Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dear Ziggy Wilf:

How can you salvage the rest of this year? Well, I have a four step plan.

1. Fire Brad Childress. This guy who poses as the Vikings head coach has questionable judgement at best. He insisted that he could make an NFL quarterback out of Tavaris Jackson in 2006, then in 2009 he stated that Tavaris needed more work and brought in Brett Favre. Now in 2010, he lost the best liason between him and Brett Favre when Sage Rosenfels was traded. Now we have not one, but two backup QBs on the team who he is "developing" in to NFL quarterbacks: Tavaris Jackson and rookie Joe Webb. See a pattern here? He is destroying the quarterback position through experimentation.
2. Make Darryl Bevel interim head coach. Why? Why not. Somebody's gotta do it. You also have an abundance of want-to-be offensive play callers, so one less of these egos micromanaging play calling during a game can't cause any more harm now that we have hit rock bottom.
3. Waive Bryant McKinnie. Your left offensive tackle run blocks on passing plays and pass blocks on running plays. Defenses can line up two players on him and have a 65% certainty that one of them will make the tackle. In my opinion, he has provided a detrimental influence on your second year right offensive tackle, Phil Loadholt. Need I remind you of McKinnie's immature behavior at last year's Pro Bowl?
4. Fire your VP - Player Personnel. Bringing back Randy Moss rests on the head of this "genius." That little act of desperation crushed any respect that existed between the coaching staff and the players. He also spearheaded trading Sage Rosenfels to the Giants. Rosenfels was the tenuous tethercord between Childress, Bevel and Favre. Look at this year and see how well that has worked without Rosenfels.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Demon Sugar

So NYC mayor Bloomberg wants to remove soft drinks from the list of acceptable foods that you can buy with food stamps. Really?

I have many conflicting sentiments about this. First, government telling you what to eat or drink seems like a really bad idea, but we do have warnings on cigarettes and alcohol. However cigs and booze are considered adult-only consumptives. You have to be eighteen and twenty-one years of age, respectively, to legally purchase them. Do we need to make soft drinks age restrictive for purchasing as well?

Second, if they are banned from the food stamp program, then what sugar laden beverage would buyers choose? Fruit juice? So-called juice beverages? There will be a replacement that will not help reduce obesity. Mark my words.

Third, how much more liberty are people willing to give up? Do we need to have people give up choices because they are poor or impoverished?

Fourth, this is a government subsidy program. The government does have the right to set requirements for being part of the program. Is it right that the government asks people to give up choices to be part of a subsidy program? Do they require dietary behavior modification for inclusion now? What behavioral modification would be next, religious modification? Sexual behavior modification? Consumer spending behavior modification? How does getting someone to give up their legal rights, protected in the United States Constitution, align with the government's duty to protect the United States Constitution?

I don't have any concrete answers, but I do have plenty of questions to consider. Maybe we need to be encouraging people to be responsible with their exercise of their rights rather than holding them hostage in an all or nothing negotiation?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cyber Bullying vs. Breakdown in Communication

The whole bullying thing is sadly a breakdown in communication between people. On one side is the subject of the bullying who doesn't deserve to be a target and doesn't understand the context of what is being said about them. On the other side are the people who are saying things for suspicious reasons and have attempted to use the person they are subjecting taunts to as a way to connect.

If you want to know something about another person, ask them if they will share with you. Do it in the context of respect and privacy. Recognize that you don't have the right to know things that other people don't want to share and you can't force them to share. It is frustrating, but that is the reality. The best perspective is to put yourself in their position and see how you would react. You can't expect to be perfect, but it is a better place to start from rather than make random speculative statements about that person.

Don't let bad communication turn your intentional concern and inquiry in to an attack on a person's character.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Life... neglected blog. Blog... neglected life.

Does anyone read my blog?

I am faaaarrrr too self-conscious to do this for attention and to self-centered to do this and be ignored.

It's political season. Time for the Republicans to try to attack the Democrats and how they have handled things in the last two years. Like Dubya needed only two years to have a referendum on his policies.

I am so tired of hearing the phrases "Job-killing taxes", "Typical politician" and "Bringing New Ideas" that I want to scream at the god-damned TV.

I have opinions and am not afraid to state them, nor change them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

God Bless You, Travis

My wife's cousin died yesterday. I is believed that he had meningitis.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The thing about it is....

Depression sucks. You can try to fight through it. You can try to strategize around it. You can even try to plan around and manage it. However, it will thwart your best intentions and stymie your most resolved intentions, so all you can do is flow with it. It's not the best way to handle it in this modern organized, planned, processed world, but it is the only thing that works.

I am convinced that trying to force your willpower on to it to make it change results in making it resist that change more. However coming to the watershed of the ride is very liberating. Pent up energy is released and you can focus it on that which you love.

Good day!!