Monday, July 23, 2007

When will enough be enough?

My friends at the Texas Rational Response Squad turned me on to this video. Most of the content is from the ABC Drama "Boston Legal" but the point made is probably one of the most important and least talked about in today's political climate. Watch and then read on:

We as a people have given silent consent to the trampling of our most basic liberties out of fear of terrorism. In doing so we have allowed the terrorists to win. Terrorism's sole purpose is to inspire terror for political or ideological gain. The terrorists wanted our freedom taken away. When we all fear of another attack to take over and give our liberties up, they win that objective. Fear has crippled our nation into giving our power as a people to the government. This government has shown nothing save a propensity for mis-using that power. They have struck at the very thing that makes this nation worth defending, the Bill of Rights. This is no longer a political debate. This has become a call to arms for all true Patriots. No more should we allow those in lock step with our government to call dissenting voices "un-American". No more will bigots, liars, and tyrants hold the reigns of power un-checked. My Grandfather's blood was not spilled in WWII for me to remain silent. This nation was not built on the backs of those who simply "fell in line" but the fire and passion of men willing to die for my right to speak out. I leave you with this quote as a parting thought:
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -attributed to Ben Franklin and used as the Motto on the title page of, "An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania" published by Franklin in 1759.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

In all fairness...

My wife, our friend Cissi, and I were talking yesterday and I came to the conclusion that women have a serious double standard. I know more about makeup, clothing, shoes, and feminine products than any straight man should. I can walk into a store and buy my wife the exact right feminine products and even pick out a bra for her in the right size. I can intelligently converse with women in any of these arenas because I am surrounded by women. If I couldn't I would have to be silent and I am just no good at that.

The conversation turned to our old car which is now in the possession of one of the hot Roller Derby girls we know. I had spoken to her last week and she said the car needed a new head gasket. Of course this leads me into detail about what is entailed in a head gasket repair. My wife responds by saying, "blah, blah, blah, gasket."

I spend all my time with them talking about girlie shit but they can't take a moment to learn a little about the guy world? It isn't like this is complex stuff here. I was even explaining in layman's terms, avoiding things like "removing the intake manifold" and replacing it with terms like "taking the top half of the engine off." I, on the other hand, know in excruciating detail how to use a douche even though I don't have any of the required equipment.

I am not saying women should learn everything there is to know about this stuff. I am saying women should take the time to be able to converse with the man they love intelligently about the stuff he loves. Now my wife goes further than most in having learned guy stuff and I am proud of that but there is still a huge gap between the amount of stuff she knows about guys and the amount of stuff I know about girls. Her eyes still glaze over at the mention of a "bored out 308 with a 4 barrel carb and Flowmaster exhaust manifold" not because she is incapable of learning but because she just doesn't care to learn. So I have to know what a Manolo Blahnik and Dooney & Burke are but she doesn't have to know what Flowmaster and Roushe are?

In the words of Toby Keith, "...I wanna talk about me, wanna talk about I, wanna talk about number one, oh my me my, what I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see... I like talking about you, usually, but occasionally I wanna talk about me..."

Just a thought ladies. You want to give a man the perfect gift? Pick up a magazine about something he is passionate about that isn't girl related and read it until you can reply intelligently when he starts a conversation that would normally have your eyes roll back. There is nothing hotter than a girl who knows the difference between a carburetor and an intake manifold. Guys, pick up a Cosmo and do the same for her.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Nosey Zealots

It has come to my attention that there are a few people who see fit to read my blog and instead of commenting and confronting me directly about things that offend them, they have decided to complain to relatives. Listen close you nosey zealots, I am only saying this once:


Nothing hacks me off more than people who whisper in the background when they lack the intellectual prowess to confront issues directly. I am always willing to entertain someone with the balls to bring a real argument to the table. Well I'm calling you out you obnoxious busybodys. Either bring your concerns to me or shut the fuck up.