Some time back, "The Atlantic" put forward a proposal.... A Citizenship Exam (Just out of curiosity, some might just want to take it).
Of course we acquire citizenship by birth, but some become naturalized citizens.
If all who were born here had to pass the test... Would we?
Use your search engine: "The Atlantic.com Citizenship Exam"
Ah!!!! ... Coors!!!...Frosted Mug!!!... Cigar!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Tired of getting hit???..... First thing to do???...... "Get Out Of The Middle Of The Road!!!!"
Whatever the perceived problem is; "Do" something positive about it!!!
*Talking about it?... Passive!
*Reading about it?... Passive!!
*Thinking about it?... Passive!!!
*Listening to others talk about it?.... Really Passive!!!!
*Getting someone else to do it?... That's Not Passive, That's Lazy!!!! :-)
*Do nothing and let others deal with it???... Politically smart and exceptionally passive!!!!! (After all, it's not on you, you did absolutely nothing!! Right?)
"Nothing" happens until you make it happen!!... Doing something positive is always the answer.
The method may not be the most efficient, least stressful or simplest; But, doing something beats doing nothing any day of the week..... There are no perfect answers!!!
Ahhh!!... Baseball Tonight, Cardinals vs. Giants ... Hot Dogs.... Chilled Glasses.... Budweiser.... Limes.... Hot Dogs Loaded To The Max!!!...
This has been a very interesting few days 'to say the least".
I had to sit back, relax, sip on some coffee/cognac and just observe!
It's amazing what appears clearly when one just does nothing for a moment.
It seems television cameras, elevators, alcohol, gossip tv shows, television cameras, celebrity life, marital privacy, money, television cameras, big business agendas, compliant media, unenlightened consumers, television cameras, some police officers with guns, fourteen soapboxes, aggressive race car driving, hypersensitive law enforcement public relations offices, television cameras, over reaching school boards, questionable parenting styles, climate change, political gamesmanship and unengaged citizens ARE NOT A GOOD MIX!!
Eye's Wide Shut!!!
Some are seeing only what they want to see.
Some are hearing only what they want to hear.
Some want to hear and see nothing.
Here's a truly honest solution:
TV/CABLE NETWORKS & PERSONALITIES - Stop talking, posing and posturing for the television camera. There are over 300M Citizens in The USA with opinions. We'll have a true conversation when each can get "Television Camera Time"... Besides, the talking heads are reading from a script!!!...
NEWSPAPERS - Quit with The Op Eds; This is just one person's 'opinion' anyway!!!... And it's probably a person we've never met!!! Uhm??
ATTORNEYS - Stop the blaming, this is what courts are for... And by the way, if you cared so much why aren't you working Pro Bono? As in free. Secondarily, why is a local attorney who lives in the area never quite good enough? Uhm?
BIG BUSINESS - Stop making money off of someone else's situational misery.
The ratings go through the roof, when this happens BIG BUSINESS advertisers jump into the feeding frenzy (they have to advertise where the eye balls are... "SCANDAL"), other members of the media want some of those dollars (after all, why should XYZ Network/ABC Newspaper get all of the loot), competitors then come up with 'THEIR SPIN' on the 'THE FIASCO OF THE MOMENT', which leads to more stories,from more media competitors, and more advertising dollars...
...Then the attorneys sue every Tom, Dick, Harriet, Larry, Curly or Moe in sight in hopes of getting a huge class action settlement....
... Or The Politicians/Public Agency Attorneys are trying their best to figure out what actions to take that will garner book deals.
.... EVERYONE makes money 'EXCEPT' the people whose stories are being told (without their permission of course).
Makes no difference what side of any debate someone is on, at the end of the day, the media companies are making a fortune from our collective willingness to view, digest, contemplate, discuss and broadcast someone else's pain!!
If the roles were reversed I wouldn't feel happy about it I'm sure.... So whoever advertises during these times, that's the company whose products I quit purchasing!!
As easily as a story is being published for someone else's gain.. it could just as easily be any of us....Heck it is us!!!...
....Don't believe me? .... Wait!!!... You are only one blog post away from being on the front page!!!!... Or if the wrong thing happens to you, at just the right time, someone with "A New Eye-Phone 6" will be waiting for you. :-)
This is not to say the issues are not real..'they are'; However, I'm 100% certain a country as balanced as The USA (with all of it's tensions) can find a better way to handle these issues.
"There are level headed, rational, empathetic adults in the room.... and sooner or later calmer heads will prevail!!!"
In the meantime, I'll do what I can to chip in, speak up and calm tensions wherever I am.
If we all did this, things would get better much much sooner.
When harsh words get us into trouble, kind words can get us out!!!
Ah!!!... Beverage Glass!! ....Ice Cube!! ....Cognac!!! ... Cigar!!!!
Have a great day.
Personally I'm Not Watching Sunday Football Today; I'm Relaxing Instead! :-)
Being a true fan can be hard work!!! :-)
Today, I don't want to yell, scream, increase my blood pressure, increase my heart rate and elevate my dopamine levels 'watching football on television'.
There's something to be said, for a quiet Sunday afternoon listening to jazz, puffing a good cigar and sipping a double shot of Cognac on the rocks!!!!...
............. Now where is that torch lighter??? :-)
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me
and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.
Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few and the Republic is destroyed.
- Abraham Lincoln
"Mass" (Pass The Beer) Always Outnumbers "Class" (Pass The Champagne) ...... and in the long run eventually wins!!!
There are only 535 Members Of Congress
There are over 150,000,000+ Eligible Voters!!
There are only 35,000 Police Officers in New York City
There are 8,405,837 people in New York City!!
There are only 10,023 police officers in Los Angeles California
There are 3,862,839 people in Los Angeles California!!
Students far outnumber teachers!!
Patients far outnumber doctors!!
Car owners far outnumber mechanics!!... (And the list is endless).
"Informed Citizens" always remain in charge of their own "minds" regarding who is powerful and who is not... What they believe and what they don't.
Informed is the key word.
"Informed" - *Having or showing knowledge of a particular subject, situation, decision or judgment, based on an understanding of the facts of the situation.
If you've ever said " I didn't know that"... You were uninformed about that subject.
To be uninformed, in the internet age, is willful ignorance.
Every number I used in this aside was pulled directly from the web...and.. each number is easily verified via multiple sources.
This is called Transparency. No transparency. No truth.
Some see only what they want to see; But ignoring the sunshine does not mean it's nightfall.
Your truthful empirical senses will tell you all you need to know.
Truth is felt and can not be explained away, by pundits, paid provocateurs, blind followers and those who claim money is power (regardless of political affiliation).
The numbers of those affected are too great for any lie to continue.
The emperors have no clothes!!!
The Former Governor of The Great State of Virginia just found this out the hard way.
The Governor of The Great State of Texas may end up learning the same lesson.
To change your life, stop counting the change in your pockets and start counting the people whose lives are affected by all of the ad hoc policies promoted by those who represent you in the public sphere.. whether a politician, a minister, an attorney or a peace officer.
Your contributions or taxes pay their salaries... They work for you, not the other way around.
You don't have to worry about whether these policies will affect you...THEY WILL!!! (Directly or Indirectly)....
..... The person whose unemployment benefits were eliminated by Congress "IS" the person who asked you for change when you exited the store!! :-)
.... The company getting their favorite tax loopholes passed by Congress "IS" the same institution foreclosing on your friend's house!!! :-)
Great Citizens Make Great Countries.
Great Citizens Make Even Greater Neighbors!!!
Be Nice, Be Informed And Be Well....
... Ah!!!... Rum & Coke!!!
Have A Wonderful, Safe, Thoughtful, Relaxed And Positive Labor Day Weekend!!!
The world reminds me of high school; Clowns get all the attention, while those doing the right things are hardly noticed.
They say , The squeaky wheel always gets the grease; This is true, but a squeaky wheel does not a car make.
There are a lot of squeaky wheels in the junk yards of life. Sometimes it's not good to draw so much attention to oneself.
Keep your head down!!!
Hennessey and Sprite... Tonight!
Signed - Quietly Pouring
Everything going on in the world eventually affects me; All I have to do is connect the dots... If I connect the dots far enough back... I'll get the full history... Once I have the full history... I act accordingly in the present... Then adjust as needed in the future.
What I've found, is most of the information coming to me is propaganda 'masking itself' as 'news'.
So ... Where did I originally come up with this 'thesis'?
"By studying the history and subsequent 'so-called' progressive evolution of that apparatus we know as "Kindergarten!!". :-)
There are still two competing theories. One emphasizes 'habit formation', the second 'social education', as in developing 'the whole person'.
I have my own opinion as to which is better for children, and by extension adults, in the long run.
Suffice it to say.. "independent thought and the ability to qualitatively and quantitatively judge the information one receives, for one's self, regardless of the source, to me, is of paramount importance.
The populations of the world and the leaders thereof could use a bit of self reflection.
1 + 1 = 2 (Regardless of rhetoric or jargon). :-)
This fact, reduced to it's simplest form, and used in the aforementioned context is profound; But I could say it no better than Santayana - "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Coffee w/ Brandy!!!
I read a profile that literally tells men what they must bring to the table; But the profile makes no mention of what she thinks she must bring to the table.
"He must be intelligent, trustworthy, honest, drama free, love to travel, employed etc"
The list is practically endless and essentially reads to me like "A Man's To Do List".
I wanted to write " Excuse me Ms. but you do know the man you are looking for is "A Person" not "A Machine" right? :-)
So with as much humility as I can muster, I'd like to create a 'hypothetical' (yet very informative) 'frame' for a serious relationship discussion.
Take away your savings, credit cards, investment accounts
Take away your cars, houses/condos/apartments
Take away your job, corporate management/ownership position
Take away your sheepskin hanging on the wall
Take away your family, friends and 'real life' social networks
Take away your latest fashion design or accessory
Take away your latest technological gadget
Take away your status from charitable works, organizations or foundations (is there is such a thing as charitable status..... really? How does that work? :-) )
Rhetorically speaking of course; Without the aforementioned, Who are you at your core? :-)
Without ANY of the above I'm a person ( if push seriously came to shove), you could drop into any country, any neighborhood, any condition, and I'll get along with others ... and survive.
No safety net.
No phone call home.
No cash in my wallet.
No ATM Card at my disposal.
No airline ticket in my hip pocket for the quick getaway.
HERE'S WHAT WE ARE MISSING
Sometimes life in Developed Societies is no picnic, but we're taking our 'easy lifestyles' for granted...and subsequently imposing the responsibility to supply these trinkets on others as mandatory tokens of 'affection'.
Note 1: Pardon! Trinkets can't show affection. Trinkets are inanimate objects (but I digress).
'A Grocery Store'?
'A Gas Station'?
What problems do we really have?; Only those we 'create'!!
We in The Developed World have given ourselves 'status'. (Notice I said, given ourselves....)
Status is a 'contrived word' whose real meaning is "I'm better than you".
Not so!!! No one is better than anyone else!!!
Status is 24 hour programming one plays in his or her own head ....commercials and all.
Note 2: Governments/Institutions play the programming in their heads as well. (But again, I digress).
FROM AN HONEST MAN'S POINT OF VIEW
My job as a man (as per The Frame) is simply to take care of me... And in my own way, I'm good at this... and I am quite happy and satisfied with 'me'... If I must say so myself, which of course I must :-).
.... If it's a requirement that a man "label himself" intelligent, trustworthy, honest, drama free, a lover of travel, well read, sensitive, giving and etc.... Just to have a conversation with a woman who states she requires such traits... Uhm?... Well the smart man is going to say....Snap out of it! Your life is your own! My life is my own! Who gave you the STATUS to determine my honesty, truthfulness, sensitivity, etc? (See "Status" Above)
AND LADIES THE REVERSE IS ALSO TRUE
.... If it's a requirement that a woman "label herself" intelligent, trustworthy, honest, drama free, a lover of travel, well read, sensitive, giving and etc.... Just to have a conversation with a man who states he requires such traits... Uhm?... Well the smart woman is going to say....Snap out of it! Your life is your own! My life is my own! Who gave you the STATUS to determine my honesty, truthfulness, sensitivity, etc? (See "Status" Above)
Our easy lifestyles somehow always find ways to worm themselves into relationship conversations.
A lifestyle does not 'a relationship' make.
A "To Do List" does not 'a relationship' make.
IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR MONEY
When the freedoms of one person or group, impinge on the freedoms of another person or group, the person or group doing the impinging is wrong!!!
Might does not make right!!!... More money/status does not make certain decisions right!!!...
Note 3: Young children have a wonderful sense of fairness; Only adults could 'adulterate' fairness!!!..... And we're doing a continually awesome job of it!!! (But again, I've digressed).
The fact that a woman, or a man, is doing well at a profession, does not give that woman or man 'the right' to 'demand' anything from a potential relationship partner.
Everyone has a right to self defense.. but the self defense we need most is not physical in nature.
You have a right to defend 'your own thinking', 'your own opinions', 'your own goals', 'your own dreams', 'your own aspirations'.... Men have the same.
No one is in charge of anyone else.
Those thinking they are in charge are the ones that know nothing!!!... The secret is "Others".
You'll only get this one chance to live the life you want.
Notice I did not say "be who you want to be". This is an impossibility, for who you are, is who you are (just as who he is, is who he is).
Who you want to be is really 'what others will recognize you to be'.... i.e. their label of you!!!
Question? Why do their opinions matter?
Oh I get it...Because they are the boss!... Because they are my relative!.... Because they are my adviser (religious or otherwise)!... Because she said her opinions matter (or he said his opinions matter).
NO!!! :-) lol.... THEY ARE ONLY PEOPLE...JUST LIKE 'YOU'!!!
They can't guarantee an outcome for you any more than you could guarantee an outcome for yourself... And you are listening to them why? (This is a rhetorical question of course)
"Riddle Me This Batman???"
When someone asks, Who is "JACK"?... Why can't the answer be, He's Jack!!! Why does it have to be "That's Jack, the doctor, lawyer, college student, etc"?
Try this exercise... When someone ask you who you are. State your name and stop talking!!! (The outcome is going to be quite enlightening).
You've answered the question. There's nothing to prove.
You are not your job!! ....You are not your title!!
I am not my job!!... I am not my title!!
Men are not jobs!!! ... Men are not titles!!!
....You are who you are....but you are only as good as your ability to relate to 'others'...Not to sell others, but to relate!!
...Men are who they are... but they are only as good as their ability to relate to 'others'... Not to sell others, but to relate!!!
So before deciding to ask me 'What I do for a living', 'What kind of car I drive', 'Where I went to school'..........
.... It'd be really nice if someone just said "Hi My Name Is "XYZ".
... You know?... Relate!!!
(Here's to hoping intuitive women understand the spirit of this aside.)
Modelo it is!!!
You have Visitors turned on, which means people can see when you visit their profile."
OK!!! THANKS OKC!!! :-)
Here's my "partial recipe" for a happy life (again, this is just my opinion)..
Always ask: "Is this really what I want to be doing right this minute?"
.. If the answer is yes, continue. If the answer is no, CHANGE COURSE IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait. Do not ponder one second longer.... You've got living to do.
There are no do-overs. You are not going to get a single minute of your life back. Period!!! There are no 'Minutes Of Life' savings accounts, no refunds, no exchanges and definitely no rain checks!!!!
"Take responsibility for saying no if the request does not suit your preferences!!".... (and follow through). :-)
Everyone talks responsibility (especially politicians we pay to essentially do nothing!!).....
....OK, I'll play... Everyone has a responsibility to "leave me alone" so I can decide how to live the way I see fit!!! :-)
Unfortunately, this responsibility for living your own life always seems to need defending!! But what will ____ think? You fill in the blank... Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, Best Friend, Co-Workers (until you get laid off) and etc.
If you're always asking what "someone else" will think of "your decisions" (just my opinion), disaster is sure to come...
...Physics dictates it's impossible for two objects to occupy the same space at the same time; Since this is true... How can "you" and "someone else" control "your life"???
"Realize... Nope, you are not that special (And neither are they)!!! Deal with it!! Move on!!!! Now smile!!!" :-) Why? We are all just human. Nothing more. Nothing less.
There are no superiors to you on this planet, except if you put them there!!! :-) (See 2 Above).
"No one is getting out of this thing alive!!! No one!!!"
Are they really superior because their obituary is longer?? :-)
Are they really superior because they were famous or rich?? :-)
Is it still not an obituary?? :-)
Never Love Things And Use People
Always Love People And Use Things
"Money is nothing. It's thin air. It's meaningless in the grand scheme of things."
Tons of really wealthy people would trade all of their money for relief from some incurable ailment.
Keep yourself reasonably healthy, physically, mentally and spiritually (on some level).... Money can not buy these things!!!
6. "Keep Your Focus".... (Enough Said).
I'm Eternally Optimistic; It beats the alternative!!!!
The success or failure of your dreams is dictated more by 'who you tell' than your personal efforts!
Not everyone wants you to succeed, the smile and agreement notwithstanding.
Make your decisions while viewing yourself in the 'literal' mirror; At the end of the day, it's the person in the mirror who'll eventually be responsible for solving whatever problems may come your way.
I've received a lot of good advice over the years, but the advice seemed to fade whenever I asked that they put their dollars where their convictions stood.
People will always give advice when a buck to push you forward is more tangible....But the buck is real help ... Who wants to give you real help?
This is not meant to be a negative diatribe (it's not)...
.... Sometimes it's better to know 'what not to do', as opposed to knowing 'what to do'.
What to do is easy... What not to do is the tricky part.
Happy July 4th... Still The Greatest Country On The Planet!!!!
...."Make It A Good Day!!!"
...... "Power Through!!!"
.............. "Stay True To Who You Know You Are!!!"
.................. "Allow Others To Stay True To Who They Are!!!"
........................ "If You Are Awake.... You've already won!!!!; The Rest Of The Day Is Icing On The Proverbial Cake!!!!"
Aside A: 6/19/2014:
Time is running out.
5.... 4.... 3.... 2.... 1....
What Are You Waiting For?
Why Are You Listening To Them?
Who Made Them The Boss?
They Are Not Jumping In The Box With You When You Leave!!
There Are No Do Over's.....
..... Just Do Better's!!!!
(Now if I could have this conversation with someone on OKC, that would be like winning the lottery!!!)
Aside B: 6/19/2014
Dudes! Dude's Know Dudes When They See Dudes On OKC!!
Your Makeup Is Too Perfect.
Your Poses Are Too Picturesque.
You Are Trying Way Too Hard...
... And I'm Rolling On The Floor Laughing At The Efforts You 'Dudes' Are Putting Into This!!! (It's Not Working)
OK Cupid asked me to moderate. Why did I do that? I'm now scrubbing my memory bank...There ARE nice people in the world; Sometimes I just have to really look for them :-)
I'm not a phony fan.....Now The Miami Heat have to win three straight (I think they're tired).
It's still a good run (Four Finals In Four Years) and a great life lesson; No matter how successful you are, you'll have to slow down sometime.... Heck, you only have so much energy to begin with!! :-)
Tonight?? Uhm?? Rum & Coke!!!... (Make It A Good One)
Off to watch the first game of THE NBA FINALS!!!
My prediction is Heat in Game 6 on their home court!!
I wouldn't bet against Lebron and D-Wade!!!
It's like in boxing, you have to knock The Champ out to get the crown.
Tonight I'm drinking Stella