Friday, May 9, 2008

Some political ramble

I get most of my news from the front page of AOL. Who would have thought 30 years ago that our news would come from a flat screen monitor (some don't even have yet) while sitting in the basement nursing a cup of coffee. The reason you see, is that my kid is a bit angry in the morning and prefers not to have the lights on around the breakfast table, so reading the paper is out. Frankly, I don't like the hassle of the paper, I am more comfortable using less energy, only my finger and the effort of the coffee to my mouth.

Nope, if I say the wrong thing in the morning the little princess starts throwing the f-bomb around and the dog hides under the bed. The neighbors hardly talk to us anymore. I think it is because they might be highly religious and we...we are apparently the sacramental bearers of fowl language, loud and often.

It is strange to think that with the click of a mouse you can read a story about the first Black President (or first female President) and then click over to a video of a teenager smashing his face on a skateboard stunt on youtube, or to Wikepedia looking up any word or term using knowledge from anyone with a computer. It is amazing the change that has taken place in how we run our lives, communicate, shop, entertain ourselves. I can't help but think we are being monitored somehow. Some form of information gathered and used to prepare some form of report on our Internet activity. Men, you know what I'm talking about.

When Al Gore invented the Internet, I wonder if he considered the fact that an email would be circulating someday comparing his home and his utility bill to one of President Bushes homes in Texas. That is what I got the other day, a slanted email from a friend making that comparison. Some form of democrat vs. Republican rhetoric.

Spare me fellas. For me it is all boiling down to who will raise the taxes less?

Anyway, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged that the gas and electric bills for Gore's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours. Google it folks, it is right there on his information highway. As for Bush, the home was evidently his Crawford Winter White House, has 25,000 gallons of rainwater storage, gray water collection from sinks and showers for irrigation, passive solar, geothermal heating and cooling.

I have been thinking about Bush lately with the race coming up this weekend. He is a mountain biker and I would like to offer to take him on a ride sometime, because he rides bikes on his ranch and I would assume that he "gets it". If all comes true, through the magic of the the epidemic Internet, maybe he will see this blog and take me up on it, fly in on Airforce One and meet me at Castlewood. I might have some dogs and chili brought in for the occasion. Like we did at a bike race that Dogfish Merle put on back in 2000, the day Pfoodman was born.

And a couple years later, when I got that equipment tax credit of 100 grand, due to the help of his administration, a one time write off to help businesses, it friggin really helped. During the Internet era, and through Bushes administration, I was able to start a business and continue to let it emerge due to lower tax philosophy and less government interference. It's been a good ride and I don't plan to sit idol waiting for someone to screw it up, hence forth the blog entry today.

Hey, it ain't perfect, the war is a pain in the ass, the oil thing is a bitch. Can you believe that just yesterday the Federal Government outwardly accepted the fact that the higher commodities prices do, in fact, have something to do with the bio-fuel rally. WTF?

I have listened to the Dem's position themselves again on a bandwagon of change, Obama and his power of motivation and inspiration, Hillary, the others before them.

When asked on what the Dem's should do first when taking office one Alabama native had all the answers:

1. Press the president to get us out of Iraq as soon as possible. 2.Demand an end to prisoner abuse and torture, and secret prisons. Insist that the Geneva Conventions be completely upheld. 3. Insist that the president mend fences with our traditional allies. 4. Increase the minimum wage. 5. Universal health care for all Americans. 6. See that the rich pay their fair share of the taxes. 7. Encourage the development of alternative fuels. 8. Pardon Third World debt.

I wouldnt invite this guy to the Wood.


Anonymous said...

"The war is a pain in the ass"? Seriously.

richpierce said...

The POTUS (President of the United States) has a rule that nobody may pass him when he is mountain biking. So if you want to ride with Bush, you'll have to follow him at a respectful distance and not do the tire-rub thing.

We all vote with our wallets. My energy bidness buddies are all riding high on Bush- no surprise there. Generally if you're doing well, you'll love the sitting president. Doesn't mean he's/she's good or bad, just that it's working out well for you, now. And that's what counts in the voting booth.