Thursday, August 12, 2010


If everyone told the truth, there wouldn't be many. People don't always know the law that pertains to them and their situation but feel taken or mistreated.

I liked the old days when judges were wise and not just educated. Most of you probably know the case in the Bible where two women came before Solomon both claiming that a child was their's and not the others.

Solomon, in his wisdom said to cut the baby in half and give half to each woman. The real mother, out of love for her child said to give the baby to the other woman rather than killing him. That's how Solomon knew who the real mother was.

Getting to the truth is even harder these days. Everyone's willing to lie to get what they want. I just watched a case on The People's Court where a repairman was being sued because he collected some of the money but didn't show up to repair the dryer for over a year.

Both claimed they called each other several times. Apparently, the repairman was waiting for parts he ordered and called when they came in. The guy never called him back so he went over and got no answer at the door. So he quit calling the guy and just forgot all about the situation.

Well, the customer says the repairman never called or came by, just took the money.

They were in court over $23 in parts and about $70 labor. First, how could you wait a year without having a clothes dryer? WHY would you?

And why, would you go to court over less than $100 which wouldn't even pay the janitor's salary, let alone the judges and the bailiff, court reporter, etc.

If I were the repairman, I would have, after several phone messages, let the guy know that if he didn't call back in a certain amount of time, the contract would be terminated and I would have refunded the money.

If I were the customer, I would have made sure I was available to the repairman and keep in contact. Just being responsible could have kept it out of court.

In Tombstone, AZ. they still settle things the old fashioned way. If a man beats on his wife, other men in the town take care of it. The wife beater simply disappears. There are hundreds of old mine shafts and miles of empty desert around. You either act responsibly and morally or else.

I'm not saying that Tombstone's way of dealing with things is right either, but in the two years I lived there, I only heard of one case of spouse abuse.

When people have a problem with each other, wouldn't it be so much more simple to admit when you're wrong and settle it like a person who has some values?

Music Remixes

As a long-time professional musician, I have oft been very upset by some of the changes in the music industry. Rap was one of them. Yes, I'm white but that had nothing really to do with it.

I spent most of my life learning to become the best musician I was capable of becoming. I learned to play 11 different instruments and did my best to not get in a rut just liking old music or just what was popular.

When Rap came on the scene, I noticed the dance-ability and beat. That was good. The problem was that there was little music to be had at all. Just jungle rhythms and rhymes. Where was the music?

Then they tried to start calling it rock and roll. That incensed me. No one called Disco rock and roll!! No one tried to call Opera rock and roll either. Rock and Roll has always had it's own sound that evolved over time.

I also noticed that people started calling The Eagles country. That was just as bad. Just because something is soft does NOT make it Country music.

The straw that broke the camels back was when Rap artists started using old songs and remixed them with rhyming crap and then called it their own.

If you don't have the talent to play your own instruments, don't have the talent to sing and can make up a rhyme but choose to use other's stuff instead, you ought to get out of the business and quite stealing other people's original works. If you did that in college you would never ever get a job in writing novels. You would be kicked out of school for starters. You're the worst kind of liar.

These same "artists" then claim that you are ruining their business and hurting them financially if you download one of their songs without paying for it. Hippocrates. No talent hacks with a feeling of entitlement.

And that's The Real Truth.

The Pit Bull Debate

Probably won't be a long debate. There's not much to debate about really.

Put bull owners try to convince the rest of the world that it's only how the animal is raised and not the breed itself that is dangerous. You would think that since so many cities and states, even in other countries ban the ownership of these dogs, one could automatically conclude the breed must be dangerous.

The owners of course will say it's a conspiracy or that it's just bad press. One bad experience makes everyone afraid and they are overreacting.

That certainly does happen. Communities get overly anxious about many things and just start banning away. Things can get bad reputations because of a few bad apples and it can have unjust consequences.

But lets look at the facts. The fact without the fear of the public or the emotional attachments or egos of those that own them.

First lets look at the majority of owners. Males, 18 to 45. Men want a big, strong, protective animal, much like they see themselves to be. A buddy. It's hard to convince most men that a poodle will make them a good buddy. A Doberman, German Shepherd, Pit Bull or Akita is more their style.

Ask a drug dealer about Pits. Why do they use them for protection? Because they're mean and will kill, not just bite when you trespass.

I've known many Pits, never gotten attacked or even bitten. Very friendly and sweet animals. Yet they have a bad rep.

Dangerous Dog Breed Statistics

Analyzing a sampling of press accounts from Canada and the USA during 1982-2007, researchers pinpointed the dog breeds that are most likely to cause death or serious injury. This research study concluded that, unlike any other breed of dog, Pitbulls attacked adults almost as often as they attacked children. The researchers found that Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Wolf-Dog Hybrids combined to account for:
  • 77% of attacks that caused bodily harm to the injured dog bite victims.
  • 73% of attacks that harmed children.
  • 83% of attacks that injured adults.
  • 70% of attacks that resulted in death.
  • 77% of attacks that maimed the dog attack victims.
Another study looked at data obtained from incidents where victims were mauled by dogs during 1982-2006 and found that Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Perro de Presa Canario, and their mixes caused 65% of the dog bite deaths during that time period in the United States.
Some sources claim that the six types of dogs commonly identified as the most dangerous or vicious dog breeds are Akitas, Chow-Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Wolf-Dog Hybrids.
Another study looked at a selection of 88 dog attacks from 2006-2008 in the United States, with results ranging from recoverable injuries to death. Of those incidents, it was found that:
  • Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and American Bulldogs were responsible for 77% of all deaths.
  • Pit Bulls were responsible for 59% of all deaths.
  • Pit Bulls killed more adults than children.
If that weren't enough, Pits were responsible for more mauling of children than any other breed when gotten loose and run with other dogs in the neighborhood.

The Real Truth is that most people who own these dogs know this, but feel if they admit it, it says that they themselves aren't responsible, good people.

Some just don't care and feel it's for protection and therefore acceptable. At least with guns, it's the owner that pulls the trigger instead of some animal they cannot control when faced with a protective situation.

Case closed?

Selfishness, Self-Absorption and Greed-The Anarchy of the New World

Today I thought I would talk about Anarchy. The idea of complete autonomy in society.

The anarchists think there should be no laws whatsoever. That everyone is totally separate from everyone else and should rule themselves with no responsibility to anyone else. That is my paraphrasing and not from the dictionary, however I think it sums up the idea pretty well.

When I was growing up, it was a very important part of the raising of any child-sharing. Hence the phrase, does not work well with others. We were expected to share and become a responsible part of society. Caring for your friends and neighbors was integral to being respected. Not going to prison and getting initiated into a gang to get respect.

Street cred then would have made you a thug. A person whom no one could trust. A perfect example of what  not to be. It worked well. Communities took care of each other and people cared. You could count on your family and friends. They didn't marry you then turn you out to be hookers. You never heard of a teen putting her baby in a dumpster or getting her boyfriend to kill her whole family just because they had put a curfew of 10 pm into effect when she turned 16.

You never saw 9 year old girls dirty dancing on TV or at school plays.

I'm not saying the world was perfect, but it certainly was better. Before you go thinking I'm 90 years old, i'm not. I'm 44 at present and these changes have only been happening for a couple decades. Of course racism was even worse. Homophobia was worse.

The changes in the world hasn't been all bad. Technology and communication is amazing these days and I wouldn't change that for anything. Knowledge is not only power, but enlightening and makes everyone a better person.

In my immediate now I am most concerned with greed, selfishness and the idea that the individual is the only thing that matters.

Well, let me give you some insight on how to make your own life better. Care about others. It's that simple, but to try and prove that I will try and explain why caring for others makes your life better.

Gaining personal wealth and respect is certainly good for most people. Makes them feel important and accomplished. A sense of security in an insecure world. Having goals and accomplishing those goals keeps a person alive and vibrant. No one wants a person with just drama and trouble in their life. No one wants to hang around a person with low self esteem who doesn't care about them-self.

But who wants to live in a world where you can't walk down the street without fear that the next anarchist you meet will rob you or worse? The problem with selfishness is that it makes people take what they want instead of working for it. If you steal what you want, there's no goal accomplished except to make you more cynical and less caring.

The closest thing an anarchist will ever get to love or family is joining a gang. What a wonderful life. Full of death and loss, drugs and fighting.

I realize my saying it out loud does little if any good. Yet there has to be someone out there to say it.

Corporations are anarchists. Republicans are anarchists. Gangs and street thugs are anarchists. It's not just for teenagers anymore.

If every cell in your body suddenly decided to prescribe to the theory of being individuals first then being part of the body, you would explode.

Our world of people is a body of like organisms that need each other to survive. What's good for the whole is good for the survival of the individual. It make the whole body healthy. Less susceptible to disease. Better immune systems.

On a larger scale, taking care of our earth prolongs our health and wellbeing also.

Taking care of your family instead of spending all your energies trying to get away from it makes you stronger, less stressed and healthier.

A football or basketball team can't win if each person is playing against every other player, including their own teammates.

In entertainment, you can't be the popular rich guy if you don't get the rest of the world to love you. It's a cooperative effort. People don't seem to see that these days.

In politics, conservatives have become the rich and the corporate empires. That alone should tell you something about how greed changes people. Republicans want less government and taxes on the rich, while totally ignoring the middle and poor classes. They don't want welfare and food stamp programs. They fight against the legislation that will put regulations back on Wall Street. They fight for the very things that tanked our economy in the first place. They scream. "free market!" saying that competition is the only way to a successful economy. It only works on low levels. A free market allows for cornering markets and price setting and fraud to run rampant. Deregulation. Of course greedy people like deregulation. Anarchy without law.

Conservatives and the religious love war, all the while Jesus spoke of loving your neighbor as yourself. Surf the internet on any topic involving politics and you will hit a sea of hateful, angry, incomprehensible, uninformed and generally livid people, 90% of which get's facts from sources like Fox News and from religious views. Most of which are incorrect and at the least, not full of the love and charity Christ told them to have.

Instead of turning the other cheek, they bomb abortion clinics, give death threats to liberal offices, beat up gays, hang witches, disown family who chooses different religions, their clergy abuses children, are the leaders in cheating scandals and attract all the racists and Aryans to their party. They fight to keep health care from anyone who can't afford it, talk about fraud in welfare, yet are the party of the Wall Street deregulation that allowed Bernie and others take billions from the rest of us that are just trying to have a decent retirement when we finally get there.

The new "Name it and claim it" Christians are the liars and cheaters and abusers and greedy and selfish not to mention ignorant. Their no better than their gang counterparts, just less in your face about it. No, I take that back. Their definitely more vocal than their peace loving counterparts.

Greed blinds you to love and decency.

Factoid-Did you know that people in Blue states are healthier and live longer than in the Red states?