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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Why Can't Women Cook Anymore?

Women's liberation, burning bras, equal pay for equal work, it was all supposed to make us equal. So, why is it that women can't cook anymore?

 Let me give you a couple of examples (not necessarily in order, or about the same person

Example 1:
Girl spends the night and decides to be nice by cooking breakfast. At first this sounds great, except she attempts to cook the hash browns in a pot used for boiling. The hash browns end up burning almost ruining the pot, and the house filled with smoke.  The hash browns came from a bag.

Example 2:
Girl lives next door to her parents. So instead of cooking for herself, she just walk over to her mother whenever she is hungry. Fully admits that she can't cook, and has no desire to learn how to cook. Not an issue until her mother passes away, or she moves to a location not next door.

Example 3:
Went out with  a girl and mentioned I liked open faced turkey sandwiches. So later on, to be nice she offers to cook me one. I gladly accept, not knowing she actually has no idea what one is. She shows up with some left over turkey and basically tries to make a regular turkey sandwich, just without putting the two halves together. 

Example 4:
This is more of an honest mistake, but funny enough to call it out here. A girl I was seeing, went to put a frozen pizza in the oven. A while later we go to check on it, and notice the smoke from underneath it, where she forgot to remove the cardboard from the underneath side of the wrapping.

Moving beyond the examples, in most relationships I'm in, I have a tendency to do most of the cooking. A good friend of mine, always does the cooking in his relationship. He is a good cook, so great, but still interesting to note that he does most of the cooking as do  I. now before I get a response from a bunch of angry women, this blog is about my experience and that I would say more than half the people in relationship I know, the men do most of the cooking. This doesn’t' mean, there are not plenty of women who also do cooking, and not that I am saying there is anything wrong with it,  but it is interesting to note the dynamic change over the years.  And it would be nice to get invited over for dinner and not have to pretend to like whatever the girl is cooking for me.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chevy Volt, 12,000 Miles and 26 Gallons oif Gas

I'm not a fan of GM, or that much of a fan of the Chevy Volt. I do support the cause of electric vehicles over gas. So a story of a Chevy Volt owner driving 12,000 miles of 26 gallons of gas, it worth posting.

 Read the full story here...

Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA Response to Gun Restrictions

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Contrary to most of my left-leaning beliefs, I am in favor of an individual's right to own a firearm. And, with the recent shootings, I believe that we should focus on mental health over gun restrictions. Now having said that, their is nothing wrong with restrictions. We have restrictions on speech, and other amendments to the constitution. So why not the second amendment?

The NRA came out today in response to the Connecticut shootings, making statements that we need "armed security" in every school and "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." And, I'm sure to remind every politician out there, how much control they have over the political process. I've always been neutral on the NRA, but after this, I'm am now anti-NRA. I'm still for gun ownership, but can't support such stupidity in statements. So, instead of funding art and math, already underfunded schools should be paying security guards? According to one estimate about $18 billion dollars a year.

 It's interesting to note, that the right-wing, who always spouts off about individual rights, seems to also be associated to parties that are trying to turn this country into a Orwellian police state: Warrantless wiretapping, holding people in prison without trial, torture, and a cop on every corner. If they want to live in that type of world, maybe they should move. There are a few counties in the middle east already like that, I'm sure they will be happier there.

For now, how about a little dialog about gun restrictions and mental health at the same time. And not making dumbshit statements like, more guns are good. Especially considering, per capita, we have more gun violence than other first world countries.

Guns don't kill people, the person pulling the trigger does. The gun just makes it a lot easier.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fox News Anchor Caught…

I go to Yahoo.com today and the top trending item is, "fox news anchor caught". So, of course I click on it, thinking, fox news anchor caught… in men's room at truck stop with under age hooker, or dead on toilet after brain aneurism, or choked on meatball sub, or admitting that fox news isn't actually news, or in dance club toilet with ounce of coke, or in bed with cross screaming "let Jesus fuck you." The list could go on as we have so many likely possibilities. Unfortunately, the top trending item on yahoo today, has to do with an anchor dancing to a song during a commercial break. BFD!

Thanks Yahoo for tricking me into clicking on the link, and thanks American, for being retarded and caring for this kind of crap.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Post Office Grammer

Standing in line at the post office the other day and noticed some less than steller grammer... Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Still Blue in Washington State

It must suck being a Republican living in the state of Washington, like our most obnoxious Republican, former AM talk show host, and Rush Limbaugh wannabe Kirby Wilbur.
Can you guess who is who?
We just elected another Democratic governor. We haven't elected a Republican in 30 years. We just legalized gay marriage, and made marijuana legal. A few years back we legalized death with dignity. And of course we have always been in favor of letting women choose what to do with their bodies.
From the Stranger
As such: we might not be at the top of the education list like other blue states, 1.Massachusetts, 2.Vermont. But at least we are not at the bottom of the list like light red states, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and the worst on the list West Virginia.

 So to my conservative friends, as you always threaten to move when a liberal wins, please do so, and move to the south. After all, if you want to be like Kirby or Rush, it would be a good idea to move to the fattest states.

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But at least you will be able to hang out with the other ideological conservatives...

... while waiting at the Chick Filet line, since you are also in a state with high unemployment thanks to the low educated workers.

As you are waiting in that line, here in Washington with our high-end tech and engineering jobs, that your average Alabama resident couldn't handle, we will be eating our non-GMO foods and drinking soy lattes, and loving the freedom that comes with being a liberal.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Dark Side of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has long been a front-runner for the G.O.P. nomination—even if no one really knows who he is. Digging into the candidate’s record as a Mormon leader, his business deals at Bain Capital, and that infamous car trip with the family dog strapped to the roof, Michael Kranish and Scott Helman pierce the Mitt bubble in an adaptation from their new book, The Real Romney, to find that the contradictions, question marks, and ambivalence go deeper than his politics.

Read the whole story here...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Economy Chart

He must be doing something right. There is a lot more blue on here than the red when he started the job. Images Source - CNN

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ryan asked for federal help as he championed cuts

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

 Read the full story here...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Bad Advice Given by Stupid Bitches

Another good read by Foxy Nick 

This are my thoughts on girls i believe to be gold diggers these days, gimme gimme princesses' disguised as seemingly feminist women. I subscribe to the thought of feminism and think we all should be independent women. But what really gets me is not only one but a few women have told me that I should make a guy I'm dating pay for everything. This being part of the thought behind being a strong independent woman no less, because we are flexing our powers as women. I looked a bit aghast at them after they uttered this truly craptastic statement. Why would I make him pay for everything, it's nice enough he's already dropped a lot on dinners but what I can't pay for a meal or a show? I make my own money and I'm damn proud of that money it means I have the financial independence to spend that money on what ever the fuck I want to. Maybe I like taking him out and making him feel special; why not, he is special to me. Oh is this about the game of not showing your feelings to a guy because then he'd have the upper hand? I thought its just about not being an annoying little twit about everything and having your own life and space not pestering someone all the time. But I digress.

So she says, "well you are giving him..." (oh you mean we fuck? Have dirty, nasty, hot, sweaty, bring you to the point of climax but you're not even close to being finished sex?) why yes we do but it's not like it's a commodity. I am not just a pair of tits and ass. Although it is a fine one for that matter. I don't want someone to pay for everything because he wants to put his dick in me for a few seconds of pleasure for him and some fancy meals, clothes, jewelry etc for me. I want to fuck, nay, have passionate sex with someone I actually like and maybe even care about. God forbid these days we actually can have lives as independent, interesting, fun people and have a relationship in where there is mutual respect and understanding. I realize woman kind is jaded from the awful display of men out there that keeps getting regurgitated back to us time and again but I think it's ok to trust a man at some point. I'm not saying take what ever he tells you at first as truth because, let's face it no matter what all men will take the easy in to your pants. Make a guy earn your respect and have him slowly show he's worthy of it. This is not a one sided equation ladies, the point of feminism is that we are treated equal to men. I want a partner not a daddy, I already have one of those. You gotta make sure you're acting like someone who deserves another persons respect, not like some little shit for brains spoiled brat

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Day at The Market

Cranky Contribution from Nicky Fox

At the Edmonds market today buying fresh veggies and fruits, admiring all the cute puppies walking around sniffing the food. Had myself an existential moment when I stumbled upon a estate booth in the middle of crafts and produce booths. It was strange, I've never seen someone selling a dead person's things at an open market. It was morbid, but I decided to take a look and see if there was anything interesting I might like and I found a box of her jewelry. I looked at the prices and I was saddened to see that most of it was going for 2.00$ or less, to think at one point this woman had probably delighted in picking out these unique pieces of jewelry only to have them at the end of her life sold off like junk. But really that is all our shit ends up being, junk that someone in our family has the misfortune of having to dispose of after we die. It made me feel very insignificant at that moment, kind of like a speck of dust that could be blown away by the wind. What have I done in my life to make an impact, what will be my defining moment? Who knew the Saturday market held so many serious thoughts.

Not totally unmarked by the people at the end of the market with a political booth where they claim Obama is Hitler and stand their with their unsubstantiated claims about how our president is evil. I wanted to say something snarky but after this week and my existential moment I just didn't have it in me.

Samuel L Jackson " WAKE THE FUCK UP " Obama Ad

Monday, September 24, 2012

Why I'm Smarter Than You

I really shouldn't say "you" in the heading as I would imagine most people who read this blog have similar opinions and intelligence to mine. But, saying I'm smarter than most tea-bagging conservatives  isn't as inflammatory and for the most part pretty obvious. Want proof?

Where We Get Information:
A study done by the Fairleigh Dickinson University, polled 612 people to find out that people who watch Fox News actually know less than people who don't watch the news at all. People who listen to NPR (me/you) or watch Sunday morning news know way more.

Yes, I do tend to make spelling errors and grammar errors often when posting to this blog. But, should I ever go protest something, I'd probably spellcheck my sign first unlike these teabonic retards.

When you point out flaws in their religious views or the out of context passage from the bible they are quoting, they respond with anger and hatred. Just like Jesus would.

Physical Health:
Now, this isn't all situations as a few friends of mine are a little overweight and also happen to be super intelligent people. But, according to multiple studies on the benefits of exercise the average overweight red state resident does show a corolation between weight and political agenda and intelligence.

Personally I have started to put on a bit of a belly, so I've started eating better and exercising.  Would I say it makes me smarter? Probably not, but I do feel healthier.

Global Climate Change:
It's easy to pretend something bad like global warming doesn't exist, or that God will save us. But global warming is real, whether people believe in it or not. And when scientists and intellectuals believe in something, and rednecks and tea-baggers don’t, I think I'll put my hat in with the higher IQ crowd.

Low Quality Pseudo-Reality Television
History channel, Discovery Channel, TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) and the big 4 are all full of reality television showing off dumb Americans looking for a few minutes of fame. We used to have history on the history channel, now we have truck drivers, driving trucks.

In Summary
Personally I tend to take studies with a grain of salt, as they can be misleading in the sources of information, number of people used, ages, locations, etc. But, when reading multiple studies done over time in multiples areas, it's pretty obvious, I may not be smarter than you, but I'm certainly smarter than the average conservative, republican voting,  church going,  American.   

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Restaruant Brats

A contribution from foxynik 

  Restaurants are too child friendly these days allowing people to bring their loud screaming children who run through out the table. Isn't the point of going out to a nice restaurant to leave the children at home and revive the romance that was lost since you squirted out a mini clone? Who wants to have a child interrupt their adult dinner, or even worse rudely interrupting other people's dinners; especially those who choose not to birth tiny little brats. Not only are you taking away from the ambiance the restaurant worked hard to create, you are taking away money you could be giving to 12-15 year olds who can't get real jobs yet so they are reduced to the demeaning job of taking care of child terrors. So before you think about bringing your little squirts out to your local sit down eatery just do us all a favor and eat at home.

Friday, August 31, 2012

50 Shades of Crap

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Everyone around the office, online, and on the bus has been talking about 50 Shades of Grey as if it is some kind of fantastic racy novel. Ohhhh so erotic. So, I decided to break down and read it, and luckily I didn’t actually pay for it as I would have been pissed if I had.

To be honest, which is why I have a anonymous blog, it has got to be one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever attempted to read. And I say attempt because after forcing myself halfway through it I gave up and deleted it from my kindle. Also thankful that I didn’t pay for the download. The characters are one dimensional and stereotyped. The dialog is crap, and the porn aspect of it is terrible. “Oh baby, cum for me baby.” I wouldn’t consider myself an expert on a well-crafted novel, or porn, but I have read enough to know what good is, and 50 Shades of Grey is none of it.

The popularity of this book can lead me to only one conclusion: people are dumb and have to taste! And they have no sense of sexual adventure, as this crap turns them on. And I’m not saying crap in the sense that a red room with sex swings and ropes offends me. I’m saying crap because what happens in the novel sucks big harry grey balls. And while on a trip to Germany, I realized it’s not just Americans with bad taste in books, it’s everyone. I was walking past a bookstore and they had a huge display of the German version of the novel. When I think sexually adventurous I don’t think of Germany. Sorry Germans, but the beds in your country are way too hard for a romping sexual adventure. But I’ll be in Frankfurt for another day, so if a couple hot German chicks want to prove me wrong, feel to respond.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Facebook Sucks!

You might think I wrote this, as I also have a hate, hate relationship with Facebook. But I didn't. This Cranky Contribution is from my gal pal Chiwi

My biggest pet peeve with Facebook is not the random thoughts of everyone, including myself, being posted at all hours of the day.  I can easily ignore them or even better, if I really don’t want to see someone’s posts because I only accepted them as a friend out of pure peer pressure, I can totally hide their information from my news feed.  They, in turn, can do the same with my postings. 

Further, I’m not even bothered by the one million notifications a day I get because, again, that’s something that I can pretty much control by changing my account settings.  They were nice enough to update Facebook to give you that option.  I just haven’t gotten around to it so from time to time, I do get annoyed but it’s my own fault.

Nope, the lack of privacy and the easy access to my personal information are also not the reasons why I’m bitching and moaning.  When I joined Facebook, I understood what I was getting into and I don’t share anything that I don’t want to bite me in the ass, say if I ever try to seek a political career perhaps.  Plus to some extent, you can control the privacy of your page though perhaps not your whole life history.

What bugs me about Facebook may actually seem pretty silly to some but it’s always in the back of my mind.  They’ve forced us to accept the new “timeline” feature, they keep coming up with updates left and right, apps, surveys, pokes and prods but they can’t tweak it just a little so a person can have background music to their page.  I don’t know why this irritates me so much but it does.  This is why I liked MySpace better.  I was able to add a profile song that came up when anyone opened my page in addition to a series of more songs that would play throughout the time that someone had my profile open.  But alas, I was forced to move to Facebook as more friends and family migrated their way there.

For someone, like myself, who finds the music she listens to representative of her personality and moods, it seems pretty silly for Facebook to leave something like that out…since your profile page is supposed to be a personal reflection of who you are and how you define yourself.  Unless I add apps or videos one by one, I can’t just have a song (or series of songs) play while someone is looking at my profile but by God, I have a new Timeline with a cover photo of one random day in my life.  That sure is a reflection of who I am.  

I’ve closed my Facebook account several times in protest of many things about it that I dislike but then I miss all the good stuff that friends and family post.  So even though I probably won’t close my account anymore as I’ve gotten myself in the habit of only checking it a few times a day (unless I’m deathly bored as was the case today) I think Facebook sucks!  

By the way, I know you can add apps so as to add your music but that annoys me as well!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The i Generation

Generation iAt some point in time we started to give each generation a name. It seems to me that it started with the beats, then worked its way to the baby boomers, generation X, and then Y because we ran out of original ideas for generational names. Although the i generation is the more obvious choice.

i use my iPhone to update my Facebook page with what i just had for dinner, so that someone else can read it on their iPad. Marketing has picked up on how important i am as they don't need to capitalize anymore, at least that is what executives at AT&T thought when changing the name to at&t so as to appear more relevant to the i generation. Would a 15 year old actually know what the original AT&T stood for, and if they did would they have any idea what a telegraph actually is?

i used to be able to attend a concert without seeing half the audience on their iPhones throughout the show. There was a time that we could visit a friend who valued sound quality over convenience when listening to music, but at least i can plug my iPod into the stereo system now and play the latest Call Me Maybe parody. When was the last time you spent time with someone who didn't respond to text messages all night or a Words with Friends game? Or are you that person?

i have my smart phone, my iPod, and a Facebook page. But i can leave my phone in the other room and not feel the need to respond to a text until the next day. i can watch a movie without letting everyone know which theater I'm at by "checking in" on Facebook. And most importantly, i can take a shit without tweeting it to all my friends, because the world doesn't need to know every time i have a bowel movement. Call me old school. I prefer to blog about my life. Because I am a member of the X generation, representing the days of full sentences and capitalization.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mohawk Guy

Further proof of what is wrong with this country. The latest Mars rover lands and the first link on CNN, or when searching google images about the rover is a guy with a mohawk.

Billion dollar science project on another planet, or some due with a mohawk?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Outspoken Climate Skeptic Now Admits Global Warming is Man-Made

In a statement, one of the world's most prominent former-climate skeptics has made a surprise about-face, declaring that climate change is not only real, it's likely our fault.

read about who it is here...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Heat Waves and Global Warming

Whenever we have a winter in the Unites States with excessive snow or cold, all the right-wing tea-baggers start spouting off that the weather is proof that global warming is a hoax. Anyone with any intelligence knows that seasons fluctuate and one cold winter doesn't prove anything. But, I have noticed that we have two summers in a row with excessive heat and droughts. So why aren't the right-wing tea-baggers going off about the proof of global warming? Oh, I know, because they are right-wing tea-baggers.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico due to BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the 'Perfect Storm

After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest oil spill on open water to date, residents along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico witnessed a spike in the numbers of dolphins washing ashore. Suspicions linking the increase in dolphin deaths to the oil contamination led authorities to treat the dead dolphins as evidence against BP.

Read the full story here... 

Monday, July 02, 2012

Movavi Video Suite Review

A few years ago I purchased (yep actually paid for) a copy of Movavi Video Converter. Overall it didn't do anything that I couldn't get free software to do, but since I paid for it, I would occasionally use it to convert videos that I would downsize for my iPod or phone.

A couple of months ago I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 and when I went to reinstall the product I received a notification, "The activation key you have entered is not correct. Please make sure you have entered a valid activation key."

Since I had only activated it once on the same computer with the previous operating system, I e-mailed Movavi customer support. The response I received told me my version was to old and that I would need to upgrade to a newer version, which of course I would have to pay for. Since I wasn't that impressed with the product in the first place, I decided not to upgrade, and instead, write a blog post about how lame it is they don't support a user trying to reinstall a legally purchased copy of the software.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why I'm Done with Sears

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Recently I posted on some of the reasons why brick-and-mortar stores might be seeing a decline in business, such as availability of products and customer service.  After a recent visit to a Sears located at the Alderwood Mall in Lynwood, WA I have reinforced my belief in the previous statements.

My Kenmore dryer stopped working, and after spending $200 dollars to fix it a little over a year ago, I decided not to spend another $200 and just replace it with another newer model of the same. Bright and early I jumped in my vehicle and cruised to Sears, parked, and headed to the appliance section. As I walked up the stairs there was a guy who looked like the salesman working on some paperwork. He appeared to be in his early 40's, and I expected might have some actual knowledge on the products being sold. Which is better than my last visits to Sears where the person working had no clue about how the microwaves they sold worked.

It is early on the morning and I'm the only customer in the appliance section. I quickly find the new model of my Kenmore Elite dryer. The style hasn't changed much so it should match well enough with the washer, not that I care much about matching washers and dryers. The guy still hasn't come over to offer assistance so I start looking at a few of the other dryers, a few other models thinking maybe I will upgrade to something fancier if they have a deal on a good one. I walk around, open and close doors, read labels, look at prices, and the guy still hasn't offered assistance. By this point he as moved over to a little shelf desk area with a phone. I look up as a woman in her late 40's and nicely dressed walks through the area. The salesman says, "good morning, can I help you with anything?" The lady says no and keeps walking. The guy then picks up the phone and places a phone call.

Sure, I was wearing cargo pants and a t-shirt, but it's not like they were scruffy, or I looked like I had no money. I also have a $45 dollar, overpriced, haircut and a clean shave. Along with a job that allows to afford a new washer and dryer if wanted.

So after the snub I decided I'm done with Sears. Financially they aren't doing well and if it weren't for the Craftsman brand tools probably would have already gone out of business like so many other stores the past few years. After leaving Sears I head over to the Best Buy where a clerk working greats me as soon as I walk up to the appliance section. I tell her I'm looking just for a dryer, don't care if it matches my washer, and how much I want to spend. She shows me two models in my price range, doesn't try to upsell me, and offers great customer service. On top of that they were offering free delivery and removal of the old dryer. So I bought my new dryer, scheduled a time for delivery, and have every intention of making them my first stop when my washer craps out. And have no intention of stopping at Sears.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Junk Food Ads at the Station

Stop for gas and get a bunch of junk food ads. Why no ads offering a free apple with purchase of Banana?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Where The Police Are

We have had quite a few shootings in the Seattle area recently. And as always, when there are shootings people start going on about the need for more police. I however start going on about the need for police to be utilized effectively.

This Sunday, at around 8:30 in the morning I had to drive a 20 mile stretch of I-5 from Lynnwood to downtown Seattle. On the drive I passed two separate cop cars who had people pulled over for speeding. I also passed 3 police cars lined up. The first was the one with the radar gun, and the second two were ready to go when the first one tagged someone for speeding.

As I was getting close to my exit, I was passed by this cop. He obviously wasn't going after someone, but he was going over the speed limit and if had been a civilian he would have been pulled over.

At 8:30 on a Sunday morning, I counted 6 police cars who had nothing better to do than write BS speeding tickets to people going to church or wherever else people go at that time of day. And that is just the ones I saw. I'm sure I probably passed a few that I didn't see.

We do not need more police after the shootings, we need police to spend more time going after real criminals, rather than contributing to their salaries by writing unnecessary speeding tickets.