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Saturday, July 21, 2012

#nationagainstcrime

This post is dedicated to the families of those who were killed in the Aurora theater shooting.

To the people who have followed my blog over the years-
You have seen my posts regarding the kind of senseless tragedies that occur in the world, as well as my reaction to them and my attempt to make changes to the system that decides the fate of those responsible.

As I've said before, the world we live in is full of people who place no value on life and who so carelessly steal it from others.  The tragic shooting which claimed the lives of 12 people at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, including a 6-year old child, is a perfect example of the kind of senseless criminal activity we can expect to continue for generations to come if we do not take a stand as a nation and send a message that it is time to change the way our government enforces crime, a time to show that the people of our country have zero tolerance towards those who are capable of committing such acts.

It has been less than 48 hours since James Holmes entered a theater in Aurora, ending the lives of a dozen people and forever changing the lives for their families forever by sentencing them to a future full of sorrow.  Since this tragedy has been reported to the world, I have reached out to friends on Facebook and started a hashtag on Twitter with the hope of getting people to consider an idea that can make a huge difference.  I realize that there are people in the world who may view this idea as Capital Punishment, which has largely been reduced and bypassed in the state of California.  However, this idea is not only aimed towards those who commit murder, but a number of crimes that are committed everyday, and for which the punishment and sentencing process is obviously insufficient as a deterrent for offenders.  As a father, a hard working  taxpayer and citizen, and simply someone who does not believe that anyone has the right to take the life of another, I urge everyone who reads this post to follow the link below and take all action necessary to bring it to the attention of the highest level of office possible. 

The document I've prepared can be accessed at

The hashtag that I've created on Twitter is #nationagainstcrime, which I felt was fitting to use as the title of this post as it takes a nation to bring any real change to this country.  The idea I've proposed in the document  from the link above is not only desperately needed, but can be made possible if enough people stand together as a singular voice and take a stand against violence and crime in a unified effort to secure a more safe future.  I challenge anyone to find a reason why the document I've created cannot bring significant change to our country, and for those who oppose it I have to wonder what kind of world you intend our future generations to live in.

Friday, July 6, 2012

"One foot on the brake, and one on the gas"

As the type of person who lives with my foot planted firmly on the gas, both literally and figuratively, I rarely take time to reflect upon the past.  I realized how true that is while sifting through some of my older posts this morning and noticing that I skipped right over the 5th anniversary of this blog, which was actually in February.  My original intent for this post was to introduce a new project started by my friend Tony Holt, who is directly responsible for inspiring the writer in me to start this blog, so as the title implies this is a moment to pause and look back while gearing up for the next 5 years (and hopefully many more) and turning my readers on to a great new site.

In doing so, I'd like to thank everyone who has visited and followed my blog, and especially those who have shared it with others.  When I first launched this blog, I saw it as nothing more than a writing exercise for my own amusement after seeing Tony's blog and enjoying his concert memories.  It wasn't long before I noticed people commenting on my posts, and surprisingly most were from people I didn't know who were linked here through a keyword search.  Knowing I have an audience, regardless of size, has inspired me to become more socially aware and share my thoughts on a much wider range of topics than just music and personal events or experiences which is how I originally started.  As I mentioned in the blog header, I am looking for interaction and feedback from all who pass through so if you have a topic you'd like to see brought to light email me (link on my Google+ Profile), and leave comments on posts you've read.  I look forward to increasing the volume and I hope more and more of you come along with me and give me fresh new ideas to keep the train rolling full steam ahead.

Pressing on, it's time to share with you a new project involving Tony and his friend Jeremy, which I've been thoroughly impressed with, both in concept and in execution.  I introduce you to ConcertDaze.com, a site dedicated to the love of music (and good beer) featuring a request hotline, a forum section and a series of podcasts which can be streamed or downloaded in mp3 format, free of cost.  The podcasts are the real driving force of what this project was started for and they are really well done, as Tony has some experience behind the microphone.  The style is very underground, non-commercial, and easily relatable much like the style of Tony's blog (link provided, along with ConcertDaze, in the Friends and Favorites sidebar) and mine.  The site has been mentioned in the Fresno Bee and they're off and running strong with 10 podcasts and a nice following so far.  Facebook users can join ConcertDaze using your existing login, or you can create a new account to access the forum section.  It's hard for me to decide which part of ConcertDaze I like more between the forum and podcasts, as both provide a welcome place for music fans to interact with each other and to interact with Tony and Jeremy.  These guys love their followers, so feel free to give them praise or give them hell, but only if you can take it as well as you give it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and please, as with my blog, spread the word!