Never Enough Thoughts and Prayers

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Nope, never enough thoughts and prayers can be thrown around after a massive shooting where people get hurt or die.  Nope, never enough…because they don’t fucking work.  We prove it over and over again that they don’t, yet we persist in submitting to the notion without doing anything of actual impact.

Albert Einstein famously said –

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Sound familiar? It should. We are insane to think that we can pray our way out of the next mass shooting, so stop it.

This is a binary argument. We either reduce or get rid of guns or we increase their presence.  To say that reducing gun ownership in the US would not eliminate gun violence is to also admit that increasing ownership wouldn’t either.  It’s the difference between being proactive and reactive.  Rather than trying to reduce the availability, we increase the availability so we can defend ourselves when the shooting starts.  How about stopping the shooting before it even happens?  What happened to that idea?

Before all you NRA nuts get all pissed off, let me acknowledge this – YES, there are millions of responsible gun owners in the US who are properly licensed, practice safety and have legitimate uses for gun ownership.  Congrat-u-fucking-lations.  I see you.  But, there are plenty of people who are not doing what you are and you need to acknowledge it so we can come to an agreement.  I am NOT looking to take YOUR guns away, so stop saying it.  I just want guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.  For example, people on the “No Fly” list can still buy a gun in this country.  Yes, of course, there may be people who shouldn’t be on the list, but the answer is not to let everyone on the list be a threat to our lives.  The answer is to make the list better.  Why the hell can’t you see that?

Or can you?  I can only hope and pray that you do.

 

This Ain’t No Free Speech Zone!

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I recently had someone submit a comment on my last blog post and, due to its content, I denied publishing the test.  Basically, it was anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi bullshit and was totally unrelated to my “Divorce is Messy” post, so I marked the user as spam and moved on.

Let me be clear – This Ain’t No Free Speech Zone.  I don’t have to allow you to post wicked or unrelated comments.  I am not the government, so I don’t have to afford you that right.  In fact, that disclaimer is on my home page:

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This site is of the person, for the person and by the person and is, therefore, owned and operated solely by that person. That person is me, TJ. If you make any comments that I don’t like, I will remove them. This is not a free speech zone for everybody. So nana nana na na, poopface!

I purposely make it mandatory that all posts get approved by me for specifically this scenario. The troll scenario.  I don’t like trolls and I refuse to feed them here.  So, go elsewhere if you’re hungry.

And I don’t care if you don’t like it.  Tough shit.  If you want to have an honest debate, then let’s have it.  If you want to peddle your alternative facts or bigotry, then I ain’t buying and there is nothing that says I have to.

Divorce is Messy

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Divorce is messy. When two people have been together, sharing every breath, every movement, every word, with one another for years, even decades, how easy can it be to separate? It cannot be easy.

But, that s not the divorce I’m talking about. I’m talking about the divorce from reality. I’m talking about the people who believe the Earth is flat. Never mind other conspiracy theories like chemtrails, the moon landing or 9/11, because this one takes the freakin’ cake. The belief that we are living on a plane rather than a sphere takes a certain level of ignorance that is hard to find.  And, to find a bunch of people (even if it’s 1,000) who all believe this nonsense is scary. I have to ask myself what I would say to a person who admitted to me that they believe the world we live on is flat.

I would hope to be civil to them and try to explain to them all of the reason why they are misguided, but, that type of argument doesn’t seem to work too well in this day and age. There is a conscious effort to make the masses less educated and more ignorant, in my opinion, and I’m not alone. Robert Proctor, a science historian from Stanford University, is actually studying agnotology, the study of ignorance. The effort to indoctrinate people into a state of ignorance is used from big business all the way to the government, but let’s not confuse that with things we can actually prove about our world, like those things proven by science.

Sure, scientific estimates can change, because we can only formulate models based on the data we have.  The beautiful thing about science is that when we get more information, we can change the model and, therefore, allow for the possibility of another, more accurate answer to the question.  Science deniers see this as a bad thing so they cite something like “Pluto used to be a planet, but now it’s not, so what good is science when they change their minds so much”.  This ignores the fact that Pluto is still there no matter what the fuck we call it and that it was found through scientific discovery and not because some mythical being whispered it into someone’s ear. But, i digress…

Let me get back to the Flat Earthers because this is one of those things that they can easily prove on their own without having to “trust” anyone else and that is why this is so fucking aggravating.

Ok, you morons, here are 10 easy ways you can tell for yourself that the Earth is not flat (as provided by Popular Science magazine):

  1. The phases of the Moon
  2. Ships and the horizon
  3. Varying Star constellations
  4. Shadows
  5. Seeing Farther form Higher up
  6. Ride a plane
  7. Other planets
  8. Time zones
  9. The center of gravity
  10. Images from space

Hawaii, Kentucky and Paris

HawaiiBeaches-28There are many conflicting opinions about Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Accord, that much is evident.  For the record, I think it was dumb and unnecessary to disavow a nonbinding agreement under any terms since we can pretty much make up the rules as we go along, but, hey, that’s only logical.  Logic gets lost on people sometimes.

That hasn’t stopped leaders in state and local governments from doing the right thing.  Hawaii actually became the first state to sign on to the accord.  While others, like California, have stated they will still shoot for the goals President Obama laid out, the groundswell of support for the accord is not something that should be ignored.  In other words, all hope is not lost.

There is no doubt among thinking people who believe climate change is real and it is caused by human activity.  If you doubt this, you are clearly bucking the opinions of the majority of scientists.  I’m not going into the actual science or the debate that ensues from deniers, and I’m not going to even give any credence to those arguments by laying them out.  I just want you to think on this question:

How many of you believe that the gases that contribute to global warming are not harmful? How many of you would survive sucking on a tailpipe or inhaling large concentrations of methane? How many of you think that the black smoke coming out of coal plants is good for our survival?

Apparently, not even the Kentucky Coal Museum believes coal is a good idea.  Think about that.

Trump’s anti-climate change agenda is a farce and should be fought.  This is not a battle to save the planet, it is a battle to save the human race.

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Trump has been tweeting his way through politics for years now and we all watched. He took his 140 character allowance to critique Obama, denigrate women and insult anyone who called him out for being an asshole.

He used it during the campaign to attack all of his enemies, from Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted his disdain for the media over and over again. This was the same media that gave him billions of dollars of free advertising. He even used it to insult a Gold Star family simply because they spoke the truth

But, now that he’s President (cough, choke), he doesn’t seem to realize that things are different. As President, using Twitter to declare terrorist motives behind a botched robbery, insulting the mayor of a major city to one of our biggest allies, and supporting a policy in the Middle East that may be fractured due to a planted fake news story by the Russians and may put US troops in harm’s way is just fucking nuts.

Now, his craziness takes an even more drastic turn when he announces he may tweet during the testimony of the FBI Director he fired because that Director was investigating him and his associates of collusion with a foreign power.

If you think this guy is sane or mature or capable, then I have to question your sanity, maturity and capability.

Speak Dirty to Me

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Oooh, give it to me.  Give me those dirty words so I can say them over and over again.  Yeah, that’s it.  I love me some filth.

Liberal.  Oh yeah, that word just gets me so hot.  Every time there’s some sort of terrorist tragedy, I like to blame those horrible liberals and their “political correctness”.  Those are filthy words, too.  Gives me a political erection.

Conservative.  That’s another word that gets me all crazy and sweaty.  Every time the poor get the shit end of the stick, I like to put it all on those dirty, filthy conservatives.  Every war, too. Wars are so hot.

Then we all speak dirty to one another and get our hackles up and then we can’t listen to another word each other is saying because we’re in a frenzy.  Then no problems get resolved.  They only get worse.

I think we need to clean our mouths out with soap.

 

Let Us Not Forget Donuts

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On this day, June 2nd, the year of some lord, two-thousand and seventeen, let us not forget all the donuts and crullers that gave their lives so that we could all experience the sweet taste of frosting, the icky feeling of creme filling bursting into your mouth and the annoying stickiness of powder on our fingers.

Donuts have given us so much – heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes – all while being yummy.  That’s pretty tough to do.

We all have our favorites (mine is chocolate glazed) and we all have that one donut we won’t touch even if it’s the last one in the box of free donuts one of your co-workers brought in to be nice (sorry, plain powdered donuts).  We can’t gen enough of those tasty treats – so much so, that we even eat their holes.  Is nothing sacred?

Through late night drinking binges and the sometimes resulting early morning walks of shame, the donut has been our friend.  We don’t even care if they’re stale because we can always dunk them in our watered down coffee.

So, today, raise one for me and for all of your brothers and sisters, chocolate creme, sprinkled, glazed, or with brownie bites, it doesn’t matter.  We all stand together, holes and all.