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CAREGIVING FOR A.L.S.

Having had to come to Japan specifically to care for a feisty mother-in-law diagnosed with A.L.S. last August, it has been quite an experience.  My wife had to come first, back in October, leaving me to place everything we owned into storage to prepare for coming here in February.  I was originally thinking that I’d be coming in and out for lack of a visa, but we pulled off a

A DENT IN THE PLAN

Before the car accident which completely eviscerated my income altogether, leaving me with very little money, pretty much no money in fact, I had already started packing.  Mind you, with more than 40 free Home Depot boxes that I scored from a recently moved Angelino off a Craigslist post, I was tasked with packing up 15 years’ worth of me and Mrs S’s accumulated stuff.  Everything from clothes to books,

CHANGE OF PLANS, MORE ON MY ABSENCE

Our original plan was for Mrs S to simply return to Japan to handle all of her mother’s legal and financial dealings, because there was a house at issue, then return to Los Angeles.  She left on the 16th of October and the intention was to return on January 7th, so that her mother could have one final New Year’s with her before she passes on into the next realm. 

IT'S BEEN AWHILE, BUT I'M BACK

It is now the my 20th day in Japan, and I just realized how remiss I have been in my blog-posting duties.  I told myself that I would be blogging more often, but so much had happened since I last posted that I feel there is a tremendous need to fully catch everyone up on what’s been going on since I last posted.  Firstly, let me apologize to those of

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (How the Hotdog Met the Bun)

At ______________, we’re more than just a company, we’re a family. Don’t you hate companies that say that shit? Exactly the crock of crap coming out the crackhole of a creep who wouldn’t give a crippled crab a crutch, right? So I won’t say it like that, but here’s the thing… In 2003 I was living foul, doing dirt for a living of which I won’t go into detail just

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ADDICTION

One of the first observations about the United States that Mrs S., had mentioned to me many years ago was that it seemed like there was a donut shop on every corner.  Interestingly enough, I’d lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and it had never actually occurred to me until she pointed it out.  Then again, truth be told she’s a tad bit more visually observant than I am. 

HOW TO CONTROL 300,000,000 PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO FIREARMS.

Surely by now if you’ve already read more than one of these “health” category blog posts, you would’ve seen the question by now.  Have you asked yourself yet? If not, I’ll ask again.  How do you control 300,000,000+ people with access to firearms?  Well, in the spirit of intellectual honesty, allow me to concede that by no means are there 300,000,000 gun owners.  Only 3% of the population own 1/2

AMERICA THE DELICIOUS, YOUR ROAD TO RUIN TASTES GREAT.

Do you remember the taste of the baby food that you were fed when you were a baby or toddler? I know that I surely do not. But if there is one thing that puts a smile on almost everyone’s face, my best guess would be the sweet taste of sugar. Salt might come in an uncomfortably close second place. I had always known, maybe not perhaps always, but since

MS, MY PATH TO EMPOWERMENT

Some people think I’m crazy for saying this, but being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was the best thing ever to happen to me.  It was without a doubt, the single worst news I had ever received in the entirety of not only the 38 years before I was diagnosed, but the 9 years that passed since then.  I’ve had people that I loved dearly suddenly befall an untimely tragic death,

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, SO WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN EATING??

We’ve all heard that old school phrase before, “you are what you eat.” Surely somebody’s mother if not your own or a teacher or television character somewhere on down the line in your life must’ve uttered the phrase, “you are what you eat” in your presence , no? But let me ask you something. What in the hell have you been eating? Ya know, I’d actually always known that I

THE BIRTH OF A REPUBLIC

For the better part of four years, Mrs S and I had been either selling stuff online, schlupping to retail stores on sketchy consignment arrangements, or doing craft fairs like Felt Club, originally selling just leather-crafts such as belts, notebook covers, handbags, as well as original cigar box art handbags, and t-shirts that we designed and silk-screened ourselves. But something happened in towards the end of 2006. When we first

BEAT IT!

This is a re-edit of our very first stop-motion animation that I had originally developed as a 3 minute stand-up comedy set that I was working through at open mics. CATCH UP (Birth of a Republic if you haven’t read that blog-post yet) But if you already read that one, carry on and keep reading. Shortly after contracting the Swine Flu from Hello Kitty; yeah, you just read that correctly.

WHO WOULD JESUS BOMB?

This is a re-edit of a previously released stop motion animation that was originally titled EVANGELICALS. After a first few webisodes, I started writing and recording separate little webisodes every day. You can probably tell that we were still (still are actually) in the process of figuring out what we are as far as a medium was concerned.  The original idea for Bear Republic Network was always for the small

BECOMING A PRACTITIONER

After a multitude of YouTube “explained” videos and actually purchasing a book on Amazon, the Cryptocurrency Investment Bible, I decided to simply get started by opening a Coinbase account. It was really easy, all I had to do was sign up and after verification of my identity and linking my bank or credit union account, I was off to the races. On Coinbase, you have access to purchasing of Bitcoin,

FAT PRESIDENT?

This is a re-edit of a previously released video. I wrote this on a whim, shortly after Mrs S and I started making stop-motion animation videos. This was an easy one because at the time when I wrote it, it was right after Newt Gingrich made an ass out of himself yet again, and I really just couldn’t help myself. At the time, I was doing stand-up comedy at open

HOW 24 SOLD THE WAR ON TERROR

Frank Zappa allegedly once said, “Hollywood is just the entertainment arm of the Pentagon.”  This is absolutely true, and what started as a joke often wasted on Facebook on numerous comment threads has ended up becoming an entire dissertation for me.  Zappa also said once that “government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex,” which is also true.  Personally, I don’t like the term, Military Industrial Complex (M.I.C.),

MORE ON 24'S SALESMANSHIP

When I first moved out to Los Angeles in 1992, less than a week after the Rodney King Beating Verdict ignited riots that set several, noticeable upon arrival, portions of L.A. ablaze.  Growing up in small town Midwest America, we didn’t have a lot of easy access to alternative media as you would find in a city like Los Angeles.  I’m not saying that we’re particularly unique in that regard because

FOOD PARADIGMS

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Remember that? I grew up believing that statement and it ended up costing me dearly.  I was juicing apples everyday thinking that it was good for me.  You know, it’s “all natural”, right? “Milk, it does a body good.” Remember that little doozy? Maybe not, you might not be that old. Back when I was a kid, Health Education was always a

BILL HICKS BURNING THE FLAG

I grew up loving stand-up comedy ever since I was a kid.  Unlike most other kids I knew, my parents were more open minded and permissive than other parents with what my brother and I were allowed to watch on TV or at the movies.  My Dad took us to see Ridley Scott’s ALIEN when I was in the second grade and took us to An American Werewolf in London

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 2

** SPOILERS GALORE, but it’s old enough of a show that you probably already saw it before.  But I know some who haven’t. Season Two (Day 2) of 24 starts with torture from jump, when in Seoul, South Korea, South Korean intelligence operatives torture a man (#1) and give the supervising American CIA officer the word, “today”, and President Palmer’s vacation with his son is interrupted by news of actionable

KITCHEN CHEAT CODE

A fundamental requirement to taking your life back from the system that wants to enslave you is to start cooking for yourself.  Back in the day I used to eat a lot of takeout foods.  I never really got into the frozen TV dinners that you see throughout every grocery store freezer aisle.  My disposable income was being wasted on takeout food or fast food.  I lived in Playa Del

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 3

** SPOILER HEAVEN, if you have not seen it and don’t want it spoiled for you, you can see it on Amazon Prime *** Side note, I’m leaving out most unnecessary sub-plots involving the re-election campaign of David Palmer and anything involving Jack’s daughter, Kim. *** Fox Broadcasting Company’s popular counterterror action drama, 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland took a slight detour from Day 2’s radical Islam coming to nuke your

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 4 PART 1

Jack’s back, and 24’s better than ever for more than a few reason.  Not just because there was no Kim, but in Season 4, as if Sean Callery‘s music wasn’t already some of the best soundtrack music on television, he upped his game and it got better than ever.  Season 4 had the most memorable music of the entire series from Season 1 all the way to the very end,

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 4 part 2

Marianne Taylor is killed when she attempts helping Curtis at the office she shared with Powell, and Curtis is captured by Forbes (Richard Marcus) but he turns it around and kills 2 men, evading recapture until Jack arrives to back him up just in time to retake the override device so Edgar can stop the meltdowns. Marwan escapes, but his alias of Harris Barnes leads them to McClennen Forster. Paul

TRUE LIES ON 24 - DAY 5

Season 4, was my favorite before they  jumped the shark, but it was Season 5 that got me thinking that my joke might not be a joke at all.  For the newbies… “If you ever wanted to know what the Anglo American Establishment (Empire) is up to just watch 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, they’ll tell you.” Season 5 was ranked as the best season of 24, even though I personally