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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

It is late Wednesday evening and I am trying to figure out what I should write for thoughtful Thursday. I am so far drawing a bit of a blank. I am toying with the idea of going to a writing site and finding a story prompt and just letting myself go. But I am not sure if I feel like doing some creative writing or if I want this to be something totally profound and deep. I would hate to think that I deprived the the world of my enlightened musings because I chose to write some fiction instead of spreading the truth.

The trouble is I do not feel particularly enlightened right now nor do I feel stirring the pot by getting a argument started about a political or philosophical or religious issue. So instead listen to some music from two bands that I have really been digging lately and those of you who do not like my music.

I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR YOU....SUCK IT!!!!


LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!!



The ladies can flat play. The song makes we want two things. 1: To be in a band. 2: To be a lady so I could be The Black Belles.



Jack White is a genius. A mad scientist of music. I await with anticipation what will come next.



And finally Muse live at Wembley Stadium with Knights of Cydonia. They are just working for me right now. Taking arena rock to a whole nother level!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dr Kat Wednesday


Dr Kat is back!! You can not stop Dr Kat!! You can not handle the wisdom that Dr Kat brings to the table!! The academy tried to stop Dr Kat...fail...EPIC FAIL!! The university tried to stop Dr Kat...fail...EPIC FAIL!!! Your Mom tried to stop Dr Kat...she fail...EPIC FAIL!! BAM!! You see what Dr Kat do there? Dr Kat on fire, Dr Kat will not be stopped!! Dr Kat live for ever!!!

Now ask your questions but remember there is no guarantee the you will like what Dr Kat tell you. Just know Dr Kat will fix you.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Television Tuesday (Friday Night Lights)

So, after hearing repeatedly from people that I should be watching "Friday Night Lights" I decided I would give it a try this weekend. So far I am almost three quarters of the through the first season and I have to say that I am really torn.

On a really basic level I am enjoying the show. But...there are so many aspects of it that bother me. The show is loosely based on the book of the same name written by H. G. Bissinger, the book followed the football team from the town of Odessa in West Texas. This was really an amazing book. One of the things that I liked about it was that it really showed the truth of high school football in America. It also showed how high school football in Texas is a different beast entirely. The book was quite successful.

After the book came out and was a success the inevitable happened and movie was made. The movie starred Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Peter Berg.



It was an enjoyable movie. It followed the book well and was respectful of the material. That a film adaptation of a book do both of these things is a very important thing to me. The budget for the film was about $30 Million and the movie grossed worldwide $61,255,921. So under anyone's criteria the movie was a success as well.

What happened next, is not always a successful thing in Hollywood. The man who had directed the film decided that he wanted to make a television show of the same material. The show was set in a fictional Texas town and followed the Dillon Panthers and primarily the team coach and his family. The show lasted five seasons and was never a real commercial success but it did achieve a lot of critical success and now that it is out on DVD and available on Netflix I believe that a lot more people are seeing the show. Which puts us where we are today. I am in the midst of watching the show. I never watched when it was on NBC and my initial response to it was "why in the world, would I want to see a television show that was based on both a book and a movie?"

So now I am watching it and it actually pains me to say I am enjoying it. I played football from 4th grade until the beginning of 10th grade. When I in a fit of self righteousness I walked off of the team after a particularly frustrating practice session in which I felt that the head coach had singled me out for an extra helping of verbal abuse. I have few actual regrets in life and quitting football is one of them. So I am coming into this television show from a position of real love for football. Now, this love ebbs and flows and right now is primarily directed at the Pittsburgh Steelers and not much else. In fact the state of the NFL right now just disgusts me and I am not at all interested in college football at all.

I realize that this is kind of a long and scattered review but it kind of highlights my mixed up feelings about the show. There are times where it really makes me smile and laugh. Where it really rings true about the emotions and feelings that can surround the sport. There are also times that the show makes me cry. It is so touching and I hate myself when the show does it to me. But I keep watching. I am going to watch the whole series and I think I am really going to enjoy it. I hope the show continues its level of quality as things continue.

So give it a try. I think that you will enjoy it.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Music Monday (New Music)

Today Music Monday is going to be all about new music. Well music that is new to me at least. So to start things off I recently had friend named Jenna introduce me to Bon Iver and I really enjoy it. So here is a song off the first album "Skinny Love"



I think partly why I like it is because of the focused pain in his voice. I am sucker for that kind of music and sound. The chorus of the song just kills me.

Another band that I just heard on the radio this weekend is Noah And The Whale and the song L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.



As I listen to that again...I think they may have stolen that tune from Tom Petty. I could be wrong but it really feels like it to me. The chorus mainly.

Finally a couple of songs from The Wombats because these guys are blowing my mind right now. Just blowing it away.



I love a band if they name drop Ian Curtis and Joy Division in a song.



Also this music is totally approved by the Nijal the RAVE FERRET


NIJAL "Hey everybody, shut up and dance!!!"

Friday, June 24, 2011

Film Friday

I did not see any movies this week. I was otherwise occupied. I apologize for this.

So instead I give you this article from 2009 about the film SLC PUNKS.

I just watched SLC Punk I had forgotten what an interesting movie that it is. If you like punk music the soundtrack alone is worth listening to. But that really is not the most interesting aspect of the movie. It is really an existential exploration of what the punk movement meant to people in the 1980's. Or more accurately what punk meant to one man.

I would put it into the same category as Fight Club because it really is asking what a person is supposed to do as they move from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. It is really a question of how do you stay authentic within a scene like that when to be authentic is to not move forward in life. As the characters in the film grow older they begin to split apart and cracks start to form in their friendships as the real world starts to intrude on the adolescent existence.

A girl in the movie finally asks the main character why he is trying so hard to look a certain way. She says wouldn't it be more rebellious to just leave your hair alone and not spend all your time trying to find punky clothes to wear. She had realized that the whole scene was dying and had become basically one big Halloween party where everyone was beginning to look exactly the same. That is the problem with any group movement when people have to start wearing a uniform to be what they think is an individual.

That is the sad nature of the punk scene today. I see these kids roaming around the town looking exactly like the punks did when I was in highschool. Nothing has changed. The world hasn't been destroyed. The system of capitalism hasn't fallen apart. Corporate Amerika hasn't eaten itself (though it might in the future) . There is no scene, nothing is original anymore it is only a variant on what has gone before. It isn't about selling out or even buying in.

It is just about doing what you want to do and not being worried about whatever particular scene you want to fit into.

GOOD DAY!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday (The Frying Scotsman)

Dr Kat is taking a much needed rest this week after his last little outburst. The management of this blog hope no one was offended by his display and that readers will be glad to welcome Dr Kat back with open arms. Now on to our irregularly scheduled programing.


So I went up to Portland today with my usual Timbers friends for a Timbers season ticket holder event. It was a really good day. Not only was the weather spectacular and people who live in the NW and moan and cry about the rain need to STFU. If you do not like it then move. Because I myself will gladly put up with lots and lots of rain for the amazingly sunny days that we do have. I love it up here and I am unable to imagine myself living anyplace else.

Back to topic. Before we even went to the stadium for the event we went to a little food cart on 9th and Alder called The Frying Scotsman and let me tell you it was easily. THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS I HAVE EVER HAD!!!! I am not using hyperbole when I say this. Please, please do yourselves a favor and check this place out. You will not regret this at all.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Television Tuesday

Well I had some time this last week and thanks the nice folks at Netflix and the amazing technologies that are available to us in this amazing world we live in I was able to stream the television show Parks and Recreation while I was doing job searches and other things related to that.


When the show first came on the air I admit to being a little skeptical. It was billed as basically I felt just another knockoff of "The Office". It was filmed in documentary style and characters are aware of the camera and break the fourth wall every once in awhile. But it has grown beyond that. Granted there were some rough spots in that first season. No show hits the ground running and never makes a mistake but one of the few things that NBC does well is to give a show a chance to develop itself and to get a fan base.

The characters on the show have grown with the show and as the show moves into its fourth season I am really expecting it to shine. I realize that the show may not be something that everyone enjoys but I just really get a kick out of it. One of the characters on the show is a gentleman by the name of Ron Swanson is fast becoming one of my favorite characters in television. He is a Libertarian who works in city government. At one point during the first season he says this about government:

Ron: My idea of a perfect government is one guy who sits in a small room at a desk, and the only thing he's allowed to decide is who to nuke. The man is chosen based on some kind of IQ test, and maybe also a physical tournament, like a decathlon. And women are brought to him, maybe...when he desires them.



Watch the show, it is awesome.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Music Monday: Rock Operas

I love music. I love music far more then most of my friends realize though there are some who do know how much I love to listen to music and the way in which good music affects me. One of the types of music I love is that of a concept album or in some cases a rock opera. Now I realize that there are some people who would contend that the whole idea of a rock opera is just silly and that most if not all rock operas are shite. I disagree and I am here to shed some light on the rock operas or concept albums that are my favorites of the genre.



One of my favorite all time albums is from 1972 and David Bowies "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". This is an album that has no weak songs on it. I think every song could have been a top single. True David Bowie is a freak but he was an incredibly talented freak and when people get all worked up about Lady Gaga I just think take a look at Ziggy Stardust and you will see and hear something truly amazing. This album is in my top 10 of all time albums regardless of genre.



OMG!!!! I love this band The Decembrists and this album "The Hazards of Love" so much. I can't say enough about how amazing this concept album is.
How could you ever pass up such an amazing story and an album that is filled with mind blowing music. If you need to hear the whole thing please let me know and I will do what I can to get you a copy.



I could go on and on about both The Who and "Quadrophenia" the album that basically blew the mind of a young high school lad. This album and film probably affected me more then anything in my life until "Fight Club" came along. This is another album that is in my top 10 regardless of genre. I do not believe that there is a weak song on this one either. I also feel that this album in it's entirety is far better album then The Who's Tommy.



Willie Nelson and The Red Headed Stranger pretty much speak for themselves. This is an album that is perfect for grabbing a pipeful of longbottom leaf leaning back and closing your eyes and giving this a listen.

And finally, for my buddy Shane I need to give him the genius that is Genesis and a track from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. I know Shane is a big, big fan of Genesis.




Well there you have it folks. Those are some of what I feel are the best Rock Operas or concept albums ever. I am sure there are others out there but these are the ones that I enjoy. (I purposely left out Pink Floyd and The Wall)

Wait! Wait! Wait! I couldn't just leave without giving you a taste of The Avett Brothers (pronounce it how you want) and their concept album "Mignonette" about some English Sailors and how they eat a shipmate.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Film Friday

Today is Film Friday and as most of you know. I do not like remakes. But since I woke up a little early I was stumbling around my Netflix account and I noticed the remake of "Bad News Bears". On most other days this would have made my hackles rise but for some reason. The idea intrigued me. I love the original but what made this stand out for me was that the remake was made by Richard Linklater, who also directed "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock", two of the films that I most enjoy and enjoy rewatching. So I thought I would give this one a shot.

Just for comparisons sake and for those of you that haven't seen either of these here are the trailers for both the original and the remake.



Okay I am just going to post the trailer for the remake as I am unable to find the original trailer anywhere. I am a little sad that the internet failed me. I had just assumed that the original trailer would be on YouTube. I mean, everything else seems to be. What is even stranger to me is that the original seems to be available on YouTube in 10 different parts. So I just do not get it.

But back to the matter at hand. I am not sure if it is nostalgia speaking or what. But, I really enjoyed it. It wasn't great there was something about it. The way that the director used music and film effects along with Billy Bob Thorton as Buttermaker made me laugh and smile quite a bit. I realize that what I am doing is not giving you guys a sterling review or anything like that. But I think that is the nature of Netflix. I pay so little each month for basically an unlimited amount of movies that my standards have dropped a bit. I do not think that is a bad thing and when I do see a movie in a theater I do expect a little more. As one of my friends reminded me a couple of weeks ago I have started reviewing movies based more on the amount I paid to watch it as opposed to the quality inherent in the film making.

I think I enjoy this better then how I used to be when I would sniff and look down my nose at whatever film I was watching. Or God forbid what mainstream popular culture is watching. Maybe I am just getting old.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

Well here we are another week gone by and we are back to thoughtful Thursday. I woke up in my bad this morning facing the totally opposite direction I was facing when I laid down. That is to say when I got into be my head was facing the door and my feet were facing the window. When I awoke my feet were facing the door and my head was facing the window and I moved some of my pillows to put myself in that position. I do not know what was going on last night. I do not recall any crazy dreams. But I can not think of a time in the past where I have done such a thing. It was odd to say the least.

That has basically been the highlight of my week as far as excitement goes. My friend C has a brother named S and S has been in town and he wanted to go get Whiffie Pies for lunch yesterday and that was pretty awesome. He also contended that the idea of a Rock Opera is a crappy idea and they are all bad. So I am going to address that later. I will most likely devote a post explaining just how wrong he is. The dogs of war have been unleashed!!



YES!! Who can not listen to the mighty epicness that "Manowar" puts out and not be fired up. "BRING ME MY MEAD!!! Tis past time for me to slay the dragon" *makes devil horns with hand and bangs head*

Oh also as seems to be the norm I received none of the jobs that I have applied for. As usual I did not get even an interview. wheee!! I am awesome.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dr Kat Wednesday


"So last week one of Dr Kat's readers asked "why do men have nipples?" Dr Kat does not know nor does Dr Kat care why men have nipples. That question sounds like the kind of question a pervert would ask. If you are a pervert you are more then welcome to visit Dr Ferret. But, Dr Ferret has not been in the office since that trip to Las Vegas. Though he does keep checking his voice messages. Not, that Dr Kat cares. If you ask Dr Kat there is no point in even saving any office space for Dr Ferret. It isn't like Dr Ferret ever does any actual work when he is in office."


"Ummmm, perhaps he is in trouble and needs our assistance, Dr Kat!!"

"Shut up Lionel!! Dr Kat not pay you for advice!! Dr Kat let you be intern so you can bring Dr Kat coffee!! Dr Kat not even particularly like you."


"Now leave Dr Kat alone. Dr Kat need to think."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Television Tuesday (Mutual of Omaha)

I overslept this morning so Television Tuesday is on a one day hiatus. So watch this nature video instead. "Honey Badge does what he wants." There is some profanity. You have been warned.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Music Monday June 13

It is Music Monday and I really enjoyed last weeks excursion down the blue grass highway. I hope that people are enjoying the musical themes each week as opposed to the countdowns that I was doing before. I imagine that I will return to the countdowns at some point and just kind of flip back and forth between the two. I think that this week we are going to be checking out some bands and some songs from the fifties. I know a lot of people consider that era the beginning of rock and roll. So lets get it started with a little something like this.



This was originally a Little Richard song and was covered by Buddy Holly in 1957. It is pretty typical of this era of music. Often what was popular on the charts were white artists singing covers of songs done by black artists. It was a hard time for black artists to get radio play.



"The Girl Can't Help It" is a classic Little Richard song. It was also the title song of the Jayne Mansfield movie of the same name in 1956. Here is the trailer.



Boy that looked like a quality film and so subtle. They just don't make them like that anymore. I noticed Gene Vincent in the trailer. Let's give him a little listen.



Gene Vincent is pretty much the father of rockabilly. I really love his sound.



ummmm Bop!! The Big Bopper and Chantilly Lace. This is a classic little number but seems a little creepy to me. That might just be my modern messed up sensibilities.

Lest you think that all of the music in the fifties was rock and roll. It seems that Frank Sinatra was also popular as well. He had an album called "Songs for Young Lovers" that peaked at number 3 on the US charts in 1954.



"My Funny Valentine" has been covered by lots of different artists. But his version is probably still the best one out there.

Another artist popular during this time was Doris Day with her most successful being "Que Sera Sera" in 1956



That really is a nice melodic song. But lets wrap up Music Monday with something that was a little more rocking. I am also glad to say that I made it through this without playing any Elvis. While he has his place. I think he is overplayed.



Nothing like a little Lord Rockingham's XI to get your toes a tapping. You got to love the quirky stuff that came out of Britain in the fifties.

There you go. I hope everyone has a good Monday.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Film Friday

It is Friday once again. Time to talk about film in one way or another. I know I have mentioned this before but I am going to do it again. If you live in Salem, then you can not go wrong by attending a movie at Cinebarre on Tuesday nights. The movies are always first run and they are always $5 on Tuesdays. There is no better deal in town. You do not even have to eat. The food they have is good though.

I went to see Bridesmaids on Tuesday and while at first glance you might think that this film is a chick flick. But it is far more then that. The advertising is a little off for this film that is for sure. Because judging from the trailers it is being marketed as a chick flick but that is not the case. It is a pretty intelligent movie.

It is not a perfect movie. There are not any perfect movies. Well, other then "Fight Club". That is a perfect movie. Bridesmaids totally deserves it's R rating that is for sure. It is not a kids movie. But in the words of Zach Galifianakis when little kids come up and tell him that they loved The Hangover I and II "You have bad parents."

This is not a movie for kids. I think that any adult male or female who has been involved in a wedding is going to enjoy this movie. It really seems to highlight the amount of crazy that can go on as the wedding date gets closer and closer. I would love to hear from some women though who have seen this film. It feels pretty true to life to me but I wonder if that is actually the case.

So give yourself a treat and go to the movies next Tuesday night. Just pick a show and go. But you might want to go a little early because they get kind of busy.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thursday

Not a bad Thursday morning. The sun is out and I am listening to my piano mix on my music player. I have it filled with Elton John, Billy Joel and Ben Folds and sometimes Ben Folds and his Five. What I like to call the Holy Trinity of the Piano. I would totally go see that concert.

I had a tasty breakfast but I was missing bacon. I love bacon but I never think to actually buy it when I am at the store. So I am usually in a state of constant bacon missing. The only time I get it is when I go out to breakfast and that has not been very often lately. That will probably be the first thing I do when I get a job. I will treat myself to a nice big breakfast with bacon.

Speaking of getting a job. I have an application in with the State of Oregon for a Social Media Coordinator 1 position. The job listing asked questions about my knowledge of Dreamweaver, blogging, Twitter and Facebook. These are all things that I am familiar with. I have taken a few web design classes and Dreamweaver is a primary tool for that. As for the others I blog and use Facebook everyday and I read Twitter but I do not tweet much. So fingers crossed. This is the first time in a long time that I have seen a job posting that my qualifications actually matched up with.

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with two very, very, smart ladies that I know about art vs cheesecake or (when does female empowerment just become so much more titillation?) I hope to write more on that at a later date because there responses were very interesting to me and I felt like it was a little eye opening for me. One of my questions that I didn't get to ask was does it matter if the website of the photographer is run by a women? Are women exempt from objectifying other women or should everyone be held to the same standard does that even matter and if someone wants to shake their tail feather all over the internets should we even care?

That is about it for today. Just some random thoughts ping-ponging around inside the old bean.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Dr Kat Day


Well, well, well. I see it is Wednesday and you all have decided to return for another dose of Dr Katz's wisdom. Dr Kat does not mind. That is why he was put on this earth after all. Without Dr Kat then the world would be a much simpler place. As it is Dr Kat is well aware that he is fighting a losing battle but he does not mind. Dr Kat just hopes that some of you will actually listen to the drops of wisdom that he is dropping like wine on your parched intellect. Like wine!!

What is that? Oh, a butterfly!! Dr Kat is bored. By now. Make an appointment with my assistant.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Television Tuesday

I was going to beat a dead horse this morning and rant and rave for a while about television and television shows in general and how the ratings model was old and out of date and that modern television needed to recognize the importance of cable and internet as well as DVD sales when it comes time to decide if a show is considered a success or not. Though success may not be the right word the correct word might be profitable or not because that seems to be what it really comes down to.

But then I decided that I just was not going to drag all of that old stuff back out. I have said that kind of thing before and I really do not care to rehash it.

So have a good day folks and enjoy the misty weather.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Music Monday (Bluegrass)

I pretty much like all kinds of music. I am able to find something that I enjoy out of most styles and one of the styles that I get a real kick out of listening to is Bluegrass. Most people consider Bluegrass to be a sub-genre of country music and I suppose if you have to categorize it that is as good of a category as any. I was first introduced to this kind if music in the film "O Brother. Where Art Thou?". This is a great film and the music is great as well. (That is a story for a Friday.) Also there have popped up some Bluegrass style covers of some popular songs so I thought I would highlight some of those today as well as some traditional Bluegrass. I hope you have a good Music Monday.

Lets get things started with some traditional Bluegrass.



A lot of the early Bluegrass songs are very spiritual in nature. I find that very interesting as well. Because I would much prefer listening to this older style of "christian" music then today's contemporary Christian music.



The Johnson Mountain Boys telling you to get down on your knees and pray. Lest you think that the songs are all religious here is a song about that good ole mountain dew. It may not have the same taste as the "Mt Dew" that I had as a child.




Let us move this journey into the realm of some more progressive bluegrass. Progressive bluegrass expands the sonic palette of bluegrass either by adding elements of jazz, folk, country, and rock, or by amplifying the instruments. Much to the chagrin of many of the traditionalists. But I really enjoy some of it.



I like Alison Krauss and her version of "Every Time You Say Goodbye"



"Keep on the Sunny Side" was in "Oh Brother Where Art Thou". It is truly one of my favorite songs. I just really enjoy it. I do not think of it a really any more progressive then anything else. This next one is for sure a little more progressive. It might be almost too progressive for me.



It seems that even the progressive Bluegrass artists like to throw out some gospel tunes as well.



I do not know how you could not tap your toe to this kind of music. I am dancing in my chair right now. Well as it is this is going to take awhile for some people to load so lets wrap this up with some Bluegrass covers that I find amusing.



This is the best of both worlds for me. Back when Gun N' Roses was the best band in the world and Bluegrassin it up. I really need some of that good ol' mt dew to drink along with this.



Who doesn't like kissing a girl. Happy Monday everybody.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Film Friday

So I went to see "The Hangover II" this week. Now for me it was not really a choice. I love Zach Galifianakis and I really enjoyed the first film. That being said I am not sure that I will be on board for the third. But I am not here to talk about the problems with sequels. I have rattled on about that before.

I wanted to talk about the music in the movie. I am always amazed when I see a film and the music that they chose for it is so effective. I do not know if I am just more affected by it then others but most of the time I just love a good music montage. I know most people feel like it is lazy directing to use one but there are times that it can work so effectively and often with songs that you wouldn't think would even work in the movie that they are being used in. I am also a big fan of music parody as well. That is if they are done intelligently with some cleverness. But in films when the music is correctly tied with the scene it can be breathtaking and tear jerking. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order of preference.



I love when this cuts into the slow motion. One of the few films that I actually like Gwenneth Paltrow in.



This just makes me hurt. I really think Wes Anderson is a genius when it comes to his use of music in film. "The Royal Tenenbaums is amazing because of that.



Back before Jack Black became a caricature of himself. I love "High Fidelity"



The visuals are just amazing in this one. The movie goes on a little long but there are some amazing scenes in it.



Amazing, amazing scene. Not much I can say about how effective this is.



So many great scenes set to music in "Almost Famous". I think this maybe Camron Crowes best film.



This scene makes me want to love Kate Hudson. It just works.

There are many, many scenes that I could have shown you. I may have to do this again. You guys have a good weekend and see a movie.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

Trying to get the cobwebs out of my brain and get woken up this morning. It appears that the sun is out this morning and that always makes for a nice start to the day. I have the window open and I can hear the birds chirping. I am waiting for my special hummingbird to make his or her appearance. How can you tell the difference between a male or female hummingbird?

I do not know. I looked but was unable to find the answer. Oh, I am sure it is out there. I am just to lazy to look for it right now.

I really enjoyed the feedback I received about last Thursdays thoughts I had about President Obama and the nature of politics in general. It really highlighted for me how different we all are when it comes to what we think is the best way to run the country. The more I think about it the more it really feels like a thankless job to me. I suppose it is possible that if something miraculous were to happen and the job rates were to soar to 100% and the deficit would be completely wiped out that a president could have an approval rating of 100%. But I am sure that despite all of that there would be people who would be unhappy and it wouldn't matter to them that everyone was working or that the USA was not in debt to China anymore. They would just find some other, vastly important, reason to be upset.

I think Carl said it best in the comments when he said that "...but I live and participate in an imperfect system." I think that is really key and something I need to remember. The system is never going to be perfect. There is no perfect system. There never will be. The best we can hope for is a system that seems to function most of the time. When I look around the world at other countries and their governments I see very few that I would like to emulate.

To be completely honest since I lean toward the Socialist, and I know that is enough to make a lot of your heads explode, I like how things are done in Sweden. Things just seem to work there. I am sure that there are a myriad of reasons why they are wrong and why that model of government would not work here in America. But, that is not my point. My point is that I like what they do there. There are people who like what we do in America and I am sure there are people who actually like living in Cuba or even Haiti for that matter or the old style Soviet Union or the new style Russia. Though for the life of me I am not sure why anyone would have liked living in the Soviet Union. I can understand being stuck there. But the way that people were treated who lived there it must have just been miserable.


I sidetracked myself. What I am trying to say is that one of the neat things about America is that we are able to freely debate these kind of things and do not have to worry about these thoughts being censored or being put on some kind of list for having a conversation and that is a pretty cool thing. So lets agree to disagree and ROCK IT OUT FOR THE USA!!!! USA, USA, USA!!!!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Dr Kat


Well, it looks like Lance has finally settled down for the night. I had the hardest time getting him to take his medicine. He doesn't seem to believe in the science that I Dr Kat represents. He keeps saying that psychiatry is so much twaddle and only followed by ninnies. Those are my words not his I am sure you all realize that he just does not have the vocabulary to speak with any kind of intelligence on this subject. Oh he likes to pretend that he does but we all know that when uses these fancy words he is spending most of his time looking them up in the dictionary. It is a wonder that his blog is not written in finger paints.

I really appreciate you people reading his blog it makes Lance think that he is having some kind of impact in the world. But, lets face it we are dealing with an obviously deeply disturbed individual with a tenuous grasp on reality at best. But I really do not want to limit my wisdom and insights to just Lance. It is obvious to me from my conversations with him that most of his friends need almost as much help as he does. I do not know what the problem is with you people but you really need to get yourselves together.

But, never fear Dr Kat is here to fix all of you. All I need you to do is lie back on my couch and tell me what is bothering you. I have some inkblots you could look at and then perhaps we could do a little free association. You all seem to think that the world revolves around you so I am sure just having someone who at least feigns interest while you prattle on is going to make you think that your problems are all solved.

Oh...uhuh...I see....How does that make you feel? Well that is all Dr Kat has time for for today. Oh I know. Yes it was probably very life changing. I will see you next week for some hypno-therapy. It is best if you wear some loose comfortable clothing.

It is also best if you do not question the methods of Dr Kat.


Any ladies that would like to schedule an appointment for sometime on Dr Kat's therapy couch feel free to email Dr Kat at drkat.therapist@gmail.com