Monday, November 25, 2013

Gun Violence, Problems and Solutions

A report came out recently regarding the motives behind Adam Lanza's Sandy Hook killing spree.  In December 2012, Adam Lanza shot up an elementary school killing several innocent people.  This is an immensely tragic event, that both sides of the gun debate take seriously.  In this recent report, CNN has uncovered a law enforcement report that states there is no clear motive for Mr. Lanza's mass killing.  I am sure that this will fuel the fire of heated gun control debate.  However, someone needs to take the lead on this, and be honest and upfront with us.  Below is the link about Lanza!

First, lets look at rather or not current restrictions prevented this crime.  Mr. Lanza committed murder to obtain his weapons illegally.  He killed his own mother and stole her legally obtained and secured weapons from her home.  The current laws on the books failed to prevent Mr. Lanza from committing these acts. 

Secondly, after a major gun tragedy like this there is always a push for national or additional state gun-control laws.  However, is this a real solution or false security?  Lets examine two aspects.  First, murder has been illegal for thousands of years in human civilization.  Yet, with this act being illegal in one form or fashion, human beings still commit horrific acts against one another.  Simply banning something or making something illegal is not the immediate stop-gap, fix all solution.  Secondly, do criminals obey laws on the books?  The answer is no.  Much in the same context that the death penalty is only an affective deterrent on those individuals who are scared to die (most people committing murder do not think that far down the road during the horrific act), having super strict gun-control laws will only prevent law obeying citizens from weapon access. 

Lastly, people want to blame the weapon itself for the atrocities committed by a human being against another human being.  The weapon is only a means to a very bloody and destructive end.  The person must be held accountable for what they have done.  We must not let the weapon take the blame of the individual. 

However, something must be done in response to this atrocity.  The solution first is to stop looking at a gun violence in a singular context.  I.E. Lets examine this in the context of a math question ( since political science is my background). For a rough example, let just examine three aspects of gun violence. 

y1 = x1+e +x2+e +x3+e=x4+e+x5+5

Dependent Variables
      y1 = gun violence

Independent Variables:    
       x1 = weapon availability

       x2 = socio-economics

       x3 = mental state

       x4 = urban / rural

       x5 = education

It is clear from this over-simplified equation that there is more than just the weapon in the equation of gun violence.   Additionally, there are way more independent variables that can impact the rate of gun violence.  My point is the argument that it is simply the weapon to blame is a gross over simplification.  Remember that mass killings like this are statistically rare in the United States.  A bigger problem is one on one gun violence, especially in the inner-city. 

We, as a society, must not let our emotions or panic prevent us from academically examining the causal affect relationships that lead to gun violence.  Thus, if we really want to address gun violence we will seek out a comprehensive approach focusing on more than just the weapon.  We will focus on mental health, socio-economics, race & crime, urban vs. rural, weapon availability, education, number of law enforcement to citizens, vulnerability of schools, churches, hospitals, ect.  These are all issues needing desperately to be talked about, yet no one wants to discuss these aspects.  Only the gun. 

In summation, many have said, "only criminals have guns".  In a lot of urban areas this is true, because we as a society have chose to disarm ourselves.  We should not approach things from that perspective, yet we need to address a serious problem, academically, intelligently, and most importantly not in a state of panic.

"Protections taken in fear instead of preparedness are no protections at all, yet they become walls of a prison to entrap the mind, body, and spirit of a free society".

To Trust Or Not To Trust, That Tis The Question?

Just want to draw everyone's attention to this story!  I think it is worth a read!  Meanwhile, ask the question, "Should we just assume all officers are decent and good"?  Just a thought! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Abortion still a hot button issue!!!

In a discussion with some friends about abortion the other day it has become very clear why the abortion issue is so hot button in this country.  Simply put there are two very distinctive views on the subject matter.  To be quiet honest and for fairness, it is understood that I am personally against abortion as a form of birth control, however in most other circumstances it should be between the women, the doctor, and god. I do not think that women take these decisions lightly, and am vehemently in opposition to selective abortion just for the sake of dodging the responsibility of bearing a child.

1) Abortion is a matter of privacy.  As stated in Roe v. Wade there was two separate legal questions to that case.  One, abortion is a medical procedure that is between a women and a doctor within the realm of a matter of privacy under the "right to privacy" sanctioned by Griswold v Conn.  The second being the legal question of when the beginnings of life occur.  Now, that being said, the second question was never addressed by the SCOTUS.  Therefore, the first question took precedence.  Social Conservatives do not like this ruling and that is their right. 

2) Abortion is murder. Social Conservatives argue that abortion is murder.  That argument is understandable and is viable to some degree.  However, rather they like it or not the question must be asked, when does life begin?  Does life begin at conception?  The moment the fertilized egg attaches to the female uterus? When the baby attains "viability"? These questions need to be addressed.  However, Social Conservatives get huffy when individuals ask the simple question of when life begins? 

They (Social Conservatives) get very upset when individuals point this out.  Like it or not this is the reality of the situation.  Therefore, if they want it changed they need to understand the arguments behind this case.  Simply calling it murder and throwing a tantrum in the corner will not achieve their goal, or make them look all the more intelligent. Simply saying abortion is murder, then giving completely up on logic and intellectualism is lazy and a disgrace to those of us who are "real conservatives" and are concerned about these issues. Reacting this way is only validating the radically liberal misconception that conservatives are irrational, emotional, and religiously driven with minimal or no "real logic".

Additionally, why do Social Conservatives, if genuinely concerned with the number of abortions, not facilitate programs to encourage, streamline, and make adoption more affordable! Most would have no problem using the government to protect the unborn by denying an abortion, but do not want to fund the infrastructure needed to facilitate adoptions.  Making adoption easier, cheaper, and quicker in concurrence with sexual education and birth-control education would severely reduce the number of abortions in this country!

In summations, Practice what you preach! If we want the law to protect the unborn, then educated young people about safe-sex practices "if they choose to make that decision", make adoption more affordable and easier for families, and put your money, policy, and beliefs were your mouth is. 

Wendy Davis for Governor??

Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator, who will undoubtedly obtain the nomination for Democratic candidate in the State of Texas.  It is unlikely that the electorate, with Texas's highly gerrymandered districts and low voter turnout, will generate a successful campaign for the Democratic candidate.  Yet, she has moved into the spot-light in Texas Democratic circles.  Why?  What are her qualifications?  What is her agenda?  What will she do to alleviate the strain from the drought?  What is the plan for fixing Texas Secondary and Higher Education?  What is the future of Texas's Right to Work Status?  What is her plan to address the many issues, concerns, and problems affiliated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?  These are just a few things people should be asking.  Yet, much like with Supreme Court Nominee and now Justice Sotomayor, President Barack Obama and a few others very little was in the spot light about their policy plans and beliefs until after they were nominated, confirmed, etc.  

How do these individuals get a national party nomination ( In this case a State Party Nomination)?  Is the Democratic Party in Texas in such dire need for a candidate that she ( Wendy Davis) has become the front runner simply because she made the national news for all of a day?  Is her ONE filibuster immediately qualify her for the Democratic Party nomination for governor?  Is that what should be a deciding factor in selecting politicians?  What happened to the days of politicians running through primaries, formulating policy and agenda plans, marketing themselves to constituents, and letting competitive elections determine the outcome ( with a little influence from the wealthy and social elites)?  If the Democratic Party, in all aspects, really wants to compete in Texas, then they desperately need candidates that have a solid platform, the ability to work across the isle, and most importantly raise money across the isle.  Texas continues to become more and more diversified, yet the electorate remains overwhelmingly white, middle-class, educated, and socially conservative!

That being said, it is highly unlikely that a socially liberal ( Wendy Davis is pro-choice) candidate will be able to wrangle such an electorate into her favor! Yet, the big question is why do these politicians keep popping up, winning primaries, and no one ever really knows or hears much about them until they are already elected?  Wake up people! Quit voting for what sounds good, and start researching and voting on what is going to be in the best interest of you and your fellow citizens.  Anyone can be a good talker, but not everyone can be an effective policy maker! Talk is cheap, except in the store of politics!   

J. Veritas

Monday, November 5, 2012

Now, We Know Him

Understanding presidential polling this time of year isn’t rocket science. It’s far worse. The polls, nationally, but especially in the swing states, have shown little movement since Romney’s emphatic defeat of Obama at the first debate on October 3 hoisted him to frontrunner status, or at the least, even. Polls aside for the moment, something else seems to be occurring that not even the most ardent anti-Obama politico can put a finger on. For that matter, even the most ardent pro-Romney hack, although he feels it, can’t quite describe it either. In an effort to explain just “what it is” that is happening I keep finding myself returning to the midterm elections of 2010.

In those elections, which saw monumental and historic GOP gains and a takeover of the House, the underlying theme was that Obama had so wasted the mandate given to him in 2008 by throwing the middle class under the bus that he lost half of America in two short years. Whether he actually did throw them under the bus or not doesn’t matter because it was perceived as such. He no longer was speaking as an American first, but as a Democrat, a radical one at that.

So, Obama and the Democrats lost big in 2010. So what? Midterm beat-downs by the out party are commonplace in American elections, after all. What happen with Obama is that he didn’t learn from it. He didn’t learn what makes Americans tick outside of a nifty campaign slogan. But, Americans did learn from Obama’s failure to learn, to change direction, to change his dialogue, to show he cared for the average American. In short, in the eye of many middle-America dwellers, Obama was no longer speaking for them.

How could this be, that after such a monumentally decisive victory, not to mention the historical significance of his election, could he turn aside the very people that won the election for him in the first place? This is the heart of what is beating out there, a constant thumping of new lifeblood that the socially moderate but fiscally conservative voter of the upper Midwest has grasped hold of. Party identification be damned, this is about country. And once Romney showed on October 3 that he wasn’t the awful person the Obama campaign was trying to make him out to be, these average Americans began to whisper aloud that maybe Romney wouldn’t be a bad president after all.

That whisper incrementally became a sane and realistic voice. Now, on the eve of the election, it is a rumbling thunder. Polls began to show Romney’s rise, even though the demographics of the polls showed significant Democrat advantages by as much as 7…8…9…10…, even 11 percentage points of the respondents. Yet, the polls remain either tied, with Romney leading, or with Obama hanging on by a thread in the eleven swing states that he won handily in 2008. It is very possible that Obama could lose all eleven of these states after winning them all in 2008. Even Minnesota and Michigan are in play. Historic, indeed.

Even early voting, long considered the Democrat trump to the Republican turnout advantages on Election Day, have been severely cut into that most pundits see it as a Romney win, that Obama must now not only repeat the massive turnout advantage he had in 2008, but possibly surpass it. No one---I mean no one---has forecast that as even a distinct possibility. Obama had a seven point advantage in 2008. Most models are predicting somewhere between a two point advantage for the Democrats to a two point advantage for the Republicans. This fact has lead to esteemed and credible political followers (albeit, conservative ones) to boldly predict what amounts to be an electoral landslide, if not a popular vote one as well, in favor of Romney. Some say it will be both.

Romney has somehow managed to turn Obama into McCain. Romney’s crowds have been huge while Obama’s have been pedestrian at best. Intensity for Romney, by all accounts, has been demonstratively further along than for Obama. Perhaps this is because the electorate now knows who Obama is, whereas in 2008, America seemed to be simply enamored with the idea of Obama, shelving critical thinking and inquisitiveness for the sake of being part of history. And who could blame them? To use a much overused phrase: Obama was a rock star. His message and campaign were among the best ever seen in American political lore. It lured, it hooked, and it resonated. McCain, by contrast, only kept it as close as he did because of the right’s love affair with Sarah Palin. In other words, specifics aside, Americans made the correct choice in 2008.

In 2012, Obama has lost the most important asset that an incumbent has: the power of the presidency. Romney looks presidential and in control. Obama looks flustered and unnerved by what he is seeing. It all goes back to his dreadful debate performance on October 3. Up until then, Obama had not been openly questioned and asked to explain himself. The intricate and disciplined insiders he surrounded himself with since---well, since his twenties---was not there to protect him from direct adverse information. He was on an island by himself. The most telling part of that debate was Obama’s repeated glances toward the moderator during direct Romney rebuttals, as if he was searching for a sacrificial member from his inner circle to bail him out. None such person would emerge, and for ninety minutes, Obama was exposed---in front of over 70 million people watching at home. As a result, history may show that Romney became our next president at approximately 8:00pm on October 3, 2012.

Obama, in essence, was introduced to Americans for the first time, four years after he was elected. Americans didn’t like what they saw. Their eyes were opened in the same way the light bulb goes off for one of the partners in an unhealthy relationship. You care about them, you respect them, but you just don’t like them anymore. The cute mannerisms become nails on a chalkboard. A split is not only imminent, it is necessary for both parties to move on, to be with someone else.

I believe we will see this divorce play out on a mostly red map tomorrow night, and one day, we will look back on the era that was Barack Obama like that partner that has moved on and married another, and we will shake our head in embarrassment and ask, “How did I let that happen?”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

!drawroF: The Greatest Hits

Yeah, I think we can add this to the Obama supporter's "Greatest Hits"...

You have any to add to the greatest hits?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

From the Book of Barack

Too, too, good not to post here. Friends, it has been awhile...please forgive me for my laziness. Enjoy this brilliant piece of satire from the one, the only, IowaHawk:

Readings from the Book of Barack

1 In the beginning Govt created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the economy was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the ATMs, and the Spirit of Govt was hovering over the land.

3 And Govt said, “Let there be spending,” and there was spending. 4 Govt saw that the spending was good, and that it separated the light from the darkness. 5 Govt called the spending Investments, and this he did in the first day.

6 Then Govt said, “Let there be roads and bridges across the waters, and let dams divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus Govt made the infrastructure and the patronage jobs for eternity under the firmament from the Potomac which was above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And Govt called the firmament Washington. This Govt did on the second day.

9 Then Govt said, “Let the regulations and the guidlines under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the Bureaus appear”; and it was so. 10 And Govt called the Bureaus demigovts, and the gathering together of them He called AFSCME. And Govt saw that it was good.

11 Then Govt said, “Let there be police, and firefighters, and teachers according to their kind, for they will create more jobs”; and it was so. 12 And then Govt bade the void bring forth crime, and arson, and stupidity, that each would yield seed to bring forth more police, and firefighters, and teachers, and jobs. And Govt saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 On the fourth day Govt said, “Let Us make the economy in Our image, according to Our likeness; let it have dominion over the cars of the road, over the appliances of the supercenters, and over the pet groomers of the strip malls, over all the clickthroughs of Amazon and over every creepy thing of the Dollar Stores.” 15 So Govt created the economy in His own image; services and wholesale and retail He created them. 16 Then Govt blessed them, and Govt said to them, “Be fruitful and use the multiplier effect; fill the land with jobs; thou have dominion over thy realm, within limits, as long and thou remember to get thy permits and tithe thy taxes, for they are good. Hope to see you at the fundraiser.”

17 And on the fifth day Govt made an official Govt holiday, and headed off for a 3-day golf weekend at Camp David. But first Govt said to the economy, "you are free to eat from any tree in the garden, except the tree of Knowledge. There is a serpent in that thing, and thy health care does not cover it."

18 So when Govt was on vay-cay the economy set about the garden, plowing its fields and generating revenue for the glory of Govt. They obeyed the regulations and were not ashamed.

19 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the balanced, publicly-funded birds the Lord Govt had made to sing news to the economy. The serpent was on the AM band. He said to the retail sector, “Did Govt really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ”

20 "Only yours, serpent," said the retail sector.

21 “Don't be a wuss,” the serpent said to the retail sector. 22 “For Govt knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will wise to Govt's scam.”

23 When she saw that the fruit was pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, and also free to download, she took some and ate it. She emailed a copy to her wholesaler, and he ate it; and then the wholesaler to the manufacturer, and he to the servicer. 24 Then the eyes of all of them were opened, and they realized they were being taxed naked; so they outsourced fig leaves to make coverings for themselves.

25 Then the economy heard the sound of the Lord Govt returning from vay-cay with the demigovts Osha and Tarp and Irs. It was the cool of the day, and they were hiding their profits from the Lord Govt among the trees of the garden. 26 But the Lord Govt called to the manufacturer, “Where are you?”

26 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid, so I sought a tax shelter.”

27 And Govt said, “Who told you that your profits were yours? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”

28 The man said, “The retailer made me —she has a thing for serpents.”

29 Then the Lord Govt said to the retailer, “What is this you have done?”

30 And she said to the Lord Govt, “Don't take that tone with me, fat boy. And why should I give you my

31 The Lord Govt was in wrath, and said, “For I am the Lord Govt, creator of Eden! 32 I gave unto you the roads and bridges, and schools and cops, brought unto you of gentle showers of Tarp and Stimulus and rivers of Subsidy, I am the purifier of the waters, cleanser of the air, without which you and your profits would not exist. Thus all that thou have created is created by Us. Thus ye shall render unto Govt what is Govt's, and this is the Word of your Lord.”

33 At these words, Solydra and Gm and Seiu and all the Cronyans and Laborites dropped to their knees in trembling fear and supplicated themselves before the Lord, presenting Him golden gifts of contributions.

34 Then the retailer said to Govt, “And who created you?”

35 In righteous anger did the Lord Govt again rise up and said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Tri-Delts and the Dekes, I am and have always been! I am the great cosmic turtle on which you and the entire economy rest.”

36 "And on whom do you rest, turtle?" said the retailer in blasheme.

37 "Do not mock me with your knowledge trickery, harlot!" said the Lord Govt. "I am turtles all the way down."

38 So the Lord Govt said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.39 And I will keep you from tenure and grants and the airwaves, and condemn you to the bowels of internet."40 Then the Lord Govt turned the retailer and the manufacturer and the wholesaler and all the servicers, and said,

“I will make your taxes and regulations very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to profit. You shall be afflicted with plagues of audits, the coming of Osha, and the trials of Irs.By the sweat of thy brow you will earn thy living until you return it to Me.You will suffer the droughts of subsidy and stimulus, and will thirst forever. You're welcome." 41 And so the Lord Govt banished the economy from paradise, and bade them go outsource to the Far East of Eden. And as the chastened economy slouched out of of Babylon He said unto them,

40 "How do you like them apples?"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

500 Greatest Alt. Rock Songs Of The 1990s

Yes, I have A.D.D. and making lists helps me get my mind on track. This one, however, took a few months. I'm not actually trying here to list THE top 500 songs of arguably the most transformative era in music since Elvis Presley lead to a spike in teen pregnancies. Instead, this is MY list, open to conjecture, ridicule, and revision. There is also not a single U2 song on this list.

I have not added commentary with the exception of my choice as #1.

I have also not provided links to these songs but my gander is that you can find them on YouTube. Well, no links except for the ones that I really hold in a special place. Why they have a special place...well, I'll leave that to myself.

Enjoy, and chime in. I will return to political musings soon...

500. Sure Shot-Beastie Boys
499. Ali Rocka-Billygoat
498. Dizz Knee Land-Dada
497. Helpless-Sugar
496. I Will Survive-Cake
495. Visit-311
494. Recovering The Sattelites-Counting Crows
493. Your Woman-White Town
492. Novocaine For The Soul-Eels
491. I Will Buy You A New Life-Everclear
490. Shove-L7
489. I Don't Know Anything-Mad Season
488. Spiderwebs-No Doubt
487. Everyday Sunshine-Fishbone
486. Mother Mother-Tracy Bonham
485. Eulogy-Tool
484. Grind-Alice In Chains
483. Nobody's Fault But My Own-Beck
482. 10,000 Horses-Candlebox
481. Praise You Fatboy-Slim
480. Catapult-Counting Crows
479. Supervixen-Garbage
478. The Warmth-Incubus
477. Blue Light-Mazzy Star
476. Verse Chorus Verse-Nirvana
475. Blood Sugar Sex Magik-Red Hot Chili Peppers
474. El Scorcho-Weezer
473. Andres-L7
472. Whole Lotta Trouble-Cracker
471. Name-Goo Goo Dolls
470. Mirror Song-Live
469. Where Is My Mind?-Pixies
468. WMA-Pearl Jam
467. Satisfy-Jerry Cantrell
466. Peaches-Presidents Of The United States
465. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)-Proclaimers
464. Bang And Blame-REM
463. Screenwriter's Blues-Soul Coughing
462. Love Spreads-Stone Roses
461. Pool Shark-Sublime
460. Second Skin-The Gits
459. Two Princes-Spin Doctors
458. 6 Underground-Sneaker Pimps
457. Zero-Smashing Pumpkins
456. Why Go?-Pearl Jam
455. Circles-Soul Coughing
454. Supernova-Liz Phair
453. Come Out And Play-The Offspring
452. Banditos-Refreshments
451. Tropicalia-Beck
450. Fast As You Can-Fiona Apple
449. Had A Dad-Jane's Addiction
448. Stargazer-Mother Love Bone
447. Where'd You Go-The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
446. Sister Havana-Urge Overkill
445. Dogs of Lust-The The
444. Short Skirt/Long Jacket-Cake
443. Breathe-Prodigy
442. Anna Begins- Counting Crows
441. Dissident- Pearl Jam
440. Losing A Whole Year- Third Eye Blind
439. Wild Horses- Sundays
438. Better Days- Citizen King
437. 10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)- Live
436. Turn It On- The Flaming Lips
435. All Mixed Up- 311
434. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm- Crash Test Dummies
433. Inside Out- Eve 6
432. Suck You Dry- Mudhoney
431. 3:00 AM- Matchbox 20
430. Crash Into Me- Dave Matthews Band
429. Found Out About You- Gin Blossoms
428. Mr. Knowitall- Primus
427. Hooch- Melvins
426. Crush With Eyeliner- REM
425. Ana's Song- Silverchair
424. Super Bon Bon- Soul Coughing
423. Inside- Stiltskin
422. Stereo- Pavement
421. Blast- Pure
420. Stinkfist- Tool
419. My Name Is Jonas- Weezer
418. Pardon Me- Incubus
417. Lump- Presidents Of The United States
416. Pain Lies On The Riverside- Live
415. Hand In My Pocket- Alanis Morrisette
414. Lifeless Dead- Mad Season
413. Sugar Kane- Sonic Youth
412. Winona's Big Brown Beaver- Primus
411. Suck My Kiss- Red Hot Chili Peppers
410. The Act We Act- Sugar
409. Miles And Miles Of Pain- Tripping Daisy
408. Man On The Moon- REM
407. The Impression That I Get- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
406. Jesus Christ Pose- Soundgarden
405. Molly (Sixteen Candles)- Sponge
404. Doin' Time- Sublime
403. Cornflake Girl- Tori Amos
402. Self-Esteem- The Offspring
401. I Got Id- Pearl Jam
400. Come Original- 311
399. Where Are You Going?- Dave Matthews Band
398. Always The Last To Know- Del Amitri
397. Sleep To Dream- Fiona Apple
396. Hey Jealous-y Gin Blossoms
395. Down In The Park- Foo Fighters
394. My Song- Jerry Cantrell
393. All Over You- Live
392. Lady Picture Show- Stone Temple Pilots
391. Nice Guys Finish Last- Green Day
390. Bright Like Yellow- Innocence Mission
389. Honey Bucket- Melvins
388. Ends- Everlast
387. Fly Away- Lenny Kravitz
386. Never Let You Go- Third Eye Blind
385. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
384. Stars- Hum
383. Right Here Right Now- Jesus Jones
382. Freak On A Leash- Korn
381. Sex And Candy- Marcy Playground
380. Can I Run- L7
379. Tunic (Song For Karen)- Sonic Youth
378. Never Said- Liz Phair
377. Flowers In December- Mazzy Star
376. Bone China- Mother Love Bone
375. Dumb- Nirvana
374. Push- Matchbox 20
373. Touch Me I'm Sick- Mudhoney
372. Rocks- Primal Scream
371. Testify- Rage Against The Machine
370. Love- Sundays
369. Bittersweet Me- REM
368. Tonight, Tonight- Smashing Pumpkins
367. Graduate- Third Eye Blind
366. I Got A Girl- Tripping Daisy
365. Gentlemen- Afghan Whigs
364. The Pretender- Foo Fighters
363. Here Today Gone Tomorrow- Dada
362. Laid- James
361. One More Thing- L7
360. Once- Pearl Jam
359. I Touch Myself- Divinyls
358. Don't Speak- No Doubt
357. Run To The Water- Live
356. Sell Out- Real Big Fish
355. Violet- Hole
354. Polly- Nirvana
353. Island In The Sun- Weezer
352. What's Up?- Four Non Blondes
351. My Own Worst Enemy- Lit
350. Got The Life- Korn
349. Superman's Dead- Our Lady Peace
348. Dragula- Rob Zombie
347. Wishlist- Pearl Jam
346. Pure Morning- Placebo
345. Teenage Riot- Sonic Youth
344. Freaks- Live
343. Rock The Party (Off The Hook)- POD
342. If I Can't Change Your Mind- Sugar
341. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver- Primus
340. Another Shot Of Whiskey- The Gits
339. Soldier's Daughter- Tonic
338. Never There- Cake
337. Where I Stand- Days of the New
336. Wake Up- Mad Season
335. The World I Know- Collective Soul
334. Uninvited- Alanis Morrisette
333. Joey- Concrete Blonde
332. She's My Baby- Mazzy Star
331. Heaven Beside You- Alice In Chains
330. Scar Tissue- Red Hot Chili Peppers
329. Radio Song- REM
328. Seasons- Chris Cornell
327. You- Candlebox
326. Closing Time- Semisonic
325. Rush- Big Audio Dynamite
324. There's No Other Way- Blur
323. Adam's Song- Blink 182
322. I Was Wrong- Social Distortion
321. Thank U- Alanis Morrisette
320. Rain King- Counting Crows
319. Stardog Champion- Mother Love Bone
318. Where The River Flows- Collective Soul
317. About A Girl- Nirvana
316. Machinehead- Bush
315. I Stay Away- Alice In Chains
314. Somebody To Shove- Soul Asylum
313. Dead & Bloated- Stone Temple Pilots
312. The Day I Tried To Live- Soundgarden
311. Crazy Life- Toad the Wet Sprocket
310. Run Around- Blues Traveller
309. One Week- Barenaked Ladies
308. Creep- Stone Temple Pilots
307. Circle Of Friends- Better Than Ezra
306. A Girl Like You- The Smithereens
305. I Wonder- Blind Melon
304. Jumper- Third Eye Blind
303. Swallowed- Bush
302. More Human Than Human- White Zombie
301. Not An Addict- K's Choice
300. In Hiding- Pearl Jam
299. Wargasm- L7
298. Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
297. Unsung- Helmet
296. You Get What You Give- New Radicals
295. Nookie- Limp Bizkit
294. I Will Not Take These Things For Granted-Toad the Wet Sprocket
293. Believ-Dig
292. Debonair-Afghan Whigs
291. Into Dust-Mazzy Star
290. Otherside- Red Hot Chili Peppers
289. Lake of Fire- Nirvana
288. Waiting For Somebody- Paul Westerberg
287. All I Know- Screaming Trees
286. Rearviewmirror- Pearl Jam
285. Live Forever- Oasis
284. No Surprises- Radiohead
283. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?- REM
282. Down- 311
281. Miserable- Lit
280. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?- Nirvana
279. Indifference- Pearl Jam
278. Killing In The Name- Rage Against The Machine
277. Soul To Squeeze- Red Hot Chili Peppers
276. Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart- Stone Temple Pilots
275. Blow Up The Outside World- Soundgarden
274. Overblown- Mudhoney
273. Garden- Pearl Jam
272. The Dolphin's Cry- Live
271. Bittersweet- Fuel
270. We Die Young- Alice In Chains
269. Intergallactic- Beastie Boys
268. Dyslexic Heart- Paul Westerberg
267. Today- Smashing Pumpkins
266. Supersonic- Oasis
265. Feed The Tree- Belly
264. This Time Of Year- Better Than Ezra
263. All Apologies- Nirvana
262. Diamond Sea- Sonic Youth
261. Big Empty- Stone Temple Pilots
260. She Don't Use Jelly- The Flaming Lips
259. Lakini's Juice- Live
258. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
257. Dose- Filter
256. Next Year- Foo Fighters
255. Why I'm Here- Oleander
254. Feel The Pain- Dinosaur, Jr.
253. Wonderful- Everclear
252. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong- Spin Doctors
251. Down- Stone Temple Pilots
250. Daughter- Pearl Jam
249. 100%- Sonic Youth
248. Torn- Creed
247. Got Me Wrong- Alice In Chains
246. Drive- Incubus
245. My Name Is Mud- Primus
244. Semi-Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
243. Something's Always Wrong- Toad the Wet Sprocket
242. Shelf In The Room- Days of the New
241. Mouth- Bush
240. The New Pollution- Beck
239. Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana
238. My Friends- Red Hot Chili Peppers
237. Stop- Jane's Addiction
236. Tones Of Home- Blind Melon
235. All The Small Things- Blink 182
234. Bound For The Floor- Local H
233. I'll Stick Around- Foo Fighters
232. Queer- Garbage
231. Counting Blue Cars- Dishwalla
230. Corduroy- Pearl Jam
229. Californication -Red Hot Chili Peppers
228. Malibu- Hole
227. Falls On Me- Fuel
226. Faithful -Pear Jam
225. Father Of Mine- Everclear
224. Shine- Collective Soul
223. Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
222. Basket Case- Green Day
221. Epic- Faith No More
220. Fall On Black Days- Soundgarden
219. Linger- Cranberries
218. You Oughta Know- Alanis Morrisette
217. One- Creed
216. Wicked Garden- Stone Temple Pilots
215. Everything Falls Apart- Third Eye Blind
214. Fall Down- Toad the Wet Sprocket
213. Cover Me- Candlebox
212. A Girl Like You- Edwyn Collins
211. Comedown- Bush
210. Vasoline Stone- Temple Pilots
209. Push It -Garbage
208. The Good Life- Weezer
207. Gel- Collective Soul
206. State Of Love And Trust- Pearl Jam
205. Hook- Blues Traveller
204. Downtown- Days of the New
203. No Rain- Blind Melon
202. Glycerine- Bush
201. Natural One- Folk Implosion
200. Ironic- Alanis Morrisette
199. Better Man- Pearl Jam
198. Paranoid Android- Radiohead
197. The Man Who Sold The World- Nirvana
196. Tyler- Toadies
195. Southtown- POD
194. Warped- Red Hot Chili Peppers
193. Misery- Soul Asylum
192. Cannonball- The Breeders
191. Breath- Pearl Jam
190. Everybody Hurts- REM
189. Got You Where I Want You- The Flys
188. Closer- Nine Inch Nails
187. Rattlesnake- Live
186. Monkey Wrench- Foo Fighters
185. Song For The Dumped -Ben Folds Five
184. 3 Strange Days- School Of Fish
183. Muzzle- Smashing Pumpkins
182. Kool Thing- Sonic Youth
181. Dollar Bill- Screaming Trees
180. Just A Girl- No Doubt
179. Brainstew- Green Day
178. Street Spirit Fade Out- Radiohead
177. Ring Of Fire- Social Distortion
176. Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden
175. 6th Avenue Heartache- The Wallflowers
174. Hold Her Down- Toad the Wet Sprocket
173. In Bloom- Nirvana
172. Fade Into You- Mazzy Star
171. Immortality- Pearl Jam
170. Turn My Head- Live
169. Let Love Rule- Lenny Kravitz
168. Breaking The Girl- Red Hot Chili Peppers
167. Soma- Smashing Pumpkins
166. What Do I Have To Do?- Stabbing Westward
165. Goodbye- Sundays
164. Wrong Way- Sublime
163. Blown Away- Tripping Daisy
162. If You Could Only See- Tonic
161. Sister- Nixons
160. Down In It- Nine Inch Nails
159. Cult Of Personality- Living Colour
158. Superstar- Sonic Youth
157. Spoonman- Soundgarden
156. How's It Going To Be- Third Eye Blind
155. Rotten Apple- Alice In Chains
154. Rusty Cage- Soundgarden
153. Mayonnaise- Smashing Pumpkins
152. One Headlight- The Wallflowers
151. Flood- Jars of Clay
150. Celebrity- Skin Hole
149. Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
148. Mountain Song- Jane's Addiction
147. High On A Riverbed- Toad the Wet Sprocket
146. Thunderkiss 65- White Zombie
145. Seether- Veruca Salt
144. Drown- Smashing Pumpkins
143. Open Up Your Eyes- Tonic
142. Hash Pipe- Weezer
141. Off He Goes- Pearl Jam
140. So What Cha' Want- Beastie Boys
139. Brick- Ben Folds Five
138. My Umbrella- Tripping Daisy
137. Time And Time Again- Counting Crows
136. Now- Days of the New
135. Little Things- Bush
134. Head Like A Hole- Nine Inch Nails
133. Connection- Elastica
132. December- Collective Soul
131. Where It's At- Beck
130. Little Heaven- Toad the Wet Sprocket
129. Shadow Of The Season- Screaming Trees
128. Slide- Goo Goo Dolls
127. Hemorrhage (In My Hands)- Fuel
126. The Mountains Win Again- Blues Traveller
125. Far Behind- Candlebox
124. Whatever- Godsmack
123. Round Here- Counting Crows
122. Zombie- Cranberries
121. What's This Life For?- Creed
120. Burden In My Hand- Soundgarden
119. Undone- Weezer
118. I Am One- Smashing Pumpkins
117. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)- Green Day
116. Stupid Girl- Garbage
115. Don't Follow- Alice In Chains
114. Under the Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
113. Creep- Radiohead
112. Voodoo- Godsmack
111. Santa Monica- Everclear
110. Lithium- Nirvana
109. Evenflow- Pearl Jam
108. Selling The Drama- Live
107. Criminal- Fiona Apple
106. Take A Picture- Filter
105. Been Caught Stealing- Jane's Addiction
104. This Is A Call- Foo Fighters
103. My Hero- Foo Fighters
102. Sunburn- Fuel
101. Doll Parts- Hole
100. Nice Overalls- Lustre
99. Girlfriend- Matthew Sweet
98. Save Yourself- Stabbing Westward
97. Despertaley Wanting- Better Than Ezra
96. The Distance- Cake
95. A Good Idea- Sugar
94. Say Hello To Heaven- Temple of the Dog
93. A Long December- Counting Crows
92. My Own Prison- Creed
91. Nutshell- Alice In Chains
90. What It's Like- Everlast
89. In The Meantime- Spacehog
88. Santeria- Sublime
87. (Can't You) Trip Like I Do- Filter/The Crystal Method
86. Learn To Fly- Foo Fighters
85. Longview- Green Day
84. Bittersweet Symphony- The Verve
83. Black Gold- Soul Asylum
82. Story Of My Life- Social Distortion
81. Sick Of Myself- Matthew Sweet
80. Hands All Over- Soundgarden
79. Rhinoceros- Smashing Pumpkins
78. Good- Better Than Ezra
77. Mr. Jones- Counting Crows
76. Tomorrow- Silverchair
75. Losing My Religion- REM
74. Time Bomb- Rancid
73. Just- Radiohead
72. When I Come Around- Green Day
71. Bad Reputation- Freedy Johnston
70. Sister- Lenny Kravitz
69. Gone Away- The Offspring
68. I Think About- Toad the Wet Sprocket
67. Operation Spirit- Live
66. Popular- Nada Surf
65. The Freshman- Verve Pipe
64. Cherub Rock- Smashing Pumpkins
63. Sober- Tool
62. Ball And Chain- Social Distortion
61. Fake Plastic Trees- Radiohead
60. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
59. Radiation Vibe- Fountains Of Wayne
58. Say It Ain't So- Weezer
57. Pets- Porno For Pyros
56. Standing Outside A Broken Phone..- Primitive Radio Gods
55. Wonderwall- Oasis
54. Cumbersome- Seven Mary Three
53. Sea of Sorrow- Alice In Chains
52. Loser- Beck
51. The Chemicals Bewteen Us- Bush
50. High and Dry- Radiohead
49. Brimful of Asha- Cornershop
48. Pepper- Butthole Surfers
47. Change- Blind Melon
46. Sex Type Thing- Stone Temple Pilots
45. Bad Luck- Social Distortion
44. Low- Cracker
43. Yellow Ledbetter- Pearl Jam
42. Sabotage- Beastie Boys
41. Everything Zen- Bush
40. Beercan- Beck
39. Given To Fly- Pearl Jam
38. Backwater- Meat Puppets
37. I Alone- Live
36. Are You Gonna Go My Way?- Lenny Kravitz
35. Touch, Peel, and Stand- Days of the New
34. Possum Kingdom- Toadies
33. What I Got- Sublime
32. Release- Pearl Jam
31. The Bends- Radiohead
30. Rooster- Alice In Chains
29. Bull In The Heather- Sonic Youth
28. Song 2- Blur
27. Hey Man, Nice Shot- Filter
26. Shimmer- Fuel
25. Hurt- Nine Inch Nails
24. Buddy Holly- Weezer
23. Birth Ritual- Soundgarden
22. Interstate Love Song- Stone Temple Pilots
21. Champagne Supernova- Oasis
20. Only Happy When It Rains- Garbage
19. Everlong- Foo Fighters
18. Jane Says- Jane's Addiction
17. Plowed- Sponge
16. Karma Police- Radiohead
15. 1979- Smashing Pumpkins
14. Alive- Pearl Jam
13. Come As You Are- Nirvana
12. Nearly Lost You- Screaming Trees
11. Give It Away- Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. Outshined- Soundgarden
9 .Lightning Crashes- Live
8. Would?- Alice In Chains
7. Bullet With Butterfly Wings- Smashing Pumpkins
6. Hunger Strike- Temple of the Dog
5. Down In A Hole- Alice In Chains
4. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
3. Black- Pearl Jam
2. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns- Mother Love Bone (Technically 1989, but...)

And, coming in at number one...a beautiful song that, unfortunately, is too precise in reminding us of the amazing talents lost during this decade of phenomenal music, including the lead singer of the band coming in at number two on this list, Andrew Wood.

With Andrew's death, Mother Love Bone was to go away. But, with Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament still writing music, along with Mike McCready, the new trio went in search of a singer. Enter Eddie Vedder and the birth of Pearl Jam.

This song was by a "supergroup" of sorts, containing members of several of the era's quintessential bands, such as Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, and, from Alice In Chains, Layne Staley. This song chronicles, some say, Staley's fight with addiction. Sadly, he lost that fight.

So, with Staley, Wood, Kurt Cobain and many, many others in mind, this song seems a fitting tribute to the era and to garner the top spot...

1. River of Deceit- Mad Season

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hope And Change Update

It has been awhile since I have posted a Hope and Change Update. Here's the real numbers that Dear Leader claims represents a "growing economy." I have put the numbers from 2008 in parentheses.
  • US National Debt: $15.9 Trillion ($10.0 Trillion on this date in 2008)
  • Debt Per Citizen to Pay Off National Debt: $50,544 ($32,854)
  • Debt Per Taxpayer to Pay Off National Debt: $139,256 ($92,421)
  • US Total Debt: $56.9 Trillion ($50.4 Trillion)
  • Total Debt Per Family to Pay Off Total US Debt: $684,672 ($635,838)
  • Number of US Taxpayers: 113,935,010 (108,215,226)
  • Official Number Of Those Unemployed: 12,603,855 (9,476,100)
  • Actual Number Of Those Unemployed: 23,103,992 (13,494,112)
  • Number Of Americans On Food Stamps: 45,978,891 (31,000,775)
  • Number Of Rounds Of Golf Played By Dear Leader During His Presidency: 101
  • Estimated Taxpayer Costs For All Of His Rounds Of Golf: $1.3 Million
  • Dear Leader's Solutions To Fix Economy: Blame George W. Bush and the "rich."
And, in case you forgot what Hope and Change was all about...