Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ron Paul Takes New York City

When I started writing blogs, I wanted to keep it funny, and react to what's in the news.  The one thing I wanted to avoid was decisions made in Washington.  A political commentator just doesn't feel like me.

Rarely do people read about politics, and well, feel happy by the end of an article.  So I've been avoiding it for quite a while.

At the same time, I've learned that a blog is all about personal experiences.  So I guess I can ignore my personal rule on politics since we're getting closer to 2012.


The Beatles or Ron Paul.  Looks the same.

Monday night I attended the Ron Paul event at Webster Hall.  It was the first rally I went to that wasn't on an election day of some sort. 

Honestly, I was blown away by it.


First, I'll talk about the crowd itself. 

The place was packed, and filled with enthusiastic Paul followers.  What made them so amazing, was the diversity.  Young, old, black, white, fifth generation, off the boat, and so much more.  However there's something they all shared. 

Freedom & liberty

They all believe in the constitution, and want equal and free rights for all Americans.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  Just what's best for their fellow man, and what people around the world desire.

The only word I can sum up the crowd was, fun. 


Lots of love at Webster Hall
Listening to conversations, group discussions, laughs...you name it...and people were just enjoying each others company.

Then, the show started.

Guest speakers came up, and the crowd got into it, but just like any concert, people were there for the main event. 

Ron Paul walked on stage, and if you weren't paying attention, you'd think it was one of the Beatles during the height of Beatle-mania.

I was cautiously optimistic about Paul.  I was very intrigued by his 2008 campaign way back when.  But I went in with an open mind, and didn't want to be persuaded by anyone else besides Ron Paul. 

I have to tell ya.  Mission successful on his part.

Gotta love a press pass
Essentially, he wants to follow the constitution down to the T.  Putting very few rules and regulations in place, so that you're the only person who's in charge of your destiny.  Um....YES PLEASE!!!

He didn't bash anybody, well, except for the Federal Reserve.  Paul just stuck to his points, and just talked.  No script, no prompter, just all off the cuff.

Now I don't consider myself a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or anything else.  To be honest, I don't even know what the hell I'd consider my viewpoints. 

I do know what I personally stand for, and that I want what's best for this country.

So if anything.  As of right now, I guess I'd consider myself a Ron Paul supporter.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Man-Law #18: Hats All Folks

Way back when, possibly in the 1950's, it was a simpler time. 

A time when if you wore a baseball cap, it meant you were either a baseball player, or a 10-year-old boy.

Now, unfortunately, it can mean so much more.

MAN-LAW #18: Put Down The Hat

I think we can thank Fred Durst, singer from 'Limp Bizkit', for this one.  But if you go out anywhere (bars, clubs...etc), it seems like any guy that wears a hat, is a warning symbol of an incoming d-bag.

Now a red Yankee cap is the biggest symbol of someone who can potentially act like an asshole.  To be fair, anyone who wears those gang looking/multi-colored caps looks like an ass.

I really have no where to go with this, other than saying, "Guys, how about we grow up a little!"

We're men, let's start acting like, oh I don't know, MEN!!!

It's bad enough seeing guys wear caps in Church and other inappropriate places.  That's just plain inconsiderate.  But why act so lazy?

Lord knows how long it takes women on average to get their hair done before going out.  So why can't some lazy asses even think about grabbing a comb and gel?  Not like it takes that long.

So let's re-cap.

Don't be a d-bag, act your age & try to look a wee bit nice.

Do it now...thank me later.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Google: Getting Punished For Being Successful

Stop and think.

When is the last time you didn't use Google, or were at least tempted to use it for at least 24-hours?  Personally, the only times I remember not using it, was during black outs, and camping trips.  Even then, I could've accessed it through my phone.
How has she come up in your search results?

It's also easy to forget when, you are, using Google.  If I don't use the main search engine, I'll at least use Blogger or YouTube. Now that Facebook is a pain in the ass to use, I really hope that Google+ really catches on.

Google just makes my life easier.  My generation was the first to "grow-up" with the Internet.  So I've incorporated it into my daily life.  Personally, I feel Google just provides a better service. 

I know that I can use Tumblr, Hulu, MapQuest, Yahoo! and others.  I just choose not to.

Senators in Washington though, well, let's just say they're not as happy with Google as I am.

Thanks guys!!!
Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, is being grilled on Capitol Hill for how Google is running their business.

Coming fresh off a Federal Trade Commission investigation, Senators are afraid that Google is acting greedy and is only concerned about expanding and crushing competitors, instead of helping web surfers find results.

Schmidt testified saying, "Google does nothing to block competitors or other sources of information to its users."

Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a man I think highly of, says "Google has an unnatural and extraordinary advantage."

Those are the facts. 
Now, here's the opinion aspect of my blog.

Another form of the American dream!!!
I’m glad Washington’s elite are able to deal with Google.  It’s not like they need to worry about a deficit, about three wars (those are easy to manage after all), a crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment, and other serious issues plaguing our country. 

Seeing as you’re reading this, let me explain something. 
That my friends, is sarcasm at its best.

You see, Google is an American dream.

It started as a project in a garage by two ambitious people with nothing more than ambition and a dream.  Now, it’s a global empire.  So why are politicians wasting time and money for a company that’s living the American Dream?  Maybe they have nothing else to do, and need to justify their own paychecks.

Um, yes please
Washington thinks they’re helping the American people.  In fact, all they’re doing is chastising an American dream, and hurting Google’s stock. 

Apple now has more money on hand than our Government, and I’m sure Americans have a higher approval rating of Google in comparison to our politicians.

Maybe instead of looking for problems and pointing fingers; our government should be taking some pointers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Man-Law #17: Be The Birthday Buddy

My hell
People are surprised when I tell them, but I'm not a big fan of holidays like Christmas or Valentine’s Day.  It feels more like a headache that's forced upon you by malls and television specials.

Birthdays however, are a totally different story.  This brings me to today’s Man-Law...

Man-Law #18: Be The Birthday Buddy

I consider Birthdays to be personal holidays.  Think of it as a get out of jail free card for someone you care about.

Rock out w/ your b-day cake out!
That person gets to do what they want. 

Anything from staying in for game night, to a night out on the town with friends. 

As a good buddy, you need to make sure that person doesn't drive or have to pay for anything.  Simple as that.  Long as the birthday boy is having a good time, that's all that matters.

This past Saturday friends and I went out for my birthday.  All I wanted to do was see people I care about, and drink my ass off at my favorite bar. 

Result?...mission accomplished :)


I couldn't ask for anything more. I was surrounded by amazing people who
are always there for me, and I didn't spend a penny on booze.  I really couldn't ask for anything more.

That's why you need to step up on someone's birthday.  It's the one day a year someone can act selfish and make it all about them, with it being alright.  If you care about your buddy, make that night memorable, or in some cases, get them so lit that they can't remember it :)


*Side-note*
Tomorrow is my actual birthday, so I'm not sure if I'll make a blog tomorrow, if I don't, you now know why :P

Friday, September 16, 2011

NFL To Rough Up Fans At A Stadium Near You

I've made it no secret that I can't stand the TSA.  They're money hungry, over the top and a waste of resources. (Harsh?  I think not)

My feelings towards the NFL are on the opposite end of the spectrum.  Even though the Giants were bitch slapped last week, I'm beyond thrilled that football is back. 

It's just so much fun, and a great escape from the daily grind.

Oh, but what's this?
The NFL is employing TSA like security measures.
Oh well isn't that just fan-fucking-tastic.

The NFL wants all 32-teams to enforce an "enhanced pat-down".  This means that stadium security will search fans from ankles, on up.  Before hand, security only patted down fans from the waist up.  All while looking for weapons and booze.

The physical search will affect almost 17-million NFL fans at games this year.  The league office also asked fans to "arrive early, to avoid long, punishing lines".

Advice to ticket holders...

"Start drinking early". 

Nope, that's not my advice, as great as it is.  It's from New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

Ok, so where to begin here?  First off, this is going to be messy.  VERY messy. 

Half the fun of going to a football game is the tailgating.  You know.  The part where people party and drink the beer that the NFL constantly shows us and encourages us to buy. 

So if you think fans want to end their party, because a form of "big brother" tells them to, you're sorely mistaken. 

There’s going to be a cluster fuck of people at the gates.  All frustrated, drunk and just wanting to watch football.

Secondly, why are we doing this?

The NFL says it’s to “increase fan safety”.  In a post 9/11 world, people may buy that easily.  Personally, I’ll pass on that excuse.

Seems like they’re just trying to cover their asses.   It was a shame what happened to Bryan Stow at the L.A. Dodgers home opener this year, but that doesn’t mean it is likely to happen again.  That was an isolated case where security, should have been patrolling the parking lot, and would have prevented problems.

Bottom line, the NFL is all about the money.  That’s what the strike was about this summer, and that’s what this is about.  Nothing more, nothing less.  They really don’t care about, you, the fan. Well, as long as you continue to give them your hard earned dollars.  Let me correct myself, continue to give and give and give, your hard earned dollars.

So expect to pay more for tickets, and going through the hassle of higher security.  If the NFL commissioner didn’t have you by the cojones before, he’ll make sure somebody does at the gates.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Weekly YouTube Highlights

I’m currently getting ready for my ‘Birthday Cover Band Bash’ this Saturday.  For those who’ve never played an instrument.  It takes a lot to prepare for a show.  For me, it takes a little longer. 

To top it off, I’m sure it’s going to be a little tricky with people wanting to buy me birthday drinks.

So what makes this show so difficult? 
I have to sing!!!

Let me describe my singing skills, for those who don’t know.
When I sing, angels fall dead out of the sky!!!
So I need to practice like crazy.

Due to which, I didn’t have the time to do a proper blog today.

But I wanted to do something.  So here is a short list of my favorite YouTube videos of the week.  Enjoy.  I think you’ll really like them!















Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Amazing Rescue Caught On Tape!!!

We've heard the phrases, "do a good deed daily" & "help your fellow man". Well, residents in a small Utah town, took it one GIANT, step further.

Take a look at this video to see what these people did...




No, they’re not hordes of Supermen & Superwomen. They’re people who give a damn.

I'm not sure how the chain of events happened, but the BMW hit the bicyclist and somehow the car caught fire. The poor guy was then knocked unconscious and stuck under the car.

As I watched the video for the first time, I was afraid about seeing the car explode. As I was worried about that, little by little, people were coming to the guys aide.  Somehow, they were all able to lift the 4,000 pounds of steel, and drag the guy to safety!

The kid in the accident is now in stable condition at a local hospital, suffering from only broken bones and minor burns. (Quick side note...if you're going for a bike ride...wear a damn helmet already!!!)

All in all…WOW!!!  Just WOW!!!
Seeing your kid in peril...I can only imagine the lengths they'd go to in order to help them.

Secret service people...they actually go to a job that requires them to take a bullet.

But these people.

These people had nothing on the line. All they had was human compassion for another life. 

They risked their own lives, because it was the right thing to do. 

This my friends, is amazing, and something we should all take notes from.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Most Inspirational & Heart Warming Speech Ever Told

We all look for inspiration, and ideally, want the best for our fellow man. 

Our hearts reached out for the families involved in 9/11, the Japanese Tsunami, and thousands of other tragedies in our lifetime.  Why?  Because no matter if it’s a man made or natural tragedy, we truly have no reason, or want, to see our fellow man suffer.

Why am I talking about something so serious you ask?  It’s all because of Charlie Chaplin.
 
Now yes, Charlie Chaplin is a classic comedian, who will always stand the test of time.

However, Chaplin also gave one of the most inspirational, and eye opening speeches ever.  I found it so amazing and heart warming, that I had to blog about it.

This is going to be a short blog, because the video will do all the talking for me.  Please take time to watch it, and expect to be amazed.  


Monday, September 12, 2011

Another September, Another 9/11 Day of Mourning


How can we, not, talk about it?

Yes, this is supposed to be a Man-Law Monday blog, but it was also 9/11 this weekend.  So let me address the giant pink elephant standing in the room.
So...
Another year, and another 9/11 anniversary.  What I'm about to say may be taken the wrong way at first, but let me finish my opinion.
I am really, just done, with the 9/11 anniversary.
Here's where I'm coming from...
You don't even have to look at a calendar, to see that the anniversary is coming up. Think of it like Christmas at the malls or on television.
It's thrown in your face way in advance of the day.  The specials on history channel (for example), and the U.S.A. paraphernalia in stores, is looking to make a buck off of you.  They could care less otherwise, as long as money is flowing in.
Next, are some of the people.  Those who can only show a little patriotism on July 4th or 9/11. Maybe when these dates come around, they'll have a mini American Flag to wave. 
Again, maybe.
Team America, FUCK YEAH!
I have an American Flag outside my house 365 days a year.  It's hung up correctly outside my front door by military standards.  So why do people have to show, only a little pride for this country, when the calendar dictates so?
Lastly, are the people who tell you how you should feel. 
Was I in shock seeing the second tower collapse, yes.
Did I get mad and cry a lot following the attack, yes.
Do I see the construction everyday at the WTC, and am reminded of what happened every single day, oh yeah.
Tuned in just in time to see this.
If people wish to visit the World Trade Center, (yes, it's WTC, not ground zero) then by all means, they should go.  Whether it's remembering someone who was lost,  the need to let out a good cry, or just wanting to take in the history of what happened that day; do what you have to do. 
No one, and I mean NO ONE, should tell you how to feel.
So what did I do this weekend?
The Reading ofthe names.
I was in charge of organizing them for a local station.
NEVER, again would I work on a 9/11 special.  Too
heartbreaking.  Takes too much out of me.
I needed to get away from the ceremony and the news coverage.  Things have been rough at home the last few weeks, and I needed a severe mental break.  Also, it feels like a funeral to me.  So I went somewhere that I always enjoy, Lake George in upstate New York.
It's a magical experience!!!
It’s a beautiful area that I’ve practically grown up at.  To make it better, it was the 23rd annual Adirondack National Car Show.  Classics, hot rods and rare cars, as far as the eye can see.  It’s was so much fun.  It’s great for all ages.
Now some people might have a problem with the way I feel/acted towards this topic.  Possibly even saying it’s unpatriotic, but let me just point this out.
On Sunday, September 11th, I spent the day with my family, ate hot dogs, drank beer, was in awe of classic cars, played guitar and had a great overall time doing whatever I wanted.  I was enjoying and living life.  If anyone has a problem with that, well, tell me what’s un-American about any of those activities. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BIG KEV NEEDS STUFF

I hate to admit it, but the corny old saying is true. You really don't realize what you got, till it's gone.  I feel dirty typing that phrase, but I know that no truer words may've ever been used.

Unfortunately, I can apply that phrase to something I've recently discovered.  But as always, here's a little back story...

http://www.thecomicbookmarket.com/
I got a job at a local comic book shop to earn a few extra bucks. I know and love comics, so I figured it would be perfect.  Well one day, this guy Matt came in, and started telling me about his podcast.

Quickly, he sold me on the show. Matt is the co-host of "Big Kev’s Geek Stuff".  The topics ranged from comic books, DVDs, movies/shows, cult classics and much more. He gave me the info to download it from iTunes, and I promised him I'd give my honest review of it, his next time in.

Well, I sat at my Mac, and watched the status bar of the download.  I was starting to get nervous.  I prayed that it would be a good show. Matt seemed like a really nice guy, and I knew I would feel bad telling him I didn't like it.
FYI - That's his boomstick

I double clicked on the MP3, and the show started up.  "ALL RIGHT YOU PRIMITIVE SCREW HEADS, LISTEN UP!"

I burst out in laughter at the intro.  It started with one of my favorite movies, "Army of Darkness".  Right away, I knew I'd love the show.

Matt came back to the store, and I told him how I loved everything about the show; the banter between him and Kev, breaking down events and just talking about what's going on in the 'geek world'.

That was about 3-4 years ago, and I've downloaded every episode since. 

Now I'll be honest; between getting this blog going, and starting a new job, I've slacked in recent months listening to the podcast.  I said to myself, "Not like the shows going anywhere."

Well, I ate those words, that's for damn sure.

Big Kevs has been robbed.  Literally.  An iMac, microphones, and who knows what else, of expensive equipment. To add insult to injury, a wedding ring was stolen too.

Usually on my blogs, this is the point I would curse out the robber, and hope something bad happened to him/her.  While I still hope something bad happens, I want to tackle what's important. 

Big Kev's Geek Stuff has provided me countless hours of entertainment, for the low low low price of NOTHING!  Hell, they even hosted a special semi-live show and provide dinner for fans.

So it's my turn to help the show.
Anyone can help, and donate to the show. A link is at the bottom so you can donate any amount.  The smallest amounts can add up to big things.  I know money can be rough at times.  It is or me right now.

So you can contact the show, about donating items, to get auctioned off to help raise money.  I'm doing so with statues, toys and other stuff I've been too lazy to list on eBay.

These local guys need our help. They're good people, that have provided tons of free entertainment for people.  Now, it's time to help them out.




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GET INK, WHILE AT THE RINK

I'm not sure why people give it a hard time, but it's so much fun going to a hockey game. It's hard hitting, fast paced action, that's great for all ages. When the Stanley Cup playoffs come around, well, it's pretty hard to beat that.

Can you find me?
Yet, hockey is always looked down upon, by people who barely give it a try.  As a long time New Jersey Devils fan, I don't understand the disinterest in it at all.

At the same time, I've grown up around tattoos and bikers. I can remember quite a few tattoo parlor afternoons as a kid. To me, tattoos were just a part of life.  I just don't understand why it's so taboo.

This may seem like two random stories.  So here's where I tie'em together.

The NHL team, the New York Islanders, will now have an official tattoo shop.  'Tattoo Lou's' is officially the first tattoo parlor to have a sponsorship with a professional sports franchise.  Lou's will have a tattoo & body piercing set-up at 10 Islanders games, at the Nassau Coliseum, this upcoming season.

Lou Rubino, President of Tattoo Lou’s said, “This is another victory for the tattoo industry. For a long time, tattoos were frowned upon, but now, we’ve become more and more mainstream. One of the main things I love about this partnership is the history the Islanders have. My dad opened his first shop in 1958. We’re a part of Long Island history just like the Islanders.”

This is a win-win situation here.  Instead of a main stream product like Nike or Gatorade, a small mom & pop establishment is getting the spotlight.  This obviously helps Lou's, and makes the Islanders look good.

Now some people will frown upon tattoos and piercings in general. I’m also sure that those same people are uneducated on the process and the industry.  Like anything, there's a right and wrong way to go about anything. 

Tattoo shops are cleaner, run in a much higher regard and are much safer.  True, there are still shitty ones out there, but that’s when you need to do your homework.  You can't just walk into any shop. 

I really hope this helps out Lou’s, and also happens for more teams. 

Lastly, I’d like to point out one more thing for the naysayers.  If all sporting events offer beer or hard liquor, why should tattoos be held differently?  Last I checked, it’s more dangerous after drinking too much, compared to having to many tattoos or piercings.

Friday, September 2, 2011

THE LAST PAGE ON THE INTERNET

Indiana Jones has nothing on me!!!

I found something I didn't know actually existed.

It's safe to say it's the buried treasure of the internet, or better yet, the DIGITAL HOLY GRAIL.

People are always looking for the coolest webpage, and in the most random of places.

Doesn't matter if it's a viral kitten video or breaking news info, we all can't wait to click on that link.

What did I find?  Well, I found, THE LAST PAGE OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE INTERNET!!!

I wonder if they'll create a monument in my honor.  Something so future generations can relish in my awesomeness.

What I do know, is that this'll change the way we use computers.  I only hope that people pick up on the wisdom and insight the link has to offer.

On that note, I present to you, the most incredible link on the world wide web.  Brass yourself, and relish its glory...

***CLICK HERE FOR THE LAST PAGE ON THE INTERNET***

Thursday, September 1, 2011

FALLEN MARINE LEAVES MONEY TO PARTY IN VEGAS

I don't really care if our soldiers represent Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or whomever. I hold each of them in the highest regards, because they're all protecting one thing; the freedom of the United States.

This also applies to soldiers in other countries fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.  No matter how you feel about the wars itself, these men and women deserve the upmost respect.  I go to work praying I don't get stuck next to some smelly guy on the train. These people, go to work, praying they'll live to see another day.

Sometimes, they don't get to see another day.  British Marine David Hart, was afraid of that happening, and it did.  Hart (23 years old) was killed in Afghanistan while on foot patrol.

Like many others, he took out a life insurance policy. What's not usual, is his request of how he wanted it spent.

Hart wanted 50,000 British pounds (little over $80,000) to go towards a wounded warrior foundation.  That's not shocking, what is, is the 100,000 pounds (about $163,000) for his military and civilian buddies and their girlfriends to go to Las Vegas!

That's right, Hart paid for an all inclusive trip to Sin-City for 32 friends!

One of Hart's friend's said, "I know David would have loved it because he loved his holidays away with the boys."

I don't know much about Hart's background, but I'm assuming that his buddies were like family to him.  They've probably laughed, cried and had tons of memories together.  Blood doesn't necessarily mean anything.  Heart was a selfless man who wanted to defend and help people, and even in death, he continued to make people's lives better and happier.

Rest In Peace British Royal Marine David Hart. They don't make many great men like you.