Social problems across the nation

So looking at the news, I see more and more gun and drug problems. Anyone stop to think that maybe, if people could make a living off from their jobs, that maybe, just maybe, they would not be so quick to turn to drugs and violence? I mean seriously? Minimum wage is supposed to be the minimum wage someone can live on in our country, how the hell do they expect you to live on 7.25 an hour? So figure if you are working a 40 hour week, which most part time positions do not, as they do not want to have to pay benefits like insurance and such, you make roughly $290 per week before taxes.. So call it $210 after taxes. So figure, they are making roughly $800 to $1000 per month? Ok, so now lets look at the US National average for rent.. Hrm, so call it $900? So you can almost pay rent for 1 month on average with your minimum wage job.. Ok, lets say you live somewhere that you can get an apartment, even a dump for half the national average.. so $450. Now lets figure that you like food.. Food prices have went up a lot over the last few years. but, for the sake of argument, that you manage to somehow eat for $50 per week, far below the US average, but 8% of Americans say they manage it So you are spending $200-$250 a month on food. That is bare basics considering I know we can easily blow $100 on food for 2 bags of groceries if we are not careful. So now, out of that $800 per month, we have spent $650-$700 depending on 4 or 5 week month, and looking at an apartment that is half the national average and looking at spending less than 92% of Americans do on food per week. So now you want a phone? TV? Electric?($111) Water? Mandatory health insurance? Car? Public Transportation? You are looking at least one more job, just to cover basic costs.. and that is not even looking at if you are one of the many who actually took college classes and have student loans to pay for that left you still working a minimum wage job.
I see all these people arguing that we need more gun control. No we don’t. We need people who are not desperate to survive. What would you be willing to do to survive? Sell drugs? Hold up a store? Ok, so how about if you have a family and your child is sick? What would you be willing to do for your sick child? Still think it is a gun problem? In a time when corporations are making record profits, why is the middle class dwindling and the lower class growing? I still say they need to tax the crap out of corporate profits for a few years, and tax the crap out of any salary that more than three or four times the national average of $44k. Then raise the minimum wage. If they can not give all the money to the executives without paying huge taxes, and would have to pay large sums of taxes on profits, they are less likely to raise the costs of goods to maintain a high profit margin. I am not saying they should not make profits, but when profits come at the expense of the people doing all the work, maybe it is time for things to change?
Corporate welfare needs to stop. Creating a new slave population by giving people barely enough to live on needs to stop. Everyone taking their share of profits from the basic necessities of life needs to stop. You wonder why our society has a drug and violence problem? I am surprised we do not have more of a problem. They are doing everything they can to make it so we have no choice but to work for them cheap to survive. Seriously. Many places are making it illegal to collect rain water.. Many are making it mandatory that you are connected to the power grid. Gee, I wonder why they wanna take our guns away? It is not a gun problem. It is a desperation problem. We put our mental patients on the street by cutting social programs, give more corporate subsidies, and then the corporate runs news about the guns and violence problems and how we need to cut more social programs so the country can quit losing money. I have an idea, how about we stop paying house and senate 4 times the national average of $44k, stop giving 92 Billion a year away to corporations making Billions and seriously look at making a single payer health care system. All of which will never happen as long as corporations have lobbyists in DC bending our elected officials ears, while the American people do not. Consider this, Corporations can now spending huge amounts of money getting someone elected, then send a lobbyist to Washington DC to hang with them and influence them.
We need to take back our government from big money and big corporations. We need to change the laws again to not allow big corporations to donate to get public officials elected. Our government should not be for sale. Then we can see about making sure everyone has a living wage and decent health care. Then maybe we can fix the “gun and drug” problem, of course, at that point, maybe there will not be one, because people will not be so desperate just to survive.

The new Corporate Reality of America today.

Anyone else bothered by all the big corporations running our country? I mean, seriously, I see people complaining about not being able to live off the grid, not being able to collect rain water. Who do people complain about? The Government, but then they continue to vote the same ways. I would like to point out, it is not JUST the government, it is the corporations that with the new political campaign laws are now pretty much legally allowed to buy and pay for our government officials. Do not see how money can make something happen that we do not want?
In the last election, Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson bankrolled the campaign against medical marijuana in Florida. It worked. In May, before the election, Medical Marijuana had a 90% approval rating. By election time, he had shaved more then 40 points off that and it failed. Seriously? Here is a little story about it. and you can also read more about it where he is quoted as saying,”I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections. But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it.”
Yet, we keep voting for politicians that continue to give our rights and powers as a people away to the big corporations and the super wealthy? Why? Do people ever take a minute to actually look and see how the people they vote for actually vote? Read up on the laws that they are passing, or at least trying to pass? How do those laws actually help or hinder us? To many of them seem to be limiting our abilities to survive freely, without giving huge amounts of our incomes to big corporations, who actually get a large part of our money already from government subsidies. and give you some ideas on where our money is really going. But if you watch the news, they will happily send you to the social welfare programs as our problem with the budget in this country. Seriously? Corporate subsidies help make the rich richer. Social Welfare helps poor people eat. Yes, they may get some toys with it too, but it is meant to help give them a place to live and eat. I do not disagree that it could use some reform, but as we are spending about half the price on social welfare that we are spending on corporate-welfare, I really do not feel like someone buying an iphone who is on welfare is our major budget problem in this Country.
Now, we have corporations who are out to patent things you can find in nature as a cure to cancer? Seriously? Is anyone else getting real sick of corporations running our country and our lives? Anyone else ever looked at health care costs in any other country? How about costs of medications?
and this gives you an idea on medications.  So what we see if you actually read this is, they charge us outrageous prices for Insurance, they charge us outrageous prices for healthcare, and they charge us outrageous prices for medications, and they patent even things that are grown naturally so they can charge us high prices for those things? Wow. They have us coming and going.
I have a lot of friends who are very conservative, and they complain about the cost of medication, they complain about the cost of medical care, they complain about the government, and taxes, but they do not complain about the fact that the corporations charging all this money are able to contribute huge amounts of money to get leaders that are sympathetic to them elected. The corporate media continues to spin the left against the right, but there really isn’t a big difference. What really starts to bother me is when you look at who owns the majority of many of these corporations.
Really rather disturbing.
They really want to control everything right down to our water.

Been a while since I posted..

So many things have happened since my last blog post..

January 2011, lost my mother in law to COPD related problems.. If you smoke, I sincerely hope you can find it in yourself to quit.. Watching my mother in law suffer from COPD is what convinced Emmy and I to quit.

November 2011, we jumped out of an airplane again! It was awesome! We flipped out of the plane, and because we had done it before, we got to drive the chute longer and everything! It was great!

We went to Bern’s Steakhouse finally! It was great! Love that aged beef! Mouth watering good!

Emmy Proposed to me on Valentines Day! After 18 years of being together, she decided she wanted to be married! So now we are planning a big wedding. I am both thrilled, and ….confused. A lot of extra expenses, but she is the woman I know I want to be with for the rest of my life, and she deserves to be married if that is what she wants. It is just one more expense, and one more thing we have to plan. Scary, but exciting.. More so then the skydiving in some ways. 😉

We got a new car. I love it! A Toyota Prius C Model 2. It is awesome! 50.6 MPG average since we bought the car.  I have gotten as high as 72.5 MPG.. So with a bit of effort, you can save a lot of money with it.



UFC 101

Was a good card! We decided to goto Ker’s WingHouse to see it. Was a fun night! Although, it is much cheaper to stay home to watch it on Pay per view. The fights mostly went how I expected, if not how I hoped. I was VERY surprised just how easy Anderson Silva made it look with Forrest Griffin. Was an awesome display of skill. I look forward to his future fights.

UFC 100!!! Lived up to the hype!

So we ordered UFC 100, because well, we are fans, and it is THE CARD. Seriously, every one of these matches could have been a Main event. Well, maybe not as much with Belcher and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Just not popular enough for main event yet. That being said, I think Belcher was robbed. It sure felt like he was in the lead all the way through. I will have to watch it again tomorrow, but it sure seemed like Belcher should have won to me.
Henderson vs Bisping was was all I could hope for. I liked Bisping in the Ultimate Fighter Series. However, he just talks to much trash, so it was fun to see him get quieted. I am glad he is ok though don’t get me wrong. I just think fighters improve a lot more with a defeat then with a win, and Bisping needed this loss to wake him up. (in a put you to sleep type of way. :P)

GSP vs Alves went about how everyone expected. It was amazing to see GSP dominate that much though, especially when he pulled his groin in the 3rd round. It was a great match! I would have loved to see GSP actually finish him, as that makes more of a statement. GSP has not been as much of a finisher as I would like to see.

Brock vs Mir bums me out. I really wanted to see Mir win. Just because it would have been nice to see Brock get knocked back a little. He is a dominate force though. He just man handled Mir, and Mir was in the best shape I ever seen. Who knows, maybe Frank will get another shot eventually, and they can do the rubber match? Frank needs to get a better plan though.

All in all, a great show! I loved it and think it was very worthwhile!

Looking forward to our Tucson visit!

Starting to look forward to our visit to Tucson and Emmy’s family!  Will be the first time in several years I been back there and I look forward to getting to know all of them again.  I also enjoy seeing Tucson.  I think it is very pretty landscape.  Emmy of course feels it is pretty to visit, but she would not want to live there. Which is ok, but I enjoy the barren landscape and beautiful sunsets framed by the mountains surrounding it.  I will have to try and get a picture to post while we are out there.

We are also planning a trip down to Mexico while we are there.  We have went down to Mexico everytime we been there and always have a good time.

We are actually going here in Mexico:

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We will also try to go horse back riding in the desert and check out some of the sights.  Emmy has seen them all, and I have seen a lot of them several times, but Bleys is going for the first time.  Should be a lot of fun!

Weight loss and getting in shape.

So for the last 8 months I have been working out 3 times a week for about 2 hours per session. I have gotten in much better shape, but only lost about 10 lbs really. Well, in the last week, I have changed my diet up. I gave up most carbs and went to eating a lot more veggies and meat and I have lost 10lbs in a week. Pretty impressive considering I have not lost much in the last 8 months. I am thrilled to see it and hope I can keep up with the progress!

Farrah Fawcett dies

I am in total disbelief. One of the first women that ever made me stop and go “Woah!” as a child for her stunning good looks has died. Farrah Fawcett. It is a sad day. I grew up watching her in Charlie’s Angel’s and always watched for her in any movies that she was in just because of that initial impression she made on me as a child. I was disappointed when her and Lee Majors got divorced. I mean, come on, an Angel and the Six Million Dollar Man belong together! Today, I am even more disappointed. More for the loss of a childhood memory then who she might have been today, as I did not know her. Regardless of who she was, it is a sad day when we lose one of the Angels.

To have Michael Jackson die the same day was that much more of a shock!  The King of Pop and the Queen of the 70’s Pinup going in the same day.. Kinda a rough 1-2 combo to my generation..