Thursday, November 29, 2012

Evidence that deers can read

Some people just make this world a happy place. Especially Donna the Deer Lady:

There is a follow-up video. Feel free to watch it. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

America's Trustworthy Watchdog

This is what the media, the "watchdog for the government," has become. This shouldn't surprise anyone, which is the problem exactly. 

Bert Atkinson Jr.: November 20, 2012 12:18 pm

When a supposedly "politically-free press," created by the Founding Fathers who were coming from a tyrannical British rule with bias press and little to no choice in what agenda to believe, is turning back into that same press which the early-founded America shunned, I would hope a red flag would wave in the minds of American citizens. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be that big of an issue.

When Bert Atikinson Jr., a journalist from Independent Journal (hmm, that's what journalism is supposed to be anyways), speaks frankly of the issue at hand, you too will see just how far the media has come from its "watchdog" pent house.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Funny no matter who you are

I would hope our political orientation doesn't detract from the humor of these photos, because they are hilarious.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Republicans in the House, Democrats in their cabinets? Oh, sorry, the Cabinet, there's only one.

Anyways, just wanted to get your attention. I wonder where those names came from, house and cabinet. But on a more serious note, because that's all I'm about is serious, let's look at something funner; the word "cooperation."

I was a bit frustrated in my post yesterday, but meant what I said about Obama wrongly stating that this election would show a decisive winner. Looking at a map of the U.S. election night showed a dang a lot of Republican Red. Click on most states Obama won and most of it was red. There is, however, something called the electoral college set in place to give smaller states some say. Before I argue about that, I need to do more research--it was set up to help, that's what I know.

But, what I am mostly sad about is how divided our country seems to be. A few headlines even read "The Divided States of America." How sad.

There was an upsurge of sour-attitudes yesterday morning, understandably (it would have happened no matter who won), and now that everyone's thinking straight, cooperation is in the air. Truthfully, this is the only way anything will be able to move forward in the next 4 years.

Obama is right to have called his campaign "Forward;" the opposite direction is a terrifying proposition. Republicans and Democrats yesterday are saying they are willing to work together, liking each other on Facebook and sending less-hateful messages to one another. But don't you think it would have been a good idea to do that 3 years ago? (I say 3 because I really don't blame Obama for the first year of his presidency, it was the aftermath of a huge crash. But from then, I would have liked to see more go in favor of America. I would have liked to have known more about what the president and his staff were doing to move the economy upwards and out.)

If we put ourselves in his shoes for a second, it makes his job sound a lot more difficult that most of us understand it to be. I mean, I feel for the guy! Tough position to be in, and I don't know exactly what kind of experience he has to work off of, but what I do hope is that he is going to help the country improve. Honestly, my biggest problem with him is the lack of leadership I feel from him. I don't know much about him, but feel like he hasn't tried to share much about himself besides sentimental things. I will be the first to agree that he was a lot more likeable that Romney at face value, but likeability only goes so far. There is a disconnect for me in his leadership when I don't have confidence in his vision. I could connect with him as a person and maybe even a friend (If I drank beer, I'd much more likely sit and drink with Obama than sitting with a glass of milk with Romney), but that's about as far as my trust goes with him, and that is where I have fears about this country's future.

So now that we are here and he is there, with a divided nation and grid-locked government, all we can do is co-operate with each other. That was my mentioning of having a positive attitude about things in my previous post. I feel like it took 4 years to realize that what they were doing wasn't going to work and that now, with basically the same odds in the House and Senate, Obama gets another chance to prove himself--really his only option at this point.

My friend Christian said something really great that I'd like to say to Republican friends:

"The gift of agency, coupled with the freedoms of this country, means that no matter the situation, our personal happiness is in our own hands. These next four years can, and should, be the happiest four years of our lives. If in four years from now we find ourselves miserably unhappy, it will not be our governments fault, it will be ours."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hussein the hero

President Obama said this in his acceptance speech last night:

"In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward."

A little about me before I go on.

I am 23 years old, been married for over a year and am expecting a baby in 5 weeks. I am a republican, who voted for Romney. I am also a member of the LDS church. I felt that Gov. Romney had a better vision to fix out economic problems than did Obama. I voted Republican not because my parents told me to, and especially not because my religion told me (because that is not how it works), but because I feel the government should be smaller, that more power should go to states and the people, the America was founded to run. 

Ok, going on now. 

I also feel like Obama has tried his best since 2008, and has done what he thought would help. Unfortunately it hasn't helped as much as America needed. The economy is the naked guy in the middle of the room right now. There has been a slight decrease in unemployment, but, as we saw lat night, HALF of America wanted more change. They had actual hope for real change. Sounds like Obama's pitch 4 years ago, except, I felt like Romney's had substance this year. Now, nearly 50% of Americans have just had their hope dashed. But, alas, there is something else the matter.

Obama said last week in an interview with that he thinks the Republican party, who holds majority in the House, would shift toward more cooperation following the election. "No. 1, the American people will have voted. They will have cast a decisive view on how we should move the country forward, and I would hope that the Republican Party would say to itself, 'we need to listen to the American people.'"

Decisive. Decisive? What is decisive about 50/50? I will give anyone $100 who can intellectually convince me that 50/50 is decisive. I agree with what Ramesh Ponnuro, senior editor and author for the National Review, said; that there is no way this vote can be seen as decisive, and when it's over, Republicans will have control of the House, and possibly the Senate.

I agree that positive attitude is crucial in life, in any aspect of it. I have a positive outlook for the future. I plan to work hard for a great job, support my family and be successful in all I do. At the same time, we need to be honest and look at the facts. Balance, my friends, balance. Balance between optimism and reality; hope and ability for action. And this is where Romney stepped in--hope, yes, for a better future, but action to make it happen. 

Even if it's true that Romney has a big head (physically) and five sons, it doesn't change the fact that his track record shows that he knows how to make change happen. (Ask me for references and I'll give 'em to you.) Besides, he had no control over his head size.

So when President Obama wins a second term last night and says that he is anticipating a meeting with Romney to talk about how to move this country forward, even before mentioning his own cabinet, his own VP, I think there's something to be said about it. Sounds to me like he has no plan (haven't heard one from him yet). Sounds like he was surprised by Romney in the debates when he saw he could do a better job, had better ideas. He should be saying that about his VP, not Romney. Sounds like we should re-think how we respond to his view on Hope and Change. Need I mention the stock drop today?

I'm going to follow this and see if it happens. I see that Obama is attempting to merge and cooperate, but it sounds a little hypocritical when he's got a history of bullying...just watch the second debate. 

If this does happen, and if the economy starts to to turn, guess who will be the hero. Could happen. Sickening if it does. But hey, maybe I'm wrong and Romney will deny his tea party with the President. 

After-all, Romney doesn't drink tea.