Hoarder Hunters

I came up with a new reality show concept today. It’s a cross between American Pickers and Hoarders. Pickers scavenge through the crap hoarders can bear to get rid of.

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Dear America, Don’t You Take Away My Mortgage Interest Tax Break!

Mortgage Interest Tax Break No Longer Sacred?

I just read this news article by NPR and I am incensed…royally pissed off!

There are millions of homeowners in the US like me – far from “rich” or “wealthy” in the monetary sense who rely on this very small tax break to lessen the blow every April. This year I only received a break of $200 after paying $9k in mortgage interest, and I still ended up having to pay the feds some money.

The “rich” only make up about 1% of the population! Cuts like these will only hurt the rest of us, and as usual the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.

My personal opinion about plugging the HUGE budget deficit is to stop spending billions, or maybe it’s trillions, on all the foreign war crap and start putting American’s money back into America!

I know the war situation is complex and the justification is that we’re doing it to protect our freedoms, but I’m calling a big bullshit on that because it appears that we have less freedom now than we did before 9/11, and I’m sorry that so many people died and continue to die for our government’s ulterior motives abroad.

American’s freedoms are being taken away bit by bit and it trickles down from federal government to local government. Yes, our local governments very much enjoy restricting our actions and making stupid laws to protect things like grass rather than citizens. Sure, for the most part I can go out and live my life without having to worry about being shot by a guerrilla or blown up by a suicide bomber, but I might be arrested or fined if I sit on the sidewalk in San Francisco or play in a bounce house at a park in Walnut Creek.

I’m appalled at the ridiculousness of all of this! America, please stop slowly stripping my freedoms and then taxing me for it. I want my money and my freedom back with interest!

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Jack Black is awesome!

I saw a movie trailer for Gulliver’s Travels this morning and remembered how much I love Jack Black!  Enjoy!

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A Gas Line Blew Up. Time for a Five Alarm Burger?!?

A PG&E gas line blew up last night in San Bruno, CA completely destroying something like 38 homes and killing at least six people. Immediately Red Cross was setting up shelter locations and asking for blood and money donations. I totally understand the feeling of wanting to help in some way…in any way, but my first reaction wouldn’t be to go pick up some burgers from Red Robin and hand them out to victims and spectators.

Reporters were on scene getting interviews from anyone they could and they pulled aside a good samaritan who explained he had a friend that worked at Red Robin, so he thought it would be great to go pick up some free food and bring it on down to the unfortunate people who were just traumatized by a 1,000 foot fireball wreaking havoc through their neighborhood. Never mind that this was maybe only an HOUR after it all went down…people might be hungry, they just lost everything, but a burger will cheer them up and show them there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

I know what you’re thinking. Better that someone had the decency to do SOMETHING rather than NOTHING like me, right? Yeah, think what you want…I’m on my way to get some Red Robin…YUMMMMM.

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Mad Props to Johnny Weir

I’m no fan of killing animals for fashion purposes, but I’m even less of a fan of people/organizations pushing their beliefs on the general population.

Weir wore fox fur on his figure skating outfit, which of course brought complaints from Friends of Animals. To that Weir had this to say:

“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life,” Weir said on Tuesday. “There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti.”

“I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice…”

“Every skater is wearing skates made out of cow,” Weir said. “Maybe I’m wearing a cute little fox while everyone else is wearing cow, but we’re all still wearing animals.”

Does this conjure up images from Blades of Glory for anyone else??

Who cares that the man is a role model for a lot of people?!? That poor fox was already long gone and destined to be on his shoulder, so forget about it already. I see the logic behind all this–famous person wears fur, fans want to be like famous person, fans wear fur too.

The fact is things don’t really happen like that–some fans actually have minds of their own and aren’t influenced by those they admire to the point of mimicking their fashion/behavior choices. Not to mention, real fur is expensive, so most people go out and get faux fur, which is funny because most don’t realize they might actually be wearing a dog, rabbit or beaver posing as “faux fur.” Yes folks, that charming faux fur might be your long lost Lassie!

The bottom line here is that I agree with what Weir said–there are more important things going on right now than to fuss about celebrities wearing fur.

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Open Carry Movement

I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of days trying to decide how I felt about the upswing of the open carry movement in California.

Open carrier at Starbucks - Original image at KTVU.com in their Specail Report video

 

For those of you who don’t know, it’s legal in California to openly carry an unloaded, holstered handgun as long as you’re not within 1,000 feet of a school, on the grounds of a college or university, in a government building or the secure area of an airport. Also, if you have a drug or violent crime conviction or mental disorders, then you can’t even own a gun. It is illegal in CA in carry a concealed weapon at any time.

Recently there have been more people in the San Francisco Bay Area deciding to exercise their right and open carry their firearm in public…like when they go to Starbucks or Wal-Mart. Of course, some people freak out because they see someone carrying a gun and they automatically assume that gun is loaded…and they ask themselves what the heck that person is doing carrying a gun at Wal-Mart anyway?!?

Take a look at this video posted on KTVU’s web site: SPECIAL REPORT: Open Carry Advocates Maintain Right to Bear Arms [Lloyd LaCuesta]

Well, here’s my two cents on the whole open carry thing: I think it’s a bad way to exercise your second amendment right. At my first consideration, I thought it was pretty cool, but after giving it some more attention I don’t think it’s such a smart thing and here’s why:

1.)    You call a bunch of negative, unnecessary attention to yourself. I’m the kind of person that likes to lie low. I don’t want anyone watching what I do, checking out how I look, and of all things, I don’t want to be bothered by the police. I just like to go about my business without being interrupted.

2.)    It’s not necessary to openly carry a gun in public to “protect” yourself. What you’re really doing here is putting a big bullseye on your back to be messed with. If you truly feel the need to carry a gun for protection reasons, then you should CONCEAL CARRY. Yeah, it’s illegal in CA but if you feel your life is that much in jeopardy, then by all means just do it! It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be stopped by police and checked for a gun if you’re just a regular ol’ citizen going about your daily routine and not being all suspicious and stuff.

3.)    Open carriers are making things worse for every gun owner in CA and they’re making us look bad. We’re a very liberal state and the average person here is not pro-gun or pro-hunting—we’re in the minority and have to work that much harder to do our thing without someone—government or otherwise—interfering with our lifestyle. When Sally, mother of three, sees you walking down the street with your 9mm hanging at your waist, she’s going to call the police because she thinks you’re carrying a loaded weapon and are out to shoot someone/something. I saw this other video about the open carry movement in Virginia, and this guy said “When I go to the store with my weapon no one bothers me.” Well, duh! I’m not bothered by many at the store either…except for bums who want money, solicitors trying to sell me something, and crowded aisles on occasion. How about next time I want them to leave me alone I’ll just point to my gun and tell them to fuck off.

No one is respected just because they have a gun strapped to their person. There’s that old saying about respect being earned…well I disagree with that. Everyone I meet has my complete respect—their respect bank is 100% full from the moment we’re introduced. Over time, their actions determine if that bank will remain full or if it will deteriorate. This is how I operate because we’re all human in this world—no one superior to another in nature—so you don’t have to bow down to me, or impress me, or be some kind of friggin’ “hero” or an evangelist in order for me to respect you. In summary, if more people thought THIS way, we would live in a much more polite society—NOT if you open carry a gun!

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