Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pet Peeve Number #6714

People who take the elevator one floor.

Now I can understand if you are old, injured, in a wheel chair, carrying a lot of stuff etc.
But if you are none of the above take your lazy ass to the stair case and walk up that flight.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Rest of my political docet....

Besides education here is some other stuff I would do....

2.) Increase Public Transportation and infrastructure

3.) City Wide Wi-Fi

4.) Allow Gay Marriage

5.) Collapse 1st Ring Suburbs into Minneapolis eliminating duplicate governments and services

6.) Get the fuck out of Iraq - We need to give that country time to raise another Warlord strong enough to hold it together

7.) Remove the interest tax credit on Home Mortgages

8.) Tax Plan - Increase gas, cigarette, new licence fees for smoking establishments

9.) Decriminalize personal drug use tax the sale of marijuana

10.) Assisted Suicide bonus for early departure

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


From Say Rah!

This is the mix I am listening to at work today...

John Legend - Number 1 (Remix w K. West)
John Legend - Save Room
Eddie Spaghetti - I don't want to grow up
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
Regina Spektor - Samson
Regina Spektor - On the Radio (This Regina Spektor Albumn is one of the best albums I have gotten in a long time)
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End of the World Party
Nina Simone - Sinnerman (Techno Remix)
Amos Lee - In my Arms
Snow Patrol - It's Beginning To Get To Me
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Monday, November 20, 2006

I just love this....

A Bill Maher Monolog I just love...

And finally, New Rule: America must stop bragging that it’s the greatest country on earth and start acting like it. [applause] [cheers] Now, I know – I know this is uncomfortable for the faith-over-facts crowd, but the greatness of a country can, to a large degree, be measured. Here are some numbers: Infant mortality rate, America ranks 48th in the world; overall health, 72nd; freedom of the press, 44; literacy, 55th. Do you realize there are 12-year-old kids in this country who can’t spell the name of the teacher they’re having sex with? [laughter] [applause]

Now, America, I will admit, has done many great things: making the New World democratic comes to mind, the Marshall Plan, curing polio, beating Hitler, the deep-fried Twinkie. [laughter] But what have we done for us lately? We’re not the freest country. That would be Holland, where you can smoke hash in church, and Janet Jackson’s nipple is on their flag. [laughter] [applause]

And, sadly, we’re no longer a country that can get things done, either. Not big things, like building a tunnel under Boston or running a war with competence. We had six years to fix the voting machines. Couldn’t get that done. The FBI is just now getting email!

Prop 87 out here in California is about lessening our dependence on oil by using alternative fuels, and Bill Clinton comes on at the end of the ad and says, “If Brazil can do it, America can, too.” [laughter] [applause] Excuse me, since when did America have to buck itself up by saying we could catch up to Brazil?! [laughter] We invented the airplane and the lightbulb. They invented the bikini wax, and now they’re ahead?! [laughter] [applause]

In most of the industrialized world, nearly everyone has health care. And hardly anyone doubts evolution. And, yes, having to live amid so many superstitious dimwits is also something that affects quality of life. It’s why America isn’t going to be the country that gets the inevitable patents in stem cell cures, because Jesus thinks it’s too close to cloning!

Oh, and did I mention we owe China a trillion dollars? We owe everybody money. We are a debtor nation to MEXCICO! We’re not on a bridge to the 21st century. We’re on a bus to Atlantic City with a roll of quarters. [laughter] [applause] [cheers]

WHITMAN: Take those – bring those quarters to Atlantic City, yes.

MAHER: And this is why it bugs me that so many people talk like it’s 1955 and we’re still number one in everything. We’re not. And I take no glee in saying this, because I love my country, and I wish we were. But when you’re number 55 in this category and number 92 in that one, you look a little silly waving the big foam “Number One” finger. [laughter]

As long as we believe being the greatest country in the world is a birthright, we’ll keep coasting on the achievements of earlier generations and we’ll keep losing the moral high ground. Because we may not be the biggest or the healthiest or the best educated. But we always did have one thing no other place did. We knew soccer was bullshit. [laughter] [applause] [cheers]

And…and we also had a little thing called the Bill of Rights. A great nation doesn’t torture people or make them disappear without a trial. Bush keeps saying the terrorists hate us for our freedom. And he’s working damn hard to see that pretty soon that won’t be a problem. [applause]

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Designing the World for Tomorrow Part 1 of 10

The world of tomorrow begins with education today

This is the corner stone of the future and unfortunately politicians ignore this because its results take more then 4 years to become apparent. Education is the input into our entire economy. The better educated your population the better off your society is. It is a rainfall effect of job creation, better healthcare choices, spending habits, saving habits etc. Every person in Minnesota should be able to afford to go to school. Now that my rant is out of the way here is what I would do....

1.) State ownership in results in exchange for increased funding. WTF does that mean? Here are some examples we increase funding for medical research, genetics, bio-medicine etc at our universities. In exchange for an increase in spending the state would own a portion of the proprietary medicine or research that would be developed. This has two affects more spending = better research families to attract talent and create results. The state who now owns some of the rights to the medicine and research could generate revenue or pass along discounted medicine or healthcare to its inhabitants.
This could also work with other patents as well. I think a class that should be mandatory in every business program is how to get a patent and patent law. In exchange for facilitating the process through education in public schools and universities the state would be in a three way partnership with the university and the student where everyone would benefit from the creation of new ideas and products.

2.) Everyone needs two majors. One hard science and one liberal arts. Latin is cool and you have the right to study it but

3.) State sponsored prizes for Robot Wars, Science Fairs, Writing contests, Aviation Ext. We need to place the carrot further into the future to spur growth, creativity, drive etc.. before we become a nation of people selling big macs to people who sell whoppers.

4.) Standardized tests are bullshit the only thing they teach people is how to memorize things we need to find new ways to evaluate the quality of education that our children are receiving.

5.) I can't believe I can still walk into a school and every kid is not typing on a laptop...we have got to fix that. (Although I admit that it has its place there is a problem of forcing thought into a computer program but that is another blog I am working on)

6.) First Two Years is on us in exchange for 6 months of community service.(Double effect of allowing low level city jobs to be eliminated along with some of there cost and giving young people the benefit of some real world experience before going into college)

Well this is some of the stuff that I would do if I ruled the world.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lights Out

The one part of the holiday season I always look forward too made me a little sick last night. One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to walk through the streets in the snow and look at peoples displays of Christmas lights. I don't know why I like to do this, I just do, I think it is pretty. I know it sounds kind of stupid especially for an agnostic person who doesn't like religion at all but who are we kidding Christmas hasn't been about religion in a long time, but I digress.
I came home last night and went for a little walk and one of my neighbors who always puts on a good light display was out in his yard putting up lights. (A little too early I know but it takes him a while so I forgive him) I noticed this year he was putting up some different things that he has not used in the past specifically a manger scene and a four foot tall cross with white lights. I had to stop and ask him about it and I wish that would not have. He said he had to do something extra this year to let everyone know Christian values are still dominate in this community. (For those of you who don't know my district elected the first Muslim to congress last Tuesday) I just kind of gave him a half smile and continued on my walk. When I came back towards my house it was dark and the parts that he had finished were lit up and I stopped in front of his house and looked at the lights for a bit. Instead of feeling light and peaceful I felt sick to my stomach and embarrassed. I felt like I was looking at a neon version of a burning cross left by the KKK. The scene of a hate crime disguised as holiday cheer. I started to wonder if this is how all of the people who don't celebrate Christmas felt and suddenly something that I have always enjoyed made me a little sad and a little ashamed....

Monday, November 06, 2006


Tomorrow is your chance to make a difference in the direction our country is going. I beg you please find time to vote, in all seriousness the future depends on us.

Please Vote YES for the Transportation Budget Package. It is necessary for our states future growth and infrastructure.

Vote for the future. Hatch, Klobuchar, Ellison if you are in the fifth.....The future is being stolen out from under us and tomorrow we can push back. Please Vote

The prospect of my beloved state turning into a bible thumping backwoods, culture of fear, racist Jesus land has me sick to my stomach. If you want to live life like it used to be go and get a job doing recreations at Fort Snelling or Murphy's Landing and leave the future to those of us willing to do the work to make sure we can be a beacon of light for the future.

Minnesota is better then this. We have room for everybody. We value education. We value research for the future. We have courts and laws that value a blend of logic and compassion for all of the people who live here. That's why we don't have the death penalty. We are leaders and pioneers.....or at least we used to be...

Tomorrow will you be a leader and a pioneer? Will you go to the polls and do the right thing?

If you don't have a way to get to the polls please call me i am off work @ 4:00 on Tuesday and will be happy to drive you.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Burning Man

A curious tradition ended last night with a new vision of the future. For the last 6 halloweens a group of men have gathered in black robes across minnesota and held a burning man ceremony. What is a burning man ceremony? It is kind of like confession for pagans. It comes from the tradition that the dead come back to walk the earth and you can make peace with them. Of course we have modified it slightly to include drinking and partying. Everything you have done in the past year good or bad is collected and thrown into a fire pit where it is burned and you are forgiven and freed from it. You burn all of your awards and all of your failures and are to start again new. Traditionally I delete my entire blog and start over, but not this year. I didn't need a burning man ceromony to start over this year. This really was an entire year of starting my life over from scratch.

This year I started my personal life over again from scatch, single, re-connecting with long lost friends.
This year I started over from financail security to bankrupcy, I reset my lovely credit score to something laughable...seriously the bank laughs at me and it will be another 4 years before i can even open another credit card
This year I bought all new furniture every piece
This year I bombed out of school and had to reassess what I want to continue doing in both school and work
This year and especially as of late I have been confronted my own mortality and am having to reaccess my life stlye and future
This year I made the first real mistake of my life that a burning man ceromony can't help me with. A mistake that threatens the start over and that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Last night I followed my heart and I woke up happy exactly where I wanted to be, it was how my life should have felt all along.

I didn't burn or erase anything last night. Maybe I make the sme mistakes over and over again because I forget. Because the journals of my torment are not there to remind me to make better decisions.