Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some thoughts while sitting in McDonald's

Right now, I am sitting in a McDonald's PlayPlace with my kids.  Okay, that makes it sound like we all are sitting.  Nothing could be further than the truth!  My kids are playing to their hearts' content, and I am sitting here, with my laptop on my lap, typing out this post.
Kinda boring, wound't you think?  Actually, it's not boring at all.  It's helping me stay awake.

Doesn't that make you feel good?  I have just relegated you to the boring pile.  But don't feel ashamed; you haven't done anything to interest me (okay, there has only been one person who has commented on my blog, and his post has peaked my interest).

So, back to McDonald's.  I get to sit here, watching my kids have fun, while thinking about a variety of things.  So, this post will be about my thoughts while sitting.  This may not be the most exciting post to read, but right now, I really don't care (probably because I'm seriously tired, and I'm only writing this to keep me awake).
Anyway, onto my thoughts today:

So, I was thinking about the United Peaks College idea.  I've been mulling over several thoughts for that over the past several months.  One thing I had been debating over was whether or not to have it be solely online, or to have it based online, and offer offline classes.  The offline classes would be streamed online for those who do not attend the classes in person, so they would be able get the same information as those who would attend the classes.

Well, this morning I came to a realization: I need to offer the offline classes as well.  When I first had the idea and was talking to potential students, I realized that most of those who attend college want to attend a classroom.  They want to be there to see what is going on and to feel like they're getting an education.  There's something not real about doing it online.

So what I am doing now is figuring out the expenses for having classrooms and how to pay for them.  I know that it's possible to accomplish this, and I have several ideas as to how exactly to pay for it, but I need to perform some market research to make sure that the potential students will be okay with this.

Another thing which I have thought about today is politics.  For anyone who truly knows me, I follow politics pretty closely (partly because I was, and still am, thinking about running for political office).  I am truly ashamed in the political process right now.  There is no compromise.  Republicans think that their was of doing things is the only way to do them, and Democrats think the same way.

One person in whom I am truly ashamed is Mitt Romney.  The presumptive Republican nominee is not acting like who I thought he is.  I highly doubt that he is the ultra-conservative person who he says he is.  He comes across to me as someone who has Republican ideologies, but more than anything else, crunches numbers and goes with what makes the most sense.  That is the person who I want running America, and sadly, President Obama meets that mark better than Mitt Romney right now.

I understand why Mitt has become the ultra-conservative person: He has to be that in order to become the Republican nominee.  There is no other way that he can make it past this step in the process, but in doing so, he is alienating those who believe in him, and think that he will do a better job running the country than President Obama.

One last thing I have been thinking about (which is something I have wondered about for a long time) is what happens when you post a threat on a blog.  Does it depend on who you threaten, and does it have to be something credible?  Would there be a difference between typing a threat toward someone who is a US politician (be it in Congress, the Supreme Court, or White House) and my next-door neighbor?  What about a threat like taking over a nuclear-powered satellite and reconfiguring it so it will shoot death rays at a targeted individual?  Is that even credible enough to warrant notice?

In reality, I have seen (and read online) stories of those who have posted threats against elected officials, and they were visited by the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service (btw, the Secret Service always reminds me of the Nazi's SS guards), and being the kind of person I am, I want to experience it.  Not because I'm a masochist or anything of the sort, but rather because I want to understand the plight of those individuals better.  I know that's not the best way to go about things and it may get my in deep trouble, but I like understanding others.

In finishing that last topic, I wonder what will happen if I post something about President Obama, Mitt Romney, and Congresspeople being attacked by man-eating sharks acting as shrapnel on a nuclear warhead being fired from Russia, Iran, and North Korea, being one communistic dictatorship, and destroying the Super Bowl Sweepstakes Fraud, if Allah allows.

I wonder if anything will happen from that.  If so, I'll post about it, but I doubt anything will come of it--at least I hope nothing comes of it.

Anyway, those are all of my thoughts for today.  I think I'll sign off now, and hopefully I'm not arrested before the next post I write.

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