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We need to have a conversation about... ...in America! Jun. 23rd, 2015 @ 04:36 pm
     “At some point we are going to have to have a talk about guns in America!” These were the words that a liberal President of the United States chose to tell a grieving country. This certainly not the first time that this president has made such a statement; I am in absolute surety that this will not be the last time someone of his particular belief system makes a similar statement. These words have another meaning to an altogether different group of people. To people who own guns in America, people like me, this statement really means “give us your guns and we will take care of you.” The problem is that we feel we won’t be taken very good care of when we give up our weapons and people who have antitheses thinking to our own still have them. That worked out well so many times in the past you see.

     Mass shootings have been a part of our history for as long as I can remember. Contrary to liberal belief, they are not localized to the United States either. I also heard the president state that this kind of thing just doesn’t happen in other civilized countries. The truth is that you can find data skewed both ways, but what I do know is that if you take all of the countries in the world and total up the murder rate and then sort those countries by that rate, the United States falls 111th on the list for 2014. Switzerland who mandates that every male over the age of 18 have a firearm comes in at 209 out of the list of 218 countries. However I did not start this diatribe to spout statistics, or even start the conversation about gun control. I started this because it is my belief Mr. President and anyone else that is listening that we need to have a conversation. That much of your statement is true.

     We need to have a conversation that skips over gun control and goes right into the heart of the matter and that is self-control! We need to start with figuring out what is different now than it was before we started having problems with violence in America! We need to take a long hard look at our families, our religions, our beliefs and our technology and figure out where we are going wrong. We need to quit turning a blind eye to the fact that both left and right beliefs that have gotten us here are failing our children and we are raising a generation of do nothings, or do the wrong things!

     We need to quit pussyfooting around the lines. The line between discipline and child abuse! We need to figure out exactly why it is that a man 30 years ago could make a living for his family by himself and still have some time for his children, but men today have to work full time jobs hours from their homes while their wives have to supplement the income by going out of the home and getting her own job! We need to find out when it became acceptable for schools to raise children. We need to keep fathers involved with their children even after the divorce. We need to make marriage mean something again so that the divorce doesn’t happen in the first place!

     We need to get rid of no tolerance rules in schools and give administrators and teachers the right to use common sense with discipline as well. Sometimes kids and especially boys have to just beat the crap out of each other. It is part of growing up. It is one of the ways that we know as men what is acceptable in society, and Mr. President, if this kid that shot up that church had gotten his ass handed to him for spouting off his stupid hateful rhetoric once or twice things might be different. Maybe all it would have taken for him is a good butt whipping by his peers and a good male role model in his life. Mr. Obama, you get up there behind your podium and spout that this happens all too often since you have been president.

     You want to have a conversation about guns, but don’t want to have a conversation about the elephant in the room. The BIG questions! WHERE and WHO ARE THE FATHERS OF THESE SHOOTERS? We need to have a conversation about that, sir. When that question is asked, we tend to find that the father was not in the picture at all or the father was abusive. This is true in every single instance of mass shooting that has occurred during your entire presidency, (excluding the Fort Hood Shooting that you refuse to acknowledge as terrorism) and long before. Sir once we have answered that question and start working on solutions to it, we need to move on to the next.

     The next question is what role are psychotropic drugs playing in all of this? The question needs to be asked because at the very least the majority of young men that have decided to wake up one day and go shoot up an area where a lot of people are gathered have been using them.

     We need to put CNN, FOX news, MSNBC, and all the other race bating news agencies on notice that we are not going to have it any more. We will not let them spin us into a race war. We need to show them that only showing stories that pander to this idea that all people who are white are racist are promoting an idea that is false! We need to quit reading stories with headlines that identify someone by their race; because that is not their identity any more than it is yours! We don’t introduce ourselves as Black or White; we introduce ourselves based upon our ideals, our religion, and our jobs. When someone dies do you ever see the obituary read “He was a White man who loved fishing, his children, and his God?” No you don’t and if you did it would seem silly to you, so when we read “White cop, beats up Black man,” or “Black gang kills White couple,” why do we give these stories any time? That is not who they are, it is not who we are.

     So in closing you always see these Facebook challenges. I have three challenges for you. Challenge one if you see a headline for a news article or otherwise that identifies the race of any individuals involved ignore it. Just ignore it. If it is a headline on your Facebook wall delete it. If it is a headline on TV change the channel or better yet turn it off and move to the next challenge.

     Challenge number two is for Men. Men, if you are a father, you need to absolutely be in your children’s lives. I CHALLENGE YOU TO STEP UP! It is time to get in the lives of your children. It is time to raise our boys to be men of character, men of substance, and men who help people in need. I challenge men who are fathers to recruit all the help that they need. I challenge men who are not yet fathers to learn, to be volunteers for Big Brothers, Boys Club, and your local church. I challenge brothers of single mothers to children who have missing dads to step up and be that male role model for her children. I challenge Grandfathers to do the same. Only when boys are able to learn how to be men will we as a society fix the problems created by the absence of men.

     The third challenge is for women. Women if you find yourself with children, and you find yourself without a father for those children for any reason, find them male role models. Get them into Boys Club, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers, church, sports, or whatever it takes. This is especially true for mothers of boys, because if you don’t find your young boy a male role model, he will find one for himself. You, however, have the opportunity to decide whether that role model is the crack dealer on the corner or the coach at his school.

The Experiment! Jan. 14th, 2015 @ 10:53 am
My grandfather used to grab a Thrifty Nickel on the way home from work just about every day. During the few moments he would give himself for leisure he would read said Thrifty Nickel. For those of you that did not grow up in Southeast New Mexico or West Texas. A Thrifty Nickel is a newspaper of nothing but classified ads. For those of you too young to remember newspapers, think Craigslist without the search feature. The thing is in the years that I remember him doing this; I remember twice that he actually bought something from it. One of those times was a car for me. I imagine that somehow he got the same euphoria out of it that we do today while reading about people on social media. It allowed him in some way to know what was going on through who was selling what.

A little over a year ago I read a story, today I am not sure if the story were a factual story or a fictional story, but the gist of the story was that this woman was a work from home wife. The husband killed the wife and then in an effort to hide the murder he continued to do here work from home. In a further effort to hide her murder he kept her social networking updated and even texted her friends from time to time posing as her. In the story the man got away with it for two weeks. He had fooled this woman’s family, her boss, and all of her friends into believing that she was still alive and writing to them. I wondered if this was something that was even possible. Could someone manipulate my friends and family into believing I was alive for two weeks? This thought lead to an even bigger question. That question was would anyone even notice if someone disappeared for two weeks? Thus an experiment was born.

January 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015 I posted something on social media every chance that I could do so. The goal in this was to be seen. My friends, family, and even some complete strangers would know almost every aspect of what was going on in my life. I posted the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of most things. I amassed three hundred and forty “friends” on Facebook. It was not hard for me to come up with things to post. I have a real passion for writing, and I usually imagine that I am writing a note to someone when posting on social media. On January 1, 2015 I posted a message on Facebook “And the experiment begins now.” One friend posted a question mark and I hit like. This would be the last thing I did on social media for two weeks. Would anyone notice?

I was a little reluctant to do this experiment because I hypothesized that the outcome would be that nobody notices and that the results of this experiment would be taken as some kind of indictment on someone. Or even worse it would be taken as some kind of cry for attention. Rest assured that it is neither. It is simply an experiment to see whether or not the actions that I read in the story was necessary and maybe for me to learn something about human nature and myself at the same time. We read or hear all of the time about the person who changes their social media habits and then does something drastic. Many times we hear people say that they should have seen the signs and “done something.”

One thing that I learned about myself is that I am extremely vain. Over the course of the last two weeks I found it harder to not post something to Facebook, Flickr, You Tube, or so much as send an email than it was for me to over the course of an entire year to find something to put on those devices every free minute. It was very hard for me to not respond to things that I would see, especially those things that I feel very passionate about. It was hard for me to not hit “Like” when I would see something that needed no comment from me, but still made my heart warm or made me laugh. For two weeks I was dead and watched everyone through their Facebook. I even wondered if that might be what it was like to be a spirit, able to see, able to feel, but not able to act.

People now use social media the way that my grandparents used the newspaper and the 9 o’clock news. To put it bluntly we are nosey. We want to know what is going on in the lives of our neighbors and friends and we don’t really care if it is true or not. Fortunately we are also vain and willing to give that information. 20 years ago we had to rely on the gossip from someone else, but now we can now get it straight from the fingertips of those involved. The question still remains though. Would we be keen enough to notice if behavior changed when it changed? A lot of you at this point are probably thinking to yourself that you did not notice that I was gone for those two weeks. Don’t feel bad though, you were not alone. I told you at the beginning that there were three hundred and forty friends on my Facebook feed alone and the truth is that out of those 340 not even one sent me a message or mentioned that he or she noticed my absence. The experiment went just as I hypothesized. The man in the story didn’t have to go as far as updating the woman’s social media; no one would have noticed her gone any way. When someone does something drastic and they interview all of the person’s social media “friends” who state “I should have known something was wrong.” Remember that we all have REAL lives of our own. A great deal of social media is FICTION and because it is such we are not responsible for knowing the difference or for that matter when something has changed.

A letter to the City of Arlington Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 01:14 am
Dear City of Arlington Government Officials,

I have been a resident of this city for seven consecutive years now. In that short time, I have seen this city grow. I have also seen a lot of overzealousness in the ordinances passed out of city hall. Regulations regarding a person’s right to build on property that he owns (aside from safety issues) should be struck down by any person who believes in the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America. Yet, Arlington regularly passes laws pertaining to how a fence can be built how tall it can be etc. They continue to pass laws regarding the building of buildings in the back yard and car ports. It is my understanding that this is to prevent the property values of surrounding houses from decreasing. Arlington, I submit to you that your laws have decreased our property values. By regulating how I can treat my property, you take away ownership rights of the property. When you take away ownership rights to my property, you make my property worthless.

Therefore I am putting you on notice that when election time comes, I will vote against any member of the city council that introduces laws that regulate the rights of property owners in the City of Arlington. I will vote for any member willing to stand against Code compliance laws. Code enforcement needs to be reduced removing graffiti and picking up illegal signs from medians and intersections. This city needs to quit using its resources to infringe on the rights of property owners and start using them to make traffic flow easier, start using them to make our streets safer for our kids to play on. One organization within the City of Arlington that is very effective and good is the parks department. That department should continue to get all of the funding that it needs.

On the subject of making traffic flow easier, and making our streets safer for our children you could start by creating lanes for bicycles that are out of the traffic in heavy traffic areas such as Pioneer, Collins, Cooper, And Green Oaks, create sidewalks on every residential street, and enforce traffic laws with police officers instead of robots (cameras). Hire police officers to reduce crime instead of Code Compliance Officers to harass property owners. You could create arrows on lights that are long overdue for them. Make lights timed at certain times of the day and put them on sensors at other times of the day. Make our traffic lights smart enough to save us gas.

On the note of saving gas it is long past time that we had public transportation offered in this city. Let DART in or create your own version of it that connects to it. We are in the middle of a metropolis and we are the only metropolis that is not veined together with public transportation. Arlington would like to think it is the heart of the Metroplex, but in reality without a public transportation system to connect it to the surrounding cities it is nothing more than the appendix, sitting there useless waiting to burst and kill the host.

This is the second time that I have written the members of City Hall. Last time only one of you responded to my letter. That was Rick Rivera. I guess the rest of you were too busy writing laws to further infringe on my rights and the rights of my neighbors as property owners. This letter is going to go out to all members of the city council; I will also put it in various places on the internet. You do not like offering the right to do with one’s property as he chooses, let us see how you do with one’s right to free speech.

Thank you for your time


Jayson Cooper

We match prices! (unless they are lower than ours.) Mar. 6th, 2012 @ 06:54 pm
I went to the Frys store on Matlock and I-20 in Arlington, TX. There is a huge sign out front that says "We Match Internet Prices." Then in fine print it says "*See Store for Details." So I go in I find the item that I want and it is marked $19.99.

Now because of the great invention of Smart phones I was able to look on line and find it online for $15.53. I asked and was told, "That is not one of our authorized price match competitors."
So I went to see the manager. I told him "You have a sign that says 'We Match Internet Prices.' Is that correct?"
He said "Yeah, that's right."
I said "Well the guy in the back told me that the internet price was not an authorized price matching competitor.”
To which the manager responded “Well we don’t match all internet prices.”
I said “But your sign doesn’t say that.”
The manager said “But it says see store for details.”
I said, “So what you are telling me is that you match internet prices but not all internet prices?”
“That’s right.”
“So what your sign should really say is ‘We Match Internet Prices, Except When We Don’t Want To.’”
“Well now sir, it isn’t like that.”
“So what is it like?”
“Well, we have really good prices, so we are not going to match a clearance price at a competitor, or something like that.”
“So you match internet prices except when they are lower than yours?”
“Something like that.”

Goodnight Live Journal Aug. 31st, 2010 @ 11:06 pm
I have decided that I am going to abandon my live journal and myspace accounts. Anyone still left here that want's to keep up with me via facebook. Have a good night

http://www.facebook.com/tcdchameleon
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» Writer's Block: Obama drama
How do you think President Obama is doing so far? If you're an American citizen, would you vote the same way (whether for or against)? If you're not, what's your take on Obama's performance? Did his State of the Union address sway your opinion in any way?

Where the presidents speech is concerned, I found it absolutely fascinating. First I would like to say that I found some of the ideas in the speech to be absolutely brilliant. I fear however those ideas will die and never come to pass. Other things I heard in the speech just seemed insincere and meaningless. That being said let me go through what I heard and my take on each thing.

The number one thing that I found to be a great idea and what I wish would be implemented today is student loan debt forgiveness. First and foremost, colleges, vocational schools, and other post high school training is way toooooooooooooooooo expensive! If you graduate from one of these schools and immediately get a job in the field that you trained for you should be able to pay the loan back with no problems. If you graduate and you don't, and you end up flipping burgers at McDonalds you should be given extensions to pay off that loan at no interest until such a time that you get a job doing what you trained to do. If you show that you have been serious about getting into a career that uses your education and for whatever reason can not get one after a certain amount of time that loan should be forgiven. I think that this will eliminate ambitious recruiters and force schools to only supply for the demand available at the time. Secondly on that note, I think that education should cost no more than fifty percent of what a person could make in that career field in their first year. This also would go a long way to eliminate what is often times the first and longest lasting debt a person today takes on.

Mr. Obama you are right the people of America do deserve a government that will put the needs of the people before the needs of the politicians. Perhaps we will partially get that this year and really get it in 2012, but I fear that your administration has too much ground to make up and you and your people will never get that, and will never act on it. You and your administration are too self absorbed in your own agendas to care what the people need.

Mr. Obama your tax cuts made me almost $8.00 a week extra on my paycheck, but your overspending and your lack of focus on the economy has cost me $75.00 a week by forcing my employer to cut back my hours and all of those that I work with. Tell me how this evens out?

Mr. Obama when I was a freshman in high school we were required to take an economics class. In that class I learned that the way the economy thrives is when people have jobs. The way people have jobs is for people to buy what the people who have those jobs are selling. The way people buy the stuff from the people who have jobs that are selling stuff is for those people to have jobs. It is a very simple loop. The only way this economy is going to ever come back is if we again let capitalism play it's part. Your suggestion to cut taxes on American companies is a great one, but how about this instead. Eliminate all taxes on any corporation that is completely an American company. This means that the product is manufactured here, the main office is here they only employ American citizens and a substantial part of their resources are American supplied as well. I know, then the government won't have the income from those companies, but I have a suggestion for that too. A company that is based out of another country should be taxed on their goods and services coming into the United States that would equal and offset the wages of what it would cost that company in man power to operate in the United States. That is how you bring jobs back to America sir. Your plan only goes a quarter of the way.

Mr. Obama placing fees on the banks that took the bailouts and bonus's that you gave them will only hurt the people who bank at those banks. Those fees will be passed on to the customer of those banks in forms of ATM fees, check fees, interest fees etc... It does not take a genius to figure out that those people will never pay those fees out of pocket, but it will rather cut even more into the pockets of the American people.

Mr. President, I am tired of hearing about the failures of President Bush. Yes we get that he made some mistakes while in office, but the office is yours now. If I were a new manager to a failing store, and after a years time every time I was asked why the store was failing I answered well the previous manager did this, that, or whatever I would expect to get fired. I think that if the American people hear you blame the previous administrations any more you should expect the same. Sir you have been in office a year. Sir that office is your baby, it is your responsibility to fix not only your own mistakes, but the mistakes of those that came before you, and do it in a timely manner.

Your green jobs are an excellent idea as an expansion to jobs that already exist, not as a replacement. I think it is a great thing to reuse items as much as you can until it can not be used. That is a conservative idea more than it is a liberal one. I as a conservative do not like waste of any kind. It is a great thing to recycle it is a great thing to come up with new ingenuitive ways to create energy for our ever expanding need for it. However you can not abandon the ways we already have in place to get it. There are men and women who all they know is the old ways of doing things, and while yes you can teach an old dog new tricks it is a lot simpler, less stressful and less cost to teach new dogs new tricks and old ones. Here is the way I propose you go about changing the way things are done. First develop the new ideas. Then as people retire from the old way of doing things teach the new people the new ways. Phase it in. This way you keep old employed and you give new employment to the new.

Also while we are at it, a fifteen hundred dollar tax credit on energy efficient items such as new windows that cost better than 3 grand and take 10 years to save as much as they cost doesn't seem to make sense either. A better idea would be to drive the price of those goods down through mass manufacturing, competition and tools that make the jobs faster. You drive the price down to a point that you get your money back in a year or even two years everyone will buy them.

Same subject, while you say we are faced with overwhelming evidence of global warming and other man made environmental problems, we as Americans have recently found out about the overwhelming evidence that much of this was made up. The science was manufactured by corporations and politicians who stood to gain from such a claim. So forgive me if I and my fellow Americans are a little skeptical.

Back to the economy, you said that the government is going to have to do what families all across America have had to do and that is tighten your belts and budgets. Then in the same breath you said the Government was going to do that in 2011. I don't know what families you've been looking at, but I know from experience the ones that put off budgeting until tomorrow never budget. When a family looks at a problem and does nothing else, but attack that problem with intensity and vigor that moment, that family gets rid of the problem. Mr. President I offer up Dave Ramsey as an expert in that area, please talk with him and see what he says about it.

Sir you said your plan will pay off one trillion dollars in two decades, then today you and your people released another 1.9 trillion dollars to the debt, bringing our total debt to fourteen trillion dollars. By your math it will take 240 years to pay off this debt, that is just unacceptable.

A few final comments, we the American people have spoken, first as whisper, then as a voice, then as a shout, and now as a yell. WE DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT IN OUR HEALTHCARE!!! I think it's time for you to turn your hearing aid up Mr. Obama and listen.

I do not speak for everyone in the United States, but I and people like me are quickly becoming the majority, and you better listen! Otherwise don't get comfortable your contract is up for renegotiation in two years!
» My Conservative Rebuttal To The State Of The Union
Where the presidents speech is concerned, I found it absolutely fascinating. First I would like to say that I found some of the ideas in the speech to be absolutely brilliant. I fear however those ideas will die and never come to pass. Other things I heard in the speech just seemed insincere and meaningless. That being said let me go through what I heard and my take on each thing.

The number one thing that I found to be a great idea and what I wish would be implemented today is student loan debt forgiveness. First and foremost, colleges, vocational schools, and other post high school training is way toooooooooooooooooo expensive! If you graduate from one of these schools and immediately get a job in the field that you trained for you should be able to pay the loan back with no problems. If you graduate and you don't, and you end up flipping burgers at McDonalds you should be given extensions to pay off that loan at no interest until such a time that you get a job doing what you trained to do. If you show that you have been serious about getting into a career that uses your education and for whatever reason can not get one after a certain amount of time that loan should be forgiven. I think that this will eliminate ambitious recruiters and force schools to only supply for the demand available at the time. Secondly on that note, I think that education should cost no more than fifty percent of what a person could make in that career field in their first year. This also would go a long way to eliminate what is often times the first and longest lasting debt a person today takes on.

Mr. Obama you are right the people of America do deserve a government that will put the needs of the people before the needs of the politicians. Perhaps we will partially get that this year and really get it in 2012, but I fear that your administration has too much ground to make up and you and your people will never get that, and will never act on it. You and your administration are too self absorbed in your own agendas to care what the people need.

Mr. Obama your tax cuts made me almost $8.00 a week extra on my paycheck, but your overspending and your lack of focus on the economy has cost me $75.00 a week by forcing my employer to cut back my hours and all of those that I work with. Tell me how this evens out?

Mr. Obama when I was a freshman in high school we were required to take an economics class. In that class I learned that the way the economy thrives is when people have jobs. The way people have jobs is for people to buy what the people who have those jobs are selling. The way people buy the stuff from the people who have jobs that are selling stuff is for those people to have jobs. It is a very simple loop. The only way this economy is going to ever come back is if we again let capitalism play it's part. Your suggestion to cut taxes on American companies is a great one, but how about this instead. Eliminate all taxes on any corporation that is completely an American company. This means that the product is manufactured here, the main office is here they only employ American citizens and a substantial part of their resources are American supplied as well. I know, then the government won't have the income from those companies, but I have a suggestion for that too. A company that is based out of another country should be taxed on their goods and services coming into the United States that would equal and offset the wages of what it would cost that company in man power to operate in the United States. That is how you bring jobs back to America sir. Your plan only goes a quarter of the way.

Mr. Obama placing fees on the banks that took the bailouts and bonus's that you gave them will only hurt the people who bank at those banks. Those fees will be passed on to the customer of those banks in forms of ATM fees, check fees, interest fees etc... It does not take a genius to figure out that those people will never pay those fees out of pocket, but it will rather cut even more into the pockets of the American people.

Mr. President, I am tired of hearing about the failures of President Bush. Yes we get that he made some mistakes while in office, but the office is yours now. If I were a new manager to a failing store, and after a years time every time I was asked why the store was failing I answered well the previous manager did this, that, or whatever I would expect to get fired. I think that if the American people hear you blame the previous administrations any more you should expect the same. Sir you have been in office a year. Sir that office is your baby, it is your responsibility to fix not only your own mistakes, but the mistakes of those that came before you, and do it in a timely manner.

Your green jobs are an excellent idea as an expansion to jobs that already exist, not as a replacement. I think it is a great thing to reuse items as much as you can until it can not be used. That is a conservative idea more than it is a liberal one. I as a conservative do not like waste of any kind. It is a great thing to recycle it is a great thing to come up with new ingenuitive ways to create energy for our ever expanding need for it. However you can not abandon the ways we already have in place to get it. There are men and women who all they know is the old ways of doing things, and while yes you can teach an old dog new tricks it is a lot simpler, less stressful and less cost to teach new dogs new tricks and old ones. Here is the way I propose you go about changing the way things are done. First develop the new ideas. Then as people retire from the old way of doing things teach the new people the new ways. Phase it in. This way you keep old employed and you give new employment to the new.

Also while we are at it, a fifteen hundred dollar tax credit on energy efficient items such as new windows that cost better than 3 grand and take 10 years to save as much as they cost doesn't seem to make sense either. A better idea would be to drive the price of those goods down through mass manufacturing, competition and tools that make the jobs faster. You drive the price down to a point that you get your money back in a year or even two years everyone will buy them.

Same subject, while you say we are faced with overwhelming evidence of global warming and other man made environmental problems, we as Americans have recently found out about the overwhelming evidence that much of this was made up. The science was manufactured by corporations and politicians who stood to gain from such a claim. So forgive me if I and my fellow Americans are a little skeptical.

Back to the economy, you said that the government is going to have to do what families all across America have had to do and that is tighten your belts and budgets. Then in the same breath you said the Government was going to do that in 2011. I don't know what families you've been looking at, but I know from experience the ones that put off budgeting until tomorrow never budget. When a family looks at a problem and does nothing else, but attack that problem with intensity and vigor that moment, that family gets rid of the problem. Mr. President I offer up Dave Ramsey as an expert in that area, please talk with him and see what he says about it.

Sir you said your plan will pay off one trillion dollars in two decades, then today you and your people released another 1.9 trillion dollars to the debt, bringing our total debt to fourteen trillion dollars. By your math it will take 240 years to pay off this debt, that is just unacceptable.

A few final comments, we the American people have spoken, first as whisper, then as a voice, then as a shout, and now as a yell. WE DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT IN OUR HEALTHCARE!!! I think it's time for you to turn your hearing aid up Mr. Obama and listen.

I do not speak for everyone in the United States, but I and people like me are quickly becoming the majority, and you better listen! Otherwise don't get comfortable your contract is up for renegotiation in two years!
» Warning! Emotional rants may be insulting!
I have done a lot of soul searching in my life and I have come to a few conclusions. I think it only prudent to write a few of them down. I have concluded that there are a lot of things in this world that I strongly dislike. I dislike them so much that it leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. Now along with those things that I dislike there are a lot of things that I absolutely love. I love them so much that I can not imagine how we ever got along with out them. So on that note I've decided to make a list of the things that I really have strong feelings about either way, it is as follows.

First my dislikes.

I really dislike people who cheat on their spouses. It is the surest way to show how weak you are as a human being. I have known people who do this on a regular basis, and I have little or no respect for them. If you are one of these people, you should take a long hard look at your life and realize that you lose the respect, admiration, and the confidence of the majority of people around you.

I really dislike cheap goods and poor service. I long for a time before planned obsolescense. A time when things were built to last, not built to sell as many as possible in a short amount of time. I have never known that time, but I am sure it was a great time to live.

I really dislike government interference in anything. I do not think that anyone has the right to demand anything of you. I think you should be free to say, to think, to read, to write anything you like without fear of government censorship, interference, or punishment. I think that the government as of late is going too far in it's oppression of everything from first amendment rights to tenth amendment rights, and yes I do know them all.

I really dislike loss. From the loss of friends and family to the loss of things, it is probably the least fair thing about life.

I really dislike ADD.


Now for some things I love.

I love my family. They keep me on my toes and for them my life is never boring.

I love living in a still by all accounts free society. It is still the best place on earth.

I love Texas. I love it's out doors, it's history, it's vastness, and it's beauty.

I love mustangs. From the horse to the car to the air plane's they are all things of great beauty.

I love the internet, it is almost a life of it's own, full of information, knowledge, and entertainment. However it could also go in my dislike pile sometimes too.

I love building things. I don't know if it's building things that I love or creating things. In many cases I build things just to see if I can. To take a design from my head and give it life outside of my head, is a great amount of fun for me.

And now for a little known fact about me. Though I've never been diagnosed I am completely sure that I have adult ADD, I'm sure that I may be obsessive, and I think I might even be a little disposophobic. Any thoughts?
» Garage Sale!
Friends, family especially those that live in the DFW area. We have had a good year, however this next year I see some things on the Horizon that will affect my family dearly. I see many of our major appliances going out, some major repairs on our vehicles coming up. In an effort to replace and repair them I am going to take on some extra work and my family is going to periodically sell some things. We do not want charity, but I would like to work for you. Here are some of the things that I can do along with some things that we are going to sell. If you are in need of any of these things please contact me. Thanks,

Minor electrical work. (Phone, Cable, Audio Video, Electrical Outlets, Breaker Replacement, Light Switches, Light Replacement, Lamp Repair Etc.)
Installations of almost any kind.
Minor Auto repair and maintenance.
Carpentry
Vehicle Headliner replacement
Many other small jobs.
Weekend Baby Sitting By my wife.

Things for sale.
Working Dishwasher
Sewing Machine (Belt or Gear has jumped time and needs work. Breaks needles)
Commercial Coffee Maker
Antique Typewriter
Antique Physicians Scale
Headboard (Full size)
Tire Chains For a Semi
12V Refrigerator (Camper or Semi)
Wicker Coffee Table
Antique Glassware and Crystal to be listed later. More to be listed later.
Pictures available upon Request.
» Happy Battle Of Gonzales Day, Y'all!


Battle of Gonzales History
» A Conversation With JAC
After drawing a picture of the twin towers to display on my blogs my son asked me what they were. I dare anyone to try to explain this to a five year old without any tears.

“What is that picture of, Daddy?” JAC asked me.

“It's a picture of some buildings.”

“Why did you draw a picture of those buildings?” He asked.

“Well, because in a few days it will be the anniversary of when they fell.”

“How did they fall?”

At this point I figured I might as well try to explain it to him. JAC has had his fair share of death in his life, and knows what it is. I don't hide from him the fact that there is indeed evil in the world.

“Well you see eight years ago some bad men decided that they didn't like America, and decided that they should kill as many Americans as they can. They stole some airplanes and flew them into these buildings. Lots of people died. Lots of people like myself vowed that they would never ever ever forget the terrible thing that they did. So every year Daddy draws a picture or writes something down or leaves the porch light on or hangs his flag to remind him of his fight against evil.”

“Daddy, why are you crying?”

“Because, like I told you a lot of people died that day, and every time I remind myself of that day it makes me sad. A lot of people died for no reason what so ever other than they did not believe the way these bad men did.”

“How many died?” JAC knows how to count.

“Almost three thousand people died that day.”

“Wow! That's a lot of people Daddy.”

“There was some good things that came out of it though son.”

“What's that?”

“Well, people used to go about their lives with little concern for one another, they were complacent in themselves. After that happened people of every color, every religion, and every system of belief came together to grieve. People began introducing themselves to their neighbors. Some people like myself grew up. Some people like myself also turned to God for the first time in a long time if for no other reason, just to ask why.”

“Did you ever find out why?”

“I don't know that we will ever really know or understand why. We will only understand that we are still here and it is up to us to remember the ones that are not.”

“Huh. I'm eating macaroni, Dad.”

“Yes you are.”

When the attacks occurred, I was angry. It was probably the angriest I have ever been in my entire life. This happened about half a year before my wife and I got together for the second time. September 11 affected me in ways that I can never really explain. Weeks after it happened I read a few passages from John on the suffering of Jesus Christ during his final hours nailed to the cross. I figured that if his faith would allow him to endure that, I could develop enough faith in him to endure and overcome the anger and the hatred that I felt because of the attacks. I forgave a lot of people who I had felt wronged me. I feel that I instantly gained a world of wisdom. I also feel that I gained a lot of cynicism. I used to have a lot of trust in anyone that I met. I gave that trust openly until it was violated. I don't have that level of trust anymore. Now I do not trust anyone or anything until the trust is earned. This does not go against my religion as some will say. I trust in God, though he has definitely earned it.


» Freedom!!!
I pledge no allegiance to the flag of the United States of America

and to the republic for which it no longer stands

one nation godless no longer independent with no liberty and no justice for all.


This is what our nation has been reduced to. I still like the old pledge better and I will stand up and proudly say it at any opportunity that I can. I still have a belief that God who created this land who gives so much to us and asks for little in return should be recognized. I believe that there are many of us in this country who need to recognize him.


Recently I heard about a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. This group has a problem with “Christian Based Prayer.” This by the admission of one of it's spokes persons on the radio last week. According to this group the constitution states that you can not pray in a public building. I had to stop because I have read the constitution of the United States Of America and it's first amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech...”


Now the way I read this is that Congress will not make any laws requiring me or you to conform to a governmental religion. I read it that Congress will not interfere with your right to practice your religion when and where you see fit. I read it that you have the right to speak, even if that speech is a prayer. Tell me where I am wrong in that statement. Where in that document does it say that you can't practice your religion and speak a prayer of any faith in city hall if you choose? Where in that statement does it say that you can't say the pledge of allegiance? Where in that document does it say that you can not display artwork of any kind in a public building?


Now I'm sure that many lawyers could come up with many laws banning such things, however based upon the first amendment wouldn't those laws be null and unconstitutional?


For this reason, after some prayer of my own, and what I felt to be a calling from God, I started the Freedom From The Freedom From Religion Foundation. I think it is time to put God back into our lives. I think it is time for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Atheists to stand together and realize that taking away someone's right to pray to whom he wishes is oppression, and we need to make the powers that be realize that we will not tolerate oppression of any religious group. To join with me you can go to any of the groups I have put up. The links are as follows.


Flickr-http://www.flickr.com/groups/1245647@N22/


Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=121754498217


Myspace-http://groups.myspace.com/FFFFRFF


After you join, say two things. Say “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America

And to the republic for which it stands

One nation under God

With liberty and justice for all.”


Then with that liberty you can say a prayer out loud to any God you choose. My prayer will be “Our father who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, trespasses, and sins, as we forgive those indebted to us, those who have trespassed against us, and those who have sinned against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. -Amen.”


» First Day Of School Blues
Today was JAC's first day of Kindergarten. I took the morning off so that I could take him to school. When we got to the class I could tell he was very nervous, but we found his locker and his chair and he sat down. He whined a little, and I snuck out the door and went on to work.

When JAC got home he was very excited, and obviously had a great time, as I was pretty sure he would. He's got a knack for making friends anywhere.

Well since this morning I have been asked several times if I cried. Well ehemm yes, I guess I did get a little misty eyed leaving my little man to one of his rights of passage. Nobody told me about the emotions that hit a parent when they take their kids to school for the first time. I could have used that warning.

JAC went to school today and I learned something. Fathers want their sons to grow up to be wise, intelligent, strong, honorable men, but they don't want it to happen quickly. And no matter how slow it goes it is always too quick.

» New Social Networking Way To Contact Me.

I have a new twitter account.
http://twitter.com/tcdchameleon


» I'm A Racist!
Hello, this makes my 14th consecutive trip to RA. I think it's time that I take the podium and say...Hello, my name is Jay, and I'm a Racist. It all started during the 2008 elections when we as a country were getting over run with people from other countries with no regard for the law. Now this had been going on for a long time, but very few would speak out against it, because of the labels that came with doing such an action. I became a person who didn't care about those labels. Then we elected an African American President who spent us into bankruptcy. It didn't matter that I argued on the side of Rodney King. It didn't matter that I believe in the teachings of Martin Luther King. It didn't matter that two of my best friends ever were black. It didn't matter that another set of friends I have are of all races, religions, sexual orientations etc... I am a racist because I speak out against the Dictator of the United States. I am a racist because I don't believe that an officer acts "Stupidly" just because he does his job and questions someone suspected of burglary and then arrests him when he becomes belligerent.

I'm a racist because I'm not African American, Hispanic, or Asian. I'm a racist because I am a true American. I'm a racist because I'm not black, yellow, green, purple, or tan. I'm a racist because I am Red White and Blue.

I'm a racist because I think that people should work hard and pay their own way through the world. I'm a racist because I believe that American Jobs should go to Americans. I am a racist because I see people who have not been through the system and gotten a drivers license or a social security card or even insurance for their car, make more money than I do. I realize they work hard for that money, but I am willing to work hard too.

With that I submit to you that we are all racist. We all look down on someone whether it be because of their beliefs, or how they live their lives or what have you. We may not all be racist against a color or a group of people, but all of us in our lives are guilty of racism in some form or fashion against another individual. The sooner we realize that we are all racists the sooner we can be racist against racism. The sooner we realize it is not others that are different, the sooner we will realize that it is in fact us that are different. And the sooner that we realize that, the sooner we can all work together and use our racism to better us not to hold us back.

I will leave the podium to the next person now.
» To those I love.
It has truly been a while since I have really not had anything political to say that you haven't all heard before.

I just wanted to take the time and tell everyone about some remarkable people. There is a woman that I have known since she was a little girl in kindergarten. That little girl grew up, married, and to this date has two very beautiful young boys. This woman takes care of me even when I do not deserve it. She asks for very little in return, and supports my almost every decision. She is smart, beautiful, and intuitive. Without her I would be completely lost in this world. She is my best friend, my most revered ally, my wife. She stands by me even when I am lost, and she holds me up when I can not stand. She should know how much I love her even when I don't say it.

The others that I want to take the time to tell you about are her two children. Both strong willed boys who will become men of strong character. Eager to make me proud. Though I probably do not show it as often as I should I am proud of them and will continue to be proud of them as long as I shall live. It is up to me to mold these impressionable young boys into those men of strong character and God willing and with the help of, I shall remain of the character to do so. To these children, my sons, know that I love you, and I always will.

To God please help me to make all of the right decisions in their education, their lives, and their growth.

To everyone else pray for the same.

Jay.
» Spending $1 million to move ROCKS

The city that I live in is planning on spending almost a million dollars to move some rocks from it's storage in an abandoned water tower to a place in front of the Cowboys stadium on Randol Mill Road. This, while it takes the police department sometimes two hours to respond to a call. This, while most of the streets in the area you could break your axle on. This, while hwy 360 is jammed every single morning and every single evening.


The ironic thing is that I voted for the stadium in Arlington. I voted for the stadium because I felt that if the stadium was there they would have to build roads and transportation systems to and around it. I didn't vote for it so that we could spend a million dollars on what they are calling a sculpture, but in reality is nothing more than a bunch of rocks arranged to mimic stone henge.


More ironic is that this sculpture used to be on display in a park that now houses the Highlands shopping center. The city took it down due a belief that it was being used for pagan and satanic rituals, What makes the city believe that it wouldn't again be used for those purposes?


So to you Arlington, Texas, I have to say NO! You can not use my hard earned money, my taxes to build this. If any one of you on the city council does not put a stop to this absurdity, then put it to a vote, I will mount a full email campaign against you. Use a million dollars to fix my damn streets, not to put rocks near the stadium!


References: http://www.star-telegram.com/stadium/story/1455337.html


http://www.coyotethunder.com/moor/

Edit:---Some folks in the Arlington area have asked me what they can do. Here it is go to http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/citycouncil/index.html email your representative from that list, and give them a piece of your mind.

» Independence Day.

So, last weekend was so busy it seems like it hasn't ended yet. Friday I got off from work, and my family and I drove to Addison for the Kaboom Town fireworks display. This is something that my family and I do every year. There are always lots of activities, and plenty to do. This year they added carnival rides. The only thing about it is it is extremely crowded, and it is always hard to get in and out of it. All that being said, the fireworks display every year is an amazing spectacle, and every year it is more spectacular than the last. Before the show they have WWII aircraft flying over, this is always neat to see. They also have a wing walker. Then, the lights go down, a huge American flag is raised and the National Anthem is sung.


One thing that bothered me is that during the Star Spangled Banner there were several people who for what ever reason didn't stand up. People who were talking during the song, and it seemed that only about a third of the group knew the words to the song.


When those of us who did know the song sang “...and the home of the brave.” The night sky lit up and you heard the boom of the first explosion. It continues to light up for 30-45 minutes until a finale that lights up everything for miles. It is really an impressive site.


Saturday we woke up early and went to the parade in Arlington. The parade is always very long, and I in fact have never seen it to it's completion, but it in itself is also awesome.


We came home quickly had lunch with Stefi and Christa, then got ready and left for the TEA party at Southfork Ranch In Allen, TX. The TEA party was an awesome display of patriotism and pride. I felt right at home amongst the like minded people who attended. We sang the National Anthem not once, but twice, and both times not only did everyone stand at attention, but I mean to tell you, everyone knew the words and sang loudly and proudly. There were many great speakers in attendance, Janeane Garofalo or David Letterman not being one of those speakers. However one speaker that was there was Captain Scott O'Grady, who I think would make a great candidate for office. Perhaps he will run.


The events, music, and fireworks were not as well coordinated as the ones in Addison, but none the less I had a blast. I feel it was much more of a learning experience for my son as he seemed to genuinely get that this was important.


Did I mention that Independence Day is my favorite holiday? Did I also mention that of course you can see pictures of both events on flickr?


» Happy Birthday America!
To the 217,000 people who fought for and the 4,435 who died for the birth of our nation, my family salutes you.

To the 286,730 who fought for and the 2,260 who died for our country in the war of 1812, my family salutes you.

To the 78,718 who fought and the 13,283 who died in service during the Mexican War, my family salutes you.

To the 3,263,363 men who fought and the 214,938 confirmed dead who fought on both sides of the Civil War, my family's hats are off to you.

To the 306,760 who fought and the 2,446 men who died during the Spanish American War, My family's hearts go out to you.

To the 4,734,991 who fought and the 116,516 who died during World War I. We value your bravery.

To the 16,112,566 Americans who fought and the 405,399 who died during World War II, may God be with you always.

To the 5,720,000 soldiers and the 36,574 who died in Korea. We honor your courage.

To the 8,744,000 men who fought and the 90,209 fallen in Vietnam, my family welcomes you home.

To the 2,225,000 Americans who fought and the 2,094 who died because and during the Persian Gulf War my family still ties yellow ribbons for you.

To the millions who have deployed and the 5,040 who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, you are our heroes. We hope to have you all home soon.

To all the veterans alive and dead, you have the thanks of my grateful family. It is because of you that we live in the greatest nation in the known universe. Happy Birthday To The United States Of America!
» To health care or not to health care.
This is the story of government health care at it's best. A woman that I cared for deeply growing up and all through my adult life had a dreadful disease. That disease was diabetes. At one point in her life she had a fall that pinched a nerve. She was on a government run insurance program. Her doctor opted to do surgery to relieve the pinched nerve. The surgery was done, and she never walked again. I don't pretend to understand what happened, but I know that before she had the surgery she was able to walk with a cane, after the procedure she was paralyzed from the waist down. Her spirits were still good and she underwent a few more surgeries in hopes that it would fix the problem. These surgeries ended up putting her in ICU, where she lived and had her good days and her bad. I went to visit her several times in this ICU facility, then one day I went to visit, she was in good spirits. She was obviously tired, but she didn't want me to go, I finally said “It's ok, you rest I'll come back next month and see you.” Three weeks later due to a bureaucracy that said that after a certain amount of time a person on this government run health insurance could not stay in ICU, the woman was moved to a long term care facility. She stopped breathing that night, they rushed her back to the hospital. They stabilized her and due to that bureaucracy they sent her back to the assisted living facility. She passed away the very next night. My grandmother was sixty-seven years old. I truly believe had she not been moved around twice, she would have in all likelihood eventually gotten better. Now ask me what I think of ANY idea for a government run health care program. Here are the facts, the government can't even run a budget, it can't run a business (the US Postal Service) or anything else why would it be capable of making decisions regarding the health of it's people without it becoming such a cluster f*@k that people would die? Sorry O, while I agree with you that the health care system does need an over haul, I don't think the government is in any position to fix it.
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