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August 2009 - Posts

  • Regrets?

    There has been almost no decent music being written in the past few years. The garbage that is being written these days parallels the sorry state of our society. As a result of this situation, many people who still have taste in real music are going back in time to the fifties and sixties to relive some really neat music and good times. The society was more wholesome back then and the majority of people could feel safe in their homes and on the streets.

    Back in the fifties you could hear good music on the streets under the streetlights from small groups of young people singing a-capella. They didn’t have many musical instruments so they sang the instrument parts of the song while one person sang the lead. If you have seen the movie “Rocky” you will see and hear such a group singing in the alley when Rocky is carrying Adrienne down the street after they got married. The lead singer, by the way, is Stallone’s real life brother. Anyway, one of the pioneers of this “doowop” style was Dion DiMucci and his group was called the Belmonts. As a teenager, he must have been very talented to suggest to his friends to imitate the music that they heard on the radio. They wrote songs of their own and recorded them; the rest, as they say, is history. By the time he was twenty-one years of age, Dion was a millionaire twice over. The walls of his home are festooned with gold records and awards. He is but one example of many young people who have made millions with simple music.

    So, where’s the regret? Can anyone think of a better deal than to make millions of dollars doing something that they love to do? And to make that money while giving something to the society at large and to realize that you have given something wholesome that generations will enjoy over and over again must be very satisfying indeed. Since Dion is roughly my age, I wonder if I had chosen to stand under streetlights in New York (we are both from the same area in New York) that maybe I could have contributed something worthwhile too. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Aug 31 2009, 04:40 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • Criminal Justice?

    As in “justice for criminals”? Our society has lost all its morals and common sense, to be sure, but some things just go too far. It would seem that any society’s criminals are the bad guys. Why are we concerned so much with the bad guys’ rights, comfort, and justice? Do most people think that it is okay to condone and encourage criminal behavior, as does our government? It would certainly seem that this is the case.

    It might surprise most people that prisons in this country are more like country clubs than they are like institutions for punishment. It is, therefore, no wonder that most of those incarcerated are encouraged to become recidivists. In prison the inmates may have to obey a few rules (similar to those supposedly learned in kindergarten) but other than doing laundry and pulling a few weeds, most people in prison do nothing other than surf the net, build muscle in their well-equipped gyms, play sports, attend college programs and receive degrees. And you know who pays for it all: we do via our taxes. Meals in prisons are hearty and plentiful; the cafeterias are well equipped and they resemble any other food establishment. Inmates really have no reason to want to leave. Most of them live better in prison than they did on the outside. Their responsibilities are almost non-existent; they have plenty of time to learn how to be more effective criminals from their neighbors and from the Internet, books, magazines, and from corrupt officials.

    There is only one person who is truly doing something in this decadent society to help the public become safe and to improve the citizens. He is a warden in Arizona who runs his prison as an institution for the betterment of everyone who would seek a life of crime. He treats his inmates as they should be treated. They must live in tents in the hot Arizona sun, they get no privileges, there are minimal rations, they must do meaningful work during a regulated workday, and they wear only pink underwear. His message to inmates is: if you don’t like the conditions here, then don’t come back. He is discouraging recidivism. The inmates are actually reaping the rewards of criminal behavior and they are shown that a life of crime is a bad thing for all concerned.

    One wonders if the morons who champion the country club type of prisons are indeed criminals themselves. They are corrupt in their thinking and they are responsible for contributing to the dissolution of a safe way of living for the population at large. Crime of all kinds is on the rise, more citizens have guns for protection of life and limb than ever before, and almost no one can feel safe in their communities. The Internet has become a fertile soil for the proliferation of new, more virulent types of crime. There is more corruption in government, police, and corrections departments. We are on the verge of societal implosion on a catastrophic scale and it seems that almost no one cares. Criminals show no respect for the community by way of their crimes; why should they receive the rewards of decent citizens who obey the country’s laws? So says Sam Post.

    Posted Aug 25 2009, 12:17 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • The Importance of Goals

    Everyone has goals that they work towards. Some goals are small, like earning one’s daily bread, and some goals are large, like saving up to buy a house. We Americans are steeped in goals of all kinds. Most of us have a goal of making lots of money, although most of us want to get that money in the form of a winning lottery ticket. When you stop to look at the overall habits that most people have, you find that one’s entire life is made up of a series, or concomitant, goals. For example, at any one time a person would engage in several activities at the same time. We go to work each day because we have a goal of, not only getting a week’s pay, but also to maintain this job until we can get twenty years retirement credit, a gold watch, and so on. Sub-goals may include saving some of this money for purchases of one’s goal of buying a car, a house, or paying for school. Other goals may include the desire for the affection of another person. This goal may dovetail into the other goals of money attainment because some people are attracted to successful workers (or, accumulators of money) and the toys that money can buy. Therefore, some goals can support other goals. Still more minor goals can take the form of getting to the lunch counter so that you can get the best seat before another worker beats you to it. And, who wouldn’t want to be first in line to get the freshest food?

    On a more intelligent level, a person without significant goals for his or her life is not really living; rather, such a person is just existing, accomplishing nothing until it is time for them to die. One needs goals for stimulation, and having goals leads us to be stimulated. Think of the people who went through the Great Depression. I wonder how many of them were stimulated to pull themselves out of the misery that so many people suffered.

    Goals define purpose. When a person adopts a plan to reach a goal they have chosen a life with purpose; there is a reason to get up in the morning. Each day can become a stepping-stone to realize one’s overall plan. Years ago people used to have a large jar into which they would put their loose coins. Every day, whatever coins were in one’s pocket would be placed into the jar so that, over time, the extra money would accumulate to allow the family to buy a needed item, like a radio or a new toaster. Today, of course, the items desired by most people are much larger (flat screen TV, motorcycle, automobile) and the “cookie jar” would have to be stuffed with folding money, but the concept is the same. The goal defined the activity, saving for something. A person, then or now, has a purpose. Lucky is the person who can dream of a better life for themselves, or others, and then realize that goal via good planning and execution of positive, daily activity. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Aug 18 2009, 09:23 AM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • Characteristic of the Insane

    Of the many characteristics of the chronically insane, one stands out as the most ubiquitous of all: an inability to communicate. Believe it or not, failure to communicate is probably the most salient feature of all neurotics and psychotics. It is so common that most people don’t realize that they are not connecting with another human being in a conversation. Though there are a lot of words, gestures, and expressions being thrown at each other, most people do not communicate at all most of the time. I have seen this situation many times in many different scenarios. How many times, for example, have you gone to a restaurant and ordered a meal, and then when it arrived at the table, it was incorrect? This has happened to me many times in many different restaurants. Basically, no one is listening because very few people care. I have listened to many conversations in bars over the years and I have witnessed people talking to (or, rather, at) each other with no information being posited, no point being made, and devoid of any sense whatsoever.

    A recent example of such nonsense occurred last Saturday evening. The Ghost was called in to play a party at a local bar. Everything was well for most of the evening; the party itself was made up of people in their late twenties. I was very pleased to see that the kids were respectful and polite and they seemed to be having a great time. Then, near the end of the evening, the owner of the establishment came up to the bandstand and said she wanted the music faster and louder. Okay, an adjustment to the amplifiers boosted the music loud enough to break the sound barrier, and the band played faster. Mission accomplished? No. Every five minutes this same person came up to us and repeated the same instructions. None of the band members could figure out what this individual was talking about. We eventually agreed that she was drunk and insane. Whatever she was trying to tell us eluded everyone; evidently she didn’t know what the words meant that were spewing from her mouth.

    It is no wonder that there is so much discontent and enmity in this society. No one can understand what is being said because of apathy and insanity in most of the population. It would appear that the lack of education in most people is now showing itself as a contributor to the breakdown of communication. Also, when communication wanes, loneliness and depression ensue, drugs and alcohol abuse become more prevalent, and people become even more insane. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Aug 11 2009, 09:33 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • What's To Buying A New Car

    Not much, you say? How complicated could it be, just plunk down some money, and drive it home, right? Not by a long shot. Of course you're aware of the Cash for Clunkers deal going on right now. If you need a car, you may be able to get a bone from the government (up to 4500 smackaroos) for your present automobile. There are, however myriad rules, regulations, and nonsense that has to be done to get this money, but thank heavens, it is all done by the car dealers. All a person has to do is to present themselves with their vehicle to the car dealer, let the dealer figure out how much you can get for your clunker, and pick out your new chariot. The dealer handles the headaches; you provide the rest of the money. Now, if you really need a car, and your old car is on its last tires, then the deal is good. Most times you couldn't get 4500 bucks for your trade-in anyway. The government, however, is not doing any favors for the average buyer. What most buyers don't realize is that they have to pay for the rest of the car beyond the handout. This means that the average buyer has to come with thousands of dollars that he or she would not have to spend if this deal was not being presented. Most people's cars are adequate for their needs; do they need another bill to add to their already overburdened paycheck? I doubt it. This system is just another way to keep the average person poor and continuing in the workplace. Instead of saving money for retirement, these people are spending their money on a depreciating article; they will never get a decent return on their purchase. Once again, the public is duped into doing something that is not in their best interests by a selfish government. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Aug 04 2009, 09:06 AM by Sam Post with no comments
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