I am 48 years old, getting close to turning 49. Life has not gone anywhere near like what I wanted. A large part of that is my own fault. When I graduated high school I went into the work force rather than joining the military or going to college. The older I get the more […]
Tag: random thoughts
Time for some random thoughts on life from a bored survivalist. Lets start with happiness. What is happiness? Happiness is defined as a “mental or emotional state of well-being.” Whos responsibility is it for you to be happy? Is it your spouses responsibility for you to be happy? Is it your employers responsibility for you […]
This post started off about Russian President Putin and how much of a failed leader our own president is. Then I got off on a tangent about free trade and jobs. The end result was just some kind of random thought article.
While looking for news on the Crimea situation I came across an article on the Wall Street Journal – Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis.
I do not fully agree with the author, but I do agree with a lot of what she says. One comment should ring a rang a wake up call for the United States,
We have been a nation divided for a long time. Whether the division was by race, sex, sexual preference, religion, political party,,, we have been and will continue to be a nation divided.
Since the late 1960s and 1970s we have become more divided with each passing decade. This division shows in the quality of our elected officials.
The first random thoughts post of 2014, so lets make it a good one.
Your leg or any other body part will always lose against a chainsaw. Spring is right around the corner, people are going to be working outside, so lets be safe.
Japan wants the worlds help in keeping China off some islands. If it were not for the oil in the area I do not understand what the problem is. Tension between Japan and China has been on the uptick for the past few years. I imagine some kind of deal will be worked out for everyones benefit.
The bigger question about China, is it going to position itself to topple the United States as a world leader? Reports say China is in the process of doubling its aircraft carrier fleet. Even if China doubles its fleet of carriers, China will still be decades behind the USA, which is not a good thing. If China is so far behind the US in navy power, chances are they would resort to nuclear weapons to offset our naval advantage.
With everything going on in the world and in the United States, I think it is time for another random thoughts article.
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin – is it not enough that one man is dead, another fears for his life, but now people have to go around protesting in the streets?
What happened after the OJ Simpson case? Did white people go around protesting against OJ? Did the National Association of White People pressure the justice department on the OJ case? Did the Kl Klux Klan or skinheads put a $10,000 reward on the head of OJ?
People need to set racial issues aside and have some respect for our legal system.
Over the past few days I have been thinking about a lot of stuff. A lot of small stuff, to small to make their own post about. So I thought I would combine a lot of small topics into a random thoughts post.
I promised a buddy of mine that I would tone the political stuff down. Rather than posting political topics here, I will keep them on PBJ News. So here goes.
Video Gaming -I guess it is a matter of me getting older, but fewer and fewer games have that “wow” factor. Back in the 1980s and 1990s some of my buddies and I could play Atari and Super Nintendo for hours at a time.
Now, its takes a lot of keep me interested in a game. Borderlands 2 got boring within 2 hours and Skyrim lost it after maybe 2 – 3 hours. The only game that has been able to keep my interest over the past 3 years had been Left 4 Dead 1 & 2. Since Diablo III has the always on internet requirement I did not even bother buying it.
The nation is screwed, and I mean royally screwed.
The government is so far into debt, there is no way future generations can pay off the debt. As of the posting of this article the US Government is $16.4 trillion in debt. With credit card debt and student loan debt, we owe more like $58 trillion.
We are throwing millions of dollars to illegal immigrants. Between 2009 and 2011 we spent around $91 million on health care for illegal immigrants.
Congress is looking for ways to allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens.
It is time to have another random thoughts article.
National Debt – I figured it was time to make anther article when I read this opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal. According to that article, our national debt already exceeds $86.8 trillion, or 550% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to the authors of that article, the true amount owed to the Federal Reserve is hidden from public view.
In other words, the government is treating the people like a bunch of mushrooms, we are being kept in the dark and fed crap.
I do not know for a fact that the national debt is anywhere close to the $86 trillion range like the article claims. Even at $16 trillion we are in deep trouble.
What is sad, the nation is bankrupt, and there are people looking for a government handout. There is no money, but people want more free stuff.
Time for another random thoughts post.
The Amazing Spider-man
Bought The Amazing Spider-man for the grandkids to watch. The grandkids are between the ages of 3 and 5 and were not interested in Spider-man. But they can watch The Avengers all day long.
Why did Sony have to go back to Spider-man having an artificial web?
I thought The Amazing Spider-man was a rather bland. I like how they got away from the Green Goblin and introduced The Lizard. The original Spider-man movies seem to stuck on the Green Goblin.
A few days ago I was thinking about how much money I was making in the welding shops. In 1987 the top pay of the welding shop I was working at was $11.13 an hour. Minimum wage was $3.35 an hour.
11.13 divided by 3.35 = 3.3223.
In other words, top pay in the welding shop was 3.3223 times minimum wage in 1987.
In 2004 I checked back at that same welding shop, top pay was only around $14 an hour, which was less then 3X minimum wage at the time of $5.15. In other words, wages have not kept up with inflation or minimum wage.
In 1990 I made around $35,000 with overtime. I thought that was pretty good for 22 years old. Minimum wage in 1990 was $3.80 an hour. Other words, I made 9,210 times minimum wage in a single year. But then again, I worked a lot of overtime to reach that $35,000 dollar mark.
To keep up with the standard of living I had in 1990, I would have to be making $66,772 a year. Take my word for it, I make a lot less then $66,772 a year.
How much money are you making today as compared to minimum wage? Have your wages kept up with inflation and minimum wage?
For those of you over 40 years old, how much where you making 20 years ago as compared to today?
Over the past few weeks I have been posting some of these random thoughts articles. This type of format gives me the chance to address a wide range of topics in a single post.
What I would like to discuss in this post is the state of the nation.
The United States is going to hell in a handbag, and none of the talking heads in Washington seem to care. Either they don’t care, or they have been paid not to care.
Food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama. According to an article on the Daily Caller, food stamp participation is up 100% over the past 4 years.
When obama was elected president the people were hoping for change, but is that the type of change yall were wanting?
Guess its time for another random thoughts article.
Romney and the elections
Holy crap, really republicans? Romney is our best ticket to beat obama? I usually vote straight line Libertarian party. But when there is not anyone on the Libertarian ticket I usually vote republician. When I have to vote democrap, I think about bill clinton signing nafta into law, and the untold number of jobs we have lost to Mexico.
Not that the republicans are much better. But if we are going to get someone on the republican ticket, at least let them be pro gun.
Whatever happened to all of the people that were supposed to vote for Ron Paul? Whatever happened to the Ron Paul revolution that was going to change America? I guess everyone forgot about that when it came time to vote.
If so many people were going to vote for Ron Paul, how did romney get the nomination?
Well, it seems Mitt Romney stuck his foot in his mouth by saying Obama supports see themselves as victims, and that Obama appeals to voters who do not pay taxes.
In other words, the people who vote for Obama are black, lower class and live off welfare.
Yep, I pretty much agree.
Its like the lady during the 2008 election that said if Obama is elected, she will not have to worry about her mortgage.
How the hell did obama get elected? Is romney the best the republican party can offer? My opinion on the 2012 elections, the average american is a idiot. the majority of the people out there have no business voting, much less picking our elected officials.
When the people keep voting the same idiots into office year after year, nothing is going to change.
If the people want real change, first they have to change the way they vote.
When a republic breaks, its not the government that breaks, its the people that are broken. The way we vote our elected officials into office (the two party system) is broken.
You got to restaurant A, the service is lousy and the food is terrible.
You decide to go to restaurant B, the service is lousy and the food is terrible just like A.
Do you go back to A, or do you give C and D a try?
With voters logic, you keep going between A and B hoping things get better, while ignoring those new places down the road C and D.
The average American voter is too stupid to vote third party. How are we supposed to fix the nation when the same two parties are voted into office over and over?
Middle aged man, friend of my family, in his late 40s, let go from his job a few weeks ago, no health insurance, has been suffering from mood swings and headaches for several months. The man has also been forgetting stuff lately.
Family thought it might just be a mid-life crisis that a lot of people experience.
Last night the man started running a high fever. Wife took him to local small town emergency room where an x-ray of his head was done.
x-ray showed a baseball sized tumor in the brain.
Small town hospital shipped him to larger town for cat-scan and mri. Scans showed the cancer has spread into the sinus area.
As of this morning, he is in Houston.