Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon

Going to the candidates debate Church&State
Laugh about it, shout about it 
When you’ve got to choose 
Every way you look at it, you lose

Hello Monday you make another appearance after an otherwise nice relaxing weekend. I hope the weekend was kind to the rest of you. I know, it goes by too fast. When I become President and supreme overlord, I will mandate that the nation goes to four, ten hour work days Tuesday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be for family and friends, Mondays will be for taking care of your own things at home, the rest of the week you work.

I had an interesting conversation recently regarding the subject of same sex marriage. Before I give you my opinion on the matter, I’ll first tell you a little of my religious and political background to better frame the subject.

I am guessing if you’ve read ten sentences of this blog or know me personally such a revelation regarding my religion and politics isn’t necessary at all. However, I think it prudent to better illustrate the position and how I have established my opinion on the subject that seems to have so many people up in arms.

I was born and raised a Christian with a Catholic father and a mostly Lutheran sometimes Presbyterian mother. Politically speaking I have been a registered republican since the day I could vote.

It’s no mystery about my beliefs and opinions as I have stated before, I have made them clear here and as you the reader knows I am generally a pull no punches type of person. I’ll tell you how I feel about something and generally will do it in a way without political correctness and straight to the point. My philosophy in life has been pretty simple, be honest, be blunt, and leave no doubt with others where you stand. I will say from a leadership and business perspective this philosophy has served me well. Personal, and more specifically romantic relationships probably not so much but that is not the point of this discussion.

Tomorrow the supreme court will hear the case of same sex marriage as related to the  proposition number eight or whatever it is, out in California, and the federal governments recognition of the subject of same sex marriage.

As a registered republican, a non-practicing and semi-literate Christian, I support same sex marriage and truly believe the argument from my conservative and Christian countrymen and women is the biggest and most embarrassing load of bullshit I have ever been unfortunately aligned with.

Now for the buts, and qualifications of my statements.

The arguments against same sex marriage from my fellow party and religious members is so plainly ridiculous it hurts my head to even hear or read. Lets take a look at the most famous.

Brock, if two men or two women get married that lessens the sanctity of my marriage between my wife and I or my husband and myself.
When I hear this, immediately in my mind I am thinking “are you that fucking stupid and insecure?” How does what two other people whom you have no connection or know anything about affect your life? Your marriage between you and your husband or wife and your god and or church has no relationship on what two other people think and or do. Furthermore your specific “marriage” you are talking about is the federally recognized one on the piece of paper issued by the court. Your church and your god no matter which it may be, doesn’t give two shits about the marriage license you got from the government. Your marriage sanctity doesn’t even enter the fucking picture with regards to the piece of paper that says you’re married. Your marriage sanctity is between you and your spouse and your god. Thats it! Get the fuck over it. If the sanctity of your marriage is being questioned then you better take a good long look at yourself and your own failings. It has nothing to do with what two  people on the other side of town, state, or country are doing. 

Brock, the bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. My response to this statement is simple and it comes right from my honest to goodness Christian heart. Fuck you and your bible. Again we are talking about marriage as recognized by the courts, states, government. You remember the government don’t you? The one you swear your allegiance to? The one founded on the principal all men (and women) are created equal? Pursuit of happiness, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution etc? Yes I understand this country was founded on principals of God and basic Christian beliefs but it was also founded on the fact all men and women can believe in whatever God they so choose or none at all and still be free to live in peace and equality. It’s ok for you to interpret your bible any way you choose, but you have no right whatsoever to think you can force those religious interpretations on your fellow man/woman via the power and arm of the government. Everyone is equal everyone is free in the eyes of the law. To say and or think two men or women who love each other can’t be married in the eyes of the law because of your own very personal beliefs between you and god is wrong. No one is taking away or trying to change your beliefs in your god, which is a private matter, and you have no right to deny anyone the right to be free or equal in the eyes of the law, backed by the government that oversees all of us. Its really that simple and if you deny this then I suggest you take a remedial civics class and research the founding principals of this country. Start about the first grade level.

Brock, the gays and lesbians can get legally binding contracts as far as their unions go to protect their rights just like married people. As a fiscally conservative republican I’d love to punch my fellow party members right in the face when I hear this line of bullshit. Yes I want less government, less taxes and spending money on stupid, ignorant shit. The fact remains, all of our nations laws regarding probate, taxes, next of kin, insurance, adoption, children where there is a definition of marriage will also need to be amended to incorporate “the legal unions” of the gays and lesbians. This will need to happen from every branch of government form the local municipalities all the way to federal level. How fucking much of my money has to be wasted on this endeavor? How long do gays and lesbians have to wait for all that legislative work to be done, when a very simple definition of the word marriage can be changed to include “any adult no matter sex” and we are done? All existing laws with the word or provision for marriage gets left alone and stands the only difference now the gays and lesbians have the same rights and privileges. Minimal money, minimal time, everyone is equal in the eyes of the law.

Do not get me wrong on this topic. While I am passionate about my religious and political beliefs, I just cant see how my fellow party members and especially Christians cant see past this issue where it concerns our government. If our government is based on religious freedoms and our country is based on the principal that all men are created equal in the eyes of the law, then where the law and the government define marriage it needs to be amended to include the definition that it can occur between members of the same sex.

My god or my bible may tell me homosexuality is wrong. My beliefs may tell me its wrong. In the end homosexuality doesn’t affect me and its existence certainly doesn’t lessen my relationships with those I love or the things I believe in. I’ll be damned before a day comes that my beliefs will effectively rob someone else of their simple legal freedoms to be happy where it comes to the government overseeing all of us together.

All this being said, on the other side of the coin, no one of any religious persuasion should be made to feel inferior or apologetic in their religious beliefs where our country and government are concerned. Religion and beliefs shape who we are as people and people make up the government. That idea is ok, and I want that, however our founding fathers were very specific on separation of church and state where it comes to personal freedom and the pursuit of happiness. I want that too, before anything else.

In the end I’m a republican and I support same sex marriage as recognized by the government and the fancy piece of paper you get saying you’re now married in the eyes of the law.

Black bandana, sweet Louisiana

Robbin’ on a bank in the state of Indiana
She’s a runner, rebel and a stunner
Oh her merry way sayin’ baby whatcha gonna
Lookin’ down the barrel of a hot metal forty five
Just another way to survive

Hello faithful readers. Happy Monday. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Happy Presidential Inauguration Day.

I miss Bill Clinton. Well let me rephrase. I miss Bill Clinton chasing ass around the White House. It nice to see he hasn’t changed as evidenced by the picture of him above snapped today. Stay classy Bill.

I wish I could tell you some exciting news about this past weekend. There isn’t much. New computers, big work projects, chores, and associated skullduggery and here we are.

Its the beginning of another week in the salt mines, and a President entering his second term. A president who thinks its absolutely ok to kill americans abroad with predator drones without any due process or the first constitutional check. Did you know that? Probably not since the administration is too busy figuring out ways to keep honest law abiding citizens from obtaining and owning assault style weapons with high capacity magazines. Except of course if you happen to be a Mexican drug cartel then its ok. The hypocrisy of this administration would be laughable if it wasn’t so sadly true. In the end we ultimately get the representation we deserve.

I have been watching the news lately in regards to gun control. While I doubt there will be anything to pass the house by way of federal law, I still wont bet against it. As a simple businessman with an interest towards economy, I bet President Obama would have been in a U-Haul right now heading back to Chicago. We know how that turned out. I won’t speculate about no sweeping changes in gun laws heading our way.

When I hear or read arguments about future gun control and the left or the right for that matter use the “hunting rifles and target shooting weapons are ok and no one needs thirty round magazines or military assault weapon” I cringe. Here is the bottom line as simple as can be explained regarding the second amendment.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Now people can twist this any way they want. Notice in here there is NOTHING regarding anything about “Hunting”. There is also nothing in here regarding assault weapons or high capacity magazines or clips. This amendment very simply states we have the right to bear arms to protect the security of the free state. In the context of the time, it meant people of Florida, or Georgia, or any other of the states could keep and bear arms to protect the state from the government or unknown outside influences. I know a lot of gun control advocates who either didn’t take a fucking history class or choose to ignore it, but I’ll help some more, in ebonics and street talk.

When us round eye, pale skinned honkeys first came here, we were a part of ENGLAND. As more and more of us came from England to this new world, we posted our asses up and down the east coast and called these new hoods, colonies, which we later after building some McDonalds, and KFC’s we called states.

Then ENGLAND said “Oh hell no. You honkeys has moved on up, you needs to pay more of your money to the King”. Then the tea came from England and the King said, you pay more. We were all like, “Fuck you”, and dumped that shit tea into the harbor.

Then some old guys like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, and a bunch of others from each state, hung out and drank beer in Philadelphia Pa. While they were getting drunk they decided to write a letter to the King of England telling him to eat a bunch of dicks. Also that for now on we were not part of England, we were now the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence was the fuck you letter we sent to king. John Hancock hated the King of England so much he wanted to wipe his cock all over the paper, but being a man of class and honor, he just signed his name real big so the old bastard would see it without his spectacles.

Now the smart old dudes that made up and signed the fuck you letter to the King of England knew the King would send an army to try and kick our asses. They talked some tall bastard with wooden teeth to gather a bunch of men from each state with their own weapons to band together to fight the war with the English. Wooden teeth dude was George Washington.

The english army showed up, George Washington and his collection of homeboys from each state, fought England and they kicked their asses.

We won our independence and became the United States of America.

Now when all this shit was done, the drunk old dudes in Philly who wrote the “Fuck You” letter to England, decided to write another paper. This paper was called “The Constitution”. This paper dictated how we as the New United States would govern ourselves. We knew how bad England sucked ass and that we didn’t want to wind up like England. A lot of beer was drunk, Ben Franklin screwed some French whores, and Thomas Jefferson got to writing shit up. Thomas Jefferson was a smart guy with good handwriting who liked the dark meat. The main idea was that all United States men were free, could do what we want, and no one person had ultimate power to rule. Checks and balances were put in place to keep any one person or group from ruling over another.

Things we’re cool at first, but then a few years later, when the dudes in Philly sobered up, they realized the constitution wasn’t perfect and needed some fine tuning. They got together again, and wrote another paper called the Bill of Rights. See they knew government and power of any kind left unchecked can get too powerful and just use the system to make its own laws and then they were right back to the old days of England and the King fucking with people. So being sober and smart, the Philly crew created the second amendment of the Bill of Rights. Its what I show above.

This amendment was very simple. People can keep arms, to protect their individual states safe from the government. If the Government got to screwing around and wanted to kick Florida or Georgia’s ass then the Florida or Georgia boys could use their guns, (same as the Government guns) to fight back if need be, and say “better slow your roll bitch, we don’t play like that”.

The founding fathers (Philly beer club dudes) knew this would keep the government they created from ever getting too powerful like England tried and taking away the right of free men to be happy and not be fucked with.

In the context of the time of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the government had muskets and the free people had muskets.

Today our government has thirty round magazines and assault weapons. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION HERE. If our Government has these weapons, free law abiding United States Citizens are entitled to the exact same weapons.

Do you understand this now? You may not want an assault weapon with a thirty round magazine. You don’t have to have one. You may not need an assault weapon with a thirty round magazine, but if your standard federal government has one, then you are protected by birth and the drunk Philly crew to own that exact same weapon.

This my friends is history, and this my friends is freedom. There is no simpler way to understand the Constitution or the Bill of Rights or what the founding fathers meant when they created both documents.

Also understand your buddy down the street doesn’t need a nuclear warhead and his own B-52 bomber and we have laws to deal with that scenario. However every free, law abiding man and now woman, in this country has the right to own any weapon that his or her own government could hypothetically show up at their front door with and meet and defend their freedom with the same force. Thats the Constitution. Thats the Second Amendment. That is the last check and balance of TRUE FREEDOM.

Since those founding fathers gave us this right, hundreds of thousands of men and some women have given their lives to protect and preserve it.

This isn’t about hunting, or target shooting. This is about freedom to choose and freedom to protect and defend yourself in an equal and as aggressive a manner as our own government could attack free men.

Its the ultimate check and balance that keeps men free against any government we happen to elect and legislatively create. Don’t ever forget this or mistake it for anything else. Everything else concerning the second amendment and gun control outside of what I explain here is complete and utter bullshit looking to limit your freedom, guaranteed by many thousands of men and women who gave their lives to protect.

In closing, you may not want or need to have an assault weapon with a high capacity magazine. You do not have to buy or own one. Its your choice and you have the freedom to do what you want. What you and any government we create doesn’t have is the right to deny any law abiding honest man or woman to go out and buy and own these weapons if they so choose. Their choice to own them can be as simple as “Just fucking because” nothing more.

Hope this wordy and and rather simple explanation brings clarity to those seeking or needing it. Extreme and blunt? Maybe, but I would suggest you crack a history book from anywhere in recorded time and look at every single other civilization, period of time, government or group of people whom were disarmed or limited in their defense by those that ruled over them and see where they are now.

Let ‘er rip, tater chip!

High above the mucky muck….

Castles made of clouds.
There sits wonderboy, sitting oh so proudly.
Nothing much to say when your high above the mucky muck. 

Another TGIF. We survived another week of drudgery at the salt mines. Lets see there was a birthday, a Halloween, a hurricane, some early voting and pie. Not a bad week and ultimately very productive.

Monthly jobs report came out this morning. Oppsie! Guess what went up? Mmmm Hmmm. Unemployment from 7.8 to 7.9% The administration is trying to whitewash this fact by claiming the number of jobs that were added but the fact remains those in the market looking for real work hasnt changed and now shows an increase. Good on you Obama! Wait a second. Can you hear that? Listen closely. Hear it? Its the sound of the last nail in your coffin Mr. President. Anyone know what a U-Haul rental costs from Washington to say Chicago?

I voted yesterday and did my part. Now do yours! I have to be honest though. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Mitt wins, but I am preparing for the worst. There are a lot of stupid people in this country, and they vote. In a day and age where we select and elect a President on a bunch of bullshit 30 second mud slinging commercials, it takes half a brain and some personal effort to really dig in and research a candidates position and background. When one party fundamentally caters to the majority of the population that are stupid and do not want to do the work to know their representative and candidate then we end up with what we currently have representing us right now.

Restore my faith in my country! Lets change things and get back to work. Lets show our grandparents and great grandparents that we too have the sack to charge into the breach and face any evil. To work any job and aspire to achieve and move up in life. Hopefully Tuesday night we take back the country, clamp off the arterial flow of cash both internally and externally to those who do not earn the support and we show this world why we are the greatest nation on earth once again. Freedom. Freedom to learn, work, achieve, live, and pray. Pretty simple. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could once again rest in peace.

The weather in Florida has turned pleasantly nice this year. Wish I could say the same for friends and family in the Northeast. Look at it this way though. You guys have Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi coming to your rescue. LOL.

Ok Seriously. What happened in NY and NJ this week is heartbreaking. The damage is awful in some areas and will take a great amount of time to recover. There is no doubt in my mind however that Americans will rally and give support. We do not need some douche from Washington or capital hill making promises and engaging in photo opportunities to prove that we take care of our own.

Everyone knows I make no bones about being a republican and my disdain for the current administration and the liberal/socialist agenda. I will tell you though, if you want to see a real politician, a true representative of the people by the people, and what politicians should be about then look no further then Cory Booker the mayor of Newark, NJ. That fat fuck Christie and the imbecile Bloomberg couldn’t wash the underwear of Cory Booker.

Don’t know much about Cory Booker? Look him up. Its easy to find him. Cory Booker is on Twitter. In fact he’s on Twitter right this second responding to tweets from concerned people all over the country who can’t get in touch with loved ones in Jersey. Cory Booker has been personally going and checking on the families. Think I am kidding? He has let people whom have lost homes due to Sandy move into his apartment. Yea, no shit! This is a real example to define public service. He’s not endorsing Presidents, he is not in helicopters flying around. Cory Booker is on the ground breaking his ass helping his actual constituents. Action. Not words.

Tuesday I turned another year older and I’m now forty-two. I don’t feel forty-two but the body however is starting to catch up with me. I mean I am staying in reasonable shape (for me) but it seems like it takes an act of congress to recover from say a good street fight, a fall down a flight of steps, 48 hour drunken stupors with a house full of whores. I used to pull this crap off and call it a Thursday. Now, I have to plan a nap and take a multi vitamin to pull this nonsense off. Honeymoon is over. I better settle down and start looking for a wife.

I am going to meet up with some friends this evening and enjoy this awesome weather. First there is laundry, grass cuttin’ and vacuumin’ to get done. Then the nap.

Have a good weekend and be kind to each other. Remember the difference between a good beating and a permanent unsolved disappearance is plausible deniability. ;-P

Let’er rip, tater chip!