Rules to Internet dating? True, but #1 rule to life? DON’T CHEAT!


New York representative Christopher Lee’s adventures in online dating led to scandalous headlines across the country and his resignation from Congress.

via How Not To End Up Like Congressman Chris Lee (Or: A Guide for Private Online Dating) – Kashmir Hill – The Not-So Private Parts – Forbes.

Remember this schmuck? The article has some valid points about internet dating. If you are doing that they are good rules to follow. But here is a thought. Just don’t cheat. I mean it is a simple thing. If you are married or in a relationship don’t cheat and you won’t get caught. I can’t be the only one who thinks this am I?

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Daily diet soda tied to higher heart attack risk – Health – Diet and nutrition – msnbc.com


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Just as you were starting to feel virtuous for having switched from sugary sodas to low- or no-calorie substitutes, a new study comes along suggesting that diet sodas might be bad for your head and your heart.

via Daily diet soda tied to higher heart attack risk – Health – Diet and nutrition – msnbc.com.

Ah yes, in our modern society you can find a study to pretty much back up whatever you want. It’s pretty convenient. Want more salt? Less salt? An excuse to drink wine every day? Or maybe you want to quote a study at someone to make them feel about drinking wine every day. Well just Google it. Someone has done a study to support it. No matter if you are grounded in common sense or completely off your rocker.

This study was a good example. All the people were of “advanced” age. All at risk already for heart attack and other risks. Another big issue is that it was not peer-reviewed. For any study to be considered true and reliable that is must. But when people want to ignore it they do so that no one tells them how wrong they are. Third is what else did they do? It only tracked the soda. Did they say well I’m having diet soda load me up on butter? A lot of people do that. They somehow think that lowering the sugar content of their drinks gives them carte blanche to eat anything and more of it. Even healthy foods must be consumed carefully. A huge salad is still huge even if it is a salad.

Of course the scare media or national media as you may know them picked this story up and ran with it. It was on local news and splashed on web pages. The story I found talking about the negatives as pretty buried and sure didn’t make local outlets. When will media learn that yes they must report the bad things in our world. It is a pretty messed up place, but we don’t have to focus on it. Focus on positive things, things that also lift people up and further us as a social group. I doubt they ever will, but we can ourselves. You can do it on-line, you can do it in real life. Just Do it as Nike said for so long.

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4 American hostages killed by Somali pirates – World news – Africa – Somalia – msnbc.com


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Four Americans captured by Somali pirates while sailing in the Indian Ocean have been shot and killed, NBC News reported Tuesday.

via 4 American hostages killed by Somali pirates – World news – Africa – Somalia – msnbc.com.

Wow. What a crappy headline I woke up to this morning. This is a pretty short blog really. I just wanted to express my outrage over this and my hope that the American Government does whatever they need to do to kill all theses bastards. Lay waste to them all. Please make it just like the South Park episode and snipe them all. Only shoot them in the knees and let them slowly bleed to death. Please.

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Some times you need a sense of humor, Tibet is important but lighten up!


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Should life always be serious? Hell no. It needs to be fun some times too. That was my take on the Groupon ad in the Superbowl. I know what is happening in Tibet is serious. It has been serious for a really really long time. Do I know how long. NO. Does it matter? NO. What matters is it sucks and it’s not right and we should want it to change. Remember the 90s? The Beastie Boys made sure we all knew how wrong it was. So we all get it.

That being said…I can’t be serious all the time. I loved the ad. It started off like the typical guilt fest than quickly turned into a laugh fest. I think it is similar to looking at The Simpsons VS Family Guy. The Simpsons tends to be slightly smarter humor that requires thought process. You don’t have to over think it like some horrible Dennis Miller jokes on Monday Night Football but you have to put a small amount of effort into it. However that is not needed with Family Guy. No thought process is needed. In fact if you try to think while watching it chances are they will beat the thought out of you with mindless repetition. Think about Peter and “the bird is the word”. Or pretty much any other joke they do. But guess what? Some times you want dumb stupid entertainment. I won’t apologize for that. I will stand up and proudly say I liked the ad. It was funny. It made me laugh. Thank you Groupon.

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via Groupon Superbowl Ad Makes Light Of Tibet’s Political Turmoil #SEWatch.

Massive explosion hits natural gas terminal in Egypt-Is it militants or the government?


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There was an explosion on a major gas pipeline in Egypt today. I see this as one of two things.

1st. It could certainly be militants taking advantage of the army’s distraction to attack a hated pipeline to Israel. Since the peace accord the supply of gas to Israel has always been an issue of contention. That is certainly plausible.

2nd. This one pushing the boundaries but it is also quite possible. It is not impossible to believe that the government did this themselves. By taking attention away from the protesters and having unrest they can blame on them it gives them an excuse to put it down. It gives them an excuse to roll in and stomp down with their steel toed boot. Safely from inside of a tank of course.

We may never really know what happened. In fact the governments own stories do not match up, but what matters is that the protestors never give up, never surrender. Keep doing what you are doing. If they can keep at it, not get discouraged or sent home they can accomplish something amazing. History is happening now in Egypt and it is so exciting.

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Video: Anderson recounts being attacked in Cairo (via Anderson Cooper 360)


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I try to avoid rebloging however this is a really important video to watch. To understand what is happening in Egypt the danger people are in and the change they are trying to affect.

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Rise up and throw off the blanket of ignorance you are snuggled under!


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You’ve heard it before. Ignorance is bliss. Well yeah in some ways that is true. But want to know what kind of bliss it is? It’s the daily humdrum of just getting by. It’s the reason we find ourselves more and more obese even tho we claim to be health conscious. Just look at the people of walmart website.pow It’s disgusting. man boobs, side boobs, back boobs. Who knew there were boobs we did not want to see?

You must rise up!! Throw off that security blanket of ignorance. Fight back! To quote Anti-flag “you gotta die die die for your government, die for your country THAT’S SHIT!” Our government should be giving its life for us, the citizens not the other way around.

If you think President Obama will affect change you are seriously delusional. If you think a republican/libertarian or any other member of our current government system will affect change you are seriously delusional.

You can’t change the system from with-in. It’s a fallacy. Much like the 3rd party system which is promoted simply to placate us and waste our time. By telling you to vote for a 3rd party, or convincing you that by becoming the man, you can beat the man they cut you off at the knees. They stop you from really doing anything. Complacent and happy it’s a lot like after thanksgiving high on turkey we want to move.

I get it. We can’t all quit our jobs and lead a revolt. And we don’t all need to have a bloody coup like they have tried in some places. At times it can be as simple as not settling. Speak up when things are wrong, make your voice heard. Preach the truth from the roof tops.

And sometimes, just sometimes an injustice comes along that is so large and so grave we must rise up. They are doing that right now against Egyptian leader Mubarak. Those people started a peaceful protest, they wanted to make their voice heard. They were trying to do the right thing and violence lashed out at them. These people are amazing. They are risking their lives. This stuff is really happening!!! It is going on right now. Don’t be put to sleep by the daily routine. Pay attention, raise up, speak up, stand out!!!

To protect your future you must be strong and willing to participate. You can’t complain when you do nothing about it.

For on the ground real news about Egypt‘s revolution follow 3arabawy and sharifkouddous

There is so much good info out there. You have to search for it, you have to research it. Make sure it is true and then tell others. I don’t seek to change the world with my post here. I just want to help educate you and share things with you that you may not have heard yet. Follow the people I mentioned, read the articles below. Education yourself, make up your own mind and then tell others!

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Selfish VS selfless, which one will you let win?


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Selfish VS selfless. It is the key to every relationship. Not just with your wife, g/f or friends. Also with work and anyone who you interact with. It is deeper than just those you see all the time as well. Even on the level of an individual person who you will never see again how you treat that interaction determines a lot of how the rest of your day may go.

Being selfless is hard. As humans we naturally tend to want everyone else to do things our way. If we do it a certain way than it must be the best way to go about it. Isn’t it? And this does not even mean that other people are wrong. But when they don’t accomplish goals and tasks the same we do, or would we can become upset.

On a simpler level is our day-to-day interaction with everyone in our sphere of influence. From the driver who wants to change lanes, the lines of traffic merging together leaving a sporting event or the person who you serve at work the level of selfishness we exert is going to have a big effect on our outlook, and attitude. It’s the whole butterfly effect idea. Hopefully when you slow down a bit to let someone in they will do the same and overall the traffic keeps moving (albeit at a reduced pace) instead of becoming stop and go. But being nice to people we won’t see again is almost the easiest thing to do. You won’t see them again. If they slight you it is much easier to brush off.

It’s the long-term relationships where it is so hard to accomplish the goal of selflessness. In family, wife/husband/girl friend/boy friend, co-workers. That is the real challenge in life. It is easy at the start. But than with time we build up resentment. We get butt hurt when we don’t get that same selflessness back. But that’s the real kicker isn’t it? Because at that moment we have switched from being selfless to being selfish. We don’t mean to. We don’t want to, and I think it causes the most problems.

I thought about this a lot last night, and today while working out. I don’t have a perfect answer. It maybe that there just simply is not one. We each must struggle every day to maintain that level of selflessness. Often times this means not saying what we think. The whole concept of being honest has been twisted into an excuse by people to just be an ass. “I’m not being mean. I’m being honest.” they claim in righteous indignation. Well some times, no often times in a relationship you have to judge things and then simple SHUT THE FUCK UP! Not everything needs to be said. Not everything needs to be done your way. Certainly there is a line in the sand that each person must draw for themselves. I am in no way saying we should all be walking doormats for each other. That is never the case. If someone is mistreating you walk away. Run away. No one has the right to mistreat others or should have to be mistreated. But in life, you have to be able to look at the bigger picture and try to see it all put together. Not just the moment you are in. That or go live in a cave by yourself and be a true hermit.

Our government would be a lot better if instead of just saying “it’s for the children” and other mantras of selflessness they actually practiced it.

Our personal lives would be better and so would our professional lives. Change does not happen overnight. But it does not happen by becoming what you want to change either. You have to stand up even if no one but you knows and take action to improve your life and the lives of those around you. Put your own desires aside, think of others. If all of us can do this, even just a bit, and have the goal in mind of always doing it you would see a much different picture each day. It can truly be accomplished without giving up what makes you “you”. It can be done without sacrificing the things you hold dear. True acceptance of others is hard to do but the rewards are great.

Gay marriage. It’s about time we get over it.


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Gay marriage. Once again for the millionth time it’s in the news. But why? Aren’t we over this by now?
Lets look at the arguments.
1. Marriage is sacred. Really? Come on, with all the reality shows where straight people get married, the divorce rate and all those things the idea that heterosexual marriage is sacred and it somehow disgraces it is ridiculous.
2. God is not for it and marriage is based in religion. I’ll be honest and admit I used to think this. BUT, we can not force our religious ideals on others. So when it comes to a pastor doing a gay marriage that is for the pastor and the church body he is a part of to make that call. In other words the individual and then individual group must decide this on their own. We have no right to say others must follow the same religious beliefs or tenants that we do.
3. I (the person saying it) just don’t like gays. (insert your own slur here) This is simple to debunk. Its based only in hate. No real reason for it at all.
4. What else is there? I can’t think of anything.

So what does all this mean? We so often forget that to protect our own rights we have to protect those of others. Even if we don’t agree with them. The key here? As long as it does not hurt anyone, or infringe on some else’s rights. So, do I think it is right to say I can’t pray in public. No. I’m not hurting you. Ignore me, leave me alone, give me basic respect and don’t bother me. And I won’t tell you that you have to pray. You may choose not to. That is fine.

Really this is the same thing. Who is hurt by gay marriage? No one. It should be equal. They should have the same standard of proof and responsibility as straights people. Still have to get divorced if it does not work out, and still get the same benefits as any other straight couple who has taken the proper steps to say “Yes, we love each other and are in a committed relationship with each other.”

I feel there is a big difference between two people living together and two people who are married. By getting married you make it official. You make it harder to just end and harder to just walk away from. You are taking it up to a much more serious level. Any one, gay or straight if they really do love each other should be able to take this public/private/legal step and get married. We can not and should not force consenting adults who are hurting no one, ever, do follow what we think is right, or wrong simple because it is different from our opinion. I don’t want people telling me what I can do in my life and in order to protect my rights I am willing to protect the rights of others. I hope you will too.

Political speech responses-Discuss amongst yourselves


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So this is a quick and simple post. I hope to create disscussion with it and actually get some good comments going back and forth from people. So,

The political speech response


Why do we do them?

Who started them?

Do they do anything other than cause bad feelings and arguing?

Are they anything more than bickering and infighting?

Couldn’t we use them for a good purpose instead?

What do you think? Respond below.