Social Media and Ginger Ale

I hate Ginger Ale, but it helps with my stomach.

So I’m not sure who has been following this story-line, its all a bit past old Mitch at this point.  Basically, technology is beating the standard powers (Egypt, Probably Lebanon, Corporations, England (soft), Bay Area Rapid Transit , and more) in a power battle of technology versus the “traditional powers”.

In my day power was money and money was power. People who knew the right people, and banged in the right circles, held the respect of the masses. Sure they twisted the tit of respect and knowledge, but they called the big plays.. and order was maintained. Construct a lie here, create a big cover up there, and bury every do-gooder politician, socialist politician, and folk singer that felt the peace and welfare of the common man was a strong rallying point. Ultimately, the government and big money swayed the people.

The Steward said the ginger ale should help with the nerves (in my day a stewardess was somewhere between Raquel Welch and Barbara Eden).

Sure it was an oligarchy, but the average EU/American executive could still fly to vegas and let the animal loose. The Oligarchy was strong, and used respected state officers to make important moves. These moves were not made by the average soldier, they were made by individual agents, knights in the chess game of life. People like Chuck thought they could save the “free” world with an assault rifle and four million dollar helicopter.. they were blind, pieces in a larger plan.

Sure the powerful are still powerful, but something big is stirring. Now, the average zit faced punk could be organizing the next big social protest, or maintaing an anonymous group of hackers hell bent on attacking financial organizations- all through the power of social media and a 3.5 inch lcd screen. Is technology more powerful than your average joe state? Is it a sharp thorn in the most powerful organizations side? You better believe it.

Still I wonder-

a gentleman in back of the plane is rising. He is approaching fast, looking straight at me.. a second has risen in row 17 seat c- hes reaching in his jacket. I have 6.3 seconds until hand-to-hand combat.

The edge of mountains are erupting in the warm summer sun. The wind whips through my unshaven beard, and my anxious stomach now lies securely in my throat. As I careen towards a dark and jagged landscape, I can’t help but question some fundamental aspects of my escape.

What would have happened if I had not kicked out that door, and packed a chute under my hoodie? How close was that shot? Would I have died? What if those two men had taken me, would they kill me? Would they question me.. then kill me? Could I have disabled them? Do I care anymore? The ground is getting mighty close.. I struggle to grab the cord, and pull hard. 

Guess old Mitch is getting treated to another sunrise. Still that ground is coming in fast.. maybe tomorrow Ill tell you more about my sunny life running pelts and chasing tail.

Sent from my iPhone.


Mitch- The Early Years..

A lot of folks have been asking to hear more of my life story. Apparently the about section did not suffice. Seems like no one wants to hear the political ramblings of an old man. So you wanna know about Mitch? Well, I guess I might as well start from the start.

The year was 1969. I was 18 years old, fresh out of school, and damn scared of Nam. I ran away the moment the old man started talking about heading down into the mines. The “normal” life was something that scared me even more than foreign jungles and hot bullets. I tore up my draft card somewhere outside of Austin, and boosted an old Chevy heading West for sun, surf, and loose women.

to be continued…

Boehner Draws a Hard Line And Tells Congress to “Get Their Ass In Line”

Well, I must say, I am not that worried about the ensuing debt crisis. Then again I own 40 passports and have had to change countries three times.. this week.. so little worries me at this point. However, for the common man, I am worried.

House Speaker John Boehner has failed to organize the Republican party around anything, and is clearly disrespected for his failure to take a firm stance. Earlier today he told congress that they needed to fall in line with his proposed bill, and he is right about one thing, something must be done. In the immediate, we need to pass a bill NOW. I don’t care how we do it, raise the ceiling, cut some small stuff, anything to get it done. Yet, all of this will only be a short term solution to what is our main problem.

Our main problem is our bloated defense spending budget. We all know we spend an enormous amount of money on defense spending, but how much? In 2012 we are planning DOD spending of 707.5 billion dollars. Of course we need soldiers, of course we should intervene when massive amounts of human lives are being threatened, but the reality is we do not have the funds to play world police anymore. The portion we spend on RD is enormous, but arguably necessary. However, The portion we spend on foreign military bases is beyond dumb. Subsidizing European defense, or stirring up the middle-east is a waste of our money! So before we cut some ex-teachers check 20%, lets close those bases. Pull military personel out of harms way, and into the economy.


Polarized America

At a time when the conservatives and liberals seem more polarized than ever–when issues such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, revolutions across the Middle East, the economic recovery, the debt ceiling and social issues like abortion and gay marriage have pushed the two sides farther and farther apart–we bring you Debating Politics. Mitch and I are excited to share with you our thoughts on the issues, and are equally looking forward to hearing your comments.  Let us know which topics are of interest to you as we cover the breaking news issues from both the right and the left.


Debate is Welcome!

This is our first post, and my name is Mitch Conner. This blog will be co-monitored by Sharon Marsh and myself. This site will hopefully become an excellent resource for anyone who likes debating and discussing politics. Over time we hope to build a community that welcomes debate, and discusses important news and literature in a fair and constructive way. Eventually we hope to feature e-book reviews, guest posts from experts, and maybe even live interviews.

Mitch and Sharon-