Today, we're delighted to have joining us a real American. It's Crazy Politico...
The panel is ready with their questions...
Let's start it now....
Do you have any Lewd pictures of Lone Pony?
No, though I do have an actual picture of her, face and all. However, I've been threatened with death, or worse, were I to ever publish it.
Since she carries a gun, I won't be publishing it.
On your blog, you talk about the jobs you've held. (I love the fact that you are a Navy man!) If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
King of the Known Universe would suit me fine. If that's not available, I wouldn't mind getting (back) into teaching for the military. It's an easier audience to deal with than civilians, and unlike high school teachers, I never had to deal with the "problem children", I'd send them to the active duty for that stuff.
As a boss, how would you describe yourself?
Fair, tough and nurturing. I never liked working for folks who always picked the "go to guy" to do everything. I made everyone be the go to guy. I also didn't believe in the "0 defect mentality" that has become very pervasive in the military. People learn by mistakes, so as long as it didn't hurt anyone, or do irreparable damage to something, I used mistakes as a learning experience.
I'd love to see you run for office. We need leaders like you. If you knew for sure you would win, which political office would you hold? (Come on...pick one. :-))
I'd like to be a governor, either here in Illinois, or my true home state of Wisconsin. Both have tons of problems with corruption and messed up tax systems that need serious work. President isn't for me, too much crap to put up with in that office, whether you are doing great or lousy, and anything in Congress is out; I grew out of the clique thing in high school, so I wouldn't fit in.
You remind me of the accountant on "Dave", the movie where the look-alike to the President steps in and takes his place during a medical crises. How would you like to be a consultant to the President, so you could whisper in his ear any time you wished? What would you be whispering right now?
No, I wouldn't like to be a consultant to the Prez. It doesn't matter how smart, or correct you are, there are too many spinmeisters out there to screw with your words and ideas. If I was, though, I'd be whispering "you have a veto, use it once in a while on stupid spending bills!"
You seem to understand what's going on in the world. I'd like to stay more informed and understand more. I know you read the newspapers, what other advice could you give me?
I'd say read at least 2 or 3 papers views on the same subject, you get a more complete story. Watch C-SPAN when congress is debating something important, it's interesting to hear the actual words, then read how the media twists and plays them afterwards. The biggest thing is multiple sources so you get more of the info.
When you were serving our country, did you ever have to sing "In The Navy?"
Yes, during a couple of different "initiations"; both of which would be considered torture if they were done to detainees at Gitmo. However, I'm more of an "Anchors Aweigh" type of guy.
Are you really crazy or self-labeled?
I'm self labeled. In fact, I've intentionally avoided seeing any doctor who could legally put it in writing.
If you could blog full-time - would you?
I don't think so. When I lived in Virginia I probably spent 35-40 hours a week on the blog, and it was fun, but I realized when I moved back to Illinois how much of the "real world" I was missing. I now like using it more as an outlet, and not an obsession like it was a while back. Now, if you can get someone to match my current pay and benefits I'd probably give it a shot.
How did you get so smart?
I don't consider myself smart, more like well informed. But, to get the knowledge I have I read a lot. I got interested in economics about 15 years ago while running "The Politically Incorrect BBS", and read a lot of books on the subject and talked to people who understood them. Same with politics. Then I looked at what I read and heard, and what really was happening in the world. The same has held true for electronics, and just about anything else I've gotten into.
Any plans to run for a political office in the future?
I joke with the lovely wife about running for mayor occasionally. My platform would be to save the city money by removing all of the sidewalks. Half the people walk in the street anyway, so why pay for maintenance on sidewalks that don't get used. Other than that, no aspirations, it's easier to be a "blogging head" than an actual politician. Besides, there is a closet full of skeletons that I'd like to keep closed.
I have followed your blog for the past year or so. You seem very tuNed in to thE political scene. WoulD you consideR running for public officE? If so, which offiCe do you thinK you could do the most good in?
What is it with you folks wanting me to run for office? As I said above, no real plans for it, though if I could be given an office, I'd take governor of either Illinois or Wisconsin. By the way, I miss the blog of the guy who wrote this question, and he doesn't comment on mine enough.
What's the most Redneck / White Trash thing you've ever done?
Having lived in southern Mississippi for a while, there is a long, and very undistinguished list. I guess it would be a toss up between getting kicked out of a Waffle House for trying to cook my own eggs, while wearing torn and bloody cloths from a bar fight at Thunders in Pascagoula, or possibly eating $40 worth of fillet mignon at a BBQ I wasn't invited to. I didn't find out about that until the next day when I got punched out by the angry host.... I think there might have been alcohol involved in that one also.
What is your favorite word?
Oddly, this is the toughest question of the lot. "Thanks" is one of my favorite, probably because my kids use it when they realize that they were allowed to make a decision, and live with the consequences. They seem to be pretty good at picking up when they were allowed to do something as a learning experience, instead of being coddled.
What is your least favorite word?
Taxes, Uncle Sam loves me lots.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively: good writing. I alway wanted to be a writer, but have never been able to do much longer than a few paragraphs. I have a ton of respect for people who can write long tomes and keep them readable.
Spiritually: People who have strong faith, but not pushy faith. You have a better chance of convincing me of your faith with deeds, not a sales pitch.
Emotionally: Honesty is a huge turn on, dishonest, fake people are easier to read than a first grade primer, and tick me off.
What turns you off?
Feminists. Especially the ones that want equal rights for women, so long as they get hiring preferences, more flex time, and special laws passed for them.
A close second is women who'll bat their eyes and push out their boobs to get what they want, then bitch about being seen as sex objects.
Ladies, if you don't want me to look at your butt or boobs, don't wear clothes with stuff written on them!
What is your favorite curse word?
The F Bomb, I like using it in phrases like "F***ked up like a football bat", or "This is a rolling Mongolian cluster f**k."
What sound or noise do you love?
Babies giggling. At that stage of life you know that when they are laughing it's because something is enjoyable, and they don't have a care in the world. Of course it has to be someone else's baby, because I'm done raising kids.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The collision alarm on a Navy ship. I've heard it twice, and you suddenly realize that fender benders at sea are a very bad thing; more so when you consider ships don't have fenders.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I mentioned above that I'd like to get back to adult education, but I've already done that. As far as things I haven't done, I'd wouldn't mind being a chef. I love to cook, it's creative and you can make lots of folks happy. Just don't put me on the "Hell's Kitchen" tv show, I'd have to kill that jerk.
What profession would you not like to do?
My current job takes me to steel mills and foundries a lot. I've decided that I would hate to operate a drop forge. It's hot, dirty, and mundane.
What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
No, really, you are on the list.
Thanks to Crazy Politico for taking the time to answer the questions. We do appreicate it.
Tomorrow's interview should be a good one, too. It's Miriam (Miriam's Ideas) taking our questions.