Monday, October 02, 2006

 
Why is it that we always have to feel like we have to sound intelligent when we blog? Okay, so I am new to blogging and can't really apply that statement to myself wholesale, but I think based on what I have read in the few blogs I have looked at that the recurring theme is that everyone wants to sound intelligent and philosophical.

So why can't we just be stupid, or silly or crazy? Why does everything seem to have to have meaning nowadays? I miss the days when entertainment was just that... entertainment. I miss getting up as a kid on Saturday mornings and watching cartoons for hours on end that were funny. Bugs Bunny was intended to make a kid laugh, and it did. Now, it seems like everything has to have some educational value, or some social meaning. Now I haven't "seriously" watched cartoons in about 17 years or so, I think anyway, but the ones I have seen lately on TV as my brother's kids watch TV seem like crap. I think I am a 65 year old man in a 33 year old's body. You know the type that wants everything to be like it was when he was a kid.

Hollywood as a whole has me bugged anymore. Why does every movie out of Hollywood have to have some meaning now. Why can't they just leave their political agendas out of the picture (no pun intended) and do what we pay them to do... make movies that entertain us. We don't need any social messages from George Clooney and Matt Damon. If they want to live their lives a certain way, fine go do just that, but stop trying to influence me with your boring ass schtick politico jargon. Even the computer animation for kids has underlying themes in it. Enough already. I don't care about your political affiliations or anything along those lines.

Ah, I don't know what I am talking about half the time anyway. I like to think I am much deeper than I really am, but the truth is I just want mind numbing entertainment. Where is Bugs Bunny when you need him?

 
My first post... uh... post opening statement.... or something like that.

Random thoughts:

1) In the last several years, it seems as though people have began letting their political party define who they are instead of the other way around. I personally know of a few individuals that wait for their union to release a list of candidates to endorse during upcoming elections, and then vote that list as if it were a straight ticket. Whatever happened to voting for the person that you honestly felt was the better candidate regardless of political party affiliation?

I have become increasingly despondent where political party agendas are concerned. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans REALLY care about fixing the problems in this country. Their concern is whether or not the current climate in the country reflects a positive spin for their party so they can stay in power... or get in a position of power.

2) I think all rational people can see that the Bush regime has been far from perfect. There have been many outstanding issues that definitely bring up questions or concerns about the direction our nation is headed. However, I also have to consider the facts. No one was ready for 9/11. That includes everyone in every party. No one was ready for Katrina. Ditto the previous sentiment about everyone. No matter how the liberal or conservative media try to spin the yarn, you can't place the blame on one individual for those horrible occurances.

Now, I will concede that Bush should have been on the first available flight into Louisiana as a show of support, and the help for the survivors and the victims should have been ready BEFORE the levy broke. There was a hurricane coming, a very strong hurricane. FEMA should have been WAY more proactive instead of reactive. Yet, it is hard to be proactive when you don't expect the worst.

All the hashing and re-hashing about how things should have been handled really doesn't matter. Hopefully, our government will look at the 9/11 attacks and the Katrina disaster and learn from thier mistakes. We can't afford to be caught with our pants down anymore. If we do not learn from those events, they will be repeated. If we choose to learn from them and work toward making sure they never happen again, then all the people that died will not have died completely in vain... they will have been martyrs for a better prepared nation for the future.

 
WELCOME:

Remember this date in history: 02 October 2006. It is the day I started my quest to change the world by publishing my own blog!

This is my first ever attempt at "blogging," so bare with me as I attempt to enter the 21st century. As with every other blog, I plan to share my thoughts on a variety of subjects, which no doubt will change the world as we know it. Obviously all of my thoughts are original and are all groundbreaking, so be prepared, I plan to change humanity... just like every other blogger!

A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF:

I am a pretty well rounded individual, not to toot my own horn. I am interested in many different areas; everything from college football to Star Wars, the Civil War to cooking, politics to movies. You name it, I can usually find something that interests me about most subjects.

I am a married, college educated, Gen-X'er and U.S. Navy Veteran, having served 6 months in the Persian Gulf region. I have been around at least half of the world, and think all cultures are awesome. If you haven't been somewhere completely foreign to your own ways and cultures, you can never really understand why you are the way you are.

So sit back, relax or hang on, whichever the case may be and hopefully we can teach each other a thing or two as I enter the world of the "Blogger!"

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