10/23/2008

Forget Joe "the plumber" ......here's Justin "the writer"

Alright I had to jump on the bandwagon basically because I am ticked that some "plumber" , who it has proven to be not even registered to vote, is get all this attention over taxes, while the health care issue takes second fiddle. Now OK both Obama and McCain have talked about other issues plenty, but they haven't found one "every day American" to represent all the people concerned about health care, energy,education the environment or any other issue. The candidates talk about everyday Americans and they throw out names and cities like people actually know who they are talking about. Each candidate tries very hard to humanize this race and they both are doing the best the can, but it's not good enough. Of course they can't talk to every single American, bust from what I'm seeing there's not enough of a cross section. The media loves sound bites, no matter whether on TV, radio, newspapers or th Internet (God help you if you ONLY get your news on the Internet, whether it be the DailyKos or FoxNews.com ( for the record I visit neither), Joe gave them just that very thing. He's s famous over night, even I'm writing about him. However if you read the other entries in this blog regarding current events you'll find I rarely praise anyone in the mainstream news (the two glaring examples are Peter Jennings and Rosa Parks. Ok there are a few more examples.
My first reaction was please you can't find one average American that isn't so "average"? Now you do a Google on this guy he's everywhere, all the news shows, newspapers, BLOGS. He's not the best man to represent me. Like I said there are some reports this guy do-doesn't have the intention of voting for the record this will be my FOURTH presidential election. I STILL HAVE no idea who is getting my vote
Ok I admit I had my fifteen minutes back when I was fighting the medical malpractice caps (ironically both Obama and McCain have similar stances on this particular issue), however the difference is I gave a voice to kids who, because of someone else's mistake, couldn't speak for themselves. I was all over the papers and TV. You know what happen=ed?? Those supporting med mal caps called me the "trial lawyers puppet" when all I did was defend the rights of kids. I wish someone out there in the political arena would hear my story! It isn't going to happen.
There are other issues I would have loved to discuss with the candidates, including the state of special education today, something only touched upon briefly during the debates and was a footnote out on the campaign trail! Candidates say family is off-limits, I couldn't agree more. However it piqued my interest to find out Sarah Palin has a young son with Downs Syndrome (correction thanks to mom). She said she and John McCain will stand up for the rights of people with disabilities. I wish I could have asked her a follow up question........ you know since I have a disability! I am ALWAYS RESPECTFUL to women!
Some people might applaud this post others might say have made a drastic turn to the left, I can assure you my INDEPENDENT beliefs are firmly intact. I still am for CLOSED BORDERS.' I still think English should be the official language of this country. I would never tell a woman what to do with her body. My definition of gun control IS using both hands! A good education is a RIGHT not privilege! Most importantly I still think flag burning is the least effective way to show you're dissatisfied with the government!You can choice the best positions from both sides and I will pretty much agree. No this ISN'T flip-flopping, it's called COMMON SENSE!!

10/14/2008

No SASE required

Alright if you're a ham you know the deal with QSLing. Usually the deal is when you make a contact eac h ham sends out a QSL card, paying the postage and everyone is happy. There's no better way to end a contact than to recieve an envelope in the ma il with your callsign on the front. It is a thrill that never get old, at least to me. It's not really a secret that for me qsling is a bit tricky, just like everything else physical in my life. I have to carefully load the evenlope into the printer lining it up just right while hoping it doesn't get jammed. Sometimes when printing the QSL itself the p=aper gets stuck. Also because the printer is downstair, my broke awhile ago I deal with my dad ask "What are you doing down here?" or don't mess anything up! So when individual hams say they require a SASE I really frown becaus the extra hassle is worth much more than a postage stamp. It also occurs to me some hams are just plain lazy many that do require a SASE also tend leave out a piece of information like the full frequency, NOBODY transmits on plain old 7 MHz!
The one exception to the SASE rule is of course when contacting special event stations. I fully support them requiring SASE and do send those out ethusiastically! Although again the effort is still the ssame for me anyway. Even worse is when the special event stations don't reply EVEN WITH A SASES. I worked a Special Event station out of West Virginia over a year ago, I sent them a SASE THE DAY AFTER the event and still no reply. I checked and the QSL manager doesn't have an e-mail. Now I can careless about the cost of the stamp, but I still need West Virginia confirmed on 20 meters! Is that fair??

10/07/2008

Hilghighting comments/reader stats

The entry on June 24 th highlighting a journal I was working on back when I graduated high school has gotten some pretty spirited feedback. No doubt since the PV Class of 1998 Reunion is coming up noext month and my fellow classmates have definitely Googled "Pascack Valley High School 1998 10 year Reunion" or something along those lines and they stumble upon This Journal Entry. Now two of my former classmates have dropped me a note which makes me want to continues just writing random thoughts.
I know entries around here tend to drop off every now and then but I think maybe I'll keep this updated aa bit more now that I know people actually read this blog. As outlined in the original entry one of the main reasons why I started this blog was to get instant feedback. It's also the reason why I added the Feedjit box on this page just for me to track the traffic and make sure I'm not the only one viewing this blog.
That's why I finally got justinmattes.com, because this is where I want people to really find this spot on the web. Maybe thjere's a potential publisher out there looking for new material. There might be an young person with a disability looking for some encouragement. I know it sounds a bit arrogant but hey. So keep the feedback coming and I'll try to stir things up.