Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When in Rome

This is the most ridiculous statement ever. I've been thinking about a lot of things lately and realized that I have allowed myself to become a horribly sorry sod. I think that if you, my reader took a moment to think about it you are in a similar situation. You don't feel right, something is off. You can't peg it down but you know it's wrong, and you have no way to fix it... because you don't know what's wrong.

Sorry, I'm well aware that what I just wrote was incredibly repetitive, but necessarily so.

Let me explain the problem that I've been going through, and most likely, the exact same problem that you've been going through.

"When in Rome"

Aah... it's insidious... isn't it? So simple, so easy. Just play along, keep it cool, and try not to piss people off. In other words do as others do. Come on, there are people on this planet this is expected from and we call them children. Their whole purpose in life is to learn how to function like a human being is supposed to. Now some of the things they have to learn have real world perks; going to the bathroom, what is and isn't safe to eat, that we need to where clothes. All very true and important lessons for a two year old to learn. You know what's not useful, trying to teach a toddler how to please someone, they really don't care. Do they? And why? Because.. that's why. They have no reason to make you happy, they have no reason to worry about what you think of them... normally.

Pictured here: My daughter not giving a rat's ass...
 Of course we go ahead and teach them that there are ways to act and ways to not act. Places to go nuts and places to be reserved. People that get special treatment and people that we can be pricks to. All of this leads them to learn that the do need to behave, but somewhere along the line we also teach them that it is better to blend in than to stand out. To be part of the crowd is safer than forging out on their own.

Now we're not uniquely guilty of this, hell it's how we were taught and it's the way we know, but we really do hamper them. A very smart radio personality that I listen to named Dennis Prager puts it quite cleanly; "If we only pass on to our children half of the neurosis that our parents gave us, we've done a good job"

So the free spirit that we try to instill in those small minds is the exact thing that we ourselves try to suppress in our daily lives. We try so hard to not get noticed, all the while bemoaning the fact that we all seem to want to have the lime light thrust upon us, and in the same breath fear that it might actually land on us, well, because standing out is scary.

Right? Damn right it is!

It's terrifying.

So, we do as everyone else, just to keep our little bit of safety. And that's fair... to a point.

There also has to be that moment that we allow what makes us as obvious as possible. It is that suppression of "I" that causes so many to be truly messed up, and scared. "What if I make a fool of myself?"... "What if I'm wrong?"

Don't get me wrong, these are things I think all the time, but not what I'm really trying to get at. No I'm talking about the wholesale delusion that we sell ourselves that we have to be a part of the Zeitgeist. Again... guilty.

Five years ago I lost the best job I had had to that point in my life. I was outgoing, gregarious, and above all fearless. I knew how to do what I was doing and I was damn good at it. DAMN GOOD! But then I got fired... it killed me, the one thing that I knew I was good at and I got fired. After moving my wife and I a thousand miles across the country, leaving everything I new and loved, and bam... done. 


I stressed over the why for a long time. And then it came to me, I did what I did, I didn't fit a mold. Because that's how I always was. I wasn't going to let anybody tell me how or why to do a thing without them making damn sure that it was better than my idea. didn't matter if it was a report or a superior. Then I was on my ass.

I got scared, my way had lost me the best job I'd had. I retreated, became safe, I did not want to go through that again. period, ever, end of story.

I sold myself on being a worker be for the sake of stability. I didn't take anymore chances. I listened to how I was "supposed" to do it. In short, I became lame. Not in the dorky sense of the word, I've always been alright with that, no I mean injured. I couldn't run the race anymore. Worse, I wouldn't run the race anymore.

I've chosen to live that way for five years...

Don't make the same mistake, it's way harder to get back to it than to be in it.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tokyo Rose?

Iva Toguri was a Japanese-American, raised in California with parents who instilled in their child a sense of patriotism. They even refused to speak Japanese in the house so as to help her assimilate. And when she grew old enough she graduated from UCLA and considered a career in medicine. By all accounts Iva was quickly working her way toward living the American dream.

In July 1941, Toguri went to visit her ailing Aunt in Japan. Five months later, Pearl Harbor was attacked, drawing America into the war and stranding Toguri in Japan for seven long years.

Her life during these years in Japan was incredibly trying: she was constantly subjected to interrogation by Japanese military officials, who would often wake her at all hours, prod her to jog in-between their bicycles on the way to their interrogation quarters, and attempt to force her to renounce her U.S. citizenship. But she refused. She was an American through and through.

Heathen or Hero?

During the war years, the Japanese Imperial Army had been working to propagandize American troops through the use of radio. Iva Toguri, seeking to assist various Allied prisoners of war who were being used by the Japanese to produce demoralizing radio shows, ended up striking up a relationship with the POW crew who worked on a show called the “Zero Hour.” This crew, led by Australian Major Charles Cousens, American Captain Ted Ince and Filipino Lieutenant Norman Reyes, decided to have Toguri host the show. They hoped to fool the Japanese into believing she was reciting propaganda when, in reality, she was sabotaging it and raising the morale of Allied troops. Iva considered the broadcasts, along with her frequent deliveries of supplies and food to the POWs as the most effective means of contributing to the war effort against the Japanese, and serving her country.

When the war ended, Toguri granted an interview to two journalists, Clark Lee and Harry Brundidge, who she thought would portray her story in a positive light. Lee and Brundidge also offered her $2,000, money she desperately needed after surviving through the war on a meager $6.60 per month. But Lee and Brundidge had no interest in portraying Toguri’s story positively. They were far more interested in furthering their careers by portraying Toguri as the infamous “Tokyo Rose,” a monster who’d betrayed her country.

n October 1945, Toguri was arrested by the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. She was released a year later due to lack of evidence.

In 1948, the U.S. press, led by influential media personality Walter Winchell, began slamming the U.S. government for going soft on Iva Toguri and letting the “traitor” off softly. The Truman administration had been portrayed as being soft on Communists and other subversives. Given that it was an election year, a head had to roll.

It was to be Iva Toguri’s.


Iva Toguri’s life was ruined. She lost a son, a husband, her citizenship and the potential for a fulfilling career, along with over six years of freedom—all because of election-year politics and the need for the government to find a scapegoat.

Two journalists had helped ruined a woman’s life for their own personal gain. They were aided by two accusers with whom Toguri had worked with in Japan; two men who were former U.S. citizens themselves, who succumbed to U.S. government pressure to produce perjured evidence against her.

 This woman, who had attempted to serve her country as honorably as possible and who, despite constant interrogation and abuse by the Japanese government, never renounced her citizenship, was destroyed by her own country. It was not until 1977 when she finally received some measure of vindication by being pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

Well... shit...

 Ron Yates, a Chicago Tribune journalist who played an instrumental role in helping Toguri gain her pardon, argues that Toguri, who died in 2006, deserved more than a pardon, she deserved a full exoneration.

 Instead, the story of Iva Toguri proves George Washington’s aphorism that “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Announcing the 30 Days to a Better Man Project

Starting November 1, The New Intellect will begin a month long series called “30 Days to a Better Man.” The goal of this project is simple: to encourage men to be better men in all areas of their lives. I’m sure all of us have made goals to improve ourselves. But often our goals become one of those well meaning intentions that we plan to do…. some day. And if you’re like me, some day never comes, and you’re stuck in the same place of mediocrity you were before.
Personally, I’m more likely to follow through with a goal if I have a specific plan, instead of just some ethereal intention. I’m also more likely to accomplish a goal if I have a group of people who are encouraging me and keeping me accountable.
The 30 Days to a Better Man Project is designed to provide a specific plan and accountability to help you become a better man. And guess what? It’s 100% free. Are you up for the challenge? If so, read on.

How it Works

Come on... Man up!


The Roadmap. Each day in the month of June, we’ll be publishing an article that gives you a specific task to accomplish that day. The article will begin with a theory component in which we briefly explain the benefits of doing the task and how to go about accomplishing it. After that, you go out and do the task. The tasks will cover a variety of areas of a man’s life including relationships, health, career and money, and style. Even if you already do the things we assign, it’s always good to have a reminder to keep on doing it.

The Accountablity. In addition to the articles, I’ve created a  30 Days to a Better Man Project page.  Join the group and interact with other men who are taking part in the project. Hold yourself accountable to the group by sharing whether or not you completed the task. You can also swap tips and discuss how the day’s task went for you.

Make a commitment. The first step to becoming a better man is deciding not be afraid of making commitments. While we hope each article in the 30 Days series will be interesting, they’re not designed as passive entertainment. The project requires you to put what you read into action. So make a commitment to yourself that you will do your very best each day to accomplish the recommend task.
I’m really looking forward to the 30 Days to a Better Man project and I hope you’ll join me. My hope is that by the end of the month, we’ll all be better men.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

So... shit...

Been down and out for a few days... sick babies cannot be avoided.

So, here we are, waiting to find out if there is going to be a limited military strike against Assad and the Syrian regime. I can't help but think something stinks here. For two, almost three years now, Syria has been caught in the throws of a civil war that has progressed down tried and true paths and now we find out that we may get pulled into it.

But why?

For since this started in 2011 there have been uncounted numbers of truly horrific things going on, from both sides. Like this. And we are by no means getting the full story, obviously because the media in Syria is in fact controlled by Assad. But that's not the point, why wait until this supposed attack happened on August 21? There were reports that there were chemical attacks earlier in the summer but no one batted an eye. That special "Red Line" the President had spoken about, a year prior to the date, had been crossed but he had nothing to say on the matter.  For those who don't know what I'm on a about... watch this

Now, what the President said there is very sober, very sane. Hell, I agree with the man on the point. These type of weapons were banned for a freaking reason. An the man clearly says so. I can't beleive I'm saying this, but GO WHAT'S-HIS-NAME!!!! Now all that has to be done is stick to his guns right? Right... but wait... what's this?

Dammit he did it again! I hate it when he does this... It's really not hard, say what you mean and mean what you say.  He is trying to plug this on the "International Community" when you just saw him saw that he would consider it a "Red Line".

I love the smell of politics in the morning...

Either way, should or shouldn't we get involved? That is the real question.

I have heard a lot on both sides, but what we need to ask ourselves is this: would you be for this if this was a President Romney?

If the answer is "no"... well you're part of the problem. Of course, if your answer was "yes", sorry you're out in the cold on this too. Be honest with your convictions, if you were opposed to Iraq on the anti-war platform then this really shouldn't be any different.  Both wars were ill conceived and there is no way that this turns out good for anyone involved.  

Plus what is the plan post-strike?   Is there a plan in place for the possibility of a Syrian strike on Israel as retaliation for our "incredibly small" strike, as SOS Kerry put it.

Iran has said they will retaliate if America hits Syria. Syria being one of Iran's closest allies. and what does Russia do? Syria plays host to one of the few warm sea ports that the Russian navy has access to.

But the real kicker is this: I don't like the man's politics but he is still the President, I respect the power of the office. We need to back him on this for one reason and on reason only...

This clown...

Ali Khamenei, he is the supreme leader of Iran and is watching what this feckless President is going to do. If we blink, he sees it and knows that this might be a good time to have a run amok on everything crappy that he's been doing. Only now, out in the open.

President What's-his-name has put us in a position where the resolve of the US is on display, if we don't carry through, well we just said to all the other dirt bags of the world "Hey, don't worry, we'll get upset but really not do anything about it"

I don't want this, I don't want the possibility of Amrican soldiers being pushd into another ill conceived war, but if we don't do this we leave the door open for many other way worse problems.

Problems, that I don't think this man is up to the task to handle.

"You mean there are cameras? That record what I say... Shit"

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Other Side... grab a coffee...

When people her that you are a "Conservative" or a "Republican" (gasp) they seem to make certain assumptions about how you think on certain subjects. To be fair, the converse is true if you were to say you are a "Liberal".  But in the interest of clarity, we'll lay out what is going on in the mind of a "Conservative" here.

A lot of people seem to run on the adage that if you are young that you have a bleeding heart whereas as an old person you have no heart.  Based solely on the fact that many more youths tend toward being more liberal and older folks seem to be more conservative. Both sides are patently false.  I have come into contact with a great many twenty-somethings that are staunch Conservatives and an equal amount of older folks that are stone cold Liberals. Didn't matter what their race, education, or economic position was. They were just the way they were and probably had been for as long as they can remember.

To point though there are great many things that people have dead wrong about "Right Wing" or "Conservative" people. but we'll attack five today just for the sake of sanity.

1) All conservatives are religious fanatics:
It's fairly common for conservative ideology to be dismissed as the product as an overactive amount of religious fervor.  This stem from the fact that many Christians, Evangelicals and Catholics tend to embrace the key facets of conservatism more readily. Such as limited government, strong national defense, and the preservation of family values.  While it's fair to say that most conservatives use faith as a guiding principle, most of us try to keep it out of political discourse., recognizing faith as something that is intensely personal. Conservatives are more commonly of the opinion that the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion not freedom from religion. This means to most conservatives that public practicing of faith is okay, whereas wholesale proselyting is not.

About 99.99999% of Conservatives think this is F*cking retarded
2) conservatives are racists:

Okay, for one...REALLY? 

The frequent accusation that conservatives are racist is laughable. Most conservatives are not racist, sure there are the random ass-hats that the media always seem to round up for something, but on a whole we're not. In fact most conservatives believe in equality no matter what the background, skin colour, or whatever reason we're being called racist this week.  What we do oppose is stuff like affirmative action. Conservatives believe affirmative action actually fosters racism because it provides certain groups with social, political or educational advantages that are unavailable to others based solely on the colour ones skin. True equality must mean equal opportunities for everyone, period. Now many people will point out that in '64 (50 years ago... hold on, half a century ago) Barry Goldwater was highly opposed to the civil rights bill in congress... while this is true, they seem to forget that this was the only in carnation of the civil rights movement he ever officially opposed. He did in fact vote yeah for every single one prior to the '64 bill. Plus, trying to peg that on a whole mess of the population is well... rather discriminatory...

A low blow, I'm aware, but since we're talking stereotypes.

3) Conservatives are homophobes:

Not everyone who opposes gay marriage opposes the lifestyles of those in the LGBT community. fact is, most of us really don't care what you do with your spare time so long as it is legal and honestly is not hurting anyone else.  Thomas Jefferson said, "So long as it neither breaks my bones nor picks my pocket", and honestly, this is how the vast majority of conservatives feel. Now, many look at the resistance that conservatives have to the concept of homsexual marriage as proof positive that we actually hate gays and lesbians. That is dumb. Imagine this particular strawman: "I don't like crepes, I therefore hate the French", sounds pretty stupid huh?

Most conservatives are actually very much in support of civil unions, that would grant the same legal status to homo-sexual couples. the very solid push back against marriage is this; throughout history marriage has been between men and women. Even the Greeks of antiquity, with their somewhat free-wheeling ways, knew this.  I'm sorry if it offends sensibilities but that has been a cultural norm for the last 5000 years of recorded human history. It's just there, always has been.

Imagine this scenario; the NRA decides, after the last 30 some odd years, to take on the rainbow flag as their emblem and refuse to back off of it.  How furious would the gay community be at having something that is so solidly, culturally theirs, being used by the NRA. It's supplanting something that has historically been, and is, of great cultural import and is now not theirs anymore. I know a lot of you will scoff at the comparison, but consider the base idea behind it.

Absolutely nothing to do with the subject... But look at the guy to the right, he looks terrified!

4) Conservatives are warmongers:

Of all of the Presidents that have led the USA into wars over the last hundred years all, save two, have been Democrats. Woodrow Wilson dragged us kicking and screaming into WW1, Roosevelt had WW2, Truman was Korea (albeit at the behest of the newly formed UN), Kennedy started Vietnam, Bush V.1 took us into Iraq (again at the behest of the UN), Clinton pushed us into Bosnia, and Bush V.2 pushed us back into the sandbox of Iraq. 

Now, am I saying that Democrats/Liberals are unscrupulous war-hawks, no, I'm just pointing out facts.  Truth is, most conservatives hate the idea of dragging the country to war because one; we really don't like flag draped coffins and two; wars cost a lot of money. We really would prefer not to send your sons and daughters off to fight unless there is a really good reason. War is a nasty business that hurts the economy and causes nothing but pain for both parties, but sometimes it's necessary.

In the end we would love nothing more than to never have to resort to using arms and putting our military into harms way.

And really, there are way better things to fight about.
5) Conservatives hate Liberals:

Not true in the slightest.  For the most part we don't hate our Liberal friends, we just don't understand where they are coming from.

I mean really, imagine hating someone for the way that they think... it's a pretty stupid thing to do and is entirely counter-productive. But if you do, please go play in traffic.

Conservatives have some pretty good ideas and so do Liberals, I think at the end of the day we are all trying desperately to get to the same place but we have very different maps. Ours says right at Albuquerque (whew... thank you spell check) and theirs says left. 

We cannot understand how the idea that government can do it better than private industry.

We think in terms of individual rights as opposed to collective group rights. someone getting a leg up because of their skin confounds us. It's almost like saying "You're not good enough, so we'll make it easier for you." It just gets us the wrong way.

If we really wanted to we could just piss off the whole system and see what happens, but we won't, because we are just as vested in America being at its best as the Left is. We as conservatives, and they as liberals need to get that right first and then we start attacking the issues. Instead of each other.

I know a lot of people will baulk at what they've seen here but really, from your day to day life do you really see Conservatives screaming bible verses, calling blacks nasty names, trying to demean gay people, and sitting around with a massive erection about some coming conflict? 

But i think we can all agree that this man is a tit.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


To the fatty at my gym I saw this morning:

You, whose feet barely lifted off the belt of the tread mill.
You, who keeps slowly moving your legs taking up equipment.
You, who stepped off the belt every couple of minutes to take a water break.
You, whose eyes were so permanently glued to the damn monitor on the machine every time I looked over.
You, whose sweat wreaks and soaked your shirt as you stepped off the machine after your single twenty-five minute mile.

There is something you should know:
You know who you are

You are freaking AWESOME!!!

Every shallow step you take, you carry the weight of two of me, clinging to your bones, begging to be shaken off. Every minute your on there you paying off the debt of another midnight snack, another dessert, another beer. It's six in the morning, but you have not let that stop you from putting together a regimen. This isn't the first day I've seen you here, and I'm sure it won't be the last.  you are starting a journey that lasts a life time, and you've started it four months before New Years resolutions start to kick in. You run without music in your ears and I can only imagine the mantras thta you tell yourself as you heave your ever-shrinking mass forward, step after step.

Let's go, feet. Shut up, legs. Fuck you, fat. If you'd only look up from that display during the next session, you'd see that may gaze has no condescension in it.

I have nothing but respect for you. You've got this!
Go get you some!!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Twelve Reasons to Vote Democrat

1. Vote Democrat because you love the fact that now you can marry whoever you want. You may now marry your Labrador

2. You should vote Democrat because you believe that oils companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas is obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

3. You should vote Democrat because you think the government will do a better job at spending your money than you would.

4. You should vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine and dandy as long as you agree with what is said... and nobody else is offended by it.

5. You should vote Democrat because you're way too irresponsible to own a gun, and you know that your local police is all all you need to protect you from murderers and thieves.

6. You should vote Democrat because you believe that people that can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if you don't start driving a Prius.

7. You should vote Democrat because you're not concerned about millions of unborn being aborted so long as those on death row are kept alive.

8. You should vote Democrat because you think that illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take them away from those that paid into them.

9. You should vote Democrat because you believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest to the government for redistribution as the Democratic Party sees fit.

10. You should vote Democrat because you believe that Liberal judges need to re-write the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their crazy agendas past the voters.

11. You should vote Democrat because you think that it's better to pay billions for their oil to people who hate us but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, spotted owl, or fish.

12. You should vote Democrat because your head is so firmly misplaced toward the south end of your body; it's unlikely you'll ever have another point of view.

No trees, Spotted Owls, or Red Cock-headed Woodpeckers were harmed in the sending of this message.

Coming Soon: an obituary for modern Conservatism...