Posts Tagged ‘Quotes’

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Sh*t My Dad SaysSh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can’t remember where I heard about this book. However it sounded interesting to me. It’s about a guy who, at age 28, moves back in with his parents. While living with his parents he starts sharing, on social media, some of the things his dad says. The quotes he shares becomes so popular that he is asked to write a book. From the little bit I knew, or thought I knew about the book, I thought it was going to be a “grumpy old man” type thing. Since I aspire to one day becoming a grumpy old man, I thought this would be a great read. That’s not quite how the book came across to me.

When I finished the book I was left with mixed feelings about it. The book has a lot of quotes from the dad mixed in with stories of the interactions between the dad and son throughout their lives. To be honest I found a few of the stories funny and found myself laughing out loud at several of the quotes. To me personally the book felt like the son is a bit passive aggressive towards his dad. On one hand it really shows the dad as a good man who loves his son. On the other hand it looks like the dad is a man that wasn’t capable of talking to his son, at any age, without inserting the word F*ck or g*d damn into every sentence. Since I don’t have the book in front of me (as I write this review) I’ll have to paraphrase an example: as a child playing hide and seek, hiding under his dad’s desk, his dad’s quote was something like “Go the f*ck away I’m doing stuff.” Coming from a grumpy old man to his 28 year old son this could be funny. But coming from a father to his young child … not so much.

Even though this book gave me a few laughs in places, overall, I found it to be a waste of time. Good thing this is a short book and didn’t waste much time. Most people could finish this in a single sitting.

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Change (I Want To See)

Our politicians don’t seem to represent the average person in the U.S. anymore. They are worried more about keeping their jobs than they are about doing their jobs. (Don’t they always accuse each other of being out of touch with the real America?)

I have come up with a solution that I think will refocus their (politicians) attention back to doing their job (and keeping them in touch) and in the process will fix the economy and bring back the attitude that made America great.

Since our politicians are suppose to represent us, shouldn’t their pay also be representative of ours? In 2007, the median household income rose 1.3% to $50,233.00 according to the Census Bureau. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States).

My plan is simple, politicians get paid based on the median income. Right now the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate Leadership:
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 Minority Party Leader – $193,400. House leadership: Speaker of the house $223,500 Majority Leader – $193,400 Minority Leader – $193,400. (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm).

I know they will argue that better pay gets better people (same argument big business CEO’s make). There is a difference between good pay and over pay. Seems to me that the latter gets greedy people not good people. Remember the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I also believe that those who seek power are those most likely to abuse it.

There is also the argument that they (politicians) need to live in D.C. and back in their home state. Well to this I say “Barracks” or some other type of basic government housing and for traveling back and forth I say “Coach” tickets or the upgrade comes out of their own pocket. Remember they are really just “public servants” who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

I will no longer listen to or believe their hype: “The other party is destroying or will destroy America”.  “That candidate is a Washington insider and will continue abusing the system”.  “I am an established politician who knows how to work with the system”.  “This election is the most important election”.  And for post elections, one of my favorite”, ” the people have given us a mandate”, (there are many more).

I know that there is no way they will take a pay cut and I know they will do what it takes to keep their jobs (and not really do their jobs). I also know that the greatest thing about America is that the real power is in the hands of the voters. So if enough of us get together we can change our world. I myself have taken a personal oath that I will no longer vote for any politician that has had 3 terms or more. And if I don’t like the candidate of the other “major party” there is always a 3rd party candidates to consider.

If a politician’s pay was tied to the median income the middle class would start to grow. The economy goes as the middle class goes. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible”. Once when asked why he pays his workers so much Henry Ford replied, “someone has to be able to afford my products”.

Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day?

November 11 is now known as Veteran’s Day. Once it was known as Armistice Day (and maybe it should be again).

Below is an excerpt from the book Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. After reading the excerpt below I, like Vonnegut will choose Armistice Day.

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day . When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.