Here’s your problem.

The other day I received something in my work e-mail from the Vice President’s office about Biden’s meeting with representatives from the video game industry. I read more about it today. I don’t know what they’re hoping to find by going over this again. For that matter, I don’t know what anybody is hoping to do by re-visiting the gun control issue. We’ve been over this a million times. We come to the same conclusion each time. They are a factor, but not necessarily the factor, for why bad things keep happening.

I’m not necessarily against a little more regulation involving guns, or video games. If it is done right (that’s the hard part), I think it could help. However, there are other things out there that need a bit more attention; things that have probably come about because we’ve changed as a society. Things that don’t have such an easy fix. We’ve come a long way from the nuclear family of the 50’s, and we all know that was bunk, but I think maybe we’ve gone a little too far the other way.

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They came in the night

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Lawmakers worked well into Friday morning passing a ton of bills. Normally, I would find this unprecedented legislative productivity refreshing. A lot of stuff got done. Much of it was pretty standard; the kind of things no one really pays attention to. However, there were some very interesting bills no one got the chance to pay attention to before they were enrolled.

In those early hours, Lansing was like an electronics store during the L.A. riots. Taking full advantage of the “lame duck” session, republicans approved all kinds of legislation; much of which nobody but them had ever seen, or heard about. There were more last second substitutions then an episode of Naruto. When the doors finally closed on the capital building, Christmas had come early for the GOP, and a fat stack of party legislation sent the the governor’s desk.

For a list of all the recent bills,  see here.

Guns. Check. Abortion restrictions. Check. New Emergency Manager Law. Check. “Right to Work”. Check.

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Bullp*ss

I’m promising myself I’m only going to write about cartoons and puppies after this post. That was the agreement. After the election; don’t write about any more serious stuff. Of course, I haven’t written much of anything, really; so what’s the difference? The difference is I can’t help myself when it comes to Bullp*ss that I see. I have to say something. Spam Bots love this crap.

That doesn’t make any sense, does it?

Neither do these things:

The Fiscal Cliff

Well, here we are, 27 days after the election, and everything I’m hearing about the “fiscal cliff” sounds exactly like what I’ve been listening to over the past 4 years. I’m not even going to try and be impartial this time. Note: this does not mean I favor one party over the other, but in the case of these issues, I favor one approach over the other.

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To the Republican Party

Hi. I know we haven’t talked in a while. I think the last time was when I helped elect George W. in 2000. I just noticed you were feeling pretty bad after this last election, and I thought I might say “hello”, and offer you a few words of advice, if you’ll have them.

First, I wanted to say; we need you. I know this sounds weird coming from me, but we do need you. We need some of your ideas. Everybody knows I’m not a huge fan of parties in the first place.  Our problems are bigger than parties, but we both know how hard it is getting people together. I don’t think either party alone is up for the job, and I know two parties divided sure aren’t.

But you’ve got to make some changes.

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A Public Service Announcement

The exchange of power without violence is still an exceedingly rare thing in the world, which makes tomorrow a fairly rare day in history of human kind. Americans will get to vote, and everybody else will get the chance to see the leader of a country get elected. Regardless of how you feel about the process of electing the President of the United States, it cannot be denied that democracy is a step forward for humanity.

However, the choice is largely the only step forward we’ve taken since humans have designed to lead. It must be remembered that most everything leading up to the moment of casting a vote can be largely tossed out the window. The road to victory for any politician is paved with lies, half-truths, and omissions. You are likely voting for fraudulent reasons. This is a fact. A fact most politicians are aware of it, but do not seem to be particularly concerned with.

It is also important to remember you are not voting for your hopes and dreams. You are voting for the hopes and dreams of those who have financially or otherwise backed the candidate, and those of a relatively small majority of core constituents. They have bought your vote. If your vision of America is in line with theirs, you’re likely one of them, and you won’t notice the maniacs are in charge after the ballots have been counted. If you are one of the majority of voters who have marginally chosen a candidate base on careful consideration, you get to hold on for the ride.

Finally, it is of utmost importance to remember you are voting for somebody who is intentionally creating a rift between you and your fellow Americans. A deep divide must exist if the two parties are to survive. It must be widened to claim power. It must be widened still to retain it. The last thing politicians want is the majority of their voters realizing they have more in common with their fellow voters across the aisle than they do with the party zealots. Americans finding a unified voice to direct their electorate with would cause a sudden shift in power which would be catastrophic for modern American politics.

Why Do We Do This?

Could somebody remind me why we have these Presidential debates? I don’t think they talk about anything we’ve not heard before. I’m pretty sure we all know where the candidates stand. At this point, most everybody has their mind made up. If you don’t, the debates aren’t the best place to get your information. The best you can hope for is see which candidate makes a bigger fool out of themselves by stating something you know is not true, or contradicting something they said two weeks ago.

Of course the candidates could always be total jerks to the moderator, and show everybody just how unwilling they are to stick to agreed upon rules; always a good sign.

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Mystery Solved: What I wanted to know about the Romney video.

I don’t understand why everybody is so shocked by this secret Mitt Romney video. Sure, it shows him talking about 40-some-odd percent of voters with disdain. Or was it the 40-some percent of people who don’t pay taxes? I don’t know. I don’t care. It isn’t shocking. It isn’t a surprise. Anybody with any sense knows this is how most wealthy people, especially certain Republican factions, view the common folk. I could be people who don’t pay taxes. It could be everybody else too. They’re all parasitic freeloaders. No surprise there.

What interests me about this video isn’t the content. No. It is the video itself. I want to know where it came from, and why it was shown now.

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