Here’s why I like this movie, they kept it real. Of course, they had to have the lead character, Phil (Bill Murray), initially establish himself as something of a jerk. That way, we feel comfortable with his initial inclinations toward hostility when he realizes that each day is a repetition of February 2nd, thus he is living without consequences. Though deep down we would all probably punch Ned Needlemeyer in the face in a consequence-free environment, we are allowed to resonate with Murray’s character while still feeling a sense of moralistic distance. It is a truly genius commentary on human behavior…and simply delightful, if nothing else. Lighthearted comedy, love, humanity: Groundhog Day is simply delightful!
“I have nothing” can just as easily be turned into “I have nothing to lose.” Frame your life for success.
You know, as I sit here watching/scoffing at love movies like New Year’s Eve and Shrek because there’s nothing else on, (oh, and I call anything with a semblance of romance a “love movie” these days) I realize maybe they aren’t all total B.S. Because they all seem to have one thing in common and that is some initial and tragic heartbreak where we see our hero fall to the lowest of lows before, miraculously, in walks the true love of their life when the least expect it.
Well, now that I can officially say I’ve had my heart properly smashed into a million unrecognizable pieces, maybe I too have now earned that wildly unexpected [Enter TRUE LOVE stage left]. So instead of disdainfully mocking such films for being so ridiculously unrealistic, perhaps I should view them as inspiring hope that the real deal is waiting just around the corner. Guess we’ll see.
STEP ONE: The Question.
Liberals and Conservatives can fight over their pet issues until they turn blue. But as I see it, there are only about 4 areas of policy that are realistically still up for debate:
The Economy/Social “Issues”
The Environment/Green Initiative
Am I wrong?? Do correct me if I am.
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Not only do I completely agree with all of Mr. Jackson’s policies and beliefs, I worked for him at the District Attorney’s office and can verify that he is 100% genuine and everything we need in a District Attorney. He’s a trial lawyer, not a politician, and Alan Jackson lives and breathes justice, honor, and humanity. I could not think of ANYONE more qualified to protect the citizens of Los Angeles County. Knowing this man personally, I can say without reservation, that no one else will work as earnestly and tirelessly to promote our safety and well-being as Alan Jackson. Be sure to vote for Alan Jackson on November 6th.
“From the heart that is open and great love, great love comes further.”
Why give this newest ad validation by attempting to defend yourself by showing how supportive and caring you were when your wife had cancer? Not only is this, “Mitt Romney killed my wife and doesn’t care” smear campaign commercial completely misrepresenting the facts, even if they were true it doesn’t make one bit of sense.
The Advertisement: The husband, Joe Soptic, worked for Bain Capital, was laid off, lost his health insurance that was also covering his wife, she got cancer and died 22 days later. It’s Mitt Romney’s fault, and he doesn’t care that she died.
The Facts: The husband was let go when the company was shut down in 2001. His wife worked elsewhere and had her own health insurance through that employer until she left that job due to an injury to her rotator cuff. So her health coverage had nothing to do with her husband’s unemployment, she had her own until she chose to leave her job. And it was not until some FIVE YEARS after that, that she was diagnosed and subsequently died of cancer. At no point during those several years did the man or his wife purchase their own health insurance or apparently take advantage of any number of free or low-cost medical care options.
Now that we’ve got the facts straight, lets play make believe and pretend that this ad isn’t totally based on lies. Even if the story in this ad were true, I’m sorry, are they saying that employers are responsible for the health and welfare of former employees??? And their families? And for how long? Once you’ve worked somewhere that company or person owes you for life? Since when is this the case?? Last I checked, the obligations of an employer to an employee were severed once that relationship ceased to be. I don’t think that’s really up for debate, so what are they basing Romney’s alleged responsibility for this woman on?? Doesn’t anyone notice that this entire premise doesn’t make one bit of sense??
And the irony is, here is a pro-Obama advertisement holding Mitt Romney, the private sector, responsible for providing health care to individuals. Hold on a minute, doesn’t that fly in direct contradiction to Obama’s health care bill that asserts it is the government’s responsibility to provide health care?? I guess to Liberals, pretty much anyone and everyone BUT the individual is responsible for that individual’s well being. Pretty telling of just how needy and helpless the Left seems to believe Americans are. Guess we’re all just looking for a handout since none of us has the ability to take care of ourselves.
Having some integrity and being responsible adult, I purchased my own health care plan, and will be damned if I blame someone else for my poor choices.
To Joe Soptic: You have exploited your late wife, and used her story as the basis for flagrant lies and misrepresentations to make baseless allegations against Mitt Romney and nonsensically blame him for your wife dying from cancer. And all as a backhanded boost for the Obama campaign. This ad and your actions are truly abhorrent, have no decency and no place in civilized society. Shame on you sir.
Ugh. Again, misinformation and selective hyper-sensitivity continue to plague our society. What the man, a devout Catholic said on a religious talk show was that he “supports traditional marriage” as do all Catholics, Christians, Muslims and Jews, 48 of our wonderful states, and the federal government. I mean really, is that such a surprise that a Catholic supports traditional marriage?? And in fact, the term gay wasn’t even mentioned in the interview.
So why all the shock? Why not boycott all religions and the 48 states that don’t allow gay marriage? And since when did support of one thing become hate of another?? What kind of backwards self-serving logic is that? If I support the U.S., do I hate Canada? If I support women’s right to abortion do I HATE children?? I mean, that’s what you’re saying here, really.
This man simply stated his belief in traditional marriage as a Catholic, just as anyone would assume he would. Just as a homosexual would support gay marriage, no surprise there either. Would that mean they hate straight people? According to this logic, yes.
So in sum, the only hate or bigotry really going on here is that of those who are boycotting and protesting against Chick-Fil-A… because the owner is Catholic.
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With the economy as bad as it is, you’d think Mitt could build a campaign around the truth. But noooooooooooooooo!
It’s just one lie after another. The “You didn’t build it” crap, the “Obama doesn’t want our brave servicemen and women to vote in Ohio” garbage, and now Mitt’s ad about welfare.
In response to states’ requests for more flexibility on welfare requirements, including from some GOP governors, the Obama administration said yes, which the GOP should view as a victory for states’ rights, one of their pet causes.
But Mitt is twisting this devolution of power to the states as Obama just letting more lazy people collect welfare checks, which is not what this is about at all. And what better issue than welfare to get that racist subtext across? He’s black, of course he wants to make it easier for people to collect welfare.
BTW, when Mitt was governor of Massachusetts, he requested waivers under the Clinton welfare reform law. If Mitt is so cavalier about lying to us now, anybody think he’ll be honest once he’s sitting in the Oval Office?
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First of all let me compliment you and say that I absolutely love this article. It encapsulates the heart of liberal ignorance in such a compelling manner. To address a few of your points:
1. Obama did say of people with their own business “…you didn’t build that.”
2. As I am sure you are up on your Constitutional law, the 10th Amendment reserves certain “police powers” like *health, safety, and education to the states, as the individual states are in a better position to make these determinations for their citizenry. This is why Mr. Romney’s actions as governor of Mass are not contradictory, but well in line with traditional principles of state sovereignty.
3. The only people taking issue or even making mention of President Obama’s race are liberals. How ironic that Conservatives see and refer to our President in terms of his policy and practice, but the very first descriptor liberals use to reference him with regards to any issue is his being Black. Isn’t our president a little more than just a Black guy?? Give the man some credit. And this from his own party, how insulting. Really.
Anyway, I don’t mean to insult, and I do respect your enthusiasm, but your article just seemed a bit misinformed.
OCCUPY WALL STREET: GET A JOB!
Occupy Wall Street? How about you occupy the unemployment office or Monster.com and do something productive with yourself?? Look, we all get it. The economy is awful. We all feel it. But it comes down to this: either endure or present a solution. This culture of self-entitlement and laziness is not only shameful but wholly counterproductive. Continue reading
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Ok, most of us have been in this situation. You finally get to a point where you are over your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend. You are dating someone new and fabulous and life is just great. Then, all of a sudden (as luck would have it), your ex has suddenly had a change of heart (probably because he/she has heard you were dating again), and decides to wiggle back into your life. Continue reading
If don’t have the mind-reading abilities of Mel Gibson, there is still hope for you yet. Here are some universal truths about what women want, and how to go about making it happen.
Security. First and foremost, they want to feel safe, secure and protected. This is what I commonly refer to being a “take-care-of” guy. Women want to feel safe when they are with a man. They want to feel that he can handle himself in any situation. This is why women like confident men, because they feel comfortable and secure around someone who is secure in themselves. Continue reading
I know this will sound a bit out there, but I swear to God tested and true. Here’s the theory:
If someone is physically attracted to you, people who look like that person will also be attracted to you.
1. Don’t put it off when you know you want to. You aren’t doing anyone any favors by staying in a miserable situation. Continue reading
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“See you in hell.”… “You first!”
“Give me one good reason I shouldn’t just kill you right now.”
“I should have killed you when I had the chance!”
“It’s all over…give it up...”
“Is that all you got?” / “Is that the best you can do?”
“Are you mad??” “No, I’m not mad…it’s fine.”
Do you ever get the sinking feeling that you might not be in your lady’s good graces? You ask if she is upset only for her to reply, “No, I’m not upset. It’s fine.” Although she grants you these assuring words, you cannot help but feel that she is not being entirely truthful. When you sense that palpable air of disdain envelope your exchange, your suspicion is likely correct. She is indeed upset with you.
Why don’t women just say what they mean?? Well, as atavistic as it may seem, society has taught women that it is not particularly ladylike to express negative emotions such as anger. In addition, woman is a highly introspective creature. Quite often her reluctance to immediately publicize her thoughts and feelings is due to her wishing to take an aside and reflect upon the situation. This includes self-evaluating the rationality of her feelings weighed against the potential benefit or detriment of broaching the subject. In that same vein, she may thoughtfully choose to temper her emotions first before engaging in a dialogue.
“If you don’t have anything nice to say…”
Whether or not she expresses herself verbally, women are masters of body language. As we all know, approximately 80% of all communication is non-verbal. Thus, even though she assures you she is not mad, your instincts may tell you that quite the opposite is true. This is her body language slapping you upside the head. Communication is of paramount importance in any relationship. One would be wise to pay attention to the less direct, albeit utterly compelling signals that are often more candid about a person’s true state of mind than their words may be.
Therefore, gentlemen, do yourselves a favor and simply apologize. One can never go wrong with an easy, “I’m sorry.” Trite as it may be, these two words go miles with the fairer sex. She will be most grateful for the gesture, flattered that you seem to understand her, and quick to forgive your transgression.
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This procedure, technically called a cricothyroidotomy, should be undertaken only when a person with a throat obstruction is not able to breathe at all-no gasping sounds, no coughing-and only after you have attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver three times without dislodging the obstruction. If possible, someone should call for paramedics while you proceed. Continue reading
- Two weeks notice. Make sure you give the standard two-weeks notice or the otherwise reasonable amount of time depending on your particular job. Of course, make sure that you have all your ducks in a row before leaving. Your quitting shouldn’t leave your employer up shit-creek without a paddle.
- Do it at the end of the day. This minimizes awkwardness, ensures time and attention, and will give your boss the rest of the evening to digest the situation.
- Be positive, smiling and energetic. As the initiator, you have the power to set the tone of the meeting. So make it positive!! No need to start things off on a negative, awkward tone. Set the tone with a smile and get them on board with your excitement. In essence, no matter what you actually think their reaction will be, go into it with the attitude that they should be just as excited about this as you are– it would take a real heart of stone to resist mirroring your enthusiasm.
- The explanation. No need to go into a whole prolix speech about your reasons for leaving, keep it light and positive. You can even play it like you weren’t looking but this wonderful opportunity just fell into your lap. Here are some great phrases to keep it positive and avoid any potential for hurt feelings. Mix and match as you please… Continue reading
“Stay tuned for our segment, ‘Dumb Criminals’, right after the break.” Yes, Clearly. These Are Not People With a Myriad of Knowledge and Options.
Why does the media insist on promoting segments of their antics by calling them “dumb criminals”?? I mean for redundancy’s sake! Clearly the guy who is holding up a 7-11 for the grand score of about $64.00 was not the former valedictorian of his graduating class. And aside from that .05% of criminals who are inherently evil, most all others are unwitting victims of circumstances not of their making. It’s actually quite sad. What we should be doing is not mock the resultant product, but focus our energies and resources into preventing it. Continue reading
1) Forcing a prolonged interaction. For example, you ask a simple question and they attempt to prolong the exchange by any amount of length after the question has been fully answered.
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The Palm (Downtown): Best Crabcakes. Broiled not fried, and in my opinion the best crab to filler ratio. These light, yet meaty and savory cakes are served with a mango salsa that is absolutely delightful. Continue reading
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…they just aren’t allowed to be if they ever want to bag a guy. Men pride themselves in their physical/athletic ability, problem solving capacity, and sense of humor over most all else when it comes to how they impress the fairer sex. So despite being equally comedically talented, women have learned not to outshine the boys in the humor department.
This practice is reinforced every time a woman makes an awesome joke in mixed company, and is met wtih confused expressions as the men deliberate:
Surely she didn’t mean to be funny… so maybe she just doesn’t get it. Ok, we’ll just pretend like she didn’t say anything so she doesn’t feel bad for being dumb. Plus she’s cute, so we’ll let it slide.
…Now, one of the dudes making that same joke, of course, would be deemed life of the party~
Once you break up with someone, no matter whose decision it was, you MUST give the relationship some time and space. Things need time to settle. Attempting to go from lovers to friends right away is a most naive proposition. Most have come to this realization after their first few breakups. However, for those who have yet to learn this painful lesson the hard way, by all means spare yourself by heeding my advice here.
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…and no, making lemonade isn’t one of them. F*ck lemonade. Here’s what you do-
Quick Disclaimer: There is a lot more science and psychology behind many of these tips I’m about to give you, but being that I am neither vying for a Pulitzer nor trying to bore you to death, I am going to spare you most of that business and just hit you with it. That work?? Great. Here are some things you can do to instantly lift your mood. They work, and the more the merrier (so to speak). Ehem.
1. Force a Smile; Fake a Laugh. As silly as this sounds, it’s been scientifically proven that both smiling and laughter produce mood lifting chemicals in the brain…and so does FAKING it! No joke. This physiological reaction is so deeply engrained in your system that even a fake smile, or fake laughter will trigger the release of serotonin, endorphins along with other mood and health boosting chemicals.
2. Smell the Roses. Yes, certain scents can quickly and easily lift your mood. The smell of fresh roses is a prime example. Splurge and buy yourself a bouquet, it adds to the decor of any room, and you can take a big whiff every time you pass by. Also try: Rosemary, Basil, or Mint. Continue reading
We all know the classic maxim, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Well think and act like the person you want to be. Who is to tell you you’re wrong??
“Wait, you’re not an outgoing person.”
“I’m being outgoing now, aren’t I?”
The phrase, “That’s not me,” is a logical fallacy. What one is really saying is, “That is not the kind of choice I have made in the past.” Yes, there is a certain value placed on consistency. However, that parochial value is vastly outweighed by the need for utility. We’ve all heard the maxim, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well in that same vein, it follows, that, “If it IS broke, fix it ya jackass!”
Your only true limitations while on this earth are what you can do physically. You may not be able to slam dunk. Okay, get over it. Everything else is a mental game. With just a few tweaks (doses of reality) regarding the way you perceive yourself and the world around you, it is possible to achieve all that you desire in life. Continue reading
The English Language is Chock-A-Block with Colorful and Illustrative Words That Can Be Used to Describe Any Situation. Below is a List of Some of These Expressively Precise Words That You May Not Know You Always Needed. Continue reading
WHY?!? Because when you are confident, busy and fairly aloof, that is when you are your most attractive. This concept has nothing to do with being an a-hole or unapproachable, it simply is a result of your self-assured ability to independent. Think about it, what’s more sexy than a person who is comfortable with themselves and unlike 98% of the population, not desperate. Continue reading
Unfortunately, this is true. You have made up your mind about somebody within the first 5-10 seconds of seeing and or talking to them. Of course eventually one is going to require more depth then looks alone and a good first impression, but you don’t GET the chance to show off your amazing personality and well-roundedness if you don’t make a good enough impression to begin with. Continue reading
1. People who truly care about you won’t kick you when you’re down. Continue reading
I was shocked to learn that the United States houses 25% of the world’s prisoners. Many of the prisons operating at 200% capacity. This is a serious problem. However, decriminalization of particular drugs, sentencing/parole reform, plus swift and certain punishment would turn that all around. Continue reading
Sic semper tyrannis!: (sik SEM-per tee-RUN-nees). “Thus always to tyrants!” Exclaimed by John Wilkes Booth right before assassinating President Lincoln.
Cogito ergo sum: (KO-ghee-to ER-go soom). “I think therefore I am.” Rene Descartes, philosopher. Continue reading
The basic principle is that the less you give, affection, praise, material gifts, time etc.- the more weight it has when you do. Think about it. Continue reading
For this, I use employ pole-vaulting metaphor. You have to set standards. There must be a certain level of treatment and respect that you demand from everyone in your life—especially anyone you are dating and so on. If you don’t raise the bar, so to speak, and require to be treated with the utmost care and respect, you won’t get it. Naturally people are lazy and inclined to put in the minimal amount of effort required to attaining a goal. And generally it makes sense, why spend more time and effort than necessary? Afterall, “time is money.” Continue reading
Definition: A friend of the opposite sex that you generally despise and can’t stand to be around but somehow end up hooking up with from time to time. (Usually after a long day/night of drinking).
“Step Off Crazy Old Lady.” A poetic tribute to my neighbor. A true story.
There lives an old lady across from my place. She seems kinda crazy, pretty sure that’s the case. She stopped me one time to show me her door, complaining of invisible dust particles, as if someone placed them there- don’t worry, there’s more.
Took her a good ten minutes to explain the dust thing to me before not so subtly implying that I was a part of this grand conspiracy. I smiled and nodded just trying to get the hell outta there, which was about the time she warned me that Satan was bad…with a most meaningful stare. Continue reading
Admittedly narcissistic, here is a collection of some of my most favorite lines that I’ve come up with over the years. Yes, these are 100% original statements coined by me, J.D. St. Michaels. Some are just well-worded observations, some thought-provoking positions, and others just plain silly. Hope you enjoy them as much as my friends and I have–
How to fix the U.S. Economy. Three-words: De-criminalize, regulate & tax.
If you have to explain, your joke wasn’t funny.
Never lie to protect yourself from a truth that wasn’t hurting you.
All’s fair in love, war, and poker.
A well-provided for people never harbor inclinations to declare war.
When you’re given the out, show a little respect and take it. Continue reading