What the hell? I want to move to an island and start my own country of people who like to stay out of others people's business. Why are politicians so nosy? Why are they so stupid? Why are they so power-hungry? It's disgusting. I feel like our government is some big, bloated, hideous monster that lumbers around and steps on me (and everyone else). They almost haz our interwebs, doods. Information? You want accurate information? No, no, no. You can only have the information the government deems necessary for you, especially in a time of upheaval. Act like good little citizens and do what the government says.

Speaking of government hate, Jason has angst over his income taxes. I tried to help him with them, but they've got quite complicated since he sold some mutual funds last year and moved all his investments from one company to another. Basically, it's a clusterfuck. So, I talked him into going to the H&R Block office down the street from our apartment. They have all his info now, and he has an appointment with the woman today after work. I knew enough to know what was wrong and what I couldn't do, so I told her. And I was totally right. She suggested I take their tax professional course and go to work for H&R Block part-time. If you are one of the top students in your class, then you will receive a job offer from H&R Block and can set your own hours to some extent. The class isn't all that costly, but it is time-intensive. Nearly 70 hours. o_O It's a thought, but I don't know if I want to tackle that. Though, it would be interesting to have a more extensive knowledge of tax law, if only to help people retain more of their own money.

Work is holy-crap-boring. I have an extremely bad attitude about it right now. So bad that I've been trying to invent excuses to skip work or leave early. And now is not the time to do that since the boss is in a fragile state. She could snap and start firing people any minute. Yikes.

The last of the knitted hats by moi are going out in the mail today. I hope everyone likes their hats even if it is kind-of-sort-of Spring and getting too hot for them.

I am in such a bad mood today. I should probably just go home and go back to sleep. Oh yeah, I have to work. Sucks.
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Jason and I did his taxes. He thinks the government sucks. Mostly, this is because he sold some of his mutual funds and reinvested the money in gold--like gold coins that are stashed away in our apartment. Of course, this money shows as income on his tax return. Yikes. For the record, government? There is absolutely no incentive to invest and save. Might want to work on that if you want to solve the economic crisis. Just sayin'.

Also, either I'm terrible at cooking artichoke hearts or they taste way different after they've been frozen. Because the fresh ones I had in the fridge were absolutely tasteless after I sauteed them with some penne and homemade pesto.

I have this humongous crush on Lloyd. Guh. Let him introduce himself...



also, he's the freestyle king )
anogete: (terminus est)
( Apr. 9th, 2009 11:44 am)
Tax Day Coalition Protest

Schedule willing, I want to be at the Albuquerque location on Wednesday. Go out and protest our stupid government and all their harebrained ideas.
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I normally don't post political such-and-such on this blog, though I follow politics more closely than most and have stronger opinions on it than most. However, I think this petition is very important and it crosses party lines.

Petition to Audit the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve controls our money supply by printing money, creating credit, and offering taxpayer-backed loans to whomever they feel would be helped by it. They are not accountable to anyone, and I think that's rather scary, especially in these current times. Actually, I don't think we should even have a Federal Reserve, but that's another matter. Right now, I'm definitely supporting an audit of the Fed so Congress and we as citizens have a clear picture of what is going on behind the curtain over there.

So, if you are so inclined, go sign the petition. It may, of course, get you on the (now defunct?) MIAC list of potential militia members since the petition originated with Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty. Woo, fight the power!
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it's practically community service (aka - ousting the current mayor) )

Cost Plus World Market is selling meyer lemon pancake mix. I love it, but I don't need to eat five pancakes every day. Really.

My dad keeps e-mailing me crime statistics for the state I live it. This drives me insane. I suspect it is his not-so-subtle hint that I should move back home.

After two full weeks of delicious produce from Los Poblanos farm, Jason is on board with continuing the weekly boxes of organic fruits and veggies. This week brought some chard and beets in the box. I've never used either of them before, but chard isn't terribly intimidating. I'm going to throw it in a ragout with some white beans and potatoes. The beets are another story. I don't know what to do with them, really. I found a recipe for beet chips that involves frying some sliced beets, but I'd really rather avoid the pot of oil if at all possible. Any ideas from those of you more familiar with beets? I also received apples, oranges, kiwis, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, several pounds of zucchini, and spring greens.

Jason's sister called me in a near panic attack, asking if I knew how to get rid of mice without killing them. Apparently, there are mice living in the backyard, and her cat is having a good time with them. I suggested a humane trap, though I don't know how effective they are. She wants to take them to a place where they will have a good home. I doubt the mouse will really care as long as there is plenty of food to eat. She also is searching for a way to prevent them from coming back. She swears no food items were left in the yard or on the porch. And she hates the smell of moth balls. Anyone know of a way to scare the mice away without harming them or offending her nose with stinky moth balls?

I think this is one of the cutest songs ever.

I was skiving off work this morning while running an errand and popped by Cost Plus World Market. I'm not sure who is responsible for all the lovely metal sculptures there, but I whipped out my cell to take a couple pictures.

beware of the dragon! )

I'm well and truly writing again. Who knows how long it will last, but I'm enjoying it while I am able. I hope to have the lovely chaptered fic (25,000+ words!) finished in a few days. So excited over my ability to write again I might even make a banner for the fic with pretty pictures of the Doctor (Nine) and Rose.

in which my status as a potential militia member and the state of our fascist government is discussed )
Jason was hanging around the kitchen yesterday after work while I was making dinner. He had went to his therapy session earlier in the day and obviously wanted to talk about it, so I asked him how it went. He said, "I drew a picture of you like the one I drew at my grandmother's house." Before Christmas, we were at his paternal grandmother's house and, out of boredom, he drew a picture of me looking angry and petulant. We both laughed about it because it actually looked rather accurate. Anyway, I laughed at him and called his bluff, saying that he most certainly did not draw another picture of me like that. Jason isn't the type to go for therapy of that nature, especially since he isn't an artist by any stretch of the imagination. He admitted that he had not drawn any pictures, but that he had spoken of me to his therapist. I didn't ask any follow up questions because anything he said, even if it was about me, isn't really my business. After a couple beats of silence, he grabbed me from behind and kissed me, then said that everything he told his therapist about me was positive. Then he ambled off to the music room to check his e-mail. It was a pleasant surprise, not what I was expecting. We get along very well, but I know I'm not the easiest person to live with. It's nice to know I'm appreciated. He was very lovey-dovey this morning, too. Usually, mornings consist of avoiding each other as much as possible and conversations carried by grunts and snorts. A kiss good morning is absolutely unheard of unless it's a weekend. Maybe the therapy thing is helping him more than I thought it would.

I half-heartedly worked on the paperwork for a bid yesterday at work. We submitted it in the early afternoon and found out minutes later that we have been awarded the project. The first project we've managed to snag in months. Even though it is a small one--only $400,000--it's still a step in the right direction. We really need to acquire more work if we want to avoid laying anyone off. It's a miracle that hasn't happened yet.

Jason and I have been watching Wolf's Rain, but I just can't seem to get into the flow of the show. I suppose this is because I don't particularly care about any of the characters and the entire presentation comes across as too kiddish--like I should be watching it at 3:00 in the afternoon on Cartoon Network. And I'm not into that sort of anime.

Holy crap, it's Friday, the 13th, you guys.

I've been tempted many a time in the past two weeks to write scathing comments about our government and the course they have decided to put our country on, but I've resisted. It would just end up being a rant of epic proportions in which nothing is resolved or changed. I fear for our collective future. Nineteen Eighty-Four, here we come.
I'm loving the gym every day. I feel so much better after working out. Sadly, I no longer have all of the equipment to myself. For the past week, I've had to share with one or two other people. Once everyone makes their New Year resolutions in January, I'm might actually get a membership at the place up the street just so I can have access to a treadmill instead of sharing one with multiple other people.

Also, I desperately want to go to the End the Fed rally in El Paso, but I didn't find out about it until today, and I don't think that is quite enough time to manage a drive down there and back over the weekend.

Also, if you've an extra five minutes, then here is something for you to ponder. I think it is terribly frightening, especially considering this little tidbit. Slippery slope, fellows. Real slippery. Are we already in Chapter 17? Have we managed to get that far? If you couldn't tell, I'm not entirely serious about that last statement. I don't think we've gone so far, but I do think it's a hop, skip, and a jump away. And that scares the hell out of me.

Oh, and in regards to the above paragraph, for crap's sake, don't respond back to me with, "OMG - don't liken our government to Hilter's regime." Because you know what? Some people in Congress (like my stupid representative Jeff Bingaman) want the effin' Fairness Doctrine, and that is unforgivable. Completely unforgivable. That is one step away from state-controlled media. No, I don't really think we're Nazi Germany, but I think some people in this country would gladly transform us into that in the name of fairness. Fuck fairness. Fend for yourself.

Well, hell... now I'm all worked up, and I didn't intend to bitch about it. But I did. Sorry. ::beats head on desk::
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I started reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I'm only a little over one hundred pages into it, and I'm completely obsessed. I want to go visit websites and talk to people about it, but I'm afraid of being spoiled. I know there are many deaths in the books, and I really don't want to know if or when my favorites die. I want to go through these novels unspoiled and enjoy the ride. You all have no idea how excited I am at the prospect of over 4,000 pages of wonderful fantasy, with the promise of more to come. God, I love long books.

The eyeglasses store still hasn't called me about my lenses, which they had to order. I desperately want my new pair of glasses so I can start becoming accustomed to them. Chances are, I won't get them until next week, but I'm still anxious.

I just finished Constitutional Chaos by Judge Andrew Napolitano. It was very good. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in politics and the current climate in our government. I was exceedingly disgusted with many of the specific examples Judge Napolitano gave citing exactly how our government breaks its own laws to trample over our civil rights. For the record, the book does not cater to either side of the aisle. I'm an independent, but I believe both conservatives and liberals would enjoy reading it. On a side note, the Constitution is printed in full (with all Amendments) in an appendix of the book. This reminded me that one of my ancestors (William Blount) actually signed the Constitution, which I think is one of the coolest things ever.
anogete: (terminus est)
( Nov. 4th, 2008 01:50 pm)
Is it just me or are the vast majority of people treating this election like a sporting event? Each electoral college vote is a point for their team. I find it disturbing that we cannot become interested in politics as a country unless there are two clearly defined teams so everyone can cheer on their favorite. I will, without a doubt, be watching election coverage this evening. And I'm sure I will, without a doubt, be disgusted by the glamor and you-suck-we-rule of it all.

Severian for Autarch! Oh, hell... no one is going to get that reference. He's in my icon, and you can read about him here.

P.S. - I tried to read Kenyon's Night Pleasures and was bored to tears. I only made it to the fifteenth page before calling it quits. Romance novels and I just don't get along. Fantasy novels and I go way back; we're like homies, yo.
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anogete: (havoc)
( Nov. 1st, 2008 07:36 pm)
I'm in heaven. Because of the limited counter space at the old apartment, I did not have a coffee maker. I'm one of those people who likes to drink coffee at night around seven or eight o'clock. Odd, I know. So, the coffee at work in the morning does me little good. And running to Starbucks (even if it is only a block away) at eight o'clock is a real pain in the ass. (And expensive!) Anyway, since the new apartment has counter space to spare, I got a little coffee maker. I also sprang for the expensive Starbucks coffee. Delicious.

I started reading Something Wicked This Way Comes on Thursday. I remember reading a couple Bradbury books in middle school, but I didn't take to them much. Going back to Something Wicked, I've found that I absolutely love it. I can't imagine a child or teenager getting from it what an adult can. Plus, it is the perfect book to read around this time of year.

Jason's mother somehow dragged him into a conversation on politics while we were there dropping something off earlier today. This was, without a doubt, a mistake. The funny thing? Jason's mother claims she supports everyone Jason disagrees with, but she doesn't disagree with Jason on the issues when you talk to her about them one-by-one. I had her take one of those candidate matchers on the internet, and she got Bob Barr. I busted a gut laughing because she's got an Obama sign in her yard. She didn't even know who Bob Barr is or the stance of the Libertarian party on the hot button issues. To tell you the truth, she doesn't know Obama's stance on any of the issues either or she wouldn't be voting for him.

I've been following a young man named David Choi on YouTube. He's an aspiring singer/songwriter, and with the help of his YouTube following, he's managed to release an album recently. For the most part, his videos are covers of popular songs. The one embedded below is an original. It's very good, and he's adorable.

song, songy, song )
In line with my post yesterday, I'm spreading the knowledge. Today, the The City Club of Cleveland is hosting a debate between all Presidential candidates--or at least those who have a mathematical chance of winning according to the number of state ballots they have been included on. Ralph Nadar (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution) have all confirmed they will participate. Cynthia McKinney (Green) has been invited, but has not confirmed whether she will be participating. Of course, both McCain and Obama were invited, but will likely not attend. Go figure. At any rate, CSPAN is filming it to be shown this weekend, but you can watch it online right here this afternoon at 4:30EST.

And, because politicking is getting real old, real fast: go listen to Solomon Burke singing my most favorite of his songs. It makes me dance in my chair.
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anogete: (terminus est)
( Oct. 29th, 2008 06:42 pm)
I was watching the news tonight and caught the end of a segment on this story by John Stossel of ABC News. Basically, he is asserting that it may just be your civic duty to not vote if you are uninformed on the issues. Specifically, he's talking about young voters. I'm 27; I do not know if I am considered a young voter or not, but I am appalled when I attempt to discuss politics with anyone my age. They know very little and are unable to answer even the simplest questions about our government.

So, my question is: Should you sit out and not vote if you are uninformed about the candidates or issues? I am not asking whether the government should prevent you from voting, because I would not be in favor of that in any way, shape, or form. My questions is whether the voter should have the presence of mind to say, "Hey, I don't really understand what these people are talking about. Maybe I shouldn't be making such an important decision without all the facts." Thoughts? Hate mail? Flames?

And, you know, this isn't just about young voters. Jason's mother is turning 60 in a week, and she couldn't give me one legitimate reason she's voting for the candidate she supports, other than she thinks he's a nice fellow and is very genuine. Riiiiiight...
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anogete: (swearengen)
( Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:06 pm)
I popped by an early voting location yesterday to cast my ballot for the upcoming election. The last time I early voted, there was no line whatsoever. I mistakenly thought this time around would be the same. Unfortunately for me, not so much. There were nearly one hundred people in line waiting to get in the door. Other people in line told me that a couple other locations a couple miles away were even busier with up to 200 people in line. I stood there for well over an hour before I managed to get in the building, and then an additional fifteen minutes after that. My mission was accomplished, though. I did the deed and voted like a good citizen. McCain and Obama can weep tears of sadness because this female, independent, swing state voter didn't color the bubble beside either of them names since I don't vote for tools. :-D

Standing in line waiting to cast my ballot, I started wondering what exactly would happen if everyone waiting with me started confessing who they planned on voting for. Everyone was quite friendly and polite with enough small talk to last. Would it be different if the person in front of me cried out her love of McCain while the person behind me was a staunch Obama supporter? Would they curl their noses up at each other? I've never before seen so much venom and hatred between people when it comes to whom they support for president, and I fear that fist fights just might break out in the poll lines if everyone declared their candidate of choice. And then they'd all look at me with a puzzled expression because they don't even know the fellow I voted for since the media sucks. Poor Amanda, always the odd one out. It's the story of my life, but I think I just might prefer it that way, to tell you the truth.

Also, they slapped a little "I Voted" sticker on my shirt as I left. I wanted to stop and ask them if it was really necessary that a government agency spend tax dollars on silly stickers so people can show off how cool they are (since voting is so 'in' right now). Wasteful, wasteful in this time of economic crisis. I didn't say anything because the woman handing out the stickers probably had no idea where they came from. Perhaps they were donated by some political organization or other.

P.S. - It's freezing here! The high today is 55, which is a far cry from the high of 72 yesterday. I'll have to bundle little Ferguson up in his dog sweater before we go on our walk this evening.
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anogete: (finger)
( Oct. 1st, 2008 08:09 am)
The mess that the government has made of the economy makes my head hurt.

I don't think it is even necessary to say that I'm strongly, strongly against any bailout of any sort. Even my dad, who I don't discuss politics with all that often (we disagree like woah), knew that I would hate it when I spoke with him last night. So, I've done my civic duty; I've called both my senators and expressed my severe opposition to this bullshit bill. I'll be keeping an eye on how they vote, the bastards.

What angers me the most is that the analysts and politicians and "economists" think they can fool the American public. Make no mistake: the bailout is not needed. Sure, we're going to have a shitty year, but with the bailout, we're going to have a shitty decade. I'm also extremely irritated by the attitude of many financial analysts on television. I heard one fellow yesterday say, "This is like giving your child medicine it doesn't want to take. It's necessary for the American public to back this bill." I'd like to send a big 'fuck you' out to that fellow and all others who think like him. This bailout is a bailout, and it is not necessary. Other changes (i.e. cutting back government spending) are necessary.

I'm really not in the mood to write a detailed essay on why I don't support the bailout (plus, I'm at work), but I did find two articles that deal with the issue. Both of them are courtesy of the Mises Institute, which I highly admire. It is an Austrian Economics school, not a partisan organization, though many lean toward libertarianism because it goes hand-in-hand with their beliefs about the economy.

The Great Bank Robbery of 2008
The Rescue Package Will Delay Recovery

And, the folks at Mises (forward-thinking minions, they are) compiled a list of related articles that have been published on their website in the past, warning of the crisis we are in at the moment.

The Bailout Reader

And, whether you are for or against the bailout, you should take the time today to contact your senators and express your support or opposition of the bill that they will be voting on this evening. You can find e-mail and telephone numbers right here.
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It's Constitution Day! Don't expect our dear presidential candidates (McCain and Obama) to tell you this, though. They're too busy fucking over the Constitution with their promised policies. I, however, think the Constitution is super awesome. I'm aware that I'm probably the only libertarian with radical tendencies among my circle of friends on LJ (or anywhere else on the 'net, for that matter). I avoid pushing my political beliefs on my flist most of the time, so I figured you could handle it for one day. And this is a perfecto day for it, seeing as how we're being screwed over by the government bailouts of stupid companies that aren't aware of (and don't care) how true capitalism works. Then again, we're most certainly not living in a capitalist society. Oh, how I wish we were...

Lemme put a lid on the ranting and get to the linkage. This is as much for my future reference as anything else. I know many of you are very set in your ways when it comes to politics, and I don't expect to change your mind. Though, I do think I'm right, and my way is the most logical way. You'll probably have a revelation in your old age and realize that Amanda was right all along, and it's really too bad no one listened to her or we wouldn't all be eating cat food (or possibly soylent green). Eating people is not cool, you guys.

Break the Matrix - This came out of the grassroots area of Ron Paul's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, Dr. Paul didn't stand a chance since all the neo-conservative Republicans hate him. However, the website and revolution behind it is great. It's about taking back the media and getting the third parties' voices heard through the Republocrat nonsense.

Libertarian Party - Though I am a libertarian, I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. I've yet to pay the yearly dues and get a pretty card in the mail. I am, however, registered as an independent. The LP website has wonderful and clear-cut information on their stance on issues. There is also a fantastic press release by Bob Barr regarding the bailouts that have happened recently. Yay, Bob.

Mises Institute - This is something that is near and dear to my heart. I am consistently in awe of the intelligent and logical and innovative thinkers that come out of the Austrian Economics school. I also find it beyond frustrating that no one will listen to what Austrian Economics is about and how it could fix all our current economic problems. The Mises Institute publishes top-notch books as low prices, and they offer many of these books for free download on their website. Your brain will love you.
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I'm so nerdtastic. My shirts from Mises.org arrived today, and I'm totally wearing one of them to work tomorrow.

you mean I have shirts that don't have fandom references? )

I put up a hummingbird feeder today. I've seen a little guy flying around the parking lot each morning when I go to work. I feel bad for him because I don't think anyone around here feeds the hummingbirds. So, I put the feeder outside this afternoon, and I filled it with a simple recipe of sugar water I found on the net. I hope I'll see him tomorrow morning at the feeder.

I started reading the first Sookie Stackhouse book this morning when I got bored at the office. I'm already 100 pages into it and totally in love.

lyfe jennings, why are you so awesome? )
anogete: (mill owners)
( Jun. 18th, 2008 01:45 pm)
+ This piece of Hellsing fanart by Solid&etc is so gorgeous and wonderful. I drool...

+ The folks at the Mises Institute kick everyone's ass. Why aren't we listening to them when they are so flippin' smart. Everything I read there makes so much sense. This just goes to affirm that politicians (including both presidential candidates) know fuck-all about the economy.

+ The boss may or may not think I'm a devil worshiper in need of a Jesus intervention. I can't seem to keep my mouth shut when the subject of religion comes off. I think I might come off as a bit too dismissive and/or distrusting of the church, which she lives, breaths, and sleeps for.

+ I need a long weekend like no other. July 4th, come soon.

+ I've solved the Twilight fandom mystery. If you're cool, then you like Jacob. If you're a drama queen with a pea-sized brain, then you like Edward. I'm exaggerating, of course. But I've found that Jacob fans tend to be much more mature and thoughtful than the general population of Twilight fans.

+I've ordered some t-shirts with dearly departed, pioneering economists' faces on them. I'll be sure to post nerd-tastic pictures of them once they've arrived.

+ If you :heart: Forgotten Realms novels (which are being published by Wizards of the Coast now), then you should join a new community I've created. A like-minded fan and I have put together a lovely community for fangirling (maturely, of course) over the wonderful characters found within those novels. Jarlaxle, anyone?

+ I only managed to get two chapters of Fearless Fourteen read last night, but I'm enjoying it so far.

+ Lyfe Jennings is just amazing. I got his new album, and I'm in love. This one is a favorite of mine.
anogete: (finger)
( May. 28th, 2008 01:19 pm)
Who voted early in the NM primary? Me, that's who. They have an early voting location a couple blocks up from my apartment, so I went when I was home for lunch. Way back at the beginning of the year, I changed my political affiliation from independent to Republican so I could participate in the Republican primary. (Closed primaries suck the ass.) I put a big blob of ink beside Ron Paul's name because he's my hero. I know McCain has the nomination all wrapped up with a big bow, but my vote proudly went to Dr. Paul. Because, in all honestly, I will not vote for McCain or Obama. I find so many faults and inconsistencies with both of them that it turns my stomach to even think of giving either of them one iota of my support. Two sides of the same coin for sure. Which means I'll be writing in a candidate when the general election rolls around later this year. But, whatever... I'll deal.

Ron Paul love...

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I've been reading Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson the last two days. I wasn't sure I'd like it after reading a couple pages, but it has turned into one of my favorites. I certainly don't agree with many aspects of his life and behavior, yet I feel some sort of kinship with him. He's very much a libertarian who enjoys bucking the system and messing with the order of things, and I love that. And, for the most part, I heartily agree with him in regards to politics and social issues. While reading last night, a couple passages struck me as very apt for the climate of this country nowadays, even if it was written seven years ago. I think he could see this country falling apart far before anyone else did.

We have seen Weird Times in this country before, but the year 2000 is beginning to look super weird. This time, there really is nobody flying the plane... We are living in dangerously weird times now. Smart people just shrug and admit they're dazed and confused. The only ones left with any confidence at all are the New Dumb. It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic.

We live in dangerous times. Our armies are powerful, and we spend billions of dollars a year on new prisons, yet our lives are still ruled by fear. We are like pygmies lost in a maze. We are not at War, we are having a nervous breakdown.

Those last two sentences sum up what I think about the upcoming election, the state of this world, and the role of the US in everything. We are like pygmies lost in a maze. We are not at War, we are having a nervous breakdown. And everyone out there screaming about change and holding up the little Obama or Hillary or McCain signs are the New Dumb. I don't think any of them can change anything. Things are going down the tubes fast and all I can think to do is keep my head down and try to avoid getting blown apart in the explosions. Congress is too corrupt to allow a President to change much of anything at all. They'll let him/her make it worse, but certainly not better.
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