Scary Time of Year

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This is the scariest time of year.

 

Yes I know we have Halloween, but that is not the scariest part.

 

Welcome to the Election Day nightmare.

 

It builds up for months then on the first Tuesday of November it explodes.

 

We suffer for months with endless ads from candidates and enemies of candidates on why to vote for or not vote for a certain person.  Add to this any referendum question and you have a full day of endless entertainment.

 

However it is not entertaining at all.  In fact, it is downright annoying.

 

Of course all these ads create great conversation sometimes not for the better as recently I found out by posting information about a candidate that I read somewhere else weeks earlier.  What happened at that point were a couple of vile and offensive remarks directed at me personally.

 

The bad thing about all this is that these people are friends of a friend (not my friends).  These people have never met me and have absolutely no reason to make the obscene comments that were made.  I was so angry that I called these people idiots and that is where the conversation ended.

 

Ironically, a couple of days later I read in a local free paper almost exactly the same things that I had written about a few days earlier.  Sadly I never got an apology from any of the offending people nor did I expect one as these people are completely ignorant in their views.  These are the type of people who go voting blind and cause the rest of us with results we don’t care about.

 

This is the reason why Maine is now the butt of everybody’s joke with our dumb governor Paul LePage.

 

So now I am going to try to enlighten those in the Maine area with what I think people should vote for and some unfortunate real results we will see.

 

Let me start with the governor’s race.  Here we have Republican LePage, running against Democrat Mike Michaud (current House member) and independent Eliot Cutler (running for a second time).  My choice for the second time is Cutler as I voted for him before and I like his brute honesty about himself.  The other 2 are in a dead heat, but both are angry politicians with views that would destroy the state.  Instead of the slogan “Open for Business”, maybe we should have “Closed for Demolition” as our new slogan as we slide into economic oblivion.

 

So now who is going to win?  Unfortunately, it won’t be Cutler unless somebody eliminates the other 2 in some dark alley.  We are in for 4 more years of hell given no matter who wins.

 

Now in the second district seat (not where I live, thankfully), we have the extremist Democrat, the criminal Republican and the NRA card-carrying constitution hugging independent.  While I won’t mention any of these candidates by name, let me say that my choice is none of the above.  I don’t think that any of them should represent this state on any ground whatsoever.

 

The other 2 races for Senate and U.S. House member is so far lopsided, they are not even worth mentioning here.

 

What is however worth mentioning here is referendum question 1 which would ban bear-baiting in the state.  I recommend a yes vote only because the bears are being treated in a cruel manner for the big kill.  Let us not forget that we built on their land, which is why they are entering many of our neighborhoods.  It is time we arm the bears to even the score.  I would definitely support that idea.

 

The rest of the referendums are to spend millions of dollars for various health related projects, most for locations to be determined in the future.  This is the problem with this whole idea:  just setting money aside for some random location with no solid plans is a waste of taxpayer money.  We should not pay for somebody’s random placement of some facility which may or may not ever pay off.  So I recommend a no vote on all these questions except for the sewer issue which corrects ongoing problems and comes up every year.

 

Finally in the city of South Portland where I live, there is a referendum to legalize small amounts of marijuana for those over 21.  I don’t recommend this one either as I have never seen any proof that marijuana is good for anybody, medical or recreational despite some claims made by voodoo doctors.  It should be banned period.  Of course this comes just a few months after the city didn’t want to build smokestacks to support tar sands in the city.  Am i the only one who doesn’t see the irony here?  I expect that this one might pass just because of the ignorance of its citizens despite the city council and police chief stating their desire to defeat this issue.

 

Overall, I expect that I won’t be happy with the results of this election cycle.  I also expect that these same feelings will be shared by thousands of others whose results were not as desired around the country in their own political battlegrounds.   However if you don’t vote you can’t complain.

 

So my recommendation is to vote early and vote often.  Only by voting can change happen everywhere that needs to happen.

 

Is Technology Bringing Fear to America?

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Editor’s Note:  I am putting this post in all my blogs this week as I feel it is important for all to read.

 

Yesterday I was asked on one of the social media sites that I belong to the following question:  Could you live without my cellphone?

My answer was that I didn’t have one nor will I ever will.

Almost immediately after that I received a comment from someone who I never knew who gave the one word response “lame”.  At this point I realized that this person was being offensive and showing their obsession with the technology all in one word.  I decided to delete this comment without any further thought about it.

This brings me to the point of this post:  Is technology bringing the fear to America?

I believe the answer is simply “yes”.  I have a few examples in the last week that proves this idea.

 

Point # 1:

I believe that if people were paying more attention last week during the Boston Marathon somebody, anybody would have seen the two guys drop their knapsacks near the garbage cans.  I think people were so obsessed with either using their phones to film the people that nobody ever looked around to see what was happening behind them.  All these people seemed so obsessed with what was going on in front of them that they were not paying attention to what was happening around them.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, people on cellphones don’t pay attention period.  This is part of the reason why I don’t own one.  I want to pay attention to what is around me.  I want to experience the world and not just keeping people posted on my doings on Twitter and Facebook.

It seems that the only camera that caught the criminals in the act was a store surveillance camera or at least that is all the FBI is saying they have used.

 

Point # 2

The stock exchange experienced a minor flash crash last week after a posting from Twitter of an attack on the White House.  This was posted from a hacked AP account.  Of course, nobody checked any other sources to verify this information and took it as fact and the stock market dropped by 150 points in less than 5 minutes.  This leads to the point of should people rely on one place like Twitter to receive their news when there are many other reputable sources of information.  Did anyone not think of checking at least one other source?  It is sad to think that so many people rely on only source. It is funny how technology can do so much damage so fast.

 

Point # 3

Last week Congress rejected the expansion of the background checks for gun purchases.  What are they afraid of?  Being rejected by a system which would prove them incompetent of owning a gun or do they just want to make the NRA happy while causing anger to those who have lost family members especially at Sandy Hook.  A system that should be used to protect people is being ignored and not expanded is not the way to go.  The NRA is just allowing those who shouldn’t own guns to purchase them under the table with no oversight.

 

Point # 4

Going job hunting?  Filling out that job application now is basically a futile attempt online by dealing with a process that is usually less than satisfying.  Since more and more companies are going this route, the application process gets longer and longer and seems to be more of a personality test than a job application.  What is worse about this is that many times rejection happens instantaneously and sometimes a few hours/days go by before that rejection happens.  Nonetheless the rejection usually happens if you don’t meet company criteria to the letter.  Never an interview and never anybody ever sees the application.  Only the computer sees your application and they are not the best judge of your character.

 

In conclusion, people are obsessed with their phones and not paying attention to the real world therefore allowing those that can create harm to do their duty with nobody looking.

 

People trust unreliable sources thus causing panic when it should not exist.  Double checking information with someplace else would alleviate this problem.

 

Fear of somebody’s past should not be the basis to reject expanding background checks or prevent somebody from getting a job.  Sadly it seems that a deeper background check is done on potential employees than is done on gun sales.  Does this mean that we can trust people with a gun, but we can’t trust them with our money?  Sounds like misplaced priorities to me.

 

Overall, the fear in America is created by the technology that controls our lives.  We should control it and not have it control us.  Now is the time for people to put down their phones and look at the reality around them.  Otherwise the fear will grow worse and much deeper.

 

 

 

My Apology for the Week

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With so much that has happened this week, I have decided not to do any postings this week.  I decided instead of making any speculations about any of the events that have happened in the past week to just wait until we have more facts about what happened.  I plan on returning to my regular blog schedule next week assuming that there are no worldly events that make that difficult.

 

I recommend that everyone get information about the current goings-on from as many sources as possible to get a clear picture of what is going on.  As I have seen myself, some of the information is conflicting from source to source.

 

Thank you for your understanding and let us pray for all the victims of all that has happened in the past few days.

Where We Are Now..It is 2013 Right?

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When I started this blog 7 months ago, I had no idea what it was going to be or what I would discuss.  Ironically 2 topics came up to me more often than not.  They were the lousy service provided by Time Warner Cable and the mass shooting violence that has happened around the country.

Unfortunately, there is no solution to either problem.  In fact, both problems seem to have escalated since the first of the year.  More murders have happened around the country and TWC has eliminated the Ovation Channel without lowering their cost by even one penny.

Here is what I would like to see for 2013:

Gun Violence:

  • Congress needs to toughen gun laws.  Forget the mental illness crap, one recent murder in Maine involved a guy drunk and killing 2 people who were his renters.
  • NRA needs to stop making foolish comments like they did after the Newtown incident.  Only banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons are the solution, no matter what the NRA says.
  • Stop blaming video games, movies, and music for the violence.  They are minimal parts of the big problem.
  • And finally, tighten gun registration and background checks.  This is a strong deterrent and must be enforced.

TWC:

  • Scrap the current navigator interface.  It looks bad and locks up all the time.
  • Fire the programmers.  These people are idiots and don’t get how to fix the errors in their navigator system.
  • Update the guide to show correct programming at all times.  Sadly, I many times have recorded shows that don’t exist because the programming guide was very wrong.  Unfortunately, TWC doesn’t get the idea that the guide needs to be current to work properly with the DVRs.
  • Lower the price of product or increase features.  Yes, you get more bang for the buck with satellite, but TWC could implement the same features if they really applied themselves and not even charge more.  Maybe they just don’t understand that concept.

I don’t expect either of these issues to be resolved in the near future as there are nobody who is interested in fixing the problems no matter how many people die or how many angry TWC customers there are.  I will continue to update on these topics when necessary.

Hopefully, next week I can discuss a more enjoyable topic like television or the next political nightmare.  But until then…stay tuned.

Gun Control and Mental Illness

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Certainly there are no words that can express my feelings for what happened in Newtown, Connecticut this month.  What I can express words on is that this could have been avoided if only we had tighter gun control laws.

The bad thing is that it seems that everybody wants to blame “Mental Illness” as the cause of the events.  Seriously, is this the excuse to be used on every violent incident now?

It has now even gotten worse as other things have been blamed for all the recent violence.  Amongst them include:

  • Movies – Let’s stop blaming movies for all the violence.  After all, I don’t know of many cars that fly through the air and have weapons in their front grill.  The blamers want to convince us that movies are the problem.  This has been blamed for too many years and foolishly.
  • Video games – I have heard this one ever since the 1990’s when games like Doom came out back them.  Do killing monsters really make people want to kill people?  I have didn’t buy it then and certainly don’t buy it now.
  • Music – Poor Ke$ha.  She is being blamed for her song of “Die Young” for being the inspiration for the recent violent acts.  I have heard this song many times and I don’t think the blamers get it.  Yes, this song gets me pumped only because I like it, but I certainly don’t feel violent because of it.  Of course, I still get pumped up over Britney Spears “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”, but then again that’s just me.

What we should REALLY be blaming are the things that really count and amongst them are:

  • NRA – One of the largest political action groups buys the people who make the decisions in Congress.  They wave their second amendment rights around like they were the American flag.  We need to get people in Congress who are not puppets of the NRA.
  • Gun Resellers/Retailers – Many states don’t do background checks before they sell a weapon and sometimes they ignore the laws anyway.  The laws vary from state to state which makes matter worse.  I remember when I was working at Woolworth, the rules were that the gun application would have to be faxed to Augusta and then wait about 3 days to get a response.  However, one time there was no response after 3 days so the salesclerk went ahead and sold the weapon anyway.  It turned out that one NEVER should have been sold after the report came back as being a risky person.  Nobody ever heard the end of that one.  Resellers have to act more responsible and keep the laws in mind and abide by them.
  • People like Norman Hamann – This nutcase needs to be in jail or a mental facility.  He believes his own fears allow him to walk around with a gun in his belt.  Sadly, I believe everyone else is scared of when he might crack and start using it.  What bothers me even more is that he thinks that it is ok to film his encounters with the police.  If anybody is mentally ill, Norman is the top of the class.

Sad to say there will be more gun violence if the real issues are not addressed.  It does not matter what the President does or Vice President thinks he can do will matter.  Mental illness is just a rubber stamp that I believe that everybody has if pushed far enough.  Even I was once called mentally ill.  I will have more to say about that in a future post.

The biggest question that has been asked lately is “Are we really safe anymore?”.  My answer is “I don’t believe so and never will, just don’t scare the children with that information.”

For now the only things we should worry about is the fiscal cliff or even worse the Mayan’s prediction of the end of the world.

 

Notice to all:

I will not be posting to this blog until after the first of the year as I feel that both the reader and myself need a holiday vacation from everything that has been going on in the world lately.  I plan on being back right after the first of the year with possibly a look back at the previous year and my look ahead to the next one.  So until then Happy Christmas and Merry New Year or something like that.