Archive for September, 2009

The Atheist Blogroll

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I made it in the atheist blogroll http://mojoey.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Atheist%20Blogroll . Very awesome.  And yes, there is a Saint Peter reference in the last post.  No, I don’t literally mean Saint Peter.  I was using him as a presence to mark the death of the man with the story to tell.  I like myths for storytelling but I don’t take them too seriously.  I actually like myths alot.  I think imagination leads to great entertainment.

Thanks for the add Athiest Blogroll!.

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The Man With the Story to Tell

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

A man went away to a hill
overhead he heard all the gulls
but he had his story to tell

He was different like everyone else
He wanted to help people up
And hear all the stories they held

But he never had time for his quill
His inkwell would dry while he supped
And his bills wouldn’t pay for themselves

He saw things through church window sills
bright colors separated by rust
A beautiful view just as well

The world wouldn’t move to his will
but neither would he give his up
patient for he had his story to tell

He ground down his life like a mill
Till an age where he finally was culled
A headstone marked where he fell

His name etched in marble on the hill
listened to the calls of the gull
His hopes had to sleep for a spell

Saint Peter saw him with a thrill
He confessed that his patience was done
To hear of the story as well

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Tilting at Monoliths

Friday, September 25th, 2009

As I absorb my morning caffeine, I will lay some more of my thoughts at the feet of the Internet.

As an American, I live in a two party world:  Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians.  Yeah, I know that seems like there are three parties, but in the legislature, we have Republicans, Democrats, or Independents.  There aren’t many Independents.  Two exist in the Senate and none in the House of Representatives.  So this is important to this post: there are only two parties in any real sense at present.

As an American, I live in a real world.  It has nuances and re-ordered priorities.  Most of the believers I know aren’t anywhere close to the fundamentalists that scare me.   Democrats and Republicans get modifiers like “moderate” when they stray close to the middle to show that they too are nuanced even though they must wear the colors of one party or the other and all that comes with that.

As an American, I get fed news from news sources and that’s pretty much how I get most of my information.  I can’t be everywhere at once and I don’t have reporters seated at my beck and call so I can get the scoop on the information I really care about.  So I can’t really tell if the healthcare debate is being overblown or not.  I’m not in touch with enough ordinary people to feel like my sample size is representative for even Virginia.  So my ability to “see the world” is a bit limited at present.

Government is a tough and complicated job.  Law is a tough and complicated rule-set.  It’s tough to find the balance between good ideas such as “Let’s give everybody their best chance to be somebody” and “Let’s ensure that the talented people can use their talents”.  Because we want to compete on a global level and against nature, but we don’t want to pay an unnecessary price by killing off our more fragile neighbors.  Some of us want animals protected and land.  Some of us want more resources so we can outscore our opponents economically.  These are all good things but they end up opposing each other sometimes.

Quit with the reflexive reactions.  That’s all I’m asking.  The news might not cover you and I might never know you’re out there being more thoughtful than I can imagine.  If you’re a Republican and the right move is to extend more privileges to society in general while growing government, do it.  Just in this case though.  Next issue reset and think that through and find the best answer to that.  And Democrats, don’t overlook the needs behind the gun carrying concerns.  And for the nonexistent (or existent if you believe) God’s sake, optimize the Goddamned government.  If you’ve got bureaus that don’t perform, fix it.  If you, the government,  for one second think you can fix the American people by changing the rules and throwing offenders in jail while simultaneously thinking the government can grow and grow and grow without challenge, I’ll teach you something along with all the other normal people the news never shows.

I don’t see why complicated subjects can’t be chopped into bite size pieces.  I don’t see why healthcare has to be a big bill when smaller bills would allow the public to oversee their government’s thinking a little better.  I don’t see why American government doesn’t spend the first days in office agreeing on a fucking National strategy for the next 2, 4, and 12 years and then try to accomplish that.  When you fail, say you failed, find out why and let the next set of leaders do better.  America could be a well oiled machine.

If you want to write me in for office, my name is Seth Strong.  The only thing I want to do if I’m representing real people is look at the efficiency and the goals of federal agencies and optimize the shit out of that.  Imagine if the same amount of taxes accomplished more.  I’m a software engineer, so I understand bugs and tough problems.  But I also know the value of planning and executing the plan day after day even when the solution seems so far away until one day it all comes together.

Tilting at windmills is outdated and tilting at wind turbines is counter-productive.  It’d be better to hit my head against the rock of immutable change that is our government and our news delivery system.  Let me know if you’re a reasonable person.  Let me know what your issues and concerns are.  What is going on in real people’s heads?  Comment please.  These big problems aren’t so tough that we can’t make improvements.  Are you in?

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ACORN, Undercover Conservatives, and the Simple Solution

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’ve got a blog, a bad day, and an opinion.  Hopefully I can mix these in a productive and thoughtful way. [Editors Note:  I changed the title of this post]

So I read about ACORN being defunded.  I think it’s in response to the advice given to the pimps and prostitute video going around.   I don’t know shit about ACORN and I’m not defending them but I do have an opinion about how this particular chain of events played out.

Some employees were fired for giving a pimp and a prostitute advice about how to evade taxes with their profession.  Sounds appropriate.  Unless prostitution is legal in the jurisdiction then no advice should be forthcoming.  In regards to evading taxes, that’s what tax advice is for, I hold that portion of the charge to be perfectly acceptable.  Some employee acted inappropriately and created an embarrassment for ACORN.   Simple.  They were fired.

But where did the video come from?  I asked this question from the get go.  The pimp and prostitute looked like some comedy duo.  Also, as it turns out they brought their own cameras.  When someone in a funky Halloween costume comes in for advice with a cameraman, all bets are off.  If you don’t look serious to the reasonable eye and you don’t get serious advice, who’s to blame?  And then it turns out the pimp and prostitute where undercover to discredit ACORN.

Look, I don’t give a shit if it’s pedophilia, drugs, or terrorism.  If you act like you’re inline with these transactions that’s entrapment to me because what we don’t see is how cops selling drugs helps keep the drug market viable.  If cops are luring pedos, are they enhancing interest.  I’m just saying if you aren’t a terrorist, don’t act like one; you might be making things worse.  Plus, you won’t do it right and sometimes people see right through you.  The same with the rest of it.  Don’t worry, I can see what a hole I’m digging and I have an idea about the solution as well.  The point is that the pimp and the prostitute weren’t legitimate and I think it’s unfair to assume people thought they were.

You wanna get the bad guys?  Do you?  Well it’s so ridiculously simple.  I offer you a two step program for stopping crime.

  1. Eliminate stupid laws
  2. Big Brother for the rest of them.

Who cares about potheads?  We care about dealers and cycles of degenerating decisions.  Who cares about underage drinking?  We care about drinking and driving and terrorists.  Drop the illusions of perfection and focus on the unanimous crimes.  Make the law understandable and predictable.  Plug the holes.  Give good people in bad circumstances a way out by taking things on a case by case basis.  Do catch pedos, terrorists, and violent people.  Oh, and a crime related to abuse of authority is a bigger crime.  That’s common sense.  Drop contempt charges.  If the judge can’t take a joke, he shouldn’t be on the bench.  We need more mature judges than that.

Put cameras everywhere.  Be man enough to ignore intersex people, orgies, and other non-traditional forms of sex that the Big Brother officer might come across.  Ignore illegal immigrants that you wouldn’t have known about any other way.  You’re invading privacy so do it for a purpose and do not be distracted.  Keep looking for bad guys.  Automate that if possible so robots can help clue you in.  Note patterns.  Study human behavior, help society understand what normal really is along the way.  That’s a good thing to know.  We need to stop appealing to traditional morals and laws when we’ve learned that the old world didn’t know very much at all.

It’s so simple.  When you make simple rules and you learn about people without nickel and diming them for every crime that the world can make up, you’ll learn something about who we really are.  Along the way you can protect us from the big crimes.  Those little crimes, if you must keep them, just add the rule that Big Brother is not evidence for lesser crimes.  It’s too simple.

America is full a bunch of uppity police everybody else people.  It’s also full of some very interesting and awesome variations.  I vote to eliminate the uppity folks.

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Frugalista: Please Send Me a Cease and Desist Letter

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’m using a word that might be trademarked.  However they mean it, I mean it differently but I want the search engines to also turn up my post when people google for frugalista.

I heard of this first through Wendy McElroy’s site .  But you’ll note in her article that there are several points at which frugalista is getting national attention.  When I say frugalista, from now on I mean “assholes that trademark slang words of growing popularity”.  What’s next?  Wanna trademark “frak”?  Frak you!

And a good day to the rest of you.  Thanks for reading.

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Seth Stories: The Baltimore Incident

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

My favorite moment to talk about happened last year and involves the blogger for http://loriestories.com. I’ll tell you while my coffee cools.

I’m divorcing. This is important to the story because most people have experienced the upheavals of adult breakups, the extra hassle of dividing bills and assets mixed with the punishing fact that kids can only exist in one location at any given moment. The separation began in 2008 and at present, there is only the slow court system between me and my legal reset. In June 08, I was in shock. In July, I was analyzing if I should stay in my present position (which was an awesome job at an awesome company http://marinesonic.com) or try my hand at a new job (which is awesome http://www.vgt.net/) in a new location so I could create new memories unfettered by walking the same halls of my now empty house. In August, I was settling into Charlottesville. In September, I got in touch with that person… everyone has that person you think you might have missed out on while you were busy in relationships with other people. She came up in September. She’s awesome and we’re not quite compatible. So in October I was a little more bummed for that. That led to November.

In November I figured it was time to get back on the horse. I combed craigslist, plentyoffish, and singlesnet. I updated Facebook, myspace, atheistnexus, RDF, and all the other hook up sites. I told each girl I met (and most of them were awesome) that I wasn’t ready to settle down but that we could take it one day at a time provided they understood that there were other girls out there I was mixing my time with. In December, I met Lorie. She should tell you about the first date sometime, but it was awesome. We were very similar people. She might very well complete me.

Towards the latter half of December, I started planning to visit Baltimore again. I’ve got a friend who I’ve known since approximately middle school and I went to college with up there with another friend-alumni. Both of them have girlfriends and I thought it would be good if I brought one as well since technically I had several to choose from at the time. This was when I started noticing a certain preference for Lorie. I invited her up and she accepted.

We spent several pleasant hours trapped in the same car together. We met with my friends and went out to sushi. I forget which person was a klutz but there was a soy sauce fail to say the least and everybody got along nicely. I think my friends’ girlfriends are kind of nice and nice looking but I was not prepared for them to sneak over to me when Lorie was in the bathroom to tell me how awesome Lorie was. They said she was nice and awesome and that I should not only keep her, but bring her back next time. In my limited experience, girls don’t normally advertise for other girls quite so loudly. I knew Lorie was growing on me more rapidly than all the other people I could trick into meeting me from all those other sites.

Lorie was in fact calling her mom to say what a good time Lorie was having. Lorie is also one of those people that you can commend for all the right reasons, for being smart, intelligent, witty, understanding, sensitive, thoughtful, and having a frame accented with one of my favorite female body parts in abundance: great healthy round bosoms. I can tell her that she’s all that and she won’t believe me. But I don’t need her too, all the other girls seem to notice and confirm her awesomeness.

So everyday Lorie seems surprised that things are working out so well. She wonders why she’s so lucky. But it wasn’t me the girlfriends were bragging about. It wasn’t me that didn’t know those people. She finds it a little amusing that I’ve locked into such an early moment to seal my opinion but that was a magnificent weekend in Baltimore.

In a sort of mock fairness, Lorie likes to tell me how well received I am by her friends and family. I don’t see what the trouble is since they are all nice and cool people. She tells me I’m awesome and I don’t believe it. I had nice and sexy drunk women in a Baltimore bar sneaking up to me to tell me how awesome Lorie is. I already approved of Lorie, I invited her! But the additional approval created an indelible moment that I will never forget.

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Nothing Between Me and You

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

the sound of your laughter
holds me together
cause that’s what we’re after

the smell of your smile
the morning breath
the day after wild

It’s just another reason I wake up loving you
But it’s true it’s nothing new
It’s nothing between me and you.

The sweat on your body
we earned together
is autoerotic

The feel of your interest
as you wake from your haze
sets all kinds of benchmarks

It’s just another reason I wake up loving you
But it’s true it’s nothing new
It’s nothing between me and you.

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The way we roll (part 1)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I know that we made it
even though we save it
for weekends maybe
to cure the craving
Eat it up like bacon
zip it in a bag on vacation
the metaphor’s escaping
but you know I’m playing
cause you got me off the hook
and off the rails
and I got you writing my last name
booking hotels
And you got me checking tiffany’s
like which letter best represents me
and the way your cat eyes gleam
when I remind you indeed

I’m gonna keep you with me
Cause I need you with me
If I was Bobby you should hit me
I’ll be the bodyguard for your Whitney.

If I get out of jail
you come get me
If I can’t testify for you
I didn’t see anything

I like the way we roll
the way we roll everyday
got our dreams in fast forward
smelling the flowers along the way

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A little bit of rhyme for a girl who I think of a lot.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

I miss those school days
’cause I got a lot of A’s
Life got vague
and I don’t know how they’ll grade
I hope I know what I’m made of
Cause I got a little angel
who thinks she’s got an angel
but he’s got a little angle
He’s me just a stranger
who wants to be a major
player in her life so I cater
on my best behavior

maybe ’cause I care
that’s why I come prepared
but one day she might see
the real me and want to leave

But no matter what
I’ve got to be what I’ve got to be
If she says what she means
She’ll be the one for me.

And no matter what
She’s got to be what she’s got to be
I’ll say what I mean
maybe I’ll be the one she needs.

Counting up the days
where she didn’t keep a score
wondering how I ever
loved the days before
Counting all the ways
doing nothing isn’t boring
wondering how I ever
loved the days before
But it’s so new we’re nothing more than hope
and it’s so you to make me want to hope
and it’s so me to complicate the moment
by wondering if I’m really truly coping
Cause you can’t really be that
and I cant really mean that much to you
Cause I can’t believe
The way we just do, the things we wanna do.

But no matter what
I’ve got to be what I’ve got to be
If she says what she means
She’ll be the one for me.

And no matter what
She’s got to be what she’s got to be
I’ll say what I mean
maybe I’ll be the one she needs.

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My Baby Don’t Bite

Friday, September 4th, 2009

My baby don’t bite
No she don’t
No she don’t
My baby don’t bite
and she won’t
cause she don’t

She gets red when you miss her
and she’s up for adventure
Guaranteed to deliver
What got me to get with her.

And my baby don’t bite
but she barks and it’s right
cause she’s smart and I light up
the dark hold her tight all night

my baby don’t bite
no she don’t
no she don’t

You think that I’m full of it and I’m not
Snails in glass houses throwing rock salt
you can’t have it all and she can’t be that awesome
but the poem is nice to get her to want some

But my baby don’t bite
she don’t need me to write
Cause she knows what she likes
And she knows that I’m right there

my baby don’t bite
she’s tough but she bleeds
It’s not like she needs me
It’s not like she needs me
my baby’s alright
but she’s taken indeed
And I’m down indeed
cause it’s not like she needs me

My baby don’t bite
no she don’t
no she don’t
If you think that I lie
let me know
let me know

my baby don’t bite
and she won’t
cause she don’t

And I won’t let her go.

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