State of the Union

So, has anyone heard that President Obama made some kind of speech last night? Am I the first one to write about it? Recently, my schedule at work has changed so that I’m at the office later in the evening. When I left the office, the news shows were running up to the speech with their “pre-game” analysis. I went from the office to the gym (Jewish Community Center, an awesome place [I’m not Jewish, but my company pays for my gym membership there]), where I watched the second half of the first period and the first bit of the second of the Blues-Devils game (Blues won 3-0, GO BLUES!!!!!) while I worked out, then heard various parts of the speech on the drive home from the gym.

In part of one of the parts of the speech I heard, Obama talked about his desire to cut taxes and slash bureaucracy and I’m like, where was this for the previous 6 fucking years? Cut taxes and slash bureaucracy? Please, for the love of Thomas Jefferson, please cut the fucking taxes and slash the ridiculous bureaucracies that YOU have built over the previous 6 years.

The President says that they’ve cut the deficit (amount of money that we’ve spent in excess of our income for a given year) and that we’ve cut spending. We haven’t done anything of the sort. President Obama, during his first submitted budget, 2010, has consistently increased spending, every year except one, where he “cut” spending from $3.8 trillion to $3.7 trillion. The next year, it went back up to $3.8 T. Had Obama cut taxes, slashed bureaucracy, cut spending and the deficits (in any kind of significant way), I’d have fucking voted for him in the last election. Had he done that, I would be singing his praises from the happiness of the liberty utopia he would have created. The fact is that we continue to get less free and less prosperous under each successive President and the answer isn’t more government. Government is the problem. Less government is the solution.

Anyway, I didn’t hear much of the speech, I’ve watched the YouTube video of some Cato Institute scholars responding to various segments of the speech. It’s good, you should check it out here. I imagine I’ll watch the speech in its entirety at some point, maybe while I’m waiting for my girlfriend to get back to her house so I can talk to her. At any rate, I probably won’t come back to the State of the Union for any further posts, but I’ll still watch the whole thing.

Extra Bonus: I watched part of Back to the Future II last night at a friend’s house, the date they went forward to was Oct 21, 2015 and the Cubs will allegedly win the World Series that year. Back when that movie came out I couldn’t have imagined I’d live to see that year. No hoverboards or flying cars, so I’m skeptical about the Cubs WS win.

Thanks for reading,

The Atheist IT Guy

Obamacare…the train just keeps on getting wreckeder

So, where to begin with the President’s eponymous healthcare law? How about right at the beginning? Since when do Presidents get to decide on laws? Looking through my copy of the Constitution, I don’t see where the President gets to propose laws. I get that Obama’s not the first President to do that, but he’s the first President to do this since I’ve had this blog, so he gets the heat. Don’t worry, plenty of heat to dish out for Congresses and Presidents from both of the “Big 2” parties, past and present.

So, Congress’s healthcare legislation, the law that “we have to pass, so we can find out what’s in it” as Nancy Pelosi said in the great-granddaddy of all foreshadowing. Boy, we sure did have to pass it to find out what was in it. And what’s in it is trainwreck after trainwreck with a shipwreck and a plane crash thrown in for good measure. Almost everything the President promised about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has turned out to be a lie. You can’t necessarily keep your insurance, even if you do like it. You can’t necessarily keep your doctor, even if you do like them. It’s not cheaper than comparable plans on the private market and it does almost nothing to help the poorest among us. What it really does is help those earning right at the middle class level of income that don’t have jobs that provide health insurance. It doesn’t hurt the wealthy, they’re certainly not going to notice a $20/mo increase in their insurance premiums. It doesn’t help the poor, those who both want insurance and can’t afford it…unless you consider Medicaid to be “help”. It had almost no effect on me. My premiums went up, but my employer covers most of the increase in cost. It’s probably going to cost me a few points on my raise, since some of the extra money they’re paying in premiums could have gone to me in the form of a pay increase. It doesn’t help the 20-something year old college student. Sure, they can stay on their parents’ plan now, but most colleges already offered low price group health insurance, anyway. And what self-respecting 25 year old wants to be on their parents’ health care plan, anyway? Get out of their house. Graduate college, get a job and get your own damn healthcare. Your parents should be saving the costs of your upkeep towards their retirement so they can enjoy themselves and have a little more financial freedom at some point in their lives before they die.

At any rate, the government can’t even get the healthcare website working right. This is $600 million in taxpayer funds (I refuse to call anything “the government’s money”, the government doesn’t have any money. Every single penny they spend is OUR money) to build a website. That no one can get on and that doesn’t work right when you can get on it. Seriously, the government can’t get a functional website built for $600 million of OUR money, how much more expensive do you think healthcare is going to be? The company I work for has multiple public websites and multiple internal intranet sites and our entire yearly IT budget (with which we do all the websites, plus all our networks, servers, workstations, phones, etc.) is about 1% of what they spent on this boondoggle of a website. And the government site doesn’t even look that cool.

This thing needs to be scrapped. This trainwreck of a healthcare program makes our previous situation look desirable. The old system needed to be changed, but you know the old saying; Government: If you think our problems are bad, wait ’til you see our solutions. I don’t know how liberals are still harping for more and more government. More government gave them the Patriot Act. More government gave them 13% out of their paychecks to pay for my retirement while kicking the can down the road and essentially assuring the younger generation that every penny they paid into Social Security will be wasted. Hell, I’m not sure SS will still be around and viable when I retire. More government gave them wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Military actions in Syria and Libya. More government has given them the War on Drugs. More government gave us Al Capone. Less government gave us Auggie Busch. I kind of “get” liberals. Their hearts are in the right place. People should help the less fortunate. We should have an affordable system of healthcare in this country. We should house the homeless and feed the hungry. I’m just telling you that, historically, and not just in this country, the government has always…ALWAYS…done more harm than good in all of those areas. If you want things to get better in this country, we need less, not more, government.

Thanks for reading,

The Atheist IT Guy

The shopping cart "problem"

OK, so second blog post came quicker than expected (and will contain more cursing). I was recently introduced to The Matt Walsh Blog (27 year old, tattooed, ex-DJ Christian) from a random link on Facebook (about a different post of his). While checking out his blog, I came across this post about the horrors of people not returning their shopping carts to the cart corral. First off, IMHO, Matt Walsh is a douchebag of the highest order. He made up an entire blog post (different one, can be found here) pretending to be responding to imaginary criticism of his donate link in order to promote his donate link. Then, he wrote the post I linked above. The comments on that blog post (as well as the blog post itself) were abhorrent. This is a Christian blog and this guy’s biggest problem with the world is people leaving their shopping carts in the parking lot without putting them back in a corral. Dude, if your biggest problem in life is someone else’s shopping cart touching your car, you should immediately get down on your knees and, with tears of joy in your eyes, thank your God for giving you such a blessed life.

I imagine some of the people who leave their shopping carts out in the parking lot are elderly people. Or mothers with children in tow. Or a single dude on crutches from a broken ankle who’s just trying to feed himself. Get over yourself. If the state of the parking lot at your local grocery store is in such disarray, maybe, just maybe, you might, I don’t know, act like the FUCKING CHRISTIAN YOU PROCLAIM TO BE and return someone else’s shopping cart to the corral for them.

First world problems, I tell you. One guy who commented on that post actually said that he throws rocks at the cars of people who leave their carts in the lot. YOU THROW FUCKING ROCKS AT PEOPLE’S CARS?!?!?! If I was in a situation where I was unable to return my cart to the corral and you THREW A FUCKING ROCK AT MY CAR, you can damn sure bet your ass that I would find a way to kick the ever loving shit out of you, you no good, rotten, fucking punk. If an obviously able-bodied person with no children leaves his cart in the lot and doesn’t put it back, sure, I might mutter something like “what an asshole”. If, however, I saw a single woman with children not put her cart back in the corral, I would GET OUT OF MY FUCKING CAR AND PUT IT BACK FOR HER. I’m not a Christian and I get that the only way of getting to heaven is through Jesus Christ and not by being a decent fucking human being, but fuck me. Is this the world we now inhabit? First world Christians with first world “problems” bitching about shopping carts in a parking lot? Get the fuck over yourself and actually do something decent for the good of humanity rather than blogging about irrelevant crap that doesn’t warrant, in the worst case, anything more than a muttered “asshole” while you’re driving away. Jesus Tittyfucking Christ, this cannot possibly be how you imagined your followers would act. If anyone happens to know Matt Walsh or what part of the country he lives in, please do me a huge favor and leave your shopping cart right behind his car. If you can find enough carts to block his car completely in, that would be grand. Asshole douchebags like him piss me off to no end. Particularly when they walk around with a holier than thou attitude and denigrate people in the name of trying to “help” humanity learn the terrible lesson of the stray shopping cart.

Thanks for reading,

The Atheist IT Guy

 

Hi, I’m new

Hello everybody. Atheist IT Guy here. This is my first ever blog post, so please bear with me while I sort out my style and try to add some substance. As you can probably guess from the name of this blog, I’m an atheist and an IT guy. I’m also a Libertarian and a home brewer. Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to cram into one blog. For this first post, I’ll give you a little background on myself and why I am what I am.

Atheist – For most of my life I’ve been a Christian. Not really a practicing one, very much, but I really *believed* in Christ, the Bible, etc. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been a Christian in pretty much name only. I stopped believing in the Bible. I was pretty sure there was still a God, but I wasn’t so sure about all that stuff in the Bible. Recently, I was asked by a very good friend of mine, how I can believe in God when I demand evidence of everything else in life. We were having a non-religious discussion and the topic of religion came up. “How can you demand evidence of everything except God?”, he asked. “Because” was the only real answer I could come up with. This caused me to think long and hard about his questions and I eventually reasoned myself into atheism. I’m still willing to believe in a God, but I now require observable, repeatable evidence of that God. None of the existing Gods have so far made the cut, so atheism it is.

IT – I’ve been in IT for most of the last 20 years or so. Sometimes in a support role, but more recently in a network administration/engineering role. I’ve worked for my recent employer for the last 6 (almost 7) years. It’s a good company, I’m paid competitively and taken pretty good care of. So, yay!!

Libertarian – I could be a Republican if they hadn’t been taken over by the fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, maybe. I’m fiscally conservative, I believe you should keep the money you earn and that government involvement in free markets is more often a bad thing than a good thing. I’m also socially liberal. I think you should be able to sleep with whomever you want (assuming everybody involved is a consenting adult human being), I believe you should be able to put whatever substances you want into your own body and I believe that any two or more consenting adults of any combination of sexes should be able to enter into the same marriage contract that two heterosexuals are able to enter into.

Home brewing – I’ve recently been brewing delicious beer out of my home. The first several batches (with one exception) turned out really well and I’ve generally been pretty happy with the results. I started brewing in the Summer of this year and we’re now getting into Winter time, so I’m having some trouble with temperature control. The batch I’ve got “fermenting” now seems like it’s too cold for the yeast to start doing their thing. I’ve recently put a blanket on the fermenter hoping this will get it started. We’ll see. At any rate, I also like beer because, who doesn’t like a good, cold beer?

That’s going to be it for now. I’m not sure how much I’ll update the blog initially, but I’ll try to get a post out at least once per week. My girlfriend (visiting from Peru) is currently waiting on me to go to the gym with her and she trumps all of you, so I’ll be leaving now. It probably won’t be a full week until my next post as I think this one is probably a little light, introductory and doesn’t really delve into many issues. We’ll discuss news, politics, religion, life, the universe and everything (I’m a huuuuge Douglas Adams fan) and, of course, beer. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this first attempt at blogging on my part and I promise, I’ll try to get better as we go along.

Thanks for reading,

The Atheist IT Guy