The sky isn’t falling, get a grip.

So over the weekend I spent some time with family, and got to experience first hand the lunacy of establishment media indoctrination.  An 11 year old passionately expressed to me that because of “the wall” there will be “no more Mexicans” or “Mexican food.”  This is what the establishment media counts on.  This is what the “Progressive” Left relies on.  When the claim of dishonesty arose, I asked for an example and got “After the boy-scouts speech he said the head of the boy-scouts called him” which had since been whittled down to statements made in person, not over the phone.  Ah hah!  A lie!  If someone told you something, and you happen to say it was in person or over the phone, but it was the opposite… does it really fucking matter?

We’ve got Kim Jong Un firing off rockets like it’s the 4th of July, threatening nuclear destruction on the USA and its allies, and who does the media focus on?  Trump and his response.  24 years ago, on the topic of North Korea’s saber rattling President Clinton stated: “we would quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate” and “It would mean the end of their country as they know it.”

Where was the media outrage?  Where were the cooler minds asking him to calm his rhetoric?  Is it just that nobody takes a Democrat seriously when they make threats?

The sky isn’t falling.  Get a grip.

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So…

Hard to believe it’s been 4 years since I even touched this thing (that’s what she said).  Previously, I blogged from the late 90’s to well… (looks down)… 2013.  I’ve kept much of my rants contained on Facebook which allowed me to overlook this catalog of a good chunk of my life.  Turns out one of the plugins in this WordPress setup was the primary reason every page look so damned long to load.

Anyhow, if this pops up on a random feed out of the blue and you’re wondering where the hell I’ve been – Hello!

More updates to come soon as I try to bring this site back from… wherever the hell it’s been.

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Syriasly?

Just want to make my point of view clear as far as all the BS circulating over the possibility of US military involvement in Syria.  First, the civil war in Syria isn’t a threat to the US.  If they attack Israel?  Sure.  Right now it’s just a dictatorship vs a terrorist insurgency.  If we attack government forces in Syria, we’re aiding “Al Qaeda” and other terrorist groups.  The president himself absolutely set a red line on what would qualify the recalculation of his equation as far as how to deal with Syria.  The president, through the war powers act, is allowed to wage war for a period of 90 days without congressional approval.  That he’s going through the motions of gaining congressional approval is nothing more than politics meant to deflect his responsibility for the outcome of any action or in-action.

I supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan while the media and anti-war crowd read us all the riot act on a daily basis.  After 8 years (now 13 years) of continued war it’s safe to say that my eyes have been open for quite some time as to what should justify our involvement.  Everyone’s eyes should be open, and everyone should be shouting from the rooftops, calling their representatives, and demanding that Obama go back to sitting on his green thumb.  Many polls indicate a dearth of support for military involvement in Syria.  The American people don’t want this any more than they wanted Obamacare.  Russia and Iran are both ready to deal with the fight we are trying to pick, and it’s about time we all say ENOUGH.  To the silent media and acquiescent anti-war crowd that have apparently been drowned in a flood of hope and change, I say SHAME ON YOU ALL.

You are nothing more than hypocrites being lead from behind by a hypocrite, and I thank you for your vote… morons.

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How I lose weight, in 2 easy steps…without exercise…or sacrifice.

  1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  2. When you are hungry, drink.  If the hunger persists, eat something.

The last time I did this, I dropped from 260lbs to 220lbs over the course of a few months.  In the time since I stopped drinking as much water, my weight rose back to the 240lb area and I’ve been there for quite some time.  There are several other things you can do to accomplish weight loss, but the two basic things I do when starting out is simply drink more and as a result of drinking more – I eat less.

There’s actually science to back this up – your liver isn’t just there to keep you from being perpetually drunk, it actually does an amazing job at breaking down excess body fat.  The problem is that most people simply don’t drink enough, or they drink too much of the wrong things.  Avoid excess sugar and more importantly excess SODIUM.  You don’t want to hold on to water, you want that stuff getting in and out on a regular schedule so your body can do what it does best and flush itself of all the crap that’s keeping you fat.  Sure coffee might taste better sweet, but try it without for a few days and it’ll be rare that you go back.  Soft drinks like soda?  Go ahead, just don’t drink 64 ounces of soda per day and complain that you’re gaining weight.  That stuff, whether its regular or diet, has an obscene amount of sodium in it.  Your body needs sodium, sodium is a good thing, but don’t push it.

A side effect of this method – is that you can pretty much eat whatever you want.  With the diminished hunger resulting from proper hydration, you’ll eat less.  Factor in a calorie deficit to this, and you won’t feel bad for eating that burger, or having some real fried chicken if that’s your thing.

Something to keep in mind when deciding what to eat… saturated fats are your friends.  Whenever I do this, I make a point to eat things with a saturated fat content that’d make most ‘healthy’ people faint from the horror.  The fact here is that when you eat things with saturated fat, your appetite is satisfied quicker.  In effect your brain says “HOLY SHIT, REAL FOOD!” and instead of gorging yourself, you eat and shortly after your brains says “Damn… that was good…” and flips the switch OFF for your hunger.  So go ahead and eat that healthy, low-fat, low-calorie meal and convince yourself that you’re doing a good thing… or have a bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and ACTUALLY FEEL GOOD.

Something else to consider, take a multi-vitamin.  Sure you’ll probably piss out most of whats in that pill, but if your body needs something – it’ll take what it needs on its way through.

Last but not least – if you really want to kick it into overdrive, get off your ass and go for a walk once and a while.  I’m guilty as charged when it comes to not exercising, but hey – baby steps.

I’ve been back on this for a week now, and have gone from 239.6lbs to 234.6lbs in a week.  Don’t forget – weigh yourself first thing in the morning, right after you pee… that’s the best way to find out your actual weight.  I’ve lost 5lbs and eaten nothing but burritos, pizza, buffalo wings, beer, and of course – plenty of good old dihydrogen monoxide AKA *water*.  It all starts with proper hydration folks, that’s the key.

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A day in my life… illustrated by classic cartoons.

It doesn’t matter what I do…
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Or how hard I try…
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The safest bet… is to just stand and take it.
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Money doesn’t matter… possessions don’t matter…
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Beating myself up doesn’t help…
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I can’t run…
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I can’t hide…
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I can only endure…
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Long for the days when things were better…
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While not falling victim to the fear and anxiety…
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As I am torn apart by forces that seem larger than life…
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Forsaking all I held dear for so long…
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Just so one day… I can try again…
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And maybe… just maybe… live the life I’ve earned.
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The lottery

Don’t buy that lotto ticket, sure – you might win a few dollars, but lets be serious, you’re going to sell yourself on the delusion that the next ticket may yield even more quick found money but in reality your windfall is going to turn into an empty pocket which is nothing more than a reflection of your empty life that sadly cannot be fixed with free cash.

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Device – You Think You Know

Come on!

Don’t hang me, on another problem
I really don’t give a fuck if you believe me
I can see that you were not the one to confide in
I cannot abide by you anymore
Can you shut, down the funky vibe and (get)
The fuck up, yeah, better believe me.
You aren’t heard anymore
You weren’t able to silence
Resorted to violence
I’ve seen it before
Now get your ass out the door
Won’t take shit anymore

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside
Fine

Get off me. You don’t know where I’ve been
I’m all fucked up. Better believe me
I didn’t care anymore, I opened up the device and
I gave into vice with you, little whore
God damn this, no one could believe that
I am this monster you believe in
There’s nothing left anymore
You were the one who decided
Our souls were divided
I’ve heard it before
Won’t take shit anymore

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside
Fine
You think you know, but it’s all in your mind
You think you know just whose fate has been signed
You think you know just whose heart has gone cold this time
Mine

Well you can blame yourself
And you just might be right
For there is nothing left
Do you think its time to say goodbye?

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside
Fine
You think you know, but it’s all in your mind
You think you know just whose fate has been signed
You think you know just whose heart has gone cold this time
Mine

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My biggest gripe about the Forza games…

I know that DLC’s are the big thing now, and a big money-maker post release for just about every game developer.  That being said, while Forza 4 and Forza Horizon are both fantastic games, the real world cost of adding additional cars via DLC is absurd.  Here I am thinking I got a great deal, $40 per game, and then as I’m choosing a new car I see certain vehicles tagged with “DLC” which can be purchased for anywhere from $2 or more.  They don’t even have a DLC package where you can just buy all of them at once, even the so called “Season Pass” is limited in what it can provide… to this I say, wtf?

The entire purpose of games these days should be to keep the players playing them.  Forcing us to commit even more real world dollars into a title just for the privilege of driving a twin turbo AMC Gremlin is ridiculous.  I’m all for dropping a few dollars for a steaming pile of pungent new content, but all of this piecemeal BS is infuriating…  Wow, great, the game has hundreds of cars… of which maybe 10% I have any real interest in driving.  I’d like to run a few races in a Dodge Omni GLH for instance, but I can’t unless I drop real money to do so.  That’s a load of crap.

I supported the developer by purchasing the game, I further support them by continuing to play it. There’s got to be a business model out there that can get me the content I want for FREE and still make money for the developers.  Years ago they started doing really obvious product placement via billboards and whatnot – some folks complained, personally I think it made the experience more real.  Maybe they could make the DLC cars available via in-game points.  Instead, I need to spend more real money.  BULL$#@!.

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It’s the little things in life that put a smile on my face…

Over the weekend I got to see one of my oldest friends tie the knot, was a great (albeit rainy) time.  Still, my mind works in mysterious ways and the thing that stood out was related to one of my ex’s being there.  Now I rarely talk to them, but we’re on good terms.  They’re married, have a few kids, and I made a point to at least do a happy ‘hi, how are ya’ and leave it at that.

Still, one thing I noticed ages ago, is that the ‘other half of the equation’ couldn’t really take their eyes off me.  I initially noticed it at ‘group events’ mainly any time I actually spoke with my ex but then noticed that just about every time I’d scan the room, or be in the middle of a conversation with other folks… this guy’s just watching me.

Now the wedding marked the first time in… more than a few years since I actually ran into the happy couple in person, said my hello’s, etc… and moved on to the other two dozen people I hadn’t seen in ages.  Made a point for the rest of the night to steer clear for the most part, but seriously… everyone’s on the floor dancing, and where’s he looking (while dancing)?  Me.

My ex?  Still a knockout.  Given the option of looking at me, or looking at her, I’d have to say I can’t blame him – I’m one handsome SOB, but just the same dude… Past is the past, you’ve got a family, I’ve got… something, lol… As Lilly from How I Met Your Mother would say… where’s the poop?

Jealous?  Intimidated?  Over protective?  Am I yet again this mysterious bogeyman?  Honestly, I got a kick out of it. 🙂

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Already bored with Defiance… here’s how to get me un-bored.

A bit of background here – I must have played World of Warcraft for a good 3+ years before I finally hung up my gear and decided to venture out into the daylight again.  I’m sure that if I was so inclined, I could install it, load up my old character, and pick up where I left off without a hitch.  I’d probably even get sucked right back into the addiction.

There’s problem #1 with Defiance.  It’s not addicting.  There’s really nothing to make me want to log in and play, as at its core it is a very basic shooter in the post-apocalyptic style of the Fallout or Borderlands series but without any of the real meat that can get me to reinstall any Fallout or Borderlands title and play it through to the end again.  I’ve compiled a short list of what I think can and should be done to improve Defiance for me.

1. Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades!  In WOW, Fallout or Borderlands, half the fun of playing is upgrading your weapons and armor every 5 minutes.  Sure, it might sound frustrating – but not nearly as frustrating as completing a handful of missions in Defiance only to collect a bunch of crap that’s no better than what I have been using for the past 300 levels.  Sure, there’s the mod system which allows the player to customize the weapons on hand when there are available slots for upgrade – but even then, the mods are rarely earth shattering.  Woohoo, new scope, .10% increase in accuracy.  There’s no armor in defiance, you can customize your look but beyond that all you have are a fairly limited selection of shields that vary in capacity, recharge rate, recharge delay, etc…  Want to customize your look?  Break out the greenbacks.

2. Skill tree?  Who needs a skill tree?  Sure, reaching higher EGO levels allow you to unlock various perks but they only take effect if you equip the perk.  Better yet, you can only equip a limited number of perks.  What a load of crap.  Sure, it puts a higher emphasis on making the most of your loadouts, but who wants to back out to a menu and swap loadouts in the middle of a firefight?

3. Speaking of loadouts – get rid of them.  The menu system in the game is at best cumbersome, at worst completely daft.  Sure, I bet a bunch of development meetings were held but from the way it works I’d guess the leaning tower of hot pockets got more attention.  You’re locked in to using two weapons  in any loadout.  In any game of this nature, I like to have a good shotgun, a machine gun, and a sniper rifle on hand at the same time which allows me to quickly adapt to any situation.  There’s no quick adapting in this game.  You go in with the wrong loadout, or the right loadout and run out of ammo, forget about it.  If you’re lucky you can find a semi-safe place to hide and swap loadouts, but in the mean time you’re still getting hammered from all sides.  How about 3-4 weapons on hand – no need to swap loadouts and you can keep firing instead of hoping a PDA can protect you from a bullet.

4. Loot.  Maybe I’ve been spoiled by other post-apocolyptic shooters, but one of the things that encourages anyone to explore these unique and highly detailed open worlds is scavenging.  You don’t scavenge in defiance.  You kill, get stuff, and if you’re really lucky through some miracle get a weapon that’s worth using.  The numerous ammo crates scattered across the landscape are nice, but why bother checking out a random site if all I’m gonna get are the same plug and play NPC’s with the same crap drops?  Woah, 10 scrip.  Woah, a white weapon.  Big deal.  Give a player more reasons to explore beyond the ridiculously repetitive side missions.

5. Vehicles.  The vehicles in this game are a nice touch, but regardless of how they look, they’re all crap.  How about the ability to modify them?  Rims? Armor? Paint?  Mounted weapons?  Sure its fun to drive in to a crowd of baddies and try to take a few out before jumping out and hoping that you’ve got the right loadout to keep you from getting fragged 2 seconds later… but how about a fender mounted weapon to have some more fun thinning the herd?  Why can’t we sell them?  Now that I’ve got my orange Challenger, whats the point of having a half dozen quads in my inventory?  Let me sell the things.

6. Vendors.  Woohoo, I’ve got 20k script on hand and no place to spend it because all of the vendors sell crap.  Sure, there are the faction vendors I can access by completing races or completing other competitive tasks – but even then – crap.

7. Lockboxes are a joke as well.  The whole lockbox thing is that if you have enough resources or buy enough bits with real money – you can access the lockbox and get some random weapons, shields, etc…  Thing is, these lockboxes all issue crap.  You’re lucky if you get a purple, best you’ll get it blue.  I’ve heard rumors that you might even see a top-tier orange but as an experiment one night I dropped $20 on bits and bought several tier 4 lockboxes.  That entitled me to several random pieces of crap.

Now I’m sure that there are folks who absolutely love this game, and at the start, I was one of them.  Every time I login though, I spend less time in game before I logout and play something else that cost me less and provides more satisfaction and replay value.  The show the game is based on is actually pretty good IMHO but not enough to keep me playing.  I’m glad that they aren’t charging to play the game beyond the initial purchase price because unless some significant changes are made there’s no way in hell this game becomes another virtual ghost-town in the shadow of numerous other titles that aren’t even MMO but are easily worth the price of admission several times over.

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