02.03.2014

In yesterday’s Super Bowl, there was a commercial that has invoked a lot of responses from people. That commercial is Coke’s America the Beautiful.

In this commercial, there are people who sing parts of the song in their native language. If you have not seen it, please view below. I will continue on the other side.

Now that you’ve seen it if you had not yet. What were your feelings?

Did you think it beautiful, encompassing what America is about? If you did, you’re part of the group that understood the concept. That America is beautiful because it is a melting pot of many different cultures. This is how I felt about it, and I was promptly accused of promoting the liberal agenda for it. LOL….

If you felt offended, hopefully not because you were insulted that they “sang the national anthem” in another language. First off, it’s not the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner is.

But in any case, that reaction is racist. Pure and simple. And for you to say that you’re insulted that they would show you what this country is really about is idiotic.

The reason I say this is because of what I said a few sentences back. That America is a melting pot. We have thousands of immigrants that come to this country every year. Most of these people do not speak American (we don’t speak English). Most will learn how to speak it. Some will not, oh well. That’s their choice.

We promote and encourage people to honor and respect their heritages. Many families teach their children their native language as well as American. Even third generations are learning this and it is all they speak at home and when they deal with other’s of their ethnicity. But because you can’t understand it, you have to get all uppity about it.

We are a young country when compared to the rest of the world. We do not have centuries of heritage, we just have over 240 years of history. Germany, Italy, France, and so on have eons. So we do not have our own identity, we have hundreds. And I am pretty certain that most of you that are reading this can look back to when your ancestors came to this country did not speak anything but their native language. Besides, did you know that we have Native Americans that do not speak American? Go up to Alaska and visit the Inuit, you will find some that only speak their language.

While American English is the common language, it is not the official language. We do not have one.

Stop being racist. We are supposed to welcome immigrants with open arms. We are supposed to share our cultures with each other to promote friendship. We are supposed to be proud of our heritage and ancestry.

And to those of you shitbirds in uniform that are saying “I feel un-American drinking coke, I took an oath to defend this country.” Grow. The. Hell. Up!

I took that same oath! You need to grab a book on the history of the United States and read about immigration. And I DARE you to say that to some of your fellow brother/sisters in arms that ARE NOT citizens! Those individuals that are from Mexico or the Philippines serving THIS nation even though they’re not citizens. They’re doing it because they KNOW what this country is about. Because obviously, you don’t.

Here’s some shaming of racist morons (one is supposedly Ms. Kansas): http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/75447787843/speak-english-racist-revolt-as-coca-cola-airs

11.06.2013

I’ve been in customer service for a long time and because of this, I become annoyed when I see crappy customer interactions.

Recently, I had an issue with some characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware. Several of my character’s were flagged for renaming, even though I should not have been. I petitioned explaining what was going on. I receive a response from a rep a day later telling me “We appreciate any feedback from our players but as the devs do not see this, it is best if you post your suggestions on the forums! The devs will then take your suggestions and look into them.”

I was confused as to how they gave me that answer since it had NOTHING to do with my petition. They had closed my petition so I had to open a new one. I then explained again the problem and that I did not want to rename my characters due to their obvious error. This petition was closed, no response.

I call in this time. The rep repeated everything I said to make sure he understood. He told me that he could create a petition for me since they’re not able to deal with in game issues. I log on today and see a reply to it telling me that ‘in game mechanics do not yet exist for players to reserve character names’ and they close it as ‘resolved through email.’

Two things there that blew me away. They TOTALLY misread the petition again, the one that the rep put in this time. And then closed it saying resolved through email. I NEVER got an email from them!

I opened yet another petition asking them if they even read the petitions and a long winded letter about how frustrated I was with their service and how they do not obviously want people to play their game and no wonder they’ve lost so many players.

So what did they do this time?

They banned me. “Abuse of the GM staff.”

So Bioware… you can kiss my….. I had respect for you and your games. I now have none and will no longer buy your games.

09.11.2013

insanity

by David

So the #Mariners did it again. Traded away another decent player for “prospects to be named later.”

So tired of the upper management doing this crap. It’s time for Howard Lincoln to be fired and get a management team with some brass balls who aren’t afraid to actually do something!

Everytime we supposedly get a good player, they flounder. Then they’re traded away and they blow up! Why? Because they know they’re going to be traded, so why should they actually put any effort into helping a team who isn’t interested in helping them?

I will not be buying anymore tickets or supporting the team anymore until things change. This has been going on now for 8 years, and they just keep saying “We’re in the midst of rebuilding and putting together a quality team!” For 8 years?!

Albert Einstein said it best… Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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08.10.2013

school days

by David

I’m officially a college student. I decided to enter University of Phoenix’s study program and work towards an Associate of Arts: Information Technology degree. After which I will then pursue my Electrical Engineering degree.

I also took the Network Tech class at Comcast and passed it! Pretty excited about that!

All these steps will put me towards my eventual goal with engineering at Comcast. But by having these degree’s, I should be that much more valuable.

Paying for it is student loans. So now comes my asking you for help.

GotChosen does monthly scholarships and a $40,000 one as well. No essays. No GPA. Just that it must be used for educational expenses.

To win this, I need sponsors!!!! That’s where YOU come in. And don’t worry, it’s free, doesn’t cost you.

To sponsor me, click me and sign up. That’s it!

Meg and I would really appreciate it!

Oh, and I have a White House Honey Ale in the secondary right now. :p

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06.19.2013

I’ve gone back to school!

Yup, that’s right.

I’ve decided to go with University of Phoenix as it fit my schedule the best. Currently i’m going for an associate’s in Information Technologies after which I will pursue a bachelors in EE.

There’s been multiple time’s I was going to post, but just got lazy. Been busy with so many things as of late. Gardening, the pea patch, other obligations, etc. It’s really cut into my other things I like to do. /sigh oh well, it will come around again.

I’ve got a lot of picture’s to post for the POTD, but i’m going to switch to a different gallery setting I think. This one just keeps having issue’s.

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01.11.2013

I decided to make a post here about this, to sort of gather all my thoughts and such into one area. Thing’s tend to get lost on Facebook and other site’s.

If you are reading this, please read the entire post before responding if you do.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting, I have participated and even posted in many discussion’s about gun control.

I’ve made my position pretty clear. I am a supporter of our rights and the Constitution. I come from a long line of patriots and have served in the military to protect those rights.

No matter what side you look at, there is bias. I may even be bias myself, but no where near what the media and opponent’s of gun ownership are. I have seen so many article’s that skew, twist, omit, and even flat out lie about facts. And of course, people take them as gospel instead of researching for themselves.

A perfect example would be Washington Cease Fire. The posted that there have been 62 mass shootings in the last three decade’s where four or more people died. And for a semblance of not being biased, they mentioned the Portland mall shooting, spa shooting, and a few other’s that were not as lethal.

They then said that in the 62 shootings looked at, not one was stopped by an armed citizen.

My problem with this is that they ONLY talked about the shootings of four or more deaths. Because the one’s that they did not expand on WERE stopped by armed citizens. If not, more than likely there would of been more deaths.

I see what they were trying to do, make it look like there is NO reason for citizen’s to have weapons. Well, it’s my second amendment right to.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this.

The term “Well Regulated” in the Second Amendment meant “Well Manned and Equipped ” in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time.

United States v. Miller also determined that the term “Arms” refers to “Ordinary Military Weapons” (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control.

The purpose of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution ( see Bill of Rights ) was ( and remains ) to recognize the pre-existing natural RIGHT of individuals to protect their families, themselves, their property, AND their State and their Country. A citizen does not need to be a member of a militia to exercise his RIGHT to keep & bear arms, rather, a militia needs armed citizens. Citizens have the right to creat or join militias if the need arises. In short, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to keep the government honest.

By limiting, or outright abolishing it, a citizen then would become a subject. We would not have the means to rise up against an unjust administration. And the argument of “The President would just order the military to put it down” does not hold up.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

If you break it down, you are swearing (or affirming) that you will defend the Constitution first and foremost. To me, it is the reason that the President come’s after. If the President were to issue an executive order that infringes upon any right, he would violate his oath of office (Article 2 Sec 1) and should be impeached.

And Biden says Obama and he have Executive Order plans for gun control.

Anyways, I’m rambling.

Having looked at statistics, I can say, in MY opinion, gun control wouldn’t work. In other countries where gun’s are banned, criminals STILL use guns.

Maybe not as much, but overall, it did nothing for violent crime. They resorted to knife’s and other weapons.

The problem isn’t the gun’s. It’s people. Mental illness being the biggest problem with the mass shooting’s. But that is only a small part of the shooting’s overall through out the United States. A majority of the shooting’s are criminal in nature (gangs, drugs, etc) and suicide’s (again, mental illness).

While in some cases, with the mass shooting’s, the shooter owned the weapons, more often than not, the weapon’s were stolen, as is the Sandy Hook case. And some of them were even perpetrated with just handguns.

While I’m not going to act like I know what the answer is, I will state that punishing the law abiding citizen, such as myself, is NOT the answer. In a society where gun’s are not legal, only the criminal and police will have them. So how would I protect myself, my family, and my property?

Just recently, an associate of mine came face to face with a burglar when he arrived home. Now while it turned out the thief did not have a gun and my associate did, what if it turned out to have been opposite?

And another friend, who owns an AR-15, a M1, two hunting rifle’s, and 2 handguns, had his house broken into as well. While he had an alarm system, the thieves cut his cable and telephone line so it couldn’t dial out (If this is you, GET a cell backup!). His weapons were in a gun safe, bolted to a cement floor in his basement. They TRIED to get into it, but were unsuccessful.

Unfortunately, there are TOO many people who own weapons and do not own a safe of any kind. Or at the least, they own a small lockbox that is not secured. Hence all the stolen weapons.

Again, I ramble.

A few article’s and posts I have seen as of late that spell it out a lot clearer than I can are below. I ask that you read/watch them.

Jewish Federation Shooting Victim Speaks Out – Tougher gun control is not the answer.

Choose Your Own Crime Stats – While this has some bias to it, it points out some good stats. Reason I say there is some bias, the commentator owns a gun accessory company.

Americans never give up your guns – Article written by a Russian journalist.

Marine responds to Feinsteins Proposal – Very biased site, but the view held by many vets, including active duty.

A Time For Choosing by Ronald Reagan – A speech from 10/27/64.

The Riddle Of The Gun – Says things SO much better than I

I’ll leave you with this:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined” (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

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11.22.2012

thankful for

by David

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to say a few words here on this day of thanks. (while trying to watch the Macy’s Day Parade and Mathew Broderick do a song and dance routine)

I am thankful for the things in life I have:

My family. My parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles & aunts (adopted and blood), grandma, and the one I married into. Even though I can try your patience, you still put up with me. I love you all.

I’m thankful that my father is here still here after the sacrifice of another. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as always.

I am thankful that my two brothers are home with their families for the holidays this year, safe and sound. And to all of my military brethren, Thank you. Be safe and God bless.

I am thankful for the care I receive for my health, as I continue to get better. My doctors Dr. Michael Hatzakis and Dr. Stephen Durch. My physical therapist, Mike Jennings. My massage therapist, Sue Adams. I highly recommend them all!

I’m thankful for my friends. Even though we may not talk all the time, I do think of you and value your friendships.

And lastly, my wife, Meg. As much as a pain in the rear I have been over the last few months (she would probably say longer), while I deal with my pain and frustrations with not being able to do certain things and being temporarily off work while I recover, you still say “I love you” and do so many things for me that I normally that I may take for granted. Even though I may not say it all the time, I do notice the things you do and appreciate it. Thank you.

To all of you that read this, thank you and be safe. Now back to the kitchen for me!

11.15.2012

what i want

by David

People say I’m the hardest person to shop for. Its not true.

They just don’t know where to look or know me very well then. :p

But to help those interested out, I give you the following.

Oh sheesh… What don’t I want…

I usually wear large if I get a shirt or such. Unless they run small. I like reading and playing games (video or table).

I’m a geek, so I love geeky things. Did I just say that? Hrmm…

I have several wishlists of things.

Amazon (also contains items from thinkgeek): Wishlist

Thinkgeek: Wishlist

Steam Wishlist: Wishlist

You can also look at my pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/thejaxx/ under My Style, Products I love, Geeky, and Wish List to see other things I am interested in for more ideas.

11.07.2012

To me, it’s not.

Voting is an integral part of being a citizen.

I have been a voting since I turned 18. I have not missed an election. It is part of my responsibility as an American. It’s your duty. Just as jury duty is.

But I find it alarming when someone tells me they don’t vote because either it doesn’t matter or it doesn’t effect them.

Both of those show me the person is more than likely uneducated in the voting process and/or the issue’s at stake.

Voting is a cornerstone of Democracy and a way for people to let their voices to be heard. By voting, you are telling the people that ‘we’ elected a few things.

  • They are doing a good/bad job.
  • You agree with what they want to accomplish.
  • You want change.

    It also determine’s what happens in your local area where you live. You vote on thing’s like

  • New taxes for schools
  • Money for police/fire
  • Transportation infrastructure

    And then there’s the state issue’s.

    I am dumbfounded when people bitch and whine about something that happens politically, and I find out they didn’t even vote. If you don’t vote, you DO NOT have the right to complain. Click it. Read it.

    You do need to vote. You need to educate yourself on what is going on. Dig into the facts. Do NOT just listen to the media, they area ALL biased. Even Fox News. And know all politicians lie.

    Lastly, things will not change until this happens. We need to demand change.

    We need to do away with the electoral college. Surprisingly, a number of people did not know they don’t have to vote the way we tell them to.

    We need to implement term limits as was originally instituted, get rid of the career politicians. Politics was never meant to be a career. And these politicians will say or do anything to stay in office. And once elected or re-elected, go right back to doing the gold old boy routine.

    BTW, I’m neither GOP or Democrat. I’m Independent. I vote for the person that I think will do the best job as close to my belief’s as possible. If they are Dem, so be it. GOP? Ok. Libertarian? Why not.

    I voted. Did you?

    07.31.2012

    About a year and half ago I went to see a dermatologist that my doctor recommended. I showed her two dark spots that I don’t remember if I had or not. She did some measurements and said lets just keep an eye on them and see where they’re at in six months.

    Six months later, no change really. So we went for a year check up. But 8 months later I noticed a big change. The two spots were now one big one. I don’t know why I never noticed or didn’t think about it. So I called her up and set up an appointment.

    When she saw it, she paused and asked me how long it had been like that. And I told her honestly, I’m not sure. With the house purchase, working on it plus my job, PT for my back, etc, it just slipped my mind.

    So she did a biopsy. This was last Thursday.

    Today I get the call informing me that it was positive for squamous cell carcinoma. Or skin cancer.

    The doctor told me that the good thing is that its not melanoma, which is the worst one to get of three types of skin cancer. That its treatable and that we caught it relatively early. Bad thing is I have to have it removed by surgery, which should be an outpatient.

    If you go and look at pictures of it (and some are quite graphic), it doesn’t look like mine. Mine is basically a big brown patch.

    I’m posting this now after having informed family and such. And for two reasons:

    1. Because I share my life, I try not to hide anything, and having people know helps me by talking about it.

    2. Lesson – Don’t put off something that just doesn’t look right. If I had been more diligent, we could of got it when it was half the size it is now.

    Anyways, thanks for listening to me whine, bitch, complain, or (insert word here). And take care of yourself. I know I will. I have to have appointments every 3 months for a year or two now.

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