….And now the News… Yah right.

 Seems a shame to me really why things are the way they are.  Many things do, where do you even start?  The news maybe, I have a hatred for the news bordering on insanity.  Perhaps its just me although somehow I doubt it.  They color everything in the worst possible light now to keep people scared.  Politically they either skew things or their stupid. I’m not sure which it is but its true regardless.  Doubt me, huh.  That’s alright your free to do so however, do you doubt them?

I take the time to look for information when the News reports some ridiculous thing the President or Congress has done.  I especially like to hear about whatever bill happens to be in the works and it gets beat all to hell on the news on how its basically evil.  So then I go look it up and read it.  This is when I usually start talking to myself using bad words.  You can see the actual bill online, any amendments to it as well.  Problem is we are lazy.  There was a time when we could rely on the press to tell us what was happening impartially.  That time is well past now. With few exceptions the press has become a scourge of propagandists to rival anything seen before in history.  What about actual news rather then someones impression of news? Wouldn’t that be nice.  I’ll go back to the various wars we are fighting as an example.  Anything on the news? in the paper? Hmmm.. no, no, nope sure isn’t.  Are they over? Did I miss it?  Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq.  Yes yes I know those aren’t wars they are  whatever word it is that we use now so it doesn’t seem like a war.  Guess what though, it is. WAR there is the definition of it.  Seems pretty self explanatory to me. So why isn’t it being reported on, maybe because it wont sell?  Of course it wont its a war, no one wants them but sticking the American public’s head in the sand and hoping we don’t notice (most haven’t, sad huh) and then reporting on some actress’s latest goof to entertain us is silly.  They had shows on like that you know back some years things like Entertainment tonight and such, seem to me that’s every station now, its just all called “news”.

Newspapers are a bit better you can sometimes find something on things that actually impact our lives rather then entertain us, or in reality to distract us.  Reminds me of an old movie…”Its people” being the most famous line from it.  How did this happen?  Anyone?

Space the final.. mission?

Sad astronaut

             Space the final.. mission?

Shuttle Atlantis is on the 135th Shuttle mission, and the last shuttle mission.  Atlantis will be docking with the space station, or what I call the interstellar money pit.  The crew of Atlantis will be delivering a years worth of supplies, the last mission, a supply run, how nice.  That’s not all though they will also be bringing out the trash.  A 12 day mission is planned with an extra day possible so I’m certain there is a bit more to it then that, but honestly, who even cares anymore?  Well I do so I looked it up,  the years worth of supplies, over 5 tons should hold the crew over long enough for the next delivery, By who?  Two companies actually Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) and Orbital Sciences Corp. They’re building unmanned cargo ships to take over. Initial test flights are expected later this year or early next. Weird huh, unmanned commercially owned spaceships. Where the hell is my jetpack is what im thinking and why can’t I get a ride on one of these things for less then a million.
In the meantime, US Astronauts will be the Solar Systems newest hitchhiker’s, catching rides with the Russian Soyuz capsules until, well until nothing.  We have no plans for any new ships, or capsules of our own.  In 2004 president Bush announced the closing down of the shuttle program and directed NASA to start looking at the moon again.  Well, alright the moon could be neat our technology now compared to the last time there is so far advanced I’m sure it could be worthwhile.  Plus they owe us a Moon base to go with my Jetpack. Be honest now you want them too.  Now, President Obama has change it to going to an asteroid by 2025, exciting huh, they better have Jetpacks by then, I’ve seen Armageddon, they could have used some jetpacks.  Then we head to Mars, which I think we should do now, I know we can, you can look it up there are actually clear plans, several of them in fact. I’ll volunteer to go.

When Atlantis returns, it will be put on display at the Kennedy Space Center. Discovery and Endeavour already are retired and being prepped for museums in suburban Washington and Los Angeles.  The original test shuttle Enterprise will be relocated from the Smithsonian to the Intrepid sea-air-space museum in NY.  Challenger exploded in 1986 during lift off, Shuttle Columbia was lost in 2003 during reentry, Both shuttle crews have Memorials at Arlington National cemetary.

So Ends an era, to be replaced by… Nothing.  John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell have made their concerns known to the Obama administration.  I personally think we should all add on to that, so Im writing some letters today to my representatives, I want us to continue into space.  We should go back to the moon, and Mars, and someone should go check on poor Pluto while we are at it (still a planet in my book) and finally… I want my damn jetpack.

If you like that picture up top, you can get it on a t-shirt  go to thinkgeek.com do a search on the word Shuttle.  I took that pic off my shirt. 🙂

Marriage Equality in NY.

  Well now, finally it happened.  Was a long road here it seems to me.  In case you did not know this was the fourth attempt to get this bill passed.  NY is the sixth state to enact such a law. This afternoon I received an email asking if I would be willing to write an op piece against the passing of this bill, I declined.  Yes, I know they were going to pay me for it, and yes I’m sure I could get some attention yelling and screaming about whatever ridiculous thing I thought up.  Problem is I think this is a long overdue. The fact that it passed 33 to 29 concerns me just a bit. Still it passed so I suppose those of us who wanted it to should be grateful.  However, 33 to 29, it bothers me. Why does it matter to those 29 people?  What possible harm can allowing two people who love one another to marry? Well, I went and looked it up for you the biggest issue, at least this time around was making exemptions for religious organizations not to have to perform the ceremonies.  Not that the Govt ever could have forced them to do it in the first place.  So they argued about something that couldn’t occur  without violating the  First Amendment. Way to go wasting my money folks.  The final hurdle was overcome when a clause was added that says if any part of the act is found to be invalid by a court of law, then it all is.  Which I bet bites someone in the ass eventually.  Guess we shall see.  Still it’s a good day.

So a special mention here for  Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), who is a practicing Catholic he said, “I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage.” Good for you. If I could I would vote for you next election.  Here’s hoping the Catholic Church doesn’t excommunicate you for it.

For those of you listening to the news and hearing the people paid to differ  about how this will destroy families? I ask this, Who’s yours? No, then shhhh….  Or about how we can’t afford this?  How can we not afford to do the right thing, If we did the right thing with the tax code, we could afford more so again Shhhh…  My favorite though, I laugh at this one. Many religious organizations say that It’s against God. Ok sure, the Bible says it, I learned it in School as a child.  It also says polygamy is fine, Slavery is fine, and so is a host of other things.  Obviously, it Isn’t fine for those two things to happen anymore but hey let’s draw a line in the sand on this one. Oh and the talking heads on TV saying all kinds of things about the bill, 90% of it is untrue the Bill isn’t that long go read it instead of listening to your favorite reporter, or as I call them fear mongers report on what you’re afraid of rather than what’s actually true.

So anyway here’s to all of you loving couples out there who can finally have what shouldn’t have been denied to you by your government in the first place,  at least in here in NY.   New Jersey is next they just had a Bill proposed a few days before this, Here’s to it passing as well, hopefully faster than NY’s did.


Finally, Summer has arrived.  Exciting thing Summer, at least when I was a kid.  Late evenings playing baseball with friends, manhunt at night, camping, and of course the beach.   Not anymore though it seems. Today its computer games, social networking sites and texting.  Not that I mind computer games, I do enjoy Call Of Duty and have played World of Warcraft, but I spend most of my summer outside reading or at the beach.  Even this article I’m writing I  typed up outside for some of the time.  Kids though, they don’t want to go out, you have to throw them out. ‘Go and play” I tell them that often.  Mater of fact I just kicked them all out a few minutes ago.  They will be back shortly though I’m sure saying no one wanted to go out and play.  So to all the other parents and guardians and babysitters, throw them out its nice out , make them go play.  Give them ideas on what to do since unless it involves a keyboard they are, for the most part, novices at outdoor fun. So here are some ideas for everyone.  Feel free to add more.

1.  Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of items they can find outdoors in the area and send them on their ways.  Kids like this its competitive and fun and will keep them occupied for quite a while depending on how long the list is you give them.

2. Younger kids love chalk, you can get chalk in almost every dollar store and most convenience stores for that matter.  Older kids might even join in.  Adults to I have been known on occasion   up the driveway or sidewalk with chalk with my kids.

3. Teach them some other games like Kick the can.  Chances are the don’t know it, I know it sounds nuts but mine didn’t.

4. Gardening, my kids planted flowers this year, they water them and when I remind them they weed too.

5. Night time is good as well, shooting stars and finding the constellations is always fun.  You can even get an inexpensive telescope which makes it great of fun for the adults too.

Kids need to go out and play, they need exercise.  I remember hearing “If your can’t hear your kids they’re up to no good”.  It’s not true anymore just means they are on the computer.  So go find them and send them outside.  They will have plenty of time when they are older to get carpal tunnel and nearsighted from computers.

And yes I drew the picture up top with the crayon brush in MS paint.  I also made one with real crayons just for fun I’m going to go hang it now.

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