My Rants

Taxes Are Fair, Your Credit Sucks, Why Should I Care?

Something you learn early on in life is money doesn’t buy happiness, but it makes the world go round, puts food on your table, and gets your kids through college so they can go make more money that wont make them happy.  All I know is I’ve never seen a homeless man smile.  Sure money doesn’t make you happy but it sure as hell makes life easier to deal with.

Second is Credit.  You need good credit!  If you don’t then it doesn’t matter what money you have.  Liquid assets matter, and if you don’t have money, you most likely don’t have the assets.  Here’s a question though, why do I need good credit, when the government that I pay taxes to and defines with the banks what credit should be, has the worst credit compared to anyone in the country.  Can you get a mortgage with a trillion dollar debt looking over you?

Anyway, this rant isn’t about the government doing things wrong.  Sure there are changes that can be made but I am proud to live in a country that lets me be as free as I am even though I feel like I get taxed to all hell for it.  This is about how shit works.  Let’s say I have a great paying job.  This job pays me enough to pay for a mortgage, get a membership at a golf club, have a very nice sports car, and go out to eat 5 times a week.  Life is good.  Now, my car insurance goes up 50%, dinner is getting more expensive and I left a huge divit at my country club I need to pay for landscaping.

If I went to my boss and told them I need more money because my flashy over the top car is getting to expensive, I’m racking up bills with dinner and I have a terrible golf game so I need lessons I would get a strange face and most likely be told I need to re-evaluate my spending and learn to live within my means.

Which is what this government needs to do.  Sure, 54% of americans say taxes are fair, and at this point I agree myself, against the 46% that say the rent’s too damn high.  28% of…we’ll call them special people, think taxes are not high enough.


62% Favor cutting government services, which is where I place myself.  People are all gung-ho about not cutting services and to be honest I don’t want to either, but you know what, too many people are taking advantage of them.  40% of americans do not pay tax, and as someone who has been working since he was 14 I’m kind of sick of paying for the lazy ones.  If we can’t afford it then we can’t do it.  It’s honestly simple math.  I’m not saying cutting for good, we need to make cuts where it matters long enough to pull ourselves back out and when things get good again we can start re-instating these services.

Dear Government,

I’m proud to be an american and I’m happy to contribute to helping this country but I’m running out of money for you and my job wont give me any more for you to take right now.  Please find the money elsewhere.





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Freedom and I were playing Starcraft II in my office. We were about to make an attack when his computer froze. Here is a reenactment and of course this applies to just about any online game when you suddenly disconnect. By the way, even though Freedom dropped, we won. Maybe video coming soon? Maybe video showing in LAGTV When Cheese Fails? Who Does Know? Bear Drive Car?

Disconnected During Starcraft from Chris Carroll on Vimeo.

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Inspection Overdue – Resetting My Airbag Light

So I’ve had my airbag light on for some time and I haven’t had a chance to do anything about it.  Turns out yesterday was the last day of my car inspection and I am now expired.  Luckily I was able to reset the light using only a paperclip and removing a connector!  Works on most 2000-2008 Honda Civics and CRV’s!

Stupid Air Bag Light from Chris Carroll on Vimeo.

Here’s how you can do it too!

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My Morning Traffic

Today was one of the worst days of traffic I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting in. Luckily there was a damn good reason to be sitting in it. I guess this is what happens when a truck goes under a bridge thats two feet shorter than the height of the truck. Heres the video, I wonder if recording video while driving falls under the new no texting law. Improper use of a cell phone while driving?

Truck Doesn’t Fit from Chris Carroll on Vimeo.