A rambling rant

October 2nd, 2010

It seems like every flippin’ day I turn the news on only to find my beliefs being insulted by somebody (and by somebody I mean mainstream media and people I’ve never met, not my liberal friends who are lovely people even if we disagree on things). Ordinarily I’d just ignore it. I’m good at that (I’m also good at holding a grudge but that’s another matter). But, c’mon, people, give the racist bigot card a rest! It’s got to be more tired of being used than I am of hearing it. And believe me, I’m REALLY tired of hearing it.

On another note, yes, I support the Tea Party. Get over it. I think lower taxes and smaller government are dandy ideas. I don’t need the government sticking its gigantic nose into every microscopic aspect of my life. I’m a reasonably intelligent adult and capable of making my own decisions. I don’t need You (“You” being the government) telling me what to eat, what to drink, what I can and can’t do in the privacy of my own home provided I’m not hurting anyone.

Maybe You should spend more time reading the Constitution and less time telling me “French fries are BAD!!!” I know French fries are bad. Bad but in an oh-so-good way. If I’m in the mood for them, eating a piece of fruit or some veggies isn’t going to make me want French fries any less. And I’ll take a bacon cheesburger with those fries, too, thanks.

Truth in Advertising

September 29th, 2010

So, a story broke on Tuesday, the 28th, over this political ad from Florida Representative Alan Grayson about his opponent Daniel Webster:

Needless to say it caused a big brouhaha (how often do you get to use a word like brouhaha?) Except the allegations are a pack of lies. Those clips of Webster? Taken completely out of context. Now the full video the clips came from has been shown on the news and it clearly shows Webster saying the exact opposite of what Grayson says he said. (Was that any clearer than mud?) Not only that, the newspaper article cited as a “source” on Florida House Bill 1586? It doesn’t appear to actually exist. At least not in the Pasco Times online archives. I looked.

Andy Levy from the Fox News show Red Eye called them the Devil and Daniel Webster. Which is fitting. I know which one I’d vote for if I lived in Orlando. And it wouldn’t be the Devil. 😉

But this is just an example of the never-ending dirty politics with which we seem to be cursed lately.

My point is, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that our elected officials have a little (or a lot more!) integrity and honesty. It’s sad that we, as voters, have to choose “the lesser of two evils”. Why can’t we have the choice of the better of two good, upright people? I mean, really, is that too much to ask?

Today in American History

September 19th, 2010

On this date in 1778, the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the United States of America. I dare say the members of the Continental Congress would be horrified by the way our country’s budget is bleeding money these days.