As the title says, I woke up at 4:30 on the dot today, and had no ability to go back to sleep. I hate waking up like this. At least it isn’t as bad as waking up about 5 minutes before the alarm is going to go off. At least I guess this now allows me to post an update, as it is really too early to start getting ready for work.
It is supposed to get up to 60 degrees today. It looks like riding the bike into work will be happening. Tomorrow, it is supposed to get to almost 70 degrees. I am not really sure where I will be riding to, but I intend to get out on the bike and head somewhere.
I have come to the realization that the more I watch and follow the news, politics etc, the angrier it makes me. I see all of these news stories on a variety of topics and I just hate seeing the stupidity that is rampant all around. For example, just now on the news they were talking about the USS Cole bombing trial being stopped and the charges dismissed. They just had the Commander of the Cole on when it was bombed. 17 dead, and 37 wounded that day. The govt knows who it was, and was in the process of the military trial, and now all of the 8 years or process that have happened are for nothing.
Another story is that anyone who gets arrested for anything having to give DNA. Now this is very interesting to me. This is essentially the start of an Orwellian future. I am all for criminals getting caught and justice served for their crime, but the way that this is being presented, if you are arrested for anything, you would have to give DNA. We live in a society of innocent until proven guilty, and this would change that system to one of innocent, but possibly guilty in the future. It reminds me of Minority Report. Now if the sample was taken after a conviction, then I would be fine with that.
These are just examples from this mornings news. There are so many more that I come across throughout the day, and it just pisses me off. This “Stimulus aka Lets waste money on everything that we can possibly think of and say it is a dire emergency if it isnt passed now” is the worst. If you go through and read all of the crap that is in this, then you pretty much have to agree that quite a bit of it is not meant to stimulate the economy in any way. Some prime examples can be seen in this article from the WSJ. Here is the start of the article.
Las Vegas, which by some accounts already glitters, wants $2 million for neon signs.
Boynton Beach, Fla., is looking for $4.5 million for an “eco park” featuring butterfly gardens and gopher tortoises.
And Chula Vista, Calif., would like $500,000 to create a place for dogs to run off the leash.
See what I mean? The other guise on this is that many of these will create jobs. Ok, sure, they will create jobs for the 6 months to a year it takes to build this stuff, and then those same jobs go away when the construction is done. I wonder if those of you who live in DC have a constant smell of bacon in the air with all of the pork that is being thrown around up there.
This all seems to be the start of a very socialist type system. This video clip from the Glenn Beck show has a clip in it of a lawmaker who slips and says the words moving towards socializing things, and then stops in mid-sentence when she realized that she was saying it out loud. Watch at 4:45 in. The California democrat says it out loud, and then stumbles to try and recover, by saying that she thinks that the government should be running all of the businesses.
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