Taking a step back to see the bigger picture
October 23, 2008 by hasser

I’m a professional Photographer!

Ok… not really.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find out recently that one of the photos on my Flickr page had been selected for use in Schmap‘s travel guide photo collection for Lake Tahoe.

My photo taken in Lake Tahoe as seen on Schmap!

It’s a simple photo really… Of course it is! Like I would take a complicated photo?!?! Pshhht!
That’s why I’m a news producer, and not a news photographer!
Anyway, the pic is of my buddy, Angelo, boarding down one of the flatter runs at NorthStar.

My name credited to a travel website photo... no way!

It’s definitely not the most exciting picture in the world, and it’s not like it’s hanging in a museum somewhere, or on the front page of a magazine. But I really appreciate seeing my name credited to a photo on an official website.
Here’s the original:

Angelo Boarding

And somehow I know Angelo will use this to his advantage to get laid. Most likely during our next trip to Tahoe… ;-)

Lake Tahoe
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October 22, 2008 by hasser

Pressure Stabilized

So I went off in my last post about how this country of ours is in the proverbial dumper.
While I haven’t 100% changed my mind, I think now I overreacted. Yes, I don’t like either candidate for president, but it is our civic duty to elect one of these yahoos into the White House.
I consulted with my new online friend, T.J. Birkenmeier, and he said something that really made me think. “I still have faith that the office shapes the man,” Birk told me in a recent email. That statement stuck in my head for several days. And I am beginning to think Birk may be on to something. The office shapes the man, regardless of how ill suited he may be for the office. I tend to believe it can go either way though. If the person is not necessarily up for the task, the office can make or break him/her. If he is corrupt going into the office, more likely than not, the office will make him even more corrupt because of its power. If a person is good and just, then maybe it makes that person … even greater.
I’m going to go with that right now, and just hope it’s right. I guess we’ll all find out somewhere down the road.
In the meantime, I’m joining Birk’s unofficial political party, the Commonsensetarians.
Maybe one day we’ll prevail!

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October 15, 2008 by hasser

The Final Debate – America’s Loss

Who lost the final debate: The American People

I forced myself to watch the final presidential debate, even though I knew doing so wouldn’t sway me one way or the other. Why would it? It was the same bag of shit on a different stage! Now that it’s over, I’m frankly quite angry. I’m angry that our country has to choose between the lesser of two evils.

I don’t trust McCain.
I don’t trust Obama.

So where does that leave me? Do I vote for one in hopes he’s not as bad as the other? I’ve heard people say that in public… “I’m voting for so-and-so, because he has to better than so-and-so, right?
NO! It’s not right! It’s a downright crime! That’s like asking me whether I’d like to be kicked in the nuts or get hit in the head by a baseball bat! I want neither!

So, who is to blame for this catastrophic mess I, and others I know, find ourselves in at this current time? Is it the media? Is it the America that I don’t identify with? Were there ever really any good candidates to choose from when this electoral process began way too long ago? I don’t know what the answer is, but whatever it is, it royally screwed this country in my humble opinion.

Sure, Obama is an inspiring, energetic speaker. There’s no doubt. But I’m sorry, we need more than simple inspiration right now. He’s done nothing in his political career thus far to prove he is an effective leader. A man who votes “present” on controversial and difficult issues isn’t going to turn things around. And a man who once was revered as a “maverick” yet kowtowed to every whim of a corrupt administration sure as hell isn’t going to reverse the course.
Sure there are other going to be candidates on the ballot to choose from, but are they really our solution?

Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr?
A washed up Republican hypocrite.

Green Party candidate, Cynthia McKinney?
An interesting track record for human rights, but if she could haul off and punch a Capitol Police security guard after she knowingly bypassed a security checkpoint without her ID, then what would she do if provoked by a rogue nation or staunch opponent?

Independent candidate, Ralph Nader?
Onetime consumer advocate turned self-entitled megalomaniac election spoiler.

The list goes on and on. But really, can anyone turn this country around at this point? Let’s face it, we’re pretty far gone at this point. And if you don’t think so, you’re lying to yourself!

That’s why I’ve decided to vote for Nobody For President.

Nobody For President!

At this point I think we should just send all the members of congress back to their respective states, shut down Washington, D.C. for at least four years, and operate as a loose union of states. Cease unnecessary military operations abroad and put all our “glorious” weapons in a crate of mothballs.

We’ll keep the Constitution, Declaration of Independence in a secure, autonomous location. Maybe we could loan it to The Louvre in Paris for awhile as an exhibit on what the USA once stood for!

So, let me clarify. No President. No centralized government.

Sounds radical, doesn’t it? Hell yes it does. But at this point I don’t think we have anything to lose, do we?

If we keep going at the pace we are now, the empire nation will surely fall from its own corruption and inadequacies.
I don’t know. This is just an idea I had.

But something must be done, People!
I hear revolution knocking at the door. And it’s very possible it’s not going to wait for us to let it in!

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