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So, first of all, “Hello, it’s been a long time.  How have you been?”  I have not blogged in a long time.  It is not because I have not had things to blog about, I most certainly have (e.g., when my five-year-old was singing the “My Friend Penis” song, or recently when a stranger tried to talk to be about politics on the tee box.  I don’t care if we were planning on voting for the same person, totally uncalled for), but I have not had the energy or motivation to blog.

I don’t know if my lack of motivation is related to the recent passing of my father, but I have definitely been off since the summer.  I am not crying and wailing every night, but something is definitely different, a new normal if you will.  It will be interesting when I return home for Thanksgiving.  Regardless, your continued prayers and well wishes are always appreciated.  Now, without further ado, on to the blog du jour.

So, I am convinced that people have lost their minds.  If you are super excited and overcome with joy because your man got re-elected, then something is wrong with you.  If you are super depressed and think the world is going to end and everyone is stupid for re-electing the president, then something is wrong with you.  The world has not ended.  The apocalypse is not upon us, nor is Jesus coming back today, or at least not since I last checked outside.  I refuse to be left behind, although I have mixed feelings about whether or not Kirk Cameron gets left behind.  The beauty of the American political system is its resiliency.  The checks and balances, for the most part, prevent any one person from destroying the country.  And if you are reading this and immediately thinking how wrong I am, then pick up a newspaper and read a little about just about any other country in the world and tell me I am wrong.  Feel lucky that you got to vote without fear of danger.  Feel lucky that you get to be pissed and angry and complain to anyone who will listen to you about how bad you think of our country’s leaders.  Because if you lived somewhere else and did that, you would be pulled from your home in your sleep and no one will ever hear from you again (You know, now that I think about it, maybe that is not such a bad idea for some of you).

So, for you right-wing conservatives, here is a little message from a book that you might have heard of, The Bible:

Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

And for added measure:

1 Timothy 2:1-4 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Now I realize that all of my readers do not read nor care about the Bible, but I know those that do.  And for you non-Bible readers, the word according to Brett is, “Don’t be stupid.  You don’t know every damn thing.”  So, let me leave you with a few thoughts that I had about the election and the whole process:

THINGS I THINK

You can’t be anti-government and brag about how you built your business without any help.  Because if you don’t need the government, then why do you care who is in office?

Law of Unintended consequences – Encourage voting, and guess what, people vote, but not always the way you want.  Now you can begin suppressing voters, especially, minorities and women.  Go ahead, I dare you.

On a further note, I am bugged by the pundits saying that Obama won just because of minorities.  It wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that people preferred his ideas, would it?

Regardless of side, no one is 100% right.  It just isn’t that simple.

People are way too comfortable about making political comments on Facebook and in public.  I really don’t care what your opinion is, and I certainly don’t like the way you are expressing it.  That is why I like blogs, you can read my blog or not, but it is hopefully not in your face.

My sons are Obama fans.  They both predicted that he would win.  It makes me wonder if anyone can be raised unbiased.  They are likely to vote the way we vote, possibly without seriously considering their decision.  Are most people like this?  I am afraid it is probably the case.  It kind of makes me sad.

My sister just texted me. “Barack to the Future.”  I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.

As I watched the different campaigns, and this includes the democratic and republican conventions, I thought to myself, if I go to a party, I hope it is a democrat party.  ‘Cause ain’t no party like a democrat party, cause a democrat party don’t stop.

I watched Fox News during the election, and I liked their coverage.  I was shocked.  It was surprisingly balanced.  And then I watched Fox News in the morning.  Is it me, or are they racist?  I am sorry, but I have watched the morning show multiple times, and I am usually offended either by their words, their tone, or both within the first five minutes.  I first thought it was the entire network, but maybe it is just the morning crew.

One thing that the election and Wesley Snipes has taught us, “Always bet on black.” – I’m just sayin’ …

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So, today someone said something to me that indicated that they could predict my behavior in a particular situation.  Yes, I am being vague on exactly what happened.  But the bottom line is, after thinking about their comment, it struck me how people think they can say certain things because they believe they know you.  Does anyone really know anyone else?  After this person’s comment, I wanted to say to them “You don’t know me.”  Interestingly, I often want to say this to people even when they predict correctly.  However correct, predictions still do not indicate that you know a person.

The desire to predict someone’s behavior reminds me of our strong desire to label people.  I know I do it, but I also know that I hate it when it is done to me.  We also want to prove to be people that we have labeled them correctly.  How many times have you said to someone, “Oh you wouldn’t do that.  I know you.”  Or maybe you have said, “Well, that’s how you are.”  Really?  You mean to tell me that you can predict my behavior in any and all situations?  I don’t think so.  But we do this all the time.

To some, I am a liberal, but I promise you, to others, I am quite conservative.  Labels are never more prevalent than in politics.  I think I may have blogged on this subject before, but am too lazy to look it up.  The reality is, being a democrat doesn’t define who I am.  So, who am I?  In many ways, even I don’t know, but here is some information that I will give you, so that at least on these subjects you can say that you know me:

  1. There is probably nothing I think about more than whether or not I am being a good dad.  I know I am not perfect, but I take my parenting job very seriously and if my daughter ends up on a pole, I will have failed.
  2. I think most people are stupid.  I wish I could sugar coat this fact, but I can not.  It is what it is.  However, I try very hard not to make people feel stupid, despite my feelings.
  3. I have an inner circle of people in my life.  If you are in this inner circle, there is nothing I would not do to help you.  It is impossible to lose membership to this inner circle.  You may have decided to treat me different, but I have not.
  4. Lastly, I require the television to turn my brain off.  I am constantly thinking.  I can’t turn my brain off.  It actually makes blogging a blessing and a curse.  On one hand, it gives me an opportunity to share thoughts, on the other hand, I usually have about 1000 thoughts per day and can often not decide which to blog on.  For example, this blog was not supposed to be the blog, but has bumped my blog on my recent near death experience (To Be Continued).

Is the above list exhaustive?  Of course not, but the reality is that most people do not know me and it is presumptuous to think that you do.  I barely know me.  So, please, please, please do not make predictions about my behavior.  You may be right, but it does not mean that you know me, it just means that you have a label of me in your mind that can’t possibly characterize the whole that is me.

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I got upset at my son, Brett Jr today, because once again he forgot to give us a document from school that needed to be signed.  This document was due Friday, and we just got it today.  This is an old issue, and he knows it.  So, I gave him a talk, signed the paper and moved on.  One minute later, he told me and Leah that he was not allowed to watch TV on Monday and Tuesday.  I told him that I know that he doesn’t forget on purpose and he did not need to be punished.  He said, no, he did need to be punished for forgetting the papers from school.  So, we said OK, no TV on Monday and Tuesday.  My son just punished himself.  That’s crazy.  He is awesome.  Of course, now we have to come up with something to do that does not involve TV.  Well, that sucks!  I’m just sayin …

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So, I hate to do this, I really do, but I have something to say.  First of all, I hate Fox News, but more on that later.  Unless you live under a rock, you may have noticed that Wisconsin has been in the news lately.  Now, if I were a supporter of conspiracy theories (which I am) I would say that the Governor Walker is trying to destroy unions to eliminate a powerful supporter of the democratic party.  And that he is trying to set precedent for other states to eliminate collective bargaining on his way to create a Republican Super Power or Empire and take away free will from the American people.  I would only say this if I was a conspiracy theorist (which I am).  Why else would he not accept the unions agreement to have employees do EVERYTHING in his bill, accept the loss of collective bargaining?  I’m just sayin.

Am I biased?  Of course I am.  Just the mere fact that I have a PhD, a democrat and an independent thinker makes me biased on this particular issue.  The whole thing is asinine.  Does that make me an elitist?  Probably, and I am OK with that.  Here are the facts:

January 2011 – Walker signs bill providing tax breaks for those with health savings accounts.  This is reduced state revenue, how will it be made up?

January 2011 – Walker signs bill giving tax breaks to businesses that relocate to Wisconsin in their first two years, and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011 and would lower state revenue by an estimated $1 million over two years.  Will this be made up by stimulating business? I don’t know.

Are these bills bad?  Depending on your perspective, but my issue is that he has spent the first month in office reducing state revenue and then proposes a bill that increases out-of-pocket expenses of a specific population of Wisconsin while simultaneously attempting to severely reduce collective bargaining.  Also, keep in mind, these cuts to pay proposed in this bill does not even scratch the over 3 billion (yes, that’s billion with a B) deficit for the next budget cycle.

Finally, to why I hate Fox News.  On Fox News, it was stated that Wisconsin Union workers make “89,000 bucks” in salary ($51,000) and benefits ($38,000), while non-union workers make an average of $48,000 ($38K + $10K).  The next night they corrected their previous statement, by stating that it is really $81K for Wisconsin versus $66K for everyone else.

Firstly, I hate inaccurate news! (And no I am not saying that Fox is the only news source that gets things wrong.)  Because no one listens to/hears the correction.  It just fuels the stupid commercials I am seeing that somehow these union workers have gotten over on the system.

Secondly, the comparison is not that simple.  If you believe the first set of numbers (the incorrect ones) you would be inclined to think Wisconsin union employees are receiving an unfare advantage.  You might even think this with the accurate numbers, but even the real numbers would be misleading.  Why? Because education matters.

According to the US Census Bureau, 17% of Wisconsin residents (25 years and older) hold a bachelor’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree is required to be a teacher in Wisconsin.  So, the real question is, does a person with a bachelor’s degree in the public sector make more than the private sector equivalent.  According to the Economic Policy Institute, that answer is no.

So, like most political issues, many people are being misled by inaccuracies or national pundits comparing apples to oranges as they miss much of the crucial details that make comparisons have true meaning.  Now Walker may never raise taxes, which will make a lot of people happy, but when he cuts streams of state revinue (like taxbreaks) where is the money going to come from to cover that loss, if not taxes?  Wisconsin union workers will not have their taxes raised, but they will be paying more next year.  Is there a difference?Sorry for this political rant, but it had to be done.

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Last week I was in Walmart and saw a HOT female employee.  Of course, the first thought had been “Is she really hot, or just ‘Walmart’ hot?”  See “Beauty is Relative” for more detailed explanation. But it got me thinking.  Is beauty really that much of an advantage in the work place.  THink about it.  Think about all the jobs that you would never ever want to have, for example, gas attendant, Walmart employee, fry cook, janitor, or garbage collector.  Now, don’t get me wrong, these jobs are important and if you work in one of these jobs, please forgive me for what I am about to say, but people with these jobs are never good-looking  (See?  Sorry).  You know this is true, because when you see a good-looking garbage collector it will seem weird to you.  The only explanation I could give for the Walmart employee being hot, assuming that she was indeed hot, was that she was foreign and just moved to the country.  That would be the only explanation that would make sense to me.  I’m just sayin …

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So, yesterday was election day.  I wish I had more time to give this post the attention it deserves, but it is either a quick post or no post at all.

Our neighbor has a “Vote Pro-Life” sign.  I hate it.  I hate signs in the yard in general.  I also hate bumper stickers.  Not the funny ones, but any bumper sticker that tells me any information about you.  I don’t care about you, and I especially don’t care how smart your kid is or who you plan on voting for, but I digress.  The reason I bring up the sign is because I think voting for anyone because of ONE issue is asinine.  I will NEVER vote for a person because of their stance on abortion, but people do, and I don’t get this.  First of all, no one, neither Republican nor Democrat has touched Roe v. Wade, but most of all, how can an entire politician be summed up by one political stance?  I also find it fascinating that many that are pro-life are also pro-death penalty.  People say, “I’m pro-life because murder is wrong and I am pro death penalty because murder is wrong.” WHAT !?!?  This kind of hypocrisy sickens me.

The other issue I hate are people who vote their party.  How does this make sense?  Are you telling me that ALL Republicans are right and ALL Democrats are wrong, or vice versa?  This is stupid.  If I told you I was Democrat and pro-life (a stupid phrase by the way) would your head explode?  Think about it, who isn’t pro-life?  We are all pro-life, unless we are psycho, just differ on the role of government in the woman’s womb.  Huh? I wonder if we can call pro-choice people Tea Partyist, because they want to reduce government in the womb?

My whole point is that the system is broken, people are crazy and stupid, and no one truly knows what is going on.  This makes me sad, because at the end of the day, people are either voting with little information about the candidates, voting blindly for their party, voting based on who Fox News tells them to vote for, or are not voting at all.  And one wonders why things get so screwed up in this country.

And why does running for election require so much money?  Are you telling me that with the “free” technology of the internet, one could not get their message across to millions of people without spending millions of dollars?  Here is a simple campaign reform: No one is allowed to spend more than $50,000.  Third party commercials/advertising is illegal.  Major parties can still hold conventions to select a candidate.  Anyone found to accept money from outside sources will be disqualified.  Debates are paid for by a government fund and each candidate gets to run ONE 20-second commercial also paid for by a government fund.  Simple.  How would this NOT work?  Eliminate money, and maybe, just maybe, we will get politicians that will do what is right and not try to placate their money sources.

I’m sick, just sick with our current system, and no I am NOT a communist, I just think we are smart enough, we have the technology, and have evolved to do better.  Just my opinion.

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Do you read the Harry Potter books?  Remember when there was a new Minister of Magic (or something like that) and when he got in office there was this talking painting that told him all the secrets of the previous Ministers?  His response was like, “Why wasn’t I told about this before I took office?”  And the talking painting asked him “Are you going to tell the next guy all this?”  I think there is a talking painting of George Washington in the Oval Office that tells each President secrets.  Remember when Obama said he would make government transparent.  I think painting George has told him some crazy stuff, and Obama’s reactions was, “Shoot, I can’t tell people this.”  What other explanation is there for EVERY president NOT doing what they said they would.  There is a talking painting in there, I know it!  What other explanation can there be?  I’m just sayin …

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