Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Politically Correct Winter Holiday Time of Year! (...Another Nutty Guest Post)

*A Guest Post by Friedrich Lenin*

HELLO, MY POLITICALLY CORRECT COMRADES!

My Dear Friend, El Pensador (thought I must confess he is quite misguided in his politics) has given me this great opportunity to wish you a brief message of Winter Holiday cheerful-ness. It is a great honor to be able to share with you today.
I would just like to take this time to tell you how happy I am that we have finally entered this lovely time of  year where we celebrate all the many wonders of winter.

That is what the Politically Correct Winter Holiday Time of Year is all about: remembering the labour parties and all our Friends of Big Brother, such as our good friend Karl Stalin, whose appearance on this blog is soon to be enjoyed once more!

Today is a day of putting all religious nonsense aside, and focusing on what truly matters: Living up to the mandates of the Glorious Manifesto.

I hope you all are having a lovely Winter Holiday!

Best wishes, and blessings from Big Brother,
- Freidrich Lenin

Monday, December 20, 2010

Big Government's Favorite Game: Toying with State Powers


Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution (Politically Incorrect Guides)In my State, Local, and Community Politics  class in college, we have been discussing the issue of Federalism, defined by Britannica Online Encyclopedia as the "mode of political organization that unites separate states or other polities within an overarching political system in such a way as to allow each to maintain its own fundamental political integrity."

The discussion was on the federal governments usurption of state powers. Our assignment was to address the issue and say whether or not we agreed with this usurption of power.

The fact is that the government has been usurping state powers not only just recently, but for a very long time. Using different and often inventive ways (such as the "Necessary and proper" clause in the Constitution, and pressure via federal funding to states), and they really don't seem to care.

Why should they? What is so important about the the 10th Amendment anyway?
....Do you think some of the people in Washington have really ever actually read it? If so, they probablycould careless.

The problem with the tenth amendment is that it is inconvenient for big government.
It tells us that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

So... if the Constitution doesn't give the federal goverment cerain powers, then those powers should be reserved to the states. It's that simple.


The problem is...It ISN'T that simple to Washington these days, who apperently think that all the powers of the world should be given to the government.

So now, my question is: What do you think about this issue?
Do you think that the federal government should be able to go over the states
 powers whenever it is deemed to be "necessary and proper" (or even when it is not)? Do you think this is a serious problem?

Post your answers below and let your voice be heard!

ROCK ON AMERICA!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas, Pansies!

Happy Holidays! Wait, let me rephrase that: Merry CHRISTmas! Yeah, I just said the "C" word, so just deal with it, bub. I'm not ashamed of what the season in all about. I'm not afraid to to tell you the TRUE Christmas Story: the REASON FOR THE SEASON, BABY!


Here it is:

Luke 2:1-14
    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. [2] (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) [3] And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. [4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) [5] To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. [6] And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. [7] And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. [8] And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. [9] And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. [10] And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. [11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [12] And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. [13] And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, [14] Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!
*Merry, CHRISTmas, pansies! *
.........................................................You can KEEP your "happy holidays!"

Can you handle the true meaning of Christmas? Brad Stine can!

Monday, November 29, 2010

What's YOUR favorite thing about the Christmas Season?

Yeah, I know....................................................

It has been QUITE a while since I last posted on this blog. So I shall now redeem myself by putting forth a question:

What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?


Think about it, and leave your comment below. Don't be afraid to be creative! :)
I've got the Christmas spirit! Do you?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Experience in the 2010 Elections: Tim Griffin for Congress


Real Citizenship Practical Steps for Making an Impact on Your CultureI'm back!
I was away for a while working on a campaign, but my "little vacation" is now over. We were holding a Student Project (a student volunteer, grass-roots campaiging event) for Tim Griffin (latest campaign ad below), who was running for U.S. Congress in Arkansas, in the 2nd Congressional District, and it was our job to help get this man elected.






His opponent was Joyce Elliott, AR state senator.... (I would show the video of her latest ad, but it has been debunked by so many entities that I might get in trouble for spreading lies if I posted it.) 

It was a long and hard race, and I was glad to be able to help during election week. Tim Grifin is a solid candidate, and he had a ROCK SOLID campaign. It was an "honor and pleasure to campaign for him" (That "quote" was from a rap that two of the students working on the Student Project created...I will have to figure out a way to get it on the blog. Stay posted!)


There were many mountains to climb for Tim Griffin, not to mention the fact that he was running in a district that had not been won by a republican in decades!

They walked for hours, going door to door, and getting the word out about Tim Griffin and his message. They made thousands of calls everyday. They gave everything they had inside to help put Tim into office. We knew the importance of this race, and we did what we could to win.

Our efforts were not in vain. Tim Griffin won by over twenty points. We helped to make a difference in AR, and in America.

But we still have to make sure that the candidates we put into office PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH. Hold them to their word, keep them on their toes.

Take a stand, and make sure that they take a stand for you.

ROCK ON AMERICA!






Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mithoughts on the November 2010 Elections


As we come nearer election week, everyone has a very important question on their minds:


The Conservative's Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to ZWhat do I think about the upcoming elections?
…Okay, maybe not.


But regardless of your deepest
thoughts on the subject, I am going to tell you my thoughts on these November 2010 Elections, but with my usual El Pensador twist. I am going to give the hecklers a hard time, and the apathetic non-voters a "Shame on you!"



If we EVER hope to "Take Back America" from the leftist ideology, with all its lovely socialism and miraculous "share the wealth via distribution from the few to the masses" philosophy, we MUST take a stand this November!


For far too long we have sat by and let the progressives take away our nation progressively (ironic isn't it?). It's time we stand up and fight to take it back. There is FAR TOO MUCH at stake, and there is far too much to lose by doing nothing. This could very well be the most important election our nation has faced. We are at a very critical point, and if we sit by this time, the results could be disastrous.


But let me give a word of warning to those who DO sit by, and think it not a big dealas well
those who
don't think there is a good enough candidate for them. SHAME ON YOU!!!



There will NEVER be a perfect candidate. After all, Jesus doesn't run for office; it's sad, but true. If you are looking for a perfect candidate, who lines up perfectly with EVERY SINGLE ISSUE you have, you are in for disappointment almost every single time. And if you think that, because a candidate might not be "perfect," you just won't support them, then you are just like the conservatives who stayed home in '08, when we lost the Congress to the liberals.


THE CONSERVATIVES are the reason that "ObamaCare," "The Obama Stimulus Plan," and the "MACHO DEFICIT" exist today, because they stood by and did NOTHING! Don't blame the liberals—it's OUR FAULT.


Now let me clarify something before you all get uptight: we shouldtake a stand for the best (or at least better) candidate, and we should be careful who we support in elections. But at the same time, if there is an obvious (or at least somewhat significant) difference between two candidates, you have to vote for SOMEONE. Maybe you only have a choice between "the lesser of two evils," and maybe neither of them is really the best for our nation. But ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO WIN REGARDLESS,so you must make a choice.


You may not like it, but it still stands true: someone is going to win, so you might as well try to help out the better candidate. Yes, we should stand for high ideals, but at the same time, we can't sit by with a righteous smug, and let our nation fall into ruin.
One more thing to keep in mind:
If your candidate wins, keep him accountable! Make sure he or she actually does what he promises, and practices what he preaches during his campaign. If they don't, KICK 'EM OUT, and replace that candidate in the next election with someone who WILL!


That's all for now…Just remember how important this November is! TAKE A STAND—BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!


*Rock on America!*

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quote of the Day: James A. Garfield

"The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the poeple tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature."
- President James Garfield


............Makes sense don't you think?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Understanding the Great Manifesto – Part 2


(ANOTHER Guest Post by Karl Stalin...
Oh boy! Here we go AGAIN! Hold on to your flags folks!...It's going to be a GRUMPY ride!)

Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack ObamaGreetings once again, my highly esteemed comrades!
I apologize for leaving you hanging for a few days (I had the urgent business of Big Brother to attend to), but once again I am back.
Today's lesson will be on the next two principles of the Great and Powerful Manifesto:
3.) Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4.) Confiscation of property


Beginning with the third principle, we notice a very interesting concept:
That the rights of inheritance must be ABOLISHED.
Why, you ask? It's very simple, really…
It all has to do with following the first principle of the Glorious Manifesto, which is to abolish all private property. You see the issue here is to keep the sons from having the temptation of using the property that they may have inherited for EVIL MEANS.
Lets' be realistic, now. Your average citizen (which is in essence ALL citizens) has no competence when it comes to handling personal property. He isn't exactly smart enough, as we established when we first looked at principle #1 of The Manifesto.
It only makes sense, therefore, to conclude that the citizen would also have no competence when it comes to "handing off" his property to his children. As we ALL know, only Big Brother is capable of handling such a difficult and confusing (to the masses) process.
Another reason inheritance must be abolished is because it takes away from the property of Big Brother— uh, I mean, the PUBLIC.
And if you cheat the collective out of what it is entitled to, only chaos and disunity can result. This is general knowledge, of course.


Let us now move on to the FOURTH principle,
The Confiscation of Property…


Now why must this property be confiscated? This too is simple once explained. Imagine someone did not agree with you…what would YOU do?
Obviously, you would imprison them and confiscate their property! The same is true for traitors to the Collective! We simply take away their property and give it to the state — I mean the PUBLIC of course. Everything is for the Great Community!
The advantage of this process is twofold:
  • First, you get the satisfaction of seeing that all traitors to the collective (and everyone who disagrees with Big Brother IS a traitor to the collective), are punished and are made an example of.
  • Secondly, that the Collective receives an abundance of inheritance from the very traitors that seek its demise.


Quite ironic, don't you think?
CARRY ON, my highly esteemed comrades! In Collective Union we are STRONG!

Sincerely,
-Karl Stalin

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quote of the Day: Winston Churchill

"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." - Winston Churchill

(Smart guy, Old Winny.)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Taxes, Bananas, and More!


 

Hey guys, I'm back!

Karl took the day off
today (he said it is part of his "entitlement" to have any day-off he chooses), so you have me to deal with….

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on… (Drum Roll, please)… Taxing the bananas out of people!

(Yes I actually said that…)


 

Don't worry! I will do my best to make this as interesting as possible…..


 

FIRST of all,

I think it's a brilliant scam; I wish I had thought of it first! I mean, think about it: you make someone give you money just because you happen to be a citizen of the country. I love it!

Only downside is, we have so many illegal immigrants who DON'T pay their taxes. (SHAME ON THEM! It's patriotic to pay your taxes, you know!)


 

But on the other hand, there are some people who think we are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!!! T! E! A!

"Kick out the aliens!" they say.


 

ALIENS!!!?!?!?! WHERE!?!?!?

Okay, so that wasn't very funny after all….yeah, yeah, I know... SHEESH!


 

I do wonder, though: what would happen to our tax-base if we ever did give amnesty to the illegal immigrants? Would THEY have to pay taxes??? And if they DID, what would they do?


 

MAYBE they wouldn't be too happy about it……and MAYBE they would leave the country! And then SO MUCH for amnesty!


 

Don't you just love the complexities of life? After all, it isn't every day when you find out that the recession actually ended in 2009….really??????????????????????


 

WOW!!! I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!!!


 

I feel so dumb in comparison to our dedicated
servants
in
Washington
; they are so smart! Wisdom just oozes from their minds, apparently. Wish We the People were as smart as that! We can't seem to do anything right without the government's help – and it's all because of people who live in a fantasy world they have created for themselves…

When you become a victim of "government is our savior syndrome," you will suffer the consequences…

Remember the 10 principles of responsible government???

Here they are again:


 

1. Government exists to protects rights, not to create them


 

2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.


 

3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.


 

4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short term benefits.


 

5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.


 

6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.


 

7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.


 

8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.


 

9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage-based, two-parent family.


 

10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.

(Check out the Mississippi Center for Public Policy to learn more about these principles)


 


 

You see, when you start to back away from principle, all you do is take a sledgehammer to your foundations….And we tend to do that far too often.

We have attacked our foundations to the very core, and today we can clearly see the consequences.

Don't be fooled! GOVERNMENT IS NOT YOUR SAVIOR. Not even remotely so…


 

Some people never learn….reminds me of my poem:


 

I wish

That you could see.

But no, you never will;

Because you never want to see

The truth.


 

(Hey it looks a little bit like a tree...Cool!)


 

Rock on America!


 


 

Friday, September 24, 2010

“Understanding the Great Manifesto” – Part 1

WELCOME!!! This is the SECOND in a series of guest posts by my DEAR FRIEND Karl Stalin, spokesperson for the Great Community, emissary of the Eternal Collective, and Chief of Staff to Big Brother. He is a very educational speaker, writer, and a master expositor of propaganda. Please welcome him as he gives us another inspirational session in civics, entitled "Understanding the Great Manifesto – Part One")

Hello once again, my dear comrades!

It was a pleasure to be able to share with you yesterday a little about the basics of Collectivism (The GREATEST form of society in the world!), and I hope you enjoy this next session as I much as I do.

This lesson will be split up into five posts because there is so much to cover!


 

Let us begin right away, then….


 

As you know, there are TEN basic foundations to a Collective Society (Oh, what a glorious thing!), and they are as follows:


1. Abolition of private property

2. Heavy progressive income tax

3. Abolition of rights of inheritance

4. Confiscation of property rights

5. Central Bank

6. Government ownership of communication and transportation

7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture

8. Government control of labor

9. Corporate farms, regional planning

10. Government control of education


 


 

We are going to examine each one of these principles during the next few sessions, beginning with the first two:


1. Abolition of private property

2. Heavy progressive income tax


 

To begin with, we will address the foundational principle that in order to have a utopian society, all private property must be abolished.

First you have to understand what this means… it DOESN'T mean that everyone is homeless! It simply means that all property belongs to the state – I mean the community! That way no one has more than anyone else, and there is no jealousy of greed…or LAND WARS! Wasn't that a movie??? Land Wars?


 

What? STAR WARS you say? Oh…….so sorry….. moving on….

Yes….well…um……..so……..


 

Right, then! No jealousy or anything like that! ALL are EQUAL!


 

WHAT???? You STILL don't understand? Oh my…. let us look at an analogy in order to get a better grasp on this:

Say, for instance, that you have a goldfish bowl, and a frisbee. The ONLY way to create true happiness and prosperity with that situation is to disallow the fish from the sole property of the fishbowl, and to disallow the frisbee from having the sole private ownership of… whatever it is that frisbee's privately own.

What, you say? That didn't make any sense at all!?


 

Well, it's like I told you: you simply don't understand the complexities of the issues at hand. That's why we must all Trust in Big Brother to lead us, and to make those decisions that only he has the knowledge, competence, and wisdom to understand.


 

All right, now that we have a better understanding of the property issue, let us now take a look at the second principle, that a heavy progressive tax must be instituted.

The REASONS for this should be rather obvious: OBVIOUSLY we must have an income tax!

The more money you make, the more you should be required to give! It's only logical, and it's only fair!


 

That's what the PROGRESSIVE part means: the more the merrier (and the more taxed). It is a very simple concept once you ponder it for a while. Basically, you can remember it as this:

To each and every citizen, according to his need, FROM each and every citizen, according to his ability…or something like that.


 

At any rate, my dearest comrades, I am trying to show you the dire need for SOCIAL JUSTICE! That is what is what the GREAT MANIFESTO is all about. It is about making all men equal, if necessary by FORCE!

Justice is blind, but Big Brother sees ALL!

He knows how to bring true happiness to our land, and we must all do our part to help reach this goal of eternal happiness and Collective Welfare.

Carry on, my fellow soldiers in this war of social revolution! In the collective we are STRONG!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Short Lesson in Civics: Wisdom from the Far Left


(WELCOME!!! This will be the first in a series of guest posts by my DEAR FRIEND Karl Stalin, spokesperson for the Great Community, emissary of the Eternal Collective, and Chief of Staff to Big Brother. He is a very educational speaker, writer, and a master expositor of propaganda. Please welcome him as he gives his first short lecture, which he likes to call "Intro to the Collective Society.")


Greetings comrades!
It is a SINCERE PLEASURE to be able to guest post on the blog of my dear friend, El Pensador. I hope this lecture will inspire, educate, and enlighten you. But let us get straight to the point:



Imagine a world where there was no private property; where everything was state-I mean publicly owned.
….…Doesn't that sound like a MARVELOUS world to live in??? I should THINK it would! Especially if your first name is Karl, and your last name is Marx… Not that anyone would have those names… except me, of course
Just imagine
……….Actually you can stop trying to imagine now, because there is no way you possibly could.
Instead, I shall explain it to you!


The TRUE system of economics is very simple: all you have to do is take stock of all that you own, and offer it as a gift to the Great Community. It's such a heartwarming gesture.


What?! You don't like the idea of offering up your hard-earned money to the Collective???


You must not understand the System very well then. Look, you don't need to worry about keeping your profits (or even making them, for that matter), because Big Brother will take care of you. He always has, and always will. The eyes of Big Brother are in every place, keeping watch over everything you do.


Even so, you must not be so worried about your "individuality," and concerned with only your own problems...You must focus you attention on the Society! That is what is paramount! What are the parts without the whole?
In Communal Unity we are strong!



I fear I have run out of time to explain all I wanted to about how this marvelous economic system actually works. But don't worry, I promise I shall do so in the future
In the meantime, just continue to trust in Big Brother. He will show you the way!
Till we meet again comrades,
—Karl Stalin
(Karl
Stalin
, Citizen of the Collective)



P.S. Thanks to Comrade Stalin for taking his time to share with us! We hope to hear from him again very soon!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recreation Day: My attempt at poetry – Heaven help us all!

(Every once in a while, when I don't really feel like being smart, or approximately witty, I will have a "Recreation Day" post. This is basically a day off from all that "hard thinking," and a time to sit back and enjoy the random simplicity of life)


 

Okay, I'm obviously not the sort of person who is going to admit his utter lack of talent, so I decided I would try out poetry

Now I don't necessarily have an INTEREST in poetry, per se (though I do have a sincere appreciation for the art), but I was just…well, let me try to explain:


 

I was studying for the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP test one fine day (more specifically looking at the glossary so I would at least know a few terms), and I came across a fascinating term:

CINQUAIN

Now a cinquain is a certain breed of poetry wherein there are five lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables respectively (if my memory serves me correctly).


 

Well…if you are like me, then what you just read about the details of a cinquain should make NO SENSE WHATSOEVER! Goodness, I had no clue what that was supposed to mean!


 

Five lines of WHAT respectively?!?!?!


 

So, I decided I would try it out for myself. I actually created a cinquain poem!


 

I was so proud of myself, that I even gave it an epic title!

Would you like to see it?

PROMISE YOU WON'T LAUGH???


 

Okay here it is:


 

Blindness Afflicted
Upon Ourselves
,

by Jared Hooper


 

I wish

That you could see.

But no, you never will;

Because you never want to see

The truth.


 


 


 

I know…I know…Moved you, didn't it? This is what happens when you let a fool have too much time on his hands!


 

I think that, after this ruination of your eyes by my butchery of the poetic arts, I should make it up to you


 

Therefore, the next few posts will be a SERIES.

what will this series be about????


 

YOU WILL NEVER GUESS! Not in a MILLION YEARS!


 

You never saw this coming! Stay tuned!!!


 

(El Pensador, over and out!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

MiThoughts on the subject of FAILURE

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

Do you want to be a success in your quest to help change the world? Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! It's time we learn an essential key to success:

*FAILURE *


 

….Okay, okay, so I can tell that you are wondering: "What!!! Is this guy CRAZY!? How can you be successful by failure?"


 

Well, here are MY THOUGHTS on the subject….


 

All right, I know it may sound a little weird, but sometimes the truth is just really weird. No, seriously, it's true! Failure can be your best friend if you learn how to utilize it.

John Maxwell (THE guru on leadership), in his book Failing Forward, says that:


 

"You
are the only person who can really label what you do a failure
."


 

So if you think you are a failure, you will be one. If you think that by failing you become a failure, you're wrong—DEAD WRONG!!! The whole theme in Failing Forward (a great book that everyone should read) can almost be summed up by saying:

If you aren't failing, then you aren't growing; if you want to stop failing, you are in for disappointment.


 

If you are still skeptical, consider this: Most successful businesspeople, the one who run the really big businesses, lose on average three companies before finally making it big. They know they secret to success, and that is failure. It's the world's greatest teacher!


 

Goodness knows I would know about that that…

I remember the time when I was taking the USSF (U.S. Soccer Federation) Referee grade 8 certification test (the lower the grade, the higher the "rank")…I just KNEW I was going to pass that test! It was going to be a BREEZE! I had played soccer for about nine years already, so I already basically "knew everything" about soccer. (Keep in mind that this was my first time ever to attempt certification.)

The only problem is, what you have to know in soccer and what you have to know as a referee can be VERY DIFFERENT at times…you have to know a considerable bit more about certain concepts, and you have to remember all the little rules, technicalities, and stipulations and all that good stuff.

WELL, lets just say I didn't study quite as much as I should have for the test. you had to make at least a 74 to pass…………………………and…………………well………………….

…. ….

………………………………..I only got a 64.


 

Oh it was embarrassing alright! I was only ONE POINT AWAY from getting the lowest in the class! (I was SECOND lowest.)

So needless to say I had to take the test a little later, and I STUDIED THE BOOK TO PIECES! I passed that time, and passed every other time since then. Let me tell you, that was a lesson that failure taught me VERY WELL!


 

Naturally I have failed many other times before and since that little incident in my history, but I have always learned to appreciate what I learned from those failures. You can do the same.


 

So lighten up and smile!
If every day you wake up to write another chapter in "A Day in the Life of a Loser," you have the wrong viewpoint. You need to start over…THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!! We need to change our idea of failure, and learn to harness it for our benefit (and grow, baby, grow!).


 

It's very important that we do our best to LEARN from our mistakes (failures). Instead of failing over and over again on the same thing, try to find out WHY you failed in the first place…and it may take a few more failures to figure that out. But if you're not afraid to fail, you have nothing to lose!

So stop being afraid of failure, and wake up to find your new best friend, Failure.


 

Check out John Maxwell's book, Failing Forward, for a much better coverage on this subject. In this wonderful book you'll find out how to get a hold on your fear of failure, how to change your idea of failure, how to use failure to your advantage, and a whole lot
more—all covered in the book, and I highly recommend it. It's really had a huge impact on me.

Keep on climbing, and remember: failing
doesn't make you a failure.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Make Friends and Influence People…Starting TODAY!



This could very well be the most important subject in the world today. After all, EVERYONE wants to make friends and "carry some weight," right? I mean, we all want to feel important, don't we?

It's a common desire to want to be someone people look up to. Everyone wants to feel important, well liked, etc. But the problem is they go about trying the wrong way. They try to get people interested in THEM, and it makes them look vain and stuffy…and not an extremely likable person.
Then you get discouraged, and you begin to believe crazy things, like "everyone hates me," and "I'm a loser," and the list goes on and on.
But you can take the steps today to become a "someone."


Well the first step there is realize that you already
are "someone." You are very special—put on this earth by God for a reason—and you can become a person of influence. And as John Maxwell always says, "Leadership is influence," nothing more, nothing less
.




But you want to know how to win friends and influence folks, right? Well the best way to make friends is to be a friend.
More specifically, you need to become the person you would want to be friends with


for instance if you want to have honest, yet fun-loving people who care about other people (And honestly, who wouldn't want someone like that for a friend?), then you need to become a person with those qualities.


After you have accomplished that, all you have to do is learn how to deal with people.
The NUMBER ONE RULE when it comes to developing your skills in human relations is to develop a sincere interest in people.
This is PARAMOUNT! If you don't do this, then nothing you do will be able to transform you into a "people person," now matter how hard you try!


Become dedicated to becoming a "people person




There are a lot of books on this subject, and I suggest you read some of them.


Some REALLY good ones that had a huge impact on me were How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, and Be a People Person, by
John Maxwell.

These are probably the best books on the subject out there, and I have looked at quite a few of them.
In How to Win Friends and Influence People, you will learn:
-The six ways to make people like you
-The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
-The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment…
And a TON of really great information! Dale Carnegie was probably THE GURU of his day when it came to the art of human relations, and his teachings still prove true today.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their "people skills."




You can also check out John Maxwell's blog for more info on influence and leadership. If Dale Carnegie was the human relations guru, John Maxwell is the Leadership Guru He's dedicated his life to helping people in these areas, and he's a great teacher. His book, Be a People Personis another really good resource for people who want to develop that sincere interest in other people.
I have read a lot of his books, and Be a People Person is definitely one of my favorites.


So check these books out, and start growing! You will be well on your way to being a "people person," and being fully competent to win friends and influence people.


If I were to sum up this post, and tell you the single most important thing you should know about "people skills" it would be this piece of advice:


Develop a sincere interest in other people. Remember, they
won't care how much you know until they know how much you care.



(THE WORLD IS AT YOUR DISPOSAL IF YOU ONLY LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE…PEOPLE ARE A LEADER'S GREATEST ASSET.Remember that! )

© 2010 Jared Hooper. All rights reserved



Friday, September 17, 2010

The Other Side of the Fence: 10 principles to RUN FROM!!!

ALL RIGHT,

So the last post was about 10 really good principles to live by and to make our politicians recite every night before they go to bed…


 

Well the following list of principles is a little bit different. These are the "10 Commandments" of another mindset.

Look them over and see what you think:


 

1. Abolition of private property


 

2. Heavy progressive income tax


 

3. Abolition of rights of inheritance


 

4. Confiscation of property rights


 

5. Central Bank


 

6. Government ownership of communication and transportation


 

7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture


 

8. Government control of labor


 

9. Corporate farms, regional planning


 

10. Government control of education


 


 

You don't by any chance recognize some of these principles that our government has already implemented, have you?

Would you like to know where these little principles come from? Ever heard of the Communist Manifesto?


 

That's right, these were written by Karl Marx, also known as the father of communism.


 

Beware these principles! And beware ANY government that tries to implement them…


 

(Kind
of makes you wonder what kind of shape our nation is in…doesn't it?)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How Should We Then Govern? … 10 principles every politician should learn

"Big Government," be it on the local, state or national level, could learn a thing or two from the people at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP).

They are a nonprofit, public policy organization based in Jackson, MS, and they are dedicated to promoting and protecting "the concepts of free markets, limited government, and strong traditional families."

They have a great little booklet entitled Governing by Principle: A Framework for Governing. It outlines the 10 basic
principles for responsible government.

Here are the 10 Principles in Summary: (taken from Governing by Principle)


 

1. Government exists to protects rights, not to create them


 

2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.


 

3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.


 

4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short term benefits.


 

5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.


 

6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.


 

7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.


 

8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.


 

9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage-based, two-parent family.


 

10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.


 


 

People, we need to teach these "Ten Commandments of Governing" to our elected officials in every area of government. And we need to know these principles in order to be principled citizens.


 

It's our duty as Americans to see that we don't let our nation fall into moral decay. And it is our responsibility to keep our governments accountable for its actions.


 

Go tell it to the folks up at Washington. Go tell it to your state capitol. Go tell it to your County Board of Supervisors.

It's time we get the word out: America needs to take a stand for PRINCIPLE!


 

* Rock on, America! *


 


 


 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uncle Sam: the great, responsible spender

So what are MY thoughts on government spending?

It's quite simple to explain, really:

(…..Please feel free to sift through all the following sarcasm if you wish…..)

I think that the government, when it comes to spending and handling finances, is a great and brilliant asset to America.

After all, we NEED all those experts up there to show why what we are doing or thinking that is wrong. Personally, I would never have known that the way to get out of dept is to borrow your way out of it – had the government not taught me this little trick of the trade.


 

I used to think that money doesn't grow on trees, and I was right. The government has proven this. Money comes from little printing presses owned by Uncle Sam, and we know it is good money because dear old Uncle Sam tells us so.


 

The average citizen is not intelligent enough to create money, and thus it is a crime to even attempt it. However, Uncle Sam knows all, so it is perfectly understandable that he should be the sole person allowed to create money.


 

The average citizen, like you and me, simply doesn't have the capacity to understand how "big spending" should take place. We just don't realize that money is just an idea…its not like we can't borrow or make more.


 

We don't understand that when it comes to our best interests, Washington knows best. It's very simple when you actually THINK about it:


 

We only see what is going on around us. We only make all the money and give it away in taxes, and live normal, boring lives. WE can't be trusted to handle big money like that.


 

And we don't want our children to have to pay for our debt because we think it is bad business. What do we, the average, simple businessman, know about business? We think we know SO much!


 

But aren't we so foolish to doubt Uncle Sam's competency! Government must spend all this money so that we can be happy.


 

The government's job is to keep us happy and safe. All we have to do in return for this gift is simply to stop thinking this nonsense that we the people know what is best for us.


 

What do we know anyway??? We are ONLY the PEOPLE!


 

Silly Americans…..

Friday, June 25, 2010

The World Cup: May the BEST Team win

What are MiThoughts on the World Cup?

Well, here we go……….

This year, the World Cup, the most magnificent soccer tournament in the world, is being held in the African continent, a truly amazing place for this tournament to take place. Teams from all over the world have come to find whether they have what it takes.

America, who really isn't the most popular team in terms of ability to win, is surprisingly doing quite well, having not lost a game yet. Granted, we have not won any games (only tied them all so far), but at least we can't say that we have lost.

I haven't been able to keep up with the World Cup very well, being quite busy, but I have to say that this is and will continue to be a very interesting tournament this year.

May the best team win! No, I'm serious: may the BEST TEAM win, not some team who doesn't deserve it, but just happened by some miracle to have some lucky games where they win against some easy teams, and then somehow manage to go to the finals. That happened all the time when I played soccer. Don't you HATE IT (!) when that happens??? I DO!

You would think that the teams who have done well all year, and have PROVEN that they are the best, should win. But sadly, as well know too well, that is not always the case. Yes, even the great, immortal sport of soccer can have it faults every once in a while. It really is a shame.

I really don't have a clue who is going to win; I even asked Cha Cha, and they don't seem to have a strong opinion either….. Oh well, I guess we will just have to wait and see, won't we?

But what do YOU think about the World Cup? Who do you think is going to win? Who do you think the top team is? Or, for that matter, the lowest, weakest link in the chain of nations competing?

Let your voice be heard! Rock on, America!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Enter the world of MiThoughts (AKA: MY thoughts)

Welcome to MiThoughts, a new blog where I talk about my perspective of the world, and basically everything in it. This obviously won't be anything fancy, but I PROMISE that it will be fun. We will make light of the troubles of this world, and get to the truth behind the truth, no matter where it leads us.

This is not some right-wing-rabid-radical (isn't that just the coolest name) plot to take over the world, its just a place where I will discuss what is happening in the world. And we won't always talk about politics either. There may be more than a few times in which you will disagree with me. That is great! If everyone agreed with me I would have a really boring life.

I'm no expert either! I'm just a lowly, everyday American college student who has an opinion, and wants to voice it…and since I am BY NO MEANS AN EXPERT, it is very likely that I will make a great number of mistakes - my apologies. But as the motto by which I live by states: "If at first you don't succeed, congratulations! And welcome to reality."

The first thing I'm going to comment on for this opening post is (you guessed it) Universal Healthcare (which I will hereafter call UHC). First of all, WHAT A STUPID NAME! I mean, how in the world are you going to give all the people in the universe (including those cute little green men) health care?

All kidding aside though, I do think UHC has some problems.

The first problem is that it isn't free, despite what many think. Naturally, someone has to pay for it. Duh! That's why we have taxes right? Make the rich pay for it, right? A deeper look shows that no matter who pays for it, we ALL pay for it.

Take the rich for example. They got to the point where they are because they are financially smarter than the rest of us. They know how to make money, they have made the money, and they want to keep that money…which would make since (unless you were a full fledged Marxist who hates all income inequality as much as you hate the people who have more than someone else…but we won't talk about that, because most of you talk about "fairness," which is another story altogether so I will digress…).

The fact is that they really do want to keep their money, who doesn't? So if they have to foot the bill for healthcare, they are going to put the burden back on you by raising prices or whatever other method. We still pay, like it or not. That's just common sense

Now before I go any further, let me make something very clear for those who want to make a straw man right now: I am not against all the people who can't afford to pay their healthcare bills, neither do I hate children or the elderly. On the contrary, I have great compassion for them.

My second problem with the whole healthcare deal is that it's not the best way to fix our healthcare problem. I'm not saying that the democrats are all stupid and that only the republicans are smart (I think both parties have equally betrayed America), I just think they are going about this all the wrong way.

Why do we want the government in charge? Do we really want Uncle Sam to be "Doctor Sam?" I don't know about you, but having a bunch of people in Washington (who really don't care that I exist) running the healthcare system is a bit scary.

Now I wouldn't mind half as much if we let the STATES decide what they wanted to do. That would give those states who DO want a form of UHC to be able to have it, and the states who DON'T want it could come up with their own solution…and everyone would be happy and get what they want. This brings me to my final thought on this…

Not only do I think it's not the best way to fix the problem with our healthcare system, it's also not the only solution. I just think that everyone rushed into this too fast, and really didn't take enough time to consider all the options.

I know this is president Obama's brainchild, and that everyone wanted to help him accomplish his dream, but maybe we acted too fast—that's all I'm saying. Even Benjamin Franklin knew that "haste makes waste," and I am concerned that we may have wasted a good opportunity to really solve the problem.

But those are just MiThoughts on this issue. Notice I didn't get into the argument of whether it was communism or not…That's because EVERYONE ELSE does! And as you will find out if you continue to follow this blog, I am not like everyone else! We don't repeat everyone else's thoughts, we think for ourselves using COMMON SENSE.

Rock on, America!