Thursday, April 30, 2009

I came up with a long, narrative post today about the latest round of layoffs. It would describe in poetic detail the exhaustion, stress, and sorrow that this economy brings with it. I saw several adults weep openly today as a security guard packed their things for them.

I am sick to my stomach thinking of it, so I will just not. I will say an image burned into my mind was a coworker with his head hung in shame, holding a picture of his wife and kids as he was escorted out of the building. I saw him whisper "i'm sorry" to the picture, and I could see him start to tear up.

Take that as you will.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Not really back, just saying hi.

Is there anything more ironic then to look at the internet, the collective brian-dump for a huge part of the planet, and feel you don’t belong?

Strange, abstract thoughts to be having on a Saturday night.

I’m seriously considering making a comeback to this blog. As you are well aware reader, holding your breath on something like this would be ill-advised.

Love from Iowa.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nothing to see here, move along.

One thing I have learned since I left school is how little I really know. When attending a tough private school and getting decent grades, you feel like pretty hot shit. Going into the real world and teaching yourself how to change your oil, do your taxes, and pay rent shows you that the majority of things you know amount an amusing collection of facts that can only be dicussed with fellow private school grads.

I've grounded quite a bit since college. I love my friends, I deeply love my girlfriend, and I am so grateful for my family.

Life isn't terrible for me right now.

Have a diet coke on me.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Back from DC

Hello all,

Back from a looonnngg trip to DC. Feeling very mixed feelings after seeing my girlfriend again. Very unsure why we are apart right now.

I am a little worn out from a long day, but I feel like I will have more to post soon. Just wanted to say "I am alive" to all my fanboys out there.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


I'm working on some stuff. Stay tuned. Sorry for the wait.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Presidential Humor

I think all presidents make attempts at humor. For anybody that watched them, John McCain on late night comedy shows was great. Even entering into a hostile environment after snubbing David Letterman, McCain was cracking jokes and seemed to be having a great time. So much so that I remarked he may make a better late night television show host then president.

Bush loves to make jokes. He makes jokes all the time.


Unlike his son, the elder President Bush served only one term, leaving him to wonder about "things I'd like to have done" on his "unfulfilled agenda." But he has remained active since leaving the White House, even skydiving well into his golden years. He plans another jump in June, when he will be 85."I think he's a nut to jump out of airplane at age 70, 75, 80 and 85," remarked his son, who added: "Actually, I think it's cool." His dad, who now walks with a cane, agreed. "You don't want to sit around just because you're an old guy, drooling in the corner," the elder Bush said. "Old guys can still do stuff." To which his son quipped: "You can drool and jump at the same time."

One can argue if this is funny or not (it's certainly gross) but Bush really tries to use humor frequently in interviews.

I think Obama really sets a different tone with the press and on TV. Instead of using humor (as in actual jokes) he instead talks about parts of his family's life that make us think "oh, they are just like us!". The new dog for the white house would be the best example. Saying "we want to get a mutt, just like me" isn't really humor, but it is endearing anyway.

I'm not sure what I prefer in a president. It was inspiring to see Bush so angry and moved after 9/11. I think the country as a whole, for a moment, wanted to go kick some ass. But Bush's stubborn and reactionary leadership proved to be a determent in the long term. His humor came off in a bad way after a while. The infamous clip of him giving the middle finger to a cameraman has been viewed millions of times on youtube.

Which is preferable, a likeable and relatable president or a president who try to be "professional" and keep his calm at all times? I don't mean to try and compare Bush and Obama, I mean in general. I am certainly more like Bush in my responses to everyday life (I yell on the phone half of the day) and try to use humor frequently throughout my days. I sort of envy Obama's permanent sense of calm. My dad remarked this morning that it was that sense of calm that made him not trust Obama. He wanted to be able to see through body language how the president was feeling. I thought this was strange, as my dad has this aura of intellectual calm about him as well.

Maybe there is a clip out there of Obama being a dumbass in front of a camera too, and it just takes time for these things to get out there. I'm not really sure. Was Clinton funny? Is this a democratic thing? I'm not sure, I didn't really watch Clinton on TV.

I can understand the need to be liked (I really enjoyed McCain on Letterman) but in my opinion just because your job is so public doesn't mean you can be unprofessional. I think it is funny to hear presidents joke, but I would overall prefer a more serious person in the role. I don't think not smiling is a qualification for president, or that is somehow makes Obama more qualified to be an effective leader. It just reassures me that we have a president who has an overall plan, and it not as reactionary as past leaders have been.

Just some thoughts on a Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Burris in the Senate?


(I wrote this monday morning, no time to post till now)

Believe it or not, some kid in finance knows next to nothing about Constitutional Law. I’ve most certainly read the constitution and the federalist/anit-federalist papers, but unlike many of my former classmates I don’t believe that somehow makes me an expert on the topic. I wrote a paper about the provisions in the constitution protecting us from having a standing army in our homes and its applications to the modern world are staggering. Beware servicemen who crash on my couch, for you will get an intense lecture.

In all seriousness though, this has to be the most interesting legal issue I know of since Bush vs. Gore. I can only imagine the heated debated occurring in the ivory tower of legal thought around the United States. Unlike some poorly written Jerry Failhemier production, this entire saga has incredible implications for our legal and political future as a country. Assuming there is at least one other corrupt politician out there (and I know it’s a stretch), can political positions be given as favors by corrupt politicians?

Let’s say the Governor of Iowa is found guilty of corruption. During his term, he appointed a judge to a vacant seat. Is this appointment legal? I have no idea. Pretty interesting stuff though.