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Thursday, September 29, 2005
|OK, as many of you know, I am all for getting rid of TV. I refused to pay for cable for years because I was on a philosphical binge that television makes us dumber and takes away from quality time we could be using to accomplish more meaningful goals in our life. If nothing else, we could be spending quality time with those we love instead of mindlessly tuning in to "the plug in drug", but being a hypocrite makes us human. |
I am human. I watched a few new shows the past two nights. First up, "Law and Order". I'm addicted. I can't help it. Why is it that there are two networks that run this show like 24 hours a day, it is always the same plot, and I just can't get enough? Something must be wrong with me, but then wait, a new twist this season, now they have combined actors from the 5 different Law and Orders and they appear together on the same show. It's genius. I can't wait to watch again next week.
I also watched "Commander in Chief". This show had high cheese potential. I have to say, Geena Davis gets my vote though. Anyone else, I probably would have turned it off.
Finally, I watched E-Ring. Also high cheese potential, but I will definitely watch it again next week. Dennis Hopper is just cool.
Trying to keep this one shorter for today. Have a good one.
Oh, P.S. - check out Partamian's Progress. Tell him to keep up the good work and motivation. Go LT.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Atlanta's New Panhandling Law - Bad Karma or Good Practice?
|It always starts with the same two words..."Hey man." It never starts any other way. Ever. Night or day, Atlanta or Seattle. Same beginning. It's like there is some giant, centralized school that trains people on how to pander for money. How else would they know to all start the same way?|
So, I'm walking down the road yesterday and this guy walks up and says it, "Hey man." I didn't even have to look up, I knew what was coming next. Note: this part of the conversation has some variation, but it usually goes something like this: "Let me ask you somethin' or 'You won't believe what happened to me'" or something like that.
Well, when I was younger, I would always give them whatever was in my pocket. I always figured...I have change, they need change, no problem, I will give them my change. I never once felt bad for giving away the change in my pocket. I never thought about the consequences. It only mattered that someone asked something of me and I was able to help. Well, I'm older now and maybe more cynical. I think differently now. I work really hard for that change. It's not my parents' change that they gave me to go have fun with anymore. I pound out the 9-5 Monday through Friday only to get hacked to death with taxes on everything I do (Please see the Fair Tax Book link below - yea Fair Tax Book). Anyway, everywhere I look, people have their arms outstretched. At some point, you have to just say no...right?
Well, I didn't give the guy my change and was even kind of a jerk about it. This really made me feel bad. I felt like I was becoming this stingy old white, male, business guy, Repuiblican (actually more like Libertarian but that doesn't quite fit the stereotype). I am all for helping those that need help and increasing the good karma in the world, but does it actually benefit anyone to give a panhandler change?
I don't think so. I may feel like a jerk, but I really don't think this helps. On the most basic level, reinforcing helpless behavior makes a person more likely to repeat that behavior. It removes their locus of self-control and shifts it away from themselves and rests it on society. It makes a person less likely to take any intiative to improve their situation. It doesn't mean that these people don't need help or that we don't all have a duty to protect those among us, especially the poor and the needy. But our duty is not to remove any sense of self. Simply giving money is not in their best long term interest. That being said, I also believe in capitalism. I know this is a strange twist on this analysis but hear me out. People should be able to make money how they see fit as long as it doesn't harming anyone else. That being said, there are occasions where panhandlers make it very uncomfortable for me to walk down the street with my wife. I worry about her safety and some agressive guy getting up in her face and demanding that she empty her pockets for him.
So I'm very torn by this. Agressively demanding change is robbery. If my wife was walking down the street and a guy demanded that she give him something, I would have no problem using force. That's just wrong, and I would look to the local government to protect her right to walk down the street free from intimidation or fear. However, a street performer with a hat on the ground that you could put change in, no problem. I actually like that. I wish we had more of that. Saxophone is cool, and who knows the blues better than someone who plays their instrument to eat?
So I'm looking for some feedback here. What do you think? Is Atlanta's new panhandling law a good idea - protecting the innocent people of our city from intimidation or is it making criminals out of the people that really just need help?
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
|One of the reasons I started blogging was to have a little accountability for my workouts. Eventually, I'll have a separate blog just for running and working out called Partamian's Progress. Until I get that going, I'll just tell you all about my run this morning.|
I ran the Duluth Fall Festival 5K this morning. I'm a really slow runner. I weigh 208 lbs right now (I should be 185 lbs - 190 lbs) and the extra weight is killing my times. Which reminds me... I want to start a 5K series for guys over 200 lbs, like a Clydesdale only series. Anyway, the first two miles were down hill, so I did the first mile in 7:50, which is screaming fast for me. The second mile I hit at 16:40. I was pretty much whooped at that point. After that, it was time to pay the piper. The rest was uphill. I walked a good chunk of that last mile. I was weighing 215 a few weeks ago. If I keep running the way I have been lately, it will come off. I just have to stick to it. I got long sleeve T-shirt with a nice fall design on it. One of the better race shirt designs I have seen.
The Race was part of a festival, hence the name. There were lots of vendors selling arts and crafts type stuff. We (Anne and Dagmar came along) found the Bethlehem's Best Gourmet Sauces tent. We bought the Award winning Habanero Relish and the Cilantro Salsa. The stuff is awesome. I even received the "Hot Lips" prize for trying the Fiery Furnace Hot Sauce. It was right up there with Dave's Insanity Sauce (Special Edition), but I think it had a better flavor.
Well, that's all for right now.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
I love the Internet...
|There is no way that Al Gore can be responsible for inventing the coolest thing ever... The Internet.|
Today, as usual, I was looking for cool blogs to:
A. Link to
B. Have them link to me
C. Get ideas about how to improve the old Partamian Report
D. Find stuff to tell others about by posting it on the Partamian Report
E. ummm... etc.... etc...
Anyway, I joined a web ring for runner's who have blogs and started looking at the blogs of some of the other members and came across 150 mg of Happiness. On his site there was a link to a Dominos Pizza Couch on web site called Strange New Product. There I found a link to a site that sold Giant Microbes I think I'm going to get Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.
The Internet is the greatest.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Pork Busters... Fair Tax
|The Horror of Turkish men in their underwear... if you're into to that sort of thing... I'm not going to judge you. Another Armenian blog.|
Yes... this is where you click.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
|I played this game, and... I think I won. But how would I really know.|
|The ultrasound indicated that Anne and I will be the proud parents of a little girl in late January or early February.|
Sunday, September 18, 2005
|I watched a debate between Christopher Hitchens and George Galloway on CSPAN (or was it CSPAN2?) on Saturday night. Yeah… I’m living on the edge, watching CSPAN on a Saturday night.|
Anyway, Galloway is an idiot, and there were many idiots in the audiance clapping and hooting when he made his ad hominem arguments. If you want to read the transcript (and have the time) here it is. Click Here. Hitchens clearly won this debate. Hitchens is a very left wing guy, a socialist (or he used to be?), yet supports our efforts in Iraq 100%. He made a very good case that we are in a just war and he also… well, you really need to read the transcript. You can read more stuff by Hitchens on The Christopher Hitchens Web
Fired Some Handguns
|I went to Ed's with MJM,to fire some .40's. I was pretty sure I wanted a GLOCK 23, but we tried a few just to be sure. We tried a Berretta 1911 style .40 cal and a Sig .40 too. I think I liked the Glock best. I'm pretty sure I'll get one. MJM was a better shot with one hand than I was. I think I drink too much coffee... yeah, that's it. I need to drink more beer to even things out.|
Saturday, September 17, 2005
LT James Partamian
|Today is James' Birthday. Everyone please send him a Happy Birthday message today. We are all very lucky to have him around!|
Just in case you had any doubts about the kind of person he is...he got up before any of you or the sun and ran a 5K, and then this afternoon, he is going rucking up a mountain with me. That's hooah.
Happy Birthday James!
Friday, September 16, 2005
I Agree with the 9th Circuit's Judgement in the Newdow Case
|In my life, I have definitely been witness to the presence and power of God, whom I believe in strongly. I also believe in angels. I know this because I married one. But, having looked at the text and context of the legislation for the adding of the words "under God" to the Pledge, it is obvious that these words were not added with the intent of praising of our Creator, but to intimidate and indoctrinate during the time of the Red Scare. I believe in the words "under God." I am also proud to say them. However, I do not believe that any child in this country should be forced to say them, either by requirement or through blatant peer pressure. For that reason, I am in support of the 9th Circuit's decision. I know this is not a popular decision, but when it comes to the law, sometimes it is necessary for decisions such as these on the federal level. For those too ignorant to differentiate their beliefs from the operating laws of the U.S. Federal Government, being in support of this decision does not make you a communist. It only recognizes the fact that the Federal Government was not created and is not there to indoctrinate Christianity (or any religion) into every American. You can believe in God without using the government to impose your beliefs on others. I am proud to be a part of this nation. I recognize that we also have a higher calling. Part of what makes this country great is that I can't force you to agree with me.|
I Agree with Newdow
|I know this is an unpopular position, but I don't think "under God" in the pledge is a good idea. I am a patriot... and an Atheist. (I am a Buddhist as well, and if you don't understand that, I'll explain it some other time because that's another topic entirely). We are not one nation under God. We are one nation that is obviously divisible in this case, so it should be eliminated. If I wasn't late for work (as usual) I'd go into this further, but I'll just open this up for discussion for now.|
I say again, I agree with Michael Newdow.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
As you can see...
|I have added some guest bloggers to the Partamian Report. We'll see how this works out. So far since two of my friends have started adding their respective two cents, we have commented on boobs, and I have had to edit out some of the profanity from MRT's post. I am hoping that we can get a higher level of blogging after this initial foray into additional input from the new Partamian Report contributors. I'm thinking of calling them Partamian's Platoon. Kind of dorky, but what the Hell...|
Also, I will be tinkering with the look of the blog too. I've been trying out a few things graphically speaking, and will continue. So, you might pop in now and then and it might not look right. My knowledge of html is next to nothing, but I am trying.
The El-Tee has spoken
|I cannot believe you discussed your wife's boobs in your very first posting to the Partamian Report. tisk... tisk... You are now on Double Secret Probation.|
I would have made these remarks in the form of a "comment" to your post, but once again, I tinkered with the html code and caused a glitch in the commenting function. I'll have to fix that. If I just knew what I was doing... Life's tough when you're stupid.
Crash and Burn
Is thing on? Check, check, JP can you bring down the high-end, I'm getting a little feedback.
OK, Howdy folks! I just flew in from somewhere far away, and boy are my arms tired.
SO, our beloved LT James Partamian has officially destroyed what used to be a really good thing. He has allowed some of his faithful, dedicated readers, such as myself, to actually post stuff to the Partamian Report. The more feedback you provide, the faster he will delete us. HA. So get to it.
Let's see, what is happening in the world today. Oh, here's some breaking news for you:
'Ecstatic' Britney Spears Has Baby Boy > Sep 15, 9:40 AM EST > >
Thought you would all want to know...
As a matter of fact, here is Partamian's response:
Indeed, thanks for bringing this to my attention... NOT!
Well, I guess I should tell you a bit about myself. My name is M and like to read the Partamian Report everyday (AND SO SHOULD YOU!). That should just about do it. Oh, and I play bass in the band Git (see link below). There's lots of other really sexy stuff I could tell you about, like my business consulting job, my graduate finance studies, my fascination with Wired magazine, my crazy pitbulls, (boob references deleted - for the kids - although honestly, why would anyone want to talk about anything else?).
So my band was on tour to play South Park, Colorado (yes, that South Park) and on the way back, we some car trouble. not once but twice. First episode: flat tire about 20 miles from Limon, Kansas with a good spare but no hardware to make the change. For anyone that has been to Kansas...I'm sorry. So anyway, George from George and Son, who has the ability but absolutely refuses to speak even when directly spoken to except to grunt and nod, stopped to help us get back on our way until we broke his tire iron (not good) but then a passing police officer just happened to drive by and help us out.
Don't you just love road trip stories. Alright, good. Episode 2: this sounds kind of like Star Wars, another flat tire...ten miles from Manchester, Tenneessee. Damn it. We were like two hours from being home. OK, so a...
crap, I have to go back to work now. This one will have to wait, but just to give you a preview, this one involves a car full of hillbillies and a sawed-off shotgun...
'til next time,
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Just another lunch time posting
|Lunch today: A low-carb protein bar and a big cup of coffee. Not exactly a healthy meal, but… whatever.|
When I was at the Git, show a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who said she had seen an all girl Iron Maiden cover band. I thought these have to be some really cool chicks.
So, here they are... The Iron Maidens,
Oh... in case anyone hasn't noticed... there is still a war on. In a way maybe it's better that everyone is focused elsewhere right now. Now, the soldiers and their families don't have to hear a bunch of crap about Nancy Sheehan, and how gitmo is a gulag.
Yes... Iron Maidens... think happy thoughts... all girl I ron Maiden cover bands... all the time... I'm in my happy place.
Ok, I'm better now. I like cover bands. Really, I guess I should say I like tribute bands and tribute albums.
Let's see what else is going on... hmm... oh yeah, tomorrow Anne and I will find out if we are having a girl or a boy. I thought that I wanted a boy more than a girl, but last night kind of changed that. I went to the gym last night to try to shed some of the flab that has accumulated all over me. I rode the bike for 45 minutes and walked at a 4 mph pace on the treadmill for another 45 minutes. While on the treadmill, I met Sydney. Sydney is 2 1/2 years old. Sydney is the daughter of one of the people who works at the gym. Sydney likes to talk... a lot. I couldn't really understand everything she said, due to the gym music and the noise of the treadmill. Also, she's 2 1/2, so she doesn't really speak clearly, but that didn't stop Sydney. She just kept on telling me all about it. She was possibly the cutest kid I had ever seen. The entire time she was talking to me, I just kept thinking about having a little girl. Hell, if it wasn't a crime, I would have brought her home. She was that cute.
So... what else... something political, or something regarding the military, right? I mean it's a blog... ostensibly a "Milblog". Hmmm… Well, I finished reading a book called GET SELECTED . I’m 35 (on Saturday… send money), I have bad feet, a bum shoulder, and I’m slower than a snail with a limp, but I can dream. Right? Seriously, this is a good book for anyone who is considering or has enlisted under an 18X contract. I would recommend this book for anyone thinking about going to OCS/NG OCS, or any non- “gentleman’s” course in the army.
Do… I.. use… 3… dots… too… much… yes… I… do…
Monday, September 12, 2005
|You guys have got to go here and look at this video posted on ROFASix. This is what we are up against.
ROFASix: Watching Anti-American Television in the Middle East
Day By Day
|I grabbed this off of ROFASix There's a lot of good stuff there. Check it out.|
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Blogging at lunchtime...
|Well, I must say the Ultra Lean Pockets were extra delicious today. Mmmmmm... real cardboard... er, I mean real pizza flavor. I weighed in this morning at 213.8 lbs. I've been cutting back and busting my tail at the gym, rucking, and running. I guess I have to do even more.|
The Georgia Aquarium will be opening soon and will be the largest aquarium in the world. I'm super psyched and can't wait to get in there.
I was going to post a few more things, but I have to get back to work. I have to earn those Ultra Lean Pockets.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
GOOD EATS RULES!
Just a general update...
|I didn't post anything for a couple of days. Let's see... on a personal note, I had a pretty good weekend. I saw my buddy, McGinley's band, called Git, play on Saturday Night. They were rocking pretty hard.|
Sunday I hit the gym. I did a chest and tricep workout and then I walked Dagmar (the dog) down at the hooch. I put on boots and a 55 lb ruck for this 3 mile walk.
Monday I went to the gym, did 43 minutes on the treadmill and then did squats. My legs are toast right now.
Ok... on to some current events.
THE BLAME GAME from Nealz Nuze
It seems that Americans spent just as much time trying to assess blame for what happened in New Orleans as they did trying to find ways to fix it. The blame game started before Katrina even made landfall. The first trash can hadn't been blown over before people were saying that the hurricane was -- of course -- George Bush's fault. And why is that? Because Bush hadn't implemented the Kyoto Accords. Two things seemed to be forgotten during this initial rush to blame Bush. First, there were killer hurricanes like Katrina long before this scare over so-called "global warming." Second, the United States Senate, while Bill Clinton was President, turned down the Kyoto Accords by a unanimous vote of 99-0. So, the Senate under Clinton unanimously rejects Kyoto, and then the hurricane is Bush's fault because he didn't implement it. That logic could only work for liberals.