Another Attempt

I started smoking in 1981.  Since then, I have tried to quit on several occasions.  My best attempt lasted a month and a half.  It wasn’t because I wanted to quit, it was because I had lost my job and had no money for cigarettes,

There are a few things I have to take care of before I can quit.  One is that I tend to get flustered easily and my thinking becomes clouded because I no longer have that crutch to calm me down.

The other is that smoking has helped masked some of my signs of Asperger’s Syndrome.  I am less anxious around people when I smoke and find it easier to strike up a conversation.  I was reclusive before I started smoking and I become reclusive when I go more than a few hours without a cigarette.

I went the first three days of 2010 without a cigarette.  I broke down and bought a pack, then went another two days without a cigarette. I have been smoking since, though less than I have in the past.

I recently bought a can of rolling tobacco, which is equivalent to over a carton of cigarettes.  I am going to wean off of smoking during this time.  Any suggestions on how I can keep a clear head and not be so reclusive would be appreciated.

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Go Away Head Cold!

I can’t remember the last time I had a cold this bad.  I feel so worn down, I fall asleep watching television or blogging.  My head is somewhat stuffy, but it feels worse when I’m this worn down.

It’s bedtime for me.  Hopefully I will feel better enough to do stuff.

Who to Yell at and Who to Blame

George Obama is happy that his nominee, Ben Bernanke has confirmed to serve as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. While this is a great day for AIG, CitiGroup, and fascists everywhere, it’s a bad day for many Americans.

The 70 Senators below need to be thrown out and have scathing letters written to them. (47 Democrats, 22 Republicans, one Independent)

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wyden (D-OR)

The 30 below need to be thanked for trying. They should also be thrown out, but for other reasons. (11 Democrats, 18 Republicans, and 1 Independent)

Begich (D-AK)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Feingold (D-WI)
Franken (D-MN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kaufman (D-DE)
LeMieux (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Specter (D-PA)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)

Bad Naming

Yesterday Apple unveiled the new tablet called the “iPad.”  The “Max”i Pad has received ribbing from bloggers everywhere.  There could have been worse names for this and other products:

Apple could have emphasized that the iPad does everything a notebook does, calling it the “A-Whole” for Apple’s Whole Package,

Wal-Mart should avoid naming certain products after its founder, Sam Walton.  “Sampons” shouldn’t be the name for Wal-Mart tampons.

A&P should be discouraged from naming a line of puppy training pads as “A&P-P Pads.”

There have been some product naming that has backfired:

The Chevy Nova (in Mexico) – “No va” is Spanish for “Doesn’t go.”  Hardly something you’d name a vehicle whose primary function is to go places.

There is a website called “therapist.com.”  It is a website for a therapist.  It it not about “The rapist.”

PublishIt.com doesn’t look too bad.  PubliShit.com has a totally different meaning.

Choose the name of your product like you would choose the name of your child.  If you have a last name that is also a first name, do not give your child your last name as his or her first name.  People whose first name and last name are the same are ofter compared to Sirhan Sirhan.

If you spend some time thinking about the name of your product, you won’t have to worry about the faux-pas of a bad name.  You will also prevent lost revenue.

Advice for Republicrats

As much as I like to say, “Hang it up!” and as much as I think Republicans and Democrats should hang it up, I am going to offer some advice to both sides:  Listen to your base.

The truth is the only genuine centrists left are the apathetic and the “once-a-year” voters.  The majority of Republicans are conservative and the majority of Democrats are liberal (at least at the grassroots level).  Politicians are not catering to you because they know they can count on your vote because he or she isn’t “the other candidate.”  Politicians cater to the indifference in hoping they can persuade more indifferent people then their opponents.

My advice for Republicans and Democrats is to vote for the candidate who most represents your values in the primary.  Don’t worry if the candidate is electable in a general election.  If you feel the candidate of your choice is not electable, then take a closer look at your values.

One reason why people think both parties are the same is because politicians from both parties cater to the centrists (and the fascists, but I’ll save that discussion for another time.  😀 )  It’s the two parties’ catering to the center thay causes the most flip-flopping of power between the two parties.

If you want someone with the same values as you elected, vote ONLY for those candidates that share your values the most with you.  If there is too much wiggle room between you and your party’s candidate, then take a pass on Election Day.  Don’t vote out of fear and compromise your values.  It damages your party’s reputation in the long run.  Republicans can no longer be considered a fiscally conservative party because their party spent like drunken sailors when they were in power.  Democrats can no longer be considered a “Peace Party” because they are in power now and we are no closer to ending either the war in Iraq or Afghanistan any time soon.

If you believe in your philosophy, you must allow your party to lose if your party’s candidate does not adequately represent your point of view.  If your views are not adequately represented and you truly believe in your views, you must allow the party to win and prove that their philosophy works.

I am going to be frank.  The problem with both parties (and to a lesser extent, third parties), is they are so concerned about being electable, that they overlook other qualities like leadership, intelligence, and especially principle.

Don’t vote for a centrist.  They only take bad ideas from Democrats and combine them with bad ideas from Republicans.  There are options you cane take if your party’s candidate does not fit your principles:

  • Vote for a third party or independent candidate that is closer to your views.
  • Write in somebody who does have your principles.
  • Sit the election out and relieve yourself of having blood on your hands for not voting for an unprincipled candidate.

I will be honest with you.  Even with the advice I am giving, I would still rather eat glass than vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate.  I will only vote for candidates with a radical libertarian agenda, because to vote for anybody else would give a false impression that I approve of that candidate’s non-libertarian stances.

The future of our country (and to a lesser extent, the reputation of your party) demands that you vote for a candidate with principles and will not cater to the centrists who know nothing about politics.

Back to the Drawing Board

I had set some goals for me at the beginning of the year.   Here is my “bucket list”:

Some of my goals are vague.  “Be happy.” is an example.  it’s a matter of keeping on the right frame of mind.

Others are goals that I will start in March, once I am in my new place.

The rest are those I started on January 1

Smoking – I went the first three days without a cigarette, broke down and bought a pack, went another couple days without a cigarette, and have been smoking since.

Watching my weight  – I started well, but I have have faultered in the last week.  I am back where I started 2010 at 228 lbs.

Walk a mile every day – Today was the first time I haven’t walked in a while.  It was like a tropical storm.  Winds were clocked at 47 MPH and over 2 inches of rain had fallen by 1PM.

Blogging every day:  Between this blog and my other blog, I have been good.  I blog on at least one of the blogs and usually both.

I have accomplished some, but not everything I wanted to accomplish by now.  I will get myself on track and improve what I need to improve.

Back to Life

Enough ranting about Tuesday’s election.  It will soon be shown that I was correct about Scott Brown.  There are other things on the table:

Personal Goals:

I haven’t weighed myself lately, so I do not know my current weight.  I have resumed smoking.  I am now averaging walking three miles a day.

Sports:

The Super Bowl will be the Jets against the Saints.  The Jets’ defense is doing what the Steelers’ defense did during the playoffs last year:  Play four quarters of aggressive defense.  Most teams play a soft zone or a prevent defense with a lead late in the fourth quarter.  The Jets haven’t this year and the Steelers didn’t last year.  The reason why you shouldn’t switch to a soft zone when winning is because a team should stay with their regular defense if they are winning.

Asperger’s Syndrome:

One of the benefits of having Asperger’s Syndrome is I tend to be more observant than most people.  I am not more observational because of a special gift, but because I am introverted and have a hard time striking up a conversation.  My politics is a by-product of Asperger’s as I have seen that the rhetoric of the Democrats and the Republicans are quite different, but their actions are often the same.  I will go into more detail on thin in a future blog entry.