21 September 2010

Navy Seal from NEMO dies in Afghanistan

Navy Seal from NEMO dies in Afghanistan: "Funeral arrangements are on hold until the family finds out when the service member's body will be returned to the U.S."

24 August 2010

No home

I have a hard time with this one. I see actors and actresses flying to other countries to rescue and help the poor and homeless in other countries...more often than not, adopting them. Sure, great, you're a freakin' humanitarian. But what about the poor and homeless in our country? What about the homeless living under bridges and cardboard shelters in back alley ways. People scoff when you flip a dollar or donate an umbrella.

These are the people who everyone laughs at or overlooks. People that are so desperate that their cries for help are almost non existant. No, I don't believe in the complete innocense, but I do believe that any American individual, wealthy or scraping food out of dumpsters, deserves a fair handshake. I do think there are plenty of things that people in the Human Service profession can do to help.

There are social services for the homeless that help provide housing, some education, work and even healthcare for homeless people that can aid them in picking back up off their feet. These services can help stop the agony of living homeless, and can help re build lives.

13 August 2010

SONG OF THE DAY: Interstate by Randy Rogers Band

This song has highlighted my year. The new album comes out so soon!!!! I can't wait. I believe it's release August 24, better jump on it!

Randy Rogers Band Pictures, Images and Photos

11 August 2010

Haiti Trip

Well my trip to Haiti was short but thank the lord for that. That country honestly is at no point of return. Mark Twain once said "there are lies, damn lies...and statistics", but I'm gunna have to believe that over 50% of the population has aids and that 98% of the Haitian females have at least one sexually transmitted disease. Whoa. I had a friend announce the other day that a good explanation of Haiti would be the thought of every building in Columbia crumbling to the ground and everyone just sitting down. Literally. These people really need to help know that Haiti didn't amount to much even before the quake. It's a sad deal. Wyclef Jean jumps to their defense by saying there are changes in how people are living after the quake. Before the quake there was close to an 80 percent illiteracy rate. The population could not read and write. Before the quake there was also child slavery and high prostitution rate. Before the quake, Cité du Soleil was in an inhumane situation — not even animals would walk in. Before the quake, Haiti got hit with back-to-back hurricanes, the city of Gonaïves was destroyed.

Oh really? Because I'm pretty sure some of our guys witnessed a rape while we were down there and the rotation before us was caught sneaking prostitutes in. I'm sorry, but that place is done for. I totally support Wyclef and his journey to presidency though...and I hope he can flip around their Government...if they even have one? Anyhow, he definitely has the public eye for a win and I hope he gets it. That place is a total much that you just gotta see it for yourself. Glad we got the opportunity help out down there.

Children at a local orphanage Pictures, Images and Photos

Song of the Day: Eminem/Rih

Wow. Could anything be better than a Rihanna Eminem collaboration...with a video including a hobbit and Megan Fox? This video is sexy; and the song is great. Enjoy!

11 July 2010

Song of the Day: 18 DAYS

I decided to post both videos because they both are pretty amazing.

Saving Abel - "18 Days" music video from Charles Lewis III on Vimeo.

This on is even better!


After a little web crawling, I came upon a familiar diagnosis. I couldn't help but giggle, but it hit pretty close to home for Rita. It makes me feel pretty bad for her; the rush of total control over other's emotions is like heroin to a junkie. Hahah. Nah, Rita isn't that bad...but can you believe that this is actually a real legit phobia? I can I guess. Commitmentphobia is often most strongly apparent in romantic life. Generally, commitmentphobic people claim that they are eager to find a lasting romantic attachment and get married, yet they fail to find appropriate partners and maintain longlasting connections. Ironically, in these romantic relationships, the commitmentphobic partner craves what she fears most: love and connection. This paradoxical craving for a frightening reality leads to a confusing and destructive pattern of seduction and rejection. The results are emotionally devastating.

The key to understanding commitmentphobia is recognizing that such behavior is rooted in fear—fear of lost options or fear of making poor decisions. The commitmentphobic mind sees decisions as permanent, opening the possibility of being caged or trapped forever with no means of escape. Commitmentphobia is a real disabling fear, that can be manifest in many areas of life, including career, home ownership, or even shoe shopping. This fear can make simple every day decisions into a tremendous burden.

To assuage their anxieties, many commitmentphobics become fantasy-driven, using their active imaginations to fill in for the lack of emotional security and closeness in their lives. Of course, these fantasies pose additional problems because no potential partner, car, or job can ever live up to the fantasy. Commitmentphobics are also prone to self-destructive behavior, such as walking out on partners or jobs without notice, leaving themselves and the people in their lives in untenable situations.

One potentially misleading aspect of commitmentphobic behavior is that the partner who is actively running away from commitment is not the only one with a problem. In fact, commitmentphobic behavior includes "settling" for inappropriate partners, pursuing unattainable partners, and engaging in instant relationship mergers as well as fleeing from what might have appeared to be a stable romance. Any persistent behavior that actively prevents a person from making a commitment or allows a person to make excuses for not having made a commitment can be considered commitmentphobic.
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01 July 2010

Song of the Day: This f'n Job

I just love this song...and the video rocks. One of the greatest bands ever!
Drive-By Truckers Pictures, Images and Photos


Dear BP
I really feel like you should be focusing more on fixing the issue at hand, and leave your reputation for later. The destruction of our planet, wildlife, and shore economy is just a little bit bigger than you. In order to volunteer cleanup...we have to fill out a form and maybe, just maybe we will be included on the clean up crew. Is it because you're trying to use organizational tactics by not using all the help you can get...or is it because you're afraid that everyone in God's name will see the horror? I completely understand how important a repuation is, but when my country is under distress...I take it a lot more personal. Even BP’s shareholders understand this simple logic. When news is out that the oil company is making progress on the Gulf of Mexico leak, it leads to an increase in share price. Fix the existing problem, and shareholders will fix your stock price yo. This has been dragging on, and on, and on..and as big of corporation as you have, one would think that the issue would have been resolved by now. Take your losses assholes! Get all of your equipment out of there and plug that hole.
65 days X 19,000 barrels a day = the worst reputation crisis in recent history
BP Pictures, Images and Photos

29 June 2010

Song of The Day: The House That Built Me


1. DVDs and CDs
2. Books
3. Video Games
4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing
5. Jewelry
6. Furniture
7. Games and Toys
8. Maternity and Baby Clothes
9. Musical Instruments
10. Pets
11. Home Accent
12. Craft Supplies
13. Houses
14. Office Furniture
15. Cars
16. Hand Tools
17. Sports Equipment
18. Consumer Electronics
19. Gardening Supplies
20. Timeshares
21. Recreational Items

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09 June 2010

The Drive By Truckers'

The Drive By Truckers are literally one of the most amazing bands ever. Why they aren't by far one of the most famous yet is clearly beyond me. Their grungy, southern style really illuminates and captures the listener...almost to where you feel like you're there. Like you're in that moment down that old, dusty dirt road. With the accompaniment of Wes Freed's artwork, the image of the south and music is painted delectably.

The Drive-By Truckers' principal songwriters, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, are like a family, each having their own little niche. The grungy, rough sided Hood is the endlessly vigilant, fiercely protective shot-gun father, while laconic slick-talker Cooley represents the all American, southern, hell-raising bad boy. Shonna Tucker is their gritty, little badass frontwoman. She literally is my hero.

As this rogue band steps out onto the smokey stage, they have their goods. Shonna takes little breaks in between chords to take gulps out of her personal bottle of Jack. Everyone's jaw drops, and all of the guys wish they could date her. Their iconic performance puts me in a corner with any other band to be completely honest. I never thought southern rock could be so amazing. CHECK THEM OUT.

Drive By Truckers Pictures, Images and Photos

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Rita's Little Life Philosophies

1. Seize the day!
2. Mistakes are the stepping stones to mastery.
3. Go big or go home.
4. If you truly believe in you, you're one-up already
5. If you're afraid to make the jump, you can always get a hang glider.
6. If you kill a cow, you gotta make a hamburger.
7. There is no one else in the world who knows everything that you know.
8. The work will be there tomorrow.
9. The purpose of life is clearly a life of purpose.
10. Life is a foreign language; everyone mispronounces it.
11. The common person should be entirely too selfish to take away their own life.
12. As we struggle to make sense of things, life looks on in repose.
13. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
14. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
15. Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
16. Life... is like a box of chocolates - a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that no one ever asks for, unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So, you're stuck with mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat while you're watching the game. Sure, once is a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but it's gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, you are left with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which, if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but an empty box of useless brown paper.
17. I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.
18. Living involves tearing up one rough draft after another.
19. Life is a damned muddle - a football game with everyone offside and the referee gotten rid of - everyone claiming the referee would have been on his side.
20. It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything
21. Living is like licking honey off a thorn.

Song of the Day: In My Arms Instead

26 May 2010

Song of the Day: I'll Pray For You

The irony of this song just cracks me up...

Rita's Univeral Truths

1) Trying and Caring are two verbs that get you no where in life.
2) Having a pinkish-red heart on your facebook page is embarassing.
3) Keeping bobbi pins is impossible. Losing them is inevitable.
4) No matter how hard you try to make Murrys fried green pepper rings, they will never turn out the same.
5) Spaghetti can't be eaten without a glass of milk.
6) Spaghetti will never taste the same leftover.
7) Hey jackass, everytime you smoke pot, there will be a urinalysis within that week. No other time.
8) No other movie will ever match the solidity of quotes from Dumb and Dumber.
9) Jewish people are a race. Obviously.
10) Someone is thinking about how sexy I am. Someone is thinking about how ugly I am. Someone is thinking about how to make my life miserable and I know someone is surely thinking about something that will make me smile. Don't worry I eat all the attention up.
11) There shouldn't be a prison overfill. I think that the Government should force convicted murderers into Gladiator fighting like the Greeks and Romans did...America would make money off of watching murderers and rapists slaughter each other. Perfect.
12) It gets awkward when you aim to do the :)...and accidently do the ;)
13) You can't go into WalMart without an obese woman wearing spandex bending over in front of you when you're trying to get through an isle.
14) Don't say there is no food in the know there are 17 bags of top ramen in the pantry.
15) Bowling is one of those things that you can suck really bad at, but still have a blast.
16) Any guy who insists on being the little spoon is gay. Totally gay.
17) There is nothing worse than a belligerent drunk.
18) Pop caps that say you can win stuff if you enter the codes are legit; I won a Dr. Pepper mountain bike.
19) Obese people should be required to pay for an extra seat on airplanes.
20) Karaoke is insulting
21) The name virginity would make such a beautiful name. Too bad.
22) When your roommate continues to fuck you over all year long, don't feel bad about breaking in their room to steal 1/4cup of vanilla vodka. Do it with pride, and a big proud smile.
23) If a stranger starts conversation with you, take that as an opportunity to be anyone you want. If you want to be a spinal rehabilitationist, stripper, probate lawyer, bookie or an aeronautical be it. Why not?
24) Look on top of the cupboards. No one ever looks up there.
25) A couple can try for years to get pregnant...but a 15 year old girl can bang out and realize she's carrying twins.
26) There isn't anything more adorable than a newborn foal or calf.
27) Whether you like the President of the United States or not, he's still your president. So go complain to someone else.
28) Facial peircings are disgusting.
29) David Bowie is a baller. Everyone should be required to watch the movie Labrynth.
30) The cubs will NEVER win the world series. Being the gayest team in the league never has it's perks.

16 May 2010

You're No Tommy Lee....

So last weekend we had a band come in from Nashville. I had just got to work, and as usual...I was hungry. The band was asking directions to the BBQ place that we like, and instead of explaining, I just told them to follow and meet me there. We bullshitted for about an hour when I decided I needed to get back to work, so I quietly got up and paid my part of the bill, said bye and left. When the band got back to the Snorty Horse...Jason Wesley, the head guy of the group came up and asked me why I had left and was concerned with my feelings. I laughed and told him that I left because I had to get back to work, and it's not like we went there as a couple so I have free reign to do whatever the hell I want. Mr. Jason Wesley got so hammered, that he was up on stage playing fucking Purple Rain by Prince...and waving me to come over and sing it with him. Ya...uh no.
I'm not going to go up there and help you sing a stripper much as I admire it.
By then we were in the process of kicking everyone out since it was almost 1:30am, and he got off the stage like he had just found the cure for all communicable diseases...expecting every woman to come hang off of him. You could tell he was a little panicked that it was closing time and he hadn't found a groupie club to beg for autographs and makeout sessions. So while I was cleaning up my sidework to leave, he started BEGGING me to come back to the hotel with him. Look dude- that just isn't going to happen. I could conjur slampieces that are 10x better looking than you, and aren't married with kids. What a slime. Are you freaking kidding me? So just when I thought I had got the message to him- he asked what I had to do the next day that involved me not partying til dawn. I told him that I needed to save lives at the blood bank. Then the mother fucker did the unexpected. The most low and desperate move ever. He wrapped his arms around me and begged,
Do you have any idea what is going on in my hometown right now? Where I live in Nashville? Do you even have a clue!? It's flooded sister. There are people without homes, without electricity and no one cares. I think YOU need to put that into some fuckin' perspective, and come back and party with me in my hotel room. It will make you feel better about yourself sweetheart. Please? What can I say to convince you? I mean, you did go out to dinner with me...and now I'm no good? That's fucked up. Just fucked up. So come back with know who I am right?

Excuse me motherfucker do you know who the hell I am? This douche bag, trailer park version of a Jason Aldean wannabe asking me if I knew who HE WAS? How could I do anything except bust up laughing. Seriously? I look over at the bar...and everyone I work with is laughing hysterically too! Everyone heard him. Who the hell was this guy? You have got to be kidding me. He must've thought that he had just walked off Motley Crue's tour bus; News flash jackass: You're no Bret Michaels and you're no Tommy Lee.
Not gunna lie though, he put on a pretty good show.

Song of the Day: A little more country than that...

This Guy is my little George Strait. In fact, we're dating now.

05 April 2010

Break Even

I just love this song by the script. It's so true and very catchy! Thank you Denis for introducing it to me!!!

I'm still alive but I'm barely breathing,
Just prayed to a god that I don't believe in,
'Coz I got time while she got freedom,
'Coz when a heart breaks
no it don't break even.

Her best days will be some of my worst,
She finally met a man that's gonna put her first,
While I'm wide awake, she's no trouble sleeping,
'Coz when a heart breaks
no it don't break even, even no.

What am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you
What am I supposed to say when I'm all choked up and you're ok
I'm falling to pieces
I'm falling to pieces
They say bad things happen for a reason
But no wise words gonna stop the bleeding
'Coz she's moved on while I'm still grieving
And when a heart breaks
no it don't break even, even no.

What am I gonna do when the best part of me was always you
What am I supposed to say when I'm all choked up and you're ok
I'm falling to pieces, yeah
I'm falling to pieces, yeah
I'm falling to pieces
(One still in love
while the other one's leaving)
I'm falling to pieces,
(Cuz when a heart breaks
no it don't break even)

You got his heart and my heart and none of the pain,
You took your suitcase, I took the blame.
Now I'm tryna make sense of what little remains, oh.
'Coz you left me with no love, with no love to my name.

I'm still alive but I'm barely breathing,
Just prayed to a god that I don't believe in,
'Coz I got time while she got freedom,
'Coz when a heart breaks
no it don't break, no it don't
break, no it don't break even no.

What am I gonna do when the best part of me was always you
What am I supposed to say when I'm all choked up and you're ok
I'm falling to pieces, yeah
I'm falling to pieces, yeah
I'm falling to pieces,
(One still in love
while the other one's leaving)
I'm falling to pieces,
(Cuz when a heart breaks
no it don't break even)

Oh, it don't break even, no
Oh, it don't break even, no
Oh, It don't break even, no

02 March 2010

End of hell month: SUNDAY FUNDAY

Sorry, no posts for over a month. February is the wonderful month of frustration I guess. FINALLY made it to March. New week. New month. I'll look forward. Sunday night was the cap of February, and we had a BLAST. I went out to B12 the other night...the rat nest of south Columbia, because of their extensive television supply and their amazing wings. I literally hate it there...but how can you refuse $1 bottles and drafts, with delicious hot wings and chicken nachos? No way around it. Towards the end of the night and many shots later, we paid and the waitress and continued to shoot rhinos and elephants. She comes walking up and says, "uhhhh did I do something wrong?" We said no, and she began to go on about how we didn't tip her enough. Well- I felt bad and started throwing $5 bills at her. I was a little intoxicated, soooo, uhh...I was having too good of a time to pause and grasp reality. First of all...we did tip her enough, and a tip is a common curtesy, not a requirement. I didn't assess the situation until after we left. blahahaha that little hooker hosed me out out of an extra $20 on a $37 tab including the origional $5 tip! I'll give her props for it I guess. After I got schooled at big buck hunter by my friends DN and Weebs, we proceeded to go on a scavenger hunt, which ended up with beer pong and finally, the great movie American Psycho. Sunday Funday.

Song of the Day: DMB Crash

14 January 2010

Dear Michael Moore....

So a few months back I had read a letter that Michael Moore wrote to President Obama involving the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Besides the fact that this massive douche bag has absolutely no concept of anything, and his ideas rely on absolutely no logic at all- he insults the military. Let's see his fucking credentials. Exactly. I'll go ahead and paste his letter to Obama, then after that I'll paste a letter to him from one of my battle buddies from MP school. I also want to include a letter written to him back in 2005, reminding him of his ignorance. I wanted to be the one who penned him as an idiot, but it looks like I don't have to.

Open letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That's the way General Washington insisted it must be. That's what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. "You're fired!," said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in' hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).

So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea -- "Let's invade Afghanistan!" Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.

There's a reason they don't call Afghanistan the "Garden State" (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan's nickname is the "Graveyard of Empires." If you don't believe it, give the British a call. I'd have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev's number though. It's + 41 22 789 1662. I'm sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you're about to commit.

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the "war president." Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line -- and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn't have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.

I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush's Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.

Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you're doing it so you can "end the war") will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you've said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone -- and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout "tea bag!"

Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.

We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can't take it anymore. We can't take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of "landslide victory" don't you understand?

Don't be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn't be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can't change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can't be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

President Obama, it's time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, "No, we don't need health care, we don't need jobs, we don't need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, 'cause we don't need them, either."

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that's what they'd do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.

All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam "might" be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish -- the full terror of which we scarcely know.

When we elected you we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn't even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God's sake, stop.

Tonight we still have hope.

Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON'T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother's son.

We're counting on you.

Michael Moore

Letter to Michael Moore from Soldier

"This is a message I wrote to Michael Moore today after reading his open letter to the President. I laughed at first while reading it but then he bashed the military and that sent me over the edge. So hear is what I wrote."

Dear Mr. Moore, My name is Chris Silva and I am a Specialist in the US Army. I recently read your open letter to President Obama and I had a few questions about things that you brought up in your letter. First question is that how do you know that there are only 100 members of Taliban left in Afghanistan? Obviously you must have resources to know this for a fact otherwise you would be lying about this and your credibility is complety shot. Not that you had any credibility to begin with but we'll just go with it. Now if there really was only 100 Taliban left in Afghanistan, do you really think that the Joint Chiefs would be recommending more troops to Afghanistan in the first place? I mean come on, use some logic here. Second, why did you disrespect everyone who is currently in the military or has ever been in the military? when you said that we love our kids in the armed forces but hate our [explitive] generals, you not only disrespected all the generals out there, but you disrespected everyone in the armed forces by saying that. Since you are obviously ignorant of anything other than what you say let me give you some background on the military structure. You have the Officer side, which would be your generals, colonels, major, captains, etc, and then you have your Non-commmisioned officer side, that's your sergeant majors, sergeants, corporal, and finally you have your enlisted side which is your specialists and your privates. When anyone comes into the Army, you start out as a private. You eventually work your way to being a sergeant and then you have the option if you have gone to college and graduated to become an officer through ROTC or OCS. Then after that you have another ladder to climb in being an officer. It takes a very long time to become a General in the Army and every one of them started out as a private, so by you saying that we hate our generals, you insult everyone beneath them as well because people like myself take orders from them and carry them out to the best of our ability. Finally, why are you of all people being critical of the person that YOU voted to be president in the first place. Until you have been over to Afghanistan to see what actually happens over there, you can not be critical about anything that has happend since you haven't done anything for this great nation except rip and berate anything that doesn't put money in your pocket. My brother is also in the Army and he leaves for Afghanistan in July and I leave in 2011 for Afghanistan. I hope you sleep well in your nice bed tonight Mr. Moore because there are soldiers out there who are sleeping in a foxhole and are just fine because they are hanging on to the fact that they are doing something for their country that they love and would die for.
SPC Chris Silva, U.S. Army

Letter to Michael Moore from a real American

Dear Mr. Moore,

I honestly have to tell you... I hate your fucking guts. Forget about how un-American you are, how politically retarded you are, or how fat you look while slobbering your political garbage all over everyone - mainly, I despise you for the fact that you make money off of influencing the young minds of America to be Bush-haters. Personally, I do not agree with some of the President's decisions; however, I am wise enough to blame our entire country for poor decisions. We voted him in. Twice. I am also deferential enough toward our country not to make public remarks about our CIC because I have respect for him; I respect authority and do not lay blame on one man's head. I felt your, "Bowling for Columbine," to be in poor taste just like the way you live your life. Let's look at you for a moment... you, a formerly overweight, sloppy man, who points his formerly fat little finger at everyone else all the time and makes money from American tragedy. What have you done for America except to drag it down with your inaccurate portrayal of our government? You, a big-mouth waste that uses his "movie" making to influence uneducated America. You are not a politician, but you should be with the diarrhea of inaccurate information and sensationalism that spews from those lips, but, then again, that is just like a "movie" maker does.

You are a pariah to our nation... the fat kid who got beat up by the jocks at school, and this has formulated your hatred of America. If I didn't know any better, I would think that George W. himself went to school with you and kicked the shit out of your pie-hole everyday for being such a candy-ass. If you are so passionate about politics, use some of your blood-making money to make it a better place instead of making movies that only benefit your fat-ass fanny-pack. No one likes to see Hollywood try to engage our minds with their ridiculous and one-sided political rants during award ceremonies. Your "movies" are just a façade hiding your own political agenda, which, by the way, is fucking warped. Have you ever been diplomatic and unbiased in your "reporting" of our national disgraces? No, and you know it. You are a selfish, pathetic excuse for an American, and you can take your formerly big, fat ass over to Iraq and get your pig head cut off and stuck on a pig pole. Then, you can have your equally as fat wife make a documentary about how loudly you squealed while terrorists were cutting through all the blubber and chins to get that 40 pound head off of you. I dare you to go to Iraq and diarrhea all over our soldiers; they would love to strip you naked in the streets and leave you so that the terrorists can pick you up and dispose of you the way terrorists do. If you believe that Iraq and Al-Qaeda were not together, go over there and see for yourself. The only reason you were and are against this war is because you are too much of a waste to fight for your rights as an American and to punish those responsible along with their allies. I bet the people of Iraq are very happy to be liberated from a man who is a criminal and was a detriment to the World - not just the USA. Ask them if they are happy to be liberated. Furthermore, Iraq got what they deserved when they refused to allow UN inspections.

As for the FEMA response... yes, that could have been handled much better; however, that catastrophe could have been avoided if the Louisiana government would have gotten off their asses ten years ago and fixed those levies. Aren't you against big government? Don't we have "states" so that they can be semi-responsible for themselves, or is it that they only want the government to get involved after the fact? I guess that you would be one of the "rich" who should pay more taxes for the poor. Nice idea - but you have to remember that it's nature to have weak and strong. Not everyone can be the same, or you'd be really thin because you would have less money to buy food. True equality means less gluttony for you so that some idiot can have lots of babies they can't support while the "rich" takes care of their poor decision making.

If you want to rant and rave and shit all over America, then turn over all of your money to the poor as you preach. Make your movies, and turn over all of your profits so that drug addicts and criminals can have health insurance. Use your money to give FEMA a larger budget (which was needed even before New Orleans) so that they can better handle mass disasters. You have about as much political education as Mike Brown did mass-disaster education. Take your formerly fat ass over to some low-income schools and help poor kids learn to read if you are so concerned about education. Then everything will be great, and everyone will be so educated that we will have no low or middle class. We will have to contract foreign countries in order to get maids to mop your floors... or garbage-men to pick up all of the fried chicken bones and Twinkie wrappers that used to litter your driveway.

You should be charged with treason and scorned for being anti-American. You look me in the eyes and tell me that the families of 9/11 don't deserve vengeance from these terrorists who will never stop trying to destroy us. What? Are we supposed to turn the other cheek on an attack like that? Fuck you. It doesn't matter how much money we put into health care when these Muslim radicals will stop at nothing to kill Jews and Christians. I think that if they succeed in their mission, health care is irrelevant. I hope that you take this letter, with your thousands of other hate letters, and use it to preach about wasting trees so that you can go hug them while the rest of the country is riding out this storm. We are Americans. We are fighting a war. And if you don't want to be a part of it, take yourself on your little, private jet to France and drown with those pussies in their wine while living next door to terrorists. You are a terrorist of your own kind with your mediocre film career. I think of you as a bigmouth who has lots to say without ever getting your formerly chubby hands dirty by actually making a difference... a bigmouth who only makes money from exploiting America. I guess you do have one quality that I like: the ability to make educated Americans distinguish between a "movie" and facts.

Anna Benson
Wife of NY Mets Pitcher Kris Benson

To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history.
-President of the United States

Digital Short: Firelight

06 January 2010

Lazy America

I rented a children’s movie a while back because I absolutely love all of the animated films these days. This one was called WALL-E. In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot unintentionally ends up going on a journey through space that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. I absolutely loved it, but it brought so many issues up for me.
The humans in this cartoon are so unflattering, a sick representation that is disgusting and revolting. Each person sits in his or her own hovering recliner, with a holographic screen directly in front of them. They do not have to lift their arms, or so much as even turn their heads. They all can just interact, feed and entertain themselves, all from the comfort of their recliners, with a whole bunch of robots walking around giving them everything they need and want. Every person is completely obese, and it shows how their bodies have just adapted. Their bone structure is scarce and they are mainly all big fat blobs. This makes the humans completely dependent on the computers and robots.
Behind this cartoon comedy, the obese and infantile human race is just a huge interpretation of the social structure where we currently live in. It is the cartoon image of our selfish, consumer-driven lifestyle where the human race has just completely relied on easier routes, personal pleasure of laziness and one of my favorite sayings of all- “why earn it…when you can just buy it.” This is the portrayal of the very road that humankind is traveling down. It scares me. This could possibly be our far, far future. That is what we get to look forward to for our coming generations.
The planet earth was vacated by all the humans like 720 years ago…and all signs of life are just gone. All the humans went to space, and the only thing alive left on earth is a cockroach and WALL-E. It’s completely covered in trash and desolate. I know it is not real, and very farfetched, but you never know what could happen. Yes, that scares me about the future, but that is another broad subject. The obesity epidemic is just going to continue to get larger in the future and this little movie brought it to a more realistic issue- even though it’s nothing but a mere cartoon.
I found a website all about obesity and I learned some startling facts. “In 2004, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked obesity as the number one health risk facing America. Obesity currently results in an estimated 400,000 deaths a year in the United States and costs the national economy nearly $122.9 billion annually. Childhood obesity affects more than 15 percent of the population under 18 years old that is classified as overweight. Obesity not only impacts lifestyle but can also lead to lower self-esteem, cause depression and discomfort in social situations, and significantly diminish quality of life. Obesity also increases a person’s risk for developing serious obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease , hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Weight gain and obesity are caused by consuming more calories than the body needs – most commonly by eating a diet high in fat and calories, living a sedentary lifestyle, or both. However, the imbalance between calories consumed and calories burned can also be caused by a number of different physiological factors, including genetic and hormonal problems related to deficiencies in internal body functions (1).”
There is absolutely no reason why people should be getting removed from their homes by whale cranes. No reason! “It is important to remember that obesity is not always caused by simple behavioral issues. In fact, endocrine researchers are leading exciting new research into the internal mechanisms that control metabolism, appetite, and satiety from food. For instance, genetic determinations such as the way a body expends energy, hormones that affect the way calories are processed, and other organ systems in the body can all affect appetite. For these reasons, today’s physicians address a number of considerations when working with obese patients – and those considerations are increasingly going beyond just calorie counting and exercise (1).”
A solution is so simple. Do your body good. Don’t have time to work out? Make time. Wake up earlier in the morning. Eat healthier! Can’t afford healthy food? Here is a real change, grow it! People would be surprised at the drastic change if they just took fifteen minutes out of their day to do some light exercising. This is a problem that has hundreds of programs available to assist, but the only part missing is self-fortitude and will power of the individuals themselves. Why is society so lazy these days? Families need to teach their children the importance of good body weight and taking care of themselves. More activities need to be promoted to families to improve exercise. Sure relaxing is great…but the next time you sit down and tell yourself that you’re bored, ride a bike, take a hike, go work out, etc. This is not a hard solution.