Category Archives: politics

If I can’t fix it… it is broken


For the past two or three years, I’ve been working on fixing, repairing and maintaining my house after a long, long time of letting it go. I could make excuses and give a handful of decent reasons as to why I let my house fall into such disrepair that it probably would have been condemned by the county. I didn’t have time or more so, money. I didn’t know how to make the repairs. I was worried I might ruin something if I tried to fix it and then incur a really big repair bill to have someone with real know-how fix my fix. Or I was busy with church obligations.

The fact of the matter is those are all bullshit excuses from a guy who was depressed and self destructing because his wife left him. I sometimes wonder if I subconciously wanted my house to fall in on me after my ex-wife left.

Who knows… what i do know is that with the help of the internet (thank you YouTubers who post DIY vids!), the spurring of my wife The Deistette, a little help from some church friends (financially and physically) and some self determination I’ve managed to turn the ship on this house. It’s by no means finished or even close but at least things are pointed in the right direction.

One project where I learned a lot was in renovating my kitchen. Ok, renovate is the wrong word… that gives the idea this was for aesthetic reasons.  No, it wasn’t because I or my wife simply wanted to make it look pretty. It was because we had mold, lots of mold growing in the cabinet underneath the sink. With the help of my younger brother I gutted my kitchen down to the studs. I came up with a way to contain the mold spores and did a pretty damn fine job of it, I don’t mind telling you.  I learned basic plumbing and moved the sink from a corner location to a spot The Deistette thought would be better.

In other projects, I’ve taken out drywall… so much at one time that I exposed my house in such a way that I could see outside and across the street from inside my house. I’ve remodeled my bathroom. I’ve replaced toilets and fixed plumbing in my bathroom. I’ve repaired parts of my roof, disassembled  a bathtub single faucet and put it back together. I have torn off old siding, disposed of old asbestos type insulation and replaced with new thicker insulation.  I have replaced windows and in doing so reframed my house to fit a different sized double paned window.

I don’t list all these things I’ve done to brag (ok, maybe a little to brag) but to show what can be done with a little self determination AND help from some friends. You see, I know I didn’t do all those repairs on my own. I had some help. I had help from family, church friends and some amazing people on the internet.

As I continue to learn and gain experience, I hope some day I can say “if I can’t fix it; it is broken.” I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that skill level but I sure do like trying now. I really like fixing things on my house. Maybe being a handyman will be a second career for me someday. I’ve currently got about 1500 dollars worth of work I’ll earn from my neighbor over the next few months. For now, I’ll be hunting the interwebs for the answer if I don’t know how to fix something. Who knows… maybe someday I’ll actually start that handyman business.

I have found myself firmly in the Libertarian camp but not the one the Tea Party assholes preach or the Ayn Rand followers like Paul Ryan espouse or the textbook, theoretical view of Ron Paul. Despite being Libertarian-esque, I like this vid the Dems put out and believe whole heartedly in its message.

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The Deist sees politics up close part2


My teenage daughter, Little Fawn, and I have a standing date every Wednesday evening. Such are the perks of being the non-custodial parent (where’s that damn sarcasm font).

It’s evolved from getting happy meals when she was five, to going to the used book store after dinner in junior high, to wandering around in Target, or Home Depot or the grocery store with her slowly releasing the habit of clutching my arm as we walked. Our date night now is YMCA Wednesday!  And now on Wednesdays I see my little girl donning a baggy t-shirt with sports bra underneath, long basketball shorts on her tiny five foot frame supported by her Chuck Taylor’s.

This past Wednesday we went to the Y, as we have been for about eight months, she off to her aerobic combat punch, kick thing and I on the elliptical trainer and treadmill.

I plugged in my headphones, ready to get my once a week dose of television. The Memorial for those killed in Tuscon was on and I tuned in as Gov. Brewer was being introduced. Then Secretary Napalitano recited a Biblical verse as did Attorney General Eric Holder.

Then President Obama was introduced. I have to admit, I was embarrassed for him as the crowd cheered, applauded and screamed for an inappropriately long time at  a memorial service.  In fact, I’ve learned later that there are a few things to be embarrassed about that went on at the memorial but in the grand scheme of things, I suppose it’s trivial.

President Obama began as I thought he would but then he settled in to what he and speech writers came up with and it was amazing… moving. I was literally brought to tears as I heard him tell the stories of Dorwin Goddard and Dorothy Morris’ husband as well as the other people who died that day.

I have been critical of the president at least once on this blog and a number of times to friends although I voted for him. And up until this speech it almost seemed like he was going through the motions, not living up to the promises he made when campaigning.

But it seems this speech was the turning point. It’s as if he has found his presidential voice. It resonated with me as he spoke of the individuals who died that day, particularly as he spoke of husbands defending their wives and of parents who lost their daughter.

And with my daughter across the hall kicking and punching her little butt off, I stared at the screen a foot away from my face as I rolled my feet back and forth and wondered will we even learn anything from this?

I hope so. I certainly hope so.

thoughts on SB1070


Well I have managed to calm down a little from the passage of SB1070 in Arizona and a discussion with my brother in-law (my white brother in-law) who is married to my (Mexican) sister.  I also had some online sparring with a few others about the subject as well that got me a little pissed off.

In all cases, none of us are lawyers nor do we know immigration law.  But we were giving it our best shot.  I even thought I had things nailed down when I told my brother in-law the bill is violation of the Constitution.  I thought it especially ironic that I had to give my him a civics lesson and had to explain what the Fourth Amendment is, although he claims the oath he took to join the Navy to defend the Constitution is a big deal to him still.

Anyway… in discussing as many angles as we could think of, one thing was quite clear.

The discussion was an “us” and “them” mentality.  And the underlying basis (at least in my opinion) of what was coming out of the minds of those I was sparring with was “them” are different from “us” and because of that,  “us” doesn’t like “them”.

You know there are all kinds of posturing and defenses the pro SB1070 folks claim as to why they support Arizona’s decision.  Loss of jobs, drain on the economy, crime is higher, strain on school systems, etc.

The fact is, the cost of illegal immigration according to one study I found here says it’s a wash.  Another here says the costs are minimal.  Now, I’m not saying I am pro illegal aliens.  I’m just showing some sources that discount the claims of those who try to justify their racism with economics.

The really sad thing about the passage of SB 1070 though is the underbelly that has been made visible.  It is a sad testament of those in support of the bill.  The line that has been drawn in the sand and those who stand in support of the bill has shown how we as human beings have not evolved at all.  We have lost sight of whatever religion we follow and the teachings that have told us to care for our fellow man.  We are fearful of those different from us. We lack the capacity to empathize with others and cannot see the savagery we display when we devolve down to our reptilian brain.

THAT, my friends, is the truly ugly aspect of this bill.

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And now… a little comic relief to ease some of the tension.  This is a vid of couple of guys who hop the fence in Arizona.  At about 1:20 is where it gets kinda funny.  My Spanish isn’t very good but from what I can make out of this exchange between these two Mexican fellas goes something like this:

Guy 1 (with camera) “Hey so tell all of us your experience of being over on the other side.”

Guy 2: (the younger guy) oh it felt good. I was even able to speak English for a little bit. It even felt like the tone of my voice changed for a little while.

Ok… maybe it’s just funnier in Spanish.

March 2 primary results


So there were 1,446,008 votes cast of the approximately 13 million registered Republican voters. Not a very big turn out if you ask me, even with the GOP testing out a few propositions that are telling signs as to whether you’re a “real” Republican or not. (i.e. abortion, God in the town square)

Anyway… you can see the language of the propositions here.

The one that just has me absolutely dumbfounded though is the voting result for this one.
Ballot Prop 4: Public acknowledgment of God

The result was ninety-five percent!  That’s right… 95% of those 1.4 million votes cast voted yes!

Ok. C’mon now. I know y’all think you really want this but you don’t. You really, really don’t want to be Afghanistan in Christian clothing.

Of course there are some who would gladly let go of the 1st Ammendment.
this is painful and embarrassing to watch.

leaving a legacy


Today I was listening to the news on AM radio hoping to catch what was happening with traffic, see how far back the ‘Stros have slipped from their brush with first place and maybe what’s in store weather wise.

There was a story about former President Clinton and because I caught it in the middle I wasn’t quite sure what it was about… maybe his negotiation in getting those two journalists out of N. Korea?

I don’t know but it ended with them saying Continue reading

rehearing Prop 8 in California


From what I understand, the California Supreme Court has 90 days from the hearing that was held on March 5th to decide what it’s going to do in regards to Prop 8 once and for all.

I still don’t understand why letting anyone get married is so offensive to some people. In the video link below you’ll see there is guy “A” yelling to guy “B”, “you’re going to hell!!” It’s at about 1:16. He also calls him “filthy” and other not-so-nice things and wasn’t being very Christ-like although he used the Bible as the basis of his stance.

What does it matter to guy “A”. So what! Why do you care if guy “B” is going to hell.
What does it matter to you. How does it affect you!… guy A?

circular-argument

And another thing… why would anyone want the government telling them what they can or can’t do. I really don’t get it. How does any thinking person think it’s ok for the government to tell someone they can or can’t get married or do anything they want for that matter so long as it doesn’t infringe on the right of someone else right to enjoy freedom and happiness.

I know… you think it just isn’t right. You can’t just redefine a word to include other things. Marriage is one woman and one man, sanctified by God.

You know what… that’s morality. That’s the government dictating to you what is right or wrong. Do you want the government (particularly this Dem-led congress and administration) Continue reading

Dr Jack Wheeler is a tool


My sister sent me an email with an article written by Dr Jack Wheeler recently. Some of the highlights of which are below.

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No résumé, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively

It goes on with some stuff essentially saying that the movement supporting Senator Obama is a true religious cult, that his Arabic ancestors were slave owners, and that he is a neophyte. It ends with:

… should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.

I am dumbfounded by the article. I am dumbfounded at the angle of argument in his article. And I’m dumbfounded by the notion that any thinking human being, American or other, would give any credence to the juvenile, sophomoric sputterings written by Dr Wheeler.

After reading his academic and professional achievements, I was expecting some worthy or enlightening prose on the democratic nominee. Instead what I got was the ramblings of a hate filled, theocracy-wanting racist. Continue reading

high crimes and misdemeanors


I found this petition over at Dandelion Salad.   Former Presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich is leading a charge to impeach President Bush.

I wonder what will become of this and how the blogging community will influence spreading the word and assist in demanding impeachment hearings.  Below is what can be read at the Kucinich website.

sign the petition at http://kucinich.us

Only one Congressman has the personal courage and the profound respect for our Constitution to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and exercise his right and his responsibility to bring Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush – Ohio Representative Dennis J. Kucinich.

Beginning today, Americans who cherish our Democracy and the Constitutional principles upon which it was founded can stand up, speak out, and take action by signing the one official petition that carries the full and unqualified support of the one and only original sponsor of the impeachment resolution:
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich.

Support Dennis Kucinich.

Read the Articles and exercise your right to be heard by signing the official Kucinich Petition which Dennis will deliver personally to your Congressperson.

The Veepstakes bracket


This is kinda cool. The folks over at MSNBC.com have placed a set of brackets lining up the top contenders for the VP position for the blue and red side of the aisles.

Check it out. Pretty informative and you get to make your own pics and see how other people choose who will win each bracket.

I think i like this better than March Madness.

Sen Obama’s speech… i’m sold


I just now had the chance to listen to his speech.

It’s quite moving…. eloquent…. and right on target.

I love his method of condemning the sin and not the sinner regarding his pastor.

If you haven’t seen it, give 30 minutes of your time and hear will undoubtedly be one that makes the history books.