Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mr. Pup Goes to Washington, Part 2

It was a painful first day as we had an all day meeting about the meeting the next 2 days. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s meeting to meet about other meetings. Seriously, that’s the biggest waste of time ever. Don’t wait till I get there to talk about what we’re going to meet on. Get it together way before I’m there people.

The day of the meeting came and it was as painful as the first. Even worst is that these are all executives. It can be easily seen that the bureaucratic disease has infected them all. The group discussed and harped on topics that they’re interested in, even if it’s not remotely relevant to the topic at hand. Everyone was afraid to make a decision and wanted to play nice (i.e., be political). When a decision was made, everyone had to say something about their support for it. Even if it's just saying exactly what the person before had said.

Here’s a hint for those of you looking to be executives. Being executives means making decisions, so when I’m in a meeting with you asking for decisions, make decisions. Don’t try to be political and make it sound all good with me. Just tell me the decision. I’ll tell you if it’s a stupid idea or a good idea. Unlike most people, in my book, the higher position you are, the more you have to work for me to give you credit and respect. I don't get star/executive struck.

I’ll stop harping on this as it’s boring.

After the 2nd day of meetings, I decided to go out for a stroll around the city. I was right in the middle of everything. The capital building was only 5 blocks from where I was so I started there.

Outside the building, there was a small group of protestors with signs to “Jail Bush” for war crimes. Being that I haven’t been in a protest in a while, I joined the group for a bit. Fun as it was philosophically, it was quite boring. Especially since there’s no one in congress right now, it wasn’t the most effective way to protest the president.

I move on and walked towards the mall. The actually space isn’t as nice as I imagined, but there was a lot going on. I think it was kick ball league night so there were about 4 games going on there. The mall is surrounded by gorgeous buildings filled with smart people stuff. I would've like to go in some of them, but as the sun is going down, I need to keep moving towards the Washington monument.

While the monument looked close when I was walking on the mall, it was in fact not so much. Luckily, I had my mp3 player so it was fun to see everything with a soundtrack. If the right song is on (Sexyback), watching people jogging can be hilarious. Life and everything you do, is much better with a soundtrack.

For some reason, when I got to the monument, it wasn’t as large as I thought it’d be either.

Seeing as there’s not much to do there, I took a right turn and headed for the White House. Maybe Bush'll be around for a chat and a beer.

To be continued…

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mr. Pup Goes to Washington

So I’m here in Washington DC. Here’s my story.

I was at the airport 2 hours early as usual. I generally like being at the airport early so I can catch up on my magazine reading. For this particular trip, I had to fly a low-cost airline based out of Atlanta. I had sweared I would never fly this airline for work, but as that they were $200 cheaper than anyone else, I had to book with them.

Generally, 2 hours would put you at the gate with about an hour of wait time, but no, not with this airline. Due to a million people flying this airline at all times, also with the added people checking in bags due to the stupid ass no liquid law, there was quite a bit of wait to check in my bag.

I waited an hour and 20 minutes to check in my bags. All because of my toothpaste, mousse, cologne, and Jack, cause you know, that Jack is dangerous. All those extremist that drinks Jack or all the different types of explosives you can make with Jack. So after 80 minutes in line, by the time I got to the counter, they informed me that it was too late to check in bags. The next flight was 8 hours later.

“What the fuck?” were my exact words. The employee informed me that I should’ve been there 2 hours early. “I was here 2 hours early jackass. It was the hour and 40 min wait in line that’s making me late”.

I know it’s not his fault, but still.

I stormed off from the counter, ran to security, and decided to take my chance with my liquid items.

To my surprise, they caught me with my liquids. Seeing those guys working the screening, I didn’t think they could find a disease in a whore house. I had to get rid of the toothpaste, mousse, face wash, and cologne. By the end of this search, I had 20 min. before the flight took off. Being that the next flight isn’t for another 8 hours, and this is a business trip, I had to leave my stuff.

Of course, my terminal was at the very end of the concourse. If you’ve ever been in Hartsfield, you know that’s fucking far. Much further than I’m in shape for to run with a luggage and a heavy ass computer bag.

I got there as they were about to close the plane. To add on to the frustration, someone was in my seat. It just keeps getting better.

Oh, I can’t wait till to see what DC brings me.

To be continued….

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

You Sir, Are Not Fit

I’ve been trying to think for days now on how to best write about this abomination that is in the White House. It’s so shocking and amazingly insane that it is difficult to put into words the rage that I feel.

This stance on torture that this administration is so adamant about enforcing is simply unacceptable. What is even more unacceptable is that the American people do not realize how this strikes at the very fabric of America more than ANY terrorist can ever hope to do.

Everything this country stands for. Every life that has been lost fighting terrorism. This is all based on the essence of this country. A country that is built on the freedoms to think, to defend against acts of cruelty, and most importantly, a country that is ruled by hope, not fear.

What you have done Mr. President, is pervert everything that this country stands for. You have isolated America from the rest of the world, made American fear everything around them, and began the push to deteriorate the freedoms that so many have fought and died for.

The founding fathers and all Americans, past and present, would and should be completely disgusted and outraged that a president would even slightly hint that it is tolerable to use torture as a way to combat anything.

Torture is never an acceptable form of behavior for anyone. One of the key points that this administration pointed out in going into Iraq was that Saddam used torture and torture chambers on its own people. Mr. President, are you now arguing that what Saddam was doing is acceptable? I believe he too was trying to get ‘information’ from these people that did not subscribe to his views and meant him harm.

How are you and Saddam different? Perhaps is it more acceptable, Mr. President, that it’s not our own people that we’re torturing. Is that your belief? Doesn’t your belief also include being a good Christian? How do you think your discussion will go when you try to convince Jesus that torture can be tolerated sometimes.

Mr. President, you have done nothing in your 6 years in office to build or strengthen this country. You have done nothing but push the agendas of the evangelical and the rich. What’s even worst, when we lost 3000 people on Sept. 11th, you wasted the one major opportunity in the 21st century to unite the world. You have not only squandered that opportunity to build something good around the world, but in turn you used it as a staging point to spread your hatred and poison around the world.

How dare you exploit Sept. 11th to use it to create even more hatred and deaths around the world. You disgrace the memory of all that have died or been harmed by this event.

Now it is not only Americans that are paying the price, but millions others all around the world will suffer because of our mistake in putting you in power. Those that are harm directly through the many battles throughout the middle east, and those that gets ignored (Africa, domestic problems), all suffer because you do not understand the concept of being a leader or even a moral person.

Somehow, you have gotten the idea that we must become and use tactics of the the terrorists and extremist such as torture to defeat them. You are wrong sir. Very wrong. It is unacceptable to even hint that the actions of the terrorist and extremist will be tolerated. By defending and pushing for torture, that is exactly what you are doing.

You say we are nothing like the terrorists and extremist, we should act different then.

You cannot defeat this problem only through force or becoming like them. That is the way and the thinking of a naive leader who was put in power not by his own merits, but through a political machine that has deceived the American public for too long.

George W. Bush, you’re not fit to be the President of the United States. You’re hardly fit to be an American.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Only WE should have a Faith-Based Government?

So this administration is out there trying to convince the world that Iran should not have nuclear weapons because they are a religious fundamentalist theocratic government.

What exactly does statements like this say about this administration, the NeoCons, and the people who support them?

“Still, some Southern women remain stalwart supporters of the president and the Republican Party. At a watermelon festival in Chickamauga, in the mountains of northwest Georgia, substitute teacher Clydeen Tomanio said she remains committed to the party she's called home for 43 years.

"There are some people, and I'm one of them, that believe George Bush was placed where he is by the Lord," Tomanio said. "I don't care how he governs, I will support him. I'm a Republican through and through."”

Blind faith is a dangerous thing. Especially when the faith is in someone who so carelessly and knowingly endanger the safety of the entire world for profit and a secret crusade.

You can’t go around saying that the US can have a theocratic government because its based on the Christian faith and that you believe that’s the only one true faith. Whereas you can’t tolerate the Iran government because they don’t have the same faith-based government simply because you don’t like their faith.

Before you accuse me of being anything other than someone who believes and remembers what this country was created for (i.e, land free from a government of tyanny). I’m not sticking up for the Iran government either because I think it’s horrible to govern based on faith. No matter the faith. Faith which is created by men. Men who are corrupted in their own desire for power and control. Christianity and Islam are both equally guilty in terms of bringing war and misery to the world.

For all of you that believe that prayer is the answer. Guess what? It’s not.

It’s the problem.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Concerning a rebuttal to the President's speech last night.

Everything I’ve wanted to say

Olbermann: 'How dare you, Mr. President'
I May Need Some Sleep.....

The first thing I did after I paid my first ever gigantic mortgage bill was to tell Pup that he has to start smoking crack now cause we can’t afford the coke.

I then realize that I have so many other problems that the mortgage bill shouldn’t even really be a concern.

I mean come on, I have a stuffed bear that smokes crack.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pup is Bringing SexyBack

Damn that song’s catchy.

So once again, I’m in the same TV situation as I was a few years ago. The only channels I get are religious channels and Spanish channels. One bonus channel that I get now is a religious Spanish channel. Fantastic.

Yes, I’m too cheap to get cable.

You know, I don’t know how families do this. I see single income families of 4 all the time with all this stuff. I have no idea how they do it. I can barely support me and Pup. Beside the booze and the occasional crack, Pup’s not that expensive to keep up with. To have a wife and 2 children all feeding off one salary? How does that work?

Besides the basic living costs, how do people afford cable? I think I do ok financially, and I have no idea how I’d pay $50 (at least) for cable a month. I’m stuck with my fizzy channels, but it’s ok though. This lets me catch up on a lot of religious and Spanish channels.

It doesn't help that I just moved out of a house that had every channel and I mean EVERY channel and a Tivo. Not that I have the channels to watch anything, but I have no idea when shows are on either. Serious withdraws…

Oh well, guess it’ll be more time for me to figure out how to bring the Sexyback.