I’m glad! But I’m concerned for you. I don’t want people to call you a bandwagon fan, ya know? 

I was born and raised in South Florida. So many people didn’t understand how I could be a Steelers fan. I must have just jumped on the fan train they said.

Nay, sir.

Both parents were from the Steel City, and raised me proudly as a ‘Burgh fan. I grew up rooting for the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. (Luckily I’m old enough to remember a winning season from the Pirates) 

 I’ve been engulfed in Pittsburgh and Steelers cultural memes my entire life. With the help of my brother Colin, we’ve put together this “Must Know” fact sheet to help you root on “Dem Picksburgh Stillers”.

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My blog, which started as a venue for my overactive mind, has increased–surprisingly–in readership in only the past week. Bloggers are linking to me, I’ve been found on stumble upon, and search engines have been listing me higher and higher each day. For that, I thank my readers.

But good news aside, I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest thoughts to Rep. Giffords, her family, and all those involved in the violent outburst which occurred yesterday afternoon. I am deeply saddened by the fact that an individual chose violence to express his opinion. May he face the strictest of punishments from both the American Judicial System and God.

Giffords said that Democracy is a “beacon of light”, able to make changes through the ballot-box and not violence. It is this reason I love the American system. I’m not worried about being hurt for my beliefs, and am never concerned I will be shot at the polls.

The US House of Representatives, in my opinion, is the face of government. While I have not met any of my State Senators, I have met with my Representative at various public meetings. I have even had lunch with former Rep. Kosmas. They are open and available, but with that, are vulnerable.

I hope that Representatives do not fear. I hope they continue to meet with their constituents. I also hope that Congress takes it in their hands to provide more adequate protection for their Representatives and the people around them. It has always been in the back of my mind how lax security was at these meetings between Representatives and the public.

I hope Congress will address this issue. I hope Representatives do not fear. I hope constituents continue to meet with their Representatives. I hope the American Political System remains without violence.

 

A few people who read my blog asked me to write a piece on the “Dead Bird” phenomenon. I was hesitant at first because I really don’t know where I stand on the issue. While I am a rational thinker, and do believe there is a scientific explanation for the dead birds and fish (and now, dead crabs in the UK) that died en masse, there is still that tiny conspiracy mindset. Doing some preliminary research on the matter, I found a few theories running around the internet.

The scientific community and government affairs departments all hold steadfast that one of three things is to blame. One – the birds were spooked by New Years fireworks and, being unable to navigate in the night sky, subsequently ran into building thus causing their death. Two – the harsh winter left the birds and fish susceptible to disease and famine and thus killed them. At the same time. Three – a rouge thunderstorm sucked up the birds into the upper atmosphere–killing them–and then spit their bodies out.

I’m more apt to believe story one. I don’t for a minute believe story two. Story three may have some merit. I did some preliminary research and their was some atmospheric action the evening of Dec. 31st, but I am nowhere near qualified to make a judgment on what it was and what the effect on the bird population would have been.

My friends in the conspiracy blogosphere are going insane right now. I won’t even indulge you on the theories they have come up with. They are, for lack of a better word, retarded.

I’m not going to reiterate what thousands of other web blogs and articles have already told you on the subject. Nor am I going to indulge you with conspiracy fantasy. So what is this blog post about then?

My original intention of this blog was to analyze social trends. I may have slacked with a few of my blog posts in the past, but I am returning to my internet vision. I’m going to break down the (mass?) hysteria I am beginning to see. Using one of my favorite tools, Google Trends, I chronicled the terms associated with this event that were increasing, at an alarming rate, in frequency.

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Time Warner Cable Cannot Possible Compete with the Small City of Wilson, NC

In an ingenious ploy by Barak supporters, the group Primaries for Palin are urging Democratic voters to vote for Sarah Palin in Republican primaries in hopes to give Obama an easy win in the 2012 election. According to their polls, Obama stands a better chance at winning and election against Palin that any other Republican candidates.

Most state’s election laws are set up to prevent something like this. Many states, including my home state of Florida, have what is called a closed primary, meaning only that party’s register voters may vote in the primary. However, Primaries for Palin lists each state’s election law, and how to change your party affiliation in order to participate in the primary.

A few issues here.

Firstly, it is way too early to be looking at Presidential election polls. Hell, we’re still on the ass end of 2010. And also, to my knowledge, no one has committed to run yet! Not even Palin, although it is speculated she will announce around the same time her DVD drops. Fitting time, huh?

Secondly, I feel this is completely unethical. Call me simple, but my understanding of an election is for the voter to pick the best person for the job. That is what defines us a Democratic-Republic. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the strategy behind this. I just think it is wrong.

No matter what happens, I don’t think Palin stands a chance. With names like Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich, Giuliani, Christ, Petraeus, and Jindal being thrown around as potential candidates, Palin is going to get verbally destroyed in the debates.

Which makes me as a democrat concerned. Obama will have to put up a fight with many of the aforementioned names, except for Palin. But that’s good. He’s really going to have to evaluate his administration and make some changes if he wants to keep the Democratic voter.

My prediction, Palin loses. No amount of saboteurs from the Democratic Party could save her. And I’m OK with that.

Who is Antoine Dodson you say? Only the greatest man of 2010. If you have not seen him, I assume you don’t use the internet, television, or read any form of print media.

These are the reasons why I love Antoine Dodson.

1. He is a hero. Antoine saved his sister from a near raping. I assume the perpetrator saw his wild afro and red bandana and sh*t his pants.

2. He is a recording artist. Not by any talent on his part, but he still sold a sh*t ton of singles on iTunes. Well, he didn’t, but The Gregory Brothers did. With their auto-tune skills, they created the top downloaded independent internet music video. It has gone so far as making it into my karaoke DJ’s playlist. And it’s catchy as hell. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Operation:Payback

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Technology

Urlesque.com wrote a great article on Anonymous. Read it here: