Saturday, October 10, 2009

All Good Things Must Come To An End

posted by John Blanco @ 12:10 PM


After 5 years, today is the last day of this blog. It's been great fun. I've blogged about chess tournaments, murder, Cedric's birth, family tragedy, unreal democracy, Sebastian's birth, and a whole lotta political stuff. I've had fun on every post.

I'm ending it today because, frankly, if you want to keep tabs on what I'm up to, my Facebook account is the best way to find out. It's faster, easier, and I get to keep up with my friends at the same time.

But I'm not done with blogging...

Today, I will be replacing my technology blog with a better one, and will be keeping the new one more active with articles, tips, and other posts. It will be focused on the newly-dubbed iFAMP platform: iPhone, Flex, Apache, MySQL, PHP. :-)

Hope you enjoy...but, for now...happy trails! Miss you, bloggy!

You can find my new technology blog here.

Guns and Idiots

posted by John Blanco @ 3:25 AM


My lord the idiocy of some of these people. The sheer bloodlust to fire their gun without any regard for common sense.

INTER SPRINGS, Fla. - A man who thought there was an intruder in his house shot and killed his fiancee the day before they were to be married, police said Friday.

"Right now everything points to a tragic accident," Police Chief Kevin Brunelle told The Associated Press, adding investigators were awaiting forensic results.

John Tabutt, 62, told investigators he got his gun when he thought he heard an intruder, then fired at a figure in the hallway, according to Brunelle. It was Tabutt's live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore, who family members say he was going to marry Saturday. Tabutt told authorities he thought she was next to him in bed the whole time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

UPDATE: Dan Brown Still Genius

posted by John Blanco @ 5:46 AM


Just finished The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's new book that came out last week. LOVE IT. He is truly a giant among authors.

This one, I think, is more personal. I found myself with greater emotions than some of his other books. I think he crossed a boundary where instead of just a thriller, the book thrills and more, really connecting you to the characters.

A must read. I give it 5 Da Vinci's. :-)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Praise Satan!

posted by John Blanco @ 5:46 PM


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why We Need Socialized Care?

posted by John Blanco @ 6:14 PM


Too bad HR3200 isn't it...but, here's why we need the public option, too. :-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Why Don't I Post as Often?

posted by John Blanco @ 8:36 AM


No, it's not because of Sebastian. :-) It's because I rant and rave on Facebook throughout the day. So, if you feel like I'm lacking political discourse and need it...

...why aren't you on Facebook? Join the discussion!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Sad, Pathetic Republican Party

posted by John Blanco @ 7:39 AM


If there's one issue where you could walk the street and get a mostly consensus opinion, it's health insurance. You'd have a hard time finding anyone in the over-30 crowd that hasn't had a bad experience with their health insurer or knows someone.

You'd have a hard time finding someone not frustrated by the fact that if they leave their job that their only option for preserving their health coverage for the next one or two months is to buy into a massively overprices COBRA plan.

There's also businesses that won't give you health benefits for 3, 4, 5, and even 6 months. If you get them at all. And, if you're in that group, you know that getting health insurance outside of a group plan is generally a disaster: Your choices are expensive, you don't have an HR manager to figure out what's best for the group as a whole, and if you have a pre-existing condition: you're fucked.

So, it's so incredibly sad, and pathetic, to see this small minority of rabid, right-wing loonies fight health insurance reform tooth and nail. There are comparisons of Obama to...Hitler. HITLER?! Hitler never fought for healthcare for his countrymen, he put them in fucking GAS CHAMBERS! These people are disrupting town halls, starting fights, bringing guns and making death threats. They don't want dialogue, they want anarchy.

Sarah Palin and her ilk have taken this further -- and to a far more dangerous point. One of the provisions in the plan is that end-of-life discussions are covered by insurance. These are talks that doctors have with patients' families to discuss options when death is likely. This involves hospice care, drug usage, "pulling the plug", etc. In other words, American families have these now, and they are often not covered or the doctor does it voluntarily.

What are Sarah Palin and her other disgusting cronies saying about this? They call them "death panels" and say these discussions are government deciding if your grandparents are worthy to live. This is disgusting and the crazies suck it up. Is it true? Absolutely not. Does it matter? Not to these people.

And it's why they got voted out in the first place.

But, what is it all really? Here's what's happened. Over the last 10-15 years, the cooks have gravitated and voted for the politicians who have been the most "crazy" in the Republican Party. The ones who are most ideologically anti-tax and anti-choice. Now, over time, the Republicans are left with Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, James Inhofe and other nutballs to represent them in a time when Democrats want to go to universal health coverage.

It's akin to letting your Army stagnate by not sending them to the gym or training them effectively. War has begun, and you have a bunch of idiots standing between you and your goals.

So, the Republicans will see universal coverage instituted. They can't make any coherent argument against it. The American people are laughing at them. And rightly so.

It's just too bad this will benefit them. Ah, well.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Idiot Right

posted by John Blanco @ 5:34 PM


Being lectured by a half-dead felon the President is an illegal alien.