Roots of the Housing Crisis…

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. I don’t think I can bear to watch this all. It is very depressing. Hub is always watching Glenn Beck and I have heard alot of this crazy stuff. Hub and I have always lived within our means. But now it is getting much harder to do so. Our spending habits are the same… yet now our savings is gone and Hub has to work OT inorder to buy the kids fall clothes and such. We have never had credit card debt before, and now we do have a bit. It makes me very upset. I like to be responsibe. I admit, we did buy a wii with the credit card (it is FUUUNNN! I whip Hub’s butt in boxing and it is a great workout!). We almost never are frivilis like that… Sheesh. Still, everything else that is on our card is stuff we actually NEEDED but didn’t have money for. How the heck can this be, when Hub is making more money than he ever has, and when we are just as responsible as we have ever been (quite responsible)?? It is infuriating. And the music I am hearing from this vid as I type is really working me up and making me angry! Err! :*(

  2. Did you make this vid, G.P.?I really did not want to get the Wii. I thought it was too firvilis. But Hub really wanted one so I said ok. I am so glad we got it! I never expected to have fun! I never expected that it would be good exercise and that I could actually kick Hub’s butt at something!!!! Muscles are of no advantage in Wii boxing!!! Woo wooooo!!!!!!! Oh, and the kids love it too! 😉

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