PED’s: Performance Enhancers? (Or Brainwashing the Gullible)

Performance enhancing drugs, the scientific name for ‘roids. Actually, I don’t know if the “scientific name” is accurate but hey, it sounds smart anyways. Ever since this BioGenesis scandal has become news, I, along with the rest of baseball’s millions of fans, have wondered who else is involved other than the Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun. It comes as no surprise that Alex Rodriguez’s name is in there. By the time Friday, August 2nd rolls around we’ll know who else is getting jacked up on the PED’s.

My thoughts and opinions on PED’s are not scientifically founded. I’ve done a little research on the subject over the years and what I am about to say are thoughts and conclusions (or opinions rather) that I have developed. With that being said…PED’s are overrated. PED’s are nothing short of a placebo effect. And the players dumb enough to think they need them are…well…either dumb or gullible or both.

I’d like to explain myself. I don’t care how many PED’s you take or how big you are, whether you’re 4’8” and skinny as a rail or 7’9” and looking like a tree trunk, if you don’t have eye and hand coordination you simply just can’t survive in baseball. It’s pretty obvious all the Major Leaguers have great to extraordinary eye and hand coordination or else they never would have made it past high school baseball. Eye and hand coordination is something that has to be developed over time and in my honest opinion, there is no drug out there that will magically grant you eye and hand coordination.

Here’s a little story or two of my childhood days that will hopefully get my point across.

Back in the good ol days when I was a young pup my favorite thing in the whole world was baseball. From the age of 6 I’ve always loved the game. My free time was spent playing backyard baseball with a wooden paddle as a bat and one of those hard plastic balls with a vinyl covering and red stitches colored in. Wasn’t official baseball equipment but when you’re poor, you have to take what you can get. In our case our equipment came from the old 5-10 store. Most people around here refer to it as the Ben Franklin store. But anyways..for hours I would play backyard baseball with my brother and cousins. I could make that little plastic baseball sail and I do mean sail. Fast forward…a couple years and 1000 some odd swings later my family and I moved to another town. The new home was only a five minute walk to the high school football field. A short while later I acquired an actual baseball bat. That bat was so crooked that one would swear it was made from a branch off of a dogwood tree. Seriously, it was straight as a 2×4 on one side and the other side had a seriously defective curve in it. But I didn’t mind. Every day, unless I had homework or bad weather, I would go down to the football field and just toss a baseball up in the air and swing until my arms couldn’t swing anymore. Every day, my eye and hand coordination got better and my wrists got faster and stronger. Before long, I could stand flat footed underneath the goal posts and hit the ball over the goal posts at the other end of the field. According to my rough estimate, that is around 360-375 feet easily. Sorry if that sounds like Uncle Rico’s “throw this football over that mountain” story.

So, that brings me to my point. The average field in Major League Baseball is 330 feet down the lines and about 390-409 feet to straight away center. At ages 16-17, I could pull a ball down the line at a distance of 360-375 feet. That’s actually good enough to be a homerun down the line or to left-left center field. I was able to do this just by swinging and practicing. No PED’s involved. If a kid can do it without PED’s, why can’t a Major Leaguer do it without PED’s?  Is it to get more home runs? More hits? I mean, you don’t need to be built as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger to put a ball over the fence. Look at some of the legends of the game like Hank Aaron. Babe Ruth (he was big but it surely wasn’t from PED’s). Joe DiMaggio. Ted Williams. Mickey Mantle. I could go on and on. These guys were of average build and had excellent eye and hand coordination and could yank a ball out of the park in a hurry. As for getting more hits, look at Rod Carew. Pete Rose (questionably). Robin Yount. Ty Cobb. Paul Molitor. All those guys were of average build as well but could sink a nice soft single over the infielders head or drive a triple to the corner. There’s simply nothing that PED’s can accomplish that the human body can’t accomplish naturally.

Somewhere down the road, and for some reason, someone has mislead these “players” and convinced them that they need PED’s to survive in baseball. To get better than his teammate. To get bigger and better contracts. They got better contracts and more money for sure. But they never got better. They aren’t surviving in baseball either. They are losing their fans, losing their teammates respect, losing their self confidence, and doing nothing but throwing away their God given talents. I think MLB is doing the right thing by suspending these cheaters. I mean, the rules are clear: Use of PED’s are prohibited. It doesn’t get any clearer than that. And the players that break these rule? Dumb, gullible, brainwashed idiots for throwing away their life and opportunities that the beautiful game of baseball has granted them.

I’m pretty sure most people that read this (if anyone even reads it) will think I’m an uneducated idiot that knows nothing about health, biology, science, and all that good stuff. Me? Uneducated? That’s a fair assumption considering I only graduated high school but never went to college. But I am smart enough to write and develop my own opinions.

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The Alternative Intelligence

Over the past couple of years I’ve done some research on cancer, cancer treatments, methods, alternative treatments, cancer prevention, and just about anything that has the word cancer in it. I have done more reading in the past two years than I have done in the last decade. This is not extensive research. Extensive research should be done by someone more qualified than myself. What I am about to say are mostly opinions that I have drawn over the past two years. These aren’t FDA approved opinions. These aren’t USDA approved opinions. And I’m 100% sure that pharmaceutical companies won’t be endorsing me anytime soon. And to be honest, these opinions could possibly step on the toes of a lot of people including, but not limited to, the FDA, Pharmaceutical companies, American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, upper class people, middle class people or lower class people.

Right off the top of my head I can count six people that I know personally that have fought cancer. Four of those people, unfortunately, have passed away from the cancer and/or it’s complications. Four family members of mine. But I never really started researching until a couple of years ago when someone that I love more than my own life was diagnosed. This person was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and without a stem cell transplant had only months to live. That person’s story deserves it’s own dedicated post, which I plan on doing at a later date. I can honestly say that if this person knew then what they know now they would have chosen different options and said to hell with conventional treatments. But I will say that after 19 months this person is still fighting, still with us thank God.

My research started when I stumbled across an article that stated “radiation DOES NOT kill the cancer. It only shrinks the cancer/tumor and some people develop new cancer from the radiation treatments.” Immediately I’m thinking to myself, “What??’” How is a person expected to live and fight cancer if the treatment itself causes cancer? I mean, all of us were taught at an early age about the dangers of radiation (this might be a myth but my parents always made me sit at least six feet away from the TV because it had radiation inside). But we learned about radiation in school. Nuclear wars, radiation from the sun, comic books. But it never occurred to me that radiation to treat cancer was dangerous. I feel stupid for saying this but I guess I thought of it as “safe radiation” or maybe “good radiation”. I didn’t know any better. So that was the first gut wrenching discovery I made.

That discovery lead me to another discovery. According to a article, mammograms also cause cancer (I’m referencing CBS because it’s a mainstream media outlet. I’ve found that the majority of people don’t believe any news unless it’s reported by the mainstream media.) Again, something that’s supposed to be helping people is causing more harm than good.

My mind wanders a lot when I read earth shattering news like that. And it got me to wondering, are there any other treatments or precautions we can take to fight and prevent cancer?

I accidentally found an article from researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center. For those of you that don’t know, MD Anderson Cancer Center is a top of the line cancer treatment facility. Very well respected facility. Their researchers there found that turmeric is very effective in fighting not one but several different types of cancer. But if you’re like the majority of Americans, you probably didn’t hear that from the mainstream media because it wasn’t reported. Like I stated earlier, I came across the article by accident.

So why is this information so hard to find? Why isn’t it more readily available? If you google  “cancer treatments” you will find a wealth of information about the drugs, chemotherapy, and radiation (conventional treatments) but not much of anything on turmeric. Or the cancer fighting abilities of grapes, blueberries, kale, and  many other fruits and vegetables. Or the alternative treatments.

Why? One possible reason is this, and it’s another one of those gut wrenching discoveries: Doctors themselves aren’t trained in nutrition, healthy diets and such. I have read two different articles stating that out of seven years of medical school, doctors only have 10 hours of nutrition classes. Seven years, five days per week equals 1820 days. Out of those 1820 days, only 10 hours are devoted to nutrition??? That’s absolutely crazy! I didn’t want to believe that. And I didn’t until a head nurse reassured me, “Yes, that sounds about right, give or take.” This head nurse is taking classes to be a family nurse practitioner by the way so if anyone should know it would be her. I asked her out of disbelief, “Why???” We then got into a lengthy conversation about it. I did most of the talking and asked a few questions. One of the questions I asked was, “For thousands of years mankind had no synthetic drugs to treat ailments, sickness, diseases. They relied on spices, herbs, and such. All natural treatments. So why do we need drugs now?” The only thing she could muster up was, “I honestly don’t know. I have no answer for that and I’m sorry.”

Before I keep typing, let me make one thing clear. I am not picking on doctors or nurses or anything else of that nature. I truly believe that most doctors and nurses enter the medical field with high hopes of helping people. It’s not their fault that they aren’t trained in nutrition. In many cases the medical schools don’t offer any type nutrition classes. And for that I blame the American Medical Association. It is the AMA’s job to educate doctors. 10 hours of nutrition in seven years? That simply isn’t acceptable. From day one a med school student learns about every possible drug available and every possible surgical procedure known to man. They are taught that drugs will cure anything (even though they cause a ton of other problems in the process). So there’s one possible reason. They aren’t curing anything using nutrition (alternative methods) because they haven’t been trained in nutrition.

Here is a link to back up my last two paragraphs. This link states most of the med school students only receive 19.6 hours of nutrition education. But I’m sticking with the 10 hour claim for the simple fact that a head nurse said that was a fair estimate. Either way, 19.6 hours is simply not enough. The AMA should require at the very least one day per week of nutrition education.

Again, why is it so hard to find information about alternative treatments?

Reason number two: Maybe alternative treatments knock the government out of billions of dollars per year? Let’s look at something here. For example purposes only, let’s say conventional cancer treatment has a success rate of 50%. And let’s say turmeric mixed with a little ginger and honey also has a success rate of 50%. Conventional therapy costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. For $50 you can buy enough turmeric, ginger, and honey to last for two months. The government can’t make much money off $50 so naturally, like any business, they want you to spend big money. The more you spend the more they make. Cancer medication and treatments are astronomically priced. So high in fact that doctors from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center protested against using a new cancer drug called Zaltrap, which is priced at $11,063 just for a one month supply. There’s no way possible that the majority of Americans can afford that. But we are lead to believe that we have to pay that price or die. So, looking at healthcare as a business instead of healthcare, I can see a motive.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food-Hippocrates

Hippocrates’ advice worked for centuries but in this day and age we are discouraged from practicing his style of medicine. If it worked for centuries why can’t it work today? We are continuously bombarded with news and advertisements about the latest “miracle drug”. We are ridiculed, made fun of, and labeled as “quacks” for even thinking about the idea of good clean food, spices, and herbs healing  people. We are told that food as a medicine won’t work.

But what if they did work?

In these last two years, I have read quite a bit about three people who claimed to have cured many people of cancer by using food, herbs, and spices. Max Gerson, Harry Hoxsey, and Rene Caisse.

Gerson and Hoxsey were certified as quacks by the AMA and the American Cancer Society. Rene Caisse  (who did her work in Canada) was certified as a quack by the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Cancer Committee. All three of these people were accused of lying and misleading the public with false claims of a cure. These three people had records, witnesses, and hundreds of patients to help back up their claims but the associations refused to hear their testimonials. But at the same time, behind closed doors those same associations were trying to buy the formulas for these “failed” cures. Why would they want to buy something that doesn’t work?

But anyways…that’s about all I have to say. I just get so upset when I look on my Facebook and on the news and see so many kids suffering from cancer. And seeing so many loved ones die from cancer while we wait for the “professionals” to come up with a cure. I know it sounds cliché but we have been putting men on the moon for decades yet have no cure for cancer. Every year it’s the same outcome…”Oh we are almost there. A cure is right around the corner.”

Do I know for sure that food and alternative treatments work? I honestly couldn’t tell you. I’ve never had cancer, thank God, and haven’t had any reason to try conventional or alternative treatments. But if I did get cancer the first thing I would try is the alternative way, good clean food, herbs, and spices. And I can tell you that I have extremely little confidence in conventional treatments.

Here are a few numbers to chew on. Remember the six family members I have? The four that unfortunately passed away? That’s 4 out of 6 cases using conventional therapy. That comes up to be  0.66666667%. Rounded off that’s a 67% FAILURE rate. Another number to chew on is $13, 677,800,000. That’s the amount in sales for the top 10 cancer drugs. That’s over $13 and a half BILLION dollars from only 10 drugs. Five of those 10 drugs are made by the same company, Genentech.

This article isn’t intended to persuade or dissuade. But I would look like to encourage you to do some research on your own. At the bottom of this article I included a documentary called “Cancer-The Forbidden Cures”. It’s about an hour and a half long and probably the most informative video I have ever found concerning the persecuting and ridicule of alternative methods and cures. I would like to add one last thing. Max Gerson is labeled a quack. This same quack warned about the dangers of cigarette smoking way back in the 1920’s, which at the time was also deemed quackery. And another man that was accused of quackery on several different occasions invented something the whole world uses every day. That man is Louis Pasteur (about 3/4ths of the way down the page you’ll find him listed as a quack), the same one that invented the pasteurization process that keeps our milk and beer from spoiling. That’s straight out of Wikipedia by the way. Again, I urge you to research at least a little and come up with your own conclusions and thoughts. ©

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The Hidden Trigger

I haven’t posted in a looooong time. So today I figured I would write one.

This note is my own opinion. You can agree, disagree, agree to disagree or whatever. Any and all comments are always welcome on anything I post.

Yesterday, the senate shot down a gun bill that was aimed at curbing gun violence by doing extensive background checks on prospective gun buyers and owners. To be honest, I’m kind of torn. Kind of relieved but kind of sad. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t even own a gun and has really had no desire to own a gun.

Sad because just a few weeks ago 27 innocent people, mostly small children, lost their lives in a senseless act of pure evil. Like the majority of Americans, I was very angry and very disturbed that someone could have a heart so cruel. I mean, who on God’s green earth would have a reason to walk in and just randomly start killing innocent elementary school kids and their teachers? They had their whole lives ahead of them…but in an instant it was snuffed out by a man who had went off the deep end head first.

I mean no disrespect at all towards anyone that has lost their life from a bullet. But part of me was relieved to find out that the bill was shot down. Why? Two reasons. Reason number one..owning a gun is a freedom that was granted to us by our forefathers so that we could combat tyranny, to protect ourselves from invaders who wish to do us harm and like it or not, to hunt and keep food on the table. Reason number two…as I mentioned earlier, I have no guns and really have no desire to own a gun, but guns are being absolutely unfairly bashed by our government and by mainstream media.

When something like this happens within about 12 hours we usually know everything about the gunman/gunmen. We know who he is, his height, hair color, age, his parents, siblings, whether or not he was friendly or antisocial, how many friends he had, who he liked hanging out with, type of music he listened to, everything..thanks to the media.

But what about drugs? What kind of drugs are these people taking? You have to dig fairly deep to find that out. But at the same time we know everything else there is to know about this gunman. But not the history of his drug use, whether it was illegal drug use or prescription drug use.

Matter of fact, it might be a while before we find out it if Adam Lanza was on any type of drug or not. In a Bing search, I typed in “Was Adam Lanza on drugs?”. The latest report was dated for March 15, 2013. At the time, Adam Lanza’s toxicology report hadn’t been released even though some very concerned Newtown residents requested the toxicology report. By Connecticut law, those reports are supposed to be released when requested. Here is the link..

Sorry, I don’t know how to do hyperlinks on a note in Facebook. But that’s the web address for Citizens Commission on Human Rights International.

The next gunman..James Holmes. We all remember him from the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings. He was on Vicodin and Zoloft. Here is the web address, which also includes several other cases of gunmen who were on drugs….

And finally…here is another web address that has several more different cases of gunmen on drugs….

I guess what I’m trying to say in this note is…we should combat the root problem first. Which, in my opinion, is completely overlooked. The use of drugs. You can take all the guns away from the entire United States but the sad fact is, if someone gets it in their heads that they want to kill someone, they will kill them by all means. Guns or not.

One other thing before I stop. Remember the extensive background check that was shot down yesterday? Well, from my understanding, that background check is designed to find out whether or not you are mentally stable enough to have a gun. Someone please correct me if I misunderstood it. But that being the case, anyone with a history of prescription drugs would be banned from owning a gun. And we all know that the majority of Americans are forced to believe that prescription drugs help us. Go to a doctor and within five minutes they have three different prescriptions wrote out to you. I know this for a’s happened to me.

Anyways. That wraps it up. Like i said, these are my own opinions. Feel free to agree or disagree. And if I’m wrong about anything please by all means correct me.

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Apologies to The Coach

In November of 2012, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith went down with a concussion. Coach Jim Harbaugh puts in backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It was later learned that Alex Smith would be out for two weeks. During those two weeks, Colin Kaepernick impressed us all. Colin Kaepernick made such an impression that Coach Harbaugh decided to name him the starter for the remainder of the season. Even after Alex Smith was cleared to play.

Alex was having a great year up until the concussion. He led the 49ers to a 6-2-1 record, threw for 1737 yards, threw 13 touchdown passes, 5 interceptions, completed 70.2% of his passes, had 132 yards rushing and a quarterback rating of 104.1. Those are excellent numbers. He was well on his way to having a career year. At the time, I publicly voiced my disagreement with Alex Smith’s benching (as if my opinion really mattered…) I simply just did not understand why Coach Harbaugh would bench a guy that was putting up those kind of numbers. Coach Harbaugh came to San Francisco and restored Alex Smith’s confidence and coached him back to success…and then benches him? I just couldn’t believe it.

Nevertheless, here comes Colin Kaepernick, a rookie only a year ago with very limited playing time. Evidently Coach Harbaugh saw something in the kid that none of us really had the opportunity to see. Colin Kaepernick went 5-2, threw for 1849 yards, threw 10 touchdown passes, 3 interceptions, completed 62.3% of his passes, had 415 yards rushing, 5 rushing touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 98.3. That’s in the final 7 games of the regular season…two games less than Alex Smith started.

Now comes the time for revealing why I even wrote this post…I just wanted to say to Coach Harbaugh, I’m sorry for doubting your decision making skills. Thank you for drafting Colin Kaepernick.

To Colin Kaepernick…I’m sorry for doubting you. I never doubted your talent, only your experience. I wasn’t sure if you could handle the the pressure of the San Francisco 49ers organization’s expectations of returning to glory. My feelings at the time were based solely on the fact that I never actually got to see you play. You were Coach Harbaugh’s secret weapon and you proved to us all that you’re good…damn good.

To Alex Smith…I truly hate to see you leave the 49ers but I think you deserve to be a starter. You will most definitely make a great starting quarterback for someone. You’ve proven yourself.

For the record…Colin Kaepernick went on to lead the 49ers through the playoffs and to Super Bowl XLVII. A heartbreaking loss in the end but high expectations for the next several years.

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Death of a Dream

That pretty much sums up Superbowl XLVII for my San Francisco 49ers.

During a nightmare first half, the Baltimore Ravens jumped out to a 21-6 lead on a couple of costly turnovers and penalties and blown coverages from the 49ers. And Joey Flacco’s uncanny ability to convert on 3rd downs. It appeared that the Ravens had carried the momentum into the 3rd quarter after Jacoby Jones returned the kickoff for 108 yards and a touchdown putting the Ravens up 28-6. But then the lights went out in New Orleans. After the 34 minute delay my 49ers came out firing on all 8 cylinders. They simply dominated the second half (after the power outage), outscoring the Ravens 25-6.

But that’s where I want to stop with the numbers. I’d like to finish this post from a fan’s prospective minus the play-by-play breakdown.

How can I explain the feeling…I’m a 30ish guy. But when I watch my teams play I become a kid again. I look up to those guys. I celebrate with them. I cry with them. I wish and dream with them. And to see them fight their way back in to Superbowl XLVII the way they did only to come up short because of an extremely questionable no-call by the refs on 4th and goal…that’s hard. My 49ers could have rolled over and said to hell with it when it was 28-6. But they didn’t. Play after play they were coming up big. On offense and on defense. They simply refused to give up. And I simply kept believing as I sat there watching every single play. But in the end…we lost. This game went from a nightmare to a beautiful dream and then back to a nightmare. It was pure agony watching Crabtree get held on that 4th and goal play. It was pure agony not seeing the refs throw a penalty flag. It was pure agony watching Coach Jim Harbaugh plead and beg and try to convince the refs that they obviously missed the call. As I watched that play I desperately prayed for some kind of miracle. I wished with every fiber of my being we had just one more down. But we didn’t have one more down. We ran out of downs and ultimately out of time. It was torturous agony seeing the clock hit zero as the Ravens rushed out on the field celebrating the Superbowl victory. Celebrating the death of a dream that all 49ers Faithful had. A dream that the entire 49ers team had.

This one is a tough one to swallow. It has to be tied for 1st place on my list of the most gut wrenching, heart stopping, heartbreaking losses I have ever witnessed. As an Atlanta Braves fan and a 49ers fan, I have seen my share of heartbreaking moments in sports. But this one is definitely tied for 1st place. Actually…I’ll just go ahead and make this one Number 1 on my list.

It will definitely be a long offseason filled with plenty of “What ifs?”. But we have to put it behind us and get back to work. And get it done in Superbowl XLVIII.

For those interested in numbers of the game, here ya go

49ers are now 5-1 in Superbowls. Ravens are 2-0

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 16/28 302 yards 1 touchdown 1 interception, 7 runs for 62 yards 1 touchdown

Ravens QB Joey Flacco 22/33 288 yards 3 touchdowns 0 interceptions (Was named MVP of Superbowl XLVII)

49ers RB Frank Gore 19 runs for 110 yards 1 touchdown

Ravens RB Ray Rice 20 runs for 59 yards

49ers WR Michael Crabtree 5 receptions for 109 yards 1 touchdown

49ers TE Vernon Davis 6 receptions for 104 yards

I can’t be 100% sure but I think we are the only team to ever have a 300 yard passer, 100 yard rusher, and two 100 yard receivers in a game and still lose.

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Daily Prompt: Set It To Rights

I’ve always let things slide. Out of human instinct I might hold a grudge for a few days or at the time, make some elaborate plan of revenge. But I never act upon it.


I was raised in a God fearing home. God knows I fell off that wagon but I learned quite a bit and much of it I still apply to my everyday life. Some of the principles I learned was the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”. Or, “Whatever you measure out to a person, it will be measured back to you” and there’s always the “Turn the other cheek” rule.

Out of those three, the one that I continually relate to and the one that never fails is, Whatever you measure out to a person, it will be measured back to you. For some people it’s also known as the karma rule. Or maybe “what goes around comes around”. I’ve witnessed this truth so many times and I’ve never seen it fail. You do wrong to someone and it will most definitely come back to haunt you. Sometimes it might take weeks, months, or even years….but like a ghost from the past it will come back to haunt you.

I don’t wish bad upon anyone who wrongs me. I know they will get what’s coming to them. Instead of lying awake awake at night, churning thoughts of utter pain and destruction, I sleep peacefully knowing that I don’t have to get revenge…revenge will find them and cause them more pain than I could ever do. And it doesn’t need my help.

I hope I don’t sound hypocritical or philosophical in this post. That is not my intention at all. I am only telling why I let things slide in response to the Daily Prompt: Set it To Rights

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The Great San Francisco Controversy

Colin Kaepernick made his first career start for theSan Francisco 49ers last night (Monday, November 19th) against the Chicago Bears number 2 ranked defense…and a good start it was. Kaepernick completed 16 out of 23 passes for 243 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Very impressive numbers for a second year quarterback facing a stingy Chicago Bears defense.

Yes, Kaepernick had a very good performance.

So good in fact that the media is already claiming that there’s a “Quarterback Controversy” in San Francisco. I mean, really? After one start? Sure, he appeared confident. He showed great composure and decision making skills. He used his legs when he needed to. He made timely and accurate passes. But I would highly doubt that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh will just hand over the reins of his highly potent offense to Colin Kaepernick after just one start no matter how impressive the performance was.

Kaepernick, a very talented young quarterback, lacks two things in my opinion. Experience and maturity. Both of those take longer than a season and a half to acquire. Don’t get me wrong…he is well on his way to obtaining those two virtues. But on a night when San Francisco was dominating  both sides of the football, it’s easy to look experienced and mature. But how will he handle throwing four interceptions? Or fumbles on a potential game winning drive? We all know it will eventually happen. No quarterback in history is immune to a bad day from time to time. Will he suck it up and get over it and focus on the next play? Or will he crawl helplessly back to the sidelines, sulking and sobbing and pointing fingers at someone who didn’t make a block? Only time will tell. And experience and maturity takes time.

On the other side of this “Controversy”, we have San Francisco’s “other” quarterback, Alex Smith. Smith, on a weekly basis, is just as successful as Kaepernick was on Monday night. His experience and maturity should never be a question. This guy has been in some of the most nightmarish situations known to an athlete. Example…seven different offensive coordinators? I think it was seven. I’ve lost count. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. He lead the 49ers to a 13-3 record and an NFC Championship game in 2011. During the offseason that followed, it was learned that the higher up people in San Francisco were flirting with the idea of signing future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Now that’s a true slap in the face. Especially after the season Smith had. After all that, one would have to assume Alex wasn’t feeling to welcomed in San Francisco anymore. But Alex has persevered. Over the past three years, he has gained experience. He has matured. He has quietly become one of the NFL’s most consistent, accurate, and effective quarterbacks. Maybe not as flashy but successful nonetheless.

You do the math. Seven and a half years of tried and true experience… or a year and a half of a young, talented, potential superstar who is still just learning the ropes of the NFL? If I were a betting man, I would say coach Jim Harbaugh  has already done his math. I am most confident he doesn’t see a quarterback controversy. The only controversy (or should I say, nonsense?) is coming from the minds of the people who are pushing for a quarterback controversy. People who would make a better living at writing for gossip magazines. And it simply isn’t fair to coach Harbaugh, Alex Smith, or that young man named Colin Kaepernick.

For the record, I am a huge Colin Kaepernick fan. I have been ever since I super-simmed the offseason on my copy of Madden 2012 for Xbox, which had my 49ers refusing to re-sign Alex Smith and naming Kaepernick the starter. But in all honesty and seriousness…I am a huge fan of Colin and all of my 49ers players.

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Laid off…or Vacation?

I got laid off from my construction job last Friday November the 16th. And to be honest….I welcomed it.


It came as no surprise to me. The company I worked for was almost finished with the three year long road widening project here in my neck of the woods. All that remains is a little more paving and touch up work on the concrete structures. When a project gets that close to being finished, layoffs are inevitable. I knew it would be just a matter of time before I got that pink slip, that same pink slip that 35 others dreadfully received last month. Most of those 35 were shocked, angry, and upset.

Not me. I very much welcomed it. But before anyone draws any conclusions about me, let me explain…I’ve had one vacation in the past seven years and only two vacations in the past nine years. I’ve averaged working between 50-65 hours a week during these times and many times I’ve worked 80 hours or more in a week. I very rarely ever call in sick or take a day off. I’ve battled torrential downpours, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, and record breaking heat.



I’ve sloshed around in mud up to my knees, and snow up to my waist.



pulling drill steel

I’ve wrestled around with 400 pound joints of drill steel for hours upon hours.




I’ve carried dynamite, caps, and boosters up and down cliffs and mountains from sunrise til sunset. I’ve shoveled enough rocks and dirt to build the Empire State Building from the ground up.




I’ve put together so much gas line that I could easily do it while I’m asleep.




I’ve pushed, pulled, and tugged on multi-ton concrete structures until my body can take it no more.


This is what I’ve been doing day in and day out for at least the past nine years. I need a break. My body needs a break. So this layoff, to me, is a very much needed break.

My only problem with the lay off is what will I do with all this free time? I’ve already taken care of a few projects that needed to be done. I fixed my PlayStation 3. Did tune-ups on my computer and my parents computers. Signed up for unemployment benefits. Started on my Christmas shopping (which should be finished in a couple of weeks).

Speaking of Christmas shopping, I did buy myself a little something to help me kill all this free time I have. I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 which came with Adobe Premiere Elements 11 and I also bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3i from Amazon. The Canon is supposed to be here tomorrow. If anyone has any techniques or tips that they wouldn’t mind sharing I would be forever grateful.

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Daily Prompt: IMHO Death in the Name of Greed

Daily Prompt: IMHO

Link to an item in the news you’ve been thinking about lately, and write the op-ed you’d like to see published on the topic.


Curcumin the mighty cancer killer?

I bet you’ve never seen that on MSN or Yahoo. I bet you’ve never heard it on CNN, FOX, or MSNBC either. I read this bold claim about two months ago while researching alternative cancer treatments and now it pops up on Natural News.  This claim is from researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, America’s number 1 cancer center for six years straight.

Here’s my beef with this…why wasn’t this reported in mainstream media? MD Anderson is a world renown hospital which means it gets plenty of publicity but yet this discovery hasn’t been made known to the majority of Americans. Are they trying to keep this discovery hid?

You do any research on Western cancer treatment and they’ll have you believing that chemotherapy and radiation is the only effective way to treat cancer. But the sad fact is chemotherapy doesn’t cure cancer and radiation may indeed kill cancer cells but it also causes cancer. Matter of fact, patients often die from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation instead of the cancer itself. Right off the top of my head I can count six friends or family members who have had cancer. Out of those six only ONE has went into remission by using the chemotherapy and radiation.

So why hasn’t the curcumin article been reported by mainstream media? Simple..the higher up powers don’t want it reported because of the profit that cancer and many other ailments generate. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes…all these sicknesses and diseases rise dramatically with each passing year. It’s a vicious cycle really. You have all these companies making garbage they call food, this garbage gets us sick, we go to the doctor, get diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, etc., they write out a prescription for some “miracle drug”, that “miracle drug” makes us feel a little better but the side effects cause problems somewhere else down the line, then it’s back to the doctor for another diagnosis. I’m talking profits up in the billions. The higher up people know that if we aren’t sick then they aren’t making money. We the people need to wake up and see the health care industry for what it truly is….an evil profit generating machine…

But that’s my opinion. My rant for the day. It just infuriates me to no end to see and know that I have family and friends who have suffered enormously…in the name of profit and greed. Hippocrates and St. Luke (may they rest in peace) would roll over in their grave if they knew of this.

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Daily Prompt: This Is Your Song

This song has no lyrics…just some really intelligent instrumentation. This reminds me of myself…very few words (no lyrics) but many thoughts and ideas (intelligent instrumentation). But the lack of words doesn’t mean lack of meaning. Quite the opposite actually. Songs with no lyrics can be molded into many different meanings. For example, Asik Veysel by Joe Satriani. I hear this song and immediately I want to grab my air guitar and absolutely jam until my head can’t take it anymore. To me, this song is fast, hard, and never misses a beat…very much the way I sometimes feel like tackling life and it’s many difficult obstacles



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