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5th-Dec-2006 05:39 pm(no subject)
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I just thought I would hop on to say how happy I am to be married to such a wonderful woman. Secondly, christmas is just around the corner and if you look out your window, you just might be able to see our tree from your house. It doesn't matter where you live, you might be able to see it. It looks great...and bright.
15th-Nov-2006 05:15 pm - From the left...to the right....
Pope
I recently read this and found it quite humorous.

To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,

I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week's
election. You're worried that the country is heading toward a very bad
place you don't want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has
ended with so much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You
are in a funk, and I understand.

Well, cheer up, my friends! Do not despair. I have good news for you.
I, and the millions of others who are now in charge with our Democratic
Congress, have a pledge we would like to make to you, a list of
promises that we offer you because we value you as our fellow
Americans. You deserve to know what we plan to do with our newfound
power -- and, to be specific, what we will do to you and for you.

Thus, here is our Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives:

Dear Conservatives and Republicans,

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will
never, ever, call you "unpatriotic" simply because you disagree with
us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us
consider your behavior to be "different" or "immoral." Who you marry is
none of our business. Love and be in love -- it's a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren's money on our personal whims
or to enrich our friends. It's your checkbook, too, and we will balance
it for you.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will
bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We
promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal
health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall
ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless
of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments
and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we'll make
sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean
up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too,
breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will
devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to
justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you
do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to
count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic
weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren't
much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We
will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons
and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you -- and your
employees
-- that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we
will pay conservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don't put
those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote
your most radical religious beliefs ("Blessed are the poor," "Blessed
are the peacemakers," "Love your enemies," "It is easier for a camel to
go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom
of God," and "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
of mine, you did for me."). We will let people in other countries know
that God doesn't just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will
discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism -- starting with the
fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought
and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts
him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after
the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we
need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give
us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes
astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too.
You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together.
We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this
country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things
a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans -- and for the rest of the world.

Signed,

Michael Moore
31st-Oct-2006 02:41 pm - Marriage
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In a short period of time, I will no longer be the bachelor Damm, I will be Mr. Damm. I can honestly say that I am really excited to take this step. That being said, I have the sinking feeling that we are forgetting something. I know that we still have to go get our wedding license, but that is pretty simple. There just seems to be something else that is not letting me sleep through the night. Perhaps Missy is kicking me, but I haven't found too many obscure bruises, so there must be another reason.

I don't know, maybe I am just going crazy.

On another note, it is Halloween today. Happy Halloween you crazy people. I don't know if we are going to hand out candy, but if we don't, I don't want to be home. Besides that, I don't want my car sitting out front as masked hooligans roam our neighborhood. I am not really afraid of our neighborhood, but it IS East St. Paul.

Well, that is all I have to say at the moment. I needed a couple of minutes to NOT think about work and there it is. Thanks for listening.
24th-Oct-2006 11:46 am - I am still alive....
Goldy Backwards
I just wanted everyone to know that I am still alive and kicking. All I really want to say is....GO GOPHERS!!! Now that the Twins are done, the Gopher Hockey season is in full swing. Yes, I know I can watch the Vikings on Sunday, but they can't really compete with the greatness of college hockey. I am so glad that Minnesota is once again the "State of Hockey". Alright, continue with your day.
31st-Aug-2006 05:31 pm - My God is better than your God
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WARNING! There will ensue a rant about religion and how it is affecting our world today. If you are of the mindset that religion is the most important thing in your life, then this may offend you. That being said, I don't care. Someone has to say it.

Why, in the name of all that is holy (pun intended), are there wars fought over religion? It is like fighting a war over cheddar cheese and colby cheese. Both are just as trivial when you come to think of it. All (major) religions preach substantially the same messages; kindness, peace, love, self worth. They are different in the story-line and execution, but the messages are pretty standard. In fact, all religions most likely are stemmed from the same place. As people moved around the globe, the stories took some different turns and emphasis, but there are not a lot of differences when you get down to principles. Of course the names of the God has always changed, Buddah, Thor, Allah, God, and there are hundreds more. The importance lies not in the name, as the Hindu believe, but in what it is.

It is safe to conclude that, if there is one supreme God (as nearly all major religion believes), that all religions pray to the same entity. If everyone believes the sky is blue, then the sky is blue; if there is only one God, then there is only one God. The difference lies in the name, or the ritual, or the language of the prayers. Whereas many religions put different weight on different facets of their beliefs, their core, humanitarian guidelines are pretty much the same. With that in mind, why all the fighting? You are a stupid, selfish person if you think that only your way of thinking is the right way. I am not going to go out and shoot you because you want to make your cheese sandwich with colby when cheddar is obviously better. They both fill your stomach.

Don't think that I am just talking about militant Islamic sects either. War has had it's hand in every major religion. Christianity is one of the youngest religions on the planet, and yet some of the bloodiest wars in history have been fought in its name. The Jews have been in wars for thousands of years over religion. The point is that the fighting is the most ridiculous act imaginable because it is FOR the same thing.

I know that a few people are going to jump all over this say "but it is different." How is it different? How is religion different from one place to the next? I am not talking about the differences IN religions, but religion itself and the core beliefs.

I want you to step back for a moment and really think about why one religion is better than another. Does it really matter whether or not Jesus was born from a virgin due to an immaculate conception? Would that change the way you should treat other people? Would that make stealing or murder OK? I don't think it would. I don't think it matters what God you pray to, if any, as long as you have good values. It is easy to point a lot of fingers and use terms like "Islamo-fascist" because there was a fight that came to our door. However, to go forward with a fight that is religious is the wrong thing to do. Wars should never be fought in the name of religion, but in the name of humanity. We have all shaped religion to fit our cultures and our traditions, but religion has also shaped them back.

I want to bring this back full circle now, to our own government and the political use of religion to get votes. Using religion to advance a career isn't very God-like. Writing political pieces with the sole purpose to get votes of a specific religious population is certainly not the reason that religion exists. Just a few areas where religion and politics have recently crossed paths are; abortion, gay marriage, and even immigration.

I know this was a bit long, but I really needed to get that off my chest. I am sick and tired of religion being used as an excuse, or springboard for the USE of people.
27th-Aug-2006 08:40 pm(no subject)
Pope
I will lay off the political discussions for the time being in order to complain about another issue; the sever feeling of utter weakeness that I am feeling right now. I have to say, I have been sick at times in my life, but never have I felt so drained. A mere cracker makes my stomach turn over....blech. I really don't have anything else to say, or the energy to do so, but it seriously sucks. I hope I feel better by tomorrow.
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Okay, so I have been spending quite a bit of time studying and debating politics over the last few years. I decided that this is as good of a place as any to just vent...

Over the last number of years I have come to notice some things that don't make a lot of sense to me. I don't know about anyone else, but I can't understand why people are so "black & white" when it comes to politics when they rarely fit the "perfect" mold themselves.

Republican and Democrat are only political parties that can hold different views and yet change their outlooks on a whim. The members of political parties do not, nor should they, think exactly the same way about every issue. The basis behind partisan politics is similar to farmers forming a co-op. The politicians are able to pool funds within their party and form platforms that are, not universal among all of the members, but encompass the beliefs of the majority of the members.

Unlike political parties, liberal and conservative are ideologies. Ideologies can not be rewritten like the views of a political party; they ARE black and white. The difference lies in the fact that people either accept, or reject the stances. Furthermore, people can hold different views, or ideologies, on different subjects and still be affiliated with a conflicting political party. What is meant by "liberal" or "conservative"?

Both terms hold multiple meanings. Both fiscal and social issues are broken down into liberal and conservative fields. In theory, someone can be a fiscally liberal, socially conservative Democrat/Republican or vice-versa. In fact, there is no rule that outlines that someone can't be a fiscally & socially liberal Republican. It doesn't happen too terribly often, but it could.

What is my point? I keep hearing/seeing people describing individual politicians or the political parties as the "Libs" or the "Cons" when, in fact, they REALLY are not related. For one thing, for example; the Democrats could change their party stance on fiscal issues, to be more conservative, at any time. Secondly, what issue is being addressed? Fiscal? Social? What if the Republican that you are talking about is very fiscally liberal? Is it still correct to call that person a "con"?
4th-May-2006 02:37 pm - I just wanted to say....
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Happy birthday my love. You are my entire life and I don't know what I would do without you. I am so happy that I get to wake up next to you every morning. I love you so much. Happy birthday pumpkin.
21st-Apr-2006 10:43 am - Don't start with me....
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Alright, so I got the first step taken into catching up on my LJ. Now, to part 2. Make sure you have had plenty of coffee and maybe even a little speed, as my life just may bore you to death. That’s right, I said DEATH.

Not long after I completed building our front steps (see previous entry and subsequent ridicule), I began the task of cleaning our house and doing Missy’s taxes. I started by washing all of the windows inside and out. **note…it is nice to have the double hung windows that flip in for easy cleaning,** Of course, my love knows not why I clean, only that I am a little bit OCD about it. I clean 6 windows/day, and I make it through the first three days before Missy makes fun of me, so I stop. Thus, we still have six dirty windows.

Anywhooo, I got the windows clean (minus six), I cleaned out the gutters, fertilized the lawn, killed the weeds, and have yet to be shot by any gang-bangers (keep your minds outta the gutter people, I know you too well). So, I start up on the taxes. After gathering all of the required items, I delve into the stack of papers, envelopes, and reminders that we ONLY have 28 more years to go on our house payments…yay us! On preliminary calculations….let’s just say we weren’t too happy. However, after finally digging into the health insurance premiums, the skittles Missy buys to put on her desk, the cat food for our theft deterrent system (yes I am kidding people…I didn’t really deduct the health insurance), we got a refund…..YAY US!

So, Missy’s taxes are sent out, the house is clean (minus six windows), and life is good. What could possibly ruin this beautiful weather and the wonderfulness of having not a care in the world? Let me tell you…on 6:15pm Monday, April 17th, getting a call from the person who has been doing MY taxes telling me that I need to bring down a check for a small fortune does not make me happy. I tell him to refigure everything and call me back. He tells me he doesn’t have time even though he has had my stuff for a little over 2 months. Ssssoooo, I go down there, pick up my stuff, come home, and start my taxes with a little over 4 hours to the deadline.

Good thing for me that I am a genius (in my own mind) or I wouldn’t have ever finished them with two hours to spare. I am now able to take a zero off of the end of my tax bill and e-file my return. However, upon rechecking my old returns, I may owe some from years past due to the slap-nuts forgetting to add in an entire 1099MISC one year and putting my 1099MISC into a W2 wages box on another year. It won’t be bad, but it is still a hassle. Needless to say, I won’t be referring anyone to that particular client anytime soon. In fact, I don’t know if he will be a client in the near future.

Whew! That was shorter, but still therapeutic nonetheless. I will continue on my voyage at a later date. Now, I must call a few clients to move their money into places where it will work as hard for them as they did to get it. It is so nice to see the results of a good investment.
19th-Apr-2006 01:46 pm - Okay..okay...
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Now you all wonder what in the world I have been up to that has been keeping me away from my LJ. Let me tell you of the goings on of the last month. Sit tight, keep your hands and feet in the car, and try not to choke on your tongue.

The Stairs

So a few weeks ago, I made the decision to build a new set of stairs and a small deck-like platform on the front of our porch. No, I did not just get some ambitiona and decide that I would take on a project that would eat up an entire Saturday afternoon that just happened to be beautiful (but not quite as beautiful as my wonderful wife-to-be.) My hand was forced into the construction of new steps due to the destruction (natural destruction; I didn't run my car into them I guess it would be more of a deterioration) of the old steps.

So, we went to Home Depot to get the building materials and a few tools that I could still use. I had the plan all sketched out with my measurements and details and the such. We purchased everything and brought it home. I must prematurely say that I am an EXCELLENT judge of needs and estimator of price.

Three hours into the building of the steps, I am nearly finished. All I have left to do, is dig out the footings, put the steps in place, and attach the decking to it. At this point, as I am just leveling out the last leg, my drunk neighbor, who just happens to be a union carpenter, comes over to see what I am doing. Now, I like my neighbor, but he just doesn't listen when he has been drinking too much...which is frequently. He proceeds to tell me what I am doing wrong and begins disassembling my nearly finished masterpiece. I have to tell you all that I knew what I was doing when I built the steps in the first place and there was a reason why I didn't want them attached to the house at the moment.

Well, Drunkie and I finally get everything put back together his way when a couple of young guys come walking around the corner down the street and proceed to walk right down the middle of the street. These two boys are big and they don't look too nice. My neighbor and I just happened to each have a beer out there with us while we were working, and he was smoking a cigarette. One of the “boys” decided that he should ask for a beer. My neighbor proceeds to tell him that he doesn’t give alcohol to minors. The “boy” says “I am 18, I can drink a beer if I want to.”

So, my neighbor (from now on we will just call him Davo) yells back; “Okay, in that case, why don’t you go into my house and take a beer out of my refrigerator and see what type of bad things happen to you.” I don’t like where this is going. They keep jawing back and forth with more of the; “Go into my house and see if you come back out again.” “Man, just give us a beer or a cigarette,” until finally Davo has pissed them off to the point where they lift up their shirts to show off their guns which are conveniently stuffed into their waistlines. One kid yells “I have a gun; I will shoot you”.

Davo yells back “I have a bigger gun and I will shoot you back”. This is getting ugly. The larger of the two large boys then reaches into his pocket and pulls out a tight red bandanna and screams “We are the F’n Bloods man. Don’t F with us because we will come back here and shoot you.” Davo screams back, “I don’t care if you come back because I will shoot you back and my gun is bigger.”

The boys walk around the corner, and Davo simply looks at me and says, “Alcoholism is F’n awesome.” Remember that this all happened in front of OUR house not Davo’s house. Two minutes later, he decided to go inside his house and let me finish up by myself. Thanks for all of your help you nutjob!

That is all I have time for now, but I will update more later…I promise.
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