July 5, 2008

Give me a flippin break...

Can anyone answer something for me ? How did we come to value money made out of paper so much ? Throughout history we've had currency in the form of gold, silver and other various precious metals and jewels. How did we end up with stupid, flipping paper as a currency ?
The price of the dollar goes up and down, it's value becoming more or less according to how the economy is doing. Heck, if things got bad enough, in theory the dollar could become worthless.
At least with precious metals and jewels you had something that was worth something no matter where you went or how the economy was doing. And now we're talking about getting rid of money in it's physical form completely. How in the hell does that sound like a good plan ?
Let's put everything on a card so that it can be easily misplaced, swiped, and can be hacked into. They want to make it so I can't even hide a few bucks around the house, just in case. They want to make it so the control of our cash is completely in their hands. Because, you know, the government is doing such a good job of keeping track of and spending their own money. I'm sorry but putting all of my money on a government controlled "debit" card doesn't sound like a great plan of action. I wouldn't hand my wallet to a gambling addict, why would I hand it to the equivalent? Think about our national debt( which is, by the way, currently $9, 477, 856, 190, 576. 85. That's right, over NINE TRILLION DOLLARS IN THE HOLE!!!) next time the idea of getting rid of physical money and toting around a government issued "money card" sounds like something you'd support. I'm not trying to say that the government is irresponsible with money, I'm saying for a fact that the government is irresponsible with money. Check out the National Debt Clock at the top of my blog for updates, it's changing constantly...

Obama, Go Away...

I don't know how every one else feels about Obama, but I'm all for sending him packing.

He just seems a bit too "convenient" for me, a little too eager and able to fix all of our problems. And, if history is any indication (Hitler being the most prominent example), someone that seems to have all the solutions and always has a "car salesman" smile on their face is the person to steer clear of. He's going to fix the economy ( Hitler fixed Germany's economy, while smiling and getting his guns ready for World War 3), he's going to fix the situation in Iraq( of course he is, that's what we all want to hear), he's going to just take all of our worries away.

Yep, sounds like someone who's getting ready to screw you every which way to me. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I was raised to believe in a simple philosophy, " If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is".

I think the day we vote Obama into the office we might as well get our lips wet, cause we're going to be kissing our butts goodbye.

July 4, 2008

Aspiring Colorist

Outside of writing, as many of you know, I do run a comic strip called "Whatever ?" Comics. Well, I would also like to share with you all my colorings. A colorist is baically the person who does all of the coloring and effects for a comic book.
The first picture you see is my finished coloring work, the second is the original line art (care of Michael Turner). I hope you enjoy...

July 2, 2008


Do something for me will you, close your eyes and imagine what the perfect life looks like to you. It's that simple, nothing more, nothing less, just imagine.

Maybe it's the Bahamas, Disneyland, your own art gallery with the rarest prints, anything that you dream of, imagine, or wish for.

Stay there for awhile, relax and just make that place a real place in your mind.

Take this moment and just get away from the world for a few minutes, make that place a permanent place in you mind, use that place when your feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just want to get away.

No, don't answer your cell phone, they'll leave a voicemail. Yes, your favorite show is coming on soon, you can watch it next week.

This is your time to believe in dreams, relax and get away from the world for a bit.

Once again, that's it, it's that simple. Creating that place may help you someday, it may help you tomorrow, or in a few minutes. Heck, it may even keep you from screaming at your kids, having that cigarette, or throwing that plate across the room.

Everyone needs a place, a place away. Think this idea is stupid, fine, don't do it, I don't want you to force yourself.

Just remember, even science admits that mind often works over matter and that the mind is a powerful thing.

This simple act is a form of meditation, I didn't invent it, I'm just giving you the insight to test drive a simple act.

July 1, 2008

Ahhhh, my eyes...

The spotlight from the police helicopter overhead blinds me as I look up to look to see where it is. And, of course, the helicopter is directly over our neighborhood, looking for someone no doubt. This is an at least bi-weekly occurrence, and puts my wife and I on edge for the rest of the night.
Thoughts go through your head of escaped convicts or dangerous criminals running through the backyard. Than I realize something, there are dangerous criminals around us 24/7, maybe right next door or taking your cash at the local convenience store.
Than again, they are in more places than that but I like to keep my nervous system from overloading.
That's the truth though isn't it, we're surrounded by danger all the time, we just don't think about it. Because if we did, we'd all be locked behind a 12 inch steel door with shotgun in hand. We tell ourselves things like "Oh, that's never going to happen to me" or "I don't live in that kind of neighborhood". It's been proven time and time again that neither of those statements is true, anything can happen to anyone, anytime. I myself have felt the cold steel barrel of a gun in the back of my throat at 12 in the afternoon, let me tell you, it can happen to you.
But let's face the reality of it all a little deeper here, the worlds never been a perfect place free of danger. In fact, it's the complete opposite, the world has always been a dangerous place full of perilous steps. I realized after my experience with the violence of the world one simple thing, you should think about it and be wary of it, but don't let it handicap you.
As I'm sure anyone who's been through that situation or something similar would know, it can easily handicap you just as easily as losing a leg or going blind can.
The world isn't going to be changing anytime soon, in fact it will probably get worse before it gets better.
I have two reasons for stating the obvious in this post:
One, don't ever think that your special and nothing terrible will ever happen to you, the truth is that you could truly die tomorrow, this could be the last time you see your children or wife or best friends or parents, live life like you won't wake up tomorrow and every moment is a precious gift.
Two, don't be afraid to live, don't be on edge about what might happen, don't suspect everyone of being a danger. This will handicap you and keep you from doing what I stated in reason one, living every moment like it's a precious gift.

That's all for now, thank you for listing to my thoughts, good luck, happy days and good nights.

June 30, 2008

Complain, Complain, Complain...

Doesn't that seem like all we do sometimes ? Complaining is a way of life, especially here in the great U.S. of A. We've made it a national pass time to complain, than do nothing about our complaints( suing people doesn't count, especially when it's something that's your own fault and you're just looking for cash).
The gas prices are too high, so we complain and complain. But what do we do about it ?
Keep on complaining, but not do anything to fix the problem. We continue to buy gas guzzling trucks and buying gas day after day. Everyone knows the simple solution of not buying gas for even one day, the gas companies would notice a huge drop in sales and bam we'd lower our own gas prices. Yet, we don't do it, we just keep on buying it and letting them increase the price per gallon.
But hey, that's just me doing it again, complaining...
So, I'll stop complaining about complainers and just simply say this, how about we all just stop complaining and think of the bazillion things we have to be grateful for.
And I'm not talking about for having that car out front or food on the table or one more day to live, that's obviously not enough for anyone.
How about being grateful for beautiful sky's, that our parents didn't abort us, that our children (if you have them) have one more day on this Earth, like I said there are a bazillion different things to be grateful for.
The simplest way I've found to find the good in things is this ; every time you complain about something or think of how terrible this or that is, how long that line at the store is for example, think a happy thought.
It doesn't have to be anything huge, it can simply be that you have that pair of jeans to wear or that your nose has an itch but that you can scratch it, or even more simple, that you are still capable of standing in that long line at the grocery store.
That's it, that's all, I'm done for now...