The Gentlemen Revolutionaries

Dedicated to the Preservation of the First Amendment

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

This is a public service announcement

As you can see my writing has plummeted recently. It has been 20 days since my last post and it isn't that there has been nothing happening in the world, some pretty cool things have been happening, it is simply that I have not been inspired. Misery was my muse.
Everyday I would wake up dreading going to work and every day I would come home more tired than one should be for a ten hour day. But I did, and for some reason that horrid situation made me want to post. Probably because it was my only release, possibly because I spent hours in front of a computer every day I thought that I might as well do something that I thought was worth while and productive. I don't know but that situation made me post. Now three weeks out of it and it has been three weeks since my last post, longer since my last meaningful one. I am out of that situation but my muse is back, I have no idea what it is now, it is not misery that is certain. It came back through song, through a song in particular- Smart Went Crazy by Atmosphere. I heard this one for the first time about 3 weeks ago... odd. But something clicked with it this morning. So maybe music is my muse. This was the case throughout college, I made a sound track for every paper I wrote. So music it may be, maybe something else will show its face as the true source, but for now, music it is.
I am not surprised by my difficulties, I was not being true to myself. I was hiding who I really was because I thought that is what I was supposed to do.

I am Smenis
Politics and cars are all that is necessary to make the world go round.
I love the Eagles and think that everyone from Dallas is a pansy.
I love loud music.
I think that the 4th generation Camaro is the best car ever produced.
Coors Light and Level Vodka are my drinks of choice (throw some sobe in there too)
I like horses and guns.
Futurama is one of the funniest shows ever.
Man on Fire and Black Hawk Down are the worlds greatest movies.
I love this country, I love my family, I love my girlfriend, and I love myself.

I forgot all of this, but this is who I am. As Jay-Z says:

No matter where you go, you are what you are player
And you can try to change but that's just the top layer
Man, you was who you was 'fore you got here"

I am who I am and I can't ignore the steps I take from here forward. The next step is employment. I will certainly let you know when that has been solved but in the mean time I will be posting (if anyone wants to give me a job doing something cool, let me know, I can lock it up). I am not going to let it fall by the way side again, and if I do, please call me on it.

In the next few days I will be introducing a new feature which may or may not take off. I want this to become a much more interactive place. I will be going back to my traditional political posts and am well aware that my readers really have very varied views and would like to solicit more opinions. If you would like to see a place where true respectful debate can occur, stick around.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

My Federal Budget

In order to stay as true to the constitution as possible I have written the following federal budget.

The following programs are cut:
The following programs are to be assigned and funded by the states:

Monday, February 06, 2006

Philly, the best city on earth for a reason

On Cartoonagate:

"This is the kind of work that newspapers are in business to do," Bennett told the AP. "We're running this in order to give people a perspective of what the controversy's about, not to titillate, and we have done that with a whole wide range of images throughout our history...You run it because there's a news reason to run it," Bennett said. "The controversy does not appear to have died down. It's still a news issue."

You cant stop the fire.

I recieved the following comment last week in regards to my story on the Cartoonagate. It is unedited:

how would printing the pictures make ANYONE any good in anyway?whereas it would REALLY REALLY offend muslims myself i'm a muslim .. & i'm telling u,i don't even want to see these images!it's not about HOW they drew the prophet .. but just the idea!it is so obvious this was done to offend us, otherwise they would've chosen any other million topic that exist in the world to draw & show their talent other than our i'm not saying this just because i'm a muslim.. but because i really don't see why the pictures should be out in the open, everywhere!!& maybe in the far future .. those pictures would be displayed in books & have "the prophet Mohammad" written under it just to avoid things like that AND MORE.. those pictures shouldn't be published & should not even see the light of day

I have determined my response. If these photos are not allowed to be printed it brings into question the freedom of the press. Once this is compromised our whole freedom of expression is compromise. This includes freedom of religion. So when it comes down to it, publishing these photos is good for everyone.

As to the comment - I thank you for your input, the more dialogue the better, but you and I both know that the burning of an embassy is not dialogue. Now I notice your IP is from Oman, and your English is solid so that leads me to assume that you come from a wealthy family, most likely associated with oil production or the technology sector. Which leads me to guess that you have had extensive (much more than the average citizen of Oman) exposure to the West. You know that we have no boundries when it comes to commentary. We do not wish to force you to have the boundless commentary if you do not desire it (I do not expect a newpaper in Oman to publish these cartoons) yet I do not want you to force your boundries on me.

Friday, February 03, 2006


So I dont really especially care about the "cartoon crisis" or whatever BS name the press wants to give it. However, I do get upset about this:

CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons out of respect for Islam.

I understand that it is against Islam to depict images of the prophet, BUT that should not stop a non-muslim for doing so. I think that the Muslim community absolutely has the right to be upset, yet the press has a right to print it as well. I think that it is the American's press RESPONSIBILTY to print these images as an academic exercise to allow the American public at large to make this decision.

American press has traditional done two things:
1) Fought rabidly for the freedom of expression
2) Generally avoided offending groups of people by self censorship
This balance has given us a wonderfully free press, but from time to time, one must drop the fear of offending someone in order to accurately report the news in the most informative way possible.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Donate this!

So the claim was made that personal charitable donations are significantly higher in Europe even though they had a higher tax rate. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any reliable statistics across the board. I wanted to compare Norway to the United States but was unable, because apparently, Europeans don't like to do this research.

SO the most reliable numbers I could find was the percentage of income given in the UK and in the US.

Americans, on average, give 3.5% of their income to charity.
Britons, on average, give .8% of their income to charity.

These numbers are reliable for what they are.

The government of the United States does give less of its GDP at PPP than those in the EU, but one may be able to say that our trade deficit makes up for it.
Taxes have been proven to reduce charitable giving, this has been proven mainly by experience here at home (I believe this is the only way to prove it in that, comparing the US to the EU is like comparing apples to aluminum cans).

So the solution- allow people to reduce their tax burden by the amount they give to charity, up to a certain percentage. For example if you owe the government 100 dollars, and the percentage limit is 35%, if you contribute up to that limit you only have to pay 65 dollars in taxes.

The day after tomorrow

So a statement I have made may be confusing some of you. In my away message last night, and today, I claimed that I “owned” the State of the Union Address. I did not mean this to imply that I had conquered the address but rather that I truly do own it. It will soon be in my possession and I will be the only holder of all rights. So now you are asking “how did you get the State of the Union Address?” Well obviously I bought it on Ebay from a seller named FuturePresOfTexas at about 10 last night. I know this guy is legit because he has a very high seller rating. First he sold the Texas Rangers! That’s right! A whole baseball team! It looks like he also sold the rights of the American people! OHHH ok lots of setup for a really stupid joke I know.

So my assault on the Right is done, time to take on the Left. The venerable institution that is the Village Voice has published their rebuttal to the State of the Union, and may I say, [heavy sarcasm] BRAVO! Wow, you guys hit the criticism right on the head! Saying that he is the son of a former President and that is the only reason we are listening to him- FANTASTIC. You guys (and gals, how dare I be sexist when speaking of the Village Voice) are so amazingly skillful at reporting the story and offering helpful solutions to the Left’s difficulties in conquering the Right. [/heavy sarcasm] I hope that it is clear to you that your constant “my daddy is a Republican and I hate him so I hate Democrats” bitching is getting you and your cause no where. I am not criticizing the Voice for its agenda (though I find it troubling that something that pretends to be a legitimate news outlet that is OWNED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES has a blatant political preference) but I am criticizing it for lacking the ability to communicate its agenda. I have yet to read a Voice article that is not a tantrum about how evil the Right is and how stupid Americans are. I understand, things suck right now if you are on the left (therefore I think things suck pretty much 50% of the time) and you are getting fed up by it, however, there are much more productive ways to achieve what needs to be achieved. Here is a quick lesson:

Method one (the Village Voice’s current method):
OMG Pres. (fake pres cuz he stoled the election) Bush totally suxorz and is only there cause his daddy was all like “run for da pres my son.” We should like totally beat him next time.

Method two (my suggested method):
Though the President appears to be making a move to the center in order to attempt to secure 2006 for the Republicans, one must note that his ethanol plan is, most likely, too little too late. Without a major commitment from both sides this plan will never get off the ground and will never make a difference. We must say, however, that we encourage those on the Left to participate with the President in this plan. Let us put party politics aside and make ethanol a priority so that we can finally make a substantial gain in cleaning up our planet. As for the effect this will have on the midterm elections? Perhaps it is time we run our own campaign rather than being reactionaries to the issues that the Right presents.

This may not be perfect, but I think it may accomplish a tad bit more than is being accomplished now. Maybe the Village Voice should log on to do some online shopping too. I hear Amazon is offering a “buy a clue and get one free” deal.