There's an interesting artcile posted at Yahoo about survivalists preparing for the economic apocalypse. It's a conitnuance of the same mindset that built bomb shelters in the 1950s and stockpiled food at Y2K. I find it interesting that they mention 2012 a lot. The article doesn't mention the Aztecs, but really I think it should if it mentions 2012 a couple times. It'll only provide extra credibility for the end-times crowd. This isn't to say I don't find the thought of going back to nature and living in a small village with subsistence farms (read compound) attractive. I just find it attractive because I'm tired of how complicated the world has gotten, and I'm tired of keeping up with the Joneses. It has nothing to do with the food riots, raping, pillaging and zombie war that will break out in 2012. It's just coincidental.
It's been a while since I've taken time to spout off on the Presidential Primary. Do we really need to wait for the last round of state primaries for Hillary to drop out of this race? Do we really need to wait for the Convention for her to drop out? I know the extra publicity and lack of focus on John McCain and the evil Republicons has been good for the DNC, but there comes a time when every fighter needs to realize the fight is lost. Look, even the Japanese surrendered after two A-bombs. It's not just that Hillary can't win the delegates that she needs to take the nomination, it's also that she's seriously jumped the shark. I voted her in the Massachusetts Primary pretty much because of her stand on education. I had questions about how much she pandered and the fact that she's just another insider who won't support individuals and who won't move to fix the fact that the country is bankrupt. Okay, so I voted for her based on education platform. I haven't actually cared about this Primary since John Edwards dropped out. Yes, I'm still pining for John Edwards, I wish he hadn't droppped out before Super Tuesday. Anyway, Hillary's support of a gas tax holiday pretty much put the nail in her political coffin. It's pandering in the worst way, and it's typical of politicians who care for nothing more than getting elected. McCain, who I already considered a sell out and Bush butt-kisser, supports it. Obama doesn't. Does he pander in other areas? Yes, but at least he's not behind this particular boondoggle. So it's official, Barack Obama receives the coveted jimgon endorsement for the 2008 election.
Boondoggle. That's my word for the year.
On an entirely different note there's something interesting in the spirituality of my family. I've always followed a secular approach to raising the kids. We didn't have the kids baptized. I'm not Christian, or even close to it, so the kids won't be baptized by my choice. My wife thinks she's Christian, but doesn't practice and I can easily scuttle any attempt at a journey to a church. With that out of the way, I do believe in God, but we don't talk about it with the kids. The kids are left to be heathen so that they can make logical decisions about this stuff when they get older. Here's the interesting part of it. My older daughter is an atheist which is pretty much what one would expect from this set-up. My younger daughter? She believes in God. Both have pretty much the same interactions with the same people, both have the secular foundation at home. But they've formed two different conclusions on this. It's a very interesting situation.
Back to a piece of politics. I don't know if anyone is from the Massachusetts 2nd Worcester State Senatorial District, but the extra coveted jimgon endorsement for that race is Doug Belanger.
That's about it.
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