Tuesday, December 12, 2006

With Love from America to You

As my inaugural tirade, I am probably going to take a lot of flack for this but it needs to be said, as I believe that it is a major source of what is wrong with our great nation. Not a day goes by without one being able to open the paper, surf the net, or turn on the radio without it hitting you in the face like splatter from a freight train rocketing out of control, our use of democracy. Right now you’re probably saying to yourself, wow this guy is a communist lunatic maniac, and are dialing information for the number to the FBI. However, let me enlighten you as to the point I am trying to make. You bet your bottom dollar (or what it’s still worth anyway) that I thank god every waking moment for Democracy and the incredible liberties and freedoms of this awesome country. Without them the world would be a horribly frightful place, as history dictates. However, the prosecutorial society in which we live has used the very values on which this noble principle was founded to twist and violate the true meaning and intention of this beautiful concept. Today everyone thinks it’s their god given right to do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want all in the name of democracy, and if practical checks and balances are put in place to ensure that they can’t then they clamor that we’re suppressing their rights and liberties. This gives rise to the creation of lobbyists, activists, and ultimately the utilization of the self serving press to advertise the atrocity that has occurred. As a result, we have juvenile delinquents demanding emancipation from their parents because it is their democratic right and this youth movement has no regard and respect for society. We have a government that focuses on the uncommon occurrence of infraction to exploit the ability to defend every faction’s liberty, no matter how severe, right or wrong, or what additional hardship it may cause the greater whole. Proponents of such action that believe society’s measures to be the true meaning of the concept will turn to you and say…duh stupid, after all this is a democracy. And that is exactly my point, this is a democracy! A liberty that should not be dealt with lightly as the ultimate trump card to obtain whatever it is we seek, like children throwing a tantrum in a candy shop. Rather it is an extremely powerful freedom that can be used to truly make the world a better place, and I feel that society has greatly misused the application of this power. Our result is that we are left with a mess. Instead of ensuring that every person in this great country is afforded the same level of health care, true social security, and low cost education. We have capable brilliant minds that are unwilling to go into the field of medicine due to the fact that it does not pay well, and carries unjustifiable financial risks. Hard working young adults who most probably will not see any form of social security, due to our government’s lack of care for establishing a truly financially sound social security system, and people like me who are losing faith in our ability to clean up this mess. We need to wake up and realize that democracy is an amazing gift, one that we were the first nation on which it was bestowed, and begin to add some simplified common sense into the mix to realize that our priorities are in the wrong places. The beauty is that although everyone believes that it is not within their power to fix it, but the truth is that it is. You were all given the power to vote, and with the presidential election on the horizon it is about time you took you heads out of your asses and demanded better from your politicians. Start focusing on real issues not some nonsensical oxymoronic political creation, such as pro choice or pro life. The bottom line is, that we have to start caring more about the society in which we live and how our actions will shape future generations, because nobody else will. Stop worshiping the almighty dollar, and open your eyes to see the type of people this turns us into. Democracy was created to afford everybody social and fiscal equality, and is time we start utilizing it to do just that. There is no precedent for us to turn to, the precedent is you.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Def Leppard Facts

The heavy metal band Def Leppard was formed in Sheffield, England in 1977; founding members included lead singer Joe Elliot (b. 1 August 1959), bassist Rick Savage (b. 2 December 1960) and guitarist Pete Willis. Drummer Rick Allen (b. 1 November 1963) and guitarist Steve Clark (b. 23 April 1960) joined the band shortly thereafter. According to the band's official bio, their name was originally spelled Deaf Leopard. The band's early producer, Robert "Mutt" Lange, later produced (and married) country star Shania Twain. Drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a 1984 traffic accident, but learned to drum one-armed and continued on with the band. Willis was fired for drunkenness during the 1980s and replaced by guitarist Phil Collen. Guitarist Steve Clark died in 1991 after mixing painkillers with liquor; he was later replaced by Vivian Campbell. (Source: who2.com)

On the bands' official website they denied the rumor that they have begun recording a new album.

Friday, December 8, 2006

What Really Grinds My Gears

Welcome to Spewing Lava! I was inspired to start this blog based upon the hilarious Family Guy episode in which Peter Griffin hosts a news segment titled what really grinds my gears, and an influential figure in my professional life. In honor of Peter’s side-splitting comedic episode, I will dedicate this blog to discussing the very things that eat at my mind, burn me up, and make me go crazy. In short, what really grinds my gears. I know what you’re thinking…and do not fear. This blog will not be a bunch of senseless rants about what pissed me off on any given day tying my panties in a bunch making me want to pull out my hair and scream, but rather will address the legitimate oxymoronic nuances of this great country, the human race, and wonderful world in which we live. If you are actually investing your time in reading these posts I thank you, and hope that you will find them both informative and entertaining. I also encourage you all to put in your two cents on the issues raised (if you dare!), in the hopes that I can measure where you all stand on these very important topics. So stay tuned every Tuesday and Friday for the latest tirade on something, everything, or maybe nothing at all.

Statistical Fact of the Week

At - 40 degrees Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.