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Election Day

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by Aaron

It is almost election day. As a United Statesian I feel an obligation to exercise my right to vote. This might be the one time every two years that a decision I make could have national implications. Now, there is a lot of talk going on about this election because people are angry. They are angry that the economy is doing poorly, they are angry because either they or a family member or three don’t have jobs, they are angry because people who weren’t born here have been hanging around, perhaps some feel like they shouldn’t be paying taxes to support things they don’t agree with (I think that is just about everyone), and even a whole lot more reasons.

Luckily everyone is only supposed to get one vote. That means you should make it count. Perhaps you should actually look into what the person you are going to vote for has said. Maybe there is another candidate out there who actually thinks more like you do than the Republican or Democratic candidate. How would you know though? Check out the League of Women Voters. You don’t have to be a woman to read their information. They have sent questionnaires to all the registered candidates to get some information from them. Would you like to see how they all answered the same questions? Check it out! You may find yourself voting for a Communist Comptroller, a Republican Governor, A Green Party Attorney General or who knows what else!

Personally I don’t believe that voting for the person you believe in is throwing away your vote.You only get one. Why give it to someone you don’t really believe in only because everyone else says they are the best bet. Don’t do it just to beat the other “guy”. Vote for the person you really believe in and that will make our country a better democracy. I don’t care if you vote for the Tea Party, Green Party or the Frat Party. Vote in an informed way for the people who you really think will do the best job. Become empowered. Know what the person you are voting for wants to accomplish. Spend an hour looking at what they have said and do the right thing.

Exercise you rights.

Mr. President Revisited

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by Aaron

So I finally got around to contacting NPR to ask them why the constantly refer to the current President of the United States as Mr. Obama. The responded with a legitimate, but still poor response. They claim that they have been doing this since the mid-70’s. The first time they refer to him it will be as “President” and every time after that it is as “Mr.”

Everyone else is “Mr./Ms.” their first time and then they don’t get any title afterwords. I still feel that this is wrong no matter how long they have been doing it for. Their article on their blog even feels to me like they feel guilty about it and know it isn’t respectful but are going to keep doing it because that is how they have been doing it.

Read the full article here if you want: http://www.npr.org/ombudsman/2009/12/why_do_you_call_him_mr_obama.html

Mr. President

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2009 by Aaron

I have noticed something. Sometimes when I am listening to the radio or checking the news I hear people refer to the President of the United States as Mr. Obama. I thought that once you became the president that for the rest of your life you were either Mr. President or President whatever-your-name-is. I don’t ever remember hearing either President Bush called Mr. Bush, or what about Mr. Clinton or Mr. Reagen?

I worry a bit that it is a race thing and people aren’t giving him the respect that his title implies. Perhaps it is only his rivals and non-supporters that call him that and I just don’t remember it happening with presidents past. Either way, I think it should be addressed.

American Craft Brew Week

Posted in Beer and Wine with tags , , , , on May 14, 2009 by Aaron

American Craft Brew Week started on Monday. National Homebrew day was just a little while ago on May 2nd. If you live near a smaller brewery I suggest going down there to enjoy some wonderful beer. I am sure you would be surprised to know that you probably live near a small craft brewery. Check out this really cheezy video made by the wonderful Stone Brew Co.

I did celebrate a bit for National Home Brew Day, maybe not exactly not on the day specifically but well around it. Right now I have two batches of English Pale Ale that are in bottles and carbonating as we type, and a batch of KegeratorRed Bitter that is in its second stage of fermentation. The Red Bitter is going to be the very first batch of mine that goes into my brand new, homemade kegerator!

Very exciting.

Those two batches of English Pale Ale are also going towards the first brewing competition that my brewmate (and roommate) Josh and I are entering. We made two so that we can enter the one that tastes better. It seems like this is a homebrew day of brand new things. We also used 5 gallons of maple sap instead of water for the first batch of the EPA. It is supposed to add a mild but interesting flavor. Lets hope that it tastes like wonderful to the judges.