Russell Brand and politics, take 3

At this point it must seem like I’m all over Russel Brand’s junk. One; he’s incredibly smart, 2 he can sing pretty well, and three he is a public face, a high-profile actor that is speaking out against the standard which Janeane Garofalo , Richard Cloward, Frances Piven, Sarah Silverman, Susan Sarandon, wish to push upon the American people as the standard THEY should live by.

Similar to AL Gore and his carbon credits, when he himself has such a huge carbon footprint, those who have money seem to believe that they know what is best for everyone else, yet wish to make no true changes of themselves or their lifestyles. People around the world wake up!!! Realize you are ants and the grasshoppers are in control, and that the fact is, in the end, there are more ants that survive the winter than grasshoppers.

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live it all, leave nothing to question.

showing up is not winning, just finishing is not your best, living in fear is not living, participating without giving your best isn’t playing. There is no participation trophy for life, if every day you can’t look back and see the wrecks caused by your 101%, then you could have saved time and just stayed in bed–j

Russell Brand strikes again.

So I Watched another Russell Brand video a couple of minutes ago, but let me first put out my disclaimer. I am a 23 year Navy combat veteran(land combat not ship), conservative, married, oh and I give two craps about your personal choices which have no affect or effect on my family or myself. That said, I try to teach my kids to love all equally, until individually they prove not worthy.

So Russell meets the westboro baptist church

When I first left active duty I worked a day in my state capital, Topeka, Kansas, at the VA hospital, in surgery. Yes THE Topeka Kansas, home of the wbc (not spelling it out, don’t want it popping more than necessary in a search); Anyways its 0630, I’m driving to work, and I see a kid, about 10, holding up a giant sign which read “God hates F&*)” !!? I almost ran over two Sonic carhops, and their drive through menu, turning red around to make sure I actually saw what I thought I saw. That is when I saw the other sign about soldiers. I drove to work, mad, and asked the staff, what was up with those signs, why were they protesting, and they said “oh, that’s just fred (Phelps) and his crazy family, they do it all the time” I was floored that such a serious defamation of the American Soldier had turned into pretty much the longest running joke in Kansas, well next Kansas State University thinking they have a basketball team.

Legend even told me once that when she was attending a Tori Amos concert at The University of Kansas, that Fred and his crazy family were protesting the concert, it’s Tori Amos, c’mon! Lilith fair sisters unite!!  For those not from Kansas, Fred Phelps is pretty much considered a joke, hasn’t been seen outside his “compound” in years, the protesters are 3,4, and 5th generation family members that don’t even know why they are protesting. I can say though, if I lose another brother in battle and they are at the funeral, I’m not to sure I could let crazys be crazy. In my opinion their leaders are automatons who take a literal translation of the words of the bible to a whole new level. I also don’t believe they are much more than over zealous homophobs which probably didn’t make the pee-wee football team, but again what do I care. Russel Brand does a pretty good job of letting them explain their views, and trying to let them see the other side of a loving god, but again loving or not, he sent locust, and frogs…

When that which we think is, isn’t.

Disclaimer, I hunt, I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, I believe in the right to be free of unwarranted search and seizure, my home is my castle, collecting rainwater for my garden and orchard isn’t against the law, it is saving for a later day.

I also believe if you hurt a child, a woman, or a country of people who you intentionally kept uneducated for monetary and aristocratic reasons, that you should be hurt and healed multiple times until the scales are balanced. I also believe that if you are a hypocrite I no longer have to listen to you and that any words you proffer as advice, leadership, or caring from your last hypocritical point forward, are all lies and I don’t care what comes out of your sub-nasal blow-hole, because I quit listening one lie back.  That said I also believe we need the Erin Brockovich of the world, that the small man needs someone to keep out big industry, mom-and-pop shops are the life blood of America, and that everyone can use a hand up from time to time, and that growing your own food should be a standard of practice, not “those weird hippies at the end of the street”.

But when the liberal media and liberal actors tell us that shelters are bad, and eating animals are bad, and Sarah McLachlan guilt’s us into sending money in every time we hear her songs on the radio, and that it all might be a lie; I’m lost. You mind yours, I’ll mind mine, but don’t use sad images and guilt to get Legend and MonkeyHead to talk me into liberating multiple dogs from the local shelter, because “we have a big yard”.

Please someone prove to me this article is Huff Post‘s attempt at being the

The dirty glass

SO tonight while I was making cheesecakes for work tomorrow, and grilling salmon i let my phone pick the music, and The Dropkick Murphys came on. This made me think back to about 4 years ago when Legend was driving me back home after my return from a wonderful work vacation…This song came on and Monkeyhead, who was 6 at the time, started singing along, perfectly. what a proud daddy moment! Listen not for nothing, but if you knew us and how we grow our future leader of the revolution/prisoner with no name, her singing just fits our family. We live hard (we being me), laugh hard, play hard, hate hard, and we love harder.

My wife Being Irish and me being redneck the cultural family beliefs are very similar, all good things that rednecks love, country music, whiskey and bar fights are all because Irish gave them to us, according to Legend. Really, per her family description, the Irish are like windex for the world’s problems. Its pretty cool when your 9-year-old tells you it’s not fair that you get to see the dropkicks, as we call them, and she has to go to bed. We aren’t anyones but our own measure of normal, but it works for us..hard.

The Early Years (Dropkick Murphys album)

The Early Years (Dropkick Murphys album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’m afraid to get old

This weekend was somber weekend, Veterans day, and a financial management class that is making me feel like a kindergartener in a bouncy house full of high-schoolers, and I’m stationed away from Legend and MonkeyHead. So I went to see a couple of movies, Last Vegas, was pretty awesome. Do you think about your friends from grade school? Do you wish you’d kept in better touch? Go see this movie and that guilt may have you running to the lobby to exhaust the battery on your cell phone.

I won’t give away the movie, but I can say De Niro has aged a ton since Heat, and by the previews apparently him and Stallone are both afraid of not being able to act anymore. But what struck me is this; I have an awesome wife, a great marriage,and a stable relationship with MonkeyHead. The problem is we’ve done it all through the phone, Skype, and email.

For 10 years I’ve traveled the world doing what I loved for the country I love,at what I now believe is  a detriment to my marriage. No, we aren’t getting divorced, or at least I haven’t received that memo yet, but as I watched the movie and realized that in the blink of an eye, I’m going to be 60. What if Legend leaves before I’m ready to? In all reality though, if the past 11-12 years is any indication, that will never happen, But if she does, how crushed will I be? I can foresee my life slowing to a grind of what ifs, and should-haves. I dig her, the things we do together, the places we’ve been, the conversations I’ve paid attention to. I can’t imagine that ever not being an option, but what if? What of my children? I can be a bit maniacal at time, has that pushed them too far? Do they remember it, or have they already picked out the ankle chain and cave for my 65th birthday? I don’t know but I’m scared to get old, and be alone after what seemed like forever to find the person that actually puts up with me and can put me in my place.

I just want that chance to fill a thousand Shutterfly books with pictures of weekend get aways, pets and luau photos, and show them so much my grand-kids can tell me whats going on in the pictures better than i can remember, and maybe one day Legend and I will be the next generational commercial.

So I try to listen more, not spend too much money, am set on what I won’t do when talking to my girls. I might even chip down the honey-do list, but really I think to set and just listen to nothing with Legend at my side might be enough to give me the strength to push my fears away.

for Legend:

It doesn’t have to be cold.

Since I am stationed 8 hours from home, I went to the movies last night, and saw Bad Grandpa, not the typical Johnny Knoxville shtick, but then you realize the kid is doing improve, its pretty good. That said, NOT FOR CHILDREN!!! Bubba is 18 she can do what she wants, but MonkeyHead is 10 and there is no way I or Legend would let her see this movie. As I left i was truly disappointing in my heart that parents chose this film as a bonding moment with there 6,7,8 and 10-year-old daughters..way to stay classy ‘Murica.

Every now and then we see that uplifting display of humanity that gives us hope, my post yesterday, gave me hope, the redneck justification system crushed my belief a little, then supposedly the Russian people brought it back again with the video below.

So here is your charge and on this Veterans day weekend, and it should be easy. Go thank someone for breathing, go help someone across the street, take a bowl of chili to the old man who lives on the corner, get out of your bubbles and teach your children, neighbors, and most importantly self, that good does exist in our world.

Veterans Day | Field of poppies

Veterans Day | Field of poppies (Photo credit: *Arielle*)

People can let you down

But not this time; when you think of the jerk who cut you off this morning, the chick that took the last treadmill, the kids that scratched your car. Remember a simple thank you, a heartfelt  “how are you?” and then listen to the answer, these things mean something, over tipping the cart girl cause shes freezing to bring you that coffee, let people know you care, find something and pay it forward, take a chance and lift up your fellow man. As Gandhi said “if we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” or as you might have heard it…” be the change you wish to see in the world”

to give you hope

Duck Dynasty on Success

Thank you to the Robertson family for having and displaying family values, talking at multiple engagements around the country on the importance of parenting, loving one another and deriving your success from your’s and you family’s efforts and nothing more.

Hard work, focus, planning, mentorship, followership, drive, belief, support, motivation, trust and faith. Can we take ten minutes a day to demonstrate this to our children, family and co-workers, can we live a laugh that serves as a “how to” guide for those we influence most? or are we destined to Al Bundy our life over our single lifetime accomplishment? See it and speak it into existence, what you take in is what you’ll give out.