I had a dream the night before last that bordered on a nightmare. I was sitting in a church congregation and the minister kept hounding me to tithe. My parents were sitting a few pews back. Since we are all atheists, this was already disturbing enough. Than when I refused to give money, the minister sicked a large dog on me - looked more like a wolf. Well, I started running, but when I got cornered I wound up making friends with the dog/wolf. So, then he sicked three more of these wolf-dogs on me, and again I ran. I wound up trying to take refuge under the roof of a car that was laying in the grass after some one had turned their sedan into a convertible with a chain saw. Well, it was all that effective defensively, but again I wound up making friends with the dogs, and we just frolicked in the grass.
Then I woke up, and the TV was on the PBS Station during a pledge drive, and that guy, Dr. Wayne Dyer
, new-age snake oil salesman, was on asking me for money. Well, that explained the dream - I was being hounded for money while I was asleep, and it explains why I watch less and less PBS. I've saided before - Newt Gingrich succeeded in destroying PBS. It is no longer commercial free, and the programming is degenerating faster, well, okay, not quite as fast as A&E and Discovery channels, but it's moving in that direction. I'm waiting for them to do their own version of MONSTER This Old House, or finding their own dysfunctional family to build motorcycles.
Continuing down this vein, I also want to point out that while Hollywood gets the credit for lowering the morals in this country, the credit really belongs to Madison Avenue. They are the ones that bombard the air waves with more messages that lying and deception is acceptable behaviour, and material positions will get you laid, than any Hollywood release. As Bill Hicks
said in one of his routines, 'if your an ad executive, do us all a favor and put a gun to your head and pull the trigger', or something to that affect.
In fact, that actually explains the problem I have always had with Ayn Rand
and the people who spoute her "Objectivism". She blamed the wrong people for the dumbing down of the masses, or rather, she placed the blame only on the left (and they certainly have down their part), when in fact the capitalists of Madison Avenue are equally, if not more responsible, since they have more money to spend on the dumbing process. I mean, it's far easier to sell crap to stupid people.
NOTE: The reason for the derth of posts is that I'm working diligently on applying to government jobs. I've had gather all of my old OERs, awards, certificates and any other scrapes of info that demonstrate I proficient at --------. And, then I have to figure out how to word it so that I'm not exaggerating my experience, but also not missing the opportunity to cite the experience I have. Anyway, in a few minutes I'll have to fill out an SF 85 for a lower level position that I will be interviewing for (which the Wife assures me means I have the job), but I'm really looking to get hired at a higher grade, though that it looks like that will mean living in an efficiency apartment in the DC area for a few years.
I'll try to post a piece I've been working on later tonight, but we have company coming this weekend; I have more applications to fill out, and there are chores around the house that need to get done, so...