincoln or hornymanatee.com on The Tonight Show.  finland5So while I am grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy Conan every night instead of just on the weekends, I am a little disappointed that he seems to have catered to the ratings crowd.  I am sure all of this hasn’t been his choice and I am sure that the powers that be at NBC are regulating him closely in order to compete with Dave.  I just hope after he wins the crowd over, he can slowly return to the Conan of old.  But all in all we still think he’s the bees knees.
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Now I know that there are many more important things to worry about in this life but you have to have some fun some time.  What do you think?

Long time, no see

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 22, 2009 by Garza

I don’t know if it is laziness or the fact that I have been so busy at work and at home, but it has been several weeks since my last post.  I have felt a little uninspired lately.  Not feeling bad or down or anything like that, but when I sit down to write, I just don’t feel like writing anything.  I have become so jaded with the political scene.  There is only so much I can say before I start to wonder if it even makes a difference.  I am so over Obama.  Of course, I was never in his corner to begin with, but lambasting him all of the time gets tiring.  So for now anyway, I am finished with that.  I know you are all probably happy about that.

One thing that has inspired me lately is the success of Jason’s band The Clouds Are Ghosts.  They had a CD release party on September 11th to celebrate the release of their first album.  They also have several shows lined up all along the east and gulf coast.  Their success leaves me with mixed emotions.  I am very happy for Jason and the band and I hope that they continue to make beautiful music and grow in popularity.  On the other hand, the half of me that isn’t an extremely happy husband and family man, is jealous.  I would love to be able to make music and write and just be creative for a living.  I would suggest checking the band out.  They have a MySpace page where you can listen to their entire album.  It is great.  I will attempt an album review later.

So since I haven’t been around lately I felt the need to let all of you, and by all of you I mean all three of you, know that I haven’t quit on you and I will try much harder to keep this blog updated more often.  With that said, I leave you with this…

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UPDATE:  The Clouds Are Ghosts have a website, where you can donload their entire album for free.

http://cloudsareghosts.com/

Well at least we know they care about us and our welfare

Posted in Funny, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by Garza

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The thrill is gone for Obama and the media

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by Garza

By: Chris Stirewalt
Political Editor
August 24, 2009

“There’s nothing like a summer vacation to rekindle a romance. So maybe a week on Martha’s Vineyard can bring back some of the magic between the Obama administration and the media.

Before White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left town, he tried to clarify President Barack Obama’s comment that “everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up.” Gibbs explained to reporters that what the president meant was that they were a bunch of bed wetters who made too much out of the implosion of the White House health care strategy.

Gibbs has grown more sardonic and patronizing as the summer wears on and Obama’s poll numbers wilt.

The press secretary has lectured reporters on the nature of their jobs — apparently to defend the administration against “misinformation” rather than asking impertinent questions like “How will you pay for it?”

When asked recently about the administration’s endless evasions on the public option, Gibbs instead opted to define a monopoly.
“If you had one place to eat lunch before you came to the briefing, do you think it would be cheap?” Gibbs demanded of CNN’s Ed Henry.

Henry should have asked Gibbs to define monopsony: a market in which one buyer is so large that it can control suppliers and ruin competitors. Henry could then explain he’d rather pay too much for the sandwich he wanted than have to eat at a government chow line opened across the street to encourage “competition.”

Gibbs is so crabby because, incredibly, the administration blames the media for the president’s problems.

It tried blaming Republicans, but the GOP is too far out of power. When the leader of the free world is complaining about a posting on the former governor of Alaska’s Facebook page, he’s got problems.

Team Obama tried blaming special interests, but that was a bust too. The president’s deal with the pharmaceutical industry gets him $150 million worth of ads to boost his plan, whatever it is.

The same people who bombard us with ads for products that promise to prevent hardened arteries or encourage hardening elsewhere will soon be selling you Obamacare.

“If you experience doubts about the plan lasting more than four hours, seek immediate help from Organizing for America.”

Democrats tried blaming the “mobs” of “un-American” protesters and “evil mongers” who were giving raspberries to members of Congress at town halls.

That flopped too, leaving the administration to blame the messenger.

And one can understand why Gibbs would be a bit shocked by the slightly less accommodating tone of the media.

Reporters who traveled with the Obama campaign tell horror stories about the organization — dishonesty, rudeness and abysmal access. But those reporters still served up the glowing coverage.

Obama was the hottest news story of their generation. Rather than covering the long-shot freshman senator who would be crushed in February, Obama campaign reporters experienced the reflected glory of being along for a historic journey. There was plenty of motivation to keep that journey going.

Conversely, Obama making a hash out of health care provides plenty of good copy for the White House press corps. And because Obama fatigue has set in with the reading and viewing public, skeptical stories match the national mood.

Some are still in the tank for Obama. But many liberal reporters think the president is blowing the Left’s big chance.

In talking about how everything got so “wee-weed up,” Obama observed that in August of 2008 the media predicted doom because John McCain began to close the gap after picking Sarah Palin.

In trying to explain that the president was talking about media incontinence, Gibbs referred to August and September of 2007, when most predicted Hillary Clinton would roll to victory in Iowa.

So not only are Obama and his people still reliving the campaign, they’re drawing the wrong lessons from it.

At this point in 2007, Obama was coming up in the polls, making Iowa a three-way race with Clinton and John Edwards. Now, the president’s numbers are sinking.

And if the trend line in the late summer of 2008 had held, Obama would have lost. It took a tsunami of bad economic news and the McCain campaign’s mishandling of it to put Obama back on top.

But there is no opponent here other than public opinion and no finish line other than the end of his term.

With only the steady breeze of favorable coverage of a typical Democratic president instead of the gale of positive press that once helped drive Obama to victory, it’s going to be a very long journey.”

Chris Stirewalt, The Examiner’s political editor, can be contacted at  cstirewalt@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears on Monday and Thursday, and his blog posts appear on ExaminerPolitics.com.

I could not have said it better myself.

current music: Morphine – The Night

This is what is wrong with our political system!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Garza

This is exactly the type of ridiculous, arrogant, and completely nonsensical tripe I blogged about a couple of entries back.

Since when did the constituents vote people into office just so they could do as they please?  Is that how it is going to be from now on?  Of course it is.  It has been that way for both parties for a very very long time.  This is really sad and infuriating.  It just isnt what the system is supposed to be.  Maybe we’ll all get lucky and politicians like this guy, no matter what party, will end up where ever Hoffa is currently.