Chryslers $500 Military service credit: Retired is NOT medically retired


If you served in the military and retired (20 years) with an honorable discharge, you qualify for a $500 rebate.

If you exited the military less than 12 months ago with an honorable discharge, regardless of time in service, you qualify for a $500 rebate.

If you medically retired from the military more than 12 months ago, and have an honorable discharge, you do not qualify for a $500 rebate.

Apparently those of you that served in the military and were injured in the line of duty do not deserve the same recognition as those that served in the military and were not injured in the line of duty.

What you can expect from the dealership after providing a DD-214 that shows you are medically retired, after you have signed all the paperwork, after you have taken delivery of the Jeep TrailHawk, is a phone call from the salesperson demanding renegotiation of the contract.

At least that is what Faricy Brothers at +1-877-482-6750 expect.

Episode V: The Inquisitvie Tykes Back


In this episode Princess Abigail returns to the Denver Mini Maker Faire.  She hunts desperately for R2-D2.  As our intrepid young princess enters the faire she finds R2 serving drinks again.  It appears astromech droids make for good bartenders, who knew?  The work done on this conversion is… stunning.  This IS the droid she’s looking for.

Princess Abigail has been looking forward to this Maker’s Faire since she attended her first one, THE first one in Denver last year.  You can see the record of her adventures here.  She was excited to build a project at the SparkFun booth.  When we found it, she was disappointed to see that there was no Simon or watch project to speak of.  Her Jedi guardian informed her this was likely due to a lack of space for such an undertaking, and potentially a reality of the economics of this side of the galaxy.  She enjoyed the FLIR demonstration, the “printed” circuits, and digital synthesizer.

The Nerdy Derby was exciting to watch, but the impatience associated with being four prevented the princess from committing the time necessary to enjoy the derby itself.  Her Jedi escort informed her that he would be able to acquire the vehicle blanks and 3D print the parts needed on his prntrbot.  They could have their own nerdy derby, and the parts could be whatever colors she liked (and even made to look like My Little Pony).

Next she would be afforded the opportunity to make a “musical instrument.”  After assembling it from hanging file folder bits, some paper wrap, masking tape, and rubber bands, she was able to reproduce… the mating call of a bantha?  Well, it made noise, and at her age, noise was acceptable.

The synthesizer petting zoo was delightful.  Many times she asked if she could acquire such goods to take back to her star system.  Her Jedi escort reminded her that they were there to experience the entire Faire, and not just loiter at one particular location.

DenHack was the next booth that gave her and her Jedi escort pause.  To understand the engineer there (identified as Radio Shack), this demonstration was one of using cheap stuff to produce an expensive simulation. There was an entire ships bridge constructed from inexpensive tablet computers, connected to an inexpensive laptop, producing an amazingly realistic view of a starship in space.  The unique component of this demonstration was that the different positions were required to work together to accomplish tasks.

Secret Society


Today was my first day of membership in a secret society.  To become a member I had to pay $30,000.  That fee is good for the next 4 years (guaranteed) and may last me as many as 6 years.  I didn’t learn a secret handshake, but I did learn a cool wave…
There are members of this secret society all over the world.  You may even know a member (which isn’t saying much, you likely know me).  I achieved 250 in my test period, which satisfied me at least.  I became convinced that I simply MUST commit…

Wait, I’m just a jeep owner now.

Kinda like it’s just a motorcycle, or it’s just a game….

My Renegade TrailHawk is… Pure fun.  I actually enjoy driving for the first time since my Intrepid.  I miss my Intrepid….

But this makes up for it.

So, who wants to go crawling?

Edit The next day

The pen is mightier than the sword


I am an Atheist.  As a follow on, I do not believe in the supernatural either.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

I would also like to remind us of the Second Amendment, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Why mention of these?  Current events have led many to demand protection from the Government.  Many are angry, and none want to live in fear.  So the solution is, “protect me from them.”  Let us see if that is the best approach.

Have rights ever been infringed?  Is this question different from, “have rights been limited?”  The problem with answering the question is one of definition.

  1. the action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, etc.; violation. “copyright infringement”
  2. the action of limiting or undermining something.
    “the infringement of the right to privacy”
    In one definition we violate the statement (you can no longer go to church, talk about religion, you can no longer own a gun, etc).  What we are seeing here is that the law of the land implicitly states that we allow. Then we  enact law that says what is allowed, is not allowed.  In this way we have infringed.

    In the second part of the definition we limit something.  It is a fact  based on this definition that my right to keep and bear arms has been infringed.  I can not go out and legally buy a fully automatic M-16.  The reason is that law has been put in place that infringes my right.  I am not making a moral conclusion about this, I am only stating a fact.

    What I am demonstrating is that although we the people have rights that can not be infringed, we allow it.  I wish I could say we allow infringement because we do a risk analysis and decide that the infringement of our rights is less risky than the outcome of protecting the right.  What actually happens is that we cower in fear and demand protection.

    We have done this with our right to peaceably assemble too.  We want to make sure that trade, commerce, and personal security are not effected by rampaging mobs.  You can peaceably assemble as long as you have a permit and will disperse if “law enforcement” dictates.  Again, we want easy and safe instead of free.

    So when I hear people talking about Muslims and Islam I shake my head.  I KNOW that we can infringe on the right “protecting the free exercise (of religion).”  I know that if a large enough majority allows this right to be infringed for the safety of the people of the country, that Muslims can be forced out of the country.  I know this because of all the examples I have seen of infringement of rights that can not be infringed.

    As an Atheist I would not miss the practice of religion – any religion.  This does create a problem for me.  Religion is an ideology.  We do not have freedom of religion because gods demand it.  We have freedom from ideological control because people demand it.  I demand it.  I can not defend freedom of ideology while cherry picking ideologies that I do not like for removal.

    I will tolerate outdated mythologies and fallacy driven ideologies. Yes, I said tolerate.  I will put up with childish simplistic concepts of morality.  I will allow you to pollute the market place of ideas, because I truly believe that when the broad light of day shines on the lies you have to tell to support your ideology, fewer and fewer people will believe it.

    There is one type of ideology I will stand against.  One that demands harm to another for having a different ideology.  I do not care if you call yourself Nazi, Muslim, or Christian.  I will not support anything you say that demands harm to another.  I will not sit idly by while you use your ideology to harm another.  I do not care if you have a problem with me drawing cartoons of a revered leader, take issue with me protecting someones right to marry, or require the execution of someone because of their religious belief.  I will fight you with every ounce of energy, every breath I draw, and any word I can utter.

    But…. I will still let you urinate in the drinking water of ideas.  Because truth acts as a filter and removes the piss of unruly children.

The ten people you can not help.


This article was originally written by Joseph Mattera. I took the liberty of correcting it to reflect rationalism making it useful for… reality.

1. Those who do not take responsibility for themselves.
The first step toward self-improvement is to remove all excuses for mediocrity or failure. Those that continually blame other people or dieties for their failures or succeesses will never be able to identify what the root cause was.  Without this it can not be stopped (if failure) or reproduced (if success).

Leaders can complain about their spouses, the income level of their non-prrofit, the lack of staff, etc., but I have learned that within every challenge is the seed of opportunity for success, which requires the creativity of problem solving.

2. Those who do not have a desire to seek truth.
The definition of wisdom is “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.”

We do this by studying, measuring, and concluding based on evidence.  To imply that there is a system outside of the scientific method that will yield results is to turn your back on reality.  Those that spout pseudo-science or religous nonsense cannot be helped.

3. Those who create distance so they are not accountable.
There are certain people I have met in life who only let others get so close before cutting off the relationship. They are willing to tell you about their delusional religous beliefs, “pray for you,” and inform you that you are going to their fantasy hell.  Yet when you challenge their belief, when you point out the failures in their arguments, the ignorance and denial displayed by them is madddening.

The easiest way to identify these individuals is that they make use of the fruits of science in their daily lives, some even claim to use the scientific method, but they will still tell you that refuted claims are acceptable as long as it defends the position of their faith.

Whether it is fear or rebellion, those who live like this have put a low ceiling on their lives and will not grow past the infant stage concerning their potential in life.

4. Those who insist on having a negative outlook on life.
Religous training can cause an individual to have an overwhelmingly negative view of life.  When one believes they have been guaranteed a “do over” there is little reason to exert the effort to approach this life in a positive light.  When you believe such garbage as “not of this world” or “not my real home” you have no reason to take this life seriously.

This is a weird way some folks attempt to shield their emotions from the pain of disappointment; it is a very common practice with many people. If you discover that you are communicating with someone that believes this existance is disposable, or isn’t the “real” one, how can this life have value, much less be approached positively?

I cannot empower a person who refuses to think rationally about themselves, the world, or life.

5. Those who refuse to have a vision for their future.
There are many very talented people I have been in relationship with who live their lives without any strategic plan or vision for their future. They are just living from day to day to prepare for their retirement.

Those who are successful have a compelling vision that drives them daily even more than the desire to make money. Inside of every human being is a desire for self-actualization.

If a person refuses to tap into that and value that vision as their barometer for success then my continual pep talks will not do the trick either.

6. Those who live in self-deception.
There are many people who are living lives of denial regarding rationalism a replacing it with a “relationship with god” to the detriment of their families and all things regarding their lives.

The sad thing is that denial is the first step to outright deception, in which a person concocts an alternate, false reality that continually feeds their mind and emotions the things they want to hear about themselves and their key relationships. This insulates them from reality and from others.

When you confront people like this, they become upset and blame you for not understanding them or for wrongfully accusing them of something. These are the people I cannot help unless reality steps in and delivers them from delusion and deception.

7. Those who do not want to pay the price for success.
There are many that want the perks of success but don’t want to pay the price for success.

Whatever we do in life, we are expected to sacrifice our time, invest our talents and be committed to a long, grueling process with many setbacks until we reach our peak performance. This kind of sacrifice is needed in every area we desire success in, including our marriages, relationships with our children, leading a company, etc.

Consequently, I have found that I am not able to empower a person to the fullness of their destiny if they don’t want to work hard at self-improvement.

8. Those whose primary agenda is socialistic.
There are some people whose only agenda in life is to advance their own agenda to control others.

They don’t want to work with a team. They want everyone else to invest their lives in the individuals cause, but they are rarely ever willing to pour back into me or people around them.  The easiest way to explain this concept is “redistribuition,” or “forcibly take from those that have, to give to those that have not.”

I have learned that those who only want to use me or politics to advance their own agenda (even if it is socially related) have greatly limited their own lives. Thus, I back away from these people until they change.

This is because we are all human beings.  We need to follow our individualistic sense of destiny, and sacrifice and invest our time for the good of ourselves and others. This, in turn, will do more to release self-actualization.

9. Those who refuse to keep privacy.
I have been with very talented individuals that I had to back away from because they did not know how to remain faithful to their obligations or because they broke confidence by continually talking behind other people’s backs.

Reality and rationalism dictate that a person who doesn’t keep their word can not be trusted.  Would you want someone that you can not trust in your “inner circle” of friends?

10. Those who lack transparency, humility and integrity.
The Scientific method requires us to admit our faults.

Those that do not admit their faults cannot have the kind of relationship with a mentor suitable for personal growth.

It is important for me to have a transparent relationship with those I am mentoring since a person who deceives me is not giving me a chance to honestly speak into their life and help them in their areas of weakness and vice-versa. Those who want to progress have to learn to practice the discipline of admitting failure.

My government embarrasses me…


World, I hang my head in shame.  I am an American.  When I was eighteen I raised my hand swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  I knew that joining the military put me in harms way.  That I was joining a rare breed of people that gave the government a blank check that could be cashed for a value of up to and including my life.

Seven individuals in Government have sickened me.  They’re hollow, pathetic, and weak.  Their position puts our sons and daughters in the military in unnecessary jeopardy.  My son wants to be a Marine.  I was a soldier.  My father and mother were airmen.  My grandfathers were Marines and Seamen.  My family gives a damn.

A bipartisan Senate Select committee on intelligence made up of 8 Democrats and 7 Republicans voted 11-3 to declassify the report on TORTURE (no, I am not going to bullshit people into believing TORTURE is an interrogation technique).  To quote another well written author on the subject, “Tom Coburn R-OK, showed particular testicular fortitude by voting “present”.”

When I swore to uphold the Constitution, I did NOT agree to protect people using torture.  We were attacked by terrorists on September 11.  I remember.  I watched with tears rolling down my face helpless as I saw plane loads of people dying while buildings fell.  I watched helpless as something I loved, people I swore to defend and protect were killed.  I did the only thing I knew how to do, and that was find out what I could do to help.

And now, today, I find out that the terrorists won.  The America traded its humanity on that day.  We turned our backs on the high road.  A group of 15 Americans do not all agree that TORTURE=BAD.  Incredibly, afterwards some of them lied about their vote.  Afterwards all the Republicans stated they voted against it, a mathematical impossibility based on the outcome.  A few of them did the right thing, but are lying about it.

World, I’m sorry.  I want to represent the kind of America that sends aid after an earthquake.  That commits its lives and sacred honor to the defense of liberty and freedom.  I am watching my own government spit on the grave of every soldier ever.  They have chosen to defecate on the tomb of the unknown soldier, and for that, I am sad, angry, and offended.